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A beloved voice in Buffalo, silenced too soon

It is heartbreaking when a wonderful musician dies young. And people all over Buffalo have been especially hard hit by the loss of the singer and organist Bridget Blesnuk. Mrs. Blesnuk, who served for a long time as the choir director and cantor at Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church, died of cancer at 43. She was not only a musician but a nurse in the neonatal unit of Sisters Hospital. Her life and her music touched a lot of people.

A seven-hour wake was held for her Monday at Blessed Trinity, the massive, beautiful Gothic church on Leroy Avenue. Clearly, the church knew how many people loved her. One musician who stopped by in the evening said that the church, big as it is, was absolutely packed.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said.

Mrs. Blesnuk’s obituary told how she had sung at special Masses including the installations of Bishop Kmiec and, recently, Bishop Malone.

Her funeral is at 7 tonight (Tuesday, June 24) at St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Her Facebook page has been filling up with prayers for her and notes of condolence to her parents and to her husband, Donald Blesnuk, whom she married in 2010.

“I will be forever blessed because our paths crossed for a few years at Central Presbyterian Church in Buffalo,” one woman wrote.

A gentleman wrote: “May the birds sing in honor of you!”

Another friend summed things up simply: “You were one in a million, and you will be missed by many.”


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