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Eleanor M. (Taranto) LeBlanc

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“My sincere condolences to the entire Leblanc family. ”
1 of 19 | Posted by: Ernie Rogers - Waltham, MA

“So sorry to hear of aunt Ellie's passing. Thoughts are with you in this difficult time. Love to all. ”
2 of 19 | Posted by: Jay Taranto - Family

“Diane and Family, Philip (McCourt) and I were so sorry about the loss of your mother. We know how close you were. It is never easy to love your...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Susan Clark Clark - south waltham, MA

“Deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved mother. So sorry Diane. ”
4 of 19 | Posted by: Marybeth and John Newell - MA

“Sorry for your loss of your dear mother. ”
5 of 19 | Posted by: Marybeth and John Newell - MA

“Dear DianeMy thoughts prayers and love are with you at this time as you mourn the loss of your mother.If I can do anything for you please let me know...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Susan Furman - Waltham, MA

“I will always remember how quickly Ellie befriended my mom and showed her the ropes at Meadowgreen. The two became great pals and conspirators. I...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Joyce KIdd - Waltham, MA - Friend

“Diane and family, our condolences. Your mom was a lovely lady. Thinking of you at this difficult time. ”
8 of 19 | Posted by: Michelle, Fran and Cecelia Morello - MA

“To Diane & FamilySo sorry for the loss of your Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Love Vin & Pina...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Vincent Albanese - Waltham, MA

“Diane and family,I am so sorry for the loss of Your Mom, Grand mother, Great grandmother.I can see each one of you in your Mom. May all the wonderful...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Patty Bertrand - Billerica, MA

“Dear Diane and family - I so enjoyed serving on the COA Board with Ellie as we were working towards the new Senior Center. She was a force of nature...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Ann Ormond - North Andover, MA

“So sorry for the loss of your beautiful mom Aunt Janet. She raised a wonderful daughter ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: Lous Lukas - Lithia, FL - Family

“She always was there to help anyone at Ellis Haven (that's where I knew her). She was so funny, and i loved to hear her play the guitar around the...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: nora houle - lincoln, RI

“I am very sad to hear about the loss of your mother. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.My deepest condolences to...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Karen Vailliant - Watertown, MA

“To Janet,Linda,Diane & Family,We are sending you our deepest sympathy,we are so sorry for your loss,your mom was a very special lady.Love you all.Ron...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Maureen Kilgallon - Mansfield, MA

“To Diane and Family: Thinking of you during this sad time and sending heartfelt wishes of comfort, healing, and peace. Love, Diane & Dottie...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Diane Masciovecchio - Waltham, MA

“Our deepest condolences to your entire family. ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: Estelle and Richard Lopez - FL

“Our deepest sympathy to all of you, Janet, Linda, Diane and your family. God Bless your Mom and may she Rest in Peace. ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: LARAINE & KEN HAUG - NY

“Sorry for your loss, prayers for your family, grant her eternal rest O'Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her, Amen ”
19 of 19 | Posted by: Tom Fuller - Oregon, OH


Waltham—Mrs. Eleanor M. (Taranto) LeBlanc, of Waltham, died at Lahey Clinic in Burlington on Sunday, April 5, 2020. She was 93 years old.

Eleanor was born on April 15, 1926 in Newton, the daughter of the late Stephen and Catherine (Carey) Taranto. She was raised in Newton and had been a Waltham resident for more than fifty years.

Eleanor taught her children by example and was not afraid to stand up for what she believed in. She had a quick wit and was never at a loss for words. Her family remembers her as a political 'junky' who kept up on local and national politics even in her final days. If you heard her yelling at the television it was either because she was engaged in a Red Sox game or she was giving a politician a piece of her mind—she was quite the personality.

She was truly an inspiration to her family and an extremely hard worker. For more than thirty years she worked as a waitress at Simeone's Restaurant in Cambridge and after that worked in dining services at Honeywell, the Holiday Inn, ThermoElectron, and at Harvard University.

Her determination continued well into her retirement. She was a voice and an advocate for Waltham's seniors. Her dedicated service extended beyond what was expected as she served many years on the Council on Aging as their Vice President and fought hard for the senior center. She was also active in the Southside Seniors, the Golden Age Club, and the North Waltham Senior Citizens. Over the years Eleanor became a great friend to many. Even when times were lean, she shared what she had with those less fortunate and raised her children to do the same.

She loved being active in her community; but above all, her family and her faith were the two most important things in her life. Her family meant the world to her; she was happiest when everyone could be together. She was devoted to God and the Blessed Mother and found great comfort in saying the Rosary and her daily prayers. Eleanor was a faithful communicant at Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church in Waltham. She was an amazing mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a wonderful cook and found real joy in a good meal; a visit home to see her almost guaranteed leaving with a full stomach. She also kept a meticulous garden and took great pride in her flowers and vegetables. Among some of her happiest memories were yearly outings each spring to Kelly's in Revere with her daughters for seafood. The times such as these are what she cherished the most.

In addition to spending time with her family, she loved singing and playing the guitar at Ellis Haven Campground in Plymouth where she served as Secretary of the Campers Association. In her younger years she also served as a Girl Scout Leader. She would always remind her family of how proud she was of them and encouraged them to "reach for the stars" no matter the circumstance. She will always be remembered and admired for her innate loving and motherly way, her unwavering resolve, and of course, her love of family.

Eleanor is reunited in Heaven with her husband Frederick P. LeBlanc, and her brothers, the late Joseph A. Taranto, Richard Taranto, and Stephen Taranto, her sister, Catherine Wamboldt and her longtime friend, William H. Sutter.

She leaves her daughters, Janet L. McIntyre (Paul) of West Roxbury, Linda J. Marry of Brockton, and Diane P. LeBlanc of Waltham, her granddaughter, Heidi Gurney (Paul) of Brockton, and her great-grandchildren, Alexandra and Christian Gurney.

A Memorial Mass for Eleanor will be offered in Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham, on Saturday, August 29th at 10 am.