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Chloe O. Harding
Feb 17, 2019

Chloe O. Harding, a young and very brave little 8 year old girl died at home on February 17, 2019 after a long courageous battle with cancer surrounded by her loving family.
Chloe was born in Wareham, daughter of Lindsay F. (Moore) Harding and Harrison A. Harding, Jr. She lived in Rochester all of her life.
She was in the second grade at Rochester Memorial School.
Chloe admired, adored and governed her big brother Wyatt. She cherished their special moments and time together. They share a bond like most siblings, their relationship was filled with companionship, friendship and friendly competition. Wyatt was her best friend. Chloe loved her friends, especially Jason, Evan, Lily and Cara. She has a true passion for adventure; especially skiing, swimming and dancing. She loved baking and desserts, campfires and s'mores, and ice cream any day of the week. She LOVED school... all her friends there, the staff, and even homework. Chloe had a fondness for animals, especially her chickens and rooster she called Shadow. She loved to build Legos and take rides on the gator. She could play with her dolls for hours on end. Chloe had a way of showing the world how to love and live life to the fullest.
Survivors include her parents; her brother, Wyatt Harding of Rochester; her grandparents, Paul and Helen S. (Church) Moore and Harrison and Kathleen (Lake) Harding, all of Rochester; her great-grandmother, Lorraine (McGrath) Lake of Mattapoisett; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Her Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, February 24th at 3 PM in the Christian Fellowship Center, 822 Church St. New Bedford with reception immediately to follow. Her family will receive guests from 2 - 3 PM at church prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Chloe Harding Fund, Rockland Trust Bank 2420 Cranberry Hwy, Wareham, MA 02571. Future donations will be made to the Jimmy Fund Clinic in Chloe's memory. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Rt. 6, Mattapoisett, MA. For online guestbook, please visit

Maribeth (Walsh) White
Feb 16, 2019

Maribeth (Walsh) White, 55, of Acushnet, passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at home. She was the wife of Raymond A. White, III with whom she shared 36 years of marriage.
Born in New Bedford, a daughter of the late Donald Walsh and Jacqueline (O'Bomsawin) Walsh, she was a lifelong resident of Acushnet.
She was a graduate of Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School in Rochester, class of 1982. Maribeth had an adventurous spirit and loved to travel with her husband. She enjoyed being on the water, boating, fishing and camping with her family. She loved spending time with her grandchildren whom she adored.
Surviving in addition to her husband Raymond are her children, Ryan R. White and his girlfriend Stacy Tobiaz, Rhiannon White-Tomkiewicz and her husband Stanley and Evan D. White and his wife Alexis all of Acushnet; her siblings, Kevin Walsh, Lisa Corey and her husband Steven, Brian Walsh all of Acushnet and Meghan Walsh of Dartmouth; ten grandchildren, Haley, Aria, Taylor, Ryder, Elise, Charlet, Beau, Wesley, Duke and Millie all of Acushnet; her mother-in-law, June White of Acushnet; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Eric Walsh.
Her Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 10 am in St. Francis Xavier Parish, 125 Main St., Acushnet followed by burial in Long Plain Cemetery, Main St., Acushnet. Visiting hours Sunday 2-6 pm in the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, 5550 West Executive Dr., Suite 300, Tampa, FL 33609 or
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Priscilla A. (Ross) Grantham
Feb 16, 2019

Priscilla A. (Ross) Grantham, 83, of Wareham, died Feb. 16, 2019 at Tobey Hospital. She was the widow of the late John P. Grantham, Jr. and the daughter of the late Charles Martin and Lois Althea (Chapman) Ross.
She was born in Attleboro and lived in Wareham for many years with her husband & children.
Mrs. Grantham attended and graduated Newton-Wellesley School of Nursing. She spent many years working as an OBGYN nurse at Newton-Wellesley. Later she went on to become the Director of Nursing at Mattapoisett Nursing Home. She truly was a very caring, compassionate nurse and loved her job.
In her spare time she enjoyed reading and was an avid Patriots fan. She loved all animals and donated to many charities.
Survivors include her daughter, Julie Grantham of Wareham; her son, John P. Grantham, III of Wareham; a brother, Charles Ross of Pawtucket, RI; 3 grandchildren, Jennifer and Jessica Shadrick and Valerie Grantham; 2 great grandchildren.
Visiting hours are from 10:30 am to 11:30 am on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham followed by a funeral service at 11:30 a.m.
Burial will be in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the ASPCA, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20077.

Kenneth C. "Kenn" Cutler
Feb 15, 2019

Kenneth C. "Kenn" Cutler, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard (ret.), age 79 of Rochester, MA, passed away February 15, 2019 at Tobey Hospital, Wareham, MA, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on May 15, 1939 in Quincy, MA to Charles and Dorothy (Knapp) Cutler. Raised in Abington, MA, he graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT in 1960. On September 7, 1963, he married Maryann Haugg of New York City.
After receiving his commission as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, he served on USCGC ESCANABA (WHEC-64), on USCGC VIGILANT (WMEC-617) as plank owner and Operations Officer, and on USCGC VALIANT (WMEC-621) as plank owner and Executive Officer. He was also the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard LORAN Station in Greenland, District One (Southern) Director of Auxiliary, and an instructor at the National Search and Rescue School on Governor's Island, NY. His personal awards included the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Coast Guard Commendation Medal. He attained the rank of Commander and retired in 1980 after serving more than 20 years.
Following retirement, he returned with his family to the house he purchased in Rochester, at the beginning of his Coast Guard career. He purchased a small pallet repair business in Rockland, MA and volunteered many years with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was a member of St. Rose of Lima parish in Rochester.
Kenn is survived by his wife of 55 years, Maryann; their children Lisa Gray, Charles Cutler, Michael Cutler and his wife Deborah, and Casey Cutler and his wife Wioleta; grandchildren Evan Gray, and Sage, Simon, and Amelia Cutler, all of whom brought great joy to his life; brother Robert S. Cutler, and sister-in-law Rosemary Cutler; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends. He is predeceased by sister Trudy Kelley and brothers Donald and Lawrence Cutler.
His visitation will be held from 4-7 pm Wednesday, February 20 at Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 50 County Road (Route 6), Mattapoisett. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 am Thursday, February 21 at St. Rose of Lima Church, 282 Vaughan Hill Road, Rochester. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, or the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Darlene J. Blackett
Feb 14, 2019

Darlene J. Blackett, 71, of Mattapoisett died February 14, 2019 peacefully in her home.
Born in Acushnet, daughter of the late Milton J. and Dorothy (DeCosta) Blackett, she lived in Fairhaven and Mattapoisett all of her life.
She was a graduate Old Rochester Regional High School, class of 1964 and Johnson & Wales University.
Darlene was formerly employed as a clerical assistant at New England Telephone for many years until her retirement. She received many awards for her ideas and achievements at work.
She loved children, volunteered at the Mattapoisett Council On Aging and was an advocate for stray pets. She was a huge car enthusiast and enjoyed drives down to the ice cream slip in her convertible.
Survivors include her sister, Judith Alves of New Bedford; her niece, Jennifer Alves of Northbridge, MA.
She was the sister-in-law of the late Lance Alves.
Private arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Rt. 6, Mattapoisett, MA. For online guestbook, please visit

Harold Talbott
Feb 07, 2019

Harold Talbott died peacefully at his home in Marion, Massachusetts, on February 7, shortly before his 80th birthday from complications of Parkinson's disease.
In his just-published memoir, Tendrel, Harold wrote, "although my ancestors were rather distinguished, I was always out of step with the rest of my family. Instead I preferred to go my own way, which may explain how, from my beginnings in the sophisticated worlds of New York and Europe, I ended up as a student of Tibetan lamas in both India and America."
Harold and his twin brother, John Talbott, were born in New York City on February 21, 1939, to Margaret "Peggy" Thayer and Harold E. Talbott, Jr. Their parents lived at the apex of high society in New York, and briefly in Washington, DC, during the mid-1950s when Mr. Talbott was Secretary of the Air Force. Celebrated for her beauty and charm, Harold's mother counted among her many friends not only such social luminaries as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, but numerous singers, writers, and actors. (Noel Coward, Truman Capote, and Gary Cooper among them).
Harold's decision to go his own way required courage. At St. Paul's School (he graduated in the class of 1958 where he developed his passion for French literature) and later at Harvard (1962) he readily admitted he was gay at a time when homosexuality was neither discussed nor tolerated. Yet thanks to his humor, charm and intelligence, Harold was accepted by his classmates, teachers, and numerous friends. While in college Harold converted to Catholicism. Later he befriended Alan Watts, who, knowing of his developing interest in Buddhism, introduced him to the Benedictine monk Dom Aelred Graham, an authority on Thomist philosophy and Zen Buddhism, who became his close friend and mentor. During this time, Harold twice traveled to the Abbey of Gesthemene in Kentucky to meet Thomas Merton, through whose writings he "fell in love with the monastic life."
After his mother committed suicide in 1962, Harold lived a reclusive life in New York, rarely going out and socializing until two years later he met and befriended the famous piano duo, Bobby Fizdale and Arthur Gold. They took Harold into "the hub of a vast circle of talented people," including among others Tanny and George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Samuel Barber, Betty and John Cage, Stella Adler, who became friends.
Three years after entering Gold and Fizdale's enchanted circle, Harold's life changed even more dramatically when Dom Aelred Graham invited him to be his assistant and secretary on a year-long trip to Asia to meet leading figures of the world's non-Christian religions. During the trip they met the Dalai Lama. After their audience, Harold asked His Holiness if he might return to India to study with him. In 1968 he spent the winter at Dharamsala as a private student of the Dalai Lama, who told him he would become his "monk in America." However, Harold eventually became a follower of the Nyingma, or "Old School" tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, to which he committed himself for the rest of his life.
In November 1968 Harold served as Thomas Merton's guide to Tibetan lamas in India's Himalayan region during Merton's travels to Asia that year. Harold introduced the great Christian monk to many Tibetan Buddhist teachers, including the Dalai Lama and Chatral Rinpoche, the man Merton pledged to return to India to study and understand the essence of Tibetan Buddhism--Dzogchen. About Chatral Rinpoche, considered a supreme master of Dzogchen meditation by Nyinmapas, Merton confided to Harold, "That is the greatest man I have ever met." During their time together in India Merton urged his young guide to find a lama to teach him Dzogchen.
Shortly after Merton's departure from India, and his sudden death a few days later in Thailand, Harold found his own lama near Darjeeling, the Tibetan yogi Lama Gyurdala. Lama Gyurdala guided him onto the path of Dzogchen. Harold's study with Lama Gyurdala, and with His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, titular head of the Nyingma lineage, was made possible in large part due to Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, then a professor of Tibetan at Lucknow University, who knew English and acted as Harold's mentor, translator, and friend. Seven years later when Lama Gyurdala lay on his deathbed in an impoverished Delhi neighborhood, Harold was at his bedside day and night. After Lama Gyurdala died in early 1975, Harold's close friend Michael Baldwin persuaded him to return to America and settle in Marion, Massachusetts, near where the Baldwin family was living.
Shortly after his arrival in Marion, Harold and Michael established the Buddhayana Foundation to translate, edit, and publish important works about Tibetan Buddhism.
Dodrup Chen Rinpoche, an eminent Nyingma lama living in Sikkim, visited the US to attend to his students at the Maha Siddha Nyingmapa Center in western Massachusetts in the mid-1970s. Tulku Thondup introduced Harold to the great lama, who decided to stay with Harold for several months, giving teachings to his students in Harold's Marion home, a custom that prevailed over the ensuing decades during Dodrup Chen's periodic visits to the U.S.
In 1980 Tulku Thondup began his residence in the U.S. as a visiting scholar at Harvard's Center for the Study of World Religions, eventually becoming a permanent resident and citizen of the U.S. From the 1970s until his death Harold worked with Tulku Thondup as editor of many books on Tibetan Buddhism that Tulku Thondup himself wrote and translated, all published under the auspices of the Buddhayana Foundation.
It is thanks to Harold's and Tulku Thondup's tireless work over decades that many Americans have been introduced to the profound wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism.
The title of Harold's memoir Tendrel, released this month, fittingly refers to the 'auspicious connections' that marked and shaped his life as a private monk in a secular age, a life that testified to the supreme importance of the spiritual dimension of human existence.
Everyone who knew him will remember Harold for his humor, his intelligence, his generosity, and most of all for his gift of friendship. He is survived by his twin brother John, 11 nieces and nephews and an army of cousins.
In lieu of flowers, in gratitude for Harold's life, a tax-deductible donation may be made to the Buddhayana Foundation, 204 Spring Street, Marion, MA 02738.

Janice E. (Gallant) Silveira
Feb 03, 2019

Janice E. (Gallant) Silveira, 81 of Mattapoisett died February 3, 2019 at St. Luke's Hospital after a long illness.
She was the wife of the late Clifford S. Silveira.
Born in Edgartown, MA, daughter of the late Archie and Florida (Goguen) Gallant, she was raised in Fairhaven and lived in Mattapoisett most of her life.
Mrs. Silveira was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church.
She enjoyed furniture refinishing and stenciling.
Survivors include her son, Robert Silveira of Mattapoisett; a daughter, Rebecca Nye of Marion; 2 brothers, Donald Gallant and Eddie Gallant; 3 sisters, Ann Bowman, Geneva Viveiros and Gertrude Milone; 5 grandchildren, Nichole, Jennifer, Christopher, Jr., Randall and Glen.
She was the mother of the late John Silveira and the sister of the late Joseph Gallant, Robert Gallant, Ray Gallant, Jeannette Genereux and Leo Gallant.
Funeral from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett on Wednesday, February 6th at 9 AM. Funeral Mass at St. Anthony's Church at 10 AM. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Visiting hours Tuesday, February 5th from 5-8 PM. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Bonnie D. (Burrell) van Stephoudt
Feb 02, 2019

Bonnie D. (Burrell) van Stephoudt, 73, of Marion died peacefully at home February 2, 2019 surrounded by her family.
She was the wife of Theodor van Stephoudt.
Born in New Bedford, daughter of the late Benjamin H.B. and Betty Mae (Wilson) Burrell, she was raised in Fairhaven and Marion. She traveled the world before moving back to Marion in 1980.
A long standing lecturer in the MIT Chemical Engineering Department, Bonnie contributed significantly to the development of their design labs. She was hired by the Department in 1996 to develop a team building/interpersonal communication training. At the time, there was no literature about such training for engineering students. Bonnie developed new methods and materials which evolved into the current Team Management program in the class. Her efforts led to two papers that she presented at the American Society of Engineering Education meetings. A strong supporter of equal access to education for both girls and boys. She was also an avid horticulturist.
Survivors include her husband; 2 daughters, Alethia Mariotta and her husband Massimiliano of Barrington, RI and Athena Finger of Orlando, FL; 2 sisters, Bettina Brown and her husband Larry of Hyannis and Betsey Sethares of Hyannis; a brother, Brent Burrell and his wife Cheryl of Marion; Hillary Metcalfe of Amsterdam, NL, who was like a daughter; 3 grandchildren, Genevieve, Adelaide and Benjamin; and several nieces.
Her visiting hours will be held Sunday, February 17th from 1-3 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Rt. 6, Mattapoisett, MA. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Florence R. (Rose) Monterio
Jan 28, 2019

Florence R. (Rose) Monterio, 96, of Marion, died January 28, 2019 at home. She was the widow of the late Antone E. Monterio and the daughter of the late Aurelio and Caroline (Renney) Rose.
She was born in Marion and lived there all of her life. She graduated from New Bedford Vocational School.
Mrs. Monterio worked as a solderer for Cornell Dubilier in New Bedford for many years. During WWII she worked for the Hingham Shipyard as a welder.
She was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Wareham and the Ladies Auxiliary of the former Benjamin D. Cushing Post 2425.
She was an avid Bingo player and Patriots fan. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, knitting, and furniture refinishing & upholstering.
Survivors include 3 daughters, Kathleen M. Monterio of Middleboro, Deborah Curry of Upper Marlboro, MD and Alice Monterio of Greenville, SC; a son, Stephen Rose of Marion; a sister, Dorothy Pope of Dartmouth; 16 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren; several nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her son, Harry Monterio and her stepson, Anthony Monterio and her siblings, Dominga Merreles, Anna James, Domingo Rose, Louise Tucker, David Rose and Arthur Rose.
Visiting hours are from 4 to 7 pm on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham.
Her funeral will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 74 High St., Wareham. Burial will follow in Center Cemetery, Wareham.
Donations in her memory may be made to Southcoast Hospice, 200 Mill Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719.

Harriet E. (Dugas) Gray
Jan 24, 2019

Harriet E. (Dugas) Gray, 91, of Fairhaven died peacefully on January 24, 2019 at Alden Court Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by her family.
She was the wife of the late Robert J. Gray.
Harriet was born in Pawtucket, RI, daughter of the late Theodore F. and Harriet (Burns) Dugas. Harriet graduated from St. Xavier's Academy in Providence, RI and continued her education at Pembroke College an extension of Brown University.
After Harriet and Bob were married, they started their life together in Pawtucket, RI, then moved to Cumberland, RI, followed by Woodcliff Lake, NJ, and finally settled in Raynham, MA where they resided for 30 years. After Bob's death, Harriet moved to Middleboro, where she lived until her health declined.
First and foremost, Harriet was a wife, mother and homemaker to Bob and their four children. Harriet and Bob enjoyed square dancing for over 30 years. Harriet had many other talents including painting, sewing, needle point, crafting and playing the organ.
They were communicants of St. Anne's Church in Raynham where Harriet was involved with the Women's Guild for many years. She also loved her volunteer time at Morton Hospital in Taunton. Harriet and Bob enjoyed solving New York Times crossword puzzles while sitting by the pool or at the beach. They spent many happy times at Second Beach in Newport together with family and friends. She and Bob were fortunate to have traveled to many places around the world throughout their lives.
With all that said, Harriet's biggest joy, came from spending time with her grandchildren. Her smile lit up the room whenever they were around her.
Survivors include her daughter, Susan Gray Davis of South Pasadena, CA; two sons, Robert Gray of Raynham, MA and Christopher J. and his wife Lisa (Di Monte) Gray of Mattapoisett, MA; five grandchildren, Christopher M. Gray, Justin Gray, Nicholas Gray, Ian Gray, Michael Danielson and several nieces and a nephew.
She was the mother of the late Michael J. Gray and the sister of the late Theodore Dugas and J. Vincent Dugas.
The family wishes to thank the staff, CNAs and nurses on the Whitfield Unit at Alden Court for their compassionate and quality care for the last five years. Harriet will forever be remembered on the Whitfield unit for her Palm Beach Attire and her quick wit which she delivered with a roll of her eyes and wave of her hand.
Harriet, Mum, Nana will be greatly missed by her loving family.
Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, February 2nd from 11 am -2 pm followed by a Catholic prayer service at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Rt. 6, Mattapoisett, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Beacon Hospice, 182 N. Main St., Fall River, MA 02720.
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