Miscellaneous Bristol County, Massachusetts Obituaries

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Kathleen M. Chandler
FAIRHAVEN -- Kathleen M. (Baker) Chandler, 66, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the widow of Wendell W. Chandler and daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine (Blecha) Baker.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, she lived in Fairhaven for more than 40 years and was a 37-year member of the First Congregational Church of Fairhaven, serving actively throughout its leadership life and currently coordinator of "Congregational and Care Giving." She was on every church committee in her years as a member or in a leadership role.
She was employed by Goodhue Lumber in East Freetown as a bookkeeper for six years and after that she was employed by the Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation.
Mrs. Chandler was the 1946 class valedictorian and class treasurer of New Bedford High School.
Survivors include a son, Glen G. Chandler of New Bedford; three daughters, Janet Santos, Nancy Manzone and Laura Chandler, all of Fairhaven; two very dear friends, William and Loretta Stawasz of Acushnet; 11 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Joseph Baker and Helen Halstead.
Arrangements are by Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St.

Donald B. Copeland
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Donald B. Copeland, 78, of Village Court, formerly of Williamstown and Assonet died Saturday, Feb. 17, 1996. He was the husband of Lorraine (DeCosta) Copeland and son of the late Clarence E. and Isabel May (Chace) Copeland.
He died at Winter Haven Hospital.
He was born in Berkley and moved to Assonet shortly afterward.
He graduated from B.M.C. Durfee Textile School and worked as plant manager at Monument Mfg. Company in Assonet. During World War II he served as a sergeant in the Massachusetts State Guard.
He was a member of the Freetown Fire Department for 21 years, rising to the rank of Deputy Chief. He served on the Freetown-Lakeville Regional School Committee and the Building Committee for Apponequet Regional High School.
He was active in the Lions Club in Freetown and later in Williamstown where he moved in 1962. While living in Williamstown he was employed as plant manager for Sports Industries, Hunter Outdoor Products and Inflated Products. He was a member of the Northern Berkshire Industrial Managers Club and the North Adams Chamber of Commerce.
He retired in Winter Haven in 1974, where he and his wife opened Copeland Hardware on Cypress Gardens Road. He became a charter member of the Cypress Gardens Volunteer Fire Department and served on their board of directors. He was a member of Hope Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his widow; two sons, Donald Copeland Jr. of Monroe, Conn. and Alan Copeland of Winter Haven; three daughters, Sandra Buttermore of Winter Haven, Joan Barr of Los Alamos, N.M., and Donna DiManno of Fall River; two brothers, C. Linwood Copeland and Sheldon Copeland, both of Assonet; three sisters, G. Chace Mabardy of Alexandria, Va., and Miriam Terry and Ruth Walsh, both of Assonet; eighteen nieces and nephews; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Hathaway Home for Funerals, 1813 Robeson St., Fall River.

J. Harding Flynn III
NEW BEDFORD -- J. Harding Flynn III, 73, died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the son of the late Patrick J. and Margaret C. (Harding) Flynn.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
He was born in Fall River and lived in Newport and North Falmouth for most of his life before moving to New Bedford.
Mr. Flynn had been a self-employed interior designer and also had been the manager of the Cape Codder Hotel.
He was a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and received his masters degree from Cornell University. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy as a court stenographer.
Survivors include a sister, Doris A. Paskin of West Warwick, R.I., several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Arrangements were by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Mildred A. Lacoste
NEW BEDFORD -- Mildred A. (Mosher) Lacoste, 69, died Sunday, Feb. 18, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Julfred "Pete" Lacoste and daughter of Alice (Ouilette) Mosher of New Bedford and the late Clarence Mosher.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
She was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and a communicant of Holy Name Church.
She was employed by Calvin Clothing for 20 years as a stitcher until her retirement.
Mrs. Lacoste was a member of the American Legion Ladies' Auxilliary, the AARP and was a dialysis clinic patient for 12 years.
She and her late husband owned and operated Lacoste Garage and sold camping trailers at the former Linden Street location.
Survivors include her mother; a sister-in-law, Blanche I. La Prade of Conn.; an aunt, Ruth Sher of New Bedford and several nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Alice Coleman.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Leo LeBlanc
LAKEVILLE -- Leo LeBlanc, 88, died Saturday, Feb. 17, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the widower of Ona (Boule) LeBlanc and son of the late Thomas and Alexina (Poirier) LeBlanc.
He died at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Cushing Campus in Brockton.
Born in North Oxford, he was a resident of Lakeville for more than 42 years, previously living in Middleboro.
He was employed by Foxboro Co. as a supervisor for 37 years until his retirement in 1973.
He was a communicant of Sts. Martha and Mary Church in Lakeville and was a member of the Middleboro Lodge of Elks.
Mr. LeBlanc's hobbies were fishing and hunting.
Survivors include a son, Robert L. LeBlanc of Lakeville; two brothers, Raymond LeBlanc of N. Attleboro and Robert LeBlanc of Millbury; two sisters, Rosalie Tremblay of Plainville and Rita Poirier of Bellingham and a grandson.
He was also the brother of the late Harvey LeBlanc and Alfred LeBlanc and grandfather of the late Karena LeBlanc.
Arrangements are by the Ashley Funeral Home, 35 Oak St., Middleboro.

Mary Meia
NEW BEDFORD -- Mary (Gomes) Meia, 77, died at home Saturday, Feb. 17, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the widow of John M. Meia and daughter of the late Francisco and Maria Araujo.
She died at home.
She was born in New Bedford and lived most of her life there. She was a communicant of St. Julie Billiart Church.
She was formerly employed by a local textile industry as a stitcher until her retirement.
Mrs. Meia was a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.
Survivors include two brothers, Manuel Gomes of New Bedford and James Gomes of S. Dartmouth; a sister, Bella Ferreira of New Bedford and several nieces and nephews and godchildren.
Arrangements are by the Cabral-Baylies Square Funeral Home, 512 N. Front St.

Manuel Mello
NEW BEDFORD -- Manuel Mello, 75, died Friday, Feb. 16, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Dolores (Ferreira) Mello and son of the late Maryann (Cruz) and John Mello Sr.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, he was a communicant of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and was employed by Paul Modes as a maintenance man until his retirement.
Survivors include his widow; five sons, Manuel Mello, James Mello, Michael Mello, Kyle Mello and Robert Mello, all of New Bedford; a daughter, Linda Alexander of Westport; two sisters, Mary Dominguese of New Bedford and Humilda Oliveira of South Dartmouth; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was the father of the late Paul W. Mello and brother of the late John Mello Jr. and Gloria Deus.
Arrangements are by Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.
Due to incorrect information received by the Funeral Home, Mr. Mello's age and the spelling of the last name of one of his sisters was incorrect in Sunday's obituary.

Irene M. Nicholson
NEW BEDFORD -- Irene M. (Durand) Nicholson, 89, died unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 17, 1996. She was the widow of Wellington T. Nicholson and daughter of the late Joseph and Lydia (St. Pierre) Durand.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
She was born in Lowell and lived most of her life in New Bedford.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Nicholson did volunteer work as a Sacristan at St. Theresa Church for many years. In her leisure time she enjoyed working in her yard and gardening.
Survivors include a son, H. H. Joseph Nicholson of Winter Springs, Fla., three grandsons and two great-grandsons.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Arthur Nogueira Jr.
NEW BEDFORD -- Arthur Nogueira Jr., 67, died unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 18, 1996. He was the widower of Yvonne A. (Silva) Nogueira and the son of the late Arthur and Palmira (Brazil) Nogueira Sr.
He was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church.
He was formerly employed by the Chamberlain Manufacturing Co. as a machinist until his retirement.
He was a World War II navy veteran and a member of the New Bedford Moose Club and the senior bowling league of Wonder Bowl Lane in New Bedford.
Survivors include a daughter, Audrey Paddock of Whitensville; a son, Carl Nogueira of New Bedford, a granddaughter and several cousins.
Arrangements are by the Aubertine Funeral Home, 129 Allen St.

Joseph C. Rebello
DARTMOUTH -- Joseph C. Rebello, 65, of North Dartmouth, died Saturday, Feb. 17, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Joan (Rousseau) and son of the late Emily C. Costa (Franco) and Joseph C. Rebello.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
He was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church.
He was a self-employed general contractor.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict and former president of Holy Name Society.
Mr. Rebello helped with the construction of the rear steps at St. Johns Church as well as building the alter facing the public.
Survivors include his widow; two sons, Joseph J. Rebello and James Perry, both of New Bedford; two daughters, Alda M. Johnson of New Bedford and Lori Bosworth of Cape Cod; two brothers, Albert Rebello of Colorado and Manuel Rebello of New Bedford; three sisters, Evelyn McQuilkin and Alice Arruda, both of New Bedford and Irene Hedden of Florida, six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St., New Bedford.

Matthew J. O'Malley
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Matthew J. O'Malley, 76, of Wareham and Clearwater, died Friday, Feb. 16, 1996. He was the husband of Doris "Jean" O'Malley.
He died at Clearwater Community Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, he lived in Wareham and had wintered in Clearwater since 1989. He was also formerly of East Providence, R.I.
He was employed by General Foods Corp. as a salesman and latter by Kirkpatrick Co. Inc. in East Providence as a salesman until his retirement.
Mr. O'Malley was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran.
He was a member of St. Margarets Church in Buzzards Bay and Light of Christ Catholic Church in Clearwater.
He was also a member of the Elks Lodge and American Legion of Wareham.
He and his wife were married 53 years.
Survivors include his widow; two sons, Kevin O'Malley of Bristol, R.I., and Keith O'Malley of East Providence; a daughter, Kathleen Keating of Newport, R.I.; a brother, Bartholomew O'Malley of New Hampshire; and a grandson.
Arrangements are by the Lakeview Chapel Funeral Home/Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Inc., 2860 Sunset Point Road.

Antone J. Bettencourt
SANDWICH -- Antone J. Bettencourt, 75, formerly of New Bedford and North Dartmouth, died Saturday, Feb. 17, 1996, after a battle with cancer. He was the husband of Thelma (Mellor) Bettencourt and son of the late Antone J. and Josephine (Marshall) Bettencourt.
Born in Acushnet, he lived in the New Bedford area until moving to Cape Cod in 1970.
He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in New Bedford and attended East Wareham United Methodist Church. He was active in both churches.
Mr. Bettencourt attended General Motors Institute of Technology, obtained his B.S. degree in education from Fitchburg State Teachers College and his masters in education from Bridgewater State College. He taught at Provincetown High School from 1949-1953, then at Dartmouth High School from 1953-1977 where he retired as director of vocational education.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean conflict as a chief petty officer.
A prominent member of the Masonic Fraternity, he was past master of Star in the East-Paskamansett Lodge, A.F. and A.M. and the Abraham H. Howland Jr. Lodge, A.F. and A.M. He was also a member of the Metacomet Lodge A.F. and A.M. in Taunton.
Mr. Bettencourt was Past High Priest of Adoniram Royal Arch Chapter, Past Master of New Bedford Council Royal and Select Masters, Past Commander of Sutton Commandary No. 16 Knights Templer, a member of the York Cross of Honour, Past Deputy Grand Master serving the Fall River District #30 and Past Patron of Nonquitt Chapter #198 O.E.S. and New Bedford Chapter #49 O.E.S., member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Southeastern Mass. Aleppo Temple, Past District Deputy Grand Masters Association, the Shrine Club of Southeastern Mass., Old Colony Past Masters Masonic Association, the Weary of Bourne and the Sword of Bunker Hill.
He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Christian Activities and Camp Good News in Forestdale and a member of the Board of Directors of the Lord's Day League of New England. He was also a member of the Bristol County and Mass. Retired Teachers Associations, and the Retired State, County and Municipal Employees Association.
Survivors include his widow; four brothers, George J. Bettencourt of New Bedford, Jerald Bettencourt and Joseph Bettencourt, both of Fairhaven, and Robert L. Bettencourt of Rochester; two sisters, Rose L. Curran of Cocoa, Fla. and Margaret DeTerra of Fairhaven; his cousin who helped care for him, David D. Buckley; and several nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late John Bettencourt and Mildred B. Pierce.
Arrangements are by the Wilson Chapel, 479 County St., New Bedford.

Virginia Acevedo
NEW BEDFORD -- Virginia (Aviles) Acevedo, 78, died Saturday, Feb. 17, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Segundo Acevedo.
She died at the Oaks Nursing Home.
She was born in Manati, Puerto Rico and lived in New Bedford since 1942. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.
She was employed as a community worker for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for many years.
She was a member of the Puerto Rican Civic Association.
Survivors include a daughter, Carmen Rodriguez of Lawrence; a sister, Maria Cardona of San Juan, Puerto Rico; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Harold W. LeClair
NEW BEDFORD -- Harold W. LeClair, 83, died unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 17, 1996. He was the son of the late Felix and Mary (O'Hara) Le Clair.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
He was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and a communicant of St. Lawrence Church.
He was formerly employed by the City of New Bedford Water Department as a meter reader for 25 years until his retirement in 1963.
Mr. LeClair was a World War II army veteran.
Survivors include three cousins, Oleivia Weeks, Eileen O'Hara and John O'Hara, all of New Bedford.
Arrangements are by the Austin-Carney Funeral Home, 549 County St.

Charlie O. Finley, 77
CHICAGO -- Charlie O. Finley, the flamboyant, often controversial former owner of the Oakland Athletics who brought colorful uniforms, the designated hitter and a mule mascot to baseball, died yesterday. He was 77.
Mr. Finley, who owned the A's when they won three straight World Series championships from 1972 to 1974, died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital of heart and vascular disease. His sons, Martin and David, and their wives, were at his side. He had been hospitalized for two weeks.
Mr. Finley began turning heads shortly after purchasing the A's in 1960 when they played in Kansas City.
He named a mule after himself, calling it Charlie O., and made it the team mascot. He put a sheep pasture on a hill overlooking the outfield -- decorating the sheep green and gold in club colors -- and had baseballs delivered to the umpire behind home plate by a mechanical rabbit.
Later, he tried to convince the establishment to use orange-colored baseballs, which were tried briefly in exhibitions, and attempted to speed up games by reducing walks to three balls instead of four.
While those innovations never were adopted, his ideas for the designated hitter and night World Series games became standards.
In Kansas City, he pulled in the right field fence for home-run hitters, calling it "a pennant porch." It wasn't until he moved the franchise to Oakland for the 1968 season, however, that the A's began winning consistently.
With the victories came a reputation for tight-fisted management that led to frequent fights with his players. In turn, the players often fought with each other and earned the reputation as "the Feudin' A's."
With Mr. Finley serving as his own general manager, the A's signed some of the best young talent in the game, including pitchers Jim Hunter and John Odom -- persuading them to use the nicknames "Catfish" and "Blue Moon." He also brought in Reggie Jackson and Sal Bando, who became the cornerstone sluggers of his championship teams.
The 1972-74 run marked the last time a major league baseball team won three consecutive World Series championships.
Under Mr. Finley, the A's also became the most colorful team in the majors. Wanting to get away from the traditional home whites and road grays, Mr. Finley's players mixed and matched green-and-gold jerseys and pants. His coaches wore white hats while the players wore colored ones.
His players also were the first to have white shoes and mod mustaches, the latter popularized by reliever Rollie Fingers, who sported a handlebar model. Mr. Finley offered $300 to each player who agreed to wear a mustache, and nearly every player took him up on it.
He also had water and cookies delivered to the umpires during fifth-inning breaks, the cookies made by A's employee Debbie Fields, who turned her recipe into the "Mrs. Fields" bakery empire.
Another employee was batboy Stanley Burrell, who entertained players in the clubhouse with his dancing. He later became rap star M.C. Hammer.
Things turned sour in the late 1970s, as Mr. Finley's feuding players left for other teams, the A's began losing and fans began staying away. He sold the Athletics to the Levi-Strauss company in 1981.

J. Robert Winberg
WAREHAM -- J. Robert Winberg, 78, died at home Sunday, Feb. 18, 1996, after a period of failing health. He was the husband of Shirley (Craft) Winberg and son of the late J. Eric and Clara (Johnson) Winberg.
He was born and lived in Brockton for 50 years before moving to Wareham.
He was a graduate of Brockton High School and was a communicant of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brockton.
He was a plumber and owned Winberg Plumbing & Heating in Brockton until his retirement.
Mr. Winberg was past president of Campello Credit Union and past president of Campello Businessmen's Association.
He enjoyed photography and fishing.
Survivors include his widow; a son, John R. Winberg of Milford, Conn.; a daughter, Sharon W. Powderly of Westboro; two sisters, Glenny Snow and Madelene Strei-mer, both of Wareham; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was also the father of the late Shirley (Winberg) Porter and the brother of the late Edna Johnson.
Arrangements are by the Dahlborg MacNevin Funeral Home, 280 Bedford St., Lakeville.

Brant Charles Pollard
NEW BEDFORD -- Brant Charles Pollard, 43, died Monday, Feb. 19, 1996, after a long illness. He was the son of Randall B. and Gwendolyn Elaine (Slyfield) Pollard of New Bedford.
He died at the Mariner Healthcare of Southeastern Massachusetts under the supervision of Hospice of Community Nurse Association.
He was born and raised in New Bedford. After graduating from college, he moved to Boston where he lived until 1994 when he returned to New Bedford.
He attended Grace Episcopal Church.
He had been employed as a guidance counselor at the Kennedy Memorial Children's Rehabilitation Center in Boston from 1975 to 1979. He then was a supervisor of disabled adult clients at The Center House Inc. in Boston from 1979 to 1984. He was later employed from 1987 to 1994 as the manager of the Textile Department of Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries Inc. in Boston.
He graduated from New Bedford High School in 1970 and Lincoln University in Pennsylvania in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology & Chemistry in the Pre-Dental program. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society. He had participated in research at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadephia. During his summer breaks from college, he had been a research biologist for the Gypsy Moth Program in Belchertown.
Survivors include his parents; two brothers, Gregory H. Pollard of New Bedford and Jon D. Pollard of Lakeville; a sister, Carol E. Pollard of New Bedford; his paternal grandmother; a niece; and four nephews.
He was the brother of the late Randall Dean Pollard and the late Anthony E. Pollard, who was also known as Nanepashemet.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Barbara Jean Baptista
FAIRHAVEN -- Barbara Jean (York) Baptista, 63, died unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 17, 1996. She was the daughter of the late George and Charlotte (Mooney) York.
She died at St. Vincent's Hospital in Worcester.
She was a lifelong resident of Fairhaven.
She was employed by Atlantic Coast Fisheries in New Bedford as a packer for 12 years until her retirement in 1995.
Survivors include four sons, Robert Baptista of Rochester, Jesse Baptista Jr. of Worcester, Wyatt E. Baptista of New Bedford and Richard P. Baptista of Pensacola, Fla.; two daughters, Marianne Baptista and Barbara Albert, both of Fairhaven; a brother, Larry York of New Bedford; three sisters, Dorothea Phaneuf of Fairhaven, Elizabeth Dube of San Diego, Calif. and Charlotte Sylvia of New Bedford; ten grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also the beloved grandmother of the late Kevin Baptista.
Arrangements are by the Fairlawn Mortuary, 180 Washington St.

Robert Knowles Cross
WAREHAM -- Robert Knowles Cross, 80, of 32 Leisure Lane, died at home Sunday, Feb. 18, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Helen (Swift) Cross and the son of the late Roscoe and Ethel (Hendy) Cross.
Born in St. Louis, he lived in Wareham for 18 years and was formerly of Hingham.
He was educated at St. Louis Elementary and High School and then attended Westminister College in Fulton, Mo., and Washington University in St. Louis.
He was employed by the Raytheon Company as a principal engineer and physicist until his retirement.
He served in the United States Navy as a P.T. boat captain during World War II.
Mr. Cross was a ham radio operator from the age of 12 and worked tirelessly through many New England hurricanes and with Wareham Amateur Radio Clubs and Civil Defense.
During his leisure time he was an avid fisherman and also was a life member of the Wankinquoah Rod and Gun Club.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Ann Cobb of Denver, Colo.; two sons, Robert K. Cross Jr. of Newport, R.I. and Thomas C. Cross of Franklin; and four grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Service, Inc., 15 Grove St., North Attleboro.

Jaime Vieira
NEW BEDFORD -- Jaime Bento Vieira, 73, of Phillips Avenue, died Sunday, Feb. 18, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Rosalina (Machado) Vieira and son of the late Jose Bento and Maria deJesus (Pereira) Vieira.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Furnas, Sao Miguel, Azores he lived in New Bedford for 26 years and was a communicant of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church. He was employed by various textile mills as a floor worker until his retirement in 1984.
Mr. Vieira enjoyed backyard gardening and had maintained an ample garden for pleasure and food.
Survivors include his widow; three sons, Jaime B. Vieira of South Dartmouth, Duarte Vieira of New Bedford and Humberto Vieira of Acushnet; a daughter, Margarida Ferreira of New Bedford; a sister, Belmira Gonsalves of Furnas, Sao Miguel; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Cabral-Baylies Square Funeral Home, 512 North Front St.

Olympia Mendes, 100
FAIRHAVEN -- Olympia (Chagas) Mendes, 100, died Sunday, Feb. 18, 1996 after a brief illness. She was the widow of Frank Mendes and daughter of the late Antonio Joaquim and Julia (Ferreira) Chagas.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Freguesia de Sao Jose, Lisbon, Portugal, she lived in the Greater New Bedford area most of her life and was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Fairhaven. She and her husband were the proprietors of Mendes Dept. Store on Rivet Street for many years.
Mrs. Mendes, a member of the Portuguese Continental Union No. 4, celebrated her 100th birthday this past August.
Survivors include a stepdaughter, Adelia Ruas of Portugal; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Boulevard Funeral Home, 223 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford.

Ruben E. Aquino
NEW JERSEY -- Ruben E. (Desorcy) Aquino, 20, of Camden, N.J., died at home, Friday, Feb. 16, 1996, unexpectedly. He was the husband of Loyda (Cuefta) Aquino and son of the late Brunilda Dias and Georgorio Aquino. He was the foster son of Shirley Monteiro of South Dartmouth and the late John J. Monteiro.
Born in Puerto Rico, he lived in New Bedford most of his life and was a graduate of New Bedford High School.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Ashley Caban of New Bedford; two sisters, Catherine Monteiro and Deanne Monteiro, both of New Bedford; three brothers, Angel Rodriguez, Roger Monteiro and Woody Monteiro, all of New Bedford; an aunt and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are being made in Camden, N.J.

John Chaves, 91
NEW BEDFORD -- John Chaves, 91, died Sunday, February 18, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Mary R. (Camara) Chaves and son of the late Noe and Virginia (Nobrega) Chaves.
He died at Sacred Heart Home.
Born in Madeira, Portugal he was a lifelong resident of New Bedford, a parishioner of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church and was employed by the United States Post Office for 25 years until his retirement in 1969. In 1962, he received the post office Superior Accomplishment Certificate.
Mr. Chaves was the oldest member of the Madeira Sports Club and was a World War II Navy veteran.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Janet Pearse of Liverpool, N.Y.; a brother, Louis Chaves of Howell, N.J.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Chaves was the brother of the late Noel Charves and August Chaves.
Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven.

Ronald J. Bourgeois
FAIRHAVEN -- Ronald J. Bourgeois, 53, formerly of New Bedford, died at his residence, Sunday, Feb. 18, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the widower of Kathleen M. (Lewis) Bourgeois and son of the late Norman J. Bourgeois and Dorothy B. (Chase) St. Pierre and stepson of George St. Pierre of Acushnet.
Born in New Bedford he moved to Fairhaven 30 years ago and was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Fairhaven. He had owned and operated Bourgeois Plumbing & Heating for 15 years until his retirement in 1995 and had also worked for the former Francis Plumbing & Heating Company for 10 years prior to operating his own company.
Mr. Bourgeois had served seven years in the United States Armed Forces.
Survivors include his stepfather; two sons, Chad J. Bourgeois of Fairhaven and Ronald J. Bourgeois Jr., of Augusta, Ga.; three daughters, Kristine M. Reed of Junction City, Kan., Kelly Ann Bourgeois of Augusta, Ga., and Kim M. Watts of Augusta, Ga.; three brothers, Roger J. Bourgeois of South Dartmouth, Raymond J. Bourgeois of Rochester and Richard J. Bourgeois of Fairhaven; three sisters, Doris T. Lainey of Fairhaven, Dolores T. Richard of New Bedford and Janice T. Lariviere of Fairhaven; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was also the father of the late Dawn M. Bourgeois.
Arrangements are by the Fairlawn Mortuary, 180 Washington St.


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