SWANTON — Hortense E. Bluto, age 91 years, died early Wednesday morning, Nov. 18, 2015 in the Franklin County Rehab Center.
Born in Alburgh on, July 30, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Asa and Relia (Shedrick) Langlois and attended Alburgh schools, the class of 1941. She moved to Willimantic, Conn. at the age of 18 to work for Pratt and Whitney and met her first husband, Richard Courtois. They married on July 3, 1942, and together raised three children. Richard predeceased her on Feb. 23, 1958. Later on Nov. 21, 1968, she married Richard’s best friend, Olson Bluto, and together they raised a son. Olson predeceased her on, March 8, 1999. Hortense owned and operated a successful community care home in St Albans caring for six developmentally disabled people at a time, providing them with a stable home, treating them with dignity and respect and accepting them as members of her family. She and Olson took their girls to McDonalds every Friday night in their Suburbans and Chevrolet Celebrities. She and Olson were also members of a camping club from the 1960s through the 1980s, traveling all over New England in their Winnebago. They hosted multiple parties at their home in St Albans Bay that drew large crowds where fun was had by all. She enjoyed hosting holiday gatherings for her family for many years and established traditions that have been carried on for generations. She was also a CB operator with the handle “Hummingbird.”
Hortense leaves her loyal friend and life partner, Alfred Fagon of Swanton; four children, Brenda Beshaw (James) of Eastford, Conn., Marcia Courtois and partner Ron Burkholder of Swanton, Richard Courtois, Jr., (Laura) of Mooers, N.Y., and Timothy Bluto (Rena) of Highgate; a step-son, Wayne Bluteau (Lorrie) of Grand Isle; 17 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husbands, Hortense was predeceased by a sister, Leola Rooney; brother, Romeo Langlois and a niece, Jean Therrien.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, at 11 a.m. from Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, 245 Lake St., St. Albans City. Father Maurice J. Roy will be the celebrant and homilist. The Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at the Courtois / Bluto family lot in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Friends may call at The Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Gifts in Hortense memory may be made to, Voices for Children, 149 State St., Montpelier, 05602.
To offer private online condolences please visit: www.kiddermemorialhome.com.