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AIKEN, Charles
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND: Charles F. Aiken died March 9, 1927. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War. He was preceded in death by his wife, Arminta Massey Aiken. Services were held at M.H. Comstock and Sons Funeral Home. Interment was at North Burial Ground.

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ANGIER, Elizabeth
MIDDLETOWN, RHODE ISLAND: Elizabeth G. Angier, 89, died July 9, 2007. She was born December 23, 1917 to the late Edward and Elizabeth Morrisey Brine. She was a graduate of Bridgewater State Teachers College, and was a former teacher in Newport and Middletown. In 1976, she started PALM, Parents and Adoptees Liberation Movement, which aided parents and adopted children in locating each other. She was a VISTA volunteer, a member of the Edward King House, and the Middletown Senior Center. She attended St. Lucy's Church. She is survived by two daughters, Kathleen L. Angier and Susan G. Angier of Middletown; and a granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rupert L. Angier. She was the sister of the late Constance Jordan, and Donald and Richard Brine. Burial was at Trinity Cemetery in Portsmouth under the direction of O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home.

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ARRENDONDO, Teresa
CENTRAL FALLS, RHODE ISLAND: Teresa Arrendondo, 83, December 4, 2008. She was born May 1, 1925 in the Domincan Republic to the late Luis and Berminda Rancier Arredondo. She was a communicant of Holy Spirit Catholic Community. She is survived by a son, Bladimir Rodriguez of Lincoln; a daughter, Jeannette Cameron of Barrington; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great granddaughter. Services were held at St. Matthew's Church. Burial was at Notre Dame Cemetery under the direction of Keefe Funeral Home.

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BLOSCHICHAK, Andrew, Jr.
NORTH KINGSTOWN, RHODE ISLAND: Andrew Bloschichak, Jr., 79, died September 5, 2005. He was a U.S. Navy veteran with 22 years of service, and served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He was also a retired civil service foreman at Quonset Point. He was the son of the late Andrew and Mary Bates Bloschichak. He was the father of Thomas M. Bloschichak, Michael D. Bloschichak, Peggy L. Fultz-Resner, and Pennie D. McGhen; and the brother of John, Steven, Peter, Paul and Maryann Bloschichak. Additionally, he is survived by 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor D. Armstrong Bloschichak. Burial with military honors was at the Rhode Island Veterans' Cemetery in Exeter under the direction of Fagan-Quinn Funeral Home.

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CAMARA, Larry
PORTSMOUTH, RHODE ISLAND: Larry Camara, 77, died July 29, 2008. He was born June 28, 1931 to the late Antone and Laura Camara. He worked at Raytheon for 13 years, and attended St. Anthony's Church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Tiverton Rod and Gun Club, the Portsmouth Senior Center, and the Seaconnet Sportsman's Club. He was a Red Sox Fan. He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael L. and Vivian Camara of Tiverton, and Richard and Elaine Camara of San Antonio, TX; a daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Kenneth Campbell of Assonet, MA; 4 grandchildren; a great-grandson; and Chips, the cat. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude L. Morris Camara. Services were held at Anthony's Church. Burial was at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Fall River by Connors Funeral Home.

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CARLIN, William F.
PAWTUCKET, RHODE ISLAND: William F. Carlin, 63, died December 9, 2008. He was the son of Louise Rodgers Carlin and the late Frederick Carlin. He was a longtime employee of Costa Fruit and Produce. He is survived by his wife, Donna Briand Carlin; a son, Joseph Jamro of Fall River, MA; a daughter, Erika Ridout of Harrisburg, PA; his mother; a brother, David C. Carlin of Lincoln; and two nieces. He was preceded in death by his father, William C. Carlin. Arrangements were handled by Keefe Funeral Home.

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CASTONGUAY, Alson A.
NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND: Alson A. Castonguay, 73, died April 24, 2007. He was born May 14, 1933 to the late Rose Alma (Gagnon) Castonguay and Alfred Theophile Castonguay. He formerly worked as an inshore lobsterman.He held an accounting degree from the University of Rhode Island, and was an investigative auditor for the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) in Boston, MA. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, and served as a signalman and diesel mechanic in Alaska. He attended St. Spyridon's Greek Orthodox Church, and was a past member of the parish council. He was a member of the Order of Ahepa, the Rose Island Lighthouse, the Point Association, the Middletown Senior Center, Friends of the Waterfront, the Newport Player's Guild, and the Newport Art Museum. He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Cristina and Leonard Hartley of Middletown; and 2 granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Mary P. Janaros Castonguay. Services were held at St. Spyridon's Greek Orthodox Church. Burial was at Middletown Cemetery by Memorial Funeral Home.

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CHIFFOLEAU, Gilbert
NORTH KINGSTOWN, RHODE ISLAND: Gilbert Serge Chiffoleau, 78, died May 18, 2005. He was born in Paimboeuf, France on January 6, 1927 to the late Francis Pierre and Marie Louise LeMener Chiffoleau. He was a World War II veteran of the French Army, and was active in the French Resistance. He moved to Canada after the war, and came to Rhode Island in the 1950s. He was a lace mill foreman. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Casasola Chiffoleau; a son, Gilbert P. Chiffoleau of North Kingstown; a daughter, Christine Garcia of West Warwick; a sister, Nicole Perrichet; and a grandson. Burial was at Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery by Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home.

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CHILDS, Alfred
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND: Alfred L. Childs, 71, died March 12, 1884 at his home. He was born in Warren, RI. He was a longtime Pawtucket resident, and worked in the ice and restaurant businesses with a partner, J.E. Dispeau. He was a member of the Universalist Church. Note: Burial may be at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence. One record gives his middle initial as H.

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CONNOLLY, Sister Teresa
PORTSMOUTH, RHODE ISLAND: Sr. Teresa (Catherine) Connolly FCJ, died July 7, 2007. She was born December 29, 1912 in Castlegar, County Galway, Ireland. She joined the Society of the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus in Bunclody, Ireland in 1935. She was a longtime overseer of the students' dining facility at St. Mary's FCJ School in Bunclody. Following retirement from that ministry, she joined the St. Philomena FCJ community in Portsmouth, where she assisted at the school dining room for several years. She later moved to the Grand Islander Nursing Center in Middletown. Survivors include a brother, Stephen of Galway, Ireland; her religious community; and other relatives and friends. Services were held at St. Philomena Convent. Interment was at St. Columba Catholic Cemetery with arrangements by Connors Funeral Home.

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COONEY, Jane
NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND: Jane A. Crowther Cooney, 92, died December 8, 2008. She was born August 19, 1916 to the late Marianne Lynch Crowther and William A. Crowther. She formerly worked for the Preservation Society of Newport, where she was also a life member. She enjoyed golfing at Wanumetonomy Golf and Country Club in Middletown, and spent summers at Gooseberry Beach. She attended St. Mary's Church in Newport. She is survived by a daughter, Rosemary C. Sullivan and son-in-law Judge Mortimer A. Sullivan of Newport; two sons, Bryan D. Cooney of Newport and Florida, and Robert E. Cooney of Cranston; her 5 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Newport Fire Captain Bryan L. Cooney; three sisters, Mary M. Harrington, Grace Casey, and Irene Fitzpatrick; and four brothers, Dr. John L. Crowther, William Crowther, Daniel L. Crowther, and Robert Crowther. Services were held at St. Mary's Church. Burial was at St. Columba Cemetery in Middletown under the direction of O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home.

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DAGESSE, Beatrice
WOONSOCKET, RHODE ISLAND: Beatrice V. Caron Dagesse, 76, died April 26, 2008. She was the daughter of the late Francois X. and Aurore Caron. She is survived by her husband, J. Normand Dagesse; her sons and their spouses, Robert and Linda of Cumberland, and Gerald and Cliff of Boston, MA; a brother, Eugene Caron of Longwood, FL; a sister, Doris McGee of Woonsocket; and her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by several siblings, Joseph and Noel Caron, Florence Cerutti, and Alice Roy; and a grandchild, AnneMarie Dagesse. Services were held at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church. Burial was at Resurrection Cemetery in Cumberland by Menard Funeral Home.

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DASZKIEWICZ, Brother Robert
NARRAGANSETT, RHODE ISLAND: Bro. Robert J. Daszkiewicz, FSC, 71, died January 20, 2010. He was born February 23, 1938 to Catherine M. and Bronislaw J. Daszkiewicz. He entered the Brothers of the Christian Schools in 1956, professing his final vows in l964. He held a bachelor's degree in French from Catholic University and an M.A. degree in French Literature and Linguistics from Assumption College, and did additional graduate work in educational administration. He was an educator, and taught at several New England schools, including St Augustine's, Mater Christi, Trinity, and St Bernard. He ministered at Salve Regina University in Newport in several capacities, as well as at the University of Bethlehem in Palestine. He served at the Motherhouse of the Christian Brothers in Rome, and also in Belgium and France. He directed a high school exchange program, and was the director of two teaching improvement programs in Newport, RI and Palestine. He ran Bright Day Travel for the Christian Brothers in California. He is survived by three nephews and a niece, and their families. He was the brother of John R. Daszkiewicz. Services were held at Our Lady of the Star Chapel at the Christian Brothers Center. Burial was at the Brothers Cemetery under the direction of Avery-Storti Funeral Home.

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DEMESSIANOS, Mary
MIDDLETOWN, RHODE ISLAND: Mary Concetta Demessianos, 87, died January 31, 2004. She was born June 8, 1916 to the late Michael and Concetta Paranzino Nardelli. She was the foster child of the late Vito and Rachel Biello. She was a contract administrator in the public works department at the Newport Naval Base for over 30 years. She attended St. Spyridon's Greek Orthodox Church. She was a former past president and 50-year member of the Daughters of Penelope. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, and enjoyed traveling and baking. She is survived by a daughter, Helen Schuarger of Rockledge, FL; two sons, Dennis M. Demessianos of Newport, and Paul A. Demessianos of Key West, FL; 6 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alexander D. Demessianos; and three siblings, Mathew Nardelli, Carmella Antenellis, and Louise Forte. Services were held at St. Spyridon's Greek Orthodox Church. Burial was at Middletown Cemetery by Memorial Funeral Home.

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FONTES, Anthony
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND: Anthony Fontes, 81, died August 22, 2007. He was the son of the late Victor and Mary Fontes. He was a cook at Miriam Hospital for over 30 years, and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was the brother of the late Alice Fontes Rose, John Correia, Vernon Montrond, Elizabeth Cardoza, and Kenneth Fontes. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Avelino Rose; and his nieces and nephews. Services were held at Our Lady of Loreto Church. Arrangements were handled by Bell Funeral Home.

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FREEHAN, Mary
PORTSMOUTH, RHODE ISLAND: Mary A. Murtha Freehan, 86, died June 21, 2008 at the Newport Hospital. She was born June 27, 1921 in Pittsfield, MA to James B. and Delia Gallagher Murtha. She was a secretary for General Electric in Pittsfield, MA, and had also worked for Sears in Middletown, and the former Leys' Century Store in Newport. She was on the Board of Directors of the James L. Maher Center. She was the wife of George W. Freehan; the mother of Patty June Freehan of Bristol, and Mary Jane Lilley (James) of Portsmouth; and the sister of the late Beatrice Horton and Eileen Regnier. Services were held at St. Barnabas Church. Interment was at St. Columba Cemetery in Middletown with arrangements by Connors Funeral Home.

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FURNA, Edith
NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND: Edith Furna, 90, died May 5, 2007. She was born January 7, 1917 to the late Jose P. and Emilia Pacheco Barella. She was a longtime employee of Del Nero Cleaners, and a lifelong parishioner of St. Mary's Church. She is survived by a daughter, Helen M. Crowley of Middletown; a son, Louis M. Furna of Blackstone, VA; a sister, Olivia Oliveira of Newport; 5 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis D. Furna, and was the sister of the late Mary Martin, Manuel Barella, and Rose Creador. Services were held at St. Mary's Church. Burial was at St. Columba Cemetery by O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home.

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GEVORKIAN, Grigor
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND: Grigor Gevorkian, 84, died April 25, 2008. He was born in Damascus, Syria to the late Hagop and Elizabeth Gevorkian. He moved to Yerevan, Armenia in 1946, and came to America in 1977. He was a tailor, and was the retired owner of Mario's Downtown for over 20 years. In Armenia, he served as the personal tailor to His Holiness Vasken I, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenia. He attended Ss. Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church, and was active with its cultural committee and senior citizens' group. He was the husband of Taguhi Gevorkian; the father of Hovaness "John" Gevorkian of Sun Valley, CA, Makruhi Gevorkian of North Providence, and Alice Arslanian and Angela Kozinian, both of Cranston. He had 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two siblings, Gevork Gevorkian and Vartouhi Zeytoonian. Services were held at Ss. Sahag and Mesrob Church. Burial was at North Burial Ground Cemetery under the direction of Nardolillo Funeral Home.

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GIGUERE, Mariette
WOONSOCKET, RHODE ISLAND: Mariette A. Giguere, 84, died November 19, 2009. She was the daughter of the late Aime and Donalda Robillard Perreault. She and her husband owned Giguere and Marchand Oil Services, Inc. from which she retired after over 40 years of service. She was a volunteer at All Saints Parish, Feed My Sheep Kitchen, and the Linus Program. She started a program to make and donate rosaries to people worldwide. Survivors include four daughters, Louise LeBlanc and husband Arthur "Pete," and Jeannine Giguere-Gagnon and husband James, all of Woonsocket, Diane Martin and husband Wayne of North Smithfield, and Janice Godaire and husband Randy of Chaplin, CT; two brothers, Jean-Paul Perreault of Woonsocket, and Gilles Perreault of Palm Harbor, FL; seven sisters, Jeanne D'Arc Levesque of Port Orange, FL, Yvette Guillemette of Warwick, Gisele Chapdelaine of Woonsocket, Sister Fernande Perreault, PM of Hudson, Cecile Martin of Coventry, Huguette Dion of East Hartford, CT, and Suzanne Trudeau of Westerly; 6 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger D. Giguere; and was the sister of the late Robert and Marie Perreault. Services were held at All Saints Church. Burial was at St. Jean Baptiste Cemetery by Fournier and Fournier Funeral Home.

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GODBOUT, Abby
HOPE VALLEY, RHODE ISLAND: Abby C. Crandall Godbout, 86, died December 12, 2010 at the Westerly Nursing Home. She was born November 14, 1924 in New London, CT to Daniel Alva and Grace Abby Dunn Crandall. She was a retired nursing assistant and home health aide, and was a member of Wood River Six Principle Baptist Church. Family members include her children, Phyllis Kenyon (Mark) of Hartford, CT, Jeanne James (Robert) of Wood River Junction, and Victoria and Bill Prellwitz, Elizabeth Bailey, Joseph Godbout (Lisa), and Gloria Castagna, all of Hope Valley; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Phillippe Godbout; a son-in-law, Wayne Bailey and 2 granddaughters. She was the sister of the late Harold Crandall, Madeline Bellfleur, John Crandall, Elizabeth Taylor, and Daniel Crandall. Interment was at Pine Grove Cemetery by Avery Funeral Home.

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GREENE, Thomas
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND: Thomas A. Greene died April 12, 1928. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Greene. Services were held at the Cathedral. Burial was at St. Charles Cemetery in Woonsocket.

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HAMILTON, Myra
WESTERLY, RHODE ISLAND: Myra Jeanne Challis Hamilton, 81, died January 18, 2010. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Lillian Challis. She enjoyed reading, gardening, birdwatching, sewing, traveling and equestrianism. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Jimmy Cardono of Florida, and Kathie and Tom Roy of Pawcatuck; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Arthur of Florida, and Bob and wife Dondra of Texas; a sister, Penny Scott of Massachusetts; her nieces and nephews; 7 grandchildren; and her dog, Peaches. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Alan Challis; and her former husband, Dr. Benjamin T. Hamilton. Services were held at Dunn's Corners Presbyterian Church. Arrangements were handled by Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home.

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HARRINGTON, John W.
RIVERSIDE, RHODE ISLAND: John W. Harrington, 50, died April 7, 2009. He was born in Warwick to John J. Harrington and Barbara A. Harrop Harrington. He was Executive Director of the Providence Zen Center and the Kwan Um School of Zen in Cumberland for 20 years, and had been a resident of Riverside for 22 years. He attended St. Luke Church in Barrington, and enjoyed photography and graphic design. He is survived by his wife, Jayne Morris Harrington; his mother, of Warwick; a sister, Anne M. Hipwell of McKean, PA; a brother, Thomas P. Harrington of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; eight nephews; and three nieces. He was predeceased by his father. Services were held at St. Luke Church in Barrington. Arrangements were handled by W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home.

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HARRIS, Joseph
PAWTUCKET, RHODE ISLAND: Joseph Harris, 59, died January 16, 2010. He was the son of the late Roosevelt and Lelia Harmon Harris. He was a self-employed carpenter. He attended St. James Baptist Church, and was a former member of Corinthian Masonic Lodge #16. He is survived by two sons, Michael and Joey Harris, both of Franklin, MA; two daughters, Lily Harris of Blackstone, MA, and Rebecca Smith of Woonsocket; two brothers, Roger Harris and Daniel (Cindy) Harris, all of Woonsocket; three sisters, Joyce Ann Weston and Lorraine Harris, both of Woonsocket, and Priscilla Harris of Providence; 2 grandsons; and his companion, Gloria Giguere. He was the husband of Sylvia Weston Harris. Services were held at St. James Baptist Church. Arrangements were handled by S. DiPardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.

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HORRIGAN, Jennie
WOONSOCKET, RHODE ISLAND: Jennie Horrigan, 87, died March 11, 1958 at the Huron Hospital. She was a former school teacher, and had been a Woonsocket resident since 1884. She was survived by a daughter, Mrs. William DeBoer; two sons, Lester and Harold; two sisters, Mrs. Olive Dillon and Mrs. Rose Knight; her grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband. Services were held at the First Methodist Church.

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KNIGHT, Beverly
WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND: Beverly M. Knight, 66, died September 2, 2004 at Miriam Hospital in Providence. She was born January 16, 1938 in Providence to the late Harold R. and M. Kathleen Musk Vaughn. She was a retired tax and accounting service owner. She and her husband co-owned Knight Tax Service in Warwick. She had lived in Warwick for over 50 years. She was a member of Woodridge Congregational Church in Cranston, where she played in the bell choir, sang in the choir, and served on various committees. She was a Past Worthy Advisor, Past Mother Advisor, and former Advisory Board member for the Order of the Rainbow for Girls, and was a recipient of that organization's Grand Cross of Color. She was also a member of the Cranston Rainbow Alumnae and the Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include two daughters, Deborah L. Hodge of Warwick, and Cynthia G. Knight-Palazzo of Griswold, CT; and 2 grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert L. Knight. Services were held at Woodridge Congregational Church. Burial was at Mapleroot Cemetery in Coventry by Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home.

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KOWALSKI, Mabel
COVENTRY, RHODE ISLAND: Mabel I. Kowalski, 92, died July 8, 2007 at Westview Nursing Home in West Warwick. She was born November 12, 1914 in Scituate, RI to the late Nathaniel and Mabel Howard Hopkins. She was a former mender-supervisor at the Hope Lane Mill in Hope, RI. She attended Advent Christian Church in Scituate, and was a member of Riverpoint Advent Christian Church of West Warwick, where she served as a deaconess. She was a Coventry resident for the past eight years, and had formerly lived in West Warwick. Survivors include a son, Richard Kowalski of Hillsboro, OH; a daughter, Marilyn Mathers of Coventry; a brother, Nathaniel Hopkins of Port Charlotte, FL; a grandson; and 2 great-grandsons. She was a sister of the late Theodore Hopkins, Celia Rogers, Ida Barber, Thelma Knight, Alice Gifford, Edith Greene, and Evelyn Cataldi. She was predeceased by her husband, Frank J. Kowalski. Services were held at Advent Christian Church in North Scituate. Interment was at Maple Root Cemetery under the direction of Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home.

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LACZYNSKI, Frank
NARRAGANSETT, RHODE ISLAND: Frank J. Laczynski, 97, died August 7, 2008 at Overlook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born September 17, 1910 in Poland to the late Walter and Mary Burek Laczynski. He was a retired gardener at Point Judith Country Club, and was a former gardener at Burillville High School. He was an 18-year member of the Burillville School Committee, and enjoyed golf. Survivors include three daughters, Jane F. Laczynski of Narragansett, Mary E. Pallister of Cranston, and Anne K. Herard of Harrisville; 5 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. He was the brother of Catherine Laczynski of Milford, MA, and the late Joseph Laczynski, Michael Lanchansky, and Stella Gauthier. He was predeceased by his wife, Marguerite Creighton Laczynski. Services were held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church. Interment was at St. Patrick Cemetery with arrangements by Avery-Storti Funeral Home.

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LANDRY, Lucille
LINCOLN, RHODE ISLAND: Lucille A. Landry, 90, died March 13, 2009. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Alma Couture Morin. She worked for Tip Top Bakery in Pawtucket, and was one of the first women hired into the Bakers' Union. She also worked at Notre Dame and Memorial Hospitals, and volunteered at St. Jude Church. She is survived by four sons, James E. of Arlington, VA, Michael A. of Lincoln, Steven J. of Pembroke Pines, FL, and Thomas J. Landry of Lincoln; a brother, Fr. John Morin, OMI of Connecticut; a sister, Gabrielle Rattey of Central Falls; 4 grandchildren; her nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Landry. Burial was at the Rhode Island Veterans' Cemetery under the direction of Keefe Funeral Home.

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LANDRY, Rose
COVENTRY, RHODE ISLAND: Rose Grasso Landry, 84, died June 19, 2008. She was born October 27, 1923 to the late Rocco and Chiara Melino Grasso. She retired from Astro Med, Inc. She is survived by two daughters, Sandra Catanzaro of West Greenwich, and Winnie Lund and husband Arthur of Crestview, FL; a sister, Assunta D'Ambra of Warwick; 6 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred Landry; and several siblings, Costanzo, Rocco, Savario, John, Anthony, and Antonetta Grasso, and Marie Restivo. Services were held at Ss. John and Paul Church. Interment was at St. Ann's Cemetery.

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LEYS, Della
NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND: Della Leys, 76, died July 12, 1974. She was born September 29, 1898 in St. John, Canada to Angus and Letitia Titus McClean. She was a graduate of Acadia University in Canada and the Newport Hospital Nursing School. She worked as a nurse, and she and her family operated Leys' Century Store. During World War II, she served on the USO board of directors and was a Red Cross hostess. Survivors include a daughter, Blanche; 8 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lauderdale Leys. Note: Some records spell the last name as Leyes.

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MACHADO, Alyce
PEACE DALE, RHODE ISLAND: Alyce Brown Champlin Machado, 73, died November 2, 2009. She was born February 24, 1936 to the late George and Alice Brown Champlin. She was a descendant of the royal house of Canonicus, and was a traditional matriarch of the Narragansett Indian tribe. She worked as a pharmacist technician for Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island State Institutions, and as an electrocardiogram technician for St. Joseph's Hospital. She was also an attendant at the Providence Public Library. She served on the board of trustees of the Rhode Island Indian Council from 1978 to 1990. Survivors include two sons, Abel R. Machado, Jr. of Cranston, and K. Michael Machado of Narragansett; her daughters, April Ann Machado of East Providence, Deirdre Machado-Tomar of Providence, Chandra Machado of South Kingstown, Angelita Beltran of Charlestown, Bella Noka of Richmond, Noela Machado of North Providence, and Chasity Machado of Charlestown; her siblings, George and Scott Champlin and Berniece Champlin, all of Kingston; 21 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren. She was the former wife of the late Abel R. Machado and longtime companion of Albert J. Gonsalves, Jr. Services were held at Narragansett Indian Church. Arrangements were handled by Avery-Storti Funeral Home.

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MATTIA, Filomena
NORTH PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND: Filomena Catuto Mattia, 83, died January 19, 2010. She was the daughter of the late Antonio and Angelina DeRita Catuto. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Helen and Alfonse Pagnozzi of FL, and Deborah and Richard Case of Cranston; 3 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. She was the sister of Anthony Catuto and wife Anna of Cranston, Celia Boschetti of North Providence, and the late Vincent, Angelo, Salvatore, Rocco, Helen Catuto, and Mary Marsella. She was preceded in death by her husband, John B. Mattia. Services were held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Burial was at St. Ann's Cemetery by Nardolillo Funeral Home.

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MELLO, Dorothy
PORTSMOUTH, RHODE ISLAND: Dorothy Anne Mello, 48, died May 18, 2004. She was born October 28, 1955 to the late Joseph and Viola Dorothy Bento Mello. She was a certified nurse's assistant, and cared for various families on Aquidneck Island. She is survived by two sons, Jason C. Martens of Chesapeake, VA, and Brett F. Robar of Middletown; a daughter, Melanie D. DeCosta of Middletown; a sister, Cathleen Mendonsa of Portsmouth; five brothers, Joseph Mello of Little Compton, Raymond Mello of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Arthur Mello of Tiverton, Henry Mello of Portsmouth, and David Mello of Chandler, AZ; and 3 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Mello. Burial was at St. Columba Cemetery under the direction of Connors Funeral Home.

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McCARTHY, Dorothy
NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND: Dorothy T. McCarthy, 81, died February 11, 2009. She was the daughter of the late Arthur D. and Nora E. Sullivan Boileau. She formerly worked at the Naval Base. She is survived by her nieces, Patience Connerton and Penelope Grinnell; a nephew, Arthur D. Boileau, III; and her grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Services were held at St. Mary's Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon J. McCarthy. Interment was at St. Mary's Churchyard under the direction of O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home.

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O'BRIEN, Edward
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND: Edward F. O'Brien, 68, died August 19, 2008. He retired from the State of Rhode Island Bay Commission. He was a union waiter at the Biltmore Hotel and the Lincoln Downs Racetrack. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He enjoyed model railroading, and collected Lionel trains. He moved to Lutz, FL in 2005. He is survived by his wife, Eileen; and a brother, John O'Brien He was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond J. O'Brien. Services were held at St. Mary Church in Providence. Interment was at Gate of Heaven Cemetery under the direction of Russell J. Boyle and Son Funeral Home.

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PARAS, Dahlia
CRANSTON, RHODE ISLAND: Dahlia DeStefano Paras, 88, died September 4, 2007. She was the daughter of the late Antonio and Anna Palmieri DeStefano. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Lewis J. and Gail Paras of Warwick, Barbara and James Foshey of Cranston, and Beverly Jerue and fiance Frank Romanelli of East Providence; 8 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Lewis Paras; and two sisters, Elvira Ballirano and Dorothy Longo. Burial was at St. Ann's Cemetery with arrangements by Nardolillo Funeral Home.

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PATRICIO, Maria
WESTPORT, RHODE ISLAND: Maria Medeiros Patricio, 100, died October 20, 2004. She was born in Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores, to the late Jose and Maria Medeiros. She lived in the United States for 50 years. She was a former hand sewer at Chesterfield Manufacturing and Cheryl Dress. She was a Jehovah's Witness. She is survived by two daughters, Lubelia Cabral and Eduarda Resendes, both of Westport; a brother, Joao Mello of Canada; 21 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; and her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Antonio "Tony" Patricio. She was the mother of the late Manuel Patricio and Lidia Patricio Pereira; and the sister of the late Leontina Figueiredo. Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery in Fall River by Manuel Rogers and Sons Funeral Home.

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PAWLOSKI, Elizabeth
NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND: Elizabeth "Brownie" Pawloski, 86, died July 11, 2003 at the Newport Hospital. He was born December 12, 1916 in Beaumont, CA to the late William and Nina VanValkenburgh VanAlstine. She attended the Evangelical Friends Church in Middletown. She is survived by a close friend, James Budlong of Newport. Interment was at Newport Memorial Park in Middletown by Memorial Funeral Home.

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PIACITELLI, Filomena
CRANSTON, RHODE ISLAND: Filomena Piacitelli, 99, died October 31, 2005. She was born August 11, 1906 to the late Michael A. and Anna Palangio Tamborelli. She was a machine operator at National Collapsible Tube Co. for 25 years, and formerly worked at Welch Eye Glass Manufacturing. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Agostino Piacitelli; and was was the sister of the late Margaret Esposito, Esther Holloway, Anna DiLuglio, Vilma Yattaw, Helena Castricone, John and Hugo Tamborelli. Services were held at Holy Ghost Church. Interment was at St. Ann's Cemetery with arrangements by Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home.

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PLANTE, Jeanne
CUMBERLAND, RHODE ISLAND: Jeanne L. Plante, 97, died March 14, 2008. She was the daughter of the late Adelard and Albertine Peloquin Plante. She retired from the Rhode Island Department of Employment Security, and attended St. Joan of Arc Church. Survivors include a sister, Doris Plante Pelletier of Coventry; and her nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Victoria D. Plante, Lillian M. Plante, Frederick R. Plante, Lionel J. Plante, and Henri Plante. Services were held at St. Joan of Arc Church. Burial was at St. James Cemetery in Manville under the direction of Menard Funeral Home.

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POISSON, Aram
MANVILLE, RHODE ISLAND: Aram Poisson, 89, died December 23, 2008. He was the son of the late Archille and Anna Beaudoin Poisson. He was the retired proprietor of Poisson's Meat Market, and also worked at Bonellos Packing House and Lil' General Stores. He was a longtime member of St. James Church, and served as a parish trustee. He was a member of the Montcalm Club, and enjoyed coin collecting. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jeannette Godin Poisson; a daughter-in-law, Susan M. Poisson of Harrisville; a sister, Dorothy Poisson of Manville; his nieces and nephews; and 2 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Poisson; and was the brother of the late Camille, Normand, Roland, Marcel, Ralph, and Jeanne D'Arc Poisson. Services were held at St. James Church. Burial was at St. James Cemetery by Menard Funeral Home.

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RATISBONNE, Marcel
CUMBERLAND, RHODE ISLAND: Marcel A. "Frenchy" Ratisbonne, 96, died February 1, 2009 at Oakland Grove Home in Woonsocket. He was born in Chateau du Lomse, France to the late Emile V. and Valentine Chevallier Ratisbonne. He worked as a carpenter at Edgar Sutherland Construction Co., and had also worked at several other area firms. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and served in the 3rd Infantry Division. Before World War II, he was in the French Army. He was a resident of Manville from 1919 to 1951, and lived in Cumberland since then. He attended St. Joan of Arc Church, and was a member of the Golden Agers and the American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and bowling. He was preceded in death by his wife, Antoinette "Toni" Desjardins Ratisbonne. Services were held at St. Joan of Arc Church. Entombment with military honors was at St. James Cemetery in Manville under the direction of Menard Funeral Home.

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ROWAN, Maria
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND: Maria DiCicco Rowan, 90, died June 16, 2007. She was born May 13, 1917 to the late Antonio and Anna Persechino DiCicco. She is the sister of Nancy Scienzo of Cumberland, and Jennie DiCicco of Woonsockett; and the aunt of Cathy Paulhus of North Smithfield and Raymond Scienzo of New Hampshire. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Rowan; and a sibling, Angelo DiCicco. Services were held at Holy Ghost Church. Interment was at St. Ann Cemetery by Russell J. Boyle and Son Funeral Home.

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SANOCKI, Carmen
NORTH KINGSTOWN, RHODE ISLAND: Carmen Sanocki, 42, died May 11, 2000. She was the daughter of Lydia Cruz Lizardo and the late Cristino Cruz. She was the stepdaughter of Augustine Lizardo. She is survived by her husband, George E. Sanocki; her mother and stepfather; a son, Jose Anthony deJesus; a brother, Angel Cruz; and two sisters, Elba Ocasio and Nilda Cruz, all of Providence; and 3 grandchildren. Services were held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church. Burial was at St. Mary's Cemetery.

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SANTOS, Alta
MIDDLETOWN, RHODE ISLAND: Alta "Allie" Reynolds Santos, 95, died February 14, 2002 at Grand Islander Health Care Center in Middletown. She was born August 26, 1906 in Tiverton to Elmer and Mary Hart Reynolds. She was a former Newport resident, and had been a sales clerk at Leys' Century Store. She was a member of Trinity Church, and enjoyed knitting. Survivors include 2 grandchildren, Kristine M. Sumner of Portsmouth, and Daniel S. Konchar of Newport; 10 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren. She was the wife of the late Antone "Tony" Santos, Jr.; mother of the late Lorraine Ann Roggero; and the sister of the late Joseph Hassett and Myrtle Pike. Interment was at Newport Memorial Park in Middletown.

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SCOPA, Father Joseph
NORTH KINGSTOWN, RHODE ISLAND: Fr. Joseph A. Scopa, 87, died May 27, 2011 at Blessed J.B. Scalabrini Residence on the 63rd anniversary of his ordination. He was born September 21, 1923 in Simbario, Cantazaro, Italy to the late Frank and Mary Nardi Scopa. He came to Chicago with his family when he was 9 years old. He entered the Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo in Illinois. He made his first religious profession as a Scalabrinian in 1946, and his perpetual vows in 1947. He was ordained on May 27, 1948. He served as vice-rector at Sacred Heart Seminary, and later went to St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Melrose Park, IL. He also served in Vancouver, British Columbia, and was pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Chicago. He became Master of Novices in Staten Island, NY, and was later a pastor at St. Anthony Church in Everett, MA, St. Rocco Church in Johnston, and St. Tarcisius Church in Framingham, MA. He retired to the Blessed J.B. Scalabrini Residence in North Kingstown in 2002. He had been active with the Focolare Movement. Survivors include two brothers, Salvatore Scopa and Vito Scopa; and a sister, Catherine Scopa. He was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Scopa. Services were held at St. Rocco Church. Interment was at St. Ann Cemetery in Cranston.

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SILCOX, Edward
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND: Edward Silcox died October 18, 1929. He was a field worker for the social hygiene division of the Rhode Island Board of Health. He was a Providence native, and had studied at Vanderbilt University and Columbia University. He was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Silcox; his wife; a daughter, Ethel; a sister, Mrs. Harlan Latham; and a brother, Frank Silcox. Services were held at Roger Williams Baptist Church. Burial was at the North Burial Ground.

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SKIFFINGTON, John G.
MIDDLETOWN, RHODE ISLAND: John G. Skiffington, 83, died May 9, 2003 at John Clarke Nursing Center in Middletown. He was born April 19, 1920 to the late Mark and Mary McCue Skiffington. He was a longtime administrative assistant at the Middletown Police Department, and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. Lucy's Church, where he had been an usher and altar server. Survivors include a sister, Claire Rhodes of Lower Burrell, PA; and a brother, Mark Skiffington of Boston, MA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Louise Carney Skiffington; and a son, Gerard Skiffington. Services were held at St. Lucy's Church. Interment was at Newport Memorial Park under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home.

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SOUSA, Maria
PAWTUCKET, RHODE ISLAND: Maria L. Sousa, 85, died January 23, 2010. She was born in Faial, Portugal to the late Manuel and Palmira Botelho DasNeves. She retired from American Insulated Wire. She is survived by a daughter, Thelma Candeias of Pawtucket; a son, Joe Sousa of Florida; a brother, Antonio Neves of Portugal; and 2 granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jose G. Sousa; and four siblings, Manuel, Gabriel, Jose, and Jaime Neves. Services were held at St. Joseph Church. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery under the direction of O'Neill Funeral Home.

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TAFT, Ruth
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND: Ruth Taft, 77, died March 4, 1929 at the Rhode Island Hospital. She was born in Blackstone, MA, and was a former resident of Whitinsville, MA. She was survived by a daughter, Edith Taft of Providence, with whom she made her home; and a son, Charles H. Taft of Blackstone, MA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Taft. Interment was at Pine Grove Cemetery in Whitinsville, MA with local arrangements by Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home.

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THONGPHALA, Manh
WOONSOCKET, RHODE ISLAND: Manh Thongphala, 72, died January 23, 2009. She was born in Laos to the late Khamchan and Kong Thavone. She was a Woonsocket resident for 25 years. Survivors include her children, Chanthamouth, Khonsavanh, and Bouangeun "Noc" Thongphala, Manivanh Sarivong, Khanthong Thounsavat, and Khankeo Amphonephong; a sister; a brother; and her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sy Thongphala. Interment was at Swan Point Cemetery under the direction of Menard Funeral Home.

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VOLPIGNO, Pasco
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND: Pasco Volpigno, 90, died October 8, 2009. He was the son of the late Attilio and Eugenia Avico Volpigno. He worked as a heavy duty equipment operator for the Navy Construction Battalion at Quonset Point. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He is survived by a daughter, Ann Schiboni; and a grandson, Stephen Schiboni. He was the brother of John Volpigno, Mary Sheeky, Julia Sulzbacher, and the late Americo Volpigno and Giaciata Carrara. He was preceded in death by his wife, Emily Kozukonis Volpigno. Services were held at St. Adalbert's Church. Burial with military honors was at St. Ann's Cemetery by Hoey-Arpin-Williams-King Funeral Home.

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WEISS, Francis
WESTERLY, RHODE ISLAND: Francis J. Weiss, 91, died January 6, 2003 at the Westerly Health Center. He was born March 15, 1911 in Brooklyn, NY. He was a member of St. Gabriel Church. He is survived by a son, Joseph Weiss of Landsdale, PA; and three daughters, Elizabeth Waters of Westerly, and Dorothy Nusbaum and Barbara DiLonardo, both of Brooklyn, NY. Services were held at St. Gabriel Church. Interment was at St. Joseph Cemetery under the direction of Carmon Funeral Home.

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WILLIAMS, Willard
NORTH PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND: Willard Williams, 48, died July 15, 1958. He was the son of George and Hattie E. Burkett Williams. Survivors include his wife, Elsie Williams; a son; two daughters; a brother, Arthur Williams of Jamaica, NY; a sister, Ellen Frances Marsden of North Providence; and 2 grandchildren.

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WINSOR, Gladys
WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND: Gladys C. Hopkins Winsor, 94, died May 21, 2008. She was the daughter of the late Walter P. and Florence M. Edwards Hopkins. She is survived by three generations of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Irving Winsor. Burial was at Glenford Cemetery under the direction of Robbins Funeral Home.

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ZALABOWSKI, Agata
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND: Agata Tamosaityte Zalabowski, 99, died November 8, 2009. She was born in Lithuania, and lived in Providence for over 50 years. She was a retired housekeeper for Miriam Hospital. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Angela Zalabowski; a daughter-in-law, Bertha Zalobowski; 6 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Zalabowski. Services were held at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Burial was at St. Ann's Cemetery.

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