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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 12-06-2018

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | DECEMBER 6-12, 2018 OBITUARIES 23 Derek D. Brillon Derek D. Brillon, 40, of Manville, died Dec. 1, at Landmark Medical Center following a sudden illness. Derek passed away sur- rounded by lots and lots of love. Born in Woonsocket, Derek was the loving son of Gilbert R. "Gil" and Jacqueline E. "Jackie" (Beaulieu) Brillon of Manville. Derek was a lifelong resident of Manville and a 1996 graduate of Lincoln High School. Derek worked as the manager of the Village Cafe in Johnston for several years and in recent years was employed as a lab technician at Crown Optical. Derek was a friendly, kind and gen- erous soul who held his family and large circle of friends dear and close to his heart. He enjoyed doing arts and crafts and was known to be meticulous in taking care of his car, "his ride." Derek had a particular talent in all things culinary; he was a great cook and baker. Organizing and preparing parties and food for friends and fam- ily to come together and share good times was right up Derek's alley. Derek's world was one of jokes and laughter, fun and even "crazy good times" spent with those around him, especially his "extended family "from the Harmony Café in Manville. Derek loved the Christmas season and had even put up all the family's decorations in anticipation of yet another magical Christmas time. As a tribute to Derek, those decorations will be staying up at home as Derek's fam- ily knows that he will be spending this Christmas in heaven. Derek is now their angel. While Derek's family and friends are heartbroken at his sudden loss, his memory will live on in their hearts forever. Derek also chose to give the gift of life and healing to others through his choice of becoming an organ donor. Words cannot express the gratitude Derek's family feels for all those who have offered their support during this time. In addition to his mom, Jackie, and dad, Gil, Derek is survived by his brother, Chad Brillon, and his fiancé, Tiffany Gaudette, and her son, Jayden, and his niece, Jazmin Marie Brillon, all of Manville. Derek's' companion of many years and one of his best of friends is Sue St. Onge. Derek is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous friends. He was the grandson of the late Florian and Bertha Brillion and the late Joseph Leo and Gertrude Beaulieu. His Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m., in St. James Church on Division St. in Manville. Following the Mass there will be an opportunity for all to pay their respects to the family. At the request of the family and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA. 01104 or www.shrinershospital- It was at Shriners Hospital that Derek received much needed medical care for a con- dition he had from birth. Arrangements are by the Menard- Lacouture Funeral Home. Stacy Chandler Stacy Chandler, 44, of Woonsocket, passed away unexpectedly, of a mas- sive coronary injury on Nov. 28. Born in Keene, N.H., he was the son of Douglas and Cynthia (Holt) Chandler. Stacy was a courier for DHL NH/Teamsters Local 251. Besides his parents, he is sur- vived by his son, Kris Chandler, of Buena Park, Calif., his high school sweetheart, best friend and fiancé, Stephanie Santoro, and her daugh- ter whom he considered his own, Jessica Santoro, both of Woonsocket; his brother, Cory Chandler, and his wife, Tamra, of Auburn, Mass.; niece and nephew Collin and Kayleen Chandler; his beloved cousins Thomas, Todd and Jason Chandler, and Joseph, Lori, Valerie, Timothy, Donald and Christopher Holt; sev- eral aunts and uncles and his beloved dog, Nellie. He was predeceased by his brother Kris Ryan Chandler. Stacy touched the hearts of every- one he encountered, everywhere he went. Those who loved Stacy will remember him for his amazing sense of humor and his pure love of this life. May he rest in eternal peace with our Savior Jesus Christ. Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial Monday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m., in Saint Joseph Church, 1200 Mendon Road, Woonsocket. Visiting hours will be held Sunday, Dec. 9, from 2 to 5 p.m., in the O'Neill Funeral Home, 3102 Mendon Road, Cumberland. The burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up for his son, Kris. Donations can be sent to: The Stacy Chandler Memorial Fund c/o. Navigant Credit Union, 1280 Park Square, Woonsocket, RI 02895. Visit . Simonne A. Faneuf Simonne A. Faneuf, 75, of Blackstone, passed away peacefully at home, with her loved ones by her side. Born and raised in Woonsocket, she was the daughter to the late Roger and Camilla (Lecours) Briere and the lov- ing wife of Daniel Faneuf, who cel- ebrated their 50th wedding anniver- sary together in August of 2016. After graduating from St. Clare High School, Simonne worked at Woonsocket City Hall and later at Shaw's Supermarket in Woonsocket until 2013, when the store closed its doors, just two weeks shy of her 25th anniversary. Simonne was also an active volunteer at Daniels Farmstead in Blackstone, baking sweet treats for their fundraisers. Having gone on over 20 cruises all over the world, she loved to travel; enjoyed studying her family's geneal- ogy; maintaining her collection of family photo albums and scrapbooks and truly loved her New England Patriots. She would watch every game wrapped up in her Patriots blanket while cheering on Tom Brady. She will be cherished and greatly missed by her husband of 52 years, Daniel Fanuef; her loving son, James Baxter, and his wife Wendy, of Los Angeles, Calif.; siblings, Robert Briere of Port Charlotte, Fla., Roger Briere of Pascoag, Jeannine Briere of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Rita Wilson of Port Charlotte, Fla. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Maurice Briere. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation and gratitude to Simonne's caregivers, Andrea Grubofski, Mary Jane Emidy and Ann Durham. As well as the ALS Association of Massachusetts, Compassionate Care ALS and Seasons Hospice, for all the support they provided in their time of need. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, Dec. 29, at 10 a.m., at St. Paul Church, 48 St. Paul St., Blackstone. Burial will be held pri- vately. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes your consideration in making a dona- tion in Simonne's honor to: ALS Association of MA, 685 Canton St., Suite 103, Norwood, Ma, 02062, or to Compassionate Care ALS, PO Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574. Visit www.dipardofuneralhome. com . Elaine M. Melnyk Elaine Marie Melnyk (Ringuette), age 66, was called home to be with the Lord on Nov. 20. Born on Feb. 15, 1952, in Massachusetts, she married the love of her life in 1975 and together they had two children. Elaine was pre- ceded in death by her loving hus- band, Stephen Melnyk, her parents, Annette and Raymond Ringuette, and her brother, Kenneth Ringuette. She is survived by her two chil- dren Matthew (Hillarie) Melnyk and Scott (Elicia) Melnyk; her grandchil- dren Jackson, Patrick, and Jonathan. She is also survived by her brothers Richard and Paul as well as several nieces and nephews. She was a lov- ing mother and grandmother. She enjoyed traveling the world, reading as well as spending time with family and friends. Her funeral will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m., from the Kubaska Funeral Home, 35 Harris Ave., Woonsocket, with a prayer of Devine Liturgy at 11 a.m., in the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery in Blackstone, Mass. Relatives and friends are invited. A visitation hour will be held Saturday morning from 10 to 11 a.m., before the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 146 Clifford St., Providence, RI, 02903. Following the interment, a celebration of life and family collation will be held at the Melnyk residence on Log Road, in North Smithfield. Visit BRILLON CHANDLER MELNYK FANEUF Jacqueline Geoffroy Jacqueline Geoffroy, 80, of Lincoln, passed away Nov. 30, at home. For many years Jackie was a Religious of Jesus and Mary in Canada. She later became an elementary and mid- dle school teacher for the Woonsocket School Department. During her tenure in Woonsocket she was also a mentor for new teachers. Jackie was also the producer for the Cumberland Lincoln Community Chorus. She also volunteered teach- ing ESL and citizenship to adult immigrants. She will be sorely missed by her caring friends. Relatives and friends are kind- ly invited to Jacqueline's Life Celebration to be held Monday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial in the Historic St. Joseph Church, Mendon Road, Cumberland. Burial will follow in the Precious Blood Cemetery. For the online memorial, visit . Michael A. Fernandes Michael A. Fernandes, 53, of Middle Road, East Greenwich, died, Nov. 18, in Rhode Island Hospital with his family by his side. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of Nelson Fernandes Sr. and the late Doris (Carr) Fernandes. Michael was a self employed painter and in his younger years worked as a delivery driver for Gardella's produce. He enjoyed tak- ing walks in the wood's and loved nature. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Besides his father, Nelson Sr., he is survived by his five siblings, Nelson Fernandes Jr. and his wife, Donna, of Georgia, Steven Fernandes and his wife, Wendy, of Woonsocket, Debra Cote of Georgia, Gail Boucher of Woonsocket, and Hope Charron and her husband, Ronald, of Florida; and several nieces and nephews; and Tanya Thompson, his partner for 20 years. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m., in St. Charles Church, North Main St., Woonsocket. Burial will be held in St. Charles Cemetery, Farm Street, Blackstone, Mass. Relatives and friends are invited. Calling hours are respectfully omitted. In lieu of flowers, send dona- tions to the Dana Farber Center in Michael's memory. Visit . GEOFFROY FERNANDES In your time of need, The Valley Breeze will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our web site,, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. 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