WOONSOCKET â€” Tracy Caisse doesnâ€™t even remember writing the letter.
After all, it was in the third grade. Her teacher at the former East Woonsocket Elementary School had told her to write a letter to a soldier in the Gulf War as a class assignment.
When the phone rang two weeks ago, Caisse didnâ€™t recognize the callerâ€™s name or voice. He said his name was Robert Diaz and he wanted to thank her for not forgetting him while he was digging bunkers and dodging Scud missiles in Saudi Arabia.
After 21 years, the ex-Marine had answered the letter Caisse wrote to him when she was eight years old.
WOONSOCKET â€” For the second time this year, the police broke up an after-hours party involving booze, pot and a horde of minors inside the Bonin Spinning complex Sunday.
It was a chaotic scene as police arrived at the 1265 Mendon Road mill about 12:50 a.m. and many of the revelers began scattering on foot or racing through the bumpy parking lot in motor vehicles to escape.
Gerald E. Thiebault
DANIELSON, CT- Gerald E. Thiebault, 61, of Danielson, died Monday, December 12, 2011 at home after an illness.
He leaves his wife of 17 years, Shirley A. (Rousseau) Thiebault; and four stepchildren, Robert, James, Melissa and Kelly Abram.
He was born in Woonsocket, RI, a son of Edward and Gertrude (Durand) Thiebault.
He graduated from Woonsocket High School in 1968 and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant College in North Smithfield, RI.
Maurice W. Jobin
WOONSOCKET- Maurice W. Jobin, 92, formerly of Mitris Blvd., Woonsocket, died Saturday at Trinity Health & Rehabilitation Center. He was the loving husband of Therese (Carmel) Jobin. Mr. & Mrs. Jobin were married on December 11, 1944 and celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary last week.
Born in Blackstone, he was a son of the late Henri and Lillian (Dalpe) Jobin.
Mr. Jobin graduated from Blackstone High School and Hill College. He also received part of his education at the seminary in St. Victorie P.Q. Canada.
CUMBERLAND- Charles W. Godlewski 67, passed away Monday December 19, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket.
Born in Central Falls he was the beloved son of the late Charles F. and Helen A. (Bobola) Godlewski.
Charlie's greatest joy in life was his yearly overnight stay at Foxwoods for his birthday. He also enjoyed taking part in the Special Olympics and bowling. But most of all he loved going to his workshop at Homestead (now Seven Hills). He was also a member of Northern RI ARC of Pawtucket before moving to Cumberland.
Roger P. Lafontaine
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Roger P. Lafontaine, 53, of Harkness Rd., passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side, Saturday, December 17, 2011 in Miriam Hospital, Providence.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of Roger E. Lafontaine of North Smithfield and the late Lorraine (Gerlache) Lafontaine.
Roger was a motorcycle enthusiast, loved NASCAR and was a huge fan of the New England Patriots. He also recently received an honorary lifetime membership to the Sayles Hill Rod and Gun Club in North Smithfield.
James R. Nichols
WOONSOCKET- James R. Nichols, 67, of Knollwood Drive, died Wednesday, December 14, 2011 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Irene M. (Morrissette) Nichols whom he married August 31, 1968.
Born in Augusta, GA, he was the son of the late Emile and Aurore (Rondeau) Nichols.
LINCOLN- Mildred J. Lavimodiere 83, died Friday at The Holiday in Lincoln. She was the wife of the late Roland V. Lavimodiere.
Born in Lawton, OK, she was a daughter of the late Peter and Gladys (Simmons) Brillon.
Mrs. Lavimodiere worked at the former Hanora Spinning Co. for many years. She was a member of the Amvets Ladies Auxiliary.
Walter C. Tyks
BLACKSTONE- Walter C. Tyks, 86, of Blackstone, passed away peacefully on Wednesday at the Oakland Grove Health Ctr. In Woonsocket with his family by his side. He was the loving husband to Frances (Laczka) Tyks. Mr. & Mrs. Tyks celebrated their 63rd wedding aniversary on September 11th.
Born Dec. 25, 1924, in Blackstone, he was the son of the late Joseph & Katherine (Didto) Tyks. he resided in Blackstone all his life.
Rita B. Mathieu
WOONSOCKET- Rita B. (Plouffe) Mathieu, 88, of Woonsocket, died Friday, December 16, 2011 in Trinity Health & Rehabilitation Center. Her husband of 65 years, Kenneth A. Mathieu, Sr., predeceased her.
Born in North Smithfield, RI, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Menard) Plouffe.