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Kathleen R. Wade
FAIRHAVEN -- Kathleen R. (Gallego) Wade, 52, died Friday, June 14, 1996, after a long illness. She was the wife of Kenneth A. Wade and daughter of Matthew Gallego of Miami, Fla., and the late Helen (Macomber) Gallego.
She died at Boston University Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, she lived in Fairhaven the past 20 years and was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in New Bedford. She was employed by King's Kids Pre-School in New Bedford as a teacher for the past 12 years until March of this year.
Mrs. Wade was a graduate of Fisher Junior College, where she received her associate's degree in child development.
Survivors include her widower; her father; a son, Cash M. Wade of Fairhaven; two brothers, Kent Gallego of Stafford Springs, Conn., and Douglas Gallego of Mashpee; a sister, Pamela Souza of Westport; two grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
She was also the sister of the late Cash Gallego.
Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St.

Roger M. Jason
FAIRHAVEN -- Roger M. Jason, 39, of Shirley Street, died at home Saturday, June 15, 1996. He was the son of Roger W. and Jeannine M. (Zeude) Jason of Fairhaven.
Born in New Bedford, he lived in Fairhaven most of his life. For many years, Mr. Jason was an independent owner/operator truck driver until recently, when he was employed by the Frank Corp. of New Bedford as a truck driver.
Survivors include his parents; a son, Ryan G. Lambert of New Bedford; two brothers, Jean A. Jason and Jeffrey W. Jason of Fairhaven; a sister, Joyce J. Poirier of New Bedford; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Fairlawn Mortuary, 180 Washington St.

John H.P. Brightman Sr.
FALL RIVER -- John H.P. Brightman Sr., 87, of Meridian Street, formerly of South Main Street, Assonet, died Sunday, June 16, 1996. He was the widower of Marian Graham (Thynge) Brightman and son of the late John T. and Daisy (Orton) Brightman.
He died at the Crawford Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Born in Fall River, he lived his early life in Fall River and in Middleboro for 20 years before moving to Assonet in 1979. He returned to Fall River two years ago.
For many years, Mr. Brightman worked with his father, operating the former John T. Brightman & Son Cedar Post business on Meridian Street. In 1947, he began work at the former Anawan Pulp & Lumber Co. in Rumford, R.I., where he was employed for 20 years. He was also a Knapp shoe salesman for many years and more recently worked with his son at the Brightman Lumber Co. in Assonet.
Mr. Brightman was a member and former deacon of the First Congregational Church in Middleboro. He attended the First Congregational Church in Fall River and was a member of the Forever Young Club of Assonet. He was also known as an avid dancer and a collector of pipes and matchbook covers.
Survivors include a son, John H.P. Brightman Jr. of North Dartmouth; two daughters, Daisy A. Randall of Fall River and Deborah T. Cabral of Tewksbury; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was also the brother of the late Eleanor C. Hart, Bertha Picard, Ethel Brightman, Marion Hughes and Gladys Mooney.
Arrangements are by the Hathaway Home for Funerals, 1813 Robeson St.

Norman W. DeMoranville Jr.
ROCHESTER -- Norman W. DeMoranville Jr., 65, died at home Sunday, June 16, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Carol E. (Clark) DeMoranville and son of the late Norman W. and Bertha (Pittsley) DeMoranville.
Born in Freetown, he lived in Rochester for 17 years and was a member of the Long Plain Methodist Church.
He was employed as a logsman until his retirement.
Mr. DeMoranville was a Korean War Army veteran and a member of the Lakeville Eagles.
Survivors include his widow; two sons, Raymond N. DeMoranville of Assonet and David K. DeMoranville of North Attleboro; a daughter, Debra M. Sylvia of New Bedford; a brother, Wilfred F. DeMoranville of Carver; a sister, Charlotte Pittsley of Freetown; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also the father of the late Norma Ann DeMoranville and brother of the late Louise Anderson, Vivian Westgate, Regina Pittsley, Oswald Cornell, Leo Cornell, Kenneth Cornell and Donald Cornell.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford.
Due to incomplete information given to the funeral home, Mr. DeMoranville's late daughter and late sisters and brothers were omitted in Monday's obituary.

Wayne Ciandella
NEW BEDFORD -- Wayne Ciandella, 44, died Friday, June 14, 1996, after a long illness. He was the son of Cynthia E. Huston of New Bedford and Carmine Ciandella of New Jersey.
He died in New Mexico.
He was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and was a commercial fisherman for many years until his illness.
Survivors include his parents; three brothers, Victor Ciandella of South Dartmouth, Daniel Huston of Florida and Kenneth Huston of New Bedford; a niece; and a nephew.
Arrangements were made in New Mexico.

Effie M. Mullett, 91
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Effie Mae (Gifford) Mullett, 91, died April 13, 1996. She was the widow of James F. Mullett Sr.
Born in Malden, she lived in Fairhaven from 1947 to 1960 and then lived in Acushnet until moving to Tamarac, Fla. in 1965.
Survivors include two sons, James Mullett Jr. and John Mullett of Florida; a daughter, June (Mullett) Sorensen of Florida; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four nephews.
Memorial services were held in several churches throughout Florida.

Anna LaFrance Mello
NEW BEDFORD -- Anna (Gaumond) LaFrance Mello, 81, died Monday, June 17, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Walter C. LaFrance and was briefly married to John Mello. She was the daughter of the late Louis and Marie (Vautour) Gaumond.
She died at Our Lady's Haven.
She was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and a communicant of St. Lawrence Church.
She was formerly employed by area textile mills for most of her life.
Mrs. Mello was a proud member of The International Ladies Garment Workers Union, now UNITE. She was also a participant at Elderhaven Adult Care Center until her illness.
Survivors include two daughters, Lillian LaFrance of Acushnet and Jeanne Stevens of New Bedford; her longtime companion, Lee Ladetto of New Bedford; a sister, Betty Chasse of New Bedford; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was also the mother of the late Claire Sylvia and the late Walter LaFrance.
Arrangements are by the Austin-Carney Funeral Home, 549 County St.

Norman Baron
MURIETTA, Calif. -- Norman Baron, 67, formerly of New Bedford, died Sunday, June 16, 1996 after a brief illness. He was the husband of Norma (Swistak) Baron and son of the late William and Nancy Ellen (Leaver) Baron.
Survivors include a sister, Patricia Baron Zajec, and two grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Miller-Jones Mortuary, 26770 Murietta Road, Sun City, Calif.

Vittorina D. Boynton
WAREHAM -- Vittorina D. (Ravaioli) Boynton, 89, died Saturday, June 15, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Lester H. Boynton and daughter of the late Domenico and Maria Luisa (Sitta) Ravaioli.
She died at Forestview Nursing Home.
Born in Palata-Pepoli, Italy, she moved to the United States in 1912. She lived in Plymouth for a short time and moved to Wareham in 1917.
She was employed by the New Bedford & Agawam Finishing Co., located where the Wareham Elks Lodge is located now, as a machine attendant for many years. She also was employed by the East Wareham Post Office during World War II as a clerk and she served the town of Wareham for many years as a poll worker during elections.
Survivors include a brother, Dante W. Ravaioli of W. Wareham; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also the mother of the late Arlene Boynton and sister of the late Gino J. Ravaioli.
Arrangements are by the Stott, Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway.

Marie J. Golen
NEW BEDFORD -- Marie J. "Jean" (Gaulin) Golen, 79, died Monday, June 17, 1996. She was the widow of Joseph L. Golen and daughter of the late Edgar and Mathilda (Bertrand) Gaulin.
She died at Tobey Hospital in Wareham.
Born in Willimantic, Conn., she lived in New Bedford most of her life and was a communicant of Holy Name Church. She was employed by Cape Cod Sportswear as a stitcher until her retirement.
Mrs. Golen was a member and past president of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Senior Citizens, a member of the St. Casimir Senior Citizens and a volunteer reader at the H. A. Kempton School.
Survivors include a son, Lenard Golen of Uxbridge; four daughters, Linda Gaudreau of San Diego, Calif., Lorraine Denes of New Galilee, Pa., Theresa Golen of East Freetown and Joelle Sladewski of Wareham; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Aldea Gauthier-Gosselin, 92
FAIRHAVEN -- Aldea I. Gauthier-Gosselin, 92, formerly of Adams Street, died Monday, June 17, 1996. She was the widow of Arthur Gauthier and Rodolph Gosselin and daughter of the late Henri and Victorine (Desautel) Tetreault.
She died at Sacred Heart Nursing Home in New Bedford.
She was born in Notre Dame, Canada and had been a resident of Fairhaven for the past 50 years. She was a communicant of St. Mary Church in Fairhaven and the former Sacred Heart Church of Fairhaven.
Mrs. Gauthier-Gosselin was a member of St. Joseph's Seniors of New Bedford, The Happy Group of New Bedford and she was an avid baker.
Survivors include five daughters, Jeannine Auger of Lakeville; Yolande Davis of Fall River, Rochelle Fleurent of Fairhaven, Violet Godlewski of East Hartford, Conn. and Lucille Douville of Storres, Conn.; two sisters, Cecile Dubois of Hartford, Conn., and Alice Paquette of Cowensulle, Canada; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was also the mother of the late Irene Ferreira.
Arrangements are by the Brooklawn Funeral Home, 15 Irvington Ct., New Bedford.

Arthur O. Bramwell
PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- Arthur O. Bramwell, 65, died Sunday, June 16, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Theresa E. (LaCombe) Bramwell and son of the late Walter and Alice (Morrissette) Bramwell.
He died at Vencor Hospital in Tampa.
Born in New Bedford, he lived in New Bedford and Florida all his life. He was employed by Levitz Furniture in Fort Lauderdale as a furniture refinisher until his illness and prior to that he was employed by Kaplan's and U.S. Furniture in New Bedford as a furniture refinisher since 1971.
Mr. Bramwell was a Korean War Army veteran.
Survivors include his widow; a son, Wayne Bramwell of Hickory, N.C.; a daughter, Wendy Heim of Harwinton, Conn.; a sister, Lillian Breganti of Port Charlotte, Fla.; a brother, Gerald Bramwell of South Dartmouth; a granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.
He was also the brother of the late Walter Bramwell and Bertha Fernandes.
Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven.

Jeremiah McCarthy, 83, hero in Iwo Jima battle
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Joseph Jeremiah McCarthy, the Chicago firefighter whose heroic dash across a killing field in World War II's Battle of Iwo Jima earned him a Medal of Honor, has died. He was 83.
The war hero had suffered from heart disease the past year, then developed pneumonia about six weeks ago, according to Anthony Forgione of Pompano Beach, a World War II Marine buddy who fought alongside Mr. McCarthy in the island-hopping Pacific campaign against the Japanese.
Mr. McCarthy died Saturday night at Delray Community Hospital. Burial was set for Monday at Arlington National Cemetery after memorial services today at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.
"I'd rather have one of these than be president," President Harry Truman told Mr. McCarthy when he decorated the Chicagoan in a White House ceremony on Oct. 5, 1945.
Last year, on the 50th anniversary of Iwo Jima, Mr. McCarthy went to Arlington to honor his fallen comrades.
Earlier, in 1949, Mr. McCarthy drove from Maine to North Carolina, paying visits to the families of 26 of his buddies. Each one of them, he said, had been just as brave as he was on Iwo Jima -- but not as lucky.
"He was not a one-shot hero," Mr. Forgione said Monday. "He was a hero at every campaign and everything he did."
Mr. McCarthy wished there would never again be a need for battlefield heroes.
"I would hope and pray there never be another Medal of Honor issued," Mr. McCarthy said in a 1992 interview. "I hope and pray there's never any more wars. But we've got to remain strong."
On Feb. 19, 1945, about 60,000 Marines went ashore on Iwo Jima, an 8-square-mile island of rock, volcanic ash and black sand.
Two days later, Mr. McCarthy led his men, zig-zagging across a 75-yard field swept by enemy fire from in front and on both sides. He took one Japanese pillbox single-handedly, then led the storming of a second.
"I was scared all the time," Mr. McCarthy said later. "Any man tells you he wasn't scared was an imbecile. But you dealt with it."
The 36-day battle for Iwo Jima took the lives of nearly 7,000 Americans and about 20,000 of the 22,000 Japanese defenders.
After World War II, Mr. McCarthy went right back to work at the Chicago Fire Department. He retired in 1973, and split his time between homes in Wisconsin and Delray Beach. His wife, Anita, died in 1978. The couple had no children.

Amelia D. McBride
NEW BEDFORD -- Amelia D. (Daborowski) McBride, 78, died Monday, June 17, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Edward G. McBride and daughter of the late Alexander and Helena (Piatkiewicz) Daborowski.
She died at Mariner Healthcare of Southeastern Massachusetts.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, Mrs. McBride was a member of the Polish Business and Professional Women's Club.
Survivors include a daughter, Joan M. Belinsky of Oxford, Conn., and three grandchildren.
She was also the mother of the late Geraldine M. Hood.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Michael Gula
NEW BEDFORD -- Michael Gula, 83, died at home Tuesday, June 18, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Helen Alys (Adamowski) Gula and son of the late Stanley and Sophie (Kobylarz) Gula.
He was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and a communicant of St. Casimir Church. He was employed by the city of New Bedford as a deputy inspector of wires and as a master electrician until his retirement in 1979.
Mr. Gula was a World War II Air Force veteran and retained the rank of staff sergeant. He was assigned to the 379th Bomb Group (H) and the 525th Squadron Armorer. He was a member of the Polish American Veterans, the Polish National Alliance and the Disabled American Veterans.
Mr. Gula and his wife had been married for 50 years. He graduated from New Bedford Vocational High School.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Janet G. Feingold of North Dartmouth; a son, Michael P. Gula of North Dartmouth; a sister, Mary V. Gula of New Bedford; and six grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

William H. Reed

NEW BEDFORD -- William H. Reed, 84, died Monday, June 17, 1996, after a long illness. He was the widower of Mary (Travis) Reed and Loretta (Cote) Reed and son of the late William and Mary A. (Concannon) Reed Green.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
He was born and lived in Fall River for approximately 20 years, living in New Bedford most of his life. He was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church.
He was employed by several businesses as a security guard, including Pinkerton Security and Investigation Services, until his retirement.
Survivors include two stepchildren, Lorraine Mello of Whitehaven, Pa., and Peachie Souza of New Bedford; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two nieces and a nephew and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Arrangements are by the Austin-Carney Funeral Home, 549 County St.

Dorothy F. Raymond
NEW BEDFORD -- Dorothy F. (Fielding) Raymond, 83, died Sunday, June 16, 1996. She was the wife of T. Lincoln Raymond and daughter of the late Robert C. and Sarah F. (Gifford) Fielding.
She died at Hathaway Manor Extended Care Facility, where she had resided for the last several years.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, she worked at the former Browne's Drug Store in downtown New Bedford and the former Grover's Restaurant on Kempton Street.
Mrs. Raymond and her husband celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 17 of this year.
Survivors include her husband; two sisters, Beverly A. Tonge of Waldwick, N.J. and Elsie Murley of Hawthorne, N.J.; and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by the Donaghy Funeral Home, 465 County St.

Kyle W. Mellen
TIVERTON, R.I. -- Kyle W. Mellen, 9, died accidentally Sunday, June 16, 1996, while riding his bicycle on Crandall Road in Tiverton. He was the son of Dwane Mellen and Caroline (Pelletier) Mellen of Tiverton.
Born in Fall River on July 4, 1986, Kyle was a fourth grade student at the Ranger School in Tiverton. He was involved in Tiverton soccer and little league.
Survivors include his parents; two brothers, Eric James Mellen and Jake Walter Mellen of Tiverton; his paternal grandmother, Patricia D. Mellen of Fall River, formerly of New Bedford; his paternal grandfather, William S. Mellen of Swansea; his maternal grandmother, Jacqueline Pelletier of Tiverton; his great-grandmothers, Diane Bouchard of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Flora Mellen and Florence Haladin, both of Fall River; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Arrangements are by the Boule Funeral Home, 615 Broadway, Fall River.

Kenneth Hesford
MANCHESTER, Conn. -- Kenneth Hesford, 68, died Tuesday, June 18, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Jacqueline (Roy) Hesford and son of the late Benjamin and Lillian (Grenada) Hesford.
He died at St. Bartholomew Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, he lived in Connecticut for more than 40 years and was a communicant of St. Bartholomew Church. He was formerly employed by Pratt Whitney in East Hartford and worked at various machine shops until his retirement.
Mr. Hesford was a World War II Navy veteran.
Survivors include his widow; a son, Christopher K. Hesford of Manchester; a daughter, Donna Jones of Vernon; a brother, Henry Hesford of New Bedford; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Watkins Funeral Home, 142 E. Center St., Manchester, Conn.

Eugenia A. DaGraca, 93
SAN FRANCISCO -- Eugenia A. (Andrade) DaGraca, 93, died Monday, June 17, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the daughter of the late Bernardino and Juana (Fernandes) Andrade.
She died at the Sheffield Nursing Home.
Born in Brava, Cape Verde, she came to New Bedford at the age of 15 and moved to California in 1955. She was employed by local textile mills as a speeder tender until her retirement.
Survivors include a son, Marcelino R. Gomes of New Bedford; three daughters, Lillian J. Gomes of Livermore, Mildred Baptista of Wareham and Gladys Gomes of San Francisco; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also the mother of the late Nora Harris and sister of the late Joaquim Andrade, Manuel Andrade, Mary Lopes and Ana Ramos.
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St., New Bedford.

Alida M. Coppa
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Alida Martin Coppa, 74, died at home, Monday, June 17, 1996. She was the widow of Raymond R. Coppa and daughter of the late Jean Martin and Eleonore LeBlanc Martin.
She was born in Fairhaven and lived in Ann Arbor for the past 45 years, where she was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
Mrs. Coppa co-owned and operated the Lord Fox Restaurant in Dixboro until her retirement. She was an affiliate of the University of Michigan President's Club, an active member of the Ann Arbor Northeast Senior Center, and a lifetime member of the Retirees Club of the Acushnet Rubber Mfg. Co.
Her compassion and generosity toward her community, friends and neighbors will be among her loved ones' most precious memories.
Survivors include four daughters, Marie E. Coppa and Donna L. Mills-Redlin of Ann Arbor, Cheryl C. Webb of Louisville, Colo., and Ramona A Brown of Lake Havasu City, Az.; three sisters, Floris Arsenault of Manchester, Conn., Eleonore Bernard of Acushnet and Annette Mullaney of Cincinnati, Ohio; a brother, Rudolph Martin of Buzzard's Bay; and seven grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Muehlig Funeral Chapel, 403 S. Fourth Ave.

Helena F. Kenyon
NEW BEDFORD -- Helena F. (Yazbeck) Kenyon, 76, died Tuesday, June 18, 1996, after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Farris and Satoot (Joseph) Yazbeck.
She was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and a parishioner of Our Lady of Purgatory Maronite Catholic Church.
She was employed as a battery hand and winder at various clothing mills in the area until her retirement.
She was a member of the Lebanese-American Ladies Veteran Auxiliary, Our Lady of Purgatory Ladies Guild and a was a long-time beano and kitchen worker for her church.
Survivors include a sister, Betty Lucas of Mattapoisett; two nephews, Antone Rapoza of Florida and Robert Rapoza of New Bedford; a niece, Shirley Arruda of Acushnet; and several other nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
She was also the sister of the late Nasema Nessar, Katherine Robinson, Barbara Yazbeck, Cecelia Rapoza, Sadie Noll, Amelia Mitchell, Harry Yazbeck, Farris Yazbeck Jr., Maroon Yazbeck, Anthony Yazbeck and Affifi Vieira.
Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven.

Inez Gifford
WESTPORT -- Inez (Potter) Gifford, 82, of Drift Road, died Tuesday, June 18, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Stanley E. Gifford and daughter of the late Abram J. and Jennie P. (Mosher) Potter.
She died at St. Anne's Hospital.
She was a lifelong resident of Westport and a graduate of Westport High School.
She was employed by New England Tel. & Tel. as a telephone operator, working in both the New Bedford and Westport offices for 39 years until her retirement.
She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers.
Survivors include a daughter, Sandra G. Diskin of Warwick, R.I.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Potter Funeral Home, 81 Reed Road.

Odilio Figueroa
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Odilio "Lee" Figueroa, 32, died Thursday, May 30, 1996. He was the son of Mary Ann Figueroa of Wareham and Odilio Figueroa of Puerto Rico.
Born and raised in Wareham, he lived in Oakland the past 14 years.
Survivors include his fiancee, Gail Kingsbury of Oakland; three children, Lee, Nicole and Leonna, all of Oakland; a brother, Benjamin Figueroa of Wareham; and five sisters, April Lopes and Annette "Cookie" Roderick, both of California, Valerie Figueroa of Marion, Joaquim Figueroa of Wareham and Lynn Figueroa of Boston.
Arrangements were by the C. P. Bannon Funeral Home, Oakland.


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