Our Obituaries

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

Arrangements under the direction of Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Birchcrest, Swansea, MA.
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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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Alice L. Mercier

April 29, 1920 - June 30, 2016

Alice L. (Lajeunesse) Mercier, age 96, of Swansea, passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Catholic Memorial Home in Fall River. She was the wife of the late Joseph L. "Fat" Mercier.Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Edward and Maria (Belanger) Lajeunesse, she had resided in Fall River for most of her life before moving to Swansea 5 years ago.Mrs. Mercier had worked as a quality control...
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Jeanne M. Paulhus

July 15, 1928 - June 27, 2016

Jeanne M. (Martin) Paulhus, age 87, of Swansea, passed away Monday, June 27, 2016 in her residence. She was the wife of the late Arthur R. Paulhus.Born in Fall River, the daughter of the late Daniel and Mary (Downey) Martin, she was a graduate of Sacred Hearts Academy class of 1946 and has been a resident of Swansea for 69 years.Mrs. Paulhus was a member of the Corky Row Club and the American...
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Lena Stafford

February 21, 1923 - June 19, 2016

Lena Stafford (Noto), 93, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016. She was the wife of the late George H. Stafford. Born in Fall River, MA, a daughter of the late Gaspar and Elvira Noto, she was a lifelong Swansea resident.A communicant of Christ Church in Swansea she was actively involved in church events and activities.She is survived by her daughter Carol Mezzanotti and her husband Richard of...
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Daniel J. Carmo

September 10, 1924 - June 17, 2016

Daniel J. Carmo, "Danny Boy", age 91, of Somerset, passed away Friday, June 17, 2016 surrounded by his family. He was the husband of the late Maria Luisa (Branco) Carmo.Born in Sao Miguel, Azores, a son of the late Augusto and Virginia (Lima) Carmo he immigrated to America in 1978 and has been a resident of Somerset for over 25 years.He worked as a Mason and was a member of the Portuguese Army...
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Albert M. Couto

September 13, 1919 - June 9, 2016

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Sue A. Ripley

March 18, 1944 - June 1, 2016

Sue A. (Crabbe) Ripley, 72, of Rehoboth, MA, passed away June 1, 2016, in Brooksville, FL, surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Wayne C. Ripley.Born in Waterville, ME, the daughter of the late Basil I. and Darlene E. (Nichols) Crabbe, she was a graduate of Unity Freedom High School in Unity, ME class of 1962.Sue worked for the Metacomet and Fall River Country Clubs for 18 years...
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Debra J. Ferraro

May 26, 1963 - May 30, 2016

Debra J. (Banville) Ferraro, "Debbie," age 53, of Swansea, passed away Monday, May 30, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Thomas A. Ferraro to whom she has been married for the past 27 years.Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Joseph and Virginia (Cabral) Banville, she was a longtime resident of Swansea.A graduate of Joseph Case High School, class of 1981, she also...
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Michael M. McCann

September 6, 1939 - May 28, 2016

Michael M. McCann, age 76, of Swansea, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016 in Warren Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was the husband of the late Ann (Boyer) McCann who was the love of his life.Born in Fall River, a son of the late Raymond A. and Florence E. (Clarkson) McCann, he had been a resident of Swansea since 1968.A graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School, he attended Diman...
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Christopher R. Therrien

December 17, 1987 - May 28, 2016

Christopher R. Therrien, 28, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016. Born in Fall River, a loving son of Theresa (Therrien) Noons and stepson of John A. Noons, Jr. of Rehoboth, he was a longtime Somerset resident.A 2005 graduate of Somerset High School he had been working in construction. He enjoyed hiking and camping and was an avid New England sports fan.Besides his mother and stepfather, he is...
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Richard L. Schmoll

January 6, 1930 - May 28, 2016

Richard L. "Rick" Schmoll, 86, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016. He was the husband of the late Rose Delores (Downey) Schmoll. Born in Denver, CO, the son of the late Arthur L. and the late Martha Schmoll, he was a longtime resident of Swansea, MA. A US Navy Korean War Veteran, he worked as an instructor at Raytheon in Portsmouth, RI for 18 years before retiring in 1991. A skilled...
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Maria L. Vasconcelos

November 1, 1928 - May 23, 2016

Maria L. (Sousa) Vasconcelos, age 87, of Fall River, passed away Monday, May 23, 2016 at Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River.Born in St. Michael, Azores, a daughter of the late Francisco and Adelaide (Tavares) Sousa. She was a lifelong area resident.She previously worked for Swank, Spiedel and Bristol Knitting as a seamstress for 35 years retiring in 1998. She enjoyed spending time with her...
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Francisco M. Alves

October 9, 1950 - May 20, 2016

Francisco M. Alves, "Frank," age 65, of Fall River, passed away Friday, May 20, 2016 at Bay Front in Punta Gorda, Florida. He was the husband Donna M. Santos-Alves.Born in Sao Miguel, Acores, Portugal, a son of the late Manuel L. and Guilhermina J. (Rego) Alves, he immigrated to the United States in 1966 at the age of 15, settling in Bristol, Rhode Island and lived in Swansea for many years. He...
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Janet Rita Silva

November 8, 1948 - May 13, 2016

Janet R. (Moynihan) Silva, age 67, passed away Friday, May 13, 2016. Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Robert L. and Simone (Jusseaume) Moynihan, she lived in Swansea for many years.A graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, she attended Pondville School of Nursing in Walpole, MA. A dedicated Nurse, she worked at Country Gardens Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation in Swansea...
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Albert Sunderland

October 8, 1928 - May 4, 2016

Albert "Al" Sunderland Jr., 87, of Swansea, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Somerset Ridge Center. He was the husband of Joyce A. (Butler) Sunderland to whom he has been married for the past 63 years.Born in Fall River, a son of the late Albert Sunderland Sr. and Bertha (Moss) Sunderland and was a lifelong area resident.A graduate of Joseph Case High School, class of 1946, he also...
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Donald H. McCann

January 3, 1928 - May 2, 2016

McCann, Donald H. "Duke", 88, of Tiverton, passed away Monday, May 2, 2016 at South Kingstown Nursing & Rehabilitation in West Kingston, RI. He was the husband of the late Sally (Ferguson) McCann.Born in Fall River, the son of the late Leon N. and Bertha B. (Hardy) McCann, he attended Westall School in Fall River, Case High School in Swansea and graduated from Admiral Billard Academy in 1946....
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Earl F. Britland

August 15, 1926 - May 2, 2016

Earl F. Britland Sr., age 89, of Swansea, passed away, Monday, May 2, 2016 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of the late Lois E. (Welsh) Britland.Born in Fall River, a son of the late Joseph and Catherine (Welch) Britland, he was a lifelong resident of Swansea.A graduate of Joseph Case High School, class of 1946, he was a Veteran of the United States Coast Guard serving during...
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Kenneth D. Heist

May 29, 1939 - April 27, 2016

Kenneth D. Heist, age 76, of Little Compton, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at his residence. He was the husband of Joyce E. (Flynn) Heist to whom he has been married for the past twenty-two years.Born in Denver, Colorado, he was a son of the late Donald C. and Laura (Adair) Heist. A graduate of Lakewood High School, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from Metropolitan State...
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Mary Alice Szczepanek

January 22, 1929 - April 25, 2016

Mary Alice (Couto) Szczepanek, age 87, of Tiverton, passed away Monday, April 25, 2016 in Charlton Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of Stanley R. Szczepanek with whom she would have celebrated 65 years of marriage this June.Born in Seekonk, a daughter of the late Joseph and Yolande (Medeiros) Couto, she lived in Seekonk and Swansea for many years before moving to Tiverton. She was a graduate...
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Katherine G. Lyons

June 22, 1926 - April 18, 2016

Katherine G. (Levell) Lyons, age 89, of Swansea, passed away, Monday, April 18, 2016 at Autumn Glen in Dartmouth. She was the wife of the late John J. Lyons Jr.Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Edward F. and Katherine G. (Lowney) Levell, she lived in Fall River before moving to Swansea in 1962.A graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School, class of 1943, she attended the Trusedale Hospital...
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William A. Machado

September 10, 1926 - April 17, 2016

Machado, William A. "Bill", 89, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016. He was the loving husband of Helen R. (Rioux) Machado to whom he was married 65 years.Born in Swansea, the son of the late John and Louise (Borge) Machado, he was a long time Swansea resident and a United States Navy Veteran of WWII as well as a member of the Swansea American Legion for many years.Bill had a variety of...
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Antonio DaSilva

February 20, 1927 - April 15, 2016

Antonio DaSilva, age 89, of Swansea passed away Friday, April 15, 2016 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Maria C. (Medeiros) DaSilva to whom he has been married for over sixty years. Born in Sao Miguel, Azores, a son of the late Manuel and Natalia (Moniz-DaPonte) DaSilva, he immigrated to Fall River in 1967 and lived in Tiverton before moving to Swansea in 2008. Mr. DaSilva was...
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Ruth B. Skillings

July 28, 1920 - April 15, 2016

Ruth B. (Barnes) Skillings, age 95, of Rumford, RI, passed Friday, April 15, 2016 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of 61 years to the late Jackson H. Skillings, Sr.Born in Fall River, daughter of the late Arthur and Alice (Ashley) Barnes, Ruth lived in Fall River before moving to Rumford in 1951.A graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School, Ruth attended the Francis G...
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Dianne L. Grota

June 22, 1954 - April 10, 2016

Dianne L. (Salvas) Grota, age 61, of Swansea, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 10, 2016 in the Phillip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence. Together for 43 years, she was the beloved wife of Jerome M. Grota. She was born in Fall River, the loving daughter of Joseph R. Salvas of Swansea and the late Theresa (Coderre) Salvas. Dianne was the devoted mother to three daughters: Amy L....
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Harold J. Higgins

August 19, 1930 - April 9, 2016

Harold J. Higgins, age 85, of Swansea, passed away, Saturday, April 9, 2016 at his residence. He was the husband of the late Mary Alice (Brazil) Higgins.Born in Fall River, a son of the late William M. and Marie Rose (Fitzpatrick) Higgins, he lived in Fall River before moving to Swansea in 1968.A graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School, class of 1948, he received his A.B. degree in Economics from...
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Pamela J. Valerio

December 25, 1959 - April 7, 2016

Pamela J. (Coady) Valerio, age 56, of Fall River, passed away, Thursday, April 7, 2016 at St. Anne's Hospital. Born in Urbana, IL, a daughter of Robert F. and Leah (Talbot) Coady of Somerset, she lived in Somerset before moving to Fall River many years ago.A graduate of Somerset High School, class of 1978, she attended the New Bedford School of Design and was a veteran of the United States Navy....
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James Patrick Anthony

August 11, 1954 - April 4, 2016

James P. Anthony, "Jimmy," age 61, of Swansea, passed away Monday, April 4, 2016 at Country Gardens Nursing Home in Swansea. He was the former husband of Rebecca (Cardinale) Anthony of Cranston. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, a son of the late Joseph D. and Pearl (Hulling) Anthony, he lived in Providence and Seekonk before moving to Rehoboth many years ago.A graduate of Seekonk High School, Mr...
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Eduarda M. Diniz

February 8, 1929 - April 4, 2016

Eduarda M. (Medeiros) Diniz, 87, of Swansea, MA, died Monday, April 4, 2016 at the Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River, surrounded by her family. She was the wife of Armando F. Diniz to whom she was married for 55 years. Born in Acores, Portugal on February 8, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Gil S. and Maria dos Sousa (Anjos) Medeiros.Mrs. Diniz was a Communicant of St. John of God Church...
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Patricia Ann Draper

July 23, 1938 - March 18, 2016

Patricia A. Draper, age 77, of Swansea, passed away Friday, March 18, 2016, at her residence, surrounded by her loving caregivers. Born in Swansea, a daughter of the late Harry R. and Myrtice (Pilbald) Draper, she was a lifelong area resident. Patricia was an avid bowler and gardener; she enjoyed animals, quahoging and attending the Council on Aging in Swansea. Patricia was also a volunteer at...
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Charles D. MacLagan

November 22, 1928 - March 12, 2016

Reverend Charles D. MacLagan, "Chuck," age 87, of Somerset, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at his residence. He was the husband of the late Reverend Lynn G. (McClentic) MacLagan.Born in Philadelphia, a son of the late Donald W. and Florence (Day) MacLagan, he spent his youth in South Euclid, Ohio. He lived in North East Ohio for many years...
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Pauline C. Kostka-Toolin

March 4, 1958 - March 11, 2016

Pauline Celia Kostka-Toolin, departed this earth on March 11, 2016. She was the wife, confidant and best friend of David Toolin. She also leaves behind her sister, Sandra Mulligan, her nephew, Billy Mulligan and her best friend of 46 years, Maureen Camara. She predeceases many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and associates. Pauline was known for her caring generosity, big...
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Sarah S. Morin

September 11, 1925 - March 9, 2016

Sarah S. (Sutherland) Morin, "Sally," age 90, of Somerset, passed away, Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in Somerset Ridge Center. She was the wife of the late Gerard Morin.Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late George and Agnes (Bryant) Sutherland, she lived in Englewood, Florida, and Connecticut for many before returning back to Swansea.A graduate of Joseph Case High School, she worked as a Data...
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William J. Torpey

July 21, 1927 - March 6, 2016

William J. ("Bill") Torpey of Somerset passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on March 6, 2016. As a successful maritime professional, dedicated community leader, committed friend, and devoted family man, Bill lived his 88 years of life with drive, commitment, and a tremendous sense of humor.The son of the late James H. and Mary (Powell) Torpey, Bill was born in New Bedford and...
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John E. Pacheco

October 2, 1943 - March 5, 2016

John E. Pacheco, "Coach", age 72, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2016 at his daughter's residence surrounded by his loving family. He was the former husband of Lisa A. (Salpietro) Pacheco. Born in Sao Miguel, Azores he was the son of the late Joao and Isabel (Cabral) Pacheco. Mr. Pacheco immigrated to the United States in 1950 and lived in Freetown for many years. A graduate of Somerset High...
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George H. Downing

December 10, 1932 - March 3, 2016

.George H. Downing Jr., age 83, of Swansea, passed away Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Alice (Vieira) Downing.Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, a son of the late George H. Downing Sr. and Bertha (MacKenzie) Downing, he lived in Beverly for many years before moving to Somerset in 1963 and settling in Swansea in 1964.A graduate of Beverly High School,...
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Clara H. Poulin

April 16, 1943 - March 1, 2016

Clara H. (Carvalho) Poulin, age 72, of Pawtucket, RI formerly of S. Attleboro, passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2016 in Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. She was the wife of Michael G. Poulin to whom she has been married for 26 years.Born in Bristol, RI, the daughter of the late Manuel and Dorothea (Goulart) Carvalho, she was a graduate of Joseph Case High School in Swansea. She was employed as...
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Eva Kearns

February 3, 1925 - March 1, 2016

Eva (Bouchard) Kearns, age 91, of Swansea, passed away Tuesday, March 01, 2016 peacefully at her residence. She was the wife of the late Michael T. Kearns to whom she shared fifty years of marriage with.Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Joseph Bouchard and Eva (Thibault) Gonsalves, she lived most of her life in Swansea and was employed at US Records for ten years. Eva loved to spend...
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