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RUTH A. DONALDSON
NEWPORT – Ruth A. Donaldson, 81, died May 16, 2017 at a Bangor healthcare facility. She was born April 23, 1936 in Baltimore, Maryland, a daughter of Edward (E. Kenneth) and Sarah (Bennett) Albaugh. She graduated from Claymont High School in Delaware. She was proud to be the great great granddaughter of Francis Scott Key, author of “The Star Spangled Banner”.
Ruth married the “love of her life” Neal McKenzie September 16, 1956 and they had two children, Evelyn and David McKenzie. She married Wayne Donaldson in 1971 and had a son, Michael Donaldson.
She is survived by her son Mike and his wife Martha of Etna, who cared for her during her years of declining health; her daughter Evelyn Curtis of Pittsfield; a brother Edward and wife Jeannie Albaugh of South Weymouth, Mass; grandchildren Angie Curtis, JJ (John Joseph) Curtis, Neal and Bridgette McKenzie; great grandchildren Haylee and Logan Curtis; twin nieces, Susan Bennett and family and Karen Albaugh; and a nephew, Larry Albaugh.
Ruth was predeceased by her parents; her step mother of 50 years, Beatrice (Bea) Folsom Albaugh; her husbands Neal McKenzie and Wayne Donaldson; a son David McKenzie; and a great grandson Curtis Ramsdell.
Thank you with all our hearts to the marvelous, caring staff at the Phillips-Strickland House. You all made Ruth’s past year wonderful.
At her request, there will be no funeral services. Cremation arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may sign an online guest register at www.CrosbyNeal.com.
SUSAN “SUE” LYNN (WALLACE) PALMER

NEWPORT – Sue Palmer, 53, died May 12, 2017 at her residence.
She was born October 3, 1963 in Dexter, a daughter of Linwood “Wally” and Mary “Teresa” (Mossey) Wallace. Sue graduated from Dexter Regional High School, Class of 1982, and received an Associate’s Degree from Bangor Community College.
She was employed in the medical records department at Sebasticook Valley Hospital until her illness. She was a great wife, mother and grandmother.
Sue never let the child within her vanish. She loved to have fun. She enjoyed the outdoors; the “girl house” at Ripley Pond, ice fishing on Chamberlain Lake, motorcycle riding, visiting with family and friends at the fire pit, and spending time at home reading a good book.
Sue is survived by her parents, Wally and Sherrill Wallace, Mary “Teresa” and Roger Carr; and her husband Vernard, all of Newport; her son Jeffrey Giles of Detroit; her mother and father in law, Vernard and Mary Palmer of Newport; sister in law Pamela and husband Peter Petto of Weare, NH; step brothers, Mitchell Carr of Texas, and Kevin Carr of Ohio; step sisters, Pamela and husband Gaelo De La Fuente of Japan, Melissa and husband Jeffrey Amoroso of Newport, Sherri Leeeman of Newport, Kimberly and husband George Cummings of Brewer; and her special granddaughter, Ali Paige Giles. She is also survived by her “fur kids”, Harry and Lucy.
She was predeceased by her grandparents, Muriel “Nana” Micue, and Reginald and Catherine Mossey.
A memorial service was held at 11 AM Friday, May 19th, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport. Friends called from 10 AM until the time of services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Bangor Humane Society, 693 B Mt. Hope Avenue, Bangor, ME 04401.




ANITA G. COLOMY

DEXTER – Anita G. Colomy, 65, died May 13, 2017 at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, following a long illness. She was born in Providence, RI, February 12, 1952, the daughter of Edward and Dorothy (Sansbury) Jaques Sr.
She graduated from the Community College of Rhode Island and Emmanuel College in Boston. On June 20, 1987 she married Les Colomy and moved to Dexter in September 2001. She loved her children, grandchildren, and her church family. Her favorite memories included camping, and caring for her flower gardens. She was very proud of her real estate license and loved helping people get their first home. She was active in the town working as the town Tax Assessor, and was a member of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Dexter.
She is survived by her husband, Leslie “Les” Colomy of Dexter; 4 children, Michael Colomy and Nicholas Colomy, both of Dexter, Jeremy Schobel Sr. and his wife, Nicole of Garland, and Dina Lee Ford of Unity; a brother, Edward Jaques and his wife, Linda of RI; grandchildren, Jeremy Schobel Jr., Nathan Schobel, Caleb Schobel, William Slaughter II, Shelby Lee Slaughter, Brandon Hargis, and Tanya Ford; great grandchildren, Bridgette Rancourt, and Hennessy Miller.
She was predeceased by her parents; and a sister, Marion Bean.
Friends may call Monday May 22, 2017, at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Dexter from 11 AM until noon, followed by a funeral service at noon with Pastor George Dever officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Dexter. Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Dexter. For an online guest register, go to www.CrosbyNeal.com.




SMITH LEROY BICKFORD
PITTSFIELD – Smith Leroy Bickford, 84, died on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at Togus VA Medical Center.
Smith was born on November 2, 1932, in Dixmont, Maine, the son of the late Cecil and Elizabeth (Philbrick) Bickford. He proudly served our country in the United States Army. He was an equipment operator for both Tilcon and Pike Industries.
Smith was a fan of NASCAR and liked working in the woods with his horses. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his children, Linda Fletcher and husband Paul Jr of China, Cecil Bickford and companion Jacqui Hanson of Etna, Bruce Bickford and companion, Holly King of Pittsfield, Yvette Davis and husband Dickie of Pittsfield, Polly Elderkin and husband Harvey of Hartland; grandchildren, Christopher, Ryan, Matthew, Molly, Amanda, Dawson, Arial, Erica, Patrick, Elizabeth, Luke, Bruce Jr., Dustin, Hannah, Christopher, Jennifer, Jenna, Harvey Jr and Tyler; and a very special granddaughter, Samantha who took excellent care of her grampie.
He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Pauline Bickford; and sons, Brent Meader and Smith Bickford Jr.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 PM, Friday, May 19th, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield. A committal with military honors will immediately follow at the Sawyer Cemetery, Route 7, in Plymouth.
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Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.




KEVIN M. TRUDEAU
PITTSFIELD – Kevin Michael Trudeau, 31, died May 8, 2017 at a Bangor hospital following a long illness. He was born April 19, 1986 in Lowell, MA, a son of Robert and Marlene (Cullity) Trudeau. Kevin graduated from Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Class of 2004.
Kevin managed the Fletcher Farm on the Snakeroot Road in Pittsfield. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and Central Maine Trailblazers. He loved poker, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling, snow plowing, working on mechanical things and hanging with family and friends.
He is survived by his mother Marlene Cullity and her significant other, Eugene White, both of Pittsfield; his girlfriend Jennifer Sanborn-Steiner and her sons, Ethan and Jake, all of Hartland; Aunt Alison and husband Eric Johnson, and their children, Nathan, Kasey, Tyler, Caleb, Nick and Zoey, Aunt Anna Gruber and her children, Robert and Keri, Aunt Lisa and husband Gary Carleton and children Bryan and Brandon, Aunt Pamela and husband Shawn Nadeau and their children Sara and Ainsley; Uncle Dwight Robson and his wife Lena Robinson and their children Mitchell and Will; extended family members Norman, Peggy, Darren, Tara and Munch Clarke; and his dog Dakota. He is also survived by special loved ones, Alice Ann Lary, Victoria Reed, Orabella Miguel, Michel Le Blanc and Leora Robinson.
Kevin was predeceased by his grandparents, Arthur and Alice Robson.
Friends called from 2 to 3:30 PM Friday, May 12th, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport. Graveside committal services were held at 4 PM Friday at Pittsfield Village Cemetery, with Pastor Wade Townley officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, Donation Processing Center, P.O. Box 7000, Albert Lea, MN 56007-8001; or online at www.lung.org
Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com
GERALD EDGAR MARTIN
HARTLAND – Gerald Edgar Martin, 91, passed away May 4, 2017 at his home in Hartland surrounded by his family. He was born August 5, 1925 in Hartland, the son of Ervin W. And Vivian (Cookson) Martin.
He was educated in the schools of Hartland and Waterville and graduated from Waterville High School in 1943. He was a veteran who proudly served his country in the US Navy until his honorable discharge. On November 23, 1985 he married Patricia Bowman on St. Albans Mountain. He was a member of the Hartland Planning Board for over 40 years, was a full time member of the Mountain Boys and loved hunting, going to auctions and spending time at camp with his family.
Gerald is survived by his wife of 31 years, Patricia (Bowman) Martin of Hartland; 4 sons, Donald Martin and wife Kathy of Wallingford, Connecticut, Bradley Martin of Bryant Pond Maine, Eric Martin and wife Shelley of New Port Maine, special son, Skip Tash and wife Molly of Pittsfield Maine; 3 daughters, Judy Pike of Bryant Pond, Maine, Rebecca Martin of Salem, Massachusetts, Beverly Fenner of Lady Lake, Florida; grandchild, Savanna Knowles and husband AJ and great grandchild Kooper Vaughan; 20 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; brother, Raymond Martin and wife Beverly of Hartland, Maine; sister-in-law, Virginia Martin of Veazie, Maine; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Selden Martin.
A graveside service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Gerald's memory to the Hartland Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Tim Kuespert, Fire Chief, PO Box 280, Hartland, ME 04943.
Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott's Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, Maine 04976.



ELIZABETH ANN CHASE-COSBY
In loving memory of Elizabeth Ann Chase-Cosby, 58, also known as, Betsy Bowles, also known as, Aunter Betsy, who passed away unexpectedly February 25th in Grand Island, Nebraska.
Elizabeth was the daughter of Kevin Bowles and Doris Sargent, and was born September 15, 1958 in Bellowsfalls, VT. Betsy grew up in Epping, NH, where she attended and graduated from Epping High School. She had many friends and was easily liked. With her friendly down to earth, easy going spirit and her talent in all kinds of crafts (from cooking to making jewelry) she brought joy to many people's lives. A fond lover of nature, and of all animals; she would take in any creatures in need, She would nurture them and help them and that loving caring nature of her’s extended to all the people in her life. She lived a simple life, as she wanted to, and it was filled with adventures. She had many travels around the U.S. and saw more of our beautiful country than most.
Elizabeth formerly lived and owned property in Plymouth, ME, which she loved and there she was able to live as she wanted. She touched many lives there in Plymouth and surrounding towns with her work in home health care and in group homes for the disabled.
Elizabeth will be missed by many and is survived by her mother, Doris Sargent of New Hampshire; daughters Jasmine Cain of Arkansas and Chelsea Cosby of Texas; don Reagh Greenleaf, Jr. of Vermont; sister Katherine Tuck of Maine; brother Michael Bowles of New Hampshire; nieces Sarah Tuck, Lillian Tuck and Molly Rush all of Maine; stepmother Avis Bowles and daughter Ginny and family of North Carolina. There are also countless friends and relatives that love her and will miss her. Our free spirited Elizabeth, your spirit is free.



ALLEN HOMER BROWN
CORINNA — Allen Homer Brown (Butch, Brownie, Dad, Bumpa) went home to be with his Lord and Savior on April 27, 2017 at 1:10 AM, while an inpatient at Wuesthoff Medical Center in Rockledge FL, following and prior to complications involving open heart surgery. During which time it was discovered that he had suffered several prior heart attacks and a stroke, in recent years.
He was predeceased by his mother and father, Agnes and Homer Brown of Corinna, Maine, and by his mother in law, Marilyn Clark of Barefoot Bay, FL.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years Linda Edgerly Brown, his daughter Kimberly Brown Lovley, her husband Jason (whom Allen loved as a son), their children Noah Nick and Ava, all of Newport, ME, and by his son Timothy Allen Brown of Corinna and Gorham, ME. He is also survived by his father in law Gordon Clark of Florida, his sister Linda Allen, her husband Mike, niece Michelle and her family, nephew Paul and his family, sister Donna McKusick, nephew Peter Ruksznis and his family, niece Nichole Ruksznis and her family, brother in law Alan Clark, his wife Julie, nephew Kenneth Clark and his family, sister in law Gail Hall, niece Misty Lary and her family and niece Bobbi Hoffmann (who Allen and Linda helped to raise) and her family. As well as by many other extended family members. He loved each and every one dearly.
Allen will be fondly remembered for his likable, kind, and humble down to earth demeanor and his compassionate and generous heart. He was a hard worker, starting at the bottom rung of the ladder as a truck driver in the food business and worked his way up to corporate management and to Vice President of Jordan's Foods in Westbrook and Bangor, ME. He was an Entrepreneur and Business Owner of past Brown Investments, past sole owner of five Maine restaurants, The Village Square in Corinna, Noah's Landing in Dexter, Nick's Whistlestop in Pittsfield, Ava's Place in Guilford and The Sail-In Cafe in Newport. As well as past co-owner with his wife Linda of Brown's General Store, Maine-ly Country Gift Shoppe and Kim's Cone, and The Carriage House Inn.
Allen graduated from Nokomis Regional High in 1969 in Newport, ME, as well as graduating with Certifications in Management, Food and Chemical Industry at Carol Chemical Co. and Kent Equipment Co. in Garland, Texas. He served in the National Guard, was a Mason and a member of Morses Corner Baptist Church as well as attending many other churches in Maine and First Baptist Church in Micco, FL.
Over the years, he enjoyed many activities, firstly hunting. He was well known and loved as an avid hunter, awarded Biggest Buck Club in 1999 and 2008, as well as gardening, building, golfing, skiing, fishing, boating, island life, just chatting over coffee, being with those he loved, and most of all, spending time with his family, especially his pride and joy, Noah, Nick and Ava and his beloved dog, Baxter.
In his short retirement years, although his health was quickly fading, he loved living with Linda at their place in Florida winters, going for rides, walking Baxter, relaxing in his recliner, taking control of the remote, and going to Walmart! Allen enjoyed the simple uncomplicated things in life and was ever grateful and appreciative of all that surrounded him. He adored his family and friends and will be deeply missed by all who loved him. The greatest lesson that he taught and exemplified to his family was that true success in life, is not in success itself, it is in loving your family, working hard, trying your best, giving it your all, and if you fall down in life, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep on keeping on; with humility, integrity, and faith.
Due to cremation in Florida, a Celebration of Life will be held on June 10th, 2017, at 2 PM, at Morses Corner Baptist Church in Corinna, ME, followed by refreshments. Pastor George Wardwell officiating.
Donations for a Scholarship Fund for Noah Nick and Ava may be sent to Linda Brown at 111 Newport Road, Corinna, ME 04928.


RICHARD ALLEN LEAHY, SR.
PITTSFIELD — Richard Allen Leahy, Sr., 71, passed away on Friday, April 28, 2017, surrounded by his family at his home in Pittsfield.
He was born on September 13, 1945, in Barre, Vermont, the son of the late James and Corrine (Blanchard) Sr. He proudly served our country in the United States Navy loading missiles on a nuclear sub tender and serving as a crane operator. He was employed as a machine operator for over 30 years at Sonoco in Pittsfield. After his retirement, he managed the Pittsfield Motor Inn.
Richard was a devoted Red Sox fan. He loved antiques and was an avid collector of many things. He loved dogs, enjoyed listening to Elvis and spending quality time with his family.
He is survived by his loving wife, Alexandria “Sandi” Leahy of Pittsfield; his sons, Richard Leahy Jr and wife, Diane, of Pittsfield and James Leahy of Burnham; grandchildren, Patrick, Cody, Daniel, Alexander and Anthony; brother, Jim Leahy and wife, Uri, of Sylmar, California; sister-in-law, Isabelle Castellano; special nephew, Salvatore Castellano Jr; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
He was predeceased by his parents; sisters, Cathy Huffmaster and Janice Britton; and brother-in-law, Salvatore Castellano, Sr.
A gathering was held by the family at 9 a.m., Sunday, May 7, at Richard and Sandy’s Home, 108 C Street, Pittsfield, Maine.
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EDITH M. WIETZKE
HARTLAND — Edith M. Wietzke, 94, died peacefully on Thursday, February 09, 2017, in Dover-Foxcroft.
Edith was born on August 26, 1922, in Linden, New Jersey, one of eight children to the late John and Agnes (Maurice) Evans. She attended the local Linden schools and graduated from Linden High School.
Edith was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed taking care of her family and being involved in her children’s school activities. She served as a past PTA president as well volunteered in the Cub Scouts. She was a telephone operator during WWII, worked as a matron at the county jail and was an Avon representative for several years. Edith was a member of the Eastern Star and was very active in her home church, Grace Linn Memorial United Methodist Church of Hartland.
She is survived by her son, Dale Wietzke of Jamestown, California; 6 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sister, Jeanette Dubois of Freehold, New Jersey; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Charles; daughter, Rosalie Collins; two sons, Chuckie Wietzke and Doug Wietzke; and six siblings, Ruth, Ethel, Tommy, Harry, Almer and Jackie.
A graveside service along with an Eastern Star Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 13, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Hartland with Pastor Jim Boughman officiating.
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ANNE MARIE KENT
CORINNA — Anne Marie Kent, 57, passed away April 29, 2017 at a Bangor hospital following a brief illness. She was born April 3, 1960 in Haverhill, MA, a daughter of Henry and Dorothy (German) Goulet.
After moving to Corinna with her family she worked as a potato processer for Roland Dorman in Exeter. She will be remembered as a hard worker. Anne also made exceptional Christmas wreaths each year. She enjoyed going to Bingo. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother always putting others first. She will be deeply missed by all who were blessed by her presence.
She is survived by her husband Brian; 2 sons, Shaun and Justin; and granddaughters, Hailey, Roberta, Mercedes, Juliana and Melody. She was predeceased by her son, Brian, Jr. on March 9, 1998.
A memorial service will be held at the coast in the summer. Cremation arrangements are by Crosby & Neal Chapel, 68 Exeter Road, Corinna. Memorial 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 www.CrosbyNeal.com.
EDWARD MERRILL COOMBS
DEXTER – Edward Merrill Coombs, 91, of Dexter and Castine, died at 4:00 AM on Monday, April, 24, 2017 with his daughter at his side in her home. He was born in Castine on May 5, 1925 to George and Edith Coombs. He was predeceased by his wife Irene Rumney Coombs after enjoying 64 years of marriage.
Edward grew up in and around Castine. His lifelong entrepreneurial spirit was apparent at the age of nine when he began publishing a local newspaper that he named The Green Street News. It was printed and sold for 2 cents per copy using a typewriter and a self-made hectograph from 1934 to 1936. The series was bound and reprinted as a historical account of local goings on of Castine life by the Witherle Memorial Library in 1996.
Edward started his career as a radio operator employed by Pan American Airways in the early days of commercial fight service on-board a Sikorsky S-42 clipper flying boat. He joined the Navy during the Second World War where he worked to decode intercepts in the Pacific theater on-board a Navy Destroyer Escort.
Upon Edward’s return from the war, he attended the University Of Maine at Orono and earned a degree in Electrical Engineering with assistance from the G.I. Bill. He was employed by RCA, New England Telephone and Bell Systems, working on cutting edge technologies such as advancement of analog television tuning, microwave technology, and on the communication systems for the Apollo Space Missions. Prior to his retirement, he moved to Iran to serve as an electronic communication consulting engineer for Bell Systems.
In retirement, he devoted his life to his family, and his varied hobbies. He loved to hunt and fish. He built and flew radio controlled boats, planes, helicopters, and drones. He enjoyed genealogical research. He taught his grandsons the lifelong skill of tinkering...In short he was a very cool grandfather.
Edward is survived by two children, Diane Bartlett and her husband James of Dexter, and Edward G. Coombs of Middleton, Rhode Island; two special brother-in-laws, John Rumney of Hampden, Kenneth Rumney of Standish; four grandsons, James Hatch and wife Teri of Bangor, Matthew Hatch and Wife Stacey of Pittsfield, Daniel Bartlett and wife Susan of Gaithersburg, MD, Joseph Bartlett and significant other Gail of Dexter; and seven great-grandchildren, Shauna, Jonathan, Emelyn, Moriah, Madalyn, Akeem James (AJ) and Chamberlain.
A private graveside Service will be held June 3 at the Castine Cemetery.




ELIZABETH “BETTY” P. ROBBINS
DEXTER – Elizabeth “Betty” P. Robbins, 87, formerly of Hartland, died peacefully on April 25, 2017, in Bangor.
Elizabeth was born on December 5, 1929, in Garland, Maine, the daughter of the late Lewis and Gladys (Lowell) Dearborn. She worked for several years at the Eastland Woolen Mill in Corinna and the Northeast Shoe in Pittsfield.
Betty absolutely loved BINGO! She would go regularly to Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft, Corinna, and occasionally to Bangor. She enjoyed going to the casino and putting jigsaw puzzles together.
She is survived by her children, Gale Carlow of Hartland, Dale Robbins and his wife, Lorna of Hermon, Carla Reynolds of Palmyra, Carle A. Robbins, Jr. and his companion, Tammy, of Canaan and Teresa Robbins of Palmyra; brother, Wayne Dearborn and wife, Donna, of Dexter and Connecticut; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Carle A. Robbins, Sr; an infant sister; her sister, Susie Cook; two brothers, Lyle Dearborn and Frank “Jack” Dearborn; and a son-in-law, Juan Carlow.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to Benny and Diane Perkins for their loving care of mom this last year.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield, Maine. A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Evergreen Cemetery, Campbell Road in Garland.
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NANCY B. WEBBER
PITTSFIELD – Nancy B. Webber, 84, formerly of Bloomfield, CT, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Pittsfield.
Born on March 25, 1933, in Hartford, CT, she was the daughter of the late Gladys Hathaway Burnham and Robert Burnham. She was raised by her mom and stepdad, Edward T. Garvin, lovingly known as Pop, in West Hartford, CT, and graduated from Hall High School.
Nancy enjoyed knitting, crocheting, square dancing and listening to all kinds of music. She also liked to read and work on puzzle books. She especially loved spending time at the family camp in St. Albans.
She is survived by her children, Dana Webber Jr of St. Albans, Linda Arn and husband, Jonathan, of East Granby, CT and Kenneth Webber and wife, Cindy, of Pittsfield; grandchildren, Katelyn Rau and husband, David, Justin Arn and Rhonda Kinney; 3 great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, Dana Webber Sr in 1993; and two sisters, Dorothea Felber and Barbara O’Brien.
The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Sebasticook Valley Hospital for the wonderful care given to our mom.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the SVH Family Room, 447 North Main Street, Pittsfield, Maine, 04967, in Nancy’s memory.
A private gathering will be held by family and friends this summer.
To leave a message of kindness, please visit www.shoreynichols.com.
Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield, Maine.



ETHEL F. TAYLOR
HARTLAND – Ethel Florence (Byram) Taylor, 104 years of age, passed away on April 11, 2017 at the Cedar Ridge Nursing Home in Skowhegan.
Ethel was born March 6, 1913, in St. Leonards, New Brunswick, the daughter of Alfred & Annie (Diamond) Byram. She was one of 10 children. Ethel married Turney Taylor and together they raised seven children while operating their own dairy farm. As well as being a homemaker and wife, Ethel was employed by the Tannery in Hartland and Northeast Shoe in Pittsfield. She greatly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren as well as many hobbies - knitting, crocheting, quilting, writing poetry and was an avid Scrabble player. Ethel received the Golden Cane from the towns of Hartland as well as Palmyra where she moved in 2012, to reside with her daughter, Juanita and great grandson Joel. She was a longtime member of the Hartland Baptist Church.
Ethel is survived by seven children, Turney and wife Elaine of Bangor, Juanita Robinson of Palmyra, Alene and husband David Goodridge of Canaan, Alfred and wife Marcia Taylor of Georgia, Allyn and wife Jane Taylor of South Carolina, Terry Lynn and husband Guy Lumpkin of Texas, and Kirk Taylor of Stetson; a sister, Ruth Watson of Mass.; 12 grandchildren; 14 great- grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.
She was predeceased by her husband Turney S. Taylor on Oct. 12, 1981.
Graveside committal services will be held at the Palmyra Village Cemetery later in the spring. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations may be made to: The Hartland Baptist Church, P. O. Box 510, Hartland, ME 04943
VERDA LOUISE (WOODMAN) WILSON
PITTSFIELD – Verda Louise (Woodman) Wilson, 82 years old, went to be with the Lord on Saturday morning April 22, 2017, after fighting a courageous battle of cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Verda was born to Fred and Myrtle (Hunt) Woodman in Saint Albans, Maine. She was the fourth sibling of a family of six. She grew up in Saint Albans and completed school through the 8th grade. She resided in Saint Albans and was employed at Norwalk Shoe in Skowhegan, Maine. Then later in life was employed at Irving Tanning Company in Hartland, Maine for over 20 years and then moved to Florida where she resided. She was employed in Florida at Holiday Fashions and at a sheet metal factory where she eventually retired from. She loved to go fishing, gardening, flea marketing, yard saling, play cards, and her greatest joy in life was dancing. After retiring from work she and her husband would travel to Maine in the summer to spend time with family and then head back to Florida in the winter.
Verda is survived by her loving husband, Lynwood Wilson Jr; and her children, Rosa M. Carlow and husband John of St. Albans, Robert M. Ramsdell Jr. and wife Tara of Newport/Richey FL, Barbara J. Cowing and husband Dean of St. Albans, Cleba Whittemore and wife Merina of Hartland, Lynwood Wilson III of South Carolina, Scott Wilson of Clinton, Lori Wilson of Pittsfield, Lisa Kramer and husband Kraig of Pittsfield; and siblings, Alpine Taylor and partner Frank St. Louis, Reginald Woodman and wife Caroline, Florence Grignon and husband Edward Grignon Sr; and several grandkids, great-grandkids, nieces, and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Fred and Myrtle Woodman; brothers, Clifton Woodman and Gordon Woodman; a daughter, Tabitha; grandson, Cory Ramsdell; granddaughter, Joshan Ramsdell; and great-grandson, Isaiah Ramsdell.



SHARON ROSE CUMMINGS
NEWPORT – Sharon Rose Cummings, 41, of Newport passed away on April 7, 2017. Sharon enjoyed spending time at the lake, going to the movies, and was skilled at a variety of crafts. She had enjoyed day trips to a variety of Maine landmarks over the past few years including Acadia National Park, Belfast, Lamoine State Park, Peaks Kenny State Park, and the Common Ground Fair. She especially loved having picnics at state parks and finding sand dollars at the ocean.
Sharon saw the beauty in the little things others often overlook. Sharon was an avid New England Patriots fan and wore her Patriot's hat with pride. Sharon loved to make the people around her happy. She always had a playful smile and giggle that would brighten anyone's day. Sharon had an amazing sense of humor, was quick witted, and always had a snappy comeback. Sharon always recognized our country's service men and women when she met them in public and showed her appreciation by thanking them for their service.
Sharon is survived by her three beloved cats, Zebbie, Zeveie, and Zarry. Sharon will be remembered fondly by her special friends, Pauline, Tom, Mary, Shelley, Angela, Marjorie, Karen and Carol.
A memorial service will be held on May 5th at 6 p.m. at St. Martin's Episcopal church in Palmyra with Reverend Laura Peckham officiating.
DAVID V. PUSHOR
EXETER – David Pushor, 89, died April 17, 2017 at a Bangor nursing facility. He was born January 5, 1928 in Exeter, a son of Merton and Mary (Thomas) Pushor. David was a longtime employee of Eastern Fine Paper. When the mill closed he moved to Florida and worked at a paper mill there. He later worked at Anheuser Bush in Jacksonville, FL, moving back to Maine and retiring after working with a bridge maintenance crew.
He is survived by his ex-wife and the mother of his children, Shirley of Zephyrhills, FL; 2 sons, Peter of Exeter and Timothy of Hartland; a daughter, Ruth and husband Jack Davis of Jacksonville, FL; 4 grandchildren, Kristen, Kimberly, Amy and Amanda; 2 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 AM Saturday, April 22nd, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport, with Pastor Al Worden officiating. Friends called from 10 AM until the time of services. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Etna. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com
SUSANNE “SUE” M. (VESECKY) MCCLURE
GREENVILLE — Susanne “Sue” M. (Vesecky) McClure, 61, died unexpectedly March 15, 2017 at CA Dean Hospital in Greenville. She was born January 13, 1956 in Wiesbaden, Germany, the daughter of Russell and Glenda (Kohn) Vesecky.
Sue moved from Florida to Harmony after becoming a United States citizen in October 1964. In 1975 upon graduating from high school. She served several years in the US Army and worked 27 years as a binder technician for a printing company in Portland.
She is survived by her loving husband, Steven McClure of Greenville; daughter Heidi of Florida; brother, Saul of Florida; father of Waterville. She was predeceased by her mother, Gerty; and Jerry St. Thomas of Gorham.
A memorial service will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, Maine 04976.



WENDELL E. PROSSER
PITTSFIELD – Wendell Eugene Prosser, 87, went to be with the Lord April 14, 1917. He was born April 7, 1930 in Monticello a son of Frank and Mildred (Kneeland) Prosser.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1950 and married to the former Meriem Murphy on December 18, 1954. He was a self-employed auto and truck mechanic in Mass. For 30 years. After they returned to Maine he was a licensed Master electrician and was employed at Irving Tanning, RSJ Electric, and worked many years as a self- employed electrician.
He was a member of the Solid Rock Church of God in Pittsfield, a long-time member of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship, a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, and he enjoyed serving as a chaplain and ministering in local hospitals and nursing homes. Wendell loved the Lord and his church family with all his heart.
In addition to his wife of Pittsfield, he is survived by 2 children, Sharon Hogan and Bonnie Drost; 2 adopted children, Douglas Murphy and Patricia Sevener; his sister, Carolyn Graham; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren.
Friends called from 6 to 8 PM Tuesday at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport, where funeral services were held at 11 AM Wednesday with the Rev. Tom Duperry officiating. Committal services will be held at Village Cemetery, Pittsfield, later in the spring. Memorial donations may be made to the Solid Rock Church of God, P.O. Box 122, Pittsfield, ME 04967. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com



RICHARD P. CONFREY
NEWPORT — Richard P. Confrey, 77, passed away at the Sebasticook Valley Hospital on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from an illness.
He was born in New Haven, CT on January 25, 1940 and learned to survive by his wits at a very early age. He may not be missed by all, but he will be remembered by many who knew him.
His every need was met by his loving wife of many years, who survives him. He is also survived by his sister, two nephews and two daughters.
At his request, there will be no funeral or memorial service.
In lieu of flowers or cards, please send donations to the National Rifle Association of America, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.
WILLIAM “BUSTER” SANBORN, SR.
CORINNA – William Arthur Sanborn, Sr., 65, died April 16, 2017 at a Bangor hospital following a brief illness. He was born May 1, 1951 in Hartland, a son of William Daniel and Reta (Seaver) Sanborn.
Buster worked at Eastland Woolen Mill, Ron Paradis Construction, and retired from Newport Industrial Fabrication. He was president of the Big Indian Fish and Game Archery Club, will be remembered as an avid hunter and loved mixed martial arts.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Brenda of Corinna; his mother in law, Arlene Mooers of Exeter; a son William Jr. and wife Carrie of Garland; a daughter Amy and husband Kevin Ronco of Sangerville; 3 brothers, Edward and friend Linda of Detroit, Perley and wife Joyce of Freedom, Tony and wife Ellen of Unity; 3 grandchildren, Ashley, Devin and Hunter; 1 great grandson William; 3 brothers in law, Ralph, Rodney and Roger Mooers; as well as nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister, Sheila Bournival, and his grandson William III.
Graveside committal services were held 11 AM Friday, April 21st, at the family lot, Corinna Center Cemetery with Pastor Mike Abbott officiating. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Corinna. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com



PETER G. MELANSON, SR.
PALMYRA — Peter G. Melanson, Sr., 71, died April 7, 2017, at a Pittsfield hospital after a brief illness. He was born February 20, 1946, in Lincoln, the son of Bennie and Bessie (Dicker) Melanson. He married Joanne Murphy of Palmyra, January 29, 2012 after many years of being together. He retired from the U.S. Army after serving 26 years, where he began a government career including the U.S. Postal Service that spanned 18 years. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved gardening and spending time at their camper with his two companions, Sophie and Daisy Mae. He was predeceased by his mother, father and brother-in-law Errol Bowman. Surviving are his wife, Joanne Melanson of Palmyra; two sons, Peter Jr (Bonnie) of Hartland and Ronnie (Stephanie) of Santee, CA; two step-sons, Lother Meier of Bamberg Germany and Jimmy Meier of Clarksburg, TN; a sister, Joyce Bowman of St. Albans; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Sebasticook Valley Health for their care and compassion. At his request, there will be no funeral. A private family service will be planned at a later date.



SUSAN BRODA HYDORN
ATHENS — Susan Broda Hydorn passed away April 2, 2017, after a long illness, surrounded by her family. She was born Sept. 2, 1947, in Newton, New Jersey to Margaret (Goldsmith) and William E. Hydorn. She graduated from Memorial High School in Middleboro, MA in 1965 and went into the field of entomology, receiving her BS from the University of Massachusetts, her MS from the University of Florida, and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
In her work as an entomologist she lived in several places, including Old Town, Maine, and in New York, Miami, and Baltimore where she worked as customs inspector and as insect identifier and drew scientific illustrations of many insects. She also traveled to many places, as far away as China, presenting her work on thrips, an agricultural pest.
Susan was a veteran. Her time in the Army was spent as a medical entomologist, educating doctors on insect-borne tropical diseases. Susan was artistic and always liked to draw and paint. She was a knitter and an accomplished seamstress. She played cello and piano, and loved to sing. She joined and served in a church everywhere she lived and always sang in the choir. Through her whole life her faith in God was her firm foundation.
Susan loved her family and always stayed in touch with us all, wherever she lived.
She was predeceased by her father, William Hydorn, and is survived by her mother, Margaret Hydorn, her brother, Dr. Thomas Hydorn (Donna Farrell) of Amherst, Nova Scotia, her sisters, Sarah Hydorn (Peter Armstrong) of Durham, New Hampshire, Mary Jane Sorensen (Earl) of Saint Albans, and her special sister Elizabeth Gagnon of Saint Albans, who supported and cared for her during her last years, and her 13 nephews and nieces and their families, each of them very dear to her.
We are so proud of you, Susan, for all you accomplished in your life in spite of your lifelong struggle with what today we call Asperger's. We will always miss you.
A private graveside service will be held in the spring at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta. At the request of the family there will be no visitation hours.
Friends wishing may make donations in Susan’s memory to the Sierra Club Foundation, 2101 Webster Street, Suite 1250, Oakland, CA 94612, foundation@sierraclubfoundation.org
Arrangements under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan.


JOYCE ELAINE RICHARDS
GUILFORD – Joyce Elaine Richards, age 63, of Guilford lost her battle with COPD on March 29th at Mayo Regional Hospital surrounded by her family. Joyce was born August 13, 1953 to Ruth Church and Russell Parsons.
She is survived by her loving husband, Jeffrey Richards of Guilford. Daughter Trudy and her husband Jim Iams of Wilton. Granddaughter Sonja and her husband Justin Norwood of Gardiner and their daughter Elizabeth. Grandson James Iams of Barnesville, Ohio. Grandson Jonathan Iams and his girlfriend Adriana Miniutti of Farmington. Joyce is also survived by her sister Patsy and her husband Michael Magee of Corinna. A brother Danny and his wife Vicki Parsons of Boca Raton Florida, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. In addition to her family she leaves behind kind caring in-laws. Mother-in-law Rochelle Brown. Sister-in-law Teresa and her husband Tim Hughes. Brother-in-law Gregory and his wife Sally Richards. Sister-in-law Heidi and her husband Tim Packard. Sister-in-law Terrie-Ann Stupakewicz. She was predeceased by her parents, brother Gary, brother Eugene and sister Sharon.
There will be no funeral at her request. When asked of her grandchildren what they would remember most about their grandmother it was her love and generosity that they would remember. As her final generous act, in lieu of flowers she requested that donations of money or volunteer time be given to the Unitarian Universalist Church Food Pantry in Sangerville Maine. The pantry can be contacted at 876-4926. The family would like to extend thanks to the staff of Guilford Medical Associates and the staff of Mayo Regional Hospital for her care during her illness, as well with special thanks to the Emergency Room nurses and physicians for your kindness and compassion in her final hours. The family would also like to recognize Pastor Ray for his dedication, compassion and ability to comfort families in difficult times.
CELIA ETTA HEWINS
HARTLAND – Celia Etta Hewins, 94, died peacefully on April 4, 2017, in Pittsfield.
Celia was born on April 9, 1922, in Oakfield, Maine, the daughter of the late Milo and Lillian (Jones) Richards. She married Walter Hewins and together they raised 13 children. She liked cooking, reading, playing cards and the game of Yahtzee. She spent hours knitting and teaching others how to knit. She really enjoyed doing word search and crossword puzzles.
She is survived by her children, Coral Hewins and wife, Patricia, Wesley Hewins and wife, Arlene, Walter “Gene” Hewins and wife, Melinda, Delores “Dee Dee” Adams and husband, Stephen, Dwight Hewins and wife, Evelyn, Donna Hewins, Wayne Hewins and wife, Leandra, Gail Burke and husband, Reggie, Ronald Hewins and companion, Vanessa, Alan Hewins and wife, Suzanne and Lois Hewins; 36 grandchildren; many great and great great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Walter Hewins; son, Vernon Hewins; daughter, Darlene Hewins; and siblings, Bill Jones, Odie Getchell, Edna Getchell, Buff Richards, Albert Richards and Faye Vanadestine.
A gathering will be held by the family in May.
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Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.


MARY ALMEDA PAGE
TROY – Marie Davis, 93, died March 30, 2017 at her residence surrounded by her family. She was born May 19, 1923 in Caribou, a daughter of LaForest and Amy (Levesque) Walker.
She worked at Northeast Shoe, and later, SAS, Pittsfield for 50 years. Marie held the Boston Post cane as the oldest resident of the Town of Troy. She loved camping and enjoyed attending the Fryeburg Fair.
She is survived by a son, Larry Davis of Troy; a daughter Linda Gould and friend Richard Bartlett of Exeter; a brother Roger Walker of Florida; grandchildren and their spouses, Nikki and Harold, Derek and Tisha, Sean and Chanda, Shannon and Tyler, Brent and Melissa, Adam and Aaron; 9 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and 2 special friends, Dot Dunphy and Rae Jean Miville. Marie was predeceased by her husband Clyde, her son Paul, and her sister Joyce Withee.
Friends called from 6 to 8 PM Tuesday at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport, where funeral services were held at 2 PM Wednesday, April 5th, with Pastor Al Worden officiating. Burial will be in Pittsfield Village Cemetery, later in the spring. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com


WILLIAM “BILL” HOLMES
PALMYRA – William “Bill” C. Holmes, 75, died April 1, 2017. He was born May 20, 1941, in Denver, CO, son of Wesley C. and Louise M. (Schaal) Holmes of Burlington, CO.
Bill was an avid Broncos fan, and a talented football player, making all conference his senior year in high school in Burlington, CO. He graduated from Colorado University with a bachelors degree in physics engineering. During the Vietnam War, he worked at the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, after which he went in business with his father as an electrician. Eventually he began contracting work all over the country as an electrical designer, and lived in 19 different states.
In Burlington, Bill served as president of the local Jaycees and the Northern Colorado Jaycees. In 2004, he helped found The Maine Beacon Center for Spiritual Living in Gorham. Bill was known and loved by those who knew him for his sharp sense of humor, love of the water, great cooking, and his peaceful nature. He enjoyed traveling, reading, swimming, and square and round dancing.
He is survived by his wife the Rev., Linda Emery Holmes of Palmyra; son Cully Holmes and wife Diann of Parker, CO; son Todd Holmes of Burlington, CO; daughter Nancy Gilley and husband Melvin of Burlington, CO; step-daughter Kathryn Ballard and husband George of Troutdale, OR; step-son Todd Tracy and wife Theresa of Monroe; sister Evelyn Waitman of Hotchkiss, CO; grandchildren Kaleb and Emily Gilley; Cameron, Wesley and Sierra Holmes; step-granddaughter Ashleigh Goslee; 5 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his grandson Jeffery Gilley, and his first wife B. Lynne Ruiz of Burlington, CO.
Bill’s family extends special thanks to his long-time caregiver, Julie Brown, Maine General Hospice, Beacon Hospice, and Hibbard Skilled Nursing & Retirement Center for their care and support.
A memorial service celebrating Bill’s life was held at the First Universalist Church in Pittsfield on Saturday, April 8 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Julianne Bousquet officiating and a reception followed at the church. An additional service will be held in Burlington, CO, the time and place to be announced.
Memorial contributions may be made to Maine General Hospice, 10 Water Street, Suite 307, Waterville, ME 04901.
Condolences may be expressed at CrosbyNeal.com.
MARIE A. DAVIS
TROY – Marie Davis, 93, died March 30, 2017 at her residence surrounded by her family. She was born May 19, 1923 in Caribou, a daughter of LaForest and Amy (Levesque) Walker.
She worked at Northeast Shoe, and later, SAS, Pittsfield for 50 years. Marie held the Boston Post cane as the oldest resident of the Town of Troy. She loved camping and enjoyed attending the Fryeburg Fair.
She is survived by a son, Larry Davis of Troy; a daughter Linda Gould and friend Richard Bartlett of Exeter; a brother Roger Walker of Florida; grandchildren and their spouses, Nikki and Harold, Derek and Tisha, Sean and Chanda, Shannon and Tyler, Brent and Melissa, Adam and Aaron; 9 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and 2 special friends, Dot Dunphy and Rae Jean Miville. Marie was predeceased by her husband Clyde, her son Paul, and her sister Joyce Withee.
Friends called from 6 to 8 PM Tuesday at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport, where funeral services were held at 2 PM Wednesday, April 5th, with Pastor Al Worden officiating. Burial will be in Pittsfield Village Cemetery, later in the spring. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com


ELIZABETH LEONA BUZZELL
ATHENS – Elizabeth Leona Buzzell, at 86, was called into the presence of her God and Savior on April 1, 2017. She was born in Athens, Maine, on August 3, 1930 the daughter of Lyman and Mildred (Braley) Buzzell.
She attended the Coston Corner School and Somerset Academy of Athens, Maine. Elizabeth was a caring, giving person who over the years was a devoted caregiver to members of her family and many others. She was a homemaker to her brothers and father. She took care of the home and made sure after work they set down to a country style meal with plenty of hot biscuits, pies, etc.
She was never married, but at seventeen took on the responsibility of raising her newborn nephew because of the sickness and death of his mother. In her last months of life she often mentioned this aspect of her life, and said she would do it all over again.
Over the years she enjoyed sewing, cooking, and gardening. In the winter months she did a lot of reading and loved to put puzzles together.
She worked fifteen years at the Delong Sportswear, Inc., in Harmony, Maine making sportswear products.
In the years before her health failed she lived with her brother, Lewis, and they enjoyed those years together. They had a special bond, each helping the other. In her lifetime served unselfishly putting the needs of others before herself. At times in this life it seems she never got the recognition she deserved. The Lord has seen her labors. In these last months she had a sweet spirit of trust in the Lord.
Elizabeth was predeceased by her parents, an infant brother, Earnest, her brothers, Lawrence L. Buzzell, and Charles S. Buzzell.
She is survived her brother Lewis A. Buzzell and her nephew, Albert C. Buzzell and his wife Margaret of Canaan, several cousins and special friends. Barbara Starbird was a life-long neighbor and special friend.
Robert and Jean Turnbull and Sharon and Scott Carr were also special friends. She was known as “Auntie” by the Hall Family who were close neighbors.
The family expresses appreciation to all the staff at the Sanfield Living Center in Hartland, Maine, for their loving care and devoted service in keeping Elizabeth comfortable during her six month stay. Their love and devotion to her care is much appreciated.
A graveside service will be held later in the spring at the Mount Rest Cemetery in Athens, Maine, with Rev. Kevin Brooks of Canaan Calvary Church will officiate the service.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, Maine.


REV. VASHA PIERMONT
ETNA – Rev. Vasha Piermont, 70, went to be with the Lord April 1, 2017. She was born in Chester, PA, August 17, 1946 to Joseph and Laura Piermont. She was pastor of the Etna Foursquare Gospel Church where she ministered in word and song. She has run and completed 7 marathons. Vasha was a lover of people. She also served as chaplain of the Etna Fire Department. Vasha traveled the world, went on missionary trips and loved to speak at revival services in many churches.
She is survived by her brother Joseph Piermont of Aston, PA; a girl whom she helped raise as a daughter, Jill Lynn Bresseur of Urichsville, OH, and Jill’s son, Asher Grey. She was predeceased by her parents and a sister Caroll Demarcello.
A memorial service will be held at 3 PM Easter Sunday, April 16th, at the Etna Foursquare Gospel Church, 1116 Lakins Road, Etna, with the Rev. Teri Orewiler officiating. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. “In loving thoughts: Pastors Hermon and Audrey Trenton, thank you for love and prayers, the Team of prayer warriors and all my beloved friends.” Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com
MAUDE (TARDY) SMITH
NEWPORT – Maude Smith, died March 31, 2017 at a Pittsfield hospital with her son by her side. She was born in Newport, the 7th child of Guy and Mabel (Prescott) Smith. She graduated from Newport High School, Class of 1949. Maude “Maudie” was past president of the class and was past president of the Newport High School Alumni Association. She married Sidney Smith Jr. and had 2 sons.
Maude worked for a time as a cashier at Golden’s IGA Foodliner in Caribou, and later at the IGA and Bud’s Shop N’ Save in Pittsfield. She was also a photographer for the Eastern Gazette and the Pittsfield Advertiser. She was a waitress at the Yankee Restaurant in Newport for many years. She knit many shawls, sweaters and mittens for the church and hospital. Maude loved games and keeping in touch with her family members on the computer. She always had a Chihuahua dog as a companion and also enjoyed sharing memories with loved ones and friends. She had a fulfilling life, will be truly missed and never forgotten. Until we see you again, love you, promise.
She was a member of the People’s United Methodist Church, Nokomis Chapter, # 42, Order of The Eastern Star, Newport Senior Citizens, a 64 year member of Barrows-Skidgel American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 105, where she served as president and historian for many years, and a life member of the Lester Knowlton VFW # 9389 Auxiliary in Caribou.
She is survived by a son, David of Alabama and Newport; a sister Janace Wesley of Florida; a brother and wife Elden and Sylvia Tardy of Newport; 3 granddaughters, Dawn Smith and partner David of Virginia, Cassandra Dobson and husband Rob of Acton, Madison and husband Eric Gray of Windham; 4 great grandchildren, Bennie, Hunter and Robby Dobson of Acton, and Sidney Gray of Windham; many nieces and nephews.
Maude was predeceased by her husband Sidney; her son Dorne; sisters, Helen Melanson, Mary Brewer and Ruth Emery; and brothers, Joseph, Norman, and Raymond Tardy.
Graveside committal services will be held later in the spring at Riverside Cemetery, Newport. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com


JOAN E. SMALL
PALMYRA — Joan E. Small, 72, passed away March 27, 2017 at her residence. She was born March 27, 1945 in Newport, a daughter of Charles and Julia (Sparrow) Getchell, Sr. She graduated from Maine Central Institute, Class of 1963 and was employed at Northeast Shoe, San Antonio Shoe and retired from Edwards Company in Pittsfield. Joan was a member of the Palmyra Snowmobile Club and enjoyed golfing, sewing, arts and crafts and her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Wilfred “Bill” Small of Palmyra; a daughter, Holly and husband George Murdock of Unity; a brother Joseph Getchell of Pittsfield; 2 sisters Geraldine and husband Arthur LaChance of Benton, Beverly and husband George Perkins of Palmyra. She was predeceased by a brother, Charles Getchell, Jr. Joan is also survived by her step children, Cheryl and husband Steve Hanson of Portland, Daniel Small of Waterville, Jeff and wife Chris Small of Fairfield; 8 grandchildren, Matthew and Amanda Cowette, Dillon, Rachel and Ashland Small, Kayla Kunth, Rebecca Hanson, and Alisha Sherette; 1 great granddaughter, Celena Roy; many special nieces and nephews that she thought the world of; friends Nathan and Diana Merrill of Palmyra.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, April 8th from 1 to 4 PM at the Palmyra Town Hall. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lafayette Cancer Center, 33 Whiting Hill Road, Brewer, ME 04412.
Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.


SANTOS CRUZ
SAINT ALBANS — Santos Cruz, 82, of Saint Albans, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family. He was born in Orocovis, Puerto Rico January 2, 1935 and was always proud of his heritage. He spent his childhood in Puerto Rico until he joined the Army and later the Coast Guard. He spent 25 years at the former Montsweag Restaurant where he built friendships that lasted a life time. Santos was a long time resident of Bath, and also spent many years in Lisbon Falls, Yarmouth, Brunswick, and Aiken, South Carolina.
He is survived by his loving wife Doris Cruz; his adoring children; Richard Cruz and his wife Robin; Vincent Cruz and his fiancé Lisa Hale; Carmen Miller; Mary Theriault and her husband Dan; Kristy Cyr and her husband Jason; and Matt Ballew. He cherished his 17 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. He was the beloved brother of Angelita Cardenas, Carmen Figueroa Matos, Edwin Figueroa, and Anthony Figueroa. He cared deeply for his many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncle and cousins.
Anyone wishing to send sympathy flowers are encouraged to have them delivered to the celebration of life ceremony to be held on Sunday, April 9th, 2017 at the Elks Club in Bath, open to the public between the hours of 12 to 4 PM.


JOANNE B. COBURN
NEWPORT & MERRIMACK, NH — Joanne Burke Coburn, 88, died peacefully March 18, 2017 with her beloved family by her side. She was born April 20, 1928 in Fairfield a daughter of Louis and Alice (Lutz) Burke.
Joanne graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy, South Berwick, Class of 1946. Following graduation, she was employed by Thayer Hospital, LaVerdiere’s, and J.C. Penney. Joanne married Philip Coburn in 1951, and they became the fifth generation to operate a dairy farm at the Coburn Homestead. Jo was a devoted farm wife essential to the smooth operation of the farm, regularly joining Phil during the planting and harvesting seasons. She became the state president of the Farm Bureau Women's Organization in the early 1960’s and, as such, attended the National Farm Bureau Women's Convention in Washington, D.C. The highlight of this convention was visiting the White House with the other state presidents to have tea with First Lady Pat Nixon.
Jo was an avid golfer and Red Sox fan. Joanne and Phil became snowbirds in 1987 and enjoyed nearly twenty years in Florida. Joanne’s favorite place was their cottage on Ripley Pond where they entertained many relatives and friends. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who loved her family above all else.
Joanne is survived by a daughter, Debra Ziemer and husband William of Merrimack, NH; grandson Michael Ziemer and wife Ellie of Carbondale, CO; granddaughter Kate
Gerbode-Grant and husband Jonathan of Wellesley, MA; two great grandchildren, Grace Gerbode-Grant and Burke Aaron Ziemer; a niece and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her beloved husband Philip and a sister and brother in law, Patricia and Robert Poirier.
Friends may call from 4 to 6 PM, Friday, April 7th at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport, where funeral services will be held 11 AM Saturday, April 8th. Spring committal services will be held at 2:30 PM Saturday, May 20th at the North Newport Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. Those who wish may leave written tributes at www.CrosbyNeal.com.


DOROTHY M. AUSTIN
PALMYRA — Dorothy M. Austin of Palmyra died March 17, 2017 in Dover-Foxcroft. She was born May 30, 1928, in Palmyra, to Elmer and Elsie (Parsons) Lawrence. She was the widow of Malcolm E. (Ned) Austin to whom she had been married for 53 years. For the first years of their marriage, they lived in Stoughton, MA where they raised their family. Dorothy will always be remembered for her love of family, her great sense of humor and her ability to make everyone she met feel like they were the most important person she knew.
Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, husband Ned, daughter Arlene McMann, son Errol, brothers Arnold and Carl Lawrence and sister Myrtle Hall.
Dorothy leaves her son, Floyd and his wife Jo-Anne of Palmyra, sisters Hazel Chadbourne of Harmony, Christina Hollis of Colchester, CT and Arlene Frati of Pittston; also seven grandchildren: Kelley (Austin) O’Connell and Tom of MD, Michael K. Austin of MA, Sharon (Austin) And Michael McCarthy of MA, Brenda (Austin) and Kevin Burger of OH, Lynne (Austin) and Giancarlo Lavin of MA, Ross and wife Amida McMann, and Shawn and wife Danielle McMann of FL.
In addition, she is survived by nine great-grandchildren: Ashley and Amanda Crowe, Madelyn O’Connell, Austin and Hannah McCarthy, Brianna and Sebastian Lavin, Neeman and Tahlia McMann. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.


DONNA J. PAGE
PALMYRA — Donna J. Page, 69, died peacefully on Friday, March 17, 2017, in Hartland.
Donna was born on November 20, 1947, in Princeton, Maine, the daughter of the late Darrell and H. Ferne (Jamison) Dinsmore. She graduated from Central High School in East Corinth and married Frank Page. She was a clerk for many years both in the Palmyra Town Office and in the Newport Water District. She later worked as an associate for ten years at Walmart in Palmyra.
She enjoyed working in her flower gardens and raking up the falling leaves. Spending time with her family was special to her and playing hide and seek with her granddaughters was always a favorite! She liked taking long drives with her husband, visiting Greenville often and going on the Word of Life trips with the ladies was always an enjoyment for her. She loved taking care of her two mini horses, Lady and Dewey. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and her memory will live on in the hearts of her loved ones.
She is survived by her son, Frank J. Page of Palmyra; daughter, Mandi Randlett and husband, Rae III, of Hartland; granddaughters, Madison and Delanie of Hartland; mother-in-law, Mary Page of Palmyra; special niece, Robin Dinsmore of Corinth; in-laws and their families, Pammy Peterson and husband, Wayne, of Palmyra, Neal Page and wife, Mary, of Palmyra, Fay Richard of Dexter, Cindy Demo and husband, Tom, of Palmyra, Bobby Page and wife, Cathy, of Palmyra, Billy Page of Exeter, Toby Page and wife, Sissy, of Hartland and Jerry Page of Palmyra; and a big circle of friends.
She was predeceased by her loving husband of 43 years, Frank Page; and a special sister, Darlene Dinsmore.
A private family gathering will be held.
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Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.


MAYNARD A. TIBBETTS
NEWPORT — Maynard A. Tibbetts, 65, died on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Newport.
He was born on November 15, 1951, in Waterville, Maine, the son of Alfred and Ethel (Call) Tibbetts. He grew up in Troy and graduated from Mt. View High School with the class of 1971. He was an automotive machinist by trade and was a loving, hardworking husband, dad and grandad.
Maynard loved spending time at his camp with his family and was a true outdoorsman. He had a great love for fishing and hunting and took great pride in teaching his sons his skills. They have many memories and stories to tell about those adventures with their Dad. He was always willing to lend a hand and enjoyed working side by side with his sons and their families doing whatever was needed. He enjoyed the time spent with Troy and his family building barns for their livestock and horses. He was a mentor to many and once you met him, he was the kind of guy you would never forget.
One of Maynard’s greatest passions was snowmobile drag racing. He was a member of the Triple Cat Racing Team and spent many hours building and setting up race sleds to race on both grass and ice. He enjoyed traveling with the team to races and met many friends at the track who all loved him and his fun, loving competitive spirit. He worked tirelessly at the track to keep the sleds going, get them to the line and help feed them. He will be greatly missed by the team on and off the track. He was also a member of the Wicked Good Vintage Racing Team.
Maynard found ways to connect with all of his loved ones. He would always show a passion for the same things that all of his children enjoyed. There are no words to describe his love and pride for his family.
He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Colleen Tibbetts of Newport; children, Troy Tibbetts and wife, Annee of Detroit, Chad Tibbetts and wife, Sueanne of West Bath and Robert Tibbetts and companion, Elizabeth Brokos of Peru, New York; mother, Ethel Tibbetts of Unity, grandchildren, Hunter, Haley, Logan and Morgan; his faithful dog, Adam West; his granddogs, Oakley, Althea, Magnum and Lanee; siblings, Dora Thompson and husband, Walter, of Troy, Mabel Metivier and husband, Eddie, of Plymouth, Rinny Turner and husband, Dennis, of Oakland, Betty Emery and husband, Charlie, of Timberlake, North Carolina, Vanessa Diblasi and husband, Sam, of Rougemont, North Carolina, Lori Raven and husband, Doug, of Thorndike and Scott Tibbetts and companion, Linda Gagnon of Fryeburg; several nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
He was predeceased by his father, Alfred Tibbetts; his brother, Clyde Tibbetts; and his beloved Rockie and Teddy Bear.
A Celebration of Life was held at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 25, at the Sebasticook Valley Community Center, 81 North Street in Newport.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Maynard’s Little Racers, c/o Sebasticook Valley Federal Credit Union, 87 Moosehead Trail, PO Box 145, Newport, Maine, 04953.
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Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.


NANCY CROSBY
BURNHAM — We are sad to report the passing of our relative and friend, Nancy Crosby, 75, who died on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, in Burnham, Maine.
Nancy was born on July 26, 1941, to Gloria (Drew) and John O. Crosby. She was raised in Waterville and graduated from Waterville High School with the class of 1959. She attended the Vesper George School of Art, the Boston Museum School of Fine Art and the School of Fashion Design, all located in Boston. After spending a year in New York City and three years in Washington, D.C, she married Harry Thurber Jr and moved to Chicago where she lived for 42 years. She returned home to Maine in 2010.
Over her lifetime, Nancy faced many medical challenges including two difficult battles with cancer, but having become a Christian in 1978, she trusted in the Lord to take her through and remained active in her church, Winnecook Christian Church.
Her interests included music, reading, writing, sewing, art, true crime, organized crime, environmental issues, yard sales, women’s rights and Bible Studies. Nancy’s family and friends will miss her. She made them laugh and they look forward to seeing her in Heaven on that great day.
She is survived by her brother, John O. Crosby Jr of Burnham; sister, Leslie Berryman of Hartland; niece, Sarah Crosby of Whitefield; niece, Katie Berryman of Cumberland; nephew, Josh Berryman of Skowhegan; good friends, Betty Williams and Bill Bell of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Carolyn Bell of Evanston, Illinois; godson, Jeremiah Bell of Columbus, Georgia; and Hilda Flood, her friend who took great care of her during her last illness.
Nancy was predeceased by her parents; her grandparents, Ethel and Harry Drew; and her infant sister, Audrey Elaine.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the Winnecook Christian Church, Chapel Lane, Burnham, with Pastor Dan Miller officiating. A potluck luncheon will immediately follow. A committal will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 26, at the Village Cemetery, Troy Road, in Burnham.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to an animal shelter or women’s homeless shelter in Nancy’s memory.
To leave a message of kindness, please visit www.shoreynichols.com.
Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.


STACEY ANDREA HOPKINS
RIPLEY — Stacey was born February 17th, 1968 in Dexter and raised in Ripley. She was a 4-Her and a Dexter Regional High Graduate, class of 1987, enjoying being in chorus, school clubs and part of field hockey and softball teams. She attended Abbot Learning and Labor job trainings and Penobscot Job Corp. For two years, she worked at Hibbard’s Nursing Home. For a dozen years she resided in Newport, working at Palmyra’s Walmart. She was an avid fan of local, college and professional sports. Bravely, she battled cancer, passing March 1st, 2017 at the family’s Ripley home.
Survivors are her mother Sharon and younger brother Stewart of Ripley; her older brother Seth and wife Joyce and their children: Stephen, Hadley Jane, Alex and Ansley, all of Georgia; her Uncle John and cousin Elijah of Arizona and cousin Kathy of Hampden. Also surviving are her Aunt Crystal and Uncle Ray Lenzen of Nebraska and Lenzen cousins: Karen of California, Marie of Arizona, Renae and Paul of Kansas, and John, Rob and Beth of Nebraska.
She was predeceased by her grandparents: Hadley and Sara and Robert and Arline Harris; her father Stephen and her Aunt Harriet.
A burial will be scheduled with family in the future. Those who wish may donate in her memory to: Dexter Public Health Association, 23 Main Street, Dexter, ME 04930 or Ripley Historical Society, 1084 Main Street, Ripley, ME 04930.
RUTH S. BROWN
HARTLAND — Ruth S. Brown passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at her residence, following a battle with cancer.
Ruth was born in Hartland on December 26, 1931 the daughter of Earl L. and Vivian G. (Rollins) Sherburne. She attended Hartland schools eventually receiving her General Education Diploma certificate.
Ruth was married in 1973 to John Brown in Skowhegan. She worked as a handsewer in a local shoe shop and also in area stores. Ruth loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren very much. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting as well as cake decorating in her early years.
She is survived by her daughter, Diana Perkins and her companion Roger Shepherd; a stepson, John Brown and his wife Donna of Chesapeake, VA; three stepdaughters Ruth and her husband Charles of Brooklyn Park, MN; Susan Cloutier and her husband Joseph of Norridgewock; Marcia Baxter of Oxford and Pat McCrillis and her husband David of Palmyra, a granddaughter Susan Poynter and her fiance Troy Hall of KY, a grandson Jason Perkins and fiance Catrina Narron Jo of KY, a brother Earl Sherburne and his wife Jackie of Skowhegan, three sisters, Gladys Woodman of Palmyra; Kathy Vogt of Yuma AZ and Una Shakespeare and her husband Stanley of Palmyra. She is also survived by the three great-great grandsons, nineteen step grandchildren, thirty-two step great-grandchildren and ten step great-great-grandchildren along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ruth was predeceased by her husband; parents; an infant son, Gilbert J. Nichols Jr.; four brothers, Leslie, Arthur, Charles and Robert Sherburne; a sister, Christine Booth and brother in-law Ralph Booth; sister in-laws Norma Sherburne, Mildred Sherburne and Marie Sherburne; four stepchildren, Francis, Ronald, Mary and David Brown.
A spring service will be announced at a later date. Friends who wish may make a donation to a charity of their choice in Ruth’s name. Arrangements have been provided by Downeast Direct Cremation LLC of Bangor.
Ruth’s family would like to thank her caregivers Doris and Deb. The would also like to thank Eastern Maine Hospice of Bangor Nurse Christine and Chaplain Carl for all the care they gave Ruth.


DANIELLE L. SHAW
DETROIT – Danielle L. Shaw, 32, passed away on Tuesday, March 14, in Augusta.
Danielle was born on July 12, 1984 in Waterville, Maine. She attended the local schools and graduated from Maine Central Institute. She had a beautiful smile and was fun to be around. She had a heart for animals and would gladly rescue any of them, especially cats and dogs. She enjoyed taking the kids to the playground and swimming in Mem’s pool. She was an avid movie buff and liked watching all genres. She was a loving mother and daughter and was happy to be surrounded by her family. She will be missed more than words can say.
She is survived by her daughter, Destiny Shaw of Detroit; her life partner, Shane Ricker and his children, Jaiden and Riley; her parents, Lillian and Steve Philbrick of Detroit; grandmothers, Dorothy Gower and husband, Alan of Dexter and Rae Philbrick of Florida; Scott Braley who was like a surrogate dad to Danielle and his daughter, Taryn Braley Murray, who Danielle considered a sister; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and her father, Scott Sinclair of Pittsfield and his children, Ali Sinclair and Matthew Sinclair.
She was predeceased by her grandfathers, Charles (Spike) Shaw Jr and Charlie Philbrick.
The family received friends from 2 to 4 p.m., with a Time of Remembrance at 4 p.m., Saturday, March 18, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield. A graveside committal will take place at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 3, at the Village Cemetery, Peltoma Avenue, Pittsfield.
Should friends desire, memorial donations may be given to Danielle’s daughter, Destiny Shaw, c/o Lillian Philbrick, 109 North Road, Detroit, Maine, 04929, in her memory.
To leave a message of kindness or to share a memory, please visit www.shoreynichols.com.
Care has been provide by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.


BEVERLY KNOWLTON CARSLEY
DOVER-FOXCROFT & NEWPORT – Beverly Carsley, 80, passed away March 13, 2017 surrounded by her family following a brief illness. She was born January 9, 1937 in Dexter, a daughter of Carroll and Florence (Judkins) Knowlton.
Beverly graduated with high honors from Foxcroft Academy Class of 1955 where she was a member of the National Honor Society and student council and graduated from nursing school at Eastern Maine General in Bangor. She was an LPN at Plummer Memorial Hospital in Dexter for many years. She began her career in banking in 1972 and retired from People’s Heritage Bank in Newport. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dover-Foxcroft and was a Cub Scout pack leader in Newport.
Beverly is survived by 3 sons and their wives, Shawn and Gina of Rockingham, NC, Kerry and Angela, and Jay and Tatiana, all of Newport; grandsons, Dale R. Carlsey and girlfriend Danielle Dube of Newport, Michael and wife Arianna Bjork of Carmel, Aleksander and Zarek Carsley of Newport; her loving sister, Linda and husband Kenneth Hews of Bowerbank and The Villages, FL; 2 nephews, Jeff and wife Jane Knowlton of Milton, NH and Ryan Hews of Princeton, NJ; 3 nieces and their husbands, Kathy and Mark Kinney of Atkinson, Loretta and Lewis Nuite of Atkinson, Heather and Chris Caponi of Brookfield, WI; several great and great great nieces and nephews; and cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents; brother, Roger Knowlton; sister, Carolyn Doore; and nephew Jared Knowlton.
Her joy in life was spending time with her grandchildren and weekends at Sebec Lake with her sister Linda and family. Her nephew Ryan was special to her because of the time he spent with her enhancing her life experiences.
Friends may call Friday, March 24th from 5 to 7 PM at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport, where memorial services will be held 3 PM Saturday. Friends and family may call from 2 PM until time of services. Spring burial will be in the Dover Cemetery, Dover-Foxcroft. In lieu of flowers, memorial donation may be made to the Old Town Animal Orphanage, P.O. Box 565, Orono, ME 04473.
Those who wish may leave written tributes at www.CrosbyNeal.com


HERBERT C. SCRIBNER, JR.
CARRABASSETT VALLEY & HARTLAND — Herbert C. Scribner, Jr. was born in Hartland, Maine on July 4, 1946. He is the son of Herbert C. Scribner and Anne Teresa Delcino Scribner. Herb lived in Maine, Buffalo, NY, Toronto, Canada, then attended Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine, graduating in 1965. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil engineering at the University of Maine at Orono in 1971 followed by completing coursework in environmental engineering in 1973 also from the University of Maine. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Nancy Hartwick, son Trevor S. Scribner and wife Monica Kus Scribner and grandsons Tyler and Eli Scribner of New Gloucester, ME, son Todd R. Scribner also of New Gloucester, ME, daughter Danielle P. Gagnon and husband Philip Gagnon of Oakland, ME. He is also survived by his father, Herbert C. Scribner and sister Sheila Sherman-Haire both of Lakeland, FL, brother Harry J. Scribner of Vancouver, WA, and brother James Scribner of Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Herb was a talented engineer who worked in the leather, nuclear, environmental and alternative energy fields. He worked for Irving Tanning, Chinet Paper Company, CH2M Hill Consulting Engineering, and Ocean Renewable Power Company. He had travelled worldwide for work and pleasure. As an avid alpine skier he made many ski trips across North America. At retirement, he moved to and enjoyed living in the Sugarloaf community during the winter and on Morrill Pond, Hartland, ME, during the summer months. He was also an avid swimmer and water skier.
There will not be a service at this time and a celebration of life will be held in early August at his summer home in Hartland, Maine.


JANET STERLING THORP
NEWPORT – Sue Woods, 93, died March 3, 2017 at the home of Jo Bennett and daughter Vicki Woods. She was born November 23, 1923 in Muncie, Indiana, a daughter of Audrey and Anna (Widner) Applegate. She attended the People’s United Methodist Church in Newport and was an avid reader.
Sue is survived by her son, David of Indiana; and her daughter, Vicki Woods of Newport. She was predeceased by her son Steve. The family especially wishes to thank Hospice of Eastern Maine for their care of Sue and support to Jo and Vicki, and a big thanks to Janet Bither who faithfully loved and cared for Sue these past few years.
Burial will be in Yorktown, Indiana. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Eastern Maine, 855 Union Street, #220, Bangor, ME or to the Newport Cultural Center, 154 Main Street, Newport, ME 04953.


MICHAELA “SHELLY” O. HUTCHINSON
ST. ALBANS – Michaela O. Hutchinson, lovingly called Shelly, 63, died Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at her home in St. Albans.
Shelly was born on November 11, 1953, in Hartland, the daughter of the late Oren and Leona (Chapman) Neal. She graduated from Nokomis High School with the class of 1972 and received her Associates Degree with honors from KVCC in 2003. She worked for many years at Dexter Shoe and later was employed at EMMC as a medical coder.
She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with friends. Having campfires at the lake was one of her favorite past times and camping, hunting and fishing in her younger years was always fun.
She is survived by her husband of 21 years, James Hutchinson of St. Albans; daughter Angel Knight and husband, Gerald of Hartland; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brother, Floyd Neal and significant other, Ann, of Dixmont; sisters, Elaine Havey of Pittsfield and Maylene Neal of St. Albans; and five nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Darlene Neal Sides; brother-in-law, Spencer Havey; and niece, Tanya Neal.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Village Cemetery, Cemetery Road, St. Albans. A gathering will follow at James and Shelly’s Home on the Springer Road.
To leave a message of kindness for the family, please visit www.shoreynichols.com.
Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.


SUE WOODS
NEWPORT – Sue Woods, 93, died March 3, 2017 at the home of Jo Bennett and daughter Vicki Woods. She was born November 23, 1923 in Muncie, Indiana, a daughter of Audrey and Anna (Widner) Applegate. She attended the People’s United Methodist Church in Newport and was an avid reader.
Sue is survived by her son, David of Indiana; and her daughter, Vicki Woods of Newport. She was predeceased by her son Steve. The family especially wishes to thank Hospice of Eastern Maine for their care of Sue and support to Jo and Vicki, and a big thanks to Janet Bither who faithfully loved and cared for Sue these past few years.
Burial will be in Yorktown, Indiana. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Eastern Maine, 855 Union Street, #220, Bangor, ME or to the Newport Cultural Center, 154 Main Street, Newport, ME 04953.


FRANCIS E. SPENCER
SANGERVILLE – Francis E. Spencer, 70, passed away on March 4, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Francis was Born on July 31, 1946, the son of Edna (Butt) Spencer and Archie Spencer in Parkman, ME.
He attended Old Town and Bradford schools. He spent many years as a weaver at Eastland Woolen Mill in Corinna. Francis was a loving father and enjoyed the simple things like being able to go fishing, camping, sledding behind the mill and "the big hill by Grammie’s", dancing in the living room with the kids while listening to old records. He loved to create things out of wood. He was well known for his famous fried chicken, sweet rolls and banana bread.
He is survived by his significant other Nancy, son Michael of Nashua, NH, daughter Jean-Marie and fiancé Paul of Dexter, daughter April and husband Rick of Corinna, and sister Myrtle and husband Retire of Milo, 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Francis was predeceased by his mother Edna and father Archie.
There will be a summer time memorial service.




RICHARD E. “DICK” GRAY
ETNA – Richard E. “Dick” Gray, 87, died March 4, 2017. He was born September 5, 1929, in Castine, one of seven children born to Wilbert and Effie (Hutchinson) Gray.
He is survived by his loving wife, of 62 years, Frances (Whitten) Gray of Etna; a son, Steven and his partner, Mark Randall; a daughter, Christine and husband, Joel Burrill; 3 grandchildren, Jessica, Joshua, and Jillian; and 6 great grandchildren, Jules, Jocey, Abraham, Ezra, Henry and Olive; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his pal, his little dog, Gus.
Richard along with his wife, Frances owned the Corner Store in Newport for several years, and later retired from Edward’s in Pittsfield. He was an avid hunter and golfer and had many golfing friends both here and in Florida where he and Frances spent several winters. Richard “Dick” always said that he had a wonderful life.
Richard was predeceased by his father and mother, 2 brothers, and 4 sisters.
There will be no funeral services at this time. A graveside service will be held at a later date in Castine.
Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Newport. For an online guest register, go to www.CrosbyNeal.com.


ERNEST DAVID BUTLER, JR.
HARTLAND — Ernest David Butler, Jr., 86, passed away February 23, 2017 at his home in Hartland surrounded by his family. He was born December 10, 1930 in Old Town, the son of Ernest David Sr. and Ethel Maude (Thompson) Butler.
He attended school in St. Albans. On March 27, 1976 he married Dorothy Legassie in Eddington. He was employed as a truck driver and pulp loader from 1945 to 1948; from 1948 to 1950 he was a leather worker, wheel man, loading and dumping tanning wheels for Hartland Tanning Company, then from 1953 to 1996, he became a supervisor at Hartland Tanning Company. He served on the Hartland Fire Department and was President of the Hartland Credit Union. Ernest enjoyed golf, horse shoes, fishing, and loved family gatherings. He was a veteran who proudly served his country in the US Army as a demolition specialist and heavy equipment operator in Germany and earned the rank of Sergeant. He served until his honorable discharge in 1953.
Ernest is survived by his wife of 40 years, Dorothy (Legassie) Butler of Hartland; 2 daughters, Rhonda Southard of Hartland, Cindy Webber and husband Kenney of Pittsfield; 3 sons, Philip Butler and wife Valarie of Unity, Mike Seekins and wife Wanda of Canaan, Paul Seekins of Salt Springs, Florida; granddaughters, Rhonda Kinney of Detroit, Heather Shaw of Sharon, South Carolina, Dayna Butler of Hartland, Taylor Butler of Palmyra; grandsons, Hunter Seekins of Canaan, Jacob Butler of Pittsfield, Cody Campbell of Canaan, Joshua Seekins of Winthrop; along with many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brother and sisters-in-law. He was predeceased by his parents Ernest and Ethel Butler; brothers, Alfred, Joe, Bobby, and Dick; and a son, Allen Butler.
A graveside service will be held at the Maine Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Augusta in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Ernest’s memory to Beacon Hospice, 289 State Street, Suite B, Bangor, ME 04401.
Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, Maine 04976.



ZACHARY GENE BRALEY
PLYMOUTH — Zachary “Zack” or as his friends called him “Buzz” Braley, 28, was taken far too soon in his home the morning of February 25, 2017. Zack was the first of two sons born to Kevin and Vickey (Witham) Braley on November 18, 1988. Zachary attended Newport Elementary School from Kindergarten to grade five, and then Caravel School in Carmel. He graduated from Hermon High in 2007 with a little (or a lot) of help from a special friend and vice Principal Michael O’Brien (or as Zack and other students called him “OB”).
Zack was a guy that loved spending time outdoors. It didn’t matter if it was in his garage working on dirt bikes, snowmobiles, and four wheelers, or riding on any and all of them; welding, building and burning bon fires, mudding in his pond at his home, hunting, skeet and target shooting or fishing; just as long as he was doing it surrounded by his many amazing friends.
He was employed at Zaychek Mechanical of Argyle, NY. Zach had previously been employed at A. M. Graves Construction and at C. A. Newcomb & Sons. He also will be remembered for helping everyone he knew with anything and everything.
He is survived by his mother, Vickey Witham and husband, Chris Hamor; paternal grandmother, Helen Braley; his brother, Dalton Everett Braley and wife, Morghan; the love of his life, Meghan Maddocks; his nephew and best friend, Jackson Kevin Braley; step sisters, Taylor and MacKenzie Hamor; beloved aunt Penny Demmons and husband Gerald, Uncles Larry and Bob Braley, Ronald Witham and wife Marie, Barry Witham and wife Carla, Larry Witham and wife Cathy and Andrew Witham and wife Deanna; many cousins; special friends Leigh Lander, boyfriend Matt Walker, Cole Cookson, Dylan Carroll, Kyle Ayer, Dave White, Joey Coffin, Dustin Dean, Brandon Hyson, Jeff Walker and many more.
Zack was predeceased by his angel daughter, Piper Jane Braley; paternal grandfather, Carl Braley; his father, Kevin Braley; maternal grandparents Arthur and Inez Witham; and Uncle Timfy Newt Braley.
Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 4th, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport, with Pastor Al Worden officiating. Friends called at the funeral home from 10 A.M. until the time of services. A Celebration of life immediately followed at the American Legion in Newport. Burial will be at Sawyer Cemetery in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Zack’s honor can be made to Peoples United Bank, Zack Braley Memorial Fund, 44 Moosehead Trail, Newport, ME 04953. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.


BRADLEY P. HALL, JR.
SEBEC & HARTLAND —Bradley Page Hall, Jr., 62, died unexpectedly at his residence. He was born August 26, 1954 in Hartland, a son of Bradley and Norma (Saulmer) Hall, Sr. Brad was a member of Narcotics Anonymous and was proud to be sober and attending church for a number of years.
He is survived by his father, Brad, Sr., of Palmyra; a son, Corey Hall of Hill, NH; 2 brothers, James Hall, Sr. of Rhode Island, and Danny Hall of Brunswick; 4 sisters, Sharon Kowack, Dale Peplinski and Melissa Morrison, all of San Diego, CA, and Cam-May Hall of Hawks, MI. In addition to many aunts, uncles and cousins, he will be especially remembered by a special aunt and uncle, Barbie and Eddie Hall of St. Albans.
Brad was predeceased by 4 brothers, Jon, Brad Lee Hall, Craig and Kevin.
Graveside committal services will be held in the spring at the family lot, Pine Grove Cemetery, Hartland. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.
ELIZABETH MAYHEW
CARMEL —Elizabeth Ann “Beth” Mayhew, 53, died after a brief illness February 27, 2017, at a Bangor hospital. She was born July 6, 1963, in Amesbury, MA, the daughter of Eugene and Bonnie (King) Janvrin.
Beth attended schools in Newburyport and Amesbury, eventually receiving earning a GED. She worked various jobs in her lifetime including building lobster traps, shucking clams, store clerk, CNA, and driving a taxi, which she did for 17 years. Her latest job was driving for Penquis CAP, her favorite part being working with mentally challenged kids. Beth enjoyed doing things at her church, the Stetson Union Church, where she and her husband are members. She also liked to crochet and make beads, but she loved to go camping, and spending time with her nieces and nephews. Beth will be remembered as an outgoing person who was always there to help. She was a free spirit.
In addition to her parents, Beth was predeceased by her brother, Johnny Janvrin. She is survived by her loving husband of 12 years, Roy Mayhew; 3 brothers, Eugene, Fred, and Ronald Janvrin; step-father Joe Cole; her in-laws, Roy and Ellen Mayhew; several special nieces and nephews whom she was like a mother to; and several others.
Relatives and friends called from 11 AM to 1 PM on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor, where a funeral service began at 1 PM, with Rev. David Ray, Sr. pastor of the Stetson Union Church officiating. Those who wish to remember Beth in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mt. Hope Avenue, Bangor, ME 04401, or www.gofundme.com/beth-mayhew-janvrin. Thank you for your donations.


BARBARA L. KITCHIN
PALMYRA — Barbara L. Kitchin, 87, died peacefully on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, in Palmyra.
Barbara was born on November 15, 1929, in Pittsfield, Maine, the daughter of the late Franklin and Mildred (Pierce) Wyman. She attended local schools and married Esmond Kitchin. They shared 67 years together.
Barbara was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed being home, talking on the CB and taking care of her family. She loved bowling and playing card games, especially Skip-Bo and King in the Corner. She took pride in being part of the Detroit community and was a long time member of the Good Cheer Club, Night Drifters Snowmobile Club and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Detroit Fire Department. She was also involved in the American Legion in Hartland.
She is survived by her sons; Stanley Kitchin Sr and wife, Linda, of Pittsfield, Lawrance Kitchin of Florida, Van Kitchin and wife, Sharon, of St. Albans and Randy Kitchin of Detroit; daughter, Pamela Robbins and husband, Michael, of Palmyra; daughter- in-law, Lovina Kitchin of Detroit; grandchildren, Stanley II (Chip) Kitchin and wife, Kathy, of Detroit, Dawn Dugas and husband, Michael, of Pittsfield, Timothy Newman of Virginia, Sharon Newman of Florida, Barbara Kitchin and husband, Chad Becker, of Bangor, Amy Kitchin and partner, Ernie Parrow of Burnham, Justin Kitchin of Burnham, Melissa Small of Hartland, Michael Small of Portland, Robert Bouley II and wife, Rosadee, of Fairfield, Nicholas Bouley and wife, Amber, of Palmyra, Deanna Pickard and husband, Scott of Sabattus and Corey Robbins of St. Albans; many great grandchildren; siblings, Stanley Wyman of Springfield, Massachusetts and Barry Wyman and wife, June of Carmel; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Esmond Kitchin; three sons, Allen Kitchin, Eric Kitchin and Gary Kitchin; and sisters, Elaine Horton, Gloria Taylor, Janice Coston and Betty Hussey; and sister-in-law, Joyce Wyman.
A time of visiting and refreshments will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, March 26, 2017, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield. A committal will be held at 10:30, Sunday, June 11, at the Village Cemetery, Route 220, in Detroit.
To leave a message of kindness for the family, please visit www.shoreynichols.com
Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home 191 Hartland Avenue., Pittsfield, Maine.


BRADLEY P. HALL, JR.
SEBEC & HARTLAND —Bradley Page Hall, Jr., 62, died unexpectedly at his residence. He was born August 26, 1954 in Hartland, a son of Bradley and Norma (Saulmer) Hall, Sr. Brad was a member of Narcotics Anonymous and was proud to be sober and attending church for a number of years.
He is survived by his father, Brad, Sr., of Palmyra; a son, Corey Hall of Hill, NH; 2 brothers, James Hall, Sr. of Rhode Island, and Danny Hall of Brunswick; 4 sisters, Sharon Kowack, Dale Peplinski and Melissa Morrison, all of San Diego, CA, and Cam-May Hall of Hawks, MI. In addition to many aunts, uncles and cousins, he will be especially remembered by a special aunt and uncle, Barbie and Eddie Hall of St. Albans.
Brad was predeceased by 4 brothers, Jon, Brad Lee Hall, Craig and Kevin.
Graveside committal services will be held in the spring at the family lot, Pine Grove Cemetery, Hartland. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.


MARY HASELTINE WRIGHT
PITTSFIELD — Thomas Wright and his immediate family, Daphne, Eric, Andrea, David, Anita, Darren and grandchildren Emma, Rowan, Brandon, Taylor and Terrance wish to respectfully honor Mary Haseltine Wright, his Mother and their Grandmother’s passing on October 18th, 2016. She was a long time resident of Pittsfield, Maine and in later years was a resident of St. Petersburg, Florida. In loving memory of her life here on earth, donations can be made to the Order of the Eastern Star, Bethlehem Chapter in Pittsfield, Maine.


JACK “BUZZ” MCKAY III
ETNA — Jack McKay III, 36, died February 18, 2017 as the result of a snowmobile accident. He was born March 12, 1980 in Bangor, a son of Jack and Cindy (Davis) McKay. He graduated from Nokomis Regional High, class of 1998 and was employed by Atlantic Plant Maintenance as a superintendent of millwrights for the northern region. He was a member of Local Union 1121-Millwrights since 2001.
Buzz will be remembered as an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing, camping, 4 wheeling and snowmobiling. He was blessed with many friends and loved ones and will be missed by all.
He is survived by his Mom and Dad, Jack, Jr. and Cindy McKay of Etna; his wife, Kristen McKay of Etna; grandparents, Bill and Jeanne Davis of Corinth, and Nancy McKay of Frankfort; aunts and uncles, Sue and Brian Varney of Etna, Sue and Bob Seger, and Samantha McKay, all of Frankfort, Richard McKay and Jean Brasslett of Winterport, Tim and Traci McKay of Florida, Terry and Lisa Ripley of Swansville; as well as too many cousins and 2nd cousins to list. He will also be fondly remembered by Raymond Graves and Ryan Curry, both of Etna.
He was predeceased by his grandfather Jack, Sr. and by an uncle Andy McKay.
There will not be any services at this time. However, a celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.


CHARLIE C. INMAN
WATERVILLE — Charlie C. Inman, 96, of Waterville, Maine passed away peacefully at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine on February 8, 2017.
Charlie was born in Palmyra, Maine on February 1, 1921, to Hiram W. Inman and Una M. (Ames) Inman. He Attended Maine Central Institute.
Shortly after school Charlie enlisted in the United States Army 30th Division During WW2. After the war, he worked at Skiland Woolen Mill in Clinton, Maine, and SAS shoe in Pittsfield, Maine.
Charlie was predeceased by his siblings, Liston H. Inman, Leland A. Inman, And Virginia E. Inman.
He is survived by one sibling Ernest E. Inman; his children David Inman, Keith Inman, Kenneth Inman, and Carol Koczynski; his grandchildren, Michelle Inman, Keith Inman, Emily LeBeau, Shannon Swift, Marsha Hunter, Becky Beard, Scott Inman, David Inman, Donnie Inman, Julie Blair; and his many great grandchildren, Great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
All funeral services will be private, if anyone wishes to attend please contact the family.
The family would like to thank Eastern Maine Medical Center ER staff for their support, Lakewood Nursing Home in Waterville for the great care Charlie received, and Lawry Brothers Funeral Homes for their guidance and support during these hard times.
An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at: www.lawrybrothers.com
Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral & Cremation Care, 107 Main Street, Fairfield.



PEGGY A. WARD
CORINNA — Peggy Ann (Woodard) Ward, 54, passed on to be with her Lord and Savior February 17, 2017. She was born April 20, 1962 in Northbridge, MA, a daughter of Roger and Margaret (Woodbury) Woodard.
Peggy was a member of the Dexter Pentecostal Church. Peggy always had a smile on her face and God in her heart. She was well known throughout the area for her work at Sebasticook Valley Nursing Home and her many dedicated years at Sebasticook Valley Hospital. She touched the hearts of many while working as a dietary aid and in housekeeping services.
She is survived by her husband Stephen Ward, Sr. of Corinna; children Lisa Rassaw, Stephen Ward, Jr., Margaret Bennett, Tammy Buttke, and Shayne Ward; grandchildren Jamaal and Takara Russaw, Ryan, Stephen III, Damien, Isaiah, and Khloe Ward, Emma and Cody Buttke.
A memorial service was held at 2 PM on Saturday, February 25th, at the Dexter Pentecostal Church with Pastor Lyman Curtis officiating. Friends called from 12 noon until the time of services. A luncheon will follow the services.
Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal Chapel, 68 Exeter Road, Corinna. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.
JOHN LLEWELLYN GOULD
DEXTER — John L. Gould went home to be with the Lord on January 31st 2017. Peacefully passed away after a courageous 31 day battle with cancer, at his daughter Bridget Gould’s house.
Johnny was a trucker, loved the open road. He had been driving since he was sixteen years old. His best friend was his Boston Terrier, Jake Brake.
Anyone who knew Johnny knew he'd light up a room with his very presence. You'll always be in our hearts, we part now but to only meet again! Love you, Dad.
John is survived by son, Christopher Gould; daughter, Bridget Gould; son from first marriage, Shawn Gould; grandchildren, Victoria Pare, Katie Burgess, Zach Gould, Chelsie Gould, Jett Gould, and Cam Gould. He had four siblings, Randall Gould and wife Ottie Gould, Robert Gould and wife Linda Gould, Cindy Girolamo and husband Edward Girolamo, and Sandra Marsteller. His mother, Bernice Leone.
Memorial service held on Saturday, March 4th at 11 a.m. at Saint Albans Union Church, followed by a reception at M Room at 416 Oxbow Road in Palmya. In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to 24 Pullen Road, Dexter, ME 04930.


M. JEAN LYNCH
PITTSFIELD — Dearly loved, Margaret Jean Lynch passed away peacefully at home on February 6, 2017. Jean was born in Houlton, Maine, on October 5, 1939, to Walter S. and Phyllis I. (London) Burtt. She graduated with the Houlton High School Class of 1957 with high honors and completed her studies at Eastern Maine General Hospital in 1961 as a Registered Nurse.
In July of 1957, a chance encounter with John H. Lynch, a young Army veteran from Rhode Island, resulted in a boat ride on Deering Lake in Orient, Maine, and the beginning of a 60-year life journey with her beloved Jac. As newlyweds with children they worked together to finish their educations, eventually settling in Pittsfield, Maine, where Jean found her calling as a wife, mother and grandmother and spent a 35-year nursing career at Sebasticook Valley Hospital. Her greatest pride and joy was her family. Her favorite place was always Deering Lake.
Jean touched the lives of many with compassion and kindness and lived her life to the fullest through simple pleasures; gathering her family at home or at camp, knitting a sweater or mittens to give as a gift, watching the hummingbirds, or sending a note of celebration, encouragement, or thanks.
She fought her 6-year battle with courage, grace and dignity. She was grateful for the wonderful care provided by Dr. John C. Baker, Dr. James L. Clarke, the medical staff at Cancer Care of Maine, and especially the empathetic support of Dr. Sarah J. Sinclair. Hospice of Eastern Maine provided relief and comfort to Jean and her family. We will be forever grateful.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Richard; step-father, Ralph O. Peabody; and special Uncle and Aunt Philip D. and Beulah M. Tingley.
She will be forever remembered and missed by her husband Jac of Pittsfield; sons, Jimmy (Risa) Lynch of Stetson and Michael (Mareshah) Lynch of Pittsfield; daughter, Suzanne (Don) Guild of Manchester; six grandchildren, Sarah, Brandon, Nicole, Jacob, Emily and Cameron; six great-grandchildren; the extended Lynchs, Londons and Burtts; her cherished cousins; and her Deering Lake family.
Friends may visit with the family from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, February 24th, at Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield. A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 25th, at the funeral home with a reception to follow at the Trustee Memorial Student Center at the Maine Central Institute campus. A committal service will be held at Orient Cemetery in the spring.
Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.
To leave a message of kindness for the family, please visit www.shoreynichols.com.
Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.


EDITH M. WIETZKE
HARTLAND — Edith M. Wietzke, 94, died peacefully on Thursday, February 9, 2017, in Dover-Foxcroft.
Edith was born on August 26, 1922, in Linden, New Jersey, one of eight children to the late John and Agnes (Maurice) Evans. She attended the local Linden schools and graduated from Linden High School.
Edith was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed taking care of her family and being involved in her children’s school activities. She served as a past PTA president as well volunteered in the Cub Scouts. She was a telephone operator during WWII, worked as a matron at the county jail and was an Avon representative for several years. Edith was a member of the Eastern Star and was very active in her home church, Grace Linn Memorial United Methodist Church of Hartland.
She is survived by her son, Dale Wietzke of Jamestown, CA; 6 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sister, Jeanette Dubois of Freehold, NJ; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Charles; daughter, Rosalie Collins; two sons, Chuckie Wietzke and Doug Wietzke; and six siblings, Ruth, Ethel, Tommy, Harry, Almer and Jackie.
A spring service is being planned for 11 a.m., Saturday, May 13, 2017, with Pastor Jim Boughman officiating.
To leave a message of kindness for the family, please visit www.shoreynichols.com.
Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.


ROBERT SPEIGEL, JR.
DEXTER/OTTER CREEK/SEAL HARBOR – Robert Speigel, Jr., aka JERSEY, 50 years old, was born November 17, 1966, and passed on January 21, 2017. He was born and raised in Cape May, NJ, and moved to Maine in 1999. Jersey loved all that Maine had to offer, cutting wood, taught to him by his girlfriend of nearly 15 years, Cathi Austin, as well as, his love of fishing, sailboating and helping friends with mechanical and home repairs.
Jersey knew many trades; he was “Jack-of-All.” He was caretaker for several homes and was called upon for many car repairs; stepdaughter Stacy Austin relied on his help with many of her own car repairs. His full-time work was commercial construction building hospitals, schools, Jackson Lab rooms, remodeling many Hannaford stores, etc.
He will be very much missed by his Maine family and friends, including his three stepchildren and five grandchildren, and family in New Jersey, mom, dad, sister, brother, and many aunts, uncles and cousins, who he kept in touch with frequently.
Thank you, Uncle Phil, for taking him with you and guiding him along the way.
Thank you Dexter friends and “family” for helping him with his transition from New Jersey - Duffy and Angie Dyer, Missy, Andy, Dawnie, Craig, Amy (for housing), Cindy, Michael, and any one else who became his best friend in Maine.
Celebration will be held on February 12, 2017, at the Dog and Pony Tavern in Bar Harbor beginning at 3 PM. We hope to see you all there.



FRANK WELCH
DIXMONT – Frank E. Welch, 56, died unexpectedly January 30, 2017. He was born April 8, 1960 in Bangor, a son of Earl and Janet (McKinley) Welch.
He graduated from Nokomis Regional High, Class of 1978 and received his certificate in professional welding from Eastern Maine Vocational Technical College. Frank worked for several area construction companies. He married Jennifer Poulin on October 24, 1987. He also enjoyed hunting and 4 wheeling on their property in Dixmont.
In addition to his wife and mother of Dixmont, he is survived by his son Kyle and wife Samantha, and their sons, Mason and Brody, all of Dixmont; and a sister, Deborah Welch of Bangor.
Frank was predeceased by his brother Jeff.
A memorial service was held at 11 AM Saturday, February 4th, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport, with Pastor Dan Burton officiating. Friends called at the funeral home from 10 AM until the time of services. Spring burial will be in Dixmont Corner Cemetery.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Rheumatology Research Foundation, 2200 Lake Boulevard, NE, Atlanta, GA 30319. Those who wish may leave written tributes at www.CrosbyNeal.com.



DOUGLAS R. JOHNSTON
ST. ALBANS – Douglas Richard Johnston, 76, formerly of Wakefield, MA, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 26, 2017.
Douglas was born August 18, 1940, in Arlington, MA, a son of Charles and Ruth Johnston. He married the love of his life, Patricia Ruth on November 5, 1960. He worked as a pressman with his father and brother at Malden News before moving to Maine in 1979. After moving here he worked at Maine Fence Company and Rolling Thunder Express in Newport for several years.
Douglas had a great love for dogs, camping, stock car racing, gardening with his wife, and tinkering in the garage. He had a contagious laugh that caused everyone around him to smile, and a genuine and true love for his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughter, Donna Bubar and husband Vernon; daughter, Danita Smith and husband, Daniel; son, Richard Johnston and wife Giselle; daughter, Patty Burpee and husband, John; son, David Johnston; daughter, June Williams and husband Christopher; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and his lifelong friend George Poore.
He was predeceased by special friends, Sue and Gordon Follansbee and Howard and Mary Poore.
We will miss you Douglas.
Visitation was held Monday at Crosby & Neal, Newport. Graveside committal services will be held at 11 AM Friday, August 18th, at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Hartland. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.



EDWIN BRUCE DEERING
NEWPORT – Edwin Bruce Deering, 54, died unexpectedly January 27, 2017. He was born December 31, 1962 in Hartland, a son of Gordon and Roberta (Bennett) Deering. He graduated from Nokomis Regional High, Class of 1981. He was employed as a cashier at Irving’s Truck Stop in Newport at the time of his death.
He is survived by his wife, Victoria (Richards) Deering; his mother, Roberta Kelley and her good friend David Brown; 2 sons, Edwin and James Robinson; a daughter, Rachel Fuller; 2 brothers, Tony and wife Wanda Bennett, and Darrell and wife Traci Deering; several nephews and nieces.
He was predeceased by his father.
No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.
ROBERT E. AMES
YORK – Robert E. Ames, 85, of Plaisted Road, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. He was born December 6, 1931 in Pittsfield, ME a son of the late Errol and Hesther (Matthews) Ames. He served in the United States Air Force. He worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for many years. He was a very private family man who enjoyed working around the house, reading and tinkering with small engines. He was an engineer who appreciated how things worked. He also enjoyed New England sports teams, especially the Patriots and was a member of the Boardman-Ellis V.F.W. He leaves his wife Norma I. (Mercier) Ames; a son Bryant R. Ames of York, ME; 2 daughters; Jean S. Salisbury and her husband Homer of Pittsfield, ME and Cheryl M. Jordan and her husband James of Tulsa, OK; 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home, York, Maine is assisting with arrangements. Visit www.lucaseatonfuneralhome.com.



JANICE P. COOKSON
PITTSFIELD — Janice P. Cookson, 74, died peacefully on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, in Waterville.
Janice was born on May 9, 1942, in Pittsfield, the daughter of the late Wallace and Mae (Steeves) Rines. She attended the local schools and was employed in the woolen mills for many years.
Janice absolutely loved watching sports. She was an avid Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots fan. She enjoyed games, playing cards, putting together puzzles and going to the Newport Occupational Exchange. She loved to go to church and read her Bible. She was a member of TOPS and attended both the Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene and the River Run Church of the Nazarene in Detroit. She was a very loving mother, grandmother and sister.
The family wants to express gratefulness to all those who took loving care of Janice.
She is survived by her children, Richard Cookson and Lesia Douglas and husband, Greg, all of Waterville; grandchildren, Jessica Whitney and Steven Hodgden; sisters, Marjorie Maloon and husband, Ted, of Detroit, Tamra Brooks and husband Keith of New Hampshire and LaLonnie Rines of Pittsfield.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield.
To leave a message of kindness for the family, please visit www.shoreynichols.com.
Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.



JOSEPH GUY VARRICCHIO
PALMYRA — Joseph Guy Varricchio, 78, went to see the Lord on January 22, 2017, following a battle with cancer. Joe was born on December 26, 1938 in Boston, Mass. The son of Cosmo and Jennie (Mignoue) Varricchio. Joseph was a proud veteran of the United States Army serving for 4 years and then served in the Army National Guard until he retired. Joe was known by his friends as “Chef Joe”. Joe contributed to many charities for many years. He was a carpenter, a cook, and loved to collect things. Joe loved his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Family meant everything to him. Joe will be remembered for his kindness to help those he met. He did some wonderful things to help his kids when they needed it. Joe truly had a heart of gold.
Joe was predeceased by his parents, (Grampa & Nonnie); two sisters, Rosie Meucci, Antoinette Trinanies; and his Uncle Phillip.
Joe is survived by his partner, Carol Richardson; his sister, Anna Anderson and husband, Perry of California; his sister Josephine Henderson of Mass; sister, Mary Kocincki of Mass; his children, Joseph Varricchio and his wife, Tammy; Debra and husband, William Hamlet; Kimberly and husband, Brian Bates; Phillip Varricchio; 9 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, who he adored. Joe will be dearly missed by his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and his many friends that he made along his journey in life.
The family would like to thank his health care team; RN Barbara and CNA Cindy for the great care they provided at Community Health and Counseling Services.
A memorial service of Joe’s life will be held at his grave site at the Maine Veteran Memorial Cemetery in Augusta, for his final resting place. The time and date will be announced in late spring.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Service Center Newport. Anyone may go to Brown’s website, www.PhilipBrownFuneralHome.com, to sign the guest book, or send flowers.



EUGENE “GENE” DUNTON
BURNHAM — Eugene “Gene” Dunton, 76, passed away peacefully surrounded by his entire family on January 21, 2017. He was born in Burnham on April 19, 1940 the son of Willis and Printhia (Thurston) Dunton.
Gene served our country in the United States Army. After returning home, he married Rena (Cook) on April 20, 1963 and together they raised their four children in Burnham. Gene worked at area shoe factories as a hand sewer and retired from New Balance in 2006.
Gene enjoyed athletic events. He coached peewee basketball and little league baseball. More recently, he was an avid fan of and looked forward to MCI football games. He was a lifelong sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. In his spare time, Gene could be found puttering around in his garage, woodworking, and gardening. Above all else, Gene was a true family man. He loved spending time making memories with his large family. Gene always had a smile and an old story to share with everyone.
Gene is survived by his wife of 53 years Rena; children, Cynthia Bickford and husband Brian, Anita Wright and husband David, Travis Dunton and wife Kimberly, and Chuck Dunton and wife Angela; grandchildren, Andrew Barnett, Brandon Wright, Mackenzie Dunton, Taylor Wright, Cameron and Kelsey Bickford, Scott and Amanda Salley; great granddaughter, River Williams; siblings, Bill Dunton, Frank Dunton, Frances Powell, Bettie Goding, and Blackie Reynolds; a special niece, Jeannette Cook; many nieces and nephews and a large extended family.
He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Darrell Dunton, Don Dunton, and Roland Reynolds; and sisters, Ruth Grosso, Merideth Leonard, Gloria Small, and Julie Nelson.
Family and friends were invited to visit from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, January 28th at Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield where a memorial service was held at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, January 29th with Chaplain Tom Gilbert officiating. Military honors were presented for his service to our country.
Gene’s family extends their deepest appreciation to the doctors, nurses and staff at Lafayette Family Cancer Center and Eastern Maine Medical Center’s 6th Floor. They also recognize the care, comfort and compassion shown to Gene and his family at Sebasticook Valley Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, donations received will be given in a one-time gift to the MCI Football Boosters. Please send memorial donations to Travis Dunton, 100 Mount Road, Pittsfield, Maine, 04967.
To leave a message of kindness for the family, please visit www.shoreynichols.com.



AUBREY F. ROBINSON
HARTLAND — Aubrey F. Robinson, 68, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 after a long illness.
Aubrey was born in Waterville the son of the late Roy and Leona (Marshall) of Vassalboro. He married his true love Susan (Whitten) in January 1971 and built a home next to his in-laws. His many years of hard work began on a dairy farm. He was employed by the Hartland Tannery for more than 15 years. Because of his love of the outdoors, he volunteered at Lake George Regional Park in Canaan. He also worked for the Town of Hartland for many years at the transfer station until his stroke in 2006. He served in the Army National Guard of Skowhegan-Newport for more than 24 years, where he received Charlie Company’s father of the year award in 1988. Aubrey served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War as a radio relay and carrier attendant stationed in Germany. He was a member of the Hartland American Legion.
Aubrey enjoyed a good game of cribbage and other card games. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, swimming, watching old westerns and wrestling, bird watching from his living room, and reading the paper. He enjoyed camping up and down the coast of Maine with his wife and kids. He enjoyed time at Lincolnville Beach, which was his favorite place to go with his wife. Aubrey helped many elderly friends in Hartland with yard work or winterizing their homes. He enjoyed socializing and talking with all.
He will be deeply missed by his loving wife Susan (Whitten) of 46 years; his daughter Patty and her husband Jason Angel of Boston, Massachusetts; his son Leroy and wife Stacia (Kistler) of Milton, New Hampshire; his daughter Mary and husband John Horton of Hartland with his young granddaughter Breeara “Bree” who will miss going bowling and laughing with her “Poppy.” He is also survived by his sister Mary, brothers Freddy, Oscar, Donnie, and Ervin, his sister-in-law Barbara Morse, brother-in-law and wife David and Cheryl Whitten, close family friends Jana and Roger Brown and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He is predeceased by his parents, his in-laws Leroy and Mary (Nichols) Whitten and many other family and friends.
A special thank you to the Veterans Administration home-visiting nurse Mary Beth; Nancy, Christine, and Sharalyn from Hospice of Bangor, and to all the wonderful staff at the Sanfield Rehab & Living Center for their kindness and care given to Aubrey and his family these past years. Additionally, thanks to Glenn and Rachel Nichols for their great care.
A memorial to celebrate his life will be held February 4th, 2017. Visiting hours will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and service of remembering and sharing from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. at Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield, Maine. A spring committal with military honors will take place in June.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation in Aubrey’s name to the Tri-Town Food Cupboard, 9 Hubbard Avenue, Hartland, Maine. For more information please call Pat at 207-938-2244.
To leave a message of kindness for the family, please visit http://www.shoreynichols.com.





SANDRA A. BROCKWAY
NEWPORT — Sandra Ann (Webber) Brockway, 73, passed away in the early morning of January 18th, 2017.
She was born September 19th, 1943 in Dexter, a daughter of Merville and Carlene (Frautten) Webber. Sandra married Milton M. Brockway on June 24th, 1961 in Dexter, and together they raised four children.
Sandra was well known by her friends and family for the many dishes she created. Her most well-known and much requested was her fudge recipe. She was happiest when she was cooking and surrounded by her large family. Her refrigerator was always filled with leftovers, and everybody loved to dig in. Her house was full of kids and every one of those kids made themselves right at home. Her lap always had a baby sitting there. Sandra was a member of the People’s United Methodist Church.
She is survived by four children, Michael Brockway and wife Linda, Michelle and husband PJ Shrantz, Laura Brockway, and Doug Brockway and his wife Raquel; her siblings, Merville Webber, Jr., Darlene Hill, Barbara Collins, Bryant Webber, and Elwood Clapp; and her very special in-laws, Doris & Robert Young, Phyllis Clukey, and Barbara Cloutier. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Jordan, Kristen, Angela, Michael, Anthony, Jenna, Brittany, Jillian, Macy, Camille, Edison, and Nirvana; her great-grandchildren, Max, Bentley, Gavin, Paisley, Enzo, and Zoey.
She was predeceased by the love of her life, Milton, on April 13, 2011. Together they shared nearly 50 years of marriage. She was looking forward to being reunited with him once again. She was also predeceased by her parents and her sister Joyce Davis.
A celebration of life was held at 11 AM Friday, January 27th at People’s United Methodist Church, Newport, with the Rev. Ellen Bridge officiating. Spring burial will be in Morse’s Corner Cemetery, Corinna. In lieu of flowers, Sandra has requested that donations be made in her memory to People’s United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 182, Newport, ME 04953.
Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.
NELLIE MAY DAY
HARTLAND — Nellie May Day, 76, died January 11, 2017 at a Pittsfield hospital following a long illness. She was born in Hartland, June 14, 1940 the daughter of Porter and Marjory (Wallace) Weymouth. She attended Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield.
She was a woman before her time. She enjoyed working on cars. She enjoyed yard sales, flea markets, and auctions. She enjoyed doing assorted crafts and crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed animals especially dogs.
Nellie was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.
She is survived by her son Harold of Hartland, her daughter-in-law who she thought of as a daughter, Nancy Haskell of Plymouth, grandson Scott and his better half Jessie of Skowhegan, granddaughter Amber and her husband David of and great grandson Tyler, of Skowhegan, granddaughter Jennifer and her better half Fred, and great granddaughter Shelby of Hartland. She was immensely proud of her family. Her strength, compassion love and common sense will be greatly missed by all. We will love and miss you, Ma!
At her request there will be no services at this time. Arrangements entrusted to the care of the Brown Funeral Home and cremation Service Center Newport. To sign and online guestbook and leave written condolences please visit: www.PhilipBrownFuneralHome.com.
MARION (SEVEY) CONNORS
PITTSFIELD — Marion (Sevey) Connors, 80, died January 17, 2017, in Orono, Maine, after a long illness.
Marion was born January 19, 1936, to Beatrice Tewksbury Sevey and Leroy Sevey. She grew up in Ripley, graduated from Dexter High School and worked in various banks as a teller, which is where she met her husband of 50 years, Gerald Connors, who passed away in 2008. They were married in 1957 and lived in Pittsfield where they raised their two sons and a daughter.
Marion enjoyed gardening, fishing, and camping with family and friends. She was an avid seamstress. She also loved taking pictures of the beauty of Maine while exploring the various
places they went and things that they enjoyed together. She enjoyed baking and canning her garden’s harvest. Before Gerald passed, they took a RV trip with special sister and brother in law, Rachel and Gene Beall, from Maine to Texas to visit family in Texas.
She is survived by her children, Ken Connors and wife Mary, Alan Connors and his wife Lisa and Darlene Steeves and her husband Ron (Bo); six grandchildren, Candace Connors, Russell Connors and wife Cortney, Adam Connors, Christopher Connors, Robert Steeves and wife Natalie, and Michael Steeves; six great grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Hutchins and Florence Brawn and husband Frank; a brother Clyde Sevey and wife Flora; and several nieces and nephews.
A service of Remembrance was held at 1 PM, Friday, January 20, 2017, at Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to the Alzheimers Association at www.alz.org, in Marion’s memory.



OLIVE IRENE EMERY GRAY
KITTERY — Olive Irene Emery Gray, 92, of Government Street, died peacefully at Durgin Pines in Kittery, Maine on Sunday, January 15, 2017 surrounded by family and loved ones.
Olive was born the eldest of six children to the late William and Hazel (Buzzell) Stevens of Newport, Maine on May 8, 1924. She graduated from Newport High in 1942.
While in high school Olive worked for The Hart Seed Company where she met her future husband, Kenneth Ross Emery, in the onion patch. They married in 1942 and in the same year moved to Kittery, Maine where they raised their four wonderful children, Olga Spooner, Donna Grabofsky, Carroll Emery, and Joyce Rasque.
Olive worked for the Kittery Highway Department as a secretary, and later for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail clerk in Kittery Point, ME and Portsmouth, NH where she retired in 1988.
She was a long standing, dedicated member of NARFE, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the Ladies Auxiliary VFW, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Society of Mayflower Descendants, the American Postal Workers’ Union and St. Marks Methodist Church in Kittery, Maine.
Olive is predeceased by her husband Kenneth Ross Emery, 2 siblings Norman L. Stevens and Margaret Stevens Bean as well as son-in-law Freeland ‘Burky’ Spooner. She leaves 3 siblings Doris Cutten, William Stevens, and Marilyn Smith, 4 children, Olga Spooner widow of Freeland ‘Burky’ of Somersworth, NH; Donna Grabofsky and John of Corinth, Maine; Carroll Emery and Joanie of Kittery, Maine; Joyce Rasque and Stuart of Eliot, Maine; eleven grandchildren, Kelly Stowell Melvin, Kenneth Stowell, Kristen Spooner Fuller, Jennifer Grabofsky Potvin, Robert Grabofsky, Meghan Emery Atwater, Brenna Emery Hillock, Carol Emery, Heather Rasque Ross, Karen Rasque Hughes and Aaron Pyle; 19 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren.
A time of visitation was held from 6 to 8 PM on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at the J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home, 125 Old Post Road, Kittery, ME. A funeral service was held at 11 AM at the funeral home on Friday, January 20, 2017, with The Rev. Dr. Bruce Boria, officiating. The family request in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made payable to: Bethany Church – ONE Campaign, 500 Breakfast Hill Road, Greenland, NH 03840. Visit www.jspelkeyfuneralhome.com to sign the online guestbook, send a condolence card or to share a memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home.



CLYDE G. CHADBOURNE
CAMBRIDGE — Clyde G. Chadbourne, 91, passed away January 12, 2017, at his home in Cambridge. He was born August 20, 1925, in Harmony, a son of the late George and Mae (Gilman) Chadbourne. Clyde was a graduate of Harmony High School, served in the U.S. Navy, retired from Grumman's Aerospace in Bethpage, NY after 25 years, and enjoyed hunting, gardening, wood-working and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Rosemarie, of Cambridge; two daughters, Linda Burger of Holbrook, NY and Karen Kovach of Cambridge; six grandchildren, Eileen Burger of White Plains, NY, Kristine Kasheta of Shady Side, MD, Erik Burger and wife, Britt, of Smithtown, NY, Lauren Kovach of Boston, MA, Kathleen Burger of Kingston, NY, and Susan Kovach of Manchester, NH; two great-grandchildren, Maeve and Kellan Burger; a brother-in-law, Richard Watson, and sister-in-law, Hazel Chadbourne, both of Harmony; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his five brothers and five sisters.
A memorial service will be held in the spring at the Chadbourne Cemetery in Harmony. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Clyde's memory to the Patriarch's Club, PO Box 45, Harmony, ME 04942 or the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME, 04074, www.alz.org. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home, Guilford. Condolences may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.



NEAL JOSEPH BRYSON
PITTSFIELD — Neal Joseph Bryson, 68, passed away Sunday, January 8th, 2017 in Pittsfield.
Neal was born on March 25, 1948, the son of Lewis and Luella Bryson of Corinna, ME. Neal was a Vietnam Veteran. He also worked at various jobs throughout his life. He worked making furniture, farming, construction, fire fighter and cleaning. He loved spending time with his family, going on camping trips, fishing and traveling the Maine coast. When he retired he got to spend more time with his grand-kids, Breanna True, Caraden Bryson and Deamion Cyrus. He loved and enjoyed the special times with Caraden, taking him to sporting events, fishing and going for joy rides. Neal was married to Laurie Bryson (Curtis). They loved and enjoyed their two children, Daniel True and Brandie Bryson. He was a special brother to siblings, Edward Bryson, Lewis Bryson, Larry Bryson, Michael Bryson, Dolly Bryson and Robin Hunt.
There will have a get together on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 at the First Congregational Church in Pittsfield from 5 to 7 PM. Graveside service will be held at a later date.



MELDON W. LIBBY
MADISON — Meldon Wayne Libby, 71, died January 5, 2017 at a Skowhegan hospital. He was born April 26, 1945 in Unity, a son of Albert and Margaret (Fay) Libby. He was a longtime mechanic at Hight Ford in Skowhegan and will be remembered as an avid hunter and fisherman.
Meldon is survived by his daughter, Tammi, husband George Edwards, and their son Baron, all of Lincoln; his fiancée, Juanita Graves of St. Albans; his siblings, Kathleen Brown of Canaan, Galen and wife Marie Libby of Madison, Elton and wife Judy Libby of Skowhegan, Phyllis Balog of Waterville, Wilda and husband Jim Dow of Turner. He was predeceased by siblings Albert Libby, Jr., Marjorie Lawton, and Royce Libby and wife Winnie.
A memorial service was held at 1 PM Saturday, January 14th, at the Pleasant Street Christian Church in Corinna. Spring burial will be in the Mt. Rest Cemetery, Athens. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial donations to be sent to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1848, Longmont, Colorado 80502. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.



BEATRICE J. SOUCY
DETROIT — Beatrice J. Soucy, died peacefully on Thursday, January 5, 2017, with her loving family by her side, in Skowhegan.
She was born on September 27, 1935, in Detroit, Maine, the daughter of Cecil and Erma (Bryant) McLaggan Sr. She graduated from Maine Central Institute with the class of 1954. She married Francis Soucy on October 7, 1967 and they shared 47 years together. Bea worked at the Edwards Company in Pittsfield and retired from there after 36 years of employment.
Bea liked cooking and baking brownies and no bake cookies. She enjoyed church services, music and the Bible was precious to her. Her daily phone calls to her sister, Lorraine and her weekly chat with her brother, Jr, were very special to her. She belonged to the Senior Citizens Group of Pittsfield and the Pittsfield Driftbusters Snowmobile Club.
She is survived by her siblings, Delbert McLaggan and wife, Joyce, of Detroit, Royce McLaggan of Plymouth and Lorraine Bouffard of Pittsfield; sisters-in-law, Michele McLaggan of Detroit, Doris McLaggan of Georgia, Aggie Corson of Skowhegan and Betty Soucy of Skowhegan; brother-in-law, Romeo Soucy of Skowhegan, special niece, Tiffany Field and husband, Russ; and many devoted nieces, nephews and extended family.
She was predeceased by her parents; her loving husband, Francis C. Soucy in 2015; sister, Colleen Hobbs; brother, Cecil McLaggan Jr.; brothers-in-law, Arthur Soucy, Linwood Soucy and Normand Bouffard; sisters-in-law, Cecile Conley and Rita Ames; and nephew, Normand “Bub” Bouffard.
The family received friends from 2 to 3 PM, Tuesday, January 10, with a memorial service that immediately followed at 3 PM, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield, with the Rev. Mark Tanner officiating. A committal service will be held in the spring at the Detroit Village Cemetery, Route 220, in Detroit.
Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the Good Cheer Club, c/o Cyndra Knowles, 251 North Road, Detroit, Maine, 04929.
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DAVID E. WEBB
DOVER-FOXCROFT — David E. Webb, 76, died January 7, 2017, at his home. He was born April 27, 1940, in Fort Fairfield, the son of Charles P. and Marguerite T. (Paul) Webb. He was a mason and a member of Mosaic Lodge #52 and second section Anah Temple Shrine. David owned and operated Heart of Maine Exterminating for 34 years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Jacqueline; three daughters, Tamara Cox and her husband, Chris, Lorrie Edgerly and her husband, Steve, and Michelle Robicheau and her husband, Ryan; nine grandchildren, Amanda Barlan, Hartley Gilbert, MaryCatherine Cox, Jennifer Gould, Brian Duplisea, and Caleb, Alex, Ben, and Johnny Smith; six great-grandchilren; and several nieces and nephews. David will be missed by his special dog, Taffy. He was predeceased by his parents, four brothers, and one sister.
A memorial service with Masonic services was conducted 2 PM Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft, with Rev. Ray Beless officiating. Following the services, a gathering was held at the Penquis Higher Education Center, 50 Mayo St., Dover-Foxcroft. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.
ROBERT A. HARTSGROVE
PLYMOUTH – Robert Albert Hartsgrove, 92, died peacefully January 4, 2017 at a Hartland nursing facility with his wife by his side still holding his hand. He was born February 19, 1924 in Perham, a son of Fred and Nettie (Green) Hartsgrove. He attended schools in Perham and Caribou. Bob entered the U. S. Army in 1949 and was stationed in Texas and Germany. He was employed at Eastland Woolen Mill in Corinna for 32 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. Bob was still putting in his own firewood at age 90. He attended the Jubilee Family Worship Center in Newport. Bob married the former Ina Cook of Palmyra and had three sons, Richard, Malcolm and James, all of Newport; two daughters, Rebecca Bean and Lorraine Albair, both of Corinna; 12 grandchildren; great grandchildren and cousins.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 PM Monday, January 9th at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport. Spring graveside funeral and committal services will be held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Palmyra, with the Rev. Scott Black officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Maine General Hospice, P.O. Box 828, Waterville, ME 04903. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.



ELIZABETH “DORIS” RANDALL
PALMYRA – Elizabeth Randall, 84, passed away peacefully January 1, 2017 at a Pittsfield hospital. She was born August 2, 1932 in Caribou a daughter of Clayton and Blanche (Humphrey) Langley. Doris attended Palmyra and Newport schools, where she met and later married her beloved Jack. They were married on November 6, 1950 and had a long, happy life together for 64 years, until his passing in 2014.
Doris worked as a school lunch cook at the Palmyra Consolidated School for 22 years. She also worked at Guilford Woolen Mill until her retirement.
Doris and Jack had two daughters Linda Marie and Anna Mae. She was a great mother and was thought of as a “mother figure” by many others who were close to her. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She never missed a family- or friends- get together where everyone always gathered around their special Aunt Doris. She also enjoyed country music and loved to sing along when her brother Bob played his guitar at those family gatherings. She enjoyed life to the fullest and never took anything for granted. She always had a happy, positive outlook on life.
Doris was a strong willed person and had great faith. We know she is resting peacefully with her husband and daughter. She will be greatly missed and will remain in our hearts forever.
She is survived by her daughter Linda Burleigh; her grandson Garrett Allen Burleigh; a sister in law, Sudie Faye Davis; three sisters, Joyce Cocheran, Violet and husband James McLellan, Maxine and husband Larry Plissey; several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Jack Randall, a daughter Anna Mae Randall, and a brother Robert Langley.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Sebasticook Valley Health for their great care.
Spring graveside committal services will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Newport, with Pastor Al H. Worden officiating. Cremation arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written tributes at www.CrosbyNeal.com



BETTY A. PALMER
CORINNA – Betty A. Palmer, 77, died January 2, 2017 at a Bangor hospital surrounded by her family. She was born July 12, 1939 in Littleton, a daughter of Benjamin and Beulah (Rogerson) Flewelling.
Betty married Robert Palmer on June 12, 1957. She worked on the harvester at Buck’s Potato Farm, Snowflake Canning Company, both in Corinna, and retired as night foreman at the Dexter Shoe Company in 1999. Betty was a founding member (#20) of the Dexter Regional Federal Credit Union and served on the board for a time. After “retiring” she baby sat for Elizabeth Kinney and her special “boys” Payson and Willis Reinhardt, and cleaned homes. She loved flower and vegetable gardening, canning vegetables, making pickles, relishes and jellies, reading and drinking Diet Coke. Betty was always happiest sitting on her porch at Center Pond, in her words, “the most beautiful place in the world”, where she enjoyed her friends and camp neighbors.
She is survived by two daughters, Terri and husband Michael Crosby of Newport, Vicki and husband Mark Easler of Corinna; four sisters, Edna “Teta” and husband Cliff Pottle, Gloria and husband Dick Perkins of Holden, Janet and husband Donald Zimmerman of GA, Frances and husband Vaughn Thibodeau of Winterport; two brothers, David Flewelling of Frankfort, Richard Flewelling and companion Irene Davis of Troy; two granddaughters, Jenna and husband Tyson Grindle, of Medford, NJ, and Kayla Easler and boyfriend Brandon Hopkins of Dixmont; great grandson Wyatt Grindle; 2 sisters-in-law, Gladys Flewelling of Winterport and Ann Flewelling of MS; many nieces and nephews; “adopted” daughter Sue Paige of Corinna; and her dog Willow. She was extremely proud of her daughters, granddaughters and great grandson.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Benjamin “Dude” and Philip Flewelling.
Friends called from 11 AM to 1 PM Saturday, January 7th, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport. Private graveside committal services will be held in the spring at Morse’s Corner Cemetery, Corinna. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.



CHRIS “BUB” WALKER
ST. ALBANS – Chris “Bub” Walker, 44, died unexpectedly on Friday, December 23, 2016, at his home in St. Albans.
He was born on August 3, 1972, in Salem, Massachusetts, the son of Larry and JoAnn Kimball. He attended the local schools in Hartland and spent most of his life working at the Hartland Tannery, A Cut Above Carpentry in Hartland and Tobin Movers of Peabody, Massachusetts.
Chris recently married the love of his life and soul mate, Maya. They enjoyed spending all the time that they could together. He was a loving, happy, positive guy who would always say, “Babe, it’s all gonna work out”. He enjoyed carpentry, gardening, grilling, feeding the birds and taking care of his rooster and guinea hens. He was a hard worker and loved to take care of his mother. He will be missed beyond words by his family, friends and co-workers at the Hartland Tannery and A Cut Above Carpentry.
He is survived by his wife, Maya Walker; their daughter, Julie-Anne Cooper; his faithful dogs, Teeny Weeny and Stella; his mother, JoAnn Kimball, all of St. Albans; sisters, Brenda Kimball and boyfriend, Mark Russell, of Pittsfield, Laurie Holmbom and husband, Joshua, of Hartland and their daughter, Jocelyn and Marcia Fuller and husband, Lee, of Hartland and their children, Courtney, Morgan, Hannah, Hunter, Mason and Marlee; sisters-in-law, Bobbi White of Bingham and her daughters, KyLa and Chloe and Betty Foss and boyfriend, Arthur Fletcher of West Athens and her son, Nathaniel; and many special friends whom he considered family.
The family received friends from 2 to 4 PM, Saturday, December 31, 2016, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield.
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ERNEST R. GORTEN, JR.
PITTSFIELD – Ernest R. Gorten, Jr., 83, peacefully passed away at Sebasticook Valley Hospital on December 30, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. His family expresses gratitude for the compassionate care that he received at SVH. He was born in Newport, Maine, on May 23, 1933, the son of Ernest R. Gorten, Sr. and Agnes (Brawn) Gorten.
Ernest was a star basketball player who earned the nickname “Goose” prior to his graduation from Newport High School in 1951. He proudly served in the United States Army for two years; he was stationed in South Korea for 16 months.
Ernest married Maxine Young on July 24, 1955. They had three children, four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and five step-great grandchildren. Ernest and Maxine were married for 61 years and they lived in the same house in Augusta for over 55 years. Ernest worked for Nabisco as a sales representative for over 30 years.
In his retirement Ern enjoyed hunting, open water and ice fishing with his son and son-in-law at his camp on Long Pond in Belgrade as well as in the Greenville area. Ernie loved sports and he was a loyal fan of the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. He never missed his grandsons’ football, hockey and baseball games. He also supported his granddaughters’ musical endeavors by attending their school concerts. Ernest is perhaps best known for his unique sense of humor. He had a quip or a comment for any situation.
He was predeceased by his mother Agnes Brawn Gorten; his father Ernest Robert Gorten, Sr., and his brother Donald Wallace Gorten.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine Gorten, of Pittsfield; his 3 children, Linda Snow and her husband Peter of Pittsfield; Brenda Palmer and her husband Rick of Farmingdale; and Gregory Gorten of Clinton; 4 grandchildren: Sarah Snow and her fiancé Eric Jordan Bailey of Laurel, MD; Hannah Snow and her husband Anson Lee of Exeter, NH; Cory Palmer of Portland and Ian Palmer of Bangor; 2 step-grandchildren, Kyle Snow and his wife Kathy of Ellsworth and Kathryn Snow of Lincolnville and his sister-in-law Barbara Gorten of Newport along with several nieces, nephews, and extended family. He enjoyed weekly visits and excursions with his niece, Sue Emery and her husband Butch. Ernest bravely lived with Parkinson’s disease and for over 10 years he exhibited courage, grace and dignity through his many challenges. He will be greatly missed as a loving son, husband, uncle, father and grandfather.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the First Congregational Church, PO Box, 423, Pittsfield, Maine, in Ernie’s memory.
The family received friends from 5 to 7 PM, Friday, January 6, 2016, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield. A memorial service was held at 2 PM, Saturday, January 7, at the funeral home with Rev. Glenn Nichols officiating. A committal with military honors will be held at 2 PM, May 23, 2017, at the Riverside Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Newport.
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JEANNETTE W. FITTS
PITTSFIELD – Jeannette W. Fitts, 88, born September 8th, 1928, began the second act of God’s plan for her life's journey on December 21st, 2016, passing on peacefully in the company of loved ones.
She was the fourth child of Abel and Georgie Webb and sister to Arlene, Marie, Martelle, Margaret and Bobby. As a typical Central Maine family, they enjoyed a simple and blessed life surrounded by a community of loving family and friends.
Jeannette attended Pittsfield schools, graduating from Maine Central Institute in the class of 1946, where she participated in many athletics and school activities. This past summer she proudly attended her 70th consecutive MCI Alumni Reunion. She furthered her education at Eastern Maine General School of Nursing, learning the caring craft of a Registered Nurse which she would ply for over a half century in a variety of positions.
Jeannette married her one true love, Gerald R. Fitts, on October 6th, 1950. Together they raised their family and operated a successful local business. As an expert coordinator of gatherings, she enjoyed countless favorite times with family, classmates and friends whether at their cherished camp on Sibley Pond or in the St. Pete, Tampa area during her Florida years. Family and friends were Jeannette’s whole world.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Gerald, and her siblings.
Surviving Jeannette and carrying on her traditions of caring, love and friendships are her two sons, Gary and wife Amy, Kevin and Jeri; her 8 grandchildren, Laura, Hilary, Hunter, Travis, Gavin, Corey, Stephanie and CJ; 15 great-grandchildren; several very special nieces and nephews, along with many extended family members.
Jeannette was always at her best as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, cook and hostess.
A gathering to celebrate her life will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, January 21, 2017, at Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield, Maine, officiated by Reverend Scott Jones. Following, all those who wish may attend an informal time of remembrance at the Sebasticook Valley Elks Lodge #2713 on Middle Street in Pittsfield.
Our family wishes, with great appreciation and respect, to thank the individuals who lovingly cared for Jeannette during the last few years, especially the wonderful staff at Ross Manor. There are too many to mention, and we trust that all of you know how very much it has meant to us.
It was Jeannette’s wish that in lieu of flowers any donations be given to the Maine Central Institute Founders Campaign or a special charity of one’s choice.
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CASSANDRA LYNN LAWLER
WINTERPORT & UNITY – Cassandra Lawler, 41, died December 31, 2016 at a Bangor hospital. She was born July 24, 1975 in Norwich, CT. She was employed as a CNA, and later, a CRMA at Sanfield Living Center in Hartland. Cassandra was active in the Special Olympics program.
She is survived by her mother, Dorinda and husband Dana Chase of Burnham; maturnal grandfather Dwayne Malcolm of Etna; her fiancé Jeff VanHoy; a brother, Daniel and wife Amanda Riendeau of Corinna; 2 sisters, Skyla and husband Bruce Hewins of Hartland, Hope and husband Eric Whitman of Groton, CT; several special nieces and nephews. Cassandra loved all of her family.
Visitation was held from 2 to 4 PM Thursday, January 5th, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport. Spring services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.
CARLTON W. TASH
HARTLAND – Carlton W. Tash, 82, died, Monday, January 2, 2017, in Bangor.
Carlton was born on January 30, 1934, in Chester, Maine, the son of Charles A. and June A. (Lobley) Tash. He graduated from Oakland High School and proudly served our country in the United States Army in Panama.
Carl was employed for many years as the friendly milkman, delivering to the local communities. He later was employed by Spring Brook Oil Company and delivered oil until he retired. He loved knowing his customers personally and had a knack for remembering their names, addresses and phone numbers. He was very outgoing and felt comfortable starting up a conversation with anyone that he would meet. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He will be forever missed and loved.
He is survived by his children, Jennifer Tash of Georgia and Skip Tash and wife, Molly, of Pittsfield; granddaughter, Savannah; brother, Donald Tash and wife, Lois, of Dedham; and long-time companion, Priscilla Butler and her daughter, Rhonda Southard, both of Hartland; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Charles Tash Jr; and sister, Vivian Pomerleau.
A graveside memorial service will be held in the spring at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Civic Center Drive, Augusta, with military honors being presented for his service to our country.
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STEVEN JOHN RITTER
DOVER-FOXCROFT — Steven John Ritter, 59, passed away unexpectedly on December 29th, 2016 at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, ME. Steven was born September 20, 1957 in Jersey City, NJ. He was the son of Steven John Ritter, Jr. and predeceased by his mother Mary Kathleen Perera. Steven worked many years in furniture sales in Florida and became a career aficionado developing many valuable skills and trades. Steven eventually moved to Maine where he would spend the rest of his days with his beloved wife of 27 years (19 married); Theresa Laythe-Ritter.
Steven is survived by his wife, Theresa and his four children- his daughter Ivonne Laythe, daughter Danielle Dykeman, a son Steve Gagliardi, and his youngest son Blake Ritter.
Steven is loved and survived by four granddaughters and two grandsons. Steven is also survived by his brother Bruce Ritter and his father of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and predeceased by his mother.
Steven will be loved and remembered by 2 nieces and 1 nephew, close friends and extended family. Steven will always be remembered for his quick wit and his everlasting sense of humor - for his undying love for qu’ing on the grill, playing darts and cheering as loud as he could on Football Sundays (Go Pats!)
A benefit dinner will be scheduled for a later date and time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made during the benefit dinner. Donations will immensely help during this trying time for medical bills, funeral arrangements and more. Check local bulletins in Dover-Foxcroft for a date and time.



SUSAN SAUCIER SURETTE
PALMYRA — Susan Saucier Surette, 48, died peacefully on December 25, 2016 at home in Palmyra, attended by her soulmate, Clint Southard, members of her family, and close friends. The strong impressions made by her lively nature, easy laugh, intense enjoyment of life and abiding love for her son Nathan will live on in the hearts of those who knew her.
Susan was born in Waterville on February 28, 1968 to Edmund E. and Joanne I. (Joler) Saucier, who predeceased her, as the youngest of their ten surviving children. She felt especially close to her parents and enjoyed collecting and cooking her mother’s recipes. She was raised in Waterville and graduated from Waterville High School in 1986. In high school, Susan was active in sports, playing soccer with the kind of skill and fun shown by her six brothers in backyard ice hockey. She had her three older sisters to thank for setting the standard. She, along with her sisters, was also a skilled skater.
After attending classes at Thomas College, Susan worked in the health care field, including a period of time in sales. Her interest in people and ease with conversation made her a natural, successful, saleswoman. Susan was passionate about the outdoors which started from an early age with her father who was a Maine Guide. Her enthusiasm was intensified after being reconnected with her high school sweetheart and soulmate, Clint Southard. She fell in love with camp where she and Clint would spend time shooting, hunting, and relaxing by the fire. It was at camp that Susan harvested her first deer. After applying for many years in the Maine State Moose Lottery she won a tag for the 2016 September hunt. Clint – a Master Maine Guide – was able to arrange the hunt with help from her son, two of her brothers, two of her nephews, and Clint’s son and his wife who all shared her interest in hunting. A clip of the documented hunt “Susan’s Amazing Story and Moose Hunt, 2016” can be found on YouTube. The bull moose kill and her reaction “I did it!” accompanied by her broad, dimpled smile, clearly meant her achievement marked a supreme moment in her life.
Susan is survived by her son Nathan Surette; her companion Clint Southard; her six brothers: Michael Saucier and wife Paula Craighead; Jon Saucier and companion Nancy Poulin; Daniel and Brenda Saucier; James and Jean Saucier; Peter and Lori Saucier; Paul Saucier and companion Cindy Jennings; her three sisters: Cathy and Dirk Kershner; Sandra Bard and companion Andrew Heckler; Patricia and John Bearce; and their families including fifteen nieces and nephews and six grand-nieces and nephews; Clint’s son Nolan and wife Christine Southard; Clint’s daughter Arielle Tuttle and husband Caleb; Clint’s daughter Tasha Howard, and Clint’s brother Todd Southard and wife Darlene.
The family wishes to publically express its deep appreciation to MaineGeneral Hospice Care including the nurses and caregivers who cared so gently for Susan before and during her passing.
Visiting hours were Friday from 4 to 7 PM on December 30, 2016 at Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm Street, Waterville. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, December, 31st at 9 AM at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 112 Silver Street, Waterville, ME. Please visit www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com to share condolences, memories and tributes with Susan’s family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a trust fund being set up for her son Nathan under the care of Cathy Kershner, 19 Mathews Avenue, Waterville, ME, 04901 or to Endless Season Riders, a snowmobile/ATV club which Susan and Clint are active members, at PO Box 56, Plymouth, ME 04969 in memory of Susan Saucier Surette.


DELMAR J. LEVESQUE
PLYMOUTH — Delmar John Levesque, 83, died December 24, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born April 9, 1933 in Limestone, a son of Loomis and Doris (Martin) Levesque. He served in the U.S. Army and was employed as a machine shop superintendent.
In the early 70’s, he bought land in Plymouth and planted an apple orchard. After moving to Maine Delmar opened the Mildel Apple Farm and sold apples at the Orono and Belfast farmer’s markets starting in 1998. He was a communicant of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Pittsfield, and will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was also a member of the Pomological Society.
In addition to his wife Mildred, of nearly 64 years, he is survived by a son Michael, a daughter Darlene Hopkins and fiancé George “Jody” Grant, all of Plymouth; a brother, Maurice and wife Eleanor Levesque of Milford, CT; a sister Dorothy Mitchell of Ansonia, CT; 4 grandchildren, Amy Swanson, Brandon and Cody Hopkins, and Peyton Grant; 2 great grandchildren, Cassidy and Britney Swanson.
A graveside funeral and committal service will be held in the spring at Sawyer Cemetery, Plymouth. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. In lieu of flowers, 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 condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com



MARVIS LANPHER WOLFARD
CALIFORNIA — Marvis Lanpher Wolfard, of Orange County, California, passed away December 25, 2016. She was born in Palmyra, Maine on May 1, 1940. She was the third child of Selden P. Lanpher and Felta Richardson Lanpher. Growing up in the 40’s on a farm was not easy, with no electricity, telephones, or refrigeration. She was educated in one room schools through eighth grade. She graduated from Newport High School, class of 1958. She went on to live in Connecticut and then moved to the West Coast. She was a 40 year employee of the Bank of the West. Her hobbies included genealogy, sports and quilting. She was an avid quilter, belonging to the Orange County Quilt Guild. She spent many years making children’s quilts for various charities.
She was predeceased by husband Gerald T. Wolfard and daughter Phoebe L. Wolfard. She is survived by her son Clyde Wolfard of California and daughter Nicole Doumerc and husband Paul of California; sister: Natalie Rines of Palmyra; brother: Errol Lanpher and wife Beatrice of Palmyra; four grandchildren: Athena Delgado, Gerald S. Wolfard, Sara Weaver, Erika Weaver and Nolan Doumerc; cousins: Glynnis Fields and Merle Lanpher; niece: Terrie Hersey and her husband Frank and children Karen, Lori, and Jodi; niece: Beth-Ann Rowell and family; nephew: Kenneth Rines and wife Brenda and their family; nephew: Wayne Rines and wife Patty and family; and many great nieces and nephews. She was particularly proud of her great grandson Mason peterson and was known as GG to her four great grandchildren. No funeral services will be held. There will be an interment in the spring at East Cemetery, Skowhegan, Maine.