Sandra W. (Kuechler) Perkins

Sandra W. (Kuechler) Perkins, 76, of Mattapoisett died August 15, 2013  peacefully at St. Luke’s Hospital.

She was the wife of Peter B. Perkins.

Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Walter and Marion S.  (Whiting) Kuechler) she was raised in Fairhaven and lived in  Mattapoisett for many years.

She was formerly employed as a secretary at Old Rochester Regional  High School for several years.

Sandra’s love of boating began while sailing her beetle cat, Kue San,  on the waters of the New Bedford Fairhaven harbor in front of her  childhood home. She continued her love of boating as she and her  husband Peter joined friends Harold and Phyllis Magee and Peter and  Ann Briggs along the New England shores crewing on their boats.

A tour of Sandra’s gardens was a treat to fellow gardeners and people  just walking by her yard. She loved planting special new young plants  among her well established beauties. Sandra’s love of tradition glowed  at Yuletide when she and Peter set up their extensive Christmas  Village throughout the rooms and up the stairs bringing delight to  every viewer. The door at 21 North St. was always exquisite, usually  using many plant materials. Her beautifully wrapped gift was a gift in  itself.

Sandra was a graduate of Fairhaven High School and Colby Sawyer  College. She was a member of the Cushing Cemetery Board of Trustees  for many years.

Survivors include her husband; a son, David Perkins and his wife Bodil  of Mattapoisett; a daughter, Heidi Zenie and her partner Charles  Demorest of Killingworth, CT; 5 grandchildren, Peter, Haakon and Adam  Perkins, Katelyn and Matthew Zenie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was the sister of the late Kurt Kuechler.

Private arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for  Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers,  remembrances may be made to the Cushing Cemetery, P.O. Box 1013,  Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For on-line guestbook, please visit


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