MURIEL A. MacLEAN
FAIRFIELD – Muriel Ann MacLean, 56, passed on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor. She was born in Portland on June 11, 1960, the youngest daughter of the late Walter E. Oakes.
She graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, class of 1978. She shared her life with her husband, Kent, for over 37 years. Together they had a love for one another that lasted a lifetime. Muriel and Kent traveled to Prince Edward Island on more than one occasion to celebrate their anniversary. Muriel was a housewife and raised her two children, Brian Paul and Joanne, proudly.
Muriel also enjoyed arts, crafts, an occasional game of bingo, and making her yearly batch of peanut butter fudge for her very grateful family. But most of all, she enjoyed the time she shared with her family, especially her four grandchildren, Aria, Vincent, Morgan and Ian. She loved being a grandmother and had an unconditional love for all of her family. Her heart was always full of love for others around her.
In addition to her husband, children, grandchildren, she is also survived by her mother, Priscilla M. Oakes; daughter-in-law, Nicole; father and mother-in-law, Ken and Patricia MacLean; sisters and brothers, Karen and Louis Gilbert, Gary and Janette Oakes, Brian and Tammy Oakes; sister-in-law, Brenda and Gordon Reynolds, and Jill MacLean; brothers-in-law, Mark and Penny MacLean, Greg Maclean, Neil and Philomena MacLean, and Brett and Karen MacLean; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was predeceased by her brother-in-law, Steve MacLean.
Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, Maine 04976.
NORBERT R. KELLEY
ALBION––Norbert R. Kelley, 94, died at Maine Veterans Home, in Augusta, on Thursday, December 29, 2016. Norbert was born on November 7, 1922, in Cold Spring, New York.
He was the youngest child of Jessie (Sproston) Kelley and Norman H. Kelley. Norbert attended PS#45 and John Adams High School in Cornell Park, Queens, New York. He moved to Maiine with his parents in 1939 and he graduated from Besse High School, in Albion, in 1940. He earned an associate’s degree from Thomas Business School, in Waterville, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Husson College, in Bangor.
Norbert loved his country and spent some of the happiest years of his life in her service. He served in the 454th Bombardment Group in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was the top turret gunner and engineer on a B-24 Liberator. On his 28th mission his airplane was shot down over Blechammer, Germany. Norbert spent nine months as a prisoner of war-–five months in Stalag Luft IV, in Poland, and four months on a 600-mile death march through the frozen countryside with no shelter and very little food. After the war, Norbert enlisted in the new US Air Force and served during the Korean “conflict” from 1948 to 1952. He returned to the military for the third time in 1961. He served in the US Army and spent a year in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971. He retired from the Army in 1977. Norbert was drawn to continue working with the armed services so he worked as a civil servant at Fort Wainwright, in Fairbanks, Alaska, for 10 years from 1980 to 1990.
Norbert was a member of the Albion Christian Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled Veterans and the Grange.
Norbert loved Maine and the ‘little white house” on the Kelley farm, in Albion. He loved to travel and was an avid photographer. Norbert enjoyed camping and hiking. Norbert had a beautiful tenor voice and he liked to sing at home and at church. He played the guitar and harmonica, wrote poetry and prose and loved to talk about religion and politics.
Norbert was deeply spiritual and loved God and service to others.
Norbert was predeceased by his parents; his sister Norma Kelley; and his brother Gordon W. Kelley.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Nancy (Worrall) Kelley, of Albion; his daughter Kathleen (Kelley) Crawford and her husband Randy Crawford, of Albion; his three grandchildren, Kelley Crawford, of Richmond, Nancy Crawford and her significant other Dan Shea, of Albion, Joshua Crawford and his significant other Jennifer Crawford, of Albion; his great-granddaughter Victoria Crawford, of Albion; and two nieces and two nephews.
An online guestbook may be signed and thoughts expressed at www.lawrybrothers.com.
Memorial donations may be made to Maine Veterans Home, 310 Cony Road, Augusta ME 04330, or MaineGeneral Hospice.
ELBERT D. HAYFORD JR.
WHITEFIELD––Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Elbert (Bert) D. Hayford Jr., of Whitefield, passed away Thursday, December 29, 2016, at Glenridge Long Term Care, in Augusta. He was born April 21, 1921, in Farmingdale, to Elbert and Gertrude (Boothby) Hayford.
Bert graduated from Gardiner High School in 1938. Following graduation he learned to fly at the Augusta Airport, contiinued his flight training in Boston and then went on to join the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant for 27 years of honorable service. He was a highly decorated pilot. His military duties took him all over the world and included, among other things, flight instruction to new pilots, flying 357 missions in the Berlin Airlift––a humanitarian mission, the Candy Drop, and photo mapping Alaska, Iceland and Greenland. Bert also landed a B-17 at Augusta Airport upon learning of his father’s death. At the time it was the second time that a plane of a four-motored type had landed there. Bert was a three-war veteran serving in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
Upon retirement, he and his wife purchased the family farm in Whitefield where they went “back to their roots,” haying the field, growing three gardens, owning a milk cow, chickens, and various other farm animals. During this time, he also owned and operated a Shell station in Augusta. He was a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy, where he volunteered for the Blue Light program visiting community elders to check on their needs. Later, Bert returned to flying for Maine Instrument Flight in Augusta.
Bert also greatly enjoyed joining the Happy Hearts Program at the Augusta YMCA where he exercised three times a week for many years. At age 95 he remained faithful to his exercise routine and especially enjoyed “pool day” on Fridays.
He was very proud to have been a founding father of Whitefield Senior Men’s Group and always looked forward to his Thursday morning discussions with them.
Bert also enjoyed photography, travel to and watching Formula 1 car racing.
He was predeceased by his parents; wife, Dorothy Alice (Meigs) Hayford; sisters, Eleanor Cunningham, Olive Washburn, Margaret Dodge, and Nancy Harrington; brother, Donald Hayford Sr.; and sons-in-law, William Glazier and Henry F. Bremer.
Elbert is survived by son, Elbert Hayford III, of Augusta; daughters, Bonnie Glazier, of Palermo, Betsey Bremer, of Windsor, Barbara and Daniel Bonenfant, of Whitefield, and Connie Libby and husband Jim, of Newcastle; sister, Janice Perkins, of Edgecomb; nine grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and family.
JONATHAN W. WHITE
CHINA––Jonathan William White, 42, passed away at his residence in China on Saturday, December 31, 2016. Jonathan was born in Waterville on August 12, 1974, to Carrol and Susan White.
He was a 1992 graduate of Erskine Academy.
Jonathan was predeceased by his grandfathers, Roy Dow and Benny White.
He is survived by his parents Carrol and Susan; brother Nathan and wife Alison and their son Tyler; grandmothers Carolyn Dow and Virginia White; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memories and condolences may be offered at www.ripostafh.com.
THEODORE C. FARRINGTON
SOUTH CHINA––Theodore Carleton Farrington, age 62, died Saturday, December 31, 2016, at his home of a heart attack, with his brother Tom, and niece, Johanna, by his side. He was born in Augusta, a son of Carleton F. Farrington and Marcia (Brann) Farrington.
He was a graduate of China Elementary School and Erskine Academy, in South China.
Ted worked at Farrington Clothing Outlet for a few years as manager. After, he worked with his brother, Tom, painting houses for over 30 years.
Ted loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and trapping for many seasons. He had several close buddies that he shared these memorable seasons with and some wonderful stories too. Ted also enjoyed golfing at local courses for many years and was a longtime member of The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks#964.
Ted was the kindest man, always willing to lend a helping hand and always greeted all with a genuine smile.
He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Timothy Farrington; and a step-nephew, Stephen Campbell.
He is survived by his brother, Thomas C. Farrington and wife, Nancy A.; nieces, Jessica L. Farrington and Johanna L. Studholme, husband Kirk M. and their sons, Parter T. Studholme and Ethan M. Studholme; nephew, Carleton “Chip” Farrington, wife Alysia, and their daughters, Madyx Kennedy and Megan Marie Farrington; a step-nephew, Michael Campbell; stepnieces, Kelly Niles and Terry Mehuren; several uncles, aunts, and cousins.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the South China Legion Hall on Sunday, January 15, at 2 p.m.
JULIA F. MARTIN
BENTON––Julia F. Martin, 94, passed away at her home on Monday, January 2, 2017. She was born Julia Florence Buker in East Benton on October 30, 1922, the daughter of Leroy and Bertha (Witham) Buker.
She attended the local one-room school and graduated eighth grade. Julia worked at household chores from a young age and tended to various nieces and nephews. She grew up extremely fast. She would spend her entire life taking care of others and it was done well.
Julia married Henry Martin on January 14, 1939, at Clinton. They were together for more that 65 years. In the early years, she was involved with the 4-H Club, Ladies Aid Society, selling Avon, and the local church (many, many public suppers). In later years she retired from the Hathaway Shirt Company, of Waterville. She hunted deer with two sisters, picked berries, played cards, had holiday gatherings, and went on picnics and camping trips with friends and family. She knew how to have fun.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Henry Martin in 2004; her son Thomas Martin in 1999; daughter-in-law Betty Martin in 2000; and grandson Donald Shores Jr. in 2015. She outlived all her siblings, Cony Witham, Harold Buker, Earland Buker, Daphne Robinson, Violet Grenier, Celia Littlefield, Willard Baker, and Marion Buker.
Survivors include her three children, Kathleen Humphrey, of Freeport, Judith Shorey, of Oakland, Henry Martin Jr. and wife Pat, of Benton; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com.
WILLIAM J. KOLREG SR.
OAKLAND––William J. Kolreg Sr., 87, died Monday, January 2, 2017, at Glenridge Nursing Home, in Augusta. He was born in Lewiston on October 23, 1929.
William lived several years in Connecticut, where he worked for Neilsons Gas Company. Returning to Maine, he was employed by Hinmans Lumber and later North Anson Reel Company.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
William was predeceased by his wife Grace; a daughter, Elaine; and three brothers, Wally, Marshall, and Mont.
Surviving are a son William Kolreg Jr. and wife Terry; daughters Linda Markham, Lori Soucy, and Yvonne Armor and husband Charles; a a brother Wendall; several step-children; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com.
PETER J. OTIS
FAIRFIELD––Peter J. Otis, 47, passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, in Portland. He was born in Waterville on September 19, 1969, the son of James W. Otis and Sandra Larsen Otis.
Peter grew up in Fairfield and graduated from Lawrence High School class of 1987. After graduation Peter was employed by United Parcel Service (UPS) where he worked as pre-loader and air driver for 27 years.
He always knew how to put a smile on someone’s face. Peter was very generous and enjoyed giving things to people he cared about and he often did; whether they needed it or not.
He loved to fish and was often the first to fish the local fishing holes, rain or shine. Other hobbies he had were hunting, stand-up comedy, and he had a soft spot for animals. Peter enjoyed spending time with his daughter Ashley, her sisters Hannah and Jaiden, and his nieces. He took them fishing, four-wheeling, and to the movies and out to eat. He loved to hang out and watch football with his lifelong friend, John Poplaski. His pride and joy was his granddaughter, Sailer. He looked forward to teaching her to drive, fish, play golf, snowmobile, and “to have an attitude”.
Peter was predeceased by his father James W. Otis.
Peter is survived his daughter, Ashley A. Otis; a granddaughter, Sailer J. Otis; his mother, Sandra Otis; sister Brenda Adams and husband Andy; brother Darby Otis and wife Sherie; and nieces Danielle Otis, Michaela Otis, Ashley Bellows, and Erica Ratner.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.lawrybrothers.com.
Memorial donations may be given to Animal Humane Society, 100 Webb Rd., Waterville ME 04901.
ROGER G. RICH
FAIRFIELD––Roger G. Rich, 72, of Fairfield, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. He was born on January 5, 1944, in Hartland, the son of Margaret J. (York) Rich.
Roger grew up in Fairfield Center with his mother, stepfather Laurence Jewell, and siblings Larry and Priscilla. He graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, in 1962, then immediately enlisted in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1968.
Roger married Brenda A. Harrison on February 19, 1966, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, in Fairfield.
He worked for 33 years at Scott Paper Co., in Winslow, until their closure in 1998. From there, Roger went on to earn his CDL and became a professional truck driver, driving for Fabian Oil until his retirement. Roger was a longtime member of the Grover-Hinckley American Legion, in Fairfield. He was an avid football enthusiast, watching high school, college, and professional teams. He frequently could be seen on Friday nights that the Lawrence football field cheering for his beloved Bulldogs and on every Sunday watching the Patriots, often with his mother-in-law. Roger shared his passion of football with his granddaughter Nicole, whom he turned into a die-hard Patriots fan.
Roger had a love for classic cars, especially Fords, and spoke often of the first new car he ever bought, a 1965 Mustang.
Roger enjoyed traveling with his wife and they shared many trips together through the years. He also enjoyed camping with his family when his children were young.
He enjoyed vegetable gardening and was an excellent cook! Often trying new recipes and making special meals for his family and friends. Roger also enjoyed reading and was a constant visitor of the Lawrence Public Library; a passion he shared with his wife.
Roger was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Brenda; his mother and stepfather; brother Larry Jewell; sister Priscilla Gullifer; and close friend and brother-in-law John Harrison.
Roger is survived by his daughters, Laurie, of Waterville, and Cathy, of Benton; his granddaughter Nicole, of Waterville; mother-in-law Theresa Harrison, of Albion; brothers-in-law, Mike Harrison, of Winslow, Steve Harrison and wife Jen, of Albion, Greg Harrison and wife Arlene, of Albion; many nieces and nephews.
An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com.
Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2917, at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., in Fairfield, from 1-2 p.m. with a funeral service following at 2 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 2589, Augusta ME 04338 or Maine Greyhound Placement Service, 231 Old Belgrade Rd., Augusta ME 04330.
JACQUELINE BUMFORD, 84, of Lakeland, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Locally, she is survived by grandsons Scott Bumford and wife Kim, of Oakland, Michael Bumford, of Windsor.
MONA RIDLEY, 87, of Nobleboro, passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, following a long period of ill health. Locally, she is survived by her grandchildren Sarah Ridley Geroux and husband Jamie, of Jefferson, and great-grandchildren Cody Beaucage and Kaleigh Beaucage, both of Jefferson.
FLORENCE M. CARRELL, 91, of Belgrade, passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, in Augusta. Locally, she is survived by sons Jon Carrell, of Augusta, and Robert Carrell and wife Linda, of Vassalboro.
NINA B. AHO, 96, of Union, passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2016, at the Augusta Center for Longterm Care, following a period of declining health. Locally, she is survived by sisters Frances Gould and husband Don, of Whitefield, and Betty Crocker, of Coopers Mills, and sister-in-law Marti Brann, of Vassalboro.
BETTY JEAN WILLETTE, 49, of Smithfield, passed away on Monday, December 26, 2016. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Marta Bourque, of Oakland; grandchildren Aliya and Bryson; siblings, Roger and wife Donna, of China, Ronnie and Lorraine Cox, of Freedom, Peter and wife Alnetta, of Unity, William and wife Kathy, of China, and Madelyn Morgan, of Clinton, and Arthur and wife Beth, of Waterville.
AUDREY F. BENNER, 49, of Nobleboro, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 26, 2016, at LincolnHealth – Miles Campus, in Damariscotta. Locally, she is survived by a son, Andrew Corson and wife Nancy, of Jefferson.
JEAN ANN BOURGOIN DIERIG, 62, of Wichita Falls, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. Locally, she is survived by her mother, Jeannette Bourgoin, and a brother John Bourgoin and wife Carmen, all of Winslow.
NOEL E. GILBERT, 83 of Chelsea, passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. Locally, he is survived by sons Michael Gilbert and wife Denise, and Jeffrey Gilbert and partner Tina Murray, all of South China.
MARTHA V. ST. AMAND, 91, of Waterbury, Connecticut, passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, in Waterbury. Locally, she is survived by a sister, Theresa LePage and husband Alphonse, of Winslow.
JENIESE SENIOR, 83, of Hallowell, passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at her home. Locally, she is survived by a son, Robert Senior and wife Lynn,, of Whitefield.
MARY E. ABBOTT, 93, of Wiscasset, passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at LincolnHealth – Miles Campus, in Damariscotta. Locally, she is survived by a grandson, Bill Abbott, of Jefferson.
LEO E. BEAULIEU, 76, of Norridgewock, passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. Locally, he is survived by children Kelly Hill and husband Blair, of Winslow, Shelby Nelson and husband Kevin, of Skowhegan, Daniel Beaulieu and wife Michelle, of Benton; and step-daughter Kelly Adams, of Norridgewock.
JANE McMULLIN, 80, of Waterville, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2017, following a brief illness. Locally, she is survived by a son, Daniel Bureau and wife Janice, of Fairfield.
ROBERT E. WALDRON, 86, of Venice, Florida, passed away on Monday, January 2, 2017, at ManorCare Health Services, in Venice, Florida. He was born in Albion on March 26, 1930, the son of the late John and Ruth Waldron. He married the former Joan Getchell in 1949, and were both active members of the Fairfield Baptist Church. Joan is living at North Port Pines, in North Port, Florida, an assisted living facility.
CHARLES A. MOORE II, 66, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, the result of a kayaking accident on the Susquehanna River, in Pennsylvania. For many years, in the 1980s and ‘90s, Chuck was owner of The Maine Image, a commercial photography studio, located on Common St., in Waterville.
BRIDGET I. (ROONEY) WHITMAN, 69, of Bethel, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Marshwood Center, in Lewiston. A graduate of Waterville High School in 1966, she operated Bridget’s School of Dance, which was located on Western Ave., in Waterville. Locally, she is survived by two sons, Eric Bourgoin and wife Laurie, of Oakland, Jimmy Bourgoin and wife MaryBeth, of Winslow; grandchildren Lindsay and Morgan Bourgoin, both of Oakland, and Jo Ann Bourgoin, of Winslow.