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Frank J. Ryder III
Jun 11, 2019

Frank J. Ryder III (Jay), 71, died June 11, 2019, at home in Marion due to complications from prostate cancer. He was the husband of Meredith Wickenden Ryder.
Jay was born in Boston on January 5, 1948, son of the late Frank Jenkins Ryder, Jr. and Jane Porter Ryder of Attleboro and Marion.
He attended Governor's Academy (formerly Governor Dummer Academy) in Byfield and attended business school at the University of Denver. Later he studied civil engineering technology at Southeastern Massachusetts University in Dartmouth for three years.
From 1970-1974, Jay proudly served his country on active duty in the United States Coast Guard. He was a radioman aboard the USCGC Barataria out of Alameda, Calif., and Radio Station Humboldt Bay in Eureka, Calif.
After living off the land in Middletown Springs, Vt., with college friends, Jay moved back to South Dartmouth and spent two years rebuilding the old Bullard Farm, while learning cattle farming and becoming a skilled, self-taught carpenter.
With visions of starting his own construction company, Jay moved to Marion and became a managing partner of Little Harbor Building Associates - a company created by his late father. He and his father developed a 100-acre parcel of land now known as Little Harbor Estates. Ultimately Jay became a builder/dealer for Acorn Structures and spent the next three years building homes in southern New England.
In 1979, he moved to Newport, R.I., to begin a career in engineering. Jay served as marketing director for Halliwell Associates in East Providence until 1983, then moved to Darien, Conn., where he worked for East Coast Engineering until 1985.
His most successful business accomplishment was becoming director of marketing for Catalyst Energy Development Corporation in New York City. For the next four years he worked in the alternative energy business developing low head hydroelectric, co-generation, solar and district heating and cooling projects with private firms nationally.
Trading in his business suit for shorts and a set of clubs, Jay moved to Palm Desert, Calif., in 1989. There he wrote and marketed "The Greater Palm Springs Golf Guide" - a 165-page play book on 50 public and private courses in the desert area.
At age 42, however, it was time to put down permanent roots. Returning finally to Marion in 1991, he married his childhood friend, Meredith Wickenden, and settled down to raise their five children.
In Jay's words: "It was the best decision I ever made in my life."
In Marion, Jay's real estate management enterprise, Ryder Real Estate Management Company, grew and flourished and allowed him to serve the community he loved.
Jay served on the Marion Planning Board as clerk, vice-president, and chairman for six years and chaired the initial Town House Advisory Committee. With Betty Cheney, he co-founded the annual Marion Christmas Stroll. An avid reader, he was an active member of the Elizabeth Taber Library, and a friend to all who worked there. As a member of the First Congregational Church, he was a devoted scripture reader at services.
A passionate competitor and sportsman, Jay enjoyed fishing, tennis, and golf with his family and many friends. Additionally, he was a longtime member of the Sippican Tennis Club and Piney Point Beach Club.
Jay is survived by his wife, Meredith, and their five loving children, daughter Devon Hamilton, husband Lee, and their children Cameron, Jonathan, and Jackson; son Marshall Birkins, wife Heather, and their children Brynn, Marshall, and Brooks; daughter Courtney Polhemus, husband Aaron, and their children Katherine and William; sons, Christopher Birkins and James Birkins, and James' fiancee, Jessica Roeder.
Jay is also survived by his sister Suzanne Herriman, husband Fred, their daughter Ashley; his brother, Tyler Ryder, wife Dana, and their children Madison and Wyatt; his brother-in-law James Wickenden, wife Martha, and sister-in-law, Jeanne Wickenden Lake.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held at the Wickenden Chapel 86 Spring Street in Marion on Sunday July 21, 2019 at 12 Noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be considered to Community Nurse Home Care or The First Congregational Church of Marion - Deacon's Fund. For online condolence book, please visit

Lorraine B. (Pepin) Vieira
Jun 09, 2019

Lorraine B. (Pepin) Vieira, 85, of Mattapoisett passed away suddenly at home on Sunday June 9, 2019. She was the loving wife of Edward Vieira.
Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Eugene and Yvonne (Levasseur) Pepin, she lived in New Bedford before moving to Acushnet in 1968 and to Mattapoisett in 2009.
She was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church and a former communicant of St. Francis Xavier Church and was blessed to serve as a Eucharistic Minister. She taught confirmation classes in her home and was a former active member of the Legion of Mary and adorer of the Blessed Sacrament.
Mrs. Vieira was formerly employed at Aerovox for eight years before staying at home to be a mother and homemaker.
She attended New Bedford Catholic Schools and was a graduate of New Bedford Vocational High School.
She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and playing computer games.
Survivors include her devoted husband, Edward; two sons, Richard Vieira and his wife Mary of Acushnet and Michael Vieira and his wife Patricia of Mattapoisett; two daughters, Diane Bergeron and her husband Scott of Acushnet and Doreen Brown and her husband Walter of Dartmouth; a brother Raymond Pepin of Acushnet; nine grandchildren, Jake Vieira, Taryn Semenec, Hayden Vieira, Hannah Vieira, Jennifer Cox, Allie Bergeron, Jared Lizotte, Katie Kochan, and Jonathan Duarte; a great-granddaughter, Lumina Vieira; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the grandmother of the late Andrew Bergeron, and the sister of the late Claire Donth, Cecile Robitaille, Rachel Jussaume, and Paul Pepin.
Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday June 12, 2019 at 10 AM at St. Anthony's Church, Mattapoisett, followed by burial in Tabor Cemetery, Acushnet. Visiting hours are omitted. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to Meeting Street, One Posa Place, Dartmouth, MA 02747 in honor of her late grandson, Andrew Bergeron who left us much too soon. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Marjorie J. Forgette
Jun 09, 2019

Marjorie J. Forgette, 90, of Marion, died Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Plymouth. She was the wife of the late Robert J. Forgette and George Briggs.
Born in Fairhaven, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Beatrice (Flood) Peterson. A lifelong resident of Marion, she was a homemaker and a Cub Scout den mother. She enjoyed oil painting, particularly flowers and ships, and baking.
She is survived by four sons, George Briggs of Glastonbury, CT, Ronald Briggs of Mansfield, Ernie Briggs of Chichester, NH, and Robert J. Forgette, Jr. of Plymouth. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her two sisters, the late Louise Tripp and Frances Medeiros.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Old Landing Cemetery, Spring St., Marion at 1 PM. Visiting hours have been omitted.
Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham.

Palmyra "Pal" (Silveira) O'Leary
Jun 08, 2019

Palmyra "Pal" (Silveira) O'Leary, 89, of Mattapoisett passed away peacefully at home on Saturday June 8, 2019. She was the wife of the late John M. O'Leary.
Born in Providence. R.I., the daughter of the late Frank and Palmeida (Rose) Silveira, she lived in Mattapoisett for most of her life.
She was an active parishioner of St. Anthony's Church.
Pal and her late husband owned and operated Bowlmor Lanes in Mattapoisett. She was an avid bowler and bridge player. She was a member of the American Contract Bridge League with the rank of Gold Life Master.
She is survived by five children, Kevin O'Leary and his wife Beth of Rochester, NY, Thomas O'Leary of Fairhaven, William O'Leary and his wife Bonnie of Methuen, Kathleen Macedo and her husband Neil of Mattapoisett, and Sandra Edgell and her husband Eugene of Wareham; and seven grandchildren, Shannon, Caitlin, and Meghan O'Leary, David and Matthew Macedo, and Adam and Jonathan Edgell.
Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 15th at 10 AM in St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett. Visiting hours are omitted. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Anthony's Church, P.O. Box 501, Mattapoisett, MA 02739 or SouthCoast VNA, 200 Mill Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Joshua David Costa
Jun 08, 2019

Joshua David Costa, age 39, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday June 8, 2019 after a long battle with drug addiction. Josh had tried recovery many times throughout the years with the support of his family and friends.
Born in New Bedford and raised in Mattapoisett, Josh attended Old Rochester Regional High School and UMass Dartmouth, earning a degree in Fine Arts. Josh worked some time as a graphic artist for various apparel printing companies, as well as designing the family restaurant logo. He had a love of photography, art and music that he enjoyed sharing with his sister. Josh had a strong compassion for all animals, the backyard birds, a love of penguins, and people in general, and enjoyed taking the time to bring soup from the restaurant to his elementary school principal before a snowstorm in Marion.
Josh spent the last eight years working as the bartender and waiter at the family restaurant in which he helped design and paint. His patrons will miss his infectious smile, the twinkle in his eyes, quirky sense of humor and knowledge of random trivia. He was known for making "the best martinis" anywhere and took pride and care in each one made. Josh was good at making all the food sound so delicious, mostly because he loved food and would try everything.
Joshua is survived by his mother and father, Marc and Carol Lareau, his sister Brittany Lareau, David Costa and his wife and children, his grandparents Alex and Louis Costa, grandmother Marcelle Lareau and many aunts and cousins. He is also survived by his restaurant family and friends including his brothers Trevor Francis, Corey Zaccari, little sister Samantha Francis, and his deeply loved best friend, Heather Souza.
His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday June 13, 2019 at 9:30 am at St. Anthony's Church, Mattapoisett. Burial will be private. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday June 12, 2019 from 4-8 pm at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Massachusetts Humane Society. For directions and guestbook, please visit

M. Elizabeth (Kelley) Behenna
Jun 07, 2019

M. Elizabeth (Kelley) Behenna, 97, of Mattapoisett passed away peacefully on Friday, June 7, 2019 after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late William H. Behenna.
Born in Boston, the daughter of the late Michael and Katherine (Garvey) Kelley, Betty lived in Belmont for many years. Since 1955, she and her family summered in Mattapoisett until moving to her favorite place, their cottage by the sea, in 1995.
Betty is survived by her children, Michele Burgess of Stony Creek, CT, and David Behenna and his wife Laura of Rye Beach, NH; seven grandchildren, Matthew Burgess, Katherine DiMarco, Meghan Havican, Susan Burgess, Natalie Behenna, William Behenna II, and Christopher Behenna; six great-grandchildren, Juliana, Andrew, Finn, Rhys, Evan, and Grace; and many nieces and nephews.
Betty was predeceased by her sister, Patricia Durham.
Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Anthony's Church, Mattapoisett. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Society of St. Vincent dePaul, c/o St. Anthony's Church, P.O. Box 501, Mattapoisett, MA 02739 or Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Mill Brook Road, Wilton, NH 03086. For online condolence book, please visit

Florence Jane (Stinson) Savery
Jun 04, 2019

Florence Jane (Stinson) Savery, 95, of Marion passed away, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in her home of the last 70 years surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born and raised in Marion, the daughter of John J. and Violet (Nunn) Stinson. She was one of the original working moms and had a long career in social services. She was a proud graduate of Tabor Academy, Class of 1941 and was as smart as she was beautiful. She was a voracious reader and has a memory like a steel trap and never stopped learning, beating us all regularly at Jeopardy well into her nineties! Through the years she was active in the North Marion Methodist Church and choir.
We will sorely miss her love and keen sense of humor and always remember her generosity.
She leaves three children, Gloria Bassett and her husband Cliff of Yarmouth, Larry Savery and his wife Betty of Marion and Donald Savery of No. Dartmouth. She also leaves seven grandchildren, Angela, Christopher, Lisa, Larry, Daniel, Leigh and Laureen; eight great grandchildren as well as several cousins in Marion, Hingham and Nova Scotia and many nieces and nephews.
Per her wishes, a private graveside service will be held for immediate family at Old Landing Cemetery, Marion. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. To leave a message of condolence visit:

Rosemary Riley
Jun 03, 2019

Rosemary Riley, age 91, passed away on June 3, 2019 at home after a brief illness, surrounded by her loving family. Born and raised in Jersey City, NJ, Rosemary was the daughter of the late John and Rose Sullivan. She was a graduate of St. Dominic Academy and was later employed as a secretary for the Jersey City Housing Authority.
In 1953, Rosemary married her loving husband Richard E. Riley and traveled with him to Italy while he served as Lt. in the US Navy, it is here that their first-born child Richard Jr. was born. Upon returning to the states they lived in Ohio, New Jersey, New Bedford and Rochester, MA, before settling in Fairhaven. They recently celebrated their 66th Wedding Anniversary.
Together with her family, they owned and operated The Sweater Shop and Whalerknits in New Bedford for many years. She was a communicant of St. Lawrence Martyr Church. Rosemary loved her time volunteering at Holy Family-Holy Name Grammar School as a classroom aide where she was loved and admired.
Rosemary enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, working in her beautiful garden, making countless jigsaw puzzles and daily crosswords. She will always be remembered as a warmhearted, cheerful friend, charming companion and for her kind, gentle spirit and witty sense of humor. She was loved by all who knew her and will be missed dearly.
She is survived by her husband; her children Richard E. Riley, Jr., Kathleen Lopes, Susan Frigault, Margaret Riley and Jonathan Arena, Patricia Grime and husband Tom, Maureen Baptista and husband Stephan, Elizabeth Mello and husband Andy; and eight grandchildren, Jesse Riley, Dr. Matthew Frigault, Laura Frigault, Andrew Frigault, Tommy Grime, Patrick Grime, Bridgette Grime and Daniel Mello.
Rosemary was also survived by her sister-in-law, Janet Demanche, and several nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her two sisters, Mary Citarella and Bernadette "Bunny" Nicholson, both of New Jersey.
Her Funeral will be held on Friday June 7th at 9 am from the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Lawrence Church at 10 am. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Thursday June 6th from 4-8 pm. In loving memory of Grandma Rosemary and her love for children, donations may be made to Holy Family-Holy Name School, 91 Summer Street, New Bedford, MA 02740. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Mrs. Mildred Waring Palmer
Jun 03, 2019

Mrs. Mildred Millie W. Palmer, born on July 17, 1929 in Marion, Massachusetts, to the late Hilda Saunders, passed away at age 89 on June 3, 2019. Mildred was the loving wife of the late Bryant Palmer. She was preceded in death by her sister, Hazel Palmer. Mildred is survived by her sons, Clifford Palmer and David Palmer; daughters, Regina Palmer Cyr and Johanna Palmer Mulholland; grandchildren, Jessica Cruz, Katie Palmer, Tori Lee Castanha, and Rylan Cyr; great-grandchildren, Adriana Cruz, Colton Cruz, and Myles Cruz; and friends, Meredith Ryder and Jeannie Lake. She loved cooking, gardening, arts and crafts and ceramics. She was a Sunday school teacher at Marion Methodist Church. Friends and family members may attend the graveside service, officiated by New Hope Chapel, on Saturday, June 15 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at North Marion Cemetery, 15 County Road, Marion.

Mildred Waring Palmer
Jun 03, 2019

Mrs. Mildred Waring Palmer, age 89, of Marion, passed away Monday morning, June 3, 2019 at Sippican Healthcare.
She was born July 17, 1929, in Bristol County, the daughter of the late George Leach and Hildegarde Saunders.
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Bryant Palmer; one sister, Hazel Charron; one brother, Baby George Leach; and one great grandchild Kayden Selha.
She was a member of United Methodist Church, and a homemaker.
She enjoyed gardening, crafts, and spending time with her family. She will always be remembered as a devoted wife, caring mother and generous friend.
Mildred is survived by two step brothers, George and Steven Leach; one step sister, Helen Leach; two sons Clifford Palmer, and David Palmer (wife Norma Palmer); four grandchildren, Regina Cyr, Johanna Mulholland, Jessica Cruz, and Katelyn Palmer; five great grandchildren, Tori Castanha, Rylan Cyr, Adriana Cruz, Colton Cruz, and Myles Cruz; and several nieces and nephews. She also leaves many other family members and friends who will deeply miss her.
A private family service will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be sent to Sippican Healthcare Center at 15 Mill Street, Marion MA, 02738.

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