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Laura (Grant) Anderson
Nov 04, 2017

Laura (Grant) Anderson, 73, of Mattapoisett died peacefully at Saint Anne's Hospital in Fall River, MA on November 4th, 2017.
She was the wife of the late Joseph W. Pelczar.
Born in Hartford, CT, the daughter of the late Douglas C. and Mary Alice (Lovejoy) Grant, she lived in Mattapoisett most of her life and wintered on Amelia Island in Florida.
She graduated from Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts and attended the University of Hartford Art School and took art classes at the Rhode Island School of Design as well. Laura was an accomplished and well-respected artist in both the local community and across the country. She exhibited her artwork in numerous art galleries across Massachusetts on Newbury Street in Boston, Cape Cod, Block Island, Rhode Island, and Water Street Gallery in Mattapoisett. Laura was always fascinated with painting as a vehicle by which she can transport herself to another place.
Laura was an active member of the Buzzards Bay Rowing Club over the past 10 years if her life. The Rowing Club participated in Whaleboat races across the state of Massachusetts. Laura's hobbies include biking, rowing, walking, reading, traveling, and gardening.
Laura Anderson was an amiable person admired by all her friends and everyone she met.
She was a loving mother and a devoted loving wife.
Survivors include her sons, Russell W. Anderson and Spencer Grant Anderson.
Her Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, November 18th at 12 Noon at St. Anthony's Cemetery in Mattapoisett. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. Donations in Laura's memory may be made to the Buzzards Bay Rowing Club, P.O. Box 86, Fairhaven, MA 02719. For online guestbook, please visit

Rita (Desjardins) Lemlin
Oct 29, 2017

Rita (Desjardins) Lemlin, 94, died October 29, 2017 peacefully at the home of her daughter Julianne and son-in-law Roland Dufresne in Rochester, MA where she lived for the past eight years supported by her devoted caregivers.
Born in New Bedford in 1923, the daughter of the late Ludger S. and Alma (Desmarais) Desjardins, Rita joined the U.S. Navy after graduating from New Bedford High School and served as a W.A.V.E. during World War II. She worked for the Veteran's Administration for 30 years, and enjoyed gardening, cooking, knitting, and opera. Her clam chowder and stuffed quahogs were her specialties. She was an enthusiastic traveler, having visited England, Ireland, Portugal, Japan, Holland, and Italy. She was the widow of Norman Lemlin of Lemlin's Hardware, who died tragically in a car accident in 1953 at age 34.
She is survived by her four devoted children: Robert Lemlin and his wife Megumi of Fairfield, IA, Jacqueline Lemlin of Rochester, MA, Julianne Lemlin-Dufresne and her husband Roland Dufresne of Rochester, MA, and Jeanne Curtin and her husband Ed Curtin of Great Barrington, MA, and their extended families. She was the loving grandmother of Christian Almeida and his wife Fiona, Matthew Almeida and his fiancee Debbie Freier, Susanne Michel and her husband Keith, Daniel Lemlin Curtin, and Emma and Sara Lemlin.
She was the sister of the late Wilfred Desjardins, Roland Desjardins, Alfred Desjardins and Evelyn Paton.
Our family would like to thank Community Nurse Hospice for the wonderful care and support they provided our family.
Her Funeral Service will be held on Friday at 10 am in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 4-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Community Nurse Home Care, P.O. Box 751, Fairhaven, MA 02719. For directions and guestbook. please visit

David John Corbett, Jr.
Oct 29, 2017

David John Corbett, Jr., 38, of Marion passed away Sunday October 29, 2017.
Born in Wareham, he lived in Wareham for most of his life before moving to Marion. He was a graduate of Wareham High School.
David was a member of the Pipefitters Union, Local 550. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, golfing, and playing softball.
He is survived by two sons, John David Corbett and Shea Conor Corbett of Buzzards Bay; his mother, Deborah (Washburn) Corbett of West Boylston; his father, David J. Corbett of Onset; two sisters, Danielle Tomasek of Onset and Trisha Osborne of Wareham; his grandparents, Phyllis and Ralph Washburn of Marion; three nieces, Ivy Pacheco, Courtney Osborne, and Cara Tomasek; and two nephews, Cameron Osborne and Caleb Pacheco.
Visiting hours were held on Friday November 3, 2017 at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. His funeral service and burial in Evergreen Cemetery was private. For guestbook, please visit

William V. "Billy" Kennedy
Oct 27, 2017

William V. "Billy" Kennedy, 65, of Mattapoisett passed away Friday October 27, 2017. He was the husband of Beth (Langevin) Kennedy.
Born and raised in Roslindale, he was the son of the late Vincent F. and Mabel E. (Howley) Kennedy. Billy lived in Walpole many years before retiring to Mattapoisett. He also wintered in Largo, Florida.
Billy was a police officer with the Boston Police Department in Area E until his retirement nine years ago. Throughout his career, he served as a motorcycle officer, community service officer, and police prosecutor.
Billy was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was well-loved by everyone. He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed going to the VFW Post in Dunedin, Florida.
He is survived by his wife Beth; his children, Juli Kennedy-Killion and her husband Keith of Rochester; Timothy Kennedy and his wife Kelly of Middleboro; two sisters, Phyllis (Kennedy) Nadworny and her husband Joseph; Elizabeth (Kennedy) Caulfield and her husband Richard, all of East Bridgewater; and five grandchildren, Chloe, Bree, Meaghan, Bentley, and Sean.
His Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday Nov. 4, 2017 at 8 am at St. Anthony's Church, 22 Barstow St., Mattapoisett. Burial will follow at 10:30 am at St. Joseph's Cemetery, West Roxbury. Visiting hours are omitted. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the National Kidney Foundation ( Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online obituary and condolence book, please visit

Natalie Mae (Silsby) Sullivan
Oct 27, 2017

Natalie Mae (Silsby) Sullivan, 90, of Marion, died unexpectedly, Oct. 27, 2017 at Tobey Hospital, Wareham. She was the widow of the late James E. Sullivan and the daughter of the late Frederick W.and Helen M.(Buffington) Silsby.
She was born in Fall River and lived in Fairhaven, Swansea, Lexington and Mattapoisett before moving to Marion in 1952. She worked at the Mattapoisett Town Hall as a clerk, first in the Treasurer's Office and then the Assessor's Office for more than 30 years. She then retired and was able to have another 30 years enjoying herself.
Natalie was a long time member of the Sippican Seniors and served as both Treasurer and President. In addition, her love of travel led her to coordinate the club bus trips for many years. She loved making her travelers comfortable and happy as they rolled along. She also enjoyed line dancing, going to casinos, gardening, musical theatre and knitting. After the need for dialysis forced her to stay close to home, she loved eating out, visits with great grandchildren and her beloved cat, Muffin.
Survivors include her daughter, Janet M. Howes and her husband, Merton of Rochester; 2 grandchildren, Nathan I.Howes and his wife, Jodi of Warwick, NY and Abigail M. Clark and her husband, Michael, of Coventry, RI; 5 great grandchildren, Jonah and Molly Howes, and Owen, Timothy, and Elizabeth Clark.
Her graveside service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 in Cushing Cemetery, Mendell Rd., Mattapoisett. Visiting hours are from 3-6 pm on Thursday at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham. For directions and online guestbook, visit:

Anna Elizabeth (Gifford) White
Oct 24, 2017

Anna Elizabeth (Gifford) White, age 90, passed away at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Ainsley Churbuck White with whom she shared 45 years of marriage.
Born in Rochester, she was the daughter of the late Maxwell and Grace May (Hartley) Gifford. Anna was a 1945 graduate of Wareham High School and worked as the Administrative Assistant to the Town of Rochester Board of Selectmen until her retirement.
Mrs. White enjoyed baking her famous apricot pies and was a member of the Rochester Historical Society, the Rochester Land Trust, the Marion Visiting Nurses and the Salvation Army. She won numerous awards for her apricot pies at the Rochester Grange.
Survivors include: 3 children, Andrew White of Norton, Thomas White and his wife Elizabeth of Navarre, FL., Melissa Reda of Lanexa VA., Five grandchildren: Neil Reda, Paul Reda, Jami Mendoza, Timothy White, Deanna Gwin, seven great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, one brother, Maurice Gifford, a brother-in-law, Thomas White, a sister-in-law, Frances Dellavalle, her oldest and dearest friend Shirley Hartley and many nephews and nieces. She was the grandmother of the late Bethany Wright and was predeceased by 6 siblings: Maxwell Gifford, Margaret Sherman, Dorothy Buckman, Priscilla Savary, Cynthia Taylor and Barbara Lamy.
Private Funeral Arrangements are in the care of Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn Mortuary, 180 Washington Street, Fairhaven, MA. For tributes or online registration:

Marilyn C. (McLean) Keegan
Oct 20, 2017

Marilyn C. (McLean) Keegan, 83, of Rochester died October 20, 2017 at Tobey Hospital after a brief illness.
She was the wife of Walter Keegan.
Born in Boston, the daughter of the late George and Frances (Hubbard) McLean, she was raised in Dorchester and lived in Natick for many years before moving to Mattapoisett and then Rochester.
She was formerly employed as administrative assistant to the chief of police for the Natick Police Department.
Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Marie Grenier of Pelham, NH; a brother, George McLean, Jr. of Belmont; a sister, Joan McLean of Belmont; 2 grandsons, Joshua Grenier and Shawn Grenier, both of Pelham, NH; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the mother of the late Catherine Keegan.
Her Funeral will be held on Wednesday at 8:45 AM from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Church in Wareham at 10 AM. Visiting hours are omitted. For directions and guestbook. please visit

Bertha S. "Beth" (Salvucci) Kelley
Oct 16, 2017

Bertha S. "Beth" (Salvucci) Kelley, of Mattapoisett died October 16, 2017 at home.
She was the wife of the late Roger E. Kelley.
Born in Waltham, MA the daughter of the late Peter and Bertha (Pazzano) Salvucci, she lived in Weston, MA before moving to Mattapoisett in 1965.
Mrs. Kelley graduated with honors from Fisher College and attended the Bishop Lee School of Drama in Boston. She was formerly employed at M.I.T. as an administrative assistant and was a real estate broker.
She was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church.
Mrs. Kelley was a member of Manconchu Club, the Mattapoisett Women's Club, Friends of the Elderly and the Senior Bowling League at Bowlmor.
The family would like to thank Beacon Hospice and her caregivers, Wendy, Denise, Kate, Tammy, Miranda and Crystal for their help in keeping Bertha at home.
Survivors include her three children, Susan Akin of Mattapoisett, Dr. Roger Kelley, Jr. and his wife Susan of New Orleans, LA and David Kelley of Arlington, VA; four grandchildren, Kimberly Watrous of Stonington, CT, Barbara Tillman of Shreveport, LA, Bradford Kelley of Arlington, VA and Brian Kelley of New Orleans, LA; and three great-grandchildren, Emma Watrous, Julia Tillman and Foster Tillman.
She was the sister of the late Peter Salvucci, Ralph Salvucci, Francis Salvucci and Joseph Salvucci.
Her Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 4th at 10 am in St. Anthony's Church. Burial will follow in Cushing 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 Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452. For on-line guestbook, please visit

William F. DeCosta
Oct 15, 2017

It is with a broken heart that we announce the passing of our son William F. DeCosta on October 15, 2017 at the age of 26. Billy is survived by his loving parents, John and Marianne and his brother John. He had a beautiful family with his adoring partner Sarah Kaempf, his two boys, Jacoby and Noah Santos and daughter Aubrey DeCosta.
Billy also leaves his grandmother, Geraldine DeCosta and many supportive aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Billy enjoyed his childhood, his high school football days, his trade as a chef with his beginnings at Old Colony and Oxford Creamery. He was a student of history and politics and enjoyed writing, lively discussions and the Boston Celtics. He was happiest taking care of Sarah, Aubrey, Jacoby and Noah.
Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mattapoisett Historical Society, P.O. Box 535 Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For funeral arrangements and online guestbook, please visit

Charles Garrett Paulsen
Oct 14, 2017

Charles Garrett Paulsen, 80, of Marion died peacefully on October 14, 2017.
He was the loving husband of Faith Paulsen.
Born and raised in Spokane, WA, the son of the late Howard and Evelyn Paulsen, he resided in Marion most of his life.
Charlie was a member of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church.
He was the co-founder of American Research & Management, where he worked for many years until his retirement. An avid sailor, he was a fixture of the Marion Harbor.
Charlie was committed to his community and served on the Marion Town Finance Committee and on the boards of Sippican Land Trust and Buzzards Bay Musicfest.
Charlie always had a welcoming smile, contagious laugh and kind heart. Through his words and deeds, he helped others see what matters most in life.
Survivors include his wife; 2 daughters, Laurie Paulsen and her husband Michael Armstrong of Portland, OR and Cristy Carswell and her husband Joshua of Santa Fe, NM; 3 step-children, Rob Thompson of Mattapoisett, Mark Thompson of Rochester, and Cindy Thompson of England; a sister, Lynn Leithe of Spokane, WA; and 4 grandchildren, Alina, Anya, Mia and Wyatt.
His Memorial Service will be held on November 25th at 2pm at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, 124 Front St., Marion. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Community Nurse Home Care, 62 Center St., Fairhaven, MA 02719 or Buzzards Bay Musicfest, P.O. Box 443 Marion, MA 02738. For online guestbook, please visit

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