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Catherine "Kay" A. (Purcell) Blasko

Born: Sat., Aug. 18, 1928
Died: Mon., Mar. 11, 2019


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Mar. 16, 2019
Location: St. Joseph Parish of the Panther Valley

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Sat., Mar. 16, 2019
Location: St. Joseph Parish of the Panther Valley

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Catherine “Kay” A. Blasko


 Catherine “Kay” Blasko, 90, of Coaldale passed away Monday evening at 

St. Luke’s Miners surrounded by her family. 

Catherine was born in Lansford on August 18, 1928.  

She was the daughter of Veronica “Ronie” (Bechtel) and James F. Purcell.     

She attended Summit Hill High School.

She was the widow of Edward J. Blasko who passed away in 2008.  

Catherine was of the Catholic faith. She was member of the former SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, Coaldale.

She was a charter member of Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 6982, Coaldale.

Catherine enjoyed playing bingo, attending family picnics and most importantly spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.   She was a gentle, giving, and caring person who was always looking to help her family and friends whenever they were in need. 

In addition to her spouse, Catherine was preceded in death by; brother James X. Purcell; brother Walter J. Purcell; sister Rosemary Purcell; great granddaughter Gwendolyn Goehringer.

Catherine is survived by; sister Ann Frankenfield of Rochester, MN; son Bernard J. Blasko husband of Linda, Whitehall; daughter Margo LaRizzio wife of John, Pottsville; daughter Amy Blasko and her companion Jeff Baker, Emmaus; son Marc Blasko of Coaldale; daughter Paula Blasko of Coaldale.

She also is survived by; granddaughter Jennifer Harper wife of James, Whitehall; granddaughter Jessica Goehringer wife of Scott, Lewisburg; great grandchildren Autumn and Evan Harper and Abbi and Sophia Goehringer. Catherine’s beloved dog Jette also survives her.

A visitation for family and friends will be held Saturday March 16th, 2019 at St. Joseph Parish of the Panther Valley from 10-11:00 AM.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held following visitation at 11:00AM from St. Joseph Parish of the Panther Valley, 462 W Ludlow St, Summit Hill PA 18250.

Internment will take place at a later date at St. Jerome’s Cemetery, Tamaqua.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Catherine’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105 or Hillside SPCA, PO Box 233, Pottsville PA 17901.

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John J. DiGilio
   Posted Thu March 14, 2019
Kay was a warm and wonderful person. I will always have the fondest memories of her and her beloved Eddie laughing and smiling. I have no doubt that they are happily reunited now in the Light and Love of our Lord. May God bless, keep, and console the family during this time of loss. And may the good memories remind us that Heaven has a new angel to watch over and guide us all.

With love,

John J. DiGilio
Los Angeles, CA

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