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Thomas Sacchetti
Sep 19, 2016

Thomas Sacchetti, 90, died Monday, September 19, 2016 at his home in West Wareham. He was the husband of Bernadine A. Sacchetti and the widower of the late Dominga (Rocha) Sacchetti. Born in Providence, RI, he was the son of the late Antonio and Annunziata (D’Agostino) Sacchetti. A previous resident of Rochester for 30 years, he moved to W. Wareham in 2011. Mr. Sacchetti was employed by the U.S. Railway Mail Service on the Boston to New York route before transferring to the Providence Postal District where he retired as supervisor in 1973. He was a World War II veteran in the U.S. Army serving in the 501st Parachute Regiment, 101st Airborne Division in Europe from 1944 to 1946. Mr. Sacchetti was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. In addition to his wife Bernadine, he is survived by his step-children, Norman “Spanky” Sylvester of Centerville, Stephanie Babilonia of Newport News, VA, Robyn Sylvester of Liverpool, NY, Stacey Sylvester of Wareham and Julianna Ramos of Providence, RI; his sister in-law, Brenda Sacchetti of Narragansett, RI; his nephew, Jason Sacchetti of Coventry, RI; his nieces, Jill Hague of No. Kingston, RI, Beverly Bruff of San Diego, CA and Cheryl Dileo of Murrells Inlet, SC; 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his step-daughter, the late Terri Rezendes. His funeral will be from the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 8 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s Church, High St., Wareham at 9 AM. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Wareham. Visiting hours have been omitted. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 500 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 OR Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Mill Brook Rd., Wilton, NH 03086.

Claire Constance (Dubois) Desroches
Sep 19, 2016

Claire Constance (Dubois) Desroches, 94, of New Bedford died September 19, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Normand R. Desroches. The daughter of the late Joseph and Rosealba (Jolly) Dubois, she was born in New Bedford and lived there all her life. She graduated from the commercial course at New Bedford High School in 1940. She worked as a bookkeeper for many years and later was employed by the Division of Employment Security until her retirement. A devout Catholic, Mrs. Desroches was a communicant of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish at St. James Church and looked forward to receiving Holy Communion in her home on Sundays. Memere, as she was so often referred to, loved to sing and was a member of the St. Anne's Church choir and the Stetsonaires. Always one to look on the bright side, she had a song for everything and would add her own special touch to a tune when she didn't know the words. She loved instant tickets, doing word searches and the Jumble puzzle, and feeding the birds. Her two favorite shows were Wheel of Fortune and Dancing with the Stars, and she loved to watch Tom Brady play for the Patriots. The most important thing to her was her family. Survivors include 2 daughters, Diane Claire Freitas of East Falmouth and Donna Desroches Brasseur of New Bedford; a son, David Desroches of Mattapoisett; 4 grandchildren, Dina and Derek Brasseur of New Bedford and Michael and Elizabeth Freitas of East Falmouth; a great-granddaughter, Brianna Roderick; extended family Kira, Paul and Anna; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Octave Masse, Dora Masse and Joseph Masse. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Her Funeral will be held on Friday, September 23rd at 8:45 AM from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. James Church at 10 AM. Visiting hours will be on Thursday, September 22nd from 4-8 PM. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Maribeth Dahill
Sep 17, 2016

Maribeth Dahill, 97, passed away quietly at her home in Mattapoisett on September 17, 2016. Maribeth was born on July 9, 1919 in New Bedford, MA. She was the daughter of the late Edward J. and Margaret (Shortell) Dahill. Raised and educated in Taunton, MA, after her schooling Maribeth was employed in the Probate Division of the Bristol County Court, where she rose to the position of Assistant Registrar of Probate, a position she held until her retirement. A dedicated keeper of lists and a meticulous record keeper, Maribeth was uniquely suited to her profession, in which she took well earned satisfaction and pride. Maribeth split her time between the family home in Taunton and a cottage in Mattapoisett, to which she moved full time upon retirement. She enjoyed travel, entertaining, and doting upon her 11 nieces and nephews and their children, who knew her as one half of “Helen and Maribeth" (Helen being her inseparable older sister). “Aunt Maribeth” never forgot a birthday, and would always slip you a few coins when the ice cream man approached. She was pre-deceased by her parents Margaret and Edward, her brothers Edward and Arthur, her sisters Helen and Sr. Imelda. She is survived by her sister Patricia DuBois, her cousin Joseph Dahill, her 11 nieces and nephews and their offspring. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, September 21st at St. Anthony's Church at 10 AM. Burial followed in St. Francis Cemetery in Taunton. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Diane (Belliveau) Rego
Sep 14, 2016

Diane (Belliveau) Rego, 75, of New Bedford passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, September 14, 2016 in St. Luke's Hospital. She was the wife of Manuel B. Rego, Jr. Born in Acushnet, a daughter of the late Joseph Raymond and Irene (Ferreira) Belliveau she was a lifelong area resident and a communicant of the former St. Kilian Church where she was very involved with the church community and in 1999 was presented with a Marian Medal. Mrs. Rego worked in the office at Titleist for many years. She was frequently seen at the Rochester Senior Center. Diane also enjoyed the Elks, BINGO and going to Foxwoods. She was an avid Red Sox and Patriot's fan. Her family and her beloved dog, Buddy, were the most cherished part of her life. She is survived by her siblings, Phillip Belliveau and his wife Cheryl of E. Freetown, Paul Belliveau and his wife Arlene of Rochester, Peter Bellieau and his wife Cissy of IL, and Patricia Young of Acushnet; nieces and nephews, Kimberly Pacheco of Rochester, Nathan Belliveau of Freetown, Aimee Belliveau of Fairhaven, Nicole Young and Jessica Young of New Bedford and Jason Belliveau of IA; and a godchild, Rosemary. She was the sister of the late John and Andrew Belliveau. Her funeral will be Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 9 am from the ROCK FUNERAL HOME, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford followed by a funeral mass at 10 am in St. Mary's Church, 783 Dartmouth St., Dartmouth. Burial will follow in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Visitation will be Monday 4-8 pm. for online tribute/directions.

Andree Madeleine Lavoie
Sep 12, 2016

Andree Madeleine Lavoie, 91 of Marion, formerly of Somerset, passed away, Monday, September 12, 2016. She was the wife of the late Herve. G. Lavoie. Andree was born in Frameries, Belgium, a coal miner’s daughter. She was a daughter of the late Theophile and Hermance (DeWitte) Lahaut. Andree was a War Bride of World War II and a member of the former War Brides Club of Fall River and the former Francophone Association. She enjoyed dancing, sewing, and cooking meals for her family. Andree also enjoyed gardening, trips to Belgium to visit family and friends, and was a talented artist. She cherished the time she spent with her family and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her son, Rene Jean Joseph Lavoie and his wife Doris of Wareham; daughter, Michele Wilson and her husband Stephen of Mattapoisett; four grandchildren, Jeffrey S. and Michael Herve Wilson, and Andrew C. and Danielle M. Lavoie; four great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Ayden and Hunter Wilson and Tyler Erickson, and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Rene Lahaut. Her funeral was held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 from the Hathaway Community Home for Funerals, 900 Buffinton St., Somerset, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Louis de France Church, 56 Buffington St., Swansea. Relatives and friends were invited to attend. Burial followed in Notre Dame Cemetery, Stafford Rd., Fall River. Calling Hours were held on Friday, September 16, 2016 in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Alzheimer's Assoc. of MA 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Shirley (Arruda) Ponsart
Sep 01, 2016

Shirley (Arruda) Ponsart, 81, formerly of Rochester, passed away Thursday, September 1, 2016, at the Royal of Fairhaven where she had been a resident for the past three years. She was the wife of 62 years, of Arthur Ponsart. Born and raised in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Andre) Arruda, she lived in Fairhaven prior to settling in Rochester in 1972 where she was the owner/operator of the Me-Don Kennel. Shirley raised and bred Bassett Hound and Boxer show dog’s and was a member of the Basset Hound Club of America. She is survived by her husband Arthur of Fairhaven; a daughter, Donna Marie Gillum and her husband Steve of Fairhaven; a granddaughter, Jennifer Gillum of Cambridge; and several nieces and nephews. Shirley was the sister of the late Charles Arruda, Jr., Frank and William Arruda, Mabel Pragana and Dolores St.Germaine. Her family would like to thank the staff of the Royal, Hospice and everyone at the Fairhaven Supportive Senior Social Day Program for the wonderful care provided to Shirley over the years. Calling hours were held on Monday in the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Fairhaven. Her funeral service was held on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at in the funeral home followed by interment in River-Side Cemetery, Fairhaven. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fairhaven Supportive Senior Social Day Program, 229 Huttleston Ave., Fairhaven, MA 02719.

Elizabeth M. (Beehan) Gingras
Aug 31, 2016

Elizabeth M. (Beehan) Gingras, 85, of Mattapoisett died August 31, 2016 peacefully at Alden Court Nursing Home. She was the wife of Robert A. Gingras. Born and raised in New Bedford, the daughter of the late William J. and Alice F. (Rourke) Beehan, she lived in Mattapoisett most of her life. Betty was an active communicant of St. Anthony's Church. She was the recipient of the Marian Medal from the Diocese of Fall River for her many years of service to her parish. She enjoyed crocheting, rug braiding, quilting, arts and crafts, crossword puzzles, boating with her family to Cuttyhunk and going to the beach. Survivors include her husband; 3 sons, Paul Gingras, Robert A. Gingras, Jr. and David Gingras, all of Mattapoisett; 2 daughters, Carol Lawrence and her husband David of Mattapoisett and Elizabeth A. Gingras of Rochester; 2 brothers, Terence Beehan and William Beehan, Jr., both of New Bedford; 10 grandchildren, Erin Lawrence, Daniel Lawrence, Kendra Lawrence, Robert A. Gingras, III, Keely Gingras, Britta Gingras, Cody Oliveira, Seth Oliveira, Cameron Pierce and Meghan Pierce; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Margaret Bedell and Teresa Beehan. Her Funeral was held on Saturday 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 St. Anthony's Cemetery. Visiting hours were held on Friday. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the St. Vincent dePaul Society, St. Anthony's Church, P.O. Box 501, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For guestbook, please visit

Robert A. Cattley
Aug 30, 2016

Robert A. Cattley, 80, of Mattapoisett died August 30, 2016 peacefully at Sippican Health Care Center surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Carol D. (Colwell) Cattley for more than 60 years. Born and raised in Melrose, the son of the late Henry R. and Elizabeth V. (King) Cattley, he lived in Mattapoisett since 1961. Mr. Cattley received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maine at Orono and his Masters of Science Degree from Stanford University. He enjoyed his more than a 40-year career as a Registered Professional Engineer and Professional Land Surveyor. In retirement, he was a volunteer co-project manager for the expansion of the Mattapoisett Free Public Library. Mr. Cattley served in the U.S. Army and later served in the U.S. Army Reserves retiring at the rank of Colonel. While in the U.S. Army Reserves, he was the Commanding Officer of the 483rd Engineer Battalion. Bob, as he was known to friends and family, enjoyed spending time with his family, camping and travel. He met his wife to be while camping at Nickerson State Park on Cape Cod and later family camping trips crisscrossed the country. In retirement he enjoyed excursions abroad. Survivors include his wife; two sons, William Cattley and his wife Charlene of Brighton, MI and David Cattley and his wife Susan of Grafton, MA; a daughter, Deborah Macaulay and her husband Andrew of Johannesburg, South Africa; a sister, Sandra Carraway of Mississippi; a brother, Ronald Cattley and his wife Joanne of Belgrade, ME; A niece, Elizabeth Singley of Louisiana; eight grandchildren, Jessica Whittington and her husband Brandon, Alexander Cattley and his wife Emily, Jocelyn Cattley, Austin Cattley, Benjamin Cattley, Catherine Cattley, Ashley Macaulay and Andrew Macaulay, III; and a grandnephew Wright Singley. Visiting hours were held on Sunday September 4th with Military Honors following in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Mattapoisett Free Public Library 7 Barstow St., P.O. Box 475 Mattapoisett, MA 02739, the Mattapoisett Historical Society 5 Church St., P.O. Box 535 Mattapoisett, MA 02739, or to the Mattapoisett Congregational Church Capital Campaign 27 Church Street, P.O. Box 284 Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For guestbook, please visit

Beverley Grace (Howes) Moore
Aug 29, 2016

Beverley Grace (Howes) Moore, 91, died Monday, August 29, 2016 at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. Beverley was born February 28, 1925 to Harold and Aleatha (Oeuderkirk) Howes, one of 7 children. She graduated from Stoughton High School. Beverley met the love of her life, the late Robert Moore and was married in Brockton, MA on June 9, 1945. She and Bob were married for 53 years. Beverley and Bob started Moore Saw Company together and worked side by side to build a successful business until 1972, when they retired to their summer home in Mattapoisett, MA. Beverley's family meant everything to her and she loved to spend time with both family and friends. She was actively involved in a bowling league for many years. She loved knitting, reading and found great joy watching the RedSox and the Patriots. Beverley's faith was very important to her and was expressed through listening to music and her many years of volunteer work at Mattapoisett Congregational Church. Beverley was the beloved mother of Alan Moore and his wife Sandra, Barbara Funk and her husband Michael, Robert Moore, Terri Canty and son Scott Moore and his wife Stacey; 11 grandchildren, Cheryl Jandzinski and her husband Gary, Amy Markley, Todd Funk and his wife Michelle, Troy Funk, Tyler Funk and his wife Meg, Robert Canty and his wife Amy, Kristen Canty, Michael Canty, Alexa Moore, Osanna Barikian and Victoria Moore; many great grandchildren; and numerous loving nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Barbara Juliano, William, Bernard, Harold, Bruce and Robert Howes. A celebration of Bev's life will be held on Monday, November 21, 2016 11:00 AM at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, 27 Church St., Mattapoisett, MA. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Mattapoisett Congregational Church. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

Paul R. Callan
Aug 27, 2016

Attorney Paul R. Callan, of Mattapoisett, formerly of Middleborough, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on August 27, 2016. He was 83. Paul was the devoted husband of Mary K. (Rudolph) Callan, and the loving father of 4 children who survive him: Paul F. Callan of San Diego, CA; Susan E. Callan and her husband, Stephen Morris, of Falmouth; Claire A. Callan of Falmouth; and Mary A. Callan of Boston. He is also survived by his 8 grandchildren: Jessica, Alyssa, Brianne, Ashley, Michael, Olivia, Conor, and Maeve; 8 great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ann and Terry Sparrow; and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Ann (Callan) O'Connell. Born and raised in Middleborough, Paul was the son of the late Honorable Luke Francis Callan and Bertha (Gibney) Callan. He was graduated from Middleborough High School in 1950, and from Bates College in 1954, and served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He married the love of his life, Mary, in 1957. After graduating from Boston University Law School in 1959, Paul practiced law with Judge Callan until his death, and then continued to operate a successful law practice in Middleborough for over 40 years. He was chief counsel for Mayflower Bank, and served on its Board of Directors. He served on the Board of Directors of the Hannah BG Shaw Home in Middleborough for over 50 years, and was involved in many community and civic organizations. Paul was an avid sports fan, and especially fond of collegiate athletics. He was rarely seen without his cap bearing the insignia of Notre Dame—perhaps his favorite place on earth (other than home)--which he referred to as “God’s Country”. His family and several lucky friends were fortunate enough to “experience” a Notre Dame football game with Paul. He was instrumental in the organization of the Youth Football program in Middleborough. Paul was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Hannah BG Shaw Home 299 Wareham Street, Middleboro, MA 02346, or to Community Nurse Home Care/Hospice 62 Center Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719. His Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, September 2nd at 10 AM in St. Anthony's Church, 22 Barstow St., Mattapoisett. Visiting hours will be on Thursday from 3-7 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. For directions and guestbook, please visit

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