Obituary of Stella Ann Blanchard (neé Giovinazzo)
With her loved ones by her side on September 5, 2022, it is with heavy hearts that we announce that our mom, in her 90th year, is again providing bicycle rides to the love of her life, Arthur Sr. (2015) of 69 years. She is predeceased by her son, Arthur Jr. (2013), her parents, 2 brothers and a sister as well as three sons-in-law.
She will be deeply missed by her daughters and caregivers, Cynthia (Dante) Ciccone, Julia (Dale) Friesman, Karen Marasco also daughter Veronica, 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, her sister, 2 brothers, 3 sisters-in-law as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Mom was a foster mother to 28 children in need over the years. Mom served as a health care aide and home care worker. She was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 in commemoration of her contributions to Canada, she was a co-founder of Community Christmas Toys and a previous member of the board of Directors of the Welland Red Cross and Meals on Wheels. She was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4 Colour Guard and Ladies Auxiliary and was presented with a life-time membership to both the Branch 4 Men's League (2021) and Ladies Auxiliary. Mom recently volunteered at St. Mary's/St. Andrew's food bank and St. Vincent de Paul Society store.
As per her wishes, cremation has taken place. Arrangements have been entrusted to Essentials Cremation and Burial Services (905-734-1031). A service and a celebration of life will be held at the Welland Legion 383 Morningstar Ave, Welland on Sunday, September 11, 2022 starting at 1:00 p.m until 4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Branch 4 Poppy Fund.
A special thank you to Father Stuart MacDonald for administering her last rights and Paola and Amanda from St. Elizabeths and all other health care workers for their care and support.
A Celebration of LifeDate:
September 11, 2022Start Time:
1:00 pmEnd Time:
Welland Legion Branch 4
383 Morningstar Avenue
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