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John Fredrick Blanck was born July 4, 1915 at 107 Willow Avenue in Hoboken to Louis Blanck, age 27, laborer, born in Hoboken and Gertrude Kettler, age 26, born in Brooklyn, the third of three children by this marriage (New Jersey birth certificate)

German Evangelical Church Hoboken baptism July 20, 1915 John Fred. Josef Blanck, 107 Willow geb. 4 Juli 1915 Hoboken -- Louis und Gertrud geb Ketteler --- Fred. Ketteler, Josefine Sullivan.

1930 Census

With his parents in Union city. See Louie Blanck

High School Graduation

John graduated from Emerson High School in Union City in 1934 (From his US Army papers).

Social Security Card Application

John Joseph Blanck, age 21, applied for his social security card on November 24, 1936. He listed his address as 1122 Hudson Street, Hoboken, and his employer as Keuffel and Esser Company at 300 Adams Street in Hoboken. Social Security Number 140-01-0856.

1940 Census

1940 WWII Draft REgistration

John Joseph Blanck, 1108 Washington street Hoboken crossed out and 2 Potter Pl. Weehawken entered. age 25, born Hoboken July 4, 1915, relative Fred Kettler, uncle, 1102 Washington st Hoboken, employer Lundeen-Keuffel Esser Co. 300 Adams st Hoboken, height 5 ft 10 and a half inches, weight 143, blue eyes, blonde hair, light complexion

Marriage of John Blanck and Alice Azarian

John Blanck married Alice Azarian in the First Baptist Church in Hoboken, New Jersey on June 3, 1941. The marriage certificate listed John, age 24, born on July 4, 1916, living at 1108 Washington St., Hoboken, occupation, Asst. Manager at Keffel (sic) and Esser, father's name, Lewis, mother's name, Gertrude Kettler. The marriage certificate listed Alice Azarian, age 25, born on December 8, 1915 in Istanbul, Turkey, living at 210 Palisade Avenue, Union City, New Jersey, father's name, Abraham, mother's name, Lucy Arevian. The marriage was performed by the Reverent William E. Cusworth, pastor of the First Baptist Church, address 1233 Bloomfield St. It was witnessed by Dorothy Blanck and Louis Blanck, both at 1108 Washington Street, Hoboken.

Note: John was really a year older than stated.

Children of John Blanck and Alice Azarian Blanck

  1. Denis Blanck was born on June 3, 1943 in St. Mary's Hospital in Hoboken, New Jersey.

  2. Thomas Joseph Blanck was born at 8:29 P.M. on June 9, 1944, in St. Mary's Hospital in Hoboken, New Jersey. Weight at birth 6 pounds, 15 3/4 oz. Dr. Eugene M. Kiely was the physician.

    At one month he weighed 8 lbs. 6 oz., at 3 months he weighed, 13 lbs., 8 oz., at 6 months he weighed 20 lbs., at 7 months he weighed 22 lbs. and at 8 months he weighed 23 lbs.

    He first stood erect in January 1946. He first walked around the playpen in February 1945. His first words in January 1945 were "ba-ba" and "ma-ma".

    The baptismal certificate states that, Thomas Joseph Blanck the son of John Joseph Blanck and Alice Azarian, born in Jersey city, New Jersey on June 9, 1944 was baptized in At. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church in Union City on July 28, 1944. Sponsors were Anthony Iorio and Mary Iorio.

Keuffel & Esser

John Blanck's employee ID from K & E , date unknown.

John said he started working at K & E as a teenager. He worked there until the 1970s.


KEUFFEL & ESSER Appointments were announced by Keuffel & Esser of Hoboken, New Jersey - John J. Blanck Sales Training and Promotion Director.

John J. Blanck promotion from marketing specialist to sales training and promotion director, Keuffel & Esser Co., Hoboken, N. J., maker of optical instruments and engineering, reproduction and drafting equipment. He succeeds James Cullen.

KEUFFEL & ESSER COMPANY Visual Educational Systems 20 Whippany Rd., Morristown, N.J. 07960 Tel: 201-285-5000 Pres. Thomas Nye ... Mgr. John J. Blanck Adv. Mgr.

John Blanck's Military Service

Click on the picture of John in his uniform for more information about John's time in the service during WW II.


John and Alice lived at the following addresses:

  • December 1944 to August 1945 (approximate dates), 12 Cooper Place, Weehawken
  • 1946 to 1950 (approximate dates), 155 Edgar Street, Weehawken
  • Standish Avenue,Hackensack

Death of John Blanck

John Blanck died on September 3, 1976 in Belmar New Jersey of a heart attack. He was buried in St. Catherine's Cemetery in Springlake Heights, New Jersey.

Asbury Park Pres: John J Blanck, age 61, of 1658 M street Wall township, personell manager of J. E. Hansson Developers. Survived by his wife, Alice Azarian, two sons, Denis of Denver Colorado, and Dr. Thomas of New Haven Conn., a sister Mrs. John Foley of Asbury Park NJ and four grandchildren.

Death of Alice Azarian Blanck

Alice Azarian Blanck died in Baltimore, Maryland of heart failure on May 25, 1991. She had been ill with cancer. She was buried at St. Catherine's Cemetery in Springlake Heights, New Jersey.

Denis John Blanck (1943-2012)

Denis married Leona Kirk, June 15, 1968.

They had:

  1. Suzanne born February, 1972. Married Jerry Payne. They have three boys.

Denis and Leona were divorced September 27, 1982 in Denver, Colorado.

Denis married Alison Street 30 June 1984 in Stowe, Vermont.

Denis and Alison were divorced 10 July 1989 in Vermont.

Denis married Karen Ann Leipert nee Duchesneau 3 August 1990 in Stowe, Vermont. Karen has two sons, Mark and Matthew. Mark and Rebecca (nee Gubkin) Leipert had a daughter, Olivia Faith Leipert, on Oct. 24 2014.

Denis died April 1, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona.

Obit Stowe Reporter:

Denis Blanck, 68, a former golf pro in Stowe and Waterbury, died Sunday, April 1, 2012, in the comfort of Peppi's House Hospice in Tucson, Ariz., after a two-year battle with multiple myeloma.

He was born June 5, 1943, in Hoboken, N.J., and always talked about New Jersey with fond memories, particularly about the Jersey Shore.

At Hackensack High School, Denis was an all-state football player and a state champion discus thrower.

He attended the University of Vermont and made many great friends there, and enjoyed playing football when UVM still had a football team.

He left Vermont for graduate school in New Jersey, then law schools in Maine and Massachusetts.

While at Boston College, Denis was drafted. He completed his law degree at the University of Denver while serving in the Air Force.

His career path was very diverse. He practiced law in Vermont and Colorado, was the editor of Ring Magazine in New York City, and then returned to Vermont and became a golf professional. Denis worked at Stowe Country Club, Blush Hill Country Club in Waterbury, and St. Johnsbury Country Club. His final job as a professional golfer was at Neshobe Golf Club in Brandon, Vt., until 2003.

In those years, he and his wife, Karen, also ran Edson Hill Manor in Stowe and were co-owners of Home Bake Pizza in Stowe.

In 1995, Denis and Karen took on another adventure, moving to Tucson. It just seemed like a good idea. In 1996, Denis and Karen bought a commercial cleaning business and Denis was still working in the business until about a week before he entered Peppi's House.

Everyone could learn something from Denis' positive attitude. Through all his health problems, he never complained and he never gave up. A friend described him as being just like his St. Bernard dog, a gentle giant. He loved his family, friends and his dogs. He also loved to play golf, which he did until he was moved to resident hospice.

Survivors include his wife, Karen, of Tucson; daughter Suzanne, her husband Jerry, and his grandsons Riley, Tucker and Colby of Denver; his stepsons Mark Liepert and wife Rebecca, and Matthew Leipert of Stowe; his brother Thomas and sister-in-law Maggie of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and several cousins and nephews.

Denis graduated University of Vermont in the class of 196? (before 1968).

Denis graduated with a law degree from the University of Denver in 19??.

Denis left the law in 1985. See PEOPLE v. BLANCK -

"The respondent, Denis John Blanck, is disbarred and shall not be readmitted to the practice of law in the State of Colorado except upon compliance with the requirements of C.R.C.P. "


Thomas Blanck married Marguerite (Maggie) Land on August 19th at St. Vincent's Roman Catholic Church in Madison, New Jersey.

Thomas Joseph John Blanck and Maggie Land Blanck had:

  1. Damian John Blanck born in Philadelphia Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. on September 21, 1971.

  2. Tobias Anthony Blanck (Toby) was born in Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland on May 26, 1973.

    Tobias married Ticia Bouchat on August, 15, 1998 in Bally, Pennsylvania.

    Toby died March 18, 2007.

  3. Sebastian Joseph Blanck was born in Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn. on July 18, 1976.

To see photos of John and his family, click on the picture of John as a child

Click on the picture of John in his uniform for more information about John's time in the service during WW II.

Alice Azarian

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