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Robert A. Smith
Aug 29, 2015

Robert A. Smith, 65, of Rochester passed away Saturday, August 29, 2015 at the New Bedford Health Care Center after a brief illness. He was the fiancé of Linda Lapre of Rochester. Born in Utica, NY, the son of the late Thomas and Vendela (Phillips) Smith, he grew up in Yorkville, NY and had lived in New Bedford. Bob served in the Army during the Vietnam War and later worked as a CNC Machinist for H.C.C. Aegis. He enjoyed photography and was a member of the Whaling City Camera Club. He also loved music and played the bass guitar and had worked as a videographer and a sound technician. Private arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Fairhaven,

Judith E. (Pratt) Briggs
Aug 27, 2015

Judith E. (Pratt) Briggs, 71, of Marion, died August 27, 2015 in St. Anne’s Hospital, Fall River. She was the wife of David A. Briggs and the daughter of the late Robert C. Pratt and Elizabeth (Robinson) Bazilian. She was born in Wareham and lived in Marion for over 50 years. Mrs. Briggs worked as a C.N.A. at Rowland Thatcher Nursing Home in Wareham for over 20 years before retiring. She enjoyed crocheting, playing Pac Man and Canasta, Facebook and scratch tickets. Most of all she loved spending time with her family. Survivors include her husband, David A. Briggs of Marion; 2 sons, Michael Pratt and his wife Amy Sirrico of Wareham and David A. Briggs, Jr. and his wife Amy of Wareham; a daughter, Laurie Shippey and her husband Scott of Wareham; a sister, Jean Pratt of Hyannis; 4 grandchildren, Christopher and Meghan Shippey, Lillian Briggs and Jeremy Collins; and her beloved dog, Casper. Her graveside service was held on Monday, August 31, 2015 in the North Marion Cemetery, Marion. Visiting hours were held on Sunday at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham.

Sonja Fellman Stone
Aug 21, 2015

Sonja Fellman Stone, 96, beloved mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister-in-law, neighbor, friend, and role model, passed away peacefully in her Mattapoisett, MA family home. Sonja was born in Lexington, MA, daughter of William and Hildur Fellman, of Finland and Sweden. She is predeceased by her loving husband of 70 years, George E. Stone and her sisters Linnea Scales, Violet Hanson, Naemi Thomas and brothers Sigward and Adolph Fellman. She is survived by her children Sonja Peterson and husband Frank; Lars Stone and wife Colleen; Suzanne Pike and husband William; Cynthia Stone and her companion, the late, Jeffrey Girard; Sandra Stone; grandchildren Mariel Stone and companion Jesse Duarte; Bonnie Stone and husband Erik Kowalski; Charlotte, Caroline, and Catherine Stone; and Jessica and Erica Pike; four great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Louise Fellman, Alice Coletti, Marguerite Lever and many nieces and nephews. A patient, loving, forgiving, and religious woman, Sonja always put other’s needs before her own. She supported her husband in all aspects of life, including within the workplace as administrative assistant and bookkeeper for their family-owned independent insurance agency in Arlington, MA for over 30 years. Later in life, Sonja demonstrated her commitment to her family by working part time for 12 years as a Greeter at the Fairhaven Walmart where she was one of their oldest employees retiring at age 85. Sonja was a member of the Laestadian Lutheran Church and enjoyed attending services. She found peace when singing hymns, enjoying nature, going to yard sales, sewing, and above all, spending time with her family. She had a quiet way about her, and everyone she met was touched by her warm smile and kind spirit. Relatives and friends are invited to honor Sonja’s life by attending a memorial service Saturday, September 12th at 11 am at Advent Lutheran Church, 62 East Grove Street, Middleboro, MA. In lieu of flowers donations in Sonja’s memory may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI Massachusetts, The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M17, Boston, MA 02129.

George Bruce West II
Aug 20, 2015

With family at his side, George Bruce West II died peacefully in the morning of August 20, 2015 in Plymouth, Mass. Bruce, as he was known, was born in Washington, DC, the son of Charles Krug West and Margaret Braitmayer West, on December 14, 1927. He graduated from St. Albans School in 1945 and from Washington and Lee University in 1949. He served briefly in the Pacific during World War II and as a staff sergeant during the Korean War. He began his professional career at Pan American Airways and then spent two years as an account executive with Bell Advertising in Washington, DC. Bruce married Joyce Marie Corbett on January 29, 1955. While living in Washington, DC, he and Joyce spent twenty years raising their five children. In 1958, Mr. West and Jerry Brady founded West and Brady Advertising. Advertising allowed him to express his creativity by marrying his passions for visual art, the printed word, and music. Bruce served on the boards of The Potomac School, St. Albans School and Children’s Hospital, among other organizations. In 1974, he and his family moved to Marion, MA, to start a new chapter at Clearwater Farm. Bruce West lived passionately, filled with a deep and abiding love for the people around him. He was an old- school gentleman - quite literally, a gentle man. Bruce spoke thoughtfully across the wide range of favorite topics always on his eclectic palette. He was a natural educator who loved learning as much as teaching. This gift served him well during his ten-year career as an English teacher at Tabor Academy where he was also the faculty advisor to the school’s newspaper and yearbook. He immersed himself in the community of Marion, building life-long friendships and actively engaging in civil discourse. The pace in Marion was slower, which enabled him to spend time on the things he truly valued: his art, the land, the community, his family, and his many friendships. He loved the sky, the wind, the water, painting, dreaming, writing, and talking. He loved gardening, travel, Ireland, music, fine wine, the Snow White, his Nikon, the Redskins, the Celtics, the Patriots and the Red Sox. Bruce loved playing tennis, swimming in salt water, and sharing his musings, preferably while sailing. This was a man who loved being alive. An ideal summer Sunday for Bruce began with a morning of men’s doubles at the Sippican Tennis Club followed by a sail to Bird Island and a picnic with his family. Once the Gnome was back on her mooring in the harbor, he would swim to Meadow or Ram Island and back to the beach on Cedar Point. The day would not be complete without a family dinner of fresh cherry stones, corn on the cob, a salad, and a cheeseburger or steak, followed by a raucous game of charades. He was a poet, an artist, and a composer -- a Renaissance Man who loved to share what he created. He was a tinkerer, and the counter in his pantry was filled with gifts of his making: a dream catcher, a copy of his latest cd, a piece of weathered driftwood fashioned into an award for finding the most beautiful shell. He lovingly created each gift because, for Bruce, the act of giving was the true purpose of living. Mr. West is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joyce Corbett West, his sister, Margaret Braitmayer Root, and his brother, David Wallace West. He leaves behind his daughter, Margaret Wendy West and her wife, Rebecca Leeman, of Portland, ME, and his sons, Charles Krug West and his wife, Liz, of Rochester, MA; Jonathan Braitmayer West and his wife, Cassy, of Mattapoisett, MA; Mark Corbett West and his wife, Cyndy, of Nottingham, NH; and George Bruce West III and his wife, Jeanie, of Peterborough, NH. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Ian Derrick West, Taylor Graham West, Robert Braitmayer West, Reilly Evans West, Madeleine Jarvis West, Connor Martin West, and Georgia Catherine West. The West family invite you to join in a celebration of Bruce’s life on Saturday September 12th at 1:00 at St. Gabriel’s Church, 124 Front Street, Marion, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers please feel free to make donations to The Buzzards Bay Coalition, 114 Front Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts, 02740 or to The Marion Art Center, P.O. Box 602, Marion, Massachusetts, 02738. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Nicholas Carr Bergstein
Aug 18, 2015

Nicholas Carr Bergstein, aged 20, died unexpectedly of a sudden illness on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. He leaves behind his parents Vickie Carr and Paul Bergstein of Mattapoisett. Nick graduated in June of 2014 from Old Rochester Regional High School. He planned to become a high school history teacher and had just finished his freshman year at UMass-Amherst with honors. He was a member of the Debate Team for all four years of high school. He was also vice-president of his freshman class, and remained in student government throughout high school. He received the Principals Choice award in his freshman year for the student who showed the most promise. Nick was also a member of the Southeast Regional Student Advisory Council (SERSAC) which provided direct involvement in statewide decision-making in education. He was a member of the Mock-Trial Club. He also volunteered at the food pantry, tutored elementary school students in Marion, and volunteered to do child care at the Unitarian Universalist church. During the summer, he worked for his Uncle Robert Bruno as a parking attendant at Live Nation Events, where he was supervisor of Handicapped Parking. Nicholas was beloved by many, including his grandmother, aunts, uncles and most of all his parents. From the day he was born at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, three months early and weighing only 14 1/2 ounces, his parents thought they were given a miracle - in that he not only survived, but that he thrived in this life. Nicholas enjoyed wildlife of any kind. He loved writing and frequently wrote poems and stories. He loved spending time with his family, as well as many friends. When Nick was preparing his college applications, he was asked to list his three best traits and to describe himself in five words. Nick chose his “curiosity, intelligence, and integrity” as his best traits and chose “engaged, self-motivated, creative, dependable, and cooperative” to describe himself. He was all of those things, and so much more. His Memorial Service will be held on Monday at 11 AM in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 102 Green St., Fairhaven. Burial will follow in Cushing Cemetery, Mattapoisett. Visiting hours will be on Sunday from 4-8 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a memorial scholarship being established in Nicholas's name at UMass-Amherst. Gifts should be sent to: UMass-Amherst, Records & Gift Processing, Memorial Hall, 134 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003-9270. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Roderick C. McIntire
Aug 17, 2015

Roderick C. McIntire, 70, of Mattapoisett died August 17, 2015 at home after a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Vicki (Blanchard) McIntire. Born in Binghamton, NY, the son of the late Charles and Lillian V. (Sullivan) McIntire, he lived in Mattapoisett since 1954. He attended Fairhaven High School and graduated from Berwick Academy in South Berwick, ME. A U.S. Air Force veteran from 1963 – 1968 he was assigned to the 1100th Air Police Sqn., Head Quarters Command in Washington, DC, where he served in the Presidential Honor Guard and on the Air Force Drill Team. Mr. McIntire worked in many capacities at Mahoney Lumber for the past 30 years. He truly loved his family, friends, customers and dogs. Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer A. Hartman of Alexandria, VA; a brother, David McIntire, Sr. of Mattapoisett; 2 nephews, David McIntire, Jr. and Andrew McIntire, both of Mattapoisett; 2 nieces, Sara Appleton of Mattapoisett and Ellen Newton of Roslindale. His private Funeral Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit - See more at:

Natalie Cerveny Atwood
Aug 14, 2015

Natalie Cerveny Atwood, 90, of Marion, passed away on August 13. Natalie was born on July 14, 1925 in Westfield, Massachusetts and was a longtime resident of Marion. Natalie was a graduate of Westfield High School, Westfield Commercial School, and American Institute of Banking. She was actively involved in her community as the former President of Tobey Hospital Guild and a dedicated hospital volunteer. In addition, she chaired the Tihonet Neighborhood Girl Scouts, served on The Kittansett Club Board of Governors, was Chairman of Ladies Golf, and was most recently on the House Committee. She also served on the Board of Marion Visiting Nurses, and was a member of the Sippican Women’s Club. Natalie enjoyed golf, cooking, baking, and singing, namely in the Wareham Congregational Choir, St. Gabriel’s Choir, and Sippican Choir Society. She was an avid painter and was active at the Marion Art Center. Her family and friends enjoyed the numerous meals and desserts that she selflessly made for them, and she was known for bringing her baked goods to community meetings, doctors’ appointments, and to anyone who enjoyed sweets. Natalie was charismatic; a beacon of light. Her generosity, kind spirit, and warm and charming nature was felt by everyone who knew her. She was surrounded by love and gave it back ten fold. Her parents were Paulina Tolpa and Edward Cerveny. She is pre-deceased by her husband William Makepeace Atwood. She is survived by her two sisters Elaine Kelley and Janet O’Brien of Westfield, and her brother Edward Cerveny of Key Largo, Florida. She has a daughter Susan Atwood Gilmore and late husband Benjamin Gilmore of Rochester; two sons William Fearing Makepeace Atwood of Wareham, and Paul Edward Atwood and Lois Machado of Mattapoisett, as well as daughter-in-laws Carole Atwood and Cynthia Atwood. She has six grandchildren who loved her dearly, Alison Gilmore Carr, and husband John N. Carr, Abigail Gilmore Anderson, and husband Brian G. Anderson, William Coffey Atwood, Myles Edward Atwood, Keith Paul Atwood and Jillian Jean Atwood. She adored her four great grandchildren who loved spending time with her, Charlotte Atwood Carr, Lillian Nordstrom Carr, Henry Makepeace Anderson, and Susanna Cerveny Carr, and she had many nieces and nephews. A memorial service remembrance will be held on Saturday, August 22 at 11:00 a.m. at Wickenden Chapel, Tabor Academy, Spring St., Marion, MA. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the William Makepeace Atwood Scholarship Fund, c/o Rockland Trust, 2036 Washington Street, Hanover, MA 02339.

Michael Allen Sylvia
Aug 13, 2015

Michael Allen Sylvia, 53, of Rochester, MA passed away Thursday, August 13 at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He was the son of Carl L. and Mary-Alice (Chase) Sylvia of Marion. He was the grandson of the late Clifton and Alice Chase of Rochester. Michael was a graduate of Tabor Academy in Marion and attended Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI with a major in historic preservation. He had a life-long love of history, genealogy and antiques with a specialty in antique textiles. His family includes his parents, his aunt Karen Chase of Rochester, devoted cousins and his many friends and colleagues in the antiques field. We cannot forget to mention his ever faithful feline companion, Antonio. Funeral services will be held and announced at a later date.

Dr. Vernon L. Ingraham
Aug 12, 2015

Dr. Vernon L. Ingraham, age 90, of Wareham, passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2015 surrounded by his family. Born in Milford, NH, a son of the late Clayton R. and Eva L. (Mason) Ingraham, he had lived in Vermont and Marion before moving to Wareham in 1998. Dr. Ingraham served in the United States Army during World War II and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal. He later graduated with his BA in English in 1949 from the University of New Hampshire. In 1951, he graduated with his MA in English from Amherst College and in 1965 he received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ingraham was a professor of Upper English Courses at UMass-Dartmouth for 21 years during which time he also served for several years as Chairman of the Department. After his retirement in 1986, he continued to teach part time. He also taught at Gettysburg College, Haverford College, the University of Delaware and Plymouth State College. Dr. Ingraham was very involved in various organizations including, in Marion, the Board of Trustees of the Elizabeth Taber Library, a member of the Elderly Housing Committee and the Marion Horse Show Committee; in Rochester, a member of the Conservation Committee; in Wareham, the Veteran's Council, Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity, and the Community Resources Network. He was a very active communicant of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Marion where he was a member of the Vestry and Missions Committee. Dr. Ingraham was active with the Alumni Association of the University of New Hampshire, Amherst College and the University of Pennsylvania. He was a member of the 361st Infantry Regiment Association and the Bethel, ME Historical Society. He is survived by two sons, Christopher L. Ingraham of Onset and David A. Ingraham and his wife Nanette M. of W. Barnstable; three grandchildren Kyle L., Nicole A. and Liam A. Ingraham; great-granddaughter Layla E. Doonan; and his cousin Hope (Mason) Hood of Seekonk and her children. He was also the father of the late Jason A. Ingraham and brother of the late Clayton R. Ingraham. His visiting hours will be held on Friday, August 21, 2015 from 5 to 8 pm in the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Fairlawn, 180 Washington Street, Fairhaven with a Memorial Service on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 10:00 am in St. Gabriel's Church, 124 Front St., Marion. Burial with Military Honors will take place at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Jason Alexander Ingraham Fund, c/o Asst. Superintendent for Financial Planning, ORR District, 135 Marion Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Visit for tributes or directions.

Gladys K. (Kinsman) Ward
Aug 11, 2015

Gladys K. (Kinsman) Ward, 103, of Marion died August 11, 2015 at Sippican Health Care Center. She was the wife of the late Melvin T. Ward. Born in Natick, the daughter of the late Ethan and Olive (Morey) Kinsman, she lived in Stoughton and Natick for many years, later lived in Florida before moving to Mattapoisett in 1995.Survivors include 3 daughters, Phyllis K. Howes of Mattapoisett, Ethel M. Caraviello of Ogunquit, ME and Faith N. LaPorte of Henderson, NV; 7 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. Private arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to a local hospice of one’s choice. For online guestbook, please visit

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