February 14th, 2012
Louis R. Geer
WOONSOCKET- Louis R. Geer, Sr., 61, resident of Woonsocket, formerly of the state California, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at the Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.
Born July 24, 1950 in Uxbridge, MA, he was the son of the late Ralph and Patricia (Wheeler) Geer.
Louis had worked for the New England Dry Wall Company as a carpenter and in his spare time, he was a passionate fisherman.
ORLANDO FLORIDA- Michael D. Champagne, 47, died January 12, 2012 in Orlando Florida after being struck by a vehicle crossing the street.
He was Born in Woonsocket son of the late Constance and Leon Champagne.
He resided in Florida for the last 9 years. He served in the Army and Marines
He was a graduate of Woonsocket High School
He is survived by his daughter Crystal Allen of VA., 2 sisters Christine Ahern of Florida, Karen Brien of Woonsocket and 1 brother Timmy Champagne of No. Smithfield.
WOONSOCKET- Paul Masnyk, 86, of Woonsocket, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 13, 2012, at home, with his family by his side. He was the loving husband of Rose (Jaryniak) Masnyk.
Born in 1925 in Poland, he was the son of the late Paul & Katarzyna (Bachurski) Masnyk. Mr. Masnyk came to this country in 1950 and settled in Woonsocket.
He was employed at Charlotte Foundry, Fairmount Foundry and 30 years at Crosby Valve & Gauge in Wrentham, MA. before retiring in 1995 to enjoy his hobby of gardening and growing roses.
CUMBERLAND â€” Roger Savini may have been boasting when he said he could drive a golf ball into Massachusetts from his Woonsocket restaurant, but the hyperbole made a point.
His restaurant is so close to both Bellingham and Blackstone that diners â€” and especially his lucrative banquet business â€” could easily bypass his Rathbun Street business to avoid the extra 2 percent tax Gov. Lincoln Chafee wants to tack onto restaurant meals and beverages.
Woonsocket High School athletic director George Nasuti feels a common bond with his colleagues at other city schools in Rhode Island, in places like Pawtucket, Central Falls and Providence. He knows the budget restraints that ADs in those cities deal with, and can easily relate to the student-athletes and the economic realities many of them face during the school year.
The last full week of the high school basketball season is upon us, meaning teams are in full spin mode in relation to securing playoff berths or jostling for seeding positions.
Normand O. Bourget
WOONSOCKET- Normand O. Bourget 84, of Providence St., formerly of Zellwood, FL died Friday, February 10th at Philip Hulitar Home and Hospice Center. He was the husband of the late Nancy (Pellend) Bourget.
Born in Woonsocket January 13, 1928, he was a son of the late Omer and Annette (Rivard) Bourget.
He was a resident of Florida for thirty five years and was employed by the Orange County School District.
Francis J. Minutelli
BURRILLVILLE- Francis J. Minutelli 90, resident of Pascoag, passed away February 12, 2012 at Landmark Medical Center.
He was the loving husband to Mona (St. Pierre) Minutelli.
He was born on September 28, 1921 in Harrisville a son of the late Francis & Mary (Ramieglio) Minutelli.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Catello T. Scarano, MD, 78, of Old Smithfield Road, North Smithfield, died Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at The Holiday Retirement Home, Manville. He was the husband of Maria S. (Makar) Scarano, whom he married more than 45 years ago.
Born in Castellammare di Stabia, Italy, and raised in Como and Torino, Italy, he was the son of the late Francesco and Maria (Valanzano) Scarano.
M. Mae Trottier
BELLINGHAM- M. Mae (Walsh) Trottier, 83, of Bellingham, MA passed away after being stricken at home, on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at Rhode Island Hospital with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Eugene J. Trottier, Sr. deceased on September 1, 2010.
Born on July 16, 1928 at home in Berkley Village Cumberland, RI, she was the daughter of the late William B. and Margaret V. (Fanning) Walsh.