Obituaries, Week of January 11, 2018


UNITY ­– Lloyd (Buddy) Earl Burt, 85, passed away on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at the Maine Veterans Home, in Bangor. Buddy was born on April 29, 1932, in Burnham, where he resided most of his life.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, stationed in Germany.

Buddy worked for several companies throughout his life, including the Hartland Tannery and Vic Firth, in Newport. Lloyd was a longtime member of the Church of Christ, in Newport.

Buddy was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed hunting and walking to Patterson’s store every morning for the newspaper.

Lloyd was happiest when reading the newspaper and watching NASCAR, the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and Boston Celtics games.

He was predeceased by his parents Earl and Delia (Lester) Burt; sister Etta (Burt) Kelleher and brother Raymond Burt.

Lloyd is survived by his wife Elaine (Braley) Burt; sister Dorothy Vaughan; sons, Daniel Burt and wife Coreen and Randy Burt; daughter Kathy Burt and her fiance Lucas Murdock; 10 grandchildren: Cory and his fiance Becca Libby, Kyle, Jared, Zachary, Julia, Emma, Kendra and Jacqueline Burt, Joshua Dravo and Grace Cunningham; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

An online guestbook may be signed at


PALMETTO, FLORIDA – Richard L. Hodges, 91, died at his home in Palmetto, Florida, on Saturday, December 23, 2017. He was born on April 5, 1926, in Winslow, the son of Harvey and Mina Hodges.

He graduated from Winslow High School and was a veteran of the United States Navy.

He married the former Marie Elizabeth Thompson, of Boston, Massachusetts, in 1946. They settled in Winslow before moving to Unity, where he owned and operated an Agway store. He later started hgis own trucking business, R. L. Hodges, Inc., which continues to operate today. In addition, they raised three children, and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary prior to Marie’s death in 1997.

Richard is survived by his wife of 19 years, Patricia Hodges; three children, Marilyn H. Casciari, of Greenwich, Connecticut, Harvey W. Hodges II, and spouse Dyer Cook, of Orlando, Florida, and Richard A. Hodges and spouse Frances Hodges, of Unity; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


WINSLOW ­– Carmel Aa. Fredette, 72, of Winslow, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2017. She was born in Killaloe, County Claire, Ireland, on July 18, 1945

At 10 months old, she and her mother traveled by boat to Ellis Island to join her World War II Soldier father. Her name was added to the wall at Ellis Island along with her mother’s.

Carmel met her true love, Randall, at the Sydney Fair in 1959. She was the glue that held the family together. Her proudest moments were spent supporting all her grandchildren in their activities and sports, traveling anywhere to watch them. Even when she was at the hospital, she would inform the staff that she had to be out a certain time to attend these events. She was well known for being the Winslow wrestling assistant coach from the sidelines.

A familiar figure in the Winslow community, Carmel was employed by the school district for 44 years as a bus driver. During her time of driving she touched many lives and made a positive impact on their futures.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Sara Rose; and her parents, Alfred and Kathleen Philbrick.

She is survived by her husband, Randall E. Fredette Sr.; and six children, Randall Emile Fredette Jr., Kevin Fredette and wife Carol, Eileen Richards and husband Bruce, Todd Fredette and wife Lori, Tara Fredette and fiancé Mike Fredericks, Donald Demers and wife Marsha; sister, Eva Whitney; a great-aunt, Pearl McMahon; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Arthritis Foundation National Office, 1355 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 600, Atlanta GA 30309


VASSALBORO ­– Althea Louise Henderson, 95, of Vassalboro died on Friday, December 29, 2017. Althea was born in Sherman Mills on January 15, 1922.

Althea worked for A.M.H. I. for 27 years as an occupational therapist, and continued to work after retirement as an activities coordinator at nursing homes.

Althea had a way of making everyone she met feel special. She would light up a room with her infectious smile and contagious personality.

She wrote poems and songs that continue to touch the hearts of many, and it seemed at times her talent was endless. Althea made countless quilts, enjoyed painting, and every grandchild could count on mittens for Christmas. She loved to entertain in every sense of the work. Whether she was baking blueberry cake and apple pies, or singing, she made it known her heartbeat was her family. Her love of family was preceded only by her love for God. From teaching Sunday school, community outreach, and her mission trips to Taiwan, her life was a beautiful example of the heart of a servant.

She was predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Lyle Henderson; and grandchildren Peter, Timothy, Matthew, and Rebekah.

Althea is survived by her eight children, Walter and wife Terry Henderson, Bonnie and husband Peter Stetson, Lorna and husband Sherwood Bumps, William and wife Teresa Henderson, Dana and wife Robbie Henderson, Dora and husband Peter Hickey, Wade and wife Michele Henderson, Joyce and husband Dick Roach; 26 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Beryl, Joyce, Helen, and George.

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


WATERVILLE – Jeannette M. Vigue, 92, died as a result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident on Saturday, December 30, 2017. She was born in Waterville on February 26, 1925, the daughter of Joseph and Leona Lagasse. On June 19, 1941, she married Valaire Vigue, and together they raised 11 children.

She was an amazing woman who always had a radiant smile. Jeannette loved going out to eat, going to casinos and playing bingo. On Friday and Saturday nights you would find her going out to listen and dance to country music with her sister Margaret and several friends.

Jeannette was predeceased by her parents, her husband Valaire, son Fredrick, daughters Lorraine and Maryann; great-grandson Dominic, several brothers and sisters.

She is survived by sons Raymond Vigue and wife Linda, of Winslow, Robert Vigue, of Waterville, Norman Vigue, of Winslow, Armand Vigue and wife June, of Oakland, David Vigue and partner Debbie, of Benton; daughters Annette Landry, of Winslow, and Nancy Vigue and Rosemarie Liberty, both of Oakland (with whom Jeannette resided); several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; sister Margaret Woodbury; and several nieces and nephews.


UNITY ­– Wilma Alice (Clark) Stewart, 88, of Unity, passed away on Friday, December 22, 2017, at the Lakewood Continuing Care Center, in Waterville. Wilma was born in Stratton on June 15, 1929, a twin daughter of Norris and Julia (York) Clark.

She attended the Stratton area schools. In 1946, she married Paul Stewart, of Thorndike, and started their life together in Stratton.

After beginning a family together, they moved to East Thorndike where Wilma started a long time career as a waitress at Max’s Restaurant as well as the Homestead Restaurant, both in Unity. She was a member of the Thorndike Fireman’s Auxiliary, the Rebekah’s Lodge of Monroe, the Pythian Sisters of Stratton, the Red Hat Society, the Harvest Moon Grange #57, and the Benjamin Berry Unit #50, American Legion Auxiliary.

Wilma was well known in her community for her vivacious personality and infectious smile. Her personality would light up anybody’s mood. She could often be found volunteering for her community and making people feel special and loved. She enjoyed life to the fullest and loved to “cut a rug” at family events and local dance halls. She was always laughing and smiling and helping others do the same.

She was predeceased by her husband, Paul F. Stewart Sr., in 1988; father, Norris Clark, of Bingham; mother, Julia Goodwin, of Waterville; twin sister, Hilma Caldwell, of Waterville; and brother, Norris Clark, of Skowhegan.

She is survived by her children, son David Stewart and wife Mary, of Albion, daughter Linda Parker and husband Jerry, of Troy, and son Paul Stewart Jr. and wife Laura, of Unity; her grandchildren, Heidi Wilson and husband Steve, Michael Stewart and fiancée Nikki Zucco, Shaun Stewart and wife Suzette, Kurt Parker and wife Kerry, Randal Parker and wife Holly, Samantha Gogan, Nicolas Stewart and fiancée Hannah Russell, and Jessica Stewart; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; sister, Karlene Bacheldar; brother-in-law, Floyd Oakes and wife Gerda; and sister-in-law, Beverly Rollins and husband Gary; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a Celebration of Life at the American Legion Hall in Unity, followed by graveside services at the Center Cemetery in East Thorndike, May 12, 2018.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at

Memorial donations may be made to The American Legion Auxiliary Unity #50, Unity Me. Checks can be made out to ALA #50 and sent to Sharon Spaulding, Treasurer, 140 Detroit Road, Troy ME 04987.


WHITEFIELD ­– Mary Creamer, 103, passed away on Thursday December 28, 2017, following a brief illness. Born on March 26, 1914, in Augusta, she was the daughter of Jason and Myrtie (Wright) Edgerly.

Mary grew up on a small farm in Whitefield, with two brothers, where she learned that hard work is the principle of living well. In 1933, Mary married James Creamer and they made their home in Kings Mills.

Mary was a homemaker and enjoyed working outside caring for her yard and gardens. Mary always had enough energy to do what she thought needed to be done, in the past ten years, she was caught shoveling snow and pulling pesky bamboo stalks that were invading her yard.

Mary was proud of her family and always looked forward to visits with them as well as visits with friends. She enjoyed helping people out by caring for children of neighbors and other families over the years. The Whitefield Historical Society honored Mary with the Boston Post Cane in 2010 at the age of 95,

Besides her parents, Masry was predeceased by her husband, James; brothers, Loring and Jason Edgerly; and son-in-law, Charles Grady.

She is survived by her daughter, Betty Grady, of Whitefield; grandchildren, Darryl Grady and wife Jeanne, of Whitefield, Steve Grady and wife Jennifer, of Whitefield, and Valerie Pelletier and husband David, of Jefferson; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; sisters-in-law, Geraldine Edgerly, of Woolwich and Saramae Edgerly, of Whitefield; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Condolences, and messages for her family, may be expressed by visiting

There will be a graveside service at the Bristol Mills Cemetery on Saturday, May 19, at 2 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Kings Mills Fire Department Association, P.O. Box 361, Coopers Mills ME 04341.


PALERMO ­– Betty T. Glidden, 83, of Palermo, passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Gray Birch Nursing Home, in Augusta. Betty was born in Palermo on November 25, 1934, the daughter of John and Harriet Tibbetts.

She attended high school in Bingham and then went on to the Maine State Teachers College in Farmington, now known as University of Maine-Farmington. She married Howard E. Glidden, of Vassalboro, in 1957 and together they had four children.

Betty lived most of her life in Palermo and raised her family there. She was involved in 4H and was a long time member of the Grange and the Sheepscot Pond Fish and Game Association. Betty was best known as a teacher and principal at the Palermo Consolidated School. She touched the lives of many during her time as a teacher and taught in Palermo for over 30 years, even teaching all four of her children. She was an overseer of the poor and town health officer for a short time.

Along with her husband, Howard, she enjoyed gardening, working in her greenhouse, and selling vegetables to local residents and summer visitors on Sheepscot Pond. After her retirement from teaching, Betty and Howard traveled to Hawaii, Alaska, the Panama Canal, Costa Rica, England, Scotland, and Ireland. She enjoyed spending Tuesday afternoons with friends playing cards. Most of all, she loved being a grandmother and great-grammie.

Betty was predeceased by her husband Howard; her parents John and Harriet; and her sisters Frances T. Lenfest, Carolyn T. Ballantyne, and Sylvia Tibbetts.

Betty is survived by her son Rodny Glidden and wife Jane, of Palermo; her daughter Rebecca Glidden and her life partner Tom LaFreniere, of Freedom; her daughter Patricia Glidden, of China, her daughter Susan Leary and husband Frank, of Palermo; grandchildren, Zachary Glidden and wife Kathryn, of Enfield, Aaron Glidden and girlfriend Angela Connors, of Palermo, Samuel Glidden and wife Elena, of Raymond, Elizabeth Glidden, Paige Leary, Kelby Leary, all of Palermo, Braden Maillet and Cameron Maillet, of China, Ben Lafreniere and wife Brittany, of Sidney; great-grandchildren, Kaylene, Adalyn and Nash Glidden, of Palermo, Maxwell and James Glidden, of Raymond, Camille Glidden, of Enfield, and Mallary and Ben Hanke, of Palermo; her sisters Elsie T. Adams, of Palermo, Beryl T. Glidden, of Vassalboro, Marcia T. Taber, of New York; brother-in-law Roger Glidden, of Palermo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, January 13, at the Palermo Consolidated School at 1 p.m.

Memories and condolences may be shared at

Memorial donations may be made to the Betty Glidden Scholarship Fund, c/o the Palermo Consolidated School, 501 ME-3, Palermo ME 04354,


CHINA – Harland E. Young passed away at his home on Saturday, December 30, 2017, following a long illness with kidney disease.

Harland graduated from Erskine Academy in 1956.

He was employed by Central Maine Railroad and retired in 1987. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Central Lodge #45, in China.\

Harland and his wife of 56 years spent many years as “seasonal” at Sherwood Forest Campgrounds, in New Harbor. Many friends gathered and many friendships were formed around a “shared” campfire every year.

Earlier years were spent snowmobiling, hunting, and ice fishing with family and many friends. He had many stories to share on his many ice fishing trips to Chamberlain Lake.

He was predeceased by his wife Norma Jean (Northrup) Young; his father, Stanley T. Young; and his mother, Florence M. Young.

Harland is survived by his son, Alan D. Young, of China; his two daughters, Angela J. Young, of Augusta, and Ann M. Young, of South China; his grandson, Devin M. Young, of Wisconsin; two great-grandchildren, Brayden and Aaliyah, of Augusta; his sister, Brenda Allen and husband Norman, of Augusta; and his niece, Lisa Naoum, of Augusta.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at

Memorial donations may be made to the China Volunteer Fire Department.


UNITY – Tammy S. Shaw, 49, passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017, at her home in Unity. She was born January 14, 1968, in Plattsburgh, New York, the daughter of Gary and Sharon (Jones) Leeman.

She attended Palermo Consolidated School and Mt. View High School, in Thorndike, graduating in 1986. On September 8, 2000, she married Scott Shaw in Unity.

Tammy was employed by New Dimensions Credit Union, in Waterville, and Down East Credit Union, in Unity, as a loan officer. She was a notary and enjoyed snowmobiling, motorcycling, and laying in the sun.

Tammy is survived by her husband of 17 years, Scott Shaw, of Unity; two sons, Jacob Wilson and wife Jessica, of Benton, Kodi Scott Shaw, of Unity; daughter, Brooke Lynn Shaw, of Unity; parents, Gary and Sharon Leeman, of Palermo; parents-in-law, Dale and Sharon Shaw, of Unity; granddaughter, Haylei Wilson, of Benton; grandson, Hank Wilson, of Benton; four sisters, Jerry Rhoades and husband Rumple, of China, Laura Leeman, of Belfast, Terryanne Leeman, of Waterville, Amanda Worth and husband Kevin, of Palermo; brother, Guy Leeman and girlfriend Michaela, of Palermo; cousins (aka “big sisters”) Melanie Waterman, of Burnham and Valarie Tweedie, of Thorndike, many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Brooke & Kodi College Fund, Down East Credit Union, PO Box 760, Unity ME 04988.


WINSLOW – Germaine Theresa (LaCroix) Daigneault passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018, following a brave struggle with failing health. Born June 29, 1935, to Juliette and Denis LaCroix, in Waterville, Germaine was the oldest of three daughters, together, they spent their time singing around the piano and visiting downtown Waterville. A family of French-Canadian heritage, they grew up speaking French and regularly attending Mass. Her deep-rooted Catholic faith encompassed every aspect of her life.

After graduating from Winslow High School in 1953, Germaine met and married Frederick Daigneault, on July 11, 1959. The couple moved to Winslow soon after to raise their family of ten. While some would consider this overwhelming, a large family was her dream fulfilled. Later, she was overjoyed withy the addition of each grandchild. She especially treasured family time, hosting weekly Sunday dinners and celebrating the holidays.

Germaine will be remembered by entire family for her generosity and compassion.

Germaine was predeceased by her parents, Juliette and Denis LaCroix; and her sister, Lorette LaCroix.

She is survived by her husband, Frederick Daigneault; her sister, Gertrude Huard and her husband Roland; her 10 children and their spouses; her 33 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


OAKLAND – Irving E. Wright, 91, passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at his home in Oakland following a long illness. He was born January 24, 1926, the son of Warren “Gus” Wright and Lillian Wheeler Wright.

He attended Boylston High School in Boylston, Massachusetts.

He married Joyce Bickford, in Westboro, Massachusetts, in 1953. Irving loved and dedicated his life to his two sons Bruce and Barry; his granddaughter; and his three great-grandsons.

Irving lived a life of hard work, starting as a boy on the family farm and making a living as a carpenter and owner of his own business. Irving and Joyce lived in North Grafton, Massachusetts for 15 years before moving to Augusta in 1969.

He was a Mason and Shriner in both states and worked tirelessly for that cause. He loved their cottage on Great Pond, in Belgrade Lakes, and his winter home in Florida. Irving was a magnet to kids as he loved them all and they loved him. His love for cribbage was unbelievable as he would play for hours at a time.

He was predeceased by his son, Bruce Wright; his parents, Gus and Lillian; and six brothers.

Irving is survived by Joyce, his wife of 65 years; his son, Barry Wright and his partner Sherry Stevens, of Livermore Falls; one granddaughter, Jessica Mullen and husband Brian; and three great-grandsons.

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Road, Waterville ME 04901 or UNA Home Health Hospice, 50 Foden Road, South Portland ME 04106.


MICHAEL T. ATWATER SR., 61, of Gardiner, passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at Glenridge Nursing Home. Locally, he is survived by a grandson Brady Atwater, of Windsor.

WANDA L. LARRACEY, 51, of Canaan passed away on Monday, December 11, 2017, at her home. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Nicole Larracey and companion Brett Proctor, of Oakland; and sister Lulu Trial and husband Peter, of Vassalboro.

THOMAS W. O’CONNOR, 54, of Augusta, passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, following a courageous battle with cancer. Locally, he is survived by a brother, Stephen J. O’Connor and wife Rachel, of Vassalboro, and a nephew, Robert J. O’Connor, of Vassalboro.

GERALDINE M. FONTAINE, 93, of Waterville, passed away on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Emelie Ferland and husband Curt, of Vassalboro; and sister Marilyn Michaud and husband Roland, of Waterville.

EVERETT F. HIGGINS, 77, of Augusta, passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017, at Maine Veterans Home, in Augusta. Locally, he is survived by a sister, Christine Jerolman, of Vassalboro; nieces Terri Blair, of Whitefield and Tina Breton, of Vassalboro; and nephew William Baker, of Belgrade.

NATHANIEL D. SULIM, 33, of Rome, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 25, 2017, in Waterville. Locally, he is survived by sisters, Adriana Killam and husband Paul, of Albion, and Jessica Knight and husband Denny, of Oakland.


MARK L. RAYMOND, 47, of Old Orchard Beach, son of Ronald and Bertha Raymond, of Winslow, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, in Old Orchard Beach. He was born on July 27,1970, in Machias.

Mark graduated from Winslow High School in 1988. He had lived and worked in Old Orchard Beach for many years. Locally, he is survived by his parents Ronald and Bertha Raymond, of Winslow; his brother Ronald Raymond Jr., his sister Beth Ferry and her husband John, and sisters Rose, Wendy, and Desiree Raymond, all of Winslow; brother Jonn and his wife Megan, of Waterville; brother Steven Raymond, of Augusta.b


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