Archive - Obituary
December 29th, 2014
CUMBERLAND - John Hull 89, passed away Saturday December 27, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Stella (Koziol) Hull. They were married for 65 years.
Born in Pawtucket he was a son of the late Francis and Apolonia (Robak) Hull. He lived in Cumberland for the past 65 years and was formerly of Pawtucket.
Before retiring John was employed for 25 years as a Correctional Officer by the Rhode Island Dept. of Corrections.
Mr. Hull server proudly as a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
Gladys A. DeRosier
CUMBERLAND - Gladys A. (Zyons) DeRosier, 91, of Pollett St., passed away Saturday in Grandview Center, Cumberland. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward F. DeRosier.
A lifelong Cumberland resident she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Victoria Zyons.
James A. Hodgson
LINCOLN - James A. Hodgson, 87, of Arlington Drive, died Saturday, December 27, at the Holiday Retirement Home, Manville. He was the beloved husband of 63 years to Elaine M. (Dickie) Hodgson.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Deborah Dogul of Cumberland, and Beth Hodgson-Wright of Ponchatoula, La.; one sister, Lois Cooke of Greenville, and several nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late David Hodgson, and the brother of the late Dorothy Murphy.
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J. Albert Newton, Jr.
EAST PROVIDENCE - J. Albert Newton, Jr., 102, passed away on December 24, 2014 at Hallworth House, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth (Rodger) Newton. They would have celebrated their 78th wedding anniversary on March 20th. Born on February 6, 1912, he was a son of the late Joseph A. and Ruth (Brown) Newton. He and Elizabeth were residents of Rumford for over 60 years.
LAUREL D. COULOMBE
PAWTUCKET - Laurel D. Coulombe, 87, of Pawtucket, passed away Monday, December 22, 2014. She was the wife of Armand Coulombe. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Albina (Baril) Trottier.
Besides her husband she is survived by five children, Paul, Richard, Robert, and David Coulombe, and Debra Gorman; two brothers, Frank and Maurice Trottier; one sister, Olive Gibbons; seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. She was the great-grandmother of the late Alexis Coulombe.
JANE F. NICHOLSON
PAWTUCKET - Jane F. Nicholson, 79, of Pawtucket died on December 25, 2014. She was the wife of James P. Nicholson.
Mrs. Nicholson was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Wallace A. and Lola Baker. She was a relocation consultant for United Van Lines for many years.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Nicholson is survived by her sons, Kevin S. Nicholson and his wife Romy Sue of North Kingston, and Scott Nicholson of Pawtucket. She also leaves her brother Donald Baker and her three grandchildren.
RITA J. MENARD
PAWTUCKET - Rita J. Menard, 82, passed December 20th with her loving family by her side. She had been employed by AT Cross, attended RISD, was a sales rep for Stanley Home Products and was an avid bingo player.
Ernest V. Beaulieu
CENTRAL FALLS - Ernest V. Beaulieu, 54, passed on unexpectedly on December 14th.
He was the son of
Heliane (Brodeur) Beaulieu and the late Albert Beaulieu.
Ernie is survived by his siblings, Albert Beaulieu, Diane Corneau, Denise Lavoie, Jeanine Bascom, several nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was the brother of the late Paul Beaulieu.
Diane J. Standring
PAWTUCKET - Diane J. Standring, 65, passed away on Tuesday, December 23, 2014. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Norman E. and Cora T. (Benoit) Standring.
Rita E. Bedard
PAWTUCKET - Rita E. "Rit" (Bergeron) Bedard, 77, passed on December 22nd. Born in Pawtucket, she was the wife of the late Donald A. Bedard to whom she was married for 48 years. Rita was the daughter of the late Laurence Bergeron-Malloney.
Helen M. Keegan
PAWTUCKET - Helen M. Keegan, 84, of Hillside Avenue, died Wednesday evening, December 17, 2014, at Summit Commons Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. She was the wife of the late Frederick T. Keegan, Sr.
Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Annie (Lipay) Boick.
Helen worked in the office of A & Z Chain Company for several years before retiring.
She leaves a daughter, Karen J. Dunbar, of Pawtucket, and four loving grandchildren. She was also predeceased by her son, Frederick T. Keegan, Jr.
Carole A. Kelley (Rutkowski)
PAWTUCKET - Carole A. Kelley, 73, passed away Friday December 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter E. Kelley Jr.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Alexander J. and Stella H. (Szaldak) Rutkowski.
Before retiring Carole owned and operated the former Jewel Box of Pawtucket.
Carole leaves her caregiver Jessica F. Goncalves of Cumberland and also leaves her best friend, her dog Yogi. She was the mother of the late Keith P. Kelley and the sister of the late Richard A. Rutkowski.
Alice Irene Issa
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Alice Irene (Dion) Issa, 94 of North Providence, RI, loving wife of 71 years to Alphonse Issa, passed away on Monday, December 22 at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital with her loving family by her side. Alice was born on August 24, 1920 in Springfield, MA the daughter of Samuel and Lottie Dion.
LOVELAND, CO - Twila Stevens was born June 9, 1927 in Great Bend, KS to Frank and Nola (Dixon) Stoss, and entered into rest on December 9, 2014 at the Green House at Mirasol in Loveland, CO at the age of 87.
CUMBERLAND - Helen Borozny, 97, of Cumberland died Monday morning at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island Philip Hulitar Center in Providence. She was the loving wife of the late Michael Borozny, Sr. who died in 1971.
Mrs. Borozny was born and raised in Providence and upon her marriage moved to Cumberland where she resided for over 75 years.
Helen was a dedicated homemaker when raising her family and later worked for Health-Tex in Cumberland. She was a talented cook and enjoyed gardening and keeping up her skills through word-find and crossword puzzles.
Willard L. Menconi
ST. CLOUD, FL. - Willard "Will" Lewis Menconi (83 years) of St Cloud, Florida died peacefully in his home on December 10, 2014. He was born on December 3, 1931 in Central Falls, Rhode Island to William Lee Menconi and Leona Le Beau Menconi. Will's brother, 2Lt Lee William Menconi, US Army, sacrificed his life during the VietNam War. Will served in the Korean War with the US Army for two years.
Will is survived by his wife, Donna Mae Jenkins, daughter; Jeanette Girdner and her husband Troy, 2 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.