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Dorothy V. (Plasewicz) Cass
Dec 01, 2022

Dorothy V. (Plasewicz) Cass, 99, of Marion died December 1, 2022 at Brandon Woods of Dartmouth.
She was the wife of the late Dr. Walter J. Cass.
Born in Lynn, MA the daugher of the late Walter and Veronica (Bekisz) Plasewicz, she lived in Fall River before moving to Marion in 1973.
She was a communicant of St. Rita's Church.
Survivors include 3 sons, Walter J. Cass, Jr. and his wife Beverly of Westport Point, MA, Michael C. Cass and his wife Carolyn of West Hartford, CT and David T. Cass and his wife Mary of Westport, MA; a daughter, Mary V. Conlon and her husband Robert of Fairhaven; 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Her Funeral will be held on Monday, December 5th at 9 am from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Rita's Church at 10 am. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Sunday, December 4th from 2-5 pm. For directions and guestbook, visit

Michael Rocco "Chopper" D'Acci
Dec 01, 2022

Michael Rocco "Chopper" D'Acci, 79, of Rochester, passed away on Dec. 1, 2022, at Tobey Hospital, Wareham. He was the husband of Carol A. (Kenney) D'Acci and the son of the late Joseph and Bernice (O'Hare) D'Acci.
He was born in Milton and lived in South Weymouth before moving to Rochester 51 years ago. He graduated from Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury and attended St. Mary's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and a Veteran of the Vietnam War.
Mr. D'Acci worked as a pipefitter for the Plumbers & Pipefitters UA Local 51 in Providence for many years before retiring. Previously he worked for Local 276 in Brockton.
He enjoyed golfing, crossword puzzles and was a fan of all of the New England sports teams. He played and coached men's softball in Middleboro for many years. He was a member of the Middleboro Lodge of Elks.
Survivors include his wife, Carol A. (Kenney) D'Acci; a daughter, Maureen D'Acci and her fiance, Christopher of Harrisville, RI; a son, Erik D'Acci and his wife Diana of Palmetto, FL; 2 brothers, Joseph D'Acci, Jr. and his wife Lori of Pinehurst, NC and Gary D'Acci of Easton; 2 sisters, Kathleen Ronca of Quincy and Jo-Anne Murphy and her husband Edward of Kingston; 2 grandchildren, Justin D'Acci of Chicago and Juliet D'Acci of Palmetto, FL; 2 sisters-in-law, Linda D'Acci of Rockland and Christine D'Acci of Wareham; many cousins including Stephen Dalton and his wife Susan of Middleboro. He was the brother of the late John D'Acci.
Visiting hours are from 2 to 4 pm on Sunday, December 4, 2022, at Chapman Funerals & Cremations - Wareham, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham.
His funeral will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, December 5, 2022, at Chapman Funerals & Cremations - Wareham, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Wareham.
Donations in his memory may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society P.O. Box 22324 New York, NY 10087 or online at or The Veterans of Foreign Wars P.O. Box 2002, Milford, NH 03055 or online at

Joseph Souza
Nov 26, 2022

Joseph Souza, 95, of Mattapoisett died Saturday, November 26, 2022 at Brandon Woods of Dartmouth after a brief illness. He was the husband of Hermina (Canastra) Souza, with whom he shared 74 years of marriage.
Born in New Bedford, son of the late Fannie Souza, he lived in Mattapoisett for most of his life.
Joseph was self-employed as the proprietor of Joseph Souza and Son for many years until his retirement.
He was a member of the Machacam Club, the Mattapoisett Zoning Board, and the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission. Joseph also served as a volunteer firefighter for the Mattapoisett Fire Department.
Joseph enjoyed playing with his farm tractors, collecting toy tractors and cutting wood.
He is survived by his wife, Hermina; his son, Robert Souza and his wife Karen; two grandchildren, Melissa Shepherd and her husband Darin, and Tim Souza and his wife Rebecca; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held privately, but a public celebration of his life will be held Friday, December 9, 2022 from 11am - 2pm at the Knights of Columbus, 57 Fairhaven Road, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, visit

Kaitlyn C. Dextraze
Nov 24, 2022

Kaitlyn C. Dextraze, 30 of Acushnet, passed away after a lengthy illness, Thursday, November 24, 2022 in RI Hospital. She was the loving daughter of David J. and Joan P. (O'Brien) Dextraze.
Born in New Bedford, Katie was a resident of Acushnet. She was a graduate of Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, class of 2010 majoring in Culinary Arts and later received her Associates degree from Bristol Community College. Katie was employed as a billing administrator for Cape Cod Orthopedics.
Katie loved her family dearly; she loved anything Disney and Harry Potter. She enjoyed playing Rummy, working on Diamond Dots, Baking and loved a wide variety of music. She loved the Muppets, especially Animal. Katie was fondly known as the favorite adopted aunt of her friend's children.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her sister, Julie Dextraze of Acushnet, her Grandfather, Richard Pierce of Lakeville, and her companion, Kevin Dill of Barnstable, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was the granddaughter of the late Joseph George and Florence (Marcotte) O'Brien, Donald F. Dextraze and JoAnn (Halle) Pierce.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Katie's honor may be made to: The Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.
Katie's funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 10:00 am at the Acushnet-Wesley United Methodist Church, 67 Main Street, Acushnet, MA 02743. Visitation will be held Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm in the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02745. To leave a note of condolence:

John G. Kurgan
Nov 21, 2022

John G. Kurgan, 81, of Mattapoisett passed away Monday, November 21, 2022 suddenly at his home.
He was the son of the late Tadeusz and Jennie Kurgan of New Bedford.
John is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Fran; his son, Matthew and his wife Carol; his daughter, Kristina and her husband John; his sister, Gail McKenna of South Carolina; and his three grandchildren, who he adored, Christopher, Nicholas, and Summer Skye.
His entire career was spent in advertising and he loved every minute of it.
John enjoyed many years sailing on his boat ABENAKI in Buzzards Bay. In retirement, he focused his energy on his love of landscape painting.
His funeral services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John's memory may be made to the charity of your choice. For online guestbook, visit

Carl Michael Lamoureux
Nov 18, 2022

Former Marion Police Officer Carl Michael Lamoureux of Mattapoisett, MA passed away on November 18, 2022. He was born December 1, 1950 to Alfred and Marie (Roy) Lamoureux in Providence, Rhode Island. He leaves behind his children, Bethany Lynn and Sean Michael; his former wife Maureen Lamoureux; long-time partner Leslie Geil and her children Colin and Erik Geil; his brothers Alfred, Robert and his wife Bobbie, and Ronald and his wife Cristina; his sisters Claire and husband Jerry Lancaster, Anne and husband Ron Masters, and Charlene and husband George Nikola; numerous nieces and nephews; dogs Holly, Chet, and Haley and cat Nemo. Carl's love for his animals was only superseded by his love for his family.
In lieu of flowers and services, Carl has asked for donations to be made to American Cancer Society, or Humane Society & Shelter SouthCoast in Dartmouth, MA.
Memories, stories, and photos of Carl may be shared by mail or delivered to the Marion Police Department until December 20th at: Marion Police Station, ATTN: Carl Lamoureux Remembrance, 550 Mill St., P.O. Box 636, Marion, MA 02738. You may also send memories, stories, and photos by email to

Lori Jean Westgate
Nov 16, 2022

Lori Jean Westgate, 63, of Rochester, formerly of Wareham, passed away after a brief illness on Nov. 16, 2022, at Charlton Memorial Hospital, Fall River. She was the daughter of the late Abiel E. and Christine F. (Leavestrom) Westgate.
She was born in Wareham and lived there most of her life before moving to Rochester 3 years ago. She graduated from Wareham High School, class of 1977.
Lori worked at Countryside Child Care in Rochester. Previously she worked as a CNA at several area nursing homes as well as a home health aide for Attentive Homecare. She also worked as a program aide at Gateway Adult Day Center. She also worked as a bartender in the area.
Lori was a loving sister, aunt and friend. She was an avid fan of all the local sports teams, especially the Boston Celtics. She was a huge animal lover. She enjoyed playing cards, baking, gardening and being a comedian. She was a breast cancer survivor.
Survivors include her sisters, Ellen Ames and her husband Brad of West Wareham, Jill Babin and her husband Michael of Marion, Karen Magalhaes and her husband John of New Bedford, Crystal Adams and her partner William Bailey of Rochester, Kim Dillingham and her husband, John of North Dighton, Randi Hines and her husband Patrick of Bristol, RI and Joy Gomes of Rochester; many nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces and one great great niece.
Visiting hours are from 4 to 7 pm on Friday, November 25, 2022, at Chapman Funerals & Cremations - Wareham, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham.
Her funeral will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, November 26, 2022, from the funeral home, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 am in St. Patrick's Church, 94 High St., Wareham. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Wareham.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an Animal Shelter in Lori's memory.

Beatrice Anna Marie (Zinselmeier) Escalante
Nov 14, 2022

Beatrice Anna Marie (Zinselmeier) Escalante, 75, of New Bedford, formerly of Mattapoisett, died Monday, November 14, 2022 peacefully at St. Luke's Hospital after a period of declining health.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, daughter of the late Albert and Beatrice (Kayser) Zinselmeier, she lived in Mattapoisett and New Bedford for most of her life.
Beatrice was a graduate of Mount Saint Scholastica College with a Bachelor of Arts in Art and History.
She was employed at Jonathan's Sprouts for many years and later worked at Friendly Fruit until her retirement. In retirement, she volunteered at the Ocean Exploratorium and the Buttonwood Park Zoo.
Beatrice enjoyed reading, cooking, dogs, and spending time with friends and growing things.
She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Escalante; her brothers, Gregory Zinselmeier and his wife Christina and Albert Zinselmeier and his wife Melanie; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Her Memorial Visitation will be held, Monday, November 21, 2022 from 4-6 pm in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Mattapoisett. For directions and guestbook, visit

Dorothy "Dorothea" E. Brown
Nov 13, 2022

Dorothy "Dorothea" E. Brown (Keene), 92, of Mattapoisett, MA passed away on November 13, 2022. She died from natural causes at St. Luke's hospital unexpectedly with her family present.
Dorothy was born on August 25, 1930 in Taunton, MA. She was the daughter of the late John W. Keene and the late Esther (Lynch) Keene. She was the wife of the late Paul M. Brown Sr.
Dorothy graduated from Medford High School where she enjoyed cheerleading and was voted "personality" plus "rascality." She enrolled in flight attendant school briefly before she married and started a family. She later graduated from Mansfield Beauty Academy where she received her hairdressing license, and became a health and beauty consultant. Her talents included hair, skin, and nail care, make up, nutrition, exercise, therapeutic massage, and reflexology.
Dorothy was a strong believer and advocate of all natural foods, as well as vitamin and herbal supplements, and health and beauty products. She was ahead of her time when it came to her knowledge and foresight of healthy living before it became well known. Throughout her life she strived to help educate and inform people of the important benefits of natural ways.
Dorothy had a great passion for traveling to beautiful places where she fully immersed herself in the lives and cultures of the people everywhere she went. She was most fond of Jamaica, where she enjoyed the beauty, food, reggae music, and most of all the people, who became her dearest lifelong friends over the thirty-five years that she traveled there.
She loved to dance wherever she went. She also enjoyed collecting antiques and treasures from her world travels whilst she saw pyramids in Egypt, rode camels in Africa, parasailed in Acapulco, saw bullfights in Spain, walked in the Mojave desert, and swam in the Dead Sea.
She enjoyed the theater and was a born actress. She belonged to several theater groups including The Gateway Playhouse in Wareham, The Marion Art Center, and served on the board of directors for Your Theatre Inc. in New Bedford.
Dorothy is survived by her son Paul M. Brown Jr., her daughter Robin D. Brown, six grandchildren; Faith Cirigliano (Eric), Paulette Andreotta (Steve), Shane Wright (Kim), Brooke Johnson, Naomi Brown, and Nicole Brown; and predeceased by Charlotte Brown. She is also survived by eleven great-grandchildren; Isaac, Kara, Rocco, Oliver, Logan, Stella, Callie, Marley, Lillian, Ronald, and Mia.
She is survived by her younger sister, Louise Puopolo and predeceased by her older sister, Eleanor Moreschi. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews, including Doug Moreschi, who called her every day.
Dorothy was grateful for her family and loved them dearly. She was especially thankful to have her daughter, Robin, as her caregiver for eleven years. She resided in Mattapoisett for almost sixty years.
Dorothy lived a full life as a strong independent woman. Dorothy was one of a kind. She will be missed.
A private graveside service will be held. There will be a celebration of her life at a later date.

Phyllis M. (Lawson) Eklund
Nov 12, 2022

Phyllis M. (Lawson) Eklund was born 92 years ago in Brockton, Mass., and grew up in Campello, the Swedish neighborhood. Her earliest memories were of her father's funeral home on Sheppard Street, where for a few years she lived with her parents, John and Signe (Birath) Lawson, and her older brother, John Quentin Lawson.
Phyllis carried the values of patience, compassion, kindness, and generosity instilled in her in childhood through her life's journey, which would eventually take her to the other end of Plymouth County--Marion, Mass., where she died Nov. 12, 2022.
Phyllis graduated from Brockton High School in 1948. Shortly thereafter, she began dating Robert "Bob" Eklund, who grew up two blocks from her. She also began studies in dental hygiene, taking courses at Boston Dental and Boston University and going on to earn a degree at Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene.
After Phyllis and Bob married in 1954 and settled in Brockton, she continued her career, most notably as the school hygienist in Abington, Mass., until starting her own family. Soon, she was busy raising Jack, Jane, Julie, and Jill and putting her creative talents to use wallpapering, upholstering, knitting sweaters and Christmas stockings, and sewing clothing.
Phyllis served on the boards of the YWCA and the Wales Home. She got together with women friends in a weekly bowling league, for Thursday Club gatherings, in an investment group, and for rounds of golf.
In the late 1980s Phyllis and Bob retired to Marion, where they had summered for many years. She enjoyed a growing brood of grandchildren and loved orchestrating get-togethers for the entire family; the younger generation has treasured memories of Christmases spent together at East Hill Farm in New Hampshire.
A warm and friendly person with a classic sense of style, Phyllis had a ready wit, and even in her declining months, she could charm her family and her caregivers into bringing her endless bowls of ice cream.
She is survived by Bob, her husband of 68 years; son Jack and his partner, Laurie Mulgrew; daughter Jane and her wife, Sarah Bauhan; daughter Julie and her husband, Scott Kampmeier; daughter Jill and her husband, Chris Farrell; and six grandchildren.
Services will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the youth and family programs at the Old Colony Y, attn. Vincent Marturano, 320 Main St., Brockton, MA 02301 or the YMCA Southcoast, attn. Robyn Branco, 128 Union Street, Suite 304, New Bedford MA 02740. For online guestbook, visit

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