Anita Avis (Harris) Blackburn

Anita Avis (Harris) Blackburn, 92, of Harbor Haven Health and Rehabilitation,
459 East First Street,
formerly of 200H Southlake Circle
and 467 Thomas Street,
Fond du Lac
, passed away
peacefully on Friday, December 4, 2015, with loved ones at her side.  Anita fought a long and courageous battle
with cancer and dementia.


She was born on July 29,
1923, in Fond du Lac,
a daughter of Lisle Harris and Florence Aismont.  Anita graduated from Fond du Lac Goodrich
High School


On April 28, 1946, she
married James W. Blackburn.  He preceded
her in death on February 20, 2007.


Anita had various jobs
throughout the years.  She worked for Model
Laundry, she was a soda fountain manager in Cedarburg, a department manager for
JJ Newbury, a host at the Retlaw Theater, a demonstrator for Sealtest Dairy
Products, and for over 40 years, as a tailorist for Savas J. Barba Tailor Shop
in Fond du Lac.  She became very well known for tailoring,
specializing in men’s clothing.  She
enjoyed doing alterations for family and friends for years after her


Anita, her husband, and
children, were actively involved in State Archery tournaments and
competitions.  James was secretary of the
National Archery Association.  The family
enjoyed camping for many years.  Anita
loved flowers and always had many beautiful flowers around her residence.  She loved to travel.  Anita and her husband, James, served many
years on their high school class reunion committee, and Anita continued to
attend reunions after the passing of her husband.


She is survived by a son,
John (Yvonne) Blackburn, a daughter, Jean (Steve “axle”) Hinkley, both of Fond du Lac; three grandchildren
and eight great-grandchildren.  She is
further survived by a brother, Robert Harris of Fond du Lac;
a sister, Billie (David) Spoerke of Sun Prairie; a brother-in-law, Jerry
Blackburn; two sisters-in-law:  Marian
(John) Schneider and Delores “Dee Dee” Blackburn, all of Fond du Lac
She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and her special
friends, Jean (Richard) Gross and Karen (Roger) Miller, both of Fond du Lac.


She was preceded in death by
her parents; her stepfather, Clarence DeRouin; her husband, a brother, Lyle
(Marian) of California; two sisters:  Audrey (Russell) Stein of Milwaukee and
Lucille (Gerald) Roen of Fond du Lac;
and brothers and sisters-in-law.


VISITATION:  The visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00
p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel &
Crematory, 31 East Division Street,
Fond du Lac


FUNERAL SERVICE:  The funeral service will be held at 6:00 p.m.
on Wednesday at Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory with Rev. Robert
Blackburn officiating.


Inurnment will be in Ledgeview Memorial Park.


In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be directed to the Music and Memory Program in care of Harbor Haven Health
and Rehabilitation.


Special thanks to Dr. Mark
Whitmore, Dr. Christopher Tuveson, surgical nurses at St. Agnes Hospital day surgery, and Harbor Haven Health
& Rehabilitation staff, especially the Snug Unit and Meadow Unit for the
expert care she received and all the love and kindness shown to her.  We also want to thank the staff at Kurki-Mach
Funeral Chapel & Crematory.


Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel
& Crematory is serving the family,