Miscellaneous Bristol County, Massachusetts Obituaries

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J.S. Bettencourt Sr., 91
DARTMOUTH -- Joseph S. Bettencourt Sr., 91, of Salters Point, South Dartmouth, died Tuesday, March 19, 1996. He was the widower of Stella (Gracia) Bettencourt and son of the late John S. and Mary (Rose) Bettencourt.
He died at the Brandon Woods Nursing Home.
Born in St. George, Azores, he was a lifelong resident of South Dartmouth and a communicant of St. Mary Church in South Dartmouth.
He was employed as a general contractor and superintendent at Salters Point for 40 years until his retirement in 1981.
Survivors include a son, Joseph S. Bettencourt Jr. of South Dartmouth; a daughter, Mary Frances Terpeny of South Dartmouth; a sister, Mary S. Bassett of South Dartmouth; five grandchildren; five great-grand-children; two nieces and two nephews.
He was the brother of the late John S. Bettencourt Jr., Joaquim Bettencourt and Clara Goggin.
Arrangements are by the Dartmouth Funeral Home, 230 Russells Mills Road.
Due to a clerical error, Mr. Bettencourt's sister was omitted from Wednesday's obituary.

Irene M. Cormier
NEW BEDFORD -- Private services were held for Irene M. (Morrissette) Cormier, 84, of Tabor Mills Apartment, who died Wednesday, March 20, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Zephyr Cormier and daughter of the late Alfred and Josephine (Couillard) Morrissette.
She died at The Oak's Nursing Home.
Born in Fall River, she lived in New Bedford most of her life. She was employed by Calvin Clothing in the cutting room until her retirement. She also worked at the Wamsutta Mills as a weaver, and was employed as a nurse's aide at Harborview Manor in South Dartmouth for many years and at the Kristen-Beth Nursing Home.
Mrs. Cormier enjoyed traveling, knitting and making cakes.
Survivors include four daughters, Patricia Astle of Westport, Beverly Galipeau of Wareham, Diane Cormier and Arlene Cormier, both of New Bedford; two sons, John Field of Spokane, Wash., and Arthur Cormier of New Bedford; a sister, Ida Hindle of San Antonio, Texas; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Irene Aguiar
FREETOWN -- Irene (Beauregard) Aguiar, 64, of East Freetown, died Wednesday, March 20, 1996, after a long illness. She was the wife of John Aguiar and daughter of the late Matthias and Flora (Christie) Beauregard.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford.
Born in Pawtucket, R.I., she lived most of her life in the Greater New Bedford area and was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church in New Bedford.
She was employed by the former Colonial Textiles in New Bedford as a stitcher until her retirement due to illness in 1989.
Mrs. Aguiar was a loving wife and mother who enjoyed playing bingo in her free time.
Survivors include her widower; a son, Raymond Aguiar of New Bedford; a daughter, Lorraine McCombs of New Bedford; a brother, Maurice Beauregard of Liberty, Maine; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Kirby Funeral Home, 61 Tarkiln Hill Road, New Bedford.

Patricia Silva
WAREHAM -- Patricia Silva, 48, of 12th Street, Onset, died unexpectedly. She was the daughter of the late Manuel Santos and Mary Silva.
Born in Tewksbury, she lived in Onset for many years.
Survivors include a sister, Frances Wintermute of California; three aunts, Frances Faria and Charlotte Monteiro, both of Wareham, and Pauline Proto of Connecticut.
Arrangements are by the Stott, Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham.

Glen P. Eriksen
EUGENE, Ore. -- Glen Paul Eriksen, 38, died unexpectedly at home Sunday, March 17, 1996. He was the son of Ralph H. Eriksen of Grand Island, Fla., and Mildred Almeida Eriksen of Los Angeles, Calif.
Born in Chelsea, he was raised in Jamaica Plain and lived on Martha's Vineyard for several years before moving to Beverly Hills, Calif., and then to Eugene. He was a licensed contractor who owned and operated his own carpentry business.
Mr. Eriksen attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Survivors include his parents; his companion, Yumi Nakamura of Japan; two brothers, Ralph H. Eriksen Jr. of South Boston and Karl A. Eriksen of Marshfield; a sister, Joy Eriksen Crowley of Marshfield; two nieces and many cousins.
He was the grandson of the late Olivia Fortes Almeida.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford.

Charles I. Nourse, 92
HALIFAX -- Charles I. Nourse, 92, died Tuesday, March 19, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Rose V. (Villa) Nourse and son of the late Charles C. and Mary (Francis) Nourse.
He died at the South Shore Hospital.
He was born, raised and educated in New Bedford and moved to Halifax in 1977.
He was employed by the City of New Bedford as a sign painter until his retirement.
Survivors include his widow; two daughters, Rosemary Empoliti of Sebastian, Fla., and Thomasina Peters of Georgetown; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Sullivan Funeral Home, Corner of Routes 14 and 58, Hanson.

Homer P. Groening, father of 'The Simpsons' creator
PORTLAND, Ore. - Homer P. Groening, an ad man and filmmaker whose name is immortalized in the cartoon character Homer Simpson, died Friday of cancer of the lymph system. He was 76.
Mr. Groening was the father of cartoonist Matt Groening, creator of the TV show "The Simpsons."
Matt Groening said he received creative encouragement at home, in part because his father was a cartoonist himself. Homer Groening took colored pencils and sketch pads home to his five children. He would make up the beginning of a story and his children would finish it.
The elder Groening was a founding director of the American Advertising Museum in Portland. He also produced a string of films about water in all its forms, including "Get Wet," "Getting Wetter," and "Psychedelic Wet."

James C. Gomes
NEW BEDFORD -- James C. Gomes, 88, died Monday, March 18, 1996, after a long illness. He was the widower of Maria (Silva) Gomes and son of the late Manuel and Maria (Correia) Gomes.
Born in Brava, Cape Verde, he came to the United States at the age of 16 and returned to Cape Verde several years later. He returned to this country 27 years ago, residing in Philadelphia before retiring to New Bedford.
Mr. Gomes was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses, Portuguese Congregation.
He was employed by the Merchant Marine as a seaman until his retirement.
Survivors include a son, Jose M. Gomes of Port Richey, Fla.; four daughters, Marianna Monteiro, Laura J. Gomes, both of New Bedford, Eugenia Gomes Andrade of Brockton and Lucilia Gomes of Port Richey; 17 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Florence Stevens
FAIRHAVEN -- Florence (Caya) Stevens, 79, died Tuesday, March 19, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the wife of Maurice Stevens of Fairhaven and the daughter of the late Edmond and Mathilda (Lecuyer) Caya.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford.
She was born in New Bedford and lived in Fairhaven for the last 30 years where he was a communicant of St. Joseph Church.
She formerly owned and operated Florence's Salon in New Bedford.
Survivors include her widower; four sons, Alfred Rousseau of New Bedford, Leo Jackson of Willington, Conn., and George Jackson and Gary Jackson, both of New Bedford; three daughters, Freida Currence of Eugene, Oregon, Elaine Reeves of Acushnet and Phillis Jackson of New Bedford; 18 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was the mother of the late Donna Jackson.
Arrangements are by the Chausse-Dumont Funeral Home, 1325 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford.

Constantine Roman
DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Constantine Roman, 84, died unexpectedly Monday, March 18, 1996. He was the widower of Loretta (Seymour) Roman and son of the late Horace and Marion (Cairns) Roman.
He died at the Dunwoody Medical Center.
Born in New Bedford, he lived there for 75 years moving to Dunwoody in 1986. He was a communicant of St. Kilian's Church in New Bedford and a member of the All Saints Church in Georgia.
He was employed by Glicksman Trucking Co. until his retirement 24 years ago.
Mr. Roman was a former member of the Order of the Moose in New Bedford and the Massachusetts National Guard and loved bowling.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Lucille Cox of Dunwoody; a brother, Alvin Roman; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Lowndes & McLane Funeral Home, Tucker, Ga.

Arthur Melanson, 91
FALL RIVER -- Arthur Melanson, 91, died Tuesday, March 19, 1996. He was the husband of Marie Anne (Bessette) Melanson and son of the late Maxime and Dina (Boudreau) Melanson.
He was born in Moncton, New Brunswick and lived in New Bedford before moving to Fall River in 1993.
He was employed by The Sunshine Biscuit Co. for over 25 years as a salesman and manager and owned Food Distributor Co. until his retirement 28 years ago.
Mr. Melanson was past president of the Calumet Club, chief ranger of the Catholic Order of Foresters and director of St. Anne's Credit Union for more than 30 years.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Claire Levesque of Fall River, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also the father of the late Maurice Melanson.
Arrangements are by the Boule Funeral Home, 615 Broadway.

Edward L. Bearse, 92
HYANNIS -- Edward L. Bearse, 92, died Wednesday, March 20, 1996. He was the former husband of the late Mae (Cowan) Bearse Nelson.
He died at the Cape Cod Hospital.
Born in Centerville, he lived in the Barnstable and Centerville villages most of his life. He was educated in Barnstable schools.
Mr. Bearse was a self-employed mechanic and painter, working throughout the mid-Cape area until his retirement in 1960. During the years when the Otis AFB was being built, he was a security guard there.
He was a member of Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Hyannis and 40 & 8 military organization, formerly of Hyannis, served in the Army during World War I and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include five sons, Francis "Duke" Bearse of South Yarmouth, Donald R. Bearse of Plymouth, George Bearse of Chattanooga, Tenn., William Bearse of Hyannis and Howard Bearse of Falmouth; two daughters, Rosemarie West of South Yarmouth and Gloria Medeiros of Las Vegas; a brother, Kenneth Bearse of Hyannis; a sister, Marion Bearse of Florida; 22 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 160 W. Main St.

Carolinda Silveira, 96
MATTAPOISETT -- Carolinda "Carrie" (Avila) Silveira, 96, died at home Wednesday, March 20, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Antone Silveira and daughter of the late Samuel and Rose (Veira) Avila.
She was born in New Bedford and lived there before moving to Mattapoisett in 1915. She was a parishioner of St. Anthony's Church and was the recipient 20 years ago of the Marian Medal from the Diocese of Fall River for her outstanding service to her church.
An expert craftsman, she taught crafts to members of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging for many years.
Survivors include her two daughters, Alberta Silveira of Fairhaven and Evelyn Pursley of Mattapoisett; a son, Milton Silveira of McLean, Va., five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven.

Olive Gomes
DARTMOUTH -- Olive (Gomes) Gomes, 87, of North Dartmouth, died Thursday, March 21, 1996, at home. She was the widow of Alberto Gomes and daughter of the late Manuel J. and Sylvia (Grace) Gomes.
Born in West Wareham, she was a resident of New Bedford for many years before moving to North Dartmouth 26 years ago. She was formerly employed by Dr. Carl C. Persons for many years before retiring in 1977.
Mrs. Gomes was a member of the Boston Symphony Concert Series.
Survivors include a daughter, Cynthia G. Morris of North Dartmouth; a son, Alberto Gomes of North Dartmouth; a sister, Mildred Lopes of New Bedford; two grandsons; one great-grandson; several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Gomes was the sister of the late Antone "Lem" Gomes and the late Grace Morris.
Arrangements are by the Dartmouth Funeral Home, 230 Russells Mills Road.

Lillian C. Ruggieri, 91
WARWICK, R.I. -- Lillian C. Ruggieri, 91, of Forest Street, died Sunday, March 10, 1996. She was the daughter of the late James and Martha (Livesey) Downing.
She died at the Laurel Healthcare Center in Coventry.
Born in Providence, she lived in Warwick for 65 years.
Mrs. Ruggieri was a member of JONAH.
Survivors include four daughters, Lucille Marcello of Rehoboth, Lillian A. Cota and Dorothea Cary, both of Warwick and Martha L. Penler of New Bedford; four sons, James A. Ruggieri, William C. Ruggieri, John D. Ruggieri and Thomas M. Ruggieri, all of Warwick; a sister, Mary Cunningham, of Warwick; 27 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Ruggieri was also the mother of the late Ralph J. and Patrick Ruggieri, and sister of the late Edward, James, Joseph, John and Charles Downing, Martha Massonis, Florence O'Donnell and Margaret McDonough.
Arrangements are by the Peter J. Barrett Funeral Home, 1328 Warwick Ave.

Odena Blanchard, 94
NEW BEDFORD -- Odena (Soucy) Blanchard, 94, died Wednesday, March 20, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the widow of F. Mathias Blanchard and daughter of the late Olivier and Exilda (St. Jean) Soucy.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Anthony, Rhode Island, she lived in New Bedford most of her life and was a communicant of St. Theresa Church. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Blanchard was a member of Happy Group, St. Ann's Sodality of St. Theresa Church, past President of Franco American Ladies Auxiliary Post 7 and St. Theresa Senior Citizens Group.
In her leisure time, Mrs. Blanchard enjoyed reading and cooking.
Survivors include a daughter, Jeannette L. Daviault of New Bedford; two grandaughters; six great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late William Soucy, Eugene Soucy, Herve Soucy, Emile Soucy, Henry Soucy, Arthur Soucy, Alcibiade Soucy, Armand Soucy, Marie Louise Savaria, Laura James, Blanche Dufour, Eva Vaudry and Isola Malboeuf.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Louise S. Condez
NEW BEDFORD -- Louise S. Condez, 83, died unexpectedly at home Friday, March 22, 1996. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Maria (Santos) Condez.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, she was a communicant of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church and a former stitcher in local factories until she retired.
Survivors include nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Abilio Condez, Frank Condez Sr. and Albertino Condez Sr.
Arrangements are by Boulevard Funeral Home, 223 Ashley Blvd.

Carol Field
MATTAPOISETT -- Carol (Tripp) Field, 80, died at home Friday, March 22, 1996, after a brief illness. Mrs. Field, who was well known for her dedication to wildlife, particularly wildbirds, was the widow of John Field and daughter of the late Clifford Irving and Annie D. (Mendell) Tripp.
A lifetime resident of Mattapoisett, she was a 1933 graduate of Fairhaven High School and a member of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, where she was recently honored for her 75-year affiliation.
She was a volunteer in the Army during World War II as a spotter for enemy aircraft.
Mrs. Field was a member of the Mattapoisett Women's Community Guild and the Mattapoisett Historical Society, and was the first member of the Coot Cover Trap Shooting Club in Mattapoisett.
An avid naturalist, she bred and raised a wide variety of domesticated animals throughout her life on Mattapoisett Neck. She also had a migratory bird permit allowing her to raise many generations of Canada Geese, Mallard Ducks, and other wild fowl. In addition, she provided essential care for a weakened bald eagle, which later was released to the wild by the A.S.P.C.A. In her later years, she gave food and shelter to hundreds of song birds.
Survivors include a son, William De Yongh Field II of Mattapoisett; two daughters, Penelope P. Hiller and Polly Anne Duff, both of Mattapoisett; a sister, Barbara Douglas of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Clifford Irving Tripp Jr. and Marjory P. Tripp.
Arrangements are by Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford.

David J. Stevens Sr.
NEW BEDFORD -- David J. Stevens Sr., 40, died Thursday, March 21, 1996. He was the beloved husband of Diane (Surprenant) Stevens and the son of Mrs. Ann M. (Andrade) Pinto of Fairhaven and the late Richard W. Stevens Sr.
He died at the New England Medical Center.
He was born in New Bedford, where he lived most of his life, moving to Fairhaven eight years ago. He was a communicant of St. Mary Church in New Bedford and was the assistant coach of three girls CYO basketball teams for six years.
He was a 1974 graduate of Bishop Stang High School and a 1976 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.
Mr. Stevens was employed by L'Auberge in Marion, the Candleworks Restaurant, and the Windjammer in Buzzards Bay as a chef for more than 12 years. He was also a funeral assistant for the Sullivan-Waring Affiliated Family Funeral Homes in Dartmouth, Fairhaven and New Bedford for the past three years.
Survivors include his widow; his mother; a son, David J. Stevens Jr. of New Bedford; a daughter, Leslie-Ann Stevens of New Bedford; three brothers, Dr. Richard W. Stevens Jr. of Arlington, Va., Marc A. Stevens of Fairhaven and Craig L. Stevens of Miami; a step-brother, Robert Pinto of Dighton; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Arrangements are by the Dartmouth Funeral Home, 230 Russells Mills Road, S. Dartmouth.

Dominic Cappello Jr.
NEW BEDFORD -- Dominic Cappello Jr., 63, died Wednesday, March 20, 1996, after a long illness. He was the son of the late Rose (Belval) and Dominic Cappello Sr.
He died at the Brockton VA Hospital.
He was born in New Bedford and lived in both New Bedford and Brockton. He was a communicant of St. Anthony Church.
Mr. Cappello was a disabled U.S. Marine veteran of the Korean War.
Survivors include a sister, Laura Rua of South Dartmouth; two nephews; a niece; and several grandnephews and grandnieces.
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.

Ronald C. Borden
MIDDLEBORO -- Ronald C. Borden, 63, died Saturday, March 23, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Martha E. (Beard) Winslow-Borden of Middleboro, the former husband of Beverly Borden of Raynham and the son of the late Carleton and Eva (Lynds) Borden.
He died at the Cranberry Specialty Hopsital.
He was born in Taunton and attended the Congregational Chruch of Taunton. He had lived in Middleboro since 1976. He was a graduate of Taunton High School and received an engineering degree from Boston University.
He was a Cryogenic Engineer with the Arthur D. Little Co. of Cambridge and retired from the Koch Co. of Westboro, a successor.
Mr. Borden served in the United States Navy during the Korean War, was a member of the Middleboro Lodge of Elks, King David Lodge A.F. & F.M. of Taunton, a charter member of the Lakeville Eagles and was a life member of the Mitchell Memorial Club of Middleboro.
Survivors include his widow; his former wife; two sons, Brian Borden of Raynham and Steven Borden of New Hampshire; three daughters, Donna Borden of Florida, Terry Stein of Texas and Karen Furtado of Taunton; three stepsons, Donald Winslow of Middleboro, Mark Winslow of Hawaii and Scott Winslow of Taunton; a step-daughter, Pamela Bjorkman of Middleboro; 17 grandchildren; a sister, Pettina Whynot of Hudson; a nephew and two nieces.
Arrangements are by the Ashley Funeral Home, 35 Oak St.

Mary Braga, 96
NEW BEDFORD -- Mary (Gonsalves) Braga, 96, died at home, Friday, March 22, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the widow of Manuel Braga of New Bedford and daughter of the late Manuel and Maria (Raposa) Gonsalves.
She was born in Sao Miguel, Azores, and lived for the past 87 years in New Bedford, where she was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church.
She was employed by the former Fisk Mill in New Bedford as a doffer and by the former Sharp Mill in New Bedford until she retired.
Survivors include two daughters, Angelina "Angie" Souza of Westport and Cramilda "Millie" Costa of New Bedford; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the grandmother of the late Andrea Costa.
Arrangements are by the Potter Funeral Home, 81 Reed Road, Westport.

Joseph Pacheco
WESTPORT -- Joseph Pacheco, 81, died at home Saturday, March 23, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Ana (Couto) Pacheco of Westport and son of the late Bento L. and Virginia (Amaral) Pacheco.
He was born in Sao Miguel, Azores, and lived in the United State since 1955 and in Westport for the past 25 years.
He was employed by various construction companies in the area as a laborer until he retired. He was a member of several labor unions in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Survivors include his widow; a son, John Pacheco of Westport; four daughters, Mary Bryant and Natalie Ettress, both of Westport, Constance Clifford of Barnwell, S. C., and Ernestine Ramon of Lowell, Ind.; a brother, Manuel Pacheco of Somerset; two sisters, Maria D. Silva of Fall River and Iria Pacheco of Canada; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Potter Funeral Home, 81 Reed Road.

Rose F. Richard
RUMFORD, Maine -- Rose F. (Bettencourt) Richard, 85, died Friday, March 22, 1996. She was the widow of Thomas J. Richard and daughter of the late Joaquim and Rose (Maitoza) Bettencourt.
She died at the Dixfield Health Care Center, where she lived for the past six years.
She was born in Rochester and attended schools in New Bedford. A resident of Rumford since 1948, she was a member of the Rumford Senior Citizens and was a communicant of St. Theresa Church in Mexico, Maine.
Survivors include three sons, Thomas E. Richard of Searsport and St. Petersburg, Fla., Harry D. Richard of Mexico, Maine, and Robert P. Richard of Dixfield; a sister, Marion Cruz of Lady Lake, Fla; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the S.G. Thibault Funeral Home, 250 Penobscot St.

Alan B. Mercer Jr.
HOUSTON, Texas -- Alan B. Mercer Jr., 46, died Saturday, March 9, 1996, after a long illness. He was the son of Alan B. Mercer Sr. and Phyllis D. Mercer of North Dartmouth.
He died at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, he spent most of his life in Dartmouth before moving to Texas 16 years ago. Upon graduation from Dartmouth High School, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he studied to be a medic. He served overseas in Guam during the Vietnam War.
He was a member of the Portugues American Civic League and a former member of the Smith Mills Christian Congregational Church in North Dartmouth.
While living in Texas he was self-employed in the telecommunication business and attended The Unity Church of Christianity in Houston.
He greatly enjoyed classical music and flower gardening. He was an avid reader of many great classics.
Survivors include his parents; his twin sons, Adam B. Mercer and Alex B. Mercer, both of New Bedford; three brothers, Stephen R. Mercer of Orcis Island, Wash., James S. Mercer of St. John, Virgin Islands, and John D. Mercer of Plymouth; three sisters, Elizabeth A. Mercer of Westport, Patricia M. Mercer of Williamsburg, Va., and Margaret A. Hamer of North Dartmouth; seven nieces; and a nephew.
Cremation was provided by National Funeral Home in Houston, Texas.


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