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Josephine E. "Joey" (Tolvo) Blache

October 11, 1922 ~ January 17, 2020 (age 97)


 Mrs. Josephine Elizabeth Blache, “Joey”, 97, of Lee, passed away in the early morning hours of Friday at BayState Medical Center with her loving family at her side.

 Joey was born in Lee on Oct.11, 1922 the daughter of Michael and Josephine Tolvo. She was a graduate of Lee High School, Class of 1940. Mrs. Blache was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church and member of the St. Mary’s Choir under Jackie Abbott, choir director for many years. Joey started working at the Lee Library every afternoon as a high school student in the late 1930’s as part of a government work program for students from economically depressed families. This position eventually turned into something very permanent from which she retired in 1986 after 25 years of service. Lee Library was her “home away from home” she would always say.

 Mrs. Blache is survived by three sons: Kevin Blache of Lee, Jeffrey Blache and his wife Debbie of Pittsburgh, PA, and Gerard Blache and his wife Colleen of Lee.  In addition, Joey leaves seven grandchildren: Sharra, Erin, Jarrod, Ryan, Sarah, Dustin, and Samantha as well as her eight great-grandchildren: Santino, Ryleigh, Prestyn, Magill, Bergen, Tayden, LaNiyah, and Lilyana.

Her husband, John E. Blache, whom she married June 26, 1948, died May 28, 1986.

She was predeceased by her five sisters: Rose, Mildred, Mary, Marguerite and Anna and her five brothers: Ben, Patrick, Joseph, Michael, and Leonard.

Joey will be well remembered by the older generation for her “Tap Dancing” skills performances.

Funeral Services for Josephine Blache will be held Wednesday, January 22nd at 10AM at St. Mary’s Church in Lee with a Liturgy of Christian Burial celebrated by Fr. Brian McGrath, pastor. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visiting Hours will be held Tuesday evening from 4 – 7PM at the Kelly Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Mrs. Blache’s memory to either St. Mary’s Church or the Lee Library Association in care of Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main St. Lee, MA 01238.

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January 21, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Kelly Funeral Home
3 Main Street
Lee, MA 01238

Funeral Service
January 22, 2020

10:00 AM
St. Mary's Church
140 Main St.
Lee, MA 01238


St. Mary's Cemetery
Spring St.
Lee, MA 01238


St. Mary's Church
C/O Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main Street, Lee MA 01238

Lee Library Association
C/O Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main St., Lee MA 01238

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