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Gregory Matthew Blase

May 28, 1950 ~ August 13, 2019 (age 69)

GREGORY MATTHEW BLASE, age 69, a retired university educator and administrator, and beloved husband, brother, uncle and friend to many, passed away on August 13, 2019 at his home in Peninsula, Ohio.

Greg grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, and his Master of Arts degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati.

While Greg started his career in the business world, his passion for advertising found its true purpose in the role of educator and college administrator. He spent 30 years at Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication sharing his knowledge, passion and sense of humor with students. He received national recognition for his outstanding advising work helping countless young minds make smarter decisions about their education and professional path choices.

Greg was an avid cyclist and hiker, a naturalist who loved the mountains, and a passionate supporter of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. A voracious reader with a keen intellect and wit, he will always be remembered for being the heart and soul of every friend and family gathering or conversation.

Greg is survived by and is missed dearly by his wife Marta (Danilczyk) of Peninsula, Ohio; siblings Kevin Blase (Mary Lyn), Phyllis Overmann (the late John) and Brendan Blase of Cincinnati, Ohio, Hollis Cottrell (Cyrus) of Delaware, Ohio, and Celeste Blase (James Tuvin) of Columbia, MD.

He is predeceased by his parents Charles S. Blase and Mary Louise (Muething) Blase of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Friends may call at THE FERFOLIA FUNERAL HOME, 356 WEST AURORA RD. (OH RT 82), SAGAMORE HILLS FOR VISITATION ON SATURDAY AUGUST 17 FROM 1-3 P.M. WITH FUNERAL SERVICES IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING AT 3P.M. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park – an organization dear to Greg’s heart where he volunteered in recent years helping promote park and Conservancy services. (

Donations may be made to:

Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
1403 West Hines Hill Road, Peninsula OH 44264

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