Evelyn J. (Casey) BranchaudNovember 22, 2017
Evelyn J. (Casey) Branchaud, 95, of Woonsocket, died November 22, 2017 in Landmark Medical Center. She was the wife of the late Raymond J. Branchaud, whom she married September 2, 1946. Born in Milford, MA, she was the daughter of the late James J. and Carrie Mae (MacEachern) Casey.
Mrs. Branchaud was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Milford. During WWII, she was an inspector of the barrage balloons at the Rubber Plant in Woonsocket. It was here that she met her future husband. Evelyn was a homemaker, taking pride in the care of her husband and five children. She enjoyed cooking and baking, and sharing the fruits of her labor with family and friends. She engaged in the making of homemade craft items, in particular, the weaving of baskets. Evelyn enjoyed the collecting and restoring of antiques. Her summers spent at Spring Lake in Burrillville filled her life with many fond memories of times spent with family and friends. She loved to travel, and had lived in Ontario and Quebec, Canada, and Rome, Italy. She was a former member of the North Smithfield Heritage Association, the St. Thomas Moore Womens’ Auxiliary in St. Jean, Quebec, and the Santa Susana Womens’ Auxiliary in Rome, Italy. Evelyn was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church.
She leaves her children, Marjorie Branchaud of Washington, D.C., Diane Messier and her husband Paul of Portsmouth, NH, Nancy Branchaud and her husband Guy Binette of St. Blaise, Quebec, Mary Lou Branchaud and her husband Daniel Doyle of Blackstone, MA, and Paul R. Branchaud and his wife Kimberly of Alberta, Canada; her sister, Dorothy Charest of Northboro, MA; nine grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her siblings, Lillian McGuiness, Helen Perkins, James and Kenneth Casey, Margaret Clouart and Genevieve Perry.
Her funeral will be held Saturday, December 2, 2017, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM in St. John the Evangelist Church, 63 Church St., Slatersville. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Calling hours are Friday from 4-7 PM in the Holt Funeral Home, 510 So. Main St., Woonsocket. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, 72 River Park Street, Suite 202, Needham, MA, or to the Blackstone Public Library Memorial Gift Account, 86 Main St., Blackstone, MA 01504.