ENOSBURG FALLS – Louise Mary (Blouin) Leach, age 81, of Enosburg Falls, died peacefully in the comfort of her home on April 7, 2016, surrounded by her loved ones after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Louise was born in Enosburg Falls on Sept. 5, 1934, the daughter of the late Wellington and Pauline (Leonard) Blouin. Louise was a most generous, caring and gregarious person. She was known for her strong sense of family, the ability to see the positive in any situation, her willingness to help those in need, and a wonderful sense of humor. Her strength and humbleness were one of her most precious gifts taught to her family. She thoroughly enjoyed time spent with her family, especially when it involved her amazing cooking-the more the merrier. Louise was a founding member of the Modern Dozen card club since 1953, where she shared her endless amounts of jokes to keep the girls laughing. In her earlier years she enjoyed knitting, skiing, gardening, golfing, visiting with her endless amount of friends, and traveling. Trips to the casino and playing Yahtzee and Scrabble were her favorite things to do in her more recent years. Although she travel to many adventurous places and did many interesting things, she found that her trip to Alaska with her husband, Buzzy, in 2002, to be the most memorable of all.
Louise graduated from EFHS in 1952, earning the Good Citizenship Award, and then went onto Johnson State Teachers College where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and then taught PE and 5th grade in Woodstock. She then joined the US Army Women’s Corp for three years, which was a wonderful experience, and she was discharged as a Captain. But the wanderlust to return home overcame her, so she did and became bookkeeper at the family business, Blouin Brothers. Then once again, the young man she admired in High School came on the scene. So happy to find each other again, and in love they married in February of 1965 and started their life and family together.
She is survived by her son, Howard L. ‘Hank’ Leach Jr. of Enosburg Falls, and his children, Leanne, Alyson, Matthew and Jacob Leach; her daughter, Dorothy, and husband, Jim Childs, of Enosburg Falls, and her children, Hannah, Hartley, and Charlotte Hartman; son, Patrick Leach, of Swanton, her great grandchildren, Noah, Lexie, Kylah and Natalee; her sisters, and their husbands, Corinne and James Ryan of Enosburg Falls and Mary and Franklin Adams of South Richford; her sisters-in-law Charlotte Donlon of Enosburg, Annette Blouin of Enosburg Falls, Alberta Blouin of Raton, NM and Rochelle Blouin of Burlington; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Louise is predeceased by her husband Howard L. ‘Buzzy’ Leach on June 6, 2012; her son, Jacob W. Leach, on November 25, 1995; her grandson, Joshua H. Leach, on September 7, 1996; her great-grandson, Prestyn Leach, on November 1, 2013; her brothers, Paul, Noel, Leonard, and Thomas Blouin; her sister Rita Megrath; her sister-in-law Sabra and her husband, Anthony ‘Tony’ Michel; her sister-in-law, Eunice Blouin, of Enosburg Falls and her brother-in-law Lawrence ‘Buster’ Donlon.
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 11, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 222 Misisquoi St., Enosburg Falls. Interment will take place later this spring in the Sheldon Village Cemetery. In keeping with Louise’s wishes there will be no visiting hours.
For those who wish, contributions in Louise’s memory may be made to Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478.
Messages of condolence may be sent to Louise’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com.