In memory of
Senta Olga Ernestine Blackman, 98, of Granby, MA, died December 4, 2018. She was the widow of Raymond Read Blackman from Ventnor City, NJ who passed away October 1992. Senta was born October 7, 1920 in Konigsberg, Germany and was the oldest daughter of Bruno and Erna Zerull. Her parents, sister Brigitta, brother Arnem and stepbrother Ludwig preceded her death. She and her family fled Konigsberg by boat from the Russians invading Konigsberg during WW II, and resided for many years in Hamburg, Germany. Senta met her husband Raymond while he was stationed in Germany for the Air Force. At the time, she was a volunteer for the Red Cross in Munich after leaving her studies in Medicine. They were married October 1949 in Munich, Germany. Senta was one of thousands of German war brides who immigrated to the United States during World War II. She came to the United States on the USAT Gen. R. E. Callan in December 1949. The couple was then stationed in Panama City, Florida for several years prior to the birth of their two children. Rosemary the oldest daughter was born in Panama City, Florida and Alice was born 3 years later in Valdosta, Georgia. Soon after, they returned to Europe and were stationed in Chaumont, France until 1960. The family resided at Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee, MA prior to moving to Granby, MA. Many years later, Senta and Raymond were Real Estate Brokers and worked for the Edmund G. Woods Agency in Holyoke, MA. Senta and Raymond owned “The Copper Kettle” Antique store in Granby, MA for several years before the purchase of their last home in Granby, MA. Senta lived there until 2014 when she moved into Assisted Living at Keystone Commons in Ludlow, MA. Her passions included spending time outdoors in the garden, camping with family and friends, deep-sea fishing, travel, her cats and dogs, cooking, sewing, flea markets and antiques. She especially loved camping on Cape Cod, Maine and Canada with her family. She was a member of the Granby Church of Christ and was a yearly volunteer preparing food for the Annual Chicken Pie Dinner. Senta will be remembered for her generosity, strength and positive attitude toward life. She leaves behind her daughters Rosemary and Alice. Service and burial will be held at a later date. Curran-O’Brien Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. For more information please go to curranobrien.com .
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