Paul H. Blower "Blauer", 81, died in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital after battles of multiple infections. His wife, Helen Mandak Blower "Blauer," 57, died in November 1995. Paul was a longtime resident on Maffett Street, Plains Township, as well as Kingston and Wilkes-Barre, both earlier and later in life. He lastly resided at Manorcare Nursing Home in Kingston.
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Born in 1933 in Mountain Top, he was the son of the late John E. Blower and Catherine Hughes Blower. He was a lifelong skilled upholster for the majority of his working career. He was a lead upholster at Craft Associates Furniture, Wilkes-Barre, as well as Comfort Design, Kingston. Later in life, he was also employed part-time by Patte's Sports Bar, Wilkes-Barre, and finished his final full-time working days at Grotto Pizza in Wilkes-Barre (which he so loved most of all). Paul was always pleasant, dependable, loyal and hardworking as no matter what he did in his life, he always took pride in doing so and achieving as close to perfection as he possibly could.
He was a life member of St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wilkes-Barre.
Locally, Paul enjoyed being with his brother, Robert for their "weekly cheeseburgers," his son, George and daughter-in-law, Jenny, and "the-apple-of-his-eye" granddaughter, Holly. He also enjoyed his holidays with in-laws Joseph and Jeanette Barkovitz, Wilkes-Barre, who he thought so fondly of. Notably in his last years, he "most appreciated and honored" his dearest friend, Pastor Gary Scharrer. Paul had so many friends he made throughout his life... in his final years, he was known as the "Mayor" of Manorcare. He was so easily liked that everyone knew him as soon as they met him. He had quick wit and "preferred giving smirks rather than frowns." Paul possessed something so rarely found these days, he followed and led his life by a simple "old school" rule: "If you have nothing good to say, then say nothing at all." He will be so sadly missed by so many.
Surviving are son, George Paul Blower (Blauer), daughter-in-law, Jeanette Barkovitz Blauer and granddaughter, Holly Barkovitz, Wilkes-Barre; brothers, Robert Blauer, Exeter; and John Blauer, Gainesville, Fla.; as well as many, many nieces and nephews.
Those wishing to pay their final respects may do so from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday in St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, 667 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. At 2 p.m. a funeral/memorial service will be led by the Rev. Gary Scharrer, pastor, and organist George Walker Jr. The procession will then be continued and concluded in Fern Knoll Burial Park, Dallas. Those wishing to send flowers may do so directly to St. Matthew's, 667 N. Main St., Wilkes Barre. Paul will forever "love" those, who loved him.
Arrangements are by Metcalfe-Shaver-Kopcza Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.
Published in Citizens' Voice on June 22, 2014
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