Mary M. Meyer Blanken, 57, passed away peacefully at home in Short Hills, N.J., Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
Gentle, graceful and well-loved by all who knew her, Mary fought a valiant nine-year battle against breast cancer, enduring its indignities with a resolutely cheerful and optimistic outlook. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Born May 1, 1956, in Batesville, to the late Albert and Martha (Schebler) Meyer, Mary graduated from Batesville High School in 1974, Indiana University (BSc) in 1978 and Loyola University of Chicago (MSc) in 1984. She married Roger Blanken Aug. 4, 1984, at St. Anne's Catholic Church, Hamburg.
Mary worked for many years as a nurse and manager at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, and Iowa Methodist Hospital, Des Moines. Before moving to Short Hills in 2002, she lived 15 years in Europe, where she traveled widely and proudly spoke fluent Spanish and Dutch. She loved sharing good food and conversation with her family and friends and was a stalwart of the Short Hills Racquets Club tennis and platform tennis teams.
In addition to her husband, Mary is survived by their children Elizabeth and Andrew Blanken; sisters Marge Hunter, Ruth Lecher, Jean Bomben, Doris Baker and Cathy Amrhein; brothers Howard "Bud," Walter "Buck," Fran, Henry, Joe and Dave Meyer; as well as many cherished nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by as sister Mary Frances Meyer and two brothers, Kenneth and Ronald Meyer.
A memorial celebration of her life will be held Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Anne's Catholic Church, Hamburg, with Father Bill Ehalt officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Mary's name to Breast Medicine Service Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 300 E. 66th St., New York, NY 10065, Attention: Maria Theodoulou, MD.