From Pittsburgh Streets
Dr. Frank C. S. Blessing, Physician, Civic Leader

Dr. Frank C. S. Blessing, 65, of 5208 Second Avenue, Hazelwood, widely known physician and prominent in the civic, political and fraternal life of Pittsburgh for many years, died yesterday in Mercy Hospital following an illness of 10 days.

Dr. Blessing, life-long resident of Hazelwood, was born May 29, 1876, a son of Maj. Frank X. Blessing, of the 72nd Pennsylvania Volunteers in the Civil War. He was educated in the public and high schools and graduated from the medical school of the old Western University of Pennsylvania in 1899.

He began practicing his profession here immediately afterward, specializing in obstetrics. He was a member of the staff of the South Side Hospital for many years. He maintained offices in his home and also at 121 University Place, Oakland.


He was a member of the city's old Common Council and served as its last president, from 1909 until 1911. He also had been a member of the Pittsburgh Civil Service Commission. A testimonial dinner last fall paid tribute to his services to the city both as a physician and civic leader.

He was a past dictator of Pittsburgh Lodge, Loyal Order of Moose, and a past grand patron of the Order of Eastern Star of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Blessing was a member of the American Medical Association, Allegheny County Medical Society, Harmony Lodge (Washington, D. C.), F. & A. M., Ascalon Commandery, Knights Templar, Pennsylvania Consistory, Syria Shrine, B. P. O. Elks, Pittsburgh Lodge No. 11, South Hills Country Club and the Duquesne Golf Association.


He leaves his wife, Mrs. Eleanor Kerr Blessing; two daughters, Mrs. Merle R. Leslie and Mrs. Robert S. Chess; seven sisters, Mrs. Anna M. Rote, Mrs. George S. Speidel, Mrs. Victoria F. Shirer, and the Misses Bertha, Louise, Charlotte and Rosa Blessing, all of the Pittsburgh district.

He also leaves three grandchildren, one of whom, Frank Carl Blessing Leslie, named for him, was born about nine weeks ago, his birth being one of the latest of the many where Dr. Blessing was the obstetrician.

Funeral services will be held in The Fisher-Owen Chapel, 126 Hazelwood Avenue, at 2 p. m., Friday, followed by burial in Homewood Cemetery.