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Obituary: Doris M. Blanchard 

Published January 3, 2018 at 5:51 p.m. | Updated September 6, 2019 at 11:17 a.m.

Doris M. Blanchard
  • Doris M. Blanchard

St. Albans – Doris M. Blanchard a resident of this community and former resident of Winooski passed away peacefully, Tuesday, December 27th, 2017, at the Franklin County Rehab Center.

Born on August 4th, 1924, in Winooski, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Angeline (Forgette) Bissonnette. Doris was 93 years old.

On May 8th, 1946, she married Lawrence P. Blanchard, who predeceased her on September 20th, 2008.

Doris was educated at St. Francis Grammar School and a graduate of Winooski High School. During her working career she was associated with the Winooski Woolen Mill, General Electric and Memorial School in Winooski and was bookkeeper for the former Dufresne Oil Service. She was a longtime member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Winooski, where she sang with the choir and a member of the Ladies of Saint Anne. While living in St. Albans, she was a communicant of Holy Angels Parish.

Survivors include her sons; The Reverend Gary Blanchard and his wife, Anne, of Carlinville, Illinois and Paul Blanchard and his wife, Lilly, of St. Albans, as well as her grandchildren, Kris & Shelly Blanchard, Becki and Brian Schoepke, Kym Blanchard, Sarah and Darrell Read, Isaac and Erin Blanchard and Meghan and Matt Willman, fifteen great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren. Doris is also survived by her sister-in-law, Claudette Bissonnette of Winooski and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Lawrence, she was predeceased by her brothers, Leonard Bissonnette and his wife, Rolande and Donald Bissonnette and her sister, Florence, and her first husband, George Racicot and second husband, Edward Winkowski.

Doris’ family would like to thank the staff at Franklin County Rehab Center for the exceptional care they gave her over the past seven years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018, at 11:00 A.M at St. Francis Xavier Church, 3 Saint Peter Street, Winooski. Interment will follow in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in the form of masses or to the Franklin County Rehab Center, Scholarship Fund, 110 Fairfax Road, St. Albans, Vermont 05478.

To send Doris’ family a written expression of sympathy or share a memory, please go to her on-line guest book at

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