Benita A. Blanchard, Cohoes – Benita A. Blanchard, 79, of Shannon Avenue, Cohoes died at her residence on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 after a short illness. Born and educated in Cohoes, she was the daughter of the late James and Rhea Girard Penders. She was a retired Secretary for New York State Department of Labor. Wife of the late John G. Blanchard who died on February 14, 2012. Mother of Sheila Meissner of Cohoes, Lorie Blanchard of St. Petersburg, FL and the late Michelle Blanchard. Sister of the late Thelma Prescott. Grandmother of Kendra (Andrew) Ferris and Jeff (Nicole) Meissner, great grandmother of Addison and Kenlyn Ferris and Mallory Meissner, also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral Saturday 9:00am at Holy Trinity Parish where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Waterford. Relatives and friends may call at the DUFRESNE FUNERAL HOME, Inc., 216 Columbia Street, Cohoes on Friday from 4 to 7pm. Contributions may be made in Benita's memory to Holy Trinity Parish Organ Fund. For directions and guest registry, www.dufresnefuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Record on July 26, 2012