Valerie D. Norbury
Outdoors enthusiast, gourmet cook, gardener
Valerie Dawn (Rueb) Norbury, 45, of 116 Harvest Drive, Portsmouth, formerly of Providence,died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004, at home after a 16-month battle with cancer. She was the wife of Paul A. Norbury.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of Margo (Tatoian) Rueb of Barrington, and the late Willis Rueb.
Mrs. Norbury had been an account administrator for the Department of Social Security, and later a secretary in the admissions department at Community College of Rhode Island.
She was a 1976 graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, Providence. She was a member of Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church, Providence.
An outdoors enhusiast, Mrs Norbury enjoyed traveling, camping, hiking, and spending time with her black Lab, Tucker. She was a gourmet cook, an avid gardener, and a jazz enthusiast.
Besides her husband and mother, she leaves two daughters, Vanessa Rose Farinelli and Christina Dawn Farinelli, both of Portsmouth; and two brothers, Gregory Paul Rueb of Barrington and Eric Gordon Rueb of East Providence.
Her funeral was held on Monday, Nov. 29, in Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church, Providence. Burial followed in St. Columba Cemetery, Middletown.
Retired civil engineer, born in the Netherlands
Douwe Neisingh, 92, of the John Clarke Retirement Center, Valley Road, Middletown, formerly of Tiverton, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004, at home. He was the husband of the late Lucia Jeannette (Meyer) Neisingh.
Born in Hilversum, the Netherlands, he was the son of the late Jan and Willemiene Louise (LeGras) Neisingh.
He attended high school in the Netherlands and graduated from Delft Technical University with a degree in civil engineering. He then worked for a large construction company in Indonesia, working in the Djakarta and Balikpapan areas.
Beginning in 1953, he worked for the Michigan state Transportation Department (highways) in the Kalamazoo and Lansing areas for more than 20 years, retiring in 1976. During his career, he designed highways, specializing in drainage systems.
He moved to Tiverton in August 1977 and became a member of Central Baptist Church and was an active volunteer. He had been a member of Rotary International since 1961.
He leaves a son, Eduard Nicolaas Neisingh of Sterling, Mass.; a twin brother, Francois Henri Neisingh of The Hague, Netherlands; and three grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Sophie Elizabeth Cornet.
His funeral was held on Monday, Nov. 29, in the First Presbyterian Church.
Virginia P. Atkins
Lived in Barrington for 30 years
Virginia P. Atkins, 80, of Windsor, Calif., and formerly of Barrington, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, in Santa Rosa, Calif. She was the wife of the late Howard R. Atkins.
Born in Providence, the daughter of the late H. Irving and Mabel Schroeder Phillips, she lived in Barrington for 30 years before moving to California.
She was active in the Windsor Presbyterian Church and wrote for and edited the Windsor Country Club Bulletin.
She leaves two daughters, Gail Atkins of Sebastopol, Calif., and Lynn Atkins of Rogers, Ark.; a son, Richard Atkins of Santa Rosa; and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church in Barrington on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Rumford.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a favored charity.
Computer employee at Raytheon, volunteer
Nancy (Sanborn) Thomas, 56, of 151 Pear St., Portsmouth, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, at home, after a two-year battle with cancer. She was the wife of Michael Thomas whom she married in Palatine, Ill. on Dec. 27, 1969.
Born in Chicago on Aug. 17, 1948, the daughter of Marian Sanborn of Naples, Fla., and the late Fredrick Sanborn, she attended Oregon State University where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
She devoted her life to her family, enduring the challenge of her husband's long absences due to Navy sea duty. The family moved to Portsmouth on Navy orders during the summer of 1977, and ended up staying.
When her sons entered high school, Mrs. Thomas worked in local dental and veterinary offices. After returning to college in 1986, she graduated summa cum laude from Roger Williams College, now Roger Williams University, in 1989, with a bachelor's degree in computer information systems.
Mrs. Thomas worked for the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, in Middletown; Aquidneck Management Associates; and Raytheon, from which she retired last year.
She was a volunteer at Hathaway Elementary School and Portsmouth Middle School, and a den mother for the Cub Scouts.
Mrs. Thomas enjoyed outings with the Manhattan Canoe and Ski Club, tending her flower beds and vegetable garden, and baking cookies with her grandson and pies for her family.
Besides her husband and mother, she leaves two sons, Eric Thomas of Portsmouth and Chad Thomas of Tiverton; and a grandson, Cameron Thomas of Portsmouth.
Her funeral will be held Friday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. in the St. Columba Berkeley Memorial Chapel, 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown. Burial will be in Trinity Cemetery, Portsmouth.
Memorial donations may be made to Gallbladder Cancer Research at MGH, c/o MGH Development Office, 100 Charles River Plaza, Suite 600, Boston, Ma 02114.
Virgil M. Sousa
Wife passed one week earlier
Virgil M. Sousa, 83, of Doran Avenue, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004, at Newport Hospital. He was the husband of the late Virginia (Proto) Sousa, who died a week earlier.
Born in Bristol, a son of the late Virgil and Mary (Coite) Sousa, he was a lifelong resident of the town.
Mr. Sousa had been a chef at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence for 20 years before retiring in 1975, and had previously worked in the hospital's Jane Brown building, and the Hattie Ide Chaffee Home.
A staff sergeant in the United States Army for six years and a veteran of World War II, he was a member of the 103rd Field Artillery, Battery C. He was awarded the Soldier's Medal when he and another soldier rescued two pilots whose plane had crashed and sank by swimming to the injured pilots and bringing them back to shore.
He was a former member of Elks Lodge 1860 and the Benjamin Church Senior Choir.
Mr. Sousa enjoyed fishing.
He leaves a son, Vincent M. Sousa of Bristol; three sisters, Ida Silvia of California, Agnes Costa of Bristol and Helen Tudino of North Providence; three brothers, Dennis and Frank Sousa, both of Bristol, and James Sousa of Warwick; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was a brother of the late James Coite, Frank Silvia and Joseph Sousa.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, Nov. 29, in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Burial was private.
Avid bowler, loved gardening and music
David Massa, 47, of Warren, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004.
Born in Providence, a son of Biago Massa and Mary (Andreozzi) Massa, he was a resident of Warren most of his life.
He was a graduate of Warren High School, Class of 1975. He was also a graduate of the former Rhode Island School of Electronics.
He was an avid bowler and gardener, and loved music.
Besides his parents, he leaves a companion, Anne Rodgers of Warren; a half-sister, Christine Massa of Warren; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and his dog, Lucy.
The funeral will be held on Thursday, Dec. 30, at 9 a.m. from the Wilbur-Romano Funeral Home, 615 Main St. Warren, with a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Angels Church, Maple Avenue. Burial will be in St. Jean Baptiste Cemetery, Warren.
Visiting hours are Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Wilbur-Romano Funeral Home, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Anne Stevenson Matheson
Girl Scouts volunteer, loved to travel
Anne Stevenson Matheson, 86, of Boyce Avenue, and Mesa Arizona, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, in Mesa with her husband Edward Matheson at her side.
Born May 6, 1918 in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Catherine (Rowe) Stevenson.
A resident of Barrington for the past 55 years, she retired from Aetna Insurance in 1983. During her life she loved to take her camera and travel.
She was a friend to many and volunteered as an adult leader with the Girl Scouts of America. The American Cancer Society honored her for her more than 25 years as a volunteer support person to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.
She is survived by three sisters, Jean Loader, Catherine Carpenter, and Ruth Brubaker, all of Woodland, Calif.; 11 nieces and nephews in California; and stepchildren, step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren in Arizona.
She was also the sister of the late Thomas Fenton "Fent" Stevenson of Barrington and Elizabeth "Betty" Pickering of Woodland.
Friends are invited to a memorial service on January 6, 2005, at 1:30 p.m. at the Barrington Presbyterian Church, 400 County Road, Barrington. In lieu of flowers, it is requested donations be made to the Barrington Presbyterian Church.
Evelyn M. Frazier
Portsmouth resident, had lived in Maine
Evelyn M. (Theriault) Frazier, 82, of 3225 East Main Road, Portsmouth, formerly of Fall River, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004 at Newport Hospital, Newport. She was the wife of the late Blondin J. Frazier.
Born in Notre Dame DuLac, P.Q, Canada on August 25, 1922, the daughter of the late Arsene and Clara (Beaupre) Theriault, she lived in Maine for 32 years, moving to Fall River in 1976. She had lived in Portsmouth for the past seven years.
She leaves a daughter, Diana Soares of Portsmouth; her grandson, Jay Soares of Portsmouth; and her brother, Gerard Theriault of Montreal, Canada.
Her funeral was held on Wednesday, Dec.29, in St. Barnabas Church, Portsmouth. Cremation to follow.
Memorial donations may be made to the Portsmouth Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Fund, 2300 East Main Road, Portsmouth, 02871.
Carlos M. Placido
Funeral services for Carlos M. Placido were held Tuesday, Dec. 21, from the George C. Lima Funeral Home in Bristol, with a Mass of Christian burial in St. Mary's Church.
The Rev. Thomas J. Ferland was the celebrant, and was assisted by concelebrants Rev. Jose Rocha, Rev. William Sullivan, Rev. Michael Harrison and Rev. Michael Donnelly. Burial followed in St. Mary's Cemetery, where Rev. Ferland read the committal prayers.
Readers were Natalia Placido and Jose Placido, and gifts were presented by Lena Placido, Erico Placido, Denise Nicolace and Michael Nicolace. Prayers of the faithful were read by Louise O'Neill, Lisa Placido, Ronnie Coelho, Connie Placido, Michael O'Neil, Kristen Placido and Maria DeMelo. Pallbearers were Kevin Placido, Arthur Placido, Carlos Andrade, Sean Capali, Antonio Placido, Denis DeMelo, Mario Rodrigues and Neil Faulkner.
Mr. Placido, 52, of Leila Jean Drive, died Friday, Dec. 17, 2004. He was the husband of Lena (Oliveira) Placido.
Leonora D. Horan
Former manager for Meyers Bros. Parking Systems
Leonora D. "Lee" Horan, 71, of Wampanoag Trail, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, in Oak Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
She was the wife of the late John W. Horan.
She was born in Providence, a daughter of the late George and Marie (Almeida) Costa. She lived in East Providence for 35 years, previously living in Providence.
She worked as a secretary for John J. Boyle Co. for twelve years. She had previously worked as a manager for the former Meyers Bros. Parking Systems in Providence for 35 years.
She is survived by four sisters; Irene Bettencourt, Mary Wilcox and Norma Pereira, all of East Providence, and Florence Mance of Palm Bay, Fla.; two brothers, George Costa of East Providence and Robert Costa of North Providence; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 10 a.m., in St. Martha Church, Pawtucket Avenue. Burial followed in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Mechanic, fisherman, Marine Corps Reserve veteran
John Oliveira, 68, of 164 Furey Avenue, Tiverton, formerly of Fall River, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at home. He was the husband of Eileen (Demoura) Oliveira.
Born in Fall River on Sept. 8, 1936, the son of Celia (Mendonca) Oliveira of Fall River, MA, and the late John Oliveira Sr., he was raised in Fall River.
Mr. Oliveira had worked for the former Dario Ford in Pawtucket as an auto mechanic. He then went to work for New England Power Company in Somerset. After ten years, he changed careers to become a commercial fisherman and quahogger and moved to Tiverton where he had lived since 1970.
Mr. Oliveira was a member of the Bay State Frogman, a local scuba diving club. He was also a veteran of the United States Marine Corp Reserve. He enjoyed camping and sportfishing.
Besides his wife of 47 years and his mother, he leaves four sons, Mark Oliveira of Williamsport, Penn., Bruce Oliveira of Red Lodge, Mont., Glenn Oliveira of Rehoboth, and Jeffrey Oliveira of Westport; four daughters, Deborah Olson of Gloucester, Mass., Dawn Oliveira and Karin Medeiros, both of Bristol, and Melissa Fraze of Columbus, Mont., 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
His funeral was held on Wednesday, Dec. 29, from the Connors Funeral Home, Portsmouth, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Theresa Church, Tiverton. Burial was in Pocassett Hill Cemetery in Tiverton.
Memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, RI Chapter, 75 Sockanosset Crossroads, Suite 206, PO Box 8099, Cranston, RI, 02910.
Sister Maria Carmela Camilleri
Sister of St. Dorothy, lived at Our Lady of Fatima Convent
Sister Maria Carmela Camilleri, SSD, 85, formerly of Our Lady of Fatima Convent, Market Street, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at Silver Creek Nursing Home in Bristol.
Born in Naxxar, Malta, she was the daughter of the late John and Concetta (Attard) Camilleri. Sister Camilleri dedicated her life to the Sisters of St. Dorothy, and celebrated 50 years as a member of the order in August.
She leaves nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews, all in Malta.
Hr funeral was on Tuesday, Dec. 28, from the George C. Lima Funeral Home, Bristol, with a Mass of Christian burial. She was buried in St. Mary Cemetery, Bristol.