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Terrel H. Bell
SALT LAKE CITY -- Former U.S. Department of Education Secretary Terrel H. Bell, who was credited with starting a national school reform movement, died Saturday of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 74.
Mr. Bell headed the Education Department from 1981 to 1985 under President Ronald Reagan. Afterward, he remained active in promoting education and learning, founding the educational consulting firm T.H. Bell and Associates. He wrote "How to Shape Up Our Nation's Schools" in 1991.
Mr. Bell's leadership at the education department led to the "A Nation At Risk Report," which prompted a school reform movement to make education consistent with the demands of a modern-day market. The 1983 report found serious flaws in the nation's education system and concluded that schools were drowning in mediocrity.
"While small in stature, to those of us who knew him and watched him at work, he was a giant in the pursuit of excellence in education," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
Mr. Bell served as commissioner of education under presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Mr. Reagan before he was appointed education secretary.
Thomas C. Anderson, who was his chief of staff for two years, said Mr. Bell was instrumental in helping President Reagan and the nation understand the importance of education. Mr. Bell originally was appointed as secretary to phase out the Education Department, which was created by President Carter.
"Ted Bell really was Ronald Reagan's master teacher as far as education," said Mr. Anderson, an assistant Utah attorney general and counsel to the Utah Board of Regents. "He felt down to the bottom of his feet that education was the hope of the future."
Mr. Bell was born in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, on Nov. 11, 1921.
He worked as a superintendent and principal in Wyoming before moving to Utah, where served as superintendent of several school districts and served as commissioner for higher education.
[Published 6-24-1996]

Rep. Bill Emerson
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Bill Emerson, a Missouri Republican who was trying to run for re-election while battling inoperable lung cancer, died Saturday at Bethesda Naval Medical Center in suburban Maryland. He was 58.
Rep. Emerson, a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee, had been hospitalized for observation June 17 with a respiratory infection stemming from his ongoing cancer treatment. But there had been no indication he was in imminent danger.
"I am resting comfortably and following doctors' orders," Rep. Emerson said in a written statement issued June 20, the first public acknowledgement of his hospitalization.
Rep. Emerson was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer in the fall and had been undergoing alternating chemotherapy and radiation treatments. His wife and family were with him when he died.
Rep. Emerson was running for re-election to a ninth term representing southeast Missouri's 8th District, even though it was nearly impossible for him to return home. But the eight-term Republican had expressed pride at not missing a single vote earlier this year, despite having to occasionally nap on couches in the House cloakroom during late-night debate.
He also was confident that his illness would not stop his re-election.
"I have not faltered. I expect I'm going to continue doing the job," Rep. Emerson had said in a recent interview. But he did have to resort to using a wheelchair in recent days, and was often seen using an oxygen mask as he came to vote on the House floor.
If he had been re-elected and the GOP held its majority in the House, Rep. Emerson would have been in line to become the next chairman of the Agriculture Committee, a key assignment for his sprawling rural district.
"All of Congress will feel the loss of Bill Emerson," said House Speaker Newt Gingrich. "He was a leader on nutrition programs and a man who was admired on both sides of the aisle. Our thoughts and prayers are with (Emerson's wife) Jo Ann and his family tonight."
"Bill Emerson was a man very focused on serving his constituents and a masterful politician," said Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, a Democrat whose son was defeated by Rep. Emerson in 1990.
Rep. Emerson was a creature of Congress for much of his life, first coming to Washington as a House page in the 1950s and then going to work for Kansas Rep. Bob Ellsworth.
After working as a lobbyist and for Maryland Sen. Charles Mathias, Rep. Emerson ran for Congress in 1980 and had relatively little trouble winning re-election after that. Much of his work focused on the Agriculture Committee, particularly food stamps and hunger programs, but his interests ran from advocating English as the U.S. government's official language to a constitutional amendment banning flag-burning.
Rep. Emerson was a pack-a-day cigarette smoker when he was diagnosed with lung cancer in November. The tumor was too close to his carotid artery to remove surgically.
He had said that having cancer changed his outlook on life, particularly his desire to spend more time with his two younger daughters and his wife. He also left two older children.
"You do have a totally different sense than I've ever experienced in my life," he said. "You say, if I get better, I don't want to do things the old way anymore. I want to do things differently. You have different priorities."
Funeral arrangements were pending.
[Published 6-24-1996]

Mary C. Lafaille
NEW BEDFORD -- Mary C. (Stanilonis) Lafaille, 86 of Acushnet Avenue, formerly of County Street, died Sunday, June 23, 1996. She was the widow of Capt. Peter J. Lafaille, USA Ret., and daughter of the late Joseph and Domenca (Berutis) Stanilonis.
She was born in Newton and lived in New Bedford for the past 16 years, previously living in California.
She was employed by Fairclough & Gold Curtain Mfg. of Boston before she was married.
Survivors include a brother, Joseph Stanilonis of Revere; and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Donaghy Funeral Home, 465 County St.

Palmira Jacome
NEW BEDFORD -- Palmira Jacome, 71, died Sunday, June 23, 1996, after a long illness. She was the wife of Jose Jacome and daughter of the late Maria Concepcion (Silveira) and Francisco Silveira Luis.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
She was born in Terceira, Azores, Portugal and lived in New Bedford for 20 years. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Luisa Barcelos, Guida Santos and Teresa Santos, all of New Bedford; a son, Gilbert Cardoza of Sao Paulo, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.

Joseph R. Bauer
ACUSHNET -- Joseph R. Bauer, 73, died at home Saturday, June 22, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Marie Leah (Richard) Bauer and son of the late Joseph and Emily (Murther) Bauer.
Born in New Bedford, he lived in Acushnet for 49 years and was a communicant of St. Francis Xavier Church.
He was formerly employed by Dartmouth Finishing Co. as a stationary fireman until his retirement.
Mr. Bauer was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the Teamsters Union.
Survivors include his widow; a son, Richard R. Bauer of Acushnet; two grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also the brother of the late Helen Buckles, Anna Worsley and Gertrude Albanese.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford.

Joseph Gagliardi
NEW BEDFORD -- Joseph Gagliardi, 77, died Sunday, June 23, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Albina (Tarini) Gagliardi and son of the late Palestino and Luisa (Peitavino) Gagliardi.
He died at the Hathaway Manor Extended Care Facility.
He was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church.
He was formerly employed by the former Giusti Baking Co. as a foreman for 40 years until his retirement in 1973.
Mr. Gagliardi was a World War II Navy veteran, serving in the Pacific, and was a member of the Italian War Veterans and the Baker Confectioners Union of America.
Survivors include his widow; two sons, Albert Joseph Gagliardi of Hastings on Hudson, N.Y., and Michael Paul Gagliardi of Rochester; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also the brother of the late Elena Baccelli.
Arrangements are by the Austin-Carney Funeral Home, 549 County St.

Robert J. Sullivan
NEW BEDFORD -- Robert J. Sullivan, 75, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 23, 1996. He was the husband of Frances C. (Daly) Sullivan and son of the late Michael F. and Anna V. (Wrigley) Sullivan.
He was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and a communicant of St. Lawrence Church.
He was formerly employed by New England Telephone Co. as an installer-repairman until his retirement in 1982.
He was a member and director of the Andrews-Dahill Post 1531 Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a collector for the Catholic Charities Appeal at St. Lawrence Church for many years.
Mr. Sullivan served as a master sergeant in the Army during World War II.
Survivors include his widow; a son, Michael F. Sullivan of Mattapoisett; four daughters, Suzanne M. Sullivan of Fairhaven, Kathleen S. Mandly and Mary Elizabeth Gamache, both of New Bedford, and Patricia S. Bosworth of Dartmouth; a brother, Richard S. Sullivan of Montebello, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also the brother of the late Arthur F. Sullivan.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Mabel Casey
FAIRHAVEN -- Mabel (Gurney) Casey, 87, died at home Sunday, June 23, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Daniel A. Casey and daughter of the late Alfred and Matilda (Goyetche) Gurney.
She was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, and lived in Fairhaven most of her life. She was a parishioner of St. Mary's Church.
She was formerly employed by the Fairhaven school system for 25 years as a cafeteria worker until her retirement in 1974.
Survivors include two sons, Herbert Casey of Fairhaven and Milton Casey of Memphis, Tenn.; a daughter, Ann Kelly of Virginia Beach, Va.; two sisters, Ethel Demers and Freda Tripanier, both of Fairhaven; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St.

Geraldine E. Rowe-Quimet
DARTMOUTH -- Geraldine E. Rowe-Quimet, 73, of Crosby Street, South Dartmouth, died at home Saturday, June 22, 1996. She was the widow of Irving "Bob" Rowe and Roger Quimet and daughter of the late Clayton and Mavis (Lacy) Ayer.
She was born in Bangor, Maine, and lived in South Dartmouth for the past 40 years, previously living in Brewer, Maine.
She was employed by the former Continental Screw Co. as an accounts payable supervisor for 10 years until its closing and was previously employed by the former New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad as a billing clerk.
Mrs. Quimet was a 1942 graduate of the former Maine School of Commerce, now Husson College, where she played basketball.
Survivors include a son, Dana R. Rowe of South Dartmouth; and two grandsons.
She was also the sister of the late Clayton C. and Robert Ayer.
Arrangements are by the Dartmouth Funeral Home, 230 Russells Mills Rd.

Reva Roy
MIDDLEBORO -- Reva (Lowry) Roy, 76, died at home Saturday, June 22, 1996, after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Doris (Greenlay) Lowry-Bailey and Clarence Lowry and stepdaughter of the late Alvan A. Bailey.
She was born in Quebec, Canada, and lived in Middleboro since 1954.
She was employed by the Taunton Daily Gazette, the Brockton Enterprise and the Middleboro Gazette until her retirement in 1986.
Survivors include a brother, Laurence R. Lowry of Hamilton; nephews; a niece; and grandnephews.
She was also the mother of the late Leslie D. Roy.
Arrangements are by the Egger Funeral Home, 61 Pearl St.

Jean L. Pruneau
NEW BEDFORD -- Jean Louis Pruneau, 75, of Tripp Towers, died Sunday, June 23, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the son of the late Yvonne (Therien) and John B. Pruneau.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
He was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and a communicant of St. Anthony Padua Church.
He was formerly employed by Payne Cutlery as an instrument maker until his retirement.
Mr. Pruneau was a World War II Army veteran.
Survivors include a brother, George Albert Pruneau of South Dartmouth; two nephews; two nieces; five grandnephews; two grandnieces; and a great-grandniece.
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.

Janet P. Matthews
MATTAPOISETT -- Janet P. (Perry) Matthews, 73, of Mattapoisett, died Monday, June 24, 1996. She was the wife of William H. Matthews and the daughter of the late John C. Perry and Marie (Dumont) Guglietti.
She died at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Born in Mattapoisett, she lived there for most of her life, having worked for Peter Briggs Insurance in that town for many years before retiring in 1986. She previously worked as a registrar for Old Rochester Regional High School as well as for Frank F. Sylvia Real Estate and Insurance Co. for several years.
She was a member of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church and had been co-treasurer of its Maconchu Club. She was also a member of the women's guild and she was a former choir member and Sunday school teacher.
She was also a member of the Mattapoisett Historical Society.
Survivors include her widower; two sons, John P. Matthews of Somers, Conn. and Thomas E. Matthews of East Freetown; a sister Bette Johnson of Lancaster, Calif.; three grandchildren; and three nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Fairlawn Mortuary, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven.

Janice A. Norton
FALL RIVER -- Janice A. (Flanagan) Norton died Tuesday, June 25, 1996, at home after a long illness.
She was the wife of state Sen. Thomas C. Norton, Senate Majority Whip, and daughter of the late James P. Flanagan and Adrian (Roy) Flanagan.
Born in Fall River, she graduate of Durfee High School and was a communicant, of Sts. Peter and Paul Church in her youth.
A homemaker for most of her life, Mrs. Norton worked for 12 years in the Fall River School Department. She was a communicant for the last 30 years of Holy Name Church and a member of the church's women's guild. Mrs. Norton was formerly active in the Black Friars Theater Group.
Survivors include her widower; a son, Patrick Norton of Fall River; a sister, Dorothy Hughes of Westport; a brother, James Flanagan of Fall River, and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by The Jeffrey E. Sullivan Funeral Home, 550 Locust St.

Alden T. Spooner
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. -- Alden Tobey Spooner, 68, died at home Thursday, June 20, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Shirley (Brownell) Spooner and son of the late Harold S. and Bertha (Ellis) Spooner.
Born in Fairhaven, he lived in Southeastern Massachusetts before moving to Florida He was employed by the city of New Bedford as an EMT until his retirement.
Mr. Spooner was a World War II Navy veteran and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Mattapoisett.
Survivors include his widow; three sons, Alden Tobey Spooner Jr. of Orleans, Karl Kenneth Spooner of Fairhaven, and Mark William Spooner of New Bedford; a daughter, Stephanie Louise DeMontigny of Harwich; a sister, Louise E. Kelsey of Mattapoisett; a brother, Harold S. Spooner of Boynton Beach; two stepsons, George Leach Jr. of Wareham and Stephen Leach of Dana Point, Calif.; stepdaughter, Helen Mello of Fall River; and grandchildren, nieces and nephews;
Arrangements were by the National Cremation Society in Lake Worth, Fla.

Amelia Mello
ACUSHNET -- Amelia (Pragana) Mello, 88, of Acushnet, died Tuesday, June 25, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the widow of Antonio Bento Mello and daughter of the late Jacinto deMelo and Maria Furtado (deLima) Pragana.
Born in St. Michael, Azores, she lived most of her life in New Bedford before moving to Acushnet 40 years ago.
She was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Church and was formerly employed by the Firestone Mill, where she worked for 19 years until her retirement. Prior to that, she worked at other local textile mills.
Survivors include a daughter, Edna Almeida of New Bedford; a sister, Rose Lopez of New Bedford; a granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also the sister of the late Jacintho Pragana Jr., Ricardo Pragana, Manuel Pragana, Maria Costa and Honorina Alua.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

David R. Ferreira II
FAIRHAVEN -- David R. Ferreira II, 32, died Sunday, June 23, 1996, after a long illness. He was the son of David R. Ferreira of Castleberry, Fla., and Cheryl (Foster) Graeben of Fairhaven.
Born in New Bedford, Mr. Ferreira lived most of his life in Fairhaven and was an Army veteran.
Survivors include his parents; his stepfather, Frederick Graeben of Fairhaven; two sisters, Donna Thatcher and Lori-Beth Graeben, both of Fairhaven; and two nephews, Daniel and Bruce Thatcher, both of Fairhaven.
Arrangements are by the Fairlawn Mortuary, 180 Washington St.

Vicente Alves de Moura
NEW BEDFORD -- Vicente Alves de Moura, 70, died Monday, June 24, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Madalena (Santos) de Moura and son of the late Abilio Alves and Arminda (Alves) de Moura.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Firvidas, Portugal, he lived in New Bedford since 1958 and was a communicant of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church.
He worked as a carpenter until his retirement.
Survivors include his widow; a son, Joseph de Moura of Bridgewater, N.J.; a daughter, Mary Jo Cabral of New Bedford; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Boulevard Funeral Home, 223 Ashley Blvd.

James Martin Pina
FAIRHAVEN -- James Martin Pina, 39, died unexpectedly Monday, June 24, 1996.
Born in New Bedford, Mr. Pina was the son of Dominga (Luz) Pina and the late Martin T. Pina. He lived in Fairhaven for the past 27 years.
Mr. Pina was employed by Peterson-Puritan in Cumberland, R.I., as a mechanic for five years. Prior to that, he was a machine operator at the former U.S. Ringbinder.
A 1975 graduate of Fairhaven High School, Mr. Pina was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Fairhaven.
He was a guitar player and an avid maker of model airplanes who took pride in making and firing model rockets.
Survivors include his mother; a brother, William A. Pina of Boston; his paternal grandfather, Eugene T. Pina of New Bedford; his paternal step-grandmother, Elmarinda Pina of New Bedford; and three nephews, several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Arrangements are by Fairlawn Mortuary, 180 Washington St.

Mary Thomson
FAIRHAVEN -- Mary Thomson, 84, of Alden Road, died Tuesday, June 25, 1996. She was the daughter of the late Charles E. and Mary Ellen (O'Neil) Hanrahan.
She died at the Alden Court Nursing and Rehab Center.
Born in New Bedford, Ms. Thomson was a resident of Acushnet for many years before moving to Fairhaven in 1990. She was employed in various textile companies in New Bedford before retiring in 1977.
Survivors include one son, John Thomson of New Bedford; and two daughters, Rita Rego of New Bedford and Marian Richard of Acushnet.
Ms. Thomson was also the sister of the late Ella Hendricks, Margaret Hanrahan and Edward Hanrahan.
Funeral services are private.

Christine Charpentier
NEW BEDFORD -- Christine Aurore (Lemaire) Charpentier, 78, died unexpectedly Tuesday, June 25, 1996. She was the widow of Raymond H. Charpentier and daughter of the late Joseph and Lea (Hebert) Lemaire.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, Mrs. Charpentier lived in city all her life, where she was a homemaker throughout her adult life.
She was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church.
Survivors include three sons, George R. Charpentier, Edward H. Charpentier and Gerrard J. Charpentier, all of New Bedford; two daughters, Christine C. Comeau and Lea N. Charpentier, both of New Bedford; one sister, Noella Michaud of Fairhaven; several grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Cabral-Baylies Square Funeral Home, 512 N. Front St.

Carrie S. Martin
NEW BEDFORD -- Carrie S. (Souza) Martin, 78, died Monday, June 24, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of George Martin and daughter of the late Annibal and Irene (Paiva) Souza.
She died at Mediplex of New Bedford.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, Mrs. Martin was a communicant of St. Julie Billiart Church in North Dartmouth.
A homemaker, Mrs. Martin was a avid bingo player.
Survivors include a daughter, Janice C. Sharp of North Dartmouth; a sister, Laura Souza of New Bedford; three brothers, John Souza of Acushnet, Alfred Souza of North Dartmouth, and Robert Souza of Fairhaven; a grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also the mother of the late George P. Martin and sister of the late Henry Souza, George Souza, and Irene Rapoza.
Arrangements are by Aubertine Funeral Home, 129 Allen St.

Manuel J. Rose
WAREHAM -- Manuel J. Rose, 80, of New Bedford, died Monday, June 24, 1996, after a long illness. He was the widower of Mary (Amaral) Rose and son of the late John J. and Maria (Braga) Rose.
He died at Tobey Hospital.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, Mr. Rose was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church. He was formerly employed by the former Cornell Dubilier as a tool keeper and worked at Paxon Fabric as a slasher tender until his retirement.
A graduate of Roosevelt Junior High School, Mr. Rose was employed as a grocery clerk before joining the Army.
In 1942, Mr. Rose was featured in a newspaper article with his brothers, Willliam J. Rose and Lawrence Rose, as the trio had enlisted in the armed forces together.
An Army veteran of WWII, Mr. Rose was assigned to the 101st Infantry Regiment at Fort Meade, Md. Mr. Rose, a technician 4th grade, qualified as a rifle sharpshooter and combat infantryman.
He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, The European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Medal, The American Theater Campaign Ribbon, and the World War II Victory Medal for engaging the enemy in Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe.
Mr. Rose also was assigned to the 26th Yankee Division.
He was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. John the Baptist parish.
Survivors include a son, James M. Rose of New Bedford; a daughter, Louise Mendoza of South Dartmouth; a brother, Lawrence Rose of Florida; three sisters, Helen Neves of Acushnet, Katherine Bettencourt of Florida and Josephine Viegas of New Bedford; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
He was also the brother of the late William Rose and Agnes Espinola.
Arrangements are by the Aubertine Funeral Home, 129 Allen St., New Bedford.


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