Archive - Dec 7, 2011
SPC Christopher L. Mendonca
PAWTUCKET â€“ SPC Christopher L. Mendonca, 20, a beloved son of Domingas G. (DePina) Mendonca and Luis Mendonca, passed away in New York on Sunday, December 4, 2011 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident while on leave from the U.S. Army. He was an Operation Enduring Freedom veteran of the United States Army, Company B, 2-8 Infantry, 2nd BCT, 4th ID, Fort Carson, Colorado.
Elizabeth Hunter Wells
ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA-Elizabeth Hunter Wells, 91, died Tuesday December 6, 2011 in Rochester, Minnesota, where she had lived for the past five years. She was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the daughter of the late James Whyte and Margaret Whyte. She married Lloyd Alvin Wells, and they had a 56-year marriage. She was an insurance executive, serving as vice-president of Starkweather and Shepley for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her sister, Jean MacLaren Young.
John James Reilly
CUMBERLAND - John James Reilly, 85, of Amherst Street, passed away Tuesday at home. He was the husband of Rosemary (Hogue) Reilly. They had recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.
Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Francis and Mary (Burns) Reilly. He resided in Cumberland for over 50 years, previously residing in Providence.
Mr. Reilly was employed as a jewelry toolmaker for the B.A. Ballou Company for 40 years, until his retirement.
CENTRAL FALLS - Wendi Torres, 37, passed December 7th. She was the wife of Rene Torres.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of Daniel Hardy and the late Claire (St. Jean) Hardy.
Besides her husband, she is survived by 4 children, Jessica Gregory, and Rene Torres Jr., Jordan Torres and Edwin Torres.
Eleven siblings, Glenn, Peter, Susan, Gary, Michael, Daniel, Jennifer and Amy Laramee, Daniel and Scott Hardy and James Feley, 2 grandchildren, Alexandra and Lilliana Barboza, and many nieces and nephews.
Blanche M. Shorter
CUMBERLAND - Blanche M. (Pineau) Shorter, 79, of Kimberly Court, passed away Tuesday in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of Guy S. Shorter Sr.
She resided in Cumberland for the past 45 years, previously residing in Pawtucket.
Mrs. Shorter was employed as a quality control operator for the former Crystal Thermal Plastics Company for many years.
She loved her family, and most of all enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
CUMBERLAND - Manuel A. Luis, 61, of Forest Ave. passed away Tuesday in the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Eva M. (Mendes) Luis.
Born in Porto de Covoes, Portugal he was the son of Maria (Odete) Luis of Cumberland and the late Manuel Dos Santos Luis. He came to this country in 1968 settling in Cumberland.
He was employed by the Stern-Leach Co., Attleboro for the past 16 years. He was previously the owner of CDS Liquors, Providence for 8 years.
PAWTUCKET - John Miguel, 53, passed unexpectedly December 6th. He was the husband of Consolacion (Loreto) Miguel.
Born in Providence, a son of Shirley (Preston) Miguel and the late Joao Miguel.
He had been employed by Key Container of Pawtucket for 34 years and also served as their Union President.
Besides his wife he is survived by 4 sons, John, James, Shawn and Charles Miguel, 2 step children, Jesse Souza and Samantha Duong, 13 grandchildren and a sister, Janice Clark.