Phyllis Blake, 1936-2015

Published 10:27 am Thursday, February 12, 2015

Funeral services for Phyllis Jean Blake, 78, of Alden will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church in Albert Lea. The Rev Tom Biatek will officiate. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at 

Phyllis Blake

Phyllis Blake

Phyllis died peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at her home surrounded by her children.

Phyllis Jean Blake was born Aug. 3, 1936, in Nunda Township to Norman Garfield and Julia (Aanrud) Hagen. Sis grew up in the Twin Lakes and Grass Lake areas and attended Twin Lakes Country School. As a child Sis was a member of Lunder Lutheran and Round Prairie Lutheran Church.

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After a brief marriage to Lamar Trytten she married the love of her life on Aug. 5, 1960, Richard Burton Blake, in Mason City. She was a member of United Methodist Church. Sis worked part time at Blake’s Body Shop sanding and cleaning cars and cleaning the office. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, wine making, oil painting, cutting wood and producing syrup from box elder trees. Most of all, Sis enjoyed spending time outside on the farm and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughters Vicki Blake, Kathy Blake-Baker and Cheryl Blake; sons Kevin Blake and special friend, Deb Brewer, and Jason Blake; daughter-in-law, Katherine C. Blake; grandchildren Jennifer (Shawn) Jackson, Lisa Semple, Rachel Matson, Jeremy Blake, Jessica (Mike) Bakken, Tanya (Joel) Treptow, Travis (Jenny Fjermestad) Thompson, Troy (Mary) Thompson, Cheyenne Blake, Cody Blake, Kendra Blake, Kasey (Lance) Tufte, Justin (Beth) Blake and Samantha (Brandon) Yost; 25 great-grandchildren; brother, Lloyd (Doris) Hagen; sisters Shawn Hagen and Dawn (Chad) Williams; sisters-in-law Kaye Hagen, Lola Blake, Rita Blake, Jean Hansen and Betty Johnson; many, many loving nieces and nephews; special cousin, Margaret Schmitt; and her special dog, Sisko.

Sis was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard; son, Mark David Blake; grandson, Tyler Aaron Blake; brothers Norman Hagen Jr., Myrvel Hagen, Nolan Hagen, Glennis Hagen in infancy and Robert Hagen in infancy; sister, Norma Hagen, in infancy; brothers-in-law Richard Hansen, Gordon Blake, Harold Blake and Ralph Johnson; and sister-in-law, Pat Hagen.