2012-02-29 / Obituaries

Stanley F. Blaschke

Captain Stanley F. Blaschke, 80, passed away on February 1st, 2012, in Plantation, Fla., of lung cancer after having quit smoking 50 years earlier.

Stan was born at Butterfield Hospital in Cold Spring on May 30th, 1931. He grew up living on Route 301 where he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He graduated from Haldane High School in 1949 and then from the University of Connecticut in 1955. After college, he trained as a Naval Aviator in Pensacola, Fla., and spent 6 ½ years in the Navy flying helicopters off the aircraft carrier Lake Champlain–the ship that picked up the first American man in space, Astronaut Alan Shepard.

In 1964, he was hired by United Airlines and worked his way up over the years to Captain. While working for United, he flew Boeing 727 jets to destinations in the US, Mexico, and Canada. He also flew Boeing 747s to Asia, Australia, South America and Europe. After 30 years of flying jets he retired in 1994.

Stan was predeceased by his five siblings: Adele (Blaschke) Palmietto of Croton; Anne (Blaschke) McArdle of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Carl Blaschke and Freddie Blaschke of Cold Spring; and Rudy Blaschke of Beacon.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, the former Frances Denham of Mobile, Ala.; his 2 daughters: Carrie Anne Stich of Plantation, Fla. and Lee Christine Cousins of Jupiter, Fla; and 6 grandchildren: Lauren Stich, 3rd year Cadet at West Point, Christopher Stich and Julie Stich of Plantation, Fla., and Sasha Cousins, Selah Cousins, and Sofia Cousins of Jupiter, Fla.; three nephews and four nieces, and many of their children.

A funeral service was held in Plantation, Fla., on February 11th, 2012.

There will be a Memorial Service, followed by entombment in Cold Spring Cemetery, on April 14th, 2012. Arrangements are being handled by the Clinton Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

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