Florence M. Blanchfield

Florence M. Blanchfield (Ouellette)

Friday, April 21st, 1922 - Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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Obituary

A lifetime of creating beauty from fabric comes to a close.

Florence “Flo” Blanchfield passed from this life on April 1, 2020. A resident of Regency Gardens Nursing Home in Wayne, Flo lived in New Jersey all of her adult life.

Born Florence Ouellette “Willette”, April 21, 1922, in Gorham, NH, she boarded a bus bound for New Jersey at the age of 19. While living at the “Y” in Paterson and working at Bendix, making parts for the War effort, Flo met and married Eugene “Gene” Blanchfield. Together they raised a family with 5 children.

Flo began her love of design in early childhood, making doll clothes, that soon transitioned to designing and creating clothes for every age. Her pride and joy would always be the many fabulous wedding gowns she would create, bringing to life the imaginations of the bride to be. Her expertise with fabric didn’t end there, Draperies, upholstery, tailoring, her hands wielding scissors like a warrior. With needle,thread and a singer sewing machine, mere fabric became a masterpiece.

The third of eight children and marrying into an even larger clan, Flo loved a party! Holding court at dinner parties or singing off key on-stage for a comedy fund-raiser, her humor and laughter are memories not to be forgotten.

Predeceased by her husband Gene Blanchfield and many family members. Survived by children John Blanchfield, Jo Mc Lachlan, Joyce Estey, Jim Blanchfield, Jerry Blanchfield, and their respective spouses, 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Siblings Madeleine McCarthy and Bro.Alfred George Ouellette. In-laws John and Joan Blanchfield as well as a myriad of nieces and nephews.

A memorial will be held this summer. Family and friends will be welcome to attend (Covid-19 will not)
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Diane B

Posted at 03:40pm
There are so many memories of Aunt Flo and growing up in our families. Going to New Jersey was a family vacation for us, our travel trailer parked in the driveway of Aunt Flo and Uncle Gene's house. Between both families we numbered 15, good times were had by all. Loved Aunt Flo's laugh, her smile, wonderful food and her interest in you! Loved her phone message when you missed her call, "where the heck are you??" Her talents were incredible as a seamstress, a powerful woman before that was cool. We will miss Aunt Flo, and our love goes out to John, Jo, Joyce, Jim, Jerry and all their families. We are looking forward to celebrating her life and legacy with all of you. Love, Diane, Glenn and family

Megan Blanchfield

Posted at 02:39pm
My wedding gown and her laugh are two of my favorite memories as well. 40 years ago, my wedding was a 10 day rush, I found my heart's desired gown but FOUR sizes too large. My Aunt Flo tailored it to perfection and I felt like a Princess. I can recall her laugh in my heart; she is part of so many wonderful childhood memories: the Haledon house, the Wayne house, the beach houses, every holiday for years. Catskill Game Farm: my parents had a wedding to go to, so they left five of us with our Aunt Flo, Uncle Gene and their children. Aunt Flo and Uncle Gene were courageous enough to pile 10 of us into the station wagon to go to the petting zoo at Catskills. As people drove past our vehicle, we could see them counting the children. Huge laughter.
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Jeanne B. Weinmann

Posted at 08:50pm
So many memories are flooding my mind right now so I’ll go with just two. Any holiday with Aunt Flo meant really good food and her absolutely wonderful and contagious laugh. She also took my Moms wedding gown and basically redesigned it for me. My wedding gown reminds me of my own beautiful Mom, and my very talented and generous Aunt Flo. All my love, Jeanne
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