Jacqueline Linda Blasdel, 80

first_imgJacqueline Linda Blasdel, 80, of Greensburg, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018 at her residence in Greensburg.  Jackie was born on April 4, 1937 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Valentine and Lillian Bauer.  She was a graduate of Western Hills High School.  She worked as a lab technician at Proctor and Gamble earning an honorary PhD from her fellow co-workers.  Jackie was married to William J. Blasdel on September 27, 1963.  She then became a full-time mother while living in Bright, In.  She was also the bookkeeper for the Miller Township Trustee.   Jackie and Bill moved to Greensburg in 1968 and both became very active in the community.  She was president of the American Cancer Society, a founding member of Tree County Players, founder and director of Tree City Singers, board member of Tulip Trace Girl Scout Council, Vice Chair of the Decatur County Republican Party, member of the Lung Association, Psi Iota Xi Sorority, member of the leasing committee of the Decatur County Hospital, founding member of the DCMH Foundation, President of the Chamber of Commerce, President of New Directions, 30 year member of the United Methodist Church, member of the Greensburg Wesleyan Church, and served on a number of other committees.  In 1974, along with her husband, they started the WB Panel company which was later incorporated with an industrial oven company to form Blasdel Enterprises in 1982.  Jackie was the CEO for over 35 years.  In 2007, Jackie was awarded the Distinguished Hoosier Award from Gov. Mitch Daniels and a state recognition from the Republican Party.  In 2010, Jackie and Bill were recognized with the Greensburg Decatur County Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award.  Jackie is survived by her husband, William Blasdel, Greensburg, two sons, Jack (Pam) Blasdel and Tim (Carol) Blasdel, all of Greensburg, three daughters, Jill Blasdel, Beth (Greg DeWitt) Blasdel, and Becky Blasdel, all of Greensburg, three grandsons, Todd Blasdel, Noblesville, Matt (Sara) Blasdel, Noblesville, Michael (Brittany Nicole) Blasdel, Greensburg, three granddaughters, Brittany K. Blasdel, Greensburg, Grace Vanderbur and Olivia Vanderbur, of Greensburg, 4 great grandchildren, Miles, Bailey, Malcolm, and Jace Blasdel, two sisters, Eleanor Lorton, and Marjie Bauer, both of Cincinnati, and several nieces and nephews.  Jackie was preceded in death by her parents, Valentine and Lillian Bauer.  Visitation will be on Friday from 4-8 pm and on Saturday from 10-11 am at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.  Funeral Services will start at 11 am on Saturday at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Preston officiating.  Burial will follow at Gibson Cemetery in Bright.  Memorial contributions can be made to the DCMH Foundation or to Tree County Players.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

US Open final | Thiem, Zverev battle to become first new champion in six years

first_imgBy Amy TenneryNEW YORK, USA (Reuters) – Austria’s Dominic Thiem and Germany’s Alexander Zverev will vie for the U.S. Open tennis title today in a final that will crown a new men’s Grand Slam singles champion for the first time in six years.Second-seed Thiem has lost three previous Grand Slam finals — twice to Rafael Nadal at the French Open and once to world number one Novak Djokovic in Australia — while Zverev had never previously been beyond the last four at a major.With Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer, the sport’s dominant trio, all absent from Flushing Meadows’ final weekend this year, tennis will have a new Grand Slam champion for the first time since Marin Cilic beat Kei Nishikori to clinch the U.S. Open title in 2014.Federer and Nadal had both opted out of this year’s tournament, while Djokovic exited in the fourth round after an infamous swat of his racquet sent a tennis ball into a line judge’s neck.“From the moment Novak was out of the tournament, it was clear that there’s going to be a new Grand Slam champion,” said Thiem, who was thwarted by Djokovic in a five-set heartbreaker in Melbourne earlier this year.“From that moment on, that was also out of my mind. I was just focussing on the remaining guys left in the draw.”The 27-year-old, who suffered a shock first-round defeat at the hands of unseeded Thomas Fabbiano last year, has triumphed over his last three opponents in straight sets.Standing in his path to a maiden title is 23-year-old Zverev, who is out for revenge after losing to Thiem in their Australian Open semi-final earlier this year.The seventh-ranked Zverev came back from a two-set deficit in his semi-final against Pablo Carreno Busta on Friday, proving he has the grit and determination to pull through when the going gets tough.“I looked at the scoreboard; I’m down two sets to love in a Grand Slam semi-final. I knew I had to start playing better, to give myself a chance,” said Zverev. “I wanted to give myself … set by set just the opportunity to stay in the match. That’s what I did.”One of the tallest men in the sport at 1.98m, Zverev will look to unleash his massive serve to gain the advantage, after firing off 116 aces during tournament so far, compared to 41 from Thiem.World number three Thiem, however, has committed nearly 70 fewer unforced errors than Zverev through six rounds in New York this year.Thiem has also demonstrated a keen understanding of his opponent’s game, and leads 7-2 in their head-to-head, although he is taking nothing for granted.“The moment we start the final, we both want to win with everything we have. That’s all I focus on. A good record against Sascha, it doesn’t help me at all,” Thiem told reporters.“I expect a very tough, very open match. I guess that’s what it’s going to be.”last_img read more