Tosca Lyman Bliss, 83, known to most as Toc, St. Clair, departed this life Wednesday, May 28, 2014. |
Toc, son of the late John Franklin Bliss and wife Kathleen, nee Casey, was born Oct. 3, 1930, in Richwoods. He was united in marriage to Norma Jean Cordia May 15, 1954, and two sons came to bless this union.
Toc was a Christian, believing in the Lord as his Savior, and sometimes visited Bethel Baptist Church, Lonedell. He was proud to have served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Army, entering Feb. 20, 1952, and receiving his honorable discharge Feb. 4, 1954, after attaining the rank of corporal. During his working career, Toc was employed as a pressman by Jefferson Smurfit, retiring after 42 years of service. He had a variety of interests throughout his life, but what he enjoyed most was spending time at home. He was always there to help his children and grandchildren with any home projects they were doing. His family held a very special place in his heart, as he did in theirs. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will live in their hearts forever.
Toc is survived by his wife, Norma Jean Bliss, St. Clair; two sons, Jeffrey Bliss and Mark Bliss, both of St. Clair; three grandchildren, Jim Bliss, Abby Bliss, both of St. Clair, and Kate Bliss, St. Louis; three sisters, Maxine Wideman, Lois Pannbecker and husband Bill, and Verna Lee Blair and husband Ted, all of De Soto; brothers- and sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; great- and great-great nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.
Toc was preceded in death by his parents, John and Kathleen Bliss; and; two brothers, Wayne Bliss and Clifton Bliss.
A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 2, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, with the Rev. Ben Kingston officiating.
Interment was in Bethel Baptist Cemetery, Lonedell.
Memorials may be given to Bethel Baptist Cemetery.
The Bliss family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.
Published in The Missourian on June 4, 2014