Blanche Serafin

  • Born: May 21, 1922
  • Died: February 19, 2020
  • Location: Rockland, Massachusetts

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Blanche Serafin was born into a Polish family in Salem Ma. She grew up in Salem on Essex St near the House of Seven Gables. As a young woman, Blanche loved to sail with friends in the harbor off the Salem Willows. She also liked to ski and would travel to the mountains of New Hampshire. Blanche loved adventure and travel. She spent a week on a windjammer in Maine and even traveled to Cuba in the 40's . Majoring in Education, she attained a BA from Salem State Teachers College. She was also quite the "fashionista" and attended John Robert Powers Modeling School in Boston and even taught classes in Comportment. She later took a break from the female dominated world of teaching and found more fun and challenge in the male dominated General Electric Jet Propulsion Lab in Lynn, Ma. where she worked on some of the calculations for development of the first jet engine.

Blanche met her husband Richard Serafin when he was singing in a Polish choir called "The Polonaise" in Boston. Dick was a graphic artist and had a keen interest in architecture. He was a graduate of Vesper George Art School in Boston.

They married in Salem on May 19, 1957, honeymooned in Bermuda, and shortly after, moved into a modern dream house in Rockland, Ma, custom designed and built by her husband, Dick. He was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright's designs at the time.

Blanche and Dick had 2 children, Mark and Marsha. With Blanche's love of the sea, Dick also got the sailing bug and the family took up sailing, eventually owning a 17 ft sailboat, and then trading up to a 23 footer named, "Seraphala II" ( Polish for angels on the waves). The Serafins have many fond memories of sailing in Hingham, Scituate, the North Shore and Cape Cod with their Yorkshire Terrier named "Muffin".

Blanche was a stay-at-home mom but on occasion worked part time outside the home. She has worked for Edgars Department Store in Brockton, Stewarts Clothing Store in Rockland and Lord & Taylor at Braintree Plaza. She later returned to substitute teaching in the Brockton Public Schools when her children went off to college and continued to do so into her early 80's!

Of Blanche's 2 children, Mark, is an electrical engineer and lives in Houston, TX, and Marsha, is an illustrator and nursery school teacher in NYC . She lives with her husband, Rob and two children, Hannah and Natalie. Blanche is known as "Babci" ( grandma in Polish), to her grandchildren.

"Miss Blanche's" favorite movie is Gone With The Wind. She loved anything to do with the "deep south", including Dixieland Jazz, she was a southern belle at heart. Her drink of choice, as you may have heard, is a Manhattan. Her best advice to you is "whoop it up while you can!"


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Condolence & Memory Journal

My dear Marsha and family,
Blanche was a modern woman, way ahead of her time! I was in my early twenties when I got to know her and she was a wonderful, positive, adventurous role model for me personally! We send all our love to you, Rob, Hannah, and Natalie, as well as Mark. You will always have your fabulous memories to hold dear. I hope they comfort you now and forever.

Posted by Valerie Barker - Sebastian, FL - Friend   February 22, 2020

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Mark & Family,
Your mom was a wonderful lady. My deepest condolences go out to and and Marsha and the family. My God give you the strength to get you through this difficult time.

Posted by Sandy Frederick-Spicuzza - hanson, MA - Friend   February 22, 2020

Marsha & Family,
Sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers

Posted by Loretta Bishop-Nelson - Rockland, MA - Friend   February 21, 2020

Dear Marsha and Family,

Please accept my deepest condolences at the loss of your Mom. May the memories of a life well lived sustain and keep you in the days and weeks to come.

Fondly,
Kathy Botelho

Posted by Kathleen Botelho Kawa - Whitman, MA - Classmate   February 21, 2020

Dear Marsha and family, So sorry for your loss. I remember her as a lovely, warm woman. Thank you so much for bringing me into your home and family in Rockland Ma at the age of 18. You will be in my thoughts now and the days to come Love, wills

Posted by wills langedijk - AMSTERDAM - Classmate   February 20, 2020


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