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Edward "Ned' Blaum, 65, of Hanover Twp., passed away on Monday, January 8, 2024 in The Gardens, Wilkes-Barre.
He was the son of the late Peggy and Edward "Bud" Blaum. Born and raised in South Wilkes-Barre, he was a 1975 graduate from Meyers High School. A devout Catholic, he was a lifelong parishioner of St. Theresa Church in South Wilkes-Barre until their closing in 2011 and attended elementary school there as well. He was currently a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish at St. Aloysius Church. Ned loved going to church and had good friends there and he had great faith and trust in God.
Ned worked most of his adult life in the automobile business having worked many years for the Ertley Dealerships in Kingston and Motorworld in Wilkes-Barre, before getting hurt on the job and becoming disabled.
He was an accomplished "left handed" guitar player, who took great pride in his collection of left handed Fender guitars. Over the years Ned played with many area musicians, most notably he was a Member of the Southern Rock Band, "REDEYE." Ned met his wife, Joan, while playing in the band. He always said she was his number one groupie! Ned looked forward to the warmer weather to go outside in this garage and jam with his different guitars. In the cold weather, he had to jam in the basement and keep the noise down!
Ned was also a diehard New York Mets fan. Win or Lose, he always stayed true to the "Orange and Blue." LFGM.
He enjoyed the active role he played in raising his granddaughter, Justus, taking daily trips to various playgrounds all over the valley and watching her grow into the fine young lady she is today.
While in better health, Ned enjoyed going camping with his family and sometimes friends, to various campgrounds. We started out with tent camping and of course it always rained. We would have a stream of water running through our tent. Then we advanced to pop up camping. It never rained once, so we had no idea if the pop up leaked or not. Finally we went cabin camping. Ned loved making a fire with his step-son, George, and they would stay up late trying to make the flames as big as they could get them!
Ned was a kind, compassionate husband, step-father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, godfather and friend. He will be sadly missed by all!
In addition to his parents, Ned was preceded in death by his mother-in-law Anne Kosloski; brother and sister-in-law Michael and Dorothy Kosloski and his brother-in-laws Paul Pearson and David Adams.
Left to cherish his memory, is his loving wife of 36 years, the former Joan Kosloski; granddaughter and best friend, Justus Wanyo; step children, George Wanyo, Sara Wanyo-Allen; grandchildren, Adam Kovaleski, Mackenzie Wanyo, Mercedes Keller, Torrence Peck III, Sonia' Allen (his little whirlwind); great grandchildren, Madelyn, Zander, Elias, Xavier, Taya and Eliana, born the day after he passed and Godson David Pearson.
Ned is also survived by his three sisters, Molly Pearson, Nancy Petlock and her husband, Matt, Amy Martin and her husband, Matthew, sisters-in-law Barbara Kosloski, Nancy Alsdorf and her husband, Scotty and brother-in-law Joe Kosloski and his partner, Dave More and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Our family would like to thank the wonderful staff at The Gardens 2nd floor and Augustin for their loving care and compassion and Ned's new friends he met there, Kevin and Scott. We would also like to thank the hospice staff for making Ned comfortable. A special thank you to Emily for all the help you have given our family. We will always hold a special place for you in our hearts.
Funeral service will be conducted on Friday, January 12, 2024 at 9:30 am from the Andrew Strish Funeral Home, 11 Wilson Street, Larksville with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Robert Bellarmine Parish at St. Aloysius Church, Hanover Township.
Friends are invited to join the family for a visitation on Thursday, January 11, 2024 from 3 to 6 pm and Friday morning from 9:00 am until time of service.
Visit the funeral home website at www.StrishFuneralHome.com for additional information or to view a video tribute to Ned.
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