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It is with much sadness that we report the
death of Robert John Blahnik. Bob regularly sent information for this
Blahnik web page. He was also an active member of the Blahnik DNA group
and was a descended of the Algoma Blahniks coming from both Mathias Sr 1835-1911
and Joseph Sr c1847-1920 family lines.
Robert J. (Bob) Blahnik,
87, DeKalb, Illinois, passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 5,
2014. He was born on November 24, 1927 in Alaska, WI, son of the late
Leander and Agnes (Blahnik) Blahnik.
Bob was born at home on Thanksgiving day in 1927. After attending local
country schools, he graduated from Brussels High School. He was drafted and
served in the Army Air Corps at the end of WWII and served in the Air Force
during the Korean War. He was discharged in September of 1951. October 1,
2014 he went on the Veteran's Honor flight to Washington, DC.
He married Glenna Mary Cardin on September 8, 1951 at St. Phillip the
Apostle Catholic Church in Green Bay, WI. She preceded him in death on July
25, 2012. The family grew as they traveled for Bob's work for the telephone
industry. First as a Telephone Office Equipment Installer, then as an
Equipment Engineer, and retired as Director of Purchasing. They settled in
Virgil, IL, to raise the family and after 17 years moved to Pleasant Lake,
MI. Upon Bob's retirement, they moved to Dixon, IL and eventually to DeKalb,
IL, to be closer to family when Glenna's health began to decline. There Bob
was a devoted husband and took loving care of Glenna his wife of 60 plus
All who knew Bob could tell you of his passion to research and share the
Blahnik family tree. Bob was an avid Packer fan who would often tell the
story of the construction of Lambeau Field and his parents home across the
street that began simultaneously, and how Lambeau Field being completed
first always amazed him.
Bob would gladly tell anyone who would listen how proud he was that all his
children and their families would gather twice a year at his home. He will
be deeply missed by his loving children: Thomas, Frostproof, FL, Richard
(Lola), DeKalb, IL, Harry (Renee), Burnsville, MN, Sharon Cox (John Tice),
DeKalb, IL, Margaret (Rich) Govea, Rochelle, IL, James (Debra) Sycamore, IL,
Robert (Cheryl), Golden, CO, Denise (Tim) Berkshire, Sycamore, IL, Terry
(Tom) Meeusen, Jenison, MI, Glenn (Jennifer) Lafayette, IN, Renee (Tom)
Comeford, DeKalb, IL; daughter-in-law, Barbara Blahnik, Auburndale, FL; 27
grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and one on the way; other survivors
include sisters, Ruby (Ralph) Kottke, Rosemary Younger; sister-in-law, Marie
Blahnik; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents and wife, Bob was preceded in death by his
brothers: Ralph (Allyn, Mercedes), Leander Russell (Lucy), Roland, Randolph,
and Royal; sister, Rosalie Blahnik; brothers and sister-in-law: John
Younger, John (Phyllis) Cardin, Robert Cardin, along with one grandson,
Family and friends may call Wednesday, December 10, 2014 from 9:00 a.m.
until the hour of Mass at 11:30 a.m. at St. Phillip the Apostle Catholic
Church, 312 Victoria St., Green Bay, with Fr. David Koch officiating.
Entombment will be in Allouez Catholic Mausoleum. Cotter Funeral Home is
assisting the family.
WIAA girls basketball: Algoma wins thriller on
Blahnik's late basket
Gazette article March 13, 2014
Algoma seniors Kennedy Blahnik (left) and Meg Ryan combined for 25 points in
Thursday's WIAA girls basketball sectional semifinal. / File/Gannett Wisconsin
q Nas Rodina Article on Blahnik DNA Dec 2013
q Please visit
Jim Blahnik's Face book group called
BobB from DaKalb, IL wrote to announce the 71st
Wedding Anniversary for Francis "Bud"
and his wife Grace January 2014.
Francis is an Algoma Libkov Blahnik and was the first to commission the Algoma
Czech Genealogy project. Congratulations!!
Blahnik Heritage in Kewaunee County Opened. Paul
and Evelyn (Blahnik) Brookhyser of Newport, Ore.,
donated the property to county officials at a ceremony in August 2005
(shown left). The park
unites two of Kewaunee County's physical assets; the Ahnapee State Trail and the
Ahnapee River, providing a place for residents and visitors to enjoy nature in
Blahnik Heritage Park. The
23 acres of land donated by
Wenzel F. Blahnik's daughter, Evelyn and her husband
Paul Brookhyser. Wenzel did a great deal to collect family histories and
holding reunions. He was descended from the Algoma Blahnik
son of pioneer Georg Blahnik. 2011 International Blahnik reunion was held
there on 8/20/2011
2011 Blahnik Reunion photos
Blahnik Reunion 2012 -
Konšelský šenk – Domažlice,
Czech Republic. As a spin off from the Algoma
Blahnik reunion we began looking more at these immigration villages identified
by the research. Joel Blahnik has been to Czech many times with his work
as a composer. Joel arranged for a number of American Blahniks to meet in Prague and travel to the
pocket area for tour our villages, learn about the culture/history and see the
sights. Joel also got a number of people to aid in this program including
the Bagpipe player Michael Cwach who served as a tour guide and interpreter for
the group. Zdenek Blahnik arranged the reunion, Joel presented the
overview, Hana Blahnikova translated the program and several Czech Blahniks
attended the event. We were able to gather a bit more information about
the Blahnik family in our home country.
q Addition of
Czech archives links for the Blahnik Family
- visit Tips for researching the Archives online.
This is an ongoing project that I am doing when I find available time.
for a wonderful Czech desert wafer. They are fantastic!