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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-11-2019

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30 OBITUARIES APRIL 11-17, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION Norman A. Bilodeau Norman A. Bilodeau, 80, of Londonderry, N.H., formerly of Cumberland, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on April 6. Born in Augusta, Maine, he was the son of the late Albert and Merilda (Quirion) Bilodeau. He graduated of Cony High School (Augusta) in 1957 and enjoyed a suc- cessful career of over 40 years with the John Hancock Insurance Co. He became a Regional Supervisor for their Southern Territory and retired as a District Manager of the Bedford, N.H., office. Norman led a distinguished career in the insurance industry, earning several President's and Honor Club recognition sales awards. Norman served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a past Commander of AMVETS NH Post 2, Salem, N.H. (2010-2015), where he successfully campaigned for and won benefits for fellow veteran brothers and sisters. Norman enjoyed fishing, gardening, the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. He loved his family and was very proud of his children and grandchildren. He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church where he ushered masses. He is survived by his children, Susan Evers and her husband, William, Kathy Bilodeau, and Michael Bilodeau and his partner, Holly Emidy; his grandchildren, Alexandria and Christian Evers; his sisters, Therese Beaulieu, Louise Pelletier, and Jeannine Nash; his brothers, Roland, Paul and Richard Bilodeau. He also leaves his longtime companion, Rachel Daniel, and his former wife and friend, Jeannette "Jan" (Pare) Bilodeau. Family and friends are invited to visiting hours Monday, April 15, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the O'Neill Funeral Home, 3102 Mendon Road, Cumberland. For family and friends in Augusta, Maine, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, April 17, at 11 a.m., in Saint Mary's Church, Western Avenue, Augusta, Maine. Burial with military honors will be at a later date in Holy Family Cemetery, Augusta, Maine. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Mass., to support cancer research. Visit www.oneillfu- neralhomes.com . BILODEAU Irene Bonin Irene (Pontbriant) Bonin, 98, of Cumberland, passed away April 6, at the St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield. She was the wife of the late Oscar H. Bonin. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Edna (Dupras) Pontbriant. She resided in Cumberland for most of her life. Mrs. Bonin was employed as an associate at Ann & Hope Inc. in Cumberland for many years. Irene was a communicant of St. Aidan Church. She enjoyed bingo, trips to the casino, card games with family, word searches, but most of all she loved spending time with her family, especially when travel- ing. Those who will miss her will always remember her impeccable appearance, her affection for read- ing and Danielle Steele novels, and her undying love for her grandchil- dren and great-grandchildren. She leaves her children, Lorraine Elderkin of Pawtucket, Ellen Fandozzi of Warwick, and Dolores "Dee" Ferrara and her husband, Frank, of Cumberland; her siblings, Armand Pontbriant of Cumberland, Ellen Gertrude Fugere of Lincoln, Gerald Pontbriant of Central Falls; her six grandchildren, Sherri, Michelle, Lynne, Karen, Michael and Holly; her eight great-grand- children; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Ellen Pontbriant and Mary Jane Trahan. Irene's Life Celebration was held April 10, from the J. J. Duffy Funeral Home, 757 Mendon Road, Cumberland. A Mass of Christian Burial followed in the St. Aidan Church, 1460 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. Burial was held in the Notre Dame Cemetery. BONIN George A. Sherring George A. Sherring passed away peace- fully at Miriam Hospital on April 7, surrounded by his loving family. George was born on April 12,1950, in Providence, the son of Kunigunda (Less) Sherring of Portsmouth, and the late Arthur "Buddy" Sherring. He will be laid to rest on the day of his 69th birthday, Friday, April 12, with family and friends gathered in celebration of his life. On Oct. 2, 2004, George was unit- ed in marriage with his true love and best friend Lynn (Lanzi) Sherring of Lincoln, formerly of North Providence. In their time together, they created countless memories; many of those included time spent with their growing family and incred- ible network of friends. George was proud to be a husband and father; however, nothing gave him more joy than becoming a grandfather. He played this role to the fullest. He cherished his time with his grand- children and never missed a special event or activity. He was endeared to them and affectionately known as Grandpa George. George had a successful career as Vice President at RBC Industries, an epoxy resin manufacturer in Warwick. When not working, George enjoyed the simple pleasures in life. He faithfully watched Monday night football (cheering on the Oakland Raiders) with his son Josh. When friends and family gathered to play cards, George was always ready to make his famous apple and espresso martinis along with an extra dirty martini for his wife. George will be remembered as a gentle and kind man with a welcoming smile and a lively story. Even after being diag- nosed with prostate cancer, George continued enjoying life the way he always had. He didn't let his illness prevent him from accomplishing goals like reaching the top of the Eiffel Tower and driving in his own BMW convertible. Besides his wife Lynn and his mother Kunigunda, his love lives on in his three children: Josh Sherring and his wife, Amanda, of Warwick; Michael Ando and his wife, Lindsay of Blackstone, Mass.; Joseph Ando and his husband, Edward Hunt, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; four grandchil- dren: Brailyn Sherring, Braedon, Dylan and Charlotte Ando; two siblings: Deborah Sherring of Portsmouth, and Katherine Sherring of Portsmouth, and his grand-dog Zak. Family and friends may gather for a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Jude's Church, 301 Front Street, Lincoln, on Friday, April 12, at 10 a.m., followed with a burial in St. Ann's Cemetery, Cranston. Calling hours will be Thursday, April 11, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home, 659 East Greenwich Ave., West Warwick. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or online at www.stjude.org. Remembrances may be shared at carpenterjenks.com. SHERRING Alice Nault Alice (Niemi) Nault, 87, passed away on Sunday in Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of the late Gerard J. Nault. Born in Fitchburg, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Arne Cecilia (Dionne) Niemi. She resided in Cumberland for the past 59 years, previously residing in Fitchburg, Mass. Alice enjoyed going to the casino and traveling to Atlantic City, she also enjoyed reading. She was employed as a tagger for the FGX International of Smithfield for 35 years retiring in 2017. Alice is survived be her children Barbara Nault of Cumberland, Steven Nault of Cumberland, and Ronald Nault of and his wife, Linda, of Whittier, Calif; three grandchil- dren and three step-grandchildren. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to Alice's Life Celebration to be held with Visiting Hours on Wednesday, April 17, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., in the J. J. Duffy Funeral Home, 757 Mendon Road, Cumberland. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place in the Historic St. Joseph Church, 1303 Mendon Road Cumberland. Burial will follow in the Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Rhode Island Chapter, 931 Jefferson Blvd. #3004, Warwick, RI 02886. Directions/guestbook: jjduffyfuner- alhome.com do you know? You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fill 5 every week! They're all at valleybreeze.com 71 Central St., Manville, RI 127 Carrington Ave., Woonsocket, RI (401) 762-1825 MenardFuneralHome.com Remembering Journeys Celebrating Lives Craig Lacouture, Director Menard ~ Lacouture Funeral Homes • Offering personalized services and compassionate care for your family. • Pre-Arrangements can be made at any time to record your wishes. • We are available to meet you any day or night. John H. O' Neill www.OneillFuneralHomes.com 401-658-1155

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