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Matthew B. Mello
Sep 28, 2017

Matthew B. Mello, 50, of Mattapoisett passed away with his family at his side Thursday, September 28, 2017 in McCarthy Care Center after a brief illness.
Born in New Bedford, the son of Patricia Barrow of Fairhaven and Russell Mello he was a lifelong area resident.
Matt graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School in 1985. He later went on to graduate from Fitchburg State College in 1989 and later earned his Master of Taxation from Bentley University. Matt worked in Fall River as a Certified Public Accountant.
In his spare time, he enjoyed the outdoors. Some of his favorite activities included bird watching, fishing, hiking, skiing, NASCAR, and local motocross. He also enjoyed cooking.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by a sister, Christine Mello of Haiku, HI and many good and longtime friends. He was the beloved grandson of the late Agnes Mello.
His visitation was held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven. All other services were private.

Constance "Connie" (Griego) Cestari
Sep 26, 2017

Constance "Connie" (Griego) Cestari November 7, 1931 to September 26, 2017
On September 26, 2017, Connie Cestari, most recently of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully, in the company of her son. She was the wife of the late Arnold J. Cestari, Sr., and mother of Attorney Arnold J. Cestari, Jr. and his significant other Attorney Alysia Letiziano-WolfsKeil of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts and Boynton Beach, Florida. She was the sister of Marie Caporale of Boynton Beach, Florida, and daughter of the late Dominic and Laura Griego. She was also the mother of Mark R. Cestari of Newton, Massachusetts, as well as grandmother to his sons, Calvin and Craig Cestari.
Connie was born in New Haven, Connecticut on November 7, 1931. She spent the majority of her life in Southern Connecticut. She later relocated to Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, as well as Boynton Beach, Florida. Most recently, she returned to Mattapoisett to live with her son while under Hospice care.
Early in her life, Connie worked in both the education, and banking fields. In her middle aged years, she was a successful real estate agent for the H. Pearce Company in Branford, Connecticut, until her retirement.
Connie was active her entire life in both civic and political activities. She served as a research assistant to the Connecticut General Assembly in the mid 1970's and was elected as the first female Republican Party Chairman for the Town of North Branford, Connecticut. She later was elected to serve as a member of the Town of Branford Representative Town Meeting, as well as the Branford Board of Assessors, along with that town's Republican Town Committee. She was the campaign coordinator in Connecticut for Senator/Governor Lowell Weicker and former President, George H.W. Bush. After relocating to Massachusetts, she was elected to serve as Chairman of the Mattapoisett Republican Town Committee, as well as serving as State Representative to the Mattapoisett Housing Authority. During that time, she was also active in the Mattapoisett Women's Club. After relocating to South Florida in 1998, she was elected to the Palm Beach Republican Executive Committee and was also the Director and member of the Boynton Beach Florida Republican Women's Club. She also served as a member of the Republican Club of Palm Beach and the Boca Raton Republican Women's Club.
She will be missed dearly by those whom she touched, both in her personal life, as well as through her various political endeavors and associations. The wall of her home was filled with photos of her with the many national political figures she got to meet and know on a personal basis over the course of her lifetime, including Presidents, Congressmen, Senators, and various candidates for political office. She will also be missed at the various Palm Beach Republican Party functions that she attended regularly and her seat at those events will be as empty as the hearts of those around her who grew to appreciate her company, passion for politics, and inquisitive nature.
Special thanks to all that provided care to Connie during her period of failing health by both Trust Bridge Hospice of Palm Beach, as well as Community Nurse Home Care of Fairhaven, MA.
A memorial service as well as a gathering of her friends to celebrate Connie's life will be held in Florida at a later date. Her Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, October 5th at 12 Noon at All Saints Cemetery in North Haven, CT. In lieu of flowers, her son requests that donations be made in her name to either Trust Bridge Hospice, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 or to Community Nurse Home Care, P.O. Box 751, Fairhaven, MA 02719.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For Connie's online condolence book, please visit

Mildred B. Marcoux
Sep 23, 2017

Mildred B. Marcoux, 95, of Rochester and formally of Mattapoisett, passed away peacefully on September 23.
She was the daughter of the late William S. and Florence Bowman, of New Bedford.
Mildred was the mother of Arthur Marcoux and his wife Janice of West Peabody, Andrew Marcoux and his wife Linda of Westwood, Bruce Marcoux together with Jocelyn Peachey of Bridgewater and predeceased by her daughter Linda Marcoux and her son Alan Marcoux. Devoted grandmother and great grandmother to 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Grandchildren include Lauren M. Hussey of Ashland, Lisa M. Bauman of Lake Barrington, IL, Jennifer A. Marcoux of Darien, CT, Kayma Englund of Encinitas, CA, Davis Englund of Lexington, KY, Ross Marcoux of Bridgewater and Kerrin Marcoux of Marion.
From early childhood through high school, Mildred was an accomplished acrobatic ballet dancer. She graduated from New Bedford High School and the former Kinyon School, in New Bedford. After graduating from the Kinyon School, she worked as a secretary for the Berkshire Company, in New Bedford, until she got married and raised 5 children. She had a loving passion for dogs, painting, arts and crafts, old-time movies, traveling to England with her family, going to the beach, swimming and her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.
To celebrate her life, a private memorial service was held at the First Unitarian Church of New Bedford, on October 10.
Donations may be made to Southcoast Health System, Hematology Dept., 101 Page St., New Bedford, Ma, in her memory.

Natalie Ann Souza
Sep 21, 2017

Natalie Ann Souza, 85, of Mattapoisett died September 21, 2017 at Hathaway Manor after a period of declining health.
Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Rebello) Souza, she lived in New Bedford before moving to Mattapoisett in 2004.
She loved spending time with her family.
Survivors include her sister, Eileen Hall and her husband William of Mattapoisett; her brother, Joseph A. Souza of Acushnet; a niece, Pamela Lees and her husband John of Mattapoisett; 2 nephews, Richard Souza of California and Nelson Rolland of Kingston; 2 great-nieces, Britt (Lees) St. George and her husband Zachary and Madison Lees and her boyfriend Edward Smith.
She was the sister of the late James, Joseph, Jr., Everett, Lionel, Noemia, Mary and Lydia.
Her private funeral service was held Saturday, September 23rd in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. Burial followed in Cushing Cemetery.

Susan "Sue" G. Hardy
Sep 18, 2017

Susan "Sue" G. Hardy, 52, of New Bedford, died Sept. 18, 2017 at St. Luke's Hospital. She was the wife of Jerome C. Hardy and the daughter of the late Alexander and Delores (Santos) Pina.
She was born in Wareham and lived in Marion and Wareham before moving to New Bedford.
Mrs. Hardy was devoted to her husband, children, and grandchildren. Compassionate and hardworking, she worked as a CNA at New Bedford Health Care Center for 13 years. She took pride in caring for others and went above and beyond for her residents. She loved to laugh, loved to cook, and loved being with family and friends.
Survivors include her husband, Jerome C. Hardy; 4 daughters, Ebony Fernandes of Dartmouth, Susan Hardy of Fall River, Katherine Dunn of New Bedford, Delores Hardy of New Bedford; a son, Jerome C. Hardy, Jr. of New Bedford; her step children, Tawana, Jacqueline, Crowletta, Jerome "Tony"; many grandchildren with more on the way. Survivors also include 3 aunts; Rosalie Brewster, Wanita London, Lilian Monteiro; 1 uncle, Samuel Santos; and many cousins.
Her funeral will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 in Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion.
Visiting hours are from 5 to 8 pm on Friday at the funeral home.

Veronika Ross
Sep 16, 2017

Veronika Ross of Fairhaven passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, September 16, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 52 years old.
She was born on June 6, 1965 in Innsbruck, Austria, the youngest of three children. She travelled to California in 1989 as an au pair, during which time she met and fell in love with her husband of 26 years, John M. Ross, originally from Mattapoisett. The couple also lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico from 2007 to 2012 before moving back to Fairhaven.
She is survived by her husband John, father Luis Huber and mother Anni Huber who live in Innsbruck, Austria; brother Markus, sister Sabine, and several nieces and nephews, all living in Austria. She also leaves behind her beloved dog, Larry.
Veronika worked at Walmart in Fairhaven from 1997 to 2007, then later as a personal care attendant. She was a talented Suminagashi artist and the proprietress of Veronika's Scarves and Silks. She enjoyed playing on the Friday Mixed Bowling League at Bowlmor Lanes in Mattapoisett and was also a member of Art on Center in Fairhaven. She was a great animal lover, often seen walking through Fairhaven Center with her dog Larry and stopping for a friendly chat.
She loved creating, painting, playing sports, animals, spending time with friends, trips to the casino, and eating steamers at Turk's.
Always positive, always smiling, Veronika will be missed by many and remembered for her kind spirit, unselfishness, and contagious laugh.
Veronika will be cremated, and a celebration of life gathering will be held on Saturday, September 23, at 12:15 pm at The Century House located at 197 South Main Street in Acushnet.
In lieu of flowers, Veronika has requested you make a donation in her memory to your local animal shelter or to the MSPCA.

Raymond Mello
Sep 16, 2017

Raymond Mello, 67, of Barefoot Bay, FL, formerly of Rochester, MA passed away suddenly on Saturday September 16, 2017 at Tobey Hospital. He was the husband of Kathleen A. (Moniz) Mello.
Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Carlos and Deolinda (Soares) Mello, he was raised in Dartmouth and lived in Rochester for most of his life before retiring to Florida.
Mr. Mello was a cranberry grower for many years until his retirement.
During the Vietnam War, he served in the U. S. Marine Corps.
He was a member of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans.
He is survived by his wife Kathleen; two sisters, Lorraine Oliver of Colorado Springs, CO and Diane Mello of New Bedford; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Donald Mello and Eileen Nelson.
His Memorial Service will be held on Sunday September 24, 2017 at 11 am at the Seamen's Bethel, 15 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford. Visiting hours are omitted. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Veterans Transition House, 20 Willis St., New Bedford, MA 02740. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Ellen M. Fitzgerald
Sep 16, 2017

Ellen M. Fitzgerald, 89, (nee O'Connor) of Fairhaven, MA, formerly of Greenville, SC died, September 16, 2017 of complications from Alzheimer's. Ellen grew up in Blakely, PA, the daughter of Sadie (nee Furey) and Frank M. O'Connor. Following graduation from Marywood College, she worked as registrar for Georgetown Preparatory School. While living in D.C., she met, Gene Fitzgerald, her husband of 63 years with whom she raised seven children.
In 1975, she and Gene settled in Greenville, SC, making lifelong friends and serving the community. Ellen worked at Greenville Memorial Hospital, and volunteered at Meals on Wheels and The Greenville Free Medical Clinic.
In their yearbook, her Marywood College classmates described her as "lovely to look at, delightful to know...gentle of speech...beneficent mind...refined gaiety, Ellen.
And she never changed.
Through her Greenville parishes, Prince of Peace, and later, St. Anthony of Padua, she found friendship and communities focused on aiding those in need.
Ellen found a true partner in Gene, their closeness and trust grounding the family.
Though the family moved frequently, one thing remained constant: Ellen's steady, nurturing presence. Her soft voice comforted, but could deliver disappointment as effectively as love. Tender, but strong. She shared her appreciation for the arts with her children and surrounded the family with books and books and more books. Ellen's door was always open and she welcomed everyone to join the table. Her large extended Irish clan taught her the value of family, which she passed down to her children and grandchildren.
Ellen's place was in the garden. She found peace in soil, roots, leaves and blossoms. She cared for her plants in much the same way she raised her children. Get them started, give plenty of room to spread, and adore them as they grow.
Giving you 'the loves' Mom, and one final tuck.
Survivors include her brothers, Rev. Frank O'Connor, S.J.; Jack O'Connor; and Tim O'Connor; children Tim, Gene (Anita Padilla-Fitzgerald), Maura (Craig Andrews), John, Ann (Michael Smarr), and Kate (Michael Sudofsky); grandchildren Meaghan Pieper, Ryan (Jamie) and Ellie Fitzgerald, Colleen, Patrick, and Brendan Andrews, and Alexei, Julian, Sofia, Natasha, and Mariana Sudofsky; and great-granddaughter Nella Fitzgerald.
She was predeceased by her husband Gene, and daughter, Ellen.
Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, November 6 at 10 am in St. Rita's Church, Marion, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Greenville Free Clinic may be made. PO Box 8993, Greenville, SC 29604
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Dr. Joseph W. Pelczar
Sep 15, 2017

Dr. Joseph W. Pelczar, 74, of Mattapoisett, died September 15, 2017 peacefully at home.
He was the husband of Laura (Grant) Anderson.
Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Joseph H. and Josephine (Pejko) Pelczar, he lived in Mattapoisett most of his life and wintered on Amelia Island in Florida.
Dr. Pelczar was a graduate of New Bedford High School, class of 1960 where he also played baseball and later graduated from Tufts University Dental School. He then served in the U.S. Navy and later founded Sassaquin Dental Associates in New Bedford. He was a member of Buzzard's Bay Rowing Club. Dr. Pelczar enjoyed gourmet cooking, gardening, golfing, traveling and sport fishing.
He frequently visited his second home in northern Maine where he enjoyed fishing on the lake.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Joseph J. Pelczar of Fairhaven; a daughter, Stefanie B. Mansfield and her fiancee Nicholas Palmerino of Hingham; and a grandson, Ty P. Mansfield.
Private arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

Ernest H. Chace
Sep 14, 2017

Ernest H. Chace, 93, of Dartmouth passed away Thursday September 14, 2017 after a long illness. He was the husband of the late Mary A. (Machiel) Chace.
Born in Dartmouth, the son of the late Allen and Jessie (Pettey) Chace, he lived in New Bedford and Dartmouth for most of his life.
Mr. Chace was formerly employed as a boat builder for O'Day Boats until his retirement.
He enjoyed sailing, gardening, fishing, quahoging, and spending time with his brother-in-law, Danny.
He is survived by his daughter, Bonnie L. Medeiros and her husband William of Mattapoisett; his granddaughter, Heidi Correia and her husband Craig of Mattpoisett; two great-grandchildren, William and Elizabeth Correia; his niece, Janet Chace of Dartmouth; his sister-in-law, Ann Matson of Grafton; and several other nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Marion Wesolowski, Helen Entwistle, Milton, Walter, Harold, and Nelson Chace.
Funeral Services will be private. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Kindred Hospice, 275 Martine St., Fall River, MA 02723. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

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