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Charlotte L. Purrington
Jun 24, 2019

Charlotte L. Purrington, 82, of Mattapoisett, passed away Monday, June 24, 2019, in her childhood home. She was born in New Bedford, daughter of the late Philip F. and Margarete (Becker) Purrington, and grew up in Mattapoisett. In her life, she traveled around the country and the world, living in several US states, as well as in Germany and Peru. She was a life long artist who worked with illustration, ceramics, and textiles, and earned an MFA in Fabric Design from East Carolina University.
Charlotte is survived by her sons, Sean and Brendon Farley, and Sean's wife, Jennifer; her sister, Celia and her husband Robert Overholtzer; her brother, Foster; nieces and nephews Teal and Colin, Gretchen and Nathaniel; her grandchildren, Jennifer, Genevieve, Joe, Alex, and Lucas; countless friends and innumerable German cousins.
Charlotte was predeceased by her sister, Linda.
In memory of Charlotte, donations may be made to the New Bedford Whaling Museum, where her father worked for many years.

Aurisia C. (Cruz) Gomes
Jun 23, 2019

Aurisia C. (Cruz) Gomes, 88, of Mattapoisett passed away Sunday June 23, 2019 surrounded by her family after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Firmino M. Gomes.
Born in Montalegre, Portugal, the daughter of the late Joao Pires daCruz and Teresa Pereira, she lived in Mattapoisett for the past 50 years.
Mrs. Gomes enjoyed gardening and spending time with her granddaughters.
She is survived by her son, Edward C. Gomes and his wife Sarah; her sister, Maria Amelia; her granddaughters, Paige and Hannah Gomes; and her nephews, Joao Carlos Quelha and Leonel Afonso.
She was predeceased by her siblings, Artur, Joao, Manuel, and Isilda.
Her Funeral will be held on Thursday June 27, 2019 at 9 am from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Anthony's Church at 10 am. Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday June 26, 2019 from 4-7 pm. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Muriel R. (Gagnier) Foster
Jun 20, 2019

Muriel R. (Gagnier) Foster, 72, of New Bedford succumbed to heart failure Thursday June 20, 2019 ending her courageous eleven-year battle with cancer. Muriel was an inspiration to all who knew and loved her.
Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Adelard and Lucinda (Pelletier) Gagnier, she lived in New Bedford and Fairhaven for most of her life.
Muriel was employed for 22 years at the Bristol County District Attorney's Office.
She was a graduate of New Bedford Vocational High School.
Muriel was strong, witty, charming, kind, caring, sensitive, funny and always willing to help someone in need. She had been an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society, and had served on the Daffodil Committee for many years. She enjoyed gardening and cooking.
She is survived by her loving sister and best friend, Terri C. Nowell; her companion, Stanley Jasinski; her cousin, Yvette Poirier Gracie; and her many friends including her colleagues from the District Attorney's Office.
Her Funeral will be held on Saturday June 29, 2019 at 8 am from the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Church at 9 am. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven. Visiting hours will be on Friday June 28, 2019 from 4-7 pm. Flowers are acceptable or remembrances may be made to St. Anthony Church Fuel Fund or the Handicap Access Fund, 1359 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford, MA 02746. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Margaret A. "Peggy" (Dunham) Cooper
Jun 19, 2019

Margaret A. "Peggy" (Dunham) Cooper, 76, of Mattapoisett died Wednesday June 19, 2019 at Harbor Point at Centerville. She was the wife of Neil H. Cooper, with whom she shared 54 years of marriage.
Born in Paterson, NJ, daughter of the late William E. and Mary A. (Hallsworth) Dunham, she was raised in Fair Lawn, NJ and resided in State College, PA and Pelham, NH before settling in Mattapoisett 35 years ago.
Peggy was an artist, teacher, wife and mother.
She enjoyed spending time painting, reading, gardening, talking about big ideas and thinking deep thoughts.
Peggy was an active member of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church and before that St. Anthony's Catholic Church.
She was active in the Council on Aging in Mattapoisett and the local art community. As an artist Peggy focused local landscapes and landmarks. Her paintings are displayed prominently in several local residences.
Survivors include her husband; a son, Clint Cooper and his wife Megan of Mattapoisett; a daughter, Christy (Cooper) Guillotte of Mattapoisett; five grandchildren, Thomas DeBortoli, Jr. and his wife Julie, Maddy Cooper, Sam Cooper, Henry Cooper and Colin Cooper; and four great-grandchildren, Aaliah, Emily, Ceri and Brianne.
Her visiting hours will be held on Saturday, June 22nd from 1-4 pm in the the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett with a prayer service at 3 pm. For directions and guestbook, please visit In lieu of flowers please send a donation to St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, 124 Front St., Marion, MA 02738.

Elizabeth May (Santos) Monteiro
Jun 17, 2019

Elizabeth May (Santos) Monteiro, 89, of Danvers, formerly of Marion, died June 17, 2019 at home. She was the wife of the late Peter Monteiro, Jr. and the daughter of the late Antone and Ida (Sylvia) Santos.
She was born in New Bedford and lived in Marion for many years before moving to Danvers.
Mrs. Monteiro worked at Aerovox Corporation in New Bedford.
She was a communicant of St. Rita's Church in Marion. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, painting and gardening.
Survivors include her daughter, Betty Ann Washington of Danvers; 2 sons, David Monteiro of Revere and Douglas Monteiro of Plymouth; a sister, Jeannette Santos of Plymouth; 2 brothers, Kenneth Santos of New Bedford and John Santos of Brockton; 3 grandchildren.
Visiting hours are from 8:15 am to 9:15 am on Monday, June 24, 2019 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham followed by her Funeral Mass at 10:00 am in St. Rita's Church, 113 Front St., Marion. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion.

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

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