Avis Virginia Blakeslee, 92, of Reedsburg, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at the Sauk County Health Care Center surrounded by her family.

She was born June 25, 1925, in Ironton, the daughter of Clarence and Marie (Gasser) La Rue. On Feb 7, 1948, she was married to Robert J. Blakeslee. Avis worked at various jobs during her youth, including Nichols Drug Store and the Badger Ordnance Works and later in life at the family businesses and Lands’ End. Avis’s greatest joy in life was her husband and family. She worked tirelessly to make sure everyone had the best family life possible no matter what sacrifices of her time she had to make. She laughed and smiled at the rambunctious play of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and traveling with Bob and friends.

Survivors include her four children, Douglas (Linda) Blakeslee of Reedsburg, Steven (LuAnn) Blakeslee of Reedsburg, Richard (Barb) Blakeslee of Reedsburg, and Kathy (Joe Veit) Blakeslee of Baraboo; two grandchildren, Jessica (Brad) Williams and Derek (Lena) Blakeslee, both of Oregon; four great-grandchildren, Drew, Gavin, Finley and Paige; sisters-in-law, Evelyn LaRue of Belvidere, Illinois, Muriel Blakeslee of Reedsburg and Lorraine Grover of Reedsburg; and special niece Shirley (Owen) Manville of Ironton; along with many other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob; five brothers, Robert, Ivan, Maurice, Jim and infant Jackie La Rue; and three sisters, Angie Gibeaut, Alice Scott and Madelyn McFarland.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Reedsburg, with Father David Carrano officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery following the service. There will be a visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Thursday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic School Endowment Fund or the Reedsburg Area Medical Center Tree of Lights.

The family would also like to thank Dr. Robert Turner, Kathy Griffin, Reedsburg Area Medical Center, the Sauk County Health Care Center and Our House for the great care they provided for Avis.

Hoof Funeral Home is serving the family.

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