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Mary Jo Blonigan

August 12, 1928 ~ August 7, 2022 (age 93)

Obituary

Blonigan, Mary Jo (Cavanagh); Almost 94 (8/12/1928-8/7/2022) of Golden Valley, survived by 6 of 7 children, William A. (Teresa), Steven (Kathy), Mary (“Frankie”) Galka (Doug), Joan Christianson (Grant), Maura Steblay (Rick), Sheila Gossen (Martin), 22 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband of 67 yrs., Fabian A. Blonigan (m. 6/28/52) and daughter Megan E. Berglund (Bruce); also by beloved parents, William H. Cavanagh and Marie Cavanagh (Cain), siblings Elizabeth Cavanagh Daly, Helen F. Cavanagh Devine, William J. Cavanagh & many in-laws. Mary Jo and Fabian (H.S. Sweetheart) graduated Robbinsdale H.S. in 1946., graduated St. Catherine’s University with Elementary Ed. Degree in 1950. Her keen intellect & love of children was apparent:1st grade teacher, Mpls School Dist. (44 students/classroom) until forced to quit in June 1953 due to pregnancy, then taught preschool for 23 years as licensed teacher and codirector. Godmother and pseudo-mother to many. World-class listener, loyal and beloved friend to “mulitudinous” others. Known for her happy, accepting and curious attitude toward all, traveling the world with Fabian and her love of chocolate. Proud to be 100% Irish and Catholic. Lifelong friendships and hobbies included clubs (Garden, Bridge, Birthday, Dinner, Stock). Knit over 400 Xmas stockings for others. Mary Jo was happiest in the company of friends and family, cherishing her family above all. Fabian noted “I’ve never met a person more determined to like people.”

Visitation Fri., Oct. 7, 4-7 pm (remembrance/sharing 5:30-7) at Gearty-Delmore, Robbinsdale, 3888 W. Bdwy.; Funeral Sat., Oct. 8, 10 am. Visitation 9-10, Sacred Heart Church, 4087 W. Broadway.

Mary Jo often rejoined: “I’ve had a great life!” Memorials preferred to Little Sisters of the Poor, Salvation Army, or donor’s choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Services

Visitation
Friday
October 7, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Gearty - Delmore Robbinsdale Chapel
3888 W. Broadway
Robbindale, MN 55422
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Visitation
Saturday
October 8, 2022

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Church of the Sacred Heart
4087 W. Broadway
Robbinsdale, MN 55422
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Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday
October 8, 2022

10:00 AM
Church of the Sacred Heart
4087 W. Broadway
Robbinsdale, MN 55422
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