Mary Jo Blanke

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Reser Funeral Home
 
Mary Jo Blanke, 65 of Warsaw, MO  passed away peacefully January 18th, 2022 at Research Hospital in Kansas City surrounded by her husband, daughters, brother, sisters and son in laws.
 
Mary Jo was born March 9th, 1956 to Donald and Jo Ann Spence in Emporia, Kansas.  They moved to Lawrence, Kansas in 1959 where she spent the rest of her childhood with her brother Brian and two sisters Marlena and Brenda.  Mary Jo graduated from Lawrence High School in 1974 and shortly after met her first husband Michael Pitnick.  While united they had two daughters, Erica and Shannon. 
 
Mary Jo worked as a pharmacy technician at Rainys Drug Store while the girls were in grade school.  Eventually she met and married the love of her life Kenneth Blanke on September 18, 1992.  With that union she also gained two sons, Brad and Jason.  After uniting in marriage they decided to move to Warsaw, Missouri in 1995 where they made their forever home. 
 
Mary Jo was retired when they moved to Warsaw so she could focus on being a mom and wife.  Eventually the day to day was a bit too boring for her so she decided to jump back into the working pool part time.  She worked at Boring Rexall drug store part time with her future son in laws mother Brenda Noland.  Oh how much fun I can imagine those two had together.  She also ended up working full time at Dr. Hendersons Chiropractic as their office manager for several years before retiring for good. 
 
Mary Jo loved sewing and doing crafts of many kinds.  She enjoyed painting ceramics, a fun pastime I believe she picked up on from her best friend Wendy Wetzel. 
 
Mary Jo’s favorite thing though was being a loving mother, wife and especially grandmother of all 7 of her grandbabies, although she preferred to be called Yaya.  Her grandchildren were her pride and joy and she enjoyed every moment that she had being able to spend time with them all. 
 
Mary Jo was a member of Warsaw Bible church and loved her Lord and savior with all her heart, mind and soul and we know she has arrived safely to her eternal home.
 
Mary Jo was preceded in death by her parents Don and Jo spence.
 
Mary Jo is survived by her loving husband Ken Blanke, her daughter Erica McIntire and her husband Rick, her daughter Shannon Noland and husband Dusty, her step son Brad Blanke and wife Lori, her step son Jason Blanke and wife Jennifer, brother Bryan Spence and wife Becky, her sister Marlena Burns and husband Ron, her sister Brenda Fitzsimmons and husband Kevin, her grandchildren, Gabe, Miah, Isaac, Gabriel, Emily, Cayden, Onya and one still in the oven as well as a list too long to mention all of her loving friends and family. 
 
A day of celebration of Mary Jos life will be held at 12:00 P.M. Saturday, February 19, 2022 at the Warsaw Bible Church, 16155 Waggoner Road, Warsaw, Missouri.  Memorial contributions may be given to Crossroads Family Ministries Pregnancy Resource Center c/o Reser Funeral Home, P.O. Box 910, Warsaw, Missouri 65355.

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