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The Valley Breeze & Observer 01-02-2020

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JANUARY 2-8, 2020 OBITUARIES / NORTH COUNTY 11 Edward 'Teddy' J. Drew III Edward "Teddy" J. Drew III, 71, of Halsey Drive, Smithfield, died Saturday, Dec. 28, at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Edward J. Drew Jr. and the late Madelene (McCarthy) Drew. He had lived in Smithfield for 30 years. Teddy was an electrician and had worked as a handyman. He was a Vietnam Army Veteran. He was also a proud member of the Smithfield Lodge of Elks 2359, the Greystone Social Club, the VFW and the American Legion. Teddy enjoyed cooking at the Smithfield Elks and volunteered his time cooking for the veterans on Veteran's Day for the last 33 years. He is survived by his brother, Kenneth Drew, and his wife, Lisa Drew, of Smithfield; his children Jeremy Drew of Malone, N.Y., Matthew Drew and his wife, Janna Drew, of North Providence, Jonathan Drew and his wife, Natasha Drew, of Malone, N.Y., Kristin Cadoret of East Providence, and Stephanie Drew of Malone, N.Y.; and his 13 grandchildren. A visitation will be held today, Thursday, Jan. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Anderson-Winfield Funeral Home, Route 44 at Greenville Common, Greenville. Committal ser- vice with military honors, to which relatives and friends are invited, will be held Friday, Jan. 3, at 10 a.m., in the R.I. Veteran's Cemetery, Exeter. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Po Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-0050. Visit . DREW Alberta F. Gardiner Alberta F. Gardiner, 84, formerly of Scituate and Foster, passed away Dec. 21 at home surrounded by her closest family, following an on going illness of dementia. She was the wife of the late Raymond K. Gardiner. She was predeceased by her eldest daugh- ter Linda Carl; her granddaughter Melissa; sister, Mary Galiardi; her father, William Allen; her grand- mother, Louise Allen; her aunt, Ellen Allen and her mother, Evelyn Desonie. She is survived by her children, Joe Carl Jr., William Carl, Albert Carl, Karen Bergstrom and Mary Carl. She was the grandmother of Joe, Jeremy, Bobbie, Robin, Samantha, Scott, Billy, Jason, Joshua, Tanya, Kyrstie, and great-grandchildren including Russell and Raymond Coia who lived and helped care for her along with her latest best friend Sennya Marie. Alberta was a graduate of St. Xavier Class of 1952. She was born in Providence. During her working years she was a typesetting supervi- sor for Manpower Inc., an assistant editor of the East Providence Post, a typesetter for The Observer Publications, assistant editor for Allendale Insurance and senior word process- ing typist for Rhode Island College. Visitation was held Dec. 28, in the Winfield & Sons Funeral Home, 571 West Greenville Road, Scituate, fol- lowed by burial in Philips Memorial Cemetery, Foster. Richard G. Swanson Richard G. Swanson, 90, passed away Saturday, Dec. 28. He was the beloved hus- band of the late Barbara R. (Webster) Swanson for 45 years before her passing in 2011. He was born in Providence, the son of the late Edwin G. and Lillie E. (Clark) Swanson. Before retiring in 1992, Mr. Swanson was an auditor for the Dominion Resources (formerly Virginia Light & Power). He also worked as a quality assurance inspector at the nuclear station in Seabrook, N.H. He served his coun- try in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean War and the Navy Air Corp. After retiring, he and Barbara enjoyed touring the country by motorcycle and later by motorhome. He was the father of Richard Swanson Jr. and James Swanson both of Warwick, and the late Deborah Meier. He was the step-father of Cynthia Caron of Seamore, Tenn., Stanley Grass of Sandwich, Mass., and William Grass of Providence. He is also survived by his sister, Evelyn Pallotta, of Smithfield; nine grand- children and seven great-grandchil- dren. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 4, at 10 a.m., in the Tucker-Quinn Funeral Chapel, 643 Putnam Ave., Route 44, Greenville. Inurnment with military honors will be in Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, Johnston. For information and condolences, visit TuckerQuinnFuneralChapel. com . OBITUARIES are updated continuously at Click on 'Obituaries' BankRI's Smithfield branch provides 61 gifts to children in need SMITHFIELD – As part of the 22nd annual Holiday Giving Tree program, Bank Rhode Island's Smithfield branch provided 61 gifts to Tri-County Community Action Agency for distribution to area chil- dren in need. Through its 22nd annual Holiday Giving Tree program, BankRI col- lected 1,466 presents for underprivi- leged kids helped by 16 nonprofits statewide. "Every year we look for our Giving Tree program to be successful, and every year I'm taken aback by the incredible response of everyone involved," said Mark Meiklejohn, president and CEO of BankRI. "Having an opportunity to put a smile on the faces of kids who may be going through tough times is what this time of year is all about." Flu goes widespread The Rhode Island Department of Health announced last week that the flu is now widespread in Rhode Island, triggering the requirement for unvaccinated workers in hospi- tals and many other care facilities to wear masks during direct patient contact. "The masking requirement helps protect healthcare workers from catching the flu, and helps protect patients who are often dealing with other serious health issues," said Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott. "For people who have not been vaccinated yet, it is not too late. Flu vaccination is the single best way to keep yourself and the people you love safe from the flu. Getting vaccinated today will still provide you with months of protec- tion." Unvaccinated workers must wear masks when involved in direct patient. The requirement also applies to all licensed Emergency Medical Services practitioners who have not been vaccinated against the flu. Widespread is the highest tier in the five-tier system used to measure flu activity. Many other states are also experiencing widespread flu. Hope Library offers Lego Time SCITUATE – Hope Library, 374 North Road, will offer Lego Time on Saturdays, Jan. 4 and 18, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. This is an open Lego time for families with children ages 4 and older. Siblings and parents are wel- come. Call the library at 401-821-7910. Library hosts Lego Club Saturday SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host its Lego Club on Saturday, Jan. 4, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children ages 4-12 are invited to build, create, and share Lego creations. Use the library's Legos or bring your own. This is a drop- in program. No registration is required. Call the library at 401-231-5150 for more information. Bone Builders classes at Greenville Library SMITHFIELD – Bone Builders will meet at Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, on Mondays, Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27, at 6 p.m. This exercise program, with moderate free-weight training, is designed to improve strength, balance, and energy levels while increasing bone density. No reg- istration is required. Bring water and wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. Call the library at 401-949-3630 for more information. Monday Matinees return Jan. 6 SMITHFIELD – Monday Matinees will return to Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, on Monday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m. Visit the library for popcorn and "Downton Abbey," the feature film continuation of the series. Register by calling the library at 401-949-3630 or visiting the event calendar at . IN BRIEF Create a vision board at Greenville Library SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will offer a 2020 Vision Boards activity on Monday, Jan. 6, at 6 p.m. Visualize your 2020 plans by creat- ing a vision board, a collage that rep- resents the goals you wish to achieve. All materials will be provided. Register by calling the library at 401-949-3630 or by visiting the event calendar at . IN BRIEF 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,, 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. OBITUARIES 3rd Generation Family Owned and Operated Geoffrey Greene ~ LfD Jennifer Greene faGan ~ LfD 2251 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 231-9307 •

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