Julie Marie (Plante) Blanchard, 62-year-old resident of Baxter, MN, passed away on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at her residence. A private family gathering took place to celebrate Julie’s life at the First Lutheran Church in Little Falls. She will be buried at the Fort Ripley Cemetery. Caring for Julie and her family is the Shelley Funeral Chapel of Little Falls. Julie Plante was born to Gale and Marlys (Handeland) Plante on December 28, 1958 in Brainerd, MN. She was the oldest of four siblings. Julie attended and graduated from Brainerd High School and Bethel University. She worked as an x-ray technician at the VA hospital in Minneapolis, Bremer Bank in Brainerd, USPS in Brainerd, and was a counselor for the State of Minnesota. She married Rick Blanchard on December 21, 1996. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Little Falls, APWU American Postal Workers Union, ‘Greeting Optional’ Book Club, and Prayer group. Julie was an avid reader and passionate about holistic health. Julie is survived by her two children, Nick (Emily) Fitch of Brainerd and Jolene (Jeremy) Cherne; parents, Gale and Marlys (Handeland) Plante of Ft. Ripley; siblings, Charles Plante of Ft. Ripley, Curt (Janice) Plante of Ft. Ripley, Linda (Chuck) Ackerman of Rice; niece, Renee (Chad) Mc Kay; nephews, Brian Plante, Jackson and Spencer Ackerman; five grandchildren and many close and dear friends. Julie was preceded in death by her husband, Rick Blanchard.
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