Deacon Robert Blankschen

DANBURY—Deacon Robert Blankschen passed away on May 10, 2023, at the age of 87.

“It is with great sadness I must inform you of the death of Deacon Robert Blankschen on May 10, 2023. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Blankschen and for the consolation of his family,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano in announcing his passing.

Deacon Robert “Bob” Blankschen was born in Bridgeport, to the late Elton and Hazel Blankschen on October 20, 1935. He attended Stratford High School, where he met the love of his life, Agnes Delia LaSella. Bob was a veteran of the US Navy and proudly served on the USS Hollis and USS O’Hare. He worked at Connecticut Light & Power for 38 years and retired as chief electrician.

Deacon Blankschen was ordained a permanent deacon of the Diocese of Bridgeport on April 29, 1978, and served at St. Gregory the Great Parish, Danbury, CT. He also ministered at Glen Hill Center Nursing Home and the Dorothy Hospitality House. Bob was involved with the Marriage Encounter community. He enjoyed woodworking, traveling, and being with his family and friends.

Bob was predeceased by his son, Michael; his daughter-in-law, Jill; and his brother, Edward Blankschen. Bob leaves behind his beloved and faithful bride of 67 years, Agnes, and their children: Linda Bertozzi (Duane), Kathryn Bretz (Thomas), Robert Jr. (Lisa), David (Angelina), Kenneth (Karin), and James (significant other, Desiree); his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, his sister Gail LaSella; and brother Warren Blankschen (Denise).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wed., May 17th, at 10:00 am, at St. Gregory the Great Church, Danbury, CT, with the Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday, May 16th, from 4:00-7:00 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to St Gregory the Great Church. To leave a condolence please visit