OBITUARIES for Thursday, May 19, 2022


CHINA – Peter S. Fernald Jr., 63, died Saturday, April 16, 2022, as a result of a car crash in China, in which he was a passenger. He was born January 23, 1959, in Augusta.

Peter attended China schools and Oak Grove Coburn, in Vassalboro, as well as Kennebec Valley Technical College, in Fairfield.

He worked most of his life in construction and also ran the sound system for the Barnum & Bailey Circus for a few years before becoming disabled in 2012.

Peter left behind his father Peter S. Fernald Sr., and step-mother Phyllis Fernald; brother Paul Fernald Sr., of Fairfield; sister Patricia Lopez, of California; and brother Philip Fernald, of Vassalboro; son Steven Peter Fernald, his wife Brittany Fernald, and their daughter Kinley; numerous nieces and nephews.

Peter had a unique way of living his life but was always there for anyone that needed a helping hand. He was a fixture at the head of China Lake over the last decade.


WATERVILLE – Herbert A. Bradley, 76, died suddenly on Tuesday April 18, 2022, from complications of Covid-19. Herbie was born on July 18, 1945, in Waterville, son of Winston and Phoebe (Simpson) Bradley.

He was raised in Vassalboro, one of five children, and graduated from Erskine Academy, in South China, in 1964. After graduating, Herb entered the United States Navy and served his country faithfully on flight crew VP-24 from 1964-1968. His home base was Maryland, but assignments took him all over the globe. From this experience he developed a love for flying small Cessna aircraft.

Herb worked as a first-class linesman and long-time employee of Central Maine Power Co. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, IBEW #1837, the American Legion, the VFW, the Waterville Elks Lodge and the Kennebec River Power Squadron.

He was married to the love of his life and soul mate, Sandra Rafuse Bradley, for 28 years. Nothing brought him more joy than spending time devoted to her, be it taking a ride in the countryside, a trip to Florida, attending musical concerts or following their grandchildren’s sporting events. He held a special place in his heart for his four-legged friends, Fenway and Buffett.

Herb was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Paul and Hugh.

He is survived by his wife Sandy; two sons, Todd Guite (Jen Plunkett), of Windham, and Ryan Guite (Alison Lowe), of South Portland; four grandchildren, Sierra, Josh, Emma, and Declan Guite; one sister, Kathy Pelletier (Don), of Waterville; one brother, Bruce, of Colorado; and nieces and nephews Natalie, David, Kevin, and Sally.

A military service will be held at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Civic Center Drive, in Augusta, on Tuesday, May 24, at 2 p.m.

Arrangements are Mid Maine Cremation Services (207) 453-6006.

In lieu of flowers, smile to a stranger or extend a random act of kindness, keeping this kind and gentle man in your heart.


WATERVILLE – Alton Richard Gill, 65, passed away peacefully, in his sleep, on Friday, April 22, 2022, following a long illness. He was born October 26, 1956, in Farmington, to Carl Alton Gill and Mary Cyr Gill.

He first lived on the family farm in New Sharon, before moving to Fairfield with his mother and brothers in 1963. Alton attended Winslow schools, then joined the U.S. Army, and also worked as a steel rigger, building submarines at General Dynamics’ Electric Boat Division, in Connecticut. He returned to Maine in the 1980s where he worked in restaurants, in maintenance for Winslow schools, and as a mill worker at Scott Paper Co., in Winslow.

Alton was a devoted family man who loved hunting and fishing, cooking and putting on a “feed” for friends and family. He also enjoyed music, history, art, and cruising on his motorcycle. His greatest passion however, the thing that fired him up the most, was being “on the road” picking antiques and collectibles. He was endlessly researching all manner of subjects and genuinely enjoyed sharing his knowledge with others. He was a licensed minister and having lived a full and grateful life, Alton looked forward to being with God.

He was predeceased by his father Carl Gill, brother Vincent Gill, baby brother and sister, Boyd Quentin and Marianne Rose.

Alton is survived by his mother, Mary Gower; the love of his life for 29 years, Barbara Livingstone; his daughter Selena Drake and grandson Anthony Vigue; stepchildren Brad and Melissa Vigue; Barbara’s children Abel and Micah, who were like sons to him; and his brothers: David Gill, Terence Gill, Francis Gill, and Ronald Gill.

Arrangements are under the care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation and Funeral Service (Skowhegan).

A graveside service will be held at Maplewood Cemetery, in Fairfield, on June 18, 2022, at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend to bid Alton a fond farewell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to MaineGeneral Health to benefit HomeCare & Hospice. Please send your gift to MaineGeneral Health, Office of Philanthropy, P.O. Box 828, Waterville, ME 04903-0828.


WATERVILLE – Jean (Maker) Ackley, 86, passed away on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2022, following a stroke. Born October 4, 1935, in Lubec, Jean was the daughter of Marjorie Foley Maker and Newell Maker.

Jean grew up in West Lubec and graduated Valedictorian from Lubec High School in 1954. Following graduation, she worked at the Lubec Water District in billing and bookkeeping, various local Sardine packing plants, and the Cutler Naval Base as secretary for the resident officer in charge.

It was while working at the Cutler Naval Base that she met Les Ackley at a July 3 Wesley dance that continued onto the Spruces’ dance that night. She often said they danced that night until the “dances ran out of music and they ran out of steam.” Jean and Les married in 1959, and recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.

After three years in Massachusetts, Jean and Leslie resided in Fairfield and Waterville for their entire marriage.While in Fairfield, Jean was a school traffic guard, and often joked that she was traffic-control trained by Chief Gould and “Sargent” Judy Poulliot. Jean enjoyed playing in the Women’s Softball League, in Fairfield, for the short time it lasted. Her deer hunting adventures with Les and her brother, Ken, were inevitably followed by the tall tales that came post-November. Many a story were about Daniel, Rebecca and Israel – code names for those who stayed any number of nights at the “Skunk’s Den.”

Memories of Jean include her love of crows, adopting all stray cats that came her way, donations of her many calendars and stickers to the Mitchell School Kindergarten team, teaching her daughters to do “donuts” in snowy parking lots so they would know how to handle their cars in snow, naming her roses and flowering bushes after family members, and, of course, the terribly off-key but beautiful happy birthday songs sung by her and Les for those they loved.

Jean is survived by her husband, Les; and her children Kelli DuBose and husband Mike, of Falmouth, and Marjie McKenzie, of Waterville; her grandchildren Trevor Perry, of Waterville, and Naples, Florida, Lesli DuBose of Salem, Massachusetts, Nicholas DuBose and wife Julia, of Arlington, Virginia, Corey McKenzie and wife Allison, of Fairfield; great-grandson, Blake McKenzie; her brothers Jay and Marvin Maker; and her many nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Jean asked that donations be made to The Ark Shelter, 60 Barber Lane, Cherryfield, ME 04622, or Cutler United Methodist Church, 2718 Cutler Rd., Cutler, ME 04626.


OAKLAND – Brenda L. Sylvester, 63, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 8, 2022. Brenda was born in Waterville on March 20, 1959, the daughter of Leon and Frances (George) Doyon.

She graduated from Messalonskee High School, in Oakland, in 1977. Brenda went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in financial services from The University of Maine in Augusta and graduated summa cum laude in 2016.

Brenda made a positive impact on her community; she donated her time as a tutor with Literacy Volunteers and was a Maine Notary Public who officiated a multitude of wedding ceremonies. Brenda was a member of the Notre Dame Catholic Church, in Waterville. She was a hard worker who put in many years at the Cascade Woolen Mill, in Oakland, always providing for her family. She was later employed at Maine State Housing then Community Housing of Maine as a Project Development Officer and remained dedicated to the company up until her untimely death.

Brenda’s greatest joy came from her family. She took care of everyone she loved so completely and in ways they didn’t even know they needed. She was so organized, so put together, and so hard working. Everyone who walked into Brenda’s home was welcomed with open arms. Her home was a place for family and friends to gather and she made sure it was a place to be enjoyed. She created an atmosphere of love, one that went far beyond her home.

She was superwoman but refused to wear the cape, never wanting credit or to be in the spotlight. She made a positive impact on everyone she met and will be missed by so many.

She was predeceased by her father, Leon Doyon; her previous husband, Michael Perry; and her brother Andrew Doyon.

She is survived by her mother, Frances Doyon, of Oakland; her husband, Bruce Sylvester, of Oakland; two sons, Nicholas Perry and wife Jordan, of Hartland, and Paul Perry, of Oakland; three stepdaughters, Samantha Sylvester, Melissa Sylvester, and Ashley Sylvester, all of Oakland; a stepdaughter from her first marriage, Kathie Perry, of Indianapolis, Indiana; granddaughter Chloe Perry, of Hartland; two step-grandchildren, Carter Kennedy and Danica Duplisea, both of Hartland; six siblings, Cathy Routhier and husband Bill, of Fairfield, Darlene Doyon, of Oakland, Susan Snow, of Fairfield, Peter Doyon and wife Pamela, of Sidney, Carol Meader, of Raymond, and Sandra Trembly and husband Daniel, of Belgrade; her in-laws, Ira and Isabel Sylvester, from Melborne, Florida; her sister-in-law, Shona Cox, of Smyrna, Delaware; as well as many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visiting hours will be held at Wheeler Funeral Home, in Oakland, on Tuesday, May 24, from 6 – 8 p.m.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 25, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver St., in Waterville, at 9 a.m., with a graveside service to follow at Lewis Cemetery, in Oakland.

Arrangements are in the care of Wheeler Funeral Home, 26 Church Street, in Oakland, where memories may be shared, and an online register book signed by visiting


Terry Elizabeth (Brown) Spaulding, 97, of Benton, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 28, 2022, in the farmhouse where she was born. She was born on November 17, 1924, to Harold and Helena (Boothby) Brown, the eldest of their three children who along with Bettina and Ross were a trio wherever they went.

She graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, in 1942, and continued her education at Westbrook Junior College, earning a secretarial degree which served her well over the years. It was in college that she became a talented roller skater, enjoying this hobby with twin friends, and meeting her first husband.

Later, after moving to California in the early 1950s, she met her second husband Harold E. Eastwood, and there they settled, raising their family of seven children. With her family, she then returned to Maine in 1968 to be a care giver to her parents for the remainder of their lives. Later, she continued this tradition of loving service by caring for Harold, and later, her last husband, Basil.

She was game at trying new things. Her adventures included a helicopter ride over Puget Sound in Washington state, climbing high up out on a crane boom in Kansas, braving the Kracken rollercoaster at Sea World, in Florida, riding the Zipper at the Clinton fair with her sister, Bettina, and canoeing on the Sebasticook River near her home.

She enjoyed spending time in her garden and sewing clothes for herself and her family. She also delighted in taking walks down to the river, down to the brook and back, or out to the Bellsqueeze.

She was a kind and gentle soul who saw the good in everyone. She was a proper lady who always impressed upon her children the importance of manners and etiquette. Her non-judgmental, humble and quiet ways gently taught others integrity through her example.

She was pre-deceased by daughters Deborah Brann and Danette Gower, son Peter Boothby, grandson Aaron Gower, great-grandson Brandin Landon, her sister, Bettina Young, and husbands Harold Eastwood and Basil Spaulding.

She is survived by her baby brother, Ross Brown, her children Rebecca Landon, Toni MacDougall, Tamara Cecil and Daniel J. Eastwood; 18 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A graveside service will be held at the cemetery, in Benton, on Sunday, May 29, 2022, at noon, with a remembrance gathering to follow at the farmhouse.


Larry Douglas Orchard, 67, passed away on May 5th, 2022 after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. He was born February 25, 1955, in Portland, to Kathleen Sylvia Darling Garlarneau, and he was later adopted by her husband Alan Orchard.

Larry grew up in Portland and Freeport. In 1984 he moved to Winslow and spent the rest of his life in this area. He started work training in Job Corps then worked in a shoe factory, at a child care center, as a gas attendant, and was a car mechanic for many people. Larry was the oldest of four children, his sisters Kathy and Amber plus brother Vaughan.

A loving father to his daughter, April Rumery, his three sons Aaron, Dylan, Dustin and also to Dustin’s fiancée Danielle Eames. He adored his grandchildren Christin, Katie, Tommy, Eli, Johnathan, Jude and his great-granddaughter, Amelia. There is a large group of extended family, friends and relatives, too many to count, who were also loved by Larry.

His favorite spot in Maine is Spring Lake. He would snowmobile there from Winslow or bring the whole family by car. Larry was a strong arm wrestler and chess player. He was a philosopher in many people’s lives, he left a positive influence or impression on all the people he met. His friends become family. He is also known as a great mechanic, a car driver, a boat captain, a true friend and a loving parent. No matter what the issue, Larry was never more than a phone call away if you ever needed help.

May we bless this grateful soul and may he rest in blissful peace looking….. watching over us all.

Larry was predeceased by his parents and brother Vaughan. There will be a celebration of his life at the Oak Grove Chapel, located on the corner of Route 201 and Oak Grove Rd., Vassalboro, ME 04989, on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choice in his name.

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OAKLAND – Linda L. Libby, 79, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Maine­General Medical Center, in Augusta. Linda was born in Oakland, at home, on April 19, 1943. She was daughter of the late Linwood and Clara (Moody) Grant.

She attended school, in Oakland, at Williams High School.

Linda married the love of her life, Clair Libby, in 1961. They shared many years together until his passing in 2004.

She was a cake decorator who made many wedding cakes and birthday cakes for family and friends.

Besides her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Dwight Grant, her sisters Kathy Scott and Kim Hall.

Linda is survived by her three children, Lisa, Tina, and Brett Libby and his wife, Heather; her grandchildren Tara, Zack, Taylor, Shelby, Dakota, and Caleb; her great-grandchildren Riley, Brayden, Wyatt, Everett, and Bryce; her sister, Marlene Mann; and and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held on Monday, May 9, at Lewis Cemetery, in Oakland.

Arrangements are in the care of Wheeler Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Oakland, where condolences may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at


WINSLOW – Linda B. Bailey, 81, (born Olcott), of Winslow, passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2022. She was born on December 30, 1940, in Plainfield, New Jersey, and lived a long, fruitful, fun, and fulfilling life right up to the end. She passed peacefully in bed – her body no longer able to continue on with what her mind wanted her to do.

“Lin” was a loving wife to her husband, Blaine, whom she adored. She was also the most loving and caring mother to her two boys. She was a consummate entrepreneur, a decorator, a matchmaker, an artist, an animal lover, and a cancer survivor. Smart as a whip, sometimes sly, always witty, and willing to laugh at every opportunity.

Lin lived life to the fullest, always busy doing something. She enjoyed the simple ‘everyday’ with her husband, dogs, and horses. But her mind never stopped looking for a way to turn her latest interest or hobby into a business. An adventurist at heart – as an example, she had no problem taking the helm of the 32-foot sailboat that she and Blaine sailed all over the Coast of Maine. Just try to keep up with her, we would say.

She met challenges in life head-on and determined to come out on top, and more often than not she did – raising two boys mostly as a single mother. Later in life she beat cancer – twice. She was one tough cookie, not that you would see that side of her in conversation. Outwardly she was a true lady and approached every situation with thoughtful sensitivity and a smile on her face.

Lin was an animal lover and always had at least one K9 companion, and often many that she shared her home with. She and Blaine also enjoyed their many horses at their Whoabegone Farm, in Benton.

Among her many business ventures – Décor Custom Decorating, The Matchmaker computer dating service (long before anyone else came up with that idea), Bailey’s Business Services (with her husband, Blaine), and L&B Art Effects.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Blaine Bailey, of Winslow; two sons, Greg (Laurie) Roberts, of Baxter, Tennessee, and Jeff (Becca) Roberts, of Biddeford; her sister, Sandy Terp, of Alburtis, Pennsylvania; and one grandchild, Jordan Roberts, of Biddeford.

A celebration of life was held on Friday May 6, at Governors Restaurant, Waterville

Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield, where memories may be shared, and an online register book signed by visiting

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Lin’s name to the ASPCA at


WATERVILLE – Dolores C. (Quirion) Cryan, 83, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2022, following a brief illness. She was born on December 12, 1938, the daughter of Albert and Leda (Talbot) Quirion.

She was educated in Winslow Public Schools and Mount Merici Academy, in Waterville, and spent her life in Winslow, North Vassalboro, and on Lake Moxie, in The Forks Plantation. She was a member of St. John the Baptist church, in Winslow. Dolores was also a member of snowmobile and ATV clubs in the Lake Moxie area.

Dolores married Robert F. Cryan Sr., on September 7, 1964, and they shared more than 57 years. Dolores worked at Thayer Hospital, in Waterville, and area woolen mills. She retired from Oak Grove Nursing Home, in Waterville, at the age of 62.

Dolores spent as much time as she could with her husband, children, grandchildren, extended family, and friends at her cottage on Lake Moxie where she was the happiest. She enjoyed boating, fishing, snowmobiling, ATVing, and playing cards. She also enjoyed traveling, dining out, and the “occasional” nap.

Delores adored her grandchildren, loved doting on them and never missed an opportunity to tell them how she loved them to the moon and back. She was the centerpiece of the family where her love and generosity knew no limits.

She is survived by her two children, Robert F. Cryan, Jr. and his wife, Brianna, and their two children Nicholas R. and Eliana M. Cryan, of Oviedo, Florida; and daughter, Kimberly A. (Cryan) Vicnaire and her husband Brent, and their two sons, Cameron P. and Brady R. Vicnaire, of Waterville; her brother, Roger Quirion and wife Debbie; sisters-in-law Lorraine Quirion and Doris Quirion, all of Winslow; and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

Dolores was predeceased by her husband Robert; by her parents Albert and Leda (Talbot) Quirion; by three sisters, Lorraine Morey and her husband Ted Morey, Gloria Quirion, and Pauline Carrier and husband Robert Carrier, and three brothers, Ronald Quirion, Raymond Quirion and wife Enid Quirion, and Robert Quirion.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at the Veterans Cemetery, in Augusta, at which time Dolores will be laid to rest with her husband, Robert.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.


VASSALBORO – Nelson “Butch” Kiss, 82, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 30, 2022, at home. Nelson was born and raised in Meriden, Connecticut.

He attended Wilcox Technical School, graduating in 1958, where he excelled at auto mechanics. He was employed at his family’s lamp manufacturing company, Kiss Lamp Company, and Harte Chevrolet, in Meriden, Connecticut, before moving to Vassalboro in 1976 and starting his own business, Kiss Kar Kare, which he ran for 35 years. He specialized in building custom hot rods including his 1940 Chevy Coupe. In his early years, he was an award-winning drag racer, and raced all over New England, New York, and New Jersey.

Nelson was industrious and skilled at many things. In building his own home, he custom crafted the interior with great detail and did much of the electrical and plumbing; by all accounts, it is a beautiful home. He also built custom furniture including an elaborate grandfather clock.

He was actively involved in youth baseball, coached for many years, and started the junior high school baseball program in Vassalboro. He coached many winning seasons.

Nelson was an outdoor and nature enthusiast; he enjoyed birdwatching, hiking, and boating. He spent lots of time in Greenville and Bar Harbor, staying at bed and breakfasts and enjoying fine dining.

Holidays and spending time with family was especially important to him. Christmas was his favorite time of the year, and he enjoyed decorating and buying gifts for family as well as less fortunate children in the area.

Nelson was predeceased by his parents, Aaron and Alice (Baton) Kiss; his sisters Peggy Gervascio, Lucille O’Brien, two brothers, Donald Kiss and Francis Brown.

Nelson is survived by his wife of 54 years, Charlene (Stanley) Kiss; their sons Curtis and Dana; daughter-in-law, Molly; grandchildren Kamryn, Lauren, and Aaron; several nieces, and nephews.

Nelson was deeply passionate about animals, especially his cats, many of which he rescued.

At his request, there will be no visiting hours or funeral. A celebration of life will be held in private.

In his memory, donations can be made to the Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Rd., Waterville ME 04901.


WATERVILLE – Marie Baker Foster McMahon, 87, of Waterville, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2022, at Mount St. Joseph’s rehab facility, in Waterville. She was born, March 27, 1935, in Norridgewock to Beatrice and Floyd Baker.

She graduated from Skowhegan High School. She and her first husband, Mathew Foster, lived in Bingham with their four children, Mona, Dougie, Bea and Suzie. Marie modeled love of family and home, hard work, service to others and persevering through challenging times. As a single, working mother of four, she somehow created time to sew her girls’ school, Easter and other outfits. Then taught them how to sew as they got older.

She supported her family in different ways, yet most loved the two decades of connecting to patients as a dental assistant in Waterville. In 1977 she married her second husband, Richard J. McMahon who passed in 1987. Besides being a wonderful mother, she enjoyed honoring veterans and serving local veterans’ organizations, The Winslow VFW, The Elks Auxiliary, and she served as president of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary. She especially loved the poppies and sharing them to raise awareness and donations. She also enjoyed being a Togus hospital and Meals on Wheels volunteer.

Favorite family memories include decades of family card games of canasta, of which is still played with children and grandchildren. Much fun was enjoyed when she would yodel or dance. At Suzette and Bill’s wedding, eight years ago, she was dancing a lot and having so much fun. Attendees commented. “I hope I can dance like that at her age.” Then one younger person corrected herself and said, “Heck, I wish I could dance like that now!” We still smile knowing she danced as recently as November and now, we trust she’s still having fun and dancing in Spirit!

She wanted to celebrate her 80th birthday in a special way and did the Polar Dip at Messalonskee Lake for the Boys and Girls Club. She only let her children know at the last minute, not wanting anyone to try to talk her out of it. One of her granddaughters loves the memory of Gram doing a split well into her 60s!

Simple things brought her pleasure, feeding and watching the birds, tending to her flower gardens, and making and sharing her delicious tourtiere pie, now of which her family carries on the tradition.

Marie was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Dick McMahon; brother, Harold Baker, sister, Roberta Wise; and stepson, Eddie McMahon.

She is survived by her four children, Ramona Freeman, of Waterville, Doug (Sandy) Foster and Beatrice (Bob) Blake, all of Oakland, and Suzette Foster (Bill Mosher,), of North Carolina; stepchildren Michael (Renata) McMahon, of Sidney, Patricia McMahon, of Waterville, and Rick (Kim) McMahon, of Sidney; grandchildren Theresa Blake, of Oakland, Brianna Anicetti of North Carolina, Brittany Anicetti Viuf, of Oklahoma, Gabrielle Foster, of Portland, Mathew Foster, of Oakland; and two great-granddaughters, Joslyn Ireland and Harper Viuf; siblings Bette (Rance) Hadaway, of South Carolina, Doug (Phyll) Baker, of California, Karen (Ron) Gareau, of Rhode Island, Bill (Karen) Baker, of Massachusetts; her Baker half-siblings; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., on Friday, July 15, at Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville, ME 04901. Burial will be held Saturday, July 16, at 10 a.m., at the Old Oak Cemetery, River Road, Norridgewock, ME 04957.

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

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to American Legion Auxiliary in Waterville or Beacon Hospice Care, 5 Community Dr., Suite A, Augusta, ME 04330.


VASSALBORO – Barbara E. Horner, 95, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. She was born December 26, 1926, in Camden, the daughter of Alfred B. Nedeau and Teresa (Shaw) Nedeau.

Barbara grew up mostly in Norridgewock, but also in several other New England towns before graduating from Northfield High School, in Vermont, in 1944. Barbara married James “Jim” Horner, her husband of 70 years, in 1948, in Concord, New Hampshire.

She was a devoted mother while they lived in Hudson, Ohio, Leawood, Kansas, Hinckley and Waterville, Maine, and Durham, North Carolina, before retiring back to Maine in Vassalboro in 1989.

She began her own career only after her children finished their grade school years, working in the Rare Book Collection, at the Colby College Library (1969-1975), then at the Duke University International House, in Durham, North Carolina (1975-1989). She had a knack for remembering names and milestones and knew every international student who attended Duke during those years, including the correct pronunciation and spelling of their names. She welcomed each and every one and made them feel at home.

Barbara was a member of the Waterville Women’s Club and enjoyed volunteering at the old Thayer Hospital, in Waterville, Vassalboro Food Pantry, Volmer’s Nursing Home, in Vassalboro, and attending the Vassalboro United Methodist Church.

Barbara was a kind and caring soul who enjoyed being among family and friends, traveling, watching birds and wildlife, knitting, conquering crossword puzzles, and taking walks in nature. She loved to send letters and cards and never forgot a birthday. She was still receiving Christmas cards from some of her international friends from Greece, Sweden, and Japan.

She was predeceased by her husband Jim, her sister Margaret Keene, of Norridgewock, and brother Al Nedeau Jr., of California.

She is survived by son Stewart and his wife Cindy, of Waterville; daughter Peggy and her husband Ted May, of Columbia, Missouri; granddaughter Heather Provost and her husband Lucas, of Albion; grandson Travis Horner and fiancé Josh Rideout, of Gray; and great-grandchildren Madalyn, Ryder, and Miles Provost.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, June 17, 2022, at the Vassalboro United Methodist Church, 614 Main Street, Vassalboro, Maine 04989.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville, Maine 04901.

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

Those who wish may honor Barbara’s life by making a gift in her memory to the Vassalboro United Methodist Church, 614 Main Street, Vassalboro 04989, or the Vassalboro Food Pantry, Rte. 32, in Vassalboro.


CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. – Rebecca Clifford, 92, of Champlain, New York, passed away Friday, April 8, 2022. Rebecca was born in Fairfield, March 9, 1930, the late daughter of Mable (Crockett) Lawrence and Earl Lawrence Sr.

On January 29, 1949, Rebecca married the love of her life, Ralph Clifford, together they had four beautiful children.

Rebecca loved life, visiting her family and friends singing country music and her favorite gospels at church with her sister, Ruth and brother “Billy” William, and caring for whomever needed her help. She loved to stay busy. With all of this being said she also had another great love, and that was cooking. She was great at it, just ask anyone for whom she ever cooked or baked. Because of that it led her to own her own restaurant with one of her life long friends, Ann Maglaris. They met at Bill’s truck stop and went on to own the notorious Eating House, in Fairfield. There she worked alongside her two daughters, Joyce and Janet, sisters Iva and Alma.

When you entered the diner it felt like home filled with laughter, family and friends, some new, some old but it was always full you never left hungry or disappointed, that was for sure.

Rebecca was predeceased by her husband Ralph Clifford; her two daughters Joyce Frye and Janet Hunter; a granddaughter, Brandy Ratcliff; five sisters, Iva Carter, Alma Mower, Priscilla Wing, Olive Chapman, and Ruth Buker, four brothers, Norman Lawrence, Floyd Lawrence, Colby Lawrence, and Melvin Lawrence.

Rebecca is survived by her son, Steven Earl Clifford, and daughter-in-law, Michelle Clifford, her son, Russell Clifford and his partner Maxine Buker; her grandchildren Stacey Boudreau, Matthew Clifford, Kasey Carpenter, Brian Clifford and Benjamin Clifford. her brother, William “Billy” Lawrence and sister-in-law, Elaine Lawrence, brother, Earl “Butchy” Lawrence and her best friend and sister-in-law, Carol Lawrence.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 21, in Fairfield, at 11 a.m. The family invites family and friends to join them at Governor’s Restaurant,Main St., in Waterville, in the Ball Room Hall, at 1 p.m., after the service.

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AUGUSTA – Elizabeth “Betty” Berard, 68, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Betty was born on March 10, 1954, in Waterville to Edgar and Yvonne (Jerome) Bouchard.

Betty graduated from Waterville High School class of 1973. Betty worked for years at LaVerdiere’s Drug Stores and later Rite Aid and made countless friends along the way. She will be remembered fondly for her quick wit and spontaneous sarcasm to fit any situation. She never shied away from telling people what she thought.

Betty spent most of her life loving and tending to the stray animals that were lucky enough to cross her path. The flock always had room for one more, even if the house didn’t. She loved her son and grandchildren and even at 66 years old, drove to Vermont by herself to be able to spend Thanksgiving with them. When she put her mind to something, there was no stopping her. No holiday meal will be the same without her dinner time antics.

Betty is survived by her son Joshua Berard, and wife Jaime, of West Gardiner; her grandchildren Emma Hayden, of Waterville, Lily, Katherine and Connor Berard, also of West Gardiner; niece, Donna Whitney, of Farmington; nephew, Dana Bouchard, of Oakland.

Betty was predeceased by her parents; and four brothers, Robert, Edgar Jr., Richard, and Paul Bouchard.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday May 4, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 26 Monument St. in Winslow. Interment followed at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove St., Waterville.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Please visit to share your condolences with Betty’s family.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Betty’s memory to the Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Rd., Benton ME 04901.


OAKLAND – Bill Rose, 72, died following a brief illness, on Monday, April 18, 2022, at a Bangor Hospital. He was born April 1, 1950, the son of William and Barbara Rose, of Readfield.

Bill graduated from Winthrop High School in 1969. Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served in Vietnam and had a distinguished career prior to his retirement after 20 years of service. He went on to become a small business owner and led a very fulfilling life and enjoyed many lasting friendships.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, Carol, are her children, her daughter, Hayley Murphy and her husband Dan and their son Gavin, of Auburn; her son, Colin, of Oakland; Bill’s sons, Eric L. Rose and his wife Erin, of Alna, and Jonathan Rose, of Rego Park, New York; one brother, Fred Rose and his wife Barbara and their son Jeff; a sister, Barbara and her husband Cyrus, of Readfield.

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


WATERVILLE – Jessica Michelle Cust, 35, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2022, three days prior to her 36th birthday, at Maine­General Medical Center Emergency Department, Thayer Campus, in Waterville. Jessica was born at Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor, April 26, 1986. She was the daughter of Jon Michael Cust, Jr. and Laura L. (Reynolds) Cust-Lynds.

From the very beginning of life, Jessica was born with Congenital Heart Disease. Defying many odds, when Jessica reached five years of age, she became part of statistics and provided a lot to the medical field of Congenital Heart Disease.

Jessica attended all 12 years in the Bangor School District, graduating 2006. She attended two years at Bangor Community College. Hoping to try for a new lease on life, she proceeded with being placed on the heart transplant list. Thirty days after listing they found thyroid cancer which took her off the list. The last 11 years has had many challenges with her health, but most recently, she was diagnosed with advanced liver cancer due to complications from the modified Fontan Procedure done in infancy.

Jessica volunteered with Special Olympics and enjoyed volunteering at Amicus special outing days. She also volunteered and served on the board of the Readfield Library and also the Winthrop Library. Jessica loved reading and sharing the love of a “new” good book. She attended both Fairfield First Baptist Church, and First Church, of Waterville.

Jessica will be remembered for her quick wit and very different sense of humor, often times just saying it with no filter and then rethinking her words. She was a very loving young lady.

She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Arvil and Laura Lynds, of Waterville, and her father Jon Michael Cust, Jr. and stepmother Robin Shaw-Cust, of Hampden; her sister, Ashley Cust-Murenzi (Japhet); and two nieces Esther and Elza Murenzi, of Old Orchard Beach; her half-brother, Alex Cust (Diana), of Portland; her stepbrothers, Ronnie (Michelle) Lynds, of Califonia, Stephen Lynds, of California, Michael Lynds, of Chelsea, Anthony Shaw (Kristen) and niece Aubrey and nephew Kayson Shaw, of Hampden, and Jerod Shaw and nephews Parker and Layton, of Bangor; her maternal grandparents, Rev. Richard and Teena Reynolds; her paternal grandparents, Jon Michael Cust, Sr. and Ruby; her step-grandparents, Wayne and Toni Philbrick, of Hampden.

A funeral service was held Sunday, May 1, 2022, at First Church of Waterville, 1 Park Street, Waterville, Maine, officiated by Rev. Dr. Stephen Meidahl. Burial will be in the Quaker Hill Cemetery, in Unity.

Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield, where memories may be shared, and an online register book signed by visiting


BENTON – Laurie Jean Donnell, 60, of Belfast and Benton, passed peacefully at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, in Scarborough, on Sunday, April 24, 2022. She was the daughter of Linda Richardson, of Belfast and Benton, and the stepdaughter of Charles Richardson, of Benton. Laurie was born in Rockland on February 28, 1962, and grew up in Belfast with her brother Tim Vose, and sister Wendy Ross.

She attended Belfast Area High School where she participated in the school band and orchestra and excelled at field hockey.

She graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1984. She then earn­ed her master’s degree in special education at UMO, where she achieved high academic honors.

She worked for many years as an educator helping children with special needs, which she very much enjoyed.

Laurie loved animals, especially cats, dogs and birds. She often would take in rescue animals, as she had a kind and compassionate heart. She also had a keen intellect, and enjoyed reading, researching, and learning.

Laurie was blessed with three daughters, Rebeka Donnell, Alicia Donnell, and Anna Maria Donnell; as well as many grandchildren.

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

Donations in her honor may be made to Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Rd., Scarborough, ME 04074.


PALERMO – Ellen Louise Stevens — more recently Ellie Budzko, 77, passed away very peacefully on Monday, April 25, 2022, following a series of hemorrhagic strokes. Ellie was born September 4, 1944, the daughter of Stanley Stevens and Doris Bagley, while her parents were on one of their trips to sunny, movie-star-cowboy-filled California from their home base in Scarborough.

After recovering extremely well from the initial strokes, Ellie had a wonderful “extra” few years of life living on her own in Waterville. . Ellie was grateful for having such a full life of diverse friends and family, as well as all of her creative work performing, educating, and gardening in Massachusetts and Maine, and briefly, Ohio, Texas, and her beloved Quirpon, Newfoundland, Canada.

She leaves behind daughter Turil Cronburg and meandering son-in-law David Rodenhiser, previous much-loved husbands James Cronburg and Michael S. Smith, and a huge list of old and new friends, lovers, and extended family. Dominic Budzko, her final husband whom she spent decades with growing a beautiful tiny farm in Palermo, predeceased her in 2010.

Ellie believed that everyone has a story to tell, and that theater is one of the most interesting ways to tell those stories.

In lieu of a funeral and donations, Ellie would love for you all to support local community theater programs in your area by attending a performance in her memory.


SOUTH CHINA – Georgia A. Gunning, 64, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2022. She was born on Christmas Eve 1957.

She was born into a large family and had wonderful memories growing up with her five sisters and one brother. Shortly after high school she married the love of her life, and together they raised four children.

Georgia always strived to do the best for everyone, and wanted to help make the world a better place, so in her 30s she returned to school and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in social work. Between her time working for Catholic Charities Maine and Riverview, she gave selflessly of herself, working countless hours, and going above and beyond to do everything in her power to give her clients a better life, a new chance, or just a shoulder to cry on – never judging, only with love and care in her heart.

Georgia’s true pride and joy were her kids. She always made sure they came first, building them up and supporting them in any path they chose in life. Georgia’s legacy is one of love, strength, beauty and compassion that will be remembered by all who knew her.

Georgia leaves behind countless family members, and will be greatly missed by all. She will live on in the smiles, laughter and memories of those she loved. When you feel a gentle and unexpected wind, or when the sun breaks through the clouds to kiss your cheek, be assured, that is Georgia reminding you she is still with us.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m., on Sunday, May 8, 2022, at Centerpoint Community Church, 155 W River Rd, Waterville.

Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with her family at .


OAKLAND – Arlington “Arlie” B. Philbrick, 85, passed away peacefully at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta, on Monday, April 25, 2022, following a battle with cancer. Arlie was born on January 14, 1937, in Waterville, the only son of Harriet and Arlie Philbrick.

He attended Waterville schools before joining the U.S. Army. Upon his return from the Army, he worked for the First National. He then moved to driving truck for Ladd Paper/Holmes Swift, in Fairfield. In 1979, he started working at Messalonskee High School, in Oakland, where he stayed until he retired.

He married the love of his life, Beverly Dudley, in 1962.

In the early years, Arlie enjoyed bowling at the candlepin lanes, in Waterville. He was an avid fisherman who was always looking for the big one. He loved having family BBQs so he could show off his talent for cooking chicken.

In later years, Arlie could be seen sitting in his lawn chair watching the cars go by and having friends stop by to chat. Arlie will be remembered for his special wit and the Chex Mix.

He was predeceased by his parents, Arlie and Harriet Philbrick; his wife, Beverly Philbrick; two sisters, Ruth Ricker and Ethel Bates; and a niece, Linda Douglas.

He is survived by his daughters, Penny Shorette, of Winslow, and Pam Ellis and her husband Bill, of Parkman; three granddaughters, Stephanie Shorette, of Lawton, Oklahoma, Karlie Ellis, of Parkman, and Julie Groves, of Clinton; and a nephew, Rocky Douglas, of Oakland.

A graveside service with military honors will take place at 1 p.m., on Monday, May 9, at Lakeview Cemetery, in Oakland.

Arrangements are in the care of Wheeler Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Oakland, where condolences may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at

In lieu of flowers, donations in Arlie’s memory may be made to the Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Rd., Waterville, ME 04901 or to the Dean Snell Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 104, Brunswick, ME 04011.


Everard B. Stevens, 84, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. He was born, in Palermo, on December 14, 1937.

Private services will be held under the arrangements by Knowlton & Hewins, Augusta –

Condolences to the family should be sent to Everard Stevens, 23 Fox Lane, New Sharon, ME 04955.


VASSALBORO – William Frank Varnum Sr., 87, of Vassalboro, died Wednes­day, April 27, 2022, at the Sussman Hospice House, in Rockport. He was born in Dresden on September 5, 1934, the son of Robert and Jessie (Nicholas) Varnum.

Bill plowed snow for the town of Dresden for 12 years, and then work as a truck driver for the state of Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) for 30-plus years, until he retired.

He was a handyman and would be there to help anyone in need and was a definite workaholic. Bill was a family guy and enjoyed spending time with them, and watching Gunsmoke. He enjoyed food including his lobster stew and anything sweet. Bill was an avid outdoorsman going hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling. He also enjoyed antiquing.

He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Robert Varnum, Jr.; two sister, Janet Howard, and Jane Stewart, and a grandson, Josh Varnum.

Bill is survived by two sons, William F. Varnum, Jr., and wife Diana, of Vassalboro, and Alan Varnum, of Dresden; a granddaughter, Heather Varnum, of Augusta; several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 11, at 11 a.m., at the Forrest Hill Cemetery, Patterson Road (Rt.197), Dresden.

Arrangements are entrusted with Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, Maine.

Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website,


ALBION – Benjamin John Leland Clark, 31, of Albion, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.

Ben was a 2009 Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, graduate. He went on to explore many different careers including fire fighter, truck driver, roughneck on an oil rig and working in the forestry industry before joining the U.S. Army and serving his country.

After his time in the military, Ben found his true passion working in his garage restoring his antique tractor and farming his family’s land.

Ben married Kasey Paquette in December 2019, welcoming two boys into the family, Mason, 11, and Jack, 8, before having a baby boy of their own, Lee Benjamin Clark who is now 2.

Ben’s energy was larger than life. You never knew what exciting story he was going to share or what wild adventure he had just experienced, but he always kept you waiting in anticipation for what happened next! Everyone describes Ben as someone who lit up a room, the life of the party, and radiating love and kindness to everyone he knew. Ben was always happiest when he was spending time with his family and singing karaoke.

Ben was predeceased by his grandfather, Leland Clark and his Uncle Pete Wiggin.

Ben is survived by his parents John and Michele Clark; his sons Lee Benjamin Clark, Jack and Mason Holland; his sister and brother-in-law Anna and Kenny Pelotte, his ex-wife Kasey Clark; grandparents; many aunts, uncles; nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be a celebration of life for Ben on Friday, May 6, from 4 – 8 p.m. at O’Brien’s Event Center, 375 Main St., Waterville, Maine. Please come to share stories and memories of Ben.

Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield where memories may be shared, and an online register book signed by visiting


WATERVILLE – Arthur “Buzz” DelGiudice, 86, of Waterville, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, in his home.

He was the husband of the late Natalie Moir Del­Giudice, and son of the late Arthur and Carmel DeFranceso DelGiudice; brother of the late Joan DelGiudice.

Buzz served his country from 1955-1959 as a member of the U.S. Air Force. He worked at Dupont until his retirement and shortly after got to live his dream and worked at the Madison Country Club where he made many lifelong friends.

Buzz enjoyed watching Westerns, Judge Judy and the Lawman with his grandson Eric while his daughter spoiled him with her cooking. His passion though was watching and playing golf. Buzz enjoyed playing golf with his son, grandsons and the many friends he made through the years.

He is survived by his son John (Lisa) DelGiudice, of Waterville; and daughter Kimberly Brewer (Ed Villecco), of East Haven, Connecticut; his five grandchildren, Matthew (Halie) DelGiudice, Christopher (Samantha Mathieu) DelGiudice, Nathan (Phoebe) DelGiudice, Hannah DelGiudice and Eric Brewer; three great-grandsons, Brodyn, Flynn and Vincent DelGiudice.

There will be no calling hours. A private interment will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to MaineGeneral Hospice Care at MaineGeneral Hospice, 10 Water Street, Waterville, ME 04901, ATTN: Kathy Phelan.


PALERMO – Jeanne Glendenning Bigos, 86, died on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at Sedgewood Commons, skilled nursing care, in Fal­mouth.

Jeanne was a caring and generous person who was very proud of her boys. Jeanne lived most of her life in Palermo, from birth at home in Branch Mills, growing up at her parents general store, building her own camp on Sheepscot Lake, and making it a year-round home. She enjoyed the last 32 years there with Ted, until just recently when she transferred to nursing care. Her Palermo roots go back five generations to Grady-family Irish farmer immigrants, including a Civil War veteran.

Jeanne loved learning, did well in school, and was valedictorian of her eighth grade class. After graduation from Cony High School, in Augusta, she worked for Augusta Savings Bank for 11 years, and was then employed by the federal Farmer’s Home Administration. While at FmHA, she met Ted. They married in 1967.

Jeanne stayed at home raising her two boys, mostly in Kittery, where she and Ted settled after a few years in western Massachusetts, following where Ted worked. In 1990, Jeanne and Ted moved back to Palermo, where she enjoyed swimming and life on the lake, hosted grandchildren, services at Palermo Christian Church, and started a travel agent business, Jeanne’s Cruise and Tour Center. For several years, she sold and went on trips with Ted and other customers. Among her travels, she went to sea on 19 cruises, and visited over 20 countries, Hawaii and Alaska.

Jeanne leaves her husband of 55 years, Ted; son Patrick and wife Janice, son Michael and wife Rachel; and four grandchildren, Timothy, Anthony, Harrison, and Nathaniel; cousin Dale Glendenning and family; nephews and nieces Robert, Dennis, and Florence; sister-in-law Jane (Bigos) Pieri, and her children, niece Elizabeth, and nephews Richard and David.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her mother, Doris (Grady) Milla; father, Stetson Glendenning; older sister, Joyce Glendenning Cowing and her husband Duane; nieces and nephews Darlyne Lane, Douglas Cowing; and several Grady and Glendenning family cousins. Jeanne was also predeceased by a daughter, Jill Bigos, as a result of a birth injury.

A visitation will be held on Friday, May 6, 2022, from 10 to 11a.m., at Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Rd., Windsor, ME 04363, where a funeral service and celebration of life will be held beginning at 11 a.m.

Burial is planned for a later date at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mt. Vernon Rd., Augusta.

Condolences and remembrances may be shared at


FAIRFIELD – Annette C. (Frappier) Buck, 91, a lifelong resident of Fairfield, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2022. She was born June 2, 1929, the only child of the late Treffle and Emma (Perry) Frappier. She went to Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, and earned her GED in 1987, at the age of 59.

She was married to Gerald Buck for 44 years until his death in 1991.

She loved rummage sales and yard sales, volunteered at the Salvation Army, Ken-a-set Homeless Shelter and Fairfield Food Pantry.

She worked as a CNA at Oak Grove and Chandlers Nursing Homes. She delivered the morning sentinel for five years and waitressed at private parties and Colby College for 50-plus years.

She was predeceased by a son, Shawn, and a grandson, Scott Davis.

She is survived by her children, sons, Daryl and wife Sylvia, and James “Jimmy” and wife Deborah; daughters, Cheryl-Ann and husband Ken Jerry, Roxanne and husband Ralph Whalen, and Terry and husband Paul Libby; 12 grandchildren, Chris, Daniel, Samantha, Kelly, Tammy Jo, Todd, Nicholas, Jonathan, Amanda and Bridget; 24 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 14, from 1-3 p.m., at Fairfield Community Center.

Donations may be made to the Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Rd.,Waterville, ME 04901.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, April 28, 2022


BENTON – Roger “Babe” Clifford, 95, passed away on Friday, April 8, 2022. Roger was born on November 17, 1926, in Benton to Harold and Marguerite (Stinchfield) Clifford.

He graduated from Lawrence High School, inFairfield, in 1945. On June 5, 1952, he married Gloria Hunter at the First Baptist Church, in Fairfield. She was the daughter of Walter and Maud “Cain” Hunter of Benton.

Roger worked at Keyes Fibre Co. in Shawmut, for six months and then went to work for Reginald Gray Farm, in Clinton, for four years. In October of 1950, he started work as a head herdsman at the Maine Breeding Corp., in Vassalboro, for 16 years, when they consolidated with Eastern A.L Corp, of Ithaca, New York.

In 1966 Roger started to work as an artificial inseminator for Eastern A.L. Corp., in the Waterville unit. He retired November 1988 after 22 years of service.

Roger belonged to the Vassalboro Lions Club, Riverside Volunteer Fire Dept., Clinton Lions Club, Clinton Historical Society, Clinton Cemetery Committee, and a member of the Clinton Senior Citizens.

Roger was a man of many interests including gardening, hunting, trapping, raising bees for honey, snowmobiling and doing odd jobs for people. He owned two John Deere tractors, a Model B 1941 and a Model A 1950. In the early days they were used for haying.

Later he loved giving his grandsons and other children tractor rides on the “putt-putts”. He also raised young stock to sell for his children’s education.

Roger will be missed by his daughter, Ann Shores and her husband George, and their son Keven and wife April, of Benton; his son, Peter Clifford and wife Cathleen, and their sons Philip and wife Chelsea and Jacob, all of Benton; his great-grandchildren Ashley, Maxwell and Norah; his brother Allen and his wife Goldie, of Canaan; sister-in-law Patricia Hunter, of Skowhegan; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Roger was predeceased by his wife, Gloria, who passed away in May 1988, following 36 years of marriage; his five siblings, Harolyn “Stub” Clifford, Marion Liberty, George” Dee Dee” Clifford, John Clifford and Ellen Holt; and his in-laws, Keith and Lizzie Hunter, Harvey and Ophelia Hunter, Guy and Phyllis Hunter, and Dana Hunter.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home 8 Elm St. Waterville Maine 04901.

A Celebration of Life was held on Friday, April 22, at the MacCrillis-Rousseau VFW Post #8835, in Winslow.

A burial will be held later in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: MaineGeneral Hospice, P.O. Box 828, Waterville, Maine 04901, or a charity of your choice in Roger’s name.


WINSLOW – Patricia “Pat” Dutil Fernald, 82, passed away at MaineGeneral Medical Center on Thursday, April 14, 2022, following a period of declining health. She was born at home, in Winslow, on July 5, 1939, the daughter of Albert and Henrietta Chasse Dutil.

Pat was educated in Winslow schools and was a lifelong resident of Winslow. On September 7, 1957, Pat married her high school sweetheart and the love of her life, Hartley “Buzz” Fernald. They were married at St. John the Baptist Church, in Winslow, and were married for 64 years. Together, they raised three children.

She was a devoted wife and mother. While raising her family, she volunteered in her children’s activities and sports. She was a Brownie leader and Little League volunteer. She also served as president of the Winslow Band Boosters Club, the Winslow Baseball Boosters Club, and the Winslow Basketball Boosters Club. Pat was a volunteer for the annual Winslow Fourth of July celebration. She was a lifelong communicant of St. John the Baptist Church, served as a Eucharistic Minister and Church Council member. She also taught CCD classes.

After raising her family, Pat worked for several years in the Post Office Annex located at the 107 Store, in Winslow. Pat was a phenomenal cook and baker. She loved every holiday, especially Christmas. She received great joy watching her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren experience the magic of Christmas.

Pat was skilled at knitting and crocheting. She was an avid reader and shared her love of reading with her daughters. She was a die-hard Red Sox and Patriots fan.

Pat enjoyed traveling with her husband, children, and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her daughter, Vicki Ann Falconer; her sister, Theresa Dutil; brothers, Louis “Pete” Dutil; Joseph “Bob” Dutil; Daniel “Chi-Chi” Dutil; sister-in-law Evelyn Dutil; nephew Kevin Dutil.

Pat is survived by her husband, Hartley “Buzz” Fernald; her daughter Terry Lynn Ladd and son-in-law Donald Ladd; son Peter Fernald and daughter-in-law Karen Fernald; son-in-law Eric Falconer; grandchildren Matthew, Erin and Kaitlyn Falconer; Tyler Ladd and his wife Krystle “Kae” Ladd, and Trevor and Taylor Fernald; great-grandchildren Amaya, Marcella, Darren and Kamrin; brother Albert “John” Dutil and his wife Lorraine Dutil; sisters-in-law Claire Dutil and Therese Dutil; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

At Pat’s request, there will be no visiting hours.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 a.m., on Saturday, April 30, at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument Street, Winslow, Maine 04901.

Interment will be at a later date.

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, please consider a donation in Pat’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


NORTH VASSALBORO – Theresa A. (LaPierre) Reny, 70, of North Vassalboro, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 15, 2022, following her short but strong battle with cancer. She was born in Waterville on March 10, 1952, the youngest daughter of Leodore and Doris LaPierre.

Theresa graduated from Waterville High School in 1970. She worked at Reny’s Market, on North Street, where she met her husband, Patrick, and then worked at First National Grocery Store, in Waterville.

She became a full time teller, which she did for the majority of her life. She started out at People’s Heritage Bank, went to St. Francis de Sales Federal Credit Union (Greater Waterville Area Federal Credit Union), both in Waterville, and ended at KV Federal Credit Union (Health First Federal Credit Union).

In between her full time job as a teller, she also worked part time at Rich’s Department Store, McDonald’s, and Marden’s, all in Waterville. She was a hard worker and loved to be busy. She realized she wasn’t quite ready for retirement and worked part time at Walgreen’s, in Winslow.

She never missed a thing of her two grandchildren from school functions to extracurricular activities. She sat on more soccer fields, football fields, basketball courts, softball fields, and baseball fields then almost anyone. You could see her smiling and hear her cheering as she watched them play. She was an avid game show watcher and there wasn’t a game show that she didn’t enjoy. She loved her scratch tickets and enjoyed getting some each weekend to pass the time.

Theresa was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Patrick Reny, her parents, Doris and Leodore LaPierre, brothers Ronald LaPierre, Louis LaPierre, and Francis LaPierre, and sisters Doreen Crain and Marie LaPierre.

Theresa is survived by her daughter Crystal and her husband Robie as well as their two children, her only two grandchildren, Harly and Tucker, all of Winslow; her sister Gloria Blanchet, of Waterville, nephew Scott LaPierre, of Albion, and many, many other family members and friends.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home, 8 Elm Street Waterville, Maine.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, in Waterville, Maine. A private family burial followed at St. Francis Cemetery, in Waterville, Maine.

In lieu of flowers, please support Harly and Tucker as Theresa always did, by sending donations in her name to WHS Project Grad 2022, or WHS Football Boosters, c/o Winslow High School, 20 Danielson Street, Winslow, Maine 04901.


WATERVILLE – James Allan Smith “AKA: Big Jim”, 87, passed away at his home on Friday, April 15, 2022. Jim was born in Bangor on December 30, 1934, the son of Oscar and Pauline (Stewart) Smith.

He attended schools in Waterville and graduated from Oak Grove-Coburn, in Vassalboro, and attended Colby College. in Waterville.

Jim proudly served in the U.S. Air Force in Korea. He was a finance specialist and he received three medals during his service: Good Conduct, Overseas Service and Expert Sharpshooter. After his time in the Air Force, he worked as a salesman for his family business, Eastern Packing, which was later sold to Jordan’s Meats. He also worked for Ladd Paper Company and Jerry’s Furniture.

In the early 1970s he bought the EZ Stop convenience store. In the mid 1970s, he opened Jim’s Gun Shop, and later he turned the operations over to his son, Jimmy, but remained active in the business for more than 40 years. He was proud of the fact that he was the largest gun dealer in New England with over 2,500 guns.

As a young man he always enjoyed playing pool at the D & A Billiards Lounge, in Waterville, and went on to become Maine State Pool Champion in 1968. He was instrumental in getting TJ’s Billiards established. Jim loved playing pool but it became difficult at his age so he became a spectator. He left doing what he enjoyed the most, watching the guys play pool.

Jim was an active member in the Elks, the Masons, the Shriners and also a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). His interests also included collecting antique cars and playing billiards. He liked pawning, and he loved sports.

Jim was a loving, caring husband, father, grandfather, and stepfather. Jim enjoyed the simple routines in his life. Whether it was going to Bee’s Diner for breakfast, checking out Marden’s and Lakeview Lumber. Going to breakfast with his wife on Sundays with their friends, while still making time for his family.

He and his wife, George Ann enjoyed wintering in Oldsmar, Florida, for 24 years. They also enjoyed visiting flea markets whenever possible. Jim found singing to be enjoyable and George Ann loved to listen to him sing.

Jim was predeceased by his parents and his daughter, Julie A. Smith.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, George Ann Smith; son, James G. Smith and fiancée Kathy Cunningham, of Vassalboro; daughter, Joanna L. Bearce and husband Jeffrey, of Belgrade; stepdaughter, Susan Brown and her partner Chris Chesley, of Benton; step-daughter Janet Quirion and her husband, Carl Winslow; his grandchildren include Justin Bearce and partner Tabitha Doak, of Waterville; Jayson Bearce and wife Juli, of Navarre, Florida; Amanda Turner and husband Randy, of Unity; Erin Estes and husband Steve, of Hermon; Danielle Quirion and her partner Nicolas Delli Paoli, of Gardiner; and Monique Quirion and her partner Fenton Cummings, of Saco; four great-grandchildren, a niece, Alexandra Pierce, of Stratford, Connecticut, and children.

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 in Jim’s memory may be made to Pine Tree Camp, 114 Pine Tree Camp Road, Rome, ME 04963.


WATERVILLE – Peter A. Robinson, 66, died on Friday, April 15, 2022. He was born February 8, 1956, in Fairfield, to Eugene Robinson Sr. and Nancy (Foster) Hanson.

Peter was a graduate of Lawrence High School, in Fairfield. He was a great football player, and also participated in track. When he finished high school, Peter went into the U.S. Marines.

From there, Peter started his own construction company. For a few years he worked construction in Florida. He was also a big race car fan and had also done some racing himself. He enjoyed watching racing and the New England Patriots. He loved to go out to eat, ride around the countryside, just being out and about.

He retired when he was 62 and moved to Florida, but decided being home with family was greater than the nice weather.

Peter married his wife Rhonda on May 17, 2018.

Peter looked forward to the Fiddlers Convention every year. In his younger days he always got on the roof and mooned everyone. If you knew Peter, you will all laugh about this.

Peter was predeceased by his mother, Nancy Hanson and stepfather, Daniel Hanson and stepmother, Beverly Robinson.

He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Robinson; his father, Eugene Robinson Sr.; his son, Alex Green and wife Macy; his brothers Eugene and wife Roxanne Robinson, Timothy Robinson, William and wife Cathy Robinson, Richard and wife Hope Robinson; stepdaughter, Danylle Kelley and partner Erika Veilleux; grandchildren Carolina, Daxton, Dawson; step-grandchildren Quenten and Olyvia Kelley; and mother-in-law, Nancy Daniels.

There will be a celebration of life on May 7, at Fairfield VFW, on Main St., at 2 p.m.


WEEKS MILLS – Lorie J. Sproul, 62, of Weeks Mills, passed away on Monday, April 18, 2022, at the Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta. She was born December 14, 1959, the daughter of Norman and Marguerite (Morang) Grant.

Lorie was an avid reader and loved to cook. She also enjoyed day long trips to any location in Maine, especially to Ocean Point. She worked nearly 20 years as a payment processor at Key Bank, in Augusta. After that, she worked for McKesson, in Lewiston. She also worked at MBNA, in Belfast, until they closed. Her last job was at Athena Health, in Belfast.

She married Blaine Sproul on June 29, 1991.

She was pre-deceased by her parents. Lorie is survived by her husband Blaine; and her sister Julie Grant, of Pittston.

There will be a private graveside service held at a later date.

Arrangements are entrusted with Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, Maine.

Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website,


WINSLOW – Joan Little Fortin, 89, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022, at Lakewood Nursing Home, in Waterville, following a difficult journey with dementia. Joan was born in Farmington, Connecticut, January 6, 1933. Her parents were John (Bill) and Doris (Field) Little.

She moved to Maine at a young age and lived in Winslow most of her life. In grade school, she met her future husband – Robert Fortin. They attended Winslow High School together and graduated in 1951. They married in January 1952 and recently celebrated 70 years of marriage.

Together they raised four children. Family was of utmost importance to mom.

Joan adored her children and their spouses: Cynthia and Michael Soule, of Corning, New York; Karen Sidelinger and Michael Thibideau, of Fairfield; Robert and Donna Fortin, of China; and Janet and Brian Ellis, of Winslow. She was also blessed with 10 grandchildren: Mathew (Mandie) Hall, of Upton, Massachusetts; Mark (Stacey) Hall, of Belmont, Nathan Sidelinger, of Fairfield; David (Tedi) Soule, of Raleigh, North Carolina; Sara Soule of Corning, New York; Rob (Christie) Fortin, of Troy, New York; Nicole Fortin, of New York City; Brian (Lauran) Ellis, of China; Jason (Sasha) Ellis, of Waterville, and Troy (Katie) Ellis, of Clinton. She was blessed to have 11 great-grandchildren: Bella, Lauren, Drew, Macie, Sadie, Ava, Ella, Aubrie, Robbie, Cole, and Rowan. We cannot forget little Leo and soon to be born Avery Rose.

Probably the best memories were times spent together at camp on Webber Pond with all the people she loved so much. So much fun swimming, fishing, eating, and laughing.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, May 3, at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument Street, Winslow. Interment to follow at St. Francis Cemetery, 78 Grove Street, Waterville. A reception at Notre Dame Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville, will be held following the service.

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

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joan’s name to St. Jude’s Memorial Giving, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Beacon Hospice, Amedisys Foundation, 5 Community Drive., Augusta, ME 04330.


WATERVILLE – Lucille Violette Audet, 93, peacefully passed away on Monday, April 18, 2022, following a period of ill health. She was born in Belmont, Massachusetts, on December 17, 1928, to Louis and Eva Violette, the fourth of six children.

She was raised in Fairfield, and was a proud graduate of Lawrence High School. After graduation she attended hair dressing school in Augusta. She worked as a hair stylist in her home beauty shop until her retirement.

On Sept. 6, 1948, she married the love of her life, Paul A. Audet. They built their home on Military Avenue, in Fairfield, where they raised their family and remained for 61 years. She was very proud of the home they built together and enjoyed tending her flower and vegetable gardens.

Her favorite place in the world was the cherished camp at China Lake her father built. She spent every summer of her life going to camp in some capacity and passed the love of camp on to her children and grandchildren.

She was a communicant of the former Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, in Fairfield, and Sacred Heart Church, now part of Corpus Christi Parish, in Waterville. She faithfully volunteered for several organizations, including Sacred Heart soup kitchen and Ken-A-Set during her retirement. One of her great joys was as executive secretary of the annual Lawrence High School Alumni banquet that she helped coordinate for many years. She was passionate in this endeavor and worked tirelessly to ensure it was always a success. In recognition of her efforts, she was the proud recipient of the Lawrence Alumni Bulldog Award in 1988.

Knitting was a hobby she enjoyed throughout her life and was a skill for which she had a great talent. She continued knitting despite age and arthritis and enjoyed knitting lessons at the Yardgood’s Center, in Waterville, into her 90s. Her family treasures the handmade afghans, mittens, hats and intricate sweaters she crafted.

Survivors include her children, Rebecca Comeau (Paul), of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Surry, Eve Foley (Joe), of Vassalboro, Andrew Audet, of Benton, Sarah DeWitt (John), of Sidney, and Thomas Audet (Heather), of Brewer; a sister, Rosemarie Hagerty; and sister-in-law Theresa Violette; 14 grandchildren, Tracey Rich (Joe), Scott Comeau, Matthew (Jen), Amanda (Derek), and Micah Meader, Melissa, Brian (Sydnee), and Benjamin (Felecia) Audet, Alexander (Sarah), Spencer (Ceilya), and Adam DeWitt, Elijah, Elisabeth, and Noah Audet; great-grandchildren Tan Nguyen, Rebecca Rich, Seamus and Julianna Meader, Abigail and Cameron Stewart, and Laynee Audet.

She was predeceased by her husband Paul, parents, paternal aunts, Rose Brillant, Blanche Marcia and Yvonne Poulin, her siblings, Louis Violette, Robert Violette, Lorraine McAleer, and James Violette, and a granddaughter Susan Comeau-Nguyen.

At her request, there will be no visiting hours.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, May 26, at 10 a.m., at Notre Dame Catholic Church, Silver Street, Waterville with a reception to follow.

Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield where memories may be shared, and an online register book signed by visiting

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts in her honor be sent to the Fairfield InterfaithFood Panty, 23 Lawrence Avenue, Fairfield, Maine 04937.


WINSLOW – Pauline T. Carrier, 87, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, following a brief illness. She was born on November 26, 1934, in Winslow, the daughter of Albert and Leda (Talbot) Quirion.

She attended Winslow schools and was employed the vast majority of her life by the C. F. Hathaway Shirt Company, in Waterville, retiring in 1997.

She married Robert L. Carrier on May 5, 1956. They spent 63 years together until his death in 2019.

She was fortunate enough to know each of her five great-grandchildren well and that filled her with great adoration. She loved life and found great joy in feeding the wild and domestic animals in her backyard daily. She believed living in the moment.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert; by her parents, Albert and Leda; by her sister, Lorraine Morey and her husband, Ted Morey; by her brothers, Joseph B. R. (Ronald) Quirion, Robert Quirion, Raymond Quirion and his wife, Enid Quirion; by her sister, Gloria Quirion; by her brothers-in-law, Robert Cryan, Eddie Carrier and his wife, Virginia (Jane) Carrier.

Pauline is survived by her son, Bruce Carrier and his wife, Rachael Carrier, of Winslow; by her grandson, Tristan Carrier and his wife, Megan Carrier and their children, Maxwell and Oliver of Hollis, New Hampshire, Colby Carrier and his wife, Danielle Carrier and their children, Parker and Everly, of Chevy Chase, Maryland; her granddaughter, Chelsea McCarthy and her husband, James McCarthy and their daughter, Elle, of Newburyport, Massachusetts; her sister, Delores Cryan; her brother, Roger Quirion and his wife, Debbie Quirion; her sisters-in-law, Lorraine Quirion and Doris Quirion; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

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

In lieu of flowers and contributions, do something that would please her/make her smile, such as taking someone you love out to a dinner and/or a show, telling them you love them and saying those things we unfortunately wish we had said before it is too late.


FAIRFIELD – Kevin Linwood McLain, 51, died unexpectedly Thursday, April 21, 2022, from a heart attack. He was born June 2, 1970, in Waterville, the son of Clar­ence and Alli­son McLain.

He attended Fairfield schools and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1989.

Kevin was self-taught in everything; a jack of all trades (except maybe electrical). At the young age of 14, his mother helped him get a worker’s permit because the bike shop that he was spending time at figured they should put him on payroll for all of the work that he was doing. Kevin always worked. He was an employee of Hammond Lumber Company for a total of 20 years, with employment in between his time at Hammond, working for Madison Mattress and Furniture for eight years, a business that was owned by his in-laws.

Kevin met the love of his life, Kimberly Peters, in August 2000, at Unity Raceway, where he tried to get her attention … she ignored him. A few days later, at Skowhegan State Fair, Kevin’s first-born son, Kyle, ran into Kim as he was coming off the merry-go-round. Persistent, Kevin called Kim the next day for a date. He proposed to her during Bike Week 2002. Kevin and Kim were married on May 31, 2003. This next month, they would have celebrated 19 years of marriage.

Kevin’s interests were many: he enjoyed riding his Harley, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, boating, camping, NASCAR, however, most of all he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He coached Kyle’s hockey team and most recently coached his younger son, Keenan, in basketball and baseball.

He spent many “wild times” at hunting camp each November with Steve, Dickey, Dan, Michelle, Lindsay, Dustin, and more recently with Keenan. He loved “Black Friday” shopping with Kim and Keenan, leaving their home at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving and finding deals all over Southern and Central Maine, arriving back home the following night around 6 p.m.

Another favorite of Kevin’s was decorating the exterior of their home and yard for Christmas. And during the warmer seasons, he would spend a lot of time at their pool or camping at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Speedway, in Loudon, New Hampshire, and at Fryeburg Fair, in October. He loved family gatherings and BBQs. He also was a collector of automobile memorabilia and antiques.

Although gardening was not his activity, he always made sure that Kim’s garden was tilled and the heated greenhouse was ready to go in the spring. And for those who knew Kevin, he was “Mr. Fix-it,” especially in anything automotive. He was always lending a helping hand; he would do anything and was very meticulous including his carpentry projects; more recently building a “corral” inside their home to handle his Black Lab, Tag, and her seven pups.

Kevin is survived by his wife, Kimberly; and son, Keenan, of Fairfield; son Kyle, of Colfax, Wisconsin; his parents Clarence and Allison McLain, of Waterville; his in-laws, Ken and Brenda Peters, of North Anson; his sister-in-law and her husband, Michelle and Andy Deuble; nieces Natalynn and Rylie, all of North Anson..

Kevin was a member of the Waterville Elks Lodge #905, where there will be a celebration of his life on Thursday, April 28, from 1 to 4 p.m., located at 76 Industrial St.

Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield where memories may be shared, and an online register book signed by visiting

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Kevin’s name to Fairfield PAL, 20 Military Ave., Fairfield, ME 04937.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, April 21, 2022


WATERVILLE – Bill Staples, 86, passed away on March 19, 2022, following a short battle with COVID-19. Bill was born on March 3, 1936, in Staten Island, New York, and spent most of his formative years in Rockland.

Bill was a man of faith, belonging to Getchell St, Baptist Church, in Waterville, and was a veteran of the United States Army, Specialist 4.

He worked as a commercial fisherman, cook, truck driver, among other things, and retired as a longstanding employee of Shaw’s Supermarket, in Waterville. One of his favorite jobs was as a school bus driver because he always adored children; he was a big kid, himself.

Bill was known for his sense of humor and frequent corny jokes. He loved country music and John Wayne western movies, and an avid coin collector.

He was predeceased by his wife of 30 years, Jaye Libby, just four months ago and by his first wife, Evelyn Staples, many years ago; daughter, Peggy Guilford; young grandson, Timothy Shorey; his sisters Margaret and Kathleen; son-in-law, Greg Davis.

Bill is survived by his children Gail Staples, Maryann Davis, and Bill Staples Jr.; sister, Barb O’Connor; stepchildren Lynn, Lee, and Susan Warner; and many grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Falls Cemetery, in Benton, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s honor can be made to the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter.


WATERVILLE – Suzanne Marie (Russell) Culver, 87, passed away Saturdaym March 26, 2022, in Waterville. She was born February13, 1935, in Jackson, Michigan, the daughter of Eldon and Lenora (Bengal) Russell.

She married Dr. Raymond E. Culver, in Lansing, Michigan, and they were married for 27 years.

She attended high school in Jackson, Michigan, and studied classical ballet in her youth. Suzanne graduated from Simmons College, in Boston, with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and later served as the president of the Simmons alumni association and the Simmons Club of Boston. Following a successful professional career in human resources for Mass General/Brigham Partners, in Boston, and with the Boston Ballet, Suzanne later found joy and friendship as a docent for the Colby College Museum of Art, in Waterville; a core member of Team PK, the steering committee for the popular PechaKucha Waterville; and as an active volunteer with Waterville Main Street, the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, and the Waterville Opera House.

She is survived by her sons, Jonathon G. Culver and significant other Tanya Moore, of Norridgewock, and Christopher R. Culver and wife Catherine, of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; grandchildren, Isabel Culver, Guy Culver and Charley Culver, McLean Culver, Saxon Culver; sister Linda Getz and husband Steven, of Greenwich, Connecticut; niece Hillary (Getz) Sturman and husband Peter Sturman, of Natick, Massachusetts; and nephew Jared Getz and wife Paige Getz, of Fairfield, Connecticut.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Suzanne’s name to the Waterville Public Library or the Colby College Museum of Art.


WATERVILLE – Pamela Couture, 71, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, April 1, 2022, following a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Pamela was born to George E. Burns and Clara (Mills) Burns on January 5, 1951, in Fairfield.

She graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, and earned a business degree from Thomas College, in Waterville. Pamela married her childhood sweetheart, Raymond Couture, on December 5, 1968. They would have celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary this year.

Pamela started her career in accounting, working at local businesses in Fairfield. She then joined Central Maine Power Company’s office, in Augusta, where she was an administrator and supervisor until her retirement in 2013.

Pamela was an amazing woman who had a free spirit and lived life with no regrets. Her beloved husband, Ray, always called her his princess. He regarded her as a beautiful princess because she used “her voice for kindness, her ears for compassion, her hands for giving, her mind for truth, and her heart for loving all her family and friends.”

Pamela loved her family and spending time with her sisters. She enjoyed playing cards and getting together for the family’s annual cribbage tournaments. She loved to travel with her husband on weekends, especially to all the coastal Maine flea markets. Antiques, good books, and unique puzzles were her favorite finds.

Pamela was predeceased by her parents George Burns and Clara Burns; her brother, Rodney Burns, her sisters Robin Burns, Linda Bartlett, and Bonnie Giroux; and her grandparents.

Pamela is survived by her husband, Raymond Couture, of Waterville; her sons Daniel Couture (Melissa) and Casey Couture (Bernadette); grandsons Coby Couture (Misty) and Seth Couture; and great-grandson, Johnny Couture; her sisters Clara Nickerson, of Benton, and Wendy St. Amand, of Skowhegan; her brother-in-law, Donald Couture (Barbara); her sisters-in-law Cathy Simpson and Cheryl Rood (Duane); and many nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held later in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Disease Research at


WATERVILLE – Jonathan Gedeon Talbot, 41, passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2022, at Maine­General Medical Center, Augusta. Jonathan was the son of Cindy and Mike Talbot, of Waterville.

Jonathan was born on a cold, December day in 1980, but brought much warmth to the lives of everyone he met. If you were Jonathan’s friend, it was a friendship for life, some going back to Holy Childhood nursery school.

Jonathan was a graduate of Waterville Senior High School as well as the University of Southern Maine.

Jonathan was a 15-year team member of the T-Mobile Oakland facility. He was a successful team manager, being awarded #1 ranking in his position nationally on a number of occasions. He was loved and respected by his T-Mobile family.

Jonathan married Brooke A. McGowan on October 15, 2016. They met at T-Mobile and were an inseparable couple. They did everything together; they loved to travel, see athletic events, concerts, and be with family and friends. If it was a sunny day, you could always find Jonathan and Brooke in and around Cindy and Mike’s pool. Sadly, Brooke passed away on March 7, 2022, and Jonathan passed away with a broken heart for Brooke.

Jonathan will be remembered for his quick wit, his kindness, his sympathy for everyone, and his willingness to help his fellow T-Mobile family members improve themselves, and he will be remembered for just being himself.

Jonathan is survived by his parents Cindy and Mike Talbot; as well as his aunts, uncles; and cousins; and by his in-laws Matt and Julie McGowan; his mother-in-law, Eileen Wright; brother, Luke and wife Ann McGowan, their children Colby, Durham, and Ellie.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m., on Saturday, May 21, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver St., Waterville.

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

Donation in Jonathan’s honor can be made to Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Rd., Waterville, ME 04901, or to a charity of your choice.


WATERVILLE – Betty L. Snyder, 80, passed away Sunday, April 3, 2022, following a short illness. She was born February 11, 1942, in West Point, New York, to John and Florence Gilbert.

She was preceeded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth Snyder, sisters Carol Maybin (New Jersey), Connie Wagner (New Jersey), daughter Carol Ann Jewett (Maine).

She is survived by her significant other, McCoy Porter, of Waterville; daughters Kimberly Sterrs (Larry), and Karen Snyder; son Kenneth Snyder Jr.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces, and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 7, at 2 p.m., at Center Point Church, 155 West River Road, Waterville, ME 04901.


OAKLAND – Eleanor F. (Packard) Godfrey, 85, of Oakland, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, on April 4, 2022. She was born November 22, 1936, in Lewiston, the daughter of Vernal S. and Gladys A. (Bernard) Packard.

Eleanor attended school in Litchfield.

Eleanor enjoyed cross stitching, reading, the symphony and spending time with her girls. She ran a successful seafood business with her husband for many years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, in Winthrop.

She was predeceased by her husband, Elwin Godfrey, after 59 years of marriage; her son, Mark Godfrey, of Randolph, and her son-in-law, Richard Rourke, of Readfield.

She is survived by her daughters Patty Rourke, of Readfield, Elizabeth Godfrey, of Oakland, Monica and her husband Charlie Gorman, of Oakland, and Amy and her husband Mike Bryant, of Windham; her daughter-in-law, Kathy Godfrey, of Randolph; and sisters-in-law, Joann Deming, of California, Kathy Packard, of Minnesota, and Nancy Godfrey, of Waterville; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home and Cremation Care, One Church St., Augusta, where memories, condolences and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of our website at

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Activity Fund at The Country Village Assisted Living, P.O. Box 600, Casco, ME 04095.


CHINA – Marion S. Casey, 86, of China, passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2022. She was born January 6, 1936, in Vassalboro, to Millard and Oma (Segley) Studley.

After graduating from Cony High School, in Augusta, she married Neal W. Peaslee on June 16, 1956. They raised four children, were actively involved in their community and with extended family. Neal predeceased her in September of 1986.

Marion went to work at Downeys Insurance Agency with her sister-in-law, Maryellen Peaslee, who also taught her to drive. Later, she went to work at Windsor School as a substitute teacher, then as the school receptionist. Marion also worked at Hodgkins Middle School until her first husband Neal, died. She then went to work at Maine Motor Transportation where she remained until retiring.

Marion was a faithful member of the North Windsor Baptist Church. She enjoyed being in the choir, teaching Vacation Bible School and Sunday School classes for a variety of ages and belonged to the Women’s Missionary Club. She also served as a deaconess for her savior and church.

Marion met her second husband, Wilbur “Owen” Casey at the North Windsor Baptist Church, where they were both attending services. They married on August 31, 1991, and shared a long and happy marriage. Owen predeceased her in November 2021.

Marion was predeceased by her sister, Patricia Dudley Morang, and brother, Stuart Studley.

Marion had four children, Sarah McCalla, her husband David, who is deceased, Randy Peaslee, his wife Sherry, Rebecca Hurley and Carol Peaslee, who is deceased.

Her grandchildren are Hannah McCune, her husband Steven, William McCalla, Ryan and Kevin Peaslee, Ethan Hurley, his wife Brooke, Neal and Jared Hurley, Derek Peaslee and Devin Violette; her great-grandchildren Natalie, Evelyn and Madelyn McCune and Logan McCune, who is deceased, Hunter and Anabella Peaslee, Leo and Odette Peaslee and Lilyonna Hurley.

She was fortunate to love and be loved by Owen Casey’s family as her own. To include his many sons, daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and cousins to call her own from both her marriages.

Services will be held at North Windsor Baptist Church on Saturday, April 23, at 11 a.m. There will be a gathering after the service in the basement of the church. A committal service will be held at Dyer Cemetery, in Windsor, in June, date to be announced.

Memories and condolences may be shared to the family at

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to North Windsor Baptist Church, in Marion’s memory.


WATERVILLE – Steve J. Gagne, 54, of Waterville, passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at his home. Steve was the son of Fernand Gagne and Fernande Gagne. He graduated Winslow High School where he played basketball for the Raiders. Steve spent the majority of his career at SAPPI, in Hinckley, on the paper machines where he made a lot of great friends over the past 30 years.

Steve met his future wife Terri at a karate tournament. After watching her win her division, he decided to introduce himself. They spent a year getting to know each other, and knew they were soulmates. Steve and Terri married in 1992. Shortly thereafter, they welcomed two children into their lives, Christopher in 1992 and Ashleigh in 1994. Steve was a devoted, caring, and loving husband, and father.

Steve loved the outdoors. He would take long walks with the family dog, often times being gone for hours at a time. Steve enjoyed spending time on a snowmobile or motorcycle depending on the season. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. Summer months were filled with beach trips while winter months were filled with skiing or snowmobiling trips. Steve endured cold hunting seasons to spend time with his son, Chris. He shared his passion for basketball with his daughter, Ashleigh. Most importantly, Steve loved spending time with his two grandchildren, Nora and Deacon.

Steve is survived by his wife of 30 years, Terri Gagne; a son Christopher Gagne; a daughter and son-in-law Ashleigh and Isaac Wacome and their children, Nora and Deacon; sisters and brothers-in-law, Gayle and David Giroux, Cindy Gagne, Janet and Greg Gilchrist, Linda Gagne, Tom Clifford; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Celebration of Life was held at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, 26 Monument Street, Winslow, on Tuesday, April 19.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home.

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


WINSLOW – Clarence Whitman, 75, of Winslow, passed away Thursday April 7, 2022. He was born December 13, 1946, to Llewellyn Ellis Whitman and Robecca Collier, of Oakland.

He worked at Ralston-Purina chicken factory and later Maine Cascade Ironworks, although there wasn’t anything he put his hands on that he couldn’t fix.

Clarence had a love for anything with an engine. He was best known as the #54 Plumb Crazy racecar at Unity Raceway but raced several tracks throughout the years. Equal to racing he had a love and passion for riding and working on motorcycles. Clarence and his wife Dot made years of memories riding together and taking trips on their Harley with family and friends. Clarence will always be remembered for his willingness to help a friend, stranger or neighbor in need.

Clarence was predeceased by his parents Llewellyn Whitman and Robecca Taylor; brother, Llewellyn Whitman; and nephew, Gary Bucknam.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy Dunham Whitman; daughter, Victoria and husband Tim Davis and his grandchildren Timothy, Mark, Crystal and Gavin and his great-granddaughter Mikayla Coombs; son, Travis Whitman and wife Hiroko and his grandchildren Daniel and Nathaniel; son, Richard Whitman and wife Brenda and his grandchildren PJ, Jessica, Emily and Ty; son, Dennis Whitman and his granddaughter Emma; daughter, Keisha Whitman and fiancé Scott and his grandchildren Danica and Charles; son, Joshua Whitman and wife Jessica and his grandchildren Jasmine and Jaxon; daughter, Sara and husband Dustin Taylor and his grandchildren Wyatt and Sofia; daughter, Natasha and her husband Jacob Solomon and his grandchildren Noah and Patrick; daughter, Samantha-Jo Whitman and grandson Jasper. his sister, Bonnie and husband Ronald Bucknam; brothers, Robert Whitman and wife Elizabeth, and Michael Taylor and partner Dawn.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pine Tree Camp, 114 Pine Tree Camp Rd., Rome, ME 04963.


WINSLOW – Wilma T. (Quirion) Carey, 95, passed away Friday, April 8, 2022. She was born April 5, 1927, in Winslow, the daughter of Josephat and Mathilda (Ferland) Quirion.

She was educated in Winslow and Jackman, graduating from the Presentation of Mary Academy, in Coaticook, Québec. On May 29, 1948, she married her first husband, Lionel Duquette, and they had two children together. Later, she married the late Lloyd Carey and they owned and operated the Hotel Arnold, in Augusta, for many years.

Wilma was an avid attendee at area auctions where she met many people whom she considered family. In the summers, she loved having garage sales. Nothing made her day happier than engaging in French conversation and playing cards. She was known by one and all as an extremely caring and nurturing lady and she exemplified the person who would “give you the shirt off her back.”

She was predeceased by her parents; husband Lloyd Carey; siblings Joan Young, Laurette Quirion, Norman Quirion, and Donald Quirion; son-in-law Bruce Pomerleau and granddaughter Holly Benson.

Wilma is survived by her partner, Francis Whittier, of Winslow; daughter, Sheila Lord and husband Roy, of Belgrade; son Daniel Duquette and wife Elizabeth, of Tucson, Arizona; grandchildren, Bridget Wing and husband Randy, of St. Albans, Cathy Dumont, of Fairfield, Kimberly Whitley and husband Paul, of Gardiner, Shelly Pomerleau, of Orlando, Florida, Alex Duquette and wife Setareh, of Tucson, Arizona, Benjamin Duquette, of Phoenix, Arizona; great-grandchildren, Jed Crommett and wife Mariah, of Winslow, Jordan Dumont and partner Shylanda Price, Erica Dumont, Kasandra Dumont, all of Fairfield, Brooke Wing and fiancé Jacob Crocker, of Dover-Foxcroft; great-granddaughter, Ella Duquette of Tucson, Arizona; great-great-granddaughter Aubrey Crommett, of Winslow; ex-husband and friend Lionel Duquette; cousins, Belinda Gorneau and sons, Derick, Tony, and AJ, all of Winslow; many nieces, nephews, cousins.

At her request, there will be no visitation hours. A service will be held at 11 a.m., on May 2, 2022, at St. John the Baptist Church, in Winslow.

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

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Wilma’s memory to Charley’s Strays, in Clinton, Maine.


WATERVILLE – Aime M. Lemieux, 80, of Waterville died peacefully on Friday, April 8, 2022, at Lakewood Continuing Long Care Center, in Waterville. He was born in Ham-Nord, Québec, Canada, on September 10, 1941, the son of Wilfrid and Philomene Dodier.

Aime moved to the Waterville area in the early 1960s and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving four years during the Vietnam War.

Aime worked for Keyes Fibre Co. and later Huhtamaki, in Waterville, retiring after over 30 years. Both he and his late wife were communicants of St. John the Baptist Church, in Winslow.

He is predeceased, by his wife, Micheline; his brothers and a sister.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on April 20, at St. John the Baptist Church, in Winslow. Burial followed in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Grove Street, Waterville

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 donations in his memory may be made to Northern Light Home Care and Hospice, ATTN: Philanthropy Department, 50 Foden Rd., South Portland, ME 04106.


WATERVILLE – Alfred “Al” Veilleux, 81, passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at the Androscoggin Hospice House, in Auburn. Al was born on September 5, 1940, in Vassalboro. He graduated from Waterville High School in 1960 where he was best known for his cross country running. He won the state championship for the State of Maine.

Al married his lifelong partner and love, Mary Ann Leadbetter who survives him as well as his son, Paul. He worked as the mail room foreman for the Waterville Morning Sentinel, in Waterville, and the Augusta locations for 45 years. He was best known for his big heart and generosity to all his mailroom crew.

Al was devoted not only to his wife, Mary Ann, but also his best buddy and son, Paul. Al bought Paul his first set of golf clubs at the tender age of 5. They were known as best buddies and good partners through the years and were often seen on some golf course, somewhere in Maine.

He developed a passion for music and collected over 2,200 records which he enjoyed on his private jukebox from the 1950s. Al could always be found in his basement playing cribbage and pool with his friends while listening to his favorite songs.

No services will be held for Al at this time.

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


CHELSEA – Gene M. West, 96, of Chelsea, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 9, 2022. Gene was born in Saco on January 23, 1926, and was a graduate of Thornton Academy, in Saco, and Nasson College, in Springvale.

Gene was predeceased by her mother Ruth West, father George West and her brothers Ralph, George, Neal and her sister, Margaret (Peggy).

Gene is survived by her many nieces and nephews and their families.

Gene and her mother “Mimi” lived on what became known as Raspberry Hill Farm where she originally planted 24 raspberry bushes that grew over time and produced up to 500 pints of berries each year. After graduating college, Gene went on to be the Director of School Nutrition Programs State Department Of Education and Cultural Services for the State of Maine and was very proud of her tenure there.

Gene’s life was dedicated to her faith in Jesus. This is best expressed in the book she authored, Where Did I Come From?

There are no public visiting hours scheduled. A funeral service was held on Saturday April 16, 2022, at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta.

Burial will be at a later date in Dunstan Cemetery, Scarborough.

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CLINTON – Rita L. Rediker, 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at Lakewood Continuing Care, in Waterville. Rita was born on June 26, 1935, in Waterville, one of 11 children of the late Fortunat and Julia Poulin.

Rita attended Saint Francis de Sales Catholic School, in Waterville, until moving to Clinton in fifth grade. She left Clinton High School at the age of 15 to help support her mother and siblings. Rita spent 43 years working at the Hathaway Shirt Factory, in Waterville, always paying attention to even the smallest detail.

In 1955, she reunited with her childhood friend, Archie “Bob” Rediker and they married a year later. Together they built a life in Clinton and in 1964 built their dream home, which they have never left to this day. She was meticulous in keeping up her homes in Maine and Florida, always making sure they were welcome and ready. She opened her home to many family members for a quick meal or to stay for a time, always making sure that family never went without.

In 1970 they were graced with their only child, Jeffrey. Rita enjoyed spending time at their lake cottage on Unity Pond, as well as her winter home in Zephyrhills, Florida. Rita and Bob turned into social butterflies during their retirement years and met many lifelong friends in the process. People saw them daily walking hand in hand and they were known as the “lovebirds.” Rita and Bob were blessed with 65 years of marriage and she was loved by all that knew her.

In addition to her husband Bob, she is survived by her son, Jeffrey and his husband Michael Hollander, of Clinton; her sister Elaine Gurney; her sisters-in-law Ellen Moody, Beryl Nutt, Barbara Poulin, Betty Poulin; and brother-in-law, Roy Gross. In addition; numerous nieces, nephews, and their families.

In the last few months Rita had lost two brothers, Walter Poulin and Roland “Gus” Poulin. Rita was predeceased by her siblings Wallace Poulin, Evelyn Myshrall, Jeannette Gross, Norman Poulin, Fernand Poulin, Richard Poulin and Olivette Zieminski.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10 a.m., on Friday, April 22, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver St., in Waterville. Burial will be in the late spring.

Arrangements are under the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield, ME 04937.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in memory of Rita Rediker, to the Maine Children’s Home, 93 Silver St., Waterville, ME 04901


WATERVILLE – Richard P. Plourd, 90, of Waterville, and formally of West Hartford, Connecticut, died Wednesday, April 13, 2022. He was born October 6, 1931, in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Filias Plourd and Emily (Allaire) Plourd.

He graduated from Hartford Public High School in 1949. From a young age, Richard had a passion for automobiles. He raced stock cars at Plainville Motor Speedway and enjoyed tinkering and restoring cars his entire adult life. He proudly served in the U.S. Army, in Korea, and upon returning home, married the love of his life Audrey Christensen in 1955.

He worked as a master plumber until joining the West Hartford Fire Department, on February 3, 1961. While his job was a firefighter, he was a also a carpenter, building their first home in Coventry, Connecticut. He earned his pilot’s license flying small planes out of Brainard airport, in Hartford, Connecticut.

In 1967 they “bought the farm”, a 400-acre rural farmhouse, in Anson, because Richard wanted a place for the kids to play. For the next 55 years they enjoyed vacations and time together with family and friends, building years of memories. In 1986 Richard retired from the fire department as Deputy Chief and they moved permanently to the farm in Maine.

He was predeceased by his brother, Robert.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Audrey Christensen Plourd; sons Thomas Hogerty, of South Windsor, Connecticut, Mitchell Plourd and wife Deborah, of Madison; daughter, Patricia and husband David Downes, of Newington, Connecticut; and son, William and his wife Alecia, of Canton, Connecticut; his grandchildren Keith and Jody Plourd, Corey and Danielle Dollak, Taylor Cox, Jillian and Brandon Berry, Austin and Samantha Plourd, Christian and Alexandra Plourd, Tyler and Melissa Plourd and Emma Plourd; great-grandchildren Cameron Plourd, Jordyn Plourd, Peyton Plourd, Ethan Plourd, Eliotte Cox, Everly Cox, Owen Plourd and expected in August, Luca Plourd.


CHINA – Ronald E. Buchanan passed away at home, following a long battle with heart disease, at Beacon Hospice. He was the son of Norman Buchanan and Alice C. Huntley.

He was raised by his step-father, William E. Huntley, of Scarborough.

He graduated high school in 1959, after which he enlisted in the U.S. Army with his best friend Corydon Mills.

In retirement, he enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening.

He is survived by his wife KathleenA. Huntley; son Jeffrey Buchanan and his wife Mona, of Florida; son Ronald Buchanan and wife Tammy, of Arizona, and son Kyle Davis and Tiffany Davis, of Florida; two step-daughters, Dorothy Huntley and Ashley Huntley, both of China, and Keith Davis, of Litchfield. He helped raise eight children total. He also leaves many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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

OBITUARIES for Thursday, April 14, 2022


AUGUSTA – Nancy Cyr Farrington, 57, passed away Thursday, March 24, 2022, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. Nancy was born in Biddeford at Webber Hospital June 14, 1964.

She graduated from Mt. Blue High School, in Farmington, in 1982 and in 1995 cum laude with a BS in business administration from the University of Southern Maine, in Gorham. She received a MBA in technology management May 31, 2002, at University of Phoenix.

She was the first to implement an internship with MCI through USM, leading to a successful career in sales with over 17 years in technology to improve efficiencies, and reduce costs for Office Max, MaineGeneral Medical Center, CompuPay, SymQuest, and others.

Nancy was known for her athleticism and love of the outdoors. She was a high school basketball superstar. She never lost her passion for the game. She loved hiking, swimming, and gardening. She loved the beaches. Her friends and family have fond memories at ocean sites around Maine including: Old Orchard, Owl’s Head, Popham, Scarborough, and in Florida. She went to lake beaches in Maine, notably Tassel Top and Sebago. Her hobby was watching cardinals and hummingbirds outside her front widow.

Nancy believed in Jesus and read her Bible daily, growing her faith was her source of strength for eight years battling cancer. She was a member of Fayette Baptist Church.

She was predeceased by her nephews, Joshua and Jaxon.

She is survived by her parents, Ronnie and Faye Cyr; daughter Faith Emery; husband Norman; two brothers Jim and Al and sisters-in-law, Kristin and Sandy; nieces/nephews Johnny, Kallie and Devin; stepchildren, Nicholas and Keirra; grandchildren, Caylie, Corbin, Caroline, Camile, Ava and Isabel; sisters-in-law, Joan Mills and Rosalind Farrington; nieces/nephews, Violet and Ayla.

The ceremony is being held on Thursday, April 21, 2022, at Fayette Baptist Church. There will be a 10 a.m. service with Pastor Russ Cotnoir. The burial will follow at 2 p.m. in the VA cemetery. Fayette Baptist Church, on 39 Baldwin Hill Road, Fayette and VA cemetery: (section H) , 163 Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta.


FAIRFIELD – Albert Joseph Duguay, 96, passed away on Monday, March 28, 2022. He was the third child, born of 13, to John Baptist and Anne (Joseph) Duguay, on February 28, 1926.

Leaving high school to serve his country, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving in World War II. Upon an honorable discharge he came home and married Antoinette Turmelle on October 28, 1950. Together they had six children.

Al was a communicate of Corpus Christi Parish, in Waterville, Immaculate Heart of Mary, in Fairfield, and St. John the Baptist, in Winslow. Church. Al was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus #11303, Bourque-Lanigan American Legion Post #5, in Waterville, Blessed Sacrament Board of Trustee, etc.

He went back to earn his high school diploma at the age of 66 and continued on to take college classes at the University of Maine Augusta. He stressed education to all his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was employed by the union in construction for many years and retired from the United States Postal Service in 1984.

Al had many “self-taught skills”; carpenter, plumber, electrician, car mechanic, painter, roofer, chauffeur, gardener, cook, guitar player, and writer. He rebuilt a homestead wall by wall and with continual upkeep, for over 70 years, maintained its beauty. He had many projects always going, so when he couldn’t find the right tool or nail he’d head down to the basement because he knew he had all of these items somewhere… In a box!

Since the lottery began he would buy his Mega-Million and Power ball tickets, no frills, faithfully. He said if he ever won, he would make sure any child’s college education would be paid for. As being one of the oldest sons, he made sure part of his service check went to his mother, to help with all his siblings. He loved to jump in his car, pick up blueberry and cream filled donuts from Hillman’s Bakery, in Fairfield, and make his rounds seeing his favorite people in town to share a donut and a story.

He loved all God’s creatures, building hotels and gardens for the birds in his backyard. He would whistle many bird calls swinging on his deck swing.

Back in the day he was a very good athlete and played semi-pro football, he loved to drive the “green hornet”, and loved to go dancing. There were always gatherings of family and friends, music, food, and laughter in the house. The door was always open and was a safe and warm place for anyone that entered.

Not only was he a devout Catholic but a devout and proud veteran and Democrat! A thrill was when him and mom went to John F. Kennedy’s and Bill Clinton’s conventions. He loved debates and was an advocate for his fellow union members and would travel anywhere to make sure their voices where being heard. We believe that is what kept him alive!

Al was involved in community projects. Working alongside his fellow knights on fish chowder night, basketball shoot fundraisers, helping to organize the painting of the town’s fire hydrants, building the park gazebo, ringing of the bell at Christmas for the Salvation Army, to handing out poppies on Remembrance Day, to name just a few. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers Don (Lillian), Eddie, Omar, Babe (Norma), sisters Evelyn Morneau (Leo), Jean Carey (Harold), Van Peters (Lee), B-I-L; Chip Plant, Bob Turmelle (Dot); S-I-L: Katherine Duguay, Cecile Gagnon, Judith Turmelle; and great-grandson Nathan.

He is survived by his wife, Toni of 71 years; five daughters, Vicki Goodwin (Steven), of Buxton, Patricia Dustin (Gary), of Waterville, Laurie Byrne (Jim), of Winslow, Leslie DuVall, of Winslow, Melodie Furbush (Randy), of Oakland; one son, Michael Duguay (Victoria), of Waterville; grandchildren, Barret Fortier (Bill), Travis Dustin (Sarah), Brooke Dillon, Cierra McLaughlin (Michael), Taylor Byrne (Sarah), Adam DuVall (Justine), Lindsey Nichols (Nate), Katie Furbush, Chad Furbush (Kristina), Kirt Furbush (Melissa), Sage Chartier (Justin), Chase Duguay; great-grandchildren, Aiden, Sam, Quinn Fortier; Riley, Joshua, Rianne Dustin; Nealey, Baylee Dillon; Kalli, Kendall, Cameron DuVall; Alexis Gibson, Anthony Sproul; Sawyer, Evelynn Byrne; Dominique Furbush, Joshua Zinkovitch; and great-great grandson Mason Lambert; his brothers, Joseph, John (Nancy), Larry (Faye) and sisters, Theresa Plant, Lorraine Reny (Don), S-I-L, Julie Thomas, Jeanette Michaud; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument Street, Winslow, ME, to be celebrated on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 11 a.m., with lunch to follow. Navy honors will be held at the Maine Veterans Memorial, 143 Blue Star Ave., Augusta, on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 2 p.m.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Blessed Sacrament, 101 Silver St., Waterville, ME 04901.


WATERVILLE – David Adams Cosgrove, 73, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, in his home, in Waterville. David was born in Waterville to parents Robert and Marjorie Cosgrove.

He graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, and earned his business degree at Nichols College, in Dudley, Massachusetts. He cherished his time at Nichols, where he made many lifelong friends. Soon after college, David married Marilyn Fitzpatrick; they were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in May.

David earned his Maine real estate license in 1971 and began working for the family business, The Cosgrove Agency, in Waterville, where he sold real estate and insurance alongside Marilyn for 35 years. Upon selling the Cosgrove Agency in 2015, David worked for GHM Insurance, in Waterville, and sold real estate for the Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate Agency until retirement.

David was a respected and proud member of the Waterville community. He was a Corporator at Kennebec Savings Bank, a member of the Maine Housing Authority, Waterville Lions Club, and served on the board of the Waterville Sewage District. He was a member of the Waterville Country Club for many years, where he enjoyed golfing and spending time with his dearest friends.

David’s greatest achievement was his family; he was a devoted husband, adoring father, and proud grandfather.

Of no coincidence, he collected “Life is Good” shirts; he must have had at least 50. David embodied what it means to be a fan. He was a loyal Boston and Waterville sports fan, but his fandom was highest of daughters and grandchildren. He got the most joy from watching them in any sport in which they were involved; he never missed a game.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Fitzpatrick Cosgrove; his two daughters, Laura Cosgrove and Beth Cosgrove; and four grandchildren. His eldest daughter, Laura, lives in Waterville and has two children, Margaret “Maggie” Brock and Herbert “Jay” Brock V. Beth lives in Park City, Utah, with her husband, Seth Dromgoole, and two children, Sally Dromgoole and Samuel Dromgoole; his sister, Jane Cosgrove-Dirkman and husband Jack Dirkman, of Waterville; and sister Barbara Cosgrove-Schwartz and husband James Schwartz, of Barrington, New Hampshire; his nephews John Robertson and Matthew McDonough, and nieces Julie Robertson, Megan McDonough.

David was predeceased by his parents, Robert F. Cosgrove and Marjorie Adams Cosgrove; his sister-in-law Judy Fitzpatrick Weston; and niece Betsy Robertson.

A celebration of David’s life will be planned at a later date.

Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield where memories may be shared, and an online register book signed by visiting

In lieu of flowers, the Cosgrove family request donations be made to the Waterville High School Athletic Department at Waterville High School, c/o Heidi Bernier, One Brooklyn Ave., Waterville, ME 04901.


FAIRFIELD – Frederick “Fred” “Bobby” J. Dyer Jr., 92, of Fairfield, passed away peacefully, on Wednesday, March 30, 2022. Fred was born on Feb­ruary 9, 1930, in Fairfield, son of Fred­erick and Laura “Ackley” Dyer.

He married Mary Madeline Tobey, on July 10, 1948. In his early years he worked for Dr. Bovie, of Fairfield, who invented the electric scalpel used in surgery, where he had many enlightening conversations. Fred also started working as a young teenager, at The Flood Dairy Farm, in Clinton, to help support his family. After graduating from Lawrence High, in Fairfield, in 1948, he worked in construction before starting his career as a salesman for Waterville Window and Care Free Homes. He was a jack of all trades, being able to fix and build almost anything. As he always told us, “When I was young, I painted the gold cross on the steeple at The Immaculate Heart Church, in Fairfield”.

As a high school star athlete in three sports, Fred’s love of sports was carried on through his sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, in Fairfield, and at Lawrence High School, until he died. He was an avid New England sports fan, enjoying watching the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins, and Maine college games.

Fred, aka “Gramps”, was very devoted to his family. He would help anyone with projects they were doing, building decks, repairing cars, and was always available to give rides to school or work, not only to his family but to his local community friends.

Fred was an extremely outgoing person. He was a frequent visitor to local stores and became friends with many of the workers at these stores. Every day he would run in to get his lottery tickets and end up sharing stories and jokes with them. One person said that when she was pregnant and her car was broken, he would give her rides to and from work, so she didn’t have to get a taxi.

Family is as follows: daughters: Jane Moffitt, Stockton Springs; Nancy Simpson and her husband Robert, Fairfield; sons: Robert Dyer and his wife Susanne, Benton; Ronald Dyer, Fairfield; grandchildren: Sarah Moffitt, Stockton Springs, Aimee Moffitt-Mercer, Belfast, Caleb Moffitt and his husband Roberto Forleo, Jacksonville, Florida; Kevin Dyer and his wife Tammy, Clinton; Kelly Dyer, Benton; Kasey Dyer and his wife Jenny, Sidney; Jennifer Simpson, Fairfield, Tobey Simpson, and his wife Bodhi, Benton; Tori Dyer, Bangor; great- grandchildren: Dustin Simpson-Bragg, Davin Bolduc, Tobey, and Willow Simpson. Cody Grenier, Ryan Gagne, Kayla Duprey, Kaden Dyer, Alli Tulley, Gracelyn Dyer Haylee and Lillyanne Dyer; great-great grandchildren: Reese Tulley and Gavin Grenier; his sister Camilla Giguere and her husband Claude; many nieces and nephews

Fred was predeceased by his wife, Madeline Dyer, and his son Peter Dyer.

A celebration of Fred’s life will be held on Sunday, April 24, 2022, from noon – 3 p.m., at The Best Western Hotel, 375 Main St, Waterville. A light lunch will be provided.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made payable to Lawrence High School, 9 School Street, Fairfield, ME 04937, to the Peter J. Dyer Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund.


BENTON – Roland “Rollie” Arthur Woodworth, 67, died Friday, April 1, 2022, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, following a two-year battle with cancer. Roland was born on November 18, 1954, in Waterville, to Harry (Skip) and June Barker Woodworth.

He graduated from Lawrence High School, inFairfield, in 1973. He married Joanne Kent, May 7, 1977. Roland worked at Huhtamaki, in Waterville, for 47 years starting out at the Shawmut mill. He served in the U.S. Army from 1980 to 1983.

Roland loved to fly radio-controlled airplanes and gliders and belonged to the KVMA Club and AMA for several years. He loved to read about history, especially the World Wars I and II and the American Civil War eras.

Roland is survived by his wife Joanne Kent Woodworth, of Benton; sons, Jason A. Woodworth and s/o Stacey Keith, of Lisbon, and Joshua A. Woodworth and his wife Jane, of Fort Worth, Texas; grandchildren, Alice, Andrew, and Jaina Woodworth, of Fort Worth, Texas, Elliot Woodworth, of Medway, and Irene Woodworth, of Lisbon; sister June Caron and husband Leo, of Benton; brother-in-law Bryant Kent and his wife Laura; and sister-in-law Mary Colson and husband Michael; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Harry “Skip” and June Woodworth, parents in-law Edward and Janice Kent; brother-in-law Stephen Kent.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 16, 2022, at 2 p.m., at the Benton Grange Hall, School Street, Benton with Pastor Dan officiating.

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

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to MaineGeneral Health Office of Philanthropy, (Harold Alfond Center), P.O. Box 828, Waterville, ME 04901 or the charity of your choice.


FAIRFIELD – Evan Andrew Klane, 31, passed away on Monday, April 4, 2022, at his home. He was known as “the boy/man who outlived” all expectations.

Well known as his mother’s “Beautiful Boy”, her “Celtic Warrior”, Evan was born under a remarkable full moon on September 4, 1990, coming into his earthly world quietly, but fighting for his life.

Despite his lifelong disabilities, chronic and sometimes life-threatening illnesses, Evan defied the NICU staff predictions of not living to see a first birthday by going on to live for over three decades. Evan was known for his tenacity and fighting spirit, but a pure sweetness complemented his “tough guy” image. Evan’s joyful smile could light up the room, especially when something tickled that wicked funny bone of his, or whenever he would hear his beloved brother Ian tearing around the house as a little guy, or at Ian’s “Hey, Bud, I miss you, love you” each time Ian would call from his current home in Arizona.

Evan also enjoyed the many stories his dad, Jonathan, would read to him each week bringing a joyful connection as they shared a passion for the original Brother’s Grimm’s Children’s and Household Tales. Evan’s life had a profoundly positive impact on everyone with whom he came in contact.

As a graduate of the class of 2009 from Lawrence High School (MSAD #49), in Fairfield, Evan was a teacher as much as he was a student K through 12, as he taught empathy, compassion, perseverance, acceptance, tolerance, but most of all, love.

Evan was predeceased by maternal grandparents Charles “Grampy” and Lorraine “Grammie” McCallum, of Massachusetts, and paternal grandparents Keith “Grandpa” and Ethel “Nana” Klane, of Massachusetts. He is survived by his mother Deborah MacCallum Klane, of Fairfield; his father Jonathan Klane, of Mesa, Arizona; brother Ian MacCallum Klane (partner Ashley Mendola); maternal family Auntie Diana, Uncle George, and Cam Burke; Uncle Doug and Auntie Diana McCallum, and Uncle Dickie McCallum; paternal family Auntie Leslie and Uncle Ralph Brogna, Uncle Larry Klane; cousins, Bob, Jeff, Chris, Lisa and their families; and extended family Godmother Kathy Jason and her family and Jan Isbell.

There will be no formal funeral, but instead a Celebration of Life sometime in the summer or fall, 2022.

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, the Klane family is requesting that donations be made in Evan’s name to any of the following organizations that were an important part of Evan’s legacy: Make a Wish of Maine, 66 Mussey Road, Scarborough, ME 04074,; Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256,; Belgrade Regional Health Center, 4 Clement Way, Belgrade, ME 04917,


CHELSEA – Michael Joseph Pushard Sr., 81, died Wednesday, April 6, 2022. He was born in Augusta, on January 25, 1941, the son of the late Lawrence M. Pushard Sr. and Cecile (Poulin) Pushard.

While growing up on the Ferry Road, after school he would help the boatman (Frank Hassan) with many duties tending the ferry between Chelsea and Hallowell. At a young age, he was a caddy at the Augusta Country Club where he would walk from Chelsea to the club. One of his first jobs was being a security guard at AMHI, sharing many stories of walking the tunnels. During the ‘70s and ‘80s he helped build Chelsea station number one fire department and was assistant fire chief for many years.

He was employed by Edwards Manufacturing Company, in Augusta, from 1958-1983. Mike started as a chemical mixer working in the dye department. He then became the night foreman supervising the night shift operation in the finishing department. He ended at Edwards as the yard superintendent. He worked for Statler Tissue Company, inAugusta, from 1983-1995. He worked at Carlton Woolen Mill from 1995 – 1998. He finished his career at Maine Yankee, inWiscasset, where he later retired.

Mike married Joan Jacques on July 22, 1961. They had two children, Christine “Tina” Ware and Michael Pushard Jr.

Mike spent his free time golfing with his many golf friends. He enjoyed fishing and camping. There were many family outings spent in Jackman. He would go hunting and fishing at The Forks with good friends Gilbert and Joe Babcock. He enjoyed racing sled dogs with his good friend Mike Riley. He loved coaching his son Michael in Little League. He had a love of seafood! Back when you could dig for clams, he loved to take the kids to South Bristol.

He was a proud member of Le Club Calumet and the Elks Club, in Augusta.

He was predeceased by his parents Lawrence and Cecile and siblings: Lawrence Junior, Richard, Paul, Dennis, Mary Ann, and Germaine.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joan; daughter, Christine and husband Randy Ware, of Augusta; son, Michael Jr. and wife Kimberly, of Chelsea; his siblings: David, Ronald, Gloria, Lorraine, Jeanne, and Priscilla; grandchildren, Ashley and her husband Doug, Amanda and her husband Derek, Brittany and Will, Courtney and her husband Troy, Sierra and Cody; great-grandchildren, Taylor and her husband Hunter, Lauren, Parker, Jackson, Grace, Ella, Olivia, Vincent, Luke, Emily, Hudson, Sylvana as well as several nieces and nephews.

At his request there will be no service or visitation.

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

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The family requests that donations in Michael’s memory be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.


CLINTON – Jordan D. Williams, 78, passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at his home, in Clinton. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Ronald and Vesta Williams.

He attended Clinton schools and graduated from Waterville High School in 1962. During his high school years, he worked for Cottle’s Supermarket, in Waterville. Soon after high school he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and was stationed at Cape May, New Jersey. He completed his Coast Guard duties in March 1970 and returned to work for Cottle’s as meat manager in Belfast and later in Waterville.

He met Barbara, his wife of 54 years, in 1967, in Waterville, it was love at first sight, and they were married in February after a short, four-month courtship. Soon after, they moved to their Clinton home where Jordan has resided since 1948. Jordan became a proud father of their first child, Ronald, in 1968 and second son, Jeffrey, in 1971. His son Bradlee was born in 1977, and daughter Heather in 1979.

Jordan was an entrepreneur, becoming owner and proprietor of Jordy’s Custom Meat Shoppe along with his wife, Barbara, in 1976. He was also renowned for his ability to operate machinery, including his bulldozer and backhoe used to landscape local properties, restore driveways, and install septic systems from 1988 through the early 2000s. This was one of his biggest joys.

In recent years, Jordan attended courses at Kennebec Valley Community College, in Fairfield, in precision machining technology. He became an accomplished assembler for Cooper Weymouth, in Clinton, and completed his working career as a tool crib attendant for Mid-State Machine, in Winslow.

Jordan was a past selectman for the town of Clinton and held previous membership in the Jaycees and Clinton Grange. He was a member of the Brown Memorial Methodist Church, the American Legion and Clinton Lions Club where he was a past president.

Jordan and Barbara enjoyed entertaining at Riverbend Campground where they had a seasonal site.

He was predeceased by his parents Ronald and Vesta and brother Dale.

He is survived by his wife Barbara and their four children Ronald and wife Julie, Jeffrey and wife Serena, Bradlee and wife Trish and Heather Ward and husband Jim; his grandchildren Kaia, Piper, Coulton and wife Allison, Madeline, Morgan, Hazel, Odin, Haley, Leah and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to a service at the Brown Memorial United Methodist Church, in Clinton, on April 23, 2022, at 2 p.m. A celebration of life will immediately follow in the church fellowship hall. A private graveside service will be held at a later date at the Town House Hill Cemetery, in Clinton.

Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield, where memories may be shared, and an online register book signed by visiting


FAIRFIELD – Philip Bruce Daggett, 73, died peacefully, following a brief illness, on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor.

Phil was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on October 3, 1948, the son of Harry “Bud” and Elizabeth (Knowlton) Daggett. Phil graduated from Washburn High School in 1967. He was drafted into the U.S. Army that same year and served our country honorably in Vietnam. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his service and was honorably discharged in 1969. Upon his discharge he continued to serve the country as an employee of Bath Iron Works as a pipe fitter. Phil eventually obtained his bachelor’s degree in counseling from the University of New England, in Biddeford, and a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Maine. He worked as a school counselor for several school systems throughout northern and central Maine and was dedicated to his students and imparted his wisdom to them regarding spruce gum.

Phil may have been best known for his time spent at Hewes Brook Lodge. Under his leadership and guidance, he expanded The Lodge with the help of family and friends from a small family cabin frequented by local hunters to a four-season retreat loved by hunters, anglers, snowmobilers, and nature enthusiasts from all over the United States and beyond. Phil was a Registered Maine Guide and a lover of all things associated with the Maine North Woods. Despite his varied career, which took him all over the state of Maine, his roots were always in Aroostook County and were particularly grounded at Hewes Brook Lodge, just west of Portage.

Phil’s spirituality was very personal to him, and he spent many hours in deep thought and meditation. Phil was known to be many things which included a master craftsman, artist, cook, gardener, builder and most importantly, storyteller.

Phil was predeceased by his parents Bud and Lib (Knowlton) Daggett; and his sister, Elaine Patterson and her son, Matthew Holmes, of Massachusetts.

Phil is survived by his wife of 44 years, Cheryl; his two daughters, Candy Lessard and her partner, David Sovetsky, of Winslow, and Sandy (Ghent) Holdsworth, of Caribou; six grandchildren, Christopher (Emily) Corey, Athena Sargent and her fiancé, Andrew Nicknair, Deanna (Jessie) Murchie, Matthew Corey, Mason (Monica) Sargent and Jonathan Corey; nine great-grandchildren, Julia, Olivia and Daniel Corey, Brantley and Noura Nicknair, Gabby and Ezra Murchie, Daniel, and Owen Sargent; his brother, Dana Daggett and his partner, Carol, of Bryant Pond, and his sister, Susan (Everett) Adams, of Fort Fairfield; sisters-in-law Linda Hersey, and Charlotte (Donald) Jackson; nephew, Sai Adams, and nieces Naomi Donaldson, Aurora Adams, and Leah Arteaga.

A celebration of life was held on April 15, at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, located at 107 Main St., Fairfield.

Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield, where memories may be shared, and an online register book signed by visiting

For those wishing to make a monetary contribution in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Phil Daggett to the Maine Botanical Gardens, at, to support Phil’s love of flowers, or to the Travis Mills Foundation at, in support of veterans and their families.


CLINTON – Raymond Pickering, 74, passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2022. He was born September 13, 1947, in Blue Hill.

He graduated from Bucksport High School in 1965 and then went on to attend and graduate from Maine Maritime Academy, in Castine.

Ray had a passion for hunting and fishing from his early days that continued throughout his life. His many expeditions to Newfoundland, the camp he and Bob once owned, and fishing with his buddy, were among his most fond memories. Ray loved his log cabin home in Clinton and his many yellow labs. Ray was a member of the Clinton Lion’s Club and also the Masonic Lodges, in Sebasticook and Orland.

He was predeceased by his mother Martha Gracie and his grandmother Hittie Pickering.

He is survived by his four siblings, Joyce Gracie, Janice Boetsch, Edward Gracie, and Sally Bottie, along with their families; Linda Watson, to whom he was once married, and remained good friends with; his late uncle Frank Pickering; cousins Richard Lord and Di Johnson; his sister Coleen Bean.

A gathering to remember Ray will be held on Saturday, May 7, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Orland Community Center, 21 School House Road. Call Sally with any questions: 866-2305.

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FAIRFIELD – David Allen Scott, 62, passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2022. David was born in Waterville on June 6, 1959. He was the son of Norman and Gwendolyn Scott.

He attended Fairfield schools and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1977.

David was an over-the-road truck driver and loved the places he went and the people he met. He drove trucks most recently with the Hartt company. He loved working for the company and even helped train other potential drivers. He remained with Hartt until he was forced to retire due to his health.

David’s passions were antiquing, collecting trains and spending time with his family. He was “Bumpa” to all his grandchildren.

David was predeceased by his parents Norman and Gwendolyn; and his sister, Doreen Scott.

He is survived by a son, Bradley, of Farmington; several grandchildren; brothers, Steven and wife Cynthia, of Winslow, and Danny, of Canaan; and a sister, Penny, of Fairfield; and three stepchildren, Rose Bernard, Bobby Bernard, and Heather Cuthberson and husband Jon; many nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.


BRUNSWICK – Lionel “Lee” Poliquin, 91, passed away quietly in his sleep, on Monday morning March 14, 2022. He was the son of Lionel Poliquin, Sr., of Lewiston, and Helen Bouchard Poliquin, originally from Aroostook County.

Lee was born and raised in Waterville along with his wife Esther Louise “Lou” to whom he was dedicated for 72 years. He was an enthusiastic and skilled basketball and baseball player at St. John’s Preparatory School, in Danvers, Massachusetts, and then Colby College, in Waterville.

After graduating, Lee began 30 years of teaching and coaching Central Maine youngsters in Hartland, Corinna, Belgrade and Waterville, where his seventh grade social studies class was legendary. His playful humor kept students on their toes; his genuine concern for their well-being made special connections with many who struggled through school. At South Grammar Elementary School, in Waterville, Principal Lee Poliquin quietly marshaled volunteers to prepare breakfast for children arriving at school hungry before such programs existed.

For 35 enjoyable years, Lee traveled the state encouraging countless high school athletes as a colorful basketball official while sharing his affection for the game. He coached his two sons, Jim and Bruce, on the mighty Levine’s Little League team, at Lockwood Park, across from the former Hathaway Shirt factory, in Waterville. Coach Poliquin used organized sports to teach hundreds of Central Maine youth the lessons of hard work, fair play and having fun.

Always the busy entrepreneur, during summers he sold life insurance and operated Lee’s Lobster Pound, on Madison Avenue, in Skowhegan. After retiring from teaching and coaching, Lee became an early morning round table fixture at John’s Market, on Western Avenue, in Waterville, playfully jousting about current events in Maine and beyond.

In 1990, his only grandchild Sam arrived who immediately became the light of his and Lou’s life. Papa and Sam grew together with an everlasting bond of pure love and joy. Lee patiently taught Sam the gentleman’s game of cribbage and then was outfoxed during their “tournaments” over the ensuing 20 years.

Throughout his life, Lee was a proud and devoted Franco-American Catholic who always looked out for the little guy. He gave his life to the Lord, to his family, and to the betterment of a generation of deserving Central Maine boys and girls. His dry and frisky humor brightened the days of all who shared his company. Sadly, our world is a little less cheerful without Lee Poliquin around.

He is survived by his wife Louise; grandson Sam; younger son Bruce; sister Anne Laliberte; and a number of nieces and nephews.

His older son Jim passed away some years ago.

There will likely be a memorial service in Waterville this summer.


UNITY – Gordon Edwin Cheeseman Sr., 90, passed away on Monday, March 21, 2022. He was born in Farmington on November 22, 1931,

Gordon graduated from Everett High School, in Everett, Massachusetts. During the Korean Conflict, he joined the United States Marine Corps and was a private first class. He played trumpet in the Marine Corps Band. With Alice, he raised four children, worked full time, all while attending night school and earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Northeastern University.

In 1974, Gordon and Alice moved from Newburyport, Massachusetts to Unity, and bought what would become Knollwood Farm. They turned the 1848 property back into a working dairy farm, and spent many challenging, yet happy years, milking cows, working the land, and providing for their family.

He loved to ride his Harley Davidson and went to several motorcycle rallies in Canada and the U.S. If asked, he would have gladly gone “where no man has gone before” – to space; he loved Star Trek. He loved to go out to dinner and order seafood, especially fried clams. He never turned down cannolis and tarts from Hillman’s Bakery, in Fairfield.

He was predeceased by his wife, Alice Barbara (Chandler) Cheeseman; his mother, Margaret Nolfi and stepfather, Salvatore Nolfi.

Gordon is survived by his son Gordon Edwin Cheeseman Jr. and his wife Cherrie Cheeseman; daughters Martha Mayberry and her husband Rusty Mayberry, Melissa Cheeseman and her husband Karl Swenson, and Eliza Quill; grandchildren Kristen Alice Campbell and her husband Robbie Campbell, Hannah Gilman, Tessa Mayberry and Colleen Mayberry, Ian Mayberry and George Swenson.

Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield where memories may be shared, and an online register book signed by visiting

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Unity Barnraisers at


FAIRFIELD – Albert Edward Hodsdon III, 74, passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. Al was born on Octo­ber 9, 1947, and raised in Rumford.

He graduated from Stephens High School, in Rumford, and continued his education at the University of Maine in Orono earning a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and a master of engineering. He was a respected licensed engineer, water operator, wastewater treatment plant operator, and a site evaluator in the State of Maine. He was also a licensed engineer in the states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont.

He was the Principal-in-Charge at A.E. Hodsdon Engineers, in Waterville, since 1974 and recently passed the torch to Benjamin Murray, who will continue his legacy.

Al was also very active in the community, serving on numerous boards: Kennebec Water District, Kennebec Sanitary Treatment District, Efficiency Maine, State of Maine Tax Board, Manufactured Housing Board (a Governor appointment), Town of Fairfield Solid Waste Committee, Tax Committee and Budget Committee. He has been a member of the Maine Water Utilities Association since 1972.

In his spare time, he enjoyed many hours sailing the “SeaJab” in Penobscot Bay either leisurely or during the Summer Solstice race and Tuesday evening races. He was a loyal member of the Rockland Yacht Club and was the Commodore for many years.

Al Hodsdon was an example of hard work and dedication to communities around the state and in the engineering profession. He was a downright amazing man – a book of knowledge. He quietly left his mark on many and will long be remembered.

He is survived by his daughter, Canbra and her husband, Bennington Purcell, as well as his granddaughter, Millie; his sisters, Mary Reik Renaud and Margaret Ladd.

He was predeceased in death by his wife of 49 years, Jill Barry Hodsdon on August 15, 2019.

A celebration of life for both Jill and Al will be held at the Waterville Elks Lodge #905, 76 Industrial Street, Waterville on Sunday, May 1, 2022, at 1 p.m.

Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield where memories may be shared, and an online register book signed by visiting

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in their memory to the Redington Museum, 62 Silver Street, #B, Waterville, ME 04901.


WINSLOW – John Roland Patnaude Sr., 83, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 22, 2022. John was born on March 28, 1938, child of Roland and Dorothy Patnaude.

John married Nancy on August 23, 1958. They would of celebrated 64 years of marriage this year. John and Nancy had five children. John, Thomas, David, Catherine and Cheryl.

John was a hard worker who worked as a delivery driver for Bills Oil and Dead River Company, both in Waterville. John love football. This was passed to his daughter Cheryl. They spent many hours enjoying football games together.

He was predeceased by his parents, son Thomas and daughter Cheryl Richardson.

He is survived by his wife Nancy; sister Mary Bragdon and husband Peter, of Vassalboro; sons John Patnaude Jr. and his family, of Benton, David Patnaude and wife Barbara; daughter Cathy Maroney and husband Joe, of Vassalboro; and son-in-law Dave Richardson, of Canaan.

A service will be held at the North Vassalboro Village Cemetery on May 14, 11 a.m., for John and his predeceased daughter Cheryl. Immediately after there will be a gathering at David Richardson’s home, 116 Lancaster Road, Canaan, Maine, for family and friends.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Aable Cremation Service, Waterville.


CHESAPEAKE, Virginia – Raymond R. Quirion, 97, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2022. He was born in Winslow on May 24, 1924, the second of six children, to Josephat and Anna (Veil­leux) Quirion.

He leaves his wife of 75 years, Lillian (Tardiff) Quirion.

He is survived by his daughter, Rose Marie Cole, of Duxbury, Massachusetts; son, Joseph Quirion, of Chesapeake, Virginia; granddaughter, Lauren Quirion Molina and her husband Bernard, of Atlanta, Georgia; grandson, Christopher Cole, of Los Angeles, California; sister, Colette Lachance and her husband Roland; and sister-in-law, Jeffreen Quirion, of Winslow.

He was predeceased by his infant son, Raymond, in 1949, and his son, James, in 2003; three brothers, Robert, Gerard and Norman and one sister, Viola.

Ray proudly and bravely served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, earning the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in the sinking of the destroyer USS Lansdale in the Mediterranean Sea, on April 20, 1944. He recovered enough to serve again aboard the USS Shannon, and was in Nagasaki two weeks after the second atomic bomb before heading home to civilian life.

He and Lillian owned and operated a small grocery store in Winslow called the Summer Street Market for about a year. Subsequently, Ray worked as a butcher and meat department manager for First National Stores, in Portland, and Rochester, New Hampshire. His customers adored him! He eventually became employed by the USDA as a federal meat inspector, where he was very well respected.

Ray was involved in youth baseball as a coach beginning when his sons were in Little League all the way through high school and Legion ball. He was also responsible for his daughter’s lifelong love of the Boston Red Sox! Ray was a quiet, kind and generous man, always ready to do a good deed. An expert carpenter and all around handyman, he helped his kids with numerous home repair and building projects.

Ray and Lil retired to West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, in the 1980s. At the time of his death, he and his wife had been living with and cared for by their son, Joe, in Chesapeake, Virginia, for 15 years.

A private funeral Mass was celebrated by Father Dan Klem on April 1. Raymond’s ashes will be buried on a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, in Washington, DC.


ALBION – Edward J. Mea, 54, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, March 28, 2022, due to natural causes. He was born August 9, 1967, a son of Arthur Mea Sr. and Lynnda (Acker) Hackett.

Ed was the middle child of five and attended Lawrence High School, in Fairfield. In his younger years, Ed held a variety of construction jobs and primarily worked as a carpenter for Maine Farm Builders. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. His favorite past times were spent in the Maine woods. Ed was also an amazing cook and had the ability to turn even a hot dog into gourmet food.

Ed was an animal lover with a generous heart. His passion in life was helping those in need as he was instrumental in organizing many community searches for missing children and people. Above all, he loved his family dearly and will be remembered for his big personality and even larger heart.

He was predeceased by his father, Arthur Mea Sr.

He is survived by his children, Sara Mea and her husband Derek Poulin, Christopher Hebert and his wife Stephanie, and Ashley McCutcheon; his mother, Lynnda Hackett; his grandchildren, Camreigh Poulin, Cohen Poulin, Alec Hebert, Noah Hebert, Sophie Hebert, and Alexandria McCutcheon; siblings, Arthur Mea Jr. and his partner Rhonda Klein, Mike Mea and his partner Denielle O’Neal, Regina Killam and her partner Linwood Smith, and Nicole Cote and her husband Raymond; five nieces and nephews; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins in Connecticut.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 9, at 1 p.m., at the Albion Town Hall – Besse Building, 22 Main St., Albion, Maine 04910.

Arrangements are in the care of Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Rd., Windsor, ME 04363.

Condolences, stories, and photos may be shared by visiting

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ed’s name may be made to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at


OAKLAND – Cleba Rodney Libby passed away on Monday, March 28, 2022. He was the son of Clarence and Della Witham Libby, husband to Shirley Roberta Merithew Libby, of Oak­land.

Cleba was a kind, mild-mannered, humble man who never drew attention to himself; A man of great integrity with a strong work ethic who was loved and respected by all who knew him. He was a man of deep faith who emulated the love of our Savior in all of his actions.

He grew up in Oakland and resided there his entire life. He attended Williams High School where he was very active in sports as well as student government and clubs, participating in football, basketball, and baseball, especially excelling in gymnastics. Cleba postponed attending college to marry his high school sweetheart Shirley Merithew and became father to four children, Cynthia Jean Libby Pierce, Peter Allen Libby, Kimberly Lois Libby Harper, and Mark Christopher Libby.

For the first 10 years of his married life Cleba worked at the North Wayne Tool Co., in Oakland, Eustis Furniture, in Winslow, and Roberts Brothers Paint Co., in Waterville. At the age of 30 he decided to get that college degree and attended the University of Maine in Augusta and Orono while working part time at the university, with the help of Shirley’s employment. He received his bachelor of art degree as a teacher of high school history and art in 1970.

Upon graduation he was offered a position at UMA as head of physical facilities, managing the University’s buildings and grounds. A position that when he retired was divided into several positions. For many years he managed the University art displays as well as teaching night classes of pottery and furniture refinishing. Cleba also designed and built the original exercise trail behind the university campus.

All of this while being a devoted husband and father. Over the years Cleba was a very active member of the United Baptist Church, in Oakland, serving as Sunday School teacher, Youth Group leader, Deacon, and advisory board member, willingly helping others, especially his children as they became adults.

In 1972 Cleba and Shirley purchased a camp on Messalonskee Lake which the family moved to each summer. After a few years of roughing it, Cleba and Shirley decided to replace the camp with a year-round home. He and Shirley designed a passive solar house and built it themselves. They were determined to do it without borrowing money. It took several years to complete but they owned it free and clear.

Cleba was meticulous in his workmanship. Their home is a great tribute to his expertise and attention to detail. As an artist Cleba enjoyed pottery and wood carving. He loved the peacefulness of nature and took his family on many camping and hiking trips. He also had a love for boating, snowmobiling and motorcycle riding, making family life fun.

Cleba was predeceased by his mother, Della Witham Libby, and brother Burleigh (Sonny) Libby who were taken from him in a tragic car accident at the age of 14. Later in life he lost his brother Clair Libby, father Clarence Libby, stepbrother Clarence (Leroy) Libby, stepmother Julia Zimba, and sister Linda Libby Howard.

Cleba is survived by his wife Shirley Merithew Libby, of Oakland; son Peter married to Diane Gilbert, of Sidney; daughter Kimberly married to Samuel (Lee) Harper, of Madison, and son Mark married to Julia Ray, of West Valley City, Utah; daughter Cynthia married to James Pierce, of Madison; 12 grandchildren, Joshua Higgins, Kimberly Higgins Fitzgerald, Krista Higgins Firmage, Michael Higgins, Mikayla Libby Gilbert Poulin, Samuel Harper, Caleb Harper, Luke Harper, Josiah Harper, Ethan Harper, Leah Harper, Addison Libby; and 12 great-grandchildren; brother Glen Libby, of Dexter;

A funeral service was held on Sunday, April 3, at Oakland United Baptist Church, 45 Church Street, in Oakland, with Rev. Jay Wilson officiating. Burial will be later in the spring at Lewis Cemetery, in Oakland.

Arrangements are in the care of Wheeler Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Oakland, where condolences may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at

In lieu of flowers, donations in Cleba’s memory may be made to Oakland United Baptist Church,4 5 Church Street, Oakland, ME 04963.


WINSLOW – Ruth E. (Joler) Letourneau, 80, passed away Monday, March 28, 2022, at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor. She was born July 2, 1941, in Waterville, the daughter of George A. and Marie E. (Mathieu) Joler.

She attended Immaculate Heart of Mary School, in Fairfield, Mount Merici Academy, in Waterville, and Mid-State College, in Augusta.

On July 19, 1958, she married Richard J. Letourneau, Sr.

She was employed at Sisters Hospital, in Waterville, and retired from the physical plant department at Colby College, in Waterville.

Ruth enjoyed playing cribbage, sewing, crocheting, and taking trips up north, enjoying grandchildren, great-grandchildren and being with family.

She is survived by sons, Richard Jr., of Winslow, Robert and partner Kristen Huestic, of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, Daniel and wife Lois, of Ocala, Florida, Ronald, of Woonsocket, Rhode Island; daughters, Linda Quimby and husband Donald, Patricia Letourneau and partner John Spooner, Shirley Stanley, and Betty Theriault and husband Danny, all of Fairfield; 17 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren; brother, Earl Joler, of Winslow.

She was predeceased by husband, Richard J Letourneau Sr.; companion and best friend, Ronald G. Poulin; and Andy Mosher.

A Celebration of Life will be held June 4, 2022 from 1 – 4 p.m., at the Fairfield VFW, Main Street, Fairfield.

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

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Ruth’s memory to a charity of their choice.


OAKLAND – Daniel L. Duperry, 65, passed away peacefully on Thursday evening March 31, 2022, in Scarborough. He was the eldest son of Roland and Juliette (Martin) Duperry.

Dan attended Waterville and Winslow schools, graduating from Winslow High 1974. He received a civil engineering bachelor’s degree from UMO in 1978. Upon graduating, Dan worked for Chicago Bridge and Iron for three years on multiple projects on the east coast. In 1981, he went to work for the Cianbro Corporation, in Pittsfield, and 40-plus years until his death. He was so proud to be a part of that company and really enjoyed his varied career there and especially the people with whom he worked.

Dan was a longtime chairman for the Oakland Planning Board, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #13486, of Waterville. He was a communicant of Corpus Christi Parish.

Dan was happiest puttering around on his property on various projects, gardening, making maple syrup, attending family gatherings, cooking bean hole beans, and when playing cards.

A late bloomer, he met the love of his life at St. Theresa Church in 1992 at the age of 36. They married in 1993 and raised two children in Oakland, Hannah Elizabeth Duperry and Ethan Daniel Duperry.

He is survived by his wife Marla (Hunt) Duperry of 29 years, and his children, and his siblings: Ann Duperry and her partner Carol Guerrett,e of Frankfort, Philip and Margaret Duperry, of Sarasota, Florida, Richard and Joette Duperry, of Portland, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his grandparents, parents and several aunts and uncles.

Visiting hours will be held from 6 – 8 p.m., on Friday, April 8, at Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville, ME 04901.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., on Saturday, April 9, at St John the Baptist Catholic Church, 26 Monument Street, Winslow, Maine, 04901.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville, ME 04901. An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at

The family welcomes flowers however, in lieu of flowers if you prefer, a donation may be made in Dan’s name to Hospice of Southern Maine, Gosnell House, 390 US-1, Scarborough, ME 04074.


FAIRFIELD – Kimberly DeJesus, 30, has passed away. Kimberly was born May 9, 1991, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and moved to Winslow in 2003.

While she made her journey through life, she touched the hearts of everyone in her path. She graduated Winslow High School in 2009. Kimberly lived in Fairfield and worked as a geenerl manager for Taco Bell, in Augusta. Kimberly was a New England Patriots and Boston Bruins super fan, Disney fanatic, and a huge animal lover. She was adventurous and enjoyed the outdoors especially Acadia National Park.

Above all, her favorite thing to do was spend time with her family. Her bright spirit will be carried through her mother, Elizabeth DeJesus, partner David Lowe; her older sisters, Kathy Ballester, Lillian Ballester, Christina Ballester, and Nicole Burgos; her younger sister, Jennifer Santiago; her nephews, Ryan X. Judkin, and Joseph P. Kepple; her nieces, Starlynn M. Contreras, and Anyssia Ballester.

Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield, where memories may be shared, and an online register book signed by visiting

OBITUARIES for Thursday, March 31, 2022


SHAWMUT – Emerline Pearl (Gurney) Bartley, 95, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 28, 2022, following a short illness. Born on August 7, 1926, to Otis A. and Gelie M. Gurney, she grew up and remained a lifelong resident of Shawmut.

She attended Fairfield schools, graduating from Lawrence High School in 1945.

She became employed at the Keyes Fibre Company’s Shawmut Pulp Mill, in 1946, where she met and avoided the persistent advances of Eldon Bartley for quite a while until her twin sister Earline stepped in and told her that he was not going to keep asking her out forever. Earline demanded that she say ‘yes’ the next time he asked her out, and then she told Eldon to go tell Emmie what time he was picking her up, and that was that. Emerline and Eldon were married on April 24, 1948. They celebrated 66 years together before Eldon’s passing in June 2014.

Emmie worked for Keyes Fibre (now Huhtamaki) from 1946 until her retirement in 1988. She was a long-time member of the Shawmut Chapel, a 50-year member of the Goodwill Rebekah Lodge and long-time volunteer with her sister Earline and their husbands at the Fairfield Food Pantry and at Good Will-Hinckley’s Festival of Trees.

Together, she and Eldon enjoyed snowmobiling, motorcycling, bowling, and any time spent at their camp in Mud Cove, on Moosehead Lake, in Greenville. Although she would go out fishing on the lake, her favorite fishing spot was Prong Pond where she spent hours with her great friends Florence and Bobby Decker. Emmie did not care what kind of fish she caught, she just liked catching fish. She also enjoyed time in the sky flying with Eldon in his Piper Cub Plane.

She was a favorite aunt to many of her nieces and nephews, and they hold cherished memories of time spent with her skating on the Kennebec River or walking down the train tracks to Black Stream where many hours were spent on the ice. The Skowhegan State Fair was a favorite yearly outing, as well as any quick trips for an ice cream. Holiday gatherings were always extra special because Aunt Emerline spent all her time playing games with the kids.

You couldn’t go visit Aunt Emerline and not walk away with at least a $5 bill tucked in your pocket, rather you knew it was put there or you surprisingly found it later. Her home was a safe and loving space, and visits were filled with a lot of laughter, a good card game, and the insistence that you have something sweet to eat.

Emerline was predeceased by her husband, Eldon Bartley; her parents Otis and Gelie (Peavey) Gurney; her brother Omar Gurney, sisters Ruby Harding and Christine Beaulieu, and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law on both sides.

She is survived by her twin sister, Earline McGoff; and many nieces and nephews.

At her request there will be no visitation hours or funeral service.

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


FAIRFIELD – Michael Richard L’abbe died on Wednesday March, 9, 2022, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Mike really loved being in the open outdoors exploring the woods and had a love for animals so much so at one point he worked at the Humane Society in the early 2000s and once done there took in many animals and cared for them; he also was a mason tender, which he built part of the golf course over at Giffords in the ’90s. He was a great friend, a great uncle and amazing husband.

He was predeceased by his father, Fernand L’abbe, his mother, Lucille L’abbe; and his brother, David L’abbe.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl L’abbe of 39 years, one another’s better half, a full life of love and happiness; two brothers, Stephen L’abbe and his wife Natalie L’abbe as well as Scott L’abbe and his fiancée Shelly Crosby; a sister, Susan L’abbe; Peggy Sherwood, his niece who loved him very much, as well as Cody L’abbe, his nephew; many great-nieces and great-nephews.

There will be a celebration of his life to be determined.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care atMaine General, 157 Capitol St., Augusta, ME 04330.


VASSALBORO – Keith Norman Peaslee, 86, of Vassalboro, passed away on Monday, March 14, 2022. Keith was born, in Windsor, on May 18, 1935, to George and Gwendolyn Peaslee.

He was the fourth of eight children born at home. Keith met the love of his life, Sylvia, while attending Cony High School, in Augusta. He graduated in 1953, and they married on October 6, 1956. They served in the U.S. Army together two years before returning to Vassalboro to start a family, bringing Daniel home in 1963 and Kathy in 1965.

Keith worked in the state laboratory as a chemist, worked as a x-ray technician, and he and Sylvia successfully sold Electrolux for several years. He was an active member of the Vassalboro Fire Department, the Vassalboro Masonic Lodge and a trustee at the North Windsor Baptist Church, for over 35 years.

Always prepared with a story to share or an item to show, Keith and Sylvia always welcomed family, friends, and even strangers into their home.

Keith was predeceased by his parents, five of his siblings, and his wife Sylvia.

He leaves behind his two children, Dan and Kathy; siblings Judy and Hank; seven granddaughters; 11 great-grandchildren with two on the way; and one great-great-grandson. He had many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 26 , at the North Windsor Baptist Church.

A graveside burial took place on Monday, March 28, the Veterans Cemetery, in Augusta.

Donations may be sent to North Windsor Baptist Church, 955 Ridge Road, Windsor, ME 04363.


WATERVILLE – Jerome “Jerry” Caron, 62, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at Maine­General Medical Center. He was born in Waterville, November 20, 1959, the son of Henri and Antoinette (Reny) Caron.

He was raised on the Cushman Road, in Winslow, at the family home with four siblings.

Jerome lived in Waterville most of his adult life. He graduated from Winslow High School in 1978 before beginning work in a variety of carpentry and construction capacities.

From 2004 to current he worked as a property manager in Waterville and managed a number of properties and dozens of tenants. His energy, effort and positive outlook were infectious, and he was respected and appreciated by those who knew him best. As personable and thoughtful as he was, perhaps his most compelling characteristic was his integrity. He took great pride in being reliable and being a man of his word. Those around him always knew they could depend upon him, regardless of the circumstances. If Jerome told you he was going to do something, he did it.

A lifelong New York Giants fan, Jerome also greatly enjoyed fishing, boating, kayaking and getting together with his family and friends on birthdays and holidays.

Jerome was predeceased by his parents Henri P. Caron, on August 2, 1996, and Antoinette M. Caron, on May 10, 2008; and by his brother Roger J. Caron, on October 4, 2020.

He is survived by three siblings, Leo P. Caron and wife, June, of Benton, James P. Caron, of Dania Beach, Florida; a sister, Yvonne M. Reifschneider and husband, Mark, of Canaan; a niece Anna Caron and a nephew Paul Caron, both of Benton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2022, at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument St., Winslow, with Father Daniel Baillargeon officiating.

Committal prayers and burial will follow in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Grove St., Waterville.

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


OAKLAND – Christopher Anthony Bennett, 39, of Oakland, passed away unexpectedly on Thurssday, March 17, 2022, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor. Christopher was born on August 19, 1982, in Deer Lodge, Montana.

Christopher grew up in Parkers Chapel, Arkansas and in Maine. Christopher graduated from Townsend High School, in Townsend, Montana, in 1999. Christopher was an avid sports fan, especially the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox.

Christopher enjoyed fishing, movies, video games, music, going to Foxborough to see his favorite team, and spending time with family and friends.

His girlfriend (Nicole Day) and her two children (Kaiden and Corbin) were very special to him and he loved them very much.

As Christopher’s family and friends knew, he struggled with mental illness for most of his adult life. Due to his illness there were many dimensions to Christopher and although some days were a struggle for him, he was truly grateful for the people in his life. He will be forever loved and missed.

Christopher was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Donald and Carol Bennett, his maternal grandfather Ronald Loring, and his sister Cassie Jo Bennett.

Christopher is survived by his father Philip Bennett (spouse Sheila Bennett); his mother Tina Loring-Graham (spouse Edwin Graham); maternal grandmother Elizabeth McLeod; sister Courtney Loring-King; brother Thomas Bennett; step-sister Laura Wallace; step-brother Nickalas Graham; nephew Jeremiah Loring; niece Jennifer King; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services were held at Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home, 8 Elm St Waterville, on Saturday, March 26.

Please visit to share your condolences with Christopher’s family.


PITTSTON – Gary William Pelletier, 74, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at VA Togus Springs Hospice Center, Augusta. He was born in Presque Isle on October 1, 1947, to parents Rita and Eugene Pelletier, of Waterville, where he grew up and attended Waterville schools.

Gary served his Catholic faith community throughout his lifetime. Gary served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. After Gary was discharged from the Army, he returned home to Waterville.

He worked in friends’ local business for short time and then became employed by VA Togus for 30 years as librarian technician. He received recognition and awards for his dedication as a librarian technician. He retired in 2009 and enjoyed traveling, fishing, cooking and long walks in many local scenic parks. Gary was a loyal, trustworthy friend who would help anyone for whatever reason or cause.

He was predeceased by his parents and grandparents.

He is survived by his daughter Allison and grandchild, of Washington; many close extended families: The Coutures, Cormiers and Poulins

A celebration of life for Gary will be held later in the spring at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mt Vernon Ave. Augusta.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Aable Cremation Service, Waterville

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VA Togus Springs Hospice Center, 1 VA Center BLD 207, Augusta, ME 04330.


WATERVILLE – Glenn Edward Paradis, 57, passed away on Monday, March 21 2022. Glenn was born on August 31, 1964, to James Robert and Bernadette Paradis.

Glenn graduated from Bristol Central High School and worked as a shipping and receiving truck driver at the former Amstek Metals, in Connecticut.

Glenn loved his family to no end. His greatest pride and accomplishment was his son Christopher and he loved and cared for his mother unconditionally. His heart, and love for all of his family and all those who came in contact with was immeasurable.

Glenn loved to collect eagles, swimming and the sun. You could always find him outside or by the water enjoying nature.

He attended Faith Church, in Waterville, and had a deep love and closeness with God.

Glenn was predeceased by his father James and brother Dale G. Paradis.

Glenn leaves behind his son Christopher; his mother Bernadette; siblings Thomas and wife Penny Paradis, James and wife Sandra Paradis, Tammy and husband Frank Vanlinter; nieces and nephews Zachary Paradis, Kyle Paradis, Kayla Paradis, Bryan Paradis, Jessica Pelletier, Alyssa Paradis, Kade Vanlinter, Adam Vanlinter and Jason Galvin

A graveside service to be held in the spring.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Association.


WASHINGTON – Dorothy M. Read, 80, of 36 Calderwood Road, died Sunday, March 24, 2022, at Sussman House, Rockport, following a brief illness. She was born in Gardiner on May 29, 1941, the daughter of Harry D. Tisdale and Dorothy M. (Morgan) Tisdale.

Mrs. Read was a homemaker in her own home for most of her life, raising her children. She also had a large extended family of children that she took into her home and treated as her own. She, her husband John, and children operated carnival games all across the northeast at all the major fairs, her favorite in her latter years being the Windsor Fair!

She was a member of the South Berwick VFW in her earlier years.

Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, John M. Read Sr., second husband, Armand Tardiff; father, Harry D. Tisdale, mother, Dorothy M. (Morgan) Tisdale; sisters Janice Jenkins of Maine, Arlene Findley-McRee of North Carolina, Harriet Rogers of Ohio; and four grandchildren, Amy, Joey, Ethan, and Emily.

Surviving is a daughter, Donna Smith and husband Clayton, of Augusta, four sons, Walter Read Sr. and wife Rose, of Thomaston, Brian Read, of Washington, Jeffery Read and wife Angela, of Somerville, and John M. Read Jr., of Washington; one brother, Harry D. “Sonny” Tisdale and his partner Annette, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida; and extended family, Lewis Staples and Randy Duquette; 35 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

At her request, there will be no public visitation.

A celebration of life will be held on May 7 at the Gardiner Lions Club, 25 Lions St., Gardiner, at 1 p.m.

Condolences can be sent to John/Brian Read, 36 Calderwood Rd., Washington, ME 04574.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Rd., Route 32, Windsor. Condolences, photos and stories may be shared at

OBITUARIES for Thursday, March 24, 2022


WINSLOW – David R. Bourque, 71, also known as Bugsy and Hobbit, passed on Friday, February18, 2022. David was born, in Waterville, on November 13, 1950, the son of Robert Bourque and Amadine (Rancourt).

David attended Waterville High School and graduated in 1969. He then attended the University of Maine majoring in entomology. He worked for the railroad, Wyndotte Industries, Carlton Woolen Mills, and also volunteered at the Maine Department of Entomology. He also worked at Bug Maine-ia with the children every year.

He lived in Winslow and enjoyed playing cards with his friends, collected bugs, stamps, and bottles. He loved the outdoors, puttering around and cookouts. He enjoyed his family, his camp and making puzzles. He also loved his three cats, Mr. Mittens, Dolly and Lady.

He was predeceased by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Jan (Karter) Bourque; sister, Linda Meiczinger; three nephews, Jeff Meiczinger and wife Karen, Terrence Meiczinger, and Todd Meiczinger; and one niece, Lesley Thompson and husband J.R.; two great-nieces, Charlotte and Emily; one great-nephew, Will; several sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mass services will be at St. Joseph Maronites Church, on Front Street, in Waterville, on April 1, 2022, at 11 a.m.

A celebration of life will happen in the Spring 2022 and will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to MaineGeneral Homecare and Hospice and St. Joseph Maronites Church, in Waterville, Maine.


WINDSOR – Caroline Louise Brown-West, 56, of Windsor, passed away unexpectedly while asleep, at home, on Monday, March 7, 2022.

She was born March 16, 1965, in Portland, the daughter of Alice Ruth Tucci and the late Frederick Wayne Brown.

Caroline attended schools in Portland and Windham. She earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Regent University and graduated cum laude in 2019.

Caroline loved being a preschool teacher for several years at Northeast Christian Academy and A Joyful Noise Christian Daycare and Learning Center, in Windham. She also enjoyed meeting a wide array of people during her time of being self-employed. Her conversations with them would often lead to her sharing a word of encouragement, advice, or a much-welcomed prayer. She was loved by all who knew her.

Caroline had a strong faith in God and was an active church member at several churches throughout her life including Windham Church of God, Farmer’s Church, and recently attended First UPC, in Augusta. Over the years, she played the piano and led worship with her beautiful voice.

Caroline was also a fantastic cook. Family gatherings were always blessed with an abundance of delicious foods prepared with love. She enjoyed doing genealogy research on her family tree and she patriotically loved her country.

Caroline was preceded in death by her father, Frederick Wayne Brown, of Portland.

She is survived by her mother, Alice Ruth Tucci, of Westbrook; husband, Daniel C. West, of Windsor; children whom she shared with former spouse, Timothy Richardson: sons Patrick Richardson and his wife, Amber, of Standish, Derick Richardson, of Skowhegan, Timothy Richardson, of Windham; daughter, Alyssa Richardson, of San Antonio, Texas; stepsons Daniel West, of Jefferson, Brian West, of Gorham, Dakota West, of Shapleigh; brothers Frederick Brown and his wife, Anita, of Arrowsic, Jonathan Nittskoff and his wife, Liat, of Ramat Gan, Israel; sisters Jennifer White and her husband, Dean, of Gray, Rebecca Cidre and her husband, Kevin, of Windham, and Tracy Richards of Limington; her in-laws, Dick and Sue West, of Randolph; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of long-time friends.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 21, at Dolby, Blais and Segee, 434 River Rd., Windham, followed by interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Portland.

For an online memorial guestbook or to participate in Caroline’s tribute page, please visit


WATERVILLE – Brooke Ann McGowan Talbot, 39, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2022. She was born Sep­tem­ber 27, 1982.

Brooke left the world in much the same way she lived in it, with unmatched fight and determination. It was a fitting way to spend her last moments, because everyone who knew Brooke knew that the most important things to her were loyalty and love.

Her family was the love of her life. Being an aunt was where Brooke felt most fulfilled. Her niece and nephews talked to her several times a day, giggling, joking, and reveling in each other’s love. Her laugh and her ‘snuddles’ will be most missed by auntie’s boys who were so dearly loved by her as her own children.

Meeting Brooke for the first time could be described as both comfortable and disorienting in a sense that it felt so natural. She never met a stranger and magnetically pulled everyone together. Brooke had a way of connecting us all.

She was sparkly and warm, always with open arms, a listening ear, and easy words of comfort. If you ever needed anything, you could call on Brooke. She was calm and knew how to solve a crisis if it involved someone she loved. So many of the people who have reached out to give their condolences have mentioned her laugh, light, and how she was always there for them.

She loved food that came with vacation and the sunshine on her skin. She sunburned easily and she was always trying something new at fancy restaurants. However, Brooke could just as easily settle in with hotel slippers.

Brooke was an incredibly driven and hard worker and felt such fulfillment with her team’s continued success at T-Mobile. She was like a proud mom of the people she mentored so diligently and watching them grow individually was one of her biggest joys.

During the summers, you could always find her in the sunshine. She loved to swim at her in-law’s house with her beloved pups, Penny and Lucy, always nearby. If it was hot, Brooke was poolside without a worry in the world.

A fierce family, dog, work, sports, and travel lover, Brooke was everyone’s favorite girl, and could find something in common with anyone. The world moving forward is a bit darker and quieter without her infectious laugh, bright smile, encompassing hugs, and thoughtful conversation.

She put herself last, caring for others not because she had to, but because that’s what made her happy.

And that, in the end, is who Brooke was.

She is survived by her parents Eileen Wright and Matt and Julie McGowan; husband Jonathan Talbot; brother Lucas McGowan, his wife Ann, and their three kids, Colby, Durham, and Ellis McGowan; her in-laws Mike and Cindy Talbot; so many aunts, uncles, cousins.

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

Arrangement 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, the family requests donations to be made to Humane Society Waterville Area,100 Webb Road, Waterville, Maine 04901, or a charity of your choice.


SIDNEY – Anthony Jon Couture, 74, a resident of Sidney, passed away on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, following a long fight with heart disease. Tony was born January 6, 1948, to Laurier and Leonette Couture, in Waterville.

He graduated from Waterville High School in 1966. Tony excelled at hockey and baseball, playing hockey at Kent’s Hill Prep and Salem State University. He earned many accolades through his athletic and academic career, including Boy’s State during his high school years. Tony was humbled to be inducted into the Waterville Sports Hall of Fame a few years back.

Tony married the love of his life, Kelly, in 1985 and together they had a son Kristafer Jon in 1986. They just celebrated their 37th year of marriage on February 15, 2022, when they were vacationing in Florida.

Tony had many options, but his career really kicked off in 1981 when he fell in love with the wine industry and traveled to many countries to perfect his craft. With continued success at Colonial Distributers, in Oakland, working for Walter Simcock, Tony made a life changing decision to work for MS. Walker, Inc. of Somerville, Massachusetts, as a regional director of sales for Maine and Vermont, where he had a long successful career, retiring in 2014.

Family always came first. Any free time Tony had was invested in family. We don’t remember Tony missing any of the kid’s ball games or other important events; in fact, he coached or helped to coach most of the teams they played on from kindergarten through high school. Tony loved family vacations; however, he most loved being home and tending to the property and creating an inviting space for friends and family to visit often.

Tony enjoyed every minute of life and had a heartwarming sense of humor right up until the end. He impacted many lives all over this community and across many other countries. He was always available to his friends; willing to give rides or a helping hand any time, day or night.

Tony will be greatly missed. He loved people in a big way, and he loved Jesus. Tony attended Kennebec Valley Baptist Church, on Marston Road, in Waterville, for over 20 years. During that time, he made many friends, especially, Pastor Dr. Kevin Grant. They had a special bond that Tony cherished.

Tony is survived by his wife Kelly; sons Josh and wife Jade, Seth and partner Christine, Kris, wife Sara; and his only grandson Lane Anthony; brother-in law, Mike Levenseller, and Ted Hallee.

Tony loved his parents-in-law like his own parents who passed away when he was a young man; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ron and Carole Deering, of Gardiner; mother-in-law, Sue Levenseller, from Brooksville, Florida; brother-in-law, Mike Levenseller and sister-in-law, Deb Levenseller; brother-in-law, Matt Turek and sister-in-law Meredith Turek; brother-in-law Troy Deering and sister-in-law Ericka Deering; brother-in-law, Ken Christianson and sister-in-law Toni Christianson; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service were held at Kennebec Valley Baptist Church, Marston Road, Waterville, Maine on Saturday, March 19.

The burial will be a private family service at a family plot at Morse’s Corner Cemetery, Corinna, Maine.

Arrangements are in the care of Wheeler Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Oakland, where condolences may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at


WATERVILLE – Louise Giguere Boulet, 75, died on Thursday, March 10, 2022, following a brief Illness. She was born June 28, 1946, in Waterville to Joseph L. and Marie Louise Giguere, a late addition to her proud, Franco-American household.

Louise was educated at Mount Merici Academy, in Waterville, an experience she would later recall with mixed emotions. She worked during her younger years as a telephone operator and had many stories to tell about her experiences there. She was also a graduate of the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics.

As a young, not-yet-independent adult, Louise found herself expecting a baby out of wedlock. As was common at the time, she spent time in a convent until giving birth to a baby boy who was subsequently adopted into a loving family. While a much better outcome for the baby, the experience marked Louise forever.

Resuming life in her native Waterville, she met the love of her life, an ambitious, first generation immigrant from Québec, Jean-Louis Boulet. This was followed by years of moves from Waterville to Oakland, St. Aurelie, QC, St. Prosper, QC, finally back to Winslow to raise her three children on familiar ground. In addition to raising a family, Louise helped John launch several businesses, including Mainely Trusses, in Fairfield.

A gifted seamstress, Louise’s passions were quilting and family. She made countless blankets for relatives (which she called “hugs”), wall hangings, place mats, etc. During retirement, she enjoyed traveling to quilting conventions at which she sold quilt kits under the name, Great Pond Quilts. She was an active member of various quilting clubs and was happiest when relaxing at camp with her family.

Louise was predeceased by her parents and husband, Jean-Louis “John” Boulet, and her second husband, Paul MacFawn.

She is survived by her older siblings, Leandre Giguere, of West Brookfield, Massachusetts, Jacqui Marr, of Gorham; sister-in-law, Jackie Boulet, and her children, Michael and Jody Boulet, of Palermo, Richard and Cheryl Boulet, of Blue Hill, and Tricia Boulet and Merrill Lamont, of Medford, Massachusetts; grandchildren, Sophie, Yanic and Zane Boulet, Joseph and Marie Louise Boulet, and Zephyr Lamont; many cousins, nieces, and nephews, all mutually descended from the sprawling family tree resulting from her father’s 21 siblings who immigrated to Waterville in the 1920s.

As was her preference, there will be no funeral service. Family and friends are invited to attend a brief graveside prayer said for Louise at Saint Francis Cemetery, Grove St., Waterville, on July 1 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that you consider a donation in Louise’s memory to Sunset Home, Or simply think of Louise as you do something that flaunts convention just a little bit, anything that might raise a nun’s eyebrow.


VASSALBORO – Beatrice “Betty” C. Rowe, 96, of Vassalboro, passed away on Friday, March 11, 2022, at the Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta. She was born on January 17, 1926, in Boothbay, the daughter of Clarence L. and Irene (Abbott) Campbell.

She attended school in Boothbay, graduating in 1945 from Boothbay Harbor High School. After graduation she entered nurses training at Maine Medical Center (former Maine General Hospital), in Portland, through the U.S. Cadet Nursing Corp. She graduated in September of 1948, the final year of the Corp.

She worked in several area hospitals including the VA Hospital, in Togus, where she met her future husband, Carroll A. Rowe, while he was visiting a patient.They married in January 1955.

She stopped nursing and worked on the dairy farm with her husband. Beatrice did volunteer work at Volmer’s Nursing Home and at the children’s health clinics in Vassalboro.

She was a member of the Vassalboro United Methodist Church and was also involved with the UMW Group.

She is survived by her three children, Stephen and wife Ann, of Gray, Susan, of Vassalboro, and Carol Ann, of Waterville; her grandchildren, Courtney Rowe, of Fairfield, William, Nathan, and Danny, of Gray; two sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Carroll: her brothers, Clarence Campbell, Jr., Bert Campbell, and Gordon Campbell; and her sisters, Pat Giles, and Cynthia, her infant sister.

A memorial service will be held at the Vassalboro United Methodist Church at a later date.

Burial will be at Methodist Cemetery, in Vassalboro.

Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield where memories may be shared, and an online register book signed by visiting

Beatrice requested, in lieu of flowers, to please make a donation to a charity of one’s choice.


WINSLOW – Olivette Hermance (Paquet) Letourneau, 91, died peacefully in her home on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. She was born on Dec­ember 16, 1930, to Flo­rence (Masse) Paquet and Emile Paquet, of Winslow, the sixth of 13 children.

Despite being born at the height of the Great Depression, Olivette frequently recalled many happy memories of growing up in her large, close-knit French-speaking family. She often recounted stories of her mother’s tireless efforts to cook and care for their family of 15; singing French songs with her father while her mother played the piano; making early morning fishing trip outings with her father to Pattee Pond; taking trips to the family camp, in Maria, on the Gaspé Peninsula in Québec, and hosting visits from a range of Canadian relatives.

She attended Winslow schools and graduated from Winslow High School in 1948.

She married the love of her life, Richard P. Letourneau, in May 1955, and enjoyed 44 years together until his death in 1999. Together they raised their four daughters and created many happy family memories of holidays, family vacations, and spending summers at the camp that Richard built on Pattee Pond in 1967.

In addition to raising her family, Olivette worked at several jobs and was a self-taught and highly respected bookkeeper, working for Corbett Brothers and then Avian Farms for most of her career until she retired in 1995.

She was also a lifetime and active member of St. John the Baptist parish, in Winslow, and got great comfort from her Catholic faith. She also enjoyed making religious pilgrimages, including a trip to Medjugorje, Bosnia, in 2001. Olivette was an avid singer and was a member of the St. John church choir for many years. Olivette and Richard also loved spending time at their camp, square dancing, and traveling, and particularly enjoyed several cruises together.

Following retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her family and her 10 grandchildren, as well as enjoying time with many friends, including her regular card playing groups.

Olivette was predeceased by her husband, Richard, as well as by her sisters Dorianne Poulin, Mariette Leavitt, Justine Dolham, Marilyn Theriault, and Lizette Madore, and brothers Marcel, Leonel, Maurice, Jean Lawrence, Clarence, and Camille Paquet.

Olivette is survived by her brother, David Paquet and his wife, Mary Ann (affectionally recognized by Olivette as her “sister”); her four daughters and their respective families, Katherine Letourneau and husband Tom Fineis, of Lake Forest, Illinois; Jean Saunders and husband David Saunders, of Saco; Linda Grip and husband David Grip, of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire; and Lisa Letourneau and husband Lee Chick, of Portland; grandchildren Frank and Peter Fineis; Katie, Allison and William Saunders; Michael, Tommy, and Rob Grip; and Sam and Abby Chick; as well as sisters-in-law Jane Paquet and Yvette Paquet; cousin Father James Roy; and many nieces and nephews from the Paquet and Nadeau families.

The family will hold a private graveside burial service at St Francis Cemetery, in Waterville.

A memorial Mass and reception for family and friends are also being planned for a later time.

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

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Olivette’s memory to Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers ( or the Blessed Sacrament Church, 101 Silver St., Waterville, Maine 04901.


WATERVILLE – Kathleen Vivian Attaya, passed away at home on Dec­ember 10, 2021, following a long illness. She was born, in Au­gusta, on March 17, 1959, the daughter of Clement and Barbara (Johnson) Bolduc.

She was a spitfire who loved to laugh and would give you her last dollar, if you needed it. Kathy, and her husband, Timmy, who passed in 2015, operated All Seasons Motor Sports Show, every January, at the Augusta Civic Center from 1987-2009. She loved their frequent vacations to Florida and Aruba.

Kathy was predeceased by her mother, Barbara Bolduc, sister Eileen Bolduc, brothers Charlie and Kenny Bolduc, and her husband Tim Attaya.

Kathy is survived by her father, Clement Bolduc, of Augusta; her sons, Jeremiah Greenlaw, of Augusta, and his daughter Jasmine; Matthew Greenlaw, and his daughters Terra, Elizabeth and Kaylee; sisters Patricia Dube, of Waterville, Ann Lyon and her husband Charles, of Augusta, Pam Kimball and her husband John, of Windsor; and brother Daniel Bolduc, of Augusta; as well as her aunt Rita Bolduc, of Clarksville, Tennessee; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

No services will be held.


WATERVILLE – Dolly Lagasse was born in Lewiston, on February 7, 1957, the daughter of Joseph and Betty Ruby (Worster).

She attended Hall-Dale High School and continued her education at Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC), in Fairfield, in the respiratory therapy program. Dolly grew up working closely in and with her families’ hospitality and restaurant business’s including the Worster House and Freddies’ Restaurant, in Hallowell.

Once a mother, she became the proud owner and operator of a wonderful childcare facility for many years, providing exceptional care to children in the Central Maine area. As her three children became older, she transitioned to a devoted stay at home mother.

Years later she re-entered the work community managing fast food restaurants. Dolly also was a member of a local church community for many years. Dolly loved her family deeply and found significant enjoyment spending time in the Belgrade Lakes and Blanchard regions camping, fishing, and socializing. She enjoyed adventures, shopping, antiquing, and taking leisurely drives along Maine’s beautiful coast.

Dolly adored being an exceptional caregiver to her family. She loved cooking and found much joy in sharing her delicious meals with loved ones. Dolly’s sense of humor and whit was infectious, and she radiated love and beauty. Her love for nature and camping started as a child, which became important experiences and memories created and shared with her children. Throughout her childhood she enjoyed ice skating and baton twirling which she taught her children, creating lifelong memories. Dolly was predeceased by her parents, Joseph, and Betty Ruby; her sister, Susan Ruby; and her grandson, Trenton D. Oaks.

Dolly is survived by her three children, Mark J. Ryder, Jessica M. DeMott and her partner, Tyler Jasud, and Ericka F. Lagasse; her ten grandchildren, Tyler M. Nadeau, Tenley M. Nadeau, Tennah F. Lagasse, Taleah J. LaGasse, Evan W. DeMott, Wyatt J. DeMott, Jaidon Smith, Kylan J. Wimmer, Asher D. Ryder and Ava M. Ryder; five siblings; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were held at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, in Fairfield, on Sunday March 20, 2022, immediately followed by a memorial service. A celebration of life and reception was held for close family later that day.

Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield where memories may be shared, and an online register book signed by visiting

OBITUARIES for Thursday, March 17, 2022


WATERVILLE – Liza Marie Yvon, 43, of Waterville, died Friday, February 18, 2022, following a long, but short courageous battle with brain cancer. Liza was born on August 22, 1978, to Deborah (Fish) Gerow and David Dodge, in Waterville.

Liza graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, in 1997. Following graduation Liza went to cosmetology school to become a nail tech and owned her own salon for a few years before changing careers and becoming a tax accountant at H&R Block. Even though her time on Earth was short, Liza was always found outside soaking in the sunshine with her kiddos, going to yard sales to find her next treasure or planning her next trip to the beach.

Even though she enjoyed those things, Liza’s biggest joy here on earth was being an amazing mother to her beautiful children.

Liza is survived by her husband, Peter Yvon; her children Kloee Bradley and husband Nelson Bradley, Riley Thomas, Christopher Yvon, Zebadiah Thomas, Bella Yvon and Rory Yvon; her grandson Sarrese Bradley; grandmother Alberta Fish; aunt Stephanie Clark and husband Glen Clark; siblings Dustin Gerow and Julie Salsbury; along with many other nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.

Liza was predeceased by her mother Deborah (Fish) Gerow and grandfather Fredrick Fish.

A celebration of life for Liza was held on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at the Elks Lodge, in Waterville.

Lizas family requests in lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alfond Cancer Center in Augusta, Mainein Liza’s name.


WATERVILLE – Marie B. Poissonnier, 82, of Waterville, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 18, 2022, at Mount St. Joseph, in Waterville. Marie was born, in Waterville, on October 19, 1939, the daughter of Joseph and Juliette Roy.

Marie was raised and attended schools in Waterville. She was employed by several local factories and retired from C. F. Hathaway Shirt Company, in Waterville, due to a disability.

Marie was a communicant of St. Francis de Sales and Notre Dame Catholic churchs, in Waterville. Marie loved crossword puzzles, listening to Country and French music and a love for animals.

Marie is survived by two daughters, Ann McCormick and husband, Tom, and Darlena Poissonnier, all of Waterville; two sisters, Theresa Robinson, of China, and Yvette Taylor, of Norridgewock; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private burial will be held in the spring.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory made be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Maine, Inc., P.O. Box 1134, Portland, Maine 04104.


WATERVILLE – Theresa Roderigue Dyer, 92, passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Terry was born on August 14, 1929, to Albert and Sadie Roderigue, in Hartford, Connecticut.

Terry lost her father at six weeks of age and her family returned to Waterville, where she lived the remainder of her life.

After school, Terry worked at Diamond Match, in Oakland. She married Raymond Dyer and had three children, Gary, Gail, and Kelly. They resided in Winslow.

She worked at Keyes Fibre (now Huhtamaki), in Waterville, for many years retiring in 1990. She enjoyed traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Terry was predeceased by her parents, siblings Rita Smith and Albert Roderigue, and ex-husband Raymond Dyer.

She is survived by her son, Gary Dyer and wife Paula, granddaughter Jessica Dyer and partner Jeremy Stanford; her daughter, Gail Dyer and husband Jim Peterson; grandson Sam Peterson and wife Stephanie Ostrowski, and granddaughter Emma Peterson, and daughter Kelly Hann and partner David Aldrich, grandson Zachary Pollard and wife Mallory, great-grandsons Jackson and Spencer Pollard, and grandson Gunnar Hann plus many nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held at a later date.

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

Those wishing to honor Terry can send memorial donations to the Waterville Public Library, 73 Elm Street, or Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Road, both in Waterville, Maine 04901.


ALBION – Verna Ann Madore, 72 passed away at home on Friday, March 4, 2022. She was born March 25, 1949, in Eagle Lake, daughter of Adrien and Odile (Deschaine) Madore.

She graduated from Fort Kent Community High School. She will be remembered as a devout Catholic, loyal to her family, extended family, and friends, caregiver for her parents and oldest brother, and most of all as a kind, sweet, gentle soul.

She is survived by her two younger sisters, Mae Landesman and husband Richard Landesman Milford, New Hampshire, Greta Madore and partner Maureen LeClair, of Albion; sister-in-law Paula Madore, of Falmouth, Massachusetts; and two nieces, Maren Madore and husband, Eric Reddy Lynn, Mass. and Ginny Madore Falmouth, Mass.

She was predeceased by parents Adrien and Odile Madore, and five older brothers Reynold, Ervin, Nelson, Gilman and Clayton Madore.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m., on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Corpus Christi Parish, Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville and a spring burial in Eagle Lake.

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


WATERVILLE – Brian Eric Cosgrove-Godin, 38, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor, following struggles with several health issues. He was born April 10, 1983, in Waterville, the son of Deborah M. Cosgrove and Robert T. Godin, both of Waterville.

He attended Waterville public schools and was always in the top percentile of his class. He loved all sports and was very active in intramural basketball and soccer. On the basketball court and on the soccer field, Brian had a sixth sense which often baffled his opponents.

Brian had a great sense of humor and he often invented some very funny paraphrases that he verbalized at some of the most unexpected moments.

He loved music so much that he taught himself how to play the guitar. His love of music included all genres but he was especially fond of hard rock and metal bands – “Rock On!” After high school, his love of music led him to Bull Moose Records, in Waterville, where he was eventually promoted to assistant store manager. He worked there for numerous years before leaving to help take care of his mother at home.

Brian is survived by his father Robert T. Godin and wife, Elizabeth; aunt, Jeannine Lachance and husband, Paul; uncle, Dan Cosgrove; aunt, Celia Cosgrove; uncle, Stephen Hughes and several cousins including Danielle, Chris and Scott Doyon; Bruce and Jimmy Cosgrove; Wendi Holden; Robin Pellerin; Randy and Robby Ouellette; Cheri, John, and Stevie Hughes, as well as his cousins’ related family members – especially Bryce who he was extremely fond of.

Brian was predeceased by his mother, Deborah M. Cosgrove; grandparents, James and Marie Cosgrove; grandparents, Reginald and June Godin; uncle, Bobby Cosgrove; aunt/uncle, Jolene and Roland Ouellette; and aunt, Gayle Hughes.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at St. Francis Cemetery, in Waterville.

Arrangements are under the direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Rd., Skowhegan, ME 04901.


WATERVILLE – Dorothy “Dot, Dottie” Hotham Shores, 89 passed away Friday, March 4, 2022, at Mount Joseph, in Waterville, following a long journey with Alzheimer’s. Dot was born in Masardis September 9, 1932.

Her family later moved to Freedom to farm potatoes. Dot attended Freedom Academy, where she played basketball. She married James E. Shores Jr., July 20, 1951.

She belonged to Highland Avenue Methodist Church, in Gardiner. Dot joined the grange in 1950 and was a member of Benton Grange, East Kennebec Pomona, the Maine State Grange, and the National Grange, where she held many offices at each level of this fraternal organization.

She was predeceased by her parents Mattie and Wilbur Hotham, her five brothers, Henry, Junior, Donald, Had, and Bobby and the love of her life Jimmy.

She is survived by her five daughters, Connie Perry, of South Carolina, Susanne and husband Steve Verrill, of Poland, Beverley Hayward, of West Gardiner, Nancy Poulin, of Concord, New Hampshire, and Julie Shores, of Winslow; eight grandchildren Luke Perry, Marie (Perry) Walls, Kimberly Verrill, Jessica (Verrill) Bosse, Joshua Hayward, David Hayward, Nathan Poulin, and Nicholas Poulin; nine great-grandchildren and one on the way; and many nieces and nephews.

She will be laid to rest with her husband Jimmy at the Maine Veterans Cemetery, in Augusta, in a private burial at a later date.

Arrangements are entrusted with Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, Maine.

Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website:

Memorial donations may be made to the Maine Alzheimer’s Association383 US Route One #2CScarborough, ME 04074.


WHITEFIELD – Marlene Violette Wincapaw (Carpenter), 80, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. She was born on April 8, 1941, in Waterville, the daughter of Arthur and Violette Carpenter.

She attended area schools and graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, in 1959.

Marlene worked various jobs throughout the years including Mr. Donut, Inland Hospital and most recently over 20 years at Marden’s, all in Waterville, until she retired in 2018.

Marlene was an avid bowler and was city champion for several years. She was also a well-known vocalist throughout the Central Maine region, with several years touring with the country band Bob Elston and the Road Rangers. She has performed on radio, television, on stage and on record. Her version of “The French Song” is her best known recording.

Marlene had many interests; reading, bingo, trips to Foxwoods or Hollywood Slots, cards and her beloved Red Sox. Family was very important to her, she was a loving daughter, sibling, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a warm and loving woman with just enough sass to keep life interesting. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Marlene was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Robert Lewis Wincapaw, her parents, and four brothers, Raymond, O’Neil, Arthur Jr. and Donald.

She is survived by her two sons, Jeffrey Clark and Glenn Curless-Clark; her sister, Diane; two brothers, Alfred and Danny; her granddaughters, Wendy Cote and husband Warren, Kathie Zehring and husband Jeremiah, Kayla Guenard and husband Josh, and Whitney Curless-Clark; her grandson Travis Coro; great-grandsons, Teddy Zehring and Mason Coro; great-granddaughter, Kaylee Zehring; daughter of love, Jeanne Grady; special cousin Laura Allen; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, March 17, at 10 a.m., at Notre Dame Church, on Silver Street, in Waterville.


OAKLAND – Deborah L. Fortin, 67, died unexpectedly on Monday, January 31, 2022, at her home. She was born in Waterville on December 26, 1954, daughter of Leland and Marian (Folsom) Lofstrom.

She was predeceased by her father, Leland Lofstrom; and brother, Eddy Lofstrom.

Surviving are her mother, Marian Lofstrom, of Oakland; her son, Jason Lofstrom and wife Tabby, of Rome; daughter, Tyra Holt and husband Ryan, of Oakland; sister, Janie Bouchey, of Clinton; five grandchildren, Raygan Holt, of Oakland, Jordon Holt, of Detroit, Donnie Roy, of Rhode Island, Katie Scamman, of Waterville, and CJ Scamman, of Rome; George Hugh, partner of 18 years, of Oakland.

Burial will be in the spring at Lake View Cemetery, in Oakland.


WATERVILLE – Ronald Norman Michaud has passed away.

In his professional life, he was an electrician at MaineGeneral Medical Center, Waterville, and was well known and liked by many of the staff at both Thayer and Seton units.

Ron’s never-ending love for adventure began in the U.S. Navy where he became an accomplished sailor and world traveler. Ron was generous with his skills, often helping friends and family with their wiring problems and projects, he was always available to answer a question or lend a hand. Ron’s woodworking craftsmanship can be found in a bespoke crib in which all the grandchildren slept, porch swings, luxury accommodations for birds and other furniture that will probably outlive us all. Whether it was giving rides on his motorcycle, taking epic fishing trips and bringing home monstrous fish, riding on New York’s subway with the kids swaying and smiling, hiking up Moxie Falls or flying to Disney, Ron loved to travel with his friends and family.

Every Friday night he opened his home to friends and family who gathered for conversation and dinner. Depending on what time of year it was you’d likely leave with an armful of vegetables from his garden. He had a kind heart and a keen sense of humor; he enjoyed a good meal and a good laugh. He was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Mary Michaud and his wife of 58 years Geraldine “Gerry” Michaud.

Ron is survived by son, Steve Michaud and his wife Angelique Michaud; daughters, Deborah Smith and her husband James, Michelle Ruhlin and her husband Christopher, Rhonda DeRosby and her husband Paul; grandchildren, Makayla Michaud, Jamie and Justine Smith, Ethan and Eleanor Ruhlin, and Kaysie, Jessop and Rylee DeRosby; brothers Reginald Michaud and his wife Marilyn, Jim Michaud and wife Cheryl, sister Diane Anderson and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are under the direction of Gallant Funeral home, 10 Elm St. Waterville.

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JEFFERSON – Juanita was born in Portland, to William and Mabel West. Her father worked in the shipyard while her mother was a homemaker raising all four children. The family then relocated to Moscow, where her father had the opportunity to work at the mill in Bingham. Growing up in Moscow, she attended grade school then transferred to Bingham High School until her graduation. She was a good student excelling in history, music and dance. She loved to sing, dance and could play the spoons to any song.

At 18 years old, she married Terry F. Beane Jr. who had enlisted in the U.S. Army and was home on leave. They had two children William and Regina. When Terry was stationed overseas, Juanita lived in Bingham taking care of her mother while raising two children.

They spent 20 years of their life in the Army traveling from base to base. She excelled and was very proud of her role as military wife, mother and homemaker. She never once in 20 years ever failed a military white glove inspection of which there were 21 of them. She ironed thousands of uniforms, maintained an immaculate home, clean clothes in closets and taught about life and faith. Once both kids graduated and were living their own lives, Juanita entered the work force. She started by getting her driver’s license then worked as a house cleaner, waitress, then found her niche working in the mental health field as an overnight manager of a PNMI assisted living facility before medical issues mandated need for retirement.

Juanita was a devout Christian who loved God with all her being. One would often find her rescuing a Bible left behind and loved that each one told its own story. She loved collecting crosses of all kinds from all over the world in all shapes, colors and sizes. She was a lay minister and would often be asked to teach adult Sunday School classes.

She had an unconditional love for all books especially pertaining to history and our U.S. presidents. She was a proud patriot and held immense respect for our veterans. She would often stay up all night due to getting “caught up in a good book” and was also well known for her love of a “Good Pen” and amassed quite a collection.

Even when she was diagnosed with stage four cancer, she faced it with the attitude by which she lived which was “ I will fight the good fight, I will finish the race and I will keep my faith.” She succeeded on all fronts.

She is survived by her son William T. Beane, his wife Karen and their children Bonnie and Connor; her daughter Regina Griffin and husband James, of Whitefield; her ex-husband Terry F. Beane Jr., of Madison.


FAIRFIELD – Raymond Everlith, of Fairfield, has passed away. He was born in Fair­field, Conn­ecticut, on August 17, 1936, the eldest child of seven to Roy Everlith and Grace (Cole) Everlith.

In 1954, Raymond enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Jacksonville, Florida, aboard the USS Newport News, which was the largest heavy battle cruiser in the U.S. fleet. The ship came under attack during a Mediterranean cruise in 1957 where Raymond received a purple heart defending our country.

Raymond met the love of his life, Mary Louise Sabia, on May 4, 1961, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and were married on August 3 of that same year. They had 60 wonderful years together and raised nine children together. Raymond worked as a truck driver for Mclean Trucking Company, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, for over 20 years and as a carpenter alongside his Uncle Howard Holt.

Raymond and Mary bought a home in Milford, Connecticut, where they raised their family until moving to Fairfield in 1983, and became a well-respected member of the community.

He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, two daughters (Mary and Cindy) and grandson George.

He is survived by his wife Mary, his only son Raymond George Everlith II and his wife Nadine; his six daughters Elizabeth Stevens and husband Michael, Audrey Everlith, Jane Estes and husband Richard, Wendy Supry and husband Clint, Sharon Hood and husband Chad and Jenny Scribner; grandchildren Ashley and Patricia Stevens, Jennifer Pacheco and husband Jason, Katherine Grant and husband Chris, Daniel Uhlig, Anderson Buck and Wyatt Scribner; great-grandchildren Aubrianna, Trenton, Falon, Felicia and Jasper.

Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield, where memories may be shared, and an online register book signed by visiting