Obituaries for Thursday, November 14, 2019

MADELINE L. POOLER

OAKLAND – Madeline Louise Pooler, 84, of Oakland passed away peacefully, after a long illness, on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. She was born in Waterville on December 30, 1935, the daughter of Norbert A. and Marie Belle (Bolduc) Rancourt.

On August 9, 1952, she married Harold T. Pooler, of Waterville, spending the next 60 years together.

Madeline loved to have her family and friends near. She enjoyed hosting many family gatherings. She was an active member of the community, participating in clubs and volunteering for many organizations. She regularly volunteered for the MaineGeneral Doll Factory. She was a member of the Exchangettes Club/Caring Friends, Newborns In Need, The Kennebelles and Red Hat Society.

She was an avid knitter and quilter. Her family’s favorite gifts were her hand-knit socks, hats and mittens. She spent time making clothing, blankets, hats and mittens for Newborns In Need.

Madeline was predeceased by her husband, Harold T. Pooler; parents Norbert A. and Marie Belle Rancourt; brothers Richard, Francis, Wilbur, John and Frederick Rancourt; sisters Justine Fisher, Jeannette Harding, Dorothy Fisher, Gloria Floyd; and stepmother, Grace Ames Rancourt.

She is survived by her children, sons Harold and wife Mary, of Florida, and Richard, of Oakland; daughters Eva Killam and husband James, of Skowhegan; daughter Lisa Austin ,of Oakland, and son Joseph and partner Marc, of Winthrop; grandchildren Jarod Pooler, Sarah Pooler-James, Ty Pooler, Jaime O’Neal, Devon Pooler, Jennifer Killam-Zambrano, Matthew Killam, Thomas Killam, Matthew Austin, Emily Meader; brothers Raymond Rancourt and companion Evelyn, of Fairfield, Eugene Rancourt, of Fairfield; sister-in-law Bernice (Pooler) Tardiff, of Belgrade; and many great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home. An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at www.gallantfh.com.

MERLE E. GEROUX

CHELSEA – Merle E. Geroux, 86, of Eastern Avenue, died Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta. He was born in Jefferson on January 30, 1933, the son of Joseph E. Geroux and Elsie N. (Weaver) Geroux.

Mr. Geroux served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He was self-employed as an auto mechanic for many years.

Mr. Geroux was predeceased by his wife, Annie Francis (Bell) Geroux; and two granddaughters, Crystal Allen and Melissa Allen.

Surviving are his six children, Michael Geroux and his wife Laurie, Brenda Sather, Merlene Allen, Timmy Geroux, Scott Geroux, and Melissa Geroux, all of Chelsea; 13 grandchildren, Mike, Matthew and Justin Geroux, Richard and Jessica Sather, Jeff Allen, Gavin Geroux and Zach Emery, Scott, and Travis Geroux, Trevor Rideout, Cody Geroux and Crystal White; and several great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

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

ANNE M. BOWE

WINSLOW – Anne Marie Bowe, 70, of Winslow, passed onto the Lord, Wednesday, October 30, 2019, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born in Concord, New Hampshire, on March 26, 1949, the daughter of Lewis and Anna Bowe.

After graduating from Falmouth High School, Anne went on to get her nursing degree. She married Bernard H. Gauthier in 1969 and together had three sons and three stepdaughters; Sherri Gauthier, of Oakland, Lee Falconer, of Waterville, and Debbie Bedard, of Etna.

Anne spent many years working as a nurse in various local facilities, including Mount St. Joseph, in Waterville, and Klearview Manor, in Fairfield. She also worked as a psychiatric nurse for Mid-Maine Medical Center, in Waterville, for 15 years. She enjoyed family time, crafting, shopping and writing poetry.

Anne is survived by three sons, Eric Gauthier and wife Noreen, of Benton, Mark Gauthier and wife Heather, of Fairfield, and Matthew Gauthier, of Augusta; two brothers, Robert Bowe and wife Dottie, of Freeport, and Michael Bowe and wife Mary, of Sabago; aunt, Jeanne Spyrka and husband Tony, of Woonsocket, Rhode Island; two granddaughters, Allie and Kylie Gauthier, both of Oakland; and four nephews, Timothy Bowe, Scott Bowe, Daniel Bowe and Joshua Bowe.

A service will be held at Hope Cemetery in Kennebunk in the spring.

Donations can be made in Anne’s memory to the American Cancer Society at: donate3.cancer.org

ROBERT J. WRANOSKY

CHINA VILLAGE – On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, Robert “Bob” J. Wranosky Sr., 82, passed away in his home following a brief and courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin, on February 4, 1937, to John and Joan “Eunice” Wranosky.

He graduated Oconto Falls High School in 1955 and began working at Scott Paper Company, in Winslow. He served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1961. After being discharged from the Army, he returned to Scott Paper Company, later named Kimberly Clark, and worked for 46 years and he continued contract work until 2018.

Bob was an avid outdoorsman. He was never one that would sit around, always “putzing” with something whether it was cutting firewood, trimming his cedar hedges, or working on house projects. He was a do-it-yourselfer. During the summer, Bob loved riding his Sea-doo on China Lake and in the winter, you could see him riding his Ski-doo or swishing down slopes at Sunday River, in Bethel. Bob was well known around town for his bright red Dodge Ram truck with the Hemi written on the side.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years Marcia; two sons, Robert Wranosky Jr., of Wheatfield, Indiana, and Thomas (Dawn) Wranosky, of Crown Point, New York; daughter Susan McConnell (Matt), of Tallahassee, Florida; stepdaughter Melissa Richardson of West Point, Virginia; sister Catherine (Larry) Kolkowski of Sampson, Wisconsin; two brothers, Leonard (Diane) Wranosky, of Columbiaville, Michigan, and Francis (Debbie) Wranosky, of Oconto Falls, Wisconsin; five grandchildren, Meghan Wranosky, Courtney Wranosky, Tyler Wranosky, Monica Black and Mark Black II; four great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Eunice Wranosky.

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

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice in his Bob’s name.

CLYDE F. MOSHER

VASSALBORO – Clyde F. Mosher, 91, passed away peacefully at the Maine Veterans Home, in Augusta, on Sunday, October 27, 2019. Clyde was born February 26, 1928, in Bristol, New Hampshire to Verne B. and Marian (Hubbard) Mosher.

He was the oldest of the three Mosher boys; Clyde, Bruce and Robert.

Clyde graduated from Bristol High School in 1945 and entered the US Army Air Force where he served with honor until August 1947.

At the Maine Veterans Home, Clyde was comforted by the caring and devoted staff. Always at his side was his wife of 48 years Elizabeth (Betty) Mosher. Betty’s daughter Donna Hadsell with husband Robert blessed Clyde with the gift of a true extended family. He’s remembered for his hard work, commitment, kindness and a sweet smile. He taught Donna how to drive a stick shift, stop on a steep hill and then start up and go over the hill just like he did through good and sometimes challenging times. Clyde loved nature, especially camping and teaching everyone in his extended family how to fish.

Clyde loved baseball, of course, the Red Sox, and he played for the Bristol team until in the summer of 19 51 when he broke a leg sliding into second base. Daughter Melanie Ann Mosher arrived in November 1951 and Clyde somehow drove to the delivery room in Franklin despite a leg cast and a blinding snowstorm. The route to Franklin he knew by heart after 10 years working as a milkman for Giles dairy delivering fresh dairy.

Customers knew Clyde as a man they could trust with open doors. Melanie and older brother Michael Mosher grew up thinking their father invented take your children to work day. Daddy frequently brought them along in the milk truck to enjoy an ice cream treat.

In Alexandria, New Hampshire, Clyde was a selectman and enjoyed one annual task: to hike Mt. Cardigan and mark the town boundary. A volunteer fireman, his garage became base for the Alexandria fire department.

Clyde’s career moved to selling insurance for John Hancock Insurance in Laconia, New Hampshire. In 1964 he became sales manager in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and the family moved to North Berwick. He was promoted to district manager in Augusta, and retired in 1986. But not for long as John Hancock wanted him back to supervise instruction in Portland. In 2000 he settled in Vassalboro with Betty to pursue some fishing and their passion to provide guidance, comfort and joy to the extended family who now mourn his loss but cherish the memories.

In 2002, Clyde suffered the tragic loss of his son, Christopher Kevin Mosher, of Wells, and step-son, Michael Stevens, of Somersworth, New Hampshire, died in 2013.

Left to remember Clyde’s love are his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Mosher; Michael Mark Mosher and wife Mahdiana Badri Mosher, of Woodland Hills, California, Melanie Ann Mosher, of Key West, Florida; step children, Donna Hadsell and husband Robert, of Vassalboro, Stuart Stevens and wife JoAnn, of South Berwick, John Stevens and wife Laurraine, of Somersworth, New Hampshire, Randy Stevens and wife Jennifer, of Gonic, New Hampshire, wife of Michael Stevens, Betsy; nine grandchildren, Samy Mosher, Farid Mosher, Maryasari Mosher and husband Mohamad Alostaz, Marisa Bourget and husband Scott, De’Ana Celestino and partner Shawn Pokey, Idaiah Mosher and wife Cassie, Sydney Mosher Menard and husband Dale, Morgan Mosher, Zachary Mosher and fiancée Shelby Mahdia; eight step-grandchildren, Jim, Shelley, Stuart III, Melissa, Zachary and Max, Nicholas and Samantha; great-grandchildren, Natalie, Lucy, Gavin, Abigail, Cameron, Camden, Miles; and step-great-grandchildren, Austin, Brady, Quinn, Lilly and Samuel.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Clyde’s memory to the Maine Veterans Home, 310 Cony Street, Augusta, ME 04330.

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

CLARENCE SPAULDING JR.

WATERVILLE – Clarence E. Spaulding Jr., 78, passed away on Monday, November 4, 2019, following battling several severe health issues, at Northern Light Inland Hospital, in Waterville. Clarence was born the son of Clarence Sr. and Virginia Spaulding on October 31, 1941, in Caratunk.

Clarence was known for his quick and sarcastic humor. He had a seemingly endless knowledge of everything, an eccentric vocabulary and conversation manor. He would read the encyclopedia for fun, draw, and could tell you every random fact about every train to ever exist. He was a member of the clan Murray Scottish society, as well as the Wiscasset Narrow Gauge Railway.

Clarence was a salesman for many years for Morgan Lumber Company and worked several years as a salesman for L’Heureux Oil Company.

Clarence was predeceased by his parents, Clarence Sr. and Virginia Spaulding; son Greg Spaulding, son Scott Spaulding; and great grandchild Magnolia.

He is survived by his life partner, Vicki LaBrie; his sister Barbara J; eldest daughter Beverly Frost; son-in-law Everett Frost; son Brian Spaulding and daughter-in–law Pamela Spaulding, and his daughter-in-law Erica Spaulding; his grandchildren, Derek, Amber, Chellsye, Samantha, Jonathan, Ashley, Mary and Emma; great-grandchildren, Viola, Carter and Nathanial.

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

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

LT. COL. JOHN W. CLARK SR.

SIDNEY – Lt. Col. John Winston Clark Sr. (MSP Ret.), 74, died Thursday, October 31, 2019, at his home in Sidney. John was born in Gardiner on December 26, 1944, the third child of Walter A. and (Eva) Janet Clark.

He graduated from Gardiner Area High School in 1963 and received an A.S. degree in criminal justice and a B.S. degree in public administration from the University of Maine.

John graduated from the Maine State Police Academy in 1967 and was assigned to patrol the Damariscotta area of Troop D. He was promoted to corporal in 1973, and assigned to the traffic division at headquarters, in Augusta. He was promoted to sergeant in 1975, and assigned to chief of executive security for Governor James B. Longley. In 1979, he was promoted to lieutenant and became the commander of the traffic and safety division and also served as the liaison for the Bureau of State Police with the Maine Legislature. In 1983, he was promoted to Lt. Col., Deputy Chief of the Maine State Police. He served in that capacity for four years and retired in 1987.

In 1988, he became the executive vice president of the Maine Insurance Agents Association, in Augusta. He served in that capacity for 21 years, serving on several National Association Committees and was President of the National Independent Agents Association Executives in 2000/2001. He fully retired in September 2009.

He loved the outdoors and hunting and fishing in Argyle and Rangeley. He was a member of The Masons Hermon Lodge #32, in Gardiner, SAM, West Gardiner Rod and Gun Club, Rangeley, Guides and Sportsman’s Association, Arnold Trail Sportsman’s Association, NRA, AHOG, and actively supported the Maine Special Olympics for many years. He enjoyed his time spent with Peggy at their camp in Rangeley and riding their Harley-Davidson motorcycle; particularly their trips to South Dakota and Wyoming, and the many rides with friends in the AHOG Chapter and at the State HOG Rallies. He also loved to attend the many activities of his 13 grandchildren, which ranged from dance to hockey.

John was predeceased by his parents, and his brother, Herman F. Clark, and his sister, Janice Plaisted.

He is survived by his wife Peggy; his daughter, Angela Clark, of Gardiner; his son John Jr. and his wife Jill, and their four children, Kristen and her husband, Derick and their son Jacob and daughter Madeline, of Litchfield, Matthew and his fiancée, Morgan Carver, Joseph and Lillian, of West Gardiner, his youngest daughter Jenny Hickey and her husband Will, and their three sons, Nicholas Maschino, his fiancée, Sadie Gosse and their daughter MacKeil, Scott Hickey and his girlfriend, Libbie Williams, and Cody Hickey, his fiancée Mikaela Sleeper and their daughters, Delanie and Addison, all of West Gardiner; his stepson Benjamin Foster and his wife Karen, and their children Madison, Lily and Ben, of Waterville, and his stepson, Jared Foster and his wife Lisa, and their three children Jenessa, Jaxson and Easton, of Palmyra.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the AMVETS@National Service Foundation, PO Box 96175, Washington, DC 20090-613.

MARY C. GOTT

FAIRFIELD – Mary Catherine Gott, 77, passed away peacefully at home, following a brief illness, on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Born July 27, 1942, in New Haven, Connecticut, Mary was the daughter of Gerald and Muriel (Hill) Cremin.

She attended New Haven area schools, and moved to Richmond in 1976.

In the 1980s, Mary spent her workdays running the family fish market, Salt Waterville Seafood, in Fairfield. In the 1990s, they sold the market and Mary went to work at Marden’s, in Waterville. She retired from Marden’s in 2013.

Mary made friends everywhere she went and was known for being just as feisty and fun-loving, as she was generous and kindhearted. She loved going for motorcycle rides with George. They spent many summers at Abenaki Campground and at York County Campground. Mary was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Post #14, in Fairfield, and a longtime supporter of the Humane Society Waterville Area. Mary and George were longtime members of the Maine Academy of Country Music and enjoyed many Country Sunday’s with friends and family.

Mary was predeceased by her parents; her husband, George; her grandson Richard “RJ” Costa, of Vermont; and her brother, Jeremiah “Jay” Cremin, of Belchertown, Massachusetts.

She is survived by daughter Constance Costa of Branford, Connecticut; daughter Diane (Willis) Carter, of Minneola, Florida; son Norman (Kimberly) Ambrose, of Auburn; stepson Michael Gott, of Waterville; stepdaughter Debra (Dean) Billings, of Pittsfield; grandchildren James Ambrose, of New Britain, Connecticut, James Groves, Kristifer Groves, Dylan (Amber) Ambrose, and Justin Ambrose, of Maine; seven great-grandchildren.

Mary had requested the family forego a funeral and instead “throw (her) a party.” Family and friends are invited to Grover Hinkley American Legion Post #14, 86 Upper Main St, Fairfield, ME, on Saturday, November 23, from noon to six p.m., for live music and light refreshments.

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

McKENZIE M. HAVER

WATERVILLE – McKenzie Meghan Haver, 20, from Waterville, passed away unexpectedly at Maine Mdical Center, in Portland, on Friday, November 4, 2019, from a Congenital Heart condition. Born May 4, 1999, in Belfast, she was the daughter of Michelle (Pearse) Kelley and Steven Haver. She graduated from Erskine Academy, in South China.

To her family she was Lulu and to everyone she was a fighter. Behind that sweet smile and quiet manner was a sarcastic, witty sense of humor that came out of nowhere and caused one to sit back and wonder what just happened and when it would happen next. She accepted and faced the challenges of her medical conditions, but refused to accept their limitations.Her biggest accomplishment was being a mother to her little boy, she loved every moment of it. He stole her heart and was her entire world.

McKenzie is survived by her mother and bonus dad Michelle and John Kelley; father Steven Haver; significant other Austin Ayotte; son Jaxon Ayotte; brother Justin Haverand sister-in-law Amber Fuller; sister Domonique Haver and brother-in-law Kyle Stetson; sister Kayleigh Haver; bonus siblings, Acadia, Kineo and Camden; nieces Hayley and Kamryn; nephew Aidyn; In-laws Patrick and Sharon Ayotte and Robert and Barbie Petkers; grandparents Paul and Alice PearseAnderson, Dakota Flagg and Laura and Ed Heroux.

A celebration of life will be held November 11, 2019, at noon, at Governor’s, in Waterville.

In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting donations to help pay for funeral expenses and for her young son, Jaxon. Donations can be made via: Michelle Kelley, PO Box 476, Gardiner, ME 04345, or Go Fund Me or in person at her celebration of life.

SARAH C. BEAN

SIDNEY – Sarah C. Bean, 92, of Sidney, passed away on Friday, November 8, 2019, following a brief illness. Sarah was born in Effingham, New Hamp­shire, on September 3, 1927, to Charles and Viola Clark.

Her father passed when Sarah was only eight years old and his death was a defining moment in her life, causing her to have great compassion for those who faced similar loss. She and her two siblings continued to live in her beloved home in Freedom, New Hampshire, until her teenage years when her mother married Merle Thompson and she moved to East Dixfield. After graduating from high school at Wilton Academy, she spent three years studying at Providence Bible Institute, in Providence, Rhode Island. At PBI, her strong faith was cemented as she trained to study and teach the Word of God.

Sarah married Charles E. Bean on September 10, 1948, and eagerly adjusted to life as a farmer’s wife. She became active at West Sidney Baptist Church, serving and teaching Sunday School, Daily Vacation Bible School, and Bible studies. Through all the days of her life, she continued teaching Scripture and most recently had an active Bible study in her home.

From the time she went to first grade, Sarah always wanted to be a teacher. She began working toward her teaching degree in 1966, taking a few credit hours at a time. Sarah began her teaching career on a provisional certificate and graduated from University of Maine in 1973 with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught at Mount Vernon Elementary School for 20 years, and after retiring, she taught grandchildren and great grandchildren at “Gramma’s School.”

She is survived by her four children, Edward Bean and wife Donna, of Sidney, Ruth Brendle and husband Dave, of Sanford, Florida, Calvin Bean and wife Penny, of Sidney, and Charlene and husband Howard, of Sutton, Massachusetts; 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, as well as a sister-in law, Marion Bean, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased in death by her husband of 51 years, her brother, Robert Sullivan, and her sister, Cora Crockett.

Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church Street, Augusta.

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

In lieu of flowers, her family would welcome your written memories.

LUCINDA L. FRANKENFIELD

Lucinda Lee Frankenfield, 78, passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2019, following a long illness.

Lucinda (Cindy) was born on Feb­ruary 12, 1941, in Bos­ton, Massa­­chusetts, to Evelyn Byrd (Lee) and Har­old Doe, Sr.

She attended Waterville schools as a child, Coburn Classical Institute and graduated from Winslow High School in 1960.

Cindy was a homemaker for a large part of her life and her family meant everything to her. She was a wonderful mother who showed her love in many caring ways. She enjoyed cooking and baking and was known for her special lemon-mint iced tea every summer. She hosted many dinners and family get togethers and enjoyed making the holidays special.

She was so very proud of her children and grandchildren and was always interested in all that was happening in their lives. You could not ask for a better grandmother and Mom.

Later in her life, she worked for several home health care organizations and took care of the needs of many elderly people. She had her own private clients as well, and enjoyed her work immensely. Cindy’s clients loved her as she took good care of them and truly cared for them. This career was a perfect choice for Cindy, as it was fulfilling and she could continue to nurture and care for others.

Cindy loved the Lord and enjoyed going to church and singing in the choir. She attended both China Baptist Church and the South China Community Church over the years. She instilled her love for God in her children and brought them to church at a young age.

She is survived by two daughters; Mary Ann Bolduc and husband Gary, of China, Liana Stanhope and husband Jeffrey, of Bangor, and son David Frankenfield and wife Jill, of Albion; grandchildren, Jacob Frankenfield and wife Sierra, Jonathan Stanhope, Nicholas Stanhope, and Allison Frankenfield.

She was predeceased by a sister, Nancy Lee Doe, and two brothers, Harold Doe Jr. and Randolph M. Doe.

There will be a celebration of Cindy’s life on November 16, 2019, at 11 a.m., at Knox Ridge Baptist Church, in Knox.

Please consider donations to the Dementia Society of America and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Obituaries for Thursday, November 7, 2019

ERNEST P. O’CONNOR JR.

OAKLAND – Ernest Patrick O’Connor Jr. “Peter,” 59, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 19, 2019, in Waterville. Peter was born in Augusta on January 4, 1960.

He enjoyed fishing, spending time with family and friends and took pride in taking care of his buddy Myrtle, the turtle that he rescued years ago.
Pete was a funny, fun loving guy who will be missed by many. Funeral services have yet to be decided at this time.

He was predeceased by his father Ernest O’Connor, his sister Julie O’Connor and his Uncle Ed Spaulding, who was very special to him.

He is survived by his son John Roy (who was his greatest accomplishment in life) and wife Katie; one grandson Brady Roy, all of Arundel; mother Loretta Rabassa, of Fairfield; one brother John O’Connor, of Waterville; three sisters, Diana Savage and husband Todd Savage, of Oakland, Nancy Wood, of China, and Vicki Tourtelotte, of Jackman; along with the Spaulding side of the family whom he loved and spent a lot of time with, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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

OMER R. DUGUAY

VASSALBORO – Omer “Babe” R. Duguay, 83, passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. He was born in Winslow on August 12, 1936, to John and Anne (Joseph) Duguay.

He attended Winslow schools, then worked at Morneau’s Lumber Yard, in East Vassalboro.

He married the former Norma Schofield, from Rockland, in the fall of 1972. They lived in Rockland and owned a grocery store and a Chinese Restaurant. After Norma’s death, Babe moved back to Winslow to be near his family. He then met Virginia Spaulding, who was his partner for 12 years. She took very good care of him during his illness.

Babe enjoyed attending Mass every Sunday at the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, in Waterville, with his brothers. After Mass, they would go for coffee to spend quality time together. He was a fan of the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. He enjoyed family gatherings and had a great sense of humor. He loved telling stories about his younger days. He had a creative mind and stayed busy with personal projects.

Babe is survived by Virginia Spaulding, of Vassalboro; siblings, Al “Toni” Duguay, of Fairfield, John (Nancy) Duguay, of Skowhegan, Theresa Plante, of Waterville, Joe Duguay, of Las Vegas, Nevada, Larry (Faylene) Duguay, of Winslow, Lorraine (Don) Reny ,of Winslow; sister-in-law, Cecile Gagnon, of Waterville; cousins, Anita LaForest, Linda Vashon; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father; mother; wife, Norma; three brothers, Donald, Omar, Edmond; and three sisters, Evelyn, Jeanne, and Van.

Per his request, there will be no visiting hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 11 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 26 Monument Street, Winslow, followed by interment at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Grove Street, Waterville.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Omer’s memory to Blessed Sacrament, 100 Silver Street, Waterville, ME 04901.

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

DENNIS R. WESTON

NORTH VASSALBORO – Dennis R. Weston, 67, passed away Saturday, October 26, 2019,at his home, in North Vassalboro. He was born February 12, 1952, in Waterville, the son of Hermon and Darolyn Weston.

He graduated from Messalonskee High School, in Oakland, in 1972 and attended Kennebec Valley Community College, in Fairfield. On April 24, 1992, he married the former Rhonda Roux, in Waterville. Dennis was employed for many years at Mid-State Machine, in Winslow. He enjoyed music, wood working, and gardening.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Rhonda (Roux) Weston, of North Vassalboro; two sons, Joseph and girlfriend Samantha Mason, of Vassalboro, Ryan Pleau and partner, Tiana Ireland, of Vassalboro; mother, Darolyn Weston, of Benton; three sisters, Patricia Withee, of Benton, Karen Wright and husband Chester, of Belgrade, Lori McIntosh and husband Tim, of Belgrade; five brothers, Robert Lancaster and wife Julie, of Clinton, Craig Lancaster and wife Pam, of Oakland, Dana Weston and wife Theresa, of Waterville, Kevin Weston and wife Debra, of Belgrade, Malcolm Weston and wife Sarah, of Oakland; father-in-law, Robert Roux, of Vassalboro; sister-in-law, Robin Regan, of Lisbon; brother-in-law, Randall Roux and wife Irene, of Famingdale; several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in his memory to a charity of choice.

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

DAVID R. COUTURIER

FAIRFIELD — David R “Cahtoot” Couturier, 67, passed peacefully in his Lazy Boy recliner on Saturday, October 19, 2019.

He graduated from Waterville High School in 1970.

David spent 43 years working at the Kennebec Water District and was a core member of the Spencer Bay Fishing Gang.

He is survived by his father, Leon and his wife Diane Couturier; his wife, Shelley (Joseph) Couturier; his three children, Scott and his wife Leslie Couturier, Bill Maheu, and Darcy and her husband Stephen Corcoran; his grandchildren, Josh, Jordan, Katie, Willy, Mitchell, Brady, Thomas, and Nicolas; his great-grandchild, Madeline; his brothers, Lee and Danny Couturier, his sisters, Diane Drapeau and Danielle Hajj; and several 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.

Family requests in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Travis Mills Foundation, 1002 Watson Pond Rd., Rome, ME 04963.

THOMAS F. BIRMINGHAM

WINDSOR — Thomas F. Birmingham, 67, died peacefully at home on Friday, October 25, 2019. He was born in Belfast on February 1, 1952, the son of Leo V. and Alma F. (Colby) Birmingham.

Thomas was a 1970 graduate of Belfast High School and a 1974 graduate of the University of Southern Maine. He pursued graduate studies at American University, in Washington, DC.

A passionate educator, Thomas taught at Brunswick Junior High School before working as an education consultant for the state of Maine Department of Education, recognized with a National Outstanding Young Educator award. He moved on to be the director of Midcoast School of Technology and United Technologies Center. He taught courses as an itinerant professor at the University of Southern Maine for 30 years. He retired from the state of Maine in 2014, spending 10 years with the Secretary of State’s Office as a staff development specialist.

As an EMT, Thomas spent many years in service to Windsor Volunteer Ambulance and Fire Department and assisted with the training of firefighters statewide with the Maine State Fire Academy.

He was elected selectman for the town of Windsor and was a member and former chairman of RSU #12 School Board. He loved volunteering as bus monitor for RSU #12, known endearingly as “Mr. Thom” on the Pre-K bus runs.

Thomas was a communicant of Saint Michael’s Parish, former member and Past Grand Knight of the Father John M. Anderson Council Knights of Columbus of St. Andrew’s Church, a member of Canabas Council #1299 Knights of Columbus, of Gardiner; and a 4th Degree member of Major Sayward N. Hall Assembly # 340 Knights of Columbus, of Rockland.

Thomas enjoyed hunting, ice fishing, and anytime “upta” camp with the Birminghams. There was nothing he loved more than spending time with family and being outdoors. He will be remembered for his hearty laughter, adventurous spirit, good nature, and eagerness to always lend a helping hand, an encouraging word, or a listening ear. He is loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Thomas was predeceased by his parents, Leo and Alma Birmingham, and dear sister, Anne Elizabeth Birmingham.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Angela (Piselli) Birmingham, of Windsor; a son Joshua Birmingham and his wife Maria, of Farmington; a daughter Erin Birmingham and her husband Sean Vaillancourt, of Phippsburg; two step-daughters Heather Hopkins, of Augusta, and Michele Dunn and her husband Matthew, of Lisbon Falls; his older brother Wilbur Birmingham and his wife Sylvia, of Rockland; his younger brother John Birmingham and his wife Pagan, of Old Town; grandchildren Abby and Reed Hopkins, Charlotte and Amelia Dunn and Kellan and Keane Birmingham; his mother-in-law Constance Piselli, of Augusta; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 41 Western Ave., Augusta. Burial will be held at a later date.

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

Memorial donations are preferred to St. Michael School, 56 Sewall St., Augusta, M#E 04330, or Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, c/o MaineGeneral Health, Office of Philanthropy, PO Box 828, Waterville, ME 04903-9828, or Windsor Volunteer Fire & Rescue, PO Box 181, Windsor, ME 04363.

PATRICIA FECTEAU

WATERVILLE — Patricia Fecteau, 75, of Waterville passed unexpectedly on Friday, October 25, 2019, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor, from complications of previous illnesses. Patricia was born in Augusta on March 15, 1944, the daughter of Jack and Mary Louise (Bouget) Porter.

Patricia attended and graduated from Cony High School, in Augusta. Patricia married Carlton Fecteau and they made their home in Waterville. She attended St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, in Waterville .

She was self employed as a housekeeper for multiple local families and businesses for nearly 40 years. Patricia was the President of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Waterville Elks Club. She loved to clean, shop, dance, dine out and take rides to the coast. She was a people person who truly enjoyed socializing with family and friends. She was the center of her family.

Patricia was predeceased by her parents, Jack and Mary Louise (Bouget) Porter; and her husband, Carlton W. Fecteau, married 40 years.

Patricia is survived by her son, Ross Chabot and wife Julie, of Winslow. Two daughters, Tara Fecteau and her life partner Harold Ringuette, of Vassalboro, and Arlene Johns and husband Travis, of Waterville, as well as granddaughter Cierra; Cousins Jeannie Fritz, Ollie Bouget, Cecile Bouget and several others.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home. An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at www.gallantfh.com.

GEORGE J. RODRIGUE

WATERVILLE – George J. Rodrigue, 74, passed away Friday, October 25, 2019, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. He was born March 28, 1945, in Waterville, the son of Charles E. and Marie Dora (Vigue) Rodrigue.

He was a lineman for AT&T and managed a boarding home in North Carolina.

George is survived by his long-time companion, Bonnie Frappier, of Sidney; niece, Jo Roderick, of Waterville, nephew, Charles Roderick, of Norridgewock.

He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Marie Dora Rodrigue; brother, Everett C. Roderick.

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

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

TIMOTHY JOLICOEUR

WATERVILLE – Timothy “Tim” Jolicoeur, 78, passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2019. Tim was born in Waterville on April 10, 1941, to the late Alphonse and Dorothy (Dion) Jolicoeur.

He attended the Waterville schools.

At a young age Tim opened his first auto shop doing everything from auto body work to auto sales. Tim’s true passion was antique cars. He was an antique car enthusiast! Tim enjoyed working on the cars from start to finish. Once he was done one car, he would immediately be on the lookout for his next project! His love and passion for antique cars led him to opening an antique car show room and restoration shop right in central Maine. Tim was also one of the founders and president of the S.M.F. Auto Club.

He was predeceased by his wife, Carmaline; his parents; and brothers, Stanley “Ace” and James.

Tim is survived by his sisters, Ruth Anne Jolicoeur, of Thomaston, and Janice Holbrook, of Machias; his sons, Darrick Jolicoeur and his wife Gail, of Etna, Dennis Spaulding and his wife Rose, of Vassalboro, David Spaulding, of Oakland, and Daniel Spaulding and his wife Joyce, of Winslow, his daughter, Debbie Campbell, of Salem Township; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. at Dennis and Rose’s home at 244 Main St., Vassalboro. Antique cars are extremely welcomed!

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.

JOSEPH G. LAPOINTE

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Joseph Gerard Herman Lapointe, 89, died peacefully on Monday, October 28, 2019. Born in Winslow, on August 28, 1930, he was a son of the late Albert and Marie-Anna (Jacques) Lapointe.

At the age of 17 he joined the greatest generation and proudly served 26 years in the United States Air Force. Joe served his country during the Occupation of Japan, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

He was a beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather who will be missed by his wife, Faye L. Lapointe; children, Ann Lapointe Thon (Joe), Kathryn Lapointe King (Jim), Greg A. Lapointe (Celeste), Josy Lapointe Johnson (Jeff); stepchildren, Jill Waugh, Jonathon Alsop (Sheleagh); 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three sisters.

He was predeceased by his oldest son, Norman G. Lapointe; and his brother, Donald Lapointe.

There will be a private family burial with full military honors at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery. Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, is assisting the family.

Memories and condolences may be shared at ShivesFuneralHome.com

In lieu of flowers please give to the charity of your choice

VINCENT E. TSCHAMLER

CHELSEA — Vincent “Vinnie” Emery Tschamler, 79, died Monday, October 28, 2019. He was born in Augusta, May 21, 1940, the son of Adelaide Doyle and Joseph Tschamler (Arda and Gramp).

Vinnie graduated from Cony High School, in Augusta, in 1959. He played three sports and was a star basketball player. He enjoyed boating, going to sporting events and spending time with his family and friends, his caretaker, Polly and his dog, Jake. Vinnie served in the Peace Corp from 1961-1963 and the U.S. Army from 1965-1967.

Vinnie worked at Fort Western Tire Company, in Augusta, in the early 1970s then spent much of his career at Digital Corporation, in Augusta. After retiring, he enjoyed volunteering at Togus VA, the soup kitchen and was an active member of St. Marks Church and Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal, in Augusta.

Vinnie was predeceased by his parents; and sister, Mary Jo Stafford.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Tschamler; his brother, Joseph “Pete” and wife, Allene Tschamler; his son, Taff and his wife, Wendy Bradley Tschamler; his daughters Christine and husband Joel Cummings, Debbie Patterson and Hans Peaslee, and Tabitha and husband Greg Hanna; his grandchildren, Justin, Megan, Vivian, Wyatt, Ainslie, Noah, Brody; his great-grandchildren, Xylin and Jaycee; his many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Condolences may be expressed at www.funeralalternatives.net

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church in Vinnie’s name.

Obituaries for Thursday, October 31, 2019

EDWIN H. BROWN

OAKLAND – Edwin H. Brown, 70, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2019, at his home in Oakland. He was born November 18, 1948, in Oakland, the son of Edward and Marguerite (Collar) Brown.

He graduated from Williams High School, in Oakland, in 1968, and was employed for many years in the railroad industry as a rail maintenance technician and carpenter. He enjoyed tying flies, fly fishing, hunting and four-wheeling.

Edwin is survived by his wife of 21 years, Kathy Brown, of Oakland; daughter, Amy Theriault and husband Roland, of Sidney; son, Edwin Robert Brown, of Oakland; step-daughter, Michelle Dudley and husband Pete, of Virginia; two sisters, Leota Clark and husband Robert, of Oakland, Marylou Maheu and husband Raymond, of Oakland; brother, Theodore Brown and wife Jean, of Oakland: four granddaughters, Britney Rideout and husband Jared, of Oakland, Brandi Lane and husband Clark, of Smithfield; Rylee Taylor, of Missouri, Arlei Dudley, of Virginia; four grandsons, Austin Brown, of Augusta, Logan Dudley, of Hallowell, Kody Dudley, of Virginia, Noah Dudley, of Virginia; a great-granddaughter, Adriana Hague, of Oakland; a great-grandson, Chase Rideout, of Oakland; several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Edwin’s memory C/O Kathy Brown, 16 Greeley Street, Oakland, ME 04963.

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

VIRGINIA R. BELANGER

WATERVILLE — Virginia “Ginny” Roy Belanger, 88, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 3, 2019. Virginia was born in Waterville on April 4, 1931, the daughter of Harry and Lena Roy.

Virginia was a lifelong resident of Winslow and active member of St. John the Baptist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir for many years.

Ginny worked 30 years for the town of Winslow School Superintendent and volunteered 17 years at MaineGeneral Medical Center – Waterville Campus.

She had an infectious laugh and sense of humor. Ginny enjoyed spending time with her family, walking, playing cards, and baking. Her chocolate chip cookies were legendary.

She is predeceased by her parents; her husband, Laurent Belanger; infant daughter, Deborah; three brothers, and two sisters.

She is survived by her children, Barbara Page, South Portland, Brenda (Jim) Bird, Bonita, California, Jeffrey (Karen) Belanger, Tuscumbia, Alabama, Jane (Jim) Kiser, Hampden, Michael (Kelly) Belanger, Wilton, New Hampshire; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren across the United States; her sister, Joyce Roy, Augusta; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Nov. 22, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Church, 21 Monument Street, Winslow. A reception will follow at the Elks Club, 76 Industrial Street.

An online guest book may be signed and condolences expressed at www.gallantfh.com.

In lieu of flowers a memorial gift may be made to MaineGeneral Hospice, P.O. Box 282, Waterville, ME 04901, Sunset Home of Waterville, 114 College Ave., Waterville, ME 04901, or Alzheimer’s Association, at www.alz.org.

JAMES P. AUSTIN

SOUTH CHINA — James P. Austin, 69, of South China, passed away Thursday, October 10, 2019. Jim was born in Hallowell on December 12, 1949, son of Sumner and Clara Austin.

He was a bus driver for many years for the China school department then went on to work for Employment Specialists of Maine before retirement.

Jim spent his final years with his significant other, JoAnn “Jodi” Small. They had a wonderful life together, living as a team. He loved to work around the yard and tinker on automobiles. Jim enjoyed making others laugh and feel happy.

Jim was predeceased by his parents, Sumner and Clara. He was also predeceased by his brother, Sumner “Skip” Austin, his sisters, Judith Austin (infant) Barbara Austin, Beverly Austin, Bette Taylor, and Jaqueline Austin.

He is survived by his former wife, Sharon Laliberte (August 1972 – July 1991) with whom they had his only son, James “Jim” Austin; nephew, Anthony “Tony” Austin, of Augusta, Donald Austin and his wife, Lisa, of Augusta, and his niece, Stacie Austin, of Standish; and his only grandchild, Gabriel James Austin.

The family will be holding a private service for Jim at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in a loved one’s name to Alfond Center for Cancer Care.

GERALDINE H. MICHAUD

WATERVILLE — Geraldine “Gerry” Helen Michaud, 77, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at MaineGeneral Rehab and Nursing Center at Glenridge. Geraldine was born on October 2, 1942, to Merrill and Pearl (Frost) Safford.

Geraldine graduated from Waterville High School in 1962 where she was a member of the Drill Team and FHA. She was a member of Notre Dame Catholic Church, in Waterville, where she was part of the rosary sodality. Geraldine worked in the laundry at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Waterville, for 10 years. She also worked as a Nanny for 16 years. Geraldine also liked to spend time crocheting, baking cookies, knitting, playing cards, and camping. Geraldine loved being with her family and opened her home every Friday night to friends and family for, “Family Night.” Geraldine never judged anyone and always had a listening ear.

Geraldine is survived by her husband, Ronald Michaud; son, Steve Michaud and his wife Angelique, daughters, Deborah Smith and her husband James, Michelle Ruhlin and her husband Christopher, Rhonda DeRosby and her husband Paul; brother, Larry Safford and his wife Athea, sister Mabelle Miller; and her grandchildren, Makayla Michaud, Jamie and Justine Smith, Ethan and Eleanor Ruhlin, and Jessop, Kaysie and Rylee Derosby. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Geraldine was predeceased by her parents, Merrill and Pearl (Frost) Safford; and her sister, Marylin Safford.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on November 9, 2019, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville. There will be a gathering after the Mass in the church hall that all are invited to attend.

Burial will take place in the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta at 2 p.m. on November 12, 2019. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville.

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

CHARLIE D. WILSON JR.

WINSLOW — Charlie D. Wilson, Jr. , passed away unexpectedly Thursday, October 17, 2019. He was born July 1, 1969, the son of the late Charles D. Wilson Sr. and Betty A. Wilson.

Charlie loved his dogs, walks in the woods, disc golf and his amazing disc golf community. Music and dancing were his passion but his greatest happiness came from “Bertha,” his Harley Davidson. He loved his wind therapy most and let’s not forget the tattoos.

He was predeceased by his beloved father, Charles D. Wilson Sr.; and brother Kevin Wilson.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa A. Wilson; his four children, Victoria Evans and husband Brady Evans, Cameron Wilson and wife Shena Wilson, Falyn Darge and partner Bill County and co-parent and friend Will Darge, Faith Wilson and partner Richard Clayton; ten grandchildren, Kaylynn, Jada, Autumn, Avah, Lillyannah, Isabella, Adam, Lil’ Richard, Raistlyn and Elora; his mother Betty A. Wilson; sister Serena Trask and husband Bob Trask, sister Tammy Kincaid and husband Brian Kincaid; and mother-in-law Roseanna Belanger; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

EDWARD P. BECKETT

FAIRFIELD — Edward Perry Beckett, 91, of Fairfield, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 17, 2019, in Augusta. Edward was born in Waterville on June 22, 1928, the son of George Beckett and Charlotte (Theriault) Beckett.

He attended school in Fort Fairfield, joining the U.S. Navy before graduating. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a deep-sea salvage diver during World War II and the Korean War, receiving an honorable discharge in May 1955.

Edward spent many years in the furniture business, starting a large retail store in Fort Fairfield, Beckett’s New and Used Furniture. Later he opened a mattress store in Waterville.

He had his pilot’s license and his own plane. He enjoyed flying to the Bahamas.

Being an ardent animal lover, he supported humane societies, and gave many dogs a very happy life. After retiring he gave his caring ways to people, volunteering many years for Meals on Wheels.

He is survived by his cousins, Robert McKechnie, Floralie Ellis, and Jean Cubbage; as well as many second cousins.

A private service will be held at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

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.

TAMMY C. FORTIER

FAIRFIELD – Tammy C. (Williams) Fortier, 52, passed away Saturday, October 19, 2019, at her home, in Fairfield. She was born December 8, 1966, in Waterville, the daughter of Richard and Jean (Willette) Williams.

She was educated in the schools of Fairfield and graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, in 1985. She continued her education at Kennebec Valley Technical Institute, in Fairfield, and graduated in 1986 as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She was employed at Mount St. Joseph Nursing Home, in Waterville, for 35 years.

Tammy enjoyed crocheting, boating, camping, fishing, puzzles, motorcycling, and being with family.

Tammy is survived by her children, Chad Bagley and partner Vanessa, Erica Smith and husband Barrett, Samantha Steward and husband Todd; parents, Richard Williams III and partner Melody; mother, Jean Nawfel and husband Kenneth; grandchildren Mikey, Molly and Karmyn; brothers, Bruce Williams and wife Melissa, Thomas Williams and wife Elizabeth and Devon Weeks; life-long friend, Edward Fortier; nieces and nephews, Christin, Robert, Mya, Alea; many aunts and uncles.

She was predeceased by grandparents, Richard and Norma Williams Jr., and Norman and Luona Willette Jr.; step-father, Thomas Bailey; and two uncles, Stanley Samson and Claude Willette.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 10 a.m., at the Fairfield Methodist Church, Rtes. 104 & 23, Fairfield, followed by a graveside service at Tozier Cemetery, then to return to the church for a potluck style celebration of life. Those able to bring a dish, please contact one of her children.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Tammy’s memory to Bob Smilie Pancreatic Cancer Memorial Fund, 305 Nason Road, Shatleigh, ME 04076, (207) 459-6434 or blsmilie@aol.com

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

LOUIS L. LeMAY

OAKLAND — Louis Ludger LeMay, 96, passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2019. Louis was born July 31, 1923, in Harpswell, to Grace (Moody) and Edgar LeMay.

He was home schooled his first two years by his mother, second through eighth in Harpswell Public Schools, and graduated from Brunswick High School in 1940. Louis worked at Torrey Roller Bushing Works, in Bath, until 1943. He then joined the U.S. Navy, where he was assigned to an LCI #147; which he picked up in Oregon and was stationed in the Pacific Theater until being discharged in December 1945.

He met the love of his life, Thalia Bailey, two days before he shipped out to the Pacific. Their love grew through letters written during these two years. They were married June 27, 1946, and celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary this year. Many of their first years on Sundays were spent at the baseball field where he and his brothers had a team. He started LeMay’s Service, Inc., in 1955 and retired from there in 1985. For the next 20 years they wintered in Largo, Florida, and came home to their cottage on North Pond, in Smithfield. He was an active shuffleboard champion, bowler and bingo caller. He also was an avid Red Sox fan. They enjoyed their travels to Switzerland, England, Scotland, Wales, the cruises to the Caribbean, several trips to Hawaii, and almost all 50 states.

Louis was predeceased by his mother and father; his brothers, Arnold (Virginia) and their daughter Nancy, Joseph (Dorothy) their daughter, Kathleen and grandson, Tommy; his sisters, Dora and son-in-law Philip Bibber, and Lillian (Daniel) and their son, Daniel Jr.; and son-in-law, James Murray.

He is survived by his wife, Thalia; his daughter, Julianne; his son, Steven (Daphne), their daughter Jessica (Owain) and their son Joshua; two great-granddaughters, Bronwyn and Addien; nieces, Carol, Donna Lee (Norm) and Judith (Rob) and one nephew, Tim (Linda); eight grandnieces and nephews; and several great-grandnieces and nephews.

There will be no visiting hours. Graveside services will be at the Hillcrest Cemetery, in Harpswell, for the immediate family. The family extends an invitation to family and friends to stop at their home at 102 Fairfield St. at any time.

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.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the:VA Togus SpringsHospice Unit1 VA CenterAugusta, ME 04330.

JOHN AUDET

OAKLAND — John Audet, 71, lost his battle with lung cancer Sunday, October 20, 2019, Springbrook Center, in Westbrook.

John graduated from Waterville High school, class of 1967, and worked from his teenage years until his retirement in the mailroom of the Waterville Morning Sentinel. John loved animals and was very interested in pipe organs and their history. He had an active imagination and was mechanically gifted, building a unique motorized cycle, at the age of 8 or 9, from a junk bicycle frame and a discarded lawnmower engine.

John was predeceased by his parents, Vincent and Martha Audet, of Waterville.

He is survived by his sister, Sylvia O’Neal, of East Hartford, Connecticut; his brothers, Thomas, of Westbrook, and Michael, of Scarborough. John will also be missed by his good friend, Anthony Johnston, of Oakland. There will be no services per his request

ROBERT J. GODFREY

WATERVILLE — Robert James Godfrey, 92, passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. Robert “Bob” was born on April 1, 1927, in Litchfield, to Roland and Leona Fish Godfrey.

He was a graduate of Litchfield Academy in 1944 and loved to note that he graduated third in his class….out of five students! He enlisted in the United States Navy prior to graduation to serve in World War II. In the U.S. Navy, Bob served aboard the U.S.S. Tarawa, an aircraft carrier that patrolled the eastern coast of the United States.

Following the war, Bob worked at Park Motor Mart, in Auburn, the town of Freeport, the Maine Department of Transportation, Farrah Brown, in Augusta, and Beneficial Finance Company, initially in Gardiner, then transferring to Waterville as manager. He remained at Beneficial Finance until 1968 when he joined the Harry J. Smith Company, an automobile and truck service garage, in Waterville.

A highlight of Bob’s career was working at and owning the Harry J. Smith Company, in Waterville. He began work at Harry J. Smith’s in 1968 and became co-owner in 1972. He co-owned the garage until 1980 when he became sole owner until his retirement in 1988. He was proud of leading a tremendous group of individuals who he often claimed were the best group of mechanics north of Boston.

His mild manner, generosity, and calming influence benefited all who worked with him at 13 Sanger Avenue.

In 1948, he met Nancy True ,of Monmouth, while she worked one summer at Tacoma Lakes, in Litchfield. On June 4, 1951, they were married in Monmouth and celebrated with a honeymoon to Québec, driving off to their destination in a 1941 Plymouth.

Bob and Nancy settled initially in Litchfield above True’s General Store. In 1958, they moved to Oakland where they raised their three children, Faye, Peter, and Paul. Their first house was on Waterville Road and they remained at this location until they had a new home built on the Belgrade Road in 1975. Building a new home was an exciting time for everyone. This home was a source of pride and joy to Bob and Nancy. He loved to take care of his yard, mowing the lawn and puttering in the garage. Neighbors and family often claimed that you could eat your meals off of the garage floor because it was so clean. He would constantly fill the many bird feeders around the yard and made sure that the U.S. and state of Maine flags were proudly displayed on the flagpole. Bob and Nancy remained at this location until 2005 when they moved to Rosswood Green condominiums on the Country Club Road, in Oakland. He enjoyed this location as he was given a reprieve from yard work but happily picked up numerous golf balls that strayed into their yard. Their last move was to Park Residences in Waterville in 2017. Bob’s last few months were at the Lakewood Continuing Care Facility, Moonlight Bay unit, in Waterville.

Bob loved to travel. He and Nancy traveled extensively, especially in retirement. They traveled to Canada, England, Europe, Hawaii, many Caribbean islands and all across the United States, much of which was either in their camper or motor homes. They traveled to almost all the states in this country, each time returning with amazing pictures and stories of the sites they had seen. Their family dog Ginger accompanied them on many of these camping trips. Many winters were spent in either Florida or Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Special activities included square dancing in the 1970s as members of the Central Maine Square dancers where he and Nancy traveled and participated in several square-dancing events. The entire family enjoyed snowmobiling for many years and numerous cold winter weekends were spent snowmobiling with family and friends to Rangeley and East Carey Pond. Bob was also an avid candlepin bowler on the Harry J. Smith team, an average team always having an above average time on the lanes.

First and foremost, he loved his family and spending time with them. He had a great sense of humor and shared that with all who were close to him.

He loved to volunteer, spending more than a decade volunteering for Meals on Wheels, Evening Sandwich Program and at the Osteopathic Hospital, in Waterville. His gift was his ability to talk with people. He was an active member of the First Congregational Church, in Waterville, where he served as a deacon and on the finance committee for many years. Robert was also a member of the Waterville Lions Club. Finally, he was a proud member of the Masonic Lodge of Maine, Morning Star Lodge No. 41, serving as master for many years. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living past master with over 70 years of service.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Nancy; his children, Faye Trafton and her husband Gary, of Manchester, Peter and his wife Cheryl, of Oakland, Paul and his wife Mary, of Cape Elizabeth. Also surviving Bob are his grandchildren, Heather, Sara, Samantha, Dana, Ali, Adam, and Marianna; and his great-grandchildren Logan, Piper, Cameron, Wyatt, Valentina, Bentley, Giovanni, and Eleanor; his sister, Joann Deming, of California, sisters-in-law, Eleanor Godfrey, of Oakland and Noella Safford, of Monmouth; brothers-in-law, Norton True, of Gardiner, Gary Safford, of Monmouth, and Lewis Gustin, of Greene.

He was predeceased by his brother Elwin, of Oakland.

There will be no visiting hours at the family’s request. A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at the First Congregational Church in Waterville at 7 Eustis Parkway, on Saturday, November 30 at 2 p.m. A reception will be held immediately following the celebration.

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.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to the Waterville Meals-on-Wheels program, Bob’s favorite charity, in his name, care of the Muskie Community Center, 38 Gold St., Waterville, ME 04901.

GRACE M. POPE

WATERVILLE — Grace M. Pope, 84, passed away at her Waterville residence on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. She was born in Fairfield on April 23, 1935, the daughter of the late Everett and Villa (Green) Otis.

Grace graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, and would get together with some of her former classmates on a monthly basis.

She married Robert W. Pope on December 6, 1959, and the couple shared many wonderful years together until his passing on April 27, 2011.

Grace was a very devoted caregiver to many. She was a caretaker to her father-in-law during his elder years and treated her daughter’s friends as though they were her own children. They were always welcomed into her home.

She enjoyed reading, music and writing letters to her family.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Pauline “Polly” Lougee and her brothers, George, Ernest, and Arthur Otis.

Grace is survived by her daughter, Louann Pope of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; her sisters, Ella Christensen, and Laurel “Lolly” Perry, her brothers, Raymond and Arnold “Butch” Otis; and several nieces and nephews.

Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, in Belgrade.

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.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Rd., Waterville, ME 04901.

ALBERT J. POTELLE

FAIRFIELD – Albert J. Potelle, 85, passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, following a long illness. Albert was born August 3, 1934, the son of Julian and Emeria Potelle and was the last of eight brothers and sisters.

Albert was a devout Catholic Christian spending every day saying the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, and other prayers for his family and anyone that needed them. He enjoyed nature, having been an avid hunter and fisherman in his younger years. He was a “Jack of all trades” having an innate ability to fix most things without ever being shown how.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Potelle; and five children, Penny Harkins, John Potelle, David Potelle, Dan Potelle and Efram Potelle; many grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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.

LAWRENCE J. LANDRY

WINSLOW — Lawrence J. (Larry) Landry, 85, passed away on Wednesday, October 23. 2019, at his home, in Winslow. Law­rence was born in Waterville on June 21, 1934, to Felecite Gi­roux Landry and Henry (Babe) Landry.

He did all of his schooling in Winslow. He was employed by First National Grocery Store for 19 years, after which he went into his own business owning a franchise for Pepperidge Farm Bread and Rolls. After selling this business, he and his wife established and built a good business known as LJL Pizza Supply Co., Inc. located on Kennedy Memorial Drive, in Waterville, serving New England states and Canada with several sizes of pizza shells, breads, and rolls produced in their wholesale bakery. They also established a retail shop at the same location. The business was sold in 1985.

Larry at one time was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a past member of the Waterville Elks Club and the Waterville Country Club.

He married the former Carmen Languet, of Waterville, on May 30, 1956. He was drafted in 1957 and served in the Army from 1957-1959.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years; sons, Stephen and wife Dawn, of Biddeford, Paul, of Winslow, Anthony (Tony) and wife Celeste, of Milford, Massachusetts; grandsons Derek and wife Jessica, of Oakland, Donald and girlfriend Lexie, of Biddeford, and granddaughter Elise, of Milford, Massachusetts; geat-grandchildren Julian, Keira, and Jaxson, of Oakland; his brothers Jerome and Shirley Landry, of Winslow, Valmond and Elizabeth Landry, of Winslow; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and Godson Peter Landry.

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

In lieu of flowers kindly consider a gift to: Peter Landry Memorial Fund, c/o St. John School, 15 South Garand St., Winslow, ME 04901.

RONALD A. WEEKS

VASSALBORO — Ronald A. Weeks, 86, died Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at the Veterans Adminis­tration Medical Regional Office Center, at Togus, following a long illness. He was born in Richmond on February 8, 1933, a son of the late Lin­wood A. and Pearl E. (Dunbar) Weeks.

Mr. Weeks was a graduate of Richmond High School and spent a year at preparatory school at Kent’s Hill. He earned two bachelor’s degrees, one from Bryant College and one from Ricker College.

He joined the Army Air Corps and spent 18 months in Korea.

He came back from overseas and was later signed by the Boston Red Sox.

He had been employed for over 25 years at Blouin Motors, in Augusta, retiring as a vice-president and general sales manager.

Mr. Weeks was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, in Augusta, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Kora Temple Shriners and twice past commander of the American Legion Post #132.

He was an avid hunter, and fisherman and a retired Maine guide. He enjoyed watching his favorite team, the Patriots, play football.

He was predeceased by his wife, Anne. M. (Patrick) Weeks; and two brothers, Arnold and Shelton Tesh.

Mr. Weeks is survived by his son, Wayne L. Weeks, of Vassalboro, his daughter, Rhonda K. Picard and her husband, Robert, of Vassalboro; six grandchildren, Amanda Archer, Robert Picard II, Sheena Weeks, Randy Picard, Rona Little, and Wayne Weeks II; 14 great-grandchildren, Damian, Deacan, Deanna, Destiny, Ava, Kaylene, Madison, Addy, Morgan, Madelyn, Mya, Carter, Gage and Audrey; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

Those who desire may make memorial donations in Ronald’s name to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 39105.

Obituaries for Thursday, October 24, 2019

JONN M. RAYMOND

WATERVILLE – Jonn M. Raymond, 32, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Jonn was a retired Army veteran with two tours in Iraq, including Opertion Iraqui Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He served as a Blackhawk UH-60 and 4H-60 L mechanic, crew chief, door gunner and standardization flight instructor, earning the rank or sergeant.

He received multiple awards, including the Army Commendation Medal and the Air Medal for actions during numerous aerial flights during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Jonn was predeceased by his grandparents Romeo and Rose Raymond, Thurman and Leona Berry, and his brother Mark.

He is survived by his parents Ronald and Bertha Raymond; his daughters, Alexandria, 11, and Emmaley, 7; brothers Ronald Jr. and Steven; sisters Beth Ferry and husband John, Lynn Cromley and husband Stephen, Wendy Raymond, Brandy Raymond, Rose Raymond, Desiree Raymond, Denise Whiteman and Kimberlyn Whiteman; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

RICHARD A. RANCOURT

OAKLAND – Richard Alfred Rancourt, 89 of Oakland, passed away, following a long illness, on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. He was born in Waterville on January 28, 1930, the son of Norbert A. and Marie Belle (Bolduc) Rancourt.

In May 1947, he married the former Patricia Roderick, of Waterville, spending the next 72 years together. Richard was an accomplished building contractor and woodworker and built and remodeled many homes in Waterville and surrounding towns. He crafted many pieces of furniture, including a beautiful hutch for his daughter.

Richard was an avid outdoorsman. He and Pat spent countless hours fishing Moosehead Lake, Wilson Pond and ponds in the Allagash. In the winter, they rode their snowmobiles over hundreds of miles of trails, enjoying the company of good friends. In his spare time, Richard loved to make jigsaw puzzles; some he framed and hang on the walls of his home today. He was also a long-suffering, die-hard Red Sox fan.

Richard was predeceased by his parents, Norbert A. and Marie Belle Rancourt; sisters, Justine Fisher, Jeannette Harding, Dorothy Fisher, Gloria Floyd; brothers, Francis, Wilbur, John and Frederick Rancourt; and step-mother, Grace Ames Rancourt.

He is survived by his wife Patricia Rancourt, of Oakland; daughter Barbara Radziewicz and husband Richard, of Winslow; grandson Richard Oliver and wife Tracey, of New Jersey; granddaughter Rebecca Veinote and companion Rick, of Florida; great-grandchildren, Amanda Burbee, of Virginia, Justin Burbee and wife Danielle, of Orono, Brian and Mathew Oliver, of Pennsylvania; sister Madeline Pooler, of Oakland; brothers, Raymond Rancourt and companion Evelyn, of Fairfield, and Eugene Rancourt, of Fairfield; and many nieces and nephews.

At Richards request there will be no visitation hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Sacred Heart Church, 70 Pleasant Street, Waterville, ME.

A committal service will follow at St. Francis Cemetery, Grove Street, Waterville.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family may make donations in Richard’s memory to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601, or a charity of their choice.

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

MAXWELL MARRINER

WATERVILLE – Maxwell “Mickey” Marriner, passed away Thursday, October 10, 2019, at Northern Light Inland Hospital, in Waterville. He was born August 28, 1946, in Richmond, the son of Maxwell and Evelyn Marriner.

He is survived by his wife, Julie (Littlefield) Marriner; daughters, Lisa Debock and husband Dennis, Rebecca Marriner, Diane Olson, Tricia White, Tiffany Higgins, Tasha Burnham and husband Paul; grandchildren Salvatore, Kimberly, Ziane, Mattison, Isabella, Stella, Aaliyah, Allie, Mackenzie, Colby, Braedyn and Arayana; great granddaughter, Madelyn.

He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Douglas; sister, Donna; and his only son, Matthew.

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, ME 04976.

RICHARD PIERCE

OAKLAND – Richard “Dick” Pierce, 89, passed away at home on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Richard was born in Vaughnville on May 14, 1930, the son of John Hobart and Katherine (McGrath) Pierce.

He lived his early life in Lewiston and Waterville. In 1943, his parents bought the brick farmhouse on Rice Rips Road, in Oakland. Richard was educated in the Oakland schools, graduating from Williams High School, in Oakland, in 1948. In high school, he played basketball all four years, and was a tight end on Williams’s first football team in the fall of 1947. Following high school, Dick attended the University of Maine for two years. On December 24, 1950, he married his high school sweetheart, literally the girl next door, Carolyn Smith. Dick and Carolyn had three children – Richard, Laurie, and Daniel.

Dick worked for Lipman Poultry Company, in Augusta, starting as a farm supervisor and working his way up to become the broiler production manager for the company. When Lipman Poultry went out of business in 1982, Dick purchased a rubbish hauling business which he ran for 10 years. That brought him in contact with the Oakland Transfer Station, where he worked part-time, primarily in recycling, until he retired at age 87.

Richard was always interested in farming as a hobby. When the kids were at home, he kept a small flock of Hampshire sheep, which all started with an abandoned lamb he brought home from one of his poultry growers. He also always had a big vegetable garden where he spent many hours every spring and summer.

Dick was active in town affairs, serving on both the Oakland Town Council and the Oakland Planning Board. His other big interest was the Lions Club. He joined the Oakland Lions Club in 1962, and was active for decades until his health prevented him from attending meetings. He always said his priorities were his family, his job, and the Lions Club, in that order.

When his children were young, he was very involved in youth activities in town. He served as a scoutmaster for the Oakland Boy Scout troop. While involved in Boy Scouts, he was honored with selection to the Order of the Arrow. In addition, Dick coached Little League baseball and basketball.

He was also an avid deer hunter, proudly wearing a “Biggest Bucks in Maine” patch on his coat. Going to hunting camp in St. Albans was a highlight of his year.

Dick enjoyed watching the Red Sox and Patriots. His idol was always Ted Williams. It was fortunate that he was able to watch two Patriots games his last week.

Dick enjoyed being around people. His intelligence, wit, and character caused him to have many good friends throughout his life.

Richard was predeceased by his parents, Hobart and Katherine; his sister, Diane; his brother, John Hobart, Jr.; and his son-in-law, Paul Thomas.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Carolyn; his children, Richard Pierce and wife Sherry, of Oakland; Laurie Thomas, of Oakland; and Daniel Pierce and wife Roxanne, of Scarborough; six grandchildren, Derek Stevens (who he called his third son) and wife Tonya, of Las Vegas, Nevada; Jennie Charleston and husband Russell, of Vassalboro; Nathan Pierce and wife Jody, of Hallowell; Benjamin Pierce and wife Julia, of Camden; Sarah Bureau and husband Edmond, of Cape Elizabeth; and Daniel Pierce and wife Maria, of Benton; 14 great-grandchildren; his sister, Janet Coughlin Buzzell, of Waterville; brother Thomas Pierce and his wife Jenny, of Fernandina Beach, Florida; and his sister Judith Balbo, of Waterville.

It was Richard’s wish that there be no visiting hours or funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Dick’s memory to the Oakland Lions Club or Oakland Fire Department.

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

RAYMOND J. BENSON JR.

FAIRFIELD – Raymond “Benny” J. Benson Jr., 76, passed away on Monday, October 14, 2019, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on October 5, 1943, the son of the late Raymond J. Benson Sr. and Grace (Applegate) Benson.

He attended Wilbur Cross High School, in New Haven, Connecticut. From there, he joined the Air Force which brought him to Bangor. This is where he met the love of his life, Donna Marie Lee. They were married in Waterville and had two daughters. He was a cook for many years at various locations. He greatly enjoyed his time as a cook at Natanis Golf Course, in Vassalboro. During his time there, he could always be found on the golf course. He was an excellent golfer with many accomplishments, including five holes in one on golf courses in both Maine and Florida.

He retired back to Maine after some years in Florida. Once back, he enjoyed spending quality time with his children and grandchildren.

Benny is survived by his daughters, Candy LaChance and husband Glenn, and Sandra Wentworth and husband, Kevin, all of Fairfield; grandchildren, Natashia LaChance and fiancé Nick Rice, of China, Brittany McDaniel, of Fairfield, Erickia Gallup and husband A.J., of Fairfield, and Derek LaChance and girlfriend Jessica Vaillancourt, of Norridgewock; great grandchildren, Braxton, Bellamy and Noah; sister, Ellen Guddee; sister-in-law, Sandra Gordon, of Waterville, and her children Bryan, Kim and Scott; brothers-in-law, Sherwood Lee and Donna, of Fairfield, and Barry Lee and wife Jane, of Fairfield; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; brothers Jack and William Benson; and his wife of 30 wonderful years, Donna Benson.

In lieu of flowers, donations by be made in Raymond’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, 10 Speen Street, 2nd Floor, Framingham, MA 01701.

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

GARY S. HATHAWAY SR.

SCARBOROUGH – Gary S. Hathaway, 66, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, in Scarborough. Gary was born August 1, 1953, at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, to Lewis and Anna Hathaway.

He was the youngest of four brothers. Growing up on Sengekontacket Pond, he quickly learned to appreciate the water and family run shellfish business. Chances are he was shucking scallops before he could ride a bike!

Gary graduated from M.V.R.H.S. in 1971. Shortly thereafter he joined the US Navy as a submariner aboard the U.S.S. Cavalla. He told many stories of his time in the service, his time on the sub, and his worldly travels.

Known by many as “HAT,” Gary was a man of many talents and a Jack of all trades. Though he tried his hand at many things, the sea was his home; what he loved.

After living most of his life on the Vineyard, Gary spent the last 18 years living in the Unity and Albion area of Maine, trading the sea for the mountains and a less hectic lifestyle.

Though Gary had dealt with numerous health issues over the years, he never tired of telling jokes or stories, with a smile to anyone willing to listen and continued smiling right up to the end.

He is survived by his children, LuAnna, of Townsend, Massachusetts, Gary Jr., Brian and Kevin, all currently living on Martha’s Vineyard; his grandsons, Desmond and Silas Pinkham, both now living in South Carolina; and great-grandson Kaiden Blaine Pinkham. Gary is also survived by many nieces and a nephew.

Gary was predeceased by his sons Timothy J. and Joshua N. Hathaway, and his three older brothers.

There will be a small family celebration of life in the future.

Donations in Gary’s name can be made to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, in Scarborough, the Veterans Administration or a charity of your choice.

Obituaries for Thursday, October 17, 2019

JAMES H. MICHAUD

WATERVILLE — James H. Michaud, 93, of Waterville, passed away on Monday, September 23, 2019. He was born on July 7, 1926, son of John and Isabelle (Dechaine) Michaud.

James graduated from Waterville High School, and then proudly enlisted in the Army during World War II serving in the Occupation of Japan.

He married the former Angeline Gamache, and together, they owned a painting and paper-hanging business, James H Michaud Painting Contractor, until he retired.

Jimmy was a man of strong faith, a true Patriot, a loving husband, father and grandfather, who loved life. He had a great sense of humor and was known for his sayings, “suffering cat’s meow,” and “son of a beehive.” He loved to fish and hunt with his boys and grandsons, who all have funny stories and memories of his hunting lessons. He also loved spending time with his granddaughters who will always cherish memories of their ‘Pépère’.

James is survived by his sons, Gary and wife Cindy Michaud, of Fairfield, and Bryan Michaud, of Waterville; a daughter-in-law, Marjorie Michaud, of Thorndike; his four grandchildren and their spouses, Jason and Heather Michaud, Shawn and Meryia Michaud, Shanna and Adam Tice, Erika and Nathan Pelkey; several great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by three sisters, Doris Kiorpis, of Bar Harbor, Verlie Harrison, of Connecticut, and Sandra Pelkey, of North Carolina.

There will be a ceremony at the Veterans’ Memorial Chapel, 163 Mount Vernon Rd, Augusta, on Friday, Oct. 18, at 9 a.m. Following the ceremony there will be a reception at Church Hill Baptist Church, 258 Church Hill Rd, Augusta.

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

LAURIANNE Y. RODIGUE

VASSALBORO — Laurianne Y. Rodrigue, 80, of Riverside Drive, died Qednesday, october 2, 2019, at Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta. She was born in Augusta on November 12, 1938, the daughter of O’Neil Ayotte and Martha (Roy) Ayotte.

Prior to her retirement, Laurianne Rodrigue was a self-employed beautician for many years.

Laurie had a love for tennis, travel, and any good mystery book. She read her bible daily and had an unwavering faith.

Surviving her are her brothers, Bertrand Ayotte and Daniel Ayotte, both of Augusta; daughter, Tracy L. Steinmeyer and her husband Douglas R. Steinmeyer, of Sidney; son, Jean L. Rodrigue, of Englewood, Florida; grandchildren, Amy Case, Cory Rodrigue, Heidi Gow, Patrick Turgeon, Emily Steinmeyer, Allison Steinmeyer and Jacob Steinmeyer; two great-granddaughters, Kayleen Crandall and Alexandra Marchand; was an aunt to many; and had a large extended family spread all across the U.S.

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

HELEN E. BARD

WATERVILLE — Helen E. Bard, 63, passed away on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, following a brief illness. Helen was born February 17, 1956, in Waterville, the daughter of Phyllis and Donald Cole.

She spent much of her childhood “working” with her father, her hero, at his store on Main Street, and regaled her family and friends with stories of their antics.

Helen graduated from Winslow High School in 1974. During her sophomore year of high school she met her lifelong partner in crime, Dan Bard, and they spent the following decades together as husband and wife, parents, and most importantly, friends. Over her time in Greater Waterville, Helen worked at a number of area employers. Her first job, working again with her dad at Cottle’s Supermarket, in Waterville. She worked for several years at the Morning Sentinel, before a transition to Central Maine Motors, both in Waterville. But Helen found a real calling 20 years ago, when she joined the Waterville school system. Here, Helen became a ‘momma’ to the students she worked with; always a friend, available to anyone who needed a helping hand.

Outside of her work, Helen was known for her crafts and creativity. She made her children toys and blankets, she wove baskets, made intricate rugs, painted, and most recently, beautiful rock art.

Helen and Dan had two daughters, Hannah and Sarah, and she devoted herself to raising them to be strong, creative, and independent women. During their childhood years she was always involved in their activities. But Helen was more than a supporter; her daughters passions became her passion. Even beyond Sarah and Hannah’s graduation and involvement in sports, Helen remained an active, involved part of the school and athletic community. Over these years, she developed lifelong friendships that became an essential part of her life. This past January, Helen became a grandmother to Hannah and Mike’s daughter, Josie – a role designed for Helen. Josie immediately solidified herself as the apple of Helen’s eye and we’re very grateful that they were able to share time together. She was selfless, compassionate, and loving. Helen cannot be summarized in words, and certainly not in a few paragraphs. But she was a beauty of a person. She was snarky and lively. She was funny and she was fun.

Helen is survived by her husband, Dan; their daughter Sarah, as well as daughter Hannah and her husband Mike and a granddaughter Josie; brother Dan Berard and his wife Mary; her mother-in-law Anna Bard; her brother-in-law John Bard and his wife Kathi; her niece Cristal Southwick and her nephews Dan Berard Jr. and Aaron Bard. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations be made to theMid-Maine Technical Center’s Scholarship Fund.Donations can bemade by phone at207-873-0102 orin person at the MMTC office, 3 Brooklyn Ave., Waterville, ME.

MARIE J. BENNER

WATERVILLE — Marie Janet Benner, 93, died in Waterville on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. Marie was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on August 16, 1926, and was the daughter of Isaiah Burgess Pineo and Jean Mabel (Williams) Pineo.

A Waterville resident for more than 50 years, Marie was well known in the community as the children’s librarian at the Waterville Public Library for 29 years. She was also active with the Zonta Club, Inner Wheel, the Waterville First Baptist Church, Arbor Church, and was an avid supporter of local theater.

She grew up primarily in the Mattapan and Hyde Park sections of Boston. A gifted student, she skipped fifth grade and was fluent in French by the time she finished high school. She was graduated from Hyde Park High School in 1943, Boston University in 1947, and received a degree in Library Science from Simmons College in 1948.

She began working at the Boston Public Library while still in high school, put herself through Boston University and Simmons, and had a career as a librarian that lasted more than 60 years. She also worked as a children’s librarian in East Cleveland and Cleveland in the 1960s; at the Waterville Junior High School in the 1970s; at the Winthrop public schools in the 1970s; and finally at the Waterville Public Library from 1976-2005, where she retired at age 79.

Marie met Blair Benner in April 1952 while they were both working at the Boston Public Library. During their first date, he predicted that they would get engaged within a week, and she laughed at him. Well, it happened! They married six weeks later in June 1952.

Marie cared passionately about children and made the Children’s Room at the Waterville Public Library a welcoming, fun, and nurturing environment. The Children’s Room bustled with activity, particularly on Saturday mornings due to the story hour that featured a puppet show, a short movie, storytelling, and occasionally live music. She adapted numerous children’s books into puppet shows, and during her tenure the story hour frequently attracted large audiences that overflowed the room. Arguably her favorite puppet show was The Reluctant Dragon from the classic children’s book by Kenneth Grahame. The puppet shows were full of action with Marie and the puppeteers hamming it up to the hilt. She held ice cream and cupcake socials for the children at least twice annually and sometimes baked over 200 cupcakes for these events.

She was also known for her gold, sparkling shoes. During the 1980s, the Children’s Room regularly circulated more books than the rest of the library combined.

Marie was a master storyteller who visited many nursery schools and elementary school classrooms to introduce children to books and libraries. As a result, she knew most of the elementary school teachers in the Waterville area and had a pronounced effect on the education of thousands of local children.

Marie was deeply committed to her garden, which had spectacular blooms of daffodils, tulips, forsythia, azaleas, hosta, pansies, and cosmos every year. She loved to travel and visited Europe numerous times starting in her early 20s. She also traveled regularly to visit relatives and friends across the country and in Canada.

She is survived by her daughters, Dorcas Benner Riley, of Mt. Vernon, Tabitha Benner and her husband David Schoonover, of Kihei, Hawaii; son Lance Benner and his partner, Kathi Ellsworth of Altadena, California; granddaughter Avanelle Riley Piercy and her husband Jay, of Freeport; grandson, Mitchell Riley, of Wellesley, Massachusetts; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, the Rev. Dr. Blair M. Benner, in 1982.

A public Celebration of Life event will be held at the Waterville First Baptist Church on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Arrangements are in the care of Roberts Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop. Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared on the obituary page at www.familyfirstfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Waterville Public Library.

LINDA L. WOOD

FAIRFIELD — Linda L. Wood, 61, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 3, 2019. Linda was born May 18, 1958, daughter of Gerald E. Gagnon and Lucille E. (Levasseur) Gagnon.

She was raised in Benton, attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School , in Fairfield, and graduated from Lawrence High School, also in Fairfield, in 1976.

Linda married James Wood, of Fairfield, in June 2002, and they spent 17 happy years together in their home on Bunker Avenue.

Linda worked for several years at Scott Paper Company, in Winslow, and spent the last several years as a homemaker, foster parent, and caretaker for her parents until their passing. She was a thoughtful and kindhearted woman who was very dedicated to her family and the children in her life. While she had no direct descendants, she helped to raise other family members and had a special relationship with her many nieces and nephews who were very close to her heart. She had an especially strong bond with the children who know her as “Mimi,” Gavin LaChance, Deacon Gagnon, Makayla Gagnon and Skyler Glidden.

Linda was a devoted Catholic church member and served as a Eucharistic Minister at St. John Catholic Church, in Winslow, for several years. Her service to God and the church was very important to her.

Linda was a good cook and enjoyed making meals for the family. She loved to travel and spent careful time planning vacations with her husband and family, always looking to make vacations fun and educational for the children with her.

Linda was predeceased by her parents, Gerald and Lucille Gagnon.

She is survived by her husband, James C. Wood, of Fairfield; sisters Cindy Gagnon, of Benton, and her partner Joyce Wyand, Katey Gagnon-Rood, of Jefferson, and her husband, Mike; sister Debbie Savage; nieces and nephews, Jeremy Gagnon, of Fairfield, Robert Haywood, Angela Haywood and Lucia Haywood, of North Carolina, Richard Haywood, of California, and Antoinette Gagnon, of Augusta, along with their children.

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.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

DAKOTA T. BENSON

CHELSEA — Dakota Trey Benson, 22, died unexpectedly Friday, October 4, 2019, in Augusta. He was born in Lewiston, on August 12, 1997, a son of Troy V. Benson and Jennifer (Lewis) Cook.

Dakota attended Chelsea Elementary School and was a 2015 graduate of Cony High School, in Augusta. He played football, hockey and lacrosse at Cony, but his true love was hockey. He continued to play in the local Men’s League at the Maine Ice Vault, in Hallowell.

Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was currently serving with the Maine Army National Guard, 152 Maintenance Company.

He was a member of the Bethlehem Masonic Lodge, in Augusta.

Kota’s greatest ability was to light up any room he entered. His infectious smile, positive attitude, and huge heart will be sadly missed by all. Kota could brighten anyone’s day with his heartfelt hugs, which could make all the worlds bad go away. Kota was always the entertainer, bringing joy, love and laughter to anyone who was graced with his presence.

Dakota is survived by his mother, Jennifer L. Cook and her husband, Andrew, of Chelsea; his father, Troy V. Benson and his wife, Cheradee, of Overton, Texas; three siblings, Garret L. Benson and his wife, Taylor J. Timberlake, of Ft. Drum, New York, Brandon J. W. Benson, of Chelsea, and Gabrielle E. Benson, of Chelsea; three stepbrothers, Dylan A. Cook, of Winslow, Kaden D. Brown, of Overton, Texas, and Kullen A. Brown, of Kilgore, Texas; two nieces, Bailey E. and Emma V. Benson; maternal grandparents, Joyce and Bud Pringle, of Chelsea, and John and Renee Lewis, of Tempe, Arizona; paternal grandparents, Rupert D. and A. Marie Benson, of Haynesville, Louisiana, and Bonnie J. Benson and M. Ben Atkinson, of Harleton, Texas; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins.

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

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

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dakota’s memory can be made to the Skating Association of Maine Hockey Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 5663, Augusta, ME 04332.

HATTIE C. ROBINSON

WINSLOW — Hattie Christine Robinson, 88, passed away at her home in Winslow on Saturday, October 5, 2019. She was born on August 5, 1931, in Benton, to Robert and Elvira (Goodale) Rood.

Hattie attended Bessie High School, in Albion, and Thomas Business College, in Waterville. She went on to work at an insurance company while living in Florida, then Hattie worked with her husband in his financial planning business in Maine. Out of all her jobs, Hattie loved being a mom and grandma. She will be remembered as being kind, caring, and generous. She always gave so much of herself to her family and friends.

Hattie enjoyed traveling with her husband, son, and her sister to Italy, Africa, and Belize. She loved getting visits and phone calls from her family and friends and going to the “Rood” family reunions. She also enjoyed when the girls would get together to play cards at camp. Hattie was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan.

She was predeceased by her husband Roderick Robinson; parents Robert and Elvira Rood; brothers, Herman, Harold, Arthur, and Ernie and sisters Hilda and Bernice.

Hattie is survived by her children, Todd Robinson and Tammy Robinson; grandchildren, Joey Giardello, Jeremy Giardello, and Tyler Robinson; granddaughters-in-law, Renee Anderson and Carrie Damon; great-granddaughter Victoria Damon; and sisters, Pearl Fuller and Ellen Bolin.

At Hattie’s request there will be a private service at a later date.

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.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Hattie’s memory to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

RETA I. McQUARRIE

WINSLOW — Reta Iris Lynds McQuarrie, 94, passed away at home on Sunday, October 6, 2019. She was born in Boston on June 5, 1925, the daughter of the late Henry and Vera (Yeaton) Lynds.

Reta graduated from Norridgewock High School in 1942. She went on to marry Donald McQuarrie on December 31, 1945, in Madison.

Reta was a very active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, in Waterville, and was a member of the Martha Guild, the sandwich program and a quilting group. She worked at Firestone and retired from MaineGeneral Medical Center, both in Waterville.

Reta’s greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughters, Dawn Slough and her husband Tom, of Searcy, Arkansas, and Lanelle Freeman and her husband Art, of Winslow; daughter-in-law, Shirley McQuarrie, of Vassalboro; grandchildren, Kelly Cooke and her husband Pete, Scott Slough and his wife Amber, TJ Slough and his wife Nicole, Caleb Morin and his wife Alissa, Amy Morin and her husband Steve, Dustin Freeman and his wife Jen, and Dan Freeman and his wife Nicole; 13 great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchild; her “adopted” daughter, Judy Stuart Reny; cousin Peggy Hilton Walker.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband Donald McQuarrie; her son, Michael McQuarrie; her granddaughter Kimberly McQuarrie; her grandson Lincoln Morin; her great-grandson Jonathan Slough; her brother Douglas Lynds and her sister Annette Lynds.

Friends and family are invited to share their memories and offer their condolences by visiting Reta’s online guestbook at www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville, ME 04901.

T. SCOTT DUBAY

WATERVILLE — T. Scott Dubay, 54, of School Street, Waterville, passed away Friday October 11, 2019, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, in Scarborough. He was born in Waterville, February 17, 1965, the son of Thomas and Mary Dillon Dubay.

He was educated in local schools and later graduated from Waterville High School.

T. Scott recently was employed in the Parks and Recreation Department, for the city of Waterville.

T. Scott enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, the San Francisco 49ers and big ball bowling.

He is predeceased by his mother; and a brother, Robert Dubay.

Survivors include a bother, Johnathan Dubay, of Portland.

Celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home and Cremation, 13 Portland Road, Buxton, are entrusted with his arrangements.

For those wishing to make memorial contributions in his memory please consider High Hopes Club House, 26 College Ave, Waterville, ME 04091.

ANDREW T. SEVERY

WATERVILLE — Andrew Tyler Severy, 28, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at his home. He was born on March 19, 1991, in Augusta, the son of Andrew Severy and Billie Jo Brann.

Tyler enjoyed playing guitar and being with his dog, Bruno. Tyler was a people person with a contagious laugh that always brightened up a room.

He was predeceased by his grandfather, Leon Severy, and grandmother, Dorothy Brann.

Tyler is survived by his father Andrew Severy and wife Christine, of Litchfield; his mother Billie Jo Brann and her partner Donnie Armstrong, of Monmouth; sister Brittany Waterhouse, of Gardiner; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will be holding a private service at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St., Richmond, ME 04357.

Obituaries for Thursday, October 10, 2019

VIRGINIA M. RUEST

OAKLAND – Virginia “Ginger” Marie (Carpenter) Ruest, 76, passed away Monday, September 23, 2019, at her home, in Oakland. She was born October 16, 1942, in Skowhegan, the daughter of Arthur and Harriet (Goodrich) Carpenter.

She attended the schools of Skowhegan and Waterville. She was employed at South End Café, in Waterville, for many years in the early ‘70s, as a waitress at Mister Donuts, in Waterville, Big Apple, in Winslow, Casewells, in Waterville, Mini Burger and Huddle House, of Cookeville, Tennessee.

Ginger was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and Notre Dame Catholic Church, in Waterville. Other than the love of her family, packing up her kids after a long shift of work, the swimming and picnics at China Lake were her favorite memories and times with her children. Though she couldn’t swim a lick, she always ventured in the water to play with them. She loved all her animals, Puddles, Marty, Skipper Pal and Dino. Her charismatic smile and personality brought joy to all who knew her. Everyone called her “Mom” and she had many other children she loved. Her life was fulfilling and she had many very dear friends.

She is survived by son, Randy Ruest and wife Rhonda, of Oakland; three daughters, Sharon Sherby and partner Steve Corbin, of Oakland, Sandra Therriault, of Oakland, Terrylynn Wentworth and husband Richard, of Waterville; four grandsons, Kyle Therriault, of Orlando, Florida, Nick Ruest, of Waterville, Drake LeBlanc, of Norridgewock, Randy Ruest II, of Waterville, Travis Morse and Trevor Lewis; three granddaughters, Danielle Sack and partner Josh Hancock, of Fairfield, Shaynna Therriault, of Oakland, Hailey Ruest and partner Cody Quirion, of Waterville; three great-grandsons, Adrian Recio, of Orlando, Florida, Jayden Hancock, of Fairfield, Noah Therriault, of Smyrna, Tennessee; two great-granddaughters, Naomi Therriault, of Oakland, Kinsley Hancock, of Fairfield; sister, Lorraine Burke, of California.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Carl Thomas Therriault; her parents, Arthur and Harriet Carpenter; brothers, Philip Carpenter, George Booth, Jerry Carpenter, Richard Booth; sisters, Dot Booth, Verna McCarthy; granddaughter, Angelica Lynn Ruest.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Ginger’s memory to Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Road, Waterville, Maine 04901.

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

RUSSELL D. PRINCIPATO

WATERVILLE – Russell David Principato, 87, died Monday, September 23, 2019, at Woodlands Senior Living, in Waterville. He was born to Salvatore and Annie (Wentworth) Principato, in Oakland, on February 27, 1932.

Russell graduated from Williams High School, in Oakland, in 1952. In 1953, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Willis A. Lee DL-4 ,out of Boston, Massachusetts.

Russell married Ethel Shores, in Waterville, where they lived together for nearly 40 years. After serving in the Navy, he worked as a machinist at Keyes Fibre (now Huhtamaki), in Waterville, until his retirement. He thoroughly enjoyed electronics and mechanical tinkering and operated a TV and appliance side business for many years out of his home.

Russell enjoyed traveling to fun tourist destinations both internationally and throughout the United States. He looked forward to attending Navy reunions and traveling to California with his daughter to visit his grandson, Jamie. Shopping for souvenirs or trinkets to distribute to family and friends brought him joy. Russell was social and enjoyed eating many, if not all, of his meals out at Governor’s or The Villager restaurants, both in Waterville. He also loved meeting up at McDonalds for coffee with friends. Sweet treats were his favorite.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Ethel; twin brother Richard Principato, brothers Leo Principato and Russell Orlando Principato, sisters Marion Hill, Gladys Swett and Rose Principato and brother-in-law Roland Giroux.

He is survived by his daughter Paula Lemar (Dennis); grandson Jamie Krog (Valerie); great-grandsons Logan and Matthias Krog; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Carroll and Carlene Shores, Roland and Kathy Shores, Dorothy Giroux, Maxine Principato; and several nieces and nephews.

At a later date there will be a small family gathering for his burial at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Veilleux Funeral Home, www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Russell’s memory to the local Meals on Wheels, Muskie Center, 38 Gold St., Waterville, ME 04901.

DIANE J. BODGE

CHELSEA – Diane J. Bodge, 75, of Chelsea, died Saturday, September 28, 2019, following a brief illness, at the Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta. She was born on January 4, 1944, the daughter of Henry Arthur and Oliva (Holt) Staples.

A Gardiner native, she attended Gardiner area schools and married Richard Bodge on November 9, 1962. She spent 30 years of her career working for Etonics Shoe Company, in Richmond. She moved on to work in the cafeteria at the Gardiner Area High School where she remained until her retirement at 65.

She was an avid singer and beach goer. If she wasn’t singing at her computer or out at karaoke, you could find her at Five Islands or Popham Beach; her two favorite places in Maine. She loved bingo, horse racing, fishing, bird watching and camping.

She was a kind, caring and compassionate individual and cherished her time with family, always putting them first. She made sure everybody around her was comfortable before seeing to herself. She was a beautiful sole who never complained. She had a special bond with her first great-grandchild, Makenzie, and enjoyed spending time with her at their home in Chelsea.

She was predeceased by her parents; and siblings Shirley, Robert, Melvin, Arthur, Charles, Norman, Marion and Donald.

Diane is survived by four daughters, Elizabeth and husband Aaron, Sherri and husband Pete, Sandra, Penny and husband Dan; her sister Barbara Jordan; 11 grandchildren, Jason and wife Samantha, Ryan, Carrie, Nicole, Katie and husband Chris, Nathan and fiancee Ashley, Conrad, Kyle, Sasha, Jesse and Samantha; eight great-grandchildren; and several special nieces and nephews.

At the request of Diane there will be no services. A celebration of life will be held for immediate family.

Arrangements are in the care of Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner.

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

JERI HOLT

WINDSOR — Jeri Holt, 72, of Windsor, passed away on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

She was loved by her husband, Bob, and her three children. She worked at Erskine Academy, in South China, for 20 years, where she was an English teacher and librarian. She worked for Maine Municipal Association for 17 years as their website and research specialist. She was a wood carving artist and taught herself to be a digital painter. She will be missed by all who knew her.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kennebec Valley Humane Society.

COLLEEN F. TRUE

CHELSEA — Colleen F. True, 69, of Togus Road, died Sunday, September 29, 2019, at her home. She was born in Augusta on February 25, 1950, the daughter of Norman and Arlene (Hughes) Fossett.

Colleen started her school years at Riverside Grammar School where she made many friends, especially her lifelong friend Linda Lary Bunnell. Colleen and Linda both went on to Hall-Dale (class of 1968). While at Hall-Dale, Colleen continued to make and enjoyed many new friendships that endured over the years. For several years while Colleen was in high school, she worked as a guide at Fort Western, in Augusta. She enjoyed the interaction with the visitors to the fort while answering their questions and showing the exhibits at the fort. She had many great memories of working there and of the co-workers that were there at the time.

After graduating from Hall-Dale she attended the University of Maine, Orono. Colleen enjoyed her college years, the college life, and the friends she made while at school. She started her working career as a data entry clerk with the state of Maine and retired 35 years later as a program analyst for the Maine State Court System. She established and maintained many friendships with her co-workers over the years.

Colleen married Timothy True on July 11, 1970, where they built a life around family and friends. She enjoyed the simple things in life such as reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Colleen enjoyed taking trips across Maine, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and made several trips across the country with her husband and children. She valued the cruises that she took with her daughter and grandchildren, where they all could create memories they could have and share for a lifetime. Colleen enjoyed her annual trip to Small Falls which she brought her children to visit when they were young and continue to visit with her husband to see the leaves change in the fall, her favorite time of the year. Colleen especially loved all the time that she spent with her children and grandchildren. Colleen also had a soft spot in her heart for animals, having many cats and dogs over the years.

She was predeceased by her father Norman Fossett.

Colleen is survived by her husband Tim True, of Chelsea; a daughter Emily True and partner Paul Wadley, of Phoenix, Arizona; a son William True of Chelsea, a son-in-law Douglas Symes and a daughter-in-law Erica True, who Colleen loved as they were both her own children; her mother Arlene Fossett, of Augusta; a brother Henry Fossett, of Augusta, and a sister Melody and her husband, Roland Beaulieu, of Farmingdale; two grandchildren Tanner and Kaden Symes that she loved greatly and was proud of the amazing men they were growing up to become; also several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on October 26, in the Cross Hill Cemetery, Vassalboro.

Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church St., Augusta where condolences to the family may be shared on the obituary page of the website at www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to KennebecValley Humane Society, 10 Pet Haven Lane, Augusta, ME 04330.

MARGARET L. GETCHELL

WATERVILLE — Margaret Louise Getchell, 88, of Waterville, died at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, on Monday, September 30, 2019. Margaret was born in Kezar Falls on August 22, 1931, the daughter of the late Louis Caryle “Carl” Marshall and Hilda Mae (Esterbrook) Marshall, of Auburn.

Margaret attended Auburn schools and graduated from Edward Little High School, in Auburn, in 1949, and she graduated from Central Maine General Hospital School of Nursing in 1953. That same year, she moved to Waterville and worked as a registered nurse at Maine Medical Health, Thayer Unit, until her retirement in 1994. The last 23 years were spent working in the Coronary Intensive Care Unit. She also taught other medical professionals the Coronary Care Course, along with Dr. Michael Szucs, for 15 years.

Margaret married Earl “Jim” Getchell, in 1954. They remained happily married for 48 years until his death in 2002. Together they enjoyed spending time at their camp in Bridgton, and on their many vacations to South Carolina.

She was a fervent member of the Blessed Hope Advent Christian Church, in Waterville, since 1954 and served in various capacities there for most of these years. Of primary importance to her was her strong faith in Christ Jesus. She led a Bible Study group at her church for many years, and with her angelic voice, she sang for her church in ensembles, choir, and solo.

Margaret had a keen intellect and a wide range of interests. She loved nature and the outdoors. She was an avid bird-watcher, was a member of the Josselyn Botanical Society for 43 years, and loved working in her backyard gardens. She was an ardent reader and a passionate scholar of Civil War history, astronomy, and grand opera. She also enjoyed crocheting and puzzles, and was devoted to her close circle of female friends.

Her greatest joys were her two sons and their wives and her three grandchildren.

She leaves behind sons Scott B. Getchell and Catherine L. Monrose, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and David N. and Elizabeth S. Getchell, of Salem, New Hampshire and South Carolina; a granddaughter Marisol R. M. Getchell, and grandsons, Bryce J. Getchell, of Derry, New Hampshire, and Christian J. Getchell, of Salem, New Hampshire; and in-law cousin Anna (Barnes) Hall.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband Earl “Jim” Getchell, and her brother-in-law Glenn A. Getchell.

Visitors may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 11, at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St,, Fairfield, ME 04937.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, October 12, at 2 p.m., at the Blessed Hope Advent Christian Church, 10 Pleasant St., Waterville, with the Rev. Michael Alix officiating.

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, ME.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Blessed Hppe Advent Christian Church, 10 Pleasant St., Waterville, ME 04901.

MARIE F. CASEY

BELGRADE — Marie (Bouthot) Fatima Casey, 68, died on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Marie was born on September 24, 1951, in Rumford to her parents, Victor and Evangeline “Van” Bouthot.

She graduated from the Mexico High School in 1969. She has resided the past 25 years in Belgrade. She worked in the healthcare industry for many years and enjoyed working with adults with disabilities. After retiring, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and in her garden. Marie had many longtime friends who she cherished and for whom she was always there. Becoming a full time MeMe was what she enjoyed the most.

Marie is survived by her spouse Jack Benton, of Belgrade; son and daughter-in-law Ryan and Jessica Casey, of Rumford, daughter Angel Casey, of Rumford, stepdaughters Katie Benton and Christie Labbe, of Sidney; siblings Linda Herd and husband Bruce, of Sunapee, New Hampshire, Michael Bouthot, of Mexico, Jamie Bouthot, of Rumford; three grandchildren Emma and Ethan Casey and Marie Merriam.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the family by visiting their guestbook at www.sgthibaultfuneralhome.com.

A Time of Sharing and Remembering will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at SG Thibault Funeral Home.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of S.G. Thibault Funeral Home & Life Celebration Center, 250 Penobscot St., Rumford, ME 04276. Telephone 364-4366 or www.sgthibaultfuneralhome.com.

If so desired, contributions in Marie’s memory may be made to:ASPCA, PO Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929.

EVELYN R. FRENCH

SOMERVILLE — Evelyn (Rideout) French, 80, passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2019, at Maine Medical Center, in Portland, after suffering a heart attack. She was born September 16, 1939, to Lauren and Annie Rideout.

On January 14, 1957, she married Lloyd (Bucky) French. Together they purchased their Somerville home where they lived and happily raised their six children.

After Bucky’s passing, Evelyn continued to carry on with the family traditions. She loved to cook and enjoyed all the holidays in the homestead with her children, their mates, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her doors were always open. She loved lawn sales, auctions, card games, and a good conversation.

She is survived by her six children, Theresa (Tim) Grotton, Rita (David) Gower, Lloyd (Lori) French Jr., Betty (James) Baker, Lisa (Gary) McCarty, and Richard French; grandchildren, Penny Grotton, Peggy (Grotton) Barrett, Theresa (Gower) Steeves, David Gower ll, Eric French, Amanda French, Lisa Baker, AJ Baker, Tanya (McCarty) Barrett, Gary McCarty II; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Kassidy, Bryana, Sophie, Larissa, Payson, Arabella, Taylor, Emersyn, Joshua II, Leah; brothers, Ken (Pat) Rideout and Ralph (Carolyn) Rideout; sisters, Lena Worthing, Katherine (Claustin) Lawrence, Dot Moulton, Irene Rideout and Romana (Joseph) Dean, brothers-in-law, Bill Sproul and Ed Trask.

She was predeceased by her husband of 41 years; her parents; two sisters Barbara Sproul and Annie Trask; two brothers-in-law, Clayton Worthing and Andy Moulton

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

Obituaries for Thursday, October 3, 2019

NANCY J. LeBRECQUE

WATERVILLE — Nancy J. LeBrecque, 69, passed away of natural causes, at home, in Waterville, on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Nancy was born in Albion on January 20, 1950, to Viola Giles.

She was predeceased by her parents; and her brother, Larry Giles.

Nancy is survived by her sons, Justin Cerrato, of Oakland, James Cerrato II, of Waterville; grandchildren, Alesha Cerrato, of Benton, Dante Cerrato, Jameson Cerrato and Tyler Cerrato, of Rome; brother, Gary Giles, of Vassalboro; sister, Marion D’Auteuill, of Sidney; along with several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Nancy’s life will be held at a later date to be determined. Arrangement are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville.

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

O. TROY STEVENS

WINDSOR — O Troy Stevens, 45, of Windsor, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 20, 2019, at his home. O, as he was called by many friends, and Troy by family, was born in Augusta on July 28, 1974, the son of Owen R. Stevens and Viola Skidgel. O. graduated from Gardiner High, class of 1992. From high school he went to work for Charlie’s Subaru, in Augusta, for 16 years before coming disabled. He had a great love of music and his guitars. He had many band mates he enjoyed playing with, especially when he played with Endgame at the Pub 33 and The Cage. Like his father, he had a love of cars, also, Mopar being his brand of cars. Although O. didn’t have any children, his fur babies (cats) were his kids.

O. was predeceased by his dad in 2004, which was very hard on him, and both sets of grandparents.

O. is survived by his mother (MA) Viola Skidget and her partner, William Stratton Sr.; his brother, Bill Stevens and his wife, Jessica and children; his sister, Tammy Miller and her family; aunt Linda and her husband Randy Shorey; uncle, O. Jacob “Jake” and his wife Claudette Stevens; uncle Earl and his wife, Becky Stevens; aunts Mary Nunan, Amy Stevens, and Sue Nay and her husband Bob; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and the many friends he made in his life’s journey. Troy was his dad’s son, and his father was his everything, and now they will lie together.

There will be a gravesite service Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the Pine Grove Cemetery, on Grove Street, in Waterville, at 1 p.m., followed by a celebration of life at the American Legion Hall on Church Street, in Oakland.

PATRICIA W. MILLER

OAKLAND – Patricia W. Miller, 91, passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. She was the third of five daughters of Paul and Josephine Webster, born in Put-in-Bay, Ohio, where she was raised, spent her youth, and graduated from high school in a class of three girls as the boys had all gone to fight in World War II.

She went on to college and then to Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio, where she worked as a secretary in the Department of Economics. While working there she met and later married Edgar Allen Miller Jr., on June 15, 1952. An Air Force lieutenant, he was stationed at the air base in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where their first child was born. Three more children followed as the family moved around Ohio and Maine pursuing advanced degrees and career opportunities.

Patricia enjoyed music, was an accomplished pianist and achieved a life goal of becoming a church organist at All Saints Episcopal Church, in Skowhegan, where she served for 12 years providing music for services, weddings and funerals. She also enjoyed many hobbies: sewing, knitting, gardening and cooking and was famous in the family for a variety of delicious recipes. She was devoted to her family and loved visits from children and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband of 65 years.

She is survived by her son Edgar III and wife Robin, of Skowhegan; daughters Kathy Hopkins and husband Bob, of Norridgewock, and Wendy Allard and family, of Somerville; and son David and family, of Augusta; 17 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at All Saints Church, in Skowhegan, on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 11 a. m.

Arrangements are under the direction of Smart and Edwards Funeral Home, Madison Ave. Skowhegan.

Donations in her memory may be made to All Saints Episcopal Church, 169 Malbons Mills Rd., Skowhegan, ME 04976, and designated for the music program.

LORNA L. MONSON

WATERVILLE – Lorna Lea (Lidstone) Lane Monson, 78, died Sept. 24, 2019, at Woodlands Senior Residences, in Waterville, following a long battle with cancer. She was born on June 26, 1941, in Wilton, the only daughter of Theredon Lidstone and Janette May (Clark) Lidstone.

She graduated from Wilton Academy, in Wilton, in 1959, and Central Maine Vocational Technical Institute, in Auburn, in 1971, with a degree in nursing.

Lorna enjoyed many careers throughout her life, always ready for the next challenge. She enjoyed decorating cakes and making gingerbread houses with and for family and friends. Her most recent gingerbread creation was with her grand-niece, Hope Hill. Lorna always had a quick retort and a hearty laugh, and anyone who knew her would agree.

She lived in New Hampshire for many years, later moving to back to Maine. On May 21, 2016, she married William Monson, in Unity. They lived in Palermo and wintered in Lakeland, Florida.

Lorna is survived by two daughters, Faith Lane Pursell and her husband Craig, of Gouldsboro, and Michele (Lane) Bogardus and her husband Christopher, of Auburn, New Hampshire; their father and her first husband Hayden Lane, of Chester, New Hampshire; four grandchildren, Kathryn LaRosee, Rachael (Pursell) Galvin, Phillip Pursell and Alexandra (Bogardus) Schrader and her husband Joseph; two great-grandchildren, Sam Galvin and Owen Lee Nolting; four brothers, David Lidstone, of Concord, New Hampshire, Vincent Lidstone and his wife Janet, of Trenton, Geroregia, Ralph Lidstone and his wife Jeannie, of New Sharon, and Mel Lidstone and his wife Shirley, of Unity; nieces and nephews, Leal, Shiloh, Salem, Danica, Christopher, Lauri, David J. and Holly; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband William Monson, who passed away on December 27, 2017; her parents Theredon Lidstone and Janette May (Clark) Lidstone; and an infant daughter Rhonda Jean Lane.

You are invited to visit her memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com to share a condolence and kind word.

In lieu of flowers, remembrance gifts may be given to VNA Home Health Hospice, 325C Kennedy Memorial Dr., Waterville, ME 04901.

JEAN I. MORRISSETTE

WINSLOW — Jean Ida May Morrissette, 93, passed away Thursday September 26, 2019, at MaineGeneral Rehab and Nursing Center, at Glenridge, Augusta, following an extended illness. Jean was born in Waterville on March 28, 1926, the daughter of Ambrose and Flora (Giguere) Dennis.

She was educated in local schools and was a graduate of Winslow High School and a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church, in Winslow. Jean was a homemaker raising her six children.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband and her brother, Roger.

Jean is survived by her three sons, Craig, Roland and Randy Morrissette and her three daughters, Sheila Luisi, Rhonda Dunbar and Ramona Morrissette; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Jean had requested no public visitation or funeral service. Burial will be in her family lot in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, in Waterville.

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

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

CAROL S. RASMUSSEN

SMITHFIELD – Carol S. Rasmussen, 81, died Friday, September 27, 2019, at the Redington –Fairview hospital, in Skowhegan. Carol was born in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, September 26, 1938, the daughter of Charles W. and Alice (Stevens) Shoemaker.

Carol was educated, graduating Ramsey High School, in New Jersey, got a bachelor or science degree in education, at Colby College, in Waterville, and then later got her masters degree in education. She then taught school from 1969 to 1993 in the elementary schools in Montville, Connecticut. Carol also served on the school board for RSU #54 district, in Skowhegan.

Carol married Norman P. Rasmussen in 1961. Norman passed away in 2002.

Carol is survived by three sons, Paul Rasmussen and wife Lucinda, of Durham, Hans Rasmussen and wife Anne, of New Bern, North Carolina, and Erik Rasmussen and partner Amy, of Smithfield; a twin sister, Nancy Dargle, of Winthrop; a granddaughter, Gwen Rasmussen, and grandson, John Rasmussen; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Norman, and a granddaughter Juliet Rasmussen.

A celebration of life will be held at Carol’s beloved family camp, in Smithfield, at 11a.m., on October 14, 2019.

Friends wishing may make donations in her memory to the Smithfield Food Pantry c/o the Smithfield Town Office, 926 Village Rd, Smithfield ME 04978.

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

EDWARD M. FREEMAN

WHITEFIELD — Edward M. Freeman Jr., 86, passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at his home, in Whitefield. He was born in Portland to Edward M. Freeman Sr. and Lena M. (Bradley) Freeman in the spring of 1933.

He married the girl of his dreams, sharing 62 wonderful years together. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, serving in the Air Force, and was awarded numerous medals, including the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Bronze Star, and the United Nations Korean Service Medal.

His passion was his garden and was known for his generous gifts of fresh vegetables, and his giant, prize winning pumpkins.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Lena; his sister Grace and his brother Robert.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce M. (Truman) Freeman; his children, Jay and Cathy; his brothers and sisters, Ken, Helen, Billy, Betty, Ed, Susan, Tom, John, Connie, and Arthur; his grandsons, Jason and David; and his great-grandchildren, Landon, Lukas, Kylah, Camila; and a large extended family.

He was the consumet gentleman and constantly proclaimed, by friends, family and strangers, as “the nicest man I ever met.”

In accordance with his wishes, there will be no visitation or services. He will be cremated and his ashes spread per his instructions.

Arrangements are by Staples Funeral and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner, where condolences, memories and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.

Obituaries for Thursday, September 26, 2019

PHILIP E. STARBIRD SR.

DADE CITY, Fla. — Philip E. Starbird Sr. (formerly of Clinton), 87, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, in Tampa, Florida, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on July 27, 1932, in Burnham, the son of Earl and Florence (Chamberlain) Starbird Griffeth.

He enlisted and proudly served four years in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a 50-year plus member of Sebasticook Lodge #146 A.F. & A.M., in Clinton. He was a member and past treasurer of the Local #320 Millwrights-Carpenters Union.

He was quick witted, a jokester, and always enjoyed a good game of cards or Dominoes with his family and friends. He will be remembered for his positive attitude and great big smile.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Anna (Degan) Starbird, of Dade City, Florida; his children, Veronica Fuller, of Skowhegan, Philip Starbird Jr. and wife, Dena, of Frankfort, Candy Strout and husband Danny, of Clinton, Earl Starbird and wife Nina, of Forked River, New Jersey, April Starbird, of The Dalles, Oregon, Cindy McGinnis and partner Jason Harris, of Newburgh, Alan Starbird and wife Melissa, of Benton, Bryon Starbird, of Skowhegan, and Lynn Starbird and partner Michael Provost, of Skowhegan; his stepchildren Donna Wiggin and husband, Pete ,of Spring, Texas, Lorie Speaker and husband Kevin, of Bluffton, South Carolina, Tom Buotte and partner Kathy, of Delta Junction, Alaska, and Michele Clark and husband John, of Clinton; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; his brother Leroy Starbird, of Clinton, and his sister Rosemary Springer and husband Dean, of Pittsfield.

He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife Verna (Ketch) Starbird; and his sister,Phyllis Bickford.

A graveside service with full military honors and a masonic service will be held at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Civic Center Drive, 143 Blue Star Avenue, Augusta, Maine, in Section K, at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 18, with the Rev. Scott Jones officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Gulfside Hospice, 2061 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes, Florida 34639; James A. Haley, VA Hospital, 13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, Florida, 33612; or Code GPF9138 Hospice, VA Maine Hospice, 1 VA Center (135), Augusta, ME 04330.

MICHAEL C. SHAW

WHITEFIELD — Michael Charles Shaw passed away on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born in Writtle, England, son of Charles W. Shaw, of Waltham, Massachusetts, and Sylvia E. (Childs) Shaw, of Writtle, England.

He grew up in Waltham, Massachusetts, and graduated Waltham High School, class of 1964, then received an associate degree in computers from University of Maine Augusta. Retiring as a computer programmer from the State of Maine, Dept. of Environmental Protection. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 through 1971. He married the love of his life, Jeanne (D’Italia) Shaw on August 25, 1979.

He and Jeanne spent their vacations and their honeymoon here and fell in love with Maine. They found the community of Whitefield and settled.

Following the move to Whitefield he became a member of the Kings Mills Volunteer Fire Department and was involved in the Whitefield historical society, the local Boy Scout troop, the church’s Knights of Columbus and the Disabled American Veterans. His favorite group that he had been involved with is the Whitefield Men, as great a group of men as you could meet.

He leaves his son Christopher, his wife Stacy; grandsons Michael, Christopher, and Robert, of Readfield; son Eric and his wife Bethany, of Augusta, and son Daniel and his wife Jessica; granddaughter Emily, of Lincoln Nebraska, and son Ian, of Whitefield; sister Margaret Doheny, of Jefferson; a brother Robert Shaw, of Whitefield, and a brother Steven Shaw, of Lakeland Florida, Uncle James Childs, of Writtle, England, and many nieces, nephews and cousins; and mother-in-law Anna D’Italia (102 years old).

A remembrance service will be held at the Kings Mills Union Hall, Townhouse Road, Whitefield, on Sunday, Sunday, October 13, 2 – 5 p.m.

Arrangements are in the care of Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner, Maine. 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 please make a donation in Michael’s memory to the Salvation Army, 440 Nyack Rd., West Nyack, New York 10994.

JOSEPH A. FUSCO III

CLINTON — Joseph Anthony Fusco III, 55, passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, following a courageous battle against cancer. He was born January 25, 1964, in Leominster, Massachusetts, to Joseph and Marion Fusco.

That is where he attended school until he joined the U.S. Army in 1982. Joe served six and a half years until he left and followed other paths. Joe was a man of many talents; but he truly found his way after 9/11 and decided to return to the army. He had his heart set on volunteering for deployment and did just that by going to Afghanistan in 2013 with the 133rd Engineer Battalion. He fulfilled his 22-year commitment to the U.S. Army in 2016 and retired after serving many years with the 11th CST, in Waterville, where he recalls some of his best memories.

On April 22, 2016, he married the absolute love of his life, Jessica, after having her by his side for nine years prior to that. He would often joke third time was the charm. Throughout this fight she never left his side.

Anyone who had the opportunity to know Joe knew him for a couple things, one of those being his obsession with fishing. The man saw any body of water and his immediate thought was what he could catch out of it. If he could be on the water he was in his happy place. From catching Stripers on the Kennebec to fishing for Halibut in Alaska, he always found the fish. If you couldn’t find him fishing, you’d most likely find him perfecting his golf swing.

Secondly, that sense of humor! Joe had this unbelievable ability to make anyone laugh. He made the best of every situation and knew laughter cured all. Don’t take life so seriously, it’s too short.

He had an unquestionable love for his family and friends. Joe had an acceptance of everyone and absolute refusal to judge or dismiss anyone. His smile could light up a room. He will be greatly missed by many.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Marion Fusco; as well as his brother, Anthony Fusco.

Joey will always be remembered and is survived by his wife, Jessica; his sister Tina Gonsalves and husband Phil; his two sons, Jamie Miner and Travis Fusco, daughter Charity Fusco; along with many others including several grandchildren; many, many family and friends.

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.

In lieu in flowers donations can be made to the Travis Mills Foundationm 747 WesternAve., Manchester, ME 04351, (207)480-3490, www.travismillsfoundation.org.

BETTY F. PAUL

BENTON — Betty F. Paul, 78, passed away at home, on Thursday, September 12, 2019. She was born in Waterville, on September 2, 1941, the daughter of John and Lucienne (Grenier) Frappier.

She enjoyed crafting and making jigsaw puzzles.

She was predeceased by her parents; a sister, Nancy McLellan; and son-in-law, Barry Crabbe.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Wayne; four children, Wendy Crabbe, Jeff Paul and wife Barb, Kathy Paul, all of Benton, and Penny Ferrigan and husband Dave, of Waterville; three grandchildren, Melissa Bonnell and husband Adam, Joseph Heisley and Elizabeth Ladabour and husband Alex; two sisters, Kay Rancourt and husband Roland, Barbara Ketchen and husband Robert; three great-grandsons; many 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.

CAROLYN J. TRASK

WATERVILLE — Carolyn J. (Ware) Trask, 75, of Waterville, passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019. She was born to the late Charles “Vic” and Lillian (Libby) Ware on January 14, 1944.

Carol attended Portsmouth, New Hampshire, area schools, before attending nursing school, where she became a licensed practical nurse (LPN). She worked at Waterville area nursing homes and the Waterville Osteopathic Hospital (now known as Inland Hospital) from the late ‘60s to early ‘80s while helping her husband at the time, Michael Tulley, raise their four children.

She loved to craft, almost as much as nursing. So, after retirement she and her husband, Lionel Trask, joined the crafting circuit. She was known as the “soap lady” of Mrs. T’s Soaps. She loved attending area craft fairs selling her soaps, wash cloths, and scrubbies. She also loved hosting the monthly knitting club at Seton Village. Her latest favorite pastime was creating beautiful pictures from her adult coloring books and would love to share them with friends, family, and her Mount St. Joseph family. Family and friends were Carol’s passion and delight.

Carol was predeceased by her husband of 31 years, Lionel Trask. She was also predeceased by her grandson, Zachary Tulley.

Carol is survived by her four children, Joni Smith and husband, Alan, of Lincoln, Mark Tulley and partner Midge Ouellette, of Madison, Kelley Frazee, of Fairfield, and Matthew Tulley and partner Sara Goodridge, of Waterville; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; two nieces, two nephews; four great-nieces, and three great-nephews; and her sister Beverly (Ware) Smedberg and partner Randy Spain, of Brewer.

Carol requested for an intimate burial not far from her home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Waterville Humane Society.

JOSEPH A. BISHOP JR.

WATERVILLE — Joseph Arthur Bishop Jr., 81, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2019, at Glenridge Rehabilitation and Long Term Care, in Augusta. He was born October 18, 1937, in Fairfield, the son of Joseph Arthur Sr. and Marion (Glacier) Bishop.

He attended the schools of Fairfield and was employed his entire adult life as a mill worker. He was a member of the Elks Club.

Joseph is survived by his companion of 40 years, Joyce L. Ricker, of Waterville; his children, Karen Woodard, Kelly Cote, Karla Willey, all from Dexter, Donna King and her husband Edward, from Nantucket, Massachusetts, Keith Bishop, from Harmony; his grandchildren, Jessica Jacobs and her husband Marshall, from Sangerville, Mandy Perkins and her husband Ryan, from Madison; Samantha Metcalf and her husband Kyle, from Waite, Carrie Campbell and her partner Laurie Brophy, of Waterville, Nathan Ricker, from Portland, Oregon, and Dustin Trottier and his wife Raven, from Brewer; great-grandchildren Hunter and Lucas Jacobs, of Sangerville, Raegan Cowan, Keaghan Perkins and Ty Cowan, all of Madison; other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

Joseph was predeceased by his parents; and two sons, Kenny Bishop and Michael Ricker.

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, ME 04976.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Joseph’s memory to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.

ALBERT I. STONE

WATERVILLE – Albert Irvin Stone, Sr., 67, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 16, 2019, at his home in Waterville. He was born September 19, 1951, in Chatham, Virginia, the son of Amos and Rosa bell (Irven) Stone.

After the birth of his first son, Albert Jr., he moved to Maine to raise his family. After working until the age of 55, he was forced to stop due to health problems. Albert loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid fisherman and you could always find him watching NASCAR and football on the weekends. He was a very generous man and would do anything he could to help someone out.

Albert is survived by his son Joshua Stone and wife Rachel, of Oakland; daughters Amanda Varney and fiance Sonny Arsenault, of Waterville, Tonia Saunders, of Capitol Heights, Maryland; grandchildren Jeziah Stone, Tyleisha Vankeuren, Hayley Jade Stone, Sayvon Hall, Lisette Luce, Adam Luce, Isaac Luce, Shelby Arsenault, Savannah Arsenault, Carter Arsenault, Dylan Arsenault; great grandson KyShawn Saunders; his sisters and brothers, Rosa Stone, Mary Stone, Betty Stone, of Chatham, Virginia, Isabel Carter, Niles Stone, Henrietta Stone, Marilyn Stone, Linda Jennings and husband Donald, Mable Reynolds and husband Carlton, of Danville, Virginia, and Gilmer Stone and wife Niecy, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

He was predeceased by his parents, Amos and Rosa bell (Irven) Stone; sisters, Maddie Stone, Katie Stone and Shirley Stone; brothers, Thomas Stone, Robert Stone, Joe Lewis Stone, Amos Stone Jr. and Willie Stone; son, Albert I Stone Jr.

At the request of family there will be funeral or visitation hours.

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

ODBER R. ANDREWS

SOLON — Odber R. Andrews, 88, of Solon passed away peacefully Monday, September 16, 2019, at his home. He was born July 22, 1931, in Norridgewock, the son of Roy C. Andrews and Edith (Hunnewell) Andrews.

Odber graduated from Solon High School in the class of 1949, and from Western National School of Heavy Equipment, in Weiser, Idaho, in 1958.

He worked for Scott Paper Company, in Bingham, as a heavy equipment mechanic for over 30 years.

Since the age of 14, he has been a member of the East Madison Grange and was a member of the Keystone Lodge #80, in Solon, as a mason for over 50 years.

A farmer at heart, Odber could repair anything, was very kind, and a man of few words. He always did what he felt was right, no matter the cost to himself. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Children were very dear to his heart. Odber spent much time volunteering as the church bus driver at United Baptist Church of Madison, as well as helping with various projects at Canaan Christian School, where his children attended.

Besides his wife, Mary, of 55 years, Odber leaves three daughters: Carol Drumm and her husband Brian, of Wilton, Tara Berube, of Mercer, Dulci Corvin and her husband Dwayne, of Pikeville, Tennessee; two sisters, Audrey Hewett, of Sidney, and Dawn Groen and her husband Gerrit, of Minnesota; 15 grandchildren, Ethan, Leah, Courtney, Mackenzie, Cindy, Kristie, Matthew, Benjamin, Robbie, Dalton, Kaytlyn, Marian, Andrew, Ellie, and Reagan; six great-grandchildren, Angelina, Joshua, Henry, Calvin, Jedidiah and Elaina; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Odber was predeceased by his parents; his son, Evander E. Andrews, his sister, Dassie Jackson, and his brother-in-law, Jerome Hewett.

Arrangements are entrusted to Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, Maine.

Donations may be made in Odber’s memory to the New Hope Women’s Shelter, P.O. Box 209, Solon, Maine 04979.

SR. ELIZABETH MADDEN, SSS

BANGOR — Sr. Elizabeth Madden SSS died at Eastern Maine Medical, in Bangor, on Monday September 16, 2019, following a cardiac arrest. She was born on September 21, 1932, in Morgantown, West Virginia, the eleventh of twelve children, the daughter of Martin and Mary Love Madden.

Her family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, when she was a child and graduated from The Ursuline Academy of the Sacred Heart, in Cleveland.

Sister Elizabeth entered the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, in Waterville, and made her first vows on November 21, 1954. She served the Congregation in Waterville; Hammond, Indiana; Pueblo, Colorado; and Colombo, Sri Lanka. She filled various positions as superior, treasurer, councilor and director of adoration programs, however, Sister specialized in Liturgy and spiritual direction. Returning to Waterville in 1997, she spearheaded adoration programs in Saco and Lewiston.

She will be dearly missed by her family, especially Mr. Michael Madden, of St. Louis, Missouri, and William Madden, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; numerous nieces and nephews; and by her community and friends.

Funeral arrangements were under the care and direction of Veilleux Funeral Home, www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com.

Obituaries for Thursday, September 19, 2019

LINETTE B. DOSTIE

WATERVILLE — Linette B. Dostie, 80, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, in Bangor. Linette was born on August 3, 1939, in Stratton, the daughter of Noel Bolduc and Rose Bolduc.

Linette attended Mt. Merici High School, in Waterville, graduating in 1957. She went to work, first as a secretary in a lawyer’s office and then as a secretary for doctors Pratt and Diel. It was at this time she met and married the love of her life, David V. Dostie.

They had one son, Douglas. Soon after, Linette began her service to the city of Waterville, first in finance, then with the city engineers. She then earned her certificate to become the assistant to the city clerk and eventually became the city clerk of Waterville, where she served for over 30 years. During that time, she was named Maine City Clerk of the Year, taught fellow city clerks in Rhode Island, and ran all the city elections (mostly!) without a hitch. Lynn was a faithful and active member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, in Fairfield, where she taught Catechism and served as a eucharistic minister.

Linette loved to travel. Along with her late husband, David, she managed to travel the world from Hawaii to Russia to much of Europe and the United States. She especially enjoyed taking her two grandsons to Ireland and her granddaughter to England and Scotland. She also treated them to three Disney trips where she was happy to simply enjoy their excitement. Lynn’s favorite place to travel was Jamaica where she enjoyed the warm weather and fruity, exotic drinks. Lynn also especially enjoyed quilting with her sisters. They spent many years gathering each week to make special quilts for their families and simply spend time together. If they weren’t quilting, they were playing cutthroat games of Scrabble or Dominos.

Linette was predeceased by her husband of nearly 50 years, David V. Dostie; her parents, Noel and Rose Bolduc; her brothers, Claude, Reginald, Guy and Germaine Bolduc; and her sisters, Huguette Sullivan, Lorraine Richardson, and Jane Leighton.

She is survived by her son, Douglas Dostie and his wife, Karen, of Clinton; her sister Rita Fortin, of Benton, brother Raymond Bolduc and his wife Peggy, of New Hampshire; grandchildren, Ben Dostie and his wife Renee, of Clinton, Stacey Ramer and her husband Steve, of Fairfield, and Eric Dostie, of Shawmut; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Hannah, Isaac, Easton, Lanalynn, Audrey, and Addilynn; along with many in-laws, 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.

BRUCE K. HALLEE

CLINTON – Bruce K. Hallee, 55, passed away Sunday, September 8, 2019, at his home, in Clinton. He was born May 12, 1964, in Bath, the son of Francis R. and Darlene (Williamson) Hallee.

He graduated from Waterville Senior High School in 1983. On October 12, 1996, he married Jennifer Roy, in Waterville. He was employed for 20 years at Maine GeneralMedical Center and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with family and his dog.

Bruce is survived by his wife of 22 years, Jennifer (Roy) Hallee, of Clinton; son Matthew Dukett and husband Kris, of Waterville; daughter Hannah Hallee, of Clinton; father Francis Hallee, of Waterville; sister Kathy White and husband Wayne, of Anson; two brothers, Mike Hallee and wife Patty, of Waterville, Chris Hallee and companion Diane, of Massachusetts; three brothers-in-law, Dan Roy and wife Amy, of Lyman, William Kolreg and wife Maggie, of Oakland, Seth Poulin and wife Jessie, of Virginia; sister-in-law Elaine Harrison, of Waterville; mother-in-law Carmen Foster and husband Preston, of Benton; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins.

He was predeceased by his mother, Darlene (Williamson) Hallee.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 10 a.m., at St. Francis Cemetery, Grove St., in Waterville. A celebration of life will follow at Winslow Parks & Recreation, Benton Avenue, Winslow, Maine.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Bruce’s memory to Father Roger Hallee Missionary, c/o Francis Hallee, 7 Walnut Street, Waterville, ME 04901.

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

BRADY T. MARTIN

CLINTON – Brady Thomas Martin, 22, of Clinton, passed on Monday, September 9, 2019, the result of a tragic accident at work, doing what he loved. Brady was born in Skowhegan on June 14, 1997, the son of Thomas Martin and Kirstie Martin (Scribner).

He attended Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, and then went on to graduate from homeschooling with a very special friend/ second mother to Brady, Dawn Powers.

Brady participated in football at LHS where he was known for his sideways grin and being a bit of a bull in a china shop, according to his teammates, and how can you forget the “EEEYEEEEEEE?” Brady also loved to play hockey. He played for Lawrence High School as well as multiple travel teams. He also played in the State Senior High School Allstar Game. While still in high school, Brady enjoyed working at the Fletcher Farm, in Pittsfield, where he made many friends. After high school, Brady worked in the woods, building a logging and excavation business, which was his passion. Brady loved to work, but when he had free time he loved to hunt and fish and spend time with his family and his dog, Diesel.

Brady is survived by his parents, Thomas and Kirstie Martin, of St. Albans; two sisters, Kimberlyn Martin and her partner Michael Kesslak, of Boston, Massachusetts, and Kaylie Martin and her fiancé Jake Martitz, of Waterville; grandparents, Joseph and Lorette Martin, of Fairfield, Merle and Jeanne Brann, of Avon, and Ken and Yvonne Scribner, of West Virginia; great-grandparents Walter and Ruth Smith, of Oakland, and Merle and Cathy Brann, of Benton; aunts and uncles, John and Tiffany Brann, of Avon, Tim Martin and Michelle Hreben, of Fairfield, Terry Martin, of Hermon, Tori Martin and Jim Carpenter, of Fairfield, Sarah and Phil Proctor, of New Hampshire, Jason and Betsy Brann, of Smithfield, and Doug and Bridget Hillman, of Clinton. Brady is also survived by his love Crystal Crowell and her daughter Stephanie, of Gardiner; and many great-aunts and uncles, as well as several cousins.

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.

CLAIRE S. NICKERSON

VASSALBORO – Claire S. Nickerson, 94, died Wednesday, Wednesday, September 11, 2019. She was born in Hulls Cove on October 12, 1924, to Adfer and Helen (Hanscom) Strout.

She was a 1942 graduate of Bar Harbor High School and a 1946 graduate of Nasson College, in Springvale, making the Who’s Who book in 1946.

She married the late Maine State Police Capt. Millard E. Nickerson, Jr., of Sanford on July 6, 1946, in Bar Harbor. They had three children, Millard E. “Nicky’ Nickerson III, Michael E. and Mark E. Nickerson. She was the matriarch of both the Strout family and the Nickerson family.

She did bookkeeping for several businesses in the Brunswick area, Dr. Wilson, Senters, and the old Woolen Mill, in Topsham, before moving to Vassalboro when her husband became a trooper in 1953. She was a first grade school teacher at Riverside School, in Vassalboro, for over 25 years and helped her husband Nick run the Kennebec County Federal Credit Union when she retired from teaching for many years. She was inspiration to many, many of her students even at the first grade level.

Claire was loved by all who knew her. She loved a good time and never wanted to miss anything!

She was predeceased by her husband, Millard and a son, Michael.

She is survived by her sons, Millard, who lost his wife Linda of 50 years, on August 25, and Mark and his companion Debra Violette; grandchildren, Lisa Taylor and husband John, Lori Tungseth and husband Nathan, Richard and wife Gretchen, Jenny and husband Bobby, Jimmy and wife Heidi, and Max; great-grandchildren, Brooke, Abby, Zachary, Emily Thompson and husband Thad, Emery, Kolby, Kayleigh, Owen, Austin and Myla; great-great-grandchild, Mary Frances Thompson; a brother-in-law, Charles Nickerson and his wife Linda, of Wells Beach; and countless nieces and nephews from Maine to California and beyond.

Arrangements by Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, ME.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Riverside Congregational Church 38 Webber Pond Rd. Vassalboro, ME 04989

CAROLYN J. BRAGG

WHITEFIELD – Carolyn J. Bragg, 84, died Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at the Country Manor Nursing Home. She was born in Windsor on September 9, 1935, a daughter of the late Elbridge and Irene (Bartlett) Jones.

Mrs. Bragg attended Erskine Academy, in South China. She had been employed most of her life spending her younger years on Monhegan Island every summer. She also spent a lot of years working in the family restaurant (Nelson’s Restaurant). Most of her jobs were cooking for people, including a cook at Togus VA, a dietary aide at the Maine Veterans Home, in Augusta.

Mrs. Bragg was a lifetime member of the Windsor Fair Association. She enjoyed any and all time spent with her children and grandchildren. She loved the simple things in life.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edson “Bub” M. Bragg, her brother, Lewis Jones and her infant sister, Elizabeth Jones.

Mrs. Bragg is survived by her daughter, Terry I. Haskell and son-in-law Ronald Haskell Sr., of Palermo; two sons, Scott E. Bragg, of Windsor, and Troy E. Bragg and his wife Anne, of Washington; six grandchildren, Kerstin Palmer, Connor Bragg, Jessica Bragg, Joshua Bragg, Ronnie Haskell, Jr. and Melissa Haskell; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, Windsor Chapel, 983 Ridge Rd., Rt. 32, Windsor, ME.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Carolyn’s memory be made to the Kennebec Valley Humane Society, 10 Pet Haven Lane, Augusta, ME 04330.

OTHERS DEPARTED

CAROLYN J. TRASK, 75, of Waterville, passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019. Locally, she is survived by children Mark Tulley and partner Midge Ouellette, of Madison, Kelley Frazee, of Fairfield, and Matthew Tulley and partner Sara Goodridge, of Waterville.

Obituaries for Thursday, September 12, 2019

WILLIAM E. LALANCETTE

ALBION – William “Bill” Edward Lalancette, 64, passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, following a brief illness. He was born April 15, 1955, to William Hector Alfred Lalancette and Marie Germaine Constance (Lebranche.)

He was a very proud grandfather in the short time that he was. He was a hard worker and avid hunter.

He will be sadly missed by his wife of 33 years, Laureen “Laurie” Lalancette, of Albion; his daughter Kaitlyn, her husband Kevin, of Benton; two sons, Tyler, and fiancée Kasey, and their daughter Quinn, of Albion; and Ethan, of Albion, and girlfriend Morgan, of Benton; sisters Eva, Carol, and Patricia, and brother Stephen; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

TIMOTHY L. THOMPSON

WINDSOR – Timothy L. Thompson, 69, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at Maine Medical Center, Portland, following a brief illness. He was born in Lincoln on November 23, 1949, the son of the late Maurice and Glenys (Myrick) Thompson.

Tim was a graduate of Penobscot Valley High School and was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving for 20 years in the engineering department. He had been employed for several years at Bath Iron Works as a pipe fitter before medically retiring in 2001.

He had many hobbies including woodworking, hunting, fishing, fly tying, reading, and spending time with his family.

Tim is survived by his wife of 31 years, Sherran R. (Copple) Thompson, of Windsor; son, Donnie Thompson and wife Catherine; daughter Kelly Thompson and partner Sean Thibeau; grandchildren Cayden Spencer-Thompson, and Samara Bettez; nephew Donnie Thompson and wife Daphne; brother Rick Jipson and wife Judy; and many cousins; nieces, and nephews.

Tim was predeceased by his parents; and brothers Galen, Alton, and Donald, sisters Julia, Ruth, Janice, and Lorraine.

At his request, there will be no public visiting hours. A committal service will be held on Friday, September 13, at 10 a.m., in the Chapel at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mt. Vernon Rd., Augusta.

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

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

In lieu of flowers,donations can be made in Tim’s honor to: National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Maine Chapter 170, US Route One, Suite 200 Falmouth, ME 04105.

RONALD P. BISSON

SIDNEY – Ronald P. Bisson, 67, passed away on Thursday, August 29, 2019, at Togus Springs Hospice Center, in Augusta, following a brief battle with cancer. He was born August 25, 1952, in Waterville, the son of Perley A. and Jeannette E. (Cloutier) Bisson.

Ronald graduated from Waterville High School, class of 1971. Following graduation he served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War era. After serving almost eight years in the Air Force, Ron separated from the Air Force and moved back to Maine. This is where he met what would be his future wife, Rachel, who would be the love of his life for the next 40 years. They were married December 5, 1980, after a one year courtship.

Ron was a member of VFW Post #1285, of Waterville. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved puttering in his garage and keeping his yard beautiful.

Ron was predeceased by his father Perley; his mother Jeannette; brother Norman, brother Gerald and sister Joan Melancon.

Ron is survived by his wife Rachel; his daughter Hope Vigue and her husband Robert, of Winslow, son Eric George, of Waterville; five grandsons Layne and Joe Vigue, of Winslow, Andrew and Luke George, of Waterville and Damien Flynn-Shaw, of Fairfield; one granddaughter Cadence Anagnost-George, of Sanford; and many nieces, and nephews.

Services will be held at Notre Dame Church at 116 Silver St., in Waterville, on Monday, September 16, at 11a.m. A reception with refreshments will be held in the church hall immediately after the service. Interment will be held at a later date at the VA cemetery in Augusta.

In lieu of flowers gifts can be made in Ron’s memory to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

SANDRA P. SAUNDERS

VASSALBORO – Sandra P. Saunders, 50, died Saturday, August 31, 2019, at her home, following a brief illness. Sandy, the daughter of Bernard J. “Bunk” and Carol I. (Batchelder) Perry, was born July 14, 1969, in Augusta.

Sandy was a 1987 graduate of Cony High School, in Augusta, and earned her associates degree in information technology from Mid-State College. She had been employed by the state of Maine for 31 years, most recently by OIT.

Sandy is survived by her husband of 17 years, Dana S. Saunders, of Vassalboro; two daughters, Randi Shibles and husband Waylon, of Winterport, and Riley Chase, of Fairfield; her brother, Dennis H. Perry and his wife Christine, of Augusta; four grandchildren; and several nieces and cousins.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Sandy to: ASPCA (www.aspca.org).

DONNA J. ROBINSON

FAIRFIELD – Donna J. Robinson, 59, passed away Saturday, August 31, 2019, at her home. She was born July 26, 1960, in Waterville, the daughter of Prescott and Linda (Harts­grove) Robin­son.

She had many customers at the Big Apple who will miss her as will her family members.

Donna is survived by one son, Robert L. Robinson; father, Prescott Robinson; 2 grandsons, Gavin and Hayden; siblings, Pecky, Robin, and Bob. She was predeceased by her brother, Lawrence.

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

SETH R. LaBRECK

SOUTH CHINA – Seth R. LaBreck, 35, of South China, passed away Sunday, September 1, 2019.

Seth was an amazing man and father. He loved his children more than anything. He loved camping, fishing, pretty much anything outdoors. He loved music and being around his friends and family. Seth made many friends from all over.

He was predeceased by his father, Richard J. LaBreck; and grandfather, Lionel. J. Morrissette.

Seth is survived by his children, Abel LaBreck, four years old, and Jocelyn LaBreck, 11 months old; his mother, Elaine LaBreck and her boyfriend and long-time family friend, Terry Couture; sister, Jessica M. LaBreck and her four children, Uriah Cannistra, Justice, Naiome, Joshua Vashon; grandmother, Martha Morrissette; uncles, Arthur Morrissette and Claude “Buddy” Bigeau; aunts, Erin Morrissette and Jamie Pelkey.

Services will be held, Sunday, September 22, at 3 p.m., at 79 Legion Memorial Drive, South China.

Donations welcome.

JENNIFER N. HOOD

WINSLOW – Jennifer Nicole Hood, 38, passed away Sunday, September 1, 2019, the result of a horrific car accident in Windsor. Jennifer was born in Waterville on February 21, 1981, the daughter of Lisa Hood and the late Daniel S. Hood, of Winslow.

Jennifer attended school in Winslow and graduated in 2000 from Winslow High School. Following graduation, Jennifer worked as a CNA off and on throughout her life. She always enjoyed helping others and would do anything you would ask of her. She was a very caring and loving person. She was very family oriented and loved being around her family. She was a good mother and loved being with her kids. She enjoyed camping and fishing and family functions.

Jennifer was predeceased by her father Daniel S. Hood, and her grandfather William J. Annis, both of Winslow.

Jennifer is survived by her four children, Cameron (13), Quinton (11) Cheney, both of Augusta, and Abel (4), Jocelyn (10 months) LaBreck, both of Winslow; her mom Lisa (Annis) Hood and her fiancé Richard Grandmaison, of Winslow; grandmother Jane M. Annis, of Winslow; three brothers Daniel R. Hood and his wife Cori and their three children, of Waterville, Dylan S. Hood his wife Kiera and there two children, of Madison, Derek W. Hood and his fiancée Elisa Townsend, of Richmond; two step-brothers Charles Rice, of Oakland, and Vernal Hood, of Liberty; uncle William Annis and his girlfriend Sandy Rogers, of Benton; cousins David Annis and his wife Lori, of Worcester, Massachusetts, Jason and Mathew Annis, of Fairfield; many aunts and uncles.

A celebration of life will be Saturday September 28, at 2 p.m., at the Fairfield Legion, in Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made for the children in the care of Lisa Hood.

TIMOTHY W. CUTHBERTSON

WHITEFIELD – Timothy Wayne “Tin Cup” Cuthbertson, 66, of Whitefield died unexpectedly, Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at the Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta. He was born December 3, 1952, in Augusta.

He graduated from Erskine Academy, in South China, in 1971. He was enlisted into the Maine National Guard for six years.

Tim was employed for Cives Steel, in Augusta, for 34 years and was currently employed by Specialty Products, in Whitefield. No matter the challenge, Tim was a fierce competitor. He was a member at Natanis Golf Course, in Vassalboro, since the mid-‘70s. He played skins games and men’s leagues multiple days a week and would typically finish the round with a beer and occasional poker game. No matter the outcome of the golf round or poker match, Tim was always the instigator. He also loved hunting and fishing and was a member of the “Biggest Buck in Maine Club.” His garage contains lifetime of trophies and accolades, specifically his impressive collection of deer mounts.

Tim is survived by his high school sweetheart of 47 years, Jo Cram Cuthbertson; sons Michael Cuthbertson and wife Paula, Kevin Cuthbertson and partner Angel Michaud; siblings Lee, Jewell, and Joan, and their spouses.

Condolences may be expressed at www.funeralalternatives.net

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Heart Association.

STEPHEN W. HUGHES

FAIRFIELD – Stephen William Hughes, 77, passed away at home on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. “Steve,” first of twins, was born in Worcester, Massa­chusetts, on November 27, 1941, to parents Marion B. (Marsh) and William Hughes.

He graduated from Northbridge High School in 1959.

Steve joined the Air Force and while stationed in California met his wife, Sandy. Steve was the patriarch of a very proud military family, which had members in the Air Force, Army, and Navy. After his time in the Armed Forces, he entered the medical field. Steve worked as an orderly on an oncology unit before becoming a nurse and working in state hospitals as well as a California Prison.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents; brother Richard Clark and sister-in-law, Muriel Hughes.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy (Berg) Hughes; daughter Terry Odegard and husband David, of Waterville; sons David Hughes and wife Carol, of Newport, and John Hughes and wife Alicia Wincze-Hughes, of Lexington, Kentucky; grandsons Brad Odegard and wife Erin and son Mookie, Travis Hughes and wife Roqumita and daughter Cassandra, and Justin Hughes; granddaughters Shelby Odegard and fiancé Tyler Richards, Nicole Odegard and fiancé Adam Caruso, and Kristin Hughes and partner Brad Cullivan, and daughter Izzy Booten and son AJ Booten; his twin brother, Jack Hughes; sister-in-law Cindy Walker and husband Danny; brother-in-law Doug Berg and wife Liz; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

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

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made to: Grace Bible Church, of Oakland.