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Dorothy E. (Lendh) Holland 97, of Brockton, wife of nearly 60 years to the late Vincent G. Holland died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Friday July 7, 2017. Mrs. Holland was born in Whitman, MA to the late Harold R. and Eva (Clark) Lendh. She attended Whitman grade schools and went on to graduate Brockton HS in 1938. Prior to her marriage, she was an Office Manager and Bookeeper for Jones and Vining, Inc. and later worked part time for Diegoli Plumbing Co and Richard E. Davock Co. During WWII she served as a Nurse's Aide in local and Army Hospitals.
Dorothy had many interests and passions throughout the years which included; many area craft shows; being a past co-owner of the Crafty Cricket Co-op and Cottage Crafts; past member and Secretary of the Artisans of Plymouth County and traveling the United States attending many Elderhostel programs. She had enjoyed working with young girls as a Girl Scout Leader; was a Past President of the P.M. Club and past member of the Women's Club of Brockton. Dorothy was the oldest and active member of Christ Congregational Church in Brockton serving as a Deacon as well as many other capacities. She had been very involved with the Adult programs, including Young at Heart, Women's Spirituality, the Common Threads Quilt group, the EnAmi and due to her love of reading was Past President of the Reading Group. Above all she cherished time spent with family and friends.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter Barbara Moody and her husband Paul of Marion, her daughter Linda Holland Simpson and her husband Danny of High Point, NC, her grandson Christopher Simpson and his wife April of Greensboro, NC, her sister Elva Rayment of W. Yarmouth as well as many cousins. She was also the sister of the late H. Robert Lendh.
A funeral service was held in the Christ Congregational Church Brockton. Burial followed in Melrose Cemetery. In memory of Dorothy please consider memorial donations to the Lendh/Holland Scholarship Fund c/o Christ Congregational Church 1350 Pleasant Street, Brockton, MA 02301.

Leo A. Surprenant, age 93, of Fairhaven, passed away Saturday, July 22, 2017 at St. Luke's Hospital. He was the husband of Theresa (Durand) Surprenant with whom he shared 67 years of marriage.
Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Jean and Irene (Roy) Surprenant, he had resided in California for several years before moving back to Fairhaven.
Mr. Surprenant served in the United States Army during World War II.
He had worked as a shipper for the Campbell Chain Company while in California.
Leo was a member of Damien Council #4190 Knights of Columbus in Mattapoisett and the Bishop Cassidy General Assembly 4th Degree Knights of Columbus.
Surviving in addition to his wife is a brother, Rene Surprenant of New Bedford and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Theresa Ponte, Lillian Turner and Raymond Surprenant.
Private services are in the care of Waring-Sullivan at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven. For online tributes:

Robert L. Parker, 76, of Fairhaven died July 21, 2017 peacefully at Good Samaritan Hospital surrounded by his loving and devoted family.
He was the beloved husband of Donna R. (Pedro) Parker.
Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Milton N. and Yvonne J. (Jaillet) Parker, he was raised in Acushnet and lived in New Bedford, Mattapoisett and Dartmouth before moving to Fairhaven.
Mr. Parker began his teaching career at Ashley Elementary School in New Bedford and later taught 8th grade math at Keith Junior High School for 37 years until retirement. In retirement, he was passionate about New Bedford's SeaLab where he taught for the past 12 summers.
He coached JV baseball and varsity boy's soccer at New Bedford High School and he was instrumental in the formation of the girls soccer program. He was an active member of the New Bedford High School Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.
Mr. Parker was a commercial lobsterman during the summers from 1974 to 1991.
He enjoyed teaching, travel and watching the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. Mr. Parker was a devoted family man who enjoyed fishing with his children and grandchildren.
He enjoyed the music of the fifties and sixties, particularly his idol Elvis Presley.
Survivors include his wife; 2 sons, Daniel Parker and his wife Karin and Christopher Parker, all of Mattapoisett; a step-daughter, Lindsey Pickering and her husband Aaron of Stoughton; a brother, Donald Parker of Middletown, RI; 4 grandchildren, Marisa Parker, Hunter Parker, Alexis Parker and Noah Pickering; and several nieces and nephews.
His visiting hours were held on Monday with a prayer service following in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Robert L. Parker Scholarship c/o New Bedford Sea Lab Program, c/o Erin Finnegan 71 Portland St., New Bedford, MA 02744. For guestbook, please visit

Carol A. (Burke) Connolly, 78, of Mattapoisett died July 23, 2017 at Sippican Health Care Center after a long illness.
She was the wife of Paul J. Connolly.
Born in Arlington, MA, the daughter of the late Wallace H. and Helen (McQuiggan) Burke, she was raised in Belmont and lived in Mattapoisett for over 35 years.
She was formerly employed as a physical therapist for many years until retirement.
Survivors include her husband; a son, Sean Connolly of Wareham; a daughter, Robin Connolly and her husband Kevin Kearns of Natick, MA; a sister, Patricia Baker of Scituate, MA; and a niece, Lauren Baker of Scituate.
Private arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

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