Meline "Liney" Mary Bleau
December 24, 1928 – November 20, 2020
The family matriarch, Meline M. "Liney" Bleau, 91, of Swanzey, NH, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, November 20, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.
Her parents, Angeline (Secore) and Leon Alexander, Sr., welcomed their daughter into the world on December 24, 1928, in Gilsum, NH.
A resident of Keene, NH, for many years, Liney worked for the former Princess Shoe Company in Keene for 27 years, performing various duties such as stitching and lacing. She went on to become the supervisor of housekeeping at Westwood Healthcare for thirteen years before retiring.
Her hobbies included crocheting hats and sweaters for Cheshire Babies as well as surrounding schools. She took great joy and pride in donating these hats and sweaters to the many newborns and children in need. She also enjoyed puzzles; watching the Red Sox; game shows; and taking trips with her Troy Senior Club.
Liney married the love of her life, Robert O. Bleau, Sr., on June 22, 1946. They shared 49 years of wonderful memories before Robert’s passing in October of 1995. She and Robert raised three boys together, sharing many adventures as her family grew up.
She was an eloquent lady who in her earlier years enjoyed wearing matching attire with her husband for their weekend shopping extravaganzas. She was often seen driving her Cadillac in Keene, dawning a blue tint to her beautiful white hair. She had a fun and feisty spirit she was not afraid to show. From riding a dirt bike with her grandson, awaking the grandkids at 4am dressed up like Santa, or just visiting with family and friends with a Natty Light she was always up for an adventure.
Liney loved all family gatherings, but her favorites were by far Halloween and Christmas. She was known by many for dressing in some crazy costume where she would drive around from house to house taunting her loved ones only to be found out when they saw her Cadillac pulling away. On Christmas Eve, family gathered for her birthday, where we shared many laughs, old stories and great food.
She will be missed by many, especially her two sons, Robert Bleau, Jr. of Troy, NH, Mark Bleau and his wife, Sue, of Swanzey; her grandchildren whom she treasured and loved spending time with, Robert Bleau, III, Robyn Lyons, Ranae Goodrich, Tracy Roberts, Tammy Bleau, Trevor Bleau; seven great-grandchildren, Kaleb, Hannah, Jacob, Danielle, Jarica, Gabrielle and Matthew, who all lovingly called her Méme; and several nieces, nephews and extended family members. She was predeceased by her husband, a son, Bruce Bleau in June of 2000; a brother, Leon "Bub" Alexander; and four sisters, Louise Dubois, Irene Underwood, Lillian Gagne and Theresa Whitney.
Mom, Méme, friend….she will be forever be missed but our memories of her will live on.
A celebration of Liney’s life and visitation will be held on Tuesday evening, November 24, 2020, from 6:00 to 8:00pm in the Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro Street, Keene. Funeral services and burial in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Keene, will be held privately by the family. All those in attendance at the visitation and funeral services requested to please wear facemasks and to maintain the physical distancing requirements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Bleau’s memory to Patient Care Needs of Hospice, c/o Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services, PO Box 564, Keene, NH 03431-0564; or to the American Cancer Society NH Division, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110.
- Robert O. Bleau, Jr., Son
- Mark S. Bleau (Sue), Son
- Robert Bleau, III, Grandson
- Robyn Lyons, Granddaughter
- Ranae Goodrich, Granddaughter
- Tracy Roberts, Granddaughter
- Tammy Bleau, Granddaughter
- Trevor Bleau, Grandson
- Robert O. Bleau, Sr., Husband (deceased)
- Bruce Bleau, Son (deceased)
- Leon "Bub" Alexander, Brother (deceased)
- Louise Dubois, Sister (deceased)
- Irene Underwood, Sister (deceased)
- Lillian Gagnon, Sister (deceased)
- Theresa Whitney, Sister (deceased)
- Angeline (Secore) Alexander, Mother (deceased)
- Leon Alexander Sr., Father (deceased)
- Seven great-grandchildren, Kaleb, Hannah, Jacob, Danielle, Jarica, Gabrielle and Matthew, all who lovingly called her Me'me, and several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Learn more about the Bleau name
Patient Care Needs of Hospice
c/o Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Service PO Box 564 , Keene, New Hampshire 003431-0564
American Cancer Society
New Hampshire Division 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110 , Bedford, New Hampshire 03110
Celebration of life and visitation
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Funeral Services and burial will be held privately by the family.
Meline "Liney" Mary Bleau
November 25, 2020
My earliest memory of Aunt Liney was at Aunt Tre's 25th Anniversary party. I watched her walk down the stairs sideways one step at a time in her floor length emerald green satin gown with matching strappy high heels, finger & toenails and eyeshadow. She was the most magnificent woman I had ever seen <3 Fast forward 40 something years and many memories later she was the one to drive me to Keene from Swanzy for my grand-twins birth. (Yes in the cadillac)
She wore a triple crown that day. A great, great, great Aunt, indeed.
November 23, 2020
Reading about Aunt Liney was exactly as I remember her from childhood visits. She was a force & lived in the most legendary way. I imagine my dad (Skip) had the cribbage board & beverages on the ready as Aunt Liney danced her way in. Sending love to those who loved her the most
November 23, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Aunt Liney's family.
Skip and I were so pleased last year when Robyn brought her to Skip's care facility so they could visit. Now they are once again together.