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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 10-31-2019

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30 THE VALLEY / OBITUARIES OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 6, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION Leo Bruno Héroux, age 96, passed away Oct. 25, at the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol, R.I. He was the husband of the late Anne-Marie (Broeckx) Héroux of Normandy, France. Leo was born in Lowell, Mass., Sept. 21, 1923, to Fortunat Héroux and Anysie (Rousseau) Héroux. At a very young age, he and his family moved to Central Falls, where he attended Sacred Heart Academy and later worked as a dye- ing machine tender in Lincoln. He was drafted into the Army during WWII and participated bravely in the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. Leo is survived by four children: Norman Héroux (and wife Lilliane) of Sorgues, France; Nancy Héroux (and husband Gilles Thériault) of Montreal, Canada; Béatrice Vial (and husband Gérard Vial) of Caromb, France; and Leslie Héroux (and wife Arlène) of Sorgues, France. He leaves nine grandchildren, 10 great-grand- children and numerous nephews and nieces. Besides his wife and his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Antonio, Edouard and Rodrique Héroux. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to the Rhode Island Veterans Home, 480 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809. Condolences and a full obituary are available at www.monahandrab- blesherman.com . Melvin H. Rennick, 80, passed away on Oct. 28 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of the late Arleen (Holcomb) Rennick. Born in Connecticut, he was the son of the late James and Ida Rennick. He resided in Cumberland for 16 years and also resided in the Mashpee section of Cape Cod for eight years. Melvin worked for at the former Douglas Young, Pawtucket; Fuller Box, North Attleboro; and Rich Paper Box in Johnston for many years until his retirement. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. He was an avid antique car collec- tor, and a fan of the Big Band and Frank Sinatra era. He is survived by his daughter, Doreen Landry, and her husband, David, of Cumberland; two grand- children Matthew and Ashley Landry of Cumberland; one brother, James Rennick, of Florida; and two sisters, Eileen Halle of North Providence and Patricia Rennick; and several nieces and nephews. Melvin's Life Celebration will be held on Friday, Nov. 1, begin- ning with visiting hours from 4 to 7 p.m., and continuing on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 9 a.m., in the J. J. Duffy Funeral Home, 757 Mendon Road Cumberland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. in St. John Vianney, 3609 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. Burial will fol- low in Hillside Cemetery, Attleboro, Mass. For directions/guestbook, visit jjduffyfuneralhome.com . Phyllis H. (Gutmueller) McDevitt, age 92, formerly of Oaklawn Avenue, Cranston, passed away peace- fully at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, sur- rounded by her lov- ing family, on Wednesday, Oct. 23. Born in Pottstown, Pa, a daughter of the late William G. and Helen (Brede) Gutmueller, she lived in Cranston for 38 years. She was a graduate of Baldwin Academy in Pennsylvania, earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education at Wheelock College in Boston, and her master's degree at Salve Regina University in Newport. Mrs. McDevitt was a teacher in the Warwick Public Schools for 25 years, retiring in 1990. She earlier taught at Moses Brown School in Providence for three years. She is survived by a daughter, Laurie-Jean Ciosek and her husband Edmond, of Cumberland; two sons, William T. McDevitt of Cranston, and Joseph T. McDevitt, Jr. and his wife Maura, of Cranston; five grand- children, Stephen Ciosek, Arianna Servant, Alexander McDevitt, Phillip Ciosek, and Caleb McDevitt; and two great-grandchildren, Edelman and Teverly Servant. She was the mother of the late Peter S. McDevitt, and the sister of the late Norma Jean Peck. Her funeral services and burial will be private. Visit www.barrettandcotter.com . Leo Bruno Héroux Melvin H. Rennick Phyllis H. McDevitt HÉROUX MCDEVITT PAWTUCKET – Donations to the Blackstone Valley Emergency Food Center have again tailed off, accord- ing to those who run it, increasing the center's need heading into the holi- day season. A 2017 Breeze story on the center's plight was credited for a significant boost in donations over the next sev- eral weeks, but, said Treasurer Louise Fortin this week, "this past year, the donations have really slowed down." The situation faced by the BVEFC in Pawtucket is one being shared by many other local nonprofits, as giving to those in need continues to drop locally. Back in January, the Rhode Island Foundation announced $100,000 in combined donations to the Pawtucket center and other area food pantries, citing in part the rising cost of food. The center also receives funding from the city's Community Development Block Grant program and businesses, including Bristol County Savings Bank. According to Fortin, the center at 75 Benefit St. in Pawtucket is always busy and always in need of dona- tions, but the slowed donations this year have exacerbated the situation. "I'm hoping that with the giving season approaching, people will con- sider contributing," she said. "The need never slows down, nor does the dedication of our volunteers. We need to remind people that we are here serving week after week, and we can only do that with community support." The mission of the nonprofit since it was formed in 1990 is to feed its neighbors across the Blackstone Valley when they're in their greatest times of need. The all-volunteer staff provides a 10-day supply of food to people of low income or no income once each month. Applicants are interviewed to determine need. The BVEFC is open 9 to 11:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and closed the first full week of the month. Food is purchased from the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, and food donations also come from retail partners. The organiza- tion also gives other items, including clothes. In the last fiscal year, the organi- zation helped 4,777 children of the 11,859 people served. Clients are homeless, unemployed and under- employed. The majority of recipients return each month because their situ- ation doesn't improve. Volunteer staffers have been with the group anywhere from six months to 15 years. The BVEFC relies entire- ly on donations. To help, call 401-724- 7170 or email bvefc1@gmail.com . Emergency food center again in need of donations By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Take control of diabetes program Monday LINCOLN – Join others in the community and learn strategies to help manage diabetes and live a healthier life at the Lincoln Senior Center, 150 Jenckes Hill Road, every Monday starting on Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The program will run through Monday, Dec. 16, with no class on Nov. 11. People with pre-diabetes, diabetes, and their caregivers are welcome. Register for free classes by con- tacting Maria Kishfy at 401-440- 8136 or mariakishfy@gmail.com . Senior Center hosts Veterans Day Lunch on Nov. 7 CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Senior Center, 1464 Diamond Hill Road #1, is hosting its annual Veterans Day Lunch on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Veterans will eat free, while guests pay $5. This is open to all Cumberland veterans and guests. Music provided by Vini Ames. The lunch menu includes pasta and meatballs with salad and dessert. Tickets are available in the Senior Center Office and must be pur- chased two days in advance. The center is asking all veterans to bring a picture of them during their time in service as they will be displayed on the tables during the party.

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