Rudolph O. Blalschke
Rudolph O. Blalschke passed away peacefully in his sleep at 8:20pm on Saturday, May 18, 2002, at Vassar Hospital, of congestive heart failure.
Rudy was born in New York City on January 10, 1908. He moved with his family from Yonkers to a farm they bought in Cold Spring on Route 301 near Mekeels Corners. He said his brothers and sisters would walk through the fields to be schooled at the "Little Red School House" in the Highlands on Route 9.
He was the son of sculptor Frederick and Anna Vlk Blaschke, and it was Rudy’s chore to transport his father to the train station by horse and buggy or sleigh – he remembered Main Street as being a dirt street with a watering area where the red light is today.
Rudy spent his adult years as a resident of Beacon, NY. In recent years he lived with his daughter, Barbara Tomlins, and her family in Wappingers Falls, NY.
He was a house painter by trade and painted many houses in the area including the Baptist Church in Cold Spring. Rudy was a tinkerer and mechanic by hobby and he fixed many Model "T" transmissions, and, made a living of it during depression times. He invented and patented a car and truck wheel traction device that would aid motorists while driving in ice and snow. His main passion, later in life, was trying to invent a "perpetual motor machine" which he truly thought was possible.
Mr. Blaschke was predeceased by his wife, the former Anna Emily Leavitt of Beacon, NY and a sister, Anne McArdle, of Pittsburgh, PA and two brothers, Frederick(10) and Carl(8), who were killed in a tragic sand bank accident in November, 1928. He is survived by a daughter, Barbara Tomlins of Wappingers Falls, and two sons, Frederick of Winslow, Maine and Carl of Wappingers Falls, NY. Also surviving are a sister, Adele Palmietto of Cortlant Manor, NY, a brother, Stanley Blaschke of Plantation, FL and Clayton, NY, twelve grandchildren, and numerous great grandchildren, nephews, nieces and cousins.
The viewing was at Libby’s Funeral Home in Beacon, NY on Tuesday, May 21. A funeral memorial service was held at Libby’s on Wednesday, May 22 followed by internment in the Blaschke Mausoleum at the Cold Spring, NY Cemetery.