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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-11-2019

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | APRIL 11-17, 2019 OBITUARIES / NORTH COUNTY 19 Paul N. Cote Paul N. Cote, 85, of Smithfield, died April 2, at Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol. He was the hus- band of 58 years to Constance (Berard) Cote. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Phillippe and Marianne (Auger) Cote. Paul served in the U.S. Air Force dur- ing the Korean Conflict. He worked for 35 years as a master toolmaker for Texas Instruments. Paul was also a lifetime member of the Cercle Laurier. He spent many years coach- ing the children of Woonsocket Little League. His happiest and most joy- ous times were spent with family and grandchildren. Besides his wife, Connie, he is sur- vived by their three children, Paul M. Cote of Cumberland, Pamela Marciniak and her husband, Craig, of South Kingstown, and Roxanne Lewicki and her husband, Thomas, of North Attleboro, Mass.; his six grand- children, Alyssa Quinn, Sarah and Julie Marciniak, and Ross, Quinn, and Jill Lewicki; as well as his sister, Phylisse Bowen of Vernon, Conn. He was preceded in death by his four sisters Vivianne Duquette, Suzanne Laflamme, Louise Lussier, and Clarisse Sabourin. A Mass of Christian Burial was held April 8, at 11 a.m., in Precious Blood Church, 94 Carrington Ave., Woonsocket, followed by Military Honors. Burial was private. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket. In lieu of flowers, memorial contri- butions may be made to the Memory & Aging Program at Butler Hospital, 343 Blackstone Blvd., 1st floor Weld Building, Providence, RI 02906 or The Alzheimer's Association, Rhode Island Chapter, 245 Waterman St., Suite 306, Providence, RI 02906. Visit www.holtfuneralhome.com . COTE Holy Week services The following churches announce Holy Week and Easter services that are open to all. • Trinity Episcopal Church, 249 Danielson Pike, North Scituate. Palm Sunday, April 14, services at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. On Monday, April 15, Holy Week service, 7 p.m. On Tuesday, April 16, Holy Week service, at 7 p.m. A Tenebrae service will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. On Thursday, April 18, a Footwashing and Holy Eucharist will be held at 7 p.m. On Good Friday, April 19, Stations of the Cross will be held at noon, Holy Eucharist at 7 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 21, services at 8 and 10 a.m. Call 401-647-2322. • North Scituate Baptist Church, 619 West Greenville Road, North Scituate. Maundy Thursday, April 18, Holy Communion service at 7 p.m. On Good Friday, April 19, Seven Last Words of Christ service from noon to 3 p.m., with seven area clergy participating. Come when you can, leave when you must. On Easter Sunday, April 21, a Community Sunrise Service will be held at 6 a.m., by the cross at the Horseshoe Dam on Danielson Pike in North Scituate. Morning worship service will be held at the church at 10 a.m. Call 401-647-3238. • Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, 54 Cedar Swamp Road, Smithfield. Palm Sunday, April 14, Divine Worship service at 10 a.m. This will also be a First Communion worship ser- vice. Maundy Thursday, April 18, and Good Friday, April 19, worship services will be held at 6:30 p.m. On Easter Sunday, April 21, Divine Worship service will be held at 10 a.m. Call 401-232-7575. For the privilege of coming to school out of uniform in St. Patrick's Day-themed clothing or colors, SAINT PHILIP SCHOOL STUDENTS donated money for disas- ter relief efforts for the victims of catastrophic storms in Alabama and Georgia. The school col- lected $800 for Catholic Charities USA, which forwards the funds to local agencies that help the victims with shelter, food, and other recovery needs. ROBERT NATALE, grade 8, accepts a dona- tion from 2nd-grader EMILY DEMAIO. SMITHFIELD – This Saturday, April 13, a small but dedicated group of volunteers will showcase the progress they've made cleaning up the area's historic cemeteries and invite others to join them in their efforts throughout the state. Christine MacWilliams, a resi- dent of Woonsocket, serves as chairperson of the Rhode Island Historic Cemetery Restoration and Awareness Day, an annual event now in its fourth year statewide. Every year, members of various local cemetery organizations unite to spend one day cleaning up loca- tions in all 39 communities in the state. It's an opportunity to show- case their efforts and invite new vol- unteers to join them in restoring the final resting places of the dead. For MacWilliams, who also serves on the Rhode Island Historic Cemetery Commission, restor- ing old cemeteries has become a personal mission. She first became involved in cleanup efforts when she answered an advertisement in The Valley Breeze from the Friends of Smithfield Cemeteries looking for volunteers. The group, like many others in the state, oversees cleanup efforts at historic cemeteries in a specific town. State records estimate there are approximately 3,200 his- toric cemeteries around the state. "You make a lot of friends, you really do, because you have the one thing in common, and that's to put back dignity and respect into these burial grounds," she said. In many cases, she explained, historic cemeteries have no formal ownership, leaving their mainte- nance to volunteers or groups or municipalities that adopt them. The individual stones are left in the same situation, though a few belong to individuals prominent enough to be remembered over time. "What happens is most of the family dies off," explained MacWilliams. "There are no more family any more to come in and care, or they move away." She cautioned against trying to clean gravestones without learn- ing proper technique, as some household cleaners can actually further disintegrate stones instead of improving their appearance. "People, they mean well, and what they're doing is they're destroying the stone," she explained. MacWilliams encouraged resi- dents interested in learning more about historic cemetery restoration to visit a cleanup site on Saturday and volunteer. She also invited resi- dents to adopt a gravestone or small area of a historic cemetery near their home to help ensure these sites are cared for in the future. Bob Buonaccorsi of the Friends of Smithfield Cemeteries said the group is looking for new volunteers. In Smithfield, volunteers will meet at the Conservation Cabin located behind the Smithfield Police Station promptly at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 13. For more information, con- tact Buonoaccorsi at friendsofsmith- fieldcemeteries@gmail.com . Buonoaccorsi said, "Be prompt or you'll probably miss us." A full list of cleanup sites and local contacts is available on the Historic Cemetery Commission website at www.rihistoriccemeteries.org under the "Events" tab. Glocester cleanup will occur at the #94 Crossman Lot, half a mile west of Cooper Road behind the Lataille House. Contact Bill Brown for more information at billbrown8686@ gmail.com . Volunteers needed for historic cemetery cleanup By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com Safe Sitter class offered in Scituate SCITUATE – North Scituate Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will host a babysitting class by the Safe Sitter organization at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 18. The class is aimed at students ages 11-14. Topics discussed will include injury management, child care essentials, the business side of babysitting, and more. For more information or to reg- ister for the program, call Alyce Robinson at 401-647-5133, ext. 103. SCITUATE NEWS do you know? The Valley Breeze & Observer distributes almost 10,500 papers in greater Smithfield every Thursday. In your time of need, The Valley Breeze & Observer will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our web site, valleybreeze.com, 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. 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