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Josephine A. (Donovan) Wojtkonski
Aug 21, 2014

Josephine A. (Donovan) Wojtkonski, age 91, of Fairhaven died August 21, 2014. She was wife of the late Walter Wojtkonski. Born in New Bedford, a daughter of the late Thomas and Helen (Reagan) Donovan, she lived in Rochester for several years and Fairhaven for most of her life. A homemaker, she played the organ and taught CCD at St. Rose of Lima in Rochester for several years. She loved knitting, bingo and traveling - especially to Ireland, Bahamas and Florida. Surviving: four daughters: Patricia Comeau of Fairhaven, Joanne Whitehead and her husband James of Acushnet, Karen Poulin and her husband Jan Marc of New Bedford, Suzanne Bodick of Florida, two sisters: Theresa Clarkin and husband John of Falmouth and Patricia Clarkin and her husband Phillip of CT, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was sister of the late Thomas and Andrew Donovan, Margaret Jorge and Eileen Provost. Her Funeral was held Monday, August 25, 2014 in Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Rte. 6, New Bedford. Tributes:

Captain Shirley G. Mitchell Jr.
Aug 19, 2014

Captain Shirley G. Mitchell Jr., age 97, of Fairhaven, passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at his residence. He was the husband of Doris A. (Johnson) Mitchell to whom he has been married for the past 65 years. Born in Fairhaven, the son of the late Shirley G. Mitchell Sr. and Mary “Mollie” Mitchell, he was a lifelong resident of Fairhaven. A graduate of Fairhaven High School, he attended the Sperry Gyro Compass School of New York. He worked in the fishing industry as a Boat Captain. He was also in the Merchant Marines for the Moore-McCormick Line. Prior to having the 70 foot fishing vessel “Lubenray” built, he had smaller fishing boats and also worked on luxury sail and power boats. After a long career as a Fisherman, he became the Captain of a Research Vessel for the state of Massachusetts for twenty years until his retirement. A Mason and Shriner for many years, Captain Mitchell was a member of the Unitarian Memorial Church of Fairhaven. Surviving in addition to his wife, one daughter: Sheila G. Mitchell of Marion, two sons: Stuart G. Mitchell of Rochester, Alan J. Mitchell of Plymouth, three grandchildren: Abby, Mollie, and Melanie Mitchell and many nieces and nephews. He was brother of the late Robert A. Mitchell and Jane Burns. Private arrangements are in the care of the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Fairlawn in Fairhaven. For tributes, please visit:

Priscilla B. (Senna) Dean
Aug 17, 2014

Priscilla B. (Senna) Dean, 80, of New Bedford, daughter of the late Jose B. and Maria (Marianho) Senna, died August 17, 2014 after a long battle with Asthma, Emphysema, Bronchitis, COPD and Osteoporosis. She was born in New Bedford where she lived most of her life except for nine years when she lived in Mattapoisett with her companion the late Edward L. Dexter. In her younger years, she was employed as a stitcher and a house cleaner. She was a member of the Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. She loved spending time with her family and friends, collecting dolls, doing puzzles, crafts and looked forward to hosting her Friday night prayer meetings. Survivors include three sons, Brian Dean and his wife Janice, Wayne Dean and his wife Isabel and Michael Dean and his wife Lisa all of New Bedford; four daughters Donna Wagner, Linda Dean and her companion Martin both of New Bedford, Dotty Gidley and her husband David of CT and Lisa Westgate and her husband Gary of Freetown; a brother Arthur B. Senna of New Bedford; twelve grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Joseph, Daniel, Gilbert, Gabriel and Dorothy Senna, Delores Gallery, Clara Alves, Shirley Oliveira, Lillian Santos and Esther Kirk. Her Funeral will be held on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 8am from the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven followed by a Funeral Mass at 9am at Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, 121 Mt. Pleasant St., New Bedford. Visiting hours were held on Wednesday. Burial in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Dorothy (Brass) DeLorenzo
Aug 12, 2014

Dorothy (Brass) DeLorenzo, 86, former owner of the Chadwick Inn in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, died peacefully Tues. Aug. 12th, 2014 at the Kindred Walden House in Concord, MA. A resident of Marion, she was the beloved wife of the late Eugene J. DeLorenzo. Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, she was the daughter of the late Maurice and Mary Glenn McLean Brass. First employed with the telephone company in Canada, she was an Acton, MA resident for 15 years and worked at General Radio for a time. The DeLorenzos then owned and operated the Chadwick Inn in Edgartown for 20 years before retiring. In later years they resided in Marion where Mrs. DeLorenzo was a devoted, active member and extraordinary minister at St. Rita’s Church, and was a recipient of the Marian Medal. A dog lover and excellent cook, Mrs. DeLorenzo was intelligent, creative and artistic. She was a talented seamstress, making a wedding dress for her sister, and slipcovers, upholstery and beautiful applique quilts and blankets for family and friends. She enjoyed working in watercolors and stained glass, and in her younger years she received an award for her singing. She loved to keep busy. Mrs. DeLorenzo is survived by two daughters: Elaine Lawson, and Barbara Perry and her husband, Steven; daughter-in-law Barbara Lawson; grandsons Alfred F. DeCesare and Samuel S. Lawson; great-grandsons Derek and Dylan DeCesare; brothers Richard, William and Peter and a sister Mary; as well as many nieces, nephews and their families. She was the mother of the late Patrick J. Lawson, grandmother of the late Patrick A. DeCesare, Jr., and sister of the late James and Joan. Family and friends are invited to the funeral Mass to be celebrated Sat. Aug. 16th at 10:00am in St. Rita’s Church, 113 Front Street, Marion. Burial will follow in St. Bernard’s Cemetery, Bedford Street, Concord, MA at approximately 1:00pm. There are no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Mrs. DeLorenzo’s name to St. Rita’s Church, 113 Front St, Marion, MA. 02738. Memorial page at

Joseph J. Herman
Aug 10, 2014

Joseph J. Herman, age 71, of Rochester passed away Sunday, August 10, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Jeannine (LeBlanc) Herman, with whom he shared 48 years of marriage. Born in Findlay, Ohio, a son of the late M.J. and Mabel (Solt) Herman, he moved to Massachusetts in 1963. He worked as a licensed building contractor in the local area for over 40 years. Joe played football while attending The Ohio State University and remained an avid fan of the Buckeyes thereafter. He served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War at Otis Air Force Base in Bourne where he met his wife. As an active member of the St. John Neumann Church community, he was a Lector and Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Couples Club, a Chairman of the Lakeside Family Festival and on the Steering Committee of the Festival for 29 years. He also served on the Board of Directors of Florida Acecapaders Park in Fort Lonesome, Florida. Joe excelled at problem solving and there wasn't a project or process that he encountered that he couldn't complete or make better. His most recent personal accomplishment was the complete refurbishing of his 1958 International 330 Utility Tractor. He also received a Service to Rainbow Award from the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls in April 2014 in recognition of his hard work and dedication to restoring various buildings at Rainbow Camp in Hanson, MA. Nothing made him happier than sharing the fruits of his labor with his friends and family. In addition to his wife, survivors include his children, Dr. Susan T. Herman, Debra J. Johnson and her husband Arnold, Peter J. Herman and his wife Elizabeth, Sheryl A. Kretzer and her husband Walter; siblings, Karen L. Hayslip and her husband James, Joyce E. Ward and her husband Mark, and H.R. "Pete" Herman and his wife Gail; Grandchildren, Rebecca, Meghan, and Henry Johnson, Walter, Charles, and Jackson Kretzer; step-grandchildren, Jason, Justin and Emily; many nieces, nephews and close cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Linda Castor Fleming. Relatives and friends were invited to his Funeral Mass Wednesday, August 20, 2014 in St. John Neumann Church, 157 Middleboro Rd., East Freetown. Burial with Military Honors was in MA National Cemetery. Visiting Hours were held on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in the ROCK Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the St. John Neumann Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 718,157 Middleboro Road, East Freetown MA 02717-0718.

George E. Church
Jul 31, 2014

George E. Church, 90, of Rochester died Thursday July 31, 2014 at Sippican Health Care Center after a period of declining health. He was the husband of the late Katherine H. (Hartley) Church. Born in Rochester, the son of the late George F. and Martha (Smith) Church, he lived in Rochester all of his life. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Rochester. George was a self-taught mechanical genius who ran his father's saw mill and owned and operated a building moving service. He was very philanthropic member of his community. He established a scholarship fund with the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts to provide scholarships to students in this area pursuing a nursing degree. He facilitated the purchase of hundreds of acres of land in Rochester through the Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife and the Rochester Land Trust to preserve open space. He was honored as the Standard-Times Man of the Year in Rochester in 2007. He enjoyed steam driven automobiles, horse drawn wagons, and raising ponies. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and participated in the Battles of Normandy, Northern France, the Ardennes, the Rhineland, Central Europe, and the Air Offensive Europe. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Benjamin D. Cushing Post 2425. He is survived by two nieces, Barbara Pasquarello and her husband James of Lakeville, and Janet Estes of Maine; two nephews, George Mercier of Westport and James Mercier of Taunton; his brother-in-law, Henry Hartley and his wife Bonnie of Rochester; his sister-in-law, Shirley Hartley of Rochester; and his close friend, Duffy Clapp of Rochester. He was predeceased by his sister, Hazel Mercier and her husband Joseph, and his brothers-in-law Greenwood "Sonny" Hartley and Robert Hartley and his wife Rose. His Funeral Service was held on Wednesday August 6, 2014 at the First Congregational Church of Rochester. Burial with military honors followed in Center Cemetery. Visiting hours were omitted. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts for the George Earl and Katherine Hartley Church Scholarship Fund, 63 Union St., New Bedford, MA 02740 or the Rochester Land Trust, P.O. Box 337, Rochester, MA 02770. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Ellen (Fallon) White
Jul 24, 2014

Ellen (Fallon) White, 77, of Marion died July 24, 2014 at Tobey Hospital after a long illness. She was the wife of Thomas A. White, Jr. Born in Boston, the daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Cullen) Fallon, she was raised in Brighton and later lived in Westwood before moving to Marion 15 years ago. Mrs. White was an active communicant of St. Rita's Church. She was formerly employed as a teacher for many years in Boston. Mrs. White was a member of the Marion Women's Club. She enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews. She is survived by her husband; 2 brothers, Peter Fallon and his wife Theresa of Hyannis and Edward Fallon of Weymouth; a sister, Katherine Fallon of Jamaica Plain; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett was held on Monday July 28th with a Funeral Mass at St. Rita's Church. Visiting hours were held on Sunday. For guestbook, please visit

Helen Louise (Lake) DeCosta
Jul 19, 2014

Helen Louise (Lake) DeCosta, 96, a resident of Mattapoisett, passed away on July 19, 2014 at Alden Court in Fairhaven after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her family. Helen was born in New Bedford on November 6, 1917. She was the daughter of the late George Lester Lake and Sarah Louise (McKenzie) Lake. As a child she was a summer resident of Brandt Island in Mattapoisett. She married her late husband, Edward W. DeCosta, Sr., in 1938 and together they raised their seven children in their home on Pearl Street in Mattapoisett where she resided for 70 years. She is survived by her children: Edward W. Jr. and his wife, Denise, of Fairhaven; Anna Anderson and her husband, Stephen, of Carnelian Bay, CA; James of North Richland Hills, TX; Thomas and his wife, Patricia, of Marion; Deborah Fahey and her husband, Roger, of Fairhaven; and Margaret Alves and her companion, Thomas O'Neil, of Mattapoisett and New Bedford; her daughter-in-law, Christie DeCosta, of Mattapoisett; 17 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren; her sister, Mary Mendell of Indiana; and her sister-in-law, Lorraine Lake of Mattapoisett. She was the mother of the late George DeCosta, and sister of the late Annabelle Scott, George Lake, Calvin Lake and Donald Lake. Helen enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved cooking and hosting family parties, playing board games with her grandchildren, gardening, playing Bingo, doing word puzzles and watching the Patriots and Red Sox. Her strong will and independent spirit will continue to be an inspiration to all who loved her and she will be greatly missed and fondly remembered! Visiting hours were held on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Route 6, Mattapoisett. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mercy Meals and More, P. O. Box 40515, New Bedford, MA 02744.

Roland O. Randall, III
Jul 19, 2014

Roland O. Randall, III, 57, of Hanson formerly of Wareham, died Saturday, July 19th at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital. He was the husband of Bertha F. (Haskell) Randall. Born in Wareham, he was the son of the late Jean (Baxter) and Roland O. Randall, Jr. A graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School, Mr. Randall worked for Del’s Taxi in Wareham, Tobey Hospital, Allstate Aluminum in Wareham and most recently for Lite Control in Plympton. Mr. Randall was a Bruins fan and enjoyed watching NASCAR racing. Survivors include his wife Bertha; his son, Jason E. Randall of Fall River; three grandchildren, Jaden J. Souza and Evan B. and Elisa B. Randall; four sisters, Virginia Leach of Wareham, Alice Briggs of Marion, Patricia Briggs of NY and Darlene Pittsley of Rochester. Relatives and friends were invited to visit at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham on Wednesday, July 23rd. Interment in Center Cemetery, Wareham will be held at a later date. For on-line guestbook visit:

Francis J. “Mike” Farrell, III
Jul 18, 2014

Francis J. “Mike” Farrell, III, of Marion, died Friday, July 18th at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Cheryl L. (Peltola) Farrell. Born in Wareham, he was the son of Francis J. Farrell, Jr. of Wareham and Elizabeth M. (Rose) Farrell also of Wareham. Mike graduated from Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School in 1980 and was a cranberry grower. He was employed for Agawam Cranberry Company and was also a grower/owner for his family company, Farrell Cranberry. Mike enjoyed his Sunday bike rides, spending time with his “best friends”, his children. He also enjoyed spending time with his dogs and his dogs Copper and Fenway. His work in the cranberry industry was truly rewarding to him along with the dump truck restoration project he had been working on. He made a lot of good friends over the years and will cherish them forever. Survivors include his wife Cheryl, his parents, Francis J. Farrell, Jr. and Elizabeth Farrell, his daughter, Katie Farrell and her boyfriend Ryan Burke of Wareham; his son, Matthew Farrell and his girlfriend Lauren Frew of Marion; his brother, Mark Farrell and his wife Lynne of Marion; his sister, Cathy Farrell-Smolinsky and her husband Matthew Smolinsky of FL and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to visit on Thursday, July 24th at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham from 4 to 7 p.m. with a memorial service to be held at 7 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute – Memorial Contributions, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02884. For directions and on-line guestbook visit:

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