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Ruth Lebourveau Bolton
Jan 21, 2018

Ruth Lebourveau Bolton, 87, of Wareham, died Sunday, January 21, 2018 at her home after a long illness. She was the wife of Edmund A. Bolton.
Born in Somerville, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Jennie (Winslow) and Ulrich Lebourveau. She previously lived in Marion for many years.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Mount Holyoke College, and Masters of Science in Social Services from Boston University. Ruth enjoyed helping others and volunteered at the Wareham Area Counseling Service before earning her graduate degree and working as a clinical social worker for various agencies on Cape Cod and in the New Bedford area, as well as in private practice.
Mrs. Bolton was a member of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Marion, the Sippican Woman's Club, and Mt. Holyoke College Alumnae Association.
She is survived by her husband, Edmund; her children, Steven Bolton and his wife Karen Paduch Bolton of San Rafael, CA, Stuart Bolton and his wife Julie Hanlon Bolton of Arlington, VA, Sarah Wallbank of Lake Forest, CA, and Sharon Bolton of Denver, CO. Also surviving are 4 grandchildren. She was the sister of the late John Lebourveau and Willis LeBourveau.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, 124 Front St., Marion, MA at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ruth's memory to Saint Gabriel's Episcopal Church, PO Box 545, Marion, MA, 02738, or to Mount Holyoke College, Office of Advancement, 50 College St., South Hadley, MA 01075
Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. For directions, or to leave a message of condolence, please visit

Leon Love
Jan 20, 2018

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. - 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
These words reflect Leon Love, our honored partner, friend, father, grandfather, and trusted colleague. Our hearts ache as we mourn his loss. He died at home in Rochester, Massachusetts, on January 20, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.
Leon will be remembered for his gentle and firm nature; his ability to forgive and "let bygones by bygones"; his long, tireless career as an educator; his devotion to his family; and his faith in God.
Leon was born March 1, 1938, in East Liverpool, Ohio, to William and Christine Love. Leon was one of nine siblings, some of whom have preceded him in death: Baby Sister Frances, Tony, Infant Brother Mike, Greg (and partner Marquenta), William Jr., Robert (and wife Sylvia), Terry (and wife Kris), and Rosemary Wynn (and husband Bernard).
He married Iris, his devoted and loving wife of 23 years, on Christmas Eve, surrounded by warm candlelight and colorful poinsettias in an intimate ceremony that showed their devotion to one another. They provided for each other and served as one another's emotional supports. They had many traveling adventures and enjoyed several trips to Florida and Hawaii. They especially enjoyed exploring the rugged coastline and beauty of Alaska by train and cruise ship. Leon most recently visited Kauai's Hanalei Bay with family in August, including five of his young grandchildren.
Leon received his bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati and his Masters and Specialist degrees in Education Administration from Xavier University. He played defensive lineman on the University of Cincinnati football team and was later signed with the Washington Redskins. He served in the Army as a Military Policeman. In addition to his physical strength, he used his quiet strength to support his "team" throughout his entire life, serving as a counselor and mediator for family, friends, and co-workers.
Leon was a well-known and respected principal in the Dayton Public Schools, where he spent over 40 years working primarily as an administrator at Colonel White High School and Dunbar High School. He was also the Dean of Men at Central State University for several years. He was a formidable figure walking through those school hallways and he touched many students' lives. He set high standards for students and staff, but was consistent, firm, and always supportive. He thought of himself as a father-figure for many of the students he worked with. He had a lifelong commitment to young people, aiming to help them develop into self-sufficient, responsible adults leading meaningful lives.
After retirement from the Dayton Public Schools, he and Iris moved in 2003 to Massachusetts in order to help with raising a newborn grandson. Leon was called again to serve as part-time school administrator for Sippican Elementary School in Marion, MA, where he helped to develop the school's plans for emergency scenarios.
Leon loved his six children. Jeff Love and Craig Love, who have preceded him in death; Mike Love of Dayton, OH; Elizabeth Richardson (and husband Tom) of Mattapoisett, MA; Lee Tibbetts of Chicago, IL; and Sarah Bernier (and husband Allen) of Rochester, MA. He touched the lives of each of his grandchildren: Jessica Love, Rontae Love, Josiah Freeman; Max, Summer, and Daicey Richardson; Kai, Iris and Baby-on-its-way Bernier.
Leon was so very proud of his grandchildren. The 14 years that he lived in Massachusetts were devoted to them - supporting them, encouraging them, and challenging them to be the best they can be. And they loved him unabashedly in return, climbing into his warm, strong arms for comfort and listening to his stories. He helped his oldest grandson learn to drive the John Deere mower around the yard. He spent hundreds of hours with one (or more) grandchildren on his lap reading to them. He held them up and pointed out the moon and the stars.
He was a member of the Community Baptist Church in Marion, MA, for the past 14 years, serving as a Trustee for almost all of those years. He lived by example. And so too have we learned from Leon - how to lead with dignity, patience, humility, and respect for all. The world is a better place because of Leon Love.
Please consider contributions in Leon's memory to a local Boys and Girls Club of America ( chapter in your area.
Private arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

Ernest W. Weber
Jan 18, 2018

Ernest W. Weber, 94, of Marion, died Jan. 18, 2018 two days short of his 95th birthday. He was the husband of the late Bernadette D. (Donoghue) Weber and the son of the late Ernest L. and Anastasia (Healey) Weber.
He was born and raised in Roslindale. He and his wife Betty raised their family in Westwood and Marion. He was an active and passionate member of the Sippican Lands Association in Marion.
Mr. Weber was a WWII Coast Guard Veteran serving aboard the USS Howard D. Crow (DE-252). Following his discharge, Mr. Weber attended and graduated from Northeastern University.
Mr. Weber owned and operated Gaston Electrical Company and was a proud member of IBEW Local 103 for 72 years. He also enjoyed many years as a General Contractor.
He traveled extensively and went on over 20 cruises with Holland America. He spent his leisure hours at home working on a multitude of projects.
Survivors include his son, William E. Weber, and his wife Susanne of Marion; a daughter, Jean Weber Connelly, and her husband Michael of Weymouth; his sisters, Helen Reid and Ruth Donovan; 2 brothers, Robert Weber and David Weber; his grandchildren, William Weber, Jr., Cheryl Redmond, Michael Weber, Kathleen Connelly, Ryan Connelly; 12 great grandchildren.
Visiting hours are from 9:00 am to 10:30 am on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am in St. Rita's Church, 113 Front St., Marion. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion.
Donations may be made to the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association, P.O. Box 488 Henderson Harbor, NY 13651.

Barbara B. (Brady) Bodge
Jan 15, 2018

Barbara B. (Brady) Bodge, 86, of Mattapoisett passed away on Monday January 15, 2018 at home surrounded by her family. She was the wife of Clifford A. Bodge.
Born in Taunton, the daughter of the late John J. and Helena (Parlow) Brady, she lived in Mattapoisett for many years.
Mrs. Bodge was formerly employed as a librarian at the Wareham Public Library. She later became a realtor for Jack Conway Real Estate, opening the Mattapoisett office where she was the manager for many years until her retirement.
She was a graduate of Simmons College, where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Library Science.
Barbara enjoyed spending time on the water, in both sailboats and motor boats. She especially loved the companionship of her dog, Ginger. She had been a library trustee for the Mattapoisett Public Library.
Survivors include her husband; four children, John E. Cornish and his wife Debra of Mattapoisett, Joan E. Gould and her husband Mark of Ipswich, William E. Cornish; and James M. Cornish of Wareham; her stepchildren, Lisa A. Hopkins and her husband Stephen of Westport, Bruce M. Bodge and his wife Lori of Taunton, Linda L. Haslehurst and her husband Bruce of Fairhaven, J. Thomas Bodge of Swansea, Lynne M. Zankman and her husband Daniel of Greenville, SC, and Leslie J. Bodge of Attleboro; a brother, John Francis Brady of Portsmouth, RI; 19 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was the grandmother of the late Richard Gould, sister of the late Ann H. Bodge, and mother-in-law of the late Irene A. Bodge.
Her Funeral was held on Friday January 19th from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Anthony's Church. Burial followed in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Visiting hours were held on Thursday January 18th. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to MattSail, P.O. Box 947, Mattapoisett, MA 02739 ( For guestbook, please visit

Karen E. Lees
Jan 14, 2018

Karen E. Lees, 55, of New Bedford died January 14, 2018 unexpectedly.
Born in Wareham, the daughter of the late John A. and Jane E. (Donaghy) Lees, she lived in Mattapoisett most of her life.
She was a graduate of Bishop Stang, class of 1981. She enjoyed reading, music, the outdoors, spending time with her family and her beloved dog Bean. Karen was a kind soul who had a profound love and understanding for all of those around her. A blessing who will be deeply missed for our days are a bit darker without your light.
Survivors include her son, Stephen Clements, Jr. of Fairhaven; a daughter, Samantha Clements and her boyfriend Michael Crowley of New Bedford; a granddaughter, Mila Jane Crowley; 6 brothers and sisters, Richard Reilly and his wife Melanie and Donna Reilly all of Mattapoisett, Andrew Reilly and his wife Meg of South Carolina, John Lees, Jr. and his wife Pamela and Jane Lees, all of Mattapoisett, and Kathy Cruz of Centerville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Timothy Reilly, Paul Reilly and Joy Reilly.
A Celebration of Life will be held this summer. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

Bernadette "Bunny" (McQuade) Costa
Jan 12, 2018

Bernadette "Bunny" (McQuade) Costa, 92, of Mattapoisett died January 12, 2018 at the Sacred Heart Home in New Bedford after a period of declining health. She was the wife of the late Edward L. Alves and the late Joseph Costa.
She was born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Bernard L. and Florence (McCloskey) McQuade.
She resided in Mattapoisett most of her adult life. Prior to retiring she was a custodial worker at the Old Rochester Regional Junior High School. She was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett.
She is survived by her daughter Catherine Clark and her husband Daniel of Milford, NH; her four sons Edward Alves and his wife Lynette of Mattapoisett; Joseph Alves and his wife Judy of Martinsville, VA; John Alves and his wife Diane of Dartmouth; Paul Alves and his wife Janet of Chocowinity, NC.
She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She leaves her brother Bernard McQuade of Wareham and is predeceased by her sister Mary (McQuade) Evans.
There will be a memorial service in her honor at a future date.
The family would like to thank the entire staff at Sacred Heart Home for the loving care they gave to Bernadette during her time there.

Josephine M. (Viera) Rogers
Jan 06, 2018

Josephine M. (Viera) Rogers, 94, of Fairhaven died January 6, 2018 at Our Lady's Haven after a brief illness.
She was the wife of the late Frank P. Rogers.
Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Joseph and Alice (Preston) Viera, she lived in Mattapoisett and Rochester most of her life before moving to Fairhaven.
Mrs. Rogers was formerly employed as a registered nurse in several local hospitals and doctor's offices for many years before retiring as supervisor from Parkwood Hospital.
She was an active member of the Rochester Council on Aging and she enjoyed reading and bowling.
Survivors include her daughter, Jill Bodeau and her husband Paul of Rochester; 2 grandsons, Scott Bodeau and his wife Deanna of Rochester and Todd Bodeau and his wife Meghann of Acushnet; 4 great-grandchildren, Allison Bodeau, Thomas Bodeau, Isabel Bodeau and Scott Bodeau, II; a cousin, Doris Blanchard of Fairhaven and her sons, Bruce Blanchard and David Blanchard; 4 nieces and a nephew.
Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 10th at 10 am at St. Rose of Lima Church in Rochester. Her family will receive guests at church on Wednesday from 9:30 - 10 am prior to her Mass. Visiting hours are omitted. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. 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 the Rochester Council on Aging, 67 Dexter Ln., Rochester, MA 02770. For online guestbook, please visit

Robert M. Xifaras
Jan 05, 2018

Robert M. Xifaras of Mattapoisett died in an automobile accident on Friday, January 5, 2018. He was born and raised in New Bedford and lived and worked there for most of his life, moving to Mattapoisett two years ago.
Bobby, as he was affectionately called, was a graduate of the class of New Bedford High School, Class of 1980, the University of Rhode Island and Suffolk Law School. He was a practicing criminal defense trial attorney in New Bedford, MA for close to three decades. He passionately defended his clients with a special advocacy that was uniquely "X". To know Bobby was to love him. He truly embodied love, he was a "brother" to all and a friend to anyone and everyone in need. His beautiful smile, special swagger, kindness and level of caring, especially for those who needed it most, are unequalled and he will be missed by a great many people.
He spent several years in the X-Tones, a local band that featured original songs, many penned by Bobby. He was a talented song writer and musician and those years were some of his fondest. He was also a certified diver and after many years away from the sport was able, recently, to dive in the beautiful blue waters of Mexico, which brought him great joy. When he wasn't working, or playing his guitar, he was reading and often could be found with his dog-eared copy of Walden and Other Writings by Henry David Thoreau, a huge influence in his life. He was also deeply proud of his Greek heritage and embraced the beauty of the culture and was looking forward to visiting Athens and Rhodes in May.
His children were the light of his life and he was incredibly proud of their many accomplishments. He imparted beauty, music, poetry, kindness, education and a sense of social justice in all of them. They are the embodiment of all that was good in his life; his special light will shine through his daughters forever.
He was the son of the Beatrice (Keshian) Xifaras of New Bedford and the late Michael Xifaras. He is survived by his brothers, William Xifaras and his wife Christine (Foster), his Godson Michael and niece Angela of Acushnet, George Xifaras and Rae Martin of Burlingame, CA and his sister Carol Soenksen of New Bedford. He also leaves four beautiful daughters, Jolie Marie of New York, New York, Alexandra Beatrice of Boston and Athena Elysee and Electra Ann Xifaras of Fairhaven. In addition, he leaves behind the love of his life, Kelly Walsh who is heartbroken at his death. Bobby also had a special place in his heart for his "5th daughter", Callista "Callie O'Malley" Remillard. He also leaves behind many close cousins and countless friends that he touched.
His Funeral Service was held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 186 Cross Rd., Dartmouth on Friday, January 12th. Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visiting hours were held on Thursday at the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford. For guestbook, visit

Douglas "Doug" Cameron Rounseville
Jan 03, 2018

Douglas "Doug" Cameron Rounseville, 71 of 44 Braley Hill Road Rochester, MA died peacefully at home on Wednesday January 3, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Doug was born on January 27, 1946 to the late Lorenzo Braley and Christine Bennett (Souza) Rounseville. Doug was a long time resident of Rochester, growing up here as a child. Doug married his best friend Lucy in 1972 and moved to the state of Washington and had three of their four children. After living out west for eight years, they moved back east and built a home here in Doug's hometown of Rochester and had their fourth child. Doug was a registered nurse for over 50 years. Doug graduated from Holy Ghost Hospital in Cambridge, MA in 1967. He then went on to earn his Associates Degree from Bristol Community College and his Bachelors Degree and Advanced Degree at Walla Walla University in Washington. At the time of his death Doug was still working in the field that he loved. Besides nursing, Doug loved to cook, spend time with his family and friends, and travel, especially to Alaska, Florida and New Hampshire. Doug is survived by his wife Lucy, daughter Rachel Rounseville of New Bedford, daughter Rebecca Smallwood and son in law Michael of New Bedford, daughter Ruth Rounseville of Rochester, son Robert Rounseville of New Bedford, brother Wayne Rounseville and wife Joann of Spokane, WA, brother Scott Rounseville and wife Robin of Rochester, grandchildren James Deree, Lilyann Rounseville, Gabriel Smallwood and many nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephew. Please join us for A Celebration of Life on January 27, 2018 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Rochester Senior Center 67 Dexter Ln. Rochester, Ma 02770. In lieu of flowers please consider giving to one of the following charitable organizations in Doug's name.
Wounded Warrior Project
St. Jude Hospital
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) Massachusetts
Defenders of Wildlife

Patricia Ann (Provancher) Considine
Jan 01, 2018

Patricia Ann (Provancher) Considine, 80, passed away on Monday January 1, 2018 at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford after a brief illness. Born in Troy, New York, and raised in Hemstreet Park, New York, she was the eldest daughter of the late Edwin and Catherine (Welch) Provancher.
She was married to David Francis Considine and the mother of six sons to whom she devoted all of her love and attention. Family, and particularly her children, were of paramount importance in her life. She was actively involved for many years in the Parent Teacher Association at Friends Academy, where all six of her sons attended school. An avid gardener throughout her life, she enjoyed spending time outdoors particularly with her beloved English springer spaniel, Max. Formerly longtime residents of New Bedford, she and her husband had recently moved to Mattapoisett, MA.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons: Mark and his wife Lori, of Brattleboro, VT, Michael and his wife Suzanne, of Washington, DC; Francis and his wife Traci, of Los Angeles, CA; Jonathan and his wife Marybeth, of Boston, MA; and Matthew and his husband Alex Monreal, of Boston, MA. She was the mother of the late Timothy Considine. She is also survived by her grandsons, Alexander and Michael, and her granddaughter Grace. Additional survivors include: her sister Linda Cefferillo of Hemstreet Park, NY; her brother Alfred of Whitesboro, NY; her brother Richard of Mechanicville, NY; and her brother Gregory of Tampa, FL. She was the sister of the late Michael, Bruce, Ronald, and Gary Provancher.
Her Funeral Mass was held at St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Visiting hours were omitted. For online condolence book, visit
The family wishes to extend its thanks to all the staff at St. Luke's Hospital who worked tirelessly to make her final days so comfortable.

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