Jablinske, Wilbert William “Willie” (1912-2003)

Funeral services were held on Friday, September 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. Casketbearers were Jerry Brown, Keith Bugge, Mike Keefe, Al Hugg, Chad Bjorgaard and Ron Jablinske. Interment was in the Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.

Wilbert William was born on March 28, 1912 near Truman, the son of Rudolph Henry and Minnie Freida (Meyer) Jablinske.

He was baptized at Truman and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church. He attended grade school unit the fourth grade at the German School in Truman and then went to grade school in Daiseydale rural school and Oakgrove school, both in Sanders Township. At the age of 16, he moved with his parents to Thief River Falls and settled in Sanders Township.

On October 11, 1938 he married Myrtle Rude at Thief River Falls. He was a beekeeper for 10 years and worked for the City of Thief River Falls for 10 years in the street department. He hauled bulk milk for 22 years to Thief River Falls Co-op and Bridgeman Creameries. He also did custodial work at Trinity Lutheran Church for five years.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening, but especially enjoyed doing things with his children. Survivors included his wife, Myrtle of Thief River Falls; children Marlene Nessen of Thief River Falls, Beverly Jablinske of Thief River Falls, Katherine (Tom) Opdahl of Minneapolis and Roger (Deb) of Thief River Falls; sisters, Linda Olson Marie Peterson, Lydia (Howard) Spaars; brother Maynard (Alvina) Jablinske.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky