Therese M. Blee


AURORA - Therese Marie Blee, 88, of Aurora, formerly of Paw Paw and Holiday, Fla., peacefully entered eternal life on Nov. 19, 2020 at her home. 

Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at the Daleiden Mortuary, 220 N. Lake St. Aurora; phone (630) 631-5500. Funeral services will follow at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the mortuary followed by an 11 a.m. funeral mass at Holy Angels Church in Aurora. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. that afternoon at Wyoming Township Cemetery in Paw Paw. 

In adherence to COVID-19 pandemic protocols, non-family visitors are asked to pay their respects to the family for only a few minutes and exit the funeral home in a timely fashion. Social distancing and face masks are required for those in attendance with a limit of 10 people in the building at a time. We appreciate your cooperation and apologize for any inconvenience.

Therese was born March 29, 1932 in Rochelle to Hans Pater and Inger (Larsen) Hansen. Due to the death of her mother when Therese was an infant, she was adopted by her uncle and aunt, Charles and Minnie Hansen. She married Arthur J. Blee on Oct. 16, 1954, and they made their home in Paw Paw. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include one daughter, Karen (Gerard) Nickels of Aurora; one son, Arlen Blee of Phoenix, Ariz.; one grandson, Joseph Arthur Blee of Phoenix, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years; her parents; three sisters, Hazel Quinn, Bernice Schoenholz and Arlene White; and one brother, Clifford Hansen.

Therese was a 1950 graduate of Rochelle Township High School. After retiring in 1979, she and Arthur moved to Holiday, Fla. Therese returned to Illinois in 2018 to live near her daughter in Aurora. She was an associate of The Blessed Sacrament Fathers and volunteered to help the poor at Florida soup kitchens and a parish food pantry. She was a member of The Ladies Guild of her Florida parish, St. Vincent de Paul, and had served on the board of her condo association. She enjoyed sewing and craft work and made many beautiful items for family and friends.

Please visit www.daleidenmortuary.com to leave condolences for Therese’s family.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated in Therese’s name to The Holy Angels Food Pantry, 204 South Russell Ave., Aurora, IL 60506.

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