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Miscellaneous Bristol County, Rhode Island Obituaries


Cecilia Medeiros
Great grandmother of 13 lived here most of her life
Cecilia (Carvalho) Medeiros, 83, of Fall River, died Saturday, May 19, 2002, at Catholic Memorial Home after a long illness. She was the widow of Philip V. Medeiros, Sr. Born in Westport, she was a daughter of the late Manuel and Maria R. (Martin) Carvalho. A Westport resident for most of her life, she was a communicant of Our Lady of Grace Church. She was active in the local Holy Ghost Clubs. Mrs. Medeiros is survived by two sons, Frank M. Medeiros of Fall River and Steven I. Medeiros of Westport; a daughter, Barbara C. Masse of Westport; two brothers, Joseph Carvalho of Westport and Louis Carvalho of Fall River; a sister, Alexandrina Ouellette of Fall River; a daughter-in-law, Starr Medeiros of Tiverton; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Adelaide Jones, Diana Nunes, Manuel Carvalho and Antone Carvalho. She was the mother of the late Philip V. Medeiros, Jr. Arrangements are by the Potter Funeral Home.

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

Helen T. Guarniere
Funeral services for Helen T. Guarniere were held Friday, May 17, 2002, with a concelebrated Mass of Christian burial in St. Elizabeth's Church.

Louise Beaupeurt
Former resident; graduated from Colt
Louise (Texiera) Beaupeurt, 74, of San Diego, died Friday, April 26, 2002. She was born in Rhode Island and worked as a reservation agent for USAir. She formerly lived in Bristol and graduated from Colt Memorial High School in 1946. She leaves a daughter, Susan Beaupeurt of San Diego; a sister, Miranda August of San Diego, and a brother, George Texiera of Lodi, Calif. No services were planned.

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

Helen L. McCaughey
Funeral services for Helen L. (Remieres) McCaughey were held Tuesday, April 30, at First Baptist Church. The Rev. Shirley Fortin and the Rev. Frederick Gilbert officiated at the services. Burial followed in Juniper Hill Cemetery, where Rev. Fortin read the committal prayers. Pallbearers were Sean P. Ramsay, Richard C. Ferreira Jr., Norman J. and Wayne J. Almeida, Keith E. Gomes and Ronald A. Russell Jr. Mrs. McCaughey of Foxhill Avenue died Saturday, April 27, 2002, at Rhode Island Hospital. She was the wife of the late Henry T. McCaughey. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Bristol, 250 High Street, Bristol 02809.

Rene E. Parent
Auto enthusiast restored antique cars
Rene E. ("Pepere") Parent, 74, of Westport, died Friday, May 17, 2002, at home. He was the husband of Evelyn (Vieira) Parent. Born in Fall River, son of the late Napoleon A. and the late Rose M. (Nadeau) Parent, he lived in Fall River for most of his life before moving to Westport in 2000. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Parish, Westport. Mr. Parent was employed as a sheet metal foreman for more than 50 years. He retired from Local Union No. 17 in 1988. An avid auto enthusiast, he restored several antique and classic cars. He was a member of the Buick Antique Club of America. He also enjoyed auto racing and held a NASCAR license. He was a member of his grandson's Rayline racing pro-stock pit crew. Mr. Parent was also a charter member and past president of the South Watuppa Experimental Racing Association. Besides his wife, he leaves a son, Rene R. Parent of Westport; two daughters, Denise A. Harvey of Jackson, Miss., and Susan D. Sherman of Fall River; a brother, Julian R. Parent of Chula Vista, Calif., and Mexico; three sisters, Germaine J. Desrosiers of Fountain Valley, Calif., Georgette G. Briere of Windsor Locks, Conn., and Lorraine M. Souza of Fall River; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Bertrand R. Parent. Arrangements were by Potter Funeral Home.

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

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

Andrew L. Bozzario
Funeral services for Andrew L. Bozzario were held Friday, May 17, 2002, from the Sansone Funeral Home, with a Mass of Christian burial in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.

Maria J. Milhomens
Funeral services for Maria J. (Correira) Milhomens were held Friday, May 17, 2002, from the George C. Lima Funeral Home, with a Mass of Christian burial in St. Elizabeth's Church. The Rev. John Duarte was the celebrant of the Mass and was assisted by concelebrants Rev. Thomas J. Ferland and Rev. Luiz Diogo. Sandy Milhomens and Christina DoCouto were the readers. Isabel Mota, Connie Medeiros and Carlos, Vasco and Anthony Milhomens presented offertory gifts. Burial followed in St. Mary's Cemetery, where Father Duarte read the committal prayers. Mike DoCouto, Justin Milhomens, Joey Milhomens, Joey DeCosta, Dennis DosSantos and John Nunes were pallbearers. The Holy Rosary Sodality served as honorary pallbearers. Mrs. Milhomens, 73, of High Street, died Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at the Metacom Manor Health Center. She was the wife of the late Manuel P. Milhomens.

Rose F. Diodati
Funeral services for Rose F. (Ferrara) Diodati were held Friday, May 10, from Sansone Funeral Home, with a Mass of Christian burial at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. The Rev. James J. Verdelotti was the celebrant and homilist for the Mass. Readers were her great-grandchildren, Lindsay and Evan Securo. Offertory gifts were presented by granddaughters Kim A. Securo and Lori A. Amaral. Burial followed in St. Mary's Cemetery, where Father Verdelotti read the committal prayers. Serving as pallbearers were Henry V. Diodati Jr., Scott J. Diodati, James J. Velleca III, Christopher J. Velleca, V. Michael Securo, James J. Velleca IV, Bradley A. Amaral and Evan M. Securo. Mrs. Diodati, 97, of 1250 Hope St. died Monday, May 6, 2002. She was the wife of the late Joseph A. Diodati. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 141 State St., Bristol, RI 02809.

Ellsworth V. Stanley
Professional land surveyor, engineer
Ellwsorth V. Stanley, 90, of Sowams Road, Barrington, died Monday, May 20, 2002, at home. He was the husband of Eleanor (Child) Stanley. Born in Barrington, a son of the late Viall and Ottillie (Petermann) Stanley, he was a lifelong resident of the town. Mr. Stanley was a professional engineer and land surveyor, and was the past president of Stanley Engineering, Inc. in East Providence. He co-founded the company in 1955, and had previously worked for the Charles A. Maguire Engineering Company. A registered professional land surveyor for over 65 years, Mr. Stanley had served on the Rhode Island State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors and helped promote the rights of land surveyors to design septic systems. He was formerly active in the Northeast Association of Land Surveyors' Registration Boards. He was the past president of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and was an active member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors. He was a past chairman of the New England section of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, a past editor of the New England Section Newspaper, had served on the Committee for the Educational Fund "101" Club of the University of Maine in Orono, and had participated in organizing and conducting workshops for the New England section, ACSM. He was a member of the New Hampshire Land Surveyors, the Connecticut Land Surveyors Association, the Maine Society of Land Surveyors, was a charter member of the Rhode Island Society of Professional Surveyors and was a registered land surveyor in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine. He was a member of the New England Land Title Association and was active in the Federation of New England Surveyors Association. Besides his wife, he leaves three sons, Elson W. Stanley and David C. Stanley, both of Barrington, and Elliott W. Stanley of Warren; a brother, Henry R. Stanley of Barrington; four sisters, Evelyn D. Quinn of Intervale, N.H., Flora Stanley of Cumberland, Mae E. Neff of New Mexico and Dorothy Craig of Galt, Calif.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a brother of the late Richard Stanley. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, from the Smith-Mason Funeral Home, 398 Willett Ave., Riverside. Burial will follow in Prince's Hill Cemetery in Barrington. Calling hours are Thursday, May 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 169 George St., Pawtucket, R.I. 02860.

Betsy Chapin Keegler
Worked at one time at Barrington High
Betsy Chapin Keegler, 76, of Riverside and formerly of Barrington, died Monday, May 13, 2002, at the St. Joseph Hospital Rehabilitation Center in Providence, where she was recuperating from a fall. She was the wife of Kenneth W. Keegler; the couple would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary in June. Born in Oberlin, Ohio, a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Little) Chapin, she grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and attended Ohio University in Athens, where she belonged to the Pi Beta Phi fraternity Mrs. Keegler and her husband lived in Bowling Green, Ohio, after marrying, and settled in Barrington in 1968. She worked for the Rhode Island Lung Association in Providence and, earlier, at the DaVinci Center and in Barrington High School's audio visual department. She was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Riverside. Besides her husband, she leaves two daughters, Linda Borchers of Jonesboro, Ga., and Nancy Bossi of Fort Meade, Md.; two sons, Kenneth Keegler of Seekonk and John Keegler of Lincoln; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday, May 16, in St. Mark's Church.

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

Josephine Lama
Lifelong resident, enjoyed traveling, cooking
Josephine M. Lama, 72, of Maple Avenue died Sunday, May 19, 2002, at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. She was a lifelong resident of Barrington. A daughter of the late Pietro and Emma (D'Benedetto) Lama, she was a retired packing clerk, working at the I. Shalom Company in Bristol for 35 years until her retirement in 1995. Miss Lama was a communicant of Holy Angels Church and a member of its Sacred Heart Society. She enjoyed traveling and cooking. She leaves three nieces, Emma L. Ferreira, Cynthia L. Lama and Janice M. Peterson, all of Barrington. She was sister of the late Mary Rodrigues, Louis Soccio and Tony Lama. Funeral services will be held at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, May 23, from the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home, 350 Willett Ave., Riverside, with a Mass of Christian burial at 9 a.m. in Holy Angels Church, Maple Avenue. Burial will be in Santa Maria del Campo Cemetery in Barrington.

Leo R. Dupont
Retired clerk at Naval War College
Leo R. Dupont, 82, of Main Road, Tiverton, died Saturday, May 17, 2002, at Charlton Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of the late Margaret L. (Camara) Dupont.

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

Charlotte E. Kippax
Lived in Warren for most of her life
Charlotte E. Kippax, 88, of Shore Drive died Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at Roger Williams Medical Center. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles R. Lake and the late Robert Kippax. Born in Attleboro, Mass., she was a daughter of the late John and Florence (Burroughs) Wilmarth. She had lived in Warren most of her life. She was a bookkeeper for the City of Attleboro and the former owner of Lake Advertisement. She enjoyed being near the water. Mrs. Kippax leaves a son, Charles W. Lake of Riverside, a sister, Dorothea Ashton of Warren, and three granddaughters. Her funeral was private.

John M. Palmer
Was plant manager for Sylvania G.T.E.
John Marsh Palmer, 95, of 50 Margaret St., Tiverton, formerly of Bedford, N.H., died Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at the Rose Hawthorne Lathrop Home in Fall River. He was the husband of the late Marjorie (Locke) Palmer. Born in Dorchester, Mass., he was the son of the late Edward Everett and Armine (Marsh) Palmer. Mr. Palmer was a plant manager for Sylvania G.T.E. at their various locations, retiring in 1972. During World War II, he received an award from the Navy for his work on equipment and development. He was a graduate of Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass., and the University of Maine, where he received a bachelor of science degree. While at the University of Maine, he was an active student and member of the M Club, an athletic organization. He was also an active member of the university's alumni association. He leaves a son, John Elden Palmer of Tiverton, and three nieces. He was the brother of the late Edward Everett Palmer Jr. Following cremation at the Pocasset Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Tiverton, family services for Mr. Palmer will be held at the Palmer-Ingalls Cemetery in Bridgeton, Maine, at the family's convenience. Donations in his memory may be made to the Shriner's Burn Hospital for Children in Boston, Mass.

Lauretta E. Michaud
Retired textile worker was active in many clubs
Lauretta E. (Desrosiers) Michaud, 83, of 243 Tickle Road died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, after a long illness. She was the wife of Normand Michaud.

Richard E. Lake
Roofing foreman was born in Westport
Richard E. Lake, 63, of New Bedford died at home on Monday, May 13, 2002, after a long illness.

Helen T. Guarniere
Lifelong resident, St. Elizabeth's communicant
Helen T. (Aguiar) Guarniere, 84, formerly of Franklin Court, died Monday, May 13, 2002, at Metacom Manor Health Center, 1 Dawn Hill. She was the wife of the late Carmine C. Guarniere.

Robert D. Kelley
Yacht club commodore served on shellfish board
Robert D. Kelley, 62, of Westport died at home on Saturday, May 11, 2002.


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