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M. Jacqueline (Dwyer) Hossfield, 89, of Mattapoisett died March 15, 2015 at home after a brief illness.
She was the beloved wife of George L. Hossfield, Jr., together for 67 years.
Born in Lowell, MA one of five daughters of the late William H. and Mary Hazel (Sullivan) Dwyer, she lived in Lowell, Lawrence, Boston and Walpole before retiring to Mattapoisett in 1984. She had wintered in Dunedin, FL for 27 years and summered in Mattapoisertt since 1972.
While living in Walpole Mrs. Hossfield was an active member of the Epiphany Episcopal Church, President of both the League of Women Voters and the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA). While President of the VNA she set up the qualifications for the VNA to care for Medicare patients. She was also a founder of "Project FACE" in Walpole, a troubled teen hotline in the 1960's and 70's.
She was formerly employed as a registered nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital before specializing in private duty nursing.
While wintering in Florida, Mrs. Hossfield enjoyed regular activities of the association of Cedar Creek Residents, serving as co-editor with her husband of the monthly newsletter for 17 years and serving on the board of directors.
Survivors include her husband; 3 sons, George Hossfield, III and his wife Jing of Charlotte, NC, Robin Hossfield and his wife Linda of Medway, MA and Dale Hossfield of Vero Beach, FL; a daughter, Brooke Thibeault and her husband Thom of Carbondale, IL; 2 sisters, Natalie Donahue of Salisbury, MA and Carole Gallagher of Dunedin, FL; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews with whom she maintained close ties.
She was the sister of the late Beverly Dolan of Quincy and Barbara McEvoy of Methuen.
She has always been a gracious host, the life of the party and enjoyed a large circle of friends and family. She will be dearly missed.
A celebration of life is being planned for sometime in July. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Gabriel's Church, 124 Front St., Marion, MA 02738 or Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association, 200 Mill Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719.
Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.
Phyllis A. (Fleming) Magee, 77, of Mattapoisett died March 19, 2015 at home after a brief illness.
She was the wife of the late Harold E. Magee.
Born in Boston, daughter of the late Patrick and Frances (Bergeron) Fleming, she lived in Mattapoisett most of her life.
Mrs. Magee was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett.
As a registered nurse, Phyllis had a rewarding career helping others. She retired from nursing as a Case Manager with Trust Insurance in Taunton. Prior to that, she held a similar position with Liberty Mutual Insurance in New Bedford.
Survivors include her 3 sons, Steven P. Magee and his wife Priscilla of Princeton, IN, David E. Magee and his companion Despina and Paul H. Magee and his wife Mary, all of Mattapoisett; her former daughter-in-law, Jennifer Magee of Mattapoisett; 2 brothers, Dick Fleming of Foxboro, MA and Paul Fleming of Sharon, MA; a sister, Jane Fortun of Lawrence, KS; 7 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 28th at 10 AM in St. Anthony's Church. Burial will follow in Cushing Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Friday, March 27th 4-8 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.
Long time Mattapoisett, Mass. Resident Roger Thompson died Sunday, March 15, four days after his 89th birthday.
He had suffered from a number of health complications over the last year.
Mr. Thompson was the husband of the late Priscilla Winslow Thompson and the father of Jeffrey, Clifford and Curtis Thompson.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he volunteered for infantry duty and served as rifleman scout with the 334 rd Regiment, 86th Division in Europe, where he was awarded two battle stars. Later he served in the Philippines prior to the cessation of World War II hostilities.
Mr. Thompson attended Marietta College in Ohio and the New York State College of Environmental Science and Forestry, receiving his Bs from the latter institution and his MS and PhD from Syracuse University.
He served as forestland manager for the National Lead Company's holdings in the Adirondack Mountain of New York. He became Assistant Professor at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry and became a recognized authority on the history of the wilderness movement and served as a consultant on the feasibility of a national park in the Adirondacks.
He served in the Rockefeller administration as Executive Director for the New York State Recreation Council, was Director of the New York State Senate Finance Committee and Secretary of the New York Senate. He initiated and supervised the restoration of the historic Senate chamber for which he received an Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Upon retiring he moved to Mattapoisett and served as president of the Mattapoisett Historical Society and the Mattapoisett Housing Authority. He enjoyed woodworking, reading, gardening and writing, publishing two novels.
Mr. Thompson was cremated and private services will be held. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation.
Private arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.
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