Obituaries for Thursday, March 21, 2019

CHRISTINE M. REYNOLDS

OAKLAND – Christine Mitchell Reynolds, 90, of Oakland, passed away Friday, March 1, 2019, following a brief stay at Northern Light Inland Hospital, in Waterville. She was born May 14, 1928, in Sidney, the daughter of Scott and Una Mitchell.

She attended elementary school in Sidney and graduated from Williams High School, in Oakland, in 1947.

With enthusiasm and pride, she devoted herself to the role of homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother, and mentor. Her interests were varied, including cooking, sewing, craft projects, swimming and Girl Scout leadership. Animals, especially cats, including “Calli” the calico. were her constant companions.

She cherished time spent swimming with the “Oakland Bubble Babies.” Married to Lawrence Reynolds (Peanut), the couple enjoyed trips to Down East Maine, building a camp at Moosehead Lake, and winter residence in Florida.

She was predeceased by her husband in 1986. The companionship of a friend, Myron Wentworth, extended the enjoyment of retirement years. Christine (Teen) was a devoted member of the Oakland-Sidney United Methodist Church, a member of the United Methodist Women and active with the “Lunch Bunch” Committee. For numerous years Christine consistently visited nursing homes, provided transportation to others, took food to shut-ins and extended a helping hand wherever she found a need. She will be greatly missed by the many friends who have shared warm relationships and lasting friendships., recognizing her as “Teen,” “Tina,” “Kitty,” “Gertrude,”or Christine.

She is survived by daughter Lillie Dugan and husband James, of Cortland, New York; grandchildren Carrie Hutter, of Keeseville, New York, Jae Dugan, (Glang), of Jamesville, New York, and Sarah Mitchell, (Glenn Ballantyne), of Harker Heights, Texas; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and sister-in-law, Charlotte Lovejoy, of Oakland.

A graveside service will be held at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta at a later time to be announced.

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

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Wheeler Funeral home & Cremation Care, 26 Church St., Oakland.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oakland Sidney UnitedMethodist Church in memory of Christine Reynolds 20 West School Street, Oakland ME 04963, or the Humane Shelter Waterville Area, 100 Webb Road, Waterville ME 04901.

JACOB J. NOYES

OAKLAND – Jacob Joseph Noyes, 25, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 4, 2019. Jacob was born in Waterville on May 12, 1993, to Dawna (Noyes) Kent.

Jacob attended Oakland schools and graduated from Messalonskee High School in 2011.

Jacob loved spending time with family and friends. His special friend, Will Stevens, was his true and loyal friend. Jacob also enjoyed fishing, hunting, four wheeling, movies, and the mud runs. He also loved working on old cars and trucks. Jacob was well known among his family and friends for his big generous heart, contagious smile, and personality. Jacob was employed by RJ Grondin & Sons and enjoyed driving dump trucks.

Jacob was predeceased by his grandfather and role model, Joseph Donald Giguere, whom he adored.

Jacob is survived by his ‘guardian’ and grandmother, Gloria J. Giguere; his mother, Dawna (Noyes) Kent; his aunt, Laurie Abbott and husband Bruce; his cousins, Megan Bacon and husband Nick, Jenna Nesbit, Rachael McKenney and husband Davis as well as their children, Kaydence, Liam, and Oliva; and his Godparents, Sandra and George Lamontagne; his uncle Tim Giguere and wife Althea; uncle Donald Giguere; aunt Valerie Giguere, aunt Kelly Cloutier and husband Wayne; cousins, Nicholas Cloutier and Jayme Kent and her husband Tommy as well as their children Lydia and Owen; many other aunts, uncles, cousins, and relatives, including his great-grandmother Louise Joslyn.

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

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

EUGENE D. CLOUTIER

VASSALBORO – Eugene D. Cloutier (Dan), 71, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at Maine Medical Center, Portland. He was born in Lancaster, New Hampshire, on September 17, 1947, the son of the late Eugene P. and Hattie F. (Mathurin) Cloutier.

Gene was a graduate of Groveton High School and of the University of Maine at Augusta, where he earned an associate’s degree. His strong work ethic began at the age of 10 when he started his summerly “worm business.” Many fishermen liked the worms he and his father sold because of the worms’ special diet of potato peels and brick dust. Through high school, he worked at Dupre’s Country Store, Groveton and Stark schools, Gary Normando’s moving company, and numerous other jobs. Gene worked at Groveton Paper Mill until he moved to Maine but was always “connected” to the mill via his dad, Aunt Putsy, Uncle Boomy, brothers, and friends. In Maine, he secured work at the Value House, Schiavi Mobile Home Sales, Goodwill Services, and MOCO. He worked for vocational rehab for the state of Maine and retired after 15 years of dedicated service. While employed for the state, he tirelessly lobbied in Washington D.C. for the transportation rights of the clients he served.

In Gene’s spare time, he loved to dabble in photography, go hiking and camping, work with his hands, and entertain friends and family, especially the grandkids.

After getting married in Groveton, Gene and his wife settled in Vassalboro in a home that Gene designed and built. They eagerly awaited the arrival of their son, Lance and daughter Michelle. When the two arrived, their house became a home and their hearts were filled with love.

Gene is lovingly survived by his wife of 51 years, Jane V. (Durgan) Cloutier; son, Lance D. Cloutier and his wife, Jennifer, of Vassalboro; daughter Michelle M. Hopper and her husband Jack, of Vassalboro; brothers William V. Cloutier of Concord, New Hampshire, David D. Cloutier and his wife Brenda of Concord, New Hampshire, Michael D. Cloutier and his wife Tahnya of Groveton, New Hampshire; a sister Carol A. Smith and her husband Harry, of Littleton, New Hampshire; a brother Dennis B. Cloutier and partner Angel, of Littleton, New Hampshire; a sister Ann M. Boudle and her husband Brian, of Berlin, New Hampshire, an aunt Joanne Mathurin, of North Conway, New Hampshire; seven grandchildren: Mikaylah and Bailey Cloutier, Moriah Preston and her husband Richard, David Hopper and his partner Kaitlyn, Zachary, Kaleb, and Kassidy Hopper; as well several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by a sister, Rose Marie

At the request of the family, there will be no public visiting hours. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St. Augusta.

Condolences, stories and photos may be shared at www.plummerfh.com.

CAROL J. FOWLER

UNITY – Carol J. Fowler, 81, of Unity passed away peacefully on Sunday, March, 10, 2019. She was born Nov­em­ber 29, 1937, in Skow­hegan, the daughter of Richard Mathieu and Louvine (Nadeau) Mathieu.

She graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, class of 1955, and went on to have a career as a beautician that spanned nearly four decades. In 1959 she married Floyd Fowler, of Thorndike.

Carol was an award-winning artist and loved playing the guitar, singing and dancing

She is survived by five children; Lauri Thomas-Fowler and her wife Linda, of Broadlands, Virginia, Sherri Lorette and her husband Kevin Blakeman, of Sharon, Vermont, Heidi Hilton and her husband Terry, of Bingham, Jodi Fowler of Kansas City, Missouri, and Todd Fowler, of Randolph, Vermont; one sister, Pauline Rogers, of Winslow; and one brother, Alan Mathieu, of Fairfield; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and her son, Matthew.

Friends wishing may make donations in her memory to the American Heart Association, Maine Affiliate, 51 US Route 1, Suite M, Scarborough, Maine 04074.

BARRY A. LEE

SOUTH CHINA – Barry A. Lee, 66, of Route 3, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at the Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta,. Barry was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on May 27, 1952, the son of James Madison Lee and Marylou (Haydon) Lee.

He was employed as a journeyman bricklayer by the Bricklayers Union for many years and ended his working career as a carpenter for Troy Prescott.

Barry was a member of the South China Volunteer Fire Department and China Rescue for several years.

He was predeceased by his parents, two sisters, and by his father-in-law, Mickey Farrington.

Surviving is his wife, Melinda “Mindy” Lee, of South China; two sons, Rex Lee and James Lee, both of South China; four grandchildren: Madison Lee, Benjamin Lee, Hayden James Lee and Touareg Lee; his mother-in-law, Jane Farrington; and two sisters-in-law, Millie Thompson and Polly Boynton and her husband Peter; brothers-in-law Daniel Thompson, and Clyde Streeter and his wife Jenny; and beloved nieces and nephews.

There will be no public visiting hours and no public service.

Memorial donations may be made to China Rescue, c/o China Town Office, 571 Lakeview Drive, China ME 04358.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Road, Rte. 32, Windsor, ME.

Condolences, photos and stories may be shared at www.plummerfh.com.

OTHERS DEPARTED

DWAYNE A. DREW JR., 51, of San Clemente, California, passed away on November 8, 2018. Locally, he is survived by his stepfather, Herbert Irish, of Fairfield; aunts and uncles Gene and Brenda Drew, of Unity, and Ray Routhier, of Benton.

EDWARD K. KNIGHT, 78, of Rome, passed away on Friday, January 18, 2019, at his home. Locally, he is survived by a sister, Linda Rackliffe and husband Herbert, and brother Dennis Knight and wife Debra, all of Oakland.

RALPH A. KNIGHT JR., 85, of Jefferson, passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at Good Shepherd Hospice House, in Sebring, Florida. Locally, he is survived by a son, Jeffrey Knight and wife Lorie, of Windsor.

WESLEY E. JOHNSTON, 87, of Waterville, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, following a long illness. Locally, he is survived by a brother-in-law, Tom Estabrook, of Oakland.

KARLA G. DANFORTH, 53, of Fairfield, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Locally, she is survived by a sister, Kim Castonguay and husband Darren, of Vassalboro.

PAUL A. WHITLEY, SR., 77, of West Gardiner, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. Locally, he is survived by a daughter, Vicki Bryan and husband Shawn, of Winslow, and stepson Travis Eldridge, of South China.

DANA W. BEAULIEU, 55, of Anson, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 7, 2019, a Redington-Fairview General Hospital, in Skowhegan. Locally, he is survived by his mother Mary Ellen Beaulieu and partner Ron Gilbert, of Winslow.

GERALDINE H. QUIRION, 85, of Waterville, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Northern Light Continuing Care – Lakewood, in Waterville. Locally, she is survived by her children, Jerome Quirion, of Waterville, Patrick Quirion, of Benton and Carl Quirion and wife Janet, of Winslow.

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NORMA E. PARLIN

JEFFERSON – Norma Ellen (Weeks) Parlin, 80, of Jefferson, passed away on March 4, 2019, following a long courageous battle with cancer. Norma was born on November 16, 1938, in Whitefield, the daughter of Theodore and Eunice (Grady) Weeks.

She attended Wiscasset High School. She married Edward on October 17, 1959, raised two children and she retired from Digital Equipment, in Augusta. Over the years she enjoyed family functions, camping, traveling with her sister-in-law, playing beano and rarely missed watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sporting events and dance recitals.

Norma was predeceased by her brothers; Theodore Jr. (Joe), Raymond, Darrell (Eli), Richard and Robert (Pete), and sister Sandra Weeks.

Norma is survived by her husband of 59 years, Edward F. Parlin, of Jefferson; son, Richard A. Parlin Sr. and wife Jean, of Jefferson; daughter, Shelly (Parlin) Brann and fiancé Chris Hathorne, of Windsor; stepson, Edward A. Parlin and wife Rose, of South Jefferson; five grandchildren; Richard A. Parlin Jr., of Jefferson; Erica (Parlin) Ontiveros and husband Rafael, of Windsor, Nicole (Brann) Poulin and husband Steve, of North Monmouth, Mark Brann Jr. and wife Courtney, of Oakland, Ryan Parlin, of South Jefferson; six great-grandchildren; Christopher, Jasmine, Sophia, Luke, Wyatt and Tanner, several nieces and nephews. A spring graveside service will be held at Shepard Cemetery, in Jefferson.

Arrangements are in the care of Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care.

Condolences, memories and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website: familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Norma’s memory to the Sussman House, 40 Anchors Drive, Rockport, Maine 04856.

BRENDA J. O’NEILL

WINDSOR – Brenda Joyce O’Neill, 68, of Windsor, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019. She was born on October 3, 1950, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the daughter of Otto Albert Pearson and Helen May (Bradley) Pearson.

She grew up in this small town a happy young girl, where she developed her love of the ocean with most of her time spent with her best friend Trudy O’Neill Hervieux, who later became her sister-in-law.

Many years later she moved to Maine where she spent the rest of her years as a single mother with her five children. Brenda was lucky enough to meet friends that she cherished and considered more important than just a friend.

Brenda loved her family days where they would all get together and have dinner.

She was predeceased by her parents; a granddaughter “her angel” Kayla O’Neill.

Brenda is survived by her five children, Michelle and David Knox, Donald O”Neill, Denise and Broadus Henson, Kristie Kenney and Eric O’Neill; 11 grandchildren, David Knox, Katrina O’Neill, Jesse Knox, Katrina O”Neill, Jesse Knox, Brittany Knox, Crystal Morse, Tamara Morton, Bobby Morton, Cody and Nicole Knox, Emily O”Neill, Kameron O”Neill and Kylie Bechard; eight great-grandchildren, Kallynne O’Neill, Kaiden Knox, Hunter Knox, Owen Mayo, Jyreese Morton, Alianna Morton, Mason Lane and Chloe Lane.

There will be a celebration of life dinner on May 26, 2019, at 2 p.m. at American Legion, Easter Avenue, Augusta, where everyone who would like to honor and remember her is welcome.

ROLAND S. CARTER

WINSLOW – Roland Stanley Carter, 81, of Winslow, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Roland was born in Winslow on January 15, 1938, to Alfred “Fred” and Mabel Carter and was one of 11 children.

He enlisted in the Air Force at age 17 and went on to serve his country for 20 years. While stationed in Germany, he met Anna Berg, of Neidenbach. They were married on September 26, 1958, in Spangdahlem, Germany.

Roland retired as a master sergeant in 1974, and settled down with his family on West Street, in Waterville. He was very proud of his military service, especially the time spent in Vietnam. He was a lifetime member of MacCrillis-Rousseau VFW Post#8835, in Winslow.

Roland became a Union employee of Maine Central Railroad, in Waterville, and worked as an engineer, conductor and flagman for 24 years, until retiring in 2000 at age 62. Roland was an extremely hard worker, a jack of all trades and a man of many talents. He was known for his witty humor and willingness to give the shirt off his back to help family and friends. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. In his later years, Roland was a jigsaw puzzle enthusiast who assembled hundreds.

Roland was predeceased by his parents; son, Jeffrey; his sisters, Jeannine Morisette, and Dolores Carter; and his brothers, Donald, Jean, Bob, Francis, Richard and Fernand.

Roland is survived by his wife of 60 years, Anna Carter; his son, Joseph Carter and wife, Carla; his son, John Carter, Major USAF (retired); his daughter, Jennifer Foust and husband, Joseph; grandchildren: Derek, Jason, Jerrit, Ryan, Sarah and Amanda; his sister, Cecile Trapnell; his brother, Patrick Carter; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, April 22, 2019, at 11 a.m., at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 112 Silver Street, Waterville. Burial will be later that day at 2 p.m., at the Maine Veterans’s Memorial Cemetery, 289 Civic Center Drive, Augusta.

Please visit www.veillieuxfuneralhome.com to share condolences, memories and tributes with his family.

LAURA F. STEVENS

OAKLAND – Laura F. (Reed) Stevens, 94, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at Lakewood Continuing Care, in Waterville, within minutes after visiting with her family. She was born November 16, 1924, in Augusta, the daughter of Harold and Ethelyn (Morrill) Reed.

She worked for over 45 years at the Diamond Match and Cascade Woolen Mill, both in Oakland, until her retirement in 1987. She was a life member of The Decker-Simmons Post#51 American Legion Auxiliary, VFW, GAR and DAV. She belonged to the Oakland Parks Recreation Seniors since its beginning and loved her adopted children.

She was married to Gerald L. Stevens Sr. for 53 years until his death on December 20, 1995, and together they raised 10 children and were so proud of how they all completed their education and the career paths they had chosen.

A few of her passions were watching the Boston Red Sox, new England Patriots and traveling in her younger years to California, New York, and especially the ocean with her friends and family.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband Gerald; sons David and Stevie; infant daughter Faith; grandson Lloyd York Jr.; sisters Lelia Luce and Maxine Gallagher; brothers Robert, Edmond (Buzzy) and Thomas Reed and adopted daughter Sandra O’Neal.

She is survived by her children, Judy Nichols (Bob French), Pamela Chartrand, Barbara (Rick) Haskins, Donna (Steve) Bolduc, Randy (Diana) Stevens, Jeffrey (Lisa) Stevens. Barry and Scott Stevens, adopted son Doug Foster; daughters-in-law, Brenda Stevens, AnnMarie Stevens and Laurie Thomas; 18 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; her adopted granddaughter Trudy Albair; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is planned for May 23, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at the Veterans Cemetery Chapel, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Laura’s name to the Oakland Parks Recreation Seniors, c/o Eric Seekins, P.O. Box 187, Oakland ME 04963.

JANE C. MOREAU

FAIRFIELD – Jane Charlotte Moreau, 76, of Fairfield, died on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. She was born on November 17, 1942, in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, one of six children of Edna May (Eddy) and Roy C. Wilkins.

She grew up in Farmington, New Hampshire and over the years she worked in various shoe shops in Maine and New Hampshire.

Jane was a member of the VFW MacCrillis-Rousseau Post#8835, in Winslow, and enjoyed camping, knitting, sewing, crocheting, and quilting. She also took pleasure in her flowers and was an avid reader. She will be remembered for her caring and helpful ways, as well as being a great pastry cook.

Jane is survived by her husband of nearly 23 years, Ronald Moreau, of Fairfield; her daughter, Terri Weston, of Barrington, New Hampshire; her son, Dana Ricker and his wife, Kristine, of Farmington, New Hampshire; her daughter, Christine Torno, of Lebanon; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held later this spring in Fairfield. Please visit www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com to share condolences, memories and tributes with Jane’s family.

MILFORD DOWNER

WINSLOW – Milford Downer, 80, of Winslow, died Monday, March 4, 2019, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. He was born in Freedom on April 29, 1936, the son of Freemont and Genevieve (McDonald) Downer.

Milford graduated from Freedom Academy and worked for several local employers including Scott Paper, in Winslow, and Lee Brothers, in Albion. However, he spent most of his career as a woodworker. He worked many years at Duratherm, in Vassalboro, and eventually retired from Benton Hardwood Lumber, in Benton. In his free time, Milford loved fishing and camping with friends. He had an appreciation for a great campfire and the stories that accompanied it. He took the opportunity to share unique travel experiences with his family including two cross country driving trips to visit the natural and historical attractions of the United States.

He was predeceased by his sister Maxine Fowler.

Milford is survived by his wife of 49 years Gail (Young) Downer; niece Cathy Hotham, her husband Fred and son Caleb; numerous other nieces and nephews; brothers Allan and Letitia Downer, Clayton and Jeanne Downer, and Rodney and Linda Downer; and sisters Bertha and Donald Maxim, Carlene and Ray Bourgoin, Norene and Jeffrey Linscott.

There is no service planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org.

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LULA “SALLY” BROTHERTON

SOUTH CHINA – Lula Ruth “Sally” Brotherton, of South China, born in Prague, Oklahoma, passed away peacefully in her home the morning of February 15, 2019. She was the middle child of Martin Joyce Sweet and Lawrence Clyde Curry.

Sally often times said she was naturally inclined to being both sweet and spicey.

From her earliest youth, Sally was passionate about environmental, peace and social justice issues. Every person is valuable and worthy of love and kindness. She was a candy striper in her early teens which eventually turned into a rich career in community and mental health services.

At the end of Sally’s life her affiliations included the Augusta Area Non-Violence Com­munication practice group, Augusta Brain Injury Support group, Augusta Area Women in Black (which holds a long standing peace vigil in front of the Lithgow Library on Fridays 12:30 – 1 p.m. All are invited,) and the NAACP.

Sally cherished her children and grandchildren.

Sally is survived by her daughters Michael Nicole Whitman, of Norridgewock, and Stephannie Dawn Estes, of Vassalboro; grandchildren, Dakota Autumn Estes, Savannah Rayne Estes, Charlie Joesphine Allen, all of Vassalboro, Robert Jacob Conlogue, of Palermo; brothers Lawrence Clyde Curry, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Charles Paul Curry, of Richmond, Virginia.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at www.directcremationofmaine.com.

BRENDA J. ALBEE

VASSALBORO – Brenda Jane Albee, 77, died Sunday, February 17, 2019, at Mt. Saint Joseph nursing home, in Waterville. Brenda was born April 19, 1941, in Norridgewock.

She attended Skowhegan area high school and went on to attend college at Westbrook College where she graduated with a bachelor degree. Brenda worked as a social worker for some time as well as a teacher in Skowhegan. She, along with her life-time partner Peggy, owned and operated Albany’s Hyde Away billiard lounge in Augusta.

Brenda lived mostly in Maine and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxillary since 1973. She was also a member of the Eastern Star.

Brenda resided in Florida for a few years where she and her partner owned and operated a wood crafting business called Mainely Small Stuff until retiring back home in Maine.

Brenda was an avid reader with special interest in Stephen King. It was a rare thing to see her without a book in her hand. Brenda also had an amazing green thumb and could make anything grow and flourish. She loved to garden and would spend countless hours tending to her gardens. Brenda enjoyed barbecues with family, traveling with her partner and good conversation.

Brenda will be remembered by those who loved her for her unfiltered honesty, her fiery personality, her creativity and her never give up attitude. Brenda was a strong thinking, intelligent, independent woman. She didn’t believe in waiting for others to help get things done and if there was a job to do, she dove in and got it done herself.

Brenda was predeceased by her parents, Ervin and Dorothy Moody; and her son, Steve Albee.

Brenda is survived by her life-time partner Peggy Hyde, of Vassalboro; her son Scott Albee, of Norridgewock; her brother Stanton Moody, of Augusta; two stepdaughters, Mario Chavarie and her husband Raymond, of South China, and Marni Gwazdosky and her husband Terry, of Clinton; four stepgrandchildren, Britney (Gwazdosky) Marston and her husband Josh, of Vassalboro, Nicholas Chavarie, Kyle Gwazdosky, Kelsey Gwazdosky; and a step greatgranddaughter, Kimberlee Marston.

There will be a private celebration of life for the family on Brenda’s birthday in April.

The family encourages those who wish to pay their respects in lieu of flowers to please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association.

VIVIAN R. FIELD

FAIRFIELD – Vivian R. Field, 99, of Fairfield, died Tuesday, February 19, 2019. She was born in the family home in Bryant Pond on August 4, 1919, the daughter of the late Frederick and Delia (Berryment) Noyes.

She was educated in Bryant Pond and graduated from Woodstock High School in 1937. She then went on to study at The Maine Eye & Ear Infirmary, in their nursing program, in Portland.

Vivian married Clinton E. Field on March 15, 1941, and they settled in Oxford to raise their three children. They spent 41 wonderful years together until he passed in 1987. They loved to travel, especially to New York, Georgia and throughout New England camping at different locations.

Vivian worked in woolen mills as a spooler, starting at Robinson Mill in Oxford, and then went to work at mills in Old Town and Clinton where she retired in her early 60s.

Vivian was a Girl Scout leader and a 4-H leader, in her younger years. She was an avid knitter, making many sweaters, hats, scarfs, and afghans for family and friends. She also was an avid reader and enjoyed her daily crossword puzzles. She was also an avid Red Sox fan. Vivian was awarded the Boston Post Cane in 2017, this strategic award is presented to the eldest resident in Fairfield.

Vivian was predeceased by a son-in-law, Donald Murphy Sr.; a brother, Frederick Noyes; and a sister, Mildred York.

She is survived by her three children, Coral Murphy, of Poland, Cecilia (Will) Guertin, of Fairfield, and Clinton (Lisa) Field Jr., of Florida; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-step-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Vivian’s life by visiting her guestbook at www.thefortingroupauburn.com.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Pinegrove Cemetery, in Poland. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group/Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation & Monument Services, 217 Turner St., Auburn, 783-8545.

Those wishing to make a memorial donation may do so to: The American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231 or The MaineGeneral Homecare & Hospice, 10 Water St., Waterville ME 04901.

MERVIN C. GREENE SR.

FAIRFIELD – Mervin C. Greene Sr., 87, passed away at his home on Thursday, February 21, 2019. He was born in Canaan on November 25, 1931, to the late James and Iva Greene.

Mervin worked for the town of Fairfield as a heavy equipment operator and then for Keyes Fibre, in Shawmut, as a crane operator until his retirement.

Mervin enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family and his little companion Cubby. Mervin was a jack of all trades and could fix anything. He had a special love for clocks, whether they were new or old.

He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Nancy; father James,; Mother Iva; brothers, Harvey and Ermile; sisters, Hilda and Vivian; daughter Jane Shorey; and grandson Shawn Shorey.

Mervin is survived by his children, Jean Morang and husband Roland, Susan Clark and husband George, Mervin Jr, and wife Dottie, James and wife Debbie, Sharon, Hawley and wife Debbie, and Trudy and fiancé Ronney; 19 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

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

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

ANNE L. DUVAL

WINSLOW – Anne L. (Letourneau) Duval, 77, died on Friday, February 22, 2019, at Oak Grove Center, in Waterville, following a short and unexpected illness. She was born in Fairfield in July 1941, the daughter of Amedee and Marie Letourneau.

She graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, in 1959. She married Raymond N. Duval on March 25, 1961, and traveled with him to various overseas assignments during their first 15 years of marriage, while Raymond was active duty in the USAF Security Service. During this time, Anne and Raymond’s son and daughter were born. After Anne and her family returned to Maine in February 1977, she attended some classes at Thomas College, in Waterville.

Anne was employed in clerical and payroll office positions while living at a couple of the overseas assignments and at Hathaway Shirt Factory, in Waterville, while Raymond was serving a remote tour from 1971-1972. Following her return to Maine in 1977, she worked in the Trust Department at the Waterville Federal Trust Company for 18 months.

After this she worked over 15 years at the Skowhegan S.D. Warren Company/Scott Paper Mill in the accounting and customer service departments before accepting an early retirement in 1995. She continued working for another 10 years in the accounting office of the Fairfield Plum Creek Timber Company before retiring in 2005.

Anne was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Notre Dame and Saint John parishes. which are now called Corpus Christi Parish, for 18 months; she was an active volunteer in the Saint John Parish office and the Waterville church office during 2006 and 2007.

She was a life-long member of the Winslow VFW Auxiliary Post #8835 and was a member of the Waterville American Legion Auxiliary Post #5.

Her father and mother predeceased her.

In addition to her husband Raymond, Anne is survived by her two children, Derek Duval, of Boise, Idaho, and Cherri Duval, of Gulf Breeze, Florida.

She is also survived by her sister Rosaree Dubay, of Orono; two brothers, Jules Letourneau and wife Gaile, of Shawmut, and Joseph Letourneau and wife Jacky, of Stuart, Florida; plus several nieces and nephews and other family members.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville. A reception will follow. Burial will be 10 a.m., Monday, March 18, 2019, at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mount Vernon Road, Augusta.

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

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Anne’s memory to: St. John Regional Catholic School, 15 South Garand St., Winslow ME 04901.

CAROL J. ROUX

SHAWMUT – Carol J. Roux, 81, passed away Friday, February 22, 2019, at Oak Grove Center, in Waterville,. She was born January 22, 1938, in Waterville, the daughter of Charles and Lottie (Ferland) King.

She worked for over 40 years at C. F. Hathaway shirt manufacturing company, in Waterville, until her retirement in May 2000. She was active in Local #486 Union and was vice president of the Central Maine Labor Council.

She was married to Erland Roux for 48 years until his death in November 2008. Carol enjoyed doing search a word puzzles, watching the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics. She was a democrat and loved the politics of Barack Obama.

Carol is survived by son, Timothy Roux and wife Veronica, of Belgrade; grandson, T.J., of Auburn; and great-grandsons, Jeremy, and Jackson, her sister Norma Grenier and husband Ross, all of Mapleton; her niece Cindy Batey and husband Gary, of Fairfield Center; many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Lottie King; her sisters Lorraine Booth, Beverly Trionfante, and Patricia Michaud.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Maine Veterans Cemetery in Augusta.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Carol’s memory to the Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Road, Waterville, ME 04976.

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

DORIS T. CUMMINGS

OAKLAND – Doris T. Cummings passed away at Oak Grove Nursing home following a long struggle with illness, Saturday, February 23, 2019. She was born December 21, 1934, in Waterville, the daughter of Edna and Frank Lebreck.

She was educated in Oakland schools, was employed at Norridgewock Shoe and later, until retirement, Cascade Woolen Mill, in Oakland. She then had time to babysit her nieces, Sam, Ashley and Melissa. She enjoyed coloring, crossword puzzles, bingo and loved lawn sales and music. She always helped others before herself. She was a loving sibling, mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was predeceased by her three brothers, Albert, Wilford, and Clyde; two nephews, Allen and John Kelly.

Doris is survived by her sister, Shirley Kelly and husband, Alfred, of Oakland, their daughter, Sandra Macdonald; sister-in-law, Beverly White and her daughter, Linda; two children, Theresa and Clarence; seven grandchildren, Danielle, Steven, Aaron, Anthony, Joey, Daniel, and Wesley; six great-grandchildren, Ashley, Mariah, Chantelle, Mackenzie, Zachery and Harmony; one great-great-granddaughter, Kinsley Mae.

A private service for family will be held at a later date. She was laid to rest in Lewis Cemetery, Oakland.

Arrangements were under the care of Mid Maine Cremation, 107 Main St., Fairfield.

BARBARA A. HAGAN

WINDSOR – Barbara Anne Hagan, 83, passed on Sunday, February 24, 2019. She was born June 16, 1935, to Barbara Coltunick and George Dodge, Sr., in Providence, Rhode Island.

Barbara worked many years traveling the country designing, installing and programming computers. Her travels brought her to Maine where she fell in love with the state and its people. She met the love of her life, Richard “Dick” Hagan and they were married. The couple purchased their home in Windsor and quickly became a beloved part of their community.

Barbara set up Barbara’s Barn at her home in Windsor where she taught craft classes and sold miniature doll houses. Barbara was a proud member of the Whitefield Lioness Club, Eastern Star, Windsor Historical Society and the Ladies Aid.

Burial will be in the spring at the Resthaven Cemetery in Windsor.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara’s name to help with final expenses to Jody Ray, 346 Coopers Mills Road, Windsor, ME 04363.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hall’s of Waldoboro, 949 Main Street, Waldoboro. Condolences may be shared at www.hallfuneralhomes.com.

OTHERS DEPARTED

THOMAS J. SEAMON, 38, of Starks, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2019. Locally, he is survived by his children, Jealyn and Owen Seamon, and their mother, Holly Morgan, of China.

ERNEST PONTBRIAND, 91, of Waterville, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at Mount Saint Joseph, in Waterville. Locally, he is survived by his daughter, Marcia Anderson and her husband Craig, of South China.

SHIRLEY G. CROCKER, 70, of Monmouth, passed away on Monday, February 18, 2019, at her home. Locally, she is survived by a son, Glen Crocker and wife Michelle, of Windsor.

LEON L. BISSON, 87, of Port Charlotte, Florida, formerly of Waterville, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, in Port Charlotte. Locally, he is survived by his wife Martha, of Waterville; children, Bruce Bisson and wife Alison, of Oakland, Dennis Ames and wife Dory, of Clinton, Carolee Bisson, of Belgrade, and Kelly Nichols and husband Bob, of Skowhegan; grandson Blake Bisson and wife Kassandra, of Belgrade.

Obituaries for Thursday, February 28, 2019

BETTY M. VEILLEUX

FAIRFIELD CENTER – Betty M. Veilleux, 92, of Fairfield Center, passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2019. She was born in Waterville on January 14, 1927, the daughter of the late Hugh and Fern (Donna) Andrews.

She graduated from Waterville High School, class of 1945. She spent 59 wonderful years of marriage to her husband, Kaiser, who passed away in 2006.

When her children were young, Betty taught Sunday school at Getchell Street Baptist Church and Fairfield Center United Methodist Church.

She was a member of the Red Hat Society, Knitting Club, and Quilting Clubs, and made many beautiful quilts for each of her children, and grandchildren, and showed her work at many quilt shows.

Betty volunteered at MaineGeneral Medical Center in the “Doll Factory” for 13 years, making dolls for sick children, and in her later years was a member of the “Silver Sneakers” at Champions Fitness Club, in Waterville.

Besides her parents and her husband, Betty was predeceased by her infant daughter, Paula, and her siblings, Donald Andrews, Charles Andrews, Hugh Andrews, Beverly Bickford and Leone Marble.

Betty will be sadly missed by her children, Gail Berry and her husband, David, Steve Veilleux, Jayne Woods, Kim Denis and her husband, Paul, and Melanie Veilleux; her granddaughters, Amy Foss and her husband, Gerald, and Emily Veilleux; her grandsons, Brad Bessey and his wife, Vicki, Brock Dennis and his wife, Rileigh, Alex Gerald, and Blake Gerald; and her great-grandsons, Noah Denis, Elliot Gerald, Ryker Hillman, and Jack Gerald.

Spring burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery, in Waterville.

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

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

PAMELA L. BAKER

FAIRFIELD – Pamela Baker, 60, passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2019, following a courageous battle with leukemia. Pam was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on March 3, 1958. She was the daughter of Kenneth A. and Virginia Galipo.

She graduated from Shrewsbury High School, in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, in 1976.

Pamela owned and operated Lighthouse Bible & Gift from 1999 until it closed 2016. She knew hundreds of customers by name along with their interests.

Pam was married for 42 years to her high school sweetheart. She met Dennis at church when she was 15. They dated until she graduated high school and were married on August 28, 1976.

Pam was a member of Kennebec Valley Baptist Church. She has decorated the church for the past 29 years. She decorated for every holiday and especially enjoyed making the auditorium look special during Easter and Christmas. She also assisted in the tech booth each Sunday. She loved to crochet, making various animals and other creations.

She was predeceased by her mother, Virginia, father, Kenneth and brother, Kenneth.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis; her son, David; and daughter, Julie and husband, Scott. She had three grandchildren who live in Australia, Noah, Christoper and Gabrella.

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

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

DOUGLAS PERRY

VASSALBORO – Douglas Paul Perry, 69, passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2019, following an extended period of ill health. Doug was born to Marie I. and Benedict E. Perry on July 17, 1949, living his whole life in North Vassalboro.

He attended elementary school there, graduated from Winslow High School in 1967, and attended Unity College. He was married to Gail Lindsey in Owl’s Head, on June 30, 1973. They made their home in North Vassalboro.

Doug was a member of the Maine Army National Guard froom 1969 through 1975. He was employed by Scott Paper, SD Warren, Sappi Fine Paper for 35 years, retiring in 2004. Doug was a member of Augusta Elks Lodge, Masonic Lodge, and American Legion Post #126. He was a licensed Ham Radio Operator; call sign KA1YBJ

An avid NASCAR fan, he rarely missed a televised race and a chance to see his favorite driver, Kevin Harvick, be victorious.

Doug enjoyed golfing when he was able and RV camping with friends and family, yearly trips to Eustis, Rangeley, the Camden area and Acadia were a must. In 2013, the Perrys took a cross country trip via motorhome to South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, and Arizona. Seeing the Grand Canyon was the highlight of his trip.

Doug was predeceased by his parents Marie and Benedict Perry; and a brother-in-law, James F. Oldroyd.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Gail; his brother Reginald Perry and wife Julia, of Clinton; his sister Cynthia Brown, of Vassalboro; sister-in-law. Sada L. Oldroyd and brother-in-law, Wayne E. Lindsey, Sr., both of Owl’s Head; cousins Carol and Wayne Brown, of South Thomaston; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 112 Silver Street, Waterville, on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to local animal shelters.

PATRICIA B. JONES

PALERMO – Patricia B. Jones, 76, of Palermo, passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Augusta, on April 4, 1942, the daughter of the late Merton (Glidden) Brann and Mary (Sabin) Brann French.

A graduate of Erskine Academy, she then received her diploma in nursing from Maine Medical Center School of Nursing. She continued her education at University of Maine at Farmington and earned a bachelor’]s degree in health education. Following graduation from nursing school, Patricia worked briefly at the State Hospital in Augusta. She then continued her nursing career at Augusta General Hospital (now Maine General) where she worked for 40 years, primarily in the coronary care unit and as a night shift supervisor. She was also instrumental in developing the cardiac rehab program at Augusta General Hospital.

She was a devoted member of the Palermo Christian Church and was active in many ministries over the years, including missions committee, clothing exchange shop, and deacons. She even participated in a medical mission trip to Haiti to better understand her son-in-law’s culture.

Patricia was a very creative person. She made countless quilts for her children, grandchildren, friends, and charitable organizations as well. She was a member of several quilting guilds. She was also an active member of the Windsor Historical Society and had a great interest in genealogy. She spent years researching family roots.

Patricia was an incredibly kind and selfless person, always helping and thinking of others. She had a very special relationship with her great-granddaughter, Ava Foster. They had many adventures and explored the world together, by visiting libraries and museums in various towns, and shopping at thrift stores.

She was predeceased by her parents and a stepsister, Delores Witham.

She is survived by her husband, David Jones, of Palermo; daughter, Elizabeth Chamberlain, of Palermo, daughter, Rebecca D’Haiti and husband Carrel, of Newburgh; son Peter Jones and his wife Lisa, of Orrington, son Andrew Jones and his wife, Michele, of Matawan, New Jersey; brothers, Dave Brann and wife, Molly, of Homer, Alaska, Richmond Brann and wife, Nancy, of Somerville, Robert Brann and wife, Priscilla, of Windsor, Timothy Brann and wife, Sue, of Keyport, Washington, Steven French and wife, Jane, of Palermo; stepbrother Laurice French, of Somerville; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held on March 2, at 1 p.m., at the Palermo Christian Church, in Palermo. A family burial will be held at a later date in Alna.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant Street, Augusta.

Condolences, photos and memories may be shared at www.plummerfh.com.

OTHERS DEPARTED

PETER M. JOHNSON, 71, of Sidney, passed awaty on Monday, February 4, 2019, at MaineGeneral Rehab and Nursing at Glenridge, Comfort and Care, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Locally, he is survived by a step-daughter, Lea Studholme and husband Joe, of South China.

ROGER A. FORTIN II, 47, of East Pittston, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Locally, he is survived by his sister, Greta Cuimmings and husband Todd, of Whitefield; nephew Patrick Doe and significant other, Rikki Bryant, and niece Stephanie Doe and significant other Peter Schultz, all of Windsor.

DANIEL N. VEILLEUX, 55, of Rumford, passed away on Friday, February 8, 2019. Locally, he is survived by a niece, Brittany (Yorks) Vought and husband Luke, of Oakland.

Obituaries for Thursday, February 21, 2019

KARLA G. DANFORTH

FAIRFIELD – Karla Gene Danforth, 53, passed away peacefully from cancer on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Karla was born on July 20, 1965, in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, to Ralph Lane Sr. and Maryann (Gurney) Campbell.

Karla graduated from Lawrence High School and received her associate degree in respiratory therapy from Kennebec Valley Community College, in Fairfield.

Karla was a longtime employee of Central Maine Medical Center, in Lewiston. For the last decade, she worked at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, in Hollywood, Florida, in the neonatal intensive care unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She was passionate about her job and touched the lives of so many families. Karla was voted employee of the year several times as well, and received multiple leadership, and community awards. With such a zest for life, Karla loved the beach, backyard barbeques, and concerts.

Karla was predeceased by her grandparents, Roland and Harriet Gurney.

Karla is survived by her parents Ralph Lane Sr. and Maryann Campbell; husband David Danforth; daughters Megan Danforth and Courtney Peckham and husband Kolby; stepson Noel Danforth and wife Missy, of Gaithersburg, Maryland; stepdaughter Jessica Kaniuka and husband Pierce, of Farmington; three grandsons Tadiyah Danforth, Rainer Danforth, and Kole Peckham; sisters Karen Poulin and husband Kenneth, of Hampstead, New Hampshire, Kim Castonguay and husband Darren, of Vassalboro, Kathy Roderick and husband Allen, of Bingham; brother Ralph Lane Jr. and fiancée Robin Cyr, of Fairfield; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, February 17, from 12-6 p.m. at the Waterville Elks Lodge, 76 Industrial St., in Waterville.

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

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

MERLON SYLVESTER

WINSLOW AND ALBION – Merlon “Major” Sylvester, 95, formerly of Winslow, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. He was born in Winslow on December 5, 1923, the son of the late Elwood and Eva Sylvester.

He married the former Christine Caron on March 7, 1946. They enjoyed 68 years of married life together.

Major worked years picking up cans of milk from area farmers and transporting it for Carroll Harding to Portland. After marrying, he worked as a self-employed farmer and woodsman.

He loved spending time with family and friends and being involved with church activities. He also had a great passion for stock car racing. He was always willing to give advice and a helping hand to all family members, especially Fred, Jeannette, and Jr., who drove stock cars. He was a dedicated spectator at Unity Raceway for many years.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Christine; his daughter, Carol; his sisters, Jessie Brooks and Irene Blomiley; and his brothers, Fred and Ralph Sylvester.

Major will be sadly missed by his children, Paulette and her husband, Richard Chapman, Jeannette and her husband, Everett Tinker, Merlon Sylvester Jr., and Fred Sylvester; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

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

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

MARGUERITE M. LINSCOTT

WASHINGTON – Marguerite M. Linscott, 72, of Washington, passed away unexpectedly at the Sussman House on January 31, 2019. Marguerite was born in Washington to Robert R. Linscott and Doris Finn Linscott.

Marguerite attended Union High School where she graduated valedictorian, class of 1964. Marguerite continued on to become a hairdresser and she taught at Central Beauty School in Augusta. Her students gave her the nickname “Teach.” They described her as tough but thorough. Marguerite took great pride in what she did which made her one of the best in the business. She was nominated for Best of the Best award in 2004 reader’s poll for her work. After teaching she worked as a hairdresser at  Mahogany in Camden and at The Cutting Room in Camden until her retirement.

In her spare time Marguerite enjoyed working outside in her flower and vegetable gardens, cooking, and working around the house. She was an avid animal lover. She enjoyed having the company of wildlife and had a special bond with her cats and her dog.

Marguerite was predeceased by her father, Robert, in 1988; mother, Doris, in 2002; and oldest brother, Robert Linscott, in 2019.

She is survived by brothers, Mahlon Linscott and wife Barbara, of Washington, and Berkley Linscott and wife Nancy, of Washington; sister-in-law, Janice Linscott, of Union; nephews, Richard Linscott and wife Kimberly, of Washington, Milton Linscott and wife Pamela, of Florida, and David Linscott and wife Christina, of Topsham; and great-nephews, Benjamin Linscott, of Florida, and Harrison Linscott and wife Catherine, of Union.

At Marguerite’s request there will be no services.

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, P. O. Box 1294, Rockland ME 04841.

Condolences may be shared at hallfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hall’s of Waldoboro.

DEBRA J. GAGNE

WINSLOW – Debby J. Gagne passed away on Friday, February 8, 2019, at her home in Winslow, following a year-long battle with ovarian cancer. Debby was born in Waterville on August 16, 1955, the daughter of Raymond (“John”) and Ruth (Mathieu) Bourque.

She attended Mount Merici school, in Waterville, as a child and graduated from Waterville Senior High School in 1973.

Debby began working at Seton Hospital and then Colby College, both in Waterville, in her early 20s and it was during this time she met her husband, Roger G. Gagne, of Winslow. They were married in 1978 and over the course of 40 years of marriage they were blessed with two daughters, Katie and Shelley, two granddaughters, Madison and Taylor, and always enjoyed a tight-knit family culture with most family members living in the Central Maine area.

One of Debby’s greatest joys in life was her girls – in fact, she decided to leave the workforce for 12 years to focus on raising them and always placed their well-being and happiness before her own. She was incredibly committed to her children. She attended every sporting and life event, made sure a warm meal was on the table every night and ensured that the girls were able to enjoy each and every day, including planning many memorable family trips and adventures. She always supported and celebrated their academic and personal pursuits and achievements.

Deb returned to work at Waterville Senior High School for 14 years in an administrative role. She then worked at the Central Maine Morning Sentinel and the Law Firm of Butler Whittier before her retirement in 2016. In her retirement she dove head first into her role as a grandmother, spending time in Massachusetts for newborn feedings, birthday parties and trips to the playground.

Debby was an only child who had an exceptionally close relationship with her parents, caring for them throughout their lives and into their elderly years. She was always up for a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee with her mother, Ruth, a game of gin rummy, baking and cooking, and taking day trips to the Maine Coast where they enjoyed shopping and eating lobster rolls.

Above and beyond her unwavering commitment to family, Debby was an avid New England sports fan, always rooting on the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and especially the Patriots. Even in the throes of her illness she was insistent on treating her family to an outing at Gillette Stadium this past fall where we watched the Patriots defeat the Miami Dolphins. She was also an animal lover, doting on her dog Maggie and her children’s dogs Payson and Guinness.

She is survived by her mother Ruth; husband Roger; daughter Katie and son-in-law Brad Callow, daughter Shelley and son-in-law John Glidden; granddaughters Madison and Taylor Callow; cousin Cindy Hapworth; sisters and brothers-in-law Sandra and Earl Joler and Tom and Ruth Gagne; and their children; as well as other relatives and cousins from the Bourque family.

She was predeceased by her father, Raymond Bourque, who passed in June 2017.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church, 26 Monument Street, in Winslow, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, followed by a reception to celebrate her life. A family burial will take place at a later date in St. Francis Cemetery, Waterville.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Animal Refuge League of Portland.

GINA LaCROIX

UNITY – Gina LaCroix, 50, of Unity, died unexpectedly on Friday, February 8, 2019, at her residence. She was born  January 11, 1969, in Anaheim, California, the daughter of David and Beatrice (Duran) Robles.

She was a certified nurses’ aide at Farren Care, in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, and later worked at Starrett Tool Company, in Athol, Massachusetts. Gina loved music, singing, dancing and especially loved pigs. She was known to be a nurturing, generous and kind soul. She enjoyed being outdoors.

She is survived by her mother, Beatrice Rayl, of Dixmont; a son, Jonathan West, of Keene, New Hampshire; her significant other, Dwayne Shaw, of Unity; a sister, Christiana Capasso, of Gilbert, Arizona, several nieces and pephews; and her god-daughter Willow Rose DeRosaps.

Arrangements were under the direction of Crosby & Neal, in Newport.

Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.Crosby-Neal.com.

BOYD S. WEBBER JR.

WESTON, ME. – Boyd Smith Webber, Jr. “Bud”, 60, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 14, 2019, from a heart attack, in Fort Meyers, Florida where he was working for the winter. He was born in Augusta on February 2, 1958, the son of Boyd Smith Webber, Sr. and Viola Webber.

He grew up on Three Cornered Pond, in Augusta, with his parents and his five siblings as well as a neighborhood filled with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins enjoying the rural life of fishing, swimming, ice skating, ice fishing and other country fun. Boyd attended Augusta public schools and following high school, he spent several years in Florida, working in woodworking and home construction. He returned to the central Maine area and spent many years working as a skillful finish carpenter, fine cabinet maker and in interior home construction, including rough carpentry and dry wall.

Boyd moved to the rural northern Maine town of Weston in the mid-1990s, where he continued to live until his death, often traveling to Florida in the winter months to work.

He will always be remembered for his auburn curls, quiet nature, quirky sense of humor and his love for woodworking. Boyd used his passion for working with wood and his natural artist talents to craft wooden bowls and other items from tree burls, each exquisitely unique, beautiful pieces of art which were sold up and down the eastern seaboard.

Boyd is predeceased by both paternal and maternal grandparents and his niece Rebecca.

He survived by his son Daniel, daughters Tara and Natasha and their mother Annette, all of Florida; his parents Boyd, Sr. and Viola Webber, of Augusta; his brothers Bruce and wife Debbie, Tom and wife Lori, all of Augusta; his sisters, Jean Royle, of Palermo, Sue and her partner Deb, of Augusta, and Patricia, of Waterville; nephews Jim, Kevin and his partner Heather, Shane and his partner Tasha, and Derek and wife Heather; nieces Heidi and her partner Matt, Katherine and husband Seth, and Sara and husband Rick; his great-nieces Aurora and Seven; great nephew Chayton, several aunts, uncles, many cousins and numerous friends both in Maine and Florida.

A celebration of life gathering will be held in Maine in June, date to be announced at a later time.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

OTHERS DEPARTED

WESLEY E. JOHNSTON, 87, of Waterville, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, following a long illness. Locally, he is survived by brother Tim Johnston and wife Joan, of Belgrade and Albert Johnston, of Fairfield; sisters Charlene Lawrence and husband Melvin, of Waterville; sister-in-law Caroline Bun and husband Bernard, of Waterville, and brother-in-law TomEstabrook, of Oakland.

DELBERT E. McLAGGAN, 86, of Detroit, passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Sebasticook Valley Hospital, in Pittsfield. Locally, he is survived by a son, Kevin McLaggan and wife Annette, of South China; and grandson Kyle McLaggan and partner, Myriah Cotter, of South China.

JUNE A. FOWLER, 93, of Troy, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Locally, she is survived by a sister Gladys Benner, of Fairfield, and a granddaughter Charelle, of Palermo.

BIRCHARD L. BROOKS, 61, of Belgrade, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Locally, he is survived by a son, Jeremy NBrooks, and wife Megan, of Waterville; daughter Rebecca Kingsbury and husband Braden, of Oakland; brothers Byron Brooks, of Waterville, Clifford Brooks Jr., of Rome, and Jeffrey Brooks and wife Brenda, of Winslow.

ROBERT E. COLSON, 83, of Windham, passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2019. Locally, he is survived by a brother Donald Colson, of Benton.

FORMER RESIDENT

RONALD UECKER, 81, of Centerville, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, January 31, 2019.

Ron spent over 30 years in the newspaper business in the midwest, and was advertising director for the Waterville Morning Sentinel and Augusta’s Kennebec Journal. He retired in December 1999 and spent 16 years in retirement, with his wife, Mary Jean “MJ” on Togus Pond, before moving to Centerville, Ohio. He is survived by his wife “MJ” Uecker (Rampenthal), of Centerville, Ohio.

Obituaries for Thursday, February 14, 2019

FLO SEVEY

FAIRFIELD – Flo Sevey, 80, passed away on Monday, January 31, 2019. She was born April 7, 1938. She married Clyde Sevey on March 14, 1953, and were married for 65 years.

Flo loved to cook, camping fishing, and driving fast. She loved God with all her heart.

She is survived by three daughters, Linda, Joyce and Betty, and one son, James; 11 grandchildren, Hayden, Anna, Mike, Josh, John, Sarah, Seth, Caleb, Genny, Vangie and Stacy; 28 great-grandchildren; and 40 foster children.

She will be missed by all who knew her.

A memorial serving will be held on Saturday, Feburay, 23, at 3 p.m., at 151 High Street, (Kingdom Life Church) in Oakland.

Memorial donations may be made to the Truth Fellowship in care of Rev. Gene McDaniel, 123 Davis Road, Fairfield, ME 04937.

RYAN W. WORSTER

FAIRFIELD – Ryan W. Worster, 43, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019, in Anson. He was born August 25, 1975, in Skowhegan, the son of Sheldon W. Worster and Corinne B. (Guenette) Mathieu.

He graduated from Skowhegan Area High School in 1995. He was employed at Canaan Superette for five to seven years and then went to Valley Distributors where he had been employed for 18 years. Ryan enjoyed camping, fishing, ice fishing, hunting, motorcycle riding, kayaking, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling, spending time with family and friends and always spending time with his step-father, Ronnie, doing many different things together. He also loved to spend time with the boys, Nick, Jacob, and Ethan, doing the things that boys do.

Ryan is survived by his mother, Corinne (Guenette) Mathieu and husband Ronnie, of Canaan; father, Sheldon Worster and fiancée Elaine Carll, of Skowhegan; significant other, Mindy Stoddard and her children Nick, Jacob, and Ethan, all of Fairfield; sister, Shelley Corson and husband Michael, of Madison; nephew, Alex Corson, of Madison; step-sister, Denise Lang and husband Brad, of Skowhegan; nephews and nieces, Tyler, Ticy, and Telena, all of Skowhegan; grandparent, Selma (Worster) Grant, of East Machias; many cousins, aunts, and uncles.

He was predeceased by three grandparents, Guy Worster, Gus Guenette, and Elinor Guenette; step-sister, Leona (Mathieu) Abbott.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019, at noon, at the Poulin-Turner Union Hall, 653 Waterville Road, Skowhegan with Rev. Mark Tanner officiating. A Celebration of Life will follow the memorial service.

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

J.E. REGINALD BIZIER

VASSALBORO – J.E. Reginald “Reggie” Bizier, 92, of Vassalboro, passed away on Sunday February 3, 2019. Reggie was born November 28, 1926, in Winslow, to Dominique John and Alice (Fontaine) Bizier.

Following graduation from Winslow High School, class of ‘44, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Frybarger D-E705. After being discharged in July 1946, he served in the Naval Reserve for another seven and one half years.

In 1951, Reggie founded Bizier Construction, which later became Bizier Homes.

In the late 7’0s, Reggie also established Bizier Developers.

Reggie was an accomplished craftsman, who in his spare time built boats, clocks, decoys, and hand-carved decorative ducks. When not in his workshop, you would find Reggie at the tennis courts or at Moosehead Lake enjoying his camp and fishing Rockwood, skiing at Sunday River and Mount St. Anne or duck hunting with his sons, grandsons and friends.

Reggie was a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, in Winslow, in what is now known as Corpus Christi Parish. He was known for his altruism, both locally and nationally.

Reggie married the former Dollis (Tardiff) Bizier on July 19, 1947. They raised eight children.

He is survived by his four daughters, Monique Studholme and her husband, Richard, Genevieve Gosselin and her husband, Gerald, Alice King, Denise Benson and her husband, Walter, and three sons, Marc Bizier, Robert Bizier, and Paul Bizier and his wife, Sarah, and daughter-in-law, Hope Shorey and her husband, Thomas. Reggie has 28 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews; sister, Mariette Roy and her husband, Edward, sister-in-law, Patricia (Clement) Bizier, and sister-in-law, Lillian and her husband, Raymond Quirion.

Reggie was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Dollis; a son, D. John Bizier; his three brothers, Marius, Leonce “Lee”, and Dominique (Clement) Bizier; and two grandchildren, Courtney Alicia Gosselin and Seth Bizier.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Travis Mills Foundation, 89 Water St., Hallowell, Maine 04347, or MaineGeneral Hospice Care, P.O. Box 828, Waterville, ME 04901-0828.

ALTHEA M. NOEL

WATERVILLE – Althea Marie (Tardiff) Noel, 98, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019, at the home of her daughter, Patricia, where she has lived for the past 19 years. She was born May 5, 1920, on a farm in Clinton, to Annie (Aspiro) and Fred Tardiff.

Althea’s mother died while giving birth. Weighing only 1.5 lbs., her maternal grandmother placed her in a shoe box on the oven door to keep her warm. Always amazed with the story of her birth, she would frequently share it with others. From the day she was born, Althea was raised by her maternal Grandmother Grenier. After her grandmother passed, she, at the age of 15, was welcomed into the home of her Uncle Reny, his wife, Grace, and their children, Alton and Pauline; who became like brother and sister to her.

After attending Winslow public schools, Althea worked at Hollingsworth & Whitney, in Winslow, where she would meet her soon to be husband of 53 years, Raymond (Bill) Noel. After her retirement from Scott Paper Company, in Winslow, Althea worked in the school kitchen at the Sacred Heart School. In 1990, she retired as head cook of Waterville Senior High School, a position she loved dearly. For many years after her retirement from Waterville High School, she provided daycare to her great grandson, Zachary, with which she shares a special bond.

Althea enjoyed reading, playing bingo, jigsaw puzzles and most recently, solitaire played on her iPad. More than anything, she loved her family and their summers spent together at their camp on Snow Pond. The laughter and memories made while sitting by the lake, sharing stories of old, will be cherished by all.

Althea was predeceased by her husband, Raymond (Bill) Noel; parents, Frederick Tardiff and Annie (Aspiro) Tardiff; maternal grandmother, Malvina (Aspiro) Grenier; sister, Theda Talbot; stepmother, Anna (Cyr) Tardiff; half-brothers, Gerard and Norman Tardiff; half-sister, Alfreda Tardiff; step-sisters, Jeanine (Cormier) Blait, Loretta (Cormier) McDonald and Pauline (Cormier) Cloutier; son-in-law Elliott Vintinner.

Althea is survived by her two daughters, Patricia (Noel) Vintinner, of Waterville, and Cynthia (Noel) St. Pierre and husband, Robert (Sanky), of Waterville; seven grandchildren, Andrea (Vintinner) Disch and husband, Robert, of Waterville; Allison (St. Pierre) Fluet and husband, Steve, of Cumberland, Jennifer (Vintinner) Cabana, of Waterville, Jeffrey Vintinner and wife, Kris (Zack), of West Gardiner, Danny St. Pierre and wife, Angel (Barry), of Belgrade, Jody (St. Pierre) Nutting and husband, Dan, of Scarborough, Joey St. Pierre and wife, Crystal (Bolduc), of Waterville; 16 great-grandchildren, Tyler Cabana, Griffin Fluet, Zachary Disch, Zoey Fluet, Emily Cabana, Sarah Cabana, Justin Vintinner, Mackenzie St. Pierre, Maddy St. Pierre, Phineas Nutting, Paige St. Pierre, Brady Fluet, Blake Vintinner and Hudson Nutting; stepgrandchildren, Katie Zack and Johnny Zack; two sisters, Sister Doris Tardiff, SGM, of Lexington, Mass., and Sister Anne S. Tardiff, CSC, of Alexandria, Va.; one sister-in-law, Julie Donahue of Benton; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral & Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.

JOSEPH L. N. VIGUE

WINSLOW – Joseph L. N. “Joe” Vigue, 86, of Winslow, died Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at Oak Grove Center, in Waterville. He was born in Winslow on September 28, 1932, the son Adolph and Antoinette (Quirion) Vigue.

He attended Waterville schools.

On October 21, 1961, he married the former Pauline Marquis and raised three children.

Pauline and Joe were married for 53 years and were inseparable during retirement. They enjoyed breakfasts at Eric’s restaurant and socializing at the VFW and Elks lodge on a regular basis. Joe was an avid candlepin bowler his entire life.

As a teenager he worked at the Waterville Metro Bowl setting up pins, then later bowling on many leagues through the years. He was known as one of the best around Maine, with many trophies to show, winnings of money and prizes, including a new car.

Joe was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Winslow, worked construction for the laborers union until his retirement and was a member of the Waterville Elks Lodge #805 for 50 years, during which he was one of the original people that established the chicken barbecues to raise money for the lodge and different charities. He cooked the chicken, and his wife, Pauline, made the strawberry shortcake. Later on, he also did chicken barbecues at the Winslow VFW. He watched countless hours of old war movies over the years and enjoyed socializing with the crew at the Winslow VFW. Joe coached midget football in Winslow back in the ‘70s with friends Norman Nicolos and Reed Cammick. Anyone who knew Joe, knew he was a huge New York Yankees fan for his entire life, and jokingly harassing Red Sox fans. He was predeceased by parents; brothers, Leo and Richard Veilleux; sisters Fern and Evette Veilleux and Juliette Dube.

Joe is survived by daughters, Joline Gagnon and husband Greg, Bonnie Audet and husband Chad; son, Norman and wife Renee; eight grandchildren, Greg Jr., Christine, David, Heather, Aaron, Christopher, Derrik and Luke; six great-grandchildren, Dakota, Jacob, Brayden, Zachary, Colby, and Kayden.

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

LARRY W. RICKER

VASSALBORO – Larry Wayne Ricker, 68, of Vassalboro, died unexpectedly on Monday, February 4, 2019, at his home. He was born in Skowhegan on January 17, 1951, a son of Lucille (Burns) and Clarence Ricker.

His father died when he was two, however, Lucille would marry Forrest Pinkham, a man who had what it took to be a dad to her children.

Larry graduated from Anson Academy, class of 1969. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, saw action in Vietnam and was awarded the Air Medal for outstanding and meritorious achievement during flight operationss. He was a member of American Legion Post #179 in South China.

In 1986, Larry had the good fortune to marry Carolyn Tobey and found in her, his soulmate. Throughout their 32 year marriage, Larry could make Carolyn smile and laugh. Over the years, Larry worked as a machinist and mechanic, was a trucker with C & L Ricker Trucking, worked for Statler Tissue, Dan’s Used Cars, R & K Auto with Charlie Jones, or was self-employed. He also built four race cars, his most recent being #60, which Caleb Willette has been driving for the past eight years. He was a member of the Wicked Good Vintage Racing Association.

Larry loved hunting (among his trophies, a moose weighing over 800 pounds), fishing, snowmobiling, camping, four-wheeling and traveling. He had a spontaneous spirit and was always ready to go anywhere, anytime. Trips to New Zealand, Germany, Alaska, the Canadian Rockies, Yellowstone, the Redwood Forest, PEI, Lake Ontario and Cape Breton are just a few cherished memories. He was known for his “heart of gold” that was always ready to help anyone in need. Add to that his easy going personality, his fondness for being a jokester, love of country music and being able to play guitar and set up impromptu “picking parties” these all point to a man who was easily and greatly loved by all who knew him.

He was predeceased by his parents; and his sister, Patricia Granberg.

Larry is survived by his wife Carolyn; his brother, Wendell Ricker and his wife, Linda; his brother, Alan Pinkham and his wife, Gayle; his brother-in-law, Paul Granberg; his nieces, Angela, Tammy and Sherri-Ann; his nephews, Ron, Andrew, Chad, Chris, and Jeff.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Branch Mills Cemetery, Branch Mills Road, in China. Please visit www.redingtonfuneralhome.com to share condolences, memories and tributes with Larry’s family.

RODERICK A. FORBES

VASSALBORO – Roderick A. Forbes, 74, of Vassalboro, passed away on Monday, February 4, 2019, after battling an illness for many years. He was born in Lewiston on May 17, 1944, the son of the late James Forbes and Violet Forbes.

Known as Rick and Papa to his family and friends, he attended schools in Lewiston and Waterville. Prior to finishing high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, with the permission of his mother, at the age of 17, and went to serve his country in the war in Vietnam. After he returned from the war, he went back to finish his high school education, and graduated from Waterville High School. He then went on to earn a degree in accounting from KVCC, in Fairfield. He worked for the Waterville school system in the maintenance department for over 26 years until he became disabled from complications from illnesses while serving in the military.

On June 19, 1970, he married the former Tyline Beaulieu, of Presque Isle, and raised four children together. He took great pride in providing for his family, protecting them and helping them all during difficult times.

For enjoyment, he would spend hours snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, and enjoyed watching movies with his family. His greatest passion was fishing. He spent many hours on the lake constantly in search of that record size bass. But his most valuable time was spent with his wife Ty, of 49 years. You could always find them together working in the yard, putting up firewood for the winter, painting, ending to animals, repairing equipment in which both would express opinions on the right way to do it. Those acquainted with Rick always knew where they stood with him and what his opinion was, whether you asked for it or not.

Rick was predeceased by his parents, James and Violet Forbes; and his brother, Herbert Forbes.

Survivors include his wife Tyline, of Vassalboro; sons, James and wife, Stephanie Clark, of Skowhegan, Van Clark and Christina DiBiase, of Waterville, Rick Forbes, of Vassalboro; a daughter, Charity Poulin and Ryan Poulin, of Sidney; and grandchildren, Jamie Clark, Corey Clark, Jared Clark, Tayla Clark, Megan Forbes, Dawson Poulin, Gabriel Forbes, Aiden Clark, Haley Clark, Addison Poulin and Emily Forbes; great-grandchildren, Ethan Clark, Gracie Clark, Jaden Clark, and Owen Clark; and one brother, James Forbes, of South Carolina.

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

Arrangements are under the direction of Lawry Brothers Funeral & Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield, Maine.

KARLA G. DANFORTH

FAIRFIELD – Karla Gene Danforth, 53, passed away peacefully from cancer on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Karla was born on July 20, 1965, in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, to Ralph Lane Sr. and Maryann (Gurney) Campbell.

Karla graduated from Lawrence High School and received her associate degree in respiratory therapy from Kennebec Valley Community College, in Fairfield.

Karla was a longtime employee of Central Maine Medical Center, in Lewiston. For the last decade, she worked at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, in Hollywood, Florida, in the neonatal intensive care unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She was passionate about her job and touched the lives of soo many families. Karla was voted employee of the year several times as well, and received multiple leadership, and community awards. With such a zest for life, Karla loved the beach, backyard barbeques, and concerts.

Karla was predeceased by her grandparents, Roland and Harriet Gurney.

Karla is survived by her parents Ralph Lane Sr. and Maryann Campbell; husband David Danforth; daughters Megan Danforth and Courtney Peckham and husband Kolby; stepson Noel Danforth and wife Missy, of Gaithersburg, Maryland; stepdaughter Jessica Kaniuka and husband Pierce, of Farmington; three grandsons Tadiyah Danforth, Rainer Danforth, and Kole Peckham; sisters Karen Poulin and husband Kenneth, of Hampstead, New Hampshire, Kim Castonguay and husband Darren, of Vassalboro, Kathy Roderick and husband Allen, of Bingham; brother Ralph Lane Jr. and fiancée Robin Cyr, of Fairfield; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, February 17, from 12-6 p.m. at the Waterville Elks Lodge, 76 Industrial St., in Waterville.

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

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

MERLON SYLVESTER

WINSLOW AND ALBION – Merlon “Major” Sylvester, 95, formerly of Winslow, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. He was born in Winslow on December 5, 1923, the son of the late Elwood and Eva Sylvester.

He married the former Christine Caron on March 7, 1946. They enjoyed 68 years of married life together.

Major worked years picking up cans of milk from area farmers and transporting it for Carroll Harding to Portland. After marrying, he worked as a self-employed farmer and woodsman.

He loved spending time with family and friends and being involved with church activities. He also had a great passion for stock car racing. He was always willing to give advice and a helping hand to all family members, especially Fred, Jeannette, and Jr., who drove stock cars. He was a dedicated spectator at Unity Raceway for many years.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Christine; his daughter, Carol; his sisters, Jessie Brooks and Irene Blomiley; and his brothers, Fred and Ralph Sylvester.

Major will be sadly missed by his children, Paulette and her husband, Richard Chapman, Jeannette and her husband, Everett Tinker, Merlon Sylvester Jr., and Fred Sylvester; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

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

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

MARGUERITE M. LINSCOTT

WASHINGTON – Marguerite M. Linscott, 72, of Washington, passed away unexpectedly at the Sussman House on January 31, 2019. Marguerite was born in Washington to Robert R. Linscott and Doris Finn Linscott.

Marguerite attended Union High School where she graduated valedictorian, class of 1964. Marguerite continued on to become a hairdresser and she taught at Central Beauty School in Augusta. He students gave her the nickname “Teach.” Her students described her as tough but thorough. Marguerite took great pride in what she did which made her one of the best in the business. She was nominated for Best of the Best award in 2004 reader’s poll for her work. After teaching she worked as a hairdresser at  Mahogany in Camden and at The Cutting Room in Camden until her retirement.

In her spare time Marguerite enjoyed working outside in her flower and vegetable gardens, cooking, and working around the house. She was an avid animal lover. She enjoyed having the company of wildlife and had a special bond with her cats and her dog.

Marguerite was predeceased by her father, Robert, in 1988; mother, Doris, in 2002; and oldest brother, Robert Linscott, in 2019.

She is survived by brothers, Mahlon Linscott and wife Barbara, of Washington, and Berkley Linscott and wife Nancy, of Washington; sister-in-law, Janice Linscott, of Union; nephews, Richard Linscott and wife Kimberly, of Washington, Milton Linscott and wife Pamela, of Florida, and David Linscott and wife Christina, of Topsham; and great-nephews, Benjamin Linscott, of Florida, and Harrison Linscott and wife Catherine, of Union.

At Marguerite’s request there will be no services.

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, P. O. Box 1294, Rockland ME 04841.

Condolences may be shared at hallfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hall’s of Waldoboro.

Obituaries for Thursday, February 7, 2019

BONNIE L. OAKES

CLINTON – Bonnie Lynn Oakes, 51, of Clinton, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019, following a courageous three-year battle with cancer. Bonnie was born in Waterville on April 10, 1967, to Raymond Oakes and Lorraine Quimby.

She was never married but had two children with her first love and high-school sweetheart, Timothy Lizzotte. She spent most of her early adult years being a mother and homemaker. Through the years, she was employed in various industries, including hospitality, foodservice, and agriculture.

Bonnie’s daughters, son-in-law, and grandchildren have been blessed to have spent so much time with her these past few years. The memories made during this time will last forever. She amazed everyone with how she handled her incredible health challenges, chronic pain, and disability. She faced it all with dignity, grace, zero complaining, and an incredible sense of humor despite it all.

Bonnie leaves behind her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Chris Harrington; her grandchildren, Adalia, Anaya, Avaya, and Honor Harrington; her daughter, Sarah Stottlemyer; her grandson, Odin Stottlemyer; her siblings Brenda Oakes, Bill Oakes, Dana Oakes, and Carol Temple; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Bonnie was predeceased by her parents.

For those who desire, donations in Bonnie’s memory may be made to Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area, 304 Main Street, Waterville, ME 04901.

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

CHARLES M. CLARKE

OAKLAND – Charles M. Clarke, 64, of Oakland, passed away peacefully following a battle with many medical complications, on January 25, 2019, in Cape Coral, Florida. Charlie was born in Waterville, to Maurice and Jean Clarke on January 30, 1954. He graduated from Waterville High School in 1972. He married the former Ellen Jurdak on January 28, 2014, in Naples, Italy.

Charlie began as a cook in 1972 at local restaurants in Waterville before starting at Kennebec Supply Co., in 1974. Charlie continued with Kennebec Supply Co., turned F. W. Webb, for the following 42 years as an account manager until he retired in 2016. He was known for starting the 110 Yacht Club, in Boothbay Harbor. He was also part of the Boothbay Harbor Country Club.

Golfing and boating were his absolute favorite and enriched his life year round. When he was not doing one of the above, he was planning for the next trip including his most recent trips to Florida in the winter. Charlie also enjoyed his love of sports which included playing hockey, coaching hockey and watching the Patriot’s during football season.

Charlie was preceded in death by his father, Maurice Clarke, who passed in 1994, and his mother, Jean Rhodes Clarke, who passed in 1979.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Ellen Clarke, of Oakland; daughter Nicole Clarke and fiancé, Michael Foley, of Phoenix, Arizona; son, Nick Jurdak and wife, Lynn Jurdak, of Oakland; cousin, Sue Modereger and John Modereger; “brother from another mother,” Mike Carey and his wife, Patti Carey.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life that will be held from 1-5 p.m. on February 10, 2019, at the Waterville Elks Lodge, 76 Industrial St., Waterville.

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

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

In lieu of flowers, please donate to: The Boothbay Region Ambulance Fundraiser, P.O. Box 280, Boothbay ME 04537, or your local youth scholarship funds.

ARTHUR E. GENEST

OAKLAND – Arthur E. Genest, 90, of Oakland, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at Maine Medical Center, in Portland. He was born in Waterville on July 5, 1928, one of 12 children of Albertine (Bourque) and Albert Genest.

He was a graduate of Waterville High School, class of 1946. In May of 1947 he began a 40-plus-year career with Maine Central Railroad, retiring in March 1986.

In 1951 he married Yolande Rachel Cloutier and together they would have five children. Over the years, Art was a member of the Maine Wood Carver’s Association; National Association of Veteran and Retired Railroad Employees (NAVRRE); United Transportation Union; Waterville City Council from 1970-1974; Representative to Maine State Legislature from 1971-1975 and was a sponsor of legislation to create the Maine State Lottery. After retirement Art and Yolande enjoyed many years in Holiday, Florida.

Art is survived by his three sons: Larry and his wife, Donna, of Benton, James and his wife, Linda, of Waterville, David, of Winslow; his two daughters, Jeannie, of Oakland, Susan Mowles and her husband, Gary, of Salisbury, Massachusetts; seven grandchildren: Holly Towle, Emily Genest, Christopher Genest, Stacey Genest, Jared Genest, Lauren Mowles, Allison Mowles; as well as one great-granddaughter, Jasmine Gogan; three sisters, Priscilla Drapeau, Barbara Hoffman, Marie Turner; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by sisters:Opal Cayford, Dorothy Allen, Gloria Hoffman,Anne Swears, Beulah Genest, Constance Genest; and brothers, Vincent, Raymond, Emile and Earl.

Burial will be in the spring in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove St., Waterville, Maine.

In lieu of flowers, the family urges you to consider a donation to your local humane society.

RON CHAYER

SIDNEY – Ron Chayer, 79, formerly of Winslow, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at Togus VA Medical Center, Augusta. Ron was born in July 1939, in Waterville.

He was a graduate of Waterville High School, and served in the Army, stationed in South Korea and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After his service, he attended Bryant College, in Boston, graduated from University of Maine with a bachelors degree in business, and Thomas College, in Waterville, with a masters degree in business. Ron worked for Keyes Fibre Company, in Waterville, as their director of information technology until his retirement in 1994, and continued utilizing his skills and love of computers by consulting for credit unions and schools, where he was affectionately called the nickname “Puter Man” by the students. He continued consulting up until shortly before his passing.

He met and married his wife, Claire Bruce, in 1967, and moved to Winslow, where they raised their two sons, Steven and David. They were married for more than 50 years. Ron enjoyed participating in the school’s sport programs, particularly hockey, with their boys. Later in life, they loved to travel and spend time with their grandchildren, Hope, Stevie, Brayton and Nathaniel. Ron’s favorite pastimes were many, as he never wished to sit still.

Along with his hours of landscaping and tinkering with home improvements, he enjoyed playing golf and cribbage with his friends, and spending quality time with his furry love, dog, Lacee.

He is survived by his family, sons and their spouses, Steve and Tricia Chayer, of Weeks Mills, and Dave and Olivia Chayer, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire; granddaughter, Hope Chhum, of Medford, Massachusetts, and Stevie Chayer, his “oldest grandson”, Peter Chhum, and grandsons, Nathaniel and Brayton Chayer.

Ron was predeceased by his parents, Carroll and Ernestine and brother Harold Chayer.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in his memory to: V.A.V.S. Hospice Unit Voluntary Services 135, Department of Vet Affairs, 1 VA Center, Augusta ME 04330.

AUDREY G. CHILDS

LIBERTY – Audrey G. Childs, 93, passed away Monday, January 28, 2019, at Waldo County General Hospital, in Belfast. She was born January 12, 1926, in Albion, the daughter of Harlen and Glenna (Robinson) Childs.

She was educated in the schools of Palermo. On July 27, 1989, she married Kenneth Childs, in Liberty. She was employed at Lipman’s Poultry, in Augusta, Penobscot Poultry, in Belfast, and spent 20 years employed at Maplewood, in Belfast. She was a member of the Palermo and Skowhegan churches and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed eating out, going to yard sales, collecting dolls and dancing.

Audrey is survived by two daughters, Barbara St. Clair and husband William, of Montville, Beverly Nickerson and husband Harley; four sons, Raymond Harriman and wife Vicki, of Nobleton, Florida, Richard Harriman and wife Cynthia, and Donald Harriman and wife Deborah, all of Liberty, and Warren Harriman and wife Donna, of Belfast; niece, Mary Thomson, of Newport; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Audrey’s memory to Garry Owen House, PO Box 34, Liberty Maine 04949.

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

HOPE JOLICOEUR-CRAIG

VASSALBORO – Hope Marie Jolicoeur-Craig, 44, of Vassalboro, died unexpectedly at her place of work on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. She was born on August 31, 1974, in Skowhegan, the daughter of Theresa (Roy) and Paul Robinson.

She was educated in local schools.

Simply put, Hope enjoyed life itself, and she possessed a positive energy that showed itself in her big heart, being very social and she loved to dance. She had the gift of presence and she always had a smile on her face and was ready to help no matter the reason or circumstance. She was a great animal lover. Hope will be remembered for many fine qualities and she was very proud of her two sons, her granddaughter and her being a very good wife.

Hope is survived by husband Raymond Craig, of Vassalboro, her two sons, Anthony Jolicoeur and his daughter, Madison, of Winslow, Lance Jolicoeur, USMC, of Norfolk, Virgina; her mother, Theresa Robinson, of Waterville; her father, Paul Robinson, of Freeport; her brother, Joe Robinson, of Augusta; her stepdaughter, Heidi Craig, of Boothbay Harbor; her aunt, Yvette Roy; her cousin, Ann McCormick, of Waterville; as well as her sons’ father, Donald Jolicoeur, of Winslow.

She was predeceased by her brother, Bruce Robinson.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 9, at Church of the Nazarene, 81 Main Street, Fairfield.

Please visit www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com to share condolences, memories and tributes with Hope’s family.

RICHARD “DICK” LORD

OAKLAND – Richard “Dick” Lord, 62, passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, following a heroic battle with cancer. Dick was born on June 12, 1956, to Thomas and Beverly (Violette) Lord.

Dick graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield. After graduation, he attended the University of Maine in Orono for one year before enrolling at the New England Institute of Mortuary Arts and Sciences, where he graduated with a 4.0 GPA, and was a member of the National Honor Society.

After Dick graduated mortuary school, he worked at Wheeler Funeral Home for one year before purchasing the funeral home in 1981. Dick continued to serve the families in the Oakland community, and surrounding areas for over 35 years until his retirement. Throughout those 35 years, Dick was a part of the Oakland Lions Club, he was the treasurer of the Oakland Historical Society, a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Maine Funeral Directors Association, and he was a member of the Early Bird Coffee Club which included Norman, Nelson, Doug, Bruce, and Darrel.

Dick married his best friend, Jeannine Violette on June 25, 1976. They had one daughter together, Alexandria (Alex).

Dick had many passions which included, the love of sailing, traveling the world, summers at his camp on Messalonskee Lake, and Great Danes, but, Dick’s biggest passion was his family. With all of his world travels and trips, Jeannine was right by his side. Dick was always supportive of all of Alex’s endeavors. His grandson, Hunter, had a very special spot in his “Grand-Da’s” heart.

Dick was predeceased by his mother Beverly Lord; and brothers, Jon and Darrell Timothy Lord.

He is survived by his wife of almost 43 years, Jeannine Lord, of Oakland; daughter Alexandria Lord and fiancé, Jeff, of Oakland; grandson, Hunter; father, Thomas Lord and wife, Louise; brother, William Lord and wife, Donna; sister, Deborah Thomas and husband, Robert, of Knox; sisters-in-law, Tonya Lord, of Burlington, Vermont, and Donna Lord, of Clinton; Dick’s nieces and nephews.

There will be a gathering on Saturday, February 9, from 1-4 o.m. at O’Brien’s Event Center, 375 Main Street, in Waterville. There will be a private burial in the spring.

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

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

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Dick’s name to: The Waterville Area Humane Society, 100 Webb Rd., Waterville ME 04901. or Charley’s Strays, Inc., P.O. Box 64, Limestone ME 04750.

GERALD A. HOLT

FAIRFIELD CENTER – Gerald Allan Holt, born February 9, 1931, in Fairfield Center, to Ralph and Evelyn Holt, who preceded him in death, passed away at Seal Rock, in Saco, following a long illness on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

The Holts were well known in the Fairfield Center area where Holt’s Superette was the general store there for several decades. Jerry was a long-time resident of Fairfield Center and the owner of Jerry’s Furniture Store, until retirement. He was also a sheriff for Somerset County for many years.

Jerry graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, in June 1948, was in the U.S. Air Force and marred Theresa Gagnon in May 1952. Theresa preceded Jerry in death in 1999 after 47 years of marriage. Jerry and Theresa lived most of their lived most of their life in Fairfield Center and had a summer home on Snow Pond. When they retired, they spent several winters in Sarasota, Florida. Jerry spent the last part of his life at Seal Rock, in Saco, where they took very good care of him.

Jerry belonged to the Waterville Exchange Club, Waterville Elks Lodge, Victor Grange and several wood working groups. He enjoyed woodworking and carving as well as attending garage sales. He enjoyed his family, boating, skiing, cookouts at Snow Pond and traveling in their RV.

Jerry is survived by three daughters, Terry thompson and husband, Robert, of Hamden, Connecticut, Catherine Hold, of Saco, and Laurie Dumond and husband, Todd, of Gray; grandchildren, Chris Lounder, of Lima, Peru, Valerie Middleton and husband, Joey, of Elkridge, Maryland, Kristin Benzinger and husband, Robert Cleaveland Jr., of Yonkers, New York, Kaitlyn Weaver and husband, Craig, of Winterport, Robert Thompson, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Bryanna Dumond, of Gray and Danielle Jennings, of Saco; and two great-grandchildren, Ava and Kobe Middleton, of Elkridge, Maryland; his sister, Patricia Holt Leary and husband, Lawrence, of Palm Coast, Florida; a brother, Richard Holt and wife, Diane, of Saco; a niece, Karyn Caldwell and her husband, Lew, of Richboro, Pennsylvania; nephews Eric Holt and wife, Marlena, of Farmington, New Hampshire, and Daniel Leary, of Palm Coast, Florida.

His grandson, Tommy Mousseau, predeceased him in October 2018.

Visitation will be held at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main Street, Fairfield, on Friday, March 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, March 23, from 9:30 to 10”30 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a luncheon at the Best Western, 375 Main Street, Waterville.

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

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

Donations may be made in memory of Jerry Holt to the Fairfield Center Victor Grange. Please send to: Wanda Shorty, 118 Oakland Street, Fairfield ME 04937, with checks payable to Victor Grange.

OTHERS DEPARTED

ALBERT E. ARMSTRONG, 78, of Jefferson, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2019, at Maine Medical Center, in Portland. Locally, he is survived by a son, Aaron Armstrong and wife Crystal, of Windsor.

EVELYN R. MacKELLAR, 93, of Brunswick, passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at Horizons Living and Rehabilitation Center, in Brunswick. Locally, she is survived by a sister, Virginia Belanger, of Winslow.

Obituaries, Week of January 31, 2019

ROBERT P. GRENIER

CLINTON – Robert P. Grenier, 77, of Clinton, passed away Monday, December 31, 2018, at Northern Lights Inland Hospital, in Waterville, after losing his four-year battle with lung cancer. He was born July 25, 1941, in Waterville, the son of Prosper and Delores (Burgess) Grenier.

He attended Waterville area schools. He married the former Linda Gagnon on July 13, 1963, and they had two sons, Kelly and Kerry. Robert would talk highly of his work at the poultry plant in Winslow where he worked for 16 years and of the poultry plant in Burnham. He then worked for C.F. Hathaway, in Waterville, alongside some of his brothers and sisters where he made many friends. Robert also worked with his nephew, Tim Poirier, doing electrical work which he extremely enjoyed.

In his younger years, he enjoyed bowling and was forever a hockey fan, especially the Boston Bruins. The latter of which, he passed on to his sons, grandsons, and great-grandson. Robert had a special relationship with his oldest grandson, Scott Grenier, and he enjoyed watching his grandsons play hockey.

Robert was predeceased by his parents Prosper and Delores, his brother Bernard, his sister Carmen Burns, his sister Debbie Sharp, and his first grandson, Scott Grenier.

Robert is survived by his wife of 55 years, Linda (Gagnon) Grenier, of Clinton; two sons, Kelly Grenier and wife Gloria, of Winslow, Kerry Grenier and wife Patricia, of Waterville; six grandsons, Devon Grenier and wife Jordan, of Belgrade, Jacob Grenier, of Augusta, Cameron, Benjamin, and Wyatt Grenier, all of Winslow, and Christian Grenier, of Waterville; six granddaughters, Emma, Lexi, Aimee, and Madison Grenier, all of Winslow, Brandi and Amanda Grenier, both of Waterville; three great-grandchildren, Alyson Grenier, of Searsmont, Jackson, and Prestley Grenier, both of Belgrade; 10 brothers, Reginald and wife Pauline, of Benton, Daniel and wife Barbara, of Winslow, Gerald “Jerry,” of Arizona, Donald, of Jakcman, Dale and wife Diane, of Waterville, Kenneth, of Fairfield, Michael and wife Willie, of Albion, Roland and wife Angie, of Waterville, Ronald and wife Cindy, of Minnesotta, Ricky of Bath; four sisters, Joan Warren and husband Paul, of Smithfield, Sandra Reynolds and husband Paul, of Winslow, Shirley Poirier, of Winslow, Brenda Beals and husband Jeff, of Utah; brother-in-law, James Gagnon and wife Diane, of Augusta; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 2 p.m., at Temple Academy, 60 West River Road, Waterville.

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

RICHARD W. FINLEY

VASSALBORO – Richard W. Finley, 86, passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019. Dick was born on August 8, 1932, the son of Fred and Dorothy (Davis) Finley.

He was educated in the school systems of Monson, graduating in 1950.

He served honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, and graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a bachelor of science degree in forestry in 1958. While in college Dick married the former Nancy Ruth Osborne, from Guilford.

Following graduation, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service, in Virginia and West Virginia, attaining the rank of district ranger on the Gauley District of the MonongahelaNational Forest, in West Virginia. Mr. Finley returned to Maine in 1967 as a district forester for Scott Paper Company in their Greenville District. He stayed with Scott for the next 20 years, retiring as wood procurement and sales manager in 1986.

He was very active in Toastmasters International, serving as president of the Elm City Toastmasters, of Waterville, and Area Governor of the area that included Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont as well as New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and P.E.I., Canada. He ran for district office in 1979.

Dick and Nancy were avid snowmobilers in their later years, riding some 5,000 to 6,000 miles each year on trails in northern Maine and Canada.

Dick will be remembered as a person who always had time to assist family and friends. He was active in his community serving as Vassalboro Youth Baseball coach, Kennebec Valley Trail Riders as president, Winslow Wrestling Booster. Vassalboro Sanitary District Trustee, and many other community positions.

He was a talented gardener and sold hundreds of apples each year from his orchard in East Vassalboro.

Dick is survived by his wife of 61 years, and his son Michael, both of Vassalboro.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at www.directcremationofmaine.com.

A celebration of Dick’s life will be held by the family at a future date.

Donations may be made in Dick’s memory to the Waterville Humane Society, 100 Webb Road, Waterville ME 04901.

LAURA D. HARDESTY

SOUTH CHINA – Laura D. Hardesty, 57, resident of South China, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at MaineGeneral, in Augusta. She was born August 14, 1961, in Augusta, to Lawrence Sr. and Mary Haskell.

She graduated from Erskine Academy and married her soulmate, Eric Hardesty.

Laura was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved any and all things family.

She was predeceased by her father, Lawrence Haskell Sr.; and her husband, Eric Hardesty.

She is survived by her daughter, Mandy Hardesty; her sons, Justin and Darrin Hardesty; four grandchildren, Colby Blay, Kyleigh, Connor and Kathryn Hardesty; her mother, Mary Haskell; four brothers, Lawrence Haskell Jr., Carl Haskell, Daniel and Lisa Haskell, Ronald and Terry Haskell, both from Palermo.

DORIS L. MORNEAU

WINSLOW – Doris “Dot” L. Morneau, 64, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2019, at her home in Winslow. She was born May 28, 1954, in Portland, the daughter of Charles and Florence (Thurston) Hodgdon.

She was a substitute teacher and worked with many children, including those with special needs. She loved to read to them and share her knowledge. It gave her joy to be with them. To Dot, there were no strangers, just friends she had not yet met. She was a beautiful writer and poet and had many articles published. She always made Jesus a birthday cake on Christmas.

Dot was an animal lover and rescued any and all strays, especially chickens and cats that were in need; she truly was the patron St Francis of Assissi. Dot and Paul enjoyed many vacations to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon.

She was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Florence Hodgdon; and brother, Chuck Hodgdon.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Paul Morneau Sr.; son, Paul “PJ” Morneau, Jr. and wife Pam and children; Jazymne and JP (Paul Jr. told his mom every night before she went to bed that he loved her); daughter, Jennifer Greene and husband Tim and son, Garrett; son, Christopher Morneau who was Dot’s best friend (they had a special bond that gave them each such peace and comfort, they were each other’s rock), three great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Olivia and Cameron; special sister, Susan Pomeroy; and Anne Hodgdon.

At Dot’s request, there will be no visitation hours or funeral service. A private graveside service will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dot’s memory to the Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Road, Waterville ME 04901. Donations do not have to be in monetary value as she wouldn’t want anyone to be in hardship. Instead, smile, think of her and donate food, a toy or bed. Anything that would bring joy to an animal would also bring joy to Dot.

FRANK D. MEGILL

BELGRADE LAKES – Frank D. Megill, 90, passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at MaineGeneral Rehabilitation and Long Term Care at Glenridge. He was born February 12, 1928, in Belgrade Lakes, the son of Warren and Gladys Megill. He was a lifelong resident.

He graduated from Belgrade High School in 1946. He was a veteran who proudly served his country in the United States Army.

He was employed as the manager of Rome Farms in 1953, worked as a self-employed carpenter/builder for many years, and worked for the Department of Defense, Veteran and Emergency Management at Camp Keyes, in Augusta, where he retired in 1996.

In his early years he volunteered for the Belgrade Lakes Association and the Fire Department. Frank was a member of the Grand Masons of Maine Lodge #99 for 65 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing trips to the mountains, various outdoor activities, nature, gardening and family gatherings.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Beverly; three daughters, Debbie and husband Bill, Judith and husband James, Terri and husband Bill; brother Ernest Johnson; grandchildren, Justin, Mackenzie and Aisling.

He was predeceased by his father, Warren Megill, mother, Gladys Johnson; brother, Edwin Megill; granddaughter, Molly.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Belgrade Historical Society. Belgrade Historical Society, PO Box 36A, Belgrade, ME 04917.

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

LINDA J. FORTIN

OAKLAND – Linda Jean (Willette) Fortin, 69, of Oakland passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019, following a long two-year battle with cancer. Linda was born in Waterville, on October 20, 1949, the daughter of Eugene and Odile (Levesque) Willette.

Linda’s impeccable work ethic and constantly caring for others began at The Hathaway Company, in Waterville, where she worked with many of her sisters and sisters-in-law. She once said that going to the Hathaway was more like a get-together rather than work. While at Hathaway she also worked at The Great American Deli, in Waterville, where she helped to cook and clean. Her family would often be at Mount St. Joseph in Waterville where she cared and cooked for many retired Priests in what is call the Priests Annex of Mount St. Joseph. She prepared elaborate home cooked meals for them and cared for them all as if she were their own mother. They would often become very upset when Linda took a day off as no one else could prepare their meals as she did. She retired from The Mount in November 2015. She was diagnosed with cancer in January of 2016.

Linda’s favorites in life, besides her family and friends, were her miniature poodle Ben, lobster, Chinese food and Christmas sugar cookies. She enjoyed painting various ceramic statues and Christmas creations for all her children and grandchildren. She loved her road trips to various parts of New England with her friends and family and her special mall and county trips with her girlfriends. She watched her grandchildren in their various sporting and dance activities. She always spoke her mind and would do anything for anyone in need and even in her last moments she was making sure that her husband would be cared for.

She was predeceased by her son, James Allen McDonald; her parents, Eugene and Odile Willette; her brothers, Eugene, Stanley, Herman and James Willette; and her sisters, Joyce Beaudoin, Gloria Vigue, and Phyllis Munster.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Fortin, of Oakland; her daughter, Melissa Fenwick and her husband, Todd, of Sidney; her son, Dennis McDonald and his wife, Traci, of Fairfield, her son, Michael McDonald, of Fairfield; her sister, Cynthia Willette Gandee and her husband, Wesley, of Texas; her brother, Roger Willette and his wife, Jennifer, of Connecticut; her brother-in-law, Alfred Vigue, of Waterville; and many nieces and nephews.

Her precious gifts were her five grandchildren, Devin McDonald, Mitchell McDonald, Renee McDonald, Wyatt Fenwick and Mason McDonald.

A celebration of life will be held on March 2, at 2 p.m. at the Trafton Rd Event Center in Waterville. Graveside burial will be held in the spring.

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

Arrangements are under the direction of Lawry Brothers-Wheeler Funeral & Cremation Care, 26 Church Street, Oakland.

OTHERS DEPARTED

PATRICIA A. BLETHEN, 84, of Augusta, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Deborah Champagne, of Vassalboro, and a son, Bradley Nixon and wife Wanda, of Windsor.

SHANNON P. CONDON, 47, of Washington, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at his home. Locally, he is survived by sisters Arlene A. Condon, of Washington, and Jamie Condon and companion Ed Light, of Windsor.

JUDITH W. NICHOLS, 81, of Pittston, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019, at The Lamp Alzheimer’s Residential Care, in Lisbon. Locally, she is survived by a son, Jeffrey, of Windsor.

VICTOR J. BOLDUC JR., 82, of Gardiner, passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at Marshwood Center, in Lewiston, following a long illness. Locally, he is survived by a son, David Bolduc and significant other LouAnn Davis, of Palermo, and grandchildren Michael Bolduc, of China, and Michelle Bolduc and fiancé Nicholas Bissell, of Palermo.

MARY A. POULIN, 92, of Waterville, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019, from complications of pneumonia, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. Locally, she is survived by her children, James Poulin and wife Diane, of Winslow, Patricia Gorman and husband Gary, of Oakland, and John Poulin, of Waterville.

Obituaries, Week of January 24, 2019

DENNIS E. LINDSAY

ALBION – Dennis Elwood Lindsay, 85, of Albion, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at the Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta. He was born July 20, 1933, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the son of Elwood H. and Marjorie A. (Gaisford) Lindsay.

He was a proud veteran, serving in the Army at West Point,New York. He and his wife, Sally, moved their family to Albion in 1973. They made a life farming and trucking wood and together Dennis and Sally raised not only their own children but opened arms to the kids’ friends and neighbors. No dinner table ever consisted solely of the immediate four, but was an event with many.

Dennis was a member of the American Legion, Free Masons, and a life-long fireman, starting his service in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, in 1949, and even after retiring as Chief in Albion, remaining active to assist when needed.

Dennis and Sally took many camping trips to Fryeburg Fair, Lake St. George, and reached more than 40 states with family, friends and grandkids.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sally; son, Jeffrey and his wife, Gayle Lindsay; daughter, Amy Fowler; granddaughters, Sophia Lindsay and her partner Garrett Hudanish, Kathryn and her husband Troy Ellis, Amanda and her husband Jake Gurney, Lindsay and her wife Sarah Page; great-grandchildren, Caden and Lydia Gurney; and his two sisters, Beth Hilliard and Ardeth Burnett.

Dennis was predeceased by his parents, Marjorie and Elwood Lindsay; stepmother, Priscilla Lindsay; brother, Robert Lindsay; and grandson, Jarod Trafton.

Services will be held in the spring with a Celebration of Life, date to be determined.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Chief Dennis Lindsay FF Memorial Flag Fund, c/o Bangor Savings Bank, PO Box 670, Unity, ME 04988.

LEONETTE MICHAUD

WINSLOW – Leonette (Mathieu) Michaud, 92, passed away at her home in Winslow on Thursday, January 3, 2019. She was born April 5, 1926, in Winslow, the daughter of Aime and Felixine (Fecteau) Mathieu.

She was a graduate of Mt. Merici Academy, class of 1943, and married Fernand Michaud on May 15, 1948. For a time she taught school at Mt. Merici Academy and the former Sacred Heart School, both in Waterville. She and her husband owned and operated Michaud’s Retirement Home, in Winslow, from 1975 until their retirement, in 2002. She was a lifelong communicant of St. John the Baptist Church, in Winslow, serving as a lector for many years. Leonette had a beautiful singing voice, loved family sing-a-longs and participated in the church choir. Among her other interests she enjoyed sewing, crafts, flower gardening, dancing, and in her earlier years she was adept at ice skating. She was a member of the Bourque-Lanigan American Legion Auxiliary, Post #5, in Waterville. Faith and family were the focal points of her life.

Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Fernand; and four daughters, Sonia Butler and husband, David, Claudette Massey and a special friend, Dana Mosher, Patricia Grenier and husband, David, and Terry Lee Michaud, all of Winslow; two grandsons, David F. Butler and Amy, of Massachusetts, and Alex Grenier, USCG, stationed in Florida; four granddaughters, Kelly Butler and Rebecca, also of Massachusetts, Aimee Massey, of Oregon, Christina Massey, of California, Katie Grenier, of Winslow; and three great-grandchildren, twins, David and William Butler and Jonah Stark. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Patricia (Goode) Mathieu, of Texas; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents, Aime and Felixine Mathieu; her sister, Madeline Shorty and husband, Robert, her brother, Roland Mathieu and his wife, Blanche, infant sister, Jeannette Constance Mathieu, her brother, Bernard Mathieu and her son-in-law, Stephen Massey.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Baptist Church, Winslow, on Saturday, January 12 at 11 a.m. Following Mass, a Celebration of Life will take place at Notre Dame Parish Hall, 116 Silver St., Waterville. Interment will be announced at a later date.

Donations in her memory may be made to Mt. Merici Academy, 18 Mt. Merici Ave., Waterville, ME 04901.

JEFFREY A. HOSEA

OAKLAND – Jeffrey Alan Hosea, 54, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at Northern Light Inland Hospital, in Waterville. Jeff was born in Waterville on December 8, 1964, the son of Lowell and Harriet (Sawtelle) Hosea.

He attended Clinton Elementary and Tapley School, in Oakland, through the eighth grade, and graduated from Temple Academy, in Waterville, in 1983. He earned his associate’s degree in automotive technology from Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute, in Bangor, in 1986.

Jeff was a successful and thriving auto technician at Nault’s Honda, in Manchester, New Hampshire, during which he met his future wife. He continued his career at Paul Blouin’s Honda, in Augusta, before transitioning to his employer, Central Maine Toyota, in Waterville. He strived for excellency in all he did, which was shown through his Master Technician Certification and Automotive Service Excellence awards, among many other performance awards. Jeff was a man of God, and attended Faith Evangelical Free Church and Kennebec Valley Baptist Church, both in Waterville.

For many years Jeff’s hobbies included cycling, hiking, camping, and enjoying quality time with friends and family. He was known for big spreads at barbecues, lobster bakes, fireworks displays on the 4th of July, and his weekend breakfast buffets.

On June 12, 1993, Jeff married Angela Buice at Calvary Temple Chapel, which his father helped build.

He was predeceased by his father, Lowell Hosea; his paternal grandfather, Frank Hosea; and his maternal grandfather, Arthur Sawtelle.

He is survived by his mother, Harriet Hosea; his wife, Angela Hosea; his two children, Jessica and Travis Hosea; his siblings, Julie Gee, Lowell Hosea Jr., Tim Hosea, and Dennis Hosea; his nieces and nephews, Paul Gee, Heather Mclewin, Joshua Hosea, Christopher Hosea, Susan Brown,l Megan Roy, Shannon Williford, Kayla Hosea, Dawna Sargent, and Debbie Sheridan; his second son, Daniel Turner.

A celebration of his life will follow later in the spring.

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

Arrangements by Lawry Brothers-Wheeler Funeral & Cremation Care, 26 Church St., Oakland.

ROBERT LANE

WINSLOW – Robert “Bob” Lane, 91, died at Lakewood Continuing Care on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Bob was born December 29, 1927, in Oakland, the son of Albert Lane and Mary (Kraus) Lane.

He graduated from Williams High School, in Oakland, class of 1946. Bob married the forer June Ann Veilleux, of Winslow, on July 4, 1950.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War stationed in Germany. He achieved the rank of corporal and received an honorable discharge in 1953. Bob graduated from Thomas College, in Waterville, in 1956 where he earned an associate degree in business administration and furthered his education at Husson College, in Bangor. He was employed by Keyes Fibre Company (Shawmut Plant) for 30 years, retiring in 1988 as office coordinator.

Bob was a longtime member of Bourque-Lanigan American Legion Post #5, Waterville and MacCrillis-Rousseau VFW Post #8835, Winslow. He was a communicant of Corpus Christi Parish.

Bob’s passion included fishing, boating, and camping with close friends and family on local lakes as well as Moosehead Lake.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, June; his sister Marie (Vigue) Martin and her late husband, Joseph, of Oakland; his niece Kimberly (Martin) Gilbert and husband, Paul, their children, Jennifer (Gilbert) Howard and husband, Kyle, and Gregory Gilbert and wife, Sarah, of New Hampshire; his nephew, Keith Vigue and wife, Sheila, of Florida, and their son, Derek Vigue; his godchildren, Philip Pouliot and family, of Fairfield; Kimberly (Bolduc) Pearson and family, of Colorado; as well as several cousins.

He was predeceased by his father, Albert Lane; stepfather, Mike Vigue; mother, Mary (Kraus) Lane Vigue; a nephew and godchild, David Vigue; and his brother, Francis Vigue.

At Bob’s request there will be no visiting hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at 11 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument St., Winslow, with a burial at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mount Vernon Road, Augusta, on Monday, January 28, 2019, at noon.

Please visit www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com to share condolences, memories, and tributes with Bob’s family.

PAULA L. FLETCHER

ALBION – Paula Lynn Fletcher, 62, passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, following a long illness. She was born in Lewiston on May 19, 1956, the daughter of Alfred and Rebecca (Pinkham) Day of Turner.

She lived in Albion with her husband Mike and daughter Katie. She worked as a healthcare provider at the house in Shawmut for many years before becoming a stay at home mom. She loved doing crafts and spending time with her family. She was very close to her family and was beloved by everyone.

She was predeceased by her parents, Alfred and Rebecca Day; her sons, Travis and Shawn; her brother, Alfred Day III, and her sisters-in-law, Janet Davis and Elaine Dion.

She is survived by her husband, Mike; her daughter, Katie; her sisters, Pauline Day, Patti Day, Ellen (Cliff) Richardson and Bea (Benny) Jacques, her brothers, Michael (Lesley) Day, Walter (Kerry) Day, and Randy (Lynn) Day. her in-laws, Nancy (Bob) Fletcher, Margaret (Jim) Lehay, Betty Fletcher, William (Elizabeth) Fletcher, Marion Ewen, Penny (Michael) Fletcher, Todd (Cindy) Fletcher, and Mark (Melissa) Fletcher; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a celebration of life at a later date. An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.

ALTON FRENCH

UNITY – Alton “Dan” French, 84, of Locust Lane, Unity, died Thursday, January 10, 2019. He was born August 27, 1934, in Bangor, son of Alton L. and Katharyn (Brown) French.

Dan was educated in the Bangor elementary schools, Fairmount and Fifth Street Junior High. He attended Tabor Academy, Marion, Massachusetts, graduated from Higgins Classical Institute, Charleston, and majored in business administration at Husson College, now Husson University, Bangor.

He married the former Lynn Marks in 1968.

Dan was a 50 plus-year member of Rising Virtue Lodge #10, A.F & A.M, of Bangor and affiliated and charter member of Seminary Hill Daylight Lodge #220 A.F. & A.M., also of Bangor. He was a past member of Royal Arch Masons chapter #75, Hampden, Bangor Council #5, Pasestine Commandery #14, Belfast, Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Bangor, Maine Consistory 32 °, former director of Anah Shriners, Bangor, and RO.J. Court #150 (Director 2000), Bangor.

Dan was employed several years as a sales representative for Timberland Machines Inc., distributors of forestry equipment and Ski-Doo Snowmobiles from their Bangor office. In 1969, Dan joined Chadwick-Baross as branch manager of their heavy construction equipment facility in Bangor. He created the Forestry Equipment Division of Chadwick-Baross and became manager of that division until his retirement in 1998. He was a member of the Maine Forest Product Council, New England Regional Council on Forest Engineering, American Loggers Council, American Pulpwood Association, Canadian Pulp & Paper Association (Forestry Group). Dan was co-founder of the Industrial Forest Forum and president for two terms. The forum serves logging contractors, large and small, sawmill representatives, pulp and paper company representatives, and owners and equipment dealers in Maine and New Hampshire.

Dan was an outstanding baseball player both as a pitcher and infielder. After graduating from school he played third base and shortstop for the Brewer Athetic Club, semi-pro baseball team in the Eastern Maine League. The Brewer A.C.’s won the league championship several times. He later played shortstop for Grant’s Dairy, fast pitch softball team in the Bangor City League. Grant’s Dairy won the local and state championship titles four times in five years. After retiring from baseball and softball, he became an avid golfer. Dan was a member of the Waterville Country Club for 20 years, served on the board of directors three terms, and also a member of the Eastern Maine Seniors Golf Association and was president for three years. He enjoyed his final years of golf at J.W. Parks Golf Club, in Pittsfield. He was a past member of the Great Farm Rifle Club, in Jackson, and served on the board of directors.

Dan enjoyed music from the Big Band Era of the ‘40s and ‘50s, the sounds, songs and singers, along with jazz, blues and music of New Orleans.

Dan was predeceased by his parents; a brother, David; and his wife, Lynn (Marks) French.

Surviving are his daughter, Audrey Bishop and her husband, John, of Augusta; two sons, Andrew French, of Nashville, Tennessee, and Michael French and his wife Valerie, of Unity; two grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; several nieces, nephews; and cousins.

A private family interment with Masonic services will be conducted by the officers and members of Rising Virtue Lodge #10 at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor, later in the spring.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com.

Those who wish to remember Dan in a special way may make gifts in his memory to: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine, 66 Mussey Road, Scarborough, ME 04074.

RANDOLPH HALLEE

WINSLOW – Randolph “Randy” Hallee, 75, of Winslow passed on Friday, January11, 2019. He was born in Waterville on November 6, 1943, the third child of Ruth (Dionne) and Reny Hallee.

He was educated in local schools and served in the U.S. Army. He worked as an iron worker, then for Central Maine Railroad and was self-employed with his own garage. Randy was a man who was self-aware and humble and also a truly free-spirited, free-thinking and considerate man. He had the gift of being able to see the best and accept others just as they were. He was compassionate and forgiving. He also had the gift of wisdom – being able to listen, reflect and offer insight in a gentle way, which sometimes revealed him as a man of contradictions. He was a supportive father and friend who knew how to say, “I love you.”

Randy is survived by his only son, Rodney Hallee; his grandchildren, Shea Hartford, Savanna Alley, Ryley Hartford-Hallee; his sister and best friend, Rebecca Genest; his brother, Robert Hallee; his sister, Rachel Hallee Bourgoin; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, Rodney R. Hallee.

A graveside service will be held later this spring at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove St., Waterville.

Please visit www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com to share condolences, memories and tributes with Randy’s family.

DARLENE F. HALLEE

WATERVILLE – Darlene F. (Williamson) Hallee, 79, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at her home in Waterville. She was born February 16, 1939, in Waterville, the daughter of Delmont and Barbara (Knowlton) Williamson.

She was educated in the schools of Waterville and graduated from Waterville High School, class of 1956. She participated in several school activities. Following graduation, she went to work at a local savings and loan company, in Waterville. She married her high school sweetheart, Fran Hallee, on November 30, 1957, at Sacred Heart Church, in Waterville. Darlene began working at Colby College in 1972 and retired after 28 years.

Darlene and Fran loved spending time with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including camping trips and vacations. She also enjoyed spending time with her craft girls and playing volleyball. She participated in several community events. Fran and Darlene took many wonderful trips together.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Fran Hallee, of Waterville; four children, Kathy White and husband, Wayne, Michael Hallee and wife, Patty, Bruce Hallee and wife, Jen, and Chris Hallee and Diane Glidden; grandchildren, Luke, Shelly, Jacob, Shannon, Josh, Erica, Chad, Sean, Matt, Kris, Hannah, Kara, Meghan, and Danielle; great-grandchildren, Brayden, Jackson, Owen, Griffin, Brinley, Callahan and Coby; sister, Beverly Lilley and husband, Ken; many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

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

OTHERS DEPARTED

ANGELINA L. BITTUES, 67, of Winthrop, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018. Locally, she is survived by sisters marvel A. Hutchings and Basil Barnes, of Albion, and Berta Estes and her spouse, Terrence, of Winslow.

ANGELA BUKER, 73, of Waterville, passed away on Thursday, December 20, 2018, following a long fight with heart disease. Locally, she is survived by a two daughters, Tina King and husband Greg, of Clinton, and Tammy Harmon and her fiancé Hubert Clair, of South China; siblings Linda Fortin and husband Dick, of Oakland.

ANNIE C. TRASK, 71, of Augusta, passed away on Friday, December 21, 2018, at Mount Saint Joseph Nursing Home, in Waterville. Locally, she is survived by brothers Kenneth Rideout Sr. and wife Priscilla, of Sidney, and Ralph Rideout and wife Karalyn, of Windsor, and sister Evelyn French, of Somerville.

VALERIE N. TILLEY, 77, of Augusta, passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2018, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. Locally, she is survived by a granddaughter, Maeghan Robinson and husband Robbie, of South China.

CHARLES A. BOWDEN, 66, of Jefferson, passed away on Monday, December 24, 2018. Locally, he is survived by a daughter Crystal G. Armstrong and husband Aaron, of Windsor, and ex-wife Kathy Williams, of Windsor.

LINDA S. HEIL/DECKER, 64, of Augusta, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at Capitl City Manor, in Augusta. Locally, she is survived by her sister Catherine Heil-LaPointe and her spouse, Frances LaPointe, of South China.

PHILIP L. BICKFORD, 89, of Manchester, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018, at his home. Locally, he is survived by sons Chris Bickford and wife Tina, and Craig Bickford and wife Carlotta, all of Chelsea, and daughters Linda Foss and husband Richard, of Vassalboro, and Sherrie Kramer and husband Shawn, of Belgrade.

JANICE E. McGOWAN, 77, of Pittsfield, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2019, following a courageous battle with lung cancer. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Rhonda Kennedy and companion, Martin Harris, of Oakland.

FORMER RESIDENT

JOHN J. BOLES, 97, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away on Friday, November 9, 2018, in Scottsdale. He was born in Waterville on June 3, 1921, the son of Thomas and Mary (Saad) Boles.

AREA NOTABLE

JON. T. MISNER, 53, of Waterville, passed away on Friday, January 4, 2019, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta.

Jon was executive director of the Waterville Opera House from 1998 to 2005. He was responsible for bringing Missoula Children’s Theater to the Opera Houae, a program that continues today. He was also a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Locally, he is survived by his wife Renae, and a son Alex, both of Waterville.

Obituaries, Week of January 17, 2019

JAMES R. HORNER

VASSALBORO – James R. Horner, 95, passed away at home on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. He was born September 20, 1923, in Manchester, New Hampshire, the son of James R. Horner Jr. and Helen (Anthony) Horner.

Jim grew up in Ohio and New Hampshire, graduating from Concord High School in 1941. After a year at Wake Forest University, in North Carolina, Jim enlisted in World War II where he was Navy Midshipman (Quartermaster 1st Class) on the USS Wenatchee as part of the Third Fleet in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.

He returned and finished college in business administration at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jim married Barbara (Nedeau) Horner, his wife of 70 years, in 1948. He was a private school administrator for over 35 years, working at St. Paul School in Concord, New Hampshire, Western Reserve Academy, in Hudson, Ohio, Hinckley School, in Hinckley, and finally retiring in 1988 from Durham Academy, in Durham, North Carolina. His dedication to the education of youth was deep. He was a loyal Rotarian with perfect attendance for 30 years, and a Master Mason at the Blazing Star Eureka Masonic Lodge #11, in Concord, New Hampshire.

Jim enjoyed traveling, attending college football and basketball games, summer vacations on the lakes of Maine and New Hampshire, and golfing at Natanis Golf Course, in Vassalboro, when he retired. He was an exercise enthusiast, swimmer, and jogger long before it became popular. He like to share jokes and was friendly to all who crossed his path.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, Stewart and his wife, Cindy, of Waterville’ and daughter, Peggy and her husband, Ted May, of Columbia, Missouri; granddaughter, Heather Provost and her husband, Lucas, of Albion; and grandson Travis Horner and friend Josh Rideout, of Portland; great-grandchildren, Madalyn, Ryder, and Miles Provost; his sister, Ann Melvin, of Barrington, New Hampshire and sister-in-law, Suzanne Horner, of North Port, Florida; and six nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, William (Bill) Horner, of Portland and brother, Robert (Bob) Horner, of North Port, Florida.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m., January 19, 2019, at the Vassalboro United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville.

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

Those who wish, may honor Jim’s life by making a gift in his memory to the Vassalboro United Methodist Church, 614 Main St., Vassalboro ME 04989 or the Vassalboro Food Pantry, 26 Ferland Lane, Vassalboro ME 04989.

ROBERT “BOBBY” EDWARD RAVEN

UNITY – Robert “Bobby” Edward Raven, 81, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018, at Glenridge Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care Center, in Augusta. He was born June 29, 1937, to Lawrence and Lillian (Stevens) Raven in Knox.

As his mom died when he was one year old, he was raised by Lawrence “Bug” and Beatrice “Bea” Raven.

Bobby graduated from Freedom Academy, in Freedom. He worked in several jobs over the years, from Pratt & Whitney, in Connecticut, to their own chicken farm in Burnham, Ethan Allen, Keyes Fibre Co. in Waterville, and Pride Manufacturing, in Burnham, where he retired in 2004.

His hobbies included camping with family and friends, playing horseshoes, beanbag toss, fishing, especially ice fishing, but most of all he loved to give a hand to anyone who needed it. He was affectionately called “Bob, the Builder” while at Glenridge the last two years.

Bob was predeceased by his wife, Sandrea (Siebert) Raven; his parents; his sister Janice Gardner; and granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn Mitchell.

He is survived by Patricia R. Smith and boyfriend Thomas Armsworthy; Michael L. Raven and fiancé Nancy Morrell, and son Timothy W. Raven, all of Unity; grandchildren Karen Mitchell and Silas Reynolds, Robert Mitchell, Matthew Raven and wife Tracey, Zachary Raven and fiancé Chelsea, Jordan Raven, Jared Raven and fiancé Brianna; great-grandchildren, Silas and Lydia Reynolds, Mason, Owen and Evan Raven; brothers, Melvin “Mickey” and wife Carol, Arnold “Chet,” Algene “Ike,” and Roger and wife Joan; sisters Barbara Raven and Myrna Raven; brother-in-law, Joel Gardner and sister and brother-in-law Sheila and Christopher Chiarizio; brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Maria Seibert; many nieces and nephews.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.ripostafh.com.

LIONEL CAYER

FAIRFIELD – Lionel Cayer, 98, died Wednesday morning, January 2, 2019.

He was born in Quebec, Canada, and moved to the states where he honorably served in the Army Air Corp in World War II from 1941 to 1945 in Italy, Sicily, and North Africa. He talked about the Italian women crushing grapes and the wine, but rarely anything about the combat.

Returning from his military service, he married the former Kathleen Dorothy Chard. He was a devoted husband for 72 years and what a legacy they left. Dad’s passion was providing for his family with love, big gardens and lots of hard work. He was an avid reader all his life on many different subjects. His trade was a self-made engineer and tinkerer. He would fix anything.

He loved the little ones so much, as they came along, and had nicknames for many; and no one will forget the “gunks on the noggin.”

He is survived by two siblings; 10 of his 11 children; 21 of his 23 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery in the spring.

Please visit www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com to view a video collage.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Food for the Poor at www.foodforthepoor.org. , one of Lionel’s favorite charities.

MIRIAM M. BROWN

ALBION – Miriam M. Brown, 97, of Albion, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at Glenridge Nursing Home, in Augusta. Miriam was born in Winslow on November 8, 1921, the daughter of Arthur and Hattie (Decker) Marr.

Miriam attended the Goodwill School in Hinckley, and was employed by Norrwock Shoe Company, until her retirement in 1984. She taught Sunday school for over 25 years at various churches and regularly attended Pentecostal churches since she was in her 20s. She recently attended the Riverside Assembly Church, in Fairfield.

Miriam liked knitting, crocheting, tatting, needlepoint, cross stitching and needlework of all kinds. She made a lot of her own patterns. At 95 years old she knitted 87 pairs of hats and mittens that were given to children at Christmas time. She also enjoyed doing puzzles.

Miriam is survived by her son John Stevens and his wife Kathy, of Albion; her daughter Edith Frost and her husband Floyd, of Oakland; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; two nieces; and a nephew.

Arrangements were under the direction and care of Aable Cremation Service, of Waterville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Riverside Assembly Church, 32 Water St., Fairfield ME 04937.

GERRY E. POTTLE

FAIRFIELD – Gerry Ernest Pottle passed away on Friday, January 4, 2019, in Portland. He was born in Albion on June 11, 1949.

Earlier in life he was a woodsman, laborer in the union, and he also worked for Kirschner. Gerry loved fishing and hunting.

He was predeceased by his parents, Lawrence and Hester Pottle; sister Valerie Costain; and brother Donald Pottle.

He is survived by daughter Noelle and husband Mark Dodd, of Orange, California; son Ryan Pottle, of Clearwater, Florida; grandchildren, Tyler Colford, Gregory and Ashlinn Dodd; siblings, Lawrence Pottle Jr. and wife Audrey, Janice Harmon, Allan Pottle, Linda Douglas and husband Steve; brother-in-law Robert Costain; aunts, Thelma Seaman, Julia Raven, Faye Pottle; and uncle, Bill Peavey; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside service in the spring at Brown Cemetery in Benton.

Arrangements are being made by Dan and Scott’s Cremation and Funeral Service Skowhegan.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in his memory to help with burial expenses mailed to: Crystal Pottle, 308 East Benton Rd., Benton ME 04901.

JEFFREY A. HOSEA

OAKLAND – Jeffrey Alan Hosea, 54, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at Northern Light Inland Hospital, in Waterville. Jeff was born in Waterville on December 8, 1964, the son of Lowell and Harriet (Sawtelle) Hosea.

He attended Clinton Elementary and Tapley School, in Oakland, through the eighth grade, and graduated from Temple Academy, in Waterville, in 1983. He earned his associate’s degree in automotive technology from Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute, in Bangor, in 1986.

Jeff was a successful and thriving auto technician at Nault’s Honda, in Manchester, New Hampshire, during which he met his future wife. He continued his career at Paul Blouin’s Honda, in Augusta, before transitioning to his employer, Central Maine Toyota, in Waterville. He strived for excellency in all he did, which was shown through his Master Technician Certification and Automotive Service Excellence awards, among many other performance awards. Jeff was a man of God, and attended Faith Evangelical Free Church and Kennebec Valley Baptist Church, both in Waterville.

For many years Jeff’s hobbies included cycling, hiking, camping, and enjoying quality time with friends and family. He was known for big spreads at barbecues, lobster bakes, fireworks displays on the 4th of July, and his weekend breakfast buffets.

On June 12, 1993, Jeff married Angela Buice at Calvary Temple Chapel, which his father helped build.

He was predeceased by his father, Lowell Hosea; his paternal grandfather, Frank Hosea; and his maternal grandfather, Arthur Sawtelle.

He is survived by his mother, Harriet Hosea; his wife, Angela Hosea; his two children, Jessica and Travis Hosea; his siblings, Julie Gee, Lowell Hosea Jr., Tim Hosea, and Dennis Hosea; his nieces and nephews, Paul Gee, Heather Mclewin, Joshua Hosea, Christopher Hosea, Susan Brown,l Megan Roy, Shannon Williford, Kayla Hosea, Dawna Sargent, and Debbie Sheridan; his second son, Daniel Turner.

A celebration of his life will follow later in the spring.

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

Arrangements by Lawry Brothers-Wheeler Funeral & Cremation Care, 26 Church St., Oakland.

RICHARD C. POTTER

SOMERVILLE & LIBERTY – Richard C. “RCP the Great” Potter, 63, passed away on Wednes­day, January 2, 2019. He was born in Augusta on December 11, 1955, a son of Rich­ard L. and Ramona A. (Bessey) Potter.

Richard attended Erskine Academy, in South China. He began his working career at the Haskell Horse farm in Palermo. He extended his career into the logging industry, working in the woods and driving a pulp truck. Recently, he worked as a cross country truck driver.

Richard was an avid outdoorsman. He could be found anywhere scouting, trapping or hunting. The greatest hunts were with his family. Hunts that included deer, turkey, moose and most recently bobcat. Richard also enjoyed his fruit trees, beekeeping, gardening, coloring, watching western movies and especially socializing. Family was very important to Richard. Becoming a grandfather was one of his proudest accomplishments.

Richard was predeceased by a daughter, Tarasa Potter; his father, Richard L. Potter and his sister Bonnie Vannah.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Anne Potter, of Liberty; two daughters: Angimarie and her husband Lewie, Karrianne and her husband Jason; two sons: Zeb and his wife Danica, Smitty and his wife Kim; his mother, Ramona; brother, Bryan Potter and his wife Darlene; five grandchildren: Connor, Logan, Audrey, Bradley and Matthew; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

At his request, there will be no public visiting hours. Following cremation, a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 19, at 1 p.m., at the Palermo Christian Church, 322 Branch Mills Rd, Palermo, ME.

Condolences, photos and stories may be shared at www.plummerfh.com.

Should contributions be desired, friends and family can follow up with Richard’s children.

Arrangements are under the care of Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Road, Rte. 32, Windsor, ME.

OTHERS DEPARTED

ANGELINA L. BITTUES, 67, of Winthrop, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018. Locally, she is survived by sisters marvel A. Hutchings and Basil Barnes, of Albion, and Berta Estes and her spouse, Terrence, of Winslow.

ANGELA BUKER, 73, of Waterville, passed away on Thursday, December 20, 2018, following a long fight with heart disease. Locally, she is survived by a two daughters, Tina King and husband Greg, of Clinton, and Tammy Harmon and her fiancé Hubert Clair, of South China; siblings Linda Fortin and husband Dick, of Oakland.

ANNIE C. TRASK, 71, of Augusta, passed away on Friday, December 21, 2018, at Mount Saint Joseph Nursing Home, in Waterville. Locally, she is survived by brothers Kenneth Rideout Sr. and wife Priscilla, of Sidney, and Ralph Rideout and wife Karalyn, of Windsor, and sister Evelyn French, of Somerville.

VALERIE N. TILLEY, 77, of Augusta, passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2018, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. Locally, she is survived by a granddaughter, Maeghan Robinson and husband Robbie, of South China.

CHARLES A. BOWDEN, 66, of Jefferson, passed away on Monday, December 24, 2018. Locally, he is survived by a daughter Crystal G. Armstrong and husband Aaron, of Windsor, and ex-wife Kathy Williams, of Windsor.

LINDA S. HEIL/DECKER, 64, of Augusta, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at Capitl City Manor, in Augusta. Locally, she is survived by her sister Catherine Heil-LaPointe and her spouse, Frances LaPointe, of South China.

PHILIP L. BICKFORD, 89, of Manchester, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018, at his home. Locally, he is survived by sons Chris Bickford and wife Tina, and Craig Bickford and wife Carlotta, all of Chelsea, and daughters Linda Foss and husband Richard, of Vassalboro, and Sherrie Kramer and husband Shawn, of Belgrade.

JANICE E. McGOWAN, 77, of Pittsfield, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2019, following a courageous battle with lung cancer. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Rhonda Kennedy and companion, Martin Harris, of Oakland.

FORMER RESIDENT

JOHN J. BOLES, 97, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away on Friday, November 9, 2018, in Scottsdale. He was born in Waterville on June 3, 1921, the son of Thomas and Mary (Saad) Boles.

AREA NOTABLE

JON. T. MISNER, 53, of Waterville, passed away on Friday, January 4, 2019, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta.

Jon was executive director of the Waterville Opera House from 1998 to 2005. He was responsible for bringing Missoula Children’s Theater to the Opera Houae, a program that continues today. He was also a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Locally, he is survived by his wife Renae, and a son Alex, both of Waterville.