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October 8, 2013

Esther L. (Dumas) Blanchette, 79

Danvers — Esther Lillian (Dumas) Blanchette, 79, passed away peacefully on October 4, 2013, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, surrounded by her whole family. She was the beloved wife of the late Laurent J. Blanchette, with whom she shared 31 years of marriage.

Born in Peabody on March 31, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Florido and Loudiana (LeBlanc) Dumas. Esther had been employed at Sylvania for 35 years, and also worked at Devcon after her retirement from Sylvania. Esther was an avid bingo player and enjoyed crocheting, line dancing, fishing, and going to the beach. She also enjoyed raising her dogs and bird watching.

Her family meant the most to her.

She is survived by her daughter, Joanne Zagarella and her husband, William, of Amesbury; and her son, James Blanchette and his wife, Beth, of Arundel, Maine; her grandchildren, Danny Zagarella and his wife, Mariah, Melissa, Gregory and Nathan Zagarella, and Laurent Blanchette and his fiancée, Stephanie; her great-grandson, Wyatt Blanchette; her sister, Jeannette Wright of Danvers; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by eight siblings.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m., on Wednesday, October 9, in St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, 24 Conant Street, Danvers. Burial will follow in Annunciation Cemetery, Hobart Street, Danvers. Visiting hours are on Tuesday, from 4 to 7 p.m., at C.R. Lyons & Sons, Funeral Directors, 28 Elm Street, Danvers. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Esther’s name to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA 50340.