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Obituary: James Edward Blashka

James Edward Blashka, 64, Greenleaf, passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2022. He was born March 26, 1958, in Manitowoc to the late Theodore “Ted” and Sylvia (Lakatos) Blashka.

Jim graduated from Manitowoc Lincoln High School. On November 26, 1988, he was united in marriage to Diane Buchholz at Trinity Lutheran Church, Brillion.

Jim was a seasonal employee with the Brown County Parks for 24 years, he loved working outdoors, and meeting the people for their rentals.

An active member of the Way-Morr Lions Club, and serving as President a few times, Jim enjoyed the activities that were put on by the club. He especially enjoyed the Easter Egg Hunt, and most of all the Music in the Park. He so enjoyed all the smiling faces. He was also the guy if you needed something, he would try and fix it, and if you needed a tool, Jim probably had it.

He is survived by his wife Diane, daughter Heidi (Shane) Rusch, Reedsville, and granddaughter Autumn Brandes (fiancé Ben Klister), Hilbert. Jim is further survived by his siblings; Pat Blashka, Brillion, William (Pauline) Blashka, Sheboygan, Mary (Don) Bender, Manitowoc, as well as his brother-in-law Dan Buchholz, and nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws; Melvin “Bud” (Eldora) Buchholz, brother-in-law Robert “Bob” Ollendorf, and sister-in-law Sandy Blashka.

Friends may call at Zion Lutheran Church 7395 Cty W, Greenleaf on Monday, September 19th from 3:00PM – 7:00PM. Visitation will continue after 1:00PM on Tuesday, September 20th, until time of service at 4:00PM with Pastor James Enderle officiating. Burial will take place on Wednesday at 10:00AM at the church cemetery. Nickel Funeral Home, Morrison is assisting the family. Please go to to send online condolences to the family.

Special thanks to Alvin and Edward Beyer, First Responder Amanda, Brown County Sheriffs Department, County Rescue, and the Emergency staff at Bellin Hospital.


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