Archive - Obituary
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.
Candace M. DiIorio
PAWTUCKET - Candace M. DiIorio, 34, passed unexpectedly on December 14th. She was the wife of Tobey Malmberg.
Candace was the daughter of John and Pamela S. (Custer) DiIorio of Central Falls.
She is also survived by her children, Tiffany, Jordan, Alexis and Joshua Malmberg, a brother, Adam DiIorio, two sisters Jessica and Stephanie DiIorio.
Calling hours will be held Saturday, December 20th from 5 to 7pm in the Keefe Funeral Home, Five Higginson Ave, Lincoln. Burial will be held Monday at 9am at Newell Burying Ground, Attleboro, MA. For online condolences visit
Georgette T. Mitchell
ATTLEBORO - Georgette T. Mitchell, 90, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Golden Living Center of Attleboro. She was the beloved wife of the late Ovila Mitchell. Georgette was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late Charles and Lena (Doucette) Perry. She was a lace winder for local textile manufacturers in Pawtucket until her retirement.
She was a Gold Star Mother of the V. F. W. and a former treasurer of the Birchwood Village Mobile Home Park Association, Attleboro.
Gary R. Graham
PAWTUCKET - Gary R. Graham, 80, of Pawtucket died Thursday, December 18, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Jean (Bisset) Graham. Born in Dayton, KY, a son of the late Frank and Mary (Trester) Graham, he had lived in Pawtucket for the past 55 years.
Mr. Graham was a supply clerk at Amica Insurance Company, Lincoln for 18 years retiring in 1996.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran during peacetime.
He was a member of Calvin Presbyterian Church, Cumberland and Mount Moriah Lodge #8, F. & A.M., Lincoln.
Claire M. Belisle
CUMBERLAND - Claire M. Belisle, 91, of Cumberland, died Tuesday at Mt. St. Rita Health Centre. She was the wife of the late Henry E. Belisle who died in August. Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Domina and Theophita (Therrien) Dupre.
Maria de Jesus Cortes
PAWTUCKET - Maria de Jesus Cortes, 97 of Gill Street passed away Tuesday in the Pawtucket Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Pawtucket. She was the beloved wife of the late Gaspar Cortes daSilva.
Born in Celorico da Beira, Portugal, she was the daughter of the late Jose and Virginia (Elias) daCruz. She resided in Pawtucket for the past 3 years previously residing in Portugal for most of her life.
She was a communicant of St. Aidan Church, Cumberland.
PAWTUCKET - Benedict Wrzesniak, 71, of Parkview Drive passed away Tuesday December 16, 2014 at hisresidence. He was the beloved husband of Carol A. (Ise)
Born in Frankfurt, Germany he was a son of of the late Benedykt and Weronika (Czalik) Wrzesniak. He lived in Pawtucket for the past 20 years and was formerly of Cumberland.
Before retiring he owned and operated toe former Cumberland Pub for many years.
CUMBERLAND - Arthur Bernardo, 80, of Rhode Island Ave., passed away Tuesday in the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of the late Hilda (Brito) Bernardo. They had been married for the past 57 years.
Born in Cumberland he was the son of the late Francisco and Felisbela (Duarte) Bernardo. He was a lifelong Cumberland resident.
Joseph M. Fournier
PAWTUCKET - Joseph M. Fournier, 89, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Doris E. (Fontaine) Fournier for sixty-six years. Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Raoul and Laura (Riendeau) Fournier, he resided in Pawtucket most of his life.
John E. Croke, III
OLYMPIA, WA - John E. Croke, III, 71, a long time resident of Rhode Island, died December 10, 2014 in Olympia, WA, after a brief illness.
Son of the late John E. Jr., and Gertrude (Grimes) Croke, he was born in Providence and raised in Pawtucket. A graduate of Our Lady of Providence Seminary and Rhode Island College, he was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving aboard the USS Tecumseh SSBN-628. He retired from the Army Reserve after 16 years as a Sergeant First Class.
Frank A. Reddington
PAWTUCKET - Frank A. Reddington, 90, of Pawtucket died Monday, December 15, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Ann R. (Burns) Reddington. Mr. and Mrs. Reddington celebrated their 63rd anniversary this past June 16.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late John and Daisy (Palmer) Reddington.
CENTRAL FALLS - Joan "Scotty" Belanger, 83, passed on December 14th. She was the wife of the late Roger Belanger.
Born in Scotland, Joan was the daughter of the late Thomas and Agnes (Murdoch) Craig.
She had retired from Texas Instruments, and was very active at several area senior centers, enjoyed travel, swimming, playing cards, bowling and camping.
Barbara L Rogers
PAWTUCKET - Barbara L Rogers, 87, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on December 9, 2014. She was the daughter of the late James Leo & Ruth Donnelly.
Barbara was a loving daughter, mother, grandmother, great grandmother & great-great grandmother who loved spending time with her family.
Barbara is survived by two sons, David & James Rogers and two daughters, Eileen Souza & Donna Sabatini. 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great- grandchildren and several nieces & nephews
Edward A. Faunce
PAWTUCKET - Edward A. Faunce of Lincoln died on December 14, 2014.
Mr. Faunce was born in Pawtucket the son of Dorothy (Justice) Faunce and the late Arthur Faunce.
Besides his mother Edward is survived by his sisters Judith A. Rott of Lincoln, Clare O'Neill and her husband Gerald of Pawtucket, and Joan Mooney of Cumberland. He also leaves a brother Arthur Faunce and his wife Stella of Connicticut. Edward was the brother of the late James Faunce.
His funeral and burial will be at a later date.
PAWTUCKET - Theresa Hainey, 86, passed away Monday December 15, 2014. She was the wife of the late Vincent Hainey.
She is survived by her children, Michael Hainey, and Rita Clement.
A funeral service will be held Friday at 12pm in the Costigan-O'Neill Funeral Home, 220 Cottage Street, Pawtucket. Burial will follow in Mount Saint Mary Cemetery, Pawtucket. Visitation Friday from 11-12 prior to the service in the funeral home. www.oneillfuneralhomes.com
Frederick C. Urbanowicz
PAWTUCKET - Frederick C. Urbanowicz, 70, of Booth Avenue passed away Monday December 15, 2014 at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island. He was the former husband of Bernardine (Durlack) Urbanowicz.
Born in Pawtucket he was a son of the late Charles and Ann (Farnworth) Urbanowicz. He lived in Pawtucket for the past 6 years and was formerly of Seekonk.
Before retiring Fred was employed as a Master Electrician for C.O. Hoffacker for many years.
He was an U.S. Army SP-5 serving in Vietnam. He was a member of the Elks, VFW and the Moose Lodge, all of Attleboro.
Joseph W. LaBranche
SOUTH ATTLEBORO - Joseph W. LaBranche, 93, of Lincoln, formerly of Tomlinson Road, Attleboro passed away Sunday at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Inpatient Unit, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Florence M. (Dauray) LaBranche, and they had been married for the past 69 years.
Born in New Market, NH, he was the son of the late Emile and Emma (Thibeault) LaBranche. He resided in Lincoln for the past year, previously residing in South Attleboro since 1975.
Edward J. Miller
PAWTUCKET - Edward J. Miller, 101, of Pawtucket died on December 14, 2014.
Mr. Miller was born in Brooklyn, New York the son of the late Edward J. Miller and Anna (Connors) Miller.
He was a United States Army Veteran of WWII. Mr. Miller landed in Normandy on D Day, June 6, 1946, the Longest Day, where he served as a Medic, and was part of the Allies march to freedom in Europe. When he returned home he was a chef at the Fountain Blue Restaurant in Miami, Florida and then worked in the textile industry here in Rhode Island.
David L. Lapham
SEEKONK - David "Sonny" L. Lapham, 82, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Wilbur D. and Blanche M. (Arpin) Lapham.