|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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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)
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
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.,
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
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
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
He was the father of the late Diniz do Rego Borges.
Arrangements are by the Cabral-Baylies Square Funeral Home, 512 N.
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.
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
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
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
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
Arrangements are by Oliveira Funeral Home, 215 Columbia St.,
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
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
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.'"
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
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
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
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 his memoirs, Guy de Rothschild described his wife as a woman
with "a fabulous zest for life, spontaneity with a thousand facets and
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.