Obituaries, Week of November 9, 2017


FAIRFIELD – Olive L. Dostie, 70, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017, at her home in Fairfield. She was born November 27, 1946, in Fairfield, the daughter of Wallace S. and Victoria M. (Nutt) Moshier.

She was employed as a cook and bartender by the Elks Club, in Waterville, and at Truckers International Restaurant, in Fairfield, for over 20 years as a cook.

Olive is survived by her husband, Vincent Dostie, of Fairfield; daughter, Victoria Shaw, of Skowhegan; step-sons, Larry Dostie and wife Kim, of Seabrook, New Hampshire, Vince Dostie and wife Anna, of Rome, Georgia, Harvey Dostie and wife Tracey, of Standish, James Dostie and wife Maureen, of Durham, David Dostie and wife Leah, of Oakland; two sisters, Almedia Dudley, of Benton, Ethel Kron, of Connecticut; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by son, Scott Shaw; brother, John Moshier; and two sisters, Louise Poulin and Hazel Spencer.

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


BENTON – Ronald G. Morin, 79, died peacefully at home following a long battle of cancer. He was born March 14, 1938, in Waterville, the son of Malcolm and Anita (Durette) Morin.

Following graduation from Waterville High School, he joined the United States Air Force, where he served in Vietnam and later retired as a Master Sergeant after 20 years. He then served for 19 years with the Air Force in Civil Service, retiring again as a G.M.13. He had a dry sense of humor and was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.

Ronald is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three daughters, Tracy Zorichak and husband Richard, of California, Anita Fomin and husband Dimitry, of Arkansas, and Tina Pryor, of Virginia; son, David, of Florida; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to MaineGeneral Hospice Volunteers of Kennebec Valley, PO Box 828, Waterville, ME 04901-0828.

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


WINSLOW – Leroy G. Adams, 87, of Winslow, passed away Tuesday October 24, 2017, at his home. Leroy and his twin sister, Evelyn, were born to Gardner Leroy and Anna Lenard Adams February 15, 1930, in Hartland.

He started his lifelong baking career at Harris Bakery, in Waterville, at 15. For 35 years he worked at and eventually owned McDonald’s Bakery, in Gardiner.

In 1949 he met Lorraine Giroux. They married in 1951, had five children and enjoyed over 66 years of their lives together.

Leroy was a serious gardener, in fact “Gardner” was his middle name. He had lots of interests including camping and fishing but was happiest whenever surrounded by his family. Forever an optimist, one of his famous quotes was “if I was doing any better I’d be worried.”

He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Hallowell, for over 50 years and later a member of the Corpus Christi Parish, in Waterville, and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Leroy is survived by his wife Lorraine; his sons David and his wife Leisa, of Avon, John and his wife Aimee, of Norridgewock, daughters Barbara and husband Alfred, of Litchfield, Susan and her companion Vaughan, of Northport; 15 grandchildren; and a growing number of great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his daughter Catherine.

An on-line guestbook may be signed and condolences expressed at

Memorial donations may be made to the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, 361 Belgrade Rd., Augusta, ME 04330.


WINSLOW – Diana Marie York, 80, of Winslow, passed away on Monday October 23, 2017, following a long illness. She was born in Winslow on July 8, 1937, the fifth of six children of Amanda (Bernatchez) and Joseph Manzo.

She attended Winslow schools and worked at the Sister’s Hospital, in Waterville, in both her junior and senior years of high school, before graduating from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, class of 1956. After graduating she attended cosmetology school in Augusta and became a licensed beautician, working in a salon in Unity.

On June 29, 1957, she married Robert York, in Pensacola, Florida, where he was in the US Navy, School of Photography. Reassignments in the Washington DC area, Boston area and Newport, Rhode Island, completed their enlistment before moving back to Maine.

Through the years Diana enjoyed crocheting, she was an accomplished seamstress and knitted over 500 afghans. She enjoyed making different crafts, playing cards and doing word find puzzles. Given Diana’s French and Italian heritage she was an outstanding cook and was especially known for baking pies and bread and most of all for her spaghetti sauce.

Diana loved going to yard sales and taking her family on outings to swim and fish on China Lake. She will be remembered for many wonderful things and especially for her beautiful big blue eyes, her smile, her generosity and her readiness to help others. She was an active member of the Getchell Street Baptist Church, in Waterville.

Diana is survived by her husband of over 60 years, Robert York, of Winslow; her four children: son Joseph York and his wife Narky, of Virginia, son Daniel York and his wife Rosario, of Michigan, daughter Luanna York and her significant other David Nevedomsky, of Winslow, and son Robert York, Jr. and his wife Michelle, of Winslow. She also leaves behind her beloved grandchildren, Joshua, Jesse, James, Jacob, Amanda, Chelsey, Sebastian, Sabrina; her delightful great-grandchildren, Tyrese Scott York, Jacob Scott York Jr., Antwan Scott York, Daissey, Jayden and Tomas; as well as a large extended family.

She was predeceased by her parents; and her five siblings, Alfred Manzo, Henry Manzo, Johnny Manzo, Angelina (Manzo) Libby and Marjorie (Manzo) Folsom.

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SOUTH CHINA – David P. “Punky” Gallant, 77, of South China, died unexpectedly in West Gardiner on Saturday, October 21, 2017. He was born on November 4, 1939, the son of the late John and Yvonne (Arseneault) Gallant.

David graduated from Cony High School, in Augusta, in 1958. He served honorably in the Army from 1959-62. He was a lifetime member of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks #964, of Augusta; Calumet Club; and Fraternal Order of Eagles of Augusta.

David played goalie for Maxim and NAPA hockey teams for many years, softball for various Augusta teams, coached little league, and mostly he loved his horseshoe games and played for more than 30 years. He was very involved in the leagues at the Kennebec Valley Horseshoe Association and belonged to Capital Area Recreation Association for many years. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and camper in his early years and he so enjoyed playing cribbage.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Statler Tissue Co. for 35 years.

David was predeceased by his brother, John Robert Gallant, and the mother of his children, Arlene (Poulin) Gallant.

He is survived by his wife Jean Carney-Gallant, of South China; his children David P. Gallant, Jr. and fiancée Pam Pomerleau, Daniel J. Gallant and fiancée Lauren Pease, Michael Gallant and wife Jennifer, Michelle Gallant Colwell and husband Dean; his stepchildren Mary Hunt and husband Dale McKay, Patricia Desmarais and husband Chris, Michael Hunt and wife Terri, Barbara Chadbourne and Jon Jellison, Susan Gilbert and husband Norman; two sisters Gloria Gallant Erwin and husband Bob and Jean Gallant Pickett, one brother Charles Gallant; 14 grandchildren, Tabitha McCollett-Gallant, Cody Gallant, Madison Jackson, Owen, Julia and Natalie Colwell, Calvin Beneck, Rebecca and Andrew Shaw, Michaela Hunt Ames, Jessica and Zachary Chadbourne, Kelli Susee and Brittany White; and six great-grandchildren.

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


FAIRFIELD CENTER – Theresa Mary Lemieux, 89, wife of Joseph Lemieux, died Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Mount St. Joseph Nursing Home, in Waterville She was born in Benton on November 15, 1927, the daughter of Wilfred and Yvonne (Ouellette) Pouliot.

Theresa was a teacher in the Northwest territories of Canada for 25 years, starting in a one-room schoolhouse. She later taught for five years at Lawrence High School, in Fairfield. She then went on to work for the Lawrence Library, in Fairfield, and continued as a volunteer there after her retirement.

Theresa enjoyed painting, camping, canoeing, hiking, cooking and sewing and was a loving and devoted wife.

She was predeceased by her parents; and her two sisters, Lucille Roy and Jeanne Patrie.

Theresa is survived by her husband Joseph L. Lemieux, of Fairfield Center, her brother Henry Pouliot, of Fairfield Center, and a large extended family.

An on-line guestbook may be signed and condolences expressed at


DONNA A. LECLAIR, 60, of Shawmut, passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at home. Locally, she is survived by her husband Jim, of Shawmut; son Byron Bergeron and partner Cathy, of Clinton; daughter Danielle Sanborn, of Canaan; grandsons Tresten Bergeron and friend Tiffany, of Fairfield; and sister Sandy Leclair, of Benton; and sister-in-law Linda Leclair, of Winslow, and brother-in-law Kenneth Leclair and wife Jodi, of Fairfield.

RICHARD A. COOLE, 84, of Cornville, passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at the hospice center at the Maine Veterans Hospital, in Augusta. Locally, he is survived by a sister, Charlene Vadestine, of Fairfield.

ROBERT C. KUHN, 82, of Waterville, passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at Lakewood Continuing Care, in Waterville. Locally he is survived by a daughter Jan LaCroix, of Winslow; granddaughters Jessica Rogers and her daughter Aria, of Waterville; grandsons Robert LaCroix, of Winslow, and Joseph LaCroix and wife Eliana and their daughter Spencer, of Winslow.

JAMES H. PARSONS SR., 70, of Augusta, passed away on Monday, October 2, 2017, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. Locally, he is survived by a son, James H. Parsons Jr. and wife Leslie, of Albion, and a step-daughter Rebecca Young and husband Christopher, of China.

WILLIAM F. SMALL, 73, of Augusta, passed away on Monday, October 2, 2017, at Maine Medical Center, in Portland. Locally, he is survived by a daughter, Susan M. Von Oesen and husband Jamie, of Unity, and grandchildren Shawn M. Rose and Shane W. Von Oesen, all of Unity.

THELMA RANCOURT, 95, of Waterville, passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at Lakewood Continuing Care, in Waterville. Locally, she is survived by a daughter Rachel, of Waterville; and daughter-in-law Charlene (Rancourt) Breton and husband Ron, of Winslow.

TENNIE A. MIRACLE-GLEASON, 80, of Manchester, passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at her farm house. Locally, she is survived by a daughter Kathleen Cassidy, of Winslow.

FLORENCE G. BARTER, 91, of Skowhegan, passed away on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at Cedar Ridge Nursing Home, in Skowhegan. Locally, she is survived by a granddaughter, Amy Ireland and husband Scott, of Vassalboro.

HARVEY J. VIOLETTE, 96, of Oakland, passed away on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Locally, he is survived by his children, Donald Violette and wife Janie, of Waterville, Sandy Violette and husband Dave, and Patsy Veneziano and fiancé Jack Pickett, all of Winslow.

HAL D. STRATTON SR., 36, of Belgrade, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 6, 2017, while working in the woods with his father. Locally, he is survived by his father, Hal Stratton and wife Gayle, of Belgrade; his mother Amanda Stratton and partner David Goudreau, of Albion; fiancée Cathleana Trecartin, of Belgrade; two daughters, Harley Stratton and Angel Stratton, two sons Joseph Stratton ad Hal Stratton Jr., sister Danielle Stratton and fiancé Christopher Varney, of Belgrade, and step-brother Curt Morse, of Winslow.

MARY E. MARTELL, 57, of Smithfield, passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, following a brief illness. Locally, she is survived by daughters Nicole Dyer and Katherine Martell, both of Oakland. brother Kenneth Bragdon, of Vassalboro; sisters, Ann Bathgate and husband Steven, of Albion; Deanna Works and husband Dwayne, of Oakland, Norma Allen and partner Ronnie Dudley, of Vassalboro; sisters-in-law Jeanne Willette and Joi Martell, both of Winslow, Lori Eldredge, of Vassalboro, Diana Spear, of Waterville, Angel Cole, of Oakland, and Jessica Landry, of Rome; brothers-in-law Brad Martell, of Fairfield; grandchildren Nicholas Hall, of Waterville, and Mason Ross, of Oakland.

ROGER M. BOIVIN, 61, of Leeds, passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at the Hospice House, in Auburn. Locally, he is survived by a brother, Rayno Boivin, of Unity.

HERBERT J. MULLEN, 76, of Boothbay, passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at his home. Locally, he is survived by brothers Edwin Mullen and wife Angela, of Oakland; sister Lisa Levine and Matt, of Oakland; sisters-in-law Roberta Jones and husband Ed, of Fairfield, and Kathy Stevens and husband John, of Albion.


SYBIL C. SAUCIER, 89, of Gibsonton, Florida, passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, in Riverview, Florida, following a brief illness. Sybil was born in Waterville on November 27, 1927, to the late Ralph and Hope Fitch. She was a Waterville High School graduate. She and her husband, Fred Saucier, were the former owners of Green Valley Campground, in Vassalboro.


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