Dear classmates, wives and other friends of Fred Bliss,
I recently talked with Fred and Dorothy, and discovered that Fred has had a series, of what I call, mini strokes. This has rendered him unable to read or write text of any kind. He cannot communicate by cards, letters or emails. He hence cannot deal with the computer.
On the other hand his speech is good and his understanding of the spoken word is also good. He can receive telephone calls and truly enjoys chatting about the class, friends and the “good old days”. By not being able to communicate in writing he is extremely frustrated, and I think he may be getting depressed. I call him several times per month just to keep in touch or whenever I have some news of the class or I am thinking of him. When I talk with him he seems to be cheered up, is his old friendly self and his memory is good (better than mine). He really has appreciated the calls myself and other classmates have made over the past several months.
We may be able to devise some additional way to communicate with him, but in the meantime, please give him a call, especially if you have some news of classmates or other news of interest to Fred, he will really appreciate it.
His number is: (918) 683-4179.
9 JUN 2014
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Dorothy Jane (Koch) Bliss
September 19, 1934 - February 18, 2017
Dorothy Jane (Koch) Bliss, 82, longtime resident of Muskogee, passed away early Saturday morning, February 18, 2017, with her family by her side. Born September 19, 1934, in New York, NY, to Henry and Irma (Grimm) Koch, she grew up in Mattituck and Flushing, NY. She attended the public schools and graduated from Bayside High School with the class of 1952. After high school, she furthered her education by attending Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.
On July 31, 1955, Dorothy married Charles Fred Bliss III in Tahlequah, OK. Together they have shared over 61 years of life and marriage together.
During Fred's active service in the Army, they were stationed at Fort Benning, GA, Fort Campbell, KY, West Point, NY, Fort Leavenworth, KS, Rochester, NY,
Washington, D.C. and Fort Riley, KS. Upon his retirement in 1974, they decided to move to Muskogee, OK, where they made their home.
Dorothy went to work at Viva's—an apparel and home accessory shop, which she purchased in 1982. For over 25 years, she owned Viva's and continued to work there with her daughter, Donna Bliss, until her retirement in 2011.
Her hobbies included family activities, reading, theatre, movies and her beloved pets. She is a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. Her favorite quote—"True happiness—if you love to read, if you love nature and if you have a dog, you've got it made!"
She is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Irma Koch.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Charles "Fred" Bliss; her children, James Alan Bliss and Donna Ann Bliss; her grandchildren, James Curtis Bliss, Stephen "Michael" Hart, Elizabeth Bliss Hart, Madeline Jane Hart, Daniel Bliss and Danna Bliss; and her 3 great grandchildren; many other family members and friends who will miss her.
A celebration of Dorothy's life will be 1:30 pm Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Reverend David Burris officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Hart, James Bliss, Billy Bliss, Chuck Purkey, Roy Flinn and Steven Stacks. Interment will be in Tahlequah City Cemetery in Tahlequah, OK.
The family suggests memorials be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church or PAWS.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.
February 20, 2017