Our Obituaries

Ann Marie Prendergast

October 20, 1932 - July 19, 2017

Ann Marie (Venturini) Prendergast, age 84, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of the late Michael F. Prendergast. Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Frank and Anna (Regoli) Venturini, she was a longtime resident of Swansea before moving to Clifton in Somerset. Mrs. Prendergast was a graduate of Dominicon Academy where she excelled in...
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Kyle Henry Beach

April 23, 1937 - July 11, 2017

Kyle Henry Beach (1937-2017), age 80, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. He was the loving husband of Arlene (Card) Beach for whom he was married for 38 years. Born in Mosheim, TN, the son of the late Tivas and Maggie Lee Beach of Mosheim, TN. Longtime resident of Swansea, MA and Frostproof, FL. He was a 20 year Veteran of the US Navy, achieving rank of Chief Petty Office. He...
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Charles F. Baer

March 11, 1941 - July 11, 2017

Charles F. (Charlie) Baer, age 76, of Somerset, passed away, Tuesday, July 11, 2017 in Charlton Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Anita (Jarvis) Baer for 56 years.Born in Clinton, a son of the late Charles and Edwina (Brookes) Baer, he previously resided in Clinton, and later moving to Somerset with his family. A graduate of Clinton High School, class of...
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Joan A. Gormley

March 9, 1942 - July 9, 2017

Joan A. (Ferriera) Gormley, age 75, of Swansea, passed away unexpectedly surrounded by her family, Sunday, July 9, 2017. She was the wife of the late Thomas J. Gormley Jr.Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Anable and Mary (Rezendes) Ferriera, she was a lifelong area resident.A graduate of East Providence High School, class of 1960, she received her L.P.N. license from Diman Regional. ...
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Mann Braga

March 16, 1947 - July 7, 2017

Mann Braga, age 70, of Swansea, passed away, Friday, July 7, 2017 at Hope Hospice & Palliative Care of RI. He was the husband of Bonnie J. (MacNaught) Braga. Born in Fall River, the son of the late Manuel and Irene (Trindade) Braga, he was a graduate of Somerset High School and attended LeTourneau College in Longview, TX.Mann owned and operated Mann Braga Associates for many years,...
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Loretta E. Gabriel

March 27, 1932 - July 6, 2017

Loretta E. (Reiss) Gabriel, age 85, of Providence, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Miriam Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Aloysius J. Gabriel for 64 years.Born In Queens, New York, a daughter of the late Matthew C. and Clara L. (Brown) Reiss, she was a graduate of St. Joseph's High School, Brooklyn, class of 1950. She grew up in Brooklyn, met the love her...
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Nancy J. Boothman

August 20, 1925 - July 2, 2017

Nancy J. (Chatterton) Boothman, age 91, of Swansea, passed away peacefully, Sunday, July 2, 2017 in Charlton Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Herbert "Herb" Boothman Jr. Born in Ithaca, New York, she was the daughter of the late Rexford R. and Ruth (Sutphen) Chatterton. She was a graduate of Groton High School in New York, class of 1942. She was a...
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Michael Tavares

May 6, 1964 - June 19, 2017

Michael Tavares, age 53, of Fall River passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 19, 2017 in his home.Michael was born May 6, 1964 in Fall River but grew up in Swansea where he is very well known and loved. He was the son of Richard and the late Anne Marie (St. Pierre) Tavares. He graduated from Joseph Case High School and went on to have many different jobs including the family painting business...
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Beatrice Hosburgh

September 28, 1932 - June 19, 2017

Beatrice Hosburgh (Moniz), age 84, passed away June 19, 2017. She was the wife of the late Henry F. Hosburgh.Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late John and the late Maria (Farias) Moniz she was a longtime resident of Swansea.An avid Red Sox fan, she was an animal lover and enjoyed gardening, baking and spending time with her family.She is survived by her daughter, Donna Borges and her...
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Cory J. Brescia

May 12, 1989 - June 17, 2017

Cory J. Brescia, age 28, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 17, 2017. He was the beloved son of John and Kristen (Martin) Brescia.Born in Providence, RI he was a longtime resident of Rehoboth. A graduate of Dighton/Rehoboth High School he had been working as a mechanic since his completion of Automotive Training at Universal Technical Institute in 2009.His daughter was the love of his live...
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Shirley M. Tobol

November 24, 1931 - June 14, 2017

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Doris G. Cabral

October 2, 1924 - June 13, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Birchcrest, Swansea, MA.
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Jacqueline T. Bernier

July 18, 1928 - June 10, 2017

Jacqueline Theresa (Richard) Bernier 88 of Swansea died on June 10, 2017 after a long illness in Kimwell Nursing Home, Fall River.She was the wife of the late Leo Bernier. They were married in a double wedding ceremony on May 31, 1948.Born July 18, 1928 in Fall River, MA she was the daughter of the late Edward and Ida (Poirier) Richard. She is also the mother of the late Richard Bernier and...
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Margaret V. Hart

July 15, 1923 - June 9, 2017

Margaret V. (Conroy) Hart, age 93, of Fall River, a retired teacher of World Languages died on June 9, 2017 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of the late Patrick J. and Bridget (Mullen) Conroy. Margaret graduated summa cum laude from Long Island University and earned a Master of Arts degree in Spanish Literature and Language at Columbia...
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Leo A. Bernier

August 15, 1926 - June 9, 2017

Leo Armand Bernier, age 90 of Swansea, a retired teacher and pharmacist died on June 9, 2017 after a short illness in Kimwell Nursing Home, Fall River.He was the husband of Jacqueline T. Bernier. They were married in a double wedding ceremony on May 31, 1948.Born August 15, 1926 in New Bedford, MA, he was the son of the late Leo & Olivine (Olivier) Bernier. He is also the father of the late...
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Mildred A. Barrowclough

March 14, 1922 - June 8, 2017

Mildred A. Barrowclough (ne Ford) age 95, longtime resident of Somerset, passed away on Thursday June 8th 2017 at the Life Care Center of Attleboro. The daughter of Bernard Ford and Alice Turner Ford, she was born on March 14, 1922, and grew up in Fall River during the twenties and the depression years of the thirties; many years later, she would relate her experiences during the 1938 hurricane...
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Joan A. Gracia

July 27, 1941 - June 4, 2017

Joan A. (Simmons) Gracia, age 75 of Swansea passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Somerset Ridge Nursing Facility on June 4th. She was the daughter of the late Laura and Eugene Simmons. She was the loving wife of Antone Gracia for 57 years. Joan will be deeply missed by her husband, children and grandchildren. Born in Fall River and residing for the last 45 years in Swansea. Joan was...
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Ernest F. Medeiros

January 13, 1923 - June 1, 2017

Ernest F. Medeiros, age 94, of Swansea, passed away Thursday, June 1, 2017 in Charlton Memorial Hospital. Born in Swansea, the son of the late Max and Lena (Madeiros) Medeiros, he was a lifelong town resident and spent his winters in Florida with his son and grandson after his retirement. Mr. Medeiros was employed with the United States Postal Service for 33 years in Swansea until his retirement....
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Michael D. Hadala

April 27, 1957 - May 29, 2017

Michael D. Hadala, age 60, of Somerset, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017 in St. Anne's Hospital. He was the husband of the late Sharon A. (Dube) Hadala.Born in Fall River, a son of the late Michael and Rachel (Bouchard) Hadala, he had been a lifelong area resident.Mr. Hadala worked as a mechanic for Manuel R. Pavao Construction Incorporated for many years before retiring in 2014. He was a...
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Ida M. Cabral

December 25, 1924 - May 24, 2017

Ida M. Cabral, age 92, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Ida was the wife of the late Manuel P. Cabral who passed away in 2009. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and a dear friend to many.Born on Christmas Day in 1924, Ida was the daughter of the late Antone and Laura (Smith) Cabral. At the age of 16, she entered the needle...
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Francis L. Dowling

August 11, 1951 - May 23, 2017

Francis L. "Frank" Dowling, Jr., age 65, passed away Tuesday May 23, 2017 after a courageous battle with Melanoma. He was the loving husband of Debra (Moniz) Dowling to whom he was married 45 years.Born in Fall River a son of the late Francis L., Sr. and the late Evelyn (Medeiros) Dowling he was a longtime resident of Swansea.A graduate of Case High School and Peterson's School of Engineering,...
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John C. Bower

December 9, 1951 - May 21, 2017

John C. Bower, 65, of Kings Park, New York passed away in his sleep on Sunday (May 21, 2017) at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center after a valiant struggle with cancer.John was born in Fall River, Massachusetts to Marion (née Cadorette) and the late John Bower and was the oldest of three sons, Jeffrey (Maria) Bower and Douglas (Karen) Bower. John was a devoted husband to Joan (née...
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Elizabeth C. Treloar

December 21, 1931 - May 21, 2017

Elizabeth C. Treloar, age 85 of Swansea, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Charlton Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of the late George Treloar.She is the daughter of the late Thomas and Loretta Perry, she attended North Providence High School and was employed for 35 years as a supervisor for Crest Manufacturing, retiring in 1993. Elizabeth also attened hairdressing school and obtained her...
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Margaret Santana

September 29, 1946 - May 21, 2017

Margaret Santana, age 70, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 21, 2017. Born in Fall River a daughter of the late Antone and the late Irene (Costa) Santana she was a lifelong resident of Swansea.She took great pride in her position as a greeter at the Wal-Mart in Swansea always offering up a friendly welcome. Although famous for her cooking, she will be most remembered for her dedication to her...
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Barbara J. Pontes

September 28, 1930 - May 15, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Birchcrest, Swansea, MA.
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Annie B. Souza

June 19, 1925 - May 6, 2017

Annie B. (Mello) Souza, age 91, of Rehoboth, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017 at her son Paul's residence. She was the wife of the late Arthur C. Souza. Annie was born in Somerset and had been a resident of Rehoboth since 1948. She was a graduate of Joseph Case High School and attended the Thibodeau Business School.In addition to being a homemaker, she was an active communicant of St. Dominic...
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Yvette R. Fennelly

June 17, 1922 - May 4, 2017

Yvette R. (Couturier) Fennelly, age 94, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017 in Somerset Ridge Center. She was the wife of the late Francis K. "Ken" Fennelly. Born in Fall River a daughter of the late Ovila and Louise (Canuel) Couturier, she had been a longtime resident of Swansea. She was employed as a cook for the Swansea School system for twenty years. Yvette loved her family, she was an avid...
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Daniel R. Dias

November 30, 1945 - April 29, 2017

Daniel R. Dias, age 71, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Hope Hospice and Palliative Care of Rhode Island. Born in Somerset, a son of the late Antone and Francelina (Machado) Dias he was a lifelong resident of Swansea. A graduate of Joseph Case High School, he was an auto mechanic for thirty years before retiring in 2006. A car enthusiast, he owned and enjoyed building "hot rods."He...
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William Edward Lyne

July 5, 1925 - April 20, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Birchcrest, Swansea, MA.
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Bessie C. Austin

February 16, 1921 - April 18, 2017

Bessie C. Austin died on April 18 at the age of 96 in the Clifton Rehabilitative Nursing Home where she has lived happily for the past three years. Her daughter Dorothy was at her side through her last days and at the time of her death, as was her daughter-in-law Diana. Bessie Corner was born February 16, 1921, the daughter of Joseph Corner and Ada Gill of Fall River, both of whom had come from...
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Christopher G. Shott

February 23, 1954 - April 11, 2017

Christopher George Shott, age 63, of New Bedford, formerly of Swansea, died unexpectedly on April 11, 2017. He was the son the late George J. and Audrey A. (White) Shott.Born in Fall River, he lived most of his life in Swansea until moving to New Bedford 5 years ago. He was a 1972 graduate of Joseph Case High School. He attended Stonehill College, received his Bachelor's Degree in...
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Francis K. Fennelly

January 5, 1918 - April 11, 2017

Francis K. "Ken" Fennelly, age 99, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017 surrounded by his family at his residence. He was the loving husband of Yvette R. (Couturier) Fennelly to whom he was married for 75 years.Born in Fall River a son of the late Charles and the late Elizabeth (Reid) Fennelly he had been a resident of Swansea for many years.A U.S. Army veteran he served during WWII. He was a...
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Sheila A. Kimball

October 4, 1934 - April 9, 2017

Sheila A. (Smith) Kimball, age 82, of Swansea, passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017 at her residence. She was the wife of the late Thomas J. Harrison and the late James Kimball.Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late James R. and Helen (O'Brien) Smith, she spent her youth in Fall River before moving to Swansea in 1961. A graduate of Dominican Academy, she graduated from the University of Rhode...
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Lindy L. Gallucci

October 18, 1927 - April 7, 2017

Lindy Luke Gallucci passed away after a short illness on April 7, 2017 at Clifton Rehabilitation. He was the loving husband of the late Helen (Silva) Gallucci, father of Donna Martinho husband Tony, Gail LaRoche husband Wayne and Tom Gallucci wife Kristen.Lindy was a dedicated mailman in Swansea for over 30 years. He enjoyed his work and could still recite house numbers. He enjoyed his friends at...
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Aaron H. Nunes

September 19, 1980 - April 6, 2017

Aaron H. Nunes, age 36, of Swansea, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 6, 2017. He was born in Fall River the son of Renee (Barboza) Nunes of Swansea and Louis A. Nunes Sr. of Fall River.Aaron was employed as a Concrete Former for Minkin Construction for several years. He enjoyed spending time with his son, making people laugh and always wanted to have a good time. "Hard times don't...
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Sheila E. Samson

April 25, 1943 - April 6, 2017

Sheila E. (Haggerty) Samson, of Swansea, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017 in Charlton Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of the late Raymond F. "Pee Wee" Samson.Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late John and Theresa (Burns) Haggerty, she had been a longtime resident of Swansea.A graduate of Mount St. Mary's High School, she graduated from Johnson and Wales University and received her...
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John B. Hayden

December 21, 1954 - March 26, 2017

John B. Hayden, age 62, of Tiverton, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 26, 2017 while courageously battling lung cancer. He was best friend and loving husband of Dale A. (Birkett) Hayden to whom he had been married for the past 40 years.Born in Fall River, a son of the late James B. and Anna (Baker) Hayden, he grew up in Somerset and lived in Fall River before moving to Tiverton in 1992....
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Maureen L. Overstreet

April 29, 1938 - March 14, 2017

Maureen L. Overstreet, age 78 of Somerset, passed away peacefully at her residence on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.Born in Swansea, a daughter of the late Edward M. and Doris G. (Authier) Boscoe. She attended St. Michael's Grammar School; she attended Case High School and studied at Western Iowa Tech Community College and graduated with a degree in Practical Nursing, class of 1977.Upon her graduation,...
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Louis S. Farabini

July 19, 1922 - March 12, 2017

Louis S. Farabini, Sr, 94, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017 in Taunton. He was the loving husband of Constance (Lopes) Farabini with whom he shared 70 years of marriage. Born in Swansea, he was the son of the late Giacamo and Maria Farabini, he resided there for most of his life. He was a graduate of Case High School. Mr. Farabini proudly served in the United States Army. He had worked in TV...
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Jennifer Lynn Pacheco

June 10, 1972 - March 11, 2017

Jennifer L. (Tavares) Pacheco, age 44, of Swansea, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017 unexpectedly. She was the wife of the late Jamie M. Pacheco.Born in Fall River, a daughter of Joseph and Jayne (Talbot) Tavares of Swansea, she had been a lifelong area resident.A graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School, class of 1990, she received her associate's degree as a medical technician from the New...
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Henry R. Amaral

February 8, 1928 - March 8, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Birchcrest, Swansea, MA.
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Tina Costello

March 12, 1948 - March 6, 2017

Tina Costello (Cunningham), age 68, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 7, 2017. She was the wife of Michael Costello. Born in Framingham, a daughter of the late Edward and Mary Catherine (McDonough) Cunningham, she was a longtime resident of Swansea.Tina worked in Retail Management for over 25 years before retiring in 2004. A true history buff, she enjoyed doing Revolutionary War...
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John E. O'Brien

February 3, 1922 - March 5, 2017

John E. O'Brien, age 95, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017. He was the husband of Leona (Lavoie) O'Brien and former husband of the late Evelyn (Perry) O'Brien.Born in Fall River a son of the late John and the late Viola (Simmons) O'Brien he was a long time resident of Swansea.A United States Army veteran he served during WWII. He worked for the Fall River Water Department for 30 years before...
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Carolyn M. Levine

July 18, 1944 - February 27, 2017

Carolyn M. (Dewey) Levine, age 72 of Seekonk, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family on Monday, February 27, 2017, after a 16-year battle with breast cancer. She was the beloved wife of Howard Levine. Carolyn was the daughter of the late Walter and Hazel (Andrus) Dewey. She graduated from Joseph Case High School in 1962 and Rhode Island College in 1966 with...
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Doris Doris Parent

July 12, 1919 - February 22, 2017

Doris "Dot" Parent, age 97 of Somerset, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2017 in Country Gardens Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of the late Donat Parent.Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Edward and Yvonne (Lavoie) Fournier, she was a lifelong area resident. She attended Durfee High School; she loved her family, was an avid Red Sox Fan, and enjoyed bowling...
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Timothy A. Rand

September 20, 1956 - February 19, 2017

Timothy A. Rand, age 60, of Swansea, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017 at his home in Swansea. He was the loving husband of Donna M. Rand, to whom he had been married to for 26 years.Born in Nevada, a son of Patricia (Sever) Arano of NV and the late John Merritt Rand. He was a graduate of Elko High School, Nevada, class of 1975. Timothy entered the United States Army for 12 years and 10...
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Michael L. Ferreira

January 6, 1947 - February 19, 2017

Michael L. Ferreira, age 70, of Swansea, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017 peacefully at his home.Born in Fall River, a son of the late Manuel and Helen (Borge) Ferreira, he was a lifelong Swansea resident. A graduate of Case High School, class 1965, Michael was veteran of the United States Army, serving honorably in the Vietnam War. He was a long time local mechanic and woodworker until...
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Kenneth H. Bridge

February 21, 1927 - February 17, 2017

Kenneth H. Bridge, age 89, of Seekonk, passed away Friday, February 17, 2017 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. He was the loving husband of Dorothy (Bradshaw) Bridge to whom he has been married for the past 67 years.Born in Fall River, a son of the late Westall N. and Alice (Hindle) Bridge, he lived in Fall River before moving to Seekonk over fifty years ago. A graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High...
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Kathleen R. Lawlor

November 11, 1920 - February 14, 2017

Kathleen (Robinson) Lawlor, age 96, passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2017. She was the wife of the late Thomas J. Lawlor, Jr. to whom she was married 60 years before his passing in 2001. Born in Fall River a daughter of the late James A. and Ellen L. (Cavanagh) Robinson she was a longtime resident of Swansea. A graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School, Class of 1938, she graduated from Thibodeau's...
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Raymond A. Belanger

June 14, 1925 - February 8, 2017

Raymond A. Belanger, age 91, of Swansea, passed away Wednesday, February 08, 2017. He was the loving husband of Joyce A. (Bowers) Belanger to whom he was married 56 years.Born in Biddeford, ME a son of the late Alphee and Yvonne (Giguere) Belanger he was a longtime resident of Swansea.A United States Navy veteran of WWII he worked as a Sales Agent for 50 years before retiring in 2002.In addition...
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Rita Marie Kershaw

September 6, 1921 - February 3, 2017

Rita M. Kershaw, age 95, of Swansea, passed away Friday, February 3, 2017 in St. Anne's Hospital. She was the wife of the late William Walkden and Alfred E. Kershaw.Born in Fall River, she was the daughter of the late William and Ann (Harrop) Hannon. She was a lifelong resident of Swansea and a graduate of Durfee High School. Rita was a homemaker, who enjoyed spending time with family, baking...
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Zane J. Jakuboski

July 11, 1954 - February 2, 2017

Zane Joseph Jakuboski, age 62, passed away February 2, 2017. He was the loving husband of Joan (Kopeski) Jakuboski to whom he was married 39 years.Born in Attleboro, MA a son of the late Joseph Jakuboski and Anne (Baker) Cloutier he had been a longtime resident of North Attleboro. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, he earned a Bachelor Degree in Biochemistry. He owned and...
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Maurice P. Durette

February 8, 1947 - January 30, 2017

Maurice P. "Buddy" Durette Jr., "Bibbit", age 69, of Swansea, passed away Monday, January 30, 2017 in Charlton Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Martha B. Flanigan, to whom he had been happily married for 21 years.Born in Fall River, the son of the late Maurice and Alice (Tabit) Durette Sr., he was a lifelong area resident. He was a graduate of BMC Durfee High School, class of 1966. He...
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Alfred Carreiro

September 26, 1918 - January 27, 2017

Alfred "Fred" Carreiro, age 98, of Swansea passed away Friday, January 27, 2017 at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the former husband of the late Martha "Louise" (deSousa) Carreiro and the husband of the late Willetta L. (Manchester) Carreiro. Born in Fall River, a son of the late Jose and Ermelinda (Raposa) Carreiro, he was a longtime resident of Swansea and wintered in Sarasota, Florida for many...
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Amy M. Scanlon

June 23, 1965 - January 27, 2017

Amy M. "Aim" (Porter) Scanlon, age 51, of Swansea, passed away Friday, January 27, 2017 in the Catholic Memorial Home. She was the wife of Raymond K. Scanlon Jr. Born in Taunton, a daughter of the late Roger and Faye R. (Carrick) Porter, she spent her youth in Swansea and lived in Taunton for many years returning back to Swansea in 2003.A graduate of Joseph Case High School, class of 1983, she...
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Jean O. Audet

May 7, 1941 - January 27, 2017

Jean O. Audet, age 75, of Swansea, MA, passed away Friday, January 27, 2017 at his home. He was the husband of the late Geraldine E. Audet.Born in Fall River, a son of the late Armel and Irene (Dube) Audet, a graduate of Diman Regional Vocational High School class of 1959. Jean went on to serve in the United States Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis before beginning his career as a union...
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Ann C. Chace

October 1, 1926 - January 26, 2017

Ann Christine (DeBalsi) Chace, 90, of Swansea for the past 63 years, died on Thursday, January 26th after a brief illness. She was the loving wife of the late Raymond John Chace, Sr., who passed in 2010.Born in Barrington, RI on October 1, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Guiseppe and Lucia (Christoffano) DeBalsi.Mrs. Chace worked as a secretary for Milliken Apartments, the Washington...
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Stephen P. Shepherd

December 13, 1951 - January 25, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Birchcrest, Swansea, MA.
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Cusmedo Costa

October 16, 1943 - January 9, 2017

Cusmedo "Gus" Costa, Jr., age 73, passed away Monday, January 9, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Karen W. (Thain) Costa to whom he was married for nine years. Born in Dighton, MA a son of the late Cazimaro and Alice (Soares) Costa he was a longtime resident of Swansea.A veteran of the United States Air Force he served as Military Police during the Vietnam Era. A proud home owner, he devoted...
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Walter L. Gosciminski

March 22, 1943 - December 22, 2016

Walter L. Gosciminski, age 73 of Swansea, passed away Thursday, December 22, 2016 in Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Rhode Island. He was the husband of Joan C. (Chew) Gosciminski.Born in Fall River, the son of the late Raymond Gosciminski and Mary (Dunaj) Gosciminski Chew, he was a lifelong area resident, was a graduate of BMC Durfee High School, class of 1960, he received his associates...
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Frances M. Meadows

August 1, 1922 - December 22, 2016

Meadows, Frances M. (Reed), age 94, passed away peacefully Thursday, December 22, 2016 at St. Elizabeth's Community in East Greenwich. She was the wife of the late Clyde D. Meadows to whom she was married for 60 years before his passing in 2006.Born in Hinton, West Virginia a daughter of the late Lonza L. and Nina S. (Deeds) Reed she lived in West Virginia and Colorado before moving to North...
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Bruce P. Loudin

November 2, 1953 - December 21, 2016

Bruce P. Loudin III, "Skip," age 63, of Swansea, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Sharon (Murphy) Loudin to whom he has been married for the past ten years. Born in Charlestown, South Carolina, a son of the late Bruce P. Loudin II and Dorothy (Fonseca) Loudin, after losing his parents at an early age he was raised by Billy Dolin and...
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Joan M. Lavoie

March 1, 1930 - December 13, 2016

Joan M. (Booth) Lavoie, age 86 of Berkley, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2016 in Morton Hospital, Taunton. She was the wife of the late Alphonse Lavoie.Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Charles J. and Rosella (Crosby) Booth, she was a longtime resident of Swansea. Graduating 3rd in the class of 1947 from Domincan Academy, she loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great...
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Alzira M. DeMattos

September 8, 1925 - December 12, 2016

Alzira M. "Ziggy" (Medeiros) DeMattos, age 91, of Swansea, passed away Monday, December 12, 2016 in Country Gardens Skilled and Rehabilitative Nursing Center. She was the wife of the late Gilbert F. DeMattos. Born in New Bedford, a daughter of the late Antone and Joana (Amaral) Medeiros, she was a lifelong resident of Swansea. A graduate of Joseph Case High School, class of 1944, she worked as...
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E. Myrle Feeley

January 8, 1926 - December 6, 2016

"Nana" Myrle (Whiting) Feeley, of Swansea, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. She was 90 years young. Myrle was the wife of the late Paul Feeley and mother of the late Patricia "Penny" Chung. Born in Fall River, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Edith (Fernley) Whiting and sister of the late Harold and Robert Whiting. ...
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Walter T. Sarna

April 26, 1926 - December 5, 2016

Walter T. Sarna, Sr., age 90 of Swansea, passed away Monday, December 05, 2016 in Somerset Ridge Center, Somerset. He was the husband of Stacia M. (Pietrzyk) Sarna.Born in Fall River a son of the late Simon and Sofia (Lizak) Sarna, he was a lifelong Swansea resident. He attended school in Fall River, later moving to Swansea. He was a member of the United States Navy, as a A.S. V6. He was employed...
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Anthony Venafra

May 24, 1934 - November 19, 2016

Anthony "Tony" Venafra, age 82, of Somerset, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at home. He was the loving husband of Marion (Denovellis) Venafra with whom he shared 60 years of marriage.Born in Paternopoli, Italy, the son of the late Joseph A. and Giovanina (Santoro) Venafra, he came to the United States at the age of 15 and had resided in Somerset for the past 52 years. He...
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Mary E. Enos

April 12, 1922 - November 18, 2016

Mary E. (Donnelly) Enos, age 94, of Swansea, passed away Friday, November 18, 2016 in Charlton Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of the late Raymond T. Enos.Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Michael J. and Bridget (Hayden) Donnelly, she had been a longtime resident of Swansea. A graduate of Joseph Case High School, class of 1941, she also graduated from the Thibideau Business School...
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John J. Norton

March 22, 1931 - November 15, 2016

John J. Norton, age 85, of Swansea, passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2016 in Country Gardens. He was the husband of Louise E. (Anelunde) Norton to whom he has been married for the past 64 years.Born in Springfield, a son of the late Alice (Hurley) Smith and step-son of the late Arthur Smith, he was a lifelong area resident.A graduate of Joseph Case High School, class of 1948, he was a Veteran...
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Gerard N. Tremblay

January 20, 1948 - November 13, 2016

Gerard N. "Jerry" Tremblay, age 68, of Swansea, passed away peacefully Sunday, November 13, 2016 with his wife and family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Diane E. (Janson) Tremblay to whom he has been married for the past 45 years.Born in Fall River, a son of the late Camille and Rita (Dumont) Tremblay, he lived in Fall River before moving to Swansea in 1975.A graduate of B.M.C....
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Shirley C. Fiddler

June 7, 1935 - November 10, 2016

Shirley C. Fiddler (nee Giovino), age 81, of Swansea, MA, passed away peacefully on November 10, 2016. Devoted daughter of the late Gerald and Imelda (Goulet) Giovino, and sister of the late Juliette Risi, she was a lifelong area resident.A graduate of Joseph Case High School, she was a Dorm Mother for 10 years at Bridgewater State College. Prior to that, she worked for many years as a Medical...
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John Nowell

July 14, 1924 - November 7, 2016

John T. Nowell, age 92, passed away Monday, November 7, 2016. He was the loving husband of Sheila "Skip" (Rothbard) Nowell to whom he was married 70 years. Born in Fall River the son of the late John P. and Ruth (Turner) Nowell he was a resident of Rehoboth, MA for 69 years.A graduate of Moses Brown he earned a full scholarship to MIT. While attending MIT he enlisted as a Staff Sergeant for the...
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Gregory Murgo

October 28, 1944 - November 7, 2016

Gregory "Greg" Murgo, age 72, of Swansea, passed away unexpectedly Monday, November 07, 2016 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Virginia E. "Ginny" (Lawlor) Murgo to whom he has been married for the past 22 years.Born in Everett, Massachusetts, a son of the late Dominic and Audrey (Hillier) Murgo, he spent his youth in Bristol and lived in Middletown for many years before moving...
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Teresa J. Liebl

February 9, 1918 - November 5, 2016

Teresa J. (Gerlach) Liebl, age 98 of Fall River formerly of Swansea, passed away Saturday, November 5, 2016 in Southpointe Rehabilitation Center in Fall River. She was the wife of the late John R. Liebl Sr.Born in Bronx, NY, the daughter of the late William and Catherine (MacNamara) Gerlach and has been a resident of Swansea for over 60 years. Mrs. Liebl was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi...
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Kirk Anthony Hentschell

October 28, 1973 - November 4, 2016

Kirk Anthony Hentschell, age 43 of Somerset, passed away unexpectedly Friday, November 4, 2016. Born in Flint, Michigan, the son of Marcella (Gavagan) Solomito of Somerset and the late Rudolph H. Hentschell and stepfather John Solomito of Somerset. He was a 1991 graduate of Somerset High School. Kirk was employed with Harbor Freight Tools. He was a United States Army Reservist. He enjoyed...
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Manuel Furtado

June 28, 1927 - November 3, 2016

Manuel "Mal" Furtado, age 89, of Swansea, passed away Thursday, November 3, 2016 at his residence. He was the husband of Adeline "Bunny" (Medeiros) Furtado to whom he has been married for the past 69 years.Born in Fall River, a son of the late Jacintho and Edelina (Rodriques) Furtado, he had been a resident of Swansea since 1954.A Veteran of the United States Army, he served during World War II...
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Warren Maymon Clarke

August 12, 1928 - October 24, 2016

Warren M. Clarke, age 88, of Swansea, MA, passed away Monday, October 24, 2016 at the Somerset Ridge Center, Somerset, MA after a brief illness. He was the husband of Lois (Sherry) Clarke, to whom he had been married for 67 years.Born in Fall River, a son of the late Walter and Doris (Cobb) Clarke, he was a lifelong area resident, attended Durfee High School and served in the United States Navy....
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John W. Gaskell

December 8, 1939 - October 20, 2016

John W. Gaskell, Jr., age 76, of North Adams, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2016 in Bedford Village Nursing Home, New Bedford. He was the former husband of Barbara Gaskell and Lucille Obenchain.Born in Fall River, a son of the late John W. Gaskell Sr and Merdis (Sprague) Gaskell, he was a longtime area resident residing in Swansea and Westport, prior to moving to N. Adams. He had attended...
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Isaura Perry

June 26, 1928 - October 20, 2016

Isaura (Oliveira) Perry, age 88, of Swansea, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2016 at Clifton Rehabilitation Nursing Center. She was the wife of the late John Perry.Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Joseph and Elvira (Campos) Oliveira, she spent her youth in Fall River before residing in Swansea for the past 40 years. A graduate of BMC Durfee High School, she worked as a bookkeeper for...
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Alice M. Walsh

August 31, 1918 - October 19, 2016

Alice M. (Lecuyer) Walsh, age 98, of Swansea, passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of James A. Walsh to whom she has been married for the past 76 years.Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Arthur and Laura (Prevost) Lecuyer, she spent her youth in Fall River, resided in Swansea and lived in Seekonk for many years before moving back to...
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Jamie Tavares

April 3, 1972 - October 16, 2016

Jamie Tavares, "The Heart Break Kid," age 44, of Swansea, passed away October 16, 2016. Born in Fall River, a son of Richard Tavares Sr. of Swansea and the late Anne Marie (St. Pierre) Tavares, he had been a lifelong resident of Swansea. Jamie was a member of the Laborers Union local 610, Fall River for the past five years. Prior to that, he was a member of the Laborers Union local 271,...
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Irene Marie Olivo

December 13, 1923 - October 11, 2016

Irene Marie (Deitch) Wingate Olivo, age 92, of Swansea, passed away in Sarah S. Brayton Nursing Home, on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. She was the wife of Joseph A. Olivo and the late Donald A. Wingate.Born in Chicago, the daughter of the late Eugene E. and Emmeline M. (Hartmann) Deitch, she graduated from Taft High School in Chicago, moved to Fall River in 1946, then to Swansea in 1976. She was...
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John M. Frissell

March 11, 1948 - September 30, 2016

John M. Frissell, age 68, of Swansea, went to be with his Lord Jesus Christ, Friday, September 30, 2016 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Elaine S. (Palmer) Frissell with whom he shared 47 years of loving marriage. Born in Rochester, NH, a son of the late Sydney D. and Barbara (Hannah) Frissell, he resided in Dracut for over forty four years before moving to Swansea in...
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Dorothy Lachance

June 29, 1928 - September 28, 2016

Dorothy (Fairhurst) Lachance, age 88, of Swansea, passed away Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Clifton Rehabilitative and Nursing Center. She was the wife of Daniel Lachance to whom she has been married for twenty-nine years and she was the former wife of the late Edward Moreira.Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Raymond and Eva (Petit) Fairhurst, she was a lifelong area resident.She...
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Lillian M. Carpenter

May 28, 1929 - September 17, 2016

Lillian M. (Travers) Carpenter, age 87, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late John Carpenter Sr., to whom she was married 56 years before his passing in 2004.Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Joseph B., Sr. and Catherine (Androniak) Travers she was a lifelong Swansea resident. A dedicated and active member of St. Dominic's...
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Susan Chapman

December 16, 1949 - September 13, 2016

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Hilda Carvalho

June 3, 1919 - September 8, 2016

Hilda (Paiva) Carvalho, "Grandma Hildy", age 97, passed away Thursday, September 8, 2016 at Country Gardens Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of the late Frank C. Carvalho, a United States Army Veteran who was the recipient of the Silver Star and Purple Heart.Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Manuel and Maria (Rezendes) Paiva, she was a lifelong area resident. Hilda...
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Valerie Christina Verissimo

November 19, 1966 - September 7, 2016

Valerie C. (Sousa) Verissimo, age 49 of Fall River, passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2016 in St. Annes Hospital. She was the wife of John Verissimo, to who she had been happily married to for 28 years.Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a daughter of Luis B. Sousa of N. Dighton and the late Maria F. (Paixao) Sousa, she was a lifelong area resident.Mrs. Verissimo was a graduate of BMC Durfee High...
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Eugene Lane Busher

December 12, 1935 - August 16, 2016

Eugene L. "Gene" Busher, age 80, of Swansea, passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2016 in Charlton Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Penelope Squire Busher to whom he has been married for 46 years.Born in Bronxville, New York, the son of the late George D. and Josephine Lane Busher, he resided in Swansea since 1970. Gene attended Roosevelt High School, New York, and later attended Clemson...
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Elsie K. Wildnauer

July 28, 1924 - August 11, 2016

Elsie K. (Rasmussen) Wildnauer, age 92, of Swansea, formerly of Fall River, passed away Thursday, August 11, 2016. She was the wife of the late August F. Wildnauer, MD.She was born and raised in White Plains, NY, daughter of the late Frederick and Elizabeth (Merkle) Rasmussen. A graduate of White Plains High School, she attended the University of Wisconsin and received her RN from Grasslands...
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Bruce A. McCaughey

December 29, 1951 - August 7, 2016

Bruce A. McCaughey, 64, of Swansea, passed away Sunday, August 07, 2016 at St. Anne's Hospital after an acute illness. He was the husband of Donna (Berrier) McCaughey and former husband of Honora (Edward) McCaughey. Born in Providence, RI he was the son of the late Hugh F. and Bertha M. (Archer) McCaughey. He was a lifelong Fall River area resident.A 1970 graduate of Joseph Case High School,...
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Sharon I. Swanson

July 11, 1956 - August 5, 2016

Sharon I. Swanson, age 60, of Somerset, passed away Friday, August 5, 2016 at her residence surrounded by her family and friends.She was born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Herman L. and Anna R. (Farrell) Swanson. Sharon enjoyed traveling, dancing, reading magazines and spending time with her friend, Richard.She is survived by two brothers: Michael J. Swanson and his wife Roberta of...
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Claire Ferneza

November 3, 1935 - August 5, 2016

Claire (Knight) Ferneza, age 80, of Swansea, passed away Friday, August 5, 2016 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of the late Paul S. Ferneza.Born in Swansea, the daughter of the late Thomas F. Knight Sr. and the late Clara (Atkinson) Knight, she was a lifelong Swansea resident and a graduate of Joseph Case High School class of 1953.Mrs. Ferneza was employed as a retail manager with...
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William Gunther

July 10, 1929 - July 30, 2016

William G. Gunther Jr., "Bill," age 87, of Swansea, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2016 in Somerset Ridge Center surrounded by his family.Born in Swansea, a son of the late William G. and Margaret (Lindsey) Gunther, he lived in Los Angeles, California for over sixty years.A graduate of Joseph Case High School, class of 1947, he also graduated from Woodbury Jr. College. He was a Veteran of the...
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Bertha St. Laurent

December 2, 1922 - July 28, 2016

Bertha (Kocor) St. Laurent, age 93, of Swansea, passed away Thursday, July 28, 2016 in Country Gardens Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of the late Dolan J. St. Laurent.Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late William and Bessie (Stepanik) Kocor, she was one of their eleven children. She had been a resident of Swansea since 1957 and worked as a seamstress for many years. An...
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Patricia L. Gersbach

January 11, 1954 - July 22, 2016

Patricia L. (McCormack) Gersbach, "Trish," age 62, passed away Friday, July 22, 2016 at her residence in Fall River.She was the wife of Randy R. Gersbach to whom she was married for 29 years.Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Francis J. and the late Corinne L. (Gagnon) McCormack, she was a longtime resident of Swansea.Mrs. Gersbach worked at Aetna Insurance and for William Stark...
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Joseph R. Salvas

September 4, 1927 - July 22, 2016

Joseph R. Salvas, age 88, of Swansea, passed away Friday, July 22, 2016 at the Catholic Memorial Home. He was the husband of the late Theresa (Coderre) Salvas.Born in Swansea, a son of the late Joseph Salvas and Edwilda (Parent) Gosselin and step-son of the late Omer Gosselin, he had been a lifelong resident of Swansea.Mr. Salvas worked as a Service Manager for Coca-Cola for 35 years before...
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Beatrice Richard

October 13, 1912 - July 10, 2016

Beatrice (Levesque) Richard, 103, of Somerset, passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016. She was the wife of the late Lionel A. Richard to whom she was married 38 years before his passing in 1970.Born in Fall River a daughter of the late Ovide and Aglaee (Berube) Levesque, she lived in Fall River for all of her life until moving to Somerset Ridge seven years ago.A Nurse's Aide, she worked at the...
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Allan Walker Stiles

March 5, 1929 - July 2, 2016

Allan W. Stiles, age 87, of Swansea and Englewood, Florida, passed away, Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Sunset Lake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Venice, FL. He was the husband of Betty (Gilson) Stiles to whom he had been married for the past 64 years.Born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, a son of the late Dwight and Louise (Sargent) Stiles, he had been a resident of Swansea since 1962. A...
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Alfred T. Silva

January 22, 1927 - July 2, 2016

Alfred T. Silva, age 89, of Somerset, passed away Saturday, July 2, 2016. He is the husband of Pauline A. (Grandmaison) Silva to whom he had been married for 67 years.Born in Fall River, the son of the late Augusto and Josephine (Oliveira) Silva, he was a Veteran of the Coast Guard during World War II. He was employed as the Commissary Manager at the Newport naval Base for 25 years until his...
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