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  • ID: I9
  • Name: Blanche NEWELL
  • Surname: Newell
  • Given Name: Blanche
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 21 Apr 1886 in Bogue, Graham Co, Kansas
  • Death: 26 Jul 1966 in Damar, Rooks Co, Kansas
  • Burial: Jul 1966 St Joseph Cemetery, Damar, Rooks Co., Kansas
  • _UID: 199D9949099160439EC5A6CD3EE145D5E4CA
  • Note:
    Our Saint in Heaven
    This story must not go untold. Blanche Desaire was a very devout Catholic. She attended da ily mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Damar, Kansas, and prayed her rosary daily. Sh e was devoted to her patron saint - St. Anne. Blanche belonged to the St. Anne's women socie ty that washed and ironed alter cloths and priest's vestments, cleaned and waxed the floors a nd pews in the beautiful St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and cooked meals for parish family wed dings and funerals.
    On July 13, 1966, Blanche got up early on the feast day of St. Anne. She did not feel wel l but she would not miss mass on the special feast day of St. Anne. She walked the city bloc k to the magnificent St. Joseph limestone church and knelt in her hard oak pew on the south s ide of the church. She had prayed in that same oaken pew for sixty years since the day she m arried Maxim. The parishioners hardly noticed the sick old woman as she knelt and prayed fro m her frayed prayer book and recited Hail Marys on her smooth black beaded rosary. She answe red the prayers of the priest in Latin and sang the songs of the service. Finally communio n time came and she rose from her pew and seemed to scurry as she shuffled to the communion r ail to receive her last holy communion. She took her Blessed Lord under the presence of brea d and wine and returned to her pew. She suffered silently, as always, in her final moments i n the cold, dark, silent church. Then a slight noise was heard -- Blanche Desaire slumped i n her pew and slowly slid down onto the cold, hard marble floor of the deathly quiet church . She died silently, unnoticed, with a "happy heart" with her Blessed Lord still on her lips . If there ever was a saint in God's heaven, it has to be Blanche Desaire, my grandmother . God rest her beautiful soul.
  • Change Date: 12 Apr 2006 at 01:00:00



    Father: Maxim "Mack" NEWELL b: 2 Jan 1865 in St James, Bourbonnais, Kakakee County, Illinois
    Mother: Melvina Marie"Minnie" TREMBLAY b: 11 Apr 1863 in Bourbonnais, Kankakee, Illinois

    Marriage 1 Maxim William DESAIRE b: 11 Jan 1885 in Rice Lake, Barron County, Wisconsin c: in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Dobie, Wisconsin
    • Married: February 27, 1905 by Rev. Guillaume in St. Joseph Catholic Church Damar, Kansas
    Children
    1. Has Children George Joseph DESAIRE b: 14 Sep 1908 in Damar, Kansas
    2. Has Children Alida Rose DESAIRE b: 23 Apr 1906 in Damar, Rooks Co, Kansas
    3. Has Children Phillip Exavier DESAIRE b: 12 Jun 1911 in Damar, Kansas
    4. Has Children Rosa Marceline DESAIRE b: 11 Mar 1914 in Damar, Rooks Co., Kansas
    5. Has Children Irene Celine DESAIRE b: 14 Sep 1916 in Damar, Rooks Co, Kansas
    6. Has Children Joseph Eddie DESAIRE b: 24 Dec 1918 in Damar, Rooks Co. Kansas
    7. Has Children Leo Lewis DESAIRE b: 17 Mar 1921 in Damar, Kansas
    8. Has No Children Elmer Maxim DESAIRE b: 7 Jul 1923 in Damar, Kansas
    9. Has Children Alfred DESAIRE Deserres b: 6 Jun 1925 in Damar, Rooks Co, Kansas
    10. Has No Children Xavier Ambrose DESAIRE b: 13 Dec 1927 in Damar, Rooks Co. Kansas
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