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Yolanda H. Bledsoe Obituary
Yolanda H. (Renzi) Bledsoe, 89, of Brookline, Mass passed away peacefully on September 30 following a short illness, leaving behind her beloved daughter Arlene Bledsoe, two Grandchildren, Julie and Michelle Bazinet, brother Marty Renzi, sister Mary Kowerski, and many nieces and nephews. There was a very special place in her heart for Edward Cordeira, whom she considered as close as a son. She was predeceased by brother John Renzi, sisters Lydia Boffa and Angelina Roach. Yolanda was a woman of great generosity who lived her life committed to her family, friends, and the charities she supported for many years. She always displayed determination, dedication, high standards and great energy. She had a kind word for all she met. Life's hard lessons were not lost on her, and she used those lessons well in all her roles, especially as a wife, mother, and grandmother. She worked hard to provide for her family, and she passed along these valuable instincts to them. Yolanda was the beloved wife of Richard T. (R.T.) Bledsoe for 36 years. They settled on Sewall Ave. in Brookline, where she was a homemaker and waitress for many years at Jack & Marion's Restaurant in Coolidge Corner. It was there she enjoyed the friendship of many members of the restaurant community and served many celebrities and sports figures. She was a fan of the New York Yankees and enjoyed watching Tom Brady and the Patriots. She loved the beach and sitting in the sunshine. Yolanda had many friends at the Morse Apts. in Brookline whom she regarded as her family as well. She was considered the Matriarch of the building and was loved by them in return. Yolanda was a well-dressed woman with beautiful white hair who faithfully took a daily walk to Coolidge Corner to meet her friends at Dunkin' Donuts for lunch, despite the weather and being legally blind. When asked how she was doing, she would always answer, "I'm trying!" She enjoyed the changing seasons and loved to see the flowers that were growing along the way as she took her daily stroll. After being a Navy Wife for 21 years, she continued to maintain a membership in the Women's Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association and the Veteran's of Foreign Wars. She was a 50-year member of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish. Many years ago she volunteered at the B'Nai Brith Thrift Shop at Brookline Village. She was a Volunteer in the Walk For Hunger for several years. A Poll Worker for the Town of Brookline for many years, she described herself as a faithful Democrat who never neglected her duty to vote, nor did she ever vote out of Party. Her family extends deep gratitude to her Nurse Practitioner, Judy Smith Casey whose tender care gave many years of good health to her, to the dedicated staff of the 4th Floor at the Coolidge House Nursing Care Center, and to the expert care provided by Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Newton. Yolanda was laid to rest with her beloved Husband, her Mother and Father, and her dear Sister Angelina at Gethsemane Cemetery in West Roxbury. She will be remembered and dearly missed by her family and friends. A memorial gathering is being planned in her honor.

Published in The Brookline Tab from Nov. 1 to Nov. 7, 2011
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