Launa Lee Blickhan

Launa Lee Blickhan, age 82, of Quincy, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, in Blessing Hospital. She was born February 4, 1942, in Keokuk, IA to Lloyd and Goldia (Galford) Henry.

She graduated from Cardinal Stritch High School, Keokuk, Iowa in 1960 and attended Gem City Business College in Quincy.

Launa met her husband, Maurice Blickhan, Jr., while working at Gardner Denver. They were married on July 18, 1964. They would have celebrated their 60th Anniversary this July 2024.

Launa was a member of St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church for 59 years. She served as a Eucharistic Minister at mass as well as for the home bound and for Good Samaritan Home. She enjoyed singing in the choir at church for many years.

Launa was a stay-at-home mom while raising her three children. She was a secretary at St. Francis School for 25 years until her retirement. She also ran her own framing business called Launa’s Framing Hut from her home for many years. Playing the organ, sewing and craft shows were her gift and passion. Launa’s family was her pride and joy. Her children will always remember that she was the best cook, and she enjoyed sharing her recipes with family and friends.

Launa is survived by her husband Maurice, a son Mark Blickhan of Quincy, a daughter Angela Pezzella of Woodstock, GA, and a son Gregg (Jen) Blickhan of Loraine, IL. Granddaughters Marisa Blickhan of Alton, IL and Brianna Blickhan of Mendon, IL. Two-step grandchildren Madison Cooper of Loraine, IL and Joey Cooper of Quincy. Brothers-in-law Steve (Carlene) Blickhan, Kevin (Sandy) Blickhan, and Alan (Terry) Blickhan. Several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Goldia and Lloyd Henry, a brother, Charles Henry, and a sister, Alice Gower.

Funeral services will be on Monday, March 25, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. at Duker & Haugh Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. The visitation will be Sunday afternoon from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Duker & Haugh. Memorials may be made to: St. Francis School or Blessing Foundation for Hospice. Messages may be shared online at


  1. Sylvia Jud on March 20, 2024 at 4:14 pm

    As a friend of Angela’s, I got to meet and know Launa on her visits to Georgia. What a special, wonderful woman! Always smiling and happy, she exuded a grace and poise not seen in many today. Her love and compassion will continue to live on in her family.

  2. Joe Pikul on March 20, 2024 at 4:24 pm

    My deepest condolences to Greg, Jen and the whole Blickhan family. May you always remember your mother for the wonderful person she was.

  3. Tiffany Blickhan on March 20, 2024 at 4:31 pm

    Mrs. Blickhan was such a nice and friendly person. I would chat with her every time she would come to my workplace. My condolences to Maurice and the family.

  4. Sandy Schulte on March 20, 2024 at 9:05 pm

    Blickhans; so sorry to hear of Launa’s passing. She was always so kind; all 3 of our kids loved her…she was a comforting presence at St Francis. Prayers for all.

  5. Charles & Sandy Polley on March 20, 2024 at 10:18 pm

    So sorry for your loss, prayers for all. Luna was a wonderful lady.

  6. Debbie Orebaugh on March 20, 2024 at 10:31 pm

    Very lovely woman. RIP Launa. Prayers to the family for comfort and peace

  7. Stephanie (Schrage) Hodgson on March 21, 2024 at 6:57 am

    Launa was such a sweet, kind person. I have wonderful memories of her being the secretary/ nurse/ anything else the school needed when I attended St. Francis. Thoughts and prayers to the family during this difficult time.

  8. Steve Eckhardt on March 21, 2024 at 8:49 am

    So sorry to read about your wife’s passing.I remember
    Being part of Powells wreckers
    Little league team all those many many years ago. You were a GREAT coach.

  9. Ray Job on March 21, 2024 at 9:06 am

    Thinking of you at this time. Ray

  10. Mary Musholt on March 21, 2024 at 1:55 pm

    Launa was a friend of mine from St Francis and did many framing projects for me. A sweet and kind person. May she RiP.

  11. Lonny Leon on March 21, 2024 at 11:14 pm

    Mo, Mark, Angela, and Gregg,
    I was shocked to read about Launa in the paper. I am so saddened. I have nothing but the BEST memories of your mom, and wife. I absolutely loved all the times chatting around your kitchen table, or talking to her on my QND visits to St. Francis. I still have many Norman Rockwell prints that she lovingly framed for me. I always loved her homemade noodles! I will pray that God grants you the strength you need in the difficult days ahead, but that HE will fill your hearts with all the great memories you both created, and shared with her. She was a true “Angel on Earth” for so many. God Bless.


    • Pete Platt on March 27, 2024 at 9:21 am

      Sorry for your loss. God bless you and your family.

  12. Chris on March 23, 2024 at 11:37 am

    Mo and family
    Sherrie and I always enjoyed the times we spent together especially the cruises!
    We’ve laughed many times when we thought we missed the departure when the girls were shopping!
    Thank goodness we were on ship time not land time!
    She was a joy to be with
    May she RIP

  13. Mary Lou Venvertloh on March 23, 2024 at 6:13 pm

    So sorry for your loss prayers

  14. Mary Kay (Briddle, SFS '73) Kochis, Chicago on March 25, 2024 at 8:03 am

    I remember Launa as warm and welcoming person when I taught at St. Francis Solanus in the mid 1980’s. She was kind, professional, and always neatly groomed.
    As the Sschool Secretary, Lana greeted teachers, students and their parents, and fellow SFS parishioners with a smile and respect. She was a terrific ambassador for Elementary Catholic education in Quincy.
    May she rest in the peace and joy of her heavenly home with God our Father, all of the angels, and all of the Saints/saints.

  15. Don Benz on March 26, 2024 at 2:42 pm

    Dear Family – I am sorry for your loss – I wish you peace

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