Archive - Jun 2012 - Obituary
PAWTUCKET - Mary F. (Bernard) O'Connell, 90, of Pawtucket died Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at the Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island, Providence. She was the wife of the late Pawtucket Police Sgt. Ralph E. O' Connell. They were married 55 years.
Mrs. O'Connell was born in Pawtucket, a lifelong resident of the city, the daughter of the late Edmond J. and Sarah A. (Tennyson) Bernard.
Mary was a homemaker. She was a past member of the St. Teresa's Senior Group, and the Leon Mathieu Senior Center. She was also a member of the St. Mary's Bowling League for 47 years.
PAWTUCKET - Eugene F. LaCroix, 85, of Pawtucket, passed away Sunday, June 17, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Dolores LaCroix.
Born in Attleboro, MA, he was the son of the late Henri LaCroix and Yvonne (Tremblay) LaCroix. Eugene was a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was an avid traveler and gifted at solving puzzles. He was a proud veteran of World War II.
CUMBERLAND - Henriette E. Jovin, "Etta" 88, passed peacefully June 17th. She was the wife of the late Alfred D. Jovin Sr.
Born in New Bedford, MA, Etta was a daughter of the late Josephat and Eva (Benoit) Angers.
She had been employed by Hasbro Industries of Pawtucket for many years.
Henriette received many citations throughout her generous life of charity, she volunteered at many food banks was always kind to those in time of need.
PAWTUCKET - Robert J. Neville, Sr., 89, passed away Sunday, June 17, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Eva I. (Chabot) Neville, the couple would have celebrated their sixty-first wedding anniversary on June 23, 2012.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late James L. and Alma (Stillwachs) Neville. Bob was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He was a printer at Highland Textile Printworks, Providence, for thirty-five years before retiring in 1983. Bob was an avid gardener; loyal Red Sox fan and a former member of the Royal Travelers.
SOUTH ATTLEBORO - Francoise (Croce) Shevchuk, 92, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Alexander A. Shevchuk.
Born in Septemes-les-Vallons, France, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Catherine (Alpe) Croce. Mrs. Shevchuk came to the United States from Marseilles, France in 1946 and settled in Pawtucket, she moved to South Attleboro in 1964. Mrs. Shevchuk was employed by the Fram Corporation, East Providence for forty years until retiring in 1980.
PAWTUCKET - Frank J. Pluta, 85, passed June 17, 2012. He was the husband of the late Mary (Medeiros) Pluta.
Born in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Stacia (Strzempek) Pluta. He resided the past 8 years at Blackstone Falls and previously was a longtime Pawtucket resident.
Frank had been employed by the former Almacs for many years. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 251. He was an Army WWII Veteran.
LINCOLN - Robert Fortunati, 79, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 16, 2012. Bob was born Roberto Guglielmo Fortunati, in Providence, to the late Fabio and Annuziata (DiSantis) Fortunati. Starting early in the tile business, he left for the US Army as a young man and was stationed in Germany. Once returning, he soon founded Crest Distributors, Inc., established in Central Falls, his most successful endeavor.
CUMBERLAND - Maria Irene Laires, 79, of Garvin St., passed away Saturday in the R. I. Hospital, Providence. She was the beloved wife of Antonio A. Laires.
Born in Porto, Portugal she was the daughter of the late Joao R. and Sara (da Conceicao) Ferreira. She came to this country in 1977 settling in Cumberland.
She was a devoted wife and mother and also a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
LINCOLN - Diana I. Smothers, 54, passed June 14th at home with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of Michael J. Smothers. They have been married for 20 years.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of Elaine McCreadie of Lincoln and the late Robert McCreadie Sr. Diana had dedicated her life to her family.
PAWTUCKET - Frank Riley, 95, passed away peacefully at home in the presence of his family on Friday, June 15, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Idola (Ross) Riley for 69 years.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, he was a son of the late Ernest and Mary Emma (Crossley) Riley. Frank was a World War II US Army veteran and worked as a master book binder for the J.C. Hall Co., Pawtucket, for 32 years until his retirement. Frank was a longtime volunteer and first aid instructor for the American Red Cross.
FLORIDA - MORRIS, Frank, Jr., 80, of Lakeland, Florida died Wednesday, June 6, 2012.
He was born in Pawtucket, RI, where he lived most of his life before moving to Florida.
He served in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his daughter, Karen Ayers, of Florida; his sister, Genevieve Hervieux of East Providence; 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Services were held in Florida. Condolences may be left at
PAWTUCKET - Raymond J. O'Riley, 90, of Goff Ave., Pawtucket passed away June 10, 2012 at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center, Providence.
He was the husband of the late Mary (Bolandz) O'Riley. He was born in Providence, the son of the late Mildred Frechette. He was also the son of his adoptive parents Margaret and George O'Riley.
He worked in numerous restaurants as a cook in RI, also owning two restaurants in Providence. He worked in food service his entire life, retiring at age 83. He served in the US Military (Navy) during WWII and received the Purple Heart.
PAWTUCKET - Richard T. Biliouris, 67, went to be with our Lord on April 16, 2012, after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.
Richard was born in Pawtucket to the late Charles and Mildred Biliouris. Richard graduated from Tolman High School, class of 1963 and attended the University of Rhode Island.
PAWTUCKET - Manuel L. Medina, 87, of Pawtucket died June 12, 2012. He was the husband of Estela (Cardoso) Medina.
He was born in Figueira DaFoz, Portugal, son of the late Jose and Maria Lopes (Raposeiro) Medina.
Besides his wife he is survived by 1 son Joseph Medina of East Providence, 1 daughter Elaine Falk of North Providence and 1 granddaughter.
His funeral will be held on Saturday at 10am in the Mt. Hope Community Baptist Church 734 Hope St. Providence. Calling hours will be held on Friday 5-8pm in the church. Burial will be in St. Stephens Cemetery, Attleboro.
CRANSTON - Emilia Barros "vovo" 91, of Cranston passed away on Monday June 11, 2012 at 1:50pm in Riverview Nursing Home in Coventry in the presence of her loving granddaughter Clara Clark. She was the wife of the late Caitano Barros.
She was born in Brava, Cape Verde a daughter of the late Cacilda Silva Santos and Manuel DosSantos.
Emilia leaves 6 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Elisa Rocha.
PAWTUCKET - Donald E. Goulet, of Utton Avenue, Pawtucket died June 11, 2012 . He was the husband of Theresa I. (Bouthillette) Goulet.
Mr. Goulet was born in Pawtucket the son of the late Harvey G. Goulet Sr. and Anna (Bociek) Goulet. He was a self- employed contractor for many years and then worked for the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency until he retired. Mr. Goulet was a Korean War Veteran of the United States Army and a member of LeFoyer Club, F.O.P.A. And Pawtucket Country Club. Mr. Goulet was an avid golfer and hobbies included classic car restoration.
PAWTUCKET - Dolores G. LaCroix, 86, of Pawtucket, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2012. She was the beloved wife of Eugene. LaCroix Sr.
Born in Taunton, MA, she was the daughter of the late Alexandre and Elizabeth (Frechette) Poirier.
Dolores was a faithful member and soprano soloist at St. Cecilia Church for seventy years until limited by illness. She was an avid traveler who enjoyed all things beautiful.
MARLBOROUGH - Sister Doris Pontbriand, a Sister of St. Anne, known in religion as Sister Marie Anne Elise, died suddenly Saturday, June 9, 2012, at the age of 83, at Marie Esther Health Center in Marlborough. She was in the 63rd year of religious life.
CAMBRIDGE, NY Ruth E. M. Bates, 84, died June 7, 2012 at Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY. She was the wife of Henry S. Bates, Jr.
Born, raised and educated in Pawtucket, RI, she was the only child of Archibald and Catherine Barr Muirhead. While participating in a Bible reading contest in Northfield, MA she met her future husband. They were married on August 12, 1950 and lived in his home town of Cambridge.
Ruth worked at a variety of jobs, retiring from the United States Postal Service.
PAWTUCKET - Jeffrey Michael LeClair, 52, of Pawtucket, RI died suddenly on the morning of June 6, 2012 of acute Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Born in Providence, in January 1960, Jeff attended St. Rays Academy graduating from Tolman in 1978. He attended Johnson & Wales for hotel/restaurant management. He worked at Holiday Inn in Attleboro assisting the National Guard with the evacuation and housing of people during the blizzard of 78.