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Robert G. Wilson
DENNIS PORT -- Robert G. Wilson, 39, died Wednesday, May 1, 1996, after a long illness. He was the son of Gertrude F. (Hanlon) Wilson of Wareham and the late Robert J. Wilson.
He died at the Falmouth Hospital.
He was born in Stoughton and lived on the Cape for many years.
He graduated from Wareham High School class of 1975 and has worked as a produce clerk for Angelo's, Purity and Stop & Shop throughout the Cape for the past 20 years.
Survivors include his mother; a son, Thomas P. Wilson of Sandwich; a daughter, Heather C. Wilson of Sandwich; a sister, Jean M. Santoro of Wareham; two brothers, Mark S. Wilson of Wareham and Thomas M. Wilson of Centerville.
Arrangements are by the Stott, Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway, Wareham.

Delphine Roberts
NEW BEDFORD -- Delphine "Del" (Esterriel) Roberts, 86, died Wednesday, May 1, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the widow of Anthony M. Roberts and daughter of the late Peter and Maria (Conceicao) Esterriel.
She died at Our Lady's Haven.
She was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church.
She was formerly employed by Langshaw Manufacturing as a floor lady until her retirement.
Mrs. Roberts was a member of the United Portuguese Womens Club.
Survivors include a son, Anthony M. Roberts III of Calif.; a daughter, Geraldine Franco of Temucla, Calif.; a sister, Mary Sylvia of New Bedford; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a niece; and two nephews.
Arrangements are by the Boulevard Funeral Home, 223 Ashley Blvd.

Antonio M. Fonseca Jr.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Antonio M. Fonseca Jr., 54, died Wednesday, April 24, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Maryann (Price) Fonseca and son of Mary (Ferreira) Tavares and the late Antonio M. Fonseca.
Born in New Bedford, he attended New Bedford Vocational High School and joined the U.S. Army in 1995. He was a communicant of Our Lady of Assumption Church in New Bedford and St. Frances of De Sales in Las Vegas.
He was employed by Trans Lux Corp. of Connecticut as a computer field engineer.
Survivors include three sons, Paul Fonseca of Boston, Antonio Fonseca III of Miss. and Nicholas Fonseca of Las Vegas; three stepchildren, Lorri Skowron and Samuel Owens, both of Las Vegas, and Tracy Owens of Denver, Colo.; three sisters, Dolores Monroe of Providence, Juanita Barros of Marion and Cynthia Billioun of Brookline; two brothers, Marcello Fonseca of Newton and Roland Fonseca of Boston; two grandchildren; an aunt; an uncle; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Nevada Funeral and Cremation Services, Las Vegas.

Mary D. Czehowski, 91
FALL RIVER -- Mary Dulcia (Santos) Czehowski, 91, formerly of County Street, New Bedford, died Thursday, May 2, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the widow of Henry S. "Larry" Czehowski and daughter of Frank and Barbara (Santos) Santos.
She died at Fall River Jewish Home.
She was born in Provincetown and lived in New Bedford most of her life, where she was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
She was formerly employed by Berkshire-Hathaway Mill as a spooler tender until her retirement.
Mrs. Czehowski enjoyed making ceramic items and doing crochet work.
Survivors include a daughter, Henrietta A. Lynch of Assonet; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Latham Funeral Home, 823 Brock Ave., New Bedford.

Myles E. V. Merrihew
WAREHAM -- Myles E. V. Merrihew, 64, of West Wareham died at home Thursday, May 2, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Jean (Colangelo) Merrihew and the son of the late Benjamin A. and Adella (Higgins) Merrihew.
Born in Boston, he was a longtime resident of Onset until he moved to West Wareham 30 years ago.
He was employed by the Municipal Maintenance Department for the Town of Wareham as a truck driver until his retirement in 1993.
Mr. Merrihew served in the Marine corps during the Korean War and was discharged as a Corporal in 1954. He was a former member and chaplain of the Wareham Elks Lodge 1548. He also enjoyed traveling and was a model train enthusiast.
Survivors include his widow; two sons, Michael W. Merrihew of West Wareham and Kevin J. Merrihew of South Yarmouth; three sisters, Norma MacDonald of Santa Clara, Calif., Marcia Barnikel of Redwood City, Calif. and Diane Gross of Brewster; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Stott, Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway.

Agnes Espinola, 90
NEW BEDFORD -- Agnes (Rose) Espinola, 90, died Thursday, May 2, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the widow of George J. Espinola and daughter of the late John J. and Maria (Braga) Rose.
She died at Taber Nursing Home.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, she was employed by the former Elco Dress Manufacturing & Oliver Sportswear as a stitcher until her retirement at age 70.
Mrs. Espinola was a member of the Forever Young Club of St. John the Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Geraldine Alty of East Freetown; a son, Richard G. Espinola of New Bedford; two brothers, Lawrence Rose of Florida and Manuel Rose of New Bedford; three sisters, Josephine Viegas of New Bedford, Helen Neves of Acushnet and Katherine Bettencourt of Florida; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one godchild; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also the sister of the late Charles Rose, John Rose, William Rose and Mary Barradas.
Arrangements are by the Aubertine Funeral Home, 129 Allen St.

Anna Carvalho
NEW BEDFORD -- Anna (Oliveira) Carvalho, 88, died Thursday, May 2, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Joseph Carvalho and daughter of the late Manuel and Rita (Alves) Oliveira.
She died at Kristen Beth Nursing Home.
Born in Portugal, she lived most of her life in New Bedford and she was a communicant of St. Kilian Church.
Mrs. Carvalho was a homemaker.
Survivors include a niece, Phyllis Racine of Singapore, formerly of New Bedford; three nephews, Vincent D'Oliveira and Ernest Oliveira, both of East Freetown and Milton Oliveira of Connecticut, formerly of New Bedford.
She was also the sister of the late Frank Oliveira.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary David M. Kennedy, dead at 90
SALT LAKE CITY -- David M. Kennedy, secretary of Treasury under President Nixon and a Mormon Church official, has died at age 90.
Mr. Kennedy, who served as treasury secretary from 1969 to 1971, died late Wednesday at his home here, church officials said.
A family representative said Mr. Kennedy had suffered for years from congestive heart failure.
After his three years as treasury secretary, Mr. Kennedy served two years as U.S. ambassador at large, with cabinet rank, and was U.S. ambassador to NATO in 1972 and 1973.
In 1974, he was appointed as a special representative of the church's governing First Presidency, in effect serving as an ambassador at large until he stepped down four years ago.
Mr. Kennedy was chairman of Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Co. when Nixon appointed him to his cabinet.
Mr. Kennedy's wife, Lenora Bingham Kennedy, died a year ago. The couple had four daughters.

Lawrence R. Dansereau
NEW BEDFORD -- Private services were held for Lawrence R. Dansereau, 45, who died Tuesday, April 30, 1996, after a long illness. He was the son of A. George and Shirley A. (Gallagher) Dansereau of New Bedford.
He died at the Greenery Rehab and Care Facility in Hyannis.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, he was a 1968 graduate of New Bedford High School.
Survivors include his parents; his paternal grandmother, Antoinette (Menard) Dansereau of New Bedford; a sister, Jo-Anne C. Masson of Acushnet; three brothers, George A. Dansereau of Middleboro, Steven P. Dansereau of Acushnet and Dennis J. Dansereau of New Bedford; and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Rose D. Mandeville, 96
NEW BEDFORD -- Rose D. (Demers) Mandeville, 96, died Friday, May 3, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the widow of Armand Mandeville and daughter of the late Joseph H. and Marie A. (Mandeville) Demers.
She died at Sacred Heart Home.
Born in Arctic Centre, R.I., she lived in Phoenix, Ariz., for 19 years and in New Bedford for most of her life. She was a resident of Sacred Heart Home for the past nine years and she was a communicant of St. Anthony Church.
Mrs. Mandeville was a member of the Ladies of St. Anne. She was fond of handwork, knitting and crocheting.
Survivors include two daughters, Rose A. Belliveau and Doris M. Vien of New Bedford, a sister, Noella Remillard of New Bedford; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
She was also the mother of the late Lionel A. Mandeville and Roland Mandeville.
Arrangements are by Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Isabelle M. Rousseau, 96
NEW BEDFORD -- Isabelle M. (Delmont) Rousseau, 96, died Thursday, May 2, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Louis A. Rousseau and daughter of the late Emile and Irma (Reiniche) Delmont.
She died at Mediplex of New Bedford.
Born in France, she lived in New Bedford for most of her life and was a communicant of St. Lawrence Church. She was a self-employed dressmaker.
Mrs. Rousseau enjoyed traveling and knitting in her leisure time.
Survivors include two sons, Louis F. Rousseau of North Dartmouth and Leo E. Rousseau of New Bedford; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a nephew.
Arrangements are by Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Mildred M. Smith
NEW BEDFORD -- Mildred M. (Sylvia) Smith, 77, died Thursday, May 2, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Albert J. Smith and daughter of the late Frederick and Elsie (Holmes) Sylvia.
She died at The Oaks Nursing Home.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, she was a communicant of St. Lawrence Church and was the owner-operator of the former Smith Market for 25 years until her retirement in 1984.
Survivors include a daughter, Pamela Osswald of New Bedford; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and two nephews.
Arrangements are by Austin-Carney Funeral Home, 549 County St.

Dinis L. Vieira
NEW BEDFORD -- Dinis L. Vieira, 76, died Friday, May 3, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Jeronima (Pimpao) Vieira and son of the late Antonio L. and Maria L. (Raulina) Vieira.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Flores, Azores, he lived in the New Bedford area since 1966 and was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church. He was formerly employed by Berkshire Hathaway as a spooler tender.
Survivors include his widow; a son, Jose C. Vieira of New Bedford; five daughters, Maria Silveira of Acushnet, Clotilde Costa of Fairhaven, and Fatima Barcelos, Adelaide Ventura and Irene Cote, all of New Bedford; nine grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also the brother of the late Honorina Andre.
Arrangements are by Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.

Anna Carvalho
NEW BEDFORD -- Anna (Oliveira) Carvalho, 88, died Thursday, May 2, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Joseph Carvalho and daughter of the late Manuel and Rita (Alves) Oliveira.
She died at Kristen Beth Nursing Home.
Born in Portugal, she lived most of her life in New Bedford and was a communicant of St. Kilian Church. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include two nieces, Phyllis Racine of Singapore, formerly of New Bedford and Nancy Morreira of New Bedford; three nephews, Vincent D'Oliveira and Ernest Oliveira, both of East Freetown and Milton Oliveira of Connecticut, formerly of New Bedford.
She was also the sister of the late Frank Oliveira, John Oliveira, Jack Oliveira and Eli Oliveira.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.
Due to information received by the funeral home, one of Mrs. Carvalho's nieces and three late brothers were omitted from Friday's obituary.

William Higgins Jr.
NEW BEDFORD -- William Higgins Jr., 79, died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 1, 1996. He was the husband of Annette (Leaver) Higgins and son of the late William and Harriet (Bowker) Higgins.
Born in New Bedford, he lived in New Bedford and Dartmouth most of his life and was a communicant of St. Julie Billiart Church. He was employed by Revere Copper and Brass as a supervisor for 30 years until he retired in 1978.
A World War II Army veteran, he participated in the Battles of Naples-Foggia and Rome-Arno and was awarded the American Theater Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Bronze Star, the Good Conduct medal, and the Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster.
Mr. Higgins was a member of the Hawthorne Country Club.
Survivors include his widow; two daughters, Linda Lynn of Fall River and Susan Fredette of Dartmouth; a sister, Harriet Connick of New Bedford; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Annie Ashworth and Charles Higgins.
Arrangements are by Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Richard D. Oliver
NEW BEDFORD -- Richard Dean Oliver, 37, died at home Friday, May 3, 1996, after a long illness. He was the son of Eugenia "Jeanne" (Pina) Hines of New Bedford and the late John Oliver.
Born in Wareham, he lived in this area since 1971 and was a communicant of Our Lady of the Assumption Church. He was formerly employed by Pilgrim Fish House as a laborer.
Survivors include his mother; her husband, Charles Hines; two sons, Richard D. Cruz and Sheldon Silva of New Bedford; three daughters, Corinna M. Oliver, Latisha Stallings and Nakeya L. Cruz, all of New Bedford; five sisters, Vicki L. Oliver, Debra J. Vega, Roslyn C. Rose, Linda A. Oliver and Irene Barros, all of New Bedford; three brothers, Edward A. Oliver of Falmouth, Dale R. Oliver and Duane Ray Oliver, both of New Bedford; three grandchildren; several aunts and auncles; and several nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Roberta L. Oliver, Angel P. Oliver, Frank J. Oliver, Robert W. Oliver and John E. Oliver.
Arrangements are by Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.

Dorothy M. Fields
SPRINGFIELD -- Dorothy May (Williams) Fields, 83, of 95 Pineview Drive, died Thursday, May 2, 1996. She was the widow of Joseph Fields Jr.
She died at Ring Nursing Home East.
Born in New Bedford, she lived in Springfield five years.
Mrs. Fields attended New Bedford schools and was a member of Union Baptist Church in New Bedford.
She was a former member of the Knights of Pythias and the New Bedford Senior Citizens.
Survivors include three sons, Joseph C. Fields III of Taunton, James Fields of Aurora, Colo., and Robert Fields of San Diego, Calif.; two daughters, Doris Green of Springfield and Shirley Suggs of Dale City, Va.; 24 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Arrangements are by the Harrell Funeral Home, 355 Saint James Ave.

Angelo C. Aguiar
FITCHBURG -- Angelo C. Aguiar, 73, of Electric Avenue, died at home Sunday, May 5, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Blandina (Teixeira) Aguiar and son of the late Manuel A. and Maria (de Melo) Aguiar.
He was born in Feteira Grande, Sao Miguel, and lived in Fitchburg for 29 years.
He was a communicant of St. Joseph Church.
He was formerly employed by local textile mills until his retirement.
Survivors include his widow; two daughters, Nelia M. Aguiar of Fitchburg and Leonia M. Pappas of Hoboken, N.J.; three sisters, Maria Moreira and Olinda Pereira, both of Fitchburg, and Rosa Amaral of Sao Miguel; a brother, Serafim Aguiar of Montreal; two sisters-in-law of New Bedford; and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Louis M. Isabelle Funeral Home, 316 Claremont St.

Agnes L. Shockro
ATTLEBORO -- Agnes L. (Trainor) Shockro, 79, of 51 George St. died at home Sunday, May 5, 1996. She was the wife of Raymond "Ray" Shockro and daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (McCarthy) Trainor.
She was born in Norton and lived in Attleboro most of her life.
She was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church and a graduate of Attleboro High School.
She was employed by the Robbins Co. in Attleboro as a packer for more than 10 years until her retirement.
Survivors include two sons, Michael Shockro of Attleboro and John A. Shockro of Mattapoisett; three daughters, Peepers Flanagan of Cumberland, R.I., Jo Ann McNary of Norton and Pat Lee Bergeron of Scituate, R.I.; a sister, Jean Dieterle of Attleboro; 11 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Duffy-Poule Funeral Service, 20 Peck St.

Lucien Rousseau
FALL RIVER -- Lucien Rousseau, 81, of the Taunton Nursing Home died Saturday, May 4, 1996, after a long illness. He was the widower of Yvette (Barnabe) Rousseau and son of the late Godias and Angelina (Vermette) Rousseau.
He died at the Jewish Memorial Hospital in Boston.
Born in Fall River, he lived most of his life in the city and also lived in Freetown.
He was the owner of Rousseau's Garage, Thomas Street, for 35 years and was a partner in the former Tropicana Aquarium in Fall River in the 1960s. He also worked several years with the Somerset Nursery.
Mr. Rousseau was a communicant of Notre Dame Church and was active with the Boy Scouts of the parish.
He was also a former member of the Freetown Lion's Club.
Survivors include four sons, Paul R. Rousseau of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Roland R. Rousseau of Orlando, Fla., Norman R. Rousseau of North Dartmouth and Dennis R. Rousseau of Calif.; a daughter, Colette Bernard of Newport; two brothers, Ernest Rousseau and Arthur Rousseau, both of Swansea; five sisters, Ora Rose and Anita Mazzerite, both of Rehoboth, Lillian Andrews of East Providence, R.I., Rose Axon of East Taunton and Jeannette Nadeau of Swansea; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also the brother of the late Armand Rousseau, Alcide Rousseau, Albert Rousseau and Emelda Dias.
Arrangements are by the Hebert-Hathaway Funeral Home, 945 S. Main St.

Bruna Nazarchyk
FAIRHAVEN -- Bruna (Prosperi) Nazarchyk, 69, died at home Sunday, May 5, 1996. She was the wife of Raymond Nazarchyk and daughter of the late Umberto and Teresa (Della Valle) Prosperi.
She was born and raised in Montefioralle, Greve in Chianti, Florence, Italy, and lived in Baltimore, Md. for two years. She had lived in Fairhaven since 1954.
She was married in Italy in 1949 and lived in Germany while her husband was in the Occupational Forces.
She was employed by Knapp King Size Corp. for more than 10 years as a stitcher and prior to that was employed by the former A.J. Freeman & Sons in New Bedford.
She was a communicant of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in New Bedford and was a former member of the Sons of Italy.
Mrs. Nazarchyk was interested in gourmet cooking and world traveling.
Survivors include her widower; three sisters, Dalma Fanciullacci, Carla Carmagnini and Franca Romanini, all of Florence Italy; a brother, Paulo Prosperi of Florence Italy; 16 nieces and nephews; 10 grandnieces and nephews; and a great-grandniece.
Arrangements are by the Fairlawn Mortuary, 180 Washington St.

Joseph Moniz, Jr.
FREETOWN -- Joseph Moniz Jr., 78, of East Freetown, died unexpectedly, Saturday, May 4, 1996. He was the husband of Shirley (Judson) Moniz and son of the late Joseph Moniz Sr. and Adeline (Travers) Moniz.
Born in Dartmouth, he lived in Dartmouth and Lakeville before moving to Freetown 35 years ago.
He attended the North Dartmouth Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses and was employed by the former Union Street Railway Co. as a bus driver for 43 years until his retirement in 1986. He was also the owner/operator of a sheep farm in Freetown from 1961 to the present.
Mr. Moniz was a United States Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Amalgamated Transit Union, AFL-CIO/CLC, Local 1037 for 54 years.
Survivors include his widow; a son, Joel J. Moniz of East Freetown; two daughters, Rebecca J. Duarte and Ruth T. Briggs both of East Freetown; a sister, Hilda Ventura; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Kirby Funeral Home, 61 Tarkiln Hill Road, New Bedford.

Gabriel R. Holmes Jr.
NEW BEDFORD -- Gabriel R. "Gabe" Holmes Jr., 62, died at home Sunday, May 5, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Mary (Martins) Holmes and son of the late Gabriel R. and Alice (Browne) Holmes Sr.
He was born in Provincetown and lived most of his life there. He was a communicant of St. Mary Church.
He was the founder and owner of Holmes' Appraisal Services and formerly employed by various insurance companies until his retirement and illness.
Mr. Holmes was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Bishop Cassidy Assembly and past grand knight of the Damien Council. He belonged to the Four Seasons Family Camping Club, the Coast Guard Auxiliary 605, and the Acushnet River Safe Boating Club.
Mr. Holmes was a board member for the Catholic Committee on Scouting and received the St. George Award for outstanding accomplishments. He was the scoutmaster for Troop 12 at St. Mary Church and Troop 48 at St. Casimir Church.
Mr. Holmes enjoyed boating on the "Mother Hen," fishing and camping.
Mr. and Mrs. Holmes were married for 41 years.
Survivors include his widow; three sons, James J. Holmes, Gabriel R. Holmes III and Stephen M. Holmes, all of New Bedford; a brother, John Holmes of New Bedford; six sisters, Mary Ellen Ribeiro, Ruth Lewis, Clara "Betty" Vieira, all of New Bedford, Linda Pierce of Fairhaven, Loretta Wnek of North Dartmouth and Margaret Trahan of Cape Coral, Fla.; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Holmes was also the grandfather of the late Jeffrey S. Holmes and brother of the late James J. "Sonny" Holmes.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Christopher Bird
BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. -- Christopher Bird, whose book claiming that plants have feelings became a bestseller, died Thursday at age 67.
Mr. Bird was known for "The Secret Life of Plants: A Fascinating Account of the Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Relations Between Plants and Men," which he wrote in 1973 in collaboration with Peter Tompkins.
The authors said experiments had shown that plants instantly registered the reactions of people they cared about even if they were thousands of miles apart.
The book became a bestseller and was translated into many languages, but that didn't impress skeptics such as one who called the book "the funniest unintentionally funny book of the year."
Mr. Bird and Mr. Tompkins also collaborated on "The Divining Hand: The 500-Year-Old Mystery of Dowsing," about locating water sources.
Mr. Bird is survived by his wife, Shabari-Lynda; four daughters; three stepsons; a stepdaughter; two brothers and four grandchildren.

Esther C. Beach
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Esther C. Beach, 85, died Monday, April 26, 1996. She was the widow of John R. Beach and daughter of Zenas and Gertrude Candee.
Born in Waterbury, Conn., she had lived in Fayetteville since 1988 and was a former resident of Sun City, Ariz. and Salesville, R.I. She also lived in Marion from 1948 to 1974, where she raised her two sons and gained many long-term friendships.
She was a graduate of Russel Sage College in Troy, N.Y.
Survivors include two sons, Douglas Beach of North Andover and Alan Beach of Riverside, Calif.; three granddaughters; and a grandson.
Arrangements are by Nelson's Funeral Home, 3939 N. College Ave., Fayetteville.

Maria G. Silva
NEW BEDFORD -- Maria Gabriela (Correia) Silva, 80, of Nash Road, died Sunday May 5, 1996, at home after a long illness. She was the wife of Jose Batista Silva and daughter of the late Joao B. and Maria (Patrocina) da Silva.
Born in Sao Martinho, Funchal, Madeira Islands, she lived in New Bedford for the past 30 years and was a communicant of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church. She was employed by Paul Modes as a stitcher until her retirement in 1976.
Survivors include her widower; four sons, Petronio da Silva and Luis da Silva of New Bedford, Porfeiro da Silva of Acushnet, and Orlando da Silva of Paris, France; five daughters, Leontina Freitas of North Dartmouth, Gorete Freitas and Rosaria Figueira of South Dartmouth, Dora Freitas of Fairhaven and Alcina deSousa of Cape Town, South Africa; one brother, Antonio Correia of Funchal; 34 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Cabral-Baylies Square Funeral Home, 512 N. Front St.

LeRoy C. Shoemaker
WAREHAM -- LeRoy Clinton Shoemaker, 76, died at home unexpectedly Sunday, May 5, 1996. He was the husband of Dorothea W. (Windish) Shoemaker of Wareham and son of the late William H. and Florence (Norton) Shoemaker.
Born and raised in Gibbstown, N.J., he lived in Wenonah, N.J., for many years before moving to Wareham in 1993.
Mr. Shoemaker received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., graduating in 1941.
He was employed by Rohm & Haas Chemical Co. in Bristol, Pa., for many years until 1971, when he went to work for several smaller chemical companies until his retirement in 1982.
Mr. Shoemaker was a member of several lodges of Masonry, including Lodge of Mason, Woodbury, N.J., Scottish Rite Commandery, Valley of Camden, N.J., Crescent Temple Shrine, Trenton, N.J., and Joshua Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, Glassboro, N.J., where he was a high priest and grand chaplain for the state of New Jersey.
Locally, he was an active member of the Cape & Island Orchid Society and the American Orchid Society as well as an active member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Wareham.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Janet S. Swanson of Newton; a son, Harry L. Shoemaker of Marion; and three grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Stott, Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Route 28).

Joseph Rebello
DARTMOUTH -- Joseph "Sharkey" Rebello, 81, of South Dartmouth, died at home Monday, May 6, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Mary E. "Stella" (Ferreira) Rebello and son of the late Maria (Martins) and Angelo Rebello.
Born in New Bedford, he lived in the area all of his life. He was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
He was formerly employed by Parkwood Hospital as a shipper until his retirement.
Mr. Rebello was a member of the Dartmouth Portuguese American Civic League and formerly was the cook for Troop 11 of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Boy Scouts. He was also a volunteer for diabetic patients and a translator at Parkwood Hospital.
Survivors include his widow; a son, Joseph Rebello Jr. of New Bedford; two daughters, Mrs. James (Judith A.) Demello and Mrs. Dennis (Carlotta M.) Bourgeois of New Bedford; a sister, Mary A. Vieira of New Bedford; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
He was also the brother of the late John Rebello, Julio Rebello, Manuel Rebello and William Rebello and Emily Pamplona.
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St, New Bedford.

Margarita Ratcliffe
NEW BEDFORD -- Margarita "Rita" Ratcliffe, 86, formerly of Sylvia St., died Monday, May 6, 1996, after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Joseph W. And Catherine M. (Holcroft) Ratcliffe.
She died at Our Lady's Haven in Fairhaven.
Born in New Bedford, she lived here most of her life and was a communicant of St. Mary Church.
Miss Ratcliffe was a member of the class of 1957 Cape Cod Hospital School of Practical Nursing, where she was employed as a licensed practical nurse until 1968, then was employed by the former Francis P. Memorial Hospital in New Bedford until her retirement.
Survivors include a sister, Sarah "Sadie" Marsh of New Bedford; four brothers, George Ratcliffe of Wilder, Vt., William E. Ratcliffe of Acushnet, John J. Ratcliffe of Dedham and James D. Ratcliffe of Cocoa, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Austin-Carney Funeral Home, 549 County St.

Jack Weston, 71
NEW YORK -- Jack Weston, the rotund, balding character actor who played an uptight dentist in "The Four Seasons," a stalker in "Wait Until Dark" and the resort manager in "Dirty Dancing," has died at age 71.
Mr. Weston, who died Friday, had lymphoma for six years, his wife said.
In a 40-year career that spanned Broadway, television and movies, the versatile actor played everyone from sleazy villains to terrifying killers to clumsy comics.
His bad-guy roles included a stalker who, along with Alan Arkin, terrorized a blind Audrey Hepburn in the 1967 cult classic "Wait Until Dark." He appeared in much lighter roles in "Cactus Flower," "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" and "Dirty Dancing."
His stage work included the Broadway hits "California Suite" in 1976 and 1981's "The Floating Lightbulb," for which he received a Tony nomination for his role as the trashy manager,
Other film credits include "Stage Struck" (1958), "The Cincinnati Kid," (1965), "The Thomas Crown Affair" (1968), "The Ritz" (1976) and "Ishtar" (1987).
Born in Cleveland, he was a machine gunner and USO performer in World War II before arriving in New York to start his theater career.
He is survived by his wife, Laurie Gilkes, and a brother, Sam.

Loyola M. Stone, 93
NEW BEDFORD -- Loyola "Odie" M. Stone, 93, of 863 Hathaway Road, died Saturday, May 4, 1996 after a long illness. She was the widow of E. Franklin Stone, M.D., and daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Rice) Martin.
She died at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River.
Born in Waddington, N.Y., she had lived in Cranston, R.I., since 1959 and for the past 1® years, she lived at the Hathaway Nursing Home.
Mrs. Stone graduated from the New York State University at Canton, N.Y., as a dietitian in 1926. She then moved to Providence, and was employed by Butler Hospital and the former Providence City Hospital.
Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Massi of Westport; two sons, E. Franklin Stone Jr., M.D., of Seattle, and Joseph M. Stone of Manchester by the Sea; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Nardolillo Funeral Home, 1278 Park Ave., Cranston, R.I.

Milton F. Smith
LEWISTON, Maine -- Milton F. Smith, 85, of 10 Hammond St., formerly of New Bedford, died Sunday May 5, 1996. He was the husband of Dorothy (Metcalf) Smith and son of the late Fred William and Barbara Cejka Smith.
He died at Montello Manor Nursing Home in Lewiston, Maine.
Born in New Bedford, he was educated in New Bedford schools and lived in Lewiston most of his life. He was employed at Bates Mill as a supervisor in the weaving room for 33 years until his retirement in 1981.
Mr. Smith was a member of Tranquil Lodge 29 A.F.&A.M., was an avid sports fan and enjoyed walking.
He and his wife had been married 60 years.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Sandra Robinson of West Springfield; and a granddaughter.
Arrangements are by The Fortin Group, 70 Horton St., Lewiston.


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