The following obituaries were published for Rodolphe P. “Rudy” Bruneau, 79, Attleboro; Rita B. Pickering, 88, North Attleboro; Gerald Bates “Jerry” Lithway, 66, North Attleboro; Madeleine I. Bryson, 85, Plainville; William F. Webb, 79, Dennis; Joseph D. Salvas, 68, North Attleboro; Claudette Corbett, 49, North Attleboro.
Rodolphe P. “Rudy” Bruneau, 79
ATTLEBORO — Rodolphe P. “Rudy” Bruneau, 79, of Mendon Road, Attleboro, died on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro. He was the husband of Mariette (Joyal) Bruneau, to whom he had been married for 54 years.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Rodolphe O. and Alice (Mandeville) Bruneau, he had been a resident of South Attleboro for 44 years.
He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Seekonk.
During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard.
He was an avid golfer.
He was past grand knight of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 5876. He was past president of the Sandcastle Association.
Prior to retirement, he had been employed as a school teacher in the Attleboro school system for 33 years.
He had served as president of the Attleboro Teachers Association. He was a member of the board of directors of the Bristol County Teachers Association and the Massachusetts Teachers Association. He was a past president of the Municipal Employees Credit Union.
Besides his beloved wife, he leaves his loving family, daughters Ann and her husband Michael McGahern of South Attleboro, and Michelle and her husband Joseph Brissette of Rumford, R.I., and six grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Albert Bruneau.
His funeral will be held Monday, March 24 at 9 a.m. from the Darlington Mortuary of L. Heroux & Son, 1042 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, followed at 10 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary’s Church, Coyle Drive, Seekonk.
Calling hours in the funeral home will be on Sunday, March 23 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Burial will be in the Notre Dame Cemetery, Pawtucket.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Amos House, 415 Friendly St., P.O. Box 72873, Providence, R.I. 02907.
Rita B. Pickering, 88
NORTH ATTLEBORO — Rita B. Pickering, 88, of Mt. Hope Street, North Attleboro, passed away Friday, March 21, 2008 in Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro. She was the wife of the late Thomas J. Pickering.
Born in Fall River on Oct. 25, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Athanase and Rose Alma (Beaulieu) Bosse.
Rita was educated in North Attleboro schools.
She was very active in many of her parish activities, including attending daily mass. Praying the rosary was an important part of her daily life.
She is survived by her two sons: Kenneth G. and his wife Denise Pickering of North Attleboro, and James T. and his wife Mary Pickering of Wilbraham; and her grandchildren: James Pickering and David Pickering, both of Wilbraham, Karen Alves of Ludlow, and Kristin Shanley of Lincoln, R.I. Also survived by great-grandchildren Philip Pickering, Steven Pickering, Emily Alves, and Thomas Alves; her sister, Gertrude Dalton of North Attleboro, and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral on Tuesday, March 25 at 8 a.m. from the John J. Diamond Funeral Home, 180 North Washington St., North Attleboro. Followed by a funeral Mass at 9 a.m. in Saint Mary’s Church, 14 Park St., North Attleboro.
Visiting hours will be held in the funeral home Monday, 4 to 7 p.m.
Burial will be in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Attleboro Falls.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to: Holy Union Sisters Development Office, Sister Patricia Butler, FNDdeN, P.O. Box 410, Milton, MA 02186-0006, or the Saint Mary’s Rosary Society, 14 Park Street, North Attleboro, MA 02760.
Gerald Bates “Jerry” Lithway, 66
NORTH ATTLEBORO — Gerald Bates “Jerry” Lithway, 66, of Whalen Drive, North Attleboro, died on Thursday, March 20, 2008 at the Life Care Center of Attleboro where he had been a resident for the past two weeks. He was the loving husband of Bonita E. “Bonnie” (England) Lithway, to whom he was married on June 15, 1963.
Born in Chicago Heights, Ill. on May 21, 1941, he was a son of the late Henry Joseph and Margretta E. (Degitz) Lithway. He was raised and educated in Vermont where he was a 1959 graduate of Derby Academy in Derby. He earned his bachelor’s of arts degree in business management from the University of Vermont in 1964.
Mr. Lithway was employed most recently at Hallsmith-Sysco in Taunton from 1987 until his retirement in 2006.
Previously, Mr. Lithway was employed by the former Saga Corporation, later becoming the Marriott Hotel Corporation, for more than 25 years. He held a number of capacities with the firm, including in the training and development departments and had served as the director of personnel for the Northeast division.
A resident of North Attleboro since 1973, Mr. Lithway previously resided in South Windsor, Conn. for four years, Springfield, Mass. for five years and East Hartford, Conn. for two years. Prior to moving to Connecticut, he was a longtime resident of the State of Vermont.
A longtime member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Attleboro, Mr. Lithway served his church community in a number of capacities. Presently he was the chairperson of the board of trustees, served on the financial committee, served on two occasions as the co-chairperson of the annual bazaar, was the clerk of works for the recent renovation project, vice chairperson of the Hebronville Outreach Center and was instrumental in the formation and founding of the Hebronville Outreach Center.
In earlier years, he was a leader for the Boy Scout of America program within the Annawon Council and was a former member of the North Attleboro Jaycees.
In addition to his wife of almost 45 years, he leaves three sons: Scott A. Lithway of Plainville, Brian D. Lithway of North Attleboro and Randal B. Lithway of Attleboro; seven grandchildren: Nicole Lithway and Kyle Lithway, both of Plainville, Steven Lithway, Matthew Keogh and Lauren Keogh, all of North Attleboro, and Jordan Lithway and Reagan Lithway, both of Attleboro; a brother, David H. Lithway of Tiverton, R.I.; a sister, Linda A. Iverson of Hackettstown, N.J.; his mother-in-law, Alice R. (Taylor) England of Newport, Vt. and a niece and a nephew.
Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend visitation on Tuesday, March 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Ave. (exit 5 off I-95 N or S, go right at end of ramp, funeral home ¾ mile on the left), Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro.
Children’s room available during visitation.
For those in need of a ride to visitation, simply call the funeral home at 508-695-0200 to make an advance reservation for such gratis transportation.
Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the funeral service on Wednesday, March 26 at 11 a.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church, 39 North Main St. at Sanford Street, Attleboro, with the Rev. Garvin C. Warden, pastor and Rev. Kent Moorehead, former pastor, officiating.
Following funeral services, an invitation will be extended to join the family for a time of fellowship and refreshment at a location to be announced following church services.
Private graveside services will be held in the Mount Hope Cemetery and Arboretum, North Attleboro.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mr. Lithway’s name may be made to either the Memorial Gift Fund of Centenary United Methodist Church, PO Box 817, Attleboro, MA 02703, or to the Hebronville Village Outreach Center, P.O. Box 92, Attleboro, MA 02703.
To send the family an expression of your sympathy, please visit an online register book at http://www.dyer-lakefuneralhome.com">www.dyer-lakefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements under the direction of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Ave., Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro. 508-695-0200.
Madeleine I. Bryson, 85
PLAINVILLE — Madeleine I. (Rogers) Bryson, 85, of Sunset Acres, Washington Street, Plainville; formerly of Westchester Drive and Norfolk Road, both in Attleboro; died on Wednesday, March 19 following a brief illness at the Epoch of Norton, where she was a short time resident. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles F. Bryson, to whom she was married in 1943 and who died on Feb. 27, 2006.
Born in Boston on May 9, 1922, she was the only child born to the late William F. and Annette (Kerjean) Rogers. She was raised and educated in Boston where she was a graduate of Jeremiah E. Burke High School in 1939.
She resided in Attleboro prior to moving to Plainville.
Mrs. Bryson focused her energy and talents on being a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and more recently, great-grandmother. Family was of the utmost importance to her, and her life was devoted to each of her cherished family members. One of her favorite pastimes was babysitting for her two generations of grandchildren.
She was a devoted communicant of St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church in Attleboro Falls.
She took great pride in helping others and often demonstrated this spirit by taking food to family and friends whom were ill. She served as a volunteer at the Wood School in Plainville, having spent much time with the sixth grade reading class.
In earlier years, Mrs. Bryson was a den mother for the local Cub Scout program.
As a member of the Plainville Senior Center, times spent in the company of friends at the center were most treasured.
Mrs. Bryson enjoyed needlework, knitting and cooking.
Time spent at the beach had a special place in her heart. The peace and tranquility of time at the beaches in Little Compton, R.I., Dennis Port at Cape Cod and at Hampton Beach in New Hampshire were most memorable. Although all were among her favorites, she met her husband at Hampton Beach, so that location held the most importance and significance.
She leaves five children: Nancy Ann Collins and her husband Joseph M. Collins of Attleboro, Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Gaboury and her husband David R. Gaboury of Olathe, Kan., William C. Bryson and his fiancée Jane A. Avedisian of North Smithfield, R.I., Kevin P. Bryson and his wife Mary Beth (Ralph) Bryson of Lincoln, R.I., and John M. Bryson and his wife Jacqueline (Romagnoli) Bryson of North Attleboro; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are cordially invited to attend visitation on Monday, March 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Ave. (exit 5 off I-95 N or S, go right at end of ramp, ¾ mile on left), Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro.
Those in need of a ride to visitation may call the funeral home at 508- 695-0200 to make an advance reservation for such gratis transportation.
Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, March 25 at 10 a.m. at St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church, 105 Stanley St. (exit 5 off I-95 N or S, go right at end of ramp, turn right onto Stanley Street in ½ mile and travel to end of Stanley Street), Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro, with the Rev. Thomas Rita, pastor, officiating.
Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mrs. Bryson’s name and in her honor may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, One Bulfinch Place — 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02114, by calling 617-367-9474 or accessing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To send the family an expression of sympathy, please visit an online register book at http://www.dyer-lakefuneralhome.com">www.dyer-lakefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Ave., Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro. 508-695-0200.
William F. Webb, 79
DENNIS — William F. Webb, 79, of Dennis, died Friday, March 21, 2008 at his home with his family at his bedside. He was the husband of Dorothy E. (Tobey) Webb for 54 years.
Born in Boston, Mr. Webb was raised and educated in Foxboro. He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged.
Mr. Webb owned and operated his own house painting company for many years. He moved to Dennis in 1985 from Mansfield, where he had been a longtime resident.
An avid golfer, Mr. Webb enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time in Florida. He was a fan of all New England pro sports teams.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Webb is survived by a son, William M. Webb of Dennis; a daughter, Cindy L. Carroll of Yarmouthport; two brothers: Phillip Webb of Attleboro and George Webb of Avon; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, March 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Hallett Funeral Home, 273 Station Ave., South Yarmouth. A reception will follow at the Dennis Highlands Golf Course, Old Bass River Road, Dennis.
Funeral services will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to the Broad Reach Hospice, 390 Orleans Road, North Chatham, MA 02650.
Joseph D. Salvas, 68
NORTH ATTLEBORO — Joseph D. Salvas, 68, of Elm Terrace, North Attleboro, a loving father, grandfather and brother, died peacefully Thursday morning, March 20, 2008 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the former husband of Mary (Nimnic) Salvas of South Attleboro.
Born in Boston on Feb. 19, 1940, Mr. Salvas was a son of the late Peter E. and Alice (Laliberty) Salvas. He was raised in South Attleboro and attended Attleboro High School.
Joseph was a carpenter by trade and worked many years throughout South Eastern Massachusetts until 1983. He enjoyed carpentry and wood working as well as country music, country line dancing and dining out.
A resident of Attleboro most of his life, Joseph enjoyed spending time with his three sons, grandchildren and siblings.
In addition to his former wife, Mr. Salvas is survived by three sons: Robert E. Salvas and his wife Patricia of Franklin, Joseph R. Salvas of Foxboro and James R. Salvas and his wife Robin of Attleboro; five grandchildren: Michael Salvas, Kristin Salvas, Matthew Salvas, Rebecca Salvas and Emily Salvas; two brothers: Louis Salvas in the Philippines and Norman Salvas of North Attleboro; two sisters: Blanche Sackall of Pawtucket and Cecile Paille of Norton; and many nieces and nephews.
He was the beloved brother of the late Doris Salvas and the late Command Sgt. Raymond L. Salvas, USAF.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours on Tuesday, March 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Duffy-Poule Funeral Home, 20 Peck St., Attleboro.
A funeral will be conducted on Wednesday, March 26 at 9 a.m. from the Duffy-Poule Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mark’s Church, 105 Stanley St., Attleboro Falls, celebrated by the Rev. Thomas Rita, pastor.
Mr. Salvas will be laid to rest in St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Dodgeville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his memory may be made to: The Attleboro YMCA Memorial Fund, 63 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA 02703.
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Claudette Corbett, 49
NORTH ATTLEBORO — Claudette Corbett, 49, of North Attleboro, passed away at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro on Saturday, March 15, 2008.
She was the daughter of the late Robert A. and Cecile M. Lemieux.
Claudette was born on Jan. 29, 1959 in Central Falls, R.I.
She graduated from Bishop Feehan High School in 1977, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in human services at Simmons College in Boston in 1981. In 1983, she received a master’s of arts degree in dance movement therapy from Antioch New England College in Keene, N.H.
She was subsequently employed by the New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Woburn.
Claudette married Edward Corbett in 1984, and raised four children.
After moving to North Attleboro in 1990, she became active in a variety of roles in the community, including public school library volunteer and CCD teacher. She also devoted time to caring for autistic children as well as disabled and handicapped adults.
In more recent years, Claudette became the founder and owner of My Fair Gardeners Landscape Design Company, North Attleboro.
Claudette leaves behind her husband Edward; her four children: Catherine, Sean, Bridget and James; and her brothers, Robert M. Lemieux of Garland, Maine and Norman R. Lemieux of Greenville, R.I.
The funeral will be held Tuesday, March 25 at 8:45 a.m. from the Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Higginson Ave., Lincoln, R.I.
Visiting hours will be held Monday, March 24 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, March 25 at 10 a.m. at St. Stephens’ Roman Catholic Church, 683 South Main St., Attleboro.
Burial will be in St. Stephens’ Cemetery in Attleboro.
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