OBITUARIES for Thursday, July 9, 2020


TOGUS – Joseph Lionel (Nel) Duguay T/Sgt USAF (Ret.), 87, passed away Monday, May 25, 2020, at the VA Hospital, in Togus. Nel was the son of Rosanna (Pepin) and Abraham Duguay.

He was raised in Winslow. During his more than 20 years in the Air Force he was stationed in several overseas bases, often used as an interpreter for the base and local officials. During his military career he was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal and a Bronze Star.

After his retirement he worked at Scott Paper Company, in Winslow. He was active and a former commander (1987-1988) of VFW Post #8835, Winslow.

He is survived by daughter, Samantha Thompson and husband Patrick; grandchildren, Brian and Leroy, of Brewer; two sisters, Lorraine Esty, of Waterville, and Rita Sanborn, of Winslow; two brothers, Florian, of Hermon, and Reginald, of Winslow; 17 nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by sisters, Constance Veilleux, of Spring, Texas, and Carmen Ouelette, of Winslow, a brother Donald, of Winslow.

He was laid to rest at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, in Augusta, on June 23, 2020.

Memorials in his name can be made to VFW Post #8835, 175 Veterans Dr., Winslow, ME 04901.


COLUMBUS, OHIO – Jaylin Dyer Scott Burgess, 47, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at Ohio State University Hospital. Born Jaylin Cecilia Laree Dyer on February 1, 1973, in Torrance, California, she was the only daughter of Thomas C. Dyer and Linda Lohner Scardina.

Jaylin grew up as the youngest of six children in the home of her aunt and uncle, Marion and Bob Foster, in Albion. She was a graduate of Lawrence High School and Kennebec Valley Community College School of Nursing, both in Fairfield.

In 1992, she married George Scott, of Columbus, Ohio, at the Benton Falls Church and moved to Ohio. In 1996, they moved back to Fairfield, with their three young boys, Tyler, Morgan and Timmy. A fourth son. Jeffrey, arrived in 1998 and their long awaited princess, Mallory, came home from Thayer Hospital, in Waterville, in a limousine, in 2000.

“Jaylin had a smile that could light up a room. She was personable, creative, and talented. She and George made one of her dreams come true when they opened the Crafters Gallery in Winslow which they owned and operated for several years.

She also had a passion for animals and loved to take in strays whenever possible. The zest for life Jaylin had made everyone who came in contact with her immediately feel welcome and a friend.

Returning from family Thanksgiving with her children in 2018, Jaylin was seriously injured in an automobile accident. She was left with health issues and she worked hard to regain her cognitive and speech abilities. While visiting her sons over Fathers Day weekend this year she suddenly collapsed and lost consciousness. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful and she passed away at the hospital the following morning surrounded by her children.

Surviving are her five children; sons Tyler, Morgan, Timothy and Jeffrey Scott and daughter Mallory and husband Jesse, of Columbus, Ohio: foster parents, Bob and Marion Foster of Albion; “siblings” and their families. Dan, Scott, Daryn, and Jeff Sinclair and Dawnilyn Walsh; Bobby, Tammy and Vicki Foster; Santo Scardina and many nieces and nephews; godparents, Lynda Hadsell and Lyle Schmidt.

She was predeceased by her biological parents, Tom and Linda.

A memorial service is tentatively planned for August 8, 2020. Burial will be in Cross Hill Cemetery, Vassalboro.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Road, Waterville, ME 04901.


CLINTON – Estella Mae (Leavitt) Whitten, 76, of Clinton, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 27, 2020. She is the wife of Jon H. Whitten, Sr. ,with whom she shared 54 years of marriage. Estella was born June 20, 1944, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Muriel (Pound) Leavitt.

She moved to Passadumkeag where she was raised by Clifton and Margaret Leavitt, and attended the one room elementary school. She was a graduate of Lee Academy, class of 1962. Estella went on to further her education at Farmington State Teachers College where she received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, class of 1966.

Estella loved children, and had a passion for teaching. She was a kindergarten teacher in Waterville, and then started the Bo-Peep Nursery School out of her house with her sister-in-law, Prudence Nielsen, in 1972. Prior to retiring in 2002, Estella witnessed the second and third generation of students who attended her classes, which brought her much joy.

Estella treasured the time she spent with her family and friends, especially at their camp on Lake Wesserunsett, in East Madison. She could often be found tending to her beautiful flower gardens, enjoying the wonderful sunsets, and taking in a play at Lakewood Theater as a 45-year season ticket holder.

She was also a devoted member of the Brown Memorial United Methodist Church, in Clinton, where she sang in the choir, served on numerous committees, chaired the Candy Cane Fair, and was a valued member of the United Methodist Women. In addition, she tirelessly helped organize and cook for the annual mystery dinner theater, monthly turkey pie suppers, and will always be remembered for her famous homemade rolls. She enjoyed organizing the Tuesday’s Crafters and for over 50 years she was a contributing member of the Evening Extension, Sebasticook Riding Club and worked alongside her loving husband, Jon at the Clinton Lions Agricultural Fair.

For the last several years, Estella served as co-chairman of the Arts and Crafts building at the Fair. Estella was also a very beautiful seamstress, quilter and painter and an amazing cook. Everything she prepared was delicious because it was made with love.

In addition to her husband Jon, Sr. Estella is survived by three children, Jennifer W. Morrell and her husband Kenneth, Sr., of Standish, Julia E. Frost and her husband Dan, of Windham, and Jon H. Whitten, Jr., and his wife Chelsea Swandal, of Hermon; her 11 grandchildren, Kenneth II, Ryan, Amanda, Katelyn and, Nicole Morrell, Jacob and Rachel Frost, Atticus, Alden, Jack, and Gretta Whitten; and her three great-grandchildren Kolby and Kacee Morrell, and Brantley Clark; and Prudence and Christian Nielsen; nieces Kristin Mollison and Sherry Decker.

Estella’s memorial service took place inside at the Brown Memorial United Methodist Church, 36 Church St., Clinton, on Thursday, July 2, 2020. There was a private family interment at Riverview Cemetery.

Memories may be shared and an online register book signed by visiting

Arrangements are in the care of the Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St. Fairfield.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, you consider donating to the Brown Memorial UnitedMethodist Church, PO Box 58, Clinton, ME 04927.


CHINA – Horace Francis Stevens, 91, died peacefully at home Sunday, June 28, 2020 .Horace was born on March 8, 1929 in Augusta to Herbert Francis Jr. and Flora Morang Stevens. He graduated from Cony High School, in Augusta, and Tuft’s University, Medford, Massachusetts, with a degree in Mortuary Science.

He married Lois Eva Page, on September 27, 1952. He served during the Korean War as a Medic in the U.S. Army. He moved around a lot. Tom was born in Virginia, Cindy, in Rockland, Karen, in Hallowell, Linda, in Auburn, and Charlie, in Augusta.

While in high school he worked for his father and the Plummer Funeral Home. His career involved working for the Stilphen Funeral Home, in Rockland, Kirschner’s Meats, in Augusta, Dillingham Funeral Home, in Auburn, back to Kirschner’s as manager of their institutional division, and then his ownership of the Gray Funeral Home, in Windsor.

He never fully retired. He was always speculating in real estate, fixing up and flipping fixer uppers while at home and more so when he wintered in Florida. He also worked on old cemeteries. He said the thing he hated the most about getting old was that he couldn’t work!

He traveled extensively all over the country with Lois, often accompanied by Uncle Dave and Aunt Anita. He traveled with Cindy to Australia and the British Isles. He also traveled on numerous cruise ships. He looked forward to having family around. He always bought the lobsters for everyone on Fathers Day even though this last weekend he wasn’t able to enjoy them.

Horace is survived by his children, Thomas (Lisa), of Newcastle, Cynthia (Ron), of Yarmouth, Karen (Dan), of Windsor, Linda (Richard), of Richmond, and Charles (Melissa), of Wilton; grandchildren, Casey Stevens, Sarah Stevens Ward, Mo Wark, Jason Finley, Steven Finley, Richard Gower II, Michael Gower, Mykayla Searles, Charles Stevens Jr. and Eva Stevens; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; half brothers and sisters, Helen Hickman, Mary Nunan, Amy Stevens, Jacob Stevens, Susan Nay and Earl Stevens.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lois, his parents, brother Bill, half brother Owen.

A Celebration of Life will be held at his home, 20 Pond Road, South China, on Friday, July 3, at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Maine General Hospice, 21 Enterprise Dr., Augusta, ME 04330.


WINDSOR – Ronald E. “Pa” Dennison Sr., 78, of Chuddy Lane, Windsor, died Saturday, June 27, 2020, at the Sussman Hospice House, in Rockport. Pa was born in Machias on September 20, 1941, the eldest son of Ralph and Annette (Colbeth) Dennison.

Pa attended Washington Academy, in East Machias. This is where he met his high school sweetheart, Donna “Mammie”. They were married on April 15, 1961, in Cutler. Together they raised four children.

Pa was a hard worker and had many trades. He worked for Coca Cola, cut wood, lobstered, did construction, and most recently was an owner/operator in the trucking industry.

Family was most important to Pa. While raising his four children, he attended all of their sporting events, competitions, banquets, and even raked blueberries with them every summer. He coached Little League baseball and he and Mammie together started a youth group which they continued for many years. Pa then moved his family to Augusta, and here his children married and settled down. Soon grandchildren were born, and if possible, Pa’s love for his family grew even deeper. Not only was he their grandfather, he was their friend. On one occasion, as Pa was leaving for one of his over the road trucking trips, one of his grandsons sat on his steps, with his head in his hands, crying there goes my best buddy. If you asked any of his grandchildren who Pa’s favorite was, they would all say themself. All children loved Pa. He was never without a pocket full of candy to give to any child he met. Pa’s fun loving, over the top personality went along with his favorite saying, “I am like the World’s Fair, I get bigger and better every year!’

Pa was always known as a whistler, you could hear him coming down the road whistling a happy tune. We are sure Mammie heard that whistle as he walked towards the Gates of Heaven.

Pa was predeceased by his wife, Donna “Mammie”, a granddaughter, Sentree Joslyn, a great-granddaughter, Ava Marable, and a brother, Cedric Dennison.

Pa is survived by his two brothers, Stanley Dennison and Eddie Dennison, of East Machias; his four children, Wendell Dennison and his wife Donna, of Machias, Stephanie Joslyn and her husband Warren, of Windsor, Ronald Dennison Jr. and his significant other Glenda, of Windsor, and Julie Tribou and her husband Robert, of Fayette; his 14 grandchildren,Veronica, Kryssi, Levi, Olivia, Shelly, Jeremy, Chuddy, Mandi, Susie, Ron-Tom, Randy, Dustin, Jason and Allison; 40 great-grandchildren.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery, Windsor.

Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, 1 Church Street, Augusta, where condolences to the family may be shared on the obituary page of the website at


BENTON – Marie Blaisdell, 80, of Benton, passed away at her home in Benton. She was born in Morrill, the daughter of Keith and Evelyn (Flood) Cross.

She attended Belfast High School and completed her GED with above average grades. She lived a full life and was proud of her many accomplishments.

She was the Elementary Spelling Bee Champion at her school T-W-I-C-E and had memorized all the states and capitals. Who knew this tidbit of information would come in handy later in life when she traveled. Visiting Florida, California, Washington DC, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nashville, Tennessee, and New York. Las Vegas, Nevada, and Atlantic City, New Jersey, were her favorites though – cause we all know how much she liked to pull those slot machine handles.

When Hollywood Slots opened in Bangor, her prayers had been answered and her car quickly learned the fastest route there and…. sometimes too fast.

She enjoyed milking cows at the family farm (NOT!) which started as early as age 11 and continued into high school.

A hard worker no matter what she did. She was employed as a school custodian at Albion Elementary School, dug graves for the funeral homes by hand and held many different positions at C. F. Hathaway Shirt Factory, in Waterville, for over 17 years.

Her hobbies included ice skating, crafting, dancing (she could boogie so well she caught the eye of the boy in the pink shirt – she’ll marry that boy someday……New Year’s Eve Day to be exact), sewing, and gardening – she could grow enough veggies to feed the town but was the Grim Reaper of any house plant that she had.

Marie was an avid bowler throwing her 12-pound bowling ball with a thunderous boom down the lane earning many awards, her fondest, the Doubles Championship of the state which she earned twice and all her others she proudly displayed in the case Duane and Connie made her. She got more than enough turkeys to brag about! Once that damn mouse decided to use her ball as an obstacle course…. her bowling days fizzled out. Who could forget that she could dicker with the best of them at any garage sale she attended, and we all know that was a lot.

She will be missed by many but the memories will forever remain.

She was predeceased by Floyd, her husband of 52 years.

To abide by her final wishes, a private graveside memorial will be done at the family’s convenience.

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

OBITUARIES for Thursday, July 2, 2020


BELGRADE – Rebecca (Becky) Jane Webster, 85, passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, succumbing to the ravages of 15 years of Parkinson disease. Becky was born on February 13, 1935, in Winthrop, The daughter of Leroy and Evelyn (Frost) Barter.

She graduated from Winthrop High School class of 1953. Following graduation she packed her bags, hopped a bus and struck out on her own to Washington D.C. She worked as a telephone operator but after a few months learned the big city was not what she thought and returned to Maine. Eventually she met and married Maurice Webster.

After marrying, the couple settled in Belgrade Lakes to raise their family.While her children were young, Becky worked at the Locust House, cleaned many of the seasonal camps and worked as a pyschiatric nurses aide at the Augusta Mental Health Institute. She enjoyed the nursing profession, decided to make that her career and began her nursing education.

In 1966 an industrial accident left her husband paralyzed. She abandoned her dream to care for him. When her father-in-law died suddenly just a few months later, she finished out his contract as USPS rural mail carrier. She continued as mail carrier for several years and finally went to work at the State of Maine Revenue Services as a tax examiner.

Becky loved music and dancing. She was a season ticket holder for the Maine State Music Theatre for almost 30 years, attending each show with her daughter and daughters-in-law. She and Maurice square danced and traveled all over New England and Canadian maritimes to dance at different gatherings and conventions until his health prohibited him from dancing. She was a founding member of the Downeast Country Music Association, a member of the Good Sam camping association, and a member of the Union Church of Belgrade Lakes.

Becky was a champion horseshoe pitcher, and ranked in the top 20 women players in New England. She took pride in competing against and beating men without taking the distance advantage given to women players.

Her greatest joy was her family. She taught her children the importance of family, the value of hard work, the necessity of resiliency and was a living example of what it meant to care and nurture. She loved to have family gatherings, hosted great parties, took camping trips with each of her grandchildren, made everlasting memories, and celebrated birthdays and holidays heartily.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband Maurice, brothers Edward, Charles, and Warren, and her sister Sharon.

Survivors include sons Charlie Webster and his wife Vicki, of Farmington, Harold “Jim” Webster and his wife Kelly, of Belgrade, daughter Kim Haggan and her husband Frank, of Belgrade; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren, Ashley and Adam Nau and their sons Seth and Bodi; Amanda and Matt Dickey and their children Owen, Ellis and Jenny; Erin and James O’Connor and their sons Cody and Rory; Ryan Haggan and girlfriend Courtney; and Alyson Webster and boyfriend Mike; three sisters Geraldine French, Dianne Christensen, Lois Daggett and her husband Arnold; a brother Roger Barter.

Becky’s memorial service was held on Monday, June 29, 2020, in the Union Church of Belgrade Lakes.

Arrangements are in the care of Roberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop, where condolences to the family may be shared on the obituary page of the website at


SIDNEY – Elsie Vera Douin, 89, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020, at home. Elsie was born in Saginaw, Michigan, on February 14, 1931,the daughter of John and Vera Marko.

She was educated in Saginaw schools. Elsie met the love of her life Norman A. Douin while he was serving in the Navy, married in 1949 and had three children, Larry, Paula and Rodney.Throughout her entire life, she held an unwavering faith in God and devoted her life to her husband and raising her children.

She was an exceptionally talented artist and a lover of all artistic things and in her teens was offered a position with the famous Walt Disney Co. She absolutely loved and was always attracted to anything shiny, glittery or bling, thus her nickname became Gypsy. Elsie was a passionate painter, seamstress, loved needlework, macrame, ceramics and stained glass to name a few. She participated in many art and craft shows with her daughter and was a member of Tole N’ ME and The Society of Decorative Painters. She often talked about working at a local hospital in Saginaw helping in labor and delivery at a young age.

In addition to raising her family, she and her husband owned and operated Douin’s and Sons Garage, Elsie’s Variety and Douin’s Electric while her husband worked full time at the MCRR. Once her children entered high school she went to work at C.F. Hathaway Shirt Factory, and Mary’s Ceramics, both in Waterville.When she wasn’t filling her home with warmth and kindness, she could be found in the kitchen cooking, baking or canning her delicious family recipes for her family and friends.

She was an incredible loving, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and she will be sorely missed by all her knew her.

Elsie was predeceased by her parents John and Vera; her husband Norman; son Joseph; sisters Mary Marko and JoAnn Bonenfant, brother Stanley Markol and grandson Ian Scott Douin.

She is survived by her sister Helen Egbert, of Pennsylvania; and brother Robert Marko, of Michigan; her three children Larry Douin and his wife Shirley, Paula Stevens and her husband Wayne and Rodney Douin; her four grandchildren, Chris Douin, Haley Stevens Arnold, Sara Douin Brown and Casey Douin Whitehousel her seven great-grandchildren, Ian Douin, Greyson Stevens Arnold, Grant Henry Arnold, Abigail Brown, Nolan Brown, Wade Whitehouse and Chase Whitehouse.

Services will be held at the Maine Veterans Cemetery, in Augusta, to be announced at a later date.


BENTON – Hilaire Maurice “Moe” Paquette, 87, passed away Friday, June 5, 2020, at Oak Grove Nursing Center, in Waterville. Maurice was born Dec­ember 2, 1932, in Winslow, to Emile and Florence (Masse) Paquet.

He attended Winslow schools and graduated from Winslow High School in 1950. He married Claudette Elliott, of Fairfield, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary church, in Fairfield, on February19, 1955.

He was a decorated veteran who proudly served his country in the United States Air Force for 20 years, receiving three commendation medals for meritorious service and outstanding achievement. He was promoted to master sergeant in February 1970. During his service, he was stationed at a number of Air Force bases across the country including, Dow AFB in Bangor, Westover AFB, in Chicopee, Massachusetts, Otis AFB, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and McLellen AFB, in North Highlands, California.

After his honorable discharge in 1972, he joined the US Postal Service where he worked as a mail carrier/supervisor until his retirement in 1992. Maurice enjoyed boating and fishing at his camp on Great Pond, in Belgrade, playing his accordion, his piano and his banjo. He and Claudette loved dining out at the Taste of Maine, Anglers and Governors restaurants where he enjoyed his Alabama Slammer. He was also quite fond of the seafood stew from The Pointe Afta. Everyone knew his favorite weekly treat was an ice cream from the DQ.

Maurice is survived by two daughters, Angela Cairnie and husband Paul, of Winslow, Cindy Paquette, of Benton; four sons, Paul Paquette and wife Joyce, of Florida, Mike Paquette and wife Sue, of Auburn, Jeff Paquette and wife Diane, of Durham, New Hampshire, David Paquette and fiancée Sharisse, of Benton; grandchildren, Aaron, Jason, Nicholas, Kelsey, Elizabeth, Hannah, Jeffrey, Holly, Marissa, Sarah; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews; three brothers, Clarence “Ky” Paquet and wife Yvette, Jean “Lawrence” Paquet and wife Jane, David Paquet and wife Maryanne; and one sister Olivette Letourneau.

He predeceased his brother Leonel Paquette who passed on June 11, 2020.

He was predeceased by his wife, Claudette Paquette; his parents; five sisters, Marie Leavitt and husband George, Dorianne Poulin and husband Robert, Justine Dolham and husband Robert, Lizette Madore and husband Donald, Marilyn Theriault and husband Joseph; two brothers, Marcel Paquet and wife Margaret, Camille Paquet and wife Shirley; along with his sister-in-law Adeline Paquette and his brother-in-law Richard Letourneau; three nephews, John Paquet, Reggie Poulin and Terry Leavitt and five nieces, Rachel Paquet, Kathy Madore, Jean Poulin, Betty Paquet, and Brenda Paquet.

A family graveside service was held on June 29, at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, in Waterville, officiated by Father Jim MM. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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

In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations in Maurice’s memory to your local food pantry, or Winslow Community Cupboard, 12 Lithgow St., Winslow, ME 04901, or Fairfield Interfaith Food Pantry, 23 Lawrence Avenue, Fairfield, Maine, 04937, and/or the MaryKnoll Missionary.


OAKLAND – Norma F. Berryman, 93, died on Saturday, June 6, 2020, at Oak Grove Nursing home, in Waterville. Norma was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and lived for many years in Denville, New Jersey, before moving to Maine with her husband, William, in 1980.

She attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music, in Ohio, for two years and was a graduate of Syracuse University. She taught third grade in Denville for many years.

In retirement, Mrs. Berryman operated a business that made men’s neckties and women’s handbags throughout New England.

She was active in the Oakland-Sidney United Methodist Church for many years including many years as a choir director. Norma volunteered at Thayer Hospital, in Waterville, for about 30 years, making dolls for children undergoing procedures or surgery.

Surviving are two sons, Robert, of Weld, John and wife Shannon, of Whitehorse Yukon Territory, Canada, and a daughter Kathryn Bosse and husband Robert, of Ellsworth; three granddaughters, one grandson; and six great-grandchildren.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

Arrangements are by Wheeler Funeral Home & Cremation Care, 26 Church St., Oakland.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation P.O. Box 515 Northampton, MA 01061-0515.


WATERVILLE – Michael M. Nawfel, D.M.D., 97, husband of Dolores N. Nawfel, of Waterville, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at the MaineGeneral Long-Term Care Facility at Glenridge, in Augusta. Born in 1923, in Waterville, he was the son of the late Sam M. and Adma D. Nawfel.

He graduated from Waterville High School in 1941. He attended Colby College, in Waterville, for his undergraduate prerequisite sciences and was accepted to Tufts Dental School through the United States Army Specialized Training Program. He graduated Tufts Dental School in April 1946.

During the summer of 1946, he worked his first job as a dentist for the Maine Seacoast Missionary Society established by a Baptist church in Maine. He served on a mobile dental unit on a boat named the Sunbeam providing dental care for the fishing and lobstering communities populating the islands along the coast of Maine. Over the next two years, he completed active-duty service in the United States Army at Army Hospital, in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, during World War II. He was honorably discharged with the rank of captain.

It is no accident that his nostalgic attachment to his birthplace would draw him back to Waterville where he would strengthen his deep connection with family, friends and community upon the purchase of his dental office, at 24 Common St., in downtown Waterville in 1948, the heartbeat of the community. For him, downtown Waterville became a sacred space; a place of deep meaning and belonging. He became affectionately known as “Uncle Mickey” to many of the younger patients in his practice. He loved his work and described it as a blessing. “Work is my blessing, not my doom,” as he would often say. He pursued his passion for dentistry for the next 56 years until his retirement at age 81.

Dr. Nawfel was a member of the Colby Alumni Association, Tufts Alumni Association, Maine Dental Association, New England Dental Society, Kennebec Valley Dental Association, and American Dental Association. For years he was an active member of the Waterville Lions Club.

He reveled in activities such as gardening, fishing, scuba diving, carpentry, and music. He was an accomplished violinist. He was an avid gardener throughout his life and rototilled and planted his last garden at age 92. He built, with his own hands, a 64- x 120-foot skating rink with floodlights hoisted upon telephone poles to light the structure by night. What began as a project for the delight of his four boys had a ripple effect throughout the entire community as children from many of Waterville’s diverse neighborhoods slowly found their way to “Dr. Nawfel’s skating rink” where they would skate and play hockey. These activities would continue for years as his welcome home became another focal point of community in his life.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores Nawfel, to whom he was married for 67 years. Together they dedicated themselves to a singular unity of purpose to preserve and strengthen the health and well-being of their four sons, Sam Nawfel, D.O. and his wife Bonnie, Michael Nawfel, D.M.D. and his wife Karen, Nicholas Nawfel, D.D.S. and his wife Penny, and his youngest son, Peter Nawfel; five grandchildren, Nichole Nawfel, Jacob Nawfel and his wife Katie, Alysia Whynot and her husband Colby, Lauren Nawfel, Jena Nawfel; and his great-grandson, Wesley Whynot; sister-in-law Helen Edwards and her husband Ed and sister-in-law Elizabeth (Betty) Fowler and her husband Leon; many nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Sam and Adma Nawfel; his four sisters, Laura Nawfel, Amera Nawfel, Zanie Hikel and her husband Gabe, Najla Joseph and her husband Harold; and his granddaughter, Alexa Nawfel.

Because of the restrictions imposed by the pandemic of 2020, a small private graveside service with burial attended by his immediate family was conducted by Father Constantine Sarantidis. He was laid to rest on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Pine Grove Cemetery, Grove St., Waterville.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville. An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at

For those who would like to make a donation in Michael’s name, you are welcome to consider Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 133 Pleasant St., Portland, ME 04101.


FAIRFIELD – Thelma Marie (Hawes) Dempsey, 70, passed away at her home, in Fairfield, on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. She was born in Fort Kent, a daughter of Patrick and Nellie (Voisine) Dempsey on October 2, 1949.

She attended Waterville schools. She married her childhood sweetheart Daniel A. Hawes on September 1, 1965.

They shared six beautiful children together. Thelma was a loving, caring woman. She would give the shirt off her back if you needed it. Her doors were always open to all. She devoted her life to her family; she was always helping someone throughout her life and doing so happily. No one was ever a stranger in her home.

Her hobbies included collecting porcelain dolls and figurines. She enjoyed visiting her family and having huge family gatherings. She loved playing Bingo with friends and family. Her children were her reason for living.

She had an amazing bond with her youngest son, her baby boy, Jerry Hawes, who passed too soon, on Monday, April 13, 2020.

She is survived by her children, Sheri LaVerdiere and husband Bryant, of Fairfield, Kelly LaChance, of Fairfield, Randy Hawes and Kim, of Waterville, Kathy Kennedy and husband Terry, of Florida, Daniel Hawes and wife Tonia, of Fairfield; her siblings Bernadette Paradis, of Waterville, Danny Dempsey and wife Tammy, of Burnham, Karen Elliott, of Waterville, and Gayle Workman and husband Larry, of Oakland; 20 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by the father of her children Daniel A. Hawes Sr.; her son Jerry P. Hawes Sr., infant son Toby L. Hawes; her parents Patrick and Nellie Dempsey; and her brother Jerry Dempsey.

At her request, there will be no viewing or public service. Her children will be planning a Celebration of her Life at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Giberson Funeral Home.


WINSLOW – Roland L. Duperry, 91, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, June 22, 2020. He was born on February 15, 1929, in Van Buren, son of Leo Duperry and Lizzie Madore.

He attended schools in Van Buren, and graduated from high school in 1949.

He was a communicant of Corpus Christi Parish, in Waterville.

Roland apprenticed as a Horologist (clock repair) in Van Buren and continued the business for 50 years from his home. He was a member of the American Watchmakers Institute. He moved to Waterville in 1949 and then to Winslow in 1969. He was employed by Scott Paper Company, in Winslow, for 33 years, 25 of those in security, before retiring in 1986 as Security Chief.

In 1999 he began to winter in Bradenton, Florida. An avid card player, especially Cribbage, he never played a game he wanted to lose. His famous quote, “There are no friends in cards!” will live on forever. He especially loved teaching his grandchildren (the younger generation) the art of playing Charlemagne – a French heritage card game.

Roland married Juliette Martin (d 1988), of Waterville, in 1953.

He is survived by their four children, Daniel and Marla Duperry, of Oakland, Ann Duperry and partner Carol Guerrette, of Frankfurt, Philip and Margaret Duperry, of Sarasota, Florida, Richard and Joette Duperry, of Portland; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth and Jeremy Barnes, Christopher, Nicole and Mac McMurphy, Rebekah, Zachary, Hannah and Ethan; and two great-grandchildren, Hunter and Quinn; brothers, Kenneth and Elsie Duperry, of Dallas, Texas, Carlton and Jeannette Duperry, of East Hartford, Connecticut, Gene and Frances Duperry, also in Dallas, Texas, Donald (Ricky) and Lulrine Duperry, of Fairfield Center; sisters, Louella Bickford, of Benton, Joyce and Sam Green, of Fairfield Center, Francine Duperry, of Centerville, Georgia; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins.

Roland was predeceased by his parents; his wife Juliette, brother Lionel Duperry, of Santa Fe Springs, California, and his brother Rodney Duperry, of Benton.

You are invited to offer your condolences and share fond memories with the family by visiting Roland’s guestbook at

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St John the Baptist church, in Winslow, on Monday, June 29, 10:00 a.m.

Burial took place in St. Francis Cemetery, in Waterville.

Arrangements are by Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville, ME 04901. (207)872-7676.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at, Please specify Hospice!

OBITUARIES for Thursday, June 25, 2020


WATERVILLE – Wendy T. Caron, 52, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2020, at Glenridge Center, in Augusta. She was born October 19, 1967, in Waterville, the daughter of Clinton P. and Marion M. (Wood) Caron.

She was educated in local schools and graduated from Waterville High School in 1986.

Wendy is survived by her daughter, Mariah Caron, of Waterville; son, Michael Estes, of Oakland; three sisters, Earlene Mitchell and husband James, of Fairfield, Melinda Maciel and husband Bruce ,of Albion, Celena Caron, of Brunswick; grandson, Jayden Stevens, of Waterville; granddaughter, Kynlee Stevens, of Waterville; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Clinton and Marion Caron; daughter, Brittany Estes.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 10:00 am at St. Francis Cemetery in Waterville.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Wendy’s memory to Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Road, Waterville, ME 04901.

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


WATERVILLE – Mark Lawrence Roscoe, 66, passed away at Eastern Maine Medical Center on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Mark was born on January 27, 1954, the son of George J. and Joan (Leclerc) Roscoe.

Mark married Patricia on December 23, 1987, in Fairfield. Mark attended Waterville High School and the Kennebec Valley Technical College, in Fairfield. Mark worked for IBEW of Maine as an electrician on numerous jobs. Mark traveled with his wife to Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Montana, Mississippi and Crawford, Indiana, for his work. Mark was a peaceful man who enjoyed hunting, fishing and target shooting with his family.

Mark was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Floyd Roscoe and George Roscoe Jr.

Mark is survived by his wife, Patricia Roscoe; his brothers, Bruce Roscoe and Bryan Roscoe.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville.

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


CLINTON – Frederick “Fred” A. Pollard, 65, of Clinton passed away Thurs­day, June 11, 2020, at his home. He was born February 22, 1955, in Clinton, the son of Charles and Ruth (Goodine) Pollard.

On January 23, 1988, Fred married the lformer Lisa (Dodge) Pollard. Together they raised three children, Christopher, Tabitha, and Amos. In his early years, Fred worked several jobs including Ethan Allen, in Burnham, Blue Rock and Pike Industries, in Sidney. He enjoyed snowmobiling, four-wheeling, and watching NASCAR. He also enjoyed racing at Unity Raceway up until the mid-’90s. Undoubtedly, Fred’s greatest love in life was spending time with his wife, children, and grandkids.

Fred is survived by his wife of 32 years, Lisa (Dodge) Pollard; daughter, Tabatha Dodge; son, Christopher Dodge; three grandchildren, Jenna, Emeryn and Hayden; sister, Sandra Welch; brothers, Lou and Gerald Ryder; many in-laws, nieces, nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Donny, Lloyd and Skip; sisters, Marlene and Gail; and son, Amos Henry.

Fred will always be remembered for his sense of humor which he kept to the very end.

A private Celebration of Life will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending donations for final expenses to Lisa Pollard, PO Box 521, Clinton ME 04927.

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


PINELLAS PARK, Florida – Joan Gallagher passed away peacefully on Friday, June 12, 2020, while in the care of Sun­coast Hospice, in Pinellas Park, Florida, after having struggled with numerous chronic illnesses for several years. Born in Waterville to Ernest and Florence (Vashon) Paradis, Joan attended Waterville schools where she was a very gifted artist.

Joan married James F. Quirion “Jim” in 1954 and followed him to Fort Jackson, in Columbia, South Carolina, during his time in the Army. Upon their return to Maine, Joan began work at Keyes Fibre Company (currently Huhtamaki) and resided in Waterville. Joan and Jim divorced in 1976.

Joan met John “Jack” Gallagher on her 40th birthday while dancing. She subsequently moved to Jack’s home in Long Island, New York, and got involved in the real estate and insurance industries. Returning to Maine in 2008, she resided in Brunswick with her sister, Gloria.

Here, she enjoyed visiting with her family, especially her daughters and grandchildren, eating out at her favorite restaurants and participating in Bible study groups and church services at the Topsham Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Joan and Jack married on November 5, 2018, following a move to St. Petersburg, Florida.

Joan loved music, especially singing and playing the guitar. She also loved to dance. During her time at Keyes Fibre, she and friends, Jim Doody, Kitty Plisga and Joan Rodrigue started a band – Big Jim and His Harem. They performed at dances and parties and became a well-known fixture in the Waterville area. She also loved hosting parties for family and friends, and was a great cook. She enjoyed traveling with sister, Gloria, friend, Rachel Boulette Mathieu and her daughters, and cherished a special relationship with her cousin, June Cote Hallee.

Joan is survived by her husband, John “Jack” Gallagher and his three children, daughters, Tanya and son-in-law Dave Kolonoski, Karen and son-in-law Bob Kreider and Brenda Gilbert; three grandchildren, Zac Gilbert, Dylan Gilbert and Hailey Gilbert; sister, Gloria Pelletier and brother-in-law, Norman Pelletier and brother, Ernest “Sonny” and sister-in-law, Donna Paradis; several cousins, nieces, nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Claudette Jolicoeur and brother-in-law, Renaud Jolicoeur; and former husband and father of her children, Jim.

A celebration of Joan’s life will be announced at a later date.


WINSLOW – Gertrude Barton Crosby, 79, of Waterville and Winslow, died peacefully on Friday, June 12, 2020, at Bedside Manor, in Oakland. Trudy was the daughter of Lawrence P. Barton and Winnafred Keller Barton and was a 1959 graduate of Waterville High School.

She worked for a number of years at Federal Trust Company, in Waterville. Trudy was fond of wildflowers and gardening, and especially enjoyed time at their cottage in Pemaquid. She was an antique enthusiast with a keen eye for yard sale finds.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Bentley C. Crosby, of Winslow; her brothers, William (Carole), of Falmouth, and Robert (Elizabeth), of Cape Elizabeth; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held on Saturday, June 20, at Pine Grove Cemetery, in Waterville.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral and Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Pine Tree Society, 114 Pine Tree Camp Rd., Rome, ME 04963.


OCALA, Florida – Gertrude M. Francoeur, 94, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2020. She was born September 11, 1925, in Waterville, the daughter of Joseph and Lea (Rossignol) Veilleux, and was the last living member of her immediate family.

She held various jobs in her youth working at the C. F. Hathaway Shirt Factory, in Waterville, and as a sous chef at Colby College, in Waterville. She was most proud, however, of her position as a homemaker having raised six children.

Gertrude was highly creative and skilled as a seamstress and a variety of crafts. She was an excellent cook and her recipe for baked scallops in a cream sauce won first place in the Maine Seafood Festival one year.

She loved card games of all types, especially cribbage. Her favorite game was Bingo and she never passed up a chance to play.

She was married 64 years to Alcide Francoeur who passed away in 2010 and was predeceased by her son, Neil (Donna) Francoeur who passed away in 2019.

Gertrude is survived by her children, Jane Bourgoin, Ronald (Judith) Francoeur, Pearl Pawlowski, Paula Rowe and Joey Francoeur-Krzyezk; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Due to the current pandemic a celebration of her life will be scheduled at a future date. She will be buried alongside her husband at Forest Lawn Cemetery, in Ocala Florida.

Gertrude had a heart for children and in lieu of flowers donations can be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


SMITHFIELD – Ronald A. Slater, 72, passed away Monday, June 15, 2020, at Glenridge Center, in Augusta. He was born June 2, 1948, in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada, the son of Herbert R. and Roxie G. (Hartlen) Slater.

He graduated from Lee Academy in 1967 and then from Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in 1969. After 14 years together, on September 19, 1992, he married Barbara Larsson, in Smithfield. He was employed as a marine diesel mechanic, truck driver, construction worker, heavy equipment operator and from 1991 to 2015 as a working manager for Sandy River Recycling Association, in Farmington.

Ron was a member of the Maine Resource Recovery Association. He enjoyed road trips with his wife, Barbara, spending time with family and friends, spoiling his dogs, reading, photography, listening to music, fast cars and gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Barbara Larsson, of Smithfield; sister Lynn MacIntosh and husband Thomas, of Economy, Nova Scotia, Canada; two brothers, Andrew Slater and wife Bonny, of Calais, Allan Slater, of Calais; sister-in-law Joanne Larsson and husband Jim Newcomb, of The Villages, Florida; brother-in-law Jon Larsson and wife Leslie, of East Greenwich, Rhode Island; six nieces, Dana MacIntosh, of Spencerville, Ontario, Canada, Jessica MacIntosh, of Economy, Nova Scotia, Andrea Slater and fiancé Michael Cook, of Wells, Angela Harrington and husband Christopher, of Brentwood, New Hampshire, Madison Slater, of Calais, Emily Larsson, of Worcester, Massachusetts; four nephews, Anthony Slater and wife Brionna, of North Carolina, Christopher Slater and wife Brooke, of Princeton, Michael Perkins, of Maine, Zachary Larsson, of East Greenwich, Rhode Island; several grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Ronald’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association Maine, 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough ME 04074.

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


WATERVILLE – Mary J. Huff, 82, passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at Northern Light Lake­wood Continuing Care, in Water­ville. Mary was born on Dec­ember 31, 1937, in Water­ville, to Lee and Lorena Joler, of Oakland.

She was married to Robert Huff on April 18, 1957. She was a homemaker and when her children were older she worked at Sterns Department Store, in Waterville, for many years until they closed. Later in life she worked for the Muskie Center, in Waterville, in the adult day care program, and earned her CNA working in home healthcare. She was a feisty lady, sometimes sassy and quite sarcastic. She enjoyed verbal banter with everyone. She was determined to live her life her way. She loved all stray cats and frequently took them in her home and gave them a great life.

She was an amazing knitter and made one of a kind blankets, jackets, and sweaters. She also enjoyed horses and watching the Kentucky Derby every year.

She is survived by her five daughters, Susan and Bob Barton, of Belgrade, Barbara and Mike Bickford, of China, Laurie Bennett, of Guilford, Peggy Huff and partner Brian Milliken, of Albion, and Amy and Curt Foy, of Fairfield; four grandchildren, Matthew Bickford and wife Emily, Daniel Bickford and wife Ellen, Sarah Byrne and husband Taylor, and Katie Barton; also four great-grandchildren, Sawyer and Evelyn Byrne, and Harper and Elliot Bickford; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband; son-in-law, Bill Bennett; and siblings, Norma, Wendell, Dolores, and Carolyn.

Services will be held on Tuesday, July 21, at 2 p.m., at the Maine Veterans Cemetery, on Mount Vernon Road, in Augusta. Following the graveside services a gathering will take place at Mary’s house, at 135 Clinton Avenue, in Winslow, at 3 p.m.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home,


WATERVILLE – Betty L. Fletcher, 80, passed away Thursday, June 18, 2020, at Oak Grove Center, in Waterville. She was born February 20, 1940, in Winslow, the daughter of William A. and Minnie L. (Morrill) Fletcher.

She is survived by two sons, John Fletcher and wife Alice, Troy Fletcher and wife Erin; two daughters, Becky Cookson and husband Jeff, and Tracy Fletcher; grandchildren, John Fletcher, Ashley Fletcher, Harley Fletcher, Jeff Cookson Jr, Dakotah Cookson; great grandson, Eithan Fletcher; four sisters, Nancy Fletcher and husband Bob, Margaret Lahay and husband Jim, Penny Fletcher and husband Michael, Marion Ewen; four brothers, William Fletcher and wife Liz, Todd Fletcher and wife Cindy, Mark Fletcher and wife Melissa, and Mike Fletcher.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lynn M. Fletcher in 2005; grandson, Liam Fletcher; two sisters, Elaine Dionne and Janet Davis.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family may send condolences to John and Alice Fletcher, 90 Morrill Road, South China, ME 04358.

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


WINSLOW – Avis Arlene (Kelley) Shaunessy, 81, of Winslow, passed away on Friday, June 19, 2020, in Augusta. She was born in Cornville, on December 7, 1938, the daughter of the late Sylvanus and Bessey Luvita (Bickford) Kelley.

Avis grew up in Vassalboro and attended Vassalboro schools.

Avis was employed by McClellan’s Department Store, on Main Street, in Waterville, for 26 years and worked as a CNA at both Mt. St. Joseph, in Waterville, and Klearview Manor, in Fairfield, nursing homes.

She married Carl Shaunessy on December 1, 1984.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Arnold Bickford, Bernard Bickford, and Herbert Kelley; and her sister, Esther Merrill.

Avis is survived by her husband, Carl Shaunessy, who says, “She was my little bundle of beautiful”; her son, Brian Keith Shaunessy and his wife, Wyona-Lynn; her two grandchildren, Brian and Brittany; her brothers, Sylvanus and Milan; and her sister, Marion.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, at Chadwick Hill Cemetery, in South China, with Pastor Steve Donahue officiating.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral & Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, June 18, 2020


OAKLAND – Theodore “Ted” H. Grandmaison, 78, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2020, at his home, in Oakland. He was born in Farmington, the son of Roland A. and Hilda (Rood) Grandmaison.

He enjoyed shooting guns, wood crafting, hanging out with his grandchildren, and taking rides in the car.

Ted is survived by two sons, Richard Grandmaison and partner Lisa Hood, Paul Grandmaison and wife Amanda; daughter, Marie Grandmaison and partner Glen Savage; grandchildren, Kiley Grandmaison and partner Bruce Moody, Sydney Grandmaison, Storm Savage, Kelsey Grandmaison, Cearra Grandmaison, Steele Savage and Scott Grandmaison.

He was predeceased by a son, Ted Grandmaison; former wife, Bette Fields; Damon Fountain, Patti Fountain.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

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


WINSLOW – Dianne E. Levesque, 76, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. She was born on October 16, 1943, in Jacksonville, Florida, daughter of William and Louine (Spinney) Cotter.

She was raised in Orrington and was a 1961 graduate of Brewer High School. She most recently resided in Winslow.

Dianne graduated college from Husson University, in Bangor. She held multiple office positions at Wyandotte Mill, W.S. Emerson, Myerowitz Chiropractic, Kennebec Behavioral Health, Morning Sentinel, and Dr. Rosalind Waldron.

As a loving wife, mother, Aunty Di, and nana, Dianne enjoyed spending time with family playing games, singing songs, and telling many stories. She had a fondness for knitting, sewing, singing, and playing piano, along with cooking many delicious family meals.

Dianne was predeceased by her parents, husband, Robert, and brother, Richard.

She is survived by her sons, Michael and wife Sibel, Monte and wife Jessica, Matthew and wife Joan, and Benjamin and wife Tomi; grandchildren, Michael Jr., Melanie, Angela, Nicole, Laura, Colby, Emily, Brenden, Jackson, and Madison; great-grandchildren, Chloe, Isabella, Colin, Zoey, Alexander, and Jonah; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Per Dianne’s request, there will be no memorial services. There will be a private family interment scheduled at a later date. Memories and condolences can be shared on Dianne’s Facebook page.


WINSLOW – Beatrice Delores Poulin, 94, passed peacefully of natural causes on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at her home. Beatrice was born in Waterville, January 4, 1926, the daughter of Gertrude Mae (Jolicoeur) and Francois Joseph Berard Sr.

Beatrice attended St. Francis de Sales school and graduated from Waterville High School in 1942. Beatrice also attended fashion school in New York City for one year but fell in love with her future husband, Donald, and returned to Maine.

Beatrice had a full-time job raising 11 children. During those years she gained experience in nursing, cooking and psychology, always caring and supporting her children.

Beatrice would spend every moment she could with her husband Donald, who nicknamed her “Queen Bea”. They managed to find time to go dancing, fishing and hiking. Beatrice was seen more than once wading up to her knees netting a five-pound Brook trout or a three-pound Salmon at the Belgrade Lakes dam.

Beatrice was a loving, caring person who enjoyed spending time with her family. Cribbage was a family game and Beatrice looked forward to playing with any family members or visitors. The cribbage tournaments at Goudreau’s Retirement Home, in Winslow, were always a highlight of her week.

As a long time, standing member of the St. Theresa Guild, she devoted her time to the church. Bea’s prayers and love for God is above no other love. A strong belief in religion and prayer, her faith in Jesus Christ helped bond her family together.

Beatrice was predeceased by her parents; her husband Donald; two sons, Peter and Marc; as well as brothers, Frank, Ralph, Fred, and Wallace Berard, and her sisters, Germaine Berard, Theresa Bunker, Ruth Totten, Gertrude Gagnon, and Charlotte Doucette.

She is survived by a brother, Arthur and wife Jean Berard, of Winslow; a sister, Honorine Lafreniere, of Lewiston; her children, Diane Poulin (Peter`s spouse), of Skowhegan, Paul and wife Betsy, of Tujunga, California, Phil, of Sidney, Pam and husband Pat Kearney, of Scarborough, Tom and wife Kim, of Oakland, Ted and wife Carol, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, Tim, of Sidney, Trudy, of South Portland, Meg, of Scarborough, Mat and wife Becky, of Oakland; 19 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a private church service held for immediate family.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

Arrangements are by Wheeler Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 26 Church St., Oakland.

Those who wish to make a donation may contact Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter and Services at or Sacred Heart Soup Kitchen at


WINDSOR – Tamara L. Schriver, 56, died Friday, June 5, 2020, at Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta, following a brief illness. She was born January 15, 1964, in Gardiner, the daughter of Paul and Dora Dolan Schriver.

She attended Gardiner schools and graduated from Gardiner High School in 1982. She attended cosmetology school, then worked for U.S. VA Togus, and was there for the last 25 years as a sensory and physical rehab therapist. While at Togus, she served on several committees including the Native American committee for veterans.

Tammy loved the ocean and being on the beach. She attended pow wows, enjoyed arts and crafts, shopping and motorcycles. She worked at the Windsor Fair for many years.

She is predeceased by her parents, a daughter Tabitha Luczkowski; brother, Todd Schriver and half-brother, Stephen Schriver.

She is survived by two sons, Adam Schriver and wife Stephanie, of Gardiner, Anthony Luczkowski, of Windsor; daughter Vada Luczkowski, of Windsor; half-sister Lynn Schriver, of Florida, and several cousins and nieces and nephews.

A private burial be will held in Mount Hope Cemetery, South Gardiner.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 1 p.m., at Tammy’s Home, 16 Barry Lane, Windsor.

Arrangements are by Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner where condolences, memories and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of our website


OAKLAND – Michael D. Taylor, 59, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2020, at his home, in Oakland. He was born July 15, 1960, in Waterville, the son of Harland and Carol (Furbush) Taylor.

He attended Messalonskee High School, class 1979. On August 9, 1997, he married the former Linda Pooler. He worked most of his life in the family owned business, A.L.Taylor and Son, in Oakland. His favorite pass time of all was hunting, whether it be on his own, with friends or teaching someone in the family. He also enjoyed fly fishing, anything outdoors, and tinkering on anything with a small engine.

Michael is survived by his wife of 22 years, Linda E. (Pooler) Taylor, of Oakland; two sons, Shawn L. Taylor and partner Marie, of Oakland, and their children, Brandon, Matt, Damian and Trinity, and Derick M. Taylor and partner Haley, of Oakland, and their children, Katlyn, Kaleb, Kayleb and Camren; daughter Nicole L. Taylor and son Cody, of Oakland; stepson Christopher G. Sinclair and partner Nichole, of Fairfield ,and children Brittany, Summer, Ally, Ava; stepdaughter Heather Dickson and partner Walter, of Norridgewock; Harland Taylor and stepmother Gloria, of Oakland; Jeff Taylor and wife Linda, of Oakland, Dan Taylor and wife Cathy, of Oakland; brother-in-law Mike Eller, of Benton; several step grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his mother, Carol (Furbush) Taylor; sister, Susan Eller; and nephew, Ryan Taylor.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 20, 2020, at 11 a.m., at A.L. Taylor & Son, 12 Heath Street, Oakland.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family may contact Nicole at (207) 314-7962. Please leave messages.

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


AUGUSTA – Donna M. Libby, 83, of Winslow, passed away Monday, June 8, 2020 at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta, of organ failure. Donna was born August 19, 1936, in Waterville, daughter of Dana and Arlene (Bolduc) Morin.

She graduated from Mt. Merici Academy, in Waterville, class of 1954. Donna met her sweetheart, Leonel Libby, while working at JB Friel in 1955. They were then married on September 15, 1956.

Donna and Nel had three children, Melissa Routhier, Celeste Dechaine and Mark Libby. Donna and Nel truly enjoyed their card playing and cribbage games.

Donna worked at JB Friel Insurance Co., Waterville Hardware, and was a local Avon representative. Most of her life she worked as a homemaker.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, in Winslow. She enjoyed doing cross stitching, visiting coastal Maine, going out to lunch with friends and family, and shopping. She made sure all family birthdays, anniversaries, etc., were celebrated.

Donna was predeceased by her husband, Leonel and her parents, Dana and Arlene Morin.

Donna is survived by her children, Melissa Routhier and husband James, of Vassalboro, Celeste Dechaine and husband Bruce, of Elm City, North Carolina, and Mark and wife Lynn, of Vassalboro; her grandchildren, Jason Rodrigue and partner Adam Smith, of Saco, Nichole Hawkins and husband James, of Baltimore, Maryland, Ryan Deschaine and wife Alison, of Clinton, Stephanie Marcoux and husband Brad, of Fairfield, Brett Libby and girlfriend Jordyn, of Waterville, Jamie Routhier and wife Amy Starkey, of Winslow, Jessica Routhier, of Winslow, Danielle Dechaine, of Little River, South Carolina, and Cassandra Dechaine and fiancé Stefan Larose, of Somerville, Massachusetts; her great-grandchildren, Cooper Starkey and Aria Marcoux; her only sister, Annette (Morin) Bosse, of Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was held, by invitation only, on Saturday, June 13, 2020.

Please visit to share your condolences and memories with Donna’s Family.


WINDSOR – Diane (Doyon) Kaslauskas, 74, of Ridge Rd., passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2020, following a brief illness, at Androscoggin Hospice House, Auburn. Diane was born on March 1, 1946, at Maine General Hospital to Hercules and Yvonne Doyon.

Diane grew up in Chelsea with sister Nancy, attending Chelsea elementary schools and graduating from Erskine Academy, in South China, in 1956.

Following graduation, Diane began working for the state in the Department of Transportation. She worked her entire career, of over 30 years for the State of Maine.

Diane will be remembered for her hours of dedication to both the Cub Scouts and Little League foundations for her sons, Mike and Delmar. Diane would often say that she had high cholesterol from eating “all the hot dogs from the concession stand every night of the week,” because she was always at the fields supporting her boys.

As a dedicated Den mother, Diane, despite her fear of heights, marched a pack of Cub Scouts up a mountain in Camden Hill State Park.

Diane loved guiding for Mary Grove at the Poland Mining Camps, where she and Butch mineral hunted for many years. Diane was also very proud of her gardens. You would often see her outside in the mornings weeding and trimming to beat the heat. Diane would always get stopped at the local store by other Windsor residents commenting on how nice her flower beds looked.

Diane’s other joy was her many fur babies, including her two cats, Garfield and Daisy.

Diane will be remembered for her spunk and tenacity. For her five-foot frame, which was no match for even the biggest foe or any unsuspecting cashier who may have mistakenly forgotten that she was owed a penny.

Diane loved her weekly shopping trips with her best friend, Lucy Mills. Always a family woman, Diane was most proud of her two grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Coleman. Diane loved having family to her house for any holiday to celebrate with her loved ones.

Diane is survived by her husband of 28 years, Lynwood “Butch” Kaslauskas; her two children, son Delmar Cooper, wife Jen and grandchild Coleman; and son, Michael Cooper, wife Lisha and granddaughter Kaitlyn; her sister, Nancy Berg; niece Diane York and nephew Tom Gousse and families.

A private burial will be held at a later date in Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery.


SIDNEY – Rayleen E. Coulombe, 58, of Sidney, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, June 11, 2020, following a valiant, hard-fought battle with multiple myeloma blood cancer and secondary plasma cell leukemia. She was born in Gardiner on November 19, 1961, the daughter of Raymond Hanning and Eileen (Bryant) Hanning.

Rayleen graduated from Messalonskee High School, in Oakland, in the class of 1980. Rayleen commenced her work career as a nanny for a local family with whom she remained close right up to until the end of her life. She then worked for many years at Photo Finish, in Augusta, as a lab technician processing photographs and finished her career at KV Federal Union, in their Augusta and then Oakland offices, until she was stricken with cancer in October 2019.

Rayleen was a woman of numerous interests with which she was avidly involved with. Her favorites were her family, photography, gardening, crafting, animals, travel, Christmas, and reading being of primary note. Rayleen was extremely passionate and loyal to her family, friends and interests and noted for being prepared for any contingency.

Rayleen married Peter Coulombe, the love of her life, on September 19, 1992. Rayleen and Peter had two children, Thomas Coulombe and Jennifer Coulombe.

Rayleen was predeceased by her father, Raymond Hanning, her maternal grandparents and paternal grandparents.

She is survived by her husband Peter; children Thomas and Jennifer; her mother Eileen Hanning; siblings, Michael Hanning, Stephen Hanning, Coleen Hanning, Greg Hanning and wife Melissa; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.

There are no public visiting hours planned.

A Celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Augusta.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, ME.

Condolences, stories and photos may be shared at

Memorial donations may be made to either: Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, Office of Philanthropy, PO Box 828, Waterville, ME 04903 or, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, June 11, 2020


LARGO, Fla. – Charlotte Jeanne “Chickie” McBride Caron, 86, passed peacefully on March 26, 2020, at Oak Manor Senior Living, in Largo Florida. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on November 28,1933, the daughter of now deceased Leo and Dorothy McBride.

Charlotte was educated in Waterville schools, graduating with the class of 1951 from Waterville High School. Following graduation, she was employed by New England Telephone Co.

She moved to Florida in 1971 and retired from General Tel. (GTE) in 1989.

Being a strong person of faith she was an active member of Indian Rocks Baptist Church in Largo.

For countless years Charlotte enjoyed returning to Maine vacationing at Webber Pond. Family was important to her. She enjoyed art at young age and instilled the value of creativity to her children and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by ex-husband, Donald R.Caron.

Surviving are four children, Steven Caron and son Samuel, Brian Caron and wife Vonnie and sons Scott and Cody, Randall Caron, and Laurie Caron Coker and husband James Coker and children, Sarah Coker Speeks, and James Coker III: six great-grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Hemphill, of Vassaboro; and a brother, Patrick McBride and wife Sonya, of Norridgewock;

Due to the Covid19 pandemic a graveside service will be at a later date.


SMITHFIELD – Marie Lemieux, 101, formerly of Norwood, Massachusetts, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2020, at home. She was born on February 2, 1919, in Boston, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of the late Fiorenzo Cardellicchio and Lydia Cangiano Cardellicchio.

She attended school in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Marie’s family always came first. She was a woman who spoke her mind in all matters, and lived on her own terms. She was generous, and truly an extraordinary cook. Traditional Italian food was her specialty. Lucky were those who were invited to dinner.

Over the years, she loved to shop at The Christmas Tree Shop and Reny’s were among her favorite stores. She also enjoyed sitting on her deck on sunny days, looking out over North Pond and sipping iced coffee. Most of all, she loved her grandchildren, and was delighted when two beautiful great-grandchildren were born.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Madeline Glantz and Irma Rice; brother Daniel, and her husband Donald Lemieux.

Marie is survived by her loving son, Mark Lemieux; and her grandchildren, Gina Lemieux and her fiancé David Weston, Anthony Lemieux and his fiancée Katie McDermott, Elise Lemieux, Daniel Lemieux, and Christopher Lemieux; great-granddaughter Chloe Weston; great-grandson Tony Lemieux; nieces Ann Parker, Marie Farnsworth, Elise Sola, Ellen Nopper, Nancy Elliott, and Kerri Cardelli; nephews, Stephen Cardelli, William Cardelli, Dan Cardelli, David Rice, and their families. A service will be held at a later date.


WATERVILLE – Scott Stanley Holmes, 80, passed away Monday, May 18, 2020, at his home after fighting a year-and-a-half battle with cancer. He was born in Waterville on April 29, 1940, to Stanley and Shirley (Stetson) Holmes.

In his youth, Scott worked on the family farm. When he took over the business for his father, he started with 30 cows and built the business to a 250-head dairy farm. He was very entrepreneurial and tried different ways to increase milk production with success. After selling the farm, he bought and sold cars. In his later years, he worked for his son, Nathan, at Layne lnliner, driving up and down the east coast and enjoying the camaraderie with his younger co-workers. Scott was an outgoing, gregarious, generous, intelligent hard-working man. He loved to tell a good story and a good joke. His adult life passion was for snowmobiling. He would take day trips as often as possible or just an hour around the land at the farm. He and his friends once shipped their snowmobiles out to Minnesota and flew out to get them. They took a journey sledding from Minnesota, up through Canada and down to home.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia (Vigue) Holmes; his son, Nathan and wife Tammy; daughter, Roxanne and her husband Tom Cahill, and son Dwayne Holmes; grandchildren, Miriah, Orlando, Jordon, Sophie, Krysta, Calvin, Connor and Lindsay; as well as his three great-grandchildren, Cotlen, Elzaeda and Cara; sisters, Gail Demmons and Lee and her husband Harold Francis. He had numerous cousins.

Services and burial will be scheduled at a later date.


SOUTH CHINA – William “Bill” F. Gray, 90, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at his home in South China. He was born September 25, 1929, at his family home in Windsor, the son of William W. and Sara (Hunter) Gray.

He graduated from Erskine Academy, in South China, then enlisted in the United States Navy, proudly serving his country for four years on the U.S.S. Lette during the Korean Conflict, until his honorable discharge. When he returned to the states, he married and started his engineering career at Central Maine Power Company where he worked as a microwave services engineer/supervisor and communication systems supervisor until his retirement.

Bill was a mason of the Kora Temple Shrine, in Lewiston, served as an active member in the National Guard, Deputy Sheriff in Kennebec County and the American Legion, in Winslow.

He is survived by his daughter, Debra (Gray) Tuttle, of Skowhegan; grandson, Justin Tuttle; great granddaughter, Keairah; sister-in-law, Laura M. (Fowle) Gray, of Windsor; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A dear family friend, Norman Elvin, assisted in providing wholistic care for him in the later years of his life.

He was predeceased by his parents, William and Sara Gray; wife of over 60 years, Joyce (Brewer) Gray; brothers, Richard and Philip Gray.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Interment will be at the Chadwick Hill Cemetery where he will join his late parents and wife.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Bill’s memory to Alzeheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

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


WATERVILLE – Hermel C. Nadeau, 86, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 21, 2020, following a long life. His last days were spent with his wife, Ingrid.

As a young man, Hermel worked as a grocery clerk for Cottle’s Supermarkets, in Waterville, and graduated from Waterville High, Class of 1953. He then served in the Naval reserve. In 1956, he moved with his mother to Stanford, Connectucut. After marrying Ingrid, they set out west in 1959 to follow the American dream to sunny California and start a family and was employed as a grocery manager. After many adventures on the west coast, they returned to Maine in 1976 where he was asked to return as a grocery manager at Cottle’s Supermarkets that then became Hannaford. He retired early, in 1992.

As a retiree he enjoyed traveling to visit his family, woodworking, reading novels, and watching action movies.

He was predeceased by his parents Gideon and Albertine Nadeau.

He is survived by his wife Ingrid; and sons Gerard, Gilbert, Michael and Peter; and many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Regretfully, due to Covid 19 restrictions, a service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Hermel’s honor to Good Shepherd Food Bank


VASSALBORO – Myra Annie Sinclair, 91, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at Balsam House, in Readfield. Myra was born in Waterville on July 4, 1928, the youngest of seven children of her parents, George R. and Helen S. Hinckley Mountfort.

She grew up in Waterville, spending summers on Cousins Island, in Casco Bay, with her family. Myra graduated from Waterville High School and attended Colby College, in Waterville. In 1947, she married Glenwood D. Sinclair at Getchell St. Baptist Church, in Waterville, moving to Vassalboro in 1958 with their two children, David and Ellen.

Myra was a natural caregiver throughout her life and in 1962, she pursued her passion for nursing and attended the Maine School of Practical Nursing at Sisters Hospital, in Waterville. Upon graduation, she joined the nursing staff at Thayer Hospital, in Waterville, as a general duty nurse. She also trained and was certified as a surgical technician and worked as a surgical assistant for the reminder of her 26 years at Thayer before retiring to care for her husband. Despite her job in the operating suites, Myra never lost connection with her patients and friends, visiting and supporting them and their families through generations of births, illnesses, medical issues, and end of life support.

After retirement, she volunteered at Mount St. Joseph Nursing Home, continuing to care for many within the local community. At the age of 67, Myra was recruited by the Maine Organ Bank, where she used her experience in surgery to assist in harvesting donated organs around the state and mentoring younger technicians with her caring approach and meticulous skills.

A lifelong member at Getchell St. Church, in Waterville, Myra’s strong faith in God colored all aspects of her life of service, bringing love, comfort and acceptance to all she encountered. She always found the best in people, no matter the circumstances. Myra will always live on in the hearts of her family and the scores of friends and acquaintances whose lives she touched throughout her life.

Myra is survived by her son, David and daughter-in-law, Anne Smith Sinclair, of Wayne; and her daughter, Ellen, of Princeton, New Jersey; her grandsons, Michael, his wife, Pam, and great-grandsons, Cameron, Chase, and Hunter, of Reading, Massachusetts; and Matthew, his wife, Amy, and great-granddaughters, Haley and Natalie, of Scarborough; and numerous nieces, nephews, and their families.

With the current restrictions resulting from the spread of Coronavirus-19, no services are scheduled at this time.

Arrangements are in the care of Roberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop, where condolences to the family may be shared on the obituary page of the website at

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may send a donation in Myra’s memory to P.A.L.S. Animal Shelter, in Winthrop, ME who accepted the care of her cat, Sweetie, and found him a new family. Donations can be made online through their Facebook page or directly to PALS Animal Shelter, 188 Case Rd., Winthrop, ME 04364.


FAIRFIELD – Sherwood Wayne Lee, 73, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor. He was born April 8, 1947, in Waterville, the son of Frank and Madelyn Lee.

He was a graduate of Waterville High School, class of 1966, and employed for many years at Universal Tire, in Waterville, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.

Sherwood was predeceased by his parents and sister Donna Benson.

Sherwood is survived by his wife of 53 years, Donna (Theriault) Lee, of Fairfield; son Kenneth Lee and partner Rebecca Smith, of Fairfield; daughter Lauri Hinton and husband Cory, of Greenwich, New York; grandchildren Ashley and Caleb Hinton, of Greenwich, New York; sister Sandra Gordon, of Waterville; brother Barry Lee and wife Jane, of Fairfield; four nieces, Candy Lachance and husband Glen, Sandy Wentworth and husband Kevin, both of Fairfield, Kim Carrol and husband Shaun, of Clinton, Heather Vigue and husband Greg, of Winslow; three nephews, Bryan Gordon, of Clinton, Barry Lee Jr. and wife Ginger, of Benton, Scott Gordon, of Waterville; and many grand nieces and nephews

A graveside service will be held at a later date, to be announced at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Sherwood’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, 10 Speen Street, 2nd Floor, Framingham, Massachusetts 01701.


CHINA – Mary Montague Fitzgerald, 82, died on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at her home, in China. She was born on October 28, 1937, to the late James Montague and Mildred R. (Laffey) Montague, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

She attended the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing, graduating as a registered nurse. She worked in hospitals in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Maine, finishing with 20 years at Cary Medical Center, in Caribou,. Mary was also an artist and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston, studying jewelry-making.

She loved cooking, gardening, traveling, trying new restaurants, and reading.

Mary was predeceased by her husband of 40 years, Brian James Fitzgerald, in 2005.

She is survived by one son, David Montague Fitzgerald; daughter-in-law, Patricia; and grandsons Aidan and Conor, of Fulshear, Texas; and one daughter, Caragh Beth Fitzgerald; son-in-law Mark Davis; granddaughters Sylvia and Claire Davis, both of China; and one sister-in-law, Louise Helen Fitzgerald, of Lake Montezuma, Arizona.

At her wishes, no services will be held.

Arrangements are in the care of Plummer Funeral Home.


AUGUSTA – Linda (Viola) Kenniston, passed peacefully at the Grey Birch Nursing Home, in Augusta, on Thursday, May 28, 2020. Linda was born in Waterville at Sisters Hospital. Linda was the daughter of Viola and Leonard Plourde.

Linda has one brother Lester Plourde, of Winslow, and a sister who has passed, Sylvia Plourde, of Hanson, Massachusetts. Linda attended Waterville High School and graduated in 1966.

Linda married Terrance Kenniston, also of Waterville, in March 1968. Linda was a loving mother and a housewife in Hallowell most of her life. Linda did work for Key Bank for a number of years while her children were in school, and this allowed her plenty of time to support her children’s after school activities.

She is survived by her husband, Terrance Kenniston, of Augusta; her son and daughter-in-law, Steve Kenniston and Donna Venegas Kenniston, of Boston, Massachusetts; and her daughter, Kim Kenniston, of Hallowell.

There will be a private graveside service on June 11, 2020 at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, in Augusta.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral and Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers,please donate to either the Humane Society or Hospice of Maine.


WATERVILLE – Elizabeth Jurdak Lancaster, 89, longtime resident of Pittston, died on May 28, 2020, at Bear Mountain Assisted Living, in Sudbury, Massachusetts, following a long struggle with dementia. She was born on November 12, 1930, the daughter of Edward G. Sr. and Anastasia (Belanger) Jurdak, in Waterville.

She was an honors graduate of Waterville High School in 1949 and returned to college as an adult where she maintained a 4.0 cumulative average. Her proudest achievement, however, was seeing her two children through college.

Betty married Donald W. Lancaster, of Pittston, on June 30, 1956, and remained devotedly by his side until his death in 1976. They shared the same November 12 birthday, and he always said that she was his best birthday present ever.

Betty worked at many manufacturing companies in Waterville along with managing her family’s store. After her move to Pittston, she worked for many years at Commonwealth Shoe, in Gardiner.

Betty was a long-time member of Christ Church Episcopal and a former president of the Alter Guild. After her retirement in 1998, she sold her home and moved back to her hometown of Waterville until her illness began in 2008.

Betty was predeceased by her parents; her husband Donald; her brothers Robert Jurdak and Donald Jurdak; her sisters Jeannette Ross, Marie Paradis and June Plisga.

She is survived by her son John R. Lancaster, his wife Kimberly (Ingham) and their children Kathryn Elizabeth and Matthew John, of Natick Massachusetts; her daughter Dawn Lancaster Mahoney, her husband Daniel Mahoney and their son Adam Daniel of Temple, New Hampshire; brothers Edward G. Jurdak, Jr., of Waterville, Richard N. Jurdak and his wife Marian, of Oakland; sister Sandra N. Marcoux, of Waterville; and her sister-in-law Noella Jurdak, of North Attleborough, Massachusetts; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be a graveside service later at her family’s convenience.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville.

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


FAIRFIELD – Robert Brian Tupper, 73, passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor, following a brief illness. Brian was born May 3, 1947, in Waterville, the son of the late Robert E. and Muriel (Hartford) Tupper.

He was the longtime companion to Donna (Farrin) Chapman with whom he shared 26 years. He was a beloved best friend, partner, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was known as the “Old Man.” He was a resident of Fairfield for most of his life, a graduate of Lawrence High School, class of 1965. He went on to further his education graduating in 1969 from University of Maine Orono with a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry, where he was also a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.

He was a United States Army veteran serving in Thailand during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar and Grenade.

After leaving the service, Brian worked as a manager at Agway Farm Supply. He completed his employment years as a driver for UPS before his retirement. He was a gentleman farmer at his family farm and sold hay, farmed pumpkins and raised cows.

Brian treasured the time he shared with his family and always enjoyed the grandchildren coming to the farm and playing in the maple tree. He also enjoyed gardening and planting and caring for his flower beds. Brian was active with 4-H – one of his favorite activities was showing guernsey cows – he was a former junior member of Victor Grange #49, in Fairfield Center, and was a former member and acolyte at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, in Waterville.

In addition to Donna, Brian is survived by his son Christopher B. Tupper and his wife Holly, of Cornville; his daughters Jill M. Stepniak and her husband Robert; of Florida and Tiffany M. Allen; of Maine; stepsons Christopher A. Chapman and his wife Molly, of Smithfield, and Brady T. Chapman and his wife Jennifer, of Skowhegan; and stepdaughter Stacey Bosworth and her husband Scott, of Cornville; his siblings Catherine M. Tupper and her husband Richard Dobbs, of New Mexico, James H. Tupper and his wife Daphne, of Fairbanks, Alaska, Leanne M. Stevens and her husband Edward ,of Fairfield, Gretchen M. Ross and her husband John, of Fairfield, and Cynthia L. Hymel and her husband Curtis, of Fairfield; 11 grandchildren Jake, Samantha, Drew, Jordan, Kaytlin, Ryan, Zachary, Erica, Chase, Wyatt and Morgan; four great-grandchildren Winston, Sophia, Jace and Ava; and many nieces and nephews; numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.

In addition to his parents, Brian is predeceased by his son Eric B. Tupper.

A graveside service will be in Tozier Cemetery.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

Arrangements are in the care of the Lawry Brothers Funeral and Cremation Care, 107 Main St. Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Maine Medical Center Portland, Maine.


ROME – Maureen Theresa Vines, 80, passed away quietly on Monday, June 1, 2020, at her camp, in Rome. She was born September 5, 1939, to Michael and Lillian Garrity of Scituate, Massachu­setts.

She married Bill Vines in May 1962, at St. Mary’s Church, in Scituate Harbor, Massachusetts.

She was an amazing wife and mother to their four children, Lisa Bruce (Steve), Laurie McHugh (George), Dan Vines (Jill), Brian Vines (April), eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and her nieces and nephews.

Maureen enjoyed a rich and beautiful life filled with much happiness. She found peace in her gardens and painting her artwork. It was her signature song bird whistle that could always be heard when she was near. Her younger years on the ocean were spent mossing, fishing, boating and working “down the harbor.” She raised her family in Waterville and shared her joy of being “UPTA” camp in Belgrade Lakes during the summer months. She was a beautiful person and an incredible mon: lemonade stands, making the annual skating rink, endless sports games and activities,… and all the while so nurturing. Her hands were rarely still.

The family camp on Great Pond was Maureen’s “Special Place. ” She loved gatherings there with family and friends, taking great pride in her flowers and watching her children and grandchildren grow up playing on the beach. Maureen, “Nanny Goat” to some, had been blessed with a gift for children. She genuinely delighted in playing with all her grandkids and puttering them around in her golf cart. Always quick with a chore or an activity, she cultivated spirit and many life lessons in all.

Later in life, Maureen loved spending winters with Bill on Marco Island, Florida. She took pleasure in the warm breezes, dining out with dear friends, and the rousing games of poolside Dominoes. For nearly 30 years, she looked forward to family visits from her children and grandchildren and welcomed them into her home, creating special memories.

She was predeceased by her husband Bill in 2003.

A celebration of Maureen’s life is planned for a future date.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the Belgrade Lakes Association (BLA), 137 Main St., Belgrade Lakes, ME 04918.

Arrangements under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, Skowhegan.

Family and friends wishing may send flowers in Scott’s memory to 19 Alden Street, Waterville, Maine 04901

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


CANAAN – Robert A. Pooler passed away Saturday, March 14, 2020. A graveside service will be held Saturday, June 13, 2020, at noon, at Walker’s Cemetery, Tuttle Road, Canaan.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, June 4, 2020


ROME – Stephen James Loder Sr., 72, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2020, at Maine­General Medical Center, in Augusta. He was born Sep­tember 24, 1947, in Massa­chusetts, the son of Alfred and Esther (Bean) Loder.

He graduated from Erskine Academy, in South China, in 1965, and as a commercial truck driver for Fred’s Coffee, of Waterville, from 2009 to 2019.

On May 26, 2001, he married the former Cynthia Colson, in Bangor.

He was a member of the Elks Club and enjoyed playing darts, pool, and helping people with whatever they needed.

Stephen is survived by his wife of 18 years, Cynthia (Colson) Loder, of Rome; three sons, Tobey Loder and wife Heidi, of Fairfield, Stephen Loder Jr., of Clinton, Jeramy Loder and wife Tammy, of Clinton; two stepsons, Mark Rancourt and wife Pauline, of Oakland, Peter Rancourt and partner Audra Fleury, of Winslow; stepdaughter, April Rancourt and partner Jamie Webster, of Belgrade; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Adrienne Loder, of California, Ruth Armstrong, of Fairfield; mother-in-law, Beverly Furbush; three sisters-in-law, Lori Kopaz, of Louisiana, Lisa Colson and partner David Conley, of Waterville, Diane Colson, of Benton; three brothers-in-law, Richard Colson, of Portland, Dana Colson and partner Laurie Clement, of Mercer, Lawrence Colson, of Ellsworth.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

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

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may makedonations in Stephen’s memory to the Waterville Elks Lodge, 76 Industrial Street, Waterville, ME 04901.


LITCHFIELD – Robert Rowell, 94, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020, following a more than 30-year battle with cancer. His death was not due to Covid-19. Bob Rowell was born on June 18, 1925, in Waterville. He was a world traveler who lived his entire life within 50 miles of Waterville.

In 1990, Bob Rowell was on the second cruise ship to ever visit Yemen. The Prince of Yemen greeted the passengers. Over his lifetime, Bob traveled to 63 countries including India, China, New Zealand, and Russia. His favorites were the Black Forest of Germany and Austria, where he traveled with his second wife, Marion. Bob passed on this love of travel to his children, taking them on trips throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

As a boy he worked on the family farm, in Fairfield Center, and at the Rowell’s Cash Market, a small grocery store, on Main Street, in Waterville. He was a graduate of Higgins Classical Institute and Colby College, in Waterville, class of 1949, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

Bob served in the U.S. Navy during both World War II and the Korean War. Employed by Boothby and Bartlett Insurance Agency, in Waterville, for over 40 years, he was vice president and general manager and a frequent member of the Aetna Million Dollar Roundtable.

Active in civic affairs, he volunteered to serve the Waterville community. Bob served as president of the Waterville Red Cross, Waterville Boys’ Club, Kiwanis Club (his sister-in-law, Arline Berry Julia, spoke at his installation), and Waterville Chamber of Commerce. He served as trustee for Thayer Hospital, Mid-Maine Medical Center, Colby College, Hinckley School, and Good Will. He was a director of the Depositor’s Trust Company, Key Bank, Waterville Area Community Chest, and Waterville-Kennebec Valley Girls’ Club, all in Waterville. He was a former councilman and a former alderman for the city of Waterville. He was a member of the Waterville Country Club, Masons, and the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church. In 1958, at the age of 33, Bob was named the area’s Outstanding Young Man of the Year by the Jaycees.

At the age of 89, Bob moved from Camden to Granite Hill Estates, in Hallowell, where he had many friends. June 2019, at the age of 94, Bob joined five other veteran friends from Granite Hill to fly to Washington D.C. on the Maine Honor Flight. At Granite Hills he inspired his grandchildren by being awarded “Athlete of the Month.” He walked several miles daily.

Bob was predeceased by his wife, Pauline Berry Rowell; by his parents, John Enoch and Olive Bristol Rowell; his brothers, Howard, Willard, and Stanley, and his sisters, Eleanor, Ruth, and Margaret.

He is survived by his five daughters, Patricia “Tricia” Rowell Webb (John), of Litchfield, Margaret “Meg” Rowell Anderson (Steve), of Millersville , Maryland, Elizabeth Rowell DiPrima (Randi), of Gainsville Georgia, Barbara Sue Rowell, of Westminster, Maryland, and Joanne “Jody” Louise Dixon (John), of Severna Park, Maryland; his 12 grandchildren, Katherine Webb Read, Nathan Webb (Michelle), Laura Webb, Sarah Steinpfad (Micah), Mark Anderson, Matthew DiPrima (Carrie), Heather Vanner (Patrick), Robert DiPrima (Miranda), Jennifer Wirth, David Wirth (Hayden), Jack Dixon and Mike Dixon; six great-grandchildren, Corbin and Logan Vanner, Ethan, Isabel, and Charlotte Steinpfad, Alexandra Webb; his many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic there will be no visitation or funeral service. There will be a celebration of his life at a later time.

Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church Street, Augusta.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the funeral home website at


WATERVILLE – William “Bill” Henry Oswald, 90, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020. He was born on April 19, 1930, in Sunshine, Pennsylvania, son of Augustus and Maria (Euglebier) Oswald.

Bill was proud to serve his country as an Airman 1st Class, during the Korean War where he served as a mechanic. He received recognition for medals for National Defense Service and Good Conduct.

He met his first wife Rose Barbera at a dance in Brooklyn, New York, and they were married in 1956. They were blessed with two sons, Kurt William Oswald, of New York, and Garret Joseph Oswald, of New Portland. Bill moved his family to Maine in 1986 where he enjoyed retirement. He lost his wife Rose in 2002 following 46 years of marriage. He married his second wife Susan Froehlich in 2004 with whom he enjoyed 16 years. He loved his role as “Pops” and “Mr. O” to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He will be remembered as a faith-filled man who loved the Lord dearly. He attended the Tabernacle of the Congregation for 18 years, as a member of the Body of Christ. He will be remembered as a kind, gentle spirit who gave selflessly to others. He loved flying his model airplanes, the Blue Angels, and his passion for teaching others how to make stained glass creations. He enjoyed traveling, attending Air Force reunions, trips across the country as well as to Italy and Ireland.

Bill is survived by his wife Susan, of Waterville; his sons Kurt and friend Kenny; of New York, Garret and wife Valerie; of New Portland; sister Janet, of Cape Cod, Massachusetts; many nieces and nephews in Maine, New York and Las Vegas, Nevada.

He was predeceased by siblings August and Hilda and first wife Rose.

There will be a small private graveside service to be determined in the near future due to COVID-19.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Bill’s memory to Togus Springs Hospice Unit, 1 VA Center, Augusta ME 04330.

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


FAIRFAX, Va. – Patricia Powers Bizier, 87, passed away from complications of COVID-19 on Sunday, May 24, 2020, in Fairfax, Virginia. Patricia was born in Presque Isle on June 22, 1932, and is a 1949 graduate of Mt. Merici Academy, in Waterville.

Patricia married Dominique C. Bizier, of Winslow, in 1955. She graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a B.S. in education in 1956.

Patricia resided in Maine for a few years following her graduation and in 1960 moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. where she made her home and served as a kindergarten teacher at Lady Isle School. Her husband’s career took Patricia to Washington, D.C. in 1965 and she resided in the Washington area for the remainder of her life, living in Alexandria and Fairfax, Virginia, for over 50 years.

She was first and foremost an educator. She worked as a kindergarten teacher for Fairfax County public schools for several years. After her children were grown, Patricia returned to graduate school at Catholic University and earned an M.S. in library science in 1982. Patricia went on to a long and satisfying career as a librarian at Northern Virginia Community College, Manassas Campus, from which she retired in 1995. After retiring from NOVA Manassas, she shifted easily back into the role of grandmother and caretaker.

Patricia devoted herself to her family and her passions for gardening, cooking, reading and genealogy. She will be remembered for hosting many family gatherings including “Grammy’s Summer Camp,” where her grandchildren swam, played games, and did craft projects together. Patricia always had time to spend with her children and grandchildren. She met you with an open heart, a ready smile, open ears, and a caring nature. Patricia never passed up an opportunity to read a book, go for ice cream, or play dominoes with her family.

She was a long-time parishioner at both Good Shepherd Catholic Church, in Alexandria, Virginia, and St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church, in Fairfax, Virginia, and was a 12-year resident of The Virginian Retirement Community, also in Fairfax, where she served as treasurer of the Virginian Association of Residents.

Patricia’s family and friends will remember her determination, belief in education, but especially her undying love and support.

Surviving are her four children, Nancy Bizier Adams, of Fairfax, Virginia, Steven Bizier, of Leonardtown, Maryland, Karen Bizier Smith, of Falls Church, Virginia, and Michael Bizier, of King George, Virginia; and nine grandchildren.

Patricia was predeceased by her parents, Gertrude Pinette Powers and Dennis Joseph Powers; her husband, Dominique Clement Bizier; younger brother, Richard Powers, of Santa Ana, California, and two stepsisters, Dorothy “Kate” Pelletier and Mildred Massaria.

Interment will be at Fairfax Memorial Park. [Streaming service information St. Ambrose Church and Fairfax Memorial Park when available].

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia.


NORTH VASSALBORO – Bernadine Arlita Dutil, 88, of North Vassalboro, died at Glenridge Nursing Home of Augusta on Sunday, May 24, 2020. She was born April 23, 1932, a daughter of the late Bernard and Yvonne (Bovin) Poulin.

Bernadine attended local schools then proceeded to get her Med Tech and CNA certification. She worked at Lakewood Continuing Care, in Waterville, and Volmer’s Nursing Home, in Vassalboro, retiring from Volmer’s.

Bernadine was a parishioner and Eucharistic Minister at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, in North Vassalboro, until the closing of St. Bridget’s. She then became a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Church, in Winslow.

She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, needlepoint, crochet, music and family time.

Bernadine is survived by three daughters, Mary Sadulsky and husband Patrick, of Clinton, Angela Burns, of Manchester, and Yvonne Dutil, of Vassalboro; one son, Anthony Dutil and wife Kelly, of Vassalboro; six grandchildren, Michael Robinson and wife Megan, of New York, Bernard Robinson, of Bangor, Jennifer Gorman and husband Mike, of Fairfield, Arlita Trahan and husband Brian, of Monmonth, Nichole Dutil, of California, and Tasha Dutil, of Vassalboro. Bernadine also loved 12 great-grandkids, Madison Brow, Vincent Robinson, Colton Robinson, Mackenzie Robinson, Jacob Owen, Trevor Robinson, Landen Robinson, Evan Simon, Mycah Gorman, Gracelynn Gorman, Josephine Trahan, and Emmaline Trahan; her sister, Vondell Mairs and her brother, Bernard Poulin; her two brothers-in-law, Norman Dutil and wife Theresa, and Marlin Dutil; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Romano; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Bernadine was predeceased by her husband, Arthur; her parents; her sister, Rosalie Palow, brother-in-law, Harley Mairs; one nephew, Michael Mairs; and sister-in-law, Pasty Dutil.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, in Winslow, by invitation only.

Committal followed at Village Cemetery in North Vassalboro, also by invitation only.


WINSLOW – Rodney John McCaslin, 61, passed away on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta, due to liver and kidney failure. He was born October 20, 1958.

During his hospital stay family and friends were able to stay by his bedside in shifts 24 hours a day so he would not be alone. Rodney was a kind and generous man who would do anything for his family and friends. He loved to play golf, a game of pool and hang with his beloved dog, Sadie. He was a graduate of Winslow High School and Maine Maritime Academy, in Castine, and worked for years as a Merchant Marine until his retirement.

He lived on the Heywood Road, in Winslow, with his wife Judy, and his home was the residence for numerous family and friends who needed a place to stay. Although he hardly ever would be seen in the pool himself it was a gathering place. Downstairs, the pool table could sure tell some stories and most days he enjoyed a game of pool with his good friend Chad. He loved the game of golf and his unorthodox way of teeing off could be seen every year at the Collier Clash, and Randy and nephew Nate always had something to say to him. He enjoyed the after-golf pig roast at the Colliers. He loved the New York Giants football team and would rub it in if they ever won against the Patriots or Dolphins The “Rocket Man” was so great and helpful to his mom when she lived alone and he was first in line to help his family. He could tell a story and start things rolling and then step back and watch the fireworks.

Those that got to share his company when they went on a road trip sure have stories to tell. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.

He is survived by his wife Judy; and siblings Edward and Ruthanne, Carl and Annette, Barbara and David, Bruce, Colleen and Didin, Andy and Heather; sister-in-law Brenda; nephews Jonathan and Brian; niece Kalena; and was the godfather to his great-nephews Aidan and Connor; other nieces and nephews; Jeff, Julia ,Rachel, Jeremy, Jennifer, Brandon, Nate, Tyler, Corey, Kyle, Lindsay, Nicole and Stephanie.

Rodney was predeceased by his Mother Marjorie and his dad Harvey and his brother Ken .

A gathering will be held Saturday, June 6, 2020, at 6 p.m., at the family homestead on the Eames Road, in Winslow, on the back lawn maintaining social distancing as Rodney would want everyone to be healthy and safe. Be prepared to share stories, laughter, and we will even accept tears. For those unable to attend, please check Bruce McCaslin’s facebook page for a Zoom link.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Almost Home Rescue, P.O. Box 9421 # 377, South Portland, Maine 04116 (Almost Home

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


OAKLAND – Donald J. Veilleux, 81 of Oakland, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, following a short stay at Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta. He was born August 10, 1938, the first child of Paul and Grace (Tondreau) Vigue, in Waterville.

Graduating in 1958 with high honors from Waterville High School. He married the former Mary MacDonald on August 29, 1959. Mary passed away in 2018 following almost 60 years of marriage.

He owned and operated Don’s Pool Hall for several years in the early 1960s in the South End of Waterville. He worked as a cost accountant for Edwards Manufacturing, in Pittsfield, Bates Woolen Mill, in Lewiston, and Lipman Hatchery, in Augusta, and Maine Veterans Home, in Augusta, as a CNA.

Don and Mary operated Veilleux’s Foster Home for 20-plus years in their home, in Oakland. He also owned Don’s Sporting Goods and Snowmobile Parts, in Oakland, for many years.

Don enjoyed building numerous barns and sheds that still stand today. He enjoyed Maine’s changing seasons for fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, four-wheeling and camping. He also relished RVing with his wife, bringing their grandchildren regularly, and enjoyed two winters in Florida. Don spent a considerable amount of his life around North Pond, in Smithfield, even meeting Mary at the Smithfield Roller Rink in 1957.

Don was a cherished pépère to his grandchildren and great-granddaughters. His optimism was endless. His smile and laughter were infectious, his humor was priceless. Don’s positive attitude and support gave strength to those around him. If you had met Don, you were his friend.

Don is survived by two children, Richard Veilleux and his wife Cathy, Candis Veilleux and significant other, Ed Papsis; four grandchildren, Michael Veilleux, fiancée Jess Labbe and son Mason; Kelsey Veilleux, fiancé Elbridge Hardy; great-granddaughters, Raegyn and Devyn; Anthony Papsis, girlfriend Ariel Kane and Nick Papsis; two step-granddaughters, Desiree Thompson and Danielle Papsis; his brother and lifelong best friend, Gerry Veilleux; his only sister, who was precious to him, Sandra Saucier; in-laws, Barbara and Roger LeClair.

A Christian Mass will be held at Notre Dame Church, in Waterville, to be announced.

A Service of Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville, ME 04901. (207) 872-7676.


PORTLAND, TEXAS – Charles P. Sisson, 99, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 29, 2020, in Portland, Texas. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on February 24, 1921.

He came to Maine, living in South China and Windsor at the age of 10, upon the early death of his mother. He lived with his grandmother for a year until she passed away. He then lived out his childhood time with the Henry and Annie Kenoyer family where he was raised as one of their own. He attended Erskine Academy, in South China, and Colby College, in Waterville.

He met his first wife,Virginia Lucille Scott, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and they lived in Nederland, Texas, for 39 years. Charles was a resident of Nederland, for over 60 years.

Upon her death, he rekindled his relationship with his Maine family and it was upon a visit there, that he saw his high school sweetheart, Stella Glidden Farrington, at a high school reunion. They were married on June 14, 1992. They spent their summers in Maine on China Lake and wintered in Texas until they sold their home in Maine and Nederland and shortly thereafter moved to Portland, Texas, in 2013.

He retired after 30 years of employment with Gulf Oil Corporation as a chief engineer. He traveled all over the world. He was also employed by the Hartford Steam Boiler and Insurance Company for seven years as a district inspector.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the USMM in all theaters. He was a member of Nederland Masonic Lodge #1368 and of the Dirigo Lodge #104, of Weeks Mills. He belonged to the Scottish Rite Consistory of Galveston, Texas. He attended church both in Nederland and South China before his move to Portland, Texas, where he attended Country Bible Church while his health permitted him.

Charles was preceded in death by Virginia Lucille Scott and her two daughters, Exilee Barnett and her husband, and Margaret Ann Hatch as well as her husband, Reginald Winston Hatch. He was also preceded in death by his step-son, William “Bill” Farrington.

He is survived by his wife, Stella May Sisson, of Portland, Texas, and her two sons, Neil (Doreen) Farrington, of South China, and Wayne (Gloria) Farrington, of Zephyrhills, Florida; his grandchildren, Dixie (Ed) Johnson, of Deweyville, Texas, Susan (Ludie) Sherrer, of Leander, Texas, Lisa Turner, of Portland, Texas, Teri (Tom) Mayo, of Taft, Texas, Ashli (Robert) Hussey, of South China, and Ashley Farrington, of South China; 14 great grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren. Survivors also include many descendants of the Henry and Annie Kenoyer family, of Winsdor.

Memorial contributions can be made to Country Bible Church, 9849 CR 3755 Taft, Texas 78390, or a charity of your choice. Memorial Service will follow at a later date.

Guestbook available online at

Arrangements and care entrusted to Resthaven Funeral Home, Aransas Pass, Texas.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, May 28, 2020


WATERVILLE – Patricia “Pat” Frances Tulley Nadeau, 80, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Oak Grove Senior Center, in Waterville, where she had been a resident since May 2019. She was born in Waterville on February 12, 1940, the daughter of Francis and Beatrice (Pooler) Tulley.

Pat graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, in 1958 and briefly attended nursing school. Pat married Aime Nadeau in 1959 and for years they lived happily in central Maine raising four children and always worked hard.

Throughout Pat’s life, she was a switchboard operator, a chicken and dairy farmer, a custodian and a security guard with the State of Maine, a soap and candle maker and a writer. Family was always the centerpiece of Pat’s life and the center of her heart as she was a cherished mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to so many who often sought her out for her wisdom, support and humor.

She loved tracing genealogy and annually traveled with her husband to Fort Kent and Québec to learn about their French Canadian heritage. She always looked forward to seeing her “old buds” from high school, family reunions and she was happiest when she was visiting with family. She enjoyed knitting, singing, gardening, family events, taking “Sunday drives,” sitting at the beach, watching the Red Sox, eating lobster rolls, and just adored her family pets.

Pat could always tell a good story and would make quick friends with anyone.

She is survived by her daughters, Luci Dow and her husband George Dow, of South China, Angela Nadeau, of Bluffton, South Carolina; her son, Aime “Butch” Nadeau, of Auburn; her brother, Mike Tulley, of Fairfield; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and innumerable nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Aime Nadeau; son Ricky Nadeau; and her parents, Francis and Beatrice Tulley.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a funeral service will be held in the fall.

Arrangement are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, Waterville.

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

In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial donations to Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Rd., Waterville, ME 04901.


FAIRFIELD – Chauncey James Chapman, 36, of Fairfield, died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 10, 2020, in Waterville. He was born August 14, 1983, the son of Frederick and Mary Chapman.

Chauncey was an outdoorsman at heart. He spent many of his years fishing, hunting, hiking, cutting wood alongside his dad, and spending time outside with his mom. He also was an avid hockey player and enjoyed watching the sport over the years. Chauncey worked very hard as a metal roofer.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Stoddard and Margaret Stevens and paternal grandparents, Calvin and Alice Chapman.

Surviving are two daughters, Riley Stratton and Bella Donnell; a sister, Brooke Chapman; a niece, Alice Denis; and both his parents Fred and Mary. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Chauncey was loving and cared tremendously for his family and friends.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a Celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville.

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

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to help fight the opioid crisis here in Maine.


ALBION – Allen Thomas Knights, 86, of Albion, died peacefully in his sleep on Friday, May 15, 2020, at Oak Grove Center, in Waterville. He was born, in Albion, on July 2nd, 1933. The son of Roy and Lillian (Gill) Knights.

Allen graduated from Freedom Academy in Freedom, in 1952, followed by two years of active duty in the US Army.

In 1954 he married the former Mura Shibles, of Troy, Maine.

Allen was a dairy farmer/carpenter most of his life. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Allen and Mura enjoyed many years of traveling.

In 1956, Allen joined the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was a loyal member for 63 years. He was a past District Deputy Grand Master of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Maine, a past Grand Patriarch of the Grand Encampment of Maine, a past Department Commander of the Department Council of Maine, and a past District Deputy President of the Rebekah Assembly of Maine.

Allen was a member of the Albion and Unity Volunteer Fire departments and one of the first members of the Unity Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years Mura (Shibles) Knights; daughters Glenda Knights, and Marilee (Knights) Perkins and her husband Rodney; grandchildren Erin Hunter and significant other Jordan Labbe, Miranda Perkins, Jessica Perkins and fiancé Jim Duffy, and Kevyn Knights; great-grandchildren Aidan and Addison Witham; sisters Catherine Parks, Beverly Dixon and her husband Buster; brothers-in-law Phillip Shibles, Richard Shibles and his wife Mary, Brian Shibles and his wife Nancy;many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Dorothy White, his sister-in-law Marilyn Kitchen, and brother-in-law Kenneth Shibles.

According to Allen’s personal wishes there will not be a public service.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing to donate in Allen’s memory may do so to Albion Lodge #149, 22 Main St., Albion, ME 04910, or VA Hospice, 1 VA Center, Augusta, ME 04330.

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


FAIRFIELD – Norman A. Scott, 85, passed away on Friday, May 15, 2020, following a brief illness. Norman was born in Waterville on November 14, 1934, to Norman and Della Scott.

Known to many as “Scotty,” he worked as a truck driver until his retirement from Cole’s Express in 1998. He was a big man with a big heart and created many lasting friendships with his fellow workers and customers. On August 6, 1953, Norman married the former Gwendolyn Doody. Together they raised five children that brought them great joy: Steven, Danny, Doreen, David, and Penny. Norman was a great dad, and a great “grampy.”

He loved his grandchildren and spent many a Friday night and Saturday afternoon at his grandsons’ football games.After retirement Norman took up woodcarving and made many beautiful gifts which he just loved to give away. The people who were fortunate enough to receive one of these carvings will cherish it always. He was especially proud of the Christmas Tree ornaments her carved for the Festival of Trees, in Hinckley.

Norman is survived by his sons, Steven and his wife,Cynthia, of Winslow, Danny, of Canaan, and David, of South Carolina; his daughters, Doreen and Penny, both of Fairfield; his eight grandchildren, Chris, Brian, Kevin, Bradley, Rory, Rose, Bobby, and Heather; and his eight great-grandchildren.

Norman was predeceased by his parents, Norman and Della; his wife, Gwendolyn; twin children at birth; his brother, Carl, his sister, Gloria Dodge; his brother-in-law, Don Adams; and parents-in-law, Earl and Florence Doody.

Due to Covid-19, a graveside service will be held at a later date.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral and Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to theFairfield Interfaith Food Pantry, Fairfield, ME 04937, or to your local food pantry.


RIO VERDE, Ariz. – Kevin LeClair, 71, of Rio Verde, Arizona, passed away peacefully at the Eckstein Hospice Center, in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Sunday, May 17, 2020. Kevin was born on August 18, 1948, in Jackman, to Roland and Anna LeClair.

He was the eldest son of three children and graduated from Waterville High School in 1966. He continued his education after high school and graduated as an accountant from Thomas College, in Waterville. He married his college soulmate, Patricia Weed, in 1972, and they shared 47 years of marriage.

Kevin enjoyed being an entrepreneur in his life and had his own picture framing business, L and M Framecrafters, in Maine, and was the broker of High Performance Real Estate Services, in Arizona. Kevin and Patricia spent countless hours glamping throughout the U.S. visiting national parks and gorgeous sites, hiking and enjoying being in the great outdoors.

He was a very devoted husband, loved his cats and was a perfectionist at whatever he did. Whether he was designing and working on the landscaping or creating a new meal in the kitchen, his optimism was infectious and he always looked on the bright side of everything.

Kevin is survived by his wife, Patricia Weed; sister Darlene LeClair Franklin, of Palmetto, Florida; brother Kerry LeClair, of Waterville; aunt and uncle, Stanley and Jackie Redmond, of Bingham; sister-in-law, Sharon Thomas and husband Ronald, of Tucson, Arizona; brother-in-law, Curtis Weed and wife, Lucile, of Brunswick; as well as nieces and nephews.

There will be no funeral services.


OAKLAND – Scott Evariste LaVerdiere, 59, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 18, 2020, following a long battle with cancer.

Scott was an avid sportsman and loved hunting, fishing and competitive target shooting. At one time, he was in the top ranked target shooters in the state of Maine and was offered the opportunity to compete on the national circuit.

He graduated from Unity College with a bachelor of science in aquaculture. He was one of Unity College’s first students to have a scholarly article published while still an undergraduate. (Northeastern Naturalist, Vol.4, Enchanted Pond’s Resident White Suckers). He also was privileged to discover a new species of fish while working in his field of study.

Scott will be remembered for his dry wit and bottomless generosity. He adored all of his nieces and nephews, and each loved him immensely in return. He was his brother Bruce’s best friend and, in his last days, Bruce and his wife Shari honored his wish to stay with them until his passing. He was faithfully attended by friend and caregiver, Cecile Studley.

He was predeceased by his parents, Paul and Charlene LaVerdiere .

He is survived by his siblings, Bruce LaVerdiere, Audrey Yotides and Susan LaVerdiere; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins.

Regretfully, due to Covid-19 restrictions, a graveside service will be held for family only.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Scott’s honor, to Good Shepherd Food Bank P.O. Box 1807 Auburn, ME 04210.


VASSALBORO – Joseph Leroy Gagnon, 63, passed away from natural causes on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. He was born January16, 1957, the son of Joseph and Gloria Gagnon.

He was a skilled machinist who worked in many areas in central Maine. He loved helping coach his children in sports and boating. In his later years he loved riding his Harley Davidson and being with his children and grandchildren. He always was there for his children when they needed him especially when it came to their cars. He will be forever remembered by his grandchildren as Crazy Grandpa and Peepa.

He was predeceased by his father Joseph, mother Gloria, and brother Jerry.

He is survived by his children Joseph and wife Julie, Jaimie and significant other Ryan Gunzinger, and Jennifer and husband Nicholas Langella; his grandchildren Madelyn and Joseph Gagnon, Gabriella Reynolds, Raya and Nathan Langella; his brothers Jeff and wife Barbara, and Jim and wife Rose. He has many nieces and nephews.


WATERVILLE – Wayne R. Atwood died Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Lakewood Continuing Care Facility, in Waterville, where he resided for a little over two years. Wayne was born April 19, 1946, in New Portland, to Myra E. Atwood.

They moved to Kingfield when Wayne was a boy where Wayne attended the Kingfield school system, graduating from Kingfield High School in 1964. While in school Wayne excelled in basketball and baseball. Wayne’s love of baseball carried over to adulthood where he was a valued member of the Kingfield men’s softball team.Wayne also loved his Red Sox and Patriots, enjoying his trips to Fenway and being able to talk about players and statistics from childhood.

Wayne is survived by his sisters, Elaine and Lorraine Atwood; his daughter, Tammy Atwood and her son, Brett Hart; Wayne’s son, Todd Atwood and his wife Pamela and their children, Larry Bailey, Luke Atwood and Hannah Atwood, who recently gave Wayne his first great-grandson, Jacob. Wayne also leaves behind many cousins.

At Wayne’s request there will be no viewing or funeral.


WATERVILLE – Sister Rita Morin, formerly known as Sister Roger-Marie, 87, died Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at Mount St. Joseph, in Waterville. She was born in Lewiston, February 19, 1933, the daughter of Romeo and Marie-Laure (Pascal) Morin.

She received her early education at St. Mary’s Elementary School, in Lewiston, and at Sacred Heart Academy, in Jackman. Her college education was at St. Joseph College, in Windham, where she earned a B.A. in education. She also attended St. Michael College, in Winooski, Vermont, and the Universite Catholique de Paris for studies in Advanced French. She obtained a certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education at Bon Secours Hospital, Methuen, Massachusetts.

Sister Rita entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, in Auburn, in February 1951, and made her religious profession in August 1958. Her teaching assignments were at Holy Family School, in Lewiston, St. Rose of Lima School, in Jay, and St. John the Baptist School, in Winslow.

She served as chaplain in the Pastoral Care Departments of Central Maine Medical Center, in Lewiston, and Mount St. Joseph, in Waterville. She also worked for Murphy Homes, in Lewiston ,where she was especially gifted with the developmentally disabled adults, treating them with immense love and respect.

She moved to Mount St. Joseph in March 2018, where she resided until her death.

She is survived by a special niece, Claire Morin Sabine, nephews, several nieces and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents; her brothers, Roger and Adrian and her sister, Carmen.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place at Notre Dame Church, Waterville, with burial at St. Francis Cemetery, in Waterville to follow.

Due to COVID-19 and in accord with the Bishop’s directives, only sisters and immediate family will be present. All others are asked to pray with us from home.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville.

An online guestbook can be signed, condolences and memories shared at

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations for the Ministry Fund may be sent in Sister Rita’s memory to Sisters of St. Joseph, 80 Garland Rd., Winslow, ME 04901.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, May 21, 2020


SOUTH CHINA – Barbara C. Dowe, 88, of South China, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at the Alzheimers’s Care Center, in Gardiner. She was born the only child to Ralph and Madeline Cushman, in Boston, Massachusetts, on June 15,1931, the same year the Empire State Building was completed and opened.

She was an innocent, petit, blue-eyed beauty. As an infant she didn’t know the great challenges ahead: The U.S. was in the midst of the Dust Bowl Years, The Great Depression was worsening, and food prices and unemployment were going through the roof. She was sheltered living in Westwood, outside Boston, until her family moved to China.

During her childhood she inherited a true love of music. Her father, Ralph Cushman, had been a union musician in the Boston area and played drums for some of the big-name bands of the times, and her mother, Madeline Sampson Cushman, had “barnstormed” throughout New England with him before Barbara was born. Barbara never took up an instrument, but she was an accomplished singer performing at local minstrel shows, weddings, and her church choir. Musicals were her love!

On July 22,1951, she married Richard E. Dowe, of South China, and was instantly welcomed into the larger family that she had always wished for with five “sisters” and three “brothers”! Their support was so important when Richard left for military duty in Korea six months later because Barbara was pregnant with their daughter, Linda. When Richard returned home, the family headed to Tennessee for two years before returning to Maine in 1954 where they would settle down, buy a house and raise four children: Linda, Sherri, Rhonda and Rick.

A good many of the “Mom Years” were a time of struggle but also of a defined character. After all, she was a child of the depression. People remembered the hardship of the 1930s and the rationing of the war years, and she grew up to be “thrifty” and resourceful often adding to the family income by helping in Richard’s electronics business, raising dogs to sell, gardening, sewing and whatever else she could think of. That’s what it took to get by in China, in the 1950s with four kids, a mortgage and self-employment that provided a service and relied on people paying their bills.

She could stretch a dollar! Mom lived by JFK’s, “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” She – as so many others of her generation – believed in commitment to country, church, and community. There was Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary, China Food Pantry, South China Community Church, the list goes on. Even the hardware business that Richard and she started – Dowe’s True Value Hardware – was to fill a need for the community. It was a thriving business up until they retired.

Always at Richard’s side at American Legion events, Memorial Day parades, and numerous patriotic causes, she was committed to service for others. Whatever Barbara was involved in, she gave 110 percent to the cause.

As cruel as Alzheimer’s is, the lost loves of her life never vanished in the mist of the disease. During her final years she always waited for the arrival of daughter Rhonda, who had died in 2002, her husband Richard, who passed in 2016, her mother and best friend, Madeline, and her beloved pet, Kodi. She left a legacy of love and a challenge to others to continue helping those in need. Barbara was predeceased by her two parents, Madeline and Ralph Cushman; her youngest daughter, Rhonda Dowe; and her husband of 64 years, Richard E. Dowe.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Poulin and her husband, Don; her daughter, Sherri Glidden and her fiancé, Bill Gamble; her son, Rick Dowe and his wife, Mary; her four grandchildren, Stacy Westfall, Jesse Glidden, Tiffany Ranalla and Chelsea Dowe; and her eight great-grandchildren, Caleb Westfall, Joshua Westfall, Nathan Westfall, Nevaeh Ranalla, Peyton Dowe, Aubrey Ranalla, Liam Dowe, and Adaleigh Glidden.

Due to Covid-19 and the current health restrictions, a date for the service will be determined later.

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

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Barbara’s church, South China Community Church, South China Community Church, and mail to Ronald Emery, 267 Alder Park Road, South China, ME 04358.


CHINA – Fred Curtis, 71, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 3, 2020.

Fred lived a full and happy life and his legacy will forever endure in the hearts of family.

He had a special way of making anyone who came into his life feel like his family, particularly within the China community and in his church community. Fred was one in a million – a man who poured so much love into this world.

Fred bravely served our country in the Vietnam War, and further served the Pan Am Railroad, in Waterville, from which he proudly retired. Upon retirement, Fred faithfully attended to a service that was needed within the China community. He was a local businessman for many years, lovingly referred to as the “Trash Man.” Fred also served the Lord by, and through, the Winslow Baptist Church, where he helped with the youth group. His former Pastor described Fred as follows, “God used Fred in a wonderfully unique and amazing way. Every teen who entered that ministry knew that Fred cared for them. Fred was the most faithful servant in the youth ministry. He loved the Lord and he loved seeing kids step into faith and grow their walk with God.”

Most often, you could spot Fred driving around with his wife spending quality time together laughing; he always had such a witty sense of humor. They loved to drive around all day, enjoying each other and all the beautiful sights that Maine has to offer. Fred Curtis was first and foremost a family man, the glue that held it all together. He was kind and loving, but most importantly, he was a man of faith. He will forever live on in our hearts.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always preservers. Love never fails.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.

Fred is survived by his wife of 49 years, Terry Curtis; his children, Larry Curtis, Tony Curtis, Chris Curtis and Fred Curtis; two sisters, a brother, many grandchildren, cousins, nephews and nieces. He will be greatly missed by all.


CHINA – Kim Pamela Buckley, 63, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at her home on China Lake.

She was the wife of John Knizeski. Kim was born on December 1, 1956, in Albany, New York, to her loving parents, Julia (Norma) Townley and William Buckley. She graduated from Enrico Fermi High School in 1974, where she participated in several activities such as chorus and theater to the ski club. Kim was an accomplished life underwriter and pioneered telecommuting (working from home) for several companies.Kim will be missed by the China Village community. She was a valued and active member of the China Baptist Church. She was a beautiful alto as a choir member. In addition, Kim served on the Board of Trustees of the Albert Church Brown Memorial Library. She was also an animal lover for all creatures big and small.Kim will be remembered by her family and friends as the most generous and caring woman you could ever meet and the greatest wife and mother anyone could ask for.

In addition to John, Kim leaves behind two daughters, Tess and Heather, and a grandson, Alexander; her mother; and a sister, Gail Warnok and her family, from Enfield, Connecticut.

Due to the current circumstances, there will be a service at a later date.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral and Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.


FAIRFIELD – Christopher James Kinney, 48, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2020, following a long, courageous battle with terminal cancer. He was born October 1, 1971, in Calais, the son of James E. and Elizabeth M. (Davies) Kinney.

He graduated from Averill High School in 1990. He was employed for many years as a welder and has worked for the Morning Sentinel from 1991-2001, Cives Steel from 2005 to the present, Quick Lube, in Augusta, from 2000 to 2002, Jay’s Garage, in Oakland, from 1998 to present and Live Action Garage from 2014 to the present.

Christopher was a member of the Grace Bible Church, in Oakland, South Gardiner Baptist Church, and the Maine Mud Bog Association. He enjoyed mechanics, woodworking, ATV riding and helping others.

He is survived by Linda Hewey; two daughters, Gloria Kinney, Seairha Badger and husband Paul, two sons, Jason Works, Derek Todd; son-in-law, Mark Prosper; mother, Elizabeth Kinney; grandchildren, Brittney Works, Kristina Prosper, Lincoln Prosper, Mark Badger, Tyson Badger, Hailey Badger, Keairha Badger, Brandon Badger; daughter-in-law, Delani Bannett; adopted mother, Diane Bickford; brother, Jon Loisell; uncle, Jay Boulette; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Due to the coronavirus restrictions, a celebration of life and burial will be postponed until further notice.

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

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Christopher’s memory to the Restoration of “Big Red,” c/o Jason Works, P.O. Box 24, Hinckley ME 04944O, or Gloria Kinney,34 Summit Street, Fairfield, ME 04937.


OAKLAND – John “Jack” Joseph Jackson, 58, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2020, following a brief stay at MaineGeneral Rehabilitation at Gray Birch Drive, in Augusta. He was born in Camden June 14, 1961, the son of John Hollis Jackson and Yvonne Mary (Bellmore) Jackson, who both predeceased him.

Jack had many friends who were very dear to him as they were able to look beyond his disability and see him as the person he was. Having been born into the world with the challenge of Cerebral Palsy, Jack lived his life with courage and a stubborn determination to never let his handicap get in the way of living life to the fullest, making his own decisions and always having as much fun as possible. Jack was a life-long fan of the Boston Red Sox, WWE and all things Star Trek.

He is survived by his brothers Jeffery Bellmore and wife Laurie, of Owls Head, Scott W. Jackson, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and his sister Rhonda Lilly, of Vassalboro; his nephew and nieces John Scott Lacasse and wife Crystal, Abby Garrison and husband Kelly, Kate Bellmore and Emily Philbrook and husband Justin; as well as many extended family members including four great-nieces and a great-nephew.

A celebration of Jack’s life will be scheduled at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, Maine.

Condolences, stories and photos may be shared at

In lieu of flowers, we ask donations to be made to: The United Cerebral Palsy Association.


WINSLOW – Ronald “Ron” Wayne Christian, 38, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2020, due to medical complications. He was born July 29, 1981, in Waterville, the son of Yvonne Christian and Ronald W. Safford.

Ron graduated from Winslow High School. He had a care-free outlook on life and always willing to help a friend. Those who knew Ron got to hear some of his fabulous, unique stories, and inventions. Putting a smile on your face and some that made you go hmmmm….Ron was a great brother and friend to many. His big smile, big laugh, and outlook will be forever missed.

He is survived by his sisters, Sharon Christian (who he had a special relationship with, that will be forever missed) and Rachael Washburn.


HALLOWELL – Milton F. Huntington, 88, of Stickney Terrace, died Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at Maine­General Rehabilitation and Long Term Care at Glenridge Drive following an extended illness. He was born in Belfast on February 11, 1932, the son of Arthur Huntington and Josephine (Mansfield) Huntington.

Huntington graduated from Augusta’s Cony High School in 1950, and he attended the University of Maine at Orono following two years of active duty in Korea with the U.S. Army as a Military Police officer and regimental honor guard.

Prior to his retirement in 1992, he had served for 28 years as lead representative for the American Petroleum Institute. He was previously employed in Maine government as executive director of the Maine Highway Safety Committee and as a publicist for the Maine Department of Economic Development. Prior to state government employment, he served as a reporter and photographer for Augusta’s Daily Kennebec Journal and the Waterville Morning Sentinel.

A longtime resident of Augusta, he was the author of A Lifetime of Laughter and Things That Make You Grin (And Maybe Tick You Off). The books were based partially on his “Milt’s Musings” columns that appeared in Augusta’s Capital Weekly newspaper over a five-year period. He was also a long-time, regular contributor to the Pages in Time section of The Town Line newspaper, in South China, during his later years.

In addition, he recently published Celebrities, Politicians, and Me (Plus Korean Capers) and a book of poetry for children titled Poems with a Plot.

Milt was a past president of the Maine Publicity Bureau and the former secretary-treasurer of the Maine Highway Users Conference.

His community activities include service as scoutmaster and deacon for Augusta’s South Parish Congregational Church, and as a fundraiser for the Kennebec Valley United Way, Kennebec Valley YMCA and MaineGeneral Medical Center, where he also served as a reception desk volunteer for four years. He was president of the Augusta Kiwanis Club in 1965, and he is a former president and current Secretary Emeritus of the Kiwanis Past Presidents Club. In 2011, he was named Augusta Kiwanian of the Year.

In April 2019 the Maine Health Care Association selected him as one of the 35 Mainers honored in the annual Remember ME photography exhibit and recognition ceremony at the Augusta Civic Center.

Surviving is his wife of 62 years, Lillian M. (Munn) Huntington, of Hallowell; two sons, Charles Huntington, of Newcastle, and Thomas Huntington, of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania; and daughter Susan Harley, of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania; four grandchildren.

There are no public visiting hours and no public service planned. Burial will be in Wilton at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, Maine.

Condolences, stories and photos may be shared at

OBITUARIES for Thursday, May 14, 2020


WHITEFIELD – Barbara A. (Woerter) Skillin, 82, passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at home following a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Orman D. Skillin with whom she shared 59 years of marriage. Barbara was born November 21, 1937, in Queens, New York, the daughter of the late William A. and Marjorie (Francois) Woerter.

Barbara was the owner and operator of Silouette of Beauty where she was a passionate talented beautician for many years until her retirement.

Barbara was loved by all who knew her and will always be remembered as an easy going, kind, humble woman who had a passion and an eye for crafts, art and sewing. She loved her home, gardening and her dogs cat. She also enjoyed visiting West Lake.

She is survived by her daughters Bonnie Murray and her husband Michael, of Wiscassett, and Debra Skillin and her fiancé Deane Meadows, of Topsham; her son Daniel Skillin and his wife Bonnie Chadwick; of Sidney; her companion John Christie, of Richmond; grandchildren Brandon Garrett Skillin and Alicia Mae Skillin, Nathanael Michael, James Patrick and Ryan Dale Murray; seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Barbara was predeceased by her parents and husband; and brother Richard W. Woerter.

A private graveside service was held at Maine Veterans Cemetery, Mt. Vernon Road.

Arrangements are in the care of the Staples Funeral Home, 51 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner.

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


CHINA – Harry Osgood Pollard III, 60, passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Harry was born on February 23, 1960, in Waterville, to Harry Osgood Pollard II and Louise Diane Gerry.

He played football for the Lawrence Bulldogs, in Fairfield, and graduated in 1978. He attended the Maine Maritime Academy, in Castine, where he studied engineering. Over the years, Harry had a passion for outdoor activities. He loved spending his time boating, fishing, and hunting on Moosehead Lake with his family, as well as watching his children play sports and teaching them to hunt. He also loved spending time in Shirley and gardening with his companion Nina Chamberlain. He was a loving, caring, and rambunctious soul who could fix anything you put in front of him.

He is survived by his father Harry; sister Mary, brother Thomas; as well as his four children, Zachary, Harry, Victoria and Timothy; his four grandchildren, Jackson, Spencer, Wesley and Harry V; and nieces and nephews.

There will be a private ceremony at a later date.


WATERVILLE – Sheila Ann Lutz, 86, of Waterville, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020, followin a brief illness. She was born on June 16, 1933, in Providence, Rhode Island.

After graduating from East Providence High School, she worked as a telephone operator. She married her husband of 63 years, Richard Anthony Lutz, on November 21, 1953. She was proud of her life’s work as a homemaker and mother. She and Richard raised four children and had lots of adventures moving to several different areas of the country during their marriage.

She was known for her kindness, generosity, and comic wit. Spending time with Sheila guaranteed laughter and a party atmosphere. She was a lifelong fan of the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox and shared her passion for horseracing with her many grandchildren. She enjoyed playing cards, watching movies, and especially connecting with loved ones.

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard and her parents, Eileen and George Jones, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

She is survived by her four children, Eileen McGee, of Manassas, Virginia, Donna Zebiak, of Fairfield, Timothy Lutz Sr., of Johnston, Rhode Island, and Teresa Carter, of Austin, Texas; their spouses, 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and several cousins.

Arrangements are being made by Gallant Funeral Home, in Waterville.

A condolence page will be available on their website.

A private service, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, will be held on May 12, 2020, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, Waterville. Interment will be at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

A celebration of her life will be planned in the near future.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.


SOUTH CHINA – Alton R. Cote, 85, died Friday, May 1, 2020, following a long illness. He was born in Augusta on July 6, 1934, a son of the late Alcide J. and Emily C. (Nadeau) Cote.

He was a graduate of Cony High School, in Augusta, and was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. Mr. Cote served in the US Air Force during the Korean War.

Following his service, he worked for many years at the Hallowell Shoe Company, followed by the Kennebec Journal, in Augusta, for over 20 years. Mr. Cote was a member of the American Legion and the Abnaki Council #334 Knights of Columbus, where he served as Grand Knight and District Deputy and Abnaki Assembly #346 4th Degree Knights.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Raymonde A. (Albert) Cote; his brother, Carlton A. Cote and his three sisters, Carmeline Laverdiere, Geneva Tobin and Rose Cote.

Mr. Cote is survived by his wife, Marlene J. (Loisel) Cote, of South China; four sons, Mark Cote and his wife Diane, of Brandon, Florida, Kevin Cote and his wife Beverly, of Granbury, Texas, Jon Cote and his wife Karen, of Springfield, Georgia, and Michael Cote and his fiancee Amber Murphy, of Clifton, and his daughter, Linda Gosselin and her husband Philip, of Tampa, Florida; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no public visiting hours. Due to social distancing requirements, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date. Burial with military honors will be in Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery at a later time.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, ME.

Condolences, stories and photos may be shared at

The family requests that donations in Alton’s memory be made to either Community Health and Counseling/New Hope Hospice, 42 Cedar St., Bangor, ME 04401, or Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074.


WATERVILLE – Virginia Theresa (Karter) Poulin, 87, died on Friday, May 1, 2020, at her home, in Waterville, following a lengthy period of illness. Virginia was born May 27, 1932, at home, in a cold-water flat, at Head of Falls, Waterville, the youngest child of Nora (Peters) and Boulus Karter.

Virginia was very proud of her Lebanese heritage. She recalled fondly what a great people her parents were, their honesty, generosity and hard work. By the time she was to graduate high school, the entire family had worked hard, pooled their resources and saved enough money to buy their own home, the immigrant dream fulfilled. This home would be the home that she would return to in her retirement, and the home where she died.

She was a proud graduate of Waterville High School, class of 1950, one of only two in her family to complete high school.As a young woman, she worked several jobs, but was primarily employed at Diamond Match, in Oakland, for most of the 1950s. In 1958 she married David Poulin, of Fairfield, (son of Beatrice (Bearce) and Lawrence Poulin.) Together they had two children, Eric and Lauren. After their marriage, they lived in Saco for nearly six years, and then moved to California for several years. They returned to Maine, and divorced in the early ‘70s after 14 years of marriage.

Virginia moved on, regrouped and built a new life with her son and daughter. Although divorced, she remained in good relationship with the Poulin family for the remainder of her life.

Over the years, she did whatever jobs necessary to provide for her children, however her true calling was childcare, often babysitting for others and leaving her indelible mark on every child she ever cared for.

She had a unique ability to make you feel special, feel loved unconditionally, and feel important. If she liked you, you were in her brood for life. A perfect example is how she bonded with her daughter and son-in-law’s family, claiming Rick’s mother May, each of his siblings, their spouses and their children for her own; loving them, celebrating them, and having great pride in their successes and supporting them in their challenges. In return they made her feel very loved and special.

Virginia maintained a lifelong friendship with her oldest friend from childhood, Marion White, as well as enjoying a wonderful friendship of over 40 years with her dear friend Laya Joseph.

Virginia felt very blessed to be able to be in her home at the time of her death, and her family is grateful for the amazing support that helped this to happen.

She was predeceased by her parents and all of her siblings: Carrie, Elias, Alice, Mary, Louise and Freda.

She is survived locally by her son Eric Poulin and his partner Linda Fairburn, and her daughter Lauren and husband Rick Ross, also of Waterville; numerous nieces and nephews who will miss their aunt Gin.

Due to restrictions in place because of COVID 19, there is no service planned at this time. However, Virginia will receive a Mass of Christian Burial at a time when we can safely gather to honor her wishes and celebrate her life.

You are invite to offer your condolences and share fond memories by visiting Virginia’s guestbook at, a service of Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville, Maine 04901.

If you wish, in lieu of flowers, donations in Virginia’s memory can be offered to:St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church, 4 Appleton St., in Waterville, or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.


WATERVILLE – Gregory “Greg” John Duguay, 54, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2020, due to medical complications. He was born March 24, 1966, in Waterville, the son of Lawrence and Faylene (McCann) Duguay.

Greg graduated from Winslow High School and attended Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute, in Bangor, as well as Central Maine Tech College, in Auburn, where he earned an applied science degree.

Greg was currently employed at Ware Butler Inc., in Waterville, and had recently become a member of the Elks Club. He loved spending time with his large extended family and many friends. He enjoyed all sports, but his passion was music. He was the drummer in the band RFactor13 for several years. Greg especially looked forward to his annual trip to Delaware to watch the NSCAR races and visit with friends.

Greg was a loving son. He was kind, generous, loyal, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his parents, Lawrence and Faylene Duguay; sister, Karen; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial in memory of Greg will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

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


SIDNEY – Elaine Libby Jacques, 65, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 3, 2020, in her home of 37 years. Her creative spirit was born on March 25, 1955, to Marie and George Libby, of Waterville.

Elaine grew up as the middle sister to older brother Chris Libby and younger brother Steven Libby. After graduating Waterville High School in 1973, she attended University of Maine at Augusta and received an associates degree in liberal arts. Upon graduating she was employed by C.F. Hathaway Shirt Co., in Waterville, in customer service. After a few years there, she worked at Chinet (now Huhtamaki), in Waterville, sharing her many skills in numerous departments for 16 years.

On November 14, 1981, she married the love of her life, Stewart Jacques, originally from Waterville. The two of them built a beautiful home in Sidney. Then in 1992, their greatest joy came when they adopted their daughter, Sarah. After two years of balancing work and parenthood, Elaine focused all of her energies on being an exceptional homemaker and mother. She prided herself on raising her daughter to be resourceful and mindful of others. Countless hours volunteering at Sarah’s schools, leading her Girl Scout troop, driving her to sports practices, and always making sure there was a home cooked meal on the table, were ways Elaine showed that her love was “as big as the whole wide world” for Sarah. Her talents and passions of cooking, gardening, and crafting (especially wreath making) will always be remembered. Elaine was a beautiful spirit who was always up for a good laugh and led a life of creativity and hard work.

Surviving are her husband Stewart Jacques, of Sidney, daughter Sarah and her wife Katelyn Jacques, of Charlestown, New Hampshire; brother Chris and his wife Shelia Libby, of Sidney, brother Steven and his wife Patti Libby, of Waterville, niece Janice Libby Nix and husband Sterling Nix and family, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, nephews Jeff Libby, Ben Libby, and Nate Libby. Also many nieces and nephews in the Jacques family.

There will be no public visiting hours.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Road, Waterville ME 04901.

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


BENTON – Linda Reynolds Ogren, 72, of Benton, passed away on Sun­day, May 3, 2020, from complication due to COVID-19. She was born May 16, 1947, to Theodore Linwood Reynolds and Barbara Chace Reynolds, of North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Linda was raised on the Reynolds Farm on Post Road, in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. It was during her childhood that she developed a love of animals and gardening that would continue throughout her life. The Reynolds farm was a working dairy, egg and produce farm. At 10 months old Linda would go on her first of many trips with her father while he was making milk deliveries. Growing up, Linda could frequently be found working in their vegetable stand that was known to everyone in the community. Linda always had a favorite cow and she loved spending time working with them in the barn.

Linda met and married Roger Emund Ogren in September of 1965. They first settled in Rhode Island and had three children. It was during this time that Linda began raising and showing Bloodhounds. This passion would continue for many years. This passion gave her the ability to travel around the country and to Canada to show her beloved Bloodhounds where she won a large amount of trophies and ribbons with their success at shows. In 1973 Linda and Roger moved to Mt. Vernon to continue raising their children. During this time Linda was able to expand on her talents for growing flowers and creating gardens. She had a “green thumb” and could make anything grow. Linda was also very talented with sewing and crafts. Linda owned and operated “A Touch of Country” craft store for many years out of her home and could frequently be found at craft fairs around the community.

Linda was a very talented artist and excelled at Rosemaling painting. Linda loved to cook and was always trying out new recipes. She passed down many recipes to family members even creating personalized family cookbooks for each of her children with photos and names of who each recipe was passed down from, with Roger’s help taste testing them all.

Linda and Roger eventually moved back to Rhode Island for a time and it was during this time that Linda and Roger discovered “Genealogy” which would become Linda’s greatest passion. During this time Linda traced her family members back to Roger Williams and the Mayflower. Because of Linda’s love for genealogy, she became a moderator on several genealogy forums and assisted people all over the country and in other parts of the world find and connect with family genealogy. Linda had an incredible mind and could remember even the tiniest of details to help anyone who needed it. Linda continued this passion when they moved back to Maine. There was not a craft that Linda could not master and the last few years she spent countless hours knitting hats and scarves that she could send to her friends and family and also gave them to her care givers during her stay in the hospital.

Linda was an avid sports fan and followed college basketball and Nascar faithfully. Many family events where planned around these two favorite things. Her favorite team was the Rhode Island Rams and she would always be sporting her URI sweatshirt and holding her stuffed Rhody the Ram while loudly cheering her team on.

Linda was predeceased by both her parents.

Linda is survived by her husband of 54 years, Roger E. Ogren, daughter, Stephanie Ogren LaPointe, of Pittston; son, Roger “Rick” Ogren and his partner Karen Hansen, of Mount Vernon, and her daughter, Andrea Ogren Donovan and her husband Craig, of Chelsea; her grandchildren, Bradley Carleton, Shawna Riuox and her husband Cody, and Alex LaPointe, all of Pittston, and Erik Ogren and Katherine Donovan, of Chelsea; great-grandchildren Mckinley and Jameson Rioux, of Pittston; her Aunt Carolyn Hoxsie, of Rhode Island; brother-in-law John Ogren and his wife Rebecca, of Connecticut; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Due to current restrictions there will be a private family ceremony of celebration at a later date.

Arrangements are by Staples Funeral and Cremation Service, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner, where condolences, memories and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the funeral home website


WATERVILLE – Dennis Byron Martin Sr., passed away on Monday, May 4, 2020, at his home on Carver Street, in Waterville. Dennis was born in Gardiner, October 25, 1947, the youngest son of Clinton and Doris (Foster) Martin.

He graduated from Waterville Senior High School in 1967. He was a true athlete from a very young age. He played football, basketball, baseball and participated in gymnastics. Following graduation, he met the love of his life, Donna Joyce Pooler and they married at the young ages of 20 years old on December 2, 1967.

Dennis and Donna went on to start their family and raised three children in Waterville. Dennis spent his working life as a conductor at Maine Central Railroad. Though he worked long hours his main priority was always his wife Donna and his three children. Through the children’s years, you would always see Dennis coaching his sons in football, hockey and baseball and on the sidelines watching his daughter cheer, compete in gymnastic and dance. He was also a-long time baseball umpire; you could hear his strike from miles away. Along with that Dennis and Donna enjoyed spending time with his best friend and brother Clinton (Sonny) Martin and his wife Thelma.

He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and ice fishing in his younger years with his brother Ricky and friends from the railroad. His competitive spirit brought him back to the field where he played men’s league softball. Donna and Dennis would even travel to Canada where Dennis would compete in this game. He was also a long-time member of the Elks Lodge where he tended bar, made friends, where many fond memories were made. Dennis was also deemed a Master Mason from the Grand Lodge of Maine in 1977.

Donna and Dennis enjoyed spending time with their family at their home, especially around the pool they had installed 41 years ago. Dennis and Donna would also look forward to their long weekends in Old Orchard Beach. The house was full during the holidays with their children, spouses and grandchildren who who fondly called Dennis their Papa. Papa’s Christmas Breakfast was looked forward to and loved by all. Cribbage was a favorite, but “Jacks or better, trips to win” was always Papa’s game. Additionally, Papa was a scratch ticket master. He loved the thrill of “how much money is Papa getting!” Papa enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and you would even hear him at times honk his horn when one of his grandchildren made an amazing save, had a great hit or a homerun, made a great tackle or scored a goal.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years Donna (Pooler), his daughter Tammy and her husband Shane Littlefield, of Fairfield, his son Dennis Jr. and his wife Wendy, of Oakland, and his son Troy and his wife Danielle, of Waterville; grandchildren, Tennyson Martin, Adam Littlefield, Cameron Littlefield, Brooke Martin, Denny Martin and Gabi Martin; brother Joseph “Ricky” and wife Lorette Martin, of Fairfield; sisters-in-law, Thelma Martin, of Winslow, and Marge and husband Craig Handley, of Sidney; Dan Pooler and his partner Nancy Cayford, of Waterville, and many nieces and nephews.

Dennis was predeceased by his parents, his brother Clinton “Sonny” Martin, a sister Alice True and husband Richmond, a sister Clinda Jordan and husband Charlie, his wife’s parents Daniel Pooler, Sr. and Alice (Butler), and his sisters-in-law, Pam, Nancy and Linda.

A graveside service will be held on June 5, 2020, at 1 p.m., at Lewis Cemetery, in Oakland. More details will follow as we learn how many loved ones can attend during this pandemic. A celebration of life is planned for later in the summer. Place and time will be publicized when plans are confirmed.

You are invited to offer your condolences and share fond memories with the family by visiting Dennis’ guestbook at

The website will be open on Tuesday, May 12.

A Service of Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville, Maine 04901. (207)872-7676.


WATERVILLE – Thomas Alan Dill, 65, passed away on Monday, May 4, 2020, after battling several health issues.Tom was born on February 26, 1955, in Gardiner, to parents Marguerite (O’Reilly) Dill and Clifford E. Dill.

He graduated from Gardiner Area High School in 1974. Tom received the Kiwanis Club Award for Extra Ordinary Achievement having used large print books and various magnifying equipment because of congenital glaucoma. Tom also graduated from the University of Maine at Augusta where he majored in speech and communication and minored in broadcasting.

During his college days, Tom had the honor and privilege to meet and interview a number of country music’s major recording artists including Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Donna Fargo and others.

Tom was employed by Natalie’s Cafeteria with Department of Transportation for 12 years. He hosted Country Gold Jamboree on WKCG – FM 101.3 on Saturdays from mid-night to 6 a.m., on Sunday. Tom worked for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, in Augusta, until 2011. He left work there due to various health issues after serving 19 years. Tom enjoyed working at the Gaslight Theater, in Hallowell, (Of Thee I Sing) in 2004 playing the non-verbal role of a newspaper reporter. On August 6, 1994, Tom married Sally (Rickards) Savoy, in Augusta. Last year they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. His interests include United States history with a special interest in the Civil War. Tom also enjoyed literature with a special interest in Shakespeare’s life and work. Tom was an avid collector of music, once owning a collection of over 100,000 records and albums.

Tom was a member of the Rainbow Club for the blind and visually impaired, as well as, a member of Blind Bowlers. Tom was in the Winter Street Baptist Youth Choir during his younger years. He and Sally were part of the Worship Team at Blessed Hope Christian Advent Church. Tom was an inspiration to all who knew him in spite of his many medical setbacks throughout the years.

Tom is survived by his wife, Sally (Rickards) Savoy Dill, of Waterville; their son, John Mark Savoy, of Canada; and his sister, Cindy DeLong, of South Gardiner; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Tom was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Myles and Gertrude O’Reilly; and paternal grandparents, James Edward Dill and Carrie Clark Dill; his parents, Marguerite (O’Reilly) Dill and Clifford Edward Dill; his brother, Phillip James Dill; his brother-in-law, James Wilmont DeLong; his great-grandson, Kolo Savoy; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and niece Nancy Lemar.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral and Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.

Donations may be sent to Blessed Hope Christian Advent Church, 10 Pleasant St., P.O. Box 473,Waterville, ME 04903-0473.


WINSLOW – Eva B. Hamlin Morrison Coombs, 88, only daughter of the late Martin Blaisdell Hamlin and Adeline Johnson Hamlin, passed away following a long battle with cancer on, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Eva was born in Waterville on July 26, 1931, and was educated at Randolph Grammar School and Gardiner High School.

She married Andrew E. Morrison who passed away on February 7, 1975. In January 1981, she married retired Maine State trooper Robert L. Coombs. They were married almost 30 years before his passing March 17, 2010.

Eva worked several years as a pharmacy technician at Dexter and LaVerdiere’s pharmacy, both in Winslow.

Eva and Bob enjoyed many years of traveling, especially on their Harley, and on reunion tours with Cyr Bus Lines.

Eva was predeceased by her parents; brothers, Donald J. Hamlin, of Waterville, Weston J. Hamlin, of Gardiner, and their wives; son, Gary L. Morrison, of Winslow; foster brother, Robert J. Henry, of Spain; nephew, Shawn P. Hamlin, of Lewiston; great-granddaughter, Avery Rose Morrison; and several aunts and cousins.

Eva is survived by her son, Terry L. Morrison and his wife, Lil, of Madison; daughter-in-law, Suzon H. Morrison, wife of the late Gary Morrison, of Winslow; foster brothers, David Christian and wife, JoJo, of Oregon, and Michael Henry and wife Terri, of Alexandria, Virginia; four grandsons, Cory Morrison, of Winslow, Michael Morrison and wife Kristi, of Waterville, Chad Morrison and wife Shannon, of Fairfield, and James Morrison and wife Audra, of Montana; two granddaughters, Bethany Morrison, of Randolph and Jennifer Morrison, of Portland; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson; niece Eva Dobak, her husband, Dave, and daughter, Madison Michelle, of Portsmouth, Virginia; nephews Jeffrey Hamlin and wife Becky, of Texa and Gregory Hamlin and wife Shirley, of Thomaston; first cousins, Cheryl A. Connolly, of Windham, and Jack Connolly, of Jackman.

There will be no visitation hours. Funeral will take place at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta, Maine, at a date to be determined.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral and Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Winslow Fire Department.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, May 7, 2020


WINSLOW – Janice Gibbs Stetson, 83, passed peacefully Saturday, April 18, 2020. She was born March 24, 1937, to Kenneth and Muriel Gibbs.

Janice lived her entire life in the Waterville-Win­slow area. She worked as a bookkeeper most of her life. She was proudest of her volunteer work at Thayer Hospital, in Waterville, Mid-Maine Medical Center, in Augusta, and the Muskie Center, in Waterville. She was also a long time member of the United Methodist Church, Waterville.

She was an exceptional seamstress, homemaker and knitter. Her famous socks kept many a family’s feet warm! She has endured many illnesses in her lifetime, coming to be known as a warrior to friends and family. Her surviving family members include Brenda Stetson, Craig and Debra Stetson, Marsha and Timothy Higgins, Bruce and Beth Stetson and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband Milton G. Stetson; brother Kenneth Gibbs Jr.; sister Merlena Matthews; her son Kevin Stetson; and granddaughter Crystal Stetson.

Graveside committal service will be held at Maine Veterans Cemetery, in Augusta, at a date to be determined.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville.

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

In lieu of flowers, any donations can be made to: Maine General Hospice Hospice P. O. Box 828 Waterville, ME 04903-0828.


WATERVILLE – Natalie Rines Terry, 96, died of natural causes on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Born in Portland on July 14, 1923, Natalie was the daughter of Herman and Mabel Canning Rines.

The family moved to Waterville in the early 1930s. Natalie’s twin brother, Don Rines, describes a happy childhood saying, “We couldn’t have had a nicer set of parents.” Natalie and Don graduated from Waterville High School in 1941. She went on to attend Thomas College and later to work at Keyes Fibre Company, both in Waterville.

Natalie married George F. Terry III (known as Tim) in October 1952 at the Colby College Chapel, in Waterville. In March 1954 their first child, George F. Terry IV (known as Geof in his youth) was born at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital, in Virginia. Their daughter, Sarah Ann Terry was born in May 1957, in Waterville, and was brought home to the family’s newly purchased house that Natalie cherished and in which she lived independently until her death.

A natural athlete, Natalie competed in varied sports during her youth, including figure skating, diving, and golf. She was one of the original skiers of Sugarloaf, skinning up with Amos Winter and others in the early 1950s and skiing down the only trail on the mountain at that time, now known as Old Winter’s Way. She was passionate about the sport, having an illustrious career teaching skiing with the Sugarloaf Ski School that spanned 50 years. She was a Level III Certified instructor with the Professional Ski Instructors of America, received an award from them for Life Membership of Outstanding Service to the Education of Snowsports, and had been recognized by Ski Magazine as one of the top 100 ski instructors in America. She was inducted into the Maine Ski Hall of Fame in October 2012. An award is given each year in Natalie’s name for the most requested instructor at Sugarloaf, though during her career it was given to the second most requested since she claimed the top spot for many years. A few springs ago the Birches trail was renamed “Natalie’s Birches.” Her last year teaching was the season of 2018-2019 at the age of 95. The Sugarloaf community was central to her life and the Carrabassett Valley brought her much joy, from the small cabin the family rented in Bigelow Village in the 1960s to her condominium overlooking the Bigelow Range where she lived every winter for over 40 years.

Known as Gran/Grandy by her grandchildren, Natalie was extremely proud of all four of them and their accomplishments. Her athletic prowess and love of time spent in the mountains and around lakes was clearly passed down through the generations as the whole family enjoys varied outdoor physical activities. She hiked to Bash Bish Falls to attend grandson Carter’s wedding, rode on her first snowmobile at the age of 90 to attend grandson Jence’s wedding at the Stratton Brook Hut, and traveled three miles by boat on Shin Pond to granddaughter Emma’s wedding.

She followed granddaughter Rachel’s through-hikes on both the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail with great interest and admiration. Last runs at Sugarloaf were shared with her daughter and two of her grandchildren and their spouses just over a year ago.

The family gathered this past Christmas as four generations, including her great-granddaughters Alice and Eleanor Terry, enjoyed sharing time together in Rockland.

Natalie is survived by her daughter Sarah Carlson, of Farmington, twin brother Don Rines, of Waterville, daughter-in-law Pamela Terry, of Rockland; grandchildren Jence Carlson and his wife Katherine, of New Vineyard, Emma Carlson and her husband Jake Risch, of North Conway, New Hampshire, Carter Terry, his wife Emily and daughters Alice and Eleanor, of Milton, New Hampshire, Rachel Terry and her partner Dan Lechner, of Portland, along with several nieces and nephews.

Natalie was predeceased by her older brother Fred Rines; her son Geof, her son-in-law Barry Carlson; and her husband Tim.

Plans for a gathering in Waterville will also be formed as soon as the situation with Covid-19 subsides.

Arrangement are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville.

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For those who would like to make a donation in Natalie’s name, please consider the King’s Kids Fund through the Sugarloaf Ski Club or a charity of your choice that suits your passion.

Donations may be sent to King’s KidsSugarloaf Ski Club, 9008 Main St. Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947 or at:


WINSLOW – Steve Richard Albert passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

Steve loved spending time with his family, taking rides to clam bake, and playing with his grandbabies.

He leaves behind the love of his life Stacey; his mother Jean and stepdad Bruce Wadleigh; sister Evelyn and brother-in-law Steve Conrad, stepbrothers Matt and Billy, stepsister Starr; his daughters Angela and Brad, Vannah, Alyssa, Alysson and Abigail Albert; his grandkids Cassidy and Carlee, Copper and Brantley, Vannah, Kameron, Landen and Jaelyn Armstrong; and friend Tanya.

He was predeceased by his father Carl Albert, uncle Wayne; cousin Danny; and three infant granddaughters.

There will be no service.

Donations in his daughters’ names can be sent to Stacey Albert, 155 Smithfield Rd., Oakland, ME 04963.


WATERVILLE – Richard L. Lewis, 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 24, 2020, at his home. Richard was born in 1929 in Randolph, the son of the late Jesse Lewis and Nora Gerry-Lewis.

He married the former Minnie E. Hutchinson on December 24, 1951. They were married 60 years at the time of her passing. Together they raised six children.

He served the country proudly in the U.S Army where he received the Purple Heart for combat in the Korean War from 1949-1952. His work career was in the poultry business working 35 years for Lipman’s Poultry.

Throughout his life he enjoyed walks to Capital Park, drinking ice cold beer, an occasional cigar, scratch tickets and camping with his family. Richard had a love of the Boston Red Sox and waited 74 years to see them win the World Series in 2004.

Richard was predeceased by his wife, Minnie Elizabeth Hutchinson-Lewis; daughters Debra A. Fish and Barbara L. York, stepson Robert Hutchinson; his three brothers Ralph, Joseph, Jesse, and his sister Virginia Lewis.

Richard is survived by daughters Nancy A. Perkins and her partner Reginald M. Bilodeau, of Augusta, Catherine M. Nguyen and her husband Hien D. Nguyen, of Winslow, and stepdaughter Cookie Gallagher, of Augusta; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

A private ceremony will be held at a later date. Richard will be laid to rest at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mt Vernon Road, in Augusta.


WINSLOW – Sandra Lee Gagne Joler, 71, passed away on Friday, April 24, 2020. She was born on April 23, 1949, the first child, and only daughter to Antonio (Tony) Gagne and Constance (Connie) Michaud Gagne.

She was a lifelong resident of Winslow and a communicant of Corpus Christi parish (St. John the Baptist church, in Winslow). She was soon followed by two brothers Roger and Thomas Gagne.

She attended St. John Regional Catholic School, in Winslow, and graduated Mt Merici Academy, in Waterville, in 1967. She then attended E.A. Seton school of radiology, graduating in 1969 and thoroughly enjoyed her career for over 30 years. She met Earl Joler on a blind date. They were married April 4, 1970, and spent over 50 years together. They were blessed with two wonderful children, Craig and Jennifer.

She truly enjoyed her family and later her four grandchildren. Spending time with family and friends, gardening, BBQ by the pool, shopping, going to a friend’s camp, were special times. She especially enjoyed impromptu lunch dates or trips to Acadia National Park with her husband.

She is survived by her husband Earl; her son Craig and his wife Tonya Joler; her daughter Jennifer and her husband Steve Kiander; her four grandchildren, Kassie and Kiana Joler and Alex and Meredith Kiander; her brothers Roger Gagne, and Tom and his wife Ruth Gagne; and several nieces and a nephew.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated and a celebration of life to be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 25, 2020, at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument Street, Winslow.

Arrangement are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville.

An online guestbook may be signed, condolence and memories shared at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Alfond Cancer Center, 361 Old Belgrade Rd., Augusta, ME 04330, Corpus Christi Parish, 70 Pleasant St., Waterville, ME 04901, or Winslow Public Library,136 Halifax St., Winslow, ME 04901.


CLINTON – Kirby Allen Robbins, 63, passed away Saturday, April 25, 2020, at the Maine Veterans Home, in Augusta. He was born June 21, 1956, in Fort Kent, the son of William Robbins and Rose (Hughes) Tozier.

He attended Lawrence High School, in Fairfield. On September 22, 2002, he married Roseanne Vigue, in Clinton. He was a veteran who proudly served his country in the United States Navy until his honorable discharge. He enjoyed music, singing, going to the lake, swimming, reading, and going to lawn sales.

He is survived by his wife, Roseanne (Vigue) Robbins, of Clinton; two daughters, Ashlee Robbins and partner Adam Chabot, of Hartland, Vermont, and Faith Robbins, of Clinton; step-son, Donald Thibodeau and wife Stephanie, of DeBary, Florida; four sisters, Wendy Lamothe and husband Gerry, of Belchertown, Massachusetts, Eleanor Warren and husband Bob, of Waterville, Lynn Sabine and husband Steve, of Lewiston, Vanessa Raymond and husband Danl, of Webster Plantation, and Lori Tozier, of Benton; three brothers, Clinton Robbins and wife Donna, of Topsham, William Robbins and wife Sonja, of Clinton, and Wesley Robbins and wife Kelli, of Canaan; step-brother, Donald Tozier and partner Noel, of Fairfield; step-sister, Mary Penney, of Burnham; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by father, William Robbins and mother, Rose (Hughes) Tozier.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family wishing may make donations in Kirby’s memory to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, 269 Hanover Street, Hanover, MA 02339.

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


WINDSOR – Andrew O. Cooper, Jr., 48, of Reed Road, died unexpectedly on Saturdday, April 25, 2020, at the Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta. He was born in Gardiner on March 28, 1972, the son of Andrew O. Cooper, Sr. and Karen W. (Woodcock) Cooper.

Andy was a graduate of Gardiner Area High School and Central Maine Technical College, in Auburn, with an associate degree in applied science in architectural and civil engineering technology.

Andy’s best love was spending time with family and close friends. He loved cookouts, watching sports, fishing, boating, hunting, snowmobiling and camping with family. One of his favorite past times was sitting outside on his back deck listening to peepers, birds singing and observing nature’s beauty. He would demand family to enjoy it with him but to sit quietly and listen to the sounds of nature.

Andy was predeceased by his father, Andrew Otis Cooper, Sr.; his uncle, Frank Cooper and wife Aunt Hazel Cooper; paternal grandmother, Betsy Robbins-Cooper and grandfather, Iris Otis Cooper; maternal grandmother Clara Newell Woodcock and John Franklin Woodcock, Sr.

Surviving is his wife, Stephona G. (Forney) Cooper, of Windsor; his mother, Karen (Woodcock) Cooper-Thomas and husband Ralph Thomas, of Windsor; his son, Wyatt Andrew Cooper, of Farmingdale; sister, Valerie (Cooper) Sprague, of West Gardiner; nephew (aka lil’ brother), Josh Andrew Cooper and his wife Kayla Casoria-Cooper, of Augusta; nephew Gavin Ira Cooper, of Livermore Falls; grandnephew Bailee Casoria-Cooper and grandniece, Sophia Casoria-Cooper, of Augusta, and step-granddaughter, Emma Robbins, of Waterville; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

There are no public visiting hours planned.

A graveside service will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery Extension, Randolph, at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Rd., Windsor, ME.

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VASSALBORO – Irving Paul Knowles, 77, of Vassalboro, died peacefully Saturday, April 25, 2020, at Togus Springs VA Hospice. He was born in Gardiner on March 4, 1943, the son of Heron and Mary (Farrington) Knowles.

Irving proudly served in the United States Marine Corp. from 1962 to 1966 and obtained the rank of sergeant. After his service he took to the open road as a long-haul truck driver. This was a wonderful opportunity for him to show his children the country and made many wonderful memories. He was a member of the American Legion Post #2, in Augusta, the National Rifle Association, and a volunteer for the American Red Cross.

Irving enjoyed traveling for pleasure as well. He was especially fond of the West with its deserts, ghost towns and historic sites. He enjoyed working in his workshop, playing golf with his cousin and grandson at the golf course he worked for after retiring, attending dances at the American Legion with his friends and occasionally his daughter and her spouse. He loved the outdoors and camping with his family. He especially enjoyed spending time and getting to know his great grandchildren. He claimed that they made him feel young.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brother Rance Knowles, brother Bryan Knowles and sister Audrey (Knowles) Irish, all of Manchester; and his firstborn grandson, James “lil Skippy” Michael Donovan Jr.

Irving is survived by his three children, Martha Donovan, of Litchfield, Charlene Brown and her husband Mark Brown, of Vassalboro, and Michael Knowles and his wife Jennifer, of Casco; four grandchildren, Jenifer Smith and her husband Blayne, of Tampa, Florida, Timothy Schriver and his wife Laura, of Saco, Khaila Donovan, of Portland, and Kortnee Vannah, of Winthrop; his four great-grandchildren, Baylor Donovan, Penelope Smith, Madilyn and Mason Schriver; and several cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held in the Manchester Forks Cemetery at a later date.

The family will announce a Celebration of Life Gathering at a later date.

Arrangements are by Staples Funeral and Cremation Service, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner, where condolences, memories and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the funeral home website


WINSLOW – Diane Fawcett-Ohlson, 71, passed away in the early morning hours of Monday, April 27, 2020, at her home in Winslow, following a courageous battle with cancer. Diane was born on November 12, 1948, in Buffalo, New York, the daughter of Deloris (Younglove) and Hugh Bartlemus.

Diane’s life always involved helping others wherever she lived and worked. Family building started in Connecticut, Florida, and Vermont. Political action as a democrat started in central Massachusetts and continued with a move to Fairview, Oregan, returning east to Amherst, New Hampshire, and in her final home in Maine.

She organized students, faculty and staff while at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Worcester, Massachusetts, into an extended family. In Oregon, she was active in the Watershed Council and volunteered with the local police department. In New Hampshire she became involved in health and fitness and took leadership in local chapters of TOPS – continuing this work in Maine. The people she touched became part of her life. Her need to bring love and support to her family through large gatherings and holidays extended to neighbors, coworkers, and friends as she nurtured those in her vicinity with the same importance and care.

Diane loved to cook and often could be found dancing in her kitchen, singing to Barbara Streisand, Adele, or Michael Bublé. She loved her plants and her garden (especially her lilacs) and was an avid photographer. Her beautiful photographs traced the path of her life and travels from central Massachusetts, to the Oregon coast, across Europe and Asia, to the woods of New Hampshire, and the coast of Maine.

She is survived by her husband, Mark Ohlson; children, Elaine Fawcett, John Fawcett (Pam), Laryssa Hiller (Scott), Nicole Swain; grandchildren, Molly, Emily, Mike, Brandi, Tyler, Roscoe, Oak; and great-grandson, Marco.

She was predeceased by her parents; and her sisters, Lindsey and Elaine.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Snell Foundation for support of cancer patients at New England Cancer Specialists, in Scarborough, in Diane’s memory. Snell Foundation, P.O. Box 6304, Scarborough, ME 04070. (


WINSLOW – Ansel Albert Grindall, 96, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, following a brief illness, while a resident of Lake­wood Con­tinuing Care Center, in Waterville. Ansel Grindall was born on August 23, 1923, in Winslow, to Harry Stillman Grindall and Myra Anne (Booker) Grindall.

Being a proud son of Winslow, he lived there almost his entire life supporting and working for the town he loved. He was the only surviving member of the Class of 1940 of Winslow High School. He was a Boy Scout leader, a member of the School Board of Education, and a volunteer of the Winslow Fire Department for 43 years, eight of which he served, and retired, as chief. He worked in the buildings and grounds department at Colby College for 40 years, having worked his way up from driving buses and sanding roads to the position of Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds. Because he knew the college so well, he was often lovingly referred to as “Mr. Colby.” Ansel was the first person to be awarded an honorary bachelor’s degree from Colby College conferred at Commencement in 1985, prior to his retirement in August.

Ansel joined the Waterville Lodge of Masons in 1944 and was awarded an honorary Thirty-Third Degree on September 26, 1979. Ansel enlisted in the Navy at the onset of World War II and was medically discharged after boot camp due to contracting tuberculosis.

He was an avid reader; and at any time, his library would consist of biographies, Biblical history, war stories, and military heroes. A born-again Christian, he was an avid reader of the Bible and an active, faithful charter member of Kennebec Valley Baptist Church, in Waterville, since 1974. He served as a deacon, an usher, a custodian, and an occasional speaker. He also enjoyed playing the guitar and singing. He enjoyed carving decoys, and his family has been gifted with prized samples for years. Most of all, Ansel was a very devoted husband, father, and “Papa” to his family. He became “Papa the Great” to his great-grandchildren. He lightened many moments and provided many memorable occasions where he bestowed unconditional love on his family.

Ansel was predeceased by his first wife of 41 years, Mary Estelle (Lindie) Grindall; his granddaughter, Ellen Lea Grindall; stepdaughter Vonda Bronson (Steven) Porter, of New Brunswick, Canada; his parents; and his brothers and sisters and spouses, Everard, Willard, Harry, Jr., Faylene, Myra, Evelyn, Mary, and Florence.

He is survived by second wife of 33 years, Dorothy (Bronson) Grindall; his son Richard (Kay) Grindall, of Oakland, his daughter Kathy Rhodes, of Rockland; four grandchildren, Lisa Grindall (Bobby) Dunmon, of Galloway, Ohio, Kelly Grindall (Chris) Oaks, of Milton, Florida, Rebekah Rhodes (Matt) Hale, of Alexandria, Virginia, Josiah Rhodes, of Rockland; and great-grandchildren, Ella and Aiden Dunmon, Juniper and Liam Hale; three stepsons, Brian (Carrie) Bronson, of Fairfield, children Eric (Becky) Bronson, of Madison, (Levi, Sawyer, and Kyle) and Denise (Ryan) Lilly, of Hampden (Bronson and Oliver); Bruce (LeeAnn) Bronson, of Franklin, New Hampshire, children Scott, Sara, and Seth; Blaine (Tabitha) Bronson, of Abbott, Ethan (Ali) Bronson, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Kayla Bronson (Matt) Bowers, of Litchfield; many nieces and nephews; special brother-in-law who lived in their home for a time in the early 1950s, William A. Lindie, of Waterville.

A graveside service will be held at the Howard Cemetery, Augusta Road, Winslow. A memorial service will be held at Kennebec Valley Baptist Church at a date to be announced later this summer, with Pastor Rev. Dr. Kevin Grant, officiating.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral and Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to distribute Bibles, dad’s favorite book, around the world. Checks may be made payable to The Gideons International, PO Box 2086, Waterville, ME 04903-2086.