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ELAINE ROSE BUSHEE   May 4, 2017

Elaine Rose Bushee, age 84 of Attleboro, Massachusetts, passed away on May 4, 2017. She was the former wife of the late Herbert H. Bushee. Born and raised in Taunton, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary Lillian (Carlos) Henault. Elaine worked as an engraver at Suburban Engraving in Attleboro and retired from Blackinton in North Attleboro. She greatly enjoyed reading, visiting libraries, Cooking, going out to eat and spending time with her beloved family. An avid Patriots and Red Sox fan, she was also a gifted artist, having created numerous drawings, sketches and sculptures. Above all she fully and truly loved her children, Donna M. Dumont and her husband Ronald of Rehoboth; Diane E. Randazzo and her husband Peter of East Taunton; Dorene N. McHugh and her husband Michael of New Bedford; Daryl H. Bushee of Taunton; Daryck J.C. Bushee and his wife Cheryl of Gardner, Maine; and Drew P. Bushee and his wife Ann of East Taunton. She is also survived by her sister, Elva Masse and her late husband Robert Masse of Reno, Nevada; 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Following a private cremation, relatives and friends are invited to attend her memorial Mass on Saturday, June 3 at 10 AM in Holy Family Church, 372 Middleboro Ave., East Taunton. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202



2017 OBITUARIES


LARRY CLEMENT, JR.   May 17, 2017

Larry Clement, Jr., age 78 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away on May 17, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Beverly A. (Tripp) Clement to whom he was married 58 years.  Born in Attleboro, he was a son of the late Larry Clement, Sr. and Louise (Hainey) Clement.  Mr. Clement was the owner and operator of Clement Machine Tool Company for over 40 years. He was a past president and lifetime member of the South Seekonk Gun Club. He was an avid camper. Larry was the best husband, father, and grandfather a family could ask for.  Besides his wife he leaves three children, Thomas Clement and his wife Kate of Dighton; Sharon Parayno and her husband Rudy of Warren, RI; and Lisa Koulibaly and her partner Susan Gale of Cranston,  RI along with six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and seven brothers and sisters.  Contributions to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, Ma. 02114 or the Humane Society of the United States, PO Box 96930, Washington, DC 20090 would be appreciated.


ANNA (AMORAL) RIBEIRO   May 16, 2017

Anna (Amoral) Ribeiro, age 91 of Chestnut Street in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, May 16, 2017 at the Grace Barker Nursing Center. She was the wife of the late Alfred Ribeiro. Born June 17, 1925, she was a daughter of the late William and Mary (Bettencourt) Amoral. Anna attended the Johnson and Wales School, now Johnson and Wales University, and was a student of Miss Johnson and Miss Wales, its founders. She did cost accounting at Texas Instruments where she worked for 40 years. She loved playing the piano and the organ, being active at the Rehoboth Senior Center and playing Hi Lo Jack. She leaves her daughters, Kathryn (Manuel) Reposa of Rehoboth and Susan (the late Warren) Ferreira of Warren; 4 grandchildren, Sharon, Stacy, Matthew and Marc; and 5 great grandchildren, Ryan, Alex, Mya, Mikayla, and Leo. She was also the sister of John B. Amoral of New Jersey, Raymond M. Amoral of Rehoboth, and the late William B. Amoral.


MARIA (HAFNER) RAMSPOTT   May 15, 2017

Maria (Hafner) Ramspott, age 88 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Country Gardens Health & Rehabilitation Center in Swansea. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard P. Ramspott who died in 2004. Born in Vienna, Austria on October 3, 1928, she was a loving daughter of the late Franz and Theresia (Hafner) Hafner. Maria grew up and was educated in Vienna. She moved to the United States in 1945 and settled in Rehoboth where she served as a dedicated homemaker to her adoring family.  Mrs. Ramspott was a member of the Rehoboth Congregational Church and the Rehoboth Garden Club. She loved spending time with her family, gardening, art and classical music. She is survived by her devoted children: Thia Lord and her husband John of East Providence; Lende R. McMullen and her husband Robert of Rehoboth; Robert Paul Ramspott of New York City; and Parker DeLos Ramspott and his wife Ann of Leverett. She was the dear sister of Katherina Haver of Vienna, and is also survived by her cherished 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.


DEBRA A. (TORRES) FREDERICKS   May 9, 2017

Debra A. (Torres) Fredericks, age 64 of North Dighton, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 after a long struggle with cancer. She was the devoted wife of Douglas R. Fredericks for over 45 years. Born in Taunton, Debra was the beloved daughter of Francis and Dorothy (Bleau) Torres of North Dighton, and sister of Peter Torres and Diane Torres of North Dighton, James Torres of Boston and Gary Buseck of Taunton. She was a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, attended Stonehill College, and earned a Masters Degree from Salve Regina College. In 1971, she married Douglas R. Fredericks, and raised a family of four children. Together with her father, she co-owned and operated Torres Real Estate and Insurance in Dighton for more than 40 years. She was passionate about her work, and held a number of advanced insurance designations, including CPCU and CIC, and was a Licensed Insurance Adviser. She also served on the board of the Massachusetts Insurance Agents Association and as president of the Bristol Chapter Massachusetts Association of Insurance Women. As a lifelong resident of Dighton, she also took great interest and pride in her community. However, Debra most cherished time spent with her family and was Neema to her ten grandchildren. In addition to her husband, parents, and siblings, she is survived by four children: Christian D. Fredericks and wife Lydia of Rehoboth; Robert D. Fredericks and wife Terri of North Dighton; Julie A. Preston and husband Damien of North Dighton, and Lois G. Medeiros of Bridgewater. Her adored grandchildren are Damien Jr., Emma, Christian Jr., Lily, Aaron, Maddux, Willow, Alexa, Violet, and David. She also had a special love for her two nephews: Brian Torres of Riverside, RI; and Mark Torres, currently serving in the Army and stationed in Maryland. Donations may be made in her name to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA), PO Box 32141, New York, NY 10087-2141. Donations can also be made online: ocrfa.org/donate.


ANDREW A. “FIG” FIGUERADO, JR.   May 7, 2017

Andrew A. “Fig” Figuerado, Jr., age 51 of Brockton, formerly of Attleboro, MA passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care in Milton. Andrew was the beloved fiancé of Dawn Tippetts. Born and raised in Attleboro, he was the son of Andrew and Ida (Brochu) Figuerado of Attleboro. He attended Attleboro public schools and graduated from Attleboro High School class of 1985. Andrew worked for Gordon Food Service as a truck driver for 17 years. He enjoyed time with family, especially his grandchildren. Andrew was loved by all and will be remembered for his great sense of humor, friendliness, and loyalty.  Andrew is also survived by his stepchildren, Kathi Studenski and her husband Paul of Brockton, Harry Bobst of Brockton, and Brandon Bobst of South Carolina. His grandchildren Makenzie and Rylie Studenski and Kaylee Bobst. He was the brother of Michael Figuerado and his wife Donna of Rehoboth; Robert Figuerado of North Attleboro; David Figuerado and his wife Maureen of Dade City, FL; and Mark Figuerado and his wife Pat of Pawtucket, RI. Andrew also leaves many nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Princess. Donations in Andrew’s name to the Cancer Research Institute.


ALBERT E. “MOPAR AL” BRUNETTE   May 6, 2017

Albert E. Mopar Al Brunette, age 53 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts passed away at his home on Saturday morning, May 6, 2017 with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Sheri (Medeiros) Brunette. Al was born in Fall River, the loving son of Doris L. (Schultz) Brunette of Rehoboth and the late David A. Brunette. Al was a member of Asbestos Workers Union Local 6 as a pipe coverer. He was a muscle car enthusiast especially anything Mopar. Al owned many classic Mopars dating back to childhood which earned him the name Mopar Al. If you only meet Al once, you became a friend. He would always be willing to help anyone. He will be remembered as a loving and caring person who was devoted to his family. Besides his loving wife Sheri of over 28 years and his mother Doris, Al is survived by his son Jacob E. Brunette of Rehoboth.


ANNIE B. (MELLO) SOUZA   May 6, 2017

Annie B. (Mello) Souza, age 91 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts 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's Church and enjoyed participating in church activities. She also enjoyed knitting and gardening. She is survived by two sons, Arthur C. Souza Jr., and his wife Debra of East Providence, RI, Paul R. Souza and his wife Karen of Taunton and one grandson Kyle M. Souza. She was the sister of the late John Mello and Laura Gruca. Contributions in her honor may be made to St. Dominic's Church or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Framingham, MA 02241.


DONNA LEE COSMO   May 4, 2017

Donna Lee Cosmo of Rehoboth, Massachusetts passed away on May 4, 2017.  She was born March 8, 1954.  Arrangements under the direction of Rock Funeral Home in New Bedford. No other information is available.


JOHN APARICIO   May 2, 2017

John Aparicio, age 89 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away at home Tuesday evening May 2, 2017. He was the husband of the late Palmyra (Silva) Aparicio. Born February 14, 1928 in East Providence, he was a son of the late Aniceto and Edith (Ferreira) Aparicio. John was a WWII veteran of the US Army.

He leaves his children, Karen Cabral and her late husband John of Rehoboth; Doreen Robillard and her husband Leo of Seekonk; John "Jack" Aparicio and his wife Winnie of Seekonk; Rick Aparicio and his wife Missy of Providence; and Robert Aparicio and his wife Judy of Taunton. He leaves grandchildren: Crystal, J.J., Jesse, Julia, Christa, and Olivia; his great-granddaughter, Brittany and great- grandson, Jacob. He was the brother of Alfred Aparicio, Marlene Carreira and the late Dorothy Perkins.


RUSSELL “RUSTY” BRASK, JR.   April 20, 2017

Russell “Rusty” Sven Brask, Jr., age 52 of Ocoee, Florida, formerly of Attleboro, Massachusetts, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017. He leaves his fiancée, Josephine Fish of Ocoee, Florida.  Born on July 6, 1964 in Attleboro, he was the son of the late Russell Sr. and Dorothy (Smith) Brask. Rusty was a 1983 graduate of Attleboro High School and was partner in Brask Enterprises, a family business. He enjoyed truck driving and especially operating the roll-off. He was a member of the Attleboro Elks Lodge No. 1014, the Attleboro Moose Lodge and the American Legion Post No. 321 in Cooper City, Florida.  Rusty was an avid NASCAR and New England Patriots fan and he enjoyed time at the casinos, scratch tickets and spending time with his family and friends. Rusty is also survived by his two sisters, Mary-Ellen Hall and her husband Lawrence D. of South Kingstown, R.I. and Kristan B. Butler and her husband Dennis R. of Rehoboth; his nieces, Tiffany L. Hall of South Kingstown, R.I., and Hailey B., Samantha E. and Kaitlin S. Butler, all of Rehoboth; his nephew, Derek R. Hall and his fiancée Meghan McGovern, both of South Attleboro; and his step-children, Patricia Evans and her husband Justin of Jacksonville, Fla. and Scott Armstrong of Dunn, N.C. Memorial donations may be made to Community VNA, 10 Emory St., Attleboro, MA 02703.


ALBAN BOURQUE   April 20, 2017

Alban Bourque of Taunton, Massachusetts died Thursday, April 20, 2017 in Marian Manor following a period of failing health. He was the beloved husband of Lorraine M. (Fougere) Bourque. He was born 98 years ago in Shediac, New Brunswick, Canada, the son of the late Leandre and Delima (Gallant) Bourque. He was educated in New Brunswick and had been a Taunton resident for the past 63 years. Prior to his retirement, Alban had been employed as a machinist for the Foxboro Company for 24 years. He enjoyed carpentry, traveling, and spending time with his family. He was a communicant of St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Taunton. In addition to his wife, he leaves: 4 sons: Claude Bourque and his wife, Mary of Assonet, Paul Bourque and his wife Brenda of Assonet, Bernard Bourque and his wife, Debra of Rehoboth, and Blair Bourque of Taunton; 2 daughters: Jocelyn Burnett and her husband, Steve of Taunton, and Claudette Kitsner and her husband, John of Taunton; 3 sisters: Lorraine Bourque of Kingston, Ontario, Maria Bourque of Shediac, New Brunswick, and Theresa Bourque of Shediac, New Brunswick; 14 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Alban was also the brother of the late Fred and Phillippe Bourque.

Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the charity of your choice.


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JASON M. BIRD   April 19, 2017

Jason M. Bird, a new angel, ascended to heaven on April 22, 2017. After 46 years on planet Earth, Jason passed away after a short stay at RI Hospital in Providence, RI.  He was born in Taunton, the son of Yvonne (Cote) Bird of Taunton and his late father John Jack Bird. Jason resided most of his life in Rehoboth, MA where he owned and operated Pristine Construction Company. Jason enjoyed boating, working on cars, his business and above all cherished his family especially his beloved daughter Karis. Jason also leaves his former wife and friend Sonya Bird of Attleboro. He also leaves his brother John Bird of Taunton and several aunts, uncles and friends. Jason now has risen but those who knew this resilient man happily prize their memories of him manage the soft art of love.


FRANCES “ELLIE” LAWTON   April 19, 2017

Frances "Ellie" Lawton, age 92 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, a longtime area resident, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. She was the wife of the late Robert Stanley Lawton. Ellie was born in Providence, a daughter of the late George F. and Caroline C. (Davis) deSousa. Ellie was a graduate of the Truesdale Nursing School and was employed as a registered nurse for many years until her retirement. She was a member of the Institute of Devine Metaphysical Research, the Rehoboth Senior Center and the Rehoboth Veteran's Association. Ellie was also a Truesdale Nurses Alumna and enjoyed crafts, cooking, playing golf and spending time with her family. She is survived by her daughter, Catherine Machala and her husband Kenneth of Rehoboth; grandchildren, Ellen E. Burns and her husband Lawrence of Alexandria, Va. and Hollis Lee Machala of Rehoboth; a great-grandchild, Nora Catherine Burns; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late James R. de Souza, Ethelyne Maxwell, and M. Louise Carreiro.

Donations in her name may be made to a local charity of your choosing.


SCOTT A. PETTI   April 18, 2017

Scott A. Petti, age 62 of Brockton, MA passed away Tuesday April 18, 2017 in his home after a brief illness. He was the son of Marilyn L. “Snookie” (Fuller) Petti and the late Celestino M. “Charlie” Petti, Jr. A lifelong resident of Brockton, he was a 1972 graduate of Brockton High School. Scott attended Worcester Polytechnical Institute and later served in the United States Marine Corps from 1976-1986. While in the Marines, Scott was stationed at Oahu, HI where he excelled in the Small Unit Leadership Course (SULC) program, achieving the top class ranking. He was selected from a pool of exceptional Marines to attend the USMC Drill Instructor Basic Training School. In July 1984, he was assigned to the USMC Recruit Training Depot, Camp Pendelton, CA, as a Drill Instructor. Scott enjoyed mathematics, physics, challenges and intricate details. He worked as a precision machinist in the Brockton area for many years. He was also a self-taught violinist and had a collection of small violins that he would take to Boston Common on Sundays and give free lessons to any child who wanted to play. Many times, several years later, he would receive a letter from a parent telling him how their child was still playing and thanking him for getting them interested. Crosby, Stills and Nash played the song, “Teach Your Children Well” and that is what Scott emphasized while instructing young violinists. In his younger years, Scott was a strong billiards enthusiast, a 9-ball specialist who played at Westgate Lanes in Brockton. It wasn’t uncommon to see him “run” many racks in a row in pursuit of a win. Prior to graduating from high school, Scott had the opportunity to meet an individual who would have a profound and influential impact on his life, Dr. H. Meredith Berry of West Bridgewater, MA.  Along with Dr. Walter A. Wichern, of New York, NY, Dr. Berry co-founded the Berwick Boys Foundation. Scott enjoyed the challenges that were set out for all of the boys to complete. The motto of the Berwick Boys is “The difficult we do at once, the impossible takes a little longer.” Scott carried those words with him throughout his life. Scott was the brother of Charlyn M. Veracka and her husband David of Beverly Hills, FL, Anthony J. Petti of Brockton, Lance J. Petti of Easton, Joy S. Petti of Rehoboth, Former City Councilor Todd G. Petti and his wife Kathy of Brockton, Gina F. Petti of Lancaster, CA., Shelly G. Nadeau and her husband Marcel of Rehoboth, Tory M. Petti of Brockton, Matthew D. Petti and his wife Kathy of Brockton, Atty. Mark D. Petti and his wife Kim of Brockton and the late Charles M. "Chuck" Petti. He also leaves many nieces and nephews. Please consider donations in Scott’s name to the Berwick Boys Foundation, 335 West St, West Bridgewater, MA 02379.


ROBERT CHARLES McCRACKEN   April 13, 2017

Robert Charles McCracken, formerly of Dighton and Rehoboth, Massachusetts died Thursday, April 13, 2017 after a brief illness at the age of 80 years old. He, was born on July 4, 1936 in Dighton, Massachusetts, a son of the late George Ellsworth and Ruth (Wilcox) McCracken. Robert was educated in Dighton schools and acquired an associate's degree in business. He was employed at Texas Instruments, Reed & Barton, and various farms around Dighton. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Miles City, Montana, where he learned his trade as an upholsterer. He moved back to Taunton where he operated Bob's Upholstery Shop for many years. He relocated to Dighton in the 1980's where he ran B & C Upholstery Shop. After his retirement, he moved to North Carolina where he resided until his death. His hobbies included bee keeping, farming and gardening. He was the husband of the late Alberta P. Vasconcellos, and brother to the late George Jr., Harold, Charles "Billy", Bruce McCracken and Patricia Ostrander. He is survived by his current wife, Shirley Pereira; 3 sisters, Shirley Oliveira, Ruth Patterson, Norene Stuart; 8 children: Roberta Blair, Jeanne Souza, Sharon Rocha, Charles, David, Jeffrey, James P. McCracken and Amy Pires; 11 grandchildren: Ryan Macomber, Noel & Seth Souza, Casey Rocha, Samantha & Taylor McCracken, Chelsea Bass, Allen McCracken, Peyson, Reese and Kennedy Pires. 3 great-grandchildren: Ashley, Klaryssa and Amya, and many nieces and nephews.


JOHN E. COLLARD   April 8, 2017

John E. Collard, age 74 of North Dighton, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Morton Hospital and Medical Center in Taunton from complications of Parkinson's Disease and a broken heart, reuniting with his late granddaughter Erin Noble. John was the husband of 51 years to Adele (Corrigan) Collard. He was a graduate of Dighton High School, Class of 1960. He owned and operated Johnny's Market in North Dighton for more than 35 years. He was active with the Lion's Club. He served on the board of trustees at Bristol County Agricultural High School. John was a passionate fan of the New York Yankees, New England Patriots, NASCAR, Boston Bruins and any sports teams his granddaughters played on. Survivors, besides his wife, are two daughters, Kristen Collard of Kona, Hawaii, and Michele Pearce and her husband Dave of North Dighton; a son, Jeff Collard and his wife Avery of North Attleboro; four grandchildren: Olivia Noble of North Dighton; Grace Collard and Caroline Collard of North Attleboro; two sisters, Elizabeth Martin of Dighton and Jeanne Donovan of Attleboro; two brothers, Thomas Collard of Rumford, R.I., and Hugh Collard of Jamestown, R.I. Donations in his memory can be made to The Parkinson's Place, 65 Blackstone Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02860.


BETTY ROSE PIKE   April 4, 2017

Betty Rose (Reynolds) Pike, age 84 of North Attleboro, Massachusetts peacefully passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Madonna Manor Nursing Home in North Attleboro. She was the beloved wife of the late George Joseph Pike. Born on March 18, 1933 in Rehoboth, MA she was the daughter of the late Eugene Everett Reynolds and the late Minnie Emma (Anderson) Reynolds. A graduate of Rehoboth High School, she had worked as a jewelry maker for Swank, Inc. in Attleboro, before retiring in 1965. A resident of North Attleboro since 1972, she previously lived in East Providence, R.I. Betty enjoyed the company of her family, dining out, listening to radio talk shows, and dancing. She was a Sunday school Teacher at Rehoboth Congregational Church, and loved animals, especially cats and dogs, and feeding squirrels and birds. Betty was the cherished stepmother of Norman George Pike and his wife, Marguerite S. (Collette) Pike, of Pawtucket; and the late Ronald D. Pike and his wife, Audrey (Jackson) Pike, of Wareham. She was the adoring grandmother of eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, and the sister of the late Harriet Silva, Lillian Pike, and Grace Langille. She leaves several nieces and nephews.

Donations may be made in memory of Betty to the Resident Activities Fund of Madonna Manor, 85 North Washington St., North Attleboro, MA 02760.


VIRGINIA (MEDEIROS) MORRIS   March 25, 2017

Virginia (Medeiros) Morris, age 91 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away at home with her family at her side Tuesday, March 28, 2017. She was the wife of the late Louis Morris Jr. Born July 24, 1925, in Seekonk, MA, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Maria Medeiros. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church where she faithfully participated in the Eucharistic Adoration, was a member of the Women's Guild, and supported the charity events of the church including the bazaar. She was also a member of the Rehoboth Senior Center. She leaves her children, Frederick L. Morris of Rehoboth, Edward Morris of Cranston, Diana M. DeLouise of Smithfield and Stephen L. Morris of Seekonk; her granddaughter, Sherry; and her great-grandsons, Jared and Jackson. She was the sister of the late Mary Szabo, Lena Medeiros, Emily Cabral, Joseph Medeiros Jr., Anthony Medeiros, Domenic Medeiros and John Medeiros.


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.


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. 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.


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.


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 .


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.