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Fauntelle Blagg Feb. 1, 2017 – Jan. 29, 2017

Jan 29, 2017

Funeral services for Fauntelle Blagg, 89, of Estherville will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church in Estherville with Pastor Tim Harmon officiating. Interment will be at East Side Memorial Cemetery, Estherville. She died on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Thursday at the Henry-Olson Funeral Home in Estherville and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Fauntelle Elaine (Hays) Blagg, the daughter of Elbert and Sevilla (Kuite) Hays, was born March 5, 1927 in Granite, Iowa. Fauntelle was named after the actress Dian Fauntelle.

She received her early education in various schools due to her dad being a railroad employee, moving often, spending 7th, 8th and 9th grade in the Des Moines Schools, eventually moving to Gruver, Iowa, with her family, graduating from high school there. During high school she played basketball and participated two years in a row in the Iowa State Girls Basketball Tournament in 1944 and 1945. After graduation from high school she attended Commercial College in Mankato, Minn.

On March 8, 1947, she was united in marriage to John Blagg at Gruver Presbyterian Church. Following their marriage the couple made their home in rural Estherville where they began raising their family and farming. Fauntelle was also employed outside the home at Graves Grain Company in Gruver, where she did double entry bookkeeping and tested soybean moisture, simply by biting the bean. In her leisure time she loved baking her world famous cinnamon rolls, playing cribbage and gin rummy and she and John hosted yearly tournaments. She loved people and going to coffee with her friends and was affectionately known as “The Warden.” She also enjoyed reading, quilting, knitting and baking.

She was a member of Gruver Presbyterian Church until it was closed. She served as an Elder, participated in church circle and was chairwoman and a member of United Presbyterian Women. Recently Fauntelle was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Estherville. She also was a member of Royal Neighbors, Cowbells, and East Riverside Club.

Left to cherish Fauntelle’s memory are her husband of 69 years, John of Estherville; children, Beth Christiansen and her husband, Craig of St. James, Minn.; Gary Blagg and his wife, Julie of Blue Earth, Minn.; David Blagg and his wife, Lynn of Omaha, Neb.; Sue Benz and her husband, Larry of Melvin; Jodi Speidel and her husband, Paul of Sioux City; 12 grandchildren, Chad Blagg, Kevin (Amber) Blagg, Tim (Tracy) Blagg, Brian (Kacee) Christiansen, John Benz, Matthew (Stephanie) Benz, Kym Christiansen, Megan Benz, Kirsten Blagg, Eryn Blagg, Devaney Speidel, Callahan Speidel; four great-grandchildren, Sydney Blagg, Abby Blagg, Ryan Blagg and Eli Blagg and one brother, Elbert Hays Jr. of Pasadena, Calif.

She has been preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Avera Holy Family Hospice or the First Presbyterian Church.