Obituaries, Week of August 23, 2018


FAIRFIELD – Susan Allein died on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

She had been ill in several ways for some time, but death came unexpectedly. Susan was born in Los Angeles, California, and attended schools in Alhambra, becoming a Top Twenty national champion debater before entering Occidental College. She came to New England and earned a master’s degree in literature at Brandeis University.

She taught in several venues, including the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, where she originated the Women’s Studies program. Returning to Boston, she continued to teach, including a period at Open Road School, a private school in Waltham serving young people uncomfortable in the public school system. She further honed her skills as a social activist, including the organization of a Boston contingent that went to New York City to join the million- person March Against Nuclear War in 1982.

In 1986, Susan and her husband moved to Fairfield, searching for and finding an idyllic home in the country. In a short time, Susan became a volunteer in the Displaced Homemakers program, later named Women, Work, and Community. She was hired as co-ordinator for the Waterville chapter and then became regional director of the program for several counties in central Maine where she continued for 15 years until her retirement in 2007.

Bright and articulate and generous in all ways, Susan Allein acted out her highest ideals, notably a passion for peace and for justice in the world.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Flanagan, brother Lewis, and sister Karen and Patrick and wife Bryn; brother-in-law Doug; sisters-in-law Valerie and Susan; and niece Catherine; and richard’s three children, Clancy, Jay, and Michael and their spouses and children.

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WINDSOR – Nancy A. Andrews, 78, of Windsor, passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at MaineGeneral Medical Center following a short battle with cancer. She was born in Gardiner on March 11, 1940, the daughter of Charles and Betsy (Grant) Hill.

She graduated from Hallowell High School.

Nancy worked at Health Tex for 30 years, and then worked for Uplift for 10 years. She loved spending time with her family and friends, traveling with Tammy, and watching her Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.

Nancy was predeceased by her parents; husband, Richard G. Andrews; and a sister, Julie.

She is survived by her daughter, Tammy Andrews, of Windsor; and several cousins.

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


BENTON – Alice M. (Spencer) Gogan, 91, passed away at Oak Grove on Friday, July 13, 2018. She was born June 11, 1927, to Edna and George Spencer, of Benton.

She married Loring Gogan, Sr. and they had four children. Alice was a homemaker and had various jobs.

She is survived by her children, George Gogan and wife Kathryn, of Clinton, Donna Meyer, of Benton, Frances Begin and husband Thomas, of Plymouth, Lorin Gogan Jr. and wife Patricia, of Winslow; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be at Benton Grange on July 29, 12 p.m.––4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, friends can make donations to: Hospice Volunteers of Waterville, 304 Upper Main St., Waterville ME 04901.


WINSLOW – Kathleen Barrett, 72, of Winslow, died unexpectedly on Thursday, July 12, 2018, at Inland Hospital. She was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on July 16, 1945, a daughter of Alice (Lange) and Roland Huggard.

She attended and graduated from Cambridge schools.

Through the years Kathleen worked as an administration assistant for mechanical engineering firms, retiring as office manager for Trimont Engineering Co. She was an avid reader and when not reading could be found outdoors, working in the yard tending to her flower gardens. She also enjoyed the company of her cats.

Kathleen will be remembered for her many fine qualities of loyalty, honesty, her ability to listen, friendship and love of others. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, John Barrett, of Winslow; her daughter Jodi Mezzanotte, of Scarborough; her granddaughter Paige Lemieux, of El Paso, Texas; her grandson Nathan Lemieux, of London, england; her sister Diane Clark, of Bremen; her nephew William Clark and wife Jennifer and their children: BJ, Nathan, and Austin, all of South Bristol; her step-daughter Anji Barrett, of Austin, Texas; her step-son John Barrett, Jr, of Austin, Texas.

Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Damariscotta at a later date.

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

For those who wish, donations may be made in Kathleen’s memory to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Attn: Memorial/Honor Program, PO Box 1000 Dept. 300, Memphis TN 38148-0552


VASSALBORO – Sylvia Alicia (Campbell) Peaslee, 83, of Vassalboro, passed away at her home, on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Sylvia was born in Augusta on January 15, 1935, the daughter of Elmer and Marian Campbell.

She attended Cony High School where she met her soulmate, Keith Peaslee. They fell in love and were engaged. After two years at the University of Maine at Farmington, and Keith being away in training for the U.S, Army, they decided to marry on October 6, 1956. They shared 63 years together.

They built a home and decided to have children. Whether it was working in the garden or tending the animals on their farm, Sylvia enjoyed work and was always willing to help.

she worked for the U.S. Army , in the commissary, while they were stationed in Governors Island, New York. She sold Avon briefly and was a very successful saleswoman for Electrolux. She put in countless hours at her church as a deaconess, Sunday school teacher, handy woman, and she also worked with the Chapel on Wheels ministry at the fairs. Sylvia;s caring and loving heart put others before herself. Always prepared with a firm, but kind, word of wisdom, a delicious meal, or a hug only she could provide, no matter how bad you felt before you arrived, you knew you’d feel much better when you left.

Sylvia inspired her family to be kind, honest, hard working, and to appreciate the little things.

She was predeceased by three siblings, Ruth Dow, Richard Campbell, and Bruce Dow.

Surviving is her husband, Keith Peaslee; son, Daniel Peaslee; daughter, Kathleen Hinkley; son-in-law, Peter Hinkley and wife, Nancy Camelio; granddaughters: Shila Hammond, Samantha Peaslee, Heather Peaslee and Zack Oxley, Melina Peaslee, Diane Cook and husband, Tim, Crystal St. Onge and husband, Jacques, Alicia Hinkley and James Paine; great-grandchildren: Christopher Hammond, Mariah Hammond, Paige Cook, Carly Cook, Khloye Cloutier. Gabriel Wachter, Tyson Pooler, James Jolly, Shiloh St. Onge, Solomon St. Onge and Jaelyn Paine; her sister, Phyllis Dore; also many nieces and nephews.


VASSALBORO – Murray Bernard McIntosh Jr., 86, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2019, following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Murray, also known as Bob to family and friends, was born April 23, 1932, in Caribou.

He faithfully served the Lord with the gifts God gave him for over 50 years. He helped build and maintain churches and served in various church leaderships. Bob visited Swaziland, Africa, twice in his later years, where he helped feed hungry, needy children and literally gave the shoes of his own feet to a man who had none.

Bob was a skilled craftsman and enjoyed working with his hands. He was a welder by trade and worked for United Technologies for over 30 years. He was a dedicated father and grandfather and used these skills to help his family and anyone else in need.

When Bob wasn’t working, he was fishing. Faithfully accompanied by the love of his life, Murial. He enjoyed fly fishing as she watched him and knitted on the bank of the river. Most of the time, they didn’t even keep the fish Bob caught. Instead, he would think of someone who could use it more and gave it away. Together they loved camping, long rides through the back roads of Maine and showering friends and family with their unending hospitality.

Bob was predeceased by Muriel, his wife and friend of 61 years; his son Rodney McIntosh; and infant son Basil McIntosh.

Bob is survived by daughters, Julie and husband Larry Rowe, Mary Ann and husband Danny Quirion; son Bernard and wife April McIntosh; 17 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at


PALERMO – Gerald M. Pottle, 80, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2018. He was born July 18, 1937, in Palermo, the son of Robert G. and Esther L. (Reed) Pottle.

Gerald was an over the road trucker, wood cutter––taking pulp to the mill every night. He also did earthwork, including airstrips a golf course,and many ponds––the last one being a work of art as a legacy to his family. His passion was flying his airplane.

He was married to Shirley (Barton) Pottle for 34 years. In 2005, he married Yvonne (Temple) Pottle.

He was predeceased by his first wife Shirley; his son David; his brother Norman; and his parents.

He is survived by his wife Yvonne; his brothers Robert (Bobby) Pottle, Neal and wife Theresa Pottle; children Sandra Gould and husband Steve, of Sherman, Lindy Bausch and husband Jarry, of Jewett City, Connecticut, Cindy Pottle, of Palermo, Donna Beaulieu and husband Steve, of Clinton; stepchildren Lisa Chambers and husband Donnie, of Burnham, Stan Garnett, of Vassalboro, Todd Garnett and wife Tina, of Knox; several grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.


OAKLAND – Kathleen “Kathi” Ahearn, 60, passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2018, following a long illness. She was born on September 30, 1957, in South Portland, the daughter of Clinton “Bud” A. Shaw and Lois J. Palmer.

Kathi graduated from Winslow in the class of 1975. She was a member of Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, Stitching Witches Quilting Group, Pine Tree Quilters Guild, Pink Panters Susan G. Komen Three Day Walkers and a Notary Public.

She enjoyed quilting, walking, hiking, kayaking, looking for sea glass, volunteering as a puppy raiser for NEADS, and sunsets on East Pond.

Kathi formerly worked as a church administrator at Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, and Human Resource Manager at Eye Care of Maine, Waterville, SHRM Certified Professional.

Kathi was predeceased by her parents Clinton Shaw, Lois Palmer; stepfather Edgar Palmer; father-in-law Joseph Ahearn; and brother-in-law David Ahearn.

She is survived by her husband, Tim, of Oakland; son Matthew, of Northport; daughter Meghan, of Orlando, Florida; brother Jeffrey Shaw; stepmother Joanne Shaw; Howard Crosby and spouse Ann, Wanda Farley and spouse Marvin; mother-in-law Geneva Ahearn; sister-in-law Wendy Porter and spouse Donnie; brother-in-law Stephen Ahearn and spouse Hillary; brothers-in-law Keith Ahearn and Kevin Ahearn and partner Daniel; many nieces and nephews.

Donations in Kathi’s name may be made to the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church or MaineGeneral Health Walk for Hope.

Arrangements are were under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St., Richmond ME.


PERLEY A. RODERICK, 90, of Waterville, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. Locally, he is survived by a daughter, Patricia Rancourt and husband Richard, of Oakland.

MARGUERITE D. BEGIN, 99, of Melbourne, Florida, passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, in Melbourne, Florida. Locally, she is survived by a son, James and Kimberly Begin, of Winslow.

THOMAS J. VINTINNER JR., 81, of Waterville, passed away on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at his home. Locally, he is survived by James Vintinner Sr., of Oakland, Darryl Vintinner, of Clinton, and Brad Vintinner, of Waterville, Tammy Ferland and Jodi Vintinner, both of Norridgewock.


WINSLOW – Roland C. Lessard, 91, of Winslow, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at Oak Grove Center, Waterville, following a brief illness. He was born in Waterville on December 11, 1926, the son of Odilon and Alexina (Doyon) Lessard and lived in the Waterville-Winslow area all of his life.

Roland graduated from Winslow High School, class of 1944. He was employed at Scott Paper Company for 15 years and then employed by Central Maine Power Company for over 30 years, retiring in 1989.

Roland served in the U. S. Navy during World War II as a Radioman 3rd class, serving in the Pacific Area. He was a member of Bourque-Lannigan Post#5, American Legion, Waterville and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #8835, Winslow.

He was predeceased by his father, Odilon; mother, Alexina; sister, Olivette; and a son,l Jeffrey.

Roland is survived by two daughters, Cynthia Lessard, of New Jersey, and Carol A. Gaedtke and husband, Larry, of New Hampshire; two grandchildren, Christopher D. Biron and wife, Melissa, and Jamison D. Biron of New Hampshire; great-grandson, Maddox; and best friend and companion, Rose Manzo, of Winslow.

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


WINDSOR – Denise M. Pelletier, 59, of Windsor, passed away at her home 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 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 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, and her flower garden.

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 Scot 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;

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


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