BELLINGHAM - John L. Waszkiewicz, 94, passed away peacefully on Dec. 2nd, at the Ballou Home in Woonsocket with his loving family at his side. He was the loving husband of Stacia (Holubesko) Waszkiewicz, they would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Valentines day in 2012.
Born: March 9, 1917, in Woonsocket he was the son of the late Joseph & Gabrielle (Burzawa) Waszkiewicz, he resided in Bellingham almost all his life.
UXBRIDGE, MA Bertha H. (Bassett) Ranslow, 101, of Keene, New Hampshire, and formerly of Uxbridge, died Sun. Nov. 27, 2011 in Cheshire Medical Ctr., Keene, NH. She was the wife of the late George W. Ranslow who died in 1992.
Mrs. Ranslow had been employed by the former Bernats Woolen Mill, formerly the Bauchman Worsted Mill, as a secretary in the design department.
BLACKSTONE - William F. St. John, 91, of Blackstone, MA, passed away on Friday, December 2, 2011 at Rhode Island Hospital, with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Lorraine M. (Martinelli) St. John for 44 years.
Born in Franklin, MA on July 27, 1920,he was the son of the late Francis and Helen (Davis) St. John. He was the loving father of David W. St. John and Michelle M. Phaneuf and her husband Edward all of Blackstone, and his cherished grandchildren, Brady St. John and Laci Rose Phaneuf. He also leaves his brother Edward J. St. John of Blackstone.
UXBRIDGE - Lucille R. (LeClaire) Gniadek, 77, a lifelong resident of Uxbridge died Fri. Dec. 2, 2011 in the Beaumont Nursing Home Northbridge. She was the wife of John J. Gniadek.
CUMBERLAND - Hazel Laliberte, 83, passed December 2nd.
She was the wife of the late Donald Laliberte, Luigi Fusi and Louis Swiech.
She was the daughter of the late Henry and Mabel Garde.
Hazel is survived by three sons, Louis Swiech Jr, Roy Swiech and Stephen Swiech and 7 grandchildren.
Services will be private. For online condolences visit
WOONSOCKET - Eva T. Brousseau, 96, of Lincoln, was called home to her Savior on Friday at the Philip Hulitar Home & Hospice Center in Providence. She was the wife of the late Lucien L. Brousseau.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Simon and Zepherine (Lambert) Gregoire. She was raised in Woonsocket and resided in Lincoln for over 50 years.
Mrs. Brousseau was employed at Narragansett Knitting in her early years and was a dedicated homemaker.
MANVILLE - Olha Mode, 94, passed away on Dec. 2nd from complications from a hip fracture, at the Holiday Retirement Home. A long-time resident of North Providence, Olha moved to the Holiday in 2009.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Dmytro Mode and Catherine (Rudka) Mode Boyko and sister of the late Dmytro Paul Mode, who was killed in active service during WWII. Olha worked for the Army Corps of Engineers and the Veterans Administration.
She was secretary to the chief of surgery at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center for 30 years until she retired in 1977.
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Edna M. Boudreau, 108, of Lincoln, RI, formally of North Smithfield, RI passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at The Holiday in Lincoln, RI.
She was born in Woonsocket RI on January 2, 1903, daughter of the late Alexander and Georgiana (Dion) Blanchette.
Edna was a life long resident of North Smithfield, who had worked for Uniroyal in Woonsocket as an assembler for 37 years. Edna also could be found doing what she liked to do best, which was sewing, as she was known by many to be an expert seamstress.
CUMBERLAND â€” Remember the guy from Cumberland who fought so diligently to keep open the Valley Falls Post Office?
Despite his valiant attempts to combat both the U.S. Postal Service and the Postal Regulatory Commission, he failed, but he apparently didn't in the hearts and minds of members of the American Postal Workers Union/Rhode Island State Organization.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, APWU/RISO President James Ozanian presented Derrick Watson with a 2011 Community Service Award at Marchetti's Restaurant in Cranston.
The staff at Supreme Pizza in Cumberland (right to left),Rick, Lucy, Willie, Joey, Matt and Sandra, present Sue Tessier MacKenzie, far left, with a pizza â€” one of many they are donating and serving at the upcoming Italian Buffet Dinner to benefit the Milk Fund. MacKenzie is the organizer of the dinner, which will take place Thursday, Dec. 8, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Italian Workingman's Club, 947 Diamond Hill Rd. in Woonsocket.