January 21st, 2011
BLACKSTONE- Dorothy (Ratelle) Cote, 87, of Blackstone formerly of Bellingham and Woonsocket passed away on Monday, January 17, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond E. Cote.
Born in Harrisville, RI on November 13, 1923 she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Mary Jane (Theroux) Ratelle. She was the mother of Raymond E. Cote and his wife Rita of San Antonio, TX.
When it comes to Woonsocket Highâs boys basketball team, the old axiom of everyone loves a winner comes to mind. The flip side, as revealed this winter, is that very few people are willing to make the trip through snow and ice on a school night to watch this yearâs 1-8 team play its home games.
LINCOLN â Even now, the portable rental marquee sign sitting in the snow outside the Christ Church Parish House reads, in part, âChristmas joy continues.â
âWe haven't been able to change it because of the weather, the way it's been,â chuckled Rev. Scott Gunn, the Episcopal church's rector for over three years now.
Fact is, neither Gunn nor his parishioners have had much to celebrate lately. Due to serious financial hardships, he has asked his congregation to vote on Jan 30 to accept a merger with Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland Hill.
James L. Ranslow Jr.
MILLVILLE- James L. Ranslow Jr., 88, of Millville died Wed. Jan. 19, 2011 in the Milford Regional Medical Center, Milford. He was the husband of Viola M. (Fierley) Ranslow.
Mr. Ranslow was employed for 30 years at the Wyman Gordon Co. in Grafton until his retirement.
A lifelong resident of Millville, he was born Aug. 6, 1922 in Millville, a son of the late James and Tessie (Kroll) Ranslow Sr. and had attended the Millville School System.
Mr. Ranslow served in the U.S. Navy during WWII in the South Pacific.
WOONSOCKET- Rolande M. (LaFleur) Branchaud, 72, of Caron Avenue, Woonsocket, died last Friday in Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.
Born in St. Ours, Quebec, she was the daughter of the late Adelard and Irene M. (Girouard) Lafleur. She has been a Woonsocket resident since 1976.
Mrs. Branchaud was the Owner of the Beef Barn in North Smithfield for forty years.
She was a Communicant of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church.
Kathleen P. Lappin
PROVIDENCE- Mrs. Kathleen P. Lappin, R.N. 85, of Providence and formerly of Oakland, died Jan. 18, 2011 at the Hallworth House, Providence. She was the wife of the late William J. Lappin, former state Representative.
Born in Oakland, a daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Crook) Byrne.
Kathleen was a graduate of the St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing. She worked many years for Dr. Ernest J. Smith in Oakland. She also worked at and retired from Zambarano Hospital.
Rita I. Mann
WOONSOCKET- Rita I. Mann, 83, formerly of Chateau Clare, entered into Eternal Life Thursday at The Friendly Home. She was the wife of the late Melvin M. Mann.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Leandre and Yvonne (Lefrancois) L'Esperance. She was a lifelong resident of the city.
Mrs. Mann was employed at the Social Department Store for many years and was also an AVON representative.
WOONSOCKET â High school basketball coaches have a lot in common with teachers who send their students through rigorous courses like physics or chemistry. Hoop mentors must stand on the sidelines, trying to explain the finer points of their sport, while players try to absorb those lessons in the midst of competition.
East Providenceâs Alex Butler and Woonsocketâs Kyle Ivey-Jones did their best to educate their players on Wednesday night when the Townies visited the Villa Novans for a battle between two sub-.500 Division I teams.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Kayla Kiernan has built up an impressive resume during her fantastic high school hockey career at North Smithfield High.
A state champion and the stateâs goal-scoring leader as a freshman. A First-Team All-State pick as a junior, a Second-Team All-Stater as a sophomore. A three-time First-Team All-Division selection. And the list goes on.
And just when you thought she couldnât top what sheâs done, Kiernan has an golden opportunity to tack on two more marvelous feats to her resume -- the stateâs all-time goal-scoring leader and first-ever 100-goal scorer.
PROVIDENCE â Minutes after finishing his 55-meter race on Monday afternoon, Jessie Charette sat down on the track and took off his racing flats. The Woonsocket High senior placed third, edged by teammate and overall winner Jalen Evans and runner-up Butch Giguere of Ponaganset at the line in a Northern Division tri-meet at the Providence Athletic Facility.
But despite coming up short at the finish in his quest for individual glory, Charette was still smiling. His trademark grin was evident.