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Rachel R. (Cloutier) Portelance
Feb 15, 2021

Rachel R. (Cloutier) Portelance, 53, of Marion passed away early morning Monday, February 15, 2021. Rachel ended her five-year battle with esophageal cancer at home alongside her husband Dan, her two sons Evan and Aaron and her puppy Walter.
Although the past five years have been difficult, Rachel never let her disease limit her compassion or weaken her spirits. Just months after her first set of treatments which included major surgery, Rachel returned to work as an oncology nurse at St. Annes Hudner Oncology, where she proudly worked for the past 18 years. Rachel would not let her medical setback stop her from her calling. Helping and comforting of people through the darkest times.
During her years as a nurse, Rachel left her shining mark on 100's if not 1000's of patients and their families, and each time taking a little piece of them with her to cherish, because nursing wasn't just a career to her, it was her reason for waking up and becoming a better person each day. Rachel's ability to relate with her patients gave hope to many, and the love she showed them would lift her patients' souls from their deepest and darkest moments.
When not working Rachel enjoyed spending time at home with her family and admiring her sons' accomplishments, and enjoying the delish meals her husband made for their family. Rachel lived for her family, and battled her disease with great courage to spend as much time with them as possible.
Rachel is survived by her mother Teresa Cloutier, her husband Daniel Portelance, her two sons Evan Portelance and Aaron Portelance and her brother Ronald Cloutier.
Her visitation will be held on Friday, February 19, 2021 from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm in the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd. New Bedford, MA 02745. Due to current occupancy restrictions, please be mindful that guests may have to wait outside while others pay their respects. Funeral service and burial are private.
At Rachel's request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Rachel to: Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, 3012 Elm St, Dighton, MA 02715-1600

Emilie S. Piper
Feb 15, 2021

Emilie S. Piper passed away on Monday, February 15, after a period of declining health. A longtime resident of Pittsfield, MA, she spent her last months in comfort at the home of her son and daughter-in-law Geoff and Leslie Piper in Rochester, MA. Her passing, in the company of her children, was peaceful. She was 90 years old.
The daughter of Ralph and Edna Starke, Emilie was born on June 28, 1930, in East Orange, NJ. The family later moved to Pittsfield, MA, where her father was a Sr. Vice President for Berkshire Life Ins. Co. She was an active participant in school activities and sports at Miss Hall's School, and an excellent swimmer, skater, and sailor. She was honored to be elected the Pittsfield Winter Carnival Queen.
She earned her B.A. at Connecticut College, where she sang in the college choir for all four years. After graduating, she made a train and bicycle tour of Europe with classmates. She completed her M.A. at Cornell the following year. Because she liked a challenge (and without making a big deal about it, the bragging rights), she swam across the twin Lakes in Salisbury, CT.
In 1953, she married Winthrop W. Piper, a college professor, and their first son Winthrop was born in 1954. They lived in Waterville, ME. and then Burlington, VT, where two more sons, Geoffrey and Andrew, were born before the family moved to Pittsfield. Their only daughter, Emilie, was born there.
Starting in 1962, Emilie was the Music and Art Librarian at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield, MA. As grade-schoolers, her children were proud that their Mom worked in the grand, circa-1876 stone building, right across the street from City Hall, and was one of the guardians of all it held.
The family lived then across the street from the neighborhood school. Emilie was unfazed by the regular presence of many neighborhood children climbing to the treehouse, attempting various feats of daring, and being, as free-range, early-1960's children generally were, a bit of a nuisance. On rainy days, when her own were underfoot, she swept them unceremoniously outdoors, saying, "You aren't made out of brown sugar, you won't melt".
When her marriage ended in 1967, she became the Librarian at Mt. Everett Regional School in Sheffield, MA, and in 1968, she married Richard Rutledge. In 1972, she completed her M.L.S., commuting from Sheffield to Albany to attend evening class, and in 1973 was elected to the International Library Science Honor Society. The marriage to Mr. Rutledge ended in 1975.
In 1977, Emilie joined a like-minded group to spend a week hiking in the Warner Wilderness in the Modoc National Forest in California. Later, she fulfilled a long-time dream by paddling the length of the Allagash Wilderness waterway on a canoe-camping trip. A trip with her children to the infamous "knife-edge" on Mt. Katadhin made for a tale told wide-eyed.
During her time in southern Berkshire County, she devoted many weekends to exploring the field and forest landscape in search of stone walls, abandoned roads, cellar holes, and orchards, and became an astute reader of the signs left behind hundreds of years earlier. This was history "en plein air", and on foot, the outdoor counterpart to the research she was involved in as Curator of the Sheffield Historical Society.
As ongoing sets of grandchildren came into the picture she found time to help their busy parents, forging important links in the family's generational chain.
Her interest in local history and her facility with historical sources and documents led to numerous publications, including "Americans of African Descent: An Annotated Bibliography of Berkshire County, Massachusetts," published in 2006, and an account of the family of Agrippa Hull, an African-American patriot, born free in Northampton, MA, who served in the Revolutionary War and became the largest black landowner in Stockbridge, MA.
She co-authored two books with anthropologist David Levinson, of Yale University's Human Relations Area Files. "On the Other Side of Glory," published in 2010, tells the story of African American men from Berkshire County and northwestern Connecticut who served in 54th Volunteer Infantry, the all Black "Glory" regiment, during the Civil War.
"One Minute a Free Woman" tells the story of Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman of Sheffield, MA. Her lawsuit petitioning for her freedom led to the 1781 Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling in her favor that was the de facto end of slavery in the state. To create this account, Ms. Piper dug deep into local sources and records, eventually locating, among other things, Ms. Freeman's handwritten last will and testament. Emilie served on the Founding Advisory Council of the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail. Her own family was included in Emilie's research efforts: she traced their ancestry on both sides back to their arrivals from Europe in colonial times.
Emilie's long life was distinguished both by her determination to live life on her own terms, and by her many sacrifices for those she loved. Her moral compass pointed unerringly to fairness and justice. She passed on a rich appreciation for the natural world and a clear-eyed understanding of our part in it, as well as finding self-expression there. Included in those lessons was the knowledge that humans were made to be pretty sturdy, and that discomfort or even some hardship was part of living a full life. She was decades ahead of her time in teaching her sons that, when their turn came, contributing to family life would require more than bringing home a paycheck.
Wherever she lived she planted a beautiful garden and kept it well-tended, right up to her last year, and always kept a home-grown bouquet on her kitchen table. She spent many happy seasons in her garden, enjoying both her work and the natural beauty of her surroundings, and passed her appreciation on to her children.
True to her profession, she instilled in her children an abiding respect for reading, learning, and always striving to better understand the world and the people in it. She encouraged proficiency in every task and being engaged in both heart and mind. Ponies, dogs, horses, cats, and even a fostered raccoon cub helped with the "heart" part, and there was no such thing as too much knowledge.
While she never sought to be the center of attention, she reveled in being recognized for her many accomplishments. Though her research was often a solitary endeavor, her disposition was bright and funny she and loved good company and conversation. She will be sorely missed. In the words of a minister friend, "The world is never quite the same without your mother in it."
Emilie is survived by her four children and their spouses: Winthrop D. Piper II of Etna, NH, and his wife, Mundy; Geoffrey T. Piper of Rochester, MA, and his wife, Leslie; Andrew L. Piper of Pittsfield, MA, and his wife, Mimi; Emilie P. Shipman of Enfield, NH, and her husband, Phil. She has nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. <
A celebration of her life will take place at a summer date, to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to either the Local History department of the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield; or MA Audubon's Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox, in care of Dery Funeral Home, 54 Bradford St, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

Evelyn Midura
Feb 13, 2021

Evelyn Midura passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends whom she loved, on February 13, 2021, following a nine-year battle with Ovarian cancer.
Evelyn's friend, Sandy Holmes, wrote, "Evelyn was a creative person who always thought of others more than of herself. Evelyn belonged to several knitting groups and was a member of the Red Hats Society. Evelyn used her creative talents to beautify the world through her lovely garden and the plethora of hats, mittens, sweaters, and scarfs she made and donated to those in need. Evelyn loved music. She sang in the St. Mary's choir and played a variety of musical instruments. She made beautifully creative greeting cards which I shall always treasure. Evelyn took me places I'd never otherwise have seen. She was a good friend and generous beyond all measure. She will be sorely missed and gratefully remembered."
Evelyn grew up in New Bedford and earned her BS in accounting. She designed computer programs for several years before retiring. Evelyn is predeceased by her parents, John and Catherine Midura and her sister, Valerie Rollins. She is survived by her two sisters, Rosemary Pazer and Nancy Midura, her nephews, Peter (Lisa) Pazer and Jeffrey (Angela) Pazer, her niece, Jessica (Dan) Denisi and a grandniece, Eva Pazer and grandnephew, Alexander Pazer.
Memorial contributions may be made to ovarian cancer research or charity of choice.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
The family would like to thank Southcoast Hospice and all those who helped Evelyn.

Gertrude Trumbull Burr
Feb 12, 2021

Gertrude Trumbull Burr died peacefully at home in her sleep, on Friday, February 12th, age 97, after a life well-lived. No matter how busy, her home was always open, and she found time for all. She and her husband Carleton Burr (dec. 2003) lived their lives surrounded by a very large cast of devoted family and friends.
Gertrude was born and raised in Weston, MA, the daughter of Walter Henry Trumbull and Mary Winsor Trumbull. She attended Meadowbrook School, and in a harbinger of things to come, was the quarterback of the boys' football team. She graduated from Winsor School in Boston, and then Vassar College, majoring in Math and Engineering Physics.
After graduation in 1944, in the wartime accelerated academic program, she worked at M.I.T. in the aerospace effort, focused on calculating rocket trajectories. She was the only woman amongst 600 other mathematicians, engineers, and physicists.
In 1949, she married Carleton and moved to Mattapoisett, MA. Building community and strengthening family were their lifelong passions. She was an inspiration to her four children and a multitude of family members and friends, all the while being instrumental in developing the family business, Burr Brothers Boats. The business was a fitting continuation of her lifelong love of "messing about in boats", which she had done since childhood sailing her Herreshoff 12, "Rosebud".
With her indefatigable energy and can-do attitude she helped steer the business into novel endeavors, such as becoming one of the first boatyards in the country to develop a computer system tracking all accounting and operations. Her leadership in the industry also led her to become, in the 1970s, the first female Board Member of the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association (ABBRA), a national trade organization.
For her mentally disabled daughter, Gertrude co-founded a non-profit community home, which became LifeStream, Inc. Today Lifestream is an organization with a staff of over 500, and it has served thousands of developmentally disabled people and others facing personal challenges.
Gertrude's civic involvements were too many to list. She loved working with people and was especially good at using her skills to help organizations in which she believed. Amongst these were The Garden Club of Buzzards Bay, The Unitarian Church of New Bedford, LifeStream, and The Rotch-Jones Duff House and Garden Museum.
Over the years, Gertrude was also a member of numerous Clubs, which made for an active sporting and social life. She helped run various USTA tennis tournaments and managed to collect a closet full of trophies herself. Playing well into her 80s, she left opponents impressed not only with her play but also with her sportsmanship. She would win with such grace that she left everyone smiling. She was a very elegant skier, refusing to permanently come down off the mountains until nearly ninety years old. Her enthusiasm for hopping on board to go sailing continued into her 90s, while her rowing prowess lasted nearly to the end.
Somewhere, she and Carleton are together sailing and serving aces.
She is predeceased by her daughter Eleanor, husband Carleton, sisters Hope Moore and Eleanor Lowell, and brother Philip Trumbull. She is survived by her brother Walter H. Trumbull, her children and their spouses: Toby Burr (Barbara D. Burr), Cornelia Burr-Tarrant (Thomas A. Tarrant), and Walter Trumbull Burr. Also survived by four grandchildren: Tucker Burr (Luiza Casimiro Smith Burr), Alaska Burr Elia (Paul Elia), Thomas Tarrant IV, Elizabeth Tarrant; and two great-grandchildren, Thayer Gertrude Elia and Olympia Lorraine Elia; and scores of nieces, nephews, and their children and grandchildren, all of whom she kept track of with great joy.
A celebration of life is planned when warm weather arrives and COVID has abated. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum (; 396 County St., New Bedford, MA 02740) or the Mattapoisett Community Sailing Program (; PO Box 947, Mattapoisett, MA 02739). For online guestbook, visit

Jesse Scott Landers
Feb 09, 2021

Jesse Scott Landers (dob 7/23/82), Marion, MA. Passed away unexpectedly February 9, 2021. Loyal Husband and Father to Courtney and Pearl Landers, son to Paul and Adele Landers, brother to Jillian Haley and grandson to Joan Youngblood. Born in New Bedford, MA, graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School and Champlain College. Jesse competed competitively in soccer and football and was an avid snowboarder. He was employed by Votacall since 2004 as a strategic sales consultant.
Jesse had a magnetic personality with a smile that lit up a room and a stranger to no one. A kind, generous spirit that he shared with so many throughout his life. He adored his wife and daughter and was proud to be part of a large close-knit family. Never passing up an opportunity to create wonderful memories, Jesse was the first one to accept an invitation.
Many family and friends fondly recall Jesse's love of sports, especially Boston sports. He had a keen recall and command of all professional sports and would lead many robust discussions about the latest playoff series and team stats.
When you remember
In memory of Jesse, donations can be made to Pearl's College fund at Fidelity Investments.

Frances A. (Leeming) Cairns
Feb 08, 2021

Frances A. (Leeming) Cairns, 94, of Mattapoisett died February 8, 2021 at Sippican Healthcare Center.
She was the wife of the late Lawrence P. Cairns.
Born in New Bedford, daughter of the late Robert and Louise (Hindley) Leeming, she lived in New Bedford before moving to Mattapoisett in 1983.
She was formerly employed at Quaker Oats in New Bedford and later was an office manager for ILGWU Local 361 in New Bedford until her retirement.
She was a graduate of Holy Family High School, class of 1946. She was a member of the Mattapoisett Women's Club.
Survivors include her nephews, Robert Leeming, Gregory Lemming and Michael Florio; lifelong friend, Eugenia Florio; and several grand-nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Winifred Leeming, Albert Leeming and Robert Leeming and aunt of the late Paul Leeming.
Due to Covid-19, her Funeral Mass and burial will be private.
Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers,donations in her memory may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o St. Anthony's Church, P.O. Box 501 Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For online condolence book, please visit

Norman J. Shachoy
Feb 07, 2021

Norman J. Shachoy of Mattapoisett died peacefully in his home surrounded by family on February 7, 2021. His life was filled with his great loves -- his wife and family, his work, and the sea. Norm and Maryellen (Sullivan) met as teenagers in Mattapoisett and recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They lived in and around Boston for most of their lives except when Norm's work took them to London in the 70s. They spent all their summers on Buzzards Bay, in Mattapoisett and Marion, where they moved when Norm retired.
Norman attended Monsignor James Coyle High School in Taunton, MA and studied engineering at Villanova University. After completing his undergraduate degree, Villanova Law School offered him a full scholarship which changed the course of his life. After law school, Norm joined Bingham Dana & Gould in Boston where he practiced for 40 years. He advised many businesses, large and small, and represented major financial institutions, locally and internationally.
Maryellen introduced Norm to sailing on Buzzards Bay and it became his passion. His happiest times were spent on the water with family and friends. As a couple, they cruised from Canada to the Caribbean putting thousands of miles under their sloop, Volunteer. Racing to Bermuda eight times with family and friends as crew was his life's big adventure. Smoking cigars, drinking rum and swapping sea stories with his devoted crew brought him great joy.
Norman was predeceased by his parents Clifford and Mary and his brother, Paul. In addition to his wife Maryellen, he leaves his sisters Elaine Valovic of Hopkinton MA and Diane Trainor of Sebastian, FL; his son Jamey and wife, Laura Ryan, their children Katherine, Ben and Patrick; and his son Christopher and wife, Meredith Clark and their children Brooke, Reed and Conrad.
Norm's family is extremely grateful for the love and care he received at Bridges and from his incredible home caregivers who kept him smiling and comfortable at home. Donations in his honor can be made to UMass Law School, 333 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747. Funeral services will be private. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Beverly M. (Mello) Camara
Feb 07, 2021

Beverly M. (Mello) Camara, 89, of Mattapoisett, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2021 after a brief illness.
She was the wife of the late Raymond J. Camara.
Born in New Bedford daughter of the late Jacintho B. Mello and Florence E. Phillips she lived in Mattapoisett Most of her life.
Beverly loved animals, and spent much of her time feeding any animal that would walk through her yard.
Survivors include her sons Tom Camara of Mattapoisett, Mike Camara and his wife Carol of Middleborough, and Paul Camara of Mattapoisett and his fiancee Lynn Dufresne of Acushnet; her grandchildren, Brandon and Sean Camara, Victor McKay, and Ann Freeman; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives.
No services are scheduled at this time. For online guestbook visit

Marcia A. (Wood) Wordell
Feb 06, 2021

Marcia A. (Wood) Wordell, 84, of Mattapoisett passed away Saturday February 6, 2021 after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Charles W. Wordell, the original owner of Mac's Soda Bar in Fairhaven.
Born and raised in Fairhaven, the daughter of the late Robert E. Wood, Jr. and Beatrice (Hargraves) Wood, she lived in Mattapoisett for many years. She was a graduate of Fairhaven High School, Class of 1954, and Kinyon-Campbell Business School.
Mrs. Wordell was formerly employed as a secretary in the Guidance Office at Old Rochester Regional High School until her retirement.
Marcia was a very sociable person. She enjoyed watching sports and spending time at the Mattapoisett Town Beach.
She is survived by her four children, Debra L. Molloy, Cheryl A. Wordell, Charles W. Wordell, Jr., and Kristine S. Wordell-Quintal and her husband Mark; four grandchildren, Kara Paul, Hilary DuPont, Sarah Molloy, and Erin Molloy; and two great-grandchildren, Owen and Henry Paul.
She was the sister of the late Robert E. Wood, III.
Her Funeral Service and burial in Cushing Cemetery will be private. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Wilfred E. "Gene" Genest
Feb 06, 2021

Wilfred E. "Gene" Genest died peacefully, at St. Luke's Hospital, on February 6, 2021. He was the son of the late E.R. Genest and the late Emily Smith Genest. Mr. Genest was born on October 30, 1932 in Milford, MA. He was a long-time resident of Princeton, MA, recently moving back to the Mattapoisett-Fairhaven area, where he spent his youth.
Mr. Genest was Korean War veteran, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a graduate of Florida Southern College in Lakeland and work in finance until his retirement. In Princeton, Mr. Genest served on the Conservation Commission and was a member of the First Congregational Church, where he was a deacon. Mr. Genest was a life-long football fan and enjoyed tennis, sailing and was an avid world traveler.
Mr. Genest will be missed by his wife of 64 years, Priscilla Hiller Genest, daughters Priscilla Genest-Magee and Susan Adams Genest and his son, Charles Frederick Genest. He was a beloved grandfather of Priscilla Alden Magee, Katharine Magee Thene, Louisa Alley Genest, Michael Nikolai Genest, Daniel Frederick Genest and his great grandson, Ethan Foster Thene and step great granddaughters, McKenna Grace Thene and Kaelyn Elizabeth Thene. He leaves a sister, Marion Genest Lowenfeld and two nieces and a nephew.
Due to the pandemic, a memorial gathering will be held later this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Parks Foundation (

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