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Helen R. (Chizmar) LeBlanc

Helen R. (Chizmar) LeBlanc, 90, formerly longtime of Pleasant Street, Ipswich, died Friday, February 18, 2011 at the Radius Healthcare Center, Danvers following her lengthy illness. She was the wife of the late      Charles G. LeBlanc.

Born in Youngstown, Ohio Ocotber 16, 1920 she was the daughter of the late Matthew and Anna (Kachmer) Chizmar, she was raised in North Jackson, Ohio and attended local schools. A graduate of North Jackson High School, she was Class Valedictorian of the Class of 1938 and was the recipient of a Varsity Letter in basketball. She met her late husband at a USO dance in Pennsylvania. Married in Ohio in 1948, the LeBlancs returned to her husbandís hometown, Ipswich, where they raised their family. For many years she worked as a bookkeeper at the former Grossmanís Lumberyard in Ipswich. She was an active communicant of the former St Stanislaus Parish in Ipswich. The LeBlancs were avid square dancers.

She is survived by two sons, Leonard C. LeBlanc and his wife Sheila Heil of West Rotonda, Florida and Claude J. LeBlanc of Harrison, Maine; two grandchildren, Lenore LeBlanc of Ipswich and Rachel LeBlanc of Northport; three great grandchildren, Curtis, Mariah and Kayla Meader all of Ipswich, and a sister, Josephine Chizmar of Youngstown, Ohio. She was the sister of the late John and Edward Chizmar, both formerly of Youngstown.

Her funeral will be held Friday, February 25, 8 am from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by the celebration of a Funeral Mass at 9 am in Our Lady of Hope Church, Pineswamp Road, Ipswich.  Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Thursday 4 to 8 pm. Arrangements by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Alzheimerís Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.

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