Woonsocket - Marie Antoinette “Toni” (Champagne) Harpin, who lived all of her 95 years in the Woonsocket area, died on February 3. She was the widow of Andre W. Harpin. The two were married for 50 years when Andre died in 1998.Antoinette was the daughter of Pierre and Alexina (Barrette) Champagne.
She is survived by her daughter, Pauline E. Kenyon (Paul), grandsons John D. Price and Jayson P. Kenyon and great-grandchildren Daniel, Charlotte and George. She was preceded in death by her brother Gerard Champagne, and sisters Juliette Barrette, Viola Hemond and Marie Viens.
Antoinette lived a long and happy life built around her family and friends. Until she had to enter a nursing home six years ago in Lincoln, she spent her entire life within a one-mile radius of St. Joseph’s Church. She was born on Adams Street and after getting married shortly after her husband returned from World War II, the couple moved to Cass Avenue where they spent their entire married life.
A small woman with a feisty personality, Antoinette also was known as the ``fish and chip’’ lady. She worked for more than 40 years as the cashier at Serio’s Restaurant, greeting customers often by name and maintaining order with her outgoing personality. She provided directions in both French and English.
Antoinette volunteered for many years at the bingo at St. Joseph’s Church. She was a long time member of the Ladies Sodality at the church.
She and her husband worked constantly 51 weeks a year for many years, the only break coming on the Fourth of July week when they visited the Montreal area, where they both had relatives. Antoinette liked to bowl in her younger years and particularly loved playing whist with family and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday at 11AM in St. Joseph Church 1200 Mendon Rd. Woonsocket, RI. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Cumberland, 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 is in charge of the arrangements.