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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 01-08-2020

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Brian L. Whewell, 64. It is with great sorrow and sadness to announce that Brian passed away on Dec. 29 after a short illness. He was the son of Raymond Whewell and the late Ruth (Shuttle) Whewell. Brian was retired from Electric Boat in Quonset. Brian is survived by his father Raymond Whewell; brother Paul Whewell and his wife, Kathy; nephew, William J. Whewell of Hamden, Conn.; and niece, Katie E. Whewell of Boston, Mass.; as well as several cousins and many friends. Services will be pri- vate. Visit www.thekeefefuneralhome. com . PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JANUARY 8-14, 2020 OBITUARIES 15 Janina "Jean" (Kiluk) Babiec died peacefully Dec. 24, at the Bethany Home in Providence. The daughter of the late Joachim and Honorata (Sieroslawska) Kiluk. She was the wife, for 52 years, of the late Francis "Frank" Babiec. Jean is survived by her son, Daniel F. Babiec, D.M.D., and his wife, Debra Duffy-Babiec, of Virginia; her daughter, Cheryl N. Babiec, of Pawtucket; and her three grand- children: Thaddeus, Olivia, and Catherine Babiec. She enjoyed the antics of her dog, Jake. Though a transplant to Pawtucket from New Bedford, Mass., in the midst of her senior year in high school, Jean had immersed herself into her new community, an inclina- tion that would define the direction followed throughout her life. Activist, visionary, and fierce are three descriptions that help to create an impression of Jean. When faced with challenges, her level of determi- nation to succeed only elevated! She was never one to readily accept, "It can't be done"! Jean's involvements are numer- ous! A position as a P.T.A. president lead to a state level position within the organization. She later became a member, serving as secretary, of a project area committee known as PACER. Jean along with others, such as Mabel Anderson, began to make a formidable impact in the community. While becoming involved in other community and state-level commit- tees, she had pursued her secondary education through the University of Rhode Island's Continuing Education for Women program (CEW), becoming a graduating member of one of the first CEW classes in 1971. She would go on to teach in Providence for 20 years. At one point, she had received a fellow- ship to the Marie Curie University in Lublin, Poland. Her fierce determination can be exemplified when Jean was appointed to serve as chair of the Bicentennial Commission in 1986. During this time, Slater Mill was being commemorated with a stamp being issued by the U.S. Postal Service. Initially, the ceremony was to take place in Providence. Resulting from Jean's efforts, the dedication ceremony had taken place on the grounds of the Slater Mill. Jean had advocated (twice) for legis- lative support in procuring a license plate in support of the Pawtucket Red Sox long before the thought of losing the team was rumored. Jean's visionary tendency was exhibited when she was appointed to Pawtucket's Planning Commission. She would always seek new ideas to revitalize or improve Pawtucket, trav- eling or conducting her own research to present her findings for consider- ation. One such idea involved the military and their selling of amphib- ian crafts for a nominal fee. She saw the potential for using the crafts to conduct rides or explorations on the Blackstone River. Though her idea was not accepted, other communi- ties would later utilize these crafts to promote their river fronts. Boston's Duck Tours was one example. Jean has held many leadership positions as commissioner or chair- person for many of the organizations that she had served on, such as the R.I. Heritage Commission, American and Polish Cultural Commission, Pawtucket Planning Commission, Polish Holocaust Commemorative Committee of the R.I. Heritage Commission, Polish Subcommittee of the R.I. Heritage Commission, the R.I. Bicentennial Foundation, Pawtucket "86" Centennial Committee and Friends of Poland in New Bedford, Mass., as examples. As chairman of the statewide clothing drive in Rhode Island in 1981, she coordinated efforts with the National Guard, Hasbro, area businesses and churches resulting in more than 200 tons of clothing sent to Poland, a country under Marshall Law at the time. She was also the state's liaison for the Holocaust Memorial Council in Washington, D.C. in 1983. Jean co-authored the book titled "Polish in RI…A Proud Legacy," which is a histori- cal account of Polish Americans in Rhode Island. Over time, Jean was an active member in an extensive number of other clubs or organizations such as the Boston Malacological Club, Pawtucket Preservation Society, Summit Club of RI, and church groups. Her volunteer efforts were extensive. Jean was a translator for the International House/the initial Tall Ships. She organized and taught English language classes within the community. Her past volunteer efforts had extended to Pawtucket Community Players, The Pawtucket Arts Council, and Memorial Hospital (10 years). She was also a civilian volunteer with the National Guard in support of their E.S.G.R. program. Jean's efforts had received rec- ognition in a variety of Who's Who (American Educators, Polish Americans, and Rhode Island) and along with numerous citations, awards, or accolades. In 1999, Jean's efforts were recognized on the global stage. Her humanitarian efforts were acknowledged by the President of Poland when she was awarded the "Krzyz Kawalerski Orderu Zaslugi" or the Distinguished Cavalier Service Cross from President Kwasnieski of Poland in a ceremony presented by the Polish Consulate General in New York. The cross is one of Poland's highest recognition awards and is given to individuals who make exceptional contributions to interna- tional cooperation between Poland and other nations. Her loving husband, Frank, who had supported Jean with all of her endeavors, was her polka dancing partner for life. Together they had traveled through the United States and abroad extensively. A highlight of Jean's "later" excursions, was traveling to Poland with her grand- children. As time passed, Jean's efforts never ceased even when she had officially "retired." She would continue to write letters and make phone calls to promote an idea by offering sug- gestions to advocate and enhance her "adopted" community. She was inducted into Pawtucket's Hall of Fame in 2017 and had recently received the Key to the City. Jean's life was well lived over the course of nine decades! Relatives and friends are welcome to attend calling hours on Friday, Jan. 10, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Karol A. Romenski & Sons Funeral Home, 342 High St., Central Falls, followed by a prayer service in the funeral home at 7 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jean's memory to Shriner's Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104, Hasbro Children's Hospital, 595 Eddy St., Providence, RI, or St. Jude Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105- 3678. Janina 'Jean' Babiec BABIEC Brian L. Whewell WHEWELL The Valley Breeze distributes almost 8,500 papers in Pawtucket every Wednesday. 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, 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. OBITUARIES answers In Loving Memory Paul R. Hunt 2011 – January 9 – 2020 Ninth Year Remembrance Time slips by and life goes on, But from our hearts you're never gone. We think about you always, We talk about you too. We have so many memories but We wish we still had YOU. May the winds of heaven blow softly And whisper in your ear How much we love and miss you And wish that YOU WERE HERE!! Always loved, never forgotten and forever missed, Your loving wife, Pamela Sons, Billy and Shaun and All of your Loving Family

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