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Sarah "Bess" Blank

January 23, 1928 — August 27, 2016

Sarah “Bess” E. Blank, 88, died Saturday, August 27, 2016, at Genesis Senior Living in Aledo.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 3rd at St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Geneseo.  Rev. Christopher Bushre will officiate.  Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery, rural Geneseo.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Geneseo is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Sarah Elizabeth Pauley was born January 23, 1928 in Lucerne, MO, the daughter of Guy and Lena (Pettit) Pauley.  She was united in marriage to Wilbur C. Blank on September 28, 1946 in Rock Island, IL.  He died February 13, 1995.  Bess had worked at Turnstyle, and then Venture in Moline until retiring.  She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and loved playing cards and dancing.  She especially enjoyed holidays and decorating.  She played in the Women’s Baseball League.

Bess is survived by her daughter, Linda (Gene) Pinegar, State Center, IA; a granddaughter, Kathy Kittleson, Merritt Island, FL; three brothers, George Pauley, Milan, Robert (Sherry) Pauley, Moline, and Ronald “Skip” (Donna) Pauley, Milan; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two daughters, Patricia Ewing and Debra Sparkman; a grandson, David Ewing; five brothers; and two sisters.

Condolences may be expressed by visiting Sarah’s obituary at

Charitable donations may be made to:

St. Jude's Childrens Hospital
P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38101-9908
Tel: 1-800-822-6344

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