April 4th, 2011
WOONSOCKET- Lillian Clayton McAlister, 86, died in Woonsocket, RI on March 14.
She was born in Boston, Mass., on July 27, 1924, daughter of Ashbel Clayton and Lillian Murphy Clayton.
She leaves her husband, Glendon McAlister, her brother, Paul Clayton, of West Roxbury, Mass., her cousin Frances Hurley and husband, David, of Braintree, Mass., 6 children, and 7 grand and great-grandchildren.
WOONSOCKET- Murielle D. (Laquerre) Biagetti, 90, of St. Joseph St., died Tuesday, March 29, 2011 in Mt. St. Francis Health Center. She was the wife of the late Silvio B. Biagetti.
Born in Blackstone, MA, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Hermina (Bourgeois) Laquerre.
Mrs. Biagetti worked as a Deputy Town Clerk for the Town of Lincoln, retiring in 1976.
Clara B. Jackson
WOONSOCKET- Clara B. (Giles) Jackson, 93, of formerly of Second Ave. died Friday April 1, 2011, in the Woonsocket Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Born in Mannings, South Carolina, daughter of the late Fred and Easter (McKnight) Giles.
Clara worked in Housekeeping for several years, prior to retiring.
She is survived by one daughter, Ruby Dandy, of Woonsocket, and one grandson Brian Dandy, of Woonsocket.
She was also the sister of the late Evelyn Scott, Rena May Lawson, and Nathanial Giles.
Robert P. Berard
WOONSOCKET- Robert P. Berard 75, died Sunday in Landmark Medical Center. He was the husband of Jeannine (Jasmin) Berard.
He was born in Woonsocket, a son of the late Albert and Jeannette (Laporte) Berard.
Leo A. Rousseau
WOONSOCKET- Leo A. Rousseau, passed away on Saturday at the Pine Grove Health Ctr. in Pascoag. He was the loving husband to Jane (Chudy) Rousseau.
Born Oct. 17, 1932 in Woonsocket he was the son of the late Alfred & Armande (Gibeau) Rousseau, he resided in Woonsocket all his life.
Leo was employed at the City Dairy for 30 years, he proudly served in the U.S. Air Force, 102nd ACT W Squadron in Benghazi, Libya during the Korean Conflict.
Therese L. Mencarini
CUMBERLAND- Therese L. (Dubeau) Mencarini 75, died peacefully Friday, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Anthony Mencarini.
She was born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Arthur and Lena (Bell) Dubeau.
Mrs. Mencarini worked for Tech Industries for many years before retiring in 1995.
She is survived by her daughter Paula Mencarini and her partner Joanne St. Onge, and two brothers; Arthur Dubeau Jr. of Woonsocket, and Francis Dubeau of Blackstone. She was also the mother of the late Wendy Lee Mencarini.
Albert V. Leclerc
CUMBERLAND- Albert V. Leclerc, 65, passed away suddenly on Friday, April 1, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Carmela (Celentano) Leclerc for 40 years.
Born in Fall River, MA he was the son of Valmore Leclerc of Cumberland, and the late Mary (Malenfant) Leclerc.
Mr. Leclerc was a United States Navy Veteran, serving during Vietnam.
He was an employee of the United States Postal Service until his retirement.
In addition to being an active member of the Disabled American Veterans, he also volunteered his time to other Veteran organizations.
WOONSOCKET -- There can be no greater moment during war time than when parents are reunited with sons and daughters who are serving in the military.
The Picard family had such a moment in the photo above as sons Raymond and James, took a picture in front of their Jenkes Street home with their parents, Anna and Patrick.
James Picardâ€™s daughter, Linda Fontaine, sent these photos from the family scrapbook in to The Call.
Here is part of what she wrote:
The CALL is seeking photos of Blackstone Valley military veterans, whether they served in war zones or not. Please send photos to our email box: email@example.com or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The CALL's office at 75 Main St., Woonsocket.
Please include the following information with your photos:
Name of soldier:
Service branch: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard.
Location of tours:
By TERRY NAU
PAWTUCKET -- It seems like every person who lived through World War II has a story to tell. The war impacted everyone in the country back in the 1940s. Young men were drafted or enlisted in the military. Some able-bodied men worked in essential jobs and were required to continue in those jobs to help produce war materials for use by our armed services.
Women moved into the work force, too, gaining a foothold in the working world that they would never lose.