Mrs. Blodwen (Thomas) Bitsko, 86, of Wall Township, N.J., passed away
peacefully on Friday, June 3.
Born on Sept. 6, 1929, in Coaldale, she graduated with honors from the
former Coaldale High School in 1947.
She was an honor student at the Temple School of Pharmacy.
She graduated there with a BS degree in pharmacy in 1951, having been one of
only five women in the entire graduating class.
While attending Temple, she was in the Lambda Kappa Sigma Pharmaceutical
Sorority and was a Student Council Representative.
Following college, she began working at Morgan's Apothecary on Walnut Street
in Philadelphia, one of the oldest pharmacies in the country.
She married Frank Bitsko and they moved to New Jersey in 1955, residing
initially on Eighth Avenue in Wall Township, before moving to Hemlock Avenue
in Wall Township, where she spent the rest of her life.
After moving to New Jersey, she worked in the pharmacy at the Paul Kimball
Hospital, Lakewood, and then working successively at Squan Drugs and Main
Pharmacy in Manasquan and then Thrift/Eckerd/Rite Aid Pharmacy in Belmar,
eventually retiring from Rite Aid in 2005.
After retirement, she enjoyed the company of her friends and family and
especially the company of her grandchildren.
She was particularly fond of knitting and created beautiful Afghans and
clothing for her family.
She loved to cook and bake and her homemade stuffed cabbage was always a
fast selling item at Old Mill School fundraisers.
She was predeceased by her husband Frank in 1995.
Surviving are two sisters, Mildred Demyanovich of San Diego, CA, and Myrle
Tipping, and her husband, Dr. Richard Tipping, of Tuscaloosa, AL; an uncle,
William Terry of High Ridge, MO; three children, Gregory, and his wife,
Jenia, of Eatontown, Frank, and his wife, Susan, of Howell, and Kimberly,
and her husband, Vincent, of Wall Township; eight grandchildren and five
She loved her work as a pharmacist because she was able to help so many and
she was always proud to say, "I was a pharmacist for 53 years."
Her family, friends and religion provided much joy and fulfillment in her
life and her absence will be felt by all who knew her.
Service: Memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, Kingdom Hall of
Jehovah's Witnesses, 301 River Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.
Arrangements by O'Brien Funeral Home, Wall, N.J.
Published in the Times News, Lehighton, PA, on Monday, June 6, 2016
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