Meredith A. Gardiner
Meredith A. Gardiner of Wakefield, died on Thursday, April 19, 2018. She was the daughter of Marcia (Hohler) Sprague of
Johnston and the late Robert C. Sprague. She is also survived by her brother, Stephen Sprague of Glocester and friend Margaret "Peggy" Benoit of Wakefield. As an avid animal lover she enjoyed the
company of all animals. She also enjoyed spending time at various South County beaches.
A Memorial Service to which relatives and friends are invited will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. in the Winfield and
Sons Funeral Home, 571 West Greenville Road, Scituate.
Mildred M. Miner
Mildred M. Miner, 93, of North Scituate, died Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the Briarcliff Manor in Johnston, RI.
Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, she was a daughter of the late Juan and Dolores (Ramirez) Serrano and wife of the late Louis L
She leaves two daughters, Louise D. Morrison of Bedford, Texas and Linda R. O'Connor of North Scituate, RI. She was the
mother of the late Louis A. Miner and the late Leslie L. Miner. She had three grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
A service will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 10:00 AM in the Columbarium of the Rhode Island Veterans
Cemetery, Exeter, RI.
Carol D. Kennedy
Carol D. Kennedy, 91, of Sterling CT, died peacefully at home Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Carol was a former resident of
Foster, RI, residing with her daughter and family the last 11 years in Sterling, CT.
Carol was a homemaker among other things. She loved the outdoors and working in her many flower gardens. She was
truly a gracious lady. Carol loved visits from her family.
Carol was the wife of Arnold R. Kennedy of Foster, RI. Predeceased by Arnold and daughter Betty Kennedy Tanner. She
was the daughter of the late Albert C. and Eugenie (Tardiff) Thoman.
Carol is survived by her daughters, Ellen K. H. Wilkenson of West Greenwich and Wendy K. Molodich of Sterling, CT. Three
grandchildren, Evan Haynes and wife Hope of East Lyme, Owen Haynes and wife Dawn of Greene, RI and Erin Molodich of
Sterling, CT. Eight great-grandchildren: Andrew, Charles, Alicia, Kelsey, Izayah, Jeremiah, Elijah and Gabrielle, son in law, Fredrick Tanner of LaRomana, Dominican Republic.
Services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Moosup Valley
Congregational Church, 82 Moosup Valley Road, Foster, RI 02825 or Hospice of Northeastern CT, 32 South Main St., Putnam, CT 06260.
Edward A. Martin
Edward A. Martin, 85, of Woonsocket, passed away on April 3, 2018 at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence,
surrounded by his loving family. He was the devoted husband of Rita (Trahan) Martin for 63 years, and a son of the late Edward and Yvonne (Mainville) Martin.
Our beloved patriarch will be missed by his dear sons, Mitchell Martin (Dianne) of Uxbridge, Mass., and Kenneth Martin
(Leslie Anderson) of Narragansett. "Pep" was the cherished grandfather of Kristine Beauparlant, Melissa, Andre and
Michelle Martin, and adoring great-grandfather of Emily and Hailey Beauparlant and Sarah Martin. He also leaves two
brothers, Raymond Martin of Bellingham, Mass., and Edgar Martin of Florida. He was the father-in-law of the late Dorothea (KnustGraichen) Martin.
Before retiring, Ed was a locksmith and general mechanic at The Miriam Hospital. He was a life member of the VFW Post
Blackstone, Woonsocket FOPA, Woonsocket Franco-American Club and the NRA. He enjoyed hunting, collecting antiques,
gardening, and watching the History channel. A U.S. Army veteran having served in Germany, he especially loved his American flag and all things military. Ed was both a gentleman and a gentle man.
A funeral service with military honors will be held on Monday, April 9th at 10:30 a.m. at RI Veterans Memorial Cemetery,
301 South County Trail, Exeter.
Gardner W. Munro
Gardner W. Munro, MSW, LICSW, ACSW, passed on February 22, 2018, peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family and friends. Born to Dana Gardner
and Margaret (Wiley) Munro, he is survived by his wife of 39½ years, Frances (Racine) Munro, his five children: Robin Munro Perez (Michael Kane) of
Cranston RI, Drew Munro (Margaret Ammirati) of Flemington NJ, Jennifer Munro of East Falmouth MA, Ralph Munro of Framingham MA, and Abigail Munro
-Hulley (Elliott Hulley) of Laramie WY, and his sister, Margaret Griffin, of Turners Falls MA. He was predeceased by his first wife Corinne (Cronin) Munro and
his sister Carol Monas. He was a resident of Cranston, RI, for forty years.
Gardner was a graduate of Deerfield Academy and Princeton University. Following service in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955, including service in
Korea and attaining the rank of Sergeant, he enrolled in the first class at the School of Social Work at Rutgers University, where he received his MSW in
1957, and began a long and distinguished career in that field. He served as Delegation Director of International Social Services (adoption agency) in Seoul,
South Korea, from 1962-1966; served the U.S. Department of State's Agency for International Development (AID) in Saigon, South Vietnam, as Social
Welfare and Voluntary Agency Liaison Officer – Refugee Division (1966-1968 and as Senior Social Welfare Advisor (1971-1973). Between AID tours, he was
Assistant Dean of the School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. After coming to Rhode Island in 1974,
Gardner worked at the Council for Community Services, then the planning arm of the United Way of RI, first as Associate Executive Director (1974-1978),
and then as Executive Director (1978-1983). In 2004, Gardner "retired" from the RI Department of Children, Youth and Families after 19+ years as a clinical
social worker and social work supervisor; but he immediately continued his social work in a number of agencies and in private practice until suffering the
first of his two strokes in the summer of 2016.
For Gardner, sharing his social work skills to help others was more than a career. Along with The Rev. H. Daehler Hayes and the Haiti Project of the RI
Conference of the United Church of Christ, Gardner made 5 trips to Haiti, where he was instrumental in development of a permanent mission
church/school/clinic in Port au Prince. He also traveled with Daehler to South Korea, Thailand and Laos, and Jordan/Israel as part of international outreach groups.
An active member and current Deacon of Central Congregational Church – UCC in Providence, Gardner was a man of faith, who in his later years studied
and became something of an expert on the life and letters of the Apostle Paul. Thanks to the generosity of his children, he was able to travel to the
Eastern Mediterranean and retrace some of Paul's steps in 2013. At Central, he was also a key participant in adult Sunday School and the Men's Group.
Gardner had a life-long love affair with sailing, nurtured at the vacation home at Metoxit Point in Waquoit MA, where his family has summered since 1900.
There are many sailing stories of his adventures and exploits in sailboats. When the mast became too heavy for him to rig his beloved MK-9 sailing dinghy,
he rowed the Moonakis around Pawtuxet Cove and Narragansett Bay, as well as on Waquoit Bay, into his 88th year.
In addition to his wife, children and sister, Gardner is survived by his nine (9) grandchildren: Reese Perez of Cranston, Nick Parece of Natick MA, Sarah
DeAngelis of Warwick RI, Vanessa Perez of Woodstock CT, Evan Hall of Cranston RI, Tabatha Perez-Kane of Cranston RI, Aidan Welch of East Falmouth MA,
and Calvin and Tycho Hulley of Laramie WY; and five great grandchildren (Jacob Perez, Brooklynn DeAngelis, Madeline and Evan Parece, and Wiley Hall).
A memorial service is planned for April 14, 2018, at 11 a.m., at Central Congregational Church, with a further memorial at Waquoit on July 14, 2018.
Donations in his memory may be made to Central Congregational Church in Providence, or to any charitable organization with meaning to the donor.
Barbara A. Mellin
Barbara A. Mellin, 87, of Warwick, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at Kent County Hospital. She was the wife of the late Ernie Mellin.
She leaves two sons, Frank W. Davis and Daniel Bates Davis, three grandchildren, Cody, Frank and Kaitlyn Davis, and two great grandchildren, Brandon and
Alice Davis. Services will be private.
Nora J. Lemire
Nora J. Lemire, of Foster, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Woodpecker Hill Nursing Home.
She was the loving wife of Bernard Lemire, Sr., Nora was born in Rice City, RI to the late Christine (McLean) Decker and the late Michael Kelley.
Nora was the secretary, food pantry director, and Sunday school teacher at the Church of the Messiah in Foster, RI. She
received the Foster Clergy Association citizen of the year award in 1991. Nora loved knitting, crocheting, gardening, all
animals big and small. She also loved her grandchildren, a full house and spending time with family.
Besides her husband, she leaves three daughters, Kim Angell and her husband Allen of Foster, Patricia Harnedy of Foster,
Karen Lemire of Chepachet, two sons, Bernard Lemire, Jr., and his wife Leslie, of Salem, Oregon, David Lemire and his wife
Kelly, of Foster, three grandchildren, Brooke Angell, Jessie Angell, Leahanna Tucker, three great grandsons, Isaiah, Keigan, and Jacen. She was the grandmother of the late Matthew Angell.
Her visitation will be held on Friday, March 23, 2018, from 4-7P.M. in the Winfield and Son's Funeral Home, 571 West
Greenville Road, Scituate. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018, @ 10:00 AM in the Trinity
Episcopal Church, 249 Danielson Pike, North Scituate. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Foster Ambulance
Corp., PO Box 62, Foster, RI 02825 and to the Trinity Episcopal Church food closet, 249 Danielson Pike, North Scituate.
Donna Gail (Shaw) Gervasio
Donna Gail (Shaw) Gervasio, 75, of Foster, died Tuesday, March 14, 2018, at Miriam Hospital.
Born in Providence, she was a daughter to the late Donald and Amy (Morey) Shaw. Donna was raised and educated in
Warwick, RI, where she attended both the Bayside School and then the John Green School, before she and her family moved to Greene, RI in the 50's.
It was in Coventry that her dad bought her and her siblings their very first horse "Linda" a Morgan Cross mare that he paid
$50.00 for. Linda taught Donna the ins and outs of horsemanship and they could often be found " Pony Expressing"
through the fields of their yard! She also attended the Western Coventry School. Her first job was at Lew Manufacturing Company in Coventry, RI until she began driving a bus in Hope Valley, RI.
In 1972, she moved to Foster and began driving a Bus for Hopkins Transportation and soon after met the love of her life,
Albert R. Gervasio. Together they built their home and raised their "His, Mine and Ours" family. In 1985 they bought their
first Hereford Cattle "Miss Stick 102T" and "Miss Enfield" from Ray and Connie Tibbetts in Wilton, Maine, and thus began the cattle obsession their grandchildren continue today.
Donna was incredibly proud of her pet deer "Bambi" and her Percheron Draft horses which she rode and drove until she was
diagnosed with Schleroderma, Lupus and Raynauds Disease in her early 40's. She enjoyed their yearly drives to Florida, adventures with friends and hanging by the pool with her grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her sister Pat Ezzell and brother Donald Shaw. Donna is survived by her amazing husband Albert Robert Gervasio, her daughters
, Laurie Ellis and her husband Steven Pettigrew, Sherry Griffiths and her husband Jared Griffiths, Rebecca Gervasio and her partner Michael Angelotti, one
son, Albert R. Gervasio Jr., and his wife Carrie (Hogan) Gervasio, stepchildren, Deb Rioux, Tina Vangel, Paula Gervasio, Peter Gervasio (Jen) and Mark
Gervasio (Joyce). Her grandchildren, Jared M. Griffiths, Jr., Jacob Griffiths, Jordan Griffiths and his wife Holli; Tyler Dexter, Kamryn and Macallie Forrest,
Chandler Pettigrew, one great grandchild, Avery Jordan Griffiths. She is also survived by her loving sister, Diane Bragg and her husband Earl , two aunts,
Hermina Miller and Carol Latham, one niece, Elizabeth Bragg and nephews, Donald Shaw Jr, Troy Shaw, Steven Shaw and David Millette. A memorial service
will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 2:00 PM in the Winfield and Son's Funeral Home, 571 West Greenville Road, Scituate. In lieu of flowers,
donations can be made to the Moosup Valley Volunteer Fire Station in her honor, 55 Moosup Valley Road, Foster, RI 02825.
Ethel M. Halsey
Ethel M. Halsey of Burrillville died in Cumberland, Rhode Island, March 15, 2018, at the age of 90. Born in Southampton,
New York, on July 25, 1927, she was the daughter of Albert J. and Dorothy (Newberry) Halsey. Following graduation from
the local high school, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Outdoor Education at Cortland State Teachers College, now SUNY
-Cortland, Cortland, New York. Subsequently she was awarded a Master's Degree in Physical Education at Springfield
College, Springfield, Massachusetts. She was employed as camp director with the Girl Scouts of America in Schenectady
and Poughkeepsie before moving to a similar position in Rhode Island. She also taught physical education in Woonsocket Schools.
In the early 1980s she was instrumental in organizing a citizen action committee in Burrillville to force the EPA to clean up
a site of ground water pollution affecting drinking water. Voters elected her to the Town Council where she chaired the Western Sand and Gravel Coordinating Committee to oversee the remediation.
Growing up during the Depression Ethel developed a habit of thrift. She lived simply, was resourceful and recycled long
before it was mandated. Her philosophy made her a hard-working volunteer at the RI Food Bank. Ethel was interested in
nature, especially land use and plants. She had a keen eye and was skilled at plant identification and a welcome trail companion. Active in the RI Wild Plant
Society, she served on the board as Vice-president and as Chairman of the Education Committee, which assembled eight boxes filled with education
materials as resources for educators. The boxes were placed in libraries around the state for teachers to check out and use in classrooms and on field trips.
As a volunteer with Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, she prepared interesting exhibits on plants, animals and local history for display at
the Kelly House and answered questions for visitors.
She is survived by her brother Charles Halsey of New York, nieces Diane Mix of New Hampshire and Deborah Mix of Florida, and nephews Daniel Halsey of
Massachusetts, David Mix of Vermont, Jerald Steiner of Virginia and Andrew Steiner of Iowa. Her sisters, Rita Halsey, Alice Mix and Hazel Steiner,
predeceased her. Family and friends appreciate the tender care rendered Ethel during her last days by the staff and nurses of Brookdale Cumberland Skilled
Nursing Facility, Beacon Hospice and Chris Pike.
Burial will be private. Arrangements made by Winfield & Sons of Scituate and The Cremation Society of Rhode Island. In lieu of flowers contributions may be
made to the RI Community Food Bank, 200 Niantic Ave., Providence, RI 02907 or Blackstone Heritage Corridor, 670 Linwood Ave., Whitinsville, MA 01588.
Loretta R. Poole
Loretta R. Poole died March 16, 2018 at Heritage Hills Nursing Home, Smithfield after a long illness. She had been the wife of the late Lawrence Poole and
mother of the late Lawrence Poole, Jr. She is survived by her sisters, Marion Rondeau of Exeter, Ruth Mowry of Burrillville, and Ethel Roach of Attleboro,
MA, as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was the daughter of the late Michael and Effie (Richards) Kapp, and the sister of the late Edward Kapp, Richard Kapp, and Helen Polacek.
Mrs. Poole was employed as a bookkeeper at Rhode Island Hospital Trust Bank in Providence and then in the Trust Department of Citizens Bank in
Providence. A longtime Scituate resident she was a communicant and original parishioner of St. Joseph Church in Scituate. She also served as treasurer of
the church's Rosary & Altar Society. Additionally, she served as church secretary for the former pastor Rev. John J. Feeney for over 20 years. In the early
years of the Scituate Little League, she was known as Mrs. Little League.
The funeral will be held on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. from the Winfield & Sons Funeral Home, 571 West Greenville Road, Scituate, followed by a Mass of
Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, Danielson Pike, Scituate with burial following at St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston. Calling Hours Monday from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Lorraine A. Dobrwado
Lorraine A. Dobrwado, 83, of Pascoag, RI passed way on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Lorraine was born in Woonsocket, RI
to Albert and Yvonne (Beaubien) Robinson. She attended St. Charles School (where she was a soloist in the choir) and Woonsocket High School (where she was a majorette in the High School band).
She worked as a seamstress and supervisor for Fashion Sportswear, as well as working for CVS as a picker for over 20
years. When she retired, she worked for the Burrillville School lunch program, which brought her much joy. She was a
lifelong parishioner at Sacred Heart Church. She enjoyed going to Foxwoods to play video bingo, going to the movies, crossword puzzles, board games and spending time with her family and friends.
Lorraine is preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Yvonne; one brother, Raymond Robinson; and her husband,
Edward Dobrwado. She is survived by daughters, Donna (Lawrence) Davis and Darlene (Gerald) Pomes; two
grandchildren, Casey Pomes and Cory Pomes; and two great grandchildren, Jameson Pomes and Deven Pomes -- the loves of her life!
The family also wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of the Ballou Home in Woonsocket for the exceptional
care they provided to Lorraine and support to the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Please note date change due to expected storm:
Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church (Olo Street, Woonsocket, RI) @ 10:00 am, Thursday, March 15th, 2018.
Burial service will immediately follow at St. Charle's Cemetery (Farm Street, Blackstone, MA).
Karen J. Richardson Northup
Karen J. Richardson Northup, 58, of North Providence, passed away March 2, 2018. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Thomas E. and
Emma (Mancini) Richardson, Sr. She leaves her brother, Thomas Richardson, and his wife, Gail, of Scituate; a niece, Kelly Carlin, and a nephew, Kyle
Richardson. She also leaves her beloved dog, Harpo. Services are private.