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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-07-2018

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 7-13, 2018 OBITUARIES 23 John Swiech John Swiech, 83, of Woonsocket and North Smithfield, a devout Catholic, departed this world for heaven on May 29, with his family surrounding him. "What really matters in life is that we are loved by Christ and that we love Him in return" – Pope John Paul II. Born in Woonsocket in September 1934, he was the youngest of seven children born to the late Aniela (Krawczyk) and Jan Swiech. John excelled in athletics during school, playing football, basketball, hockey and baseball through the years. His love was baseball and he won All-State Honors in 1952, his senior year, as catcher with the State Champion Villa Novans. He was inducted in to the WHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. He began playing minor league ball after graduating. In 1953, he signed with the Chicago Cubs and played in the minor leagues until he was drafted in to the Army in November, 1957, and continued after his release from active duty in November, 1959. During his service, he was sta- tioned at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. While there, he met and married Mary Edwards of Tennessee. They had two daughters, Brenda Ann and Diana Jo. In 1961, he ended his sports career to be home with his family. After baseball, he became an avid golfer. He played in many club and city championships and attempted to make the senior tour for a few years. Golf remained his passion throughout his life and at one time he held a 1 handicap. He was a lifelong member of the YMCA. John worked at Quincy Dye Works, Marblecraft, and then with the United States Postal Service, retiring in 1987. In 1995, he married Patricia (Caduette) and they enjoyed seven years together until she passed away in 2002. He moved to Orlando in December 2016, to be close to his family. He is survived by his daughters Brenda Swiech (Mike Griffin), Diana Treese (Wayne), his granddaughter Sarah Roberts Treese, and his great- grandchildren Taylor Jo and Jackson Treese Roberts and several nieces and nephews and their families. He is also survived by his first wife, Mary Morris, and his sister-in-law, Claudette (Tetrault) Swiech. He was predeceased by his parents, his two brothers and their spouses, Louis (Vic) and Hazel, Steve and Dora, and his brother, Henry; also his sisters and their spouses, Louise and Joe Kwaitkowski, Sophie and Leo Renaud and Constance and Steve Rajotte and as well as his niece, Joann (Kwaitkowski) Meehan. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the YMCA at www. ymcapawtucket.org . Visitation hours were held June 4, followed by a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., at the Kubaska Funeral Home, 33 Harris Ave., Woonsocket. His funeral was held June 5 from the funeral home. Burial was held in St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Blackstone, Mass. Visit Kubaskafuneralhome.com . SWIECH George Goudreau George Goudreau, 91, of Woonsocket, died May 31, surrounded by his family at the Holiday in Manville. He was the loving husband of Simone G. (Mandeville) Goudreau. They were married on April 23, 1949, and cel- ebrated 69 wonderful years together this spring. Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Edward and Imelda (Fournier) Goudreau. He was raised in Seekonk and was a graduate of St. Raphael's Academy in Pawtucket. Mr. Goudreau was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during WWII. He received the Victory Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Medal. Mr. Goudreau was employed as a chief technician by RCA Corp, later General Electric, for more than 40 years before retiring in 1989. George was a longtime communicant of Precious Blood Parish. Mr. and Mrs. Goudreau were married at Precious Blood and George was a parish volun- teer and Eucharistic minister. George was an active lifetime member of the Woonsocket Knights of Columbus Council #113, having served as Past Grand Knight, and was also a member the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree General Moylan Assembly. George was also a member of the American Legion Post 14 in Cumberland. He was a member of the Royal Travelers and enjoyed many trips throughout the country and all over the world. In his spare time he liked to go fishing and was an avid bowler. George will be remembered as a devoted family man. His legacy is one of service to his country, church and commu- nity. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son George L. Goudreau and his wife, Ruth, of North Smithfield, a daughter Lynn Tarble and her hus- band, Douglas, of North Carolina, and three grandchildren Ryan Goudreau, Patrick Goudreau and Michael Tarble, and six great-grandchildren. He was the brother of Paul, Albert and David Goudreau, Claire Beauregard, Marie Trudell, Rita George and Bernadette Ribeiro and the late Richard Goudreau, Jeanne Paine and Theresa Richard. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families. His funeral will be Saturday, June 9, at 9 a.m., from the Menard-Lacouture Funeral Home, 127 Carrington Ave., Woonsocket, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, at 10 a.m., in Precious Blood Church, Carrington Ave., Woonsocket. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Jean Baptiste Cemetery, Bellingham, Mass. Visiting hours are Friday, June 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial dona- tions may be made to Hospice of Nursing Placement, 334 East Ave., Pawtucket, RI. 02860. Visit www.menardfuneralhome.com . GOUDREAU Florence C. Lalancette Florence C. Lalancette, 96, of Woonsocket died June 2, at the Holiday in Manville. She was the loving wife of the late Gerard M. Lalancette. They were married on May 23, 1953, and shared almost 30 years together until his passing in February of 1982. Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Ovide and Oliva (Saulnier) Rondeau. She was a lifelong resident of Woonsocket. In her earlier years, Mrs. Lalancette was employed at the Argonne Worsted Mill and later at Miller Electric. As a homemaker, Florence cared for family members in their later years. Florence was a longtime communi- cant of Precious Blood Parish and a member of the Crepeau Court Tenants Association. Florence was a sports fan and most especially a staunch member of Red Sox Nation. She lived and breathed the Sox. Florence loved to read, was a good listener and relished being around her family. She was a friendly and outgoing person who treasured her faith and family. She is survived by a daughter Diane A. Lalancette of Lincoln. She was the sister of the late Lucien, Edmond and Leo Rondeau and Irene Tellier. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families. Her Mass of Christian Burial is today, Thursday, June 7, at 10 a.m., in Precious Blood Church, Carrington Ave., Woonsocket. Burial will fol- low in St. Jean Baptiste Cemetery, Bellingham, Mass. Visiting hours are Thursday, from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., prior to Mass, in the Menard-Lacouture Funeral Home, 127 Carrington Ave., Woonsocket. In lieu of flowers, memorial dona- tions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of RI, 245 Waterman St. # 306, Providence, RI 02906. Visit www.menardfuneralhome.com . LALANCETTE See more obituaries on page 24. Monument Manufacturers INDOOR SHOWROOM Cemetery Lettering 91 Pawtucket Ave., Rumford 401-434-4064 www.stanleygranite.com Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • Sat. 9 a.m.-Noon STANLEY GRANITE CO. Jeffrey A. Michalenka June 6, 1990 -June 13, 2006 Your Life Was A Blessing Your Memory a Treasure You Will Always Be Loved Beyond Words Still Missed Beyond Measure Continue to Rest In Peace Sweet Boy Love Always, Mom, Dad and Family There is a place in my heart you will always stay… where memories are locked away. There is a place in my heart where you will remain… until the day we meet again. Missing you so much "Mudda" 4 th Anniversary Lynda nieLd 7/3/1963 – 6/6/2014

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