Obituaries were reported for Irene Braza, 84,of East Providence, R.I., Janis Lombardi, 56, of North Attleboro, Merle Caton, 80, of Foxboro, Dorothea Jowders, 93, of Tucson, Ariz., Janet Sievert, 84, of Norfolk, Robert Webber, 85, of Foxboro, James Falconer, 74, of North Attleboro, Marie Bourgeois, 93, of North Attleboro, and Priscilla Bartlett, 90, of Foxboro.
Irene Braza, 84
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Irene (Andrade) Braza, 84, of Irving Avenue, and a longtime resident of Fifth Street, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2006 at the Linn Health Center. She was the loving wife of the late Arthur Perry Braza, who died Oct. 27, 2006. They had been married 57 years.
Born Oct. 15, 1922 in Providence, she was a daughter of the late John and Maria Rosario (Sousa) Andrade.
Mrs. Braza was very dedicated to her family and was a communicant of St. Francis Xavier Church.
She is survived by two sons, Arthur Braza of Scituate and Robert Braza of Attleboro; two daughters, Patricia Riendeau of Warwick, R.I., and Mary Louise Luis of West Greenwich, R.I.; and her grandchildren: Jason and Jeremy Braza, Erik and Nicholas Anderson, Stephen and Michael Luis, and Robert and Julianne Rose Braza.
She was the sister of the late Angie Silva, Mary Roderick, and Joseph, Antonio and John Andrade.
Her funeral will be Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8 a.m. from the Rebello Funeral Home, 901 Broadway, East Providence, R.I., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, North Carpenter Street, East Providence. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Calling hours will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested to Home & Hospice Care of RI, 169 George St., Pawtucket, RI 02860.
Janis Lombardi, 56
NORTH ATTLEBORO - Janis (Stanley) Lombardi, 56, of 380 Mendon Road, North Attleboro, formerly of White Plains, Md., died peacefully at her sister's home after a long illness on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006.
Born in Providence on Aug. 11, 1950, she was the daughter of the late Peter E. Thorsen and Barbara (Taylor) Stanley and the stepdaughter of Henry R. Stanley of Barrington, R.I.
After moving permanently to Maryland, Janis pursued a variety of careers.
Most recently, she had enrolled in college courses in order to fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse. She enjoyed beachcombing, wildlife, sewing, and especially barefoot gardening.
She is survived by her beloved son, Shayne Stanley and his wife Angela (Mattingly) of Newburg, Md.
Janis considered her most treasured moments to be those that she spent with her grandchildren, Tyler, Cam, Alex, and Miranda.
The sister of Jane Upper of North Attleboro, Eric Stanley of LePecq, France, Christine Bellrose of Warwick, R.I., Linda Dionne of Cumberland, R.I., Debra Robertson of Laurel, Md., and Judith Stanley of Biddeford, Maine, she is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. at All Saints Memorial Church, 674 Westminster St., Providence. Relatives and friends are invited to a final gathering on Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. at Shymansky's, 16320 Cobb Island Road, Cobb Island, Md.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be directed to the Women Ending Hunger Fund, a permanent endowment established in Janis' memory at the Rhode Island Foundation. Women Ending Hunger is an initiative of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, an organization that Janis recently joined as a result of her lifelong caring for others.
Gifts in her memory may be sent to the attention of Pamela Tesler Howitt, the Rhode Island Foundation, One Union Station, Providence, RI 02903.
Merle Caton, 80
FOXBORO - Merle Kathleen (Hiller) Caton, 80, died at her home in Foxboro surrounded by the comfort of her loving family.
She was the daughter of the late Walter H. and Mildred J. (Congdon) Hiller.
Merle was born in Foxboro on March 28, 1926, and was a graduate of Foxboro High School, Class of 1944. She was also a graduate of the Katherine Gibbs School of Boston in 1945.
She married her late husband Edward M. Caton Jr. on Sept. 6, 1948.
She was a lifelong member of Bethany Congregational Church, where she was a former member of the choir and served on various committees. She was also a volunteer driver for FISH of Foxboro for over 30 years.
Merle at one time worked for the late Dr. Edmund Plonowski and Dr. Robert Hayward. She also worked at Rea Craft Press of Foxboro.
Merle was involved with minstrel shows at the American Legion in Foxboro and was known for her involvement with the Walk-on crew, portraying Mother Nature and Gigi of the Fiji Islands and others. She was also known for portraying Mrs. Santa Claus at the Foxboro 99 Restaurant employee family Christmas party. The people from the 99 restaurant were very special to her.
She was an avid bowler and bowled for many years at the Foxfield Lanes and Northbowl Lanes.
Forever a charitable person, she started donating to causes in school when she donated pennies to get the USS Constitution refitted. She continued donating time and money to various causes until shortly before her death.
She was the wife of the late Edward M. Caton Jr.; the beloved mother of Jane M. Buratti of Alabama, Grant R. Caton of North Carolina and the late Gordon W. Caton; the dear companion of Leon Schuyler of Foxboro; and the loving sister of Lois V. King of Lowell, Karen C. Breede of Mississippi and the late Allene M. Potter. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Christine, Michael, Carrie, Sean, Hillery and Rebekah; and three great-granddaughters: Paige, Caitlyn and Addyson.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to calling hours on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Roberts and Sons Funeral Home, 30 South St., Foxboro.
A funeral service will be held at Bethany Congregational Church, Rockhill Street, Foxboro on Monday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Rockhill Cemetery.
To light a special candle in Merle's memory, please visit our Web site at www.robertsandsonsfuneral.com. For additional information, please call 508-543-5471.
If you wish, donations may be made in her memory to Bethany Congregational Church, 3 Rockhill Street, Foxboro, MA 02035.
Dorothea Jowders, 93
TUCSON, ARIZ. - Dorothea Jowders, 93, died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006 at Mountain View Care Center in Tucson, Ariz.
The daughter of Frank and Elouise Haynes, she was born Feb. 13, 1913 in Thornton, N.H. She lived in New Hampshire in Ashland, Franklin, and Concord before moving to Tucson in 2006.
She owned Dot's Coffee Shop in Ashland for many years and was known for her wonderful homemade donuts.
She enjoyed reading, gardening, poetry and traveling with her family. She was also an avid Red Sox fan.
She was the loving mother of daughters Rollene, Lillian, Mildred and Gail.
She will be sadly missed by her daughters and their families: Rollene and husband Wesley and sons Mike and Dr. John Ridlon; Lillian Piper and her children Raymond Piper and Marlene Cousineau; Gail Randall and her children Deborah Oropeza, Heidi and Gregory Ham; and Mildred Merrill's children, Cynthia Carter and William, Robert and Todd Merrill.
She is also survived by brothers Edward and Robert Haynes of Michigan and many nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband of 32 years, George Randall, and her husband of 24 years Robert Jowders.
She was also predeceased by her daughter, Mildred Merrill and grandsons Stephen and Timothy Ridlon.
A celebration of her life was held at Friendly Village in Tucson, Ariz., on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
Private family services will be held in Franklin, N.H. in the spring of 2007. The Cremation Society of N.H. is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friendly Village Activities Committee, 1202 West Miracle Mile, Tucson, AZ 85705 in care of Nona Brinkman.
Janet Sievert, 84
NORFOLK - Janet (George) Sievert, 84, of Norfolk, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2006 in the Kindred Hospital at Metro West Medical Center in Natick. She was the wife of the late Milton Albert Sievert, who died in 2004.
Born in Waukesha, Wis., on Aug. 10, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Karl Willimann George and the late Alice Bell Drewry George. She had been a resident of Norfolk since 1956.
Mr. Sievert was a graduate of Waukesha High School, Class of 1940, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1945 with a degree in psychology.
Prior to her retirement, she was an attorney with Harold Cohen in Foxboro.
Deeply involved in Massachusetts Republican Party politics, Mrs. Sievert was the administrative assistant to John M. Quinlan during his terms as a state senator. She served as Sen. Quinlan's campaign manager during his bid for lieutenant governor in 1984. Mrs. Sievert later volunteered in the campaign of Eliot Richardson for U.S. Senate in 1986, the campaign of Andrew Natsios for state auditor in 1990, and the campaign of Jim Rappaport for U.S. Senate.
Mrs. Sievert was at one time involved with church affairs with Epiphany Church, including the choir, altar guild and Sunday School.
She is survived by two children, Jere Sievert Armen of Norfolk and Linneus, Maine, and William Karl Sievert of Madison, Wis.; and three grandchildren: Moira Armen of Portland, Ore., Krystl Armen Novak of San Diego, Calif., and Ramon Armen of Ann Arbor, Mich. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Ruth (Sievert) Seith of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and their children, Michael Seith of Alexandria, Va., Deborah Seith of Cleveland, Ohio, and Elizabeth Seith Pope of Panama City, Fla.; her goddaughter, Jan Hilborn of East Fairfield, Vt.; and her special friends, John M. Quinlan of Dover, and James Hinz and Elizabeth Laing, both of Waukesha, Wis.
Mrs. Sievert was the grandmother of the late Todd Leif Sheldon Armen and the late Jules Palmer Armen.
At the request of the family, there will be no funeral home calling hours, and services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Home for Little Wanderers, 271 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115 or to the Massachusetts Audubon Society, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.
Arrangements are by John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common.
Robert Webber, 85
FOXBORO - Robert "Chick" Lewis Webber, 85, a longtime Foxboro resident, died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006 at Elliott Hospital in Manchester, N.H. He was the son of the late Lewis B. and Dolena (MacCharles) Webber.
Robert was born on Aug. 25, 1921 in Boston and was a Foxboro High School graduate, Class of 1941.
Robert proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. During the war, Robert flew in well over 20 bombing missions in battles, including Northern France, Normandy, Naples and the Balkans.
Robert worked for 30 years for the U.S. Postal Service in Foxboro. He was also a former call firefighter for over 20 years for the Foxboro Fire Department.
He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and great-grandfather.
Robert was the devoted husband of the late Marian J. (Smith) Webber, the loving father of David R. Webber and his wife Suzanne of Londonderry, N.H., the beloved grandfather of Kelly Gogan and her husband Craig and Michele Kelleher and her husband Brian, all of Derry, N.H., and the great-grandfather of Erin, James and Patrick.
He was the brother of the late Richard P. Webber and Alice Studley.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a memorial service on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. at the Roberts and Sons Funeral Home, 30 South St., Foxboro.
To light a special candle in his memory, please visit our Web site at www.robertsandsonsfuneral.com.
For additional information, please call 508-543-5471.
Please omit flowers. Donations in Mr. Webber's memory may be made to the Foxboro Discretionary Fund, P.O. Box 636, Foxboro, MA 02035.
James Falconer, 74
NORTH ATTLEBORO - James Ronald Falconer, 74, of Lake Shore Drive, North Attleboro, died on Monday, Nov. 27, 2006 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. He was the husband of Maureen Evelyn (Cullen) Falconer, to whom he was married on May 1, 1966.
Born in Boston on Aug. 26, 1932, he was a son of the late William J. Falconer Sr. and Mary E. (Hopkins) Falconer. He was raised and educated in the Dorchester section of Boston and later moved to Roslindale, where he lived for more than 25 years prior to moving to North Attleboro six years ago.
Mr. Falconer was employed in the construction industry for many years as a roofer with Local No. 33 out of Stoughton until his retirement several years ago.
While living in Roslindale, Mr. Falconer was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church.
He leaves a legacy of a hard-working man devoted to his wife and six children. One of his favorite pastimes was taking his family to Castle Island in South Boston for Sunday outings.
In addition to his wife of 40 years, he leaves six children: Robert J. Falconer of North Attleboro, Thomas M. Falconer of Diamond Bar, Calif., James R. Falconer of North Attleboro, Sandra Jean Cronin of Dedham, Debra Marie Farrell of Attleboro and Edward J. Falconer of Medfield; 11 grandchildren; and a sister, Elizabeth Nelson in California.
He was the brother of the late William J. "Buzzy" Falconer Jr.
Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend visitation today, Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Ave. (exit 5 off I-95 N or S, go right at end of ramp, ¾ mile on left), Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro.
Children's room is available during visitation.
Relatives and friends are also cordially invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Park Street, North Attleboro, with the Rev. David Costa, officiating. Burial will be private.
Following church services, an invitation will be extended to join the family for a time of fellowship and refreshment.
To send the family an expression of sympathy, please visit our online register book at www.dyer-lakefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Ave., Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro, 508-695-0200.
Marie Bourgeois, 93
NORTH ATTLEBORO - Marie Clarice (Hebert) Bourgeois, 93, of Juniper Road, North Attleboro. formerly of Spruce Street, Providence, died on Sunday evening, Nov. 26, 2006 at the Miriam Hospital in Providence following a brief illness.
Born in Cocagne Cap, New Brunswick, Canada on June 27, 1913, she was a daughter of the late Henri and Eugenia (Breau) Hebert. She immigrated to the United States from Canada at the age of 15 and settled in North Attleboro in 1928 upon her arrival to America.
She lived in North Attleboro for three years before moving to Westerly, R.l., and later to Providence, where she lived until returning to North Attleboro in January 1945. In 1962, she returned to Providence, where she lived until returning to North Attleboro in July 2006.
Mrs. Bourgeois was employed within the jewelry industry in the Providence area for many years until her retirement.
She was an earlier communicant of Sacred Heart Church in North Attleboro, and while residing in Providence was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Federal Hill.
She enjoyed solving word puzzles, and her greatest joy was the time spent with her beloved family. With love and affection her family will fondly remember a devoted mother and cherished grandmother and great-grandmother.
Mrs. Bourgeois leaves five children: J. Raymond Bourgeois of Pascoag, R.l., Rita M. Dumont of Plainville, Donald J. Bourgeois of North Attleboro, Doris M. Dumont of North Attleboro and Ernest C. Bourgeois of North Attleboro; 14 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two grandchildren and her siblings.
Visitation has been respectfully omitted.
Relatives and friends will be cordially invited to attend a service celebrating her life to be held at a location to be announced at a later date.
To send the family an expression of sympathy, please visit our online register book located at www.dyer-lakefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements under the direction of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Ave., Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro, 508-695-0200.
Priscilla Bartlett, 90
FOXBORO - Priscilla A. Bartlett, 90, of Foxboro died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006 surrounded by the comfort of her loving family.
A daughter of the late Frank H. and Jessie (Tingley) Bartlett, Priscilla was born on Sept. 18, 1916 in Attleboro.
She was a graduate of Foxboro High School, Class of 1934. She was a 1950 graduate of Bouve College of Health Sciences in Boston.
Priscilla was chief of physical therapy at the West Roxbury Veterans Administration Hospital for many years.
She was an avid golfer and a charter member of the Foxborough Country Club.
She was a world traveler and avid skier.
She was a longtime member of the Church of Emmanuel, Christian and Missionary Alliance of Foxboro, where she led Junior Church for over 30 years on Sunday mornings, and was active in the Women's Prayer Group and many other ministries.
Miss Bartlett proudly served her country in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean conflict.
She was the loving sister of Irma Dudley of Foxboro and the late Lena Matthews and Lucy Chase.
She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, including the Rev. Bill and Paula Dudley, Mike and Liza Click; great-nieces Kaitlin and Rebekah Dudley; great-nephew and great-niece Bart and Lois Matthews and great-nephews Doug and David Matthews, all of Brunswick, Maine; and great-niece Pamela Retica of Indiana.
Friends and family are cordially invited to attend calling hours on Friday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Roberts and Sons Funeral Home, 30 South St., Foxboro.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Emmanuel, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Central Street, Foxboro. Interment to follow with Navy honors at Rock Hill Cemetery in Foxboro.
To light a special candle in Priscilla's memory, please visit our Web site at www.robertsandsonsfuneral.com.
For additional information, please call 508-543-5471.
Donations in Priscilla's memory may be made to the Doolittle Home, 16 Bird St., Foxboro, MA 02035.