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Lois E. (Costa) Augustine
Aug 04, 2022

Lois E. (Costa) Augustine, 86 of Acushnet, passed away, Thursday, August 4, 2022 in St. Luke's Hospital. She was the Ex-wife of the late Robert F. Augustine.
Born in Mattapoisett, she was the daughter of the late Antone F. and Thelma (Ellis) Costa. Lois has been a longtime resident of Acushnet. She was the owner of Augustine Tax Services for many years, prior to her retirement.
She loved her family and her grandchildren. Prior to owning her own business she also worked at the Paul A Devers School and H&R Block as a tax preparer. Lois loved to sing, was a member of the Hope Evangelical Church, and devoted her life Jesus.
Lois is survived by her children, Bruce A. Augustine and his wife Karen of Rollinsford, New Hampshire and Cheryl A. Machado and her husband Joe of Fairhaven; her siblings Bernice Clark of Providence and Muriel Shepherd of Taunton; a daughter in-law, Sandra Augustine of New Bedford; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, two great great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Brian W. and Darryl L Augustine and sister of the late Bertha Folger, Charlene Waugaman and Antone Cost, Jr.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Lois' honor may be made to the Hope Evangelical Church on 88 Hathaway Road in Dartmouth on her behalf.
A memorial service will be held in the near future. Arrangements are in the care of the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02745. To leave a note of condolence:

Kevin Mark Polson
Jul 31, 2022

Kevin Mark Polson, born in Boston 9-7-1966 passed away at Lahey Clinic in Burlington on 7-31-2022 surrounded by his wife and family. Husband of Kimberly. Current resident of North Dighton. Prior to moving to North Dighton, Kevin & his wife lived in Fairhaven where they raised 3 children: Allisen, Alexander, & Mark. Kevin was raised in Braintree where he attended Blue Hills High School in Canton where he was captain of the football team. He attended Bridgewater State College.
Kevins' entire life was dedicated to public service. He lived his life by the words:
"Your word is your honor, without it you're nothing". Kevin served honorably in the U.S. Army National Guard (1985-1992) (972 MP Company) out of Newton. He was employed by Plymouth House of Corrections & then Mass Department of Corrections, he retired in 1999. Kevin served the Fairhaven Fire Department as a call firefighter for 25+ years where he earned the rank as Lieutenant. Mattapoisett Fire Department where he was a firefighter and fire inspector. During the years of his fire service, he helped to form Southcoast Fire Training Academy. He owned and operated South Coast Training in Fairhaven. He was an EMT with Swansea Ambulance Corp & EMT and dispatcher at Brewster Ambulance. He was also an Armed Security Officer with Internal Security Associates until his illness. He was a third generation Free Mason. He was a member of the Star In The East Lodge in New Bedford. Kevin was an avid lover of sports; his true passion was football. He started playing football where he developed the love of the game with Braintree pop warner right into adulthood with the Randolph Oilers. He coached youth football, high school football, and semi -professional football; Braintree Pop Warner, New Bedford Pop Warner, Dartmouth Pop Warner, Bishop Stang High School, Tri-County High School, Whaling City Clippers, South Shore Shock, East Coast Ducks, Somerville Rampage, & Taunton Gladiators. Kevin made an impact on the lives of many of his players throughout the 37 years of coaching.
Kevin enjoyed coaching and watching his children in all sports. Kevin loved to travel and spend time with his family and many friends. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandkids. He enjoyed scuba diving, working on home projects, being a mentor, riding his motorcycle, exercising his 2nd amendment, and talking. His true passions were being a husband, father, Papa, and friend.
Kevin is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Kimberly as well as his children; Allisen & her husband Joshua Anacki of Taunton, Alexander of New Bedford, Mark & his fiance Alexandria Astle of North Dighton. His father Karl Polson of South Yarmouth. He is predeceased by his mother Rhea L. Nadeau. His grandchildren Chase, Riley Anne, & Sawyer Rose Polson. He is also survived by his brothers David and his wife Leanne of Braintree, Erik & his wife Lori of Raynham, & Matthew & his wife Ashley of Texas. Several nieces, nephews, and aunts. There are also too many friends that became family to list individually.
Visiting hours, Thursday, August 4, 2022 from 4-8 p.m. and Friday, August 5, 2022 from 9-11 a.m. in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven. Flowers Welcome.
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Kenneth L. Hanson
Jul 27, 2022

Kenneth L. Hanson, 86, of Marion, formerly of Brockton and North Easton, lost his battle with dementia on Wednesday July 27, 2022.
Born in Brockton, he was the son of the late Henry G. and Arveda M. (Eklund) Hanson.
A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Ken leaves behind his wife Beverly A. (Rowley Egger) Hanson, his daughters Dawna Hanson and companion Mark Davock of West Bridgewater and Heather Hanson Moran (Patrick) of Buzzards Bay, his stepsons John Egger IV (Janet) and Jeffrey Egger (Kathleen) all of Marion, 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister Judith Anderson (Lawrence) of Mansfield, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Ken was a 1953 graduate of Brockton High School and 1956 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, majoring in printing management and technology. Ken served in the Air National Guard and was deployed to Phalsbourg, France during the Berlin Crisis. He was honorably discharged in 1963.
Ken returned to Brockton and joined his father in their family business, eventually becoming the owner and president of Hanson Printing Company. He was a great leader and mentor to many.
Throughout his career, many organizations benefited from his passion of community service. Ken dedicated much of his time to the First Congregational Church of Marion, Old Colony YMCA, Signature Healthcare, Rotary Club of Brockton, Twenty Associates, Pilgrim Foundation, Printing Industry of New England, American Red Cross and the United Way of Greater Plymouth County.
In his spare time, Ken was an avid fisherman, known to be ready to grab a pole at the first sign of fish breaking. He loved his days with Beverly on their boat the "Morning Star" and spent many a day with his fishing cronies, up at the crack of dawn, heading out to catch "the big one".
We will miss him dearly, but will remember him greatly. Ken's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of the Sippican Healthcare Center for their wonderful care during his stay.
A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Organization, American Cancer Society or the First Congregational Church of Marion, P.O. Box 326, Marion, MA 02738. For online condolence book, please visit

George L. Unhoch
Jul 27, 2022

George L. Unhoch died peacefully in his Marion home of 57 years on Wednesday, July 27th, 2022. He was 87.
George was the husband of the late Dagmar (Scheve) Unhoch and father of the late Bettina Unhoch Pike, and Christina Unhoch Mason, who survives him.
He is also survived by his four grandchildren, George and Lucy Pike, Olivia and Nicholas Mason, and his three step-grandchildren, Logan and Lili Pike, and Emily Mason.
The son of George L. Unhoch, Sr. and Anna (Feldmann) Unhoch, George was born in Bayside, Queens, New York, and went to the Foxwood School in Flushing, Queens and the Choate School in Wallingford, CT. He was the first in his family to go to college, graduating from Yale University in 1956 with a degree in economics. He played on the varsity squash team at Yale.
After his graduation, George joined the family business, the New Bedford Thread Company, founded by his father in 1953.
The business made glace finish cotton sewing thread. George took over as president in January 1970 and built New Bedford Thread into a global brand name that survives until this day. He ran the company for 50 years, until its sale at the end of 2019.
From 1989 to 2001, George also owned and ran A.H. Rice & Co., a uniform braid business based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
An avid swimmer, George did laps in his pool everyday right up until just ten days before his death. An even more passionate golfer, he won numerous tournaments at his beloved Kittansett Club, where he served on the board for many years.
He was a parishioner and staunch supporter of Saint Gabriel's Episcopal Church, where his funeral service will be held at 11 am on Saturday August 20th, reception to follow.
Contributions in his memory may be made to: For online condolence book, please visit

Phylis (Almeida) LeBert
Jul 19, 2022

Phylis (Almeida) LeBert, 72, of Middleboro passed away peacefully at home, Tuesday, July 19, 2022. She was the loving wife of 35 years to Roger D. LeBert.
Born and raised in New Bedford, daughter of the late Manuel and Mary (Soares) Almeida, she lived in Rochester from 1978-2015 then settled in Middleboro. She was a graduate of New Bedford High School and later was a customer service rep at NBIS and retired from Santander Bank 10 years ago.
She was an extraordinary wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Everyone who had the privilege of being part of her life, loved her dearly. She will be deeply missed by all.
She is survived by her loving husband Roger; her daughter, Michelle (Perreira) Rivera and her husband Robert Jr. of New Bedford; two grandsons, Michael Perreira and Brandon DeAndrade and several nieces, nephews and in-laws. Phylis was the sister of the late Charles Almeida.
The family would like to thank the staff of Compassionate Care Hospice for the wonderful care extended to Phylis during her illness.
In accordance with her wishes she will be cremated and a private graveside service will be held Friday, July 29, 2022 at 11am in Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven. Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven.
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In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to an animal charity of your choice.

Sheila Ann (Logue) Niksa
Jul 12, 2022

Sheila Ann Niksa 1943-2022
An Irish Goodbye finally reunites the Logue sisters and their parents of Whiskey Point in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Sheila Ann (Logue) Niksa, 79, born on January 2, 1943 was born and raised in Brookline, Massachusetts and died peacefully in her sleep on July 12, 2022. She was the beloved wife and best friend of Stanley Niksa from Cleveland, Ohio whom she met on an unexpected blind date while he was in the Navy. They shared an epic journey together most could only dream of and Sheila will be forever missed and loved by all that knew her. She was the daughter of Irish immigrants, the late John and Agnes "Agie" Logue; and the loving sister of the late Mary Duggan and the late Patricia "Tishie" Smith.
Sheila lived in Brookline pursuing a lifelong passion using her unique talent for renovating homes that enabled her to reach her dreams of living by the ocean in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. She enjoyed being able to call her own shots, living life fully, being a general contractor and supporting her local community where she was involved in the knitting club and volunteered at the Mattapoisett Council on Aging. She always placed others before herself.
Sheila is survived by her husband Stanley; a daughter, Deborah Ann Brennock and her husband Jay Butler of Mims, FL; a son, Michael Niksa and his wife Sumiko Mori of Washington, DC and Tokyo, Japan and two grandchildren, Minami and Yasunari; three nephews, Bobby, Kevin and Craig; and finally by Sheila and Stanley's rambunctious dog, Fiona.
Sheila's funeral arrangements will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ( Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, visit

Charles Eshbach
Jul 12, 2022

Charles Eshbach born Apr. 28,1952 passed away on July 12,2022 at the age of 70 after a lengthy illness. Charlie was the grandson of James and Marion Hartley and the son of Charles Eshbach and Sybil Hartley Eshbach. Born in Weymouth, MA, he attended high school in Amherst and graduated from the University of Connecticut at Storrs. He lived in Connecticut until moving to Maine.
Charlie, along with his sisters, Marion, Connie and Sybil spent many vacations at their grandparents' home at 140 Snipatuit Rd. in Rochester. They could often be found playing pick-up games of baseball with their Hartley cousins on a vacant lot at the corner of Hartley and Snipatuit Rd. or spending summer days at Snows Pond or at the family cottage in Marion.
Even after Charlie began his 45 yr. career as an executive in the Minor League Baseball system, he would come back to golf with his cousins, Jon and Joel and to visit with family. Besides his cousins and sisters, Charlie leaves his wife, Annmarie, his sons, Brian and Scott, Brian's partner, Michelle and two grandchildren, Charlie and Audrey. More info on his MLB career can be found online at the Sea Dogs and maine

Timothy "Tim" Hebert
Jul 12, 2022

Timothy "Tim" Hebert, 41, of Falmouth formerly of Rochester passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. Born in New Bedford son of Louise A. (Tetreault) and the late Albert Hebert.
Tim was raised in Rochester and attended St. Francis Xavier School in Acushnet and attended high school at Old Colony in Rochester. He was very active in the Rochester Little League.
He was a true "outdoors-man", he enjoyed fishing, hunting, kayaking, and riding his motorcycle. He was a member of the Falmouth Rod & Gun Club.
He was the loving fiance of Danielle Lowe and was like a father to her three sons Thomas, Tyler, and Travis. Dear brother of Jennifer Gouviea and Jackie Mello. He also is survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Visitation will be held on Monday, July 18 from 4-7 pm at Chapman Funerals & Cremations, 475 Main St., Falmouth. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis Xavier Parish, 125 Main St., Acushnet on Tuesday, July 19 at 10am. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, 559 Mt. Pleasant St., New Bedford.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Old Rochester Youth Baseball, PO Box 236, Mattapoisett, MA 02739

Robert Paul Maher
Jul 12, 2022

Robert Paul Maher, 87, of Marion - formerly of Norton - died Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 53 years Jean Ellen (Seaman) Maher.
Born in Manhattan, he was the son of the late Paul Robert Maher and Marie Josephine (Reilly) Maher. Bob graduated from The Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn, receiving his bachelor's degree from Manhattan College. He went on to receive his master's degree in Classics from Catholic University. Bob was also a Fulbright Scholar.
Bob joined The Christian Brothers, a Roman Catholic institute of Brothers of the Christian Schools founded by St. John Baptist de la Salle dedicated to education. His Christian Brothers name was Aquinas Stephen.
Bob was a Latin, Spanish, & French language teacher & tennis coach at Norton High School for 30 years. Post retirement he taught at Notre Dame Academy in Hingham. He taught tennis at Tabor Academy Summer Program in Marion for 25 years. A summer resident of Marion since 1982, moving there year-round in 2003.
While teaching at Notre Dame, Bob led several foreign education trips to Italy & Greece. He was a democratic delegate for Bristol and Plymouth Counties. He was a communicant of St. Rita's Church in Marion.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Maher of Marion; his children, Nicole Maher and her husband Josh Dubnau of Huntington, NY; Lauren Maher Patrick and her husband Ian of Marion; Stephen Robert Maher and his wife Rachael of Danville, CA; Courtney Suzanne Ancker and her husband Henry of Bethlehem, PA; and Robert Daniel Maher of Marion, his brothers, William Maher of Norton; Paul Maher of New Jersey; Patrick Maher of Albuquerque, NM; his sister, Joan Maher of San Diego, CA, and his 6 grandchildren: Caitlin, Tabitha, Tobias, Soren, Harriet and Finnian.
He is remembered for being a kind, gentle, thoughtful soul with unwavering integrity.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, September 3, 2022 at St. Rita's Church, 121 Front St. Marion at 11AM.
In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be sent Christian Brothers, P.O. Box 238, Lincroft NJ 07738-0238 or
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Peter Joseph Muise
Jul 06, 2022

Peter Joseph Muise, of Marion, formerly of Hanson, passed away on July 6th, 2022, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston after a courageous 19 year battle with cancers and post-transplant complications.
He was born in Milton in 1955, son of the late Daniel Muise and Winifred (Caristi) Hayes, and spent his early life in Quincy, Braintree and Weymouth.
Peter earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Science degree in Finance from Bentley College. He began his banking career in 1977 at Quincy Savings Bank and rose through the ranks to become Senior Vice President Chief Financial Officer. Peter joined First Citizens' Federal Credit Union in 1996 and served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer before his appointment to President and CEO in August 2008 through his retirement in January 2021.
Peter was very involved in his communities on the South Coast and the Cape, and gave so much of his time to causes and projects that helped others. He was the Chairman of the Board for the Housing Assistance Corporation, Inc. and an Executive Committee member of the Homeless Service Providers Network in New Bedford. He was one of the founders of Rise Up for Homes, a fundraising and advocacy organization to support ending homelessness. He served as the Co-Chair of the South Coast Regional Network to End Homelessness and was a member of the New Bedford Regeneration Committee. He was Chairman for four years on the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board and served for several years as the Co-Chair of the National Academy Foundation's Advisory Board for the New Bedford High School's Education and Industry Coordinating Council.
While awards and accolades never defined him, because he was far too humble to be comfortable with the praise, he was the 2015 recipient of the Sister Rose Award from the City of New Bedford, the 2014 recipient of the Sydney Adams Award from the Inter-Church Council of New Bedford and The Standard-Times 2013 SouthCoast Man of the Year. In 2004 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees in recognition of his twelve years of dedication as an elected member of the Whitman-Hanson Regional School Committee. He was also chosen as the Town of Hanson's Citizen of the Year in 2006 after having served for two years as Chairman of the Town's Government Study Committee.
Peter was a friend to many, and never met a "stranger" in his life. He remained close friends with his various circles, the S B Crafters, the Nice Guys, Old Bankers, and the Band. Peter was a connector and supporter. Many who knew him, even if they had just met him once, were included in his network of friends, and he often emailed, texted or called to help out and support others and connect them to people who might help them achieve their goals.
While his career contributions, accomplishments, and friendships were both significant and numerous, Peter's number one pride and joy was his family. He will be remembered as a loving and constant presence, only a car ride or phone call away, willing to help whenever they needed support, advice, or assistance. He was an avid New England sports fan and he never missed watching Patriots games with his wife. As a beloved Gramps, he introduced each grandchild to NesQuik chocolate milk at breakfast, how to fill bird feeders, and proudly taught the older ones how to play chess and drive the red "people mover" around the neighborhood. He liked to play "on the ground" with his grandkids, despite his health, and was a silly-faced, giggle teaser. A lover of food, Peter relished in a good meal. When he wasn't working or with his family, he could be found golfing or most likely, futzing around the yard in his crocs with socks.
Peter is survived by his wife, best friend, and partner of 50 years, Robin (Fitzpatrick) Muise; and his three children, a son, Jason and his wife Alissa of Holden; a daughter, Carly and her husband Jeff Lavin of Mattapoisett, a daughter Krista and her husband PJ O'Brien of Tolland, CT; and 9 grandchildren, Wyatt, Emily, Lyla, Everly, Graeme, Finnegan, Myles, Rory, and Maisie. He is also survived by a sister, Barbara and her husband Dennis Fleming; a sister-in-law Joanne and her husband Dan Englehardt; a brother-in-law Robert and his wife Susan Fitzpatrick; and a sister-in-law MaryLee Muise. He was the favorite uncle of many nieces and nephews and godfather to 6. He was predeceased by his parents; brother David Muise; and father and mother-in-law Robert G. and Maria Aline (Machado) Fitzpatrick.
The family is extremely grateful for the compassionate and loving care shown to Peter from the staff at Dana Farber, Brigham and Women's, and Mass Eye and Ear. We thank them for the extra time they gave us to be together, and the way they honored Peter and held us through each trial and tribulation. These amazing people are more than caregivers, they are a part of our family forever.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St Anthony's Church, 26 Hammond St, Mattapoisett, MA, on Wednesday July 13, 2022 at 10 am. The public is invited to meet directly at church. Burial will follow in Old Landing Cemetery, Marion. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 from 4-8 pm at the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, donations in Peter's memory may be made to Rise up for Homes, (℅ Interchurch Council of Greater New Bedford, 128 Union Street Suite100, New Bedford, Ma 02740 or online at and the Housing Assistance Corporation (460 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601 or online at These donations will be used for continuing his work of serving the homeless and those less fortunate. For the online condolence book, please visit

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