PROVIDENCE â€” Monday was a big day for fighting child abuse in Rhode Island.
The Child Advocacy Center at Day One, the non-profit agency that deals with sexual assault of all kinds, earned re-accreditation from the National Childrenâ€™s Alliance, and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced the creation of a special Child Abuse Unit in his office to prosecute the physical and sexual abuse of children.
Even before he took office after last yearâ€™s election, Kilmartin said he noted that â€śwe have seen a lot of child abuse and child molestation cases.â€ť
CUMBERLAND - Wilson A. Delasanta, 90, of New Clark Rd., died Friday Dec.2, 2011 in the Maple Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Wrentham, MA. with his family by his side.
He was the husband of the late Ida (Ferrelli) Delasanta.
Born in Winchendon, MA. son of the late Vinisto and Cesera (Ricci) Delasanta.
Mr. Delasanta was a United States Army Veteran serving in WWII.
He was a member of the St. Joseph Senior Citizens.
He worked as a Weaver for Quaker Fabrics for 42 years.
He is survived by one son David W. and wife Brenda Delasanta of Franklin, MA.
WOONSOCKET - Pauline C. (Leclerc) Ferschke, 80, of Dexter St., died Friday, December 2, 2011 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of Roger Ferschke, whom she married November 11, 1953.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Alpherie and Cecile (Lemay) Leclerc.
Mrs. Ferschke was a homemaker. In her earlier years, she was an active volunteer for the former Our Lady of Victory Church and most recently for All Saints Parish.
BELLINGHAM - John L. Waszkiewicz, 94, passed away peacefully on Dec. 2nd, at the Ballou Home in Woonsocket with his loving family at his side. He was the loving husband of Stacia (Holubesko) Waszkiewicz, they would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Valentines day in 2012.
Born: March 9, 1917, in Woonsocket he was the son of the late Joseph & Gabrielle (Burzawa) Waszkiewicz, he resided in Bellingham almost all his life.
UXBRIDGE, MA Bertha H. (Bassett) Ranslow, 101, of Keene, New Hampshire, and formerly of Uxbridge, died Sun. Nov. 27, 2011 in Cheshire Medical Ctr., Keene, NH. She was the wife of the late George W. Ranslow who died in 1992.
Mrs. Ranslow had been employed by the former Bernats Woolen Mill, formerly the Bauchman Worsted Mill, as a secretary in the design department.
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.