Clarice E. Blank
Clarice E. Blank, 91, of Lanesville, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, Dec. 1, 2022, at The Villas of Guerin Woods in Georgetown, where she had lived the past 1-1/2 years. After being hospitalized for pneumonia in October, her health slowly began to decline.
She was the daughter of Henry and Emelia Voelker Blank, born on Aug. 4, 1931, on the farm homeplace near Lanesville. Besides her parents being deceased, she was the last of her four siblings: brother Carl, twin sisters Christine and Claudine and brother Melvin. The family lived their entire lives on the farm. She lived alone after her sister Claudine died in 2012 until 2019 when she became a resident of Cedar Court assisted living in Corydon. Declining mobility was the reason for her becoming a patient at Guerin Woods nursing home.
Despite her physical ailments, she maintained a clear mind and memory until the last week.
Clarice attended St. John’s Lutheran School and graduated from Lanesville High School in 1949. After graduation, she took employment with Sears and Roebuck as a bookkeeper in New Albany, Clarksville and Louisville which continued for 34 years.
She was a lifelong and active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, serving on official committees and boards and held the office of financial secretary for 15 years. Clarice organized the Altar Guild of the church in 1961 and served as its leader for more than 40 years.
Along with her sisters, she was an accomplished seamstress and quilter. Evenings she would sit down to either crochet or knit and was always eager for a game of euchre or canasta. Flowers were her greatest passion, however, with multiple beds filled with annuals blooming all summer and house plants too numerous to mention. Clarice was an avid collector of many different small items, and she never threw anything away, everything kept in meticulous files. She was also a compassionate caregiver to her cats and dog.
Survivors include a niece, Elizabeth Holland of El Cajon, Calif.; two great-nephews in California, Jason and Sean Dively; and three great-nephews, Anthony Blank of Danville, Ky., and Joshua and Jonathan Blank of Shelbyville. Her niece and her husband, Diane and Tom Howerton of Shelbyville, Ky., who were her constant and dedicated caregivers, also survive, along with Parvin Lambertus of Lanesville who cared for her for the last 20 years.
Memorials in her memory may be given to the Altar Guild of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Visitation is set for Monday, Dec. 5, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon and on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church with the funeral service to follow. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Anthony, Jonathan and Joshua Blank, Mark Lambertus, Kenneth Acton and Gene Higginbotham.