Sister Joan Blanch, CSJ
Sister Joan Blanch, CSJ (Sister Clara Edward), 69, died Saturday, December 29, 2007, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham. Sister Joan had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for fifty years.
Born in Utica, NY, on March 22, 1938, Sister Joan was the daughter of the late John Edward and Clara Jenny Blanch. She was raised in Syracuse and graduated from St. John the EvangelistHigh School. On March 19, 1957, Sister Joan entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Troy, NY, and professed final vows on August 6, 1965. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from The College of Saint Rose, Albany, and a master’s degree in theology from St. Michael’s College, Winooski, VT. Throughout her years as a Sister of St. Joseph, Sister Joan served as a first-grade teacher in schools in the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses and as a religious educator and parish minister in Norwich, Clinton, Utica, New Hartford and Dearborn, MI.
Whether in the classroom, in the parish or in her interpersonal relationships, Sister Joan manifested fortitude and diligent devotion to duty. The courage and tenacity with which she faced the challenges of her illness touched all who knew her. Sister Joan’s life was a story of faith and grace in the midst of great suffering and loss.
Sister Joan is survived by two sisters: Marie (Gerald) Kearney of New Hartford, and Monica (Lyman) Dickinson of Syracuse; two brothers: Edward (Marilyn) Blanch of Dearborn, MI, and Jack Blanch of Syracuse; many nieces and nephews; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. She was predeceased by her parents, John and Clara, and by many friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Joan’s funeral Liturgy was held Thursday, January 3, from the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Interment was in Our Lady Queen of VirginsCemetery on the Provincial House grounds.
Contributions in Sister Joan’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY12110.