Archive - Obituary
SPC Christopher L. Mendonca
PAWTUCKET â€“ SPC Christopher L. Mendonca, 20, a beloved son of Domingas G. (DePina) Mendonca and Luis Mendonca, passed away in New York on Sunday, December 4, 2011 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident while on leave from the U.S. Army. He was an Operation Enduring Freedom veteran of the United States Army, Company B, 2-8 Infantry, 2nd BCT, 4th ID, Fort Carson, Colorado.
Elizabeth Hunter Wells
ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA-Elizabeth Hunter Wells, 91, died Tuesday December 6, 2011 in Rochester, Minnesota, where she had lived for the past five years. She was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the daughter of the late James Whyte and Margaret Whyte. She married Lloyd Alvin Wells, and they had a 56-year marriage. She was an insurance executive, serving as vice-president of Starkweather and Shepley for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her sister, Jean MacLaren Young.
John James Reilly
CUMBERLAND - John James Reilly, 85, of Amherst Street, passed away Tuesday at home. He was the husband of Rosemary (Hogue) Reilly. They had recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.
Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Francis and Mary (Burns) Reilly. He resided in Cumberland for over 50 years, previously residing in Providence.
Mr. Reilly was employed as a jewelry toolmaker for the B.A. Ballou Company for 40 years, until his retirement.
CENTRAL FALLS - Wendi Torres, 37, passed December 7th. She was the wife of Rene Torres.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of Daniel Hardy and the late Claire (St. Jean) Hardy.
Besides her husband, she is survived by 4 children, Jessica Gregory, and Rene Torres Jr., Jordan Torres and Edwin Torres.
Eleven siblings, Glenn, Peter, Susan, Gary, Michael, Daniel, Jennifer and Amy Laramee, Daniel and Scott Hardy and James Feley, 2 grandchildren, Alexandra and Lilliana Barboza, and many nieces and nephews.
Blanche M. Shorter
CUMBERLAND - Blanche M. (Pineau) Shorter, 79, of Kimberly Court, passed away Tuesday in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of Guy S. Shorter Sr.
She resided in Cumberland for the past 45 years, previously residing in Pawtucket.
Mrs. Shorter was employed as a quality control operator for the former Crystal Thermal Plastics Company for many years.
She loved her family, and most of all enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
CUMBERLAND - Manuel A. Luis, 61, of Forest Ave. passed away Tuesday in the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Eva M. (Mendes) Luis.
Born in Porto de Covoes, Portugal he was the son of Maria (Odete) Luis of Cumberland and the late Manuel Dos Santos Luis. He came to this country in 1968 settling in Cumberland.
He was employed by the Stern-Leach Co., Attleboro for the past 16 years. He was previously the owner of CDS Liquors, Providence for 8 years.
PAWTUCKET - John Miguel, 53, passed unexpectedly December 6th. He was the husband of Consolacion (Loreto) Miguel.
Born in Providence, a son of Shirley (Preston) Miguel and the late Joao Miguel.
He had been employed by Key Container of Pawtucket for 34 years and also served as their Union President.
Besides his wife he is survived by 4 sons, John, James, Shawn and Charles Miguel, 2 step children, Jesse Souza and Samantha Duong, 13 grandchildren and a sister, Janice Clark.
George T. Leonard
CENTRAL FALLS - George T. Leonard, 84, passed December 5th at home with his wife by his side. He was the husband of Jeannette Leonard. They were married for 60 years.
George attended Holy Trinity School and Central Falls Trade School. He worked for 30 years at Collyer Wire of Pawtucket and Lincoln as an electrician. George was a Navy veteran of WWII.
Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Nancy Leonard of Central Falls and Joanne Greene of Clearwater, FL, a cousin Helen Gilligan of Pawtucket, and nephews. He was the brother of the late Clifton Leonard.
Carmen D. Ribeiro
STERLING, CT - Carmen D. Ribeiro (Gouveia) went to be with the Lord, Friday December 2nd, 2011. She was 89 years old and loved the Lord, loved life, loved her family, church family, friends, and animals. She loved music and to dance and sing, and also had won best dancer at 83 years of age, in a Sterling CT dance contest.
Esther B. Laverdiere
TIVERTON - Esther Beatrice (Day) Laverdiere, 89, passed away on November 27, 2011. She was a 1 year resident of Tiverton, and previously a Cumberland resident for 57 years.
She was the wife of the late Joseph Laverdiere; they had been married for 63 years.
Born August 4, 1922 in New Brunswick, NJ, she was the daughter of the late George H. and Esther (Kalman) Day. She is survived by 2 daughters and 1 grandson. Services were private.
Stella A. Rarus
ATTLEBORO - Stella A. Rarus 92, of Bacon St. passed away Friday December 2, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter Rarus.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Bronislaw and Adolfina (Zamoida) Iwuc. She lived in South Attleboro most of her life.
Before retiring she was employed as a Housekeeper at St. Joseph's Rectory in Central Falls. She was also employed as a Seamstress at the former Health-Tex Mfg. Co.
Dale J. Moore
LINCOLN - Dale J. Moore, 62, of John Street, Lincoln passed away unexpectedly Friday, December 2, 2011.
Mr. Moore was born in Providence the son of the late William J. Moore and Constance H. (Goyette) Moore.
He was a shipper and receiver for the Old Castle Building Envelope Company in Warwick for many years.
Mr. Moore is survived by his brother Michael W. Moore and his wife Ruth Ann of Lincoln. He also leaves his nephews William and Stephen Moore and his niece Alyssa Moore all of Lincoln, as well as his beloved dog Lacey.
Warren T. Fortune Jr
PAWTUCKET - Warren T. Fortune Jr, 62, passed December 2nd.
Warren had been employed as a paralegal before retiring due to illness. He was a Veteran of the Vietnam War serving two years each in both the Army and Marine Corp.
He is survived by a son, David A. Fortune of Bristol, a granddaughter, Belle F. Fortune and was the former husband of Norma J. Daviau.
Services will be private. For online condolences visit www.thekeefefuneralhome.com
Leighton W. Cunha
PAWTUCKET - Leighton "Lee" W. Cunha, 70, passed away Thursday, December 1, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Carleeta J. (Taylor) Cunha. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late John C. and Rita E. (Burns) Cunha.
Irene J. Marszalkowski
NAPLES, FL - Irene J. Marszalkowski, 80, of Naples, beloved wife of Frank J. Marszalkowski, passed away on November 16, 2011. Formerly of Cumberland, RI, she had been a Naples resident since 1998.
Irene was born in Pawtucket, RI, the daughter of Kazimer and Rozalja Waronowicz.
Irene will be dearly missed by Frank, her devoted husband of 61 years; and her children,Nancy Malloy of Bonita Springs, FL; Joyce O'Brien of Boxford, MA; Frank Marszalkowski, Jr. of Cumberland, RI; and sister Lillian Luchini of Naples.
Dorothy M. Clarke
CUMBERLAND - Dorothy M. Clarke (O'Connell), 87, of Thomas Dr., passed away Wednesday in Cortland Place, Smithfield. She was the beloved wife of the late William Clarke.
Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Jeremiah and Mary (McNulty) O'Connell. She resided in Cumberland since 1961. She was a graduate of the former Pawtucket West High School and had also attended the former Bryant and Stratton Business School. At one time Mrs. Clarke had worked at the Pawtucket City Hall and in the former family business, O'Connell's Package Store on East Ave.
Theodore A. Lefort
PAWTUCKET - Theodore "Teddy" A. Lefort, formerly of Charlesgate Assisted Living, passed away Sunday after an illness. He was the former husband of Maryalyce (Greene) Lefort.
Stacey Mary Korta
CONNECTICUT - Stacey Mary (Polefka) Korta, 91, of Buffalo, NY, beloved wife of the late Stephen E. Korta, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 29, 2011.
Yvonne I. Turenne
CENTRAL FALLS - Yvonne I. Turenne, 92, of Central Falls, died November 4, 2011 at Grandview Center, Cumberland. She was the wife of the late Francis I. Turenne. Born in Attleboro, MA, she was a daughter of the late Joseph N. and Rose (Ducharme) Brodeur.