Marie (Terrye) Blackstone

December 19, 1921April 24, 2021

BLACKSTONE, Marie (Terrye). Terrye Blackstone of East Hartford, wife of the late Richard H. Blackstone, passed away at her home on April 24, 2021. Born in Hartford, CT on December 19, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Carmine and Letitia (Adamo) Cermola. Terrye was a resident of East Hartford for most of her adult life and was active until recently in the East Hartford Woman’s Club and the East Hartford Commission on Culture and Fine Arts, which she joined in 1974, as well as many other civic organizations. Terrye greatly enjoyed being East Hartford’s first lady during Richard’s tenure as Mayor, from 1970 through 1980. She also treasured her family, being the center of attention and providing direction at many family functions. Terrye will be remembered and cherished by her family and friends as a very caring and loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. She is survived by her children, Beverly Boyle and her husband Jim, Gregg Blackstone, and Pamela Parkinson and her husband Donald. She was a loving, devoted, and proud grandmother and great grandmother, who was affectionately called Mimi. She leaves her beloved grandchildren, Allyson Boyle Tornatore and her husband Albert, Christian Boyle, Janna Blackstone, Kelsey Blackstone, Alycia Parkinson Hazard and her husband Adam, Matthew Parkinson and his wife Andrea, and Adam Parkinson; and also, her great grandchildren Aidan and Vivien Boyle, Weston and Reese Hazard; AJ Parkinson, and AJ , Amanda and Alexa Tornatore. She also leaves sisters Ann Schmidt of Milwaukee and Jean Galiniski of Wethersfield, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers Luke, Dominic, Joseph, and Ernest Cermola, and sisters Mary Smallbeck and Rose Lynch. The family wishes to thank Trinity Healthcare at Home and the staff at Right at Home, whose compassionate, gentle care fulfilled Terrye’s wishes to live in the home she loved for the past two years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Patrick St. Anthony Church in Hartford, Monday, May 3 at 10:30 AM, immediately followed by a private burial. A public memorial may be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the East Hartford Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund, PO Box 380401 East Hartford, CT 06138-0401.

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Marie (Terrye) Blackstone

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Robert Valerio

May 8, 2021

Please have a family member contact me, maybe Gregg would be a good choice. This concerns a private matter involving the diseased.
Tel.: 860-290-8705

Errol & Nancy James

May 2, 2021

"Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories."

Thank you Aunt Terrye and Uncle Dick for so many shared and happy memories.

Our deepest sympathies to Bev, Gregg and Pam and your families on the loss of your mom and Mimi.

Errol and Nancy James

Bernard and Janice Krukoski

May 2, 2021

May you finally rest in peace with Richard. Jan (your fellow Sagittarian) and Bernie Krukoski your across the street neighbors.

Steven Strange

April 30, 2021

My deepest condolences.
Terrye is the perfect example of a life well lived. She left us loving and loved.
Steven Strange
President, Historical Society of East Hartford

Mary Beth Kennedy

April 27, 2021

Beverly, Pam, and Greg
So very sorry to learn Aunt Terrye passed away. What an exceptional life she had. I always enjoyed talking with her at family functions about her experiences in the classroom as a substitute teacher. She was very proud of her service!! I am happy that my dad had recent opportunities to talk with her on the phone; that meant a lot to him. God Bless.

Mary Beth (Cermola) Kennedy