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“to all Rita's family. I have very fond memories of your Mom and Dad. Your Mom was always so friendly to me. Always saw your parents at Arthur and...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“Doreen,It was so sad to read about your mother's passing. On the occasions that I saw your parents, they were such a lovely couple and always...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Lucy Forti - Waltham, MA

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of Rita's family, near and far, and the communities she created and nurtured both in the US and her beloved...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Debra Mackey - MA - Family Friend

“Uncle Germy,Doreen, Allen, Joe and Melvin and family - just wanted to send belated sympathy and prayers. Your parents were very wonderful with my...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Joanne Tompkins - Antigonish

“Dear Doreen, Allan, Joe and MelvinOur sympathy at Rita's passing and our love to Germie. We had a wonderful lunch at their house in Belle Cote and...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Edward Tompkins - London - Family

“To Germie and family, Sincerest condolences to you on the loss of your dear wife and mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through these...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Richard and Yvonne LeBlanc ( Francis Paddy )

“Mrs. Leblanc was a strong influence early in my life, going back to the Cub Scouts "Den Ten" days. Other than teaching us the obvious that eating...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Michael & Debbie Robichaud - NC

“Mrs. Leblanc was a strong influence early in my life, going back to the Cub Scouts "Den Ten" days. Other than teaching us the...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Michael & Debbie Robichaud - NC

“Rita, you are the most talented, energetic, loving people I have ever known. Your heart was always filled with love and laughter. You are a...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Gale Manning - Manchester, NH

“We extend our deepest sympathy to you at this difficult time. She will be remembered as a sincere and pleasant lady!Blanche and Don MacKenzie ”
10 of 24 | Posted by: Blanche MacKenzie - Waltham, MA

“Dear Aunt Doreen , Brian, Christen and the whole Family,Words can not describe how sorry Iam for your loss. Grandma Rita was an exceptional woman...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Tsitsi Patricia Mufute - MA

“Our ♥ hearts ♥ go out to you, dear neighbors Mel & Lori, Justin, Dan, Matt & Mike. Saying prayers of sympathy and comfort for each of...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Debra Valle - Dudley, MA - Friend

“Germie , Doreen, Joe and all the Leblanc family , so sorry to hear of your loss. Rita was a classy lady in many ways ; always cheerful, always...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Peter & Joan Sheehan - Belle Cote

“So sorry to hear of the lost of your Mom. Hugs.... ”
14 of 24 | Posted by: juliet burns forgeron

“Dear Doreen and family,We are very sorry to hear about your sweet mum Rita. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We have had the...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Anila Unalkat - Billerica, MA

“To Germain and Children of Rita LeBlanc, So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. Edmond & Germaine Gaudet. westerville, Ohio ”
16 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“Mel and family, Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. How lucky you were to have had her in your life for so long. Her and your father certainly...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Claire O'Brien - Auburn, MA

“To Mel and family,I am so sorry for your loss, I didn't have the pleasure of meeting your Mom but she sounds like she was an extrodinary person.I...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Carol Leto - Worcester, MA

“To the Leblanc Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonder friend and neighbor. She will be sadly missed by myself and my family....Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Johanna Blenkhorn - Waltham, MA

“Dear Doreen, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a special lady. My two sons and I have many fond memories of both your parents. Happy...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Pat Ste.Marie - Waltham, MA

“Doreen:Sincerest condolences on the loss of your mom. Also give our love to your dad. While we cannot be with you, you are in our thoughts and...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: |Marcellin & Yvette Chiasson

“Doreen and family. So sorry to learn of your mother's passing ”
22 of 24 | Posted by: Don Leger - Natick, MA

“Doreen, We are so sorry to hear of your mother's passing.Thinking of you and your entire family during this difficult.Sending love,Deb and Abe ”
23 of 24 | Posted by: Deborah Gomez - Cotuit, MA

“Dear Alan and Doreen, on behalf of the whole Leblanc family,Words cannot express my sorrow for your loss.Sending love and hugs!Kim ”
24 of 24 | Posted by: Kim Lucente - MA


Rita and Germie LeBlanc grew up as neighbors in Belle Cote, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada in large French Catholic families. And on August 29, 1949 they married and for almost 68 years they remained each other's life companion. And while Alzheimer's disease made it necessary for them to transition to the Excel Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Lexington over 4 years ago it never denied them the ability to remain together to love and care for one another with the assistance of family and staff. Germie was with Rita when she died on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. She was 91. Qu'elle repose en paix.

Rita Leblanc was born September 4, 1925 in Belle Cote, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada daughter of the late Lazare and Luce (Aucoin) LeBlanc. She attended Nova Scotia Normal College and taught in a one room school house in Cape Breton. They moved to the United States in 1955 and settled in Waltham and over the years she was a nursery school teacher in addition to raising her four children.

She had a natural talent for making a house a home….with her love for cooking, baking, quilting, knitting, crafts and gardening Rita's house was always a place of welcome for family and friends. A favored memory will be the smell of the kitchen when her signature cinnamon rolls were fresh from the oven. She and Germie enjoyed dancing, playing cards, and camping. Throughout her life Rita had a strong faith and they would faithfully attend Mass together. They spent time walking the beaches in Florida, South Carolina and Cape Breton. She once served as a Cub Scout den mother, member of St Joseph Women's Guild and The French Club.

Rita is predeceased by her siblings Moise, Charles, Willy, Leo and Joseph LeBlanc, Margaret Deveau, Antoinette Goguen and Julian Arsenault.

In addition to her husband of 67 years, Germain, she leaves their children, Doreen C. LeBlanc, Allan G. LeBlanc and his wife, Laurel, all of Waltham, Joseph L. LeBlanc and his wife, Marcella of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and Melvin F. LeBlanc and his wife, Lori of Dudley; her grandchildren, Jeff, Kristen, Brian, Justin, Daniel, Matthew and Michael and her great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Dylan, Mckenzie and Mason. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Rita's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, June 2nd from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Burial in Mount Feake Cemetery will be private.

Memorials in her name may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 800 West Cummings Park. Suite 3100, Woburn, MA 01801 or Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452.