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Susan M. Trimble-Dixon
WASILLA, Alaska -- Susan Mary Trimble-Dixon, 35, formerly of Bourne, died unexpectedly Sunday, May 26, 1996.
She was the daughter of Kenneth Trimble of Gordon, Texas, and Patricia (Medeiros) Suchy of Bourne.
Born in Bourne, she lived there for many years before moving to Alaska. She was employed as a bookkeeper/accountant.
She enjoyed outdoor activities and was a collector of rocks.
Survivors include her parents; a daughter, Chrystal Dixon of Palmer, Alaska; a son, Jason Dixon of Palmer, Alaska; a sister, Cheryl Lawson of Falmouth; a brother, Brian Trimble of Jackson, Texas; a grandson and two nephews.
She was also the mother of the late Brian A. Dixon and Danielle N. Dixon.
Arrangements were made in Alaska. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Jack L. Tuttle
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Funeral services were held in Cleveland for Jack Lee Tuttle, 59, formerly of New Bedford, who died unexpectedly Sunday, June 2, 1996, in Walcott, Iowa. He was the husband of Dorothy Tuttle and son of the late William A. and Florence F. Tuttle.
He was born in Colorado and lived in New Bedford for 22 years before moving to Cleveland. He was employed by England Co. in Utah as a truck driver for 11 years.
Mr. Tuttle served in the Navy from 1955-58.
Survivors include his widow; four sons, Jack Tuttle Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz., Andrew Tuttle and Matthew Tuttle of New Bedford and Edmund Tuttle of Cleveland; a daughter, Paula Grenier of New Bedford; a stepson, Michael Burchfield of South Carolina; a stepdaughter, Carla Burchfield of Cleveland; four brothers, Melvin Tuttle of Colorado, Dale Tuttle of Texas, Larry "Kenny" Tuttle of Missouri and Phillip L. Tuttle of Wyoming; two sisters, Nina Wade and Kitty Lyn "Sue" Keller, both of Colorado; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also the brother of the late Ray, Thelma, Bill and Bob.
Arrangements were by the Walter E. Martens & Sons Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Anton J. Wagner
NEW BEDFORD -- Anton J. Wagner, 87, died Monday, June 10, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Fabiola L. (Lapointe) Wagner and son of the late Anton and Mary (Reusch) Wagner.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
He was born in Hartford, Conn., and lived in New Bedford most of his life. He was a communicant of St. Mary Church.
He was formerly employed as district engineering inspector by Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Southeast Division, until his retirement.
Survivors include his widow; two sons, Ronald Wagner of Chelmsford and Dennis Wagner of East Freetown; a daughter, Carol Wagner Traub of Sharon and Fairhaven; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Gary Antone Pimental
MARION -- Gary Antone Pimental, 45, died unexpectedly Tuesday, June 11, 1996. He was the son of the late Manuel and Agnes (Richard) Pimental.
He died at the New England Medical Center Hospital in Boston.
He was born and lived in New Bedford most of his life before moving to Marion 10 years ago. He was a communicant of St. Mary Church of New Bedford.
He was formerly employed by Tabor Academy in Marion as a maintenance worker, was a former manager of Jim's Food Service and was a former Commander of George Alden Ambulance. He was also a former acting communications director for New Bedford and a former EMT Instructor.
Survivors include two daughters, Tracey Carvalho and Alicia Pimental, both of New Bedford; three sisters, Carolyn C. Pimental and Joyce S. Pimental, both of New Bedford, and Arlene M. Bettencourt of Acushnet; three brothers, Richard R. Pimental of Fairhaven, Kenneth N. Pimental of Middletown, N.Y., and Dennis J. Pimental of New Bedford; his former companion, Sharon Kubel; a grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Elsie Deane
NEW BEDFORD -- Elsie (Nicklas) Deane, 87, died Monday, June 10, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Elmer L. Deane and daughter of the late Joseph and Louise (Wunderlich) Nicklas.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
She was born in New Bedford, where she lived all of her life and was a member of Pilgrim United Church of Christ.
She was formerly employed by Dennison Memorial City Mission in New Bedford's South End as a bookkeeper for more than 40 years.
Mrs. Deane was formerly active with the Circle for the Blind.
Survivors include a son-in-law, Ronald M. Carlin of North Dartmouth; and four cousins, Priscilla Wing Taylor of New Bedford, Richard Lawrence Wing of Sandwich, Rosalyn Wing Pierce of Fairhaven and Phyllis Wing Ellsworth of Springfield.
She was the mother of the late Nancy Deane Carlin.
Arrangements are by the Wilson Chapel, 479 County St.

Rose Lebeau, 92
NEW BEDFORD -- Rose (Graviel) Lebeau, 92, died Monday, June 10, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the widow of William Lebeau and daughter of the late Manuel and Rose Graviel.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
She was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and was formerly employed by Wamsutta Mills as a winder until her retirement.
Survivors include four daughters, Dorothy Freitas, Lillian Soule, Rose Sherman and Shirley Mendes, all of New Bedford; a brother, John Graviel of New Bedford; a sister, Mary Jacques of New Bedford; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Josephine F. Bramwell
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Josephine F. Bramwell, died Tuesday, May 7, 1996.
She died at St. Joseph Hospital.
She was born in New Bedford and moved to Port Charlotte eight years ago coming from Harrisberg, Pa.
She was a licensed practical nurse.
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Gida of Port Charlotte.
Arrangements are by the Paul Schelm Funeral Home, 3044 Caring Way.

Elisabeth B. Barrows
MIDDLEBORO -- Elisabeth B. "Betty" (Lavoie) Barrows, 88, died Wednesday, June 12, 1996. She was the wife of the late F. Lawton Barrows Jr. and daughter of the late Auguste and Olivine (Lacourse) Lavoie.
She died at the home of her niece, Lillian Martel.
Born in Newburyport, she lived in Springfield with her niece since 1994. She was a 1925 graduate of New Bedford High School and Kinyon Business School and attended Boston College.
She was employed as a social worker for the Massachusetts Immigration Office in Boston until her retirement and served on the Board of Immigrations Appeals.
Mrs. Barrows served in the Marine Corp as a sergeant during World War II.
A member of the Central Congregational Church in Middleboro for more than 30 years, she was active in the White Church Guild of the church and was a member of the Hannah Shaw Chapter #147, Order of Eastern Star.
Survivors include three nephews, Rene Lavoie and Armand Lavoie, both of New Bedford, and Raymond Lavoie of Westfield; two nieces, Lillian Martel and Edna Hansen, both of Springfield; 16 great-nephews and nieces; 19 great-great-nephews and nieces; and a great-great-great-niece.
Arrangements are by the Egger Funeral Home, 61 Pearl St.

Beverly E. Cambra
WESTPORT -- Beverly E. (Belanger) Cambra, 60, died Tuesday, June 11, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the wife of Frederic A. Cambra of Westport and daughter of the late Austin A. and Ethel (Whitehead) Belanger.
She died in South Dartmouth at the home of her daughter, Brenda L. Rogers.
Born in Fall River, she lived in Westport since 1949 and was a self-employed seamstress, well-known locally for her accomplishments in that field.
Survivors include three sons, Frederic A. Cambra Jr., Charles A. Cambra and Albert J. Cambra, all of Westport; two daughters, Cheryl A. Navin of Westport and Brenda L. Rogers of Dartmouth; a brother, Keith Belanger of Assonet; a sister, Doreen Frazier of Fall River; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the mother of the late Karen L. Cambra.
Arrangements are by the Potter Funeral Home, 81 Reed Road.

Laura M. La Plante-Conway, 95
OLDSMAR, Fla. -- Laura M. (Bergeron) LaPlante-Conway, 95, formerly of Conduit St., died Tuesday, June 11, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Wilfred LaPlante and John Conway and daughter of the late Honore and Hermine (Cote) Bergeron.
She died at her nephew's home in Florida.
She was born and lived in New Bedford before moving to Florida a year ago. While living in New Bedford, she was a communicant of St. Joseph Church.
She was formerly employed by the Golf Division at Acushnet Company as an inspector until her retirement .
Survivors are several nieces and nephews, including Donald T. Michaud of Florida.
She was the sister of the late Albert Bergeron, Ernest Bergeron, Joseph Bergeron, Anna Michaud and Clotilde Beaulieu.
Arrrangements are with Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Douglas P. Stefanski
NEW BEDFORD -- Douglas Paul Stefanski, 34, died at home Wednesday, June 12, 1996, after a long illness of AIDS. He was the son of Yvette A. Soares of Acushnet, step-son of Walter Soares of Acushnet and son of Donald L. Stefanski of Hyannis.
He was born in Arlington, Va., and lived most of his life in New Bedford.
He was employed as a fisherman on various local fishing boats and was a member of Reflections.
Mr. Stefanski was a graduate of New Bedford Regional Vocational High School. He enjoyed drawing and art work and made his own personal greeting cards for such occasions as birthdays and weddings.
Survivors include his father, mother, step-father; a brother, Anthony Stefanski of Acushnet; two step-brothers, Walter Soares Jr. of Acushnet and Thomas Soares of New Bedford; three sisters, Noelle Bradford of Rowley, Donna Stefanski of Moore, Okla. and Robin Guidry of Jennings, La.; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Eugene A. Collins
ASSONET -- Eugene "Gene" A. Collins, 79, of Friend Street, died Wednesday, June 12, 1996. He was the husband of Pauline E. (Allen) Collins of Assonet and son of the late Louis and Anna (Michaud) Collins.
He died at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River.
He was born and lived in Assonet most of his life, living in Westport from 1953-1964. He was a member of St. Bernard's Parish in Assonet and was a master mechanic employed by K.R. Rezendes construction company in Assonet as an operating engineer for 14 years until his retirement in 1983.
Mr. Collins was a member of Local No. 4 International Union of Operating Engineers.
Survivors include his widow; a son, William L. Collins of Orlando, Fla.; two daughters, Judith A. O'Loughlin of South Dartmouth and Jean M. Smihula of Riverside, R.I.; two step-daughters, Joan P. Tolson of Worcester and Diane M. Bessette of Fall River; a brother, E. John Collins of Richmond, Va.; three sisters, Blanche DeCosta of Fall River, Regina Tolley of Bourne and Rita Tolley of Assonet; 11 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was the father of the late Joyce M. Marley.
Arrangements are by the Hathaway Home for Funerals, 1813 Robeson St., Fall River.

Leo A. Tomascik
NEW BEDFORD -- Leo Anthony Tomascik, 67, died Thursday, June 13, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Edith M. (Ryder) Tomascik and son of the late Joseph S. and Anna (Huddock) Tomascik.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
He was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and lived in New Bedford for most of his life. He was a former communicant of Immaculate Conception Church.
He was a self-employed painter all of his life and owned a contracting business.
Mr. Tomascik enjoyed auto racing, baseball and building models. He served in the Army during the Korean War.
Survivors include his widow; three sons, Stephen Tomascik and Michael Tomascik, both of New Bedford and Ernie Tomascik of Fairhaven; four daughters, Edith Frezza, JoAnn Wilkinson, Jacqueline Dillon and Michelle Tomascik, all of New Bedford; a sister, Dorothy Swan of Philadelphia, Pa.; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also the brother of the late Joseph Tomascik, Austin Tomascik, Edward Tomascik and Marie Tomascik Olintz.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Mary C. Santos
NORWICH, Conn. -- Mary C. (Rozario) Santos, 63, of 84 Talman St., died Monday, June 10, 1996. She was the wife of Abel M. Santos and daughter of Clara (Costa) Rozario of New Bedford and the late Antonio Rozario.
She died at the William W. Backus Hospital.
She was born in New Bedford and was a communicant of St. Mary Church in Greeneville.
She was a member of the Santiago Society of Norwich.
Survivors include her widower and mother; a daughter, Diane Maria Santos of Norwich; four brothers, Antonio Rozario of Bridgeport, John Rozario of Norwich, Ernest Rozario of Bridgeport and Paul Rozario of New Bedford; five sisters, Anna Silva of New Bedford, Eva Nolan of Chicago, Amelia Gomes, Antonia Rozario and Stella Lopes all of New Bedford; and a grandson.
Arrangements were by the Cummings-Gagne Funeral Home, 82 Cliff St.

Frank Rodrigues
NEW YORK -- Frank Rodrigues, 59, formerly of New Bedford, died Tuesday, June 11, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the son of Aurora Rodrigues of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and the late Frank Rodrigues.
He was born in New Bedford and lived in New York City for the last 30 years.
He was employed as a hair stylist, and traveled extensively with International Cat Fanciers as a judge.
He was a graduate of Mt. Carmel School, New Bedford High School and attended Philadelphia School of Art.
Survivors include his mother; a sister, Laurinda Curtis of Hudson; an aunt, Virginia B. Rapoza of New Bedford; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by the Reddens Funeral Home, 325 W. 14th St.
A memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

Silent screen actress Brigitte Helm
ASCONA, Switzerland -- Brigitte Helm, who starred as the robot-vamp in Fritz Lang's silent screen classic "Metropolis," has died, a family spokesman said. She was 90.
The spokesman refused to give any details, but municipal authorities in Ascona, where she lived for a number of years, said she died Tuesday.
Local newspapers in the southern, Italian-speaking canton of Ticino said she died of heart failure.
Ms. Helm was best known for her work in the 1926 film "Metropolis," in which she played both a virtuous young woman named Maria and a robot-seductress made to look just like the real Maria.
Ms. Helm next made a string of movies in which she almost always had the starring role, and she easily made the transition to sound movies.
Her last film was "Ein idealer Gatte" (An Ideal Spouse) in 1935. She married twice, the second time to industrialist Hugo Kunheim, with whom she had four children.

Gene Champagne, at 66
WELLESLEY -- Gene Champagne of Wellesley, an electrical engineer and an actor who appeared regularly in the "Spenser: For Hire" television series, died Monday. He was 66.
The cause of death was not given.
Mr. Champagne was born in Lawrence. He graduated in 1955 from Northeastern University, where he was captain of an undefeated football team.
He worked as an electrical engineer for Honeywell-Bush in Billerica for 27 years, and later was a self-employed tax consultant and real estate agent. He also was a model.
A widower, he is survived by his fiancee, two sons, a daughter, two brothers, a sister, two grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Russell R. Brightman Jr.

CHAUVIN, La. -- Russell R. "Porky" Brightman Jr., 31, died at home unexpectedly, Monday, June 10, 1996. He was the husband of Elizabeth A. (Paczosa) Brightman and son of Russell R. Brightman of Houma, La., and Claire E. (Lucas) Housewright of New Bedford.
He was born and lived in New Bedford for 27 years before moving to Louisiana four years ago.
He was employed by various companies as a laborer.
Survivors include his widow and parents; a son, Russell R. Brightman III of New Bedford; a step-father, Leon M. Housewright of New Bedford; five brothers, Barry J. Brightman of Gastonia, N.C., James F. DeMoranville Jr. of Wareham, Thomas R. Lackie Jr. of Acushnet, Richard K. Lackie of New Bedford and Leon M. Housewright Jr. of New Bedford; two sisters, Brenda L. Brightman of Freetown and Lori A. DeMoranville of Lakeville.
Arrangements are by the Kirby Funeral Home, 61 Tarkiln Hill Road, New Bedford.

Marie Ann Caron
NEW BEDFORD -- Marie Ann (Gouin) Caron, 89, formerly of Emery Street, died Thursday, June 13, 1996, at the Mediplex Center after a brief illness.
She was the widow of Edmund J. Caron and daughter of the late Eric and Eugenia (Dulac) Gouin.
Born in St. Zenon, Canada, she had lived in the New Bedford area for 72 years and was a communicant of St. Anne's Church. She was a Gold Star Mother.
Survivors include two sons, Joseph G.R. Boudreau and Augustine "Pete" Caron, both of New Bedford; one daughter, Roseanna "Rose" Wilde, of New Bedford; three brothers in Canada, 28 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was the mother of the late Edmond J. Caron Jr. and Irene Lowney.
Arrangements are by the Cabral-Lamoureux Funeral Home, 177 Cove St.

Rosa Silva
FALL RIVER -- Rosa (Clemente) Silva, 64, of Fall River, died Thursday, June 13, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Fernando G. Silva.
Mrs. Silva died at home.
Born in St. Michael, Azores, she was the daughter of the late Manuel da Silva Clemente and Isadora (Botelho) Clemente.
She lived in Fall River the past 28 years and was a communicant of Santo Christo Church.
She is survived by three daughters, Mary Isabel Branconner and Lucy C. Silva, both of Fall River, and Fernanda Lopes of New Bedford; a son, Sid Silva on New Bedford; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Oliviera Funeral Home, 215 Columbia St., Fall River.

Margaret Jones, 90
ASHBURNHAM -- Margaret (Deasy) Jones, 90 died at home Thursday, June 13, 1996. She was the widow of Alexander J. Jones and daughter of the late John and Helen (Hicks) Deasy.
She was born in New Bedford and lived in New Bedford and South Dartmouth before moving to Ashburnham 13 years ago.
She was formerly employed as a bookkeeper on Wall Street in New York and later as a bookkeeper at a fish company in New Bedford until her retirement many years ago.
Mrs. Jones was a graduate of Holy Family High School.
Survivors include a grandson, Richard S. Jones of Ashburnham with whom she resided; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was the mother of the late Dorothy Jones.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford.

Eleanor A. Redanz
NEW BEDFORD -- Eleanor A. "Ellie" (Smith) Redanz, 61, died Friday, June 14, 1996.
She was the widow of Paul W. Redanz and daughter of the late Clarence and Emily (Buckner) Smith.
She died at home.
Born in New York, she lived there and in New Bedford for most of her life.
She was formerly employed by St. Luke's Hospital for more than 10 years as a communications operator.
Survivors include four sons; Gerald Audette of Boston; Lloyd Audette of New Bedford; Paul W. Redanz Jr. of Provincetown, and William Joseph Redanz of New Bedford; a daughter, Dianne L. Couto-Pacheco of Westport; a brother, Harold Smith of Bronx, N.Y.; a sister, Gloria Cannon of New York; seven grandchildren; a great-grandson, and several nieces and nephews
She was the sister of the late Clarence "Sonny" Smith Jr. and Winfred Smith.
Arrangements are by Saunders-Dwyer Funeral Home, 495 Park St.

Rev. Justin J. Quinn
FALL RIVER -- The Rev. Justin J. Quinn, 69, who had served in many New Bedford area parishes, died Friday, June 14, 1996, at the Catholic Memorial Home.
He was the son of the late Michael James and Josephine (Ryan) Quinn.
Born in New York City, Rev. Quinn graduated from Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx before attending the Maryknoll Minor Seminary in Pennsylvania and Maryknoll Major Seminary in New York as well as St. John's Seminary in Brighton.
Ordained as a priest on Jan. 25, 1953, at St. Mary's Cathedral in Fall River, he served as an assistant pastor at St. Mary's, St. Thomas More Church in Somerset, St. Kilian Church and St. Lawrence Church in New Bedford. He later served as pastor of St. Elizabeth Church in Edgartown before returning to New Bedford as pastor of St. Kilian's. He then was transferred to St. Rita in Marion, then Immaculate Conception Church in Fall River.
He then served as parochial vicar at St. Anne's Church in Fall River and chaplain at Madonna Manor in North Attleboro before moving to the Priest's Hostel in Fall River in 1994.
His love for children was obvious to anyone who spoke with him. While working at St. Mary's Home for Children in New Bedford, where he was the father figure to many children, he said, "Love of God and love of neighbor. It may sound hackneyed, but if you have a love a lot flows from that. Honesty and sincerity come. Truthfulness. If you've got those, people can trust you. A father has to be trusted."
Rev. Quinn had also served as director of Holy Family High School in New Bedford where he was active in the athletic program. He is survived by several cousins.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Lydia S. Medeiros
NEW BEDFORD -- Lydia S. Medeiros, 86, died at home Friday, June 14, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Charles Medeiros and daughter of the late Rosaline (Brown) and Thomas Sylvia.
She was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and a communicant of St. James Church.
She was formerly employed by a local pajama factory as a seamstress until her retirement.
Mrs. Medeiros was a member of the New Bedford Senior Citizens.
Survivors include a son, Richard Medeiros of New Bedford; four daughters, Margaret Tavares of New Bedford, Nancy Medeiros of Norwich, Vt., Cecelia Caldeira of New Haven, Conn., and Mildred Kikas of Baltimore; a sister, Delphina Aguiar of East Boston; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.

Albert T. Moniz
NEW BEDFORD -- Albert T. Moniz, 75, died unexpectedly Friday, June 14, 1996. He was the husband of Otillia "Tillie" (Paulino) Moniz and son of the late Maria (Rezendes) and Manuel Moniz.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
He was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church.
He was formerly the proprietor of Moniz Used Cars on Grape Street until his retirement.
Mr. Moniz was a World War II Army veteran, a member of Holy Ghost Societies of both Fairhaven and Mattapoisett, the Mount Carmel Seniors, the Moose Golden Agers and the Holy Name Society of St. John the Baptist Church.
Survivors include his widow; fours sons, Alan Moniz, Richard Moniz and Albert Moniz, all of Naples, Fla., and Paul Moniz of Taunton; a daughter, Kathryn Hodgkins of North Dartmouth; a sister, Lillian Churro of New Bedford; and eight grandchildren.
He was the father of the late Marie Moniz and brother of the late Gilda Freitas, Bertha Freitas and Alfred Moniz.
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.


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