Stella Blanchard ObitStella Blanchard Obituary
In Loving Memory of

Stella Ann Blanchard (neé Giovinazzo)

1933 - 2022

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.

Service Information

A Celebration of Life

Date: September 11, 2022
Start Time: 1:00 pm
End Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: Welland Legion Branch 4
383 Morningstar Avenue
Welland, ON

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Janet Begin
4 months ago

I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Stella. Such a sweet lady with a big heart and smile!! I was sorry I missed the celebration at the Legion. To Karen and the family my deepest condolences.

Louis Chan
4 months ago

It was my honour to have lunch with Stella and Karen. I enjoyed the time with her. I will miss her. I was sad when finding her passing. I am sure she will be with you folks forever. LOL.

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The Grant family
4 months ago

Our deepest condolences for the loss of Aunt Stella, she gave so much to the community and will be dearly missed.

Bob Cummings
4 months ago

Stella’s family can be so proud of such a wonderful woman who navigated life’s bumps in the road with great dignity and a smile to warm your heart. Her fellow Legion members will miss her very much along with the city of Welland.

Dawn and Claude Breault
4 months ago

Our sincere condolences go to the Blanchard family !!! Stella had a well lived life and she will Rest in Peace !!! Dawn and Claude Breault

Dale Friesman
4 months ago

Your Mom and I had quite a few private conversations over the years and she had such a comical side she always seemed to make a bad feeling happy she really didn’t except sadness of any kind. She was a rock and ill miss here dearly .

4 months ago

Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of Stella. Having lived in Welland all of my life, I know that she was a pillar of the Welland Community and her loss will be felt deeply.. I have fond memories of Stella from the Christmas Toys and, most recently, from interacting with her at the St. Vincent de Paul store in Welland. Stella was always helping others and now she can rest. Your presence in the Welland community will b missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time. R.I.P sweet Stella

Eleanor Protz
4 months ago

My sincere sympathy to the family and to everyone who ever had the pleasure of working with Stella. More than 50 years ago I worked with Stella when the Community Christmas Basket was first organized. She was a little lady who loved giving of herself wherever she saw a need.

Sheila Corriveau
4 months ago

My sincerest condolences. Stella was a one of a kind person with a huge heart. She will be missed by many.


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