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Josephine M. (Viera) Rogers
Jan 06, 2018

Josephine M. (Viera) Rogers, 94, of Fairhaven died January 6, 2018 at Our Lady's Haven after a brief illness.
She was the wife of the late Frank P. Rogers.
Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Joseph and Alice (Preston) Viera, she lived in Mattapoisett and Rochester most of her life before moving to Fairhaven.
Mrs. Rogers was formerly employed as a registered nurse in several local hospitals and doctor's offices for many years before retiring as supervisor from Parkwood Hospital.
She was an active member of the Rochester Council on Aging and she enjoyed reading and bowling.
Survivors include her daughter, Jill Bodeau and her husband Paul of Rochester; 2 grandsons, Scott Bodeau and his wife Deanna of Rochester and Todd Bodeau and his wife Meghann of Acushnet; 4 great-grandchildren, Allison Bodeau, Thomas Bodeau, Isabel Bodeau and Scott Bodeau, II; a cousin, Doris Blanchard of Fairhaven and her sons, Bruce Blanchard and David Blanchard; 4 nieces and a nephew.
Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 10th at 10 am at St. Rose of Lima Church in Rochester. Her family will receive guests at church on Wednesday from 9:30 - 10 am prior to her Mass. Visiting hours are omitted. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Rochester Council on Aging, 67 Dexter Ln., Rochester, MA 02770. For online guestbook, please visit

Robert M. Xifaras
Jan 05, 2018

Robert M. Xifaras of Mattapoisett died in an automobile accident on Friday, January 5, 2018. He was born and raised in New Bedford and lived and worked there for most of his life, moving to Mattapoisett two years ago.
Bobby, as he was affectionately called, was a graduate of the class of New Bedford High School, Class of 1980, the University of Rhode Island and Suffolk Law School. He was a practicing criminal defense trial attorney in New Bedford, MA for close to three decades. He passionately defended his clients with a special advocacy that was uniquely "X". To know Bobby was to love him. He truly embodied love, he was a "brother" to all and a friend to anyone and everyone in need. His beautiful smile, special swagger, kindness and level of caring, especially for those who needed it most, are unequalled and he will be missed by a great many people.
He spent several years in the X-Tones, a local band that featured original songs, many penned by Bobby. He was a talented song writer and musician and those years were some of his fondest. He was also a certified diver and after many years away from the sport was able, recently, to dive in the beautiful blue waters of Mexico, which brought him great joy. When he wasn't working, or playing his guitar, he was reading and often could be found with his dog-eared copy of Walden and Other Writings by Henry David Thoreau, a huge influence in his life. He was also deeply proud of his Greek heritage and embraced the beauty of the culture and was looking forward to visiting Athens and Rhodes in May.
His children were the light of his life and he was incredibly proud of their many accomplishments. He imparted beauty, music, poetry, kindness, education and a sense of social justice in all of them. They are the embodiment of all that was good in his life; his special light will shine through his daughters forever.
He was the son of the Beatrice (Keshian) Xifaras of New Bedford and the late Michael Xifaras. He is survived by his brothers, William Xifaras and his wife Christine (Foster), his Godson Michael and niece Angela of Acushnet, George Xifaras and Rae Martin of Burlingame, CA and his sister Carol Soenksen of New Bedford. He also leaves four beautiful daughters, Jolie Marie of New York, New York, Alexandra Beatrice of Boston and Athena Elysee and Electra Ann Xifaras of Fairhaven. In addition, he leaves behind the love of his life, Kelly Walsh who is heartbroken at his death. Bobby also had a special place in his heart for his "5th daughter", Callista "Callie O'Malley" Remillard. He also leaves behind many close cousins and countless friends that he touched.
His Funeral Service was held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 186 Cross Rd., Dartmouth on Friday, January 12th. Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visiting hours were held on Thursday at the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford. For guestbook, visit

Douglas "Doug" Cameron Rounseville
Jan 03, 2018

Douglas "Doug" Cameron Rounseville, 71 of 44 Braley Hill Road Rochester, MA died peacefully at home on Wednesday January 3, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Doug was born on January 27, 1946 to the late Lorenzo Braley and Christine Bennett (Souza) Rounseville. Doug was a long time resident of Rochester, growing up here as a child. Doug married his best friend Lucy in 1972 and moved to the state of Washington and had three of their four children. After living out west for eight years, they moved back east and built a home here in Doug's hometown of Rochester and had their fourth child. Doug was a registered nurse for over 50 years. Doug graduated from Holy Ghost Hospital in Cambridge, MA in 1967. He then went on to earn his Associates Degree from Bristol Community College and his Bachelors Degree and Advanced Degree at Walla Walla University in Washington. At the time of his death Doug was still working in the field that he loved. Besides nursing, Doug loved to cook, spend time with his family and friends, and travel, especially to Alaska, Florida and New Hampshire. Doug is survived by his wife Lucy, daughter Rachel Rounseville of New Bedford, daughter Rebecca Smallwood and son in law Michael of New Bedford, daughter Ruth Rounseville of Rochester, son Robert Rounseville of New Bedford, brother Wayne Rounseville and wife Joann of Spokane, WA, brother Scott Rounseville and wife Robin of Rochester, grandchildren James Deree, Lilyann Rounseville, Gabriel Smallwood and many nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephew. Please join us for A Celebration of Life on January 27, 2018 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Rochester Senior Center 67 Dexter Ln. Rochester, Ma 02770. In lieu of flowers please consider giving to one of the following charitable organizations in Doug's name.
Wounded Warrior Project
St. Jude Hospital
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) Massachusetts
Defenders of Wildlife

Patricia Ann (Provancher) Considine
Jan 01, 2018

Patricia Ann (Provancher) Considine, 80, passed away on Monday January 1, 2018 at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford after a brief illness. Born in Troy, New York, and raised in Hemstreet Park, New York, she was the eldest daughter of the late Edwin and Catherine (Welch) Provancher.
She was married to David Francis Considine and the mother of six sons to whom she devoted all of her love and attention. Family, and particularly her children, were of paramount importance in her life. She was actively involved for many years in the Parent Teacher Association at Friends Academy, where all six of her sons attended school. An avid gardener throughout her life, she enjoyed spending time outdoors particularly with her beloved English springer spaniel, Max. Formerly longtime residents of New Bedford, she and her husband had recently moved to Mattapoisett, MA.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons: Mark and his wife Lori, of Brattleboro, VT, Michael and his wife Suzanne, of Washington, DC; Francis and his wife Traci, of Los Angeles, CA; Jonathan and his wife Marybeth, of Boston, MA; and Matthew and his husband Alex Monreal, of Boston, MA. She was the mother of the late Timothy Considine. She is also survived by her grandsons, Alexander and Michael, and her granddaughter Grace. Additional survivors include: her sister Linda Cefferillo of Hemstreet Park, NY; her brother Alfred of Whitesboro, NY; her brother Richard of Mechanicville, NY; and her brother Gregory of Tampa, FL. She was the sister of the late Michael, Bruce, Ronald, and Gary Provancher.
Her Funeral Mass was held at St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Visiting hours were omitted. For online condolence book, visit
The family wishes to extend its thanks to all the staff at St. Luke's Hospital who worked tirelessly to make her final days so comfortable.

Marcella (Denzer) Nelson
Dec 31, 2017

Marcella (Denzer) Nelson, 68, of Rochester died December 31, 2017 at Tobey Hospital from complications of ALS surrounded by her family. A private family service will be held. Remembrances may be made to Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052 West Falmouth, MA 02574 or
Born in New York City, the daughter of the late Margaret (Kirby) Denzer, Marcella was raised in Norwood. She recently moved to Rochester after living in Mattapoisett for many years. Marcella was a graduate of Smith College and had an accomplished career at Balfour Co., Faxon Co., & Instron Corp., where she held Senior Management positions as Vice President and Director of Human Resources. She later had her own successful consulting business as a Career Coach.
She is survived by her husband, Manny Del Lima; 2 brothers: Walter Denzer and his wife Betsy Curtin of Grafton, NH and Michael Denzer and his wife Judy of Westminster, MA; her sister, Katherine (Denzer) Reddoch and her husband James of Medford, MA; 7 Denzer nieces and nephews: Matthew, Hannah, Bridget, Margaret, Owen and his wife Christine, Kaitlyn, Laura, and Caren O'Connell; and extended family in New Jersey. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

Albert A. Boucher
Dec 28, 2017

Albert A. Boucher, 92, of New Bedford, passed away on December 28. He was the husband of Henriette M. Boucher for 67 years.
He was a graduate of NBHS 1946, Arnold College, 1950 and a Master's Degree from the University of Bridgewater, 1951.
Mr. Boucher was a physical education high school teacher at NBHS and ORRHS. He was a track and gymnastics coach having won 13 state titles. He was a member of the NBHS Hall of Fame and the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Hall of Fame.
Survivors in addition to his wife are his children, Michelle Lazaro, Rene Boucher and Denise and Paul Schaefer, six grandchildren, David Lazaro, Lisa Rogers, Evan Boucher, Danielle Boucher, Paul Schaefer, Britany Schaefer.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 8:30am to 9:30am in the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00am in St. Joseph-St. Therese Church, Acushnet Ave., New Bedford. Burial in Pine Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders, PO Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030 or St Vincent de Paul Society of New Bedford. For online tributes please visit:

Paul Revere Pearle
Dec 27, 2017

Paul Revere Pearle, 90, of Marion, formerly of Wareham and Marshfield, died Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Royal of Fairhaven Nursing Center after a long illness. He was the husband of Geraldine L. (Vallier) Pearle.
Born in Woburn, he was the son of the late Frederick C. and Margaret (Cunning) Pearl. He moved to Marshfield as a child, and graduated from Marshfield High School, class of 1945. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and returned to Marshfield where he lived until 1973 when he moved to Wareham. Mr. Pearle has lived in Marion since 2006.
A master electrician and general contractor, Mr. Pearle owned and operated Pearle Electric, and Paul Revere Restoration. A specialist in the preservation of historic buildings, Mr. Pearle was active in the restoration of the Tobey Homestead in Wareham, and the On-I-set Wigwam at Crescent Park. He resided in the Lt. Prince Burgess House in Wareham, that was built in 1683 and believed the oldest house in Plymouth County.
Mr. Pearle was a longtime parishioner of St. Patrick's Church in Wareham and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Damien Council # 4190 in Mattapoisett.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine; his children, Kathleen Pearle of Bristol, RI, Deborah DiBona and her husband Robert of Marshfield, Lysa Riccardi and her husband David of Marion, Dierdre Collins of Falmouth, and Matthew Pearle and his wife Ann of Wareham; his brother, John Pearl of Marshfield; his grandchildren, Asa Cameron, Adam DiBona and his wife Jill, Briana Watson and her husband Craig, Jordan DiBona and his wife Meghan, Meagan Pavao, Mark Derby and his wife Lisa, Nathan Riccardi and his wife Suzy, Jacob Riccardi and his wife Celia, Brian Bevilacqua, Nicole Sharp and her wife Brandi, Angela Pearle, Matthew Pearle, Jr., and Joseph Pearle; his great grandchildren, Jesse Pavao, Henry Pavao, Lily Derby, Ailyn Derby, Vincent DiBona, Lena DiBona, Reese Sharp, and Maxwell Watson. He was predeceased by his son, the late Paul Brian Pearle; his brothers, Everett, Herbert, James, and Robert Pearl; and his grandson, the late Josiah Cameron.
His funeral will be from the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 9 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick's Church, High St., Wareham at 10 am. Burial will be private. Visiting hours will be Monday, January 1, 2018 from 4 - 7 pmM.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Oak Grove Cape Verdean Cultural Center, P.O. Box 1100, Onset, MA 02558 OR Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.

Madeline M. Santos
Dec 21, 2017

Madeline M. Santos, 105, died peacefully Saturday, December 16, 2017 at The Tremont Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center in Wareham. She was the wife of the late John Peter Santos.
Born in Newport, RI, she was the daughter of the late John and Julia Britto. A homemaker, Mrs. Santos lived in Marion and Mattapoisett for many years. Upon retirement, she lived in Lakeland, FL. She was a strong advocate for gender rights and education.
A devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she enjoyed spending time with her family, singing and dancing.
She worked for Aerovox Corporation and the Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard. During World War II, she was proud to be a production welder in the spirit of Rosie the Riveter.
She is survived by her sons, John P. Santos, Jr. of Lakeland, FL, and Andrew J. Santos of Marion and their spouses; her six grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her three brothers and three sisters.
Her funeral service will be held on Wed., Dec. 27, 2017 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., (Rt. 28) Wareham at 10 am. Relatives and friends are invited to visit from 9 to 10 am prior to the service. Interment will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Wareham.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in her memory to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148. For directions and on-line guestbook visit:

Irving R. "Bud" Ellis
Dec 21, 2017

Irving R. "Bud" Ellis, 92, of Mattapoisett died December 9, 2017 at Brandon Woods of New Bedford after a brief illness.
He was the husband of Helena O. (Cathcart) Ellis.
Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Alton B. Ellis, he lived in Rochester before moving to Mattapoisett in 1967.
Mr. Ellis was formerly employed by Continental Screw for 33 years until his retirement. He also worked for Denham Construction.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and participated in the D-Day Invasion piloting a landing craft at Omaha Beach.
Mr. Ellis was a member of the Machaucum Club, he enjoyed bowling and was an avid Boston Red Sox fan.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Alton Ellis and his partner Nancy Backus of Middleboro; 2 step-daughters, Paulla Draper and her husband Peter of Mattapoisett and Linda Rogers and her husband Jay Couet of Fairhaven; 2 grandchildren, Joshua Desrosiers and Eric Desrosiers; and several nieces and nephews.
His Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 6th at 12 Noon in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. His family will receive guests from 11 am - 12 Noon prior to his service. Burial will follow in Cushing Cemetery. For directions and online guestbook, please visit

Linda L. Townsend
Dec 21, 2017

Linda L. Townsend, 58, of Wareham, died Thursday, December 21, 2017 at McCarthy Care Center in Sandwich. She was the wife of Glenn J. Townsend.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Bertha (Camera) Antuna. A previous resident of New Jersey and New York, she lived in Rochester before moving to Wareham 3 years ago. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Glenn J. Townsend; her sons, Keith Townsend and Eric Townsend both of Wareham; her sister, Jean Lasky of Brick, NJ, and Denise Brancato of Maywood, NJ.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham on Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM. A prayer service will be held at 1:00 PM.
Donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For directions and on-line guestbook visit:

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