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Rita L. Valentini
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Rita L. Valentini, 90, of North Smithfield, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2012, at the Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.
She was born Tuesday, October 18, 1921 in Worcester, MA, daughter of the late Henry and Roseanna (Cotnoir) Gentes.
She was a longtime resident of Woonsocket, and during that time, Rita had worked as a spinner for Falls Yarn for over 30 years before retiring to Winter Haven, Florida with her husband Julio. Together, they resided in Florida for over 20 years, before Rita moved back to Rhode Island.
She loved spending time with her family. Her passions were bingo, shopping, knitting and crocheting. Rita was a very loving and generous person. She was an easy going individual and was always there in time of need. Rita will be greatly missed by those who have come to know and love her.
Rita is survived by three sisters; Theresa Frarcy and Alice Boudreau, both of Florida and Lucille Lavoie of North Smithfield; Goddaughters Judith C. Pachomski of Cumberland and Kerri L. Pachomski of Burrillville in addition to several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband Julio Valentini, three brothers; Harvey, Rene and Normand Gentes and a sister, Lillian Pouliot.
Her funeral service will be held Friday, January 13th at 11 AM in the Keene-Brown Funeral Home 445 Greenville Road, North Smithfield. Calling hours will be held prior to the service from 10:00AM-11AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Rita's memory.