Obituaries, Week of October 25, 2018

ROLAND J. MICHAUD

WINSLOW – Roland Joseph Michaud, 92, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2018, at Lakewood Continuing Care, in Waterville. He was born March 23, 1926, in Waterville, the son of Rosaire and Florida (Coro) Mich­aud.

He graduated from Waterville High School, class of 1944. He was a veteran who proudly served his country in the United States Navy as a Machinist Third Class, stationed on the U.S.S. Corson during World War II, until his honorable discharge.

On April 29, 1950, he married Marilyn Denis at St. John the Baptist Church, in Winslow. He worked for 40 years at Scott Paper Company/Kimberly Clark mill in Winslow. Roland was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, in Winslow, a member of the VFW Post #8835, in Winslow. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, vegetable gardening, snowshoe making, mounting deer and moose antlers, and camping. During his stay at Lakewood, he enjoyed listening to accordion music performed by Mr. Raven.

Roland is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marilyn Michaud; two sons, Steven J. Michaud and wife Doris, of Oakland, Thomas R. Michaud, of Winslow; two daughters, Sandra M. Michaud, of Dania Beach, Florida, Cheryl A. Cote and husband John, of Vassalboro; two brothers, Harold Michaud and wife Theresa, of Winslow, Joe Michaud and wife Sondra, of Hudson Falls, New York; three sisters, Gloria Lewis and husband Ted, of Winslow, Lorette Clair, of Winslow, Jackie Morin and husband Don, of Lewiston; granddaughter, Alison Genness and husband Matt of Clinton; four grandsons, Jonathan and Jeremy Cote, of Vassalboro, Quentin Damasio, of Dania Beach Florida, Brandon Michaud, of Portland; sister-in law, Madeline Holmes, of Paspebiac; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by sister, Violet Meader; four brothers-in-law, Reggie Meader, Gary Clair, Hazen Holmes, and Laurien Denis; sister-in-law Geraldine Fontaine and husband George.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, October 26, 2018, at 11 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 26 Monument St., in Winslow, with a reception to follow at Notre Dame Parish Hall, 116 Silver St., in Waterville.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing, may make donations in Roland’s memory to VFW Post #8835, 175 Veteran Drive, Winslow, ME 04901.

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

NORMAN WARREN

WINSLOW – Norman Warren, 68, of Winslow, died at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on September 8, 1950, in Waterville, the son of Eugene and Jeannette Warren.

He graduated from Waterville High School and enlisted in the National Guards.

Norman was a carpenter by trade and worked for several construction companies and home builders. He was a member of the Elks Lodge. Norman enjoyed crafts, fishing, snowmobiling and will be remembered for his strong opinion on any subject.

He was predeceased by his infant son, Brian Norman Warrren; his parents; and his sister, Barbara Mathieu.

Norman is survived by his daughter Kelly Warren; his brother Gary Warren; his granddaughter Crystal Harris; and his companion Sharon Jellison.

Please visit www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com to view a video collage of Norman’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with his family.

REBECCA C. PELOTTE

ALBION – Rebecca C. Pelotte, 67, passed away on Monday, September 24, 2018. Rebecca was born June 30, 1951, at Broadview General Hospital, Newport, Vermont, daughter of Margie (Helm) Chatto and Reverend Philip Chatto.

Rebecca went back to school in 2006 and earned her GED at Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education Center.

Her accomplishments include owning her own catering business, Tarragon Thyme Catering, and ministering to and mentoring many women in the community and her home church. She also served her clients at Woodlands Senior Living and Sunset Homes, both of Waterville. As church secretary at the Augusta First “Church of the Nazarene, her style of serving others was highlighted by her one-on-one personal evangelism in the office. Listening to others was one of her many strengths.

Rebecca;s love of music included listening to jazz with her husband, at attending jazz concerts with him, singing in a trio and traveling the New England church circuit to perform, and singing in ladies ensembles and many cantatas at her home church. She enjoyed many motorcycle trips with her husband, Roger, especiallly to Prince Edward Island and Virginia Beach.

She was known to read an entire book while traveling on the back of the motorcycle. She also loved swimming, especially with her granddaughters at East Grand Lake. Boating around the lake with a good book, while her husband fished, was one of her most cherished and relaxing pastimes in the summer. Her cats were a source of joy to her throughout the years.

To Roger, she was a loving, supportive wife of 42 years. In the later stages of her illness, the highlight of her day would be her daily lunch dates with Roger. Even when memories faded, she did not forget him, often managing to speak “I love you” when all other words would fail her.

She was predeceased by her mother, Margie Chatto, and her father, Rev. Phillip Chatto.

She is survived by her husband, Roger A. Pelotte; daughter Jana (Pelotte) Atwood and husband, John; stepsons Jody Pelotte, Robby Pelotte and wife Kathy, Chad Pelotte, and a step-daughter-in-law, Sherry Pelotte; seven grandchildren, Stephanie Marcoux, Brandi Pelletier, Annalisa Pelotte, Tanner Pelotte, Payton Atwood, Regan Atwood, and Reid Atwood.. She was the big sister of two younger siblings, Lynnette McCabe and her husband Dan, of Massachusetts, and Martha Chatto, of Connecticut; three nephews and many cousins.

An online guestbook may be signed, memories and condolences shared at www.gallantfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Rebecca C. Pelotte to the Augusta Church of the Nazarene.

MARGARET PEGGY S. CROSBY

BENTON – Peggy Margaret C. (Campbell) Crosby, 79, passed away Sunday, October 14, 2018, at her home. Peggy was born in Waterville on December 20, 1938, the daughter of Murdoch and Avice Campbell.

Peggy graduated from Waterville High School in 1956.

Peggy married James Crosby, they had two soons and moved from Bath to Clinton. Peggy loved her summers at Abnaki Campground, with her two boys, Steven and Jeffery, while they grew up0.

Peggy liked building puzzles, reading books and scratching lottery tickets. Peggy looked forward to her chats with her sister, Josy, scrabble online, and staying in touch with each other often.

The bulldogs were her ‘team’ she followed as well as the Red Sox.

Peggy was employed by New England Telephone company, and MSAD#49 prior to retirement, as well as she belonged to the Kennebelles, and the Eastern Star, of Clinton.

Peggy was predeceased by her parents, Murdoch and Avice Campbell; William ‘Sandy’ Sanderson; a son, Steven Crosby; a brother, Merton Campbell; and her sister-in-law, Lois.

Peggy is survived by her son, Jeffrey Crosby (Angel Monfort), of Winslow; grandchildren, Jason Crosby, Adam Crosby (Katie Moreau), Rachel Crosby (Austin), Kelsey Crosby-Clark (Derek Clark), and Marc Monfort; her great-grandchildren, Layla, Finn and Kaden Crosby; her sister, ‘Josy’ Joscelyn Moody, of Macedon, New York; many nephews and nieces.

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

Arrangements were by Lawry Brothers Funeral & Cremation Care, 107 Main Street, Fairfield.

WAYNE HIGGINS

VASSALBORO – On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, Wayne B. Higgins, (nee Wayne B. Cotta), 79, passed away in the home which he created over the past 60 years. He was born October 20, 1938, to Barbara (Thompson) Cotta and Harvey Cotta.

In his teens Wayne took the last name of his stepfather Alden Higgins. From a young age, Wayne had been taught by his grandfather, Charles Thompson, to always be honorable.

Known as a skilled craftsman, Wayne had graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, entered the Marines and participated in the reserves as a Master Competition Marksman. At this time he joined US Geological Services in Washington, D.C., as a hydrologist. He received an award for 32 years of service (1964-1995). At 56 he retired and began Water Monitoring Services which is ongoing to this day in Vassalboro.

Wayne loved being in the outdoors. He always had a fishing pole in the back of his truck when he traveled the state taking water measurements for USGS, of Augusta. In his youth, he was an avid baseball player, continuing into young adulthood participating in area softball teams.

In his 20s, he bought West View Farm, an 1811 house in dire need of his craftsmanship skills. Over the next 60 years he developed the property into what it is today. He shared this home with his wife of 30 some years, Faye Higgins. After her passing in 2008, he married Susan Higgins in 2010. They enjoyed taking trips together, being in the outdoors and swatting at flies as they aged together. Wayne was supported in his recent illness by his son-In-law, Dan Hodgkins and nephew, John Nelson.

Wayne was predeceased by his parents, Barbara Higgins, Harvey Cotta and Alden Higgins; also by a number of sisters and brothers. A great loss to him was the passing of his wife, Faye Higgins.

He is survived by his present wife, Sue Higgins; step-daughter, Robyn Hunter; grandson, Charles and great-granddaughter, Alysha Opacki; brother, David Cotta; sisters, Sharon Cotta and Ann Mansfield and her son, Brandon; sister-in-law, Collie, her sons, Jared, Erik, Shawn Higgins; members of Sue’s family who grew to love Wayne over the years. They include Dan, Brandy, Kayla and David Hodgkins; John and Logan Nelson and families; Brianna Huot and Lily Koster.

The only reception for family and friends will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from noon-1p.m. at the funeral home. Please visit www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com to share condolences, memories and tributes with Wayne’s family.

For those who wish, donations may be made to “Vassalboro Wildlife Habitat”, c/o Kennebec Land Trust, 331 Main Street, Winthrop ME 04364, in memoriam of Wayne Higgins.

PATRICIA L. GRAF

WINSLOW – Patricia Louise Graf (Lewis), 67, of Winslow, formerly a longtime resident of Benton, passed away at her home on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Pat was born on January 7, 1951, in Waterville.

Pat attended Lawrence High School, in Fairfield., along with attending Kennebec Valley Community College for business.

Pat was a dedicated and hard worker. She worked at Sappi Fine Paper, in Hinckley, for many years before transitioning to spending her days enjoying time with her family. She loved to be outdoors camping, hunting and fishing.

She had the ability to make everyone feel loved and important, regardless of circumstance.

Pat was known for her good sense of humor and always extending love, understanding, and encouragement to her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her mother, Nadine Orr; her father, Carleton Lewis; and her siblings, Johnny Vigue, Wayne Lewis and Dale Lewis.

She is survived by her children, Kathleen Lewis and Justin Berube, of Albion, Jennifer and Scott Bouchard, of Clinton, Juanita and Dean Paine, of Madison; grandchildren, Kelsey Loveliy, Kasey Fish, Chelsey Fortin Trimble, Josh Paine, Brittney Fortin, Ashley Guptill, Bryant Higgins, Alyssa Bennett, Megan Bouchard, Jaiden Berube, Jia Li Kao, Jacolby Paine, Peyton Berube; siblings Jane and Steve Poulin, of Canaan, Barry Lewis, of Winslow, Tammy and Ward Burkhart, of Albion; long time companion, Joseph Fournier.

Interment was at Maplewood Cemetery, in Fairfield.

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

Arrangements were by Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main Street, Fairfield.

JEAN HANSON

ALBION – Jean Hanson, 77, of Albion, passed away at Mount Saint Joseph Residence and Rehabilitation, in Waterville, while under hospice care. Jean was born in North Yarmouth, on October 30, 1940, to Arthur and Madeline (Williams) Cluff.

Jean graduated from local schools and worked before settling into her life as a homemaker. Jean married Hilton Hanson in 2009 and enjoyed travelling across the country with him and Hazel and Clyde Rumney. Jean enjoyed living a quiet life at her home, in Albion, where she loved animals, gardening and feeding the birds.

In addition to her parents, Jean was predeceased by siblings Dorothy Bundy, Nancy Lestage, Joan Cluff and Gerald Cluff, and her first husband, David Edgerly.

Jean is survived by her husband, Hilton Hanson, of Albion; his children and their families; siblings Donald Cluff, of North Yarmouth, and Eva Hayes, of Cumberland.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at www.directcremationofmaine.com

Arrangements were under the care of Direct Cremation of Maine, in Belfast.

OTHERS DEPARTED

ALVIN C. WAGNER, 92, of Readfield, passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at the Alfond Center For Health, in Augusta. Locally, he is survived by a granddaughter, Katie Scott and husband Jay, of Windsor, and great-grandson Hayden Scott, of Windsor.

MARGARET A. GOU­LETTE, 62, of Waterville, passed away on Monday, October 8, 2018, at the Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta, following a brief period of declining health. Locally, she is survived by her mother, Elisabath D. Goulette, of Waterville, and a brother, Gregg Goulette, of Oakland.

 
 

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