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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-07-2019

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26 OBITUARIES FEBRUARY 7-13, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION OBITUARIES are updated continuously at Rene J. Gagne Rene J. Gagne, 76, passed away on Feb. 2 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Joyce (Yablonsky) Gagne. They were mar- ried for the past 26 years. Born in Central Falls, he was the son of the late Joseph and Ida (Benoit) Gagne. Rene resided in Lincoln for the past 30 years. Rene was an avid golfer and bowler and enjoyed traveling with his wife, Joyce, and their grandchil- dren to Disney and Hilton Head, S.C. He also enjoyed spending his spare time trail riding on his Morgan horse, Jake. He was a salesman for Quality Beef in Providence for 13 years until his retirement in 2003. Previously he worked at Tarpy's Beef of Pawtucket for 26 years. Along with his wife, he is sur- vived by his five children, Rene Gagne and his wife, Sarah, of North Attleboro, Mass.; Robert Gagne of N.Y.; Ronald Gagne of Pawtucket; Susan Gagne-Rego and her husband, Nelson, of Attleboro, Mass.; and Sherrie Barbosa and her husband, Frank, of Seekonk, Mass. He also leaves 10 grandchil- dren, Camryn Gagne, Madison Gagne, Hunter Gagne, Mathew Gagne, Hannah Lambert, Paige Lambert, Victoria Rego, Amanda Rego, Laurel Barbosa, and Quinn Lambert, along with several nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Christopher Gagne and the brother of the late Gerard Gagne and Irene Gagne. Rene's Life Celebration was held Feb. 5 and continued on Feb. 6 in the J. J. Duffy Funeral Home 757 Mendon Road, Cumberland. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Jude Church, 301 Front St., Lincoln. Burial will be private and take place at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, dona- tions may be made in his memory to the Lifespan Cancer Institute at Miriam Hospital, 164 Summit Ave., Providence, RI 02906. For the guestbook, visit jjduffyfu- . GAGNE Helen C. Nelson Helen C. Nelson, 100, of Cumberland passed away Jan. 26, at The Holiday Retirement Home, Manville. She was the beloved wife of Edward C. Nelson. Born in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Kozial) Sobota. She was a life- long resident of Cumberland. She was employed for many years by L.G. Balfour in Attleboro, Mass. Most recently she was a receptionist at Sturdy Memorial Hospital. Helen was a communicant of St. John Vianney Church. She enjoyed walking at the Cumberland Monastery, reading, and working in the yard, especially tending to her flowers. She leaves her children, Susan Souza and husband Raul of Cumberland, Nancy Wass of Burrillville, Catherine Goltz and husband Albert of Bethesda, Md., and Robert Nelson and wife Barbara of Burrillville; grandchil- dren Sara Goltz, Daniel Goltz, Joshua Nelson, Jason Nelson, Kelly Westhauver and Heather Dubois; eight great-grandchildren. She was the grandmother of the late Jennifer L. Souza and Michael P. Souza. Helen's Life Celebration was held Feb. 1 in J. J. Duffy Funeral Home, 757 Mendon Road, Cumberland. A Mass of Christian Burial followed at St. John Vianney Church. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her mem- ory to Alzheimer's Association of R.I., 245 Waterman St., #306, Providence, RI 02906. For the online memorial, visit . Kathleen M. (Schofield) Hart Kathleen M. (Schofield) Hart, 67, of Cumberland, passed away Jan. 29, at home with her loving family by her side. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Dorothy (Kelley) Schofield. A lifelong resident of Cumberland, Kathleen was a school teacher in the Cumberland School Department for 34 years, retiring in 2007. Post retire- ment, she was a resource teacher at Mercymount Country Day School and worked for over 10 years at Cracker Barrel Country Store. She was a member of the Rainbow Girls, a member of the Diamond Hill Cemetery Association, and was an active parishioner at Four Corners Community Chapel for over 35 years. She was a supporter of her chil- dren's sports and activities, and she enjoyed summers on Cape Cod and winters skiing in Rangeley, Maine. She was passionate about animals, having numerous pets throughout her lifetime and was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. She is survived by her two beloved children, Brian ( Jennifer) Hart Jr. and Meaghan ( Jon) Gonthier. She is also survived by her brothers Ronald ( Janice) Schofield and Sean Schofield, her brother-in-law Richard Girard, and many nieces, nephews, and special friends. She was the sister of the late Karen Girard and Robert Schofield. A service was held Feb. 2 at Four Corners Community Chapel, 200 Angell Road, Cumberland. Visiting hours were held Feb. 1 at the O'Neill Funeral Home, 3102 Mendon Road, Cumberland. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution in Kathleen's name can be made payable to the town of Cumberland, noting the ani- mal care fund, and can be sent to the Town of Cumberland, Attn: Finance Department, 45 Broad St., Cumberland, RI 02864. Visit . NELSON HART Lord appointed executive director at Middletown assisted living community LINCOLN – Phil Lord, a native of Lincoln, was appointed executive director of Benchmark's Blenheim-Newport Assisted Living Community in Middletown. Prior to taking the helm at Blenheim-Newport, Lord was a regional direc- tor of operations for Carewell Urgent Care based in Quincy, Mass., where he reported directly to the CEO and oversaw management of the com- pany's centers. IN BRIEF 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. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. The full charge is $90, or $125 for lengthy obituaries, in the edition of your choice. You may place the obituary in any of our other editions for $50 each. Thank you. OBITUARIES Want to turn 'likes' into business? Can't figure out how? Let us help! We can help you manage your Facebook & Instagram accounts Contact Brad to get started today! 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