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Francis T. Blasick, 73


June 28, 2012


Francis T. “Blaze” Blasick (73), beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2012  at his residence.  He was a resident of 524 Avenue E, Riverside for 45 years. Francis was born February 21, 1939, in Shamokin Pa; one of three sons born to the late George and Bertha (Wasilewski) Blasick. 

Francis attended Coal Township High School and was a member of the 1955 Eastern Conference Championship Football team.  In 1957 he was selected to the very first Pennsylvania “Big 33” High School Football team as a center.  Upon high school graduation in 1957, he was offered 43 football scholarships to attend various colleges & universities, and chose to attend University of Cincinnati where he was graduated in 1962.

Upon graduation from college, he began employment with General Motors in Linden, N.J.  He was in a Management Training Program and worked in Timekeeping, and in Personnel where he interviewed and hired hourly employees.  In addition, he was a Labor Relations Representative, Quality Control Engineer and Line Supervisor.  He later worked for Berwick Forge and Fabricating as Production Control Manager.  He was hired as an Industrial Engineer for TRW, Danville, and his responsibilities included forecasting plant budgets, hourly job evaluations, time studies, plant layouts, accounting performance evaluations, and various special projects.  In 2001, after working 32 years for TRW, he retired. 

In addition to being an avid football fan, he enjoyed wood carving, fishing, gardening, forensic science, World War History, cryptograms, and above all, he found pleasure in spending time with his family, be it scouting, wrestling, football, basketball, or ballet events.  He assisted in coaching Danville Little League Baseball and Elysburg’s Ralpho Raiders midget football.  His quiet, friendly demeanor earned him many friends.  He was a good-hearted, dedicated family man with an easy going nature and was loved by all. 

He was a devout member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Danville and a substitute for Eucharistic Adoration at St. Cyril’s. The only thing he ever wanted out of life was to see his three children grow up and be happy.  His four grandchildren gave him more joy than he ever expected to know in his lifetime.

Surviving are his wife, the former Dolores Oshetski with whom he celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary on April 30th and his sons; Francis and wife Vonda, Halifax, Pa; Thomas and wife Abbie, Riverside, Pa; and his daughter Jennifer, Danville, Pa; four(4) grandchildren, Luke, Nathan, Ellie and Anna Blasick; a brother Michael Blasick, Benton, Pa, and sister-in-law, Carol Blasick, Landisville, Pa.  He was preceded in death by a brother, George Blasick, on December 26, 2010. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be held Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the Basilica of SS. Cyril and Methodius located on Railroad Street Danville PA with the Reverend Dominic Azagbor, OP officiating. Burial will follow in St. Hubert’s Catholic Cemetery Danville PA.  Friends will be received Monday evening at Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 West Mahoning Street Danville PA from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  Donations in his memory may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church Capital Campaign 18 E. Center Street Danville PA 17821.www.visneski.com


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