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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-09-2020

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14 OBITUARIES APRIL 9-15, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION Vincent "Vinny" Norman Gentes, 70, of South Kingstown, died peace- fully on March 31, after a four-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was the beloved husband of Donna (Bolinger) Gentes. Born and raised in Woonsocket, he was a son of Carmalina "Cam" (Materas) Gentes Pacheco of Woonsocket and the late Rene Gentes. A veteran of the United States Air Force, he served during the Vietnam War stationed as a Staff Sergeant working on missiles while stationed in Montana. Mr. Gentes lived for over 30 years on Deer Street in Rumford where he worked as a union welder for Ocean State Steel, Washburn and Wire and Pawtucket Ready-Mixed Concrete Company, throughout his long career prior to retire- ment. He was a longtime communicant and volunteer of St. Margaret Parish in Rumford. He was one of the several volunteers that helped battle the flames when the original church building caught fire and was later destroyed, in 1988. Mr. Gentes played hockey for his beloved Mount Saint Charles Academy as a teenager and shared his love of the sport with his children, bringing them to countless Mount games. An avid sports fan, he adored his Boston Bruins, New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox teams up until the end of his life, always displaying a Boston team hat. With a passion for cars and mechan- ics, he spent many hours fixing up old classics in his garage. His pride and joy was his prized cherry red, 1968 Mustang convertible which he had refurbished. He volunteered for nearly a decade helping to run the weekly bingo game at his daughter's high school, Bishop Feehan, in Attleboro, Mass., making many friends. Known for his sense of humor, he was always a jokester. Vin enjoyed listening to oldies music, gardening and helping others. He and his wife, Donna, were active members of their community and HomeOwners Association; where they planned events including founding a Veterans Day breakfast. Besides his wife and mother, Vinny is survived by his former wife, Loretta DiCarlo Gentes, of North Providence; four siblings, Rene Gentes and his wife, Terry, of Norwich, Conn.; Richard Gentes (Pauline Campopiano) of Woonsocket; Sue and her husband, Ray Giambi, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Carol and her husband, Charles Carpentier, of North Smithfield; his three daughters, April and her husband, Christopher Robert, of Keller, Texas; Lisa and her husband, James Hunt ,of North Providence; and Ashley Gentes of North Providence; his eight grandchil- dren, Faith, Savannah and Bella Robert of Keller, Texas; Ethan, Jacob, Benjamin and Ryan Hunt of North Providence; and Lila Gentes of North Providence; along with many nieces, nephews, cous- ins, friends and his dear dog, Abby. A celebration of life to remember Vinny will be held at a date to be deter- mined (once COVID-19 precautions are lifted). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Vinny's name to the Alzheimer's Association of Rhode Island, 245 Waterman St., Suite 306, Providence, RI 02906. Visit for online con- dolences and updated service informa- tion. Walter J. Kusnarowis Jr. Walter J. Kusnarowis, Jr., 87, of Woonsocket, passed away peacefully and naturally on April 4, with the love of his family and under the atten- tion and care of the devoted, com- passionate and exceptional staff of St. Antoine Residence in North Smithfield. Walt was a quiet, deep-feel- ing and interesting man with many hobbies. He was an avid birdwatcher. He loved a good Western, in movies and in books. He cultivated an extensive col- lection of 1/50 scale model buses and Matchbox cars. He col- lected stamps and won several Philatelist awards for his displays and in-depth, expert knowledge of Nicolaus Copernicus. He built dollhouses and handcrafted min- iature dollhouse furniture. Walt loved camping and travel- ing in New England, especially in later years to Cape Cod with his wife. He enjoyed fishing, playing tennis, basketball, baseball and football with his children, and watching his sons' games when they were young. He was an enthusiast of European soccer and rugby and could be found many spring and summer days on his front porch listening to baseball on the radio, especially the Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Ray games. Walt was a lifelong lover of opera and classical music, espe- cially Dvorak, Chopin, Mozart and Haydn, and of course, Polka music! In his younger years, Walter was a dashing, pipe-smoking man and the apple of his mother's eye. He lettered in track before graduating from Woonsocket High School in 1954 and was a loyal Dennison Manufacturing employee until his retirement. But what he was truly most proud of was his family. He was especially delighted to be able to welcome his great-granddaughter, Zariah Metthe, recently born to granddaughter Hilary Whelan and Ryan Metthe. Walt was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Maryann, his sister, Constance Scotto, and his parents, Wanda (Komorek) and Walter Sr. His loving family remains as daughter Kristen Whelan, of Providence, her daughters Hilary and Olivia, and their father, Paul Whelan; daughter Paula Couturier of Antrim, N.H., her husband, Marcel, and their chil- dren Samuel and Jessica; son John of Woodstock, Conn., his wife, Kim, and their children Kylie and Brynn; son Steven of Penacook, N.H., his wife, Jennifer, and their children Lindsay and Alex; sister Dorothy Tokarczyk of Westborough, Mass., and numer- ous caring nieces and nephews. Although funeral and burial will be private, please join the family in remembering and cel- ebrating Walter's life in a way that is meaningful to you. The family wishes to thank Kubaska Funeral Home of Woonsocket for their respect and care of our beloved family member. Visit . KUSNAROWIS Vincent Norman Gentes GENTES Linda Farrington, DVM • Laura Roman, DVM Amy Kasprzycki, DVM Richard Coates, DVM • Holly Brown, DVM 1509 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 02864 401-333-7911 Emergencies Small Mammals Hospitalization Facilities Routine Exams PRogRessiVe MeDiCine in A FAMiLy PRACtiCe AtMosPHeRe We're Here To Provide Quality, Compassionate Care When Pets Need It Most. Compassionate Care Veterinary Clinic 333-7911 Progressive Medicine in a Family Practice Atmosphere Open 7 days a week 1509 oPen 7 DAys

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