Carolyn (Swan) Purtell, 82

Oct 16, 2020

Carolyn (Swan) Purtell, 82, of Dartmouth, passed away Sunday, October 11, 2020 in St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford.

She was the loving wife of Joseph W. Purtell, to whom she had been married for 57 years.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, Joseph S. Purtell and his wife Gwen of Beverly, Regina Purtell of Dartmouth and Gregory M. Purtell and his wife Krista of Danvers; five grandchildren Conor, Joey, Avery, Kiana, and Jenny Purtell, and many nieces and nephews.

Carolyn was the mother of the late Thomas A. Purtell, and sister of the late Genevieve Benvenuto.

Her visitation will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Dartmouth, 230 Russells Mills Road, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 2 p.m. in St. Julie Billiart Parish, 494 Slocum Road. Her burial will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her honor may be made to Mass Audubon’s Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary,v1280 Horseneck Rd, Westport, MA 02790 or

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