John C. Parker, Sr. December 29, 2012
John C. Parker, Sr., 96, of Anawan Street, Rehoboth, died Saturday, December 29, 2012 at the Life Care Center of Attleboro. He was the husband of the late Margaret " Peg" ( Johnson) Parker. Mr. Parker was born in the White Rock section of Westerly, R.I., a son of the late Louis & Mary (Crowley) Parker. John was a highway superintendent for the Town of Rehoboth, where he worked for over 20 years, before retiring. A veteran of the United States Coast Guard, he served during World War II. He was a Rehoboth resident for over 50 years coming from Providence, R.I. John was a member of the Christian Assembly Church in Seekonk, and also the Rehoboth Congregational Church. He was a life member of the Rehoboth Fire Department, a member of the Massachusetts Call Volunteer Firefighters Association ( M.C.V.F.F.A.). He is survived by two sons, John C. Parker Jr. of Rehoboth, and Martin "Marty" Parker Sr, of Rehoboth; a brother Louis Parker of North Attleboro. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was the grandfather of four, and the great-grandfather of three.
Edward P. Toner December 23, 2012
Edward P. Toner, 84 and previously of Rehoboth, MA, passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia, N.C. He was born September 17, 1928 in Queens, N.Y., son of the late William and Mary McTeague Toner. Mr. Toner was past chairman of the Rehoboth Democratic Town Committee. He was a World War II Army veteran with the 82nd Airborne Division. Edward was a life member of the VFW; American Legion Post No. 302, where he was prior treasurer; Somerset Sportsmen's Club Inc. and the NRA. He was also an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed coin collecting. Services are private. He is survived by: his sons, Edward P. Toner Jr. of Gastonia, David L. Toner of California; daughters, Charlotte Toner Sullivan of Gastonia, Teresa J. Toner of Gastonia; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: his wife, Norma J. Toner; brothers, John and William Toner. Arrangements are with the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia, N.C. A guest register is available at greenefuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a local veterans association. firstname.lastname@example.org
Lloyd V. MacPherson December 23, 2012
Lloyd V. MacPherson, 88, of Smithfield, RI, formerly of MA and Danville, VT, passed into the arms of the Lord Sunday December 23, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Bea A. (Roan) MacPherson for the past 25 years and the late Eva L. (Johnson) MacPherson. Born in Boston, MA, he was a son of the late Angus A. and Jennie E. (Maynard) MacPherson. Lloyd loved his country and served it well. He was stationed in Africa throughout most of World War II, and was honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant. Until his retirement, Lloyd (or "Mac" as many knew him) was the President of the Plastics Machinery Division of Marshall & Williams Co. in Providence, RI. He was a well-respected leader with a strong work ethic, and was a firm believer in the concept of teamwork. His business travels brought him to numerous countries throughout the world, where he made lasting friendships with people of many backrounds. At M&W, he was known for the respect he had for the "average Joe". He would circulate among the guys in the shop and knew them and their families as well as anyone in the office. Lloyd was a long-time volunteer with RI Junior Achievement, working with students and their economics teachers at high schools in Woonsocket and Lincoln. Over the years, he served as a board member for the Cromwell Home in CT, as a Hospice volunteer, Building Committee Chairman, Board Chairman, and Sunday School Teacher for the Attleboro Evangelical Covenant Church, and as a member of the Rehoboth School Committee. After his retirement to Vermont, he served as a math tutor for students in Bea's classrooms. Besides his family and friends, one of Lloyd's greatest joys was music. He loved to sing in choirs, listen to choral music, and was a great whistler. Another of his passions was the Boston Red Sox, or the "Red Flops" as he called them during a bad season. He was a great dog-lover. His kind, gentle spirit was always apparent in the way he cared for his boxers, Tessie and Gloria, over the years. Although he often joked about his golfing skills, he did enjoy golfing and dining at the Wannamoisett Club. Lloyd is survived by four sons, Dr. William MacPherson of Attleboro, MA, Glenn MacPherson and his wife, Kyle, of Middleboro, MA, Wayne MacPherson and his partner Vincent McCoy of Evanston, IL, and Craig MacPherson and his wife, Suzanne, of Providence, RI. He is also survived by his two step-daughters, Denise Collins and her husband, Jeffrey, and Jamie Plante, all of Smithfield, RI. In addition, he leaves four granddaughters, Anna C. MacPherson and her husband, Duncan Menge, of Redwood City, CA, Emily B. (MacPherson) Kolby and her husband, Scott Kolby of Bellevue, WA, Jennie MacPherson and her husband, Conor Semler of Cambridge, MA, and Sarah MacPherson of Arlington, MA. He leaves three step-grandchildren, Alexander, Zachary, and Nicholas Collins of Smithfield, RI, and one great-grandchild, Elin Menge of Redwood City, CA. Lloyd is also survived by one brother, Paul MacPherson and his wife, Anita, of Seekonk, MA. He was predeceased by four brothers, Russell, Kenneth, Robert, and Ray MacPherson.
Donations to the Thomas Gerlach Memorial, 49 Greenlake Dr., Greenville, RI 02828 will be appreciated.
Nancy M. (Hartley) Vine December 15, 2012
Nancy Marion (Hartley) Vine, 70, of Hillside Avenue, Rehoboth, passed away unexpectedly at her residence on Saturday, December 15, 2012. She was the former wife of Donald V. Vine of North Dighton. Born in Central Falls, Rhode Island on December 8, 1942, she was a daughter of the late David and Mildred C. (Gould) Hartley. Raised and educated in Pawtucket, Ms. Vine was a 1960 graduate of the former Pawtucket West High School where she was inducted into the National Honor Society and a member of the school’s Debating Society. She was involved in many activities such as the Samuel’s Slater band, Girl Scouts, Thomson Methodist Church plays and summer camps. For more than 30 years, Ms. Vine was an area real estate agent having worked for David Smith Century 21 in Rehoboth for most of her professional career. She was a member of numerous professional realtor and business associations in addition to being a member of the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society. A resident of Rehoboth since 1978, Ms. Vine previously resided in North Dighton and on the East Side of Providence, Rhode Island. She attended the Rehoboth Congre- gational Church. An ardent crafter, she also loved knitting and would often donate items to local shelters and hospitals. She also enjoyed spending time visiting local craft fairs during the autumn season. Other favorite activities include reading, travelling, watching movies and playing cards. A member of the Newman YMCA in Seekonk, Ms. Vine enjoyed water aerobics and Zumba. Ms. Vine was a volunteer at the Attleboro Literacy Center. She had also been employed at the Seekonk Elder Services Work Program. Her most special pastime was spending time with her cherished grandchildren as a proud grandmother. She especially enjoyed attending all of their sporting and school events, including most recently the D-R Marching Band of which she was an enthusiastic supporter. In addition to her former spouse, Ms. Vine leaves two children: Susan E. Duncan and her husband, James H. Duncan, of Rehoboth and Amy E. Vine of Attleboro; three grandchildren: Jonathan, Andrea and Erica Duncan all of Rehoboth; her siblings: William Hartley of Lincoln, Rhode Island; Douglas Hartley of Scituate, Rhode Island; David Hartley of Lincoln, Rhode Island; Donald Hartley of Cumberland, Rhode Island; Darlene Hartley Palenski of Sidney, Maine and Susie Hartley Kelly of Nipomo, California; several nieces, nephews, extended family members, colleagues and friends. Memorial donations in her name and honor may be made to either the Rehoboth Helping Hands, 127 Martin Street, Rehoboth, MA 02769 or to Newman YMCA c/o YMCA of Greater Providence, 371 Pine St, Providence, RI 02903. To send the family an expression of sympathy, please visit an online guest book at www.dyer-lakefuneralhome.com.
John Francis Kelly December 14, 2012
John Francis Kelly, 73 of Rocky Hill Road, Rehoboth, MA resident of 36 years died at home Friday evening surrounded by his family, Dec. 14, 2012. He was the husband of Joyce A. (Jordan) Kelly. Born Sept. 11, 1939 in Central Falls, RI, he was a son of the late James and Mary M (Marchand) Kelly. He served in the RI Army National Guard, was a Lieutenant of Rehoboth Fire Dept., North Station #2 for 17 years in the Town of Rehoboth, was devoted Textile Foreman at Teknor Apex for 37 years before retiring in 2002, and was a giving man and donated to many charities. John was very politically concerned and a proud member of the "No Spin Zone" and a Lifetime member of the NRA. In addition to his wife of 53 years, he leaves his children: Corinne Robichaud, Kim Kelly, Wendy A. Kelly, Michelle Sousa, John M. "Mitch" Kelly and Scott Kelly; and his 10 grandchildren, Eric Robichaud, Kelly Robichaud, Kristen (Robichaud) Auger, Steffan Kelly, Harold "Pete" Sousa, Kyle Sousa, Samantha Sousa, Brooke Kelly, Alyssa Kelly, John Tyler "JT" Kelly. He was also the brother of Sheila Kelly and of the late Joseph, James and Thomas Kelly.
Memorial donations are greatly appreciated to the Epilepsy Foundation, 540 Gallivan Blvd. #200, Boston, MA 02124.
Alphonse J. Vincelette December 13, 2012
Alphonse J. Vincelette, of Bliss Street in Rehoboth, died Thursday, December 13, 2012 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Rita C. (Seccareccia) Marcotrigiano-Vincelette and the late Patricia J. (Gurnsey) Vincelette. Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Alphonse T. and Eva B. (Ethier) Vincelette. Mr. Vincelette was a Mail Carrier/ Postal Supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service for 35 years before retiring. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. Besides his wife he leaves one daughter, Robin M. Paille; three sons, Robert D. Vincelette, Russell K. Vincelette and Ronald S. Vincelette; one stepdaughter, Anne M. Vessella; one stepson, Michael A. Marcotrigiano; three sisters, Marcella Guilmette, E. Deva Mills and Lorraine Gobeille; seven grandchildren, two step grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Paul E. L’Archevesque December 6, 2012
Paul E. L’Archevesque, of Barrington, died Thursday, Dec. 6, at home. He was 73. Born in Fall River, he was a son of the late Armand and Bertha (Mahon) L’Archevesque. He was the husband of Yolanda (Lamarre) L’Archevesque.
Besides his wife, he leaves his children, Paul L’Archevesque of Swansea; Jay L’Archevesque of Rehoboth, and Allyson L’Archevesque of Naples, FL. He was a brother of Joan Howard of Fall River and Barbara Azbell of Bellerica, Mass., and the grandfather of Brandon, Gabriel, Jonathon, Matthew and Nicholas and the great-grandfather of Dylan. He was the owner of Elmwood Dodge in East Providence. His memberships included the Fall River Country Club, Wannamoisett Country Club and Bear Lakes Country Club, West Palm Beach, Fla. Please make donations to Cure PSP, 30 East Padonia Road., Ste 201, Timonium, MD 21093 or Hospice VNA of Bristol and Newport Counties, 1184 East Main Road., Portsmouth, RI 02871.
Harriet Frances Swallow December 10, 2012
Harriet Frances Swallow, age 95 of Broad Street in Rehoboth, died Monday, December 10, 2012 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center.
Leonard Moulding December 9, 2012
Leonard Moulding, passed away in Raynham on December 9, 2012. Husband of the late Roberta (Purcell) Moulding, he died in his home on Bumila Drive with his family by his side at the age of 88. Born in Indiana, Leonard was the son of the late Frederick and Mary Jane (Pemberton) Moulding. Leonard was a graduate of Taunton High School class of 1942 and then joined the US Marines Corp serving during WWII. He was the former owner of Milky’s Convenience Store and Girlie’s Convenience Store in Taunton. He also owned Magazu’s Auto Body in Taunton and worked at the former Taunton Inn and Hotel Vendome Boston. He was the past President of the Taunton Lions Club and past Chairman of Our Lady of Lourdes Bingo. He was an avid bingo player and enjoyed horse and greyhound racing. Leonard was the father of Kenneth Moulding of FL, Deborah Toste and her husband J. Alan of Taunton, David Moulding of RI, Edward Moulding of NC and Teri Desrosiers and her husband Barry of Taunton. Grandfather of Karie, Robin, Jillian, Erin, Matthew, Heather, Cassandra, Jordan and one step grandson Shawn. Great grandfather of four and three step great grandchildren. Brother of Beatrice Walker of Indiana, Frederick Moulding of FL and the late James, Robert, Stephen and Joseph Moulding. In lieu of flowers donations in Leonard’s memory may be made to the Dighton Rehoboth Music Program, 2700 Regional Road, No. Dighton, Ma, 02764 or Taunton High School Music Program, 50 Williams Street, Taunton, Ma, 02780 or Southeastern MA Festival Chorus, 12 Rockland Street, Taunton, Ma, 02780.
Lynne Fife (Crowninshield) Searle December 5, 2012
Lynne Fife (Crowinshield) Searle, of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. She died peacefully at home with her loving husband by her side. She was the beloved wife of Dorman "Butch" Searle. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Eileen (Fife) Crowninshield. She lived in East Providence for many years before moving to Rehoboth. She had been an optometrist assistant for Dr. Mcvay, Dr. Brown and Dr. Antonian. Lynne enjoyed life to the fullest. She was involved with her high school class reunions, Rainbow Girls, PTA and was a Cub Scout den mother. She was an active member of Community Covenant Church of Riverside, R.I., and Attleboro, past president and member of the Rehoboth Anawan Lions Club, to name a few. Besides her husband of 46 years, she leaves her daughter Tammy (Searle) and Gary Davis of Jericho, Vermont; two sons, Todd Searle and his wife Kelly (Pollard), and Trevor and Karen (Tomany) Searle, both of Rehoboth; a brother, Charles "Buddy" Crowninshield of Boxford; a sister, Donna Porco of Boynton Beach, Florida; and seven grandchildren and a step-granddaughter. She was a loving wife, mother and Nana. She will be missed by all. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th floor, Brookline, MA 02445.
Dr. Peter N. Vukasin November 24, 2012
Dr. Peter N. Vukasin, of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died November 24, 2012. He was the husband of Eileen T. Farley, former President of Bristol Community College to whom he had been married for 25 years. Dr. Vukasin retired in 1988 from the State University of New York at New Paltz, where he served as Professor of Economics and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He provided leadership for the expansion of the college's professional programs to include nursing, business and computer science while ensuring the centrality of the college's strengths in liberal and fine arts. Prior to that (1957-1974) he served as Dean and Professor of Economics at Harpur College of Binghamton University. Colleagues at Binghamton credit him with exemplary leadership in helping to effect the transition of Harpur College from a liberal arts college to a major research institution. He was described as an acute listener who helped Binghamton navigate the troubled waters of the late 60s and early 70s without the violence, disruption and acrimony that characterized many campuses. In 2010, a former student whom he mentored fifty years earlier endowed the Peter N. Vukasin Lecture in Economics at Binghamton University in his honor. Dr. Vukasin's career included teaching at the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics, the University of Illinois, Cornell University and the University of Ghana as a Fulbright scholar. Dr. Vukasin served for two years as an economic consultant to the Government of Burma, and held a Social Science Research scholarship for two years in the then Zimbabwe, studying the African Labor Force. Dr. Vukasin served as a Captain in the United States Army in World War II in the China-Burma-India theatre. In addition to his wife, Dr. Vukasin is survived by his son Dr. Alexander Vukasin and his wife Dr. Nicole Vukasin of Princeton, NJ; two grandchildren Gabrielle and Alexander Vukasin; his former wife Helen Vukasin of Lumberton, NJ; a brother Vernon Vukasin of Hayward, CA; two nephews John Vukasin and his wife Afa of Hayward, CA and Nicholas Vukasin and his wife Sherry of Arlington, VA and a niece Natasha Ruddell of Spokane, WA. Dr. Vukasin was also the brother of the late Milos Vukasin. Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to Doctors Without Borders USA, PO Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030.
Irene Viola Arvidson November 21, 2012
Irene Viola Arvidson, Irene Viola (Dupuis) Arvidson, daughter of Theodore and Emma (Benoit) Dupuis, passed away in her home in Rehoboth on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. She was the wife of the late Edmund R. Arvidson and is survived by her sister Jacqueline Gardner, her son Ned Arvidson, and her daughter Christine Tarter. She has five grandchildren and one granddaughter-in-law and 11 nieces and nephews. She has two deceased sisters, Jeanne Fernandes of Berkley and Yvonne Carlson of Rehoboth. Irene was born in Cambridge in 1926. She has many wonderful cousins and friends there and in the Rehoboth area where she lived most of her life. The four sisters always remembered their father running dances during the war at the North Rehoboth School and she always reported that he taught the young men how to dance. Both her father and she were president of the PTA there in their times. Irene worked at Balfour Co. and at The Robbins Co. She enjoyed working with Dr. Greiner from the mid-70's to the 90's and after she retired she worked part time at Attleboro Medical Association with her sister, Jeanne. Her fondest memories are of when she met our dad, Edmund, and babysitting her grandchildren with her sister Yvonne. We have many memories of our mom and dad on their boat and at Prudence Island with their many friends. Very often she enjoyed going to Bliss Brothers in Attleboro for lunch.
G. James Anderson November 24, 2012
G. James Anderson, age 66, died at his home, in Rehoboth, MA, on November 24th with his loving family by his side. He leaves his beloved wife of 41 years, Susan (Haskell) Anderson. Born in Los Angeles, he was the son of George James Anderson, II and the late Rose Maxine (Betterli) Anderson. Mr. Anderson was a graduate of Millbree, CA High School, the College of San Matteo and San Jose State College. He worked for Raytheon Submarine Signal Division and retired from Verizon Business. His memberships include; Grace Episcopal Church in Providence, Norton Country Club, Rhody Fly Tyers, United Fly Tyers of RI, the Briggs Beach Assoc. and the Jim McPhail Memorial and Elaine Star Lighters Bowling Leagues of East Providence. (Jim was proud of bowling two 300 games) He was an avid outdoorsman and gardener. Besides his wife and father, Jim leaves his children; Derek (Julie) Anderson and Laurie Anderson, granddaughters Tessa and Maeve Anderson, a sister Janis Furman and several nieces and nephews. Memorial gifts may be directed to Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, P.O. Box 808, Hudson, MA 01749-0808.
Genevieve Alexion November 15, 2012
Genevieve Alexion, age 94, passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2012. Genevieve was a resident of Rehoboth, Massachusetts at the time of her passing. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry. Memorial gifts to St. Jude Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN, 38148-0142 will be appreciated.
Steven R. Bongivengo November 18, 2012
Steven R. Bongivengo, age 52 of Rehoboth, entered into eternal life on Sunday, November 18, 2012 after a short illness. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 20 years, Cheryl (Passmore) Bongivengo. Born in New Castle, Pa., he was the son of Peter R. and Dorothy (Dalton) Bongivengo of New Castle, Pa. Steve's true joy in life was his music. An avid and talented musician/composer/arranger, Steve attended Berkley College of Music, Boston, and graduated from Penn State University with a degree in music composition. Steve brought joy to many through his music. He was a staunch fan of all Pittsburgh sports teams and loved Penn State football. In addition to his musical work, Steve was employed by Numark Industries, Cumberland. Besides his loving wife, he leaves two sisters, Andrea (Bongivengo) Englehart of Boalsburg, Pa. and Amy Bongivengo of New Castle, Pa., and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was the brother of the late Janet (Bongivengo) Veltre.
Raymond Allan Boyce November 16, 2012
Raymond Allan Boyce, 65 of Taunton, died Friday Nov. 16, 2012 after a brief illness surrounded by his loving family at Morton Hospital and Medical Center. Born in Taunton, Raymond was the son of the late Ralph and Avis (Rose) Boyce, and a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth High School. He worked for Raytheon for many years as a manager and was a member of the East Taunton Social Club and a long time president. He also was a member of McGrath’s Fish Club and the American Legion in Berkley. He enjoyed fishing, especially ice fishing. He was involved with the girls softball for many years. Most of all he loved to spend time with his family and friends who will miss him greatly. He was the loving father of Heather Riendeau and her husband Maurice of E. Taunton, he was the loving grandfather of Alysa, Shelby, Andrew and Riley. He leaves behind a dear friend Linda Boyce. He is also survived by one sister Edith Remedis of Taunton one brother Ronald Boyce of N. Dighton and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Boyce was predeceased by two sons Nicholas S. Boyce and Christopher A. Boyce.
Barbara G. Boostrom November 14, 2012
Barbara G. Boostrom, 87, of Harwich, and a longtime resident of Rehoboth, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, in Epoch of Harwich Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late Sven Boostrom who passed away in 1999. Born July 17, 1925, in Manchester, N.H., she was a daughter of the late Carlton and Leola (Clark) Grant. Barbara was a longtime resident of Rehoboth before moving to Harwich in 2009. She worked as a nurse for more than 10 years and later worked in security at Texas Instruments and also worked for the Balfour Co. Barbara was a talented artist who loved to paint. Above all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by a son, Leonard Dufresne of North Eastham; a daughter, Patti Tansey of Maine; two siblings: Priscilla Ebert of Harwich and Carlton Grant of Mashpee; six grandchildren: Brian, Michael, Melissa, Kimberly, Matthew and Cindy; two great-grandchildren: Joey and Mikala, and many nieces and nephews. She was mother of the late Karen Boostrom, William F. Phinney, Cheryl Tansey and Carol Dufresne; sister of the late Beverly Tryon, Betty Martin and Carlene Saltmarsh and grandmother of the late Jamie.
Linell P. DeNapoli November 14, 2012
Linell P. DeNapoli, 60, of Plain Street, Rehoboth, a loving mother and sister, passed on November 14, 2012 in Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro. Born Linell Jones on December 11, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Marion (Lent) Jones. Linell was a graduate of Holbrook High School and Quincy College. She worked as a retail manager for Kay Jewelers for many years. Linell was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with her beloved family. Linell is survived by two daughters; Beth Morris of Cumberland, Rhode Island, and Kristen DeNapoli of Attleboro, two brothers; Rick Jones of Seattle, Washington, and C.P. Jones of Carver, Massachusetts, and her first grandchild who will be arriving shortly. Those wishing to remember Linell in a special way, contributions may be made to: Hospice of CVNA, 10 Emory Street, Attleboro, MA 02703
Suzanne Rustemeyer November 10, 2012
Suzanne M. Rustemeyer, 53, of Anawan Street, died peacefully on November 10, 2012 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of David W. Rustemeyer. Born in Lexington, KY, a daughter of Edwin C. "Ted" Ballard Jr. of Rehoboth, MA and the late Caroline R. (Strant) Ballard, she lived in Rehoboth, MA for 40 years. Besides her husband of 17 years and father, she is survived by a daughter; Sophia Rose Rustemeyer of Rehoboth, MA and a brother; Edwin C. Ballard III of Rehoboth, MA. She was the sister of the late Charles C. Ballard.
Herbert A. Reed November 9, 2012
Herbert A “Herbie” Reed, 71, of Broad Street, Rehoboth, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at home. He was the husband of Paula (Smith) Reed. Herbie was born in Rehoboth, a son of the late Otis M. and Florence (Lee) Reed. Herbie was a self-employed auto repairman and antique vehicle restorer for over 50 years. A lifelong Rehoboth resident, he enjoyed building street rods, and spending time with his family. Besides his wife, Mr. Reed is survived by a son, Cliff and his wife Terri Smith of Rehoboth, Mass.; a daughter, Allyson and her husband Gene Chemelowski of Rehoboth; two brothers, Otis Reed and John Reed; and seven sisters: Betty Johnson, Alice Oliver, Jane Reed, Grace McDonough, Shirley Theis, Linda Young, and Susan Reed. Herbie was the grandfather of Mikaila, Marshall, Taylor, Billy, Amy, Laura, Jared, and the great-grandfather of three. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Bob Reed, Ralph Reed, Peggy Henley, and Dot Wombolt. Gifts in his memory can be sent to the Rehoboth Animal Shelter, 148 R, Peck Street, Rehoboth, MA 02769.
Jonathan Dale Bailey November 6, 2012
Jonathan Dale Bailey, age 31 of Chandler, Indiana and a native of Rehoboth, Massachusetts died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Born in Attleboro, MA on Dec. 17, 1980, he was a son of Jo-Ann (Flynn) Greene and her husband, Dwaine S. Greene of Attleboro, and Kenneth Dale Bailey and his wife, Annette Bailey, of Maine. Raised and educated in Rehoboth, Mr. Bailey attended Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School. He had been employed as an exterior painter. Mr. Bailey returned to Indiana three weeks ago from Virginia where he had resided for six months. Prior to moving to Virginia he had lived in Indiana for six months. His favorite times were those spent working on cars, trucks, four-wheelers, motorcycles and dirt bikes. He absolutely treasured the time spent with his beloved nephew, Izaiah. In addition to his parents and stepparents, he leaves a sister, Jennifer Bailey of Attleboro; two stepsiblings, Alissa Greene of Taunton, Mass., and Brendon Greene and his wife, Dawnne Greene, of Fall River, Mass.; his maternal grandmother, Beverly A. (McManus) Flynn of Rehoboth; his paternal grandmother, Joan Bailey in Maine; his fiance, Natasha O'Neal and her children Aubree and Alexiss, all of Chandler; several nephews including Izaiah Macon of Attleboro; aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members and friends. He was the grandson of the late John J. Flynn and Otis Bailey. Memorial donations may be made to the Jonathan D. Bailey Memorial Fund, c/o Rockland Federal Credit Union, 217-219 South Main Street, Attleboro, MA 02703.
Helen M. (Banalewicz) Rovas October 31, 2012
Helen M. (Banalewica) Rovas, age 84, died Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford. She was the wife of the late Edmund Rovas. Born in Rehoboth, daughter of the late Wladyslaw and Stanislawa (Wojtaszek) Banalewicz, she lived in North Dartmouth most of her life. Mrs. Rovas was a longtime member of the St. Julie’s Ladies Guild. Shen enjoyed polka dancing, sewing, rug braiding, gardening, and holiday decorating. She was a very special Babci to her grandchildren and all the neighborhood children. Survivors include daughter, Deborah Clermont of Fall River; son William J. Rovas and wife, Sandra of Michigan; two sisters, Bertha and Wanda; one brother, Henry; two grandchildren, Matthew J. Rovas and wife, Christina of Michigan, and Christopher Krupa and wife Dina of New Jersey; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sister Viola and seven brothers, Teddy, Matthew, Eddie, Pete, Joe, Jimmy and Stanley.
Millicent Irene Olson October 28, 2012
Millicent Irene Olson, age 88, died on October 28, 2012. She was the daughter of the late John and Mildred Walker, and the wife of the late Charles Olson. She was born in Orleans but spent most of her adult life in Taunton where she and her family attended the Winthrop St. Baptist church. Millie and her husband moved back to the Cape after retiring to enjoy being near the ocean which they both loved. Finally when Alzheimer’s stole her independence she moved into assisted living in Dartmouth. Millie held several jobs during her life but the one she enjoyed most was being a kindergarten teacher as she always loved small children. She is survived by two daughters: Judith Newell of Novelty OH and Joyce Pring of Rehoboth MA, a son Allen Olson of Wolcott VT, a brother Emery Walker of Taunton MA, a sister Phyllis Barros of Taunton MA. and a sister Connie Rose of Bourne MA. She also leaves 5 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild as well as several nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Joseph M. Medeiros October 27, 2012
Joseph M. Medeiros, age 35 of Rehoboth, MA, formerly of Jamestown, passed away Saturday, October 27, 2012. He was the beloved boyfriend of Malainne Costa; and loving father of Joseph C. Medeiros. Born in South Kingstown, he was the son of Joseph N. Medeiros and Jeanne E. Kaiser both of Jamestown. Joe was an elevator constructor with IUEC, Local 39. He was a huge NY Giants fan; and loved car racing, fishing and music. Joe loved kids and enjoyed spending time with his son. He had a heart of gold and was always smiling and always there for everyone. Besides his girlfriend, son and parents, he leaves a brother, John Kaiser of Exeter; two sisters, Pamela Fish of Newport and Tracy Hesse of Coventry; and his paternal grandmother, Anna Medeiros of Jamestown.
Donna Maria (Gazebien) Marques October 14, 2012
Donna Maria (Gazebien) Marques, age 66 of Rehoboth, passed away on Sunday, October 14, 2012. Donna was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Edward Gazebien and Marie (Viccone) Gazebien. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1985. Donna was employed by the United States Postal Service for 38 years and was a tax consultant for H and R Block for over 25 years. She is survived by her brother Richard Gazebien and his wife Brenda of Greenville, Rhode Island, her niece Kaitlin A. Gazebien and her nephew Nathan Edward Gazebien.
Florence E. (Cote) Giovanelli October 6, 2012
Florence E. Giovanelli, 82 of Taunton died after a brief illness on October 6, 2012 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. She was the beloved wife of the late Raldo J. Giovanelli. Born in Raynham, the daughter of the late Wilfred S. and Edna M. (Gauvin) Cote, she lived her adult life in Taunton. She was a communicant of St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church in No. Dighton. Mrs. Giovanelli was a dedicated wife and mother. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, reading, and spending time with her family. She was a member of the Women’s Guild of the former St. Paul’s Church. Survivors include three daughters, Joanne F. Moody and her husband Thomas of Camden, SC, Gloria J. Homer and her husband Charles of Glen, NH, Ednamarie C. Giovanelli and her partner Steven Matowitz of Light House Point, FL, two Sons Robert R. Giovanelli and his wife Donna of Middleboro, and Randall J. Giovanelli of Taunton; four brothers Jean Cote of Raynham, Gerald Cote of Taunton, Ernest Cote of Gig Harbor, WA, and Paul Cote of Taunton; two sisters Lorraine Williams of Pompono Beach, FL and Yvonne Bird of Rehoboth; five grandchildren, Glendon C. Homer and his wife Dr. Mindy of New York City, Kurtis A. Homer of Fall River, Dr. Alexandra M. Merolla of Boca Raton, FL, Andrea M. Giovanelli and Ryan R. Giovanelli both of Middleboro; and her caregiver Tammy L. Bayard of Taunton; and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Anita Chickering, Lawrence Cote, Claire Bleau, and Richard Norbert Cote.
Clinton E. Rose September 24, 2012
Clinton E. Rose, husband of Adele M. (Torres) Rose of Dighton, died at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River on Sept. 24, 2012. He was 89. Born in Rehoboth, he was the son of the late Manuel and Martha (Daley) Rose. A lifelong resident of the area, Mr. Rose was educated in Rehoboth and Swansea schools, and was a graduate of Case High School. An Army Veteran of WWII, he fought with the 28th Infantry in many battles, including the Battle of the Bulge. For over sixty years, he owned and operated Dighton’s former Red & White Market on Main St. He retired four years ago. A communicant of St. Patrick Church in Somerset, Mr. Rose was a member of the St. Vincent De Paul Society, and was a life member of the former Raposa-Knott VFW Post 1094 of N. Dighton. He was Veteran of the Year in 2006. In addition to his wife of 66 years, he leaves a son, Michael S. Rose and his wife Nancy of Dighton; two brothers, Robert Rose of Rehoboth and Henry Rose of Swansea; two sisters, Evelyn Bois of Rehoboth and Jeanette Jacques of Taunton; four grandchildren, Kathleen, Michelle, Michael, and Lauren Rose; and many nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Lester Rose and Dorothy Borges. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, P.O. Box 113, Somerset, MA 02726.
Elizabeth J. “Betty” (Gurney) Cummings September 23, 2012
Elizabeth J. (Gurney) Cummings, age 82, passed away surrounded by family on 09/23/2012. She was the beloved wife of 60 years of Robert “Pete” Cummings and the devoted mother of Valerie Cummings and her husband Timothy Andrews of Concord, MA and Lance Cummings and his wife Barbara of Rehoboth, MA. She was the much-loved grandmother of Brett Andrews of Arlington, VA; Brian Cummings of Rehoboth, MA; Tyler Andrews of Concord, MA and Kevin Cummings of Rehoboth, MA. She is also survived by a sister, Thelma Snell of East Freetown, MA and several nieces and nephews. Betty was born in East Freetown, MA, the daughter of the late George and Rachel (Mastera) Gurney. A graduate of the Modern School of Fashion Design and Rhode Island College, she was a Home Economics teacher in the Dighton Middle School for many years. After retiring to Canaan, NH she was a volunteer in the Canaan Schools and a member of the Canaan Historical Society and Canaan Crusaders. An expert seamstress and dress designer, she also enjoyed gardening and quilting. Donations in Betty’s name may be made to Community VNA Hospice Program at 10 Emory Street, Attleboro, MA 02703.
Joseph D. Rockwood September 22, 2012
Joseph D. Rockwood, 92 recently of Taunton, formerly of Rehoboth, Norton and Mansfield, passed away on Saturday September 22, 2012 at the Morton Hospital in Taunton. He was the beloved husband of the late Rita M. (Cintioni) Rockwood. Born in Worcester, MA on December 18, 1919, he was a dear son of the late David C. and Anna (Stafinski) Rockwood. He grew up in Worcester and in the Roxbury section of Boston, and had attended Mechanical Arts High School in Boston. During WWII, he faithfully served his country in the United States Army Air Corps and was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of Sergeant. He was wed to his late wife Rita on November 16, 1943. A retired truck driver, Mr. Rockwood had been employed at the Old Colony Packing Co. in Boston prior to retiring in 1979. He had formerly worked as a chef for 12 years at Durgin Park in Boston. When Joseph was younger, he was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corp and also enjoyed making model aircrafts. He was very proud to have known that his ancestry dated back to members of the Rockwood family being founders of Harvard University. A former communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Mansfield, Mr. Rockwood was a longtime member of the National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners Action League. He was also a member of the DAV and was a former member of the Mansfield VFW. He is survived by his devoted daughters, Sandra Ruscetta and her husband Anthony of Rehoboth and Jirina Riley of Taunton. He is also survived by his cherished 3 grandchildren, Kimberly Gero, Kristine O’Leary and Jeffrey Ruscetta, his 5 great grandchildren, Megan Ruscetta, Lindsay Ruscetta, Nicholas Ruscetta, Mackenzie O’Leary and Cameron O’Leary, and was pre-deceased by his brother, Richard J. Rockwood and his sister, Elizabeth Giapetti. Contributions in Joseph’s memory may be made to the Rehoboth Office of Veterans Affairs, 148 Peck St., Rehoboth, MA 02769.
Lillian L. Latham September 21, 2012
Lillian L. (Howland) Latham, 92 of North Way Taunton, died Friday Sept. 21,2012 at the Life Care Center of Raynham. She was the wife of the late Howard Latham. She was born in Taunton a daughter of the late Howard & Gladys ( Lapham) Howland. Lillian was a Bindery worker for the Davol Taunton Printing company for over 20 years before she retired. A lifelong Taunton resident, Mrs. Latham was a member of the West Congregational Church, where she was a member of the West Women, and sang in the Choir at West Congregational. She was also the Co-Founder of Wesleyan Circle of the Memorial Methodist Church, there she was on the Chancel Guild, Mrs. Latham was very active in church activities all of her life. Lillian enjoyed doing handwork such as knitting, and painting. She is survived by her two sons Russell Latham and his wife Virginia (Potter) Latham of Rehoboth, Douglas Latham and his wife Paula (Ariel) Latham of North Dighton. Lillian was the grandmother of Lance Latham, Adam Latham, Tammy Kingsland, Rhonda Paz, Richard Thetonia, Rebecca Gibbons, Rachel Latham, Linda Henderson, Steven Latham. She was the great grandmother of 13, and the great great grandmother of 4. Lillian was the mother of the late David Latham, and the sister of the late Doris Southworth. Gifts in her memory can be sent to the West Congregational Church, 415 Winthrop St. Taunton MA. 02780.
Sally L. (Horton) Duncan September 18, 2012
Sally L. (Horton) Duncan, age 73 of Mason Street in Rehoboth, wife of Allen A. Duncan, died on September 18, 2012.
George J. Amaral September 3, 2012
George J. Amaral, age 80 of Summer Street in Rehoboth, died on Monday, September 3, 2012 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. He was the husband of Catherine "Dot" (Brown) Amaral and the late Joan (Inman) Amaral.
He was born in Rehoboth, a son of the late Manuel and Mary (Amoral) Amaral. Mr. Amaral was the head custodian for the Dighton-Rehoboth School Department before retiring. He was a member of the Rehoboth Planning Board and a hockey and football coach. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War and a commander of the American Legion for 20 years. Besides his wife, he leaves four daughters: Jacqueline Stafford of West Virginia; Marcia Wetherell of Rehoboth; Susan Pimenta of Taunton and Jean Burda of Rehoboth; three stepsons: Leon LaFrance of Bolton; Joseph LaFrance of Ohio and Kenneth LaFrance of Rehoboth; one sister, Mae Parace of Seekonk, 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mabel F. Burt August 28, 2012
Mabel F. Burt, age 98 of Rehoboth, widow of Roland W. Burt, Sr., died Tuesday, August 28, 2012. Born in Bristol on October 3, 1913, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Margaret (Crossland) Collins. Mrs. Burt had worked at B.A. Ballou Jewelry Co., East Providence, retiring in 1975. She was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, East Providence. She also was a member of the Naomi Chapter #8, O.E.S., the Rehoboth Senior Citizens and the A.A.R.P. She leaves a daughter, Joan A. Grant and a son Roland W. Burt, Jr., 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by siblings; Charles, Albert, Norman and Henry Collins and a sister Margaret Sweet.
Donald E. Rose, Jr. August 24, 2012
Donald E. Rose, Jr. 48, of Dighton passed away on Friday August 24, 2012. He was the husband of twenty-three years to Kim K. (Carr) Rose. Donald was born in Taunton the son of the late Donald E. Rose Sr. and Rosa (Renke) Rose. He graduated from Dighton Rehoboth High School class of 1982. He owned and operated the former Don’s Security in Dighton. Mr. Rose was currently working as a carpenter for South Shore Millwork. He enjoyed music making and playing guitar’s and woodworking. Survivors besides his wife are a daughter: Jessica K. Rose of Dighton; a son: Adam E. Rose of Dighton; four sisters: Karin Potter of N. Dighton; Margaret Daniel of N. Dighton; Bernie Varley of Dighton; Shirley DeMello of Dighton; along with many nieces and nephews.
Sylvia M. Williams August 23, 2012
Sylvia M. (Proulx) Williams, wife of Edward Williams died at home in Rehoboth on August 23, 2012 with her family by her side at the age of 75. Born in Rehoboth, Sylvia was the daughter of the late Henry and Verna (Smith) Proulx, and the sister of the late Lloyd Proulx. Sylvia was a graduate of Taunton High School class of 1955 and was a homemaker, with a part-time work at Josten’s Inc. of Attleboro. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, camping, traveling, going shopping and hardening. Sylvia loved visiting the beaches and lighthouses up and down the East and West coasts. Sylvia was the mother of Lynn Fogg and her husband Robert of Norton, Darlene Williams of Bourne, Kim D’Andrea and her husband Thomas of Cumberland, RI, Edward Williams Jr of Rehoboth and Kevin Williams of Buffalo, NY. Grandmother of Amanda and Kristina Fogg of Norton, Bethanie, Melissa and Rebecca D’Andrea of Cumberland, RI. She was an aunt of many nieces and nephews in many states. Donations in Sylvia’s memory may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105-1942.
Andrew E. Lynch August 18, 2012
Andrew E. Lynch, of Colonial Way Rehoboth died Saturday. He was the husband of Gladys (Waterman) Lynch. He was born in Hampton, CT a son of the late James and Mary Lynch. He was a self-employed builder until retirement. He was a WWII Navy Veteran, member of the VFW and a lifetime member of the DAV. Besides his wife, he leaves 3 sons, Thomas Lynch of Franklin, MA, Pierre Lynch of Alabama, Andre Lynch of Florida, a sister, Dorothy Fioretti of Avon, CT, Catherine Harlow of Bristol, CT, Margaret Furney of Rialto, CA and 7 grandchildren. He was also the brother of the late James Lynch and Mary Murphy.
Ronald M. Mello August 9, 2012
Ronald M. Mello, son of the late Manuel and Ellen (Marshall) Mello died suddenly at his home on Fourth Street at the age of 59 on August 9, 2012. Ronald was born in Taunton and educated at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School class of 1970. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam era. Ronald worked for B& J Manufacturing in Taunton and before that worked for Mt Vernon Silver Co. in Attleboro. He was the father of Jeffrey Mello of NY and Matthew Mello of Brockton. Brother of Louise Bristol and her husband Ron of Vermont, Thomas Mello and his wife Annette of Middleboro, Jeanette Rose and her husband Butch of Berkley, Brenda Gouvia and her husband Bob of Taunton, Donald Mello and his wife Cindy of Dighton and the late David Mello. Uncle of many nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at the Bourne National Cemetery.
Brendon P. Carey August 5, 2012
Brendon P. Carey, PFC, United States Marine Corps., died suddenly while at home on leave, August 5 2012. He was born in Providence, RI., son of Captain (East Providence Fire Department) Michael and Dawn (King) Carey of Rehoboth. Brendon was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejune, NC. Brendon was educated in Rehoboth and was a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth High School and he also attended U Mass Dartmouth before joining the Corps. He enjoyed karate and boxing and was a member of the Taunton Boxing Association. Besides his parents Brendon is survived by his brothers, Joshua Carey and his fiancé Charissa Smith of East Providence, Aaron Carey of Attleboro, and Christopher Carey of Rehoboth. He is the uncle of Adrianna Carey of East Providence and the grandson of Joanne Carey of Dighton and Philip and Ellen Carey of Bridgewater. He was also the grandson of the late Dorothy King and Robert King and he is the nephew and cousin of several. Interment Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA..
Elaine M. Bassett August 1, 2012
Elaine M. Bassett, former co-owner of the Country Inn in Warren, died August 1, 2012 at St. Ann's Hospital. She was the wife of the late Dennis W. Bassett. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Edna (Chappelle) Johnson. She lived in Rehoboth for 19 years, previously living in Warwick. Elaine and her husband were co-owners of the Country Inn until 2000. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Denise and Joe Motta of Rehoboth, her son and daughter-in-law William D. and Elizabeth (LaRoche) Bassett of Riverside. She was the grandmother of Shane Donahue and Gabrielle Motta both of Rehoboth and Bethany Bassett of Riverside. She was the sister of Irene Mullen of Warwick and James Johnson of NH. She was the mother of the late Brenda Ann Bassett and sister of the late Thomas Johnson and Kenneth Johnson. Donations in Elaine's memory be made to the Rehoboth Food Pantry, Inc, 127 Martin St., Rehoboth, MA 02769.
Joanne (Boyle) DiRenzo July 30, 2012
Joanne (Boyle) DeRenzo, age 49 of Oakhill Avenue, Attleboro, died on Monday, July 30, 2012, surrounded by her loving family at the home of her son in Rehoboth following a short illness. Born in Attleboro on Aug. 24, 1962, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Florence (Laliberte) Boyle. She was raised and educated in Attleboro where she was a 1980 graduate of Attleboro High School. She later attended Fisher College in North Attleboro. Ms. DiRenzo was employed as a bank teller at HarborOne and its predecessors in Attleboro for many years.
A lifelong resident of Attleboro, Ms. DiRenzo was a communicant of the former St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church in the Dodgeville neighborhood. Her favorite pastimes included oil painting and gardening. She leaves three children: Adam P. DiRenzo and his wife, Jennifer A. (Cloud) DiRenzo, of Rehoboth; Heather R. Croteau and her husband, Paul A. Croteau, of North Kingstown, Rhode Island and Grant M. DiRenzo of Attleboro; three siblings: Joseph Boyle of Pawtucket, Rhode Island; Susan Tougas and her husband, Craig Tougas, in Vermont and David Boyle of Providence, Rhode Island; her aunt and godmother: Alice (Laliberte) McGill of Rehoboth; her former husband: Douglas James DiRenzo of North Attleboro; her beloved bulldog: "Precious" and several extended family members and dear friends.
She was the sister of the late Patrick Boyle.
Robert E. “Bob” Sarault July 22, 2012
Robert E. Sarault, age 76 of Lorson Lane in Rehoboth, died July 22, 2012 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Jeanne T. (Demers) Sarault. Born in Central Falls, he was the son of the late Louis and Anna (Brabant) Sarault. He worked as a truck driver for Calise Bakery. He was an active member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and served as a lector, RCIA leader and prayer leader. In addition to his wife of 57 years, he is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Elaine and Joseph Gelineau of East Greenwich, his daughter Dianne Sarault of Ashland, MA, and his son Glenn Sarault of Rehoboth, MA. He is survived by his grandsons Kevin and Keith Doucette and 2 great grandsons Keith Jr and Mason. He was the brother of Louis Sarault of FL, and Lita Hoyt of Warwick. He was the father of the late Lynne Sarault. He was the brother of the late Russell Sarault.
Robert W. Menard July 12, 2012
Robert W. Menard, husband of Geraldine (Lewis) Menard of Taunton, died at the Epoch Senior Health Care Center of Norton on July 12, 2012. He was 91. Born and raised in Taunton, he was the son of the late Renie and Alice M. (Yelle) Menard. A graduate of the former Msgr. James Coyle High School, he later received an associate’s degree in business from Bentley College. Mr. Menard was a U.S. Navy veteran of WW II, serving with the 19th Seabee Battalion. Employed for many years by the former Haskon Aerospace, he later retired from Ametek. An avid sports fan, golfer, and active member of the Segregansett Country Club, Mr. Menard was able to shoot his age every year since turning 87. He enjoyed telling stories, reading, and working in his yard, especially tending his tomatoes. In addition to his wife, Mr. Menard leaves a son, Robert F. Menard and his partner Laurie Purvis of Rehoboth; a daughter, Sharon A. Olson of Taunton; two grandchildren, James W. Olson of Raynham and Jennifer M. Nadeau and her husband Paul of Somerset; three great grandchildren, Tyler Nadeau of Swansea, and Hailey and Jacob Nadeau, both of Somerset; two nieces and one nephew. He was also the father of the late James J. Menard.
Peter J. Alexson July 4, 2012
Peter J. Alexson, age 69 of Rehoboth, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Born in Cambridge, he was a son of the late James and Bertha (Tourtas) Alexson and the stepson of Donna Alexson of Lexington. Pete resided in Cambridge for 36 years before settling in Rehoboth. He was a Vietnam War Army Veteran. Pete was a barber for 50 years and was a barber at Rome’s Barber Shop, Plainville, for the past 33 years.
He enjoyed sketching, watching artists and taking drawing lessons. Besides his stepmother, he leaves his former wife, Pamela J. (Benoit) Alexson of Rehoboth; two daughters and their spouses, Laura E. and Michael Spath of Rehoboth and Sarah C. and Sean Curry of Groveland; a son, Timothy P. Alexson and his fiancée, Courtney Vachon of Norton; three grandchildren, Sophia Curry, Jack Curry and Benjamin Spath; a brother, Rev. George Alexson and his wife, Joanna in Virginia; a sister, Maria Alexson and her friend, Virginia Sprague of Malden; a stepbrother, Lee Pappas and his wife, Jayne in Maine and nieces and nephews. Memorial gifts to Community VNA Hospice Care, 10 Emory St., Attleboro, MA 02703-9944 or The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 will be appreciated.
Debera J. (Melville) Levesque June 25, 2012
Debera J. (Melville) Lesvesque, age 53 of Rehoboth, born in Taunton, a daughter of the late Ernest and Flora (Torrance) Melville, she moved to Rehoboth in 1990. She was a graduate of Bristol Plymouth Technical School, Class of 1976 and Fisher College, 1987 and attended Rehoboth Congregational Church. An accountant, she worked for Tamer Industries in Somerset for the past 21 years, a job she loved. Debera enjoyed reading, music, fashion and especially spending time with her family. Also surviving: daughter Amanda J. Reed of Fall River, step-son: Gabriel Reed of Newport, sister: Kathleen Alberini and husband Peter of Walpole, several nieces and nephews including: Kelsey Garrity, and husband John and their children Maeve, Fiona and Brynn, and Harry Alberini, Jr. and Emily Keaney and their daughter Isabella. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Road,Suite 400,Waltham, MA 02451. Burial Private.
Clifford E. Olson July 2, 2012
Clifford E. Olson, of Rehoboth passed away on Monday July 2, 2012. He was the husband of the late Emily (Lloyd) Olson. Born in Riverside, RI. He was the son of the late Edwin T. and Emma (Ostrom) Olson. Clifford was a self-employed carpenter, a US Army Veteran serving during the Korean War. He is survived by his daughter Debra Rezendes (George), two grandsons Christopher P. Rezendes (Wendy), George D. Rezendes (Kim) and two great-grandsons Blake Olson Rezendes, and Jack Clifford Rezendes. Donations may be made to Rehoboth Senior Center.
Earl T.P. Croome July 2, 2012
Earl T. P. Croome, 72 of Middle Street, Dighton, died Monday July 2, 2012 at Rhode Island Hospital. Born in Providence he was a son of the late Spencer and Florence (Peck) Croome. Mr. Croome was the founder and operator of Croome Bros. Sanitation Company before retiring. He leaves one daughter, Lisa Livant of Norwood, one son, Earl Croome Jr. of Rehoboth, his companion, Dorothy Cordeiro of Dighton, and five grandchildren.
Robert A. Horne July 1, 2012
Robert A. Horne, age 68 passed away while surrounded by his loving family, following a lengthy period of failing health. Robert is survived by his former wife Mildred (Pierce) Horne of Raynham. He was born in N.Y. to his late parents Robert & Anna (Szojke) Horne. Robert has been a resident of Taunton since the 1970’s. Robert served his country during the Vietnam Era in the U.S. Army. He was employed for the former N.E. Telephone as a manager. Robert was a graduate of New Bedford High School. He enjoyed golfing and reading. Robert leaves his children; Robert Horne of Taunton, Wendy Pike & her husband James of Rehoboth, Stacey Hines of Taunton, Coleen Bates & her husband Anthony of Pawtucket, R.I. Robert also leaves his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His siblings Louis Orbin of PA and George Horne of N.C.
Raymond W. Babbitt June 28, 2012
Raymond W. Babbitt, age 93 of Seekonk, a veteran and retired mechanical engineer, died Thursday at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Hospice Facility in Providence, R.I. Born and raised in Fairhaven, Mr. Babbitt lived in Rehoboth and Cumberland, R.I., before moving to Seekonk in 1980. Mr. Babbitt graduated from New Bedford Technical Institute. He served in the Navy during World War II. He worked as a mechanical engineer for Mossberg Steel in Cumberland, R.I., for more than 20 years. He was a member of the Masonic order and the Massachusetts Audubon Society.He was an avid photographer who enjoyed playing golf and listening to music. He is survived by his wife, Margery F. (Fox); two daughters, Carol Gobin of Lyman, N.H., and Lynn Babbitt of Medford, Ore.; a son, Ronald Babbitt of Missoula, Mont.; a stepdaughter, Donna Allenson of Plymouth; two stepsons, Thomas C. Sagar of Glocester, R.I., and Gary S. Sagar of Seekonk; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Beatrice E. Vieira June 23, 2012
Beatrice E. Vieira, age 80, of Wood St., died June 23, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Jesse C. Vieira. Born in Rehoboth, MA, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Teresa (Geraldes) Gouveia. She worked as a sales associate for local department stores retiring from Macy's in 1997. In addition to her husband of 50 years, she is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law; Jesse J. and Dawn Vieira of Rehoboth MA, Wayne A. and Ann Vieira of Dighton, MA, 4 grandchildren, Jessica, Raychel, Alexandra and Ian. She was the sister of the late Rose Ventura, Mary Gouveia, Margaret Gouveia, Manuel Gouveia and Frank Gouveia.
Thelma M. (Cooper) Wheeler June 20, 2012
Delores (Garcia) Medeiros, 90 years old, died on Wednesday morning, June 20, 2012, in Country Garden Nursing Home, Swansea. Born in Mechanicburg, PA, daughter of the late Jesse and Charlotte ( Dorty) Cooper. She was educated in PA Schools. Thelma attended the West Congregational Church and was retired from Raytheon Corp. in Dighton. She retired after 38 years of being with Raytheon. A resident of Dighton for the past 50 years, she enjoyed playing BINGO, crocheting and sewing. She is the mother of Patricia Richmond of Weymouth, Wanda Taylor and Roger Reed of Dighton and Dorothy Boynton and her husband David of Dighton and she was the mother of the late Stephen Hatch. Thelma is the mother in law of Angie Hatch of MD and the sister of Daniel Cooper of TN and Betty Jane Ashburgh of MD. She was the grandmother of 11 and great grandmother of 22. She was the former wife of the late Franklin Hatch and Gerald Wheeler.
Delores (Garcia) Medeiros June 16, 2012
Delores (Garcia) Medeiros, wife of the late Dennis A. Medeiros, passed away due to complications from surgery at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton on June 16, 2012. She was 81. Born in Tiverton, RI, the daughter of the late Manuel and Anna (Correa) Garcia, she attended Tiverton and Fall River schools. A homemaker for most of her adult life, Mrs. Medeiros was a communicant of St. Nicholas of Myra Church in North Dighton and was an avid bingo player. Survivors include seven daughters, Carol A. Benetti of Westport, Sheila Morse of Falmouth, Donna M. Perreault of Rehoboth, Sandra Mello and Sharon E. Medeiros, both of FL, and Cathy M. Perry and Denise Medeiros, both of Taunton; two brothers, James Tavares of Berkley and Dennis T. Garcia of Somerset; two sisters, Alice Cabral of Swansea and Pauline Dupere of Tiverton, RI; 19 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Evalyn Eldridge (Taber) Muggleton June 3, 2012
Evalyn Eldridge (Taber) Muggleton, 94 of Rehoboth, passed away at the Life Care Center of Attleboro, MA on June 3, 2012. Daughter of the late Edith Evelyn (Carey) Taber and Carl Eldridge Taber of Acushnet, MA, Evalyn was born in Acushnet, MA on July 14, 1917, spending her childhood years living in Acushnet, and New Bedford, MA, then later lived in Providence, RI before moving to Rehoboth in 1955 where she resided until May 8th, 2012. She was the wife of the late A. Lincoln Muggleton who passed in 1989. Evalyn had worked for Beneficent Congregational Church in Providence as secretary for the Rev. Arthur E. Wilson. Her passion included family, pets, and flowers. She was an avid gardener with a particular talent for drying and arranging blossoms that she grew. She was an active member of the Rehoboth Garden Club for more than 50 years, serving on various committees. She was a member of the Rehoboth Congregational Church and enjoyed her many years on the flower committee and as an active member in the women’s WKB society. Evalyn also enjoyed serving as a volunteer for the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society's Carpenter Museum and Blanding Library where she served for 25 years as trustee. She also shared her time at the town voting polls. Evalyn had been a member of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendents of William White.
Evalyn enriched may lives. She will be remembered for her independent spirit and her kindness and generosity, always there for those who needed her. Evalyn is survived by her daughter, Paula M. Muggleton of Rehoboth, and her sister, Beatrice White Taber of Rochester, MA. She was predeceased by a brother, Richard D. Taber of Acushnet, MA.
Lloyd C. “Stretch” Vasterling, Sr. (no date given)
Lloyd C. “Stretch” Vasterling, Sr., 80, of Allens Lane, Rehoboth, passed away peacefully at his home with his family at his side. He was the former husband of Claire (Brown) Vasterling. Lloyd was born in Chicago. He was the owner and operator of the Classic Auto Sales in Attleboro for more than 35 years. He was also a U.S. Navy veteran. He has lived in Rehoboth since 1988, coming from Attleboro. Lloyd collected antique cars, and liked spending time at Lake George, and was a Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. Lloyd loved to travel the United States extensively with family and friends. He is survived by two sons: David L. Vasterling of Manville, R.I., and Lloyd C. "Skip" Vasterling Jr. of Attleboro; a daughter, Holly (Vasterling) Avakian and her husband Robert Avakian of Attleboro and a sister, Laura Hodges of Llano, Texas. He was the grandfather of Nicole Avakian, Victoria Vasterling and Audra Vasterling. Lloyd also leaves several nieces and nephews and many good friends. He was the brother of the late Barbara Shine of Kerrville, Texas. Gifts in his memory can be sent to Community VNA Hospice, 10 Emory St., Attleboro, MA. 02703.
Simone “Arlene” Savage June 13, 2012
Simone “Arlene” Savage, 72 of New Street in Rehoboth, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, in Morton Hospital, Taunton. She was the beloved wife of Thomas Savage, with whom she celebrated 51 years of marriage. Born Simone Lemelin in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Dec. 6, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth (Chounard) Lemelin. A homemaker until her children were raised, she later worked as a nurse’s aide for several area institutions and home healthcare agencies, such as Sturdy Memorial Hospital and the Maples Nursing Home. She enjoyed vacationing at Point Sebago in Maine and Lake George in New York. Simone was known for her cooking, especially her eggplant and cranberry bread, which she made for Christmas each year. She was also an avid Red Sox fan. In addition to her husband Thomas, Simone is survived by a son: Thomas Savage and his wife Colleen of Danvers; two daughters: Diane Stevens and her husband David of Cumberland, and Kimberly Barboza and her husband Marty of Rehoboth; six grandchildren: Kristen Savage, Tyler Savage, Connor Savage, Madison Savage, Jake Barboza and Dylan Barboza. Memorial contributions in Simone’s memory may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.
Vinh Bang Lam June 1, 2012
Vinh Bang Lam, age 82, of Attleboro died Sunday at South Cove Manor in Boston. He was a retired accounting clerk. Born and raised in China, Mr. Lam lived in Vietnam before moving to Providence in 1988 and Attleboro in 1990.
Mr. Lam worked as a private small business accounting clerk in Vietnam prior to moving to the U.S. He enjoyed listening to the radio, watching movies and reading Chinese newspapers and periodicals. Mr. Lam is survived by his wife, Chau (To) Trinh; six children, Thanh To, Phuoc To, Phuong To, Lien To and Hung To, all of Attleboro, and Linh To of Rehoboth; and 10 grandchildren. A Buddhist ritual was held on June 7 at Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, North Attleboro.
William Michael Thurber, Sr. June 4, 2012
William Michael Thurber, Sr., of Seekonk, a retired shipping and receiving manager, died Monday in Attleboro. He was 72. Born and raised in Pawtucket, R.I., Mr. Thurber lived in Smithfield, R.I., before moving to Seekonk 15 years ago. He worked as the head of shipping and receiving at the Cavanagh Co. in Smithfield for more than 56 years. Mr. Thurber enjoyed cars, motorcycles and dancing with his wife. He was an avid water-skier, having once skied barefoot for four miles. He was a member of the Bristol Elks. Mr. Thurber is survived by his wife, Claire D. (Sweet) Cole; four sons, William M. Jr. of Smithfield, Wayne P. of Glocester, R.I., Corey J. Cole of Plymouth and Randy I. Tammany of North Attleboro; four daughters, Denise M. Cabral of Smithfield, Amy Gill-Harvey of Cumberland, R.I., Coleen M. Childs of Rehoboth and Lisa C. Garrahan of Fryeburg, Maine; a brother, Alonzo F. III of Smithfield; three sisters, Judith A. Boucher of Harrisville, R.I., Joyce A. Gallagher of Pascoag, R.I., and Jean A. Merrill of Smithfield; 25 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and other family.
Anna E. Rucco May 17, 2012
Anna Emily (Liberatore) Rucco , 89 of Rehoboth, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Lifecare of Attleboro. She was the wife of the late Anthony G. Rucco, daughter of the late Teresa (Noviello) and Santo Liberatore and sister of Mario Liberatore, the late Rose (Liberatore) Marcello, Mary, Eva and Nicholas Liberatore. Born in Providence, Anna worked the sales counter at the A. DeSantis Bakery in the Mount Pleasant section of Providence. She was a past president of the Mount Pleasant Little League Women's Auxiliary and spent many years as a Cub Scout Den Mother. Anna and her husband moved to Rehoboth in 1985 where they could be closer to their grandchildren. Anna was an active member of the Rehoboth Council on Aging as well as the Rehoboth Walking Club. An avid line dancer, Anna often travelled to places such as the Catskills to do what she loved. In her later years, she derived her greatest pleasures helping with the care of horses at her granddaughter's stable, Nevaeh Farm. Anna is survived by her loving son, Domenic Rucco and wife Jerilyn. She leaves her two grandchildren, Domenic Rucco Jr. and Dyanna Rucco and her husband Christopher Mullen and five nieces. The family would like to express their sincerest appreciation for the love and care provided by the staff at Lifecare of Attleboro.
Gladys R. Rice May 15, 2012
Gladys R. Rice, 81 of Rehoboth, a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister, passed peacefully on May 15, 2012 in Sturdy Memorial Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Paul M. Rice. Born Gladys Rose Reed in Rehoboth on December 24, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Myron and Elsie (Goff) Reed. Gladys was raised and educated in Rehoboth. A homemaker and foster parent for many years, her home was a safe home for children who were waiting for permanent placement. She loved taking care of babies, and spending time with her family, which included great conversation, good humor and memorable moments. She loved all animals, especially her "teacup" chihuahua, the late Cuddles Rice and enjoyed the company of her other chihuahua, Angel until her residency in the nursing home. She enjoyed playing both card and board games and listening to music which included country, hymnals, and classic rock. Gladys is survived by five children; William Biladeau of Rehoboth, Myron O. Rice and his wife Cynthia Jones of Attleboro, Helen W. Cigal and her husband, Scott Hamm of Leland, North Carolina, Amy B. Veader and her husband, Anthony of Leland, North Carolina, and Jacqueline Sessa of Connecticut; seven grandchildren; Stacey Chevalier, Jeremy Cigal, Christina Miller, Sarah Sessa, Shannon Rice, Paul Rice, and Danielle Rice, and six great grandchildren; Emily Chevalier, Abby Chevalier, Katie Miller, Aiden Miller, Sammy Chevalier, and Clayton Cigal. She is survived by two sisters, Beaulah Lopes of Attleboro and Nancy Thatcher of Norton. She was the sister of the late Henry Reed, Otis Reed, Elwood Reed, James Reed, Ernest Reed, Lewis Reed, Eleanor Hicks, Ada Martin, Ethel King, Grace Smith, and Helen Richmond.
Edward D. Lawton May 12, 2012
Edward D. Lawton, age 47, passed away May 12. Born in Providence, he was the beloved husband of Rachel S. (Beck) Lawton; adored father of Chelsea A., Morgan C. and Anthony G. Lawton; brother of the late Joseph Lawton. He was the son of Frances R. (Cimino) Lawton and the late Edward C. Lawton. Mr. Lawton was a proud member of the laborers' Union Local 223 for over ten years.
Albert F. Coutinho III May 10, 2012
Albert F. Coutinho III was born on June 10, 1972 and passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2012. Albert was a resident of Rehoboth, Massachusetts at the time of his passing. He attended Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School.
Contributions in his honor may be made to S.S.T.A.R. 386 Stanley St., Fall River, MA 02721.
Doris E. Walker May 9, 2012
Doris E. (Bennett) Walker, age 84, of Damariscotta, Maine and formerly of Rehoboth died Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at St. Andrews Hospital, Boothbay Harbor, Maine. She was the wife of James A.Walker. Born in Attleboro, she was a daughter of the late Samuel L. and Mary (Rothermel) Bennett. Mrs. Walker worked for many years as an antique dealer and was also a published author. She was an avid gardener. Besides her husband she leaves one sister, Mary Jane Trinkwald of Warwick and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Roger Bennett, Helena Swanson, Samuel Bennett, Jr., Beatrice Binger, Anne Rose and Joan Bennett.
Sandra M. Sawyer May 9, 2012
Sandra M. (Margullis) Sawyer, age 67, died unexpectedly in Roger Williams Hospital, Providence on Wednesday morning, May 9, 2012, following complications from surgery. Sandra was born in Medford, MA daughter of the late Harry and Gladys (Donahue) Margullis. She was educated at Perry Normal School in Boston and was graduate of the University of Maine, Orono with a BS in education. While there she met and married her husband, Michael on August 24, 1968. She was a retired school teacher for the City of Taunton, having taught at Cohannet and Friedman School, retiring after 18 years. She also taught in Old Town Maine and in Hopkinton, NH. It was while living in NH that her lifelong involvement with “4H” began which lasted in NH and Bristol County for over 35 years. She was on the Advisory Board of the Bristol County “4H”. Sandra also enjoyed traveling to all but 5 states, traveling to international destinations, playing games, surfing the internet, having a good political argument and spending time with her family especially her two grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by her step father, James Foster Hallett and a grandson, Jonathan Michael Sawyer. She has been a resident of Rehoboth since 1992 previously living in Taunton. Sandra is the wife of 43 years of Michael S. Sawyer, PhD; of Rehoboth and the mother of Jennifer Pohill and her husband Jereme of Parker, CO and Peter Sawyer and his wife Joy of Limington, ME. Sandra was the grandmother of Jillian and Constance Sawyer. Donations in her memory may be made to Bristol County “4H” Fund, c/o of Millie Gedritis, Treasurer; 1 Lane Way, Taunton, MA 02780.
Ruth Stanley May 5, 2012
Ruth L. Stanley, 72, passed May 5th. She was the wife of George W. Stanley Sr. She was the daughter of the late William and Bessie Cooper. She was the mother of George, William, Carrie, and Sophie Stanley, Amey Dolby, Bessie DeJesus, and Gloria Leodieo, a sister, Carrie Pimentel, two brothers, Charles and Harold Cooper, 16 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Larry Popkin April 27, 2012
Larry Popkin, of Rehoboth, died unexpectedly on Friday, April 27, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Leslie (Kamin) Popkin for 38 years. Born in Providence, a son of the late Samuel and Martha (Siegal) Popkin, he had lived in Rehoboth for 31 years. Larry owned and operated Rhode Island Aquarium and Pet Center in Providence for 40 years. The family business will continue with the next generation. Larry was a graduate of Hope High School and University of Rhode Island. Devoted father of Marc Popkin of Warren.
James Souza April 28, 2012
James Souza, age 85, died Saturday, May 28 at home in Rehoboth. Born in East Providence, RI, he was a son of the late Manuel and Mary (Arruda) Souza. He was married to Irma E. (Delano) Souza for over 60 years. He was father of the late Michael Souza. Besides his wife, he leaves 4 daughters Debra; Janet Lingard and her husband Rob; Roberta; and Norma Mink and her husband Darryl. He also leaves his daughter-in-law Nancy, 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was the brother of Anthony, Mary, Lorraine, Norma, Jane and the late Manuel, Jr. He was a WWII Navy Veteran, a member of the Eastern Star Lodge AM & FM and the Anawan Grange #221. He was also a member of the Rehoboth Eastern Star Chapter #208 and Seekonk Eastern Star Chapter #209. He retired from the RI Port Authority in 1988, previously working at American Drilling Company in East Providence.
Betty Ball April 25, 2012
Betty A. (Baker) Ball, 89, of Summer St., died Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at the Orchard View Manor. She was the wife of the late Victor D. Ball. Born July 23, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Fred T. and Clara (Richardson) Baker. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and had been a member of the Rehoboth Garden Club. She leaves her daughter, Pamela Potenza and son-in-law, Dr. Anthony R. Potenza of Rehoboth; her son, John Richard "Rick" Ball of Detroit, MI; her grandchildren, Sarah, Matthew and Elizabeth Potenza; and her sisters, Barbara Clare of Virginia and Nancy Sutton of Michigan.
Ola Madsen April 21, 2012
Ola B. Madsen, of Winthrop St., Rehoboth MA, died April 21, 2012. He was the husband of Dorothy M. (Wied) Madsen. They were married 68 years. Mr. Madsen was born in Providence the son of the late Ola B. Madsen and Margaret (Morgan) Madsen. He was a United States Army Veteran, serving in World War II. Mr. Madsen owned and operated Margaret's restaurant in Pawtucket for many years. Besides his wife Mr. Madsen is survived by his daughter Donna Benoit of Rehoboth MA, and his son Dr. Ola Madsen of Diamond Bar, California. He also leaves his brother Peter Madsen of Pawtucket and two grandchildren and on great grandson.
Joan J. Beauvais April 21, 2012
Joan J. Beauvais, 81, a longtime resident of Tremont Street, Rehoboth, passed on April 21, 2012 in Sturdy Memorial Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Paul A. Beauvais who passed in 1974. Born Joan J. (Brown) in Middletown, Connecticut on September 27, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Maude (Talbot) Brown. Joan was raised and educated in Barrington, Rhode Island. She worked as a vault worker at Leach & Garner for over eight years retiring in 1991. Joan was a member of the American Legion Post 302 in Rehoboth, and the Rehoboth Senior Citizens. She also served as a census taker in Rehoboth or many years. Joan enjoyed gardening, was an avid reader, liked bird watching, and was a NASCAR racing fan. Joan is survived by a son Paul A. Beauvais of Rehoboth, four daughters; Judith C. Wilson of Smithville, Missouri, Jean Adams of Lawson, Missouri, Jacqueline Beauvais of Rehoboth, and Joanne Beauvais-Lockhart of Rehoboth, two brothers; Jack Brown of Barrington, Rhode Island, and James E. Brown of Ft. Myers, Florida, a grandson; Justn D. Nicholson of Rehoboth, and many nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Laurant R. Beauvais and sister of the late Alice Stencil and Claire Joynes. Those wishing to remember Joan in a special way, are encouraged to make contributions in her memory to: American Legion Post 302, 84 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA 02769.
Ronald Botelho April 18, 2012
Ronald Botelho, 68 years old, died in his home on Wednesday afternoon, April 18, 2012, following a courageous battle with cancer, with his family by his side. He was born in Providence RI son of the late Manuel and Angelina (Branco) Botelho. Ron was a 1962 graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth High School and he received an associate degree from Johnson and Wales University. He was a communicant of St Nichols of Myra Church in North Dighton. He was employed and retired form ADM Corp. (the former Mansfield chocolate factory). He was also a master mechanic for himself at his own auto repair shops. Ron also worked part time in retirement for H&L Bloom Bus Company. For many years he coached Little League in Dighton. He enjoyed classic cars, gardening and travelling the US with his family Ron was activated from the Massachusetts National Guard in 1968 for service during the Viet Nam War. He proudly served and was discharged as a Sgt. He is survived by his wife Natalie (Medeiros) Botelho and he is the father of Ronald Botelho and his wife Christine of North Dighton; Scott Botelho and his wife Catherine of Danielson,CT; David Botelho and his wife Christine of Charlotte, NC and Kristen Botelho of North Dighton. Ron is the grandfather of 9 and the great grandfather of 1. He is the brother of Evelyn Brehio and her husband Robert of Rehoboth; Kathryn Harris of Falmouth; Manuel Botelho and his late wife Barbara of North Dighton and Kenneth Botelho and his wife Brenda of Rehoboth. Donations in his memory may be made to Beacon Hospice, 182 North Main Street, Fall River, MA.
Chester M. “Mert” Munroe April 12, 2012
Chester M. “Mert” Munroe, age 84, of Bay State Road, Rehoboth, died Thursday, April 12, 2012 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Ruth (Payette) Munroe for 60 years. Born in Attleboro, he was the son of the late Chester and Lillian I. (Goff) Munroe. He was owner of CM Munroe Equipment. He was a member of the American Legion Post 302 of Rehoboth. Mr. Munroe was a former Rehoboth firefighter and on the ambulance committee. He was a World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his sons David M. Munroe and his wife Gitti of Trier, Germany, and Sgt. 1st Class James A. Munroe and his wife Dawn of Ansbach, Germany, and his daughter Susan and her husband Harold of Rehoboth. He was the loving grandfather of Stephanie, Sarah, Michael and Meagan. He is survived by his great-granddaughter Kaitlyn. He was the brother of Carl A. Munroe of Somerset, Muriel French of Rehoboth, Grace I. Quintin of Norton, Claire L. Rebello of Tiverton, Carol Martin of Florida, and the late Linda L. Knoll and John F. Munroe. Contributions in his memory may be made to Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Development Office, 211 Park St., Attleboro, MA 02703, or Community VNA, 10 Emory St., Attleboro, MA 02703.
James A. Ludovicz April 10, 2012
James A. Ludovicz, age 66, died suddenly in his office at work in Hopedale, on April 10, 2012. Born in Dighton, the son of the late Jule and Anela (Marnik) Ludovicz. Jim was a 1964 graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School and also a graduate of Roger Williams School of Engineering. He attended West Dighton Christian Church, was a former trustee and was on the cemetery committee. He was a troop leader of Troop 45 in Dighton. He was a member of the Society of Plastic Engineers, a member of the Somerset Sportsman Club. For the past six years he was the general manager of REC Manufacturing Corp, in Hopedale. He enjoyed target shooting, motorcycles, fishing, yard work, sailing, the ocean and woodworking. He is the husband of Teresa " Terri" ( Lambert) Ludovicz and father of Adam Ludovicz, both of North Dighton. He is the cousin of Joseph Ludovicz and his wife Jeannine of Assonet and Joanne Clifford of Dennis. Jim is the brother-in-law of Joan Del Cogliano of Florida, Richard Lambert and Barbara of New Jersey, Alice Briere of Attleboro, Barbara Sharrow of Florida, Irene McDonough of Franklin and Ann Marie Ignashner and Jim of Smithfield, R.I., and he is also the uncle of several. Donations in his memory may be made to the West Dighton Christian Church Memorial Fund, 2767 Horton St., North Dighton, MA 02764.
Albert E. Bennett April 4, 2012
Albert E. Bennett, age 77, of Washougal, Wash., formerly of Attleboro, Mass., passed away at his home, surrounded by his wife and children on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. He was born July 15, 1934, in Attleboro to Albert and Ida (Kellogg) Bennett. He grew up in Attleboro and worked there in the jewelry manufacturing industry. He later worked in the jewelry industry in the Boston area before opening his own custom jewelry and repair shops there. When the family relocated to the Washougal area, Al worked as a goldsmith at Runyan's Jewelers in Vancouver, Wash., for 23 years until he retired. After retirement, Al was able to spend more time on his wood carving. He was a member of Feather and Quill Carvers of Vancouver, Wash., and participated in their annual fall show, as well as enjoying the camaraderie of weekly groups. He treasured the hand-carved Friendship Cane presented to him by one group. Al is survived by his wife Ruthie (Coughlin) Bennett of Washougal, Wash.; his son Jason Bennett of Vancouver, Wash.; his daughter Caitlin Bennett and son-in-law Jeremy Boyer of Bellingham, Wash.; sisters Lorraine Androw of Pawtucket, R.I.; Mavis Hemeon of Richmond Hill, Ga; Shirley Goff (and husband Earl) of Rehoboth, Mass.; brother Richard (and wife Phyllis) Bennett of Depew, N.Y., many nieces and nephews and his lap cat, Carmella. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law Joe Androw and Phil Hemeon and his nephew David Hemeon. Memorial contributions may be made in Al's name to the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon at P.O. Box 82734, Portland, OR 97282, or any local humane society or organization pertaining to nature or the outdoors.
Paula M. (Viera) McGarr April 7, 2012
Pula M. (Viera) McGarr, age 51, died April 7, 2012 in Life Care Center of Raynham. Born in Taunton daughter of Edward and Elizabeth (Silvia) Viera of North Dighton. She was a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth High School. She was graduate of Regis College where she received her Bachelor’s Degree and also of Anna Maria College where she received her MBA. Paula was an Registered Nurse at Morton Hospital and Pawtucket Memorial Hospital. She was the Director of Ambulatory Services at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Paula’s best memories were at Newton-Wellesley where she made many friends. An avid cook, she enjoyed entertaining and having family and friends for dinner. She enjoyed the beach at Westport Harbor and spending time there with her family and grandchildren. Besides her parents she is survived by her husband of 34 years, Thomas McGarr and her daughters, Beth
McLaughlin and her husband John of Raynham, and Hillary Fox and her husband Jordan of Dighton. She is the grandmother of Julia and Cameron McLaughlin. Paula is the sister of Lisa Salois of Dighton, Barry Viera and his wife Doreen of Milville, MA, and Brian Viera and his wife Sherrie of Lincoln, RI., and she is the aunt of several.
Jane Sullivan March 27, 2012
Jane M. Sullivan, age 83, formerly of Barney Avenue, died peacefully on March 27, 2012 at the Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NY. She was the wife of the late William F. Sullivan. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Leo F. and Florence A. (Hughes) Meagher and sister of Lois A. Meagher of St. Petersburg, FL; she lived in Rehoboth for 50 years and Goshen, NY for the past 8 years. Jane was a former Eucharistic Minister and an active member of the Women's Guild at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Seekonk, MA. She was past President of the Irish Ceilidhe Club of Rhode Island. She was a member of the Ireland's 32 Society and the Catholic Daughters of America. She is survived by her children; Jayne Barnes of Erial, NJ, Michael Sullivan of West Warwick, William Sullivan Jr. and his wife Dorothea of Port St. Lucie, FL, Leo Sullivan and his wife Debra of Warren, Paul Sullivan and his wife Jacqueline of Jacksonville, FL and Christine Sullivan of Goshen, NY, her grandchildren; Kathryn DiOrio, Peter DiOrio and Ellyn DiOrio, Briana Sullivan, Michael Sullivan and his fiancé; Jacqueline Genetti, Daniel Sullivan, Timothy Sullivan and his fiancé; Mallory Schnare, Kevin Sullivan, Kyle Sullivan, Kara Sullivan, Ian Mertens and Keeley Mertens, and her great grandchildren; Zakery DiOrio and Lyric Clay.
Timothy J. Davidson March 21, 2012
Timothy J. Davidson, age 59 of Summer Street in Rehoboth, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at St. Anne's Hospital, Fall River, MA. He was the loving companion of 20 years to Jeanne Marie Bellamy. Born in Binghamton, NY on October 2, 1952, he was the son of John R. Davidson and the late Marguerite (Mathews) Davidson and the step-son of Joyce Davidson of Portsmouth, RI. Timothy was a 1971 graduate of Rogers High School. He worked at Mastria Auto Group as a mechanic for 25 years. He loved fishing, traveling, camping and spending time with his family. Besides Jeanne and his father and step-mother, he is survived by his children, Troy Davidson of Taunton, MA and Heather Davidson-Vlachos of Norton, MA, his step-daughter Jessica Rae Bellamy of Rehoboth, MA, his sisters Maureen Davidson Wicks and Ann Marie Davidson of Portsmouth, RI, and Catherine Duke of Middletown, RI, his step-sister Nancy Gomes of Portsmouth, RI, his granddaughter Allison Quinn of Taunton, RI, three uncles, one aunt and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Deborah Ann Davidson.
Helen C. (Baptista) Steele March 10, 2012
Helen C. (Baptista) Steele, age 84 of Pine Street in Rehoboth, died on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at the Golden Living Center - Attleboro. She was the wife of Kenneth H. Steele, to whom she was married on September 1, 1947.
Born in Providence on Dec. 8, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Joaquim S. and Maria (Regends) Baptista. She was a resident of Rehoboth for the past seven years, having returned to Massachusetts from Florida and was a former resident of South Attleboro for most of her life. Mrs. Steele was employed by Sadler Bros. Inc. in South Attleboro for 36 years prior to her retirement. While residing in South Attleboro, Mrs. Steele was a communicant of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Roman Catholic Church. She was a past member of the American Legion - Post 312 in South Attleboro and was a past member of the Christian Mother's Club. Her favorite pastimes included playing bingo while residing in Florida and she enjoyed good food and traveling. She loved and cherished the visits to Disney World in Florida. Mrs. Steele was a volunteer with her husband at the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Florida. In addition to her husband of almost 65 years, she leaves two daughters: Gail M. Fiske of Pawtucket, and Donna L. Drape and her husband, Richard J. Drape, of Rehoboth; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by all of her siblings. Memorial donations may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, 1 Bulfinch Place - # 20, Boston, MA 02114.
Bradley Austin Backman March 3, 2012
Bradley Austin Backman, age 76 of Rehoboth, died March 3 and is survived by his wife of 56 years, Helene (Arnett) Backman. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Harry and Esther (Woodis) Backman. Brad was a retiree from the Providence Journal, where he worked for 42 years as a Foreman in the Press Room. He attended the Hornbine Baptist Church in Rehoboth, was a member of the Oakhill Seekonk, Swansea Grange and the Marcom Antique Car Club. Besides his wife, he leaves his daughter, Rhonda Faria and her husband Daniel, 3 grandchildren Lynn and her fiance Kendra Hutchinson, Marc and his wife Stacie and Ryan and his partner Michael Holt and 2 great grandsons, Austin Bradley and Noah Wyatt Faria. A funeral will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 AM in the J.H. WILLIAMS & CO. Funeral Home, 210 Taunton Ave., (Route 44), East Providence. Calling hours are Tuesday 5-8 PM. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, Johnston, RI. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be directed to the Hornbine Baptist Church, 141 Hornbine Road, Rehoboth, MA 02769.
Charles S. Grassie, Sr. February 24, 2012
Charles S. Grassie, Sr., age 77 of Tremont Street, Rehoboth, a loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather, passed at home on Friday, February 24, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Doris M. (Roy) Grassie. Born in Taunton on Feb. 13, 1935, he was a son of the late Everett and Merlyn (Dyer) Grassie. Charles was educated in Dighton schools and was a graduate of Dighton High School. He received a degree in chemical engineering from the Rhode Island School of Design. Charles also served his country proudly as a member of the United States Navy.
Charles worked at Texas Instruments as a mechanical engineer for many years prior to retirement. After retirement, he worked as a consultant, traveling regularly for business. Charles was an avid golfer and was a licensed pilot who once built his own aircraft. He enjoyed radio-controlled airplanes and was a member of the Lazy Loopers Flying Club. He toured across the United States on his motorcycle, and served as pit crew chief for a Senior Tour car racing team. He climbed Mt. Washington several times and liked to tinker and invent things. Charles was always a "kid at heart" and will forever be known as an honest and kind man, a friend and helpmate to all. In addition to his wife Doris, Charles is survived by his children: Bonnie Grassie-Hughes of Barrington, R.I., Charles S. Grassie Jr. of Rehoboth, Jeff Grassie of Haverhill, David Grassie of Valparaiso, Fla., Deborah Smith of Cumberland, R.I., Douglas Vine of Alpharetta, Ga., Susan Gochi of East Waterboro, Maine, and Steven Vine of Auburn, Calif.; a brother, Everett Grassie Jr. of Rehoboth; a sister, Pamela Rose of Dighton; 20 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Arthur E. Rollins February 22, 2012
Arthur E. Rollins, age 87, of Agricultural Avenue in Rehoboth, passed on Feb. 22, 2012 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Beverly Rose (Boisclair) Rollins and the late Rose Zita (Raposa) Rollins. Born in Attleboro on Nov. 12, 1924, he was a son of the late Frank P. Rollins Sr., and Myrtle B. (Barton) Rollins. Arthur was raised and educated in Attleboro schools. He was a graduate of Attleboro High School, Class of 1943. He served his country proudly as a member of the U.S. Navy during World War II. Arthur established H& R Auto Repair on Pleasant Street in Attleboro with James Holt years ago. He later established the trucking company Keeley's Express in Mansfield and later Rehoboth, a company which is still family owned and operated today. He retired in 1988 after forty years of ownership. Arthur was a member of the Attleboro Chapters of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He enjoyed woodworking and restoring antique Mustangs. Arthur is survived by four children; Stephen Rollins and his wife Carol of Rehoboth, Peter Rollins and his wife Patricia of New Hope, Pa., Mary Ellen Fisk and her husband Jeff of Rehoboth, and Kelly Ann Sewall and her husband Edgar III of Snoqualmie Pass, Wash., 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, his loving companion Marilyn Turner of Attleboro, and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Frank P. Rollins Jr., and the late Charles E. Rollins. Contributions in his memory may be made to: Disabled American Veterans, Attleboro Memorial Chapter #91, 122 Park St., Attleboro, MA 02703 or Bishop Feehan High School, 70 Holcott Drive, Attleboro, MA 02703.
Richard D. Welshman February 19, 2012
Richard D. Welshman, age 76 of Brook Street, died Sunday, February 19, 2012 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Leonora M. (Borges) Welshman. He was born in Rehoboth, a son of the late Daniel W. and Helen (Brown) Welshman. Mr. Welshman was a Master Plumber and the owner and operator of Welshman Plumbing Company. He was a former plumbing inspector for the town of Rehoboth. He was a member of the Mason's, Eastern Star Lodge # 208. He was President of the East Bay Corvette Club and also a member of the National Guard 7th 47th Battalion. Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, Alan D. Welshman and his wife Sharon of Rehoboth, Richard L. Welshman of Taunton; two grandchildren, Lauren M. Collins and Danielle M. Serra; and one great grandson, Carter J. Serra. He was the brother of the late Daniel I. Welshman.
Frank P. Silvia, Jr. February 16, 2012
Frank P. Silvia, Jr. husband of the late Jeanne (Hoye) Silvia died at Morton Hospital & Medical Center on February 16, 2012 after a short illness. He was 92. Born and raised in Raynham he was the son of the late Frank P. Silvia, Sr. and Marie (Correia) Silvia. He attended Raynham schools. He was the owner and operator of Franks Garage in Bridgewater for many years. Mr. Silvia was a communicant of Holy Family Church. He leaves six sons, Leo A. Silvia of Bridgewater, John D. Silvia of Menifee, CA, David B. Silvia of Wareham, James S. Silvia of Carver, Frank P. Silvia III of Tempe, AZ and Bruce Silvia of Freetown; nine daughters, Eileen Weeks of Taunton, Judy Dutra and Roberta Crealese both of E. Taunton, Julia Pereira of Rehoboth, Paula Silvia of Belcamp, MD, Margaret Collins of Abington, Denise Graziano of Brockton, Jayne Short of Taunton and Susan Allore of Carver; a brother, Alfred Silvia of Falmouth; a sister Mary DeCastro of Taunton; former wife, Beneta (Wright) Neville of Assonet; fifty-one grand-children; thirty-three great grandchildren; fifteen great great grandchildren.
Richard E. Carpenter February 13, 2012
Richard E. ‘Dick’ Carpenter, 82 of Dartmouth, passed away Monday, February 13, 2012, at Hathaway Manor in New Bedford. He was the husband of Margaret L. "Peggy" (Withers) Carpenter with whom he shared 60 years of marriage. Born in Dighton, he was the son of the late Edwin N. and Florence May (Westcott) Carpenter. Mr. Carpenter served in the United States Navy attaining the rank of Airman Apprentice. Dick had worked as a tour bus driver for Brander and Conway Bus Companies, touring all over the United States and Canada. He was the Past Worshipful Master of the Order of the Eastern Star Lodge of Masons in Rehoboth and Past Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star. Surviving in addition to his wife are five daughters, Gay Carpenter Toomy of Hudson, Jill Munch of Portsmouth, RI, Cindy Stillings of Bristol, RI, Tammy Hickox of Fairhaven and Betsy Carpenter Brown of Attleboro; a brother, Edwin Carpenter of Smithfield, RI; three sisters, Etta Dugan of Great Barrington, MA, Rita J. Harrison of Berkley and Priscilla Martin of Berkley; three grandchildren, Collin and Shelby Hickox of Fairhaven and Samantha Nicole Brown of Attleboro; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Kenneth Carpenter and Phyllis Olson.
Sean Raymond Sumner February 3, 2012
Sean Raymond Sumner, age 50 of Attleboro, died on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at his residence surrounded by his loving and devoted family. He was the husband of Regina A. (Nolin) Sumner to whom he was married on May 9, 2011. Born in Attleboro on Feb. 25, 1961, he was a son of Harold L. Sumner of Harwich Port and the late and Joan A. (Carey) Sumner. Raised and educated in Attleboro, Mr. Sumner was a 1980 graduate of Attleboro High School. He remained a lifelong resident of Attleboro. Mr. Sumner, along with his father, was the co-owner and operator of Carey Brothers Inc. in Attleboro, where he served as vice president and master engineer, having worked for the family business since age 16. In addition to being a jewelry engineer, Mr. Sumner owned and operated Seascape Landscaping for one year and was a lumberjack. A sports enthusiast, he was a dedicated fan of the Boston Bruins, New England Patriots, Boston Celtics and Boston Red Sox. His favorite pastimes included time spent reading, listening to AM radio on his headphones, working on trees and being creative with jewelry design and production. In addition to his wife and father, Mr. Sumner leaves four children: Seth H. Sumner of Attleboro; Paige M. Sumner of Attleboro; Stephanie J. Duby of North Attleboro and Sean E. Duby of Pawtucket; a brother: Carey H. Sumner of Providence, Rhode Island; three sisters: Erin P. Dufresne of Taunton; Shannon M. Sumner of Rehoboth and Kara J. Sumner of Harwich Port; his mother-in-law: Patricia A. Nolin of Attleboro; his canine companion Ruffuss and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members and dear friends. He was the brother of the late Ted N. Sumner.
Luba J. (Kolen) Cioci February 6, 2012
Luba J. (Kolen) Cioci, 88, of Central Falls, formerly of Cumberland, passed away on Monday February 6, 2012 at the Evergreen House Health Care in East Providence. She was the beloved wife of the late John Cioci who died on June 21, 2001.Born in East Providence on April 26, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Simon and Adoleia (Rosin) Kolen. Luba grew up and was educated in East Providence. She had also attended area schools for nursing. Prior to retiring, she had worked as a licensed practical nurse at various area nursing homes. A member of the Russian Orthodox Church in Manville, Luba enjoyed spending time with her family and loved attending yard sales and flea markets. She is survived by her devoted children William J. Cioci and his wife Sandra of Florida, Carol A. Tierney and her husband Robert, Jr. of Rehoboth and the late John F. Cioci. The dear sister of John Kolen of Arizona, she was pre-deceased by 5 siblings, and is also survived her cherished grandchildren; Colleen A. Tierney and Robert J. Tierney, III both of Rehoboth, as well as several great grandchildren. Donations in her memory may be made to the MSPCA, 350 South Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02130.
Lizette LaRosee February 2, 2012
Lizette ‘Betty’ LaRosee, age 63, of Pleasant Street, died peacefully on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at home surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was the wife of David LaRosee. She was born on October 17, 1948, the daughter of the late Joseph and Alizira (Travers) Motta. Lizette graduated from the RI Beauty Academy and worked as a hairdresser for 43 years before retiring in 2011. In addition to her husband of 42 years, she is survived by her daughters Lisa Rodriques of Pawtucket and Jennifer Bouchard of Swansea. She is survived by her grandchildren Paul David Bouchard, Hope Bouchard, Rylee and Khloe Rodriques. She was the sister of Joseph Motta of East Providence and the late Beverly Nerone and Dennis Motta. She was a communicant of St. Dominic's Church in Swansea. Her interests included painting, entertaining, cooking and decorating. She devoted much of her time and energy as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She valued the meaning of the word family and held it dear to her heart. Contributions in her memory may be made to Community VNA, 10 Emory St., Attleboro, MA 02703.
Margaret M. Greaves January 19, 2012
Margaret M. (WALSH) Greaves, age 94 of Dewey Avenue, died Thursday, January 19, 2012 at Hallworth House. She was the wife of the late Charles A. Greaves. She was born in East Providence, a daughter of the late Patrick and Margaret (Hennessey) Walsh. She leaves one daughter, Peggy Santos of Seekonk; three sons, Charles A. Greaves of Rehoboth, John J. Greaves of North Providence, and Thomas P. Greaves of Rehoboth; ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Jenny L'Abbe, Alice Amaral, Madeline McKenna, Thomas and John Walsh. Contributions to Odyssey Hospice, 2374 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886 would be appreciated.
Craig R. Grab January 17, 2012
Craig Robert Grab, age 64 of Rehoboth, died unexpectedly Tuesday morning, January 17, 2012 at Rhode Island Hospital. Born July 12, 1947, in Rochester, NY, Craig is survived by his beloved family: wife Constance Isabelle (Babian), daughter Gwendelyn Rose, sons Eric Robert and Brian Joseph, grandchildren Chloe Jayne and Ethan David, brother Gary Richard Grab (Tammy), sister Susan Jayne Riley (Scott), uncle Richard Grab (Doris), nieces Amy Hobbs, Amanda Artale (Richard) and Emily Behnke (Jason), and nephews Ryan Grab (Jessica) and Kevin Grab. Craig was predeceased by his parents Jayne Martha (Craig) Grab and Robert John Grab. Craig, or to those who knew him: "world's greatest guy", was a Vietnam-era veteran of the U.S. Army and a lifelong artist (a self-described "loco oddist"); his off-beat sense of humor was well-known to family and friends. From 1992 to 2005 he was employed as Senior Art Director at WearGuard Corporation. In recent years, Craig's passion was creating one-of-a-kind sculptural clocks from found objects and "rusty bits". He enjoyed making clocks until the day of his death, and they were exhibited and sold in southeastern New England art galleries. Contributions may be made to the Craig R. Grab Scholarship Fund; please make out checks to the Rehoboth Congregational Church.
Maria Lucilia Pereira January 19, 2012
Maria Lucilia Pereira, age 77 of Perryville Road, died Thursday morning, January 19, 2012, at the New Bedford Rehabilitation Hospital. She was the wife of the late Luis Pereira. Born July 5, 1934, in Sao Miguel, Azores, she was a daughter of the late Manuel and Maria Angelina (Martins) daEstrela. Lucilia leaves her children and their spouses, John and Natalie Pereira of Warren, Rev. Floriano and Eunice Pereira of East Providence and Luisa and Jose Rosa of Rehoboth; her seven grandchildren, Nicholas, Kayla, Joshua, Sarah, Tyler, Rachel and Evan; and her three great grandchildren, Alexander, Hailey and Sophia. She was also the sister of Lionel Estrela of Montreal, Floriano Estrela of Toronto, the late Jorge Estrela, Alda Gonsalves of Sao Miguel, and Cidalia Alves, Miriam daRosa and Angelina Lima, all of Cranston.
William “Willie” Grover January 12, 2012
William "Willy" Grover, husband of Faith A. (Bennett) Grover, died at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston on Jan. 12, 2012. He was 69. Born in Tewksbury, the son of the late Eleanor (Grover) Harvey, he was raised and educated in Wrentham by his grandparents, Benjamin Grover and Bernice Wheeler, and was a 1960 graduate of King Phillip Regional High School. A retired businessman, well known in the environmental industry, Willy owned Grover Enterprises and Grover Pools. An active member the Raynham Lions Club, he served as president of the organization from 2004 until 2006. In his spare time, he enjoyed refurbishing pool tables, and was known for his skills with the cue. An avid Red Sox and Patriots fan, Willy enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and family gatherings, and enjoyed the company of his grandchildren. Besides his wife of 51 years, he leaves three sons, William D. Grover and Richard A. Grover, both of Raynham, and Michael J. Grover of Virginia Beach, VA; a daughter, Patricia A. Grover of Brockton; two brothers, Leslie Harvey of Fairbanks, Alaska and Merle Harvey of Vermont; eight grandchildren, Theresa, Mark, Jennifer, Kerri, Sarah, Adam, and Matthew Grover and Danielle Letterman; nine great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late John Harvey. Memorials donations may be made to the Raynham Lions Club, 2234 King Phillip St. Raynham, MA 02767.