Archive for Saturday, October 26, 1996


October 26, 1996


Memorial services for Carolyn Virginia Riola Blaas, Lawrence, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Plymouth Congregational Church, Lawrence. Private inurnment will be in Pioneer Cemetery, Lawrence.

Mrs. Blaas died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1996, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Dunkirk, N.Y., the daughter of Carlo and Maria DeNello Riola.

She completed her post-secondary education at a teacher's college in upstate New York.

Mrs. Blaas first worked as an administrator for a children's detention home run by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children in Rochester, N.Y. During her tenure there, the runaway rate dropped from 200 to two in two years.

Mrs. Blaas taught outdoor training to Girl Scout leaders and was a founder of the Hidden Valley Girl Scout Camp in Lawrence.

She later began an affiliation with the American Red Cross in Lawrence that lasted more than 30 years. During her tenure with the organization, she was the executive director for more than five years until 1966. She then worked for more than 12 years on disaster relief. Her remaining years were spent working on the organization's financial and executive board, and she was given the title "Lifetime Voting Board Member."

She married Karel H. Blaas on Nov. 12, 1938, in Dunkirk, N.Y. He died Nov. 6, 1986.

Survivors include two sons, Hugo Blaas, Salt Lake City, and Charles Blaas, New Woodstock, N.Y.; a daughter, Marie Bodkin, Salt Lake City; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the American Red Cross or Lawrence Senior Center, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence.

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