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Elizabeth A. "Bette" Roberts
May 02, 2016

Elizabeth A. "Bette" Roberts, 88, of Mattapoisett died May 2, 2016 peacefully at home after a brief illness. Born in Utica, NY, the daughter of the late Lloyd V. and Jane (Thomas) Roberts, and was a graduate of the University of New York at Potsdam. She lived in Mattapoisett for the last 40 years. She was an active member of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church where she was the choir director for over 25 years. Bette was the curator of the Mattapoisett Historical Society for over 20 years. She was a trustee of the Mattapoisett Library and served as a docent at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. She was a member of the Sippican Choral Society and the Mattapoisett Land Trust. Bette was also formerly employed by the Girl Scouts of America in New York for over 35 years. Survivors include her friend of 42 years, Jo Pannell of Mattapoisett; a niece, Pam Burlingame and her husband Ron of Fulton, NY; 4 nephews, Lloyd Roberts of Gaston, SC, Kenneth Roberts of Paris Green, NY, Terry Roberts and his wife Teresa of Englewood, CO and Jan Roberts and his wife Patty of Columbia, TN. She was the sister of the late Kenneth Roberts and John Roberts. Her Memorial Service will be held on Friday at 11 AM in the Mattappoisett Congregational Church. Visiting hours will be on Thursday from 4-8 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, P.O. Box 284. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Janet L. (Miller) Thackeray
Apr 27, 2016

Janet L. (Miller) Thackeray, 94, of Marion died April 27, 2016 peacefully at home after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Dementia. She was the beloved wife and best friend of the late Robert R. Thackeray, with whom she shared 62 years of marriage. Born and raised in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Earl C. and Lillian (Healey) Miller, she lived in Marion since 1951. Mrs. Thackeray was a woman of strong Christian faith. She was an active member of The First Congregational Church of Marion. She sang in the church choir for over 50 years, was a Sunday School teacher and served on many committees. She was a founding member of the Friendship Table at The First Congregational Church. Mrs. Thackeray worked at home as a secretary for her late husband who was a sales representative for the Acushnet Company. She was a founding board member of the Marion Council On Aging, original member of the Sippican Choral Society, volunteer and board member of the Marion Visiting Nurse Association and volunteer at the soup kitchen in New Bedford. Her lifelong love was music. She maintained her beautiful alto voice until her death. Mrs. Thackeray loved nature, especially watching birds and backyard animals, and observing the everchanging sky. Survivors include her son, Douglas Thackeray and his wife Monique of Marion; a daughter, Dale Thackeray and and her beloved friend Lee Dougall of Marion; her former son-in-law, Lee Gunschel; her former daughter-in-law, Debby Briggs; 4 grandchildren, Casey Gunschel and her partner Ray Holtz, Joshua Gunschel and his wife Michelle, Jody Spark and her husband Seth and Kary Krochko and her husband Mark; 8 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and a nephew. She was the sister of the late Jean C. Norman. Her Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, May 3rd in The First Congregational Church of Marion. Burial followed in Evergreen Cemetery. Visiting hours were omitted. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The First Congregational Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 326, Marion, MA 02738 or the the Marion Firefighters Association, P.O. Box 114, Marion, MA 02738. For online guestbook, please visit

Alexandra “Xani” Coleman
Apr 22, 2016

Alexandra “Xani” Coleman, July 5, 1988 – April 22, 2016 “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.” –Xani “I hope my best friends meet boys who love them as much as I love them, because sometimes I think they forget how well they deserve to be treated.” –Xani I didn’t go anywhere, I’m still around all of you. I’ll be present at my homes in Greenland, NH and Rochester, MA on a regular basis, and at my favorite work locations at the Beach Plum and Bruno’s Pizza. Don’t forget to dance. My Style: “Think a ghetto-ish Richard Simmons. I’m a white gurl from NH that grew up watching MTV; I don’t know what I’m doing. My background in Ace of Base routines and a healthy Spice Girls obsession (along with Girl Power) keeps me from disgracing myself completely.” Even though I’ll be in your lives daily, I’ll miss the physical contact with everyone, especially my fam. Parents, Sheri & Jack McCaughey, and Jaime & Kathie Coleman; Sibs, John Coleman, Will Coleman, Melissa McCaughey and Amanda McCaughey; Grandparents, Nelda Englehart, Beverly Coleman, Joe & Mary McCaughey, and Stephen Chmiel; and too many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins in the Coleman, Englehart, Chmiel and McCaughey families to list here. I left you all so early. I’m predeceased by Granddads Jack Englehart and Jim Coleman; Grandmom Emily Chmiel; and my beloved cat, Pepsi. There was a celebration of my life at The Portsmouth Country Club, 80 Country Club Lane, Greenland, NH on Saturday April 30th. My family requests that flowers please be omitted and suggests donations for a bench to be placed in a remembrance garden in my name to be located on Ocean Road in Greenland. Donations may be made to Sheri McCaughey, 2 Fairway Drive, Greenland, NH 04840 or to the charity, Kitty Angels, P.O. Box 638, Tyngsboro, MA 01879 online at or call 978-649-4681. Please visit to view my memorial website, sign my tribute wall or for directions.

William J. Purtell
Apr 20, 2016

William J. Purtell, 51, of Marion passed away Wednesday April 20, 2016 due to complications from a spinal cord injury. Born in Sumter, South Carolina, he lived in Mattapoisett and Marion for most of his life. Bill was a fishing boat captain and boat owner in the New Bedford commercial fishing fleet, and the owner of M.E. Fisheries. He formerly managed Ketcham Traps in New Bedford. He enjoyed motorcycles, motorsports, hockey, and NASCAR. He is survived by his children, Emma Bea Purtell and Louis Maxwell Purtell and their mother Ruah Mendes of Marion; his mother, Patricia A. (Burton) Purtell and her companion Dennis Costa of New Bedford; his father, William B. Purtell of Bristol, RI; his brothers, Scott Purtell of Mansfield, Timothy Purtell and his wife Kristin of Melbourne, FL, and James Purtell and his wife Colleen of Somerset; his companion, Elizabeth Haskell; and seven nieces and nephews. His Memorial Service will be held on Saturday April 30, 2016 at 10 AM at the Wickenden Chapel at Tabor Academy, Spring St., Marion. Visiting hours are omitted. Memorial donations may be made to the Travis Roy Foundation, c/o Hemenway & Barnes, LLP, 75 State St. 16th Floor, Boston, MA 02109. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Winifred Gibbs Blethen
Apr 12, 2016

Winifred Gibbs Blethen, 95, of Marion, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016 after a brief illness. She was the widow of the late H. Tyler Blethen, Jr. Born in Rochester, she was the daughter of the late Victor W. and Kathryn (Moriarty) Gibbs. A graduate of Wheaton College in Norton and Bridgewater State University, where she received her Master’s in Education, Mrs. Blethen was a teacher at the Old Rochester Regional High School in Mattapoisett for many years. A resident of Marion for most of her life, she was a member of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Marion. She is survived by her two sons, Dr. H. Tyler Blethen III of Clemmons, NC and Thomas W. Blethen of Norwood; her daughter in-law, Deborah E. Blethen; her grandson, Andrew T. Blethen and his wife Robin L. of Sparta, NC; a niece, Johanna Cote of Columbia, Maryland; one great and four step great grandchildren; and her personal assistant Hollie Danhauser. She was the sister of Kathryn E. Rounsville and Paul M. Gibbs. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church Chapel, 124 Front St., Marion at 2 PM. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion. Donations in her memory may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. For directions and on-line guestbook visit:

Dr. Edward L. Jawor
Apr 11, 2016

Dr. Edward L. Jawor, 68, of Raynham, MA formerly of Rochester, MA died Monday, April 11, 2016 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Brockton, MA after struggling for months with various health problems; his wife at his side. Born in Astoria, NY, he was the son of Edward T. Jawor and Mary Frances Fitzsimmons, both deceased. He graduated from Mater Christi High School in Astoria, NY. He then attended Manhattan College on academic and athletic scholarships, where he competed in the shot put and discus. He later earned his doctorate of education from Nova University. He was a lifelong educator and formerly the assistant principal at ORR and principal at Bristol-Warren Regional High School. In semi-retirement, he worked at Hiller Co. Inc. He was a loving and supportive husband to Clementine T. Jawor and they recently celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary. His children and grandchildren were his entire life; they simply could not have had a better father. He was always at their athletic and school activities and coached them in softball, baseball and track. His attendance and support meant the world to them. He loved his property in Rochester, MA, enjoyed fishing at Snippatuit pond, and watching wildlife from his deck. He was happiest when he was with his family and pets. He found great joy in having family dinners, especially with Chinese food and shrimp. When he took any time for himself, it was spent reading science fiction and fishing. He was a humble, compassionate, and charitable man. He is survived by his wife and three children; Edward and his wife Jane, John and his wife Sarah, and Tiffany and her husband Todd. He also leaves six grandchildren; Madelynne, Zachary, Isaac, Conrad, Jack and Josephine. His children will proudly keep his memory alive by sharing with the younger generation his humor, values and wisdom. He is also survived by his five siblings; Geraldine Lynch, Dennis Jawor, and John Jawor, all of the Villages in FL, Frances Moroney of MD, and Mary Steinberg of Long Island, NY. His impact on the lives of his family and all who knew him is beyond measure. His Funeral was held on Friday, April 15th from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), followed by his Funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Church in W Wareham. Burial followed in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Visiting hours were held on Thursday, April 14th.

Mildred Perkins Cummings
Apr 10, 2016

Mildred Perkins Cummings, 84, of South Dartmouth, passed away peacefully on April 10, 2016 at Sippican Healthcare Center in Marion, Massachusetts. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Richard Hudner Cummings in June, 2015. Mrs. Cummings is survived by her children, Sean X. Cummings of Tiverton, Rhode Island, Katherine Cummings of Walpole, Massachusetts, Michael Cummings and his wife Suzanne of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, and Shawn Cummings and his wife Jenny of Burlington, North Carolina. Her four grandchildren, Katelyn, Patrick, Claire and John Cummings, will miss her dearly. Millie, born in Fall River, Massachusetts, was the daughter of the late Francis J. Perkins and Mary Lannigan Perkins, and sister of the late Michael Perkins and Dorothy Sisson. She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and Bryant University. Millie devoted her life to her family and the service of others. Millie especially loved children and volunteered and worked at Schwartz Rehabilitation Center touching the lives of hundreds of youngsters for more than thirty years. She volunteered with her husband in organizing the local community to serve at the Market Ministry Shelter in New Bedford where her efforts to cook and serve blessed the lives of those in need. She was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church and a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in South Dartmouth since 1966. In her younger years, she enjoyed singing and playing guitar at St. Mary’s with her friends. Millie eagerly shared her knowledge, talent and skills during her years volunteering as a docent at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House in New Bedford. She enjoyed antiques, decorating and gardening. She was a selfless person who was happiest when helping others. She was an avid gardener who shared her designs and implementations of beautiful gardens with friends and family. “Millie’s lilies” will forever live in the hearts and gardens of many. Family and friends are invited to call at the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park Street, New Bedford, on Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and may attend her Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 783 Dartmouth Street, South Dartmouth on April 15, 2016. Burial will follow at St. Patrick's Cemetery, 2233 Robeson Street, Fall River. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Schwartz Center for Children, One Posa Place, Dartmouth, MA, 02747. For directions and guestbook, please visit CummingsObit.jpg

George A. Jennings
Apr 10, 2016

George A. Jennings, 87, of Marion, died peacefully on April 10th at St. Luke’s Hospital. The son of Hollis & Ruth Jennings, he was born in Norton, MA on Dec. 6, 1928 and moved to North Falmouth in 1936. George attended Falmouth schools and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1946. In 1954 he married his high school classmate, Josephine Chase of West Falmouth. They built their home in Marion where they happily spent their lives. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and later served in the Mass. Army National Guard. George went to work for AT&T in 1951 and retired after 32 years with the company. He was a Sales Manager in the New Bedford and Boston area. While employed with AT&T George became a member of the Pioneers Club. In 1984, he participated in the “Olympic Torch Relay” sponsored by the club and drove the pace car in Idaho, Washington and Oregon. He was an avid boater/fisherman; always happy to be on the water. He became harbormaster in Marion where he worked from 1986 to 1999. The boat he used for his job received “number 4 decal” from the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He received it for “maintaining a ship-shape ship.” George leaves 3 sisters, Priscilla “Tillie” Ruud, Gladys Allen, Edith Doyle and a brother, Bill Jennings; his nieces and nephews, Debra Palmer, Lori Aviles, Steven Doyle, Diane Popovich, Debra, Tina and Janice Jennings and Bruce Allen. His funeral service was held on Monday, April 18, 2016 at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, 124 Front St., Marion. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion. For on-line guestbook visit:

Lena (Ferreira) Nunes
Apr 08, 2016

Lena (Ferreira) Nunes, 89, of Raynham, formerly of Rochester, died at the Life Care Center, Raynham, April 8, 2016. She was the wife of the late James B. Nunes, who predeceased her in July of 2012. She was daughter of the late Fermino and Margarita (Santos) Ferreira. She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church, Rochester. She enjoyed spending time with her family, watching movies and listening to country music. Survivors include a brother, Joseph Nunes; a sister, Mary Tavares; two grand-daughters, Nicole Smith, of Taunton, and her husband Jeremy Smith, and their children Kylie, Deacon, and Maya; Tia Leonardo and her husband Ricky Leonardo, and their children Taisha Lopes, and Elle Dodd. Services will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by the Ashley Funeral Home, Middleboro.

Raymond David Mott
Apr 01, 2016

Raymond David Mott, 81, of New Bedford, died April 1, 2016 with his 2 daughters and immediate family by his side. He was the son of the late Frank John and Mary (Baptiste) Mott. He was born in Marion and lived in Wareham and New Bedford. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Mott worked as a construction laborer for local 385 for many years before retiring. He enjoyed collecting cars, gardening, carpentry and fishing. Survivors include his children, Raymond West of Worcester, Richard West of Rehoboth, Judy West of Philadelphia, Margaret Mott of Culver City, CA, John Mott of VA, Angel Gibbs and Robert Gibbs both of Worcester; his brothers and sisters, Frank John Mott, Jr. of Wareham, Laura M. Zompa of Mattapoisett, Janet Gross of Washington, D.C., Robert Mott of New Mexico; 18 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; his significant other, Carol Slander. His funeral will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, April 8, 2016 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. Patrick’s Church, 82 High St. Wareham. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Wareham. Visiting hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

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