Marie Blanche (Demers) Garneau, 94, of West Hartford, passed away surrounded by her loving family on August 16, 2022. Born in Ascot Corner, Quebec, Canada on January 2, 1928 daughter of the late Ernest and Henedine (Labrie) Demers. She immigrated to the United States in 1957 raising her family in Hartford, CT and later West Hartford CT.
Blanche was employed by the West Hartford Public School system for many years providing food service for students. She also took pride in making homemade soups and salads for the staff. After retirement she moved to Naubuc Green in Glastonbury where she had so many friends that were like family to her. Marie was a communicant of St. Brigid Parish for many years. She was a devout Catholic and later in life enjoyed watching her daily Mass on TV. There was no calling her at 10 am, that was Mass time.
Blanche loved to travel and took trips into her 80’s. She enjoyed frequenting the casinos with her girlfriends, often striking it rich on the penny slots. She loved playing cards with her grandchildren and her friends at Naubuc Green. Her grandchildren would fight to be her partner when playing setback, as the team she was on always won. She loved to cook and always arrived with something delicious to eat. Family favorites were her crepes, cookies, homemade pies, and Canadian tourtiere. She loved to show her children and grandchildren how to cook.
Blanche is survived by her children, Claude Garneau of Vernon, Francine Roy (Gilles), of Bristol, Celine DiSalvo (Andy) of Beaufort, SC, Steve Garneau (Irene) of West Hartford; son-in-law, Bob Drenning of Watertown; and former daughter in law, Cathy Gudauskas. She leaves the loves of her life, her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Lise Drenning, Craig Garneau (Joanna), Jim Drenning (Samantha), Kristen Hadden (Royce), Nick Roy (Melissa), Mike Roy, Drew DiSalvo (Molly), Abby Garneau, Phil DiSalvo, (Abby Side), Luke Garneau; and four great-grandchildren, Jaxon and Nora Venetiener and Henry and Madeline Roy. She was predeceased by her daughter Diane Garneau Drenning and Conrad Garneau. She grew up on a farm in Canada with fourteen siblings and was the sole surviving member of her family. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews both in the US and Canada.
Her family would like to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the entire staff at Live Well for the professionalism, care, love and compassion provided to Blanche and her family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Blanche’s name may be made to Live Well, 1261 South Main Street, Plantsville, CT 06479.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday (August 19) at 11:00 AM in St. Brigid Church, West Hartford. Calling Hours will be prior to the Funeral Mass from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM at Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave., West Hartford. Burial will be private. For online condolences please visit www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com.