Newport, RI Obituaries

Jamestown Press

Thomas J. Bembenek

Thomas J. Bembenek, of Jamestown, R.I., passed away Monday, Sept. 19, at the age of 81. He was born Dec. 21, 1940, in Webster, Mass., the son of Chester and Carolyn Bembenek and brother of the late Roseann (Bembenek) Olszta and Richard Bembenek. Tom is survived by his wife of...
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Edmund S. Perry

BTC Edmund S. Perry, USN, (Ret.), 92, of Middletown, RI, formerly of Johnston, RI, passed away on September 24, 2022, in the RI Veterans Home. He was the husband of Joyce (Tivey) Perry. Edmund was born in Newport, RI, to the late Antonio and Clara Perry. He grew up in...

Kenneth E. Thornton

Kenneth Edward Thornton, 60, passed away unexpectedly in the early hours of September 23rd, 2022. Kenny was born to Harold and Geraldine (Polk) Thornton on June 20th, 1962 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He lived in South Kingstown for most of his life, though he resided in Varysburg NY for the last five years with his partner Coleen Brayton.

Obituary: Dennis Keith Evans

Having succumbed to a multitude of illnesses, Dennis passed away at Newport Hospital on September 20, 2022. He was one of eight children of the late Marie V (Holland) Evans of Newport, and the late Chief Fred Evans, USN, (Ret.) Mobile, AL. Dennis was a graduate of Rogers High School....

Mary E. André

Mary Elizabeth André, 84, passed away on Monday, September 12, 2022. She was the wife of the late Jules I. André. Born in Warwick, she was a daughter of the late George M. and Inez M. (Gardiner) Freeborn. Betty graduated from North Kingstown High School, Class of 1956....

Raymond J. Sanders

Raymond J. Sanders 94, October 17, 1927 to October 1, 2022, Born in Riverside, RI to Nellie (English) and Matthew F. Sanders, he is the son of a railroad engineer and a loving mother. Raymond was one of six boys. His five brothers were John, William, Donald, Jerry and Edward. All of whom predeceased their middle brother. A child of the depression Ray grew up Riverside. He attended public school, participated in sports, worked at the Crescent Park Pony Barn, attended St Brendan’s . He was elected the 1937 Riverside Boys Club “Boy of the Year.” He loved Narragansett Bay and was an accomplished waterman. He is a World War II Veteran and served as a US Navy Motor Mechanic in the Pacific Theater from 1945 to 1947. In 1949 he courted and married Carolyn Leach of Riverside. Whom he had his eye on since the fifth grade. Mrs. & Mrs. Sanders were married for 59 years until her death in 2009. Ray served successfully as the president of Leach Refractories Company and R.J. Sanders, Inc both of East Providence, RI. Raymond is a 1981 Graduate of The University of RI and was a long-time seasonal resident of Freedom, NH. He is a past President of Seggregansett Country Club in Dighton, MA, and a past member of the Board of Directors of Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, RI. He was a member of the Country Club of Brunswick, GA and had close ties to the communities of Brunswick and St Simons Island.

Donald Bucco

Donald Bucco, 69, passed away Saturday, October 1, 2022. He was the husband of the late JoAnn (Angelone) Bucco. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Harry and Genevieve A. (Gannon) Bucco. Donald was employed as an electrician with the MBTA in Boston, retiring in 2017. His career spanned 44 years and started with Amtrak. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 674 and a member of the Corvette Club of RI. He is survived by his beloved daughter Ashley L. Cordle and husband Matthew J. Cordle, EGPD, and his grandchildren Mason and Wes Cordle. He was the brother of David Bucco (Lisa Mancini), Peter Bucco (Donna), Dennis Bucco (Maddie McHenry), Donna Taylor (Mike), Paula Bucco and the late Carol Perry. He was also the brother-in-law of Paula Angelone, PhD, and Gerald Rosengarten.
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Jean Margaret (Nichols) Fagan

With great sadness and love and affection, our family said goodbye to our mother Jean Margaret (Nichols) Fagan Sept. 27, 2022, after a short illness. By her side were Jean’s eight children, Roberta, Greg, Paul, Sheila, Ann, Gina, Brian and Mark, which, of course, is not in the actual birth order. And why should it be? Because in life, the poor thing couldn’t keep us all straight anyway.

Rosalie Rebecca (Kessler) Buckler

Rosalie Rebecca (Kessler) Buckler – loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend passed away peacefully on October 3, 2022, after a long life filled with kindness, laughter and love. Born in Providence on November 8, 1927, the daughter of the late Jacob and Sarah (Feldman) Kessler, Rosalie graduated from...

Willow Sienna Dryden

Willow Sienna Dryden, age 4, passed away unexpectedly on August 28th. She is the beloved daughter of Christopher Dryden and Nicole Rabideau. Willow would light up the room with her big smile and beautiful brown eyes. She loved being with her family and going on their yearly vacations to Disney World. She enjoyed jumping on the trampoline, going to the playground, making videos and cuddling with the dogs and her big sister, Natasha. She always looked forward to weekend morning runs to get breakfast with her big brother Dominic who always loved looking after her. Willow was a pre-school student at Aitken Elementary in Seekonk and was loved by all her friends and teachers.

Hazel M. Campopiano

Campopiano, Hazel M., 94, formerly of Johnston and Bristol, passed away September 28, 2022 after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Remo Campopiano. Born in Providence, the middle daughter of the late Frank and Harriet (Arnold) Reedy. She was also preceded in death by her youngest son, David Campopiano.

Artist Who Designed Super Bowl Rings, David M. DeCosta of Cranston Dies at 61

David M. DeCosta, 61, of Cranston, passed away peacefully at home with his family and friends by his side on Sunday, October 2nd after a 6-week illness. He was the loving and devoted husband of Kimberly (Castro) DeCosta, proud father of Nicholas and Camille DeCosta and son of the late Joyce (Zulla) DeCosta, the late Robert J. DeCosta and son-in-law of the late Honorable William A. and Lois (Ambrosino) Castro.

Dorothy Jeanne Hemingway of Coventry Dies at 79

Dorothy Jeanne Hemingway, age 79, of Coventry, Rhode Island passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2022. Born in Providence she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Dorothy ( Paquette ) Souza. Dorothy is survived by her children, Scott A. Hemingway and his wife Diane, Paul E. Hemingway and...

Joseph A. Pangborn, Jr.

Joseph A. Pangborn, Jr. 89, passed away on Friday, September 30, 2022 at Miriam Hospital. He was the husband of the late Judith A. (Hammarlund) Pangborn. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Joseph A. Sr. and Cecelia (Mathers) Pangborn. Mr. Pangborn was a Mechanical Engineer at Twin River Casino before he retired. He enlisted in the United States Air Force and served as a flight engineer with the 5th Air Force during the Korean War and after with the Strategic Air Command. He was a 1950 graduate of LaSalle Academy and attended Providence College on a Rhode Island Golf Caddy Scholarship. He met and married the love of his life, Judith A. Hammarlund to whom he was married for 62 years. Mr. Pangborn was involved in many civic organizations. He was past Chairman of the East Providence Citizen Advisory Commission and past Chairman of the East Providence Economic Development Commission. He was an East Providence Special Police Officer for 20 years and was also the recording secretary for the East Providence Special Police Lodge #1. He was a former member of the Metacomet Country Club, Segragansett Country Club and the Silver Spring Country Club. He was a member of the East Providence Council 1528, Knights of Columbus.

World War II Veteran Arthur N. Alexander, Jr., formerly of Cranston Dies at 97

Arthur N. Alexander, Jr., 97, formerly of Warwick Avenue, Cranston, died Thursday at the Rhode Island Veterans home in Bristol. Born in Providence, a son of the late Arthur and Madeline (Srocco) Alexander, he had been a lifelong resident of Providence and Cranston. Mr. Alexander worked for Federal Chain for many years before his retirement in 1985.

Obituary: Dina Ann Bianchi

Dina Ann (Jiménez) Bianchi, 61, of Bliss Road, Newport passed away October 2, 2022 at home surrounded by her loving family. Dina is the most loved and loving person we know. She was a graduate of Warwick Vets High School and Salve Regina University, and an Air Force veteran. An amazing mom, daughter, sister, and friend – she was love incarnate.