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Posted: Sunday, November 9, 2008 12:00 am | Updated: 1:45 pm, Thu Sep 29, 2011.

Obituaries were reported on Nov. 9 for: Francis Birch, 84, of Attleboro; Anna M. Mahan, 86, of Attleboro; and Archille J. Laferriere of Newton.

Francis Birch, 84

ATTLEBORO - Francis P. "Franny" Birch, 84, of Glendale Road, Attleboro, a retired Massachusetts Electric Company supervisor, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, in the Norton Senior Care Center. He was the husband of Shirley (Brown) Birch, with whom he shared 61 years of marriage.

Born in Attleboro on May 4, 1924, he was the son of the late Peter and Helen (Hebron) Birch.

A lifelong Attleboro resident, Francis was educated in Attleboro schools, and was a graduate of Attleboro High School, Class of 1942. During World War II, he served his country in the U.S. Army as a medic, stationed in Panama.

He was a long time employee of Massachusetts Electric Company, retiring as a supervisor in 1986. Francis also was an active member of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society.

In addition to his beloved wife Shirley, Francis is survived by his children; David Birch of Lebanon, N.H., Maureen Bickmore of Pawtucket, Dennis Birch of Attleboro, William Birch of Attleboro, Patrick Birch of South Attleboro, and Peter Birch of Seekonk. He is also survived by fifteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was the father of the late Terrence Birch.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours on Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Duffy-Poule Funeral Home, 20 Peck St., Attleboro. A funeral will be conducted on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008 at 10 a.m. from the Duffy-Poule Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 133 North Main St., Attleboro celebrated by the Rev. Richard Roy, pastor. Mr. Birch will be laid to rest in Saint John's Cemetery, West Street, Attleboro.

If desired, memorial contributions in his memory may be made to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. An online guest book for family and friends to express condolences and additional information may be found at www.duffy-poule.com.

Anna M. Mahan, 86

ATTLEBORO - Anna M. Mahan, 86, of Greenhill Avenue, Attleboro, a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008, at the home of her daughter in East Providence, R.I. after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Charles J. Mahan.

Born in Worcester on March 17, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Anna (St. Germaine) Fitzgerald. She was educated in Worcester schools.

Anna became a resident of Attleboro in 1952. She was a communicant of Holy Ghost Church, where she was an active participant, serving as a lector and as a member of the Women's Guild.

Anna was a registered member for over forty-five years of the Girl Scouts of America. She was very active in the Attleboro Girl Scouts, enjoying the outdoors, camping, and serving on the board of directors of the Arnold L. Anderson House.

Anna worked as an instructional learning assistant in the Attleboro School Department from 1972 until her retirement in 2003. She particularly enjoyed working with children. She was a former member of many Attleboro school PTA committees, a member of the Attleboro Area Catholic Women's Club, Emblem Club, Diocese of Fall River Missionary Cenacle Apostolate, and the Attleboro Area Business and Professional Woman's Club, where she was named their Woman of the Year in 1975.

Anna is survived by her five children; Stephen C. Mahan of Kaiserslautern, Germany, James M. Mahan of East Providence, Maureen E. Maher of Pawtucket, Michael M. Mahan of Chestnut Hill, and Charlene J. Mahan of East Providence. She is also survived by her grandchildren; Joshua Nairn-Mahan, Casey Nairn-Mahan, Charles Nairn-Mahan, Erin Mahan, Meghan Mahan, Jaime Johnson, Emily Maher, Brian Maher, Stephanie Anderson, Benjamin Anderson, and the late Nathan Maher, and her great-grandchildren; Max, Danae, and Olivia. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.

She was the sister of the late Paul Fitzgerald, Francis Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Foley, and Irene Sullivan.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Duffy-Poule Funeral Home, 20 Peck St., Attleboro. A funeral will be conducted on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008 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. Mrs. Mahan will be laid to rest beside her husband in Mary Queen of the Rosary Cemetery, Spencer, Mass. on Thursday.

If desired, memorial contributions in her memory may be made to: The Arnold L. Anderson House/Attleboro Girl Scout House, c/o Sue Castro, 101 South Avenue, 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.

Archille J. Laferriere

NEWTON - Archille J. Laferriere, of Framingham and formerly of Newton, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2008. Beloved husband of Rita A. (Paradis) Laferriere of Framingham, formerly of Newton.

He graduated from Boston College with a master's degree in mathematics and went on to teach in the Boston College Mathematics Department for over 35 years.

Archille was a former active member of St. John the Evangelist Church (St. Jeans) in Newton.

He enjoyed traveling and vacationing on Cape Cod.

Dear father of Annette Tramontozzi and her husband Andrew of Watertown, Cecile Harrington and her husband George of West Roxbury, Suzanne Hughes and her husband Steve of Ellijay, Ga., Richard and his wife Donna North Grafton, Leo and his wife Eileen of Woburn, and the late Elaine M. Laferriere. Brother of William of Tampa, Fla., Paul and Raymond of Attleboro, Wilfred of Fort Myers, Fla. and the late Anna Charlebois and Robert Laferriere. Grandfather of Matt, Laura, David, Tim, Jon, Nick and Michelle.

Family and friends will gather for visiting hours Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 575 Washington St., Newton, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Interment in St. Stephen's Cemetery in Attleboro.

Archille's family invites family and friends to a reception following the cemetery service at St. Joseph's Church Hall, 208 South Main St., Attleboro.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Archille's memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

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