Saturday, April 13, 2019

Ivone Rodrigues

Ivone Rodrigues (48) of Georgia died April 11th, 2019 in the Wellstar Cobb Hospital, Austell, Georgia. 

She was born in Sao Filipe, Fogo, Cabo Verde daughter of Olivio and Clarise G. (Goncalves) Rodrigues of Brockton. Ivone loved to cook and socialize with her family and friends. 

In addition to her parents she is survived by 3 sons, Charles DeBarros, Davonne DeBarros and Marcus DeBarros all of Georgia, 2 daughters, Kayla Cannata and Kiara Rodrigues both of Georgia, 7 brothers, Joao Rodrigues, Joao Andrade, Julio Rodrigues, Arlindo Rodrigues, Jose Antonio Rodrigues, Irlando Centeio and Andre Cardoso, 5 sisters, Ilione Rodrigues, Regina Rodrigues, Carla Rodrigues, Landa Cardoso and Maria Rosa Soares, 2 grandchildren, James Cannata and Mah'Lyse Cannata, many nieces and nephews. 

Services in the Home of Funerarias Multi Culturel 238 Court Street Brockton Wednesday April 17th at 9:30 am. Followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Edith Stein Church 71 E Main Street Brockton at 10: 30 am. Burial will follow in Melrose Cemetery. Visitation in the Funeral Home Tuesday April 16th from 6-9 pm.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Frederick C. "Sonny" Mercier, Jr.

In Loving Memory of
Frederick C. "Sonny" Mercier, Jr.

Frederick C. “Sonny” Mercier, Jr., age 88, of Brockton, died unexpectedly, February 11, 2019, at Good Samaritan Medical Center. Sonny was the loving husband for 58 years of Beverly (Bishop) Mercier. Born, raised and educated in Brockton, he was the son of the late Frederick C. and Helen R. (Frawley) Mercier. Sonny served in Austria with the Army during the Korean War and was a longtime member of the Whitman VFW and Easton American Legion. For 32 years, he worked in construction with his father at FC Mercier & Son and retired in 1995 after working with his sons for 16 years at Mercier Garage.

A cowboy at heart, he loved horses and old westerns. He also enjoyed summers in Mashpee, fishing, hunting, antique cars and his dogs, especially his latest companion Pippin. He was an avid storyteller, recounting his many colorful stories to whoever would listen. Spending time with his family was most important to him. He was especially proud of his five grandchildren, spoiling them every chance he got and watching them grow into accomplished young adults. He was loved and respected by many dear friends.

Sonny is survived by his children Fred C. Mercier, III and his wife Peg of East Bridgewater, John F. Mercier of Brockton, and Beth A. Boucher and her husband Bob of Brockton and grandchildren Kate and Ryan Mercier and Sarah, Kyle and Alaina Boucher. He was the brother of Beverly A. Bercovitz of Easton, Audrey Hood of East Bridgewater and the late Charlotte Vose; brother in law of Claire Cummings, Lois Bishop, James Bishop and his wife Colleen all of Brockton and the late Dennis Bishop and Lawrence Cummings. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting Hours will be held in the Conley Funeral Home, 138 Belmont Street (Rte 123) Brockton, Thursday 4-8pm. The funeral procession will gather at the funeral home Friday at 9:30am for a funeral Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes Church at 10:30am. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery. Donations in Sonny’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Operation Smile, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Joan E. (Foster) Chassey

Joan E. (Foster) Chassey, of Middleboro, formerly of Brockton, passed away on Monday, October 29, 2018 at the age of 82. The former wife of Phillip E.S. Chassey of Taunton. The loving Mother of Phillip E.F. 3rd Chassey of East Bridgewater, Craig Chassey of Brockton, Christopher Chassey of San Antonio, Texas, and the late Mark Chassey of Brockton. Grandmother of Katherine Chassey of San Antonio, Texas. Visiting hours will be held in the Sampson-Hickey-Grenier Funeral Home, 309 Main St., Brockton on Sunday, Nov. 4, 1 - 4 p.m . A graveside service will be held at Coweeset Cemetery, 875 Pearl St., Brockton, on Monday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend. For directions or to sign an online condolence visit
Published in The Enterprise on Nov. 2, 2018

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.