Eugene ‘Gene’ J. Blecha, 83

Eugene Blecha, 83, of North Fond du Lac, formerly of the Port Washington area, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa. Gene was born in the town of Trenton on April 6, 1929, son of Henry Blecha and Hilda Eicksteadt Blecha. He grew up on the family farm in Myra (Newburg). In 1947 he enlisted and served his country in the US Army. On April 19, 1952 he married Ruth Schanen at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Saukville.

Gene worked as a truck driver for Marchese Trucking in Port Washington and Freeman Chemical in Saukville. Gene was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church, and most recently worshipped at Holy Family Parish in Fond du Lac. He was also a proud member of the Teamsters. Gene enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, gardening, reading, and listening to polka music.

Gene is survived by his wife Ruth of North Fond du Lac and six children, Holly (Vincenzo) Blecha DiCarlo of Waukesha, Linda (Tom) Roden of Port Washington, Mara (Roy) Rosal of Hartland, Amy (Alan) Groth of Oconomowoc, Jackie (Curtis) Burton of Kansas City, Mo., and Ron (Tara) Blecha of Bay View. He is further survived by 15 grandchildren, Nina, Sarah, Aaron, Lizzy, Jenny, Julia, Matt, Megan, Ari, Chloe, Christopher, Jake, James, Kyle and Kosta; three great-grandchildren, Christian, Emily and Parker; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, one granddaughter Rachel, his brother Richard Blecha and his sister Violet Jeray.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Saukville, with the Rev. Tom Lijewski officiating. He will be laid to rest with Military Honors in Holy Trinity Parish Cemetery in Newburg. Visitation will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the church from 9-11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission, 830 N. 19th St., Milwaukee, WI 53233.

The Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is honored to serve the family. Online condolences may be left at