WEST HARTFORD – Frances Blackall Blanchfield, 90, wife of the late William E. Blanchfield, passed away peacefully on July 31, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford.
She was born on Nov. 17, 1922, in Waterbury, a daughter of the late State Senator and Insurance Commissioner John C. Blackall and Mae Kelly Blackall. She graduated in 1939 from Mount St. Joseph Academy and in 1943 from the University of St. Joseph.
She then followed her lifelong passion for helping others by becoming a social worker for the state Department of Child and Family Services. She spent over 30 years volunteering at the House of Bread in Hartford. She also volunteered for Meals on Wheels, St. Francis Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, St. Thomas Seminary Women’s Guild, St. Thomas Apostle School Parent Teacher Organization and the Women’s Club of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. For many years, she was a member of the Distinguished Alumni Committee at the University of St. Joseph.
She is survived by her children Stephen and Randall Blanchfield and Barbara Blanchfield Carpenter of West Hartford, and Mary Lee Geary of Storrs; her brother Father L. Randall Blackall and sister Joan Mackas, both of West Hartford; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her brother Father John C. Blackall and uncle Father Charles Kelly.
The funeral was held Aug. 6 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. Donations in her memory may be made to House of Bread, 27 Chestnut Street, Hartford, CT 06120; or Unite for Light 6 Burnham Drive, West Hartford CT 06110.