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MARIA “JUNE” TOSTE   March 25, 2017

Marie "June" Toste, age 88 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died March 25, 2017 at Charlton Memorial Hospital with her family by her side. She was the wife of the late Joseph Toste. Born in Rehoboth, she was the daughter of the late John Duarte and Phoebe (Soares) Duarte. She worked as a solderer for Hartman Systems Co. in Bristol, RI. As an active member of the Rehoboth Senior Center, Marie enjoyed playing bingo and card games with her many friends. She was also an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by her son Joseph A. Toste and daughter-in-law Deborah of Taunton. She was the beloved grandmother of Jillian Sylvia and her husband Charles of Norton; Erin Santos and her husband Carlo of Attleboro; and her great-grandchildren: Ashlyn, Thomas, Mason, Liam and Evelyn. She is survived by her son-in-law Timothy Burke of New Mexico.  She was predeceased by her daughter, Ann Marie Burke, and her late siblings David Duarte and Emily Furtado.

Her funeral will begin on Thursday, March 30 at 9:45 AM from the Rebello Funeral Home and Crematory, 901 Broadway, East Providence, RI. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 AM in St. Dominic's Church, 1277 GAR Highway, Swansea, MA. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Swansea. Calling hours will be on Wednesday, March 29 from 4-7 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.



2017 OBITUARIES

ALFRED M.  “FREDDIE” MEDEIROS, JR.   March 15, 2017

Alfred M. “Freddie” Medeiros, Jr.,  age 60 of Rehoboth Massachusetts, died unexpectedly on Wednesday March 15, 2017 at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the husband of Cynthia M. (Burchard) Medeiros. Freddie was born in Fall River, a son of the late Alfred M. and Rita (Yergeau) Medeiros Sr.  He was a truck driver for the Holmes Transportation Company for the last six years. Freddie has been a Rehoboth resident for the last twenty years, coming from Warren, RI. He was a member of the Warren Portuguese Club, and the Over the Hill Motorcycle Club of Warren. Besides his wife he is survived by his son Shane M. Medeiros of Rehoboth; his daughter Mackenzie M. Medeiros of Rehoboth; his brothers Kenneth Medeiros Sr. of Bristol and Richard “Rick” Medeiros of Warren; his sisters Jo-Ann Ward of Bristol, RI and Laurie Medeiros of Lancaster, MA. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Donations in his memory may be made to Bank Newport in memory of Alfred M. Medeiros Jr., in order to help his family.


STEVEN T. SMITH  March 12, 2017

Steven T. Smith, age 47, formerly of Rehoboth, Massachusetts and currently of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Born in Attleboro, Steven was the beloved son of Shiela I. (Handy) Smith of Attleboro, and the late Edwin R. Smith, Sr. He was the beloved step-son of Betty Smith of East Providence. Steven was a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, Class of 1988. He worked as a truck driver for Jay P. Noonan Transportation, Bridgewater for the past year, and was previously employed by FedEx for many years. Steve was an avid motorcyclist who loved his Harley-Davidson, and fast cars. He enjoyed playing poker with friends and following the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. Steven especially loved watching the games with his family and friends. Above all, Steven was a man with a good heart and the most important thing to him was spending time with family, especially his beloved nieces and nephew. Besides his mother and step-mother, Steven leaves a sister, Lynn A. Gagne of Seekonk; three brothers, Bob Smith of Johnston, James Smith of North Attleboro and Tim Smith and his wife, Michelle of Warren; five nieces, Nicole Gagne, Hannah Smith, Ryleigh Smith, Melania Smith and Audriana Smith and a nephew, R.J. Gagne. He was the brother of the late Lori Boudreau and the brother-in-law of the late Ronald Gagne.


NANCY R. PEREIRA   March 8, 2017

Nancy R. Pereira, age 71 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at her home.  Born in Taunton, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Raul and Rose (Silvia) Pereira.  Nancy was a customer service representative for the former New England Telephone Company before she retired.  She was an avid sports fan, but she especially loved the New England Patriots, the Boston Red Sox and the PC Friars.   She was a lover of all animals. She leaves one brother, Adelino Pereira and his wife Donna; one sister-in-law, Shirley A. Pereira McCraken; two nephews; two nieces; and several great nieces and nephews.  She was the sister of the late Raul Pereira, Jr.


VERONICA A. RESSLER   March 4, 2017

Veronica A. Ressler, age 91 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. She was the wife of the late Robert H. Ressler. Born in Paterson, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Thomas J. and Alice (Quigley) Lyons. While living in New Jersey, Mrs. Ressler worked as a cosmetician. She leaves one son, R. Craig Ressler and his wife Patricia, six grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and several close friends.

Her funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Rehoboth Food Pantry, 477 Winthrop St., Rehoboth, MA 02769 would be appreciated.


CAROL R. JENSON   March 1, 2017

Carol R. Jenson, age 74 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Carol was born in Brooklyn, New York and was a daughter of the late James and Caroline Lawless. Carol was a graduate of Massapequa High School and Oneonta State College, in NY, and earned her Master’s Degree from Lesley College. She was a dedicated teacher for 30 years in the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School System. She is survived by her son, Christopher D. Jenson; her daughter, Heather R. Rose and her husband Scott all of Rehoboth; brothers, James Lawless of CA and Stephen Lawless of VT; four grandchildren, Erich Sullivan, and Montana, Cooper and Xander Rose and several nieces and nephews. Donations in her name may be made to Meals on Wheels at Bristol Elder Services, 1 Father Devalles Blvd #8, Fall River, MA 02723.


EDWARD FURTADO   February 28, 2017

Edward Furtado, Sr. age 92 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts passed away on Tuesday, February 29, 2017.  He was the husband of the late Irene Ida (DeSouza) Furtado. Born in Taunton, he was the son of the late Manuel and Frances (Teixeira) Furtado. Edward was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII and a Purple Heart recipient. For 25 years he owned and operated the A&W Root Beer Stand in County Square, Attleboro. An avid hunter, he belonged to many local gun clubs, raised beagles for many years and was a loyal Red Sox fan. He was the father of Edward Furtado Jr. of Attleboro; Kenneth Furtado and his wife Irene of Seekonk; and Richard Furtado of Salem, Oregon.  He was father-in-law of the late Patricia Furtado; brother of the late Charlie Furtado and Ruth Dansreau; grandfather of Sherri Furtado, Kenneth Furtado, Jr., Jesse Furtado, Amy D'Amico, Jamie Furtado, Christy Illic, Danny Furtado and the late Adam Furtado. He also leaves 13 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.


CATHERINE M. ROUTHIER   February 28, 2017

Catherine M. Routhier,  age 52 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at Norwood Hospital following a brief illness. She was the wife of Frank Abebe, they were married for 30 years.  Mrs. Routhier was born in Fall River, daughter of Virginia V. (Chase) Routhier of Westport and the late Robert R. Routhier and had resided in Rehoboth for the past 29 years. She worked as a kindergarten teacher at the Garvin Memorial School in Cumberland, RI and was passionate about working with students with special needs. She loved researching and learning to do things on her own and traveling all over the world, experiencing new cultures. Survivors along with her husband and mother include her 2 sisters: Susan J. Sharpe of Dartmouth and Cynthia A. Olivier of Oak Bluffs; along with several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Janet M. McNulty. Memorial donations may be made to the Garvin Memorial School, 1364 Diamond Hill Rd., Cumberland, RI 02864.


BARBARA (INGHAM) MCLEAN  February 22, 2017

Barbara (Ingham) McLean, age 85 of Rehoboth, passed away on February 22, 2017 at Morton Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Alan "Jim" McLean. Barbara was born in Dighton, a daughter of the late William and Bertha (Carpenter) Ingham. She was the first woman police officer with the town of Rehoboth, serving from 1971 to 1989. Prior to her service with the police department, Barbara had worked for Texas Instruments from 1949 to 1971. She enjoyed dancing and spending time with her family. Besides her loving husband Jim of over 63 years, she is survived by her son Scott McLean and his wife Ann; two granddaughters, Lauren and Lissa, a brother George "Bud" Ingham of Rehoboth and was the sister of the late Wilma Smiley, and all the loving members of her large extended families the Morrells, Procopios, Inghams and Smileys. A memorial celebration will be held in her honor this spring. Memorial gifts in Barbara's memory made to: Community VNA Hospice, 10 Emory St., Attleboro, MA 02703 would be deeply appreciated.


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ANTHONY SOUSA  February 21, 2017

Anthony Sousa, age 74 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away on February 21, 2017.  He was the husband of Catherine Sousa and son to the late Manuel Sousa and Gertrude (Bridges) Sousa.  Anthony was a wonderful man who was a supporter of St. Jude’s Children Hospital and the Heart Association.  He loved and always had his tow dachshunds, Mama and The Little One, by his side.  He leaves behind one son Dale Sousa of Rehoboth, MA and four daughters, Debra Acquaviva of Riverside, RI; Kerrie Sousa of Providence, RI; Lesia Alfieri of Auburndale, FL; and Elisabeth Chomka of Cumberland, RI.  He also leaves one brother Frank Sousa, and three sisters, Mary Camara, Joanne Knight, and Elizabeth Gilbert.  Anthony had eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his brother Johnny Sousa.


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DR. GEORGE V. MORRIS   February 12, 2017

Dr. George V. Morris, age 86, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 12, 2017  at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Mary (McCaffrey) Morris. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Patrick and Mary Morris. He has been a Seekonk resident for 20 years previously living in East Providence. Dr. Morris was a chemistry professor at Salve Regina University for 33 years retiring in 1996. He served as Chair of the Chemistry Department for 5 years. He also worked as a Sr. Chemist at Raytheon in Portsmouth. He was a graduate of Providence College, Class of 1952 and upon graduation he joined the U.S. Army  and served in the Korean War.  Following the war he returned to school and received a Masters and a Ph.D from the University of Rhode Island. In his spare time, George loved fishing and traveling with this wife in their RV. He leaves 2 daughters: Jennifer Machado and her husband Michael of East Providence, and Susan Leonard and her husband Patrick of Rehoboth, a brother William Morris of Freemont, CA as well as 4 grandchildren: Ryan and Amanda Leonard and Brittany and Christopher Machado. He was the brother of the late Edward, John and James Morris. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association .


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ERIC T. CHILDS   February 5, 2017

Eric T. Childs,  age 35 of Manville, Rhode Island and formerly of Attleboro, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. Born November 28, 1981 in Attleboro, he leaves his father, Theodore Childs and his wife Coleen of Rehoboth; his mother, Anna Chaisty of South Attleboro; and his stepfather, Kevin Chaisty of Warwick, R.I.  Eric grew up in Attleboro and was a graduate of Attleboro High School. He worked as a cook, welder and also did a variety of jobs in construction. He was an avid New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan. Eric enjoyed playing video games and he attended the South Attleboro Assembly of God Church. Eric is also survived by his siblings, Joshua Childs of New Hampshire; Scottie Chaisty of Warwick; Shana Childs of Bristol, RI; Jenai Childs and Tiani Childs, both of Rehoboth; his grandmother, Anna Nason of North Attleboro; his companion, Amy Crandall and beautiful daughter, Amelia Rose; also many uncles, aunts and cousins. Donations may be made in Eric's memory to the Amelia Rose Trust Fund, c/o Goldmark Federal Credit Union, 155 Pleasant Street, Attleboro, MA 02703.


STEPHEN COLLIER SMITH, SR.   February 4, 2017

Stephen Collier Smith, Sr., 65, of Westport, MA passed away at home on Saturday, February 4, 2017, following a year long battle with lung cancer. Stephen is lovingly remembered by his beloved wife of thirty-seven years, Lynn (Bianchini) Smith. Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Kenneth and Doreen (Collier) Smith, he resided in Rehoboth for thirty-one years before moving to Westport in September of 2016. Stephen graduated from Tolman High School, Pawtucket, in 1970, where he had served as Class President and went on to attend the University of Denver. Stephen began a long career in the marine industry in 1974 as part owner of Enterprise Manufacturing in Pawtucket, RI. He held positions at Stokes Marine Industries in Coldwater, MI and began a sales career at Rule Industries in Gloucester, MA. He went on to the U.S. Paint Corporation and rose to Vice President of Sales Development at Akzo Nobel, where the company named a building in his honor the “Stephen Smith Yacht Paint Application Training Center”, Cocoa Beach, Florida. He served on the board of the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association. Stephen had a love for the ocean and was an avid boater for all of his life. In his free time, he enjoyed golfing and photography. One who always saw the best in people, he loved spending time with his family and friends. Besides his wife, he is lovingly remembered by their three children, Stephen Smith, Jr. of Pawtucket, RI; Michaela LaBrie and her husband, Colin, of Westport and Sharon, MA; and Ryan Smith and Trisha Chakrabarti of Oakland, CA; and his grandson, Cormac. He is also survived by two brothers, Dr. Kenneth Smith and his wife, Laurie, of Wakefield, RI; and Mark Smith and his wife, Lisa, of Seekonk, MA; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was the brother of the late Paula Mekdsy, Craig, Bruce and Pamela Smith. Memorial gifts to The Miriam Hospital Foundation /Miriam Comprehensive Cancer Center, 164 Summit Ave., Providence, RI 02906 would be appreciated.


ROSEMARIE (CARON) BAKER   February 2, 2017

Rosemarie (Caron) Baker, age 89, died Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Mount Desert Island Hospital, Bar Harbor, Maine. She was born April 2, 1927, in Island Falls, Maine, the daughter of Peter and Leona (Michaud) Caron. Rosemarie grew up in Plainville. She was a basketball star in high school. She married Florent "Tony" Baker September 13, 1947, and they raised three children. She was also a waitress at her mother Leona's restaurant, and she and her husband Tony operated Star Pools Inc. from 1962 to 1977. In 1978 they moved to Bar Harbor, Maine, and operated the Bell Isle Motel from 1978 to 1992. They wintered in Umatilla, Fla., from 1987 to 2016. Rosemarie was a communicant of Holy Redeemer Church in Bar Harbor. She enjoyed knitting, bird watching, puzzles and was an accomplished baker and cook. Rosemarie is survived by her husband Florent "Tony" Baker - their 70th anniversary would have been this year; daughters, Denise Estey and husband Steve of Dennis and Jacqueline Baker and husband Ronald Mancini of Manchester Center, Vt.; son, Gerald Baker and wife Beverly of Rehoboth; six grandchildren: Rebecca Estey, Suzanne Ashworth, Jonathan Estey, Aaron Baker, Emile Baker-Hassan, and Samuel Baker and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sisters, Janette Daniels and Geraldine Lawson. Contributions in Rosemarie's memory may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.Condolences may be expressed at jordanfernald.com.


RITA D. (VINCENT) HUNTER   January 31, 2017

Rita D. (Vincent) Hunter, age 94 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.  She was the wife of the late Clifford D. Hunter.  Born in Rehoboth, she was a daughter of the late Edgar A. Vincent & Dorris M. (Horton) Vincent. Mrs. Hunter was a homemaker and talented seamstress.  She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, President of the Greenwood Cemetery Association, member of the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society, and played on the Rehoboth Milkmaids Softball Team in her younger years. She leaves her loving children: Wayne Hunter & his wife Edith of Williams, AZ; Gerald Hunter of Rehoboth, Marjorie Soares & her husband John of Attleboro; Paula Fernandes of Rehoboth; John Hunter & his wife Linda of Garrattsville, NY; Randall Hunter & his wife Martha of Rehoboth; and son-in-law Robert Randall of Wareham.  She was the mother of the late Susan Randall, and mother-in-law of the late James Fernandes.  She was the cherished grandmother of 9 grandchildren & 17 great-grandchildren.  She was the sister of the late V. Jeanette Vincent.  Gifts in her memory to the Greenwood Cemetery Association, 11 Brook St., Rehoboth, MA 02769 will be appreciated.  


BERTHA E. HAMEL   January 31, 2017

Bertha E. Hamel, age 93 of Carpenter Street in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died January 31, 2017 at home with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of Normand O. Hamel for almost 70 years. They were married on April 26, 1947. Born in Woonsocket, RI, she was a daughter of the late Oza and Eva (Brodeur) Allard. Bertha worked at the Assumption School teaching first grade students. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children: Normand Hamel of Westwood, MA; Christine Fassi of Las Cruces, NM; Catherine Riendeau of Seekonk, MA; Mark Hamel, Thomas Hamel and Genevieve Hamel all of Pawtucket, RI; and Eric Hamel of Rehoboth; 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Jacques (Jack) Hamel. She was predeceased by her siblings, Aram, Arthur, Robert, and Conrad Allard, Claire Dansereau, Lucille Anger, Terry Lynch and Jackie Grenon. Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church or to the Community VNA Hospice, 10 Emory Street, Attleboro, MA 02703.


EUGENIE A. (DUFOUR) GUGLIELMO   January 28, 2017

Eugenie A. (Dufour) Guglielmo, age 88 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away on January 28, 2017  in Sturdy Hospital following a lengthy battle with Alzheimers disease. Eugenie is survived by her loving husband Thomas Guglielmo of Rehoboth. She was born in Taunton, the daughter of the late Eugene & Alice (Guite) Dufour. She had resided in Rehoboth the past 59 years and was formerly of Taunton. She was educated in Taunton schools and was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School. She was employed as a nurse in many local hospitals. Eugenie enjoyed traveling, her pets, and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who loved spending time with her family. She also leaves her children Michael Guglielmo of Austin, PA; Paul Guglielmo of Rehoboth; Luanne Guglielmo of Rehoboth; and her late son Thomas Guglielmo. She also leaves her late siblings Louise Yelle and Marilyn Chamberlain. Eugenie also leaves her three grandchildren, Melissa and Lauren Guglielmo of PA and Paul Guglielmo Jr. of Rehoboth. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60601.


EDWARD W. COONEY, JR.   January 3, 2017

Edward W. Cooney Jr., age 69 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital Attleboro. Born in Providence he was the son of the late Edward W. Sr and Marjorie (Sheridan) Cooney. He lived in Pawtucket for 30 years previously living in Cranston before moving to Rehoboth. Before retiring in 2016 he was employed as a truck driver for Owens and Minor Medical Supplies. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era. He was also an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. Mr Cooney is survived by one son, David Cooney of Seekonk; two sisters, Marjorie Souza of Virginia and Patricia Clifford of Cranston; two brothers, Thomas Cooney of Palm Coast, Florida and Richard Cooney of Cranston; 4 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was the former husband of Elise Reynolds of Pawtucket. He was the father of the late Edward W. Cooney III and Paul W. Cooney, and was brother of the late Kathleen Russo, and Maureen Cooney.




 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE REHOBOTH VILLAGE CEMETERY ASSOCIATION

(March 3, 2017) Some months ago, the Rehoboth Cemetery Association, Inc.began the task of updating and clarifying the grave decoration policy at the Rehoboth Village Cemetery. All cemetery lot owners were invited to submit ideas, opinions and comments regarding suitable and appropriate decorations allowed for gravesites.


The committee evaluated each submission and took into consideration the existing bylaws of the Rehoboth Village Cemetery Corporation, which were adopted in 1928.


Very soon a large 4 feet by 6 feet sign will be erected at the entrance to the cemetery at the left side of the chapel. This sign will outline the main points of the “grave decoration” policy and leave the officers as the persons who deem the decorations appropriate. The common sense of each individual lot owner is paramount and having respect for your neighbors and the safety of our maintenance staff should always be a major consideration.


Arthur Tobin, Clerk

Rehoboth Cemetery Association, Inc.