December 5th, 2011
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.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Twenty-eight state legislators joined with the anti-abortion group Rhode Island Right to Life (RIRTL) Thursday in a court challenge questioning the constitutionality of the Health Benefits Exchange Gov. Lincoln Chafee established by executive order earlier this year to carry out a portion of the federal â€śObamacareâ€ť healthcare reform law.
CUMBERLAND â€” The Town Council has authorized Mayor Daniel J. McKee to enter into a three-year energy contract with Direct Energy, which is offering Cumberland and other cities and towns participating in the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns' municipal energy aggregation program far cheaper electricity prices than they are now paying under an existing contract.
The league's current contract with Nextra Energy expires Dec. 31. Connecticut-based Direct Energy has been selected to supply electricity under the league's aggregation initiative.