Archive - 2013
PAWTUCKET - Gertrude Bechard, 94, passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2013. She was the wife of the late Joseph Bechard. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Louisina (Desaillier) Lamarre.
Getrude is survived by her daughter, Lorraine Foehr, and her granddaughter, Lisa Foehr. She was predeceased by several brothers and sisters.
Her funeral will be private. For online condolences,
Arrangements by the Prata Funeral Home.
Armand O. Janelle
PAWTUCKET - Armand "Chipo" O. Janelle, 92, passed away Monday, August 26, 2013. He was the beloved husband of the late Alice L. (Tetreault) Janelle. Born in the Hebronville section of Attleboro, a son of the late Domino and Felicite (Brousseau) Janelle, he resided in Pawtucket since 1947.
On Thursday, August 22, 2013, SOPHIE "SALLY" DZIJA, (nee KANACZET), 95; beloved wife of the late Theodore Dzija, devoted mother of Sandra Dzija and her husband Andrew Miller of Baltimore, and Alan Dzija and his wife Marcia Dzija of New York City; loving grandmother of Amy (Timothy) Driscoll, Emily (Matthew) Flowers, Andrew (Genevieve) Dzija, Ben Miller and Ezra Miller; cherished great-grandmother of Madeleine Driscoll, Timothy Driscoll, Grace Flowers, Melody Flowers, Eliott Dzija, and Charles Dzija. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
William A. Cheek
PAWTUCKET - William A. Cheek, "Bill" 76, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on August 23rd. He was the husband of Lillian (Donato) Cheek. They had been married for 53 years.
Bill was an oil truck driver for many years and then worked for Peterson Puritan before retiring. Besides his wife he is survived by three daughters, Maryann Bray, Deborah Britt and Brenda Veverios, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
On the surface, Xander Bogaerts is this yearâs answer to Baltimoreâs Manny Machado. Both are talented 20-year-olds with left-side-of-the-infield pedigree who have skyrocketed up the organizational ladder, each making their respective debut on an American League East squad during the height of a playoff race.
CENTRAL FALLS â Itâs the Super Bowl of fashion design, and Josamir Torres of Central Falls will be there taking her fashion design skills from the classroom to the runway.
Torres, a 2008 graduate of Central Falls High School, is one of 10 student designers at The Art Institute of New York City who have been selected to bring their fashions to the industryâs largest stage â the semiannual New York Fashion Week, one of four major fashion weeks held around the world.
LINCOLN â Starting out as a freshman student in high school can be much easier if there are a few familiar faces at the school when the first day of school arrives.
Thatâs why Lincoln High School Principal Kevin McNamara, staff members of the school and upperclassmen were out in the schoolâs parking lot on Wednesday for the annual Freshmen Roar night.
Freshmen and their parents could meet the studentsâ teachers, take a tour of the high school, and also sign up for extracurricular activities such as sports or afterschool clubs.
PROVIDENCE â With his brick-solid, 6-foot-6-inch frame and fiery spirit, one could liken Roger Bacon to a big industrial furnace. However, due to a series of medical and personal setbacks suffered in recent years, including losing part of a foot due to infection, the blaze in that furnace had all but gone out.
Now, thanks primarily to the work of two caring physical therapists at Summit Commons Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, the 50-year-old Bacon is all fired up again and ready to embrace the next phase of his adult life with gusto.
CUMBERLAND â The last time Chris Magill ran in the âYoâ Raymond Memorial 5K, he was on the losing end of the closest finish in the raceâs seven-year history.
In the 2011 event, Louis Raffetto of South Boston, Mass. edged the Cumberland native by a mere second, storming past Magill with less than a tenth of a mile to go to claim the thriller in a 16:39 time.
LINCOLN â A Manville manâs pit bull was listed as having killed one small dog owned by a local woman and severely injured another during an attack on the two pets at the Enrico Caruso Club parking lot Thursday.
By RUSS OLIVO
WOONSOCKET â During the height of flu season in 2011, Denneese Seale was a weary, sleep-deprived woman.
The mother of four from Dawn Boulevard was doing her best to tend to a wave of upper respiratory illness sweeping through her family. She was staying up late and repeatedly invoking the germ-control mantra: âCough into your elbow! Cough into your elbow!â
There had to be a better way.
PROVIDENCE â The Rhode Island State Police, and other law enforcement agencies across the state are cooperating to provide backpacks and school supplies to disadvantaged students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. State Police Col. Stephen OâDonnell said this year, the fifth year the program has been in operation, they will be handing out 1,200 backpacks filled with pencils, crayons, rulers and other basic school supplies, as well as items such as tissues, paper towels, and hand sanitizer for use by the entire class. That is 450 more backpacks than were given out last year.
Sandra E. Caraman Azadim
PAWTUCKET - Sandra E. Caraman Azadim, 68, of Pawtucket, passed away Saturday, August 17, 2013. She was the wife of Lachen Azadim. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Pauline (Richard) Griffin.
She is survived by three children, Lana Mulrath, David Caraman, and his wife Lisa, and Daniel Azadim, four grandchildren, Ben Amanda, and Rebecca Mulrath, and David Caraman Jr., three sisters, Nancy O'Neill and her husband J. Edward, Celia Kemp and her husband John, and Susan Rayball, and one brother, Edward Griffin.
Merilda L. Roy
PAWTUCKET - Merilda L. (Baron) Roy, passed away Thursday, August 22, 2013. She was the beloved wife of Robert H. Roy for fifty-five years. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Adalbert and Annette (Tanguay) Baron. Merilda had been employed by the Paramount Card Company.
Henry T. Fugere
PAWTUCKET - Henry T. Fugere, 89, passed on August 22nd. He was the husband of Yvonne A. (Perron) Fugere. They had been married for 65 years.
Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Philias T. and Beatrice H. (Picard) Fugere.
He had been employed at RI Hospital for over 20 years retiring in 1988. He was an Army veteran of WWII, a former post commander of Amvets Post 33, American Legion Post 45 and former president of the Pawtucket Veterans Council. Henry enjoyed working on model airplanes.
Tony Collins, a former running back with the New England Patriots, talks to the student-athletes at Central Falls High School about his life in the NFL, dealing with substance abuse and its life-changing repercussions, along with what it truly takes to be successful during a visit to the schoolâs auditorium on Wednesday.
EAST PROVIDENCE â The injured worker hospitalized after an explosion and fire at a wood pellet factory on Ferris Avenue Tuesday was one of a dozen employees working at the plant when the fire, now believed to have been sparked by an explosion triggered by combustible dust, broke out.
Agnes S. Piasecki
PAWTUCKET - Agnes S. Piasecki, 91, passed away Wednesday August 21, 2013 at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island. She was the beloved wife of the late Stanley Piasecki.
Born in Worcester, MA she was a daughter of the late Kostanty and Agnes ( Drapala ) Grala. She was a life long resident of Pawtucket.
Mrs. Piasecki leaves her loving family, one daughter Claudia J. Zajchowski and her husband John of Florida and James Piasecki and his wife Patricia of Lincoln, five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, one sister Genevieve Kay of Pawtucket, nieces and nephews.
PAWTUCKET â As PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina and pitching coach Rich Sauveur deftly explained, there are certain and significant areas that require Anthony Ranaudoâs attention.
Mind you this particular topic has nothing to do with Ranaudoâs ability to throw a baseball. In the promising righthanderâs case, what DiSarcina and Sauveur are implying is that Ranaudo comprehends the importance of his âotherâ duties, such as fielding the position and holding runners.
PROVIDENCE â Perhaps thereâs no way getting around it. Coming up with a realignment proposal that soothes the Rhode Island Interscholastic Leagueâs masses is not as simple or straightforward as snapping oneâs fingers.
That said, a few ruffled feathers has not impeded the realignment committee branch of the Rhode Island Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (RIIAAA) from coming up with a solution that on the surface could help foster the kind of harmony that has been elusive whenever this particular topic is mentioned.