Blechman, Mary Phyllis (Coar)
Mary Phyllis (Coar) Blechman, 70, of Endwell, died March 15, 2014 after a long and courageous struggle with kidney and auto-immune diseases. She was predeceased by her parents, Mary Leora (Brett) and James "Red" Coar. She is survived by her loving husband and soulmate, Jon Blechman; her children, Richard and Catherine (Zeggert) Pichura, Jack Pichura, Joel and Katie (Holland) Pichura, Dustin and Debbie (Wright) Blechman, Chuck and Lisa (Tischler) Blechman, Ben and Miranda (Struck) Blechman and Adam and Deirdre (Donohue) Blechman; her very special grandchildren, Dallas, Chelsey, Miranda, Morgan, Richard, Max, Ellie and Jay; her sister Pat (Coar) Masaryk; and cherished nieces and nephews. Phyllis was born and raised in Binghamton and after graduation from Binghamton Central High held many different jobs including clerk at Clark-Cleveland, secretary and assistant for Dr. Green, and school secretary at St. Pat's. She was a licensed cosmetologist and real estate agent. Her most favorite work was the 15 years she spent in property management at Bob Harkness' office. Phyllis was an avid golfer at Endwell Greens, where she was a club champion and helped to organize and run the Futures Tour tournaments, Vestal Hills CC and most recently, Binghamton CC. Sundays on the golf course with Jon was their special time. She had a great short game and could drop a putt from anywhere. She loved competition and played in many Broome County Ladies, Fingerlakes and New York State Senior events and was especially proud to play in Five Club where she made many life-long friends. Oh to hear her gentle laugh float across the golf course one more time. She loved her trips with Jon, especially to London and San Francisco. In recent winters she so looked forward to their snowbird time in Florida. Her pies were without equal - especially apple. Phyllis was also a scratch shopper. She and we appreciate the efforts of her caregivers: Dr. Elinoff, Dr. Harris; her specialists, Dr. Martinez, Dr. Jayaraman, Dr. Qassam, Dr. Oven and Dr. Fenlon; and the very caring and dedicated nurses and aides at UHS, Bridgewater and Hospice. A Memorial Mass will be offered at St. James Church, Main Street, Johnson City, where she was a lifelong parishioner, at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014. Family will receive friends at the Church beginning at 9:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Kidney Foundation, 731 James Street, Suite 700, Syracuse, NY 13203-2040, or the
. Arrangements are by J.F. Rice Funeral Home, Inc. 150 Main Street Johnson City, NY.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Mar. 16 to Mar. 21, 2014
J.F. Rice Funeral Home
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