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St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church
Monday November 23rd, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am

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St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church
Monday November 23rd, 2020

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Frances L. Blanar

Frances L. Blanar, age 90, passed away peacefully on November 19, 2020 at the Inn at CoalRidge in Wadsworth, where she had resided the past 2 years. She was born on December 11, 1929 to Anthony and Frances Gradisher and graduated from Barberton High School. Fran was a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was a long time resident of Norton and retired from Norton City Schools after many years as a teacher’s aide and school cook. Fran was a faithful member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Church where she sang in the choir and enjoyed baking.

Fran was preceded in death by her dear husband of 44 years, Edward Blanar; brothers, Tony Gradisher and Jim Gradisher (Eleanor). She is survived by daughter, Jamie Smith (Bill Daley); son, Tom Blanar (Carol); granddaughters, Julia Behm (Justin) and Andrea Stroup (Tom Gingery); great grandchildren, Estelle, Gwendolynn, and Donovan Behm; sister-in-law, Rose Gradisher; brothers-in-law, Joe Blanar and Dan Blaner (Nancy); and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Fran will be remembered for her sweetness and positive outlook on life. She always was willing to help and certainly enjoyed the thrill of the hunt for garage sale treasures for herself and others.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Inn at CoalRidge for their love and care for Fran, and Life Care Hospice for their assistance over the past week. 

Visitation will be held at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 1051 E. Robinson Ave., Barberton at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 23, followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. Interment at St. Nicholas Cemetery. The family asks that you wear a mask and respectfully observe social distancing.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd. Wooster, OH 44691. 


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Dear Blanar and Gradisher Families,
We were so sorry to learn of Frances passing. (Her Dad was my Dads brother.) Keeping your families in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

Patty Gradisher Dyer Dec 5 2020 12:00 AM

Thanks so much for your thoughtful words and memories. I will hold on to all my wonderful memories of Mom and miss her daily. I guess we are all getting older. I hope you are in good health. Hugs, Jamie

Jamie F Smith Dec 2 2020 12:00 AM

Sally, Thank you for your kind words and wonderful memories of Mom and our young years. It was so very nice to see your message. Yes, we all go way back...like a half century! I think of your Mom and Dad and siblings and all the good times we had. I especially remember all the CB stuff our Dads did and also the picnics at your house. Hugs, Jamie

Jamie F Smith Dec 2 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you Dave for your kind words and treasured memories. Jamie

Jamie F Smith Dec 2 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Tom and Jamie, I'm sorry for your lose She was a very nice Lady. I remember my first shot at water skiing with your Mom and Dad when you lived in Kenmore and Jamie I just want to say I'm sorry.

Dave Swope Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Tom and Jamie, I am so sorry for your loss. I ran into your mom at CVS in Norton a while back, and so many memories flooded back even then. I will always think of your mom smiling. I've been going through my mom's papers and pictures, and I have an envelope of pictures of people in our lives as we were growing up, who had much impact on us. I remember our dads riding to work together and my dad worried about your dad making left turns (I think). Ha ha! And their CB radio and us kids calling you guys on it. I remember my mom admiring your mom's ability to find the best bargains on the coolest stuff! And I remember Jamie showing me how to do a flip on your trampoline - I was so jealous of that trampoline. And Tom, all the time you spent at our place with the ponies and in the barn. I'll always be grateful that your family was a part of our family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you some peace in all the beautiful memories left behind. With deep sympathy, Sally Dorsey Knorr

Sally Knorr Nov 22 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Tom and Jamie ~ Our dearest sympathy at this very sad time in your lives. Fran was as sweet as can be, as her obit picture shows, and I remember all the times when we were young cousins and had family picnics and Christmas parties. Long long ago. The cousins are dwindling, just a few weeks ago our cousin Danny Gradisher (son of Uncle Louie) passed away. But I am still here, and send wishes for your good memories of Mom to make you happy.

Tom and Diana (Svete) Logsdon Nov 21 2020 12:00 AM