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Blanche Mary Wachdorf Adams

12-14-1919 Chicago to 4-28-2005 Oklahoma







after Joe's death,

the girls went into the Angel Guardian Orphanage


Blanche was baptized


in St. Martin's Church

by Rev. Schikowski.

Her godparents were

Charles Falkenthal


"Mary Wachdorf"

(probably Mae Wachdorf)

married in 1943


Lou Adams




current generations

not listed

to protect

their privacy


her parents:

Joseph Wachdorf


 Jessie McCormick

his parents:

Harvey Adams & Hazel Young


Her paternal grandparents:

Anton Wachdorf & Anna Klein


Her maternal grandparents:

Charles McCormick & Mary Drouin


Her paternal aunts & uncles:

1883-Clara Roster & Henry; 1884-Kitty Hochertz & Tony; 1886-Harry H. Wachdorf & Dell; 1888-Edward Wachdorf & Irene; 1895-Lettie Myers & Harvey; 1897-Mae Wachdorf; 1899-Frances Stevens & Frank; 1902-Madge Wachdorf


Her maternal aunts & uncles:

Charles, Mamie, Chester & Pearl McCormick


One side of her paternal great-grandparents: John Klein and Christina Alberg Klein

One side of her maternal great-grandparents: Thomas McCormick & Emily

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Joe and his daughters. The littlest one is Blanche.

Blanche Wachdorf Adams

Lou Adams, Blanche's husband

Blanche and Leona

Ruth, Coletta, Leona, Blanche on Coletta's wedding day, 1937

Coletta's wedding day 1937. Blanche is second from left, barely visible. Full list of who's who near bottom of gallery page

Leona, their Grandmother Anna Klein Wachdorf, their cousin Lorraine "Sis" Stevens, and Blanche

1979 Blanche, her sister Leona, her husband Lou, and her aunt Madge Wachdorf (Joe's sister)

Who's who in Coletta's wedding photo, left to right. The two seated on the ground are Marge Kary Wachdorf (wife of Edward Wachdorf Jr.), and Madge Wachdorf. Of the three girls, I can only identify the littlest one: Dolores Wachdorf on the left, between bride Coletta and bridesmaid Leona. The back row, from left: Lettie Wachdorf Myers (Joe's sister), Blanche, Leona, Ruth, Anna Klein Wachdorf (Joe's mother), unknown man, bride Coletta Wachdorf Howicz (the name has many spelling, detailed on her page), unknown woman, groom Steve Howicz, possibly Frank Stevens (Fran's husband), Fran Wachdorf Stevens (Joe's sister), unknown old man behind two unknown girls who are probably two of the Stevens girls.

Blanche's Obituary (with names of the living removed):

4-30-2005 Claremore Progress (Oklahoma):

        Blanche Mary Adams, the daughter of Joseph and Jessie (McCormick) Wachdorf, was born Dec. 14, 1919, in Chicago, IL. She was baptized as a child in the Catholic faith, a faith she embraced into her adulthood.

        Blanche met her husband, Louis, while working in a department store in Chicago. Their dates were spent with many hours dancing on skates at the Midway in Chicago, a popular pastime during the war days. They married in 1943.

        The mother of four children, Blanche was devoted to her family. Her fun-loving nature was shared by her family and they spent their times together playing games, going on picnics, fishing, hunting and early morning breakfasts cooked over outdoor fires. After the children were grown, Blanche and Louis continued their fun activities, joining a bowling league.

        Later in years Blanche and Louis made their home in Lawrence, Kansas, where she worked at Kansas City Color Press. She retired in Housekeeping at Lawrence Memorial Hospital where her giving and caring nature was able to shine.

        In 1980, while visiting her daughter *** in Claremore, Blanche attended a tent revival at Victory Tabernacle Church. With her young granddaughter *** praying at her side, she rededicated her life to God. With friends and family looking on, her son-in-law *** later baptized her at Spencer Creek.

        In 1996 she made her home in Claremore. Living a year or so with her daughter, *** and her husband ***. While living there she volunteered at Second Impression Resale Store, which benefits the Domestic Abuse Shelter. She enjoyed many fun times with her co-volunteers.

        When her daughter *** moved to Claremore, Blanche then relocated, moving in with *** where she lived out the rest of her remaining days. Blanche passed gently into the Lord's arms Thursday, April 28, 2005, at the age of 85.

        Survivors include her sons... daughters... seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren... burial at Lone Elm Cemetery.