GUILDERLAND – Theodore “Al” Blanchette, 86, of Guilderland, passed away peacefully with his beloved family at his side on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Al was born in Albany, the son of the late Andrew Blanchet and Regina DuBruy Blanchet. He lived his entire life in the same neighborhood. He served as a Seabee in the U.S. Navy just after World War II, and was then employed for eight years by the laborers union, and then for 30 years as a mason with the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 2. Al then was employed at the State University at Albany as a mason, retiring in 1995. Al loved to fish, and he was always available to lend a hand. He was a lifelong communicant and an active member of All Saints Catholic Church and the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church.
Al is survived by the love of his life, Jeanette M. Russell Blanchette; his children Nancy Bombard (Bob) of Colonie, Judith (Bob Jones) of Albany, Denise Heiserman (James) of Guilderland, Regina Burby (Mark) of Guilderland, and Timothy Blanchette (Kathleen) of Guilderland; his brother Victor L. Blanchet of Albany;
his sister Regina Helm (Kenneth) of Guilderland; his sister in law Marion Blanchet of Slingerlands; his grandchildren James Masa (Angelina), Annette Seymour (Carlos), Nicole Felix (Juan), Tristan Prusky, Blake Prusky (Allison M.), Antoinette Williams (David), Gretchen Graydon (Mark), Brittany Heiserman, Jesse Burby (Casidhe), Shelby Burby, Christopher Blanchette (Alyse S.), and Rebecka Blanchette (John C.); his great grandchildren Ryan, Gabriella, Marcello, Yaz, Xavier, Mia, James, Richard, Lucia, Joseph, Alexander, Jocelyn, Tiernan, Lily Rose, Charlie, Leo, Jackson, and Cameron; and by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins in Canada, and many loyal friends. He was predeceased by his son Alan Blanchette; his grandson Tyler Heiserman; his brother Leo Edmund Blanchet; his sisters Beatrice Czwakiel and Annette Phelan
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St., Albany (behind CVS) Tuesday morning at 9:00am. A Celebration of Life service will be held in the church Monday evening at 7:30pm. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at All Saints Catholic Church on Monday from 3:00pm-7:30pm. Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Albany Damien Center, 646 State St., Albany, NY 12203. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the church, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.