February 12th, 2013
WOONSOCKET- Thavisinh Souphanthavong, 60, passed on February 9th.
Born January 10, 1953 in Luangprabang, a son of the late Houmpheng and Chansouk Souphamthavong.
He held an engineering degree at Luangprabang College and also studied Post graduate in India.
He is survived by a daughter, Soumalinh Tran of Woonsocket, four grandchildren, Kaiden and Carter Souphanthavong, Lana and Noah Tran. He was the father of the late Willy Souphamthavong.
WOONSOCKET- Claire (Demers) Lanctot, 79, of Woonsocket, died February 8, 2013, after a long illness.
Born in Woonsocket to Edgar and Rosita (Brunette) Demers, Claire was married to the late former mayor Francis L. Lanctot for fifty-two years.
A communicant of St. Joseph's Church, Claire was a homemaker, a founding member of the Rosewood Pitch League and a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox.
Leona A. Allard
WOONSOCKET- Leona A. (Michaud) Allard, 91, of Ridge St., died February 7, 2013 in Oakland Grove Health Care Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Romeo T. Allard.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Emile P. and Mary Louise (Lavoie) Michaud.
Mrs. Allard worked for numerous area textile mills, including the former Lafond Weaving, Manville, where she retired as a mender in1983. She was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church, Woonsocket and a member of the St. Joseph's Seniors.
Priscilla D. Boucher
BELLINGHAM- Priscilla D. Boucher 80, of South Main St. died Sunday at U Mass Medical Center. She was the wife of Alfred G. Boucher.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Jules and Parmelia (Rivet) Fontaine.
Priscilla was a Registered Nurse, she worked at Framingham Union Hospital for many years, She then worked for the Milford Visiting Nurses for several years before retiring fifteen years ago. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed bird watching.
Schools in Woonsocket and Pawtucket are closed for the second straight day. In the scheme of high school athletics, one of these cities plans on playing through the elements while the other adheres to a policy that if school is canceled, so too are all after-school activities.
BURRILLVILLE â€” A special risk assessment team formed in December to evaluate existing school safety measures and review ideas and proposals to improve school safety has completed a safety assessment for each of the district's five schools and will draft a report for review by municipal and school leaders.
The Risk Assessment Team was put into place two weeks after the Dec. 14 tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, where a guman killed his mother before opening fire at the school, killing 20 children and six adults.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Pope Benedict XVI caught Blackstone Valley Catholics by surprise when he announced his retirement for health reasons Monday, but most said they supported and even admired what must have been a difficult decision.
â€śI was proud of him,â€ť said the Rev. Edward St-Godard, pastor of Holy Family Parish. â€śWhen they say theyâ€™re stepping down because they can no longer function, I think itâ€™s a wonderful thing.â€ť
Andre J. A. Lambert
WOONSOCKET- Andre J. A. Lambert, 77, passed away Thursday at home. He was the husband of the late Carol (Pierce) Lambert.
Born in Lincoln, he was the son of the late Alfred and Malvina (Poisson) Lambert. He resided in Woonsocket for most of his life.
He was employed as a Quality Control Inspector for the former Crosby Valve Company, now known as Tyco Inc. of Mansfield, MA for over 55 years, retiring on December 5, 2012.
He was a communicant and Eucharistic Minister of St. Agatha Church, Woonsocket.
MANCHESTER, NH- Sister Therese Boulay, pm, 89, of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, died February 9, 2013 at St. Joseph Residence in Manchester, NH.
Born in Woonsocket, RI on June 17, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Polycarp and Marie-Ange (Girard) Boulay.
From 1944 until 1951 she taught in the Parochial Elementary Schools in Artic and Albion, RI and 1955 and 1958 at Notre Dame High, Berlin and St. Marie High School, Manchester, NH.
In 1958 she left for the Philippines Island where she served as a missionary for 36 years.
Yvonne R. Dzaman
BLACKSTONE- Yvonne R. (Godin) Dzaman, 92, of Blackstone, MA passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph F. Dzaman.
Born in Bellingham, MA on October 28, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Priscilla (Holcomb) Godin.