WESTFIELD, MA - Freda Thomas, 92, died Friday, December 16, 2011 in Westfield, MA. She was born in New York City, NY on July 4, 1919 to Saul and Gertie(Goldberg) Wax. Freda lived most of her life in Pawtucket, RI and graduated from Pawtucket East High School.
She was employed as a salesperson at Peerless Department Store in Pawtucket for over forty years, retiring in 1984. Freda enjoyed knitting, reading, and especially her dog Juno.
Margaret T. Duffy
SEEKONK - Margaret T. Duffy, 84, of Seekonk and formerly of Pawtucket died Saturday, December 17, 2011. She was the former wife of the late Leo Duffy and the longtime companion of the late Benjamin Woz.
Mrs. Duffy was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late John T. Holmes and Edith D. (Durand) Holmes. She owned and operated Frances Beauty Salon for many years. Mrs. Duffy was a charter member of the local 830 Theatrical Wardrobe Union. She was employed by the Providence Performing Arts in their wardrobe department.
Jeannette M. Benoit
LINCOLN - Jeannette M. Benoit, 65, of Lincoln, died Wednesday at Brigham and Womens Hospital, Boston after a courageous battle. She was the wife of Norman P. Benoit. They had been married 43 years. Born in Montreal, Canada, she was a daughter of Marguerite (Bourbonniere) Blier of Smithfield and the late Albert D. Blier.
She is also survived by her sons Michael Benoit and his wife Laurie of N. Smithfield and Christopher Benoit and his wife Lisa of Cumberland, her sister Debra Blier of Morgan, VT and her grandchildren Kyle and Emily Benoit.
PAWTUCKET - May Lauzon, 83, of Pawtucket, died Saturday at Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of William G. Lauzon. They had been married 53 years.
Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late James and Frances (Lee) Rowe. Mrs.Lauzon was employed as an automobile insurance clerk for Pawtucket Mutual Insurance Co. until her retirement.
She is also survived by her nieces and nephews Kenneth & Deborah Evans, Nicole & Mark Longo and Francesca Longo. She was the sister of the late Thomas, Clarence, Richard, James, Clifford and Betsy Rowe and Frances Evans.
PAWTUCKET â Sophie Cunha, 88 died on Friday at the Cornerstone Hospice, The Villages, FL. She was the wife of the late John Cunha. Born in Clinton, MA, a daughter of the late Joseph and Rose Nicienski, she had been a resident of Pawtucket most of her life.
PAWTUCKET â Defending Division III state champion Johnston/North Providence left Lynch Arena on Saturday night knowing that it has a fight on its hands the rest of this season with Tolman.
The upstart Tigers gave the JNP Co-Op squad all it could handle before losing 6-5 in overtime on a breakaway goal by Jon Alsfeld.
PROVIDENCE â He could have blamed fatigue from the basketball game the night before and the early-morning practice the next day.
He could have blamed the different footwear, a pair of spikes that were more than a full size smaller. He could have even blamed his lack of practice, which is none since last June.
WILLIMANTIC, Ct. â Cumberland High walked away with the team championship at Saturdayâs Lancer Invitational, crowning two individual champions and seeing a third wrestler, Erik Travers, have victory stolen away from him by some sloppy officiating.
Jon Maccini (138) and Tom Lacroix (195) claimed individual titles for the Clippers, who accumulated 220 team points to run away with the title over runnerup Southington (Ct.), which took second place with 166 points.
PAWTUCKET â Mike Kinch must consider Lynch Arena his home ice.
The Cumberland High senior, whose family has strong ties to Pawtucket, led the Clippers to a 5-2 victory over the SRA-PCD-Wheeler Co-Op team on Saturday night by scoring two goals and assisting on another.
âMikeâs a strong player who skates well and has a good shot,â Cumberland coach Mark Andreozzi said after the game. Kinch now has six goals and nine assists on the season, putting him near the top of the state in points scored.
PROVIDENCE â Despite the wholesale rejection of his first budget by the General Assembly and his failure to expand long-awaited pension reform legislation to cover troubled municipal plans, Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he considers his freshman year at the helm of the Ocean State to be a success.
LINCOLN â Twin River has teamed up with local law enforcement agencies by organizing a program to utilize their unclaimed lost or stolen bicycles in an effort known as Project Broken Wheel.
âWe take parts from each of the broken bicycles in order to make them whole again,â said Frank Martucci, general manager of beverage operations for Twin River. âOur employees really pulled together and were able to bring smiles to so many little faces this holiday season.â
NORTH PROVIDENCE â A horrendous start to the second half doomed Tolman High on Friday night.
North Providenceâs fast-breaking attack seized control of the Division II opener for both sides thanks to rattling off 14 straight points to begin the second stanza. The surge paid off handsomely for the host Cougars, who would go on to win by a 64-54 count.
Tolman junior Juan Velez led all scorers with 23 points while classmate Jonathan Percy ruled down low with 17 points. The scoring dropped off considerably as the next high man for the Tigers was Mamour Samb, who finished with eight points.
PAWTUCKET - Rita Levesque, 94, of Charles Street, passed into eternal life on Thursday at the Home & Hospice inpatient Center after an illness.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Joseph and Nora (Feeney) Levesque. Rita had lived in Pawtucket for the last 25 years. She had been employed as an office clerk at the former Shartenberg's and also at the former Outlet Co. before retiring.
WARWICK â With his own special and unique brand of tough love, Ed Cooley consistently relays to suspended forward Kadeem Batts that he let the entire Providence College basketball program down.
âI let him know about it every single day by saying âThanks Kadeem, thanks,ââ said the PC coach on Thursday at the Radisson Hotel, site of the first Cox Sports R.I. Basketball Media Luncheon of the season. âWe donât hide anything.â
EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to a production error, an article from a previous School Committee meeting inadvertently ran in Friday's Times and on this web site. The following is the correct article from the School Committee meeting of Dec. 13.
PAWTUCKET â Thanks to various cost-cutting measures, including bringing back special education students from outplacement services, and concessions from the teachers' union, the School Department was able to achieve a balanced budget for the current fiscal year.
PAWTUCKET â Some things never change. Feelings of jealousy, rage, heartbreak and entrapment are just as much a part of people's lives today as they were centuries ago when William Shakespeare penned his famous tragedy, âHamlet.â
Robert E. Belanger, Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Robert E. Belanger, Jr., 44 of Pawtucket died Sunday in Providence. He was the husband of Angela (Collins) Belanger. Born in Providence he was the son of Betty (Johnson) Belanger and the late Robert E. Belanger, Sr.
Besides his wife and mother, Robert is survived by a daughter, Torrie April Belanger of West Virginia; a son Justin Belanger of Texas; two brothers, Mark Belanger of Pawtucket and Edward Belanger of Florida; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
Robert was the brother of the late April Belanger Hayden.
Ernest H. Pfanstiehl
CRANSTON - Ernest H. Pfanstiehl, 79, of Cranston died peacefully Monday, 12/12/11 with his family by his side. He was the husband of Louise (Davis) Pfanstiehl. Born in Providence, a son of the late Louis J.M. and Nellie (James) Pfanstiehl, he was a retired teamster, retiring in 1987. He worked for Mitchell Transport for 26 years. He was an Army Korean War veteran and he was a steward at the Pawtuxet Athletic Club and a member of the Gaspee Committee.
John Anthony Matta Jr.
CUMBERLAND -John Anthony Matta Jr., 51, of England Street, passed away Monday at home. He was the husband of Colleen (McVey) Matta.
Born in Central Falls, he was the son of John A. Matta Sr. and Anna (Salus) Matta of Cumberland. He resided in Cumberland for 30 years, previously residing in Central Falls.
Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, John A. Matta III, and Brian A. Matta, both of Cumberland; one daughter, Rebecca A. Matta of Cumberland. He also leaves one sister Leslie Tordoff of Cumberland, and several nieces and nephews.