Obituaries, Week of May 18, 2017


WINSLOW––Carmen Begin Welch, 69, of Winslow, passed away at home Saturday, May 6, 2017. She was born in Lewiston, the daughter of Leopold and Yvette Begin.

Carmen graduated from Lewiston High School, and then went on to earn an associate degree from Bliss College as the first in her family to obtain a college education. She started her working career in Lewiston at Central Maine Power Co. and worked a number of years at SAPPI’s Somerset Mill, in Hinckley, in the purchasing department. She then spent many years at International Paper, Augusta, (Woodlands Division) in the human resources department. After graduating with a bachelor of science in business administration from Husson College, in Bangor, she was promoted to human resources manager. Carmen was an asset in her role at IP, as her ability to communicate in fluent French was helpful with some of the border regions where she worked. When IP closed the Northeast Division, she then finished her human resource career at the state of Maine, Natural Resources Service Center, retiring in 2012 after 30 years of service in human resources.

Carmen married Robert Welch in 1972, in Lewiston, and resided in Winslow for 40 years. Carmen loved music, particularly playing the lap steel guitar, a joy perfected since the age of eight years old. She also played acoustic guitar, harmonica, ukulele and piano, all self-taught. She played music with her family and as part of a group on weekly visits to nursing homes. She also enjoyed spending summers on the lake with family, painting, wood carving and gardening. She could do anything to which she put her mind. She loved animals, especially cats, and traveling near and far with her family and friends.

Carmen was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She will be remembered for her kind and beautiful heart, witty sense of humor, and exceptional musical and artistic talents. She was quick with a kind word or joke, and was always conscious of the wellbeing of others. Carmen was a communicant at St. John the Baptist Church, in Winslow.

Carmen is survived by her husband of 45 years, Robert Welch; two sons Eric Welch and Daniel Welch; daughter Kristine Welch Taylor; her two brothers Larry Begin and Conrad Begin; two sisters Anne (Begin) Tetreault and Claire (Begin) Amero; two grandsons, Brodee and Beckett Welch; and many nieces and nephews.

An online guestbook may be signed and condolences expressed at

Memorial donations be made to: St John Catholic School, 15 South Garand St., Winslow ME 04901.


FAIRFIELD––Barbara Ann Appleton Leighton, 83, of Fairfield, passed away, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at home. Barbara was born January 3, 1934, in Barre, Vermont, to Vivian Lillian Cleora Dodge Appleton and William Raymond Appleton.

She grew up in West Newbury, Vermont, and graduated high school among a class of only nine students. She attended University of Vermont School of Nursing, where she graduated with a B.S.N. in 1956. Barbara worked in pediatric nursing at hospitals in California, New York, and Waterville, including Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, U.C.L.A. Medical Center, Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, and Sisters Hospital in Waterville from 1956 until 1971, and taught nursing from 1972 until her retirement in 1978.

Barbara married Franklin Milo Leighton on April 14, 1963. The couple moved to Fairfield where they raised their sons and lived the rest of their lives. Barbara was a dedicated, creative, innovative mother and grandmother, and encouraged her sons to explore any subject that interested them. From Judo to football, and rock collecting to meteorology, she found inventive ways to encourage her sons to have the curiosity and courage to try new things. She was always attentive and supportive of her boys, their children, and their friends.

Barbara enjoyed many artistic activities, including painting, jewelry making, and even tried her hand at scrimshaw. Her favorite hobby was cooking, and she had a great passion for trying new recipes.

Barbara was very generous, and often gave away pieces of jewelry she had made, and shared her recipes and was delighted to feed family and friends at every opportunity. If you met her you left with piece of jewelry, a recipe, a full heart and a full belly. No one who met her was ever the same; she taught us all things we will keep with us all our lives. She made everyone feel special.

Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Franklin Milo Leighton and her aunt, Bettina Prior, of Wallingford, Connecticut.

She is survived by sons, Scott Franklin Leighton, of Clinton, and Marc Raymond Leighton and his wife, Tina, of Fairfield; and four grandchildren, Kyle, Zachary, Scott, and Kaylie.

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Memorial donation may be made to: American Lung Association of Maine, 122 State St., Augusta ME 04330.


PALERMO – John Scates, 89, passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at the Maine Veterans Home, in Augusta. He was born in Palermo on November 5, 1927, to the late Clifford E. and Laura R. (Bourassa) Scates.

John was a graduate of Erskine Academy, in China, class of 1946. The next morning, he left for the Air Force. He took his first training at Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas. He went to Biloxi, Mississippi, for A&E mechanics school. He spent service time in California then left from Washing­ton State for Alaska on a ship that was built at Bath Iron Works. That always meant a lot to him. He was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, as well as Kodiak and the Aleutian Islands. He was crew chief on an H 5 Sikorsky helicopter in the Air and Sea Rescue Unit. Upon his father’s death back in Maine in January 1949, John was transferred to Westover Air Force Base, in Massachusetts. His position there was fueling the bombers in support of the Berlin Airlift in Germany. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force in June 1949.

In 1950, John married the former Jeannette A. Wood. They have been married 66 glorious years.

John worked at Densmore Store, in Branch Mills, North Vassalboro, Woolen Mill and Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in the experimental testing unit in East Hartford, Connecticut. Upon his return to Maine in 1956, he worked at Hallowell and Webb in Augusta and for the state of Maine, Department of Transportation as a mechanic, retiring in 1982.

John will be remembered for his love of family, kindness, and gentleness to all young people. He loved music, singing, playing his guitar, the Windsor Historical Society, hunting, fishing, attending Palermo Christian Church, camping, the Red Sox, gardening, eating out and a hot cup of coffee from Tobey’s Grocery. Anyone who knew him knew he was a great joke teller. He anxiously awaited each issue of the Reader’s Digest for fresh material.

John was predeceased by his sister, Juanita Rines, her husband Joseph and a nephew Jack Rines.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jeannette (Wood) Scates; his children: Kerry and Deborah Scates, Rudy Scates and AJ Dinkins, Linda and Tom Vigue and Dennis and Tracy Scates. seven grandchildren: Derek and Liz Scates, Jennie and Steve Williams, Andrew and Renée Scates, Sarah and Steve Finley, Brian Vigue, Peter Misiura, Cassie Scates and Shyler Scates; three great-grandchildren: Katherine, Steven and Victoria Williams; brother-in-law Allen Wood and his wife Gloria; a nephew Joseph Rines and wife Mary; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins.

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Memorial donations may be made to the youth program of the Palermo Christian Church, c/o Phil Hubbard, Youth Pastor, PO Box 150, Palermo, ME, 04354.

Arrangements are under the direction of Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Rd., Rt. 32, Windsor, ME.


NORMA F. SAWYER, 95, of Ohio, passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017. Locally, she is survived by a brother, Harold Frost and wife Therese, of Waterville.

AMELIA D. ALCOTT, 97, of Augusta, passed away on Friday, May 5, 2017. Locally, she is survived by a grandson, Christopher Alcott and wife Christina, of Windsor.

CHERYL CORLISS, 59, of Waterville, passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017, following a four-year battle with cancer. Locally, she is survived by a brother Robert Grover, of Waterville.

BETTY J. SILLANPAA, 83, of Rome, passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at her home. Locally, she is survived by a sister, Shirley Allen, of Windsor.

LU ANN E. BOLSTER, 62, of Mercer, passed away on Sunday, May 7, 2017, following a brave battle with lung cancer. Locally, she is survived by children Misty Bowman, of Winslow, Nathan Bustard and wife Lynn, of Benton, and Amy Crommett and husband Craig, of Albion; siblings-in-law, Larry Bolster and wife Kathy, of Benton, Sheena Bolster, and Mark Bolster, both of Burnham.

VIOLETTE M. MEADER, 88, of Waterville, passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at her home. Locally, she is survived by siblings Gloria Lewis, of Benton, Lorette Clair, Harold “Pete” Michaud and Van Michaud, all of Winslow.


REV. MONSIGNOR ROBERT G. LAVOIE, passed away on Friday, May 12, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Manor, in Portland. The Monsignor served for 12 years at St. John the Baptist Church, in Winslow. Following his retirement in 2007, he resided at Mount St. Joseph Home, in Waterville. During his retirement he helped out with weekend Masses in many area churches.

Obituaries, Week of May 11, 2017


SOUTH CHINA––Daniel Sawlivich, 61, of South China, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017, in his home following a short period of declining health. He was born on May 20, 1955, in Waterville, the youngest child of Victor and Lorette Sawlivich.

Daniel attended Waterville Schools. He married the former Tina Labbe on December 3, 1982. Dan worked many different labor trades throughout his life but spent the majority of his time, 31 years, working as a supervisor at Mid-State Machine, in  Winslow. Dan was an avid lover of the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing most of all. Much of his free time was spent “Upta Camp” at his home away from home.

Dan was predeceased by his parents, Victor and Lorette Sawlivich; and a granddaughter, Teagen Partridge.

He is survived by his wife, Tina, of China; son Jason Plante, of Benton, son Rikki Plante and husband Luther Harvey, of Worcester, Massachusetts; daughter Jessica Sawlivich, of China; granddaughter Brianne Plante, of Albion; sister Cindy Huard and husband Ricky, of Benton; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Condolences can be sent to Dan’s family at 115 Bog Brook Rd., China ME 04358.


WHITEFIELD––Ellsworth (Ellie) Ernest Damon, of Whitefield, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017, at Togus Hospice. Ellie was born in Greenville, October 5, 1921, to Ernest and Orpha Damon.

When Ellie was a very young child the family moved to the Thayer Road in Whitefield to the house that he called home for the next 90 years. Ellie was an avid gardener and the homestead flourished under his care. He grew apples, plums, blueberries, grapes and a huge garden. His root cellar was always full and the shelves in the basement were well stocked with his preserves. Ellie took pride in growing what he ate, and he loved to eat!

Ellie served his country in the army during WWII. He deployed to the European Theater until the war ended and was in the Army of Occupation after the war. He served in an armored car division as gunner and radio operator.

After the war Ellie went to work in Alaska where he first learned to fly. Ellie continued to fly for many years and owned a Piper J3 that he flew all over the state, landing in fields and snowfields as he never had a pilot’s license. He kept his plane in Dresden at the airfield of the “Flying Farmer” with whom he was great friends.

After his time in Alaska, Ellie worked various jobs, working in the woods and lumber mills, and working for Potters Pots, in Whitefield, making lobster pots. He continued to work in the woods cutting his own firewood his entire life. He was always a few years ahead on firewood and said that it was the key to a long life. At 92 he could still be found out in the woods with his John Deere B and Stihl chainsaw, head down doing what he loved.

Ellie joined the Masons in 1950 and had been a member of the Riverside Lodge #135 in Jefferson for more than 65 years.

In the late 1950s he went to work at the then young Baxter State Park where he worked as the ranger at South Branch Pond. He lived and worked at South Branch for 12 years. He helped cut some of the early trails in the park and there is still a trail there that bears his name.

After leaving Baxter, he worked on the Maine Central Railroad in Rockland where he ran the entire railroad yard. He ran the office, did maintenance on the trains, cleaned cars, greased couplings, you name it, he did it. He worked at the railroad until his retirement.

After retirement Ellie devoted the rest of his long life to the things he truly loved: working in the garden, cutting firewood for himself and others, taking hunting and fishing trips with family and friends. He had many connections around the state and loved to go on road trips with his camper. He was always invited on a moose hunt because he was a great cook as well as great outdoorsman. He loved company and always had visitors, when you visited Ellie there was always someone there with him on the porch or in the living room.

Ellie is survived by his extensive family.


WHITEFIELD­­––Frances Lula (Brann) Gould, 86, of Whitefield, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017, at MaineGeneral Medical Center. She was born in Windsor on June 12 1930, a daughter of Delbert Brann Sr. and Inez R. (Sproul) Brann.

Frances graduated from Erskine Academy and was a proud alumnus, class of 1947.

She worked at GTE Sylvania and retired in 1988.

She was predeceased by her parents; daughters, Sally Russell and Greta Robbins; grandsons, Mark and Donald Russell; and siblings, Austin Brann, Delbert Brann Jr., Marsha Farrington, and Nina Aho.

Surviving are her husband of 65 years, Donald, of Whitefield; son, Dennis and wife Debbie, of Whitefield; brother, Freeman Brann, of Houston, Texas; sister, Betty Lou
Crocker, of Coopers Mills; grandsons, Daryl Russell and wife Marie Hellene, of Newport, North Carolina, Lane Gould and wife Jessie, of Augusta, and Lucas Gould and partner Logan Hinkley, of Whitefield; great-grandchildren, Kayleen, Kaley, Maya, Ellie and Blake; niece, Dawn Spoden, of China, as well as many other nieces, nephews and cousins.


PATRICK S. SMITH, 53, of Waterville, passed away on Sunday, April 23, 2017, from cancer, at MaineGeneral Medical Center. Locally, he is survived by his mother, Pauline Smith, of Vassalboro, and brothers Arnold P. Smith Jr. and companion Mona Allen, Troy C. Smith, and aunt Rosemay Rowe, all of Vassalboro.

FRANK LIZZOTTE JR., 89, of Waterville, passed away on Friday, April 28, 2017, at Oak Grove Nursing Hoe, in Waterville. Locally, he is survived by his children Steven Lizzotte and wife Judy, Danny Lizzotte and wife Linda, and Jeffery Lizzotte, all of Winslow, George Lizzotte and wife LeeAnn, of Sidney, and Paula Grenier, of Fairfield; and daughters-in-law, Sandy Lizzotte, of Waterville, and Roxanne Lizzotte, of China.

JANE D. CIANCHETTE, 63, of Pittsfield, passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2017, following a courageous fight with cancer. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Darcy Latham, of Winslow.

MARIE A. PELLETIER, 77, of Canaan, on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Locally, she is survived by granddaughter Hilary Pelletier and husband Ryan, of South China.

SADIE M. GAGNE, 92, of Waterville, passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Oak Grove Center, in Waterville. She had been a member of MacCrillis-Rousseau VFW Post #8835, in Winslow. Locally, she is surbvived by sons, Raymond Gagne, of Waterville, Robert Gagne and wife Jan, of Oakland, and Rodney Gagne, of Waterville, and one daughter Patricia Keyes and husband Dana, of Skowhegan.

Obituaries, Week of May 4, 2017


WHITEFIELD––Irene Adell Potter, 82, passed away in her sleep Sunday, April 23, 2017. Irene was born on June 15 , 1934, in Readfield Depot, to Ruth and Wesley Adell.

She graduated from Kents Hill School in 1953.

Irene worked for many years at HP Hood, the Readfield Town Office, and retired from Mitchell and Davis law firm in 1997.

Irene and her husband, Jack Clarke, owned and operated Clarke Transport from the mid 1970s until the early 1990s with Jack’s untimely passing in 1981 from cancer.

Irene married Hubert Potter, her high school sweetheart, in 1999. They enjoyed many years together gardening, attending car shows and spending time with family and friends until Hubert’s passing in 2008. In her later years, Irene enjoyed watching the many birds and squirrels at her window birdfeeder, the deer, turkeys and even the ground hogs that lived on her property. She was an avid crossword puzzle enthusiast, enjoyed knitting and watching “her shows” and loved her beautiful flower gardens, especially the garden she had planted in honor of her aunt Mildred.

Irene is survived by her son, Wayne Whitman and his wife, Kim, of Readfield; sister, Evelyn Potter, of Readfield; nieces Sandi Potter Clarke and Dale Potter Clarke; stepdaughter, Tonya Ballard and husband Tom, of Morrill; stepson, Dorian Potter; grandchildren, Laura and Justin Lamport, Jake, Sam and Hannah Whitman, Michael Ballard and Meghan Pittis; as well as two great-granddaughters.

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SOUTH CHINA–––Geraldine Richardson Brackett, 92, died Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at home in South China. She was born October 7, 1924, in North Monmouth, the first of five daughters of Jesse A. and Evelyn Jordan Richardson.

Gerry graduated from North Monmouth Academy and received her B.S. degree in teaching from Farmington State Teachers College. Teaching was her passion and she touched the lives of many young people during her 47 year career.

She started teaching in a one room school house in Sandy River Plantation, taught many grades in Rangeley and Auburn and finished at Weare Baptist Christian School after her official retirement.

She married Reynold C. Brackett (Pen) on July 12, 1946, and together they had three children, Nancy, Mark and Hope. One of their greatest sorrows was the loss of Nancy too early in 1976. They resided in Rangeley until their retirement when they moved to their dream home in Henniker, New Hampshire. They were happily married for 44 years until Pen’s death in July, 1990. At 73, she built a new home she loved in Loudon, New Hampshire, where she lived until she moved to South China to be with her daughter.

Wherever Gerry lived she made wonderful lasting friendships from work, church and other organizations. She was caring and generous with her time and resources. She would offer her home for Bible studies, meals and gatherings. Many had the opportunity to taste her fabulous cooking.

She had many interests including cooking, gardening and traveling whenever she had the opportunity. She especially loved trips with family in their camper. She loved the ocean, lighthouses, loons, cardinals and flowers. Gerry had a strong faith and was very active in church activities in each community in which she lived. She was a member of the Rangeley Free Baptist church, the Weare Baptist Church and the Landmark Baptist Church, in Loudon. She volunteered for the John O. Cates van in Loudon, New Hampshire, where she made a difference by assisting with transporting local residents. She was a life-long member of the NEA & ßßMEA teachers associations. In her retirement she enjoyed the Loudon Young at Heart group and had many happy memories of their excursions and events.

Gerry was predeceased by her husband Pen; daughter Nancy Dunham; sisters, Janice Doyan, Jean Brackett and Pauline Gove.

She will be sadly missed by her son Mark and wife Anne and children Zachary, Bethany, Nancy and Taylor, of Pembroke, New Hampshire; daughter Hope and husband Nelson Pendexter, of South China, and their children, Rebecca Viola and husband Joe, of Gardiner, Katrina Herrick and husband Charlie, of Damriscotta and Crystal Scott and husband Gary, of Monmouth; grandson Cliff Dunham and wife Maghean and daughter Erin, of Topsham; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and one grand-niece; sister JoAnne Ricker, of Waterville.

A graveside service will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery in Rangeley, on June 10 at 1:30 p.m. A Celebration of Life will follow at Parkside and Main in downtown Rangeley.


FAIRFIELD––Debra-Jo “Deb” (Levesque) Jacques, 56, of Fairfield, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Maine­General Medical Center, in Augusta. She was born July 23, 1960, in Waterville, the daughter of David and Lillian (Lagueux) Levesque.

She owned and operated her own business for 10 years, Tweetie’s Nest Day Care, as she loved kids.

Deb loved the outdoors and going camping and fishing with her husband, siblings, and friends. She loved people and would always make herself available to them in times of need. Deb was a great cook and loved to make special dishes for her husband and family.

She was predeceased by her father, David Levesque; father-in-law, Richard Jacques; and mother-in-law, Germaine (Michaud) Jacques.

Deb is survived by her husband of 21 years, Mark Jacques, of Fairfield; two sons, Alex Jacques, of Fairfield, and David Fredette, of St. Lucie, Florida; daughter, Heather Boccella, of Austin, Texas; several grandchildren; mother, Lillian (Lagueux) Levesque, of Ft. Meyers, Florida; sisters, Rhonda Levesque, of Fairfield, and Lori (Levesque) Perry and husband Dick, of Estero, Florida; brother Mark Levesque and wife Chantal, of Scarborough; five brothers-in-law, Stewart Jacques and wife Elaine, of Sidney, David Jacques and wife Patricia, of Sidney, Dan Jacques, of Waterville, Raymond Jacques and wife Vicki, of Waterville, and Patrick Jacques and wife Lisa, of Sidney; sister-in-law Paula Dennis and partner Dan McNeal, of Waterville; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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

Memorial donations may be made to the Waterville Homeless Shelter, 19 Colby Street, Waterville ME 04901.­


ELIZABETH J. NICKERSON, 78, of Clinton, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Glenridge Living Long Term Care Facility, in Augusta. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Lorraine Main and husband Larry, and stepson Frank Nickerson and wife Trina, all of Fairfield.

WILLIAM P. ROUNDS, 78, of New Bern, South Carolina, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2017. Locally, he is survived by a sister, Mary Lee Rounds and husband Charles, of Albion.

Obituaries, Week of April 27, 2017


FAIRFIELD––Joseph Albert Lizotte, 75, passed away in Zephyrhills, Florida, on Thursday, March 16, 2017, following a brief illness. Joseph was born in Waterville, on September 24, 1941, the only child of Albert J. Lizotte and Marie (Clementine) Bolduc Lizotte.

Joseph attended Winslow High School, graduating on June 9, 1960. Immediately following graduation, Joseph enlisted in the United States Air Force, stationed in Alaska as a freight traffic specialist. He was honorably discharged on September 12, 1963, shortly after his transfer to Dow Air Force Base, Bangor.

He held many different jobs in the Waterville/Winslow area, to include delivery driver for Harris Bakery, mill worker for both Keyes Fibre and Scott Paper Co., and finally engineer for the Maine Central Railroad Company, a job he held until his retirement in 1996.

He enjoyed many different hobbies, including camping and ice fishing. He was a member of a local bowling league and he was an avid cribbage player. He really loved traveling, and after his retirement, spent 12 winters in Florida to enjoy the warmer weather.

While in Florida, he enjoyed playing shuffleboard with his park friends, earning a championship trophy. Joseph was a wonderful cook, spending many holidays entertaining for his family and friends. It didn’t take long for the members of his local church in Florida to notice his cooking abilities, as he began volunteering for the church suppers each Friday night. His spaghetti with meat sauce and shepherd’s pie were quite a hit. Joseph also enjoyed experiencing many eateries with his wife, working on his computer with his grandson, helping to build his daughter’s house, attending his granddaughter’s sporting events, and watching all the New England sports teams.

He was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Marie Lizotte.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol Lizotte, of Fairfield; son Alton Lizotte and wife Lisa, of Bay Minette, Alabama; son Dennis Lizotte and wife Karen, of Biddeford; and daughter Heather Johnson and husband Jeremiah, of Clinton; five grandchildren: Gary Lizotte, Samantha LaBrecque, and Gage, Jazmin and Jorja Johnson; and two great-grandchildren: Ethan and Olivia LaBrecque; one sister-in-law, Patricia Marquis, of Garland; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

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NORTH VASSAL­BORO –– Theodora Anne Chaykowsky, 71, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Jackson, Tennessee. Most people knew her as Teddi. She was born May 3, 1945, the daughter of Daniel and Theresa Spaulding.

She was a nurse’s aide for several years. She cared for the elderly with so much love. Her last job was a dispatcher for Elite Taxi, in Waterville.

She enjoyed collecting anything related to elephants, making crafts, and doing craft fairs At one time she owned and operated a craft shop, The Rocking Chair, in North Vassalboro. She also enjoyed movies and TV: John Wayne, MacGyver, Walker Texas Ranger, Murder She Wrote, Westerns, and then some.

After retiring, she moved south to Lexington, Tennessee, to be closer to her daughter.

She was a loving, giving person and would do anything for anyone, and anything to get a smile on your face.

She is survived by her husband James Chaykowsky, of 37 years; three children, Steven Fitzgerald, retired Marine of 15 years, and wife Helena, of Galesburg, Illinois; Kathleen Charles, of Lexington, Tennessee, and Theresa C. Fitzgerald Williford and husband Chris, of Lexington, Tennessee; brother Lebanon Spaulding and wife Betty, of Winslow; sister Maryjane Hunt and husband Royden, of Island Falls; and three grandchildren, Ricky, Kimber, and Luke.


WINSLOW––Robert Francis O’Reilly, 51, of Winslow, passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. He was born in the Bronx, New York, on June 4, 1965.

He was the son of the late Dorothea Hurley O’Reilly and James J. O’Reilly, formerly of Bronx, New York and Morrisville, Pennsylvania. He was the father of Kathryn O’Reilly, of Husson University, in Bangor, brother of James O’Reilly with Sherry McCullough; Eva O’Reilly Wagner, wife of Peter Wagner uncle of Phoebe and Heron Wagner, Oisin McCullough and Seamus O’Reilly.

Robert was a welder and member of the International Brotherhood of boilermakers.

Bob’s father, Robert Owens, died before Bob was born. His mother, Dorothea, was 19 at the time. Fortunately Bob developed a close bond with his father’s immediate family, Jimmy, Geraldine, Stephen, Karen, Sean and cousin John Owens and Karen’s husband Richard Bertolacci who all acted as guides throughout his life. Dorothea married Jim O’Reilly, who adopted Bob and loved him as much as the children who followed, Jimmy and Eva. Unfortunately, Jim died when Bobby was 11 years old. Although Bob suffered a lot of loss early in life, he had an enormous family of aunts and uncles and cousins who loved him dearly.

Bobby graduated from the community School, in Camden, a place where he learned many life and survival skills and met people who would shape his life forever. He served honorable in the U.S. Marine Corp.

In 1998, he fathered a daughters, Kathryn Rose O’Reilly, with Jody Lambert. Katie remained the love of his life. They were a team to his final day.

Bob loved each and every one in his family with a loyalty that was unmatched and all those who encountered Bob knew this to be true.

Bob was loved by many for his generosity, sense of humor and courage. He was a fabulous cook, he loved music, and he took great care of his mother during her long battle cancer.

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WINSLOW––Arthur D. Sylvain, 92, of Waterville, passed away on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Waterville. He was born in North Anson on February 8, 1925, son of Paul and Homerine C. (Michaud) Sylvain.

Arthur was raised in Skowhegan and graduated from Skowhegan Senior High School, class of 1943.

He immediately entered the Army Air Corp serving in the European Theater and received an honorable discharge in 1946. Arthur worked in the construction field for 45 years as a supervisor of construction with Sanders Construction Corp., Industrial, Inc., and Consolidated Construction & Builders, Inc. Most of his work was at paper mills and power plants around the Northern New England States.

Arthur was a life member of the Waterville Elks Lodge #905, Bourque-Lanigan American Legion Post #5, Waterville and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8835, Winslow.

He was predeceased by his parents; and wife, Emily M. (Parent) Sylvain on November 27, 2011.

Arthur is survived by one son, David Sylvain and wife Jane, of Lincolnville; two daughters Cynthia Gilbert and husband Gary, of Winslow, and Denise Carpenter and husband Jeffrey, of Largo, Florida; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters and two brothers, Theresa, of Leesburg, Florida, Albertine, of Hinckley, Annette Boardman, of Madison, Ernest, of Rochester, New Hampshire, and Paul, of Skowhegan.

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Memorial donations my be made to: MaineGeneral Hospice, P.O. Box 828, Waterville ME 04903-0828.


FAIRFIELD––Marjorie Edna Starbird, 58, passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017. She was born on November 16, 1958, to Carl and Marion Adams, in Island Falls, and married her husband of 39 years, Philip Earl Starbird Jr., on August 27, 1977.

To know Marjorie was to love her. She rarely raised her voice in anger and never held a grudge if someone were to upset her. She was quick to forgive and just as quick to forget, all the while keeping a smile on her face. She wore that smile even in the toughest or darkest of times and was a shining example of how a person should treat other people in life. She didn’t care who a person was on the outside or what they did behind closed doors, she loved everybody the same just as she knew Jesus would.

Marjorie loved animals of all kinds, but had a special place in her heart for horses, dogs, and cats.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Carlene Ginter and Carol Sholler.

She is survived by her husband Philip; daughter, Tiffany Marie Starbird, son, Eric Michael Starbird and wife Samantha; sisters, Joan White and Marilyn Burpee; brothers, Carl Adams and Kilburn “Kippy” Adams; many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

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WINSLOW––Ruth V. Fredette, 90, of Winslow, died Monday, April 17, 2017. She was born in Waterville on Decem­ber 7, 1926, the daughter of Gustave and Eva (Boulette) Veilleux.

She was educated at St. Francis de Sales School, in Waterville, and graduated from the Academy of St. Joseph, in South Berwick, on June 17, 1944, and The New England Institute of Mortuary Science, in Boston, in 1947. She and her husband bought Veilleux Funeral Home in 1962, which they owned and operated until retiring in 1997. She was active in the parish and a Euchristic Minister for many years. She and her husband both joined The Maine Funeral Directors Association in 1953. Ruth was the oldest licensed lady Funeral Director in Maine.

Ruth was predeceased by her husband Edward; her parents; sister Lorraine Rousseau and her husband Francis; brother Germain John Veilleux and wife Jacquiline.

She is survived by her two sons, Paul Fredette and wife Shari, of Pemaquid, John Fredette, of Winslow; two grandchildren, Jessica McQuillan, of Waterville; Jeremy Fredette, of Albany; two great-grandchildren, Matthew Jolicouer, of Waterville, and Oliver Fredette, of Albany.

Memorial donations may be made to: Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, 101 Silver St., Waterville ME 04901.


SOMERVILLE––Fern Collins Clark, 87, of the Hewett Road, passed away at home, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, following a brief illness. She was born December 20, 1929, in Gardiner, the daughter of Evelyn and Bertie Collins.

Fern had a love for animals. She enjoyed ceramics, knitting and sewing, often making gifts for family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband Walter; son Leo; and several siblings.

She is survived by her sons, Andy, of Somerville, Matthew, of Thomasville, North Carolina, David, of Augusta, and Roger, of Windsor; daughters Rose Jackson and Laura Castle, both of Whitefield; sisters, Angie Strand, of Washington, Pauline Castle, of Augusta, and Jeanette LeClaire; brother, Larry Collins, of Greene; several grandchildren; nieces and nephews.


WINDSOR––Douglas Tyler, 74, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Maine Veterans Home in Augusta. He was born October 15, 1942, the son of Manley and Helen Tyler.

Douglas graduated from Gardiner Area High School in 1961, and went on to the Wentworth Institute of Technology. After graduation, he joined the Navy. He worked for the Maine department of parks and recreation for 30+ years before retiring in 2007.

He was a longtime member of the Gardiner American Legion where he enjoyed marching in the color guard during parades, and Gardiner Eagles. He also enjoyed golfing, hunting trips to the Allagash, camping, exploring Downeast Maine, playing pool, his dogs and pets, and always a good cigar and Manhattan. His favorite pastime was spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his parents.

He is survived by his wife Marianne; sons, Ian and Shawn; grandchildren, Mitchell, Charlotte, Kayla and Brady; brother Greg and his wife Judy; nephews, John and Jeff Tyler; grandnieces, and nephews.

Memorial donations may be sent to: Maine Veterans Home, Attn: Melanie Bridges, 320 Cony Rd., Augusta ME 04330.


WINSLOW––Renald Joseph Lachance, 85, died on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Brentwood Rehab & Nursing Center, in Yarmouth, following a brief illness. He was born in Waterville on August 31, 1931, the son of Gustave and Alexina Lachance.

He attended Winslow schools and began working as a millwright at Huhtamaki (Keyes Fibre) retiring in 1992 after 27 years of employment. Ren enjoyed woodworking and was very gifted in varied forms of carpentry. He will be remembered for his love of family and music, as well as his sense of humor.

He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Reginald and Leon; his sister Adrienne; and nephew Dana Lachance.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Marlene Veilleux Lachance; two daughters, Linda and Larry Hamlin and Terri and David Althenn, all of Waterville; four grandchildren, Holly (Hamlin) Carpenter and Brent Carpenter, Darcy (Hamlin) Gurney and partner Chris Sears and her two children, Jordan and Jayden Gurney, and their father, Doug Gurney, Jason and “Samantha Evans and their two children, Michael and Alysa, and Jamie and Amy Evans and their son Connor; a sister, Annette and Ernie Bake, of Winslow; sister-in-law, June Lachance, of Arizona; stepchildren Brenda and Scott Paquet, of Portland, and their son Marc and Renee Paquet, of Stockton, California, Melissa Duval, of Scarborough, Diane and Jeff Paquette and their daughters Elizabeth and Hannah, of Durham, New Hampshire, and John and Joanne Ducal and their daughters Stephanie and Courtney and fiance Sam Butler, of Biddeford; first wife, Beatrice Giroux, of Waterville; cousin, Roland and Colette Lachance, of Winslow; Nieces, as well as many, many cousins from Canada, Maine and Connecticut.

Memorial donations may be made to the: Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Rt. One, Suite 2C, Scarborough ME 04074, or Brentwood Rehab & Nursing Center, Dementia Unit, 370 Portland Street, Yarmouth ME 04096.

Obituaries, Week of April 20, 2017


FAIRFIELD––Jane Arlene (Cunha) Cormier, 56, of Fairfield, died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Jane was born on September 21, 1960, in Lynn, Massachusetts. She was the youngest of four.
Jane had a strong personality and a bright smile that could light up a room. She was an avid reader and a formidable triva opponent, an engaging teller of jokes and stories.

Jane loved all animals, even bats, and she was loved by them in return (except the bat––it bit her). She fell in love with the Maine wilderness and spent much of her time hiking, camping, and foraging. She considered herself fortunate to have escaped the city and was always grateful for the wild beauty of Maine that she was able to experience.

She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Ruth (Martin) Cunha.

She leaves behind Bill Annis, her partner of 20 years, and his family, Bill and Jane Annis, who were like parents to Jane, and Lisa (Annis) Hood, whom Jane considered a sister. Jane is also survived by her daughter, Angela Agganis; her brother Joseph Cunha; sisters Sandy (Cunha) Chadwick and Diane (Cunha) Agganis; and three stepsons, David, Jason and Matthew Annis.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Legion of Fairfield.


WINSLOW––Jeannette “Junn” Caron, 86, of Winslow, passed away on Sunday, April 2, 2017, following a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. Junn was born on March 23, 1931, in Madison, the youngest of three daughters, to Marcien and Melina Cormier.

She attended and graduated from Mount Merci Academy in Waterville, along with her sisters Bernadette and Yvonne. She went on to attend Thomas College and Colby College, both in Waterville.

On January 2, 1954, she married Richard “Duke” Caron, of Waterville. They were married 55 years before Duke passed away from cancer in 2009.

Junn stayed home to raise their three children, Lynn, Ray and Cathy, and once they were in school she started teaching at Notre Dame Catholic School, in Waterville, and taught for many years. She was a member of Notre Dame Catholic Church, in Waterville, for many years.

In 1971, the family moved to Winslow, where she began working at Laverdiere’s Drug Store office in Winslow, and became members of the St. John Catholic Church family, in Winslow.

She is warmly remembered for her volunteer work for the St. John Parish Christmas Fairs where she made wreaths and many delicious baked goods and her famous tourtiere pies. For many years she also baby sat children during some of the masses and loved reading to them.

She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Heather; and her sisters, Yvonne Packard and Bernadette “Bunny” Jutras. Junn is survived by her three children, Lynn Caron and her husband, John Scofield, of Orono, Ray Caron and his wife Holly, of Winslow, and Catherine Nadeau and her husband Bob, of Winslow; grandchildren, Marci and Connor Scofield, Katelyn Caron Wheeler, James Nadeau, and Vicki Nadeau.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, in Winslow.

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EAST VASSALBORO––Paula Paoletti Gray, 64, of East Vassalboro, passed away at Massachusetts General Hospital on Saturday, April 8, 2017. She was born in Bangor, on September 17, 1952, to Martha (Pelkey) and Raymond Paoletti, of East Millinocket.

She was a longtime employee of both L.L. Bean and North Country Rivers, but most people in East Vassalboro will remember her from her many years working at the town’s corner store and local post office.

She always enjoyed engaging with her customers, learning a little about their lives, and bringing a little extra joy to their days.

She was predeceased by her husband of 34 years, Gary. Together they had three children: Jeremy, of East Vassalboro, Joshua, of Oakland, California, and Erin, of East Vassalboro, who survive her. She is also survived by her four siblings, Stephen and his wife Ann, of Costa Mesa, California, Karen and husband Mickey, of Hudson, New Hampshire, Thomas and wife Ellen, of Gilford, Connecticut, and Frankie and his husband Jim, of Phoenix, Arizona; her mother-in-law Prudence; sister-in-law Lynne; brother-in-law Doug; nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grand nephews.

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WHITEFIELD––Jeffrey T. McCormick, 43, passed away on April 8, 2017.

Jeff was an honest, quiet, kind, sincere, and private man. His incredible sense of humor made many people smile and laugh which he was always quick to do himself. It was the sparkle in his eyes and the sound of his voice that will never be forgotten. He was never one in a million, but one of a kind.

Jeff was recently predeceased by his mother, Lillian.

He is survived by his father, Richard; Bobbi, his girlfriend of 15 years; sisters Kelly and Becky; and nieces and nephews Gavin, Ava, Ellie, and Tucker.

Jeff gave the world 43 years and leaves it changed for the better through everyone he came in contact with. Please remember the sparkle in his eyes.


FAIRFIELD––John J. Shaw died on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). John was born in Anaconda, Montana, to Dorothy and Conde Shaw; but he found his true home when his father bought The Big Chief Motel, in Missoula, Montana. He spent most of his younger years there.

John became a journeyman sheetmetal worker in 1970 as a member of Local Union No. 103. After years of perfecting his craft, he became an installation supervisor for paper machine air systems, first for Midland Ross and then for Enerquin Air. His profession took him to many parts of the United States, Canada, and Australia.

After retirement, he pursued the things he enjoyed most. He was a talented craftsman who could do anything he put his mind to. He spent his time remodeling, grilling, working with stained glass, feeding the birds, and becoming a first class househusband.

John was predeceased by his mother and father and his sister Connie Morasch.

He leaves behind his wife of 37 years, Debra Knese; his brother Michael Shaw and wife Joni Harder; sister Mary Hyde and husband Terry; his sisters and brothers-in-law Shirley and Bruce Weis and Karen and David Schoenberg, and sister-in-law Mary Pramann; along with many nieces and nephews.


WINSLOW––Norman B. Quirion, 85, died Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Lakewood Manor, in Waterville. He was born in Winslow, on November 1, 1931, the son of Josephat and Hanna (Veilleux) Quirion.
Norman was a Winslow High School graduate and attended classes at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. He was a former police officer and detective working for the ßWaterville Police Department for over 18 years, and also worked briefly as an officer for the Winslow Police Department.

He was a 3rd Degree member of Holy Spirit Council #13486 Knights of Columbus, of Waterville.

Norman was predeceased by his first wife, Geraldine (Dionne) Quirion, in 2004; his son, Stephen P. Quirion, in 2010; two brothers, Robert and Gerard Quirion; a sister, Viola Quirion; and his two mothers-in-law, Adele Dionne and Harriet Morris.

He is survived by his second wife, Mary Louise (Morris) Tremblay, of Winslow; two sons, Daniel Quirion and wife Lynda, of Winslow, and Timothy Quirion and wife Cheryl, of Randolph; two daughters, Terry Ann Hebert and husband Richard, of Fairfield, and Patricia Young and husband Michael, of Presque Isle; stepdaughter, Elizabeth Tremblay, of Virginia; his grandchildren, Amy and Matthew Alaimo, Matthew and Racheal Ceban, Bradley and Kaitland, of Canada, Allison Young, of Massachusetts, Justin Quirion, of Winslow, Jared Quirion and companion Mallorrie Nadeau, and Trevor Quirion and Marisa Quirion, both of Randolph; four great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; one brother, Raymond Quirion, of Virginia; and one sister, Collette Lachance, of Winslow.

There will be no public visiting hours. A Mass o f Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Notre Dame Church in Waterville. Committal prayers and burial will be in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, in Waterville, with a luncheon to follow at Notre Dame church hall.

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Donations in his memory can be sent to the American Heart Association, 51 U.S. Route 1, Suite M, Scarborough ME 04074.


SOUTH CHINA––Dorothy A. Burns, 81, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at her home following a long illness. She was born in Augusta on January 30, 1936, the daughter of the late Noble and Mabel G. (Grier) Rodgers.

Mrs. Burns attended Augusta schools, and attended St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church for many years.

She had been employed by Statler Tissue for 17 years and later she was a self-employed house cleaner. Previously, she worked at Yale Motor Inn in Connecticut.

Dot enjoyed riding motorcycles, country music, custom automobile shows and was a regular at Denny’s where she could be found in booth 24.

Mrs. Burns was predeceased by three brothers, Kenny and Bobby Rodgers and Raymond Watts; and two sisters Gladys Libby and Marie Provencal.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, John S. Burns, of South China; a son, Dave E. Hunt Sr., of Wallingford, Connecticut; a daughter, Cheryl E. Hunt, of Goffstown, New Hampshire; five grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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Those who desire may make donations in Dorothy’s memory to: Kennebec Valley Humane Society, 10 Pet Haven Lane, Augusta ME 04330.


RICHARD E. FREEMAN SR., 91, of Augusta, passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at the Maine Veterans Home, in Augusta. Locally, he is survived by a son, Richard E. Freeman Jr. and partner Martha Seligman, of South China.

GORDON R. SHERMAN, 67, of Richmond, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017. Locally, he is survived by grandchildren Aurora and Connor Sherman, of Albion.

MARY C. BRADBURY, 87, of Buxton, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017, following a long illness. Locally, she is survived by son, Richard Bradbury of Weeks Mills.

BOB RAYMOND, 72, of Old Orchard Beach, passed away on Monday, April 3, 2017, following a long and courageous battle with prostate cancer. Locally, he is survived by a son, Daniel Raymond, of Windsor.

LEAH M. COLEMAN, 94, of Bath, passed away on Friday, April 7, 2017, at her home. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Arlene M. Strahan and husband Roy, of Winslow.

SCOTT W. BALLARD, 75, of Augusta, passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. Locally, he is survived by a son, William Ballard and wife Carrie, of Liberty.

MARIE DESCHAINE, 75, of Waterville, passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at MaineGeneral Medidcal Center, in Augusta. Locally, she is survived by a son, Stephen Deschaine and wife Kerri, of Winslow, and a sister, Charlene Turgeon and husband Wilfred, of Winslow.

CAROLE A. CLEMENTS, 74, of Mount Vernon, passed away on Monday, April 10, 2017, at her home. Locally, she is survived by a granddaughter, Angela Pietroski and husband Andrew, of Windsor.

PAULINE A. THOMPSON, 82, of Chelsea, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. Locally, she is survived by sons Durward E. Thompson Jr. and companion Debbie, of Windsor, and Peter Thompson and companion Susie, of Vassalboro.


MARJORIE E. FREEMAN, 96, of Rockland, passed away at the Woodland Center, in Rockland. She was born in Jefferson on December 3, 1920, the daughter of Elmer and Hazel (Black) Orff. She grew up in Jeffereson, attended Jefferson Grade School, and graduated from Waldoboro High School. Locally, she is survived by three brothers, Lincoln Orff, Robert Orff and Rodney Orff, all of Jefferson.


MAURICE G. FORTIN, 73, of Scarborough, passed away on Friday, April 7, 2017, following a two-year battle with cancer. Maurice served as director of pharmacy at Waterville Osteopathic Hospital, in Waterville, until 1985. While residing in the area, he performed with the Kennebec Valley Chordsmen, a barbershop chorus.

Obituaries, Week of April 13, 2017


WINSLOW––Constance Lynette Benner Hutchinson, 95, passed away on Monday, February 6, 2017, in Waterville. Connie was born in Augusta on October 12, 1921, the daughter of Perle Leroy and Theodora Sanborn Benner. Connie’s family lived in several cities in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire as she grew up, and she graduated from McGaw Normal Institute in Merrimack, New Hampshire, in 1940. She went on to major in English at the University of New Hampshire, graduating in May 1943 with honors.

While attending UNH, Connie met fellow student and the love of her life, Robert Elmer Hutchinson, of Concord, New Hampshire. Connie and Bob were married on January 29, 1944, by Connie’s older sister, the Rev. Phyllis L. Benner, at the parsonage in Loudon, New Hampshire.

Bob enlisted in the Navy shortly before their wedding and was assigned to submarine duty during World War II. After the war ended, Connie and Bob both went to work for General Electric in Schenectady, New York, and Connie worked there for more than 10 years. Connie eventually joined Bob in his business, Atlas Pool Company, serving as business manager until they sold the company and retired in 1976. Upon retirement, Connie and Bob moved to Maine, living briefly in Belgrade before moving to Winslow.

Bob passed away in 1997. Connie continued to live in Winslow until 2000, when she moved to Berwick, where she resided until returning to Winslow in 2015.

In her retirement, Connie enjoyed weaving and created many items for her home and for family and friends. She also became very interested in genealogy, spending many research hours at the Maine State Library and eventually collecting her own extensive library of genealogical reference books. She was a long-time member of the Maine Genealogical Society. In 2003, she traveled to Salt Lake City with her niece Leslie Kashulines to visit and conduct research at the Family History Library. Her research began with the Benner and Sanborn families but then extended to other New England Families.

Connie and Bob never had children of their own, but they doted on their nieces and nephews over the years.

Connie was predeceased by her parents; and by her siblings, Rev. Phyllis L. Benner, Perl Sanborn Benner, and the Rev. Dr. Blair M. Benner; also by her niece Leslie Kashulines; and her nephew Gordon Benner.

She is survived by her sister-in-law Marie Benner; nieces Blair Sandra Chenard, Susan Benner Wherry, Dorcas Benner Riley, and Tabitha A. Benner; nephews Dana Benner and Dr. Lance Benner; as well as several great-nieces and great-nephews.

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OAKLAND––Donald J. Rossignol died on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. He was born in Waterville September 3, 1923, to Agnes (Bouchard) and Vital Rossignol into a family with 11 other siblings.
Donald served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Italy, from 1944–1946, He was honorably discharged and returned with a beautiful stone carved plaque of the flag raising on Hiroshima which he loved and is still in his home today. Upon his return he worked at Scott Paper Co., in Winslow, for 31 years as a millwright while also sitting on the board for the Taconnet Credit Union, Oakland Town Council and St. Theresa’s church.

Donald and Beula were snowbirds for 20 years and were very busy playing golf, dancing and cruising to California, Hawaii and the Panama Canal.

He loved to problem solve and was busy with his hands building things (swings and picnic tables) fixing things and most especially making his wooden puzzle balls (which he passed along to his family), an activity he learned from his dad. He loved his home on Messalonskee Lake and enjoyed boating and fishing on the lake as well.
Donald was predeceased by his first wife, Yvette (Gadboury) Rossignol and mother of his children, Bonnie Clukey and husband Russell, of Florida, Gail Lewis and husband Allen, of Oakland and Peter Rossignol, of Florida, who survive him.

He is also survived by his wife, Beula (Zimba) Rossignol, of Oakland, and her five children, Larry Zimba, of Chicago, Illinois, Rhonda Cook and husband Jeff, of Oakland, Celeste Nutter and husband Tommy, of Sidney, Jason Zimba and wife Amy, of Sidney, and Zandra Zimba, of North Carolina; eight grandchildren, Dennis Clukey, Catherine Powers, Eric Lewis, Rachel Gasowski, Kitisha Croce, Haley Nutter, Dinah and Trenton Zimba; and eight great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 10, 2017, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville with burial to follow in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove St., Waterville.

An online guestbook may be signed and condolences expressed at

Memorial donations can be made to: MaineGeneral Hospice, Attn: Administrative Director, 10 Water Street, Waterville ME 04901 or: VA VS Hospice Unit, Voluntary Services 135, Dept. of Veterans Affairs, 1 VA Center, Augusta ME 04330.


OAKLAND––Ronald S. Frost, 80, resident of 10 Lots Road, died Thursday, March 30, 2017, at home on the Shores Farm, following a long battle with cancer. He was born September 7, 1936, in East Monmouth, the son of Wesley S. and Sarah J. Walton Frost.

Ron attended Monmouth schools and worked construction for many years. Ron also enjoyed gardening; you would often find him working the Shores vegetable stand in the fall. He was also handy around the farm with his ability to repair farm equipment and vehicles.

He enjoyed his many grandchildren, outdoor activities, hunting, fishing and road trips with his family. Ron had a sweet tooth and loved to go on long rides with Judy Shores, his companion for nearly 25 years, to find the ripest blueberries and strawberries of the season.

Ron also enjoyed visiting Bangor, Oxford, and occasionally Foxwoods to try his luck at the slots. He had a playful sense of humor (on most occasions) and had an old-fashioned work ethic.

He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Kenneth Frost and Wesley Frost Jr.; two sisters, Geneva Robinson and Edna Hutchinson; and Donald “Chip” Shores Jr.

He is survived by Judy Shores, of Oakland, and her family, Jolene, of Sangerville, Richard and Cheryl Shores, of Canaan (Katie and Tyler), Deanna and David Proulx, of Oakland, (David E. and Brittany and their children Bailey and Brooklynn) David T. and Betsey, of Oakland, (Dallas and Samantha): 10 children and 19 grandchildren from previous marriage to Janice Lindholm Frost, of Winthrop; Brenda and Mike Jones, of New Gloucester (Matt), Dean and Diane Frost, of Old Orchard Beach (Troy and Brady), Heidi Butterfield, of Randolph (Erica), Kevin Frost, of Lewiston (Christopher, Stephanie, and Samantha), Eric and Stacey Frost, of Leeds (Zachary and Sarah), Terri and Bill Williams, of Winthrop (Haley and Connor), Todd and Angela Frost, of Monmouth (Kayla and Shayna), Kyle and Liza Frost, of Monmouth (Brandon, Hunter, and Kaitlyn), Chad and Rachel Frost, of Winthrop (Tanner and Mason), and Allison and Jason Ricker, of Poland (Tyler); his brother Roland and Shirley Frost, of Wales, and many nieces and nephews.

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WASHINGTON––Richard J. Miller Sr., 89, of Washington, passed away at his home on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Born in Providence, Rhode Island on January 29, 1937, he was the son of Gerald and Margaret (St. Germain) Miller.

Dick grew up in Providence, attending and graduating from schools there. Upon graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in Germany during the Vietnam War, and was honorably discharged after six years of service.

Upon his return to the states he went to work as an ironworker for Local 37 Iron Workers in East Providence, while living in Chepachet. After he and Debra married, they moved to Pascoag, Rhode Island for nine years. He retired in 1995, after over 39 years as an ironworker, and he and Debra moved to Edgecomb. After two years, they moved to Washington, where they have been living for the past 18 years.

He enjoyed boating, was an avid golfer, and loved travelling in his motorhome, but more than anything, he loved spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Debra A. Miller; children, Richard J. Miller Jr., David J. Miller, Tammy F. Miller-McDonald, Heidi M. Abrahamsen, and Eric M. Foley; siblings, Gerald Miller and Fern Martin; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.


CHINA––Albert Ward Althenn, 71, of China, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Al was born in Borough, New York on April 27, 1945, to Albert C. and Evelyn (Ward) Althenn.

Al was a long-time resident of Lexington, Massachusetts and China.

Al held many interesting careers over his life span; however, was largely known as being self-employed. He had many passions in this life, including darts, cars, real estate, animals, gardens, China Lake among other interests, including his beloved cars.

Al was predeceased by his parents; and his brother Ronald Althenn.

He is survived by his sister Beverly Mairs; two nephews; a niece; and cousins.

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Memorial donations can be made to the Humane Society Waterville Area.


BENTON––Sadie M. (Peters) Pendexter passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017, following a long courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Sadie was born on December 19, 1927, to Salem and Nazera Peters.

Sadie attended schools in Waterville. In her younger years, she worked at the former Keyes Fibre Co. in Waterville. She also worked at Colby College in Waterville as a waitress. Sadie’s biggest role was being a homemaker to her four children.

Sadie was a longtime member of St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church in Waterville. She also was a former member of the Rosary Sodality.

Sadie loved family time the best. She could often be found in the kitchen, cooking her Lebanese dishes for her loving family. Sadie loved to read in her spare time and enjoyed bowling in her younger years. She was a social butterfly loved by many.

Said was predeceased by her parents; one sister, Doris Poirier; and two brothers, Ernest and Morris Peters.

Sadie is survived by her husband of 67 years, Milton Pendexter; four children, Gary Pendexter and his wife Mary, from Georgia; Curtis Pendexter and his wife Debbie, from South China; Melissa Carter and her husband Lee, from Winslow; and Kevin Pendexter and his wife Erica, from Winslow; three grandchildren, Derek Carter, of Lewiston; Julia Pendexter, from Georgia; and Madisyn Pendexter, of Winslow; one great-grandson, Aiden Carter; brother, George Peter; one niece; and one nephew.

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Memorial donations can be made to St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church, 3 Appleton Street, Waterville ME 04901.


BENTON – George R. Starkey, 60, of Benton, passed away on Friday, April 7, from complications resulting from his very recent diagnosis with pancreatic cancer. George was born on April 21, 1956, in Waterville, to Richard and Virginia Starkey, of China.

George married the former Dawn (Harris) Starkey on May 17, 1980. Together they raised a daughter Amy and a son Nicholas. George attended school in China and graduated from Erskine Academy, in China, in 1974.

One of his first jobs was a manager at McDon­ald’s, in Waterville. He later joined the management team of Burger King, in Augusta. For the last 21 years he was an assistant manager with McDonald’s Romad Co. most recently working at the Newport store. For the past several years he also enjoyed his part time job at Galusha’s Market, in Clinton.

The most important part of George’s life was family. He thrived on being around family whether it be on yearly camping events at Beaver Brook Campground, North Monmouth, annual fall trips to the Fryeburg Fair, hosting family Christmas parties, birthday parties, playing outside with his grandchildren RaeLeigh and Cooper or just sitting with friends and family visiting and drinking coffee.

He enjoyed eating ice cream every night and “tried” to annoy Dawn by clanging his spoon loudly against the completely empty bowl! His smile was contagious, his quick wit would always catch you by surprise and his enthusiasm for life was unmatched. He was more than okay with the nicknames chosen for him…HorHay, Hodge, Podge and Red. He never turned down chocolate or a match of cribbage with his BFF Jim Sevey. There are no words to share how we’ll all miss him so much. To know George was to love George.

George was predeceased by his father Richard, his sister Lydia, his father-in -law David L. Harris, his nephew Robert Harris and his dear friend Melvin Hubbard

He is survived by his wife Dawn (Harris) Starkey, of Benton; daughter Amy Starkey and her wife Jamie Routhier, of Winslow; and his son Nicholas Starkey, of Benton; granddaughter, RaeLeigh Autumn Starkey and grandson Cooper Reid Routhier-Starkey; his mother Virginia Starkey, of Waterville; sisters Sandra Keller and Paul, of China and Heide Hotham and Chuck, of China; brothers Edward Starkey and his partner Mark Colonna, of Wilton Manners, Florida, and Richard Starkey II, of China; mother-in-law Doris Harris; James and Donna Sevey, David and Celeste Harris, Danny Harris, Dale Harris, all of Waterville, Brian and Debra Pelletier, of Auburn, DeAnna Bennett and her partner Pete Tait, of Winslow, Darryl and Denise Ames, of Exeter, New Hampshire; any nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles.

Memorial donations may be made to the DBA foundation in honor of his great niece Nadia who has been diagnosed with this life threatening bone marrow disorder. To make a donation by mail, please make checks or money orders payable to DBA Foundation and mail to: DBA Foundation PO Box 1092 West Seneca, NY 14224 Or to donate online visit: ​

Services will be held Saturday, April 22 at 3 p.m., at Blessed Hope Advent Christian Church, 10 Pleasant Street, Waterville, ME 04901.

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


SUSAN J. WILSON, 60, of Waterville, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017, at Oak Grove Center, in Waterville. Locally, she is survived by her mother, Barbara (Welch) Wilson, of Waterville.

THERESA D. GUITE, 96, of Waterville, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the Woodlands Assisted Living, in Waterville, following a brief illness. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Joyce Vigue-Morrissette, of Winslow; grandchildren, Derek Vigue and wife Heather, of Fairfield, and Megan Fossa and husband Mario, of Winslow; great-grandchildren Abbie and Lucas Vigue, both of Fairfield, and Emery Fossa, of Winslow.

CONSTANCE V. BEGIN, 92, of Waterville, passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Woodlands Assisted Living, in Waterville. Locally, she is survived by children James Begin and wife Diane, of Benton, Mary Anne Trafton and husband Bill, of Waterville, and Ruth Berglund and husband Pat, of Benton.

LEAH M. COLEMAN, 94, of Bath, passed away on Friday, April 7, 2017, at her home. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Arlene M. Strahan and husband Roy, of Winslow.

Obituaries, Week of April 6, 2017


BENTON – Alice Alexander, 92 passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017, at Oak Grove Nursing Home, in Waterville. She was born May 14, 1924, in Freedom, the daughter of William and Elsie (Harrison) Tyler.

She enjoyed cooking, sewing, and crocheting, also her fishing, camping and snowmobiling trip with friends. Many trip to Florida with Bev, Danny and family. She also loved her Sunday Family rides.

Alice was a member of the Benton Falls Congregational Church, She worked on many church suppers and was a Sunday School teacher. After her family was grown, she worked at Lipman Hatchery, in Winslow.

She is survived by daughters Mary Shibles and husband Richard, of Benton, Beverly Witham, of Bonita Springs Florida, Hazel Eames husband Fred, of Winslow; son Richard Alexander and wife Julie, of Benton; sister Ella Dooley, of Bangor; cousin Irvin Tyler; sister-in-law Helen Alexander. eight grandchildren, 19 great- grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her roommate Peggy, and a daily visitor Charlie Qumiby.

She was predeceased by her parents, husband LeBaron Alexander of 43 years, sisters son-in-law Dan Witham, brothers-in-law Walter Gogan, Rod Dooley, Lawrence, Arthur and Clayton Alexander, sisters-in-law Nellie and Florence Alexander.

Memorial donation may be made to Benton Falls Congregational Church, c/o Dawnella Sheehan, 274 Bellsqueeze Road, Benton, Me 04901.

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


OAKLAND – Byron M. Dodge, 79, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Inland Hospital, in Waterville. He was born August 29, 1937, in St. Albans, the son of John A. and Florence E. (Harris) Dodge.

He was educated in the schools of St. Albans. He worked at the Cascade Woolen Mill, in Oakland, for several years. He was a veteran who proudly served his country in the US Air Force until his honorable discharge. On September 9, 1978, he married the former Carol Jean Cullen, in Clinton. He loved western movies, especially John Wayne.

A graveside service will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 12:00 noon at the Maine Veteran’s Cemetery, Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta.

Memorial donations may be made to MaineGeneral HomeCare & Hospice, 10 Webb Street, Waterville, ME 04901, or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

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


WINSLOW – Michael J. Craig, 59, passed away at his home, in Winslow, Sunday, March 25, 2107. He was born February 24, 1958, in Quantico, Virginia, the son of Clayton C. and Inez E. (Goodno) Craig.

He was educated in the schools of Winslow and graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, class of 1976. On October 30, 1976, he married Deborah L. Gilbert, at St John the Baptist Church, in Winslow. He was a veteran who proudly serviced his country in the US Marine Corps as a utility chief during the Gulf War until his honorable discharge. After serving his country, he became a furniture/cabinet woodworker and was employed by Thomas Mosers Cabinet Makers from 1998-2015 and Hodgkins Yachts from 2015 to 2016. He enjoyed hiking, biking, fishing, reading history, woodworking, apollgetics and systematic theology. He attended Blessed Hope Advent Christian Church, in Waterville

He is survived by his wife, Deborah L. (Gilbert) Craig, of Winslow; two sons, James Craig and wife Melissa, of Panama City, Florida, Steven Craig, of Marianna, Florida; daughter, Melissa O’Rourke and husband Joshua, of Fairfield; grandchildren, Samantha and Anna Craig, of Panama, Florida, Sophie and Owen Craig, of Marianna, Florida, Chloe ad Caleb O’Rourke, of Fairfield; brother, Clifford Craig, of Buckley, Washington; sister, Valarie Craig, of Beverly, Massachusetts; brother-in-law, Paul Gilbert and wife Kim, of Merrimack, New Hampshire; sister-in-law, Donna Roland and husband David, of Newerk, Ohio; step-mother, Sandy Craig, of N. Fort Myers, Florida; mother-in-law, Ellen Gilbert, of Winslow.

He was predeceased by his parents, Clayton and Inez Craig and father-in-law, Carl Gilbert.

Memorial donations may be made to MaineGeneral Hospice, PO Box 828, Waterville, ME 04901.

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


WHITEFIELD––Stanley Tibbetts, 83, of Whitefield, died Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Country Manor Nursing Home, in Coopers Mills, following a period of declining health. Stanley was born on March 13, 1934, in Whitefield, the son of Charles and Gladys Tibbetts.

He attended local schools and after graduating from Erskine Academy in 1952, Stanley worked on, and later owned and operated, the family farm for over 60 years.

Stanley enjoyed horse-pulling, bowling, listening to country music, and having family visit him on the farm. Stanley enjoyed the rhythm of nature and was a great student of the cycle of life on the farm. He was occasionally superstitious, but always patriotic.

Stanley was predeceased by his parents; brothers Donald and Harry Tibbetts; sister Dorothy Hardy; nephews Terrence and Daniel Tibbetts, and Patrick Comer.

He is survived by his sisters, Louise Comer, of Rapid City, South Dakota; Mary Page, of Winslow; and Clara Mayo, of Windsor; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Whitefield Historical Society.


JEFFERSON––Robert David Tompkins, 90, of Jefferson, died of heart failure Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Miles Memorial Hospital, in Damariscotta. He was born on July 27, 1926, son of Herbert Ross and Helen Florence Tompkins, of Hawthorne, New Jersey.

After graduating from Bogota, New Jersey High School in 1943, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy, trained as a radar technician, and served aboard the USS Rogers (DD876). He enrolled at Case Institute of Technology upon discharge from the Navy, and received the degree of BSEE in 1950.

He joined the staff of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., as an electrical engineer in the radar division. There he met his wife-to-be, Martha G. Bond, daughter of Willis and Ruth Bond, of Jefferson. They were married in 1952. With the exception of a two-year sojourn in Chile where he was the electrical engineer in an open pit iron mine in El Tofo, Bob remained at NRL until his retirement in 1980. While at NRL, he authored many papers on radar techniques, components and systems. In 1976 he was assigned as a radar expert to support the United States delegation to the World Administrative Radio Conference held in Geneva in 1979. He was head of the engineering support group to the delegation.

While residing in Washington, Bob was active in community affairs. He was the president of the parents group at the Academy of Notre Dame, was a member of the St. Francis Xavier Parish Council, he helped organize a parents group for the St. Francis Parish school, and served on the Consumer Utility Board (a public interest group concerned with DC utility rates) where he was chairman of the technical committee.

Community involvement continued after his retirement to Maine. He was moderator of the Jefferson town meeting for five years, served as dispatcher and treasurer for the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department, was chairman of the town planning board, volunteered as an attendant at the Jefferson Public Library, and was also treasurer of the Bond Burying Ground Association. In addition, he was a member of the St. Denis Parish Council and served for four years as a parish bookkeeper, a member of the Jefferson Historical Society and the Jefferson Public Library.

After living in Maine for a few years, he developed an interest in local history. The fruits of his interest were a history of the Bond Burying Ground followed by a 50th anniversary history of the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department. His historical work culminated in a series of four papers on gores, grants and boundaries in northern Lincoln County at the turn of the nineteenth century. They dealt with the Lincoln Academy land grant, Jefferson’s boundary at the time of its charter, the mystery of Waldoboro’s northern boundary and the creation discovery, and establishing the boundaries of Hibbert’s Gore.

Bob is survived by his wife of 65 years, the former Martha Bond; two daughters, Ann Liburt, of Jefferson, and Marilyn Tompkins, of Jackman, three sons, Steven Tompkins, of Glenn Dale, Maryland, Andrew Tompkins, of Leesburg, Virginia, and Richard Tompkins, of Plano, Texas; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

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SIDNEY––Gerald “Jerry” Pomerleau, 71, of Sidney,died on Monday, March 27, 2017, in Augusta, of complications of a stroke. He was born on February 15, 1946, in Waterville, the son of Lafayette and Lucille (Caron) Pomerleau.

He graduated from Waterville High School, class of 1965, and entered the US Navy shortly after graduating.

Jerry worked as manager of Cinema Center in Waterville, was the owner of Pine Acres Restaurant in Oakland, and as a self-employed contractor. During time off he enjoyed fishing, hunting and woodworking.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 41 years, Paula (MacDonald) Pomerleau, of Sidney; daughters Kelly Neill and her husband David and their children Justin and Eliza, of Debary, Florida, and Lisa Klein and her husband Bob and their children Robert and Delsin, of Oakland; sister Nancy Turmelle and her husband Joe, of Springvale; brother Alan Caron and his wife Kristina Egan, of Freeport; several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held on Sunday afternoon April 9, from 2-5 p.m. at his home, 3649 Middle Road, Sidney. A committal service will be held on Monday April 10, at 10 a.m. at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 289 Civic Center Drive, Augusta. Please visit to share condolences, memories and tributes with his family.

Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, PO Box 417005, Boston MA 02241-7005.


FAIRFIELD––Gwendolyn E. Scott, 81, of Fairfield, passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at home, following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Gwen was born in Washburn on November 2, 1935, the daughter of Earl and Florence Doody.

She married Norman A. Scott in 1953. They were fortunate enough to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in 2013 and were the celebrated guests to many friends and family.

Before her ill health Gwen was able to bless many family members and friends with gifts that she had handcrafted. Her beautiful quilts and afghans will be forever cherished.

Gwen was predeceased by her parents; brother-in-law Don Adams, of Winslow; and twin daughters who died at birth.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Norman; five children, Steven and wife Cynthia, of Waterville, Daniel, of Albion, David, Doreen, and Penny, all of Fairfield; sister Nancy Adams, of Winslow, and her children Andrew and Donna; eight grandchildren, Chris, Brian, Kevin, Bradley, Rose, Bobby, Heather, and Roy; and eight great-grandchildren.

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Memorial donations may be made to: Fairfield Church of the Nazarene, PO Box 146, Fairfield ME 04937.


JOYCE M. FRYE, 67, of Augusta, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Stacey L. Soucy and fiancé Edmond J. Boudreaux, of Augusta, and a brother, Stephen Clifford and wife Michelle, of Washington.

MAYNARD A. TIBBETTS, 65, of Newport, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Newport. Locally, he is survived by his mother, Ethel Tibbetts, of Unity, and sister Rinny Turner and husband Dennis, of Oakland.

STEPHANIE A. PERRY, 60, of Augusta, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at home. Locally, she is survived by a sibling Cookie Kelley, of Windsor.

GEORGE H. LITTLEFIELD, 94, of Brooks, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017, following a long decline in his health. Locally, he is survived by a daughter Regina Oliver and husband Herbert, of Waterville.

LOUIS A RANCOURT, of Oldsmar, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Locally, he is survived by children Josephine Rancourt, of Waterville, and Eric Rancourt and wife Natasha, of Winslow; sister Rachel Vince, of Waterville.

JOAN E. SMALL, 72, of Palmyra, passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017, at her residence. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Holly Murdock and husband George, of Unity; sister Geraldine LaChance and husband Arthur, of Benton.

E. ADELINE BEACH, 85, of Readfield, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Locally, she is survived by a son, Howard Beach and wife Cindy, of Vassalboro.

JAMES R. COTE, 94, of Waterville, passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, following an afternoon of watching a Red Sox game with his daughter. Locally, he is survived by his wife, Rita, of Waterville; son Michael Cote and wife Linda, of Waterville, and daughter Patricia Jacques and husband David, of Sidney.

EDITH P. HOLMSTROM, 96, of Waterville, passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Locally, she is survived by a son, Don Holmstrom and wife Jane, of Winslow; grandchildren Britt Salisbury and husband Roger, of Benton, Lisen Chesley and husband Harvey, of Clinton, and Kyle Holmstrom, of Pittsfield; great-grandchildren, Ja,e Higgins and fiancée Kori Paige Ellis, of Waterville, Danielle Chesley, of Clinton, Alex Chesley and Heather Freeman, of Smithfield, and Emma and Kaysa Salisbury, of Benton; great-great-grandson, Deven Young, of Fairfield.

RICHARD E. FREEMAN SR., 91, of Augusta, passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at the Maine Veterans Home, in Augusta. Locally, he is survived by son Richard E. Freeman Jr. and partner Martha Seligman, of South China.

ROBERT W. ROUILLARD, 83, of Augusta, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at the VA Hospital, at Togus, following a long illness. Locally, he is survived by a stepsons, Richard Fournier and wife Leanne, of Windsor, and Ronald Rouillard, of Augusta; and brother Ronald Rouillard, of Augusta.

Obituaries, Week of March 30, 2017


WINSLOW––Roland J. Landry, 80, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, Augusta. He was born in Waterville on March 6, 1936, the son of Napoleon J. and Helen Marie (Veilleux) Landry.

Roland served his country in the U.S. Marine Corp. in the early 1950s to the early 1960s, discharged as a sergeant.

Roland was an electrician for SAPPI–Scott Paper Company. He was a member of the Waterville Elks Lodge #905 and loved hunting, fishing, and playing cards with his friends at the Elks.

Roland is survived by his daughter, Linda Knight and her husband, Rick, of Winslow; two brothers, Charlie Landry, of Waterville, and Paul Landry, of Deer Isle; two grandchildren, Jennifer Snow and John Michaud, Jr.; great-granddaughter, Denasia Peavey; and great-grandson, Levi James Michaud; several nieces and nephews.

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UNITY––Stevan Edward Gressitt, M.D. died unexpectedly on Monday, March 13, 2017. Born in Yreka, California, Stevan was the son of John and Doris (MacKellar) Gressitt.

He graduated from the Porter Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina, from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and from the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, South Carolina. He served as chief resident in psychiatry at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Moving to Maine in 2001, Stevan was an active supporter of the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians, and served as councilor, committee member and committee chairman at various times. He was involved in many other professional organizations, such as the American Association of Community Psychiatrists, the Maine Medical Association, the Maine State Psychiatric Working Group (Drug Utilization Review Committee), the International Pharmaceutical Federation (Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences,, Environment and Pharmaceutical Section), and the Maine Health Workforce Forum, Maine Office of Rural Health and Primary Care.

Stevan founded the Maine Benzodiazepine Study Group, and worked passionately for a better understanding of the adverse effects of prescription medications and for practices that are more effective, safe and cost-effective. He tirelessly promoted the awareness of adverse environmental consequences of inappropriate medication disposal, including pharmaceutical contamination of ground water streams and rivers. He promoted the practice of initially prescribing in smaller amounts, to reduce the volume of unused medication that could be diverted or be the cause of accidental poisoning. He pioneered medication take-back events that many communities now sponsor, and that provide data to illuminate issues of waste, fraud and abuse in prescribing practices.

He was an exceptional psychiatrist, with great vision, dedication and relentless energy and courage.

Stevan was a principled man, and a loving and deeply devoted husband, son, brother and father. He was also endlessly quirky, making no two days with Stevan the same. He would take a break from psychiatric articles to spend half an hour with his ducks; he would become fascinated by the beauty of a feather, or the form of an egg. He had no interest in living in a home without dogs and cats, and took great pleasure in their presence and the way they lived their lives. He was a complicated being and the most interesting companion his wife has ever known. She, and his family and friends, miss him deeply.

He is survived by his wife, Gail M. Chase; his mother,Doris M. Gressitt; his sister, Alexandra S. Gressitt; and his daughter, Carina A. Gressitt.


OAKLAND––Paul E. Lessard, 68, died unexpectedly Thursday, March 16, 2017. He was born in Waterville on March 1, 1949, the son of Gilbert and Ruth (Sweet) Lessard.
Paul attended Waterville schools.

He was employed by the city of Waterville, Zayre Department Store, and the town of Vassalboro, both at the transfer station and as a school bus driver. He had a passion for fishing and hunting, and was a Maine Guide.

Surviving are two sons, Keith Lessard, of Waterville, Kristopher Lessard, of Vassalboro; three daughters, Samantha Lessard, of Winslow, Melanie Lessard, of Vassalboro, and Heather Corson, of Auburn; a sister, Patricia Lachance, of Oakland; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; as well as two nieces, a nephew and numerous cousins.

There will be a celebration of Paul’s life at The Olde Mill, in North Vassalboro, from 1–6 p.m. on April 8.

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VASSALBORO––Dorothy A. (Holm) Micalovich, 79, passed away at her home on Thursday, March 16, 2017. She was born in Gardner, Massachusetts, on February 14, 1938, the daughter of Carl A. and E. Helen (Sipila) Holm.

She graduated from Gardner High School in 1956. She joined the WAF where she met and married Howard R. Wilson.

They had eight children, Julie White and husband Keith, Gerald Wilson and wife Brenda, Robert Wilson, Guy Wilson, Suzanne Dudley, Clay Wilson, Stacey Wilson and wife Renee and Lisa Emery and husband Don.

She held many positions over her life: nurses aide, stitcher, cashier, factory worker and bagger, as well as being mother and homemaker.

She enjoyed helping her children with various projects, also enjoyed fishing, boating, wood working (furniture, scroll work, doll houses) with her late husband “Jerry.” She also enjoyed dancing, eating out, traveling the state of Maine and mowing her lawn.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sister Esther Bourgeois; and her husband Jerome Micalovich.

She is survived by her sister Irene Erickson and brothers Carl A. Holm Jr. and Steven Holm; and her eight children; 20 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A celebration of life will be held on April 2, 2017, at the American Legion Post 179, South China, at 1 p.m. for close family and friends.


WASHINGTON––Beverly Bowden, 79, of Washington, died Sunday, March 19, 2017. Born in Searsport on November 3, 1937, she was the daughter of James Pottle and Bernice Annis.

Beverly was retired from the state of Maine, employed by the former AMHI in housekeeping.

Beverly was always on the go and could be found just about anywhere. She loved going for car rides and enjoyed the scenery, bird watching and her cats. Her favorite place to go was Boothbay where she could go fishing and to drive up north in the woods to see if she could spot a moose. She was an avid doll collector and loved to display them around her home. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her life-long companion O’Neil Bechard, brother Robert and sister Leatrice Baileyß.

Beverly is survived by a son, Robert L. Bowden Jr. and his wife Kare, of whitefield; grandson Robert L. Bowden III, of Lafayette, Alabama; granddaughter, Stephanie Poulin and husband Daniel, of Lewiston; great-grandchildren Eska and Keanen Bowden, Dakota Tibbetts and Nicholas Morrissette; brother James Pottle and wife Sharon, of Chelsea; as well as several nieces and nephews.


WINSLOW––Mary V. Legacy, 97,of Winslow, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Mount Saint Joseph Nursing Home, in Waterville where she was a resident. She was born on August 26, 1919, in Winslow, the daughter of Edward and Tefilia Muslawski.

She grew up in Winslow and attended local schools.

She married George J. Legacy and spent most of her life in Winslow, except for a few years in Boston, Massachusetts, during the World War II years. While living in Boston she met her dear friend, Ann Dahl, whom she enjoyed traveling with in her later years.

Mary worked most of her life in local cotton mills and later at JC Penney and Zayre from where she retired in 1981. In her retirement years, Mary enjoyed relaxing at home engaging her time knitting, crocheting and quilting. She was also an accomplished seamstress. She was a lifelong Catholic and member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, in Winslow.

Mary was predeceased by her husband George; her four brothers: Peter, Steve, Benny and John Muslawski; and her sister Jennie Garbarini, of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

She is survived by her son Louis Legacy and his wife Linda, of Winslow; her daughter Nancy Marcoux, of Westbrook; three grandchildren: Kathleen Wrightsman and her husband Peter, of Baldwinsville, New York; Eric Legacy, of Stratham, New Hampshire; and Leslie Crawford and her husband Shawn, of Westport, Massachusetts; as well as four great-grandchildren.

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ALBION––Gilda Eileen Anthony, 70, of Albion, passed away Monday, March 20, 2017, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor. She was born October 6, 1946, in Old Town, the daughter of Wallace and Dorothy (Bartlett) Pooler.

She attended high school in Old Town.

Gilda worked as a CNA in several hospitals, nursing homes and Catholic Brothers Home. Her proudest job was working as a psychiatric technician at Jessup State Prison, in Maryland, where she received Psych Tech of the Month and Quarter several times and was even awarded Psych Tech of the Year.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Harvey Anthony; her children, Harvey Anthony Jr. and his wife Cheryl, of Benton, Steven Anthony, of Albion, and Dorothy Anthony-Carter and her husband David Brennan, of Oakland; grandchildren, Andra Anthony, Courtney Anthony, Chauntelle Anthony, Wade Carter and Steven Anthony; great-grandchildren Kassidy, Wyatt and Zachary; siblings, Bonnie Rossignol, Wallace Pooler Jr. and wife Nancy, Trudy Dorval and husband Alan and Rose Pinette and husband Ken; and several nieces and nephews.

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Memorial donations may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough ME 04074.

Obituaries, Week of March 23, 2017


OAKLAND––Jeanne Lunette Vance, born April 4, 1924, died Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

Jeanne was born and raised in Massachusetts, living most of her youth in Natick.

She loved to walk in the fields near her home, picking blueberries and walking among the dragon flies and butterflies. She would pat bumblebees in late fall when they were getty drowsy.

She loved swimming and walking by the water, whether lake or ocean.

She married Gale Lakin Vance in 1943, also from Massachusetts. She worked for 22 years for Zayre, now TJX, most of it working in the office in their Home Office, in Natick, Massachusetts.

After nearly 30 years of marriage and three children, she and Gale parted ways.

She later spent 25 years with Roland Soucy, with whom she did some travelling, and spent winters in the San Diego, California, area and summers in Northwood, New Hampshire, near two of her children.

She moved to China, to live with her daughter and her partner for 4-1/2 years. She then moved to the facility in Oakland where she would spend the last 3-1/2 years of her life. She was loved and wonderfully cared for at Bedside Manor.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Laura, 53; and Laura’s son, Daniel Corrow, 37.

She is survived by her daughter, Rosalyn (Roz) Vance; son William (Bill or Brad) Vance; three grandsons, Billy, Glenn and Joshua Vance; and three great-grandchildren, Nate, Alyssa and Tyler.


JEFFERSON––Robert Frederick Pisco, 75, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.

Bob grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. At a young age, he served as a paramedic in the U.S. Army. In 1980 he married Ronnie Levine. They lived in Andover, Massachusetts, for 20 years where they raised their family. Bob worked as a contractor specializing in tile work. He was a sought-after tradesman known for his amazing talent and artistry.

Bob’s passion in life was coaching youth baseball. He ran a baseball clinic at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, for 25 years. Teaching kids about baseball, along with life lessons, gave Bob more joy than anyone could know. Bob called baseball “The Game of Life.” One of his proudest achievements was being named The Boston Glove “Coach of the Year” during his tenure at St. Clement’s High School in Somerville, Massachusetts.
After moving to Jefferson Bob began a baseball camp at the Central Lincoln County YMCA. He also coached the team at Great Salt Bay Community School in Damariscotta where he added Busline Championship to his many successes.

Bob is survived by wife, Ronnie; sons, Robert Jr. and wife Melissa, of Gainesville, Florida, Benjamin Weiner and wife Jessica, of Goodyear, Arizona, and Joshua Pisco and wife Amy, of Nashua, New Hampshire; daughter, Lauren Licata, of Porter; grandchildren, Isabella Licata, Madison Pisco, Nathan Pisco, Maxwell Pisco, and Ruby Weiner.

A celebration of his life is planned for Sunday, April 23, at The 1812 Farm, Rt. 130, Bristol, with the time to be announced at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lincoln County Little League, c/o Cheryl Tomasello, 234 Turner Rd., Bremen ME 04551.


WINSLOW­­­­––Nancy Ellen Fortuine Westervelt, 84, of Winslow, died peacefully at home Wednesday, March 1, 2017 (Ash Wednesday). Nancy was born in Cambridge, New York, on February 15, 1933, to Dr. Stanley and Susan McGraw Fortuine.

The family moved to Ogunquit in 1935 where she spent her childhood. She graduated from Colby College, in Waterville, where she was an award-winning poet, with a degree in English in 1954. She met her husband, Peter Westervelt, while working at the Lamont and Widener Libraries at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was completing his under graduate studies. They were married April 2, 1956, at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, while Peter was a Fulbright scholar at Leiden University, in Holland. They subsequently lived in Cambridge, while Peter attended graduate school, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before moving to Waterville in 1961, when Peter began a long career on the faculty at Colby College. In addition to raising her family, Nancy worked part-time as a writer and editor in the Colby College Alumni and Publications Offices.

Peter and Nancy were surrogate parents to many, including several Colby students who lived with them over the years together with their seven children, and Peter’s Aunt Harriet, in the big house on Winter Street. She sang on stage in Gilbert and Sullivan productions at the Waterville Opera House, in the choirs at St. Mark’s Sacred Heart, and Saint Francis de Sales churches, and the Colby Community Chorus. She was a communicant of Saint Frances de Sales, where she was a Eucharistic minister for two decades. She served on the board at Seton Village, and the Meadowview Condo Association, in Winslow, shere she lived from 2007 until her death.

She was known for her love of family and her close friendships. As many learned, there was always another place in the home she kept and at the table she set. She was renowned as an artist in the kitchen and loved music, her garden, and her cats. She will be forever remembered for her gentleness, generosity, kindness, and extraordinary faith in God.

She was predeceased by her husband Dr. Peter Westervelt (2001), after 45 years of marriage; son Nathan Lord Westervelt (1983); grandson Seth Bizier (1989); and granddaughter, Ella Mariah Schrader Westervelt (2013). She was also predeceased by brothers Edward and Robert Fortuine, and sisters Barbara Bickford and Patricia Freeman,

She is survived by sons Dr. Peter Westervelt and wife Donna, of St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Benjamin Westervelt and wife Carol Schrader, of Portland, Oregon, and Owen Westervelt and wife PJ, of San Juan, Capistrano, California; daughters Catherine Westervelt, of Winslow, Sarah Bizier and husband Paul, of Vassalboro, and Dr. Hilda Westervelt and partner Phil Copeland, of Oregon City, Oregon; grandchildren Daniel Bizier and wife Megan, Lizzie and husband Nick Thibodeau, Anna and Katie Westervelt, and Samuel McGraw Westervelt Schrader; and great-grandchild, Lily Grace Thibodeau. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver St., Waterville. Burial will be private in Surry.

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OAKLAND––Elaine Francis Bushey, 88, of Oakland, died on Friday, March 10, 2017, the day after her birthday, at Oak Grove Rehabilitation and Living Center. Elaine was born March 9, 1929, in Orono, the daughter of William M. Grindle and Alice E. Kent.

Elaine was a graduate of Brewer High School, class of 1947.

On July 1, 1950, Elaine married Norman L. Bushey. She was a happy homemaker who devoted her life to her husband and five children. In addition to raising her family she donated her time to the church and her community, all while making many friends along the way. Her favorite quote was: “I live for my faith, family and friends.”

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Normal L. Bushey; son, Laurence Bushey and his wife Anne; son-in-law, Paul Kiszely; grandson, Justin Bushey; great-grandson, Kenneth Pooley; two sisters; and five brothers.

Elaine is survived by daughters: Joyce Thompson and husband Richard, of Oakland, Joan Kiszely, of Winslow, Judith Mayheux, of Augusta, and Susan Gallant and husband James, of West Gardiner; sister Darlene MacLeod and husband Gene, of Hudson; eleven grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and a large extended family.

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Memorial donations may be made to Camp Sunshine, 35 Acadia Road, Casco ME 04015, or MaineGeneral Hospice, 10 Water Street, Waterville ME 04901.


PALERMO––Christine L. (Chris/Sis) Wanser, 96, passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017, just a little over a month after losing her husband of 75 years, Bud. Christine was born in New Rochelle, New York, on April 9, 1920, to Joseph Dell and Christina P. Lampe.

Her early childhood was spent in Chicago, Illinois, and produced some of her fondest memories of listening to he father’s orchestra at the Trianon Ballroom. After moving to Amityville, New York, Christine met the love of her life, Eugene (Bud) Wanser. They were married in 1941, one year after she graduated from Pace Institute, and together they raised their four children. Chris retired in 1980 from Amityville Memorial High School where she was the guidance department secretary, and make the move to Belgrade with Bud.

Christine was a Charter Member of the Amityville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a member of the North Belgrade Garden Club, in Belgrade.

Chris was a fabulous cook, wonderful baker, amazing seamstress, and loved swimming, traveling, and gardening.
Christine was predeceased by her husband, Eugene Wanser; daughter Christine “Lynn” Termine and her husband Louis.

She is survived by son Franklyn (Bud) and wife Geri; daughter Karen McGreevey and husband Robert; and son Eugene “Dell” Wanser; grandchildren, Steve Termine, Kerri Lenihan and husband Kenneth, Michael Smith, Allison Smith, Deb Whitaker and husband Art, Karen Haskins and husband Shawn, Lauren Roche and husband Michael, Diane Zikowitz and husband Andrew; 22 great-grandchildren; and great-great-granddaughter Kelsea.
Memories, condolences and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page at

If desired, memorial donations may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Society, 75 Gray Road, Falmouth ME 04105.


CARMEN I. JURDAK, 90, of Waterville, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017. She was the daughter of Arthur and Anna Lessard. Locally, she is survived by her husband Edward Jurdak Jr., of Waterville.

STEPHEN M. WILE, 63, of Waldoboro, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 6, 2017, at his home. Locally, he is survived by a son, Michael Wile, of Windsor.

RICHARD A. LUTZ, 84, of Waterville, passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at Oak Grove Center, in Waterville. Locally, he is survived by his wife Sheila, of Waterville, and a daughter, Donna Zebiak and husband Andrew, of Fairfield.

JOAN E. NEWMAN, 80, of Augusta, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at MaineGeneral Rehabilitation – Glenridge, in Augusta. Locally, she is survived by a son, Jeffresy Newmand and wife Frances, of Windsor.

JOSEPH J. VIOLETTE, 74, of Augusta, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta. Locally, he is survived by a stepdaughter, Monique Lavigne and companion Jason, of Windsor.


BEVERLY G. REYNOLDS, 87, of Durham, passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at the Freeport Nursing Home, in Freeport. She was born in Winslow on September 15, 1929, the daughter of William and Anocia (Huard) Glidden. She graduated from Winslow High School, class of 1947. She was an accomplished pianist at the age of 16. In 1949, she married H. Richard Austin. They raised three daughters. She became a widow in 1970, and married Robert O. Reynolds, in 1976, who predeceased her. Beverly was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Kathleen Begin and husband Paul, and a sister, Shirley Witham and husband Charles, all of Winslow.

Obituaries, Week of March 16, 2017


WINSLOW––James Joseph O’Neal, 82, of Winslow, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor. He was born March 30, 1934, in Waterville, the son of James Edward O’Neal and Leona Violette Vellieux.

James “Jim” served with the US Army during the Korean War. Those who knew Jim well knew he was rarely seen without his Korea Veteran cap. Jim was a member of the J. Forrest Pare VFW Waterville Post #1285 then transferred to Grover-Hinckley Post #6924, in Fairfield, and became quartered master there. He retired as a life-long employee from Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, in Connecticut.

Jim will be remembered by many for his love for the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and his hobby of fly tying.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Shirley (Denis) O’Neal; daughter Cheryl Johnson; son Randall O’Neal; grandson Dennis Johnson; and sister Marlene LeClerc.

He is survived by his sons Mark O’Neal and Ryan O’Neal; daughter Tabatha Stepensky; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four sisters, Betty King, of Florida, Eleanor Kerr, of Island Falls, Helen Brock, of North Carolina, Lorraine Daveluy, of Terryville, Connecticut, his close friend Theresa Boudreau; and many nieces and nephews.


SOUTH CHINA – Dorothy J. Brewster 69, of Pleasant View Ridge Road, died Friday, March 3, 2017, at her home following a brief illness. She was born in Bangor on April 6, 1947, the daughter of Joseph Brewster and Dorothy (Shorey) Brewster.

Dorothy was employed for many years as a CNA by HealthReach Network.

She was predeceased by her parents, a daughter, Sonya Brewster in 1969, a granddaughter, Melissa Bragg in 2005, two brothers, Joseph Brewster and Ralph Brewster, and a sister, Susan Cushman.

Surviving are her longtime companion, Grover Bragg, of South China; two sons, Steve Bragg, and Dave Bragg and his wife Amy, all of China; two daughters, Michelle Bragg and her companion Ray Haskell, of Waterville, and Melissa Libby and her companion Shane Willett, of Vassalboro; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Small, of Florida; one brother, Phillip Brewster, of Kentucky; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Road, Windsor, ME. Condolences, photos and memories may be shared at


CHINA – Jon “Kilo” A. McKeil, 57, passed away Friday, March 3, 2017, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. He was born October 16, 1959, in Waterville, the son of John E. and Arlene M. (Hoxie) McKeil.

He graduated from Community School in Camden in 1979. Jon’s employment included working at Alco Meat Packing Company, construction with Dick Willette and Harding Brothers, as well as Harris Bakery. He loved boating, sunbathing, four-wheeling, music, writing poems, making up songs, and lobster.

Jon is survived by his son, Shawn McKeil, of Winslsow; grandson, Caleb McKeil, of Winslow; two brothers, Peter McKeil, and Carl McKeil, both of China; two sisters, Debbie Michaud, of Waterville, and Mary Quirion, of Wisconson; “sister” best friend, Cindy Brown Miner, of China; aunt, Judy Evers, of Fairfield; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial donations may be made to the China Rescue and Fire Department.

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


WINSLOW––Marie “Lillian” Masse, 99, passed away Monday, March 6, 2017. Lillian was born in Madawaska, on February 20, 1918.

During her lifetime, she experienced many vocations. Starting at a young age, she worked on farms in Aroostook County to help support her parents’ large family. Later in life, she was a homemaker, did waitressing, and worked at Hazzard Shoe Co. until she retired.

She and her husband George moved to Florida and lived there for 23 years, deciding to return to Maine in 2004 to be closer to their families. She enjoyed being outside working in her yard, planting flowers, and making her home beautiful. Her neighbors were constantly amazed by her strength and vitality when she did yard work and landscaping.

She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Euphemie Gorneau; brothers, Walter, Aurelle, Victor, and Matthew Gorneau; sisters, Leda Ouellette, Germaine Michaud, Rita Theberge, and Jeannine Joler; and her infant daughter, Joanne.

She is survived by her sons, John R. DeMerchant and wife Delores, and Terry DeMerchant and wife Bonnie; grandchildren John R. DeMerchant II and wife Cathy, Joel DeMerchant and wife Jennifer, and Julie, Tera and Adam DeMerchant; great-grandchildren John R. DeMerchant III and wife Aliyssa, Joshua Carrier, and Logan, Leah and Nicole DeMerchant; great-great-grandson John R. DeMerchant IV; many nieces and nephews; brother-in-law Donald Massey and wife Pat; and sister-in-law Bernadette Massey.

Memories may be shared at


WINSLOW––Natalie J. (Randlette) Brann, 70, of Winslow, passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at her home. Natalie was born on September 20, 1946, in Lewiston, the daughter of George and Gertrude Randlette, and was raised in Monmouth.

Upon graduating from Monmouth Academy in 1964, she began working various office jobs and later became a full-time homemaker caring for her home and family. In 2002, she re-entered the outside workforce and began working for Maine Mobile MRI, retiring in March 2016.

On November 25, 1967, Natalie married Richard W. Brann, whom she sadly lost in October 2010. Natalie and Dick, as he was better known, moved to Clinton where they raised their two daughters.

She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and painting, but her favorite pastime of all was spending time with her family. She and Dick moved to Winslow in 2005 to be closer to their girls and their families.

She was a kind and loving woman with an infectious personality, quick wit, and great sense of humor. She was an avid shopper and a self-proclaimed sockaholic! She would never leave the house without matching completely from head to toe.

She was an intuitive person as her advice was often sought out by family, friends, and sometimes even strangers. She had a special way of always making others feel better. Natalie reconnected with old friends, made special new friendships, and never stopped caring about and helping others.

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard W. Brann; parents, George and Gertrude Randlette; sister, Barbara Sousa; brother, Bradley Randlette; and in-laws, George, Eva, and Paul Brann.

She is survived by daughter, Michele (Brann) Strahan, her husband, Jim, and grandson, Michael, of Winslow, daughter, Melissa Brann-Boucher, her husband, Bill, and grandson, Lucas, of Winslow; sister, Marcia Cooper and husband, Delbert, of Winthrop; sister, Lottie Carlson, of Manchester; and several nieces and nephews.

Memories and condolences may be shared at

Memorial donations may be made to: MaineGeneral Hospice, 10 Water Street, Suite 307, Waterville ME 04901.


FAIRFIELD__Dennis Keith Moody, 70, passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at Maine Medical Center, in Portland. Dennis was born in Rockland on October 1, 1946, to Warren and Thursa (Lunt) Moody.

He attended and graduated from Union High School. After graduation Dennis enlisted in the U. S.  Air Force. Dennis went on to enlist in the U. S. Navy in 1979 and retired in 1996, after serving his country for over 30 years. While he was in the Navy Dennis started a Salt Marine Aquarium business in Rhode Island. Dennis also received his bachelor’s degree in technical engineering.

Dennis belonged to the Elks Club, Covert Club, and various other clubs as well. He loved to play golf and was an avid Boston sports fan. Dennis was a fun loving, free spirited enthusiast who enjoyed playing various sports with his family.

He was predeceased by his parents and his father-in-law, Robert Gardner.

Dennis is survived by his wife Janet Moody; his three sons, Lance, Chris, and Eric; his daughter Michelle; sisters, Brenda and her husband Frank Kern, and Laverne and her husband Maurice Jackson; brothers Brady Moody and his wife Martha; and his mother-in-law Doris Gardner and her children and their spouses.

An online guestbook may be signed at

Memorial donations may be made to the Maine Veterans Homes.


A memorial service will be held for ANN CATES HIGGINS on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 2 p.m., at the East Vassalboro Friends Meeting, Vassalboro, Stanley Hill Rd.


THERESA G. CARON, 86, of Rochester, New Hampshire, passed away on Thursday, Februar 9, 2017, at her home. Locally, she is survived by a brother, Wilfred Caron, of Winslow.

LYRA I. TROTT, 62, of Gardiner, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017, at her home. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Brie-Anne mellor and husband Dustin, of Windsor.

THERESA LIBBY, 90, of Waterville, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Woodlands Senior Living Center, in Waterville. Locally, she is survived by a son, Garry Willett and wife Libby, of Winslow.

RICHARD MERRILL, 76, of East Winthrop, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Locally, he is survived by a nephew, Rob Merrill and wife Donna, of China.

ELINOR C. GUENETTE, 84, of Madison, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Somerset Rehabilitation and Living Center, in Bingham. Locally, she is survived by a grandson, Ryan Worster, of Fairfield.


JOHN R. HACHEY, 69, of Daytona Beach, Florida, unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2017. John was born in Waterville, and graduated from Winslow High School, class of 1965.

INGA D. FERRARA, 67, of Raynham, Massachusetts, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017, following a two-year battle with cancer. Inga graduated from Waterville High School, class of 1968. Locally, she is survived by a sister, Lucille Zelenkewich and husband Felix, of Winslow.

CAROL A. (KING) HALLEE, 67, of Colebrook, New Hampshire, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, following a short illness. She graduated from Waterville High School, class of 1967. She was married to Peter Hallee, also formerly of Waterville.