Obituaries, Week of November 8, 2018


ALBION – Horace Maynard Crawford Sr. (Jughead), 82, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 20, 2018. He was born on June 3, 1936, the son of Edgar Crawford and Ruby Parkhurst Crawford.

He grew up on the family farm in Albion.

He met Katherine Stevens, of Belgrade, they married September 7, 1953. and were happily married for 28 years, until her death in 1981.

Jughead enjoyed driving truck for Blue Rock industries for 37 years until his retirement. He enjoyed spending his time tinkering on cars, loved to go dancing and spending time with his family. After retirement he made trips to the casinos in Maine. For 25 years he was the chief of parking at the East Benton Fiddlers Convention.

He was predeceased by his parents, Edgar and Ruby Crawford; wife, Katherine, and brother, Curtis.

He is survived by daughter, Deborah and Ed Prosienski, of Florida, son, Horace Crawford Jr. and Virginia, of Albion; grandchildren, John Daly, of Brunswick, Lance Day, of Massachusetts, Melissa and Rodney-Smart, of Benton, Horace T. Crawford and financé Michelle Kramer, of Waterville; great-grandchildren, Dakota Crawford, Cameron Daly, Rodney Smart II, and Thomas Crawford; sisters, Elizabeth and Billy Fletcher, and Priscilla Bailey, and companion, Mirna Pomerelia.

Per Horace’s request, there are no visiting hours or funeral.


VASSALBORO – John M. Foster, Sr., 76, of Vassalboro died Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at his home. He was born in Augusta, April 11, 1942, the son of Albert Burleigh, Sr. and Eva (Merrill) Foster.

He became a truck driver at an early age and worked both short and long haul. In his spare time, he enjoyed boating on his cabin cruiser. He did some drag racing as a young man and loved his dogs. John was known as a loving, dedicated husband, father and jokester with a heart of gold and was a great provider and caretaker for his family.

Mr. Foster was predeceased by his wife, Winifred Foster; his daughters, Paula Norton and Eva Foster; his brother, Albert B. Foster, Jr. and a sister, Priscilla Beaulieu.

He is survived by his sons, Darrell Foster and his wife, Dawn, of Augusta and John M. Foster, Jr., of New York; his daughter, Tara Ann Foster, of New York; his sister, Barbara Sprague, of Sidney; his long-time companion, Sandy Esancy; his grandchildren, Larry Porter, Jennifer Glenn, Vincent Foster and Amethyst Foster; his great-grandchildren,Evan and Annabelle Foster; his ten step-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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


WHITEFIELD – Ford Nelson Powell, 76, of Whitefield, died Tuesday, October 23, 2018. He was born April 25, 1942.

He loved spending time with and helping friends. He loved his parents, Carl Milliken and Dorothy Marston Powell, of Washington. He loved his career work in Human Services, where he accomplished much.

Ford’s ability to envision started early and continued throughout his career. He initiated and developed programs Maine did not have. In 1972 he set up the Food Stamp Program for Maine, as its first manager. In 1979 he implemented Maine’s Medicaid Program as its first director. In 1985 he developed Maine’s Third Party Liability Program, recovery that earned recognition as the top national program for seven yearss running, bringing the national conference to Maine by regaining $16 million in misspent Medicaid funds and cost-avoiding $30 million annually. He consulted privately after retiring.

Ford grew up on Stickney coroner, in Washington, without inside plumbing and with food and family insecurity. He found that running fast and being quick were critical defenses in facing neighborhood bullies. Washington’s Walker Scholarship funded his study at UMO. Raking and hauling wild blueberries, DOT road and bridge work, Farmingdale recreation supervisor, unsuccessful mechanical work with his father, and Donnelley Publishing, in Connecticut, provided early life exposure.

Retirement meant Ford could putter––drive tractor, fell trees for firewood, build encircling stone walls, act as a “road commissioner” on his mile-long driveway, and enjoy pool, poker. and travel with family and old friends: Mike, John, Jim, and Andy,

Perhaps his early life experiences made him the generous person who opened his home to many in need––Crystal, Donnie, Aunt Gladys, Sharon and Haley, Cathy, and his parents. Although his dream of playing for the Red Sox didn’t materialize, Ford, and pals, Dick Turner and Jim Tukey, instilled competitive drive in many Augusta Babe Ruth baseball players over many seasons.

Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Judy; and sisters Dale Brann and husband Doug and Wendy Carr, all of Washington, and Beth Dumas and husband Philip, of Davenport, Florida; nephews, niece and extended family.

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


BENTON – Lawrence Aubrey Drake, 76, passed away on Monday, October 29, 2018. He was born on April 28, 1942, in Fort Kent.

Lawrence was one of 20 children born to Stanley E. and Eunice (Hatt) Drake. He graduated from Fort Kent Community High School and then attended New Brunswick Bible Institute, Victoria, New Brunswick, Canada, where he met his wife of 55 years, the former Sharon Manson.

Jobs were scarce in the early ‘60s, but, he managed to get employment at W.T. Grant, in Connecticut, selling and installing above ground pools. He later sold life insurance. Back in Maine, he worked at Maine Central Railroad as a blacksmith’s helper. When the railroad eliminated his job, he went to work doing deliveries for Little Debbie and Arnold Bread. He also made appliance deliveries for Sears. Upon retirement, he had more time to devote to church ministries at Clinton Baptist Church. Lawrence loved his church family, teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir, ushering, and always helping where he could.

He loved the outdoors, especially the glories of Aroostook County where he was born and raised. Hunting and fishing with his sons and grandsons always filled him with so much pride and joy.

Lawrence is survived by his wife, Sharon (Manson) Drake; sons, James and wife Tami, Jordan and wife Denise; daughter, Jillene Graves and husband Daren; four brothers, five sisters and their spouses; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Stanley and Eunice Drake; his eldest daughter, Julie Drake Cobb; two of his six brothers; and eight of his 13 sisters.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 1 p.m., followed by a potluck luncheon at the Clinton Baptist Church, 10 Spring Street, Clinton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lawrence’s memory to Clinton Baptist Church, Van Ministries, P.O. Box 1, Clinton, Me. 04927.

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


OAKLAND – On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, Lloyd Allen York, Jr., 49, passed away unexpectedly in his home. Lloyd was born on December 12, 1968, in Waterville, to Lloyd York, Sr. and Pamela Chartrand.

He married Lisa York (Cyr), on September 25, 1999. He had three daughters, Rebekah Cyr, Sonya Webb (Cyr), and Alexis York.

His naturally caring and giving nature made him an excellent listener and an amazing friend to everyone who knew him. He was an exceptional husband and father and a proud grandfather. He loved going to NASCAR races with friends, was an avid New York Giants fan, and avid coin collector, as well as an animal lover.

He was predeceased by his father Lloyd York, Sr. and four uncles.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa York; mother, Pamela Chartrand; grandmother, Laura Stevens; sister, Julie York; stepmother, Brenda York; three daughters; two grandchildren; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held at a later

In lieu of flowers and to honor Lloyd’s love of all animals, donations may be made to the Humane Society Waterville Area.


SOUTH CHINA – David Stanley Jackson Jr., 49, passed away unexpectedly Friday, October 26, 2018, doing what he loved the most, helping his family. David was born to Marjorie and David Jackson Sr., in Augusta, on June 13, 1969.

David could always be counted on when you needed help with a fixer upper, a DJ for your special event, creating a website, or fixing your computer. This was true of his character regardless of whether you could pay for the work or not.

David was a graduate of Gardiner Area High School, class of 1987. While a student, he enjoyed singing in chorus and was the president of the Audio Visual Club for four years. In those younger years, he also enjoyed spending time with his grandparents at their camp on Rangeley Lake.

David always had a passion for playing good music. In the 1980s, he began his own successful DJ-ing business, DJ Productions, and right up to the time of his death David was still doing gigs, as well as providing sound and lighting equipment for local live bands. David worked for several different companies over the years but was the happiest when he worked for himself. He studied for many years and became a communications expert, and an expert in graphic arts and desktop publishing. He was an Adobe Illustrator Teacher and enjoyed mastering all of the Adobe Products. David made anything from flyers for mailings, restaurant menus, place-mats, commercials, and signs. He enjoyed building and working on his and his sister’s house.

He loved following in his father’s footsteps installing plumbing and heating and electrical systems. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion. He loved to cook and spending time with family. He was also an avid lover of animals.

David is survived by his partner, Shad Harris; his father David Jackson, Sr., of Vassalboro; his mother Marge Chaplin and husband Merle, of Augusta; two sisters, Kim St. Amand and husband Rick, of Vassalboro, and their children Benjamin and Timothy Farnsworth, Sharon Jackson-Jasper and wife Tina and their children, Elatia Gregoire, Ceejai Easler, and Keloun Mann; his only brother, Todd Jackson, of Augusta, and his two children, Joshua Folsom and Raylee Jackson.

There will be no public funeral, however a Celebration of Life will be announced for a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Staples Funeral and Cremation Services, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made toward cremation expenses to: Sharon Jackson-Jasper, P.O. Box 163, East Winthrop ME 04343.


BEVERLY A. PREBLE, 78, of Waterville, passed away on Friday, October 5, 2018, at Lakewood Continuing Care Center, in Waterville. Locally, she is survived by a son, Brett Hoskins and wife Kelley, of Vassalboro, and a daughter, Penny Bard and husband David, of Oakland.

KENNETH E. WILLIAMSON, 70, of Fort Pierce, Florida, passed away on Monday, October 8, 2018, following a unexpected illness. Locally, he is survived by daughters Wendy Lee and husband Wayne, of China, and Laurie Roeske and husband Donald, of Clinton; sisters Della Foss and Shiela Bourget, of Clinton, Rose Jenness, of Vassalboro, and Sylvia Glidden, of Waterville.

HELEN B. FURROW, 97, of Sidney, passed away on Monday, October 8, 2018. Locally, she is survived by grandchildren Dan Parsons and wife Bonnie of Unity Plantation, Ronnie Furrow and partner Lisa Keay, of South China, Wendy Furrow Cross and husband Peter, of Sidney, and Theresa Parsons, of Unity.

CECIL R. PORTER, 86, formerly of Brooks, passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at a Waterville hospital. Locally, he is survived by his children Vicki Rogers and husband Scott, of Unity, and Eric Pofrter and wife Jan, of Oakland.

AVERILL P. McDONALD, 95, of Randolph, passed away on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at Avita, of Brunswick. Locally, she is survived by a niece, Marj Morisette, of Vassalboro.

MICHA P. TAYLOR, 41, formerly of China Village, passed away on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, in Auburn. A celebration of life will be held on Sat., November 17, at 11 a.m., at the China Baptist Church, in China Village.

HARRY W. DIXON JR., 95, of Skowhegan, passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2018, at the Cedar Ridge Nursing Home, in Skowhegan. Locally, he is survived by a daughter-in-law, Gwyn Dixon, of Whitefield.

CORRINE B. BREAULT, 90, of Madison, passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at Redington-Fairview General Hospital, in Skowhegan. Locally, she is survived by a nephew, Earl Blanchard and wife Kathy, of Windsor.

Obituaries, Week of November 1, 2018


VASSALBORO – Paul Barker Cates. 93, of Vassalboro, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at the home in which he was born. The greatest hits of his life are as follows:

He was born August 23, 1925, the eighth child of Annabel and Harold Cates. In his childhood, on the family farm, he competed for space at the dinner table with his 11 brothers and sisters. He attended Coburn Classical Institute, in Waterville, and Haverford College, in Pennsylvania. He was a Quaker conscientious objector to the post World War II peacetime draft, and was sent to prison. When his sentence was commuted, he spent the next decade and a half traveling between the United States and Germany, doing relief work, then learning the language, then smuggling medication and documents across the Berlin Wall, and finally, falling in love with, and marrying his wife, Elisabeth, who escaped East Germany in 1969.

Paul worked for the Quarterly Meeting of Friends, in Maine, as a traveling pastor. He and Elisabeth built a business of raising flowers, and selling them to local florists, becoming known as the “Glad Man,” and then later, selling gladiolus bulbs, as well. He taught languages at three private schools over the course of his life. Scattergood School, in Iowa, Oak Grove-Coburn, in Vassalboro, and finally, Erskine Academy, in South China. He was a playwright, a farmer, a politician, a great wit, and a lifelong pacifist.

Paul was predeceased by his parents; his siblings and all but two of their spouses, brother-in-law, Martin and sister-in-law, Christhild; and his eldest son, Martin.

He is survived by his extended Cates family including his beloved wife, Elisabeth; son, Christopher and his wife, Victoria and their sons, Nicholas and Ethan; daughter, Dorothee and her husband, David and their children, Julia and Oliver; son, Winfried; son, Douglas and his son, Maximilian, and Douglas’ wife, Emily and their sons, Elijah and Isaac; daughter, Margaret, and daughter, Helen and her husband, Brad and their daughter, Klara. He also leaves behind brother-in-law, Charles; sister-in-law, Saundra; and many nieces and nephews in the United States, as well as family in Germany; brother-in-law, Horst, his wife Dagmar, and their family; Konrad, husband to Paul’s late sister-in-law, Christhild, and their family; and Birgit, wife to Paul’s late brother-in-law, Martin, and their family.

Naturally, as the “Glad Man,” Paul loved flowers. However, donations may be made in his honor to the American Friends Service Committee (, to Maine General Hospice (, or to the Vassalboro Friends Meeting.

In the Quaker tradition, a celebration of Paul’s life will be held on Saturday, November 10 at 2 p.m. at the Vassalboro Friends Meeting, 48 South Stanley Hill Road, Vassalboro. A reception will follow at the Vassalboro Grange Hall.

For an unabridged obituary, filled with anecdotes and Paul-isms, please visit – condolences, memories and tributes may also be shared with the family on this site.


WINSLOW – Lori A. Ware, 52, of Winslow, died unexpectedly on Saturday, October 13, 2018. She was born on July 23, 1966, a daughter of Gerald and Janice Ware.

She attended Winslow schools.

Lori enjoyed cooking, swimming, snowmobiling, watching movies with her children, and will be remembered for her big heart.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Kara Michaud; her companion, Marc Feix; and her mother, Janice Ware.

Lori is survived by her son, Nathan Feix; her father, Gerald Ware; her brother, David Ware; her sister, Robin Couture; nieces and nephews.

There will be no services. Burial was in Saint Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove Street, Waterville.


WINDSOR––Dr. William (Bill) James Mulherin, DC, 83, died in his sleep on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at the Maine Veterans Home, in Augusta. Bill was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 8, 1935, the son of Joseph Anthony and Grace (Brown) Mulherin.

Bill, whom his siblings called “Mel,” graduated from local schools before enlisting in the Army in 1954, serving as a military policeman at Fort Dix, New Jersey, Company C.

In 1970, Bill married Juanita M. Upham in Wells. He brought five children into the marriage, Juanita had four, and together they had one daughter.

Bill was a life-long learner who earned multiple degrees and certificates in the medical field. Bill completed training as an occupational therapist with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, a BS in Professional Arts from St. Joseph’s College in Standish, earning his RN doing clinical rounds at Central Maine Hospital in Lewiston. Bill later earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College in Davenport, Iowa.

Bill and Juanita owned and operated a nursing home for many years before Bill left that business to pursue a career as a chiropractor. Initially, Bill worked in Winslow for Dr. Lawler before opening his own chiropractic office in Augusta. After a few years, Bill and Juanita decided to move out of the city, but not too far, to Windsor, where he hung his shingle until he retired. Bill had a passion for whole body wellness, spirituality and meditation. His patients adored him as he offered “common sense medicine” and treatment without medication. Bill was known for not even allowing aspirin in the house, “medicine is not the cure, it is the problem,” he would say.

A favorite saying of Bill’s was, “if you see someone without a smile, give them yours.”

He was very interesting and intelligent, having a way with words that allowed him to talk to anyone without sounding like he knew more than others. Those who knew Bill, found him to be a down-to-earth, common sense guy.

Bill enjoyed many hobbies and activities in addition to helping others and was a member of the American Legion, Masons and Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed building large scale, 3-4 mast schooner model ships, fishing with his best buddy, Ray, and gardening, which was his second passion.

In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by his wife of 37 years, Juanita; and a sister, Patricia Sullivan.

Bill is survived by his children, Paula Mulherin, Stephanie Mulherin, Kelly Mulherin, Christopher Mulherin, Maria Mulherin, and Theresa Mulherin; step-children, Pamela Moon Mulherin, of Windsor, Ginny Moon Scofield, of Vassalboro, Nancy Pettegrove, of Windsor, and Dwight E. Pettegrove, of Windsor; siblings, Joseph Mulherin, Jr., of Hatfield, Massachusetts, Mary Ann Creighton, of Wakefield, Ne Hampshire, Eileen Franklin, of Foxboro, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Rizzo, of Goldsboro, North Carolina, and Kathy Either, of Plainville, Massachusetts; as well as many nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren living all over New England.

A potluck Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, November 11, 11 a.m. at the American Legion Post#205, 400 Eastern Avenue, Augusta.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at

Arrangements are under the care of Direct Cremation of Maine in Belfast.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s name to the Maine Veterans Home in Augusta, or to the American Legion Post #205,


VASSALBORO – Katherine Grace Christina White, 19, of James Road passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 18, 2018, in the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, in Portland. She was born in Kirkland, Washington, on August 14, 1999.

Katherine was a student at Winslow High School. She was not your typical teenage girl. Instead of being obsessed with boys and social media, she was obsessed with Elmo and Sesame Street. At last count, she had acquired enough episodes to watch a different one every day of the year. Elmo has been her best best friend since she was tiny. He was basically her spirit animal. On any given day you could find her dressed Elmo red and mimicking his laugh to perfection.

Katiebug is survived by her parents Tyler and Sarah (Lemieux) Watson, of Vassalboro; a sister Julia White, of Vassalboro; an aunt Lindsay Mutegi, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; her uncles Adam Lemieux, of Winslow, James Lemieux, of Pittsfield and Adam White, of Gilbert, Arizona; her dozen (yes, dozen) grandparents Wayne and Ruth Lemieux, of Benton, Lawrence and Doreen Lee, of Winslow, John and Christina Cunningham, of Gilbert, Arizona, Ray and Jill White, of Arlington, Washington, Roy and Diane Watson, of Amery, Wisconsin, and Cliff and Sharon Hill, of Scandia, Minnesota.

Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church Street, Augusta, where condolences, memories and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the foundation that her family has established in her name. It is their goal to help fund equipment for other kids and young adults like Katie. You can find information about her foundation at:

Obituaries, Week of October 25, 2018


WINSLOW – Roland Joseph Michaud, 92, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2018, at Lakewood Continuing Care, in Waterville. He was born March 23, 1926, in Waterville, the son of Rosaire and Florida (Coro) Mich­aud.

He graduated from Waterville High School, class of 1944. He was a veteran who proudly served his country in the United States Navy as a Machinist Third Class, stationed on the U.S.S. Corson during World War II, until his honorable discharge.

On April 29, 1950, he married Marilyn Denis at St. John the Baptist Church, in Winslow. He worked for 40 years at Scott Paper Company/Kimberly Clark mill in Winslow. Roland was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, in Winslow, a member of the VFW Post #8835, in Winslow. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, vegetable gardening, snowshoe making, mounting deer and moose antlers, and camping. During his stay at Lakewood, he enjoyed listening to accordion music performed by Mr. Raven.

Roland is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marilyn Michaud; two sons, Steven J. Michaud and wife Doris, of Oakland, Thomas R. Michaud, of Winslow; two daughters, Sandra M. Michaud, of Dania Beach, Florida, Cheryl A. Cote and husband John, of Vassalboro; two brothers, Harold Michaud and wife Theresa, of Winslow, Joe Michaud and wife Sondra, of Hudson Falls, New York; three sisters, Gloria Lewis and husband Ted, of Winslow, Lorette Clair, of Winslow, Jackie Morin and husband Don, of Lewiston; granddaughter, Alison Genness and husband Matt of Clinton; four grandsons, Jonathan and Jeremy Cote, of Vassalboro, Quentin Damasio, of Dania Beach Florida, Brandon Michaud, of Portland; sister-in law, Madeline Holmes, of Paspebiac; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by sister, Violet Meader; four brothers-in-law, Reggie Meader, Gary Clair, Hazen Holmes, and Laurien Denis; sister-in-law Geraldine Fontaine and husband George.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, October 26, 2018, at 11 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 26 Monument St., in Winslow, with a reception to follow at Notre Dame Parish Hall, 116 Silver St., in Waterville.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing, may make donations in Roland’s memory to VFW Post #8835, 175 Veteran Drive, Winslow, ME 04901.

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


WINSLOW – Norman Warren, 68, of Winslow, died at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on September 8, 1950, in Waterville, the son of Eugene and Jeannette Warren.

He graduated from Waterville High School and enlisted in the National Guards.

Norman was a carpenter by trade and worked for several construction companies and home builders. He was a member of the Elks Lodge. Norman enjoyed crafts, fishing, snowmobiling and will be remembered for his strong opinion on any subject.

He was predeceased by his infant son, Brian Norman Warrren; his parents; and his sister, Barbara Mathieu.

Norman is survived by his daughter Kelly Warren; his brother Gary Warren; his granddaughter Crystal Harris; and his companion Sharon Jellison.

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


ALBION – Rebecca C. Pelotte, 67, passed away on Monday, September 24, 2018. Rebecca was born June 30, 1951, at Broadview General Hospital, Newport, Vermont, daughter of Margie (Helm) Chatto and Reverend Philip Chatto.

Rebecca went back to school in 2006 and earned her GED at Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education Center.

Her accomplishments include owning her own catering business, Tarragon Thyme Catering, and ministering to and mentoring many women in the community and her home church. She also served her clients at Woodlands Senior Living and Sunset Homes, both of Waterville. As church secretary at the Augusta First “Church of the Nazarene, her style of serving others was highlighted by her one-on-one personal evangelism in the office. Listening to others was one of her many strengths.

Rebecca;s love of music included listening to jazz with her husband, at attending jazz concerts with him, singing in a trio and traveling the New England church circuit to perform, and singing in ladies ensembles and many cantatas at her home church. She enjoyed many motorcycle trips with her husband, Roger, especiallly to Prince Edward Island and Virginia Beach.

She was known to read an entire book while traveling on the back of the motorcycle. She also loved swimming, especially with her granddaughters at East Grand Lake. Boating around the lake with a good book, while her husband fished, was one of her most cherished and relaxing pastimes in the summer. Her cats were a source of joy to her throughout the years.

To Roger, she was a loving, supportive wife of 42 years. In the later stages of her illness, the highlight of her day would be her daily lunch dates with Roger. Even when memories faded, she did not forget him, often managing to speak “I love you” when all other words would fail her.

She was predeceased by her mother, Margie Chatto, and her father, Rev. Phillip Chatto.

She is survived by her husband, Roger A. Pelotte; daughter Jana (Pelotte) Atwood and husband, John; stepsons Jody Pelotte, Robby Pelotte and wife Kathy, Chad Pelotte, and a step-daughter-in-law, Sherry Pelotte; seven grandchildren, Stephanie Marcoux, Brandi Pelletier, Annalisa Pelotte, Tanner Pelotte, Payton Atwood, Regan Atwood, and Reid Atwood.. She was the big sister of two younger siblings, Lynnette McCabe and her husband Dan, of Massachusetts, and Martha Chatto, of Connecticut; three nephews and many cousins.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Rebecca C. Pelotte to the Augusta Church of the Nazarene.


BENTON – Peggy Margaret C. (Campbell) Crosby, 79, passed away Sunday, October 14, 2018, at her home. Peggy was born in Waterville on December 20, 1938, the daughter of Murdoch and Avice Campbell.

Peggy graduated from Waterville High School in 1956.

Peggy married James Crosby, they had two soons and moved from Bath to Clinton. Peggy loved her summers at Abnaki Campground, with her two boys, Steven and Jeffery, while they grew up0.

Peggy liked building puzzles, reading books and scratching lottery tickets. Peggy looked forward to her chats with her sister, Josy, scrabble online, and staying in touch with each other often.

The bulldogs were her ‘team’ she followed as well as the Red Sox.

Peggy was employed by New England Telephone company, and MSAD#49 prior to retirement, as well as she belonged to the Kennebelles, and the Eastern Star, of Clinton.

Peggy was predeceased by her parents, Murdoch and Avice Campbell; William ‘Sandy’ Sanderson; a son, Steven Crosby; a brother, Merton Campbell; and her sister-in-law, Lois.

Peggy is survived by her son, Jeffrey Crosby (Angel Monfort), of Winslow; grandchildren, Jason Crosby, Adam Crosby (Katie Moreau), Rachel Crosby (Austin), Kelsey Crosby-Clark (Derek Clark), and Marc Monfort; her great-grandchildren, Layla, Finn and Kaden Crosby; her sister, ‘Josy’ Joscelyn Moody, of Macedon, New York; many nephews and nieces.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at

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


VASSALBORO – On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, Wayne B. Higgins, (nee Wayne B. Cotta), 79, passed away in the home which he created over the past 60 years. He was born October 20, 1938, to Barbara (Thompson) Cotta and Harvey Cotta.

In his teens Wayne took the last name of his stepfather Alden Higgins. From a young age, Wayne had been taught by his grandfather, Charles Thompson, to always be honorable.

Known as a skilled craftsman, Wayne had graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, entered the Marines and participated in the reserves as a Master Competition Marksman. At this time he joined US Geological Services in Washington, D.C., as a hydrologist. He received an award for 32 years of service (1964-1995). At 56 he retired and began Water Monitoring Services which is ongoing to this day in Vassalboro.

Wayne loved being in the outdoors. He always had a fishing pole in the back of his truck when he traveled the state taking water measurements for USGS, of Augusta. In his youth, he was an avid baseball player, continuing into young adulthood participating in area softball teams.

In his 20s, he bought West View Farm, an 1811 house in dire need of his craftsmanship skills. Over the next 60 years he developed the property into what it is today. He shared this home with his wife of 30 some years, Faye Higgins. After her passing in 2008, he married Susan Higgins in 2010. They enjoyed taking trips together, being in the outdoors and swatting at flies as they aged together. Wayne was supported in his recent illness by his son-In-law, Dan Hodgkins and nephew, John Nelson.

Wayne was predeceased by his parents, Barbara Higgins, Harvey Cotta and Alden Higgins; also by a number of sisters and brothers. A great loss to him was the passing of his wife, Faye Higgins.

He is survived by his present wife, Sue Higgins; step-daughter, Robyn Hunter; grandson, Charles and great-granddaughter, Alysha Opacki; brother, David Cotta; sisters, Sharon Cotta and Ann Mansfield and her son, Brandon; sister-in-law, Collie, her sons, Jared, Erik, Shawn Higgins; members of Sue’s family who grew to love Wayne over the years. They include Dan, Brandy, Kayla and David Hodgkins; John and Logan Nelson and families; Brianna Huot and Lily Koster.

The only reception for family and friends will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from noon-1p.m. at the funeral home. Please visit to share condolences, memories and tributes with Wayne’s family.

For those who wish, donations may be made to “Vassalboro Wildlife Habitat”, c/o Kennebec Land Trust, 331 Main Street, Winthrop ME 04364, in memoriam of Wayne Higgins.


WINSLOW – Patricia Louise Graf (Lewis), 67, of Winslow, formerly a longtime resident of Benton, passed away at her home on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Pat was born on January 7, 1951, in Waterville.

Pat attended Lawrence High School, in Fairfield., along with attending Kennebec Valley Community College for business.

Pat was a dedicated and hard worker. She worked at Sappi Fine Paper, in Hinckley, for many years before transitioning to spending her days enjoying time with her family. She loved to be outdoors camping, hunting and fishing.

She had the ability to make everyone feel loved and important, regardless of circumstance.

Pat was known for her good sense of humor and always extending love, understanding, and encouragement to her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her mother, Nadine Orr; her father, Carleton Lewis; and her siblings, Johnny Vigue, Wayne Lewis and Dale Lewis.

She is survived by her children, Kathleen Lewis and Justin Berube, of Albion, Jennifer and Scott Bouchard, of Clinton, Juanita and Dean Paine, of Madison; grandchildren, Kelsey Loveliy, Kasey Fish, Chelsey Fortin Trimble, Josh Paine, Brittney Fortin, Ashley Guptill, Bryant Higgins, Alyssa Bennett, Megan Bouchard, Jaiden Berube, Jia Li Kao, Jacolby Paine, Peyton Berube; siblings Jane and Steve Poulin, of Canaan, Barry Lewis, of Winslow, Tammy and Ward Burkhart, of Albion; long time companion, Joseph Fournier.

Interment was at Maplewood Cemetery, in Fairfield.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at

Arrangements were by Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main Street, Fairfield.


ALBION – Jean Hanson, 77, of Albion, passed away at Mount Saint Joseph Residence and Rehabilitation, in Waterville, while under hospice care. Jean was born in North Yarmouth, on October 30, 1940, to Arthur and Madeline (Williams) Cluff.

Jean graduated from local schools and worked before settling into her life as a homemaker. Jean married Hilton Hanson in 2009 and enjoyed travelling across the country with him and Hazel and Clyde Rumney. Jean enjoyed living a quiet life at her home, in Albion, where she loved animals, gardening and feeding the birds.

In addition to her parents, Jean was predeceased by siblings Dorothy Bundy, Nancy Lestage, Joan Cluff and Gerald Cluff, and her first husband, David Edgerly.

Jean is survived by her husband, Hilton Hanson, of Albion; his children and their families; siblings Donald Cluff, of North Yarmouth, and Eva Hayes, of Cumberland.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at

Arrangements were under the care of Direct Cremation of Maine, in Belfast.


ALVIN C. WAGNER, 92, of Readfield, passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at the Alfond Center For Health, in Augusta. Locally, he is survived by a granddaughter, Katie Scott and husband Jay, of Windsor, and great-grandson Hayden Scott, of Windsor.

MARGARET A. GOU­LETTE, 62, of Waterville, passed away on Monday, October 8, 2018, at the Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta, following a brief period of declining health. Locally, she is survived by her mother, Elisabath D. Goulette, of Waterville, and a brother, Gregg Goulette, of Oakland.

Obituaries, Week of October 18, 2018


SIDNEY – Patricia Francis (Flaherty) McKenna died at home Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Sidney. Pat was born on September 14, 1949 in Skowhegan, to John Flaherty and Arlene (Flanagin) Hilton.

Pat married Larry McKenna in 1972. They raised their three children at their home in Sidney. Pat graduated from the University of Maine in 1993 with a degree in mental health services. She spent most of her career working in the mental health field, caring for individuals with mental illness and was very passionate about her work. She enjoyed knitting, arts and crafts and most importantly, being around family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence McKenna, of Sidney; her brother, Richard Flaherty, of Madison; mother, Arlene (Flanagin) Hilton, of Madison; and father, John Flaherty, of Madison.

Pat is survived by her children, Robert McKenna, of Sidney, Amy McKenna and her spouse, Kenneth Bowring, of Sidney ,,and Miriah Deveau and her spouse, Michael Deveau, of Sidney; grandchildren, Megan McKenna, of Portland, Justin McKenna, of Sidney, Kayla McKenna, of Sidney, Cody McKenna, of Sidney, Garrett McKenna, of Sidney, Emily McKenna, of Clinton, and Aldan McKenna, of Sidney. She is also survived by her sister, Laurie Hilton, of Waterville; multiple cousins and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service is scheduled for Saturday, October 20, 2018, at the Forest Hill Cemetery, in Dresden. A gathering will follow at her daughter Miriah’s home, 228 Pond Road in Sidney. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Pat’s life.


FAIRFIELD – John E. Crommett Jr., 50, of Fairfield, passed away unexpectedly on September 30, 2018, in Shawmut. John was born in Waterville on August 20, 1968, the son of Beverly (Davis) Crommett and John E. Crommett Sr.

John attended Fairfield schools.

He was predeceased by his parents; and his sister and best friend, Holly Crommett Bellerose.

He is survived by his longtime companion, Kathy Falbo and her family; his son, Jed Crommett and his fiancée Mariah Barnett, of Winslow; his granddaughter, Aubrey Crommett; his sister Bonnie Clifford; his sister, Johnette Bowers; his brothers, Timmy Elkins, and Dickey Davis; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of John’s life will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 27 at the Fairfield VFW.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

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


SOMERVILLE – Janice Ruth Pelton Hisler, 80, passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at her home, in Somerville. Janice was born June 15, 1938, to Rosco and Bertha Pelton.

She married Andrew Hisler June 1981.

She worked in health care and as a security guard at a bank for a short period. She was also known as Pastor Jan and ministered to the needs of others as long as she was able. Her favorite times were family gatherings and celebrating her anniversary.

She enjoyed traveling with Pauline Weeks, photography and baking pies for Andy. When she was 57 she joined a dance class and performed in a show at the Waterville Opera House.

She was predeceased by her parents; a sister, Virginia Hansen; and grandson, David C. Chase.

She is survived by her children, Kim and Murphy Powers, Kelly and Bill Noble, Kathy and Chuck Pease, Leslie (Dusty) and Darlene French and Kyle Ross; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; siblings, Rosco (Junior) and Pauline Pelton, Jerry and Pat Pelton, Betty and Herbert Flint, and Sandra Curtis.

A celebration of her life will be held October 21, 2 p.m., at the American Legion, Post #205, 440 Eastern Avenue, Augusta.


FAIRFIELD – Edward Herbert Williams, 61, passed away Friday, October 5, 2018, at his home, in Fairfield. He was born August 13, 1957, in Houlton, the son of Woodrow Lane and Frances Rebecca (Rogers) Williams.

On June 22, 1991, he married Sharon Greene. He was employed for many years as a mechanic at Ranger Contracting where he was employed by owner and friend, Bill Sanborn as well as working for Asplundh, a tree expert company. He enjoyed race cars, guns, hunting, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years (they were together for 38 years), Sharon (Greene) Williams, of Fairfield; three sons, Edward Williams II and wife Heather, of Fairfield, Christopher Williams I, of Norridgewock, and Dominic Bailey, of Sidney; daughter, Nyoka S. Williams-Lizotte and husband Nicholas, of Sidney; four brothers, Woodrow Williams, of Florida, Rodney Williams Sr. and wife Debbie, of Oakland, Perley Williams and partner Cindy Abbott, of Oakland, Guy Williams Sr. and wife Debbie, of Rome; three sisters, Linda Bailey and husband Mike, of Sidney, Vicki French, of Palermo, Debbie Davis and husband Donnie, of Oakland; seven grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 27, 2018, at 1 p.m., at 111 Greene Road, in Fairfield, with his brother, Rev. Rodney Williams, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Edward’s memory to Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care P.O. Box 828 Waterville, Maine 04903 Ask for Linda Allan 207-626-7237

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


WINSLOW – Pamela Jean (Sterling) Smiley, 61, of Winslow, died on Saturday, October 6, 2018. She was born on September 27, 1957, in Waterville, to Richard and Valerie (Sawtelle) Sterling.

Pam graduated from Waterville High School in 1975. After marrying Frederick Smiley in 1976, they lived in both California and Texas, then eventually moved back to Winslow to raise their family. Pam worked at the Winslow Town Office for 31 years, most recently as the town clerk.

Known to her grandkids as Grammy or Gramma-Pamma, she loved to be with them and spent most evenings and free time bouncing around visiting them. Selfless and hardworking, Pam never hesitated to help anyone and never asked for anything in return. Her kind, loving soul and infectious laugh brought comfort to many.

She enjoyed cooking, gardening and “preserving the harvest.” Pam’s famous dilly beans, Chex mix, tourtiére pie and meatballs are among the many items loved by family and friends. Family was the most important thing to Pam. Her favorite times were summer trips to Rhode Island and holiday gatherings surrounded by all the chaos, good food and love.

Pam was predeceased by her parents; mother and father-in-law, Richard and Beverly Smiley; and her husband of 33 years, Fred Smiley.

She is survived by her four daughters and their spouses, Rene Smiley and Jack Stepp, of Winslow, Jessica Smiley and Peter Cheesman, of Winslow, Emily Smiley, of Waterville, Jillian Smiley and Joe Bard, of Fairfield; six grandchildren, Eliott, Nora, Marion, Hudson, Atlas and Jane; five siblings; eight sisters and brothers-in-law; 22 nieces and nephews; and eight grand-nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Pam’s life on Saturday, October 20, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Waterville Elks Banquet Center, 75 Industrial Street.

There will be a private family burial.

In liew of flowers, donations may be made in Pam’s memory to Maine General Health to benefit Hospice Care: Maine General Health Office of Philanthropy, PO Box 828, Waterville ME 04903-0828.


WINSLOW – Danielle “Danny” Lefebvre, 44, passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, in Winslow, following her three year battle of Multiple Myeloma.

Danielle was born on March 13, 1974, in Norwich, Connecticut. She grew up in Colchester, Connecticut, where she attended and graduated from Bacon Academy in 1992 before packing up and moving to Maine. She worked at5 Inland Hospital, in Waterville, for a few years before transitioning over to working as a secretary for the Edmund Irving Pediatric Center at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Waterville. She worked for MaineGeneral for about 20 years until she was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in August of 2015.k From there Danielle was in and out of the hospital working on getting treatments from the Harold Alfond Cancer Center in Augusta, before she moved down to Zephyrhills, Florida, where she continued treatment at the Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa, Florida.

Danielle was an inspiration to all who knew her, volunteering many years to organizations like the Brain Injury Support Group Association. She always brought light and joy into the lives of all of those she would meet. She was a loving and amazing mother, daughter, sister, and friend. She went through life with both beauty and grace, using her hilarious sense of humor to help power through the years she spent her cancer. She was and always will be a “Wonder Woman” to her children and to those who knew her well. She was incredibly proud of her children and always encouraged them to follow their hearts and chase their dreams. She was truly inspiring, strong, brave, and an all-around beautiful soul.

She is survived by her three children: Alicia, Abigail, and Christopher Carpenter, of Oakland; her ex-husband, James Carpenter, of Waterville; her parents, Joseph Raymond and Yvonne Lefebvre, of Winslow; as well as her siblings, Ronald Lefebvre, of Nantucket, Massachusetts, Michelle Bourez, of Chester, Connecticut, and Lynn Wagner, of Olalla, Washington.

Danielle’s funeral will take place on Monday, October 22, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 112 Silver St., in Waterville. There will be a receiving line at the back of the church prior to the funeral mass. Interment will follow after the funeral at St. Francis Cemetery.

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

Donations can be made to the Harold Alfond Cancer Center or to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at


WINSLOW – Leone Inez Page, 75, passed away Sunday, October 14, 2018, at Maine Medical Center, in Portland. She was born July 6, 1943, in Waterville, the daughter of Willis Herbert and Lucille I. (Hunt) Page.

She attended Clinton High School. She was a homemaker, excellent in crocheting, making people happy, and a friend to all animal life no matter the size. Dusty, her bird, was everything to her. They were inseparable and enjoyed each other’s company.

Leone is survived by son, Ira Armour and wife Pam, of Winslow; three brothers, Eddie Page and wife Gloria, of Clinton, Nobert Page, of Albion, and Allan Page and wife Tina, of Clinton; two sisters, Annie Page, of Durham, Linda Page and husband Carl Brickett, of Clinton; grandson, Nathan Armour and friend Brandis Carver, of Waterville. She was predeceased by her husband.

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

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Leone’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, Maine 04976.


ELAINE M. MORRISON LACHAPELLE, 89, of Winthrop, passed away on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at Heritage Rehabilitation & Living Center, in Winthrop. Locally, she is survived by two sons, Bill, of Readfield, and Rick, of Vassalboro.

HAROLD G. WARREN JR., 78, of East Boothbay, passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Central Maine Medical Center, in Lewiston, following a courageous battle with heart disease. Locally, he is survived by a son, Mark Warren, of South China.

Obituaries, Week of October 11, 2018


WATERVILLE – Fernand Rodrique Corbin, 83, passed away Thursday, September 27, 2018, at Maine Medical Center, in Portland, following a brief illness. He was born September 20, 1935, in Grand Isle, the son of Claude A. and Germaine (Doucette) Corbin.

He graduated from Waterville High School, class of 1955. He proudly served his country in the National Guard until his honorable discharge. Fernand worked for many years as a poultry farmer and as a bus driver for School Administrative District #49. He was a member of Notre Dame (Corpus Christi) Catholic Church, in Waterville.

Fernand is survived by his daughter, Anna-Jean Burns and husband Robert Jr., of Clinton; grandchildren, Rosemarie Burns, of Sebago and Alton, of Clinton; partner, Faith Young, of Waterville; two brothers, Jerry Corbin and wife Jan, of Winslow, Mo Corbin and wife Carolyn, of Florida; and brother-in-law, Robert Caron and wife Donna, of Benton; many nieces, nephews.

He was predeceased by parents; brother, Roger; wife, Doris; daughter, Tina; and son, Joseph.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Notre Dame Catholic Church at a later date at the convenience of the family.

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

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Fernand’s memory to Helping Hands, 32 College Avenue #104, Waterville, ME 04901.


WINSLOW – Rianne “Bonney” Andrews, 35, of Winslow, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 24, 2018, in Benton. She was born on July 27, 1983, the youngest daughter of the late Farrell Mark Bonney and Judith A. “Farnum” Smith, in Waterville.

She attended Fairfield schools and graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield.

Her sense of humor was contagious. She was witty, always willing to listen and give advice to her closest friends and family. Rianne had the roar of a lion and the heart of a lamb. Her favorite flower was the Sunflower. She loved nature and gardening but most of all playing with her boys, Nicholas and Johnny. Because of her great love for all animals, she would take in strays, feed the birds and befriend squirrels.

Her family will always remember the little girl who would wear her Halloween costume all year round. Her big sister will always remember asking why Rianne had to go shopping in her unicorn costume in July. She was vivacious and strong willed. She wanted her closest friends to know how much she appreciated and loved them, as well as the time she spent with Alika Andrews and her father Dan.

Rianne is survived by her sons, Nicholas and Johnny; nieces Zodiak Cookson and Zarah Begin; sisters Shannon Begin, Amanda DeVore and Sarah Bonney and her brother-in-law, Chris Begin; her mother, Judith and stepfather, who she always regarded as her “real” father, Mark Smith.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Giberson Funeral Home and Cremation Services. To view the online obituary, or leave condolences please visit


BENTON – Anita P. Gagnon, 89, died peacefully at the Maine Veterans’ Home, in Augusta, on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

Anita was born in Burnham, one cold and frosty morning, October 21, 1928, the daughter of Fred and Flora (Jean) Page.

Before moving to Benton in 1944, the Page family lived in Clinton, and then Skowhegan. The Skowhegan Fair was one of the highlights of Anita’s childhood. She graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, in 1946. Upon graduation, she worked for the Atcheson Hotels of Maine as a secretary. This included The Augusta House, The Belgrade Inn, and The Elmwood Hotel, in Waterville.

On March 11, 1951, she married David C. Gagnon. Following David’s assignments with Armour & Co., they moved to Woodsville, New Hampshire, Somerville, Massachusetts, and then to Reading, Massachusetts. They had four children; Donald, Daniel, Dwight, and Carol, and enjoyed life on Highland Street in Reading for 16 years.

In 1969, Anita’s family moved to her grandparent’s homestead on the Bangor Road, in Benton. For 35 years she was the secretary to the Superintendent of Schools for MSAD #49.

Anita was the accompanist, on organ and piano, for the Benton Falls Congregational Church for over 30 years and the Gagnon home was blessed with her music for many years.

Anita traveled with her sister Lois to Prince Edward Island, Canada, New Jersey, Florida, and west to Washington State. Yet, as grand as these travels were, she most liked being close to home. Morning coffee with her brother, Malcom, and others, was a highlight. Sister Lois was her best friend.

Anita was a loving and kind wife, mother, daughter, sister, and a friend to many. She is survived by son, Donald R. Gagnon and his wife, Dorothy, of Amelia Island, Florida; son, Daniel F. Gagnon and partner, Lin Coomer, of Saco; son, Dwight D. Gagnon and his wife, Kay, of Benton; and daughter Carol G. MacBride, of Hartford; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Benton Falls Congregational Church, Benton, ME, on Sunday October 21, 2018, at 2 p.m.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anita’s name to the Benton Falls Congregational Church, c/o Dawnella Sheehan, 274 Bellsqueeze Road, Benton, ME 04901.


VASSALBORO – Carol J. Hughes, 77, of Vassalboro, passed away at home on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. She was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, on December 24, 1940, the daughter of the late Stephen and Carmella (Cossuto) Csengery.

Carol was a 1958 graduate of Erskine Academy, in South China. In 1960, she met and married Myron Hughes. They built their home and raised their family on Cross Hill Road. Her love of children encouraged her to work as a teachers’ aide and cook with SKCDC-Lake Region Center for 42 years before retiring in 2012.

She enjoyed watching the birds gather around the feeders outside her kitchen window. Each morning one could find her working on the newspaper’s daily crossword and jumble with a cup of coffee in hand. Carol loved being in the sun and spent hours in her flower gardens. Spending time at Sunday Bingo with her sister Shirley at the Winslow VFW was a must.

Carol was predeceased by her parents, husband Myron, and her brother Albert.

She is survived by her sons, William, Stephen and his wife Lisa, Tim and Karen Hughes, all of Vassalboro; daughters, Katie Hughes and Wayne Picard, of Vassalboro, and Cindy St. Peter and Bob Bower, of Monmouth; sister Shirley McQuarrie; brother Joseph and his wife Cheryl Csengery, of Vassalboro; six grandchildren, Jonathan, Corrie, Miranda, Angela, Ryan and Tyler; five great-grandchildren, Spencer, Tanner, Aaliyah, Peyton and Tiffany; several nieces and nephews.

At Carol’s request, a gathering of family and friends will be held at Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Road, Windsor, ME, from 1-3 p.m., on Saturday Oct. 13, 2018. A private graveside service & celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Condolences, photos and stories may be shared at

Memorial donations may be made to: National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1848, Longmont, CO 80502.


WINSLOW – Jannelle A. Robertson, 56, passed on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Glenridge Nursing Home following a long illness. She was born on July 3, 1962, to George and Lorraine Robertson, in Waterville.

Jannelle lived in North Andover, Massachusetts, with her parents along with her Aunt Yvette, who was like a second mother. She moved back to Maine in 1978 and attended Messalonskee High School, in Oakland, and Thomas College, in Waterville, where she earned her associates degree in executive secretary. Jannelle then worked as a secretary at Duratherm Windows, in Vassalboro, for 16 years.

Jannelle was a fun-loving person who enjoyed going to antique stores, garage sales, and was great at decorating. She liked to go camping with her brothers, sisters, and family. Jannelle liked to spend time at her sister Annie’s and Myra’s camps, and with her friends at the many Maine beaches. She enjoyed hiking and walking along local trails, loved Blueberry Hill, in Rome, and she loved her movies!

She was predeceased by her brother Sean.

Jannelle is survived by her sisters, Myra Chaloult and her husband Gary, of Oakland, Mary Ellen Woelfel and husband John, of Ocala, Florida; brothers, James Robertson and wife Karen, and George Robertson and wife Dianne, all of North Andover, Massachusetts; sister Ann Long and husband Michael, of Rome; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

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


FAIRFIELD – Jacksie Pepin passed away peacefully with family and friends surrounding her after fighting a long battle from a heart defect, Pulmonary Atresia, that resulted in one of the valves in her heart not forming.

Even though she would become tired quicker, resulting in her having to limit activities at times, she never slowed down. This could be seen in her love of swimming and her lips turning blue because she did not want to leave the water.

Jacksie was able to accomplish so much in her precious life. One of her greatest, proudest and happiest moments was having her sweet baby girl, Rihanna. Jacksie and Rihanna had such a special mommy and daughter bond, that anyone who saw them together knew that Rihanna was her mother’s reason for getting up every day.

One of the fondest memories of Jacksie is her love for animals. She recently stayed up all night helping a newborn kitten who would not eat. She fed it with a syringe and kept it warm with blankets. Jacksie brought smiles and laughter to her family. When she was young, she and her stepdad, John, would go fishing. She would spend the entire day digging for worms and then would not let John use them for bait because the worms were her friends. John taught Jacksie how to drive a tractor when she could barely walk, and let her steer his truck going down old dirt roads while looking for deer.

Older sister, Cassie, and Jacksie had such a special sister bond that always amazed everyone. They would go for walks in the woods behind their home throughout the year, looking for deer, blueberries and having special talks. On one occasion, they got lost and ended up miles down the road with Jacksie’s dog, Jasmine, leading them to safety.

Jacksie was a great older sister to Tabby, making her laugh. Even after waking up after her first heart surgery, her first words to Tabby were “Hi butt head.” Tabby would ask Jacksie to do her hair before dances at school; she was better than any beautician. Jacksie loved her boyfriend, Allan, of 12 years, so very much. She disliked having him away from her for more than a day.

Obituaries, Week of October 4, 2018


BENTON – Glenn R. Faucett, 92, died Sunday, September 9, 2018. He was born on September 4, 1926, in Pueblo, Colorado, the son of Ben H.
and Grace E. (Rodda) Faucett.

Glenn attended local schools and was a 1945 graduate of Las Animas High School. He served in the Army from June 16, 1945 to November 20, 1946. Glenn attended Colorado College from 1947-1950 and the University of Denver from 1950-1952, graduating with an MBA. He worked at Alexander Film Company, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and New Hampshire and Vermont. He worked for WCAX-TV, in Burlington, Vermont, in advertising sales. He later moved to Portland as an account executive for WMTW-TV Auburn for 34 years until he retired in 1992.

Glenn was actively involved with church activities such as singing in the choir, teaching Sunday school and serving on the Jail Ministry team for over 20 years. He participated in softball and was well known for his various styles of pitching.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn, whom he married on June 20, 1959; his children, Gregory and his wife, Lori, Cynthia Tucci and husband James; grandchildren, Lindsay (Tucci) Lucas, James A. Tucci III, Joshua Tucci, Jasmine (Faucett) Davis, Hezekiah Faucett, Logen Faucett; eight great-grandchildren; his brother, Frank and wife Barbara; and Vera, his sister-in-law.

Memories and condolences may be shared online at Arrangements were under the care of Direct Cremation of Maine.

Memorial donations may be made to: East Benton Christian Church, c/o Sandy Thompson, Treasurer, 1194 Unity Road, Benton ME 04901.


OAKLAND – Josephine Thibeau King passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at Lakewood Continuing Care in Waterville. Jo was born on December 11, 1921, in Cherryfield and was raised by her grandparents, Charles and Delphine Thibeau and aunt and uncle, Delphie and Hampy Michaud.

Jo was a 1939 graduate of Cherryfield Academy and from what was to become Husson College in Bangor.

After graduation she accepted a position in the office at Diamond International in Oakland. She soon met her future husband, Bud, to whom she was married on December 29, 1943, in Leesburg, Florida. After living with Bud in Florida and Oklahoma, she returned to Maine when he was sent to serve in the Pacific on Saipan. She eventually returned to Diamond International, from which she retired.

Josephine was active in several community organizations over the years, but none more than All Souls Unitarian-Universalist Church in Oakland.

Jo is survived by her husband of 74 years, Edward “Bud” King, of Oakland; her daughter Dru Aslam and husband Padiath “Sunny” Aslam, of Belgrade; grandson, Jai Aslam, of Raleigh, North Carolina, step-grandchildren, Sharif Aslam, of Chesterville, Sunny Aslam Jr., wife Jess and children, Ayesha and Haya, of Syracuse, New York, Ali Aslam, wife Rebecca and son, Rama, of Ayer, Massachusetts; brother, Arthur Pinkham, of Machiasport; and many nieces and nephews.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at

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

Please consider a donation in Jo’s name to Lakewood Continuing Care, 220 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville ME 04901.


CHINA – David T. Potter, 66, of Chadwick Way, died unexpectedly on Monday, September 10, 2018, at his home. He was born in Waterville on May 16, 1952, the son of David Potter and Evelyn (Haskell) Potter.

David was a graduate of Erskine Academy and received an associate degree from the University of Maine at Augusta. He served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. David was employed as a tax examiner by the state of Maine for many years.

He was a black belt in Karate and a member of the United Martial Arts Academy. In the 30+ years he practiced martial arts, he made close friends, many of whom became like an extended family. He shared his love of Karate through teaching many students, and traveled the country both teaching and learning the martial arts.

He was predeceased by his father.

Surviving is his mother, Evelyn Potter, of China; son, Shawn Potter, of Augusta; sister, Lorraine Rhoades, of China; niece, Kelly Rhoades, of China; nephew, Kevin Rhoades and wife Jerry, of China; and a cousin, Sandra Campbell and husband Albert, of Farmington.

Arrangements were by Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Road, Rte. 32, Windsor.

Condolences, photos and memories may be shared at


VASSALBORO – William S. Levay, 71, formerly of New Milford, Connecticut, died Saturday, September 15, 2018. Bill was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, the son of Stephen and Kathleen (Krause) Levay.

He graduated from Brien McMahon High School. He entered the United States Air Force and was a helicopter and airplane mechanic and was later stationed in Germany. He was a master electrician, owned and operated Levay Electric in New Milford, Connecticut for over 40 years. He enjoyed spending time in Maine and officially moved here this year where he was building his home.

He is survived by his son, Brian Levay, of Saco; twins, Katie Levay, of Milford, Connecticut, and Billy Levay and wife, Taylor, of Freeport; grandchild, Peter W. Levay; a brother, Stephen Levay and wife, Teri, of Boca Raton, Florida; nephew, Stephen Levay, of Boca Raton, Florida; and niece, Tricia Milici, of Dallas, Texas.

A graveside service will be held at Pierce Cemetery, in Solon, with military honors, on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 10 a.m., followed by a celebration at the Legion Hall in Madison. A celebration of his life will be held at the VFW in New Milford, Connecticut, on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at 11 a.m.

Arrangements are by Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High st., Bath.

Condolences may be made online at


WINSLOW – Wilfred Caron, 95, of Winslow passed away on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Wilfred was born on October 1, 1922, in West Enfield.

As a young man he proudly served in the CCC (Civil Conservation Corp). On his was to Detroit, Michigan to work in the auto industry, he stopped in to visit his sister Nora, in Winslow, to say goodbye. While there, Wilfred spied a lovely young woman, named Lorette Caron, riding her bicycle, fell instantly in love, and married on November 23, 1942. They built a home in Winslow and started a family. Wilfred worked in Winslow at Scott Paper Company, formerly Hollingsworth and Whitney. Wilfred worked three jobs to keep his ever-growing family fed, clothed and happy.

Wilfred is survived by his best friend and significant other, Joyce Poulin, who filled Wilfred’s life with companionship and joy. Wilfred is also survived by his children, daughter Darlene Tansy and husband Ed, daughter Joyce Nasr and husband Nassim, daughter Angela Reed and husband Dave, Keith and wife Carla, Teresa Dudley, Tammy Benedict and husband Jim. Grandchildren, Shane Gagne, Tara Bradstreet and husband Daniel, Jeremy Caron and wife Christine, Kimberly Caron and fiancé Matt Koch, Erica Plappert and husband Bill, Darcie Keller and husband Aaron, Rita Karter and husband John, Kristopher Reed, Joey Reed, Ashley Pett and husband Will, Casey Justard and husband Alex, Derek Caron, Jamie Routhier and wife Amy, Jessica Routhier, Chelsea Lopez and husband Cameron, and Tyler Benedict and wife Morgan. Wilfred also had great-grandchildren, Parker Gagne, Kyle Gagne, Justin Martin,Nathan Martin, Arianna Bradstreet, Will Plappert, Camden Plappert, Brynley
Keller, Elias Karter, Evan Karter, Bailey Justard, Kannon Justard and Cooper Routhier.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alphonse and Eugenie (Dumais) Caron; as well as his wife Lorette and their daughter Theresa; his siblings, Henry Caron, Natalie Taylor Parker, Lawrence Caron, Evelyn Roy, Nora Paradis, Aurore Sigler, Louise Gurney Howard, James Caron, Hilda Dunton, Theresa Caron, Hubert Caron and Gerald Caron.

Wilfred was an avid gardener, carpenter, and handy man. He loved to sing, yodel, dance, ice and roller skate in his youth. He enjoyed playing cards and dominos with family and friends. He had a strong Catholic faith and lived accordingly.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, 26 Monument St., Winslow, on Saturday, September 29, at 11 a.m. Burial will immediately follow the Mass at Saint Francis Cemetery, in Waterville, with reception at the Mount Merici School, on 18 Mount Merici Ave. in Waterville.

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

Donations in his name can be made to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Donations may be made by phone to Saint Jude’s by calling 1-800-822-6344, Monday through Friday 7 am to 9 pm (central time) or by mail, make checks payable to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.


WINSLOW – Linda Jean Norris, of Winslow, passed away on Friday, September 21, 2018, at Maine Medical Center, Portland. She was born on August 24, 1967, in New London, Connecticut, the daughter of Lee E. Dupee and Sylvia Farmer.

Linda attended Washington Academy, in East Machias.

Linda was a breath of fresh air. She had a green thumb and loved growing things. She was artistic and loved painting. Linda was very quick witted and had a great sense of humor, she loved sitting around a campfire with family and friends. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her and will never be forgotten.

Linda is survived by her husband Brent; her two sons Cory and Eric Bezanson; her daughter Denali Norris; four grandchildren, Charles, Walter, Gerard and Trenton; her sisters Nancy, Cynthia and Diana; and her brother Dana.

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

Arrangements by Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville.


OAKLAN – James Errold Wheelock, 77, passed away at Oak Grove Center, in Waterville, on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. He was born February 3, 1941, to Walter Bion Wheelock and Mary Ellen Bucknam Wheelock and lived in Oakland most of his life.

James attended Oakland schools and graduated from Williams High School in 1959.

Soon after graduation, James began his career as a milkman. He worked for Sturtevant’s Dairy, in Fairfield Center, until it was sold to Smiley’s Dairy. He was with Smiley’s until it was sold to Oakhurst Dairy, where he remained until his retirement in 2004. While at Smiley’s, James enjoyed playing on their bowling team. He also was a Red Sox fan and enjoyed country music, especially Roy Clark.

In January 1960, he met his future wife, Donna Sawyer. They were first married in 1961 and remarried in 1994. Together, they had two daughters, Julie and Diana. James was very proud of “his girls” as well as his “two guys” Kevin and Kasey.

James was predeceased by all his grandparents; his mom and dad, Bion and Ellen Wheelock; his brother, Walter (Perk) Wheelock and Perk’s wife, Nancy Leavitt Wheelock; his in-laws, Leo and Pearl Sawyer; and brothers-in-law, Norman Audet and Gerald Pelham.

Surviving are James’ wife, Donna; his daughter, Julie Wheelock Smith and her partner, Joe Ferro, and Julie’s two sons, Kevin and Kasey Smith; his daughter, Diana Wheelock and husband, Casey Cramton, and Casey’s two daughters, Sarah and Ellie Cramton; two sisters-in-law, Anita Pelham and Anne Audet; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at

Arrangements were by Lawry Brothers-Wheeler Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Oakland.


KATHERINE T. GOWER, 75, of Augusta, passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at Glenridge Comfort Care, in Augusta. Locally, she is survived by a daughter Donna Gower, of Windsor; and brothers Donald, of Augusta, and Roger, of Chelsea.

Obituaries, Week of September 27, 2018


CHINA – Pamela L. Stickney, 60, passed away Friday, August 24, 2018, at MaineGeneral Medical Center following a brief and courageous battle against cancer. Pam was born on July 10, 1958, to Helen Cromwell Stickney, and Ervin W. Stickney in Skowhegan.

She grew up in Norridgewock and the surrounding area, then later lived and established her family in Winslow with her former husband James Goodwin, where together they raised their children.

Pam’s family was the most important thing to her and she always put them first. Pam’s giving nature and concern for others was often shown in her good morning texts, silly emojis and pictures that she’d send to her loved ones just to say hi, or to check in on them. These messages brought joy to those receiving them and certainly will be missed, but will continue to bring a smile when needed. For many, she was their “Prayer Warrior.” She sent many prayers up and also would find scriptures to lift their spirits and bring peace. One of the greatest things she loved to do with her partner, George, was to go shopping at Goodwill and lawn sale-ing on Saturday mornings. This had been a lifelong passion of hers. Her gifts will now be cherished memories of her thoughtfulness to those she loved.

Pam worked in various occupations in her life beginning at a young age. She was particularly proud of her time spent working in nursing homes as a CNA, not surprising because she had compassion and respect for anyone in need.

Pam was content with a simple life. She felt no need for extravagant things. She was happy to end her day with a cup of tea and a chocolate. She enjoyed silly hats, word puzzles, spending time with family, collecting strawberries, socializing through Facebook, and making other people happy. Her day could easily be made when someone would bring her favorite drink: an “Extra Large Half-calf coffee, just cream” from Dunkin’ Donuts. One would think they had given her the world, and they may have, because she thoroughly enjoyed the company that came with the gesture. You never had to try to impress her. Just be yourself and show kindness; she was quick to know who was sincere.

Pam didn’t consider herself to be a courageous person, anyone who was fortunate enough to spend time with her following her diagnosis would have never known. She had overcome many hardships in her life but often downplayed those victories.

Pam was predeceased by her parents; her brother Mark Stickney; infant brother Jeffery Stickney.

She is survived by her daughter Jamie Goodwin, of China; her son James Goodwin and his wife Randi, of China; her grandsons Jimmy, Eli and Gabriel, her partner George Clemmer Jr.; sister Barbara Bell, of Skowhegan; brothers Bernard Stickney and his partner Diane Glidden, of Mars Hill, Gordon (Tom) Stickney and his wife Debbie, of Chelsea; and Galen Trask Jr. and his wife Lisa, of Akron, Michigan; several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and many cousins.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at

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


OAKLAND – Leon William Loucks, 75, passed away on Monday, August 27, 2018, at the Country Manor Nursing Home, in Whitefield, following a brief illness. He was born December 3, 1942, in Oakland, the son of William C. and Doris V. (Lewis) Loucks.

Leon worked his school summer years doing yard work and haying fields in Smithfield. After graduating from Williams High School, in Oakland, he worked for Diamond National, in Oakland, and for Fuller Brush sales until he worked for the Waterville Morning Sentinel for over 17 years. He became interested in the mental health field a few years later and began working as a mental health counselor. He also attended the University of Maine in Augusta to earn his BS degree in social sciences until early retirement in 1999.

Leon enjoyed sports. While his children were in school, he did parent voluntary coaching for the school sports program.

Leon worked with his dad in 1968 and 1969 designing and building the family home in Sidney where his family lived until he became ill in 1999. Upon retirement, Leon and Sheila lived in Waterville until they bought their retirement home in Oakland.

Leon is survived by his wife, Sheila York Loucks, of Oakland, and by his children, Laurie and husband, Gregory Roberts, of Baxter, Tennessee, Boyd Loucks, of Waterville, Brian Loucks and wife Bridgette, of Oakland, and Trena and husband, George Cousins, of Smithfield; six grandchildren, Anthony Loucks, of Winslow, Dameon Loucks, of Augusta, Kody Loucks, of Skowhegan, Dustin Loucks and Drake Loucks, both of Oakland, and Kylee Loucks, of Fairfield; one great-grandson, Connor Loucks, and one great-granddaughter, Natalee Loucks, both of Augusta; two sisters, Gloria (Richard) Luce, of Cape Elizabeth and Charlotte (Edward) Tardiff, of Sidney, and one brother, Christopher (Wendy) Loucks, of Hancock.

He was predeceased by his parents, William C. and Doris V. (Lewis) Loucks, one brother, William Loucks and one sister, Helen (Joseph) Dubois as well as his son, David Earl Loucks (Dee Dee).

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


PALERMO – Keith C. Nelson, 84, passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at Inland Hospital, in Waterville. He was born June 20, 1934, in Palermo, the son of Jasper C. and Edith (Brown) Nelson.

He graduated from Erskine Academy, in South China, class of 1952. He was a veteran who proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War until his honorable discharge. Keith worked for many years as a self-employed farmer/lumberman and was a former Branch Mills Grange member.

Keith is survived by his brother, Royce B. Nelson and wife Jeannine, of Palermo; sister, Jackie Nelson, of Palermo; three nephews, Todd Nelson and wife Tina, of Palermo, Troy Nelson and wife Angela, of Palermo, Allen Warren and wife Denise, of Connecticut; niece, Joy (Nelson) Baig and husband Babar, of Massachusetts; numerous grandnieces and nephews.

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

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


CHINA – Steven Lee Cole, 64, passed away Saturday, September 8, 2018, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born August 18, 1954, in Albion, the son of Roger Sherman Sr. and Louise Lee (Barker) Cole.

He attended schools in Albion and on April 18, 1972, he married Susan Cole. They were married 37 years and had eight children. They had always remained close friends. He was employed for many years at Ace Tire, in Waterville, Dan’s Auto Parts, in Benton, was a self-employed mechanic and did woodworking with his son. Steve was a member of the United Bikers of Maine and belonged to a bowling league. He enjoyed auto racing, drag racing, automotive mechanics, building motors with his sons, riding his motorcycle and snowmobiling with family and friends, fishing, and loved spending time with his family.

Steve was predeceased by his son Steven Cole Jr.

He is survived by five sons, Seth Cole and wife Sarah, of Pittsfield, Shane Cole and wife Paula, of Winslow, Saul Cole and wife Ashley, of Waterville, Scott Cole and wife Tysha, of Albion, Stuart Cole and wife Valerie, of China; two daughters, Shelley Marcoux and husband Lee, of Sidney, Sonya Cole and fiance Dan Parsons, of Winslow, Susan Cole, of Shawmut; two brothers, Roger Cole Jr. and wife Patricia, of Canaan, Timothy Cole and wife Stacey, of Virginia; four sisters, Natalie Labbe and husband Steve, of Shawmut, Sally Funk and husband James, of Connecticut, Marlena Funk and family, of Pittsfield, Martha Rowe and family, of Newport; 20 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 2 p.m., at 4 Stanley Hill Road, China. Refreshments will be potluck. Interment will be at a later date at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Steve’s memory to the Vesper Hill Children’s Chapel, PO Box 263, Rockport, ME (contact # 207-236-6139).

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


WINSLOW – Alta L. (Heald) Lambert, 83, passed away Monday, September 10, 2018, at her home, in Winslow. She was born October 7, 1934, in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of John Foster and Doris Mary (Leonard) Heald.

She was employed for many years as an office manager at American Glass Company, in Waterville. She was a devoted member and former president of the American Legion Auxiliary, Post #5, in Waterville, and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Alta always enjoyed making whoopie pies and Lambert spaghetti dinners. She had a funny sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. She had a wonderful personality and was loved by many.

Alta is survived by four daughters, Linda Gormly of Rhode Island, Darlene Golodetz, of Waterville, Lisa Lambert, of Winslow, and Lori Peterson, of Fairfield; her son Chuck Lambert and wife Linda, of Winslow; granddaughters, Alaina Lambert, of Winslow, Taylor Rodriguez, of Winslow, Meghan Caromile and husband Bruce, of Rhode Island, Krysten Gormly, of Washington, D.C., Jennifer Willette, of Vassalboro, and Cassandra Conary, of Waterville; grandsons, Josh Gormly of Rhode Island, and Derek Harris, of Waterville; seven great-granddaughters and five great-grandsons; and her sister Germaine Gooldrup, of Waterville; many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by daughters, Karen Golodetz and Norma Willette.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Alta’s memory to a charity of one’s choice or the hospice company Amedisys, Inc. (Attn: Amedisys Foundation, 3854 American Way, Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70816).

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


DOROTHY P. HARMON, 75, of Jackman, passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018, at her home. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Denise Kolreg, of Fairfield; grandchildren Keith Kolreg and partner Kortnie Williams, of Oakland; and great-grandson Benjamin Kolreg, of Oakland.

TIMOTHY S. TOMAN, 63, of Augusta, passed away on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta, following a long illness. Locally, he is survived by his stepmother, Joyce Toman, of Winslow.

LOISETTE J. BILODEAU, 81, of Augusta, passed away on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at her home following a brief illness. Locally, she is survived by a son, Michael P. Bilodeau and wife Muriel, of Windsor.

Obituaries, Week of September 20, 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituaries, Week of September 13, 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituaries, Week of September 6, 2018


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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