April 10th, 2012
PROVIDENCE- Andrew W. McFarlane, 67, passed unexpectedly April 8th at the Miriam Hospital with his loving family by his side.
He was born in New London, CT, a son of the late Hubert McFarlane and Isabelle (LaCharite) McFarlane.
He is survived by a daughter, NoneaJean McFarlane, a son, Andrew W. McFarlane Jr, a brother, Bradley McFarlane and a granddaughter, Nadia Elise McFarlane. Funeral Services will be private. For online condolences visit
Rhea J. Sylvester-Lee
CENTAL FALLS- Rhea J. Sylvestre-Lee, 91, died Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the Philip Hulitar Center after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Donat O. Sylvestre and the late Roland J. Lee.
Mrs. Sylvestre-Lee was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Frederick and Rosealba (Lamontagne) Boucher. She was a lifelong Blackstone Valley resident.
Francelina Lopes Correia
PROVIDENCE- Correia, Francelina L., age 87, of Albert Avenue, died April 9, 2012 at Evergreen House Health Center surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Jose D. Correia.
Born in Povolide, Viseu, Portugal, she was the daughter of the late Antonio L. and Leopoldina (de Jesus) dos Santos. She resided in Pawtucket before moving to Rumford 12 years ago.
Dorothy M. Wells
CUMBERLAND- Dorothy M. (Polsey) Wells, 96, of Meadowcrest Drive died Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Trinity Health & Rehabilitation Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late William A. Wells, Jr.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Sylvanus E. and Asenath (Wright) Polsey, she had lived in Pawtucket for most of her life before moving to Cumberland 12 years ago.
She was a 1933 graduate of Pawtucket High School and was active in several sports. She served on the Class Reunion Committee for many years. She also attended classes at Brown University.
Michelle P. Prew
SOUTH ATTLEBORO: Michelle P. Prew, "Missy" 35, passed on April 7th 2012.
Born in Attleboro, a beloved daughter of Paul and Georgette (Guilbert) Prew of South Attleboro.
Missy was a 1995 graduate of Attleboro High School, an avid softball and soccer player and played softball in the Junior Olympics. She received a Bachelors of Science from the University of MA, Amherst.
Lillian J. Lavallee
PAWTUCKET: Lillian J. Lavallee,"Lil" 67, passed unexpectedly Easter morning at home. She is survived by four sons, Henry J, Daniel Scott, Philip Justin and David Arthur Lavallee, three daughters, Janet Yeadon, Rebecca M. and Amanda Lynn Lavallee, 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held Thursday from 6 to 8pm in the Keefe Funeral Home, Five Higginson Ave. Lincoln, RI. Burial will private. For online condolences please visit,
Juliette Dumaine, 97, passed away in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Sunday, April 8, 2012. She was the wife of the late Edward Dumaine who predeceased her in 2008. Juliette was born in Quebec, Canada and was the devoted daughter of Alphonse & Alma Roy.
She and her identical twin Jeannette were the youngest of thirteen children. She most enjoyed spending time with her brothers and sisters and their families as well as the family of her late husband Edward.
PAWTUCKET- Alice Jabbour, passed away Sunday, April 08, 2012. She was the wife of the late Joseph Jabbour.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Faris and Nazera (Ganem) Solomon.
Mrs. Jabbour owned and operated the former Jabbour Electronics with her late husband Joseph for many years until her retirement in 2007. She was a member of the Ladies Sodality, Saint Basil The Great Church.
She is survived by her son, Joseph Paiva, and two grandchildren. She was one of six children.
Phyllis L. Farmer
LINCOLN- Phyllis L. Farmer (Fober) 79, passed away peacefully Thursday April 5, 2012 at home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was the loving mother of Dorene A. Buco and her husband Vincent of Rehoboth, Gary L. Farmer of Lincoln and Holly Sarza of Burrillville, 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She was the former wife of the late Cecil A. "Bud" Farmer.
Louis Del Papa
PAWTUCKET- Louis Del Papa of Pawtucket and Prudence Island died Saturday, April 7, 2012. He was the husband of the late Margaret (Magill) Del Papa.
Mr. Del Papa was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Louis and Margaret (Moore) Del Papa.
Lou was a member of many professional organizations, locally, regionally, and nationally. He retired as the Director of Teacher Preparation, Certification, and Professional Development for the State of Rhode Island.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Finally, thereâ€™s some good news concerning Andrew Miller.
Barring any setbacks, the hurler expects to take the next step in his rehab and join the Pawtucket Red Sox at some point on the teamâ€™s upcoming nine-game road trip. Miller made his second of two appearances with Single-A Greenville Monday, seeking to build off of Saturdayâ€™s one-inning stint that featured no runs on two hits. He did just that, retiring all three batters he faced on two groundball outs and one strikeout.
â€śI felt healthy and thatâ€™s all I can ask for,â€ť said Miller when reached Monday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET â€” Two city men were arrested on numerous drug charges after illegal marijuana growing operations were found in their Mulberry Street apartments, Pawtucket Police said.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Can the unthinkable become tomorrowâ€™s reality? In the season of rebirth and renewal of hope, along with the boundless belief that anything is possible, then, yes, Kashif Montgomery has every right to aim high.
If you had to count the number of softball teams in the Blackstone Valley who should post winning records this season, youâ€™re definitely going to need every finger on your two hands to total them up.
First, you have to start with the regionâ€™s top three teams who play in arguably the toughest division in the state, the Division I-North circuit. Defending state champion Cumberland, two-time state finalist Mount St. Charles, and Lincoln all reside here and figure to be fiercely battling it out for first place once again this season.
PAWTUCKET â€” Chris Iannetta made his major-league debut on August 27, 2006. That nightâ€™s starting pitcher for Colorado happened to be Aaron Cook, one the PawSox arms to keep close tabs on at the onset of the 2012 season.
Let the record show that Cook and Iannetta hit it off instantly, the folks at baseball-reference.com denoting that the pitcher tossed eight innings of two-run ball in Coloradoâ€™s 6-3 win against San Diego.
PROVIDENCE â€” Most coaches will gladly tell you that a win is a win no matter the circumstances. That was certainly the case after Fridayâ€™s three-hour plus affair at Davis Park as Tolman bused back to Exchange Street with a hard-fought 13-8 win against fellow Division II-Central foe Classical.
PAWTUCKET â€” What a difference a few months makes. After being rescued out of receivership by a private developer, the historic Pawtucket Armory building is being given a second lease on life as an arts and entertainment venue as well as commercial loft/office space.
The castle-like, brick and stone building that sits majestically at the top of Exchange Street was purchased last fall by Brian Thibeault, the owner of Joseph Properties, a New Hampshire-based development firm. Thibeault paid a reported $561,000 for the 48,000-square foot property at auction.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Sometimes painted as the Molly Hatchet of the Rhode Island medical marijuana movement, putting the axe to the stateâ€™s three proposed compassion centers before they had a chance to open, U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha says he just wants to make sure everyone knows where his office stands on the issue so there will be â€śno surprisesâ€ť when, and if, a dispensary opens up.
PAWTUCKET- Catherine Mary (Strzepka) O'Brien, 90, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at the home of her son in Dayton, Ohio. She was the beloved wife of the late John F. O'Brien.
Born in Central Falls, the eldest daughter of the late Simon and Mary (Zmuda) Strzepka, she resided in Pawtucket most of her life.
Joseph A. Belch
WARWICK - Joseph A. Belch 68, of Creekwood Drive passed away Wednesday April 4, 2012 at his residence. He was the beloved husband of Carole A. (Thurber) Belch.
Born in Pawtucket he was a son of the late Joseph and Stella A. (Rogala) Belch. He lived in Warwick for the past 31 years and was formerly of Pawtucket.
Before retiring he was employed as a Printer at United Printing for 31 years. He was a member of the Rhode Island National Guard during the Vietnam War for 6 years. Joe was a softball coach for 20 years for former Surkonts Cafe.