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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 03-14-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 14-20, 2019 OBITUARIES 19 Tedio Ciavarnini "The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence"- Vince Lombardi Tedio Ciavarnini, age 88, passed away peacefully at his home on March 4. He was a loving husband to Dorothy (Campopiano) Ciavarini for 65 years. He was born in Woonsocket to the late Basilio and Asunta (Baldelli) Ciavarini and was preceded in death by his siblings, Tinna (Ciavarini) Cote and Velmo Ciavarini. He attended Woonsocket High School and was active in football, baseball, basketball, and hockey, graduating in 1949 as class presi- dent. In 1956, he graduated from YMCA Institute, predecessor of Roger Williams University, with an associate's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Ciavarini started his career as an Estimating Engineer for the Industrial Piping Division of the Grinnell Company of Providence, from 1956 to 1959. In 1960, he trans- ferred to U.S. Army Natick Research & Development Laboratories, Natick, Mass., working as a Physical Scientist, developing freeze-dried vacuum- sealed food for the astronauts of the Apollo space program in the 1960s. In the 70s, he played a major role in the development of component food packaging of modern military field rations, particularly the Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE). After 28 years of service, he received numerous awards for his contributions in the food packaging field and technol- ogy transfer to private industries: the government Gold Pin Award for Engineering, the Federal Laboratory Consortium Special Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer and a special accommodation for his pioneering efforts to establish and foster the ASTM Retort Pouch. He was also presented a special award from the National Research & Development Associates for his strong leadership and technical sup- port. Upon retiring in 1987, Mr. Ciavarini was presented a director's chair with the inscription, "God Father of the MRE" by his colleges. Following his retirement, he worked for the Woonsocket Water Division. His daughter Tina, with devel- opmental disabilities, inspired Mr. Ciavarini to become a dedicated advocate for persons with likewise afflictions. He was president of the ARC of Northern Rhode Island for three terms and president of the State ARC for four terms, serving on both Boards of Directors for over 30 years. He also served on the Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities council. He was instrumental in driv- ing legislation that culminated in a class action law suit that led to the eventual closing of the Ladd School Institution, with its shameful condi- tions, and for providing needed service centers and group homes for persons with developmental dis- abilities in their own communities. In recognition for his advocacy work, he received the John E. Fogarty Founders award. Mr. Ciavarini was an Air Force Veteran of the Korean War. He was an active parishioner of St. Anthony's Church, serving as trustee, member of the finance committee, Eucharistic minister, reader and CCD teacher, prior to transferring to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish. He was a life-time member of the Italian Workingmen's Club and served as assistant coach of the club's pre-teen football team in the mid 60s where they won three-championships in a row. Mr. Ciavarini enjoyed hunting, fish- ing, gardening and traveling and was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers. Mr. Ciavarini is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Campopiano) Ciavarini, son Steven Ciavarini, son Michael Ciavarini and wife, Diane (Girard) Ciavarini, and daughter, Tina Ciavarini. His funeral was held March 11, from the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket, with a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Trinity Parish (formerly OLQM), 1409 Park Ave., Woonsocket. Burial followed in St. Charles Cemetery, Farm St., Blackstone, Mass. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Holt Funeral home, 510 S.Main St., Woonsocket. Arthur R. Gauthier Arthur R. Gauthier, 82, died peacefully at Elmhurst Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, Providence, on March 7. He is survived by his wife, Diane L. Gauthier. He was also the husband of the late Carol Ann Gauthier who passed away in July 1991. He was the son of the late Eustache J. and Cecile (Fredette) Gauthier. He leaves behind a son, Gregory Gauthier and his wife, Therese, of Seekonk, Mass; a step-son Thomas Pichette and his wife, Lynne, of Lincoln; a daughter, Mary-Beth Anderson and her husband, Ronald, of Warwick. He is also sur- vived by six grandchildren, Sarah Follensbee, Spencer Anderson, Rachel Anderson, Patricia Gauthier, Alexandria Pichette, and Zachary Pichette. Arthur worked for Eastland Savings Bank for over 38 years, retiring as executive vice president. In his earlier days, Arthur was a Sgt. 1st Class in the 118th Battalion of the R.I. National Guard. During most of his adult life, Arthur was involved in the community. He was a member of the Board of Directors at Landmark Medical Center, trea- surer of the R.I. Public Authority, a Paul Harris Fellow recipient with the Woonsocket Rotary Club, as well as serving on numerous other boards for his church and other non-profit entities. He also very much enjoyed being a member of the Turks Head club. Arthur always enjoyed the out- doors. He was a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club and Newport Rifle Club. Arthur and Diane traveled cross country several times as well as visiting places all over the world. His funeral will be held today, Thursday, March 14, beginning with visitation at 10 a.m., in the Holt Funeral Home, 510 S. Main St., Woonsocket, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., in St. John the Evangelist Church, 63 Church St., Slatersville. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial con- tributions can be made in Arthur's name to the charity of your choice. Arthur would appreciate your kind- ness. Visit . Margaret E. "Peggy" Frechette Margaret E. "Peggy" (Harrison) Frechette, 80, of San Angelo, Texas, passed away March 3, at San Angelo Community Hospital. She was the former wife of Raymond A. Frechette, of North Providence. Born in Alabama, she was the daughter of the late Albert M. Bryars and Ada Juanita Kelley. She is survived by a sister, Barbara Reilley, of Houston, Texas, and a brother, Mike Harrison, of San Angelo, Texas. She relocated from Dayton, Ohio, to Woonsocket, in 1959, and worked for the Social Security Administration for many years. She also lived in Mapleville before moving to Texas. Besides her ex-husband, she leaves a son, Mark T. Frechette of Johnston. Private services will be held in San Angelo, Texas. Vasilichia (Vasila) Lavigne Vasilichia (Vasila) Lavigne, age 89, passed away peacefully on March 4, in Oakland Grove Health Care Center, Woonsocket, after a valiant struggle with Parkinson's Disease. She was born Vasilichia Mazdrachi, at Woonsocket Hospital, to Costa Mazdrachi and Rose (Fontaine) Mazdrachi. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Dave Davis, with whom she had one daughter, Kim, and her second husband, Roland J. Lavigne, with whom she shared 40-plus years. Vasila was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Romanian Orthodox Church, Woonsocket. Vasila was a lifelong resident of Bellingham, Mass. Growing up on her father's dairy farm, she learned to love and value hard work. Over the years, she worked at several food service jobs including Dunkin Donuts, Narragansett Park, the Rhode Island Civic Center (where she served the visiting stars), and Twin River Casino, until her retire- ment at age 85. She leaves her beloved daughter and son-in-law, Kim Davis Martin and Charles G. Martin; three loving grandchildren, Alice Martin, Amber Martin, and Derek Martin, whom she adored. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Gregoire and brother, James Mazdrachi, as well as many nieces and nephews. Vasila will continue to live in the loving memories of her many friends and relatives. Vasila loved spending time with friends and family, dancing, and shopping. She was a doting grand- mother, showering her grandchil- dren with love. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband, Roland, to Saratoga, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, and numerous local race tracks. Private funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket. Donations in Vasila's name may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Donation Processing, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-2014 or . Visit . FRECHETTE GAUTHIER LAVIGNE Vendors needed for craft fair and flea market WOONSOCKET – The Quota Club of Woonsocket is seeking ven- dors for its annual spring market to be held on Saturday, April 13, at the Elks Club, 380 Social St., from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost for vendor tables is one for $30 or two for $45. Craft items of all types, specialty food items, antique and vintage items and flea market goods may be sold. This event will also include a breakfast and lunch service. Call Rita at 401-766-4555 for appli- cation form. The deadline to reserve a table is Saturday, March 30. 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. 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