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Ruth (Perry) Bates, wife, mother, teacher and lifelong student, completed her life's journey on Wednesday, November 12 at home, surrounded by family and held in the Light by all who loved her. She was the loving wife and soulmate of Richard R. Bates for 44 years.
Born in New Bedford, the first day of spring, March 21, 1947, and prophetically given the name Ruth (compassionate one), she was the daughter of the late Alyce (Fraga) and Anthony Perry. She was a graduate and class officer of New Bedford High School, class of 1965, earned her BA in English from Westfield State College in 1969 and completed graduate work at Southern Illinois University the following year.
Ruth served as a beloved short and long-term substitute teacher who cared deeply for her students at both Mattapoisett Center and Old Hammondtown schools. Students there knew they were not about to experience just another ordinary day when she'd walk into their classroom often wearing her signature red high top Converse All Star sneakers. Ruth also dedicated ten energy filled years as Language Arts teacher at Friends Academy before retiring in 1994. Inside and outside the classroom, Ruth devoted numerous hours developing learning tools uniquely geared to challenge each student's aptitude and ability. While at Center School, she helped organize a "Santa's Workshop" as an after school activity providing students with the opportunity to tap into their own creativity to design and make holiday gifts for parents and siblings. The Workshops subsequently became an annual event.
Always a lover of the written word, Ruth hosted Writers' Workshops in her home for both experienced and aspiring writers for several years. She welcomed all writers and styles. Many participants in these workshops are today published novelists and/or journalists. Knowing children also have much to express, she encouraged her students to let loose their imaginations in journals and stories. In addition, she organized and led a workshop for ORR students for a time.
Ruth was an accomplished gardener, writer, cook, painter, sculptor, carver and sailor. If she loved something, she wanted to try it. And there wasn't much she could not learn to do. Her much anticipated snow sculptures graced Ned's Point, The New Bedford Whaling Museum (Great White Whale), or were often serendipitously created on neighbors' lawns (usually with assistance from several youthful volunteer apprentices). Inspired by a book given to her by her husband (The Breads of France by Bernard Clayton, Jr.), she learned to bake bread like the Parisians; warm, soft, crusty bread that was comfort and love in loaf form. Eventually she was able to visit Poilane, the famous bakery in Paris, and compare her creations against those of the baker she had long admired. Ruth didn't stop with bread though; she could cook anything and make it delicious Her desserts were divine. For a time she even produced them for the Bijou theatre in Fairhaven under names such as "fat fudgies" and "poopsie's peanut butter cups".
Ruth was excited by and custodian of the natural world. A fearless hiker and explorer, she got outside every chance she could and encouraged her friends and family to accompany her. She could often be found blazing new trails, cycling, swimming, kayaking and identifying birds. She served as volunteer Bay Watcher for The Coalition For Buzzards Bay for several years and was an original member of the Mattapoisett Tree Committee. In 2004, as Trustee of The Mattapoisett Land Trust, she helped organize an Arbor Day event at the newly acquired Dexter Mill Pond property at which time a sapling American elm was planted and dedicated. The event included a tree sale fundraiser of saplings furnished by the Plymouth County Extension. At the conclusion of the event, Ruth realized many of the sapling white pines had remained unsold. An unabashed "tree hugger", she wouldn't consider the thought that these saplings might be denied their potential. So, she packed them into the back of her yellow VW bug, drove to The newly opened Nasketucket Reserve and individually planted nearly 100 saplings along both sides of the main pathway. Nearly all of these trees thrived and today form a beautiful allee visible upon entering the Reserve.
Ruth also loved Mattapoisett and its history. While serving as Trustee of the Mattapoisett Historical Society, she spent several weeks designing and herb and flower gardens on the museum grounds. She also helped organize historical tours for the town's 150th birthday celebration and ensured recognition of the Native American presence and importance in the town's history.
Despite being afflicted with a decade long illness, Ruth refused to allow it to dominate her life. "Take joy in each breath - each and every moment you still have life. Get outside and notice all that is Good and Beautiful in the world - sunsets, the moon and stars, animals, flowers, birds, bees, trees, wind, rain, snow, and most of all, the people who put up with you. Cherish them, tell them how much you love them and hold them close."
Ruth was mother of the late Forest R. Bates. In addition to her husband, she is also survived by a daughter Rachel Bates and her companion, Dylan Berner of Pawtucket, RI, her mother-in-law, Florence Bates of Mattapoisett, sisters Marie Perry, of New Bedford, Elizabeth Lestage and husband Paul of New Bedford, Angela Hague and husband Ronald of Creede, CO, Karen Perry Rose and husband Barry of New Bedford, brothers Larry and wife Debbie of Stratford, Ct., Tony and wife Susan of West Boylston, MA, Robert and wife Johanna of Dennis, MA, Martin and wife Jennifer, of Brewster, MA. and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held on Sunday, November 16th, between the hours of 3 PM and 5 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. A Quaker Memorial Meeting was graciously hosted by the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, 27 Church St. Mattapoisett on Tuesday, November 18th.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to one of the following organizations dearly loved by Ruth: Mattapoisett Friends Meeting (Quakers) PO Box 795, Mattapoisett, MA 02739, The Mattapoisett Land Trust, PO Box 31, Mattapoisett, MA 02739, or The Mattapoisett Historical Society, PO Box 535, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For guestbook, please visit

Charles (Chuck) Leon Gonneville passed away on November 12, 2014 after a brief illness. Chuck lived his entire life in Rochester, MA. He was a graduate of Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth Ann (Ouellette) Gonneville and devoted father of Karen Elizabeth Gonneville. He was employed by the Town of Rochester as a custodian and served as a member of the Rochester Volunteer Fire Department for over 35 years. He also worked for the Hiller Family of Rochester since high school and served as custodian at Saint Rose of Lima Church.
Chuck could be characterized as a "Gentle Giant". He would go out of his way to help anyone in need. Other than his wife (Beth) and daughter (Karen), Chuck is survived by his mother Barbara Jane (Sylvia) Gonneville of Rochester, his brother Robert Gonneville and wife Margaret of Rochester as well as three nephews (John & James Gonneville of Rochester and Nathan Cast of Morris, CT) and one niece (Kayla Cast of Morris, CT). He is predeceased by his father Paul L. Gonneville.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Rochester Firefighters Association scholarship fund. Donations may be sent to the attention of Scott Weigel, Rochester Volunteer Fire Department Chief, 10 Neck Road, Rochester, MA 02770.
Calling hours to which both relatives and friends were invited to attend, was held on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at mfcs llc South Coast Chapel, 158 Middleboro Road, East Freetown. Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday at St. Rose of Lima Church in Rochester with burial that followed in Center Cemetery, Rochester.

Jean (Holland) Maher, 87, of Marstons Mills, affectionately known to many as 'Dutchie', passed away peacefully at home on October 28, 2014, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Robert N. Maher, formerly of Marstons Mills, her son, Peter S. Maher, also formerly of Marstons Mills, and her grandson, Robert N. Maher II, formerly of Kenosha, Wisconsin.
She is survived by her children, Deborah S. Maher of Norfolk, VA, Candace H.M. Ginter of Marstons Mills, and Timothy C. Maher of Marstons Mills; her grandchildren, Chelsea E. Maher of Osaka, Japan, Elizabeth A. Rice of Lake in the Hills, Illinois, and Jessica L. Kudla of Naples, Italy; her sister, Gwendolyn Beelby of Marstons Mills; her brothers, William Holland of Andover and George Holland of Woburn; 3 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of Jean's life will begin at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Rd. (Route 28), Marstons Mills, MA. and continue at Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds Golf Course, 1460 Route 149, Marstons Mills, MA. She will be privately interred with her husband at Massachusetts National Cemetery.
In honor of Jean, and her generosity and kindness to others, her family asks that you do something unexpected and kind for someone you know or even a complete stranger and think of Jean when you do. You will love what it does for you and hopefully they will pass it on.
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Albert Mello, Jr., 68, of Fairhaven passed away unexpectedly Thursday, November 13, 2014, at Beth Israel Hospital, in Boston. He was the husband of 38 years, of Pauline (Bettencourt) Mello.
Born and raised in New Bedford, the son of the late Albert and Maria (Brum) Mello, he lived in Mattapoisett prior to settling in Fairhaven 40 years ago. Albert served in the Army during the Vietnam War and had been a salesman at Joe's Auto Mall in New Bedford for many years.
He is survived by his wife; his mother in law, Loretta (Pauline) Bettencourt of Fairhaven; two daughters, Lori Ann Mello and Kimberly Palmer Harne and her husband Eric of Fairhaven; a sister, Bernice McLoughlin of East Freetown; a brother, Elliot Mello and his wife Theresa of South Dartmouth; two brothers in law, Jerald Bettencourt, Jr. and his wife Lori of Fairhaven and Raymond Bettencourt and his wife Maria Fe of Colorado and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Mello was the father of the late infant Chris Dwane Mello and brother of the late Stanley Mello of New Bedford.
Calling hours were held on Monday, November 17, 2014 in the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Fairhaven. Cremation will follow and interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Eleanor T. Burr, 61, of New Bedford died November 17, 2014 at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford.
She was the daughter of Gertrude T. Burr of Mattapoisett and the late Carleton Burr.
Survivors include her mother; 3 siblings, Toby Burr and his wife Barbara D. Burr and Cornelia Burr-Tarrant and her husband Thomas A. Tarrant, III, all of Marion and Walter T. Burr of New York City; nieces and nephews, Tucker Burr, Alaska Burr, Thomas A. Tarrant, IV and Elizabeth B. Tarrant; and her extended family at LifeStream.
Her Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. In Lieu of flowers, donations in her memory maybe made to LifeStream, Inc, Attn: John Latawiec, P.O. Box 50487, New Bedford, MA 02745 with memo for the Sandra M. Cabral Scholarship Fund For Nursing.

Christine L. (Tavares) Hulland, 62, of Wareham, died peacefully on November 15, 2014 in Tremont Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center while surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Thomas W. Hulland.
She was born in Pittsfield and lived in Wareham for many years.
Mrs. Hulland worked as the office manager at Skyline Marble in Middleboro.
She enjoyed traveling to North Carolina to the Outer Banks with her husband, sitting on her deck watching wildlife and reading. An avid Facebook enthusiast, she also enjoyed ancestry research. She was the Massachusetts Representative for the Coast 2 Coast Dachshund Rescue Program. She loved her dogs, Abbey, Jazz and the late Heidi and Georgie.
Mrs. Hulland was a member of the Community Baptist Church in Marion.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas W. Hulland of Wareham; her mother, Shirley H. Tavares of New Lebanon, NY; 2 daughters, Jennifer Darrow of Ft. Meyers, FL (formerly of Dalton), Charlene Lopez of Pittsfield; a step daughter, Michelle Hulland of Port St. Lucie, FL; 3 brothers, John, William and Mark Tavares all of New Lebanon, NY; a sister, Beverly Grochan and her husband Mark of East Nassau, NY; 3 nieces, Abigail Jensky of East Nassau, NY, Ashley Tavares of New Lebanon, NY and Sena of New London, NY; 2 nephews, William Tavares and Benjamin Tavares both of New Lebanon, NY; 7 grandchildren, Eric, Andrew, Dylan, Sammy, Lauren, Laura, and Christian.
Her memorial and worship service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 23, 2014 in the Community Baptist Church, 441 Front St., Marion.
Another memorial service in New Lebanon, NY will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Coast 2 Coast Dachshund, P.O. Box 147, Jacobus, PA 17407.

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