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Jamie Blitzstein

5/21/2013


Jamie Blitzstein, age 56 of Newfoundland passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Jamie met the love of her life, Paul Blitzstein, during their junior year while both attending Wayne Hills High School. Because Jamie’s last name began with an “A” and Paul’s began with a “B”, Paul often sat right behind Jamie in class. He used to pull on Jamie’s pig-tails and their connection was so obvious that teachers would often write the comment, “Nice work, Jamie” on Paul’s papers, as he would often copy her work. After graduating high school in 1974, Jamie attended Slippery Rock College where her academic prowess was matched only by her athletics. She competed in track and field and volleyball.

Jamie and Paul married on November 12, 1978 and soon began their family. They were blessed with the birth of two healthy boy; first Jared and soon after, Justin. Jamie took great joy in watching her sons grow to be gentlemen and she played an active role in anything from coaching their sports teams to helping them with homework. There was no shortage of love and support for the boys and she took great pride in watching their success in the military, academia, and as professionals. Her love of family was most evident during the holidays, and nobody made Thanksgiving more special than Jamie.

Beyond the joy she derived from being with her family, Jamie enjoyed spending her time in the great outdoors! Whether it was gardening – a passion that was instilled in her by her father, or bird watching, Jamie enjoyed all things nature and wildlife. For Jamie, there was no better place to share that love with her family than at the Sussex County Fair, where Jamie took the family every year. She instilled that same love in her boys at an early age and, as a result, they were always coming home with all sorts of creatures; stray cats, snakes, rats and squirrels. Jamie never turned any of them away.

Jamie took pride in her professional work, including over twenty years of service at Crest Fuel and Plumbing, where she met so many great coworkers and friends.

To her husband Paul, Jamie was an inspiration! To her boys, she will be remembered for how she built her life around them, and that life will continue through them and their future generations.

Jamie is survived by her beloved husband, Paul; her two sons: Jared and wife Kate, and Justin and wife Colleen; her mother Elizabeth Appaluccio; her brothers Mark and David; her sisters Lori, Carol and Jaclyn; and her nieces and nephews, Stacey, Brian, Robert, Melissa, Billy, Alyxandra, Nicholas, Nicolette, Sydney, Riley, Gavin. She was predeceased by her father James Appaluccio in 2011.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, May 24, 2013 from 4-8 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne. A Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM.

Memorial donations, if friends so wish, would be greatly appreciated. Please consider the West Milford Animal Shelter Society, P.O. Box 72 – Lycosky Drive, West Milford, NJ 07480 or donate online at westmilfordanimalshelter.org

For more photos and shared memories, please also visit a website dedicated to Jamie's memory at www.rememberingjamie.com

Guest Book

5/22/2013

Paul: My thoughts and prayers go to you, your sons and your entire family. She was a great lady and will be a bright star above us now.

Susan Angiono

5/22/2013

My heart goes out to you...and your family... Even though we lost touch during the years I remember you back as far as grammar school. Your outgoing personality and beautiful smile...GOD SPEED my friend...

Laura Smith Ferreira

5/23/2013

PAUL SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND THE FAMILY

JOHN C NYEMCSIK

5/23/2013

Paul, Justin and Jared, Our deepest sympathies on the loss of a great woman. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. The VanDenBergs

Gus and Adla VanDenBerg

5/23/2013

Dear Paul & family, I am so sorry for your loss. After reading all of your stories it sounds like Jamie made her life a gift to all of you. You were lucky to have had her in your life and lucky to have such wonderful memories. My thought and prayers are with you all. Evelyn

Evelyn Ercolano

5/23/2013

We will miss Jamie dearly. She was such a beautiful person and a loving mother-in-law to Colleen. We send our deepest sympathy to you Paul, Jared, Justin and the entire family. Love, Terry & Jaan

Terry and Jaan Linna

5/23/2013

What a gift Jamie was in your life! I am sure she will be sorely missed. May God grant you peace and abundant blessings at this time. Ruth Trapani Bashenow

Ruth Trapani Bashenow

5/23/2013

Dear Paul and Family: We are so sorry to hear about Jaime's passing. Even though it has been years since last seeing the two of you we still have memories of Jaime's bright and bubbly personality.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. May your loving memories of Jaime stay with you forever.

Tom Geene & Kathy Czelusniak

5/23/2013

Paul,I was so sorry to hear about Jamie, I know she will be missed deeply. My thoughts are with you and your sons.

Sandra Jacob Graham

5/23/2013

Paul and family. So sorry for your loss of Jaime. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Brian Singley Sr and Family

5/23/2013

Dear Paul, So sorry to hear about your loss. It has been years since we last saw you but have fond memories of many hours, days & years of family time during baseball season. May you be be comforted knowing that she will be fondly remembered for her generous love of life & family and that she is no longer suffering. We'e keeping you & your family in our thoughts & prayers. She's now your angel.

Marie & Eddie Werner

5/23/2013

To the Blitzstein & Appaluccio Family: Our thoughts and prayers go out to each and every one of you. xoxo The Clark Family

Dina Clark

5/23/2013

Dear Paul Jarrod and Justin Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your entire family. Rest in peace Jamie. Mike and michele Giannattasio

Mike and Michele Giannattasio

5/23/2013

Paul, I am so sorry to hear about Jamie, my deepest sympathy to you and your sons, Jamie always had the best smile, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Pamela Gawrys Zalusky

5/23/2013

Paul and family, My thoughts and prays are with you during this difficult time.

James D'Amico

5/24/2013

Paul, May you and your family find peace during this difficult time. Gail

Gail Bellias-Carr

5/24/2013

Paul, Our Prayers and thoughts go out to you and your beautiful family, May God watch over you and help you during this time,

Guy & Joann Cisternino

5/24/2013

Paul and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We will never forget the many Halloween parties with both of you, those memories are amongst our best. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Matt & Linda Marino

5/24/2013

PAUL, SORRY FOR YOUR LOST.I WOULD RUN INTO JAMIE ALL THE TIME AT CREST OVER THE YEARS AND WE WOULD ALWAYS TALK ABOUT YOUR BOYS AS WELL AS MINE AND COMPARE NOTES. GOD BLESS HER AS WELL AS YOU AN THE BOYS

JIM SHENISE

5/24/2013

Jamie will be missed by many. Our families are close. We grew up together, and I spent 2 weeks every summer with Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Betty. What a great time that was. With all 6 children, they put me in the mix. It was some of the best times for me. They were all so kind and fun. Bless Jamie and all of you.

Patti Bevilacqua Gelb

5/24/2013

Jamie was a year ahead of me in high school...We knew each other casually then..but when I moved to Newfoundland I got to know her a lot better....Small in Stature, Gigantic in personality. God Speed to Heaven my friend!

Robin Regenburgh

5/24/2013

I am so sorry to hear that Jamie is not with us any more. I have great memories of going to Aunt Betty and Uncle Jimmy's house. She was part of such a wonderful family and she will be missed very much. We can take comfort that she is with Uncle Jimmy now.

Marie Bevilacqua

5/24/2013

My very deepest sympathy to you Paul, Jared, and Justin. I have fond memories of Jamie and all of you from Paradise Knoll School. She was a devoted Mom and sweet lady. God Bless all of you!

Barbara Richter

5/25/2013

Our family sends our love and prayers to you and your family. The Gormans - from next door in Wayne. Debi

Debi Gorman Walker

5/25/2013

Sorry for your loss..my prayers and condolences go out to your family.r

Corrine Pacelli

5/28/2013

Very sorry for your loss - my thoughts are with the family.

Lee Eberding

5/29/2013

I extend my deepest condolences at the death of your dear wife Jamie. I remember her well and her spark for life. My thoughts are with you and your family at this very difficult and sad time.

Pamela Evangelista Turman

6/1/2013

Rest in peace Jaime. My condolences to the family. The LaSala family

Toni LaSala

7/26/2013

Paul, Jared, and Justin, We are so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful woman. Praying you find comfort and peace. The Furnaris (Lisa, Stephanie, JJ)

Stephanie Gross

9/4/2013

Paul, not sure if you remember me, I used to babysit Jared and Justin (I lived a few houses up the block on Hilltop Road). My mother just informed me of Jamie's passing, and I was truly saddened by the news. You and Jamie were always wonderful to me in my youth and I have nothing but fond memories of those days in Newfoundland. My sincerest condolences to you and your family -- my apologies for not connecting sooner, I just found out the news.

Peter Loibl

9/24/2013

Paul , Jared, Justin and family, We just heard about Jamie's passing and would like to express our deepest sympathies. We have many fond memories of Jamie through all our shared years of baseball and soccer. May she rest in peace.

Diane and Tom Parisi and family

3/8/2014

Paul and family -so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies to you and yours.

Tim Owen

10/23/2014

I fondly remember Jaime and I on the track team

D'Arcy Honeycutt


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