AVON PARK, Fla. - Paul J. Blitz, age 81, passed away on Monday (Feb. 24, 2014), peacefully in his winter home in Avon Park, Fla. He was born on Oct. 19, 1932, the son of the late Valentine and Florence Blitz. In 1957, he married the love of his life, Rita Kames, who survives.
Paul was a veteran
of the Korean War
serving with the US Army. He was a longtime resident of Wellsville who owned and operated the House of Glass from 1968 until his retirement. Paul's memberships include the Immaculate Conception Church, the Morrison Hayes American Legion Post #702, the Frank B. Church VFW
Post #2530, the Wellsville Lions Club, where he was a past president, and a life member of the Grant Duke Hose Company, all of Wellsville. Paul was an avid golfer, a devoted father and a true gentleman who loved spending summers on the farm in Kennedy, N.Y.
In addition to his devoted wife, Rita, of 57 years, Paul is survived by 3 sons, Ken (Carrie) Blitz of Kennedy, Steve (Beth)?Blitz of Lakeland, Fla. and Stuart (Kim)?Blitz of Wellsville; a daughter, Karen Lehman of Wellsville; 9 grandchildren, Jessica Blitz of Charleston, N.C., Christopher Blitz of Washington, DC, Emily (Daniel) Paez of Houston, Texas, Eric (Amanda) Blitz, Shawn (Melissa) Blitz, Lisa (John) Sacher, Amber Blitz, all of Florida, Matthew (Heidi) Lehman of North Carolina and Melissa Lehman of Olean; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Carl Blitz of Michigan and Robert (Sherry) Blitz of Arizona; 2 sisters, Delores Searcy and Mary Jackson, both of Elmira; several nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, Lucy Kames and the Kames family of Elmira.
A memorial service was held in Avon Park, Fla. A Memorial Mass with full military honors will be held in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville at a later date. Memorials in Paul's name may be given to either the Hart Comfort House, 141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895 or to the Hospice Homecare, 118 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.