Obituaries, Week of September 20, 2018

THOMAS R. PICHER

AUGUSTA – Thomas Richard Picher, 47, of Augusta, died at home on Friday, Sep­tember 7, 2018, following a short battle with cancer. Thom was born May 15, 1971, in Augusta, the son of Pastor Robert and Gail Picher, of Vassalboro.

Graduating from Erskine Academy, of South China, class of 1989, Thom worked as a machine line operator at Cives Steel Company, in Augusta, for the last 20 years as a member of Local #807, Iron Workers Union.

Halloween being a favorite time of year for Thom and Rebecca Gilbert, 47, the couple was married October 31, 2013, at the Kennebec River, in Augusta.

Every fall, Thom spent November hunting with his dad, family and friends. In his spare hours, Thom enjoyed tinkering with small engines, working in his yard at home and craft beers.

Especially grateful for his three step-daughters, their husbands and seven grandchildren, Thom spent several weekends every month spoiling them.

Thom is survived by his wife of five years, Rebecca Picher; his parents, Bob and Gail Picher, of Vassalboro; step-daughters Reagan Davenport (Evan Davenport), Katie Gilbert Wiley, (Steven Wiley), Vanessa Gilbert, (Joe Charles); grandchildren, Steven, Greg, Owen, Connor, Janet, Amelia and Annabelle.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, September 23, at 2:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 69 Winthrop Street, Augusta. The service will be officiated by Rev. Carie Johnsen. Condolences may be expressed at www.funeralalternatives.net.

Obituaries, Week of September 13, 2018

FLORA M. RICHARDSON

BRIDGTON – Flora (Auntie) Richardson, 79, passed away on Sunday, August 26, 2018 following a brief illness. She was born in Vassalboro on November 1, 1938, the daughter of the late Raymond A. Bronn Sr. and Margueite (Peggy) Sylvain

She was brought up in Palermo and attended local schools. She met her husband Allan Richardson, in Richmond. They were married October 22, 1955, in Portland. Then moved to Bridgton in 1956, where they made their home for 62 years.

She worked as a hand sewer at Pleasant Mountain Moc, in Bridgton, as well as cleaning homes, and as a collator at Yankee Masters. She and her husband loved to travel, and did seasonal camping in Cornish and Fryeburg Fair. She loved birds, rooting for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Racing, and was a member of the Bridgton Congregational Church.

Surviving, besides her husband Allan, for almost 63 years, are two brothers, Bertrand Bronn, of Scarborough, and Everett Bronn, and one sister Christie (Bronn) Merrick, all of Washington State. She also leaves behind Sam Ross, a special young man whom she took care, and nephew Bard Richardson; several nieces, nephews, great- and great-great-grandchildren, and several cousins.

She was predeceased by one sister, Erdine Fletcher, three brothers, Raymond (Sonny) Bronn Jr., Samuel Bronn and Abraham Bronn, as well as step-mother Grace Bronn. There will be no funeral services. A graveside service will held at a later date at the L.A. Berry Cemetery, in Denmark. A celebration of her life will be held on Sept. 22, from 2 – 5 p.m., at thge Bridgton Community Center, 15 Depot St., Bridgton.

Memorial donations may be made to the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers, 98 Silver St., Waterville, ME 04901.

Arrangements were under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, in Casco. Online condolences may be left for the family at hallfuneralhome.net.

WILLIAM E. LYBROOK

FAIRFIELD – William E. Lybrook, 82, passed away Sunday, September 2, 2018, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta, following a brief illness. He was born August 11, 1936, in Akron, Ohio, the son of Thomas and Marion (Moore) Lybrook.

As a young man, William enlisted in the Unites States Air Force where he served from 1953 to 1957 during the Korean War. He went on to serve in the Air Force Reserves until 1961.

On June 1, 1958, he married Eloise Goodspeed and went on to raise three children together. William and Eloise ran several family businesses, including apartment rentals, auto salvage yard and a used car lot, spanning 55 years. Throughout the years, William enjoyed traveling with his family including hunting and fishing with his sons, Kenneth and William II. In later years, he enjoyed wintering in Northport, Florida.

William is survived by his significant other, Linda Dunaway, of Fairfield Center; Ernestine Lessiker and husband Steven, Kenneth Lybrook and wife Leisa, William Lybrook II and wife Lynn; grandchildren, Katherine and Jennifer Lessiker, Kemp Lybrook and Molly Lybrook; siblings, Ethal Batton, Henry Lybrook, Richard Lybrook, and Ida Lybrook all from Ohio; several great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Tomas and Marion Lybrook; wife, Eloise; siblings, Bob, Leroy, Tommy and Mary; also his precious granddaughter, Beth Lybrook.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Road, Waterville, Maine 04901.

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

Obituaries, Week of September 6, 2018

ROBERTA B. CAMERA

FAIRFIELD – Roberta Camera, 59, of Fairfield, died Dec. 11, 2017, at home from complications of a brain aneurysm and pancreatic cancer. She was born in Connecticut, the daughter of Robert and Jane (McCourt) House, and granddaughter of Philip and Frances McCourt and Robert and Glenora House.

Roberta spent her life caring most and foremost to family. She was a CNA for the elderly. For the past 23 years she devoted her life at home, caring for two physically disabled women, keeping them safe, happy and loved.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Robert Camera Sr.; her grandmother Frances McCourt; daughters Marie Bellows and husband Edward, Amanda Douglass and husband William; stepson Robert Camera Jr. and wife Susan; stepdaughter Dawn Camera; 24 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; siblings Kirk House, Cindy Haley, and Kim Cameron.

DOROTHY A. BELANGER

FAIRFIELD – Dorothy Alice (Gwazdosky) Belanger passed away Wed­nesday August 15, 2018, at her home in Fairfield. She was born in Winslow on either January 30 or January 31, 1926. The ongoing debate over which day stems from the desire to have a different birthday than her twin, Doris. (Neither of whom ‘came over on the boat’ regardless of what they told you.) They were two of the 10 children born to Russian and Polish immigrants, Stephen and Olga (Kachnovich) Gwazdosky.

Dorothy graduated from Winslow High School in 1945, where her yearbook recognizes she and Doris’ penchant for confusing their teachers by trading places. Dorothy and Doris moved to Washington, DC, later that year to work as clerks for the federal government. Together they stood in front of the White House with thousands of others following the announcement that Japan had surrendered.

Dorothy moved back to Maine, met, fell in love with, and married Harold Belanger in 1951. The Winslow Black Raider had fallen for a Lawrence Bulldog who would not stray far from home. Dorothy and Harold raised five children and two businesses in Fairfield. They trademarked “Belanger’s Famous Tortiere Pies” in 1951. The pies were originally sold at Belanger’s Market which was run by Harold and his brother, Fred. Dorothy and Harold ran Belanger’s Drive-In and Dairy Bar from 1974 until their retirement in 1986. Not content to retire, Dorothy worked for several more years at Sounds Easy Video where she was once recognized as Employee of the Year. Dorothy also enjoyed participating in her Monday night bowling league winning several titles in the early 1990s.

Dorothy was predeceased her husband, Harold; her parents; six brothers, Nicolas, Alec, Joseph, William, Julius and John Gwazdosky, and three sisters, Doris Gwazdosky DeAngelis, Nellie McMahon and Luba Gwazdosky.

Dorothy is survived by her five children, Diane Veilleux, of Fairfield, Beckie Seeley and her husband Calvin, of Winslow, Linda Brown and her husband Gordon, of Rome, Russell Belanger and his wife Tina, of Fairfield, and Ruth Leigh and her husband Randy, of Fairfield; six grandchildren, Jenny Boyden and her husband Matt, of Clinton, Amy Foss and her husband Gerald, of Winslow, Tracy Leigh, of Windsor, Chelsea Brown, of Rochester, New York, Chace Belanger, of Portland, and Paige Belanger, of Fairfield; three great-grandchildren, Storer and Jillian Boyden, of Clinton and Cassidy Foss, of Winslow; and many nieces and nephews.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com

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

DENISE M. PELLETIER

WINDSOR – Denise M. Pelletier, 59, of Windsor, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018. Denise was born February 8, 1959, to parents Armand and Bertha Pelletier.

She grew up in Gardiner with eight siblings. She often spoke of helping her mom cook delicious homemade donuts and helping her dad with his horses. She attended Gardiner High School and worked for the State of Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicle. Denise loved dearly her “girls” from work and her close friends who did so much for her while she battled breast cancer for nine years. Denise loved taking trips with her family and significant other. She enjoyed sewing quilts, doing crafts, woodworking, her flower garden, and could do anything she set her mind to.

Denise is described by so many as the strongest woman they will ever know. She was a great mother but also a best friend and confidant to her children. Her most precious love was her eight “grandbabies.”

She was predeceased by her sister, Sheila Jackson; her parents, Bertha and Armand Pelletier; and her grandmother, Alice Cote.

Denise is survived by her four children; Amy French and husband, Chris, with granddaughters, Ryleigh and Norah; Michelle Haskell and husband, Rodney, with granddaughter, Christina, and grandson, Codey; Penny Wilson with granddaughter, Elizabeth Dugas, and grandson, Teddy Walen; a son, Scott Wilson and wife, Deidra, with granddaughter, Mayla, and grandson, Matthew; her significant other, Paul Temple; two sisters, Sandra Lambert, Brenda Owens; five brothers, Norman, Dana, Larry and David Pelletier and Ricky Hume; along with many sisters- and brothers in-law, nieces and nephews.

Flowers, memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of our website at
www.staplesfuneralhome.com.

NETTIE M. ALBAIR

OAKLAND – Nettie Mae (Hartsgrove) Albair, 62, passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston. She was born March 1, 1956, in Hartland, the daughter of Edmund H and Tildy E. (Grondin) Hartsgrove.

She graduated from Skowhegan High School in 1975. On May 17, 1986, she married Ronald Albair, in Skowhegan. She was employed as a ward secretary and medical records clerk at Redington-Fairview General Hospital, in Skowhegan, for over 40 years. She enjoyed reading, camping, and cooking.

Nettie is survived by her husband of 32 years, Ronald Albair, of Oakland; daughter, Sara Borelli and husband James, of Oakland; three brothers, Ronald Hartgrove, of Augusta, Ralph Hartsgrove, of Skowehgan, Allen Hartsgrove, of Norridgewock; three sisters, Diana Demmons and husband Carlton, of Skowhegan, Deborah Trucotte, of Canaan, Brenda Hei and husband Peter, of Waterville; Aunt Regina Hartsgrove, of Norridgewock; sisters-in-law, Constance Hartsgrove, of Oakland, Martha Hartsgrove, of Canaan, Deborah Albai,r of Newport, Trudy Albair, of Oakland; brother-in-law, Levi Albair, Jr. and wife Lorraine, of Corinna, Bruce Albair, of Oakland; Aunt Ina Hartsgrove, of Corinna; many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Tildy and Edmund Hartsgrove; mother and father-in-law, Levi and Mona Albair; sisters, Norma Libby, Joan Cayford, Linda Robinson; brothers, Edmund Hartsgrove, Jr., George Hartsgrove, Terry Hartsgrove, and Larry Hartsgrove.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Nettie’s memory to the American Heart Association, Maine Affiliate, 51 US Route 1, Suite M, Scarborough, Maine 04074.

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

RAYMOND J. MORRISSETTE

SOUTH CHINA – Raymond J. Morrissette, 91, of South China, passed away on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at Togus Springs Hospice Unit at VA Maine Health Care System, at Togus, following an extended illness. He was born in Augusta on June 20, 1927, the son of Ernest Morrissette and Maria (Jacques) Morrissette.

He left an indelible mark for his children to follow in his footsteps to be good American citizens, fine and honest human beings, imparting work ethics for all to live successful and accomplished lives.

Prior to his retirement, he distinguished himself as a hard working contractor/builder by trade, notably building 37 houses (without the assistance of pneumatic tools nor the convenience of a delivery from a cement truck) in the Augusta area. When building became less than profitable, he turned to farming, building his first 15,000 square foot hen house in the late ‘50s on Church Hill Road; and, when this wasn’t large enough in which to make his living and raise his family, he built a 24,000 square foot hen house and a three bedroom cape on Spring Road, raising 32,000 chickens, beef cattle and other farm animals. He experienced many hardships, i.e., losing his farmhouse and barn to a fire in 1958, and yet again by fire, another hen house in 1980 on the Spring Road, facing each devastating loss with resolve, an enduring spirit and with faith guiding his way.

He was very proud to have served honorably in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He married the love of his life when he returned, in 1947, to Germaine (Poulin) Morrissette, and was immediately and lovingly embroiled in her 16 siblings and their spouses. They were married for 60 years before she passed in 2007. Together they shared a loving and companionable life, raised four children and shared a mutual love of fishing. Many remark fondly on how, in the 1950s, Dad hitching up his team of work horses (Dick and Goldie), tapping over 75 sugar maple trees, making the most delicious thick, deep amber maple syrup in his Sugar Shack.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #205, and a former member of the Calumet Club.

Surviving are two daughters, Louise S. Bean and her husband Bill of Augusta, Marie L. Keys and her husband Russ of Tijeras, N.M., two sons, Philip R Morrissette, and Anthony R. Morrissette and his spouse Beryl of Augusta; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He leaves behind a special cousin; and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Wilfred Morrissette and his wife Yvette, two sisters, Simone Michaud and her husband Jerry, and Jeannette Dowling and her husband Jak.
There are no public visiting hours scheduled. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:30 a.m. on Thursday Sept. 6, 2018 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Augusta. Committal with military honors will follow in the chapel at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mt. Vernon, Rd., Augusta.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta. Condolences, stories and photos may be shared at www.plummerfh.com.

AREA NOTABLE

EARL R. RANCOURT, 85, of Waterville, passed away on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. He was born in Waterville on January 29, 1933, one of seven children of Evelyn (Mathieu) and E. Albert Rancourt. He was educated in local schools and graduated from Waterville High School. Earl was Treasurer/Manager of the Notre Dame Federal Credit Union, in Waterville, serving in many leadership positions. Locally, he is survived by his wife of 63 years, Annette (Giguere) Rancourt; his son, Gerry Rancourt and his wife, Karen and their children: Ryan Rancourt, John Rancourt, Todd Rancourt and his wife, Jenn, Jill Merckens and her husband, Jefferey; his daughter, Denise LaFrance and her husband, Dan and their children: Crystal Colello and her husband, Josh, Jeff LaFrance and his fiancé, Amber Costigan, Kelley LaFrance and her companion, Drew Glasheen; six great-grandchildren: Rylee, Bridgette and Alex Rancourt, Owen and Olivia Colello, Rory Costigan; one brother, David Rancourt and his wife, Pat; three sisters, Joyce Purnell and her husband, Francis, Arlene Jones and her husband, Gordon, Celeste Harris and her husband, David, his sister-in-law, Muriel Rancourt, his brother-in-law Robert Lachance, as well as quite a few nieces and nephews. Earl was predeceased by his brother, Carl Rancourt and his sister, Shirley Lachance.

LOCAL TIES:
JOSEPH H. VEILLEUX

Joseph Veilleux, 68, of Oceanside, California, passed away at home on Monday, July 23, 2018. Joe was born on April 26, 1950, in Waterville, to Edward and Anna (Hebert) Veilleux.

Joe married Karen Zitka in 1972, in Kittery. He retired in 1998 as a Master Gunnery Sergeant after serving 29-1/2 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, and then worked as a Broker Associate/Realtor until his death.

Joe is survived by his wife Karen, his daughter Rhonda Veilleux and grandson Vincent, of Nantucket , Massachusetts; sisters Alice Lachance and husband Pearley, of Winslow, Theresa Lankford and husband Winfred, of Melfa, Virginia, and Julie Northrop, of Florida; brother, Edward Veilleux and wife Idella Veilleux, of Windsor Lock, Connecticut.

Obituaries, Week of August 30, 2018

ROLAND C. LESSARD

WINSLOW – Roland C. Lessard, 91, of Winslow, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at Oak Grove Center, Waterville, following a brief illness. He was born in Waterville on December 11, 1926, the son of Odilon and Alexina (Doyon) Lessard and lived in the Waterville-Winslow area all of his life.

Roland graduated from Winslow High School, class of 1944. He was employed at Scott Paper Company for 15 years and then employed by Central Maine Power Company for over 30 years, retiring in 1989.

Roland served in the U. S. Navy during World War II as a Radioman 3rd class, serving in the Pacific Area. He was a member of Bourque-Lannigan Post#5, American Legion, Waterville and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #8835, Winslow.

He was predeceased by his father, Odilon; mother, Alexina; sister, Olivette; and a son,l Jeffrey.

Roland is survived by two daughters, Cynthia Lessard, of New Jersey, and Carol A. Gaedtke and husband, Larry, of New Hampshire; two grandchildren, Christopher D. Biron and wife, Melissa, and Jamison D. Biron of New Hampshire; great-grandson, Maddox; and best friend and companion, Rose Manzo, of Winslow.

An online guestbook may be signed, memories shared and condolences expressed at www.gallantfh.com.

DENISE M. PELLETIER

WINDSOR – Denise M. Pelletier, 59, of Windsor, passed away at her home on Friday, August 10, 2018. Denise was born February 8, 1959, to parents Armand and Bertha Pelletier.

She grew up in Gardiner with eight siblings. She often spoke of helping her mom cook delicious donuts and helping her dad with his horses. She attended Gardiner High School and worked for the State of Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicle. Denise loved her “girls” from work and her close friends who did so much for her while she battled breast cancer for nine years. Denise loved taking trips with her family and significant other. She enjoyed sewing quilts, doing crafts, woodworking, and her flower garden.

She was predeceased by her sister, Sheila Jackson; her parents, Bertha and Armand Pelletier; and her grandmother, Alice Cote.

Denise is survived by her four children: Amy French and husband, Chris with granddaughters, Ryleigh and Norah: Michelle Haskell and husband, Rodney, with granddaughter, Christina, and grandson, Codey; Penny Wilson with granddaughter, Elizabeth Dugas, and grandson Teddy Walen; a son Scot Wilson and wife, Deidra, with granddaughter, Mayla and grandson, Matthew; her significant other, Paul Temple; two sisters, Sandra Lambert, Brenda Owens; five brothers, Norman, Dana, Larry and David Pelletier and Ricky Hume;

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

TERRI L. BOYNTON

FAIRFIELD – Terri L. Boynton, 54, died on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at her home. She was born April 7, 1964, in Belfast, the second daughter of Peter R. Perry and Rowena Young Perry.

The family resided in Massachusetts until the late 1970s.

She was educated in Massachusetts and Maine, graduating from Erskine Academy, in South China, in 1982, and Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) in 2002, with a bachelor’s degree in ITT-Tech. She worked for the China school system several years and was employed by Summit Natural Gas Co. for the last five years.

Terri met Ralph Frank Boynton at KVCC. They were married July 7, 2014. Terri and Ralph loved travel, camping, crafting, music and the arts, good food, and good friends and family.

She was predeceased by her father, and grandparents, Arthur and Hope Walsh and Maurice and Charline Bumps Young.

She is survived by her husband Ralph; mother Rowena Y. Perry; daughter Elissa Rowe Wynne and husband Chad and their child Stella Grace; son James Rowe and wife Meghan Belanger and children Madison and Sophia; step-daughter Jaime Fagan and husband Chris and her daughter Lorelai Rice, and step-daughter Jesse Turner, her sons Daniel Turner and Anthony Peace; sister Caroline Morgan, and her daughter Erin Leighton and husband Corey and son Alex; sister Robin Maraggio and husband Tom, and her daughter Abby Obin; father-in-law Frank “Bud” M. Boynton.

According to Terri’s wishes, there will be no services.

Memorial donations may be made to the Harold Alfond Cancer Center, in Augusta.

THERESE E. FROST

WATERVILLE – Therese Estelle Frost, 88, of Waterville, passed on Thursday August 16, 2018, at Mount Saint Joseph. She was born in Winslow on June 16, 1930, one of eight children of Emma (Roy) and Edras Pomerleau.

She was educated in local schools and retired from C.F. Hathaway, in Waterville, in 1990 following 30 years of service.

Therese belonged to the Ladies of Ste. Anne at St.de Sales Francis Catholic Church, in Waterville. She enjoyed playing cribbage with her husband and friends. Therese loved to travel and was known for being active and always on the go until her health began to change. She was a kind and generous woman who wore a smile where ever she went.

Therese is survived by her husband, Harold D. Frost; eight stepdaughters: Camilla Corson, Geraldine Maheu, Estelle Quimby, Anne Frost Rehner, Judith Frost Gillis, Barbara Frost, Marjorie Frost, Susan Frost, one stepson, Richard Frost; many step-grandchildren; niece and nephews.

She was predeceased by her first husband, George Cahill in 1974, and her second husband, Aurele Guerette in 1996; as well as all of her siblings.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday Aug. 25, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 112 Silver Street, Waterville with burial following in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove Street, Waterville.

Please visit www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family.

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

JACQUELINE L. GOSSELIN

WINSLOW – Jacqueline (Lamy) Gosselin, 89, passed away on Wednesday, August 15, 15, 2018. Jackie was born and raised in Forge Village, Massachusetts, the daughter of immigrant Franco-American parents Hormidas and Helena (Isabelle) Lamy.

She was a member of the National Honor Society and worked at the local woolen mill prior to starting her family. In 1950, she married the love of her life and embarked on the full-time job of raising three children, later relocating with her husband to Winslow where she put down roots for the next 53 years. She worked at Waterville Adult Education for a time and engaged in community service through the Daughters of Isabella, working to provide help for those in need.

Jackie’s family grew to span four generations of which she remained the matriarch and hub, a job from which she never retired. Even through her last days she continued to care for her brood, telling them to eat and go to bed. She was the organizer of family holidays and instilled a love of celebration, laying her artistic touch on every birthday, holiday, and special event over the course of 68 years. She embraced her strong Catholic faith and spent endless hours praying for others, especially her family who provided her with ample opportunity. She was also the owner and operator of “Memere’s Motel” where her grandchildren checked in for countless sleepovers, often arriving in groups after colluding with each other through the cousin phone tree. Their Memere welcomed each and every encounter with open arms and loving heart.

Jackie exuded a gentle spirit that belied a fierce independence and iron will, which those who knew her intimately understood could not be broken.
Her innate toughness allowed her to remain living independently in her home where she most wanted to be, surrounded by her large, noisy, often chaotic tribe ranging in ages from one through 66. The antics of her great-grandchildren provided her with the gift of many laughs and so much joy through her last months. In her final days she glowed with love, joy and peace amidst the fruit of her life’s work, content with a life well lived.

Jackie was predeceased by her husband of 62 years Gerald Gosselin; her parents; her sister Dorry Melancon; and her infant granddaughter Courtney.

She is survived by her son Gerald Gosselin, Jr. and wife Gen; daughters Priscilla Rice and husband Michael, and Celeste LaPointe and husband Stan; grandchildren Kirsten Pomeroy and husband Cory, Stephanie Grondin and husband Travis, Rachel Reynolds and husband Andy, Lyndsey Giles and husband Doug, Jessica Poulin and husband Jared, Josh LaPointe, and Amanda LaPointe and partner Jimmy Page; great-grandchildren Cassidy, Courtney, Colby, Cooper, Cody, Chase, Chloe, Kaitlyn, Caleb, Jace, Joslyn, and Jude; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Saturday Aug. 25, 2018, at St. John the Baptist Church, Monument Street in Winslow, followed by internment at St. Francis Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville. An online guestbook may signed, memories and condolences shared at www.gallantfh.com.

Memorial donations may be made to the National Osteoporosis Foundation www.nof.org, and MaineGeneral Hospice, give.mainegeneral.org/hospice.

BERTRAND BARD

FAIRFIELD – Bertrand “Bert” Bard, 73, of Fairfield, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. He was born in Fort Kent on November 15, 1944, the son of the late Alcide O. and Cecile (Robichaud) Bard.

He attended school in Fort Kent, and graduated Waterville Night School after being drafted to the United States Army. He served from September 1969 to January 8, 1971. Bertrand received the (National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Service Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge and Expert Rifleman.

He married Jill (Steeves) Bard on October 16,1971, and moved to Fairfield. He owned and operated Bert’s Auto Body, in Winslow, until his retirement.

He was predeceased by a grandson, Jordan Bard, and a brother, Rosaire “Shoe” Bard.

Survivors include his wife Jill (Steeves) Bard, of Fairfield; his two sons Jason Bard, of Albion, and his significant other Tina Dumais, of Waterville, James Millett and his significant other Margaret Bergeron, both of Waterville, two daughters Julie Bard, of Gardiner, and Jodi Handley and her husband Charles Handley, of Bangor; his grandchildren, Zack Bickford, Jamie Millett, Garielle Bickford, Jayley Handley, Makenzie Handley, Brody Richards, James Millett, Isla Bard; and great-grandson, Raiden Sidelinger; his siblings, Leland and Fern Bard, of Waterville, Ronald and Rita Bard, of Monmouth, Wilmer and Verna Bard, of Fairfield, Maurice and Barbara Bard, of Fairfield, Valier and Janet Bard, of Fairfield, Rosalind Bard Joseph, of Waterville, Bernette Bard Harvey and husband James, of Tennessee, Claudette Bard Rancourt and husband George, of Winslow, Elaine Bard Lachance and husband James, of East Vassalboro, Loraine Bard Belliveau and husband Chuck, of Waterville; and several nieces and nephews.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at: www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral Home and Cremation Care of Fairfield.

DOROTHY A. BELANGER

FAIRFIELD – Dorothy Alice (Gwazdosky) Belanger passed away Wednesday August 15, 2018, at her home in Fairfield. She was born in Winslow on either January 30 or January 31, 1926. The ongoing debate over which day stems from the desire to have a different birthday than her twin, Doris. (Neither of whom ‘came over on the boat’ regardless of what they told you.) They were two of the 10 children born to Russian and Polish immigrants, Stephen and Olga (Kachnovich) Gwazdosky.

Dorothy graduated from Winslow High School in 1945, where her yearbook recognizes she and Doris’ penchant for confusing their teachers by trading places. Dorothy and Doris moved to Washington, DC, later that year to work as clerks for the federal government. Together they stood in front of the White House with thousands of others following the announcement that Japan had surrendered.

Dorothy moved back to Maine, met, fell in love with, and married Harold Belanger in 1951. The Winslow Black Raider had fallen for a Lawrence Bulldog who would not stray far from home. Dorothy and Harold raised five children and two businesses in Fairfield. They trademarked “Belanger’s Famous Tortiere Pies” in 1951. The pies were originally sold at Belanger’s Market which was run by Harold and his brother, Fred. Dorothy and Harold ran Belanger’s Drive-In and Dairy Bar from 1974 until their retirement in 1986. Not content to retire, Dorothy worked for several more years at Sounds Easy Video where she was once recognized as Employee of the Year. Dorothy also enjoyed participating in her Monday night bowling league winning several titles in the early 1990s.

Dorothy was predeceased her husband, Harold; her parents; six brothers, Nicolas, Alec, Joseph, William, Julius and John Gwazdosky, and three sisters, Doris Gwazdosky DeAngelis, Nellie McMahon and Luba Gwazdosky.

Dorothy is survived by her five children, Diane Veilleux, of Fairfield, Beckie Seeley and her husband Calvin, of Winslow, Linda Brown and her husband Gordon, of Rome, Russell Belanger and his wife Tina, of Fairfield, and Ruth Leigh and her husband Randy, of Fairfield; six grandchildren, Jenny Boyden and her husband Matt, of Clinton, Amy Foss and her husband Gerald, of Winslow, Tracy Leigh, of Windsor, Chelsea Brown, of Rochester, New York, Chace Belanger, of Portland, and Paige Belanger, of Fairfield; three great-grandchildren, Storer and Jillian Boyden, of Clinton and Cassidy Foss, of Winslow; and many nieces and nephews.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com.

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

DENISE M. PELLETIER

WINDSOR – Denise M. Pelletier, 59, of Windsor, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018. Denise was born February 8, 1959, to parents Armand and Bertha Pelletier.

She grew up in Gardiner with eight siblings. She often spoke of helping her mom cook delicious homemade donuts and helping her dad with his horses. She attended Gardiner High School and worked for the State of Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicle. Denise loved dearly her “girls” from work and her close friends who did so much for her while she battled breast cancer for nine years. Denise loved taking trips with her family and significant other. She enjoyed sewing quilts, doing crafts, woodworking, her flower garden, and could do anything she set her mind to.

Denise is described by so many as the strongest woman they will ever know. She was a great mother but also a best friend and confidant to her children. Her most precious love was her eight “grandbabies.”

She was predeceased by her sister, Sheila Jackson; her parents, Bertha and Armand Pelletier; and her grandmother, Alice Cote.

Denise is survived by her four children; Amy French and husband, Chris, with granddaughters, Ryleigh and Norah; Michelle Haskell and husband, Rodney, with granddaughter, Christina, and grandson, Codey; Penny Wilson with granddaughter, Elizabeth Dugas, and grandson, Teddy Walen; a son, Scott Wilson and wife, Deidra, with granddaughter, Mayla, and grandson, Matthew; her significant other, Paul Temple; two sisters, Sandra Lambert, Brenda Owens; five brothers, Norman, Dana, Larry and David Pelletier and Ricky Hume; along with many sisters- and brothers in-law, nieces and nephews.

Flowers, memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of our website at www.staplesfuneralhome.com.

Obituaries, Week of August 23, 2018

SUSAN A. ALLEIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com.

NANCY A. ANDREWS

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

She graduated from Hallowell High School.

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

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

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

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

ALICE M. GOGAN

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

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

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

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

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

KATHLEEN BARRETT

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

She attended and graduated from Cambridge schools.

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

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

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

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

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

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

SYLVIA A. PEASLEE

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

She attended Cony High School where she met her soulmate, Keith Peaslee. They fell in love and were engaged. After two years at the University of Maine at Farmington, and Keith being away in training for the U.S, Army, they decided to marry on October 6, 1956. They shared 63 years together.

They built a home and decided to have children. Whether it was working in the garden or tending the animals on their farm, Sylvia enjoyed work and was always willing to help.

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

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

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

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

MURRY B. McINTOSH JR.

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

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

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

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

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

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

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com.

GERALD M. POTTLE

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

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

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

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

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

KATHLEEN AHEARN

OAKLAND – Kathleen “Kathi” Ahearn, 60, passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2018, following a long illness. She was born on September 30, 1957, in South Portland, the daughter of Clinton “Bud” A. Shaw and Lois J. Palmer.

Kathi graduated from Winslow in the class of 1975. She was a member of Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, Stitching Witches Quilting Group, Pine Tree Quilters Guild, Pink Panters Susan G. Komen Three Day Walkers and a Notary Public.

She enjoyed quilting, walking, hiking, kayaking, looking for sea glass, volunteering as a puppy raiser for NEADS, and sunsets on East Pond.

Kathi formerly worked as a church administrator at Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, and Human Resource Manager at Eye Care of Maine, Waterville, SHRM Certified Professional.

Kathi was predeceased by her parents Clinton Shaw, Lois Palmer; stepfather Edgar Palmer; father-in-law Joseph Ahearn; and brother-in-law David Ahearn.

She is survived by her husband, Tim, of Oakland; son Matthew, of Northport; daughter Meghan, of Orlando, Florida; brother Jeffrey Shaw; stepmother Joanne Shaw; Howard Crosby and spouse Ann, Wanda Farley and spouse Marvin; mother-in-law Geneva Ahearn; sister-in-law Wendy Porter and spouse Donnie; brother-in-law Stephen Ahearn and spouse Hillary; brothers-in-law Keith Ahearn and Kevin Ahearn and partner Daniel; many nieces and nephews.

Donations in Kathi’s name may be made to the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church or MaineGeneral Health Walk for Hope.

Arrangements are were under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St., Richmond ME.

OTHERS DEPARTED

PERLEY A. RODERICK, 90, of Waterville, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. Locally, he is survived by a daughter, Patricia Rancourt and husband Richard, of Oakland.

MARGUERITE D. BEGIN, 99, of Melbourne, Florida, passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, in Melbourne, Florida. Locally, she is survived by a son, James and Kimberly Begin, of Winslow.

THOMAS J. VINTINNER JR., 81, of Waterville, passed away on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at his home. Locally, he is survived by James Vintinner Sr., of Oakland, Darryl Vintinner, of Clinton, and Brad Vintinner, of Waterville, Tammy Ferland and Jodi Vintinner, both of Norridgewock.

ROLAND C. LESSARD

WINSLOW – Roland C. Lessard, 91, of Winslow, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at Oak Grove Center, Waterville, following a brief illness. He was born in Waterville on December 11, 1926, the son of Odilon and Alexina (Doyon) Lessard and lived in the Waterville-Winslow area all of his life.

Roland graduated from Winslow High School, class of 1944. He was employed at Scott Paper Company for 15 years and then employed by Central Maine Power Company for over 30 years, retiring in 1989.

Roland served in the U. S. Navy during World War II as a Radioman 3rd class, serving in the Pacific Area. He was a member of Bourque-Lannigan Post#5, American Legion, Waterville and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #8835, Winslow.

He was predeceased by his father, Odilon; mother, Alexina; sister, Olivette; and a son,l Jeffrey.

Roland is survived by two daughters, Cynthia Lessard, of New Jersey, and Carol A. Gaedtke and husband, Larry, of New Hampshire; two grandchildren, Christopher D. Biron and wife, Melissa, and Jamison D. Biron of New Hampshire; great-grandson, Maddox; and best friend and companion, Rose Manzo, of Winslow.

An online guestbook may be signed, memories shared and condolences expressed at www.gallantfh.com.

DENISE M. PELLETIER

WINDSOR – Denise M. Pelletier, 59, of Windsor, passed away at her home on Friday, August 10, 2018. Denise was born February 8, 1959, to parents Armand and Bertha Pelletier.

She grew up in Gardiner with eight siblings. She often spoke of helping her mom cook delicious donuts and helping her dad with his horses. She attended Gardiner High School and worked for the State of Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicle. Denise loved her “girls” from work and her close friends who did so much for her while she battled breast cancer for nine years. Denise loved taking trips with her family and significant other. She enjoyed sewing quilts, doing crafts, woodworking, and her flower garden.

She was predeceased by her sister, Sheila Jackson; her parents, Bertha and Armand Pelletier; and her grandmother, Alice Cote.

Denise is survived by her four children: Amy French and husband, Chris with granddaughters, Ryleigh and Norah: Michelle Haskell and husband, Rodney, with granddaughter, Christina, and grandson, Codey; Penny Wilson with granddaughter, Elizabeth Dugas, and grandson Teddy Walen; a son Scot Wilson and wife, Deidra, with granddaughter, Mayla and grandson, Matthew; her significant other, Paul Temple; two sisters, Sandra Lambert, Brenda Owens; five brothers, Norman, Dana, Larry and David Pelletier and Ricky Hume;

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

Obituaries, Week of August 16, 2018

PARKER M. STEVENS

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be offered and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com.

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

JANET M. DAVIS

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

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

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

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

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

MILLARD A. HOWARD

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his brothers, Maurice and Milton.

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

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

B. JOAN GENEST

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

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

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

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

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

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

An online guestbook may be signed, memories shared and condolences expressed at www.gallantfh.com.

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

LOUIS F. PELLETIER

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

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

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

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

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

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com.

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

RAYMOND P. GAY SR.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences, stories and photos may be shared through the funeral home webwsite at www.plummergh.com.

JEFFREY L. POOLER

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

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

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

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

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

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com.

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

OTHERS DEPARTED

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

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

FORMER RESIDENTS

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

Obituaries, Week of August 9, 2018

VIRGINIA B. STARKEY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALICE M. GOGAN

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

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

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

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

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

LESLIE M. LANE

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

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

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

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

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

EDWARD E. HOYT II

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

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

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

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

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

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

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com.

CHRISTOPHER P. REED

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

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

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

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

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

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com.

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

SYLVIA M. LABBE

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

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

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

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

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

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com.

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

OTHERS DEPARTED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituaries, Week of August 2, 2018

SUSAN A. ALLEIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com.

DELORES M. FIELD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GERALD M. POTTLE

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

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

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

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

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

MARY ELLEN WENTZEL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LEROY BLOOD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OTHERS DEPARTED

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

LOCAL TIES

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

AREA NOTABLE

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

Obituaries, Week of July 26, 2018

ROBERT E. WARNER

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

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

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

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

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

Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family at www.khrfuneralhomes.com.

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

NANCY A. ANDREWS

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

She graduated from Hallowell High School.

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

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

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

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

KATHLEEN BARRETT

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

She attended and graduated from Cambridge schools.

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

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

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

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

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

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

SYLVIA A. PEASLEE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MURRY B. MCINTOSH JR.

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

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

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

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

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

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

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com.

LEWIS A. OUILETTE, JR.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOCAL TIES

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

Obituaries, Week of July 19, 2018

ALICE B. LESTER

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

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

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

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

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

NANCY V. GAUTHIER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FREDERICK D. DUPREY

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

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

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

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

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

MARILYN D. BRAGG

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

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

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

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

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

BUTCH BRAULT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MAXINE E. SCRIBNER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DENNIS W. STRATTON JR.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRUDENCE B. GRAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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