Local obituaries were published Thursday, March 8 for: Harold (Hal) R. Blenkhorn, 65, of Medway; Gabriel Hagopian, 85, of North Attleboro; and Joan E. Shea, 77, of East Providence, R.I.
Harold R. Blenkhorn, 65
MEDWAY - Harold (Hal) R. Blenkhorn, 65, of Medway, died March 5, 2012, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth J. Blenkhorn for 41 years.
Born in Hudson on October 24, 1946, he was the son of the late Myrtle (Rogers) Blenkhorn of Berlin and the late Harold Blenkhorn of Medway. He moved to Medway in 1961 where he lived for the past 51 years.
Hal was a 1964 graduate of Medway High School, served in the National Guard and was employed by the General Motors Corporation for 30 years until his retirement in 1995.
He is survived by his three sons: William and his wife Amy of Medway; Martin and his wife Tammy of Foxboro and Hal and his wife Kimberlie of Medway and by his nine grandchildren: Matthew and Traci Gavaza and Brenna and Joseph Blenkhorn of Foxboro, Jeffrey, Lindsey and Zachary Blenkhorn of Medway and Joel and Hannah Blenkhorn of Medway, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his siblings: Beverly Boudreau of Stow; Walter Blenkhorn of Chester, New Hampshire; Helen Roach of Berlin and Debra Blenkhorn of Framingham.
He had two passions in life, his family and classic cars. When he wasn't "spoiling" his grandkids, he could be found working on his cars or attending car shows and cruise nights with his wife and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him, a man of honor, well-respected, admirable, faithful and always willing to give of himself to others in need.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his memorial service at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 10, at the Medway Village Church, 170 Village St., Medway, MA. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to the American Cancer Society.
Gabriel Hagopian, 85
NORTH ATTLEBORO - Gabriel Hagopian, 85, of North Attleboro, a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather, passed on March 4, 2012, in the Madonna Manor Nursing Home, North Attleboro. He was the beloved husband of Lee (Surprenant) Hagopian.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island on September 22, 1926, he was a son of the late Yervant and Surpouhi (Kaprielian) Hagopian.
Gabriel was educated in Providence schools and was a graduate of Hope High School.
He served his country proudly in the Philippines as a member of the United States Army during World War ll and as a member of the United States Navy during the Korean War.
Gabriel worked as a mailman prior to joining the family business at Ro-Jacks, where he worked until retirement. He volunteered at Sturdy Memorial Hospital after retirement.
He enjoyed traveling, skiing, miniature golf and singing. His greatest joy was in spending time with his children and grandchildren.
In addition to his wife Lee, Gabriel is survived by a son: Michael Hagopian of Lafayette, Louisiana; two daughters: Laurie Beauvais of North Attleboro and Lisa Marsella of North Attleboro, two sisters: Rose Hagopian and Elizabeth Hagopian, both of Providence, Rhode Island, six grandchildren: Jennifer Jette, Charles Jette, Emma Jette, Trent Marsella, Giana Marsella and Brandon Beauvais, and one great grandchild. He was the father of the late Deborah Jette and brother of the late "Jack" Hagopian.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Duffy-Poule Funeral Home, 20 Peck Street, Attleboro, where the Hagopian family will receive friends on Monday, March 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted on Tuesday, March 13, at 10 a.m., in the Duffy-Poule Funeral Home. Gabriel will be laid to rest in St. Mary's Cemetery, Attleboro Falls.
In lieu of flowers and for those wishing to remember Gabriel in a special way, memorial contributions in his memory may be made to: American Cancer Society, 5 Manley Street, West Bridgewater, MA 02379.
An on-line guest book for family and friends to express condolences and additional information may be found at: www.duffypoulecares.com.
Joan E. Shea, 77
Joan E. Shea, 77, of Dalton Street, Rumford, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012. She was the wife of John Shea, to whom she was married on Thanksgiving Day 58 years ago.
Mrs. Shea was born in Phillipsdale, RI, the daughter of the late Ralph and Beatrice (Levesque) Wilson.
She was a communicant of St. Margaret's Church in Rumford and an avid New England Patriots fan.
Joan was a customer service representative for the former Old Colony Bank, then Bank of New England for over 25 years.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Shea is survived by her daughters: Patricia Burkett and her husband Keith of Rumford; Mary Butler and her husband Tom of Valrico, Florida and Joan Shea Howard and her husband Tom of North Attleboro, Massachusetts. She also leaves her grandchildren: Derek Butler, Jamie Butler, Hayley Dorman, Meredith Burkett, Thomas Howard and Zachary Burkett; her great granddaughter, Amber Dorman; sister, Janice Wilson Plante of Newtown, PA several nieces and nephews, Nancy Michelson of Attleboro, MA and her extended family and friends. She is predeceased by her sister, Lillian Geary of Warwick.
The funeral for Mrs. Shea will be Saturday, at 8 a.m., from the Manning-Heffern Funeral Home, 68 Broadway, Pawtucket. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Margaret's Church, Pawtucket Avenue, Rumford, at 9 a.m. Her burial will be in the Notre Dame Cemetery, Pawtucket. The calling hours will be Friday, 3-7 p.m., in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mrs. Shea's name to the St. Margaret School, 42 Bishop Avenue, Rumford, RI 02916.
For online condolences please visit www.manningheffern.com.