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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

Roy H. Rehbein
Apr 12, 2015

Roy H. Rehbein, 88, of Marion, died Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Kindred Transitional Care at Forestview. He was the husband of Edith (Barrows) Rehbein. Born in Miami, FL, he was the son of the late Bernice (Richardson) and Roy H. Rehbein, Sr. Mr. Rehbein lived in Hopedale for many years before moving to Marion in 1998. Mr. Rehbein was employed as textile engineer for the former Draper Corp. of Hopedale. He also served as an auxiliary police officer on the Hopedale Police Department. Mr. Rehbein was a World War II Army veteran serving from 1944 to 1948. He was a member of the Benjamin D. Cushing V.F.W. Post # 2425 in Marion. Survivors include his wife, Edith of Marion; four sons, Craig Rehbein, Scott Rehbein and Christopher Rehbein all of Marion and Glenn Rehbein of Whitinsville; one daughter, Karen Holmes of Cooper, ME and his granddaughter Kara Rehbein. A graveside service will be held on Thurs., Apr. 23, 2015 at 1 pm. at the Mass. National Cemetery, Bourne. Visiting hours have been omitted. Donations in his memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.

Jeffrey Mark Stopka
Apr 10, 2015

Jeffrey Mark Stopka, 58, formerly of Rochester, MA, passed away suddenly on Friday, April 10, 2015 at his home. Jeffrey was born in Acushnet, Massachusetts on March 17, 1957 to Henry Stopka and the late Nancy Lake Stopka. He was employed by the United States Air Force as the manager of the base commissary. Jeffrey was also retired from the United States Army Reserve and served one year in Iraq. He was an avid New England sports fan and also had a great love for Nascar Racing and for cooking. A service celebrating Jeffrey’s life was held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home. In addition to his father, Jeffrey is survived by his wife, Marites Stopka; son Jethro; brother, Steve Stopka of Rochester, MA; sister, Deborah Veary and husband Kenneth of Rochester, MA; brother, Gary Stopka and wife Anne of Rochester, MA, and sister, Jennifer (Jenny) Thomas and companion, Dennis Lynch of Fairhaven, MA; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Marie A. (Berardi) Bourdon
Apr 09, 2015

Marie A. (Berardi) Bourdon, 63, of Mattapoisett died April 9, 2015 at New Bedford Rehabilitation Hospital after a long illness. She was the wife of Robert W. Bourdon. Born in Newton, MA, the daughter of the late Augusto and Mary (Rufo) Berardi, she was raised in Watertown before moving to Mattapoisett in 1978. Mrs. Bourdon was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett. She was active in Girl Scouts and school activities when her children were young. Survivors include her husband; 2 daughters, Jennifer Bourdon of Mattapoisett and Kathleen Barnes of Gatlinburg, TX; a brother, William Berardi and his wife Mary Ann of Holliston, MA; a sister, Janet Sanuik and her husband Chet of Milford, MA; a grandson, Jordan Barnes; and several nieces and nephews. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, April 21st in St. Anthony's Church. Burial followed in the Massachusetts National Cemetery. Arrangements were in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Route 6, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 10 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For guestbook, please visit

David Carey Shanks
Apr 08, 2015

David Carey Shanks, 75, of Vero Beach, FL, peacefully passed away April 8, 2015 in Vero Beach. Born August 2, 1939 in Indianapolis, IN, he was the elder son of John Amos Shanks and Jane Marie Griesser. Dave is survived by his beloved wife, Rosalie Shadle Shanks. Additional survivors include his daughter, Nanon Shanks Olson (Carl Frederick Olson), of Marietta, GA, their three children: Kyle Gustav Olson, David Hayward Olson and Elizabeth Leas Olson, and his son, Andrew MacPherran Shanks (Keri Lester Shanks), of Woodbridge, VA, and their daughter, Elizabeth Lynn Shanks. He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 49 years, Cynthia Worcester Shanks, and his daughter, Kirsten Conant Shanks, survived by her husband, Brendan Michael Halpin, and daughter, Rowen Shanks Halpin, of Jamaica Plain, MA. His brother, George Warren Shanks (Janice Butler Shanks), of Front Royal, VA, and sister, Susan Florence Biel, of Gainesville, FL, also survive. Dave graduated from Cornell University in 1962 with a BME, followed with an MBA from the University of Delaware in 1968. During his Cornell years, Dave was a member of the Cornell crew team and the Sherwoods, a men’s a Capella singing group. His distinguished career spanned 38 years and included positions with the DuPont Corporation in Wilmington, DE and Eastern Airlines in New York City. In 1974 he joined Arthur D. Little in Cambridge, MA. He began in manufacturing consulting, later shifted to business strategy. Dave became VP and Managing Director of the New England Region of ADL and served on its Board. In 1997 he joined Sunoco, Inc. in Philadelphia as VP of Human Resources, Public Affairs and Strategic Planning, retiring in 2000. In retirement, Dave briefly ran his own firm, Silvershell Consulting, in Marion, MA, named for the beach in front of his home. He sailed, golfed, read voraciously, took piano lessons for the second time, sang in several groups, and became a certified scuba diver. Somehow in this busy life, Dave always made quality time for his family and friends. Relationships were priceless to him. He belonged to various organizations: Phi Kappa Psi Chapter at Cornell University, Algonquin Club in Cambridge, MA; Beverly Yacht Club and the Sippican Choral Society in Marion, MA; Country Club of New Bedford, MA; Springhaven Club in Wallingford, PA; and Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club, Orchid, FL. He was affiliated with the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Wayland, MA, First Congregational Church, Marion, MA, Big Canoe Chapel, Big Canoe, GA, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the “National Blood Clot Alliance”: www. or a charity of your choice. Services will be held in Vero Beach, FL at 2pm, Sunday, May 24 Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club and in Marion, MA, at Noon on Saturday, July 11 in Tabor Academy’s Wickenden Chapel.

David Henry Owen
Apr 04, 2015

David Henry Owen, of Rochester (formerly of Taunton), died Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Life Care of Raynham. He was 90 years old. Born in Taunton, on December 12, 1924. He was the loving husband of the late Elizabeth R. (Ruble) Owen. The youngest of 6, Mr. Owen was a graduate of Taunton High School, The Wentworth Institute, and received his Bachelors Degree in Engineering from Brown University. He served in the United States Army during WW II as a scout/sniper with the 324 Infantry and was the recipient of several medals and commendations including the Bronze Star. He served as a Civil Engineer for the City of Taunton and was employed by the Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant for over 28 years. Mr. Owen served as President of Brick House School, member of the Taunton Safety Committee and Commander (retired) United States Power Squardron. He was an avid gun collector, Life Time Member of the NRA and a member of the Taunton rifle and Pistol Club. Mr. Owen is survived by his daughter, Susan Owen, with whom he resided on their farm in Rochester. He was the father of the late David C. Owen and is the father in law of Lauren Owen of North Dighton. He is the beloved grandfather of Joshua and Jacob Owen. He is also survived by his “adopted daughter” Angela Rachmaciej and his sister Christine Allen of Westport, CT. He was the brother of the late Edward, Milton, Gordon, and Ralph Owen. Relatives and friends were invited to attend a Funeral Service in the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Ave., (Route 138 South), Taunton, on Monday, April 13th. Visiting hours were held on Sunday. Interment Mayflower Hill Cemetery.

James F. Braden
Apr 02, 2015

James F. Braden, age 83, died on April 2, 2015. Late of Olympia Fields, formerly of Mattapoisett, MA. Beloved son of the late James Braden and Alfreida nee Peterson. Beloved husband of Joan Braden nee Griffin for 58 years. Dear father of Colleen (Louis) Garafalo, James D., John (Julia), Brian and Katie Braden. Cherished grandfather of Evan and Brendan Garafalo, Caroline, Jack, Jessica and James Braden. Loving brother of the late Eugene Braden. Jim was a graduate of the University of Connecticut receiving a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a life time member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Fastener Standard Committee. Jim co-authored an Engineering Text book, "Mechanical Fastening of Plastics". He served in the US Navy as a photographer aboard the USS Midway Aircraft carrier and was also stationed at the Photo Interpretation Center in Washington D.C. Jim was an active member of the Infant Jesus of Prague Church community. Jim also enjoyed sailing, canoeing, and photography. He was an active member of the Rochester Youth Hockey program and a member of the Mattapoisett Lions Club. His funeral was held on Saturday, April 11th, at Infant Jesus of Prague Church, Flossmoor. Interment was private at family lot. Memorials to charity of your choice.

Leonard M. Bejtlich
Mar 31, 2015

Leonard M. Bejtlich passed away on March 31 at 80 years of age after a brief illness. He Is survived by his second wife Nancy J. Bejtlich of Jonestown Texas and his three children Michael M. Bejtlich of Rochester MA, Nancy A. Benson of Mattapoisett MA, and Amy A. Silva of Marstons Mills MA, and six grandchildren including Matthew and Emily Bejtlich, Connor and Casey Mackenzie and Jacob and Emma Silva. Len was a patented physicist and engineer who spent much of his professional life working in manufacturing environments such as General Electric Co. and various start-up ventures in the computer refurbishment and repair industry. He was an avid golfer and tennis player and had sailed with family and friends from Down East Maine to the Florida Keys and the Bahamas aboard his 30’ sloop “Arlia.” Len loved music, played several instruments, and was co-founder of the Twilight Concerts Series with his wife Nancy in Jonestown Texas. A devoted husband and companion to his wife Nancy, Len spent many summers with his children and grandchildren fishing, shell fishing, barbecuing, and sailing, particularly around Buzzards Bay and Nantucket Sound. No formal service will be held. Instead, Len requested that his ashes be spread out to sea by those closest to him. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Donations may be made to: Mr. John Yates, Treasurer The Twilight Concert Series P.O. Box 1431 Lago Vista, Texas, 78645

Mr. Dennis Burns
Mar 30, 2015

Mr. Dennis Burns, 61, beloved husband of Angela MacDonald, passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 30th 2015. Born in Salem, he was the son of the late James and Audrey Burns. He was raised and educated in Salem and was a graduate of Salem High School, class of 1971. He is survived by his wife Angela, his children Audrey and Ben Burns, and brothers Jamie Burns of Newburyport and Ed Burns of Salem. He was the brother of the late Jack Burns. A passionate angler and outdoorsman, Dennis spent time perfecting his hand-tied fly designs and studying local stream ecology. He was also an Irish folk musician and a man of many instruments including the banjo, guitar, harmonica and penny whistle. Dennis was an artist: a storyteller, a poet, and a craftsman; also an avid reader. He dedicated his working life to woodworking and spent his days off repairing and renovating his centuries-old home (when he wasn’t fishing). He found great satisfaction in volunteering, for many years, for Project Healing Waters, offering fly-tying instruction and assisting with fishing outings for disabled veterans. His unequaled loyalty, sense of humor and contagious laughter made for a loving husband, a model father and an unforgettable friend. His funeral service was held in the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home 167 Maple St., (rte 62) Danvers, Wednesday April 8th at 10 A.M. Relatives and friends were invited. Burial was private. Visiting hours were held Tuesday April 7th. There will also be a gathering for local Cape friends from 6 to 9 P.M. on Thursday April 9th at Harriet’s 7 Cottage St., Marion. Donations may be made in his memory to To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit

Mary (Perry) Montelli
Mar 25, 2015

Mary (Perry) Montelli, 90, of Fairhaven passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Our Lady’s Lady’s Haven, in Fairhaven. She was the wife of the late Charles Montelli. Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Joaquim Pereira and the late Adeline (Barros) Perry, she grew up in Mattapoisett and lived in New York for over 30 years before returning to Fairhaven where she settled. She was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church, in Fairhaven. Mary enjoyed music and traveling and especially spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by two sisters, Ilda Santos and Isabell Alves; three brothers, Jack, John and Joe Pereira and many nieces and nephews. Mary was the sister of the late Alice Pina, Dominga Rodrigues and Antone Perry and she was the companion of the late William Ramos. Mary will be cremated and a Memorial Mass will be held Monday, April 6, 2015, at 10:00 am, in St. Joseph’s Church, in Fairhaven. Interment will be at a later date. Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Fairhaven.

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