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DEATH
John M. O'Leary
May 01, 2015

John M. O'Leary, 86, of Mattapoisett died May 1, 2015 at St. Luke's Hospital surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Palmyra (Silveira) O'Leary with whom he shared 61 years of marriage. Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Michael J. and Edna M. (Metcalf) O'Leary, he was raised in Fairhaven before moving to Mattapoisett. Mr. O'Leary was a graduate of Fairhaven High School, Berklee College of Music and New Bedford Institute of Textiles and Technology. He was formerly employed by Morse Cutting Tools in the advertising department and later as advertising manager. He then acquired Bowlmor Lanes in Mattapoisett which he and his wife ran until 1994. Jack was an avid bridge player and a member of the American Contract Bridge League with the rank of Silver Life Master. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Survivors include his wife; 3 sons, Kevin O'Leary and his wife Beth of Rochester, NY, Thomas O'Leary of Fairhaven and William O'Leary and his wife Bonnie of Methuen, MA; 2 daughters, Kathleen Macedo and her husband Neil of Mattapoisett and Sandra Edgell and her husband Eugene of Wareham; 2 brothers, James O'Leary of New Bedford and Daniel O'Leary of Florida; 2 sisters, Margaret Clark of Pennsylvania and Martha Doherty of Naples, FL; 7 grandchildren, Shannon, Caitlin and Meghan O'Leary, David and Matthew Macedo, Adam and Jonathan Edgell; and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Raymond O'Leary and Mary Miller. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, May 11th at 10 AM in St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett. Visiting hours are omitted. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, John's request is that you buy yourself a fine bottle of wine. For online guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Elsie (Hanninen) Heleen
May 01, 2015

Elsie (Hanninen) Heleen, 93 of Rochester died May 1, 2015 at Our Lady’s Haven in Fairhaven, MA. She was the wife of the late Arthur Heleen who died in 1985 and the daughter of the late Johannes and Hannah (Leppaluoto) Hanninen. She was predeceased by her sister, Lilian Niemi. Elsie was born in Wareham and graduated from Wareham High School. Mrs. Heleen was a member of the Ocean Spray Cooperative, The Finnish American Club and the Finnish Congregational Church. She was a long time employee of the telephone company and made many cherished life-long friends there. Elsie enjoyed the frequent visits at the Forestview Nursing Home by family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Survivors include her brother, Arni J. Hanninen and his wife Shirley of Methuen, her nephew, Michael Hanninen of Salem NH, her niece, Nancy Sheehan of Sandy Hook CT; her sister-in-law, Lillian Rinta of West Wareham; her brother-in-law, Edwin Heleen of Middleboro, and many more nieces and nephews. Her funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Thursday May 7, 2015 in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway, Wareham. Burial will follow immediately at the Centre Cemetery. Visiting hours will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday May 7 just prior to the funeral service. Donations in her memory may be made to: Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave. 7th Floor, NY, NY 10001.

DEATH
Louise S. (Hartley) Watling
Apr 30, 2015

Louise S. (Hartley) Watling, 94, of Rochester, died April 30, 2015 at home with her family by her side. She was the widow of the late William D. Watling and the daughter of the late Daniel and Mary (Lawrence) Hartley. She was born in Rochester and lived there all of her life. She graduated from New Bedford Vocational High School. Louise worked at Mutterperl Pocketbook Factory in New Bedford for many years. She also owned and operated a beauty parlor out of her home. Louise was a member of the First Congregational Church and its Women’s Guild, Tobey Hospital Guild, the Rochester Senior Center, the Rochester Grange, and Alewives Anonymous where she also served as a board member. Survivors include her son, Wm. David Watling and his wife Christine of Rochester; a grandson, William Watling III and his wife Alyssa of Rochester; 5 nieces and a nephew whom she loved dearly. Her funeral service was held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in the First Congregational Church, 11 Constitution Way, Rochester. Burial followed in Sherman Cemetery. Visiting hours were held on Tuesday at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Rochester Council on Aging, 67 Dexter Ln., Rochester, MA 02770

DEATH
Elsie R. Silva
Apr 28, 2015

Elsie R. Silva, 91, of Mattapoisett passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Tobey Hospital in Wareham following a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Attorney Antone L. Silva former State Senator and Postmaster of New Bedford. Elsie was the daughter of the late John and Maria (Tavares) Ribeiro. She was born February 22, 1924 in New Bedford and was a graduate of New Bedford High School and Kinyon-Campbell School of Business. While working as a legal secretary for the late Attorney George Ponte, she met the love of her life, Antone "Tony" Silva. Elsie and Tony resided in New Bedford and summered in Mattapoisett where they eventually retired to. Elsie was an avid rosarian and accomplished oil painter who studied under the late Louis Sylvia, Maritime Painter, for over a decade. Survivors include her three sons, Paul Silva and his wife Phyllis and Robert Silva and his wife Barbara, all of Mattapoisett and Steven Silva and his wife Julie of Arvada, CO; 4 grandchildren, Jared and his wife Sarah, Philip, Alex and Olivia; and numerous nieces and nephews. Elsie was the sister of the late Mary Ribeiro and Frank Ribeiro. Her Funeral was held on Tuesday from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Anthony's Church. Burial followed in Riverside Cemetery. Visiting hours were held on Monday. Flowers are acceptable or remembrances may be made to the Mattapoisett Library Trust Inc., 7 Barstow Street, P.O. Box 475, Mattapoisett, MA 02739 or Mattapoisett Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 436, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Isabel Wisner Ford
Apr 26, 2015

Isabel Wisner Ford, 96, of Marion, Massachusetts passed away peacefully Sunday, April 26, 2015, under the loving care of the aides at Emeritus Dartmouth Village, Hospice and her eight children and nearby grandchildren. Born in 1918 in Eaglesmere, Pennsylvania, Isabel was the first of Harriet Kirkus Wisner and Paul Wisner’s three daughters. She grew up in Summit, New Jersey and summered in Marion, Massachusetts. Creatively gifted, Isabel attended The Art Students League in New York City and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Horticulture at Ambler in 1939 with a degree in Landscape Design. In 1940, she married Rodney Milne Ford, her husband of 59 years, who predeceased her in 1999. Following a military posting in Florida during World War II, Isabel and Rodney settled in then rural Watchung, New Jersey, where they raised a family of nine children, many beloved dogs and, at times, goats and horses. Living in the country allowed Isabel to apply her creative energy to gardening at home and for the Watchung Garden Club. Her outdoor work continued when she and Rodney retired to Marion in 1988. There, one of her lasting landscape legacies resulted from the many hours she devoted to tending the wetlands at Spragues Cove, adjacent to Marion’s Silvershell Beach. A true competitor, she excelled at duplicate bridge. From her earliest years, Isabel sailed the waters of Buzzards Bay with fearless competency, though a tranquil kayak paddle with her grandchildren was her preference in later life. Quiet and retiring, Isabel was a wonderful listener and gentle encourager. Time spent with Isabel made one feel as if they and their joys and concerns were all that mattered to her. And, in that moment, that was absolutely true. Isabel was predeceased by her son, Michael, and her sisters, Virginia Nicholson and Eleanor Gural. She is survived by eight children: Virginia Malachuk, Christopher Ford, Priscilla Dower, Bruce Ford, Isabel Lynn Simpson, Kimberly Tulloch, Amy Ford and Jennifer Reisinger and seventeen grandchildren: Daniel Malachuk, Michael Malachuk, Katherine Malachuk, Jay Dower, David Dower, Emily Ford, Kelly Ford, Peter Simpson, Frederick Simpson, Isabel Tulloch, William Tulloch, Christopher Tulloch, Jared Tyndall, Jillian Tyndall, Caitlin Reisinger, Patrick Reisinger and Zachery Reisinger and seven great-grandchildren. Interment with the immediate family will be at the Springdale United Methodist Church in Warren, New Jersey. A memorial service celebrating Isabel’s life will be held at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Marion at 11 a.m. on July 15. Remembering both Isabel’s and Rodney’s faithful service to saving the waters of Buzzards Bay, the family suggests donations to The Buzzards Bay Coalition. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Nancy (Oliveira) Weaver
Apr 24, 2015

Nancy (Oliveira) Weaver of Rochester, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the Great Hill Dairy, 140 Delano Road, Marion, MA. For information or directions please call Barbara Cronin at (508) 748-2531. Robert Duane Marso of Marion died on Saturday December 20th, 2014 at home. Robert “Bob”, son of the late Kathleen & Elbert Marso was born in Hopedale MA in 1924. He had been married to the late Jane Newell Marso for fifty four years; they had three children, Robert (Anne), Marianne McKenna, and Jeff (Christine). They had seven grandchildren Tori (Josh), Matt, Greg, Emily, Caroline, Katie and Janie. Bob was a graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Engineering. He entered World War II in 1943 and was stationed in the Marianas as a bombardier for the “City of Boston” B-29 Superfortress. A 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Force he flew 32 missions over Japan for which he was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. Upon returning home, Bob was employed at Draper Corporation as a Manager and Metallurgist while living in Hopedale. He moved to Marion in 1966 and worked at Teledyne Rodney Metals in New Bedford as the Chief Industrial Engineer until his retirement in 1989. Bob was best known as a valued community member always willing to give a hand. He was active in the Congregational Church in Marion creating the memorial garden, acting as sexton for years, and well known for his Garden Stand for the Church fair. He served on the Marion Planning Board for many years and was on the Old Rochester Regional School Committee where he served as chair. Bob was an avid gardener, loved to travel, cross country ski and sail with friends. His favorite time was spent with his family. He will be remembered by all who knew him for his steadfastness, his ready laugh, his deep love of his family and his cheerful service to others. He was a provider, a doer and a quiet hero who left the world a better place. Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. To leave a message of condolence, please visit: www.ccgfuneralhome.com

DEATH
Lena A. (Lopes) Gomes
Apr 22, 2015

Lena A. (Lopes) Gomes, 75, of Bourne, formerly of Marion died April 22, 2015 at her family home. She was the daughter of the late Benjamin A. and Hazel C. (Garcia) Lopes. She was born in Marion and lived there most of her life before moving to Bourne. Mrs. Gomes worked as a Nurse’s Aide at Tobey Hospital in Wareham for many years before retiring. She was a communicant of St. Rita’s Church and also attended St. Patrick’s Church in Wareham. She was a life long devoted catholic. She loved her family and friends. She enjoyed playing Bingo, trips to the Casino, scratch tickets, music and traveling. Survivors include 2 sons, Carl C. Gomes of Worcester and Chris Gomes and his wife Michelle of Dartmouth; a daughter, Lenora Gomes of Wareham; her brothers and sisters, Rose Ann Chancellor and her husband Al of Vallejo, CA, Edward Lopes of Stone Mountain, GA, Benjamin Lopes, Jr. of Vallejo, CA, Rita Mott and her husband Robert of Alamogordo, NM, Sylviana Espejo of Wareham, Laura “May” Lopes of Wareham, Diane Flaherty and her husband Gerald of Marion and Patricia DeBarros and her late husband Donald of New Bedford; 9 grandchildren, Stephan Gomes, Tynesha Dias, Dallas Gomes, Hannah Gomes, Nicole Gomes, Leah Gomes, Chanel Gomes, Jenaya Smith and Tyson Borges; 2 great grandchildren, Kaiya Fernandez and Daysia Thomas; her godson, Michael McNeeley; several nephews and nieces. She was the mother of the late Paul Gomes. Her funeral will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St. Rita’s Church, Front St., Marion. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Marion. Visiting hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

DEATH
Armand J. Cournoyer
Apr 20, 2015

Armand J. Cournoyer, age 100, of Acushnet died Monday, April 20, 2015 at Sippican Healthcare Center in Marion after a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Blanche P. (Charest) Cournoyer with whom he shared 56 years of marriage and the beloved companion of the late Pauline Croteau for 17 years. Armand was born in New Bedford, a son of the late Pierre and Lauda (Bergeron) Cournoyer and lived in Acushnet for most of his life. He graduated from New Bedford Vocational High School and worked for 37 years as a Cost Estimator at Acushnet Company's Rubber Division before retiring in 1976. He was a communicant of St. Francis Xavier Church and a former member of the Acushnet Men's Catholic Association. He was an avid tennis player until the age of 93, playing at Buttonwood Park and Dartmouth Indoor Tennis, and just recently received the Boston Post Cane for being the oldest living resident in Rochester. He loved fishing and camping and travelled with the New Bedford area Royal Travelers. Armand stressed love of family and emphasized the importance of the little things in life. His family would like to thank the entire staff of Sippican Healthcare for the loving care and compassion shown to Armand while in their care. He leaves 2 daughters: Claire E. Parent and her husband Lawrence A. of Marion and Janet T. Poyant and her husband Philip T. of Rochester; 4 grandchildren: Jacqueline Kisbert, Jennifer Farias, and Mark and Christopher Parent; 9 great-grandchildren: Nicole, Jake, Hannah, Hayden, Benjamin, Sarah, Reed, Cole and Quinn; and several nieces. He was also the brother of Maurice Jacques and Lucille Barrett. His Funeral was held Friday, April 24, 2015 from the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford with a Funeral Mass in St. Francis Xavier Parish, 125 Main St, Acushnet followed by burial in Acushnet Cemetery. Visiting hours were held Thursday. Visit www.rock-funeralhome.com for tributes.

DEATH
Robert "Bobby Bass" Bastarache
Apr 18, 2015

Robert "Bobby Bass" Bastarache, 66, of Acushnet died Saturday April 18, 2015 at home after a short illness surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Louise Racine Bastarache. Born in Acushnet, the son of the late Joseph Louis and Anna (Leblanc) Bastarache, he lived in New Bedford before moving to Acushnet. He was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church. Mr. Bastarache was a well-known blacksmith throughout the area for many years. He and his wife formerly owned and operated Earth's Partner Store in Marion. He was a graduate of California Polytechincal School as a farrier. Survivors include his wife, Louise; his children, Eileen Bastarache Pereira and her husband Robert of Marion, Bonnie DaCosta and her husband Mark of Rochester, Rachel Bastarache, Thomas Bastarache, and Rebecca Bastarache, all of Acushnet; his siblings, Joseph Louis Bastarache of North Carolina and Rita Robert and her husband Leo of Pennsylvania; five granchildren, Elizabeth Bastarache, Robert and Emma DaCosta, and Aaron and Ana Pereira; and many nieces and nephews. He was the grandfather of the late Noah DaCosta. His Funeral will be held on Thursday April 23, 2015 at 9 AM from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett, followed by his Funeral Mass at St. Rose of Lima Church, Rochester at 10 AM. Burial will be in Center Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday April 22, 2015 from 5-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Franciscan Sisters, St. Anthony's Convent, 106 Bullard St., New Bedford, MA 02746. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Flynn David Grinnan
Apr 18, 2015

Flynn David Grinnan, 26, died April 18, 2015. He was the son of Marjorie Buxton Grinnan of Mattapoisett and Lew Grinnan of San Diego, California. Flynn was attending the San Francisco Art Institute, where he was pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree. At the time of his death, his most recent work (large, striking cyanotypes, many with images of his fellow art students, and also vibrant collages) was hanging ready for a show scheduled for the next day. His death was an accident. Flynn was a 2002 graduate of Friends Academy in Dartmouth, MA., a 2006 graduate of Tabor Academy in Marion, and a 2010 graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where he concentrated in ceramics. Flynn was the grandson of Lewis P. Grinnan Jr., and his wife Margaret, and of David and Lois Buxton. In addition to his parents, Flynn is survived by his brother Christopher Grinnan, Christopher's wife Stephanie and their children Izzy and Topher of San Diego, many aunts, uncles and cousins, and a large circle of close friends, new and old, many who arrived in San Francisco immediately after his death to provide support to his family. At an impromptu gathering of Art Institute students, friends and family shortly after his death, Flynn was celebrated for his kindness to others, his vitality, his amazing art, and his commitment to collaboration. The family is planning a memorial service to be held on July 12th at 2 p.m., at the Tabor Chapel, in Marion, MA.

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