Salem — Florence L ‘Blanche’ (Lemelin) McCulley, 96, of Salem, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at her home in Salem following a brief illness. She was the wife of the late J. Henry McCulley and was also the wife of the late Henry Dupuis.
Born and raised in Salem, she was the daughter of the late Archille and Florence (Levesque) Lemelin. Widowed after 35 years of marriage to Henry Dupuis in 1964, she was married to Henry McCulley for nearly 35 years at the time of his death.
Blanche was a loving, understanding, caring and generous person to all she came in contact with. Particularly devoted to her family and large extended family, she raised her three grandchildren, Denise, Judy and Leo, when their mother passed away. She was a faithful member of Ste. Anne Parish and its many fund-raising events, and was a former member of the Ste. Anne League of Catholic women. Next to her family, Blanche loved Bingo.
She is survived by her son, Henry ‘Bob’ Dupuis and his wife, June, of Salem and Florida; two daughters, June T. Robinson and her husband, John, of Salem and Louise F. Dupuis of Salem; and three step-children, Ronald J. McCulley of Colorado, Gloria L. McCulley of Hawaii, and Leona C. Morin of Wenham. She is also survived by two sisters, Jeannette Johnson and her husband, Stanley, of Danvers and Theresa Faulling of Salem; as well as eight grandchildren, Judy, Denise, Leo, Bobby, Michael, Marie, Johnny and Joey; nine great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; her devoted friend, Claire Michaud; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings, Hector, Robert, Desire, Victor and Helen.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to gather at the Levesque Funeral Home, 163 Lafayette St. (Routes 114 / 1-A), Salem, on Friday, April 19, 2013, at 8 a.m. to be followed by her Funeral Mass in Ste. Anne Church, 290 Jefferson Ave., Salem at 9 a.m. Visiting hours will be at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 9 Erie Drive, Suite 101, Natick, MA 01760. For guestbook and additional information, please visit www.LevesqueFunerals.com.