Archive - Obituary
February 2nd, 2012
CENTRAL FALLS - Lidia Sosa-Estrada, 78, passed February 2nd.
She was the wife of the late Guillermo Estrada.
Born in Guatemala, a daughter of the late Mateo and Lucia (Leon) Sosa.
She is survived by 2 daughters, Maria Galvan and Alma Noriega, 2 sons, Jorge and Edvin Estrada, 16 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Mayron Estrada. Lidia was one of 10 siblings.
SOUTH CAROLINA - Annette Tooma, 95, of Hilton Head Island and mother of Samuel Tooma of Hilton Head Island died Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at Life Care Center of Hilton Head.
Inurnment will be in Swan Point Cemetery in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on a date to be determined.
The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Online at
Juan Y. Vidal
PAWTUCKET - Juan Y. Vidal, 63 died at home in Pawtucket on Sunday. He was the beloved husband of Maria (Arias) de Vidal. Born in the Dominican Republic, a son of the late Fernando and Elvira (Santana) Vidal, he had been a resident of Pawtucket for several years. He loved the New York Yankees. Prior to retirement two years ago due to illness, he had been employed as a custodian in supermarkets.
Margaret W. Dwyer
PAWTUCKET - Margaret W. Dwyer (Boyle) 94, of Pawtucket, died Jan. 31, 2012. She was the wife of the late Raymond V. Dwyer. Mrs. Dwyer was born in Glasgow, Scotland. She was the daughter of the late Colin and Elizabeth (Cruden) Boyle. She came to this country 83 years ago settling in Pawtucket where she had lived for most of her life.
She was employed by the former Lorraine Mfg. as a sewer for 20 years. Mrs. Dwyer was a 72 year member of Smithfield Ave. Congregational Church and a willing worker.
Clifton R. Choiniere, Jr
PROVIDENCE - Clifton R. Choiniere, Jr. 77, of Veazie Street, passed away January 30th.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Clifton R. Sr. and Gertrude (Coughlin) Choiniere; husband of Lydia (Ramsdell) Choiniere and the late Betty Choiniere; father of Clifton R. III, Nathan, Jason and Kathleen Choiniere, Rebecca Manley, Lanel, Vinell and Shai Ramsdell; grandfather of 16; greatgrandfather of 7.
Flora B. Therrien
PAWTUCKET - Flora B. (LeClair) Therrien, 98, born February 6, 1913 in Attleboro, Massachusetts, died January 30, 2012 at the St. Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket, R.I., where she resided for twenty years. She was the daughter of the late Louis and Agnes (Cournoyer) LeClair and the beloved wife of the late Lawrence Ernest Therrien.
Edith Merle Agin
FOXBORO, MA - Edith Merle Agin, 74, of Foxboro Massachusetts, passed this Sunday with her loving family at her side. She succumbed to a brief 1 month battle with pancreatic cancer. Her friends know her as Merle.
Born in Pawtucket, RI, Merle was the daughter of Evelyn and Isadore. Merle was a long time Pawtucket resident but recently resided in Foxboro near her sons.
Mary T. Suita
PAWTUCKET - Mary T. Suita 96, passed away Monday January 30, 2012 at Kent Hospital in Warwick. She was the wife of the late Edward A. Suita.
Born in Pawtucket she was a daughter of the late Wincenty and Mary (Balbaton) Rusielewicz. She lived in Pawtucket all her life.
Gabriel M. Fortin
LINCOLN - Gabriel M. "Gabe" Fortin, 77, died Saturday, January 28, at home. He was the husband of the late Lois B. (Vivier) Fortin.
Born in the Albion village of Lincoln, a son of the late Wilfred and DiNora (Metivier) Fortin, he was a lifelong resident of the village.
Mr. Fortin was a schoolteacher for the Central Falls School Dept. for over thirty-five years, and was a graduate of St. Michael's College, Vermont.
Ronald W. Burke
DeLand, FL - Mr. Ronald W. "Hank" Burke, 75, of DeLand passed from this life on Friday, January 27, 2012. Ronald was born on May 10, 1937 in Attleboro he was the son of the late James H. and Muriel D. (Brown) Burke. He moved to DeLand in 2003 after retiring from CSR Rinker in South Florida.
His Favorite Hobby was building and working on his 1934 Cabriolet. He was a veteran having served in the Navy.
Annis I. Prevost
PAWTUCKET - Annis "Maud" I. (Senior) Prevost, 91, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, January 28, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Albert J. Prevost. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Alfred and Ethel M. (Carter) Senior. Annis was a member of St. Paul Episcopal Church.
PAWTUCKET - Willis J. Leonard, 67, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, January 29, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Mary R. (Beausoleil) Leonard for twenty-seven years. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Edward A. and Loretta (McNally) Leonard.
Mary T. Horan
LINCOLN - Mary T. Horan, 94, passed away peacefully on January 29, 2012 at Epoch Assisted Living, Blackstone Blvd., Providence, RI where she has resided for the past 6 years. She was the devoted wife of 48 years of the late Willard V. Horan.
Born in Pawtucket, RI, the daughter of the late Mary (Conlon) Campbell and William F. "Leo" Campbell, she resided in Pawtucket util 1979 when she moved to Lincoln, RI where she lived for 27 years.
Jeannette Rose Marie Royer
EAST GREENWICH - Jeannette Rose Marie Royer, 90, of Royal Court, entered into eternal life Wednesday. She was the wife of the late Russell Leigh.
Jeannette was born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Edmond and Maria (Dargie) Houle. She lived in Pawtucket several years before moving to East Greenwich, She had been employed at the former Balfour Co. as an inspector. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mercy Parish and formerly of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs (St. Mary's) Seekonk.
Judge Robert J. Rahil
NORTH PROVIDENCE - District Court Judge Robert J. Rahill, of North Providence and formerly of South Kingstown passed on January 27, 2012 surrounded by his loving family.
He was the husband of Mary Elaine (Leonard) Rahill for 56 years.
CENTRAL FALLS - Cynthia Duval, 52, passed January 27th.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of Everett Wilkinson and the late Cecilia (Dougdale) Adams.
She had been employed as a CNA for over 20 years at the former Jewish Home of the Age. She was a member of the American Legion Post 25, Pawtucket.
She is survived by a daughter, Candace Wilkinson, and a son Shawne Duval, 2 sisters, Michaela and Angela Wilkinson, a brother, Kenneth Wilkinson and 4 grandchildren. She was the sister of the late John Wilkinson.
John F. Boyle
PAWTUCKET - John F. Boyle, 69 passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Born in Boston, he was a son of the late John P. and Barbara E. (Collins) Boyle. John worked many years at Rhode Island Hospital/Lifespan, and more recently as a Manager for Cumberland Farms. In his free time John was an avid fly fisherman, spending many hours fly fishing in various local streams and rivers.
Loretta A. Bessette
PAWTUCKET - Loretta A. Bessette, 80, of Pawtucket, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2012 surrounded by her husband and six children. She was the beloved wife of Leo Bessette Jr. They were happily married for fifty six years.
Jeannette Rose Marie Royer
EAST GREENWICH - Jeannette Rose Marie Royer, 86, of Royal Court, entered into eternal rest Wednesday. She was the wife of the late Robert Royer.
Jeannette was born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Edmond and Maria (Dargie) Houle. She lived in Pawtucket several years before moving to East Greenwich, She had been employed at the former Balfour Co. as an inspector. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mercy Parish and formerly of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs(St. Mary's) Seekonk.
Howell J. Smith Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Howell J. Smith Jr., of Pawtucket, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. He was the husband of Janet Cosimini Smith for 62 years. Howell was born in Central Falls the son of the late Howell and Margaret (Little) Smith, Sr.
As a founder of Howell Smith Druggist, he has been serving the Pawtucket community since it opened in 1938 by his father. In 1966, Howell and his wife, Janet, modernized the pharmacy to what it is today, and his son, Howell Smith III, will carry on the family business.