Eugene Blatz

Eugene Blatz, 85, of St. Nazianz passed away Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Homestead Health Services in New Holstein.

Gene was born Feb. 3, 1936 to the late Gregor and Adela (Wagner) Blatz. On June 30, 1956 he married the former Jeanette Rabe at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Kiel. The couple operated Blatz’s Bar in School Hill for three years. Jeanette preceded him in death on Aug. 29, 1992. Gene enjoyed bowling and beanbag leagues and shaking dice with his friends.

Survivors include his children, Michael (special friend Christine), Dan (Cathy), Brian (Marlene), Sandy (John) Burkhart, Cheryl (Gregg) Bathke, Andy (Crystal) and Tony; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters Mary Jane Platz and Jerriann Endries; brother-in-law Alvin Jr. (Helen) Rabe; sisters-in-law Edith Schneider, Kathy Rabe and Arlene Blatz; and special friend Doris Hitsman.

In addition to his parents and wife, Jeanette, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Glenroy (Hennie) Blatz and Marvin Blatz; and his brothers-in-law, Jim Platz, Jimmy Endries, Everett (Delores) Rabe, Kenneth Rabe and Ronnie Rabe; his father-in-law, Alvin Rabe; and his mothers-in-law, Helen Rabe and Ruby Rabe.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, March 18 at St. Gregory Catholic Church, 212 Church St., St. Nazianz at 5 p.m. Visitation will be held on Thursday at the church from 3 p.m. until the time of the Mass. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. Please visit to send online condolences.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Homestead Health Services for their care.

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