Archive - Obituary
January 5th, 2011
Francis Z. Durand
FLORIDA - Francis Z. Durand, 93, born March 27, 1917 in Woonsocket, RI died January 3, 2011 in Palm Harbor, FL after a brief illness.
Son of the late Zedeor and Mary (Bashaw) Durand, brother of Victory (Byron) of Johnston. Married 61 years to the late Jeannette (St. Pierre). Eight children, - the late Emma, Paul (Oldsmar, FL), William (Pawtucket), Douglas (Tarpon Springs, FL), Susan Ritchotte (Davenport, FL), Stephen (Pawtucket), Nancy McAllister (Guntersville, AL), and Lynne Zygmont (Windham, NH). Grandfather of 18 and great grandfather of 11.
Florence A. Bussey
YUCAIPA, CA - Florence A. Bussey of Yucaipa, CA passed away on December 11, 2010.
She was born in Rhode Island to Agna and Muriel Pion on October 25, 1924. She married Raymond J. Bussey in 1943.
She is survived by two daughters; Elaine Proulx of Indio, CA and Carol Liaboe of San Jacinto, CA, two sons Raymond Bussey of Tomales, CA and Robert Bussey of Big Bear, CA., 5 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
Dolores T. DeCosta
CUMBERLAND - Dolores T. DeCosta, 81 of formerly of One Mendon Road passed away Sunday in Palms West Hospital, Loxahatchee, FL. She was the wife of the late George DeCosta.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Arthur J. and Florence (Beauchamp) Palin. She resided Loxahatchee for the past 6 years previously residing in Cumberland for 45 years and New Bedford, MA.
She was a member of the Amalgamated Cotton and Garment Allied Industry Union for 26 years, the Cumberland Housing Authority and the AARP.
PAWTUCKET - Mary Walsh, 90 of 175 Broad Street, Pawtucket died Saturday, January 1, 2011 at the Evergreen Nursing Home after a courageous and dignified battle with lung cancer. She was the wife of the late Raymond H. Walsh who preceded her in death the previous year on the same date. They had been married 68 years. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth (Cassidy) and Edward Purcell.
Before retiring, she was employed by Glencairn Manufacturing. Mary was also a member of the Kennedy Housing Tenants Association.
Peter J. Pytka Jr.
CUMBERLAND: Peter J. Pytka Jr.40, passed December 30, 2010.
He was the husband of the late Tracy (Soares) Pytka.
He was a loving father to his children and will be sadly missed.
Born in Pawtucket, the son of Joan (Otis) Pytka and the late Peter J. Pytka.
He was the father of Peter J. Pytka III, Jaymee and Julia, and is also survived by a sister, Jessica Jean and her husband Scott.
William J. Matisewski
CUMBERLAND - William J. Matisewski, 85, of Citizen Street, passed away Monday in the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Helen (Marek) Matisewski, and they had been married for 61 years.
Born in Clinton, MA; he was the son of the late Stanley and Mary (Golash)Matisewski. He resided in Cumberland for most of his life.
He was a United States Army, World War II Veteran, serving during the European Theater of Operations.
Albert H. Leighton
Lt. Col., U.S.A.F. Retired
COLORADO - Albert H. Leighton, 91 of Denver; Husband of Emma Leighton; Father of Jacqueline (Roger) Yoshinari, Pamela Leighton and James Leighton; Grandfather of David and Daniel Yoshinari, Katherine Y. (Michael) Mohammadi, and Chelsie Modrell; Great Grandfather of Nathan Mohammadi; Graveside Service Friday, 1PM, Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3695 South Sheridan Blvd. Staging Area A, Denver, CO;
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PAWTUCKET - Rene Bobola, 86 of Pawtucket died on Dec. 27, 2010 from complications of a stroke in Miriam Hospital, Providence. He had been a resident of Pawtucket most of his life. Prior to retirement in 1949, he was employed as an electrician for approximately 20 years.
Roland L. Gaboriault
CENTRAL FALLS - Roland L. Gaboriault, 81 of the Wilfred Manor in Central Falls died at Home & Hospice Care of RI. He was the husband of the late Marie E. (Bouvier) Gaboriault. Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Ezechias and Della (Nolan)Gaboriault, he had resided there for many years. He was a communicant of the former Notre Dame Church where he was a member of the Men's Club.
CUMBERLAND - Hope (Hedberg) Gale, 99, of Newell Drive died December 28th at St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield. She was the wife of the late Frank H. Gale. Born on April 6, 1911 in Woonsocket, the first child of the late Lars Walfrid and Caroline Elizabeth (Johnson) Hedberg, she had been a resident of Cumberland for many years.
Eileen M. Paquin
PAWTUCKET - Eileen M. (Cardoza) Paquin 67, a lifelong Pawtucket resident passed away in Orlando, Florida on December 17, 2010. She was the beloved wife for 49 years of Ernest H. Paquin.
Born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late James and Ida (Deschenes) Cardoza. Mrs Paquin, who loved to travel worked for The Union Wadding Co. (Pawtucket) for many years.
Antonio Pires Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Antonio Pires Jr., 68, of Owen Ave. passed away on Friday in the Miriam Hospital, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Evelyn (Messier) Lavallee-Pires and the late Esperanza "Hope" (Ramonett) Pires.
Born in Central Falls he was the son of the late Antonio and Maria (Neves) Pires Sr. He resided in Pawtucket for the past 40 years.
He was a sprinkler fitter for 35 years employed out of Sprinkler Fitters Local 676, Hartford retiring in 2002.
Mr. Pires was a U. S. Air Force veteran and a member of the Garfield Social Club, Central Falls.
Audrey L. DeRoy
PAWTUCKET - Audrey L. (Pond) DeRoy, 58, passed away Saturday, January 1, 2011. Born in Attleboro, she was a daughter of Halsey B. Pond of Pawtucket and the late Theresa Hope (Desmarais) Pond, and the stepdaughter of Margaret Pond of Pawtucket.
Audrey resided in Attleboro before moving to Pawtucket three years ago. She was a supervisor at Delta Imperial Pearl, East Providence for thirty years until retiring.
Audrey loved children, animals and the ocean.
PAWTUCKET - Jeanne (Rice) Murphy, an award winning reporter for the Evening (Pawtucket) Times died December 30. She was the wife of the late James M. Murphy Jr., former managing editor of The Times.
Dorothy C. Masse
PAWTUCKET - Dorothy C. (Troufield) Masse, 86, of Saratoga Ave. died Wednesday at Epoch @ Blackstone, Providence. She was the wife of the late Donald J. Masse.
Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late George L. and Caroline (Washburn) Troufield and had lived in Pawtucket all her life.
Luis De Sousa
PAWTUCKET - Luis De Sousa, 86, of Pawtucket, passed away, Wednesday, December 29, 2010. He was the husband of Maria (De Costa) De Sousa. Born in Portugal, he was the son of the late Manuel and Maria Teresa De Sousa. Mr. De Sousa worked as a Janitor for various companies before retiring. He enjoyed gardening and going for walks. Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Ana Chedda of Cranston and Zelia Gardiner of Connecticut; two sons, Armindo Sousa of Pawtucket and Manuel Sousa of East Providence; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Arthur A. Bonneau
PAWTUCKET - Arthur A. Bonneau, 86, formerly of Pawtucket, died on Dec. 29 at the Briarcliff Manor. He was the husband of the late Rita (Lemay) Bonneau and had been a resident of Pawtucket for 64 years. Prior to retirement in 1986, he had been employed as a custodian in the Pawtucket school system, and previously as a short order cook at the former Lovely's Diner.
Elaine A. Thornhill
ATTLEBORO- Elaine A. Thornhill 66, of Deerfield Road passed away Thursday December 30, 2010 at her residence. She was the beloved wife of David A. Thornhill.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Carlyle W. and Catherine V. (Bociek) Wheeler. She lived in Attleboro for the past 37 years.
Before retiring she was employed as a Cashier for the Attleboro School system.
December 30th, 2010
Americo I. Soares
PAWTUCKET - Americo I. Soares, 88, of Glenwood Avenue, died Wednesday at Cherry Hill Manor Nursing Center, Johnston, RI. He was the husband of the late Benvinda A. Soares.
Born in Portugal, he was the son of the late Pedro Inacio and Maria (Amelia) Soares before living the last 27 years in Pawtucket.
He was a jewelry polisher in the jewelry industry in Rhode Island for many years before retiring.