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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-15-2020

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Edward A. Whipple, 82, of North Smithfield, died Oct. 5, in his home surrounded by his loving fam- ily. He was the hus- band of Pauline (Mailhot) Whipple, whom he married Oct. 12, 1963. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Lester E. and Ruth Y. Whipple. Mr. Whipple graduated from Cumberland High School and earned multiple architectural certifi- cates at RISD. He was the owner of Ed's Construction. Ed built his first house at 15 years old and sold it at 16; he continued that ambition throughout his life. Ed shared and taught important life lessons with family and friends that have been passed to future generations. He enjoyed complicated business ven- tures that most would walk away from. Ed also enjoyed bicycling, puzzles, trivia, baseball, gardening, traveling, and learning about his- tory. He always kept up with the current news. Above all, Ed loved his wife and family. Besides his wife, Pauline, he leaves their children, Christine Whipple of Northbridge, Mass., Lisa (Whipple) Desrosiers and her husband, Bill, of Millville, Mass., and Jonathan Whipple of North Smithfield; his brother, Warren Whipple Sr., of Charleston, W.V.; his sister, Carol Norris, of Avondale, Colo.; six grandchil- dren, Sarah Leviton and her fiancé, Dylan Bussone, Jay Pietrewicz and his wife, Jessica, Adam, Bryan, Zachary, and Jessica Desrosiers and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter, Grace Whipple, and two brothers, Lester and Newton Whipple. A celebration of Ed's life will be held at a date to be announced. Private funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Holt Funeral Home, 510 So. Main St., Woonsocket. We welcome remembrances and/ or photos on Ed's Holt Funeral Home Tribute wall (which may be used at Ed's Celebration of Life). In lieu of flowers, memorial con- tributions may be made to Hope Health Hospice, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904. Visit . Michael R. Brodeur, 62, of North Smithfield, died Oct. 10, in Landmark Medical Center. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Bertrand "Butch" Brodeur and Doris Brodeur. Mr. Brodeur was a 1976 graduate of North Smithfield High School. He worked as a fork lift operator for International Paper Company, Putnam, Conn., until his retirement. Mr. Brodeur loved music and watching sports. He leaves his son, David Brodeur and his fiancee, Alisha Vacca, of North Smithfield; two nieces, Audra Johnson and Ayla Diefenbach; a grandnephew, Aiden Simbron; a grandniece, Harlyn Connolly; his former wife, Paula Branchaud; and his dog Skylar. Visitation will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket. Social distancing guide- lines will be implemented upon your arrival. The family requests that all attending wear blue jeans and a Patriots shirt in honor of Michael. Visit . Michael V. Carr, 58, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 6, at his home in Pascoag. He was the son of the late James F. and Elizabeth F. (Melanson) Carr. Michael graduated from Bellingham Memorial High School in 1980 and worked in the mainte- nance department at the Wrentham State School in Wrentham, Mass., for many years. He is survived by his brothers, Dennis Carr of North Scituate and James Carr of Carver, Mass., and his sister, Cynthia Albanases, of Glendale. He was predeceased by his brother Christopher Carr. Michael's funeral arrangements are private and entrusted to the Boucher Funeral Home, 272 Sayles Ave., Pascoag. Visit . Debra (Pontbriant) Hill, 67, passed on Oct. 6 surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Thomas M Hill Sr. She was the daughter of the late Eugene and Sally (Meehan) Pontbriant. A lifelong Lincoln resident, she worked at St. Joseph and Fatima hospital as a nuclear medicine supervisor for 44 years before retir- ing in 2016. She is survived by her son, Thomas M. Hill Jr.; her daugh- ter, Sarah Simpson; her grand- children Hailey Hill and Caleb Simpson; and is survived by her brothers Edward Pontbriant, Eugene Pontbriant, and her sis- ter, Maryanne Melia. She is pre- ceded by her brother, Thomas Bongarzone. A private memorial service was held at Keefe Funeral Home on Oct. 10. Visit www.thekeefefuneralhome. com . 30 OBITUARIES OCTOBER 15-21, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION Ernest J. Couture Ernest J. Couture, 92, of Cumberland, passed away peace- fully Oct. 10. He was the beloved husband of Pauline (Allard) Couture. They were happily married for 66 years. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Louis and Alice (Lavallee) Couture. Ernest was the vice president and engineering manager for FM Global and FM Paris, France, for 37 years, retiring in 1991. He was a graduate of Providence College and a former member of the Woonsocket Planning Board. He was an avid golfer and longtime member of Kirkbrae Country Club and Palm Beach National in Lake Worth, Fla. Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Lynne C. Couture, and her husband, Timothy Straight, of Delray Beach, Fla. He was the brother of the late Paul, Albert, and Maurice Couture. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to a Mass of Christian Burial, on Friday, Oct. 16, at 9:30 a.m., in St. Joan of Arc Church, 3357 Mendon Road, Cumberland. Due to current restrictions, social distancing and masks are required. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. The burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to the Miriam Hospital Foundation, PO BOX H, Providence RI 02901, would be greatly appreci- ated. Visit . COUTURE Edward A. Whipple Michael R. Brodeur Michael V. Carr Debra Hill WHIPPLE BRODEUR CARR HILL WOONSOCKET NEWS Post 85 holding drive for families in need WOONSOCKET – American Legion Post 85 is holding a drive for families in need with children through Nov. 21. Needed are new/ unused toys, children's clothing, and gift cards to grocery stores. Donations can be dropped off at Post 85, 870 River St. Contact Dave Malone at . 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 71 Central St., Manville, RI 127 Carrington Ave., Woonsocket, RI (401) 762-1825 Remembering Journeys Celebrating Lives Craig Lacouture, Director Menard ~ Lacouture Funeral Homes We provide Free Video Live Stream for any Service 3102 Mendon Road Cumberland 401-658-1155

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