Veronica T. Wynne
MANVILLE - Veronica Therese (Gariepy) Wynne, 87, passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014 After many years of illness, she had most recently been a patient of Beacon Hospice. Born to Aram and Mary (Mulligan) Gariepy on March 27, 1927, Veronica is predeceased by her parents, sisters Evelyn Desrochers, Rita Hallock, Winnie Minot and her brother Leo Gariepy.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Stanley Wynne, her sister Anne Martel, four children, Christopher Wynne and his husband Robert Sammon of Tarrytown, NY, Michael Wynne and his wife Karen of Elizabethtown, PA, Nancy Wynne Hoffman and her husband Al of Miami, FL and Timothy Wynne and his partner Linda Van Meter of Pawtucket, RI. Six grandchildren are also survivors, Kevin, Steven, Hayley and Eleanor Wynne, and Mark and Andrea Hoffman. There are two great-grandchildren, Alison and Abigail Hoffman. Veronica had many nieces and nephews as well.
A graduate of Bellingham High School and Rhode Island College, Veronica had a bachelors degree in education and taught third grade at So. Bellingham elementary school. She was married to Stanley on August 11, 1951. They moved to Manville, RI where they started a family and lived in the same house for 63 years. She was a parishioner of St. James Roman Catholic Church.
Besides raising her four children, she was an active member of the Yuletide Carolers, and delivered Meals on Wheels every Monday with her sister Evelyn DesRochers. For many years, there would be a weekly gathering of all the Gariepy Sisters at either Burger King or McDonald's after the delivery was complete. Oftentimes, the various nieces and grandchildren would join the luncheon. Veronica was an avid crossword puzzle fan, doing them in ink, much to the chagrin of her daughter Nancy. She was a Scrabble player, Jeopardy fan and card player. The kitchen table at the Wynne household will seem empty now on Saturday nights. She was passionate about music. There was hardly a moment in their house when the CD player wasn't in use, playing a variety of beautiful music.
The funeral will be held Thursday at 9am from the O'Neill Funeral Home, 3102 Mendon Road, Cumberland, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10am in Saint James Church, Division Street, Manville. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Cumberland. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours Wednesday 4-7pm in the funeral home. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations to any charity/cause promoting music education in schools be given in her name.
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