Josephine Blaber, 88


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Josephine Blaber (nee Dooley), 88, of Oak Park and Palm Springs, California, died on Feb. 3, 2019. Born on July 12, 1930, she was a brilliant and prolific artist and a cherished and trend-setting mom and grandma. She was a graduate of St. Luke and Trinity in River Forest and St. Mary of the Woods, and a longtime member of St. Edmund Parish, as well as president of the Palm Springs Museum Artists Council. 

Josephine was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Leo B. Blaber Jr. She is survived by her brother Dick (Barbara) Dooley; her children, Mary, Wendy (Bill) Cook, Mark (Maureen), Peter (Heather), Christina (Eric) Blake, Vincent (Loly), David (Pilar), Barbara (Mark) Jenig, Ramona (Mike Cosgrove); and her grandchildren, Kylie, Brendan, Peter, Erin, Christopher, Justin, Nicole, Kelly, Spencer, Stacia, Melissa, Michael, Natasha, and Maverick. 

Visitation was held on Feb. 10 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Edmund Church on Feb. 11, followed by interment at All Saints Cemetery. 

The family appreciates memorial gifts to St. Edmund Church, 188 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, 60302, ( or to Operation Smile Train

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