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Blandina M. Williams

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Blandina Meneses Marinduque Williams, Blandie/Dina, age 76, of Lake Nebagamon, WI, was called to the Lord unexpectedly of natural causes, 26 June 2022. She leaves behind stored up treasure for the best treasure in Heaven.

Born 18 February 1946, daughter to Maximo and Victoria Sanchez, she was one of nine children in a busy household in the City of Dagupan within the Pangasinan Region of the Philippines. After completing her primary education and helping raise her younger siblings, she took on a courageous and adventurous spirit and traveled with friends to Italy in the early 1970’s. Exploring Italy’s famous sites such as Pisa and Rome she would find a travel partner in a young Albert Williams, Jr., an American Navy Seaman, on a bus in Gaeta, Italy. Soon after they would welcome their first daughter and continue their travels to the southern United States of Alabama and Mississippi. A second daughter entered their household and the adventure of motherhood took them to northern Wisconsin where her creativity and ingenuity would flourish for the remaining forty-three years.

As a product of the Philippines she introduced her style of cooking to the Williams family where egg rolls and pancit were an expected family gathering dish. During the mid-80’s when she could get free labor from her children she had set up a food stand during the Lake Nebagamon Summerfest where she offered Filipino menu items. Ever adventurous in cooking, there was the one and only time she voluntarily offered the family yard to take on the momentous task of preparing pork lechon from start to finish and from head to tail.

She took up and honed her skills in sewing, crochet and quilt making. For sewing, she was able to look at an outfit, draw out her own patterns and make numerous items. Family photos and her daughters’ school pictures highlight her work. She was most proud of making her eldest daughter’s wedding dress. She made use of her talent by having a side hustle as a seamstress. She spent countless hours crocheting snowflakes for St. Anthony’s Church of Lake Nebagamon’s Christmas Trees. Her numerous crochet snowflakes have been given as gifts to family members and friends. She has made quilts for competition and display at the Douglas County Fair and has amassed bolts of colorful fabric for upcoming projects and gifts.

Always busy, never idle, her favorite past times were fishing, gardening and taking care of her houseplants. She had the knack for landing fish using a homemade lure attractant. Sadly, the secret recipe will remain a secret. Her bountiful harvest from her garden would be shared with neighbors and friends. Her nursery of plants thrived with her attentive care.

Blandie is survived by her daughters Ardie (Brad) Buechner of Wasilla, AK and Belinda Williams (John Olson) of Solon Springs, WI; grandchildren, Brian Wheeler, Connar Wheeler and Barrett Buechner; brothers Rueben (Rose) Sanchez, Julian (Vicky) Sanchez, Rodrigo (Daisy) Sanchez and Edwin (Edith) Sanchez; sisters Emelia Sanchez, Celia Sorillo and Divina (Porfirio) Jimenez. She is preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Albert R. Williams, Jr., her parents and a brother Jose Sanchez.

Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 8th until the 11:00 a.m. funeral mass at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 1648 E County Rd B, Lake Nebagamon, WI. Reverend Father Andrew Ricci will be the celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Anthony’s Church or local community organizations such as Kids in Nebagamon or Nebagamon Community Association.

Downs Funeral Home, 1617 N 19th St., is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.downsfh.com.

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