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Frank Paul Blasko

Born: Thu., Oct. 20, 1949
Died: Thu., Aug. 20, 2015


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Greenfield Center and Whitehall, N.Y.  -  Frank Paul Blasko, 65, formerly of Greenfield Center and Whitehall, passed away on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs following a long illness.

 

He was born on October 20, 1949 in New York City the son of the late Ethel Irene (Whalen) Blasko. 

 

Frank and his family moved from New York City back to his mother’s hometown in in Whitehall in 1960.  He was a graduate of Whitehall Central High School Class of 1969.  He moved to Greenfield Center in 1974.

 

Frank and his life partner Albert L. Podesva were together for more than 30 years before Al’s death in 1999.

 

He worked for Native Textiles in Glens Falls for 4 years and then worked for 18 years at Finch Pruyn Paper Company in South Glens prior to becoming disabled. 

 

His disability did not hold him down.  Frank raised and showed Borzoi (Russian Wolfhound) and Irish Terrier dogs.  He also trained a wire fox terrier to be a therapy dog and would visit area nursing homes and senior adult homes bring much comfort to the residents.  Frank served as the president of the Glens Falls Kennel Club and Bard of Directors.  He served as show and match chairman for several years.   

 

Frank was a self taught artist who painted and sculpted in clay.  In 1988 he was awarded the “Most Promising New Artist of the Year” by O.M.O.T and the Glens Falls Art Association.  He was also an award winning weaver and also spun his own wool.  HE was also an avid cook and gardener.

 

Besides his mother Ethel I. Blasko who passed away in 1990, his sister Patricia J. Blasko and brother John Robert Blasko died in 1965.

 

He is survived by his loving brother, Steven E. Blasko of Troy, his several cousins and his many friends including his two very special friends, Urszula Janicki and Paul Betit.

 

At Frank’s request, there will be no calling hours or public services.  A graveside service will held at the convenience of the family where he will be laid to rest with his partner Al, in North Milton Cemetery, Milton, N.Y.

 

If you would like to leave an online condolence, to leave a fond memory or to post a picture, please visit angiolillofuneralhome.com.  Condolences may be sent to his brother Steven Blasko in care of the funeral home.

 

Frank requested that memorial contributions be made in his memory to either the American Diabetes Association, Albany Office, Pine West Plaza Building, Building 2, Suite 204, Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, N.Y. 12205 or to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, N.Y.  12020

 

Arrangements have been entrusted and are under the direction of the Michael G. Angiolillo Funeral Home, 210 Broadway, Whitehall, N.Y.  12887

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Phyllis podesva
   Posted Sun August 23, 2015
Iam sorry to hear about your brother frank Steven my prayers are with you

Amy Chandler
   Posted Sun August 23, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. I am going to miss him dearly. He was my buddy for the past year. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Amy Chandler
Receptionist
Maplewood

Susan Harke
   Posted Sun August 23, 2015
Frank was a kind, fun, caring, gentle man. He always had a story to tell. We had some great family times and Frank could always be depended upon to make everyone laugh. Rest in peace with your mom, brother, sister, & Aunt Joyce, til we meet again.

Jean Kellum
   Posted Fri August 28, 2015
Dear Steve - though I never met Frank in person I felt a close bond to him through you. There are never the right words, but I hope you know that my heart goes out to you.
Love,
Jean

Karen & David Wellspeak
   Posted Fri August 28, 2015
Steve, Our thoughts are with you in this tough time. No two people feel the same after a loss,but we do feel bad for your loss. David & Karen

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