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Denis A. Blank

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Denis A. Blank Obituary
Denis "Pep" A. Blank, 82, a resident of Venice, Fla., formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. Born in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Floribert and Dorothy (Anthony) Blank. Pep was an Army veteran. He was a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon Institute, receiving his bachelor's degree in engineering. He retired as an engineer and quality control manager with ATI after 27 years. Pep was a parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, and was a member of the Hillcrest Country Club, the Plantation Golf and Country Club, American Society of Metals, Elks and American Legion. Aside from his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Lauer Blank, in 1998; daughter, Kathleen Wagle; one brother; and one sister. Surviving is his wife, Mary Lou (Bongiovanni) Blank; son, Denis A Blank Jr.; grandchildren, Stephanie Lackovich, Jessica Singleton and Jacob Blank; great-grandchildren, Nolan Lackovich, Lyric Hoffman and Malachi Hoffman; stepsons, Todd and Brian Sterlitz; and stepgrandchildren, Trinity, Riley, Amara and Parker Sterlitz. Before coming to Florida, he helped his wife, Mary Lou, care for her two granddaughters, Trinity and Riley. For many years, Pep enjoyed his summer home on the Allegheny River, where he built his own tennis courts and home. In 2005, Pep moved to Venice, Fla., where he continued to play tennis, and his wife started to teach him to play golf. He also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and jumbles, and he was an avid reader.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1301 Center Road, Venice, FL 34292. Interment will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241. There will be a luncheon held at the Plantation Golf and Country Club at 1:45 p.m. after the interment.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1301 Center Road, Venice, FL 34293, or Pittsburgh Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, c/o PNC Bank, P.O. Box 535240, Pittsburgh, PA 15253-9926. To send condolences, please visit www.FarleyFuneralHome.com.
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Nov. 3, 2018
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