Archive - Obituary
May 24th, 2011
Ruth L. Gannites
LINCOLN - Ruth L. Gannites, 83, of Lincoln, died Friday at RI Hospital. She was the wife of George Gannites (former Chief of the Limerock Fire Dept.) Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Mildred (Brady) Noelte. Mrs. Gannites had been employed by the Town of Lincoln School Lunch program prior to her retirement in 1975.
Edmond M. Metivier
HUDSON, FL - Edmond M. Metivier, 82, of Hudson, Florida, and formerly of Pawtucket died Friday, May 20, 2011 in Florida. He was the husband of the late Josephine (Castro) Metivier.
Mr. Metivier was born in Pawtucket the son of the late Henry and Marie Louise(Salois) Metivier. He was a Veteran in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean War and then served as a Fireman in the City of Pawtucket for over 25 years.
Mr. Metivier is survived by a brother, Paul Metivier in Narragansett. He also leaves a niece, Joanne Needham of Pawtucket.
Kenneth E. Joseph
PAWTUCKET - Kenneth E. "Ken" Joseph, 79, passed away peacefully, May 22, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Joan M. (Whitman) Joseph. Born in Northbridge, MA, he was the son of the late Edward and Albertina (Girouard) Joseph. Ken was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was the proprietor of the Attleboro Bowlerdrome. He also worked security at Hasbro in Pawtucket for 20 years. Ken was a member of the Attleboro Elks Lodge.
Mary Carolyn Hart-Zipser
PAWTUCKET- Mary Carolyn (Coutu) Hart-Zipser, 83, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 22, 2011. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Donat and Frances (Murray) Coutu.
Mary was an educator, entrepreneur, actress and writer.
MERRITT ISLAND, FL - Frank Iwuc, 89, passed away Monday May 23, 2011 in Merritt Island. He was born in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Frank moved to Merritt Island in 1967.
He worked with the Space Program. Frank was a Navy Veteran of WWII. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Stasia K. Iwuc, parents Bronislaw and Adolfina Iwuc, sister Lottie Byrnes, brother Joseph Iwuc, sisters Jane Zielinski, Jessie Jendzejec, and brother Edward Iwuc.
Karl E. Fitzgerald
PAWTUCKET - Karl E. Fitzgerald 47 of Branch St. died Friday at Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. He was the fiancÃ© of Gladys Olni.
Born in Providence a son of Doris (Houle) Duarte of Pawtucket and the late Edward Fitzgerald. He was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket.
Karl was an avid fisherman.
Ralph P. Greenwood
SEEKONK - Ralph P. Greenwood, a lifelong resident of Seekonk, died Monday,May 23, 2011. He was the husband of Barbara (Pollard) Greenwood. Born in Ashville, NC. He is survived by his daughters, Marsha (Andrew) Thompson of Ocala, FL, Carol F. Greenwood of Seekonk and Donna (Jay) Kmiec of Attleboro; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Helen Greenwood and Norma Dingley.
Eleonore R. Kelly
PAWTUCKET - Eleonore R. "Lore" (Spitzbarth) Kelly, 86, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 21, 2011. Eleonore was the beloved wife of the late John T. Kelly.
Born in Rehau, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Johann and Yette (Hollering) Spitzbarth. Eleonore had worked for the Rhode Island State Lunch Program and was a past Secretary and Vice President of the AFSCME, Local # 2872. She leaves one daughter, Andrea L. Kelly and her husband Brian of Cumberland and two grandchildren, Jonathan and Kara Kelly both of Cumberland.
Albert P. Vaslet
PAWTUCKET - Senator Albert P. Vaslet, 85, died Sunday, at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of his beloved Helen M. (Nixon) Vaslet to whom he had been married for over 51 years.
Born in Pawtucket, he was ason of the late Albert P and Lillian (Garlick) Vaslet and was a lifelong resident of the City.
Anna M. Mulvey
EAST PROVIDENCE - Anna M. Mulvey, 84, of Rumford, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2011. She was the wife of the late Albert Mulvey.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Bridget (Madigan) Hogan.
Mrs. Mulvey had lived in Pawtucket before moving to Rumford 45 years ago. Anna was a sales clerk for Ann & Hope of Cumberland for many years before retiring.
Susan M. Jack
SEEKONK - Susan M. (Tatarian) Jack, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the Seekonk Fire Chief, Alan R. Jack for 23 years.
Born in Attleboro, a daughter of the late Peter J. and Rita L. (Boule) Tatarian, she resided in North Attleboro, Plainville and Rehoboth before moving to Seekonk five years ago.
Susan served in multiple capacities for over thirty years at various local YMCA's, most recently at the Seekonk YMCA. She was deeply involved with the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Judge Edward V. Healey, Jr.
CRANSTON - The Honorable Edward V. Healey, Jr., 88, of Cranston, Retired Senior Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Family Court died Saturday, May 21 at the Scandinavian Home, Cranston.
Judge Healey was born in Providence, the first child of the late Edward V. Sr. and Margaret (McGrath) Healey. He was the husband of the late Lillian Dolly E. (Devlin) to whom he was married for thirty-seven years until her death in 1987.
Anthony W. Abramczyk
LINCOLN- Anthony W. Abramczyk 86, of Great Road passed away Thursday May 12, 2011 at Woonsocket Health & Rehabilitation Center. He was the beloved husband of the late Helen M. (Shurgot) Abramczyk.
Born in Pawtucket he was a son of the late Wincenty and Emilia (Mickiewicz)Abramczyk.
Before his retirement he owned and operated the former Abramczyk's Market of Central Falls and later worked for Gorhman Corp. as a Machine Operator.
Theresa R. Rabczak
ATTLEBORO- Theresa R. Rabczak 73, of Robinson Avenue passed away Friday May 20, 2011 at her residence.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late John and Frances (Kosinski) Szumita Sr. She lived in Attleboro for the past year and was formerly of Harrisville and Cumberland.
Before retiring Theresa was employed as a Braider Tender for the Colonial Mills of Pawtucket for 20 years retiring in 1998. She was a member of the Cranshaw VFW Post ladies auxillary.
Alice B. Gagnon
FAIRFIELD, CT - Alice B. (Guimond) Gagnon, 98, of Unquowa Road, Fairfield, CT and formerly of Carter Ave., Pawtucket, RI, died Wednesday at St. Vincent Hospital, Bridgeport, CT. She was the wife of the late Irenee G. Gagnon.
Born in Grosvenordale, CT., she was a daughter of the late Amable and Lydwin Dusomble Guimond. She lived in Pawtucket until 1994 when she relocated to Fairfield, CT.
Mrs. Gagnon was a weaver for over 30 years in the Blackstone Valley textile mills. She was a communicant of St. Cecilia's Church, Pawtucket, and enjoyed playing golf and cards.
Gertrude R. Griffin, 65 died Wednesday at the Philip Hulitar Impatient
Center in Providence.She was the wife of the late Joseph P. Griffin.Born in Pawtucket Gertrude was the daughter of the late Corrine (Ledoux) Swindelles.
She worked as a Behavioral Specialist at the James L. Maher Center in
Bristol until December 2010.
Gertrude is survived by a son; Joseph P. Griffin, Jr. of Foster; two
daughters, Marie Worthington of Pawtucket and Deborah Griffin of
Cranston; two brothers, Edward Swindelles and James Swindelles both of
Arthur J. Brassard
LINCOLN - Arthur J. Brassard, 93, of Lincoln, died Thursday at Summit Commons, Providence. He was the husband of Diana L. (Berard) Brassard. They had been married 71 yrs.
Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Remy and Eugenie (Blain) Brassard and the stepson of Ombeline (Croteau) Brassard. He was a self-employed owner of Spring Water Association and Rent All Inc. Mr. Brassard was an Army veteran of WW II. He was a Staff Sargeant with Company F 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment and a Purple Heart receipient.
Lois B. Fortin
LINCOLN - Lois B. (Vivier) Fortin, 74, of School Street, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of Gabriel Fortin. Mr. & Mrs. Fortin were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in July.
Born in Valley Falls, a daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth (Slater) Vivier, she had lived in the Albion section of Lincoln for the past fifty years.
Mrs. Fortin was a communicant of St. Ambrose Church, Albion.
JOHNSTON - Brian Allard, 22, of Johnston and formerly of Lincoln, passed away Monday, May 16, 2011. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of Brian Allard and Michelle (Earnheart) Allard. Brian had lived in Lincoln before moving to Johnston in February of this year. Besides his parents, he is survived by his brother, Brett Allard USMC, his sister, Brittany Allard, his paternal grandparents, Robert and Annabell Desautel, and his maternal grandmother, Anne Finnegan. He was the grandson of the late Frank Allard Jr.
James E. Brennan
PAWTUCKET - James E. Brennan, 91, of Monroe Street died on Monday at RI Hospital. He was the former husband of Edith E. Brennan (Hey) of Warwick and Lubomira Brennan of Pawtucket.
Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Michael F. and Catherine (Piggott) Brennan. He was a life long resident of the city.