Signe Block, 92 - April 27, 2013Signe Vera (Wahlgren) Block, 92, of Boulder, CO, originally an 80-year resident of Gothenburg, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Boulder at the home of her granddaughter, with her daughter by her side.
Services will be conducted at the American Lutheran Church of Gothenburg, on Friday, May 3, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Tom Wilson officiating. Burial will be at the American Lutheran Cemetery, northeast of Gothenburg.
A visitation will take place at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg on Thursday, May 2, from 3 to 8 p.m. with family present from 5 to 7 p.m.
Block was born Jan. 16, 1921, to Carl Wahlgren and Signe (Fernstrom) Wahlgren, both immigrants from Sweden, the youngest of six children. She graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1938.
She was united in marriage to Clarence M. Block on Aug. 21, 1940, at Gothenburg. The couple honeymooned in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
In 1943, she and her husband began farming north of Cozad, and in 1950, they purchased a farm southwest of Gothenburg, which they farmed until retiring.
Block and her husband enjoyed taking their family on yearly trips to the mountains and other interesting places, according to family members. They also had opportunity to travel and visit her relatives in Sweden and see other sights in Europe.
She became a member of the Lutheran Church in 1940, continuing to be a member and serving her church for the remainder of her life. She was also an active community member, involved in women’s clubs and senior center activities.
Block studied painting and came to find great pleasure in painting china, said family. Her love of beauty was expressed through her paintings of flowers and landscapes on china, which are treasured by her family.
Gardening, canning and baking were her favorite jobs, family said, and her Swedish pancakes were a family favorite as she was an excellent cook.
Family was her passion and she spent her life involved in the lives of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, delighting each time a new baby was added to the family.
Block had moved to Boulder into Dunn Memorial Senior Housing to be near family, where she lived with a sense of well-being and peace, said family members. She was blessed with amazing endurance and continued to live independently until the last months of her life, living as she died, with strength, faith, compassion, determination and love.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, Clarence Block; a daughter, LaDonna King; son-in-law, John Alstad; great-granddaughter, Fritzie Zuckerman; all her siblings.
Survivors include: her two daughters—Janet (Ed) Youngberg of Evergreen, CO, and Rhonda Block Alstad of Boulder; her son, Mark (Kim) Block of Denver, CO; a son-in-law, Terry King; grandchildren—Sonja Youngberg, Elise (Dan) Vaughan, Gesyka (Daniel Burkard) Youngberg, Britt Alstad, Christiana (Leonardo) Lucani, Zachary Alstad, Mistia (Harmon) Zuckerman, Jeneia Mullins, Dustin Block, Ryan (Samantha White) Block, Jim King, Libby (Jamie) King and David (Tiffany) King; 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to the City of Gothenburg Commemorative Tree Program, c/o Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, 620 10th St., Gothenburg, NE 69138, and to the Gothenburg Senior Center, 410 20th St., Gothenburg, NE 69138.