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Kauko B. Matson
BOURNE -- Kauko Benjamin Matson, 77, of 24 Old Monument Neck Road, died at home Tuesday, March 26, 1996. He was the widower of Barbara F. (Wixon) Matson, who died in 1994, and son of the late Matti and Hilma (Hakkarainen) Matson.
Born and educated in Wareham, he lived in Bourne for 40 years, moving from Wareham. He was employed as an electrical contractor for more than 30 years until his retirement in 1982.
Mr. Matson was a World War II Army veteran, serving as a technician 5th class in the Signal Corps. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers' Union, Local 224, New Bedford.
He enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and was an avid tinkerer.
Survivors include four sons, Ralph E. Matson of Pocasset, Craig B. Matson of Plymouth, Biran F. Matson and Gary S. Matson, both of Bourne; six sisters, Mamie Taylor of Indiana, Sylvia Taylor of New Jersey, Siiri Gallagher of New Bedford, Bertha Youngstrom of New York, Lillian Koski of New Hampshire and Gertrude Shurtleff of Carver, four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers.
Arrangements are by the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Homes, 40 MacArthur Blvd.

Donald Duarte
DARTMOUTH -- Donald Duarte, 76, died Tuesday, March 26, 1996. He was the son of the late Manuel and Isabella (Smith) Duarte.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, he attended the former New Bedford Vocational High School.
He was a retired Marine Corps veteran serving in World War II and the Korean War. While stationed in Southern California, he held the Marine Corps Welter-Weight Boxing Championship title for two consecutive years.
Mr. Duarte was a former member of the Panthers Athletic Club and the Stream of Lakers Fishing Club. He was also a local artist and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Post No. 7.
Survivors include two daughters, Kathyanne Duarte of Lynn and Rosemaryanne Judith Boucher of New Bedford; five stepsons, Patrick Hughes, Timothy Hughes, both of New Bedford, Thomas Hughes of California, Michael Cardoza of Westport and Donald Cardoza of North Dartmouth; two sisters, Joan Parker of Florida and Doris Barta of Nebraska, 17 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Donaghy Funeral Home, 465 County St., New Bedford.

Maria G. Almeida, 94
FAIRHAVEN -- Maria Gloria (Maucabello) Almeida, 94, died Tuesday, March 26, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of John Almeida and daughter of the late Jacinto M. and Francisca (Branca) Maucabello.
She died at Nichols House Nursing Home.
Born in Fenaes Ajuda, Sao Miguel, Azores, she lived in Fairhaven most of her life. She was a parishioner of St. Joseph Church and was employed by Cornell-Dubilier as a sorter until her retirement.
Survivors include a brother, Saul Medeiros Maucabello of New Bedford and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St.

Domingo G. Rodriguez
NEW BEDFORD -- Domingo Garcia Rodriguez, 63, died Tuesday, March 26, 1996. He was the son of the late Casimiro and Victoriano Garcia.
He died at Boston City Hospital, Boston.
Born in Puerto Rico, he lived in New Jersey before moving to the New Bedford area 14 years ago. He was a member of Second Church Thesaslonic on Brock Avenue and formerly was employed as a cemetery worker by various cemeteries in New Jersey.
Survivors include two daughters, Elisabeth Colon and Rosa Garcia, both of New Bedford; a son, Jose Garcia of New Bedford and six grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Donaghy Funeral Home, 465 County St.

Emerson W. Moore
NEW BEDFORD -- Emerson W. Moore, 76, died Wednesday, March 27, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the son of the late Walter and Carrie (Look) Moore.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
He was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and employed by Continental Screw Co. as a slotter until his retirement.
Mr. Moore was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the American Legion Post 1.
Survivors include two sisters, Sally Gerard of West Wareham and Helen Sherrill of New Bedford, several nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was the brother of the late Ralph Moore and Herbert Moore.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Antone J. Mendes Sr.
NEW BEDFORD -- Antone J. "Frapp" Mendes Sr., 76, died Wednesday, March 27, 1996, after a long illness. He was the widower of Julia R. "Chunkie" (Rose) Mendes and son of the late Joseph A. and Mary L. (Thomas) Mendes.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, he lived here most of his life and was a communicant of St. Lawrence Church. He was formerly employed as a longshoreman for many years and was a member of the International Longshoreman Association Local No. 1413-1465 and the R.I.S.A.
Mr. Mendes was also a member of the Cape Verdean Ultra Marine Band Club and the 9-18 Golf Club.
He was a World War II Army veteran.
Survivors include five sons, Antone J. Mendes Jr., Joseph Mendes, George M. Mendes, Carl R. Mendes and Robert A. Mendes, all of New Bedford; a stepdaughter, June Silva of Durham, N.C. and five grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Irma C. Hill
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Irma C. (Henderson) Hill, 86, of West Hartford, died Tuesday, March 26, 1996. She was the wife of Joseph A. "Luff" Hill and daughter of the late William T. and Elvera (Von Shoppe) Henderson.
She died at St. Francis Hospital.
Born in Somerville, Mass., and formerly of South Dartmouth, she lived in West Hartford for the past 11 years and was a communicant of Immanuel Congregational Church.
A graduate of Salem State College, she taught at the Tilton School in Haverhill, Mass., from 1929 to 1935.
Mrs. Hill was a member of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include her husband; a son, Robert B. Hill of Charlestown, Mass.; two daughters, Elizabeth H. Johnson and Sara H. Kennedy both of West Hartford, eight grandchildren and two great-grandsons.
Arrangements are by the Molloy Funeral Home, West Hartford.

Dr. Anthony Chroniak
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Dr. Anthony Chroniak, 69, died Sunday March 24, 1996. He was the husband of Judith Earl Chroniak and son of the late Nicholas and Alexandria (Kasyz) Chroniak.
He died at St. Vincent's Hospital.
Born and raised in New Bedford, he was a member of the Walnut Grove Chapel.
Dr. Chroniak was a World War II Navy Veteran, volunteering at the age of 17. He received his high school diploma while on active duty in China. Dr. Chroniak was a graduate of the University of Alabama and the Philadelphia School of Optometry. For 32 years he served families in Frankfurt, Fortville and Indianapolis. In 1984, he joined the Eye Care Center in Richmond.
He was a St. Vincent Hospital volunteer, a Mason and a member of the Mud Creek Barn.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Paul Chroniak and John Chroniak; a daughter, Mary Siefke and a brother,
Dr. Walter Chroniak.
Arrangements are by the Shirley Mortuaries, Inc., 9606 E. Washington St.

John A. Wheeler, 90
WESTPORT -- John Arthur Wheeler, 90, of Westport Point died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 26, 1996. He was the husband of Ann C. (Crocker) Wheeler and the son of the late John Arthur and Abigail Wells (Tomlinson) Wheeler.
He died at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River.
Born in Horton, W.Va., he had lived at Westport Point more than 20 years. Mr. Wheeler was a graduate of Browne and Nichols, Harvard College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also did work toward a doctorate at the University of Chicago.
Mr. Wheeler taught psychology at Smith College and remedial reading at the Eaglebrook School for Boys.
He was a lieutenant commander in the Navy during World War II, stationed in North Africa. He retired from the Navy Reserve in 1963.
Mr. Wheeler worked for the Veterans Administration in Bridgeport, Conn., until he took a position as education and training officer at the Naval Underwater Systems Center in New London, Conn.
Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in October.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Marion (Wheeler) Kimball of Signal Mountain, Tenn., and a son, David Arthur Wheeler of Wolfeboro, N.H.
Arrangements are by Potter Funeral Home, 81 Reed Road.

Rose M. Kessler
SOMERSET -- Rose M. Kessler, 83, of 11 Utah Ave., died Wednesday, March 27, 1996. She was the widow of George Kessler and the daughter of the late Jack and Rebecca (Borodovsky) Horvitz.
She died at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River.
She was born in Fall River, where she lived most of her life, before moving to Somerset 10 years ago.
Mrs. Kessler was a member of the Congregation Adas Israel and its sisterhood, the Sisterhood of Temple Beth El. She also was a member of the Jewish Friendship Club and Fall River Hadassah.
Survivors include a son, Donald Kessler of Fall River; a daughter, Sylvia Eisner of Somerset and four grandchildren.
She was the sister of the late Louis A. Horvitz and Tillie Rachlin.
Arrangements are by Max Sugarman Memorial Chapel, Providence.

Alphonse J. Giroux
NEW YORK -- Alphonse Joseph Giroux, 76, formerly of New Bedford, died Wednesday, March 27, 1996, after a long illness. He was the widower of Carmen O. (Lucich) Giroux and son of the late Joseph and Zelda (Leblanc) Giroux.
He died at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York.
Born in New Bedford, he lived in New York since the late '40's and was a communicant of St. Anthony Church while living in New Bedford. He was employed by East River Savings Bank in New York City as an air conditioning engineer until his retirement.
He was a World War II Merchant Marine veteran.
Mr. Giroux has season tickets and enjoyed watching the New York Giants football games and also enjoyed bowling and traveling to Atlantic City.
Survivors include a daughter, Vivian Zelda Giroux of New York City; seven sisters, Doris Speary of Las Vegas, Irene Frigault, Rita Laplante, Lorraine Gagnier, all of New Bedford, Viola Sirois of Fairhaven, Lillian Hardy of Somerset and Laurette Turcotte of Middleboro; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also the brother of the late Wilfred Giroux.
Arrangements are by Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford.

Margaret 'Peggy' Rockefeller, ardent conservationist, at 80
NEW YORK -- Margaret McGrath Rockefeller, a prominent conservationist of America's natural lands and wife of philanthropist David Rockefeller, has died. She was 80.
Mrs. Rockefeller died Tuesday at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center after complications from heart surgery, said Fraser Seitel, a family spokesman. .
Mrs. Rockefeller founded the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, which has helped preserve more than 66,000 acres of rugged Maine coast, including 173 islands and 250 miles of shoreline.
She also was a founding board member of the American Farmland Trust, a national land-preservation group.
Known as Peggy, Mrs. Rockefeller preferred to keep a low profile. She was equally at home rumbling along on tractors as at state dinners in Washington with her husband, the former chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank.
"I always loved the country, farming and animals," she once said.
Ralph Grossi, president of the farmland trust, said Mrs. Rockefeller would be remembered for "a conservation legacy rooted in a deep feeling for the family farmer and the protection of this nation's best land."
The Rockefellers first bought several farms in Columbia County, N.Y., in 1979 and 1980, and were among the largest private landowners in the Hudson Valley. In 1992, the couple announced an agreement to permanently protect nearly 2,000 acres of their upstate property.
In recent years, Mrs. Rockefeller developed a strong interest in raising cattle and maintained working farms at her homes in Tarrytown and Livingston in New York and on Bartlett Island, Maine.
A New York native, she met Mr. Rockefeller in the early 1930s. He often consulted her before making important decisions, and they also shared a lifelong love of sailing and dancing.
Mrs. Rockefeller also was a trustee of the New York Philharmonic and served for many years on the board of the New York Botanical Garden. A rose garden at the Bronx Botanical Garden carries her name.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by six children; a brother, Sims McGrath; and ten grandchildren.
A memorial service was being planned.

Ruth L. Richards
MATTAPOISETT -- Ruth L. Richards died Wednesday, March 27, 1996, after a long illness. She was the wife of Norwood A. Richards and daughter of the late Murdock A. and Matilda (Johnson) MacKinnon.
She died at the Alden Court Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Fairhaven.
She was born in Everett and was a member of the First Congregational Church in Fairhaven, where she was an active participant in various organizations.
She was employed by the New England Coke Company of Boston as an executive secretary until her retirement.
Survivors include her widower; two daughters, Leigh Margaret Maccini of Needham and Lenore Lundin Everett of Mattapoisett; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Wilson Chapel, 479 County St., New Bedford.

Alice J. Oliveira
NEW BEDFORD -- Alice J. "Sha-She" Oliveira, 37, died Wednesday, March 27, 1996, after a long illness. She was the daughter of Antonia J. Oliveira of New Bedford and the late Antone Gomes.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
She was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and a communicant of Our Lady of the Assumption Church. She was employed by the City of New Bedford as a clerk for more than 10 years until her illness.
She was a 1977 graduate of New Bedford High School, received her real estate license from Lee Institute of Brookline and was a graduate of Kinyon-Campbell Business School, Lynells School of Cosmetology and Skin Care, Massachusetts Institute of Art and Fashion Design and Fisher Junior College.
Survivors include her mother; a daughter, Aisha C. Costa of New Bedford; a brother, Morris A. "Marty" Oliveira of New Bedford; an aunt, five uncles and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Alan B. Mercer Jr.
HOUSTON -- 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 Portuguese 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 an 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 Orcas 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. Best of Williamsburg, Va. And Margaret A. Hamer of North Dartmouth; seven nieces; and a nephew.
Cremation was provided by National Funeral home in Houston.
Because of information provided by the family, the residence of one survivor and the name of another were incorrectly reported Sunday.

Helen D. Beattie, 97
NEW BEDFORD -- Helen D. Beattie, 97, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1996, after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late John and Kate (Schora) Beattie.
She died at Hathaway Manor Extended Care Facility.
Born in Pawtucket, R.I., she lived in New Bedford most of her life. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church and formerly employed by the old First National Bank in downtown New Bedford as a teller, retiring in 1960 after 50 years.
Miss Beattie was active in the Episcopal Church Women and the Ladies Auxiliary of her church. She also belonged to the New Bedford Women's Club.
Survivors include two nieces, Kathryn Robinson of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Gail Halliwell of Dartmouth; and a grandnephew, Robert John Robinson of New Jersey.
Arrangements are by the Wilson Chapel, 479 County St.

William R. King
BROOKSVILLE, Fla. -- William R. King, 71, formerly of 246 Brownell St., New Bedford, died Wednesday, March 27, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Betty (Zimba) King and son of the late Charles and Kathleen (Walsh) King.
He died at Oak Hill Medical Center.
Born in New Bedford, he lived in New Bedford most of his life moving to Florida after retiring. He was employed by Morse Cutting Tools for more than 35 years, retiring as director of personnel in 1976.
Mr. King was a World War II and Korean War Navy veteran.
Survivors include his widow; a son, William R. King Jr. of Seffner, Fla.; two daughters, Marion Weinberg of Needham, Mass., and Janice Gundersen of Florence, Ala., and four grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Pinecrest Funeral Chapel, Brooksville.

Liam O'Brien, screenwriter, TV producer
Liam O'Brien, a one-time labor organizer who was such an immediate success when he tried his hand at writing that he went on to a long career as a Hollywood writer and television producer, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83.
His wife, Claudette, said he had collapsed in her arms and died of a heart attack.
His younger brother, actor Edmund O'Brien, who died in 1985 at the age of 69, was already an established movie star when Liam O'Brien, who had worked as a poet, cartoonist and labor organizer before serving in the signal corps in World War II, decided to take a flyer in show business, with dazzling initial results.
His first screenplay, for the 1951 movie, "Here Comes the Groom," earned an Academy Award nomination, and his first play, "The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker," starring Burgess Meredith in a role reprised for the movies by Clifton Webb, was a Broadway hit in 1954.
The play, a comedy about a man who commutes between two jobs and two families, has long been a staple of amateur theater, in part because it has so many parts, including a total of 17 children in the two Pennypacker families.
Although his quick success made the writing seem easy, Mr. O'Brien, a native of New York City's Harlem who was educated at Fordham and Manhattan College, had spent four years writing the Pennypacker script, which was based on an actual double life led by one of his relatives, a man, Mrs. O'Brien recalled Wednesday, who laughed louder than anyone on opening night.
The one-two success punch created a demand for Mr. O'Brien's work, and among his many later Hollywood credits are "Chain Lightning," starring Humphrey Bogart; "Diplomatic Courier," with Tyrone Power; "Young at Heart," with Doris Day and Frank Sinatra; "Elephant Walk," with Elizabeth Taylor; "Trapeze," with Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis; "The Great Imposter," with Curtis, and "The Devil at 4 O'Clock," with Spencer Tracy and Frank Sinatra.
By some measures, he had an even greater success in television. He produced and wrote many episodes for "Miami Vice," and "Police Story," and helped write the acclaimed 1978 miniseries "The Awakening Land," starring Elizabeth Montgomery as a frontier woman.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Devin, an associate producer of the Academy Awards television special, and two grandchildren.

Beverly A. Oliveira
NEW BEDFORD -- Beverly A. (Fernandes) Oliveira, 49, died Saturday, March 30, 1996, after a long illness. She was the daughter of Wilfred E. and Benvinda (Anacleto) Fernandes of New Bedford.
She died at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence.
Born in Acushnet, she lived in New Bedford most of her life and was a graduate of New Bedford High School. She was a communicant of Our Lady of the Assumption Church and formerly was employed as an assembler at Epec in the New Bedford Industrial Park.
Survivors include her parents, her beloved friend Daniel P. Espinola of New Bedford; two sisters, Carol Ramos of New Bedford and Wilma Barrows of Madison, Wis.; two nieces, a nephew and a great-niece.
Arrangements are by Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Albert L. Bessette
FALL RIVER -- Alfred L. Bessette, 82, of Borden Place East, 111 Borden St., died Friday, March 29, 1996. He was the son of the late Zephyr and Orise (Boucher) Bessette.
He died at Rose Hawthorne Lathrop Home.
Born in New Bedford, he lived in Washington, D.C., for more than 40 years before moving to Fall River many years ago.
Survivors include a sister of Fall River; and nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Rene Bessette and Conrad Bessette.
Arrangements are by Auclair Funeral Home, 690 S. Main St.

Edward D. Isadore
FALL RIVER -- Edward D. Isadore, 38, of 273 Winter St., died at home Thursday, March 28, 1996. He was the son of Veronica (Souza) Isadore of Fall River and the late Edward J. Isadore.
He was born in Fall River, where he lived most of his life and attended Bristol Community College.
Mr. Isadore served in the Massachusetts National Guard.
He is survived by his mother.
Arrangements are by Auclair Funeral Home, 690 S. Main St.

George D. Ledoux
FALL RIVER -- George D. Ledoux, 39, died Friday, March 29, 1996. He was the son of Royal G. and Rita (Ballard) Ledoux of Fall River.
He was a lifelong resident of Fall River.
Survivors include his parents; two sons, Jason Ledoux and Royal Ledoux, both of Fall River; a sister, Claire King of Somerset; a beloved friend,
Denise Amaral of Fall River; and nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Royal G. Ledoux Jr.
Arrangements are by Auclair Funeral Home, 690 So. Main St.

Sr. Immaculata Ashworth
FALL RIVER -- Sr. Immaculata Ashworth S.U.S.C., 96, of 2446 Highland Ave., died Friday, March 29, 1996. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Foley) Ashworth.
She died at the Catholic Memorial Home.
Born in Fall River, she was educated at Samuel Watson School, Durfee Technical High School and Fall River General Hospital School of Nursing, becoming a registered nurse in 1927. She worked as a district nurse in the City of Fall River until her entrance into the novitiate of the Holy Union Sisters in September of 1935.
After her profession of vows on March 25, 1935, she became infirmarian at Sacred Hearts Convent and cared for Rev. Mother Marie Helena Daumerie, the American foundress of the Holy Union Sisters in the United States. She opened the retirement house for the sick and retired Sisters at St. James Convent in Tiverton, R.I., in July of 1939.
This community was moved to St. Martin's Convent on Highland Avenue. Sister served as infirmarian and as superior at St. Martin's Convent, caring for many over a period of 32 years. She was designated superior to St. Jospeh Convent in Taunton from 1953-1954. With the closing of St. Martin's Convent, she continued nursing the frail Sisters at Sacred Hearts Convent, Prospect Place, for another 13 years until her retirement in 1985.
In retirement, Sister Immaculata volunteered as part time portress at Notre Dame Rectory in Fall River, until failing health prohibited her from such work.
She was a native of Immaculate Conception Church in Fall River, where she was baptised and confirmed, and developed great devotion to the Blessed Virgin under the title of Immaculate Conception. She was a close friend to the late Fall River Bishop James E. Cassidy.
Survivors include her sisters in her community; two sisters, Sr. Joseph Dolores S.U.S.C. of Fall River and Grace A. O'Connell of Providence; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Bertha C. Ashworth and Ruth P. Hannon.
Arrangements are by Jeffrey E. Sullivan Funeral Home, 550 Locust St.

Ernest H. Tavares
MATTAPOISETT -- Ernest Henry Tavares, 52, died at home Thursday, March 28, 1996, after a long illness. He was the son of Edith Lawrence Chase of New Bedford and the late William Tavares.
Born in New Bedford, he lived in the area most of his life and was formerly employed by Crystal Ice Company as a truck driver and foreman until his retirement.
Mr. Tavares was a Vietnam War Army veteran and a member of the Teamsters Union, Local 59.
Survivors include his mother; a son, Mark E. Tavares; his long- time friend, Rosella DeTerra; five brothers, Manuel Chase, Daniel Chase, Michael Chase, all of New Bedford, Mel Chase of South Dartmouth and Robert Chase of Fairhaven; three sisters, Debbie DeMelo and Judy Luiz, both of New Bedford, and Caroline Weeks of Wareham; several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.
Due to a clerical error, Mr. Tavares' son was omitted and due to information received by the family, his sister Debbie's last name was incorrect in Saturday's paper.

Elizabeth Leary, 95
FALL RIVER -- Elizabeth (Kennedy) Leary, 95, of 495 New Boston Road, died Friday, March 29, 1996. She was the widow of Patrick J. Leary and daughter of the late John and Sarah (Devine) Kennedy.
She died at Kimwell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
A lifelong resident of Fall River, she was a communicant of St. Patrick Church and attended St. Mary Cathedral since 1982. She was employed by King Phillip Mills as a speeder-tender until her retirement in 1959.
Survivors include a son, Terrance P. Leary of Tiverton, R.I.; a sister, Loretta Newton of North Chatham; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Jeffrey E. Sullivan Funeral Home, 550 Locust St.

Antone Amaral
FAIRHAVEN -- Antone "Tony" Amaral, 74, died Saturday, March 30, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Laurinda "Linda" (Freitas) Amaral and son of the late Edward and Gloria (Abreu) Amaral.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, he was a lifelong resident of this area and a communicant of St. Joseph Church. He was employed by a local dress manufacturing company as a manager until his retirement.
He was a World War II Navy veteran.
Mr. Amaral was a member of the Panthers Athletic and Social Club and the Panthers Golden Agers.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Sharyn Meehan of Fairhaven; a brother, Alphonse Amaral of New Bedford; a granddaughter; a niece and a nephew.
Arrangements are by Boulevard Funeral Home, 223 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford.

Edward F. Bilodeau Sr.
MILLBURY -- Edward F. Bilodeau Sr., 53, of 49 Maple St., died Thursday, March 28, 1996. He was the widower of Constance C. (Parzych) Bilodeau and son of George H. "Bill" Bilodeau of Wareham and the late Margaret M. (Healy) Bilodeau.
He died at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester.
Born in Worcester, he moved to Millbury many years ago and was a 1962 graduate of St. Peter's High School. He was formerly employed by Town Talk Bakery in Worcester, Park Davis Pharmaceuticals in Westboro, and then by the University of Massachusetts Medical Center for 20 years as a chief supply officer.
Mr. Bilodeau was a member of St. Brigid Church and the American Association of Retired Persons.
Survivors include his father; a son, Edward F. Bilodeau Jr. of Clinton; a daughter with whom he lived, Melissa M. Bilodeau of Millbury; a sister, Margaret A. Newlands of Millbury; two grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Callahan Brothers Funeral Home, 61 Myrtle St., Worcester.

Esther Braley, 102
FAIRHAVEN -- Esther (Fell) Braley, 102, died Friday, March 29, 1996. She was the widow of Albert G. Braley and the Rev. Frederick Brooks and daughter of the late Rachel (McMain) and J.W. Fell.
She died at Alden Court Nursing Home.
Born in England, she lived at McGann Terrace and elsewhere in Fairhaven for most of her life. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Braley was an active member of the First Congregational Church in Fairhaven for many years. She also was very involved in helping the Salvation Army of New Bedford.
Survivors include a daughter, Emma Jowers of Fairhaven; two granddaughters; four great-grandsons and two great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Fairlawn Mortuary, 180 Washington St.

Robert S. Burkhardt
CHATHAM -- Robert S. Burkhardt, 75, of West Chatham, died Friday, March 29, 1996. He was the husband of Barbara (Smith) Burkhardt, formerly of New Bedford.
Born in Newton, he was raised and educated there and attended Wentworth Institute.
He was employed by The Massachusetts Broken Stone Company in Weston as a sales person for 40 years until his retirement in 1985.
He had summered in Chatham for many years and moved there in 1985. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Newtonville and attended St. Christopher Church in Chatham.
Mr. Burkhardt was a member of the Monomoy Yacht Club, St. Martin's Lodge AF&AM in Chatham, Sylvester Baxter Royal Arch Chapter of York Rite, The Cape Cod Past Masters Association, the Knights Templer, the Cape Cod Commandry No. 54 and was their recorder, and various other Masonic organizations.
He was past master of Dalhousie Lodge AF&AM in Newtonville, past commander of Gethsemane Commandry in Newtonville, Scottish Rite Mason Valley of Boston, Aleppo Shrine Temple in Wilmington, and past patron of Palestine Chapter No. 114 Order of Eastern Star in Newtonville.
Survivors include his widow; a son, Paul E. Burkhardt of Watertown; a daughter, Deborah Schwabe of Blacksburg, Va.; a brother, Richard W. Burkhardt of Munsey, Ind.; two grandchildren; three nieces and four nephews.
Arrangements are by Nickerson Funeral Home, 87 Crowell Road.

Helen Clifford
DARTMOUTH -- Helen (Connell) Clifford, 69, of South Dartmouth, died Saturday, March 30, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the wife of Donald J. Clifford and daughter of the late Francis and Eleanor (Butler) Connell.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Hingham, she lived in New York for 25 years and Michigan for five years before moving to South Dartmouth in 1979. She was a communicant of St. Julie Billiart Church. She was a graduate of the University of Vermont.
Mrs. Clifford was a member of The Country Club of New Bedford and the Women's Golf Association.
Survivors include her widower, four sons, Stephen F. Clifford of Scotia, N.Y., Thomas J. Clifford of Lansing, Mich., Daniel J. Clifford of West Yarmouthport and Donald J. Clifford Jr. of Grand Rapids, Mich.; two daughters, Martha Pudulla of Peru, N.Y., and Sarah Eklund of North Dartmouth; and five grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Austin-Carney Funeral Home, 549 County St., New Bedford.

George T. Leach Jr.
WESTPORT -- George T. Leach Jr., 71, of Adamsville Road, died at home Thursday, March 28, 1996, after a long battle with cancer. He was the widower of Claire M. (O'Neil) Leach and the husband of Eve Marie (Shorrock) Leach and son of the late George T. and Catherine (Flynn) Leach.
Born in Fall River, he lived in Westport most of his life and was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Providence College, a bachelor of science in engineering from Texas A&M, and a master of science in public administration from Western New England College.
A retired colonel from the Air Force, he served 35 years active and reserve duty and while in the Air Force received the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal with two bronze stars, Air Force Leadership School Award with five oak leaf clusters, Vietnam Service Medal with four bronze stars, World War II Victory Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal with five oak leaf clusters, and the Meritorious Service Medal.
After leaving active duty in the Air Force, Mr. Leach came back to Westport and took over his father's business, George T. Leach & Son Marina.
He was the chairman of the Westport Board of Selectmen, past president of Bristol County Selectman's Association, Westport Republican Town Committee, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign War WA&R Ouellette Post No. 8502 in Westport and a life member of Cape Canaveral Pioneers Missile, Space and Range Programs.
He was also on the board of directors of Charlton Memorial Hospital, one of the founders of Senior Citizens of Westport Inc., Southeastern Shellfish Association, Westport Lions Club, Bristol County Ducks Unlimited, Westport Investment Novice Club, an associated member of Southeastern Massachusetts Police Chief's Association, St. Andrews Society of Massachusetts, a life member of the Holy Ghost Club of Westport, and a member of the American Association of Retired Persons. He was an avid bagpiper.
Survivors include his widow; six sons, G. Thomas Leach III, Brian S. Leach, Sean M. Leach, Grantland G. Leach, all of Westport, Kevin A. Leach of Monson and Gary M. Leach of Houston, Texas; three daughters, Kathleen A. Leach and Heather M. Leach, both of Westport, and Holly E. Leach of Warren, R.I., and three grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Potter Funeral Home, 81 Reed Road.

Eva H. Stebenne
NEW BEDFORD -- Eva Helen (Desmarais) Stebenne, 87, formerly of North Dartmouth, died Saturday, March 30, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Alexis Stebenne and daughter of the late Adelard and Helene (Roy) Desmarais.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, she lived in North Dartmouth for more than 60 years and was a communicant of St. George Church in Westport. She was employed by Gosnold Mill as an office clerk until her retirement.
Survivors include a son, Maurice Stebenne of New Bedford; a daughter, Therese Bonneau of North Dartmouth; a stepson, Oscar Stebenne of North Dartmouth; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Cabral-Lamoureux Funeral Home, 177 Cove St.


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