Joseph L. Choiniere


1920– 2012

N. Grosvenordale – Joseph “Larry” Choiniere, 91, of Pasay Rd, died Wednesday, February 8, 2012 in Day Kimball Hospital. He was the loving husband of the late Marcella (Coderre) Choiniere. Born in Grosvenordale, he was the son of the late Joseph and Clarinda (Champagne) Choiniere.

Mr. Choiniere was a radio operator during WWII for the Merchant Marines. He became a tool and die maker and over the years worked at Rogers Corp., American Optical, and retired from the Whitcraft Group in 1982. He was a member of the Putnam Elks, and the Quinnatesset Country Club. He enjoyed camping, hiking and golfing. He was a genealogy buff and belonged to the American French Genealogical Society in Woonsocket, RI.

Joseph is survived by daughter, Michele Sevigny of Branford, CT; his grandchildren, Laura of Ansonia, CT, and Justin of Webster, MA; his great-grandchildren Christopher and Lilly; and his longtime companion, Josette Banks of Brockton, MA.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Joseph’s family from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Sunday, February 12, 2012 in the Valade Funeral Home, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale CT. A gathering will begin at 9:00 am on Monday, February 13, 2012, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Joseph Church, 20 Main St., N. Grosvenordale. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. For memorial guestbook visit

Memorial donations may be made to the American French Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 830, Woonsocket, RI 02895.

Condolence Messages

  1. vernon wilson

    I will always remember the good times we had playing golf together. We will miss your charming wit. Vern

  2. Janice Burkhart

    Larry was a wonderful gentleman. He devoted many hours to the America-French Genealogical Society and was always generous with his time and resources. We are very sad to hear of his passing and send our sincere sympathy to his family.

    Jan Burkhart
    AFGS Librarian

  3. Lise Choiniere

    To Michele, her family and Josette

    We were saddened to learn the decease of cousin ” Laurent “.

    Please receive our most sincere condolence.

    We are sorry we cannot attend the funerals due to uncertain weather conditions.

    Bon courage

    Lucien Choiniere’s family by Lise

  4. Cynthia Banks

    We are very sad about the passing of Larry. Everyone is in our prayers. He really brightened the past 12 years for Josette. There is always a sparkle in her eyes when she speaks of him. He will be missed…

    Jeff, Cindy, Emma & Lily Banks

  5. Charlie Cunningham

    Michele, every visit with your father was either fasinating or entertaining or both. One visit, afer he kissed my friend’s hand & he heard her last name he “ran” into the house for his genealogy books & told her about her family’s (French of course) beginning in America.
    He also had a “quick” ride in a Corvette he may have told you about. Never a dull moment.
    My sincere sympathy to you & your family. He will be missed.
    Charlie Cunningham

  6. Fabien H Benjamin Jr.

    I got to know my Uncle Laurence on family visits and after the war My Grandparents moved in below us so My mom could oversee the care of them. A soft spoken gentlemen and funny.. Also talented with his hands carving wooden ships which amazed me. The last time I saw him was in 1995 when I went back east to see my whole family he was the same… My constant memory is his smiling and concern for all…. A Great Man…..

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