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Blanche Levina Tarvestad

May 9, 1920 ~ January 17, 2018 (age 97)

Memorial services for Blanche L. Tarvestad, age 97, formerly of Albert Lea, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home.  Rev. Milt Ost will officiate. Interment will be at Lakewood Cemetery.  Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Online condolences are welcome at

Blanche passed away peacefully, Wednesday, January 17, 2018 in Sun City, Arizona.

Blanche Levina Tarvestad was born May 9, 1920 in Jasper City, IA, the daughter of Arthur Louis and Minnie Katherina (Reifschneider) Sash.  She grew up in Brownsdale, MN.  Blanche graduated from Austin High School and Mankato Beauty School.  On September 2, 1939, she married Morris “Tib” Tarvestad at the First Lutheran Parsonage in Albert Lea.  She lived most of her life in Albert Lea until moving to Arizona in 1973.  Blanche was an artist in all mediums.  She enjoyed sewing, shopping at thrift stores, dancing, and playing bridge on her laptop.

Blanche is survived by her sons, Terry (Iris) Tarvestad and Tony (Kate) Tarvestad; grandchildren, Todd (Carrie) Tarvestad, Nic Diaz, Darrin (Tammy) Diaz, Douglas Tarvestad, Kimberly Kohlhaas, Paxton Tarvestad, Jayna (Chuck) Theis, Taylor (Lior) Sztainer, and Joseph Tarvestad; great-grandchildren: Cody Tarvestad, Ashley Hillson, Joey, Hanna, and Mackenzie Diaz; Sarah and Adam Tarvestad, Lily and Ethan Kohlhaas; Anna and Vivian Tarvestad; Rhiannon and Tyler Theis; Levi and Matan Sztainer; great-great-granddaughter, Aurora Hillson; and special friend and dancing partner, Cris Reveles, and many nieces and nephews.

Blanche was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Morris “Tib” Tarvestad; daughter, Trudy Feldkamp; grandson, Ty Allen Tarvestad; four sisters, and three brothers.

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