Obituary for Blanche Gregoire
Blanche Aline Comtois Gregoire, a resident of the Bradley Home, passed away on
September 1, 2012, while surrounded by her loving family.
Blanche was born December 29, 1913 in St. Barthelemy, Quebec Canada, to
Marie Frappier Comtois and Philias Comtois. She was a member of St. Laurent Church.
Blanche emmigrated to Woonsocket, RI in 1926. She married Leo Gregoire on August 5,
1933 and spent the next 27 years in the Woonsocket RI / Franklin MA. Area. In 1960
Blanche and her family moved to Brimfield, MA, and in 1969 they moved to Meriden
CT. After Blanche spent many years as a homemaker, she joined the workforce working
as a secretary at Alamac Knitting Mills in Indian Orchard MA and later at Inwood
Knitting Mills in Meriden. In 1972, she, along with her husband Leo, purchased a general
store in Hill, NH. Upon their retirement in 1978, Blanche and Leo returned to Meriden
where she remained until her passing. Blanche was an avid reader and was a fan of the
Boston Red Sox.
Blanche was predeceased by her husband Leo Gregoire, son Del Gregoire,
daughter Cecile Anthony and grandson Dan Naimoli as well as her brothers Adem and
Armand Comtois and her sister Oliva Boucher, a great granddaughter and a great- great
She is survived by seventeen children. Jacqueline Desrosiers and her husband
Alex of Enfield CT, Aline Pincince and her husband George of Centreville, VA,
Georgette Huckins of Winnisquam, NH, Leo Gregoire of Edmonston, New Brunswick
Canada, Simone Boucher and her husband Robert of Vero Beach, FL , Irene Roy and her
husband Robert of Westboro, MA, Louis Gregoire and his wife Geraldine of Watertown,
MA, Philippe Gregoire and his wife Rose, of Carlisle, PA, Ernest Gregoire and his wife
Paula, of Goshen CT , Fernande (Marie) Rivers and her husband Gerald of Meriden, CT ,
Paul Gregoire of Red Rapids New Brunswick Canada, George Gregoire of Meriden, CT,
Raymond Gregoire and his wife Phyllis of Southbridge, MA, Vivian Naimoli and her
husband Gary of Meriden, CT, Andre Gregoire of Palmer, MA, Bernadette Kreyling of
Haverhill, MA, Paulette Zajac and her husband John of Meriden, CT.
In addition Blanche leaves behind 41 grandchildren and numerous great and great
– great grandchildren. Blanche was a loving mother who put her family above all else.
We’ll miss you mom!
The funeral will be held Thursday at 9:00am from the John J. Ferry & Sons
Funeral Home, 88 East Main Street Meriden CT, 06450 and at 10:00am at St. Laurent
Church for a Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in St. Laurent Cemetery South
Meriden. Family and friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 3pm to 8pm.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bradley Home, 320 Colony Street
Meriden, CT 06450.