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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-04-2020

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26 OBITUARIES JUNE 4-10, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION William H. Rogers Sr., William H. Rogers Sr., 80, of Woonsocket, died May 31, in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the hus- band of the late Fernande (Delvaux) Rogers, whom he married in 1965. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late William H. and Venetta (McCarthy) Rogers. Mr. Rogers was a 1959 gradu- ate of Burrillville High School, and received his master's degree in his- tory from Providence College in 1970. He was proud to be part of the Woonsocket education depart- ment for over 30 years. He worked as a teacher at Woonsocket High School, retiring in 1998. Mr. Rogers served in the Army National Guard. He was devout to his faith and was an active parishioner at St. Joseph's Church for many years An exceptional athlete, he played hockey and baseball at Burrillville High School. He was a four-year starter in baseball, and team captain in his senior year. Bill played on the state championship teams for hockey in both his junior and senior years, and was one of the captains on the first Rhode Island team to win the New England Championship. He was on the All-State team twice, and was chosen All-New England in his senior year. He continued to play both hockey and baseball while attending Providence College. He later coached baseball, softball, and hockey for Woonsocket High School, and was a Woonsocket Little League coach in the 70s and early 80s. Bill was a past member of the Italian Working Men's Club. He was an avid golfer, reader, and enjoyed gardening. He spent many summers traveling, and especially enjoyed his train trips across the country. He spent numerous summer days enjoy- ing the beaches of Rhode Island, Cape Cod, and a favorite spot of his and his wife's in Maine. Later in life one of his greatest joys was spending time with his grandchildren, grand- nieces, and grandnephews; perhaps surpassing what he enjoyed earlier in life, spending time with his own children and watching them pick blueberries and strawberries across various farms in R.I. on the hottest day of the summer. Like his mother, he enjoyed studying the night skies. He leaves his daughter, Jennifer Morrison, and her husband, Daniel, of Woonsocket; his brother, John Rogers, and Patricia, of North Smithfield; two sisters, Carol Smith of Atlanta, Ga., and Ellen Rogers of South Kingstown; two grandchil- dren, Ryan and Kenzie Morrison; many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his son, William H. Rogers Jr., and his sister, Jeanne Mattiucci. His funeral will be held Friday, June 5, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., in St. Joseph's Church, 1200 Mendon Road, Woonsocket, and may be viewed live at tcid/48953150 . Burial will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Bellingham, Mass., and may be viewed live at http://client.tribucast. com/tcid/824324 . Calling hours are Thursday, June 4, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Holt Funeral Home, 510 So. Main St., Woonsocket. Social dis- tancing guidelines will be followed upon your arrival. In lieu of flowers, memorial contri- butions may be made to St. Joseph's Church, 1200 Mendon Road, Woonsocket, RI 02895; Woonsocket High School Athletics, 777 Cass Ave., Woonsocket, RI 02895; or to The Tomorrow Fund, 593 Eddy St., Providence, RI 02903. Visit . ROGERS Evelyn R. Martin Evelyn R. Martin, 91, of Woonsocket, died May 24, at Hope Hospice & Palliative Care of Rhode Island in Providence. She was the lov- ing wife of the late Bernard R. Martin. They were married in 1948 and shared over 56 years together until his passing in 2004. Born and raised in Woonsocket she was a daughter of the late Romeo and Margaret Auclair. She was a lifelong resident of the city. In her earlier years, Evelyn was employed in the local textile indus- try at several area mills. Later on, Evelyn, along with her husband, was the owner and operator of Tuffy's Family Restaurant in Nasonville for many years before retiring. Evelyn was a member of St. Joseph's Senior Citizens Club and had fun taking numerous memorable trips. Evelyn took true pleasure in music and dancing. Evelyn loved to be out on the dance floor with her husband, be it an upbeat and quick tempo or slowing it down with something a little less fast paced. Evelyn absolutely loved family get togethers and reunions, anything that brought together those whom she loved. Such gatherings might also just witness Evelyn playing a strong hand of dominos or cards as she was a rather adept "card shark." She always looked forward to her New Year's Eve card parities. Evelyn will be remembered as a devoted mother and cherished and adored her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Evelyn is survived by a son, Paul B. Martin, his wife, Robin, of Woonsocket, and a daughter, Linda LaPorte, and her late husband, Joseph LaPorte, who passed in 2015. She was the sister of the late Constance Hunter and Rita Plante. She is also survived by four grandchildren Christopher and Louis LaPorte and Kyle and Justin Martin. She was the grandmother of the late Daniel "Danny" LaPorte, who passed in 2008, four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and their families. In accordance with current public health guidelines, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Evelyn will be laid to rest in the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Exeter. In lieu of flowers, memo- rial donations may made to Hope Hospice & Palliative Care of RI, 1085 North Main St., Providence, R.I. 02904. Arrangements are in care of the Menard-Lacouture Funeral Home, 127 Carrington Ave., Woonsocket, . MARTIN Lucile R. McDonald Lucile R. (Poulin) McDonald, 88 , of North Smithfield, passed away peacefully on May 21, at the Hope Hospice Palliative Care of Rhode Island. She was the beloved wife of James T. McDonald. Born in Berlin, N.H., she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Marie Louise (Belanger) Poulin. Married at St. Joan of Arc in Cumberland, Lou and Jim were together for 65 years. Lucile worked as a registered nurse for 40 years starting at Woonsocket Hospital in the 50s. She enjoyed the bulk of her career as a leader in the Surgical and Burn Unit at Rhode Island Hospital while raising her four children with Jim in North Smithfield. She graduated from St. Louis School of Nursing in Berlin, N.H., 1953, and was honored with a bachelor of psychology degree from University of Rhode Island in 1979. Some of the highlights of Lou's life were her large family of eight brothers and sisters. As the young- est of the family, she was drafted as the mascot of The Berlin, N.H., Snowshoe Club as a 3-year- old. Lucile was a majorette at Woonsocket High, participating in roller dancing at Scholl's Roller dome in Warwick, team water ski- ing on Beach Pond, and dancing at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet were the highlights of her younger days. Traveling was an important part of the feisty redheads life. Family in Quebec, historical fun with the fam- ily, and multiple tours of the United States were just some of the destina- tions. She and Jim toured London, Paris, and Seattle in their late 80s. Closer to home, Lucile enjoyed the company of friends at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Bingo. Lucile was always involved in civic programs including 30 years as an officer and instructor at Woonsocket Youth Figure Skating Association, serving 11 years as president of the St. Agatha's Senior Citizen Group, and 30 years as an important member of the American- French Genealogical Society as a Latin and French translator. She is survived by her hus- band, James McDonald, of North Smithfield; her four children, Patricia Fortier of North Providence, Joan Phillips (Pete) of Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, Michael McDonald of North Smithfield, Thomas (Cindy) McDonald of Blackstone, Mass.; seven grandchildren, Jason, Benjamin, and Catherine Fortier, Cody Phillips, Michael McDonald, Erin and Ella McDonald; three great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Kelsey, and Jason Fortier. She is survived by one sister, Theresa Gosselin, of Florida and numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, brothers, and two of her sisters. Services will be privately held with Keene-Brown Funeral Home at Precious Blood Cemetery in Woonsocket. A Celebration of Life will be held in the fall. Remembrances may be made to the North Smithfield Residents Food Pantry – Slatersville Congregational Church , 25 Green Church, North Smithfield, RI, 401-769-2777. Visit www.brownfunerahomes. com . MCDONALD Kim A. Figuerido Kim A. Figuerido, 63, passed away May 28,. Born in Woonsocket, she was a daugh- ter of Angela (Mencarini) Figuerido of North Smithfield and the late William Figuerido. She is also survived by her brother, William Figuerido Jr. of North Smithfield and his wife, Wendy, and their two children, Chelsea Figuerido of Boston, and Cara Figuerido of North Smithfield. Kim graduated from North Smithfield High School in 1975 and Rhode Island College in 1983. She was a registered nurse for 37 years, working at various hospitals in R.I.: Landmark Medical (Fogerty Unit), St. Joseph's (Fatima Unit), Koch Eye and most recently R.I. Hospital (Endoscopy Unit). Kim was a kind, compassionate and caring woman with a heart of gold and was loved by many friends and family. She will be greatly missed. She loved vacationing and especially loved her time in Aruba. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date due to COVID-19. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Kim's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For complete obituary and online condolences visit, . FIGUERIDO 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. 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 Monument Manufacturers INDOOR SHOWROOM Cemetery Lettering 91 Pawtucket Ave., Rumford 401-434-4064 Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • Sat. 9 a.m.-Noon STANLEY GRANITE CO.

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