Geraldine Blanchard

Obituary of Geraldine Blanchard

Geraldine Marie Blanchard of Delmar, 95, died peacefully on May 25th, 2017 at the home of her daughter, Tracey Blanchard-Stanton, in Delmar.  Geraldine was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on June 25, 1921 to Lena and Stephen Decatur Griffin.  She moved to Albany, New York with her family as a young girl. 

As a young woman, Geraldine worked for the United States Defense Department during WWII. During that time, she met and married David Blanchard, Sr.  They moved to Delmar where they became life-long residents, raised six children and were active in the community.  The family has fond memories of summers spent on Lake George and traveling across the country. Geraldine was an avid bridge player and enjoyed swimming and skiing.   

After raising her children, Geraldine went to work for the Bethlehem Town Court.  She retired at the age of 81.  During her retirement, her greatest joy was spending time with her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She always liked to attend her grandchildren’s numerous sporting events. 

Geraldine is survived by three daughters, Gerri Lynn Battle (Dennis), Priscilla Smith, and Tracey Blanchard- Stanton (Bryan), and two sons Jeffrey Blanchard (Kim) and Gregory Blanchard (Jennie).  She was predeceased by her son David Blanchard, Jr. and her husband David Blanchard, Sr.  She is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Geraldine’s family would like to extend special thanks to her close companion and special caregiver Susan Wuerslin and the Albany VNA caregivers Jackie, Ann, and Robin.  The family is grateful for the extraordinary care provided by Dr. Costello and his staff, as well as the support of The Community Hospice.

Friends and family are invited to call at Applebee’s Funeral Home on Kenwood Ave. in Delmar on Tuesday May 30st from 5:00 to 7:00pm.  A service in celebration of Geraldine’s life will be held Wednesday May 31st at 10:00am at the United Methodist Church on Kenwood Ave. in Delmar.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to establish a park bench in Geraldine’s memory along the Albany County Rail Trail.  Donations may be made in Geraldine Blanchard’s memory either on-line or by mail to Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy at 425 Kenwood Ave. Delmar, NY 12054.