Joseph Le Blanc, 1926-2016

Published 9:55 am Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Joseph A. Le Blanc Jr., 90, of Albert Lea passed away Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at home under hospice care.

Joseph was born Sept. 2, 1926, to Joseph A. Sr. and Hilda Le Blanc in Chicago, where he attended school and played clarinet in the band. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp in August 1944 as a radio operator and was honorably discharged April 1947 with the rank of sergeant. Joseph was

Joseph Le Blanc

Joseph Le Blanc

united in marriage to Bernice Chmielewski Oct. 8, 1955, in Chicago. They lived in Chicago and Glen Ellyn, Illinois, until 1988 when they moved to Albert Lea for the good life. They were married for 55 years until the loss of Bernice in July 2010.

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Joseph was a consulting engineer in the High Vacuum Pump industry from 1957 to 2002 with many inventions and patents.

Joseph is survived by his children Dawn Le Blanc, Guy (Audrey) Le Blanc and Gayle (Don) Bennett; brother, Duwayne (Mary) Le Blanc; grandchildren Michelle (Bill), Danielle (Shane), Ryan, Adam, Robin (Andrew), Brandon, Jason, Brian, Jon and Jolene; and great-grandchildren Alex, Sarah, Samuel, Annara, Noah, Olivia, Riley, Kyleigh, Madisyn Caleb and Amara.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Bernice; and brother, Marcellin.

Per Joseph’s request and wishes there will be no funeral services. A private family service will occur during interment at Graceland Cemetery with military honors accorded by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars honor guards. The family thanks Albert Lea Hospice Care. Online condolences are welcome at