June 4th, 2012
Anna Belle Lapalme
PAWTUCKET- Anna Belle Lapalme, 85 of Pawtucket, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2012. She was the wife of the late Roland "Red" Lapalme.
Born in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Margaret (Norris) McGreaves.
She is survived by a daughter, Sally Zona, and her son-in-law, John Zona, who she considered her own son. She was the sister of the late Sally Prete.
The funeral and burial will be private. Arrangements by the Costigan-O'Neill Funeral Home. www.rifuneral.com
Sr. Jeannette Joinville
MARLBOROUGH- Sr. Jeannette Joinville, a Sister of St. Anne, known in religion as Sister Marie Eveline of Jesus, died at the age of 98 at Marie Esther Health Center in this city on June 3, 2012. She was in the 77th year of the religious life.
She was the daughter of the late Theodore and Evelina (Lefebvre) Joinville of Central Falls, RI. She completed both her elementary and high school education at Notre Dame School in Central Falls and continued her studies at Anna Maria College, Paxton.
CUMBERLAND- Felisbela (Duarte) Bernardo "VOVO", 96, of Old Mendon Road, and previously Geldard Street, passed away Sunday in the Holiday Retirement Center, Lincoln. She was the wife of the late Francisco Bernardo.
Born in Aores, Celorico da Beira, Portugal, she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Maria Adelaide (Martins) Duarte. She moved to this country in 1931 settling in Cumberland.
PAWTUCKET- Roseanna (Lambert) Messier-Bechard passed peacefully with her loving family by her side on June 2nd. She was the wife of the late Omer Messier and Hubert Bechard.
She recently celebrated her 98th birthday while receiving exceptional care at the Pawtucket Skilled Nursing.
Born in North Providence, a daughter of the late Leon and Agnes (Chartier) Lambert.
Roseanna had worked many years at the State of RI Medical Center before retiring.
PAWTUCKET- Palmieri, Ruth (Grant) of Pawtucket died peacefully at home on June 1st. 2012. She was the wife of the late Ralph A. Palmieri. Daughter of the the late Thomas J. and Ruth M. (Duchaine) Grant. Sister of the late Ethel C.Barry and Margaret T. Wild. Aunt of the late Ethel F. Barry and John J. Barry.
PROVIDENCE â Central Falls High senior Steve Vazquez and Cumberland junior Trevor Crawley maintained vastly different outlooks about reigning in their respective individual events at Sunday's Rhode Island Interscholastic Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Vazquez had just captured the high jump crown with a leap of 6 feet, eight inches at Brown Stadium, yet he sat virtually alone on a steel bench, shedding tears, just yards away from the bar that failed him.
PAWTUCKET â Woonsocket Highâs answer to grace under fire was one cool customer on Sunday afternoon.
With her team locked in a scoreless duel against Tolman High, senior Kelsey Boucher changed the playoff fate of two teams with one mighty poke. Her solo home run in the sixth inning â one that hit the top of the fence at Slater Parkâs Al Bailey Field before bouncing over â proved to be the deciding factor in the seventh-seeded Villa Novansâ 1-0 upset victory against the Tigers, the No. 2 in the Division II double-elimination tournament.
WOONSOCKET â A runner turning onto Mount St. Charles Avenue encounters a hill that only gets steeper, more challenging the farther the runner travels up it. It is only when the runner crests the top near Mount St. Charles Academy that the reward, a wide-ranging view of the land around the school, can be claimed.
A similar challenge faced the 196 members of the Class of 2012 graduating from Mount on Sunday when they began their studies at the private high school operated by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.
CENTRAL FALLS â Saying it heralds a ânew period in Central Fallsâ recovery,â Gov. Lincoln Chafee has appointed John F. McJennett III, as the cityâs new receiver, replacing the controversial Robert Flanders.
McJennett is the former executive director of DEPCO (Rhode Island Depositors Economic Protection Corporation), the stateâs response to the credit union crisis.
PAWTUCKET â Sixteen-year-old Ryan Gomes patiently points out the parts of a guitar to 6-year-old Chris Brunetti, while the younger boy balances an instrument that is almost bigger than he is on his lap. âWhat's this?â asks Gomes, pointing to the neck of the guitar. âWhat are these?â he asks next, fingering the frets and strumming a few chords. Brunetti supplies the correct answers, smiling back at Gomes with obvious pride.
PROVIDENCE â There were T.J. Sorrentine and Mike Martin, two longtime buddies sitting Thursday night in a restaurant on Thayer Street. Earlier that day, it was revealed that Martin would be returning to his alma mater as the menâs basketball head coach at Brown University.
PAWTUCKET â Perhaps three minutes after Tolman High had suffered a 3-1 loss to Westerly at Ted McConnon Memorial Field on Friday afternoon, skipper Theo Murray jogged out to left field where his players, as is the norm, already had congregated.
He spoke with them for another five or six minutes, then followed his somewhat-dejected Tigers back to their third-base dugout.
âI just told the kids that our pitcher did his job, and our defense did its job,â Murray stated matter-of-factly. âI also said that our bats, unfortunately, let us down.â
LINCOLN â The sixth time was the charm.
After watching a successful season get cut short in the Division III semifinal round in each of the last five years, Davies took a torch to the history books and finally earned the right to play for a state championship.
A 10-run uprising in the home half of the second inning, sparked by a grand slam home run to center field by Madison Cooper, and another remarkable outing by ace pitcher Madison Goodhart were the keys to the Patriotsâ 15-2 triumph over Central Falls on Friday afternoon.
Gary S. Larocque
GLOCESTER- Larocque, Gary S., 56, passed away suddenly Thursday May 31, 2012 at home. He was the devoted husband of Paulette F. (Coutu) Larocque.
He was born in Providence, a son of Doris (Marceau) Larocque of Rumford and the late William Larocque.
Michael J. Martin
LINCOLN- Martin, Michael J., 52, of Lincoln, passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2012 surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Isabel Barbeitos Martin.
Born in Central Falls, he was the son of Bernard R. Martin (Eleanor) and Joan (Ferland) Martin (John Syman).
Lucille M. Humes
EAST PROVIDENCE- Lucille M. (Messier) Humes, 79, formerly of Rumford, passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2012. She was the former wife of the late George R. Humes.
Born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Arthur J. and Rose O. (Lague) Messier, she resided in the Rumford section of East Providence most of her life.
Lucille was employed in the Recreation Department of the East Providence City Hall for ten years until retiring.
PROVIDENCE â A House Finance Committee meeting to unveil the General Assemblyâs 2013 budget was delayed by about four hours Thursday due to last-minute wrangling about what would be in and out of the final document.
There was good news and bad news for hard pressed cities and towns in the budget, which will be debated and voted on by the full House of Representatives next Thursday.
Central Falls will receive a $2.6 million allocation to ease some of the harsher provisions of the cityâs plan to emerge from bankruptcy.
PAWTUCKET â Sure, the two-run inside-the-park home run by junior Jordyn Klemanchuck was mightily impressive. So too was the double off the bat of classmate Olivia Larson.
Yet ask Tolman head coach Craig Giarrusso about what stood out about the six runs his team exploded for in the fifth inning of Thursdayâs Division II single-elimination contest against South Kingstown and heâll gladly point to the little things.
NORTH PROVIDENCE â Fresh off of a 1-0 win in the 12th inning of its playoff opener against Middletown, No. 8 seeded Cumberland continued its impressive playoff run with a 6-2 upset win over No. 1 seeded North Providence on Thursday afternoon.
The Cougars had won the previous two meetings between these two teams -- 4-2 at home and 6-2 at Cumberland -- but the Clippers got the win when it mattered most, in the playoffs.
CUMBERLAND - Aurelia R. "Cookie" Bousquet, 87, died Tuesday at Grandview Center. She was the wife of the late Joseph E. Bousquet.
Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late John H. and Rosalie (Dumais) Clang.
Cookie had been employed as a brass bobbin winder for the former Central Lace Co. She later worked for American Textile and B &D Yarn Co. until her retirement in 1977.