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Minnie Pearl dead at 83 after seizure
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Minnie Pearl, whose homespun humor and shrill "Howdyyyyy!" made her the first country comedian known worldwide, died yesterday. She was 83.
Miss Pearl, who was forced to give up performing after suffering a stroke in 1991, was admitted to a hospital in Nashville on Feb. 25 for a brain seizure or stroke.
Her boisterous, cheerful "Howdyyyyy! I'm just so proud to be here!", her wide-brimmed straw hat with its dangling $1.98 price tag, her toothy grin and her calico and gingham dresses were her trademarks for more than a half century on the Grand Ole Opry country music show and 20 years on the syndicated television show "Hee Haw."
Much of her humor focused on a longstanding search for a "feller." A typical quip: "Kissing a feller with a beard is like a picnic. You don't mind going through a little brush to get there."
"Minnie Pearl" was a happy, hopeless character created from a composite of several women she had known early in her life.
In contrast to her stage role, Miss Pearl, whose real name was Sarah Ophelia Cannon, was gracious, cultured and sensitive. She was married to Henry Cannon, her manager and lived next door to the Tennessee governor's mansion in Nashville.
She also sang and played the piano, but she was best known for her humor.
Miss Pearl was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1975 and was voted Country Music Woman of the Year in 1966 by the Country Music Association.
She was diagnosed as having cancer in 1985 and underwent a double mastectomy. She recovered and continued to perform and do volunteer work with the American Cancer Society.
In 1987, she received the American Cancer Society's Courage Award, which was presented to her by President Reagan at the White House.
In 1991, she suffered a mild stroke that prevented her from attending a White House ceremony the following year in which she was one of 13 recipients of a National Medal of Art. Her husband accepted the award on her behalf.
About her long career, she said in 1989, "It's like wedding anniversaries -- it seems forever and it seems like no time at all. It seems that I've always been on the Opry and that I've always been Minnie Pearl."
The youngest of five girls, Miss Pearl was born in Centerville, 50 miles southwest of Nashville. She studied dramatics at what is now Belmont College in Nashville and wanted to be a serious actress.
But while touring with an acting company from Atlanta, she created the Minnie Pearl character that was to become her life's work.
"I soon realized that comedy is much more fulfilling and fun," she said. "I never planned to be a comic, but through a series of events, I ended up as Minnie Pearl."
Miss Pearl made her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry radio show in 1940 at a time when it was unheard of for a woman to do stand-up comedy. For 27 years, she toured with the biggest stars in country music, including her close friend Roy Acuff, the late "king of country music."
She said in 1987, "I have no intention of retiring as long as I have my health. I'd like to go out with my hat on with the price tag."

Martin B. Ferrero
NEW BEDFORD -- Martin B. Ferrero, 87, died Monday, March 4, 1996. He was the husband of Floretta (Carter) Ferrero and son of the late Lodovico and Domenica (Bollero) Ferrero.
He was born in Thurber, Texas.
He was the proprietor of the former Mt. Royal Skating Rink and the Green Parrot Cafe in New Bedford. He also owned Mac's Amusements and Martin Vending Co. in New Bedford for 40 years.
He was a member of the Country Club of New Bedford and the former Italian Literary Mutual Aid Society.
Survivors include his widow; two sons, Donald J. Ferrero and Ronald J. Ferrero, both of S. Dartmouth; a daughter, Kristine L. Debrosse of E. Freetown, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two nieces.
He was also the father of the late Victor M. Ferrero and the brother of the late Josephine Bollea.
Arrangements are by the Egger Funeral Home, 61 Pearl St., Middleboro.

John P. Bizzozero
PLYMOUTH -- John P. Bizzozero Jr., 48, died unexpectedly Sunday, March 3, 1996. He was the husband of Karen (Souza) Bizzozero of Plymouth and son of John P. Bizzozero Sr. of West Falmouth and the late Mary C. (Meaney) Bizzozero.
Born in Hartford, Conn., he lived in Plymouth for the past 18 years and previously lived in Quincy. He was a communicant of St. Peter's Church in Plymouth.
He was employed by the Thom McCann Co. for more than 27 years, most recently as operations manager of the Thom McCann Distribution Center in Brockton. He was also owner, along with his wife, of the Mad Hatter Restaurant in Mattapoisett.
He was educated at Quincy High School and was a graduate of Newman Prep School in Boston, Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Quincy College.
Mr. Bizzozero served in the United States Army as a sergeant in the 1st Battalion 101st Infantry, Dorchester and was honorably discharged on June 26, 1974. He was a member of the Cold Spring Athletic Club in Plymouth and the American Legion.
Survivors include his widow; his step-mother, Barbara L. Bizzozero of West Falmouth; a son, John L. Bizzozero of Plymouth; a daughter, Andrea M. Bizzozero of Plymouth; a step-son, Alan R. Casey of New Bedford; a step-daughter, Erin Casey of Mattapoisett; a sister, Karen A. Moran of Quincy; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Cartmell Funeral Service, 150 Court St.

Julliette M. Allard
NEW BEDFORD -- Julliette M. (Bourgault) Allard, 49, died Monday, March 4, 1996, after a long illness. She was the wife of Francis E. Allard and daughter of Grace E. (Gifford) Bourgault of New Bedford and the late Paul Bourgault.
She was born in Marion and lived in New Bedford for the past 38 years. She attended the First Congregational Church at Lunds Corner.
Survivors include her widower; her mother; a daughter, Paula L. Bettencourt of Hyannis; two brothers, Eugene Bourgault of Rochester and Paul Bourgault Jr. of Freetown; a sister, Vivian Santos of New Bedford; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Rosanna Fiene and Doris Mendez.
Arrangements are by the Kirby Funeral Home, 61 Tarkiln Hill Road.

Mitchell William Smith
MIDDLEBORO -- Mitchell William Smith, 64, died Monday, March 4, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Georgianna (Morin) Smith and son of the late Mitchell and Sarah (Boyd) Smith.
He was employed by the Veterans Hospital in Jamaica Plain as a supervisor for medical repair.
He graduated from New Bedford Vocational School, was a member of the Masons and loved playing bingo.
Mr. Smith served in the United States Army in the Korean War and lived in Middleboro for more than 30 years.
Survivors include his widow; two sons, Lawrence Morin and Eric Morin, both of New Hampshire; four daughters, Sarah Duff of Middleboro, Bonnie Harriman of New Mexico, Andrea Soule of Middleboro and Heidi Carriero of Calif.; a brother Boyd Smith of Middleboro, 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Ashley Funeral Home, 35 Oak St., Middleboro.

Jose Silveira
NEW BEDFORD -- Jose Silveira, 68, died at home Sunday, March 3, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Maria A. (Cardoso) Silveira and son of the late Francisco Persigo and Filomena (Goulart) Silveira.
Born in Fayal, Azores, he lived in New Bedford for the past 34 years. He was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and was formerly employed by Cornell-Dubilier as a group leader in the shipping department.
Mr. Silveira was a member of the Clube Uniao Failanse.
Survivors include his widow; a son, Carlos M. Silveira of New Bedford; three daughters, Susanna Silveira and Mary Jo Rothwell, both of New Bedford, and Ana M. Terra of Canada; two sisters, Maria Branco of New Bedford and Ana Perreira of Canada; eight grandchildren and two nieces and two nephews.
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.

Grace Ryan, 93
NEW BEDFORD -- Grace (Neville) Ryan, 93, formerly of the Dawson Apartments, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1996. She was the widow of Vincent C. Ryan and daughter of the late Daniel and Mary M. (Griffin) Neville.
She died at Alden Court Nursing Home in Fairhaven.
A native and longtime resident of New Bedford, she lived in Rochester for about five years before going to the nursing home. She was a communicant of St. Lawrence Martyr Church.
Before her marriage to Mr. Ryan in January 1923, Mrs. Ryan was a telephone operator in New Bedford. After her marriage, Mrs. Ryan was a homemaker.
Survivors include a son, Vincent Ryan of Rochester and two grandchildren.
Arrangements were by the Donaghy Funeral Home, 465 County St.

Rose M. Rodrigue
TAUNTON -- Rose Melba Rodrigue, 73, of 10 Barnum Place, formerly of New Bedford, died Saturday, March 2, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the daughter of the late Francois Xavier and Valentine (Bonneau) Rodrigue.
She died at Morton Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, she lived in New Bedford for many years before moving to Taunton in 1965. She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church and a former communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Church in New Bedford. She was a graduate of New Bedford High School.
She was a pianist and an avid crossword puzzle player.
Survivors include a sister, Angeline D. Langill of Taunton; a nephew and several cousins.
Arrangements are by the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Ave.

Alice D. O'Brien
NEW BEDFORD -- Private funeral services were held yesterday for Alice D. (Anthony) O'Brien, 89, who died Saturday, March, 2, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Francis O'Brien and daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Dias) Anthony.
She died at Savoy Nursing Center.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford and communicant of St. James Church, she was employed by St. Luke's Hospital as a kitchen aide until her retirement.
Survivors include two sons, Donald F. O'Brien and James O'Brien, both of New Bedford; a sister, Mary Anthony of New Bedford; two grandchildren; a great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by the Aubertine Funeral Home, 129 Allen St.

Hammerstein-Equord
BERLIN -- Ludwig Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord, who took part in the failed 1944 plot by German army officers to overthrow Adolf Hitler, has died at age 76.
Mr. Hammerstein-Equord died in Berlin on Feb. 26 of heart failure, said the July 20, 1944 Foundation, which takes its name from the date on which disgruntled German officers tried to kill Hitler.
The foundation, which announced the death Monday, is dedicated to preserving the memory of the anti-Hitler conspirators.
Mr. Hammerstein-Equord was one of the few plotters who managed to escape arrest and stay hidden until the war ended 10 months later. A television movie about his experience, called "Illegal Disappearance," was made last year.
Col. Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg and other high-ranking officers conspired to murder Hitler because of heavy losses the army was suffering in the Soviet Union. They planned to take power and seek peace with the Allies.
Col. Stauffenberg placed a bomb at Hitler's Wolf's Lair in Nazi-occupied Poland on July 20, 1944, while anti-Hitler officers took control of the German army headquarters in Berlin. Among them was Mr. Hammerstein-Equord, then a 24-year-old first lieutenant.
The bomb went off, but Hitler suffered only minor injuries. SS troops stormed the army headquarters in Berlin and arrested the conspirators, most of whom were later executed.
Mr. Hammerstein-Equord managed to sneak out of the building and was hidden by friends in Berlin, moving from house to house until the war ended on May 8, 1945.
He became a journalist after the war, and worked as director of RIAS, a Berlin radio station created by the occupying American forces, from 1974 until his retirement in 1984.
He is survived by a wife and a daughter.

George M. Hand
DARTMOUTH -- George M. Hand, 80, of South Dartmouth, died Saturday, March 2, 1996. He was the widower of Muriel (Simpson) Hand and son of the late George and Marie E. (Ogden) Hand.
He was born in New Bedford and lived in Tenafly, N.J. for 15 years, moving to S. Dartmouth in 1971. He was a member of St. Peter Episcopal Church of So. Dartmouth.
He was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an agent for 31 years until his retirement in 1971. During his career with the FBI, his assignment locations included Kansas City, St. Louis, Houston and New York City.
He was an Army veteran and a member of the Abraham H. Howland Jr. Masonic Lodge in New Bedford. He was also a member of the Order of Demolay, S.C.O.R.E., the New Bedford Men's Luncheon Club and a former member of the Hawthorne Country Club.
Survivors include a niece, Deborah Simpson Currie of Hyannis; a nephew, Mark Chambers Simpson of North Reading, and a great-nephew.
Arrangements are by the Donaghy Funeral Home, 465 County St., New Bedford.

Armand O. Secour, 92
NEW BEDFORD -- Armand Omer Secour, 92, died Tuesday, March 5, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the widower of Cora (Duhamel) Secour and son of the late Joseph and Albina (Boujejour) Secour.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford and a communicant of St. Joseph Church, he was employed by Union Street Railway, now called SERTA, for 27 years as a bus driver until his retirement.
Mr. Secour was a member of the League of Sacred Heart at St. Joseph Church; AARP and the Local No. 1037 Algamated Transit Union.
He loved playing the piano and listening to classical music in his leisure time.
Survivors include two sons, Rene Secour and Roland Y. Secour, both of New Bedford; a daughter, Aldea Meunier of New Bedford; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a nephew, Raymond Secour of Seekonk.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Armand Pimental
ROCHESTER -- Armand Pimental, 62, died at home Tuesday, March 5, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Mary (O'Brien) Pimental and son of the late Manuel and Maria C. (Franco) Pimental.
He was born in New Bedford and lived in Rochester for 30 years. He was a parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Church.
He was formerly employed by Optical Lab, New Bedford, Raytheon of Waltham and the U.S. Army in Iowa all in the field of optical repair until his retirement in 1980. He was a member of the Army during the Korean War.
Mr. Pimental enjoyed chair caning, wood working, painting, growing peaches, apples, and grapes to give to his friends.
Survivors include his widow; two daughters, Marylou Griffith and Deborah Thomas, both of Rapid, South Dakota; a brother, Arthur Pimental of Fairhaven; two sisters, Mary Ferreira and Carmen Silva, both of New Bedford, six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven.

William F. Connelly, co-founder, Jeff's Animal Companion Shelter
WESTPORT -- William F. Connelly, 55, co-founder of Jeff's Animal Companion Shelter in Westport, died unexpectedly at home Tuesday, March 5, 1996. Mr. Connelly, of 17 Richmond Pond Drive, stressed that well behaved dogs can provide particularly valuable stability and love for the elderly and for Alzheimer's patients.
The shelter, at 1128 Main Road, was named after his own dog. It provides the elderly with dogs and also sends out companion animals as visitors to hospitals, nursing homes, and day care centers. In 1991 it made trained dogs available to elderly people.
Born in Fall River, he lived in New Jersey for many years, summering in Westport Harbor. For the past few years he was a permanent resident of Westport Harbor.
He was employed by the Sandoz Pharmaceutical Corp. in various positions nationally and locally in New Jersey from 1962 until his retirement in 1995. He was product manager for Sandoz in Basel, Switzerland, early in his career and at the time of his retirement was director of scientific and external affairs for Sandoz.
Mr. Connelly was a 1958 graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River. He received his bachelors degree from Durfee Textile Institute, now University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and received a honorary Ph.D. in humanities also from UMass Dartmouth in 1992. He also received a MBA from Fairleigh-Dickenson University in New Jersey.
He was on the board of directors of St. Hubert's Giraldo Animal Shelter in New Jersey, and an active member of the Delta Society, past president of the International Gerontological Society, past secretary of Sandoz Foundation for Gerontological Research.
Mr. Connelly founded the Commission for Concern for the Elderly, president of the Preservation Art Consultant in Westport, director of Post White House Conference on Aging at UMass Dartmouth, member of the Fall River Clover Club, co-chairperson of the St. Patrick's Day Parade, a former director of the Acoaxet Club in Westport and a member of the Elephant Rock Beach Club in Westport Harbor. He was also an Army veteran.
He was the son of the late William F. and Marion E. (Mac donald) Connelly.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Kearns Connelly of Adamsville, R.I. and Cara Mac donald Connelly of New Bedford.
Arrangements are by the Jeffrey E. Sullivan Funeral Home, 550 Locust St., Fall River.

William F. Murphy
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. -- William F. Murphy, 80, of 123 Beacon St., died Tuesday, March 5, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Marguerite S. (Dunn) Murphy and son of the late James J. and Elizabeth F. (Galvin) Murphy.
He died at Newport Hospital, Newport.
He was born in Newport and lived there for many years before moving to Middletown. He was a communicant of St. Lucy Church and was employed by the Department of Public Works Center, Newport Naval Base as a leading man/heavy equipment operator for 32 years until his retirement in 1972. He was a 1933 graduate of the former De La Salle Academy in Newport.
Mr. Murphy was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, serving in the South Pacific.
He was actively involved in sports his whole life, coaching Little League and Babe Ruth baseball in Middletown for 19 years.
He was an avid tennis player, winning the New England Junior Tennis Championship at age 12. He played on the tennis teams at De La Salle and continued playing tennis into his 80th year.
Survivors include his widow; a son, William F. Murphy Jr. of Middletown; a daughter, Michaela A. Wojcik of Fairhaven and a grandson, Timothy M. Wojcik of Fairhaven.
He was also the father of the late James Patrick Murphy, who died in December, and brother of the late John J. Murphy.
Arrangements are by the O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring St., Newport.

Clemente do Rego Borges
NEW BEDFORD -- Clemente do Rego Borges, 85, of Nye St., died Wednesday, March 6, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the widower of Maria da Ascensao (Amaral) Borges and son of the late Lindolfo do Rego and Filomena de Jesus (Brandao) Borges.
He died at The Oaks.
He was born in Sao Pedro, Nordestinho, Sao Miguel, Azores and lived in New Bedford for 30 years. He was a communicant of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church.
He was formerly employed by local textile mills as a weaver until his retirement in 1975.
Mr. Borges was a former member of the St. Michael Club and before coming to New Bedford, he served as sexton for more than 40 years at the church of Sao Pedro, Nordestinho.
Survivors include three sons, Luis Borges of Canada, and Antonio Borges and Jose Borges, both of New Bedford; a daughter, Maria Delia Simas, of New Bedford; two brothers, Manuel Borges of New Bedford and Rev. Armindo da Luz Borges of Germany; five sisters, Maria de Lurdes Borges, Maria do Rosario Franco, Albertina Barbosa, Maria Narcisa Borges, and Luizinha Lopes, all of Canada, 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was the father of the late Diniz do Rego Borges.
Arrangements are by the Cabral-Baylies Square Funeral Home, 512 N. Front St.

Patricia Blossom
NEW BEDFORD -- Patricia (Robinson) Blossom, 73, died at home Wednesday, March 6, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Charles Robert Blossom and daughter of the late Alphonse and Grayce (Barnes) Robinson.
She was born in Faribault, Minn. and lived in New Bedford since 1947. She was a communicant of St. Lawrence Church.
She was formerly employed by Vermettes Liquors and Ashmont Discount Home Center as a sales clerk until her retirement.
Survivors include three daughters, Jacqueline Blossom and Laurie Declos, both of New Bedford, and Susan Marques of Nantucket; a brother, Wade F. Robinson of Bedford, Va., eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Austin-Carney Funeral Home, 549 County St.

Frank DeAndrade
WESTPORT -- Frank DeAndrade, 84, a former selectman and someone who had the distinction of attending every town meeting for 61 years, died at home Wednesday, March 6, 1996, after a brief illness.
A lifelong Westport resident, Mr. DeAndrade was well known in town and served as a selectman from 1959 to 1962. Mr. DeAndrade had unseated two-term incumbent Norman W. Kirby by the narrow vote of 1,047 to 1,027. He also was a member of the Finance Committee.
He was known for bringing his views to the Westport town meetings and had attended 61 consecutive meetings.
In 1994, seconds after the town meeting voted to transfer 5.8 acres on Reed Road for a senior center, Mr. DeAndrade sprang up and called for an adjournment.
When someone asked why he did that, Mr. DeAndrade said:
"I didn't want some kook to get up and a make a motion to reconsider. Before anything like that happened, I said, 'Let's get out of here.' After 61 years, you learn the tricks of the trade," he had said.
Mr. DeAndrade, of Drift Road, was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in South Dartmouth and was a self-employed realtor, working with his wife as Frank & Grace Realtors until his retirement.
Mr. DeAndrade also had the distinction of being elected the first president of the Portuguese American Civic League of Westport. He was also a member of the Noquochoke Senior Citizens.
He was the husband of Grace A. (Chandler) DeAndrade and son of the late Manuel and Christina (Medeiros) DeAndrade.
Frank and Grace would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on Saturday March 9, 1996.
Survivors include his widow; a son, Floyd R. DeAndrade of Johns Island, S.C.; a daughter, Elaine G. Robin of Bourne; a sister, Nellie Moura of Westport, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Potter Funeral Home, 81 Reed Road.

Raymond F. Fredette
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Raymond F. Fredette, 78, formerly of New Bedford, died Tuesday, March 5, 1996, after a long illness. He was the widower of Beaula Fredette and son of the late Ernest and Zinaide Fredette.
He died in Fort Worth.
Born in New Bedford he lived in New Bedford until joining the Merchant Marine at age 16 and was recently living in Fort Worth.
He was a communicant of the Holy Name Church while living in New Bedford and was employed by Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, Wash., as an engineer for 33 years until his retirement.
Mr. Fredette was a World War II Army/Air Force veteran serving in the Aleutian Island campaign.
Survivors include a daughter, Renee Travers of Fort Worth; two sisters, Anita Soares and Constance Fredette, both of Fairhaven; a brother, Ernest J. Fredette of North Dartmouth, four grandchildren, a great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Mount Olivet Funeral Home, 2301 N. Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth, Texas.

Frederick G. Tiernan
WAREHAM -- Frederick G. Tiernan, 74, of Marion Road died Wednesday, March 6, 1996. He was the son of the late Andrew and Edith (Leggett) Tiernan.
A lifelong resident of Wareham, he attended the local schools and was employed by Maxim Motors in Middleboro for over 30 years as a welder until his retirement. He also retired from the Wareham Fire Department.
Mr. Tiernan was a World War II Army veteran serving in Hawaii and Japan.
Survivors include two sisters, Margaret Svendsen of Nashua, N.H., and Muriel L. Smith of Wareham; two brothers, Andrew Tiernan of Mattapoisett and Raymond Tiernan of West Wareham and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangement are by the Stott, Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Route 28).

Kathy L. Steele
DARTMOUTH -- Kathy L. Steele, 34, of Bush Street, South Dartmouth died Tuesday, March 5, 1996 after a long illness. She was the daughter of Janice Westgate of South Dartmouth and John Westgate Sr., of New Bedford.
She died at the Hope House in Fall River.
Born in New Bedford she lived in Dartmouth for the past 17 years and was educated in New Bedford schools.
Survivors include her parents; two sons, Joshua Steele of Dartmouth and Jeremy Steele of Georgia; two brothers, Shaun Westgate of Dartmouth and John Westgate Jr. of Fairhaven, and a nephew, John Westgate III.
Arrangements are by the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove St., North Attleboro.

Robert H. Perry
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Robert H. Perry, 61, died at home Thursday, March 7, 1996. He was the son of the late Henry and Alice (Hargrives) Perry.
Born in New Bedford, he had lived in Willimantic for 35 years and was employed at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford for 34 years until his retirement two years ago.
An Air Force veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Perry was a member of the American Legion Post 19 in Willimantic and the permittee for the Willimantic Moose Lodge.
Survivors include three sons, Gary Perry of Minnesota, Randy Perry and Robert Perry Jr., both of Willimantic; a daughter, Karen Luberto of Windham; a brother, James Perry of Acushnet; a sister, Betty Lopez of San Jose, Calif., two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St. (Route 195), Willimantic.

Doris A. Keefe
WESTPORT -- Doris A. (Brady) Keefe, 88, of 1645 Drift Road, died Tuesday, March 5, 1996. She was the widow of Thomas W. Keefe and daughter of the late Delia (Sheehan) and John E. Brady.
She died at Charlton Memorial Hospital.
Born in Fall River, she lived in Westport since 1966 and was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church. A 1925 graduate of Durfee High School in Fall River, she received a degree from Beaver College in Pennsylvania and was employed by the former Union Hospital for 25 years as a dietitian until her retirement in 1972.
Mrs. Keefe was a member of the Noquochoke Senior Citizens in Westport and the Charlton Memorial Hospital Retirees.
She is survived by nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Arrangements are by Jeffrey E. Sullivan Funeral Home, 550 Locust St., Fall River.

Alice L. Howe
MIDDLEBORO -- Alice L. Howe, 81, died at home Monday, March 4, 1996, after a long illness. She was the wife of Stephen Howe and daughter of the late George C. and Gertrude (Borden) Howe.
Born in New Bedford, she lived in Middleboro for 41 years and was an active member of the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall. She was educated in Bridgewater schools.
Mrs. Howe enjoyed knitting, sewing, crocheting, gardening and helping her family. She and her husband were married 63 years.
Survivors include her widower; two sons, Glenn Allen Howe of Middleboro and Stephen Craig Howe of Arizona; four brothers, four sisters and many nieces and nephews.
She was the mother of the late Patricia Alice Scoville.
Arrangements are by Dahlborg MacNevin Funeral Home, 280 Bedford St., Lakeville.

Antonio V. Cabeceiras
FALL RIVER -- Antonio V. Cabeceiras, 82, of 261 Ridge St., died Wednesday, March 3, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Mariana de Jesus (Raposa) Cabeceiras and son of the late Idalina (Soares) and Antonio de Viveiros Cabeceiras.
He died at St. Anne's Hospital.
Born in Sao Antonio, Sao Miguel, Azores, he was a resident of Fall River for more than 25 years and a communicant of Santo Christo Church. He was a carpenter for two years and while living in the Azores worked for many years as a farmer.
Survivors include his widow; four sons, Jose V. Viveiros of East Providence, R.I., Antonio Raposa Cabeceiras of Assonet, Gilbert Viveiros of Winnipeg, Canada, and Agosto Cabeceiras of Dartmouth; three daughters, Maria Conceicao Goncalves, Maria Lurdes Ferreira, both of Fall River, and Mary Vasconcellos of Assonet; two brothers, Manuel Cabeceiras of New Bedford and Jose Cabeceiras of Sao Miguel; a sister, Nazare Cabeceiras of Ottawa, Canada, 17 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Oliveira Funeral Home, 215 Columbia St., Fall River.

Stephen E. Gil
PLAISTOW, N.H. -- Stephen E. Gil, 24, died Sunday, March 3, 1996, following a parachuting accident in Panama. He was the son of Lawrence W. and Eileen (Brockway) Gil of Plaistow, formerly of New Bedford.
Born in Quincy, he moved to Plaistow as a child where he attended the Pollard School. He later graduated from Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, Mass., where he was the captain of the school's first wrestling team and played on the school's first soccer team.
He received a full ROTC scholarship to the University of Miami in Florida and graduated with a degree in biology in 1993.
A 1st lieutenant in the Army, he received his officer's training at Fort Bragg, N.C., and at Fort Lee, Va., and had been stationed at Fort Clayton since March of 1994.
Survivors include his parents; a sister, Marie Gil of North Bergen, N.J., his paternal grandparents, William and Rita Gil of South Dartmouth, and his maternal grandparents, Joseph and Margaret Maselli of Melbourne, Fla., and Walter and Grace Brockway of Miami, Fla.
Arrangements are by Brookside Chapel and Funeral Home, 116 Main St. (Route 121A), Plaistow.

Ilario "Larry" Zannino, in prison at 75
BOSTON-- Ilario "Larry" Zannino, once one of Boston's most notorious mobsters, has died in a federal prison hospital.
Mr. Zannino died Tuesday night at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Mo. He was 75.
Indicted for loan-sharking and gambling offenses in 1983, Mr. Zannino was convicted and sentenced to prison four years later. He was denied leniency at sentencing, and two years ago a judge denied his appeal for early release due to heart problems.
Mr. Zannino had been in the medical center since 1987, according to prison spokesman Marty Anderson. While Mr. Zannino recently underwent heart bypass surgery, Mr. Anderson said he died due to a problem with his large intestine.
Authorities said Mr. Zannino had been one of two Boston lieutenants for the Mafia "family" headed by Raymond Patriarca.
Mr. Zannino also was suspected in a 1968 car bombing that cost attorney John Fitzgerald one of his legs. Mr. Fitzgerald had represented a notorious mob enforcer who turned informant, and other Mafia members were upset.
In a 1983 conversation intercepted by investigators, Mr. Zannino was heard discussing the bombing with another Mafia member, Dominic Isabella.
"Hey Dom," Mr. Zannino says, "I did what I was told to do. I didn't foul up or nothing, that was just an act of ... God that he lived. 'Cause he had that habit of leaving the door open."
Mr. Zannino talked to Mr. Isabella about reporting the failed murder attempt to their boss, Mr. Patriarca.
"I said, 'Jeez, Raymond, I'm awful sorry about that situation.' 'Sorry,' he said. "'How he got out of the car, I'll never know.'"

Mable Staley
NEW BEDFORD -- Mable "Grace" (Grant) Staley, 63, died Wednesday, March 6, 1996, after a long illness. She was the former wife of Derrel J. Staley and daughter of the late Willie and Fannie (Strickland) Grant.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Savannah, Ga., she lived in New Bedford most of her life and was a member of the New Life Tabernacle in New Bedford.
Survivors include two daughters, Jessie Goff and Jacqueline Staley, both of New Bedford; five sons, Harold Lee White, Tyrone Staley, Jason Staley, Carl Staley and Jack Staley, all of New Bedford; three brothers, Eugene Grant of Virginia, Fellis Grant and Isaac Grant, both of Georgia; three sisters, Isabelle Staley of New Bedford; Annie Mae Ruffins and Eve-Alice Prestell, both of Georgia, 16 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was the mother of the late Willie James White.
Arrangements are by Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Marie-Helene de Rothschild, glamorous socialite, at 65
PARIS -- Baroness Marie-Helene de Rothschild, a glamorous socialite known for her opulent charity benefits and creative theme balls, has died.
The baroness, who suffered from an incurable arthritic disease for more than 30 years, died March 1 at her home north of Paris. She was 65.
A funeral mass was held at the Saint-Louis-en-l'Ile Church Wed-nesday, followed by burial in the family plot in Touques, in Normandy.
Paris-Match magazine described her as lively, imaginative, extroverted and generous, a woman whose name was nothing short of the "password among the Tout-Paris."
A friend to artists, musicians, fashion designers and movie stars, she was known for the sumptuous and original theme balls and charity benefits she organized in Paris and New York. One of her greatest successes was an evening devoted to Marcel Proust in 1971. Guests came dressed in costumes inspired by his famous novel, "Remembrance of Things Past."
Among the frequent guests to her home on the Ile Saint-Louis in Paris were Rudolf Nureyev, the Dutchess of Windsor, the Kissingers and the Reagans, Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli, Salvador Dali, Yves Saint-Laurent and President Jacques Chirac.
Baroness De Rothschild was the daughter of Baron Egmont van Zuylen de Nyevelt de Haar, a Dutch diplomat. Her mother was Egyptian. She was educated at Marymount College in New York.
After graduation she came to Paris, where she met and married Count Francois de Nicolay, a breeder of thoroughbreds. The two were divorced after the birth of their only son.
She married Guy de Rothschild, head of the millionaire banking family, in 1957, a year after he divorced his first wife.
The baroness earned the French Legion of Honor for work on behalf of culture and fashion, which included efforts to promote American designers in Europe.
In his memoirs, Guy de Rothschild described his wife as a woman with "a fabulous zest for life, spontaneity with a thousand facets and inexplicable charm."
Cellist Mstislav Rostropovitch said the baroness "had a heart that was bigger than all Russia."
She is survived by her husband, two sons, Philippe de Nicolay and Edouard de Rothschild of Paris, stepson David de Rothschild of Paris, and her brother, Teddy van Zuylen of London.


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