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Louise W. Blunschi

November 8, 1926 ~ August 17, 2019 (age 92)


Our precious Louise (Granny), 92 of Lorena, Texas entered heaven on August 17th, 2019.  She was born November 8th, 1926, in Coryell County, to Louis Allen and Edna Mae (Tow) Wendeborn.

Louise graduated from Turnersville High School where she played on the ladies Buffalo basketball team. She met her first husband, Gayle M. Pruiett, while working at Bill’s Café in Gatesville.  They were married for twenty-five years and had four children. 

Gayle - a Bataan Death March survivor and Japanese POW, remained in the military after his release, together their family traveled the world until he retired and settled in San Antonio, TX.  Louise a dedicated military wife was extremely proud of her family that followed Gayle’s military commitment and tradition:

US Navy                    Son - Jerry Pruiett and Granddaughter Jacqueline Gutierrez

US Marine Corp          Sons - Michael Pruiett and Flavil Pruiett

US Army                     Grandson - James Pruiett and Jeff Biddle

US Air Force              Great - grandson, Will Appl

In 1976 she married Willard S. Blunschi Sr.; together they loved gardening, gambling, football, traveling, and family gatherings at their home in Lorena, Texas.  Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations were very special, memories we will cherish.  They also enjoyed their home in Eutaw, Alabama where they attended Auburn football games until Willard was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and eventually lost his battle in 2012. 

Louise, a huge Chicago Cubs fan, scheduled her days around their baseball games.  In fact, she would seldom answer the phone during a Cubs game, and if she did, it was a very brief conversation.  She celebrated her 90th birthday shortly after watching the Cubs win the 2016 World Series – she could not have been happier.

She is preceded in death by parents: Louis Allen Wendeborn and Edna Mae (Tow) Wendeborn, husband, Willard Blunschi Sr., brother, Clinton Wendeborn, sisters, Myrtle Winfield (Edwin), Edna Mae Smith (Arlice), Jewell Dominek (Johnnie), brother-in-law, Robert C. Manning, son-in-law, Alex McCulloch, daughter-in-law Kimberly Pruiett, step-daughter-in-law, Luci Blunschi, nephews, Bobby Lynn Smith and Eddie Paul Dominek.

Louise is survived by her sister - Wanda Cecile Manning of Pearl TX, daughter Linda McCulloch of Waco, TX, and sons Jerry Pruiett (Patsy) of Round Rock, TX, Michael Pruiett (Bobbi) of USVI, Flavil Pruiett of Leakey, TX, step-son David Blunschi (Marianne) of Hiram, GA, Bill Blunschi of Powder Springs, GA, grandchildren Laura Beam (Rusty) of Colleyville, TX, Matthew McClister (Angela) of Burleson, TX, Stacy Biddle (Jeff) of Round Rock, TX, Terry Pruiett (Stefanie) of Round Rock, TX, James Pruiett of Irving, TX, Jacqueline Gutierrez (David) of Irving, TX, Candace Cole (Jeff) of Helotes, TX, Tommie Reeder (Chris) of San Antonio, TX, Theresa Bass of Sugarloaf Shores, FL, Ryan, Austin and Sean Lee of San Antonio, TX.  Louise is survived by, 23 great grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson, along with many loving nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Karen Bloomer, Derrick Wiggam and Danny Tomlinson and the caring staff at Providence Hospice, Heidi Smith with Visiting Angels, and Kayley Miller with Right at Home.

Pallbearers:  Terry Pruiett, Matthew McClister, James Pruiett, Jeff Biddle, David Gutierrez and Rusty Beam.  Honorary Pallbearers:  Dustin Emmons and Will Appl.

A Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 AM, Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Waco Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel.  Eulogy will be provided by Chaplain Danny Tomlinson and Dr. Mack McClister.  Graveside services will follow.

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August 22, 2019

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Waco Memorial Park Mausoleum
6623 South Interstate 35
Waco, TX 76706

Celebration of Life
August 22, 2019

11:00 AM
Waco Memorial Park Mausoleum
6623 South Interstate 35
Waco, TX 76706

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