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Sonja Fellman Stone, 96, beloved mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister-in-law, neighbor, friend, and role model, passed away peacefully in her Mattapoisett, MA family home. Sonja was born in Lexington, MA, daughter of William and Hildur Fellman, of Finland and Sweden. She is predeceased by her loving husband of 70 years, George E. Stone and her sisters Linnea Scales, Violet Hanson, Naemi Thomas and brothers Sigward and Adolph Fellman. She is survived by her children Sonja Peterson and husband Frank; Lars Stone and wife Colleen; Suzanne Pike and husband William; Cynthia Stone and her companion, the late, Jeffrey Girard; Sandra Stone; grandchildren Mariel Stone and companion Jesse Duarte; Bonnie Stone and husband Erik Kowalski; Charlotte, Caroline, and Catherine Stone; and Jessica and Erica Pike; four great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Louise Fellman, Alice Coletti, Marguerite Lever and many nieces and nephews.
A patient, loving, forgiving, and religious woman, Sonja always put other's needs before her own. She supported her husband in all aspects of life, including within the workplace as administrative assistant and bookkeeper for their family-owned independent insurance agency in Arlington, MA for over 30 years. Later in life, Sonja demonstrated her commitment to her family by working part time for 12 years as a Greeter at the Fairhaven Walmart where she was one of their oldest employees retiring at age 85.
Sonja was a member of the Laestadian Lutheran Church and enjoyed attending services. She found peace when singing hymns, enjoying nature, going to yard sales, sewing, and above all, spending time with her family. She had a quiet way about her, and everyone she met was touched by her warm smile and kind spirit.
Relatives and friends are invited to honor Sonja's life by attending a memorial service Saturday, September 12th at 11 am at Advent Lutheran Church, 62 East Grove Street, Middleboro, MA. In lieu of flowers donations in Sonja's memory may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI Massachusetts, The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M17, Boston, MA 02129.

With family at his side, George Bruce West II died peacefully in the morning of August 20, 2015 in Plymouth, Mass. Bruce, as he was known, was born in Washington, DC, the son of Charles Krug West and Margaret Braitmayer West, on December 14, 1927.
He graduated from St. Albans School in 1945 and from Washington and Lee University in 1949. He served briefly in the Pacific during World War II and as a staff sergeant during the Korean War. He began his professional career at Pan American Airways and then spent two years as an account executive with Bell Advertising in Washington, DC.
Bruce married Joyce Marie Corbett on January 29, 1955. While living in Washington, DC, he and Joyce spent twenty years raising their five children. In 1958, Mr. West and Jerry Brady founded West and Brady Advertising. Advertising allowed him to express his creativity by marrying his passions for visual art, the printed word, and music. Bruce served on the boards of The Potomac School, St. Albans School and Children's Hospital, among other organizations. In 1974, he and his family moved to Marion, MA, to start a new chapter at Clearwater Farm.
Bruce West lived passionately, filled with a deep and abiding love for the people around him. He was an old- school gentleman - quite literally, a gentle man. Bruce spoke thoughtfully across the wide range of favorite topics always on his eclectic palette. He was a natural educator who loved learning as much as teaching. This gift served him well during his ten-year career as an English teacher at Tabor Academy where he was also the faculty advisor to the school's newspaper and yearbook. He immersed himself in the community of Marion, building life-long friendships and actively engaging in civil discourse. The pace in Marion was slower, which enabled him to spend time on the things he truly valued: his art, the land, the community, his family, and his many friendships. He loved the sky, the wind, the water, painting, dreaming, writing, and talking. He loved gardening, travel, Ireland, music, fine wine, the Snow White, his Nikon, the Redskins, the Celtics, the Patriots and the Red Sox. Bruce loved playing tennis, swimming in salt water, and sharing his musings, preferably while sailing. This was a man who loved being alive. An ideal summer Sunday for Bruce began with a morning of men's doubles at the Sippican Tennis Club followed by a sail to Bird Island and a picnic with his family. Once the Gnome was back on her mooring in the harbor, he would swim to Meadow or Ram Island and back to the beach on Cedar Point. The day would not be complete without a family dinner of fresh cherry stones, corn on the cob, a salad, and a cheeseburger or steak, followed by a raucous game of charades.
He was a poet, an artist, and a composer -- a Renaissance Man who loved to share what he created. He was a tinkerer, and the counter in his pantry was filled with gifts of his making: a dream catcher, a copy of his latest cd, a piece of weathered driftwood fashioned into an award for finding the most beautiful shell. He lovingly created each gift because, for Bruce, the act of giving was the true purpose of living.
Mr. West is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joyce Corbett West, his sister, Margaret Braitmayer Root, and his brother, David Wallace West. He leaves behind his daughter, Margaret Wendy West and her wife, Rebecca Leeman, of Portland, ME, and his sons, Charles Krug West and his wife, Liz, of Rochester, MA; Jonathan Braitmayer West and his wife, Cassy, of Mattapoisett, MA; Mark Corbett West and his wife, Cyndy, of Nottingham, NH; and George Bruce West III and his wife, Jeanie, of Peterborough, NH. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Ian Derrick West, Taylor Graham West, Robert Braitmayer West, Reilly Evans West, Madeleine Jarvis West, Connor Martin West, and Georgia Catherine West.
The West family invite you to join in a celebration of Bruce's life on Saturday September 12th at 1:00 at St. Gabriel's Church, 124 Front Street, Marion, Massachusetts.
In lieu of flowers please feel free to make donations to The Buzzards Bay Coalition, 114 Front Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts, 02740 or to The Marion Art Center, P.O. Box 602, Marion, Massachusetts, 02738. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com

Judith E. (Pratt) Briggs, 71, of Marion, died August 27, 2015 in St. Anne's Hospital, Fall River. She was the wife of David A. Briggs and the daughter of the late Robert C. Pratt and Elizabeth (Robinson) Bazilian.
She was born in Wareham and lived in Marion for over 50 years.
Mrs. Briggs worked as a C.N.A. at Rowland Thatcher Nursing Home in Wareham for over 20 years before retiring.
She enjoyed crocheting, playing Pac Man and Canasta, Facebook and scratch tickets. Most of all she loved spending time with her family.
Survivors include her husband, David A. Briggs of Marion; 2 sons, Michael Pratt and his wife Amy Sirrico of Wareham and David A. Briggs, Jr. and his wife Amy of Wareham; a daughter, Laurie Shippey and her husband Scott of Wareham; a sister, Jean Pratt of Hyannis; 4 grandchildren, Christopher and Meghan Shippey, Lillian Briggs and Jeremy Collins; and her beloved dog, Casper.
Her graveside service was held on Monday, August 31, 2015 in the North Marion Cemetery, Marion.
Visiting hours were held on Sunday at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham.

Robert A. Smith, 65, of Rochester passed away Saturday, August 29, 2015 at the New Bedford Health Care Center after a brief illness. He was the fiance of Linda Lapre of Rochester.
Born in Utica, NY, the son of the late Thomas and Vendela (Phillips) Smith, he grew up in Yorkville, NY and had lived in New Bedford.
Bob served in the Army during the Vietnam War and later worked as a CNC Machinist for H.C.C. Aegis. He enjoyed photography and was a member of the Whaling City Camera Club. He also loved music and played the bass guitar and had worked as a videographer and a sound technician.
Private arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Fairhaven, www.hathawayfunerals.com.

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