Blanche J. Currie, 95, peacefully passed away at her son’s home in Granby on Monday, Aug. 2. She was born in Turners Falls on March 15, 1926, the daughter of Frank and Aniela (Kopacz) Mleczko. She attended local schools and was a graduate of Turners Falls High School Class of 1943. She married Roy F. Currie on October 18, 1947. He predeceased her in June of 1973. Her oldest daughter, Mary Jeanne predeceased her on May 28, 2004.
Blanche worked as an assembly worker at Millers Falls Tool after graduation. After marriage she was a homemaker, raising her family until they were grown. She then was employed at the Erving Paper Mill until her retirement in 1991. After her retirement, Blanche moved to Granby and worked with the Council on Aging as a Senior Aide, Atkins Fruit Farm and the Granby Public Library.
Growing up Blanche sang in the Lady of Czestochowa Polish Church, and later in St. Mary’s Choir in Turners Falls, the Methodist Choir in South Hadley, and was an involved member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Granby.
She was adored by everyone that she met and laughed often and easily. “Babci”, as she was affectionately known, cherished her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She spent countless hours with them in Granby, North Grafton and Glenmont, New York listening to them read, playing games and teaching them different crafts. She especially adored all the beautiful pictures which they drew for her. She also attended their soccer, hockey, and lacrosse games, swim meets, cross country meets, and high school and college graduations.
Blanche enjoyed reading, crocheting, knitting, puzzles, and music. Among her travels she attended a concert by Yanni and Andrea Bocelli who were her favorites, visited Yankee Stadium to watch the Red Sox play the Yankees, Fenway Park, and Venice, Florida. She also went to Washington D.C. with her best friend Frank and the Melha Shiners to attend the Wreath Dedication Ceremony. Blanche looked forward to the annual family reunions at Sacandaga Lake in Upstate New York.
Among her survivors, Blanche leaves four children and their spouses, Thomas and his wife Charlene of Gill, Roy and his wife Shirley of Granby, Ellen Mackin and her husband Tim of North Grafton, and Kathy Walsh and her husband Jay of Broadalbin, NY and Venice, FL; seven grandsons: Christopher Mackin of North Grafton, Kyle Mackin of Worcester, Colby Currie and his wife Crystal of Ludlow, Brock Currie and his wife Jennifer of Springfield, Cameron Currie and his wife Martyna of Belchertown, and Roy Currie and his wife Megan of Ware, Alex Walsh of Brazil; two granddaughters, Cassy Bourque and her husband Chris of Holyoke, and Elise Prinzo and husband Reid of Slingersland, NY: six great grandchildren, Caleb and Mackenzie Mackin, Bradlee Currie, Lyra Currie, Ruthie Currie, and Chase Prinzo.
Besides her husband and daughter, Blanche was predeceased by her siblings, Helen Kopec , Mary, Joseph, John, Stanley, Frank, Edward, and Henry Mleczko; and recently her loving companion Frank Hudgik.
The family would like to thank Baystate Hospice and the aides of O’Connell Care At Home for all their tender care.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Friday (8-13-21) at 10 AM at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church 84 K St. Turners Falls. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. A calling hour will be from 8:30AM-9:30 AM at Kostanski Funeral Home 1 Kostanski Square Turners Falls.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to Our Lady of Czestochowa Church 84 K St. Turners Falls, MA. 01376 or to Granby Council on Aging 10 W. State St. Granby, MA. 01033
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