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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 06-24-2020

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 24-30, 2020 PAWTUCKET 9 9 In January 1950, Shwaery, who was born in Pawtucket in 1929, and Adele, who was born in Montreal in 1928, met when the St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church's youth group went bowling at Darlington Lanes on Central Avenue. Adele had been living with an aunt and uncle in North Providence who were members of the church, as was Shwaery's fam- ily. The two hit it off and married on June 14 of that same year. They spent two years living in Montreal and had their first child, Linda (Dvelis), before moving to Pawtucket. They had two more children, Frederick Jr. and Robert. "We really had fantastic chil- dren," Shwaery said. They lived on Grand Avenue and then Carter Avenue before purchas- ing their first home on Orms Street and then building their second home on Flint Street in Darlington, where they still live. Linda Dvelis is active in all sorts of local causes, including frequent bak- ing with the women of St. Mary's. Shwaery worked in retail at Kirby's before opening Sunkist Farms on the corner of Armistice Boulevard and Littlefield Street. After closing the fruit and vegetable store, he became regional manager for the Mammoth Mart retail stores. Adele worked at Star Market in Attleboro, Mass., and at Arbeka Webbing in Pawtucket. In 1970 the couple opened Frederick Michaels Sports and Play on Main Street in Taunton, Mass. They still belong to St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, where Shwaery served on the parish council and committees from 1955 to 2013. He is in the Order of St. Ignatius and was presented the Antonian Silver Medal of Honor. He co-ran the Looff Carousel and the boats in Slater Park for five years. He belonged to E.L.Freeman Lodge in Pawtucket as a Mason, Knight Templer and Shriner. Adele advocated for troubled youth, often acting as a surrogate parent feeding, clothing and giving much needed advice, her daughter Linda said. "She also was a pioneer in advo- cating for children with developmen- tal and physical disabilities to have schooling and day programs." After staying home for months due to the ongoing pandemic, which made them a little lonesome, Shwaery said he and his wife were happy to get to be a little more social during the celebration. Adele has not been feeling well lately, so Shwaery said he's been tak- ing care of her. "I'm here for her all the time. … I don't want it any other way," he said. "I want to be with her all the time … and take care of her. And she helps me. … We do well together." The Valley Breeze is committed to bring- ing quality news stories like this one free to our readers. You can be a huge part of this local journalism success story by making a one-time or monthly contribution to what we do every week at port. Thank you as always for reading. ANNIVERSARY From Page One BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON FRED SHWAERY holds the hand of his wife ADELE while a priest bestows a blessing on them before their 70th wed- ding anniversary celebration at their house in Pawtucket. FRED and ADELE SHWAERY wave to passersby as a motorcade of well- wishers passes their house. FRED and ADELE SHWAERY wave and enjoy the parade of well wishers passing by their driveway on June 14, as their first- born daughter LINDA DVELIS greets the cars and hands out cookies. The couple were married in Canada 70 years ago on June 14. Commitment to Quality Dependable Trusted Accurate Inspirational 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Phone 401-334-9555 Fax 401-334-9994 Website Making our communities stronger by telling their stories. Please consider supporting The Valley Breeze today – Visit In our 25 years of existence, we've been all of this and more. From the beginning, we've believed that a hyper-local news model is what best serves our readers. The Breeze is free to our readers, and will remain free, but our hope is that those readers with the resources to invest in journalism where they live will choose to take a more active role in this local news success story, joining advertisers in helping to bring it to the people each and every week. Thank you to all who have donated! Your monthly or one-time contributions are greatly appreciated! Mother of Hope Camp 1589 Putnam Pike Chepachet, RI 02814 401-568-3580 June 29 - August 14 •Traditonal Camp Activities •Ages 5-12 •Weekly & Daily Options •Affordable Pricing •Special Discounts •Friendly Professional Staff •Secure Online Registration Call us for more information! Registration is now open! Come enjoy our 136 acres of woodlands Live - Learn - Grow Summer Breeze

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