Blanche E. (Hanlon) Ward

April 19, 2020

Blanche E. (Hanlon) Ward

Blanche E. (Hanlon) Ward –   in Woburn, April 19th, at eighty five years of age.  Beloved wife of the late William F. Ward.  Cherished mother of William F. Ward Jr. of FL, Terrence P. Ward of NH,  Mary-Alice Ward of Woburn, and sadly the late Michael S. Ward.  Lovingly survived by her dear grandchildren and great grandchildren. Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. 

Blanche E. (Hanlon) Ward- passed away at her home, Sunday afternoon, April 19th.  The beloved wife of the late William F. Ward, she was eighty- five years of age.

Born in Woburn, Blanche was the only child born to late Irish immigrants Archibald and Edith (Henderson) Hanlon.  Raised and educated in Woburn, Blanche was a graduate of Woburn High School,along with the Class of 1952.  

Blanche married her sweetheart Bill Ward, to whom she was devoted for over the next thirty-five years.  They brought three sons and a daughter into the world and Blanche was so proud of them all!  She took great pride in all their accomplishments, and was totally invested in all their academic and sporting adventures!. From the hockey rinks, to the baseball fields to cheerleader gatherings,  Blanche made sure they were there for it all practices and games!

In the evenings Blanche worked at the old Choate Hospital from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m for over twenty five years.  She was the medical secretary there right up until they closed their doors.  Blanche’s reputation preceded her, as a very kind, compassionate and loving woman, who always took the time with all those who came through the ER doors at the Choate.

After the hospital closed she went to work at Health Stop for a short time and then to a Pediatricians office.  It was here,  she was absolutely in her element!  She loved working there being among-st children, from the “little ones”to the teenagers.

After retiring  Blanche wintered in Florida, where she was so happy to be, in the sun and warm! She had established many friendships there and was an active member of the “Red Hatters.” Family and friends from home would always venture down to visit, Blanche some times feeling like, she never left Woburn!

When it came to reading,  Blanche enjoyed all the different genres, often completing a book or two a day!  Another activity she enjoyed all throughout her life was the Red Sox.  She was very attentive to every game, knowing all about their players, statistics and  placements, of not just the Red Sox but of all the teams in the league.

The greatest love of her life though, was that of her family.  Her family was her world throughout the years and for the last several years she has made her home with her daughter, where it remains the hub of all family activities.

Sadly Blanche was predeceased by her parents, Archie and Edith, her husband Bill and her son Michael.

Blanche was lovingly survived by her daughter Mary-Alice Ward of Woburn, William F. Ward Jr. of FL and Terrence P. Ward of NH along with her cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Blanche’s memory to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, Help Fight RA
8815 Conroy Windermere Rd. Suite 309, Orlando, FL 32835

Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Blanche’s memory to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, Help Fight RA
8815 Conroy Windermere Rd. Suite 309, Orlando, FL 32835

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  1. I just found out about Blanche passing. I worked with Blanche in the emergency room at the Choate Hospital. She was a wonderful, kind, considerate, and gracious person. Rest in peace Blanche.

  2. Brian & Debbie Mcgondel

    To the Ward Family,

    Brian & I are so very sorry for your loss. Brian says she was one of the nicest women she’s ever met, our prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time.

    Brian & Debbie McGondel.

  3. Cynthia Kendall

    To the family of Blanche
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences upon the death of your beloved mother and grandmother
    Although I have not seen her in many years I remember her as a very kind women inside and out
    May she rest in peace!

  4. Ellen Callahan Doucette

    Bill, Terry and Mary-Alice, I was sad to hear about Blanche’s passing. She was always such a lovely and gracious lady and neighbor. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. We had the pleasure of meeting and becoming friends with Blanche when we became snowbirds and moved into the same mobile park in Florida that Blanche lived in.

    Blanche was one of the sweetest, kindest ladies that you would want to meet.

    Rest in Peace Blanche. We will miss your face, conversations, and your sweetness. Your memory will remain in our hearts.

    Sending Prayers of Sympathy and Healing to the Family of Blanche. Love, Jean & John xoxo

  6. A beautiful person with a beautiful heart sadly has passed. She was blessed to have family and friends who loved her so much. We were blessed to have had her in our lives. We loved her and she was in our thoughts often. Her kindness and devotion to me and her grandchildren were a way of life to her and we knew and loved her for it. Her love will live on in spirit through us all as she will forever be missed. May you Rest In Peace Nana! With Love, Janet, Mike, Carolyn and Kristen

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