Blandina M. Williams – Superior Telegram


Blandina Meneses Marinduque Williams, Blandie/Dina, age 76, of Lake Nebagamon, WI, was unexpectedly called to the Lord of natural causes on June 26, 2022. She leaves a treasure kept as the best treasure in heaven.

Born on February 18, 1946 to Maximo and Victoria Sanchez, she was one of nine children in a busy household in the town of Dagupan in the Pangasinan region of the Philippines. After completing her primary education and helping raise her younger siblings, she adopted a brave and adventurous spirit and traveled to Italy with friends in the early 1970s. While exploring Italy’s famous sites like Pisa and Rome, she found a travel partner in a young Albert Williams, Jr., a seaman in the American Navy, on a bus in Gaeta, Italy. Soon after, they would welcome their first daughter and continue their journey to the southern United States of Alabama and Mississippi. A second daughter joined their household and the adventure of motherhood took her to northern Wisconsin where her creativity and ingenuity would thrive for the remaining forty-three years.

A product of the Philippines, she introduced her cooking style to the Williams family, where egg rolls and pancit were an expected family meal. In the mid ’80s, when she was able to get free labor from her children, she set up a food stall serving Filipino dishes during the Lake Nebagamon Summerfest. Always adventurous in the kitchen, there was the only time she volunteered the family farm to take on the momentous task of preparing pork loin from start to finish, head to tail.

She picked up and honed her skills in sewing, crocheting and quilting. While sewing, she could look at an outfit, draw her own patterns and make numerous articles. Family photos and the school photos of her daughters underscore her work. She was most proud of making her eldest daughter’s wedding dress. She capitalized on her talent by working a part-time job as a seamstress. She spent countless hours crocheting snowflakes for the Christmas trees at St. Anthony’s Church of Lake Nebagamon. Her numerous crocheted snowflakes were given away to family members and friends. She has made quilts for competitions and exhibits at the Douglas County Fair and has amassed countless colorful fabrics for future projects and gifts.

Always busy, never idle, her favorite pastimes were fishing, gardening and tending to her houseplants. She had a talent for attracting fish using a home-made attractant. Unfortunately, the secret recipe will remain a secret. She would share her rich harvest from her garden with neighbors and friends. Her nursery thrived with her attentive care.

Blandie is survived by daughters Ardie (Brad) Buechner of Wasilla, AK and Belinda Williams (John Olson) of Solon Springs, WI; grandsons Brian Wheeler, Connar Wheeler and Barrett Buechner; brothers Rueben (Rose) Sanchez, Julian (Vicky) Sanchez, Rodrigo (Daisy) Sanchez and Edwin (Edith) Sanchez; Sisters Emelia Sanchez, Celia Sorillo and Divina (Porfirio) Jimenez. Her 40-year-old husband, Albert R. Williams, Jr., her parents, and a brother, Jose Sanchez, died.

The visitation will be on Friday, July 8 at 10:00 am until Funeral Mass at 11:00 am at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 1648 E County Rd B, Lake Nebagamon, WI. Reverend Father Andrew Ricci will be the celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St. Anthony’s Church or local community organizations such as Kids in Nebagamon or Nebagamon Community Association.

The Downs Funeral Home, 1617 N 19th St., is helping the family prepare. To leave online condolences, please visit


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