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-L. Catherine Blodgett-

L. Catherine Blodgett, 81, lifelong resident of Central City, died at the Nebraska Heart Institute in Lincoln on Friday, March 11, 2011.  Funeral services were Tuesday, March 15th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Central City with Msg. Nelson Newman and Father Joe Hannappel officiating.  Visitation was Monday, March 14th from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the church with a 7:30 p.m. vigil service.  Interment was in the Central City Cemetery.  Solt Funeral Home of Central City were in charge of the arrangements.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltfh.com

Lillian Catherine was born on July 18, 1929, in Merrick County to Henry W. and Eva M. (McMahon) Bolling.  She grew up in Central City and graduated from Central City High School and then continued her education at Nebraska Central College where she received her teaching certification.  Before her marriage, Catherine taught in rural Merrick County schools and she also lived in Lincoln where she worked for the telephone company and attended barber's school.  On August 20, 1949, Catherine was united in marriage to Keith L. Blodgett in Central City.  She worked at Redman's Shoe Store, she cleaned at Hard's Memorial Library in Central City, and she worked with her husband at the family business, the State Theatre and continued to operate it after his death on August 21, 1983.  She also owned and operated Pick-a-Flick Video and the Poodle Parlour.

Catherine was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and the Altar Society.  She loved her dog, Toby, she enjoyed playing cards, going to casinos, gardening, and going to the senior center.  Catherine belonged to the Naomi Circle and an extension club. 

Those left to cherish her memory are her children - Linda "Lin" Blodgett of Lincoln; Steve and Dawn Blodgett; Tom and Nancy Blodgett; Thad and Deb Blodgett; Ken and Laurel Blodgett; Pat and Tammy Blodgett all of Central City; Kirk Blodgett and fiance, Jody Davis of Clarks; and Craig and Mandie Blodgett of Central City; 21 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four sisters - Phyllis and Wallace Hannappel of Cozad; Melissa Hannappel Nielsen of Arizona; Maymie and Bob Flesch of Central City; and Carol and Jim Johnson of Bandera, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two infant daughters - Marcia and Renee; and two brothers - Charles and Philip Bolling.

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