Miscellaneous Kent County, Rhode Island Obituaries

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Thomas J. Bennett, 79, formerly of Warwick, a retired textile machinist, died July 27, 2000, at Four Seasons Care Center, Sedalia, Mo. He was the husband of the late M. Caroline (Fagan) Bennett. Born in Bristol, a son of the late Eli and Clarissa (Harley) Bennett, he resided in Warwick most of his life. He was a member of the Apponaug Old Timers Group, and a former communicant of St. Clement Church, Warwick. He was a self-employed textile machinist until his retirement. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He leaves two sons, William T. Bennett of New Bedford and Gary S. Bennett of Sedalia; a daughter, Patricia C. “Penny” Salyer of Higginsville, Mo.; a brother, Joseph Bennett of Warwick; and seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was the father-in-law of Carol Ann Benentt. He was the father of the late James R. Bennett. The funeral was held from Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home, 800 Greenwich Ave., with a committal service in Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. Burial followed. 

Jane C. (Falvey) Alden, 61, of Post Road, a medical transcriptionist, died July 31, 2000, at South County Hospital. Born in East Orange, N.J., a daughter of the late George and Ethel (Jacoby) Falvey, she had lived in Narragansett before moving to Warwick 30 years ago. She was a medical transcriptionist, and previously was a court stenographer, teacher and legal secretary. She was an avid gardener. She leaves a son, Charles T. Schmidt of North Smithfield; two daughters, Cynthia J. (Schmidt) Moran of Amesbury, Mass., and Christine Marie Schmidt of Destin, Fla.; and five grandchildren. The funeral was held in Lawrence E. Fagan Funeral Home, 825 Boston Neck Rd., North Kingstown. Burial was private.

Kathleen A. (Marurono) Gifford, 46, of Rutherford Court, died July 31, 2000, at home. She was the wife of the late Wayne R. Gifford. Born in Providence, a daughter of Gabriel P. Marurono of Warwick and the late Dorothy L. (Imondi) Marurono, she lived in Warwick for 30 years. Mrs. Gifford was a 1999 magna cum laude graduate of Rhode Island College, with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She was inducted last year into the National Honor Society, Alpha Delpha Mu. While in college, she interned at CODAC, Talbot House and the Warwick Community Counseling Center. She was a member of Hillsgrove United Methodist Church. Besides her father, she leaves a son, Nicholas G. Gifford of Warwick; two brothers, Michael Marurono of Warwick and Richard Marurono of Providence; a sister, Patricia Provau of Lakeland, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held in Hillsgrove United Methodist Church, Kilvert Street.

Mary H. Tourangeau, 86, of Lakewood Avenue, a former textile worker, died July 31, 2000, at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, North Providence. She was the wife of the late Earl A. Tourangeau. Born in Coventry, a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Kwaciana) Pancerowicz, she had lived in West Warwick before moving to Warwick 21 years ago. Mrs. Tourangeau was a textile worker for the former Coventry Narrow Fabrics many years ago. She leaves two daughters, Shirley Winsor of East Greenwich and Loretta Thompson of Warwick, with whom she lived; a sister, Bertha St. Germain of Warwick; and six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was the sister of the late John, Frank and Anna Pancerowicz, Sophie Szeflinski and Helen Mayette. The funeral was held from The Prata Home, 78 Providence St., West Warwick, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary Church, Church Street, West Warwick. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Charles W. Angilly, 53, of Pine St., Attleboro, died August 1, 2000, at his home following a brief illness. Born in Cranston, he was the son of the late Arthur A. Jr. and Muriel M. (Morris) Angilly. He resided in Attleboro for the past year and previously lived in Norton. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, he was a resident of Providence and Warwick. He was a 1966 graduate of Pilgrim High School. Mr. Angilly was a Vietnam Veteran having served with the United States Air Force from 1966-1970, earning the rank of Sergeant. He leaves a son, Keith Angilly of New Haven, Conn.; a daughter, Kerry Angilly of Warwick; and two sisters, Jayne Robillard and Jeanne Singleton, both of Cranston. He was the brother of the late Evelyn Simas. Funeral services were private, followed by burial with military honors in the Rhode Island Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Exeter. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 1309 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446.

Richard J. Carpenter, 76, of Littlefield Road, a retired shipyard foreman and career serviceman, died August 1, 2000, at Kent County Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Alice (Brunnell) Carpenter. Born in Wilmington, Mass., a son of the late Frank G. and Madeline (White) Carpenter, he lived in Warwick for 37 years. Mr. Carpenter worked at Electric Boat as a shipyard foreman in the testing department for 24 years, retiring in 1986. He was in the Navy for 23 years, retiring in 1962, and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of American Legion Post 15, the Fleet Reserve, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter, Therese Rheaume of Gorham, Maine; three brothers, Paul Carpenter of Wilmington, Edward Carpenter of Salem, Mass., and Walter Carpenter of Amarillo, Texas; and a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Frank, Charles, Robert, Joseph and Chester Carpenter, and Edna Bridges. Committal prayers were held in Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. Burial with military honors followed.

Violet A. Moody, 75, of Pequot Avenue, a retired presser and assembler, died August 1, 2000, at Kent County Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of the late Don C. Moody and the late Lawrence R. Lincoln. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late John E. and Grace E. (Jones) Webster, she lived in Warwick since 1939. Mrs. Moody was a presser for the former Sunbury Dress Co., West Warwick for 20 years, and an assembler for Northern Telecom for eight years, retiring in 1987. She was a member of the First Congregational Church, where she served as a deaconess, chairwoman of the Bereanes, and a volunteer for the SHARE program. She leaves a son, Roger K. Moody, and a brother, John E. Webster Jr., both of Warwick; two sisters, Shirley E. Andrews of Warwick and Grace E. Newman of Richmond; and a grandson, Wayne M. Anderson of Warwick. She was the sister-in-law of Elaine J. and Alice E. Webster both of Warwick, Ronald Newman Sr. of Richmond and Luther W. Andrews Jr. of Warwick. She was the mother of the late Linda E. Anderson and sister of the late Robert E. Webster and Judith Oulundsen. The funeral was held from Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral Home, 2435 Warwick Ave., with a service in First Congregational Church, Oakland Beach Avenue. Burial was private.

Patricia L. Young, 74, of Mansfield, Mass., a former purchasing assistant, died August 2, 2000, at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro. She was the wife of the late Edwin F. Young Sr. Born in Rochester, N.H., a daughter of the late Philip and Florence (Duval) Shepard, she lived in Mansfield for 35 years. She was a purchasing assistant for Boston Scientific Corp, in Milford, for 15 years, retiring four years ago. She was a member of the First Christian Church in West Mansfield and its Missions Circle. She was a former Sunday school teacher at the church. She leaves two sons, Edwin F. Young Jr. of Warwick and Robert H. Young of North Attleboro; a daughter, Debra J. Gundlach of Mansfield; two sisters, Meredith St. Pierre in Florida and Virginia Cook in Maine; and seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held in First Christian Church, 11 Otis St., West Mansfield. Burial was in Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton, Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations in Patricia’s memory may be made to the Memorial Fund of the First Christian Church, 11 Otis St., West Mansfield, MA 02048.

Dorothy Ashworth, 95, of Longwood Avenue, a retired licensed practical nurse, died August 3, 2000, at Harborside-Greenwood House Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late Zachariah Ashworth. Born in Cranston, a daughter of the late William and Emma A. (Lowell) Merrill, she was a resident of Warwick since 1951, previously residing in Cranston. She was a licensed practical nurse for 10 years for Rhode Island Hospital, retiring in 1965. She formerly worked forAT&T as a supervisor for 19 years in Providence. She was a 1954 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Practical Nursing. She was a communicant of St. Peter Church, Warwick. She leaves two nephews, William B. Merrill in Connecticut and John B. Merrill of Warwick; and two nieces, Marilyn J. Metcalf of Warwick and Joan Foland of Erieville, N.Y.; also several great-nieces and -nephews. She was the sister of the late Lowell B. and Russell B. Merrill and Gladys S. Merrill. The funeral was held from Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral Home, 2435 Warwick Ave., with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Peter Church, Fair Street. Burial was in St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket.

Diane (Johnson) Cole, 66, of Leisure Drive, an employee of AAA, died August 3, 2000, at Kent County Memorial Hospital, Warwick. She was the wife of Frank Cole. Born in Wakefield, a daughter of the late Donald H. and Irene D. (Austin) Johnson, she had resided in Warwick for 35 years before moving to South Kingstown seven years ago. She was an operator employed by American Automobile Association in Warwick for 10 years until she became ill. She was a communicant of St. Luke Episcopal Church, East Greenwich, and an active member of the Episcopal Cursillo movement. Besides her husband, she leaves two daughters, Karen J. Millette of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Pamela J. Cole of East Lyme, Conn.; a sister, Karen Lawson of Hazel Park, Mich.; and two grandchildren. A funeral service was held in Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home, 800 Greenwich Ave., Route 5, Warwick. Burial was in Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter.

Donald J. “Bones” McLeod, 68, of North Fair Street, a retired chemical operator, died August 3, 2000, at home. He was the husband of Patricia (Grossguth) McLeod. Mr. and Mrs. McLeod were married for 43 years. Born in Providence, a son of the late Anna McGovern, he lived in Warwick all his life. Mr. McLeod was a chemical operator for Northland Chemical Co., Providence, for six years, retiring in 1988. He had been a chemical operator at the Fields Point Mfg. Co., Providence, for 13 years. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was a life member of the Pawtuxet Athletic Club and had been its social chairman. A longtime member of the Gaspee Days Committee, he was the recipient of its Abraham Whipple Award for service. He was a member of the Johnson Post VFW, and Teamsters Local 251. He was a former member of the Pawtuxet Rangers. Besides his wife, he leaves a son, Michael A. McLeod of Girard, Kan.; three daughters, Katherine A. McLeod, Barbara E. Gomes and Tricia D. Phillips, all of Warwick; two brothers, John J. McLeod of Providence and Joseph McGovern of Providence; a sister, Mary Jane Fitzgibbons of Cranston; five grandchildren, David J. Pombo III, Jessica and Sean McLeod, Christian and Dylan Gomes; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was held in Frank P. Trainor & Sons Funeral Home, 982 Warwick Ave. Burial with military honors was in Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meeting Street School, 667 Waterman Ave., East Providence, RI 02914.

Blanche Zeobrowski-Ramos, 81, of Oaklawn Avenue, Cranston, a retired data processor and former Providence crossing guard, died August 3, 2000, at Kent County Memorial Hospital, Warwick. She was the wife of Emilio T. Ramos and the late Matthew F. Zeobrowski. Born in Fitchburg, Mass., a daughter of the late Joseph and Rosae (Bormida) Anoskivtsky, she had been a Providence resident for many years, moving to Cranston in 1990. She was a data processor for Fleet Bank in Providence for 10 years, retiring in 1989. She was one of the first crossing guards in Providence, from 1952 to 1960. She was a member of the Cranston Senior Center. Besides her husband, she leaves two sons, Matthew F. Ziobrowski of Northborough, Mass., and Daniel M. Ziobrowski of Warwick; two daughters, Jean A. Parrillo of Johnston and Theresa D. Ramano of Providence; a brother, Albert Anoskopey of Middleboro, Mass.; a sister, Bladge Beaudry of Providence; and nine grandchildren, MaryBeth Fiore, Daniel, Dina, Darren Parrillo, Dana Palangio, Shane Romano, Daniel, Jonathan and Briana Ziobrowski; and two great-grandchildren, Derek and Devon Parrillo. The funeral was held from Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral Home, 2435 Warwick Ave., Warwick, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Rocco Church, Atwood Avenue, Johnston. Committal prayers followed in Swan Point Cemetery Chapel, Blackstone Boulevard, Providence. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 245 Waterman St., Providence, RI 02906 will be appreciated.

William J. Allen Jr., 82, of Williamsburg Circle, a retired railroad car inspector, died August 4, 2000, at Cedar Crest Nursing Home, Cranston. He was the husband of Mildred L. (Boyce) Allen of Warwick. Born in Providence, a son of the late William J. and Mary Allen, he was a resident of Warwick for 43 years, previously residing in Providence. He was a rail car inspector for 43 years with Penn Central, New Haven/New York/Hartford Railroads and CONRAIL, retiring in 1976. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Besides his wife, he leaves a son, William J. Allen of Woonsocket; three daughters, Judith M. Zabbo and Barbara E. Walaska, both of Warwick, and Mary A. Waite of Georgia, Vt.; and 11 grandchildren and a great-grandson. He was the brother of the late Joseph Allen and Agnes Sliney. The funeral was held from Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral Home, 2435 Warwick Ave., with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. William Church, Pettaconsett Ave., Warwick. Burial with full military honors was in Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Alopecia Areata Foundation, PO Box 150760, San Rafael, CA 94915-0760, will be appreciated.

Robin Ann Pellegrino, 35, formerly of Cove Avenue, died August 4, 2000, at Pine Grove Health Center, Pascoag. Born in Warwick, a daughter of the late Albert and Rose (Muscente) Pellegrino, she had lived in Warwick before moving to the health center last year. She leaves a sister, Traci A. Pellegrino of West Warwick; and three brothers, Edward Pellegrino of West Warwick, and Steven and David Pellegrino, both of Warwick. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Clement Church, Long Street. Burial was in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston.

Teresa L. (Caiazza) Pirraglia, of Hesperia, Calif., died August 4, 2000, in Foremost Care Center in Hesperia. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Antonio and Filomena (Bonafigilia) Caiazza, she was a long time resident of Warwick. She had also resided at the Sparrows Point assisted living center in East Greenwich. She leaves a daughter, Bianca G. Feroce of Punta Gorda, Fla.; a son Walter C. Caiazza of Moreno Valley, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

Charlotte G. Rogers, 83, of Commonwealth Avenue, formerly of Fairway Drive, Cranston, died August 4, 2000, at Kent Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late James F. Rogers Jr. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Herbert S. Stewart and Emily (Hoyle) Stewart-Ward, she had lived in Cranston most of her life. An avid golfer, Mrs. Rogers was a charter member of the Quidnessett Country Club, North Kingstown. She enjoyed painting and traveling. She leaves a daughter, Linda A. Nash of Coventry; a son, James F. Rogers III of Derby, Conn.; and four grandsons, James F. Roberts IV, Matthew R. Rogers, Timothy D. Nash and Jaime Rogers-Nash. She was the sister of the late Bertha A. Howe. A committal service was held in the St. Ann Cemetery Chapel, Cranston. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Summertime Fund, c/o Providence Journal, 75 Fountain St., Providence, RI 02902.

Irene D. (Pulde) Wilfand, 69, of First Street, Worcester, Mass., a retired bookkeeper, died August 4, 2000, at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston. She was the wife of Frank M. Wilfand. They were married for 49 years. Born in Worcester, a daughter of the late Joseph and Bessie (Ulman) Pulde, she was a lifelong resident of Worcester. She was a bookkeeper for Lerner Shops and Martin Wallpaper, both in Worcester, for many years, retiring in 1980. Besides her husband, she leaves a son, Wayne L. Wilfand of Warwick; a brother, Nathan Pulde, and a sister, Toby Lapin, both of Worcester; and three grandchildren. The funeral was held in Perlman Funeral Home, 1026 Main St., Worcester. Burial was in Worcester Hebrew Cemetery.

J. Henry Buote, 84, of Calderwood Drive, a former television shop owner, died August 5, 2000, at Kent Regency Nursing Home. He was the husband of Ethel L. (Veasey) Buote. Born in Providence, a son of the late Peter J. and Maude (Gervais) Buote, he lived in Warwick since 1949. He had owned Buote Television from 1954 to 1976, and had been an auto mechanic for the former Hurd and Goldberg auto dealership from 1946 until 1954. He was a Marine veteran of World War II. An avid bowler, he was a member of various local bowling leagues. Mr. Buote was a member of St. Rose and Clement Parish and Warwick Senior Citizens. Besides his wife, he leaves three sons, Jerry Buote of Warwick, Peter Buote of Annapolis, Md., and Paul Buote of Moorestown, N.J.; a sister, Mary Dunphy of Providence; and seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Francis and Albert Buote. The funeral was held from Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral Home, 2435 Warwick Ave., with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Clement Church, Long Street. Burial with military honors was in Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter.

Harvey H. Willard Sr., 75, of Wauregan, Conn., a machinist at Pervel Industry in Plainfield for more than 20 years before retiring in 1983, died August 4, 2000, at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester. He was the husband of Ella (Carrier) Willard. Born in Providence on July 4, 1925, he was a son of the late Howard and Myrtle (Reed) Willard. A Navy veteran of World War II, he saw action in the Pacific and received a number of medals. He was a former post commander of the Wauregan VFW Post 6875. He was a former member of the Teamsters union. Mr. Willard was a dealer at flea markets around New England, and enjoyed playing cards and doing crossword puzzles. Besides his wife, he leaves four sons, Harvey Willard Jr. and Dennis Willard, both in Connecticut, David Willard of Wauregan and Steven Willard of Moosup, Conn.; five stepsons, James Mazzarella Jr. of Danielson, Conn., Rene Mazzarella and Mark Mazzarella of Rogers, Conn., Brian Mazzarella of New Britain and Michael Mazzarella of Cheshire; four stepdaughters, Ella Grimshaw of Rogers, Bernice Harding in Florida, Ann Delaurentis of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Tammy Steinbrick of Putnam; four brothers, Frank V. Leonard Jr., Norman Leonard and Keith Leonard, all of Warwick, and Arthur Leonard in Texas; a sister, Virgina Remington of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was the father of the late James Willard and the brother of the late Richard Leohard.

Waldo R. DiSanto, 76, of Seaport Drive, a retired insurance regulator and consultant, died August 5, 2000, at South County Hospital, South Kingstown. He was the husband of Barbara J. (Cicilline) DiSanto and the late Ida (DelRicco) DiSanto. Born in Hartford, Conn., a son of the late Joseph A. and Josephine (Martellini) DiSanto, he had lived in Warwick and Haddam, Conn., before moving to Narragansett five years ago. Mr. DiSanto was the director of the property and casualty division of the Connecticut Insurance Department from 1982 until 1989 and was the chief of the rating division from 1971 until 1981. He was instrumental in establishing CIRMA, the Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Association, and CMIC, the Connecticut Medical Insurance Co. He was the principal insurance examiner and rating analyst for the Rhode Island Division of Insurance from 1962 to 1967 and the principal rating analyst and assistant chief of the rating division from 1967 to 1971. He had been the superintendent of accounting for the Providence Washington Insurance Co. and had also been a commercial banking officer at the former Industrial National Bank, now Fleet. A past director of the Connecticut FAIR Plan, a program to provide property owners with fair and equal access to insurance, Mr. DiSanto received an award for his dedication and contributions to the plan. He was a former member of the National Council on Compensation Insurance. A Navy veteran of World War II, he served in the Atlantic and Pacific and received several campaign ribbons and medals. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from Bryant College in 1948. Besides his wife, he leaves a son, John A. DiSanto of Newport Coast, Calif.; five stepsons, Michael D. and David G. Ashworth, both of Warwick, Kevin J. Ashworth in Suwanee, Ga., Peter L. Ashworth of Woonsocket and Terence W. Ashworth of Narragansett; a stepdaughter, Geraldine A. Ashworth of Warwick; a brother, Anthony DiSanto of Wakefield; and a sister, Gloria Lilla of Narragansett. He was the brother of the late Marco and Martha DiSanto, Olga Carlone and Rita Marinosci. The funeral was held from The Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home, 800 Greenwich Ave., Route 5, Warwick, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas More Church, 53 Rockland St. Burial was in Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter.

Myrtle M. Goodwin, 95, of Commonwealth Avenue, a former restaurant and dress shop operator, died August 5, 2000, at Kent County Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of Webster Goodwin the late Louis Rathbone, and the late Wilson W. Crouch. Born in Attleboro, a daughter of the late William and Mary (Smith) Thornton, she had lived in Bristol and Seekonk before moving to Warwick in 1979. She had operated the former Myrtle House Restaurant and the Old Grist Mill, both in Seekonk, with her husband, Louis, for 40 years. She had also simultaneously operated the Carousel Dress Shop at the Old Grist Mill. A prominent equestrian in the 1920s and 1930s, Mrs. Goodwin rode show horses for H.B. Wicks, a steel industrialist from Cleveland, as well as for the Vanderbilt family. She was an avid antique doll collector and dealer and was a member of the Ida Lewis Doll Club of Newport. Besides her husband, she leaves a son, Charles W. Crouch of Portsmouth; two stepsons, Webster Goodwin Jr. of Barrington and John D. Goodwin of Cranston; a niece, Barbara Kissack of Chepatchet; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Doris MacIntosh. The funeral was private. After cremation, burial took place in Wolfboro, N.H. Memorial gifts to Kent Hospital, 455 Toll Gate Rd., Warwick, RI 02886 will be appreciated.

Vena B. “Vera” Geary, 90, of Biltmore Avenue, Providence, a retired packing clerk, died August 6, 2000, at home. She was the wife of the late Harold V. Geary. Born in Cranston, a daughter of the late Walter and Minnie (Gardner) Scott, she lived in Providence most of her life. She was a packing clerk at Armbrust Chain Co. for 14 years, retiring in 1980. Mrs. Geary was a past president of the Thomas Connell VFW Post 45 Ladies Auxiliary. She leaves two daughters, Helen M. Geary, with whom she lived, and Barbara A. Saunders of Cranston; three sons, Harold V. Geary Jr. of Warwick, and Robert F. and Daniel J. Geary, both of Providence; and six grandchildren, Donna Horn in Florida, Rhonda Berard in Georgia, Michael Geary of Warwick, Cheryl Reed of Woonsocket, Kevin O’Brien of Cranston and Brian Geary of Providence; and seven great-grandchildren, Megan O’Brien, Dilan Stewart and Victoria Stewart, all of Woonsocket, Ricky Berard and Kyle Berard in Georgia, Christopher Horn and Jeffrey Horn in Florida. The funeral service was held in Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home, 331 Smith St. Burial was in Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Care of RI, PO Box H, Providence, RI 02901 in Mrs. Geary’s memory will be appreciated.

Ida Russo, 85, of Scenic Drive, formerly of Seamans Street, Providence, a former assembler, died August 6, 2000, at Kent County Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of the late Domenic J. Russo. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Laurenzo and Teresa (Merolla) Orsini, she moved to Warwick in 1999. Mrs. Russo had been an assembler at Bulova Watch Co., Providence, for many years, before she was married in 1948. She leaves two daughters, Antoinette M. Ronzio of North Providence and Marguerite T. Costantino of Warwick; two brothers, Lawrence Orsini and Manfred Orsini, both of Providence; six sisters, Victoria DiMeo of Johnston, Irene Mehaffy of Providence, Dolores Annis of Oshkosh, Wis., Emily Maxwell in Massachusetts, Gilda Martinelli of West Warwick, and Theresa Orsini of Cranston; and three grandchildren, Lisa, Donna and Michael Constantino. She was the sister of the late Oswald and Louis Orsini, Evelyn SanGiovanni and Gilda Orsini. The funeral was held from The Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home, 800 Greenwich Ave., Route 5, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Jefferson Boulevard. Burial was in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter.

Edward E. Gage, 57, of Langley Street, a carpenter, died August 7, 2000, at home. He was the husband of Theresa O’Donnell Gage. Born in Warwick, a son of the late Edward and Helen (Mottram) Gate, he lived in Warwick all his life. Mr. Gage was a carpenter for Local 94. Besides his wife, he leaves a son, John E. Gage of Wakefield; a daughter, Christine Burns of Providence; two stepdaughters, Donna and Jacqueline Jacobs, and a brother, Robert Gage, all of Warwick; and four grandchildren. A memorial service was held in Shawomet Baptist Church, 1642 West Shore Rd. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 400 Main St., Pawtucket, RI 02860.

Elizabeth J. Higgins, 75, of Carlton Avenue, a retired saleswoman, teller and receptionist, died August 7, 2000, at home. She was the wife of the late James R. Higgins. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Hugh J. and Mary A. (Warren) Markey, she had been a Warwick resident since 1952. She was a receptionist and teller for the former Industrial National Bank and a saleswoman for Cherry and Webb Department Store in Warwick until its closing in April. She was a member of the Pontiac Peers and a communicant of St. Kevin Church where she was active in several parish activities. She leaves two sons, Dennis W. Higgins of Smithfield and James F. Higgins of Warwick; a daughter, Mary Beth Charette of Warwick; a brother, Hugh J. Markey III of Warwick; and four grandchildren, Christopher E. and Chelsie L. Higgins, Jessi L. and Sydni E. Charette. She was sister of the late Robert H. and Thomas W. Markey and the late Marion A Schneider. The funeral was held from the Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral Home, 2435 Warwick Ave., with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Kevin Church, Sandy Lane. The burial was in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. In leiu of flowers, memorial contributions to St. Kevin Church, 333 Sandy Lane, Warwick, 02889, or V.N.A. Hospice of Care New England, 51 Health Lane, Warwick, 02886, will be appreciated. 

Joseph P. Schenck, 59, of Groveland Avenue, a retired machine operator and former chief of the Tiogue Fire Department died August 7, 2000, at home. He was the husband of Angelina (Susi) Schenck. Born in Coventry, he was a son of the late Edward and Alice (Therrien) Schenck. Mr. Schenck was a machine operator at Victor Electric, Coventry, for 32 years, retiring last year due to illness. He was a carpenter at Electric Boat, Groton, Conn., for eight years. He was a volunteer firefighter and was a former chief of the Tiogue Fire Department. He was an Army veteran. Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter, Jessica Hardiman of Johnston; six sisters, Theresa Morin, Yvette Oakes and Ann Fowler, all of Coventry, Irene Gasbarro of Johnston, Cecile Richer of North Kingstown and Yvonne Lawton of Warwick; two brothers, Emile and Louis Schenck, both of Coventry; and three grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Marie Barraclough and Henry, Lucien and Ovila Schenck. A committal service with military honors was held in the chapel at the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter.

L. Dorothy Burke, 84, of Greenwich Avenue, a retired co-owner of a catering company, died August 7, 2000, at Kent County Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of the late Daniel Burke. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Arthur J. Ford Sr. and Loretta D. (Pegram) Ford, she had lived in East Greenwich before moving to Warwick 25 years ago. Mrs. Burke was the co-owner of the former Ford & Burke Catering Co. for many years, retiring in the early 1970s. She leaves several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Arthur J. Ford Jr. and Robert J. Ford, Winifred I. Plante, and Helen M. Maher. The funeral was held from Hill Funeral Home, 822 Main St., East Greenwich, with a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Mercy Church, Fourth Avenue, East Greenwich. Burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery, East Greenwich.


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