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Obituaries published March 12

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Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2009 12:00 am

Obituaries were reported for Cecelia Howes, 85, of Wrentham, Francis Oldham, 74, of Attleboro, John Murdock, 87, of Darien, Conn., Talbot Tweedy, 93, of Lakeville, and Filomena Bertone, 89, of Norton.

Cecelia Howes, 85

WRENTHAM - Cecelia L. Howes of Wrentham, where she had lived for 14 years, died on Dec. 29, 2008 in the Serenity Hill Nursing Home in Wrentham. She was 85.

Born in Meadville, Neb., she was a daughter of the late Russell and Emma (Hayes) Roseborough. She was educated by the Sisters of the Good Sheppard at their convent school in Omaha, Neb.

An accomplished homemaker, seamstress, and interior decorator, she had enjoyed collecting antiques and china plates. Her focus in life was her husband, her children, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren, and her rose garden. She was a 50-year member of Emblem Club No. 191, Big Bear Lake, Calif.

She was the devoted wife for 68 years to the late William Howes, who passed on March 29, 2008.

She was the sister of Barbara Lucero of Roland Heights, Calif., and was the mother of Lawrence Howes of Santa Barbara, Calif., Jack Howes and his wife Florence Howes of Chico, Calif., William Howes and his wife Janet Howes of St. George, Utah, and of Irene Dunbar and her husband David Dunbar of Wrentham.

She was the dear friend of Sandra Fellows of Wrentham, and the devoted grandmother of 11 grandchildren, including those whom she had lived with, Lori and Vincent Gamble, Rebecca Collins, Ethan and Elle Dunbar, and Christian Dunbar. She also is survived by 12 great-grandchildren.

A family memorial service will be held Saturday, March 14 in St. George, Utah.

Francis Oldham, 74

ATTLEBORO - Francis E. Oldham, 74, of 500 Mendon Road, Attleboro, a retired City of Attleboro firefighter, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 in the Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton. He was the husband of Marie Paule (Laprade) Oldham.

Born in South Attleboro on Feb. 9, 1935, he was the son of the late George T. and Agnes G. (Keough) Oldham. Francis was raised in Attleboro and educated in the Attleboro public schools.

Francis served his country with honor as a member of the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He also served the City of Attleboro as a firefighter for 32 years prior to retirement.

In addition to his wife Marie Paule, Francis is survived by a daughter, Susan M. Sullivan of Pawtucket; two sons, Thomas F. Oldham of Rumford, R.I. and David G. Oldham of Colebrook, N.H.; a brother, James Oldham of Attleboro; and a sister, Loretta Coolidge of Colgate, Wisc. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Brandon Oldham, Paige Oldham, Ashley Oldham, Jason Oldham, Justin Oldham, Sean Sullivan and Mark Sullivan; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was the father of the late John F. Oldham, and the brother of the late Agnes O'Neil and the late Ruth Cannon.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, March 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Duffy-Poule Funeral Home, 20 Peck St., Attleboro.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m. in St. Theresa's Church, 18 Baltic St., South Attleboro by the Rev. James Fahey, pastor.

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

John Murdock, 87

DARIEN, CONN. - John Stetson Murdock, 87, of Buttonwood Lane, Darien, Conn., a loving husband, father and grandfather, passed Monday, March 9, 2009 at Miriam Hospital in Providence. He was the beloved husband of 58 years of Mary Anne (Whitlock) Murdock.

Born in Leicester on Aug. 12, 1921, John was a son of the late Harold and Elizabeth (Stetson) Murdock. He was raised in Leicester and was a graduate of Milton Academy in Milton. John later received a bachelor's of arts degree from Princeton University, Class of 1944.

During World War II, John honorably served in the U.S. Army.

John was employed as an investment counselor for 10 years at Baxter Bros. Inc. in Greenwich, Conn. Earlier, he was employed as an investment counselor for Schroeder Ness & Thomas in New York City for many years.

Mr. Murdock was a member of the Princeton Club of New York, an avid stamp philatelic and a member of the Ye Olde King's Highway Stamp Club in Darien.

A resident of Darien the past 50 years, John had a passion for sailing and was a member of the American Yacht Club in Rye, N.Y.

John was a devoted husband and father, and in later years was blessed with 10 grandchildren.

In addition to his beloved wife Mary, John is survived by two sons, Jay Murdock and his wife Su of New Fairfield, Conn., and Rob Murdock and his wife Gail of Monrovia, Calif.; two daughters, Betsy Myers and her husband Chris of Norton and Missy Bauman and her husband David of Glastonbury, Conn.; 10 grandchildren: Connor Myers, Chris Murdock, Justin Murdock, Greg Murdock, Ben Murdock, Annie Murdock, Katie Bauman, Tim Bauman, Christy Bauman and Jamie Bauman; three nieces and a nephew.

John was the beloved brother of the late Marjorie Merritt.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Celebration of John's Life on Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m. in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 471 Mansfield Ave., Darien. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember John in a special way may make memorial contributions to: The Alzheimer's Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Duffy-Poule Funeral Home, 20 Peck St., Attleboro.

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

Talbot Tweedy, 93

LAKEVILLE - Attorney Talbot T. Tweedy, 93, died at his home following a period of failing health on Friday, March 6, 2009.

He was born in Dighton on April 11, 1915 to the late Howard P. and Bessie (Tinkham) Tweedy. He was educated in the Taunton public schools, and was a 1933 graduate of Taunton High School and a 1937 graduate of the Northeastern University School of Law.

He was a well-known and respected attorney in Taunton, with his practice extending throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. Attorney Tweedy specialized in trial work.

He was the devoted husband of over 50 years of the late Wilma C. Tweedy, who predeceased him in 2007.

He was a member of the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Bristol County Bar Association. A 32nd Degree Mason, he served two terms each on the Taunton City Council and Massachusetts House of Representatives. He was member of the board of directors of the Weir Cooperative Bank and the Bristol County Trust. He served as a member of the board of trustees for Southeastern Massachusetts University in Dartmouth and was chairman of the YMCA Building Committee, and was a member of the building committee for the Memorial Methodist Church in Taunton.

An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Tweedy was a member of the Westport Fisherman's Association, the Bristol County Ducks Unlimited and the Anawan Grange. He was a well-known sport fisherman and boater who enjoyed the pursuit of Atlantic swordfish. He berthed a boat in Westport for over 40 years. He and his late wife shared a love of big band music, ballroom dancing, their children and grand and great-grandchildren.

A proud and devoted father, he is survived by his children, Patricia Tweedy Fisher of North Dighton, John T. Tweedy and his wife Sue Marie of Merritt Island, Fla., Alan W. Tweedy of Boston and Samuel M. Tweedy and his wife Lori of Rochester, N.H. He was the grandfather of Betsy-Ann Fisher, David Fisher, Samuel Tweedy, Jacob Tweedy, Sarah Tweedy Tonddreau and Thea Howkins, and is the great-grandfather of six. Atty. Tweedy was also the brother of Lawrence Tweedy and Beatrice Tweedy Campbell of Taunton, and he was the brother the late Charlotte Tweedy McLure of Florida.

A memorial service to which relatives and friends are invited to attend will be held Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m. in the Memorial Methodist Church, 176 Somerset Ave., Taunton.

Donations in his memory may be made to St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford; Taunton Public Library or the Memorial Methodist Church, Taunton.

Arrangements are by the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, Taunton.

Filomena Bertone, 89

NORTON - Mrs. Filomena (Bertone) Bertone, 89, of Norton, a former longtime Franklin resident, died Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro, where she had been a patient for more than a week. She was the wife of the late Nicola Bertone, who died in 1990.

Born in St. Angelo in Grotte, Italy on May 22, 1919, she came to America in 1955. She and her family settled in Franklin, where she remained until moving to Norton 10 years ago.

Mrs. Bertone was a retired homemaker who enjoyed cooking, knitting and crocheting.

She was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Franklin and Norton, and spent many hours watching the Mass on television and saying the rosary and praying for her family and friends.

She is survived by a son, Alex Bertone and his wife Lorraine of Norton; her grandchildren: Paul Bertone and his wife Ruth of Cambridge, England, Mark Bertone of San Diego, Calif., Diana Bertone of Bellingham, Peter Bertone of Raleigh, N.C., John Bertone and his wife Michelle of North Attleboro and Joanna Bertone of Niantic, Conn.; and two great-grandchildren, Aislyn and Sofia Bertone.

She was the mother of the late Felice Bertone and his wife Joan Bertone of Medway.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral on Saturday, March 14 at 9:15 a.m. from the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home, 33 Cottage St., http://www.franklinfuneral.com">www.franklinfuneral.com, with a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Church in Franklin. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Calling hours are Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

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