Blanche E. Bienkowski, 89, passed away in peace and prayer on Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Fox Hill Nursing Home in Vernon.
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She was born in South Windsor on July 24, 1923, and was a lifelong resident of South Windsor. Blanche is predeceased by her husband, Stanley (Bingo) after nearly 26 years of marriage. She is the only child of the late Raymond and Maude Lewis Belcher. She graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1941. She worked at Pratt & Whitney for over 35 years in the clerical area - she was great with numbers and balanced her checkbook to the exact penny every month. Blanche's first love was her family. The pot of gold at the end of her rainbow was her family. There's nothing she cherished more than the birthday parties, holidays, weddings, graduations, and family cookouts. She loved to read, play setback, and bingo. Each fall, she looked forward to watching the UCONN Husky hoop games. A McDonald's double-cheeseburger and double fudge sundae were enjoyed on many occasions, along with a Devil Dog from time to time. Blanche had a second home for nearly 20 years in Brookridge, Fla. where she and Al enjoyed many winters and developed longlasting friendships. Blanche enjoyed traveling to many great places, Hawaii, Aruba, New Orleans, Biloxi, Wildwood, Grand Canyon, Cape Cod, and her 75th birthday trip to England and Scotland. Blanche eloped to Millerton, N.Y. to marry Stanley on Dec. 7th, 1941, Pearl Harbor Day. She lovingly cared for Stanley during his battle with cancer, cared for her mother for many years, and her companion, Al, during his days of sickness. Her compassion and devoted love for others were part of her DNA her entire life. Her sharp mind and tender loving heart were her greatest attributes.
Blanche is survived by her four children, Diane Myers of Broadbrook, sons, John and wife, Kathy Bienkowski ,of South Windsor, Raymond and his wife, Jan Bienkowski, of Manchester, and Paul and his wife, Kathy Bienkowski, of South Windsor. She also leaves six grandchildren, Nancy Beaulieu, Janet Bienkowski, Rick Hebert, and Michael, Matthew, and Kevin Bienkowski; four great-grandchildren, Rickey Hebert, Michael and Sean Beaulieu, and Alissa Hebert. She was predeceased by her son-in-law, Bruce Myers, great-granddaughter, Erika Rose Hebert, and loving companion of 25 years, Al Mitchell.
Blanche's family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude for the love, care, and compassion of the Fox Hill staff during her residence there the past 15 months. You gave her life beyond care and were her extended family. If you needed to know anything about anyone there, you would go to Blanche. Her mother had a favorite saying, "Never Say Goodbye, Only Say So Long" and those were our parting words as she entered into God's loving arms. We will always remember her as a loving mother, courageous fighter against all odds, and true inspiration on how to treat others. She became a friend the moment you met her.
Blanche's family will receive friends on Monday, April 1, between 5 and 8 p.m. at Samsel and Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor.
Her Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. John's Episcopal Church in Vernon at 10 a.m. on April 2. Burial will follow in Wapping Cemetery, South Windsor.
In lieu of flowers, Blanche's family has requested a donation in her name to the Visiting Nurses & Health Services of Connecticut, 8 Keynote Dr., Vernon, CT 06066.
For online condolences and guestbook, please visit
Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home
419 Buckland Road
South Windsor, CT 06074-3709
Published in Journal Inquirer from Mar. 30 to Apr. 3, 2013