Obituaries, Week of April 12, 2018

MERTON D. CAMPBELL

WINSLOW – Merton D. Campbell, 86, passed away Friday, March 30, 2018, at the Lakewood Continuing Care Center, in Waterville. Merton was born in Malagawatch, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, on June 9, 1931, son of Avice and Murdoch Campbell.

Merton graduated from Waterville High School in 1949.

Mert married his childhood sweetheart, Lois M. Armstrong, in May 1951. The couple moved to Dover, Delaware, where he was stationed in the U.S. Air Force. Upon his completion of service, they moved to Winslow, where Mert founded Campbell Taping Company, and was well-respected in the drywall contracting business. His two sons learned the trade from their father and continue to provide these skills and services to many Maine communities.

Mert was always ready to lend a hand to anyone needing his many skills. He was a craftsman, builder, carpenter, welder, and mechanic, often coming to the rescue of his children, neighbors, and friends. He was also a “one-of-a-kind” grandfather who volunteered to babysit his grandchildren as a blessing to their working parents.

Mert had a servant’s heart for many ministries at the Winslow Congregational Church, where he was a trustee for years, tending to the needs of the church building as requests arose. He could always be
found washing dishes in the kitchen during church suppers. He was also a great help in mixing up the batter for blueberry pancakes at the church’s annual Blueberry Festival. Mert and Lois also worked as volunteers for the Meals on Wheels Program.

Mert most enjoyed spending summers at the family camp on Messalonskee Lake, which he built in 1962. Mert and Lois welcomed both family and friends to spend time with them at their beloved “Camp Bell” in Campbell Cove. Mert enjoyed sailing on the lake on boats he designed and built. He was continually working, though, even at camp, raking the property, painting, and making repairs.

Mert’s wife Lois passed away in November of 2013.

Mert is survived by his three children, Debra Clark and husband Dan, of Winslow, James Campbell and his wife Peg, of Fairfield, and John Campbell and his wife Bridget, of Winslow; two sisters Joscelyn Moody, of Macedon, New York, and Peggy Crosby, of Benton; grandchildren Erin Pollock and husband Jonathan, of Durham, David Campbell and wife Heather, of South Portland, Ben Clark and wife Theresa, of Winslow, Beth Carlton, of Fairfield and Haley Campbell, of Winslow; great-grandchildren Emily and Hannah Carlton, Grace, Ella, Lydia, Samuel, Theodore, and Oliver Clark, Gabriel and Lily Pollock; cousin Larry Bailey and wife Linda, of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

A memorial gathering will be held at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, in Fairfield, on Saturday, April 28, from 2-4 p.m.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Friends of Messalonskee, a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation of Messalonskee Lake, also known as Snow Pond, Mert’s favorite place, P.O. Box 532, Oakland , ME 04963, or visit www.friendsofmessalonskee.com to donate online.

LUCILLE A. GIROUX

WINSLOW – Lucille A. (Cote) Giroux, 93, passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018, at Glenridge Comfort Care, in Augusta. She was born in Waterville on May 29, 1924, daughter of Onesime Sr. and Stella (Proulx) Cote.

She attended local schools and graduated from Waterville High.

She married Donald L. Giroux, from Winslow, on June 12, 1948.

She stayed at home to raise her three children and then entered the work force in the assessor’s office at Waterville City Hall until retirement in 1989.

Her family was her pride and joy. Holidays and family celebrations were a big part of her life. There was always room for one more person. Two of her favorite hobbies were crocheting and word puzzles. She enjoyed watching old movies, especially musicals, and going out for a drive.

She was predeceased by her husband, Don; her parents; two sisters, Arlene and Jeanette; three brothers, Francis, Onesime Jr. (Zim), and Leo.

She is survived by her son Daniel, and daughters Ellen Grenier and husband James, Janet Delile and husband James; grandchildren, Amber Mitchell and husband Ken, of Corinth, Jennifer Young and partner Jake, of Waterville, Kelly McDonald and husband Joe, of Rhode Island, Matthew and wife Jenny, of Fairfield, Kristen Eppinger and husband Neil, of New Jersey, Aron and wife Jamie, of Michigan; great-grandchildren Erica and Emily Mitchell, Caitlyn Young, Kyle and Kendal McDonald, Charlee Grenier, Lily Eppinger and Delisa Roulo, Dylan and Mia Delile.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Monday, April 23, 2018, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 26 Monument St., Winslow. Burial will follow in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Grove Street, Waterville.

An online guestbook may be signed at www.gallantfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations cam be made to: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, one of her favorite charities.

BERNICE R. SCHISSLER

OAKLAND – Bernice R. Schissler, 52, of Oakland, died on Friday, March 30, 2018, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. She was born on July 25, 1965, in Brooklyn, New York, a daughter of Monika (Catalano) and Frank Perpinan.

She was educated in Mastic Beach, New York, schools and came to Maine to attend Kennebec Valley Community College, in Fairfield, where she obtained an associate’s degree in accounting.

Through the years she developed a talent for crafts and became adept in primitive art. She was known as a good baker, especially cheesecakes. She had the ability to see humor in most things and readily laughed when appropriate. Bernice had a spirit of kindness that showed itself in a certain spirit of innocence, honesty and dedication. Her greatest joy was found in her family and she took tremendous pride in loving everyone; be it as a big sister, daughter, mother and grandmother.

Bernice is survived by her daughter Andrea Donadio and her fiancé Ron Cloutier and their daughter Bailey Cloutier, of Waterville; son Anthony Schissler, USMC, of South Carolina; mother Monika Catalano and husband Al; sister Jacqueline Cabrera and husband Carlos, brother Ken Hamada and wife Lisa, sister Jennifer Pahlitzsch and husband Kurt, sister Lisa Perpinan, all of Long Island, New York; as well as a large extended family.

MARK A. HUARD

UNITY – Mark Ames Huard, 49, of Unity, passed away suddenly at his home on Sunday, April 1, 2018. Mark was born to Leon and Bette Huard on November 21, 1968, at Redington-Fairview Hospital, in Skowhegan.

Coincidentally, just a few rooms away in the same hospital, the girl who would eventually become his childhood friend, high school locker partner, and dedicated life partner, had been born six days earlier.

Mark grew up in the town of Norridgewock and graduated from Skowhegan Area High School in 1987. He served in the U.S. Army from 1987-1993 and earned a B.S. in Wildlife Management from Unity College in 2004. Mark worked for the state of Maine, Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry, in various positions from 2001-present, with a brief stint at the U.S. Geological Survey.

Mark was a private person, a man of few words who let his actions do the talking. All who knew and loved him would agree that he was a doer in the fullest sense of the word. He could design, build, repair, and invent almost anything. He was known as “MarkGyver” because there was nothing he couldn’t do, from carpentry, mechanics, beekeeping, electronics, construction, plumbing, etc. He was a voracious reader of how-to- books and owner’s manuals, and constantly watched videos to learn as well.

Mark loved projects, and though he may not have immediately appreciated the projects Kim suggested, he always indulged her requests for such things as raised garden beds and a chicken coop. He was in the process of designing a greenhouse for her this spring. Mark and Kim enjoyed working on projects around their home in Unity and taking back road drives in the “Big Red Truck” with their beloved dog, Ginger. They loved spending as much time together in nature as possible, especially being on the water.

Mark is survived by his partner of 27 years, Kimble Ann Hardy; his father Leon Huard and wife Glenda, of Unity; his sister Heidi Jordan and husband Tim, and niece Emily Jordan; Kimble’s family, mother, Bette Anterra (Bette #2), of Colorado Springs, Colorado, father, Malcolm Hardy and partner Marti Gross, of Mt. Vernon; sister, Karin Hardy, of Fairbanks, Alaska; and niece, Kasey Kelley, of Portland; brother Andrew Hardy and wife Teyara and their children Kaenon, Hathaway, and Minka; her brother Aaron Stasulis and his children Isabella and Logan; as well as several uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Memories and condolences may be offered to the family at www.ripostafh.com.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local animal shelter or a charity of your choice.

RICHARD S. DROHAN

WINDSOR – Richard S. Drohan, 66, of Windsor Neck Road, and formerly of Florida, died Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta, following an extended illness. He was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, on April 12, 1951, the son of Harold Drohan and Edna (Scott) Drohan.

Prior to his retirement, Mr. Drohan was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for many years. He was a member of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, in Florida.

Mr. Drohan was predeceased by his parents; two brothers and one sister.

Surviving is his son, Matthew R. Drohan and his wife, Emily, of Halifax, Massachusetts; sister, Jacqueline Fox, of Windsor; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

OTHERS DEPARTED

GLENYS C. RINES, 91, of Pittsfield, passed awat on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at her home. Locally, she is survived by a grandchild, Stanna Alton, of Benton.

WILLIAM A. HALE, 62, of Norridgewock, passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at his home. Locally, he is survived by his mother, Faye Hale, of Augusta, and brothers Douglas Hale and wife Rose, of Augusta, and Steven Hale and wife Lucinda, of Palermo.

 
 

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