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DEATH
Timothy J. O'Connor
Jun 14, 2016

Timothy J. O'Connor, 54, of Mattapoisett, died Tuesday June 14, 2016 due to ongoing health issues. A lifelong resident of Mattapoisett, he was a 1980 graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School, a 1984 graduate of Bucknell University and received his MBA from Bentley College in 1991. He was the son of Betty L. (Smith) O'Connor of Mattapoisett and the late Lawrence J. O'Connor, the younger brother of Sean O'Connor and his wife Paula of Martha's Vineyard and Fairhaven, and the loving uncle of Brian O'Connor of Watertown, Kelly O'Connor of Sarasota, FL, and Shannon O'Connor of Martha's Vineyard. He is also survived by an aunt, an uncle and several cousins. During his career, Mr. O'Connor worked as a financial analyst, cost analyst and budgeting analyst with the COM/Energy-COM/Electric companies. He then moved on to New Bedford City Hall where he was the City Auditor under the Tierney and Kalisz Administrations. He ended his career as the Associate Superintendent for Finance and Planning for the Old Rochester Regional School District. His Memorial Service was held on Saturday June 18, 2016 at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. His family received visitors prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Karen E. (Grew) Prevett
Jun 14, 2016

Karen E. (Grew) Prevett, age 72, of Marion, formerly of Mansfield passed away, surrounded by her loving family, on Tuesday June 14, 2016 at Boston Medical Center in Boston. She was the beloved wife of the late John C. Prevett. Born in Norwood, MA on November 18, 1943, she was a loving daughter of the late Joseph and Kay (Horton) Grew. Karen grew up in Norwood and was a graduate of Norwood High School. She had made her home in Marion for the past 10 and was a former resident of Mansfield. Prior to retiring, Mrs. Prevett had worked for several years in the Admitting Dept. at Falmouth Hospital. She had previously worked at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro for many years, and also as a title examiner in the City of Taunton. Since living in Marion, Karen was a member of the Council on Aging, where she made many friends and enjoyed the council’s hospitality of shopping trips. Karen loved spending time with her family and received so much pleasure doing jigsaw puzzles with her adoring grandchildren. She also enjoyed reading and cooking, and when younger, the many summers spent in Popponesset. She is survived by her devoted children Stephen Prevett of Georgia, Denise Prevett of Everett, Patricia Marraffa and her husband Tony of Mattapoisett and John Prevett and his wife Karen of Mansfield. She was the dear sister of Kenneth Grew of Grafton, Gail Taddeo of Florida and Steven Grew of North Carolina. She was the cherished grandmother of Jenna, Samantha, Alec, Jay, Emily, Anthony, Paige, Cole and Jake, the great grandmother of Rhys, and is also survived by many nieces and nephews, and her best friends Paul, Annie, Nancy and Priscilla. Services and burial will be private. Visiting hours have been omitted and those wishing may remember Karen with a donation in her memory made to the Marion Council on Aging, 2 Spring St., Marion, MA 02738. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Sherman & Jackson Funeral Home, 55 North Main St., Mansfield. To send her family a message of condolence, please visit www.shermanjackson.com

DEATH
Lucille R. "Tatante" (Benjamin) Caron
Jun 10, 2016

Lucille R. "Tatante" (Benjamin) Caron, age 88, of Marion, passed away Friday, June 10, 2016 at the Sippican Health Care Center, Marion. She was the loving and devoted wife of the late Albert F. Caron for 51 years. Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Theodore and Marie (LaPierre) Benjamin, she lived most of her life in New Bedford prior to moving to Marion. Lucille was a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy High School, she attended Regis College and earned her Master's Degree in Education from Boston College. She began her career as a grammar school teacher, served as the Director of Pupil Personnel Services and as Assistant Superintendent of the New Bedford Schools for 15 years before retiring in 1987. Lucille enjoyed spending time with her husband and family at their home, celebrating Christmas Dinner on Pontiac St., which was a cherished time. She also enjoyed cooking, cards, gardening, jig saw puzzles and was musically versatile on both the piano and organ. She will be remembered as a kind and caring soul who dearly loved her husband and family. She is survived by many nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Theodore J. Benjamin, Jr. and Norman P. Benjamin, Sr. and the aunt of the late Robert J. Benjamin. Her funeral will be held Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 8AM from the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford, followed by a funeral Mass at 10AM in St. Julie Brilliart Church, 494 Slocum Rd., Dartmouth. Visiting hours prior to her Mass from 8-9:30AM in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Lucille's name may be made to the Alzheimer's Association , Massachusetts Chapter, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472 or St. Vincent De Paul Society, 44 Iris St., Fall River, MA 02720. Burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery, 559 Mount Pleasant St., New Bedford. For directions or tributes: www.rock-funeralhome.com

DEATH
Paul Smith Kohout
Jun 08, 2016

Paul Smith Kohout, 86, long-time resident of Marion, MA, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Born March 17, 1930 in Huntington, Long Island, New York. Beloved son of the late Otto and Annabelle (Smith) Kohout. Paul leaves his loving wife of 59 years, Joyce Ellen (Backus) Kohout. He is also survived by his two children; son Paul Scott and his wife Joy (Derouchie) Kohout of Acton, MA and daughter Constance (Kohout) Hoksch and her husband Stephen Hoksch of Okinawa. He is further survived by his cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Shawna (Kohout) Paro and her husband, Michael Paro and their son, Noah Paro, James Kohout, his partner, Katherine Newman, and their son, Jack Kohout, Melissa (Hoksch) Thayer and her husband Josh Thayer and Ethan Hoksch. Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948 and after four years of service in the Veterinary Corps he attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, where he played hockey in an intramural league. He graduated in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After graduation, Paul joined the Carpenters’ Union and worked for Bechtel, building forms for the Snell and Eisenhower Locks in New York and subsequently went to work as a chemist at Reynolds Metals Company in Massena, NY from 1959 to 1989. Paul was an avid bowler. Paul renewed his interest in hockey and became an accomplished coach and became the Coaching Program Director of New York State. In 1980 he was the U.S. escort for the Finnish hockey team when the U.S. won gold in Lake Placid. He attended the Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (1984) and in Calgary, Canada (1988) as a representative of USA Hockey. Paul received the Walter Yaciuk Coaching Award in 1999 and is listed in the New York State Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame. Paul also was a member of the Salmon River School Board of Education, Fort Covington, NY from 1983 to 1989. Paul was an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Covington, NY for many years. After his retirement in 1989, Paul moved to his retirement home in Marion, MA and engaged in his love of landscaping and gardening, helping his neighbors and friends. He also did voluntary work for the church, historical society and veterans. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and prior Post Commander of American Legion Post 1418, Fort Covington, NY. His Funeral Service was held on Friday in St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church. Visiting hours were omitted. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Fort Covington, New York. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett For online guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Nancy Ann (Dodge) Dickson
Jun 08, 2016

Nancy Ann (Dodge) Dickson died peacefully in her sleep on June 8th, 2016. She was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on October 13, 1930, daughter of the late Gilbert and Elsie (MacLeod) Dodge and sister of the late Mary Ann Dodge. She grew up in New Bedford and graduated from New Bedford High School. Nancy attended the New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Boston where she graduated in 1951 as a Registered Nurse. It was while she was at The Deaconess that she met her future husband, James David Maxwell Dickson, who predeceased her on June 6th, 2011. Nancy spent her entire professional career working as a nurse, first in hospital settings in Boston, Baltimore, New York and later in Wareham at Tobey Hospital as an on-call nurse in the operating room. She continued her career as a nurse in various private medical practices in Marion and Wareham, MA. Nancy retired in 1986 and moved with her husband Jim to Northern Ireland where they enjoyed a full and active retirement at their home in the Mourne Mountains in County Down. Nancy rekindled her love of gardening in the Mournes and took pride in her flowers and beautiful window boxes. She enjoyed the company of many relatives and friends there and she and Jim traveled extensively in Ireland, the U.K., and Europe. Their home was a frequent destination point for many of their friends and relatives from Marion and around the U.S. As a working mother, Nancy set an excellent example for her three daughters of how to successfully balance career and family. She is survived by her daughters Jane Dickson and her husband Joe Pickett of Salem, MA; Susan Dickson and her husband, Adam Bukolt of Berlin, Germany, and Sara (Lynne) Dickson and her husband, Darryl Medina, of Marion, MA. Six grandchildren also survive her: Kevin and Conor Pickett; Kendra, Allison and Max Medina; and Oskar Bukolt. Nancy will be remembered for her hospitality, excellent cooking, and amazing Christmas Eve celebrations in Marion--especially the scalloped oysters, Swedish meatballs, and abundance of Christmas cookies! A service of remembrance and celebration of Nancy’s Life will be held on Friday August 19, 2016 at 1PM at Saint Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Marion. Donations in Nancy's memory may be made to support the work of Missions for Humanity (www.missionsforhumanity.org) where her daughter, Sara, and grandchildren, Kendra, Allison and Max have participated in medical mission trips to Tanzania. You may donate online or send a check to Missions for Humanity, PO Box 9512, Fall River, MA 02720. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Richard Cunningham
Jun 06, 2016

Richard Cunningham, 77, died Monday, June 6th, 2016 at his summer home in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. He was the sweet, loving husband of Sarah DeWalt. Richard was born in Philadelphia, PA and spent many years in Texas before settling in Massachusetts. For the past ten years, he and Sally enjoyed retirement at their home on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Richard served in the United States Air Force and went on to pursue a Masters in Engineering from the University of Texas. For twenty-five years he was an engineer and project manager for Parsons Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts. Along with his passion for woodworking, Richard and Sally made a great team restoring antique homes. Richard is loved and greatly missed by his daughters, Susan Jordan and her husband, Travis, of Fort Worth, Texas, Tracy Harvey and her husband, Jerry, of Hurst, Texas, and his stepdaughter, Sarah Filandrianos and her husband, Ted, of Duxbury, Massachusetts. He is survived by his sister, Marion McAlister, of New Hope, Pennsylvania and his former wife, Ada Cunningham, of Arlington, Texas. He is remembered fondly by his grandchildren, Amanda Brazell of North Richland, Texas, Samantha Carter of Hurst, Texas and Benjamin, Zachary and Eliza Roberts of Duxbury, Massachusetts, as well as his great-grandchildren, Victoria, Heather, Benjamin and Mackenzie. The family will hold a memorial to celebrate Richard's life at a later date at Old Town Landing Cemetery, Marion, MA.

DEATH
William Peter Matthes, III
Jun 03, 2016

William Peter Matthes, III died unexpectedly on June 3, 2016 at Tobey Hospital, Wareham. He was 77 years old. Born in Newton and raised in Needham, he was the son of the late William P. Matthes, Jr. and Margaret K. (Fraser) Matthes. Mr. Matthes raised his three children in Walpole with his bride, Dolores. He graduated from Needham High in 1957. He served in the U.S. Navy on the submarine USS Sablefish 303. After leaving the Navy, he worked as a Needham Police Officer for 38 years. He was one of the original members of the Needham Police Underwater Dive Team. Mr. Matthes was a patrolman and a detective. He worked details for two years during his retirement. After completely retiring from the department, he was employed by Outback Engineering in Middleboro for five years. Mr. Matthes married Dolores J. Bleiler at the Church of Incarnation in Melrose in 1968. Once retired, they moved permanently to Brandt Beach in Mattapoisett to live in the home that he had built with friends in 1964. This was the same home where he and his family had enjoyed many summers together. He loved being outdoors and made wonderful memories with his family and friends. Boating in Mattapoisett was just one of his favorite pastimes. He enjoyed tinkering in his shed and taking care of his beautiful property in Mattapoisett. His cabin in Jamaica, Vermont was his second home where he spent lots of time outdoors fishing, hunting, and camping with his son, Peter, brother, David, and many other friends and family members. A man of great faith, he was a devoted Catholic and was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church. However, there was no greater love in Peter’s life than his bride, Dolores J. (Bleiler) Matthes. More than anything else, he was a family man. He loved Dolores and their children with his whole heart and showed this love every day. Peter was enamored with his children and he was an integral part of their lives. He seemed to glow when he spent time with them and his six grandchildren. He was so proud of their accomplishments. In addition to his bride, Dolores, Mr. Matthes leaves behind his son, Peter Matthes, his wife, Heather, and grandson, Alex, of Medway. He also leaves his daughters, Kristen Berthao, her husband Richard, and his grandchildren, Chris and Katie, of Norton, and Laura Youngquist, her husband, Jason and his grandchildren, Matthew, Meghan and Liam of Middleboro. He is survived by his brother, David Matthes, of Virginia and a niece and two nephews. His life will be celebrated at a funeral mass that will be held on Thursday at 10 AM at Saint Anthony’s Church in Mattapoisett. Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery. Calling hours at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals will be held from 4-7 PM on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, St. Anthony’s Church, P.O. Box 501, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com

DEATH
Horace S. Kenney Jr.
Jun 02, 2016

Horace S. Kenney Jr. (Hod) of Marion and Fall River, beloved husband of Mary M. Kenney, passed away on June 2, 2016. He is survived by: his daughter Dr. Susanna G. Russo and her husband Dwight D. Smith of San Francisco, CA; his two eldest sons Horace (Chad) S. Kenney III and his husband Vinit Namassakan, and John (Jay) P.K. Kenney and his wife Emily Sinclair of Denver, CO. He was pre-deceased by his two youngest sons Charles (Chip) C. Kenney II and William (Wick) C. Kenney both of Kenwood, CA. He was also a loving stepfather to: Mary E. (Lindsley) Muggleton of Fall River, MA; Deborah (Lindsley) Smith and her husband Donald Smith of Libby, MT; and Katherine (Lindsley) Fandetti and her husband Kenneth Fandetti of Exeter, RI. Hod was also grandfather of Clayton Kenney, Duncan Kenney, Theresa (Kenney) Morrison and step-grandfather of the late Lisa (Muggleton) Sousa and of George Muggleton Jr., Amanda Fandetti, Rebecca Smith. Hod was great-grandfather of twins Asa Claire and Beatrice (Benni) Clay Morrison. Hod is also survived by his stepsister, Janice (Turnbull) Keener of Lexington, VA. He was pre-deceased by his sister, the late Frances (Tina) Dimmick. Hod grew up in Weston, MA where he attended Weston schools, graduated from Middlesex School in Concord, MA, Class of 1942, and Yale University, Class of 1945W in February 1948. During World War II he served in the USAAF from November 1942 to August 1945. Hod was a tail gunner on a B-17, flying with the Eighth Air Force, 333rd Bomb Group in England and was wounded on March 26, 1944. Hod spent the balance of his service in various hospitals. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart. After his discharge he returned to Yale in September 1945 where he was a member of Zeta Psi. Hod served on the Board of Yale Record and he graduated with a BA in Economics. Hod's business life was mostly in management at various manufacturing companies, except for six plus years when he was with Alexander Proudfoot Company, a management consultant company based in Chicago, IL. He began his career in manufacturing with The Wanskuck Company, an integrated worsted textile manufacturer in 1947 in Providence, RI. He retired 40 years later as manager of manufacturing for Standard-Thomson of Waltham, MA, a high volume original equipment manufacturer of automotive parts. In retirement Hod spent time on a new interest, land conservation, which was introduced to him by his youngest child, Wick on the golf course in the 1980's. Hod served on the Marion Conservation Commission from 1988-1998 and was a Director of the Sippican Lands Trust (SLT) of Marion from 1990-2012 as well as its president from 1994-2004. He was a member of the Agawam Hunt Golf Club in Rumford, RI as well as Beverly Yacht club and the Kittansett Club. Hod spent many happy hours sailing "Blue Bird" his Herreshoff 12 ½ and later "Spirit of Sonoma" his Herreshoff Golden Eye in the waters of Marion and Planting Island Cove. Mary and Hod moved to Bay View Apartments in Fall River, MA in 2006. Arrangements are in the care of Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Cherry Place, Fall River. A memorial service will be arranged by the family at a later date. Burial Private. Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the Sippican Land Trust, 354 Front St., Marion, MA 02738 or The Home, 1168 Highland Ave, Fall River, MA 02720. For tributes: www.waring-sullivan.com

DEATH
Joyce Marie Corbett West
Jun 02, 2016

Joyce Marie Corbett West, who generously shared her infectious spirit and her wide range of talents with her communities in Washington, D.C. and Marion, Massachusetts, died peacefully in Marion on June 2, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. She was 85. Joyce lived a fun and meaningful life. She was kind, smart and generous, with a lovely smile, a hearty laugh and a knack for being there and helping out her family, her colleagues, her church and her community. Born on March 21, 1931in tiny Minooka, Pennsylvania outside Scranton, Joyce was the sixth of seven children born to Mary and Martin Corbett. Her family eventually settled in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of Washington, D.C., where Joyce flourished. It was there, while working for Pan American World Airways after graduating from nearby Immaculata College, that she met the love of her life, George Bruce West. Joyce and Bruce married on January 29, 1955, and they went on to spend an adventurous 60 years together before Bruce died on August 20, 2015. In 1956, Joyce and all four of her sisters found themselves amid a remarkable situation that became permanent, and wonderful, family folklore. That was the year, right smack in the middle of the Baby Boom, that Joy, as her family called her, and her four sisters were “expecting,” in the genteel parlance of the day. The five members of the celebrated “Class of 1956” quickly became a symbol of the Corbett Clan’s rapid growth. Ultimately, they would count themselves among a staggering 35 first cousins! While raising five children and supporting her husband as he ran a successful advertising agency, Joyce volunteered her help on the board of the Goodwill Industry of Washington, D.C. and at the various schools her children attended. She also was a docent at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. In 1974, after nearly 20 years in Washington and about a dozen sublime summers in Marion, Joyce and Bruce moved their family north year-round, the better to enjoy the bucolic nature of the “Sands of Sippican,” as Bruce titled one of his books, and to show their children a less hectic way of life. Joyce jumped right in, immersing herself deeply within Marion’s community, making friends, serving on countless boards, singing in the church choir at St. Gabriel’s, directing and teaching at The Loft School, and eventually buying and running the small town’s lone bookstore, The Bookstall. Joyce was a Renaissance woman of heart and mind. She loved the land and the water, so she served on the board of the Sippican Lands Trust for 15 years and on the Marion Conservation Committee for 10 years. She loved gardening, so for about 20 years she was a member of the Marion Garden Discussion Group. Joyce was a voracious reader, so she served on the Elizabeth Taber Library Board for six years. She loved music and singing, so she sang with the Sippican Choral Society for roughly 20 years. The list of groups to which Joyce gave of her time and talents was seemingly endless: the Marion Visiting Nurse’s Association Board for six years, the Sippican Historical Society for five years, and the Marion Foundation, where she was one of the original employees, focusing on membership and events. Throughout it all, Joyce was most passionate about her family and friends, and she loved nothing so much as big family gatherings, spending time with her many pals and traveling with family and friends here, there and everywhere. She adored her beloved Bruce, their five children, seven grandchildren, one great granddaughter, her four sisters and two brothers, and all of her many nieces and nephews. Survivors include four sons, George Bruce West III and his wife, Jeanie, of Peterborough, New Hampshire; Mark Corbett West and his wife, Cyndy, of Nottingham, New Hampshire; Jonathan Braitmayer West and his wife, Cassy, of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts; Charles Krug West and his wife, Liz, of Rochester, Massachusetts; and a daughter, Margaret Wendy West and her wife, Rebecca Leeman, of Portland, Maine. Joyce also leaves seven grandchildren, Ian Derrick West, Taylor Graham West, Robert Braitmayer West, Reilly Evans West, Madeleine Jarvis West, Connor Martin West and Georgia Catherine West, and a great granddaughter, Violet Elizabeth West. Joyce Corbett West also is survived by three sisters, Gladys Corbett Quinn, Rita Corbett Jeffers and Dorothea Corbett McIntyre, one brother, William Martin Corbett, and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Joyce also was predeceased by a brother, Francis Joseph Corbett, and a sister, Lucille Corbett Daly. The West family warmly invites you to join in celebrating Joyce's life on Saturday afternoon, July 23rd, at two o’clock at St. Gabriel's Church in Marion, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Sippican Lands Trust, 354 Front Street, Marion, Massachusetts, 02738. For online condolence book, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Michael D. Heath
May 30, 2016

Michael D. Heath died on May 30, 2016 after a long struggle with coronary disease. He was predeceased by his parents, George D. and Ruth L. Health of Mattapoisett and his sister, Cheryl Marcosa of Fort Myers, FL. He is survived by his brother Stephen and his wife, Meredith, of Marion. Glenn Bacon and family of St. Petersburg, Fl; the love of his life and partner Susan Dwyer and her children: Alex, Anna, Sarah, Zack, Jana, and their loving dogs Shadow and Max of New Bedford. Michael served in the US Army and worked previously at Rodney Metals of New Bedford. He loved growing up and living in Mattapoisett. He remembered knowing nearly everyone in town back then and leaving doors unlocked, very different from New Bedford. His loves were camping and canoeing in northern New England with his brother and friends, fishing, and sharing the love of camping with his stepchildren in Myles Standish State Forest more recently.

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