Joseph Allen Blynn, 58, of Peoria, Arizona, passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday, February 2, 2014 at his home after a long and courageous battle with complications of post stem-cell transplant for leukemia. He was born in Berea on May 2, 1955, to the late William and Genevieve (Todd) Blynn.
He was a Highland High School graduate and Medina County resident most of his life until he moved to Arizona in 2004. Joe met the love of his life, Lisa (Allen) Blynn at Ohio Northern University, where they were wed following their graduation in 1979, both with degrees in pharmacy.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa; two children, Matthew (Cara) Blynn of Medina and Meredith Blynn of Peoria, Arizona; two granddaughters, Cayleigh and Audrey Blynn; Joe leaves behind one brother, William Blynn of Grand Haven, Michigan; and four sisters, Lorraine (Michael) Meyer of Indiana, Victoria Blynn-Schaffer of Ohio, Hilarie (John) Lewis of Florida and Claudia Foster of Arizona; and 21 nieces and nephews; he will be missed by his miniature schnauzer, Maggie, who was his side-kick and affectionately referred to as the “therapy dog”.
Joe was proud to become an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts, an accomplished wrestler at Highland High School and a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon at Ohio Northern University. He had owned Tudor Drug in Seville, was president of the Seville Chamber of Commerce, worked as a pharmacist at Buehler’s and then at NeighboreCare Pharmacy in Broadview Heights until moving to Arizona. Joe exemplified courage, strength and commitment, often managing to find humor and optimism in even the toughest of times. His magnetic personality was infectious, and the core of the Blynn family. He leaves behind not only his family, but many friends that were blessed to have known him. He will be dearly missed.
Family will receive friends Friday, February 7, 2014 from 6 to 8 P.M. at Waite & Son Funeral Home, 765 N. Court St. Medina. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 11 A.M. at St Francis Xavier Church, 606 E. Washington St., Medina (please meet at the church). Fr. Thomas Kowatch will be presiding over the Mass. Interment to follow at Poe Cemetery in Montville Township.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to In Joseph Blynn’s name, Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation for the Cancer Transplant Institute, 10001 North 92nd St., #121, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 or to the charity of your choice.
Online condolences at www.waitefuneralhome.com