1947 - 2021
No Vistitation Date Scheduled
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Surrounded by family and friends, Bruce W. Blaschke of Lowell, MA, passed away at his home on January 4, 2021 after a long illness. He was born in Waterbury, CT on February 21, 1947. Bruce was the oldest child of Walter J. and Ruth (Sturgeon) Blaschke. He attended Bristol Public Schools and graduated from Bristol Central High School in 1965.
Having worked his way through college as an orderly at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lowell, MA, he graduated from Lowell Technological Institute in 1971 with a BS in Chemistry. Between 1971 and 1976 he studied Respiratory Therapy and Nursing at Northern Essex Community College. Then returned to St. Joseph’s Hospital to work in both fields. While working at St. Joseph’s, he met his wife, Helen (Weilbrenner). They would have been married for 50 years this coming June.
Bruce also worked as Koch Membrane Systems for 18 years until the lab closed. At that time, he returned to UMass Lowell and received his master’s degree in Education. He taught Chemistry at Lowell High School until his retirement in 2009.
He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Chelmsford, a past president of the Friends of the Pollard Memorial Library and a member of the Billerica Chess Club. In a perfect world, Bruce would have been a professional student. He loved books and always said, “Lifelong learning is so important”. This was a concept that he tried to pass on to his children, grandchildren, and students.
Bruce loved to read, listen to classical music, and watch old TV / movies, bike and fish. His greatest love was running after his grandsons and following their sports activities.
He is survived by his wife, Helen, his son, Erik Blaschke and his wife, Jennifer (McCluskey), of Lowell, MA; his daughter, Kathryn Saba and her husband, Adam of Tyngsboro, MA. The lights of his life (grandsons), Andrew, Evan and Jack Blaschke; a brother, Brian Blaschke and his wife Kathy of Vero Beach, FL; a sister Ruth Paradis and her husband Rene of Bristol, CT; and his sister Lillian Franco and her husband Rick of Williamstown, PA. He will also be missed by many nieces and nephews.
Bruce was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Ruth and his brother, Mark.
The family wishes to thank all their friends and family who helped keep Bruce at home during his illness. Thanks to Merrimack Valley Hospice for their constant care and concern during this difficult time. Extra special thanks to Bruce’s Hospice nurses, Elena, Nancy and Social worker, Wendy. We couldn’t have done this without you all.
At Bruce’s request, there will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions can be made to:
Merrimack Valley Hospice
360 Merrimack St.
Lawrence, MA 01843
Friends of the Pollard Memorial Library
401 Merrimack St.
Lowell, MA 01852
Trinity Lutheran Church (Building on Our Legacy)
170 Old Westford Rd.
Chelmsford, MA 01824