Martha J. Blizewski

Martha J. Blizewski, former longtime Missouri resident, died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at age 84. Martha was born in St. Joseph, Mo., the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Libel) Richards.

On June 12, 1948, she married Edward Blizewski at St. Patrick’s Church in St. Joseph. Martha worked in the travel industry since 1944 for several airlines, and in later years, as a travel consultant. She enjoyed traveling the world, visiting every continent and most countries throughout her life, always sharing her rich experiences with others. Martha also volunteered extensively for more than 34 years for the blind, becoming a certified braillist in 1965 by the Library of Congress. She received the Noteworthy Award for completing 500 hours of recording books, and upon completing 2,500 hours of braille typing, she received from the Library of Congress the Meritorious Award. Martha was also very active in her community volunteering for Meals on Wheels in recent years and was member of St. Charles Women’s Circle since 1960.

Martha will be sadly missed by her two children, Susan Barnhart of Delafield and Brent (Cindy) Blizewski of Charlotte, N.C.; three grandchildren, Britta and Jenna Barnhart, and Rachael Blizewski; sister-in-law, Evelyn Richards of Denver; nephew, Scott (Mary Ann) Richards; and niece, Deb (Roger) Bothwell.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ed, in 2007; her parents; brother, Paul Richards; nephew, Mark Richards; and son-in-law, Scott Barnhart.

Visitation will be held from 8 a.m. until the 9 a.m. funeral Mass Wednesday, April 8 at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 900 NE Shady Lane Drive, Oakview, MO 64118. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in St. Joseph, Mo.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services in Waukesha at 547-4035, or visit to leave an online tribute. McGilley Antioch Chapel in Kansas City, (816) 453-7700, also is assisting the family.