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Vincent Papa
Vincent Papa of Southold passed away Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. He was 82 years old.

Vincent was born on July 6, 1939, in New York, NY, to Ada (Cannarsa) and Gaetano Papa. He was one of nine children. After high school, Vincent joined the United States Army and served from 1959 to 1961, attaining the rank of specialist fourth class. 
 
On Feb. 8, 1964, Vincent married the love of his life, Maureen V. Halstead, and together they had two children.

He was a member of Laurel Links Country Club in Laurel, NY, and Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club in Jupiter, FL. Vincent worked for AAA Auto Club of New York for 50 years, retiring as chief financial officer. He started from the mailroom and worked his way to the boardroom.

Predeceased by his parents, Ada and Gaetano, and siblings Eugene, Rosaria, Thomas, Ada and Joanne, Vincent is survived by his wife, Maureen; children, Vincent E. Papa (Nicole) of Patchogue, NY, and Annemarie Bassett (Todd) of Williamsburg, PA.; grandchildren, Jillian Bassett, Jocelyn Bassett, Allison Papa and Melanie Papa; and siblings Paul, Victor and Linda.

The family received visitors August 29th at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck. The Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated August 30th at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church in Mattituck.

The Rite of Committal was private.
 
Elizabeth "Betsy" Mosser
Her family’s beloved and mighty “chief,” Elizabeth “Betsy” Farber Mosser passed away peacefully in her sleep, August 17, 2021, surrounded by the laughs, joy, and love of her family after a four-year battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Patient, joy-filled, sometimes-exasperated, and always loving wife of 52 years to her partner and husband, Jan. Warm, patient, gently nudging, always present, unconditionally loving, and generous mama to her four kids, Joanna, J.P. (Stephanie), Michael (Corrinne), and Jeff (Corinne). Warm, indulgent, joy-filled, and always-championing Grandma, Nana, and “Pouncey” to her special little grand-loves, Hailey, Jacob, Noah, Alison, Emily, Molly, and one on the way. Big sister to Susan (Raymond), Polly (William), and Sally (Michael). Kind, generous, warm, and selfless friend and tennis partner to so many.

Betsy was born, in New York City, to Paul and Betty Farber and grew up in the idyllic little suburb of Haworth, NJ. She ventured off to college at small-town Wilson College (PA), then big-city Ohio State University, where she and Jan, both age 19, met, by tremendous luck, in an introductory anthropology class. Their partnership carried them to Portland, OR, where they built a thriving business and a life full of adventures, games, meets, lessons, matches, activities, laughs, stories, and the beautiful ups and downs of an extraordinarily blessed family life.

She listened carefully, loved fully, told meandering stories, lived with unending curiosity and boundless energy, remembered every little detail, was the sideline’s loudest cheerleader, learned strangers’ life stories in minutes, and made our little part of the world an absolute joy.

How lucky we were to know and feel her love. And how lucky we were, and are, to love her.

An open house full of stories, laughs, and the people who knew and loved her will be held, when the time is right. In lieu of flowers, donations of time, energy, and money to the charity of your choice, especially those devoted to giving kids the lives of love, adventure, and possibility they deserve, are encouraged.
 

James F. Higgins

HIGGINS, James F. Sr. Of Jupiter, FL passed away peacefully on August 16, 2021 in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. He was 84 years of age. Jim's family was the joy of his life. He was the loving husband for over 58 years of Catherine (Crotty) Higgins and devoted father of James F. Higgins, Jr. and his wife, Kathleen Zortman of Summit, NJ and Chatham, MA, and Paul J. Higgins and his wife, Rachel Higgins, of Westwood, MA. He loved spending time with his 3 fantastic grandchildren; Kathleen Higgins, Elizabeth Higgins, and John Higgins.

He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. Jim was born in Somerville, one of 7 children born to Joseph and Alice Higgins and the family later moved to Newton. He graduated from St. Sebastian's School in 1954 and received a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College in 1958. He proudly served his country as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He would go on to earn his Pipefitters license and was a member of the Pipefitters Local 537. Following Boston College, Jim joined his father and his brothers at J.C. Higgins Company, a mechanical contracting firm founded by his father. He was involved in the construction of many landmark buildings in the greater Boston area including many hospitals and university buildings. He enjoyed working with his brothers at this multi-generational business for many years and retired in 1995, a few years after the company was sold. Jim summered in Scituate, MA for the majority of his life in the Minot Beach area. Jim and Cathy raised their sons in Milton and Scituate, and spent their retirement in Jupiter, FL and Scituate. A devoted golfer, Jim was a member of Hatherly Country Club, The Milton-Hoosic Club, Wollaston Golf Club, and Jonathan's Landing Golf Club in Jupiter, FL. Amongst his many hole-in-one accomplishments was acing the 5th hole at the Milton-Hoosic Club twice in the same month.

Jim was a generous man who gave regularly to numerous charities, especially those related to his Catholic faith. He and Cathy were very proud to be benefactors in the construction of Conte Forum at Boston College. Jim is also survived by three of his siblings; his sisters, Eleanor Rodgers of Portland, ME, and Evelyn Beveridge of Scituate, MA, and his brother, Jack Higgins of Jamaica Plain, MA. Jim was predeceased by his sisters Mary Nash, Alice Slattery, and his brother Joseph Higgins, Jr. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Anthony Parish, 10 Summer Street, Cohasset, Thursday, August 26 at 10:30 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please honor Jim by donating to Boston College in his memory. To send the Higgins family a condolence message, please visit www.dolanfuneral.com
 
Joan M. Mattison
Joan Mattison was born on October 15, 1947 to her beloved parents Joan and Jack Lysaght.  She is the first of seven children, followed by Jackie (†), Susan, Tom, Carole, John (†) and Judy.  Her family lived in Flatbush Brooklyn and Joan enjoyed a blessed childhood. She attended Fordham University, graduating in 1969.  On June 6, 1970, after seven years of dating, she married William C. Mattison Jr. (Bill, or to her, Billy).  Joan and Bill moved to Plandome, NY in 1975 where they raised a family.  They have two sons, Bill and Scott, and they raised them in the same nurturing environment Joan enjoyed.  That hospitality extended to their broader families, and all who entered their lives.   During this time, Joan was elected a Dame of Malta (1993), and they made two pilgrimages to Lourdes. Joan was also named a Lady Grand Cross of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher (2006). 
 
Upon Bill’s retirement they moved to Jupiter, FL where they became heavily engaged with the community, especially at Jonathan’s Landing.  Joan is well known in various local bridge clubs. They had been particularly active in the boating community, and made trips on their various boats to both coasts, the Great Lakes, the Caribbean, and even Alaska and the Panama Canal. But they most loved hosting their four grandchildren, Scott’s girls Chloe and Lily, and Bill’s boys Billy and Jack. 

Joan passed into eternal life peacefully on August 9, 2021 at her home surrounded by family. Her Wake will be held at Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home (250 Center Street in Jupiter) on Sunday, August 15th from 2:00pm - 4:00pm and 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Jude Catholic Church (204 US N Hwy One in Tequesta) at 9:30am on Monday, August 16th. After the family returns from Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetary, a Celebration of Life Luncheon will be held at 1:00pm at Jonathan's Landing Golf Club. All are invited to celebrate Joan's life.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation in Joan's memory.
 
Patricia "Patsy" Pratt
Patricia Ann "Patsy" (Whalen) Pratt of Wellesley, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend died peacefully on August 4th 2021. Patsy was born on April 13, 1930 in Boston, MA. She was predeceased by her husband Waldo E. Pratt, III as well as her brothers Jack, Charlie and sister Mary. She is survived by her sister Rita Whalen McCaffrey of VT; her children Kathleen Weld (Kit), W. Elliott Pratt, IV (Tricia), Nancy Hurley, John Whalen Pratt (Juliet), and sister-in-law Burkey Pratt as well as numerous nieces and nephews. "Mimi" will be particularly missed by her 13 WONDERFUL grandchildren and 2 great-granddaughters. Patsy was the daughter of Loretto B. and John P. Whalen and was raised in Lexington, MA. She graduated from Lexington HS with the class of 1947 and went on to Immaculata Junior College in Washington DC, and then graduated from Marymount College in 1951. She went on to become a kindergarten teacher before marrying Wally and raising their family. Patsy was always active in her community, especially with the Wellesley Service league, the Wellesley Garden Club, as a volunteer at the Newton Wellesley Hospital, and as an active parishioner at St. John's Parish. She was a longtime member of the Wellesley Country Club and the Jonathans Landing golf club in Jupiter, FL, where she pursued her love of golf and sunshine. Visiting hours at the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 477 Washington St., (Rt.16) Wellesley on Friday, August 20 from 4:00-8:00pm. A Funeral Mass will be held in St. Johns Church, Wellesley Hills on Saturday August 21 at 10:00am. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Interment immediately follows at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to: Newton Wellesley Hospital Fund. View the online obituary and guestbook here.