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Joseph Souza
Nov 26, 2022

Joseph Souza, 95, of Mattapoisett died Saturday, November 26, 2022 at Brandon Woods of Dartmouth after a brief illness. He was the husband of Hermina (Canastra) Souza, with whom he shared 74 years of marriage.
Born in New Bedford, son of the late Fannie Souza, he lived in Mattapoisett for most of his life.
Joseph was self-employed as the proprietor of Joseph Souza and Son for many years until his retirement.
He was a member of the Machacam Club, the Mattapoisett Zoning Board, and the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission. Joseph also served as a volunteer firefighter for the Mattapoisett Fire Department.
Joseph enjoyed playing with his farm tractors, collecting toy tractors and cutting wood.
He is survived by his wife, Hermina; his son, Robert Souza and his wife Karen; two grandchildren, Melissa Shepherd and her husband Darin, and Tim Souza and his wife Rebecca; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held privately, but a public celebration of his life will be held Friday, December 9, 2022 from 11am - 2pm at the Knights of Columbus, 57 Fairhaven Road, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, visit

Kaitlyn C. Dextraze
Nov 24, 2022

Kaitlyn C. Dextraze, 30 of Acushnet, passed away after a lengthy illness, Thursday, November 24, 2022 in RI Hospital. She was the loving daughter of David J. and Joan P. (O'Brien) Dextraze.
Born in New Bedford, Katie was a resident of Acushnet. She was a graduate of Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, class of 2010 majoring in Culinary Arts and later received her Associates degree from Bristol Community College. Katie was employed as a billing administrator for Cape Cod Orthopedics.
Katie loved her family dearly; she loved anything Disney and Harry Potter. She enjoyed playing Rummy, working on Diamond Dots, Baking and loved a wide variety of music. She loved the Muppets, especially Animal. Katie was fondly known as the favorite adopted aunt of her friend's children.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her sister, Julie Dextraze of Acushnet, her Grandfather, Richard Pierce of Lakeville, and her companion, Kevin Dill of Barnstable, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was the granddaughter of the late Joseph George and Florence (Marcotte) O'Brien, Donald F. Dextraze and JoAnn (Halle) Pierce.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Katie's honor may be made to: The Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.
Katie's funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 10:00 am at the Acushnet-Wesley United Methodist Church, 67 Main Street, Acushnet, MA 02743. Visitation will be held Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm in the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02745. To leave a note of condolence:

John G. Kurgan
Nov 21, 2022

John G. Kurgan, 81, of Mattapoisett passed away Monday, November 21, 2022 suddenly at his home.
He was the son of the late Tadeusz and Jennie Kurgan of New Bedford.
John is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Fran; his son, Matthew and his wife Carol; his daughter, Kristina and her husband John; his sister, Gail McKenna of South Carolina; and his three grandchildren, who he adored, Christopher, Nicholas, and Summer Skye.
His entire career was spent in advertising and he loved every minute of it.
John enjoyed many years sailing on his boat ABENAKI in Buzzards Bay. In retirement, he focused his energy on his love of landscape painting.
His funeral services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John's memory may be made to the charity of your choice. For online guestbook, visit

Carl Michael Lamoureux
Nov 18, 2022

Former Marion Police Officer Carl Michael Lamoureux of Mattapoisett, MA passed away on November 18, 2022. He was born December 1, 1950 to Alfred and Marie (Roy) Lamoureux in Providence, Rhode Island. He leaves behind his children, Bethany Lynn and Sean Michael; his former wife Maureen Lamoureux; long-time partner Leslie Geil and her children Colin and Erik Geil; his brothers Alfred, Robert and his wife Bobbie, and Ronald and his wife Cristina; his sisters Claire and husband Jerry Lancaster, Anne and husband Ron Masters, and Charlene and husband George Nikola; numerous nieces and nephews; dogs Holly, Chet, and Haley and cat Nemo. Carl's love for his animals was only superseded by his love for his family.
In lieu of flowers and services, Carl has asked for donations to be made to American Cancer Society, or Humane Society & Shelter SouthCoast in Dartmouth, MA.
Memories, stories, and photos of Carl may be shared by mail or delivered to the Marion Police Department until December 20th at: Marion Police Station, ATTN: Carl Lamoureux Remembrance, 550 Mill St., P.O. Box 636, Marion, MA 02738. You may also send memories, stories, and photos by email to

Lori Jean Westgate
Nov 16, 2022

Lori Jean Westgate, 63, of Rochester, formerly of Wareham, passed away after a brief illness on Nov. 16, 2022, at Charlton Memorial Hospital, Fall River. She was the daughter of the late Abiel E. and Christine F. (Leavestrom) Westgate.
She was born in Wareham and lived there most of her life before moving to Rochester 3 years ago. She graduated from Wareham High School, class of 1977.
Lori worked at Countryside Child Care in Rochester. Previously she worked as a CNA at several area nursing homes as well as a home health aide for Attentive Homecare. She also worked as a program aide at Gateway Adult Day Center. She also worked as a bartender in the area.
Lori was a loving sister, aunt and friend. She was an avid fan of all the local sports teams, especially the Boston Celtics. She was a huge animal lover. She enjoyed playing cards, baking, gardening and being a comedian. She was a breast cancer survivor.
Survivors include her sisters, Ellen Ames and her husband Brad of West Wareham, Jill Babin and her husband Michael of Marion, Karen Magalhaes and her husband John of New Bedford, Crystal Adams and her partner William Bailey of Rochester, Kim Dillingham and her husband, John of North Dighton, Randi Hines and her husband Patrick of Bristol, RI and Joy Gomes of Rochester; many nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces and one great great niece.
Visiting hours are from 4 to 7 pm on Friday, November 25, 2022, at Chapman Funerals & Cremations - Wareham, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham.
Her funeral will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, November 26, 2022, from the funeral home, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 am in St. Patrick's Church, 94 High St., Wareham. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Wareham.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an Animal Shelter in Lori's memory.

Beatrice Anna Marie (Zinselmeier) Escalante
Nov 14, 2022

Beatrice Anna Marie (Zinselmeier) Escalante, 75, of New Bedford, formerly of Mattapoisett, died Monday, November 14, 2022 peacefully at St. Luke's Hospital after a period of declining health.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, daughter of the late Albert and Beatrice (Kayser) Zinselmeier, she lived in Mattapoisett and New Bedford for most of her life.
Beatrice was a graduate of Mount Saint Scholastica College with a Bachelor of Arts in Art and History.
She was employed at Jonathan's Sprouts for many years and later worked at Friendly Fruit until her retirement. In retirement, she volunteered at the Ocean Exploratorium and the Buttonwood Park Zoo.
Beatrice enjoyed reading, cooking, dogs, and spending time with friends and growing things.
She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Escalante; her brothers, Gregory Zinselmeier and his wife Christina and Albert Zinselmeier and his wife Melanie; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Her Memorial Visitation will be held, Monday, November 21, 2022 from 4-6 pm in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Mattapoisett. For directions and guestbook, visit

Phyllis M. (Lawson) Eklund
Nov 12, 2022

Phyllis M. (Lawson) Eklund was born 92 years ago in Brockton, Mass., and grew up in Campello, the Swedish neighborhood. Her earliest memories were of her father's funeral home on Sheppard Street, where for a few years she lived with her parents, John and Signe (Birath) Lawson, and her older brother, John Quentin Lawson.
Phyllis carried the values of patience, compassion, kindness, and generosity instilled in her in childhood through her life's journey, which would eventually take her to the other end of Plymouth County--Marion, Mass., where she died Nov. 12, 2022.
Phyllis graduated from Brockton High School in 1948. Shortly thereafter, she began dating Robert "Bob" Eklund, who grew up two blocks from her. She also began studies in dental hygiene, taking courses at Boston Dental and Boston University and going on to earn a degree at Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene.
After Phyllis and Bob married in 1954 and settled in Brockton, she continued her career, most notably as the school hygienist in Abington, Mass., until starting her own family. Soon, she was busy raising Jack, Jane, Julie, and Jill and putting her creative talents to use wallpapering, upholstering, knitting sweaters and Christmas stockings, and sewing clothing.
Phyllis served on the boards of the YWCA and the Wales Home. She got together with women friends in a weekly bowling league, for Thursday Club gatherings, in an investment group, and for rounds of golf.
In the late 1980s Phyllis and Bob retired to Marion, where they had summered for many years. She enjoyed a growing brood of grandchildren and loved orchestrating get-togethers for the entire family; the younger generation has treasured memories of Christmases spent together at East Hill Farm in New Hampshire.
A warm and friendly person with a classic sense of style, Phyllis had a ready wit, and even in her declining months, she could charm her family and her caregivers into bringing her endless bowls of ice cream.
She is survived by Bob, her husband of 68 years; son Jack and his partner, Laurie Mulgrew; daughter Jane and her wife, Sarah Bauhan; daughter Julie and her husband, Scott Kampmeier; daughter Jill and her husband, Chris Farrell; and six grandchildren.
Services will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the youth and family programs at the Old Colony Y, attn. Vincent Marturano, 320 Main St., Brockton, MA 02301 or the YMCA Southcoast, attn. Robyn Branco, 128 Union Street, Suite 304, New Bedford MA 02740. For online guestbook, visit

Edmund F. Arruda, Sr.
Nov 09, 2022

Edmund F. Arruda, Sr., 96, passed away November 9, 2022 at Sippican Healthcare Center. He lived most of his life in Rochester and was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church.
He was predeceased by his wife, Madeline Daly Arruda; his parents Octavio and Emily; a brother, Alvaro and a sister, Palmeda Daggett.
Survivors include two daughters; Sandra Kamins and her companion Bob Shaughnessey of Clinton, MA and Deborah Norris and her husband Jeff of Naples, FL; a son, Edmund F. Arruda, Jr. and his wife Jeanne of Rochester; six grandchildren, Heather Kamins and her husband Dimitri Labarge, Andrea Kamins, Kyle Nurzyk and his wife Emily, Lindsay Norris and her husband Ethan Smith, Ryan Briggs and his wife Shauna, and Alex Arruda; and several nieces and nephews.
Eddie will be missed by his family and also by the many birds, cats and wild animals he fed.
His funeral service will be held Thursday, November 17th at 10 am at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. Burial will follow at Center Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, November 16th from 5-8 pm. The family is grateful for flowers or donations made in his name to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. For directions and guestbook, visit

Elizabeth C. Walker
Nov 07, 2022

Elizabeth C. Walker of Marion died peacefully Monday, November 7th at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. She was the daughter of the late Henrique and Mary (Britte) Fernandes and ex-wife of the late Randolph Harvey Walker of Durham, NC.
Betty was born in Marion at her family home. She graduated from Wareham High School and from Kinyon-Campbell School in New Bedford.
Mrs. Walker lived in Boston, New York City, Washington DC and Durham, NC before returning to live in Wareham and Marion. She worked at the Wareham Visiting Nurse's Office for many years where she met her good friend the late Janet Konavis Tassinari. Betty worked at Otis Air Force Base, first as a Top Security Clearance Communication's Specialist and then in Payroll where she worked until retirement in 1989.
Elizabeth loved her family and became a valued caregiver to her aging parents and young grandchildren where she passed on her values of higher education and a steadfast work ethic. She was giving and caring to all she touched.
She was an avid golfer and played often with her brothers and sisters especially at the annual Family Golf Tournament. An enthusiastic football and basketball fan, watching any sporting event with her was a joy as she cheered, "Go get'um!" to her favorite team be it the Wareham Tigers, high school, college, or professional sports. She was quite the athlete herself playing defense on her high school basketball team, playing softball with her family and friends and a member of a bowling league showcasing her unique follow through but successful style.
Her love of water and swimming had her visiting "Portagee" Beach and Hathaway's Pond each summer with her children. That loved turned into a love of water aerobics and exercise walking as time passed.
A dedicated thrifter, she was a Penny Pincher Store enthusiast and would share her bargains to all who would listen! Betty enjoyed watercolor painting and was a fantastic cook. She was famous for her fried chicken and meatloaf recipe. She shared that skill at the Fernandes-Pina family reunions at Washburn Park in Marion until they ended.
Betty was very dedicated and thankful to the Lord for protection and blessings. She was a communicant of St. Rita's Catholic Church in Marion
Elizabeth was pre-deceased by her brothers, John Teixeira, Hank Fernandes, Jr., Manuel Fernandes; and her sisters Flora Pina, Jean Barbour and Nancy Concholar. Survivors include her sister, Julie Gomes and her husband Tony of Wareham; her brother, Steven Fernandes and his wife Mary of Bourne; her son, Mark Walker and his wife Natasha of Milton; her daughter, Monique Walker Brown and her husband Troy of Wake Forest, NC.; her grandchildren Marcus Walker and his wife Karen of South Gate, CA, Cori Walker and his wife Lupe of Lynwood, CA, Myles Brown of Washington, DC, Imani Walker of Jamaica Plain and Nia Brown of Brooklyn, NY, and many nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at Chapman Funerals & Cremations - Wareham, 2599 Cranberry Hwy. (Rt. 28), Wareham from 9 to 11 am followed by a funeral service at 11 am. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Wareham.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Tribute Research Fund at or by mail at: 225 N. Michigan Ave, Fl 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

Douglas E. Macomber
Nov 07, 2022

Douglas E. Macomber, 71, of Harwich passed away unexpectedly at his home on November 7, 2022, due to complications from an illness. He was the son of the late Elliot and Grace Macomber of Marion.
Doug was an Emmy-award winning cameraman in the Investigative Reporting Division of WBZ Boston. His love for photography and art of all kinds followed him throughout his life. He held great appreciation for the beauty of nature and wildlife and capturing local scenery through photography. In his later life, Doug thoroughly enjoyed working at local farmers markets and engaging in intriguing conversations with his many Uber riders. Anyone who was lucky enough to know Doug appreciated his kindness, humor, and unwavering loyalty to his friends and family.
Doug is survived by his siblings, Beth Simmons of Fairhaven, Leslie Macomber of Marion, Christine Macomber and her partner Fred Klein of Mattapoisett, Steven Macomber and his wife Becky of Marion, Lisa Macomber and her husband John Malkoski of Seattle, WA; many nieces and nephews; several grand nieces and nephews; as well as many beloved friends whom he considered family.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Doug's name to the Human Rights

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