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David Henry Owen
Apr 04, 2015

David Henry Owen, of Rochester (formerly of Taunton), died Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Life Care of Raynham. He was 90 years old. Born in Taunton, on December 12, 1924. He was the loving husband of the late Elizabeth R. (Ruble) Owen. The youngest of 6, Mr. Owen was a graduate of Taunton High School, The Wentworth Institute, and received his Bachelors Degree in Engineering from Brown University. He served in the United States Army during WW II as a scout/sniper with the 324 Infantry and was the recipient of several medals and commendations including the Bronze Star. He served as a Civil Engineer for the City of Taunton and was employed by the Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant for over 28 years. Mr. Owen served as President of Brick House School, member of the Taunton Safety Committee and Commander (retired) United States Power Squardron. He was an avid gun collector, Life Time Member of the NRA and a member of the Taunton rifle and Pistol Club. Mr. Owen is survived by his daughter, Susan Owen, with whom he resided on their farm in Rochester. He was the father of the late David C. Owen and is the father in law of Lauren Owen of North Dighton. He is the beloved grandfather of Joshua and Jacob Owen. He is also survived by his “adopted daughter” Angela Rachmaciej and his sister Christine Allen of Westport, CT. He was the brother of the late Edward, Milton, Gordon, and Ralph Owen. Relatives and friends were invited to attend a Funeral Service in the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Ave., (Route 138 South), Taunton, on Monday, April 13th. Visiting hours were held on Sunday. Interment Mayflower Hill Cemetery.

Leonard M. Bejtlich
Mar 31, 2015

Leonard M. Bejtlich passed away on March 31 at 80 years of age after a brief illness. He Is survived by his second wife Nancy J. Bejtlich of Jonestown Texas and his three children Michael M. Bejtlich of Rochester MA, Nancy A. Benson of Mattapoisett MA, and Amy A. Silva of Marstons Mills MA, and six grandchildren including Matthew and Emily Bejtlich, Connor and Casey Mackenzie and Jacob and Emma Silva. Len was a patented physicist and engineer who spent much of his professional life working in manufacturing environments such as General Electric Co. and various start-up ventures in the computer refurbishment and repair industry. He was an avid golfer and tennis player and had sailed with family and friends from Down East Maine to the Florida Keys and the Bahamas aboard his 30’ sloop “Arlia.” Len loved music, played several instruments, and was co-founder of the Twilight Concerts Series with his wife Nancy in Jonestown Texas. A devoted husband and companion to his wife Nancy, Len spent many summers with his children and grandchildren fishing, shell fishing, barbecuing, and sailing, particularly around Buzzards Bay and Nantucket Sound. No formal service will be held. Instead, Len requested that his ashes be spread out to sea by those closest to him. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Donations may be made to: Mr. John Yates, Treasurer The Twilight Concert Series P.O. Box 1431 Lago Vista, Texas, 78645

Mr. Dennis Burns
Mar 30, 2015

Mr. Dennis Burns, 61, beloved husband of Angela MacDonald, passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 30th 2015. Born in Salem, he was the son of the late James and Audrey Burns. He was raised and educated in Salem and was a graduate of Salem High School, class of 1971. He is survived by his wife Angela, his children Audrey and Ben Burns, and brothers Jamie Burns of Newburyport and Ed Burns of Salem. He was the brother of the late Jack Burns. A passionate angler and outdoorsman, Dennis spent time perfecting his hand-tied fly designs and studying local stream ecology. He was also an Irish folk musician and a man of many instruments including the banjo, guitar, harmonica and penny whistle. Dennis was an artist: a storyteller, a poet, and a craftsman; also an avid reader. He dedicated his working life to woodworking and spent his days off repairing and renovating his centuries-old home (when he wasn’t fishing). He found great satisfaction in volunteering, for many years, for Project Healing Waters, offering fly-tying instruction and assisting with fishing outings for disabled veterans. His unequaled loyalty, sense of humor and contagious laughter made for a loving husband, a model father and an unforgettable friend. His funeral service was held in the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home 167 Maple St., (rte 62) Danvers, Wednesday April 8th at 10 A.M. Relatives and friends were invited. Burial was private. Visiting hours were held Tuesday April 7th. There will also be a gathering for local Cape friends from 6 to 9 P.M. on Thursday April 9th at Harriet’s 7 Cottage St., Marion. Donations may be made in his memory to To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit

Mary (Perry) Montelli
Mar 25, 2015

Mary (Perry) Montelli, 90, of Fairhaven passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Our Lady’s Lady’s Haven, in Fairhaven. She was the wife of the late Charles Montelli. Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Joaquim Pereira and the late Adeline (Barros) Perry, she grew up in Mattapoisett and lived in New York for over 30 years before returning to Fairhaven where she settled. She was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church, in Fairhaven. Mary enjoyed music and traveling and especially spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by two sisters, Ilda Santos and Isabell Alves; three brothers, Jack, John and Joe Pereira and many nieces and nephews. Mary was the sister of the late Alice Pina, Dominga Rodrigues and Antone Perry and she was the companion of the late William Ramos. Mary will be cremated and a Memorial Mass will be held Monday, April 6, 2015, at 10:00 am, in St. Joseph’s Church, in Fairhaven. Interment will be at a later date. Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Fairhaven.

Margaret A. (Bumpus) Jackson
Mar 22, 2015

Margaret A. (Bumpus) Jackson, 89, of Mattapoisett passed away at home Sunday, March 22, 1015, after a period of declining health. She was the wife of 47 years, of the late Frank S. Jackson. Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late William A. and Lillian M. (Ravenhill) Bumpus, she grew up in Fairhaven and lived in Belmont for 49 years before settling in Mattapoiset in1988. Mrs. Jackson was a homemaker enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by two daughters, Linda M. Sweeney and her husband Edward of Wareham and Margaret-Ann Mahoney and her husband Matt of Sutton; a son, Robert A. Jackson and his wife Jean of Sharon; and four grandchildren, David R. Keirstead, Michael S. Keirstead and his wife Lauren, Michelle A. Mahoney and Maura E. Mahoney. In accordance with her wishes she was cremated. Private arrangements are by the Donaghy Funeral Home, 465 County Street, New Bedford.

Hope Jackson (Smith) Rickman
Mar 21, 2015

Hope Jackson (Smith) Rickman, 92, of Marion (formerly of Sudbury, MA), died peacefully surrounded by her family, on March 21, 2015, at Island Terrace Nursing Home in Lakeville, Massachusetts. She was the wife of the late Earl Calaway Rickman, and the mother of the late Hope Jackson "Hopi" Rickman. Born in Berlin, NH, the youngest of three children to the late Ray Clifford Smith and Edith Jackson (Lott) Smith, and grew up in Auburndale and Sudbury, MA. She and her husband raised their family in the San Francisco Bay Area (Walnut Creek and Cowell) before retiring to Sudbury in 1974, and later she moved to Marion in 2010. She studied art in Boston, MA, Booth Bay Harbor, ME, and Jacksonville, FL, prior to her marriage. She taught nursery school and art to adults enjoying every moment, as well as the fine arts and designing gardens. She was a caring soul who made friends with everyone she encountered to the end of her life. Survivors include: her son Calvin C. "Jim" Rickman of Harvard, MA, her daughter, Elizabeth Leatham and her son-in-law Douglas of Marion, MA, as well as her beloved five grandchildren Heidi (Rickman) Maggio, Jason Rickman, Joshua Rickman and Sarah Hope (Leatham) Yi, Margo B. (Leatham) Marusek. She is also survived by her eight great-grandchildren Wesley & Andre Maggio, Ryan & Travis Rickman, Ryan & Eric Yi, and Peter & Willa Marusek. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews: Linda, Alexandra, Dorcas, Christopher, Nicholas, and Alyson. She was the sister to the late Ray Clifford “Jim” Smith, and sister to the late Linda Easton (Smith) Brown. Mrs. Rickman was a communicant of St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Sudbury, and Saint Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Marion. Her Graveside Service will be held on Saturday April 18 at 10 a.m. in Old Town Cemetery in Sudbury. Her Memorial Service will follow at 11 a.m., with a reception immediately after, at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Sudbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in Hope’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association,, advancing research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Donald Scott Cutler
Mar 21, 2015

Donald Scott Cutler, age 73, died peacefully at Charlton Memorial Hospital, after a long illness. He was the husband of Rosemary E. (Picknell) Cutler to whom he had been married for 49 years. Born in Quincy, MA, son of the late Charles S. and Dorothy E. (Knapp) Cutler, he was a graduate of Abington High School class of 1960. He was employed as a Custodian at Tabor Academy and the Mattapoisett Congregational Church for many years until his retirement in 1993. Mr.Cutler was a United States Navy Veteran during the Vietnam War as a Yeo Man. He was Past President of the O'Brien Tenant Association Joint Tenant Council and Past President of the Eagles #4058. He was also a long time member of the Advent Christian Church in Fall River. He was well known and liked by all, enjoyed travelling and loved classical movies. In addition to his wife of 49 years, he is survived by four children: Jeffrey S. Cutler and his wife Jamey of Mattapoisett, Christina L. Cutler and her boyfriend Louis Harmon of KY, Douglas J. Cutler and his wife Melissa of Swansea and Brian S. Cutler and his fiance Lisa Binsfeld of Worcester; eight grandchildren Alyssa M. and Ashley E. Cutler, Thomas C., Matthew C. and Timothy A. Chaples, Albert J., Joshua S. and Andrew S. Cutler; two great grandchildren, Thomas C. Chaples and Kamdyn F. Cutler; two brothers Robert S. Cutler of GA and Kenneth C. Cutler and his wife Mary Ann of Rochester and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Cutler was also the brother of the late Gertrude L. Kelly and Lawrence W. Cutler. A Service of his life at the Advent Christian Church, 70 Coral St., in Fall River was held on Tuesday March 31, 2015. Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the Advent Christian Church PO Box 292, Fall River, MA 02722. Arrangements are in the care of the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Cherry Place.

Phyllis A. (Fleming) Magee
Mar 19, 2015

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

Marilyn Rose Whalen
Mar 17, 2015

Marilyn Rose Whalen, age 82 of Mattapoisett, passed away on Friday, March 13 at St. Luke’s Hospital. She was the wife of the late David F. Whalen of Hopkinton, MA and the daughter of the late John F. and Mary McNulty of Brookline, MA. Marilyn was born and raised in Brookline, and lived in Hopkinton with her husband and children before moving to Mattapoisett. She worked as an accountant, social worker and real estate broker before starting her own real estate business. Her family includes 5 children; the late David Whalen Jr., Mark Whalen, Laura Millard, Justine Snyder and Cynthia Whalen-Nelson; and 9 grandchildren, Michael and Andrew Whalen, Kaitlin and Jillian Barney, Jack and Caleigh Snyder, and Julian, Reed and Celia Nelson. She was the sister of Alice McNulty of Brookline, the late Jack McNulty of Wayland, Lawrence McNulty of Concord, and Niamh Ultaigh of Brookline. A private family memorial service will be held in Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Marilyn Rose Whalen may be made to the WGBH Educational Foundation.

M. Jacqueline (Dwyer) Hossfield
Mar 15, 2015

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

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