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William F. DeCosta
Oct 15, 2017

It is with a broken heart that we announce the passing of our son William F. DeCosta on October 15, 2017 at the age of 26. Billy is survived by his loving parents, John and Marianne and his brother John. He had a beautiful family with his adoring partner Sarah Kaempf, his two boys, Jacoby and Noah Santos and daughter Aubrey DeCosta.
Billy also leaves his grandmother, Geraldine DeCosta and many supportive aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Billy enjoyed his childhood, his high school football days, his trade as a chef with his beginnings at Old Colony and Oxford Creamery. He was a student of history and politics and enjoyed writing, lively discussions and the Boston Celtics. He was happiest taking care of Sarah, Aubrey, Jacoby and Noah.
Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mattapoisett Historical Society, P.O. Box 535 Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For funeral arrangements and online guestbook, please visit

Charles Garrett Paulsen
Oct 14, 2017

Charles Garrett Paulsen, 80, of Marion died peacefully on October 14, 2017.
He was the loving husband of Faith Paulsen.
Born and raised in Spokane, WA, the son of the late Howard and Evelyn Paulsen, he resided in Marion most of his life.
Charlie was a member of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church.
He was the co-founder of American Research & Management, where he worked for many years until his retirement. An avid sailor, he was a fixture of the Marion Harbor.
Charlie was committed to his community and served on the Marion Town Finance Committee and on the boards of Sippican Land Trust and Buzzards Bay Musicfest.
Charlie always had a welcoming smile, contagious laugh and kind heart. Through his words and deeds, he helped others see what matters most in life.
Survivors include his wife; 2 daughters, Laurie Paulsen and her husband Michael Armstrong of Portland, OR and Cristy Carswell and her husband Joshua of Santa Fe, NM; 3 step-children, Rob Thompson of Mattapoisett, Mark Thompson of Rochester, and Cindy Thompson of England; a sister, Lynn Leithe of Spokane, WA; and 4 grandchildren, Alina, Anya, Mia and Wyatt.
His Memorial Service will be held on November 25th at 2pm at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, 124 Front St., Marion. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Community Nurse Home Care, 62 Center St., Fairhaven, MA 02719 or Buzzards Bay Musicfest, P.O. Box 443 Marion, MA 02738. For online guestbook, please visit

Lois Jean (Paoletti) Pais
Oct 09, 2017

Lois Jean (Paoletti) Pais, 71, of Mattapoisett succumbed to complications from diabetes on October 9, 2017, dying peacefully at home surrounded by her family.
She was born in Cumberland, MD, and after 30 years in Newton, MA has been a resident of Mattapoisett since 2006. She is preceded by her parents Luigi and Josephine Paoletti, her husband Vernon, and daughter-in-law Mandy.
She is survived by her sons Vernon Jr., M.D. of Quechee, VT and Edward of El Cerrito, CA; daughter-in-law, Sandra; grandchildren, Eric, Kyle, Gabriella, and Nicholas; great-grandchild Charles; sister, Ann Paoletti and her children, Edward and Kim Marousek; and dog, Winston.
Lois was a devoted wife and mother. She took great joy in giving to others and dedicated herself to helping all those around her. She volunteered for decades at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, was instrumental in starting the Cancer Care Advocates charity to provide for the needs of underserved cancer patients, and most recently has been engaged in the SouthCoast's Gifts to Give.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, October 27th from 5-8 pm at Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anthony's Church on Saturday, October 28th at 10 am. Burial will follow in Cushing Cemetery. Friends and relatives are kindly invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lois Pais' memory may be made to either GiftstoGive, The GiftstoGive Philanthropy Factory, 1 Titleist Dr., Acushnet, MA 02743 or the Mandy Pais Memorial Fund, CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation, 13100 Filly Lane, Truckee, CA 96161. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Attorney John "Pat" Callaghan
Oct 07, 2017

Attorney John "Pat" Callaghan, 74, of Middleboro died peacefully October 7, 2017 on his 74th birthday, after courageously battling long-term health issues.
He was the husband of Alice G. (Markey) Callaghan.
Born and raised in New Bedford, the son of the late Joseph T. and Sheila M. (McKoan) Callaghan, he lived in Mattapoisett and Lakeville before moving to Middleboro 10 months ago.
Pat practiced law in New Bedford for 40 years, and served the city in a number of roles, most notably as City Solicitor and President of the City Council. In addition, "Coach Cal" was a girl's basketball coach at Bishop Stang High School and for the Bristol Stars, where he had a tremendous impact on the lives of the young women he coached. He was passionate about gardening, the Red Sox, and most importantly, his family.
Pat is survived by his wife Alice; his daughter, Erin Cronin and her husband John of Raynham; 3 brothers, Joseph Callaghan, Jr. and his wife Cindy of Sanibel Island, FL, Edward Callaghan and his wife Frances of Flower Mound, TX and Peter Callaghan and his fiancee Kathy Duarte of New Bedford; 4 sisters, Sheila Couto of New Bedford, Elizabeth Barclay and her husband David of Fairhaven, M. Angela Kruger and her husband Louis of Acushnet and Cathleen King of Dartmouth; a sister-in-law, Diane Callaghan of Ramsey, NJ; 3 grandchildren, Kara, Elizabeth and Declan; and many nieces and nephews.
He was the father of the late Kara Callaghan, the brother of the late Michael Callaghan and the brother-in-law of the late Edward Couto and Suzanne Callaghan.
His Funeral will be held on Thursday, October 12th at 9 am from the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford, followed by his Funeral Mass at Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church at 10 am. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, October 11th from 4-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Women & Infants Neonatal Unit 101 Dudley St. Providence, RI 02905 in memory of their late daughter Kara Callaghan or to Hasbro Children's Hospital, 593 Eddy St., Providence, RI 02903 in memory of Dominic Longo.

Matthew B. Mello
Sep 28, 2017

Matthew B. Mello, 50, of Mattapoisett passed away with his family at his side Thursday, September 28, 2017 in McCarthy Care Center after a brief illness.
Born in New Bedford, the son of Patricia Barrow of Fairhaven and Russell Mello he was a lifelong area resident.
Matt graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School in 1985. He later went on to graduate from Fitchburg State College in 1989 and later earned his Master of Taxation from Bentley University. Matt worked in Fall River as a Certified Public Accountant.
In his spare time, he enjoyed the outdoors. Some of his favorite activities included bird watching, fishing, hiking, skiing, NASCAR, and local motocross. He also enjoyed cooking.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by a sister, Christine Mello of Haiku, HI and many good and longtime friends. He was the beloved grandson of the late Agnes Mello.
His visitation was held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven. All other services were private.

Constance "Connie" (Griego) Cestari
Sep 26, 2017

Constance "Connie" (Griego) Cestari November 7, 1931 to September 26, 2017
On September 26, 2017, Connie Cestari, most recently of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully, in the company of her son. She was the wife of the late Arnold J. Cestari, Sr., and mother of Attorney Arnold J. Cestari, Jr. and his significant other Attorney Alysia Letiziano-WolfsKeil of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts and Boynton Beach, Florida. She was the sister of Marie Caporale of Boynton Beach, Florida, and daughter of the late Dominic and Laura Griego. She was also the mother of Mark R. Cestari of Newton, Massachusetts, as well as grandmother to his sons, Calvin and Craig Cestari.
Connie was born in New Haven, Connecticut on November 7, 1931. She spent the majority of her life in Southern Connecticut. She later relocated to Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, as well as Boynton Beach, Florida. Most recently, she returned to Mattapoisett to live with her son while under Hospice care.
Early in her life, Connie worked in both the education, and banking fields. In her middle aged years, she was a successful real estate agent for the H. Pearce Company in Branford, Connecticut, until her retirement.
Connie was active her entire life in both civic and political activities. She served as a research assistant to the Connecticut General Assembly in the mid 1970's and was elected as the first female Republican Party Chairman for the Town of North Branford, Connecticut. She later was elected to serve as a member of the Town of Branford Representative Town Meeting, as well as the Branford Board of Assessors, along with that town's Republican Town Committee. She was the campaign coordinator in Connecticut for Senator/Governor Lowell Weicker and former President, George H.W. Bush. After relocating to Massachusetts, she was elected to serve as Chairman of the Mattapoisett Republican Town Committee, as well as serving as State Representative to the Mattapoisett Housing Authority. During that time, she was also active in the Mattapoisett Women's Club. After relocating to South Florida in 1998, she was elected to the Palm Beach Republican Executive Committee and was also the Director and member of the Boynton Beach Florida Republican Women's Club. She also served as a member of the Republican Club of Palm Beach and the Boca Raton Republican Women's Club.
She will be missed dearly by those whom she touched, both in her personal life, as well as through her various political endeavors and associations. The wall of her home was filled with photos of her with the many national political figures she got to meet and know on a personal basis over the course of her lifetime, including Presidents, Congressmen, Senators, and various candidates for political office. She will also be missed at the various Palm Beach Republican Party functions that she attended regularly and her seat at those events will be as empty as the hearts of those around her who grew to appreciate her company, passion for politics, and inquisitive nature.
Special thanks to all that provided care to Connie during her period of failing health by both Trust Bridge Hospice of Palm Beach, as well as Community Nurse Home Care of Fairhaven, MA.
A memorial service as well as a gathering of her friends to celebrate Connie's life will be held in Florida at a later date. Her Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, October 5th at 12 Noon at All Saints Cemetery in North Haven, CT. In lieu of flowers, her son requests that donations be made in her name to either Trust Bridge Hospice, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 or to Community Nurse Home Care, P.O. Box 751, Fairhaven, MA 02719.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For Connie's online condolence book, please visit

Mildred B. Marcoux
Sep 23, 2017

Mildred B. Marcoux, 95, of Rochester and formally of Mattapoisett, passed away peacefully on September 23.
She was the daughter of the late William S. and Florence Bowman, of New Bedford.
Mildred was the mother of Arthur Marcoux and his wife Janice of West Peabody, Andrew Marcoux and his wife Linda of Westwood, Bruce Marcoux together with Jocelyn Peachey of Bridgewater and predeceased by her daughter Linda Marcoux and her son Alan Marcoux. Devoted grandmother and great grandmother to 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Grandchildren include Lauren M. Hussey of Ashland, Lisa M. Bauman of Lake Barrington, IL, Jennifer A. Marcoux of Darien, CT, Kayma Englund of Encinitas, CA, Davis Englund of Lexington, KY, Ross Marcoux of Bridgewater and Kerrin Marcoux of Marion.
From early childhood through high school, Mildred was an accomplished acrobatic ballet dancer. She graduated from New Bedford High School and the former Kinyon School, in New Bedford. After graduating from the Kinyon School, she worked as a secretary for the Berkshire Company, in New Bedford, until she got married and raised 5 children. She had a loving passion for dogs, painting, arts and crafts, old-time movies, traveling to England with her family, going to the beach, swimming and her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.
To celebrate her life, a private memorial service was held at the First Unitarian Church of New Bedford, on October 10.
Donations may be made to Southcoast Health System, Hematology Dept., 101 Page St., New Bedford, Ma, in her memory.

Natalie Ann Souza
Sep 21, 2017

Natalie Ann Souza, 85, of Mattapoisett died September 21, 2017 at Hathaway Manor after a period of declining health.
Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Rebello) Souza, she lived in New Bedford before moving to Mattapoisett in 2004.
She loved spending time with her family.
Survivors include her sister, Eileen Hall and her husband William of Mattapoisett; her brother, Joseph A. Souza of Acushnet; a niece, Pamela Lees and her husband John of Mattapoisett; 2 nephews, Richard Souza of California and Nelson Rolland of Kingston; 2 great-nieces, Britt (Lees) St. George and her husband Zachary and Madison Lees and her boyfriend Edward Smith.
She was the sister of the late James, Joseph, Jr., Everett, Lionel, Noemia, Mary and Lydia.
Her private funeral service was held Saturday, September 23rd in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. Burial followed in Cushing Cemetery.

Susan "Sue" G. Hardy
Sep 18, 2017

Susan "Sue" G. Hardy, 52, of New Bedford, died Sept. 18, 2017 at St. Luke's Hospital. She was the wife of Jerome C. Hardy and the daughter of the late Alexander and Delores (Santos) Pina.
She was born in Wareham and lived in Marion and Wareham before moving to New Bedford.
Mrs. Hardy was devoted to her husband, children, and grandchildren. Compassionate and hardworking, she worked as a CNA at New Bedford Health Care Center for 13 years. She took pride in caring for others and went above and beyond for her residents. She loved to laugh, loved to cook, and loved being with family and friends.
Survivors include her husband, Jerome C. Hardy; 4 daughters, Ebony Fernandes of Dartmouth, Susan Hardy of Fall River, Katherine Dunn of New Bedford, Delores Hardy of New Bedford; a son, Jerome C. Hardy, Jr. of New Bedford; her step children, Tawana, Jacqueline, Crowletta, Jerome "Tony"; many grandchildren with more on the way. Survivors also include 3 aunts; Rosalie Brewster, Wanita London, Lilian Monteiro; 1 uncle, Samuel Santos; and many cousins.
Her funeral will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 in Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion.
Visiting hours are from 5 to 8 pm on Friday at the funeral home.

Veronika Ross
Sep 16, 2017

Veronika Ross of Fairhaven passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, September 16, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 52 years old.
She was born on June 6, 1965 in Innsbruck, Austria, the youngest of three children. She travelled to California in 1989 as an au pair, during which time she met and fell in love with her husband of 26 years, John M. Ross, originally from Mattapoisett. The couple also lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico from 2007 to 2012 before moving back to Fairhaven.
She is survived by her husband John, father Luis Huber and mother Anni Huber who live in Innsbruck, Austria; brother Markus, sister Sabine, and several nieces and nephews, all living in Austria. She also leaves behind her beloved dog, Larry.
Veronika worked at Walmart in Fairhaven from 1997 to 2007, then later as a personal care attendant. She was a talented Suminagashi artist and the proprietress of Veronika's Scarves and Silks. She enjoyed playing on the Friday Mixed Bowling League at Bowlmor Lanes in Mattapoisett and was also a member of Art on Center in Fairhaven. She was a great animal lover, often seen walking through Fairhaven Center with her dog Larry and stopping for a friendly chat.
She loved creating, painting, playing sports, animals, spending time with friends, trips to the casino, and eating steamers at Turk's.
Always positive, always smiling, Veronika will be missed by many and remembered for her kind spirit, unselfishness, and contagious laugh.
Veronika will be cremated, and a celebration of life gathering will be held on Saturday, September 23, at 12:15 pm at The Century House located at 197 South Main Street in Acushnet.
In lieu of flowers, Veronika has requested you make a donation in her memory to your local animal shelter or to the MSPCA.

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