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Obituaries published March 7

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Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2007 12:00 am

Obituaries were reported for Gwendolyn Lohse of Attleboro, Pauline Macdonald, 79, of Norfolk, Sarah Henrich, 77, of Overland Park, Kan., Normand Bilodeau, 57, of Henderson, Nev., Rosalina DaCosta, 88, of Norton, Roberta DeStefano, 75, of Yarmouthport, and Robert Armitage, 81, of Wrentham.

Gwendolyn Lohse

ATTLEBORO - Gwendolyn R. Lohse of Attleboro died on Friday, March 2, 2007.

She is survived by her daughter, Gwendolyn Lohse and her son Frederick W. Lohse III.

Mrs. Lohse was the wife of the late Frederick W. Lohse Jr. of Attleboro; the daughter of the late Walter J. and Helen B. Rose of Chestnut Hill in Newton; and the sister of the late Helen R. Burke.

Mrs. Lohse held a bachelor's of arts degree in history, studied at the Sorbonne, and was a student at the School of Fashion Design in Boston.

She was among the first women to work at an executive level in a national apparel company, using her fashion background for Darlene Knitwear in the 1960s.

She was also an avid traveler, and was active in various civic and cultural organizations, including the Boston Ballet Society, the Navy League of the United States, the Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, March 8, at noon at the Newton Cemetery Memorial Chapel, 791 Walnut St., Newton.

Visiting hours will be held today, Wednesday, March 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the J.S. Waterman & Waring Funeral Home, 592 Washington St., Wellesley.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115.

Arrangements are by J.S. Waterman & Waring Funeral Home in Wellesley, 781-235-4110.

Pauline Macdonald, 79

NORFOLK - Pauline Lorraine (Cox) Macdonald, 79, of Norfolk, died Monday, March 5, 2007 in her home on Norwell Street surrounded by her nine children. She was the beloved wife of the late James D. Macdonald.

Born in Cambridge on Nov. 30, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Gertrude Shepherd and Albert V. Cox, and the sister of Donald V. Cox of Waterville, Maine and late Douglas Cox of Bangor, Maine.

She went to Cambridge High School.

She retired from a 15-year career from Corning Medical.

She was a member of St. Jude's Parish for 40 years, where she sang in the choir. After retirement, she volunteered for Southwood Hospital and Norfolk Elementary School, and was an active participant at the Norfolk Senior Center.

Her life's mission was family unity, compassion, acceptance and forgiveness, always with a light sense of humor and positive attitude. All her teachings were from the heart. She was a true inspiration to everyone she touched.

She leaves behind her children: Carolyn Coulter and husband Glen of Norfolk, Lorraine Farrell of Fairfield, Conn., James Macdonald Jr. and Norma of Oak Hills, Calif., Mark Macdonald and wife Debi of Wrentham, Regina Macdonald of Newburyport, Noreen M. Wideberg of Norfolk, David Macdonald and wife Cindy of Inverness, Fla., and Pauline Macdonald of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Leo Macdonald of Norfolk. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pauline will be waked Thursday, March 8 between 4 and 8 p.m. at the R.J. Ross Funeral Home, Wrentham.

The funeral service will be held Friday, March 9, at 10 a.m. in St. Jude's Church in Norfolk.

Donations in Pauline's memory can be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851, www.multiplemyeloma.org.

Sarah Henrich, 77

OVERLAND PARK, KAN. - Sarah N. (DiFrancia) Henrich, 77, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away Thursday, March 1, 2007.

Private family services will be held. Interment will be in Plainville.

Memorial contributions may be given to The National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.

Sarah was the daughter of the late Galliano and Nancy DiFrancia.

She was a graduate of Girls High School in Boston in 1946 and resided in Plainville for 47 years.

She was employed at Microwave Specialties Inc. for 20 years until her retirement in 1996.

Sarah was preceded in death by husband, Lester C. Henrich.

Surviving Sarah are her three sons: Joseph Henrich of Attleboro, Paul Henrich of East Falmouth and John Henrich of Overland Park, Kan.; a sister, Frances Perano of Pennsylvania; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memories and condolences are welcomed, and fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.dwnewcomers.com.

Arrangements are by D.W. Newcomer's Sons Johnson County Chapel, Overland Park, Kan. 913-451-1860.

Normand Bilodeau, 57

HENDERSON, NEV. - Normand Bilodeau, a former resident of North Attleboro, Mansfield and Providence, passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2007 at the age of 57.

Born Aug. 12, 1949 in Providence, Normand served in the U.S. Navy, graduated from Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I., and was a CPA.

He was married for 20 years to Carol Halder Bilodeau.

In 2004, Normand moved to Henderson, Nev., and served as chief financial officer at St. Jude's Ranch for Children in Boulder City, Nev. While living in New England, Normand was the chief financial officer at BCG Systems in Waltham, accounting supervisor at William Underwood in Westwood, and also worked with Flexi International Software in Sheldon, Conn.

Normand was an avid golfer, astronomer, cyclist, and a science fiction and Star Trek fan. In addition to his wife, Normand is survived by his daughter, Caroline Bilodeau and her fiancé Jonathan Choe of San Marcos, Calif.; his parents, Normand and Mary Bilodeau of Hackensack, Minn.; and his brother, Robert Bilodeau of Hackensack, Minn.

The family requests that donations be made in Normand's memory to St. Jude's Ranch for Children, P.O. Box 60100, Boulder City, NV 89006.

Rosalina DaCosta, 88

NORTON - Rosalina E. DaCosta, 88, of Mansfield Avenue, Norton, formerly a 45-year resident of Alder Street in Attleboro, a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, died Monday, March 5, 2007 at the Epoch Senior Care Center in Norton. She was the beloved wife of the late Jose DaCosta, who died on Jan. 25, 1999.

Born in St. Michael, Azores on Jan. 27, 1919, Mrs. DaCosta was a daughter of the late Manuel and Maria (dosSantos) Tavares. She was raised and educated in the Azores and settled with her family in Attleboro in 1956.

Mrs. DaCosta was employed for many years at Foster Metals Inc. in Attleboro, retiring at the age of 62.

Rosalina was a devoted communicant of Holy Ghost Church in Attleboro, and enjoyed animals, traveling and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. DaCosta is survived by three daughters: Norma Lilja and her husband George of Eastham, Flavia Jillson and her husband Greg of Foxboro, and Nancy Dubois in Rhode Island; three sons: Manny Gilbert Costa of Norton, Luis Costa of North Attleboro and Ezquiel Costa of Warwick, R.I.; a sister, Louisa Rodrigues of Attleboro; many grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a niece, Ilda Arruda of Attleboro; and many nephews.

She was the sister of the late Antonio Tavares and Maria Correira.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, March 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Duffy-Poule Funeral Home, 20 Peck St., Attleboro.

A funeral will be conducted on Friday, March 9 at 9 a.m. from the Duffy-Poule Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Ghost Church, 71 Linden St., Attleboro, celebrated by the Rev. John Raposo, pastor. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, West Street, Attleboro.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Community VNA Hospice Care, 10 Emory St., Attleboro, MA 02703.

An online guest book for family and friends to express condolences and additional information may be found at www.duffy-poule.com.

Roberta DeStefano, 75

YARMOUTHPORT - Roberta E. (Willis) DeStefano, 75, of Yarmouthport, died on Monday, March 5, 2007 at Cape Regency, a Radius Healthcare facility in Centerville, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of William DeStefano, to whom she was wed on April 17, 1977.

Born in Walpole on Nov. 27, 1931, she was a dear daughter of the late Lester and Cecile (Conrod) Willis.

She grew up in East Walpole and was a 1949 graduate of Walpole High School. She went on to graduate from the New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, where she received her registered nursing degree. Later in her life, she received her bachelor's of arts degree in sociology and psychology from Emmanuel College in Boston.

Mrs. DeStefano was employed as a registered nurse at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro for 27 years prior to her retirement in 1979.

Roberta was a member of the Orthodox Congregational Church in Mansfield. She was also a member of the Alumnae Association at New England Deaconess Hospital.

She enjoyed sewing, tole painting, gardening and spending time with her loving family. Roberta especially enjoyed the winters spent at her home in Jupiter, Fla.

She had made her home on Cape Cod for the past 23 years and was a former longtime resident of Mansfield.

Besides her beloved husband of over nearly 30 years, she is survived by her devoted children, Nancy S. Kenneally and her husband Daniel of Hull, Gale K. Cummings and her husband Bruce of Norton, and Jeffrey H. Thayer of North Adams.

She was the sister of the late John C. Willis.

Also surviving are her cherished grandchildren: Patrick Kenneally and his wife Andrea, Matthew Kenneally, Jody Kenneally and Daniel Kenneally.

Funeral services, to which relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend, will be held on Friday, March 9 at 10 a.m. at the Orthodox Congregational Church, 17 West St., Mansfield. A collation will follow the services in the church parlor. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, March 8 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Sherman & Jackson Funeral Home, 55 North Main St., Mansfield.

For additional information, please visit www.shermanjackson.com.

Robert Armitage, 81

WRENTHAM - Robert P. Armitage, 81, of Wrentham died peacefully on Saturday, March 3, 2007 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the devoted husband of the late Janice M. (Goodrich) Armitage.

Robert was born in Cumberland, R.I., the son of the late Thomas B. and Ida P. Armitage. He grew up in Plainville.

He joined the U.S. Navy on June 23, 1943 and served proudly during World War II.

In 1953, Robert moved to Wrentham and established and operated Armitage Auto until 1993.

Robert was a member of the American Legion.

Robert enjoyed driving across the United States to visit his grandchildren and his many friends.

He is survived by his devoted children, Richard T. Armitage of Ossipee, N.H., Robert "Billy" Armitage of Franklin, Peter A. Armitage of Wrentham, and Stephen D. Armitage of Norfolk.

He was the brother of Thomas B. Armitage of Plainville, Beverly A. Thornley of Cumberland, R.I., Carol I. Armstrong of Franklin and the late Violet M. Havey and Betty E. Cooper. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, as well as his many nieces and nephews.

Robert requested no services, and his burial will be private.

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