Norma Jean (McNeal) BlotkampSeptember 9, 1926 ~ March 17, 2021 (age 94)
Norma Jean (McNeal) Blotkamp, 94, of Albion, passed away on March 17, 2021, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, IN.
Jean was born in Merriam, IN, on September 9, 1926, to the late Ernest and Mable (Kichler) McNeal. She graduated from Churubusco High School in 1944.
On June 26, 1948, she married the love of her life, Richard W. Blotkamp.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; two sons, David W. and James E. "Boz" Blotkamp; and three brothers, Ben, Ray, and Tony McNeal.
Jean is survived by one son, Dennis W. (Diane) Blotkamp; five grandchildren, Shane (Sarah) Blotkamp, Scott Blotkamp, Sara (Jon) Householder, Justin (Brittany) Blotkamp, and Cody (Devona) Blotkamp; eleven great-grandchildren, Jake Blotkamp, Brooke Blotkamp, Cory Blotkamp, Nathaniel Householder, Jamie Householder, Ellis Blotkamp, Reese Blotkamp, Nylah Blotkamp, Lillian Stout, Wyatt Blotkamp, and Nora Blotkamp; daughters-in-law Jean (Roger) Clark and Renee Dodson; and god-children Rhonda Dye and Sara Householder.
In Jean's early years, she enjoyed bowling, and helped lead her team to state several times. She loved playing cards and winning at Bingo. She also had a lifelong love of reading; Jean would recruit friends and family to search for new reading material, as she would often finish an entire book in one day.
A known hard worker, Jean owned and operated the Gulf Station in Avilla for several years alongside her late husband. Jean also worked at Lyle Electric for thirteen years, retiring in 1985. A dedicated member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Albion, IN, Jean's faith was foundational to her, and it remained strong despite any trials thrown her way. Good times and bad times alike, she knew who her God was and lived out her days serving him. She was also a member of the Rosary Society and the Albion American Legion Auxiliary. A talented baker, Jean was known far and wide for the products of her kitchen. Local favorites included homemade rolls, noodles, angel food cakes, and her famous pies. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren knew her for these treats, but also for the cookies she stashed in the freezer and the ever-present bowl of peanut M&M's.
To celebrate the well-lived life of Jean Blotkamp, calling hours will be held at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, at 206 N. Main Street in Churubusco from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 21, 2021.
Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., on Monday March 22, 2021, at Blessed Sacrament Church, 2290 IN-9 in Albion, with burial taking place at the Orange Cemetery in Noble County.
Memorials on behalf of Jean can be directed to the Noble County Relay for Life and/or the Albion American Legion Auxiliary Post 246.
Noble County Relay For Life
Albion IN 46701
Albion American Legion Post 246
410 E. Park Dr., Albion IN 46701