Obituaries, Week of May 17, 2018


FAIRFIELD – Lillian McGlash­ing Johannes passed away on April 13, 2018, at Gray Birch, in Augusta. She was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on May 21, 1926, the daughter of the late Frank and Christine (Lundquist) McGlashing.

As a young girl, she waitressed at the old Belgrade Hotel, and shared many comical stories of her young life. She worked at Squires Meat, M.M. Madys, and Necco Candy, in Massachusetts. She eventually returned to Maine.

Lillian had a very long and productive life. She loved spending time with her sisters, shopping, eating out, and playing cards. She made many afghans throughout the years.

She was very proud of having the legs of a dancer. Lillian had no children of her own, but she was a foster mother for several years. She was a member of Eastern Star Fireside Chapter #103 in Clinton.

Lillian was predeceased by her brothers: Roy (Madeline), Elwood (Ann), Francis (Viola), Walter (Dotty), and John (Nellie); her sisters: Evelyn Corderlo (Joe) Dorothy Stratton (Wally), and Jennie Stratton (Bill); and many nieces and nephews.

She is survived by three nieces, Gail Wilcox, Tina Stratton and Sheryl Richard, and many other nieces, nephews, cousins, and sisters and brothers-in-law from her husband’s side.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at


WINSLOW––Raymond A. Liberty, 79, passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Waterville. He was born in Waterville on September 19, 1938, the son of Romeo and Doris (Cote) Liberty.

Ray graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, in 1957, where he excelled at football, and remained a Bulldogs fan all of his life.

He started his career working at both the Waterville Morning Sentinel and the U.S. Postal Service. In 1965, he began working for United Parcel Service as a driver, eventually working his way up to division manager of New England, where he retired.

Ray enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, and had the ability to build and renovate anything. He loved stained glass, making many beautiful pieces which will be enjoyed for many years.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Lucille (Nadeau) Liberty in 2000; he remarried Alice Zebrof, who passed away in 2014; brothers, Romeo Liberty, Richard Liberty, Ronnie Liberty; and his sisters, Gloria Goldberg and Theresa Bolduc.

Ray is survived by his daughter, Jane McIntosh, of China; his son, Steve Liberty, of Belgrade; grandchildren: Benjamin McPherson and his wife, Stephanie; Lauren McPherson; Cameron McIntosh; Ashley Leppe and her husband, Jose; and Jackson Liberty; great-grandchildren: Wesley and Addison McPherson, and Annabella and Anniston Leppe; brother, Robert (Gene) liberty and his wife, Cathy; and many nieces and nephews.

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

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Ray’s name to: The Winslow Firefighters Association, 114 Benton Avenue, Winslow, ME 04901, to purchase extraction equipment, or, to: Kennebec Behavioral Health, 67 Eustis Parkway, Waterville, ME 04901.


BENTON––Louise M. Charity, 87, a lifelong resident of Benton, passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Louise was born on May 3, 1930, the daughter of Ralph and Sadie (Spencer) Crosby.

She graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, in 1948. She married Richard A. (Chic) Charity, Sr., on December 24, 1949; they were married for 54 years, until the time of his death.

Louise enjoyed raising flowers and gardening. She was well known for her icicle and dill pickles, as well as for her preserving and baking. Louise enjoyed cooking with her grandchildren, and welcomed little fingers into her favorite ‘dough bowl.’ She was thoughtful of her neighbors, and would deliver baked goods and casseroles to friends who were ill or in need.

Louise had many other talents as well. She crocheted afghans for family members, made pillows, enjoyed embroidery, sewing, and made her own wreaths. She also loved music, singing, and taught herself to play the guitar. She enjoyed family gatherings that included singalongs, camping, and bonfires. She loved holidays, and made each birthday a special celebration for her children and grandchildren. Chic and Louise enjoyed dancing together on Saturday nights, and were especially well known for their skill in dancing the jitterbug.

Louise retired from J C Penney, in Waterville, where she enjoyed working for many years. She worked previously at a butcher shop, a shoe store, a greenhouse, and in the pickle factory, which had been located along the banks of the Sebasticook River, in Benton. She also worked at West’s Variety, in Benton, and enjoyed seeing the success of her family members, who owned the store. She enjoyed membership at the Benton Falls Congregational Church, working on the church suppers.

Louise was predeceased by her parents, Ralph and Sadie Crosby; husband, Richard A. Charity, Sr.; siblings, Delbert Crosby, Leah Maxwell, Nellie Alexander, and Jean Crosby; niece, Cindy (Crosby) Wolfe; and nephew, Gary MacKnight.Surviving are sister, Linda Crosby; her daughters, Cheryl Seamans and husband Steve, of Athens,, Terry Hall and her partner Doug, of Albion, and son Richard Charity, Jr. and wife Jacki, of Benton; grandchildren, Desirae Stowe, Darcee Skidgell, Brandon Hall, Sarah Obare, Hannah Seamans, Ami Newell, and Richard Charity III; great-grandchildren, Nicholas Stowe, Demika Stowe, Ayla Skidgell, Wyatt Skidgell, Lydia Skidgell, Isaak Muse, Maddox Obare, Matteo Rodriguez, Ayden Newell, Brady Newell, Crosby Newell, and Clara Charity; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

An online guidebook may be signed and memories shared at

For those who wish, donations in her memory can be made to: Benton Falls Congregational Church, 206 Falls Rd., Benton ME 04901.


FAIRFIELD––Bonnie Lynne Dixon, 65, of Fairfield, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, following a brief battle with lung cancer. Bonnie was born on February 26, 1953, in Fairfield, the daughter of Albert Ole Dixon and Marion (Ames) Bailey.

Bonnie graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, in 1971. Following graduation, Bonnie worked at Scott Paper Co., in Winslow, until the closing in 1997. Bonnie had many co-conspirators at Scott Paper, many of whom came to visit her during her brief illness.

After the closing of the mill, Bonnie went to school to be a certified nursing assistant and spent just over 12 years working at the Togus VA Hospital, where she had many accomplices whom she remained close to after her well-deserved and eagerly anticipated retirement in March 2015.

Bonnie was a proud mother and grandmother, who bragged about her family to everyone she knew. She was affectionately known as “Haha” to her three grandchildren, and she loved spoiling them and showering them with gifts.

She loved movies, and enjoyed watching her large collection of movies on her giant outdoor screen with friends and family.

Halloween was her favorite time of the year, and she spent the month enjoying her favorite horror and paranormal movies, and sharing them with her children and grandchildren. Bonnie had a unique sense of humor that made people enjoy every minute they spent with her.

She was predeceased by her father Albert Dixon Sr., and mother, Marion (Ames) Bailey.

Bonnie is survived by her two daughters, Nikkia Finnemore and husband, Matthew, of Fairfield, and Krystal Dixon, of Salem, Massachusetts; three grandchildren, Melissa, Benjamin, and Kristopher Finnemore; sister, Sandra Doyon, of Winslow; brother, Albert Dixon Jr., of Norridgewock.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to: The Humane Society of Waterville, 100 Webb Road, Waterville ME 04901.


SOUTH CHINA––Priscilla M. Hatch, 92, of South China, formerly of South Jefferson, died Monday, April 23, 2018, at Country Manor Nursing Home, Whitefield, following a long illness. Priscilla was born on July 3, 1926, the daughter of Sewall Waltz and Irene (Robinson) Waltz. She was always proud to say she was the oldest of their 11 children.

She grew up in Damariscotta Mills and attended local schools, graduating from Lincoln Academy class of 1945. On May 17, 1945, she married Richard L. Hatch and moved to the Hatch family farm in Jefferson where they raised their two children Roger and Bonnie.

Priscilla worked for Senters Department Store and other various brief part time jobs in the community but was most proud to say she was the first clerk hired by R. H. Reny when he opened his first store in Damariscotta. She was a hard worker and spent most of her life at the homestead raising and selling vegetables with her husband and helping raise her grandchildren. Priscilla’s hobbies included flower gardening, sewing, crocheting, cooking, and having most likely the largest collection of skunks in the state.

Priscilla was predeceased by husband Richard; son, Roger A. Hatch; daughter-i-law, Carolyn Hatch; and siblings, Carroll Waltz, Henry Waltz, Aubrey “Hoopie” Waltz, Judy Campbell, and Gloria Phillips.

She is survived by daughter Bonnie Ames and son-in-law William Ames, of Florida and Pemaquid; granddaughters, Jenna Verney and partner Norman Black, of South China, Katrina Hatch Guptill, of Jefferson, Penelope Hatch and partner Josh Donahue, of Somerville; grandson, Richard E. Hatch, of Jefferson; great-grandchildren, Brent Verney, of South China, Kelsey Verney and partner Justin Monroe, of South China, roger Guptill and wife Jessica, of Washburn, Chelsea Guptill, of Jefferson, Nickolas Guptill, of New Harbor, and Joshua Donahue, of Somerville; great-great-grandchildren, Cooper Monroe, Willow Verney, Caleb Guptill, Reid Beaudoin, and Adalayde Rand-Verney; siblings, Robert Waltz, Raymond Waltz, Frank Waltz, Gertrude Pinkham, and Margaret Russell, all of whom live in the local area; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Condolences, photos and stories may be shared at

Arrangements were entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 933 Ridge Road, Windsor.


FAIRFIELD – On Thursday, May 3, 2018, Joy Jones, 80, passed away. She was born on April 11, 1938, to Val Simpson.

She was raised by her grandmother Eva, in Waterville, and was educated in the Waterville schools.

On September 21 she married Dana Jones. He was as quiet as she was not. This union took their family and friends by surprise.

Joy worked at Scotty’s Pizza, in Waterville, for many years. She also worked in food service at the Waterville hospitals.

She was well known for her sassy wit and smile. Fun little fact, she had her motorcycle license. She was a survivor of breast cancer and would tell you all about it.

She was affectionately called “a one-eyed T. rex” by her family, because of breaking both shoulders on two different occasions, then poorly healing, leading to lack of mobility. Her many falls lead to many emergency room visits, where her sassy wit would make the staff laugh–even with her two black eyes that made her look like the Hamburglar. She was loved by all who stepped in her life, and will be greatly missed by her family.

She was predeceased by her mother; brother; grandmother; and grandson,l Dana Christopher, in 1985. And just recently, by her sister-in-law, Althea Nutt West.

She is survived by her son, Dana R. Jones and fiancé, Valerie Burton; her daughter, Jodi L. McGlashing and her husband, Bob; grandchildren: Melissa, Andrew, Danielle, Devin and Hannah; great-grandchildren Taryn, Brandon, and Aadan; also by her sister, who just found her 15 years ago, Judy Soucier; the three “Ps”, her cousins, Patty, Paula and Pam, many other cousins, nieces and nephews.


ALBION––George Arley Sweatt Jr., 79, passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2018. George was born in Columbia, New Hampshire, on June 1, 1938. He was the son of George A. Sweatt Sr. and Ethel G. Wheelock.

George graduated from Penacook High School in Penacook, New Hampshire, in 1957.

In 1960, George married the former Penelope Sawyer, in York. George was then drafted into the U.S. Army, where he spent time in Georgia before moving home to Portsmouth to raise a family. In 1975, the family moved to Maine to live and build a home.

He operated equipment, and owned George’s Auto Sales, in Waterville. George had a passion for cars and racing. He enjoyed watching his family race, and spent time at home working on his vehicles.

He is survived by his wife, Penny, of 57 years; sisters, Dorothy, Helen and Annette; brothers, Arthur and Mike; his children, George Sweatt III (fiancé Jennifer Leary) and his children, Melissa and Andrew; Daren Sweatt and his children, Ryan and Meghan; Brian Sweatt (wife Belinda) and his children, Spencer and Devon Raie; Jennifer Buck (husband Jason) and their children, Jordan, Sydney, and Brady; two great-grandchildren, Brynn and Sully; and many nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be offered and memories shared at


OAKLAND––Mavel M. Bragg, 77, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, May 3, 2018. Mavel was born on September 2, 1940, in Waterville, to Hermon and Pauline (Parentiss) Bragg.

He was a Maine Guide, and worked in the woods most of his life. Mavel loved the outdoors, hunting, and fishing. He also loved feeding the squirrels and birds around the house.

Mavel was predeceased by his mother Pauline Prentiss; and his father Hermon Bragg.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Bragg; two children, Stacey Bragg and Billy-Jo Bragg; three stepchildren: T. J, Tony, and Misty Bernarda; many grandchildren; sister, Carleen Miller; brother, Grover Bragg; and he will be sadly missed by a special nephew, Grover “Duny” Bragg Jr.
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OAKLAND––Matthew Joseph Cote, 33, of Oakland passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Matt was born on May 18, 1984, in Lewiston, the biological son of Eileen (McRae) Cote and Joseph “Dana” Cote.

Matt graduated from Messalonskee High School, in Oakland, in 2003, where he was a high school football player. He attended Springfield College and recently returned to school to finish his degree.

Matt was passive, sweet, funny, and giving. He will be remembered for his hard work ethic, and provided with everything he had to support his family. He was always there to lend a hand for anyone. Matt was a production supervisor at Huhtamaki, in Waterville, at the time of his death, where he was a highly respected employee.

On October 4, 2014, Matt married the former Jessica Corson. His entire world revolved around his wife and his children who he adored beyond words, son Elijah (2-1/2) and baby daughter Emma ( 6 weeks). Matt was an amazing husband and father. Matt was especially proud of his brother, Josh Cote, fondly referred to as “Little Cote”.

Matt enjoyed camping, fishing, kayaking hunting, golfing, gaming, wrestling with Elijah and beer.

Matt was predeceased by his biological parents, Joseph and Eileen Cote; his sister, Heather Cote, and his brother, Zachary McRae.

Matt is survived by his wife, Jessie Cote, and their two children, Elijah and Emma, all of Oakland; his brother Joshua Cote, wife April and niece Charley Loo, of Clayton, North Carolina; his parents, Michelle McRae and her partner, Pete Silva, of Oakland, and Michael McRae and his partner Sue Berube, of Sabattus; his mother and father-in-law, Jeff and Rita Corson, of Skowhegan; his sister-in-law, Nikki Pratt and husband Lee, niece and nephew Colby and Maci, of Gorham; biologically cousins, Caitlyn Gallagher and Shaughnessy Robitaille were his little sisters; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Elijah and Emma Cote Scholarship Fund, c/o Key Bank, 305 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville, ME 04901.


UNITY––Frank Lewis Tozier, Sr., 89, passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the Maine Veterans Home, in Augusta, where he had been living for the past two years. Frank was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, on February 28, 1929, to Kenneth and Evelyn (McGrath) Tozier, Sr.

He spent his first 40 years living in Unity, and the next 37 years in Palmetto, Florida.

He attended Unity Grammar School and graduated from Unity High School. Frank served in the US Army from 1946 to 1948, and was stationed in Tokyo, Japan. While in Maine he worked with his father, Kenneth, running the family business–Tozier;s Spray Service.

He was predeceased by his son Frank Tozier, Jr.

He is survived by his son Craig Tozier and wife Jennifer, of Unity; daughter-in-law Kim Tozier, of Hartland; his grandchildren: Landon Tozier, Travis Tozier, Chad Tozier, Jordan Tozier, Justin Tozier and their families; 16 great-grandchildren; sister Marilyn Tozier Owen, and her long-time companion Kenneth Phelps who resides in Largo, Florida.


WINNIFRED HAUG, 87, of Punta Gorda, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Maureen Denis, of Winslow.


DOUGLAS C. BREINGAN, 59, of Skowhegan, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 3, 2018. He worked as a maintenance person at Shaw’s Supermarket, Thomas College, both in Waterville, and Northeast Laboratory, in Winslow. Locally, he is survived by a son, Matthew Woodard, of Waterville, and brother Dan Breingan and wife Laura, of Fairfield.


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