Obituaries were published on Sunday, Feb. 22 for: Joseph J. Vasques, 85, of Attleboro; John P. Corcoran, 86, of Brockton; Diane Alice Brady Szpila, 75, of North Attleboro; and James J. Lavorgna Jr., 77, of Norton.
Joseph J. Vasques, 85
ATTLEBORO - Joseph J. Vasques, 85, of Snell Street passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 in his home. He was the beloved husband of the late Frances E. (Sinatra) Vasques for over 40 years before her death in 1995.
Born June 24, 1923 in Boston, he was a son of the late Sebastian and Anna (Cianci) Vasques. Joe grew up in East Boston and was a resident of Melrose and Wilmington most of his life before moving to Attleboro in 2001.
He worked as a fleet clerk for American Airlines at Logan Airport in Boston for 27 years before retiring in 1983.
Joe served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and then served in the Merchant Marines for 11 years.
He had been a member of New Testament Christian Church in Norton since moving to Attleboro in 2001.
Joe's greatest joys in his life were his family and evangelizing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
He is survived by his five children: Andrea Regan of Norton, James Vasques of Wakefield, R.I., Lauren Thistle of Melrose, Lizabeth Limone of Derry, N.H. and Joseph S. Vasques of Norton; 10 grandchildren: Rachel Regan, Rebecca (Regan) Miller, Kathryn Regan, Victoria Regan, David H. Regan, Karyn Thistle, Adam Thistle, John Limone, Leah Limone and Hannah Limone. He was the brother of Phyllis Vasques of East Boston and the late Frances Vernon, Anna Zeuli, and Mary Zanellis.
Burial with U.S. Veteran honors will be held Friday, Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. at Wildwood Cemetery, Wildwood Street and Middlesex Avenue (Route 62), Wilmington.
A celebration of Joe's life will be held on Sunday, March 1 at 3 p.m. at New Testament Christian Church, 1 New Taunton Ave. (Route 140), Norton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Testament Baptist Church's Benevolent Fund, 1 New Taunton Ave., Norton, MA 02766.
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Arrangements entrusted to the Sperry-McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove St., North Attleboro.
John P. Corcoran, 86
BROCKTON - John P. Corcoran, 86, of Brockton, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2009 at his daughter's home in Brockton. He was the husband of the late Thelma L (Geary).
Born and raised in Brockton, he had been employed by Pneumatic Scale Co. in Quincy from which he retired after over 25 years.
He had been a resident of Norton for over 20 years before his recent return to Brockton.
He was known for his sense of humor, independence, and good nature.
He is survived by his children and their spouses, Ed Corcoran of Georgia, Susan and Keith Liberty of Norton, and Jean and Donald Blye Jr. of Brockton; grandchildren Michelle "Mikki," Michael, Kevin, Erin, Eric, Shaun "JR," Kristen, Dawn, and Donald III; and great-grandchildren Alexis, Caitlyn, Devin, Brianna, Brycen, and Nathan.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. in the Conley Funeral Home, 138 Belmont St., (Route 123), Brockton.
Visitation will be held 10 to 11 a.m.
Burial will be in Melrose Cemetery.
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Diane Alice Brady Szpila, 75
Retired election commissioner
NORTH ATTLEBORO - Diane Alice Brady Szpila, 75, of North Attleboro died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009 after her battle with breast cancer. She was the wife of the late Emil Szpila, G.M.S.C., U.S.N. retired, who died in 1995 after 37 years of marriage.
She was born on April 1, 1933, the daughter of the late Carmen (Rodriguez) and James Brady. She graduated from Lady of Victory Academy, N.Y. in 1951 and went on to attend Fairleigh Dickinson University, N.Y. Mrs. Szpila and her family settled in North Attleboro in 1964.
She worked in the town elections office and became election commissioner until her retirement in 2008. Diane Szpila had a 42-year career being involved in the town along with numerous other activities.
She is survived by her daughter, Alice Tisbert of Plainville; and two sons, Matthew Szpila and Douglas Szpila Brady of Fairhaven. Mrs. Szpila is also survived by two grandchildren, Breanne Szpila and Tyler Szpila, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours will be held Monday, Feb. 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove St., North Attleboro.
Her funeral will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 9 a.m. from Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass at St. Mark's Church, Attleboro Falls. Burial will follow at the National Cemetery, Bourne.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the breast cancer research department of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226, Attn: Breast Cancer Contribution Services.
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James J. Lavorgna Jr., 77
NORTON - James J. Lavorgna Jr., 77, of Norton and formerly of Newton, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2009. He was the beloved husband of Mary (De Rubeis) Lavorgna.
He was the devoted father of James Raymond Lavorgna and his wife Deborah of Connecticut, Donald Lavorgna of West Roxbury, June Lund and her husband Stan of Arizona, Patty Debold and her husband Shaun of Mansfield, and Sandra Lavorgna of Dedham.
He was the loving grandfather of Christopher and Timothy Lavorgna, Melissa, Newman, Colleen and Conor Debold, Nathan Malucci, Lisa and Steve Cowdell, and Lisa, Matt, Oliver, and Saranne Lund.
He was the brother of Anthony and Nicholas Lavorgna, and Madeline Brown, all of Rumford, Maine, and the late Mike Lavorgna and Elizabeth LaRocca.
Also, he is survived by many nieces and nephews.
A U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of Marshfield B.P.O.E. 2633, American Legion and VFW, and Sons of Italy & AOH.
The funeral is Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. from the Andrew J. Magni and Son Funeral Home, 365 Watertown St., Route 16, Newton. Followed by a funeral Mass in Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Newton at noon. Interment in Newton Cemetery.
Visiting hours Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
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