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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 10-15-2020

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | OCTOBER 15-21, 2020 OBITUARIES 21 Erika A. Niedowski, of Lincoln, formerly of Marshfield, Mass., died at Rhode Island Hospital on Friday, Oct. 2, after a brief and sudden illness. She was 46. She is survived by her loving partner, Patrick Laverty; her parents, Marion and Raymond Niedowski; her sister, Nancy Welsh, brother-in-law, Donald, niece, Violet, aunts Barbara Judge and Anne Appel, and uncle, Jack Appel, among other family members and friends. A graduate of Marshfield High School, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Georgetown University and a Master of Public Policy degree from Tufts University. She began her career as a journalist in Washington, D.C., where she worked for almost 10 years at The Baltimore Sun, serving as their Moscow Bureau Chief from 2005-2007. While at the Sun, she was selected as a Pulitzer Prize finalist for reporting on medical malpractice. She returned to New England to settle in Providence, working for The Associated Press before joining the Office of the R.I. Lieutenant Governor as Director of Communications. It was during her term there that she became interested in energy policy, eventually joining the Acadia Center as an advocate for policy development efforts in Rhode Island. Her most recent position was Northeast Regional Director of the Coalition for Community Solar Access, where she was active on community and solar energy issues. Erika was a very special person with many interests. She was an avid cyclist and Boston Bruins hockey fan and attended many of their games. She loved her cats, even bringing two back from Russia, and recently adopted a rescue dog, Jaro. She was active in Girls Rock! Rhode Island and served on the board. She will be sorely missed, but will always remain in our hearts. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to https:// tinyurl.com/yxmpafyv in support of Racial and Environmental Justice, issues that Erika dedicated her life to. A memorial service will take place at a future date. Erika A. Niedowski NIEDOWSKI Kevin M. Day, 70, of Cumberland, passed away Oct. 7, at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, after an unexpected illness. He was the hus- band of Christine M. (Ray) Day, and they had been happily married for the past 47 years. Born in Fairfax County, Va., he was the son of the late Sgt. Major George E. and Frances P. (Duffin) Day. He resided in Cumberland for most of his life, previously residing in Lincoln. Mr. Day entered the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam War. Following his service to our country he was honorably dis- charged. He was employed as mechanic for Keolis Commuter Services Inc., and was previously employed at General Dynamics Inc. Kevin was a loyal and passionate Boston Bruins fan, who enjoyed fish- ing, yard sales, playing the guitar, but most of all enjoyed spending time with his family. Those who love him will always remember his sense of humor, his love for his grand- daughters, as well his ability to tell a bad joke. In addition to his wife, he leaves his three children, Michael Day and his wife, Melissa, Marc Day and his wife, Jill, and John Day, all of Cumberland; his two grandchildren Kaiya Day and Aliyah Day; his sis- ter, Ann Adams and her husband, John, of Delray Beach, Fla.; his mother-in-law, Rose Ray; his sister- in-law, Denise Ray; his nephew Keith Ray and his wife, Kaela; his two nieces, Cheryl Surtel and Kathryn Adams. Kevin's Life Celebration was held Oct. 11, in the J. J. Duffy Funeral Home, 757 Mendon Road, Route 122, Cumberland. A prayer service was also held. Military honors fol- lowed at the funeral home. A live stream of services was avail- able on Kevin's online memorial at www.jjduffyfuneralhome.com . In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Kevin M. Day DAY Elizabeth R. Walsh Elizabeth R. Walsh, "Betty," 82, of Cumberland, passed away peace- fully with her fam- ily by her side Oct. 11. She was the beloved wife of Robert A. Walsh. They were happily married for 60 years. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late John and Lillian (Cornell) McDermott. Betty lived most of her life in Cumberland. She graduated from the former Sacred Heart Academy in 1955 and The College of Our Lady of the Elms in 1959. She was a longtime parishioner of St. John Vianney Church where she was an eucharistic minister and volun- teered for decades with the annual Christmas Pageant. Betty enjoyed reading, music and sewing. What she enjoyed most of all was the time spent with her fam- ily, especially her grandchildren. Besides her husband, she is survived by her children, Robert Walsh Jr., John Walsh and his wife, Annabelle, Kathleen Lynch and her husband, Stephen, William Walsh and his wife, Lisa, and Christine Phillips and her husband, Christopher, and her brother, John "Jack" McDermott. She also leaves her grandchildren, Erik Colburn, Katie Moniz, John Walsh Jr., Angelynne Walsh, Lillian Walsh, Christine Lynch, Maggie Lynch, Michael Walsh, Meaghan Walsh, James Walsh, Brandon Phillips, and Brittany Phillips. She was the mother of the late Michael Walsh, sister of the late James McDermott, and the mother-in-law of the late Gail Colburn. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Oct. 14, at noon, at St. John Vianney Church, 3609 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. Visiting hours were held Oct. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the O'Neill Funeral Home, 3102 Mendon Road, Cumberland. The burial was pri- vate. In lieu of flowers, donations to Amos House, 460 Pine St., Providence, RI, 02907, or St. John Vianney Church Help for the Needy, in memory of Betty, would be greatly appreciated. The Walsh family would like to acknowledge and thank the staff at Briarcliffe Gardens for the sup- port and care Betty received and became part of the family. Visit www.oneillfuneralhomes. com . WALSH REUNION NEWS Pawtucket East Class of 1955 seeks classmates PAWTUCKET – The last graduating class in the history of Pawtucket East, the Class of 1955, is seeking graduates for a reunion. Classmates should call: Carol (Dupree) Jenson at 401-789-5113; Michael Kanackary at 401-333- 4729; or James Sell at 401-789-4063. do you know? You can call The Valley Breeze at 401-334-9555. Our fax is 334-9994. 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