Archive - Obituary
October 25th, 2010
Evelyn Whalen Downing
MACHIAS PORT ME- Evelyn Whalen (Kirschbaum) Downing died September 17, 2010 in Lubec. Evelyn was the daughter of Rev. William Guest Kirschbaum and Jeanne Edme (Poitevin) Kirschbaum.
Born June 19, 1924 in Eastport where her father was pastor at Central Congregational Church.
She traveled where her father's calling took the family, including sojourns on islands served at that time by the Maine Seacoast Mission, notably Muscongus and Matinicus.
Daniel R. Whalen
PRUDENCE ISLAND- Daniel R. Whalen, of Prudence Island and Harborview in Newport, passed away after an illness. His wife, Anke, passed away in 1995.
Dan was born in Millville, MA, the son of the late Philip F. and Catherine (Flynn) Whalen. He attended Mt. St. Charles Academy, the College of the Holy Cross and the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a Navy veteran of World War II in the South Pacific theatre. Dan and four of his brothers served their country during the war. Although three of them were wounded, they all returned safely.
William F. Collins Jr.
SWANSEA- William F. Collins Jr., 76, of Swansea, formerly of Milford, died Thursday, October 21, 2010 in his home. He was the husband of Dorinda (Rodrigues) Collins. He was the husband of the late Loretta (Tusino) Collins who died in 1993.
He was born in Woonsocket RI, son of the late William and Helen (Trudeau) Collins Sr., living in Milford before moving to Swansea in 1992.
Robert L. Clausen
NO. SMITHFIELD- Robert L. Clausen, 92, resident of No. Smithfield, passed away Oct. 23, 2010 at Fatima Hospital in No. Providence.
Loving husband of Pauline (Sweeney) Clausen.
Born in South Bend IN, raised in Laconia NH, a son of the late Frederick & Ragna (Jensen) Clausen.
WOONSOCKET- Jeannette M. Martineau, 90, of Rhodes Ave., Woonsocket, died Saturday at The Friendly Home. She was the wife of the late Gerard Martineau.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Melina (Dufresne) Froment. She was raised in Woonsocket and resided in Blackstone for several years after her marriage in 1942. She later resided on Wake Robin Rd., in Lincoln for many years.
Mrs. Martineau was employed by the Medoff Company in Woonsocket and Ames Department Stores in Bellingham until retiring in 1982.
John P, Comastra, Jr.
WOONSOCKET- John P, Comastra, Jr., 73, of Pond St., died Thursday, October 21, 2010 in Landmark Medical Center. He was the husband of Norma (Bruni) Comastra, whom he married May 10, 1958.
Born in Milford, MA, he was the son of the late John P. Comastra, Sr. and Leona (Lamontagne) Comastra.
Mr. Comastra was a truck driver for several area businesses and retired with the Wonder Bread Co. in 1999. He was a Marine Veteran of the Korean War and member of the Teamsters Union and the VFW, Woonsocket.
Helene J. Harnois
NORWICH- Helene J. Harnois, 82 of Norwich, died in the comfort of her family Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at the Villa Maria Nursing & Rehabilitation Community in Plainfield, CT.
Helene was born in Woonsocket, RI on October 17, 1928, daughter of the late Joseph Petrin and Emma Benoit Petrin Caron. She was the beloved wife of Normand M. Harnois with whom she celebrated 62 years of marriage on July 2, 2010.
Irenee F. Blais
MANVILLE - Irenee F. Blais, 87, of Old River Road died Saturday, October 16, 2010 at the Holiday Retirement Home, Manville. He was the husband of Rita I. (Giguere) Blais. Mr. and Mrs. Blais celebrated their 60th anniversary on April 29.
A lifelong resident of Manville, he was a son of the late Donat and Denise (Bedard) Blais.
Mr. Blais was a carpenter and molder operator for E. Brodeur & Sons, Woonsocket and later worked as a carpenter at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, North Providence before retiring.
CUMBERLAND- William E. Cavanaugh, 84, of Cumberland, passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2010. He was the husband of the late Doris (Lustenberger) Cavanaugh.
He was a Navy Veteran of World War II. Mr. Cavanaugh was the co-owner of Tap Auto Service, with Aldor St. Germain, for forty five years, retiring in 1996.
Martie J. Santacroce
UXBRIDGE- MARTIE J. (Yawn) Santacroce, 95, of Uxbridge, died Wednesday, October 20, 2010 in the Lydia Taft House in Uxbridge. She was the wife of the late Joseph Santacroce who died in 1995.
She was born in Lenox GA, daughter of the late Samuel and Almedia (Rentz) Santacroce and lived in Milford and Hopedale before moving to Uxbridge in 1998.
She was educated in the Lenox Ga. schools. She was a member of the Friends of the Elderly Community House in Hopedale.