Esther M. Villeneuve
PAWTUCKET - Esther M. (Fritz) Villeneuve, 91, formerly of Oneida Street, died Sunday, April 27, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Home, East Greenwich surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Herbert J. Villeneuve.
Born in Titonka, Iowa, a daughter of the late Albert and Mary (Sprick) Fritz, she had lived in Pawtucket for 65 years.
Mrs. Villeneuve was a bookkeeper for the Blackstone Valley Gas & Electric Credit Union before retiring.
She attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
Mrs. Villeneuve served in the United States Navy during World War II as a Storekeeper First Class stationed in Norfolk, VA. She was a member, Past President, Vice President and Secretary of the Waves National, RI, Ocean State Unit #118. She volunteered at Veterans Medical Center, Providence and at Hospice. She was awarded the 2001 Patriot Award for her veteran service and was the first Rhode Island woman to receive this award.
She was a member of St. Matthew-Trinity Lutheran Church, Pawtucket and was Past President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Lutheran Church Women.
She is survived by two daughters, Mary Beth DeFreitas and her husband, Eric of Riceville, TN and Lori Ann Ryan of Livingston, NJ; two sons, Bruce H. Villeneuve and his wife, Sandra of Wesley Chapel, FL and Kevin L. Villeneuve and his wife, Davina of East Greenwich; five grandsons and four granddaughters, Shane Villeneuve and his wife Melissa, David DeFreitas and his wife Crystal, Nathan DeFreitas, Merrick Villeneuve, Joshua Villeneuve, Tiffani Childress and her husband John, Kelly Cullen and her husband Michael, Brittany Ryan and her fianc Eric Brodsky, and Jena Villeneuve; three great grandsons, Luke Jackson Childress, Ty Joseph Childress and Elijah David DeFreitas; two great step grandchildren, Braydon and Tyler Chapman; and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late William, Herman and Reinhart Fritz, and Emma Boekelman.
Her funeral will be celebrated THURSDAY, MAY 1 at 1 P.M. at St. Matthew-Trinity Lutheran Church, 690 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket. Burial, with military honors, will be in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence.
Relatives and friends are invited and may call at BELLOWS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 160 River Road, Lincoln WEDNESDAY 4-8 P.M. For Directions and Guest Book, please visit
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