April 25th, 2011
Hannah Marie Rabitor
NORTHBRIDGE- Hannah Marie Rabitor, 9, of 31B Quaker Lane died suddenly Sun. April 24 after being stricken ill at home. Full obituary to run tomorow. Tancrell Jackman Funeral Home, 35 Snowling Rd. is directing arrangements.
Norman E. Comtois
BURRILLVILLE- Norman E. Comtois, 75, resident of Harrisville where he was a lifelong resident, died April 14, 2011 at Bayberry Commons Nursing Home.
Loving husband of Leona (Chauvin) Comtois.
Born in Harrisville RI., a son of the late Jeannette Comtois.
Norman worked for the RI Department of Transportation from where he retired.
Besides his wife he is survived by his daughter Marsha Comtois.
WOONSOCKET- Laura (Rattelle) Petrin, 99, of Cumberland Hill Road and formerly of Cumberland died Sunday, April 24, 2011 at Oakland Grove Health Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late William J. Petrin.
Born in Harrisville, a daughter of the late Eugene and Mary Jane (Theroux) Rattelle, she had lived in Cumberland for over 55 years before moving to Woonsocket.
She was a communicant of Historic St. Joseph's Church, Cumberland and a former member of the Chimney Hill Tenants Association.
Helen M. Dixon
WOONSOCKET- Helen M. (LaRue) Dixon's Memorial Service has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 10:30AM in the Holt Funeral Home, 510 So. Main St., Woonsocket. For full obituary and information visit
Jean M. Hebert
PROVIDENCE- Jean M. Hebert, 93, until recently a resident at St. Elizabeth's Court, 109 Melrose Street Providence, died Saturday, April 23, 2011, at Steere House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 100 Borden St., Providence, RI.
Born in Warden, PQ, Canada, he was the son of the late John Baptiste Hebert and Oiada (Tremblay) Hebert. He was the husband of the late Pauline T. (LeRoux) Hebert.
Mr. Hebert, who was employed for many years at Peter Pan Ice Cream Co., Woonsocket, retired over 35 years ago.
Gloria L. Lambert
CUMBERLAND- Gloria L. Lambert, 80, of Cumberland, died Wednesday, April 13th, at Landmark Medical Center. She was the wife of Raymond J. Lambert.
Born in Manville, she was a daughter of the late Henri and Laura (Descouteaux) Laliberte. She was a resident of Cumberland for most of her life.
Mrs. Lambert was employed by Finklestien's in Woonsocket for several years.
Walter M. Nowak
WOONSOCKET- Walter M. Nowak, Jr. 92, of 262 Poplar St. passed away on Wednesday at the Woonsocket Health Center surrounded by his five grandchildren. He was the loving husband of Leona M. (Pariseau) Nowak.
Walter & Leona celebrated their 63rd. Wedding Anniversary in 2010.
Born January 16, 1919 in Bellingham, MA. He was the son of the late Walter M. & Victoria (Mikula) Nowak.
Walter was a Mailman for many years for the U.S. Postal Service before retiring. He proudly, was a WWII Army Veteran serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater.
High school baseball players in New England understand there are two phases to their season â€“ chilly and warm. April is usually rainy and cool until the final week of the month. Players must deal with the conditions and try to persevere, knowing the warmth of May is eventually going to arrive.
With the temperature climbing to 76 degrees on Sunday, thereâ€™s a hint that warmer weather is right around the corner. Thatâ€™s good because the division races are starting to take shape and some of this weekâ€™s games are pretty interesting.
WOONSOCKET - School Superintendent Robert J. Gerardi Jr. will be meeting with school officials in Maynard, Mass. this week to discuss a possible employment contract after the Maynard School Committee last week voted to hire Gerardi as its new school chief.
If Gerardi accepts the position, he would likely leave Woonsocket in June when Maynard's current superintendent, Mark Mastersin, retires. Gerardi could make a formal announcement regarding his departure as early as this week.
Gabriel Chattman, 9, Cadence Archambault, 3, and Faith Chattman, 2, all of Woonsocket, happily count their Easter eggs after taking part in an Easter egg hunt for all ages Saturday morning at the Lincoln Mall. The scene will be repeated all over the Blackstone Valley this morning. Happy Easter to all!