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Nancy (Oliveira) Weaver
Apr 24, 2015

Nancy (Oliveira) Weaver of Rochester, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the Great Hill Dairy, 140 Delano Road, Marion, MA. For information or directions please call Barbara Cronin at (508) 748-2531. Robert Duane Marso of Marion died on Saturday December 20th, 2014 at home. Robert “Bob”, son of the late Kathleen & Elbert Marso was born in Hopedale MA in 1924. He had been married to the late Jane Newell Marso for fifty four years; they had three children, Robert (Anne), Marianne McKenna, and Jeff (Christine). They had seven grandchildren Tori (Josh), Matt, Greg, Emily, Caroline, Katie and Janie. Bob was a graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Engineering. He entered World War II in 1943 and was stationed in the Marianas as a bombardier for the “City of Boston” B-29 Superfortress. A 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Force he flew 32 missions over Japan for which he was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. Upon returning home, Bob was employed at Draper Corporation as a Manager and Metallurgist while living in Hopedale. He moved to Marion in 1966 and worked at Teledyne Rodney Metals in New Bedford as the Chief Industrial Engineer until his retirement in 1989. Bob was best known as a valued community member always willing to give a hand. He was active in the Congregational Church in Marion creating the memorial garden, acting as sexton for years, and well known for his Garden Stand for the Church fair. He served on the Marion Planning Board for many years and was on the Old Rochester Regional School Committee where he served as chair. Bob was an avid gardener, loved to travel, cross country ski and sail with friends. His favorite time was spent with his family. He will be remembered by all who knew him for his steadfastness, his ready laugh, his deep love of his family and his cheerful service to others. He was a provider, a doer and a quiet hero who left the world a better place. Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. To leave a message of condolence, please visit:

Lena A. (Lopes) Gomes
Apr 22, 2015

Lena A. (Lopes) Gomes, 75, of Bourne, formerly of Marion died April 22, 2015 at her family home. She was the daughter of the late Benjamin A. and Hazel C. (Garcia) Lopes. She was born in Marion and lived there most of her life before moving to Bourne. Mrs. Gomes worked as a Nurse’s Aide at Tobey Hospital in Wareham for many years before retiring. She was a communicant of St. Rita’s Church and also attended St. Patrick’s Church in Wareham. She was a life long devoted catholic. She loved her family and friends. She enjoyed playing Bingo, trips to the Casino, scratch tickets, music and traveling. Survivors include 2 sons, Carl C. Gomes of Worcester and Chris Gomes and his wife Michelle of Dartmouth; a daughter, Lenora Gomes of Wareham; her brothers and sisters, Rose Ann Chancellor and her husband Al of Vallejo, CA, Edward Lopes of Stone Mountain, GA, Benjamin Lopes, Jr. of Vallejo, CA, Rita Mott and her husband Robert of Alamogordo, NM, Sylviana Espejo of Wareham, Laura “May” Lopes of Wareham, Diane Flaherty and her husband Gerald of Marion and Patricia DeBarros and her late husband Donald of New Bedford; 9 grandchildren, Stephan Gomes, Tynesha Dias, Dallas Gomes, Hannah Gomes, Nicole Gomes, Leah Gomes, Chanel Gomes, Jenaya Smith and Tyson Borges; 2 great grandchildren, Kaiya Fernandez and Daysia Thomas; her godson, Michael McNeeley; several nephews and nieces. She was the mother of the late Paul Gomes. Her funeral will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2015 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. Rita’s Church, Front St., Marion. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Marion. Visiting hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Armand J. Cournoyer
Apr 20, 2015

Armand J. Cournoyer, age 100, of Acushnet died Monday, April 20, 2015 at Sippican Healthcare Center in Marion after a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Blanche P. (Charest) Cournoyer with whom he shared 56 years of marriage and the beloved companion of the late Pauline Croteau for 17 years. Armand was born in New Bedford, a son of the late Pierre and Lauda (Bergeron) Cournoyer and lived in Acushnet for most of his life. He graduated from New Bedford Vocational High School and worked for 37 years as a Cost Estimator at Acushnet Company's Rubber Division before retiring in 1976. He was a communicant of St. Francis Xavier Church and a former member of the Acushnet Men's Catholic Association. He was an avid tennis player until the age of 93, playing at Buttonwood Park and Dartmouth Indoor Tennis, and just recently received the Boston Post Cane for being the oldest living resident in Rochester. He loved fishing and camping and travelled with the New Bedford area Royal Travelers. Armand stressed love of family and emphasized the importance of the little things in life. His family would like to thank the entire staff of Sippican Healthcare for the loving care and compassion shown to Armand while in their care. He leaves 2 daughters: Claire E. Parent and her husband Lawrence A. of Marion and Janet T. Poyant and her husband Philip T. of Rochester; 4 grandchildren: Jacqueline Kisbert, Jennifer Farias, and Mark and Christopher Parent; 9 great-grandchildren: Nicole, Jake, Hannah, Hayden, Benjamin, Sarah, Reed, Cole and Quinn; and several nieces. He was also the brother of Maurice Jacques and Lucille Barrett. His Funeral was held Friday, April 24, 2015 from the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford with a Funeral Mass in St. Francis Xavier Parish, 125 Main St, Acushnet followed by burial in Acushnet Cemetery. Visiting hours were held Thursday. Visit for tributes.

Robert "Bobby Bass" Bastarache
Apr 18, 2015

Robert "Bobby Bass" Bastarache, 66, of Acushnet died Saturday April 18, 2015 at home after a short illness surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Louise Racine Bastarache. Born in Acushnet, the son of the late Joseph Louis and Anna (Leblanc) Bastarache, he lived in New Bedford before moving to Acushnet. He was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church. Mr. Bastarache was a well-known blacksmith throughout the area for many years. He and his wife formerly owned and operated Earth's Partner Store in Marion. He was a graduate of California Polytechincal School as a farrier. Survivors include his wife, Louise; his children, Eileen Bastarache Pereira and her husband Robert of Marion, Bonnie DaCosta and her husband Mark of Rochester, Rachel Bastarache, Thomas Bastarache, and Rebecca Bastarache, all of Acushnet; his siblings, Joseph Louis Bastarache of North Carolina and Rita Robert and her husband Leo of Pennsylvania; five granchildren, Elizabeth Bastarache, Robert and Emma DaCosta, and Aaron and Ana Pereira; and many nieces and nephews. He was the grandfather of the late Noah DaCosta. His Funeral will be held on Thursday April 23, 2015 at 9 AM from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett, followed by his Funeral Mass at St. Rose of Lima Church, Rochester at 10 AM. Burial will be in Center Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday April 22, 2015 from 5-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Franciscan Sisters, St. Anthony's Convent, 106 Bullard St., New Bedford, MA 02746. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Roy H. Rehbein
Apr 12, 2015

Roy H. Rehbein, 88, of Marion, died Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Kindred Transitional Care at Forestview. He was the husband of Edith (Barrows) Rehbein. Born in Miami, FL, he was the son of the late Bernice (Richardson) and Roy H. Rehbein, Sr. Mr. Rehbein lived in Hopedale for many years before moving to Marion in 1998. Mr. Rehbein was employed as textile engineer for the former Draper Corp. of Hopedale. He also served as an auxiliary police officer on the Hopedale Police Department. Mr. Rehbein was a World War II Army veteran serving from 1944 to 1948. He was a member of the Benjamin D. Cushing V.F.W. Post # 2425 in Marion. Survivors include his wife, Edith of Marion; four sons, Craig Rehbein, Scott Rehbein and Christopher Rehbein all of Marion and Glenn Rehbein of Whitinsville; one daughter, Karen Holmes of Cooper, ME and his granddaughter Kara Rehbein. A graveside service will be held on Thurs., Apr. 23, 2015 at 1 pm. at the Mass. National Cemetery, Bourne. Visiting hours have been omitted. Donations in his memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.

Jeffrey Mark Stopka
Apr 10, 2015

Jeffrey Mark Stopka, 58, formerly of Rochester, MA, passed away suddenly on Friday, April 10, 2015 at his home. Jeffrey was born in Acushnet, Massachusetts on March 17, 1957 to Henry Stopka and the late Nancy Lake Stopka. He was employed by the United States Air Force as the manager of the base commissary. Jeffrey was also retired from the United States Army Reserve and served one year in Iraq. He was an avid New England sports fan and also had a great love for Nascar Racing and for cooking. A service celebrating Jeffrey’s life was held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home. In addition to his father, Jeffrey is survived by his wife, Marites Stopka; son Jethro; brother, Steve Stopka of Rochester, MA; sister, Deborah Veary and husband Kenneth of Rochester, MA; brother, Gary Stopka and wife Anne of Rochester, MA, and sister, Jennifer (Jenny) Thomas and companion, Dennis Lynch of Fairhaven, MA; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Marie A. (Berardi) Bourdon
Apr 09, 2015

Marie A. (Berardi) Bourdon, 63, of Mattapoisett died April 9, 2015 at New Bedford Rehabilitation Hospital after a long illness. She was the wife of Robert W. Bourdon. Born in Newton, MA, the daughter of the late Augusto and Mary (Rufo) Berardi, she was raised in Watertown before moving to Mattapoisett in 1978. Mrs. Bourdon was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett. She was active in Girl Scouts and school activities when her children were young. Survivors include her husband; 2 daughters, Jennifer Bourdon of Mattapoisett and Kathleen Barnes of Gatlinburg, TX; a brother, William Berardi and his wife Mary Ann of Holliston, MA; a sister, Janet Sanuik and her husband Chet of Milford, MA; a grandson, Jordan Barnes; and several nieces and nephews. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, April 21st in St. Anthony's Church. Burial followed in the Massachusetts National Cemetery. Arrangements were in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Route 6, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 10 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For guestbook, please visit

David Carey Shanks
Apr 08, 2015

David Carey Shanks, 75, of Vero Beach, FL, peacefully passed away April 8, 2015 in Vero Beach. Born August 2, 1939 in Indianapolis, IN, he was the elder son of John Amos Shanks and Jane Marie Griesser. Dave is survived by his beloved wife, Rosalie Shadle Shanks. Additional survivors include his daughter, Nanon Shanks Olson (Carl Frederick Olson), of Marietta, GA, their three children: Kyle Gustav Olson, David Hayward Olson and Elizabeth Leas Olson, and his son, Andrew MacPherran Shanks (Keri Lester Shanks), of Woodbridge, VA, and their daughter, Elizabeth Lynn Shanks. He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 49 years, Cynthia Worcester Shanks, and his daughter, Kirsten Conant Shanks, survived by her husband, Brendan Michael Halpin, and daughter, Rowen Shanks Halpin, of Jamaica Plain, MA. His brother, George Warren Shanks (Janice Butler Shanks), of Front Royal, VA, and sister, Susan Florence Biel, of Gainesville, FL, also survive. Dave graduated from Cornell University in 1962 with a BME, followed with an MBA from the University of Delaware in 1968. During his Cornell years, Dave was a member of the Cornell crew team and the Sherwoods, a men’s a Capella singing group. His distinguished career spanned 38 years and included positions with the DuPont Corporation in Wilmington, DE and Eastern Airlines in New York City. In 1974 he joined Arthur D. Little in Cambridge, MA. He began in manufacturing consulting, later shifted to business strategy. Dave became VP and Managing Director of the New England Region of ADL and served on its Board. In 1997 he joined Sunoco, Inc. in Philadelphia as VP of Human Resources, Public Affairs and Strategic Planning, retiring in 2000. In retirement, Dave briefly ran his own firm, Silvershell Consulting, in Marion, MA, named for the beach in front of his home. He sailed, golfed, read voraciously, took piano lessons for the second time, sang in several groups, and became a certified scuba diver. Somehow in this busy life, Dave always made quality time for his family and friends. Relationships were priceless to him. He belonged to various organizations: Phi Kappa Psi Chapter at Cornell University, Algonquin Club in Cambridge, MA; Beverly Yacht Club and the Sippican Choral Society in Marion, MA; Country Club of New Bedford, MA; Springhaven Club in Wallingford, PA; and Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club, Orchid, FL. He was affiliated with the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Wayland, MA, First Congregational Church, Marion, MA, Big Canoe Chapel, Big Canoe, GA, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the “National Blood Clot Alliance”: www. or a charity of your choice. Services will be held in Vero Beach, FL at 2pm, Sunday, May 24 Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club and in Marion, MA, at Noon on Saturday, July 11 in Tabor Academy’s Wickenden Chapel.

David Henry Owen
Apr 04, 2015

David Henry Owen, of Rochester (formerly of Taunton), died Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Life Care of Raynham. He was 90 years old. Born in Taunton, on December 12, 1924. He was the loving husband of the late Elizabeth R. (Ruble) Owen. The youngest of 6, Mr. Owen was a graduate of Taunton High School, The Wentworth Institute, and received his Bachelors Degree in Engineering from Brown University. He served in the United States Army during WW II as a scout/sniper with the 324 Infantry and was the recipient of several medals and commendations including the Bronze Star. He served as a Civil Engineer for the City of Taunton and was employed by the Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant for over 28 years. Mr. Owen served as President of Brick House School, member of the Taunton Safety Committee and Commander (retired) United States Power Squardron. He was an avid gun collector, Life Time Member of the NRA and a member of the Taunton rifle and Pistol Club. Mr. Owen is survived by his daughter, Susan Owen, with whom he resided on their farm in Rochester. He was the father of the late David C. Owen and is the father in law of Lauren Owen of North Dighton. He is the beloved grandfather of Joshua and Jacob Owen. He is also survived by his “adopted daughter” Angela Rachmaciej and his sister Christine Allen of Westport, CT. He was the brother of the late Edward, Milton, Gordon, and Ralph Owen. Relatives and friends were invited to attend a Funeral Service in the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Ave., (Route 138 South), Taunton, on Monday, April 13th. Visiting hours were held on Sunday. Interment Mayflower Hill Cemetery.

James F. Braden
Apr 02, 2015

James F. Braden, age 83, died on April 2, 2015. Late of Olympia Fields, formerly of Mattapoisett, MA. Beloved son of the late James Braden and Alfreida nee Peterson. Beloved husband of Joan Braden nee Griffin for 58 years. Dear father of Colleen (Louis) Garafalo, James D., John (Julia), Brian and Katie Braden. Cherished grandfather of Evan and Brendan Garafalo, Caroline, Jack, Jessica and James Braden. Loving brother of the late Eugene Braden. Jim was a graduate of the University of Connecticut receiving a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a life time member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Fastener Standard Committee. Jim co-authored an Engineering Text book, "Mechanical Fastening of Plastics". He served in the US Navy as a photographer aboard the USS Midway Aircraft carrier and was also stationed at the Photo Interpretation Center in Washington D.C. Jim was an active member of the Infant Jesus of Prague Church community. Jim also enjoyed sailing, canoeing, and photography. He was an active member of the Rochester Youth Hockey program and a member of the Mattapoisett Lions Club. His funeral was held on Saturday, April 11th, at Infant Jesus of Prague Church, Flossmoor. Interment was private at family lot. Memorials to charity of your choice.

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