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Shirley M. (Rhodes) Hartley
May 18, 2018

Shirley M. (Rhodes) Hartley, 90, of Rochester died May 18, 2018. She was exactly where she wanted to be, at home and surrounded by her family.
She was a lifelong resident of Rochester, a graduate of the Waterman School, Wareham High School and St. Luke's Hospital, School of Nursing. She was married to the late Greenwood "Sonny" Hartley, Jr, for over 63 years. She was the daughter of the late Walter E. and Anna (Olivier) Rhodes and sister to late Walter E. Rhodes, Jr.
Shirley was a member of the First Congregational Church of Rochester, the Old Rochester Regional School Committee, the Rochester Women's Club and Rochester COA, where she often volunteered. She was active her entire life, most of the time standing side by side with Sonny, bowling, helping at the bogs, reading the newspaper or a book, travelling with friends, being that steady hand that guided us all. She was always current in both national and local news and kept up with all the events of her large family following their activities with great interest and pride. Her home was the focal point in our family neighborhood.
She was a Registered Nurse, first in the maternity ward at Tobey Hospital, then at Rochester Memorial School and with the Visiting Nurse Association of Marion.
Survivors include her 3 children, Greenwood "Woody" Hartley, III and his wife Sharon, Marsha Ann Hartley, Walter Rhodes Hartley and his wife Sheldon L., all of Rochester; 7 grandchildren, Scott Greenwood Hartley, Amy Hartley-Matteson, Sarah Jane Cecil, Morgan Lee Cecil, Walter R. Hartley, Jr., Jon A. Hartley and Katherine A. Hartley; 17 great-grandchildren; 2 nephews, Raymond Hartley and Andrew Hartley and a niece, Heather Hartley-O'Shaughnessy.
Her Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 9th at 2 pm at the First Congregational Church of Rochester. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Shirley's name to your favorite charity. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Rt. 6, Mattapoisett. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Lucien F. Pires, Jr.
May 18, 2018

Lucien F. Pires, Jr. passed away peacefully on May 18, 2018 at Mass General Hospital in Boston, MA surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born in Wareham, MA on April 7, 1955 to Beatrice (Pina) Pires and the late Lucien F. Pires, Sr. He was a graduate of Upper Cape Cod Regional Vocational Technical School.
Lucien worked at Stop & Shop in Dartmouth and the Southcoast Cancer Center in Fairhaven. He was also a manager at Ronney's Cafe in New Bedford. He enjoyed bowling, listening to music, dancing and going to the casino. He was also a Red Sox and Celtics fan. He loved being around his family and friends.
He is survived by his mother, Beatrice (Pina) Pires of Marion; siblings, 4 sisters, Glenda (Penny) Alves and her husband, Domingo (Bobby) Alves of Marion, Mary Lou Rose of New Bedford, Lynne A. Silva of Marion and Wendy L. Barnes of Wolcott, CT; 2 brothers, Donald L. (Woody) Pires of Marion and Melvin Pina of Mattapoisett; many nieces and nephews; as well as, his good friend, Gail Russel of New Bedford. He was also the longtime friend of the late Ronald Dextraduer.
A memorial will be held at the Dudley L. Brown VFW Post at 4 Gibbs Ball Park Road in Onset, MA on Thursday, May 24th from 12:00 pm. - 4:00 pm.
Arrangements are placed in the care of Perry Funeral Home 111 Dartmouth St. New Bedford, MA 02740.

Dorothy J. Lewis
May 14, 2018

Dorothy J. Lewis, married for 64 years to the late Edward W. Lewis of Mattapoisett, died on May 14, 2018 at home under hospice care.
Mrs. Lewis was born in Schenectady, NY in 1931 and was a resident of Mattapoisett since 1964. Dorothy was a Welcome Wagon Hostess for twenty years and worked at Old Rochester Regional High School as a Special Needs Aide, retiring in January 1995. She was part of the Women's Alliance at the Unitarian Memorial Church of Fairhaven, and a member of the Council on Aging in Mattapoisett. Dorothy also served as Registrar of Voters in Mattapoisett for many years.
Dorothy and Ed lived in the same house for close to 50 years, becoming neighborhood fixtures and surrogate grandparents to many of the children around them.
Dorothy leaves her son and daughter-in-law Edward and Vaune Lewis of Sudbury, MA and daughter and son-in-law Mary and Greg Gupton of Washington, DC. She was pre-deceased by her daughter Dr. Elaine Lewis of Newton, MA.
Mrs. Lewis was the sister of Rosemary Kverek of Charlestown, MA and Richard Kverek and his wife Marion of Wappingers Falls, NY. She was loved by six granddaughters; Emily Lemieux, Jessica Seaver, Marrissa Lewis, Stephanie Lewis, Heather Gupton, and Laurel Gupton.
At her request there will be no calling hours. A Celebration of Her Life will be held at the Unitarian Memorial Church, 102 Green Street, Fairhaven on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven, 102 Green Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719, or to Community Nurse Home Care and Hospice, 62 Center Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719.

William "Bill" Suzan Jr
May 13, 2018

William "Bill" Suzan Jr was born in Barnstable, MA on October 21, 1929 and passed on May 13, 2018 in Bothel, WA.
Bill was the son of William Sr and Bena Suzan of Mattapoisett. He was the husband of Betty and stepfather to David, Linda & Todd.
Bill has two daughters, Ginny and grandson of Indiana, and Katie of Florida. Bill had one brother, Frank Suzan, now deceased.
Bill graduated from Mt. Saint Charles. He owned Bill Suzan Fish Market and was the Mattapoisett Harbor Master for 15 years.
Bill loved the water and spent time on fishing boats in the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean while working for Foss Tug.
Bill loved his cousins Ellen and Katherine McIntire and also his dear friends Jeannette and Billy Hubbard.
Bill will be missed by many. No services will be held.

Margaret "Peg" Butts
May 11, 2018

Margaret "Peg" Butts, 88, of Marion formerly of Hartford, CT and Boston, passed away on Friday, May 11, at the Sippican Healthcare Center. Mrs. Butts was the wife of the late Donald E. Butts. She was born in Hartford, CT the daughter of the late James J. Burns and Margaret Mary (Fahey), Burns, Mackey.
She attended Abraham Lincoln Grammar School and graduated from Girls High School in Boston. She enjoyed writing and being a Foster Mother for 40+ years. She is a past President of the Women's Aglow Fellowship of South Eastern MA and RI. She worked for Wheaton College as the Switchboard Operator and in the administrative offices. She was a member of the Tabernacle of Praise Church in Wareham.
Mrs. Butts is survived by her Foster Children; Scott Yates of Nevada, Michael Feneck of W. Wareham and Karen Cahill of New Bedford. She is the sister of James Mackey. She was also survived by many loving friends. She was the Foster Mother of the late Edward Kelly.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, May 15, from 5-7pm only in the Wareham Village Funeral Home 5 Center Street Wareham, MA. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 16, at 10 in Evergreen Cemetery, Converse Rd. Marion. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to the Tabernacle of Praise Church 189 Hathaway Road Wareham, MA 02571

Janet B. (Saba) Charron
May 09, 2018

Janet B. (Saba) Charron, 74, of Rochester passed away on Wednesday May 9, 2018 at Nemasket Healthcare Center in Middleboro after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Raymond A. Charron.
Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late John and Theresa (Kiwan) Saba, she lived in Rochester for most of her life.
Mrs. Charron was the proprietor of Gerry's Beauty Salon on Court Street in New Bedford for many years. She later provided hairdressing services for the residents of the Cedars Assisted Living in Dartmouth.
She was an active parishioner of Our Lady of Purgatory Church, where served as the President of the St. Joseph Sodality for nine years.
She is survived by her son, John A. Charron and his wife Maribeth Moore of East Freetown; her brother, George J. Saba of New Bedford; and her grandchildren, Jeremy and Hannah.
Her Funeral will be held on Tuesday May 15, 2018 at 9 am from the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford, followed by the Divine Liturgy in Our Lady of Purgatory Church at 10 am. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Monday May 14, 2018 from 5-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Our Lady of Purgatory Church, 11 Franklin St., New Bedford, MA 02740. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Prudence M. "Prue" (Manley) Cormier
May 06, 2018

Prudence M. "Prue" (Manley) Cormier, 73, of Palm Harbor, FL died May 6, 2018 at home after a brief illness.
She was the wife of the late Joseph A. Cormier.
Born in Wareham, the daughter of the late Dr. James S. Manley and Rose (O'Brien) Manley, she lived in New Bedford most of her life before moving to Palm Harbor, Florida in 1989.
Mrs. Cormier was a communicant of St. Luke's Church in Palm Harbor.
She was a member of the New England Club of Highland Lakes.
Mrs. Cormier enjoyed golf, ceramics and puzzles.
Survivors include her 2 daughters, Christine A. and Diane R., and her husband Samuel E.; a sister-in-law, Diane Doyon of Clearwater, FL; 3 grandchildren, Vanessa M., Samuel T. and Isabelle R.; a niece, Donna Dimiceli and her husband Rich; and a great-nephew, Nicholas.
She was the sister of the late David O. Manley.
Her Funeral will be held on Tuesday, May 15th at 9 am from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett at 10 AM. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Monday, May 14th from 4-8 pm. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Joyce Ann Anderson
May 06, 2018

Joyce Ann Anderson, age 73, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2018, at Brookdale/Freedom Pointe Assisted Living Facility in Lady Lake, FL. She was the wife of Robert C. Anderson for 52 years.
Born and raised in New Bedford, MA, she was the daughter of the late John De-Andrade and the late Emily (Costa) De-Andrade. She was a graduate of New Bedford High school (1962). Until her retirement, she was employed at Julius Koch USA as Executive Secretary to the president. Previous to that she also held positions at Isotronics in New Bedford, MA and Olin Corporation in Assonet, MA.
Mrs. Anderson resided in The Villages, Florida with her husband for more than ten years. She previously lived in Rochester, MA where she was an active member in her community. Mrs. Anderson was the President of the Rochester Woman's Club where she served two terms in the 1980's. She also served on the Rochester Board of Appeals. She was an active member of the Rochester Congregational Church and served on the mission committee.
Mrs. Anderson loved to travel, play cards, garden, cook Portuguese food and care for her family as well as her cocker spaniels, Goldie and Scooter.
Joyce will be missed by her family and friends. In addition to her husband, survivors include, a daughter: Sandra A. Anderson of Mattapoisett, MA; a grandson: Brandon Robert Jones of Mattapoisett MA; a beloved cousin: Victor Sylvia and his wife Carolyn Sylvia of New Bedford, MA; a cousin: Charlotte McKenna of N. Dartmouth, MA; a cousin: Debra Ramos of Mattapoisett, MA; a godson: Eric Anderson of Streator, Illinois as well as a brother in law and sister in law: James and Vicky Anderson of Streator, Illinois.
Her memorial service will be held Saturday, May 26th at 10:00 am at the Rochester Congregational Church followed by a burial at the Rochester Center Cemetary where she will be peacefully laid to rest next to her parents, John and Emily.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or the Fairhaven Animal Shelter, 200 Bridge St, Fairhaven, MA 02719.

Robert E. Black
May 02, 2018

Robert E. Black, 81, died May 2, 2018 peacefully at home. He was the husband of Joan N. (Edwards) Louden-Black. The son of the late F. Robert and Eileen (Fitzgerald) Black, Robert was born and raised in Wakefield, traveled the world, and lived in Mattapoisett since the 1970's.
Robert was an alumnus of Boston College and Clark University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Robert, a veteran of the Vietnam War, served his country as an intelligence officer in the United States Army and for the federal government. He retired from the Army as a Colonel and as a professor from Massachusetts Maritime Academy after 25 years of teaching.
A true family man, he was also an avid outdoorsman, environmentalist and often volunteered his time to several of his favorite charities, including Save the Bay and Good Samaritan's.
Survivors include his wife, Joan; sons, Christopher P. Black and his wife Leslie of Evans Mills, NY, Gregory D. Louden and his wife Meredith of Knoxville, TN, Kevin V. Louden and his wife Noi of Mattapoisett, Kevin P. Black of Marion and Colin M. Black and his wife Cindy of Milton; daughter, Katie M. (Black) Staier and her husband Joseph of Duxbury; a sister, Rosalie Preston of Wakefield, MA and sister-in-law, Janet Black of Avon, CT; 15 grandchildren, Nicole, Kirby, Dillon, Hunter, Griffith, Kellianna, Cameron, Sidney, Jack, Jake, Olivia, Audrey, Avery, Connor, and Asa; 4 great-grandchildren, Katelynn, Cole, Aiden and Pari; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Philip Black and Peter Black.
His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, May 7th at 9 am in St. Anthony's Church, Mattapoisett. Burial will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, May 6th from 2-6 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, Robert would like you to make a donation to the Boy Scouts of America or Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Geraldine "Gerry" (Francis) DeCosta
May 01, 2018

Geraldine "Gerry" (Francis) DeCosta, 89, of Mattapoisett died May 1, 2018 at Sippican Healthcare Center after a brief illness.
She was the wife of the late John N. "Jackie" DeCosta.
Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Antone and Mary (Paes) Francis, she was raised in Acushnet and lived in Mattapoisett since 1949.
Mrs. DeCosta was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett.
She was formerly employed by Acushnet Company for 18 years until her retirement.
Mrs. DeCosta was a member of the Florence Eastman American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Mattapoisett Council on Aging.
Survivors include her son, John DeCosta, Jr., and his wife Marianne, of Mattapoisett; 2 daughters, Carolyn Lopes and her husband Clifton, of Mattapoisett, and Jacqueline Barrett and her husband Bruce Lemieux of Bath, Maine; 5 grandchildren, Brae Barrett of Bath, and Kelly Lopes-Bell, Tiffany Lopes, Clifton Lopes and John DeCosta, III, all of Mattapoisett; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the grandmother of the late William DeCosta and the sister of the late Edith Davis and William Francis.
Her Funeral will be held on Friday, May 4th at 9 AM from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Anthony's Church at 10 AM. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Thursday, May 3rd from 3-8 PM. For directions and guestbook, please visit

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