Blanche L. Hamilton, 86, of Meadville, formerly of Hunter Road, Meadville, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Crawford County Care Center, Saegertown.
Blanche was born in Wayne Township on Aug. 4, 1926, a daughter of the late Jerome H. and Viola LaRue Kimmel.
On May 10, 1947, Blanche married Albert J. Hamilton; he preceded her in death on Nov. 23, 2011.
She was a member of Pine Grove Methodist Church.
Blanche enjoyed being a homemaker and raising her children. During World War II she was employed by the former Keystone Ordnance as a gun powder inspector. She had also been employed by Crawford County in the courthouse and by Cargo Cleaners.
She was known as the “cake maker” as she made many of the wedding cakes and special event cakes for family and friends. She was a volunteer at East Mead Volunteer Fire Department. Blanche enjoyed playing bingo as well as playing cards, and she loved looking after her grandchildren.
Blanche is survived by four children, Robert J. Hamilton and his wife, Irene, of Beaver, Gary F. Hamilton and his wife, Linda, of Meadville, Joyce A. McCormick and her husband, Michael, of Glen Burnie, Md., and Cynthia S. Hamilton and her companion, David Mailliard, of Meadville; seven grandchildren, Sonia Lindemann and her husband, Karl, Vanessa Kalcevic and her husband, Matthew, Marcie Pifer, Matthew Hamilton and his wife, Katelyn, Caitlin McCormick and her fiancé, Matthew Swertfager, Marc McCormick and Emily McCormick; nine great-grandchildren, Zacharia and Samuel Lindemann, John and Nikolaos Kalcevic, Kayla, Morgan and Sara Pifer, Dillon and Luke Hamilton, a sister-in-law, Janice Kimmel of Sandy Lake; a brother-in-law, Dale Hamilton and his wife, Lucille, of Meadville; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Albert, of 64 years, Blanche was preceded in death by three sisters, Arlene, Jane and Marie; and four brothers, Wilfred (Bill), Lawrence (Cal), Meade and Robert (Bob).
Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 404 Chestnut St., Meadville, where funeral services will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. with Pastor Alice McClymonds of Pine Grove Methodist Church officiating.
Interment will take place in Kiser Hill Cemetery, East Mead Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pine Grove Methodist Church, 9488 S. Wayland Road, or East Mead Volunteer Fire Department, 23876 Route 27, both of Meadville, Pa. 16335.
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