Class of 1954
Below is the death notice of John Bland Jr., Class of 1954. Please keep the Bland family in your prayers.
John Anthony Bland, Jr., age 84, of Mount Laurel, NJ passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 due to a heart attack.
Jack was born and raised in Cleveland, OH and had resided in Chicago, IL before moving to Mount Laurel, NJ. Jack served his country honorably from 1956 to 1958 in Mannheim, Germany in the US Army. He was a devoted member of Saint John Neumann Parish in Mount Laurel, NJ where he was Director of RCIA for 25 years. He was actively working as an Employment Counselor for the State of NJ. He enjoyed watching Notre Dame Football, coaching baseball for his sons’ teams, and spending time with family and friends. He will be deeply missed by those he leaves behind.
Jack was predeceased by his beloved wife, Rita O’Meara Bland and his dear sister, Marylin C. Trzos. He is survived by his children: Loretta A. Finkelston (Rob), John A. Bland, III (Irene), Susan M. Budnicki (Marty), Thomas D. Bland (Suzanne); sister, Diana Bland; brothers, Fr. Thomas Bland, David Bland; and, grandchildren: Kaitlyn Budnicki, Brianna Budnicki, Victoria Budnicki, Robert J. Finkelston, III, Madison Bland, Thomas Bland, Jr., Rita Budnicki.
Out of concern for public health, funeral services will be private. Jack will be reunited with his wife at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown, NJ.
Memorial contributions in Jack’s name may be made to EWTN, 5817 Old Leeds Rd., Irondale, AL 35210, or Saint John Neumann RC Church, 560 Walton Ave, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054.
Posted on: July 27, 2022
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