Eugene “Gene” Bliska, 83

Eugene (Gene) J. Bliska, a lifelong resident of Greenwich, passed away at his home on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at the age of 83.

He was born in Greenwich to the late Joseph Bliska and Anna Hinlicky on August 2, 1933.

He worked in the food management industry, most recently for Pezrow Corp. He was a lifelong parishioner of St. Paul Lutheran Church, where he dedicated his life to the Lord and also served as the organist for over 62 years, the choir director for over 30 years, and church elder for 50 plus years.

Mr. Bliska had a passion for roses and cultivated over 1,500 rose bushes on his Rose Acres property and created new roses by hybridizing them.

Gene was president of the Westchester Rose Society and he also designed and managed estate gardens in the local area. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Nancy (Sadlon) Bliska and survived by his children, Cindy Fisher and Mark Bliska and his wife Briggette, grandchildren Greg, Jen, Anya, and Bryce.

He is also survived by his sister, Josephine Kulesh, brother Martin Bliska, brother Ronald Bliska, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is predeceased by his sister Ethel Waldie.

To honor his life, family will greet loved ones on Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 4:00-8:00pm at Coxe and Graziano Funeral Home at 134 Hamilton Ave, in Greenwich.

Funeral service will be held on Friday at 10:00 am at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 286 Delavan Ave, in Greenwich, followed by interment at Greenwood Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, proceeds/memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 286 Delavan Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830.