Blanche Tarvestad, 1920-2018

Published 1:00 am Saturday, April 28, 2018

Memorial services for Blanche L. Tarvestad, 97, formerly of Albert Lea, will be at 10:30 a.m. May 5 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Milt Ost will officiate. Interment will be at Lakewood Cemetery. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Online condolences are welcome at

Blanche Tarvestad,

Blanche passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Sun City, Arizona.

Blanche Levina Tarvestad was born May 9, 1920, in Jasper City, Iowa, the daughter of Arthur Louis and Minnie Katherina (Reifschneider) Sash. She grew up in Brownsdale. Blanche graduated from Austin High School and Mankato Beauty School.

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On Sept. 2, 1939, she married Morris “Tib” Tarvestad at First Lutheran Parsonage in Albert Lea. She lived most of her life in Albert Lea until moving to Arizona in 1973.

Blanche was an artist in all mediums. She enjoyed sewing, shopping at thrift stores, dancing and playing bridge on her laptop.

Blanche is survived by her sons Terry (Iris) Tarvestad and Tony (Kate) Tarvestad; grandchildren Todd (Carrie) Tarvestad, Nic Diaz, Darrin (Tammy) Diaz, Douglas Tarvestad, Kimberly Kohlhaas, Paxton Tarvestad, Jayna (Chuck) Theis, Taylor (Lior) Sztainer and Joseph Tarvestad; great-grandchildren Cody Tarvestad, Ashley Hillson, Joey, Hanna and Mackenzie Diaz, Sarah and Adam Tarvestad, Lily and Ethan Kohlhaas, Anna and Vivian Tarvestad, Rhiannon and Tyler Theis, and Levi and Matan Sztainer; great-great-granddaughter, Aurora Hillson; special friend and dancing partner, Cris Reveles; and many nieces and nephews.

Blanche was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Morris “Tib” Tarvestad; daughter, Trudy Feldkamp; grandson, Ty Allen Tarvestad; four sisters; and three brothers.