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Nicholas Carr Bergstein
Aug 18, 2015

Nicholas Carr Bergstein, aged 20, died unexpectedly of a sudden illness on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. He leaves behind his parents Vickie Carr and Paul Bergstein of Mattapoisett. Nick graduated in June of 2014 from Old Rochester Regional High School. He planned to become a high school history teacher and had just finished his freshman year at UMass-Amherst with honors. He was a member of the Debate Team for all four years of high school. He was also vice-president of his freshman class, and remained in student government throughout high school. He received the Principals Choice award in his freshman year for the student who showed the most promise. Nick was also a member of the Southeast Regional Student Advisory Council (SERSAC) which provided direct involvement in statewide decision-making in education. He was a member of the Mock-Trial Club. He also volunteered at the food pantry, tutored elementary school students in Marion, and volunteered to do child care at the Unitarian Universalist church. During the summer, he worked for his Uncle Robert Bruno as a parking attendant at Live Nation Events, where he was supervisor of Handicapped Parking. Nicholas was beloved by many, including his grandmother, aunts, uncles and most of all his parents. From the day he was born at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, three months early and weighing only 14 1/2 ounces, his parents thought they were given a miracle - in that he not only survived, but that he thrived in this life. Nicholas enjoyed wildlife of any kind. He loved writing and frequently wrote poems and stories. He loved spending time with his family, as well as many friends. When Nick was preparing his college applications, he was asked to list his three best traits and to describe himself in five words. Nick chose his “curiosity, intelligence, and integrity” as his best traits and chose “engaged, self-motivated, creative, dependable, and cooperative” to describe himself. He was all of those things, and so much more. His Memorial Service will be held on Monday at 11 AM in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 102 Green St., Fairhaven. Burial will follow in Cushing Cemetery, Mattapoisett. Visiting hours will be on Sunday from 4-8 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a memorial scholarship being established in Nicholas's name at UMass-Amherst. Gifts should be sent to: UMass-Amherst, Records & Gift Processing, Memorial Hall, 134 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003-9270. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Roderick C. McIntire
Aug 17, 2015

Roderick C. McIntire, 70, of Mattapoisett died August 17, 2015 at home after a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Vicki (Blanchard) McIntire. Born in Binghamton, NY, the son of the late Charles and Lillian V. (Sullivan) McIntire, he lived in Mattapoisett since 1954. He attended Fairhaven High School and graduated from Berwick Academy in South Berwick, ME. A U.S. Air Force veteran from 1963 – 1968 he was assigned to the 1100th Air Police Sqn., Head Quarters Command in Washington, DC, where he served in the Presidential Honor Guard and on the Air Force Drill Team. Mr. McIntire worked in many capacities at Mahoney Lumber for the past 30 years. He truly loved his family, friends, customers and dogs. Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer A. Hartman of Alexandria, VA; a brother, David McIntire, Sr. of Mattapoisett; 2 nephews, David McIntire, Jr. and Andrew McIntire, both of Mattapoisett; 2 nieces, Sara Appleton of Mattapoisett and Ellen Newton of Roslindale. His private Funeral Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit - See more at:

Natalie Cerveny Atwood
Aug 14, 2015

Natalie Cerveny Atwood, 90, of Marion, passed away on August 13. Natalie was born on July 14, 1925 in Westfield, Massachusetts and was a longtime resident of Marion. Natalie was a graduate of Westfield High School, Westfield Commercial School, and American Institute of Banking. She was actively involved in her community as the former President of Tobey Hospital Guild and a dedicated hospital volunteer. In addition, she chaired the Tihonet Neighborhood Girl Scouts, served on The Kittansett Club Board of Governors, was Chairman of Ladies Golf, and was most recently on the House Committee. She also served on the Board of Marion Visiting Nurses, and was a member of the Sippican Women’s Club. Natalie enjoyed golf, cooking, baking, and singing, namely in the Wareham Congregational Choir, St. Gabriel’s Choir, and Sippican Choir Society. She was an avid painter and was active at the Marion Art Center. Her family and friends enjoyed the numerous meals and desserts that she selflessly made for them, and she was known for bringing her baked goods to community meetings, doctors’ appointments, and to anyone who enjoyed sweets. Natalie was charismatic; a beacon of light. Her generosity, kind spirit, and warm and charming nature was felt by everyone who knew her. She was surrounded by love and gave it back ten fold. Her parents were Paulina Tolpa and Edward Cerveny. She is pre-deceased by her husband William Makepeace Atwood. She is survived by her two sisters Elaine Kelley and Janet O’Brien of Westfield, and her brother Edward Cerveny of Key Largo, Florida. She has a daughter Susan Atwood Gilmore and late husband Benjamin Gilmore of Rochester; two sons William Fearing Makepeace Atwood of Wareham, and Paul Edward Atwood and Lois Machado of Mattapoisett, as well as daughter-in-laws Carole Atwood and Cynthia Atwood. She has six grandchildren who loved her dearly, Alison Gilmore Carr, and husband John N. Carr, Abigail Gilmore Anderson, and husband Brian G. Anderson, William Coffey Atwood, Myles Edward Atwood, Keith Paul Atwood and Jillian Jean Atwood. She adored her four great grandchildren who loved spending time with her, Charlotte Atwood Carr, Lillian Nordstrom Carr, Henry Makepeace Anderson, and Susanna Cerveny Carr, and she had many nieces and nephews. A memorial service remembrance will be held on Saturday, August 22 at 11:00 a.m. at Wickenden Chapel, Tabor Academy, Spring St., Marion, MA. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the William Makepeace Atwood Scholarship Fund, c/o Rockland Trust, 2036 Washington Street, Hanover, MA 02339.

Michael Allen Sylvia
Aug 13, 2015

Michael Allen Sylvia, 53, of Rochester, MA passed away Thursday, August 13 at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He was the son of Carl L. and Mary-Alice (Chase) Sylvia of Marion. He was the grandson of the late Clifton and Alice Chase of Rochester. Michael was a graduate of Tabor Academy in Marion and attended Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI with a major in historic preservation. He had a life-long love of history, genealogy and antiques with a specialty in antique textiles. His family includes his parents, his aunt Karen Chase of Rochester, devoted cousins and his many friends and colleagues in the antiques field. We cannot forget to mention his ever faithful feline companion, Antonio. Funeral services will be held and announced at a later date.

Dr. Vernon L. Ingraham
Aug 12, 2015

Dr. Vernon L. Ingraham, age 90, of Wareham, passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2015 surrounded by his family. Born in Milford, NH, a son of the late Clayton R. and Eva L. (Mason) Ingraham, he had lived in Vermont and Marion before moving to Wareham in 1998. Dr. Ingraham served in the United States Army during World War II and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal. He later graduated with his BA in English in 1949 from the University of New Hampshire. In 1951, he graduated with his MA in English from Amherst College and in 1965 he received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ingraham was a professor of Upper English Courses at UMass-Dartmouth for 21 years during which time he also served for several years as Chairman of the Department. After his retirement in 1986, he continued to teach part time. He also taught at Gettysburg College, Haverford College, the University of Delaware and Plymouth State College. Dr. Ingraham was very involved in various organizations including, in Marion, the Board of Trustees of the Elizabeth Taber Library, a member of the Elderly Housing Committee and the Marion Horse Show Committee; in Rochester, a member of the Conservation Committee; in Wareham, the Veteran's Council, Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity, and the Community Resources Network. He was a very active communicant of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Marion where he was a member of the Vestry and Missions Committee. Dr. Ingraham was active with the Alumni Association of the University of New Hampshire, Amherst College and the University of Pennsylvania. He was a member of the 361st Infantry Regiment Association and the Bethel, ME Historical Society. He is survived by two sons, Christopher L. Ingraham of Onset and David A. Ingraham and his wife Nanette M. of W. Barnstable; three grandchildren Kyle L., Nicole A. and Liam A. Ingraham; great-granddaughter Layla E. Doonan; and his cousin Hope (Mason) Hood of Seekonk and her children. He was also the father of the late Jason A. Ingraham and brother of the late Clayton R. Ingraham. His visiting hours will be held on Friday, August 21, 2015 from 5 to 8 pm in the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Fairlawn, 180 Washington Street, Fairhaven with a Memorial Service on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 10:00 am in St. Gabriel's Church, 124 Front St., Marion. Burial with Military Honors will take place at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Jason Alexander Ingraham Fund, c/o Asst. Superintendent for Financial Planning, ORR District, 135 Marion Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Visit for tributes or directions.

Gladys K. (Kinsman) Ward
Aug 11, 2015

Gladys K. (Kinsman) Ward, 103, of Marion died August 11, 2015 at Sippican Health Care Center. She was the wife of the late Melvin T. Ward. Born in Natick, the daughter of the late Ethan and Olive (Morey) Kinsman, she lived in Stoughton and Natick for many years, later lived in Florida before moving to Mattapoisett in 1995.Survivors include 3 daughters, Phyllis K. Howes of Mattapoisett, Ethel M. Caraviello of Ogunquit, ME and Faith N. LaPorte of Henderson, NV; 7 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. Private 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 a local hospice of one’s choice. For online guestbook, please visit

Hilda J. (Barros) Silva
Aug 11, 2015

Hilda J. (Barros) Silva, 91, of Marion, died August 11, 2015 in Tobey Hospital, Wareham. She was the daughter of the late Manuel and Dominga (Oliveria) Barros. She was born in Marion and lived there all of her life. Mrs. Silva was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary Dudley L. Brown Post 2486 in Onset. Survivors include her daughters, Gloria Jean Swingle of Marion, Philomena Mae Gilbert of Falmouth, Georgianna Silva and Liana Joyce Silva both of West Wareham; a son, John Michael Silva, Sr. of Fairhaven; a brother, Alfred Barros of Marion; 18 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Rudolph J.T. Silva, Jr. , her sisters Mary Barros Offley, Liana “Lillian” Rose, Alice Cruz and Helen B. Lopes and her brother, Armando Barros. Her funeral will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 15, 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, 113 Front St., Marion. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Wareham. Visiting hours are from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. For directions and online guestbook, visit:

Thelma A. (Austin) Connor
Aug 10, 2015

Thelma A. (Austin) Connor, 93, of Mattapoisett died August 10, 2015 peacefully after a long and beautiful life. She was the wife of the late John J. Connor with whom she shared 61 years of marriage. Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Edward A. and Ethel (Taylor) Austin, she lived in New Bedford before moving to Mattapoisett in 1971. Mrs. Connor was an active communicant of St. Anthony’s Church. She was a volunteer at Market Ministries in New Bedford. Mrs. Connor enjoyed gardening, sewing, reading and knitting. Survivors include her 7 children, Barbara Best of Rotonda, FL, Patricia Desautels of Berkley, Kathleen Gerry of Swansea, Richard Connor of Wayne, NJ, Francis Connor of Albuquerque, NM, Mary Ellen Connor of New Bedford and Martha Connor of Marion; 14 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Edward Austin and Irene Tuttle. Her Funeral will be held on Thursday at 11 AM from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church at 12 Noon. Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery. Visiting hours were held on Wednesday from 3-6 PM. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Shelley A. (Russell) Blanchard
Aug 04, 2015

Shelley A. (Russell) Blanchard, 61, of Rochester died August 4, 2015 at home after a long illness surrounded by her family. She was the wife of Stewart A. Blanchard. Born in Boston, the daughter of the late Howard and Pauline (Sekulich) Russell, she was raised in Brockton and moved to Rochester in 1984. Mrs. Blanchard was formerly employed as a special education teacher with the Department of Education working in various hospital settings with disabled children for many years retiring from Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton in 2010. She was a graduate of Stonehill College, class of 1975 and later received her Masters Degree in Special Education from Eastern Michigan University. Mrs. Blanchard enjoyed spending time with her beloved dogs, skiing, golfing, shopping, listening to the Eagles and the company of her friends. Survivors include her husband; a son, Daniel Russell Blanchard and his fiancée Michelle Thibodeau of Lakeville; a daughter, Caroline Marie Blanchard of Mattapoisett; a sister, Susan Weigand of Howell, MI; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Her visiting hours will be held on Friday from 3-7 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to American Lab Rescue, Inc., P.O. Box 215 Willington, CT 06279-0215. For directions and guestbook, please

David J. Olney
Jul 29, 2015

David J. Olney, 80, of Mattapoisett passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford. He was the husband of Margaret “Peggy” (Leask) Olney. David was born and raised in Waltham, MA, the youngest child of Charles E. and Loraine (Caul) Olney. A life-long summer resident of Mattapoisett, he moved there year-round upon retirement in 1996. David graduated from Bates College in 1956 and earned Masters degrees from Johns Hopkins Univ. and Cornell Univ. He taught high school chemistry and physics for 38 years, including 15 years at New Rochelle, NY, H.S. and 23 years at Lexington, MA, H.S. During his teaching career, David received several regional and national awards for Excellence in Science Teaching, the highlight being selected in 1985 as one of two Presidential Award recipients for Massachusetts. For several years he was a volunteer tutor at the Hayden-McFadden School in New Bedford. David was a member of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church and sang in the church choir. He also sang with the Sippican Choral Society and volunteered at the Mattapoisett Council on Aging, Mattapoisett Land Trust and Mattapoisett Historical Society. He loved playing folk music on his guitar, entertaining family and friends. David called himself a “puzzle nut” and liked all kinds of word, number and logic puzzles. He constructed puzzles for students and various publications. He especially enjoyed family card games and playing bridge with his friends at the Mattapoisett and Wareham COA. When the breezes were fair, David sailed his beloved “Sea Jay” on Buzzards Bay. David is survived by his children, Douglas of Brooklyn, NY, Jonathan of Bel Air, MD, and Katherine and her husband David Kleinschmidt of Acton, MA; four grandchildren, Maggie, Caroline and T.J. Olney and Nathan Kleinschmidt; his sister Dorothy Davies and her husband Julian of Vancouver, BC; several in-laws, cousins and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Charles Jr. and Robert and his sister Loraine McConnell. His memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 9 at 1 p.m. at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church. Donations in his name may be made to the Mattapoisett Congregational Church or the Mattapoisett Land Trust. Funeral arrangements are provided by Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals in Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

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