Blanche Alvina (Bothun) Silcox

February 19, 1918October 17, 2012

Blanche B. Silcox was born on February 19, 1918 in Lanesboro, Minnesota to Alfred and Berta Bothun. She passed peacefully on October 17, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Blanche’s mother died when she was three years old and was raised by her maternal grandparents in Clarks Grove, Minnesota. Her formal education ended when her grandparents passed during her sophomore year in high school but there are few that are as intelligent, well read, and articulate as she. Blanche had a voracious appetite for books and on many occasions, her family, friends and contemporaries were astounded at her comprehensive knowledge of history, politics, theology and social dynamics.

Blanche married Charles B. Silcox in 1940 and they had three children; David, Stephen and Timothy. She and her family lived for many years in southern Minnesota; Fairmont, Worthington and eventually New Ulm, where her sons were raised and attended high school. Her family and children were the epicenter of her life and she enjoyed watching football, basketball and baseball games, where her sons excelled. In 1970, she and her husband moved to Walbridge, Ohio, where Charles worked for the CSX Railway Corporation. After Charles’ death, she moved to Phoenix and lived for 18 years at her home on Bethany Home Road in central Phoenix. Blanche was a devout Lutheran, a deacon in the church and a Sunday school teacher.

She will be remembered as a faithful and devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother and friend. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, and her son, Timothy (Kathy). She is survived by sons Dave (Kathy) and Steve (Nancy); grandchildren, Greg (Denise), Cindy Holl (Craig) and Justin; great-grandchildren, Andy and Kaitlin Silcox and Cameron and Catherine Holl.

Visitation will be at the Witzler Shank Funeral Home at 701 N Main Street, Walbridge, Ohio 43465 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2012. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 26, 2012 at Calvary Lutheran Church, 1930 Bradner Road, Northwood Ohio, 43619, followed by interment at the Lake Township Cemetery.

A celebration of Blanche’s life will be held at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 1212 East Glendale Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Our Saviors Lutheran Church and Hospice of the Valley, both in Phoenix.


  • Visitation Thursday, October 25, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, October 26, 2012
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, November 3, 2012

Blanche Alvina (Bothun) Silcox

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October 29, 2012

We have such wonderful memories of Aunt Blanche Alvina (Bothun) Silcox. She has always reached out to others to share her love. We would receive telephone calls to find out how we were, and to check on Mother (Agnes). Frequently she would share how she thought her brother was such a kind person. This discussion left us with the same feeling about her. She was immensely considerate of others! We have often thought about her extremely strong faith in Jesus. She talked about it, and she lived it for all to see. It was a source of inspiration for her day to day walk. She was born into the Spirit and led by the Spirit. Blanche shared faith stories with us about Hans and Ingeborg Bothun. It is with great satisfaction to hear how our ancestor's lives were built on God's love, forgiveness, mercy and grace. We can only imagine the joyous meeting with the mother she lost at the age of three. These same faith feelings were reality when she was with us and now reality when we have lost her. Her death is a huge loss, but what a heavenly celebration for Blanche!
Oh, how we will miss those memory walks with Aunt Blanche, but how happy we are for her while we wait for another meeting! Her model for how we are to live will sustain us until that time. We are fortunate that her family is our family.
God bless,
Leitha and Darald Norris Bothun

October 23, 2012

May God grant you peace at this difficult time.Romans15:4