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Annette Askeland
FAIRHAVEN -- Annette (Mikalson) Askeland, 76, died Saturday, July 20, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Alf M. Askeland and daughter of the late Clara and John Mikalson of Norway.
Born in Royksund, Norway, she lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., before moving in 1948 to Fairhaven, where she lived until her death. She was a communicant of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Fairhaven and the former St. John's Lutheran Church of New Bedford.
She was the manager of the former Backstage women's clothing store in downtown New Bedford and worked in various positions in the women's garment business until her retirement.
Survivors include a daughter, Judith Askeland of Newark, N.J.; a son, Michael E. Askeland of Dartmouth; three grandchildren; a brother, Leif Mikalson of Fairhaven; two sisters, Judith Endresen of Savanah, Ga., and Elise Waag of Norway.
She was the sister of the late Hostner Mikalson, Sigrun Endresen and Ingrid Bredland.
Arrangements by Wilson Chapel, 479 County St., New Bedford.

William N. Beal Jr.
MIDDLEBORO -- William N. Beal Jr., 69, died Saturday, July 20, 1996, as the result of injuries received in a moped accident in Middleboro on Tuesday, July 16, 1996. He was the son of the late William N. and Christy A. (Luther) Beal.
He died at Boston City Hospital.
He was a lifelong resident of Middleboro and was a 1945 graduate of Middleboro Memorial High School. He was a member of the Central Congregational Church for more than 53 years.
He was employed by the Town of Middleboro as a wire inspector for seven years until his retirement in 1995. He previously was employed by Niro Electrical for 30 years and prior to that by the former Walter E. Lang Electricians.
Mr. Beal was a World War II Navy veteran and a member of American Legion Nickerson Post of Middleboro.
Survivors include a sister, Olive L. Kinsman of Middleboro; an aunt, Flora Robak of East Bridgewater; and two cousins.
Arrangements are by the Egger Funeral Home, 61 Pearl St.

Loretta Rutledge
DARTMOUTH -- Loretta (Cyr) Rutledge, 88, of New Bedford, died Sunday, July 21, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the wife of James R. Rutledge 2nd and daughter of the late Magloire and Rose Anna (Harbec) Cyr.
She died at Brandon Woods Nursing Home of Dartmouth.
She was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and a communicant of St. Joseph Church.
She was formerly employed by Acushnet Company-Golf Division as an inspector.
Mrs. Rutledge and her husband have been married for 60 years. In her leisure time she enjoyed making homemade dolls as well as arts and crafts.
Survivors include her widower; a son, James R. Rutledge 3rd of New Bedford; a daughter, Joan Stack of North Attleboro; a granddaughter; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Alice Rose, Albert Cyr and Joseph Cyr and grandmother of the late Ricky Stack.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Yvette M. Parent
NEW BEDFORD -- Yvette Marie (Messier) Parent, 73, formerly of Canada, died Saturday, July 20, 1996, after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Alexina (Larramar) Messier.
She died at Sacred Heart Nursing Home.
Born in Canada, she spent most of her youth in Canada before moving to New Bedford 43 years ago.
She was a homemaker, taking care of her 11 children.
Mrs. Parent was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church in New Bedford, where she did some volunteer work in her spare time and was a member of the Ladies of St. Anne Sodality.
She was also a member of Les Association Canadeaux American, which is located in New Hampshire.
Survivors include five daughters, Diane Brightman of North Dartmouth, Michelle Medeiros of Fall River, Therese Sorensen of Acushnet, Christine Guidry of Pinson, Ala., and Lucie Bolenbarker of Tennessee; six sons, Jean Marc Parent, Francois Parent and Edward Parents, all of Nashua, N.H., Roger Parent of Phoenix, Ariz., George Parent of South Dartmouth, and Gerard Parent of Hilbert, Wis.; four sisters, Laurette, Mimi Morin and Gabrielle Parent, all of Canada, and Ruth Richards of Wareham; 25 grandchildren; a great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrrangements are by Brooklawn Funeral Home, 15 Irvington Court.

Mitchell E. Wyzga
NEW BEDFORD -- Mitchell "Mickey" Edward Wyzga, 80, died unexpectedly, Sunday, July 21, 1996. He was the husband of Erma Rae (Miller) Wyzga and son of the late Stanley and Mary (Marnik) Wyzga.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
He was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and a communicant of St. Casimir Church.
He was formerly employed by the New Bedford Fire Department as a firefighter for 30 years and held the rank of lieutenant until his retirement.
Mr. Wyzga was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the St. Casimir Senior Citizens, the Polish American War Veterans and the NAARP.
He and his wife have been married for 56 years.
Survivors include his widow; two sons, Ronald E. Wyzga of California and Mitchell R. Wyzga of New Bedford; a brother, Theodore "Ted" Wyzga of Fairhaven; three sisters, Helen Gordon and Julia Roszkiewicz, both of New Bedford, and Stella Smith of Topsfield; two grandsons; and nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Sally Kujawski and Nellie Camara.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Joseph Vieira
DARTMOUTH -- Joseph Vieira, 71, of North Dartmouth and Del Ray, Fla., died unexpectedly Saturday, July 20, 1996. He was the husband of Laura (Pacheco) Vieira and son of the late Jose and Mary (Costa) Vieira.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
He was born in New Bedford and lived in this area most of his life. He was a communicant of St. Julie Billiart Church.
He was formerly employed by St. Luke's Hospital as the director of the purchasing division until his retirement in 1990.
Mr. Vieira was the former president of the local Junior Chamber of Commerce and the former vice-president of Massachusetts Junior Chamber of Commerce.
He was a World War II army veteran.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Susan Settlemire of East Freetown; a sister, Ann Roderigues of Fairhaven; and two grandsons.
He was the brother of the late Gilbert Vieira.
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.

Florence H. Smith
DARTMOUTH -- Florence H. (Howland) Smith, 81, of South Dartmouth, died Saturday, July 20, 1996, after a long illness. She was the wife of John Smith and daughter of the late Herbert and Geneva (Carr) Smith.
She died at Brandon Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born in New Bedford and was a lifelong area resident. She was a member of the Allen's Neck Friends Meeting.
Mrs. Smith was educated in local schools and participated in on-the-job training with the Browne Pharmacies from 1930. She was employed in the downtown New Bedford Browne headquarters for many years as a pharmacist and also in their many branch locations until her retirement.
She was active as a town meeting member, served on the School Committee, was a library trustee, and a member of the Quota Club and the New Bedford Garden Club.
She loved to travel with her husband and had a talent as a sewer, making slipcovers and drapes.
Survivors include her widower; two sons, Sherman C. Smith and John E. Smith, both of Dartmouth; two daughters, Marcia Medeiros and Patience Cogswell, both of Dartmouth; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was the mother of the late Peter G. Smith.
Arrangements are by the Wilson Chapel, 479 County St., New Bedford.

Howard Charles Schleeweis
NEW BEDFORD -- Howard Charles Schleeweis, 76, president of Cornish Insurance Company in New Bedford and Lieutenant Colonel Retired A.U.S. 483rd Engineer Battalion, died Wednesday, July 17, 1996. He was the husband of Ruth M. (Gregory) Schleeweis and the son of the late Charles Fischer and Gertrude (Stumpf) Schleeweis. He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
He was born in New York City and lived in New Bedford since 1947.
He joined the General Adjustment Bureau in 1947 and worked there for 15 years, resigning as regional manager to begin his association with Cornish and Company Inc. on Feb. 12, 1962.
He was a 1937 graduate of DeWitt Clinton High School and attended New York University School of Banking and Finance. While attending school, he worked for the Bank of Manhattan Company (now Chace Manhattan Bank). He left the Bank to enlist in the Army in November of 1942.
He attended Officers Candidate School at Fort Belvoir, Va., he was commissioned a second lieutenant. He was assigned to the 692nd Engineer Combat Battalion, which was part of the Amphibious Engineering Command assigned to Camp Edwards in January 1943. He served in the Asian Pacific Theater, New Guinea, Luzon and the Philippines, returning in 1945.
Mr. Schleeweis was a member of the Quittacus Lodge A.F.&A.M. and was a 32nd degree mason Valley of Southeastern Massachusetts. He was also a member of Old Dartmouth Historical Society, Rotch-Jones Duff Garden Museum, National Rifle Association, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Association, Boston Symphony Orchestra Association, Professional Insurance Agents, and the Independent Insurance Agents.
He was past president of the Independent Insurance Agents of New Bedford, a life member of the New Bedford Port Society, the immediate past president of the Wamsutta Club of New Bedford, a member of the Reserve Officers Association and an officer of the Military Order of the World Wars. He was a former member of the State Republican Committee.
Mr. and Mrs. Schleeweis would have been married 50 years on July 20.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Joan Elizabeth Schleeweis-Connor of Rowley; a son, Mark Andrew Schleeweis of Shutesbury; a brother, Charles Justin Schleeweis of Dallas; six grandchildren; a niece; and a nephew.
Arrangements are by Donaghy Funeral Home, 465 County St.

Helen F. Sadlier
WAREHAM -- Helen F. (Archibald) Sadlier, 79, died Saturday, July 20, 1996, after a long illness. She was the wife of Robert J. Sadlier of South Plymouth and daughter of the late Matthew and Florence (Moore) Archibald.
Mrs. Sadlier died at Cape Cod Nursing Home in Buzzards Bay.
Born in Dorchester, she lived in Taunton until moving to Wareham in 1976 and to South Plymouth in 1985. She attended Southeastern Massachusetts University, studying psychology and occupational therapy.
Mrs. Sadlier worked for 15 years at the Paul A. Dever School in Taunton, retiring in 1982. She also worked for several years as a clerk at The Sewing Basket in Wareham.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years; three sons, Robert M. Sadlier of Bridgewater, William E. Sadlier of East Taunton and David A. Sadlier of Upper Economy, N.S.; three daughters, Susan F. Sadlier Hutchins of South Plymouth, Charlene H. Tavares of Fairhaven and Anne Louise Hammerle of Buzzards Bay; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Stott, Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway, Wareham.

Antone Mello
FALL RIVER -- Antone "Tony" Mello, 69, of Westport, died Sunday, July 21, 1996, after a long illness.
He died at the Rose Hawthorne Lathrop Home.
He was the son of the late Joseph and Clara (Curt) Mello and was a lifelong resident of Westport.
Before his retirement, Mr. Mello was employed as a stitcher by Ross Matthews in Fall River. An Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Mello was a member of the W.A.&R. Ouellette Veterans of ForeignWars Post 8502 in Westport.
Mr. Mello served as an activity cordinator for the Greenwood Terrace community and as a volunteer firefighter and was active in his town's political affairs
A fluid dancer, Mr. Mello served as an Arthur Murray dance instructor. He also enjoyed playing bingo.
He was a communicant of Our Lady of Grace Church in Westport.
He is survived by four brothers and two sisters; his beloved niece, Olive Fournier of Westport, and several other nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Potter Funeral Home, 81 Reed Road, Westport.

Thelma K. Behring, 91
WAREHAM -- Thelma K. (Snow) Behring, a retired cranberry company executive, died Sunday, July 21, 1996. She was the widow of Herman V. Behring of Onset and daughter of the late James and Carrie (Treadup) Snow.
She died at Tobey Hospital.
Mrs. Behring graduated from New Bedford High School and attended Kinyon Business School. She was employed for 65 years by the Fuller Hammond Cranberry Co., serving as bookkeeper, assistant treasurer and vice president.
She also was a full-time bookkeeper for Robert C. Hammond Cranberries of Wareham.
Survivors include a son, Paul Behring of Beaver Cove, Maine; two grandchildren, Eric P. Behring and Matthew J. Behring, both of Onset; and cousins Nora and John Treadup, both of New Bedford.
Arrangements are by the Stott, Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway, Wareham.

Helen A. Terpeny, 95
DARTMOUTH -- Helen A. (Fisher) Terpeny, 95, a resident of South Dartmouth, died Sunday, July 21, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Arthur E. Terpeny and the daughter of the late Max E. and Amelia (Lang) Fisher.
She died at the Harborview Nursing and Convalescent Home in Dartmouth.
A lifelong resident of this area, Mrs. Terpeny and her husband, an interior decorator, were the subject of several articles in The Standard-Times when, in July 1923, they decided to elope to New York City. At the time, she operated a store at the corner of Summer and Pope streets.
Returning home to good-natured parents and a "belated rice shower," they settled into their then-New Bedford home. When Mr. Terpeny died in August 1972, the couple had been married for nearly half a century.
A member of the Congregational Church of South Dartmouth, Mrs. Terpeny had been a member of the Dartmouth Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star since 1921. She attended the Kinyon Business School.
Survivors include her son, Edwin A. Terpeny of South Dartmouth; two grandchildren; and three great-granchildren.
She was the sister of the late Grace Gould.
Arrangements are by the Wilson Chapel, 479 County St., New Bedford.

Leon Shenandoah, 81
ONONDAGA NATION, N.Y. -- Leon Shenandoah, leader of the Onondaga Indians, died Monday. He was 81.
Shenandoah was the spiritual steward of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, once the greatest Indian power on the continent, influencing life from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Ocean.
"Leon was a man who symbolized peace and unity. He was respected by everyone. We will miss him greatly," said Oneida Indian Nation leader Ray Halbritter, who often found himself at odds with the more traditional Shenandoah.
In 1969, Shenandoah was chosen as the chief of chiefs, or Tadadaho, of the confederacy, which consists of the Onondagas, Cayugas, Oneidas, Mohawks, Senecas and Tuscaroras.
The slight, white-haired Shenandoah spent almost his entire life on the Onondaga reservation in an old house heated by a wood stove. He believed fervently in a supreme being called "The Creator," in reincarnation, in life everlasting and a judgment day.
He believed Native American culture would rise again and Western society, sickened by pollution and greed, would turn to his people for answers.
"He was not a large man, but he will be remembered as a man of greatness, someone you could always turn to," said Phil Tarbell, a leader of the St. Regis Mohawk Nation in northern New York. "The Iroquois have had their differences, but we will set those aside to honor him."
Shenandoah died at his home on the Onondaga Nation, just south of Syracuse, surrounded by his six sons and daughter, said his son, Gary Shenandoah.
In 1983, Shenandoah defied the U.S. government and provided sanctuary for Indian activist Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, while he was a federal fugitive. Shenandoah opposed his people accepting any assistance from the federal government and spoke out against the Iroquois becoming involved in gambling ventures.
The revered position of Tadadaho is traced back to Hiawatha, who helped bring the "Great Peace" that formed the confederacy between 900 and 1350.
About 65,000 Iroquois live on reservations across New York, Wisconsin and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
As Tadadaho, Shenandoah preached Gaiwioo, "the good message" of Handsome Lake, who founded the Longhouse religion practiced by traditional Iroquois. He officiated at weddings, funerals and sacred ceremonies and presided over meetings of the Grand Council, the chiefs of all six Iroquois nations.

Lillian Borrows
MARION -- Lillian (Stanley) Borrows, 79, formerly of New Bedford, died Sunday, July 21, 1996, at the Sippican Healthcare Center after a long illness. She was the wife of the Rev. William A. Borrows and daughter of the late George and Mandy (Cameron) Stanley.
Born in Harkus, Manitoba, Canada, she came to the United States in 1953 and lived in California before moving to New Bedford in 1969. She was a member of the Christian Fellowship Center and formerly was employed as a nurse's aide at the Taber Street Nursing Home, the Nichols House Nursing Home and the Kristen Beth Nursing Home.
She served in the Canadian Air Force Women's Division, Nursing in World War II.
Survivors include her widower; a son, Daryle Borrows of New Bedford; three sisters, Iza Doerfler, Isabel Gowdy and Ellen Crawford, all of Canada, and two grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford.

Urania Clough
NEW BEDFORD -- Urania "Rae" (Macedo) Clough, 71, of New Bedford, died Sunday, July 21, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Delmar B. Clough and daughter of the late Julio and Urania (Ferreira) Macedo.
She died at Hathaway Manor.
Born in New Bedford, she was a lifelong resident of the area and was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. She was formerly employed by the Whistled Clean Laundry.
She was a member of the Portuguese Women's Club of New Bedford and the St. John Seniors.
Survivors include a daughter, Urania Perron of Somerset; a son, Delmar B. Clough Jr. of North Dartmouth; two brothers, Julio Macedo and Manuel Macedo, both of New Bedford; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.

Eleanor Danis
NEW BEDFORD -- Eleanor Danis, 79, died unexpectedly Sunday, July 21, 1996. She was the daughter of the late Harry and Fanny Danis.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
She was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and a member of Tifereth Israel Congregation.
Ms. Danis was employed by as a salesperson by the former Danis Jewelry Store, which was located on South Water Street in New Bedford.
Survivors include a sister, Ethel Danis of New Bedford, and a cousin, Sidney Dennis of Stamford, Conn.
She was the sister of the late Sylvia Schulman.
Arrangements are by the Mount Sinai Memorial Chapel, 825 Hope St., Providence.

Minnie N. Hershey, 91
SHREWSBURY, PA -- Minnie N. (Bubb) Hershey, 91, died on Sunday, July 21, 1996, at her home. She was the widow of Stuart I. Hershey and the daughter of the late Emmanuel and Laura M. (Freed) Bubb.
Born in Bon Air, Pa., Mrs. Hershey was a secretary at the former Superior Wire Cloth, Hungerford, Pa., before her retirement.
She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church is Shrewsbury and was a Sunday school teacher for 20 years.
Mrs. Hershey also was a member of the York Hospital Auxillary in York, Pa., the Ladies Auxilliary Shrewsbury Fire Co., and the Past Worthy Matron and member of the Triangle Chapter 483 Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include a niece, H. Constance Williams of Buzzards Bay, and several other nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary Inc., 24 Second St., New Freedom, Pa., 17349.

Jesuina M. Carvalho
FAIRHAVEN -- Jesuina M. (Medeiros) Carvalho, 86, of Fairhaven died Saturday, July 20, 1996, unexpectedly at the Nichols House nursing home. She was the widow of Antone V. Carvalho Sr. and daughter of the late Manuel V. and Maria (Valeria) Medieros.
Born in New Bedford, she lived in this area all of her life. She was a dedicated mother and enjoyed needlework and cooking.
Survivors include two sons, Antone V. Carvalho Jr. of Stamford, Conn., and James V. Carvalho of North Easton; a brother, Manuel V. Medeiros of New Bedford; a sister, Arminda Costa of New Bedford; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Wilson Chapel, 479 County St., New Bedford.


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