Joseph Paul Blaschka Sr

12/13/1926-4/16/2017

Joe Blaschka Sr returned to the Lord on Easter, April 16, 2017. He was born in Wisconsin the 4th of 10 children of Angeline and Leo Blaschka. The family moved to Seattle in 1935. He went to Seattle Prep, into the Army Air Corp during WWII and then went to Seattle University where he obtained his BS. He married Genevieve (Gen) T. Morrissey in 1949 and had five children.  Joe was a chemist for Crown Zellerbach in Camas, Washington. After he retired, they moved to Anderson Island, Washington.  He and Gen designed and built much of their house there.  He was also active building and maintaining the Oro Bay Marina.  He was a member of St. John Bosco Parish. After Gen died, Joe continued to live on Anderson Island until failing health caused him to move to Bothell, Washington in 2015, so he could be closer to his son.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife Gen (2007); children, Peter (1973), Marita (2014); grandson, Joe III (2010). His survivors include: brothers Frank and Jordan, sister Stella Bennet; son Joe Jr.(Linda), daughter, Rae Jean Blaschka, son, Mark (Maria); Grandchildren Jason Blaschka, Melissa Steiner (Brad), Elizabeth and Tony Grasher, Julie Weeks (Ryan), Sasha Blaschka; Great-grandchildren; Cody and Elly Blaschka, Jackson and Anna Steiner, Mason Weeks, and Bella Grasher.

 

Joe loved living on Anderson Island. He loved fishing, puttering around the house, finding and chopping firewood, working at the marina, and working on several boats. He always had a good sense of humor even up to the end. He is missed by many.

5 Responses to “Joseph Paul Blaschka Sr”

  • Joe Blaschka Jr. says:

    Dad, we will miss you. We will miss your “just-in-case” boxes, your sense of humor, looking at your latest boat project, you new idea for reducing energy costs at your house, and at all the fire wood you chopped over the summer. It was great having you closer for the last year or so even though it meant you had to leave Anderson Island. Thanks for all you did for us growing up. Looking forward to seeing you on the flip side.

  • Linda Blaschka says:

    You were never short of ideas to make life better. Lots of creativity and projects to keep you going on Anderson Island for over 30 years. So glad you spent your last year and a half closer to us so we could enjoy your wit, your always grateful spirit! Glad the great grandkids got to know you a little better too. I enjoyed the time we had together. May you be held in God’s loving arms in perfect peace. linda

  • Mark Blaschka says:

    Dad, You were a good father and provider for the family. We never had to worry about a roof over our heads or food on the table. I enjoyed working on many of your projects with you and being taught so many things that I have used through out my life. You always kept a sense of humor about things and kept most problems away from the family. God’s Speed and we will meet again. Your Loving Son, Mark

  • Hazel Reude says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Praying for peace in your hearts. May the happy memories flood your hearts and minds and bring you joy. Now he’s fishing with Jen by his side. Just think of all the fishing stories he’s going to have for you when you go to meet him in Heaven!

  • Willard Carroll says:

    Joe, you were one of my CZ hero’s. When the day was turning sour I could always get a big smile and a word of encouragement. To all of you family, find solace in your memories as I do.

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