Obit: Virges Blanchard Leblanc

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

God called Virges Blanchard LeBlanc to a new life with Him on July 29, 2012. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she was 80, a native of Pierre Part, and a resident of Donaldsonville for more than 70 years. Survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Louis “Boo” LeBlanc; daughter and son-in-law Lisa L. and Ed Bush of Baton Rouge; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Karen Z. LeBlanc and Dave and Rhonda L. LeBlanc, all of Donaldsonville; nine grandchildren, Emily L. Dirks and husband Jack, Greg LeBlanc, Jon LeBlanc and wife Lyndsi, Betsy L. Holtzclaw and husband Brock, Jake LeBlanc and wife Laura, Katie LeBlanc, David LeBlanc, Jr., Nathan Bush, Natalie Bush; six great-grandchildren Jack, Jr., Lee, and Jude Dirks; Annabelle, Amelia, and Addison LeBlanc; sister and brother-in-law Cathy and David Landry of Donaldsonville and brother and sister-in-law Hubert “Frenchie” and Selma Blanchard of Tucker, Georgia, sister-in-law Tippy Blanchard of Baton Rouge, brother-in-law Louis Papet of Lynchburg, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert and Eloyt Blanchard; sister, LeeAnna B. Papet; and three brothers, Joe, O.J., and Larry Blanchard.

When her children were grown, Virges worked as office manager in her husband’s business. That led to her traveling with her husband on many business trips to various parts of the country. She was involved in numerous volunteer activities for church and school, as well as ministry at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church, where she served on the liturgy writing committee and as a Eucharistic Minister. As a member of the Ascension Catholic School Mother’s Club, Virges helped to develop the first thrift shop. She enjoyed sewing, cross-stitching, smocking, and quilting.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at Ourso Funeral Home, Donaldsonville, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church from 8:00 a.m. until mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. The mass was conducted by the Rev. Paul Yi followed by burial in the church mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church Preservation Fund or Ascension Catholic School.

The family wishes to thank Fr. Paul Yi, St. Joseph’s Hospice and special caregivers Yvette Harris, Sandra Herbert, Janice Williams and Margaret Dugas and all other caregivers and friends for their loving care and support.