Blanche Cyr Jalbert (1919 – 2015)

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Surrounded by her family, Blanche Cyr Jalbert, 96, died peacefully on Oct. 2, 2015, at Midcoast Hospital. She was born in Fort Kent on March 11, 1919, the daughter of F. Joseph Cyr and Alma (Dugal) Cyr, one of 11 children.

She is survived by five daughters, Maxine B. Jalbert and son-in-law, Larry Durham, of Morrow, Ga., Phyllis A. Jalbert of Freeport, Susan M. Jalbert of Boulder, Colo., Patti M. Jalbert and son-in-law, Alan Casavant, of Biddeford, and Bonnie C. Jalbert and son-in-law, Daniel Jalbert, of St. John; a sister, Cora Jones of South Venice, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Chandra Jalbert Oppenheim, Andrea J. O’Neill and husband Kevin O’Neill, Ashley Joler and partner Crystin Ford, Ian Sawyer and wife Megan, Erin Sawyer, Travis Slocum, Daniell Slocum and partner Jacob Dimick, and Caleb Slocum; three great-grandchildren, Issa Oppenheim-Pressman, Brixton O’Neill and Collins O’Neill; and many devoted nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Willard (Sunshine) Jalbert Jr.; her son, Willard (Billy) Jalbert III; and her grandson, Steve Clark.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Louis Catholic Church, 26 East Main Street, Fort Kent, on Saturday, August 6, at 11 a.m. Interment will be at St. Louis Cemetery on East Main Street, and will be followed by a reception to celebrate Blanche’s life at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center, 33 Paradis Circle.

Contributions in her memory can be made to: Cyr Family Scholarship, University of Maine at Fort Kent, 23 University Drive, Fort Kent, ME 04743, or to the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, Michael Klahr Center, 46 University Drive, Augusta, ME 04330.

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