Obituaries

Paula Andronescu

Paula Andronescu

Woonsocket — Paula (Parascan) Andronescu, 90 years old, died peacefully Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in the Friendly Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late Nicholae Andronescu.

Born in Bucharest, Romania.

Paula worked for Miller Electric and for Sadwins for several years prior to retiring.

She was a wonderful mother and love to spend time with her family especially her grandchildren. She was very loyal to her church, where she would sing in the choir, bake, and cook for special events.

She is survived by her two daughters, Maria Depta of North Smithfield, RI, and Olivia Purcaru and her husband Cornel of Sutton, MA. She had three grandchildren, Alex, Christopher, and Andreea and one great grandson, Max.

She was the sister to the late Florian Parascan

Her funeral and burial are private on Monday, January 20, 2020. The S. DiPardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home 1583 Diamond Hill Rd. Woonsocket, RI 02895 are in charge of the arrangements.

Jeffrey D. Harris

Jeffrey D. Harris

Rumford, RI — Jeffrey D. Harris , 63, died Wednesday, January 8, 2020 in Roger Williams Medical Center.

Born in Woonsocket, son of the late William E. Harris and Rita D. (Plante) Harris of Coventry, RI.

He was a veteran of the United States Army and served as a Combat Engineer 516th Co.

He worked as a singer for various bands in new England prior to retiring.

Jeff loved to spend time with his mom and family, he also enjoyed singing, fishing, listening to music, enjoyed being a DJ, and singing Karaoke.

Besides his mother Rita, he is survived by his two children, Rita Harris-Powers of MT and Vanessa Warner of TN. One brother, Richard Harris and his wife Jennifer of Saunderstown. One sister, Susan Harris and her partner Gail Rogers of Coventry, RI. Four grandchildren, Keigan, Chays, Trei, and Soren. And his nieces, Lianna and Shaina and his nephew, Michael.

He was also the brother of the late Kenneth E. Harris.

His Funeral Service will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 10 AM in St. James Baptist Church, 340 S. Main St. Woonsocket, RI 02895. Burial with Military Honors to follow in the Veterans Cemetery, South County Trail, Exeter RI. Relatives and friends are invited; calling hours will be on Thursday, January 16, 2020 in St. James Baptist Church from 4-7 PM. The S. DiPardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home 1583 Diamond Hill Rd Woonsocket, RI is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Rodriquez

Betty Rodriquez

Woonsocket - Betty (Melendez) Rodriquez, 54, died Monday, January 6, 2020 in Landmark Medical Center with her loving family by her side.

Born in Puerto Rico, daughter of the late Santiago and Petra (Melendez) Rodriquez.

Betty enjoyed spending time with her family, listening to music, paintings, and animals.

She is survived by her four children, Rosario Ocasio of Woonsocket and Juan Ortiz, Elliam Robles, and William Robles all of Puerto Rico. Two sisters, Ramona Chico of Long Island, NY and Santiago Rodriquez of Miami FL. Four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

She was also the sister of the late Evelyn Oritz.

Funeral services are private. The S. DiPardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home 1583 Diamond Hill Rd. Woonsocket, Ri 02895 is in charge of the arrangements.

Doreen E. Furtado

Doreen E. Furtado

Woonsocket — Doreen E. (Ellinwood) Furtado 48, died, Monday, January 6, 2020 in Landmark Medical Center with her family by her side. She was the loving companion of Martin Pysczynski for 16 years.

Born in Fall River, MA, daughter of the late Carl and Noreen (Martin) Ellinwood.

She worked in the Kitchen at Walnut Hill Bowl for several years.

Doreen enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and was an avid bowler.

Besides Martin she is survived by her three children, Shawn Furtado, and Katie Furtado both of New Bedford, MA, and Noah Pysczynski of Woonsocket, RI. Five siblings, Paul and Leslie Ellinwood of Swansea, MA, Patricia and Michael Perry of Swansea, MA, Kathleen and John Falvey of SC, Karen Ellinwood of Attleboro, MA, and Suzanne Grant and Fred Cabral of Swansea, MA.

Her funeral services are private. The S. DiPardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home 1583 Diamond Hill Rd. Woonsocket, RI 02895 is in charge of the arrangements.

Joan C. Pontbriand

Joan C. Pontbriand

Manville - Joan C. (Houle) Pontbriand, 81, died peacefully, Wednesday, January 8, 2020 in St. Antoine Residence with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of Lucien (Sam) R. Pontbriand of Manville, RI.

Born in Woonsocket, daughter of the late Roger and Stephanie “Sally” (Zadroga) Houle.

She was a 1955 graduate of St. Clare High School and frequently reminded her family of how she won the spelling bee in high school.

Joan worked as an Office Manager at Forte Cashmere in Woonsocket, RI for 27 years prior to retiring.

She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her family was most important to her and she was always there for them.

Besides her loving husband Lucien, she is survived by her two children, Susan McNamara and Steven Pontbriand and his wife Mary, all of North Smithfield, RI. Two brothers, Robert Houle of Port St. Lucie, FL and Leo Houle of Lincoln, RI. Five grandchildren, Kyle, Kaitlin, Kristin, Dani Jane, and Jack Lucien, and three great-grandchildren.

She also was the sister of the late Louise Laprade.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10 AM at St. James Church, 33 Division St. Manville, RI 02838. Burial will be at St. James Cemetery Manville, RI.

Relatives and friends are invited; calling hours are respectfully omitted. The S. DiPardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home 1583 Diamond Hill Rd. Woonsocket, RI 02895 are in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. James Church Food Pantry, Manville, RI in Joans memory would be appreciated.

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