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John G. Perry
May 17, 2015

John G. Perry, 80, of Marion died May 17, 2015 at home after a courageous battle with cancer while surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Claudette D. (Sirois) Perry and the son of the late Jerry and Roseanne (Leger) Perry. He was born in Marion and lived there all of his life. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the Army. Mr. Perry worked as union laborer for local 385 in New Bedford for many years before retiring. He was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church in Mattapoisett, a member of the Marion Social Club and the Benjamin D. Cushing VFW Post 2425. He enjoyed gardening, masonry and building stonewalls. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Claudette D. (Sirois) Perry; a son, John G. Perry Jr. and his wife Cynthia of Fairhaven; a daughter, Debra Ann Perry of Dartmouth; a sister, Adeline Boys of Wareham; 2 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren. His funeral was held at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St. Rita’s Church, Front St., Marion. Burial followed in Evergreen Cemetery. Visiting hours were held Tuesday at the funeral home. Donations in his memory may be made to Southcoast Hospice, 200 Mill Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719 or to the Marion Social Club, 44 Pumping Station Road, Marion, MA 02738.

Richard V. Cutcliffe
May 11, 2015

Richard V. Cutcliffe, 91, of Rochester, died Monday, May 11, 2015 at his home. He was the husband of Jeanne A. (Verdi) Cutcliffe. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Joseph & Alice (Clifford) Cutcliffe. A previous resident of Hanson, he moved to Rochester in 1992. Mr. Cutcliffe worked for New England Telephone, first as a cable splicer and lineman before becoming an advertising salesman for N.E.T. Yellow Pages. He was a World War II, U.S. Army veteran serving from 1943 to 1946. Mr. Cutcliffe was the former owner of the Dundee Mountain Ski Lodge in Conway, NH. Survivors include his wife Jeanne and his children, Rick Cutcliffe and Susan Cutcliffe both of Rochester. He was predeceased by his daughter, the late Janet Cutcliffe. His funeral service was held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Falmouth. Visiting hours were held on Friday at the funeral home. Donations in his memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Assoc. of MA., 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

John C. Bowman
May 06, 2015

John C. Bowman, 78, of Mattapoisett died May 6, 2015 unexpectedly at home. He was the beloved husband of Doreen Y. (Chieppa) Bowman with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. Born in Mattapoisett, the son of the late Alexander and Edna (Morrell) Bowman, he lived in Mattapoisett most of his life. Mr. Bowman was formerly employed as a mechanic at the Mattapoisett Boat Yard and at the Highway Department for the Town of Mattapoisett. He previously was a teacher at Old Rochester Regional High School. Mr. Bowman enjoyed sailing, bowling and playing pool. Survivors include his wife; a son, Bruce Bowman and his wife Lori of Wareham; 4 daughters, Kathleen Melanson and her husband David of Fairhaven, Karen Borges and her husband Matthew and Kimberly Bowman, all of Mattapoisett and Katherine Bowman of Zephyrhills, FL; 5 brothers, Alexander “Jock” Bowman, Jr., Wesley Bowman, Warren Bowman and David Bowman, all of Mattapoisett and Frank Bowman of New Bedford; 6 sisters, Edna Mae Hebert of Platteville, CO, June Emerson of Taunton, Nancy Borden and Joan Garib, both of Wareham, Joyce Gagnon of Mattapoisett and Sandra Dittoe of Merrillville, IN; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late John Bowman, Jr. His memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, May 16th from 2 - 5 PM at his residence at 8 Chapel Rd. in Mattapoisett. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please

John M. O'Leary
May 01, 2015

John M. O'Leary, 86, of Mattapoisett died May 1, 2015 at St. Luke's Hospital surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Palmyra (Silveira) O'Leary with whom he shared 61 years of marriage. Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Michael J. and Edna M. (Metcalf) O'Leary, he was raised in Fairhaven before moving to Mattapoisett. Mr. O'Leary was a graduate of Fairhaven High School, Berklee College of Music and New Bedford Institute of Textiles and Technology. He was formerly employed by Morse Cutting Tools in the advertising department and later as advertising manager. He then acquired Bowlmor Lanes in Mattapoisett which he and his wife ran until 1994. Jack was an avid bridge player and a member of the American Contract Bridge League with the rank of Silver Life Master. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Survivors include his wife; 3 sons, Kevin O'Leary and his wife Beth of Rochester, NY, Thomas O'Leary of Fairhaven and William O'Leary and his wife Bonnie of Methuen, MA; 2 daughters, Kathleen Macedo and her husband Neil of Mattapoisett and Sandra Edgell and her husband Eugene of Wareham; 2 brothers, James O'Leary of New Bedford and Daniel O'Leary of Florida; 2 sisters, Margaret Clark of Pennsylvania and Martha Doherty of Naples, FL; 7 grandchildren, Shannon, Caitlin and Meghan O'Leary, David and Matthew Macedo, Adam and Jonathan Edgell; and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Raymond O'Leary and Mary Miller. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, May 11th at 10 AM in St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett. Visiting hours are omitted. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, John's request is that you buy yourself a fine bottle of wine. For online guestbook, please visit

Elsie (Hanninen) Heleen
May 01, 2015

Elsie (Hanninen) Heleen, 93 of Rochester died May 1, 2015 at Our Lady’s Haven in Fairhaven, MA. She was the wife of the late Arthur Heleen who died in 1985 and the daughter of the late Johannes and Hannah (Leppaluoto) Hanninen. She was predeceased by her sister, Lilian Niemi. Elsie was born in Wareham and graduated from Wareham High School. Mrs. Heleen was a member of the Ocean Spray Cooperative, The Finnish American Club and the Finnish Congregational Church. She was a long time employee of the telephone company and made many cherished life-long friends there. Elsie enjoyed the frequent visits at the Forestview Nursing Home by family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Survivors include her brother, Arni J. Hanninen and his wife Shirley of Methuen, her nephew, Michael Hanninen of Salem NH, her niece, Nancy Sheehan of Sandy Hook CT; her sister-in-law, Lillian Rinta of West Wareham; her brother-in-law, Edwin Heleen of Middleboro, and many more nieces and nephews. Her funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Thursday May 7, 2015 in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway, Wareham. Burial will follow immediately at the Centre Cemetery. Visiting hours will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday May 7 just prior to the funeral service. Donations in her memory may be made to: Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave. 7th Floor, NY, NY 10001.

Louise S. (Hartley) Watling
Apr 30, 2015

Louise S. (Hartley) Watling, 94, of Rochester, died April 30, 2015 at home with her family by her side. She was the widow of the late William D. Watling and the daughter of the late Daniel and Mary (Lawrence) Hartley. She was born in Rochester and lived there all of her life. She graduated from New Bedford Vocational High School. Louise worked at Mutterperl Pocketbook Factory in New Bedford for many years. She also owned and operated a beauty parlor out of her home. Louise was a member of the First Congregational Church and its Women’s Guild, Tobey Hospital Guild, the Rochester Senior Center, the Rochester Grange, and Alewives Anonymous where she also served as a board member. Survivors include her son, Wm. David Watling and his wife Christine of Rochester; a grandson, William Watling III and his wife Alyssa of Rochester; 5 nieces and a nephew whom she loved dearly. Her funeral service was held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in the First Congregational Church, 11 Constitution Way, Rochester. Burial followed in Sherman Cemetery. Visiting hours were held on Tuesday at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Rochester Council on Aging, 67 Dexter Ln., Rochester, MA 02770

Elsie R. Silva
Apr 28, 2015

Elsie R. Silva, 91, of Mattapoisett passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Tobey Hospital in Wareham following a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Attorney Antone L. Silva former State Senator and Postmaster of New Bedford. Elsie was the daughter of the late John and Maria (Tavares) Ribeiro. She was born February 22, 1924 in New Bedford and was a graduate of New Bedford High School and Kinyon-Campbell School of Business. While working as a legal secretary for the late Attorney George Ponte, she met the love of her life, Antone "Tony" Silva. Elsie and Tony resided in New Bedford and summered in Mattapoisett where they eventually retired to. Elsie was an avid rosarian and accomplished oil painter who studied under the late Louis Sylvia, Maritime Painter, for over a decade. Survivors include her three sons, Paul Silva and his wife Phyllis and Robert Silva and his wife Barbara, all of Mattapoisett and Steven Silva and his wife Julie of Arvada, CO; 4 grandchildren, Jared and his wife Sarah, Philip, Alex and Olivia; and numerous nieces and nephews. Elsie was the sister of the late Mary Ribeiro and Frank Ribeiro. Her Funeral was held on Tuesday from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Anthony's Church. Burial followed in Riverside Cemetery. Visiting hours were held on Monday. Flowers are acceptable or remembrances may be made to the Mattapoisett Library Trust Inc., 7 Barstow Street, P.O. Box 475, Mattapoisett, MA 02739 or Mattapoisett Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 436, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For guestbook, please visit

Isabel Wisner Ford
Apr 26, 2015

Isabel Wisner Ford, 96, of Marion, Massachusetts passed away peacefully Sunday, April 26, 2015, under the loving care of the aides at Emeritus Dartmouth Village, Hospice and her eight children and nearby grandchildren. Born in 1918 in Eaglesmere, Pennsylvania, Isabel was the first of Harriet Kirkus Wisner and Paul Wisner’s three daughters. She grew up in Summit, New Jersey and summered in Marion, Massachusetts. Creatively gifted, Isabel attended The Art Students League in New York City and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Horticulture at Ambler in 1939 with a degree in Landscape Design. In 1940, she married Rodney Milne Ford, her husband of 59 years, who predeceased her in 1999. Following a military posting in Florida during World War II, Isabel and Rodney settled in then rural Watchung, New Jersey, where they raised a family of nine children, many beloved dogs and, at times, goats and horses. Living in the country allowed Isabel to apply her creative energy to gardening at home and for the Watchung Garden Club. Her outdoor work continued when she and Rodney retired to Marion in 1988. There, one of her lasting landscape legacies resulted from the many hours she devoted to tending the wetlands at Spragues Cove, adjacent to Marion’s Silvershell Beach. A true competitor, she excelled at duplicate bridge. From her earliest years, Isabel sailed the waters of Buzzards Bay with fearless competency, though a tranquil kayak paddle with her grandchildren was her preference in later life. Quiet and retiring, Isabel was a wonderful listener and gentle encourager. Time spent with Isabel made one feel as if they and their joys and concerns were all that mattered to her. And, in that moment, that was absolutely true. Isabel was predeceased by her son, Michael, and her sisters, Virginia Nicholson and Eleanor Gural. She is survived by eight children: Virginia Malachuk, Christopher Ford, Priscilla Dower, Bruce Ford, Isabel Lynn Simpson, Kimberly Tulloch, Amy Ford and Jennifer Reisinger and seventeen grandchildren: Daniel Malachuk, Michael Malachuk, Katherine Malachuk, Jay Dower, David Dower, Emily Ford, Kelly Ford, Peter Simpson, Frederick Simpson, Isabel Tulloch, William Tulloch, Christopher Tulloch, Jared Tyndall, Jillian Tyndall, Caitlin Reisinger, Patrick Reisinger and Zachery Reisinger and seven great-grandchildren. Interment with the immediate family will be at the Springdale United Methodist Church in Warren, New Jersey. A memorial service celebrating Isabel’s life will be held at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Marion at 11 a.m. on July 15. Remembering both Isabel’s and Rodney’s faithful service to saving the waters of Buzzards Bay, the family suggests donations to The Buzzards Bay Coalition. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

Nancy (Oliveira) Weaver
Apr 24, 2015

Nancy (Oliveira) Weaver of Rochester, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the Great Hill Dairy, 140 Delano Road, Marion, MA. For information or directions please call Barbara Cronin at (508) 748-2531. Robert Duane Marso of Marion died on Saturday December 20th, 2014 at home. Robert “Bob”, son of the late Kathleen & Elbert Marso was born in Hopedale MA in 1924. He had been married to the late Jane Newell Marso for fifty four years; they had three children, Robert (Anne), Marianne McKenna, and Jeff (Christine). They had seven grandchildren Tori (Josh), Matt, Greg, Emily, Caroline, Katie and Janie. Bob was a graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Engineering. He entered World War II in 1943 and was stationed in the Marianas as a bombardier for the “City of Boston” B-29 Superfortress. A 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Force he flew 32 missions over Japan for which he was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. Upon returning home, Bob was employed at Draper Corporation as a Manager and Metallurgist while living in Hopedale. He moved to Marion in 1966 and worked at Teledyne Rodney Metals in New Bedford as the Chief Industrial Engineer until his retirement in 1989. Bob was best known as a valued community member always willing to give a hand. He was active in the Congregational Church in Marion creating the memorial garden, acting as sexton for years, and well known for his Garden Stand for the Church fair. He served on the Marion Planning Board for many years and was on the Old Rochester Regional School Committee where he served as chair. Bob was an avid gardener, loved to travel, cross country ski and sail with friends. His favorite time was spent with his family. He will be remembered by all who knew him for his steadfastness, his ready laugh, his deep love of his family and his cheerful service to others. He was a provider, a doer and a quiet hero who left the world a better place. Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. To leave a message of condolence, please visit:

Lena A. (Lopes) Gomes
Apr 22, 2015

Lena A. (Lopes) Gomes, 75, of Bourne, formerly of Marion died April 22, 2015 at her family home. She was the daughter of the late Benjamin A. and Hazel C. (Garcia) Lopes. She was born in Marion and lived there most of her life before moving to Bourne. Mrs. Gomes worked as a Nurse’s Aide at Tobey Hospital in Wareham for many years before retiring. She was a communicant of St. Rita’s Church and also attended St. Patrick’s Church in Wareham. She was a life long devoted catholic. She loved her family and friends. She enjoyed playing Bingo, trips to the Casino, scratch tickets, music and traveling. Survivors include 2 sons, Carl C. Gomes of Worcester and Chris Gomes and his wife Michelle of Dartmouth; a daughter, Lenora Gomes of Wareham; her brothers and sisters, Rose Ann Chancellor and her husband Al of Vallejo, CA, Edward Lopes of Stone Mountain, GA, Benjamin Lopes, Jr. of Vallejo, CA, Rita Mott and her husband Robert of Alamogordo, NM, Sylviana Espejo of Wareham, Laura “May” Lopes of Wareham, Diane Flaherty and her husband Gerald of Marion and Patricia DeBarros and her late husband Donald of New Bedford; 9 grandchildren, Stephan Gomes, Tynesha Dias, Dallas Gomes, Hannah Gomes, Nicole Gomes, Leah Gomes, Chanel Gomes, Jenaya Smith and Tyson Borges; 2 great grandchildren, Kaiya Fernandez and Daysia Thomas; her godson, Michael McNeeley; several nephews and nieces. She was the mother of the late Paul Gomes. Her funeral will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St. Rita’s Church, Front St., Marion. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Marion. Visiting hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

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