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Martin J. Bloms

May 29, 2011
Minot Daily News

Dec. 9, 1922-May 25, 2011

Martin J. Bloms, 88, Minot, formerly of Lansford, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, in a Grand Forks nursing home.

Martin John Bloms was born Dec. 9, 1922, on the family farm, near Foxholm, to John and Margaret (Keller) Bloms. He was raised in that area and attended Muskego Township School. As a young man he worked on the Parker Ranch and helped on the family farm.

Martin married Alice Feiring, of Glenburn, on June 25, 1944. They rented a farm west of Glenburn where they lived for five years. In June 1949 they purchased a farm south of Lansford where they farmed for 35 years.

Besides farming Martin did carpentry work during the winter months for numerous years and enjoyed doing woodworking projects. He served as Lansford Township Assessor for several years. In September 1984 he retired and Martin and Alice moved to Minot where he continued his woodworking hobby.

Martin was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, in Lansford, where he had served as trustee and while living in Minot he attended St. John the Apostle Catholic Church. He was a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus, the Eagles Aerie and the Moose Lodge, all in Minot.

In March 2010 Martin and Alice moved to a senior living community in Grand Forks, where Alice will continue to reside.

Those who shared in his life: Loving wife of 67 years, Alice, Grand Forks; daughter, LaVonne (Keith) Elliott, Fargo; sons, Kenneth M. (Sherri) Bloms, St. Louis, Mo., and Joel D. (Deb) Bloms, Grand Forks; six grandchildren, Mike (Amy) Elliott, Sioux Falls, S.D., Chad (Sarah) Elliott, Fargo, Jason (Amy) Bloms, Peoria, Ill, Michelle (Jared) Bruns, Huntsville, Ala., and Tyler and Kindra Bloms, both of Grand Forks; six great-granddaughters; sister, Bernice Redding, Minot; sisters-in-law, Garnet Bloms, Carpio, Mary Bloms and Marise Bloms, both of Minot; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Martin was preceded in death by: his parents, John and Margaret Bloms; brothers, Fred, Ralph, Daniel, Henry and Clarence; sisters, Margaret Savelkoul, Marie Hensen, Rosella Bradley and Helen Korgel.

Funeral: Wednesday, June 1, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot.

Burial: Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation and vigil prayer service: Visitation will be Tuesday, May 31, from 5 to 7 p.m., with the vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.

Those wishing to sign the online guest register or share memories of Martin may access the online obituaries at (

Cards of condolence may be mailed to Alice Bloms, 4002 24th Ave. S. Apt 328, Grand Forks, ND 58201.



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