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Blanche Wiesner

1923-2017

Blanche Wiesner

Blanche Wiesner

The family of Blanche Wiesner (née Blanka Cecilie Pevna) is sad to announce her death at York Care Center, Fredericton, NB on April 17, 2017.  Blanche was born on November 9, 1923 in the beautiful Moravian city of Olomouc in the former Czechoslovakia. With her sister Tasha and her parents, Bedrich and Cilka (Cecilie) she spent a happy childhood in the pastoral countryside around Olomouc. After moving to Prague during the Second World War she met her husband-to-be, Karel Wiesner. Blanche and Karel were married amid the Baroque splendor of Saint Nicholas Church in Prague on June 22, 1942 during the Nazi occupation of Prague. In 1946 shortly after the end of the war Blanche and their son moved to Zurich, Switzerland where her husband, Karel, was pursuing postdoctoral studies. Following the communist takeover in Czechslovakia in February 1948, Karel and Blanche elected not to return to their homeland and began to search for a new place to settle. Karel was offered a professorship in Chemistry at the University of New Brunswick and after a final fling in Paris (for years Blanche kept the black evening dress that Karel bought her with the last of their funds) the family boarded an immigrant ship and sailed to Canada. On arriving in Fredericton on a cold and rainy day in November, Blanche and her family moved into one of the huts in Alexander College, an extension of the UNB campus used to house veterans and their families in the present day exhibition grounds. The following year the family moved to 824 George Street which they shared for many years with the Toole family and the owner, Marjorie Thompson. Blanche was a strong and confidant woman with a broad range of interests including languages, literature and the arts. Throughout her life she was a pillar of strength for her husband both at home and in his career. She welcomed, fed and mentored his graduate students from around the world, helping to soften the strict discipline of his laboratory. In the early 1950's she wrote and narrated a radio series of folk tales from around the world which was aired on CFNB and CBC. In 1962 Blanche and Karel moved to Montreal where Karel assumed the position of Director of Research at the pharmaceutical company Ayerst McKenna and Harrison. After a couple of years Blanche and Karel found that they missed the academic setting and returned to UNB. They built a new house on the "Hill" and then in 1973 a cottage at Seeley's Cove overlooking the Bay of Fundy. The cottage became a focus for Blanche who had always had a passionate love for the sea.  After her husband's death in November 1986, the cottage came to mean even more to her and she spent much of each summer there. Blanche is survived by her son, Charles and her daughter-in-law, Susanna of Fredericton and cherished grandson, Miroslav and his wife, Jasmin of San Francisco. A gathering of family and friends to honour her life will take place at a later date. The family is deeply grateful to the staff of York Care Center for the kindness and compassion they unfailingly showed to Blanche.Those who wish may make memorial donations to the Altzheimer Society of New Brunswick.

 

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Service Location
At a later date

Visitation
None

Burial Location
At a later date

Requested Charity
Altzheimer Society of New Brunswick.