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Barbara A. (Kubik) Bowman
Apr 06, 2024

Barbara A. (Kubik) Bowman, 82, of Mattapoisett passed away peacefully on Saturday April 6, 2024 at Tobey Hospital after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Wesley N. Bowman.

Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late John and Beatrice (Moore) Kubik, she spent most of her life in Mattapoisett.

Barbara worked as a bookkeeper for the family business, Wesley Bowman & Sons, where she was a whiz at numbers and was very well organized. She had also been a bookkeeper for the Mattapoisett Highway Department from 1988-2006 while her husband was the Town Highway Surveyor. It was a job she was proud to undertake.

Known for her great sense of humor and quick wit, she had a soft spot for animals, loved reading history books, and decorating her home for the holidays. She adored her grandchildren and in her earlier years spent a lot of time being the coolest Gram. She cherished her time spent with them and was a very proud grandmother.

The family would like to thank her caregiver, Sarah Mello for the loving care and attention shown to Barbara.

She is survived by her four children, Wesley Bowman, Jr., Nancy Duff, Susan Henshaw and her husband Todd, and Gary Bowman and his wife Kim; ten grandchildren, Mitchell Duff, Wesley Bowman III, Timothy Bowman, Marissa Donovan, Rachael Sweet, Mary-Louise Hansen, T.J. Henshaw, Matthew "Joe" Duff, Mason Henshaw, and John Kubik Bowman; six great-grandchildren, Colin Sweet, Travis Sweet, Chase Bowman, Caleb Bowman, Daisy Louise Donovan, and William George Henshaw; and her sister, Nancy M. Kubik. She also had many special nieces and nephews, including Robert Bessette, Dennis Bessette, and Lisa Cardoza and her daughter Holly Cardoza.

She was predeceased by her brother John Kubik.

At her request, her funeral services and burial in Pine Island Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara's memory may be made to the Mattapoisett Police Department, P.O. Box 436, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Donna McAuley Kelly
Apr 06, 2024

Donna McAuley Kelly, age 87, of Weston and Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, died peacefully on April 6, 2024, after a valiant three-year battle with several cancers. She was surrounded by her husband of 65 years, Hugh J. Kelly, and her loving family.

Born on September 4, 1936, and raised in the Bronx by the late Mary (Dolly) Buckley and Harold J. McAuley, Donna was the eldest of eight children, and had the benefit of an Ursuline Education from elementary school through her graduation from The College of New Rochelle in New York. She later attended Boston College working towards her Master's Degree in Speech and Language Therapy, which enabled her to pursue her passion for working with children as a Speech and Language Pathologist for the Natick Massachusetts School System.

Donna had a radiant spirit with an insatiable appetite for learning. She was often found investing in the stock market by day and diving into a good book at night. She was a prolific artist who loved nothing more than sculpting in clay and stone or translating a beautiful view to her canvas using oil and watercolor. She enjoyed deep conversations where she shared her vast knowledge and wisdom with others but loved nothing more than enriching the development of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Donna was predeceased by her parents and siblings David McAuley, Paula Hollis, Brenda Victoria, and Laura Samuelson; and survived by her siblings Barbara Kelly, Brian McAuley, and Martha Keller. She is survived by her devoted husband, Hugh J. Kelly, their five children Chris (Shirley), Hugh (Shannon), Brian, Katie Hay (David), Donna Ruhanen (Troy); and 22 grandchildren, Erin Banta, Megan Cochran, Joe, Cat, Clare, and Emma Kelly; Nicho, Aggie, Theo and Temi Kelly; Patrick, Michael, Faith, Julia, Koko and Aedan Kelly; Grace & Keira Hay; Jack, Finn, Elle and Tom Ruhanen. She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren, Jack, Hudson, and Belle Banta; Georgia, James, and Charlie Cochran; and Alice Kelly.

The Kelly Family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the tireless professional caregivers and nurses who tended to Donna over the last two years as well as the devoted staff of Good Shepherd Hospice Services of Massachusetts.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 am on Saturday, April 20th at St. John The Evangelist Church, 9 Glen Rd, Wellesley Hills, MA. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Donna McAuley Kelly Scholarship Fund at the Academy of Mount Saint Ursula, 330 Bedford Park Boulevard, Bronx, New York, 10458.

Online guestbook at Arrangements by George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, Wellesley.

Mary Jane Rimmer-Doherty
Mar 30, 2024

Mary Jane Rimmer-Doherty, 81, of Mattapoisett died March 30, 2024 at Sippican Health Care Center surrounded by her family.

She was the wife of James M. Doherty.

Born and raised in New Bedford, the daughter of the late J. Clinton and M. Annita (Rogers) Rimmer, she lived in Mattapoisett most of her life.

Mary Jane graduated from St. Anne's School of Nursing and later received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Salve Regina University.

She was formerly employed as an E.M.T. with the Town of Mattapoisett for over 20 years until her retirement.

Mary Jane enjoyed traveling throughout the Caribbean Islands and Europe and spent many winters at her place in Stuart, FL with her husband Jim.

She enjoyed gardening, knitting and making Nantucket baskets.

Her family would like to thank the staff at Sippican Health Care Center and at the Saunders-Dwyer Home For Funerals.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Hans Doherty of Naples, FL; 3 sisters, Margaret Ferreira of Mattapoisett, Susan Desnoyers of New Bedford and Martha Simmons of Fairhaven; 2 grandchildren, Althea and Owen; and several nieces and nephews.

She was the sister of the late Anne Motta.

Her Funeral Service and burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetery will be private. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, visit

Dale Muther Allison, Ph.D.
Mar 25, 2024

Dale Muther Allison, Ph.D. age 81 of Marion, MA formerly of Honolulu, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Newtown Highlands passed away just as she wished in her beloved residence and childhood summer home. She was the widowed wife of W. Anthony Allison, M.D. with whom she shared 54 years of marriage, and was the mother of Patricia Dillard, Vivian Shelton, Anita Allison and her beloved dog Max.

Born in Newton, MA, the daughter of Donald Muther and Florence (Briggs) Muther. Dale and her brother Brahm were raised by her WWII widowed mother in Newton Highlands. She was a graduate of Newton South High School, Boston University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Dale Allison has more than 50 years of experience as a Registered Nurse, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Professor of Community Health, and Acting Dean. She began her nursing career as a public health nurse in Southeast, Washington, D.C.. Dale continued her work at UPenn teaching women's health and working with predominantly African American pregnant adolescents. After completing a Master of Science in Nursing at UPenn, she taught maternity nursing students at Bryn Mawr Hospital before returning to UPenn to work as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. After finishing her doctorate, Dale moved to Hawaii and was on the faculty at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Dale transitioned to Hawaii Pacific University where she moved up the ranks from professor, to Assistant Dean, to Acting Dean before her retirement in 2013. Dale was most proud of her work with underserved populations on the North Shore of Oahu and the community health centers where she was a director of a program integrating traditional Hawaiian healing practices with Western Medicine, bringing people into healthcare. Teaching, Practice, and Research have been her focus throughout her career to help people to understand their health care issues.

Dale was a loving wife, mother, family member and friend who opened her heart and home to all. As a practicing Quaker, social causes and groups were of particular importance to her. She volunteered as a "spy" for the Fair Housing Counsel, was a Girl Scout Leader, was active in supporting like-minded political candidates, and was instrumental in the 1989 court case US v. Lansdowne Swim Club, integrating the pool. While in Hawaii she explored and challenged herself in new pursuits such as learning to motorcycle, scuba dive, surf, and paddle an outrigger canoe. Dale loved swimming, boating, and porch sitting with loved ones at her home in Marion.

Dale is survived by her three daughters, Patricia M. Dillard and her husband Gregory of Texas; Vivian A. Shelton and her husband Zachary of Virginia; Anita N. Allison of Massachusetts; and, 6 grandchildren, Gregory III, Lydia and Jeramiah Dillard and Jaden, Sophia and Jewel Shelton.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 4th at 10 am in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion.

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Elizabeth "Beth" Anne Schaefer
Mar 24, 2024

Elizabeth "Beth" Anne Schaefer passed away peacefully at Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln, MA with family by her side, on March 23, 2024, following a long illness. Beth was born on March 24, 1969 to Loretta (Buechling) and Richard P. Schaefer in Bronxville, NY. Soon after her birth, Beth's family relocated to Marion, MA, where Beth lived most of her younger years. Most recently, she split her time between Marion and Hallsberg, Sweden, with her long-time partner, Michael Malmer, and his family. She was a graduate of Bishop Stang High School in North Dartmouth, MA, and Mount Ida College in Newton, MA. Beth proudly worked as a special education assistant in the Westborough school system for many years. Later she held various roles at Community Nurse of Fairhaven and Family Service Association in Fall River. Beth was a kind, caring and thoughtful person who always wanted to help people. Above all, she was an animal lover who had many rescues over the years and could win over even the most difficult dog.

Beth was predeceased by her mother, Loretta B. Schaefer, and her partner, Michael Malmer, of Hallsberg, Sweden. She is survived by her father, Richard P. Schaefer, of Marion, MA, her sisters Catherine Nellis of Barrington, RI, and Christine Gleason of Dover, MA, along with brothers-in-law, Doug Shattuck (Catherine) and Joshua Gleason (Christine); and her nephews, Eli, Theo, James and Andrew. Per Beth's wishes, her burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, Beth requested that donations be made in her memory to: Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA): MSPCA-Angell, Attn: Donations, 350 South Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130 or online: Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, visit

Stephen A. Mello
Mar 22, 2024

Stephen A. Mello, 70, of West Wareham passed away peacefully Friday, March 22, 2024 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of 49 years to Mary E. "Molly" (Pompile) Mello.

Born and raised in New Bedford, son of the late Manuel and Alice B. (Fregeau) Mello, he was a graduate of New Bedford High School and later Cape Cod Community College. He was a self employed Building Contractor. Stephen loved his family and his wonderful life on Blackmore Pond.

He is survived by his loving wife, Molly; his children, Jessica Govoni and her husband David of Marion, Erika Souza and her husband Ryan of Plymouth and Samuel Mello and his wife Joy of West Roxbury; eight grandchildren, Oliviah and Harrison Govoni, Ethan, Eloise and Adelyn Souza, and Graham, Hadley and Tyler Mello; Mr. Mello was also the grandfather of the late Evelyn Mello.

In accordance with his wishes he will be cremated and memorial visitation will be held Sunday, April 7, 2024 from 10AM-12PM in the Donaghy New Day Cremation and Funeral Care, 465 County St., New Bedford. For facility directions and memorial register please visit,

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to GBH Boston Public Radio

Sheila A. Davidson
Mar 21, 2024

Sheila A. Davidson, 72, of Mattapoisett died Thursday, March 21, 2024 after a long illness. She was the wife of James W. Davidson, Sr., with whom she shared 50 years of marriage.

Born in New Bedford, she was raised in Mattapoisett by her mother and step-father, the late Dorothy (DeMello) Anselmo and Alexander Anselmo, and lived in town for most of her life.

Sheila was formerly employed as a bookkeeper for Fragozo Linguica in New Bedford for many years.

She is survived by her husband, Jim; her son, James W. Davidson, Jr. and his wife Kaera; her grandson, Cooper Davidson; her brother, Bradford Anselmo; her sister, Alison Anselmo and her companion Chris Swimm and her two sons Joseph and Alex Moceri; her brother-in-law, Andy Davidson and his wife Debra; and her sister-in-law, Jane Moreau and her two sons Michael and Brett Moreau.

In addition to her mother and step-father, she was predeceased by her father Edward Andrade.

Her funeral service and burial in Cushing Cemetery were held privately. A public celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sheila's memory may be made to It's All About The Animals, Inc., 103 Marion Rd., Rochester, MA 02770 or a charity of your choice. For the online guestbook, visit

Leonard A. Desautels, Jr.
Mar 18, 2024

Leonard A. Desautels, Jr., of Plymouth, MA, died on February 18, 2024, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Len was born in Montague, MA, in 1945, the son of Regina (Walichowski) Desautels and Leonard A. Desautels, Sr. He graduated from Turners Falls High School in 1963 where he lettered in football and baseball. Len attended Greenfield Community College and Central Connecticut State University where he earned his BA in American History. There he met and married his wife Janice soon after they both received their MA's from Central Connecticut State University and enjoyed 42 years together.

He started his teaching career in Bloomfield, CT after which he and his growing family moved to Plymouth, MA, where Len had accepted a teaching position at Bourne High School. He was a dedicated educator who enjoyed teaching history and coaching basketball. His team won the SMC 3 Championship during the 1984-85 season with an 18-3 record and he was named Coach of the Year. After retiring from Bourne HS, Len continued in education at Quincy Community College where he taught American History courses. He was also an assistant basketball coach at UMass Dartmouth for over 17 years. During a brief reappearance of the ABA (semi-pro) League, he was an assistant coach of the Boston Frenzy.

Len loved coaching basketball and was an avid follower of all sports, particularly the Dodgers. Len was also passionate about American history, especially the Civil War. He enjoyed bringing history alive not just to his students, but his family and friends as well, and frequently traveled to historic sites. When not enjoying sports or history, you could count on Len to have tunes playing. He was an enthusiastic fan of 50's and 60's music and collected 45 rpm records as a hobby and to enjoy on his prized jukebox. He particularly enjoyed spending weekends traveling to flea markets and joining friends at record shows to find new additions for this collection. With a smile and a story, he especially enjoyed family holidays and get-togethers, always buoyant, gregarious and fun.

In later life, Len met his companion, Sheri Caron. They enjoyed time together and traveled to Ohio, Aruba, Memphis, Hawaii, and the Southwest. Sheri's care made it possible for Len to live at home for the vast majority of his later years.

He is survived by his son, Eric (Courtney) of Arlington, VA; his son, Mark of Frederick, MD; his granddaughters, Chloe and Alaina Desautels of Arlington, VA; his sister, Jeanne Daly (Joseph) of Mattapoisett, MA; and his significant other, Sheri Caron of Kingston, MA.

Len was predeceased by his wife, Janice; his parents, Len and Regina Desautels; and his young daughter, Laura.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 11 AM at St. Rita's Church, 121 Front St., Marion. A private burial will be held in Turners Falls at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Len's family invites those who wish to do so to contribute to the Alzheimer's Association: For online guestbook, visit

Marie C. (Walker) Haymaker
Mar 14, 2024

Marie C. (Walker) Haymaker, 75, of Mattapoisett, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 14, 2024. She was the loving wife of George M. Haymaker.

Born in Brookline, daughter of the late Edgar and Evelyn (Agostini) Walker, she lived in Everett and Mattapoisett most of her life.

Marie enjoyed going to the beach, partying with her friends and family, watching B- grade Sci-Fi movies, and taking care of her grandchildren. She spent many years helping George with the family business, Independent Fasteners.

Marie is survived by her husband, George; her children, William Haymaker of Lakeville, Jeffrey Haymaker of Minnesota, and Kirk Haymaker and his wife Natalie of Mattapoisett; her sister Cheryl Boutin and her husband Joseph of Fairhaven; and her grandchildren, Skyler, Katie, Keith, and Eli Haymaker.

A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. For online guestbook, please visit

Adelaide S. "Ada" (Silva) Alves
Mar 14, 2024

Adelaide S. "Ada" (Silva) Alves, 94, of New Bedford, formerly of Mattapoisett died March 14, 2024 at Sippican Health Care Center surrounded by her family.

She was the wife of the late John D. Alves.

Born in Worcester, the daughter of the late John A. and Hortense F. (Lima) Silva, she was raised in New York City and lived in Mattapoisett and New Bedford most of her life.

Ada was formerly employed as a jewelry maker while living in New York. She later worked at Dartmouth Carpet Factory until her retirement.

She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, crafts and needle point.

Survivors include her 2 daughters, Victoria Duarte of New Bedford and Maria Alves of Mattapoisett; 5 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was the sister of the late Kenneth Silva, Frances Torres and Rose Davey.

Her Funeral will be held on Thursday, March 21st at 9 am from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Anthony's Church at 10 am. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, March 20th from 4-7 pm. For directions and guestbook, please visit

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