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Durwood G Parker
Feb 18, 2018

Durwood G Parker, 84, of Taunton passed away peacefully, Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Marion Manor. Durwood was born and raised and lived his whole life in Taunton, Massachusetts and was the son of the late Durwood and Delia Parker. He is survived by his brother Gary Parker and sister in law Marcia Parker of Mattapoisett, MA. In addition, he is survived by his niece Molly Parker of Key West, Florida and niece Amy Parker Ventre, her husband Mark Ventre and his "grand" nieces Olivia and Grace of Andover, MA. He is also survived by his nephew Alex, his wife Summer Parker and "grand" nephews Will and Ben of Lexington, MA.
Dewey spent his whole life in the closely knit neighborhood on Linden Street (the Brickyard area of Taunton). He was blessed being with all of the neighbors that cared for him and supported him throughout the years. His entire working life was spent at Marion Manor working in the maintenance department. He retired after almost 40 years at his job.
He was a charter member of the Taunton Boat Club which was established over 50 years ago. Dewey was always seen on the Taunton River in his boat, taking untold numbers of people for excursions on the water. He also spent a great deal of time with his brother in Mattapoisett out on Buzzards Bay, Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds, fishing and landing some very large striped bass. He always had a love of the water, whether out on a boat or sitting on the side of the Cape Cod Canal watching the vessel traffic go by or endlessly fishing in pursuit of that trophy striper.
Durwood was always highly visible in his cherished GMC pickup truck. He was always ready to lend a hand to any of his friends that needed assistance moving some lumber or making a dump run.
Dewey will be missed by his many friends and all of his family. He was a very special person.
A special thank you for the wonderful care provided to Durwood by Dr.James Hoye, Tammy Tilton, NP and the whole staff at Marion Manor. They too are very special people.
Visitation has been omitted. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a future date in Mattapoisett.

Paul E. Rinta
Feb 16, 2018

Paul E. Rinta, 67, of West Wareham, died Feb. 16, 2018 in the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston after a brief illness. He was the husband of Linda (Carey) Rinta and the son of Lillian J. (Heleen) Rinta and the late Eli E. Rinta.
He was born in Wareham and grew up in Rochester. He lived in West Wareham for many years. He graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School and Burdett College.
Mr. Rinta was a Cranberry Grower for over 50 years.
He was a devoted husband and loving son, father, and grandfather. He held a private pilot's license and the Bull Jump Air Strip in Wareham. He enjoyed taking his grandchildren for rides in his '56 Buick.
Survivors include his wife, Linda (Carey) Rinta; 2 sons, Paul Rinta, Jr., and Andrew Rinta; his grandchildren, Corynn Rinta, Matthew Rinta, Hayden Rinta and Skyler Rinta all of Wareham; his mother, Lillian J. (Heleen) Rinta of Rochester.
Visiting hours are from 4 to 7 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham.
His memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 74 High St., Wareham.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Shriners Children's Hospital, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.

Jennifer M. Bourdon
Feb 13, 2018

Jennifer M. Bourdon, 30, of Mattapoisett died February 13, 2018 unexpectedly at home.
Born in New Bedford, the daughter of Robert W. Bourdon of Mattapoisett and the late Marie A. (Berardi) Bourdon, she lived in Mattapoisett all of her life.
Jennifer was a graduate of Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School.
She enjoyed attending Community Connections in Fairhaven.
Survivors include her father; and her sister, Kathleen Barnes of Mattapoisett.
Her Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, February 22nd at 9 am in St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett. Burial will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

Carla S. Gifune
Feb 11, 2018

Carla S. Gifune, 87, died Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Nemasket Health Care Center in Middleboro after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Frank P. Gifune, Jr.
Born in Greenwich, CT, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Clara (Clevenger) Scala. A previous resident of N. Reading, she moved to Marion in 1968 where she lived until the early 1980's. She also lived in Wareham and Florida.
Mrs. Gifune received her M.Ed. from Lesley University in Cambridge and was a teacher, then principal at Sippican School in Marion.
She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Marion, and the Mass. Teachers' Association.
Survivors include her children, Kimberley Haskell and her wife Lori, and Greg F. Gifune and his wife Carol all of Wareham; 3 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, the late George Scala.
Funeral services and burial will be private.

Elizabeth "Beth" Murphy Dawson
Feb 10, 2018

Elizabeth "Beth" Murphy Dawson, 74, died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 10, 2018. She was the wife of James A. Dawson.
Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Bernard F. and Rita E. (Harrington) Murphy, she was a graduate of Holy Family High School and Boston College School of Nursing. After growing up in New Bedford, she split her time between New Canaan, CT and Mattapoisett.
She was a communicant of St. Aloysius and St. Anthony's Churches.
Beth M. Dawson was a devoted, full time mother, dedicating her life to her five children and ten grandchildren.
She worked as a nurse at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston and was a nursing instructor at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. She was also a school nurse at New Canaan High School and Saxe Middle School.
Beth was a Dame of Malta, taught CCD at St. Aloysius School, and was an active member of her local school and church communities.
Survivors include her husband, James A. Dawson of New Canaan, CT and Mattapoisett; her five children, Margaret Dawson Bolster, James Bernard Dawson, Kate Dawson Ayers, M.D., Elizabeth Ann Dawson, and John Harrington Dawson; and ten grandchildren, Michael Finn Ayers, James Dawson Ayers, Jack Ambrose Dashiell Bolster, Lucy Cronin Ayers, Kayla Elizabeth Murdock Bolster, Thomas Murphy Dawson, Henry Middleton Dawson, Elizabeth Grey Dawson, Gloria Murphy Dawson, and James Edward Dawson.
Her wake was held on Monday, February 12 at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, February 13 at St. Lawrence Church in New Bedford. Burial followed in St. Mary's Cemetery. For guestbook, please visit

Alice (Hindle) Trantham
Feb 07, 2018

Alice (Hindle) Trantham, our Mom, joined her husband of over 70 years in Heaven on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. She was born in New Bedford on Dec 27, 1926 to William and Agnes (Sherman) Hindle. After marrying the love of her life, Sam in 1947, the young couple moved to Acushnet where they lived in love for the rest of their 70 year marriage. Along with being a Foster Mom for many babies, Alice worked as a "Drawing in Girl" at Berkshire Hathaway.
Alice was an awesome Mom, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Great Great Grandmother and Aunt, she had many many friends from the Neighborhood, Acushnet Town Hall, Library and Senior Center, and Rochester Senior Center- too many to mention but who ALL cared for her.
Alice was a wonderful loving person and lived a wonderful long life. She was a very talented self taught sewer, knitter and quilter. She gave away most of her crafts, would never sell them and did not make to order.
Alice missed her husband very much. He came back for her 1 year + 1 day after his passing.
Survivors include her Son: Randolph J. Trantham and his wife Wanda of Acushnet; her Daughter: Betsy Pimental and her husband David of Rochester; 4 Grandchildren: James M. Trantham, Randi-Lyne Trantham, Jeremy Pimental and his wife Karla and Jayme Pimental; 12 Great Grandchildren; and 2 Great Great Grandchildren. In addition, she leaves her loving Edmonds Family - her Nieces and Nephews who were more like her own kids.
Per Alice's wishes, there are no calling hours or services. Alice would ask nothing of you except to be kind to each other.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirby Funeral Home, 61 Tarkiln Hill Rd., New Bedford, MA 02745.
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PFC W. Becket Kiernan
Feb 05, 2018

PFC W. Becket Kiernan, USMC, 18, of Falmouth, formerly of Rochester, died on Monday, February 5, 2018, of Necrotizing Fasciitis at Desert Regional Memorial Hospital, in Palms Springs, CA.
Born in Wareham, he was a graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School where he was an Honors and AP Student. Since he was 10 years old, Becket always dreamed of being a United States Marine. He embodied those values of honor, courage, and commitment and it led him to become a Young Marine. He dedicated seven years where his selflessness, generosity, loyalty and character saw him achieve the rank of SgtMaj of the New England Regiment. This esteemed rank among many, made him the stepping stone where others wanted to emulate. As a leader in the Young Marines, he was awarded (3) Unit Young Marine of the Year, (1) Battalion Young Marine of the Year, the Young Marine Achievement Award, a Marine Corps League Commendation, and a Personal Commendation Award from the National Executive Director of the Young Marines Program.
A unique, kindred soul, Becket was very funny and enjoyed playing practical jokes on his friends and family. He was always humble and kind, putting others before himself. He was an avid reader in military history and a brilliant writer at such a young age. He had an amazing smile and contagious laugh that made everyone around him better. He will be greatly missed.
Becket is survived by his mother, Lynda Kiernan and two sisters, Maegan and Mallory.
His visitation will be held on Thursday February 15th from 2-8 pm at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. His Funeral Mass will be held on Friday February 16th at 9:30 am at St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Theodore C. Pedersen
Feb 04, 2018

Theodore C. Pedersen, beloved husband of Ethel (Andrews) Pedersen for 75 years, died peacefully in Bristol, RI on February 10, 2018. His death followed the February 4th celebration of his 99th birthday, for which he was surrounded by his entire family who loved him very much.
Born in Skudesnes, Norway to the late Gunnar and Inger Serine Pedersen, Ted came to New York as a boy of 11, then moved to New Bedford, and later to Mattapoisett, where he lived for the last 40 years. He was a captain or mate on several F/V, mostly the scalloper Fairhaven.
He was the father of three children; the late Theodore C. Pedersen, Jr., Jonathan Pedersen, and Barbara Allen (Stan Wilbur). He was "Dad" to Janice and Paul Mandeville. "Pumpa" is also survived by his six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Anna S. Arnold.
A recipient of a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, Ted served his country in Europe during WWII, including at the Battle of the Bulge, as a member of the 99th Infantry Battalion. In 1945 he was sent to Norway for the celebratory return of exiled King Haakon VII. The Norwegian government presented a commendation for his service in a 2011 ceremony held at their U.S. embassy in Washington, DC.
Ted loved his family, sailing in Mattapoisett Harbor, solving crossword puzzles, and spending winters in Boca Raton, Florida.
A Graveside Service with Military Honors for Mr. Pedersen will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 11am in Pine Grove Cemetery in New Bedford. All arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Donaghy-Hathaway Funeral Home, 465 County Street, New Bedford. To light a memorial candle, sign guest book, cemetery directions go to or call 508 992-5486.

David S. Smarowski
Jan 29, 2018

David S. Smarowski, 75, of Rochester passed away Monday, January 29, 2018 in his home with his family at his side. He was the husband of Lorraine (Ferro) Moniz.
Born in Schenectady, NY a son of the late Madeline (Goyette) Durante and the late Stanley Smarowski he lived most of his life in Wareham.
David graduated from Wareham High School. He later served in the United States Marines. After returning from the Marine Corp, he became a Wareham Police Officer and also served as a Wareham Sewer Commissioner. He was employed by Polaroid in New Bedford for 37 years until it closed in 2007. After his retirement, he worked part time as a sexton for the Mattapoisett Congregational Church.
He was a member of the Fall River DAV, the Sippican Rod & Gun Club, and the New Bedford Rod & Gun Club. David loved going to the shooting range.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Marrianne Rosario and her husband Richard of Weymouth, Regina Matthews of Wareham, Jana Hennessey and her husband Mark of Wareham and Melissa Smarowski of Wareham; a son, David C. Smarowski of Warehem; a sister, Shirley Smarowski of Wareham; a step daughter, Deborah Morrison and her husband James of Acushnet; a step son, Richard Moniz and his companion Lynn Cousens of Dartmouth; grandchildren, Nicole, Benjamin, and Julianne Matthews, Grace and Christopher Rosario, and Madeline and Abegail Hennessey; step grandchildren, Richard Adam Faria-Moniz, Jamie L. Moniz, and Luke J. and Ava R. Morrison; and former stepchildren, Matthew Hartley, John Mark Hartley, Shawn-Ann Schafler, and Dana-Lyn Hartley.
His funeral was held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Rose of Lima Church, 282 Vaughn Hill Rd., Rochester. Burial was private. Visitation was held on Friday.

Anne M. (Roche) Mahoney
Jan 28, 2018

Anne M. (Roche) Mahoney, 89, of New Bedford passed away on Sunday January 28, 2018 at Our Lady's Haven. She was the wife of the late Vernon J. Mahoney.
Born in Marlboro, the daughter of the late Francis J. and Catherine A. (Kehoe) Roche, she lived in New Bedford for most of her life.
Anne was a graduate of Holy Family High School.
She was an avid shopper and enjoyed her summers at Crescent Beach in Mattapoisett with her family.
She is survived by two sisters, Martha Berger of New Bedford and Ellen Sylvia and her husband John of Clearwater, FL; her good friend, Betsy Beatriz; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
She was the mother of the late Daniel P. Mahoney, and sister of the late Caroline Robinson, Kathleen Wood, and David Roche.
Her Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday March 3, 2018 at 9 am at Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery will be private. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford. For online condolence book, please visit

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