Obituaries, Week of August 16, 2018


OAKLAND – Parker Millard Stevens, 8, tragically passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Parker Millard Stevens was born September 30, 2009, to Wade and Sara Stevens.

Parker was a big brother to three younger siblings, Hunter, Denver and Tayler. He loved everyone and was loved by all. His smile would light up a room and his laugh was contagious.

Parker attended RSU#18 school district. He was well known for his kindness, love and compassion for all. He was involved in Big Brothers & Big Sisters, where he met his “Big Sister” Emily. They bonded right off, and Parker considered her his real sister. Parker enjoyed playing with his siblings, swimming, going to camp, playing Minecraft, and making videos. His dream was to have his own You Tube channel one day.

He is survived by his parents, Wade and Sara Stevens, of Oakland; siblings, Hunter, Denver and Tayler; grandparents, Deborah and Joe Stevens, of Oakland, Grace and Richard Doyon, of Oakland; Keith and Kim Easton, of Gardiner, and Julie Doyon, of Waterville; his Uncle Brandon, of Oakland; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Online condolences may be offered and memories shared at

Arrangements are by Wheeler Funeral Home & Cremation Care, 26 Church St., Oakland.


SOUTH CHINA – Janet Mae Davis,76, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at MaineGeneral Hospital. She was born February 17, 1942, the daughter of William Fletcher and Minnie Fletcher, of Albion.

She grew up in Albion and lived in New Boston, New Hampshire for many years before returning to Maine in 2010. She had many talents, including tole painting and had a very green thumb. She loved her flower gardens, and anything green.

She was the main caregiver too her daughter Dallas and devoted her life to her health and happiness.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister Elaine Dionne, of Maine.

She is survived by her long-time companion Daniel McCormack, of South China; daughters Kim Hadley, of California, Kelly Drew, of Epping, New Hampshire, Dallas Davis, of South China; son Chuck Hadley, of Mont Vernon, New Hapshire; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters Nancy Fletcher, Betty Fletcher, Margaret Lahey, Marion Ewin, Penny Fletcher; brothers William Fletcher, Mike Fletcher, Todd Fletcher and Mark Fletcher, all of Maine; and many nieces and nephews.


PALERMO – Millard A. Howard, 82, passed away Friday, July 27, 2018, following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born December 1, 1935 to Forrest and Malvina Howard.

He spent nearly his entire life living in Palermo leaving only for brief periods to attend school. Millard loved to read and developed a thirst for knowledge at a very young age. He graduated as valedictorian from Erskine Academy, continuing on to become the first in his family to attend college. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Clark University, again graduating with highest honors. He went on to attent a year at Harvard receiving a master of arts degree. While attending to his studies he began working for the state of Maine, taking a support position at a location known as “the farm” adjacent to the Augusta State Hospital, later AMHI. Upon graduation from Harvard, he began a career in mental health and public service with the Augusta State Hospital, holding several positions and moving the hospital forward until his retirement in the early 1990s.

He was also very active locally, serving as a selectman, a trustee at Erskine Academy, and being involved with numerous local organizations. He had a passion for history and genealogy. He was involved extensively with the Palermo Historical Society as well as having written, An Introduction to the Early History of Palermo, Maine, Second Edition.

While his health allowed, Millard enjoyed traveling, taking several trips to Europe. He was proud of where he came from and loved to serve his coounity in any way he could. Over his many years of travel he amassed an extensive library, occupying nearly all of his 3500 square foot barm. Although never married and having no children, Millard was exceptionally proud of his family and was ever involved in their lives.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Maurice and Milton.

He is survived by his nephew Mitchell Howard, of Yarmouth; and his great-nephews Vincent, Christian, and Charles Ireland.

Memorial donations may be made to: Smith Cemetery Preservation Fund, c/o Norma Swift, 2591 Level Hill Rd., Palermo ME 04345.


ALBION – B. Joan Genest, 80, of Albion, passed away at her home Saturday, July 28, 2018. She was born on December 10, 1937, the daughter of William A. and Phyllis (Graf) Morrison.

Joan grew up in Anson and went to school in Skowhegan. She graduated from Waterville High School.

Joan worked at C.F. Hathaway, Keyes Fibre and finally retired from Walmart, all in Waterville.

Joan enjoyed anything to do with the outdoors from gardening to feeding and watching her birds. She enjoyed spending time with her family and loved attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and other activities.

Joan is survived by her husband of 30 years, Donald (Dale); a son Darryl (Skip) Prentiss and wife Brenda; brother William Morrison; stepchildren, Paula Locke and husband Tim, Dawn Marin, Karen Hilton, Todd Genest and wife Sherry; brothers-in-law, Mervin Green, Bob (Jeaninne), Mike (Peggy) Genest; sisters-in-law, Paula (Don) Carter and Cheryl (Steve) Mitchell; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville.

An online guestbook may be signed, memories shared and condolences expressed at

Donations in Joan’s memory may be sent to: MaineGeneral Hospice, 10 Water St., Waterville ME 04901.


FAIRFIELD – Louis F. Pelletier, 90, passed away in his home on Sunday, July 29, 2019. He was born in Winterville on March 31, 1928, the son of Joseph and Rose (Raymond) Pelletier.

He served 20 plus years in the Army, serving during the Korean War and twice during the Vietnam war. He was very proud of his military career.

He returned to Maine in 1971, and worked as an auto mechanic, owning his own business, Pelletier’s Garage, for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to camp, socializing and being outside in nature.

He was predeceased by his parents; four brothers and five sisters; infant daughter, Sheryl Lyn; and son, Terry Pelletier.

He is survived by Mary Pelletier, his wife of 68 years, of Fairfield; his children, Mary Jo Foster and husband Lawrence, of Jackman, and  Debra Rossignol and husband Wayne, of Oakland; his grandchildren, Jacob Foster, of Clinton, Derek Foster and wife Kerri, ofVassalboro, Christopher Pelletier and wife Carolyn, of Pittsfield, Deann Michaud, of Fairfield, and Westley Rossignol, of Oakland; his great-grandchildren, Hannah Pelletier, of Pittsfield, Ellie Foster, of Randolph, Michael Pelletier, of Canaan, Rebecca Michaud, of Fairfield, Gage Michaud, of Fairfield, and Camden Foster, of Vassalboro; and several nephews and nieces.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

Arrangements were by Lawry Brothers Funeral & Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.


VASSALBORO – Raymond P. Gay, Sr., 79, passed away at his home on Sunday, July 29, 2018. Raymond was born in Augusta on January 15, 1939, son of the late Raymond and Edith (Anderson) Gay.

Raymond and Elizabeth were married January 31, 1959, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Augusta.

Raymond had a great deal of love for the outdoors, including fishing in his boat, hunting up north, and camping with his family and friends. He’d often talk about his beloved fishing trips in Jackman and hunting caribou in Labrador. But, what Raymond loved the most in his life were his wife, his children and grandchildren. A true family man, Raymond devoted himself as a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a step-in dad anytime he could. His heart was large and tender and many felt his fatherly love as if they were his own children. He was the kind of man that left a lasting impression and the little ones he leaves behind were truly the apple of his eye.

Raymond was employed by Statler Tissue, in Augusta, for 29 years after which he was employed by Michael Cayouette Flooring in Rockland before going to work for Mike taking care of the family farm in Vassalboro. Mr. Gay was predeceased by his son, Raymond P. Gay, Jr. on September 7, 2012; and two sisters, Margaret Gregoire and Sandra Pelletier.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; and three daughters, Brenda Cayouette and her husband Mike, Linda Collinson and her husband Bob, and Marilyn Poulin and her partner Brad Stover.

Arrangements were under the care of Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta.

Condolences, stories and photos may be shared through the funeral home webwsite at


FAIRFIELD – Jeffrey Lee Pooler, 56, passed away on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, following a cardiac event. Jeffrey was born September 7, 1962.

Jeff graduated from Lawrence High School in June 1981, where he excelled in basketball. He continued his education at Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute, earning a degree in machine tooling.

Following his graduation, he began a long, successful career as a CNC machinist working at Mid State Machine, Kennebec Tool and Die, and B&B Precise Products.

He had many passions; first among them his children and grandchildren. If you ask his family, friends, and neighbors what was most notable about him as a man, you’re likely to hear about his selfless generosity and steadfast willingness to help anyone in need. The remainder of Jeff’s heart was on China Lake at his grandparents’ camp; a place where so many priceless memories were made. From his youth patrolling the shores in his yellow one-man sailboat, to cherished times as a grown man fishing with his grandsons; he always fed a stream of joy and laughter to all lucky enough to be within earshot.

He is survived by his parents, John and Bette Pooler; his two brothers, Keith and wife, Sophia Pooler, and Chad and wife, Joselin Pooler; his three children, Jessica Pooler, Christopher Pooler and fiancé Courtney, and Sarah (Pooler) and husband, Zachary Lemieux; five grandchildren, Brayden Davidson, Caelyn Pooler, and Maddox, Lincoln and Juliet Lemieux; and his sweetheart, Danielle Doyon; also several aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

For those who so desire, donations in Jeffrey’s memory can be made to: The Maine Home for Little Wanderers, ATTN: Development Office, 93 Silver Street, Waterville ME 04901


MARY J. VEILLEUX, 79, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, Thayer Unit, in Waterville. Locally, she is survived by her husband Donald Veilleux, of Waterville, children Richard Veilleux and wife Cathy, of Oakland, and Candis Veilleux and partner, Ed Papsis, of Winslow; four grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; two step-granddaughters; and sister Barbara LeClair and husband Roger, of Fairfield.

NOREEN M. ROBINSON, 98, of Gardiner, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018, at the Hillside Terrace, in Hallowell. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Judith Robinson, of Palermo


JOHN McALEER, 95, of Oldsmar, Florida, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Oldsmar, Florida. John was born in Waterville on July 25, 1923, to Joseph and Tilly (MacAskill) McAleer. He was educated in Waterville schools. They spent their summers at Snow Pond (Messalonskee Lake), in Oakland. He retired from Maine Central Railroad, where he was a machinist and crane operator.

Obituaries, Week of August 9, 2018


CHINA – Virginia B. Starkey died Saturday, August 4, 2018, from complications of Vascular Dementia. She was born February 17, 1934, in Beverly, Massachusetts, to Edward A. and Bertha M. (Frost) Hearn.

She lived in Beverly for 21 years before marrying her husband of 58 years, Richard B. Starkey.    They settled on the Starkey homestead in China and had six children.  The city girl took a fair amount of teasing over the years, but learned to live on the farm for many years before moving into a smaller home that Richard built right next door.  They had a good life together.

Virginia was educated in Beverly, graduating from Beverly High School. She was a member of the Dane St. Congregational Church.  She was employed by Bay State Lamp Company, in Danvers, before marrying, after which she was a homemaker and active with the children in scouts, sports, and church. After raising her own children, she provided child care in her home for many years.

She became a member of China Baptist Church, helping with Sunday School and VBS, and The Order of The Eastern Star where she held several offices.  Ginny dabbled in many interests over her lifetime including, baking, sewing, needlework, painting, and Continuing Education classes and her true love was reading. Before her health declined, the newspaper was read from cover to cover every morning and the stacks of books by her chair were impressive.

Virginia was a home body, but loved people and kept up with family and friends who moved away from town, following the lives of those who had crossed her path.  She will be missed by many of those people, but Mom, Gram, Grammy will be missed especially by her family.

Virginia was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her siblings, Frances (Atwood) Prest, Raymond Atwood, Edna Hearn Bachmann; and her children George and Lydia.

She is survived by her sister Priscilla (Hearn) Rowand, of Beverly, Massachusetts; her sons Edward and partner Mark Colonna, of Oakland Park, Florida, and Richard Starkey Jr. ,of Farmingdale; daughters Sandra and husband Paul Keller, of China, and Heide and husband Charles Hotham, of Palermo; daughter-in-law Dawn Starkey, of Benton; grandchildren Amy Starkey and wife Jaimie Routhier, Nicholas Starkey, Anna Keller, Aaron and wife Sara Keller, Abby Keller, Summer Hotham, Grady Hotham, Richard Starkey III, and Danny Starkey; two great-grandchildren, RaeLeigh Starkey and Cooper Starkey: and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 1, at 11 a.m., at the China Baptist Church, with a reception to follow in the vestry.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Albert Church Brown Memorial Library, P. O. Box 6146, China Village, Maine 04926.


BENTON – Alice M. (Spencer) Gogan, 91, passed away at Oak Grove on Friday, July 13, 2018. She was born June 11, 1927, to Edna and George Spencer, of Benton.

She married Loring Gogan, Sr. and they had four children. Alice was a homemaker and had various jobs.

She is survived by her children, George Gogan and wife Kathryn, of Clinton, Donna Meyer, of Benton, Frances Begin and husband Thomas, of Plymouth, Lorin Gogan Jr. and wife Patricia, of Winslow; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be at Benton Grange on July 29, 12 p.m.–4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, friends can make donations to: Hospice Volunteers of Waterville, 304 Upper Main St., Waterville ME 04901.


FAIRFIELD – Leslie M. Lane, 77, passed away Friday, July 13, 2018, at Lakewood Continuing Care Center, in Waterville. He was born June 26, 1941, in Waterville, the son of Melvin and Hazel (Otis) Lane.

He enjoyed lawn sales, attending all the local fairs, and stopping for ice cream along the way. He loved spending time with his “sidekick” grandson, Ryan, visiting with the coffee crowd and going to his family’s homes for meals and homemade treats. He was an avid hunter and loved going with family and close friends to favorite spots. Many of these adventures included dearest life-long friend, Bruce Wadleigh and son Billy, Al Haliday, Clay Haliday and son Cory, Shelly and Lance, Sam and Brenda Otis and several more.

Leslie is survived by his children, Tammy Nixon and husband Brian; Sheldon Lane; Erwin Taylor, Jr. and fiancée Diane Morissette, Robert Taylor, Shelly Geidel and husband Lance, Kelly Jeremie and husband Daniel, Phillip Taylor and wife Martha; grandchildren, Lindsey Nixon, Ryan Lane, Cassandra McLaughlin, Bradley Norman, Seth, Jacob, Isaiah and Michael Taylor, Travis, Aaron and Carolynn Bagley, James and Madeline Geidel; and 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Leroy and wife Peggy; two sisters, Loretta and husband Ben, Louella and husband Jim; brother-in-law, John Zinkovitch.

He was predeceased by his wife, Carolyn; two sisters, Laura Jean and Linda Zinkovitch.

Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, Maine 04976.


BENTON – Edward Eugene Hoyt II, 85, passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. He was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, on August 26, 1932. His parents were Edward and Bridget (Whalen) Hoyt, of Boston.

He attended Boston schools and later in life attended the University of Maine Augusta.

He was a heavy transport driver in Korea for the USMC and finished his military career as a medic in Vietnam for the USAF. In 1972, he worked as an inhalation therapist at Seton Hospital, in Waterville. A few years later he changed gears and was the manager of Fort Halifax Hatchery, in Winslow. The last part of his working life was spent as a salesman of police gear, first with FC Wise Uniforms, of Augusta, and lastly, Neptune Uniforms, of Massachusetts.

He was active in the VFW and American Legion, in Fairfield. Eddie served on the Benton town council and was proudly instrumental in the naming of the bridges in Fairfield/Benton for a fallen comrade; veterans were a passion of his later life.

The family that he leaves behind includes his wife of 60 years, Patrica Ann (Grard) Hoyt, of Benton; his son, Edward Hoyt III, of Benton; his daughters, Theresa Marie, of Oakland, and Patricia, of New Hampshire; his grandchildren, Matthew Hoyt and Natasha, of Oakland, Michael Doughty, of Virginia, Tommy Doughty, of New Hampshire, Annie Gregoire, of Augusta and Edward Richard Hoyt IV, of Fairfield; his brother, Raymond, of Boston, and his sisters, Mary Madden and Marion Katz, of Boston.

He was predeceased by his brother, David Hoyt, USAF ret., and his sisters, Ruth Hoyt, Barbara Comeau, Eileen Kaskeski, and Dorothy Palmer. In May, his youngest child, Verna Alta Gregoire lost her long fight with cancer.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at


BENTON – Christopher Paul Reed,31, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2018. He was born in Waterville on August 24, 1986, the son of Holly Reed and Paul Poissonnier Sr.

He was employed by Ranger Contracting of Fairfield for many years.

He loved to travel, go camping, and share a campfire with family and friends. Chris loved to cook for his family. He was joyful and talkative with his children, but also could be serious when he needed to be.

Christopher was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Glennys Reed; his maternal aunts, Shirley Small, Pearl Parent, and Amy Lynne Howard; his paternal grandmother, Rita Poissonnier, and his paternal grandfather, Arthur Poissonnier.

Christopher is survived by his parents; his children, Kylie Rae Reed, 13, Christopher Paul Reed, Jr., 12, and their mother, Ashley Pouliot, Madilyn Victoria Reed, 8, Ethyn Gregory Davis, 4, and their mother, Sadie Davis; his three brother, Brian Reed, of Livermore Falls, Andrew Reed and his fiancé, Nikki Trask, and their son, Brayden, of Winslow, and Paul E. Poissonnier, Jr., of Winslow; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at

Memorial donations to help defray funeral expenses may be mailed to: Elaine Grenier, 16 Frawley St., Winslow ME 04901. Please make checks payable to the same.


FAIRFIELD – Sylvia Mary Labbe, 96, passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Born in Winooski, Vermont, on March 9, 1922, she was the eldest daughter of Odila Marie Pouliot and John Baptist Hebert.

After extensive wartime correspondence she marred Clement Joseph Labbe. They made a home only steps away from the family farm on Savage Street, in Fairfield.

Sylvia was a small woman with a big spirit, maintaining a comfortable home for Clem and children, Priscilla and Paul. She traveled by foot and bus to take care of family business around town, baked daily and crocheted. She took great joy in riding her bicycle and dancing to her heart’s content. And she always savored a good box of chocolates.

She was predeceased by Clem; her parents; brothers, Rene and Donald; and sisters, Ann and Yvette.

Sylvia is survived by her daughter, Priscilla Giroux; son, Paul and his wife, Gretchen; sisters, Frances Plante and Rita Hebert.; grandchildren, David, Sarah and Julia; and great-grandchildren, Lily, Sophie, Amanda, Madden and Summer.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at

Those who wish, could consider a donation to the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Waterville, Maine.


SHAWN J. PORTER, 36, of Bangor, formally of Clinton, passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Waterville. Locally, he is survived by his father, Carlson Porter, of Clinton; son Raiden D. Porter, of Benton; and brothers Justin Porter, of Clinton, Luke Porter and Travis Belyea, both of Norridgewock.

DOROTHEA E. LADD, 87, of Skowhegan, passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor. Locally, she is survived by a nephew, Doug Breingan and wife Laura, of Fairfield.

LANCY C. BRADSHAW, 91, of Pittsfield, passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2018, in Skowhegan. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Maryjane Stafford and husband Bruce, of Winslow.

RONALD C. STEVENS, 86, of Exeter, passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2018, following a brave fight with cancer. Locally, he is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Boucher and husband Paul, of Clinton.

THOMAS E. BEAULIEU, 72, of Chelsea, passed away on Friday, July 20, 2018, at Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta. Locally, he is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Marie Beaulieu, of Winslow.

E. ELSIE ROWE, 100, of Granby, Connecticut, passed away on Monday, June 25, 2018, at Meadowbrook of Granby Nursing Home. Locally, she is survived by stepdaughters Phyllis Hunter, of Benton, Theresa Monk, of Clinton, and Gladys Lee, of Skowhegan.

LAURIE J. BUSHEY, 64, of Waterville, passed away on Friday, July 27, 2018, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. Locally, she is survived by her husband of 23 years, Ralph Bushey, of Waterville, and sister Beth Taylor and husband Lawrence, of China Village.

WALTER H. WHITE, 94, of Madison, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2018, at Cedar Ridge Nursing Home. Locally, he is survived by a daughter Bernadette Puiia, of Winslow; and grandchildren, Heidi Zetterman and husband Matt, of Waterville, Paul Puiia and wife Shannon, and Adam Puiia and wife Allison, all of Winslow.

Obituaries, Week of August 2, 2018


FAIRFIELD – Susan Allein died on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

She had been ill in several ways for some time, but death came unexpectedly. Susan was born in Los Angeles, California, and attended schools in Alhambra, becoming a Top Twenty national champion debater before entering Occidental College. She came to New England and earned a master’s degree in literature at Brandeis University.

She taught in several venues, including the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, where she originated the Women’s Studies program. Returning to Boston, she continued to teach, including a period at Open Road School, a private school in Waltham serving young people uncomfortable in the public school system. She further honed her skills as a social activist, including the organization of a Boston contingent that went to New York City to join the million- person March Against Nuclear War in 1982.

In 1986, Susan and her husband moved to Fairfield, searching for and finding an idyllic home in the country. In a short time, Susan became a volunteer in the Displaced Homemakers program, later named Women, Work, and Community. She was hired as co-ordinator for the Waterville chapter and then became regional director of the program for several counties in central Maine where she continued for 15 years until her retirement in 2007.

Bright and articulate and generous in all ways, Susan Allein acted out her highest ideals, notably a passion for peace and for justice in the world.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Flanagan, brother Lewis, and sister Karen and Patrick and wife Bryn; brother-in-law Doug; sisters-in-law Valerie and Susan; and niece Catherine; and richard’s three children, Clancy, Jay, and Michael and their spouses and children.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at


VASSALBORO – Delores Marie Field, 70, passed away on Monday, July 9, 2018, following a long illness. She was born on October 10, 1947, in Waterville, the daughter of Carolyn Knowles and Thomas Elliott.

She grew up in Fairfield, spending her summers at her family camp on China Lake, along with her cousin and friend Stevie Elliott. She attended Fairfield schools and graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, in 1965. On November 10, 1966, she married Rene Field, the day before he deployed to Vietnam for two years. Upon his return, they started and raised their family in Waterville, and later Vassalboro. For nearly 30 years, she worked as a papermaker for Scott Paper Company, in Winslow, and later S. D. Warren, in Hinckley.

Always kind, and never an ill word for anyone, she was always the first person to be there for her family and friends, both in times of joy and in times of sadness.

The life of the party with her infectious laugh and boisterous storytelling, her pool parties were must-attend events. And despite the sometimes grueling demands of her work schedule, she was always there for her children, from Little League to high school basketball, from music recitals to class plays, even if she had to sacrifice sleep following a long shift at work.

Delores is survived by her husband Rene Field; her father Thomas Elliott; her daughter Michele White and husband Bill; son Eric Field and wife Samira; grandchildren Dustin, Joshua, Hayden, Kiernan and Delany; great-grandchildren Karson, Avery and Harper; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; aunts, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her mother Carolyn; sister Esther Ellis and brother-in-law David Ellis, her brother Roger; in-laws Paul and Yvette Field; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements were under the direction of Dan and Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, ME 04976.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at or at 225 N. Michigan Ave., FL 17, Chicago, Illinois 60601 or any other worthy cause.


PALERMO – Gerald M. Pottle, 80, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2018. He was born July 18, 1937, in Palermo, the son of Robert G. and Esther L. (Reed) Pottle.

Gerald was an over the road trucker, wood cutter––taking pulp to the mill every night. He also did earthwork, including airstrips a golf course,and many ponds––the last one being a work of art as a legacy to his family. His passion was flying his airplane.

He was married to Shirley (Barton) Pottle for 34 years. In 2005, he married Yvonne (Temple) Pottle.

He was predeceased by his first wife Shirley; his son David; his brother Norman; and his parents.

He is survived by his wife Yvonne; his brothers Robert (Bobby) Pottle, Neal and wife Theresa Pottle; children Sandra Gould and husband Steve, of Sherman, Lindy Bausch and husband Jarry, of Jewett City, Connecticut, Cindy Pottle, of Palermo, Donna Beaulieu and husband Steve, of Clinton; stepchildren Lisa Chambers and husband Donnie, of Burnham, Stan Garnett, of Vassalboro, Todd Garnett and wife Tina, of Knox; several grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.


VASSALBORO – Mary Ellen Wentzel, 86, died at her Vassalboro home on Sunday, June 24, 2018. She was born in Waterville on February 21, 1932, the last of six children of Eunice Myrtle (Pollard) French and Thomas Cowan French, who founded French’s Market Gardens, of South China, in 1937.

Mary attended elementary school in South China and graduated from South China’s Erskine Academy with the class of 1950, while also working on the family farm. In 1947, she met her future husband, Philip Martin Wentzel, of Augusta, at a dance at South China’s Lakeview Pavillion, prior to his tour of duty in Allied-occupied Japan with the Army of the United States. From 1950-1952, she studied at the School of Practical Art (Art Institute of Boston) and was employed by Liberty Mutual Insurance.

On September 13, 1952, Mary married Philip Wentzel. They remained married for over 65 years until his death on February 6, 2018. They resided first in Augusta, then Weeks Mills and South China, and lastly in Vassalboro. Together they had three sons.

Mary’s many interests included showing and riding horses, sewing, home renovation and decorating-converting old houses into cherished family homes-and always supporting family and friends. Throughout her life she spent many hours volunteering at soup kitchens and churches, tending to the needy and creating a sense of community. In later years, she followed her spiritual calling to study the scriptures and lead Bible study groups both at home and at a variety of venues in central Maine. One of the highlights of Mary’s life was a month-long around-the-world tour in 1970, on which she visited numerous religious shrines.

With the great stamina and dedication instilled by her farm upbringing, Mary grew a large vegetable garden every year, froze or preserved the harvest, and provided her family with countless delicious home-cooked meals.

Mary was predeceased by her husband, Philip;both of her parents; and her siblings, Thomas J. “Buster” French, Edward W. “Jim” French, Eunice E. Bernier and husband, Odilon A. “Pete” Bernier, Francis F. French and wife, Iona (Stein) (French) Weinstein, and Charlotte L. Page, and also by Peter O. Bernier, son of Eunice and Odilon.

She is survived by her three sons: Robert F. Wentzel and wife, Valerie Hunter, of Portland, Oregon, Thomas M. Wentzel and wife, Cynthia Meler, of Tucson, Arizona, and John P. Wentzel, of Vassalboro; former daughter-in-law, Nancy (Favor) (Wentzel) Phinney, of Santa Barbara, California; three grandsons: Robert and Nancy’s Lt. Col. (USAF) Jonathan F. and wife, Claire Wentzel, Maj. (USAF) James B. and wife, Kimberly Wentzel, and Robert and Valerie’s Joshua H. Wentzel; and four great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Anna Beth (Packard) (French) Rynders, of Waterville, Paul H. Page, of South China, Lola (Wentzel) (Houston) Harris, of Berkeley, California, Arthur Clark, of Belgrade; and by many nieces and nephews and their families.

A joint memorial service for Mary and Philip will be held at their Vassalboro home on Saturday, August 18 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow. Email for more information. You are invited to share a memory or leave an online condolence to the family at or

Contributions may be made in Mary’s memory to a charity of choice.


WINSLOW – Leroy “Roy” Blood, 85, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Glenridge Long Term Care, in Augusta.

For the past couple of years Leroy suffered from Alzheimer’s and resided at the Woodlands, in Hallowell, before moving to Glenridge. Prior to moving to the Woodlands Assisted Living Facility, Roy required care at his residence in Winslow.

Roy was born on March 18, 1933, in Belmont. He was the son of Mary and Milo Blood.

He graduated from Unity High School and was drafted in the U.S. Army during the time of the Korean War and became a member of the American Legion. AT the age of 19, he married the former Margaret Giggey.

After being discharged from the army, Leroy and Margaret returned to Maine where he attended college at the University of Maine in Orono. He graduated with a B.S. degree in education followed by a master’s degree in education. His first teaching assignment was at Bucksport High School teaching agriculture. Roy returned to the University of Maine and earned his C.A.S. in Administration. His first job as a principal was at Newport High School. He decided to leave Newport High School and he took a position as principal of Winslow High School. Leroy worked in this position for 26 years. During this time, he once again returned to the University of Maine and earned his superintendent degree. After serving as principal, Leroy decided to retire but he just couldn’t keep away from what he loved to do. After retiring for one week, he accepted another position at Kennebec Valley Technical College developing a technical program for kids called Tech Prep. He worked there for seventeen years

Roy was secretary for Kennebec Valley Conference Athletic Directors. He was a member of the Maine Principal’s Association. A highlight of his educational career was when he was chosen Principal of the Year.

In his spare time, Leroy enjoyed watching and betting on harness racing. He and his son, Steven, owned race horses for years. Roy was a member of the United States Trotting Association. He also served on the Maine Breeders Stakes Committee.

Leroy was an avid sports fan of the Boston Red Sox, the Celtics, and the New England Patriots. He especially enjoyed playing golf. Roy also loved to deer hunt.
He enjoyed hunting with his father Milo and his brothers Clayton, Stanley and Maurice. He and Margaret also loved to travel.

For years, Leroy was a member of St. John Catholic Church, in Winslow, where he and his family attended Mass on Sundays.

Leroy is survived by his son, Steven Blood and his wife, Lara, of Winslow; his daughter Elaine Knowlen and husband, Scott, and his granddaughter, Katie, of Winslow; his brother, Clayton Blood and wife, Barbara, of Searsport; his brother, Stanley Blood, of Belfast; his brother-in-law, Clayton Giggey and wife, Mildred, of Waterville; his sister-in-law, Ruth Blood, of Skowhegan; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife of 52 years, Margaret, he was predeceased by his brother Maurice, his sister Carol, his parents, Mary and Milo, mother-in-law Mildred Pottle and father-in-law Maurice Pottle.

Please visit to view a video collage of Roy’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with his family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Roy’s name to: Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough ME 04074.


DORIS R. LAUSIER, 87, of South Windsor, Connecticut, passed away on Friday, June 8, 2018. Locally, she is survived by a brother, Douglas Vashon and wife Linda, of Winslow.


DANA L. JONES, of Fairfield, passed away recently. Dana was noted as part of a tandem with the late Rodney Fernald, as the Zamboni drivers at Colby’s Alfond Ice Arena. He was told he had the best ice in the northeast.


JOHN “SWISHER” MITCHELL, 91, of Waterville, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. A larger than life figure, John became one of the most famous and accomplished athletes in Maine while attending Waterville High School, leading the 1944 team to an undefeated season and the New England high school basketball championship. He later became assistant to legendary head coach Dick Whitmore at Colby College, in Waterville, for 40 years.

Obituaries, Week of July 26, 2018


VASSALBORO – Robert E. Warner, 92, of Vassalboro, died on Thursday, July 5, 2018, at the Maine Veterans Home, in Augusta. He was born in Searsmont on August 4, 1925, the son of William and Calista (Sprowl) Warner.

He grew up in Searsmont with his grandparents and attended school there. He also attended high school in Belfast at Morse Memorial High School. Bob served in the infantry in World War II, receiving the Purple Heart for wounds received in battle near Aachen, Germany. He worked at Sprowl Brothers in the log mill and the state of Maine before going to work at Togus VA for 30 years, until his retirement due to disability.

Bob was predeceased by his parents; his first wife and the mother of his children, Louise B. Warner and his second wife, Vivian Warner; daughter Marilyn Shorey and two brothers, William Warner and Lyndly Warner.

He is survived by wife Hazel (Brown) Warner; daughters Beverly Wyman and husband Reid, of Vassalboro, and Patricia Richards, of Vassalboro; brother Stanly Warner and wife Lynn, of Pittston; grandchildren, Brian Shorey, of Hallowell, Scott Shorey, of Rockland, Tammy Summers, of Colorado, William Bailey, of Freeport, and Sue Richards, of Lewiston; great-grandchildren Christopher and Justin Allen, Emily and Brandon Shorey, and Chelsea and Katie Summers.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Civic Center Drive, in Augusta, on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at 10 a.m.

Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family at

Arrangements were in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church St., Augusta.


WINDSOR––Nancy A. An­drews, 78, of Windsor, passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at MaineGeneral Medical Center following a short battle with cancer. She was born in Gardiner on March 11, 1940, the daughter of Charles and Betsy (Grant) Hill.

She graduated from Hallowell High School.

Nancy worked at Health Tex for 30 years, and then worked for Uplift for 10 years. She loved spending time with her family and friends, traveling with Tammy, and watching her Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.

Nancy was predeceased by her parents; husband, Richard G. Andrews; and a sister, Julie.

She is survived by her daughter, Tammy Andrews, of Windsor; and several cousins.

Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at


WINSLOW––Kathleen Barrett, 72, of Winslow, died unexpectedly on Thursday, July 12, 2018, at Inland Hospital. She was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on July 16, 1945, a daughter of Alice (Lange) and Roland Huggard.

She attended and graduated from Cambridge schools.

Through the years Kathleen worked as an administration assistant for mechanical engineering firms, retiring as office manager for Trimont Engineering Co. She was an avid reader and when not reading could be found outdoors, working in the yard tending to her flower gardens. She also enjoyed the company of her cats.

Kathleen will be remembered for her many fine qualities of loyalty, honesty, her ability to listen, friendship and love of others. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, John Barrett, of Winslow; her daughter Jodi Mezzanotte, of Scarborough; her granddaughter Paige Lemieux, of El Paso, Texas; her grandson Nathan Lemieux, of London, england; her sister Diane Clark, of Bremen; her nephew William Clark and wife Jennifer and their children: BJ, Nathan, and Austin, all of South Bristol; her step-daughter Anji Barrett, of Austin, Texas; her step-son John Barrett, Jr, of Austin, Texas.

Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Damariscotta at a later date.

Please visit to view a video collage of Kathleen’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family.

For those who wish, donations may be made in Kathleen’s memory to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Attn: Memorial/Honor Program, PO Box 1000 Dept. 300, Memphis TN 38148-0552


VASSALBORO––Sylvia Alicia (Campbell) Peaslee, 83, of Vassalboro, passed away at her home, on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Sylvia was born in Augusta on January 15, 1935, the daughter of Elmer and Marian Campbell.

She attended Cony High School where she met her soulmate, Keith Peaslee. They fell in love and were engaged. After two years at the University of Maine at Farmington, and Keith being away in training for the U.S, Army, they decided to marry on October 6, 1956.

They shared 63 years together and celebrated an extraordinary love. They built a home and decided to have children. Whether it was working in the garden or tending the animals on their farm, Sylvia enjoyed work and was always willing to help.

She worked for the U.S. Army , in the commissary, while they were stationed in Governors Island, New York. She sold Avon briefly and was a very successful saleswoman for Electrolux. She put in countless hours at her church as a deaconess, Sunday school teacher, handy woman, and she also worked with the Chapel on Wheels ministry at the fairs. Sylvia;s caring and loving heart put others before herself. Always prepared with a firm, but kind, word of wisdom, a delicious meal, or a hug only she could provide, no matter how bad you felt before you arrived, you knew you’d feel much better when you left.

Sylvia inspired her family to be kind, honest, hard working, and to appreciate the little things.

She was predeceased by three siblings, Ruth Dow, Richard Campbell, and Bruce Dow.

Surviving is her husband, Keith Peaslee; son, Daniel Peaslee; daughter, Kathleen Hinkley; son-in-law, Peter Hinkley and wife, Nancy Camelio; granddaughters: Shila Hammond, Samantha Peaslee, Heather Peaslee and Zack Oxley, Melina Peaslee, Diane Cook and husband, Tim, Crystal St. Onge and husband, Jacques, Alicia Hinkley and James Paine; great-grandchildren: Christopher Hammond, Mariah Hammond, Paige Cook, Carly Cook, Khloye Cloutier. Gabriel Wachter, Tyson Pooler, James Jolly, Shiloh St. Onge, Solomon St. Onge and Jaelyn Paine; her sister, Phyllis Dore; also many nieces and nephews.


VASSALBORO––Murray Bernard McIntosh Jr., 86, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2019, following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Murray, also known as Bob to family and friends, was born April 23, 1932, in Caribou.

He faithfully served the Lord with the gifts God gave him for over 50 years. He helped build and maintain churches and served in various church leaderships. Bob visited Swaziland, Africa, twice in his later years, where he helped feed hungry, needy children and literally gave the shoes of his own feet to a man who had none.

Bob was a skilled craftsman and enjoyed working with his hands. He was a welder by trade and worked for United Technologies for over 30 years. He was a dedicated father and grandfather and used these skills to help his family and anyone else in need.

When Bob wasn’t working, he was fishing. Faithfully accompanied by the love of his life, Murial. He enjoyed fly fishing as she watched him and knitted on the bank of the river. Most of the time, they didn’t even keep the fish Bob caught. Instead, he would think of someone who could use it more and gave it away. Together they loved camping, long rides through the back roads of Maine and showering friends and family with their unending hospitality.

Bob was predeceased by Muriel, his wife and friend of 61 years; his son Rodney McIntosh; and infant son Basil McIntosh.

Bob is survived by daughters, Julie and husband Larry Rowe, Mary Ann and husband Danny Quirion; son Bernard and wife April McIntosh; 17 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at


MADISON – Lewis A. Ouilette, Jr., 90, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. He was born in Fairfield Center on July 19, 1927, the son of Florence (Ronco) and Lewis Ouilette, Sr.

Lew graduated from Skowhegan High School, class of 1944. While attending the University of Maine, Lew left for a time to serve our country in the United States Navy. After his service, he finished his bachelor’s degree in engineering. For the majority of his working life, Lew was a shoe design engineer at Alfond’s Shoe, Norwalk Shoe, Viners Shoes, Little Falls Footwear, other famous designers and special needs shoes. He worked all over the U.S. and was known professionally as an expert in his trade.

On October 30, 1948, he married Joyce Fenderson and they raised their sons Nick and Dean, in Madison.

Joyce passed away in January 1976. In February 1977, Lew married Katie Valliere-Denis and with her three children they made their home in East Madison. Although Lew dabbled in real estate in New Hampshire, he was most active in his retirement working for Allied Realty and Whittemore’s Real Estate.

Lew was an active member of the civic organizations Rotary International and Kiwanis. He also served on Madison Planning Board and others throughout the Madison-Skowhegan area, including serving on the Finance Committee for Christ the King Catholic Parishes in Skowhegan, Madison and Bingham. He loved the outdoors especially hunting and fishing. He made many great memories with Nick, Dean, Russell, Matt, Kenny, Mac and others during the many fishing trips to Bull Dog Pond and Parlin Pond and most recently at a pond in Aroostook County.

Lew also loved going to and acting in live theater. While in Little Falls, New York, he performed in Fiddler on the Roof and Oliver.

Lew is survived by his wife of 41 years, Kathleen “Katie” Ouilette; son, Nick Ouilette; son, Dean Ouilette and his wife Donna; step-children, Craig Denis and his wife Laurie, and Lynn Rooney; grandchildren, Danny Ouilette, Michelle Wilhelm, Matthew Ouilette, Brittany Bondar, Angela Norton, Andrea Standring, Mark Denis, Paul Denis, Danielle Denis, Roxie Paine, Leigh Paine and DJ; great-grandchildren, Landon Arevelo, Kinley, Caden, and Kyler Wilhelm, Olive and Frances Ouilette, Arabella-Joyce Bondar, Rylie Norton, Colvin, Alexis and Cody Standring, Sydney Duncan, Reese and Owen Paine; sister, Elene Higgins and her husband George.

Lew was predeceased by his parents; wife, Joyce; step-son, Russell Denis; and sister, Ina.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11a.m,. Friday, August 3, 2018, at Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church, Water Street, Skowhegan, with the Rev. James Nadeau, celebrant. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Canaan. Family and friends are invited to a reception at Lew and Katie’s home following services.

Lew and Katie’s grandson Landen is a cancer survivor due to the wonderful research at St Jude’s. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial and Honor Gifts, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tennessee 38148-0142,


JAMES D. TONER, 59, of New Vineyard, passed away on Monday, July 16, 2018, following a courageous battle with cancer. Jim spent 18 years as the well-respected director of Parks and Recreation for the city of Waterville, where he helped build new sports fields, oversaw the construction of a new public pool facility, and even dressed up as the Easter Bunny for the popular city Easter egg hunt. In the latter part of his tenure for the city of Waterville, his job expanded to include director of the Public Works Department. He later went on to be director of the Fitness and Recreation Center at the University of Maine at Farmington, in 2006.

Obituaries, Week of July 19, 2018


UNITY – Alice Bailey Lester, 87, of Unity, passed on Thursday, July 5, 2018, at home. She enjoyed good health, a loving family, wonderful friends and very special neighbors who were always there for her.

Alice always seemed to work with the public, like at their stores, Lester’s Market, in Troy and Lester’s Trash and Treasures and Bud’s Shop N Save, in Pittsfield. She also worked in the shoe factory and as a crossing guard in Pittsfield.

She is survived by her sisters Marie Penny, of Burnham, and Shirley Prescott, of Tennessee; her children Deborah Walker (Ken Lindsey), of Burnham, Lyn (David) Kuson, of Phoenix, Arizona, and Peter Lester, of Corinna; grandchildren Deana Parsons, of Lecanto, Florida, Josh Lester, of Damascotta, Julie Lester, of Waterville, Jake Lester, of Orono, Aislynn Buzzell, of North Carolina, and Haliegh Martin, of Corinna.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Lester, her son Blake Lester and many family members and good friends.

In these recent days it has been a great experience to hear her neighbors, friends and other family members tell their stories about Mom. She was loved by many and sadly missed. There was no funeral and her celebration party was held before this publication.


OAKLAND – Nancy V. Gould Warren Gauthier, 78, passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2018, following years of courageously battling Alzheimer’s Disease. Nancy was born November 28, 1939, the daughter of Charles and Virginia Gould.

She was raised in Oakland along with her four sisters, on the Rice’s Rips Road. Following her 1959 graduation from Williams High, in Oakland, she married her high school sweetheart, John (Jake) Warren, on April 3, 1960. John enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and Nancy happily moved with him to many locations: Bermuda, Florida, California, Hawaii, Virginia, and Maryland. Together, they raised three children.

After Jake’s retirement from the Navy, Jake and Nancy Warren settled back in Oakland (where they always considered home). Nancy embraced her job as a “cleaning lady” at the Oakland Town Office. She had such fond memories of her years working at the town office with a staff of very special, lifelong friends. Nancy loved to spend her time knitting special projects, spending time with her sisters, attending special family gatherings, and going out to eat. She and Jake shared many wonderful years working and raising their children as residents of Oakland, until his untimely death in 2006 at the age 66.

Nancy was very proud to be recognized as Oakland’s Volunteer of the Year, in 2002. Some of her selfless time recognized was the many hours she donated to the families of Oakland; whether it be the annual Easter egg hunt, Oakland-fest, football spaghetti dinners, or being always ready for any athletic team with her cookies she was so well known for.

In 2011, Nancy married her current husband, Leo Gauthier. They enjoyed a few happy years together and then, Nancy was blessed to have Leo’s constant support and love throughout the very difficult years when Nancy struggled with the disease that ultimately took her life, Alzheimer’s Disease.

Nancy and Jake were the parents of their children: Jeff, Donna and Jody. Nancy is survived by the families of her three children: Jeff and Susie Warren, of Oakland, Donna May, of Findlay, Ohio, and Jody Warren and Arlene Jones, of Oakland. Nancy was also blessed to be a grammy to six grandchildren: Quinn and Emily Warren, Whitney and Daniel May, Davis Warren, and Samantha Briggs; five great-grandchildren: Hunter and Emyrson Savage, and Warren, Ezekeil and Gretchen May; three sisters, Catherine (Kay) and her husband, Bob Furbush, of Oakland, Connie Abbott, of Naples, Florida and Skowhegan, and Charlotte Hughes, of Oakland; many nieces and nephews.

Nancy was predeceased by her husband, Jake Warren, and her sister, Sally Adams of Sarasota, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider making a donation to the organization which was dear to Nancy, the Oakland Lions’ Club, in Nancy’s memory.
Cremation arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, ME 04976.

Visitation hours will be held Tuesday, July 24, 2018, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Wheeler Funeral Home, 26 Church Street, Oakland, Maine. A graveside service will follow at Lewis Cemetery off of the Cottle Road in Oakland at 1:30 pm.


VASSALBORO––Frederick David Duprey, 70, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2018. He was born January 7, 1948, in Howland, to Leonard Duprey Sr. and Rita (Bouchard) Duprey.

Fred served for many years in the U.S. Army, active duty during the Vietnam war. He loved cars and could name any make and model. He enjoyed scratching lottery tickets, watching The Price is Right and spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by both his parents; his brothers, Gary, Reggie and Milford; a sister, Alice Mendes; and a grandson, Calvin Galeucia.

He is survived by his daughters: Kimberly Duprey, Tausha Duprey, Candace Allain and husband Eric and Amber Jacobsen and husband Ed; grandchildren Sarah and Allision Galeucia, Ava and Ryleigh Pease, Isabella MacDonald, Max Allain, Jorja Duprey; great–grandson Jude Galeucia; sisters, Erma Blakney, Anna Watson and Phyllis Dumais; brothers Lenny and Leo; many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

There will be a graveside service July 20 at 1 p.m.. at the Maine Veterans Cemetery, 163 Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta, followed by a reception at the First Baptist Church, Fairfield, until 6 p.m.


WINDSOR––Marilyn Dowe Bragg passed away on Monday, June 25, 2018, following a brief battle with cancer. She was born on November 1, 1938.

Marilyn graduated from Erskine Academy in 1957. She worked at the family diner before moving on to Nelson’s Diner in Windsor, serving her famous doughnuts, pies and other wonderful dishes for three decades. Following this she worked at various local restaurants sharing her knowledge of cooking and retired at the age of 77. She cherished her time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters and friends. She enjoyed playing cards, dominoes, and bingo, and loved doing things for others including donating her knitted hats to local hospitals.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Omar Bragg; four brothers, Richard, Robert, Roger and Ronald Dowe; and a sister, Ruth Hussey.

She is survived by daughters, Brenda Colby, Bonnie Petrone and husband Michael, Jamie Dunn and husband Rod; grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Michaela, Adriana, Eric, Baylee and Spencer; great-grandchildren, Anthony, Abigail and Eliana; sisters, Dorothy Burke, Barbara Poulin and Gloria Pinette; several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held on September 15, 2018, at the home of Michael and Bonnie Petrone. Details will be forthcoming. Memories may be shared at


BENTON–Butch Brault, 64, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 23, 2018. He was born on May 28, 1954.

Among many other things, Butch was a thoughtful friend, a caring brother, a loving father, and a devoted husband. He was loved by many and he will be greatly missed.

He spent his final days camping with his wife, Wendy Brault, celebrating their 34th wedding anniversary. They were able to watch a beautiful sunset together before he passed away peacefully in his sleep.

He lived a life filled with loving family and caring friends. He has left behind too many to mention, amongst them were his wonderful wife, three daughters, and one son.

He was a sports fanatic with a deep love for the Patriots and the Red Sox; however, he would never say no to watching the Celtics or Bruins play. He loved to fish. He may not have succeeded in teaching his daughters to love fishing the way he did, but he certainly did with his grandsons.

Butch was a role model and friend to so many. He did not was tears of sadness, but rather a camp gathering filled with friends and memories.

There will be a celebration of life gathering at the camp in Warren on August 13, 2018, at 11 a.m. In the true spirit of Butch we have decided to have a BBQ. For the camp address and further information please contact Melisa Matthews, Amanda Dixon, or Heather Crowley on Facebook.


FAIRFIELD–Maxine E. Scribner, 86, passed away on Monday, June 25, 2018. Maxine was born at home in Wade, on December 3, 1931, to Vernon C. and Harriet (Allen) Campbell.

Maxine was a woman of many talents, including scooping ice cream at the Fairfield Creamery, answering phones for the Waterville Answering Service, and eventually attending Kennebec Valley Community College to become a Certified Nursing Assistant for Colonial Manor. One of Maxine greatest talents was that she could sell an ice cube to an Eskimo whether in your home demonstrating products or at Rossignal’s selling jewelry.

Maxine retired in 1994 but never stopped serving the community because she loved helping people and always said “no problem.” She gave over 25 years to the Girl Scouts as a troop leader, neighborhood consultant, chairman, and trainer for new leaders. Her talent for working with scouts was also tapped to work as a den mother for the Cub Scouts. Maxine served as past Noble Grand of the Rebecca Lodge, in Fairfield, was a member of the Fairfield Senior Citizens, and a Literacy Volunteer. As an active 50 year member of the Fairfield First Baptist Church, Maxine served as Sunday School Teacher and Superintendent, Deaconess, and member of various boards. Most notable, she was one of the founders of the Lamb’s Clothes Closet program at the church and worked in it until she went home to be with her Lord.

When Maxine wasn’t volunteering, she enjoyed traveling across the US and Canada and loved spending part of her winter in sunny Arizona. Maxine was dedicated to her personal physical fitness program that she started at the young age of 79 which was an inspiration to many.

Maxine was predeceased by brothers Eugene, Reginald, Niall, and Gilbert, and her sister Thelma Corson.

She is survived by her sons, David, of Fairfield, Kenneth, of Winthrop, and Mark and his partner Marcia Maheu, of Dresden; her daughters, Linda Boyd and husband Dan, of San Antonio, Texas, Eileen Berning and husband Dave, of Litchfield Park, Arizona, and Karen Winfree, of Fairfield; grandchildren Robert and Jonathan Dodge, Kirstie Martin and husband Tom, Kristina Scribner, Sarah Scribner and husband Philip Proctor, Andrea Berning, Tony McCaslin, and Kaitlyn Burke and husband Jeremy; five great-grandchildren; brothers Clayton and Dwayne, and sister Wilma Rich; and niece Susan Yeske.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Maxine Scribner to: Fairfield First Baptist Church, 12 Newhall St., Fairfield ME 04937.


FAIRFIELD––Dennis W. Stratton Jr., 60, of Fairfield, passed away on Monday, July 2, 2018. Dennis was born in Palmer, Massachusetts, on February 1, 1958, to Dennis W. Stratton Sr. and Jeanette Tracy Stratton.

He attended Oakland schools and grew up in Sidney with his four brothers and sisters.

Dennis joined his father working as a logger at a very young age and prided himself in helping to provide for the family and continuing the Stratton legacy. Dennis was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed spending time in the Maine woods. He especially enjoyed passing these hobbies onto his children and grandchildren.

Dennis’ love for his family was evident in all that he did.  As a logger for more than 45 years, Dennis donated countless hours and supplies to families. In the true spirit of kindness and love, no matter a family’s ability to pay, situation in life, or connection, Dennis made sure they had anything they needed, often at his own personal sacrifice of time and cost. Truly there was never a more generous or kind-hearted man who alway put needs second–even after those that many would have considered a stranger. Truth is, Dennis never met a stranger, and his generous nature shone through every smile or laugh he shared and every life he touched. He was best known for popsicles, whip cream face paintings, silly stories and old-time country music.

Dennis was predeceased by his mother, Jeanette Tracy Grivois, of Belgrade; and his daughter, Amber Corey.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Karla Stevens Stratton, of Fairfield; his father, Dennis W. Stratton St., of Sidney; his brothers and sisters, Kathleen Stratton, of Waterville, Shiela Serencha, of Oakland, Charlie Stratton and his partner, Tracy Constable, of Oakland, Henry Stratton and his partner, Cathy Fuller-Nelson, of Palmyra; his seven children and 10 grandchildren: Dennis W. Stratton III and his wife, Lane, and their children, Logan, Luke and Lance, of Waterville, Heather Corey, of Pittsfield, Jennifer McLaughlin and her husband, David, and their son, Elliott, of Bakersfield, California, Basil J. Stratton Sr. and his wife, Raeann, and their children, Basil Jr., Thomas, Reid and Allison, of Fairfield, Chelsea R. Stratton and her fiancé, Kirk Fredrick, and her daughters, Riley and Meadow, of Norridgewock. Kayleigh P. Stevens and her wife, Heather Sheehan, of Sunnyside, Queens, and Liza K. Stratton, of Portland; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Alfond Youth Center’s After School Program in Dennis’ name.


EAST VASSALBORO––Prudence Bartley Gray, passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2018, at the age of 90. She was born in Presque Isle on July 15, 1927, the daughter of Ashton and Arthuretta (Kierstead) Bartley.

Prudence attended elementary school in Westfield, and graduated from Presque Isle
High School. She furthered her education at Washington State Normal School of Machias and graduated from the University of Maine.

During her college years, she met Allen Gray of Wesley, and they married in 1948. Prudence and Allen settled in East Vassalboro where they raised their four children. Prudence taught school in the Presque Isle, Winslow and finally the Waterville school systems when she retired in 1982. She was a member of the Maine State Retired Teachers Association, Vassalboro United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Vassalboro Grange and a lifelong member of the NEA.

Prudence was predeceased by her husband, Allen, in 1994; her son, Gary Gray and his wife, Paula; sisters, Gertrude Hawkins, Theora Porter, Joyce Duncan, Claudette Brewer; brothers, Ashton Ray, Wayne and Albert Bartley.

Prudence is survived by her daughter, Ann Gray Paoletti and husband, Stephen, of Costa Mesa, California; her son, Douglas Gray, of Waterville; her daughter, Lynne Gray, of Vassalboro; grandchildren: Jeremy, Joshua and Erin Gray, Travis Clark and wife, Amy, Sarah Clark and her fiancé, David Gordon; sisters: Irene Tweedie, Donna and husband, Winston Carter, Dolores and husband, Phil Beals, Sharon Madore, Brenda and husband, Raymond Saucier; brother Cary and wife, Judy Bartley; sister-in-law Ann Bartley; brothers-in-law James Gray and Wayne Porter; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Vassalboro United Methodist Church, 614 Main Street, Vassalboro. Burial will follow in East Vassalboro Methodist Cemetery, Bog Road.

Please visit to view a video collage of Prudence’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family.

In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations in Prudence’s memory to: The Vassalboro Food Pantry, c/o Cindy Ferland, 26 Ferland Lane, Vassalboro ME 04989.

Obituaries, Week of July 12, 2018


CLINTON – Carleen Miller, 81, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at home. She was born December 4, 1936, in Winslow, the daughter of Herman Bragg and Pauline Prentiss Thompson. She was raised by her grandfather, Roy Prentiss until the age of ten.

She then went to live with her mom and stepfather, Edward Thompson. She attended the Winslow schools and had to terminate her education to care for her mother as a result of a car accident. She met Lee Miller in 1954. Along came six children, she always said that “she had wanted twelve, but after her first six darlings, that was enough!”

Carleen was better known for always being on the road and years ago when CB-ing was the fad, her call name was “Roadrunner.” Ma would do anything for anybody. She babysat children in the neighborhood for years. She worked at Fort Halifax Poultry in the past to make extra money in the winter for fuel and Christmas. When they closed, she went to the Wash Tub III at Elm Plaza. Later on, she worked as a Personal Care Worker at The House in Shawmut, being with her “ladies” as she called the clients. They too called her Ma. She was so loved by everyone.

In 1985, the love of her life, Lee, passed away. In 1992, she started seeing a kind neighbor she had known over the years, John Bragg. Then more family was added and more road adventures continued. She traveled to Georgia, Texas, and even went to Las Vegas. On the first day of every deer hunting season, she would get up at 2:30 a.m., to prepare a hunter’s breakfast for her sons and dear friends right up to this past November.

Carleen is survived by daughter, Brenda Blair and husband Michael, of Clinton; sons, Jeffrey and companion Laure, of China, Wayne ad wife Jill, of Winslow, and Kenneth, of China; step-children, Scott Bragg and wife Patty, of Texas, Michael Bragg and wife Sue, Kathy Hawkins, of Texas, Terri McPherson and husband Conrad, of China, and Cheryl Csengery and husband Joe, of Vassalboro; 23 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; brother, Grover Bragg, of Palermo; sister-in-law, Diane Bragg, of Oakland; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and her love of 26 years, John “Grampa John” Bragg, of Winslow.

She was predeceased by her parents, husband, Lee; two sons, Stephen and Bruce; and brother, Mavel Bragg.

A graveside service will be held Monday, July 16, 2018 at 12:00 noon at Maplewood Cemetery in Fairfield. A party will follow at the Winslow VFW at 175 Veteran Drive, Winslow.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Carleen’s memory to Maine General Hospice, PO Box 828, Waterville, ME 04901.

Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, ME 04976.


WINSLOW – John D. Whitman 36, of Winslow, died unexpectedly in his home on the morning of Wednesday, June 27, 2018. He was born on December 19, 1981, in Waterville.

He spent the majority of his life in Maine and Florida. He did, however, work in several other states while he was traveling as a young adult. He had friends that were like family in many of those states.

John went through a lot more as a child than any person should have to, and as a result he started out a little rough around the edges. He overcame this adversity with the help of several amazing families though, and through it all he became an amazing man. One thing that helped him stay grounded was baseball. John loved it so much and did so well in grade school and high school that he went on to play college ball. He could have gone pro with some of the greats, but he decided to stay around his home and family to pursue other options instead. Two of his proudest accomplishments were coming in fourth at the Babe Ruth World Series, in Washington, and when he pitched a one-hitter in his junior year of high school at Erskine Academy, in South China.

That love of sports never disappeared though. John could often be heard educating people about pretty much every team and every scandal in the history of sports. He was a very passionate man that stood by his convictions, but he was also compassionate; he was always willing to help out a friend in need.

He is survived by his wife Michael Whitman and step-son Robbie Conlogue, of Winslow, his adoptive parents Nancy Philbrick and Norm Cunningham, of Palermo, his father John Whitman Sr. and stepmother Marie Whitman, of Pittsfield, his sister Lisa and her husband Josh Lappierre, of Palmyra, his brother David and nephew Jet Whitman, of Pittsfield, and hundreds of friends and extended family.

He would be very disappointed if Dale and Linda Nunn, of Skowhegan, and Shirley Hall, of Palermo, weren’t listed as family as well.

John is predeceased by his sister Sarah Whitman, originally from Pittsfield, and Shirley’s husband Bruce Hall, formerly of Palermo.


WINSLOW – Dorothy Nicholas passed away at home in Winslow on Monday, July 2, 2018, following a short illness. She was born in Fairfield on March 19, 1936, the daughter of Roland and Laura (Mithee) Ronco.

She attended Lawrence High School, in Fairfield. Dorothy was employed as a housekeeper/nanny to Jeff and Kathy Corey and their children until her retirement.

She is survived by two sons, Robert N. Nicholas, of Benton, John Nicholas and former spouse Janet, of Winslow; three daughters, Laura Hayward and husband Jeff, of Fairfield, Judy Pooler and husband Edgar “Skip,” of Fairfield and Wendy Rhodes and husband Steve, of Winslow; four grandsons, Anthony Nicholas, Justin Meserve, Jordan Nicholas and Joseph Nicholas; two granddaughters, Allison Knight and husband Matheux and Jasmine Nicholas; four step-grandsons, Jeremy Trask, Justin Trask, Roger Green and wife Ashley and Dillyn Green; three great-grandchildren, Miranda Meserve, Cameron Meserve and Jude Nicholas; two step great-grandchildren, Jeremy Trask Jr. and Lillian Trask; three brothers, Lawrence Ronco, Ralph Ronco and wife Gerri, Carl Ronco and wife Roberta; her brother and sister-in law, Norman and Farolyn Nicholas; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her former husband and longtime companion, Robert A. Nicholas, and her daughter in law, Darlene Nicholas.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Dorothy’s memory to Maine General Hospice, PO Box 858, Waterville, ME 04901.

Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, ME 04976.


BENTON – Reginald L. Trahan, 85, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Waterville. He was born January 25, 1933, in Waterville, the son of Alfred and Emerentienne (Dupuis) Trahan.

He was employed at Wyandotte-Worsted Woolen Mill before entering the U.S. Army in March 1953. He served as a corporal until his honorable discharge in 1955. He continued working at Wyandotte for many years as well as Carlton Woolen, then became a custodian at Colby College, retiring in 1997. Reginald enjoyed fishing with family and friends frequently as well as playing cribbage with his wife almost daily as long as he could win. He was a devoted husband and father.

Reginald is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara P. (Shirley) Trahan, of Benton; daughter, Jill of Biddeford; son James and wife Tammy, of Connecticut; 10 grandchildren; brothers, Norman and Don; sisters, Shirley and Rita.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association of Maine, 122 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330 or Maine General Hospice, PO Box 828, Waterville, ME 04901.

Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, ME 04976.


Dewey T. Baker passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 9, 2018, following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born in 1946 to his mother Dorothy Baker and father Robert Baker, of Windsor.

Dewey grew up in Windsor and married his high school sweetheart, Judy.  They were married for 50 years.

Dewey was industrious as a young man, plowing snow while in high school, joining the Air National Guard, then working at the Augusta Iron Works while working in the woods, before starting Cousins Saw Mill, in Windsor, with his cousins.  He worked very diligently in the woods the better part of his life and loved every minute of it.  He woke up before the sun rose ready and eager to go to work.  His customers at the saw mill were often friends and family and he enjoyed when they stopped by the saw shop.  Dewey was a generous man, who loved to be warm by the wood stove. He was known to give away firewood as he wanted others to be warm as well. He was also very active outside of work.  He enjoyed running, playing tennis, racketball, basketball and water skiing.  He was quite a jokester having a nickname for just about everyone.

Dewey was very social, and he got pleasure from family get togethers, especially hosting the 4th of July gatherings on China Lake, which were always a great day.  You knew where Dewey was by the sound of his distinct laugh and that welcoming, infectious smile. He drove his boat and shared it, so every adult and child had the opportunity to ride, ski and tube to their hearts content.  Dewey himself looked forward to the holiday treats, especially the chocolate candy and homemade ice cream.

Dewey is survived by his wife Judy; his daughter Lisa Baker Glidden and her husband Avery Glidden and their five children; Brooke and her partner Travis Noyes, Nicole and her partner Cole Hayes, Abigail and her partner Josh Bailey, Brock and Boe; his son, Robbie Baker and his two sons; Alec and Isaac Baker.

A celebration of Dewey’s life will be scheduled for a later date.


There will be a celebration of life for GRACE BRONN, who passed away on August 23, 2017, to be held on Saturday, July 21, at 1 p.m., at Palermo Christian Church, 322 Branch Mills Road, in Palermo.

Obituaries, Week of June 28, 2018


WINSLOW – Dorothy Ann (Markee) Rideout, 81, passed away Monday, June 18, 2018, at her home in Winslow, 100 feet from the home she was born in built by her father and older brothers. She was born April 24, 1937, in Winslow, the seventh child of William E. and Marjorie L. (Winslow) Markee.

Dot, better known as “Mom” by all of her children’s friends and most the town of Winslow, was educated in Winslow schools and received her GED from Waterville High School in 1968. She held many jobs throughout her working career including: sales person and department manager with the W.T. Grant Company for 19 years, in Virginia, Connecticut and Maine; office assistant in the Winslow school system; admissions clerk at Seton Hospital; activities director for the adult mentally challenged at several residential homes in the area. In 1981, she worked in the tailoring shop at Stern’s Department Store, in Waterville. In 1989, she brought the sewing business into her home where she worked until her retirement.

Dot was an active member of the Pentecostal Churches in Maine, Virginia and Connecticut. She worked with the young people and the choir, was often a soloist at churches and weddings. She was a member of the Calvary Temple Church, in Waterville, more recently attending Getchell Street Baptist Church, in Waterville. She enjoyed spending time with her many family members, especially her grandchildren. She loved gardening, sewing, traveling, and playing card games.

Dot is survived by her five children, Paul William Herman Rideout and his companion, Laury Caron, of New Sharon, Cliff Harry Rideout, of Vermont, Mark David Wayne Rideout and wife Vicki, of Virginia, Daniel Wynn and wife Heather, of Oregon, and Betty Ann Goodale and husband Don, of Benton; 10 grandchildren, Shane Rideout, Jessica Rideout, Marilyn Rideout, Danielle Ciango and husband Jacob, Amy Dominick and husband Frank, Crystal Lee and husband John, Jordan Rideout, Jackson Rideout, Celynn Goodale Smyth, Beau Goodale and wife Jennifer; 13 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Dale and wife Nancy, of New Hampshire, James and wife Ivy, of Florida, Thomas and wife Claudette, of Winslow; sisters-in-law, Betty, Ruth, and Gayle; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and eight brothers, Ted, Rodney, Robert, Jerry, Keith, Leonard, Lynn, Ronald and sister, Lorraine Boucher.

A graveside service will be held in late July at the Howard Cemetery, in Winslow. She will be buried beside her beloved parents and grandfather, Henry Markee.

Memorial donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Greater New England Chapter. 101A 1st Ave., Waltham, Massachusetts 02451.

Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service.


FAIRFIELD – Terry Allen Dodge, 53, passed away Monday, June 18, 2018, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor. He was born November 16, 1964, in Waterville, the son of Charles and Pauline (Hunt) Dodge.

He was a mechanic and enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and racing.

Terry is survived by his son, Terry Dodge Jr. and wife Heather; three brothers, Gary Dodge and wife Sandy, Billy Dodge and wife Terri, Charlie Dodge and wife Frannie; five sisters, Barbara Elliot and husband Danny, Paulette Scott, Charlene Taylor, Lisa Pollard and husband Fred, and Brenda Jones; many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Charles and Pauline Dodge; three brothers, Dana Dodge, Dennis Dodge, Jimmy Dodge; two sisters, Alfreda Dodge and Dannette Dodge.

A graveside service will be held Sunday, July 1, 2018, at 1 p.m., at the Fairview Cemetery, in Canaan. A Celebration of Life will follow at the Spann home at 1355 Main Street, in Clinton.

Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, ME 04976.


DORIS R. LAUSIER, 87, of South Windsor, Connecticut, passed away on Friday, June 8, 2018. Locally, she is survived by a brother, Douglas Vashon and wife Linda, of Winslow.

DOROTHEA E. LADD, 87, of Skowhegan, passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor. Locally, she is survived by a nephew, Doug Breingan and wife Laura, of Fairfield.

LANCY C. BRADSHAW, 91, of Pittsfield, passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2018, in Skowhegan. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Maryjane Stafford and husband Bruce, of Winslow.

Obituaries, Week of June 21, 2018


WINSLOW––Elizabeth E. (DeRaps) Tuttle, 77, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2018, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. She was born December 21, 1940, in Waterville, the daughter of Leo E. Sr. and Martha L. (Muzzeroll) DeRaps.

On August 3, 1986, she married Roland Tuttle, Sr., in Waterville. Over the years, Elizabeth was employed in several jobs, but she most enjoyed working for over 13 years with children at the Seton Adolescent Center, in Waterville, until retirement in 2005. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church, in Waterville, for over 25 years where she played the organ and sang in nearly every service. She was also a member of the Busy Bees, a ladies’ group at church.

Elizabeth was a devoted and dedicated wife and mother to her own family and also became a mother to whoever needed one. She was an avid crafter, including knitting, crocheting, embroidery; she loved making afghans, patchwork quilts, countless hats, mittens and slippers.

She was predeceased by her parents, Leo and Martha DeRaps, Sr. and a brother, Leo DeRaps Jr.

She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Roland E. Tuttle, Sr., of Winslow; three daughters, Deborah French, of Chelsea, Melony Fortin, of Oakland, and Susan Hixon and partner Ric Marshall, of Fairfield; stepson, Roland Tuttle, Jr. and wife Theresa, of Fairfield; brother, Gerald DeRaps and partner Kathy, of Winslow; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and their families.

A graveside service will be held, Sunday, June 24, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at Howard Cemetery, Rte. 201 in Winslow with Bill Gilbert and Bill Lawrence officiating. A Celebration of Life will follow at the Second Baptist Church, Waterville.

Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan ME 04976.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Elizabeth’s memory to: MaineGeneral Health, Office of Philanthropy, P.O. Box 828, Waterville ME 04903-0828.


ALBION––Pearl Maxine Haskell Hamilton, 92, passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta, from complications from a fall. She was born in Benton on January 16, 1926, the eldest daughter of the late Wellman and Lucy Fuller Haskell.

Pearl graduated from Besse High School, in Albion, was a member of the Shawmut Chapel and Branch Mills Grange. She worked for 26 years at the Hinckley Post Office, twelve of them as postmaster, retiring in 1992.

Over the years, Pearl enjoyed gardening, canning and pickling. During the summer she like to travel to the coast with family and friends for lobster dinners. And in recent years, she most enjoyed her rides :”around the block.”

She was predeceased by her parents; brothers, Clayton Haskell, Jack Haskell, Joe Haskell, Billy Haskell; and sister, Peggy Jones.

She is survived by her sons, Sonny Hamilton and wife, Jane, and David Hamilton and his wife, Mickey, all of Albion; her brother, Stephen Haskell and his partner, Donna Rte; and sister, Rosalie Rood; grandchildren, Rachel Crommett, Matthew Hamilton, Mark Hamilton, Chad Hamilton, Jason Hamilton, Holli Merry and Molli Rainey; 12 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Memories and condolences may be shared at

In lieu of flowers, donations in Pearl’s memory may be made to: The Make-A-Wish Foundation, 66 Mussey Road, Scarborough ME 04074.


CHINA LAKE––Nancy L. Perkins, 84, passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2018, at Bedside Manor, in Oakland, following a 14 month battle with the debilitating disease of Lewy Body dementia. Nancy was born in Portland to Irving and Ethel Pope on October 21, 1933. She graduated from Falmouth High School as valedictorian of her class in 1951. She continued her education at Boston University and graduated in three years to become a registered nurse.

Nancy began her professional career as a teaching nurse at Maine Medical Center, in Portland, in 1955 and after marrying her husband, she followed him in his teaching career, while raising their two sons, living in Foxboro, Massachusetts, Standish, and Rockport. Finally in 1968, she moved to her much loved final home on China Lake. After taking time off to raise her sons, Nancy then worked with her husband for over 20 years running Carroll Perkins Associates where she was a very successful residential real estate broker who was well respected by those who worked with her and knew her. She retired in early 1995 when her husband of 38 years, Carroll F. Perkins, became ill and she tended to him until he passed in September 1995 in their China Lake home.

Although saddened by the loss of Carroll, her faith in God, and the love of her family and friends sustained her and she continued to live strongly and build on the great life she had lived with her husband. She loved singing in the Choir at the Waterville United Church of Christ and having weekly bridge games with some special friends. She also loved to travel, enjoying many trips to numerous parts of the world whether by plane, train, or cruise. She was fortunate to have some special friends whom she loved very much to travel with. She would also spend every winter at her condo on the beach in Isle of Palms, South Carolina, where two other long time family friends also had condos, and she would relish time there with them.

Most of all though, her greatest joys were her grandchildren Matthew and Jenna. She took them each on many special camping and other trips throughout Maine. She also loved following the sports her grandson played, especially during his high school years where she never missed a single game. Her devotion was so strong she would even put off her travels south until the basketball season was over.

Besides her husband Carroll, Nancy was predeceased by her parents and her sister Elizabeth Haggerty.

Nancy is survived by her sons Scott, of China, Gregg and his wife Susan, of Fairfield, and their children Matthew and Jenna; and many extended family members.

Please visit to view a video collage of Nancy’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Nancy’s memory can be made to: Waterville U.C.C., 7 Eustis Parkway, Waterville ME 04901.


WINSLOW––Sandra Katherine (Wadlin) Upham, 80, passed away on Friday, June 8, 2018. Sandra was born on September 2, 1937, to Richard I. Wadlin and Doris Roberts.

She spent her early years in the care of her grandmother, moving to Waterville her sophomore year of high school, and graduating in 1955.

She married Richard D. Upham on January 11, 1958, and they immediately started their family. They left the great state of Maine for a few years to live in Indiana and Maryland, moving back “home’ in 1972 to open Flavorland Dairy Bar, and later Medical Supplies Inc., in Waterville.

Sandy and Dick have three daughters: Brenda and Gary Zemrak, Kathi and Kevin Michaud, and Missy Gurski and Shane Wade.

Being a grandmother was one of the greatest joys in her life. She was dearly loved by Wes and Moe, Jenna, Mike and Danielle Zemrak, Mackenzie and Kamryn Michaud, and Trevor and Dawsen Gurski. Little did she know that the smiles of her four great-grandchildren, Alina, Grady, Mara, and Isla Zemrak, would bring such happiness, helping her through the toughest of times.

She is also survived by seven sisters: Lyn, Jeanne, Janice, Marjorie, Mary, Maureen, Debbie; one brother, Alfred, and their families, and many cousins.

An online guestbook may be signed and condolences expressed at

In lieu of flowers, donations may go to a Trust Fund in care of Brenda and Gary Zemrak, 299 Cushman Road, Winslow ME 04901.


CHINA––Alma Taylor Brown, 91, of China, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2018,following a brief illnesss. Alma was born on July 30, 1926, in Fairfield Center, to Gardner and Nora (O;Neil) Taylor.

She was educated in Fairfield schools and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1944. She was employed at Diamond National and J. C. Penney. On December 24, 1946, she married Sydney J. Brown, Jr. and moved to China where they built their home and raised their family. Alma was a lifetime member of the Order of Eastern Star and the China Baptist Church.

Alma enjoyed working at home, caring for her children, her flower and vegetable gardens then preserving fruits and vegetables and her famous bread and butter pickles. She worked beside her husband on the family farm for many years. Alma enjoyed spending the winters in Florida with her sisters for 25 years.

Alma was predeceased by her husband; her parents; and seven siblings.

Alma is survived by her three daughters and their husbands: Linda and Victor Caron, Valma and David Rodrique, Cynthia and Michael Miner, all of China; her grandchildren: Christopher and Mandy Rodrique, Margaret Rodrique, Alicia and Seth Lemieux, Grace Hartung; great-grandchildren: Tessa Joncas, Shae Rodrique, Brynna Rodrique, Emma McCausland, Taylor and Anastasia Lemieux; her brother Clyde and his wife Jeanette Taylor, of South Portland; and many nieces and nephews.

Please visit to view a video collage of Alma’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the China Baptist Church, Window Replacement Fund, 36 Causeway Road, China ME 04358.


Tracy, Lois Marie (Webber) (Bernard) – 85, of Waterville, died October 1, 2017. Graveside services, 1 p.m., June 23, at Quaker Hill Cemetery in Unity.

Obituaries, Week of June 14, 2018


UNITY  – Lynn Rae (Marks) French of Locust Lane, Unity, died Monday, April 16, 2018, following a brief illness. She was born June 25, 1943, in Gardiner, and was the daughter of Charles F. and Bessie (Russell) Marks.

She attended schools in Randolph and graduated from Gardiner High School. She received an associate of arts degree in liberal arts from Thomas College, in Waterville, and also attended the University of Maine, in Portland.

After college, she worked for Travelers Insurance Company as a claims representative in both Portland and Bangor.

She married her husband, Dan, in 1969, and made great memories at their home on Winnecook Lake with family and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Mary Louise Smith, of Cumberland Foreside; and brother, Charles F. Marks Jr., of Randolph.

She is survived by her husband, Alton “Dan” French, of Unity; their son, Michael and his wife, Valerie Derosier, also of Unity; stepdaughter, Audrey Bishop and husband, John, of Augusta; and stepson, Andrew French, of Nashville, Tennessee; along with several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with her request, a private family burial will be held at a later date.


BENTON – Elizabeth G. Morin, 74, of Benton, known to her friends as “Kim”, passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Maine Medical Center, in Portland. She was born April 15, 1944, in Darlington, England, to the late Rowland and Grace (Lawson) Poulton.

A military wife, well-traveled and extremely talented; a true master of many talents. Known to most by her passion for sewing, Kim also painted, knitted, and was an excellent baker.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ronald G. Morin; and her brother, Michael Poulton.

She is survived by three daughters, Tracy Zorichak and husband, Richard, Anita Fomin and husband, Dimitry, and Tina Pryor; a son, David Morin; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; her sister, Denise Beacroft and husband, Bernard; and a nephew Stephen.

Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan and Scott’s Cremation and Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan.

In lieu of flowers, please give generously in Kim’s memory to: MaineGeneral Hospice Volunteers of Kennebec Valley, P.O. Box 828, Waterville ME 04901-0828.


WASHINGTON  – Joyce Nichols Jones, 77, passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018, at Glenridge in Augusta. She was born in West Dummerston, Vermont, on September 29, 1940, to Charles Nichols and Vera (Baker) Nichols.

Joyce was a graduate of Waldoboro High School, class of 1958. She also attended one year of school at the New Brunswick Bible Institution. She drove truck, school buses and was a homemaker.

She attended the South Liberty Baptist Church.

Joyce was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Frank; and brother, James Nichols.

She is survived by sons, Frank E. Jones Jr. (Kathleen), Steven Jones (Penny), James Jones (Toni), and Daniel Jones Sr. (Elaine), all of Washington; daughters, Cynthia Peaslee, of Pittston and Carol Kilbreth (John), of Washington; sisters-in-law, Betty Baker, of Hermon and Phyllis Nichols, of Augusta; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Condolences can be shared with the family at

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joyce’s name may be made to Hall Funeral Home, P.O. Box 363, Waldoboro ME 04572, to help defray costs of services.


WINSLOW – Therese M. Fortier, 91, passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, following a long illness. Therese was born on May 5, 1927, in St. Come, Canada, the daughter of Mathias and Marie-Anne Belanger (Jacques).

Therese married Antonio Fortier on September 6, 1948, and was blessed to have 61 years together until he passed in 2009.

Therese worked at the C. F. Hathaway Shirt Factory, in Waterville, prior to raising her family. She made many new friends when she opened the area’s first clothing consignment store, “Terry’s Thrift Shop,” on College Avenue, in Waterville. She was an excellent seamstress and kept her young family in the latest fashions as well as her granddaughter’s Barbie and Ken dolls.

Therese was a very loving and caring wife and mother, always putting her family first. She was an outstanding cook, much to the delight of those who attended her Sunday dinners. She also enjoyed fishing, playing cards, gardening, and cake decorating.

She was predeceased by her husband, Antonio Fortier; her brothers Stanley and Gregoire Belanger; and her sisters Ann Guillemette and Marguerite Dorin.

She is survived by her three children, Roger Fortier, Elaine and husband Roy Stinneford, and Steven Fortier and wife Brenda; three grandchildren, Ericka and husband David Puccio, Jean-Luc and Danielle Fortier; and one great-grandson, Max Puccio; three brothers: John Belanger and wife Denise, Henry Belanger, and Gerard Belanger and wife Marlene; brothers-in-law, Norman Fortier and Joseph Douin; as well as several nieces and nephews.

An online guestbook may be signed and condolences expressed at www.ß.com.

In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in her memory to: Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area, 304 Upper Main Street, Waterville ME 04901.


BENTON – Delores T. Simpson, 86, passed away on November 11, 2017, following a two-year battle with multiple myloma. She was born in Benton Falls on October 1, 1931, the daughter of Albert and Ruth Thompson.

Delores was a lifetime member of the Fairfield VFW and American Legion. In 2004-05, she was VFW Auxiliary president of the year. Among her hobbies were playing cribbage and was very talented at knitting and crocheting.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd W. Simpson; and older sister Flotie Nordle.

She is survived by two daughters, Loretta O. Vaught and her two children Troy and Raven Rusconi, of Clinton; son William J. Simpson and wife Christina Simpson and their daughter Livia I. Simpson, of Brazil; siblings Arthur C. Thompson, of Oakland, and Lois Mary Derapps, of Fairfield; many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held on June 16, 2018, at the Fairfield VFW, Main St. It will be a potluck dinner at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Brown Cemetery, in Benton.


ELEANOR M. CLARK, 92, of North Belgrade, passed away on Friday, January 19, 2018, at her home. Locally, she is survived by sisters Shay Perryman, of Oakland, and Ida Noonan and fiancé Jeremy Clement, of Vassalboro.

Obituaries, Week of June 7, 2018


WINSLOW/SACO – Frank P. Stankevitz, 76, of Saco, formerly of Winslow, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018. He was born in Olympia, Washington, on December 25, 1941, a son of Frank and Evelyn (Coty) Stankevitz.

Frank was a 16-year veteran of the United States Coast Guard. After leaving the Coast Guard, he worked in the construction field designing and building many buildings in the Central Maine area. He was employed by the town of Winslow for 15 years as the Codes Enforcement Officer, finally retiring in 2014. After retirement, Frank moved to Saco to be closer to his son,Nic.

He was a craftsman and his hobbies included woodworking, gardening, photography and caring for his beloved wife Norma. He was a 3rd degree Knight of Columbus, Council 12941.

Frank was a devoted Catholic, loving husband and father. Through his teachings in life, his family has created wonderful memories that they will hold close to their hearts and cherish forever.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years Norma (Couture) Stankevitz; their son Nicholas Stankevitz and wife Robyn, of Saco, son Ryan Stankevitz, of Newport; four grandchildren, Keira, Jacob, Alyssa and Zoé; three sisters, Kathy, Pam, and Linda; and two brothers, Larry and David.

To view Frank’s memorial page or leave an online condolence, please visit


OAKLAND – Gwendeth Irene Manson-Colson passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2018, following a long illness. She was born October 10, 1941, in Mapleton.

She was predeceased by her father Stanley; mother Annis Pelkey; and sister Carlene Hunter.

She is survived by her husband Rick Colson, of Oakland; son Steven Gogan and wife Terry, of Shawmut; daughter Vicki Lee, of Clearwater, Florida; sons Kip Manson and wife Carolann, of Oakland; Scott Manson and wife Sandy, of Canaan; Todd Manson and wife Lisa, of Oakland; and many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Waterville Humane Society.


EAST VASSALBORO – Paul “Rocky” Morneau, 63, passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2018, in East Vassalboro, after suffering cardiac arrest. He was born on February 11, 1955, in Waterville, to Leo Paul and Evelyn Duguay Morneau.

He graduated from Water­ville High School.

As a teenager and young man, Paul worked for his father’s lumber company, Mor­neau’s Lum­ber Mill, in East Vassal­boro. He later became involved in his father’s trout farm which they both loved immensely.

Paul will be remembered for his love of horses and music. He often talked about starting a horse therapy farm for children with special needs. He also enjoyed playing guitar which he often did at family gatherings and weddings. More recently, Paul was known for his gift of visions. Because of these visions, people sought him out for his counsel and guidance. It was Paul’s intent to express what he was able to see and feel in his gifted visions to others through explaining to them their past, how it affected their spirit in the present, and how to see a different path to healing their spirit in the future. Paul realized his intent through the publishing of the website Walking in Spirit with Rocky. Paul is recognized and remembered by many in their testimonials on this website.

His family and friends will remember him as a very loving, kind and giving man.

Paul is survived by Vivian Coughlin, his sister, of Winslow; and his two nephews, Keith Coughlin, of Woodstock, Georgia and Kevin Coughlin, of Boston, Massachusetts.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 26 Monument Street, in Winslow. Burial will follow in Village Cemetery, Cemetery Street, Vassalboro. Please visit to share condolences, memories and tributes with his family.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly request that a memorial donation in Paul’s name be made to either St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


ALBION – Beverly L. Fowler, 83, a longtime resident of Albion, passed away on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Beverly was born in Unity on January 26, 1935.

As a young woman, Beverly attended school in Unity. Beverly was a loving wife and mother, was a gifted artist, and loved playing piano with her children.

Beverly was predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Stephen Fowler.

She is survived by her three children: Anthony Fowler and wife, Stacey, Terri Fowler, and Nancy LaBrecque and husband, Ronald; several grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren; and her sister, Shirley Chadwick.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at


WINSLOW – Roger Sammis Titus, 92, passed away Friday, June 1, 2018, at Gray Birch Living Center, in Augusta. He was born April 25, 1926, in Huntington, New York, the son of Samuel J. and Ella E. (Green) Titus.

He graduated from Oyster Bay High School in 1944 and continued his education at Parsons’ School of Design, graduating in 1949. On February 9, 1952, he married the former Jennie Warren at the First Congregational UC Church. He was a veteran who proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from September 1944 ​until his honorable discharge​ in June 1946.

Roger and his wife Jennie owned and operated Titus Interior Decorators, in ​R​idgefield, Connecticut, from 1952 to 1954, and thenTitus Interior Decorators, in Waterville, where Roger continued working until well into his 80s. He was a member of the Waterville Community Garden Club, Ballroom Dance Club, Evening Sandwich Program (30 years), Heart of Maine Squares, ​Silver Sneakers, ​Waterville First Congregational UCC, and Masons.

Roger enjoyed making stained glass items, gardening, dancing, exercise classes, ​and actively pursued these hobbies through the age of 91. His joy of gardening and tending to indoor plants continued throughout the remaining days of his life while living and being cared for at Gray Birch.

He is survived by his son, Lauchlin Titus and wife Linda, of Vassalboro; his daughter, Elizabeth Bridges and husband Arthur, of Morrill; grandson, Miah Titus, of Orono; granddaughter, Morgan Rau and husband Tory, ​of Vassalboro; two great-granddaughters, Evelyn Titus, of Old Town/Orono and Sovie Rau, of Vassalboro; two great-grandsons, Noah Rau and Finn Rau, both of Vassalboro; sister-in-law, Pauline Titus, of Alaska.

He was predeceased by his wife, Jennie (Warren) Titus; two brothers, Durrell Titus and wife Lynn, and Gerald Titus.

A Celebration of Life will be held ​ on June 16, 2018, at 1 p.m., ​at ​the First Congregational UCC, 7 Eustis Parkway, Waterville, ME 04901.

While Roger never felt that there could be too many flowers, he would also wish that friends would make donations in his memory to the First Congregational UCC, Waterville.

Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, ME 04976.


RONALD H. POULIN, 69, of West Gardiner, passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Maine Medical Center, in Portland. Locally, he is survived by daughter Molly Suttie and husband Kristian, of Fairfield; granddaughter, Elsie Suttie, of Fairfield; sisters-in-law, Dale Gordon, of Winslow, Norine Kelley and partner Gary Walker, of Albion, and Jeanne Kelley, of Belgrade.

LUC-LIN D. LAVIGNE, 79, of Augusta, passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2018, following a brief illness. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Monique Lavigne and companion Jason, of Windsor, and a brother, Normand Lavigne and wife Claire, of Vassalboro.

JAMES A. ROWELL JR., 94, of Norridgewock, recently passed away. Locally, he is survived by two of his children, Jesse Munroe and his husband Shawn, of Vassalboro, and Jessford Rowell and fiancée Amy Pellerin, of Winslow.