Miscellaneous Bristol County, Massachusetts Obituaries

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Irene Lafleur
NEW BEDFORD -- Irene Lafleur, 30, died Sunday, March 10, 1996, after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Carol (Richmond) Cruz, stepdaughter of Abraham Cruz of New Bedford and daughter of Joseph Lafleur of New Bedford.
She died at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.
Born in New Bedford, she lived in this area all her life. She was a communicant of St. Lawrence Church.
Survivors include her stepfather; her father;
six sisters, Lisa Lafleur, Kelly Morin, Kim Karalekas, Pamela Cruz, Theresa Cruz and Carmen Cruz of New Bedford; four nieces; a nephew; two aunts; and an uncle.
Arrangements are by the Boulevard Funeral Home, 223 Ashley Blvd.

Stephen Medeiros
ACUSHNET -- Stephen "Gus" Medeiros, 61, died at home Monday, March 11, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Dawn (Kubik) Medeiros and son of Cecelia (Rose) Medeiros of Fairhaven and the late Augustus Medeiros.
Born in New Bedford, he lived in Fairhaven most of his life before moving to Acushnet in 1984. He was a parishioner of St. Casimir Church in New Bedford and was formerly employed by Kmart in Fairhaven as a manager until his illness five years ago.
Mr. Medeiros was a member of the Fin, Fur and Feather Club in Mattapoisett and the New Bedford Rod and Gun Club.
Survivors include his widow; his mother; a daughter, Stephenie Medeiros of Acushnet; a brother, Fred Medeiros of Texas and two nieces.
Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven.

Adolfe I. Medeiros
FAIRHAVEN -- Adolfe Ignacio Medeiros, 67, died Monday, March 11, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Claire M. (Guillotte) Medeiros and son of the late Francisco and Maria (Machado) Medeiros.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, he had lived in Fairhaven for more than 36 years and was a communicant of St. Joseph Church in Fairhaven. He was employed by the Massachusetts Correctional Institute at Bridgewater for 28 years as a correctional officer until his retirement in 1989. Prior to that he had worked at Norfolk for two years.
A Korean War Air Force veteran, Mr. Medeiros was a member of the Fairhaven American Legion and a former member of the Plymouth County Police Association.
He and his wife had been married for forty years and in his leisure time enjoyed camping.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Donna M. Jardin of Acushnet; a son, Brian F. Medeiros of Fairhaven; two brothers, Antone Medeiros and Gilbert Medeiros, both of New Bedford; two sisters, Emily Medeiros and Bertha Medeiros, both of New Bedford; a grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Francisco Medeiros.
Arrangements are by Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford.

Angelina Teixeira-Rego
NEW BEDFORD -- Angelina (Teixeira) Teixeira-Rego, 75, died at home Monday, March 11, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of John Rego and Manuel Teixeira and daughter of the late Manuel and Apolonia (Gonsalves) Teixeira.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, she was a communicant of St. Mary's Church and employed by Justin Clothing for more than 20 years as a stitcher until her retirement.
Mrs. Rego was a member of the ACTWU Local 377 Retirees Club.
Survivors include a son, Manuel "Paul" Teixeira of Marlborough, Conn.; two daughters, Marie Elaine Jardin of Fairhaven and Nancy Ann Teixeira of New Bedford; two brothers, Antonio Teixeira of California and Manuel Teixeira of Maryland; two sisters, Mary Motta and Cecelia Brie both of Dartmouth; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Joseph Valient.
Arragnements are by Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Katherine A. Murphy
NEWPORT, R.I. -- Katherine Alice Murphy, 65, of 115 Washington St. died Monday, March 11, 1996. She was the wife of Gordon Leslie Murphy and daughter of the late Chesley T. and Beatrice (Dukes) Murphy.
She died at Newport Hospital.
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, she was employed by Kays Beauty Nook in North Dartmouth, Mass., for 20 years as a hairdresser until her retirement in 1976.
Mrs. Murphy was a member of the Goat Island Yacht Club.
Survivors include her widower; two daughters, Donna Dimery and Roberta M. Benjamin, both of Portsmouth; a brother, Chesley T. Murphy of West Wareham; and a granddaughter.
Arrangements are by Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway.

Marion Turner
NEW BEDFORD -- Marion (Williams) Turner, 71, died Sunday, March 10, 1996. She was the widow of Dr. Chester A. Turner Jr. and daughter of the late Arthur E. and Ruth (Ewell) Williams.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital, where she was taken after being stricken at home.
Born in Boston, she moved to Athol when she was three and lived in Athol before moving to New Bedford in 1946. She was a foster mother for New Bedford Child and Family Service for many years. Upon the death of her husband, she carried on his optometry practice which was located on Acushnet Avenue. She also raised African violets for Cory's African Violet Co.
Mrs. Turner was a graduate of Athol High School and attended the New England Conservatory of Music.
During World War II, she was a brass instrumentalist in an all-woman USO Band that entertained the troops in Canada and on the East Coast of the United States. She was a member of the New Bedford Philharmonic Band. She was also a baritone horn soloist at area churches.
She was a member and current president of the Bristol County Dog Training Club, an associate member of the Women's Alliance of the First Unitarian Church, a member and current assistant treasurer of the Shining Tides Quilting Club, a member of the Festival Singers, the Book Club and the Rainbow Majority and she played in the Marion Concert Band.
Survivors include two sons, Benjamin A. Turner and Jonathan E. Turner, both of New Bedford and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Donaghy Funeral Home, 465 County St.

Lily M. Amaral
FAIRHAVEN -- Lily M. (Mello) Amaral, 88, died Sunday, March 10, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the widow of Manuel D. Amaral and daughter of the late Manuel D. and Francesca (Amaral) Mello.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford.
She was a lifelong resident of Fairhaven and a parishioner of St. Mary Church.
Mrs. Amaral was a member of the Legion of Mary.
Survivors include a daughter, Eileen Perry of Fairhaven; two sons, Raymond Amaral of Fairhaven and Manuel Amaral of New Bedford; two sisters, Rose Roderiques of Florida and Louise Barboza of Osterville and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St.

Ross Hunter, produccer of 'Airport'
LOS ANGELES -- Ross Hunter, who produced tear-jerkers and sentimental films of the 1950s, but earned his only Oscar nomination for his 1970 action-disaster saga "Airport," has died.
Mr. Hunter, who was reportedly between 69 and 79, died Sunday at Century City Hospital, friends said. The cause was not available.
Mr. Hunter went from a B-movie actor to producer with a 25-year career at Universal, Columbia and Paramount studios.
His more than 60 films were either bright confections -- starring Doris Day, Debbie Reynolds or Julie Andrews -- or tear-jerker remakes of films such as "Imitation of Life."
Mr. Hunter produced "Magnificent Obsession," starring friend Rock Hudson, "Back Street," "Pillow Talk," and musicals "Flower Drum Song," "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and a derided remake of "Lost Horizon," his last feature film.
"They weren't great, but they weren't supposed to be," he said of his films in 1985. "I gave the public what they wanted -- a chance to dream, to live vicariously, to see beautiful women, jewels, gorgeous clothes, melodrama."
His most serious effort, a film version of the Enid Bagnold play "The Chalk Garden," won critical and commercial success. "Airport," which spawned sequel after sequel as well as a whole genre of all-star disaster films, was nominated for the best picture Oscar, and netted a best-supporting actress prize for Helen Hayes.
Film guides variously report that Mr. Hunter, whose real name was Martin Fuss, was born between 1916 and 1926 in Cleveland. He served in the Army during World War II.

Adelaide Correio
WAREHAM -- Adelaide (Bernard) Correio, 89, of Agawam Village, died Sunday, March 10, 1996. She was the widow of Peter Correio and daughter of the late Richard and Mamie (Hampton) Bernard.
Born in Boston, she lived in Wareham for more than 40 years and was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church.
Mrs. Correio was a two-time Gold Star Mother.
Survivors include two sons, Peter Correia and Paul Correia, both of Carver; three daughters, Lucille Zargoza, Muriel Oldham, both of West Wareham, and Frances Collins of Boston; 19 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.
She was the mother of the late Louis Correia and Anthony Correia.
Arrangements are by Stott, Chapman Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Route 28).

Katherine A. Murphy
NEWPORT, R.I. -- Katherine Alice Murphy, 65, of 115 Washington St. died Monday, March 11, 1996. She was the wife of Gordon Leslie Murphy and daughter of the late Chesley T. and Beatrice (Dukes) Murphy.
She died at Newport Hospital.
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, she was employed by Kays Beauty Nook in North Dartmouth, Mass., for 20 years as a hairdresser until her retirement in 1976.
Mrs. Murphy was a member of the Goat Island Yacht Club.
Survivors include her widower; two daughters, Donna Dimery and Roberta M. Benjamin, both of Portsmouth; a brother, Chesley T. Murphy of West Wareham; and a granddaughter.
Arrangements are by Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway.

Marion Turner
NEW BEDFORD -- Marion (Williams) Turner, 71, died Sunday, March 10, 1996. She was the widow of Dr. Chester A. Turner Jr. and daughter of the late Arthur E. and Ruth (Ewell) Williams.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital, where she was taken after being stricken at home.
Born in Boston, she moved to Athol when she was three and lived in Athol before moving to New Bedford in 1946. She was a foster mother for New Bedford Child and Family Service for many years. Upon the death of her husband, she carried on his optometry practice which was located on Acushnet Avenue. She also raised African violets for Cory's African Violet Co.
Mrs. Turner was a graduate of Athol High School and attended the New England Conservatory of Music.
During World War II, she was a brass instrumentalist in an all-woman USO Band that entertained the troops in Canada and on the East Coast of the United States. She was a member of the New Bedford Philharmonic Band. She was also a baritone horn soloist at area churches.
She was a member and current president of the Bristol County Dog Training Club, an associate member of the Women's Alliance of the First Unitarian Church, a member and current assistant treasurer of the Shining Tides Quilting Club, a member of the Festival Singers, the Book Club and the Rainbow Majority and she played in the Marion Concert Band.
Survivors include two sons, Benjamin A. Turner and Jonathan E. Turner, both of New Bedford and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Donaghy Funeral Home, 465 County St.

C. Welch, aided pope's doctors, at 89
BOSTON -- Dr. Claude E. Welch, a renowned surgeon who was consulted by Italian doctors treating Pope John Paul II for a gunshot wound in 1981, has died. He was 89.
Dr. Welch died Saturday in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after suffering a stroke at his home in Westwood.
Dr. Welch was asked to go to Rome for consultations when an attempt had been made to assassinate the pope. After he returned home, Dr. Welch received a special letter from the pontiff, which hung in the doctor's study.
He was clinical professor emeritus at Harvard Medical School and had been senior attending surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Andrew L. Warshaw, chief of general surgery at that hospital and a prot,g, of Dr. Welch, said he would be remembered by colleagues as "clearly one of the great surgeons of the 20th century."
In 1968, as president of the Massachusetts delegation to the American Medical Association, he led the fight for racial equality, arguing for expulsion of any state association guilty of racial discrimination.
Dr. Welch also pushed for professional standards review organizations, and was chairman of an AMA committee that drew up model criteria for patient care.
He served as president of the American College of Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Boston Surgical Society and the New England Cancer Society.
He received numerous honors during his career, including three honorary doctoral degrees.
He wrote many surgical textbooks and hundreds of papers. His autobiography, "A Twentieth Century Surgeon: My Life in the Massachusetts General Hospital," was published in 1992.
A research and teaching fund to support surgical resident education at Mass. General was named for him, as was an endowed chair in surgery at Harvard Medical School.
He served with the 6th General Hospital in North Africa and Italy during World War II.
He is survived by his wife, two sons and six grandchildren.
A memorial service has been scheduled for 3 p.m., March 28, at Memorial Church at Harvard University, Cambridge.

Vince Edwards, TV's 'Ben Casey,' at 67
LOS ANGELES -- Vince Edwards, who starred as a brooding, brilliant young doctor in the 1960s TV series "Ben Casey," has died of cancer. He was 67.
Mr. Edwards died at 7:40 p.m. Monday at UCLA Medical Center, hospital spokesman Jacquie Michels said yesterday. He was suffering from pancreatic cancer and had been hospitalized for about 10 days, his manager, T.J. Castromovo, said.
"He was saying he was going to beat it," Mr. Castromovo said.
As darkly handsome Dr. Casey on the 1961-66 ABC series, Mr. Edwards created a rare TV antihero: a dedicated but difficult physician who battled disease and the medical establishment.
Young Casey's mentor at County General Hospital was the wise neurosurgeon, Dr. David Zorba, played by the late Sam Jaffe.
The series, one of ABC's most popular, evoked the kind of realism and tension that decades later made NBC's "ER" a major hit. A Time magazine review of "Ben Casey" said it "accurately captures the feeling of sleepless intensity in a metropolitan hospital."
In a 1988 Associated Press interview, Mr. Edwards recalled how success came to the series -- and to him -- in a matter of weeks.
"My picture was on the cover of Look and Life magazines," he said. "I went from obscurity to fame. What a cultural shock that was. It just exploded. I was living in a room at a friend's house."
Fans could buy Ben Casey shirts, with their off-center row of buttons like a doctor's uniform. Mr. Edwards even had a best-selling album, "Vince Edwards Sings."
NBC had its own medical hit the same season in "Dr. Kildare," starring Richard Chamberlain. The shows and their heartthrob stars inspired a pop song: "Dr. Kildare! Dr. Casey! You Are Wanted for Consultation."
"Kildare" actually led "Casey" in the ratings the first year, but "Casey" overtook it in the second season and was ranked in the top 10 shows for the year.
Mr. Edwards, a native of New York City, began his acting career on the stage in the 1940s and appeared in films and on television during the 1950s.
Among the TV productions in which he appeared were "Fireside Theatre," "The Untouchables" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents."
His post-Casey work included another medical series, "Matt Lincoln," in which he played a hip psychiatrist running an inner-city telephone hot line for troubled teen-agers. It lasted a single season, 1970-71.
A syndicated TV movie, "The Return of Ben Casey," aired in 1988. The mature Casey, according to the story line, had gone to Vietnam as a surgeon, married and divorced.

James M. Connor
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- James M. Connor, 74, formerly of New Bedford, died Sunday, March 3, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Norma (Schramm) Connor and son of the late Richard and Margaret (Egan) Connor.
Born in New Bedford, Mr. Connor was a graduate of St. Mary's Elementary, Holy Family High School, both in New Bedford, and Providence College, where he received a degree in business administration in 1949.
Mr. Connor was a World War II Army Air Force navigator, serving in the China-Burma-India sector.
After his war service, he was employed by World-Wide Parsons Construction Corp. as a liaison officer and contracts engineer. He worked at various times in Alaska and the western states, and in the Mideast where he was instrumental in building a city in Saudi Arabia.
For years prior to his illness, he was an active participant in the Rite of Daily Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. He was also a familiar figure on the tennis courts where he excelled in that sport.
Survivors include his widow; three sons, Michael Connor, Timothy Connor and Christopher Connor, all of California; five daughters, Maureen Riesco, Sharon Boreham, Melanie Faulkner, Marianne McAvoy and Patricia Connor, all of California; a brother, John Connor of Mattapoisett and eight grandchildren.
Arrangements were by the Bastian and Perrott Mortuary, Northridge, Calif.

Henry A. Oliveira
FAIRHAVEN -- Henry A. "Hank" Oliveira, 57, of Brook Drive, formerly of South Dartmouth, died Monday, March 11, 1996, after being stricken at his job. He was the husband of Susan D. (Andrade) Martin-Oliveira and son of the late Leopold and Laura (Alfama) Oliveira, formerly of South Dartmouth.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Brava, Cape Verde, he lived in Fairhaven for the past six years.
He was formerly employed by Tilcon-Capaldi of Acushnet as a heavy equipment operator for the past 38 years.
He was a U.S. Marine Corp. veteran and a member of the Operating Engineers Local No. 4.
Survivors include his widow; a step-son, Roger G. Martin Jr. of New Bedford; three brothers, Louis "Louie" Oliveira of South Dartmouth, August "Gus" Oliveira of Newberryport and Julio Oliveira of Port Charlotte, Fla. and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Fairlawn Mortuary, 180 Washington St.

Florence K. Janiak
DARTMOUTH -- Florence K. (Filipek) Janiak, 81, of South Dartmouth died Monday, March 11, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late John I. Janiak and daughter of the late Sobestyan and Katherine (Pinkos) Filipek.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
She was born in New Bedford and lived in Dartmouth for the past 28 years. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.
She was formerly employed as the head teller for Compass Bank in downtown New Bedford for 20 years until her retirement in 1977.
Mrs. Janiak was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Senior Citizens.
Survivors include a son, Atty. John M. Janiak of North Dartmouth; three brothers, Frank Filipek of New Bedford, Joseph Filipek of Fairhaven and Edward Filipek of Alexandria, Va. and three grandchildren, Peter L. Janiak, Kristen A. Janiak and Andrew Janiak, all of North Dartmouth.
She was also the sister of the late Bertha Filipek, Alice Filipek and Stella Filipek.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford.

Lester R. Hurd
BRYAN, Ohio -- Lester Robert Hurd, 72, formerly of Oakwood Trailer Park, died Monday, March 11, 1996. He was the son of the late Harry and Delia (Catudal) Hurd.
He died at the Hometown Nursing Home, Ottawa, Ohio.
Born in East Douglas, Mass., he moved to Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1946 and lived in Angola before moving to Bryan in 1986. He was a self-employed carpenter.
Mr. Hurd was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Survivors include two brothers, H. Everett Hurd of Johnston, R.I. and Ray L. Hurd of Westport, Mass. and several nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Carl W. Hurd.
Arrangements are by the Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Bryan.

Raymond J. Poirier
NEW BEDFORD -- Raymond Joseph Poirier, 74, died Tuesday, March 12, 1996, after a long illness. He was the widower of Juliet L. (Duphily) Poirier and son of the late Alphee and Rosalie (Cote) Poirier.
He died at Sacred Heart Home.
He was born in Acushnet and lived most of his life in New Bedford. He was a communicant of St. Joseph Church.
He was formerly employed by Acushnet Co. Rubber Division for more than 45 years as a tool crib supervisor.
Mr. Poirier was a World War II Navy veteran, and he was a member of the Knights of Columbus McMahon Council, the National Rifle Association and the Acadian Cultural Society.
He enjoyed camping and studying his family genealogy in his leisure time.
Survivors include a son, Donald S. Poirier of New Bedford; two daughters, Diane J. DeMello of New Bedford and Suzanne E. Masten of Rochester; five sisters, Florida Poirier, Theresa Lapointe and Pauline Girard, all of New Bedford, Mary Anne Levasseur of Acushnet and Juliette Perryman of Plantation, Fla.; two brothers, Maurice Poirier of Meridan, Conn. and Ernest Poirier of Berkley, four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Elsie F. Oliver, 92
TAUNTON -- Elsie F. (Lackie) Oliver, 92, formerly of 13 Crapo St., died Monday, March 11, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the widow of James E. Oliver and daughter of David and Lenora (Tripp) Lackie.
She died at the Wedgemere Convalescent Home.
She was born in Acushnet and attended Acushnet Grammar and High School.
She was a housewife and attended the Memorial United Methodist Church. She also assisted her late husband with the management of the Kingswood Inn in Perry, Fla. prior to moving to Taunton in 1970.
She was a member of the Kings Daughters of the Memorial Methodist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Helena Moran of Roxboro, NC and Beverly Daffinee of Brewster; two sisters Marion Walley of North Dartmouth and Lenora Morse of Ventura, Calif., seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangement are by the Crapo- Hathaway Funeral Service, 350 Somerset Ave.

Irene Lafleur
NEW BEDFORD -- Irene Lafleur, 30, died Sunday, March 10, 1996, after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Carol (Richmond) Cruz, stepdaughter of Abraham Cruz of New Bedford and daughter of Joseph Lafleur of New Bedford.
She died at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.
Born in New Bedford, she lived in this area all her life. She was a communicant of St. Lawrence Church.
Survivors include her stepfather; her father;
six sisters, Lisa Lafleur, Kelly Morin, Kim Karalekas, Pamela Cruz, Theresa Cruz and Carmen Cruz of New Bedford; four nieces; a nephew; two aunts; and an uncle.
Arrangements are by the Boulevard Funeral Home, 223 Ashley Blvd.

Stephen Medeiros
ACUSHNET -- Stephen "Gus" Medeiros, 61, died at home Monday, March 11, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Dawn (Kubik) Medeiros and son of Cecelia (Rose) Medeiros of Fairhaven and the late Augustus Medeiros.
Born in New Bedford, he lived in Fairhaven most of his life before moving to Acushnet in 1984. He was a parishioner of St. Casimir Church in New Bedford and was formerly employed by Kmart in Fairhaven as a manager until his illness five years ago.
Mr. Medeiros was a member of the Fin, Fur and Feather Club in Mattapoisett and the New Bedford Rod and Gun Club.
Survivors include his widow; his mother; a daughter, Stephenie Medeiros of Acushnet; a brother, Fred Medeiros of Texas and two nieces.
Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven.


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