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Carol F. Doherty
Feb 15, 2024

Mrs. Carol F. Doherty, RN, age 96, of Cumberland, RI, formerly of Attleboro, MA passed away at the Hattie Ide Chaffee Home in Riverside, RI on February 15, 2024. She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Edward J. Doherty, DDS who had a dental practice in Attleboro for many years.

Born in Taunton, she was the daughter of the late Taunton Police Detective John P. Flynn and the late Margaret (Brady) Flynn. Mrs. Doherty was the sister of the late John J. Flynn, a Washington DC lobbyist of Falmouth, MA. Mrs. Doherty is survived by her sons, retired Wrentham District Court Clerk-Magistrate Edward J. Doherty and his wife Joanne of Mattapoisett & Colonel Brendan P. Doherty, retired Rhode Island State Police Superintendent and his wife Michele of Narragansett, RI.

She was predeceased by her youngest son Christopher J. Doherty of West Yarmouth, co-owner of the 19th Hole Tavern in Hyannis. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Matthew J. Doherty and his wife Kristin of Wayland, Christine E. Ehlers, RN and her husband Dan of Lakeville, Shelby E. Matzell and her husband Evan of East Greenwich, RI and Kaitlin M. Wirth and her husband Jonathan of Marion. Mrs. Doherty leaves ten great-grandchildren - Brayden, Jack, & Quinn Doherty, Adalyn, Lucy, & Rose Ehlers, Ryan & Cavan Matzell, and Joseph & Molly Wirth.

Mrs. Doherty was a Registered Nurse, a graduate of St. Mary's High School and Morton Hospital School of Nursing in Taunton. She studied at the graduate level at Boston University, Simmons College and McGill University. She worked at Boston City Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital and others in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and beyond. Mrs. Doherty was a contributing member of the World Health Organization and had been trained in the use of the Iron Lung which she ran to save many lives during the polio epidemic. Her resilience and strength were evident when, after contracting COVID, she survived the dreaded virus shortly before her 93rd birthday and then again later!

Mrs. Doherty will always be remembered as a strong, yet kind and generous lady who lived for her family and talked about them to anyone who would listen. The Doherty family is abundantly grateful to the doctors, nurses and staff at Hattie Ide Chaffee Home and Hope Health Hospice for their unwavering care, devotion and kindness.

At the family's request all services will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Shamrock Fund at Bishop Feehan High School 70 Holcott Drive, Attleboro, MA 02703 in her memory would be appreciated. For online condolences, visit

Alane Hall
Feb 10, 2024

Alane Hall passed away on February 10, 2024; and is survived by her husband Larry of 43 years, children Barbara and Ben and their spouses Chris and Aly, grand-critters Sebastian, Reagan, Cyrus, and Riley, sister Carla, sister-in-law Mary, niece Heather and nephews David and Carl, and fake daughter Kellie and her family.

Alane was born on January 14, 1950, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She left Massachusetts in 1967 to pursue a bachelor's degree in American studies at Lake Erie College. After working at the New Yorker's Boston office, she went on to receive her master's in historical architecture at Columbia University and later worked for the National Park Service to restore portions of the Boston Navy Yard.

After graduating from college, Alane went on a hiking trip to New Hampshire where she met the love of her life and future husband, Larry. After a long courtship they married and settled in Marion, Massachusetts, where Alane would raise their two kids in what would forever be her home (despite her love-hate relationship with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts).

Over the next four decades, Alane built a life for her family in Marion. She walked her kids to Loft and then Sippican school until they could go by themselves. She was active with her church for most of that time. A master knitter, she worked with a talented group of women to craft hats and clothing and repair toys for those in need. She supported her fellow parishioners in their time of need, frequently volunteering her time and cooking for funeral receptions.

Among family and friends, Alane was known for her incredible cooking. While she was formally trained, she had a natural talent for making food taste good. She was meticulous in her preparation and every year spent days preparing a Christmas Eve smorgasbord for dozens of family and friends. She loved to host but was not an extrovert. She prioritized family and close friends over everything.

Alane was a mom who remembered every school event, special occasion, and holiday. Her love and support were unconditional, but she told you when you were going off course. She was a voracious reader, consuming a minimum of two newspapers a day, hand-purchased at the Marion General Store and never delivered or read online. She was the best nana who read book after book at bedtime and passed her love of reading to all four grandkids. The grandchildren's eyes all lit up when Nana was in the room and the feeling was mutual.

She will be forever missed by her family and friends. We love you Alane, Sammy, Mom, and Nana.

Those who knew Alane know that she would not want flowers (especially the smelly ones). In lieu of flowers, please give those you love a call or hold them a little tighter. A service will be held by the sea in the summer for family and close friends.

Charlotte "Sharlie" (Pratt) Sudduth
Feb 10, 2024

Charlotte "Sharlie" (Pratt) Sudduth, 84, died peacefully at her home in Marion, MA on February 10, 2024.

Born November 1, 1939, Sharlie was the eldest daughter of Aileen and Edwin Pratt. She was born in New York. In her early years she lived on the campus of Westminster School where her father taught, then moved to Cambridge, MA where he was the Headmaster at what is now Buckingham Brown and Nichols School. She graduated from St. Timothy's School and majored in history at Smith College. She transferred to Goucher College for her senior year after marrying Scott Sudduth (her former husband), who was attending medical school at Johns Hopkins. She remained close to the Smith Class of 1961. Later she received a Master's of Counseling Psychology from Lesley College and worked with Habitat for Humanity and Hospice.

Sharlie spent her summers in Marion as a child and later moved there full time. She raised her children in Exeter, NH, where she owned the knitting store, "Charlotte's Web". An accomplished knitter, Sharlie was known for her ability to knit complicated patterns while engaging in the many community meetings she attended. She taught many the joy of knitting in her living room.

Sharlie's lifetime of creativity took a turn at age 60 with a painting workshop on Monhegan Island in Maine. Sharlie went on to produce thousands of watercolor and oil paintings. She painted with the Westport Art Group, Providence Art Club, and the Marion Art Center. Sharlie loved to travel around the world to paint with Monhegan Island, Block Island, England, Portugal and Italy being some of her favorite locations. Many homes display her beautiful paintings, a box of her note cards, or a copy of her book of watercolors, "My Marion ''.

Sailing was a lifelong passion of Sharlie's. A past member of Beverly Yacht Club, she was a skilled H12 racer and also appreciated an afternoon sail on Sippican Harbor in her boat the Weecapa. On Weecapa she shared her love of sailing with friends, four children and nine grandchildren.

Sharlie is survived by her son Robert and his wife Jean of Marion and their children Katie and Ben; her daughter Jennifer Walsh and her husband Paul of Newton, MA and their children Charlotte, Brin and Liam; her son Matthew and his wife Anne of Brookline, MA and their children Ella and Claire; and by her late son Andrew's children Zoe and Sophie Sudduth and their mother, Saiya Remmler, and his wife Ruth Kennedy Sudduth. Sharlie is also survived by her brother Andrew Pratt, niece and nephews Lisa Humpreys and Ben and Boh Hinds. She was predeceased by her brother Edwin Pratt and her sister Wendy Hinds. The family would like to thank Fran Emery who manages her home and her care companion, Pat Debarros.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Sunday, April 28th, at 1:00 pm at St. Gabriel's Church in Marion, MA where she was a devoted member. In her honor, the family asks that those who attend wear happy colors as she reveled in the beauty of life's color. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sharlie's memory may be made to the Marion Art Center, Box 602, Marion, MA 02738. For online guestbook, visit

Bernard Donald Gauvin
Feb 07, 2024

Bernard Donald Gauvin, 85, of Mattapoisett, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2024. He was home and surrounded by family. Born in New Bedford to the late Olivier J. and Juliette G. (Pare) Gauvin, he was one of six children. Bernie was the husband of Nancy A. (Hawes) Gauvin. In 63 years of marriage, they built their home and raised four children in Mattapoisett.

He was predeceased by two of his children, Colleen Calise and Scott Gauvin, and his brothers Jean O. Gauvin (late wife Shelia), Andre Gauvin, Norman Gauvin and Ronald Gauvin.

His immediate family consists of sister Claire and husband David Hartigan of Maryland, sister-in-laws Margaret, Irene, Muriel, son Mark Gauvin and wife Kathy of Mattapoisett, late daughter Colleen Calise and husband Stephen of Mattapoisett, daughter Joann Price and husband James, and late son Scott Gauvin and wife Janet, of Rochester. He was the supportive Pepere to 12 grandchildren: Taran Calise, Chelsey Frey and husband Marc, Colin Calise and wife Stephanie, Brett Gauvin and wife April, Janine Cann and husband Ryan, Olivia Gauvin, Steven Price and wife Allie, Alex Calise, Luke Gauvin, Maxx Wolski, Joseph Gauvin, and William Gauvin. Adored 5 great- grandchildren: Mia Frey, Jameson Cann, Leo Frey, Charlotte Gauvin, Raelynn Cann and numerous nieces and nephews, including cherished niece Lorraine Barry and husband Peter Wolski.

He was a communicant of St. Anthony's Parish. Famously known for "Bernie's Baked Beans" by his friends of the Knights of Columbus in town.

Bernie was formally employed as a general contractor with Gauvin & Clerc Builders. Also known as "Mr. G", he spent some of his retirement as the head custodian at Old Hammondtown School.

Always known as "Mister Fix-It" or "Mister Build- it", he enjoyed supervising his family and friends' numerous projects. As a skilled craftsman, you could find him in his workshop or tinkering on one of his tractors around the yard. He also enjoyed warm summer nights with his wife and friends down on the wharf.

The visiting hours will be held on Friday, February 16th from 4-8 pm in the Saunders- Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 17th at 10 am in his parish of St. Anthony's Church. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Knights of Columbus 57 Fairhaven Rd, P.O. Box 483, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For directions and guestbook, visit

Janet B. (Dexter) Raymond
Feb 05, 2024

Janet B. (Dexter) Raymond, 85, of West Wareham passed away Monday February 5, 2024 at home after a brief illness.

Born and raised in Mattapoisett, the daughter of the late Chester G. and Beatrice B. (Vossahlik) Dexter, she lived in West Wareham for most of her life.

Janet was formerly employed as a licensed practical nurse and respiratory therapist at Tobey Hospital for 21 years. She was also a certified emergency medical technician. Later she worked at Our Lady's Haven caring for patients with Alzheimer's Disease, which she enjoyed the most. In her earlier life, she taught Sunday School at the Quaker Meeting House in Mattapoisett.

She is survived by three sons, Glenn and wife Donna, Donald, and Eric; five grandchildren, Ben, Nick, Nathan, Jessica, and Janelle; a step-granddaughter, Stephanie Green; and her daughters-in-law, Kathy and Kerry. She made their young lives an important part of hers, attending as many of their events as possible, babysitting, playing games, reading to them; the list is endless. They all were a source of great pride and joy.

She also leaves her siblings, her twin Janice Southworth, Diane Baron, and John Dexter, as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings, Shirley Houck, Florence Vossahlik, Patricia Tapper, Susan Fink, Calvin Dexter, Daniel Dexter, and Chester Dexter.

Her funeral service will be held on Tuesday February 13th at 11 am at the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. Her family will receive visitors from 10-11 am prior to the service. Burial will be in Pine Island Cemetery. For online condolence book, please visit

Beverly Jane Geil
Feb 02, 2024

Beverly Jane Geil, 94, recently of Marion, Massachusetts, passed away on February 2, 2024 due to natural causes.

Beverly was born on October 18, 1929 to Edward Frank Wenzel and Helen Brasch Wenzel in Chesterland, Ohio, and she grew up with her two older brothers on their small farm. After graduating from Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, Beverly married her high school sweetheart, John Jacob Geil, Jr. In 1950, she sailed transatlantic aboard a small freighter to join her husband in Chateauroux, France, where he was stationed post WWII as a sergeant in the USAF. The two traveled while in France and had many adventures together.

Upon returning by steamship to the US in1953, Beverly again joined her husband in California where he was stationed at Travis Air Force Base near San Francisco. While there, Beverly gave birth to her fraternal twin boys, John Daniel and James Edward.

Beverly was a skilled typist, and she worked as a secretary for various private companies to help support the family. In 1965, she was hired at the Kennedy Space Center during the construction of NASA's Vertical Assembly Building (VAB). A few years later, Beverly worked for the Florida Forest Service in Tallahassee.

Beverly learned to play the piano as a young girl. She had a special talent, and she brought much joy to family and friends with her music. For years, she taught piano, mostly to children and young people. That talent lives on in her grandson, Erik.

Always seeking travel and adventure, Beverly and her family made two long road trips to the American West, and they lived in Bangladesh from 1962 to 1964. In later years, Beverly and her husband twice drove from Florida to Alaska and back. Upon John's retirement, the two flew to New Zealand where they rented a camper and explored the South Island.

Beverly is survived by her son James; four grandsons; and a great granddaughter. After fifty years at home on the Indian River Lagoon in Florida, she spent her final few living with James in Massachusetts. There will be a reception from 3 pm to 5 pm on Saturday February 24 at the Indian Cove House, 106 Indian Cove Road in Marion. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, visit

Nancy M. (McAdam) Gorden
Jan 27, 2024

Nancy M. (McAdam) Gorden, 86, of Mattapoisett died January 27, 2024 at Our Ladys Haven.

She was the wife of the late Norman F. Gorden.

Born in Taunton, daughter of the late Harold V. and Catherine (Rogers) McAdam, she lived in Taunton and Waltham before moving to Mattapoisett.

Nancy was full of beauty and grace. She had an incredible eye for fashion and jewelry. She was formerly employed as a fashion buyer for Grover Cronin in Waltham, Fosters Clothing Store and later manager at Carter's Jewelers.

Her favorite moments in recent years were making memories with family, including the family pets that she loved dearly, either at her home in Mattapoisett or at the family property in Vermont where she had spent summers as a child.

When her husband Norman was alive they enjoyed sailing trips together or just going down the road a bit for a lobster roll and ice cream at Oxford Creamery.

Survivors include her 2 daughters, Kristen Gorden Hallam and her husband David of Assonet and Susan Gorden Ryan of Mattapoisett; 6 grandchildren, Shane Patrick Ryan, Chase Hunter Ryan, Kassidy Gorden Hallam, Alie Drew and her husband Nick, and Madeline Hallam; and a great-grandchild, Cora Drew.

Her private funeral service was held on Tuesday, January 30th followed by burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Green Mountain Conservation Camp Endowment Fund

Anne M. (Blouin) Chase
Jan 23, 2024

Anne M. (Blouin) Chase, 83, of Mattapoisett, MA died peacefully January 23, 2024 at home surrounded by her family.

Born in New Bedford, Anne was the daughter of the late Edward R. and Frances M. (Kelly) Blouin. She was the wife of the late John F. "Jack" Chase of Mattapoisett. Anne and Jack started dating while they attended Holy Family High School, in New Bedford, MA, and celebrated 58 years of marriage before Jack passed away in 2020.

After graduating from Holy Family High School, Anne attended Bridgewater State College where she studied to become a teacher, and met many lifelong friends who remain close to this day.

Anne enjoyed reading, traveling, playing golf, and was an avid Red Sox fan. She was happiest when her family and friends would gather at her home in Mattapoisett. She had the natural ability to make everyone feel welcome and was always ready to play her favorite board and card games. She will be remembered as kind, generous and compassionate to everyone she met.

Anne taught at the James B. Congdon Elementary School in New Bedford, MA for 30 years before retiring. She was a dedicated teacher, who shared her love of history and learning with her students. She cared about each student and always enjoyed hearing from former students.

Over the years, she cherished time with her children and grandchildren. Together, she and Jack were their biggest supporters. They attended countless dance recitals, sports games, graduations and every milestone in between. Anne even loved getting to know all of their family pets.

She is survived by two children, her daughter Kelly A. (Chase) Cox and her husband Michael of Lakeville, MA, and her son John E. Chase and his wife Susan of Medway, MA; and five grandchildren, Michael Chase, Kaitlyn (Cox) Johnson and her husband Riley, Jacqueline Chase, Andrew Cox and Alison Cox.

Her family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the caregivers at Atria Assisted Living in Fairhaven for all of their help and support. Over the past few years, Anne genuinely enjoyed her friendships and the comforting sense of community there.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, January 29th at 11 am in St. Anthony's Church, 26 Hammond St. Mattapoisett. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, January 28th from 2-4 pm in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made to the Southcoast Health Cancer Center, c/o Southcoast Health Philanthropy, 141 Page St., New Bedford, MA 02740 or For directions and guestbook, visit

Elizabeth (Chase) Helm
Jan 22, 2024

Elizabeth (Chase) Helm, 95, formerly of Marion, MA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family in Norwell on January 22, 2024. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years Robert Helm in 2017. Bette was born in Wolfeboro, NH and moved to Newton, MA where she attended Newton High School, Mt. Ida Jr. College, and Framingham State. She trained as a flight attendant and after marrying worked as an Administrative Assistant at Harvard University. She later worked at Needham High School in the Foreign Language Department. Bette and Bob lived in Needham for many years before retiring to Marion, MA in 1978.

Bette is survived by four sons and their wives: Stephen Bradford Helm and wife Julie of Sewickley, PA; W. Jeffrey Helm and wife Cynthia of Scituate, MA, Mark Willard Helm and wife Lynn of Walpole, MA; and Peter Starbuck Helm and wife Jeanne Herrick of Canterbury, NH. She leaves 11 loving grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

As a mother of four sons, she was a dedicated Cub Scouts Den Mother, Sunday School teacher at Christ Church Episcopal Needham, and an active volunteer heading up the high school band parent organizations.

She summered as a child in Mattapoisett. When they moved to Marion Village, they moored their sailboat 'Caprice' in Marion and loved sailing Buzzards Bay. She and Bob were active members of the Beverly Yacht Club, serving as House Chair and on several racing committees. She enjoyed sailing with Bob and BYC on their many cruises to Down East Maine.

Her interests were in many local groups including quilting and knitting, tennis, and especially gardening. Her flowers brought smiles to so many, and her gardens were often on local garden tours.

She loved St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Marion and volunteered at Friendship Tables and Damien's Pantry. Bette enjoyed a love of music, especially playing her organ and piano. She and Bob loved attending the New Bedford Symphony.

A memorial service will be held at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, 124 Front St., Marion, MA on Sunday, March 10th at 1:00 pm.

In Lieu of Flowers, contributions may be made in Bette's name to St. Gabriel's Mission, 124 Front St., PO Box 545, Marion, MA 02738,, or to the Alzheimer's Association

Rayna Lee Caplan
Jan 15, 2024

Rayna Lee Caplan, 83, of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts died peacefully on Sunday, January 7, 2024. Rayna was born in Malden, Massachusetts but grew up in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, the daughter of the late Joseph and Rhoda (Klasky) Caplan. She graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy and Lasell College.

Rayna raised her family in Lexington, Massachusetts and lived there, in Lincoln, Massachusetts and in her beloved cottage in Mattapoisett for her adult life. The cottage was her home away from home, where she spent weekends and summers, before finally moving down permanently. She warmly welcomed countless friends and family to her cottage so they could enjoy a place she found so special.

Rayna was a voracious reader, an extensive world traveler, skilled trifle maker, expert antiquer, and lover of theater and film. A cultured, inquisitive, adventurous woman who was full of immense joy, Rayna loved others, and was at her happiest when connecting with friends, family and acquaintances.

Rayna was always committed to social justice. During the 1970's, she protested for better housing in Boston and later in life was elected onto committees for Lincoln town planning and housing issues. She marched in Washington in support of gay rights and she was a lifelong advocate for women's rights.

Rayna worked in corporate travel for many years, a profession she loved and one that offered her the opportunity to visit numerous countries. Multiple times per year, for many years, Rayna would fly off to faraway lands, with the zeal and fearlessness of someone many years her junior.

Rayna was an incredibly warm and generous soul, who, throughout her life, gave back to her communities and took immense pleasure in doing so. Whether volunteering at the Lincoln Public Library, the Mattapoisett Free Public Library or the community centers in both towns, caring for the elderly or for children in her spare time, Rayna had a huge heart, which is epitomized in the vast number of deep and lasting friendships she forged along the way.

She is survived by her sister, Gloria Caplan, her step-children, Timothy Norster and Louise Norster Arthur; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is predeceased by her brother, Harvey Caplan.

We will be holding a brief memorial service outside at Ned's Point Lighthouse, 50 Ned's Point Road in Mattapoisett on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 10:30am. Immediately following the service, friends and family will gather at Bocca Restaurant, 100 Alden Road in Fairhaven.

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