Mario A. Simonini - Woonsocket

Mario A. Simonini - Woonsocket

Mario A. Simonini, 88, formerly of Kennedy Street, Woonsocket, died Saturday afternoon, April 19 at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island in Providence. He was the loving husband of the late Rita D. (Laferriere) Simonini.

Born in Woonsocket he was a son of the late Peter and Giocanda (Cheti) Simonini. He was a lifelong resident of the city. He moved to West Warwick several years ago to be closer to family

Mr. Simonini was a veteran of the United States Army serving in the European theater during World War II. He was in the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe Campaigns and received the European-African-Middle-Eastern Theatre Campaign Ribbon with five Bronze Battle Stars and the World War II Victory Ribbon.

Mr. Simonini was employed at the Falls Yarn Mill, Hasbro Corp. and worked at AT Cross for many years before retiring.

Mario was a member of Disabled American Veterans and was going to be among a group of local veterans traveling on the Honor Flight Fox Trot to visit the National WWII Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing in Normandy, France, June 6, 1944. Though he will not be there physically, Mario’s family takes comfort in knowing that he will be there in spirit.

Mario was a member of the Thundermist Striper fishing club, was an avid fresh and saltwater fisherman and enjoyed hunting. Gardening, yard work and home improvement projects were some of his other favorite pastimes.

He is survived by a son, David Simonini of Pascoag; a daughter, Nancy Waugh and her husband, Richard Waugh Jr., of West Warwick; two grandsons, Jonathan and Timothy Waugh; and two great-grandchildren, Jakob and Ayden. He was the brother of Elio Simonini, Rita Archambault and Esther Jalbert. He also is survived by many nieces and nephews and their families.

His funeral will be held Friday, April 25 at 9 a.m. from the Menard-Lacouture Funeral Home, 127 Carrington Ave., Woonsocket, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony’s Church, Greene Street, Woonsocket. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Charles Cemetery, Farm Street, Blackstone. Visiting hours are Thursday from 5-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Home & Hospice Care of R.I. 1085 North Main St. Providence, R.I. 02904. www.menardfuneralhome.com