PORTAGE LAKE – Blanche Yelle, 80, died June 16, 2012, at a Presque Isle hospital. She was born June 19, 1931, in Fall River, Mass., daughter of Napoleon and Malvina (Desmarais) Boucher.
She had worked for many years at a medical supply manufacturing company in Massachusetts. Blanche and her husband relocated to Portage Lake 19 years ago. She was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, Unit 9699, Ashland. She also was a member of Over 50 Club, Portage Lake; Ashland Senior Citizens Club; and Red Hat Society.
She is survived by her husband, Albert M. Yelle of Portage Lake; two daughters, Jeannine Babbitt, and Debrah Joyce and husband, Tony, all of Marion, Ind.; one son, Richard Bryant and wife, Chris, of Anderson, Ind.; one sister, Rose Ferreira of Tampa, Fla.; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by four sisters and two brothers.
Relatives and friends may call 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Stimson-Ouellette Funeral Home, 114 Exchange St., Ashland, where a funeral service will be held 4 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. William Harris officiating. Interment will be at a later date at Portage Lake Municipal Cemetery. Those who wish may contribute in her memory to Central Aroostook Humane Society, 23 Cross St., Presque Isle, ME 04769. To leave online condolences, please visit