The world became a quieter and less joy-filled place when Rev. Jean Niven Lenk, [age 66], of Sagamore Beach, MA, (prior of Ipswich, Foxboro and Plymouth, MA) went home to God surrounded by her family on Saturday, February 27th, 2021.
She was the wife of Peter E. Lenk, whom she had first met in nursery school at age 3 and with whom she re-connected at the 30th Reunion of the Wellesley High School Class of 1972.
Rev. Lenk fought a courageous battle against Leiomyosarcoma, and when first diagnosed had been told by doctors that she had less than two years to live. She delighted in proving them wrong by living another 8 years.
A native of Wellesley (MA), Rev. Lenk was the mother of two children who were the “light and joy” of her life: Elizabeth Sangster of Sagamore Beach, and Ian Sangster of Quincy. She had two beloved stepchildren, Timothy Lenk of Milford and Beryl Lenk Wagner (Rob) of Steamboat Springs, CO, and a sweet grandbaby, Booker Timothy Wagner, on the way. She leaves two brothers, David C. Niven of VA and Andrew L. Niven of NV, her mother-in-law Constance R. Lenk of Mashpee, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was the daughter of the late David W. Niven and the late Olive C. Niven. She was predeceased by two husbands: Darcy W. Lever, Jr. who died in 1982, and Arthur John Sangster who died in 1997.
Rev. Lenk received her Bachelor of Arts in English Honors (now Commonwealth Scholars) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she was a proud member of the UMass Marching Band. She completed both high school and college a year early, graduating Magna Cum Laude just after turning 20. She then embarked on a corporate career, eventually becoming Vice President of Human Resources in the financial services field. Along the way, she earned a Master of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from Lesley University in Cambridge.
After almost 20 years in business, she felt unfulfilled by “helping people with money make more money” and, hearing God’s call to ministry, left her corporate career to enter seminary. She graduated first in her class from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre (MA) with a Master of Divinity in 1999, being honored with the Russell Chase Tuck Biblical Studies Award and membership in the Jonathan Edwards Honor Society. She was ordained into Christian ministry on May 23, 1999, at the United Church of Christ of Medfield (MA).
Rev. Lenk’s first call was as Associate Pastor at The Congregational Church of Topsfield (MA), United Church of Christ, where she served for six years. She was then called as Senior Pastor to the First Congregational Church of Stoughton (MA), United Church of Christ, where she served for eight years. In her years as a Pastor, she was recognized for her upbeat, optimistic and compassionate demeanor, her high energy and creativity, and her joy-filled sense of humor which she punctuated with an infectious laugh. She served the UCC in various local, regional, and national settings, and the Mass. (now Southern New England) Conference of the United Church of Christ recognized her leadership, service, and pastoral achievements with the Haystack Award for Discipleship in 2012.
Rev. Lenk received “out of the blue” a diagnosis of Stage IV cancer on Good Friday, 2013. She courageously led the Stoughton congregation in Easter celebrations two days later, then immediately went on a Leave of Absence to focus all her energy on her health. She began a CaringBridge blog of her first year as a cancer patient to keep friends and loved ones informed, which she later published as a book entitled Fertilizer Happens: A Pastor’s Faith, Calling and Journey with Cancer. Over the years, she underwent multiple different chemo protocols and endured six major surgeries as doctors tried to stem the spread of cancer.
When her health allowed, she was an active lay member of The Church of the Pilgrimage in Plymouth, using her knowledge and experience to start a Prayer Shawl Ministry, lead Bible studies, and serve on various ministry teams. In her spare time, she loved crocheting prayer shawls, baptismal shawls, and baby blankets. With her husband she enjoyed camping and serving as a long-time member of the Waltham Stamp Club, receiving accolades for her extensive collection of stamps depicting figures and scenes from the Old and New Testaments.
When the chemo and surgical options had run their course and the pain had taken its toll, it was time for the angels to escort her to Everlasting Life, where God, Jesus, her loved ones, and many dogs and cats were waiting to welcome her home.
Services will be held via Zoom on Saturday March 13th at 11:00 a.m. Details will be posted on the morning of the 13th, and will also be sent out via Jean’s Faith Communities. If you require more information, call the Church of the Pilgrimage, 508-746-3026.
Contributions in Jean’s memory can be made to either the First Congregational Church of Stoughton, 76 Pierce Street, Stoughton, MA 02072 or The Church of the Pilgrimage, 8 Town Square, Plymouth, MA 02360.

Kathy Cartmell-Sirrico

Funeral Director

Kathy has been a lifelong resident of Plymouth and grew up in the funeral business. After graduating from Plymouth Carver High in 1974, she earned her Funeral Director’s license at the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. After her father’s retirement in 1985, Kathy took over his business. She was selected by the Governor of Massachusetts to serve on the State Division of Professional Licensure under the board of Funeral Directing and Embalming for several years which included a position as Chairman. Kathy also served on CURA Visiting Nurses, Cranberry Hospice, and Plymouth Public Library as a board member. Kathy also served on committees for St. Mary Parish in Plymouth. She was the first woman President for the Plymouth Kiwanis. In addition, she also was deployed to St. Charles Parish and New Orleans as a Mortuary Officer for DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) following the events of Hurricane Katrina. Kathy is the proud mother of twins and grandmother of two. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, family and her dog Morticia.

Paul Santos

Funeral Director

Paul has been a Plymouth native his entire life. He graduated from Plymouth-Carver Regional High School Class of 1971. He attended Massasoit Community College and received a degree in Business Administration. Paul had an interest in the Funeral Industry and decided to attend the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. He received his funeral directing license in 1975. Paul apprenticed with a local funeral home from 1974-1976. His career took another turn where he became a Sergeant for the Massachusetts Department of Correction. Paul has been retired for the past few years and has rejoined the funeral industry here at Cartmell-Davis. He is a Communicant of St Joseph Church in Kingston as well as a Eucharist Minster. Paul served on the Plymouth Board of Health for eight years where he also served as Chairman for two of those years. Paul is active in the community and is a member of the American Legion Post 40 SAL Squadron, Past Vice President for the Unity Club and is also a member of the Seaside Club, the Hill Top Club, the Columbo Club, the Young America Club. Paul is also a 3rd Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Council #4480 in Kingston, MA.

Seth Silveira

Funeral Director

Seth has been working with Cartmell-Davis since 2018 and is a recent graduate of Cape Cod Community College, earning his degree in Mortuary Science. A strong sense of service to the elderly and disabled person, he has advocated for their independent living and safe homes prior to joining the funeral home. Seth is a graduate of UMass Dartmouth, Charlton School of Business. In his spare time, Seth enjoys golf, playing the guitar and volunteering as a youth baseball umpire.

Heidie L. Grant

Funeral Director, Licensed Insurance Agent, Certified Funeral Celebrant

Heidie (Lawrence) Grant has worked in the funeral service business for over twenty-five years. She enjoys working with a dedicated, caring and generous staff of people who believe that assisting families during their difficult time is top priority. She believes in meeting and exceeding all expectations throughout the entire funeral planning process and doing whatever possible to make it easier for the family.

Mary Aveni

Funeral Director, Certified Funeral Celebrant

Mary is happy to be back home in Plymouth after living and working on the North Shore of Boston in a well-known funeral home for the past 30 years. Mary attended Plymouth-Carver High School Class of 1980. Following graduation, she attended the New England Institute for Applied Arts and Sciences where she earned her degree in Funeral Service. She joined the Cartmell-Davis team in 2017 and has reacquainted with the community, family and friends. Mary knew her pathway at a young age. Her desire to help people with compassion, comfort and respect has guided her love for funeral service. Mary was asked by NFDA (National Funeral Directors Association) to offer her assistance immediately following the events of September 11th, 2001. Mary worked diligently with DNA Specialists and Families helping them through a horrific time in our nation’s history. Mary is one of four siblings and has 2 nephews. Mary is a proud member of the Plymouth Arts Center. On time off, Mary relaxes by the sand or surf but is always up for listening to music, taking in an art show or seeing a play and spending time with friends and family.

Daniel R. Holland

Care Center Manager, Funeral Director

Dan is a proud graduate of Plymouth North High School Class of 2000. His desire to work with families and the community lead him to attend the Funeral Institute of the Northeast upon his graduation. As a former Mortuary Officer with DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team), he has helped families find closure in the worst times such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the Continental Flight 3407 disaster in Buffalo, NY. Dan has been recognized as the top “40 under 40” by the Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine (2017). Always willing to learn, Dan is busy attending classes and seminars to better serve the funeral profession and families. Actively involved in the Lions Club (Past President), you can find him out with his dog Harper, or working on his home with his husband Chris.

Kenneth Dooley

Chief Financial Officer

Kenneth began his career in International Banking in New York City. After 25 years, he decided to start a new career as a business owner in Key West. After 20 years in the event business Kenneth and his husband Peter decided to sell their business. As a recent transplant to Plymouth, Kenneth has joined us in his new position as CFO. Kenneth brings to the table 40 years of accounting and business expertise to our family business focusing on the day to day financial operations.

Jeffrey D. LaForest

Funeral Assistant, After Care Coordinator, Vice President / Owner

Jeff has been part of the Cartmell-Davis family his entire life as cousin to Kathy Cartmell Sirrico. Experienced as a funeral apprentice, he lends a hand, offers an ear to listen and guides survivors to celebrating a life in his work as After Care Coordinator. Jeff believes that “each family grieves differently; no family grieves the same”. Jeff is a former Flight Attendant/Recruiter who retired after a 30 year career with American Airlines. Pairing his knowledge of both the funeral and airline industry, he compassionately cared for the crew members families that lost a loved one following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. In addition, Jeff is a former Mortuary Officer of DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) and was deployed to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina where he assisted in recovery efforts. He is a cantor/soloist for St. Bonaventure Parish in Plymouth. Jeff is a proud Uncle to several nieces and nephews, loves spending time with family, friends and his husband John and their two dogs Shelby and M’Lynn.

John J. Vincent, Jr.

Funeral Director and Insurance Agent, President / Owner

A lifelong Plymouth native, John is actively involved in the community with leadership roles with the Lions Club, St. Joseph’s Council #4480, Knights of Columbus, Old Colony Club, Young America Club and the Portuguese Continental Union Lodge #1 Plymouth. Equally, he is dedicated to serving his funeral profession as a member of the Board of Directors for the MA Funeral Directors Association and as a Mortuary Officer with DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) for FEMA. If asked, John would say the most rewarding part of his work is serving families during the most difficult times by listening and helping them through the healing process. He loves being part of a team that shares his compassionate manner and celebratory service. During time off, John loves living in the Pinehills Community with his husband, Jeff, and their two dogs, Shelby and M’Lynn, traveling, the sunshine and spending time with friends.