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Charlotte Senna
DARTMOUTH -- Charlotte "Lolly" (Tavares) Senna, 70 of South Dartmouth, died Sunday, June 2, 1996. She was the wife of Anthony Senna and daughter of the late Joseph and Elvira (Lomba) Tavares.
She died at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River.
Born in New Bedford, she spent most of her life in Dartmouth and moved to South Dartmouth 32 years ago. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Assumption Church.
Mrs. Senna was formerly employed as a cook and then by Dartmouth Manor as a counselor for the physically and mentally impaired for six years until her retirement in 1987.
Survivors include her widower; a son, Anthony Senna of South Dartmouth; three daughters, Rita M. Ribeiro of New Bedford, Faith Lomba Floyd of Los Angeles, Calif., and Toni E. Fernandes of Rumford, R.I.; two sisters, Irene Phillips of Long Beach, Calif., and Margaret Medina of New Bedford; a brother, Donald Lessa of New Bedford; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was also the sister of the late Raymond Tavares and Henry Tavares.
Arrangements are by Dartmouth Funeral Home, 230 Russells Mills Road.

Ray Combs, 40
GLENDALE, Calif. -- Former "Family Feud" host Ray Combs had tried for weeks to commit suicide, including banging his head against the wall, before hanging himself with bedsheets in a mental ward.
Mr. Combs, a 40-year-old father of six, apparently was anguished over his pending divorce, police Sgt. Rick Young said yesterday.
The host of "The New Family Feud" from 1988 to 1994, Mr. Combs was taken to Glendale Adventist Medical Center on Saturday with head injuries and was admitted for mental observation, Mr. Young said.
About 14 hours later, hospital staff found he had hanged himself in a closet. He left no note, and officials are not sure exactly when he died.
"He had attempted numerous times during the past couple of weeks," Mr. Young said. "We have information that over the past several days he was banging his head against walls."
The hospital knew that Mr. Combs was suicidal, but such patients normally are not under constant watch, Mr. Young said. They are put into secured rooms supposed to contain nothing they can use to hurt themselves.
In a 1988 interview, Mr. Combs, a stand-up comedian, said he had no qualms about following Richard Dawson as host of "The New Family Feud."
"People say those are big shoes to fill," Mr. Combs said. "I don't have to wear his shoes. I've got my own."
But he suffered several personal and professional setbacks in recent years, including being replaced by Mr. Dawson in 1994. He was temporarily paralyzed in a July 1994 car accident.
Mr. Combs operated two comedy clubs in Cincinnati but had closed them both to concentrate on television, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Most recently he was host of another game show, "Ray Combs' Family Challenge," on the Family Channel.

Dennis Cardoza, 96
NEW BEDFORD -- Dennis Cardoza, 96, died Monday, June 3, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the widower of Mary (Mello) Cardoza and son of the late Manuel and Mary (Souza) Cardoza.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, he was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and was employed by the city of New Bedford as a garbage collector.
Survivors include a brother, Manuel Cardoza of New Bedford, and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.

Guy Caucci
DARTMOUTH -- Guy Caucci, 81, died Monday, June 3, 1996. He was the husband of Hilda E. (Correia) Caucci and son of the late Thomas and Anastasia (Reca) Caucci.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, he was a lifelong resident of the New Bedford/Dartmouth area and a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church in New Bedford.
He was formerly employed by Hemingway Transportation Co. in the maintenance department and then by the former Guisti Baking Co. as a stock clerk for 49 years until his retirement.
A World War II Army veteran, Mr. Caucci was a member of the Bakery and Confectionary Union.
He and his wife would have celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on June 6, 1996.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Kathleen M. Caucci of Dartmouth; a sister, Mabel Souza of New Bedford; and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Donaghy Funeral Home, 465 County St., New Bedford.

Maria doC. Ferreira
NEW BEDFORD -- Maria doCarmo (Vicente) Ferreira, 76, died Sunday, June 2, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the widow of Honorato Ferreira and daughter of the late Jacintho and Evangelina (Vieira) Vicente.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Sao Miguel, Azores, she had lived in this area for 28 years and was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Dalia Rego of New Bedford; a granddaughter, Debbie Viveiros; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.

Joan M. Galligan
FAIRHAVEN -- Joan M. (Thomas) Galligan, died at home Monday, June 3, 1996, after a long illness. She was the daughter of Mary B. (Marinelli) Thomas of New Bedford and the late Shelbenno J. "Sha" Thomas.
Born and raised in New Bedford, she had lived in Fairhaven for the past 36 years and was a communicant of St. Joseph Church. A 1951 honor graduate of Holy Family High School, she was employed by Nynex in New Bedford as a central office technician for 30 years and as a licensed real estate broker in the Fairhaven area.
She was a member of the I.B.E.W., Local 2322, in New Bedford and the Telephone Pioneers of America. She was an avid reader.
Survivors include her mother; a daughter, Cheryl A. Metthe of Stoughton; a son, Thomas P. Galligan of Fairhaven; a brother, Joseph S. Thomas of Fairhaven; two sisters, Theresa M. Chouinard of New Bedford and Anne Donato of Marion; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Fairlawn Mortuary, 180 Washington St.

Charles O. Gaudette Jr.
NEW BEDFORD -- Charles O. Gaudette Jr., 74, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 2, 1996. He was the husband of Rita (Dextraze) Gaudette and son of the late Charles O. and Aurore (Gregoire) Gaudette Sr.
He died at Hallmark Nursing Home.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford and a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, he was the proprietor of Charlie's Filling Station until his retirement in 1984.
Mr. Gaudette was a World War II Navy veteran. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Poirier Post and the Murphy Club Football Team; New Bedford Whalers Football Team; Catholic Order of Forester and the Submarine Veterans Organization.
Mr. Gaudette and his wife would have been married 50 years in September. He was an outstanding football athlete at New Bedford Vocational School.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Rita Arruda of New Bedford; two brothers, Donald Gaudette and Normand Gaudette of New Bedford; three sisters, Muriel Leblanc of Freetown and Florida, and Jeanne Labelle and Claire Michaud of New Bedford; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Dorothy Saunders
VENICE, Fla. -- Dorothy Saunders, 85, formerly of Rochester, died Sunday, June 2, 1996.
She died in Venice.
Born in Acushnet, she lived in Rochester until moving to Venice in 1971. She was employed as a teacher until her retirement.
Mrs. Saunders was a volunteer at the Venice Library.
Survivors include two daughters, Leonille Abrams of Venice, and Elizabeth Surette of Edgewater, Md.; a brother, Robert White of Melbourne, Fla.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Ewing Funeral Home, 140 East Venice Ave., Venice, Fla.

Norman F. Lyons
WAREHAM -- Norman F. Lyons, 82, of 8B Union Avenue, Onset, and West Palm Beach, Fla., died Friday, May 31, 1996. He was the husband of Lorna R. (Radnor) Lyons, widower of Beatrice M. (Dumas) Lyons, and son of the late Michael A. and Cora (Boyer) Lyons.
He died at Tobey Hospital.
Born in Attleboro, he had lived there for 64 years before moving to Onset 18 years ago and was also a resident of West Palm Beach.
A former communicant of the Church of St. Joseph in Attleboro for many years, he was employed by the former St. Regis Paper Co. of Attleboro as a fork lift operator until his retirement in 1976.
Mr. Lyons was a World War II Army veteran with the rank of corporal.
Survivors include his widow; a son, Richard R. Lyons of Attleboro; a daughter, Sandra J. Dubeau of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a brother, Ralph E. Lyons of Waynesboro, Pa., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two sisters, Eileen A. Blais and Ruth E. Barrett, both of Attleboro; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Foley-Hathaway Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 126 S. Main St., Attleboro.

Wayne G. Ventura
FAIRHAVEN -- Wayne G. "Timba" Ventura, 41, of 3A Grandview Ave., died Friday, May 31, 1996, after a long battle with cancer. He was the former husband of Alice "Lissy" Texeira of Acushnet and son of Armand Ventura of Fall River and the late Rita "St. Aubin" Ventura.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Acushnet, he was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish. He was a self-employed commercial fisherman and also a motorcycle mechanic.
Survivors include his father; a son, Michael G. Ventura of Acushnet; three brothers, Ernest Ventura of Acushnet, Ronald Ventura of New Bedford, and Donald Ventura, serving in the U.S. Air Force; his former wife; and a niece and a nephew.
Arrangements are by the Jeffrey E. Sullivan Funeral Home, 550 Locust St., Fall River.

Roger J. Boucher Jr.
ROCHESTER -- Roger J. Boucher Jr., 32, died Monday, June 3, 1996. He was the son of Diane T. (Forand) Brodeur of Rochester and Roger J. Boucher Sr. of Wareham.
He died at Tobey Hospital in Wareham.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, he attended Upper Cape Cod Vocational School. He was employed as a fisherman with the New Bedford fishing fleet.
Survivors include his parents; his stepfather, Robert W. Brodeur of Rochester; a son, Zachary C. Boucher of Mayport, Fla.; two sisters, Jessica Brodeur of Rochester and Debra DeGowin of Wareham; his maternal grandparents, Raymond and Isabelle (Lawson) Forand of Acushnet, and his paternal grandparents, Frederick T. and Claire (Bachand) Galligan of Acushnet.
Arrangements are by Donaghy Funeral Home, 465 County St., New Bedford.

Eric E. Pires
NEW BEDFORD -- Eric E. Pires, 14, died Tuesday, May 21, 1996, after the raft he was on capsized in New Bedford Harbor. His body was recovered on June 1, 1996. He was the son of Carlotta Pires of New Bedford and the late Glenn Eversley.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, he was an eighth-grade student at Roosevelt Junior High School.
Eric was a member of the Salvation Army and the Dennison Memorial. He loved basketball and played for the Verdean Vets Pee Wee League.
Survivors include his mother; two brothers, Quantrill Eversley and Fernandez Eversley of Camden, N.J.; his maternal grandmother, Dominga (Britto) Pires of New Bedford; and his paternal grandparents, Theodora Eversley of New York and Clyde Eversley of Florida.
Arrangements are by Kirby Funeral Home, 61 Tarkiln Hill Road.

Guy Caucci
DARTMOUTH -- Guy Caucci, 81, died Monday, June 3, 1996. He was the husband of Hilda E. (Correia) Caucci and son of the late Thomas and Anastasia (Reca) Caucci.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, he was a lifelong resident of the New Bedford/Dartmouth area and a communicant of St. John The Baptist Church in New Bedford.
He had been employed by the former Guisti Baking Co. as a stock clerk for 49 years until his retirement and then by Hemingway Trransportation Co. in the maintenance department.
A World War II Army veteran, Mr. Caucci was a member of the Bakery and Confectionary Union.
He and his wife would have celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on June 6, 1996.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Kathleen M. Caucci of Dartmouth; a sister, Mabel Souza of New Bedford; and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Donaghy Funeral Home, 465 County St., New Bedford.

Eleanor Tuell
TAUNTON -- Eleanor Tuell, 84, formerly of Main Street, Fairhaven, died Tuesday, June 4, 1996, after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Edward and Sarah (Whiting) Tuell.
She died at Morton Hospital.
Born in Fairhaven, she lived most of her life in Fairhaven until recent years, when she became a resident of the Taunton Nursing Home.
Miss Tuell was a graduate of Fairhaven High School, Class of 1930, and then studied business courses at various local centers. She had at one time attended the First Congregational Church in Fairhaven and the Unitarian Memorial Church in Fairhaven. For 30 years, she was employed by Atlas Tack Co. in Fairhaven until it closed.
An avid reader, she collected biographies on presidents of the United States and early movie stars. She was known in her home town as the "doll lady," being a maker and collector of various kinds of dolls.
Survivors include a niece, Thelma Ledford of Radcliffe, Ky.; three grandnephews; and her good friend, Pat Coutinho of Fairhaven.
Arrangements are by the Wilson Chapel, 479 County St., New Bedford.

Thomas C. Dickson Jr.
WAREHAM -- Thomas C. Dickson Jr., 72, died Wednesday, June 5, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Dorothy P. (Govoni) Dickson and son of Thelma (Dickey) Dickson of Burleson, Texas, and the late Thomas C. Dickson Sr.
He died at Tobey Hospital in Wareham.
Born in Dallas, he lived in Fort Worth, Texas, for many years. He was a graduate of Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth. He enlisted in the Navy and served for 3½ years as a ship's cook, 2nd class. Upon his discharge in 1946, he moved to Wareham, where he was employed as an administrative assistant for the Wareham Water Department for 28 years until his retirement in 1981.
Mr. Dickson was a member of the Plymouth County Superintendents Association, the American Water Works Association and the Massachusetts Superintendents Water Works. He was also Past Exalted Ruler of the Wareham Lodge of Elks 1548.
Survivors include his widow; his mother; a daughter, Jean E. Webb of Wareham; two sisters, Josephine Ann Owens of Burleson, Texas, and Ella Maxine Cromer of Fort Worth; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Stott, Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Route 28).

Elizabeth Coyne
MATTAPOISETT -- Elizabeth (Pierce) Coyne, 76, died Monday, June 3, 1996. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Grace (Perkins) Pierce.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Roxbury, Conn., she lived in Mattapoisett for about four years. She was employed for Banner Systems in Stratford, Conn., as an accounting secretary until her retirement.
Survivors include two daughters, Susan Coyne Hovasse of Mattapoisett and Deborah G. Altieri of Sandy Hook, Conn., and two grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Donaghy Funeral Home, 465 County St., New Bedford.

Manuel E. Botelho
NEW BEDFORD -- Services were held yesterday for Manuel E. Botelho, 62, who died Monday, June 3, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Maria N. (Sousa) Botelho and son of the late Angelo and Maria C. (Arujo) Botelho.
He died at Rose Hawthorn Lathrop Home in Fall River.
Born in Sao Miguel, Azores, he lived in Sao Miguel and in New Bedford,where he was a member of Evangelical Pentecostal Church.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Maria Tavares of New Bedford; four sons, Jose Maria Botelho, Joao E.S. Botelho and Armando Botelho, all of New Bedford, and Manuel Botelho of Sao Miguel; three sisters, Angelina Botelho and Lidia Sales Botelho, both of New Bedford, and Inis Botelho of Sao Miguel, and several nieces and nephews.
He was the father of the late Carlos Alberto Botelho and brother of the late Joao Everisto Botelho.
Arrangements were by the Aubertine Funeral Home, 129 Allen St.

Hilda A. Besegai
MIDDLEBORO -- Hilda A. (Mello) Besegai, 78, died Monday, June 3, 1996, after a long illness. She was the wife of Alfred Besegai and daughter of the late William and Augusta Mello.
She died at the Oak Hill Nursing Home in Middleboro.
A lifelong resident of Middleboro, she attended Middleboro schools and was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church. She was employed at Winthrop-Atkins Co. and Components of Bridgewater, and she retired in 1970 from the Foxboro Co.
She had at one time been a member of the Sodality of Our Lady and was active in the Pocahontas.
Survivors include her widower; a son, Wayne B. Besegai of Middleboro; a sister, Mary C. Kennedy of Florida and two grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Egger Funeral Home, 61 Pearl St.

Madeleine H. White
NANTUCKET -- Madeleine Howlett White, 78, formerly of New Bedford, died Friday, May 31, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the wife of 53 years of Dr. Linden Harris White Jr. and the daughter of the late Reverend and Mrs. Hinson V. Howlett.
She died on Nantucket.
Born in Atlantic City, N.J., she grew up in West Chester, Pa., graduating from West Chester High School in 1936. She continued her education and graduated from Guilford College in Guilford, N.C., in 1940. It was there she first met and later married Linden Harris White Jr., son of the Reverend and Mrs. Linden Harris White of New Bedford and lived in New Bedford for 25 years.
After 19 years as summer residents of Nantucket, Dr. and Mrs. White moved to Nantucket in 1971. Mrs. White was an active volunteer in the New Bedford community holding such positions as president of the League of Women Voters, president of St. Luke's Hospital Lombard Association, and founding member of the New Bedford Child Day Care Program. She was also an active member of the New Bedford and Nantucket Yacht clubs.
Survivors include her widower; a daughter, Wendy White Winger of Nantucket; three sons, Linden Harris White III of Forest Hill, Md., Duncan Alexander White of Cranston, R.I., and Justin Howlett White of Bel Air, Md., and eight grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Lewis Funeral Home, 42 Union St., Nantucket.

Rita J. Rich
WINDHAM, Maine -- Rita J. Rich, 88, formerly of Fairhaven, died Saturday, June 1, 1996, after a long illness. She was the wife of Chester G. Rich, the daughter of the late Archie and Bessie Auffrey and the widow of Alfred Boudreau.
Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, she lived in Fairhaven and owned Freddie's Jewelry Store in New Bedford and Pompano Beach, Fla., with Mr. Boudreau. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Windham.
She married Chester G. Rich in 1968 and they lived in Windham and Groveland, Fla. She was an avid golfer and camper and loved animals.
Survivors include her widower; a stepson, Don Rich of Windham, Maine; two brothers, Albert Auffrey of Fairhaven and Joffre Auffrey of Fort Lyon, Colo.; a sister, Mona Blackwood of Industry, Pa.; four grandsons and seven great-grandchildren.
She was the sister of the late Theresa Stackpole and Yvon Auffrey.
Arrangements are by the Dolby Funeral Home, 434 River Road, Windham.

Manuel A. Lewis
WESTPORT -- Manuel A. Lewis, 84, died Wednesday, June 5, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Mary F. (Rogers) Lewis and son of the late Manuel and Mary (Costa) Lewis.
He died at Charlton Memorial Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, he lived in Westport for the last 66 years and was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church there. He was employed by the Town of Westport School Department as a custodian and as a school bus driver. He worked for the Westport Highway Department for many years and also had been a farmer.
Mr. Lewis was a member of Noquochoke Senior Citizens and was recently honored by the Westport Volunteer Fire Department for 50 years of loyal service.
Survivors include his widow; two sons, George Lewis of Westport and Seraphine J. "Feeny" Lewis of Dartmouth; a daughter, Mary G. Priest of Westport; a brother, Gilbert Luiz of Hayward, Calif.; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Potter Funeral Home, 81 Reed Road.

Allan L. Gollis
NEW BEDFORD -- Allan L. Gollis, 80, the former owner of Gollis' Clothing Store, died Wednesday, June 5, 1996, at the New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home. He was the husband of Ruth (Berkelhammer) Gollis and son of the late Samuel and Fanny (Lipshitz) Gollis.
Born in Fall River, he lived in New Bedford for many years and had operated the clothing store there for 30 years until he retired in 1975.
He was a graduate of Durfee High School; a Master Mason of Wamsutta Lodge, past president of Rotary and a member of Tifereth Israel Synagogue.
Survivors include his widow; two sons, Leonard Gollis of Attleboro and Steven Gollis of Dallas, Texas; a daughter, Margery Strauss of Montvale, N.J., and three grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Max Sugarman Memorial Chapel, 458 Hope St., Providence.


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