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Antoinette Blandford

Antoinette Blandford, nee Cira, 78, of Waterloo, IL, died May 14, 2020, in St. Louis, MO. She was born January 29, 1942, in St. Louis, MO.

She is survived by her husband Fritz Blandford; children John (Shannon) Blandford and Kelle (Kevin) Oeste; grandchildren John and Brittany Blandford; great grandchild Lorynn; sister Rosemary (Terry) Hogan; brothers Salvatora (Debby) Cira and Tony (Jana) Cira; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

Antoinette is preceded in death by her parents Anthony & Mary (nee Mrozowicz) Cira and brother John Cira.

She was a member of Monroe County Home Extension and SS Peter and Paul Church, Waterloo.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
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Memorial Mass:
              10 AM Saturday, September 12, 2020 at SS Peter & Paul Church in Waterloo, IL

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I worked with Toni back at Western Auto in the early 60s when Jake Brinkman owned and operated the store. I remember Toni kept the books and worked in the store as well. She was a treasured co-worked. So sorry. Fritz, I remember you as well and remember how you lost your eye with fireworks. It has been a long time ago but some people you just do not forget. I have thought of you both from time to time and wondered where you were. Glad to know you both and sorry for your loss. This picture of her is exactly how I remember her with the friendly and warm inviting smile. God bless.
Bonnie Van Pelt

Bonnie Van Pelt Sep 1 2020 12:00 AM

I absolutely loved Toni! I got to know her pretty well in my time with her. I always enjoyed when Fritz would tag along so I could witness how much they loved one another. I am already saddened that I will not get to experience her joy again. My condolences to your family. Meghan

Meghan Foose May 16 2020 12:00 AM

Cousin, I will always cherish our childhood memories growing up together. The laughter and fun trips we took as a group of cousins. You touched so many lives.
May you rest in God's love. May your family feel God's Comfort & Peace during this loss.
Love you

Barb Barborak May 16 2020 12:00 AM

Toni was a fun lady, her energy will be missed.

Rose Whelan May 15 2020 12:00 AM

I always called her Aunt Ant. My mother is her sister (Rosemary Hogan). My aunt was a very kind and loving person. I could talk to her for hours and always did. She always listened with kindness and no judgement. I cannot hold back my tears and I am writing this. My aunt and I went on a trip to Arizona to visit my Mom and Dad. I knew that I did not need to bring anything to read on the plane because I would have my aunt to talk. I remember her saying that she brought a magazine with her on the plane but did not need because we talked and laughed the entire time. I will always remember all the good times and fun myself and family had on my aunt and uncles farm. I remember when I was pregnant with my son and I was overdue, she left me a message on my answering machine that I keep playing over and over in my mind. It said: Mary this your aunt, did you have that baby yet? Call me. I am heart broken. I loved her very much and will truly missed her everyday. I love you Aunt Ant. Mary Zurline (Niece)

Mary Zurline (Niece) May 15 2020 12:00 AM

Will miss your great Laugh, kind heart, and your smile. Love and Miss you Janie

Janie Hooper May 15 2020 12:00 AM