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Rodney L. Draffen
Feb 25, 2018

Rodney L. Draffen, 73, of New Bedford, died February 25, 2018 at home. He was the husband of Cheryl A. (Texiera) Draffen and the son of the late Lewis I. and Elizabeth M. (Moore) Draffen.
He was born in Boston and grew up in Roxbury. He then lived in Marion before moving to New Bedford 30 years ago.
Mr. Draffen was a Vietnam Veteran serving in the United States Army as a Green Beret.
Mr. Draffen worked as a Carpenter in the area for many years.
He enjoyed going to Military Reunions and the Airborne Reunion in Onset. He was an avid fisherman.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl A. (Texiera) Draffen of Fall River; 2 sons, Corey Draffen of Stoughton and Michael Patterson of Boston; 3 daughters, Nicole Patterson, Kim Paterson and Denitra Patterson all of Boston; a sister, Georgianna Bittle of Brockton; a granddaughter, Mariah Draffen. He was the brother of the late Ballin Draffen.
Visiting hours are from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham, followed by a funeral service at 12:30 pm at the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Rd., Suite 100, Silver Springs, MD 20910.

Maureen (Albernaz) Kennedy
Feb 24, 2018

Maureen (Albernaz) Kennedy, 68, of Rochester, passed away Saturday, February 24, 2018, at St. Anne's Hospital, in Fall River, after a long courageous battle with Machado Joseph Disease. She was the wife of 43 years, of Daniel J. Kennedy.
Born and raised in Fall River, daughter of the late Louis and Rita (Pelletier) Albernaz, she lived in New Bedford prior to settling in Rochester, in 1997. She was a graduate of the Dominican Academy, in Fall River, and was Valedictorian of her class at BCC. She and her husband were the proprietors of Dan Kennedy General Contracting.
Maureen was very talented with her hands and made numerous needlepoint, paintings, dolls, clothing and quilted items.
She is survived by her husband; a son, Sean Kennedy and his companion Barbara Moco and their daughter Zoey of Fairhaven; a daughter, Sarah Kennedy and her husband Jesse Cannon and their daughter Sadie of Bristol, RI; a sister, Lorraine Camara of Fall River; three brothers, Louis Albernaz, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth of Fall River, Raymond Albernaz and his wife Lori of Tiverton, RI and Norman Albernaz and his wife Elizabeth of Somerset; and several nieces and nephews.
In accordance with her wishes she was cremated and a celebration of Maureen's life will be held at a later date.

Artist Arthur Moniz
Feb 21, 2018

Artist Arthur Moniz, 72, son of the late Arthur F. and Mary (Morris) Moniz and beloved husband of Cheryl (Germano) Moniz passed on from this life on Wednesday February 21st at home, with his family at his side, after a courageous year long battle with Cancer.
He attended school in New Bedford and then went on to Massachusetts College of Art and the Museum School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
He was a brilliant artist and a humble man. His paintings depict a wide range of interests, from New Bedford's Rich Maritime History, both fishing and whaling. His work embodied the natural beauty of scenes from Japan to Florida, as well as the Azores. One of his most loved paintings titled "Mending the Nets" traveled the country as part of the National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) beginning in 2016 and ending in Mystic, Ct. in 2018. The focal point of his work illustrated the New England area, where he resided with his wife and business partner, Cheryl.
He has had featured collections at The Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan; John Manjiro House (Museum) and City Hall, Tosashimizu, Japan; Meiji-Mura Museum, Nagoya, Japan; Boston Symphony Hall, Boston, Ma.; "Retrospect" New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, Ma.; Westport Winery, Westport, Ma.; The Millicent Library, Fairhaven, Ma.
He was awarded signature membership is ASMA (American Society of Maritime Artists), and was a member of the Azorean Maritime Academy, Tosashimizu Sister City and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.
He was an avid kayaker, naturalist and loved driving his Mustang convertible on warm summer days. Arthur enjoyed spending time with, as well as vacationing with, family and friends. His most precious time was spent painting in both his Fairhaven and Florida studios.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, a son, Brett Moniz and his partner Deb Deschamps, his daughter Kerran Soares and her husband Craig, and four grandchildren whom he adored - Kayli Moniz, Matthew Arthur Moniz, Kyle Soares and Kassie Soares, all of Fairhaven and a godchild/ nephews/niece- Michael Baldo, Mark Baldo, Christopher Baldo, Peter Baldo and Katie Helps. He was predeceased by his sister Mary Moniz Baldo.
The family would like to thank the doctors at Dana Farber and Fairhaven Community Nurses. They also want to thank their "special angel" and god daughter nurse Kathy Golas, along with extraordinary friends for their unwavering weekly support, who were with the family throughout their journey.
His funeral service was held Wednesday, February 28th at 12 pm at the Seamens Bethel, 15 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Ma. Visiting Hours were held on Tuesday, February 27th at the Arthur Moniz Gallery, 22 William Street, New Bedford, Ma.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Arthur Moniz Scholarship Fund c/o Cheryl Moniz, 22 William Street, New Bedford, Ma. 02740.
Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

Ulrich F. W. Ernst
Feb 21, 2018

Ulrich F. W. Ernst, age 73, of Mattapoisett, MA, died on February 21, 2018, with his family and friends by his side. He was born in Bueckow, Germany, and grew up in (West) Berlin. He studied economics at the Freie Universitaet, Berlin and at the Christian-Albrechts Universitaet Institute for World Economy, Kiel, Germany. He came to the US in 1966, receiving his Ph.D in economics at Indiana University in 1973.
He was employed by Abt Associates in Cambridge, MA, and Bethesda, MD; by DAI in Bethesda, where he served as Chief Economist; and by the US Agency for International Development where he was an Economist in the Foreign Service. His work spanned the developing world, with postings in Morocco, Central America, and Sri Lanka. He found some of his most interesting short-term projects in Ukraine, Moldova, Ghana, Armenia, and Palestine. After retirement he continued consulting, almost to the time of his death. His last work was developing a structural model to predict the local content of major investments in the LNG sector in Tanzania. Work on that model is being carried on by colleagues at DAI.
Throughout his career, he had the rare ability to use sophisticated mathematical and econometric tools in practical ways, making them understandable and useful to decision-makers in the US government overseas and in foreign governments. He loved mentoring young professionals in the countries where he worked and helped their careers whenever possible.
Besides his commitment to his work, he was an avid and skilled amateur nature photographer, an enthusiastic (though less skilled) wood worker, and aspired to playing the bagpipes and clarinet. He was an advocate of liberal causes, serving as co-chair of the Mattapoisett Democratic Town Committee. Throughout, he never lost his ties to Germany, returning each summer to explore a different part of his reunified homeland with a group of his former schoolmates.
"Rick" is survived by his wife Dianne Tsitsos; sisters-in-law Mary Tsitsos of Mattapoisett and Katherine Tsitsos of Aegina, Greece; nephew Bill Tsitsos of Baltimore, MD, and many dear friends in the US, Germany, and elsewhere in Europe and Asia.
A memorial gathering will be held at his home on Saturday March 3rd from 2 to 5 pm, with a brief service of remembrance at 3 pm. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Durwood G Parker
Feb 18, 2018

Durwood G Parker, 84, of Taunton passed away peacefully, Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Marion Manor. Durwood was born and raised and lived his whole life in Taunton, Massachusetts and was the son of the late Durwood and Delia Parker. He is survived by his brother Gary Parker and sister in law Marcia Parker of Mattapoisett, MA. In addition, he is survived by his niece Molly Parker of Key West, Florida and niece Amy Parker Ventre, her husband Mark Ventre and his "grand" nieces Olivia and Grace of Andover, MA. He is also survived by his nephew Alex, his wife Summer Parker and "grand" nephews Will and Ben of Lexington, MA.
Dewey spent his whole life in the closely knit neighborhood on Linden Street (the Brickyard area of Taunton). He was blessed being with all of the neighbors that cared for him and supported him throughout the years. His entire working life was spent at Marion Manor working in the maintenance department. He retired after almost 40 years at his job.
He was a charter member of the Taunton Boat Club which was established over 50 years ago. Dewey was always seen on the Taunton River in his boat, taking untold numbers of people for excursions on the water. He also spent a great deal of time with his brother in Mattapoisett out on Buzzards Bay, Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds, fishing and landing some very large striped bass. He always had a love of the water, whether out on a boat or sitting on the side of the Cape Cod Canal watching the vessel traffic go by or endlessly fishing in pursuit of that trophy striper.
Durwood was always highly visible in his cherished GMC pickup truck. He was always ready to lend a hand to any of his friends that needed assistance moving some lumber or making a dump run.
Dewey will be missed by his many friends and all of his family. He was a very special person.
A special thank you for the wonderful care provided to Durwood by Dr.James Hoye, Tammy Tilton, NP and the whole staff at Marion Manor. They too are very special people.
Visitation has been omitted. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a future date in Mattapoisett.

Paul E. Rinta
Feb 16, 2018

Paul E. Rinta, 67, of West Wareham, died Feb. 16, 2018 in the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston after a brief illness. He was the husband of Linda (Carey) Rinta and the son of Lillian J. (Heleen) Rinta and the late Eli E. Rinta.
He was born in Wareham and grew up in Rochester. He lived in West Wareham for many years. He graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School and Burdett College.
Mr. Rinta was a Cranberry Grower for over 50 years.
He was a devoted husband and loving son, father, and grandfather. He held a private pilot's license and the Bull Jump Air Strip in Wareham. He enjoyed taking his grandchildren for rides in his '56 Buick.
Survivors include his wife, Linda (Carey) Rinta; 2 sons, Paul Rinta, Jr., and Andrew Rinta; his grandchildren, Corynn Rinta, Matthew Rinta, Hayden Rinta and Skyler Rinta all of Wareham; his mother, Lillian J. (Heleen) Rinta of Rochester.
Visiting hours are from 4 to 7 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham.
His memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 74 High St., Wareham.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Shriners Children's Hospital, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.

Dr. Charles David Lake, Sr.
Feb 16, 2018

The Reverend Dr. Charles David Lake, Sr. passed away on February 16th at Tobey Hospital after a long illness. Chuck, as he liked to be called, was born in Boston on July 18, 1932 and graduated from Melrose High School in 1950.
Chuck was a scholar. He graduated from Brown University in June of 1954 where he received a Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, sang on the Brown-Pembroke Chorus and Chapel Choir and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in the spring of his senior year.
He went on to earn a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Yale University in 1957. He went on to receive a Master of Arts in Christian Theology in 1963 and then attained a Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophical Theology in 1972 from the University of Chicago.
Chuck was pre-deceased by his father, George Otis Lake and his mother, Hazel Augusta (Berry) Lake. He is survived by his wife Jeanne Wickenden Lake of Marion; his two daughters, Stephanie Jeanne Lake of Sacramento, CA and Joanna Wickenden (Lake) McFadyen of Marion and his son, Charles David Lake, Jr and his wife Linda Sue (Crell) Lake of Mattapoisett. Chuck was the proud grandfather of Joanna's two daughters, Abigail Rose McFadyen and Megan Nancy McFadyen and David's two sons, Austin Mellor Lake and Marcus Brady Lake.
In addition to Chuck's extensive education, he was a true man of the cloth as well as a dedicated civic leader. During his years at Brown, he was co-chair of the Religious Embassy Week for the Brown Christian Association and spent two summers on the student staff of the American Baptist Assembly in Green Lake, Wisconsin. At Yale, he participated in the Andover Newton Theological School's summer program of Clinical Pastoral Education, including a unique experience working with patients of the last great polio epidemic. He also served as student assistant at First Baptist Church of West Haven, Campus Minister at Teacher's College of Connecticut and Student Pastor of the Dingletown Community Church in Greenwich, Connecticut.
After graduating from Yale, Chuck was ordained to the Christian Ministry by the First Baptist Church of Melrose, MA, in response to a call by the First Baptist Church in America as their Assistant Minister with Special Responsibility for Christian Education, Youth Ministry and Campus Ministry.
Two years following, he was appointed full time Baptist Chaplin for the Colleges in Providence. During this time, he was a member of a team that created the University Christian Association. In addition, he developed a ministry with the Rhode Island School of Design, whose buildings surrounded the First Baptist Meeting House.
After four years in this position, Chuck accepted the Danforth Foundation's Campus Christian Worker Grant for study first at Rhode Island School of Design and then at the University of Chicago Divinity School. During his first year in Chicago, he served as Interim Pastor at First Baptist Church of South Bend, Indiana. In 1963, he received a second Danforth Campus Ministry Grant and a University Scholarship for his final two years in residence at Chicago.
In 1965, Chuck moved to Columbia, Missouri to become Chaplain and Assistant Dean of Religion at Stephens College. During the next 11 years, he completed his Ph.D. In 1976, Chuck and Jeanne moved to Marion and he became the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Baptist Foundation for the Campus Ministry and Minister Coordinator of the Massachusetts Commission for United Ministries in Higher Education.
Chuck went into semi-retirement as Interim Pastor of the South Baptist Church of New Bedford. He also filled in to preach at his First Congregational Church of Marion, where his voice always carried to the rafters. All the parishioners will miss him dearly.
His Memorial Service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Marion on Saturday, March 3rd at 11:00 am. A reception will follow at the Community Center. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Deacon's Fund, First Congregational Church of Marion, P.O. Box 326, Marion, MA 02738. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

Jennifer M. Bourdon
Feb 13, 2018

Jennifer M. Bourdon, 30, of Mattapoisett died February 13, 2018 unexpectedly at home.
Born in New Bedford, the daughter of Robert W. Bourdon of Mattapoisett and the late Marie A. (Berardi) Bourdon, she lived in Mattapoisett all of her life.
Jennifer was a graduate of Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School.
She enjoyed attending Community Connections in Fairhaven.
Survivors include her father; and her sister, Kathleen Barnes of Mattapoisett.
Her Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, February 22nd at 9 am in St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett. Burial will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

Carla S. Gifune
Feb 11, 2018

Carla S. Gifune, 87, died Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Nemasket Health Care Center in Middleboro after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Frank P. Gifune, Jr.
Born in Greenwich, CT, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Clara (Clevenger) Scala. A previous resident of N. Reading, she moved to Marion in 1968 where she lived until the early 1980's. She also lived in Wareham and Florida.
Mrs. Gifune received her M.Ed. from Lesley University in Cambridge and was a teacher, then principal at Sippican School in Marion.
She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Marion, and the Mass. Teachers' Association.
Survivors include her children, Kimberley Haskell and her wife Lori, and Greg F. Gifune and his wife Carol all of Wareham; 3 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, the late George Scala.
Funeral services and burial will be private.

Elizabeth "Beth" Murphy Dawson
Feb 10, 2018

Elizabeth "Beth" Murphy Dawson, 74, died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 10, 2018. She was the wife of James A. Dawson.
Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Bernard F. and Rita E. (Harrington) Murphy, she was a graduate of Holy Family High School and Boston College School of Nursing. After growing up in New Bedford, she split her time between New Canaan, CT and Mattapoisett.
She was a communicant of St. Aloysius and St. Anthony's Churches.
Beth M. Dawson was a devoted, full time mother, dedicating her life to her five children and ten grandchildren.
She worked as a nurse at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston and was a nursing instructor at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. She was also a school nurse at New Canaan High School and Saxe Middle School.
Beth was a Dame of Malta, taught CCD at St. Aloysius School, and was an active member of her local school and church communities.
Survivors include her husband, James A. Dawson of New Canaan, CT and Mattapoisett; her five children, Margaret Dawson Bolster, James Bernard Dawson, Kate Dawson Ayers, M.D., Elizabeth Ann Dawson, and John Harrington Dawson; and ten grandchildren, Michael Finn Ayers, James Dawson Ayers, Jack Ambrose Dashiell Bolster, Lucy Cronin Ayers, Kayla Elizabeth Murdock Bolster, Thomas Murphy Dawson, Henry Middleton Dawson, Elizabeth Grey Dawson, Gloria Murphy Dawson, and James Edward Dawson.
Her wake was held on Monday, February 12 at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, February 13 at St. Lawrence Church in New Bedford. Burial followed in St. Mary's Cemetery. For guestbook, please visit

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