Miscellaneous Bristol County, Rhode Island Obituaries

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Ruth E. Chlebek
Office worker, cashier lived in Tiverton
Ruth E. Chlebek, 83, of Main Road, Tiverton, formerly of Grinnell Avenue, Tiverton, died Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at home. She was the wife of Edward Chlebek to whom she had been married for 62 years.
Born in Fall River, she was the daughter of the late Albert E. and Margaret (Donaldson) Holland. She lived in Fall River in her youth, and on Grinnell Avenue for 35 years, moving to Main Road in 1999. An office worker and cashier, Mrs. Chlebek worked at Grand Central Market in Tiverton, the former Kresge, now K-Mart, and Arkwright Manufacturing in Fall River.
She was a graduate of BMC Durfee High School, Class of 1937, and Thibodeau’s Business College in 1938. She was a member of the former United Presbyterian Church, now United Parish of Fall River, a former member of the Rainbow Girls and Past Worthy Advisor.
Besides her husband, she leaves two sons, Edward Chlebek Jr. of Yarmouthport, Mass., and Robert W. Chlebek of Jupiter, Fla.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late William E. Holland. Her funeral was on Monday, May 20, in the "Cherry Place" Home of Waring-Sullivan, Ashton, Coughlin, Driscoll in Fall River. She was buried in Pocasset Hill Cemetery in Tiverton.
Contributions in hr memory may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Chatham Center , 20 crafts St., Suite 450, Newton, MA 02458.

Anibal T. Oliveira
Machine operator at Kaiser Aluminum
Anibal Tavares Oliveira, 86, of 75 Montgomery St., Tiverton, died Thursday, May 16, 2002, at Grand Islander Nursing Home in Middletown. He was the husband of Zelia (Pereira) Oliveira.

Raymond J. Martel
World War II Navy veteran, worked at Newport NUSC
Raymond J. Martel, 80, of Old County Road died Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at Charlton Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Hilda (Martin) Martel.

Clinton E. Wood
Carpenter, lived in Westport most of his life
Clinton E. Wood, 84, of Westport died Thursday, May 16, at home.
Born in Fall River, son of the late Milton E. and Alice (Bruckshaw) Wood, he lived in Westport for most of his life.
He was formerly employed as a carpenter.
Mr. Wood enjoyed restoring tractors and automobiles and spending time outdoors.
He leaves a sister, Avis Ironfield, of New Bedford; and several nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Marion Stafford and Milton B. Wood.
Arrangements are by the Potter Funeral Home.

Steve Kissell
Vietnam veteran, paramedic, was radio announcer
Steve Kissell, 52, of Westport died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at Lahey Clinic in Burlington after a lengthy illness. He was the husband of Joanne Bedard.

Cecilia Medeiros
Great grandmother of 13 lived here most of her life
Cecilia (Carvalho) Medeiros, 83, of Fall River, died Saturday, May 19, 2002, at Catholic Memorial Home after a long illness. She was the widow of Philip V. Medeiros, Sr.

Helen T. Guarniere
Funeral services for Helen T. Guarniere were held Friday, May 17, 2002, with a concelebrated Mass of Christian burial in St. Elizabeth’s Church. 
The Rev. Thomas J. Ferland was the principal celebrant and homilist for the Mass. Concelebrants were the Rev. Barry J. Gamache, the Rev. Jude P. McGeough, the Rev. William Sullivan S.S.C and the Rev. Joseph McSweeney S.S.C.
Seminarian Scott Pontes was the reader for the prayers of the faithful and master of ceremonies for the Mass. Grandson Hans Schattle was the eulogist and a reader. Granddaughter Erica Schattle was also a reader.
Offertory gifts were presented by granddaughters Ann Schattle and Heidi Blais and grandson-in-law Brian Blais. Great nieces Ashley and Maggie Hewitt were violinists. Ashley was also a vocalist, along with organist and soloist John Travers.
Burial followed in the North Burial Ground, where Father Ferland and Father McSweeney read the committal prayers. Pallbearers were Paul Aguiar, Jerry A. Biancuzzo, David L. LeMire, Edward K. Cunard, Romeo E. Moquin and Robert J. Guarniere.
Mrs. Guarniere, 84, of 1 Dawn Hill Road and formerly of Franklin Court, died Monday, May 13, 2002, at the Metacom Manor Health Center. She was the wife of the late Carmine C. Guarniere.
Memorial contributions may be made to Metacom Manor Health Center, South Wing Activity Fund, 1 Dawn Hill Road, Bristol, RI 02809.

Mabel DePalma
Funeral services for Mabel (Lopes) DePalma were held Friday, May 10, from Sansone Funeral Home, with a Mass of Christian burial at St. Elizabeth’s Church.
The Rev. Thomas J. Ferland was the celebrant and homilist for the Mass. Offertory gifts were presented by Mrs. DePalma’s son and daughter-in-law, Anthony and Ann DePalma.
Burial followed in North Burial Ground, where Father Ferland read the committal prayers. The eulogist was grandson Kenneth A. Ambrose. Serving as pallbearers were Kenneth A. and Christopher K. Ambrose, Dean J. and Alan A. DePalma, John A. Sicignano and Drew Pansa.
Mrs. DePalma, 83, of 168 Franklin St. died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at Desilets Nursing Home in Warren. She was the wife of the late Anthony "Brush" DePalma.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720.

Helen L. McCaughey
Funeral services for Helen L. (Remieres) McCaughey were held Tuesday, April 30, at First Baptist Church. 

Rene E. Parent
Auto enthusiast restored antique cars
Rene E. ("Pepere") Parent, 74, of Westport, died Friday, May 17, 2002, at home. He was the husband of Evelyn (Vieira) Parent. 

Natalie Warren Herreshoff
Lifelong resident; museum trustee
Natalie Warren Herreshoff, 78, of Bristol, died Sunday, May 19, 2002 at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River.
A daughter of the late Nathaniel G. Herreshoff Jr. and Helen Warren Herreshoff, she was a lifelong Bristol resident. She was the granddaughter of Capt. Nathanael Greene Herreshoff of boat building fame and had descended from many of Bristol’s earliest families.
Ms. Herreshoff graduated from Colt Memorial High School in 1941 and later from the Katherine Gibbs School. She was a secretary in Providence and at the U.S. Rubber Company in Bristol.
She was a trustee of the Herreshoff Marine Museum, where she also served as a volunteer. She was a member of the Rhode Island Historical Society, Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, and Linden Place. She was a communicant of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Bristol, where she sang in the choir and was also parish secretary for many years.
An ardent proponent of environmental preservation, she was particularly fond of pets, especially her dog Buster, who is now in the care of her health care provider Allie Cordeiro. She was a member of the Morning Glories.
She leaves her first cousins, Nathanael G. Herreshoff III of Mt. Laurel, N.J. and Halsey C. Herreshoff of Bristol; and cousins Heidi Herreshoff of Denver, Colo. Karl F. Herreshoff of British Columbia, Halsey C. Herreshoff II of Bristol and Kirsten Herreshoff of Bristol; and other cousins.
She was the sister of the late Clara DeWolf Herreshoff.
Funeral services were Wednesday, May 22, in St. Michael’s Church. Burial followed in Juniper Hill Cemetery. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the music program of St. Michael’s Church, 399 Hope St., Bristol, RI 02809 or the Bristol Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 775, Bristol, RI 02809.

Mark A. Alves
Longtime Bristol resident; R.I.D.E. driver
Mark A. Alves, 39, of Warren, died Monday, May 13, 2002, at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence. He was the husband of Lori (Mays) Alves.
Born in Fall River, a son of Edward J. Alves Jr. of Port Charlotte, Fla. and the late Mary (Pacheco) Alves, he was a Bristol resident most of his life.
He was a bus operator for many years with the R.I.D.E. program in East Providence. He also owned and operated MLA Vending in North Port, Fla., for two years. He was a communicant of St. Elizabeth’s Church in Bristol.
He leaves a son, Mark A. Alves Jr. of Warren; two brothers, Edward J. Alves III of Bristol and Bruce E. Alves of Warren; and a sister, Brenda L. McKain of Warren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 18, from the Wilbur Romano Funeral Home in Warren, with a Mass of Christian burial at St. Elizabeth’s Church. The Rev. Thomas J. Ferland was the celebrant and homilist for the Mass. Joseph Mays and Wayne Ferreira were the readers. Christine Gumes read the Prayer of the Faithful. Son Mark A. Alves Jr. and niece Kayla Alves presented offertory gifts. 
Burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery, where Father Ferland read the committal prayers. Thomas C. Parrillo, Steven M. Parrillo, Paul A. Oliver, Michael C. Balzano, Michael E. Smith, Chad E. Silva, Jeremy A. Trudell and Jason A. Trudell were the pallbearers.

Andrew L. Bozzario
Funeral services for Andrew L. Bozzario were held Friday, May 17, 2002, from the Sansone Funeral Home, with a Mass of Christian burial in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.
The Rev. James J. Verdelotti was the principal celebrant and homilist for the Mass. The Rev. Henry P. Zinno Jr. concelebrated.
Burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery, where Father Verdelotti read the committal prayers. Pallbearers were Robert Corson, Joseph F. Malloy, Louis J. Bozzario, Craig L. Bozzario, George P. Vezina, Joseph M. Pagano and Robert A. Hart.
Mr. Bozzario, a Wood Street resident, died Monday, May 13, 2002, at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the son of the late Cirol and Michelina (Anastasia) Bozzario.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 141 State St., Bristol, RI 02809.

Alice D’Alessio
Bristol resident, Mt. Carmel communicant
Alice (Landoch) D’Alessio, 83, of 45 Sherman Ave. died Thursday, May 16, 2002, at home. She was the wife of the late Edward A. D’Alessio and the late John Laba.
Born and raised in Fall River, a daughter of the late Ludvik and Elizabeth (Drabicka) Landoch, she lived in Swansea before moving to Bristol many years ago.
Mrs. D’Alessio was a homemaker and a communicant of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.
She leaves a sister, Jane Pavent of St. Petersburg, Fla., and several nieces and nephews. She was a sister of the late Nancy Boiani, Helen LeComte, Joseph Landoch and Stanley Landoch.
Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2002, from the Sansone Funeral Home, 192 Wood St., with a concelebrated Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, State Street. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. 
Visiting hours are Thursday, May 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 141 State St., Bristol, RI 02809.

Anthony S. Bettencourt
Longtime resident, Don Luiz Filipe member
Anthony Sousa Bettencourt, 90, of Hope Street died Friday, May 17, 2002, at home. He was the husband of the late Anna (Vieira) Bettencourt.
Born in Sao Miguel, the Açores, the son of the late Manuel Sousa and Guilhermina (Jesus) Bettencourt. he lived in Bristol for 85 years after moving from Sao Miguel.
Mr. Bettencourt worked for Collins and Aikman, Bristol Manufacturing Co. and Converse Manufacturing Co. for many years before retiring in 1955. He was a member of the Portuguese Beneficial Association Don Luiz Filipe.
He leaves a daughter, Anna Silva of Warren; a son, Anthony Bettencourt of Bristol,; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was the father of the late Lydia (Bettencourt) Ribiero.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 20, 2002, from the George C. Lima Funeral Home in Bristol, with a Mass of Christian burial at St. Elizabeth’s Church. The celebrant of the Mass was the Rev. Thomas J. Ferland.
Burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery, where Father Ferland read the committal prayers. Pall bearers were Anthony Avila, Jacinto Medeiros, Raul Machado and Olindo Tavares, all members of the Don Luiz Felipe Association.

Maria J. Milhomens
Funeral services for Maria J. (Correira) Milhomens were held Friday, May 17, 2002, from the George C. Lima Funeral Home, with a Mass of Christian burial in St. Elizabeth’s Church. The Rev. John Duarte was the celebrant of the Mass and was assisted by concelebrants Rev. Thomas J. Ferland and Rev. Luiz Diogo. 

Rose F. Diodati
Funeral services for Rose F. (Ferrara) Diodati were held Friday, May 10, from Sansone Funeral Home, with a Mass of Christian burial at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. 

Ellsworth V. Stanley
Professional land surveyor, engineer
Ellwsorth V. Stanley, 90, of Sowams Road, Barrington, died Monday, May 20, 2002, at home. He was the husband of Eleanor (Child) Stanley. 

Betsy Chapin Keegler
Worked at one time at Barrington High
Betsy Chapin Keegler, 76, of Riverside and formerly of Barrington, died Monday, May 13, 2002, at the St. Joseph Hospital Rehabilitation Center in Providence, where she was recuperating from a fall. She was the wife of Kenneth W. Keegler; the couple would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary in June. 

Georgina Nobrega
Tiverton resident for 44 years
Georgina (Costa) Nobrega, 85, of 118 Hooper St., Tiverton, died Thursday, May 16, 2002, at Southcoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Somerset. She was the wife of Seraphin G. Nobrega.
Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Mariano and Emelia (Amaral) Costa, she had lived in Tiverton for 44 years.
Mrs. Nobrega was employed as a zipper setter for many years in the local garment industry until retiring in 1978. She was a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.
She was a communicant of Holy Ghost Church, Tiverton.
Besides her husband, she leaves two sons, Seraphin G. Nobrega Jr. of Fall River, and Richard Nobrega of Somerset; five sisters, Mary and Alice Moniz, Hilda Silvia, Genevieve "Jenny" Wyzerich and Evelyn Coelho, all of Tiverton; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Seraphin G. Nobrega Jr. and sister of the late Maniel and Edward Costa Sr., and Antoinette Ferreira.
Her funeral was held on Saturday, May 18, from the Oliveira Funeral Home, Fall River, with a Mass of Christian burial in Holy Ghost Chuch. Entombment was in Notre Dame Cemetery Mausoleum, Fall River.

John M. Medeiros
Owned Treaty Rock Farm in Little Compton
John M. Medeiros, 91, of West Main Road, Little Compton, died on Sunday, May 19, 2002, at the Grand Islander Center, Middletown. He was the husband of the late Mary (Henriques) Medeiros. 

Josephine Lama
Lifelong resident, enjoyed traveling, cooking
Josephine M. Lama, 72, of Maple Avenue died Sunday, May 19, 2002, at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. She was a lifelong resident of Barrington. 

Leo R. Dupont
Retired clerk at Naval War College
Leo R. Dupont, 82, of Main Road, Tiverton, died Saturday, May 17, 2002, at Charlton Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of the late Margaret L. (Camara) Dupont. 
Born in Tiverton, a son of the late John and Obelina (Paquin) Dupont, he was a lifelong Tiverton resident. 
Mr. Dupont was a mailroom clerk at the Naval War College in Newport for more than 30 years, retiring in 1981. 
He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a technician, and was a member of VFW Woodrow Wilson Post. 
Mr. Dupont was a parishioner at St. Madeline Sophie Church in Tiverton, and was a member of the church’s choir and men’s club where he was a past president. He was also a Eucharistic minister and head of several church committees. 
A member of the Knights of Columbus, Father Boehr Council 2753, he was a former member of the organization’s golf league. 
He leaves three sisters, Jeanne Coulombe of Swansea, and Lorraine Rioux and Irene McCann, both of Fall River; a sister-in-law, Amelia Camara, with whom she lived; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was the brother of the late Joseph Dupont. 
His funeral was on Wednesday, May 22, from Hebert-Hathaway Funeral Home, Fall River, with a Mass of Christian burial in St. Madeline Sophie Church. He was buried with military honors in Notre Dame Cemetery, Fall River.

Joseph M. Vieira
Heavy equipment operator, past Lions president
Joseph M. Vieira, 81, of 502 Bristol Ferry Road, Portsmouth, died Tuesday, June 21, 2002, at Silver Creek Manor, Bristol. 
Born in Newport on June 9, 1920, he was a son of the late Marion and Aldina (Costa) Vieira.
Mr. Vieira was a heavy equipment operator for Jerry Sullivan Contractors. He was past president of the Portsmouth Lions Club and a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Moose Lodge. He leaves eight sisters, Dorothy Brown, Agnes Luce, Julia Bucci and Mary Roche, all of Portsmouth, Laura Toppa and Yvonne Moffitt, both of Middletown, Emily Hillan of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Marjorie Sanders of Fremont, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Leona Tolleson, Shirley Ann Marshall and Henry Vieira. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, May 24, at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony’s Church, 2836 East Main Road. Burial will be private.

Charlotte E. Kippax
Lived in Warren for most of her life
Charlotte E. Kippax, 88, of Shore Drive died Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at Roger Williams Medical Center.


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