BLENKO JOY (KINNEMAN)|
Died on Thursday, November 15, 2012 from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was born in Pittsburgh on November 23, 1925, the elder daughter of John Kinneman, Jr., and Catherine Sweadner Kinneman. She was the sister of Donna Hasley Hodges, who predeceased her. She graduated from The Ellis School, Goucher College, and the University of Pittsburgh business school. After graduation from Pitt she was employed in retail fashion merchandising at Gimbel's department store. She had a long time interest in growing and arranging flowers, and was president of the Pittsburgh Civic Garden Center. She was a long time volunteer at Western Pennsylvania Hospital where she was a member of the Women's Committee and its Governing Board. In 1949, she was married to Walter J. Blenko, Jr., who survives her; she is also survived by her sons, John W. Blenko (Cheryl) of Baltimore, Maryland and Andrew W. Blenko (Patricia) of North Huntingdon; and three grandchildren, Stephanie N. Blenko, Charles R. Blenko and Evan A. Blenko. Friends will be received at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC., 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street, (www.freyvogel funeralhome.com) from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 17. Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to The Ellis School.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Nov. 16 to Nov. 17, 2012