Mary Therese Blanding, 83, Longtime nurse at MacNeal, West Sub

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Mary Therese Blanding, 83, formerly of Oak Park, died on April 25, 2011 at home with her family by her side, four years to the day that her late husband died. Born in Chicago on July 10, 1927 to the late Catherine (Flynn) and Frank Raus, she received her nurse training at St. Bernard's School of Nursing and worked at MacNeal and West Suburban hospitals.

She is survived by her six children, Merry Sue (Elihue), Connie, Bonnie (Tim), George Harvey, Elizabeth (James) Dettmann, and David; her five grandchildren, Robert (Rachel), Michael (Susan), William (Audrey), Catherine (Brandon), and Kathryn I.; her eight great-grandchildren, Jaqueline, Lexi, Nathan, Alecia, William Jr., Ace, Hailey and baby Natalie on the way; her sister Catherine (Charles) Pentis; her twins, Joan (Rich) Stukus and Charlotte (Wale) Smieszny; her in-laws, Fran Raus, Charlene Raus, Forrest Blanding and June Payne; and her many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Albert Blanding; her son, Dennis Blanding; her parents; her two brothers, William and Francis Raus; her nephew, Kevin Raus and her niece, Patricia Raus.

Visitation is scheduled for May 6 from 5-8 p.m. at Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 1201 W. Route 6 at Deerpath Drive in Morris. Funeral services will be Saturday, May 7 at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home chapel, then to St. Mary Catholic Church, Minooka, for services at 10:30 a.m. Private inurnment will take place at St. Mary Cemetery at a later date. For further information, call (815) 942-5040 or visit

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