Obituaries

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


Father Henry J. Dauphinais, M.S.

Father Henry J. Dauphinais, M.S.

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Father Henry J. Dauphinais, M.S.,90, passed away October 26 at Lifecare Center of Attleboro. Father Henry was born in Fitchburg on April 19, 1928. His father, Remi, was a “finish” carpenter by trade and by tradition and his mother, Alice, a homemaker. …

Rachel M. Buder,
mother of Deacon Karl G. Buder

Rachel M. Buder, mother of Deacon Karl G. Buder

MASHPEE, Mass. — Rachel M. Buder, age 90, of Mashpee was born in Putnam, Conn., the third of eight children born to Edward and Antoinette Bourgeois.  She passed away on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, surrounded by her family after a courageous, 10-year battle with lung cancer.

Father Paul Robinson, O. Carm.,
former judicial vicar for diocese

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DARIEN, Ill. — The Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, Order of Carmelites, mourns the death of Father Paul Robinson, O. Carm., who died at the age of 77 on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Father Robinson was held on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 at Our Lady of the Valley Church, 33 Adams Street in Easthampton, Mass. …

Father William M. Costello, 71

Father William M. Costello, 71

NORTH FALMOUTH, Mass. — Father William M. Costello died unexpectedly on August 1 while living in South Padre Island, Texas, at the age of 71.

Father Costello was born in Northampton, Mass. on Sept. 26, 1946. He was the son of the late James A. Costello and Eleanor C. …

Longtime Anchor editor Msgr. John F. Moore dies

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FALL RIVER, Mass. — Msgr. John F. Moore, a priest for the Diocese of Fall River for 58 years, a member of The Anchor staff in several capacities for 38 years, and director of the diocesan Permanent Diaconate Program for 17 years, died August 12 at Catholic Memorial Home in Fall River, at the age of 85.

Jan Chmurski,
father of Father Marek Chmurski

Jan Chmurski, father of Father Marek Chmurski

DOMANIEWICE, Poland — Jan Chmurski, 88, died peacefully in the late morning of July 5 at Glowno Hospital following a long illness. Jan married his devoted wife, Cecylia, in 1962. She passed away on July 19, 2017. …

Father Roger J. Levesque, 84

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FALL RIVER, Mass. — Father Roger J. Levesque, 84, died on Monday, July 23, 2018. 

Father Levesque was born in Fall River on Jan. 12, 1934. He was the son of the late Romeo Levesque and Germaine (Lavoie) Levesque. …

Sheila A. Washburn,
mother of  Father Thomas S. Washburn, O.F.M.

Sheila A. Washburn, mother of Father Thomas S. Washburn, O.F.M.

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Sheila A. (Mitchell) Washburn, 75, of New Bedford died Monday, July 9, 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospital surrounded by her loving family after a long illness. She was married for 53 years to the love of her life, George S. “Scott” Washburn.

Liana Fantasia,
mother of Deacon Frank Fantasia 

Liana Fantasia, mother of Deacon Frank Fantasia

 WATERTOWN, Mass. — Liana Fantasia, age 101, of Watertown, passed away surrounded by her family on July 16. 

She was the beloved wife of the late Serafino Fantasia, and loving mother of Deacon Frank Fantasia and his wife Marie of Mashpee and the late Paul Fantasia and his wife Gaylene of Watertown. 

Father David Stopyra, OFM Conv., former Taunton pastor

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CHICOPEE, Mass. — Father David Stopyra, OFM Conv., was born in Lawrence on April 3, 1934 and passed away on July 1, 2018. 

He was the son of the late Peter and Agnes (Sierzega) Stopyra. In addition to his Franciscan family, he leaves his sisters Helen Previte and Mary Pitochelli and many nieces and nephews. …

Maurice M. Ouellette,
father of Deacon Maurice Ouellette

Maurice M. Ouellette, father of Deacon Maurice Ouellette

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Maurice M. Ouellette, 91, of Fall River, husband of Therese (Pard) Ouellette, passed away June 27.

An Army Veteran of the Korean War, he was a purchasing agent at the Newport Naval Base. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Tiverton, R.I.

Violette Powell,
mother of Father Robert J. Powell

Violette Powell, mother of Father Robert J. Powell

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. — Violette Powell (Duval), age 95, passed away peacefully on June 7, 2018 at her residence at the Cedar Dell Assisted Living Facility surrounded by her loving family.

Born and raised in New Bedford, she was the wife of the late Arthur E. Powell, co-owner of Lester and Powell Insurance Agency; daughter of the late Arthur J. and Eglantine (LePage) Duval; sister of the late Sister Rhea Duval, S.S.J., and the mother of the late Richard A. Powell of Assonet. …

Permanent Deacon Gregory J. Beckel, 70

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MARSTONS MILLS, Mass. — Deacon Gregory John Beckel, 70, of Marstons Mills passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 1, 2018. 

Born on August 31, 1947 in St. Peter, Minn., Deacon Beckel was the son of the late Celestine (Sonny) and Annette Beckel of St. …

New Bedford’s ‘Sister Rose’ dies

New Bedford’s ‘Sister Rose’ dies

CUMBERLAND, R.I. — Sister Mary Rosellen Gallogly, R.S.M., a Sister of Mercy for almost 70 years, died on April 6, 2018 at Mount St. Rita Health Centre, Cumberland, R.I.

Better known as “Sister Rose,” she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Rose (Mimnaugh) Gallogly, born and raised in Providence, R.I. 

Father Francis X. Wallace, 96

Father Francis X. Wallace, 96

FALMOUTH, Mass. — Father Francis X. Wallace, 96, died on Thursday, March 22 at the Catholic Memorial Home in Fall River.  Father Wallace was born in Beverly on Nov. 30, 1921.  He was the son of the late Harry W. …

Father David M. Andrade, Swansea pastor

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SWANSEA, Mass. — Father David M. Andrade, 57, pastor of St. Louis de France Parish in Swansea, died on Thursday, January 25 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton after a brief illness.

A native of Taunton, Father Andrade was born on Oct. …

Deacon James Paul Leavitt, 91

Deacon James Paul Leavitt, 91

BREWSTER, Mass. — Deacon James Paul Leavitt, 91, died peacefully on Thursday, January 18 at Wingate at Brewster Nursing Home with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy T. (Cronin) Leavitt, with whom he celebrated 67 years of Marriage.

Rene A. Canuel,
brother of Father Paul A. Canuel

Rene A. Canuel, brother of Father Paul A. Canuel

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Rene A. Canuel passed away unexpectedly at the age of 78, in Roseville, Calif. on January 11. 

Born to Robert M. and Beatrice O. (Belanger) Canuel on July 3,1939 in Fall River, he was raised and educated in Fall River and Swansea, graduating from Case High School in 1957, whereupon he entered the U. S. Air Force and served in Colorado, the Azores, Laos, Hawaii, Louisiana and California until his retirement. 

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