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Kenneth C. "Kenn" Cutler
Feb 15, 2019

Kenneth C. "Kenn" Cutler, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard (ret.), age 79 of Rochester, MA, passed away February 15, 2019 at Tobey Hospital, Wareham, MA, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on May 15, 1939 in Quincy, MA to Charles and Dorothy (Knapp) Cutler. Raised in Abington, MA, he graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT in 1960. On September 7, 1963, he married Maryann Haugg of New York City.
After receiving his commission as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, he served on USCGC ESCANABA (WHEC-64), on USCGC VIGILANT (WMEC-617) as plank owner and Operations Officer, and on USCGC VALIANT (WMEC-621) as plank owner and Executive Officer. He was also the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard LORAN Station in Greenland, District One (Southern) Director of Auxiliary, and an instructor at the National Search and Rescue School on Governor's Island, NY. His personal awards included the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Coast Guard Commendation Medal. He attained the rank of Commander and retired in 1980 after serving more than 20 years.
Following retirement, he returned with his family to the house he purchased in Rochester, at the beginning of his Coast Guard career. He purchased a small pallet repair business in Rockland, MA and volunteered many years with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was a member of St. Rose of Lima parish in Rochester.
Kenn is survived by his wife of 55 years, Maryann; their children Lisa Gray, Charles Cutler, Michael Cutler and his wife Deborah, and Casey Cutler and his wife Wioleta; grandchildren Evan Gray, and Sage, Simon, and Amelia Cutler, all of whom brought great joy to his life; brother Robert S. Cutler, and sister-in-law Rosemary Cutler; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends. He is predeceased by sister Trudy Kelley and brothers Donald and Lawrence Cutler.
His visitation will be held from 4-7 pm Wednesday, February 20 at Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 50 County Road (Route 6), Mattapoisett. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 am Thursday, February 21 at St. Rose of Lima Church, 282 Vaughan Hill Road, Rochester. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, or the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Harold Talbott
Feb 07, 2019

Harold Talbott died peacefully at his home in Marion, Massachusetts, on February 7, shortly before his 80th birthday from complications of Parkinson's disease.
In his just-published memoir, Tendrel, Harold wrote, "although my ancestors were rather distinguished, I was always out of step with the rest of my family. Instead I preferred to go my own way, which may explain how, from my beginnings in the sophisticated worlds of New York and Europe, I ended up as a student of Tibetan lamas in both India and America."
Harold and his twin brother, John Talbott, were born in New York City on February 21, 1939, to Margaret "Peggy" Thayer and Harold E. Talbott, Jr. Their parents lived at the apex of high society in New York, and briefly in Washington, DC, during the mid-1950s when Mr. Talbott was Secretary of the Air Force. Celebrated for her beauty and charm, Harold's mother counted among her many friends not only such social luminaries as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, but numerous singers, writers, and actors. (Noel Coward, Truman Capote, and Gary Cooper among them).
Harold's decision to go his own way required courage. At St. Paul's School (he graduated in the class of 1958 where he developed his passion for French literature) and later at Harvard (1962) he readily admitted he was gay at a time when homosexuality was neither discussed nor tolerated. Yet thanks to his humor, charm and intelligence, Harold was accepted by his classmates, teachers, and numerous friends. While in college Harold converted to Catholicism. Later he befriended Alan Watts, who, knowing of his developing interest in Buddhism, introduced him to the Benedictine monk Dom Aelred Graham, an authority on Thomist philosophy and Zen Buddhism, who became his close friend and mentor. During this time, Harold twice traveled to the Abbey of Gesthemene in Kentucky to meet Thomas Merton, through whose writings he "fell in love with the monastic life."
After his mother committed suicide in 1962, Harold lived a reclusive life in New York, rarely going out and socializing until two years later he met and befriended the famous piano duo, Bobby Fizdale and Arthur Gold. They took Harold into "the hub of a vast circle of talented people," including among others Tanny and George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Samuel Barber, Betty and John Cage, Stella Adler, who became friends.
Three years after entering Gold and Fizdale's enchanted circle, Harold's life changed even more dramatically when Dom Aelred Graham invited him to be his assistant and secretary on a year-long trip to Asia to meet leading figures of the world's non-Christian religions. During the trip they met the Dalai Lama. After their audience, Harold asked His Holiness if he might return to India to study with him. In 1968 he spent the winter at Dharamsala as a private student of the Dalai Lama, who told him he would become his "monk in America." However, Harold eventually became a follower of the Nyingma, or "Old School" tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, to which he committed himself for the rest of his life.
In November 1968 Harold served as Thomas Merton's guide to Tibetan lamas in India's Himalayan region during Merton's travels to Asia that year. Harold introduced the great Christian monk to many Tibetan Buddhist teachers, including the Dalai Lama and Chatral Rinpoche, the man Merton pledged to return to India to study and understand the essence of Tibetan Buddhism--Dzogchen. About Chatral Rinpoche, considered a supreme master of Dzogchen meditation by Nyinmapas, Merton confided to Harold, "That is the greatest man I have ever met." During their time together in India Merton urged his young guide to find a lama to teach him Dzogchen.
Shortly after Merton's departure from India, and his sudden death a few days later in Thailand, Harold found his own lama near Darjeeling, the Tibetan yogi Lama Gyurdala. Lama Gyurdala guided him onto the path of Dzogchen. Harold's study with Lama Gyurdala, and with His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, titular head of the Nyingma lineage, was made possible in large part due to Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, then a professor of Tibetan at Lucknow University, who knew English and acted as Harold's mentor, translator, and friend. Seven years later when Lama Gyurdala lay on his deathbed in an impoverished Delhi neighborhood, Harold was at his bedside day and night. After Lama Gyurdala died in early 1975, Harold's close friend Michael Baldwin persuaded him to return to America and settle in Marion, Massachusetts, near where the Baldwin family was living.
Shortly after his arrival in Marion, Harold and Michael established the Buddhayana Foundation to translate, edit, and publish important works about Tibetan Buddhism.
Dodrup Chen Rinpoche, an eminent Nyingma lama living in Sikkim, visited the US to attend to his students at the Maha Siddha Nyingmapa Center in western Massachusetts in the mid-1970s. Tulku Thondup introduced Harold to the great lama, who decided to stay with Harold for several months, giving teachings to his students in Harold's Marion home, a custom that prevailed over the ensuing decades during Dodrup Chen's periodic visits to the U.S.
In 1980 Tulku Thondup began his residence in the U.S. as a visiting scholar at Harvard's Center for the Study of World Religions, eventually becoming a permanent resident and citizen of the U.S. From the 1970s until his death Harold worked with Tulku Thondup as editor of many books on Tibetan Buddhism that Tulku Thondup himself wrote and translated, all published under the auspices of the Buddhayana Foundation.
It is thanks to Harold's and Tulku Thondup's tireless work over decades that many Americans have been introduced to the profound wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism.
The title of Harold's memoir Tendrel, released this month, fittingly refers to the 'auspicious connections' that marked and shaped his life as a private monk in a secular age, a life that testified to the supreme importance of the spiritual dimension of human existence.
Everyone who knew him will remember Harold for his humor, his intelligence, his generosity, and most of all for his gift of friendship. He is survived by his twin brother John, 11 nieces and nephews and an army of cousins.
In lieu of flowers, in gratitude for Harold's life, a tax-deductible donation may be made to the Buddhayana Foundation, 204 Spring Street, Marion, MA 02738.

Janice E. (Gallant) Silveira
Feb 03, 2019

Janice E. (Gallant) Silveira, 81 of Mattapoisett died February 3, 2019 at St. Luke's Hospital after a long illness.
She was the wife of the late Clifford S. Silveira.
Born in Edgartown, MA, daughter of the late Archie and Florida (Goguen) Gallant, she was raised in Fairhaven and lived in Mattapoisett most of her life.
Mrs. Silveira was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church.
She enjoyed furniture refinishing and stenciling.
Survivors include her son, Robert Silveira of Mattapoisett; a daughter, Rebecca Nye of Marion; 2 brothers, Donald Gallant and Eddie Gallant; 3 sisters, Ann Bowman, Geneva Viveiros and Gertrude Milone; 5 grandchildren, Nichole, Jennifer, Christopher, Jr., Randall and Glen.
She was the mother of the late John Silveira and the sister of the late Joseph Gallant, Robert Gallant, Ray Gallant, Jeannette Genereux and Leo Gallant.
Funeral from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett on Wednesday, February 6th at 9 AM. Funeral Mass at St. Anthony's Church at 10 AM. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Visiting hours Tuesday, February 5th from 5-8 PM. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Bonnie D. (Burrell) van Stephoudt
Feb 02, 2019

Bonnie D. (Burrell) van Stephoudt, 73, of Marion died peacefully at home February 2, 2019 surrounded by her family.
She was the wife of Theodor van Stephoudt.
Born in New Bedford, daughter of the late Benjamin H.B. and Betty Mae (Wilson) Burrell, she was raised in Fairhaven and Marion. She traveled the world before moving back to Marion in 1980.
A long standing lecturer in the MIT Chemical Engineering Department, Bonnie contributed significantly to the development of their design labs. She was hired by the Department in 1996 to develop a team building/interpersonal communication training. At the time, there was no literature about such training for engineering students. Bonnie developed new methods and materials which evolved into the current Team Management program in the class. Her efforts led to two papers that she presented at the American Society of Engineering Education meetings. A strong supporter of equal access to education for both girls and boys. She was also an avid horticulturist.
Survivors include her husband; 2 daughters, Alethia Mariotta and her husband Massimiliano of Barrington, RI and Athena Finger of Orlando, FL; 2 sisters, Bettina Brown and her husband Larry of Hyannis and Betsey Sethares of Hyannis; a brother, Brent Burrell and his wife Cheryl of Marion; Hillary Metcalfe of Amsterdam, NL, who was like a daughter; 3 grandchildren, Genevieve, Adelaide and Benjamin; and several nieces.
Her visiting hours will be held Sunday, February 17th from 1-3 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Rt. 6, Mattapoisett, MA. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Florence R. (Rose) Monterio
Jan 28, 2019

Florence R. (Rose) Monterio, 96, of Marion, died January 28, 2019 at home. She was the widow of the late Antone E. Monterio and the daughter of the late Aurelio and Caroline (Renney) Rose.
She was born in Marion and lived there all of her life. She graduated from New Bedford Vocational School.
Mrs. Monterio worked as a solderer for Cornell Dubilier in New Bedford for many years. During WWII she worked for the Hingham Shipyard as a welder.
She was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Wareham and the Ladies Auxiliary of the former Benjamin D. Cushing Post 2425.
She was an avid Bingo player and Patriots fan. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, knitting, and furniture refinishing & upholstering.
Survivors include 3 daughters, Kathleen M. Monterio of Middleboro, Deborah Curry of Upper Marlboro, MD and Alice Monterio of Greenville, SC; a son, Stephen Rose of Marion; a sister, Dorothy Pope of Dartmouth; 16 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren; several nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her son, Harry Monterio and her stepson, Anthony Monterio and her siblings, Dominga Merreles, Anna James, Domingo Rose, Louise Tucker, David Rose and Arthur Rose.
Visiting hours are from 4 to 7 pm on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham.
Her funeral will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 74 High St., Wareham. Burial will follow in Center Cemetery, Wareham.
Donations in her memory may be made to Southcoast Hospice, 200 Mill Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719.

Harriet E. (Dugas) Gray
Jan 24, 2019

Harriet E. (Dugas) Gray, 91, of Fairhaven died peacefully on January 24, 2019 at Alden Court Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by her family.
She was the wife of the late Robert J. Gray.
Harriet was born in Pawtucket, RI, daughter of the late Theodore F. and Harriet (Burns) Dugas. Harriet graduated from St. Xavier's Academy in Providence, RI and continued her education at Pembroke College an extension of Brown University.
After Harriet and Bob were married, they started their life together in Pawtucket, RI, then moved to Cumberland, RI, followed by Woodcliff Lake, NJ, and finally settled in Raynham, MA where they resided for 30 years. After Bob's death, Harriet moved to Middleboro, where she lived until her health declined.
First and foremost, Harriet was a wife, mother and homemaker to Bob and their four children. Harriet and Bob enjoyed square dancing for over 30 years. Harriet had many other talents including painting, sewing, needle point, crafting and playing the organ.
They were communicants of St. Anne's Church in Raynham where Harriet was involved with the Women's Guild for many years. She also loved her volunteer time at Morton Hospital in Taunton. Harriet and Bob enjoyed solving New York Times crossword puzzles while sitting by the pool or at the beach. They spent many happy times at Second Beach in Newport together with family and friends. She and Bob were fortunate to have traveled to many places around the world throughout their lives.
With all that said, Harriet's biggest joy, came from spending time with her grandchildren. Her smile lit up the room whenever they were around her.
Survivors include her daughter, Susan Gray Davis of South Pasadena, CA; two sons, Robert Gray of Raynham, MA and Christopher J. and his wife Lisa (Di Monte) Gray of Mattapoisett, MA; five grandchildren, Christopher M. Gray, Justin Gray, Nicholas Gray, Ian Gray, Michael Danielson and several nieces and a nephew.
She was the mother of the late Michael J. Gray and the sister of the late Theodore Dugas and J. Vincent Dugas.
The family wishes to thank the staff, CNAs and nurses on the Whitfield Unit at Alden Court for their compassionate and quality care for the last five years. Harriet will forever be remembered on the Whitfield unit for her Palm Beach Attire and her quick wit which she delivered with a roll of her eyes and wave of her hand.
Harriet, Mum, Nana will be greatly missed by her loving family.
Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, February 2nd from 11 am -2 pm followed by a Catholic prayer service at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Rt. 6, Mattapoisett, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Beacon Hospice, 182 N. Main St., Fall River, MA 02720.
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Jane K. Ellis
Jan 24, 2019

Jane K. Ellis, 93, of Rochester, died Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Alden Court in Fairhaven.
Born in New Bedford, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Mildred (Fearing) Kirby. A lifelong resident of Rochester, Jane served the town working in many different capacities. She was the first clerk of the town hall in 1956 and promoted to executive secretary in 1966. She also was the first town accountant during that time from 1966 to 1972. In 1972 she was worked for the Town of Mattapoisett and from 1980 to 1986 worked for the Town of Fairhaven from where she retired. After her retirement, she worked part-time for the Rochester Board of Health. She also served in many volunteer positions in Rochester as a member of the Industrial Development Finance Authority, an election worker and teller, deputy inspector and inspector, and as an assessor.
Jane was a longtime member of the Rochester Congregational Church, and a member of the Sippican Choral Society.
She is survived by her son Alton K. Ellis of Middleboro, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, the late Timothy Ellis, and her siblings, the late George Kirby, William Kirby, Margaret Benner, Ruth Kirby, and Dorothy Ouellette
Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at the First Congregational Church of Rochester, 11 Constitution Way, Rochester at 11:00 AM to be followed by a light lunch. Inurnment will be in Rochester Center Cemetery, Rochester in the spring.
Donations in her memory may be made to First Congregational Church of Rochester, P.O. Box 98, Rochester, MA 02770 OR Rochester Firefighters Assoc., 4 Pine St., Rochester, MA 02770 OR Sippican Choral Society, P.O. Box 709, Marion, MA 02738. For directions and on-line guestbook visit:

John E. "Jack" Boeing
Jan 14, 2019

John E. "Jack" Boeing, 98, of Marion, MA, on January 14, 2019. Predeceased by his wife, Jeanne, Jack leaves three sons and a daughter and their families - Peter Boeing and his wife Patricia of Concord, MA, and their children Carl and wife Brenda, Jill, and Paul and wife Megan; Mark Boeing and his wife Lisa of Wolfeboro, NH, and their children Gregory and wife Haley, Jenna, and Parker; Chris Boeing and his wife Lynne of Pepperell, MA, and their children Carrie, Meaghan, and Emily; Joanna Boeing Bratton and her husband Roxie of Marion, MA, and their children Hanna and Parker; and several great grandchildren. Also "father" to Ivar Hegstad who joined the Boeings as an AFS exchange student from Norway as a high school senior and has remained a part of the family.
Jack was born in Dorchester, MA, son of the late L. Marie Terletzky (Cooke) and Eugene Boeing. He graduated from Mount Hermon School in 1939, and then served in the Army Air Corps, flying planes for the lend-lease program with the then Soviet Union, and then as a flight instructor in Blytheville, Arkansas. Jack sang throughout his life both professionally and whenever the occasion permitted.
In 1953, he started The John E. Boeing Company, JEBCO, in Lexington, MA as a manufacturers' representative in the emerging electronic component business and the firm continues to be an icon in the industry. Jack and Jeanne then retired to Marion, MA and enjoyed much golf, singing, entertaining, rum raisin ice cream, and winters in Florida.
Memorial Service at St. Gabriel's Church, 124 Front Street, Marion, MA at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Memorial donations may be made to the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund or the First Tee of Massachusetts, 300 Arnold Palmer Blvd., Norton, MA 02766 and/or any charitable organizations for veterans, especially Eric's Earthbound Vets, 311 East Main St. #1, East Brookfield, MA 01515 ( and Homes for Our Troops, 6 Main St., Taunton, MA 02780 ( Private burial to follow later in the year at the family plot in Hill, NH. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Rt. 6, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, visit

Felix P. Gomes
Jan 10, 2019

Felix P. Gomes, 84, of Marion, entered into eternal glory on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River.
Born in Bourne, he was the son of the late Julio P. and Antonia O. (Gonsalves) Gomes. He graduated from Bourne High School, Class of 1952. Mr. Gomes was a residential group home manager for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and previously worked at the former Paul A. Dever State School in Taunton.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1960 where he honed his love for photography. After his service, he worked at Stewart Color Lab from 1960 until he left New York, creating images and producing print work that hung in subways and mega size billboards throughout New York City. During his career, some of his personal photos were submitted to Time Magazine.
A championship powerlifter, Mr. Gomes started weightlifting and bodybuilding during his time in the Army. At the Flatbush branch YMCA in Brooklyn, New York, he developed a program for weightlifting and sponsored weightlifting and powerlifting meets. He was a competitive member of the Staten Island Weightlifting Club. From 1971 to 1974, he was a New York Metropolitan Powerlifting Chairman and helped organize powerlifting meets in New York and New Jersey. He was also a national powerlifting referee.
Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Gomes was the top-rated powerlifter in 1969 both nationally and worldwide. He was both junior and senior national record holder in the dead lift, the United States record holder in the dead lift from 1966 to 1968, 1969 "Outstanding Powerlifter" in the New York Metropolitan Association, "Powerlifter of the Month" by the Powerlifting National Magazine, represented the United States in the first national team competition against England, and also represented the United States in three world powerlifting championships.
He is survived by his children, Felicia Gomes-Gregory of Brooklyn, NY, Kelcey Robertson of New Bedford, Kendra Gomes of Marion, and Keeland Gomes of Marion; his siblings, Robert Gomes of Falmouth, Joseph Gomes of New Bedford, Cipriana Gomes and Pedro Gomes both of Waterbury, CT, and Maria Santos of Quincy. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Danielle Gregory, Gabrielle Gregory and Kelcey Robertson, Jr., and many loved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, the late Julio Gomes, David Gomes, Christina Gomes, and Margaret Gomes.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy. (Rt. 28), Wareham on Thurs., Jan. 17, 2019 from 9 to 10:30 am. A funeral Mass will follow at St. Mary's Church, Onset Ave., Onset at 11 am. Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Wareham.

Mary Adelaide Roller
Jan 09, 2019

Mary Adelaide Roller, age 90, wife of Stanton S. Roller for 66 years, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2019 in Marshfield, MA of Alzheimer's Disease.
Mary was born on February 21, 1928 to the late John H. and Adelaide Muller in East Orange, New Jersey. She met her husband, Stan, at Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ in 1944. After graduating as a Sophia Smith Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College, Mary worked for IBM and was married in 1952 in South Orange, NJ.
The Rollers moved to Summit, NJ in 1958 where Mary lovingly raised four children: Stanton S. Jr. (Sandy), Peter, Christine and Richard. In addition to caring for her family, Mary was an active community volunteer serving as President of the Smith College Club of Watchung Hills, and Trustee of the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts as well as the Summit Association for Gerontological Endeavors (SAGE). When she returned to the work force, Mary was the Director of Alumnae and Parent Relations at Kent Place School in Summit, NJ.
From 1973 to 1977, the Rollers were expats in London, England where they fully embraced their lives as Americans abroad. In retirement, they followed their passion for sailing and retired to Marion, MA a village and harbor they adored.
Always active and full of adventure, Mary enjoyed years of golfing at Baltusrol and Taconic Golf Clubs, sailing at Sagamore and Beverly Yacht Clubs and years of skiing at Jiminy Peak Mountain with her loving husband and best friend, Stan.
Mary is pre-deceased by her brother, John H. Muller Jr. She is survived by her husband Stan, of Marshfield, MA; four children and their spouses, Sandy of Shirley, NY; Peter and Terri of Glendale, WI, Christine and Richard of New Rochelle, NY and Richard and Kate of Norwalk, CT as well as eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Marion, MA on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Smith College or Alzheimer's Assoc. For an online guestbook, please visit

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