MANCHESTER - Joanne Catherine (Arini) Belanger, 73, of Manchester, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, after an unexpected emergency surgery.
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She was born in Roslindale, Mass., on Nov. 27, 1939, the daughter of John and Josephine (Palizzolo) Arini.
After graduating from Randolph (Mass.) High School (class of 57), she enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where she met her husband Andre Robert Belanger of Manchester. She achieved the rank of airman second class in the Medical Corps and received an honorable discharge. After the service she became a mother of three and went to work as a program engineer at Hadco Printed Circuits in Derry, where she enjoyed 33 years before retiring.
Joanne will be remembered for her kind disposition. She always made a positive, lasting impression on everyone who was fortunate enough to have had their lives touched by her. She was a devout Catholic and was an active member of the Ladies Guild at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Litchfield. In her retirement she volunteered her time to charitable causes at New Horizons Soup Kitchen and Elliot Hospital. She enjoyed reading, spending time with her family and vacationing with her grandchildren and husband at the beach. She loved nature and was especially fond of her flower gardens and the wildlife they attracted. She was extremely proud of the closeness that was always present between all of her family members.
Joanne is survived by her husband of 53 years, Andre Robert Belanger, 73, of Manchester; two daughters, Laura Hinman and her husband Drew, of Holderness, and Karen Sieler and her husband Jim, of Manchester; a son, Anthony Belanger and his fiancée, Kristin Stone, of Tilton; three grandsons, Craig Belanger and his fiancée, Michelle Mehan, of Rochester, and Trevor and Joshua Sieler, of Manchester; a great-granddaughter, Isabella Sophia Belanger, of Rochester; a sister, Concetta (Tina) Grasso, of Stoughton, Mass.; and a brother, Salvatore Arini, of Quincy, Mass.
She was predeceased by her sister, Josephine (Teddy) O'Connell, of Randolph, Mass.
services: It was her wish that memorials be directed in the form of donations to her favorite charities: The N.H. Food Bank and New Horizons Soup Kitchen.
Calling hours are Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in Phaneuf Funeral Home, 243 Hanover St., Manchester. The funeral is Wednesday at 10 a.m. from Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, 9 St. Francis Way, Litchfield. Burial will be at noon in N.H. State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen.
Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online memorial, check service times or leave a message of condolence go to www.phaneuf.net.
Published in Union Leader on Jan. 14, 2013