Miscellaneous Bristol County, Massachusetts Obituaries

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Diane DeMoranville
NEW BEDFORD -- Diane (LeBlanc) DeMoranville, 53, died at home Thursday, Feb. 15, 1996. She was the wife of Marcus "Mark" E. DeMoranville and the daughter of Catherine T. (Costa) LeBlanc and the late Dr. Clarence A. LeBlanc.
She was lifelong resident of New Bedford.
She attended the former Sacred Hearts Academy in Fairhaven.
She was employed by the former Parkwood Hospital as a nurse's aide and had worked in the operating room.
Survivors include her widower; her mother; her grandfather, John R. Costa of Dartmouth, and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Donaghy Funeral Home, 465 County St.

Belmira Marshall, 96
ACUSHNET -- Belmira "Mabel" (Silva) Marshall, 96, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Antone P. Marshall Sr. and the daughter of the late Manuel and Emily R. (Sylvia) Silva.
She died at Acushnet Nursing Home.
She was born in Fayal, Azores and lived in New Bedford most of her life.
She was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church at home.
She was a member of the Moose Chapter 7 New Bedford and the Moose Golden Agers.
Survivors include a daughter, Dorothea Ponte of New Bedford; a son, Donald Marshall of Fairhaven; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was also the mother of the late Antone P. Marshall Jr.
Arrangements are by the Aubertine Funeral Home, 129 Allen St.

Elizabeth K. Kinsman
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Elizabeth K. (Raymond) Kinsman, 79, formerly of Middleboro, died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Richard M. Kinsman and daughter of the late Harvey N. and Catherine E. (Hodson) Raymond.
She was born in Boston and lived in Middleboro since 1940, wintering in Florida since 1979.
She was a graduate of Girl's Latin High School and Chandler Secretarial School, both in Boston.
Mrs. Kinsman was employed by the former Lakeville Hospital as a secretary in medical records until her retirement.
She was an active member of the Central Baptist Church in Middleboro for more than 50 years, having been a Sunday School teacher, a choir member and active in the missionary work in the church. She also was a member of Nemasket Camp of Gideon International.
Survivors include a son, Richard D. Kinsman of S. Easton; three daughters, Nancy E. Curtis and Marjorie R. Williams, both of Indianapolis, Ind., Marilyn J. Rodricks of Dunedin, Fla.; two brothers, Ralph Raymond of Sarasota, Fla., and Albert Raymond of Charlottesville, Va.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Egger Funeral Home, 61 Pearl St.

Cecella A. Briggs, 98
FAIRHAVEN -- Cecella A. (DeCosta) Briggs, 98, died Monday, Feb. 12, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Chester F. Briggs.
She died at Our Lady's Haven.
Born in British Guyana, South America, she lived in Fairhaven since 1966.
Mrs. Briggs was a member of the Friends of the Elderly.
Survivors include five daughters, Marjorie Cook and Madeleine E. Copeland, both of Fairhaven, Barbara B. Zimmerman of Long Island, N.Y., Louise A. Sherwood of Napa, Calif., and Natalie McClellan of Westfield; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Private arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St.

Gertrude M. Bresnahan
FAIRHAVEN -- Gertrude Mitchell (Copeland) Bresnahan, 83, died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 1996, unexpectedly. She was the widow of John C. Bresnahan Sr. and daughter of the late Hugh M. and Maggie May (Dreghorn) Copeland.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Taunton, she lived in Fairhaven since 1942 and was a graduate of Taunton High School. She was employed by the law office of Kneeland, Kydd & Handy, formerly of New Bedford. as a secretary for 32 years until her retirement in 1988. Prior to that she had worked at Revere Copper and Brass.
Mrs. Bresnahan was a very active member of the First Congregational Church in Fairhaven, having been a member of its choir, its Womens Fellowship and treasurer of The Selected Seconds. She was a former Deaconess of the church and was a former member of the Fairhaven Mothers Club.
Survivors include a daughter, Susan Bonnar of East Freetown; a son, John C. Bresnahan Jr. of Liberty, N.C.; two brothers, Harold "Bunny" Copeland of Fairhaven and Frank Copeland of Sandwich, five grandchildren; a great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Margaret Court, Etta Copeland, George Copeland, James Copeland, Robert Copeland and Howard Copeland.
Arrangements are by the Fairlawn Mortuary, 180 Washington St.

Lillian H. Jacobs
NEWTONVILLE -- Lillian H. (King) Jacobs, 83, also of Mattapoisett, died at home Friday, Feb. 16, 1996. She was the widow of Philip C. Jacobs Jr. and daughter of the late Alfred James King and Karin Emelia Gunilla Niemann.
Born in Newton, she was raised in New Bedford and attended New Bedford Public Schools. She was a 1934 graduate of St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in New Bedford.
A communicant and an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Newtonville, she was for many years Director of the Altar Guild, the second woman in the Parish to serve on the Vestry, a member of the Wednesday Workshop, a gift and thrift shop volunteer and served on various committees and projects.
Mrs. Jacobs was a member of the Newton Garden Club, the former Newtonville Woman's Club and the Board of Directors of the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Aid for over thirty years.
She was the sister of the late Elsie C. King.
Survivors include two sons, Philip C. Jacobs III of Canton and Eric C. Jacobs of Newtonville; a sister, Edith M. King of Plymouth, and three grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Dockray & Thomas Funeral Home, 455 Washington St., Canton.

E. Marcella Brown
MIDDLEBORO -- E. Marcella (Cannon) Brown, 75, died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Manuel Joseph Brown and daughter of E. Blanche (Shaw) Tripp of Wareham and the late Peter Cannon.
She died at Morton Hospital, Taunton.
A lifelong resident of Middleboro, she was formerly employed by Walker Company as a bookkeeper for 35 years and then by Middleboro Trust Company as a bookkeeper for 18 years until her retirement in 1991.
Survivors include her mother, a daughter, Patricia Keith of Homosassa, Fla.; a brother, Lawrence A. Cannon of Middleboro; a sister, Caroline Kaassinen of Middleboro; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the grandmother of the late Dennis Keith.
Arrangements are by Egger Funeral Home, 61 Pearl St.

John E. Wilbur
MIDDLEBORO -- John E. Wilbur, 27, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 14, 1996. He was the son of George E. and Marilyn L. (Remedis) Wilbur of Middleboro.
A lifelong resident of Middleboro, he was a 1986 graduate of Middleboro High School and was employed by Talbots in Lakeville.
Survivors include his parents; his maternal grandmother, Barbara Remedis of Freetown, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Arrangements are by Egger Funeral Home, 61 Pearl St.

Conrad W. Benoit
SOMERSET -- Conrad W. "C.W." Benoit, 45, of 157 Sullivan Ave., died at home Friday, Feb. 16, 1996. He was the son of Conrad L. And Dorothy E. (Latinville) Benoit of Somerset.
Born in Fall River, he was a lifelong resident of Somerset and a 1972 graduate of Somerset High School. He received an associates degree in journalism from Bristol Commuity College in Fall River in 1974 and earned a bachelor degree in psychology from Southeastern Massachusetts University, now UMass Dartmouth, in 1976.
He was an accomplished musician, playing lead guitar for over 30 years with his family's band, PAX. They entertained locally and throughout New England opening for such acts as "The Drifters" and "The Platters".
Survivors include his parents, a brother, Gerald L. "Gerry" Benoit of Somerset; a sister, Patricia J. Law of Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, and a niece.
Arrangements are by the 'Birchcrest Countryside' Home of Waring-Ashton & Coughlin-D.D. Sullivan-Driscoll, 189 Gardners Neck Road, Swansea.

Clement E. Daley
FAIRHAVEN -- Clement E. "Clem" Daley, 56, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 1996. He was the husband of Joan C. (Faria) Daley and son of the late Clement E. and Margaret E. (Pickett) Daley.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, he has lived in Fairhaven since 1967 and was a communicant of St. Joseph Church, Fairhaven.
A popular figure in the area, Mr. Daley for the last year worked as the city's marketing director. He also worked as a radio announcer for WBSM, and was an accomplished marine artist.
Mr. Daley was responsible for the ongoing project to add more signs in New Bedford, particulary in the Route 18 waterfront area. He also had been developing a plan to market the dormant trade zone at the airport.
He was a graduate of New Bedford High School, attended Swain School, Butera School of Art in Boston and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the UMass Dartmouth.
Mr. Daley was a member of the New Bedford Port Society, the Coast Guard Artist Program (COGAP), a life member of the Exercise Tiger and was a former trustee of the Fairhaven Library.
Survivors include his widow and nieces and nephews.
Mr. Daley was the father of the late Michael A. Daley and brother of the late Marguerite Zielinski and Suzanne Repeta.
Arrangements are by the Donaghy Funeral Home, 465 County St., New Bedford.

Raymond J. Barros
NEW BEDFORD -- Raymond J. Barros, 46, died at home Wednesday, Feb. 14, 1996, unexpectedly. He was the son of Manuel C. Barros of New Bedford and the late Doris I. (Allain) Barros.
Born in Acushnet, he was a lifelong resident of New Bedford. He was a communicant of St. Anthony Church and was employed by Calvin Clothing as a shipping supervisor until its closing in 1976.
Mr. Barros was a Marine and a Vietnam veteran.
Survivors include his father; a maternal grandmother, Ida (Langevin) Allain-Soucy of New Bedford; two brothers, Richard J. Barros of New Bedford and Thomas G. Barros of Acushnet; two sister, JoAnn M. Turgeon of New Bedford and Sandra Boudreau of Sefner, Fla., and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Frank S. Fernandes
NEW BEDFORD -- Frank S. Fernandes, 74, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Benvinda (Pires) Fernandes and son of the late Frank Fernandes and Maria (Fernandes) Andrade.
He died at the Philip Hulitar Hospice in Providence, Rhode Island.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, he was a communicant of Our Lady of the Assumption Church. He was employed by the Merchant Marine as a cook for many years then later was employed by the New Bedford Public Schools as a custodian for 10 years.
Mr. Fernandes was a member of the National Maritime Union and the Merchant Mariners Club. He served in the American Merchant Marine service during World War II.
Survivors include his widow; a stepdaughter, Maria DePina of East Providence; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Leonard F. Condon
MIDDLEBORO -- Leonard F. Condon, 82, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the widower of Josephine R. (O'Connor) Condon and son of the late Timothy and Catherine (Higgins) Condon.
He died at Morton Hospital.
Born in Boston, he lived in Middleboro since 1952 and was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Middleboro. He was employed by Quinn Freight Co., of Brockton as a truck driver until his retirement in 1972 and was a member of the Teamsters Local No. 25 of Boston. Since his retirement, he had worked for the former Purity Supreme and Stop & Shop of Middleboro.
Mr. Condon was a member of the Middleboro Lodge of Elks, Mitchell Memorial Club of Middleboro.
Survivors include his companion of many years Minna Wills of Middleboro; two sons, Paul F. Condon of Middleboro and Leonard W. Condon of Alexandria, Va.; three daughters, Catherine P. Kwesell of Humarock, Phyllis E. Dondero of Hull and Theresa M. Condon of Plymouth; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and a nephew.
Arrangements are by the Ashley Funeral Home, 35 Oak St.

James Pragana Sr.
DARTMOUTH -- James Pragana Sr., 71, of Dartmouth died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1996, unexpectedly. He was the husband of Mabel (Arruda) Pragana and son of the late Felecidade (Anjos) and Joaquim Pragana.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, he lived in the area all of his life. He was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Dartmouth and was employed by New Bedford Fillet as a fish cutter until his retirement in 1982.
Mr. Pragana was a Union Trustee of the Seafood Workers Health and Pension Fund.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Sandra Viera of Dartmouth; a son, James Pragana Jr., of South Dartmouth; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St., New Bedford.

McLean Stevenson
LOS ANGELES -- McLean Stevenson, who played the fumbling commanding officer and chief surgeon of TV's "M*A*S*H," has died, his agent said Friday. He was 66.
Mr. Stevenson died of a heart attack late Thursday at a hospital, agent Robert Malcolm said.
Mr. Stevenson played Lt. Col. Henry Blake, the womanizing goof-off commanding officer of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, for the first three seasons of "M*A*S*H." The role won him a 1973 Golden Globe Award and a 1974 Emmy nomination.
In the series, Lt. Col. Blake died when his plane was lost at sea as he returned to the United States.
Born in Bloomington, Ill., Mr. Stevenson was the son of a cardiologist. He worked on the losing presidential campaign of his cousin and next-door neighbor, Adlai Stevenson.
He was 31 before he broke into acting after careers as a medical supplies salesman, insurance clerk, seaman and assistant director of athletics at Northwestern University, where he earned a theater arts degree.
"I had nine jobs in eight years and I didn't like any of them," he told The Associated Press in 1975. He was walking across a football field when he decided to go into show business.
"I watched those poor slobs practicing like crazy, knowing that if they didn't block they wouldn't get paid," he recalled. "It was crazy to stay in college athletics unless you were a coach. I decided to go to New York and become an actor."
During the 1960s he worked in night clubs and comedy cabarets, did summer stock theater and some television before moving to Hollywood, where he worked as a comedy writer for Tommy Smothers. He eventually began acting in sketches as well.
Mr. Stevenson is survived by his wife, Ginny; daughter Lindsey; son Jeffrey MacGregor; and sister, Ann Whitney. Funeral arrangements were pending, Mr. Malcolm said.


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