Pauline M. Blankenheim

PORTAGE  -- Pauline M. Blankenheim, age 87, of Portage, died on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at the Remington House in Pardeeville.

Pauline was born on July 9, 1922 in Aberdeen, South Dakota, the daughter of Carl Frederick and Annie (Meitner) Niehus.  They moved to Wisconsin when Pauline was a young child.  After graduating high school, she worked as a beautician.  Pauline was married to Roman H. Blankenheim in Sauk City on January 13, 1942.  She worked with Roman in business since 1942.  They owned the Royal Blue “Certified” Grocery Store in Sauk City, the Whitewater Lake Inn Supper Club in Whitewater, the Wisconsin House of Cheese in Phoenix, Arizona, the Country Inn Supper Club in Columbus, the Gaslight Lounge (tavern/restaurant) in Fort Atkinson, Trail’s Lounge Supper Club in Portage, Feed Bag Supper Club in Watertown, and the Blankenhaus Supper Club in Portage.  They also ran the Portage Country Club Restaurant for two years. 

She is survived by her husband, Roman; three children, Ronald (Sandy) Blankenheim, Portage, Susan (Gary) Winter, Florida, and James (Kay) Blankenheim, Portage;  ten grandchildren, Kevin (Ruth) Zamzow, Kim (Doug) Cibulka, Kelly (Chris) Breunig, Michael (Stephanie) Blankenheim, Colleen (Greg) Floyd, Jenny (Todd) Workman, Christina (Larry) Bates, and Katie, Jimmy and Kelsey Blankenheim;  15 great-grandchildren;  other near relatives and many close friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Henry (Charlotte) and Author (Delores) Niehus, and two sisters, Ester (Mart) Milleville and Charlotte (Adam) Annen.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, October 19, 2009 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Portage, with the Rev. Dick Inglett officiating.  Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, October 19, 2009 in St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery in Sauk City.  Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church on Monday.

The Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage is assisting the family.


For information please call 608 742-2126 (Portage, WI) or 608 635-2763 (Poynette, WI)