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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-18-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 18-24, 2019 OBITUARIES 23 Ernest 'Ernie' 'Jeep' Blanchard Ernest "Ernie" "Jeep" Blanchard passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on April 10, in his Woonsocket home. He was 91. The cause of death was cancer. He is survived by two sisters, Margaret and Alice, both of Michigan. He was the husband of the late Muriel "Mitzy" Murray who passed away on April 21, 2016. They were married in St. Charles Church, Woonsocket, in October of 1953. The couple raised three children, Wayne and Cindy of Woonsocket and Robert of North Smithfield. They were one of the founding families of the Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish. Ernest was very active in the church, serving at vari- ous times as trustee of the church, chairman of the annual carnival/ festival and leader of the parish altar boys. For over 20 years he and his wife operated the cake booth at the car- nival. He also worked at the parish bingo, selling tickets or running the concession stand. He served seven years in the Armed Forces, serving in Europe, Asia and the Pacific Islands. He was one of the original officers of Park Square Credit Union. He was a longtime welder at the former Sutherland Sheet Metals Works Inc. of Woonsocket. As a welder he was responsible for the design and construc- tion of the Crucifix that perches on the roof of the former Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church. He considered the Crucifix his "proudest achievement" as a welder. His hobbies including raising hom- ing pigeons, a passion passed on to him by his father, and for many years he raised finches. He also built scale model Ferris Wheels and Merry-Go- Rounds, a hobby which lead him to write a book about his experience. His funeral was held April 16, from the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Trinity Parish, formerly Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, 1409 Park Ave., Woonsocket. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network at Visit . Rose Marie Richard Rose Marie Richard, 84, of Cumberland, passed away peace- fully at home while surrounded by her loving family. She was the lov- ing wife of Fernand R. Richard for 65 years. She was born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Noel & Prudencille (Rousseau) Benoit and stepmother the late Lea (Bernier) Benoit. Rose Marie worked for Greenhalge Mills and Texas Instruments for 20 years. She loved making baby hats and gifting them to the children at Women & Infants Hospital. Rose Marie also enjoyed singing opera for St. Joan of Arc Church. Besides her husband, she is sur- vived by her children, Denise Vachon and her husband, Paul; Rita P. Lemieux and her husband, Raymond; and Pauline Richard; grandchildren, Justin Vachon, Cherie Durand, Stephen Belleville, Jason Richard and Nicole Belleville, Kevin Lemieux, Kara Salinas and Kyle Lemieux. Also her great grandchil- dren, Salmane Sokida, Cole Hardy, Jasey Vachon, Rowan Belleville, Christian Belleville, Jaxson Vachon, Brianna Belleville and Kaitlin St. Laurent. She was preceded in death by her son, Roland Richard, and her broth- er Noel D. Benoit. Her funeral will be held Tuesday, April 23, at 9:30 a.m., from the Keene-Brown Funeral Home, 445 Greenville Road, North Smithfield, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., in Holy Spirit Parish, 1030 Dexter St., Central Falls. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery in Cumberland. Calling hours will be Monday, April 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. Jo-Ann Dupont Jo-Ann Dupont, 60, of Mulberry, Fla., died March 31, in Moffit Cancer Center, Tampa Florida, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Hawaii, she lived in North Smithfield before moving to Florida in the early '90s. Jo-Ann was a para- legal and in her latter years and was employed at Woods Trial Law, Tampa, Fla. Apart from Jo-Ann's dedicated professional life, much time was spent with her family and friends. Jo-Ann's sunny disposition, smile and sense of humor will for- ever be missed by all whom loved her. Jo-Ann is survived by her daugh- ter, Andrea Beattie; her beloved granddaughters, Chloe and Carli; her mother, Barbara L. Wood, of Rhode Island; her father, Ron Dupont, and his wife, Geri, of South Carolina; sister Joyce Vario, her husband, John, and their two sons of North Smithfield; two brothers, David Dupont, his wife, Danielle, and their two sons of South Carolina, and Jason Dupont, his wife, Amy, and their son of Rhode Island. Jo-Ann also leaves behind several devoted family members, friends and colleagues. Mass and calling hours are omit- ted. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, 12902 Magnolia Drive MBC- FOUND, Tampa, FL 33612. In the words of Jo-Ann's favor- ite songwriter – Bob Dylan, "The answer my friend is blowing in the wind. The answer is blowing in the wind." Albert Florentz Albert Florentz, 72, of Greenville, and formerly of Woonsocket, and Stuart, Fla., passed away peacefully on April 8. He was the hus- band of Margaret A. Florentz, whom he was married to for 24 years. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Albert Florentz and Beatrice Florentz Bibeault and the stepson of the late G. Bertrand Bibeault. He was a member of the Army National Guard and owner of the former Bibeault and Florentz Engineering and Land Surveying Co., in Woonsocket. He enjoyed fine dining, fishing and boating, spending time at his former resi- dence in Stuart, Fla., and spending time with his family. Besides his wife, Margaret, he is survived by a daughter, Dianne Nason-Doire, and son-in-law, Edward Phelps, of Greenville; a stepson, Mark Nason of Woonsocket; five grandchildren, Kayla Doire, Chad Doire, Thomas Phelps, Rose Marie Knowles, and Mark Nason Jr; a stepsister, Suzanne Degnan, of Florida and Cape Cod; a stepbrother, Donald Bibeault, of California; and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Anthony Florentz and Judy Ansley. Private funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket. Visit . DUPONT FLORENTZ BLANCHARD RICHARD OBITUARIES are updated continuously at Click on 'Obituaries' 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. 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