June 16, 1925 ~ October 16, 2020

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: Hamden, Connecticut

Blanche Helen Dest, 95, wife of the late Joseph Dest, passed away at Yale-New Haven Hospital on October 16, 2020, with her loving children by her side. Born in New Haven on June 16, 1925 to the late Pasquale and Mary Franco Denegris.  A lifelong resident of Hamden, Blanche had worked as a seamstress for J. Press in New Haven. She and her family worked at the concessions at Quigley Stadium and the Yale sporting facilities for many years. In 1985, she joined the cafeteria staff at Hamden Hall Country Day School and worked until the age of 89.  Besides being a talented seamstress, Blanche was skilled in knitting and crocheting and loved gardening. She loved her antiques and going to flea markets and tag sales. Most of all, she was happiest at home spending time with her family and friends, cooking and baking and making her “famous pizza.”

Blanche will be lovingly missed and remembered by her children, Vanna Dest and John Dest, both of Hamden; her Yorkie, Bunky as well as her nieces, nephews, and close friends.  Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her siblings-Gaetano “Guy,” James, and Jenny Denegris, Palmie Eadevito, and Angie Guglielmo.

Her children would like to especially thank Blanche’s daytime professional caregiver, Tonya Miller, who lovingly took care of their mom for the past year.  Also, to the staff of the Smilow Cancer Hospital Supportive Care Unit and the Palliative Care Team for the wonderful care they provided to Blanche during her last week.

Friends may visit with her family on Tuesday, October 20th from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden.   A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church followed by her burial in All Saints Cemetery.  Contributions in her memory may be made to Smilow Cancer Hospital, www.givetoynhh.org.



Visitation: October 20, 2020 9:00 - 10:30 am

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


Mass of Christian Burial: October 20, 2020 11:00 am

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
2819 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


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  1. Vanna and John, I am very sorry for your loss. I will be unable to attend the service, but want you to know I was thinking of you

  2. I lit a candle with these tears in my eyes she is my best friend may you rest peacefully in my heart forever my condolences is with John and Vonna Bunky and I will attend

  3. Vanna and family so very sorry for the loss of your Mom. I am sure she was amazing because her daughter is amazing. RIP …. hugs, love and prayers.

  4. Blanche was a wonderful and generous friend. I will always remember the paper plates piled high with home baked treats that my mom would bring home after their visits together. After my mom stopped driving, I would take her to visit Blanche at home. And when I came to pick mom up, Blanche would hand me plates of treats piled high. My favorite plate was covered in foil, containing an entire home made pizza, sliced up, that she would hand to me with a sparkle, and she would say, “Now, this plate is for you!” A wink and a kiss always followed. “And you don’t have to share with your mother because she ate plenty today. We saved this for you.”

    Blanche had a way of making everyone feel loved and special.

  5. Vanna you have been an exceptional daughter , caregiver and true advocate for your Mom. A champion in my eyes, you have had your share of loss and grief and handled it all with such Grace. I pray you take some time for yourself to reflect and renew . Prayers for peace and comfort for you and your brother. You are a caring friend and your support always appreciated. Love to you ❤️

  6. Vanna and family, we are very sorry to hear of Blanche’s passing. We had the pleasure of meeting Blanche, but more so heard the lovely stories Vanna told–and saw Vanna’s face light up as she told those stories. May those memories and stories continue to light your lives.

  7. To Vanna and John, Lynne and I would like to send our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mom.
    May she Rest In Peace.

  8. Vanna, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was so lucky to have you and your brother to care for her in her need.
    Please let me know if I can do anything for you,

  9. Dear Jumbo,

    Geri and I wish to express our sincere condolences for the loss of your mother. May you find peace in all the beautiful memories you have.


  10. Vanna and family, I am so sorry about the passing of Blanche. Vanna, how blessed she was to have you as a daughter! You are an amazing person. You are in my prayers.


  11. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on Blanche’s passing. Blanche and I enjoyed many laughs together over her many years at Hamden Hall, and left many warm memories with me. She was just a wonderful person to know.

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