Thespi (Catsoris) Blake

Thespi (Catsoris) Blake

OAKVILLE — Thespi (Catsoris) Blake, better known as “Dessi,” 86, of Oakville, passed away peacefully at home on November 4, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Joseph Blake, Jr.

Dessi was born on March 27, 1935, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of the late Anthony and Katherine (Paniyakios) Catsoris.

Dessi worked at Waterbury Hopsital as an LPN for many years on the 11-7 shift prior to her retirement.

She lived life to the fullest, enjoying trips to Punta Cana, Lake Tahoe and Atlantic City, just to name a few. Her favorite past time was spending time with family and friends, especially her “girls family weekends” and trips to the casinos.

Dessi was an inspiration to all, she never complained despite all she went through, and was the strongest person. Her favorite quotes were “everything is under control,” “I’m fine” and “I can do it.”

The family would like to thank everyone who helped honor her wishes to stay at home through her illness, especially Agnes Matug and everyone from VITAS Healthcare.

Left to honor her legacy and cherish her memory, besides her husband of 63 years, Joseph Blake, Jr., are her children, Joseph and his wife, Judy, of Torrington; Anthony and his wife, Magda, of N.J., Kenneth and his wife, Karen, of Watertown, and Catherine of Oakville; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Catherine Castoris of New York; brother, John Catsoris and his wife, Agnes, of Texas, as well as many nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Besides her parents, Dessi was also predeceased by her brother, William Catsoris of New York.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Blake will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 13, at Mount Olivet Cemetery 669 Platt Rd., Watertown.

All those planning to attend are asked to meet directly at the cemetery.

The O’Neill Funeral Home, 742 Main St., Oakville, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 495 Memphis, Tenn. 38101-9801.

Leave a condolence, words of comfort or personal memory with the Blake family on Thespi’s tribute page at

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