Archive - Obituary
April 13th, 2012
PAWTUCKET- Helen Lewandowski (Stryker) formerly of George St. passed away Sunday April 8, 2012 at Steere House in Providence after a prolonged illness. She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony J. Lewandowski Sr.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Louise (Strycharz) Stryker. She was a life long resident of Pawtucket.
Rhea J. Sylvestre-Lee
CENTRAL FALLS- Mrs. Sylvestre-Lee was the sister of the late Robert, Harvey, Leo and Edmond Boucher and the late Irene Hoyle, Anita Lamarre, Florence Hey and Theresa Blanchette.
CUMBERLAND- Ann (Chodorowski) Winiarski,96, formerly of Mendon Road, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in the Emerald Bay Manor, Cumberland surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late John Winiarski.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Constantine and Margaret (Lapiniak) Chodorowski.
She resided in Cumberland for the past 58 years, previously residing in Woonocket.
Debra A. Costa
PAWTUCKET- Debra A. Costa, 53, passed April 10, 2012. She was the wife of Perdo A. Costa. They have been married for 17 years.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of Candelaria A. (Almarez) Beaton of Pawtucket.
She had been employed as a CNA for 20 years.
Besides her husband and mother, she is survived by three sisters and two brothers.
PROVIDENCE- Andrew W. McFarlane, 67, passed unexpectedly April 8th at the Miriam Hospital with his loving family by his side.
He was born in New London, CT, a son of the late Hubert McFarlane and Isabelle (LaCharite) McFarlane.
He is survived by a daughter, NoneaJean McFarlane, a son, Andrew W. McFarlane Jr, a brother, Bradley McFarlane and a granddaughter, Nadia Elise McFarlane. Funeral Services will be private. For online condolences visit
Rhea J. Sylvester-Lee
CENTAL FALLS- Rhea J. Sylvestre-Lee, 91, died Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the Philip Hulitar Center after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Donat O. Sylvestre and the late Roland J. Lee.
Mrs. Sylvestre-Lee was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Frederick and Rosealba (Lamontagne) Boucher. She was a lifelong Blackstone Valley resident.
Francelina Lopes Correia
PROVIDENCE- Correia, Francelina L., age 87, of Albert Avenue, died April 9, 2012 at Evergreen House Health Center surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Jose D. Correia.
Born in Povolide, Viseu, Portugal, she was the daughter of the late Antonio L. and Leopoldina (de Jesus) dos Santos. She resided in Pawtucket before moving to Rumford 12 years ago.
Dorothy M. Wells
CUMBERLAND- Dorothy M. (Polsey) Wells, 96, of Meadowcrest Drive died Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Trinity Health & Rehabilitation Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late William A. Wells, Jr.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Sylvanus E. and Asenath (Wright) Polsey, she had lived in Pawtucket for most of her life before moving to Cumberland 12 years ago.
She was a 1933 graduate of Pawtucket High School and was active in several sports. She served on the Class Reunion Committee for many years. She also attended classes at Brown University.
Michelle P. Prew
SOUTH ATTLEBORO: Michelle P. Prew, "Missy" 35, passed on April 7th 2012.
Born in Attleboro, a beloved daughter of Paul and Georgette (Guilbert) Prew of South Attleboro.
Missy was a 1995 graduate of Attleboro High School, an avid softball and soccer player and played softball in the Junior Olympics. She received a Bachelors of Science from the University of MA, Amherst.
Lillian J. Lavallee
PAWTUCKET: Lillian J. Lavallee,"Lil" 67, passed unexpectedly Easter morning at home. She is survived by four sons, Henry J, Daniel Scott, Philip Justin and David Arthur Lavallee, three daughters, Janet Yeadon, Rebecca M. and Amanda Lynn Lavallee, 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held Thursday from 6 to 8pm in the Keefe Funeral Home, Five Higginson Ave. Lincoln, RI. Burial will private. For online condolences please visit,
Juliette Dumaine, 97, passed away in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Sunday, April 8, 2012. She was the wife of the late Edward Dumaine who predeceased her in 2008. Juliette was born in Quebec, Canada and was the devoted daughter of Alphonse & Alma Roy.
She and her identical twin Jeannette were the youngest of thirteen children. She most enjoyed spending time with her brothers and sisters and their families as well as the family of her late husband Edward.
PAWTUCKET- Alice Jabbour, passed away Sunday, April 08, 2012. She was the wife of the late Joseph Jabbour.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Faris and Nazera (Ganem) Solomon.
Mrs. Jabbour owned and operated the former Jabbour Electronics with her late husband Joseph for many years until her retirement in 2007. She was a member of the Ladies Sodality, Saint Basil The Great Church.
She is survived by her son, Joseph Paiva, and two grandchildren. She was one of six children.
Phyllis L. Farmer
LINCOLN- Phyllis L. Farmer (Fober) 79, passed away peacefully Thursday April 5, 2012 at home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was the loving mother of Dorene A. Buco and her husband Vincent of Rehoboth, Gary L. Farmer of Lincoln and Holly Sarza of Burrillville, 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She was the former wife of the late Cecil A. "Bud" Farmer.
Louis Del Papa
PAWTUCKET- Louis Del Papa of Pawtucket and Prudence Island died Saturday, April 7, 2012. He was the husband of the late Margaret (Magill) Del Papa.
Mr. Del Papa was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Louis and Margaret (Moore) Del Papa.
Lou was a member of many professional organizations, locally, regionally, and nationally. He retired as the Director of Teacher Preparation, Certification, and Professional Development for the State of Rhode Island.
PAWTUCKET- Catherine Mary (Strzepka) O'Brien, 90, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at the home of her son in Dayton, Ohio. She was the beloved wife of the late John F. O'Brien.
Born in Central Falls, the eldest daughter of the late Simon and Mary (Zmuda) Strzepka, she resided in Pawtucket most of her life.
Joseph A. Belch
WARWICK - Joseph A. Belch 68, of Creekwood Drive passed away Wednesday April 4, 2012 at his residence. He was the beloved husband of Carole A. (Thurber) Belch.
Born in Pawtucket he was a son of the late Joseph and Stella A. (Rogala) Belch. He lived in Warwick for the past 31 years and was formerly of Pawtucket.
Before retiring he was employed as a Printer at United Printing for 31 years. He was a member of the Rhode Island National Guard during the Vietnam War for 6 years. Joe was a softball coach for 20 years for former Surkonts Cafe.
James T. Corcoran
PAWTUCKET- James T. Corcoran, 69, of Armistice Blvd, Pawtucket died April 1, 2012.
Mr. Corcoran was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Peter J. Corcoran and Rose Irene (Johnson) Corcoran.
He was a United States Marine Corp Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. Mr. Corcoran served as Chaplain for the American Legion Post #25 and a life member of the VFW Post #1271.
Jean M. Douglas
PAWTUCKET- Jean M. Douglas, 75, of Naushon Road, Pawtucket died at home surrounded by her family. She was the wife of James N. Douglas.
Jean was born in Providence the daughter of Felix and Lillian (Monahan) Reilly.
Normand J. Boulais
PAWTUCKET- Normand J. Boulais, 80, a lifelong resident of Pawtucket died Monday at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence surrounded by his loving family. He is the husband of the late Cecile (Gingras) Boulais.
Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Albert T. and Christina A. (Duffy) Boulais.
Normand was self-employed for A. Boulais & Sons for 17 years. In 1961 he worked for Ferland as Forman of laborers in field for 15 years. In 1975 he went to the Boy's Club where he worked as a Building Superintendent until his retirement.
PAWTUCKET- Geraldine LeBlanc, 67, of Bucklin Street, Pawtucket died Sunday, April 1, 2012. She was the wife of Louis R. LeBlanc. They were married 47 years.
Mrs. LeBlanc was born in Providence, the daughter of the late Marty and Elizabeth Egan.
She was a nurses aid at the Memorial Hospital for many years.