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

Bishop Francis X. Irwin


YARMOUTH, Mass. — Retired Auxiliary Bishop Francis X. Irwin passed away at the age of 85 on October 30 after a brief illness, surrounded by his family in his Cape Cod home.

A native of Medford, Bishop Irwin attended St. …

Sister Beverly Furtado, S.U.S.C.


FALL RIVER, Mass. — Sister Beverly Furtado, S.U.S.C. of the Holy Union Sisters, 570 Rock Street, Fall River died October 7 at the age of 72 after a long illness. She was born in Fall River on Jan. 24, 1947, the only child of the late Manuel and Mary C. …

Sister Tania Santander Atauchi


HINGHAM, Mass. — Sister Tania Santander Atauchi, 47, of Kingston, died on September 26 at age 47. Sister Tania Santander Atauchi was born on Oct. 7, 1971, in Urubamba, Cusco, Peru. She was the oldest child of Maximo Santander Rojas (deceased) and Nieves Atauchi Peña. …

Sister M. Francis Clare, O. Carm.

Magano, Sr. Francis Clare of A.S.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — Sister M. Francis Clare of All Saints, O. Carm.  passed away peacefully at St. Patrick’s Manor on October 2, in the 55th year of her religious life.  

Rosalina Magano was born in Fall River on Sept. 7, 1940, the younger of two children born to Manual and Mary (nee Sousa Rapoza) Magano of Fall River. 

Robert Mello, father of Father Jay Mello


FALL RIVER, Mass. — Robert Mello, 65, died on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 after a brief battle with cancer. Born in Fall River, he was the son of Roland and Helen Mello, and the former husband of Natalie (Cabral) Mello.

Ann M. (Reardon) Powers, 88, mother of 
Human Resources director Peter J. Powers

Ann M. (Reardon) Powers, 88, mother of Human Resources director Peter J. Powers

DORCHESTER , Mass. — Ann M. Powers (Reardon), age 88, of Dorchester passed away at home September 12 surrounded by her loving family. 

Born in Boston, she was raised in Dorchester and attended Cardinal Cushing High School in South Boston. …

Father Luciano J. Pereira,
Fall River and New Bedford pastor


DARTMOUTH, Mass. — Father Luciano Joaquim de Medeiros Pereira, 88, of Dartmouth died peacefully on July 25 at home surrounded by his family. 

Born in Capelas, São Miguel, Açores, he was the son of the late Antonio Joaquim Pereira and Palmira Botelho M. Pereira.

Father Eugene V. LaPlante, A.A.,
North Dartmouth native

Father Eugene V. LaPlante, A.A., North Dartmouth native

WORCESTER, Mass. — Father Eugene V. LaPlante, A.A., 87, died Saturday, July 27 in Rose Monahan Hospice after an illness.

Besides his fellow Assumptionist fathers and brothers, he leaves a sister, Lucille L. Pimentel of Dartmouth; his favorite niece, Susan Lafferty and her husband Andrew of Dartmouth; two nephews, Eugene Pimental and his wife Rosemary of Oswego, N.Y. and Andre Pimental and his wife Nancy of Dartmouth; several grand-nephews and grandnieces.

Alexander “Joe” V. DiMarzio,
grandfather of Father David Pignato

Alexander “Joe” V. DiMarzio, grandfather of Father David Pignato

FOXBORO, Mass. — Alexander Veno “Joe” DiMarzio, 97, died peacefully on May 19 at the Doolittle Home in Foxboro. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was born in Boston on April 27,1922, one of 13 children of the late Cesare and Irene (Jackson) DiMarzio. …

Father John P. Driscoll,
co-founder of The Anchor


FALL RIVER, Mass. — Father John Paul Driscoll, 94, of Fall River passed away Monday, May 6, 2019 at Catholic Memorial Home.

The son of John W. and Julia V. (Curley) Driscoll, he was born in Fall River on the 4th of July, 1924 and was delighted to say the country celebrated his birthday.

Brother Marcel Valmore Sylvestre, F.I.C.,
former school principal

Brother Marcel Valmore Sylvestre

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Brother Marcel Valmore Sylvestre, 90, died on May 4 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough after a year of gradual diminishment. 

He was born July 20, 1928 in Biddeford, Maine, the son of Romeo and Florida (Mailhot) Sylvestre. …

Father Joseph F. Callahan, C.S.C.


EASTON, Mass. — Father Joseph Francis Callahan, C.S.C., 75, died at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro, on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019. 

He was born on Feb. 28, 1944 in Bridgeport, Conn., to Francis A. and Margaret (Shannon) Callahan, and attended Notre Dame High School in Bridgeport, Conn. He graduated from Stonehill College, North Easton, with a Bachelor of Arts in theology in 1966, and was received into the Congregation of Holy Cross on July 15, 1962. …

Sister Mary Laurita Hand,
former assistant school superintendent

Sr. Mary Laurita Hand

LEOMINSTER, Mass. — Sister Mary Laurita Hand, 84, known in secular life as Lucille Hand, died April 8 at Presentation Convent in Leominster, Mass.

Sister Mary was born July 26, 1934 in Woonsocket, R.I., the daughter of Anna (Grennon) and Lawrence Hand.

Gertrude Degagne,
mother of Father Richard E. Degagne

Gertrude Degagne, mother of Father Richard E. Degagne

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Gertrude (Dumont) Degagne, 88, of Fall River, wife of the late Bertrand R. Degagne, died on Friday, April 19, 2019. 

A graduate of Dominican Academy, she was employed by Aetna Insurance Co. and was a former Cub Scout, Pack 50 Den Mother and a Marie's Place and St. …

John Ferreira,
grandfather of Father Christopher M. Peschel


TAUNTON, Mass. — John Ferreira Jr., 85, died peacefully in his own home on Sunday, April 7, after several years of illness. His devotion to his Catholic Faith and his love for family sustained him throughout this time and brought him a great sense of consolation.

Deacon Francis J. ‘Frank’ Camacho


ESTERO, Fla. — Deacon Francis J. “Frank” Camacho, 81, of Estero, Fla. died unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. He was born April 23, 1937 in Cambridge, Mass., the only child of the late Frank and Louise (Silviera) Camacho. …

Father Dennis Loomis, M.S.


ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Father Dennis J. Loomis, M.S., 70, a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette, died on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at St. Mary Home in West Hartford, Conn. 

Father Loomis was the son of the late Donald and Antoinette (Pepin) Loomis and was raised in Easthampton, Mass.  …

Emilie M. (Vautrin) Jolivet, 
mother of Anchor editor Dave Jolivet

Emilie M. (Vautrin) Jolivet, mother of Anchor editor Dave Jolivet

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Emilie M. (Vautrin) Jolivet of Fall River passed away on March 23 at Catholic Memorial Home in Fall River after a brief illness. She was 95.

Born in Fall River, she was the wife of the late Loridas J. …

Father Manuel Garcia, 
editor of Portuguese Missalette

Father Manuel Garcia, editor of Portuguese Missalette

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Father Manuel Garcia, 84, died on March 27 at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I.

Father Garcia was born in Faial, Azores and was the son of the late Maria Garcia de Lacerda and Antonio Garcia da Rosa.

Emidio D. Raposo,
father of Father John A. Raposo

Emidio D. Raposo, father of Father John A. Raposo

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Emidio D. Raposo, 96, formerly of New Bedford, died February 11 at the Catholic Memorial Home. He was the widower of Mariana (Andrade) Raposo and son of the late Antonio J. F. and Clotilde (Duarte) Raposo.

Matthew C. Zonghetti,
son of Deacon Michael T. Zonghetti


MANSFIELD, Mass. — Matthew C. Zonghetti, age 26, a lifelong resident of Mansfield, passed away following a tragic skiing accident in Taos, N.M., on Thursday, January 17.

Born in Boston on May 4, 1992, he is survived by his loving parents, Deacon Michael T. and Susan K. (Machi) Zonghetti; his devoted sister Kathryn M. Zonghetti and her loving companion Stuart Pink; the love of his life Kristen L. Schifferli; his uncle Robert Machi and his wife Terry and their children Laura, Erica and Julia; his aunts Linda Adkins and her husband Gary and their son Tyler; Theresa Zonghetti and Beth Zonghetti and her boyfriend Richie.






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