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Sonia Lee (Lutoff) Strawn
Feb 07, 2020

Sonia Lee (Lutoff) Strawn, 74, of Wareham, died Friday, February 7, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Merritt Edwin Strawn.
Born in Wareham, she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Mabel T. (Zion) Lutoff. She was a graduate of Wareham High School, Class of 1963.
Sonia and Ed owned Marion Country Package Store in Marion for over 20 years where they forged many wonderful friendships.
Sonia's life was devoted to her family. Her happiest days were spent cooking for her grandchildren and spending time in her yard, on her deck or by the pool surrounded by her children, family and friends.
She is survived by her children, Theresa Antell and her husband Timothy, Thomas Strawn and his wife Elizabeth, Peter Strawn, and Suzy Strawn and her fiance Meric Goddu all of Wareham, and Dwight Kirk Strawn and his wife Elaine of New Bedford; her siblings, Janice Bentley of Dunstable, Robert Lutoff of Plantation, FL, Geraldine Jones of TN, and Arlene Goldstein of Wareham. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She was recently predeceased by her sister, the late Pearl Isner.
Her funeral will be from the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy. (Rt. 28), Wareham on Wed., February 12, 2020 at 9 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick's Church, 82 High St., Wareham at 10 am. Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Wareham. Visiting hours will be Tuesday from 4 - 8 pm at the funeral home.
Donations in her memory may be made to St. Patrick's Church, 82 High St., Wareham, MA 02571.

Katherine (Lawton) Chaples
Feb 07, 2020

Katherine (Lawton) Chaples, age 81, of New Bedford, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2020 at Brandon Woods of New Bedford surrounded by her family. Born in New Bedford, MA she was the beloved daughter of the late John and Emily Lawton.
Katherine had worked as a home health aide for Home Health Care. She loved dancing, listening to Elvis and was always on the run keeping herself busy. She was affectionately known by her nickname, Tootsie.
She is survived by her sons, Charlie, Richard and Alfred and his wife Pamela; grandchildren, Matthew, Tommy and Timmy; 3 great-grandsons and 1 great-granddaughter; sister, Gloria Monteiro and her great friend, Jim Mendes. She was also predeceased by her siblings, Loraine, Virginia, Willy, Eddie, Alice and Lillian.
In lieu of flowers, donations can kindly be made to Compassionate Care Hospice.
Katherine's funeral services are Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 12 noon to 2 pm. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.
Arrangements are placed in the care of Perry Funeral Home 111 Dartmouth St. New Bedford, MA 02740. Please see our website: for condolences.

Jane W. (Deane) Ladner
Feb 06, 2020

Jane W. (Deane) Ladner, 90, of Marion, died Feb. 6, 2020 at St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford. She was the wife of the late Allen R. Ladner and the daughter of the late Jerome and Frances (Long) Deane.
She was born in New Bedford and lived in Marion all of her life.
Mrs. Ladner ran the office at Marion Garage for many years.
She was a member of the North Marion United Methodist Church. She enjoyed going to Antique Car Shows with her husband.
Survivors include her son, Russell A. Ladner and his wife Elizabeth of Rochester; a daughter, Jean "Jeannie" A. Gates and her husband Mark of Marion; 9 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Edward Jerome Ladner and sister of the late Jerome Richard "Benny" Deane and Marie H. Bassett.
A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Community Center of the First Congregational Church of Marion, 144 Front St., Marion.
Donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1324 Belmont St., Suite 204-101, Brockton, MA 02301.
Arrangements are by the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham. For more info and online guestbook, visit:

Brooke Elizabeth Sweet
Feb 05, 2020

Brooke Elizabeth Sweet, 20, of Mattapoisett passed away Wednesday February 5, 2020 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Marion.
Born in New Bedford, the loving daughter of Jodi L. Travers and David P. Sweet, she lived in Mattapoisett all of her life.
Brooke loved spending time with her family and going to Ned's Point with her best friend Audrey Eastwine. Everywhere Brooke went she brought life and laughter with her infectious smile and personality. Her family meant everything to her, her sisters were her best friends and she will forever live in our hearts.
It brings great comfort to her family that Brooke is now reunited with the love of her life, Damen J. Hooper. The family would also like to thank Anthony Esposito for being so kind and loving to Brooke.
She is survived by her parents, Jodi and David; her siblings, Christopher R. Serra and his girlfriend Alexis Lopes, Heather DeCosta and her husband Scotty, Derek P. Sweet and his wife Rachael, and Kaelyn M. Olivier and her husband Zack; her grandparents, Terry and Dennis Monty, Richard and Catherine Travers, Joan and Paul Leclair, and David Sweet; her uncles, Kevin Sweet, Eric Sweet, Christopher Travers and his spouse Al, Jonathan Travers and his wife Ana, and Daniel Travers; her niece, Alanna DeCosta; her nephews, Coleton Serra, Logan Serra, Colin Sweet, Travis Sweet, and Weston Lopes; her cousins, Dylan Sweet, Maison Sweet, and Noah Travers; her best friend since childhood, Leann Lomba; and all who loved her.
Her visiting hours will be held on Thursday February 13th from 4-8 pm at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Route 6, Mattapoisett. Her Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday February 14th at 10 am at St. Joseph's Church, Fairhaven. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Boston Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Hannelore "Lori" Eleanor Maxim
Feb 05, 2020

Hannelore "Lori" Eleanor Maxim passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Brigham and Women's Hospital on February 5 after a courageous battle with a long term illness.
Lori was born in Innsbruck, Austria on October 31, 1941. She lived in Salzburg, Austria with her family before immigrating to the United States in 1957 where she settled in Marion for the past 62 years. Lori was employed as a technician at May Optical in Wareham, MA for many years. She also worked as a caretaker for seniors and was highly regarded, trusted and loved by her clients. In her later years, she participated in the Senior Work Program for the Town of Marion.
Her love of family was exemplified through her graceful and warm-hearted demeanor. She would always find fun and creative ways to entertain her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews while teaching a life lesson. Lori put others before herself and would face life's challenges with calmness, courage and strength. Lori was sought out by family and friends alike for her honest and sound advice as well as her unparalleled wisdom. She enjoyed gardening and cooking and would diligently research the origins and care of her plants. Lori's ingenuity had no bounds as she could fix just about anything or transform an unwanted object into a magnificent decorative piece. She loved the natural beauty of the ocean as personified by her stunning creations of sea glass and shells she collected over time. In her younger years, she enjoyed sketching and painting being particularly fond of seascapes and beach settings.
Lori loved animals and adopted many abandoned cats over the years, each one treated by her with love and kindness. Her love of homeland was well known to family and friends through heartfelt stories as well as beautiful music and poetry of Austria.
Lori is survived by her daughters, Donna Maxim of Marion, Lori Thibodeaux-Simpson and husband Shaon Simpson of Stoughton, grandchildren, Anthony Thibodeaux of Allston and Samantha (Thibodeaux) Segura and husband Alex Segura of Roslindale, great granddaughter, Audrianna Segura, and her sister, Rosita (Faber) Buckminster and husband Garry Buckminster of Marion, along with many other relatives and friends. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Champs Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 332 Marion, MA 02738.

David L. Fermino
Feb 04, 2020

David L. Fermino, 72, of Mattapoisett passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River after a long illness. He was the loving husband of Victoria (Blasczak) Fermino.
Born in Wareham, son of the late Charles Fermino, Sr. and Minnie (Andrews) Fermino, he was a lifelong Mattapoisett resident and graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School. David served his country in the Navy during the Vietnam War and later worked as a tin smith at J.C. Rhodes until his retirement. He enjoyed woodworking and sailing.
David is survived by his loving wife Victoria; her children, Maureen E.R. Noonan of New Bedford, Francis Noonan of Acushnet, Christopher and Bryce Noonan of New Bedford and Robert Noonan of Rehoboth; a grandson, Joseph M. Morris of Mattapoisett; a sister, Caroline Sylvia and her husband John of Marion; a brother, Peter C. Fermino of Mattapoisett; a nephew, Charles Sylvia of Warren, RI; a niece, Karen Ramos of Mattapoisett; great niece, Brittany Fevier and great nephew, Graham Tuxworth. Mr. Fermino was the brother of the late Charles Fermino, Jr. and Maurice "Mudgie" Tavares.
In accordance with his wishes he will be cremated and private arrangements are under the direction of the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven. For memorial register go to,
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in David's name to the Mattapoisett Road Race, P.O. Box 372, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.

Richard A. Fluegel
Feb 03, 2020

Richard A. Fluegel, 87, of Mattapoisett passed away on Monday February 3, 2020 at Sippican Healthcare Center in Marion.
He was the beloved husband of the late Margery Susan (Macomber) Fluegel.
Born in Fairhaven, Ma he was the son of the late Adam Christian Fluegel and the late Mildred May (Astin) Fluegel.
Richard is survived by his children; Steven Richard Fluegel and his wife Susan of East Wareham, and Janice Karen (Fluegel) White and her husband Randall of Lakeville. Richard was predeceased by his son, the late Paul W. Fluegel.
Richard is also survived by his siblings; Kenneth A. Fluegel of Dartmouth, Robert P. Fluegel of North Carolina, Diane M. (Irwin) of Dartmouth and Nancy E. Ferreira of Springfield, Ma. Richard was also the proud grandfather of Nathan S. Fluegel and his wife Jessica of Wareham, Jason White and his wife Andrea of Missouri, Rachel (White) Deane and her husband Adam of Lakeville, Jacob Fluegel and Alexandra Fluegel of Mattapoisett and Zachary Cosgrove and Angelina Cosgrove along with seven great grandchildren. He is also survived by his daughter in law Heather Coggshall-Fluegel and Lois Cosgrove-Fluegel.
Richard worked for years in appliance repair and owned his own shop, Masse Appliance in New Bedford. He also served his Country proudly in the United States Coast Guard, and is a veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church. Richard also enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.
A Memorial Service is planned for 10:00 am on February 29, 2020. To be held at South Coast Chapel Mortuary 158 Middleboro Rd (Rt.18) East Freetown, Ma 02717. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.
Burial to follow the service in Riverside Cemetery, 274 Main Street, Fairhaven, Ma 02719.
In lieu of flowers donations in Richard's memory can be made to Dana Faber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave. Boston, Ma 02215.

Alice D. Clapp
Feb 02, 2020

Alice D. Clapp, 96, of Rochester, died Sunday, February 2, 2020 at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Raymond W. Clapp.
Born in Cambridge, the daughter of the late William H. and Mariam (Burns) Davis of Brookline, she was a Rochester resident for 60 years. Mrs. Clapp was an administrative assistant for New England Telephone for over 35 years until her retirement in 1985 and a crusader of human rights for her son, afflicted with autism. Later in life, she enjoyed traveling around the world, playing bridge with her many friends, and enjoyed being a grandmother.
She is survived by her two sons, William D. Clapp and his wife Lisa of Rochester, and James E. Clapp of Hubbardston, and her grandson, Callum K. Clapp of Rochester. She was predeceased by her sisters, the late Harriet Dytch and Dorothy Gilbert of Marshfield.
Her funeral arrangements are being handled by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy. (Rt. 28), Wareham. Visiting hours will be Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 from 4 - 7 pm followed by a funeral service on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 at 10 am at the funeral home. Interment will be in Rochester Center Cemetery, Rochester.
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Susan Jean Olson
Feb 02, 2020

Susan Jean Olson, (nee Raleigh), of Rochester, MA, formerly of Newton, MA, died peacefully after a courageous cancer battle, surrounded by her loving family, on February 2, 2020. Susan was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 41 years, Marc A. Olson. Susan is survived by her two daughters, Kristen A. Flores and her husband Nelson P. Flores, and Kerry L. Hawkins and her husband Robert M. Hawkins, her four grandchildren, Matthew Flores, Edward (Teddy), Andrew, and Riley Hawkins, all of Charlestown, MA, her sister Sara E. Raleigh and her husband Robert C. Kuncio of Wilmington, NC, her sister Melissa Raleigh-Ross and her husband Marc L. Ross of Boston, MA, her brother Daniel M. Raleigh, of Alicante', Spain, her brother-in-law Eric Olson of Falmouth, MA, her sister-in-law Leslie E. Olson of Quincy, MA, her sister-in law Regina Gillis and her husband James Gillis of Dripping, Springs, TX, the late Judith T. Olson and her many beloved nieces and nephews. All are welcome to celebrate Susan's life at her Funeral Mass on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 10am at St. Mary St. Catherine of Siena Parish Church, 55 Warren Street, Charlestown, MA. Visiting hours are omitted and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Make A Wish Foundation, Make-A-Wish(R) America Gift Processing 1702 East Highland Ave., Suite 400 Phoenix, AZ 85016. To share a memory of Susan, please visit

Jose R. "Joe" Beatriz
Jan 30, 2020

Jose R. "Joe" Beatriz, 85, of Mattapoisett died January 30, 2020 peacefully at home surrounded by his family.
He was the husband of Kathy Downey with whom he shared 44 loving years.
Born and raised in Faro, Portugal, son of the late Jose G. and Alice (Aldeia) Beatriz, he immigrated to New Bedford in 1959 where he lived before moving to Mattapoisett in 1988.
He was a humble and hardworking man who worked on his family farm from a young age in Portugal and spent most of the last 45 years on the New Bedford waterfront, as a fisherman and wholesale seafood buyer, owner of the F/V Niagara Falls and F/V Lady Jay, and founding partner of Trio Algarvio. He enjoyed his waterfront friendships and being involved with the unloading of fishing vessels.
Joe truly loved his work and was active in his business until a few days before his death. When he wasn't working, he loved to spend time growing vegetables in his garden, eating out, and spoiling his family endlessly.
He will be remembered for his work ethic, strength, generosity, and the love he had for his family. He was proudest of the accomplishments of his children and the women they have become.
Survivors include his wife; 3 daughters, Elizabeth Beatriz and her partner, Michael Klobucher of Boston; Christine (Beatriz) Balsamo and her husband, Robert of Haverhill; and Colleen Beatriz of Mattapoisett; and a granddaughter, Sofia.
He was the brother of the late Armand Beatriz.
His funeral will be held on Saturday February 8th at 8:30 am from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett, followed by his Funeral Mass at St. Rita's Church at 9:30 am. Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Friday, February 7th from 4-7 pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care in Fairhaven or the Fishing Partnership in New Bedford. For directions and guestbook, please visit

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