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Scott R. Gamache
Sep 03, 2014

Scott R. Gamache, 38, of Franklin, MA died September 3, 2014 at Milford Regional Hospital after a long illness. He was the husband of Christine M. (Foran) Gamache. Born in New Bedford, the son of Richard A. and Sharon A. (Santos) Gamache, he was raised in Mattapoisett before moving to Franklin, MA in 2006. Scott was employed by as a quality control manager at Eagle Investments. He was a graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School, class of 1993 where he played baseball, golf, soccer and was a member of the jazz and concert band. Scott was a graduate of Boston College, class of 1997 and enjoyed attending BC football games with family and friends. He enjoyed spending time with his wife golfing, skiing and talking sports. Survivors include his wife; his parents; his twin sons, Christian Gamache and Tyler Gamache; a brother, Kevin Gamache and his wife Kate of Holliston, MA; his maternal grandmother, Eileen (Martin) Santos of New Bedford; and several nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins. His Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, September 10th at 11 AM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. Visiting hours were held on Tuesday, September 9th. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Christian and Tyler Gamache Trust Fund, c/o First Republic Bank, 160 Federal St., Boston, MA 02110.

Richard Alan Anderson
Sep 01, 2014

Richard Alan Anderson, 79, of Marion, died Monday, September 1, 2014. He was born in Bridgeport, CT on September 9, 1934, son of the late Alexander Alan Anderson and Margaret (Huston) Anderson. Dick grew up in Wellesley Hills and attended Nobles and Greenough School in Dedham. In 1956, he graduated from Yale University with a degree in Economics. At both schools, he made life long friends. Dick enlisted in the Army in 1957 and was stationed in Germany. Upon discharge in 1959, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. He spoke fondly of the friendships he formed with the men in his unit. He worked for the La-Z-Boy chair company for 24 years, first as a salesman and then as a shoppe owner. He thrived on the challenges of owning his own business. When he retired in 1989, he volunteered his time in the community working diligently for a number of organizations including the Community Resources Network, Sippican Historical Society and Sippican Tennis Club. He also began exploring his artistic talents. Along with many watercolor and acrylic paintings, his work includes paintings on two valances at the Sippican Café in Marion of historic local scenes. He was an active member of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church where he served in many capacities including the vestry, as treasurer and as an usher. A natural athlete, Dick enjoyed tennis, golf, skiing and sailing. He was a member of the Kittansett Club, Sippican Tennis Club and Beverley Yacht Club. Dick loved to travel. He and his wife, Dana, traveled extensively within the United States and Canada, and they took many trips to Europe. Favorite destinations were Paris, France and Santa Barbara, California. He enjoyed spending time with his family, whether around the backyard pool or a holiday table and adored his grandchildren. He was known to state, "I have been incredibly fortunate in my life. I've enjoyed good health, a wonderful family, fine friends and countless enriching experiences." He was a gentle man, loved by many and will be remembered for his integrity, responsibility, humility and delightful sense of humor. Dick's first wife, Nancy (Angell) Anderson, and the mother of his four children died in 1979. He married Dana (Derick) Anderson in 1982. Along with his wife, Dana, he is survived by four children, Virginia Guinard of Auburn, CA, Margaret Elizabeth Anderson of Boston, MA, Timothy Alden Anderson of Shelburne, VT, Sarah Angell Anderson of Narberth, PA, eight grandchildren, and two brothers, Robert Huston Anderson and his wife Deborah of Marion, MA and Alexander Alan Anderson, Jr. of Monterey, CA. His memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 27 at 2:00 PM at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, remembrances in his memory may be made to the Sippican Historical Society, 139 Front Street, Marion, MA 02738 or Community Nurse and Hospice Care, P.O. Box 751, Fairhaven, MA 02719. For on-line guestbook, please visit

Raymond A. Charron
Aug 30, 2014

Raymond A. Charron, 69, of Rochester died Saturday August 30, 2014 at Brandon Woods of New Bedford after a period of declining health. He was the husband of Janet B. (Saba) Charron. Born in Wareham, the son of the late Lawrence W.S. and Marguerite (Comeau) Charron, he lived in Rochester all of his life. He was a communicant of Our Lady of Purgatory Church. Mr. Charron was formerly employed as a machinist at BorgWarner, Inc. for 34 years. He was a graduate of New Bedford Vocational High School. He is survived by his wife, Janet; his son, John A. Charron and wife Maribeth Moore of East Freetown; his brother-in-law, George J. Saba of New Bedford; two grandchildren, Jeremy and Hannah; and three nieces and two nephews. He was the brother of the late Lawrence W.S. Charrron, Jr. His Funeral was held on Wednesday from the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford, followed by a Divine Liturgy at at Our Lady of Purgatory Church. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visiting hours were held on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Our Lady of Purgatory Church Memorial Fund, 11 Franklin St., New Bedford, MA 02740. For guestbook, please visit

Jeanne Frances Cole Yehle
Aug 29, 2014

Jeanne Frances Cole Yehle, 85 years young, transitioned peacefully from this life to her next on Friday, August 29, 2014 two months after a diagnosis of lung cancer. Jeanne was born February 14, 1929 in Boston, MA, the eldest child of Eleonore O. (Sampson) and Francis (Frank) A. Cole. She spent her childhood and teen years with three siblings on the farm at Ferry Hill in Granby, MA; she graduated from high school in 1947 and from Framingham State Teachers College in 1951 with a B.A. in Home Economics Education. Seeking adventure after college, she moved to Petersburg, Alaska to teach for two years. Upon her return to the lower 48, she met Otto H. Yehle at a teachers’ conference in Fitchburg, MA. They married July 3, 1954, celebrating 60 years together two months ago. Jeanne returned to teaching in 1966 after her youngest child began school; she spent five years at Holy Name School (grades 2 & 5), two years at the H. A. Kempton School (grade 2) and finally, 13 years at Old Rochester Regional High School (grades 9-12 Home Economics.) Retirement brought time for enjoying six grandchildren, travel to Jackson Hole, WY overlooking the Grand Tetons, a return trip to Alaska, gardening, baking/cooking, crafting and art classes. Jeanne’s creativity blossomed and she was at peace with a paintbrush in her hand. She continued painting upon her move four years ago to Draper Place (assisted living) in Hopedale, MA where she made new friends, enjoyed many activities and was much loved. For the past two months, Jeanne resided at the Sacred Heart Nursing Home in New Bedford where she received excellent palliative care. Her faith was central to her life; a devout Catholic, Jeanne was drawn to Mother Mary, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Therese of Lisieux as sources of her strength and focus of her prayers. Preceded in death by her parents, sisters Barbara Wezniak and Elizabeth (Betty) LeDuc, and infant daughter, Gretchen Frances, Jeanne is survived by her husband, Otto, three daughters: Sue-Ellen (Bob) Szymanski of Milford, MA, Mary-Ellen (Brian J.) Arsenault of Rocky Hill, CT, and Elaine (Bill) Yehle Bowen of Cuyahoga Falls, OH and her beloved brother, Frank J. Cole of Auburn, MA. Her grandchildren were her joy; she loved being Nana to granddaughters Megan Deiana (Nick Stej) and Ashley (Brendan) Hartt, grandsons Brian A. Arsenault (Mist Rousseau), Nicholas J. Arsenault (fiancé Sergio Famiglietti), Evan C. Bowen, Grant H. Bowen and great-granddaughter, Hannah M. Arsenault. She also leaves many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial donations to the American Cancer Society or participation in a local Relay for Life event. Jeanne would be well remembered by the planting of fall bulbs or a birch tree, as well as the donation of art supplies to programs for children or seniors that they may have the opportunity to explore their creativity. Please consider wearing something blue, her favorite color, in Jeanne’s honor. Her Funeral will be held on Friday September 5, 2014 at 9 AM from the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 AM at Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Thursday from 4-7 PM. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Evelyn May (Silveira) Pursley
Aug 25, 2014

Evelyn May (Silveira) Pursley, 92, passed peacefully at home on Monday, August 25, 2014. A lifelong resident of Mattapoisett and communicant of St. Anthony’s Church, she was the daughter of the late Antone Silveira and Carolinda (Avila) Silveira. She was the beloved wife of the late Gene Everett Pursley whom she met while serving in the US Navy. She is predeceased by her husband, Gene (2005), and brother, Milton A. Silveira (2013). She is survived by her son, Ricky Pursley. She is also survived by three granddaughters, Carinda (Pursley) Soulos and husband, Perry; Julia (Pursley) Fill and husband, Dan; and Rianna Pursley. She is also survived by her sister, Alberta “Birdie” Silveira; nephew, Leland Silveira and wife, Lara; nephew, Doug Silveira; niece, Carolyn Krumrey and husband, Bill; nephew, Scott Silveira and wife, Susan. Evelyn was a proud graduate of Mattapoisett Jr. H. S, 1935, Fairhaven H. S. 1938, New York Institute of Dietetics 1954, and Fitchburg State College (B.S.) 1969, Framingham State College (M. Ed.) 1972. She held Certifications from the Massachusetts Dept. of Education in Home Economics, Secondary School Instructor, Culinary Arts Chef, Guidance Counselor, and Director of Evening Adult Education. She taught Foods & Nutrition and Family Living at Fairhaven High School from 1967-1985. She was also the Director of Evening Adult Education at Fairhaven H.S. from 1974-1978. She taught at New Bedford Vocational High School - Adult Evening Practical Arts from 1955-1958 and was a substitute teacher there from 1963-1967. She taught hundreds of students during her teaching career and made a huge impact on her students’ lives. She was a member of the Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School Planning & Building Committee. Evelyn was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy (WAVES 1943-1948, USN 1948-1952) having enlisted in 1943. She quickly rose to the rank of Chief. She served both in World War II and the Korean War, and was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, American Area Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. While serving at the N.T.S. Hunter College NY in 1943, her WAVES unit was passed in review by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. This past year, she was awarded her 60-year continuous membership in the Florence Eastman Post 280 American Legion, Mattapoisett. She was the first Woman Commander of Post 280, Past President WAVES National Unit 18 Cape Cod, and Charter Member - Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation (1991) in Washington, DC. Evelyn was the Past President Massachusetts Home Economics Assoc., Past President Southeastern Massachusetts Home Economics Assoc., and Past President Psi Chapter, Delta Kappa Gama (Women Educator’s International Society). The Massachusetts Governor appointed her to the Commission for Vocational Technical Education and she served on the Board of Directors. She was a member of several Teachers Associations at the local, state and national level. Evelyn was a Hospice Trainer and Volunteer serving on the Annual Giving Campaign; First Coordinator of Volunteers; Member, Chairperson, Past President and on the Board of Directors of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging; Member, Chairperson, Past President and on the Board of Directors for Coastline Elderly Services; Chairperson of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the to the Massachusetts State Secretary of Elder Affairs; and the Past President, and 1st & 2nd Vice President, to the Toby Hospital Guild. Along with her husband, Gene, they Co-Chaired the Tobey Hospital Capital Campaign for Mattapoisett. She also was a Past Representative of the Telephone Pioneers of America (largest volunteer organization in the USA). In addition to serving on Massachusetts Governor Paul Celluci’s Transition Team for Elderly Affairs, she was the recipient of the following rewards as a testament to her service: Delta Kappa Gamma Society Achievement Award, Mattapoisett Woman of the Year, Marian Medal from the Diocese of Fall River for St. Anthony’s Church, Frank J. Manning Award from Governor Paul Celluci (the Highest State Award given for Elderly Advocacy), DOVE Award for Service to Elders from the Office of Elders Affairs, Telephone Pioneer Partner of the Month Award Thomas Sherwin Chapter, Golden Citation-American Business Woman’s Association, Professional Development Certificate Old Rochester Regional H.S., and Outstanding Board Member Massachusetts Home Care. Funeral from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett Saturday at 9 AM. Funeral Mass at St. Anthony's Church at 10 AM. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Visiting hours Friday from 6-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to Florence Eastman Post 280 American Legion, P.O. Box 738, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Josephine A. (Donovan) Wojtkonski
Aug 21, 2014

Josephine A. (Donovan) Wojtkonski, age 91, of Fairhaven died August 21, 2014. She was wife of the late Walter Wojtkonski. Born in New Bedford, a daughter of the late Thomas and Helen (Reagan) Donovan, she lived in Rochester for several years and Fairhaven for most of her life. A homemaker, she played the organ and taught CCD at St. Rose of Lima in Rochester for several years. She loved knitting, bingo and traveling - especially to Ireland, Bahamas and Florida. Surviving: four daughters: Patricia Comeau of Fairhaven, Joanne Whitehead and her husband James of Acushnet, Karen Poulin and her husband Jan Marc of New Bedford, Suzanne Bodick of Florida, two sisters: Theresa Clarkin and husband John of Falmouth and Patricia Clarkin and her husband Phillip of CT, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was sister of the late Thomas and Andrew Donovan, Margaret Jorge and Eileen Provost. Her Funeral was held Monday, August 25, 2014 in Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Rte. 6, New Bedford. Tributes:

Captain Shirley G. Mitchell Jr.
Aug 19, 2014

Captain Shirley G. Mitchell Jr., age 97, of Fairhaven, passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at his residence. He was the husband of Doris A. (Johnson) Mitchell to whom he has been married for the past 65 years. Born in Fairhaven, the son of the late Shirley G. Mitchell Sr. and Mary “Mollie” Mitchell, he was a lifelong resident of Fairhaven. A graduate of Fairhaven High School, he attended the Sperry Gyro Compass School of New York. He worked in the fishing industry as a Boat Captain. He was also in the Merchant Marines for the Moore-McCormick Line. Prior to having the 70 foot fishing vessel “Lubenray” built, he had smaller fishing boats and also worked on luxury sail and power boats. After a long career as a Fisherman, he became the Captain of a Research Vessel for the state of Massachusetts for twenty years until his retirement. A Mason and Shriner for many years, Captain Mitchell was a member of the Unitarian Memorial Church of Fairhaven. Surviving in addition to his wife, one daughter: Sheila G. Mitchell of Marion, two sons: Stuart G. Mitchell of Rochester, Alan J. Mitchell of Plymouth, three grandchildren: Abby, Mollie, and Melanie Mitchell and many nieces and nephews. He was brother of the late Robert A. Mitchell and Jane Burns. Private arrangements are in the care of the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Fairlawn in Fairhaven. For tributes, please visit:

David Stephen Bettencourt
Aug 19, 2014

David Stephen Bettencourt, 67, of Lakeville passed away on August 19, 2014. He was the son of Manuel and Mildred (MacRae) Bettencourt. David was born in New Bedford and lived several years in Middleboro before moving to Lakeville. David attended Old Rochester Regional High School, class of 1966. After graduating he served his country in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman in the Vietnam War. David was recognized for his courageous actions during the war and after his injuries he sustained. He was an avid reader and enjoyed constructing model boats. David is survived by his sister Sandra Jones, his brothers; Howard Pierce, Edward Pierce and Theodore Pierce and his very dear friend Cheryl DuBois and family as well as several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother Richard Bettencourt. Relatives and friends were invited to attend David’s service at the Massachusetts National Cemetery at Otis Air National Guard Base on September 2, 2014. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the local Veterans Center.

Priscilla B. (Senna) Dean
Aug 17, 2014

Priscilla B. (Senna) Dean, 80, of New Bedford, daughter of the late Jose B. and Maria (Marianho) Senna, died August 17, 2014 after a long battle with Asthma, Emphysema, Bronchitis, COPD and Osteoporosis. She was born in New Bedford where she lived most of her life except for nine years when she lived in Mattapoisett with her companion the late Edward L. Dexter. In her younger years, she was employed as a stitcher and a house cleaner. She was a member of the Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. She loved spending time with her family and friends, collecting dolls, doing puzzles, crafts and looked forward to hosting her Friday night prayer meetings. Survivors include three sons, Brian Dean and his wife Janice, Wayne Dean and his wife Isabel and Michael Dean and his wife Lisa all of New Bedford; four daughters Donna Wagner, Linda Dean and her companion Martin both of New Bedford, Dotty Gidley and her husband David of CT and Lisa Westgate and her husband Gary of Freetown; a brother Arthur B. Senna of New Bedford; twelve grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Joseph, Daniel, Gilbert, Gabriel and Dorothy Senna, Delores Gallery, Clara Alves, Shirley Oliveira, Lillian Santos and Esther Kirk. Her Funeral will be held on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 8am from the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven followed by a Funeral Mass at 9am at Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, 121 Mt. Pleasant St., New Bedford. Visiting hours were held on Wednesday. Burial in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Dorothy (Brass) DeLorenzo
Aug 12, 2014

Dorothy (Brass) DeLorenzo, 86, former owner of the Chadwick Inn in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, died peacefully Tues. Aug. 12th, 2014 at the Kindred Walden House in Concord, MA. A resident of Marion, she was the beloved wife of the late Eugene J. DeLorenzo. Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, she was the daughter of the late Maurice and Mary Glenn McLean Brass. First employed with the telephone company in Canada, she was an Acton, MA resident for 15 years and worked at General Radio for a time. The DeLorenzos then owned and operated the Chadwick Inn in Edgartown for 20 years before retiring. In later years they resided in Marion where Mrs. DeLorenzo was a devoted, active member and extraordinary minister at St. Rita’s Church, and was a recipient of the Marian Medal. A dog lover and excellent cook, Mrs. DeLorenzo was intelligent, creative and artistic. She was a talented seamstress, making a wedding dress for her sister, and slipcovers, upholstery and beautiful applique quilts and blankets for family and friends. She enjoyed working in watercolors and stained glass, and in her younger years she received an award for her singing. She loved to keep busy. Mrs. DeLorenzo is survived by two daughters: Elaine Lawson, and Barbara Perry and her husband, Steven; daughter-in-law Barbara Lawson; grandsons Alfred F. DeCesare and Samuel S. Lawson; great-grandsons Derek and Dylan DeCesare; brothers Richard, William and Peter and a sister Mary; as well as many nieces, nephews and their families. She was the mother of the late Patrick J. Lawson, grandmother of the late Patrick A. DeCesare, Jr., and sister of the late James and Joan. Family and friends are invited to the funeral Mass to be celebrated Sat. Aug. 16th at 10:00am in St. Rita’s Church, 113 Front Street, Marion. Burial will follow in St. Bernard’s Cemetery, Bedford Street, Concord, MA at approximately 1:00pm. There are no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Mrs. DeLorenzo’s name to St. Rita’s Church, 113 Front St, Marion, MA. 02738. Memorial page at

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