Merced Sun Star
May 30, 2004
Jean Catherine (Beith) Blauert
March 11, 1918-April 29, 2004


Jean Blauert, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away Thursday evening at Mercy Hospital. She had been ill for a few days, but had generally been in good health for all of her 86 years. Jean was born on March 11, 1918 in Wakefield, Nebraska. Her parents were William Warren and Katherine Beith. She grew up on the family farm "Armor Place" in Eastern Nebraska with her sister Agnes, and her brothers Mac, Charley, and Bill. Jean married Don Blauert in Chowchilla on May 10, 1942. Don always said that he had married "the prettiest girl in town". They shared sixty years together. Don ran the Credit Bureaus of Merced County for 35 years. Jean helped with that business and also with the rental properties they owned. Don and Jean shared many happy times with their children and grandchildren. These included countless Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners. The grandchildren remember many trips to the foothills (especially Jamestown), fishing trips, visits to Castle Air Museum and the Merced County Historical Society, and trips down to Chowchilla to visit Uncle Charley and Aunt LaVern.


Jean was preceded in death by her mother Katherine (McCorkindale) Beith in 1930, and her father William Warren Beith 1965. Her husband Donald Edward Blauert passed away in February 2003. She was also preceded by her sister Flora Agnes Brown (1914-1993) and her brothers, Malcolm Donald Beith (19131998), Charles Russell Beith (1916-1996), and William Warren Beith, Jr. (1923-1993).


She is survived by her daughter Donna Van Noy and her husband Allan Van Noy; her son Clifford Blauert and his wife Blithe Blauert; and three grandsons, Cameron Van Noy, Adam Blauert and Andrew Blauert. Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, May 5, 2004 at Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Chapel from 3:00-7:00pm. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2004 at 10:30am at Central Presbyterian Church in Merced. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 301 W. 18th St., Ste. 101, Merced, CA 95340; or to the Central Presbyterian Church, 1920 Canal St, Merced.

Arrangements are under the direction of Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Chapel.

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