Sunday, April 29, 2018

Kristine (Briggs) Coose

Kristine (Briggs) Coose
March 30, 1964 - April 25, 2018

Kristine (Briggs) Coose 54 years old of Hanson passed away surrounded by her family on April 25, 2018, after a long battle with breast cancer. 

Kristine was born on March 30, 1964 in Hanover, MA. She graduated from Hanover High School in 1982. She was the beloved daughter of Frederick and Gail Briggs of Pembroke formerly of Hanover. 

Kristine was the loving wife of Robert Coose, devoted mother of Michael and Jillian, dear sister of Frederick "Rick" Briggs, Jr., and his partner Ruth Glyn of Norton, adored aunt of Lindsay and Julia Briggs.

Kristine was the owner of Simply Country Store. She also organized vendor and craft fairs. 

Kristine was an accomplished equestrian rider who grew up riding and working at Briggs Stables. She won hundreds of 1st place ribbons and trophy’s over the years. She also worked as a riding instructor at Briggs Stables. Kristine and her horse Missy went on to join Carl Catani’s River Wind Farm while adding to her ribbons and trophy’s total on the show circuit.

Kristine enjoyed working in the yard and she loved animals. She adopted her cat and dog from rescue shelters. She also enjoyed raising chickens which she referred to as “her girls”. 

Kristine enjoyed vacationing with her family on Disney Cruises during the spring and going to North Conway during the summer.

Visiting hours in the Sullivan Funeral Home, 2 Maquan St at the corner of Rte 14 & 58 in Hansonon Thursday from 4-8 PM. A funeral service will be celebrated on Friday at 10AM at the First Congregational Church of Hanover, 547 Hanover St, Rte 139 in Hanover. Burial will follow at Hanover Center Cemetery.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Audrey V. FitzSimmons


Audrey V. FitzSimmons

Dec 8, 1929 Apr 12, 2018


FRANKLIN – Audrey Vivian FitzSimmons passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 12, 2018, less than two years after the death of her loving husband Frederic. She was born on December 8, 1929 in Quincy, MA to Chester and Vivian Baker. 
She graduated from Oliver Ames High School. She was the beloved mother of nine children. Susan and Dan Burns of Enosburg, VT, Carol and Richard Fontinha of Mars Hill, Maine, Michael and Jane FitzsSimmons of Brockton, MA, Ann and Bill Tucker of Middleboro, MA, James FitzSimmons and friend Lisa Wong of West Bridgewater, MA, Joseph and Jennifer FitzSimmons of St Albans, VT, Julie and George Tavares of Leland, MA, Janet and Paul Wells of Castle Hayne, NC and Mary FitzSimmons and Rick Bence of Swansea, MA. She was a grandmother to 36 grandchildren and many more great and great, great grandchildren.  
She worked for many years as a Home Health Aide and as a nurses aide at Forest Manor Nursing Home in Middleboro, MA and at Brockton Hospital. She retired in 1991. Shortly after retirement, Audrey and Frederic sold the homestead in Brockton and bought land in Franklin, VT where they made a new home in what is lovingly referred to by all as “The Barn.” This was their forever home for the remainder of their days.  
She was actively involved in Franklin United Church and the women of the Franklin Historical Society. You could always find her helping out with the luncheons, the ice cream socials and preparing meals for families in the community. 
Audrey was always known as “Gramma” or “Mumma” to everyone. She was a remarkable, selfless woman who taught us all by example. She was hard working, compassionate, tireless, silly, sarcastic at times and above all, loving. An amazing woman, with a strong faith in God. She lived her life loving Him and pouring that love out to everyone she met. A trip to the grocery store was a chance to reunite with old friends and meet new ones. Her eyes would dance when she looked at you and she had a gift for drawing people into conversation and made everyone she met feel at ease. She was playful and would challenge anyone to arm wrestle any time, anywhere! 
She was kind to everyone. Any stranger would become a new friend to our Mom. Even if there was an unexpected guest at Christmas, she was sure to have a gift tucked away somewhere to give to them. 
She loved to go to yard sales and could find the beauty and joy in the littlest trinket. 
And of course Sunday dinners were the best! The “barn” would be crowded with family, love, laughter and always way too much food! Her roast beef was legendary. It was her greatest joy to be surrounded by family and friends. She never forgot a birthday and baked us endless cakes to celebrate. 
Our beautiful Mother, please know that you made us smile whenever you walked through the door. You always had a story to tell or a memory to brighten our day. Happiness is all you ever bestowed upon all those around you. Our hearts were always lifted whenever you were around. So beautiful a lady to walk this earth. Soar on eagles wings dear Mumma. 
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the East Franklin Union Church, 4610 Lake Road/Vermont Route 120, East Franklin with Rev. Dr. Jason McConnell officiating. Interment will follow in the East Franklin Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Friday, April 20, 2018 from 4-7 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. Condolences, photos and favorite memories may be shared through

Friday, June 9, 2017

Rose M. (English) Lovetere

Rose M. (English) Lovetere

Rose M. (English) Lovetere, 78, of Brockton since 1969, passed away June 7, 2017. She was employed in the local garment industry at Fashion Affiliates and Signature Apparel until retirement, and was devoted to all her cherished family members. Rose was the wife of the late Joseph Lovetere; beloved mother of Joseph Lovetere Jr. and his wife Carol, Christopher Lovetere and his wife Mary-ann, Sandie Lovetere, Michele Peluso and her husband Robert, and Gina Fisher and her husband Darren; grandmother of Amanda Lovetere, Ken Lovetere, Dan Lovetere, John Vilk, Tara Vilk Green, Emily Vilk, Alexander Lovetere, Zachary Lovetere, Rachell Scholl, Stacey Scholl Mavilia, Jonathan Peluso, Joseph Peluso, Heather Mendes McGraw, Nicole Mendes and Abel Mendes; and a great-grandmother of Victoria Nakhoul, Maximus Pittman, Jasmine Pitman, Jeffrey McGraw, William McGraw, Arianna McGraw, Damian Mendes, Matteo Lovetere and Quinn Lovetere; she was predeceased by her 4 siblings. Following cremation, all are welcome to her memorial Mass on Saturday, June 17 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Michael Church, 87 North Main St. Avon. Private committal. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. (

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Steve W. Rapoza

Steve W. Rapoza

Steve W. Rapoza, age 59, of Brockton,
died Wednesday July 20, 2016 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.
He was the loving husband of Susan L. (Harris) Rapoza.
Born in New Bedford,  Steve was the son of
Donald and Jean (Roderiques) Rapoza
of Dartmouth.  He was raised in both New Bedford and Brockton,
and was a graduate of Brockton High School. Steve was a loving
husband, father, son and brother.  He passionately loved his children
and took great pride in their accomplishments.
Today they are all committed to Jesus, following his
example of putting Christ first.  He was most proud of that.
Steve loved music of all kinds. Cars, clothes and fashion
were also at the top of his list. If he wasn’t shopping for himself,
he was shopping for someone else.  He was a kind, compassionate man
who was a loving, giving friend to many.
Most of all, Steve loved to sing, and was a talented vocalist.
He sang in bands from the time he was a young boy, but his greatest joy
came when he was able to sing in church for the Lord.
He was involved in Easter Musicals, Choir and Solo Ministry.
He always said singing for the Lord was the greatest blessing of all.
Nothing compared. Music was the language of Steve’s soul….
He strived for excellence in all that he did.
He always believed you should give God your best, and he did!
Steve is also survived by his children,
Nicole Jones of Bridgewater, Rayce, Bryce, Blake
and Layla Rapoza all of Brockton; two sisters 
Diane Rapoza of New Bedford and Wendy Rapoza of Jamaica Plain; 
nieces Jean Marie and Lisa Marie Guzman both of New Bedford, and great nieces and nephews Donald Guzman, Justin Neves, Naji Shabazz, Hayley Febus and Aliza Muniz all of New Bedford.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the Brockton Assembly of God Church, 199 Warren Avenue, Brockton, at 10:30am.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Death Changes Everything....

Samuel Philip Andrews


Samuel Philip Andrews

March 5, 2002 -
 May 11, 2016

Samuel P. Andrews, 14, of Hanson died on May 11, 2016.
 Sam was the loving son of Philip J. Andrews of Hanson, Melissa M. Andrews and her partner Jared Royse of Chelmsford. He also leaves behind his loving sister, Abigail Andrews of Hanson, and his younger siblings, Logan Gonyea, Ella and Jay Royse of Chelmsford.  In addition to his parents and siblings, he is survived by his grandmothers, Phyllis M. Andrews of Hanson, Sandra Andrade of  New Bedford and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was born March 5, 2002. Sammy was an 8th grader at Hanson Middle School.  He was a rambunctious boy that loved riding ATVs, dirt bikes and an occasional lawn mower.  He took many family trips to Vermont. Most recently he went on an RV trip across the Southwest states. As most kids his age, he liked playing video games, hanging out with his friends and country music. He was known to have an ungoverned sense of humor. He was happy and proud to be a trusted helper to his grandmother and especially being rewarded with a brownie (without nuts) or a very large bowl of ice cream. Sammys presence brought true joy to everyone who loved him, a sensitive soul who asked for so little but gave so very much.

Visiting hours will be held Sunday, May 15, from 2-6 p.m. in the Blanchard Funeral Chapel, Plymouth Street (Rte. 58 at the rotary), Whitman. His funeral service will be held Monday, May 16, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel.

Following the service, Sammy will be laid to rest beside his Grandpa at Fern Hill Cemetery in Hanson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sams honor to

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Frederic FitzSimmons


Frederic FitzSimmons

September 6, 1927 - May 2, 2016

FRANKLIN - Frederic J FitzSimmons of Franklin, Vermont passed away peacefully on
May 2, 2016 with his family at his side. 

He was born in Dorchester, MA on September 6, 1927. He was the son of Julia Coveney FitzSimmons and Edward Joseph FitzSimmons. He is predeceased by his sisters Marie McFadden, and Joan Stinson, his brothers Richard Seton FitzSimmons, Paul FitzSimmons, and
his granddaughter Julia Eldora FitzSimmons. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Audrey Vivian FitzSimmons of Franklin VT, his sister Celestine Gookin of Norton, Massachusetts and his nine children. Susan and Dan Burns of Enosburg, VT Carol and Richard Fontina of Mars Hill, Maine, Michael and Jane FitzSimmons of Brockton, MA, Ann and William Tucker of Middleboro, MA, James FitzSimmons and his partner Lisa Wong of West Bridgewater, MA, Joseph and Jennifer FitzSimmons of Swanton, VT, Julia FitzSimmons Chartier of Northampton, MA, Janet and Paul Wells of Enosburg, VT, and Mary FitzSimmons and her friend Rick Bence of Swansea, MA. He was also was the proud Grandpa of 37 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins that he has faithfully kept in touch with.

He entered the Marines at the age of 16 and served his country in World War Two in the occupation of Japan in Chi Chi Jima. He was in the 1st Battalion, 3rd Regiment of the USMC. He was honorably discharged on August 21, 1946.

Daddy married Audrey Baker on July 7, 1950 and they have enjoyed 65 years together. They spent their early years raising their family in Brockton, MA and retired to Franklin, VT in 1990.

He was a member of Local #276 Plumbers and Pipe Fitters of Brockton, MA where he was a Steamfitter for his working years. He was also a member of Local #51 of Providence RI. 

Daddy’s character can only be described as strong, brutally honest, lover of family and his country, polite at all times but, at the same time able to be forthright and stand up for any injustice.
He loved his country and proudly flew the US flag outside his home on the flag pole he
made himself out of polished steel.

Family always came first to Daddy. He and Mama hosted Sunday dinner for anyone who could come, through all the years of their married life. That’s a lot of roast beef dinners! It was always the safest and happiest gathering place for all of us.

Daddy was an avid reader, lover of the Boston Herald newspaper, politics, the New England Patriots and FOX news. He enjoyed gardening, and planting trees. The trees surrounding his Franklin home were planted as saplings in the early 1990’s and he had the privilege of seeing them mature to lofty heights. He was a staunch Republican and a member of the NRA and the Heritage Foundation. 

He and his wife enjoyed many trips with his fellow war Veterans travelling to Gettysburg, PA., and Washington DC, spending time together and honoring their fallen comrades.
This was very important to him. 

For the last weeks of his life as he adjusted to the reality of his diagnosis and the time he had left, he demonstrated tremendous humility, strength and grace. Letting his nine children and extended family care for him. He was never without a smile for each of us.
He continued to be his witty and playful self, surprising us with his keen sense of all that was going on.
So much so that we were able to laugh and cry with him.
We even enjoyed writing down all the funny things he said which we will fondly refer to as “Fredisms!”

Most importantly, we would like to share that after Daddy received a visit from a priest at UVM Medical Center, he was able to say that he was in a “state of grace with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and that it felt like Christmas”. He was at peace with God, his face visibly displaying serenity and happiness.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 11:00 AM the East Franklin Union Church, 4610 Lake Road/Vermont Route 120, East Franklin with Rev. Jason McConnell officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow in the East Franklin Cemetery.

Visiting hours will be held Friday from 5-8 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. 

For those who wish, contributions in Fred’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency – Hospice Program, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478.

God's Garden

God looked around his garden
And found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth,
And saw your tired face.

He put His arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful,
He always takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering,
He knew that you were in pain.
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.

He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb.
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered “Peace be thine.”

It broke our hearts to lose you
But you did not go alone…
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
 Author: unknown