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Emily "Mildred" Wexler
NEW BEDFORD -- Emily "Mildred" (Koson) Wexler, 82, of Acushnet, died Wednesday, July 31, 1996, after a brief illness.
She was the widow of Robert Wexler, daughter of the late Margaret Koson and step-daughter of the late Joseph Fafara.
Mrs. Wexler died at The Oaks Nursing Home.
Born in New York Mills, N.Y., she lived in New Bedford most of her life before moving to Acushnet 36 years ago. She was employed at the John I. Spaulding Co. as an assembler for 30 years before her retirement in 1976.
She was a parishioner of St. Mary's Church in Fairhaven.
Survivors include her son, Robert Wexler of Acushnet; one brother, Stanley Lubertowicz of Fairhaven; one sister, Marion Poirier of Fairhaven; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews.
Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven.

Walter E. Rowley
WAREHAM -- Walter Ellsworth Rowley, 81, a 32d-degree mason and town engineer in Wareham for more than four decades, died unexpectedly Wednesday, July 31, 1996. He died while walking in the woods between his home and his grandson's home in West Wareham.
He was the husband of Hazel Lincoln Rowley and the son of the late Walter Harold and Rachel Warren (Westgate) Rowley.
Born in Wareham, Mr. Rowley was a prominent businessman, owning and operating a civil engineering and surveying business for 36 years before retiring from active practice in 1976. He also was Wareham's town engineer from 1942 until his retirement in 1986.
After retiring, he was given a plaque of appreciation by the selectmen. He responded by sharing a few anecdotes with those who had gathered for town meeting.
"I see a few heads that are white on top as well as my own," said Mr. Rowley, then 72. "But many of you probably do not recall the first Town Hall we used to meet in."
He said that in the 1920s, when he accompanied his grandparents to town meeting in that old building, sessions convened at 8:30 a.m. and lasted all day. "The women would bring their knitting and crocheting and there'd be a grand fight over who'd be moderator."
In addition to his work in private practice and for the town, Mr. Rowley was active in the Masons. A member of the Social Harmony Lodge AF&AM, he was a life member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Boston and Valley of Southeastern Massachusetts. He was also a Shriner and member of the Aleppo Temple.
Mr. Rowley also was a former member of the Church in the Pines of West Wareham, where he held positions including deacon, elder and member of the Official Board for many years.
He was an avid reader, especially devoted to the Bible, and he hosted a men's Bible study in his home for 10 years. He also was in the male quartet of the Advent Christian Church in West Wareham for 40 years.
Trustee of the George A. Cowen Trust since 1960, he served as developer, treasurer and director of the Annie Maxim House Inc. in Rochester.
Last month, Mr. Rowley and his wife marked their 61st wedding anniversary. The couple was married July 20, 1935.
Survivors, include his widow; a son, Charles L. Rowley of West Wareham; a daughter, Rachel E. Coit of Mansfield; three grandchildren, Matthew L. Rowley and Andrew J. Rowley, both of West Wareham, and Johanna Rowley Friendshuh of St. Paul, Minn.; and a great-grandchild, Brent William Friendshuh.
Arrangements are by the Stott, Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham.

Dolores Hamer
NEW BEDFORD -- Dolores (Braz) Hamer, 67, died at home Tuesday, July 30, 1996, after a long, courageous battle with liver disease. She was the beloved wife of Harry Hamer and daughter of the late Antonio and Mary (Roderiques) Braz.
Born in New Bedford, she lived her entire life in New Bedford and began wintering at her home in Largo, Fla., in 1985. Her time spent in Florida was filled with some of her happiest memories. She was involved in many social activities of the community and has left many dear friends there.
Mrs. Hamer was employed by Fernandes Supermarket for 17 years until her retirement. She was a 1947 graduate of New Bedford High School.
Survivors include her widower; two daughters, Jayne A. Ferguson of Rochester and Kim L. Snyder of Howell, Mich.; two brothers, Joseph Braz of Swansea and Antonio Braz Jr. of New Bedford; an aunt; three grandsons and two granddaughters.
She was also the mother of the late Harry "Skip" Hamer Jr. and sister of the late Eleanor Mello and Robert Braz Jr.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.
Due to a reporter's error, Mrs. Hamer's place of death was incorrect in Thursday's obituary.

John J. Kubiski Jr.
FAIRHAVEN -- John J. Kubiski Jr., 71, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Patricia R. (Dahill) Gallagher-Kubiski, widower of Constance (Dugas) Kubiski and son of John J. Kubiski Sr. of Cumberland, R.I., and the late Edna (Dunlap) Kubiski.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford.
Born in Central Falls, R.I., he lived in Akron, Ohio, and Mattapoisett before moving to Fairhaven in 1960. He was a parishioner of St. Joseph Church, where he was a parish council member for many years.
He was employed by Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Akron as a safety director for five years and the Acushnet Co. for eight years as a shift and department foreman. He also worked as a teacher for Dartmouth High School, a financial aid officer for Bridgewater State College and retired as a counselor for Westport High and Middle schools.
Mr. Kubiski was a World War II Marine veteran. He graduated from Attleboro High School, earned a bachelor's degree from Boston University and graduated from Goodyear Industrial University and Bridgewater State Teachers College where he earned his master's degree in education.
Survivors include his widow; his father; a daughter, Laura Camacho of Lakeville; a son, James Kubiski of Alpharelta, Ga.; a sister, Agnes Creeden of Hayward, Calif., and four grandsons.
Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St.

Jeremias D. Oliveira Jr.
NEW BEDFORD -- Jeremias D. "Jerry" Oliveira Jr., 41, died unexpectedly at home Thursday, Aug. 1, 1996. He was the husband of Maria L. (Carreiro) Oliveira and son of Lidia (Silva) Oliveira of New Bedford and the late Jeremias Duarte Oliveira.
He was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and a communicant of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church. He was employed by the former Codman Co., now Johnson & Johnson, as a polisher until his retirement in 1990.
Mr. Oliveira graduated from St. Anthony's School and New Bedford public schools.
Survivors include his widow; his mother; a son, Timothy M. Oliveira of New Bedford; a daughter, Megan L. Oliveira of New Bedford; a brother, Victor Oliveira of Fairhaven; three sisters, Dolores Cunha and Leonora Raposo, both of Lake Havasu, Ariz., and Lydia de Medeiros of New Bedford; aunts and uncles and niece and nephews.
He was also the twin brother of the late Alberto D. Oliveira.
Arrangements are by the Cabral-Baylies Square Funeral Home, 512 N. Front St.

Edna Pflug
SOUTH DAYTONA, Fla. -- Memorial services were held in Florida today for Edna Pflug, 87, of Davey Road, South Daytona, who died Wednesday, July 31, 1996, at Clyatts Memorial Center.
Born in Bolton, England, she moved to South Daytona in 1983 from New Bedford. She was a member of the Grace Episcopal Church and Eastern Star in New Bedford.
Survivors include a daughter, Ann McCassey of Auburn, N.H., and five grandchildren.
Arrangements were by the Volusia County Cremation Society, Daytona Beach.

Patricia Allen
RUMSON, N.J. -- A memorial service will be held today at St. Mary Church in Fairhaven at 8:30 a.m. for Patricia (Martin) Allen, 54, of Lincoln Avenue, who died at home Friday, July 19, 1996, after a battle with cancer.
She was the wife of Donald Allen and daughter of Anna Martin of New Jersey and the late Joseph Martin.
She was born in New Bedford and lived in Fairhaven for many years, where she taught at Rogers School.
Survivors include her widower; her mother; a sister, Linda Martin of California; and two children, Drew and Jennifer, both of New Jersey.
Arrangements were by Worden & Hoidal, 60 E. Front St., Red Bank.

Michel Debre, 87, father of France's constitution
PARIS -- Former Prime Minister Michel Debre, known as father of France's current constitution, died yesterday at his home in the Loire Valley. He was 87.
A staunch supporter and friend of former President Charles de Gaulle, Mr. Debre served as his first prime minister from 1959-62, and later held the Cabinet portfolios of economy, foreign affairs and defense.
Educated in law, Mr. Debre was instrumental in drafting the Constitution of the Fifth Republic.
Mr. Debre was elected a member of Parliament seven times from 1963. He continued his political career until the age of 80, when he resigned his last elected position as a member of the regional assembly of Indre-et-Loire in north-central France.
In 1981 he ran against Jacques Chirac for the conservative nomination for president, but garnered only 1.6 percent of the primary vote.
Though a conservative, he resisted labels, describing himself in the 1981 presidential primary as "not a liberal, not a socialist, not a nationalist, not a globalist, not a Keynesian, a Rooseveltian nor a Reaganite."
"France has lost one of its greatest servants," said Mr. Chirac, now French president. "He was a man of heart, honor and faith whom France already misses."
He is survived by his wife, Anne-Marie, and four sons, the youngest of whom, Jean-Louis, is currently serving as interior minister.
Funeral arrangements were pending.

Doris L. Kinney
MARION -- Doris L. (Perreault) Kinney, a well-known pianist and music teacher and the widow of retired Mattapoisett Police Chief Alden S. Kinney, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 1996, after a long illness.
Mrs. Kinney died at the Sippican Healthcare Center in Marion, where she had lived for the past five years. She formerly lived in Mattapoisett.
Born in New Bedford, she was the daughter of the late Alphonse Perreault and Alecta (Dion) Perreault Charette and stepdaughter of the late Thomas S. Charette.
Educated at the Jesus Mary Academy in Fall River, she graduated from New Bedford High School and the city's Kinyon-Campbell Business School.
An accomplished pianist, Mrs. Kinney was also a music educator and was well-known throughout the area for her talent.
She was an active member and was on the board of directors of the Tri-County Music Association; served on the Rebuilding Committee for the Mattapoisett Band Stand and Gazebo; and was a member of the Mattapoisett Band Committee.
She was also a member and on the board of directors of the New Bedford Civic Music Concert Series and served as president of the Greater New Bedford Music Teachers Association from 1962 to 1963.
Additionally, she was active in her town's civic affairs, as a founding member of the Mattapoisett Women's Club and a member of the Mattapoisett Improvement Association.
A communicant of St. Anthony Church in Mattapoisett, she belonged to the St. Anthony's Guild.
Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn Kinney Lee of Mattapoisett and Jocelyn Kinney Baylow of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; a sister, Rita Lamarre of New Bedford; a brother, Warren Charette of Fairhaven; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Wilson Chapel, 479 County St., New Bedford.

Alice Soares
NEW BEDFORD -- Private services were held for Alice Soares, 83, who died Wednesday, July 31, 1996, after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Marianne (Lopes) Soares.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, she lived in New Bedford most of her life.
Survivors include a sister, Olive Morgan of Boston; several nieces and nephews, including Anne Silva of Marion and Marianne Rodriguez of New Bedford.
Arrangements were by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Edward W. Lider
HANOVER, N.H. -- Edward W. Lider, 73, of Grantham, N.H., and formerly of Newton, died Tuesday, July 30, 1996, after a long illness.
Mr. Lider was the husband of Dorothy (Yamins) Lider and son of the late attorney Harry Lider and Sadye (Stern) Lider.
He was born in New Bedford and lived in the city for many years before moving to West Newton and then to New Hampshire.
He owned and operated several Fall River theaters until his retirement.
Mr. Lider is a former member of the Belmont Country Club and the Harvard Club.
He was a graduate of New Bedford High School, Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.
As a World War II Navy veteran, Mr. Lider served as a fighter pilot aboard an aircraft carrier. He shot down two Japanese planes and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross with three clusters and 14 Air Medals.
Besides his widow, he is survived by two daughters, Jani Goldman of Brookline and Carol Thrope of Arlington; a son, Robert Lider of New York City; a brother, Milton Lider of North Carolina; a sister, Ruth Levin of Fall River; nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Lider also was the brother of the late attorney Ralph D. Lider.
Arrangements were by the Levine Chapel, Brookline.

James W. Wilson Jr.
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The former Purchasing Director for Hemingway Transportation Co. of New Bedford, James W. Wilson Jr., 73, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Hilda (Sylvia) Wilson and son of the late James W. Wilson and Mildred (Rowe) Wilson.
Mr. Wilson retired from the company 15 years ago and moved to Tucson.
He was past president of the New Bedford Rotary Club and the Massachusetts Club No. 1 of Tucson. Mr. Wilson was a New Bedford native and graduated from the former New Bedford Institute of Technology.
He was a veteran of World War II and ran for Ward 3 City Councilor in 1955. He also served as a Eucharist minister.
Survivors, in addition to his widow, include a son, James Wilson III; two daughters, Sharon Hogan and Sandra Pattison; three brothers, William Wilson, John Wilson and Matthew Wilson, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Hudgel's Swan Funeral Home, 1335 S. Swan Road, Tucson.

Alfred U. DesRoches
LARGO, Fla. -- Alfred U. DesRoches, 78, a retired New Bedford police officer, died Tuesday, July 30, 1996, at the Sabal Palms Health Care Center in Largo. A resident of Largo, he was the husband of Violet C. (Fiddler) DesRoches.
Born in New Bedford, he was the son of the late Alfred A. and Anne (Horvitz) DesRoches. Until his retirement in 1978, when he relocated to Florida, he was a New Bedford resident and member of the city's police department.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II.
In addition to his widow, he is survived by a son, Paul L. DesRoches of Swampscott; two brothers, Gordon DesRoches and Leonard DesRoches, both of Palm Beach, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
He was also the father of the late Marsha DesRoches Desrosiers.
Arrangements are by the Brooklawn Funeral Home, 15 Irvington Court, New Bedford.

Joanne F. Burns
GREENFIELD -- Joanne F. (Kondi) Burns, 82, died at a nursing home on Friday, August 2, 1996. She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Angelina Burns and the widow of Herbert D. Burns.
Born in Attleboro, she was raised in New Bedford and attended local schools. She moved to Fairhaven in 1948 and lived in Greenfield since 1987.
Mrs. Burns was employed as a seamstress by the Bedford Shirt Co. for 35 years, retiring in 1962. She was an avid gardener and designed her own clothes. She also enjoyed refinishing furniture.
Mrs. Burns died at the Franklin Genesis Elder Care Center in Greenfield.
Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl D. Burns of Oak Bluffs; a sister, Diana Davis of Marion; and a brother, Alex Kondi of New Bedford.
Arrangements are by the Walker Funeral Home, 14 High Street, Greenfield.

Donald E. Bowman
NEW BEDFORD -- Donald E. Bowman, 63, of New Bedford, died unexpectedly at home Thursday, Aug. 1, 1996. He was the son of the late Harrison Eugene and Irvilla Marjorie (Damon) Bowman.
Born in New Bedford, he was a lifelong resident of the city. He graduated from New Bedford Vocational High School, and had been employed for the past several years by the city's waste water division as an inspector. Prior to that, he was employed by Nu-vac of Kingston.
A member of the Panthers Club, he was U.S. Navy veteran, having served in the Korean War.
Survivors include two sisters, Shirley Tria of North Providence, R.I., and Janet Turney of Huntsville, Ala.; three nephews; one niece; and two aunts.
Arrangements are by the Wilson Chapel, 479 County St.

Albert Mercier, 93
WARWICK, R.I. -- Albert "Curley" Mercier, 93, of Marigold Drive, died Saturday, Aug. 3, 1996, at Kent County Memorial Hospital. He was the widower of Yvette (Jean) Mercier and Sarah (Figuerido) Ferreira Mercier.
Born in Fall River, he was the son of the late Albert and Gaudelie (Ouellette) Mercier. He lived in Fall River, East Hartford, Conn., Florida, and Westport for many years.
He worked for King Philip Mfg. in Fall River, operated Mercier's Market on East Main Street in Fall River, and was employed by Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford for many years.
He was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Anne's Church in Fall River.
Survivors include two daughters, Doris Lage of Warwick and Dolores Serba of West Yarmouth; two stepsons, William Ferreira and Robert Ferreira, both of Florida; two sisters, Germaine Carrier and Gertrude Levesque, both of Fall River; a brother, Lionel Mercier of Somerset; grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
He was also the brother of the late Donat Mercier and Emile Mercier.
Arrangements are by the Auclair Funeral Home, 690 S. Main St., Fall River.

Lorraine Rego
SWANSEA -- Lorraine (LeComte) Rego, 81, died Saturday, Aug. 3, 1996 at her home. She was the wife of Joseph S. Rego.
Born in Swansea, she was the daughter of the late August and Lizzie (Cyr) LeComte. She lived in Fall River before moving to Swansea in 1949.
A homemaker for most of her life, she was a communicant of St. Dominic Church in Swansea and she was a former member of the Swansea Grange and the Four-Hands-Rounds Square Dance Club.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, Edmond J. Rego of Portsmouth, R.I.; a daughter, Phyllis L. Reis of Tiverton, R.I.; a brother, Leo LeComte of Fall River; and two sisters, Jeanne Thiboutot and Theresa Lemaire, both of Fall River; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Irene LeComte and Rita Arruda.
Arrangements are by the Rose E. Sullivan Funeral Home, 866 County St. (Route 138), Somerset.

Marguerite Ganser Dorste, a Shangri-La
NEW YORK -- Marguerite Ganser Dorste, a member of the singing group the Shangri-Las, has died after a two-year battle with breast cancer, her family said yesterday.
The Shangri-Las got their start at Andrew Jackson High School in Queens in 1964, when Marguerite Ganser and her twin sister, Mary Ann, teamed up with sisters Mary and Betty Weiss. The group became known for its melodramatic songs about girlhood, including the chart-topping "Leader of the Pack."
In 1964, the Shangri-Las performed on England's Dusty Springfield Show with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
The group recorded five albums before breaking up in 1968. Marguerite Ganser then got her high school diploma and married Bill Dorste in 1972.
After the couple's divorce, Ms. Ganser Dorste lived in Valley Stream and worked for Nynex.
Ms. Ganser Dorste, 48, died July 28 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx.
She is survived by her parents, Herman and Rita Ganser of Amityville; her brothers, Alfred, of Great Neck, and Robert, of North Babylon; and a sister, Gail Ganser of Mt. Sinai.
Some of Mrs. Ganser Dorste's ashes were to be buried with her twin sister, who died in 1970. The rest were to be spread in Hampton Bays.

Mary Rogers, 96
NEW BEDFORD -- Mary (Mello) Rogers, 96, of South Dartmouth, died Saturday, Aug. 3, 1996, at the Hallmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a brief illness. She was the widow of Antone Rogers and daughter of the late Michael and Gertrude (Arruda) Mello.
Born in New Bedford, she lived in this area all of her life. She was a communicant of St. Mary Church, South Dartmouth.
Survivors include her daughter, Edith Roda of South Dartmouth; two grandsons; one great-grandson; and two great-great granddaughters.
Arrangements are by the Boulevard Funeral Home, 223 Ashley Blvd.

Eleanor M. Silvia-Patnaude
MIDDLEBORO -- Eleanor Mary (Brocklehurst) Silvia-Patnaude, 86, of New Bedford, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 1996, at the Greenery Nursing Home after a long illness. The widow of John G. Silvia and Henry W. Patnaude, she was the daughter of the late William E. and Mary L. (Johnson) Brocklehurst.
Born in New Bedford, Mrs. Silvia-Patnaude lived most of her life in the city and was employed as a winder in local textile mills, before working as a cook at Woolworth's until her retirement.
A member of St. Martin's Episcopal Church, she was a devout person who faithfully attended religious services. In her leisure she enjoyed knitting and reading.
Survivors include a daughter, Janice A. Brocklehurst of Middleboro; two sisters, Dorothy Evangelho of Rochester and Alice Costa of Fairhaven; two brothers, James Brocklehurst of Worcester and Richard Brocklehurst of New Bedford; two grandsons; and many nieces and nephews.
She was also the sister of the late Charles Brocklehurst, Edward Brocklehurst, William Brocklehurst, Frances Thatcher, and Rose Brocklehurst.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Alice E. Gracia
NEW BEDFORD -- Alice E. (Rogers) Gracia, 88, of New Bedford, died Friday, Aug. 2, 1996, at St. Luke's Hospital after a brief illness. She was the widow of George Gracia and the daughter of the late John and Annie (Dimond) Rogers.
Born in Westport, Mrs. Gracia lived most of her life in New Bedford and was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church. She also was a member of the St. James Senior Citizens Club.
Survivors include her three foster children, Ernest F. Rezendes of Richardson, Tex., Beatrice M. Casey of Alexandria, Va., and Eleanor F. Rezendes of Weaver, Ala.; a cousin, Joanne F. Goulart of Weber, N.Y.; and her close friend, Elizabeth J. Pedras of New Bedford.
Arrangements are by the Aubertine Funeral Home, 129 Allen St.

Mary Medeiros
NEW BEDFORD -- Mary (Tavares) Medeiros, 81, of Fairhaven, formerly of Swift Street, New Bedford, died Saturday, Aug. 3, 1996, after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late John M. and Dionizia (DaCosta) Tavares.
She died at Mediplex Rehab Hospital in New Bedford.
She was born in New Bedford and lived in the area all her life.
She was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church and was formerly employed by Mars Bargainland department store as an office worker.
Mrs. Medeiros was a former member of the Mt. Carmel Senior Associates and the Moose Golden Agers.
Survivors include two nieces, Barbara Alves of Fall River and Kathleen L. Medeiros of New Bedford and two very special friends, Val and Gilbert Rebello of New Bedford.
She was also the sister of the late John and Manuel Tavares.
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.


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