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Rita M. Lapointe
Dec 29, 2016

Rita M. Lapointe passed away on Dec. 29th. 2016.
Although not a year-round Mattapoisett resident, Rita considered Mattapoisett her home since 1991, spending the summer months with her family and friends on Brant Beach.
She attended St. Anthony's Church weekly with the help of rides from generous neighbors.
Rita loved music, Bridge, Dominoes, trips on Buzzards Bay, dining with friends and good red wine, not necessarily in that order. She danced well into her 100th year.
Her family wishes to thank all those who kept an eye out for her over the years as she ventured out on her many adventures and invited her into their homes.

Olga R. (Miga) Martin
Dec 28, 2016

Olga R. (Miga) Martin, 89 years old died at her home on Wednesday morning, December 28, 2016 surronded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Frederick Martin, Jr. (ret Patrolman/Juvenile Detective, Taunton Police Department). Olga was born in Taunton and daughter of the late Walter and Regina (Klos) Miga of Poland. She was a communicant of the former Immaculate Conception Church and a graduate of Taunton Schools. Olga was a retired kindergarten teacher's Aid for the City of Taunton primarily at the Leddy School. Olga was a master craftsman, seamstrees, and milliner. Over the years Olga continued her interest in arts and crafts by taking extended courses with the Bristol Agricultural High School. Olga was accomplished in Japanese Needlepoint bunka, Knitting, baking and elaborate cake decorating. She loved spending time at Crescent Beach in Mattapoisett. She has visited Crescent Beach for over 68 years and has owned a home there for over 57 years. Olga was well traveled throughout the United States. Olga is the mother of Cynthia Martin of Mattapoisett, Susan Grigg and her husband Bill of Taunton, Frederick Martin, III (ret TFD) and his wife Karen and Peter Martin and his wife Ann of Mattapoisett. Olga is the grandmother of Frederick IV; Shawn, Caleb and Abby Martin and the great grandmother of Bruce, Kaia, Trent and Troy. She was the sister of the late Josephine Gscheidle of New York and Joseph Miga of Taunotn. Olga is survived by an extensive extended Martin Family as well as her niece and nephew Joan and Paul Gscheidle. Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Ave, ( Route 138 South) Taunton on Monday Jan. 2, 2017 from 4-7PM. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Holy Rosary Church, Bay Street, Taunton on Tuesday Jan. 3, 2017 at 10 AM. Interment St Joseph Cemetery. To light a candle, get directions or to access the memorial register go to

Ken Watjen
Dec 26, 2016

Ken Watjen passed away at the Bellingham at Orchard, Bellingham, WA on December 26, 2016, bringing his journey with Alzheimer's to a close. His loving family was there for support along with his dedicated caregivers. He was a loving husband to his wife Susan, beloved father to his daughters, Laurel and Meg Watjen, and "Grampy Ken" to his granddaughter Izzy.
Born in New Milford, New Jersey in 1937 to Henry and Ada Watjen, Ken was the second of three children. His parents, brother John, and sister Joan preceded him in death. Ken's lifelong interest in mechanical things was fostered by his neighbor, Mr. Haynes, an inventor and the owner of an industrial power equipment rental business. Ken worked for his mentor as a teen and later ran the business for Mr. Haynes.
Ken attended the University of Rochester through the Naval ROTC program. A member of DKE, he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1959. He served as Lieutenant JG in the US Navy, spending time in San Diego and Japan.
Ken met his future wife Sue on a New Hampshire ski slope, when she accidentally slid into his ski lesson and his life. The couple married in 1965 and settled in New Jersey, where their children were born. Ken and Sue were married for 52 years.
In 1971 the Watjen family moved to Sue's home town of Mattapoisett, MA and purchased Georgie's Power Equipment in North Dartmouth, MA. Ken and Sue ran Georgie's Radiator and Georgie's Power Equipment together, with help from their daughters, for over 30 years. Customers could purchase or rent small power equipment such as chainsaws, brush cutters, snow throwers, generators and lawnmowers from Georgie's as well as purchase parts and have their equipment repaired by the dedicated crew of mechanics.
Ken strongly believed in serving his community. For over 40 years he was an active member of Lions Club, first in Mattapoisett, MA and later in Ferndale, WA. He was president of the Multi-state Equipment Dealers Association, served on the Mattapoisett Planning Board and The Mattapoisett Historical Society, and devoted countless hours to the Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path. Ken was active in the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, helping out with the annual auction, Christmas Bazaar, and many other events.
Over the years, Ken enjoyed vegetable gardening, working on his home and yard, camping with his family, and traveling internationally with Sue. The family spent many hours enjoying the water at Sue's parents' camp on Snow's Pond in Rochester, MA. Ken enjoyed sailing and canoeing with his girls, and took them out fishing and quahogging in Mattapoisett harbor. He shared his love of mechanical things with his daughter, Laurel, teaching her to fix chainsaws and work on her own car. He never once told his daughters they couldn't do something because they were female.
In 2009, Ken and Sue moved to Ferndale, WA in order to be closer to their granddaughter Izzy. In Ferndale, Ken volunteered at the Lion's Club wheelchair warehouse, repairing wheelchairs to be loaned out. In his retirement, Ken especially enjoyed being with his family, quahogging, and geocaching with friends.
Ken was a thoughtful, quiet person with clear blue eyes and a subtle "dad" sense of humor. He often inserted puns into conversation, and enjoyed trying to make his girls smile. One of his special talents was wiggling his ears. He loved animals and rescued several over his lifetime, including his dog Popeye (who accompanied him to Georgie's on a daily basis), several kitty cats, bunnies, and a duck.
A memorial service will be held at 5:30pm, on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at The First Congregational Church of Bellingham, 2401 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA, and a burial service will be held in Summer, 2017 in Mattapoisett, MA. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Society of Washington, 1301 Fraser St, Suite A-1, Bellingham, WA 98229, in Ken's name.

Kenneth E. Kawa
Dec 25, 2016

Kenneth E. Kawa, 70, of Mattapoisett died Sunday December 25, 2016 unexpectedly at St. Luke's Hospital. He was the husband of Carol A. (Mazzola) Kawa. Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Chester and Doris (Souza) Kawa, he lived in Mattapoisett for many years.
Mr. Kawa was formerly employed as a salesperson at Robertson's GMC in Wareham.
An avid fisherman, he loved antique cars and going to Foxwoods. He was a member of the Reservation Golf Course.
Survivors include his wife; his son, Kenneth E. Kawa, Jr.; his stepchildren, Laurie Sullivan and Lisa Rutledge; his brother, Chester Kawa, Jr.; his granddaughter, Justine Kawa; his step-grandson, Stephen Jon Ruhr, Jr.; several other step-grandchildren; and several aunts and cousins.
He was the stepfather of the late Stephen Jon Ruhr.
His Memorial Mass was celebrated on Friday December 30, 2016 in St. Anthony's Church, Mattapoisett. Visiting hours were omitted. Arrangements were by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Owen Higgins
Dec 23, 2016

On December 23rd, Owen Higgins was in a terrible car accident half of a mile from the rink where he loved to skate. Tragically, both Owen and his long time friend James Lavin lost their lives after hitting black ice, thankfully with enough force that neither suffered or knew what had happened. Through the extraordinary efforts of the Falmouth Fire Department, Owen's beautiful body was flown to Rhode Island Hospital where his family had time to say goodbye. and Owen gave the ultimate Christmas gift of life and sight to four people he will never meet.
Mercifully predeceased by his mother Shannon Rouvalis, his uncles Michael and Sean Rudolph, Thomas O'Reilly, aunt Katy Berry, his cousin Allie Royer, and his grandfather Joseph C. Higgins Jr.
Survived by his parents Michael P. and Maria Higgins of Rochester, his brothers Michael, Daniel, Mitchell, Mark and Robert, and sisters Victoria, Lacey and Crystal. Grandmother Catharine R. Higgins of Marion and grandparents Maureen O'Reilly and George Berube of Falmouth, stand-in Mom Eileen O'Reilly, along with countless members of the Higgins and O'Reilly clans.
Owen was a gifted athlete having just led the Falmouth Clippers to the division 2A football title at Gillette Stadium along side his buddy James. He was proud to wear the captain's patch as he rolled right into hockey, and was anxiously awaiting spring training and his true passion which was baseball. Through the generosity of family, friends, and complete strangers, scholarships are being created in his name. He enjoyed his time with his friends, endless sporting endeavors, family outings and annual Buzzards Bay fishing derbies with his brothers and his Papa. Known for his mischievous and infectious grin and piercing blue eyes, Owen was devastatingly handsome and hearts are breaking all along the shores of Cape Cod.
Owen's time in this world was cut short, but the impact he made will be felt by those that loved him forever. Services were held Thursday 12/29 at Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Home on Main St. in Falmouth, and a celebration of his life was held on Friday 12/30 at Saint Anthony's Church followed.

Delia M. "Ma Caton" (Amaral) Caton
Dec 23, 2016

Delia M. "Ma Caton" (Amaral) Caton, 87, of Mattapoisett, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016, at St. Luke's Hospital, in New Bedford, after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Manuel Caton, Jr.
Born in New Bedford, daughter of the late Ernest and Georgianna (Sylvia) Amaral, she lived most of her life in Mattapoisett. Delia had worked for 15 years at Wendy's, in Fairhaven, until her retirement. Prior to that she had worked for Coastline Elderly Services and at Dunkin Donuts. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting.
She is survived by a daughter, Sylvia A. Rowell and her husband Donald, Jr. of New Bedford; seven sons, Ernest Caton and his wife Patricia of Mattapoisett, Michael, Steven, Manuel, Jeffrey and Joseph Caton and his wife Lynda all of Mattapoisett and William Caton of Fairhaven; a brother, Ernest Amaral, Jr. of New Bedford; two sisters, Margaret Barboza of New Bedford and Diana Nunes of Acushnet; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held Wednesday, December 28, 2016 in River-Side Cemetery, Fairhaven.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family to help fund funeral expenses.

Charles F. Lanagan, Jr.
Dec 21, 2016

Charles F. Lanagan, Jr., 69, of Marion died December 21, 2016 unexpectedly at home.
He was the husband of Barbara (Frenandes) Lanagan.
Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Charles F. and Mary Alice (Ostiguy) Lanagan, he lived in Mattapoisett and Marion most of his life.
Mr. Lanagan was formerly employed by Schaefer Marine Inc. for many years until retirement. He was a member of Teamsters Union Local #59.
Mr. Lanagan was a member of the YMCA for over 50 years. He enjoyed playing basketball in his youth, reading and riding his motorcycle.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Jason P. Lanagan and his wife Isabelle of New Bedford; a sister, Judith Darwell of New Bedford; a granddaughter, Alice Lanagan; 3 nieces and several cousins.
Funeral from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett Tuesday at 9 AM. Funeral Mass at St. Anthony's Church at 10 AM. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Visiting hours Monday from 3-7 PM. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of New Bedford, 166 Jenney St., New Bedford, MA 02740. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Gerald W. Buckley
Dec 20, 2016

Gerald W. Buckley, 90, of New Bedford passed away Tuesday December 20, 2016 at home surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Cecelia Alice (Oliveira) Buckley; they had been married for 52 years.
Born in Lynn, the son of the late Walter and Amy Blanche (Vaillancourt) Buckley, he lived in Rochester, Acton, and Maynard, before moving to New Bedford 10 years ago.
Mr. Buckley had been the proprietor of New Bedford Tire Company for many years. He and his wife also owned and operated the Rochester General Store, Alice's Country Kitchen, and The Stable.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.
He attended Brown University.
Survivors include his wife; six children, Anita, Diane, Christopher, Cynthia, Scott, and Gerald; four stepchildren, Alan, Diane, Gail, and Susan; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
His Funeral will be held on Friday Dec. 23, 2016 at 10 AM from the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford, followed by his Funeral Mass at St. Lawrence Church at 11 AM. Burial with military honors will be in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Visiting hours will be on Thursday Dec. 22, 2016 from 4-8 PM. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Catherine F. "Kay" (Hardiman) Lowney
Dec 20, 2016

Catherine F. "Kay" (Hardiman) Lowney, 94, of Mattapoisett died December 20, 2016 at Sippican Health Care Center after a long illness.
She was the wife of the late John T. Lowney.
Born in Cambridge, MA, the daughter of the late Thomas and Lillian (Newcomb) Hardiman, she was raised in Dorchester and lived in Marion for many years before moving to Mattapoisett 12 years ago.
She was formerly employed as office manager at the Marion Town Hall until her retirement. She previously was employed by New England Telephone where she met the love of her life.
Kay enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and many friends she met along the way.
Her family would like to thank the staff at Sippican Health Care Center for the compassionate care that Kay received from them.
Survivors include 2 sons, Mark P. Lowney and his wife Cheryl of Mattapoisett and Dr. John T. Lowney, Jr. of Croton-on-Hudson, NY; 3 daughters, Katherine McMahon Daniels and her husband Peter of Norton, MA, Susan E. Cain and her husband Vaughn Neville of Hornby Island, BC and Deborah Suzan and her husband F. Mitchell Suzan, Jr. of Mattapoisett; 7 grandchildren, Charo Neville, Erika Suzan Osetkowski, Carly Suzan DuBeau, F. Mitchell Suzan, III, Lauren Massalas, M. Phillip Lowney, Jr. and Jasmine Cross Lowney; and 4 great-grandchildren.
She was the great-grandmother of the late Connor John Osetkowski.
Funeral from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett, Thursday January 5, 2017 at 9 AM. Funeral Mass at St. Rita's Church, Marion at 10 AM. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Visiting hours Wednesday January 4, 2017 from 5-8 PM. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Frank Cabral, Jr.
Dec 16, 2016

Frank Cabral, Jr., "Frank the Barber", age 70, of Rochester, MA, passed away December 16, 2016 after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by loved ones. Frank was the son of the late Frank and Margaret Cabral, Sr.. Survivors include his daughter, Sara Ann Lima and her husband, Antonio S. Lima, Jr. and his granddaughter, Zariah Cosette Lima, all of Wareham, MA.
Frank served in the Navy during the Viet Nam era on the USS Boxer, and is well known for his motto "If you like your freedom, thank a vet".
Frank followed his father's legacy and was the owner/operator of "Love-Lea-Acres Frank's Barber Shop", the first barber shop in Rochester, MA established in 1960, and he enjoyed all of his many customers.
Frank enjoyed motorcycles, hot rods, and was a gun enthusiast. He enjoyed hanging out in the garage with friends and loved to pass time by watching cars drive by the farm and wave.
On Frank's behalf, the Cabral family would like to recognize and thank all of Frank's caretakers, especially his best friend, Chet Smigel, and his cousin, Lisa DeBrito (Costa).
A celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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