Janet L. (Vanasse) Blanchette

August 29, 2008

Janet L. (Vanasse) Blanchette

JANET L. (VANASSE) BLANCHETTE – in Woburn, August 29th. Beloved wife of the late John R. Blanchette. Devoted mother of Karen Gray and her husband Wayne and John A. “Jack” Blanchette, all of Woburn, James R. Blanchette and his wife Sandra of Pelham, NH, Kathleen Blanchette of Lowell, and mother-in-law of Marianne and her husband Kevin of Woburn. Dear sister of Robert Vanasse and his wife Helen of Overland Park, Kansas. Loving grandmother of Matthew and his wife Jenn, Christopher, James, Joanna, Rachel, John-Ryan, Kyle, and Christine, and great-grandmother of Kailey and Annabel. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, September 2nd at 10:45 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn, at 11:30. Calling hours Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Janet’s memory to VNA Middlesex East, 607 North Avenue, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880, or to the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn, Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Janet L. Blanchette, a longtime resident of Woburn’s Central Square area, passed away peacefully at her home early Friday, August 29th, surrounded by her family. The wife of the late John R. Blanchette, who died in 1998, she was seventy-eight years of age.

Born in Lawrence, daughter of the late Andrew and Marion (Walker) Blanchette, she was raised and educated in Medford. Following her marriage in 1954, she and her husband took up residence in Woburn, where they raised their four children. Janet worked for Time Electronics for sixteen years, and more recently was employed by Stop and Shop in Winchester. She worked there for eleven years until ill health forced her to retire a year ago, but had truly enjoyed the daily interaction with customers at Stop and Shop.

Janet’s home, built in 1790, was her pride and joy. She loved working in the garden and displaying pictures of the house in its original state. She was devoted to her family and often took trips with her grandchildren to visit her brother in Kansas as well as to the Caribbean. The Lions Halloween Parade was an event at her home where she loved to entertain her familiy and her many lifelong friends.

Janet is survived by four children: Karen Gray and her husband Wayne and John A. “Jack” Blanchette, all of Woburn, James R. Blanchette and his wife Sandra of Pelham, NH, Kathleen Blanchette of Lowell, and her daughter-in-law Marianne and her husband Kevin of Woburn. She was also the dear sister of Robert Vanasse and his wife Helen of Overland Park, Kansas, loving grandmother of Matthew and his wife Jenn, Christopher, James, Joanna, Rachel, John-Ryan, Kyle, and Christine, and great-grandmother of Kailey and Annabel.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, September 2nd at 10:45 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn, at 11:30. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours at the funeral home are on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made in Janet’s memory to VNA Middlesex East, 607 North Avenue, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880, or to the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn, Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Kathy,Karen,Jimmy and Jackie,

    We Looooved your mother – How we will always remember our time with her, especially the special Halloween Parade Parties every year. Thank you for all the wonderful memories. We will Never Forget you Janet! We hope you are smiling down on us with Mr. B and Uncle Robert. We love you,

    John, Michele, Nicole & Jake

  2. Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Larry and Maureen Fisher

  3. Karen, Jackie, Jim, Kathy -I’m sorry for the loss of your mother she was a great lady with such a warm personality I don’t think I ever saw her without a big smile on her face, I still remember seeing her so happily feeding a bottle to my daughter Lauren 12 years ago Smilling away and talking to my new baby girl. That warm personnality truly Depicts who your mother was to all that ever met her, may God Bless your family the strength to carry on in the way she would have. Love John, Stephen, Lauren, Connor,and Stephen Crouse.

  4. Karen, Jackie, Jim, Kathy – I so wish I could have been there with you all. Your mother will be missed by everyone. But she lives on in everyone she leaves behind.

    Love to you all from your littlest cousin,
    Suzi.

  5. To Stina and Rachel,

    So sorry to hear of your grandmothers passing. Just wanted to let you know i’m thinking of both of you at this time of sorrow.

    Laurie Morris

  6. Our deepest sympathy to the whole Blanchette family…
    My memories of Janet will always be how happy she was all the time.
    That beautiful picture is how I always see her with a BIG smile!

    Carol & David Mooney

  7. Debbie McDonald
    Sorry to hear about your lost.I worked with janet at stop and shop for a few years. She was a great lady.

  8. Jim & Kathy,
    My mother and I send our deepest sympathies. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

    Tonya & Karen

  9. Jim, Kathy & family,

    We are all thinking of you during this difficult time. We hope you can find solace in knowing that your mom is at peace now.

    ~XOXO~

    All your friends at B-K Medical

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