Thief River Falls - Blanche Yonke, 89, Thief River Falls, died peacefully on Friday, April 18, 2014 at Thief River Care Center in Thief River Falls.
The funeral service to celebrate the life of Blanche Yonke was held Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. Rob Kopp officiating. Casket bearers included Vern Cleven, Dale Nelson, Terry Timm, Jason Fimrite, Devin Carlson and Jerry Helle. Honorary casket bearers included all of Blanche’s grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.
Blanche Elaine Bornholdt was born Dec. 7, 1924 in Park River, N.D., the daughter of John and Emily (Larson) Bornholdt. She attended country grade school near Park River, N.D., and in 1939 the family moved to rural Thief River Falls and Blanche attended school in St. Hilaire.
On Nov. 26, 1944, Blanche was united in marriage to Everett Yonke in Thief River Falls, and to this union four children were born, Jean, Sheryl, Richard and Lori. They made their home in Sanders Township, Pennington County, rural Thief River Falls. Together they farmed small grains, had dairy cattle and raised their family. After retirement in 1981, they moved into Thief River Falls and Everett passed away in 1988.
Blanche enjoyed spending time with her friends, dancing and listening to old time music, cooking and baking for her family, flower and vegetable gardening, organizing photos and memoirs, and especially enjoyed spending time with her family. Blanche had a fun-loving sense of humor. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Thief River Falls.
Survivors include four loving children, Jean (Bob) Enlow of Coon Rapids, Sheryl (David) Likes of Ft. Gibson, Okla., Richard Yonke of Thief River Falls, and Lori Padilla of Thief River Falls; nine grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; brother, John Bornholdt of Thief River Falls; sister-in-law, Marge Komen of San Bernardino, CA; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett; daughter-in-law, Rose Yonke; granddaughter, Trisha Helken; parents; brothers, Sam and Chester (Sylvia); and sister, Ardith (Reuben) Greenwood.