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DEATH
Donald C. Wood
May 22, 2016

Donald C. Wood, affectionately known as “Woody” throughout his life, passed peacefully at Sippican Healthcare on May 22, 2016. He was pre-deceased by his wife, Marjorie, to whom he was married for over 66 years. He was the father of four daughters, Roxanne Roberts, Betsy Jackson, Dianne Wood, and Susan McMahon. Born to the late Kenneth and Elizabeth (Rowland) Wood, he was a lifelong resident of Mattapoisett. He was the brother of the late Kenneth M. Wood, Jr. and Richard E. Wood. Woody was a devoted member of the Mattapoisett Fire Department, starting out as a call-firefighter at a young age. He remained a firefighter for the town, working his way up to Chief, until he retired in 1993, and also worked as a firefighter for the federal government at Camp Edwards, Fort Devens and Wellfleet A veteran of World War II, he served proudly in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, a member of the Plymouth County Fire Chiefs Association, the Machaucum Club, the Pythagorean Lodge A.F. & A.M. and a former trustee of the Mattapoisett First Meeting House, now the Historical Museum. As the proud grandfather of nine, Caitlyn Roberts, Megan Ocampo, Sarah Johnson, John Roberts, Ian Lake, Caleb Wood-Daggett, Nathaniel Jackson, Emily Jackson, and Seamus McMahon, he derived great pleasure watching sporting events or performances of his grandchildren. Many afternoons and evenings were spent watching soccer, hockey, baseball, or basketball games, babysitting or providing transportation whenever and to wherever needed. He was their biggest fan and they his. In addition, he leaves five granddaughters, Maddie, Eden, Emelia, Ellery, and Brinley whom he loved and enjoyed. A true “family man” in every sense. His Funeral Service will be held on Saturday at 10 AM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. Burial will follow in Cushing Cemetery. Visiting hours Friday from 4-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Mattapoisett Firefighters Association. For directions and online guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Margaret Anne Palm
May 22, 2016

Margaret Anne Palm, known as “Peggy” to friends and “Dee” to family, was born to Kathleen and Joseph Breen on April 5th, 1955 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. She died at home on May 22, 2016 surrounded by her family. Throughout her life, Peggy cared for those around her with loving-kindness. As the first of eight children, she helped to raise her four brothers and three sisters. Her father ran a small lumber mill; her grandfather Peter Breen said that, “the Breens have sawdust in their blood.” Margaret was the first person in her family to attend college. She graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. As a student at St. FX, she met her husband Mark W. Palm, of Beverly, Massachusetts. She and Mark were married in 1979 and moved to Massachusetts where they built their life together. They lived in Beverly before moving to Marion, and later, to Mattapoisett. Nova Scotia always remained in Margaret’s heart, and visiting her family in her homeland of Canada brought her great joy. She was a strong, devoted, and caring mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend. Her primary job was to ensure that the people she loved were well cared for. Throughout her life, she committed herself to supporting her parents, her siblings, her husband, and most of all, her children. Peggy raised four children: Jonathan, Alan, Jenny and William. She taught them to devote themselves to family and always encouraged them to follow their dreams. She was a consummate homemaker and took pride in keeping a clean, orderly, and love-filled home and a beautiful garden. She designed and decorated homes for her family to gather and celebrate together in Nova Scotia and in Mattapoisett. Peggy always made those around her feel comfortable by listening attentively and asking thoughtful questions. She had a warm smile and a playful sense of humor. A life-long learner, she pursued a passionate interest in health and wellness. She volunteered her time and resources to support those in need. Peggy took great joy in the simple things of life: cooking and sharing delicious meals with her family, celebrating holidays and birthdays, dancing all night long, walking in the woods, cruising Buzzards Bay on the family boat, and picking blueberries in the fields of Nova Scotia. In 2010 Margaret was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. With the support of her family, Peggy fought heroically to live as long and as well as possible. Through her courage, perseverance, and love for life, she was able to celebrate the weddings of two of her children and the birth of three grandchildren. Her strength will forever serve as an inspiration for her family. Margaret is remembered with love and survived by her husband Mark W. Palm; her son Jonathan Mark Palm and his wife Marcie and their children Avery and Oskar; her son Alan Breen Palm and his wife Maya; her daughter Jennifer Dee Crepeau and her husband Peter and their daughter Oliva Dee Crepeau; her son William Joseph Palm and his partner Mollie; her parents Joseph and Kathleen Breen; her brother Ronnie Breen and his wife Lisa; her brother Chis Breen and his wife Vanessa; her brother Joseph Allen Breen; her sister Debbie Arsenault and her husband Francis; her sister Elaine Berry and her husband Paul; and her sister Karen Langille and her husband Al. Margaret was pre-deceased by her brother Paul Breen in 1985. Her Visiting hours were held on Tuesday in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. For guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Peter A. Lizotte
May 21, 2016

Peter A. Lizotte of Mattapoisett, passed away peacefully after a brief battle with cancer. Peter is survived by his wife, Julie and their sons, Oliver and Ethan, his parents, Edmund J. and Beatrice J. Lizotte, a brother, Jeffrey, a step-son Andrew Heller, a nephew, Dakota and a niece, Shyanne. He was a dear relative and friend to many. A successful title examiner across several Counties, Peter was a graduate of Middlebury College and received his Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk Law School. Peter enjoyed the complicated titles and was known for his expertise and thorough research. Peter was an exceptionally devoted father and in raising his sons volunteered as a coach for soccer, baseball, basketball and football youth leagues. Coach Lizotte is best known for his easy demeanor and calming influence. He was also an ardent ORR High School supporter and fan. He could be heard cheering and commenting on the referees across the field. He truly enjoyed watching his sons play sports. Next to his family, Peter’s truest passion was golf. A serious competitor, Peter loved the sport and was content to play in any conditions as well as religiously following tournaments on TV. He joined many leagues and for the last several years was a member of the Wicked Stix at Acushnet River Valley Golf Course. Peter was a great gardener and enjoyed sharing the bounty with family and friends. It was a source of pride to grow so many vegetables. We will all remember his boisterous laugh, easy smile and gentle disposition. Such a great man called home way too soon. Friends are invited to share memories with the family on May 25, 5-7 PM at the New Bedford Country Club, 585 Slocum Road, N. Dartmouth. A funeral mass will take place at 10 AM Thursday, May 26 at St. Anthony’s Parish, 22 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to ORR Athletic Booster Club, Inc/Lacrosse, PO Box 1089, Mattapoisett MA 02739. To send a tribute please visit: www.waring-sullivan.com

DEATH
Barbara Edna DeTerra
May 18, 2016

Barbara Edna DeTerra, 84 of Rochester, MA passed away peacefully at her home on May 18, 2016 after a long illness. She leaves behind her husband of 49 years Raymond DeTerra of Rochester, MA; her daughter, Cynthia Eugenio of Leesburg, FL; her son, Raymond F. DeTerra and his wife Jennifer DeTerra of New Bedford, MA; her son, Robert Cobb of Key West, FL; two grandchildren; Adam Cobb of Brooklyn, NY and Matthew DeTerra of New Bedford, MA; as well as many nieces and nephews. Barbara was predeceased by her son, Steve Cobb and her son-in-law, Daniel Eugenio. Born and raised in New Bedford, the daughter of Leo and Edna (Kubel) Talbot, she was a resident of Rochester, MA. for over 50 years. She was also the sister of the late Janet Barao and Leo Talbot of New Bedford, MA. Barbara worked at various retail stores through the years. Barbara also volunteered her time for 16 years working in the gift shops at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, MA and at Tobey Hospital in Wareham, MA. Barbara was a member of the St. Rose of Lima House of Worship in Rochester, MA. Barbara loved spending time with her family, loved good Polish food, enjoyed gardening and cooking and she had a beautiful smile that could light up a room. The family would like to thank the staff at the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care and Southcoast Hospice VNA for their care and compassion. Calling hours were held on Sunday, May 22, 2016. Celebration of Life Services were held at Rock Funeral Home on Monday followed by burial in White Cemetery, Keene Rd., Freetown. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Tomorrow Fund located at R.I. Hospital 593 Eddy St, Providence, R.I. 02903. For online tributes please visit: www.rock-funeralhome.com

DEATH
Ralph Wilde
May 17, 2016

Ralph Wilde, 79, of Marion passed away on Tuesday, May 17th at Tobey Hospital. He was the companion of 25 years to Sally Tomasik also of Marion. He was born in Taunton, MA the son of the late Howard D. and Carrie A. (Coombs) Wilde Sr. Mr. Wilde attended Fresno State School of Agriculture and the Rhode Island School for Electronics. He worked as an Assistant at Wirthmore Seeds and later worked as a Central Office Technician for the New England Telephone & Telegraph Co., retiring from Nynex with 35 years of service. He was also a U.S. Naval Reservist. Ralph’s passions were boating, fishing, and cooking. He is survived by two daughters, Michelle Sylvia and her husband Jim Sylvia of Acushnet and Marcie Wilde of N. Conway NH. He was the step father of Sam Tomasik of Wareham and Karl Tomasik of Marion. He also leaves behind two granddaughters Chloe Wright and Brittany Fugate as well as two step-grandsons Jacob and Seth Tomasik and two great granddaughters Cailyn Zeppenfeld and Brooklyn Fugate. Funeral services will be private.

DEATH
Nicole Kouhi Podkowa
May 16, 2016

Nicole Kouhi Podkowa, 42, of Marion died peacefully on Monday, May 16, 2016, at her home with her family at her side. Nicole was the loving wife of Dr. John J. Podkowa, Jr, her husband of 16 years, and devoted mother of Redmond and John Joseph (JJ). Born in Bristol, PA, to Fred A. and Judith A. (Stetser) Kouhi, Nicole was raised in Yardley, PA, and lived in Marion since 2009. Nicole and her family summered on Long Beach Island, NJ, since she was child. It was on LBI that Nicole met her future husband John when they both were children. Nicole received her BS from James Madison University, VA, and her MBA in Finance from Rutgers University, Newark, NJ. She specialized in sales finance, most recently with Ocean Spray in Lakeville, MA. There she greatly enjoyed her warm colleagues, who supported her throughout the final stages of her illness. Previously, she was employed by Campbell’s Soup and Kraft Foods. Nicole’s greatest pleasure was spending time and vacations with her husband, two sons, and family. She was an avid supporter of her sons’ activities at Friends Academy, Dartmouth, and in their town sports. She enjoyed boating with her father on Marco Island, sharing family recipes with her mother, spending time at the beach, and running. Nicole was a communicant of St. Rita’s Church in Marion. In addition to her husband and sons of Marion, and her parents of Marco Island, FL, Nicole is survived by her siblings Karen (Tim) Cook of Portland, OR; Michael Kouhi of Cherry Hill, NJ; and Roger (Helen) Kouhi of Arnold, MD; 8 nieces and a nephew; and loving aunts, uncles and cousins. She is also survived by her in-laws, who have known her since her childhoood, James and Joan Podkowa Whitson of Roseland, NJ, and brother-in-law David (Nastaran) Whitson of Hawthorne, NJ; a host of caring neighbors, friends, especially Grace and Maria; and her beloved yellow Lab Teddy. Her Funeral will be held on Friday, May 20th at 9 AM from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church, 22 Barstow Street,Mattapoisett at 10 AM. Burial in New Jersey will be private. Visiting hours will be on Thursday from 4-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, 206 Mill Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719 or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute c/o Susan F. Smith Center For Women’s Cancers, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
M. Clare Doyle
May 16, 2016

M. Clare Doyle passed away peacefully in Meredith, NH on Monday, May 16, 2016. She lived life to the fullest during her incredible 103 years. Clare was born in Woonsocket, RI on August 16, 1912. She graduated from the Rhode Island Hospital School of Nursing. Clare entered the US Army Nurse Corps in 1944 and saw two tours of duty in Germany, one in Korea, and many in the US. She retired from the Army in 1964. She then worked at Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI as Associate Director of Nursing. She retired from Miriam in 1974 and was honored with the Mary Clare Doyle lecture series held in her honor each year during Nurses Week. Clare and her sister, Eileen Hurley, summered in Mattapoisett for many years and moved to Mattapoisett full-time in 1976. She was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church where she was also a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Women’s Guild. Clare was awarded the Marian Medal in 1982 from the Diocese of Fall River. She moved to Meredith, NH in 2009 and enjoyed many happy years with family there. Clare was a member of the Rhode Island Hospital Alumni Association, the Retired Army Nurse Corps, and the Florence Eastman Post #280 of the American Legion. Clare was sister to the late Edward J. Doyle, K. Eileen Hurley, J. Noel Doyle, and Charles V. Doyle. She is survived by many much-loved nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Anthony’s Church, Mattapoisett on Monday, May 23, 2016. Calling hours were held on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. Burial was in St. Charles Cemetery, Blackstone, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the Central NH VNA and Hospice, 780 N. Main St., Laconia, NH 03246; http://www.centralvna.org/ or to the American Legion – Florence Eastman Post #280, P.O.Box 738, Mattapoisett, MA 02379. For guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Carol A. Taylor
May 10, 2016

Carol A. Taylor, 70, of Rochester passed away May 10, 2016 at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Forestview. Ms. Taylor was born in Acushnet, daughter of the late Floyd W. and Evelyn (Winslow) Taylor, and was a lifelong resident of Rochester. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Rochester. She was employed as a cook by the Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School until her retirement. She enjoyed baking and ran her own cake baking business for many years. She loved her animals. Survivors include a sister: Patricia Tilton and her husband, Timothy; 2 brothers: Edward and Warren Taylor; a stepsister: Janice Cocking and her husband, Gordon; a stepbrother: Charles Denault and his wife, Carol; and several nieces & nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial visitation at the Kirby Funeral Home, 61 Tarkiln Hill Road, New Bedford on Friday, May 20, 2016, 6-8 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choosing. An online guest book is available at www.potterfuneralservice.com.

DEATH
Elizabeth A. "Bette" Roberts
May 02, 2016

Elizabeth A. "Bette" Roberts, 88, of Mattapoisett died May 2, 2016 peacefully at home after a brief illness. Born in Utica, NY, the daughter of the late Lloyd V. and Jane (Thomas) Roberts, and was a graduate of the University of New York at Potsdam. She lived in Mattapoisett for the last 40 years. She was an active member of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church where she was the choir director for over 25 years. Bette was the curator of the Mattapoisett Historical Society for over 20 years. She was a trustee of the Mattapoisett Library and served as a docent at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. She was a member of the Sippican Choral Society and the Mattapoisett Land Trust. Bette was also formerly employed by the Girl Scouts of America in New York for over 35 years. Survivors include her friend of 42 years, Jo Pannell of Mattapoisett; a niece, Pam Burlingame and her husband Ron of Fulton, NY; 4 nephews, Lloyd Roberts of Gaston, SC, Kenneth Roberts of Paris Green, NY, Terry Roberts and his wife Teresa of Englewood, CO and Jan Roberts and his wife Patty of Columbia, TN. She was the sister of the late Kenneth Roberts and John Roberts. Her Memorial Service will be held on Friday at 11 AM in the Mattappoisett Congregational Church. Visiting hours will be on Thursday from 4-8 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, P.O. Box 284. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Pauline M. LeBlanc
Apr 30, 2016

Pauline M. LeBlanc of New Bedford, age 57, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on April 30, 2016. Born in Acushnet, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Ligia (Espinosa) LeBlanc. She lived in New Bedford all of her life. Survivors include her two sons: Michael deMedeiros, Jonathan DeMedeiros and his wife, Eximina; two grandsons, Jonathan Jr. and Erik Lopes. She is also survived by her sister Jeanne Soucy and her husband Roger, brothers Gerard LeBlanc and his wife Christine, all of New Bedford, and her twin brother Paul LeBlanc and his partner Stephen of Provincetown, MA; several nieces and nephews. Pauline was the sister of the late Leo LeBlanc, Jr. and Raymond LeBlanc who passed away on March 1st of this year. Her Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on May 11, 2016 at St. Anthony of Padua Church in New Bedford. Interment in Sacred Heart Cemetery #2. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Aubertine-Lopes Funeral Home 129 Allen St. New Bedford. For on line guestbook please visit www.aubertine-lopes.com.

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