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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 years.

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, Michael Blahnik.

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.


q WIAA girls basketball: Algoma wins thriller on Blahnik's late basket
Visit Press 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 Media


q Nas Rodina Article on Blahnik DNA Dec 2013

q Please visit Jim Blahnik's Face book group called Blahnik Reunion

q   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!!


q   2008 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 many forms. 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 - John, son of pioneer Georg Blahnik.  2011 International Blahnik reunion was held there on 8/20/2011

q   2011 Blahnik Reunion photos facebook page

q   Czech Republic 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.

Try for a wonderful Czech desert wafer.  They are fantastic!