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Loriann Frechette, 56, passed away at home after a long illness on
August 1, 2019. She was the common law wife of Andrew Scanlon ( Ret.
PPD, Sgt. ) and daughter of Nora ( Simmons ) Wuraftiz.
Loriann had been employed by Electric Boat, until her retirement. She
loved all kinds of animals, especially her two cats, Harry and Midnight. Lori
graduated from Rhode Island College with a BS in Psychology in 1997.
Besides her husband and mother, Lori is survived by her sister Lucy
Reid and her husband Michael, her longtime friend, Thomas Sahagian and
two nieces that Lori loved and adored, Julia and Emily.
Lori was a very kind, compassionate and caring person who loved doing
thoughtful things for people. She especially liked getting gifts for Andy and
her friends and also loved cooking for them.
She loved her husband Andrew who she affectionately referred to as
Andy. She also was very proud of Andy’s chosen profession, a Providence
Police Officer. She was with Andy for 30 of the 32 years he was on the
Police force. Lori would call Andy when he was working and ask about his
night. Then when Andy’s night shift was over and he got home, Lori would
always want to know what happened during his tour of duty. She always
got excited in the things that Andy was involved in as a Providence Police
Lori loved watching the Patriots and Red Sox on T.V. with Andy and
their special friend Tommy. Tom would take Lori many times over the years
to doctor, dentist and hospital appointments when Andy had to work.
Lori was so proud and determined after years of struggling with her
Mental Illness to get her BS in Psychology from Rhode Island College in
1997. It was a proud accomplishment for Lori.
Lori was an avid New England sports fan. Lori and Andy went to many
New England Patriots Football games and to many Boston Red Sox games
over the many years they were together. Lori also liked going to see the
Pawtucket Red Sox games with Andy.
Whenever the Patriots won the Superbowl, Lori would always get Andy
and Tommy a Patriot’s Superbowl hat and jersey. Whenever the Redsox
won the World Series they also would get a Boston World Series hat and
jersey. Lori was very passionate in supporting her New England sports
Lori loved taking trips with Andy. The two of them took many trips to
England, Ireland, Canada, Florida, Washington DC and New York. Lori
enjoyed traveling to different areas of the United States and Europe and
had also went to Colorado on her own.
But Loriann also had a dark side to her life. When she was a young girl,
Lori was treated for bouts of depression which continued for the rest of her
life. With the support of Andy, Dr. Arnold Goldberg, Dr. Paul George, Dr.
Kramer and medication Lori was able to control her mental iIlness. She
also suffered from Pulmonary Hypertension Disease to which she was
receiving help from Dr. Klinger.
Lori had a love and zest for life but the last two years of Lori’s life had
many health problems. Lori had many trips to Rhode Island and Miriam
Hospitals where she had to endure numerous surgeries for her health
issues. Recovery from the surgeries was exacerbated by lengthy stays in
Cedar Crest Nursing Home, Cranston, Briarcliffe Manor, Johnston and
Waterview Villa, East Providence.
During this time Lori developed Pulmonary Hypertension which is a type
of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in your lungs and the right
side of your heart. It affects a very small percentage of the population. The
symptoms of the disease are trouble breathing and lack of energy, even for
the simplest of tasks like taking a shower. As the disease progresses it
leaves the individual unable to remain awake and they find themselves
sleeping for extended periods of time. People with this debilitating disease
suffer quality of life issues having very little energy to do anything besides
sleep. Lori had many health issues that left her in constant pain for which
there was no cure but she continued to fight right up to the end.
Lori is now in a better and happier place. Her pain and suffering is now
over. We will always love and miss you Lori. We gain peace of mind
knowing that your pilgrimage is now complete. You will live in our hearts
and minds forever until we meet again, Love Andy.
Her funeral and visitation will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 8:00 to 9:30 am
in the Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home, 331 Smith Street, Providence.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 in Saint Patrick Church, 244 Smith Street, Providence.
Burial will follow in North Burial Ground, Providence.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to;
National Alliance for Mental Illness, P.O. Box 49104, Baltimore, MD 21297 or
Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 1000, Silver
Spring, MD 20910.
National Alliance for Mental Illness
Post Office Box 49104, Baltimore MD 21297
Pulmonary Hypertension Association
801 Roeder Road, Suite 1000, Silver Spring MD 20910