Breaux Bridge - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am, on Monday, October 12, 2015, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breaux Bridge, for Paul Blanchard, 82, who passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at St. Agnes Health Care & Rehab Center.
The family requests that visiting hours be observed at the funeral home from 3:30 pm until 9:00 pm on Sunday, and continue on Monday at 7:00 am until 10:30 am.
A rosary will be prayed at 7:00 pm on Sunday.
Rev. Brian Webre will officiate at the Mass of Christian Burial. Scriptures will be read by Nicole Blanchard. Gift bearers will be Tanner Blanchard and Bryson Blanchard. Interment will follow at St. Bernard Cemetery No. 2 in Breaux Bridge.
Paul served in the Army as a paratrooper and was an 82nd Airborne Veteran. He was a devout Catholic and would go to the Adoration Chapel. Paul served as an usher at St. Bernard Catholic Church. He was a member of the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus, and also served as treasurer for the Holy Name Society.
His favorite things to do were genealogy and gardening. He enjoyed being with his family and friends, and would always enjoy a cup of coffee and visiting. Paul will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his sons, Richard Blanchard and his wife, Julie, Tommy Blanchard and his wife, Nicole and Blaine Blanchard; his daughters, Etheline Blanchard Dupuy and Eva Dale Fontenot and her husband, Mark; his sister, Ann Dupuis and her husband, Adley; his grandchildren, Ashley Nicole Dupuy, Kenneth Bailey Dupuy, Lauren Blanchard, Caitlin Blanchard, Lucas Blanchard, Craig Paul Devillier, Christopher Devillier, Rena Devillier Romero, Tanner Blanchard, Jillian Blanchard, Jana Blanchard, Amber Blanchard, Bryson Blanchard; his step grandchildren, Rachelle Guillory, Danielle Fontenot, Miles Fontenot and Kylie Bergeron; 16 great-grandchildren and his estranged wife, Betty Q. Blanchard .
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Valentine Landry Blanchard; his brothers, Vincent and Harris Blanchard; his first wife, Rhena Caillier Blanchard; his grandchild, Brock Blanchard and great-granddaughter, Mya Devillier.
Pallbearers will be Ashley Nicole Dupuy, Kenneth Bailey Dupuy, Lucas Blanchard, Christopher Devillier, Blaise Dupuis and Mark Fontenot.
In Lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to Hospice of Acadiana in Paul's name.
Pellerin Funeral Home of Breaux Bridge, 211 Berard St., Breaux Bridge, Louisiana 70517, (337-332-2111) is in charge of arrangements.