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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 01-10-2019

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NO. SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET | VALLEY BREEZE | JANUARY 10-16, 2019 NO. SMITHFIELD / OBITUARIES 15 Rochel T. (St. Onge) LaSalle Rochel T. (St. Onge) LaSalle, 82, of Woonsocket, died Jan. 4, in the Ballou Home, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Joseph LaSalle, whom she married Wednesday, May 30, 1956. Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Rita (Masse) St. Onge. She worked as a picker for CVS of Woonsocket prior to her retire- ment in 1997. Along with her husband, she owned and operated several area businesses includ- ing the Over the Rainbow lounge in Cumberland and Austin's Restaurant in Woonsocket. She was a graduate of St. Clare High School Class of 1954. An avid Patriots fan, she loved the outdoors especially her summers at the beach. Word games and puzzles were also some of her favorite pastimes. She is survived by her four sons, Steven LaSalle and his wife, Katrina, of Sevierville, Tenn., Kenneth LaSalle and his wife, Sandra, of Woonsocket, Scott LaSalle of Atlanta, Ga., and David LaSalle and his wife, Christine, of Wrentham, Mass.; as well as four grandchildren and five great-grand- children. She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard St. Onge. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m., in St. John Vianney Church, 3587 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. Family will receive guests begin- ning at 9:30 a.m., in the church. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, West Wrentham Road, Cumberland. Calling hours are omitted. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Holt Funeral Home, 510 S. Main St., Woonsocket. Visit . Gary N. Moorehead Gary N. Moorehead, 70, of North Smithfield, passed away Jan. 6, in his home. He was the husband of Robin (Littlefield) Moorehead. Born in Warwick, he was the son of the late Norman and Yvonne (Robinson) Moorehead. Gary worked for the city of Warwick in the Highway Department and was co-owner, along with his wife, of Ocean State Embroidery. He enjoyed working AKC Dog Shows alongside his wife, snowmobiling, horseback riding, traveling the United States in his motorhome, driving his grandchil- dren to Disney World and being their tour guide. Besides his wife, Robin, Gary is survived by five children, Pamala Bhatia of North Smithfield, Peter Morel of North Smithfield, Patrick Morel of North Smithfield, Joseph Morel of East Greenwich, Christine Steinkamp of Coventry; a brother, Moe Moorehead, of Warwick; two brothers-in-law, Timothy Littlefield, of Boynton Beach, Fla. and Kevin Littlefield of North Smithfield; a sister, Judy Thompson, of Georgia; eight grandchildren, Tejas Bhatia, Sara Steinkamp, Kamran Bhatia, Kylie Steinkamp, Madison, Taylor, Kennedy and Paige Morel. He was preceded in death by his son, Jason Moorehead, and his brother-in-law, Robert Littlefield. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Robin Moorehead at 15 Buell Ave., North Smithfield, RI 02896. Visit . Lucille Martin Lucille Martin, 86, of Exeter, died Jan. 3, at South County Hospital. Born and raised in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Herve and Graziella (Bilodeau) Martin. Lucille is survived by two sisters: Margueritte Carrier of Bellingham, Mass., and Therese Noury of Pascoag; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Philias, Leo, Lucien and Herve Martin. Her Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 9, in St. Theresa Church, 35 Dion Drive, Harrisville. Burial followed in St. Charles Cemetery, Farm Street, Blackstone, Mass. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to The Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home, 800 Greenwich Ave., Warwick. www.murphyfuneral- MOOREHEAD LASALLE MARTIN rently serves as a den leader in Cub Scout Pack 7 Slatersville, will serve as committee chair of the new troop. According to Robertson, the troop, which officially launches Feb. 1, will operate in the same way as any existing Boy Scout troop with a par- ent committee, committee chair and scoutmaster. Josh Thibeault, a North Smithfield resident whose daughter is one of seven girls currently signed up for the new troop, will serve as scout- master. "We're starting from scratch, as in we don't have any resources to begin with, but as far as knowing what to do, BSA's existed for 100 years so we're just filling it in," said Robertson. The new troop, she said, will allow girls to achieve the same goals and milestones as boys in the BSA pro- gram, including merit badges, rank promotions and camping at Yawgoog Scout Reservation in Hopkinton. Unlike in Cub Scouts, where single- gender "dens" can be combined into one "pack" with both boys and girls, single-gender troops at the older level will be separate, though their require- ments will remain the same. It's a system, she said, that allows girls to achieve the same opportunities as Boy Scouts while maintaining elements of a single-gender system. "They're separate. The girls are just having the same opportunities, they're not doing this with other boys," she explained. While the rebranding as "Scouts BSA" has drawn criticism from some – including the Girl Scouts of the USA, who filed a lawsuit over the name change in November following concerns the shift would draw girls away from its ranks – Robertson said the change has met positive feedback in the North Smithfield community. She pointed out girls have long been involved in BSA's Venturing and other scouting programs, though these lesser-known programs do not offer all the same opportunities as the Boy Scouts program, with the rank of Eagle Scout notably missing up until now. "Really what the big difference now is these scouts are going to be using the same book as the existing scouts, they're going to be doing the exact same requirements and they are going to be able to earn the elusive Eagle award," she said. Mike Marseglia, a committee mem- ber whose daughter, Amelia, will join Troop 438 in February, also high- lighted the additional opportunities for girls that the changes will bring. Like Robertson, he pointed out the prestige and sense of community that comes with attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, a community that was previously closed to women. "That's always been kind of off-lim- its, but now the Scouts BSA program is going to change all of that. It's going to open up that opportunity and some other opportunities as well to the girls where they can start at a younger age," he said. Marseglia is familiar with those opportunities. As a teenager, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout and now serves as a member of the Yawgoog Alumni Association. He's also experienced the program as a parent – his son is a member of Troop 1 Manville – and said he's happy to be able to share those experiences with his daughter. "There was a time at Yawgoog Scout Reservation when they wouldn't even allow women past the front gates, let alone camp there. To actually see the camp change over the years, it's great that she gets to do that," he said. "As a parent, I'm just so happy that she gets to do all that stuff." According to Robertson, Troop 438 plans to meet on Friday evenings in Scouter's Hall. 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