Dorothy Blake

Dorothy Blake

January 15, 1920 – April 9, 2022

VISITATION: Saturday, April 23, 2022, 9:30AM followed by MEMORIAL MASS: Saturday, April 23, 2022, 11:00AM, all at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 4810 Woolworth St.  To view a live broadcast of the Mass, please visit and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Holy Cross Education Fund, Open Door Mission, or a charity of your choice.

Dorothy Blake, age 102, of Omaha, NE passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 9th at Brighton Gardens of Omaha surrounded by her family.

Dorothy was born on January 15, 1920 in Meyer, IA, the daughter of William and Gertrude (Hackenmiller) Blake and was the second of thirteen children.

Dorothy moved to Omaha in 1942, where she was employed by the Glenn L. Martin Bomber Plant. She later retired from Northwestern Bell Phone Company after 30 years of service. She was extremely proud of her professional accomplishments.

Dorothy was a woman of faith and honesty. She was an active member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and their Altar Society. Over the years, she was an active volunteer and involved in many clubs and activities at Elmwood Tower, where she resided for 34 years. Dorothy was kind and giving. This is evidenced by Dorothy’s desire to make a final gift of herself to the Creighton Anatomical Board to help further medical education and research.

She is survived by her son, Ted Blake; five grandchildren: Jeff (Ann) Blake, Gary (Dawn) Blake, Lynn (Dave) Tomkins, Jay (Jamie) Blake, all of Dubuque, IA, and MaryAnn (Carl) Reimer, Peosta, IA; nine great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren (with two on the way); two step-great-grandchildren; siblings: Rosemary Schaefer, Joan Vitale, and Bill (Betty) Blake; many nieces and nephews, and several good friends.

She was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, LeAnn Blake; great-granddaughter, Laura Tomkins; parents, William and Gertrude Blake; siblings: John, Alex, Adrian, Quentin Blake, Alma Wendelin, Marjorie Smith, Jean Quintero, Alverna Driscoll Marreel, and Ethel Bartholmey.

The family wishes to thank Home Instead Senior Care, Brighton Gardens of Omaha, AseraCare Hospice Care (Lisa, Aimee, and Chris), her many caregivers, and nurse friends for the loving care and support over the last years.



  • Andrea Rogers Posted April 14, 2022 1:31 pm

    A life well-lived! She will be missed.

  • Gene and Kay Neumann Posted April 14, 2022 2:39 pm

    what a great lady and grandmother.

  • Janet K Allen Posted April 14, 2022 6:41 pm

    My deepest sympathy to family and friends. What a beautiful lady. Loved and missed by so many. FLY HIGH. You have earned your wings, Dorothy. RIP.

  • Connie and Denis Biechler Posted April 15, 2022 12:12 pm

    Dorothy lived a wonderful long life. Now she is in God’s loving arms. Love to Ted and The Blake family.

  • Lisa Mason Posted April 16, 2022 5:59 pm

    Dorothy was one of my favorite people at the Manor/Tower… I would often take my break at her place.. Like a grandma she was. ❤️

  • Kim Owens Posted April 16, 2022 9:01 pm

    So happy Dorothy is at Peace! She will be missed! A beautifully written memorial and tribute, condolences and prayers for all her family ❤️

  • Mark D Flaxbeard Posted April 17, 2022 7:55 am

    Rest in peace Dorothy! She touched so many lives with her smile. I feel blessed for the opportunity to know her.

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