Nicholas M. Ruggiero
Retired wire inspector,
former professional boxer
Nicholas M. "Brownie" Ruggiero, 95, of 1263 Hope St., died Wednesday July 28, 2004 at St. Elizabeth Manor. He was the husband of the late Virginia (Azza) Ruggiero and Emily (Avery) Ruggiero.
Born in Bristol, a son of the late John and Michalina (DiMauro) Ruggiero, he was a lifelong resident. He worked as a wire inspector the former U.S. Rubber Co. and Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corp. for 40 years, before retiring in 1970.
He attended Providence College and was a longtime member of the Bristol Fourth of July Committee.
A communicant of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Mr. Ruggiero was an eagle scout, volunteer for the senior center in Providence.
He was a four-letter winner at Colt Memorial High School and was inducted into the Bristol Athlete Hall of Fame in 1993. Mr. Ruggiero was a professional boxer for five years and was known as "Bristol Brown" in the ring.
He leaves three sons, John R. Ruggiero of Ebansburg, Pa., Carmine N. Ruggiero of Barrington and Michael Ruggiero of Bristol; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Anthony, George and Michael Ruggiero, Martha Piemontese, Mary Achilles, Theresa Guinero and Margaret Vendituoli.
Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 2, from the Sansone Funeral Home, with a Mass of Christian burial in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. The Rev. Henry P. Zinno Jr. was the principal celebrant and homilist for the Mass. Nicholas Ruggiero and Michelle Gadbois were the readers for the Mass, while Maria Singel and Anthony Ruggiero presented the offertory gifts. Stephen Romano was the organist and soloist, Alisa Ruggiero was the violinist and Perry Rosenthal from the Rhode Island Philharmonic was the cellist.
Burial followed in St. Mary's Cemetery, where Father Zinno read the committal prayers. Pallbearers were Paul R., Michael A., John F., Richard J., Walter J. and Michael R. Ruggiero.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Elizabeth Manor Activity Fund, 1 Dawn Hill, Bristol, RI 02809 or Hospice Care of RI, 169 George St., Pawtucket, RI 02860.
Pauline M. Wiegand
Formerly a Barrington resident
Pauline M. Wiegand, 75, of Gurnee, Ill., and formerly of Barrington, passed away on Wednesday, July 28, 2004, at the Sunrise Assisted Living Home, in Gurnee. She was the wife of the late John Wiegand.
She was born June 19, 1929, in Rochester, N.Y., where she had been a long-time resident. She also lived in Barrington and Northbrook, Ill., and retired to St. Augustine, Fla.
She enjoyed golf, skiing, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by two brothers, Charles Moskowitz of Mt. Pleasant, Mich. and Barry Moss of Palm Desert, Calif., a sister, Nancy Wachs of Rochester, N.Y.; three daughters, Susan Nardick of Phoenix, Ariz., Anne Pullman of Gurnee and Patti Petesch of Rockville, Md.; and eight grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Robert Wiegand.
A memorial service was held Saturday, July 31.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimers Association, 4709 Golf Road, Suite 1015, Skokie, Ill.
Ellie A. Copeland
Co-owner of Amron Farm
Ellie Anthony Copeland, 83, of 151 Carriage Drive, Portsmouth, died Monday, August 2, 2004, at home. She was the wife of George Melvin Copeland; they were married nearly 63 years.
Born in Newport, a daughter of the late Emma (Peckham) and George Anthony Jr., she and her husband owned and operated the Amron Farm in Middletown for more than 50 years. She enjoyed bowling, gardening, reading and crossword puzzles.
Besides her husband, she leaves two daughters, Katherine Henning of Nashville, Tenn. and Susan Hammett of Charlestown; eight grandchildren and a great-grandson.
She was the mother of the late Stephen C. Copeland and sister of the late Arline Anthony Warner and George Anthony III.
A memorial service was held Saturday, August 7, in Holy Cross Church, Middletown. Burial was private.
Memorial donations may be made to Holy Cross Church, East Main Road, Middletown, R.I. 02842, or Visiting Nurse Services of Bristol and Newport Counties, 1184 East Main Road, Portsmouth, R.I. 02871.
Arrangements were by the Cremation Society of Rhode Island.
Retired seamstress, longtime Tiverton resident
Germana "Germaine" Cimbron, 93, of 40 Hambly Road, Tiverton, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, at home. She was the wife of the late Joseph M. Cimbron.
Born in Sao Miguel, the Azores, a daughter of the late Francisco S. and Maria da Luz (Rapoza) Rezendes, she had lived in Tiverton for 53 years.
Mrs. Cimbron was a seamstress in the local garment industry for many years before retiring.
She leaves several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Docarmo Filidoro, and Mary, Imaculada, Cecilia, Manuel, Frank and Victor Rezendes.
Her funeral will be held Thursday, Aug. 12, at 8 a.m. from the Oliveira Funeral Home, 215 Columbia St., Fall River, with a funeral Mass at 9 in Santo Christo Church, Columbia Street, Fall River. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, Fall River.
John H. Doherty
Senior tax executive,
Vietnam War veteran
John H. Doherty, 60, of Sea Breeze Lane, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at home after a battle with cancer. He was the husband of Judith (Jenkins) Doherty.
Born in Newport, the son of the late Mary (Hogan) Macedo. he had lived in Bristol since 1988. He graduated from Rogers High School in 1962, and from Bryant College, summa cum laude, in 1972.
Mr. Doherty worked at Cookson America, where he worked for 18 years. He previously had worked for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Price Waterhouse and Radcor.
An Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, he served from 1963 to 1968, as a medic stationed in Tachikawa, Japan.
Mr. Doherty loved the Beatles and Irish music, the U.S. Constitution, movies, photography and exploring Cape Cod.
An avid sailor, he had competed in the Marion to Bermuda and Clearwater, Fla., to Key West races. He cruised for more than 20 years on his sailboat, Freight Train. He was a life member of the Newport Yacht Club.
Besides his wife, he leaves a stepson, Mathew D. Slepkow, and a grandson, Cal Slepkow.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Aug. 21, at 1 p.m. at Lillymere Farms, 2745 Tower Hill Road (Route 1), North Kingstown.
Jeanne M. Andrews-Davis
Attended Westport High School, has family in Westport
Jeanne M. (Simmons) Andrews-Davis, 47, of New Bedford died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at St. Luke's Hospital after a long illness. She was the widow of Randall Davis.
Born in Dover, Del., she was the daughter of Madeline (Costa) Simmons of Westport and Antone Simmons of New Bedford. She lived in New Bedford for the past 10 years.
She attended Westport High School.
Besides her parents, she leaves a daughter, Heidi C. (Andrews) Pierce of Westport; a brother, David P. Simmons of Houston; two granddaughters, Ashley N. Pierce and Brooke M. Pierce; a close companion, David Whalen; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are by the Potter Funeral Home, 81 Reed Road.
John H. Johnston Jr.
Founded Fall River textile firm
John H. Johnston, Jr., 72, of Naples, Fla. and Chace Point, Little Compton, died Saturday, August 7, 2004, at his summer residence in Little Compton, after a lengthy illness. He was the husband of Joan (Rosati) Johnston.
Born in Fall River, a son of the late John H. and Winifred (Gordon) Johnston, he spent his early life in Fall River before residing in Somerset for a number of years. Mr. Johnston lived in Naples for 25 years, and also maintained a summer residence at Chace Point, where he was a member of Saint Catherine's Parish.
He was a member of the Class of 1950 at Msgr. Coyle High School in Taunton, Mass., and was a 1954 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. He joined the Velveray Corporation in Clifton, N.J. for a short time before returning to Fall River, where he was a founder of the former Coronet Print, a textile finishing company. He retired in 1986.
He was a member of the Registry Resort Tennis Club in Naples and the Acoaxet Club in Westport Harbor, a former member of the Quequechan Club in Fall River and had been a member of the Thomas W. Chew Boys and Girls Club in Fall River early in his life.
Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter, Mary E. Driscoll of Norwell, Mass.; a son, John H. Johnston III of West Simsbury, Conn.; and four grandchildren, Elizabeth and Thomas Driscoll and Lily and John H. Johnston IV.
A Memorial Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 13 in Saint Catherine's Church, East Commons, Little Compton. Relatives and friends are invited. Friends will be received by his family at his residence immediately following committal services at Our Lady of Fatima Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Jett Foundation for Duchenne's (Children's) Muscular Dystrophy, in care of Tim Driscoll, P.O. Box 611, Norwell, Mass. 02061.
Arrangements are by the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Cherry Place in Fall River.
Barbara Ann Rayner
Leaves daughter in Barrington
Barbara Ann Rayner, 68, of Coventry, died Wednesday, June 30, 2004, at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of the late Ernest Weir Rayner, and the long-time companion of Robert Baris of Coventry.
Born in Westerly, a daughter of the late William J. Lawton Sr. and Lydia (DeFosses) Lawton-Marks, she had lived in Warwick before moving to Coventry in 1978.
A graduate of Westerly High School, she was a summa cum laude graduate of Rhode Island Community College in 1978 and Rhode Island College in 1981, with a bachelor's degree in social work. She also graduated summa cum laude from RIC in 1985 with a master's degree in social work.
Mrs. Rayner had been the director of the state department of elderly affairs for five years before retiring last year. She was a former chairwoman of the Governor's Committee on Care/Safety of the Elderly, the Governor's Advisory Council on Health and the Governor's Commission on Longterm Care, and a former member of the Governor's Paratransit Task Force.
She was a former member of the Pawtuxet Valley Rotary Club, a former member of the Coventry Players, and a past president of the Toll Gate High School Band Parents Association.
Mrs. Rayner enjoyed gardening, sewing and traveling.
Besides her companion, she leaves a daughter, Susan E. Howe of Barrington; two sons, Steven E. Rayner of Foster and Jeffrey T. Rayner of West Greenwich; a stepson, Jeffrey L. Baris of Warwick; and six grandchildren. She was the sister of the late William J. Lawton Jr.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at SS. John and Paul Church in Coventry. Burial will be in Elmgrove Cemetery, Mystic, Conn.
Rita C. Dean
Medical office manager moved to Florida in 1978
Rita C. (Booth) Dean, 73, of New Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Westport, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004, at Peninsula Care and Rehabilitation Center in Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Born in Worcester, she was the daughter of the late Harold and May (Smalley) Booth. She lived in Westport until moving to Florida in 1978.
Mrs. Dean was a medical office manager. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Hudson.
She leaves a daughter, Marjorie Sindelar-Fernandez of New Port Richey; two sons, Richard Leo Dean II of Holiday and Brian Edward Dean of Terre Haute, Ind.; a sister, May Morengo of Beach Grove, Calif.; and 10 grandchildren.
She was the mother of the late Jay and David Dean.
Her graveside service was at noon Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Beech Grove Cemetery, Westport. Arrangements were by Potter Funeral Home, 81 Reed Road.
Lorraine E. Emond
Co-founder of Emond Water Systems was church organist
Lorraine E. (Boule) Emond, 76, of Westport died unexpectedly at home Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004. She was the widow of Gerald L. Emond.
Born in Fall River, she was the daughter of the late Osias and Marie (Lagueux) Boule. She lived in Westport for more than 50 years.
Mrs. Emond was the co-founder of Emond Water Systems Inc., of Westport.
She was a communicant of Our Lady of Grace Church, where she was an organist for 20 years.
A graduate of Jesus Mary Academy in Fall River, she was a member of the Friends of St. Anne's Hospital, where she was a volunteer in the registration department for many years. She was also a member of Our Lady of Grace Senior Citizen Club and Our Lady of Grace Ladies Guild Society. She was a former member of the Allegro Glee Club, Fall River.
Mrs. Emond was an avid Red Sox fan and Scrabble player.
She leaves three sons, David G. Emond of Tiverton, R.I., Ronald J. Emond of Little Compton, R.I., and Paul D. Emond of Somerset; three daughters, Suzanne M. Vrona of Dartmouth, Vivian C. Gauthier of Swansea and Claudette M. Aubin of Fall River; a sister, Yvette L. Rousseau of Westport; 11 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Her funeral was on Friday, Aug. 7, from the Potter Funeral Home, 81 Reed Road, followed by a Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church. Interment was in Notre Dame Cemetery, Fall River.
Nurse with Deaconess Hospital, Mass. General Hospital
Evangeline Pugsley, 94, of Bay Spring Avenue, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004, at Roger Williams Hospital. She was the wife of the late Harold D. Pugsley.
Born in Dorchester, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Harvey and Lena (Ilsey) Foote.
She lived Framingham, Mass. for 63 years before moving to Barrington in July, 2001.
Mrs. Pugsley went to Deaconess School of Nursing in Boston Mass., and was later employed with Deaconess Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. She also worked with Dr. Lahey at the Lahey Clinic and with the founder, Dr. Joslin at Joslin Diabetes Center, both of which are located in Boston. She was a member of the Deaconess Alumnae Association at Deaconess Hospital.
She was a member of the United Church of Christ, Grace Congregational Church in Framingham for 68 years and she taught Sunday school for many years. She was a member of Couples Club and "Circles" Women's Social Clubs. Mrs. Pugsley was a choir supporter serving coffee for many years. She supported mission projects.
She survived the Great Depression and World War II.
She leaves a son, Roland Pugsley of Barrington; a daughter, Jean Sherbeck of Issaquah, Wash.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Kenneth Foote.
The funeral was held Friday at the William J. Smith & Son Funeral Home, in Warren. Burial will be at Edgell Grove Cemetery, Framingham.