Obituaries

“Truly, I say to you, today you will be
with Me in paradise.” - Lk. 23:43 


Sister Lucille A. Socciarelli, R.S.M.,
inspired journalist Tim Russert

Sister Lucille A. Socciarelli, R.S.M., inspired journalist Tim Russert

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sister Lucille A. Socciarelli, R.S.M., formerly Sister Mary Lucella, the nun who inspired the late newsman Tim Russert, died April 9 at Mercy Convent in South Buffalo. She was 82.

Born March 30, 1935 in Albion, N.Y. to Dominic and Lucy (DePalma) Socciarelli, both immigrants from Italy, Sister Lucille graduated from Albion High School and joined the Religious Sisters of Mercy in 1953 when she was 18 years old and professed her final vows in 1956.

Deacon Lawrence D. St. Pierre

Deacon Lawrence D. St. Pierre

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Deacon Lawrence David St. Pierre, 67, a lifelong resident of Attleboro, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, March 20. He is survived by his wife Donna Jean (Priestman) St. …

Msgr. Agostinho Pacheco, Fall River native

Msgr. Agostinho Pacheco, Fall River native

MCALLEN, Texas —  Msgr. Agostinho Pacheco, born in Fall River, died March 14. He was born to the late Manuel and Belmira Pacheco and was ordained to the priesthood on Jan. 30, 1960. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Manuel and Arthur Pacheco, and his sisters, Idalina Perry and Mary Mosher. …

Sister Mary Nora Smith, R.S.M.,
sister of Msgr. John J. Smith

Sister Mary Nora Smith, R.S.M., sister of Msgr. John J. Smith

CUMBERLAND, R.I. — Sister Mary Nora Smith, R.S.M., formerly Sister Mary Padraic, died February 19. Born in New Bedford, she was the daughter of the late Ambrose and Nora Sparrow Smith; sister of the late Robert, James, Ambrose, Philip and Michael, as well as deceased sisters, Julia, Patricia and Nora. …

Helen Stempsey,
mother of Father William Stempsey, S.J.

Helen Stempsey, mother of Father William Stempsey, S.J.

ORLEANS, Mass. — Helen (Kuras) Stempsey, 84, of Orleans, died February 21, at home. She was the wife of the late William Edward Stempsey. 

She was born on June 15, 1932, in Albany, N.Y. She was a graduate of St. …

Father José A. dos Santos, 89

Father José A. dos Santos, 89

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Father José Antonio Ferreira dos Santos, 89, died on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at Catholic Memorial Home.

Father dos Santos was ordained to the priesthood on July 19, 1953 in Pombeiro, Oporto by the Most Reverend D. Antonio Fereira Gomes.  …

Robert A. Arruda, brother of Arlene McNamee

Robert A. Arruda, brother of Arlene McNamee

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Robert A. Arruda, age 74, of Portsmouth, R.I., passed away unexpectedly January 21, at Rhode Island Hospital.

Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Herbert “Bucky” Arruda and Alice (Gomes) Arruda, he lived in Dartmouth prior to moving to Portsmouth more than 20 years ago.

Albert Makkay, beloved Cape Cod broadcaster

Albert Makkay, beloved Cape Cod broadcaster

CENTERVILLE, Mass. — Albert Makkay of Centerville died peacefully at home on January 12 after a long illness.

Al was born in Carteret, N.J. to the late John E. Makkay and Helen (Feytko) Makkay. He was the husband of Maureen (Monaghan) and father of Allison Makkay Davis and her husband Tim, Albert J. …

David C. Deston, father of Father David C. Deston Jr.

David C. Deston, father of Father David C. Deston Jr.

FALL RIVER, Mass. — David C. Deston, 64, lifelong resident of Fall River, passed away Jan. 13, 2017. He was the loving husband of Donna M. (Marshall) Deston. He was the father of Father David C. Deston Jr., parochial administrator of St. …

Rita P. (Fallon) Lafrance

Rita P. (Fallon) Lafrance

WESTPORT, Mass. — Rita P. (Fallon) Lafrance, 93, of Westport, wife of the late R. Aime Lafrance, passed away January 4. Mrs. Lafrance and her late husband were founders of White’s Family Restaurant, Westport.

In 1946, Rita, Aime and Aime’s brothers, Norman and Roger, bought White’s Spa on Pleasant Street in Fall River. …

Father Robert C. Donovan, 74

Father Robert C. Donovan, 74

POCASSET, Mass. — Father Robert C. Donovan, 74, a much-loved Catholic priest serving the Fall River Diocese for 40 years, most recently as third pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Pocasset, passed away on Dec. 30, 2016. 

Horace J. Costa, father of Father David A. Costa

Horace J. Costa, father of Father David A. Costa

TAUNTON, Mass. — Horace J. Costa, 85, of Taunton, passed away on Dec. 29, 2016, at Morton Hospital.  He was the husband of 58 years to Barbara (Ewald) Costa and the father of Father David A. Costa, pastor of St. …

Claire E. Roy, mother of Father Richard M. Roy

Claire E. Roy, mother of Father Richard M. Roy

SOUTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. — Claire E. (LeComte) Roy, 92, died on the morning of Dec. 24, 2016 at her home in South Dartmouth. She was the wife of the late G. Albert Roy and the mother of Father Richard M. Roy and the late Robert P. …

Sister Margaret Donovan, S.N.D., 86

Sister Margaret Donovan, S.N.D., 86

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. — Sister Margaret Donovan, S.N.D., passed away on Dec. 20, 2016 at age 86. Sister Margaret was with the Sisters of Notre Dame for 68 years. 

Born in Salem, Mass., the daughter of John F. and Margaret (O'Neil) Donovan, she was a 1963 graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston with a master’s degree in history from Boston College. 

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