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Eugenia (Pina) Oliver Hines
Dec 03, 2019

Eugenia (Pina) Oliver Hines, also known as the "Matriarch of the Oliver Family", age 91, of New Bedford, passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at St. Luke's Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Charles "Chuck" A. Hines and former wife of the late John Oliver.
Eugenia was born in Plymouth, MA to the late Joseph and Anna (Garcia) Pina. She lived in Rochester, MA for many years where she had raised her children. She moved to New Bedford with her husband, Charles (Check) Hines, where she had lived for many years until her passing. Eugenia had been a school teacher at the Gomes Elementary School for many years.
Eugenia was loved by many and will be missed dearly. She was a feisty 91 year old who had a heart of gold and a love of flowers. She had many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many others whom she had adopted and raised with the support of her husband and family.
She is survived by her husband, Chuck; her sisters, Clara Barboza of Wareham, Ginger Seeley of New Bedford, Pat Rivers of Brockton; brother, Joseph Gracia; her children, Reenie Barrows, Roslyn Reimao, Duane (Ray) Oliver, Debra (Oliver) Vega, Edward Oliver and Vicki Oliver; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Eugenia was the mother of the late Linda Oliver, John (Buddy) Oliver, Robert Oliver, Roberta Oliver, Frank Oliver and Richard Oliver. She was also the sister of the late Toni Gonsalves of Wareham and Mimi Fontes of Tampa, FL, Edward Pina, Louis Pina, John Gracia and Anthony Gracia.
Eugenia's funeral arrangements were private.
Arrangements are placed in the care of Perry Funeral Home 111 Dartmouth St. New Bedford, MA 02740. Please see our website: for condolences.

Edward D. Francis, IV
Nov 28, 2019

Edward D. Francis, IV, 69, of Marion died Thursday, November 28, 2019 at home surrounded by his family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of Kristine A. (Joseph) Francis.
Born in New Bedford, son of the late Edward D. Francis, III and Florence J. (Lopes) Francis, he lived in Mattapoisett for most of his life before moving to Marion in 1996.
He was a graduate of Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School and later served in the United States Army.
Edward was employed as a truck driver by Nichols Trucking Company in Middleboro and was formerly employed by Guard Enterprises, Gold Medal Bakery, and Roseland Nursery. He had also formerly been self-employed as E.F. Trucking and later Yellowbird Trucking. Additionally, he had worked as a scalloper and a farrier.
"GPS Eddie" "Uncle Eddie" or "Fast Eddie", as he was known, was everyone's go-to-man. He enjoyed camping at Ellis Haven and Maple Park, splitting and selling firewood, plowing, and truck driving. He was also an avid Reba McEntire fan.
He is survived by his wife, Kristine; four children, James Francis of New Bedford, Airyelle Francis of Marion, Robert Francis of New Bedford, and Holly Turner of Mattapoisett; three grandchildren, Annabelle May Harwood, Malikai Joseph Francis, and Hollyn Turner; five siblings, Arnold Francis, Ginny Francis, Beverly Howland, Barbara Pepin, and Paul Francis; three special nephews, Alexzander, Noah, and Benjamin Franco and their mother, Sarah August; and several other nieces, nephews, and extended family.
He was predeceased by his brother, Philip Francis.
Eddie's family would like to thank Dr. Blanchard, Dr. Eby, and the entire staff at the Southcoast Cancer Center for the care given to him during his illness.
His Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 2 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. Visitation will be held from 11 AM-2 PM, prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Edward's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Linda Pirro Solomon
Nov 27, 2019

Linda Pirro Solomon, 71, of Marion, Dover and Needham, died November 27, 2019. She was the wife of Dr. Alan Solomon.
Linda was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Originally from Needham and Dover, Massachusetts before moving to Marion in 2001. She was the daughter of Erminie and Anthony T. Pirro (deceased).
Linda worked as a medical technologist, and a hematology specialist, in Boston and at the Metrowest Medical Center for over thirty years. She also worked as a medical sales representative for a biotech firm and later became a financial advisor after moving to Marion.
She enjoyed playing tennis, and served as chairperson of the racquet committee at the Bay Club in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. She was an artist and served on the boards of the Wareham Art Association, the Marion Art Center and the New Bedford Art Museum/Art Works.
Linda earned her degree in medical technology from The New England Hospital, and a bachelor's degree from Lesley University in Health Education.
She loved children, family and friends. She also enjoyed sailing, antiquing and gardening. Linda had a passion for travel and experienced many beautiful sites worldwide with her husband and close friend. She was beloved for her sense of humor, compassion, wisdom and strength.
Her survivors include: her loving husband, Alan; her mother Erminie; sons Gregory Lawrance and his partner James Gunter of New York City and Travis Tutcik and his wife Riyo Hirota; their three children Leo, Niko and Akira of Jamaica Plain, MA. She is also survived by her brothers Thomas and his wife Carol of Palm Beach Shores, Florida; Richard and his wife Mary of Bonita Springs, FL., four step-children, Joel and Susan Solomon of West Roxbury, MA; Ruthanne Solomon of Hartford, CT; Leslie and Arthur Reitman of Atlanta, GA; and Dianne and Louis Eichel of Rochester, NY; as well as several wonderful step-grandchildren: Noah, Gigi, Ben, Madeline, Toby, Ava and Sam. She leaves two nephews, Derek and Richie; one beloved niece, Janice and her husband Jason of Needham, MA; a great nephew Kyle and great niece Brooke; and many close and loving cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Multiple Myeloma Research, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215-5450. For online guestbook, visit

Thomas "Tommy" Christian Chaples, Sr.
Nov 25, 2019

Thomas "Tommy" Christian Chaples, Sr. entered into rest Tuesday, November 25, 2019.
Tommy is the husband of Ashley Elizabeth Tindal Chaples. They have been married for 9 wonderful years. He is the father of Thomas Christian Chaples, Jr., Scarlett Inez Chaples, and Dalton Hudson James Chaples. Tommy was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts and is the son of Christina Lynne Cutler-Hammack of Bedford, Kentucky and Richard Alan Chaples of Fall River, Massachusetts. He is the son-in-law of Steve and Cathy Day of Wagener. Tommy is the maternal grandson of Rosemary Cutler of Fall River, Massachusetts and the late Donald S. Cutler. He is the paternal grandson of Kathryn Chaples of New Bedford, Massachusetts, and Charles and Cecelia Chaples of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. Tommy's step-father was the late Gordon Coe. Tommy is the brother of Matthew Charles Chaples of Bedford, Kentucky, Timothy Alan Chaples of Boston, Massachusetts, and Sara Ann Coe Pokel of Middleboro, Massachusetts. He is the brother-in-law Tara Tindal of Columbia, Thelma Tindal of Salley, Crystal Tindal of Lexington, Lewis Tindal, Jr. of Pelion, Bryan Tindal of Wagener, and Jason Tindal of Batesburg. Tommy is the nephew of Jeffery (Jamey) Cutler, Douglas (Melissa) Cutler, and Brian (Lisa) Cutler, Charllie Chaples, Alfred (Pam) Chaples and Becky (Henry) Renault. He has numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends.
Tommy's family moved to Salley just after his 13th birthday. He was active in Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts. Tommy played Baseball, Soccer, and was a member of the band playing the Saxaphone.
Tommy attended Wagener-Salley Schools and was a graduate of Will Lou Grey Military Academy in Lexington. He joined the U. S. Army at the age of 16 years and 9 months. Tommy served in the 82nd Airborne 3rd Brigade, Charlie Company 505TH stationed in Fort Bragg, NC. Tommy served 2 tours in Iraq . Tommy was an excellent cook. He was a wonderful husband and father. He loved climbing trees to trim and cut. Tommy loved to help people and was a very giving person. He loved all of his family and he loved fishing and visiting Massachusetts.
A Service Celebrating Tommy's Life was held at 5pm Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Bethcar Baptist Church.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers for donations to be made to Blizzard Funeral Home at P. O. Box 235, Wagener, SC 29164 to assist with funeral expenses.

William B. Rosperich
Nov 24, 2019

William B. Rosperich, 68, of Mattapoisett, died peacefully at home on Sunday, November 24, 2019. He was the husband of Christine M. (Perrault) Rosperich.
Born in Quantico, VA, son of the late Anthony J. and Eleanor (Magee) Rosperich, he spent his early years as a "military brat" before moving to Mattapoisett in 1964.
Bill enlisted in the army after graduating from Old Rochester Regional High School and served as a Sergeant in the US Army Special Forces. He served in Germany and was a Vietnam combat veteran.
Following his military service, Bill obtained his B.A. from Southeastern Massachusetts University and professional certification in Information Technology from Control Data Institute. He was a life-long learner and earned many certifications in his field throughout his career. He was a retired I.T. Project Management Consultant and had worked throughout New England, specializing in the hospital and financial industries.
Bill was a jack of all trades, and was an especially talented carpenter. He and his wife were thrilled to return home to Mattapoisett to raise their children, where he participated in the design and build of their family home.
Bill learned to sail as a young man and boating on Buzzards Bay was his favorite pastime. He spent many happy summer days with his boys out on the ocean. He was a good man; a kind, thoughtful and loving husband and father and a loyal friend. He was loved and will be missed by many.
Surviving in addition to his wife are his sons, Gregory Rosperich and his wife Florencia Rago of Cambridge, and Jonathan Rosperich of Mattapoisett; two brothers, Jerry Rosperich of North Carolina and Joel Rosperich of Mattapoisett; two sisters, Elizabeth Silverberg of Rochester and Toni Gay Wall of Maine; his life-long friend, Frank Cooper of Mattapoisett; and several nieces and nephews. The Perrault family of Mattapoisett considered him one of their own, as well.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 4 - 8 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. Internment will be at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.
Bill was proud to have served as a Green Beret and would be honored by contributions in his memory to the Veterans Transition House, 344 County St., New Bedford, MA 02740. For directions and guestbook, please visit

John Dawson
Nov 21, 2019

John Dawson, 85, a longtime resident of Boxford, currently of Mattapoisett, died on November 21, 2019. He was the devoted husband of Elizabeth A. (Jaillet) Dawson for 56 years. Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Brooklyn, New Bedford and Fairhaven, he was the son of the late James J. and Mary Margaret (Gatheral) Dawson. John graduated from Holy Family High School in New Bedford and earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Northeastern University in 1958. He went on to serve three years with the Army and remained a reservist until 1964. John returned to Northeastern University and earned a Master of Science in structural engineering in 1963.
John and Elizabeth were married in July of 1963 and made their home in Manchester, CT where John worked for Pratt & Whitney. They relocated to Saugus and eventually settled in Boxford where John designed and built their home and worked for General Electric in Lynn as a mechanical engineer in the jet engine division. While raising six children, he volunteered countless hours for the Boxford Athletic Association coaching soccer and baseball and organizing road races, as well as volunteering for St. Rose of Lima church in Topsfield. John worked for General Electric for 38 years where he authored numerous patents for jet engine parts and was active in the Elfun Society. He retired in 1996, devoting his energy to his family, projects, love of music, and traveling with Elizabeth. John is known for always putting others first, quietly working to make others' lives easier without needing recognition. John was dedicated to his wife, children, and grandchildren and considered this his legacy.
Survivors include his wife, his 6 children, Anne O'Leary and her husband Kenneth of Medfield, Sheila Geiger and her husband Robert of Reading, John Dawson and his wife Michele of Beverly, Maureen DiNapoli and her husband Richard of Harvard, Michael Dawson and his wife Jennifer of Sherwood, OR and Kevin Dawson and his wife Laura of East Greenwich, RI.
He is also survived by 2 brothers, James Dawson and Kevin Dawson and his wife Sandra, all of Mattapoisett, 2 sisters, Kathleen Brett and her husband James of Needham and Janet Liljedahl and her husband Robert of Mattapoisett; his brother-in-law, Joseph Cosgrove of Newton; 14 grandchildren, Daniel, Caleigh and Stephen O'Leary, Jessica, Molly and Jack Geiger, Henry, Peter and Curtis DiNapoli, Andrew and Brian Dawson, Micah, Maeve and Eliza Dawson; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Dawson Cosgrove and his sister-in-law Elizabeth "Beth" Dawson.
Visiting hours will be on Friday November 29th, from 4-7 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals in Mattapoisett, MA, 50 County Rd, Route 6. His Funeral will be held on Saturday, November 30th at 10 AM at St. Anthony's Church. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. For directions and guestbook, please visit
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital, Sophia Gordon Cancer Center at Lahey Hospital, and Nativity Preparatory School of New Bedford.

Earl E. Dalrymple
Nov 19, 2019

Earl E. Dalrymple, age 83 of Mattapoisett, passed away in his residence on Wednesday, November 19, 2019, with his loving family by his side. He was the husband of Norma M. Beaudry, with whom he shared 15 years of marriage.
Born in Cambridge, a son of the late John E. and Evelyn (Mason) Dalrymple, he was a long-time area resident. He was a graduate of Cambridge Latin, class of 1955; attended Boston State and graduated from Babson College in 1960 with his MBA in Marketing. He was the Director of Sales and Marketing for 17 years at Smith Electronics prior to his retirement in 2000. Earl loved his family dearly; he enjoyed sports, movies, History, reading, traveling and Golf.
In addition to his loving wife Norma, he is survived by his three children; Allison Justice and her husband Glenn of Carver, Keith Dalrymple and his wife Victoria of NH and Craig Dalrymple and his wife Katherine of ILS; four grandchildren, Kelsey, Nicholas, Julie and Anabelle; and a nephew, Matthew McGovern. He was the brother of the late John and David Dalrymple and Mildred McGovern.
His Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 10:00AM in St. Anthony Church, 22 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Relatives and friends are involved. Visitation will be held on Monday from 4:00 to 7:00PM. Burial in Pine Grove Cemetery. In Lieu of flower's contributions in Earl's honor may be made to: Tufts Medical Center for Cancer Research, 800 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111. To leave a note of condolence:

Susan V. Petersen
Nov 17, 2019

Susan V. Petersen, 70, of Sandwich, died November 17, 2019 after a brief illness. Susan was the daughter of Maj. James "Ed" Callahan and Virginia (Morgan) Tay, and was the oldest of six children. She grew up in Marion, MA and graduated from Marshfield High School in Marshfield, MA. A lifelong native of Massachusetts, Susan eventually moved to Florida in later years to be close to her mother and sisters.
Susan is predeceased by her father Ed, as well as her brother Peter Callahan and sister Marion Kailing. In addition to her mother, Virginia, Susan leaves behind her sisters Lisa Callahan of St. Petersburg, FL and Cindi Callahan of Largo, FL, and brother Jack Callahan of Corinna, ME. Susan also leaves behind her daughters, Melissa Butler and Jennifer (Steven) Hall of Sandwich, MA, and Erin Petersen of Alexandria, VA, as well as 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Susan will always be remembered for her love for Jesus and taught the importance of having a strong faith. She was also known for being a gifted artist. Sunday dinners, reading books, and decorating were also among the things she most loved to do. She will be missed.
Burial will be held at 9:30 am on Monday, November 25, 2019 at St. Joseph's Cemetery in the Field of St. Anthony (Section 1), 990 La Grange Street, W. Roxbury, MA 02132 and a memorial mass which will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, November 25, 2019 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 420 High St., Dedham, MA 02026.

Dr. Lincoln Edmond Ford
Nov 16, 2019

Dr. Lincoln Edmond Ford, 81 of Marion died November 16, 2019, after a long illness from Alzheimer's disease.
He was the husband of Susan (Gilbert) Ford.
Born in Boston, MA, May 14, 1938, he was the son of the late John B. and Margaret (Clark) Ford.
He was a graduate of Tabor Academy, class of 1956, and Harvard College, class of 1960. While at Harvard, he was on the ski team and a member of the Harvard Light Weight Crew in 1957-58. Dr. Ford was a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine, class of 1965. He served an internship at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY, followed by a residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, and research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, and at University College London (UK). Dr. Ford was on the cardiology faculty of Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago and retired as Professor of Medicine from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis in 2007.
Throughout a distinguished career in cardiology and basic physiology, he actively pursued numerous hobbies, including sailing, skiing, swimming, bicycling, rowing, reading history and poetry, writing, wine- and beer-making, carpentry, beekeeping and building model ships. An attempt to make mead from home-produced honey was unfortunately not successful.
He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Pamela (Ford) Murphy who resided in of Salem, MA.
He is survived by his wife Susan; daughters Catherine (Leverett, MA), Gretchen (Los Angeles, CA), Vanessa (Chicago, IL) and Emily (Denver, CO); and grandchildren Brennan Ayres, Ilaria and Alec Stewart, and Malcolm, Oliver and Thomas Nelson, as well as nephews, nieces and numerous cousins.
Private arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Rt. 6, Mattapoisett. Plans for a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. For online guestbook, visit

Hertha (Lederbogen) Wolkowicz
Nov 12, 2019

Hertha (Lederbogen) Wolkowicz, 89, beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend, succumbed peacefully after a short period of declining health in the early hours of Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at Tobey Hospital in Wareham. Born in Rostock, Germany, Hertha was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Dr. John S. Wolkowicz, in 2018.
An incredibly fun and generous woman, Hertha will most be remembered for showering her family and friends with unconditional love and culinary delights. She was an avid fan of The Food Network and was passionate about cooking. Hertha cooked with the heart; she found great joy in creating favorite dishes for her children and grandchildren.
Hertha and John loved to travel, visiting all corners of the world. Upon John's retirement, they divided their time between New Bedford, Fairhaven, Boston, and her beloved Naples, FL. Spending time with friends and family at the Edgewater Resort in Naples during the winter months was the highlight of each year.
The family was most important to Hertha. She is survived by sons Dr. Christopher Wolkowicz (Terry) and their children Aria and Justin, and Dr. Derek Wolkowicz (Candace) and their children Brooke and Drew. She also leaves two nieces, one nephew, and countless friends. Hertha's happiest role was being "Omi" to her much loved grandchildren.
Hertha's family wishes to extend their gratitude to all at Sippican Healthcare Center, who provided her with dignified and compassionate care.
Her memorial service will be held on Saturday Nov. 16th at 10 am at the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park Street, New Bedford. Visiting hours will be on Friday, Nov. 15th from 4-7 pm. In lieu of flowers and because of Hertha's lifelong love of animals, please consider a donation in her memory to her favorite charity, the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society, attn: Memorial Gifts, 425 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 or online at For directions and guestbook, please visit

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