Josephine Blaber, 88

Artist, mother, grandmother

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Josephine Blaber nee Dooley, brilliant and prolific artist, cherished and trend-setting mom and grandma, age 88, of Oak Park and Palm Springs, CA. She was born July 12, 1930 and died on Feb. 3, 2019.

Jo was a graduate of St. Luke's and Trinity in River Forest and St. Mary of the Woods in Indiana. She was a longtime member of St. Edmund parish, as well as president of the Palm Springs, California Museum Artists Council.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 50 years, Leo B. Blaber Jr., and is survived by her dear brother Dick (Barbara) Dooley, her loving children Mary, Wendy (Bill) Cook, Mark (Maureen), Peter (Heather), Christina (Eric) Blake, Vincent (Loly), David (Pilar), Barbara (Mark) Jenig, Ramona (Mike Cosgrove). She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren Kylie, Brendan, Peter, Erin, Christopher, Justin, Nicole, Kelly, Spencer, Stacia, Melissa, Michael, Natasha, and Maverick.

Visitation Sunday, Feb. 10, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. Prayers Monday, Feb. 11 at 10:15 a.m. from the funeral home to St. Edmund Church, 188 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park for funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Interment All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in her honor may be sent to St. Edmund Church, 188 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL, 60302, stedmund.org, or to Operation Smile Train https://www.smiletrain.org.

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