Gwendolyn "Gwen" Bloedel

August 3, 1938 ~ March 8, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Gwendolyn Bloedel Obituary

CORVALLIS – Gwendolyn Bloedel, 85, of Corvallis passed away Friday, March 8, 2024 at the Aaron Care Home in Corvallis.  Gwen was born in Temple, Texas on August 3, 1938. She was the youngest daughter of Raymond and Velma Whiteley joining her brother Bill and sister Doris.

Gwen graduated from Waco High School, 154 out of 419 graduates in May of 1956. She was very active in High School playing tennis and other activities. After graduation she went to live with her sister in Elmhurt, IL and studied for and then became a Dental Chair Side Assistant.

On a blind date she met Ed Bloedel and they were married on January 1, 1958. They enjoyed 66 years of marriage. After their wedding they moved to Missoula, MT where Ed was a Forestry student at the University of Montana. They lived in a garage converted into a small house. After Ed graduated, they moved to a small house in Dillion, MT where Ed had a job with the U.S. Forest Service.

Their son, David, was born in 1959 and son, Daniel, was born shortly after in 1960. They were both born in Dillon. Their daughter, Chanda, was born in Forsyth MT in 1965.

After Dillon they moved to Sheriden MT, Ennis MT and finally landing in Ashland MT, where Ed was District Ranger. While in Ashland Gwen was very active in the Forest Wives Club.

They moved to the Squaw Creek Ranger District about 25 miles from Bozeman MT where they lived in a large log cabin built by the CCC’s. Gwen led a troop of Cub Scouts and began her carrier of photography. She also attended MT State University in Bozeman.

When moving to Missoula Gwen found a love of art and became a Docent for The Art Museum. They were there for two years and then moved to The Bitterroot National Forest and Hamilton MT. Here Gwen really shined as a photographer and as a teacher and Judge of 4-H photography students. She also started her carrier as a Mary Kaye Beauty Consultant.

After eight years in the Bitterroot her and Ed moved to Atlanta, GA where she studied to be a Clown (Freckles) and entertained at many young children’s birthday parties. Four years later they moved to Washington DC as Ed was promoted to Forest Service Headquarters. Gwen worked for the National Park Service at Manassa National Battlefield. She was exceptionally good at meeting and helping visitors and received many awards for her work.

Four years later they moved back West to Twin Falls, Idaho where Gwen worked in an Assisted Living facility as leader of Activities and read many great stories to residents.

Upon retirement they moved back to their beloved Bitterroot Valley and their family at Grace Lutheran Church. Gwen found enjoyment in being active in her church, teaching Sunday School, LWML, Altar Guild, and singing in the choir. She had great faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She continued to be active in the 4-H and the 4-H Leaders Retirement Group who helped raise funds for current 4-H programs.

Gwen is survived by her husband, Ed; sons, David (Gabe) of Cortez, CO and Daniel (Cassie) of Reo Rancho, NM; daughter, Chanda (Brian) of San Rapheal, CA; six wonderful Grandchildren, Daniel, Jonathon, Lucas and Ian Bloedel, Caelan and Talia Capelli.

Memorials may be given to Grace Lutheran Church, Bitterroot Hospice or Arron Care Home. Services will be held at Grace Lutheran Church on Friday, March 15, 2024 at 11:00 am with burial to follow at the Corvallis Cemetery.  Condolences may be left for the family at 

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Celebration of Life
March 15, 2024

11:00 AM
Grace Lutheran Church
275 Hattie Lane
Hamilton, MT 59840

March 15, 2024

12:00 PM
Corvallis Cemetery, Leach Chapel


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