OBITUARY

Madeleine Carol Blanc

January 12, 1939April 14, 2019
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Madeleine C. Blanc (née La Gamma), age 80, died on April 14, 2019 after a long ordeal following brain surgery in 2014. A long-time resident of New City, NY, she was born in the Bronx on January 12, 1939 to Dolores and Frank La Gamma. She grew up in Parkchester and was the first member of her extended family to attend college. She graduated from CUNY’s Hunter College in 1960 and immediately began work on a master’s degree in medieval history. Madeleine married William J. Blanc in 1963, and they had two daughters, Jennifer and Victoria. Madeleine began her career in public relations, moved to commodities trading and then to medical office management. She was president of the New City Jaynecees and a director of SHARE, the philanthropic organization founded by Dr. Martha MacGuffie of New City. Madeleine’s beloved husband, Bill, died in 1982. Their daughter, Jennifer Blanc-Tal, lives in North Brunswick, NJ with her husband, Jason Tal, and their twins, William and Josette. Daughter Victoria Blanc lives in Saline, MI, with her long-time companion, John Stchur. Madeleine is also survived by her sister, Linda Kyriakou, her niece, Christina Kyriakou, and grand-niece, Anastasia Kahn. Other survivors include her sisters-in-law, Jane Salchli and Betty Doerr, their children and grandchildren. Visitation will be at Higgins Funeral Home, New City, Monday, April 22 from 2:00-4:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00am Tuesday, April 23 at St. Augustine’s Church, New City. Interment will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery in West Haverstraw. Donations in her memory may be made to Hydrocephalus Association, www.hydroassoc.org/ways-to-give 888-598-3789 Or St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org/donate (800) 805-5856

Services

  • Visitation Monday, April 22, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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Elizabeth Scarpelli

April 20, 2019

Watching this video just reminds me of what a vivacious and woman full of life your mother was. While she wasn't on this earth nearly as long as we hoped, she was indeed an inspiration and lives on in her family. Wish I could be there personally to offer you comfort. Recall the times in the office that you shared the trials and tribulations of her post-surgery life. Think of the good times and the opportunities to say good bye. She lives on in your hearts and the hearts of everyone she touched.

--Liz Scarpelli

Bonnie Petras ( Ross)

April 18, 2019

I have fond memories of Madeleine sitting on the beach in Rocky Point her smile and sense of humor ever present. She shared growing up in this community with me and my sister in our youth. She will be missed by all who knew her.

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