Archive - Obituary
WESTFIELD, MA - Freda Thomas, 92, died Friday, December 16, 2011 in Westfield, MA. She was born in New York City, NY on July 4, 1919 to Saul and Gertie(Goldberg) Wax. Freda lived most of her life in Pawtucket, RI and graduated from Pawtucket East High School.
She was employed as a salesperson at Peerless Department Store in Pawtucket for over forty years, retiring in 1984. Freda enjoyed knitting, reading, and especially her dog Juno.
Margaret T. Duffy
SEEKONK - Margaret T. Duffy, 84, of Seekonk and formerly of Pawtucket died Saturday, December 17, 2011. She was the former wife of the late Leo Duffy and the longtime companion of the late Benjamin Woz.
Mrs. Duffy was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late John T. Holmes and Edith D. (Durand) Holmes. She owned and operated Frances Beauty Salon for many years. Mrs. Duffy was a charter member of the local 830 Theatrical Wardrobe Union. She was employed by the Providence Performing Arts in their wardrobe department.
Jeannette M. Benoit
LINCOLN - Jeannette M. Benoit, 65, of Lincoln, died Wednesday at Brigham and Womens Hospital, Boston after a courageous battle. She was the wife of Norman P. Benoit. They had been married 43 years. Born in Montreal, Canada, she was a daughter of Marguerite (Bourbonniere) Blier of Smithfield and the late Albert D. Blier.
She is also survived by her sons Michael Benoit and his wife Laurie of N. Smithfield and Christopher Benoit and his wife Lisa of Cumberland, her sister Debra Blier of Morgan, VT and her grandchildren Kyle and Emily Benoit.
PAWTUCKET - May Lauzon, 83, of Pawtucket, died Saturday at Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of William G. Lauzon. They had been married 53 years.
Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late James and Frances (Lee) Rowe. Mrs.Lauzon was employed as an automobile insurance clerk for Pawtucket Mutual Insurance Co. until her retirement.
She is also survived by her nieces and nephews Kenneth & Deborah Evans, Nicole & Mark Longo and Francesca Longo. She was the sister of the late Thomas, Clarence, Richard, James, Clifford and Betsy Rowe and Frances Evans.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Sophie Cunha, 88 died on Friday at the Cornerstone Hospice, The Villages, FL. She was the wife of the late John Cunha. Born in Clinton, MA, a daughter of the late Joseph and Rose Nicienski, she had been a resident of Pawtucket most of her life.
PAWTUCKET - Rita Levesque, 94, of Charles Street, passed into eternal life on Thursday at the Home & Hospice inpatient Center after an illness.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Joseph and Nora (Feeney) Levesque. Rita had lived in Pawtucket for the last 25 years. She had been employed as an office clerk at the former Shartenberg's and also at the former Outlet Co. before retiring.
Robert E. Belanger, Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Robert E. Belanger, Jr., 44 of Pawtucket died Sunday in Providence. He was the husband of Angela (Collins) Belanger. Born in Providence he was the son of Betty (Johnson) Belanger and the late Robert E. Belanger, Sr.
Besides his wife and mother, Robert is survived by a daughter, Torrie April Belanger of West Virginia; a son Justin Belanger of Texas; two brothers, Mark Belanger of Pawtucket and Edward Belanger of Florida; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
Robert was the brother of the late April Belanger Hayden.
Ernest H. Pfanstiehl
CRANSTON - Ernest H. Pfanstiehl, 79, of Cranston died peacefully Monday, 12/12/11 with his family by his side. He was the husband of Louise (Davis) Pfanstiehl. Born in Providence, a son of the late Louis J.M. and Nellie (James) Pfanstiehl, he was a retired teamster, retiring in 1987. He worked for Mitchell Transport for 26 years. He was an Army Korean War veteran and he was a steward at the Pawtuxet Athletic Club and a member of the Gaspee Committee.
John Anthony Matta Jr.
CUMBERLAND -John Anthony Matta Jr., 51, of England Street, passed away Monday at home. He was the husband of Colleen (McVey) Matta.
Born in Central Falls, he was the son of John A. Matta Sr. and Anna (Salus) Matta of Cumberland. He resided in Cumberland for 30 years, previously residing in Central Falls.
Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, John A. Matta III, and Brian A. Matta, both of Cumberland; one daughter, Rebecca A. Matta of Cumberland. He also leaves one sister Leslie Tordoff of Cumberland, and several nieces and nephews.
REHOBOTH - Myles Alper, a longtime resident of Rehoboth, MA died Saturday, December 10, after a short illness. He was 88.
Born in Providence, Alper attended Hope High. He graduated from Peekskill Military Academy and Boston University before enlisting in the U. S. Air Corps during World War II. He lived in Rehoboth, MA since 1948 when he first settled there with wife Alma. They built a home on their beloved Juniper Farms and raised seven children.
David J. Bosse
CENTRAL FALLS - David J. Bosse passed unexpectedly on December 11th. He was the husband of Shirley (Daley) Carroll- Bosse.
Emily D. Gonzalez
PAWTUCKET - Emily D.Gonzalez, 72, of Baldwin Street, Pawtucket died Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Joaquin Vieira and Aida (Ferreira) Vieira.
Mrs. Gonzalez was an assembler for the Fram Corporation for many years.
Lawrence S. Iacovone
PAWTUCKET - Lawrence S. Iacovone, Jr., 54 of Pawtucket died Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at Memorial Hospital. Lawrence was the beloved husband of Barbara Iacovone.
Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Lawrence S. and Beatrice (Hargreaves) Iacovone, Sr. Lawrence attended Bryant College and was a graduate of Roger Williams University.
Claire B. Leeds
NEW JERSEY - Claire B. Leeds (nee Beaulac), Age 92. Haddon Twp., NJ on Dec. 10, 2011 formerly of Allendale, NJ & New Smyrna Beach, FL.
Beloved wife of 60 years to the late Joseph Barron Leeds; beloved mother of Dr. Kathryn (John) Meininger, Ellen (Cameron) Zebrun and Barron (Casey) Leeds; devoted grandmother of Jennifer, Michelle, Cory, Kristen, Emily & Heather; and great grandmother of Kayleigh & Max.
Raised in Pawtucket, RI, Claire was awarded BA in English & French from Brown University in 1941.
PAWTUCKET - Marie L. "Bertha" Robitaille 95, died on Saturday at her home in Pawtucket. She was the wife of the late Joseph H. Robitaille. Born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Alcidas and Emilia (LaRose) Girard, she had been a resident of Pawtucket for several years. Prior to retirement in 1978 she had been employed as a textile worker with the former Bonin Spinning Company. She was an avid bowler with the Walnut Hill Bowling group and a devoted Red Sox fan.
Richard S. Cormier
LAS VEGAS, NV - Richard S. Cormier 73, formerly of River Road, Lincoln, passed into eternal life December 7, 2011 in Las Vegas after a 5 year battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Dolores (Garcia) Cormier and has lived in Las Vegas for the last 12 years.
He was born in Central Falls, a son of the late Wilfred and Estelle (Giroux) Cormier. Richard worked in the family business, Cormier Sand & Gravel for several years and later with Baccala Corp. at a Ready Mixed Concrete plant as a foreman. He also was a truck driver and a member of the Teamsters Union.
Esther P. Barber
PAWTUCKET - Esther P. (Roderick) Barber, 83 of Pawtucket, died Sunday after a short illness. She was the wife of the late George Barber. She is survived by her sons, Richard and his wife Darlene, George and Rodney Barber and daughter-in-law Janet Viano-Vessella. She was also the mother of the late Calvin Barber.
She leaves 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM in St. Martha's Church Church, 2595 Pawtucket Ave., East Providence.
Lucienne M. Genereux
CENTRAL FALLS - Lucienne M. Genereux, 95, died surrounded by all her loving children December 10th. She was the wife of the late Donat J. Genereux.
Born in Canada, she was a daughter of the late Theodore and Lumina (Perron) Routhier. Lucienne was a loving mother and enjoyed family gatherings most of all.
Lucienne was a Eucharistic Minister at the former Notre Dame Church, a member of their Seniors Club, and a member of the Central Falls Seniors.
Maria N. Hoyos
CENTRAL FALLS: Maria N. Hoyos, 84, passed December 11th. She was the wife of the late Libardo Franco.
She is survived by a daughter, Gladys Franco with whom she resided, 5 sons, John, Libardo, Carlos Arturo, Luis Edwardo and Javier Franco Hoyos, 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.