Archive - Dec 2012 - Obituary
Helene Anne Rebello
NEWPORT - Helene Anne Rebello died recently at home after a long illness. She was the daughter of Helene (Kent) Rebello and the late Frank A Rebello Sr.
Survivors include two sisters Doreen R. Tracey of Gloucester R.I, Celeste Locke of Cumberlad R.I. and one brother Frank A Rebello Jr of Providence, R. I. She leaves a son, Everett Johnson and a long time companion, Daniel Rose of Newport R.I.
A private service will be held later.
Terrence E. McAloon
PAWTUCKET- Terrence "Terry" E. McAloon, retired Pawtucket Funeral Director, entered into eternal life Monday at Memorial Hospital, after being stricken at home. He was the cherished father of Andrea Scanlon of Johnston.
Julia J. McKnight
PAWTUCKET- Julia J. "Judy" McKnight, 96, formerly of Melrose Avenue, Pawtucket passed away on Thursday, December 6, 2012. She was the wife of the late Charles "Chic" McKnight.
Mrs. McKnight was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, the daughter of the late John Akstin and Louise (Elkavich) McKnight. She was employed by the Dennison Company for many years.
PAWTUCKET- Gomes, Clarisse (Silva), 55, of Thornley St. died suddenly December 6, 2012 at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of Alvaro Gomes.
Born in Praia, Cape Verde, a daughter of the late Manuel and Maria (Balla) Silva.
Besides her husband she leaves three children Maria J. Bouchard, John M. Gomes and Alvaro Gomes Junior all of Pawtucket. Two sisters Maria Bouchard of Pawtucket and Belinda Pina of Georgia. Four brothers Jose, John, Paul and Reinaldo Silva all of Pawtucket. Sixteen nieces and nephews and two grandchildren Samantha and Noah Gomes.
Antonio F. DaRosa
CUMBERLAND- DaRosa, Antonio F., 87, of Cumberland died December 6, 2012 at Fatima Hospital. He was the husband of the late Irma (Correia) DaRosa.
He was born in S. Lorenco, Fogo, Cape Verde. He was son of the late Francisco and Rosa Faria (Fonseca) DaRosa.
He came to this country 27 years ago settling in Pawtucket. Antonio was a self-employed photographer for all of his life until his retirement in 13 years ago. He was a member of Mount Hope Community Baptist Church.
Kai Fee Gong
PAWTUCKET - Kai Fee Gong, age 68, of Pawtucket RI, passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Mary (Moy) Gong for forty-four years. He was born on August 3, 1944 in Tai Shan, Guangdong China, the son of the late Kwong Tun and Shui Kam (Mui) Gong. He emigrated to the United States at age 14 and settled with his family in Providence. He graduated from Hope High School and received his B. Sc., in Electrical Engineering at the University of Rhode and his M. S. in Electrical Engineering from the university later on during his career.
Henry D. Theroux
PAWTUCKET - Henry D. Theroux, 77, died unexpectedly at home on Sunday, December 2nd. He was the devoted husband of the late Patricia (Grimes) Theroux. Mr. Theroux was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Henry J. and Mary 'Mazie' (Welch) Theroux. He lived most of his life in Cumberland until moving to Pawtucket twenty-five years ago.
Mr. Theroux was a heavy equipment operator for the Town of Cumberland for 37 years prior to retiring several years ago. He was a former member of AFL-CIO Council #94 and the former American Legion Post #14. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Arnold R. Fontaine
RUMFORD - Arnold R. 'Arnie' Fontaine, 71, died unexpectedly on November 29th at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Kathleen (Pailthorpe) Fontaine. Arnie was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Ovila and Juliette (Raymond) Fontaine and lived most of his life the Pawtucket/Rumford area.
He worked in management for Georgia Pacific, Newell Lumber and Kamco Supply Company for several years prior to retirement.
Anna M. Scullin
CUMBERLAND - Anna M. (McCourt) Scullin of High St. passed away Monday surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of the late Alfred L. Scullin.
A lifelong Cumberland resident she was the daughter of the late Joseph H. and Sarah (Crozier) McCourt.
PROVIDENCE - Mary (Stewart) Johnston, 96, of East Street and formerly of Cumberland died Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at the Tockwotton Home, Providence. She was the wife of the late Thomas Charles "Chick" Johnston.
Born in Paisley, Scotland, a daughter of the late Robert and Agnes (Giffen) Stewart, she had lived in Pawtucket for 35 years before moving to Cumberland in 1980. She has lived in Providence for the past several years.
Wanda R. Lass
LINCOLN/CUMBERLAND - Wanda R. Lass, 92 formerly of Lincoln and Cumberland, died Sunday at Greenwood Care Center, Warwick. She was the wife of the late Leo J. Lass.
Born in Fall River, MA, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Rozalia (Labecki) Kulacz.
Her son Walter "Skipp" Lass of Warwick and his wife Christine; her sister Leora Kulacz of Cranston, granddaughters Elizabeth Lass of Santa Cruz, CA and Erika Lass of Warwick survive her.
She was the sister of the late Julian, John and Raymond Kulacz, Angelina Wojick, Mary Chabot and Stacia Kulacz.
Rita F. Stebenne
CENTRAL FALLS, RI - Rita "Chick" F. (Robidou) Stebenne, 91, of Central Falls passed away unexpectedly Saturday December 1, 2012 at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket. She was the devoted wife of the late Charles J. Stebenne. Rita was born in Central Falls the daughter of the late Charles and Robertine (Vincent) Robidou.
Gerald P. Brodeur
CUMBERLAND - Gerald P. Brodeur of Owen drive, Cumberland died December 1, 2012 at his daughters home in Cumberland surrounded by his family. Mr. Brodeur was the husband of the late Edna (Ferguson) Brodeur.
He was born in Central Falls the son of the late Paul and Laura (Tetreault) Brodeur. He was a heavy equipment operator for Walsh Contracting for many years, retiring in 1990.
Mr. Brodeur was in the United States Army, serving in Germany from 1950-1953. Mr. Brodeur was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 10.
Joyce L. Desjardins
CUMBERLAND - Joyce L. Desjardins (Case), 72, of Mendon Rd. passed away Sunday in the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. She was the beloved wife of the late Russell Desjardins.
Born in Central Falls she was the daughter of the late Ivan W. and Mary L. (Donahue) Case. She was a life long Cumberland resident.
Mrs. Desjardins was employed in the Medical Records Department at Sturdy Memorial Hospital for 8 years until her retirement. Previously she and her husband operated the former Pete's Market on High Street.
PAWTUCKET - Josephine Sabbagh, 95, of Pawtucket, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2012. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Farrah) Sabbagh. Josephine was a garment inspector for Health-Tex.
She is survived by one sister, Margaret Hanna, one brother, Samuel Sabbagh, and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Rose Domaney and Nedeh Kanakry.
Yolanda V. Foley
PAWTUCKET - Yolanda V. Foley, 91, originally of Pawtucket passed away peacefully on December 1, 2012 at the Steere House in Providence, RI. She was the beloved wife of the late William A. Foley, retired Lieutenant, Pawtucket Fire Department.
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Kelley, Frances, 77, of North Smithfield and formerly of Newport and Pawtucket, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2012.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Kathleen (Ward) Kelley. She had lived most of her life in Pawtucket before moving to Newport in 1998. She graduated from Elmhurst Convent of the Sacred Heart, Providence and Emmanuel College, Boston. Frances was a School Teacher in the Providence School Department for thirty years before retiring.
Nora J. Laliberte
PAWTUCKET - Nora J. Laliberte, 85, passed on November 30, 2012. She was the wife of Ted J. Laliberte.
She was the daughter of the late John and Maria (Brigliapori) Molinari.
Besides her husband she is survived by a daughter, Joni Payne and her husband Peter of Seekonk, MA.
Memorial gifts in her memory may be made to the American Lung Association of RI, 260 West Exchange Street #102B, Providence, RI 02903. Services were private. For online condolences visit