Blanche Kathryn Wyse
Blanche Kathryn Wyse died on April14, 2014 a month after her 100th birthday in Decorah, IA. She was born in Wayland, IA in 1914 to Omar D. and Lucy Slagel Boshart. She grew up on her family’s farm and taught in a one-room country school before receiving her R.N. degree from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Iowa City, IA in 1936.
In 1939 Blanche married Clarence C. (Bud) Wyse, who also grew up in Wayland, and after a brief time in Jefferson, IA, they returned to their hometown where Bud opened a successful dental practice and they began a family that included four daughters and one son. During World War II Bud and Blanche lived in Biloxi, MS while he served as a captain in the US Army Dental Corps, but returned to Wayland after the war, where they lived until 1980 when they moved to Mt. Pleasant, IA. After Bud’s retirement they resided in Green Valley, AZ until his death in 1997.
Blanche’s nurses training and career (which included tenure at Elkhart, IN Hospital and Washington County, IA Hospital) prepared her for a lifetime of caring attention to her family and friends. She was a talented seamstress and artist, with a special gift in china painting, and also wielded carpenter’s and painter’s tools to decorate her homes with taste and economy. She shared a lovely soprano voice with her family and church congregation. She was known as a person who was concerned for the welfare of others, and many times helped those in need without recognition. Bud and Blanche traveled extensively, including medical missions in Colombia, South America and Yucatan, Mexico, where they performed dental surgery under challenging conditions. They were members of Wayland Mennonite Church for over 50 years and gave many years of dedicated service to the church and the community.
Blanche most recently lived in Decorah, IA near her son, Chris Wyse and his wife Karen, who provided attentive and loving care in her last years. She is also survived by four daughters: Lucy Broadston of Iowa City, IA, Marti Yoder and Mary Knocke of Portland, OR, and Amy Robinson of Hartford, CT, along with two sons-in-law, Ronald Yoder and Lewis Robinson, twelve beloved grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by her husband and her brother, Gerald, as well as her parents and many family members and friends.
Memorial arrangements will be private. Gifts in her memory may be made to the Wayland Mennonite Church, c/o the Blanche Wyse Music Fund, P.O. Box 67, Wayland, IA 52654.