Queens, NY- Blanche Hattie Guitano, 92, died of natural causes June 17, 2021, at her place of
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residence. Blanche was born November 5, 1928, in Lunenburg County, Virginia, the daughter of
George E. and Mary E. (Dodson) Epps.
Blanche graduated Class of 1941 from Girls High School in Brooklyn, NY. Following graduation,
she began to work at Woolworth’s Department Store. She later met her husband, Whitney
Guitano, in Brooklyn, NY. Blanche and Whitney were married for 27 years. After the death of
her beloved Whitney, Blanche worked diligently to maintain their household, continued to care
for and guide their three sons. Her dedication to her family was admirable. Blanche Guitano
retired from the New York Telephone Company after 30 years. Several years after retirement,
she moved back to Chase City, Virginia where she lived for over 20 years. In 2016, she moved
back to the home she and Whitney purchased in Queens, NY.
Blanche was predeceased by both her parents; husband Whitney Guitano; son Anton Guitano
and daughter in law, Leslie Guitano, son Ricardo Guitano; lifelong partner Arthur B. King;
siblings Billy Epps, Bea Gordon and Lawrence Epps. Surviving is son Glenn Louis Guitano and his
wife Migdalia (Valentin) Guitano of Queens; daughter-in-law, Eileen Guitano; five
grandchildren, Chanda Guitano-Stephens and spouse Bernard Stephens, Jessica Mascoll and
spouse Michael Mascoll, Charlena Guitano, Jennifer Smith and spouse Cory Smith, and Jason
Guitano; ten great grandchildren, Sydney Mascoll, Amira Glover, Aleesa Glover, Nathan
Mascoll, Alani Stephens, Landyn Stephens, Jade Smith, Tyler Stephens, Liam McAuley and
Jordan Smith; two sisters Gladys Pedesco, and Christine Tutt; one brother Joseph Epps; and
many nieces and nephews.
Blanche was loved by all and was a true matriarch. She will be missed.