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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-07-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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Norman B. Izzard, 78, of Mowry Road in Greenville, died June 1. He was the devoted husband of Carol Ann (Pogonowski) Izzard. They had been married for 24 years. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Norman and Bertha (Gauchier) Izzard. He had lived in Smithfield for more than 50 years after having moved from Johnston. Norman had served in the United States Air Force. He had also worked as a toolmaker for more than 30 years before his retirement, hav- ing been employed by Goodwin & Bradley in Providence. Norman was a member of the Smithfield Elks #2359. He loved to golf and had been a longtime member of the Glocester Country Club and the Melody Hill Golf Club. Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Norman A. Izzard of Smithfield, and Jennifer Lasorsa of Glocester, as well as his seven beloved grandchil- dren, Brandon and Jordan Reilly, Joshua and Joseph Santos, Jonathan Izzard, and Aleksander and Padraic Reilly, and his step-children, Robert Reilly of Smithfield, Roxanne Santos of Cranston and Russ Reilly and his wife, Heidi, of Greenville. The family would also like to thank his caregivers, Dianna Goughour, Ray Skinner, Dayra Nuney and Roxanne Santos. His funeral was held June 4 in the Anderson-Winfield Home, Greenville. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Philip Church, Greenville. Burial followed in Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, Johnston. For messages of condolence, see . Frank A. DePalma, 86, of Circle Road, Smithfield, died June 1 at Cortland Place in Greenville. He was the husband of the late Eleanor (Charbonneau) DePalma. Born in Walpole, Mass., he was a son of the late Peter and Antima (Melone) DePalma. He had lived in Smithfield for over 50 years previ- ously living in North Providence. He had been a printer with Hasbro Manufacturing in Pawtucket and later with Franklin Graphics in Providence before retiring. He later returned to work with the town of Smithfield as a Jack-of-all-trades in the Smithfield Town Hall. He had been a volunteer firefight- er with the Geneva Fire Company in North Providence. He was a member of the Smithfield Elks Club, BPOE Number 2359. He was an avid New York Yankee baseball fan. He is survived by his daughters: Elaine M. Richards and her hus- band, Joseph, of Smithfield, Linda L. Cieciorka and her husband, Jay, of Coventry; his grandchil- dren, Justine and Alyssa Richards, Timothy Cieciorka and his wife, Samantha, Bryon Cieciorka and his wife, Amanda, and Matt Richards and his wife, Christine; and his four great-grandchildren, Jaxton, Aubree, Joseph and Hannah. He leaves his brother, Domenic DePalma, and a sister, Rose Marie Gianardi, both of North Providence. He also leaves his faithful friend, Stan Davies. His funeral was held June 6 from the Anderson-Winfield Funeral Home, Route 44 at Greenville Common, Greenville. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Michael's Church, 80 Farnum Pike, Smithfield. Burial followed in Highland Park in Johnston. In lieu of flowers, donations made be made in Frank's memory to the Smithfield Firefighters, PO Box 906, Greenville, RI 02828. For messages of condolence, see Aurora B. (O'Neil) Ryan, 89, passed away May 22. She was the wife of the late Walter J. Ryan. She was born in Medford, New Brunswick, Canada, a daughter of the late Joseph H. and Blanche A. (Grossett) O'Neil. Mrs. Ryan is survived by two sons, Dana F. Ryan of Riverside, and Thomas W. Ryan of Alexandria, Va., and one daughter, Deborah A. Ryan-Tucker, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. She is also survived by four granddaughters and five great-grandsons. Her funeral will be held Thursday, June 28, at 11 a.m., in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Sussex, NB, Canada. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 27, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Wallace Funeral Home, 34 Sunnyside Dr., Sussex, NB, Canada. For information and condolences, visit TuckerQuinnFuneralChapel. com . Edna H. Swift, 95, a resident of Smithfield for the last 74 years, passed away at home on May 30. She was the beloved wife of the late Elmer V. Swift. Born in Providence on Feb. 6, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Olevine (St. Jacques) Hargreaves. She was one of three daughters with the late Marjorie L. Hargreaves and her twin sister, the late Norma Straight. Edna was a graduate of Aldrich High School. She worked several years at Rhode Island Hospital Trust. Edna loved traveling with her fam- ily and enjoyed crafts such as cross stitching, crocheting and knitting. She is survived by two daugh- ters, Nancy L. Mountford and her husband, Bert, of Glocester, and Karen G. Gorton and her husband, Michael, of Needham, Mass. A third daughter, Doris Lynn, predeceased her in 1981. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Jason Mountford, Joshua Mountford and his wife, Misti, Michael Gorton Jr. and his wife, Erica, Kim Gorton and Daniel Gorton. A graveside service and burial will be held Friday, June 8, at 2 p.m., in Highland Memorial Park, 1 Rhode Island Ave., Johnston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Hospice & Palliative Care RI, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904. For online condolences, visit www. . SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JUNE 7-13, 2018 OBITUARIES / HEALTH 31 Norman B. Izzard Frank A. DePalma Aurora B. (O'Neil) Ryan Edna H. Swift IZZARD DEPALMA RYAN HOSA car wash and bake sale Saturday SCITUATE – A car wash and bake sale, hosted by Scituate HOSA- Future Health Professionals, will be held on Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Hope Service Station, 1 Hope Road. The cost for both cars and trucks to be washed is $6. There will also be desserts and raffles, starting at $1. Proceeds will help teams heading to the HOSA International Leadership Conference in Dallas. HEALTH NEWS HEALTH NEWS CharterCARE Foundation awards $50,000 grant to help veterans JOHNSTON – Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, head- quartered in Johnston, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the CharterCARE Foundation, it announced in a news release. This grant, part of the founda- tion's focus on veterans' mental and physical health needs, will enable OSDRI to hire a full time, licensed social worker dedicated to addressing the mental health needs of Rhode Island veterans, including PTSD and addiction issues. Captain Erik B. Wallin, executive director of OSDRI, said, "Many of the 2,000 R.I. veterans we annu- ally serve suffer from some form of mental or behavioral health issue directly linked to their military service. Addressing these invisible scars of war is critical to stabilizing veterans' housing, employment and overall quality of life." The Valley Breeze & Observer distributes 10,800 papers in greater Smithfield every Thursday? do you know? In your time of need, The Valley Breeze & Observer 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 Geralyn M. Brais, age 63, died unexpectedly on May 18, 2018, in North Port, Florida. Geralyn is survived by her husband Paul, of Chepachet, her daughter Shaina and grandson Jackson, of Chepachet and her son Daniel of North Port, Florida. She is also survived by her sister Mary Lou Brais and brother-in-law Bert, her sister Nancy Fournier, brother Daniel Cronin and mother-in-law and father-in-law Albert and Florence Brais. Geralyn was also an Aunt to five nieces and nephews and six great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her mother Mary Cronin and Father Daniel Cronin. Geralyn was born on July 24, 1954 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island to parents Mary and Daniel. She graduated from West High School, Pawtucket 1970. She achieved a B.S. Degree in Education at Rhode Island College. Prior to that she worked in several positions at A.T. Cross in Lincoln, Rhode Island where she worked for more than twenty years. Geralyn was a loving wife and mother who enjoyed crafts and had a love of photography which she was very talented at. Geralyn was the creative genius in the family…from wedding cakes to paintings and photographs, there was nothing she could not create. She loved nothing more than to share her gifts with her family and friends. A celebration of her life will be held on Friday June 1, 2018 at Mulvey's, 40 South Main Street, Woonsocket, Rhode Island from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 pm. All who knew her are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the American Diabetes Association at 3rd Generation Family Owned and Operated Geoffrey Greene ~ LfD Jennifer Greene faGan ~ LfD Veronica Houston ~ LfD 2251 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 231-9307 • 70th Anniversary Year

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