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Alice M. Keller
MIDDLEBORO -- Alice M. Keller, 83, died unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 24, 1996,. She was the widow of Francis X. Keller and daughter of the late James and Ann B. (Murray) Sullivan.
She died in Lebanon, Pa.
Born in Cranston, R.I., she lived in Middleboro and was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Middleboro. She was employed by the New England Telephone Company as a secretary until her retirement.
Survivors include a son, Joseph F. Keller of Yardley, Pa.; two daughters, Eileen C. Perry of Lakeville and Marilyn Keller of Lebanon, Pa., and three grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Egger Funeral Home, 61 Pearl St., Middleboro.

M. Harry Williams
FAIRHAVEN -- M. Harry Williams, 71, died Monday, Feb. 26, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Bernice (Pierce) Williams and son of the late Edward and Lillian (Downing) Williams.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Fairhaven, he lived in New Bedford for most of his life before returning to Fairhaven 11 years ago. He was a communicant of St. Joseph Church in Fairhaven and employed by the New Bedford Gas & Edison Light Company as a meter reader until his retirement.
A World War II Army veteran, he participated in the campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, the Ardennes, Central Europe, and the Philippine Liberation.
Mr. Williams was a member of the Stetson Club and the Fort Phoenix Post 2892 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his widow; two sons, Bruce Williams of Acushnet and Robert Williams of Fairhaven; a daughter, Jane Roda of New Bedford; a brother, Thomas Williams of Florida; two sisters, Edith Townsend and Ethel Bodeau, both of New Bedford; six grandsons and a great-grandson.
Arrangements are by Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford.

Mary M. Teixeira
FAIRHAVEN -- Mary Margaret (Folger) Teixeira, 88, formerly of New Bedford, died Monday, Feb. 26, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Frank Martin Teixeira and daughter of the late Frank S. and Lucy (DeMello) Folger.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Fairhaven, she lived in New Bedford for most of her life and resided at Alden Court Nursing Home for the past three years.
A communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mrs. Teixeira was a member of the church Women's League and the Alden Court Hospitality Committee.
Survivors include a son, Frank M. Teixeira Jr. of New Bedford; three daughters, Lucy Aslanian of Tewksbury, Mary Dorsey of Lowell and Louise Dion of New Bedford; a brother, Anthony Folger of New Bedford; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was the great-grandmother of the late Ashleigh Rios and sister of the late Joseph Folger, Edmund Folger, Frank Folger, Dominic Folger and Louis Folger.
Arrangements are by Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford.

William R. Amory
DARTMOUTH -- William R. Amory, 77, of South Dartmouth, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the son of the late Lydia B. Walker and stepson of the late Raymond Walker.
He died at the Country Rest Home.
He was born in Worcester and lived in the Dartmouth area most of his life.
Mr. Amory was an avid New York Yankees fan and in his leisure time enjoyed gardening and photography.
He leaves his dear friends, Virginia Pruit of Elmwood, N.J., Ann Raymond of Weymouth, Alice Vieira of South Dartmouth and the Harb family of Weymouth.
Arrangements are by Dartmouth Funeral Home, 230 Russells Mills Road.

Louise E. Jose
ASSONET -- Louise Elizabeth (Ferry) Jose, 76, of 78 S. Main St., died at her son's home on Monday, Feb. 26, 1996. She was the daughter of the late Manuel and Mary (Silva) Ferry.
A lifelong resident of Assonet, she was a homemaker and a member of St. Bernard Church.
Mrs. Jose was a member of the Senior Citizens of Freetown, Berkley "Happy Hearts" Senior Citizens and the Rhode Island Dahlia Society.
Survivors include a son, Arnold Jose of Assonet; two brothers; Albert William Ferry of Georgia and Manuel Ferry of Fall River; two sisters, Evelyn Bessette of Florida and Mary Rose of Taunton, three grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was the mother of the late Everette E. Jose and sister of the late Alfred "Sam" Ferry and a special friend of the late James Lawless.
Arrangements are by Manuel Rogers & Sons Funeral Home, 1521 N. Main St., Fall River.

William R. Amory
DARTMOUTH -- William R. Amory, 77, of South Dartmouth, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the son of the late Lydia B. Walker and stepson of the late Raymond Walker.
He died at the Country Rest Home.
He was born in Worcester and lived in the Dartmouth area most of his life.
Mr. Amory was an avid New York Yankees fan and in his leisure time enjoyed gardening and photography.
He leaves his dear friends, Virginia Pruit of Elmwood, N.J., Ann Raymond of Weymouth, Alice Vieira of South Dartmouth and the Harb family of Weymouth.
Arrangements are by Dartmouth Funeral Home, 230 Russells Mills Road.

Mary E. Regan
NEW BEDFORD -- Mary E. "Mae" (Grayless) Regan, 86, died at home Monday, Feb. 26, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Leo V. Regan and daughter of the late Henry and Margaret (Billington) Grayless.
Born in Barrow-in-Furness, England, she lived in New Bedford since 1922 and was a communicant of St. James Church. She was employed by Rodney Metals until her retirement.
Survivors include a daughter, Nancy M. Farnworth of New Bedford; a son, James L. Regan of New Bedford; a sister, Beatrice Pimental of New Bedford, four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Alice M. Keller
MIDDLEBORO -- Alice M. Keller, 83, died unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 24, 1996,. She was the widow of Francis X. Keller and daughter of the late James and Ann B. (Murray) Sullivan.
She died in Lebanon, Pa.
Born in Cranston, R.I., she lived in Middleboro and was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Middleboro. She was employed by the New England Telephone Company as a secretary until her retirement.
Survivors include a son, Joseph F. Keller of Yardley, Pa.; two daughters, Eileen C. Perry of Lakeville and Marilyn Keller of Lebanon, Pa., and three grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Egger Funeral Home, 61 Pearl St., Middleboro.

Anthony S. Economos
BROCKTON -- Anthony S. Economos, 68, died unexpectedly Friday, Feb. 23, 1996,. He was the husband of Voula (Kanellopoulos) Economos and son of the late Savas and Ariandi (Nicholou) Economos.
He died at the Good Samaritan Medical Center, Cushing Campus.
Born in Politsiani Epirus, Albania, he lived in Brockton for over 50 years and was a member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Brockton. He owned and operated several restaurants in the Brockton area. He was the owner of the Blue Moon Cafe and LaStrada Restaurant in Brockton, Canton Pizza in Canton, Sawtelle Restaurant in Kingston and most recently the A-1 Restaurant in Acushnet.
Mr. Economos served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a past president of the Church Parish Council and was very active on many boards at the Church and on many fund raising committees. He was the former vice president of the Lord Byron Chapter of AHEPA and an active member.
Survivors include his widow; a son, Steve Economos of Brockton; two daughters, Irene Kapothanasis of Portland, Maine and Jean Economos of Brockton; three grandsons and several nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Olympia Notis.
Arrangements are by the David F. Russell Funeral Home, Brockton.

Antonio E. DeMedeiros
NEW BEDFORD -- Antonio E. DeMedeiros died Sunday, Feb. 25, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Docelinda (Avila) DeMedeiros and son of the late Matilda (Pereira) and Antonio E. DeMedeiros.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Fayal, the Azores, he lived in New Bedford for more than 28 years and was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. He was formerly employed by Goulart Square Bakery, New Bedford Baking Company and Sunrise Bakery as a baker until his retirement.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Maria D. Pinheiro of New Bedford; four brothers, Jose Medeiros and Manuel Medeiros of New Bedford; Feligenio Medeiros of Wareham and Joao Medeiros of California; four sisters, Margarida Soares of New Bedford, Teresa Miranda of California, Alice Soares of Fayal and Olga Medeiros of Algarve, Portugal; two grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Maria Almeida.
Arrangements are by Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.

Mildred Saulnier-Camara
NEW BEDFORD -- Mildred M. (Schestak) Saulnier-Camara, 84, died Monday, Feb. 26, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the wife of Albert Camara, widow of Harold R. Saulnier and daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Kares) Schestak.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, she lived in the New Bedford area all of her life.
Survivors include her widower; three daughters, Christine Saulnier of New Bedford, Elaine Keeby of Michigan and Lora Farley of Fairhaven; a sister, Evelyn Wiley of Florida; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was the sister of the late Charles Schestak.
Arrangements are by Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Mary M. Teixeira
FAIRHAVEN -- Mary Margaret (Folger) Teixeira, 88, formerly of New Bedford, died Monday, Feb. 26, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Frank Martin Teixeira and daughter of the late Frank S. and Lucy (DeMello) Folger.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Fairhaven, she lived in New Bedford for most of her life and resided at Alden Court Nursing Home for the past three years.
A communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mrs. Teixeira was a member of the church Women's League and the Alden Court Hospitality Committee.
Survivors include a son, Frank M. Teixeira Jr. of New Bedford; three daughters, Lucy Aslanian of Tewksbury, Mary Dorsey of Lowell and Louise Dion of New Bedford; a brother, Anthony Folger of New Bedford; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was the great-grandmother of the late Ashleigh Rios and sister of the late Joseph Folger, Edmund Folger, Frank Folger, Dominic Folger and Louis Folger.
Arrangements are by Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford.

M. Harry Williams
FAIRHAVEN -- M. Harry Williams, 71, died Monday, Feb. 26, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Bernice (Pierce) Williams and son of the late Edward and Lillian (Downing) Williams.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Fairhaven, he lived in New Bedford for most of his life before returning to Fairhaven 11 years ago. He was a communicant of St. Joseph Church in Fairhaven and employed by the New Bedford Gas & Edison Light Company as a meter reader until his retirement.
A World War II Army veteran, he participated in the campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, the Ardennes, Central Europe, and the Philippine Liberation.
Mr. Williams was a member of the Stetson Club and the Fort Phoenix Post 2892 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his widow; two sons, Bruce Williams of Acushnet and Robert Williams of Fairhaven; a daughter, Jane Roda of New Bedford; a brother, Thomas Williams of Florida; two sisters, Edith Townsend and Ethel Bodeau, both of New Bedford; six grandsons and a great-grandson.
Arrangements are by Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford.

Yvonne Souza
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Yvonne (Faucher) Souza, 65, of Fort Lauderdale, formerly of Fairhaven, died at home Saturday, Feb. 17, 1996, after a long illness. She was the wife of Alvaro Souza and daughter of the late Joseph and Emeline Faucher.
Born in New Bedford, she lived in the New Bedford area before moving to Florida 18 years ago. She was a former communicant of St. Joseph Church in Fairhaven and formerly employed by the former Mammoth Mart in Fairhaven.
Survivors include her widower; a son, David Souza of Florida; two sisters, Lucille Faucher and Claire Faucher, both of New Bedford; a brother, Normand Faucher of Lakeville, two granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.
She was also the mother of the late Barbara Souza.
Arrangements were by the Fred Hunter Funeral Home, Davie, Fla. The New York Times
Esther Manz, who was a 208-pound housewife pregnant with her fifth child when a kitchen-table gathering in 1948 inspired her to found TOPS, a weight-loss support group that grew into a 300,000-member nonprofit organization, died Monday at the Heritage Nursing Home in Milwaukee. Mrs. Manz, who lived in Greenfield, Wis., a suburb of Milwaukee, was 88.
TOPS, which stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly, draws its philosophy from something the 5-foot-2-inch Mrs. Manz, then 40, observed in group sessions intended to prepare women for childbirth: the power of mutual support in helping participants remain within their doctors' guidelines for weight.
TOPS members work out a sensible diet and weight goal with their physicians and provide evidence of having consulted a doctor before attending weekly meetings that include a weigh-in and provide support and encouragement for members.
Men and women who achieve their weight goals become KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly), role models who are themselves reinforced in their efforts to maintain their weight by continuing to attend meetings.
"Life is a battle," Mrs. Manz once said. "Just let us win the one on obesity."
According to data from the weekly weigh-ins, TOPS members in 12,000 chapters in the United States and abroad lost more than 740 tons last year, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.
The nonprofit organization, based in Milwaukee, is supported by membership dues -- $16 in each of the first two years and $14 thereafter. When Mrs. Manz wrote TOPS' articles of incorporation in 1952, she committed it to finding a cure for obesity, and TOPS says it has contributed more than $4.5 million to obesity research.
After Mrs. Manz and three friends established their support group at her kitchen table in Milwaukee, the organization's name took its final form as the result of a newspaper article.
Mrs. Manz said she originally thought of it as TOP. "We didn't even have a name for our club at first, but when we went down to The Milwaukee Journal to be interviewed about our organization, the reporter asked what we called ourselves," she said in the group's handbook for new members.
When the article was published, the name appeared as TOPS, and Mrs. Manz said it was later suggested that the S be made to stand for "sensibly."
anz carried a scale with her as she made her rounds as roving ambassador, organizing meetings.
Mrs. Manz, who achieved average proportions in her effort to control her weight, became president and chairman of the TOPS board in 1952. Declining health prompted her to relinquish the presidency in 1991, but Mrs. Manz remained chairman until her death.
Born in 1907 in Plymouth, Wis., she grew up as Esther Schuland and graduated in 1926 from from Wisconsin State Teachers College. She taught at rural Wisconsin schools, married Gilbert Manz, a steelworker, in 1929 and later moved to Milwaukee, where she became a housewife.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Manz is survived by a son, Gilbert Jr., and four daughters, Bonnie Prieben, Maureen Weigert, Barbara Canapa and Marjory von Hof, as well as her brother, Carl Schuland, of Green Bay, Wis., 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. All of Mrs. Manz's children live in Milwaukee except for Mrs. von Hof, a resident of Altura, Minn.

Joseph P. Hartley
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Joseph P. Hartley, 73, of Augusta, formerly of New Bedford, died at home Sunday, Feb. 18, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Myrna (Gross) Hartley, widower of Miriam (Lewin) Hartley and son of the late James and Mary (Walsh) Hartley.
Born in New Bedford, he lived in New Bedford most of his life before moving to Georgia. He was a former communicant of St. Lawrence Church, New Bedford, and a communicant of St. Joseph Church, Augusta. He was formerly employed by Morse Twist Drill, New Bedford as an expeditor for 19 years.
In 1948, Mr. Hartley played one of the lead roles in the "The Red Mill,'' a play conducted to benefit The Standard-Times' Neediest Families Fund.
Mr. Hartley was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 37 years and an umpire for the North End Men's Softball League of New Bedford for many years.
Survivors include his widow; three sons, John Hartley of Providence, Joseph Hartley of Carthage, N.Y., and Charles Hartley of Acushnet; four daughters, Maureen Barton of East Freetown, Margaret Rose of Augusta, Ga., Miriam Martin of Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and Melanie Chavez of Norwalk, Calif.; 39 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and a nephew.
He was also the brother of the late John Hartley and Sister Mary Alma Hartley RSM.
Arrangements were by the Poteet Funeral Home, Augusta.

Madeline P. Filipetti, 92
WAREHAM -- A private service will be held for Madeline P. (Santini) Filipetti, 92, formerly of Lexington, who died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the widow of Mario Filipetti and daughter of the late Vincenzo and Mary (Serfillipi) Santini.
She died at Tobey Hospital.
Born in Pesaro, Italy she lived in Lexington for many years before moving to Wareham one and a half years ago. She was employed in garment factories in the Boston area as a presser until her retirement.
Survivors include a son, Arno Filipetti of Wareham; a sister, Vera Canestrari of Windham, N.H., and a grandchild.
Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven.

Robert E. Ferreira
BETHEL, Maine -- Robert E. Ferreira, 48, formerly of Dartmouth, died Monday, Feb. 26, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Rosalee (Bigna) Ferreira.
Born in New Bedford, he had lived in Dartmouth and was living in Bethel, Maine. He was employed by Motorola Inc. as a senior project manager for 23 years until his retirement.
Mr. Ferreira graduated from St. Anthony's High School in 1965. He served in the Coast Guard from 1965-1969 and served in the Navy Seals during the Vietnam War.
Survivors include his widow and a son, Robert E. Ferreira, Jr. of North Dartmouth.
Arrangements are by the Greenloaf Funeral Home in Bethel.

Romeo P. Arsenault
ACUSHNET -- Romeo P. Arsenault, 73, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 1996, unexpectedly. He was the widower of Kathleen (Connick) Loureiro Arsenault and Yvette (Bonneau) Arsenault and son of the late Paul and Laura (Gagne) Arsenault.
He died at Beth Israel Hospital.
Born in Fall River, he lived in Acushnet most of his life and was the proprietor of Riverside Auto Salvage in Acushnet until his retirement.
Mr. Arsenault was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Lakeville.
Survivors include two sons, Arthur L. Shorey and Melvin A. Shorey, both of New Bedford; a daughter, Shirley A. Lagasse of Acushnet; five grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford.

Louise N. Rand
MARION -- Louise N. (Nolan) Rand, 80, died Monday, Feb. 26, 1996, after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late William W. and Susan J. (Snell) Nolan.
She died at the Sippican Health Care Center in Marion.
A lifelong resident of Wareham she was employed by the former National Bank of Wareham for many years and was the manager of the credit card department until her retirement in 1977.
Mrs. Rand was a 1933 graduate of Wareham High School and had attended and graduated from the Burdette School in Boston in 1935.
Survivors include a daughter, Judith L. Bruno of Wareham; a son, Willard F. "Skip" Rand, Jr., of Wareham; a sister, Mary Packard of W. Coveno, Calif; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Stott, Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Route 28), Wareham.

Helen F. Pike
NEW BEDFORD -- Private funeral services were held for Helen F. (Ring) Pike, 80, who died Monday, Feb. 26, 1996, after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Gladys (Long) Ring.
She died at Blaire House.
Born in Middleboro she lived in Middleboro and Taunton for most of her life before moving to New Bedford last year. She was formerly employed by Greenlawn Nursing Home in Middleboro as a nurse's aide.
Survivors include a son, Kenyon Curtis Pike of Tacoma, Wash.; seven daughters, Gail Pike, Pamela Blankenship, Denise Nunes, Debra Nunes, all of New Bedford, Irene Shelton of California, Diana Grundy of Florida and Geraldine Carlson of Canada; 23 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Robert A. Mackenzie
DARTMOUTH -- Robert A. Mackenzie, 78, of South Dartmouth, died Monday, Feb. 26, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Helena (Gray) Mackenzie and son of the late William and Ethel Mary (Grainger) Mackenzie.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
He was a lifelong resident of Dartmouth, a Dartmouth High School graduate and a former member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church. He was employed as a carpenter for Local Union 1305 for 50 years until his retirement.
Mr. Mackenzie was a World War II Coast Guard veteran. He was an avid wood carver, specializing in carving salt water birds.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Margaret Butler of Barre, Vt.; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by three brothers and a sister.
Arrangements are by the Dartmouth Funeral Home, 230 Russells Mills Road, South Dartmouth.

Chris N. Johnson
COLUMBIA, Md. -- Services were held Monday in Maryland for Chris N. Johnson, 49, formerly of New Bedford, who died Thursday, Feb. 22, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Deborah J. Johnson and son of Alice and Henry Johnson of New Bedford.
Born and raised in New Bedford he received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, North Dartmouth and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with an MBA degree. He worked more than 20 years in management positions in human resources with Fortune 100 companies including General Electric, Unisys, Monsanto, and W.R. Grace & Co. He had been employed at the Injured Workers' Insurance Fund since 1990.
Mr. Johnson was an active member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church where he served on the Vestry and Finance Committee and was a lay reader. As a resident of Howard County, he served by appointment on a citizens' Compensation Review Commission to make recommendations on salaries for the County Executive and County Council.
Survivors include his widow; two daughters, Kristen Johnson and Nicole Johnson, both of Columbia, Md.; his parents; three brothers, Nick Johnson of Orange, Calif.; Alex Johnson of Little Compton, R.I.; and John Johnson of Towson, Md., and a sister, Pauline Travers of Weston.

Yvonne Souza
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Yvonne (Faucher) Souza, 65, of Fort Lauderdale, formerly of Fairhaven, died at home Saturday, Feb. 17, 1996, after a long illness. She was the wife of Alvaro Souza and daughter of the late Joseph and Emeline Faucher.
Born in New Bedford, she lived in the New Bedford area before moving to Florida 18 years ago. She was a former communicant of St. Joseph Church in Fairhaven and formerly employed by the former Mammoth Mart in Fairhaven.
Survivors include her widower; a son, David Souza of Florida; two sisters, Lucille Faucher and Claire Faucher, both of New Bedford; a brother, Normand Faucher of Lakeville, two granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.
She was also the mother of the late Barbara Souza.
Arrangements were by the Fred Hunter Funeral Home, Davie, Fla.

Russell LaFrance
DARTMOUTH -- Private services were held for Russell LaFrance, 78, of North Dartmouth, who died Sunday, Feb. 25, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Florence (Rousseau) LaFrance and son of the late Phil and Annie (Hassett) LaFrance.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
He was born in New Bedford and moved to Mattapoisett in 1958 and then to North Dartmouth in 1994.
He formerly owned and operated the LaFrance Amusements until his retirement in 1960.
Mr. LaFrance attended New Bedford Schools and graduated from the University of Michigan. He was a World War II navy veteran serving with the elite Sea Bee's after the attack on Pearl Harbor and was past commander of the American Legion Post #166 of Fairhaven. He was very active in Democratic politics in Mattapoisett.
Survivors include his widow; a son, Russell O. LaFrance of South Carolina; two daughters, Phyllis LaFrance of North Dartmouth and Virginia Shea of Plymouth; a sister, Shirley Pieracci of South Dartmouth; five grandchildren, Jill and David Hutton of Boston and Vermont, Erin and John Russell Flanagan of Dartmouth and Blaine LaFrance of South Carolina.
Arrangements are by the Austin-Carney Funeral Home, 549 County St., New Bedford.

Herminia A. Sousa, 90
FALL RIVER -- Herminia A. "Minnie" Sousa, 90, of 66 Eastern Ave. and 1226 Anthony Road., Portsmouth, R.I. died at home Monday, Feb. 26, 1996, after a short illness. She was the widow of Frank B. Sousa and daughter of the late Manuel A. and Filomena (Piago) Medeiros.
She was born in Bretanha, Sao Miguel, Azores and lived in Fall River most of her life.
She was a parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua Church and a member of the Catholic Women's Guild. She was a former treasurer of the Women's Auxiliary of the Fall River Exchange Club.
She was an avid traveler with her late husband, who was the founder of Colonial Wholesale Beverage Corp. in Dartmouth.
Survivors include two sons, Robert B. Sousa of Portsmouth, R.I. and Frank B. Sousa, Jr. of Little Compton, R.I.; two daughters, Barbara A. Vincent of Tiverton, R.I. and Patricia A. Sousa of Somerset; a brother, Antone Medeiros of Swansea; a sister, Hazel Medeiros of Fall River; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also the sister of the late Manuel A. Medeiros, Francelina Vincent and Mary Brum.
Arrangements are by the Silva-Faria Funeral Home, 730 Bedford St.

Cecil Laureston Ross
FORK UNION, Va. -- Funeral services were held in Fork Union for Cecil Laureston Ross, 68, formerly of Buzzards Bay, who died unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 21, 1995. He was the husband of Gladys Jones Ross and son of the late Cecil M. and Thelma Lauretta (Bradford) Ross.
He was born in Buzzards Bay and moved to Fork Union in 1952 and was a member of the Fork Union Baptist Church.
He played football at Bourne High School and was a 1946 graduate. After graduating from high school he served in the United States army. He attended college at Davis and Elkins in Virginia.
He retired two years ago from Fork Union Military Academy as a lieutenant colonel after serving 41 years. He was a member of the Fork Union Masonic Lodge #127 AF & AM, Richmond Scottish Rites Bodies, and Harold R. Stephenson Scottish Rite Association.
Survivors include his widow; three sons, Cecil "Rusty" Ross, Jr. of Richmond, Va., Michael Ross of Charlottesville, Va. and Jerry Ross of Beaufort, S.C.; a sister, Carla Forlivesi of Buzzards Bay; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was the father of the late Susan Ross Staiger.
Arrangements were by the Sheridan Funeral Home of Kents Store.

Enrico N. DiBenedetto
NEW BEDFORD -- Enrico N. "Henry" DiBenedetto, 73, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Eva A. (Baccelli) DiBenedetto and son of the late Pietro and Maria (Funaro) DiBenedetto.
He was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church.
He was formerly employed by the Wamsutta Club as head maintenance man for 49 years until his retirement in 1986.
He was a former member of the Men's League of St. Francis of Assisi Church.
Survivors include his widow; a son, Peter J. DiBenedetto of New Bedford; a daughter, Paula A. DiBenedetto of Fairhaven; several nieces and nephews; a great-niece; and great-nephews.
He was the brother of the late Jennie DiGiacomo and Josephine Dilorio.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Malcolm Taber Wordell
Retired Navy Capt. Malcolm Taber Wordell put his life on the line for his country and will be remembered as an American War hero.
Mr. Wordell, who died at 84 Monday at his home in La Mesa, Calif., was a highly decorated World War II Navy fighter pilot.
He never lost his love for the New Bedford area, often praising the city and worrying about how developments in other areas would affect the city's future.
Mr. Wordell was born and grew up in Dartmouth. He has the distinction of being one of New England's most decorated fighter aces of the World War II.
Mr. Wordell braved death as a "Hell Cat" pilot and was captured in Morocco during the war only to be freed later by the French.
The fights of the Moroccan sky were captured in a book he co-authored entitled, "Wildcats over Casablanca," which sold nationwide.
During his war career, he was credited with having shot down eight Japanese planes while he was the commander of the Navy Air Group 44 during World War II.
Mr. Wordell's fighter group of 44 planes together shot down 49 Japanese planes, sunk a heavy battleship and three destroyers in 1944. His air group lost 16 pilots and 12 crewman in four months.
Mr. Wordell was seven times cited for distinguished service in the North African and Pacific Theaters.
In 1948, Rear Adm. Thomas L. Cooley commandant of the Newport Naval Base, said, "without a doubt the New Bedford veteran is one of the most decorated Navy flyer, perhaps a record holder in the nation among naval air pilots."
While Navy officials later would say there were others who had more kills during the war, they stated to The Standard-Times Mr. Wordell had an "extensive and admirable record."
Twice Mr. Wordell received the Navy Cross, earned the distinguished Flying Cross on three occasions and was injured twice in the line of duty. He earned five Air Medals.
Despite being known nationwide for his book, he never lost site of his humble beginnings.
Mr. Wordell graduated from New Bedford High School in 1928, and entered the Navy at age 17. Two years later he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.
He graduated in 1935 with the distinction of being the only man from his class who graduated without receiving a demerit.
He was a member of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, made substantial donations to the New Bedford Whaling Museum and was a descendant of two whaling captains from the 1850s.
He also served his community by twice being named to head the New Bedford Municipal Airport. He served as airport manager in 1947 and again from 1950 to 1958.
In 1954 he warned about the growth of the Fall River Airport affecting New Bedford's future.
In a June meeting he asked that an Airport Authority be established to oversee Fall River and New Bedford's airports. He said one airport should serve all of Bristol County. He said that would save each city from "knocking each other out."
In addition to fighting for his country, Mr. Wordell also battled on the side of New Bedford.
In 1956, he called on residents to speak well of the city.
"In fairness to themselves and the city they love. New Bedford persons should try to say something good about their community, to sell it to themselves and to others. No matter where one lives.
"There is always something to gripe about. But there is a great deal in New Bedford which is good and we should emphasize that and soft pedal our gripes," he said.
About 20 years ago, he left the area to live in Santa Mesa. He was employed as an aviation consultant in California until his retirement.
He was the husband of Ruth (Steinmetz) Wordell and son of the late Martin and Alice (White) Wordell.
Survivors include his widow; a son, Stephen Wordell of Santa Barbara; a daughter, Susan Santini of Santa Barbara; a brother, Milton Wordell of Dunnellon, Fla., four grandsons and a great-grandson.
Arrangements are by the Humphrey Mortuary, Chula Vista.


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