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Betty B. Bleau

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BENNINGTON -- Mrs. Betty B. Bleau, 72, a resident of School Street died Aug. 10 at the Crescent Manor Care Center.

She was born in Bennington Sept. 10, 1933. She was the daughter of the late Lewis Morgan and Helen (Allen) Ketchum. Betty received her education in Bennington.

She married Kenneth A. Bleau in Arlington on Jan. 10, 1949. Mr. Bleau died Nov. 5, 1999.

In earlier years Mrs. Bleau was a stay at home mom. She later was employed at Darling Kelly’s Motel and was a volunteer with the Bennington Chamber of Commerce. In the 1980’s Mrs. Bleau worked at the Northside Diner. In between working, Mrs. Bleau helped raise her grandchildren. Before retiring she worked at Ann Marie’s Pizza for many years.

Mrs. Bleau enjoyed crocheting, bingo and helping many of the residents at Walloomsac Apartments where she resided.

Survivors include three daughters and their husbands, Jean and Randy Bates, Marty Bleau both of Bennington and Jennifer and Joe Femia of Cambridge, N.Y.; five sons and their wives Charles and Diane Bleau, Harold and Roxanne Bleau, Kenneth and Beverly Bleau, Matt and Debbie Bleau and Mark and Melody Bleau, all of Bennington; 17 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; five sisters Yvonne Chamberlain and Sandra Ketchum both of Florida, Carol Weed of Bennington, Susan Grant of North Carolina and Arlene Briggs of Pownal; two brothers Sanford and Pete Ketchum, both of Florida. Several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was pre-deceased by a granddaughter Lindsey Bleau and two brothers James and Robert Ketchum.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006, at 2 p.m. at the family lot in White Chapel Cemetery with Deacon Penny Hawkins of Saint Peters Episcopal Church officiating.

If friends desire, contributions in memory of Mrs. Betty B. Bleau may be made to the Vermont Chapter of the American Cancer Society through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 12, 2006
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