BLATNIK, Joseph J. “Red,” 86, of Bridgeport, Ohio, passed Friday, January 3, 2014 at home.

He was born in Bridgeport on October 30, 1927, a son of the late John Joseph and Josephine Smith Blatnik.

Red was a retired employee of Ohio Department of Transportation; a U.S. Army WWII veteran, a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wolfhurst, Ohio; and Wolfhurst Volunteer Fire Department member and Capt. of the Emergency Squad.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marline J. (Malone) Blatnik; sisters, Ceil Starosciak, and JoAnn Pausic.

He is survived by a daughter, Maureen (Ed) Rouse and a son, John Blatnik all of Bridgeport; a sister, Helen Jezewski of Dearborn, MI; three grandchildren, Connie (Scott) Graham of West Liberty, WV, Mark and Teresa Rouse both of Bridgeport; three great- grandchildren, Allanha Sommers and Madison and Cory Graham.

Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wolfhurst, with Rev. John Mucha, as celebrant.

Inurnment will be at a later date.

The family is being assisted by Wilson Funeral Home, 920 National Road, Brookside, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wolfhurst Vol. Fire Department.

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