Doris (Kneschke) Blum
November 22, 1927
March 5, 2023
Doris Kneschke Blum, age 95, and the widow of Marvin Blum died March 5, 2023. She was born November 22, 1927 to F.A. and Alice Duebbe Kneschke near Independence, Texas in the Sun Oil Field Community. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill. As was custom in those days, she was named after close relatives and a dear friend of her mother. Thankfully, Doris Alice Alwina Sophie Martha was shortened to just Doris.
She attended Rocky Hill School and completed all 9 grades there. She helped her parents and grandparents on the family farm. In her late teens, she was a nurse’s aide at the Milroy Hospital in Brenham.
On December 25, 1948, Doris was married to Marvin Blum at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill. In the early years of their marriage, Marvin was employed as a lineman for Bell Telephone. His work took them all across the state of Texas. Later, they returned to Brenham and Doris became a stay-at-home mom. She was an excellent seamstress and made many outfits for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren. Crocheting and crafting were some of her other hobbies. Doris was the family and neighborhood barber and hairdresser. She cut hair and gave home perms to many people through the years. She and Marvin enjoyed traveling to other states with their friends on many occasions. Doris truly loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She never missed an opportunity to spend time with them.
She was preceded in death by: Marvin, husband of 70 years; parents; parents-in-law, Willie and Lena Kochwelp Blum; brother and sister-in-law, Robert Lee and Leona Kneschke; an infant brother Walter Kneschke; foster brother, Milford Niemeyer and wife Louise; brother-in-law Herbert Goessler; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Harold and Neva Blum, Barry and Florence Blum, Earl Blum and Clifford Heidemann.
Doris is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Sally Blum, Bobby and Carol Blum; grandchildren, Warren Blum, Wendy and Terry Hancock, Stacey Polson and Kimberly Ataman; great-grandchildren, Hailey Wheeler, Hayden Hancock, Evan Polson and Adelina Ataman. Also surviving are her sister Norma Jean Goessler and sisters-in-law Laverne Blum and Carolyn Heidemann, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the Blum family will be Tuesday, March 7th from 5-7 p. at Brenham Memorial Chapel.
The funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 8th at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville with burial to follow in the church cemetery.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the employees of Magnolia Assisted Living in Bellville, Texas for Doris’s care for over 3 years.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.
Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.