Archive - 2013 - Obituary
DOVER, DE - Barbara Mattis, a current resident of Dover, DE, passed away peacefully at home at the age of 63 on July 30, 2013, following a valiant battle with ovarian cancer for more than fifteen years. She was the loving and devoted wife of Arnold E. Mattis for 30 years at the time of her passing.
CENTRAL FALLS - Frances Sobczyk, 89, formerly of High Street Central Falls passed away Friday August 2, 2013 at the Victoria Mansion in Attleboro.
Born in Central Falls she was the beloved daughter of the late Michael and Antonina (Stadnicki) Sobczyk. She was a life long resident of Central Falls.
Before retiring Frances was employed by the State of Rhode Island Department of Human Resources.
Dorothy A. Brown
PAWTUCKET - Dorothy A. (Drake) Brown, 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 2, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Frederick V. Brown. Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Timothy J. and Lottie E. (Lamorine) Drake.
Dorothy worked as a dietary aid at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island for over 10 years until her retirement. She also worked at and was a volunteer for the Salvation Army Home League since the late 1960s, doing charitable work and bell ringing during the Christmas Season.
Matthew J. Barone
PAWTUCKET - Barone, Matthew J., 37, of Harrison Street, Pawtucket, passed away on July 30, 2013.
He was born in Pawtucket, a son of Arthur Barone and Sheree A. Desmarias. He worked at Whole Foods.
Besides his parents, Matthew is survived by his brother Joshua Barone of Pawtucket, his nephew Evan Barone and his grandmother, Jeannette Scungio and his longtime partner, Sandra Greene.
CUMBERLAND - Armand "Mundy" Costa, 71, of Curran Rd. passed away Tuesday in the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Dale (Cote) Costa.
Born in Central Falls he was the son of the late Manuel and Maria (Medeiros) Costa Sr. He was a life long Cumberland resident.
He was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
CENTRAL FALLS - Raymond Jette, 90, passed on July 29, 2013. He was the husband of the late Estelle (Bourgette) Jette. He was a decorated Air Force Veteran of WWII.
Raymond is survived by two daughters, Venita Cameron and Donna Oliveira, several grandchildren, many great grandchildren and a great-great grandchild.
He was the father of the late Russell Jette and Diane Bandilli.
Calling hours will be held Friday from 5 to 7pm followed by a service at 7pm at the Keefe Funeral Home, Five Higginson Ave, Lincoln. Burial will be private. For online condolences visit
Rita M. Lambert
MOUNT CARMEL, PA - Rita Marie Lambert, 87, of 325 North Vine Street, died Monday, July 29, 2013.
Born in Mount Carmel on March 7, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Helen (Adzema) Korzeniecki. Rita was educated in the Mount Carmel School District.
She was married to the late Adeland Lambert, who preceded her in death on February 24, 1987, she was a caregiver for both her late husband and family. She enjoyed listening to big band music, flea marketing, dining out and casinos.
Rita was a member of Divine Redeemer Church, Mount Carmel.
Lucien H. Provost
PAWTUCKET - Lucien H. Provost, 82, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. He was the beloved husband of the late Beatrice S. (Labonte) Provost. Born in Montreal, P.Q., Canada, he was a son of the late Henri & Marie Reine (Vincent) Provost.
Lucien was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War and then worked as a lab technician at Teknor Apex, Pawtucket over 40 years until his retirement. He was a hard worker and a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. Lucien enjoyed working in the yard and traveling.
Claire O. Wojtyto
PAWTUCKET - Claire O. (Therrien) Wojtyto, 90, formerly of Douglas passed away after an illness at the Pawtucket Skilled Nursing Center in Pawtucket, RI where she was a resident.
Jack L. Blum Sr.
CUMBERLAND - Jack L. Blum Sr., 77, of Glenside Rd., passed away Friday in the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the beloved husband of Leona M. (George) Blum.
Born in Howe Township, PA he was the son of the late Robert M. and Reva L. (Akin) Blum. He resided in Cumberland for the past 50 years.
He was employed by the Orchid Mfg. Co., Lincoln for 10 years until his retirement. Mr. Blum was a U. S. Navy veteran and a member of American Legion Post 14, Cumberland and a member of the VFW.
Margaret F. Quilitzsch
PAWTUCKET - Margaret F. Quilitzsch, 76, passed July 27, 2013. She was the wife of Robert O. Quilitzsch. They have been married for 59 years.
Born in England, she was a daughter of Reginald and Marjorie Smith.
Margaret had been employed as a health aide for Lifetime Medical and the VNA Nursing of Pawtucket for many years.
Besides her husband she is survived by her sisters Greta and Lillian, and her brother, Keith and several nieces and nephews.
Albert L. Colaccio
ATTLEBORO - Albert L. Colaccio, 95, of South Attleboro, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, July 26, 2013. He was the beloved husband of the late Sarah Sally (Swarbrick) Colaccio. Born and raised in Providence, a son of the late Alessandro and Resttula (Grillo) Colaccio, he resided in South Attleboro over 40 years.
Al was a foreman at Fram, East Providence for many years until retiring in 1982. He loved to travel, play cards and was a member of PEAL for over 25 years. An accomplished violinist, he enjoyed playing for 85 years.
PAWTUCKET - Alfred Bolduc of Pawtucket passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. He was the husband of Margaret A. (Hagan) Bolduc. They were married for over 60 years.
Mr. Bolduc was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Alfred and Isabel (Marquis) Bolduc. He was a United States Air Force Veteran, serving in Korea. Mr. Bolduc was employed at the former Allied Signal, now Honeywell for many years. He also worked at A&P Supermarkets.
Nanci R. Ginish
PAWTUCKET- Nanci R. Ginish, 57, passed away Saturday July 20, 2013.
Born in Pawtucket she was a beloved daughter of the late Stanley L. and Rose (Machowski) Ginish. She was a life long resident of Pawtucket.
Before retiring she was employed as a Supervisor for Metal Loft Industries of Attleboro.
In 1996 Nanci was inducted into the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame and was also a past Vice President. She also served as a Swim Coach at the East Providence Boys Club.
Nanci was one of six children of the award winning Ginish Family of swimmers.
Francisco L. Figueiredo
PAWTUCKET - Francisco "Frank" L. Figueiredo, 88, of Pawtucket, RI, died peacefully Friday, July 26, surrounded by the family he loved so dearly.
Biruta E. Cunningham
PAWTUCKET - Biruta E. Cunningham of Pawtucket, 90, died peacefully on Thursday, July 25, 2013, with her niece Joanne Ciocys, at her side. Biruta was the wife of the late beloved Dr. John J. Cunningham.
PAWTUCKET - Antonio Francisco of Pawtucket died on July 24, 2013. He was the husband of Maria (DaSilva) Francisco.
Mr. Francisco was born in Portugal, the son of the late Antonio Francisco and Ana de Jesus. He worked in the construction industry for many years. Mr. Francisco was a loyal soccer fan of Sport Lisboe e Benfica.
PORT ORANGE, FL - John "Jack" Machowski, 66, of Port Orange, Fl, formerly Pawtucket, RI, died July 9th 2013.
He leaves two children, Lisa-Carol Mosley and Steven M. Machowski, a brother, Robert Machowski, one granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.
He was a Vietnam Vet serving proudly with the U.S. Air Force.
Manuel L. Pinto
CUMBERLAND - Manuel L. Pinto, 92, formerly of Broad Street, passed away Tuesday at Pawtucket Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Pawtucket. He was the husband of the late Ruth A. (Fielding) Pinto and father of Marylou Pinto. Born in Portugal, he was the son of the late Rogerio and Custodia (Pinto) da Cruz. He moved to this country, settling in Cumberland. Mr. Pinto was a proud United States Army, World War II Veteran. He was the former owner and operator of Rogers Hardware Inc. for many years.
Gloria J. Gregory
CUMBERLAND - Gloria J. Gregory, 78, passed peacefully on July 24th surrounded by her loving family.
She was the daughter of the late Theodore and Jeannette (Charpentier) Desaulniers.
Gloria was the proud activities director for several area nursing facilities. She was an active longtime parishioner and a former member and past president of the Holy Trinity Women's Club. She also volunteered at the Central Falls Community Center and was a longtime resident of the city.