April 25th, 2011
NORTH PROVIDENCE â€” Roberge, Gaston lived in North Providence for fifty nine years and died Friday the 22nd of April at home with his family. He was the husband of Ruth (Pooler) Roberge and the late Roberta (Clarke) Roberge. Besides his wife of fifty nine years together he leaves his daughter Roberta and her husband Neil Barnett of Newark, OH, his son William and his wife Catherine of Warwick, one sister Clare Bessette of Pawtucket, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
WOONSOCKET - Laura (Rattelle) Petrin, 99, of Cumberland Hill Road and formerly of Cumberland died Sunday, April 24, 2011 at Oakland Grove Health Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late William J. Petrin.
Born in Harrisville, a daughter of the late Eugene and Mary Jane (Theroux) Rattelle, she had lived in Cumberland for over 55 years before moving to Woonsocket.
She was a communicant of Historic St. Joseph's Church, Cumberland and a former member of the Chimney Hill Tenants Association.
WOONSOCKET - Ludger Jutras, 96, of Woonsocket formerly of Pawtucket, died Sunday at Landmark Medical Center. He was the husband of the late Claire (Belair) Jutras and Marie (Guimont) Jutras.
Kathleen Anne Zant
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Kathleen Anne (Garabedian) Zant, 67, of Belvidere Boulevard, died peacefully Monday at Summit Commons. She was the beloved wife of James W. Zant. They were married for forty-four years.
Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Margaret (Courser) Garabedian-Svibergson.
ANNE V. HALPIN FLANAGAN
March 16, 1924 - April 23, 2011
ANDERSON, SC - Anne Veronica Halpin Flanagan, age 87, wife of the late Norman E. Flanagan, passed away Saturday, April 23, 2011 at National Health Care.
Madeleine M. Phillips
EAST PROVIDENCE - Madeleine M. Phillips, of Rumford Towers, Rumford and formerly of Pawtucket died Saturday April 23, 2011. She was the beloved wife of William T. Phillips Jr. They had been married 56 years.
Mrs. Phillips was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, the daughter of the late Alfred and Lauvina (Lamarche) Masse. She was a seamstress at the former Pawtucket Dress Company and a waitress at Howard Johnson.
Irene J. Goffe-Moroney
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Irene J. (Jannarelli) Goffe-Moroney, 83, of Obed Avenue, died Thursday, April 21 at the Greenville Skilled Nursing Center, Smithfield. She was the wife of Edward A. Moroney, Sr., and the wife of the late Malcolm S. Goffe.
Her funeral and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association, Rhode Island Chapter, 245 Waterman Street, Suite 306, Providence, R.I. 02906, would be appreciated. For online guestbook, please visit
High school baseball players in New England understand there are two phases to their season â€“ chilly and warm. April is usually rainy and cool until the final week of the month. Players must deal with the conditions and try to persevere, knowing the warmth of May is eventually going to arrive.
With the temperature climbing to 76 degrees on Sunday, thereâ€™s a hint that warmer weather is right around the corner. Thatâ€™s good because the division races are starting to take shape and some of this weekâ€™s games are pretty interesting.
NORTH ATTLEBORO â€” Bob Thurber rose from his swivel chair inside his second-floor home office and politely asked his guest, 'You mind if I smoke?'
He grabbed a Camel wide, walked to the window with a fan blowing out, remained standing and â€“ after lighting up â€“ described the laughing old man he frequently pictured in his mind as a child growing up in then-dilapidated downtown Pawtucket.
PROVIDENCE -- Jaheeim Benton, 21, whose last known address was 33 Cole St., Pawtucket, pleaded guilty this week in Superior Court on all counts in the July 2010 assault of Tito Fadul and William Cotto Jr. in Pawtucket, according to Attorney General Peter Kilmartin. The guilty plea came just as jury selection was set to begin. Benton is the twin brother of Kasean Benton, who was shot and killed by Donald Young in July 2009. Young was found guilty last week of that murder and is currently awaiting sentencing.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Bill Donnelly has done a pretty good job of putting Vietnam in his rear view mirror.
â€śI came home from the war and went right back to where I was before,â€ť said Donnelly, a former rifleman with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. â€śI had been a kid from Pawtucket Vocational who played a lot of sports and was having a good time when I got drafted. I returned home two years later, resumed playing basketball and softball, and began my own printing business.â€ť
Donnelly had a lot of difficult Vietnam memories to suppress. He threw himself into his work and his sports outlets.
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PAWTUCKET â€” On a recent warm spring day in Slater Park, two young boys can be seen fishing with nets in the pond near the old bandstand. Yet, what would appear to be an idyllic scene to most people sends shudders down the spine of 45-year-old Jay O'Connell because of what happened to him 40 years ago in almost the same location.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The Chafee administrationâ€™s economic development projects tend to be high-profile, big-ticket items such as creating the Knowledge District in the former I-195 corridor, revitalizing the airport/train station district and continuing the Quonset Point expansion.
But in the Blackstone Valley, Chafee has his eye on revitalizing the main streets of the small distressed cities.
He has made much-publicized tours of Main Street in Woonsocket and Broad Street as it links Central Falls with Pawtucket.
J. Paul Madden
PAWTUCKET - J. Paul Madden, 84, of Marbury Ave., Pawtucket died Friday at Memorial Hospital of RI. He was the husband of the late Theresa L. (Collins) Madden.
Born in MA, he was a son of the late James J. and Gertrude (McHugh) Madden and stepson of the late Mary Esther Madden. He had lived in Pawtucket for over 70 years.
He was a WWII Navy veteran serving in the American Theatre. He was a Manager of many local Department store chains over the years predominantly working for Zayre's.
Cecile L. Kelly
SOUTH ATTLEBORO, MA - Cecile L. Kelly, 86, of South Attleboro, MA, passed away Monday, April 18, 2011. She was the wife of the late Thomas Kelly and the late Richard Noel.
Richard D. Rugg
BRUNSWICK, MAINE - Richard D. Rugg, 63, of Maine and formerly of Pawtucket, RI died April 17, 2011. Mr. Rugg was born in Boston, MA a son of the late Walter F. and Bessie H. (Leckie) Rugg. He had lived in Maine for the past 20 years. He was an auto body mechanic and a U.S. Navy Veteran. He is survived by 2 daughters Annemarie Rugg and Kayla Soule, 1 sister Sharon Gentry and her husband Bob of North Scituate, 2 granddaughters, 1 niece Melanie Loesch, 1 nephew Christopher Gentry and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Irene J. Goffe-Maroney
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Irene J. (Jannarelli) Goffe-Maroney, 83, of Obed Avenue, died Thursday, April 21 at the Greenville Skilled Nursing Center, Smithfield. She was the wife of Edward A. Maroney, Sr., and the wife of the late Malcom S. Goffe.
Born in Cumberland, a daughter of the late Eugene and Angelina (Porcelli) Jannarelli, she had lived in North Providence for the past fourteen years.
Mrs. Goffe-Maroney was a Matron at Shea High School, Pawtucket and a waitress at the Friendly Tap & Grille.
PAWTUCKET - Adela Lopez, 88, formerly of Coates Manor, passed away on Thursday at home & Hospice care of RI in Providence surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Aguas Buenas, P.R. a daughter of the late Francisco Vasquez and Maria Alamos. She had lived in Pawtucket since 1992 and had been employed in area factories.
Loretta G. Cooper
CUMBERLAND - Loretta G. Cooper, 100, formerly of Diamond Hill Road, passed away in the Hebert Nursing Home on Thursday, April 21, 2011. She was wife of the late George R. Cooper.
Born in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late Polydore and Emeline (Couture) Lajeunesse. She was a life-long Cumberland resident.
Mrs. Cooper was employed for several years as a clerk for the former Ann & Hope Stores of Cumberland.
She was a member of St. Aidan Seniors, and a communicant of the Historic St. Joseph Church, and most recently St. Aidan Church.