November 4th, 2010
WARWICK- Katherine J. Bockstael, 56, of Eastgate Drive, Warwick, died on Tuesday, at RI Hospital.
Born in Warwick, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Alice (Segee) Brown. Katherine is survived by a son; Scott P. Fortune, one daughter; Georgette L. Leduc, two brothers; Daniel and Terrence Brown, two sisters; Doretta Brown and Deborah Dixon and five grandchildren. She was the companion of Ron Coutu.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday at 4:00 pm in the Gorton-Menard Funeral Home, 721 Washington St., Coventry. For condolences visit
Cynthia Bravender Walenty
MILFORD- Cynthia Bravender (Ray) Walenty, aged 74 years, longtime resident of Uxbridge, MA, passed away at Milford Hospital on Sunday, October 31, 2010. She was daughter to Florence R Smith and Louis P Ray, born in Boston on March 4, 1936 and raised in Franklin, where she attended Dean Academy. She also attended Berkeley School of Music.
Robert J. Wisniowski
NORTH UXBRIDGE- Robert J. Wisniowski, 63, of William Ward St. died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 in the St. Camillus Health Care Center, Whitinsville.
Mr. Wisniowski was employed for the Stop & Shop in Bellingham for 11 years.
He was born Feb. 3, 1947 in Pawtucket, RI, the son of the late John S. and Eleanor N. (Stankiewicz) Wisniowski. He was a graduate of Uxbridge High School, Class of 1964 and had attended Becker Jr. College in Worcester.
WOONSOCKET- Roland E. Chamberland, 88, of 400 Mendon Rd., died Tuesday, November 2, 2010 in St. Antoine Residence, No. Smithfield. He was the husband of Doris A. (Brunetti) Chamberland whom he married May 11, 1946.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Fabien and Alexina (Bourque) Chamberland.
Thomas A. Gilman
WOONSOCKET- Thomas A. Gilman 65, of East School St. died October 18, 2010 at Landmark Medical Center. He was the husband of Dorothy (Lamoore) Gilman.
Mr. Gilman was born in Woonsocket, a son of the late Alvin and Irene (Ravenelle) Gilman.
He worked in various manufacturing companies.
Rita R. Wright
CRANSTON- Rita R. Wright, R.N., 89, died Sunday, October 31, 2010 at Village House in Newport. She was the beloved wife of the late Henry E. Wright.
Born in Portsmouth, a daughter of the late Narcisse and Rosealba (Peloquin) Ducharme, she had lived in Cranston for over fifty years and was a summer resident of Jamestown for many years.
Mrs. Wright was a registered nurse who worked for the State of Rhode Island at the Institute of Mental Health and previously at the state hospital before retiring in 1981.
Joseph S. Wasilewski
WOONSOCKET- Joseph S. Wasilewski, 85, of Woonsocket, passed away on November 2, 2010 at Landmark Medical Ctr. He was the loving husband to Bertha (Swiech) Wasilewski.
WOONSOCKET â€” City officials released an accounting report this week that says the Woonsocket Education Department is capable of erasing a projected $1.5 million deficit without touching sports, music or academic programs, but Schools Supt. Robert Gerardi isn't so sure.
â€śTo me nothing is clear at this point,â€ť said the superintendent. â€śIt's a good job by the auditors, but it might be overly optimistic.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” Rhode Island has another Governor Chafee.
Independent Lincoln Chafee outpolled a seven-man field Tuesday to win the office his father, the late Sen. John H. Chafee, held more than 40 years ago. He is the first candidate to win the governorship as an Independent.
â€śRoger Williams would be proud,â€ť Chafee said in his acceptance speech, referring to man who founded of the colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in 1663.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton won re-election easily Tuesday night and thanks to local voters, will also keep her job.
A ballot question that would have changed Hamiltonâ€™s elected administratorâ€™s post to a Town Council-appointed town manager was soundly defeated by local voters turning out at the polls, 2,980 opposed to 1,507 in favor.
The administrator proposal, Question 5, was most significant of a list of eight charter questions placed on the ballot. The remaining items covered largely technical and wording changes for the charter.