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Elsie C. Bastien
NEW BEDFORD -- Elsie C. (Catlow) Bastien, 68, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the wife of Kenneth Bastien and daughter of the late William and Maud (Whitaker) Catlow.
She died at Mediplex Rehabilitation Hospital.
Born in Fairhaven, she lived in this area all of her life and was a member of St Martin's Episcopal Church. She was employed by Teledyne Rodney Metals as an inventory control data processer until her retirement.
Mrs. Bastien was a member of the Rainbow Majority.
Survivors include her widower; a son, Stephen K. Bastien of Edmonds, Wash.; a daughter, Linda J. Bastien of New Bedford; two grandchildren and a niece.
She was the sister of the late James P. Catlow.
Arrangements are by Latham Funeral Home, 823 Brock Ave..

Frank DeMello
YUCCA VALLEY, Calif. -- Frank DeMello, 78, of Yucca Valley, formerly of New Bedford, died at home Monday, Jan. 22, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Dorothy DeMello and son of the late Joseph and Constantina (Caetano) DeMello.
He was born in New Bedford and lived in New Bedford before moving to California in 1951. He was formerly employed by the city of New Bedford Police Department as a police officer and by McDonald Douglas Aircraft in California as a machinist. He later worked for the Department of Defense for 20 years until his retirement in 1979.
Mr. DeMello was a World War II Navy veteran, having served aboard the USS Franklin Carrier, surviving the bombing in March of 1945. He was a member of the 704 Club (the number of survivors of the USS Franklin bombing), Knights of Columbus, American Legion and the Elks Lodge.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Mary Lou DeCruz of New Bedford; a stepson, Paul DeMello of Torrance, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Pauline Eubanks of Torrance, Calif.; a brother, George DeMello of South Dartmouth; three grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was also the brother of the late Joseph DeMello and Eunice Mills.
Arrangements are by the Wiefels and Son Funeral Home, Yucca Valley.

Stella Branco
NEWPORT, R.I. -- Funeral services were held Tuesday for Stella (Barboza) Branco, 87, formerly of New Bedford, who died at home Friday, Jan. 19, 1996, unexpectedly. She was the widow of Jesse Branco and daughter of the late Maria (Anjos) and Joseph Barboza.
Born in New Bedford she lived in the New Bedford area most of her life until moving to Newport six years ago.
Survivors include a son, Gilbert Branco of Portsmouth, R.I.; a brother, Michael Barboza of Florida; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.

Arthur Getz, 82
NEW YORK -- Arthur Getz, an artist whose depictions of life in and around New York have graced the cover of The New Yorker magazine since the 1930s, has died. He was 82.
Mr. Getz died Friday of a stroke at Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Conn., said his daughter, Sarah Getz.
"He was the most prolific producer of covers we've ever had, which says a lot if you consider the artists we've had work for the magazine," said Lee Lorenz, the New Yorker's art director.
Mr. Getz, who also taught painting and wrote and illustrated children's books, sold his first cover to The New Yorker in 1936. A stylized drawing of sailboats superimposed on a map of the East Coast, it was published on July 23, 1938.
Over the next half century, it wasn't uncommon for Mr. Getz to have eight or nine covers published each year. His 210th and last cover, on Aug. 29, 1988, detailed the veranda of a small inn at night, reflected in a pool.
Although much of his work focused on New York City scenes, Mr. Getz lived in rural northwestern Connecticut since 1969. He never owned a TV, and often spent his spare time listening to jazz or reading poetry.
A stroke in 1994 left him blind in one eye, but he continued painting, his daughter said.
Easy mannered, bearded and barrel-chested, Mr. Getz would come into the New Yorker's midtown offices about once a week with a portfolio of paintings, Mr. Lorenz recalled. He typically dressed in a flannel shirt, tie and tweed sport coat.
"He looked like a frontiersman," Mr. Lorenz said, and "radiated great enthusiasm."
His New Yorker covers ranged from depictions of a man shoveling in a city snowstorm to scenes from small suburban towns.
"I felt the most important part of his work were the paintings of New York that seemed concerned with the light of New York, at various times of the day, at various times of the year," Mr. Lorenz said. "He used the landscape of Manhattan to define the light."
While Mr. Getz worked primarily for the New Yorker, his illustrations also appeared in many magazines, including Esquire and The New Republic. He also painted murals for the government in several post offices, including in Lancaster, N.Y. and Bronson, Mich.
Mr. Getz, whose father was a paper factory worker, was born May 17, 1913 in Passaic, N.J. He graduated with honors from the Pratt Institute in 1934, with a degree in fine arts, and served in the Army in World War II in the Philippines.
Mr. Getz is survived by his daughter. His marriage ended in divorce in 1973.
Plans for a memorial service were incomplete.

Stella Branco
NEWPORT, R.I. -- Funeral services were held Tuesday for Stella (Barboza) Branco, 87, formerly of New Bedford, who died at home Friday, Jan. 19, 1996, unexpectedly. She was the widow of Jesse Branco and daughter of the late Maria (Anjos) and Joseph Barboza.
Born in New Bedford she lived in the New Bedford area most of her life until moving to Newport six years ago.
Survivors include a son, Gilbert Branco of Portsmouth, R.I.; a brother, Michael Barboza of Florida; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.

Edmundo DaCosta
NEW BEDFORD -- Funeral services were held Tuesday for Edmundo DaCosta, 86, who died Sunday, Jan. 21, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Maria (Raposa) DaCosta and son of the late Joao and Antonia (Carvalho) DaCosta.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Sao Miguel, Azores he lived most of his life in the Greater New Bedford area and was employed by Berkshire Hathaway as a floorman until his retirement.
Survivors include his widow; two sons, Leonel DaCosta of Middleboro and Edmund DaCosta of New Bedford; a brother, Manuel Silva DaCosta of South Dakota; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grand-children and four nieces.
Arrangements were by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.

Frank DeMello
YUCCA VALLEY, Calif. -- Frank DeMello, 78, of Yucca Valley, formerly of New Bedford, died at home Monday, Jan. 22, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Dorothy DeMello and son of the late Joseph and Constantina (Caetano) DeMello.
He was born in New Bedford and lived in New Bedford before moving to California in 1951. He was formerly employed by the city of New Bedford Police Department as a police officer and by McDonald Douglas Aircraft in California as a machinist. He later worked for the Department of Defense for 20 years until his retirement in 1979.
Mr. DeMello was a World War II Navy veteran, having served aboard the USS Franklin Carrier, surviving the bombing in March of 1945. He was a member of the 704 Club (the number of survivors of the USS Franklin bombing), Knights of Columbus, American Legion and the Elks Lodge.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Mary Lou DeCruz of New Bedford; a stepson, Paul DeMello of Torrance, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Pauline Eubanks of Torrance, Calif.; a brother, George DeMello of South Dartmouth; three grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was also the brother of the late Joseph DeMello and Eunice Mills.
Arrangements are by the Wiefels and Son Funeral Home, Yucca Valley.

Mary R. Brown
NEW BEDFORD -- Mary R. (Stone) Brown, 84, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 1996, unexpectedly. She was the daughter of the late Ernest and Sarah (Bonnar) Stone.
She died at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River.
Born in New Bedford she lived in the Greater New Bedford area all of her life. She was employed for many years at Albion Stone Jewelers in downtown New Bedford in sales and jewelry design and assisted her late brother in running the business.
Mrs. Brown was a graduate of New Bedford High School and attended Swain School of Design. She was a former member and Sunday School teacher at Pilgrim United Church of Christ and a current active member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. She was a member of New Bedford Chapter Order of Eastern Star, the Old Dartmouth Historical Society (Whaling Museum), the Republican Party, and formerly active with the Caladonia Scottish Lodge and a volunteer at the now defunct New Bedford Glass Museum. A member of AARP, she lectured locally for many organizations on jewelry, silver, china and was well known for her design and expertise in these fields.
Survivors include a son, Ralph A. Brown of New Bedford; four grandchildren and four great-grand-children.
She was the sister of the late Albion B. Stone and Mildred A. Stone.
Arrangements are by the Wilson Chapel, 479 County St.

Lena N. Gregory, 99
NEW BEDFORD -- Mrs. Lena N. (Pickup) Gregory, 99, formerly of Caroline Street, died Monday, Jan. 22, 1996. She was the daughter of the late William H. and Nancy (Walmsley) Pickup.
She died at the Sacred Heart Home.
Born in Blackburn, Lancashire, England she lived most of her life in New Bedford. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and had sung in the choir. She had been a school nurse at the Clifford School and in later years she was a saleslady at the former C.F. Wing Store and the former Star Store.
Mrs. Gregory was a graduate of Lowther Memorial Training Hospital in New York. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Nonquit Chapter. She was a Past Matron and had been a State Deputy Grand Marshall for the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the New Bedford Women's Club and the United Methodist Women.
Mrs. Gregory would have celebrated her 100th birthday on the Fourth of July.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty L. King and Ruth M. Schleeweis, both of New Bedford, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Arrangements were by the Donaghy Funeral Home, 465 County St.

Charles T. Kennedy
DARTMOUTH -- Charles T. "Sham" Kennedy, 80, of North Dartmouth, died Monday, Jan. 22, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Rita (Gould) Kennedy and son of the late Charles F. and Ellen T. (McBride) Kennedy.
He died at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.
Born in New Bedford, he lived in New Bedford and Dartmouth for most of his life and was a graduate of Bristol County Agricultural High School. He was a communicant of St. Lawrence Church and employed by the Dartmouth Police Department as a police officer until his retirement in 1980. He had also been the manager of the Dartmouth Auto Theater for many years. Previously he had worked for Park Oil Company as a truck driver.
A World War II Army veteran, he was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Teamsters Union Local 59, the Knights of Columbus St. Isadore Council.
Survivors include his widow; two daughters, Sandra Dalton of Westport and Sharon Kennedy of North Dartmouth; two brothers, James F. Kennedy of North Dartmouth and George Kennedy of Ancram, N.Y.; a granddaughter, Kristen Dalton of Westport; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford.

Walter C. Cannon
WAREHAM -- Walter C. Cannon, 57, of Tyler Avenue, East Wareham, died at home Monday, Jan. 22, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Deborah (Semple) Cannon and son of the late R. Henry and Althea C. (Keith) Cannon.
Born and educated in Wareham, he was employed by A.D. Makepeace Co. as a foreman for 12 years and the Cranberry Experiment Station of the University of Massachusetts as a laboratory technician for the past five years. He was also assistant chief of the East Wareham Forest Fire Department.
Mr. Cannon was a member of the Cedar Fox Club, past member of the First Nighters and an avid bowler, hunter and fisherman.
Survivors include his widow; two sons, Michael A. Cannon and Matthew B. Cannon, both of Wareham; a daughter, Melissa J. Cannon of Wareham; two brothers, Carl Cannon and Keith Cannon, both of Wareham and several nieces and nephews.
He was also the brother of the late Virginia Holmes.
Arrangements are by the Stott, Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway.

Roger H. Bessette
BROCKTON -- Roger H. Bessette, 74, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the widower of Lucille J. (LaCouture) Bessette and son of the late Phillas and Angeline (Bouchard) Bessette.
He died at Brockton Hospital.
Born in Franklin, Vt., he had lived in Brockton since 1941 and was a communicant of St. Colman Church. He was a self employed building contractor and a well-known finish carpenter.
Mr. Bessette was a World War II Army veteran serving in the Medical Corps in the European Theater.
Survivors include seven sons, Paul Bessette of Dartmouth, Roger Bessette, Michael Bessette, Jacques Bessette, all of Brockton, Marc Bessette of Minnesota, Peter Bessette of Whitman and John Bessette of Weymouth; two daughters, Denise Swartz and Jacqueline Dennehy, both of East Bridgewater; three brothers, Raymond Bessette of New York, Gaston Bessette of Ohio and George Bessette of Connecticut; three sisters, Francis Cobb of Florida, Rita LaCouture and Fern Pice, both of Brockton; 21 grandchildren; a great-grandchild and a dear friend, Mary Lomax of Brockton.
Arrangements are by Conley Funeral Home, 138 Belmont St.

Jose G. daCosta
NEW BEDFORD -- Jose Garcia daCosta, 67, died at home unexpectedly Monday, Jan. 22, 1996. He was the widower of Maria (Vincente) daCosta and son of the late Jose M. and Maria T. (Garcia) daCosta.
Born in Sao Miguel, Azores, he lived in New Bedford for most of his life and was a communicant of St. John The Baptist Church. He was employed in the road construction industry for many years until his retirement.
Survivors include a brother; Jamie Garcia daCosta of London, Ontario; a sister, Maria E. Garcia daCosta Pacheco of Mississauga, Ontario; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Gilbert R. Medeiros
NEW BEDFORD -- Gilbert R. Medeiros, 68, died at home Tuesday, Jan. 23, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Irene A. (Ormonde) Medeiros and son of the late Alice (Fredette) Mindle.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, he was a communicant of Holy Name Church and was employed by My Bread Baking Company as a driver/salesman for 33 years until his retirement in 1985.
A World War II Army veteran serving in Germany, he was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Mr. Medeiros was a charter member, past treasurer and past president of the Sunbeam Employees Federal Credit Union. He was past president of the William J. Cyr Chapter of Credit Unions and the New Bedford High School Band Boosters Association as well as past officer in the St. Joseph's Couples Club. He was a member of the Holy Name Couples Club and the Seniors Mixed Bowling League at the Wonderbowl. He was a charter and life member of the Freetown Memorial Post 6643 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his widow; two daughters, Louise D. Medeiros and Jane M. Friedman, both of New Bedford, and a sister, Lorraine T. Marashio of New Bedford.
Arrangements are by Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Rosa T. Fonseca, 95
FAIRHAVEN -- Rosa T. (Tourega) Fonseca, 95, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 1996. She was the widow of Francisco Fonseca and daughter of the late Joao da Sousa Firmeza and Maria Victoria Tourega.
She died at Nichols House.
Born in Ilhavo, Portugal, she lived in Fairhaven and Gloucester for several years and lived in Portugal for several years. She was a communicant of St. Mary Church in Fairhaven.
Survivors include a daughter, Maria Jose Dias of Ilhavo, Portugal; two granddaughters, Maria Cabral of North Dartmouth and Rosemary Carrico of Fairhaven; three grandsons, Joseph Dias, Frank Dias and Anthony Dias, all of Gloucester; 11 great-grandchildren; 11 great great-grandchildren and a niece.
Arrangements are by the Fairlawn Mortuary, 180 Washington St.

Stella Fournier
MARION -- Stella (Bollea) Fournier, 77, formerly of New Bedford, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of J. Raymond Fournier and daughter of the late John and Rosemary (Bonsaver) Bollea.
She died at Sippican Health Care Center.
Born in Dartmouth, she lived most of her life in the Greater New Bedford area was a communicant of St. Joseph Church in New Bedford and was employed by States Nitewear as a shipping clerk.
Survivors include a daughter, Judith Poulin of New Bedford; a son, Robert J. Fournier of New Bedford; a brother, Henry Bollea of New Bedford; four sisters, Ann Hargraves, Mary Higham, Lucy Economos and Josephine Ledoux, all of New Bedford; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was also the sister of the late Joseph Bollea, Albert Bollea and Victor Bollea.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford.

Rosa Testa
NEW BEDFORD -- Rosa (Baptiste) Testa, 63, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the wife of Joao Testa Sr., and daughter of the late Antonio S. and Maria Augusta (deJesus) Baptiste.
She died at Lahey Clinic in Burlington.
Born in Ilhavo, Portugal, she lived in the Greater New Bedford area since 1967, she was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and was employed by Macintosh of New England as a stitcher.
Survivors include her widower; two sons, Joao Testa Jr. of West Bridgewater and Edward Testa of New Bedford; a sister, Lucinda Baptiste of Ilhavo, Portugal; four brothers, Manuel Baptiste, Eduardo Baptiste, Francisco Baptiste and Antonio Baptiste, all of Ilhavo, Portugal; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.

Armande Taillon
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- Armande Taillon, 75, formerly of New Bedford, died Monday, Jan. 22. She was the wife of Normand J. Taillon.
She died at the Columbia Regional Medical Center in Bayonet Point, Fla.
A native of New Bedford having moved to New Port Richey from Lincoln, R.I., six years ago she was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and was employed by the state of Rhode Island School Lunch Program as a server.
Mrs. Taillon was a member of the Auxiliary of The Polish Legion of American Veterans.
Survivors include her widower; a son, Paul Valois of Essex Junction, Vt.; two daughters, Louise Peloquin of Woodbridge, Va., and Rachel Rickson of Woonsocket, R.I.; a sister, Rita L'Heureux of Manville, R.I.; two brothers, Raymond Armstrong and Ernest Armstrong, both of Manville, R.I.; and seven grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Morgan Funeral Home, 6025 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey, Fla.

Edward Briscoe
LAS VEGAS -- Edward Briscoe, who as a teen-ager skated with the Ice Capades and who was one of the original Mouseketeers, has died after an illness in Las Vegas, where he has lived since 1982. He was 57.
"He was a great skater. He's won gold medals in World Ice Skating championships," said Mr. Briscoe's longtime companion, Archie Fox.
In recent years, Mr. Briscoe liked to spend time at the Santa Fe hotel-casino ice rink, where he would watch the skaters practice. Probably no one realized that a former gold medal winner was in attendance.
Mr. Briscoe, who died Friday, was only 17 when he signed his first five-year contract with Ice Capades International in 1956, but he was already a veteran entertainer.
Earlier, Briscoe had been under contract with Walt Disney Studios to appear as a Mouseketeer.
"He was a teenager, but he looked young for his age," Fox said. "Eddie played Bobby Brown. There were two Bobbys and Eddie was the tall one."
In recent years, Briscoe worked as a waiter at the Circus Circus Steak House. He also was a licenced real estate agent and a travel agent.
Briscoe was born April 16, 1938, in Tacoma, Wash., the son of Boyd and Eleanor Briscoe. As a child, Briscoe learned to skate at the Lakewood Ice Arena in Tacoma. He also trained at the Westwood Ice Studio in Los Angeles.
He tried out for the Ice Capades when the cast was in the Puget Sound area. In order to accept the contract, Briscoe was required to finish high school early, and he did so.
Briscoe was also an actor, appearing in several television programs in the '50s and '60s, including "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" and "My Mother the Car." In addition, Briscoe danced in the 1961 film, "West Side Story."
In later years, after Briscoe retired from skating competitions and show business, he and Fox opened several restaurants in Hawaii. In the 1970s, they owned and operated the Kona Steak House, Darnell's Deli and a catering company.
"The thing about Darnell's was that you could order your sandwich by the ounce," Fox said. "You could build a sandwich that weighed 20 ounces. Of course, it would cost you 20 bucks."
Fox said Briscoe was a "people-person."
"Everybody liked Eddie," Fox said. "He'd walk into a place and make friends instantly."
In addition to Fox, Briscoe is survived by a sister, Linda Briscoe of Palo Alto, Calif.
A memorial service will be conducted Saturday at the Excalibur hotel and casino. Burial is private, and Nevada Funeral Services is handling arrangements.

Carter Burden, fashionable N.Y. politician, 54
NEW YORK -- Carter Burden was born in Beverly Hills, the great-great-great grandson of Commodore Vanderbilt and the grandnephew of Douglas Fairbanks. It was all uphill from there.
And so, when he died yesterday of a heart ailment at age 54, people marveled that so fabulous a life had ended so soon.
S. Carter Burden Jr. was a politician who never rose beyond City Council. But he stood for a moment when it seemed a rich young New Yorker with good looks and good intentions could attain anything, even the White House.
"He represented a magnificent mirage in the period just before New York realized it had an economic disease, when the city still could be all things to all people," said Fred Siegel, a Cooper Union historian.
He grew up in a mansion previously occupied by actor Fredric March, and dated Geraldine Chaplin during his prep school years. Then it was off to Harvard, where he met a Wellesley freshman known as Ba, her baby nickname.
This was Amanda Mortimer. Her grandfather was a founder of Standard Oil; her stepfather was CBS founder William Paley; her mother was Babe Cushing, the beauty who once observed that it was impossible for a woman to be too rich or too thin.
He looked at her almond-shaped eyes and fell instantly in love; she recalled him saying he wanted to be president.
Mr. Carter and Amanda married and moved to Manhattan, where they filled a huge apartment in the landmark Dakota with antique furniture and began throwing huge parties. Guests included Norman Mailer, Truman Capote, Andy Warhol and uncounted others, half of whom Amanda didn't even know.
They were in all the fashion magazines, all the columns. People began to get sick of them -- "the Burdens we all must bear," a wag griped -- and of her little-girl way of talking. The Burdens realized society was laughing at them, not with them. The parties ended.
Mr. Carter joined Robert Kennedy's New York staff. The millionaire aide became the millionaire senator's liaison to impoverished Harlem and Bedford Stuyvesant. After Mr. Kennedy's assassination Burden ran for City Council as a reform Democrat in a district that spanned two worlds: East Harlem and the Upper East Side.
Mr. Burden was accused of buying the election. If so, he overspent; he got 81 percent of the vote.
On the City Council he crusaded against lead-based paint and for prisoners' rights. He introduced the nation's first gay rights bill, which did not even get out of committee.
He also came to personify the limousine liberal, moving around in a big, black, chauffeur-driven Buick equipped with a phone. He campaigned in shirt sleeves with his suitcoat over his shoulder, but the shirt was expensive, the jacket tailor-made.
Mr. Burden lost a race for City Council president in 1978, and then narrowly lost a U.S. Senate primary to the brassy Bella Abzug, with whom he shared liberalism and nothing else.
Mr. Burden left politics, founded a broadcast company, and tended the family investments. He gave generously to the library and the ballet.


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