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HARTLAND – Bradley P. Hall, Sr., 83, went home to his Lord and Savior April 4, 2019 at a Laconia, NH hospital. He was born November 16, 1935 in Hartland, the youngest son of Frank and Pauline (Page) Hall. He was educated in local schools, and as a young man attended the Hartland Baptist and Methodist churches.
He was married to the late Edrie Jean Hubbard of Hartland in 1957 and had 2 sons. He was a member of the Hartland Rollerskating Club, and along with his friend, Aaron Shaffron, was Chairman and Director of the Hartland Youth Center. Upon the death of Edrie in 1963, he moved to Manchester, NH, where he later married Carol Ann Whitaker of Conway, NH. There he worked as head supervisor for the Security Heel Company for 31 years, moving to Lewiston in 1983 when the company relocated. While in Manchester, he was a beloved and devoted father to 7 children and step children, and was a member of several social clubs.
After moving back to Maine, he was a 4 year trustee of the Lisbon Left Hand Club. He retired from Security Heel in 1998 and worked for FISC Courier Service part time for 4 years, where he made many friends, from drivers to executives. The people, as well as the position, were sadly missed since his retirement in 2003. He had a lifelong love of fishing and hunting, and was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, an organization he very highly regarded.
In 2003 he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where he finally found his peace and real calling in life, and was ordained in the Aaronic Priesthood on March 27, 2011 and was working toward becoming a Melchizedek Priest.
He is survived by 3 children: Nancy Hall, Dan Hall, and James Vernard Hall; 6 siblings, Edward Hall, Betty Soucie, Orman Hall, Ken Hall, Alfreda Orosco, and Julie Gibney; 6 grandchildren, Corey Hall, Carrie Cornielsson, Serena Deabler, Eva May Hall, Eva Rose and James Hall, Jr.; 9 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins; as well as many other cherished relatives and friends; 2 sisters in law, Barbara Hall and Linda Losey; special friends, Jill and Diane, Bob and Cindy, Nancy and Carrie, and Dianne Goodwin. Last but not least, a special lifelong friend and companion, Alice (Lally) Caldwell, who looked after him in the last years of his life. He couldn’t have done it without her. His memory will live in our hearts forever.
He was predeceased by his wife Edrie; 5 sons, Kevin, Craig, Jon, Bradlee and Bradley P. Hall, Jr.; 2 brothers, Raymond and Frank Hall; grandparents, Eva and Vernard Stanhope; 2 ex-wives, Norma and Sandra; and his final wife Betty Lou (Emery) Hall, who was deeply and sadly missed until the time of his demise.
Friends called from 10 AM to noon Thursday, April 11th at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport, where funeral services were held at 1 PM. Spring graveside committal services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, May 11th, at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Hartland. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
NEWPORT & SENECA,  SC – Brent Rodney Brooks, 68, died April 5, 2019 at Greenville Memorial Hospital, Greenville, SC. He was born August 17, 1950 in Dexter a son of Herbert and Marilyn (Hutchins) Brooks.
After graduating from Dexter Regional High School, he served in Vietnam in the Marine Corps, and later, in the U.S. Army. Brent retired as manager of Brooks Tire and Auto in 2008. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dexter. He belonged to the Barrows-Skidgel American Legion in Newport, and the Shirley B. Carter Post Veterans of Foreign Wars, also of Newport, where he served as commander for 6 years. He was also a past commander of District # 5, V.F.W. for 2 years. He was a member of the Marine Corps League.
In addition to his father of Dexter, he is survived by his wife, Sherry (Ver Hey) Brooks of Seneca, SC;  a daughter, Brandee Brooks and husband Darin Beaulieu, and his daughters, Morgan, Crystal and Shania and husband of Dexter; a brother, Herbert “Butch” Brooks, Jr. and wife Brenda, and a sister, Shirley Patterson and husband David, all of Dexter;  2 grandchildren, Decklyn, Tawnee, and husband Israel Dorman; 3 great grandchildren, Charles, Nirvana and Xavier John Dorman; special brothers and sisters in law, and a special niece who was like a daughter, Dorothy Watson and significant other, Steve Tripoldi.
Services will be announced later in the spring by Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport.  Those who wish may leave written condolences at
PALMYRA – Donna Marie Haskell-Wing-Simmons, 57, passed away on March 17th after a long fight with cancer. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and aunt.
She was predeceased by her two brothers, Steve and Danny Haskell; and father Raymond Haskell, Jr.
She left behind her mother, Althea Levesque; brother, Jog and sister-in-law Karen; daughter, Mandy and son-in-law Josh; daughter, Michele and son-in-law Dale; son, E.J. and daughter-in-law Crystal; son, Shaun and daughter-in-law Sarena; life long friend and partner, Elwin Raymond; and lots of grandchildren, friends, and extended family, which she loved very much.
May she rest in peace, and hold a place for us in heaven. Lots of love from all of us, we love and miss you already.
ETNA – Marvin Edward Lane, Jr., 84, died peacefully on March 31, 2019 with his beloved wife Elizabeth Lane of 36 years by his side. Marvin was born in Baileyville on September 16, 1934, a son of Marvin Lane, Sr. and Edith (Shain) Day. After attending Woodland High School he ran his own concrete business in Connecticut. He enjoyed trips to San Diego and long afternoon drives. He loved to bowl, watch the Red Sox and spend time with his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Sharon Poliski and husband Peter of CT; step son Eric Newcomb and wife Bonnie; and step daughter Heather Newcomb, all of Etna; 4 grandchildren, Valerie Marie, Ethan, Audrey and Owen Newcomb; and a great granddaughter Alyssa.
Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 65 South Park Street, Bangor, ME 04401. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
BURNHAM – Paul J. Muehlfeld, 68, died peacefully on April 01, 2019, surrounded by his family in Pittsfield.
He was born on February 24, 1951, in Danbury, CT, a son of George and Pauline (Patron) Muehlfeld.
Paul graduated from Danbury High School and married Mary “Sissy” C. Klein. They recently celebrated 30 years of marriage. He was employed by Crown Cork in Thomaston, CT, for many years.  In Maine, he was employed by Guardian Building Products in Oakland and Feed Commodities in Detroit.
Paul was a kind soft spoken man who loved his family. He always liked to give them the morning weather report. He enjoyed grilling, especially for family gatherings, and playing a good game of horseshoes. He loved his cats, too numerous to name, they were just like family.
He is survived by his loving wife Mary “Sissy” Muehlfeld of Burnham; six children: Laura Muehlfeld of New Milford, CT, Christy Muehlfeld of Bethel, CT, Wayne Lydem, Jr. of Newport, Debra Brochu of Clinton, Steven Lydem of Garland and Jason Lydem of Waterville; eight grandchildren: Courtney, Tony Jr., Mikahla, Tyler, Chelsea, Alexa, Georgiana and Lilliana; one great grandchild, Tony III; brother, George Muehlfeld and wife Heidi of Danbury, CT; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents.
A gathering will be held this summer at the home of Paul and Mary.
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CORINNA – James F. Lemar, Jr., 87, went to be with the Lord March 29, 2019 surrounded by his family at his Corinna residence. He was born October 6, 1931 in Dover-Foxcroft, a son of James and Laura (Hunt) Lemar, Sr.
He retired from the Hartland Tannery.  Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and spending time with his family. In addition to his wife Laura (Ellis) Lemar of Corinna, he is survived by a son Steve and wife Jo, son Dennis and wife Paula, daughter Sandra Winslow, and son Mikeal; siblings Doris Coro and Katie Currie; 6 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister Alice Dunham.
A service of remembrance will be held 1 PM, Friday, April 5th, at the Pleasant Street Christian Church in Corinna with Pastor Michael Abbott officiating. Cremation arrangements are by Crosby & Neal Chapel, 68 Exeter Road, Corinna. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Pleasant Street Christian Church, 29 St. Albans Road, Corinna, ME 04928. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
BURNHAM – Ricky D. Shaw born September 5, 1978 in Waterville, ME to Michael and Jeri (Genereux) Shaw, passed away March 13, 2019 surrounded by loving family at his father’s and Beatrice’s house. He is survived by his parents; brother, Mathew Shaw; paternal grandparents, Raynor and Mavis Shaw; maternal grandparents, Joseph and Pauline Generuex; niece, Kelsey Shaw; nephew Kayleb Shaw.
A celebration of life and graveside services will be held on Saturday, April 13 at 1 PM at 140 Morgan Road in Burnham.
CORINNA — David M. Halpin, 64, died on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at his home in Corinna, with his loving wife, Patricia, and his family and friends surrounding his bedside.
David was born in Burlington, Massachusetts, on July 6, 1954, a son of the late John P. and Delina M. (Comeau) Halpin. He proudly served our country in the United States Army Reserves. He was an avid Patriots fan and absolutely loved to play a good game of golf.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Halpin of Corinna; three children: Rachel Parent and husband Gary of Florida, Krista Halpin of California and Daniel Halpin of Las Vegas; two stepchildren: Dorothy Eldridge and husband Jeremy of Newport and Philip Brewer of Sanford; many grandchildren; siblings: John Halpin and wife Carol of Florida, Vincent Ryan and wife Joann of California, Marilyn Cerra and husband Mark of Georgia, his twin Diane Joyce of Florida and Donna Coupe and husband Ric of Florida; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the Deeper Life Assembly, 97 Higgins Road, Pittsfield, Maine, with the Rev. Matt Bagley officiating. Military honors will be presented for his service to our country. A potluck gathering will follow in the fellowship hall.
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ZEPHYRHILLS, FL/NEWPORT, ME — Charlene F. Burbury, mother of Rev. Catherine E. Burbury, wife of 62 years to Colonel (Retired) John L. Burbury passed into eternal life in Christ on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, surrounded by her family after a debilitating stroke. Charlene was born on August 25, 1936 in Etna, ME to John E & Alyce Ludden Hurlburt. She was one of 7 children, graduated from Newport High School in 1956 and attended yearly high school reunions each July.
Lt. John L. Burbury moved his family from Maine to Massachusetts when he transferred from the Maine Army National Guard to the Massachusetts Army National Guard where there were more opportunities for advancement.
Charlene & John raised 4 children, John (Susan), Carolee (Brian), Catherine (Susan) and James (Maureen).
She was the proud grandmother of 8 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was a member of the Village Congregational Church, UCC, Whitinsville, MA, as well as, a proud attender of two (independent) Baptist churches and the Salvation Army in Tampa, Florida.
Charlene & John's children lived in Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Florida, but as campers, square dancers, church members & attenders, and TOPS members, they created family wherever they went.
Charlene & John had decided that last summer would be their last to travel north in the summer and return to Florida in the winter with their RV. Next summer, they planned to just visit Massachusetts and Maine from the middle of July to the middle of August. As of now, John is still planning to make this trip.
A service of celebration and memory was held at the Open Door Baptist Church, Temple Terrace, Florida on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Pastor Bill Grishaw and Rev. Cathy Burbury shared the worship service. Cards may be sent to Col. John L. Burbury, 3331 Gall Blvd, Zephyrhills, FL 33541 or Rev. Cathy Burbury, 509 16th Ave, Monroe, WI 53544.
DEXTER — Anita L. Jewett, 81, died March 25, 2019 at her residence. She was born October 5, 1937 in Ripley, a daughter of Alton and Gertrude (Downing) Gould. She was an avid reader and devoted member of the Maine Draft Horse and Ox Association. She had been a stitcher at Dexter Shoe Company for 43 years.
Anita is survived by a son and wife John R. Jewett, Jr. and wife Gail Jewett; a daughter, Diana and husband Raymond Clukey, all of Dexter; a sister, Marjorie Deering of Ripley; grandchildren Sarah and husband Mark, Scott and significant other Alice, Lucas and significant other Kate; great grandchildren Bryce, Blair, Harlie and Liam; a special cousin Debbie; several nieces and nephews; a sister in law, Emily Gould; and special friend Rita Perkins.
She was predeceased by her husband John, Sr., brothers Robert and Blaine Gould, and a great grandson, Griffin.
Graveside funeral and committal services will be held 2 PM Friday, May 10th, at Ferndale Cemetery, Ripley. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Dexter. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Maine Draft Horse and Ox Association, c/o Sandra Dickey, 301 Fahi Pond Road, North Anson, ME 04958.
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DEXTER — Teresa Renea Gillespie, 60, died March 22, 2019 at her residence. She was born May 14, 1958 in Dexter, a daughter of James and Maxine (Leavitt) Gillespie. She graduated from Dexter Regional High School, Class of 1976.
She is survived by her fiancé, Wayne Smith of Corinna; daughter Shannon Gillespie of Bangor; brother Wayne Gillespie and wife Cloris, and son James all of Rialto, CA; sister in law, Debra Gillespie and nephews, Derek and Christopher of Standish; special cousin Karen (Gray) Norsworthy of Corinth; and her best friend, Barbara Arno of Exeter.
There are no services at this time. Spring burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Dexter. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Dexter.  Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island; Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
ST. ALBANS — Mary Helen (Oak) Thorne, age 88, died on March 23, 2019, at home in St. Albans surrounded by family. She was born in Hammond, Indiana, May 18, 1930, the daughter of Philip Tracy Oak and Louise Mattern Oak.
She graduated from George Rogers Clark HS in Whiting, Indiana, in 1948 and from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1952, where she was a member of the Tri Delta sorority.
In September 1952, she began a one year internship from the University of Chicago at Billings Hospital. On February 1st 1953, she married Lt. Allan Thorne (USAF).
After she finished her internship in September 1953 as a registered dietitian, she flew to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage, Alaska, to join her husband. She worked at Providence Hospital in Anchorage as its dietitian.
The couple moved to Maine in 1954 to look after her father-in-law and the family farm. They raised 3 children. She went back to college to earn a teaching certificate in elementary education after the youngest was old enough to go to school. She taught 4th and 6th grade at St. Albans Elementary School (SAD #48) for twenty three years before retiring in 1990.
She was a member of Helpful Workers, Extension Service, Eastern Star Chapter #189 as well as a member of the Outlook Club for over 50 years, serving 4 years as secretary. Mary Helen also served as secretary and member of the Board of Trustees of the Sebasticook Valley Hospital for 8 years.
Her great loves were her family, teaching, painting, basket weaving, traveling, and learning to fly a Cessna 150 airplane (in 1971).
She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Allan, and is survived by her daughter Susan Thorne, son James Thorne, daughter Colonel Rosemary Thorne USAF (Ret) and her husband Lt. Colonel Patrick Moroney USAF (Ret), and many nieces and nephews.

“Life” by William Randolph Hearst
The snow melts on the mountain
And the water runs down to the spring.
And the spring in a turbulent fountain,
With a song of youth to sing,
Runs down to the riotous river,
And the river flows to the sea,
And the water again
Goes back in rain
To the hills where it used to be.
And I wonder if life’s deep mystery
Isn’t much like the rain and snow
Returning through all eternity
To the places it used to know.
For life was born on the lofty heights
And flows in a laughing stream,
To the river below
Whose onward flow
Ends in a peaceful dream.
And so at least
When our life has passed
And the river has run its course,
It again goes back
O’er the selfsame track
To the mountain which was its source….

In lieu of flowers, please donate to University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, Maine, 04469-58792 ( l Gift Designation: Page Farm and Home Museum.
Interment will be in the summer at the Village Cemetery, Cemetery Road, St. Albans. A time will be announced at a later date.
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HARTLAND — Katherine Scarlet Vigue-VerHey died peacefully on March 14, 2019.
Kathy was born in Waterville, Maine on December 29,1951, daughter of Ernest Earle and Catherine Sarrah (Jacques) Vigue. Kathy graduated from Nokomis Regional High, and attended University of New Hampshire, then traveled out west, and lived in Florida for a time.
Kathy was accomplished in many things. She painted houses inside and out, wall-papered with her sister, Shirley, and worked as a truck driver. She was
especially proud of being a ballot clerk and cashier for the town of Hartland, but her most enjoyable employment was working side by side with her husband, Skip, at their siding business. Kathy's love of people and animals led her to volunteer at pet shelters, the local Food Cupboard, and also to work with the disabled and the elderly.
Kathy loved sending cards and notes to all of her friends, but she also made pet friends, whose names she would always remember! She had many pets herself through the years, including birds, dogs, and turkeys, and loved each one equally.
Kathy and Skip spent 47 wonderful years together, and enjoyed visiting friends, traveling, casinos, camp, and the yearly Wiener-fest in Belfast. Kathy will be missed by so many, but we are sure that she is by her Lord.
Kathy is survived by her loving husband Harold "Skip" VerHey, her loving dog Turquoise, sisters Shirley Humphrey and Barbara Day of Hartland, special niece Suzan Ackerman, and a special aunt, Fay Smith. Sisters in -law Linda Knight, Sandra Dickey, Debbie Neal, Sherry Brooks, Nancy Moran, Joanie Heartquist, and Andrea Fillingim, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Special friends Barb, Dinah, Philip, Terry, Dave, David, Don, Sue Sue, Cindy, and Scott.
Kathy was predeceased by her mother and father, sister Priscilla Vigue, dear brother in -law Linwood Humphrey, nieces Shelly and Sissy, mother and father in -law, and too many special friends she loved and can now be at rest with.
Her loving husband's quote, "If you had the opportunity to know this beautiful, wonderful, thoughtful and funny woman, then your life was probably enriched. She was caring, loving, and full of life, and hers was the love that lasts forever. It's easy to love you, my Baby Doll...RIGHT BACKATYA!!"
There will be a Celebration of Life get together later this spring, date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, please donate to an animal shelter of your choice.
WELLINGTON —  Nancy Lee Palumbo, 65, died March 27, 2019 at her residence. She was born June 12, 1953 in Framingham, MA, a daughter of Fredrick and Doris (King) Carlson. She graduated from Hopkinton High School and worked as a billing clerk for the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services. She married Rocco Palumbo, a retired firefighter in Ashland, MA, in 1985 and they moved to Wellington. She then worked at Carr’s General Store in Harmony until her retirement due to failing health.
In addition to her husband of 33 years, Nancy is survived by a son, Michael and daughter in law, Stephanie Palumbo of Harmony; a brother, Glenn Carlson of Hopkinton, MA; 3 sisters, Sandra Safaro of Hopkinton,  Maureen Sticker of Milford, MA, and Pamela Tattersall of Upton, MA; 2 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter Michelle Talvy.
At her request, there will be no services at this time.  Cremation arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Dexter. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
NEWPORT — Margaret Mary Colgan, 74, died March 15, 2019 at the Pittsfield hospital. She was born May 25, 1944 in Brooklyn, New York, a daughter of Patrick and Gertrude (Quigley) O’Leary.
Margaret worked for many years for Guilford of Maine as an administrative secretary. She also enjoyed gardening and ceramics.
She is survived by a son, Thomas and wife Judy Colgan of Carmel; 3 daughters, Mary and husband Randy Davis of Scarborough, Margie Phelps of Southwest Harbor; Colleen and husband Michael Wintle of Detroit; 12 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; her longtime companion Donald Burpee and her cat Bandit.
She was predeceased by her sister, Patricia O’Leary, brother William O’Leary, and son in law, Scott Phelps.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Cremation arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.
DETROIT — Elwood Leroy Sinclair Jr, 87, lovingly called Jr, died peacefully on Friday, March 15, 2019, at Togus.
He was born on February 27, 1932, in Pittsfield, Maine, one of nine children born to the late Elwood and Nesta (Turner) Sinclair Sr.  He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict and received the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
Jr was a crane operator by trade.  He enjoyed working in the woods and cutting his own fire wood.  He liked to putter and keep himself busy with crafting things out of wood.  He and his wife, Betty, enjoyed going out to eat with their friends and seasonal camping together, especially at one of their favorite places, Balsam Woods Campground in Abbot.  He was a member of the Endless Season Riders in Plymouth and a 38 year member of the Burns W. Knowlton Post 32 American Legion in Pittsfield.
He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Lou Sinclair of Detroit; children: Michael Sinclair and wife Gina of Tamarack, FL, Mickey Young and husband Dana of Detroit, Kevin Sinclair of Detroit, Eric Sinclair of Fairbanks, AK, and Wade Sinclair of Detroit; grandchildren: Vicki Haardt and husband Hank, Sue Brown and husband Wayne, Bobby Joe Young, William Young and wife Jaime, Aimee Young and companion Jeff McGrath, Sammie Santos, Eric Sinclair Jr, Sierra Sinclair and Trevor Kelley; great grandchildren: Austin Brown, Jenna McGrath, Alex Young, Abe Young and Jordan Kelley; siblings: Wayne Sinclair and wife Clivia and Laurice Sinclair and wife Verna, all of Pittsfield; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; infant daughter; sister, Phyllis Humphrey and brothers: Hershal, Merle, Linwood, Glendon and Merlon.
Should friends desire, memorial donations may be given to the American Legion Post 32, c/o Gary Jordan Sr, 260 Corinna Road, St. Albans, Maine, 04971, in Jr’s memory.
A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Detroit Village Cemetery, Route 220, in Detroit, with Pastor Bill Johnson officiating.  Military honors will be presented for his service to our country.
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PARKMAN — Shawn O. Maloon, 24, died March 15, 2019 at a Dover-Foxcroft hospital.  He was born May 31, 1994 in Bangor, a son of Patrick and Melanie (Frost) Maloon.  He graduated from Piscataquis Community High School in Guilford.
Shawn was employed at Puritan Medical Products in Guilford and will be remembered as a good friend.
In addition to his parents of Parkman, he is survived by his maternal grandmother, Doris Larrabee of Exeter; 2 sons, Ivan and Isaac Maloon of Abbot; siblings, Patrick R. and wife Isabel Maloon of Colorado Springs, CO, Elizabeth Maloon of Parkman and Matthew and wife Felicia Maloon of Corinna; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, wonderful friends, and his special dog Leo.
A celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family.  Cremation arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport.  Those who wish may leave written tributes at
DOVER-FOXCROFT — Edward Franklin Hobbs, 83, passed peacefully while surrounded by family on March 13, 2019 at a Bangor hospital. He was born on December 8, 1935 in Dover-Foxcroft, ME, the son of Archie and Thelma (Jenkins) Hobbs.
Edward worked for the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad Co. where he learned his trade of welding. He became a first-class welder and mechanic for Great Northern Paper Company in the 60’s. He was married to the love of his life, JoAnne Averill for 51 years, residing in Dover-Foxcroft and Florida; returning to Maine after her death in 2004.
In earlier years, Edward enjoyed the outdoors... camping, fishing, hunting, and creating many lasting memories with family and friends. He loved reminiscing at family gatherings, along with watching sports and westerns on TV. He will be remembered for his wit and kind spirit.
Edward leaves behind his eight children: son, Jeffrey Hobbs of Dover-Foxcroft; daughters, Joyce Patterson and husband Bill of Dexter; Pamela Bissonnette and husband George of Shelburne, VT; Deborah Donovan and husband Kevin of St. Petersburg, FL; son, Edward Hobbs of Parkman; son, Andrew Hobbs and wife Susan of St. Petersburg, FL; daughter, Lorinda and husband David of York, PA; son, Kenneth Hobbs and wife Stephanie of Clearwater, FL. He is also survived by a brother, Richard Hobbs; twenty-two grandchildren, thirty-two great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, JoAnne; a brother, Arthur Hobbs; a grandson, Lenny Bissonnette; and a granddaughter, Rachel Ruth.
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CORINNA – Suzanne Marie Pearson, born December 17, 1936, died March 3, 2019 after battling double myeloma for over 10 years. She was 82. Suzanne was the daughter of John T. and Bernice Monica (Farraher) Karnes of Bangor.
She graduated from Bangor High School in 1955. She participated in chorus and starred as “Daisy” singing A Bicycle Built for Two in a school production.
In her senior year, she assisted her friend Marlene Cohen operate Bangor Rye Co. while Marlene's parents went to Boston to watch their son Bill play for Bangor High School in the New England Basketball Championship.
After graduation, she worked at Dow Air Force Base as a secretary. Later that year, she was named “Miss Dow Air Force Base.” One of the “Fly Boys” at the base was Dave Hartman. Suzanne didn’t realize until last year Hartman became television’s “Lucas Tanner” and the original Good Morning America male host. While watching an episode of “The Virginian” she exclaimed “My God, that's Dave Hartman.”
In 1955, Suzanne married and moved to New Jersey. In 1956, she gave birth to her first child Dawntina Jones. In 1959, she returned home to Bangor following her divorce. She worked at an insurance company until 1964 when she remarried. Suzanne married James Pearson on September 12, 1964 and moved to her husband's hometown of Corinna. Suzanne worked at Snowflake Canning Co. until it burned down. She later gave birth to the couple's son William in 1966.
Following William’s birth, she was a housewife until he entered school in 1971. She re-entered the work force as a teller at several Newport banks, a secretary at Fay-Scott Co. in Dexter and as an executive secretary for a prominent Bangor lawyer. Later, she worked as an insurance customer representative until the couple entered the restaurant business.
The couple lost a tenant at their rental property in 1986 when Skowhegan Savings Bank moved its local branch to a new location. The Pearsons along with a partner converted the former bank space into the Family Affair Restaurant. Suzanne worked at the restaurant until the couple’s divorce in 1996. She continued her employment as a waitress at the Irving Restaurant in Newport. She also embarked on a new job which she truly loved, substitute teacher in SAD 46 and 48. Suzanne imparted her special brand of common sense, discipline and striving for excellence with her elementary, junior and senior high school students.
She continued working both jobs until she was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. As a mother, Suzanne took an active role in children’s lives. She was a Cub Scout den mother, Corinna Recreation Committee member, and attended her children’s athletic and school events. She also coached PAL cheering and girls basketball for one season.
She was a voracious reader. She enjoyed mysteries and romance novels. She was also a longtime member of the Corinna Literary Club.
Besides cancer, Suzanne battled COPD and congestive heart failure for years. In her retirement, she enjoyed watching movies and cable news.
She is survived by 2 children, Dawntina Dumais of Dexter and William Pearson of Boothbay Harbor; her sister Janice Broad and her partner Clint Van Aken, both of Veazie; and sister-in-law Barbara Karnes of Bangor; 3 grandchildren, Kristen Jones of Pittsfield, Elizabeth Magnuson and her husband Peter Magnuson, III of Blackstone, MA, and Stephanie deWildt and her husband Lucas deWildt of Lisbon; 10 great grandchildren, Ella and Judson Jones, Brookelin Mills, Blair Clukey, Peter and Kinsley Magnuson, and Landon, Ruby, Reagan and Rothy deWildt, who all called Suzanne “Hammie.” She was predeceased by her brother John T. Karnes, Jr. Suzanne is also grateful to her dogs Rascal, a Shih Tzu, who died in 2008, and Zoey, a Pomeranian who she has cared for since 2009. “When I reach the gates to Heaven I will be reunited with the loves of my live, Rascal and Zoey.” Suzanne said.
During her illness, she appreciated the assistance of her special friends and neighbors, Gail and Ken Dostie and Beverly Stankevitz.
A celebration of her life was held from 12 to 3 PM on Sunday, March 17th at her home at 38 Nokomis Road, Corinna.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bangor Humane Society, 693B Mt. Hope Avenue, Bangor, ME 04401. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
PITTSFIELD – Gregory “Greg” A. Hobbs, 68, passed away in Toledo, Ohio on Friday, March 8, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. Greg was born and raised in Pittsfield, Maine a state he dearly loved. He is preceeded in death by his parents, Paul T. and Olivia Nelta (Danielson) Hobbs.
Greg enjoyed many outdoor activities. In his youth he enjoyed fishing at Moose Pond and hunting with his Dad, along with skiing, golfing. Greg graduated from H.S. at ‘Maine Central Institute’ 1969 and college at ‘Maine Maritime Academy’ in 1973. After graduation he began his career with The American Steamship Company, a career that expanded 40 years retiring in 2012 to start a new career of playing golf.
Greg is survived by his daughter, Anna (Travis) Blahnik, of Wisconsin, his sons, Joshua (Dena) Hobbs, and Benjamin (Brie) Hobbs,of Sylvania, Ohio, his four grandchildren, Ava, Adi, Emi, and Beau; his sisters, Pamela (Gary) Meservey of Pittsfield, Maine, and Judith (Tom) Webster, of Magnolia, Massachusetts, and his ex wife Roberta Hobbs.
Along with his family, who will miss him very much, are his best buddies from Maine who he shared many happy times all through his life, David Varney, Mac Cianchette, and Jim Maynard.
In following Greg’s wishes, there will be no visitation. A memorial in his honor will be in held in Pittsfield, Maine later this year where he will be laid to rest next to his parents.
PALMYRA – Joanne F. Meagher, 73, died peacefully surrounded by her family on March 12, 2019, at her home in Palmyra.
She was born on March 14, 1945, in Wade, Maine, one of thirteen children born to Harry and Mabel Campbell. She was a certified nursing assistant for over 30 years. She took wonderful care of many in their own homes in the local community.
Joanne loved being with her children and grandchildren; family was everything to her. She was generous, kind and always willing to help others. She enjoyed cooking and liked having lawn sales. She was known to many as the lawn sale lady! She was loved very much and will be missed more than words can express.
She is survived by her children: Gary Meagher Jr and companion Caroline Carrier of Bristol, CT, Nicole Meagher and companion Paul Mascal of Pittsfield, and Scott Meagher of West Haven, CT; grandchildren: Cameron Porter, Karissa Spaulding and husband Brandon, Brittney Meagher, Tyler Rogers and companion Brittany Estes, Branden Rogers and fiancée Brittni Lyons, Savannah Rogers and Mason Meagher; great-grandchildren: Lilly, Ella, Julian, Abigail, Liam and Zoe; siblings: Rev. Peter Campbell and wife Karan of Canaan, Carolyn Lary and husband Bill of Harmony, Linda Carron and husband Louis of Bangor, Duane Campbell and wife Lola of Ohio, Katherine Goldrup and husband David of AL, Ella Mae Pollard and husband Ron of FL, and Mary Downs and husband Jack of Waterville; sisters-in-law, Jeannie Campbell of Hartland and Paulette Campbell of VA; brother-in-law, Arthur Gagne of Canaan; special friends who are like family, Wayne and Gladys McVarish of Hartland; brothers-in-law, Carroll Meagher and wife Janice of Pittsfield, Dalton Meagher and wife Marcia of Corinna, and Don Reynolds of Newport; sister-in-law, Cathy Meagher of Corinna; several nieces and nephews; and two very close friends, Sherril Wallace and Cheryl Lamontagne.
She was predeceased by her parents; her loving husband, Gary Meagher Sr; her daughter, Yvonne Porter; her siblings: Eldon Campbell, Bobby Campbell, Ronnie Campbell, Ricky Corey and Betty Gagne; brothers-in-law, Merlin Meagher and Dean Meagher; and sister-in-law, Martina Reynolds.
A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Riverside Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Newport, with Rev. Peter Campbell officiating.
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NEWPORT – MaryAnn Wright Harding, 86, passed away peacefully March 5, 2019 surrounded by family members, singing a favorite song. Born March 24, 1932 in Knoxville Tennessee, she attended UT-Knoxville, and soon after moved to Pensacola, Florida to start her teaching career. There, she met her husband of 62 years, Francis Harding, a US Navy pilot. Together they began their Navy adventure, moving repeatedly over the next twenty years to ports far and wide, including Guam, Newfoundland, and Washington, DC, among others.
Together they raised three children, Laura Brewer of Newton MA, Francis, III of Newport, and Elizabeth Levesque of Waterville. MaryAnn formed close friendships everywhere she went, and was an active correspondent, learning to text, Facetime and email on her iPad at the age of 84. Throughout her 40 plus years living in Maine, MaryAnn maintained her southern accent and manners while embracing her home in New England, supporting local farms and bakers, L.L. Bean, Stonewall Kitchen and her beloved Red Sox. She was deeply faithful to her church, her family and her friends. While she lived by her beliefs, she was also an open-minded, generous person, who grew and evolved throughout her life as her experiences taught her more and more about the world, and about her own capacity for understanding and compassion.
She leaves her husband, her three children, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, of whom she was exceedingly proud. Her extended family of cousins, nieces, nephews, and brothers and sisters-in-law remember her with love and laughter.
Memorial services will be held 11 AM, Saturday, March 23rd at St. Martin's Episcopal Church with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to St. Martin's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 900 Main Street, P.O. Box 107, Palmyra, ME 04965. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written tributes at
ETNA – Rita Marie Shaw, 74, died March 2, 2019 at her son’s residence in Plymouth surrounded by her family. She was born March 28, 1944 in Waterville, a daughter of Valerien and Therese (Rossignol) Daigle.
She was an accomplished seamstress having worked at C.M. Almy in Pittsfield and the Hathaway Shirt Factory in Waterville. She was a great mother and grandmother. Rita’s cherished family was always her number one priority.
Rita is survived by 2 sons, James and wife Missy of Plymouth, Darin of Corinna; and a daughter, Theresa Philbrook of Newport; a brother, Donald Daigle of Winthrop; 4 sisters, Evangeline Chamberland of Madison, Lillian Caret of Springfield, Alice Hallowell of Leeds, and Yvette Lake of Fairfield; 8 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Harold, on December 6, 2015; and by a brother Leon Daigle; and a sister, Mary Jane Baker.
Friends called from 6 to 8 PM Wednesday at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport. Funeral services were held at 11 AM Thursday, March 7th, at the Jubilee Family Worship Center, Elm Street, Newport, with the Rev. Brian Woodbury officiating. Spring burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Etna. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
ST. ALBANS – Fridolf J. Rusgaitis, 87, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at his home in St. Albans.
Fridolf (Fritz) was born on March 29, 1931, in Waterbury, Conn, a son of the late Joseph and Dorothy (Blomberg) Rusgaitis. He proudly served our country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a tool design maker by trade, working in both Connecticut and California, and was talented in wood and metal making as well. He even built steam engines as a hobby.
Fritz was involved in his community. In years past he was a volunteer firefighter and EMT. He was a 62 year Mason, having dual membership with the Shepherd-Salem #78 Lodge of Naugatuck, CT and the Corinthian Lodge #95 of Hartland. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Lions Club. He liked playing card games and enjoyed golfing. He and Wynona loved camping all across the country and traveled extensively for years together.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Wynona Rusgaitis of St. Albans; two sons, Joseph Rusgaitis and wife Tina of North Las Vegas, NV and Vincent Rusgaitis and wife Sharon of New Milford, CT; three grandchildren: Christina Grimes and husband Antonio, Joseph Mathews and wife Jamie, and Sheila Reuther and husband Christian, all of CT; eight great-grandchildren: Aliyah, Niyanah, Nathan, Derrick, Jonathan, Tyler, Bryce and Kelsi; sister, Betty Scheithe of CT; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; and a sister, Dorothy Bolton.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:30 p.m., with a Masonic service at 2:30 p.m., followed by a memorial service, with Pastor Ellen Bridge, Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield. Military honors will be presented for his service to our country.
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PITTSFIELD – Yvette P. Davis, 45, died at her home on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Pittsfield.
She was born on July 14, 1973, in Waterville, Maine, the daughter of Smith and Priscilla (Doody) Bickford, Sr.  She graduated from Maine Central Institute with the class of 1992.  She married Richard “Dickie” Davis on June 14, 2003.  They have shared 15 years of marriage together.
Yvette loved her family. She was friendly and extremely outgoing. She had recently started a catering business and was very excited about it. She was an avid collector of angels and enjoyed having lawn sales.
She is survived by her husband, Dickie Davis of Pittsfield; two children, Samantha Bickford Davis and Chris Davis, both of Pittsfield; two stepchildren, Rick Davis of Pittsfield and Nicole Davis and companion, Chuck Deviller, of Hartland; two step grandchildren, Kaylehb and Mitchel; siblings: Bruce Bickford and companion Holly King, Eric Peavey, Cecil Bickford, Linda Bickford Fletcher, Robin Peavey and Polly Elderkin and husband, Harvey; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; her brothers: Mark Bickford, Brent Meader and Smith Bickford Jr; step granddaughter, Lennix Deviller; sister-in-law, Holly Bellerose; and brother-in-law, John Crommett, Jr.
The family received friends from 1 to 2 p.m., and a service followed at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield. A spring committal will take place at the Village Cemetery, Peltoma Avenue, Pittsfield.
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EXETER — Lilla Mae (Pushor) Demmons, 70, passed away February 24, 2019 surrounded by her family. She was born March 30, 1948 in Bangor to the late Pearl and Hattie (Curtis) Pushor.
Lilla was a graduate of Bangor High School’s class of 1966. She briefly moved to California with her mother and sister, Helen after graduation. She returned to Maine and in 1978 she married Merle “Sonny” Demmons, Jr. They lived in Bangor before moving to Exeter. Lilla worked at Vittron Electronics, Inc. until her retirement. She was an active member and banker at the Brewer Eagles Club on Sunday for cribbage. Lilla enjoyed spending time with her family and with her best friend, Peanut, her beagle.
She is survived by her sisters, Arlene Mooers of Exeter, Beverly Dauber and husband, Wayne of Escondido, CA; brother, David Pushor and his wife, Roberta of Sun City Center, FL; grandchildren, Kevin Demmons and his wife, Devan of Carmel, Tammy Watters of Old Town, and Corey Demmons; step-son, Scott Demmons; daughter-in-law, Roxanne Demmons; and great-grandchildren, Emily and Chloe Watters. In addition to her parents and husband, Lilla was predeceased by her sister, Helen Plummer; brother, Robert Curtis, and her step-son, Kevin N. Demmons.
Interment will be announced at a later date and will take place at the Dixmont Corner Cemetery, Dixmont. Those who wish to remember Lilla in a special way may make donations in her memory to the Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mt. Hope Avenue, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at
HARTLAND — Raymond E. Martin, 85, passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital. He was born May 14, 1933 in Hartland, a son of Ervin and Vivian (Cookson) Martin. He graduated from Hartland Academy in 1951 and the University of Maine in Orono in 1955, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry. He was a fraternity brother at Alpha Tau Omega.
Following graduation, Raymond began his varied self-employed career in the logging and pulp industry. He then transitioned into a construction business that served the local area and took him to various communities across the state of Maine. He spent the remainder of his career working for the town of Hartland before retiring in 1995.
Raymond enjoyed hunting and fishing in the local area and occasionally joined others for trips to more remote locations. All such adventures, whether local or beyond, contributed many “outdoor tales” his family and friends have enjoyed repeating over the years. He loved the camping life and will be remembered for his very large evening campfires where family and friends would always congregate. Although he wasn’t an avid cook, his freshly made biscuits were always a request whenever any of the family were visiting. He had a lifelong love of baseball, playing throughout his youth and into college, and later in life trying to coach the Red Sox through the TV. He is at rest knowing they are World Champs once again!
Raymond believed in community service and served on the Board of Directors for MSAD 48 and the Sebasticook Valley Hospital. The 1990 Town of Hartland Annual Report bestowed the Citizens’ Award upon him “in appreciation for his many years of service and dedication to the community”. He was a member and Past Master of Corinthian Lodge # 0095 in Hartland, a member of the Ira Berry Chapter # 57 Royal Arch Masons and a Past Worthy Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star # 189.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 ½ years, Beverly Neal Martin; his children and their spouses, Jerry and Kathleen Martin, Daniel and Becky Martin, and Nancy and Michael Temple; seven grandchildren, Christopher and wife Diane Martin, Kaili and her husband Ian Dilts, Ashleigh and husband Daniel Hansberger, Alex and wife Lauren Temple, Samantha Martin, Danielle and husband Collier Anderson, and Tyler Martin; seven great grandchildren, Joshua, Harrison, Gage, Stella, William, Kayla and Susannah; as well as several nieces and nephews. Raymond was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Selden and Gerald; and a great-granddaughter, Lillian.
Spring graveside committal services will be held at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Hartland in the summer of 2019. Memorial donations may be made to the Hartland Public Library, 16 Mill Street, Hartland, ME 04943. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written tributes at
CORINNA — Perry D. Nelson, Jr. passed away on February 20, 2019 at Dexter Health Care. Perry was born March 2, 1924 in Dexter, son of Perry D. Nelson, Sr. and Nellie Thomas Nelson.
He graduated from N.H. Fay High School in 1942. He later joined the Air Force.
Perry was a very caring and hardworking man all his life. He had been a farmer, carpenter, woodsmen and was employed by Ken Grant and at Northeast Shoe Co. in Pittsfield.
Perry is survived by his wife of 71 years, Phyllis (Pearl) Nelson; son David Nelson; daughter Diane and her spouse Gordon White, and daughter Gail Nelson and her partner Michael Gould; grandsons Michael Nelson, John and Debbie White, Tracey Gould, Paul and Kelli White, and Travis and Jamie Gould; great grandchildren, Joshua, Danielle, Michael, Christopher, Dylan, Megan, Chelsea, Blaine and Tyler; great great grandchildren, Drake, Kaleb, Chloe, Savannah, Trevor, and Layla; many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and 12 siblings.
Per Perry’s request there will be a graveside committal in the spring.
Special thanks to the staff at Dexter Health Care for their loving care.
In lieu of flowers you may send a donation to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215 in Perry’s name.
CLINTON – Margaret Linda Hoffman, 66, passed peacefully at her home February 24, 2019 surrounded by family. She was born March 24, 1952 in Brooklyn, New York, a daughter of John Paul Hoffman II and Margaret June (DeLacey) Hoffman. She graduated from Holy Cross High School in New York City and attended cosmetology school for a year. She will be remembered for her crafting, crocheting and playing cards. Linda had an amazing ability for word games such as Boggle, Scrabble and crossword puzzles. She loved being with her family and friends and cared for everyone. She loved her family, pets and Mickey Mouse.
She is survived by 3 sons, Peter Visconti and wife Melissa, Michael Shannon and family, and Dennis Shannon, Jr. and family; 3 daughters, Madelaina Waldron and husband William “My Billy”, Margaret Visconti, and Maria Bruno; siblings, Kyle Hoffman and wife Onawa, John Paul Hoffman III and family, and Arthur Hoffman and family; grandchildren, Pearle June, Ashly Lynn, Francis Romello, Anthony Austin, and Akeem Rashaard; great grandchildren, Sylvio William, Pyper Lynn, Lilly Ann and Jaxon Remo.
Friends may call from 3 to 5 PM Thursday, February 28th, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 AM Monday, March 4th, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 238 Detroit Avenue, Pittsfield, with the Rev. Father Frank Morin officiating. Spring burial will be in the Hoffman lot, Riverside Cemetery, Newport. Memorial donations may be made to assist the family, c/o Maria Bruno, 1892 Bangor Road, Clinton, ME 04927. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
NEWPORT — Sara Anne Mowbray, 89, died unexpectedly February 26, 2019 at her residence. She was born August 12, 1929 in Fall River, MA, a daughter of Elmer and Marion (Roos) Mapes. Sally earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Bridgewater College.
Sally enjoyed flowers and gardening. She was a member (past president) of the Sebasticook Valley Garden Club, the Garden Club Federation of Maine and the National Garden Club. She was a national master judge and was a Master Japanese Ikebana Floral Designer.
She is survived by 2 daughters, Elizabeth and husband Jerome Howell of Auburn, and Caroline Mowbray and partner Arnold Dennison of Windham; a sister, Marta Bent of Falmouth; 2 grandchildren, Sara and Margaret. Sally was predeceased by her husband Jim.
At her request there will be no services at this time. A celebration of life will be held in the spring. Cremation arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Memorial donations may be made to the Sebasticook Valley Garden Club, c/o Ann Hardwick, 14 High Street, Newport, ME 04953. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
ST. ALBANS — Joan B. Saint, 87, passed away at home on February 21st, 2019 surrounded by her family. She was born September 21, 1931 in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, the daughter of Raymond and Frances (Daley) Dahill.
Joan graduated from Falmouth High School, Falmouth MA, in 1949. She then attended St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing where she met her lifelong best friend, Louise. During that time, she met and married Raphael Saint with whom she had six daughters. Joan stayed busy over the years raising their family and working as a nurse while Ray was out to sea.
In 1986, Joan and Ray moved from Massachusetts to Big Indian Lake in St. Albans, Maine where they have been host to numerous family gatherings. She worked at Sebasticook Valley Hospital until her retirement. Joan enjoyed painting which was later replaced with knitting. Her beautiful knit goods were highly coveted among her daughters and grandchildren, often times resulting in friendly bantering among family members. Joan was also a skilled Scrabble player, never afraid to call out an opponent on a questionable play. An avid reader, Joan was never without a book nearby.
She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Raphael Saint, brother Ronald Dahill and fiancé, Diane of Middleboro, MA, sister-in-law, Louise Dahill, of Vineyard Haven, MA daughters Monica Chace and husband Merrill of Acushnet, MA, Barbara Saint of N. Dartmouth, MA, Joanne O’Neil of San Diego, CA, Anne Marie Saint-Martin and husband Steven of San Diego, CA, Brenda Mendonca and husband Walter Mendonca of St. Albans, ME; 11 grandchildren, Brian Garrison (Kristen)of New Bedford, MA, Elizabeth Ross (Adam) of Detroit, ME, Kelley Dussault of New Bedford, MA, Eric Martins of Hampden, ME, Peter Chace of Acushnet, MA, Phelan Dussault of N. Dartmouth, MA, Nickolas O’Neil of San Diego, CA, Adam Martins (Stephanie) of Alameda, CA, Jeremy O’Neil of San Diego, CA, Mitchell Mendonca of Westbrook, ME and Allison Mendonca of Orono, ME as well as 11 very special great grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by all, including her cat, Tom Puss.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Lorraine (Saint) Martins; grandson, Evan Garrison; brother Raymond Dahill; sister Barbara Harnen and brother-in-law, Daniel Harnen.
A memorial mass was held at St. Agnes Parish on March 1st, followed by a gathering of friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital, C/O Northern Light Foundation, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931.

HARTLAND — Rex V. Smith, Sr., 87 of Hartland, passed away on February 20, 2019 in Pittsfield. Rex was born in Huntington Massachusetts on November 11, 1931 to the late Clayton and Edith Smith and moved to Maine at a young age.
In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. It was known that if Rex couldn’t fix something, it simply couldn’t be fixed. He was also a great cook who gardened and camped. Rex was a devoted Husband, Father and Friend. He was a talented Man and did several different jobs throughout his life. In his later years he cooked Saturday night suppers for the Family.
Rex was predeceased by his parents, his wife Theresa Bouffard Smith, his son-in-law Butch Elliot and by ten of his siblings. He is survived by his son Rex V. Smith Jr. and his wife Nancy; his daughters, Brenda Shaw and her husband Steve, Debbie Smith, Betty Elliot and Wanda Smith and her partner Mark Allen; his sisters Eleanor Chambers and Jean Goodfield and by many beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.
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RIPLEY — Dale Wayne Gerald, 71, passed away on February 13, 2019 at Maine Medical Center in Portland from injuries sustained in a home accident.
Dale was born October 3, 1947 in Waterville, a son of Wayne Call Gerald and Abbie Mary Stinchfield-Gerald. Dale spent his childhood in Hartland and Canaan. He graduated from Skowhegan High School in 1966.
In his youth, he worked in the agricultural industry for Lee Jewell and Bernard Charrier. This love of agriculture lasted throughout his life. Dale spent much of his free time with family and friends at various fairs, horse, pony and tractor pulls throughout the State. In the fall of 1966, he joined the Armed Forces and served in the Vietnam War. After returning home in 1968, he worked for Kenneth Grant transporting milk. In 1972 he married Carol Chambers and in 1976 their son, Chad, was born. From 1973 to 1974, Dale worked as a long haul trucker for Carl Subler Company of Saco. After leaving Subler, Dale spent 16 years with the Georgia Pacific Company in their Woodlands division operating a variety of logging equipment.
In 1991, Dale started a second career as the Commercial Truck Driving instructor at Dexter’s Tri-County Technical Center. Over the course of his 21 years of teaching, Dale positively impacted the lives of many students. He deeply enjoyed teaching young adults about the importance of a good work ethic and provided them the necessary jobs skills so they could support themselves and their families. Additionally, Dale was an avid member of his community, supporting numerous local charities and events. In retirement, Dale enjoyed spending time in his recliner, “playing” with his tractor and being with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, son Chad and daughter-in-law Claire, sisters-in-law Doris and Camilla Charrier, nephews Bernard Charrier Jr. and wife Sharon, Wayne Charrier and wife Darlene, David Charrier, Terry Charrier, and Robert Noonan, nieces Mary Charrier, Valarie Flanders, Dawn Takeuchi and husband Tim, Lisa and Jean Boucher, and many cousins, great nieces and nephews.
Dale was predeceased by his parents Wayne and Abbie Gerald, his sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Bernard Charrier, his brother, Dana Gerald, nieces Debbie Noonan and Chini Beckwith and nephew Dana Flanders.
Calling hours were held on Friday, February 22nd from 6 to 8 PM at Crosby & Neal, 61 Main Street, Dexter. A memorial service was held on Saturday, February 23rd at 11 AM at the Ripley United Methodist Church with Pastor Stephen Dean officiating. All were welcome to attend and celebrate Dale’s life. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Tri-County Technical Center Dacano Fund. The Dacano fund supports the procurement of needed supplies for students. Donations can be sent to The Dacano Fund, Tri-County Technical Center ℅ Sarah Hanson, 14 Abbott Hill Road, Dexter, ME 04930. Those who wish may leave written condolences at

BURNHAM — Dorothy Sarah Vaughan, 91, died peacefully on Sunday, February 17, 2019, in Bangor.
Dorothy was born on January 2, 1928, in Burnham, Maine, a daughter of Earl and Delia (Lester) Burt. She graduated from Unity High School with the class of 1948. She was married to Norval for 59 years and loved being a wife and homemaker. She loved playing cards once a month with ten or more family members and enjoyed getting her hair done once a week with her close friend, Barbara. She also enjoyed having weekly lunches at the Patterson store with her longtime friends from Winnecook Christian Church, Audrey and Cheryl. She babysat many kids over the years and went on several walks with her special friend, Marie. She loved attending all the sport and special events of her grandchildren and great grandchildren because family was everything to her.
She is survived by her son, Norval Vaughan III and his wife, Darlene of Burnham; two granddaughters: Becky Walker and her husband, Aaron of Plymouth and Torie Robinson and her husband, Dale of Pittsfield; four great grandchildren: Cody, Melissa, Hannah and Wyatt; three sisters-in-law: Elaine Burt of Unity, Joanie Burt of Massachusetts and Marjorie Saporita of Skowhegan; special nieces: Marion Peaslee and husband Jeff of Vassalboro and Sally Brann and husband Wesley of Pittsfield; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; loving husband, Norval S. Vaughan Jr; sister, Etta Kelleher; and two brothers, Raymond Burt and Lloyd Burt.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 6:30 PM, with a time of remembrance at 6:30PM, Monday, February 25, 2019, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield. A committal will take place in the spring at the Village Cemetery located on the Troy Road in Burnham.
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PITTSFIELD — Ruth Stratton Glencross, 91, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, February 18, 2019, in Pittsfield.
She was born on December 29, 1927, in Ellsworth, Maine, a daughter of the late Kendall and Madeline (Woodworth) Stratton. She graduated from Ellsworth High School with the class of 1945 and went on to receive her degree in nursing from Eastern Maine General Hospital in 1948. She married her soulmate, Harold Glencross, on November 5, 1950 and they shared 68 years of marriage.
Ruth was a nurse to her core. She was employed as a registered nurse at Eastern Maine Medical Center. She served as the Director of Nursing at Sebasticook Valley Hospital for 20 years and also at Woodlawn Nursing Home in Skowhegan for 13 years. She believed in education and taught med tech classes for the State of Maine.
Ruth loved her family more than anything. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting, making beautiful sweaters for those she loved. She was famous for her spaghetti sauce, beef stew with dumplings and delicious lemon meringue pie. She prided herself in making good meals and was considered the grand hostess of the “family farm”.
She is survived by her loving husband, Harold Glencross of Pittsfield; children: Bob Glencross and companion Becky Keene of Auburn, Mike Glencross and wife Cynthia of Pittsfield, Bill Glencross of Pittsfield and Reita Abbott and husband Joel of Sorrento, Florida; grandchildren: Katie Glencross, Eric Glencross, Jamie Glencross, Brandon Glencross, Brittney Glencross, Nicholas Glencross and Corey Smith and wife Kim; great grandson, Bodhi Smith; brother, Kendall Stratton and wife Marcia of Hancock; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; her daughter-in-law, Lisa Burtchaell Glencross; and two brothers: Dana Stratton and Bill Stratton.
The family received friends from 2 to 3:30 PM, with a time of remembrance at 3:30 PM, Friday, February 22, 2019, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield, with Rev. Glenn Nichols officiating. A committal will take place in the spring at the Village Cemetery, Pittsfield.
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DEXTER — Charles Auguste Busque, 80, died unexpectedly February 10, 2019 at his home with his beloved pets by his side. He was born September 14, 1938 in Sainte-Claire, Quebec a son of Charles and Rachelle (Nadeau) Busque.
When he was 7 years old and his brother Fernand was 6, they moved to an orphanage. At about the age of 12, they moved out together to work in a logging camp. In the 1960’s they both moved to Dexter where each raised his family. Charlie graduated from Dexter Regional High School and worked at shoe factories, retiring from San Antonio Shoe Company. His interests included gardening, hunting, and fishing. He was quite a deer slayer in his youth. He loved his pets, family and jelly donuts and ice cream at 2 AM.
He is survived by his son, step daughter and her sons, as well as many grandchildren and extended family members. He was predeceased by his wife, his daughter and four siblings.
A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Saturday, May 11th, at St. Anne’s Church, Dexter. Committal services will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Dexter, where Charlie and his brother and best friend, Fernand, will be laid to rest together. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
SANGERVILLE — Patricia (Dow) Stewart, 78, wife of the late James L. Stewart, passed away unexpectedly February 17, 2019, at her home. She was born August 5, 1940, in Milo, the daughter of Dana and Laura A. (Kelley) Dow. A full obituary with an announcement of a celebration of her life will be published in the spring. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at
NEWPORT – Errald Turner, 91, died February 8, 2019 at his residence. He was born September 2, 1927 in Pittsfield, a son of Herbert and Carma (Jackson) Turner. He graduated from Newport High School, Class of 1946, and served in the U.S. Navy.
He worked at his father’s Lakeview Dairy for several decades. He worked at Footman’s Dairy, and then Bud’s Shop ‘n Save for several more decades. Errald was a member of Meridian Splendor # 49 Masonic Lodge and served as lodge secretary for over 50 years.
Errald and his wife Marie were married for 58 years. They enjoyed gardening, square dancing, and went on many bus trips together. In recent years, he was especially proud of his flower and raspberry gardens, and was always happy to go to the coast and get a lobster.
He is survived by 2 daughters, Pamela and husband Richard Foster of Bangor, Faye and husband Allen Adams of Glenburn; a brother, Mahlon and wife Eldora Turner, and sister, Elaine Turner, all of Pittsfield; a sister in law, Rowena Turner of Newport; 5 grandchildren, Hydi and husband Rob Prentice, David and wife Andrea Sewall, Levi Sewall, Travis Adams, Ashley and husband Chris Sprague; 10 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours were held from 5 to 7 PM Friday, February 15th, at Meridian Splendor Lodge, 136 Moosehead Trail, Newport. At his request there will not be a funeral. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Meridian Splendor Lodge # 49, c/o Mr. Doug Brockway, 136 Moosehead Trail, Newport, ME 04953.
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NEWPORT – Richard L. McFarland, 63, died peacefully on February 6, 2019 at Ross Manor in Bangor. He was born April 13, 1955 in Hartland, the son of Ralph and Daureen (Gullifer) McFarland.
He attended Nokomis Regional High and later, married Mona Braley. They shared 44 years together and raised one daughter. Richard worked for Great Northern Paper Company where he ran a mechanical harvester and later worked for Martin Brothers Construction. He volunteered for 25 years for the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife as a safety instructor for hunter safety and archery safety. He taught over 6000 students. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also did woodworking.
Richard is survived by his wife, Mona (Braley) McFarland of Newport; daughter, Alicia McFarland of St. Albans; grandsons, Tre and Ty Ewings of St. Albans; parents, Ralph and Daureen McFarland of St. Albans; brother, Rodney McFarland and wife Rochelle of St. Albans; sister, Sherri Rogers of Pittsfield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Harold and Maude McFarland and Merton and Catherine Gullifer.
He will be lovingly missed.
A graveside service will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Richard’s memory to American Cancer Society, New England Division, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086-1240.
Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, ME 04976.
NEWPORT – Frank Tozier, 83, died February 12, 2019 at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Bangor surrounded by his family. He was born December 21, 1935 in Jackson, a son of Charles and Jenny (Taylor) Tozier.
He graduated from Searsport High School and served in the U.S. Army. Frank retired from Blue Rock Industries and was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan.
He is survived by 2 daughters, Lisa and husband Walter “Tobey” Kress of Liberty, Holly Tozier of Bangor; 4 brothers, Robert of Saco, Fremont of Searsport, Joel of Swanville, and Oscar of NH; 2 sisters, Marilyn Harvey of Searsport and Janice Bardeleben of VT; 5 grandchildren, Amanda Emery, Michael Burnham, Aaron Kress, Kathleen Gordon and Rebecca O’Keefe; 4 great grandchildren, Ethan and Autumn Emery, Alesha and Dontae Burnham; special “adopted” children, Deanna Thompson and children, Jade Morse and Shawn Thompson, Mark Davis, Starr Stuart and Donna Dunphy.
He was predeceased by a son, Joseph Tozier; 2 sisters, Joyce and Jolene; and a brother Everett.
A celebration of life was held from 2 to 4 PM Saturday, February 16th at the Newport Public Safety Building, 21 Water Street, Newport. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Maine Veterans’ Home Activities Fund, 44 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
UNITY – Gina LaCroix, 50, died unexpectedly February 8, 2019 at her residence. She was born January 11, 1969 in Anaheim, CA, a daughter of David and Beatrice (Duran) Robles.
She was a certified nurses’ aide at Farren Care in Turners Falls, MA, and later worked at Starrett Tool Company in Athol, MA. Gina loved music, singing, dancing, and especially loved pigs. She was known to be a nurturing, generous and kind soul. She enjoyed being outdoors.
She is survived by her mother, Beatrice Rayl of Dixmont; a son, Jonathan West of Keene, NH; her significant other, Dwayne Shaw of Unity; a sister, Christiana Capasso of Gilbert, AZ; several nieces and nephews; and her god daughter, Willow Rose DeRaps. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport.
A celebration of life was held from 1 to 4 PM Sunday, February 17th at the home of Richard VonOson, 395 Bangor Road, Unity. A second celebration of her life will be held in Orange, Mass. at a later date. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
ETNA – Arthur “Art’ Klein, 87, passed away peacefully at home on February 6, 2019 with his loving wife of 46 years by his side.
He was born April 22, 1931 in Connecticut. Art served in the U.S. Army with the 19th Infantry Division in Korea from 1950-1951. He was a “Jack of All Trades” - a self employed carpenter and also a ranch foreman in Hico, TX for 20 years.
He is survived by his wife Nancy, four much loved daughters Helen, Kay, Susan and Dawn, six special grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, three brothers, three sisters and many special neices and nephews.
Arthur is predeceased by his parents, a special grandson, sister and two brothers. By his wishes, no services will be held. A celebration of his life will be held at a later time.
Special thanks to CHCS Hospice and Memorial Alternatives.

DETROIT – Delbert McLaggan, 86, died February 2, 2019 at a Pittsfield hospital. He was born October 9, 1932 in Detroit, a son of Cecil and Erma (Bryant) McLaggan, Sr. Del graduated from Maine Central Institute, Pittsfield, in 1951. He married the former Joyce Weeks in 1955. They lived and raised their children in Detroit in his grandparent’s home, the family homestead.
He retired in 1994 from Staples Oil Company where he was a delivery driver for 43 years. He had also worked for J. R. Cianchette. He loved family get togethers, spending time with his family, sitting out on the porch, garage sales and doing jig saw puzzles. He enjoyed brook trout fishing, going to the coast for lobster dinners, walking the beaches looking for sea glass and playing bingo scratch tickets. He took great pride in maintaining his home and keeping the lawns well groomed.
Del is survived by his wife of 63 years, son Kevin and wife Annette McLaggan of South China; daughter Debora McLaggan and partner Warren Lund of Gray; grandson Kyle McLaggan and partner Myriah Cotter of South China; brother Royce McLaggan of Plymouth; sister Lorraine Bouffard of Pittsfield; sister in law Doris McLaggan of Hahira, GA; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and special neighbors and close family friends.
He was predeceased by his sister Colleen Hobbs, brother Cecil McLaggan, Jr., sister Beatrice Soucy and husband Francis; brother in law Normand Bouffard; and nephew Norman Bouffard, Jr.
Special thanks to Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital for the kind comforting care during his stay, and Northern Light VNA Home Health and Hospice.
At Del’s request there will be a private family service at Crosby & Neal, Newport. Spring burial will be in the Detroit Village Cemetery. He also requested that no flowers or memorial donations be made in his memory. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
Burnham – Charlotte L. Henry, lovingly called "Weezie", went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 3, 2019, surrounded by her loving family in Waterville.Charlotte was born on July 18, 1927, in Burnham, Maine, the daughter of James and Gladys (Ellingwood) Huff. She enjoyed making furniture for Ethan Allan, was a hand sewer of shoes, liked driving taxi for Mr. Long and worked with her daughter, Gladys, at the Hartland Diner.Weezie was beyond generous, always taking care of others first. Her door was always open and she was content with all that she had. She liked picking berries, dandelion greens and fiddleheads. She enjoyed having a fishing pole in hand and always liked having her dogs around her. She loved her family with all her heart and was always there for them. She had a lot of spunk, was known to be sassy and was called the "Burnham Girl" whenever that feisty side showed through. She was a loving wife, mom, grandmother, sister and aunt.She is survived by her children, Gladys Nichols of Burnham, Sandra Witham of Burnham, Jim Henry of Canaan and Lonnie Henry of Burnham; sister, Marjorie Lawrence of St. Albans; many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.She was predeceased by her parents; loving husband, Harold Henry; children: Bobby Henry, Elizabeth Ring and Julie Henry; grandchildren, Richard, David, Amos and Michael; sister, Libby Bellofatto; and brother, Jay Huff.The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, February 8, at the Winnecook Christian Church, 4 Chapel Lane, Burnham, with Pastor David Ray officiating. A potluck gathering will follow and all are welcome. A committal will take place in the spring at the Huff Cemetery, Mount Road in Burnham.To leave a message of kindness for the family, please visit Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to:The Waterville Humane Society100 Webb Road, Waterville, ME 04901
Marcia A. Damon passed away on January 19, 2019 at Mid-Maine Medical Center in Bangor. She was born in Bar Harbor on August 7, 1955 to Ira and Charlotte Strout.
In addition to her parents, Marcia was predeceased by her husband, Henry Damon; a brother, Dennis Strout; and two sisters, Gloria Strout and Nancy Dunkle.
Marcia is survived by her sons, Shawn Brown of Charleston, SC and Burnham, ME, Christopher Brown & Stacy Patterson of Burnham, ME, Stacy Brown of Valrico, FL, and Kevin Brown of Pittsfield, ME; her grandchildren, Colton, Holden, Jacob and Emma; brothers, Clifford Strout of Ellsworth, ME, Eugene & Roberta Strout of Bar Harbor, ME, Clayton & Denise Strout of Manset, ME and Arnold Strout & Heidi Riggs of Ellsworth, ME; sisters, Donna Phelps of Englewood, FL, Trudy White of Lewiston, ME and Beverly & Bryan King of Burnham, ME; and long-time special friend, Fred Adams of Pittsfield, ME.
Marcia loved to spend time with her family, at backyard cookouts and watching her sons play games of horseshoes and pool. She will be missed.
Graveside services will be held in the Spring.
PALMYRA – Marion Cole Parsons, 49, passed away on February 3, 2019 peacefully at home. She was born on October 27, 1969 in Hartland, ME to Zelma and Robert Cole.
She attended Nokomis Regional High School. She is survived by her 3 children, Brooklyn Cole, Shyan Cole, Hunter Prew and daughter-in-law Anissa Prew; husband Todd Parsons; 6 grandchildren; 4 brothers; parents Zelma and Robert Cole and mother-in-law Katherine Parsons.
Marion enjoyed being outside. She was very adventurous, going to the coast, fishing, hunting, riding motorcycles, mudding, trying to spot her favorite animal, the eagle and just feeling the breeze.
She enjoyed working doing carpentry, painting and anything hands on. Most of all she loved spending time with the ones she loved.
Service will be held at a later date.
HARTLAND – Armas Mahonen, 72, died February 4, 2019 at a Bangor hospital. He was born April 21, 1946 in Rockland, a son of Armas and Viola (Nickerson) Mahonen, Sr. He served in the United States Air Force and later, the Army, during the Vietnam War. Armas was a member of Disabled American Veterans. He was a self-employed junk dealer, specializing in copper, silver and other precious and ferrous metals.
He is survived by 3 daughters, Jennifer Mahonen of MA, Ailie Mahonen and Siiri Mahonen, both of Hartland; 2 sisters, Gloria Beck of NH, and Peggy Nelson of Cushing; many nieces and nephews.
Graveside committal services will be held at a later date at the Pleasant View Cemetery, Cushing.
Those who wish may leave written condolences at
DEXTER — Judy Ann Welch “One Feather” passed away peacefully with family by her side at Dexter HealthCare on January 23, 2019.
Judy was born in Dexter, Maine on March 9, 1956 to Kenneth and Alice (Fickett) Bagley.
She was a published author. Judy worked many jobs: Guilford Woolen Mill, Potato Harvester, Flagger U-Maine College. Her passion was her CNA work, which she did for many years.
She loved spending time with her granddaughters, who she loved so very much. She is survived by her son, Heath Bagley and wife Amanda, their two daughters Lily May and Shealyn Rose of Ripley, Maine. She is also survived by two brothers James and wife Rebecca Bagley, Timothy and wife Debbie Bagley of St. Albans; one sister, Mary and husband Floyd Day of St. Albans; one half-sister Vala “Bagley” and husband Vinnie of the Country of Norway; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by two special friends “sisters” Wendy Cooper and her husband Darren and Diane Brown. She was predeseased by her mother and father along with three older brothers, John, Lewis and Larry.
A celebration of life with family and friends will be held July 27, 2019 at the home of Heath and Amanda Bagley beginning at 12 Noon. In lieu of flowers, cards and donations, at this time, Heath and Amanda welcome your tributes and contributions during her celebration in July.
PITTSFIELD — George C. Moody passed peacefully at home surrounded by family on January 25, 2019, at the age of 90 years old.
George was born on January 27, 1928, in Troy, Maine, son of Arthur and Doris (Wingate) Moody. He grew up in Troy and graduated from Unity High School in 1947. He married the love of his life, Leola Leavitt Moody in 1949. They loved each other very much!!
George started his career at Pittsfield Coal & Oil Company as a truck driver in 1955 and worked his way up to becoming the owner of the company in July of 1967. He retired in 1998. He was involved in several organizations. He was a volunteer firefighter for the town of Pittsfield in the 1960’s. He was a member of the Maine Oil Dealers Association and served on the board of directors. He and Leola were members of the New England Fuel Institute, where they enjoyed attending the annual convention and trade show in Boston. They traveled to many destinations all over the world with the NEFI. George was a member of the Mid Maine Chamber of Commerce in Waterville and served on their board of directors for several years. He was also a member of both the First Congregational Church in Pittsfield and the Driftbusters Snowmobile Club.
George and Leola traveled to their favorite place, Aruba, for 30 years. The also loved traveling with their camper to North Carolina and Virginia. He loved spending time with his loving wife and their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and other family members and friends! He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and snowmobiling with his family.
He is survived by his sister, Beatrice Thomas of Brooks; sons: Robert G. Moody and wife Joetta of Pauline, SC and David A. Moody and wife Laure’ of Pittsfield; daughter, Sandra L. Perkins and husband Jeffrey of Pittsfield; grandchildren: Julie, Christopher, Sadie, Carrie, Kevin, Andrew, Brianne and Erin; great grandchildren: Mary, Titus, Seth, Levi, Adam, Riley, Cayden, Kelsey, Dawson, Olivia, Eli, Alyssa, Jasmine, Harper and Quinn; brothers and sisters-in-law: Harry and Louise Leavitt, Lorraine Leavitt, Carroll Leavitt, Earl and Therolin Leavitt, Galen and Ervena Leavitt, Patricia and Richard Holt, Harland and Debbie Leavitt, and Howard and Nancy Leavitt; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Leola; his loving grandson, Dennis; his parents; his in-laws, Harry and Grace Leavitt Sr; daughter-in-law, Connie Jo Moody; brother, Kenneth; brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Donna; brothers-in-law: Linwood Leavitt and Dale Thomas; and sister-in-law, Carol Sue Leavitt.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Congregation Church Memorial Fund or to the Pine Tree Society for Handicapped Children and Adults.
A funeral service was held at 3 p.m., Friday, February 1, 2019, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield, with Rev. Glenn Nichols officiating. A gathering will follow at the funeral home and all are welcome. A spring committal will be held at the Village Cemetery, Peltoma Avenue, Pittsfield.
GUILFORD — Carolyn E. Hersey “Mema” died January 6, 2019 at a Bangor hospital. She was born April 18, 1937. Daughter of Laura Kelley and Dana Dow of Milo.
Carolyn enjoyed the children, grandchild, and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed getting together and cooking with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her son David Foster; her step-daughter Denise Hamilton; her grandchildren Mike Foster, Lisa Baird, Beth Wetmore, Justin Foster, and Luke Foster; her sisters Virginia Jehnings, Patrica Stewart, Brenda Gourley, Diana Gilbert, and Janet Stutzman; her brothers Gary and his wife Delilah Dow, and Guy and his wife Heidi Dow.
She was predeceased by her husband Earling Hersey; son Curt Foster; daughter Alyce Foster; step-son Danny Hersey; brothers Dana Dow, and Peter Dow; her mother Laura Kelley; and her father Dana Dow.
CANAAN — Gail Arlene Henry, 66, of Canaan passed away January 24, 2019. She was born in Benton on January 27, 1952, daughter of Charles Pollard and Ruth (Goodine) Pollard.
She had worked at a shoeshop, Avian Farms and many other odd jobs throughout her life. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed fishing, going to the casino and bingo. She will be greatly missed by many.
She is survived by her husband Jim Henry of Canaan; son Norman Brown of Fairfield; daughter Elaine Brown of Canaan; grandsons Cory Brown, Cody Brown, Evan Brown-Dixon; granddaughter Julie Brown-Dixon; brother Fred Pollard of Clinton; half brothers Lou Ryder and Gerald Ryder of Clinton, half sister Sandra Welch of Fairfield; many nieces and nephews. We will love you forever.
She was predeceased by her brother Donald Pollard; half brothers Lloyd Ryder and Lawrence Ryder; half sister Marlene Patterson. No funeral services at her request.
GARLAND — Stephen B. Rollins, age 73, of Garland, Maine departed this world for heaven on January 17, 2019. Born November 1, 1945, Steve was a native of Mohegan Island, Maine.
He spent most of his life as a seaman. He proudly served in the US Navy, was a lobsterman and finished the last 10 years of his career sailing the world as a US Merchant Marine. In 1981 Steve was awarded the US Coastguard Silver Lifesaving Medal for his bravery in aiding in the rescue of two Coast Guardsmen that had capsized in a storm, stranded on Smutty Nose Island.
Steve was a talented carpenter, artist, wood worker and well known for his love of cribbage and fishing. He had a generous, gentle spirit and the many friends who dined with him always shared “good groceries”. He wrote and published a children’s book, “Ronnie the Lobster”.
Steve loved helping others. A member of AA, he recently celebrated 30 years of sobriety. He was a member of the Garland Christian Fellowship, Dexter American Legion, Rockport Keystone RAC #24 and Rockland Knox Lodge No. 89.
Steve is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Peggy (Brimmer) Rollins; Peggy’s large family who adored Steve; three sons from a previous marriage, Jeffrey Rollins of Union, Christopher Rollins and Gregory Rollins, both of Monhegan Island; brother, Courtney Day, of Fort Lauderdale, FL; 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; 2 nieces; and 2 nephews.
A graveside service will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery in Garland, Maine in the spring of 2019. A notice will be posted then to provide details. Those who wish to remember Steve in a special way may make gifts in his memory to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 3151, Augusta, Maine 04330.


NEWPORT — Philip “Virgil” Bourgoine, Jr., 55, passed away quietly in the early morning hours of January 18th, 2019 at his Newport home, where he and his wife Cindy have lived for 35 years. Peacefully giving up the battle of congestive heart failure, he slipped from our arms into God’s arms. The 16 year old struggle was over, and the peace that shown upon his face was proof enough for his family, that in fact it was time.
He was born July 12, 1963 in Dexter, a son of Philip Virgil and Clarice (Dunton) Bourgoine, Sr. He had been employed as an over the road truck driver, heavy equipment operator, mechanic and a manager at a recycling facility, which fueled a fire for him to start his own business someday. In 2001, he was involved in starting a tire disposal and shredding business that is still in existence today and is one of his proudest endeavors, after his daughter and son, of course.
Virgil was well known for his kind, giving spirit and the patience of Job. Being consumed with health issues at an early age, you never heard him complain. He kept going, even if he had to alter the way he did things right up till the end. He was also known for having a video camera in his hand or close by so he could capture everything his family did on tape. Cindy, Becca and Mathew have buckets of footage and have found it very comforting to watch.
Virgil’s biggest enjoyment in his life was his family. They worked hard together and played hard together. Fishing, hunting and snowmobiling filled his time when he wasn’t with his daughter at a horse show or with his son at the race track. He traveled New England with his family to these events and created many memories and friends that will continue with Cindy, Becca and Mathew.
He is survived by his wife Cindy (Scannell) Bourgoine; daughter Becca Renee and husband Ian Buzanoski, all of Newport; son Mathew Virgil and wife Brittany (Furge) Bourgoine of Stetson; brother John Bourgoine of Corinna; nephew, Jason and wife Chrissy Bourgoine and their daughter, Paige of Newport; best bud, Dwayne Furge of Levant; plus many other friends and family. He has gone to heaven to see his parents; son, Coty; brother, Kevin; and good friend and mentor Thayne Eastman.

Dad, you have held on and always fought the good fight
And even though it breaks our hearts you are now gone out of sight.
We have a peace in knowing you have gone to heaven before us,
to build a place
For us to spend eternity with you in a very special and loving space.
Cheers, to all our memories here on earth
And for all the lessons you have taught us.
We will carry them in our hearts forever.
We will also fight the good fight and will Never Ever Quit. Never.
Your love and presence will always be felt.
And even with the cards you were dealt
You made the most of every day you had.
A daughter and a son couldn’t have asked for a better dad.
In loving memory of an incredible husband, father and friend

A celebration of Virgil’s life will be held at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport, on Wednesday, January 30th from 6 to 8 PM. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 51 U.S. Route 1, Suite M, Scarborough, ME 04074. Those who wish may leave written tributes at

CORINNA — Sandra Jean (Wilkins) Hickey, passed away on January 17, 2019 at a Bangor hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on October 3, 1948 in Peabody, Massachusetts, the daughter of Albert and Ann (Blazewicz) Wilkins.
In addition to her parents, Sandra was predeceased by her sister, Barbara (Wilkins) Joyce; and nephew, Ed Joyce. She is survived by her husband, Guyfred Hickey, Sr.; son, Guyfred Hickey, Jr. of Lagrange; daughter, Caryn Robichaud and husband, Doug of Newport; brother, Albert Wilkins and wife, Lois of Peabody, MA; and nephew, Ryan Wilkins of Peabody, MA. Sandra was a proud grandmother of four grandchildren, Evan Caron, Sierra, Kaydance, and Madisyn Robichaud.
Services for the family will be private. Condolences to the family may be expressed at
PITTSFIELD — Ruth Parkhurst, 89, of Pittsfield passed away in Skowhegan, Maine, peacefully surrounded by her family. She was born in Pittsfield, Maine, the daughter of Wallace and Bessie Percival. She attended schools in Pittsfield and graduated from Maine Central Institute.
On June 20, 1947, she married Lester Parkhurst.
Later, after raising five kids, she got drawn into a career in working with children with special needs. What started as a daycare in the basement of the Baptist Church quickly grew as the town and parents recognized the need for a school for children with special needs.
Ruth with aid of some parents organized and the town school system opened up an older two-room school renaming it the Marie Bradford School from 1964 – 1974. Ruth ran and worked with children ages 6 to 16 and ran it on a very tight budget but with local businesses and volunteers, it prospered.
In 1974, the state board of education recognized the work Ruth had accomplished and adopted the Marie Bradford School into school districts #48 and #53.
Ruth, in the meantime, started taking courses at University of Maine in Farmington. She stuck with it and received an associate degree in special education and the state certified her as a special education teacher.
She spent 22 years working with children with special needs as well as preschoolers during the summers working in the head start program.
Over time her skills with children were recognized as student teachers and physical therapists visited to work with her and earn credits.
Ruth, all her life, was active raising a family, being involved in the community. She was a member of the Eastern Star, she was a Sunday school teacher and area 4H leader.
In retirement, she and her husband of 72 years moved to Sun City Center, Florida. It didn’t take her long to get involved in the local community there joining an elementary school children’s mentoring program. She was a compassionate caregiver to close family and friends.
Ruth was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother always compassionate and inspiring to all who knew her. She showered her love to all.
She is survived by her five children, Carol Goodwin, Richard Parkhurst, Jeanne Cooper, Jack Parkhurst and Douglas Parkhurst; and her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.
The family would like to extend a thank you to the people at Pittsfield Community Care and Cedar Ridge Center for their excellent care they provided to Ruth and a special thank you to Beacon Hospice Care.
A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.
As a devoted member of the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Pittsfield, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UU Meeting House, PO Box 160, Pittsfield, ME 04967.
NEWPORT — Steve Lawn, 69, died January 21, 2019 at his residence after a brief illness. He was born December 28, 1949 in Boston, a son of Francis and Frances (Ceurvels) Lawn. He was a retired teamster. Steve enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and sports, especially the Patriots. He enjoyed and owned several classic and antique cars and belonged to a car enthusiast club.
He is survived by his wife Karen (Lundin) of Newport; 2 sons, Michael and wife Jill Lawn of Hanson, MA, and James Lawn of Middleboro, MA; 3 daughters, Erika and husband Brian Steen of Weymouth, MA, Michelle Lawn of Rockland, MA, and Diane Lawn of Haverhill, MA; a sister, Ann and husband John Waluk of Pittsfield; 8 grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Leaman and Denise Temple, Richelle and Robert Lawn.
Steve was predeceased by brothers, Francis, Russell and Edward Lawn.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 PM Thursday, January 24th, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport. Interment will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Newport, at a later date.
GUILFORD — Donna F. Mower, 74, passed January 18, 2019 at 3 PM at a Bangor Hospital after a brief illness. She was born in Palmyra on March 17, 1944 to Roland and Elizabeth (Bates) Perkins.
Donna was a special lady who loved her family and friends. She loved going to the coast, decorating and family gatherings every weekend. She was a babysitter for many years, worked at Ben Franklin and in the past year took care of her mother of 97 years unconditionally.
She is survived by her husband of many years, Martin Mower and a son, Marty Mower and his companion Linda; her mother, Elizabeth Perkins; sister, Patricia Williams and husband, Ira; brother, Millard Perkins and his wife, Norma; many nieces and nephews and friends.
A graveside service will be held at Lawn Cemetery in Guilford in June. Time will be determined.
ST. ALBANS — Priscilla Vigue Norris, 59, lost her battle with cancer January 17, 2019 at her St. Albans home surrounded by her family. She was born in Pittsfield on November 25, 1959 to Ernest and Catherine Vigue.
Priscilla grew up in Hartland, graduating from MCI, and worked for Sebasticook Farms and Skills. She enjoyed traveling, riding motorcycles and snowmobiling. Priscilla and husband Wayne raised her family in Dixmont for 30 years.
She is survived by her sons Levi Vigue and Lance Norris of St. Albans. Sisters, Barbara Day, Shirley Humphrey, Kathy Vigue Verhey of Hartland and Great Aunt Fay Smith of Litchfield. Lifelong friends, Jeffery Russell of Florida, Annette Bouffard of Pittsfield, Sid Bizeau of Hartland and companion Terry Charrier. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
As requested by Priscilla, she wishes for a celebration gathering to be held in her honor at her sister Shirley’s home, 91 North Street Hartland on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 3 to 5 PM.
The family would like to thank Redington Oncology Department for their kindness and care and Dawna from Hospice.
EUSTIS – Joseph Vito Isgro, 92, of Eustis, passed away on January 6, 2019 at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. He was born on March 5, 1926, in Trenton, NJ, the son of Orazio and Virginia (Mulinaro) Isgro. Joseph graduated from high school in Jobstown, New Jersey in 1939. On April 13, 1947, he married Ruth Nehlsen in Hainesport, New Jersey. Joseph was a carpenter by trade, who learned construction and masonry, so that he could build a house from the ground up. He and his partner, Dave Phoebus, built the Arneys Mount, New Jersey custom home development. In his later years, Joseph learned to hand carve animals and birds, winning many awards through the years.
Joseph is survived by; his wife of 72 years, Ruth Isgro of Eustis; two daughters, Sandra Isgro of Eustis and Debra Gadzia of Shamong, NJ; four granddaughters; and eight great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life was held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 1 PM, at the White Wolf Inn, 146 Main Street in Stratton. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 488 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington, ME 04938.

DETROIT – Ethan Allen Kelley, 69, died unexpectedly January 9, 2019 at a Bangor hospital. He was born June 23, 1949 in Presque Isle, a son of Allen and Dorothy (Parsons) Kelley. Ethan graduated from Presque Isle schools and the University of Maine at Orono. He served in the U. S. Army in Vietnam. He retired from the USDA FmHA Farm Service as a loan specialist. He was currently commander of the Corinna Post #73 American Legion, where he also served as vice commander and finance officer. Ethan was also a Selectman for the Town of Detroit, a Little League coach and Cub Scout leader. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with Steve, Butch and Vic took numerous 4 wheeler trips in the County and enjoyed complaining about “fixing” the camp.
He is survived by his wife, Elsie (Hayden) of Detroit; 2 sons, Eric of Bangor, Evan and wife Heather of Pittsfield; 2 brothers, Mark and wife Ann of Florida, and Lance of North Carolina; 1 aunt Phyllis Kelley Leavitt of Presque Isle; 4 grandchildren, Olivia, William, Aiden and Gabrielle.
A celebration of life will be held at noon Sunday, February 24th, at the Corinna Legion Post, 47 Maple Street, Corinna. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Memorial donations may be made to the Corinna Post #73, P. O. Box 1, Corinna, ME 04928. Those who wish may leave written condolences at

PITTSFIELD — Clifford A. Raye, 89, known as “Kit” to his family and friends, died peacefully on Monday, January 14, 2019, in Bangor.
Kit was born on October 15, 1929, in Codyville, Maine, the son of the late Aubrey and Sara (Caldwell) Raye. He graduated from Vanceboro High School and proudly served our country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
Kit was employed in the area shoe shops and retired in 1992. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, baseball, sports and watching his favorite westerns on T.V., especially Gunsmoke and Bonanza. He was an avid Red Sox fan and watched every game…sometimes twice! He was a member of the Burns W. Knowlton American Legion Post 32 in Pittsfield.
He is survived by his son, Randy Raye of Palmyra; his granddaughter, Audrey Raye of Bangor; two brothers, Merle “Moe” Raye of Vanceboro and Max Raye and his wife Cynthia of Bangor and Florida.
He was predeceased by his parents; his loving wife of 53 years, Joyce Raye; and his sister, Faye Freeman.
A graveside service with military honors will be held in the spring at the Village Cemetery, Peltoma Avenue, Pittsfield.
Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.

PLYMOUTH – Shirley M. (McAtee) Dunivan, 84, passed away January 10, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born January 27, 1934 in Dixmont, Maine, a daughter of Alexander and Augusta (Straight) McAtee. She graduated from Newport High School, Class of 1953.
On August 7, 1953 she married Berl Dunivan. They lived in Plymouth and raised five children.
Shirley worked several years for Guilford Industries in Newport and C.M. Almy in Pittsfield; but her joy in life was being a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She will be remembered for her cooking and sewing skills which have been passed on to her children and grandchildren. As a member of the Maine Quilters Guild and the Clueless Quilters, Shirley was very passionate about quilting. Her children and grandchildren will cherish her quilts for years to come.
She was a past member and officer of the Plymouth Grange. She was also in the bowling league at the Pittsfield Bowling Lanes for many years. Shirley also spent many hours working in her flower gardens.
Shirley is survived by her children, Gail (Kerbon) Littlefield of Corinna; Colleen (Harry) deCastro of Rehoboth, MA; Luanne (Sol) Pelkey of Palmyra; Cindy (Tim) Baird of Newport; and Jerry (Lori) Dunivan of Plymouth; 13 grandchildren, Jodi and Andrea Pelkey; Laura (Ryan) Walsh; Rachel (Jay) Sharkey; Amy (Dan) Warren; Nicole and Megan deCastro; Nathan, Adam (Heidi), Alex and Jenna Baird; Libby and Lexi Dunivan; 6 great-grandchildren, James and Madelyn Sharkey, Emily and Thomas Warren; Cole and Lyla Walsh; cousins, nieces and nephews. We will always carry your memory in our hearts.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Berl; and siblings Bernard “Sonny” McAtee and Charlotte Gray.
Graveside committal services will be held at Sawyer Cemetery, Plymouth at 11 AM on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Arrangements are by Crosby and Neal, Newport. Memorial donations may be made to the Clueless Quilters, c/o Natalie Rogers, Treasurer, 389 Tibbetts Road, Exeter, ME 04435. Those who wish may leave written condolences at

NEWPORT – George Robert Grant Jr. passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on January 10th, 2019. George was born December 18th, 1948 in Bar Harbor, Maine. He attended local schools and graduated from Mount Desert High School, and Unity College, Class of 1971.
He left us to join his brother David Grant, sister Carol Howatt, mother Lucille (Campbell) Grant, father George Grant, stepsons William “Billy” and James Black, and nieces Kimberly Grant and Jennifer Mae Howatt. He left us to join them in a place where there is baseball, fishing and hunting trips, poker games with his lifelong friends, camping, antique auctions and laughter.
George, Geordie, Papa, or Dad left behind his wife of 42 years Lucille Lewis Grant; 3 sons, George (Jody) Robert Grant III and wife Darlene Hopkins Grant, Josh David Grant and his wife Katie Grant and Torrey Michael Grant of Syracuse, New York and his companion Michaela Sattaur; grandchildren Alex David Grant, Andrew George Grant, Peyton Elizabeth Grant, Hayden Black & Brittney Springmann and her companion Chris Savageau, and Boston Black; great grandchildren Mason and Myka Savageau; and niece Wendy Grant. He loved his family more than anything, and told us on many occasions that he was put on this Earth to be a father and a “papa”.
George owned and operated The Grant Insurance Agency for many years. He also worked for the Uniship Courier service until his passing. Both careers allowed him to drive around the State of Maine and do what he loved best, which was to interact with people. He was truly a “People Person” and had a genuine honest passion for life.
George also left behind a family of children, some now adults, who saw him at every ball game, concert, and school event they can remember. A family numbering into the hundreds that always knew his home was open to them, as a place to hang out with his sons, a place to grab a bite if food was scarce, a place to feel like home. We will all miss him more than we could ever put into words.
At his request, a graveside service will be held in the spring at Riverside Cemetery, Newport. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Memorial donations may be made to the Nokomis Boy’s Basketball program, c/o Nokomis Sports Boosters, 266 Williams Road, Newport, ME 04953. Those who wish may leave written condolences at

HARTLAND – Susan J. (Whitten) Robinson, 67, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 1. She was born and raised in Hartland; the daughter of the late Leroy and Mary (Nichols) Whitten. Susan married her true love Aubrey in January 1971 and built a home with him next to her parents where they raised their three children. She enjoyed card games, swimming, fishing, watching game shows, and bird watching from her living room. She loved camping along the coast of Maine with her family in the summers. She enjoyed time at Lincolnville Beach, which was her favorite place to go with Aubrey. Susan received many owl themed gifts over the years, which she collected. She enjoyed going out to eat with her family and doing word search puzzles.
She will be deeply missed by her three loving children their spouses and two granddaughters: her daughter Patty and her husband Jason Angel of Boston, Massachusetts; her son Leroy and his wife Stacia “Stacey” (McAnaney) of Milton, New Hampshire; her daughter Mary and her husband John Horton of Hartland with her two young granddaughters; Breeara “Bree” and Faith who will miss spending time playing basketball and laughing with their “Grammy.” She is also survived by her sister Barbara Morse, brother David and his wife Cheryl Whitten, her sister-in-law Mary, brothers-in-law Freddy, Oscar, Donnie, and Ervin, close family friends Jana and Roger Brown, Ruth (Withee) and her family, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. She is predeceased by her loving husband Aubrey, her parents, her sister Rowena Staples, her in-laws Roy Robinson and Leona (Marshall) and many other family members and friends
Susan’s children would like to send a special thank you to the Estes family of Hartland for all of their help with snow plowing and lawn mowing over the years for their parents. Thanks to all the nurses and staff members at the Dialysis Clinic (DCI) of Skowhegan for their encouragement of Susan during her seven years of treatments and the caring KVCAP drivers who made sure that she got to treatment no matter the weather. The family is grateful to the staff and volunteers of Maine General Hospice for their care and compassion. The family appreciates the nurses and staff members at the Woodlawn Rehab in Skowhegan for their kindness and care given to Susan and her family this past month. Additionally, thanks to Glenn and Rachel Nichols for their great care.
A memorial service to celebrate her life and committal will be held in the spring at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery on 163 Mount Vernon Road in Augusta.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation in Susan’s name to the Tri-Town Food Cupboard at 9 Hubbard Avenue, Hartland, Maine 04943. For more information please call 207-938-2244.
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PITTSFIELD – Janice Elaine Dunphy McGowan, 77, died peacefully on Thursday, January 3, 2019, after a courageous battle with lung cancer in Pittsfield.
She was born on April 11, 1941, in Burnham, Maine, the daughter of the late Hillis and Josephine (Reed) Dunphy. She married Robert McGowan on June 20, 1959. Janice worked for Ethan Allen Furniture in the early 60’s and from 1967-1972, she was employed at Galusha’s Inc., in Clinton. She retired from the Federal Trust Company in Waterville in 1993 after being employed by them since 1972.
Janice enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, jigsaw puzzles and diamond painting. Over the course of her life, she had made hundreds of quilts and afghans. Traveling across the state of Maine and Canada to see lighthouses was one of her favorite things to do. She visited many covered bridges in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. She was a member of the Burnham Extension for many years and served as the treasurer for more than 20 years.
She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Robert McGowan of Pittsfield; two daughters: Susan Huffer and husband Alan of Detroit and Rhonda Kennedy and companion Martin Harris of Oakland; grandchildren: Ashley Kennedy and fiancé Adam Aranda of Palmdale, CA, Kristi de Bree and husband Chris of North Waterboro, Megan Huffer and fiancé Sam Roberts of Sangerville and Shane Huffer of Portland; great grandchildren: Audrey and Amelie Aranda, Marlowe and Ira Roberts and baby boy de Bree due to be born in April; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; and four brothers, Richard Dunphy, Linwood “Red” Dunphy, John Dunphy, and Reed Dunphy.
The family received friends from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, January 10, 2019, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield. A funeral service was held at 1 p.m., Friday, January 11, at the funeral home. A spring committal service will be held at the Greenlawn Rest Cemetery in Clinton.
Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, Maine, 04086, in Janice’s memory.
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Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.

PITTSFIELD – Roger S. Ross, 83, died peacefully on January 8 in Pittsfield.
He was born on August 22, 1935, in Milo, Maine, the son of the late Stuart and Erma (Hussey) Ross. He graduated from Maine Central Institute with the class of 1954 and proudly served our country in the United States Army. He was a life insurance salesman for Met Life for many years.
Family was everything to Roger. He was married to the love of his life, Moni Wheeler Ross, for 62 years, and together they raised five children. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but playing golf was his passion.
Roger was a Mason and a Shriner, belonging to the Meridian Lodge A.F & A.M. He was a member of the Sebasticook Valley Elks Lodge #2713 in Pittsfield. He belonged to the J.W. Parks Golf Course, the Waterville Country Club and served as Past President of the Maine State Golf Association.
He is survived by his loving wife, Moni Ross of Pittsfield; his children: David Ross and wife, Susan of Pittsfield, Randy Ross and wife Micheline of Pittsfield, Robert Ross of Dexter, Tina Ross of Wesley and Maynard Ross and wife Tonya of Corinna; 9 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sister, Nancy Cameron and husband Donald of Newcastle; brother-in-law, Jack Wollensak of Amherst, MA; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; and his siblings: Violet Gould and her husband Frank, Barbara Wollensak, David Ross and Ervin Ross.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the VNA, hospice, and SVH hospital for their great care.

HARTLAND – On December 30th, 2018 at 3:45 PM, the world lost Roland C. Dubey “Butch” - a good man, husband, father and brother. He worked hard his entire life and now he can finally rest. He was a kind soul that cared about everyone and everything. We all know that he’s now with his parents and the rest of the family that passed before him. He is missed by all that was blessed to meet him and even more by the people that knew and loved him. Rest in peace my brother, I will love and miss you until we reunite again.
PALMYRA — Cindy Breton, 71, passed away December 27, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born April 8, 1947 in Waterville. She graduated from Lawrence High School, Class of 1966 and graduated from Kennebec Valley Technical College, Class of 1996 after raising her 4 children.
As her family was her heart, she worked from home for 16 years as a licensed day care provider. In doing so, she was able to be a homemaker and full time mother to her children. Another important part of Cindy’s life was her love of education. At the time she was running her day care, she enrolled in college at KVTC, where she proudly earned a double major in Automated Office Technology. She also had the pleasure of graduating with her older daughter, which was a great honor to her.
She is survived by her sons Danny Hann II, Tony York and wife Deb; daughters Jennifer (Hann) Welch and husband Alfred “Bub” Welch III, Katrina Giles and boyfriend Jim LaPointe; grandchildren, Joshua, Tyler, Kayla, Alison, Alex, Jewel, Anna, Samantha, Dillan, Travis and Tara; her longtime companion Joseph “Joe” Carbone and her best friend Danny Hann Sr.: all of whom she loved with all her heart. She also had great grandchildren which all put a sparkle in her heart and filled her with joy.
Cindy especially enjoyed spending time with her family and watching the grandkids grow. She loved to cook for family and bake goodies for the grandchildren. She often spent time sewing and creating oil paintings for family and friends. Two of her personal passions were her love of the Smile. She always had a smile on her face and tried to help others feel happy. Every year she promoted “World Smile Day” in any way to put a smile on a person’s face. Her second passion was her group of friends in the Red Hat Society, of which she was a proud member.
Spring interment will be in the Palmyra Village Cemetery. Cremation arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
DEXTER — On December 22, 2018, the Lord invited Robert Richard Joseph Allard to his eternal home. Bob was born on March 7, 1939 in a French speaking mill town in Rhode Island. He graduated high school in 1956 at the age of 17, then joined the U.S. Air Force seeking travel and adventure. Bob continuously volunteered for foreign duty and spent 14 of his 20 year military career serving on foreign soil, including a tour in Vietnam (67/68). In 1970 while stationed in Germany he met and married Marion J. Pattee from Pittsfield, ME. They were blessed with two fine daughters, Jeannine Marie, wife of Tim Bland of Ellsworth, ME, and Katherine Anne, married to Mark Trapela of Bradenton, FL.
Jeannine and Tim further enhanced the family by adding two lovely girls, Lindsay and Abigail, who reside with their parents. In 1976, Bob retired from the military and moved his family to Winterport, ME, residing there for the next 25 years until both girls had graduated UMO.
Bob spent the first 5 years of his civilian life working in a Bangor bank while attending Husson University, graduating with a cum laude in accounting and accepting a position as Financial Manager with the James W. Sewall Co. of Old Town for the next 30 years.
Bob retired in 2011 following the death of his wife from early onset Alzheimer’s. Her last five years were spent at the Westgate Manor Alzeheimer’s Unit where she received excellent care. During his wife’s residency at Westgate Bob attended many support group meetings where he met Wilma Johannesen whose husband was also residing at Westgate. Following the deaths of their spouses, Bob and Wilma decided to share their senior years in a partnership of love, joy and happiness. Two years ago they found their ideal home in Dexter of which both are extremely proud.
Bob is a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Dexter, and his ashes are to be buried on a warm summer day in the Kenduskeag Cemetery without fanfare, as per his wishes. Bob leaves his younger brother, Richard and his wife Lucille, and a sister, Colette Beal, all of FL. Arrangements trusted to Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, Bangor and Brewer. Messages and memories may be shared at
The purpose of life is very simple. Life is a test to determine where our eternity is to be spent.

Ripley — Kay E. Pierce Sawyer Dunton passed away in her sleep in Dade City, Florida on December 26, 2018. She was born October 10, 1936 to Earl and Doris O’Reilly Pierce in Pittsfield, ME.
Kay graduated from MCI in 1955. She married Ralph Sawyer and moved to Ripley. She worked 6 years for Northeast Shoe in Pittsfield, 34 years for Dexter Shoe in Dexter. Kay belonged to the Ripley Church in Ripley and also taught Sunday school. She belonged to the Ripley Grange serveral years ago. Kay had no children but she loved all the Sawyer nieces and nephews. They loved visiting with Aunt Kay and Uncle Ralph. She always kept in contact with them.
Later in life Kay married her high school sweetheart Merlon Dunton. They both loved to go camping and travel with the Big Montana. They went on several cruises with the Dunton families. Kay summered in a campground in Orland, ME and wintered in Dade City.
Kay loved all dogs, her pet dog was Ringo (deceased). She has several close friends down in Orland and also in the RV Estates in Dade City. She liked walking, playing the slots, eating out and talking to anyone that walked by her home.
She is survived by sister, Doris Ann Pierce Boutelle of Augusta; special sisters-in-law, Glenda Sawyer of Harmony and Corris Ann Richards of Mattawamkeag; brothers-in-law, Arnold Sawyer of Harmony and Clarence White of Detroit; close friend, Peggy Thompson of Connecticut, who always kept in contact. Also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Kay was predeceased by her parents; sister, Marilyn White; brother, Leroy Pierce; first husband, Ralph Sawyer (1982); second husband, Merlon Dunton (2014); brothers-in-law Stephen Boutelle, Maurice (Velma) Sawyer, Harold (Alta) Sawyer, Richard (Mary K) Sawyer and Stanton Sawyer; nephews, Steven Sawyer and Mark Plourde.
Kay, my sister, my friend, I’m missing your phone calls each night. I love you lots sis.
Cremation in Florida. The burial will be held in Maine, to be announced at a later date.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions made to the Ripley Methodist Church, C/O David Mosley, 35 Pine Street, Dexter, ME 04930.