JANESVILLE - Patricia A. Bliss, age 80, of Janesville, died on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at home after a long illness. She was born in Lockport, NY on Oct. 28, 1932, the only child of Augustus and Alice (Eckel) Hyland. She graduated from Wellsville, N.Y. High School in 1950, and married H. Mitchell "Mitch" Bliss on July 7, 1951, in Wellsville. They lived in Jamestown, NY where she was employed in the office of the Prudential Insurance Co. for several years. Together they moved to Janesville in November of 1957 when Mitch joined the Gazette news staff as a reporter.
In Janesville Pat worked for Dr. Austin McSweeny, M.D., and for five years at Trinity Episcopal Church as a parish secretary. In 1984, she accepted employment with the State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in the Janesville office retiring from there after 20 years of service as a counselor. She was totally committed to her job.
Pat earned her college education the hard way, pursuing it initially with the opening of U-Rock in the mid 1960's. She doggedly took a course at a time while also working fulltime and raising a family. She realized her dream at the age of 55 when she received her associate's degree from UW-Rock County, and then continued at UW-Whitewater where she received her bachelor's degree in January of 1988, graduating with high honors.
She was a member of Rock Prairie United Presbyterian Church and a former member of its choir. She was a weekly volunteer at Rotary Garden's gift shop. She kept up all her activities until just recently. Pat was a loyal friend to many.
In her earlier years, she enjoyed bicycling, golf, curling and was superb at refinishing old furniture acquired at household sales and auctions. Pat also canned many fruits and vegetables during the family's years at the former home at 1121 E. Court Street. Pat was an avid bridge player all her adult life. She and Mitch belonged to duplicate bridge clubs in Jamestown and Janesville. She also for more than 50 yeas played social bridge with women friends three times monthly, plus monthly bridge at the Elks Club and The Woman's Club. Pat was an entertaining storyteller and laughed easily. She always put others before herself.
Pat had a great fondness for Scotch terrier dogs. She and Mitch owned six over a 60 years span, including Roxie, the latest who is a rescue dog.
Pat is survived by her husband, Mitch Bliss; daughter, Dena Klug of Watertown, WI; 2 grandchildren, Salina Bliss and Christopher Blaser; and 3 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Per Pat's request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. A Memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Interment will be in Milton Lawns Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army of Janesville or Rotary Gardens. SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY is assisting the family. For on-line condolences and registry: www.schneiderfuneraldirectors.com
The family would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the Mercy Health System oncology department headed by Dr. Emily Robinson and Linda Brethauer, P.A., and the entire staff of nurses and other support staff who so ably administered to Pat over the past eight years after her cancer was diagnosed. She had four major surgeries over the span, yet never complained over her plight. The family also thanks dear friend Kay for her incredible help in the final days.