WRIGLEY, Ada Blanche “Blanny”

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WRIGLEY, Ada Blanche “Blanny” (1923-2010)

Ada Blanche Wrigley [Hagenah] [Schreiner], "Blanny" to her friends, died on December 2, 2010. Born April 19, 1923 in Chicago, IL the eldest child of Philip Knight Wrigley and Helen Atwater Wrigley, Blanny's early years were spent in various places including Chicago, IL; Lake Geneva, WI; Avalon, CA; and Phoenix, AZ. After attending the Chicago Latin School for Girls, Blanny finished high school at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY. She completed her freshman year of college at Vassar in Poughkeepsie, NY, but her studies there were disrupted by the onset of WWII. Already a licensed pilot, Blanny aided the war effort by shuttling Stearman biplanes to Greater Lakes Naval Air Station and later serving as a driver for the Red Cross motor pool. Blanny's achievements are legion: loving daughter, sister, mother, spouse, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend; ardent patriot; faithful Christian; skilled equestrian, markswoman, rancher, and pilot; author, poet, world traveler, and adventurer; champion Irish Wolfhound trainer; philanthropist; and cherished Child of God. Her enigmatic personality defied precise description; for while she was unquestionably kind, compassionate, generous, and humble, she also had an untamable free spirit and could and did "call them as she saw them." Preceded in death by her parents, siblings, and spouse, Blanny is survived by: her children William J. Hagenah, III (Tricia) of Kenilworth, IL, Philip K. Hagenah (Susan) of Paradise Valley, AZ, Blanny A. Hagenah of Pebble Beach, CA, John A. Hagenah (Dana) of Wilmette, IL, and Steven C. Schreiner (Ronna) of Gig Harbor, WA; nieces Helen Rich, Misdee Rich, and Alison Wrigley Rusack; nephews Philip Wrigley and William "Beau" Wrigley, Jr.; numerous cousins, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; and countless others whose lives she touched and whose burdens she eased. Though heartbroken at her passing, we are grateful for the time we had with her and feel blessed to know her. We are also grateful to all who so freely gave of their time to care for and comfort Blanny and to help preserve her dignity as she completed her earthly journey. A celebration of Blanny's life will be held on December 7, 2010 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church in Gig Harbor, WA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Catalina Island Museum at P.O. Box 366, Avalon, CA 90704 or by calling (310) 510-4650. Please sign her online guest book at www.havenrest.com to leave a special memory or condolences to the family.