|William S. Oliveira
NEW BEDFORD -- William S. Oliveira, 68, died Wednesday, May 15,
1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Irene (Cabral) Oliveira
and son of the late Joseph and Mary (Pereira) Oliveira.
He died at Deaconess Hospital in Boston.
He was born in New Bedford, lived in this area all of his life
and was a communicant of St. Anne Church.
He was formerly employed by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue,
Department of Employment Security and Revere Copper and Brass as an accountant.
He was also a substitute teacher with the New Bedford School system.
Mr. Oliveira was a member of the New Bedford Rod and Gun Club
and the Fall River Camera Club. He was a World War II Army veteran and
a graduate of Bryant College.
He is survived by his widow; a daughter, Joann Allen of South
Dartmouth; two granddaughters; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.
Mildred D. Murphy
ACUSHNET -- Mildred D. Murphy, 84, died Tuesday, May 14, 1996,
after a brief illness. She was the daughter of the late Thomas A. and Marie
A. (Foley) Murphy.
She died at the Brewster Manor Nursing Home in Brewster.
Born in New Bedford, she lived in New Bedford most of her life
and was a communicant of St. Francis Xavier Church.
She was formerly employed as a public health nurse for the city
of New Bedford until her retirement.
She served in the Army during World War II in Burma and India
as a 1st lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps. She was awarded the American
Theater Ribbon and the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with 2 battle stars.
Survivors include a brother-in-law, Lawrence W. McKenna Sr. of
Brewster; three nieces; and two nephews.
She was also the sister of the late Mary Eileen McKenna.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495
Park St., New Bedford.
Angelina V. Guidaboni
MIDDLEBORO -- Angelina V. (Charves) Guidaboni, 80, of Center
Street, died at home Wednesday, May 15, 1996, of natural causes. She was
the widow of Ceasar Guidaboni and daughter of the late Michael and Angelina
She was born in Taunton and lived in Middleboro for more than
50 years, where she was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church.
She was employed by Modern cleaners in Middleboro as a clerk
for many years.
Survivors include a son, Robert Guidaboni of Nashua, N.H.; four
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was also the sister of the late Anthony Charves, Michael
Charves Jr. and the late Mary Gomes.
Arrangements are by the Ashley Funeral Home, 35 Oak St.
Mary R. Andrade
NEW BEDFORD -- Mary R. (Andrews) Andrade, 87, died Wednesday,
May 15, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the widow of Felix Andrade
and daughter of the late Mary (Medeiros) and John Andrews.
She died at Sacred Heart Home.
She was born in Fairhaven, lived in this area all of her life,
and was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Church. She was employed
by John I. Paulding as an assembler until her retirement.
Survivors include a son, David Andrade of New Bedford; four grandchildren;
two great-grandchildren; a nephew and several nieces.
She was also the sister of the late John Andrews and Sarah Ponte.
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.
Antonio M. Allemao
BLOOMFIELD, Conn. -- Antonio M. Allemao, 79, of Brookline Ave.,
died at home Thursday, May 16, 1996. He was the husband of Nora (Davis)
He was born in New Bedford and lived in Hartford before moving
to Bloomfield 33 years ago.
He was employed by the Sealtest Credit Union in the accounting
department and prior to that he was employed at the Sealtest Creamery,
formerly in Hartford, for more than 30 years.
Mr. Allemao was a World War II Army veteran and attended the
Christ The King Church.
Survivors include his widow; three brothers, John Allemao, Joseph
Allemao and Manuel Allemao, all of Acushnet; two sisters, Julian Silva
of Acushnet and Priscilla Walker of Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield
HAWAII, Kiahei Maui -- Jeldina (Melloni) Peterson, 87, died Sunday,
May 12, 1996. She was the widow of Carl H. Peterson, formerly of Wareham.
She was born in Italy, lived in Wareham for 83 years and in Hawaii
for the past 18 months.
Mrs. Peterson was a communicant of St. Patrick Church in Wareham
and a member of the Tobey Hospital Guild. She graduated from the Kinyon
Campbell Business School in New Bedford and worked as a social worker for
the Wareham Welfare Department for 31 years..
Survivors include a stepson, Lloyd C. Peterson of Milwaukie,
Ore.; a sister, Alice Pezzoli of Kiahei Maui, Hawaii, formerly of Wareham
and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Stott, Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral
Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy. (Route 28), Wareham.
Harold R. Mattsson
NEW YORK CITY -- Harold R. Mattsson, 68, died Saturday, May 11,
1996, after a brief illness. He was the son of the late Carl and Florence
He died at Sloane Kittering Memorial Hospital.
Born and educated in New Bedford, he lived in New York City for
35 years. He was employed by Rockefeller University Press as a circulation
manager until his illness.
Mr. Mattsson was an Army veteran. He graduated from New Bedford
Vocational High School, Swain School of Design and Bentley College.
Survivors include two sisters, Barbara Johnson of North Dartmouth
and Marilyn Sullivan of South Dartmouth; two brothers, William Mattsson
of Clifton Park, N.Y., and Robert Mattsson of South Weymouth; a close friend,
Neil Allen of New York City and several nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Carl Mattsson Jr.
Arrangements were by the New York Burial Cremation Center.
Sofia E. Pacheco
NEW BEDFORD -- Sofia Eufrosina Pacheco, 85, of Belleville Road,
died unexpectedly Thursday, May 16, 1996. She was the widow of Hermano
Tavares Silva and daughter of the late Augusto Carreiro and Eufrosina (Pacheco)
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Feteira Pequena, Sao Miguel, Azores, she lived in New
Bedford for 32 years and was a communicant of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
Church. She was employed by various textile factories as a stitcher until
her retirement in 1976.
Survivors include a son, Huberto Silva of Virginia; two daughters,
Donatilde Amaral and Lourdes Lazaro, both of New Bedford; 12 grandchildren;
eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Cabral-Baylies Square Funeral Home, 512 N.
NEW BEDFORD -- Antone Freitas, 69, died at home Friday, May 17,
1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Rita J. (Goguen) Freitas
and son of the late Manuel and Gertrude (Coelho) Freitas.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, he was a communicant of St.
Joseph Church and formerly employed by DeLoid Associates prior to retiring
from Sullivan-Foster as a construction worker.
He was a World War II Army veteran.
In his leisure time, Mr. Freitas enjoyed gardening and loved
being with his family. He and his wife had been married 45 years.
Survivors include his widow; a son, David A. Freitas of New Bedford;
four daughters, Paula M. Shiner of Bridgewater, Elaine C. Forgue, Lynne
A. Freitas and Michelle A. Roderick, all of New Bedford; a brother, Manuel
Freitas of California; five sisters, Theresa Correia and Silvana Pacheco,
both of New Bedford, and Gloria Correia, Lillian Pereira and Eva Wood,
all of California; nine grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and several
nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.
OCALA, Fla. -- Louis Martin, 82, of 1017 N.E. 95th St., died
Friday, May 17, 1996.
She died at Monroe Regional Medical Center.
She was born in New Bedford, where she lived prior to moving
to Florida 12 years. She attended Queen of Peach Catholic Church.
Survivors include two brothers, Camille Martin of Anthony, Fla.,
and Albon Martin of Wilmington, Mass.; and several nieces, nephews, great
nieces and great nephews.
Arrangements are by Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Ocala.
Joseph L. Rita
NEW BEDFORD -- Joseph L. Rita, 85, died Friday, May 17, 1996,
after a long illness. He was the widower of Edna (Coffey) Rita and son
of the late Jose C. and Maria Julia (Fraga) deRita.
He died at Sacred Heart Nursing Home.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, he was a graduate of New
Bedford High School and communicant of St. Julie Billiart Church. He was
formerly employed by several motor freight companies and then at the State
Pier in New Bedford as a pier manager for 17 years until his retirement
A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, he served in the Asiatic-Pacific
Theater and participated in the Battle of Luzon. He was awarded the Philippine
Liberation Ribbon with one bronze service star.
Mr. Rita was a member of the New Bedford Traffic Club and the
Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was an honorary life member of the McMahon
Council, Knights of Columbus 4th Degree. He had served on the New Bedford
Harbor Development Commission.
Survivors include two sons, David J. Rita of North Dartmouth
and Lawrence J. Rita of Pennsylvania; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park
Lena M. Belanger, 94
FALL RIVER -- Lena M. (Bernard) Belanger, 94, formerly of Stafford
Road, died Saturday, May 18, 1996. She was the widow of Joseph Belanger
and daughter of the late Henry and Catherine (Moran) Bernard.
She died at the Day Tower Nursing Home in Providence.
She was a lifelong resident of Fall River before recently moving
to Day Tower Nursing Home.
Mrs. Belanger was a homemaker.
Survivors include a daughter, Dorothy Turgeon of Fall River;
a son, Henry J. Bernard of Fall River; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren;
a great-great-granddaughter; and a nephew.
Arrangements are by the Harrington-Sullivan Funeral Home, 986
Lucille A. Carreau
NEW BEDFORD -- Lucille A. (Lariviere) Carreau, 53, died Thursday,
May 16, 1996, after a long illness. She was the daughter of Evelyn (Duchesneau)
Soares of Fairhaven and the late Maurice Lariviere.
She died in Mattapoisett at the home of her sister.
Born in New Bedford, she lived in Fairhaven before returning
to New Bedford 25 years ago.
Ms. Carreau was a parishioner of St. Lawrence Church and was
active in many activities at Melville Towers where she lived.
Survivors include her mother; a sister, Claudette Portas of Mattapoisett;
two nieces and a nephew.
Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St.
Mary Carter, 91
FAIRHAVEN -- Mary (Sobczenski) Carter, 91, died Thursday, May
16, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the widow of Calvin Carter and
daughter of the late Walter and Antonina (Brezynski ) Sobczenski.
She died at Bedford Village Nursing Home in New Bedford.
She was born in New Bedford, lived in Fairhaven for most of her
life and was a parishioner of Holy Cross Polish National Church. She was
employed by Wiley's Department Store as a buyer for many years before her
retirement. Prior to that, she worked as a sales clerk at Cherry and Webb.
Mrs. Carter was a graduate of Fairhaven High School and attended
the New England Conservatory of Music. An accomplished pianist, she often
accompanied her brother who played the violin.
Survivors include several cousins.
She was the sister of the late Anthony Sobczenski.
Arrangements are by Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St.
Edwin W. Church Jr.
ACUSHNET -- Edwin W. Church Jr., 67, died Friday, May 17, 1996,
after a brief illness. He was the husband of Irene (Cordeiro) Church and
son of the late Edwin W. and Florence (Sylvia) Church.
He died at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston.
He was born in New Bedford, lived in Acushnet for 35 years and
was a communicant of St. Francis Xavier Church. He was employed by the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bureau of Special Investigations as an investigator
until his retirement.
Mr. Church was a World War II Navy veteran and former selectman
in the town of Acushnet. He was also a barber for many years.
Survivors include his widow; a son, Edwin W. Church III of North
Dartmouth; a daughter, Donna Lee Church of New Bedford; a sister, Patricia
Reilly of New Bedford; two grandchildren and a niece.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.,
NEW BEDFORD -- Clara (Grace) Correia, 71, died Friday, May 17,
1996, after a brief illness. She was the widow of Joseph Correia of Nantucket
and daughter of the late Francisco and Maria (Penha) Graca.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
She was born in New Bedford and lived most of her life in this
area. She was a communicant of Our Lady of the Assumption Church.
She was formerly employed by American Flexible Conduit as an
assembler and also worked at various fish houses as a cutter for more than
Mrs. Correia was a member of the Cape Verdean Veterans Women's
Auxiliary, the Cape Verdean Ultramarine Band Club and the Merchant Mariners
Survivors include two sons, Robert Alan Grace of Largo, Fla.
and David Grace of Orlando, Fla.; a daughter, Nona Perry of New Bedford;
two brothers, Manuel Grace of Burlington and Francisco "Sam" Graca of New
Bedford; three sisters, Genevive "Babs" Pierson of Orange, N.J., Eugenia
Lomba of New Bedford and Eleanor Jones of Columbus, Ohio; several grandchildren;
several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.
Julia M. Lawlor, 99
FALL RIVER -- Julia M. Lawlor, 99, of 273 Oak Grove St., formerly
of Hanover Street, died Saturday, May 18, 1996. She was the daughter of
the late Christopher and Julia (Calden) Lawlor.
She was a lifelong resident of Fall River, a graduate of Durfee
High School and was a communicant of Holy Name Church.
She died at the Crawford Skilled Nursing and Rehabilatation Center.
She was employed by the Durfee and Empire Theaters for more than
30 years until her retirement about 30 years ago.
Survivors include three nephews, Raoul Thomas Gagnon, John Brian
Gagnon and Gerard David Gagnon, all of the Fall River area.
Arrangements are by the Jeffrey E. Sullivan Funeral Home, 550
Shirley Ann Rezendes
FLORIDA -- Shirley Ann (Richardi) Rezendes, 53, of 9 Mid Pine
Circle, Palm Coast, Fla., died Wednesday, May 15, 1996 after a brief illness.
She was the wife of Carlos Rezendes and daughter of the late James and
Hilda (Mello) Gomes.
She died at home.
She was born in Dartmouth and lived in this area most of her
life before moving to Florida three years ago.
Mrs. Rezendes was a member of the Italian-American Social Club
Survivors include her widower; two sons, Wayne Rezendes of Palm
Coast, Fla. and Shawn Rezendes of South Dartmouth; a sister, Janice Dunnett
of New Bedford; a brother, James Gomes Jr. of New Bedford; and several
nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.,
Gregory W. Tuxworth
MATTAPOISETT -- Gregory W. Tuxworth, 50, of 39 Main St., Mattapoisett,
died of cancer Thursday, May 16, 1996. He was the son of Frederick C. Tuxworth
and E. Lorraine (Wallace) Tuxworth.
He died at the home of his parents.
He was born in Huntington and lived in Mattapoisett for the past
Mr. Tuxworth was co-owner of Triad Boat Works of Mattapoisett
for the past three years. Prior to that, he was employed as the yard manager
for Concordia Co. in South Dartmouth for eight years having worked several
years as a naval architect for General Dynamics in Quincy.
He was a graduate of the Old Rochester Regional High School,
class of 1963, where he served as class president and president of the
National Honor Society. He played basketball for three years while a student
there. He then attended Webb Institute of Naval Architecture in Glen Cove,
N.Y., where he received a bachelor of science degree in naval architecture
and naval engineering.
A professional yachtsman for over 14 years, Mr. Tuxworth supervised
the construction of several world class racing yachts. He was an avid sailor,
sailing several trans-oceanic crossings including sailing to Australia.
He competed in the 1978 Whitbread Round-the-World Race as a navigator.
He was also a member of the National Ski Patrol.
Survivors include his parents; a brother, Douglas C. Tuxworth
of Mattapoisett; a nephew; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Fairlawn Mortuary,
180 Washington St., Fairhaven.
Johnny (Guitar) Watson, R&B guitar great, at 61
Johnny (Guitar) Watson, a flamboyant pioneer of rhythm and blues
whose music influenced performers like Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and Stevie
Ray Vaughan, died on Friday just after he took the stage for a performance
in Yokohama, Japan. He was 61 and lived in Los Angeles.
He suffered a heart attack, said Al Bell, owner of Bellmark Records,
his most recent label.
Only two months ago, his career resurgent, Mr. Watson was honored
at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles with a Pioneer Award of the Rhythm
and Blues Foundation. The organization provides cash and medical care and
pays other expenses for performers of the 1930s to the 1970s, in the genres
that were variously called race music, rhythm-and-blues and soul.
"We went up and down the highways at night, riding in raggedy
buses, and the promoters went away with the money," said Bo Diddley, who
was among those honored with Mr.Watson. "Some of us didn't have the down
payment on a Popsicle."
Last year in The New York Times, the critic Peter Watrous wrote:
"There are few more lascivious sounds in popular music than the voice of
Johnny (Guitar) Watson. When he sings 'Booty Ooty' or 'Hot Little Mama,'
it isn't just come hither he's singing. It is something much more joyous,
and completely unprintable. The sound is the calling card of the Gangster
of Love (his nickname, taken from the song of the same name), and a celebration
of music's ability to convey carnality."
At that time, Mr. Watson had only recently emerged from obscurity
with a relative hit, "Bow Wow," and he had begun his first series of concerts
in the United States in 14 years.
Mr. Watson, born in Houston in 1935, learned to play the piano
from his father. At 15, Mr. Watson moved to Los Angeles and became enchanted
with the sound and extroverted stagecraft of Clarence (Gatemouth) Brown,
a blues guitar and fiddle virtuoso who used a big band, dabbled in country
and jazz and picked his guitar in idiosyncratic style (Mr. Watson sometimes
used his teeth).
Recalling the Los Angeles of those days, Mr. Watson said: "Wardell
Gray, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Count Basie and Illinois
Jacquet, they were all playing around, and jazz and blues were all mixed
Mr. Watson made his first record in 1953 as Young John Watson,
and his tunes soon helped define a West Coast jump blues style that was
sexual, optimistic and full of fun.
Frank Zappa, who used Mr. Watson on several recordings, once
described his guitar sound as "an icepick to the forehead."
In the 1960s, he joined with the rock-and-roll star Larry Williams,
but by the early 1970s Watson's career was effectively finished, his rhythm-and-blues
style shouldered aside by soul and funk. But he reinvented himself, dressing
flamboyantly and playing hard funk. In 1977 at Carnegie Hall, he wore a
sequined, skin-tight suit, sported a Panama hat over an immense Afro haircut
and strutted across the stage.
But after his last American show in the early 1980s, Mr. Watson
all but vanished. For several years, he performed during the summer in
Europe, where the French knew him as the Godfather of Funk.
"I got caught up with the wrong people doing the wrong things,"
Mr. Watson said last year. But later, he said, "I got rid of my friends,
cleaned myself off and started writing more."
A few years ago, Mr. Bell began working with Mr. Watson. His
Bellmark company released "Bow Wow" in 1994 and encouraged Mr. Watson to
begin touring again.
Mr. Watson is survived by his wife, Susan; his mother, Wilma;
a son, DeJohn, and a daughter, Virginia.
Walter P. Wojtuszewski, 91
NEW BEDFORD -- Walter Paul Wojtuszewski, 91, died Friday, May
17, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the widower of Victoria (Jablonski)
Wojtuszewski and son of the late Michael and Agatha Wojtuszewski.
He died at Boston City Hospital.
Mr. Wojtuszewski was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and proprietor
of the Textile Beverage Company on Acushnet Avenue until his retirement.
Survivors include a daughter, Terese S. Lafluer of New Bedford;
a son Walter P. Wojtuszewski Jr. of Flemington, N.J.; four grandchildren
and a great-grandchild.
He was the brother of the late Peter Wojtuszewski and Helen Mieszczenski.
Arrangements are by the Latham Funeral Home, 823 Brock Ave.