Alice E. LeBlanc, 81, of Essex Junction, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 surrounded by her loving family, who would like to thank the staff of St. Joseph’s Residential Care Home in Burlington, Vermont for the amazing and loving care she received during the last six months. We could not have gone through this process without all of your care and support.
Alice was born and grew up in Putnam, CT as the middle child of five children. On October 14, 1961 she married Alfred R. LeBlanc in Worcester, MA, which is where their children were born. In 1972 the family moved to Rutland, VT where they lived until they moved to Essex Junction in 1985.
Alice’s children were blessed to have her at home with them during their childhood years. The family did many fun things together over the years, and she and her husband, Al, imparted good values and a strong faith to their children and grandchildren. Alice was a talented singer and sang professionally for a time. She loved to sing in community groups and enjoyed taking part in singing Handel’s “Messiah” at Christmas time. She also enjoyed oil painting and other crafts. She especially enjoyed playing bridge, both her and Al playing with other couples or her playing with her friends.
After they retired, Alice and Al bought a motor home and toured the country for five years. They had amazing adventures! After Al’s death from cancer, Alice continued to travel to China, Scandinavia, Germany, and Alaska just like he had told her to do. She was fearless and up for almost anything!
Alice was a wonderful, vibrant woman who lived life to the fullest. Until her recent illnesses, everyone who met her thought she was at least 10 years younger than she was. She made friends easily and always connected with people wherever she went. She leaves behind many good friends whom she loved dearly, especially her ol’ Red Hat “posse” from Essex Junction and her newer group of friends at St. Joseph’s. Too many friends to mention individually, but you all know who you are.
Above all else, Alice was devoted to her family – her husband, children and grandchildren. To be loved by her was to know true unconditional love, the kind that never gives up and never lets go. Death cannot separate us from such a love. She will find a way to show us love from heaven.
Alice is survived by her daughter, Denise Payea and her husband, John , of Essex Junction, VT and her son, Steven LeBlanc and his wife, Kelly , of Swanton, VT, and by her grandchildren, Jennifer Cordoba of Miami, FL, Jesse Cordoba of Raleigh, NC, Christopher LeBlanc and his fiancé, Ashley Blais, of Clifton Park, NY, and Kevin LeBlanc and his girlfriend, Skyler Greene, of Sheldon, VT. She is also survived by her brother Richard Bousquet of Leominster, MA and brother Del Bousquet and his wife, Shirley, of Enfield, CT and brothers-in-law Walter McNally of Canterbury, CT, Gerald LeBlanc of Auburn, MA and Richard LeBlanc of Summerfield, FL and many nieces and nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred R. LeBlanc, son, Michael LeBlanc (in infancy), daughter, Michele LeBlanc, parents Delphonse and Irene Bousquet, sisters Irene Provost and Yvonne McNally, brother-in-law, Lawrence Provost, sisters-in-law, Carol Bousquet and Elaine LeBlanc and parents-in-law Alphonse and Antoinette LeBlanc.
Visitation will be from 4:00PM to 7:00PM Friday May 15, 2015 at LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service 132 Main St. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 2:00PM Saturday May 16 at Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart, 20 Pine St., Burlington. Online condolences may be shared with the family at lavignefuneralhome.com.