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BLESSINGTON, Jean Louise Educator and Philanthropist, 85, the beloved sister of Marie Blessington passed away peacefully on March 16, 2013 at Newfield House in Plymouth, Massachusetts after a lengthy illness. Jean was born in Cambridge to the late Robert F. and Mary E. (Leahy) Blessington and raised in Arlington. She attended Arlington schools and graduated from Simmons College in 1948 receiving her B.S. in math and nutrition. She received an M.A. from Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Jean and her family summered in Plymouth and became year-round residents on Manter's Point in Plymouth in 1956. In 2005 Jean and Marie moved to Duxbury. Jean was a math teacher at Belmont High School and then the manager of the Beaverbrook Country Day School, a private pre-school in Belmont Hill. After moving to Plymouth, she became an elementary school teacher in Kingston, from which she retired after 33 years in 1988. She was active in the Massachusetts Teachers Association. In addition to extensive travels, Jean devoted her retirement life to fund-raising and volunteer work for many non-profit organizations. She has been on the advisory boards of The Jordan Health Systems and the Jordan Hospital Club, and also on the boards of the Plymouth Guild of Catholic Charities and CURA Visiting Nurses. Jean was an active supporter of the Pilgrim Society, Plimoth Plantation, Jones River Village Historical Society, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, Delta Kappa Gamma International, Simmons South Shore Club, the Black and White Club, and the Eel River Beach Club. She and Marie initiated Christmas on North Street in 1990 for the Plymouth Antiquarian Society, of which she is a lifetime member. In 2000 Jean was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary International for her community work. Jean was pre-deceased by her sister Irene Blessington Bienvenu (wife of the late Dr. Lester J. Bienvenu of Manchester, New Hampshire.) In addition to her devoted sister, Marie, she leaves a sister Alice Blessington Herlihy (wife of the late James J. Herlihy) of Falmouth, Maine, cousins including Louise Woodruff of Plymouth, and many loving nieces and nephews including Susan Herlihy Flaherty of Cumberland, Maine, Elise Herlihy of Los Angeles, California, Elizabeth Bienvenu of Manchester, New Hampshire, Anne Bienvenu Peckett of Easton, New Hampshire, Ellen Herlihy of Melbourne, Australia, David Bienvenu of Concord, New Hampshire, Mark Herlihy of Southbury, Connecticut and Stephen Herlihy of Madison, Connecticut and their families. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on March 23rd at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Plymouth, Massachusetts followed by burial at Chiltonville Cemetery. Visiting hour in the Cartmell Funeral Home, 150 Court St., PLYMOUTH from 9:00 a.m. prior to the Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to The Blessington Family Fund at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth, Massachusetts to support The Blessington Cardiovascular Lab. More info and online guestbook visit

Published in The Boston Globe on Mar. 19, 2013
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