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Alva Henry Bliesmer -- Rochester

ROCHESTER -- The funeral for Alva Henry Bliesmer will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Homestead United Methodist Church in Rochester, with the Rev. Samuel Dull officiating. Burial will be in High Forest Cemetery near Stewartville.

Mr. Bliesmer, 85, of Central Towers, Rochester, formerly of Stewartville, died Saturday (June 29, 2002) at Seasons Hospice. He had been ill the past year.

Born Dec. 8, 1916, in Iowa, he moved with his family to Hanley Falls and Woodlake, Minn., and lived in Winona and Potsdam. He graduated from Elgin High School in 1934. On Oct. 9, 1942, he married Marion Reese in High Forest and they farmed in the Stewartville area. Mr. Bliesmer also was a carpenter in Rochester. He and his wife moved to Rochester following his retirement in 1976. He had lived at Central Towers for several years. His wife died Aug. 3, 1996. Mr. Bliesmer was a member of Homestead United Methodist Church, a 60-year Mason, past master of the Stewartville Masonic Lodge, and a 50-year member of the Rochester Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include a son, William of Rochester; a daughter, Donna (Art) Pavlish of Rochester; and a granddaughter. A sister and a grandson preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and an hour before the service Tuesday at the church. There will be a Masonic service at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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Memorials are suggested to High Forest Cemetery or a charity of the donor's choice.

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