Barbara Marie Lempka Bleser

  • Barbara Marie Lempka Bleser

Barbara Marie Bleser, known as "Marie" by family and friends, passed away at The Gardens of Sumter, South Carolina, on Saturday, March 9,2019. She was 80 years old.

Born May 17, 1938, in Goshen, she was the daughter of Frank L. Lempka Sr. and Katherine V. Heter Lempka.

She married W. Ross Bleser on July 20, 1957. Marie worked at AVC Hearing Aid Center as a bookkeeper for 20 years. She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, playing cards and board games with family and friends.

She was a loving, nurturing mother and grandmother. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy.

She is survived by her husband W. Ross Bleser of Manning, S.C.; sons Michael Ross Bleser (Mae) of the Philippines and Robin Mark Bleser of Warwick; daughter Lisa Marie Weimer (Michael) of Middletown; brother Daniel Lempka (Sabina) of Durlandville; sister Carole Slover (George) of Middletown; and three grandchildren: Danielle, Monica and Nicholas Weimer.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers Conrad, Frank, Stanley, Clarence, Leonard and Richard Lempka; and sisters Martha Bigert, Janet Slesinski, Lucy Schank and Eileen Ohap.

She shares the same day of rest with her sister Katherine Slesinski.

Memorial visitation was held May 16 at T.S. Purta Funeral Home, 22 Glenmere Avenue, Florida.

A funeral mass was held May 17 at St. Joseph Church, 20 Glenmere Avenue, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Regency SouthernCare Hospice Services, 960 Pamplico Highway, Suite K, Florence, S.C. 29505.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the T.S. Purta Funeral Home.

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