May 25th, 2012
CENTRAL FALLS - Rhea E. (Lizotte) Benoit, aged 100, passed into eternal life on May 24. She was the beloved wife of the late Emile Benoit.
Born in Central Falls on July 12, 1911, she was the daughter of the John and Reina (Dupuis) Lizotte. She was pre-deceased by her three siblings, Germaine Dube, Roland A. Lizotte, and Jeannette Lizotte.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Although her current Hollywood lifestyle is a far cry from the hardscrabble neighborhood where she grew up, Viola Davis credits this place and its people with making her the highly successful actor that she is today. â€śCentral Falls makes up in heart what it lacks in size,â€ť she told an auditorium filled with graduating seniors and alumni at Central Falls High School on Thursday, prompting an eruption of applause.
PAWTUCKET - Mildred L. Pitera 77, passed away Monday May 21, 2012 at Trinity Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Woonsocket where she was a resident for the past 5 months.
Born in Pawtucket she was a beloved daughter of the late Stanislaw and Julia
Before retiring Mildred was employed as a Metal Products Coordinator for Texas Instruments of Attleboro for 40 years.
She leaves one loving sister Adella O. Porada of Cumberland, nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Walter Pitera.
A private funeral will be held at the convenience of the family.
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite a lot of concerns and grumbling by residents about a proposed budget that could result in an 80-cent per $1,000 property tax increase, only a small number of people turned out Wednesday night to speak to city officials about it.
CUMBERLAND - Fay D. Moss, 52, of Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at home.
Born in Pawtucket, RI she was the daughter of Faye (Caouette) Petel and the late Charles Petel.
She is survived by two sons; Marc Levasseur and David Levasseur, four daughters; Dawn Barone, Christine Oquendo, Amber Murzi and Katherine Moss, three sisters; Hope Callahan, Doris Widart and Tammy Phalen, eleven grandchildren and two great grandsons.
PROVIDENCE â€” Tolman High had just earned an easier-than-expected 3-0 triumph over Central on Tuesday night, and with it virtually sealed up the second-place slot in Division II-North, but veteran head coach Neil Nachbar was hardly satisfied with his squad's overall performance.
PAWTUCKET â€” It's been a rough first season for the fledgling St. Raphael Academy program, but Tuesday night made it all worthwhile.
Maybe the number 13 is lucky, after all.
After that amount of losses, the Saints earned its first-ever varsity volleyball triumph with a 3-1 Division II-North decision over Lincoln High at the Alumni & Wellness Center, and the squad commemorated it appropriately.
PAWTUCKET â€” Wednesday night, residents will have a chance to weigh in on Mayor Donald Grebien's proposed operating budget for the upcoming fiscal yearâ€”a spending plan that would require an 80-cent tax increase per $1,000 of assessed valuation for homeowners. A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers on the third floor of Pawtucket City Hall at 137 Roosevelt Ave.
Members of the newly formed Burns Manor Garden Club, sponsored by the Pawtucket Housing Authority, gather with some of the plantings that will go into four new raised beds and become part of a beautification project for the grounds of the seniors complex. Pictured from left: Linda Flanagan, Doris Normandin, Gloria Beauvais, Julia Fitton, Gloria Barrows, Jeannette Flanagan, Ernie Paquin, Terry McAloon, PHA executive director Steve Vadnais, Doris Sirois, Julio Ramos, Fortunato Dossantos, Peggy Mon, Connie Santos, Joe Santos, Maria Cabral, Lou Mossor, Beth Roberge, and Sandy Battersby.
NORFOLK, Va. â€” The Pawtucket Red Sox broke a 2-2 draw by scoring twice in the top of the seventh inning and held on for a rain-shortened 5-3 victory over the Norfolk Tides on Tuesday afternoon for a split of their four-game series at Harbor Park.
Jonathan Hee led off the seventh with a single to right and Pedro Ciriaco followed with a double to right to put runners in scoring position.
A groundout to shortstop by Jose Iglesias allowed Hee to speed home with the go-ahead run, and Ryan Lavarnway doubled to right to drive in Ciriaco.
CUMBERLAND - Raymond D. Kelleher, 56, of High St. departed this earth and the empire he built on Monday at home.
Born in Central Falls he was the son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Renaud) Kelleher. He was a life long Cumberland resident.
He was an auto body repairman his entire life. Ray was an avid pool player and also loved going to and watching NESC Motocross racing. For many years he could also be seen traveling up and down Broad St. and High St. in his favorite Chevelle.
CENTRAL FALLS - RITA I. Romenski RN 89, passed away Sunday May 20, 2012. She was the loving wife of the late Bernard "BENNY" Romenski.
Born in Pawtucket she was the beloved daughter of the late Cyrias and Aurore (Frechette) Letourneau. She lived in Central Falls for the past 60 years.
She was co-owner and Secretary of the Karol A. Romenski & Sons Funeral Home of Central Falls.
Rita was a Registered Nurse and did private duty nursing for several years. She was a Registered Nurse for 68 years.
SEEKONK - Gertrude (Thiemann) Milbourne, 101, formerly of Seekonk, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late William Milbourne.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Gustave and Maria (Werner) Thiemann, she moved to Seekonk in 1969. Mrs. Milbourne had been employed by Texas Instruments, Attleboro until retiring in 1966, and was previously employed by the former Darlington Textile Company. She was a former member of the Darlington Congregational Church.
CUMBERLAND - Maria Izilda (Rebelo) Rodrigues, 82, of Forest Ave., passed away Monday at the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. She was the wife of the late Jose Rodrigues.
Born in Quintal, Portugal she was the daughter of the late Luis and Maria (Jose) Rebelo. Mrs. Rodrigues came to this country in 1970 settling in Cumberland for the past 42 years.
She was a machine operator for the former SpinTex Company for many years, and later was employed by Chadwicks Yarn Company until her retirement.
She was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
NORTON - Raymond N. Emmott, 81, formerly of Norton, MA and Pawtucket, RI passed away on Monday, May 21, 2012.
PAWTUCKET â€” It's official: an assistant principal at Middletown High School who began his career as a mathematics teacher will take over the helm of the William E. Tolman High School starting July 1.
Christopher Savastano, of Jamestown, was unanimously appointed as principal by the School Committee at its May 15 meeting. Savastano was the top choice of Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke and a search committee, and he was also interviewed by the School Committee.
CUMBERLAND â€” The Cumberland school community will come together May 29 to honor the 35 students who finished in the the top 10 percent of their graduating class .
Those students include Cumberland High School Class of 2012 Valedictorian Katilyn S. Krajanowski and Salutatorian Gabriella K. Cottiero.
The top 10 graduates will be honored at the annual Cumberland High School Distinguished Scholars Ceremony to be held Tuesday, May 29 at 9:15 a.m. in the front foyer of the high Shhool.
ATTLEBORO - Roger R. Paille, 72, of Richard Street, Attleboro, passed peacefully on Sunday, May 20, 2012 in the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence, Rhode Island. He was the beloved husband of Donna M. (Chagnon) Paille.
Born in Attleboro on June 24, 1939, he was a son of Lou (Raposa) Paille and the late Raymond Paille. Roger was educated in Attleboro schools and was a member of the Sea Scouts in earlier days.
NORTH ATTLEBORO - Valmore L. LaFontaine, 80, formerly of North Attleboro, died on Sunday. He was the husband of 37 years of the late Joyce Marie (Arnold) LaFontaine.
Born in Pawtucket on March 25, 1932, he was a son of the late Valmore L. and Blanche Mary (Gavlick) LaFontaine. Raised in South Attleboro, he was a graduate of St. Raphael Academy, College of Holy Cross and earned his Master's in Education from Providence College.
PAWTUCKET - Raymond R. Degre, 71 of Pawtucket died Friday at the Miriam Hospital surrounded by his wife and seven children. He was the husband of Ruth (St. Jean) Degre.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Hormisdas and Jeannette (Fontaine) Belanger, and stepson of Norman Belanger. Raymond was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket.
Prior to his retirement he worked as a security guard for Stern Leach Precious Metals in Attleboro.