Patrick Bernard Blessing

Wauwatosa, formerly of Appleton

Age 34, passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee on Thursday, July 22, 2010, due to complications from an initial heart attack he suffered three weeks ago.

Patrick was born August 12, 1975 in Columbus, Ohio, to Mary Cathrine Blessing. Patrick attended Appleton West High School, Ripon College, and graduated from Syracuse University with a Master’s Degree in June of 2001. On November 15, 2008, Patrick married the love of his life, Christy Zimmerman Blessing.

Patrick lived in Wauwatosa and had a career in marketing and advertising which had always been a life long passion and path.

While at Appleton West, Patrick and his teammates secured the football State Championship in 1992. Proceeding to Ripon College, Patrick played football for the Ripon Red Hawks, was President of Phi Kappa Pi Fraternity (Merriman House), and was a survivor of leukemia. After college, Patrick volunteered his time to support miscellaneous causes including Huntington’s Desease, Kathy’s House, and Be The Match. Patrick was also a member of the Second City Comedy Troupe and an avid fan of Penn State and the Chicago Bears.

Patrick will be especially remembered for his pure enjoyment of life and the company of family and friends. Patrick had an unmatched ability to bring joy and laughter to those around him.

Survivors include his wife, Christy Zimmerman Blessing, Wauwatosa, and their soon to be born daughter; mother Mary Catherine Blessing, Appleton; step-father Larry Seidl and family, Appleton; 2 brothers: Shawn (Christine) Blessing, Appleton and Todd (Lisa) Blessing, Allen, TX; sister Judy (Larry) Tweed, Appleton; father and mother-in-law, Steve and Mary Zimmerman, Mount Calvary; brother-in-law Mike (Shauna) Zimmerman, Fond du Lac; sister-in-law Cara Zimmerman (fiance Jason Blank), Fond du Lac. He is further survived by aunts, uncles, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Patrick’s God children are Taylor Peterson and Tanner Tweed.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Bernard and Ethel Grazier.

A Funeral Liturgy will take place at 11 am on Monday, July 26, at St. Pius Catholic Church, 500 W. Marquette St., Appleton, with Father Andrew Kysely officiating. Friends may visit from 2 – 8 pm on TONIGHT at the Brettschneider-Trettin-Lederer Funeral Chapel, and directly at the church on Monday from 9 am until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for the care and support of Patrick’s future daughter.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the friends and family members who supported them during this difficult time, and also to the staffs at Froedert and St. Luke’s Hospital for their compassionate care shown to Patrick.

Sunday, July 25, 2010 – 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM
606 N. Oneida St.
Appleton, WI 54911

Monday, July 26, 2010 – 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM
St. Pius X Catholic Church
500 W. Marquette St.
Appleton, WI 54911

Monday, July 26, 2010 – 11:00 AM
St. Pius X Catholic Church
500 W. Marquette St.
Appleton, WI 54911


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