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2013 Obituaries


Milton F. Cash  December 18, 2013

Milton F. Cash, 87 of Hunting Street in North Attleboro died comfortably in his sleep on Wednesday morning, December 18, 2013. He was the husband of Joyce (Feeney) Cash and the late Lena (Germaine) Cash, who died in 1972. Born November 16, 1926 in Rehoboth, he was a son of the late Leslie and Edna (Carpenter) Cash. Milton grew up in Rehoboth and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in a variety of technical positions throughout the Pacific Theater. After the war he owned and operated Milton F. Cash Contracting in North Attleboro, doing construction and road projects for many years until his recent illness. He was a proud member of the VFW in North Attleboro and traveled the country attending Navy reunions over many years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children: David Cash, Richard Cash, Pamela Cash-Janes, Robert Cash, Michael Cash and Douglas Cash; two stepchildren: Nancy Joyce and Brent Derrick; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was father of the late Milton “Sam” Cash and Gary Cash, and brother of the late Randolph, Walter, Pat, Donald and Calvin Cash, Virginia Hillman and Marion Johnson. Donations may be made to the Providence Veterans Administration Medical Center, PVAMC — Voluntary Service (135), 830 Chalkstone Ave., Providence, RI 02908. Please write “Milton Cash — Patient Items” in the memo.


Sandra L. Rivet  December 21, 2013

Sandra L. Rivet, daughter of Theresa (Torres) Rivet of N. Dighton and the late Richard Rivet, died at Longmeadow of Taunton on December 21, 2013. She was 58. Born in Santa Clara, CA, she was a 1972 graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School. She later received a BA degree in English from Bridgewater State University.

Employed by Emerson College in student services for many years, she retired due to illness in 2007. She was a communicant of St. Nicholas of Myra Church. Sandra enjoyed traveling and spending time with her nieces and nephews. In addition to her mother, she leaves a brother, David Rivet and his wife Lisa of Lake Oswego, OR; three sisters, Donna Rivet of Cumberland, RI, Sharon DeBlois and her husband Keith of Rehoboth, and Cheryl Langlais and her husband David of Rochester; and six nieces and nephews, Cady and Keith DeBlois, Jr., Jillian and Jack Langlais, and Mikaila and Angelina Rivet. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Village Plaza South, 473 South St. West, Unit 13, Raynham, MA 02767.


Jacqueline G. (Gushee) Murphy  December 14, 2013

Jacqueline G. (Gushee) Murphy,  age 66 of Seekonk, MA, passed away Saturday, December 14, 2013. She was the beloved spouse of Colleen A. Murphy. Born in Attleboro, a daughter of the late Richard Gushee and Madeline (Deabill) Langrish, she resided in Seekonk since 1988. Jackie was employed by the Pawtucket School Department for the past 30 years. She was a Rhode Island Master Gardener and a tennis coach at Tolman High School. Besides her spouse, she leaves two children, Rebecca E. Glynn and her husband, David A. Glynn, Jr. and Timothy S. Murphy and his wife, Kimberly Murphy all of Rehoboth; seven grandchildren, Patrick Murphy, Connor Glynn, Cassidy O’Donnell, Kristen Murphy, Madeline Glynn, Cadence O’Donnell and Brendyn Murphy; a sister, Judith Hall of South Windsor, CT and three brothers, Stephen, Christopher and John Langrish all in the United Kingdom. She was the sister of the late Paul Gushee.


William R. Wheeler, Sr.  December 12, 2013

William R. Wheeler, Sr., age 70 of Dighton, MA, died in Morton Hospital on Thursday, December 12, 2013.

He was born in Dighton, son of the late Everett A. and Ruth (Williams) Wheeler. He was educated in Dighton School and was a member of the first graduating class of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School in 1961. For more than 38 years he was a mold maker and dye cutter for the former Balfour Company in Attleboro. He the worked as a mold maker for Herff-Jones in Warwick for eight years. As a youth and up until he was 55, he was an avid softball player. When he retired from playing he umpired many junior high school games. He also enjoyed fishing. A member of the Attleboro Lodge of Elks No. 1014 for many years, he was honored as the Elk of the Year in 1998-1999. He favored old-fashioned values as he truly loved his family. He was the husband of almost 50 years of Janice "Jill" ( Libby) Wheeler. He is the father of Sharon Wheeler Memmolo of East Bridgewater, William R. Wheeler Jr. and his partner Adrian Du Cille of West Yarmouth, and Sheryl Wheeler Goss and her husband Larry of North Dighton. Bill is the loving grandfather of Michael and Ashley Memmolo of East Bridgewater and Alex, Mathew and Kaylee Goss of North Dighton. Bill was the brother-in-law of Betty and Dale Clark of Norton. He was the brother of Ester Pilling and is the uncle of several.


Alice Ruth (Fazio) Correia  December 9, 2013

Alice Ruth (Fazio) Correia, of Bristol, RI died Monday, December 9, 2013, in the Grace Barker Nursing Center, Warren. She was 87.  She was the wife of the late Commander Dr. Frank B. Correia and survived by his sons, Karl Correia of Bristol and Claude Correia of Rehoboth, MA. Born in Fall River, MA and raised in Somerset, MA., she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Lila (Lockett) Fazio. A resident of Bristol for 20 years, she previously resided in Somerset. She was a secondary science teacher for the Somerset School System for 30 years, retiring in 1982. She was a communicant of St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Bristol, and an avid gardener, with a love for roses.

She was a member and a past president of the Bayberry Garden Club in Bristol. Alice also had a great love for music, she played the piano and sang for a number of years with the Bristol Senior Chorus. She was devoted to animals especially all her pet cats and dogs. A classic lady, she loved the opportunities also to dress up and will be remembered for her hats and gloves collection. Even later in life, learning was an important part of her as a teacher, and she challenged herself to learn and speak Italian. In addition to Frank Correia's sons, she is survived by several cousins and many dear friends, including her caregivers, Robert J. Healey Jr., of Barrington and Nancy E. Dobie and Susan A. Barros, both of Bristol. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 414 or to the Bristol Animal Shelter, 10 Minturn Farm Road, both Bristol, RI 02809.


Ann M. (Flynn) Forand  December 8, 2013

Ann M. (Flynn) Forand, age 78, died December 8, 2013 in Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center, Boston. Born in Pawtucket, RI, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Dorothy (Pierce) Flynn, and wife of the late Ernest Forand. She was a graduate of Tolan High School in Pawtucket.  A resident of Dighton for the past 35 years, she was the former owner of KP Diner on Route 44 in Rehoboth.  With her late husband she owned Ann and Ernie’s Catering. She was employed later in the dietary department at Morton Hospital. She enjoyed shopping and loved her daily Dunkin’ coffee. Ann enjoyed tending her plants and caring for her bird feeders. She was predeceased by sons Ernest Forand, Jr and Paul Forand. She is survived by daughter Lisa Lund, her husband Michael Raymond and son John Lund of North Dighton; granddaughter Nicole Nickerson; and great grandchildren Shawn-Ayden and Landon Watson.


William ‘Bill‘ Hamilton Sargeant  November 4, 2013

William ‘Bill’ Hamiliton Sargeant, 84, of Naples, Fla, died on Monday, November 4, 2013 at Avow Hospice in Naples, Fla. He was the husband of the late Helen "June" (Wallenthin) Sargeant to whom he was married on Nov. 11, 1950 and who passed away on Feb. 5, 2008. Born in Providence, R.I. on Jan. 20, 1929, he was a son of the late William Herbert and Helen "Bobbie" (Falkner) Sargeant.Bill was a graduate of Attleboro High School, Class of 1947. He continued his education at Brown University before graduating from General Motors Institute in Flint, Mich. with a degree in manufacturing engineering in 1953. He was employed as a manufacturing and sales manager for General Motors and Texas Instruments. He also was the eastern regional engineering sales manager for Tecumseh Products Company in Tecumseh, Mich. for many years prior to his retirement. Bill had been a member of the Ezekial Bates Lodge, Masonic Order, but his favorite pastime was sports cars. His most favorite was anything Jaguar. He was also a member of the Sports Car Club of America. Bill leaves behind two sons, Scott W. Sargeant of Beckenham, England and Brett H. Sargeant of Naples, Fla.; four grandchildren: Adam Sargeant of Hodges University in Florida, Francis Sargeant of Brigham and Young University in Utah, Eliza Sargeant of University of Binghamton in New York, and Gerald Sargeant of Benkenham, England; and one brother, Richard "Dick" Sargeant and his wife Lois (Fine) Sargeant of Rehoboth. Memorial donations may be made in Bill's honor to the Fifth-Third Bank, Account No. 7433650053, in c/o: Dillon Simmons Foundation, 21321 South Tamiami Trail, Estero, FL 33928.


Joseph A. Martin   December 5, 2013

Joseph A. Martin, 95 years old, died on Thursday evening, Dec. 5, 2013, in Longmeadow of Taunton.

Born in Providence on Oct. 6, 1918, son of the late Frank and Amelia (Avilla) Martin. He was the husband of the late Carmen (Horton/ Bodreau) Martin and also of the late Edna C. (Nystrom) Martin. Joe lived in Rehoboth until 1968 and then he lived in Berkley, Taunton and Raynham. He was the owner/operator of “Joseph A. Martin Plumbing and Heating and Joseph A. Martin Fuel Oil” retiring when he was 88 years old. Joe loved to watch wrestling, boxing and the Boston Red Sox, going to Clam Bakes and making his own clam boils. In his retirement years he enjoyed doing word search puzzles, growing a few tomato plants and planting potatoes around his patio. Joe is survived by his two daughters Karin E, (Canouette) Shumaker and her husband Don of Rehoboth, Priscilla Petruzzi and her husband Rick of Cumbria, United Kingdon and Venice, FL and his loving and devoted step-daughter, Donna Bodreau who was also his caregiver and “sweetheart” of Raynham. Joe also had two step sons, James and Dennis Bodreau. He was pre deceased by his brother Frank Martin, his son-in-law Lawrence E. Caouette,Jr and grandson Lawrence E. Caouette, III. Joe is the step great grandfather of Shay, Missy, Jennifer and 6 other step-grandchildren and two step great great grandchildren in addition to many nieces and nephews. Jose will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He was an easy going guy and full of fun and he always had a joke to tell. Florence Norene Westgate   November 26, 2013

Florence Norene Westgate, 94, passed away at her Rehoboth home on Nov. 26, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Berkley on Nov. 8, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Daniel L. and Jennie F. Westgate. Educated in the Berkley and Dighton Schools she worked for Raytheon in Dighton until her retirement. Florence loved spending time with family and friends. She loved animals and was especially fond of Heidi, the family Saint Bernard, as well as feeding swans and ducks on the Taunton River. Florence loved beautiful flowers, especially bouquets as colorful as her personality.  She leaves her partner of over 40 years, Henry (Harry) Rostron of Raynham; a grandson, William E. Westgate, Jr. of Virginia; two nephews, Richard Miller and his late wife Elaine of Freeport, Texas, and Daniel Westgate and his wife Kathy of Berkley; two nieces, Audrey M Westgate and her husband Dennis of Rehoboth, and Eleanor Barnes and her husband Bob of Berkley; special friends and family including Dennis, Juli and Chelsea Westgate of Rehoboth, Scott N. Westgate of Rehoboth, Scott N. Westgate, Jr. of Taunton, Daniel Westgate, III of Berkley, Dale and Colleen of Huntsville, Texas, Patricia Santos and Cindy Baker of Taunton, Ann, Glenn & Kyle Leite of Raynham, Sue and Kenneth Bombard of Raynham, the Jordan Family of Rehoboth, Brenda White of Taunton; and a very dear and special friend, Kirsten Leite of Raynham. She was preceded in death by her son William E. Westgate of Freeport Texas and a grandson, Wayne Westgate of Virginia


Donna J. (Williams) Briere   November 26, 2013

Donna J. (Williams) Briere,  age 56 of Rehoboth passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, MA. She was the wife of Richard T. Briere of Rehoboth, MA. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of Veronica (Russell) Williams of Warwick and the late James C. Williams Sr. Besides her husband and mother, she is survived by four siblings: Gail M. Pomeranz of Warwick, James C. Williams Jr. of Warwick, Sharon A. Shuchman of St. Cloud, FL and Dennis G. Williams Sr. of West Warwick; Godchild Stephanie Porter and many nieces and nephews. She will always be remembered for the love she gave and her wonderful sense of humor.


Florence L. (Vincent) Desilva  November 26, 2013

Florence L. (Vincent) Desilva, age 90, passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 surrounded by her loving family at the Coventry Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Born August 27, 1923, she was the beloved wife of 71 years to Richard DeSilva, Jr. Born in Warwick, and a daughter of the late Hector and Loretta (Fortier) Vincent. Before moving to Coventry, Florence loved her life in Hillsgrove where she was happiest among family and friends. She shared her home, her pool and her love creating memories for everyone. Known for preparing great dinners and baking fabulous cakes, pies and pastries she enjoyed sharing those recipes and teaching her grandchildren the secrets of good cooking. Florence was an active parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Warwick and a member of the Ladies of St. Anne and the Far Club. She also served on many committees and remembered fondly being elected a delegate to Washington, D.C. with the Warwick Women's Democratic League. For many years she was the Office Manager of the City of Warwick Tax Collector before retiring. The family wishes to thank the work of all the care givers at the Coventry Health Center and Hospice for the excellent care given to her. Besides her husband, she leaves two sons, Roger A. DeSilva and his wife Corrine of Cranston and Richard V. DeSilva and his wife Catherine of Warwick; a daughter, Lorraine A. Botts and her husband Gilbert Larrabee of Rehoboth, MA; 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Roland Vincent.


Maria Helena Cabral   November 28, 2013

Maria Helena Cabral, age 87 of Rehoboth, died early Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013. She was the wife of the late Manuel N. Cabral. Born January 16, 1926, in Santa Maria, Azores, she was a daughter of the late Victor de Sousa and Isidora Bibiana Cabral. She leaves her children, Ismeria Sears of Rehoboth, Emerenciana Pereira of Leamington, Ontario, Joseph Cabral and his wife Sabrina of No. Providence and Emanuel Cabral and his wife Lucia of Rehoboth; 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She was the sister of Isidoria Chaves of Ontario, Laura Lopes of Hartford, CT and of the late Branca Rebelo.


Rita E. Violette   November 24, 2013

Rita E. Violette,  age 92 of Gorham Street in Rehoboth, MA, died Sunday, November 24, 2013. She was the wife of the late Benjamin Violette. Born in Rumford, she was a daughter of the late John J. and Mary (McCann) Laughlin. Rita's greatest joy was cooking for her family. She was always happiest when her family would visit her and together they would enjoy her delicious just baked apple pie. She leaves one daughter, Elizabeth A. Ashton of Rehoboth, five sons, Lawrence B. Violette of Rehoboth, Dennis J. Violette of Vermont, Josh Violette and James L. Violette both of Arizona and Jeffrey R. Violette of Maryland, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Anna, Margaret M., Thomas J. and John A. Laughlin.



Antonio T. Placido   November 23, 2013

Antonio T. Placido,  69, of Bristol, died Saturday, November 23, 2013, at Rhode Island Hospital. He was 69. He was the loving husband of Natalia (Silva) Placido. Born in Sao Miguel, Portugal, a son of the late Arthur Placido and Conceicao (Tavares), he had been a long-time Bristol resident. Placido worked at Triangle Wire and Cable in Pawtucket for many years until his retirement. He was a communicant of St. Elizabeth’s Church in Bristol and enjoyed fishing, spending time with his family, and cherished spending time with his grandchildren. Survivors, two sons, Antonio S. Placido and his wife Lisa of Rehoboth, and Kevin S. Placido and his wife Stephanie of Seekonk. Brothers, Arthur T. Placido of Bristol, Jose Placido of Montreal, and the late Carlos M. Placido, sisters, Maria DeMelo and Conceicao Placido both of Montreal. He is also survived by his grandsons, Antonio J. and Andrew A. Placido, and many nieces and nephews.


William F. Kingsland, Sr.   November 19, 2013

William F. Kingsland, Sr., age 84 of Dighton, MA passed away in Charlton Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. William is survived by his wife Mary Jane (Mello) Kingsland of North Dighton. He was born in Attleboro, the son of the late Charles & Thelma (Parker) Kingsland. William has resided in Dighton most of his life. He was a graduate of Dighton High School, class of 1947. He also attended MA Trades School and several other technical schools. He was a oil burner technician and a refrigerator and air conditioner technician. William was a member of Teamster Local #653. He served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Navy on the USS Waccaman. William was a member of the VFW Post #115, a lifetime member of the Dighton Historical Society and the Taunton Yacht Club. Besides his wife, William leaves his two sons William Frederick Kingsland Jr. and his wife Karin of Fairhaven and Andrew Lawrence Kingsland and his wife Tammy of Taunton. His grandchildren, Tyler Joseph, Zachary William, Amanda Rose, Andrew Russell and Katelyn Alexandra Kingsland. William also was the brother of the late Gladys E. Kingsland.


Rose Gomes   November 17, 2013

Rose Gomes, 104, formerly of Eustis Avenue, Newport, died Sunday, November 17, 2013 at John Clarke Health Care Center Middletown, RI. Rose was the wife of the late Francisco L. Gomes and the late Joseph Rodericks. Born on the farm at Sachuest Point in Middletown, RI on October 8, 1909, she was the daughter of the late Jesse Vieira DeMello and Maria (Bernardo) DeMello. Rose was a house keeper for many people in Newport and Middletown. She was a communicant of Jesus Saviour Church. Rose and her first husband were the first ones married at Jesus Saviour Church after it was built. She loved working at all the church functions. Rose is survived by her two sons, Joseph A. Rodericks and Manuel Rodericks and his wife Kay Gray, her stepson Jose L. Gomes, her sister Francelina Veader of Rehoboth, MA and many nieces, nephews, grandsons, granddaughters and great grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Jesse Vieira DeMello, Joseph Vieira DeMello, Mary V. Lima, Filomena “Fanny” Escobar, Anna DeSilvia and Frances V. Pinheiro. Donations may be made to John Clarke Retirement and Nursing Center, Activity Fund, 600 Valley Road, Middletown, RI 02842.


Nellie H. (Knowlton) Carpenter   November 16, 2013

Nellie H. (Knowlton) Carpenter, 91, of Rehoboth, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at her home. She was the wife of the late Clifford Knowlton and the late Howard Carpenter. She was born in Norwood to the late Frank and Julia (Sumashka) Kairis. Nellie raised her family in Attleboro, and she will be remembered as being so kind and welcoming to all, never judging, just listening with great acceptance. She loved knitting afghans with family-favorite colors and pillows for comfort. Nellie loved country music, especially Gene Autry. She was a loving and sweet mother and grandmother. She was the loving mother of Nancy (Knowlton) Poirier and Cliff Knowlton. Grandmother of Sam, Lucas, Julie, Louie, Michael and Leslie. Great-grandmother of Josh, Bobby, Tommy, Melissa, Jacob, Nathan, Lainey and L.J. She was the mother of the late Linda (Knowlton) Stephens and sister of the late Frank, Julius, Johnny, Mary and Frances.


Wilma I. Smiley   November 16, 2013

Wilma I. Smiley, 77, wife of Alvin Smiley, died Saturday at her home in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. Born in Taunton, she was daughter of the late William and Bertha (Carpenter) Ingham. Besides her husband, Mrs. Smiley leaves her children; Michael and Amy Smiley, siblings; George Ingham and Barbara McLean and 4 grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter, Lori Sullivan. The greatest love in her life was her family.


Arthur J. Schreiner, Jr.   November 13, 2013

Arthur J. Schreiner, Jr., age 78 of Venice, Florida and Wareham, formerly of Rumford, Rehoboth and Attleboro, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 at home in Wareham, surrounded by his loving family and friends. Arthur was the husband for 52 years of Beverly (Johnson) Schreiner of Venice and Wareham. Arthur was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Arthur J. and Isabella (Palonis) Schreiner Sr. He attended and graduated from St. James Elementary School, Warwick High School and the University of Rhode Island. He was employed as an engineer at Dimeo Construction Co. for 41 years until his retirement. Arthur was also an active member in the Rumford Lions, South Venice Yacht Club, The Cromessett Park Improvement Association, The Corvette Club and a founding member of the Can't Get Old Club. Arthur had an athletic ease about him. He excelled at and fully enjoyed playing golf, tennis and softball in leagues and against whomever was interested to take him on. He was also best known by family and friends as someone who loved to entertain, share friendships, a Bass Ale and happy times. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his loving children: Doreen Floyd of Winthrop, Laurie McGraw of Colo., Lisa MacMaster of Westport, and David Schreiner of North Falmouth. Arthur is also survived by his eight grandchildren: Colin, Chelsea, Max, Lucy, Harry, Matt, Jack and Anastasia, and he is the brother of Arlene Harrington of Long Island, N.Y. and the late Marilyn Peabody. Memorial gifts in Arthur's memory may be made to the Dana-Farber Melanoma Cancer Research Center, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA.


Paul W. Lange   November 7, 2013

Paul W. Lange, age 67 of Rehoboth, died Thursday at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Patricia (Colvin) Lange. Born in Attleboro, a son of the late William & Eleanor (McCarthy) Lange, he was a long time Rehoboth resident. Paul was an accountant for many years, retiring 5 years ago. He was a former member of the Rehoboth Lions Club, and a longtime member of the Church of the Epiphany in Rumford. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Besides his wife he leaves 2 sons: Keith Lange of Lincoln University, PA, Kristoffer Lange of Saugus, MA, a daughter: Kelly Chartier of Rehoboth and 9 grandchildren. He also leaves his brothers: David, William and James Lange and a sister Clare Lange. He was brother of the late Mary Ellen Mitchell and Kevin Lange. Donations in his memory may be made to The Church of the Epiphany, 1336 Pawtucket Ave., Rumford, RI 02916 or Operation Stand Down, RI, (an organization which helps homeless veterans), 1010 Hartford Ave., Johnston, RI 02919.


Diana P. (Cabral) Lopez   October 28, 2013

Diana P (Cabral) Lopez, 84 years old of North Dighton, died in the County Gardens Nursing Home in Swansea on Monday morning, October 28, 2013. She is the wife of 67 years of Salvadore C. Lopez of North Dighton. Born in Pawtucket, RI; daughter of the late Phillip and Inez ( Horton) Cabral. Diana was employed as a dental assistant at the Taunton State Hospital for over 30 years. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, shopping and traveling. Besides her husband, she is survived by her son Salvadore Lopez, Jr and his wife Janet of Rehoboth and a daughter Marielana Frost and her partner Daniel Burch of Berkley. She is the grandmother of Theresa Wilbur, Dale Frost, Salvadore and Lynette Lopez. Diana is the great grandmother of Shawn and Ashley Watson, Scott and Desirae Swale and Gabriel Frost and the great great grandmother of Tajae Mendes, Zaniyan Nicks, Steven Fordham, Niasia Fordham, Shawnayden Watson, Landon Watson and Scott Swale, Jr.. She is the cousin of Audrey Hallam of Cranston, RI.


Donna M. (Wolfenden) Chrisbale   October 25, 2013

Donna Marie (Wolfenden) Chrisbale, 66, of Fairfield Street, passed away on Friday, October 25, 2013 at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Fred C. Chrisbale Sr. of Rehoboth. Born in Waltham on Nov. 24, 1946, she was a daughter of the late George Sr. and Mary Wolfenden.

Donna was a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth High School and was employed as a processor at AmerisourceBergen Corporation in Mansfield for over 10 years. She loved cooking, entertaining and was always the life of the party. She was a member of the Rehoboth Ladies Auxiliary. In addition to her husband, Donna is survived by a son, Fred C. Chrisbaie Jr. and his wife Ellyce of Bellingham; a sister, Debra Tourangeau of Florida; a brother, Mark Wolfenden of Seekonk; a granddaughter, Megan Chrisbale of Bellingham; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is the loving sister of the late George Wolfenden Jr.  Donations in Donna's name may be made to Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904, or the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.


Roberta Ann (Fraser) Belk   October 19, 2013

Roberta Ann (Fraser) Belk,  73 of Amherst, passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She leaves four children and their spouses: Matthew and Nicole Belk of Rehoboth, MA; Rebekah and Peter Demling of Amherst, MA; Elizabeth Belk and Mark Bates of Kennesaw, GA; and Andrew Belk of Quincy, MA; five grandchildren: Jacob, Timothy and Amanda Demling of Amherst, MA; and Meredith and Evelyn Bates of Kennesaw, GA; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, William H. Belk, Jr., and her sister Joan Fraser McCullough. Roberta was born on November 14, 1939 in New Haven, Connecticut, daughter of Robert and Annie (Robertson) Fraser. She graduated from Worcester South High School and received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Fitchburg State University. She worked for over 40 years as a special education teacher in the Clinton Public School system. Roberta was a member of the First Parish Church in Berlin. She enjoyed singing, gardening, baking, reading and writing poetry and walking. She supported many charities and was a regular blood donor.  Donations may be made to the American Red Cross, PO Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA 50340-2018; Special Olympics Massachusetts, 512 Forest Street, Marlborough, MA 01752; or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, New York 10001.


Joseph Benoit   October 17, 2013

Joseph Benoit, age 63 of Dighton, passed away on October 17, 2013 in Morton Hospital while surrounded by his loving family. Joseph is survived by his wife Susan (Simmons) Benoit of North Dighton. He was born in Attleboro, the son of the late Leo & Phyllis (Robinson) Benoit. Joseph has been a Dighton resident the past 42 years. He was a self employed distributor. He was instrumental in the development and location of the Lopes Athletic Complex in Dighton. Joseph enjoyed coaching baseball, watching his children and grandchildren’s sporting events and above all cherished his time with his family. Joseph is survived by his children Joseph Benoit and his wife Laura of New Mexico, Jeremy Benoit and his wife Erin of Austin, TX, Kathy Benoit Marr and her husband David of Somerset, Jeffrey Benoit of Dighton and Jonathan Benoit of Dighton. He also leaves his loving grandchildren Emily, Cameron, Dillon, Lillian, Avery, Ethan, Morgan and Molly.  Joseph leaves his siblings Michelle Miller of CA, Mary MacDonald of Dighton, Leo Benoit of Berkley and William Benoit of Dighton. Donations in Joseph’s memory may be made to the Missionary Fund, website ldsphilantropies.org/missionary.


Andrew J. Brunelle   October 17, 2013

Andrew J. Brunelle, 76 years old of North Dighton, died in Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston on October 17, 2013. He was born in Woonsocket, RI., son of the late Hermus and Fermand (Forcier) Brunelle. Andy was a graduate of Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton. He owned and operated Pine Needle Antique Shop for over 22 years and formerly owned the Long Hill boarding stable both in Rehoboth. He was a member of the John Deere Tractor Association. He is survived by his life time partner Marcia Burnelle of North Dighton and his two daughters, Brenda Boucher of North Dighton and Tammy Corriveau and her husband Albert of North Dighton. He was the grandfather of Robert and Brain Ferris and Amanda and Brittany Boucher. Andy was the great grandfather of Brianna and Braylin Ferris. He is the brother of Lucille McGillivary and her husband Edward of North Dighton, Claudette Brezinski and her husband Fred of Taunton and Mariette Roberts and he husband Phil of Taunton. He is also the uncle of several nieces and nephews.


Laura L. (Ferreira) Costa   October 16, 2013

Laura L. (Ferreira) Costa, daughter of Manuel S. Ferreira and the late Matilda M. “Tillie” (Lopes) Ferreira, died at Longmeadow of Taunton on Oct. 16, 2013 after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. She was 66. Born in Attleboro, Laura was raised and educated in Taunton, and was a graduate of Taunton High School. She later received degrees from Bridgewater State College and Lesley College. Employed as a kindergarten teacher for twenty-two years and 5 years as a first-grade teacher in the Taunton school system, Laura retired in 2007. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Attleboro, where she was a member of the Church Worship Committee, Church Council, and was a first communion teacher. She enjoyed Bible study, traveling, cruises, and spending time with her grandchildren. In addition to her father of Taunton, she is survived by a son, Ryan Richard Costa and his wife Angela of Plymouth; a daughter, Corinna Lee Martell and her husband Kevin of Taunton; her companion, Marie Rudd of Rehoboth; a brother, Daniel J. Ferreira and his wife Judith of NH; five grandchildren; a niece; four nephews; and several aunts and uncles. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Team Quack Cancer, 5 Manley St. West Bridgewater, MA 02379.


Jose I. Matos   October 14, 2013

Jose I. Matos, age 75 of Emmaus Road in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died Monday, October 14, 2013 at his home.  He was the husband of Diamantina (Raposo) Matos.  He was born in Agua dePau, Sao Miguel, Azores a son of the late Manuel and Ilda Pacheco.  Mr. Matos was a machine operator before retiring.  Besides his wife he leaves four daughters, Elidia M. Galego of Rehoboth, Liseta M. Vertentes of Rehoboth, Elizabeth M. DaCosta of Rehoboth and Wendy M. Botelho of East Providence, ten grandchildren, Jonathan, Elise and Justen Galego,  Joshua and Hailey Vertentes,  Samantha, Audrey and Mason DeCosta, Gianna and Noah Botelho and one sister, Armanda Amaral of Canada.  He was the brother of the late Fernanda Silva, Gasparina Vieira, Maria doCarmo Sousa, Joao Pacheco and Manuel Matos.


Laura (DaRosa) Escobar   October 11, 2013

Laura (DaRosa) Escobar, age 63, died Friday, October 11, 2013 at Holmes Regional Medical Center, Melbourne, Florida.  She was the wife of Joseph Escobar. Born in Cedros, Faial, Azores, she was a daughter of the late Jose and Rosa DaRosa.  Escobar was the office manager for Dr. Vincent Arminio before retiring. Besides her husband she leaves two daughters, Lisa Almeida and her husband Kevin of Rehoboth, Susan Andrade and her husband Steven of Rehoboth, one son, David Escobar and his wife Brandy of Snellville, Georgia, one sister, Maria Liduina Pinheiro of East Providence, two brothers, Jose Rosa of Pawtucket, Manuel DaRosa of Dighton and four grandchildren, Felicia & Bethany Escobar and Devin & Emma Andrade. She was the sister of the late Maria Fialho and Irene Silveira. Contributions to the Stroke Program at Roger Williams Hospital, 825 Chalkstone Avenue, Providence, RI 02908 would be appreciated.


Stacey A. (Mohler) Douglass   October 10, 2013

Stacey A. (Mohler) Douglass, age 50, of Rehoboth passed away October 10, 2013 at her home. A beloved wife and mother, Stacey was happily married to Scott Douglass, her husband of 28 years. Born in Redding, California, to Dolores (Leonardo) Mohler and the late James E. Mohler of Weeki Wachee, Florida, she was a graduate of Joseph Case High School, Class of 1981 and Blake Computer Programing Institute in East Providence . Stacey worked for the defense contractors Syscon and Analysis and Technology, in the Trident Submarine program. After having children, she devoted her life to being a mother, a task in which she excelled. Later, she worked as a realtor for Country and Coastal properties of Little Compton, RI. Stacey possessed diverse interests and enjoyed cooking, entertaining, and reading with her book club. A devoted mother, Stacey opened her home and made many feel like a part of the family. An active volunteer, Stacey gave many hours to sports and booster programs at her sons' high school, Providence Country Day. Surviving in addition to her husband and mother: 3 sons: Scott, William and Samuel Douglass all of Rehoboth, 1 sister: Donna L. Huftalen of Rehoboth, 3 brothers: James A. Mohler and his wife Dianne of Rehoboth, Michael J. Mohler and his wife Yelena of Seekonk and Mark D. Mohler and his wife Erin of Spring Hill, FL, several nieces and nephews and 1 great nephew. Contributions in her honor may be made to HOPE Hospice, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601. Burial is private.


Melvin L. Angus   October 11, 2013

Melvin L. Angus, husband of Marilyn (Ritter) Angus, died in Life Care Center of Raynham on Friday, October 11, 2013. He was born in Providence, RI; son the late Albert and Hulda( Swanson) Angus. He was a graduate of Dighton High School. Mel was a long time member of the Westville Congregational Church, serving  as a Deacon and on the Clam Bake Committee, flower committee and the Prudential Committee. For over 50 years, he with his wife and for over 40 years with his partners, the late Donald and Marion Smith, owned and operated Custom Lino Craft, a flooring business, in Attleboro. Two of his greatest pleasures where his train sets and Christmas. He also enjoyed gardening, yard work and his small farm. Mel was a member of the Eastern Star Masonic Lodge in Rehoboth. Besides his wife of 63 years, Marilyn, Mel is the father of Keith Angus and his wife Toni of Dighton and Jan Angus and his wife Kathy of North Dighton. He is the grandfather of Kerry Simister of Manchester, NH; Joanne Scott of Martinsburg, WV; Jennifer Hill of Lincoln, RI and Heather Davis  of Taunton. Mel was the brother of Eleanor Reid of North Dighton and was the brother of  the late Richard, Albert and Hubert Angus. He was also the great grandfather of five and uncle of several.


Marguerite V. (Watson) Vincent   October 7, 2013

Marguerite V. (Watson) Vincent, age 83, of Rehoboth, formerly of Taunton, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 7, 2013 at the Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. Born in Norton, MA on January 8, 1930, she was a loving daughter of the late James and Esther (Lincoln) Watson. She grew up in Norton and was a graduate of Norton High School. Prior to retiring, Marguerite had worked as an occupational therapist at the former Paul A. Dever State School in Taunton, where she had been employed for over 20 years. A resident of Rehoboth for the past 13 years, she had formerly resided in Taunton for 51 years. Marguerite’s favorite hobby was playing cards with friends at the Norton VFW. She also enjoyed camping in the summer months and when younger, dancing the weekends away with her late brother Wallace. She is survived by her devoted children, Karen J. Bowman of Middleboro, Robert J. Vincent, Jr. and his wife Cheryl of Rehoboth, Raymond J. Vincent, and the late Robin M. Vincent. She was the dear sister of Esther Neto of Taunton, Albert Watson of Norton, James Watson and his wife Judy of Norton, and the late Wallace Watson and Charlotte Driver. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren, Peter Bowman, Tracy Furtardo and her husband Michael, Cassidy Vincent and Kylie Vincent, her great grandchildren, Savannah Leary and Tyler Furtardo, as well as many nieces and nephews.


Dorothy H. (Read) Salois   October 5, 2013

Dorothy H. (Read) Salois, 87, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, October 5, 2013. She was the beloved wife of H. Lindor "Lindy" Salois for sixty-three years. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, a daughter of the late Thomas I. and Sarah Alice (Smith) Read, she resided in Pawtucket before moving to Rehoboth in 1962. Dorothy was a member of the Darlington Congregational Church for over sixty years. She had served as a Deaconess and also ran the church nursery for fifteen years. Besides her husband, she leaves two daughters, Linda D. Sherman of Taunton and Carol E. Estrella and her husband John of Baird, Texas; twin sons, Michael G. Salois and his wife Karen of Rehoboth and Daniel R. Salois and his wife Nicole of Roseville, California; a brother, Kenneth I. Read of Pawtucket; two sisters, Edith A. Read and Irene B. Baptista both of Cumberland; seventeen grandchildren, Carrie Elam, Jennie Wigginton, John Estrella, Lorrie Kilpatrick, Robert Estrella, James Estrella all in Texas, Denise Wesley of Taunton, Michael Salois, Amanda Salois, Alexandra Salois all of Rehoboth, Lea Hurrell of Pawtucket, RI, Sydney Hurrell of Rehoboth, Andrew Salois, Heather Salois both of Dighton, Austin Salois, Owen Salois and Ethan Salois all in California; fourteen great-grandchildren, Katie Elam, Matthew Smythe, Christopher Smythe, Steven Wilcox, Brittany Ballard, Anthony McBride, Zane Estrella, Cayla Estrella, Ty Estrella, Cameron Kilpatrick and Lilly Kilpatrick all in Texas, Maynard Pinard and Nickolas Wesley both of Taunton, and Glenny Hurrell of Pawtucket, RI and many nieces and nephews. She was the grandmother of the late Evan Salois. Memorial gifts to the Darlington Congregational Church, 685 Central Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02861 would be appreciated.


Claire (Marion) Petraitis   September 25, 2013

Claire (Marion ) Petraitis, age 82 of Rehoboth, passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 after a short illness at the Life Care Center in Attleboro, MA. She was the wife of John Petraitis to whom she was married 56 years. Born in South Hadley, Massachusetts, she was a daughter of the late Hector and Antonine (Robidoux) Marion. Claire grew up in Chicopee, Massachusetts and graduated from Cathedral High School in Springfield, Massachusetts. She has lived in Rehoboth since 1959. Besides her husband she leaves one son, Jeffrey Petraitis , her two grandchildren Justin and Jennifer all of Rehoboth as well as several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Constance Wenninger and Donald Marion. Contributions in Claire's memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, P.O. Box 9376, Framingham, MA 01701 would be appreciated.


Bruce Ballard Babcock   September 24, 2013

Bruce Ballard Babcock, age 56 of Mount Hope Street in North Attleboro, died on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence following a brief illness. Born in Newton on Oct. 17, 1956, he was a son of the late Russell Howard and Ellen Thompson (Clewely) Babcock. He was raised and educated in Norwood and was a 1974 graduate of Norwood High School. Mr. Babcock earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and his master's in business administration from Suffolk University.

He resided in North Attleboro since 1989, having previously resided in Attleboro. Mr. Babcock served his country as a member of the Public Health Service organization. As a professional engineer, Mr. Babcock was employed for Tibbetts Engineering in Taunton for more than 10 years. He was a member of the Angle Tree Stone Rod and Gun Club in North Attleboro and the West Bay Yacht Club in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. He treasured the times spent sailing, was a history afficianado and dedicated New England Patriots fan. Upon his death, he left the greatest gift of all to others by being an organ donor. He leaves a son: Aaron Guild Babcock of North Attleboro; a sister: Lucinda M. Hagar of Rehoboth; three brothers: David H. Babcock of San Diego; William R. Babcock of Florisant, Mo., and Robert G. Babcock of Smithfield, and several extended family members including aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends.


Mary Richards   September 22, 2013

Mary Catherine (Barron) Richards, of East Providence, formerly of Short Street in Rehoboth, Mass., died Sunday, September 22, 2013, at Waterview Villa Nursing Home. She was 95. She was the wife of the late Herbert LeBaron Richards Jr. Born May 24, 1918, in Attleboro, Mass., she was the daughter of James and Catherine (Cullen) Barron. She loved traveling, visiting family in Ireland, music, dancing, reading, gardening and flowers. She leaves her three children, Russell James Richards and his partner David Mescavage, Dennis John Richards and his partner Amy Maxwell and Carol Ann Richards and her partner Theodore Bell, all of East Providence.


Alfred Estrella   September 15, 2013

Alfred Estrella, of East Providence, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, September 15, 2013. He was 87. Born August 13, 1926 in Rehoboth, Mass., he was a son of the late Antonio R. and Sadie (Florian) Estrella. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Angelina M. (Costa) Estrella, a son Arthur Estrella and grandchildren, Kevin and Christine Estrella. He is survived by two sons, Alfred Estrella and John Estrella, and his wife Carol of Baird, TX; his grandchildren, Suzanne Estrella, Carrie Elam, Jennie Wigginton, John Estrella Jr., Lorrie Kilpatrick, Robert Estrella and James Estrella, all of Texas; several great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was the brother of Louis Estrella of Riverside and of the late Joseph, Arthur, Anthony, Marion, Manuel, Frank, Edward, Kathleen and Angelina Estrella, Margaret Humphrey, Mary Rocha and Rose Sagermiao. Estrella had farmed for many years and also worked as a truck driver and construction worker. He retired from Gustafson Construction. The John Estrella family wishes to acknowledge Mrs. Terry Ferreira for all she did for him in his declining years.


David C. Wilson   September 14, 2013

David C. Wilson, age 35 of Cameron Way in Rehoboth died peacefully Saturday night, September 14, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. He is the beloved husband of Abigail (Darling) Wilson. Born October 4, 1977 in Malden, MA, he is a son of Donald Wilson Sr. of South Boston and Carol (Ferrante) Wilson of Newburyport. David was raised in Revere, MA, and was a graduate of Malden Catholic High School and of Roger Williams University. David is the adoring father of Emaline Sara and Charlotte Rose; brother of Bethany Sullivan of Amesbury and Donald Wilson Jr. of Quincy; uncle to several nieces and nephews; son-in-law of Wayne A. Darling of Rehoboth and Leslie E. Darling of Riverside; and brother-in-law of David Darling of Rehoboth and Jillian Leonard of Northampton, PA. Memorial donations are greatly appreciated to Home and Hospice Care of RI, 1085 No. Main St., Providence, RI 02904,


Antone ‘Tony‘ Dias, Jr.   September 11, 2013

Antone ‘Tony’ Dias, Jr., age 49 of Rehoboth, died Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at his home.  He was born in Providence, a son of the late Antone and Jeanne (Silva) Dias.  Tony was a carpenter with his Dad for A. Dias Builders.  He was a Pro Stock Racer at Seekonk Speedway for 11 years.  He attended LaSalle Academy and Seekonk High School.  He leaves three sons, Nathan Dias, Aaron Dias and Evan Dias, two daughters, Lexi Dias and Haley Buffinton and one sister, Michele Moschella. 


Jeanne M. Coates   September 6, 2013

Jeanne (Mahan) Coates, age 86 of Rehoboth, MA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, Friday, September 6, 2013 at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence, RI. She was born in New Haven, CT, daughter of the late William and Annabel Mahan. She was the widow of Jack Coates. Jeanne was a graduate of Framingham State Teachers College, and taught school in Colorado Springs, CO, before raising her family in Natick and Framingham, MA, and Barrington, RI. She loved her summers in Popponesset Beach, Mashpee, MA, and winters in Lehigh Acres, FL. A literacy tutor for the Lehigh Acres Literacy Council for many years, Jeanne was certified as a SCUBA diver in the early 1960s, and performed on a water ballet team. She was an avid tennis player, enjoyed international travel, dogs and cats, and had a treasured lifelong group of friends. Jeanne leaves a sister, Ann Hudson of Lehigh Acres, FL; a son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Linda Lynch of Mashpee, MA; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Scott Crossley, of Rehoboth, MA; two grandchildren, Air Force Capt. Adam Lynch of Laughlin AFB, TX; and Katelyn Crossley of Rehoboth, MA; two great grandchildren; six nieces and nephews and their families.Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, Donations may be made to Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 186 Amaral St., Riverside, RI 02915


Timothy J. Poirier   September 5, 2013

Timothy J. Poirier, 53, of Dean Street, Attleboro, a loving son, father, brother, and grandfather, passed peacefully on Sept. 5, 2013, in Rhode Island Hospital. Born in Attleboro on July 6, 1960, he was a son of Robert and Mary (Ahlquist) Poirier of Attleboro. Timothy was educated in Attleboro schools and was a 1978 graduate of Attleboro High School. He served his country proudly as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard during the Invasion of Grenada. Timothy retired after 18 years of service as a firefighter for the City of Attleboro. He was a member of the board of directors at the Literacy Center of Attleboro, and a proud single parent. In addition to his parents, Timothy is survived by a son; Joshua Poirier of Attleboro, four brothers; Michael Poirier of California, Mark Poirier of Attleboro, Robert Poirier of Washington, D.C., and James Poirier of Rehoboth, and a granddaughter; Alexis Poirier of Attleboro.


Joseph J. Valcorba   August 26, 2013

Joseph J. Valcorba, 55, of Brook St., died peacefully surrounded by his family at home Monday morning, August 26, 2013. He was the husband of Rita (Costa) Valcorba. Born May 7, 1958, in Sao Miguel, Azores, he was a son of the late Manuel and Irene (Cordeiro) Valcorba. In addition to his wife of 34 years, he leaves his three children, Matthew Valcorba and his wife Ashley of Bellingham, MA; Nicholas Valcorba and Kristen Valcorba, both of Rehoboth; two grandsons, Evan and Ryan; two sisters, Julieta Silva and her husband Altino of East Providence and Hilda Allienello and her husband Victor also of East Providence; his brother Carlos Valcorba and his wife Carmen of Riverside; many nieces and nephews, and his extended Costa family. Memorial donations are greatly appreciated to Beacon Hospice, 1 Catamore Blvd., East Providence, RI 02914.


Robert Wray   August 20, 2013

Robert Davis Wray, of Rehoboth, MA was born in Joplin, Missouri on June 21, 1923 to father Robert C. Wray, U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1922 and mother Marian Davis of Rehoboth, Ma. He lived as a child in Elyria, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois.  He attended the Allendale School in Lakeville, Illinois and graduated from Tilden Technical High School in Chicago in 1941. In March 1942 the family moved to the Davis Farm in Rehoboth. He was drafted into the Army and in November of 1943 went through the Panama Canal on a Grace Line freighter, serving in the Pacific in New Caledonia, Bougainville, Guadalcanal and the Philippines. During the war he was hospitalized in Guadalcanal. He held the rank of Technical Sergeant in an Ordnance Company until discharge in 1946. He graduated from Bryant College in 1948 with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and worked at Harris & Gifford CPA's in Providence. In 1953 he joined the J. L. Anthony Company in the precious metals industry in Providence where he worked until retirement in 1987, serving the last ten years as General Manager and President of the company. He was happily married to Irma Pryor Wray from 1958 until her death in 2003. For many years he was active in the Rehoboth community, serving on the Planning Board and the Finance Committee, as a trustee of the Carpenter Museum and a member of the Antiquarian Society, and was active in Land Preservation. He was a member of the Rehoboth Congregational Church, a Past Master of the Scottish Rite Masonic Lodge and a member of R.I. Shriners and Order of the Eastern Star. He was Past President of the Anawan Club, a Charter member of the Rehoboth Men’s Club and a member of the Squantum Club, the 100 Club, and the Barrington YMCA. He is survived locally by his cousin Judith Davis Zaluski of Rehoboth, MA and by his dear friend Marlies Panaccione of Cranston, RI.


Bette Jean Anelundi   August 21, 2013

Bette Jean Anelundi, age 72 of Newman Ave in East Providence, died August 21, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Robert Paul Anelundi. Born in Warren, RI, she was the daughter of the late Russell O. and Margaret (Collins) Sweet. She worked as an administrative assistant for Nyman Manufacturing for 27 years. Bette was also owner of her antique store "Somewhere In Time", in Mansfield, MA. In addition to her husband of 44 years, she is survived by her children Amy Lee Ells and son-in-law Michael of Rehoboth, David Jay Anelundi of Derry, NH and Robert Addison and daughter-in-law Michelle of N. Providence, and her grandchildren; Emma, Michaela, Isabella and Alexis. She was the sister of the late Russell O. Sweet Jr., Rebecca Palumbo and Katherine Solomon. Bette was a loving person who collected friends wherever she went. Donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Bette Jean to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.


Gail Durfee   August 21, 2013

Gail (Chapman) Durfee, of Riverside, died peacefully on August 21, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was 72. She was the wife of the late Edward M. Durfee. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Eugene and Rosetta (Mackenzie) Chapman, she was a lifelong resident of East Providence. In addition to being a loving and caring mother, Gail's pride and joy was by far spending time with her six grandchildren and her beloved grand-dog, Brady. She spoiled them whenever she had the chance and they were happy to be doted on. She cherished her brother "Chappy" (Colin), her sisters in law Beth, Susan and of course Linda, her best friend and side kick for over fifty five years. Gail also has several nieces and nephews, along with an extended family, whom she loved very much. In addition to her family, Gail will be sadly missed by her closest friends and the many others whose lives she touched over the years. She was extremely involved with her community and at one point she ran for the East Providence City Council. However, Gail will always be remembered as the "Carousel Lady", the founding member and president of Save Our Carousel Inc. Leading the group who became infamously known as the Carousel FIve, Gail was instrumental in preserving and restoring the historic Crescent Park (Charles I.D. Looff) Carousel. She is survived by three sons; John E. “Jed” Durfee and his companion Heidi Hagman of Rehoboth, MA, Steven E. Durfee and his wife CoriLynn of Riverside and David E. Durfee and his wife Marietta of Orange, CA, a daughter; Karen E. Bodell and her husband Michael of Riverside, a brother; Colin Chapman of Riverside and six grandchildren; Jason, Kaitlin, Madison, Jordan, Danielle and Daniel. Contributions in Gail’s memory to The Crescent Park Carousel Preservation Association, 145 Taunton Avenue, East Providence, RI, 02914 would be deeply appreciated.


James Makarchuk   August 20, 2013

James Makarchuk,  92, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Banner Gardens Hospice Care Center in Mesa, Ariz. Born June 20, 1921, in Portsmouth, he was the son of John and Anna Makarchuk. He was a graduate of Portsmouth High School, Class of 1940, where he was a member of the football team. James was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II with a rank of staff sergeant. He continued to serve his country as a member of the Army National Guard Reserve Unit in Portsmouth, retiring as a master sergeant. Following the war, he was employed at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a master electrician. Jim was a resident of the Pannaway Manor neighborhood for more than 64 years. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and especially tending to his backyard vegetable garden and fruit trees. Jim will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Survivors include his four children, Susan Gail Cilley and her husband, Dennis, of Dover, Nancy Elaine Darnstaedt of Kingston, John James Makarchuk and his wife, Margaret, of Chandler, Ariz., and Janice Makarchuk and her spouse, Lisa Farrell, of Rehoboth, MA; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. Jim was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Ardell Virginia (Succi) Makarchuk. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.


Lillian May (Rivers) Nelson   August 15, 2013

Lillian May (Rivers) Nelson,  formerly of Anawan Street, Rehoboth, and more recently the Maples Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wrentham, died on Aug. 15, 2013, knowing she was loved by her sister, daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She met her future husband Al, who died in 2007, in 1944 at the Fields Point Shipyard in Providence, while building ships for the war effort. They were indeed part of the greatest generation and they married on April 14, 1945. She was born Oct. 13, 1923 in Providence to Ralph Rivers Sr. and Mary (Almeida) Rivers. She was the first of 10 children. She was preceded in death by Elsie Aquilante, Ralph W., Raymond, Frank, Dorothy Wagner, Helen Lavin and Ann Joan. She is survived by a brother, L. William Rivers and a sister, Rosemarie Kapusta and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Nelson worked at Engelhard Industries in Attleboro as the receptionist in the late 1960s and early 1970s. She was the Past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star of the Martha Washington Chapter No. 18, Warren, R.I., in 1957-1958. Mrs. Nelson was a member of Second Congregational Church, UCC of Attleboro and a member of the board of deacons from 1988-1990, a member and past president of the Martha Circle and a proud member of the church's flower committee. Her other love was the water. She used to love to swim and sail to the Sabin Point Lighthouse on Rose Island in East Providence before the '38 hurricane changed life for her family when they lost their home. They had two daughters, Joyce who married Ted Moxham of Attleboro, and Cheri who married Ernie Dardenne, also of Attleboro. Mrs. Nelson loved watching her grandchildren, Jennifer Dardenne Callan, Kristin Moxham Keith, Jeffrey Dardenne, and Erika Moxham Murphy, grow and enjoy the "wide open spaces of Rehoboth while visiting their grandparents." She was blessed with five great-grandchildren, Ashley, Tyler, Hailey, Jake and Ben, who just arrived on August 8, 2013. Memorial donations in Mrs. Nelson's name may be made to the Second Congregational Church - Deacon's Fund, Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703.


Barbara J. Furze   August 12, 2013

Barbara J. (Shaw) Furze,  87, of North Dighton, died Aug. 12, 2013, at Morton Hospital and Medical Center.
Born June 10, 1926, to the late Carl and Nellie Shaw, Barbara was raised in the Padnarum neighborhood of South Dartmouth. She attended school in New Bedford and graduated at the age of 16. A graduate of St. Luke’s School of Nursing, Barbara spent her career as a psychiatric nurse at Taunton State Hospital, where she met her future husband, George Furze. They married in 1948 and lived together in Taunton then North Dighton for 57 years before he passed away in 2005. The couple enjoyed many winters in Ft. Myer’s Beach, Fla. Barbara was a communicant of St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, an active volunteer at the Taunton Public Library and Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, and a philanthropist to many charitable organizations. She loved travel, Book Club, gardening, animals and Sunday lunches with her dear friend, June Gray. She was a member of Poppasquash Swim Club, where she was an avid swimmer into her late 70s. She also enjoyed puzzles, “Jeopardy” and the beach. Barbara is survived by three children: Stephen Furze and his wife Jayne of Rehoboth; Marjorie Nemeth and her husband Rick of Big Bear City, Calif.; and Janet Canning and her late husband Joe of Taunton; four grandchildren: Daniel Furze of Rehoboth; Scott Canning and his wife Jess of North Dighton; Krista Nemeth and her husband Christopher Oesterreich of Wildomar, Calif.; and Meghan Musante and her husband Tony of Berkley; and three great-grandchildren: Jill Musante, Guy Canning and Aubrey Oesterreich. Donations can made to Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 149, Taunton, MA 02780.



Arthur E. Irving   August 7, 2013

Arthur E. Irving,  71 of Attleboro, passed away suddenly on August 7, 2013, in Miriam Hospital in Providence. He was the loving husband of 41 years to B. Danielle (Reese) Irving. Arthur graduated Attleboro High School in 1960. He attended Northeastern University and earned a CMFGE, certified manufacturing engineer. He worked at Crosby Valve & Gauge, in Wrentham for many years, also Elmwood Sensors, Pawtucket, and retired from V-Tron Electronics in Attleboro. His special interest was electronics. Arthur is survived by two brothers, James and his wife, Paula and Dennis, both of Rehoboth; two sisters, Barbara Gagnon of Pear Blossom, Calif., and Diane Blayney of Downer's Grove, Ill. Predeceased by his sister, Janice Alexander. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews


George L. Gray, Sr.   August 11, 2013

George L. Gray, Sr., husband of the late Rose (Pawloski) Gray died with his family by his side at Life Care Center of Raynham at the age of 93. Born in Taunton, George was the son of the late Andrew and Clara (Cayton) Gray. He was a graduate of Taunton High School class of 1938 and attended college in Virginia. George enlisted in the US Navy after college serving during WWII. He was a resident of North Dighton for over 60 years. George owned and operated Gray’s Construction in North Dighton and he also taught mechanical drawing and industrial arts at Barnstable High School. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Silver City Twirlers he also enjoyed square dancing, boating and was an active member at St Nichols of Myra Church in North Dighton. George was the father of Lou Gray of Pawtucket, RI, and Susan Gray Pritchard of Rehoboth. Grandfather of Ananda Gray of Florida, Kate Pritchard Pereira of Rehoboth and Gabriel Gray of Taunton. Brother of Albert Gray of Taunton and the late Alice Silva and Louise Brown. Dear friend of Pauline Pimental of Taunton. Uncle of several nieces and nephews.


Everett Kandarian, Jr.   August 10, 2013

Everett Kandarian, Jr., 85 years of Taunton, died Augusut 10, 2013 at Morton Hospital in Taunton after a period of failing health and a long, robust life. He was born in Providence, and grew up on a farm in Rehoboth before moving to Seekonk, where he and his wife, Dorothy (Lotti) Kandarian raised their family. He served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II and was a salesman throughout his career, retiring after many years with Coastal Beverage in Avon, where he earned top awards for his performance. In Seekonk, he was a part-time special police officer for several years, and had also been the town's sealer of weights and measures. He was also a member of the Seekonk Lions Club, and in his later years, of the Seekonk Rod and Gun Club in Rehoboth. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and snowmobiling, spending as much time as possible at a hunting camp in Maine he and friends built on a mountainside, happily calling it his "mistress of the woods." He was a devoted husband and father, and is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Dorothy; his two children, Stephen and Paul; and grandchildren Jessica, Paul, Corey and Matthew. Donations may be made to Beacon Hospice, 182 Main Street, Fall River, Mass. 02720, and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, New York 10001.


Wilbur E. “Willy” Carlstrom   August 2, 2013

Wilbur E. “Willy” Carlstrom, 81, of Hodges Street, Attleboro, died on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 at the Lifecare Center of Attleboro. He was the beloved husband of Eileen A. (Martin) McCabe Carlstrom to whom he was married on July 4, 1959. Born in Attleboro on August 13, 1931, he was a son of the late Emil O. and Gladys (Marland) Carlstrom. Raised and educated in North Attleboro, Mr. Carlstrom attended North Attleboro schools. Mr. Carlstrom was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Korean era. He resided in Attleboro for the past 10 years, having formerly resided in North Attleboro, South Attleboro and Rehoboth. Mr. Carlstrom was a well-known figure at M.A. Vigorito & Sons, a downtown North Attleboro retail establishment, as a tailor and salesperson for more than 50 years prior to his retirement. He was the former owner of "Will's Bait and Tackle Shop" on Mount Hope Street, North Attleboro, for many years. Many years ago, Mr. Carlstrom was a coach for the Little North Attleboro League and North Attleboro Pop Warner football. Mr. Carlstrom was a member of the Wrentham Sportsmen's Club, was a member and served as vice president of the United Fly Tiers Association. As an owner and racer of harness horses for more than 10 years, he was a member of the Harness Horsemen's Association of New England. Mr. Carlstrom enjoyed trips to Foxwoods to test his good fortune and many years ago was an ardent bowler of big balls and candlepins as a member of various local bowling leagues. In addition to his wife, he leaves three children: Thomas E. Carlstrom of Rehoboth, William J. Carlstrom of Bourne, and Elizabeth M. Maloon and her husband Eric Maloon of Attleboro; six grandchildren: Laura Langille of Attleboro, Tamarra Carlstrom of Rehoboth, Shawn Carlstrom of Rehoboth, Emily Carlstrom of Berlin, Tyler Carlstrom of Berlin, and Kira Brodeur of Rehoboth; three great-grandchildren, expecting two additional: Mia Duphily and Leah Duphily of Attleboro, and Joseph Carlstrom of Rehoboth; his siblings: Elearnor Hagen and her husband Ovin Hagen of Wareham, Dorothy Polion of North Attleboro, Janet Tolatovicz and her husband Matthew Tolatovicz of Plainville, and Brenda Assalyn of Cumberland, R.I.; and several nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. He was the brother of the late Donald "Pick" Carlstrom.


Herbert J. Aldous   August 5, 2013

Herbert J. Aldous, Sgt., USMC, (Ret.), 80, of Pine Street, Rehoboth, MA, died peacefully surrounded by his family, Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. He was the husband of Eleanor (Rosa) Aldous. Born Nov. 22, 1932, in Waltham, MA, he was a son of the late Herbert and Jennie Mae (Messenger) Aldous. Herbert was a Korean War veteran serving with US Marine Corps. He received a Purple Heart for wounds received during combat with the enemy losing his right leg. He was also the awarded the Korean Service Medal with bronze star. He retired as an auditor after 23 years of service at the Naval Education and Training Center. Later he served as the Director of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Agent with the Town of Rehoboth. He was a life member of both the Disabled American Veterans and AmVets. He was also a member and past president of the A17 Marine Corps Assn. and member and past president Rehoboth Baseball Association. In addition to his wife of 60 years, he leaves his children, Bonnie Kelley of Rehoboth, Lynn Macalister of Charlestown, Stephen Aldous of Glocester and Thomas Aldous of Pt. Charlotte, FL; 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was also the brother of the late Murray, Evelyn and Richard Aldous and Patricia Paul. Memorial donations are greatly appreciated to the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, 1085 No. Main St., Providence, RI 02904.


Marguerite Barrett O’Connell  August 4, 2013

Marguerite Barrett O’Connell, passed away peacefully at her home in Seekonk, Massachusetts on Sunday, August 4, 2013, at the age of 83. Marguerite was the beloved wife of Robert O’Connell to whom she had been married for 59 years. Marguerite, the daughter of the late George and Marguerite (Gallagher) Barrett, was born and raised in Concord, Massachusetts where she was Salutatorian of the Concord-Carlisle High School graduating class of 1948. Following high school, Marguerite attended Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing where she received her R.N. degree in 1950. She began her nursing career at Emerson Hospital in Concord and also worked at the Veteran’s Hospital in Jamaica Plain and the Tockwotten Nursing Home in Providence, R.I. In 1954 Marguerite married the love of her life, Robert O’Connell. They moved to Seekonk, Massachusetts, in 1966, where they would live for the next 47 years, raising their four children. Beside her husband she is survived by her children Robert, Jr. and his wife Lynn (Hamilton) of Arlington, VA.; Kevin of Marshfield Hills, MA and Cairo, Egypt; Nancy O’Connell Phillips of Taunton and Brian and his wife Mary (Carvalho) of Rehoboth, MA. As important as her husband and children were to her, nothing brought more joy to Marguerite’s life than her four grandchildren. “Nanny” as she was affectionately called, was the light in the life of Ian O’Connell Phillips, Jonathan O’Connell, Emma O’Connell and Joan Marie O’Connell. Nanny was there to attend every school, sport, and social event and always had an ever lasting supply of love and affection. She is also survived by brothers-in-law Russell Palmer of Seminole, Fla. and Palo Peirce of Acton and Falmouth and many cherished nieces and nephews.  She was the sister of the late Eileen Peirce and George Barrett. The O’Connell family would like to thank Concord Home, Health Services of R.I and Gentiva Hospice for their wonderful devotion and care of both Marguerite and Robert during the past two years. Donations in Marguerite’s name may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belford Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.


Hugh W. Kenworthy, Jr.  August 1, 2013

Hugh W. Kenworthy, Jr., age 80 of Kendall, Wisconsin, died Thursday, August 1, 2013 at the Serenity House in Tomah surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 4, 1933 in Fall River, MA, to Hugh W. Sr and Ella (Townley) Kenworthy.  He graduated from Case High School in Swansea, MA.  On October 4, 1952, Hugh was united in marriage to Irene Durand.  From 1953 to 1975 he worked for Texas Instruments in Attleboro, MA where he was a department supervisor for 16 years. In his youth he coached several little league baseball teams. In 1975, Hugh moved their family from Rehoboth, Massachusetts to a dairy farm in the Township of Wilton, which was his life long dream. While settling here in Wisconsin he worked for the Farmers Town Mutual Insurance Co., in the Tomah Area.  He was also an active member of the National Farmers Organization. In 1988, Hugh & Irene joined the Peace Corp.  Together they travelled to numerous places volunteering their time with the Peace Corp. One of the most memorable trips was to the jungles of Ecuador.  Hugh was a faithful and devoted member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Tomah.  He served as an Elder of the church and was an active member within the church organization.  Along with raising his family, Hugh led a simple life, which he enjoyed all of God’s graces.  In his spare time he enjoyed volunteer work and helping others.  He was a gracious neighbor and for many years drove the Amish into town. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Irene, 10 children, Hugh III and Debra (Rose) Kenworthy, Robert and Pauline (St. Pierre) Kenworthy, Diane (Kenworthy) and Dan Davis, Nathan and Kathleen (Secatore) Kenworthy, Mark and Susan (Honish) Kenworthy, John and Christine (Hemmersbach) Kenworthy, Jessica (Kenworthy) and Brad Kortbein, Kathryn Kenworthy , Mary Beth (Kenworthy) and Roger Hilliard, David and Carrie (Riffle) Kenworthy, 34 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, two brothers Frank Kenworthy and Jack (Gloria) Kenworthy, a sister Joan Halloran, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant great grandson, Richard Handorf, and a brother-in-law Tom Halloran. Hugh was blessed with many years of fulfilled dreams.  Hugh was and is a model of love.


Carol A. (Watterson) Desnoyers  July 29, 2013

Carol A. (Watterson) Desnoyers, 70 of Norton, formerly of Rehoboth and Sharon, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Monday, July 29, 2013, at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. She was the beloved wife of Armand J. Desnoyers, to whom she was wed for the past 31 years. Born in Norwood on Aug. 14, 1942, she was a dear daughter of the late Leonard and Marion (Forsyth) Watterson. She grew up in Sharon and was a graduate of Sharon High School. She furthered her studies by attending Chapel Hill College. In addition to being a devoted and loving mother and stepmother, Carol had worked as an office manager for several years at the dental practice of Dr. Arthur Volpe in Attleboro. Mrs. Desnoyers was a member of the New Testament Baptist Church in Norton, where she served as a former director of the nursery and graciously provided transportation to children attending the Christian School. A resident of Norton for the past eight years, Carol had formerly made her home in Rehoboth for 20 years. She enjoyed camping and cross country traveling, and along with her husband had volunteered their services at Scusset Beach in Sagamore, at San Carlos R.V. Park in Fort Meyers, Fla., and at the Shady Knoll Campground in Brewster. Her other interests included knitting and crocheting, and most of all, the simple pleasures of spending time with loved ones and friends. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her devoted and loving children, Waine Wyatt of Smithfield, R.I., Robert Wyatt of Dighton, Colleen Wyatt of Easton, and Debbie Ennis of Dighton. She was the dear sister of Marilyn Coyne of Walpole, Pamela Collier of Foxboro and Allan Watterson of Sharon. She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren, Janie, Julie, Joshua, Jennifer, Amanda, Christopher, Carlos Jr., and Joclyn, as well as her adored great-granddaughters Ashyia and Lilly, and several nieces and nephews. Donations in her memory be made to the Nine Lives Feline Rescue Shelter of Norton, Box 548, Norton, MA 02766.


Cecelia “Sally” (Souza) Arruda  July 30, 2013

Cecelia “Sally” (Souza) Arruda, who celebrated her 100th birthday earlier this month, of Reed Street in Rehoboth died Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. She was the wife of the late Frank Arruda. Born July 9, 1913, in Seekonk, she was a daughter of the late Antone and Virginia (Amaral) Souza. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. Sally leaves her sister, Evelyn Medeiros of Seekonk and her nephews, Richard Rezendes of Providence and Ronald Rezendes of Warwick; 14 great nieces and nephews; 19 great-great nieces and nephews; 2 great-great-great nieces and nephews; and then there's Judy, her friend, confidant and the closest thing she had to a daughter. She was also the sister of the late Rose Rezendes, Irene Ferriera and Manuel Souza; and aunt of the late James Ferriera, Evelyn Spalding and Shirley Wright.


Paulette L. Gasper  July 14, 2013

Paulette L. Gasper, 51, of Taunton, died Sunday, July 14 in Taunton Nursing Home following a brief illness. She was born 64 years ago in Taunton, the daughter of Alice (Gasper) Fleck and the late Merrill Fleck, Sr. She attended St. Coletta’s School in Hanover and had been a Taunton resident for most of her life. Paulette enjoyed music, dancing, camping and coloring. In addition to her mother, she leaves: 4 brothers: John Fleck of Taunton, Donald Fleck of Manomet, Merrill Fleck, Jr. of Rehoboth and Robert Fleck of Taunton; 3 sisters: Jean Silva of Rehoboth, Debra Ferreira of Taunton and Claudine “Chicki” McGuire of Taunton, and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.


Alice Duhaime  July 18, 2013

Alice Duhaime, age 84, passed away in Kindred Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Swansea following a lengthy illness while surrounded by her loving family. Alice was preceded in death by her loving husband, Leo G. Duhaime. Alice was born in Taunton, the daughter of the late Peter and Alice (Whittemore) Briody. She has resided in Taunton her entire life. Alice was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School. She was employed as a sales clerk for the former Pober’s Department Store and Woolworth’s. She enjoyed camping, playing cards, knitting, crocheting, but above all cherished her time with family. Alice is survived by her children Deborah Simmons and her husband, John, of Taunton, Linda Guite of Rehoboth, Brian L. Duhaime and his wife, Linda, of Taunton, Mark E. Duhaime and his wife, Jody, of Swansea, Peter G. Duhaime and his wife, Lori, of Taunton and Scott P. Duhaime and his wife, Kim, of Portsmouth, R.I. Alice also leaves her fourteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. She also leaves her sister in law Elaine Briody of Taunton and her late siblings Mynette Dewhurst and John Briody. Donations in Alice’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.


Paulette L. Gasper  July 14, 2013

Paulette L. Gasper, 51, of Taunton, died Sunday, July 14 in Taunton Nursing Home following a brief illness. She was born 64 years ago in Taunton, the daughter of Alice (Gasper) Fleck and the late Merrill Fleck, Sr. She attended St. Coletta’s School in Hanover and had been a Taunton resident for most of her life. Paulette enjoyed music, dancing, camping and coloring. In addition to her mother, she leaves: 4 brothers: John Fleck of Taunton, Donald Fleck of Manomet, Merrill Fleck, Jr. of Rehoboth and Robert Fleck of Taunton; 3 sisters: Jean Silva of Rehoboth, Debra Ferreira of Taunton and Claudine “Chicki” McGuire of Taunton, and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.


Linda S. Hurd  July 14, 2013

Linda S. Hurd, 51, of Rehoboth, died at home Sunday, July 14, 2013, peacefully surrounded by family after a brief illness. Raised in Easton, she was a 1980 graduate of Oliver Ames High School there. Linda was a manager for Motherhood Maternity stores and enjoyed collecting antiques and spending time at her cottage in Northwood, N.H.

Linda was the devoted mother of Matthew D. Minkin (and his companion Candice Marie Leblanc) of Rehoboth and Patrick A. Minkin of Mansfield; dear daughter of Russell "Brad" Hurd of Port Charlotte, Fla., and the late Dorothy A. Hurd; stepdaughter of Priscilla (Douzanis) Hurd; loving sister of Bruce Hurd (and his late wife Pamela Whynot-Hurd) of Raynham, Brenda Peterson (and her husband Mark) of Raynham, and Lisa Rollo (and her husband Edward) of Taunton; adoring aunt of Sean and Bret Hurd of Raynham, Jake and Stephen Peterson of Raynham, and Ryan and Justin Rollo of Taunton; she also leaves many loving friends.  Memorial gifts may be made to Beacon Hospice or American Cancer Society.


Brian E. Corr  July 14, 2013

Brian E. Corr, 72, of East Winthrop, died Sunday July 14, 2013, at Central Maine Medical Center after bravely battling a period of declining health. Brian grew up in Massachusetts and was a graduate of Monson Academy of Wilbraham Mass. He drove an 18-wheel gravel truck locally for several area companies; the most recent being Chickering Trucking of Middleboro, Mass. Brian retired in 2002 and the following year moved to Maine where he lived on the water and could pursue his lifelong passion for fishing. Mr. Corr is survived by his wife of 49 years, Patricia (Paulding) Corr, two daughters, Audra LaChapelle of Rehoboth, Mass, and Stacey Esteban and her husband, Christopher, of Morrisville, Vt., and a grandson, Scott LaChapelle, Jr. of Providence, R.I. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the American Lung Association, 122 State Street, Augusta, Maine 04330.


John William White  July 9, 2013

John William White, of Attleboro, a firefighter and researcher, died on Tuesday, July 9 at his residence following a brief illness. He was 89. Mr. White was born and raised in Attleboro and graduated from Attleboro High School.

Mr. White was a veteran of the Army and served with the 5th tank destroyer group until 1945. He was employed as a firefighter in Attleboro from 1947 until his retirement in 1956 at the rank of captain. Mr. White was employed at the former Metals and Controls, later acquired by Texas Instruments, for more than 30 years. He was part of the Research Nuclear Development. He was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Attleboro, where he was a volunteer and served as a eucharistic minister. Mr. White also volunteered at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. Mr. White enjoyed walking and playing golf, was an ardent stamp collector and history aficionado. Mr. White is survived by his wife of over 70 years, Helen R. (Lynch); three daughters, Karen Stevens of Rehoboth, Kathleen Santos of Warwick, R.I., and Lisa of Attleboro; three sons, Stephen of Westport, John of Attleboro, Thomas of Rehoboth; 10 grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.


Ann (Guillo) Westcott-Backlund  July 11, 2013

Ann (Guillo) Westcott-Backlund, age 88, of Reservoir Ave., died Thursday, July 11, 2013. She was he wife of the late Rudolph E. Backlund, Kenneth Westcott Jr., and Mortimer Truman Dean. Born March 10, 1925, in Taunton, she was a daughter of the late Wallace and Minnette (Gustee) Guillo. She was the mother of Sharon Dean-Hyatt and husband Jerry Hyatt of Tuftonboro, NH and St. Petersburg, FL, Cynthia A. Veader of Attleboro, Frank Westcott and wife DeDe of Rehoboth, and of the late Peter B. Dean. She also leaves 7 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Ann was a devout student of the Word of God, and enjoyed travelling, painting, playing the organ, bird watching, gardening, riding her bike and especially cherished the time she spent with her family. She will be remembered for her sharp wit and her contagious sense of humor. Memorial donations are requested to the Alzheimer’s Assn., 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.


Shaun J. Kuttner July 1, 2013

Shaun J. Kuttner, son of Elaine (Zani) Kuttner and the late Daniel Kuttner, died at his Taunton home on July 1, 2013. He was 44. Born in Fall River, he was raised and educated in North Dighton and was a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School. A Taunton resident for the past several years, Shaun was an outdoor and nature enthusiast; and was especially fond of cats. He also enjoyed motorcycles and fishing. In addition to his mother of Taunton, he leaves a brother, Daniel Kuttner, Jr. and his wife Diane of Taunton; a sister, Beth Kuttner of Taunton; a niece and a nephew. Funeral services were held privately at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations in Shaun’s name may be made to the Benevolent Fund c/o South Shore Community Church, 191 Torrey St. Brockton, MA 02301. Arrangements are being handled by the Silva Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Taunton.


Noel C. Turgeon   July 7, 2013

Noel C. Turgeon, 78 of Rehoboth, a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed peacefully with his family members at his side on Sunday, July 7, 2013 in Miriam Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island. He was the beloved husband of the late Margaret (Devine) Turgeon who passed in 2006. Born in Central Falls, Rhode Island on December 25, 1934, he was a son of the late Eugene and Eva (Dacier) Turgeon. Noel attended Dighton High School and was a graduate of Johnson and Wales University. He served his country proudly as a member of the United States Air Force during the Korean War, spending one year deployed to Okinawa, Japan. He later received the Foreign Service and Good Conduct medals. He was employed by the Northrup Grumman Corporation in Norwood as a quality assurance engineer for 34 years, and later worked as a consultant at Fibersense Technology Corporation prior to retirement. Noel was a lifelong resident of Rehoboth where he was very active in the American Legion Post 302. He enjoyed landscaping, gardening, hunting, fishing, and restoring his 1969 Ford Mustang. He also loved country music, jazz and Dixieland music. Noel was an avid New England Patriots fan and an ardent follower of politics. He will always be remembered for being devoted to his family and neighbors. Noel is survived by three daughters: Patricia A. Turgeon and her husband Mark Swanson of Philadelphia, New York; Sandra L. Noel and her husband Thomas W. Noel, Jr. of North Dighton and Lorrie J. Turgeon and her significant other Derek Sasso of Cumberland, Rhode Island; a sister, Constance Paull of Taunton; a brother, Thomas Turgeon and his wife Rita of Attleboro; two grandchildren, Mary Ingrid Swanson and Margaret Carleen Noel and his loving companion, Flora O'Donnell of Foxboro. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Gerard Turgeon and Roger Turgeon. For those wishing to remember Noel in a special way, memorial contributions in his memory may be made to: Town of Rehoboth Department of Veterans' Services, 148 Peck St., Rehoboth, MA 02769 for the construction of the new Veterans Memorial in Rehoboth, or Homes For Our Troops, 6 Main St., Taunton, MA 02780 or www.info@hfotusa.org.


Kenneth W. Gorman   July 3, 2013

Kenneth W. Gorman, of Rehoboth and Chelmsford, MA, and Manhattan Beach, CA passed away on July 3 at age 62 after a long illness. He was a graduate of Colby College and MIT's Sloan School of Management. He was a CPA and consultant for most of his career. He was the son of the late Robert and Barbara Gorman of Rehoboth, MA and is survived by his son Nicholas of Hermosa Beach, CA his sister, Janet Gorman of Quincy MA and his brother, Douglas Gorman of Dedham, MA. Arrangements are private.


Maria P. Rotondo   (obituary published July 2, 2013)

Maria P. Rotondo, 90, wife of the late Aldo R. Rotondo, a long-time resident of Rehoboth, passed away in Rehoboth, at the home of her daughter. Born in Lawrence, MA, she was the daughter of the late Carmine and Philomena (Favella) Ruggiero. Mrs. Rotondo was a long-time faithful communicant of Our Lady of Loreto Church, East Providence. She leaves her children; Cora (Peter) Bates, Mario (Barbara) Rotondo, Ann (Harold) Messenger, Lori (Larry) Waterman and Maryellen (Chris) Fowler, grandchildren; Leemarie Mosca, Jenny Cascio, Matthew, Allison and Marc Rotondo, James and Michael Messenger, Lori Flint, Kate Argiro, Sally and Margaret Waterman, Annie Brown, Ted and Suzanne Fowler and 10 great grandchildren.  Memorial gifts may be directed to: The Citizens' Scholarship Fund of Dighton and Rehoboth, P.O. Box 696, Rehoboth, MA 02769. 


Wallace R. “Wally” Guay   June 26, 2013 

Wallace R. “Wally” Guay, 74 of Winthrop Street, Rehoboth died Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro.  He was the husband of Ellen M. (McCormick) Guay to whom he was married 48 years.  He was born in Woonsocket, a son of the late Irenee and Estelle (Chapdelaine) Guay.  Wally worked for General Motors for thirty years before retiring.  He was a past Grand Knight, Seekonk Council, Knights of Columbus # 5108 and a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.  He was an avid golfer.  Besides his wife he leaves many cousins, godchildren, two cats and his beloved dog Murphy. Contributions in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 would be appreciated.  


Carmen L. (Horton) Martin   June 26, 2013 

Carmen L. (Horton) Martin, 80 years old, died in Longmeadow of Taunton Nursing Home, on June 26, 2013.  Born in Dighton daughter of the late Carlton and Jean ( Wheeler) Horton.  She was educated in Dighton Schools.  She previously worked at Ad-a-Day and at Swanks.  Carmen had been a resident of Raynham for over 40 years.  She was an active member of the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Taunton where she served on many committees. She enjoyed bingo and shopping.  She was the wife of Joseph Martin of Raynham and is the mother of Donna Bodreau of Raynham, Lynn LeFleur of South Carolina, Dennis Bodreau of New Bedford, James Bodreau of Florida and the late Robert Bodreau Jr. She is step mother of Karin (Caouette) Shumaker and her husband Don of Rehoboth and Priscilla Petruzzi and her husband Rick of England. Carmen is the grandmother of several, great grandmother of several and the great great grandmother of two.  She is also the sister of Beverly Villeneuve of R.I., Chester Horton of California and Robert Best of Connecticut.


Jean Dias   June 23, 2013 

Jean Dias, age 70 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts died Sunday, June 23, 2013 at the Pawtucket Skilled Nursing Center.  She was the wife of the late Antone Dias.  She was born in Providence, a daughter of the late Frank and Jennie (DiLibero) Silva.  Jeanne was an administrative assistant at the former B.A. Ballou Company and previously worked for the Outlet Company. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Seekonk.  She leaves one daughter, Michele J. Moschella of Rumford, one son, Antone Dias, Jr. of Rehoboth, one brother, Frank Silva of Seekonk and six grandchildren. 


Robert Joseph ‘Bucky’ Benoit, Sr.   June 13, 2013 

Robert Joseph ‘Bucky’ Benoit, Sr., 96, of Tremont Street, Rehoboth, a proud and retired farmer and carpenter, died surrounded by the love and devotion of his family on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the Dighton Nursing Home in Dighton, Mass. where he had been a resident since November. He was the beloved husband of the late Gladys Mae (McKearney) Benoit to whom he was married on February 28, 1949. Born in Cambridge, Mass. on April 18, 1917, he was a son of the late Louis and Laura E. (Beaudoin) Benoit. He was educated in the City of Cambridge before the family moved to the country and settled in Rehoboth more than 80 years ago. Mr. Benoit saw many changes moving from the city to the country. He immediately embraced his love for farming and for decades worked the land and oversaw livestock. In earlier years, Mr. Benoit was an active member of the Bristol County 4H program and enjoyed attending livestock auctions and county fairs. When not farming and caring for animals, he enjoyed gardening. However, his favorite pastime was making hay and celebrating the end of yet another farming season. Mr. Benoit was an accomplished carpenter having first performed around the farmyard and later for various companies as a member of the Union Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America - Local 535, Norwood to which he belonged for more than 15 years. He was a former communicant of the former St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, Taunton. He leaves four children: Robert J. Benoit, Jr. and his wife, Barbara A. (Gill) Benoit, of Rehoboth; Stephen L. Benoit of Sandwich; Pamela J. Alexson of Rehoboth and Lisa A. LaCombe and her husband, John G. "Jack" LaCombe, Jr., of Rehoboth; his grandchildren: Tanya E. Benoit, Jennifer L. Pouliot, Laura E. Spath, Sarah C. Curry, Tiffany M. Benoit, Daniel L. Benoit, Timothy P. Alexson, and the late Christopher R. Benoit who died in 1994 and 10 great grandchildren. He also leaves his sister: Doris Robinson of Rockford, Mich. He was the brother of the late Leo Benoit.

He also leaves his late wife's siblings: Janet A. Dyer and her husband, Edward A. Dyer, of Seekonk; Richard A. McKearney and his wife, Betty McKearney, of Attleboro; Raymond C. McKearney and his wife, Elizabeth McKearney, of Rehoboth; Gary S. McKearney and his wife, Kim McKearney, of Rehoboth; two sisters-in-law: Betty Lou McKearney, wife of the late James Leo McKearney, Jr., of Wrentham and Helen McKearney, wife of the late Ronald E. "Mac" McKearney, of Rehoboth; three generations of nieces and nephews, extended family members and dear friends. Memorial donations in Mr. Benoit's name and honor may be made to the Bristol County 4H Program, c/o Mrs. Millie Gedrites, 1 Laneway Street, Taunton, MA 02780. Those in need of transportation to visitation may simply call the funeral home at (508) 695-0200.


Michelle L. Renaud   June 12, 2013 

Michelle L. (Hancock) Renaud, 58, passed away at home, Wednesday June 12, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of David L. Renaud, DDS of Rehoboth, MA. She was born in Indianapolis, IN, daughter of E. Lyle (Dunn) Foist of Indianapolis, IN and the late Harold W. Hancock. Besides her husband and mother, she is survived by her devoted twins Trace M. and Brooke H. Renaud both of Rehoboth, MA, and brother Michael W. Hancock of Denver, CO. Michelle was a graduate of Purdue University and a member of Shoemaker Cooperative. Michelle was the business manager for her husband's dental practice, David L. Renaud, DDS, Ltd. for many years. Michelle was an invaluable member of the Rhode Island community. She was a dedicated advocate for women's health. Michelle served Women & Infants Hospital in numerous leadership roles. She was a hospital Trustee, Development Foundation Director, Auxiliary President, ONWARD Capital Campaign Steering Committee member, Storybook Ball Chairwoman, Hospital Corporator and passionate patient advocate. Most recently Michelle helped to launch a capital campaign in support of the planned Women & Infants Infusion Center. She was also intricately involved with the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation. Michelle served on the Board of the Newman YMCA. She was President of the Barrington Christian Academy PTF. She supported her children during their high school careers at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School as a member of the school council, DR Gridiron, field hockey and track and field boosters and Chairwoman of the Scholarship Fundraising Gala. Michele served as the Vice Conseiller Gastronomigue and Vice Chargè de Presse of the Rhode Island Baillage of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Michelle was a renowned hostess. She will be remembered for her annual Indianapolis 500 parties, and her passion for gathering friends and family in the lovely Renaud home. Michelle could effortlessly entertain hundreds and make every guest feel like the singular focus of her attention. Regardless of what Michelle was experiencing throughout her illness, she was always more concerned about the well-being of everyone else in her life. Michelle will be remembered for her love of Jimmy Buffet, the beach, flip-flops, elephants, good wine, fabulous shoes, fun getaways with family and friends and her welcoming Aloha. Michelle's life ended too soon but her legacy will live on through her beautiful children and through everyone she touched with her work, friendship, humor, courage, strength, infectious energy and limitless hope. Donations can be made in Michelle's memory to Women & Infants Hospital Development Foundation/ Infusion Center Campaign 101 Dudley St., Providence, RI 02905 or Community VNA Hospice Care, 10 Emory St., Attleboro, 02703 will be appreciated. ALOHA


Neil Edwin Copes   June 8, 2013 

Neil Edwin Copes, age 83 of Tremont Street, Rehoboth, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed peacefully on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Morton Hospital in Taunton. He was the beloved husband of 59 years to Theresa L. (Convey) Copes. Born in Brookville, Ind. on December 25, 1929, Neil was a son of the late Basil and Naomia (Riker) Copes. He was raised and educated in Brooksville and was a graduate of Brooksville High School. During the Korean War, Neil served in the U.S. Navy. While serving as a Radarman Second Class aboard the U.S.S. Bennington (CVA-20), Mr. Copes received a Letter of Commendation by the Secretary of the Navy, which read in part: "For courageous conduct while serving on board the U.S.S. Bennington when that vessel experienced a series of violent explosions while conducting air operations south of Newport, R.I. With fires, dense smoke and intense heat spreading throughout the forward section of the ship and causing death or injury to 220 officers and men, Copes voluntarily went into the most critical area to assist in the removal of casualties. By his outstanding courage and initiative, he was instrumental in saving several lives. His actions throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service." Following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, Neil was employed as a dairy farmer in Rehoboth for Bliss Bros. Dairy, which became his lifelong profession. Years ago Neil was vice president and coach of the Rehoboth Junior Football Association. He also served as a lieutenant at the North Rehoboth Volunteer Fire Station. Over the years he was a member of a number of bowling teams and enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling, solving puzzles and hunting. When he was younger Neil also enjoyed playing softball. He was a sports fan and especially enjoyed NASCAR racing. Neil also enjoyed having coffee with his friend Rab. Neil's family and friends were the most important part of his life. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

In addition to his beloved wife, Theresa, Neil is survived by his four loving children: Lynne Davis of Rehoboth, Joyce Mooney and her husband Edwin of Lincoln, R.I., Edward Copes and his wife Lori of Attleboro and Kenneth Copes of Rehoboth; nine grandchildren: Kristin Farley, Edwin Mooney, Benjamin Davis, Brian Mooney, Karleen Desautell, Casey Copes-Jeffrey, Haley Copes, Jacey Copes and Sarah Copes-Jeffrey; and ten great-grandchidren.

Neil was the beloved grandfather of the late Erica Davis and father-in-law of the late Daniel Davis. Those wishing to remember Neil in a special way, memorial contributions in his memory may be made to: Rehoboth Ambulance Commission, PO Box 156, Rehoboth, MA 02769.


Anthony C. Rebelo   June 8, 2013 

Antonio C. Rebelo, age 61 of Thacher Street in Attleboro, a loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather, passed peacefully on June 8, 2013, surrounded by his family at home. He was the beloved husband of Maria C. (Rodrigues) Rebelo, with whom he celebrated 38 years of marriage.  Born in St. Michael, Azores, on December 10, 1951, he was a son of the late Antonio and Constance (Viveiros) Rebelo. Mr. Rebelo came to the United States on December 8, 1967. He worked for 40 years as a truck driver and shipping clerk at Wolverine Corporation, formerly Englehard Corporation, before retiring due to illness. Antonio was a longtime communicant and active member of the former Holy Ghost Parish in Attleboro and along with his wife Maria, participated in many of the parish festivals and feast celebrations. Antonio enjoyed traveling and following New England sports teams and Portuguese soccer clubs. He has been an avid Boston Bruins fan since the days of Bobby Orr. A family orientated man, he was proud of his accomplishments and of his home, where he enjoyed many family parties and gatherings and usually was the "life of the party", always trying to make others laugh. One of his greatest joys was playing and joking with his grandchildren, who affectionately called him "Vavo silly". In addition to his wife Maria, Antonio is survived by two sons; Michael Rebelo and his wife Jennifer of Attleboro, Richard Rebelo and his wife Katie of Rehoboth, a daughter; Kristina Magnan and her husband Brian of Attleboro; a brother; Jose and his wife Alda Rebelo of Attleboro, a sister; Maria Correia of Attleboro, seven grandchildren; Kevin and Allison Rebelo, Ryan, Jacob, and Emily Rebelo, Kaylee and Anthony Magnan. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Gabriel Rebelo.  Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to: Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Greater Attleboro District Council, 5 North Worcester Street, Norton, MA 02766.


Nancy Alberta Carpenter   June 7, 2013 

Nancy Alberta (Walker) Carpenter, age 92 of Rehoboth, MA, passed away peacefully on June 7, 2013, after a brief illness. She was the beloved wife of Joseph Allan Carpenter, Jr., whom she married in 1949. Nancy was born on October 10, 1920 in Providence, Rhode Island, daughter of the late Cynthia (Hixon) Walker and Hugh Albert Walker. She had five siblings (all now deceased): Marian W. Maupin, Alice W. Dunn, Mary Louise W. Durgin, Norman A. Walker, and Edmund H. Walker. Nancy was a graduate of Lincoln School in Providence, RI. She attended Skidmore College, and graduated from Lesley College. She taught for 12 years at North Rehoboth School in Rehoboth, MA; she also taught for 12 years at the Wheeler School, in Providence, RI. Nancy had been a member of the Rehoboth Garden Club since 1949. She was a Life Member of the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society, which oversees the Carpenter Museum and the Blanding Public Library. She was a past member of the Boston Weavers Guild and the Handicraft Club. She was also a former Board member of the Rehoboth Historical Society. Nancy is survived by her husband, Joseph Carpenter, of Rehoboth, MA; her daughter, Polly Jane Carpenter, of New York City; and two grandchildren, Karima Carpenter Hamamsy and Tymor Carpenter Hamamsy. Survivors also include six nieces and nephews (two nieces and one nephew predeceased her), as well as many other loving extended family and dear friends. Donations to the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society in Nancy's memory would be appreciated. (Rehoboth Antiquarian Society, 4 Locust Ave., P.O. Box 2, Rehoboth, MA, 02769.


Stephanie Jean Fortes   June 1, 2013 

Stephanie Jean Fortes, 48, of Emory Street, Attleboro, died on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. Born in Providence on Feb. 5, 1965, she was a daughter of Joseph John Fortes of Rehoboth and the late Dorothy (Baptista) Fortes. Raised in Rehoboth, Ms. Fortes, a homemaker, was an Attleboro resident for the past 15 years.  She enjoyed visits to Cape Cod beaches, gardening, cooking and will be remembered for her "green thumb". In addition to her father, she is survived by her three children: Channel S. Fortes, Aaron J. Fortes and Gabrielle N. Fortes, all of Attleboro; a grandson, Anthony C. Pedro of Attleboro; a sister, Cynthia A. Peckham of Riverside, R.I.; a brother, Anthony J. Fortes of Acushnet; and several extended family members. She was the sister of the late Susan Fortes.


Barbara Munroe Alcott   May 19, 2013 

Barbara Munroe Alcott, of Mansfield, formerly of Rehoboth and Sun City Center, FL, died on May 19 following a lengthy illness.  She was the devoted wife and widow of David Kendrick Alcott.  Born in Norwood, MA she was the sister of Herbert C. Munroe of Westwood, MA.  She leaves behind her children, Christine Baptiste and her husband Stephen, David K Alcott, Jr.  and his wife Robin, and Glenn M Alcott.  She was a loving grandmother to Lisa Peterson, Daniel Baptiste, and Bethany Baptiste; and the great grandmother of Alice Peterson and Mae Baptiste; and aunt to many nieces and nephews.


Frederick “Fred” H. Collins   May 26, 2013 

Frederick “Fred” H. Collins, age 72 of Lucy Drive, South Attleboro, died on Sunday, May 26, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Hospice in Providence. Born in Attleboro on March 12, 1941, he was a son of the late Frederick H. Collins Sr. and Ruth M. (Gifford) Collins. He was raised and educated in Attleboro and resided in Rehoboth for 10 years and in South Attleboro for the past 14 years. In earlier years, Mr. Collins attended All Saints Episcopal Church, Attleboro. He was employed as a cashier for Benny's in North Attleboro and Providence for 26 years prior to his retirement last year. He leaves his devoted and caring sister, Donna R. Mingo and her husband Ronald E. Mingo of Rehoboth, and his cherished cockatiel, "Pal."  Memorial donations in Mr. Collins' name may be made to the Dyer-Lake Charitable Foundation Inc., a registered 501 (c) 3 organization, 161 Commonwealth Avenue, North Attleboro, MA 02760 to benefit the Attleboro Animal Shelter.


Robert E. Salley, Sr.   May 22, 2013 

Robert E. Salley, Sr. age 88, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. A resident of Rehoboth most of his life, Robert will be buried with military honors will be held at Steven's Corner Cemetery in Rehoboth.


Carol Ann (Young) Pimental   May 19, 2013 

Carol Ann Pimental, 78, wife of Ronald J. Pimental of East Taunton, died at Morton Hospital on May 19, 2013. She was 69. Born in Attleboro, the daughter of the late Eugene and Gertrude P. (Butler) Young, she was raised and educated in Rehoboth. A certified nurse’s aide, Mrs. Pimental worked in Taunton area nursing homes for over thirty years, before retiring several years ago. She enjoyed dancing and yard work. In addition to her husband, she leaves two sons, Ronald K. Pimental and his wife Susan of East Taunton, and Ryan Pimental and his wife Jennifer of Raynham; three brothers, Eugene Young of Seekonk, Robert Young of Littleton, NH, and Curtis Young of Rehoboth; a sister, Gloria Astle of Taunton; three grandchildren, Crystal Stevens, and Jacob and Chace Pimental; two great grandchildren, Riley and Olivia Stevens; and many nieces and nephews.


Joan Madden   May 22, 2013 

Joan Madden, 78, of Peck Street, Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the loving wife of Leo Madden. They were married for fifty-two years. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late James and Alice (Amos) Glanvill and stepdaughter of the late Margaret (Morley) Glanvill, she lived in Rehoboth for the past thirteen years, previously living in Pawtucket and Providence. Joan was a clerk in the Tax Collectors Office for the City of Pawtucket for twenty years, retiring in 2000. She was a communicant of Saint Mary Church, Pawtucket, a founding member, and secretary, of the Ireland "32" Society, and a member of the Irish Ceilidhe Club of Rhode Island. She was an avid reader. Besides her husband Leo, she leaves a son, Brian F. Madden and his wife Cathy; three daughters, Kellie A. Duphily and her husband Tom, Noreen M. Strayer and her husband Brian, and Brenda P. Tartaglia and her husband David; a sister, Carol Ann Sanderson; and nine loving grandchildren, Alan, Raeanne, Kyle, Connor, Emily, Nathan, Benjamin, Rebecca, and Haley. She was a sister of the late James Glanvill.  Donations to Saint Mary Church, 103 Pine Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860 or South Coast Hospice & Palliative Care, 200 Mill Road, Fairhaven, MA 02719 in her memory will be appreciated.


Rita A. Zarrella   May 20, 2013 

Rita A. Zarrella, 84, of Sebastian, Florida died Monday, May 20, 2013, at Sebastian River Medical Center. She was born in Attleboro, had lived in Seekonk, and worked at LG Balfour. She is survived by her husband, Armand Raymond Zarrella; daughter, Lynne Salvail of Sebastian; sisters, Elena Carr of Seekonk, and Antoinette Powers of Rehoboth; two grandchildren and one great-grandson.


Maria C. (Virario) Melo   May 14, 2013 

Maria C. (Virario) Melo, beloved wife of the late Angelo P. Melo, died at Tufts Medical Center, Boston on May 14, 2013, after a period of declining health. She was 75 years old. Born on October 10, 1937, in Faial de Terra, St Michael, Azores, she was the only daughter of the late Antonio Fernandes Vigario and Maria Pereira Medeiros. She had been a resident of Taunton since 1970. She was employed at the former Eureka Manufacturing Company in Norton and the former Rene Curtain Factory. A homemaker most of her life, her interest included cooking, embroidery, knitting and the Boston Red Sox. She enjoyed being surrounded by her family. She and her late mother were instrumental in raising 12 grandchildren. A communicant of St Anthony Church, she often prayed, and had a deep and profound faith in God. She was famous for baking Portuguese sweet rice, sweet bread and malassadas. She leaves a son, Robert De Mello and his wife Lucy of Rehoboth, 5 daughters, Grace Miranda and Gaspar; Iberia Resendes and Carmino; Humberta Faria; Odette Borges and Jose and Diane DeMelo all of Taunton. Maria is the grandmother of 12 and the great grand mother of 3. Memorials in her name may be made to the favorite charity, St Jude’s Children Rersearch Hospital, 62 Danny Thomas Place; Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Charity of one’s choice.


Joanna Oliveira Medeiros   May 13, 2013 

Joanna J. Oliveira Medeiros, age 90 of County Street in Rehoboth, MA, died May 13, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Joseph Oliveira and the late Manuel J. Medeiros. Born in Tiverton, RI, she was the daughter of the late John and Teresa (Sousa) Roies. She worked as a shoe department manager for Building 19. She volunteered for Product Parade for WPRO. She was a lifetime member of the Holy Ghost Club in Westport and was a member of the VFW in Tiverton. She was an avid bowler for several bowling leagues in Lincoln, Somerset, Cranston and East Providence. She bowled for 30 years. She is survived by her children; Joanna Barlow of TX, Urban Medeiros of Fall River, Raoul Medeiros, Claudia Shilo, and David Medeiros all of East Providence, Carolyn Burgess of Riverside, Edwina Gonsalves of Lincoln and Edward Medeiros of Seekonk. She is survived by 29 grandchildren and over 120 great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She was the sister of Mary Medeiros of Fall River, Barbara Medeiros, Laura Lévesque and Antone Roies, all of Tiverton and the late Dennis Roies, Beatrice Sousa, Alice Felix and John Roies. She was the mother of the late Eileen Medeiros, Judith Neary and Lucian J. Medeiros. She was the grandmother of the late Kendra J. Milhomme.  Contributions in Joanna's memory, may be made to Children's Wish Group of RI, Inc., 2346 Post Road, Ste. 102, Warwick, RI 02886 or to St. Vincent's Childrens Home, 2425 Highland Ave., Fall River, MA 02720.


Maria C. Vieira   Obituary published May 12, 2013 

Maria C. Vieira, 66 of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, formerly of Danforth Street and Mikayla Ann Drive, Rehoboth passed away into eternal rest with her husband, daughter's and grandchildren by her side. She was the wife of Steven F. Vieira. Born in Horta, Salao, Faial, Azores she was a daughter of the late Jose Vieira and Mary Gloria Furtado. Mrs. Vieira and her family moved in 1972 to Southampton, PA where she was employed by the Centennial School District as a bus driver. She returned to Rehoboth, MA in 1986 retiring with her husband to Port Saint Lucie, Fl. She had previously worked for Standard Romper in Pawtucket, RI, Davol Rubber Company and the Providence Community Health Center. Besides her husband she leaves two daughters, Lisa Vieira Canada and her husband Frank Canada of Faro, Algarve, Portugal , Renee M. Haslam and her husband Sgt. Marc R. Haslam of Swansea, MA, her beloved grandchildren, Francisco Steven Vieira Canada and Alexandra Marie Canada of Faro, Algarve, Portugal, Marc Richard Haslam II and Zachary Steven Haslam of Swansea, MA, two sisters, Tina Cabral and Donna Perry, three brothers, Joseph M., Michael K. and Edward Vieira. She was the sister of the late John Vieira.

Contributions to Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 463 Benefit Street, Providence RI, 02903 would be appreciated.


Krista I. Paynton   May 9, 2013 

Krista I. (Drown) Payton, 54, of Dighton and the Village of Attleboro Falls in North Attleboro, the Superintendent of Schools for Bristol County Agricultural School, died on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at her residence surrounded by her loving family following a year-long illness. She was the beloved wife of Richard H Paynton to whom she was married on June 27, 1981. Born in Attleboro, Massachusetts on September 13, 1958, she was a daughter of the late Sears L. and Ingeborg P. (Petersen) Drown and was raised at the family home on Pleasant Street in Attleboro. Mrs. Paynton was a 1976 graduate of Attleboro High School and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her Master’s in Reproductive Physiology from the University of New Hampshire — Durham. Mrs. Paynton began her educational career at Bristol County Agricultural School as a student teacher in 1980 and returned in 1982 as a teacher in the animal science department. In 2005, Mrs. Paynton became the first woman to serve as the school’s principal and would become the school’s first female superintendent when appointed to the position in 2008, only the seventh superintendent since the school opened in 1912. Although her professional accomplishments were numerous, she was most proud of the fact her school achieved a 100 percent passing rate in the MCAS exam, the standardized test needed to get a high school diploma in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and that every student in the class of 2010 was placed, meaning they went on to higher education, a four or two-year college, they got a job in their chosen field or they went into the military. She will be remembered for leaving an indelible mark as she focused her expertise on having a vision for the future careers of students.  From her earlier teaching days, she subscribed to a mantra of ensuring students needs were of the utmost importance. A member of countless professional organizations, Mrs. Paynton was a Board Member of the Massachusetts Society of Medical Researchers.  Her legacy will be her dedication to family, faith and education. In addition to her husband she leaves two children: Alexander William Paynton of North Attleboro and Taylor (Paynton) Potter and her husband, Jonathan Potter, to whom she was wed May 2, 2013, of Taunton; a brother: Karl Drown of Rehoboth; her husband’s parents: William C. and Valrie S. (Sindt) Paynton of Attleboro Falls and nieces, nephews, extended family members, scores of past and current students, countless colleagues and friends. She and her family celebrated their faith and worshipped at Waters Church in North Attleboro. Memorial donations may be sent to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.  


Louise W. Ring   May 5, 2013 

Louise W. Ring, 94, passed away at Newmasket Healthcare Center, Middleborough, Massachusetts on May 5, 2013. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, John F. Ring and her brother, Alfred L. White. Louise was born in Taunton, MA to Carrie Babbitt White and Alfred Lester White on February 25, 1919. She graduated Magna cum Laude from Boston University in 1935 at the age of 16. She went on to earn a Masters Degree from Bridgewater State University. She taught French, Latin and English at the Howard Girls School in West Bridgewater, and taught in the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School System for 23 years.

She taught and studied in France, read Les Miserables by Victor Hugo at the end of each year to her classes with great passion, and her lifelong goal was to install the pinnacle of excellence in whatever endeavor her students chose to pursue. Louise is survived by her daughter, Roberta L. Gerhart and son-in-law, Dr. Ronald P. Gerhart; son John F. Ring, Jr.; four grandchildren John Patrick Ring, Drs. Kevin and Colleen Wood, Matthew Kirkland and his wife Kristi and Kristin Faria and her husband David; seven great-grandchildren Patrick Ryan Ring, Conner and Clifford Wood, Sean and Kayla Faria and Hailee and Kaiden Kirkland. The family requests that scholarship donations in the name of Louise W. Ring may be made to the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District, CFS (Lori Dias), 2700 Regional Road, N. Dighton, MA 02764. Arrangements are by the Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home, 280 Bedford St., Lakeville, MA.


Cynthia Jean Meeks   May 2, 2013 

Cynthia Jean Meeks, 47, of Rehoboth, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital in Boston, where she had been receiving treatment for lung cancer. Cindy was born in Milton on Sept. 26, 1965 to Diana (Gross) Sousa and John Gross. She was a longtime resident of Norton, where she enjoyed horseback riding and spending time with her animals. She is survived by her children, Ashley Meeks, Heather (Meeks) Hayden, son-in-law Robert Hayden, and Nicole Meeks and her nephew Maurice Proulx Jr. Cindy is also survived by her former spouse, Robert Meeks Jr., mother Diana Sousa, stepfather Raymond Sousa, sister Christine McAlice, and brother Billy Shultz, along with many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Cindy would like for everyone to remember the memories they have of her while she was healthy and full of life. “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday.”


Winston Olin Maker   April 28, 2013 

Winston Olin Maker, age 89, died peacefully on Saturday, April 28, 2013 at his care home in Naples, FL. Winston was born December 27, 1923, in Attleboro, MA, to Myra T. and George E. Maker. He graduated from Mt. Hermon School in 1941. In December of 1942 he enlisted in the United States Navy and attended officer candidate school at Cornell University, attaining the rank of Ensign. In April of 1945 he married his wife of 64 years, the late Shirley Elaine Johnson of Elmira, NY.  After World War II ended, Winston and Shirley settled in Rehoboth, MA, where they raised their three children. Winston attended Bryant College in Providence, RI, where he majored in accounting and finance, graduating second in his class in 1952. Winston was active in the community and the Rehoboth Congregational Church, a Boy Scout leader, and an avid golfer. He worked for many years in corporate accounting in Pawtucket, RI. In 1983 the Maker’s moved to Mashpee, MA where Winston became a bank officer at Cape Cod Bank & Trust in Hyannis specializing in taxes and trust accounts. He retired in 1995. In August of 1998 they moved permanently to Naples, Florida. Winston loved the outdoors, hiking in New England, swimming, skiing, and playing golf. He was a man of honesty and integrity, helpful to others, and beloved for his sense of humor, sweet, loving nature, positive attitude, and generous spirit. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Winston is survived by sons John Roberts Maker, of Columbia, SC, Philip Johnson Maker of Cotuit, MA, and daughter, Meredith Wynne Maker, of Naples, FL; grandchildren Whitney Maker Bailey, Andrew Philip Maker, and Alexandra Elizabeth Maker; and great-grand children, Hunter Winston Bailey, and Charles Phillip Maker.  A celebration of both Winston & Shirley Maker’s lives will be held in September on Cape Cod with family and friends.


Margaret Louise Rowse Shpack   Memorial Saturday, April 27, 2013  

Margaret Louise Rowse Shpack, a resident of Life Care in Attleboro passed away Saturday, February 16, 2013 following a brief illness. Peggy was born in Houlton, Maine, on June 6, 1943, the daughter of Clifton G. and Bertha L. (Wood) Booker. She was retired from Sturdy Memorial Hospital where she started out as an operating room technician and then served in several positions during her many years of service at the hospital. Peggy was active in her church and was a member of the Red Hat Society. Pre-deceased by both her parents and her brother, Clifton Booker, Peggy is survived by her nephews and great-nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, 63 Elm Street, Salisbury, MA 01952.


Barbara A. (Della Ventura) Brady   April 25, 2013 

Barbara A. (Della Ventura) Brady, 75 of Rehoboth, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, April 25, 2013. She was married to her high school sweetheart, Henry R. Brady for 57 years. Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Salvatore and Jennie (Passarelli) Della Ventura. Barbara was the Communications Coordinator at Mercury International Trading for many years until retiring. She was a dedicated supporter of the Humane Society and the coordinator of the cheerleading program for the Rehoboth Youth Football League for many years. Besides her husband, Barbara leaves three children, Lynne M. Manley of Attleboro, Michael H. Brady of Seekonk and Carlean A. Brady of Rehoboth; two sisters, Lucille Iannucci and Dawn Catallozzi both of Johnston; two grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Memorial gifts to the Miriam Hospital Foundation, Cancer Center Fund, P.O. Box H, Providence, RI 02901 will be appreciated.


Marjorie C. (Peck) Waite   April 24, 2013 

Marjorie C. (Peck) Waite, 92, of Swansea, died Wednesday April 24, 2013, at the Country Gardens Nursing Rehabilitation Center, where she had lived since her journey with dementia began four years ago. She was born in Tewksbury and raised and educated in Clinton. In later years, she attended Fisher Junior College. Marjorie retired from Englehard Industries after working in the accounting office for 10 years. She attended the Faith Alliance Church and was a member of the choir. She was an avid Red Sox fan, and enjoyed reading, knitting and music.

For 28 years, Marjorie and her husband resided in North Rehoboth, where they raised and educated their children. In later years, she lived in North Attleboro and Attleboro. Marjorie leaves her two daughters, Beverly (Waite) Bedard of North Attleboro and Laurie Jane Waite of Sterling, Conn., and her five sons: William B. Waite of North Dighton; David R. Waite Jr. of Deer Isle, Maine; Richard C. Waite of Rehoboth; Paul T. Waite of Foxboro and Jeffrey A. Waite of Eugene, Mo. She also leaves 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Marjorie leaves one sister, Evelyn Emory of Lincoln, Maine. Marjorie was the former wife of the late David R. Waite Sr., and the mother of the late Leonard R. Waite Sr., Stephen P. Waite and Timothy J. Waite.


William F. Ashcroft   April 23, 2013 

William F. Ashcroft, died in the Philip Hulitar Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island, Providence, on April 23, 2013. He was born in Taunton son of the late Joshua and Maggie (Makin) Ashcroft. He has been a resident of North Dighton for over 90 years and he attended Dighton Schools. Bill was a U S Coast Guard veteran of WW II serving from 1943 to 1946 and he and his wife attended many USCG reunions over the years. For over 40 years he was employed as a gear cutter for the former Paragon Gear in Taunton, retiring in 1981. Bill was a former special officer for the Town of Dighton Police Department, volunteer Fireman, member of Dighton Post 2094 VFW. He loved his hometown of Dighton and participated in Dighton Senior associations, visiting friends at Lincoln Village, attending parades and historical events in Dighton. In his earlier years he was an avid hunter and fishermen. Bill was a dedicated fan of all his children’s/grandchildren’s sporting events. He thoroughly enjoyed all family events, watching the Red sox games and golf matches. He had a passion for driving to Canada, Florida or just to his favorite local destinations on Cape Cod, parks in Fall River and Bristol, RI. Bill was the husband for over 54 years of the late Barbara (Horton) Ashcroft and is the father of Donna Hackett and husband Lee of Taunton, Cynthia Ashcroft-Rourke and her husband John of Rehoboth, Laurie Ashcroft of Taunton, Wendy Ashcroft and husband Michael Abbatematteo of Seekonk, and Jeffrey Ashcroft and his wife Nancy of North Dighton. He was the father of the late William Ashcroft and is the father in law of Judy Ashcroft of Taunton and the former father in law of Dwaine Greene. Bill is the grandfather of Ben Abbatematteo, Derek Ashcroft, Kendra (Ashcroft) Chase, Kyla (Ashcroft) De Ponte, Brendon Greene, Alissa Greene, Katy Rourke and Rebecca Rourke-Mooney. He is the great grandfather of 8. Bill was the long time companion of Ann Hyland of Dighton and the brother of the late James Ashcroft and harry Makin. Donations in his memory may be made to the DAV.


John Allen Berger, Jr.   April 22, 2013 

John Allen Berger, Jr., 55, of Park Avenue, Attleboro, a loving father, grandfather and brother, passed unexpectedly on Monday, April 22, 2013, in Lynn. Born in Attleboro on May 21, 1957, John was a son of the late John A. and Muriel L. (Smith) Berger. John was raised and educated in Dighton and was a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, Class of 1975. Years ago, John was employed at the Dighton Water Department and later was a construction engineer at several local construction companies. He served in the U.S. Army and enjoyed fresh water fishing. John is survived by his children: Rachel M. Drinkwine and her husband Nicholas of Dighton and Peter J. Berger of Plainville; a brother, Christopher W. Berger of Attleboro; and a beloved granddaughter, Madelyn Jennifer Drinkwine of Dighton. He was the brother of the late Peter K. Berger, who passed in 1993.  Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to: The American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.


Gertrude C. (Dionne) Roy   April 21, 2013 

Gertrude C. (Dionne) Roy, 91 of South Main Street inAttleboro, died Sundayat RI Hospital. She was the wife of the late Dr. Eugene Roy MD. She was born in New Bedford , a daughter of the late Albert and Eva B. (Vincent) Dionne. Gertrude was a homemaker. She has lived in Attleboro since 1946 coming from West Virginia and Rehoboth. She was a parishioner of the former St. Joseph Church, now the St. Vincent de Paul Parish. Gertrude enjoyed playing golf, painting, and doing crosswords, many years ago she was a den mother for the Cub Scouts. She also liked going looking at antiques. Mrs. Roy is survived by a son Edward Roy of Rehoboth, four daughters Elaine Danforth of Freeport, Maine, Judith Bisceglia of Boxford, MA, Dr. Janet Welles of Coral Springs, Florida, Marcia Divver of North Attleboro.Mrs. Roy was the grandmother of Angela Granger, Dana Tremblay, Justin Tremblay, Benjamin Bisceglia, Aaron Bisceglia, Daniel Bisceglia, Emily Welles. She was also the great grandmother of nine, and the great -great grandmother of three. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Gertrude was the sister of the late Richard Dionne, the late Vincent Dionne, the late Vivian Poole, and the late Jeannette Gorman.


Joan E. Smith   April 20, 2013 

Joan E. Smith, of Carpenter Street in Rehoboth died Saturday, April 20, 2013 at her home. She was the wife of Robert A. Guertin and the late William H. White, and David L. Smith. She was born in Cranston, a daughter of the late Albert G. and Elsie G. (Ringe) Berghahn. Joan was a real estate broker for over thirty years and was co-owner of David Smith Real Estate. She was very active in the real estate community and numerous civic organizations in Rehoboth. Besides her husband she leaves one son, Albert W. White; four daughters, Linda deVarennes, Elizabeth J. Barboza, Diane E. Fyfe and Donna E. Nerney; eight stepchildren, Rebecca, Rachel and David Smith, Diane Kinnally, Lori Alburn, Robert, David, and Rodney Guertin; one sister; Paula Perkins’ twelve grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and many nieces & nephews. She was the mother of the late Catherine White and sister of the late Lois Munroe, and Carolyn Whitman. Donation suggestions: Community VNA, 10 Emery Street, Attleboro, MA 02703 or Vistas Health Care, 4980 Tamiami Trail N. Suite 102, Naples, FL 34103.


Leighton C. Foster   April 16, 2013 

Leighton C. Foster, age 79, a lifelong resident of Norton died Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at the Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. Born in Brockton, August 21, 1933, he was a son of the late Leighton A. and Marjorie H. (Copeland) Foster. He grew up in Norton and had attended the Bristol County Agricultural School in Dighton.

A United States Air Force veteran, Mr. Foster had worked for several years for the Norton Highway and Water Departments. Leighton was a very talented man. He was a familiar face around Norton and was often seen traveling around town by way of bicycle. He was the brother of Barbara Foster of Norton and was pre-deceased by his sister Nancy Foster. Leighton is also survived by several cousins. Those wishing may remember Leighton with a donation in his memory made to the Land Preservation Society of Norton, Inc., P.O. Box 204, Norton, MA 02766


Joshua P. Hicks, Sr.   April 14, 2013 

Joshua P. Hicks, Sr. of Taunton died and spouse of Rashelle Lynn Hicks died on April 14, 2013 at Good Samaritan Medical Center of the age of 71. Born in Rehoboth, Joshua was the son of the late Joshua and Eleanor Hicks. He was educated in Brockton and Bridgewater Schools. Joshua was a self employed truck driver and was the former owner of Hicks Farm Supplies in Taunton. He enjoyed riding horses and playing polo. He was the father of Joshua P. Hicks Jr of Taunton, James R. Hicks and his wife Katherine of Middleboro and Daniel P. Hicks of Taunton. Grandfather of Samantha Marie Hicks of Middleboro. He was also survived by Joshua and James mother Catherine Hicks of Taunton.


Joseph P. Lavallee, Sr.   April 12, 2013 

Joseph P. Lavallee, Sr. passed peacefully in his home in Raynham in the presence of family members following a struggle with cancer on Friday, April 12, 2013. He was 74. Born in Paterson, NJ, he was the son of the late Paul E. Lavallee, Sr. and Eleanor A. (Duhamel) Lavallee. Raised in Rehoboth, he was a 1956 graduate of Taunton High School. Mr. Lavallee served in the U.S. Army for 24 years, retiring as a recruiter with the rank of Master Sergeant in 1995. He also owned and operated Accounting Procedures for over 35 years. Joe was an avid follower of all the New England sports teams, a member of the American Legion Post 405 of Raynham, and life member of the Mitchell Club of Middleboro. Survivors include his former wife, Barbara Ann (Tremblay) Lavallee of Raynham; two sons, Joseph P. Lavallee of Taipei, Taiwan and James K. Lavallee of Raynham; a daughter, Jennifer L. (Lavallee) Martin of Warwick, RI; a great aunt, Betty Dicristofaro of Florida; a brother, Paul E. Lavallee of Florida; two sisters, Claire Stevens of Rehoboth and Elaine Bergeron of Dighton; two grandchildren, Ryan M. and Carly A. Martin, both of Warwick; and several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Janet Nelson. Finally, he leaves behind his ever faithful dog, Billy. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5 Manley St. W. Bridgewater, MA 02379.


Armand Gagne   April 9, 2013 

Armand Gagne, 76 years old, died in his home on Tuesday evening, April 9, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Fall River, son of the late Armand and Noella (Pelletier) Gagne. Armand was a Selectman for the Town of Dighton from 1982 until 1994. He was a communicant of St Nicholas of Myra Church in North Dighton. Armand was a graduate of Provost High School in Fall River. He attained his BS from Stonehill College and he earned his Masters in Public Administration from Suffolk University. He was employed by Raytheon Corp and Codex Corp as a business manager for many years. He enjoyed movies, history and politics. He was the husband of Olive (Brown) Gagne and father of Michael Gagne and Barbara; Matthew Gagne and Eunice; Cheryl Gagne and Mark Leonard; Susan Silvia; Elizabeth Cornell and Peter and Nancy Costa and Daniel. Armand was the grandfather of eleven and the great grandfather of one. He was the brother of Jeanne Hessler, Deanne Broganm, Suzanne Buckley and the late Rene Gagne.  Donations in his memory may be made to the Jimmy Fund,10 Brookline Place, West; Brookline, MA 02445


Gary B. Poole   April 7, 2013 

Gary B. Poole, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 7, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Marsha A. (Shepherd) Poole for forty-five years. Born in Pawtucket, a son of Loraine B. (Picard) Poole of Seekonk and the late Thomas C. Poole, Sr., he resided in Seekonk most of his life. Gary was a Vietnam War U.S. Army veteran. He was employed by Converting, Inc., Clintonville, Wisconsin until retiring in 2009, and was previously employed by the Candle-Lite Corp., Cincinnati, Ohio. Gary was an avid golfer. Besides his wife and mother, he leaves two daughters, Laurie L. White and her husband, Bill of Pawtucket and Jennifer A. Foster of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; three brothers, Thomas C. Poole, Jr. of Katy, Texas, Steven A. Poole, Sr. of Port St. Lucie, Florida and John C. Poole, Sr. of Rehoboth; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.


Joyce A. (Jordan) Kelly   April 5, 2013 

Joyce A. (Jordan) Kelly, 72, of 56 Rocky Hill Road, Rehoboth, MA, died at home early Friday morning surrounded by her family, April 5, 2013. She was the wife of the late John Francis Kelly. Born Dec. 31, 1940, in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Rose (Carey) Jordan. Joyce was a loving and devoted wife and mother for over 50 years. She was a proud and nurturing grandmother to her 10 grandchildren. She instilled her passion for music and dancing onto her children and grandchildren. Some of her favor past-times were spending time taking care of her plants and caring for many family pets and barnyard animals. One of the many ways that she expressed her love for her family was through her cooking. Once her children were grown, she found pleasure in an assistant teaching position at a local kindergarten program. She leaves her children, Corinne Robichaud and her husband Raymond, Kim Kelly, Wendy A Kelly, Michelle Sousa and her husband Harold, John M. "Mitch" Kelly and his wife Jennifer and Scott Kelly; her 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; her great-grandson, Lincoln Theodore Auger; and her sister, Dolores Peters of Corpus Christi, TX.


Lawrence J. Dutra   March 18, 2013 

Lawrence J. Dutra, 58, died on March 18, 2013. Born in Taunton, he was the son of Robert and Selvina “Sally” (Correia) Dutra of North Dighton. A 1972 graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth HS and Westfield State College Class of 1976, he was a longtime resident of Providence and worked as a Senior Substance Abuse Clinician at the North Cottage Program in Norton, MA. Larry enjoyed gourmet cooking, antiques, playing cards (especially bridge) and the company of his beloved pets. He is survived by his parents, his brother Dennis and wife Joanne of Mansfield, MA. and his brother Robert Jr. and wife Mary Ann of Earlville, Iowa. He was the uncle of Melissa, Mark, Diane, Derek and Douglas, and was the nephew and cousin to several.


Manuel R. Pavao   March 17, 2013 

Manuel R. Pavao, Manuel passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2013.  Manuel was a resident of Rehoboth, Massachusetts at the time of his passing. He is survived by his wife Ana. Memorial donations in his memory can be made to either the American Cancer Society , 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 or Faxon Animal Shelter, 474 Durfee Street, Fall River, MA 02720 or the Diabetes Association, 10 Speen Street, 2nd flr,, Framingham, MA 01701.


Gladys Mae (McKearney) Benoit   March 6, 2013 

Gladys Mae (McKearney) Benoit, “Mother to All”, 84, of Tremont Street, Rehoboth, died surrounded by the love and devotion of her family on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, MA where she had been a patient for the past week. She was the beloved wife of Robert J. “Bucky” Benoit, Sr. to whom she was married on February 28, 1949. Born in Attleboro, Massachusetts on July 30, 1928, she was the daughter of the late James Leo McKearney, Sr. and her namesake, Gladys M. (Johnson) McKearney. She resided in Attleboro in her youth until moving to Rehoboth. Mrs. Benoit was a 1946 graduate of the former Dighton High School. She was primarily a homemaker devoted to her husband and children and later was employed as a cook for the Rehoboth School Department lunch program working at the North Rehoboth Elementary School and the Palmer River Elementary School. Mrs. Benoit was employed for many years as a cashier and later promoted to UPC coordinator at the former Fernandes Supermarket in Attleboro for 28 years. She was a former communicant of the former St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, Taunton. Her favorite pastimes included knitting, rug making, crocheting, cake decorating and gardening with a special love for flowers, her vegetable garden and cultivating blueberries. However, her most treasured times were those spent amidst her beloved immediate and extended family creating lifelong memories to cherish. Her family recalls with love her singing “Irish Eyes are Smiling” as she connected with her Irish heritage and her love for laughter and song. She was lovingly referred to as “Sis” or “Sister,” throughout life by her parents and siblings. In addition to her husband of 64 years, she leaves four children: Robert J. Benoit, Jr. and his wife, Barbara A. (Gill) Benoit, of Rehoboth; Stephen L. Benoit of Sandwich; Pamela J. Alexson of Rehoboth and Lisa A. LaCombe and her husband, John G. “Jack” LaCombe, Jr., of Rehoboth; her grandchildren: Tanya E. Benoit, Jennifer L. Pouliot, Laura E. Spath, Sarah C. Curry, Tiffany M. Benoit, Daniel L. Benoit, Timothy P. Alexson, and the late Christopher R. Benoit who died in 1994 and nine, soon to be ten, great grandchildren. She also leaves her siblings: Janet A. Dyer and her husband, Edward A. Dyer, of Seekonk; Richard A. McKearney and his wife, Betty McKearney, of Attleboro; Raymond C. McKearney and his wife, Elizabeth McKearney, of Rehoboth; Gary S. McKearney and his wife, Kim McKearney, of Rehoboth; two sisters-in-law: Betty Lou McKearney, wife of the late James Leo McKearney, Jr., of Wrentham and Helen McKearney, wife of the late Ronald E. “Mac” McKearney, of Rehoboth; three generations of nieces and nephews, extended family members and dear friends. Memorial donations in Mrs. Benoit’s name and honor may be made to the Dana Farber, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.


Nancy Patricia (Downing) Brown   February 26, 2013  (obit published March 7, 2013) Nancy Patricia (Downing) Brown, 69, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday,  February 26. Nancy was the daughter of the late Walter P. Downing & Mary Edith (Dual) Downing of East Norwich, NY. She was married to Vincent S. Brown of Rehoboth MA for 41 years before his passing on December 15, 2007. She is survived by her son Scott V. Brown of Rehoboth, daughter Jennifer G. Brown of Harrisburg, PA., and grand-daughter Kayla E. Brown of Boston, MA. Nancy was the sister of the late Richard Downing of East Norwich, NY, and the late Paul Downing of Deer Park, NY. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. Nancy grew up in East Norwich NY, graduating from Oyster Bay High School in 1962. After graduating from Becker Junior college in Worcester MA in 1965, she relocated to New England where she settled in Rehoboth with her family. Nancy was retired and enjoyed yoga and spending time with her family and pets.


David D’Aiello   March 4, 2013 (obit publish date - no date of death provided)

David D’Aiello, 67, of Providence Street, Rehoboth, MA and Hog Island, RI died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. The husband of Patricia (Geoffrey) D'Aiello, he was born in Providence and was the son of the late Americo and Barbara (Leonard) D'Aiello. Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, Anthony D'Aiello of Wrentham, Andrew D'Aiello of Seekonk, a daughter, Ashley Medeiros of East Providence, two brothers, Robert D'Aiello of Rumford and Alan D'Aiello of Riverside and 9 grandchildren. He worked as a union carpenter with Local #624 in Brockton until retiring. He was a member of Bristol Yacht Club, American Legion Post #14 in Cumberland, the Fireman's Club of East Greenwich and was a Navy veteran.  Memorial contributions to the RI Veterans Home 480 Metacom Avenue Bristol, RI 02809 will be appreciated.


Verna C. Coyle  March 1, 2013

Verna C. Coyle,  85, of Rehoboth, passed away peacefully at her home on March 1, 2013. She was the former wife of Robert E. Dias and wife of the late Milton G. Coyle. Born in Lynn, MA she was the daughter of the late George and Florence (Campbell) Thorpe. At three years of age, upon the death of her mother, Verna was sent to live with family in Nova Scotia, and at the age of eight she was returned to the States to be raised by her Aunt and Uncle James and Kathleen MacDonald. She attended East Providence schools and after graduation, attended nursing school until contracting polio. She was active in Rainbow and in her younger years she loved gardening, cooking and painting. She was an outstanding artist and was especially passionate about her portraits of American Indians. She leaves her children; Robert (Patricia) and Richard Dias and Sharon Welshman (Alan) all of Rehoboth and Ronald Dias (Gigi) of Florida. She also leaves 10 loving grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.


James R. Andrews  February 25, 2013

James R. Andrews,  age 83, of Broad Street, died peacefully on February 25, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of the late Grace G. (Grimes) Andrews. Born in New Bedford, MA, a son of the late James T. F. and Ellen (Hjelm) Andrews, he lived in Rehoboth, MA for 40 years. Mr. Andrews was an electronics engineer at WRCP radio station for 30 years. James enjoyed reading, studying art, music and astronomy. He had a loving devotion to his late wife and enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by two daughters; Elizabeth C. Andrews-Pannone and her husband James of Rehoboth, MA and Julie E. Sarri of Pawtucket, a son; Greig W. Andrews and his wife Erica of Newton, MA, a sister; Marilyn Cashwell and her husband Richard of Madison, WI, three grandchildren; Ryan, Shawna and Grayson and a great grandson; Jack. Contributions in James’s memory to RISPCA, 186 Amaral Street, Riverside, RI, 02915-2223 would be deeply appreciated.


Michael Schobel, Jr.  February 24, 2013

Michael Schobel, Jr. age 65 passed away following a lengthy illness. Mike was born in Taunton, the son of the late Michael & Hope (Stanley) Schobel. He was educated in Rehoboth schools and a lifelong resident of Rehoboth. Mike was employed as a horse tradesman and truck driver. He was a member of the Eastern Draft Horse Association and enjoyed his involvement in horse pulling contest. He worked as an assistant starter at many race tracks on the East coast and prior to that time his horses were well known and admired for moving the starting gate at Lincoln Downs and Narragansett Park. Along with the generations of families that looked forward to their annual hay rides he provided horse drawn carriage services for countless wedding events. He was best known and respected for his generosity and willingness to lend a helping hand. Mike leaves his daughter Sara Schobel and his granddaughter Hailey Vigneau both of Rehoboth. He also leaves his siblings Jo Ann Rose and her husband Donald of Raynham and Debbie Cortellesso and husband Louie of Ohatchee, Alabama. Mike also leaves many close friends. Donations in Mike’s memory may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047


Jesse DeMello  February 21, 2013

Jesse DeMello, 98 of Edgewater, Florida and formerly of Rehoboth died Thursday, February 21, 2013 at his home. He was the husband of the late Marion A. (Mellen) DeMello. He was born in Providence, a son of the late Nestor and Catherine (Vermette) DeMello. Mr. DeMello was a brakeman for the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad for 38 years before retiring. He was a member of the East Providence Lodge of Elks. He leaves three daughters, Janice D. Rego , Judith M. Ferreira, and Karen L. DeMello with whom he made his home, six sons, Jesse DeMello, Jr., Donald R. DeMello, Jerald E. DeMello, Joseph A. DeMello, Robert K. DeMello and Paul S. DeMello, twenty four grandchildren, twenty four great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Evelyn Thatcher, Alberta Cooper, Doris Klang, Joseph, Howard, Ernest, Russell and Merrill DeMello.


Brian J. Snook  February 17, 2013

Brian J. Snook, 46, of North Dighton, passed away after a lengthy illness on Feb. 19, 2013, in his home. He was the beloved husband to the love of his life, Rene ( Bleau) Snook. Brian was born in Waltham, son of John Snook and the late Madeline (Bianco) Snook. Brian was a wonderful father to five amazing children: Tyler, Brady, Corey, Dylan and Brianna. He also leaves behind his father John and stepmother Annette Snook of Worcester; father and mother-in-law, Dick and Vel Bleau, formerly of Stoughton, now of North Dighton; brother and sister-in-law, Craig and Kristine Snook of Upton; brother, Kevin Snook of Marlboro; sister and brother-in-law, Sheri and Sean Matthews of Leominster; step-brother and his wife, John and Jamie Sasien of Barrington, N.H.; step-sister and her husband, LouAnn and Devron Steele of Ashland City, Tenn.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Rick and Rhonda Bleau of North Dighton; special sister-in-law and husband, Sherry and Steve Dignan of Hudson, N.H., and a wonderful godson, Rich Bleau of North Dighton and several nieces and nephews and many special friends, including Steve Bishop and Sue Germain. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. Brian was a dedicated teacher for 20 years within the Massachusetts school systems, finishing his career with the Taunton School Department. His passion was teaching his students using any method that he could until they "got it," using crazy and creative ways to make learning fun. He was also an avid New England Patriots fan. Donations in Brian's memory may be made to the Snook Family Trust, c/o Bay Coast Bank, 438 Spring St., North Dighton, MA.


Edward Everett Case  February 17, 2013

Edward Everett Case, 85, of Rehoboth, MA, died on Sunday, February 17, 2013, at the Life Care Center of Attleboro following a short illness. He was predeceased by his loving wife Janet (Bliss) Case. Born in Pawtucket on March 11, 1927, he was the son of the late Alton and Edith Case. He married the former Janet Bliss on Sept. 29, 1951, and they lived in Attleboro before settling in Rehoboth on the Bliss ancestral farm, the Daniel Bliss House, circa 1648. They built their home, "River Meadow," on the family land on Homestead Avenue in Rehoboth in 1968 and lived there throughout their married life. It was at "River Meadow" that Mr. Case enjoyed fishing, gardening and watching birds and wildlife. Mr. Case was a member of the Eastern Star Masonic Lodge in Rehoboth. Following his graduation from Pawtucket East High School in 1944, he was employed in various jobs delivering ice and oil in the Rehoboth and Attleboro area. He served as a volunteer firefighter for the Town of Seekonk. Mr. Case was employed by "The House in the Pines" preparatory school in Norton until 1966 prior to working until his retirement at Texas Instruments in Attleboro where he was employed in the shipping department. Outgoing and friendly, he was known for his card expertise and particularly loved to play cribbage with all takers. He will be remembered as a New England original, for his keen mind and generous heart. He was loved by his cherished wife, family and many friends and will be sorely missed. He is survived by his sisters-in-law, Barbara Coleman in Arizona and Helen Bliss in Florida, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Edith, Shirley, Olive and Avis. Memorial donations in Mr. Case's name may be made to the National Wildlife Federation or the charity of one's choice.


Samuel Phillips  February 16, 2013

Samuel Phillips, of Rehoboth, died on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Beloved husband of the late Ann (Lerner). Devoted father of Dr. Martin R. Phillips and his wife Colleen of Rehoboth. Cherished grandfather of four.


Theodore C. Hamlin  February 14, 2013

Theordore C. Hamlin, was born on September 28, 1922 and passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2013.

Theodore was a resident of Rehoboth, Massachusetts at the time of his passing.  He is survived by his wife Contributions in his honor may be made to Community Visiting Nurses of Attleboro, 10 Emery St. Attleboro, MA 02703.


Dorothy M. Madsen  February 13, 2013

Dorothy M. Madsen,  of Winthrop Street, Rehoboth Massachusetts and formerly of Pawtucket, passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Mrs. Madsen was the wife of the late Ola Madsen. Mrs. Madsen was born in Providence, the daughter of the late Watson Wild and Edith (Taylor) Wild. She is survived by her daughter Donna Benoit of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, and a son Dr. Ola Madsen of Southern California. She also leaves her sister Evelyn Matteo of Cumberland. She was the sister of the late William Wild and Edith Wild.


Donna Marie DeLawrence  February 14, 2013

Donna Marie DeLawrence, daughter of Walter R. DeLawrence and the late Diane L. (Bousquin) DeLawrence, died at her Dighton home on Feb. 14, 2013. She was 53. Born in Taunton, she was employed by PRIDE as an assembler for many years. She moved to Dighton several years ago. Besides her father of Taunton, she leaves a brother, Walter R. DeLawrence, Jr. of Dighton.


Eugenia Carolina Surowiec, RPH  February 10, 2013

Eugenia Carolina Surowiec, RPH, of Rehoboth, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2013, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Virginia (Dyjak) Surowiec. Eugenia graduated on the dean's list from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1976 with a bachelor's of science degree in pharmacology. She also graduated on the dean's list from Johnson & Wales College in 1982 receiving an associate degree in culinary arts. At Johnson & Wales she was accepted into the Silver Key Honor Society. She was also listed in "Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges" in 1982. Eugenia was on the pharmacy staff of Morton Hospital and Medical Center in Taunton for more than 16 years and her latest position was at the Woonsocket Landmark Center in Woonsocket since 2005. She is survived by her son Alex, whom she adopted from Russia in 2001, when he was 2 years old. She is also survived by two brothers Walter Surowiec and Edward Surowiec and his wife Gail Surowiec, both of Woonsocket; her sister Elaine Benedetti and her husband Ettore of North Smithfield, R.I.; and several nieces and nephews, along with her very best friend Deborah Bryant of South Attleboro. She also leaves her two dachshunds, Lacy and Patches, who along with her son Alex, were a great comfort to her during this time. Donations to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. Burial will be private.


William M. Palmer  February 12, 2013

William M. Palmer, 42, of Dighton passed away after a lengthy illness on Tuesday February 12, 2013 at his residence. He was born in Stoughton, the son of Rita B. (Jusseaume) Palmer of Dighton and the late John Palmer. William was a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, Class of 1989. He worked in the warehouse for Perkins Paper and American Lighting in Taunton for several years. Bill previously worked as the warehouse manager for the Howles Company at Quonset Point in North Kingstown. He enjoyed the time she spent with his family, friends, and his dogs. William was an avid fisherman and loved to ride on his Harley Davidson. Survivors besides his mother are a sister: Simone J. Connell of Fall River, MA; three brothers: Rick Palmer of Vermont; Ronald Palmer of Berkley, MA; Russell Palmer of Maine and several nieces and nephews.


Richard Edmund Gousie  February 6, 2013

Richard Edmund Gousie, age 68, passed on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at his home surrounded by the comfort of his loving family. He was the son of the late Leon and Aurore (Tessier) Gousie. Richard was born in Woonsocket on July 2, 1944. He was raised in Rehoboth and was educated in Rehoboth Public Schools. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He and his wife Geraldine (Davis) were married in Plainville on May 20, 1995. He has been a resident of North Attleboro for the past 24 years, formerly of Attleboro.

Richard was a retired site supervisor for Waste Management of Attleboro and last worked as a driver for Dorrance Construction of Norton. He was a member of the American Legion Post 312 in South Attleboro and the Knights of Columbus, Teresa Council 57 in Pawtucket. He was a former member of the Boy Scouts at St. Joseph's Church in Attleboro and Parents Without Partners of Attleboro. Beloved husband of Geraldine Gousie. Loving father of Brian W. Gousie and the late Dawne M. Brault. Devoted grandfather of Eric and Alyssa Brault of Attleboro, Zachary W. and Joshua Gousie of Rehoboth, Andre D. and Elyse C. Brady of Winchendon, and Nicholas C. Brady of Agawam. Donations in Richard's memory may be made to the charity of one's choice.


Joseph Costa  February 4, 2013

Joseph Costa, age 86 and a lifetime resident of Rehoboth, died Monday, February 4, 2013 in Golden Living, Garden Place in Attleboro.  He was the son of the late Manuel and Evangeline (Furtado) Costa. Joseph was educated in Rehoboth schools, was a graduate of Dighton High School and attend Atlantic Union College.  He was self employed in farming prior to working for Ad A Day Company in Taunton.  When he retired after 38 years he was the Treasurer and Personnel Manager.  He was an avid golfer, enjoyed all sports and gardening.  He loved animals and reading.  A longtime member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Taunton, he was the Head Deacon, Assistant Treasurer and was a member of the Maintenance Committee.  While at Atlantic Union College he was on the All Star Baseball Team.  Joseph is survived by his wife of 62 years, Beverley ( Frazer) Costa and also by his daughter, Sharon Costa, both of Rehoboth.  He was brother of the late James Costa and is the brother in law of his widow, Lucille Lutz and her husband  Randall of CA.  He is the uncle  Brian Costa of OR.  Donations in his memory, in lieu of flowers may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill  Rd. SW; Lilburn, GA 30047. 


Robert C. Smith  January 26, 2013

Robert C. Smith, age 29, died suddenly by car accident in Rehoboth on January 26, 2013. Son of Lisa Christiansen of North Dighton and Donald Smith of Florida.  Robert was born in Providence, RI and a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth High School class of 2001. He was employed at G. Lopes Construction in Taunton for the last six years. Robert enjoyed playing in his paint ball league, traveling, hockey, riding dirt bikes, the beach and eating lobster. He was the brother of Hayley, Andrew and Christopher Smith all of North Dighton.  Donations in Robert’s memory may be made to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Development Office, MS 40 Woods Hole, MA, 02343.


Patricia A. (Porrino) Wardwell  February 2, 2013

Patricia A. (Porrino) Wardwell, age 70 of Rehoboth, died at Life Care Center of Attleboro on Saturday, February 2. She was the wife of the late Lawrence "Bill" Wardwell, Jr.  Born in Brockton, she was a resident of West Bridgewater for 40 years before moving to Rehoboth 12 years ago. Mrs. Wardwell was a waitress at Gary's Restaurant in West Bridgewater for over 20 years before retiring 2 years ago. Mrs. Wardwell is survived by her children, Robert E. Stephens, Jr. of RI and Valarie A. Willis and her husband Ronald of Rehoboth, as well as her grandchildren, Josh, Evan and Ali Willis. She was the sister of Rose Murphy of Wareham and the late Elizabeth Manzer. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Donations in Patricia's memory may be sent to the Muscular Dystrophy Assn., PO Box 78960, Phoenix, AZ 85062 or www.mda.org.


Victor A. Goff  January 30, 2013

Victor A. Goff, age 82 of Rehoboth, a chef for many years, passed away Wednesday. He was the husband of Carol A. (Mello) Goff. Born in Rehoboth, MA, he was a son of the late Henry and Mary (Violette) Goff; he lived most of his life in the town of Rehoboth. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He loved fishing, hunting and golfing. He was a past member of the Swansea Country Club. Besides his wife, he is survived by his loving children, Mackenzie Biello and Devin Biello, both of Rehoboth, MA, Neal Goff of Fall River, David Goff of Millville, MA, Cheryl Cordeiro of Somerset, MA, Dennis Biello of Tiverton, RI and Stacy Biello of Wilmington, MA; a sister, Susan Dixon of Belleview, FL; two brothers, George Larson of Orlando, FL and Gene Oatley of Blairsville, GA; 9 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves his loving friends, Joseph and Rene Cardosa of Bristol, RI. He was the father of the late Christopher Biello and the brother of the late Phyliss Caine and Walter Oatley.


Robert G. Cole, Sr.  January 25, 2013

Robert G. Cole, Sr., age 72, of South Attleboro, formerly of Rehoboth, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. He was the beloved husband of Margaret J. (Gray) Cole to whom he wed for over 53 years. Born in Attleboro, MA on May 13, 1940, he was a loving son of the late Lawrence, Sr. and Eva (Messier) Cole. Bob grew up and was educated in Rehoboth. He had made his home in South Attleboro for the past 10 years and was a former longtime resident of Rehoboth. Prior to retiring, Mr. Cole had been employed for over 15 years at ATCO Plastics in Plainville. He had previously worked for many years at the Regional Construction Co. in Seekonk. Bob’s first priority in life was his adoring family. He also enjoyed fishing, antique cars and his daily trips, along with his wife Peggy, to Dunkin Donuts and trying their luck with scratch tickets. Bob will always be remembered for his exceptional cooking skills and will be sadly missed by all who loved him. In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by his devoted children; Robert G. Cole, Jr. and his wife Diana of Mansfield, James E. Cole and his wife of Florida, Daniel J. Cole and his wife Diane of Attleboro and David S. Cole and his wife Michelle of New Hampshire. He was the dear brother of Bernadette Presley of Rhode Island, Madeline Issler of South Attleboro, Teresa LaFraze of Seekonk and the late Lawrence, Jr., Edward, Alfred and Roy Cole, and Veronica Murray. He is also survived by his cherished 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. Bob’s family has requested that donations in his memory be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. To send the Cole family a message of condolence, please visit www.shermanjackson.com


John V. Kane  January 25, 2013

John V. Kane, age 88 of Rehoboth, MA, died January 25, 2013. He was the husband of the late Marjorie E. (Gray) Kane to whom he was married for 53 years until her death in 2001 and the late June (Pusateri) Kane. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts he was a son of the late John V. and Nellie I. (Parker) Kane. Mr. Kane was a Sales Consultant for General Electric for 35 years before retiring. He was an Army Veteran of WW II and the Korean War. He was a past president of the Seekonk Lions Club and was an active member of the Newman YMCA. He was an avid wood worker and will always be remembered for his love of working in the yard and wearing his favorite sheriffs cap. He leaves one daughter; Jean E. Howard of Attleboro, four grandchildren; Meghan Clough and her husband Donald, Dr. Elizabeth Kane, John V. Kane IV and James Kane, one great grandchild; Adam T. Clough, daughter in-law; Pamela Kane and his devoted friend; Jackie Auclair. He was the father of the late John V. Kane III and brother of the late James Kane, Claire Gagnon and Shirley Gaudette.


Fannie Provazza  January 22, 2013

Fannie (Silva) Provazza, age 93 of Fall River, MA died Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at the Miriam Hospital. She was the wife of the late Annunzio “Pro” Provazza. Born in Taunton, MA, Dec. 31, 1919, she was a daughter of the late John and Olive (Ferry) Silvia.  Fannie was a communicant of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and worked as a press operator for many years at Catamore Jewelry. She was a member and past president of the Lioness Club in Seekonk and a member and past president of the St. Ann Sodality of Our Lady of Loreto. She leaves her children Catherine Perry and her husband James of Seekonk, Richard John Provazza of Rehoboth, William Provazza and his wife Linda of Swansea, and Stephen Provazza and his wife Cheryl of Rehoboth; 5 grandchildren, Robin, James Jr., Stephen “Nick”, Victoria, and Michael; and her great granddaughters, Alexandra and Katherine. She was also the sister of Richard Silvia of Taunton, Aldona Truman Silvia of Florida, Barbara Gregg of Taunton, Helen Flaherty of Taunton, and of the late Priscilla White, Alberta Menard, Bertha, Ann, Elizabeth, Olive, Raymond, John, Anthony, and Allen Silvia. Memorial donations are requested to the American Diabetes Assn., 146 Clifford St., Providence, RI  02906.


Leslie (Withington) Ferland  January 17, 2013

Leslie (Withington) Ferland, age 58 of Rehoboth, MA formerly of Barrington, RI passed peacefully on January 17, 2013 surrounded by her loving family after fighting a courageous five year battle with ALS. Born in Attleboro, MA, she was the daughter of the late Jean (Haywood) and George E. Withington, III. She is survived by her fiancé Robert H Stevenson, who brought much love and happiness to her. She was the proud mother of Meredith A. Ferland and her partner Karen A. Petricig, Benjamin O. Ferland, and MacKenzie J. Cucino and her husband Gregory W. Cucino. She is also survived by her sisters Lynne W. Fernandes, Sally B. Withington, and Anne W. Kesner. She is predeceased by her sister Judith Carson. She also leaves several nieces, nephews and her very devoted best friend Karen Leach. She will always be remembered for her amazing ability to see the joy in all things in life. She was a devoted parishioner, volunteer, and employee of St. John's Episcopal Church for over twenty years. She was the Co-Director of Encore Consignment Shop and the Director of Lay Ministries at St. John's Church. She loved spending her days in the sun at Second Beach, camping with family and friends, and cheering on the New England Patriots. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church or Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904.


Armenouhi (Pahigian) Kanarian   January 14, 2013

Armenouhi (Pahigian) Kanarian, age 90, a longtime resident of Rehoboth, MA, passed away peacefully January 14, 2013 at the Life Care Center, Attleboro, MA. Born in Lowell, MA to the late Verkin and Armenag Pahigian. She was raised in Boston, MA. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Norire Kanarian with whom she owned and operated the Avenue Superette in Pawtucket for many years. Her constant love and words of wisdom will last forever in the hearts of her son Kirk, his wife Sharon, their daughter Demi her husband Rich Mills and their children; their son Covey his wife Wendy and their children. Also her son Greg Kanarian, his wife Linda, their daughter Cherilyn and her family. She was the sister to the late Zareh Pahigian. She was a longtime volunteer at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, MA, an avid supporter of Armenian causes and a member of the Ladies Guild of St. Vartanatz Armenian Apostolic Church in Providence. 


Terese P. Sousa  January 13, 2013

Terese P. Sousa, age 51 passed away in Morton Hospital following a period of declining health. Terese was born in Taunton, the daughter of James & Patricia (Butler) O’Connell of Dighton and formerly of Taunton. She resided all her life in Dighton and Taunton. Terese was educated in Dighton schools and was a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School and also attended Bristol Community College in Fall River. She had previously worked for Princess House Co. and MacDonald’s Moving Co. Terese enjoyed swimming, where she had won many awards, snowmobiling, skiing, hockey, horseback riding, animals and above all cherished her time with her daughters. Terese leaves her daughters Brittny and Paige Sousa of Taunton and her son Cameron who preceded her in death. Her siblings Susan Donaldson of Marion, Lynn Rebello of East Falmouth, Karen Alves of Dighton, James O’Connell of Curry, NC and Mark O’Connell of Dighton. Terese also leaves several nieces and nephews.


Thomas J. Andrews  January 11, 2013

Thomas J. Andrews,  former longtime resident of North Dighton, died unexpectedly at his Fall River home on Jan. 11, 2013. He was 68. Born in Taunton, he was the son of the late Manuel and Louise (Duarte) Andrews. Raised in the Dighton area, Mr. Andrews was a 1962 graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School and a graduate of the former Southeastern Massachusetts University. He was a US Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War. A retired electrical engineer, Mr. Andrews was employed by Raytheon for over thirty years. He was a former communicant of St. Nicholas of Myra Church in North Dighton. A member of the former VFW Raposa-Knott Post 2094, Mr. Andrews was an avid sports fan and enjoyed music. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Survivors include his former wife, Mary Lou (Laine) Andrews of N. Dighton; two sons, Michael J. Andrews of Raynham and Mark T. Andrews of CA; a daughter, Martha Andrews of Boston; two sisters, Jane Botelho of Somerset and Jean Delahunt of Dartmouth; two grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Manuel Andrews and Elizabeth “Betty” Santiso.  Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11456 Alexandria, VA 22312.


Patricia Ann (Poirier) Healey January 7, 2013

Patricia Ann (Poirier) Healey,  65 of Oak Drive, Plainville, retired Dighton-Rehoboth school teacher, died unexpectedly on Monday, January 7, 2013 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. She was the cherished wife of Thomas E. Healey to whom she was married on Dec. 31, 1998.  Born in Canton, Mass. on July 24, 1947, she was a daughter of Lawrence J. Poirier Sr. of Canton and the late Alma (Iaretti) Poirier. She was the stepdaughter of Irene Poirier of Canton. Mrs. Healey was raised and educated in Canton, where she was a 1965 graduate of Canton High School. She remained a Canton resident until moving to Plainville 37 years ago. She was a graduate of the former Fitchburg State Teachers College. Mrs. Healey was a first-grade school teacher in the Dighton-Rehoboth School District for 35 years prior to retiring seven years ago. She took great pride in staying physically fit and enjoyed times spent training and exercising at Curves in Plainville. Her family will remember with fondness her love for gardening, cooking, enjoyment of downhill skiing and visits to Cape Cod. In addition to her husband, father and stepmother, she leaves two sons: Todd T. Gemelli of Plainville and Scott A. Gemelli and his wife Cheryl A. (Chaffalo) Gemelli of Attleboro; a granddaughter, Ava M. Gemelli of Medway; her sister-in-law, Dianne (Sullivan) Poirier, wife of her late brother Lawrence J. Poirier Jr., who died on June 6, 2009, of Canton; her brother, John Poirier and his wife Louise of Dighton; a stepbrother, Richard Deagle in Arizona; and several nieces, nephews, extended family members and dear friends. She was the stepsister of the late James Deagle and Charles Deagle.  Public visitation is respectfully omitted. A private committal service will be held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Private Inurnment will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery Columbarium, Bourne. Relatives and friends will be invited to attend a Celebration of Life Service to be held in the future. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mrs. Healey's name may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St., Boston, MA 02115.


Albert P. Garcia  January 6, 2013

Albert P. Garcia  was born on August 9, 1933 and passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2013. Albert was a resident of Rehoboth, Massachusetts at the time of his passing. He is survived by his wife Mary.


Nancy A. (Egan) Casey  January 5, 2013

Nancy A. (Egan) Casey, 62, of Attleboro and formerly of Rehoboth, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2013. Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late John W. and Barbara C. (Sawyer) Egan. Nancy resided in Rehoboth most of her life before moving to Attleboro two years ago. She was a medical secretary at Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence for many years, and was most recently employed at The Literacy Center, Attleboro. Nancy was a former lector and CCD teacher at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Seekonk. She leaves a son, Adam P. Casey; a granddaughter, Arianna Grace Ellis; a sister, Carol Day and her husband, Jeffrey; a brother, Jack Egan and his wife, Anne, and several nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Barbara Jean (Casey) Ellis.