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Green Funeral Home

57 Main St, Danbury, CT

OBITUARY

Jill M. Blankschen

March 11, 1963November 22, 2019

On November 22, 2019 Jill Mary Blankschen died unexpectedly but peacefully. Jill was 56 years old. She died in the loving arms and company of her husband Michael and her very close friends at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, CT. Sadly, Jill passed on from those of us on this earth who dearly love her, but in her passing, she joyfully joined her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, her beloved mother Jacqueline Unger, her father Richard Piskura, and other previously passed family members also abiding with Christ in Heaven. Jill had a very strong faith for God the Father, Jesus Christ being her Savior, and in the Holy Spirit’s comfort and healing.

Jill was born in Danbury, CT. She was a graduate of St. Gregory the Great Elementary School, Immaculate High School, and Western Connecticut State University all of which are located in Danbury, CT. Jill graduated with a BA in Communications and Human Relations. She worked in the mental health field for over 15 years and she was also a loving and dedicated caregiver to those in need. Jill was especially proud of having been employed at Fairfield Hills State Hospital in Newtown, CT where she worked with the mentally ill.

Jill spent eight years with her husband Michael in the Portland, Oregon area. They lived there until it was necessary to return to Danbury, CT so that Jill could assist in the full-time care of her mother Jacqueline who had Parkinson’s disease. Jill was totally dedicated to her mother and did everything she could to make her mom as comfortable as possible. At the same time Jill managed and took care of her mother, she also took care of her cousin’s children. She loved her cousin’s children as if they were her own. Jill had a unique and special way of loving all children. Jill constantly gave of herself to anyone who needed help. Besides taking care of her mother, Jill also spent a lot of time taking care of her father and her grandmother before they passed away. Jill never ceased sacrificing of herself in efforts to ensure the comfort of others. Jill also loved the beauty of the outdoors and nature, wildlife, color, art, and her pet dogs.

Jill is survived by her husband: Michael Blankschen, Her brother and sister: Mark Piskura and Michelle Hoffman, Her nephews: Mark Piskura II, Matthew Hoffman, Caleb Hoffman, and Daniel Piskura, her nieces: Jacleen Goff and Riannon Hoffman. Jill is also survived by her maternal aunt Sandy and uncle Richard Werdann. She is survived by her many cousins all of whom dearly love her. On Michael’s side Jill is survived by Michael’s mother and father: Agnes and Robert Blankschen, Michael’s sisters: Linda Bertozzi and Kathie Bretz, Michael’s brothers: Bob, David, Ken, and James Blankschen, Tom Bretz, Duane Bertozzi, and Karin Blankschen. She is also survived by many of Michael’s nieces and nephews all of whom love and will miss her dearly.

All of us: family and friends alike will miss Jill tremendously. She made such a huge and positive impact on all of our lives. Jill’s spirit of joy, sweetness, kindness, comfort, generosity, and laughter will be missed so much.

Our dear and sweet Jill: We all thank you so much for being such a huge blessing to and in our lives. We all will forever love and miss you. You will forever live in our hearts.

Services

7 December

Memorial Gathering

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Green Funeral Home

57 Main St.
Danbury, CT

7 December

Christian Memorial Dedication Service

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Judy Baldyga

December 4, 2019

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Michael Blankschen, Jill's beloved husband and loyal friend, and also to Jill's family on both sides. We are truly sorry for your loss and we are praying for you to get through this extremely difficult time. Whenever we think of Jill, we will remember the twinkle & light in her eyes and we will smile. We have so many memories of her joyful, fun spirit, her beauty, her presence when she walked into a room, that infectious laughter she had, her way of being able to woo anyone into a conversation, and her deep love of Jesus, our Lord & Savior... these things will be forever stamped in our minds. We love you Michael and our hearts are broken for you! With all of our love, Ray & Judy

Kathie Bretz

November 30, 2019

I will always treasure special times we shared together. You were not only my sister in law you were a true friend. Living far away from you ( I’m in Florida) my time spent with you in the past 26 years has been more limited however when I made it up to Connecticut to see the family we would get together and it’s like time hadn’t passed. Your outgoing friendly personality and quick wit always had us laughing. Jill has a heart of gold and a caregivers heart... always there for those in need. Rest In Peace sweet Jill . I will always hold our times together close in my heart. Till we meet again... I love you sis, Love, Kathie

Marita Mulvihill Ferguson

November 30, 2019

I am so devastated about Jill’s passing. She lived on Meadowbrook right next to my Aunt Mary & Uncle Jack,’s home, and they loved her like a daughter that they didn’t have. Starting at age 4 or 5, Jill and I met, and going to my Aunts house so many times,/years. We would play, go swimming and our fav game was :A my name was Alice. Hours would go by and we played that game never getting tired of our company. Loving our friendship. Attending each other’s bday parties, picnics and general parties.

Jill lit up the room with her gorgeous smile, and beautiful face.

Life went on and there were years that we lost touch, but always picked up saying we loved the fact we were friends since 5. I went over text messages and just found one that Jill wrote to me after I had said we had been friends for 45 years: it went like this :

Jill said to me: “Pretty amazing isn’t it, all these years. Lots of fun filled memories, and life mixed in. but those are the friendships that hit home in their own way for the special reasons, one of them our age of innocence. “

Jill I loved you when I was 5, throughout my life all the times we reconnected during the ( life mixed in happened) and I will love you forever. Thanks for bringing sunshine, your smile and love in my life. I will always miss you.

Richard Stanco

November 28, 2019

Jill was friends with my daughter Suzanne from their days working together in the sundae shop here in Brookfield, and that's where she picked up her nickname we had for her ---"LULU".. and she was a lulu-and I considered her as my daughter also.-

I will miss her laughter and free spirit-

Howard Polley

November 27, 2019

Jill was a beautiful soul. She was always a pleasure to see and fun to talk to. An amazing women and a great person. I hope to see you in the next life my friend.

Delia Verdi

November 26, 2019

Jill, I didn't know you that well or see you that often but you were special because we could pickup where we left off , sometimes we hadn't seen each other for a few years but it seemed like just last week , I will miss those times wish there could have been more...Rest in PEACE with the other Angels

Cathy Iannone

November 26, 2019

Dear Jill,
I remember when we first met at Mary Gilbert's house...I immediately felt a sisterly connection to you!! Your spunk, beauty and Love will live on in our hearts FOREVER...we will care for your family in your absence, to fill that void ...until we meet again...BLESSINGS ❤❤❤❤

Troy Smith

November 26, 2019

I am deeply saddened to read of this news. My heart and, of course, prayers for comfort and healing are extended to Jill's entire family.

When we were much younger, entering our early years at WesConn, a number of us fellas were ga-ga over Jill. She was so friendly, SO FUNNY, and so beautiful. One of my good friends in high school, Suzanne Stanco, was best friends with Jill and I thought she'd say good things about me to her. You know, to grease the sled, so to speak. I was hoping to ask the big question and see if I could go out on a date with Jill. But when I finally got the courage to ask her out one day after class, I quickly found out THAT conversation never happened! Jill burst out in laughter, put her hand on my shoulder and said 'No, sweetheart, its just not gonna work.' I was crushed of course, but how could I not laugh along with her? She had a way of letting you down easy, but making sure you enjoyed the ride. Several weeks/months later, I ran into Jill at one of the nightclubs in town and we had another great laugh over my tragic moment. By then, I'd met and was dating Beth, who walked over to where Jill and I were, smiles were exchanged and Beth walked off to see some friends. When I looked back at Jill, she had that Jill grin - you know what Im talking about! - splashed across her face. "See?!", she said. "You did alright without me!" LOLOL I know there was no way Jill could've known at the time Beth would be my wife for the next 34 years, but I sure was hoping I could tell her that one day.

Jill was something else, right? A real firecracker, one of her old friends recently said. I know you will all agree with me when I say I can't wait to see her again. Im looking forward to the promise Jesus made to us at John 5: 28,29. Until then, I hope all your hearts heal fast, I hope you find real comfort in your faith, and I pray God does not forget our wonderful sister.

Troy Smith

Jackie Lopez -Brookshire

November 26, 2019

Rest in peace you have earned your angel wings Prayers to all effected by your passing

Linda Pennarola Mulvihill

November 26, 2019

Jill was the daughter of my sister, Elaine’s Godmother. I only saw her occasionally over the years, but she had an uncanny knack for always knowing who I was and greeting me warmly. Her bright smile always cheered me.

My life is richer for having known her. May her family take some small comfort in knowing that I will always remember Jill and her kindness.

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