Lucille Evelyn Blawat

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Lucille Evelyn Blawat died Thursday, April 12, 2012, in Durango. She was 92.

Mrs. Blawat was born April 6, 1920, in Milwaukee to Otho and Dorothy Chapman. She grew up in Milwaukee and graduated from South Milwaukee High School.

On Nov. 28, 1937, she married Leo J. Blawat in Crown Point, Ind.

Along with raising her children and creating a loving home, Mrs. Blawat also was co-owner and co-operator of the family water-well drilling company, her family said.

In 1981, Mr. and Mrs. Blawat moved to Camp Verde, Ariz., and Mrs. Blawat later moved back to Milwaukee in 2000. She eventually came to Durango in 2007, but she continued to spend summers at her daughter’s Wisconsin lake home.

She enjoyed crafts and reading.

“She was a listening ear and was a good secret keeper,” her granddaughter Tammy Smith said. “She was a kind lady and a wonderful grandmother.”

Mrs. Blawat was preceded in death by her husband, Leo J. Blawat; daughter Joan Barbian; and sons James Blawat and William Blawat.

She is survived by her daughters, Carol Bentley, of Durango, Susan Eidler of Caledonia, Wis., Sharon Knasinski of Muskego, Wis., and Cynthia Weber of Asheville, N.C.; son Richard Blawat of Clarkdale, Ariz.; sisters Dorothy Blady of Fruita, and Betty Pergande of Tucson, Ariz.; as well as 19 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Altogether, Mrs. Blawat has 63 descendants.

No services are planned at this time. Cremation will occur.