Barbara M. Faunce

It is with hearts full of deep sadness and abiding love that we mourn the passing of our family matriarch, Barbara M. Faunce, 88, of Fairhaven. Granny died October 2, 2021 peacefully at home surrounded by her beloved family.

            She was the wife of the late Earl M. Faunce, with whom she shared 56 years of marriage.

            Born in New Bedford, daughter of the late Anthony and Julia M. (Soares) Sylvia, she was a proud lifelong resident of Fairhaven.

            She was a graduate of Fairhaven High School, class of 1951.

            Mrs. Faunce was formerly employed by Morse Twist Drill.

            She was a lifelong communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in Fairhaven.

            Mom was dedicated to her family first and foremost. She cherished and embraced every moment with them. She will be deeply missed.

            Survivors include her 4 children, Jean Faunce and her husband Tom Dugan of Rochester, David Faunce and his wife Beth of Fairhaven, Jacqueline King of New Bedford and Joseph Bonneau of Acushnet; a sister, Eunice Michaud of Westport; a brother, Raymond Sylvia of California; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Faunce of Acushnet; 7 grandchildren, Amanda, Alex and his fiancée Samantha, Caitlin and her husband Alex, Megan and her boyfriend Zach, Kelsey, Julia and her husband Justin and Connor and his girlfriend Colleen; 3 great-grandchildren, Bryant, Caroline and Luke; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

            She was the sister of the late Edward Sylvia and Robert Sylvia.

            Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 6th at 10 AM in St. Joseph’s Church in Fairhaven. Burial will follow in Cushing Cemetery. Visiting hours are omitted. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Nurse of Fairhaven, 62 Center St., Fairhaven, MA 02719. For on online condolence book, please visit

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