DAVID BLANCHETTE

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DAVID BLANCHETTE - RICHMOND - David Blanchette, 60, died, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, in the Fletcher Allen Health Care, in Burlington, after a courageous battle with ALS. He was born on June 30, 1952, in Essex Junction, the son of Thomas and Theresa (Boutin) Blanchette. David was a graduate of Essex Junction High School. He was employed and later retired from Yellow Roadway Transportation as a truck driver. David was married on March 28, 2009, to Donna Cote in Milton. Among Dave's many interests, he especially enjoyed antique tractor collecting and spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Donna Blanchette of Richmond; his son, Jeremy Blanchette of Glendale, Calif.; his two daughters, Cherie Bolz and her husband, Shawn, of Glendale, Calif., and Janelle Jarvis and her husband, Eric, of Colchester; a stepson, Tim Cote and his fiancee, Sarah Halbach of St. Albans; two stepdaughters, Kayla Glerum and her husband, Jeremy, of South Burlington, and Kelly Badore and her husband, Eric, of Milton; three grandchildren, Jayden and Bella Jarvis and Samantha Cote; six brothers and sisters, Jane Smith, Joann Meunier and her husband, Bob, Linda Kourkoulis and her husband, Bobby, Randy Blanchette and his wife, Anne, Michael Blanchette and Michele Couture and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to give special thanks to the Fletcher Allen Nursing Staff on McClure 6 and Shepardson 4 and to supporting family members for all their special care and kindness through Dave's illness. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at 2 p.m. in the Ready Funeral Home, Mountain View Chapel in Essex. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery in Richmond. Visiting hours will be on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service, Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Dr., in Essex Junction. Online condolences may be made to www.readyfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dave's name to Vermont ALS Center, Room B202, Given Building, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Oct. 17, 2012
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