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Ernest R. Verhoest

July 11, 2023


Ernest "Ernie" R. Verhoest, 91, of Woonsocket, passed away July 11, 2023 in Manville. He was the husband of Isabelle (Lessard) Verhoest whom he married February 24, 1991. Born in Grand Blanc, MI, he was the son of the late Julien and Violet (Noel) Verhoest.

Mr. Verhoest worked as a machinist for the former Taft-Pierce for thirty-three years, and also worked as a bartender for the former Embassy Club for over ten years. Ernie served as the Machinist's Union President for eighteen years, and was an organizer and volunteer for the United Way. He was an avid golfer and reader.

Along with his wife, Isabelle, he is survived by his four children Diane Verhoest and her spouse, Judy Johnson, of San Antonio, FL, Gail Karakeian of North Port, FL, Kathleen Sousa and her spouse, Alan, of Foster, RI, and Michael Verhoest of North Port, FL; two stepsons, Dennis Fournier and his spouse, Diane, of Blackstone, MA, and Kenneth Fournier of Newport, RI; six grandchildren, Tracey, Bryan, Alan, Nicholas, Matthew, and Cierra; two step-grandchildren, Dylan and Darcy; and three great grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Julien and Camille Verhoest.

His funeral will be held Wednesday, July 19, 2023 beginning at 9 AM from the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St. Joseph's Church, 1200 Mendon Rd., Woonsocket. Burial will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, 310 Wrentham Rd., Bellingham. Calling hours are Tuesday from 5 - 7 PM. 

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July 18, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Holt Funeral Home
510 S Main St
Woonsocket, RI 02895

Mass of Christian Burial
July 19, 2023

10:00 AM
St. Joseph's Church
1220 Mendon Rd.
Woonsocket, RI 02895

Interment following funeral service
July 19, 2023

St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Wrentham Rd, Bellingham


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