Thursday, April 22, 2004

Mary Blase, supporter of arts in city

Music lover also a volunteer

By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

CLIFTON - Mary Louise Blase, a community volunteer and member of the May Festival Chorus, died April 4 at Scarlet Oaks Retirement Community. A resident of Clifton for 60 years, she was 88.

"She was a very caring person. Volunteerism was certainly a major part of her life," said her daughter, Phyllis Blase Overmann of Montgomery. "She did it in a caring and unassuming way and shared that idea with us growing up."

Mrs. Blase gave generously of her time to several organizations, including the Boy Scouts, Campfire Girls, the Cincinnati Festival Chorus, Clifton Senior Center Meals on Wheels program, Radio Reading Services of the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and the Charity Ball.

Born Mary Louise Muething in Covington in 1915, she attended LaSalette Academy. She was a member of the May Festival Chorus for several years during the late 1930s and early 1940s. She worked as a secretary for Procter & Gamble for nearly five years before marrying Dr. Charles S. Blase in 1943.

They were music lovers and supporters of the arts, including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Opera, the May Festival, the Art Museum, the Taft Museum and the Cincinnati Zoo.

"The music part of her life was very important," Mrs. Blase's daughter said. "She was not only a vocalist but played the piano." And she made music an integral part of her family's life.

Mrs. Blase was president of the Women's Auxiliary to the Academy of Medicine, the Clifton Music Club, LaSalette Alumnae Association and the Annunciation School PTA.

Dr. Blase died in 1999.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include three sons, Kevin of Montgomery, Brendan T. of Delhi Township and Gregory M. of Hudson, Ohio; two other daughters, M. Hollis Blase Cotrell of Columbus and Celeste Blase Tuvin of Columbia, Md.; a sister, Ruth Higdon of Crestview Hills; two brothers, John Muething of Amberley Village and Gerald Muething of Merritt Island, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services have been held. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.


Brace for more airport noise
Feds take over probe of pastor in N.Ky.
The light's on for Matt
Lynch family understands

Suit attacks store's policy
Truckin' Bozo's buggin' out for good
Luken complains of 'bureaucratic nightmare'
Earth Day, 34, credited with big change
Earth Day events
Road projects competitive
News briefs
Council members differ on flights out of Lunken
Monroe asks into Ohio 63 planning
Mt. Healthy hires administrator
Local effort led to new center
Neighbors briefs
Bill to ID judicial donors gets big push
Lawmakers reviving video slots at tracks
Public safety briefs
Maynard Ferguson to bring his jazz band to Anderson
Soldier's family grieves, prays
Digging collapsed Summit
Kristen's death a lesson

Bronson: Reformers meandered, but hit truth
Organ recipient keeps giving back

Mary Blase, supporter of arts in city
Dick Fraley led athletic program at Fenwick Club

Lexington's final call likely to be 2:30 a.m.
Applebee's slaying described
Crowley: Budget blame game spills into Senate election race
Bell-making in Newport makes for riveting TV
Zoning panel bars Burlington subdivision
Roster for judge job now at five
Library board sued over pick for Independence site
Kentucky News Briefs
Team brings life to classic artworks
School chief jobs vacant