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Anne Marta Poshkus
Feb 18, 2020

Anne Marta Poshkus, 90, of Marion, MA passed away February 18, 2020 with many of her loving family by her side.
She was the wife of the late Vytautas (Paskevicius) Poshkus.
She was born in Rudaiciai, Lithuania in 1929. Anne Marta fled Lithuania as a young girl with her family during the war to Luebeck, Germany. At the Displaced Person Camp in Luebeck, she met her husband and her first son Arvidas was born. She was sponsored to come to the United States by Lithuanian family. Anne Marta immigrated to the US in 1949 while 6 months pregnant with her second child via boat on a 6 week journey with her husband and 2 year old son. She settled in and raised her family in Stoughton, MA.
Anne Marta was the loving mother of Arvidas and his wife Jayne, Nijole and her husband Kenneth Gray, Richard, Regina and her husband Thomas Shea, Edward and his wife Joanne, David and his wife Cynthia, Annette and her husband Louis D'Andrea, Laura Toland, and Michael and his wife Kristin. She was the adored Oma to 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and 2 more on the way.
Anne Marta had a deep faith in God and raised her family in the Assembly of God in Brockton. Her lifetime of love and prayers for others has been the foundation of her life.
She is predeceased by her Granddaughter Sonja Gormley.
Her Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 22nd at 10 am in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. Visiting hours Friday, February 21st 4-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Meals on Wheels c/o Coastline Elderly Services, 1646 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA 02740.

Elaine Correia
Feb 15, 2020

Elaine Correia, 94, of Mattapoisett, formerly of New Bedford, died peacefully on Saturday, February 15, 2020 with her family surrounding her.
She was the loving wife of the late John Correia, Sr. and the caring mother of Ken Correia of Mattapoisett and the late John Correia, Jr.
Born in New Bedford, she was the daughter of the late Joaquin and Patricina Cardoza.
Elaine excelled in academics and graduated from New Bedford High School. She worked at Compass Bank for 25 years and was a volunteer at St. Luke's Hospital.
Elaine's life was devoted to her family. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was incredibly patriotic and a devout Catholic. She was a long time member of the United Portuguese Women's Club and Mt. Carmel Senior's Club.
Elaine is survived by her son, Ken Correia and his wife, Marguerite of Mattapoisett; her brother, Tony Cardoza and his wife, Terry of So. Dartmouth; her daughter-in-law, Cindy Correia of So. Dartmouth and her grandchildren, Jason, Annice, Greg and Emma.
Her Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Church on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 12:00 noon. Visitation in the funeral home prior to the Mass from 9:30 am-11:00 am. Interment is private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Church, 230 Bonney St., New Bedford, MA 02744.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Aubertine-Lopes Funeral Home, 129 Allen St., New Bedford. For online guest book and directions, please visit

Nicholas Castanhinha
Feb 15, 2020

Nicholas Castanhinha, 44 of Mattapoisett died February 15, 2020 unexpectedly at home.
He was the husband of Jennifer L. (Hibbert) Castanhinha.
Born in New Bedford, son of the late Frank and Irene L. (Boisvert) Castanhinha, he was raised in Dartmouth before moving to Mattapoisett in 2014.
Nick enjoyed outdoor activities with Jacob and Joshua including the beach, sports and playing in the yard. He loved cooking for the boys and movie nights with them. He was very proud of his family and gave his all to his home team each day.
In addition to being a passionate and dedicated father, Nick was a popular and much respected member of the New England pro wrestling community. For the last 28 years, Nick competed in professional wrestling under the name Nick Steel. He was known just as much for his legitimate toughness in the ring, as he was known for his incredibly big personality out of the ring. Nick was a mainstay at Top Rope Promotions out of Fall River, where he was a valued role model and locker room leader. He was also a long time wrestling instructor at The Lock Up Wrestling Academy. It was there that Nick touched so many lives over the last 20 years. He was a loyal friend and coach. He loved teaching at the school and passing on his knowledge to the next generation of wrestlers. It is through wrestling that Nick made uncountable connections and unquantifiable differences in the lives of his peers. He was an incredibly loved and respected man by all.
Survivors include his wife; 3 sons, Jacob Castanhinha and Joshua Castanhinha, both of Mattapoisett and Caelan Castanhinha of Taunton; a brother, Frank Castanhinha of Easton, PA; a sister, Gina Marie Castanhinha-Sanders of Buckeye, AZ; and several nieces and nephews.
His visiting hours will be held on Saturday, February 22nd from 4-8 pm in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Jacob & Joshua Castanhinha Children's Fund c/o gofundme (account being set up now.) For directions and guestbook, visit

Robert B. Hiller II
Feb 09, 2020

Robert B. Hiller II, age 92, died is his home surrounded by his loving family on February 9, 2020. He was the husband of the late Dorothy M. Hiller, with whom he enjoyed 61 years of marriage.
Bob was the son of the late Howard B. and Teresa (Marsh) Hiller. He lived and worked at East Over Farm in Rochester, MA his entire life. As a third generation Hiller Cranberry grower, he was a leader in the cranberry industry.
Bob served in the Army Air Force during World War II, stationed on Adak Island in the Aleutian Islands. He was a communicant of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Marion and a 32nd Degree Mason. Bob also served as a Lieutenant in the Rochester Fire Department.
Bob is survived by his son, Robert B. Hiller III, and wife Sandra of Rochester; Grandchildren, Tess E. Hedblom and husband Erik of Mattapoisett, Jacob W. Hiller, DVM, of Richmond, VA and Paige M. Hiller of Rochester; two great-granddaughters Sadie E. Hedblom and Adley J. Hedblom of Mattapoisett.
At his request, a private graveside service, followed by a public Celebration of Life at East Over Farm will be held at a date to be determined in May. In lieu of flowers, remembrance may be made to the Rochester Council on Aging, 67 Dexter Lane, Rochester, MA 02770. For online condolence book, please visit

Sonia Lee (Lutoff) Strawn
Feb 07, 2020

Sonia Lee (Lutoff) Strawn, 74, of Wareham, died Friday, February 7, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Merritt Edwin Strawn.
Born in Wareham, she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Mabel T. (Zion) Lutoff. She was a graduate of Wareham High School, Class of 1963.
Sonia and Ed owned Marion Country Package Store in Marion for over 20 years where they forged many wonderful friendships.
Sonia's life was devoted to her family. Her happiest days were spent cooking for her grandchildren and spending time in her yard, on her deck or by the pool surrounded by her children, family and friends.
She is survived by her children, Theresa Antell and her husband Timothy, Thomas Strawn and his wife Elizabeth, Peter Strawn, and Suzy Strawn and her fiance Meric Goddu all of Wareham, and Dwight Kirk Strawn and his wife Elaine of New Bedford; her siblings, Janice Bentley of Dunstable, Robert Lutoff of Plantation, FL, Geraldine Jones of TN, and Arlene Goldstein of Wareham. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She was recently predeceased by her sister, the late Pearl Isner.
Her funeral will be from the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy. (Rt. 28), Wareham on Wed., February 12, 2020 at 9 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick's Church, 82 High St., Wareham at 10 am. Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Wareham. Visiting hours will be Tuesday from 4 - 8 pm at the funeral home.
Donations in her memory may be made to St. Patrick's Church, 82 High St., Wareham, MA 02571.

Katherine (Lawton) Chaples
Feb 07, 2020

Katherine (Lawton) Chaples, age 81, of New Bedford, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2020 at Brandon Woods of New Bedford surrounded by her family. Born in New Bedford, MA she was the beloved daughter of the late John and Emily Lawton.
Katherine had worked as a home health aide for Home Health Care. She loved dancing, listening to Elvis and was always on the run keeping herself busy. She was affectionately known by her nickname, Tootsie.
She is survived by her sons, Charlie, Richard and Alfred and his wife Pamela; grandchildren, Matthew, Tommy and Timmy; 3 great-grandsons and 1 great-granddaughter; sister, Gloria Monteiro and her great friend, Jim Mendes. She was also predeceased by her siblings, Loraine, Virginia, Willy, Eddie, Alice and Lillian.
In lieu of flowers, donations can kindly be made to Compassionate Care Hospice.
Katherine's funeral services are Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 12 noon to 2 pm. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.
Arrangements are placed in the care of Perry Funeral Home 111 Dartmouth St. New Bedford, MA 02740. Please see our website: for condolences.

Jane W. (Deane) Ladner
Feb 06, 2020

Jane W. (Deane) Ladner, 90, of Marion, died Feb. 6, 2020 at St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford. She was the wife of the late Allen R. Ladner and the daughter of the late Jerome and Frances (Long) Deane.
She was born in New Bedford and lived in Marion all of her life.
Mrs. Ladner ran the office at Marion Garage for many years.
She was a member of the North Marion United Methodist Church. She enjoyed going to Antique Car Shows with her husband.
Survivors include her son, Russell A. Ladner and his wife Elizabeth of Rochester; a daughter, Jean "Jeannie" A. Gates and her husband Mark of Marion; 9 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Edward Jerome Ladner and sister of the late Jerome Richard "Benny" Deane and Marie H. Bassett.
A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Community Center of the First Congregational Church of Marion, 144 Front St., Marion.
Donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1324 Belmont St., Suite 204-101, Brockton, MA 02301.
Arrangements are by the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham. For more info and online guestbook, visit:

Brooke Elizabeth Sweet
Feb 05, 2020

Brooke Elizabeth Sweet, 20, of Mattapoisett passed away Wednesday February 5, 2020 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Marion.
Born in New Bedford, the loving daughter of Jodi L. Travers and David P. Sweet, she lived in Mattapoisett all of her life.
Brooke loved spending time with her family and going to Ned's Point with her best friend Audrey Eastwine. Everywhere Brooke went she brought life and laughter with her infectious smile and personality. Her family meant everything to her, her sisters were her best friends and she will forever live in our hearts.
It brings great comfort to her family that Brooke is now reunited with the love of her life, Damen J. Hooper. The family would also like to thank Anthony Esposito for being so kind and loving to Brooke.
She is survived by her parents, Jodi and David; her siblings, Christopher R. Serra and his girlfriend Alexis Lopes, Heather DeCosta and her husband Scotty, Derek P. Sweet and his wife Rachael, and Kaelyn M. Olivier and her husband Zack; her grandparents, Terry and Dennis Monty, Richard and Catherine Travers, Joan and Paul Leclair, and David Sweet; her uncles, Kevin Sweet, Eric Sweet, Christopher Travers and his spouse Al, Jonathan Travers and his wife Ana, and Daniel Travers; her niece, Alanna DeCosta; her nephews, Coleton Serra, Logan Serra, Colin Sweet, Travis Sweet, and Weston Lopes; her cousins, Dylan Sweet, Maison Sweet, and Noah Travers; her best friend since childhood, Leann Lomba; and all who loved her.
Her visiting hours will be held on Thursday February 13th from 4-8 pm at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Route 6, Mattapoisett. Her Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday February 14th at 10 am at St. Joseph's Church, Fairhaven. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Boston Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Hannelore "Lori" Eleanor Maxim
Feb 05, 2020

Hannelore "Lori" Eleanor Maxim passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Brigham and Women's Hospital on February 5 after a courageous battle with a long term illness.
Lori was born in Innsbruck, Austria on October 31, 1941. She lived in Salzburg, Austria with her family before immigrating to the United States in 1957 where she settled in Marion for the past 62 years. Lori was employed as a technician at May Optical in Wareham, MA for many years. She also worked as a caretaker for seniors and was highly regarded, trusted and loved by her clients. In her later years, she participated in the Senior Work Program for the Town of Marion.
Her love of family was exemplified through her graceful and warm-hearted demeanor. She would always find fun and creative ways to entertain her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews while teaching a life lesson. Lori put others before herself and would face life's challenges with calmness, courage and strength. Lori was sought out by family and friends alike for her honest and sound advice as well as her unparalleled wisdom. She enjoyed gardening and cooking and would diligently research the origins and care of her plants. Lori's ingenuity had no bounds as she could fix just about anything or transform an unwanted object into a magnificent decorative piece. She loved the natural beauty of the ocean as personified by her stunning creations of sea glass and shells she collected over time. In her younger years, she enjoyed sketching and painting being particularly fond of seascapes and beach settings.
Lori loved animals and adopted many abandoned cats over the years, each one treated by her with love and kindness. Her love of homeland was well known to family and friends through heartfelt stories as well as beautiful music and poetry of Austria.
Lori is survived by her daughters, Donna Maxim of Marion, Lori Thibodeaux-Simpson and husband Shaon Simpson of Stoughton, grandchildren, Anthony Thibodeaux of Allston and Samantha (Thibodeaux) Segura and husband Alex Segura of Roslindale, great granddaughter, Audrianna Segura, and her sister, Rosita (Faber) Buckminster and husband Garry Buckminster of Marion, along with many other relatives and friends. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Champs Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 332 Marion, MA 02738.

David L. Fermino
Feb 04, 2020

David L. Fermino, 72, of Mattapoisett passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River after a long illness. He was the loving husband of Victoria (Blasczak) Fermino.
Born in Wareham, son of the late Charles Fermino, Sr. and Minnie (Andrews) Fermino, he was a lifelong Mattapoisett resident and graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School. David served his country in the Navy during the Vietnam War and later worked as a tin smith at J.C. Rhodes until his retirement. He enjoyed woodworking and sailing.
David is survived by his loving wife Victoria; her children, Maureen E.R. Noonan of New Bedford, Francis Noonan of Acushnet, Christopher and Bryce Noonan of New Bedford and Robert Noonan of Rehoboth; a grandson, Joseph M. Morris of Mattapoisett; a sister, Caroline Sylvia and her husband John of Marion; a brother, Peter C. Fermino of Mattapoisett; a nephew, Charles Sylvia of Warren, RI; a niece, Karen Ramos of Mattapoisett; great niece, Brittany Fevier and great nephew, Graham Tuxworth. Mr. Fermino was the brother of the late Charles Fermino, Jr. and Maurice "Mudgie" Tavares.
In accordance with his wishes he will be cremated and private arrangements are under the direction of the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven. For memorial register go to,
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in David's name to the Mattapoisett Road Race, P.O. Box 372, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.

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