Obituary: Blanche McCallum

Blanche McCallum

Blanche T. McCallum, 91, of Oregon, Wisconsin, passed away on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison.

She was born on Aug. 30, 1929, in Watertown, the daughter of Clarence and Agnes (Heger) Richter. She met the love of her life, Archie D. McCallum, at a dance and they were married on Oct. 25, 1952, in Richwood, Wisconsin. Blanche worked for the Oregon School District, serving lunch for many years, and was a crossing guard for 15 years. She was a lifetime member of Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic Church and the Red Hat Club.

Blanche loved dancing, flower gardening and taking Sunday drives. She enjoyed her weekly trips to the Firefly, where she would gather with friends for wonderful conversation and coffee, and she enjoyed playing Chinese checkers with her special friends at Oregon Manor. Most of all, Blanche loved her family and the time she spent with them.

Blanche is survived by her children, Lavonne (Randy) Nedlose, Linda (John) McCallum-Miller, Craig (Cindy) McCallum, Lisa (Bill) Harrington and Curt (Janis) McCallum; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rosanne Richter and Doris Zimmerman; two sisters-in-law, Darlene McCallum and Myrna Richter; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie; her parents; two brothers, Joe and Donald Richter; brother-in-law, Alphonse “Zim” Zimmerman; and sister-in-law, Lucille “Chuck” Richter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic Church, 651 N. Main St., Oregon, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, with Father Wankerl presiding. Visitation will be held at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass on Saturday, Aug. 14.

A private family burial was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Blanche’s granddaughters, Jessica Gross, Darcie Sudenga, Jaime Wilkemeyer, Samantha Harrington, Ariana McCallum and Ana Kanzler.

Memorials may be made to Agrace Hospice Care or Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic Church.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Oregon Manor and UW Hospital, especially Melissa R.N., for their loving care. Online condolences may be shared at

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