OBITUARIES for Thursday, February 9, 2023

EVERETT B. FLANNERY JR.

SKOWHEGAN – Everett B. Flannery, Jr., 64, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 22, 2023, at his home, in Skowhegan. Everett was born in Waterville in 1958 to the late Everett (Sr.) and Gloria (Pease) Flannery.

He grew up in Winslow, and graduated Winslow High School in 1976, where he was a star athlete in football, basketball and baseball. Soon after graduation he pursued his passion of law enforcement and graduated from the 40th Municipal and County Basic Police School in 1981.

After graduation, Everett began his law enforcement career at the Madison Police Department, but six months later moved on to the Waterville Police Department. His first assignment was a patrol officer, including a walking beat in Waterville’s South End. As a patrol officer, he began to develop meaningful relationships with the citizenry including exercising one of his most attributable assets: trust. He promoted to juvenile detective, where he investigated juvenile crimes and crimes against children. He took the role seriously and always sought justice through suspect confessions to avoid having the child testify in court. His career in Waterville lasted 12 years, including a five-month stint as acting chief in 1990.

In 1992, he was hired onto the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office as the Chief Deputy, under Sheriff Frank Hackett. He served as sheriff from October 2001 through January 2007. Everett continued to work for the Sheriff’s Office as Chief Deputy under various sheriffs who retained him for his expertise in law enforcement, policy and personnel.

During his career at the Sheriff’s Office he pursued two bachelor’s degrees; one in public administration and the other in information technology, both from the University of Maine at Augusta. He began his educational career at UMA in 1978, earning an associate degree in criminal justice.

In 2013, Everett retired from the Sheriff’s Office to spend more time with his wife Jayne and his granddaughters, Madilyn and Evelyn. In retirement he continued to consult for various law enforcement agencies across the state as well as work for JPMA Staff Development Solutions and then Lexipol’s Police One Academy. Along with law enforcement, he had a passion for information technology and was particularly computer savvy.

Throughout his life he intensely loved his family. He coached little league baseball and learned the game of hockey to coach and referee that as well to spend those special times with his sons. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and four-wheeling with his family. Outdoor activities were a special time to teach and connect with his children. Everett and Jayne enjoyed many four-wheeling trips in northern Maine. Everett was an animal lover and had numerous cats and dogs throughout the years that he adored.

Everett is survived by his wife Jayne, who over the years cared for him as his health declined. He is survived by sons Everett (III) and wife Kate, Ian and wife Hannah; stepson Darrick Pratt and step-daughter Beth Huston and husband Don; sisters Brenda Patkus, Theresa Weston and husband Dana; granddaughters Madilyn and Evelyn.

A celebration of life was held on Tuesday, Februry 7, 2023, at the Federated Church, Island Avenue, in Skowhegan.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Somerset Humane Society; American Diabetes Association; Maine Sheriff’s Association or a law enforcement nonprofit of your preference.

BETTY LOU MARSHALL

OAKLAND – Betty Lou (Gore) Marshall, 100, beloved matriarch, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2023, of natural causes. Betty was born on September 30, 1922, in Hooker, Oklahoma, to Milton and Alma Gore, and she was one of five children.

She attended schools in Flint Creek, Oklahoma, before joining the U.S.Navy two years after graduating high school.

Betty was one of the first women to join the Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), which was the women’s branch of the United States Naval Reserve during World War II. She was stationed in New York City, Santa Monica, and San Diego California, and through her service she met her soon-to-be husband, David, a Navy pilot. At the end of World War II, they returned to David’s hometown of Waterville to begin their civilian life.

As their three children went on to college, Betty did as well, earning her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maine. With her degree, she began teaching language arts in Oakland, at Williams Junior High School, followed by Williams Senior High School (now Messalonskee), for 10 years before retiring.

Even after experiencing personal tragedy, she continued to live her life to its fullest, always having great fun along the way and never mincing words. She became a realtor at ERA McCann, in Waterville; she traveled extensively in Europe, the British Isles, and across the U.S.; she volunteered at the Oakland Public Library; and with her son, Jimmy, she designed a custom home that allowed her to age in place to nearly the end of her life. She was a rock star, and may we all be lucky to have as fulfilling a life as she had.

Betty was predeceased by her parents; siblings, Alma Rae, Christine, Milton, and Natalie; husband, David; son, James D. Marshall, and sons-in law, Charles Folsom and Richard Pratt.

She is survived by daughters, Susan Folsom, of Fairfield, and Elizabeth Pratt, of Embden; daughter-in-law, Judy Marshall, of Waterville; four grandchildren, Eliza Folsom, of Waterville, R. James (Joelle) Pratt, of Jay, Alicia (Howie) Deardorff, of North Billerica, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Marshall (Chris Glenn), of Los Angeles, California; and two great-grandchildren, Caitrin Pratt and Rosalie Deardorff.

A private reception and burial will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are in the care of Wheeler Funeral Home, 26 Church Street, Oakland, where condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at http://www.lawrybrothers.com.

Memorial donations may be made to the Oakland Public Library, 18 Church St., Oakland, ME 04963.

WAYNE H. GIROUX

CLINTON – Wayne H. Giroux, 84, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2023, at the VA Hospital, in Togus. He was born April 28, 1938, and grew up in Western Massachusetts.

Wayne resided in the central Maine area for the past 30 years. For most of his life, he worked as a boilermaker.

He leaves behind his three daughters, and two grandchildren.

The family is planning a private service. Condolences may be shared at http://www.plummerfh.com.

JACQUELINE BOULET

WATERVILLE – Jacqueline “Jackie” Boulet, 85, formerly of Winslow, passed away peacefully following a brief illness on Sunday, January 22, 2023. She was born in Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada, to Antonio and Helen (Dubois) Rancourt, on October 12, 1937.

After graduating from high school, she entered teacher’s college and became an elementary school teacher and taught school until her move to Waterville and her marriage to Norman Boulet. She owned and operated Boulette’s Market, on Water Street, in Waterville, for a number of years until her family moved to Winslow.

After caring for her mother for several years and raising her three sons she obtained her real estate license and was a realtor in the Waterville area for over 30 years where she made many lifelong friends. She was a master seamstress and could make her own patterns and was an accomplished quilter. Many of her family and friends were blessed with her gifts of quilts, table runners and placemats.

Her greatest joy were her three sons whom she was immensely proud of and loved spending time with. She was a very giving and generous person, often helping out the less fortunate. In her giving and generous spirit, the family donated her lift recliner chair to Sunset Home, of Waterville, in order to make life easier for the residents there. She was a member and past president of the Waterville Exchangettes and a member of Caring friends which raised funds for a number of worthy causes.

Jackie was predeceased by her parents and her brother Gerald.

She is survived by her son Brian and wife Sandra, of Winslow, Gary and wife Faith, of Salem, New Hampshire, and Paul and fiancée Susan, of Canaan; two step -randchildren Raymond and Mari, of Salem, New Hampshire; her sister Jeannine Trepanier, of Winslow; and several nieces and nephews.

As per her wishes a celebration of life and graveside service will be held in early summer with burial at St Francis Catholic Cemetery, in Waterville.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville, Maine. An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at http://www.gallantfh.com.

JOHN N. FOSS

PALERMO – John Nathanael Foss, 86, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. He was born on October 8, 1936, in Lew­iston, to John S. and Lois B. (Gup­till) Foss, John attended schools in Lewiston before his family moved to Pittsfield where he graduated from Maine Central Institute. He went on to study at the New England Conservatory of Music, graduating in 1959. After graduation, John joined the U.S. Navy where he taught at the Navy School of Music and toured with the Navy Band as a trumpet soloist. While stationed in Washington, D.C., he sang in a chorus under the direction of Igor Stravinsky.  This was one of the most fulfilling musical experiences of his life.

At the end of his two-year enlistment in 1961, John made his way to where the action was for a polished young jazz trumpeter – Las Vegas! It was there that John honed his art over 15 years, playing in house bands backing up Della Reese, Wayne Newton, Peggy Lee, Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severenson, and Frank Sinatra Jr., among many others. John was having dinner with Frank Jr. in his room at Lake Tahoe’s, Harrah’s Club, when two men, posing as room service, kidnapped Frank Jr. and tied up and blindfolded John, leaving him on the floor.

Living in the hills of Mt. Charleston, northwest of Vegas, John continued to play seven nights a week and made connections that led to the opportunity of a lifetime. In the mid-’70s, John was selected to join the brass section of the Beach Boys for a world tour. John’s connections to the members of the band lasted well after the tour ended.

Looking to slow down, John moved to Los Angeles and worked as a landscaper but by the early ‘80s the pull of Maine lured him back home, settling in Augusta and taking a job at Erskine Academy, in South China.  He tirelessly built the music program from scratch at Erskine and taught generations of musicians for the next several decades. He encouraged students to compose as well as conduct and was always available to assist students with music before and after school. John was the first recipient of the District III Music Educator of the Year Award. That was only his day job. He took on scores of private students, so many of which went on to impact the music scene, not only in Maine but around the world.  There is barely a trumpet player under the age of 60 in Maine who isn’t familiar with John’s work.  As if that wasn’t enough, John’s virtuosity on trumpet made him a sought-after commodity from the Port City Allstars to the Al Corey Big Band, the Phil Rich Big Band, the Manchester Brass, the Tony Boffa Band, the Portland Jazz Orchestra and so many more. John’s playing, however, was not all big band gigs. He could be found in small trios, quartets, and in the orchestra pit doing music theater. When big names like Martha and the Vandellas and Natalie Cole came to Maine, John got the call.

John’s involvement in the Maine music scene exposed a need to bring jazz education to the younger generation. In the early ‘80s John called on a number of those Vegas contacts to come to Maine to work at the Maine Jazz Camp at the old Oak Grove Coburn School, in Vassalboro, exposing hundreds of young musicians to world renowned expertise for many summers.

Retired in 2003 from Erskine, John resumed his landscaping passion on his farm, in Palermo, that he and his wife Emily spent the last 30 years building into a home.

He is survived by his wife Emily; his children Jeffery Jones and his wife Angelique Breton, of Casco, Andrea Girimonte and her husband Al, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, Erika Reay and her husband Brian, of China; his brother-in-law Frank Rende, of Augusta; nephews Nate Rende and his wife Suzanne, of Boothbay, Sam Rende and his wife Miki, of Wichita, Kansas, Nik Rende and his wife Kathy, of Augusta; and many grandchildren, grandnephews, and grandnieces.

John may have been small of stature but with a trumpet in his hands he was a giant.

John is predeceased by his parents and his sister Priscilla Rend.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Erskine Academy gymnasium, 309 Windsor Road, So. China, Maine, on Sunday, February 12, 2023. Visitation will be from noon – 1 p.m., with a service directly following from 1 – 2 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.

To attend John’s memorial service remotely, available live stream: https://my.gather.app/ remember/john-foss-2023

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Erskine Academy, 309 Windsor Rd., China, ME 04358.

Arrangements are in the care of the Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, 1 Church Street, Augusta where condolences and memories may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the funeral home website by visiting www.khrfuneralhomes.com

GRACE J. BUMFORD

SIDNEY – Grace Jacqueline Bumford, 84, of Sidney, passed away, following a short illness, at her home on Saturday, January 28, 2023. Grace was born on January 11, 1938, in Augusta, to Antoine J. Jean and Irene (Couture) Jean.

She married Donald Bumford on February 13, 1960, and they were married 42 years, until Donald’s passing in 2002.

She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, and the Cushnoc Senior Citizens Club. Grace was an avid Beano player and enjoyed the many friendships she made over the years playing Beano.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Donald; and her five brothers, Leo, Roland, Arthur, Donald, and Richard, and her six sisters, Diana, Leona, Juliette, Ida, Patricia, and Theresa.

Grace is survived by her children, Jerry and his wife Janet, of Augusta, and their children Forrest Bumford and his partner Kristen Pietri, their son Emmett, of Waterville, Kiersten (Bumford) Legere and her husband Ryan and their daughter, Quinn; Louise (Bumford) Dube and her husband Mike, of Sidney, their son Ryan and his wife Keely and their children Arianna, Dawson, Mason, and Jackson; and Roger “Bo” Bumford and his wife Casie, of Belgrade; and her sister, Joan Talbot.

Burial will take place in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery, in Augusta, next to her husband Donald.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta. Condolences, stories, or photos may be shared by visiting http://www.plummerfh.com.

PEGGY S. MICHAUD

WINSLOW – Peggy Sawtelle Michaud, 76, passed away peacefully at her lifetime home on Monday, January 30, 2023, following a long illness.

Born in Waterville, Peggy was the baby daughter of Beatrice and Harlan Sawtelle. She met the love of her life in the sixth grade and married Dana Michaud, to whom she had been happily married to for the past 58 years. Peggy graduated from Winslow High School in 1965. She dedicated her life to nursing for 25 years while caring for her husband and three children.

Peggy loved watching her children and grandsons play sports, especially hockey. She enjoyed family weekends and vacations at the beaches of Maine. She had many fond memories of family reunions, birthdays, and holidays surrounded by family. Anyone that knew Peggy remembered her sense of humor and her gift of comforting people. Peggy always had pets in the house. She especially loved her standard poodle Rabil, who never left her side.

She is survived by her husband Dana; daughter Mary-Margaret, Harlan Michaud and wife Kim, and Peter Michaud and wife Patricia; multiple grandsons Matthew, Sam, Lucas, Dana and Eli; and several nieces and nephews; her siblings Barbara Michaud and husband Ron Michaud, Hona Longstaff-Lewis and husband Bruce Lewis, and David Sawtelle.

She was pre-deceased by her siblings Polly White, Ralph Sawtelle, Frederick Sawtelle, and her parents Harlan and Beatrice Sawtelle; her niece Susan White.

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

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Aable Cremation Service, Waterville. An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at http://www.aablecremationservice.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Peggy’s name to the ASPCA.

REBECCA L. HIGGINS

ALBION – Rebecca L. (Piper) Higgins, 74, passed away Monday, January 30, 2023, at her home, in Albion. She was born March 5, 1948, in Waterville, the daughter of Arthur H. and Shirley M (Elwell) Piper.

She graduated from Besse High School, in Albion, in 1967. On September 14, 1968, she married Freeman Higgins, in Albion. She was employed as a certified nurse’s aide at Mount Saint Joseph Nursing Home, in Waterville, Woodlawn Nursing Home, in Skowhegan, and Bethany Nursing Home, in Winslow.

She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, wintering in Florida, and spending time with her granddaughters, following them to any activity she was able.

Rebecca was predeceased by her husband, Freeman Higgins.

She is survived by two sons, Lance Higgins and wife Valerie, of Albion, and Adam Higgins and wife Melissa, of Albion; granddaughters, Abigail Higgins and Hannah Higgins, both of Albion; sisters, Sharon McPhail, of Belgrade, Wanda Boivin, of Clinton, and Linda Weeks and husband Robert, of Fairfield; as well as several nieces and nephews.

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

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

In lieu of flowers, donations in Rebecca’s memory may be made to Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area, 304 Main St., Waterville ME 04901.

GLADYS M. PRATT

WATERVILLE – Gladys Marilyn Pratt, 99, a former resident of Augusta and Greene, passed away Friday, February 3, 2023, at Oak Grove Center, in Waterville. She was born December 12, 1923, in Cumberland Center, the daughter of Herbert W. and Lucy G. (Lamson) Thompson.

Gladys attended Leeds grammar school and Monmouth Academy.

On March 31, 1940, in Greene, she married Marshall M. Pratt. Mr. Pratt passed away in 2001.

During World War II, Gladys worked as a welder at the shipyard in Portland. In 1951, Gladys started working at Albany International, in North Monmouth, as a finish mender, and retired in 1980. She owned and operated Red Roof Store, on Route 202, in Leeds, from 1967 to 1973.

Gladys was a member and past president of Webber Memorial V.F.W. Auxiliary Post #9526, in Winthrop, and was also a member of Androscoggin Grange #8.

She enjoyed sewing, gardening, especially her flower gardens and doing ceramics.

She is survived by one son, Carlton L. Pratt and his wife Jean, of Winthrop; a daughter, Marilyn A. Morin; of Augusta; eight grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Lynda Pratt, of Winthrop; one brother, Robert E. Thompson and his wife Helene, of Simsbury, Connecticut; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Marshall M. Pratt, Sr.; two sons, Marshall M. Pratt, Jr., Richard A. Pratt; two grandsons, Robert Morin and Christopher Pratt; son-in-law, Roger Morin; and a brother, Russell A. Thompson.

Messages of condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.finleyfuneralhome.com.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, February 13, at 11 a.m., at Bragdon-Finley Funeral Home, 707 Main St., Monmouth. Burial will be held in the spring at the Maine Veterans Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 350, Westbrook, ME 04092.

EUGENE W. PERRY

BELFAST — Eugene W. “Geno” Perry, 79, passed peacefully Monday, December 19, 2022, at the Sussman House, in Rockport.

The son of the late Elizabeth A. Wheeler and Fred A. Perry, Eugene was known for his outgoing personality, dry wit, kindness, willingness to help a friend and work ethic.

A lifetime member of the Improved Order of Redman Tarratine Tribe 13, Eugene enjoyed fishing, hunting, stopping by the garage and visiting with and checking on family and friends. Eugene spent his early years trimming trees with Lucas Tree Co. and in manufacturing before becoming a well-respected roofer, painter and handyman within the Belfast community. Eugene worked on many projects over the years, including the VFW roof painting the letters, the Opera House, and countless others.

Eugene loved the people he had met the most and would tell of the projects, the folks gone on and how Belfast had changed.

Eugene is survived by three children: Richard W. Perry, of Vassalboro, Joseph W. Perry, of Belfast, and daughter Carla Jean, of Georgia; Corrine Lawson, of Old Town, multiple grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Due to the season, burial services will be announced and held in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery, in Hartland.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, February 2, 2023

KIMBERLY L. YOUNG

CLINTON – Kimberly L. Young, 49, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2023, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. Kimberly was born in Waterville July 17, 1973, to Earl. L. Young and Linda Stewart Young.

She attended elementary school in Pennsylvania and graduated from Lawrence High School.

Kim became disabled in 2017 as a result of complications from spinal surgery. Since becoming disabled, Kim has faced many medical issues. She was a very strong person, always tried to stay positive, and did her best.

Prior to becoming disabled, Kim worked at Inland Hospital, in Waterville, for several years and later worked providing care to people with disabilities both in residential and in the home setting. Kim loved taking care of people. She especially loved being a mother to her children, Cody and Emily. She always put her children and others first.

Kim had a great sense of humor and still enjoyed dressing up on Halloween to treat her great-nephews, Connor and Owen. She loved animals. She cherished the holidays and any time she could spend with family.

Kimberly is survived by her children, Cody and Emily Mckenna; her sisters, Kathy Ware and her partner Carl Clarke, Sue Dow and her husband Dan; and two brothers, Randall and Ronald Young; a niece, Chelsea Davis and her husband Austin, and their two children Connor and Owen.

A Celebration of Life and graveside service will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family.

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

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Kimberly’s memory to the Paralysis Recovery Foundation, 354 North Desplaines St. #3810, Chicago, IL 60661.

VERNAL A. HOOD JR.

BENTON – Vernal A. Hood Jr., 90, passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2023. He was born on December 6, 1932, one of five children to Vernal and Gladys (Hall) Hood Sr.

“Jack”, as he was known to many, worked at Hollingsworth and Whitney Papere Mill, in Winslow, which became Scott Paper Co. and is now known as SAPPI Fine Papers, in Hinckley, until retiring in July 1991.

Jack loved the outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a member of the Skowhegan Sportsman Club and a lifetime member of the Waterville Elks #905, where this year marked his 50th year membership. Jack cut down his last tree at 88 years old. He will be remembered for his humor, stubbornness, strength, willingness to listen and his love of family.

He is survived by his wife Anne; a daughter, Sherry Lee and her husband George Fernald Jr.; daughter-in-law, Jean Hood; three stepdaughters, Tammy, Denise and Stephanie; one brother, Ron and his family and sister, Sandra and her family; six grandchildren, Troy, Crystal, Vickie, George, Alex and Adam; as well as several great-grandchildren, including one on the way.

Vernal is predeceased by both parents; his first wife, Sylvia; his son, Christopher; and his two sisters, Janice and Beverly.

Celebration of life will be held in the spring.

SHARON LEE

SEBRING, Fla. – Sharon Lee, 71, of Sebring, Florida, passed away comfortably at home on Friday, January 13, 2023, following a battle with brain cancer. Sharon was born on October 18, 1951, in Waterville to the late Harvey and Ophelia Hunter.

She grew up in Clinton but considered many places home in the towns of Presque Isle and Waterville. After Sharon graduated Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, in 1970, she went on to study English at the University of Maine Presque Isle, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1974.

Sharon and her family moved to Waterville where she continued her career as an English teacher at Waterville Senior High School and later as an employee with KVCAP.

Sharon retired with her husband Bill in 2019, and promptly became snowbirds in the close-nit community of Tanglewood, in Sebring, Florida.

Sharon is survived by her husband, William Lee Jr.; her children Jamie Lee and Ryan Lee; her daughter-in-law, Hilary Lee; her grandchildren Hunter Lee and Mason Lee; her brothers Leroy Hunter, Larry Hunter, Dwayne Hunter, Mark Hunter; her sister, Cathy Hodsdon; and numerous cousins; nieces, and nephews.

A celebration will be planned in the spring.

GEORGE A. COLE

WINSLOW – George A. Cole, 90, of Winslow, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at Woodlands Assisted Living, of Waterville. George was born March 31, 1932, the son of the late Harry B. and Grace C. (Robertson) Cole.

He grew up in Oakland and attended Oakland schools. He joined the Maine National Guard and was honorably discharged in July 1955.

He worked as a truck driver for Keyes Fibre Company, now known as Huhtamaki, of Waterville, for over 30 years. Because he loved driving so much, after retiring he and his wife Carmen purchased a motor home and traveled to many states with the Maine-A-Bagos motor home club and was president from 1989 to 1990, meeting many friends along the way.

They wintered in Zephyr Hills, Florida, for many years until Carmen’s health failed and they could no longer travel. George was Carmen’s primary caregiver until her death in 2009. He catered to her every need no matter how big or small. He was a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather and a dear friend to many. The grandchildren have so many fond memories of their Grandpa from rides on his John Deere tractor to greeting them when getting off the school bus at his home. They always had their special treats of Kit Kats and Pepsi to chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. That was just the kind of man he was. Always ready and willing to take care of his family as they meant everything to him.

George is survived by his daughters Hollee Rossignol and her husband Everett, of Oakland, and Cheryl Michaud, of Florence, Arizona; grandchildren Karen Curtis and husband Keith, Mike Rossignol and wife Lisa, Monique Rossignol Gladziszewski and husband Peter, Randy Michaud, Jennifer Michaud and partner Travis, Garry Libby Jr. and wife Bonnie, Cynthia Fillion and husband Jacques; great-grandchildren, Alyssa Rainey (Thomas), Anna Curtis (Tom), Christopher Michaud, Amanda Tower (Danielle) and Heather Libby; great-great-grandchildren, Thomas, Alaina, Amelia, Wyatt and John Rainey.

He was predeceased by is wife of 56 years, Carmen Cole; son, Garry Libby and wife Kathleen, son-in-law, James Michaud; granddaughter, Michelle Michaud; one brother, Harry Cole, sisters Maxine McMannus, Camilla York and Glennis Hall; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are entrusted to Advantage Funeral Home and Cremation, Portland.

There will be prayers at Pine Grove Cemetery and celebration of life in the Summer of 2023. An announcement will be made at that time.

WILLIAM J. MURPHY

WINSLOW – Bill Murphy, 69, of Winslow, passed away suddenly on Monday, January 16, 2023, following a brief illness. He was born in Newark, New Jersey.

Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1972, served in Germany, and was honorably discharged in 1975.

Bill met his wife, Donna, and moved to Vermont in 1981 where they lived and worked for many years, raising their sons Jared and Ben, and Donna’s daughter and Bill’s stepdaughter, Rebecca Villa. They moved to Maine in 2000.

Bill was an avid fisherman, a talented programmer analyst and a thoughtful, generous and quick-witted man. Always ready with a quip and a smile, he loved woodworking and terrible action movies, hated peas (the man would pick them individually out of his fried rice), and adored his family.

He was predeceased by his parents Phyllis and Pat Murphy; his brother, Jimmy Murphy and his sisters Barbara Murphy and Kathy Osborne.

He leaves behind his sons, Jared Murphy and wife Erica Mitchell, and Ben Murphy and wife Dani Folsom; his grandchildren Simon Curtis and Alice Murphy; his stepdaughter, Rebecca Villa; his brother, Brian Murphy; his sister, Phyllis Carchia; and his ex-wife, Donna Murphy; as well as a monstrous collection of DVDs

His family is planning a celebration of life for the spring as he always wanted to be celebrated and not mourned in death.

SUE ANN BELANGER

WATERVILLE – Sue Ann Belanger, 69, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at Gosnell Hospice House, in Scarborough. Sue was born on May 3, 1953, in Bangor, to Eugene and Rita Sherburne.

She attended school in Bangor, and graduated from Waterville High School. On September 30, 1972, she married Lee Belanger, of Waterville. Together, they raised two children, Erica and Peter. Sue’s greatest love was her family.

Sue is survived by her husband of 50 years, Lee Belanger, of Waterville; daughter, Erica St. Peter and her husband, Joey St. Peter, of Waterville; son, Peter Belanger and his wife, Tracy Belanger, of Brunswick; her grandchildren Sydney Breault, Cole St. Peter, Brody Belanger and Blake Belanger; her great-granddaughters Everlee and Georgie Breault; sisters Lisa Dempsey, Stephanie Brewer and Jackie Madore.

She was predeceased by her sister, Teresa Knotts, and brother, Eugene Sherburne.

A burial and Celebration of Life will be announced 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 http://www.lawrybrothers.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Rd., Scarborough, ME 04074.

LAURIE J. JOHNSON

NORRIDGEWOCK – Laurie Jeanne Johnson, 59, of Norridgewock, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, following a courageous year-long battle with stage 4 cancer. Laurie was born on April 12, 1963, in Waterville, to Maxine (Williams) Johnson and Larry Johnson.

Laurie grew up in Oakland and graduated from Messalonskee High School in 1981. Laurie completed CNA and EMT courses at Kennebec Valley Technical Institute (now Kennebec Valley Community College), in Fair­field. Laurie will be well remembered for being an EMT firefighter with the Oakland Fire Department.

Laurie was a gourmet cook and enjoyed preparing meals that were her own style.

Laurie is survived by her parents, Larry and Maxine Johnson, of Norridgewock; brothers Dale Johnson, of Norridgewock, and Craig Johnson, of Winslow; niece Kelli Johnson; great-nephew Elijah Baker; great-niece Neveah McKeil, also of Winslow; aunts Linda Alderson, of Waterville, Stella Swett, of Oakland; aunt and uncle Joanne and Richard Arnold, of Florida; many cousins. Laurie leaves behind Brian Luce of Oakland.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Laurie’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society or Humane Society Waterville Area.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Norridgewock Baptist on a later date. A graveside service will be held at Maplewood Cemetery, in Fairfield, this coming spring.

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 www.lawrybrothers.com.

GARY R. BALLARD

WATERVILLE – Gary Russell Ballard, 69, died on Friday, January 20, 2023, in Waterville, following a 10-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Gary was born on May 6, 1953, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the son of late Harry Franklin Ballard Jr., and Ruth E. Ballard.

Gary was a hardworking man, installing flooring as his father had taught him to do as a teenager. Gary owned and operated Ballard’s Carpet Service, of Skowhegan, for many years and worked as a subcontractor out of Waterville. Gary enjoyed working on his vehicles, listening to oldies, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by three daughters, Sarah Ballard Saravino and husband Will, of Tennessee, Missy Ballard Teacher and husband Justin, of Arizona, Amie Ballard, of Waterville, and predeceased by the twins; grandchildren Alexcia, Elizabeth, Brooke, Mason, Logan, Ethan, Dylan, David, Keslie, Kyla and Nevannie; sisters Nancy Harrison, of Richmond, Virginia, and Dawn Ballard Duesing, of Mobile, Alabama; brother, Bob Ballard, of Palmyra; nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life and graveside burial of ashes will be held in the spring.

BRETT E. HOSKINS

VASSALBORO – Brett Eugene Hoskins, 63, passed away Friday, January 20, 2023, at home. He was born April 23, 1959, to Harold Hos­kins, and Bev­erly Preble, in Waterville.

Growing up, Brett was active in the Baptist Church, Youth Group, Demoley, and sports in Waterville. After attending Waterville schools, he served in the United States Army from May 1976 to June 1982, followed by the Army Reserves until 1985. He was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort McClellan, Alabama; and Vaihingen, Germany. He, and Kelly, enjoyed the three years he was stationed in Germany, and they had special memories skiing in the Alps and traveling to Switzerland and Austria. He spent the last 20-plus years working for MainePERS.

On March 10, 1979 he married the love of his life, Kelly. In the years that followed their return from Germany, they started a family, and he was active in coaching his kids in basketball and tee ball, and attending all of their activities throughout the years. He rode the Trek Across Maine, and the Plymouth to Province Town trek, in Massachusetts, with his son. He enjoyed attending New England Patriot games, Boston Red Sox games, various concerts, taking special family vacations each summer, camping, and hunting (though he was quick to remind everyone that he hadn’t shot anything in a couple decades).

For almost 40 years, Brett has been an active Mason with Vassalboro Lodge #54, Oakland Lodge #113, and Augusta Valley Scottish Rites. He was also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge #905, in Waterville.

Brett was predeceased by his father, Harold Hoskins, his mother, Beverly Preble; and many aunts and uncles.

Surviving is his wife of 43 years, Kelly; his daughter Katie Jose; his son Barret Hoskins (Beka); nephew and niece, Matt Vincent and Elena Vincent; grandchildren Roslyn, Bryce, Grace, Sydney and Landon; sisters Penny (David) Bard, Robin (Alan) Withee, and Michelle (Rodney) Green; as well as many other nephews and nieces.

On January 28, a service was held at the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, in Waterville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society Waterville Area; Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers (Christmas program); or the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation.

LUCILLE M. TALBOT

WATERVILLE – Lucille M. Talbot, 88, of Waterville, passed away Friday, January 20, 2023, following a long illness. She was born to the late Elie N. and Rose (Mathieu) Viens, February 1, 1934, in Winslow.

Lucille graduated from Waterville Senior High School in 1951 and married her husband of 71 years, Gerard, one month later on July 4.

Lucille was kind and compassionate, opening her home more than once to those who needed it. She was a wise and trusted friend, always ready to lend an ear and share a cup of tea or a box of tissues. She had a funny sense of humor and an infectious laugh, but she was also feisty and stubborn when she felt she needed to be. Lucille was always generous with her love and hugs.

While raising her family, Lucille worked as a bookkeeper for several local businesses until her retirement in 2001 from Four Seasons Janitorial.

In her spare time, she enjoyed antique hunting and watching the Montreal Canadiens. Later in life, Lucille became an avid genealogical researcher. She left behind many detailed and organized volumes of meticulously researched and documented family genealogical records.

Lucille is survived by her husband, Gerard J. Talbot; and their three children, Donald and his spouse, Edward Bell, of Lisbon Falls, Angela and her husband, Jerry Bickford, of Sidney, Brenda and her husband, Mark Gosline, of Waterville; a grandchild, Hannah Gosline; one brother, John Viens, of Vassalboro; brother-in-law, Roland Talbot and sisters-in-law Jane (Talbot) Paquet and Suzanne Talbot; along with several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers Joseph and Wilfrid Viens, two brothers-in-law, Brother Roger Paul Talbot and Roger Talbot and a sister-in-law, Orita Couture.

Friends and family are invited to attend visiting hours that will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, February 3, at Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver St., Waterville. Graveside services will be held in the spring at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, in Waterville.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home. An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at http://www.gallantfh.com.

LOU ANN TUCCI

WATERVILLE – Lou Ann Tucci, 85, passed away on Monday, January 23, 2023. Lou Ann was born on January 14, 1938, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to the late Mary Cathryn Hoke and Leo Paul Zentz.

She attended the University of Maine and Frederick Community College to study art.

Lou Ann moved to Maine in 2007 after the passing of her late husband. In 2020 she married Anthony Tucci and together they started their new lives together.

Lou Ann spent much of her life connecting with her spirituality which also helped her with her sobriety for 53 years. Lou Ann was a mother figure in many of the AA groups she participated in. She was there to support and sponsor many on their respective road to recovery as well. With her many years of AA she was honored to be a guest speaker at various group meetings. In many of her speeches Lou Ann spoke of spirituality, and those who helped her on her sobriety journey with their wise words, their kindness and support over the years. When she wasn’t helping others, she was out gardening her African violets and being a loving grandmother and great-grandmother.

Lou Ann was predeceased by her parents; her daughter, Jeanne; and her first husband.

She is survived by her widower, Anthony; her sons David, Charles, and Michael; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren; and her three sisters.

A Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, February 2, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 60 Eustis Parkway, Waterville, ME 04901. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at http://www.VeilleuxFuneralHome.com for the Tucci family.

In lieu of flowers, in memory of Lou Ann, donations can be made to AA of Maine, 47 Portland St. Portland, ME 04101.

MADELINE B. DOWE

CHINA – Madeline B. Dowe, 83, passed away peacefully at her home on Sun­day, January 22, 2023.

Madeline was the fifth of 14 children. She worked many jobs throughout her life. Finally settling down, She and Robert built, owned and operated Dowe’s Variety Store, in South China, for 20 years.

She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Robert C. Dowe; and grandsons Justin Hatch and Dennis Dowe; her parents and several siblings.

She is survived by son, Robert C. Dowe II, and wife Jennifer; daughters, Julie Finley and husband John, Kelley Warren; sons, Glenn Dowe, and Donald Dowe and wife Melissa; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren; several sisters and brothers; nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held in the spring. After the service a gathering of family and friends will be held on the back lawn of the Dowe family home where everyone can celebrate the life of this most special woman!

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St., Richmond, ME 04357.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to: The South China Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 325, China, ME 04358, or The American Legion Post #179, in China, 79 Legion Memorial Dr., South China, ME 04358.

MARIE A. CARR

WATERVILLE – Marie A. Carr, 96, passed peacefully on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at the Alfond Center for Health, following a brief illness. She was born in Dexter on July 1, 1926, to the late Albert and Avis (Nelson) Ronco.

Marie was a graduate of N. H. Fay High School, now Dexter High School, and was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. She was a former member of the Daughters of Isabella, in Dexter.

Marie enjoyed her travels to Florida, New York, and Cape Cod, Massa­chusetts, and loved spending time with her family. She had been employed by D. W. Adams and Service Merchandise.

She was predeceased by her husband, Merle E. Carr; daughter, Lana Wintle, sons-in-law Calvin Wintle and Thomas Foye; stepmother, Gertrude (Firth) Ronco; sister, Beverly Batey and half-brother, Richard Ronco.

Marie is survived by her son, Peter Carr (Jane), of Manchester; three daughters, Shawna Foye, of Sidney, Judy Bryant (Wayne), of The Villages, Florida, and Jane Haskins, of Westport, New York; 15 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews; and cousins.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta. Burial and committal prayer was held in the new Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta, after the service.

Condolences, stories and photos may be shared at http://www.plummerfh.com.

ANTHONY F. MARPLE

WHITEFIELD – Anthony “Tony” Field Marple, 75, passed away peacefully at home on Tues­day, January 24, 2023, following a short struggle with ALS. Tony was born in Nor­walk, Con­necticut, on August 18, 1947, to the late William and Jean (Sutherland) Marple.

He was the husband of Marianne (Burton) Marple, with whom he shared 49 years.

After high school in Wilton, Connecticut, and the Berkshire School, in Massachusetts, he attended Bucknell College and the University of Richmond, where he received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and mathematics. He later received an MBA in finance from the University of Connecticut and a graduate certificate in health care finance from the University of South Carolina.

Tony moved to Whitefield in 1984 to take a position as vice president of finance for the Kennebec Valley Medical Center (KVMC), in Augusta. He was proud of his role in keeping the hospital system profitable every year, making it possible to avoid employee layoffs. After the merger of KVMC with Mid-Maine Health System, Tony became executive vice president and treasurer of MaineGeneral Health. He retired in 2006 and in the same year was appointed director of MaineCare, where he worked to introduce a patient-focused managed care approach to Medicaid. Finally, he served as the CFO of Mercy Hospital, in Portland.

Tony loved nature, hiking, running, and farming. He and his son, Keith, hiked all 48 4,000-foot peaks in New Hampshire, and he made hiking trips throughout Maine and in Mexico, Canada, and the Rocky Mountains. He worked to establish a system of hiking trails in Whitefield.

Tony and Marianne’s farm grew to include a 30-acre wild blueberry field, apple trees, a vegetable garden, and woods, all managed by Tony using conservation practices. He practiced what he preached, outfitting his house with solar panels, driving electric cars, and using electric tools as much as possible in order to reduce his own carbon footprint. In 2019 the Marple farm was named Conservation Farm of the Year for Tony’s efforts to preserve the habitat of wild bees and other pollinators.

Tony was an excellent photographer of people and nature. He participated in a number of photography shows and won prizes at the Kodak International Newspaper Snapshot Awards, the AMC photo contest, and the Maine Photography Show.

For many years Tony served the Town of Whitefield in various ways – as a Selectman and on the School Board and the Planning Board. In these roles he helped to install solar panels on the fire station, create road signs to keep Amish horse and buggies safe on Whitefield roads, establish the Whitefield Trails Committee, and started the first town newspaper. He also served on the boards of various environmental or health-related groups in Maine, such as the National Resources Council of Maine, Lincoln Health, OnPoint Health Data, and the Maine Health Access Foundation.

Tony worked to protect the Maine wilderness he loved by supporting conservation and efforts to slow down climate change. He served as treasurer of the Mid-Coast Conservancy and lobbied for connecting the Hydro-Québec hydroelectric dam with Maine, which he argued would reduce the state’s dependence on fossil fuels.

Tony was beloved by friends and family as someone who was hardworking and driven but also generous, down-to-earth, and self-deprecating.

He leaves behind his wife, Marianne; his son, Keith Marple, of Princeton, Massachusetts, and Keith’s daughters Beatrice, Anna, and Kate; his son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Pei Yi Marple, of Cuddebackville, New York; his four siblings, Anne James and her husband Rob, Allen Marple, all of Richmond, Virginia, Harriet Plehn, of Worthington, Massachusetts, and Sara Templeman and her husband Bob, of Charlottesville, Virginia; and many nieces and nephews.

Burial services for Tony will be private. A memorial service is to be held at a later date.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home (www.khrfuneralhomes.com).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Mid-Coast Conservancy (https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/) or the Environmental Defense Fund (edf.org).

PHILIPPE F. HEBERT

WATERVILLE – Philippe F. Hebert, 85, died on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. He was born on November 15, 1937, in Waterville, the son of Alphie and Isabelle (Dufour) Hebert.

Philippe graduated from Waterville High School in 1957 and from Thomas College, in Waterville, in 1959, with a degree in accounting.

He worked for Noyes Stove Company, in Waterville, for 13 years and then moved on to work for Bragg’s Auto, in Winslow, from 1973 until he retired in 1995.

On June 27, 1986, Philippe married the love of his life, Patty. After nine years, they moved to Florida and lived there for 23 years. Patty and Philippe shared a wonderful life together for 33 years. She died on October 27, 2017. Following Patty’s death, Philippe returned to Waterville and lived with his sister, Mary Jane Poulin and her husband, Charlie.

He was involved in civic organizations including the Lions Club and Rotary Club. In 1985 and 1986, Philippe was elected Governor of the Lions Club International. He also belonged to the Knights of Columbus, in Waterville, and in Florida, where he served as Grand Knight for two years.

Philippe was an avid bowler. He was a league member and traveled to many tournaments throughout New England. Philippe was also a softball umpire here in Waterville. He coached Little League baseball for the Waterville Boys Club.

He was predeceased by his parents Alphie and Isabelle Hebert; his sisters Eva Poirier, Jeanette Breau, and Lucille Bates, and brothers Edgar and Albert.

Philippe is survived by his sisters Marie Pelotte, and Mary Jane Poulin, both of Waterville; his brother, Robert Hebert, of Los Angeles, California; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville. An online guestbook may be signed, and condolences and memories shared at http://www.gallantfh.com.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, P.O. Box 97007, Washington D.C. 20090-7007.

BARRY C.B. BLACKINTON

SOUTH CHINA – Barry C.B Blackinton, 61, passed away on Wednesday January 25, 2023, at home. He was born in Cranston, Rhode Island, on August 28, 1961, the son of the late Walter and Edna Blackinton.

He is the husband of Jodi (Ellis) Blackinton with whom he shared 36 years of marriage.

He was a graduate of Pilgrim High School, class of 1979. Barry resided in South China for the past seven years and previously in Rhode Island.

He was a US Navy veteran, held the rank of ASM3 and served on the USS Nimitz.

Barry was a small engine mechanic and worked at Bryan’s Lawn Mower Service for many years until having to retire due to ill health.

Barry took great pride in taking care of his wife Jodi. Blessed to have a beautiful grand baby. He also enjoyed being a homebody and puttering around his home. He loved yard work, snow blowing and listening to music. He was an avid New England sports fan especially the New England Patriots. He was a former member of the American Legion Post #43, in Rhode Island.

Barry is survived by his wife, Jodi; son Barry C.B. Blackinton II and his wife Kexuan, of North Carolina; his granddaughter Bethany Blackinton; a niece, and a nephew.

In addition to his mother and father, Barry was predeceased by his siblings Bruce Blackinton, Beth Lourenco and Bonnie O’Keefe.

A graveside service with military honors will be in Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mount Vernon Road, Augusta, in May 2023, day to be announced.

Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral home, 1 Church St., Augusta, where condolences and memories may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the funeral home website by visiting www.khrfuneralhomes.com.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, January 26, 2023

CRAIG L. CROMMETT

CLINTON – Craig L. Crommett, 74, of Clinton, passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2023. Craig was born in the winter of 1948 and grew up in Mt. Vernon, enjoying life on Echo Lake.

He joined the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. After his honorable discharge he held many jobs before deciding on a career as a long-haul trucker. He traveled all the major routes from Maine to Florida to California. He could handle a big rig in any kind of weather conditions. Craig was a Master Maine Guide, guiding hunting and fishing trips and had an amazing sense of direction, deep in the woods or on old dirt roads.

Craig raised many hunting dogs, but his favorites were his Irish Jack Russell house pets. He coon hunted with a dear friend and together they made it to the World Coon Hunt. After Craig’s wife of 37 years, Ruth (Perkins) passed away he married Vicki (Hendsbee) who lost her husband of 37 years. Together they enjoyed motorcycling, four-wheeling, bowling on a league, golfing and Craig’s passion, bass fishing.

Craig was a member of the Somerset Bass Masters and fished numerable tournaments with some wonderful friends and co-anglers. His most memorable was the Toyota Bass Classic, in Tennessee.

Craig is survived by his wife, Vicki; his daughter Lisa Kiniklis (Will); his son Craig S Crommett (Amy); his step-son Adam Hendsbee (Rachel); granddaughters Hannah Crommett, Leigha Crommett and Elizabeth Crommett; his grandsons, Max Kiniklis and Theo Kiniklis; step-grandson Gunnar Hendsbee; sister Patricia Mason (Mike); sister-in-law Lynn Dolloff; a nephew, nieces and some cousins.

Craig was predeceased by his parents, his wife Ruthy, and his brother David.

As per his wishes there will be no funeral. His burial will be in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery, in Belgrade.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the New Beginnings Church of God, Building Fund, 392 Main Street, Waterville, Maine 04901, for a new Youth Group Building.

ELAINE W. BURTON

WATERVILLE – Elaine W. Burton, 90, passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2023, at North­ern Light Con­tinuing Care, in Waterville. Elaine was born on Feb­ruary 20, 1932, in Waterville, to Everett Watson and Alys (Luce) Watson.

She graduated from Williams High, in Oakland, in 1950. During her high school years she was active in the orchestra and choral groups, and learned to play the piano. Some years later she gave piano lessons, in her home, to many local students. Following high school graduation she completed one year of nurses training in Portland, returning home in 1951 to marry Richard N. Burton and began raising their family.

Elaine was involved in leadership of the 4-H Club, in Sidney, she was a member of Eastern Star and on the advisory board for the International Order of Rainbow Girls. She tended large vegetable gardens, and as a result, produced jellies, jams, applesauce and many other goodies for family and friends. She also raised beautiful flower beds every summer with the Oakland Baptist Church and Alden’s Camps being the recipients of her stunning dahlia and gladiola arrangements for many years.

While her children were in school, Elaine completed three years of college and then became a substitute teacher for SAD #47 (RSU #18) which eventually led to her role as a Title I tutor at the James H. Bean School, in Sidney, for many years. During these years she continued to pursue her passion of music while singing in the choir at the Oakland Baptist Church and with the Colby Community Chorale under the direction of Paul Machlin.

In 1996 she retired and went on the trip of a lifetime to Australia and New Zealand with her sister Gail and brother-in-law Lester Smith, surviving a flood while there. She spent many summers traveling to Lexington Township in her camper where she enjoyed spending time around the campfire with her family and friends. She also made numerous trips to Florida with her daughter Melissa Finnimore and her family where she developed a love for all things Snow White.

In 1999, she was accompanied by her grandchildren Jacob, Jessica, Jonathan and other family members to ring in the new millennium at Disney World.

Elaine was an avid reader and belonged to a women’s book club for many years. An additional hobby was creating baby afghans. She started making these with the arrival of her first grandchild, Jonathan Finnimore, over 50 years ago. Around 300 babies have been wrapped in “Nana’s” love over the years as they were blessed by her baby afghans. She was also very passionate about feeding and caring for a wide assortment of birds who kept her entertained while they visited her many feeders. As a result of some of her travels, she became an avid collector of bells.

In 2017, Elaine became a member of Faith Evangelical Free Church, in Waterville. In September 2018 she was baptized in Snow Pond with her son Mark and daughter-in-law Nancy Burton. She attended many Bible studies with the Amazing Gray’s during the past five years. Her faith and love of the Lord was strong. Her favorite verse was Psalm 121:1-2 and favorite quote “The heart of the matter is the heart.”

Elaine was predeceased by her parents, her husband Richard, her son Matthew and daughter Maureen.

Elaine is survived by her daughter Melissa Finnimore and husband Karl; son Mark Burton and wife Nancy; four grandchildren, Jonathan Finnimore, Jason Finnimore, Jacob Burton and Jessica Marden and six great-grandchildren, Ethan, Andrew, Elijah, Adam, Fynn and Everett; her sister Gail Smith and husband Lester; as well as many nieces, and nephews.

There will be a private graveside service for the family at a later date this spring.

Arrangements are under the care of Wheeler Funeral Home, where condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at http://www.lawrybrothers.com.

Donations in Elaine’s name may be made to MaineGeneral Hospice at 35 Medical Center Parkway, Augusta, Maine 04330-8067, or to National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.

DORIS L. PHILLIPS

OAKLAND – Doris Luce Phillips, 98, of Oakland, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2023. Doris was born on June 10, 1924, to Olivia and Clyde Luce, in Oakland.

She graduated from Oakland schools. She met Basil Phillips and they wed on June 29, 1946. They went on to have one daughter, Nancy Phillips LaCombe. When Doris had Nancy, she decided to dedicate her life to being a fantastic and wonderful mother, as well as grandmother. She also took care of her two grandchildren and even great-grandson when he was born. She also took care of many relatives and their children as well throughout the years.

Doris also sold Avon for many years and prided herself on being one of the oldest to do so. She also enjoyed Eastern Star meetings later in life. Doris was passionate about shopping, traveling until she wasn’t able to, making her beloved bracelets for friends and family, and watching the New England Patriots. She was always ready for her weekly shopping trips, going out to eat and, of course, getting her scratch tickets. Most anyone who met her, would instantly call her “Gram.” She lived a full life and had fun doing so. We will miss her greatly.

Doris was predeceased by her husband, Basil Phillips, four brothers, one sister and one grandson-in-law Tavis Caron.

She is survived by her daughter Nancy Phillips LaCombe, son-in-law Milton LaCombe; granddaughters Sarah LaCombe (Gabe Martin) and Nicole LaCombe; great -grandson Matthew Martin; one brother Floyd Luce (Cookie Luce); one sister Mary Luce (Cameron and Alexis); sisters-in-law, Clarita Luce and Gloria Luce; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are in the care of Wheeler Funeral Home, 26 Church Street, Oakland, where condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at http://www.lawrybrothers.com.

BEVERLY L. KELLEY

ALBION – Beverly Lynne Sawyer Kelley, 82, better known as “Gram”, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2023. Beverly was born on March 17, 1940, the daughter of the late Norman Sawyer and Phyllis (York) Pratt.

Gram learned how to farm at a young age, developing a deep love for animals that would continue through her entire life. She graduated from Penacook High School and spent her summers at the fairs, where she would meet the love of her life, David Kelley, and they married on March 18, 1961.

She was a hairdresser for nearly 50 years at Penny’s Hairstyles and “Personali-Tease”, in Waterville. Gram had an enormous heart for her community and welcomed anyone, never turning a stranger away. Her work day did not begin or end at the salon. You would often hear her say, “Every day is a great day” and “work isn’t a bad word.”

Gram was a regular in her local church, 4-H Club, and Maine fair circuit, with much love for her huge “fair family”. You could always find her watching her grandchildren doing whatever they loved, whatever they were doing, wherever they were. She really hated to miss one event. She worked 34 years alongside her family in the New Hampshire Building at Eastern State Exposition in Springfield, Massachusetts. If you know Gram, you know her love for basketball. Gram was a parent, coach, and huge fan of her Lawrence Bulldogs, in Fairfield; never missing a game!

Beverly was a faithful friend, sister, aunt, amazing mother, and most of all “Gram” to everyone that had the honor of knowing her. Her service to children, the less fortunate, and her entire community was remarkable. This world would be a better place if everyone had a little Gram in them. Turn your ear to the heavens and you will hear God saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant, welcome home.”

Gram was predeceased by her husband, David Kelley, daughter-in-law, Mary Kelley, great grandson Noah Blye, brothers-in-law, George Sweatt and Dean Kelley; and nephew, Scott Sweatt.

She is survived by her six children, Lynne Blye (Bruce), Karey Kelley, Kristen Wescott (Scott), Keith Kelley (Debbie), Kern Kelley (Michaela), and Katrina Dumont (Rick); 13 grandchildren, Katie Gerow (Dustin), Ricky Blye (Hattie), Jesse Kelley (Meg), Kelley Wescott (Lucas Paradis), Kolby and Karlee Wescott, Kaiden and Kasen Kelley, Derick Dumont (Raeghan Moody), Lexie, Lizie and Drake Dumont; great grandchildren, Chandler and Colton Gerow, and Bowen and Brock Blye; her sisters Penny Sweatt and Willie Grenier (Mike), nephews Daren and Brian Sweatt (Belinda), Jared Grenier (Samantha); nieces Jennifer Buck (Jason) and Ariel Grenier; and many great-nieces and -nephews.

A Celebration of life will be held on Sunday, January 29, at 2 p.m., at China Baptist Church, 36 Causeway Road, China, Maine, 04358, with an ice-cream social to follow.
Fond memories may be shared at http://www.VeilleuxFuneralHome.com

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

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choice that benefits children or animals in need.

JEANNETTE B. BOURGOIN

WINSLOW – Jeannette B. Bourgoin, 95, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 12, 2023, while a resident of Northern Light Continuing Care Lake­wood, following a period of declining health. She was born August 7, 1927, in Waterville, the daughter of John and Josephine Veilleux.

On July 4, 1947, Jeannette married Roland W. Bourgoin, her lifelong partner for 67 years until his passing in 2014. Jeannette and Roland raised a family that included three sons and a daughter. Family meant a lot to both of them.

She was first and foremost a homemaker although she did have occasional part time jobs as the years permitted. They included the American Heart Association and the Cystic Fibrosis Association. She also loved doing crafts for family and friends.

Upon retirement, Roland and Jeannette relocated to Wichita Falls, Texas, where they bought a house, made many new friends and got to spend more time with their children and their families who lived there. However, after a couple of years, they decided they really needed to be where their roots were and so returned to Maine.

In addition to her parents, Jeannette was predeceased by her husband, her daughter Jean (Bourgoin) Dierig and her youngest sibling, Lee Veilleux.

Immediate family survivors include sons John and wife Elaine, of Wichita Falls, Texas, Wayne and wife Carmen, of Winslow, Lee and wife Cheryl, of Wichita Falls; son-in-law Greg Dierig, also of Wichita Falls; grandchildren Aimee Bourgoin, of Waterville, Scott Bourgoin and wife Dawn Madore-Bourgoin, of Saco, Mark Bourgoin, of Waterville, Margo Bean-Garrett, of Danielsville, Georgia, Brandon Dolley and wife Alisha, of Wichita Falls, Texas, Cory Bourgoin and Ryan Bourgoin, both of Wichita Falls, Texas; great-grandchildren include Madeline, Isaac, Liam and Sonny Garrett, of Danielsville, Georgia, Noah Bourgoin, of Waterville, Cohen Bourgoin, of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Korbyn Dolley also of Wichita Falls, Texas; brothers Roland Veilleux, of Skowhegan, Lucian Veilleux and wife Glennis, of Waterville; and her sister, Vernette (Veilleux) Dechaine and husband Roland, of Pittsfield; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In accordance with Jeannette’s wishes, there will be no visiting hours.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Notre Dame Catholic Church, on Silver Street, in Waterville, on Saturday, January 21.

Interment was subsequently held at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, in Augusta.

Arrangements are under the care of Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home, please visit http://www.VeilleuxFuneralHome.com to share your condolences and memories with Jeannette’s family.

JOSEPH GIRARD

WINSLOW – Joseph Giarad, 87, unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2023, while vacationing in Florida with his wife Sylvia. Born Edward Joseph Girard on May 19, 1935, to Cyril Girard and Eleanor Denis, he was raised by his grandparents Octave and Mary-Anne Girard.

He grew up in Winslow and attended St. John the Baptist Catholic School and graduated from Winslow high school in 1952. He then attended Thomas College, in Waterville, and graduated in 1954.

After graduating from Thomas College he enlisted in the U.S Army and served at Fort Dix, New Jersey, until his honorable discharge in 1956. Joe then served in the Maine National Guard.

In 1956 he married Sylvia Brochu and was happily married for 34 years until her passing in 1990. They had three children together.

After his time in the army he went to work at Waterville Savings Bank in 1957 and became their first branch manager in Pittsfield in 1971. While in Pittsfield he was an active member of the Kiwanis and the Knights of Columbus, he also became a proud member of the muzzle loaders of Maine. In 1991 he married Eleanor MacDonald and spent 15 years together until her passing in 2006. In 2010 he married Sylvia Taylor, of Albion.

Since a young age he enjoyed hunting, fly fishing, canoeing, and archery. A man of many talents, these are just a few of the hobbies he enjoyed very much; woodworking, leather crafts, and making his own bows and arrows. Later in life he still enjoyed archery and was a member of Traditional Archers of Maine, going out to dinner with his family and spending time with family and friends. Always an active man enjoyed going out dancing weekly with his wife Sylvia. To most she went by Tobey.

He was predeceased by his brother Lawrence Girard in 2017 and a granddaughter Maranatha King in 2019.

He is survived by his wife Sylvia of 13 years; sons Peter Girard, of Winslow, Paul and wife Mary Girard, of Pittsfield; a daughter Lisa and husband Paul Turcotte, of Oakland; granddaughter Penny-lane King, of Bangor; granddaughter Stephanie Plante and partner Nate, of Bangor; grandsons Jacob Plante and partner Sandy, of Waterville, Joseph Girard, of Pittsfield; great grandchildren, Jasmine Roy, of Connecticut, Jacoby and Sophie, of Waterville; sister Gloria and husband Clifford Herbert; and several nieces and nephews.

DANA P. CHESLEY

CLINTON – Dana P. Chesley, 75, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 12, 2023. He was born on Oct­ober 20, 1947, in Clinton, the son of Kenneth and Jeanette Chesley.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with family around a campfire and grill. Before the passing of his brothers, you would find them playing a competitive game of cribbage. The past 11 years Dana spent his time working at Clinton Variety in Bottle Redemption. He was very well known and liked by the community.

Dana was predeceased by his parents and in-laws Cecil and Maude Lee, brothers, Kenneth, David, and Harvey, as well as son, Michael Killam II, and one grandson.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Chesley; daughters Cyndie and her husband Durwood Dugans, Jill and her husband Tim Dojnia, Lynn and her husband Aaron Chapman; and sons Jason Chesley, and Calvin Killam and his wife Penny; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

No funeral or burial is planned at this time. A celebration of life was held on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at the Town and Country Trail Riders Snowmobile Club, 35 Clubhouse Rd, Clinton, Maine.

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 http://www.lawrybrothers.com.

ESTHER V. WHITEMAN

WATERVILLE – Esther Virginia Whiteman Hill passed away on Friday, January 13, 2023. Esther was born in Lonaconing, Maryland.

Esther was the wife of the late Rev. George Paul Hill.

After high school she attended Zion Bible College, in Providence, Rhode Island, where she met her future husband, Paul. Together they ministered in New York, Connecticut, Missouri and Maine. Their last pastorate was in Readfield.

Esther is survived by three sons and their families, George Hill and his wife Sabrina of Duncan, South Carolina, and their children Alisha and her husband Robbie, and their children Ian and William and grandson Austin and his wife Dominique and their children Creighton and Annabelle; James Hill and his wife Susan and their daughter Claire of Greer, South Carolina, David Hill and his wife Penny, of Sidney, and their daughters, Candice and Jamie and granddaughter Malarie; brother Glenn Whiteman and his wife Nellie and brother Stan Whiteman.

Esther was predeceased by great-grandson Dylan.

Esther will be taken to Connecticut to be laid to rest with her husband.

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

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at http://www.VeilleuxFuneralHome.com for the Hill family.

LUCILLE WINSLOW

WATERVILLE – Lucille Winslow, 95, passed away on Monday, January 16, 2023, of natural causes, at Lakewood Continuing Care, in Waterville.

Lucille was the only child of Albert J. and Egline Quirion.

She was raised and attended public schools in Winslow, becoming lead drum majorette in high school as well as prom queen. She was a member of the class of 1946.

It was in high school that she met Jim Winslow. They were married in 1946.

Lucille was ever active. She was a master seamstress and knitter. She enjoyed cooking, especially at the holidays. Her appetizer biscuits with bleu cheese barely made it out of the oven before the family started in on them. She worked at Butlers Department Store, in Waterville. Later, Lucille worked at Northeast Laboratories, in Winslow, for over 30 years, becoming head of Quality Control. Lu enjoyed attending all three grandchildren’s events over the years. She adored being their Nana.

Lucille was predeceased by her parents, Albert J. and Egline Quirion; her husband Jimmy Winslow; her daughter-in-law Betty Winslow; and her grandson, Chris Winslow.

She leaves behind, to continue her legacy: Rosemary J. Winslow, of Waterville, and her wife Jody Rich, Dana Winslow, of Hallowell, Brian Winslow, of Ware, Massachusetts, and Kelly Winslow, of Winslow, his wife Jennifer, and their two adult children Mackenzie and Cameron.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Baptist Church, 16 Monument St., in Winslow, on Tuesday, January 31, at 10 a.m. Interment will be at St. Francis Cemetery, in Waterville, held later in the spring.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at http://www.VeilleuxFuneralHome.com for the Winslow family.

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

In lieu of flowers, Lucille asked that donations be made to the Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Rd., in Waterville, Maine 04901.

DARLENE E. MARQUETTE

WINDSOR—Darlene E. Marquette, 62, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, following a long illness. She was born on September 14, 1960, a daughter of Albert Maskell and Doreen (Lord) Perkins.

Darlene grew up in both New Hampshire and Maine, and loved being a mother to her sons, Mark, Tim, and James. She later settled in Windsor and worked at Country Manor, in Coopers Mills, as a cook for many years. In September of 2006, she was married to Daniel Marquette.

Darlene was an animal lover: her fur babies included Izzy, Annie, Rosa, Brody, and May. She enjoyed having dogs, cats, birds and even horses to care for throughout the years. Above all, she loved spending time with family, particularly her grandchildren. She will be remembered as strong-willed, generous, and undoubtedly, one of a kind.

She is survived by her husband, Daniel Marquette; her sons, Mark Chambers and his wife Lauri, Tim Chambers and his wife Jaimie, James Longmire and his partner Kelsey Libold; and step-son Andre Marquette; grandchildren, Benjamin, Megan, Matthew, Jacob, Tim, Alex, Chevvey, Damien, Aaleah, Brianna, Allie and Gunner; siblings, Tina Nadeau, Regina Adjutant, Bob Maskell, Tony Maskell, Donald Perkins, Rebecca Post, and Diane Marston; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, and a sister, Jolene Maskell-Stevens.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 19, 2023, at 1 p.m., at the John C. Shirley Cemetery, on Berry Rd., in New Durham, New Hampshire.

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

Condolences, stories and photos may be shared by visiting www.plummerfh.com.

SEAN W. KIERNAN

SIDNEY – Sean William Kiernan, 51, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. He was born on November 5, 1971, a son of Edward and Judith (Haberern) Kiernan.

Sean grew up in Massachusetts and as a teenager moved to Maine with his family and graduated from Gardiner Area High School, in the class of 1989. Following graduation, he attended college at Northeastern University, in Boston, Massachusetts. Sean worked in the food and beverage industry for most of his career and spent five years working for Mainehealth.

On September 27, 2003, he married Kathleen Logan. Together, they raised two sons, Aidan and Connor, who were his pride and joy. Sean attended all of their sporting events and supported all of their endeavors. He enjoyed fishing, boating, cooking and was an avid reader. Sean will be remembered for his infectious laugh and his love for his family.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Kiernan, of Sidney; his sons, Aidan Kiernan and Connor Kiernan, of Sidney; his parents, Edward and Judith Kiernan, of Massachusetts; his siblings, Tammy Kiernan, of Connecticut, and Christopher Kiernan, of Massachusetts; his mother- and father-in-law, Joyce and William M. Logan; sister-in-law, Erin Murphy and her husband Jim, and brother-in-law, William P. Logan and his wife Jamie; nephews, Patrick Murphy and Bill Logan; and niece, Kathryn Murphy; aunts and uncles, William Kiernan and his wife Barbara, of Connecticut, Richard Kiernan and his wife Debbie ,of South Carolina, Richard Haberern and his wife Nora, of Colorado, Michelle Nelson and her husband James, of Oregon, and Mary Logan, of Augusta.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, January 25, at Pummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, Maine, 04330. Interment will take place in the spring.

Condolences, stories, or photos may be shared by visiting http://www.plummerfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Sean’s name may be made to: Kick Drugs Out of Maine, C/O United Martial Arts Academies, 141 Riverside Dr., Augusta, ME 04330 which helps support scholarships for children in need; or RSU #18, C/O Abby Violet, 41 Heath St., Oakland, ME 04963, where a scholarship will be awarded to a Messalonskee High School student who is overcoming an educational or life challenge.

SISTER CLAIRE LABBEE

WATERVILLE – Sister Claire Labbee, 88, formerly known as Sr. Thérèse d’Avila, died on Friday, January 20, 2023, at Mount Joseph, Waterville, following a brief illness. She was in her 68th year as a Sister of St. Joseph of Lyon.

Claire was born on August 27, 1934, in Jay, the daughter of Donat and Emelda Samson Labbee and the youngest of seven children. She attended St. Rose of Lima school in Chisholm and the Academy of St. Joseph in South Berwick, graduating in 1952. She earned a BA in Math and Science from Lamennais College, in Alfred, in 1962 and later, a master’s degree in Education from Boston College in 1975.

She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon in 1953 and made her first vows on August 15, 1955. Sister Claire taught at Holy Family School, Lewiston, Sacred Heart School, Auburn, the Academy of St. Joseph, South Berwick, and Mount Merici School, Waterville. After receiving her master’s degree, she served as Religious Education Coordinator at St. Louis Parish, Auburn. She was in leadership from 1977-1987 as Provincial of the Sisters in Maine and on the Provincial Team from 1993-1999 and again from 2005-2011. Certified in Clinical Pastoral Education from Andover Newton Theological School, she then ministered as a chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital, in Lewiston, and Mount St. Joseph Nursing Home, in Waterville. There, she founded the Mission and Pastoral Care Department. She retired from the Mount in 2007. In her retirement she visited and prayed with other residents as well as staff at the Mount and was the primary author of a book of one-page biographies of every Sister of St. Joseph who has served in Maine over their 115 year history.

Sr. Claire was generous in her appreciation of those around her and unafraid to speak out if she believed something was wrong. She always advocated for the employees wherever she worked and sought to include the workers’ voice in any decisions.

She was predeceased by her parents, her sister Evelina Caron, and her brothers Rosaire, Emile, Fernand, and Leo.

She is survived by the Sisters of St. Joseph, with whom she shared life and ministry; her brother Rene, with whom she spoke by phone every evening; and many beloved nieces, nephews, their spouses, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; along with many friends and former coworkers with whom she stayed in touch.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, January 25, at Notre Dame Church, in Waterville.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations for the mission of the sisters may be made to the Sisters of Saint Joseph and mailed to 80 Garland, Road, Winslow ME 04901.

ERNEST D. WHITE

SIDNEY – Ernest Daniel White, 79, of Sidney, passed away Friday morning, January 20, 2023, at his residence, following an illness. He was born in Waterville, on March 24, 1943, the son of Mary and Ernest White.

He graduated from Waterville High School and worked at the Waterville Morning Sentinel for 37 years. He was a lifelong member of the Waterville Elks Lodge #905. Following retirement, he worked odd jobs which kept him busy, active, and fit. He was a volunteer at the Sidney Food Bank.

Ernie was an avid outdoors enthusiast who enjoyed hiking, fishing, and hunting. In his later years, he relished his wintertime in Florida.

Ernie adored his family and spent as much time with them as possible. His unique sense of humor and kindness made him a gift to all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce White, who passed away 30 years ago.

He is survived by his son, Dan White and wife Erica, of Jefferson; daughter, Margo White and husband Andrew, of Rockport, Massachusetts; his longtime partner, Deanna Bard, of Sidney; grandchildren, Olivia Howe, Sam Howe, Basel White, and Ava White; his siblings, Herbie White, Daphney Fletcher, Jo McGuire, and Maryanne White.

Friends and family may call on Friday, January 27, from 4 – 7 p.m., at Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville, Maine. The celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 28, at Gallant Funeral Home, at 11 a.m.

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

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

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Sidney Food Bank.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, January 19, 2023

ERNEST OUELLETTE JR.

SIDNEY- Ernest “Ernie” Ouellette Jr., 87, passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2022, at Maine­General Med­ical Center, following a brief illness. Ernie was born February 6, 1935, in Madawaska.

He was the husband to Rena (Michaud) Ouellette with whom he shared 64 years of marriage.

He was a graduate of Madawaska High School, class of 1953, before joining the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served during the Korean conflict and achieved the rank of sergeant.

Ernie’s true devotion was spending time with his family. He especially treasured the time he spent with his grandchildren. He was a talented carpenter, skilled at remodeling churches, building homes and creating beautiful cabinetry and furniture. He began doing carpentry with his dad at the age of nine. He also enjoyed caring for his vegetable and flower gardens.

In addition to his wife Rena, Ernie is survived by his children Gary (Cheryl) Ouellette, of Sidney, Karen Ouellette, of Lewiston, Janice (Roger) Plante, of Wales, Tracy (Boyd) Snowden, of Sidney, and Donna (Kurt) Foster, of Fairfield; eight grandchildren Amy Ouellette (Matthew) Emery, James (Felicity) Ouellette, Erin Plante (Nate) Rolston, Matthew Plante, Brady Snowden, Payton Snowden, Meaghan Foster (Lucas Cortes) and Brett Foster; five great-grandchildren, Elliott, Collin and Ryan Rolston, and Deacon and Drew Ouellette; sister Lorraine Lippert, of Minnesota; brothers Ray Ouellette, Lee Ouellette, and John Ouellette, all of Lewiston; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ernie was predeceased by his sister and brother-in-law Geri and Fred LaPointe and his brother Gerald Ouellette.

His Funeral Mass was celebrated in Saint Augustine’s Catholic Church, in Augusta. Interment with military honors followed at the New Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mount Vernon Road, Augusta, Chapel. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.

Arrangements are in the care of the Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, 1 Church Street, Augusta where condolences and memories may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the funeral home website http://www.khrfuneralhomes.com.

In lieu of flowers donations in Ernie’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.

GERARD A. VACHON

WATERVILLE – Gerard A. Vachon, “Jerry”, 66, passed away on Monday, January 2, 2023, in Waterville, due to respiratory failure. He was born in Augusta, on Dec. 4, 1956, the son of the late Armand and Madeline (Veilleux) Vachon.

He graduated from Cony High School, in Augusta, in 1975, and from Central Beauty School in 1980. He owned J’ Hairs and worked at Haircut 100 and The Hair Company.

He is survived by his sisters, Elaine (Roger) Albert, of Lewiston, and Del (Peter) Pelletier, of Florida; his son Nathan Michaud; grandchildren Madeline, Rylee, Bella and Brady; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at St. Augustine Catholic Church, in Augusta, on January 16, 2023.

Condolences may be expressed at http://www.funeralalternatives.net and www,facebook.com/FALewiston.

LUCILLE I. THIBODEAU

FAIRFIELD – Lucille Irene Thibodeau, 69, of Fairfield, passed on the morning of Wednesday, January 11, 2023, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born Febuary 26, 1953, in Waterville, the daughter of Douglas Davis and Cecile (Tingley) Kiely.

She graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, class of 1971. She received her associate degree in accounting from Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC), in Fairfield.

She married Stephen A. Thibodeau on March 5, 1983.

For many years, she worked for the state of Maine as an Insurance Coordinator.

Lucy loved her games! Especially Beano, Scrabble, and Gin rummy. You could find her on any given day picking out clothes. She could “shop ‘til you drop!” Lucy was a phenomenal cook, known for her hearty meals and perfect timing to get a hot plate on the table. She was an incredibly talented baker, able to make specialized cakes right from the comfort of her blueberry kitchen! In addition to her love of Elvis and some good ole country music, she knew how to throw one great party!

Lucy is survived by her husband, Stephen A. Thibodeau, of Fairfield; three daughters; Kami Maheu, of Florida, Kathy Alley, of Fairfield, and Janneen King, and her husband James, of Washington State; two sisters; Rhonda Levine, of Waterville, and Colleen Willette Rezendes, of New Hampshire; three brothers, Douglas Davis, of Benton, Gilbert Willette and his wife Kathleen, of New Hampshire, David Davis and his wife Jill, of Clinton; five grandchildren, Savanna Fasulo and her husband Takashi, Makayla Alley, Hunter Mercier, Kennedy and James King; two great-grandchildren, Grant and Joanna; stepmother Gail Davis, of Fairfield; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her mother and father, stepfather, Joseph Willette, and brother, Greg Davis.

A celebration of life was held on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at the V.F.W., 246 Main Street, 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 http://www.lawrybrothers.com.

KENNETH R. FREEMAN

WHITEFIELD – Kenneth R. Freeman, 86, of Whitefield, died Thursday, January 12, 2023, at his home. He was born in Augusta on January 14, 1936, the son of Edward and Lena (Bradley) Freeman.

Ken worked at the MaineGeneral Medical Center, Gardiner, for over 40 years as a maintenance worker and boiler operator. He loved the outdoors, working in the woods cutting and splitting wood and selling it, along with mowing the lawn and he was very picky about how his yard looked. If Ken wasn’t in the woods or his yard, he was in his wood shop making bird houses and other things, and he also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a family guy and enjoyed attending family gatherings. Ken was a loving caring husband, father, grandfather, and brother and will be missed by all.

He was predeceased by his parents; son Kenneth R. Freeman, Jr., and two brothers Edward and Robert Freeman.

Ken is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy “Dot” Freeman; three children Katherine Freeman, Nancy Jacques and husband Charles, Steve Freeman and partner Heather Mundle; four brothers; six sisters; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

To honor Ken’s wishes, there will be no services.

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, http://www.staplesfuneralhome.com.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, January 12, 2023

PAUL J. LEVASSEUR SR.

BENTON – Paul J. Levasseur Sr., 76, of Benton, passed away on Monday, December 26, 2022. Paul was born to Edmond C. Levasseur and Antoinette Roy Levasseur, on October 10, 1946, in Waterville.

Paul grew up in Winslow where he also attended school. Paul honorably served in the United States Army from 1966 – 1968.

During Paul’s break he married his best friend and high school sweetheart Camellia S. Thibodeau Levasseur, on September 4, 1967.

Paul enjoyed spending time with his family, however Paul loved nothing more than each grandchild and great-grandchild from the second they were born. He enjoyed the outdoors from campfires, gardening, cutting wood and making maple syrup where he taught his children many trades. Paul loved his sweets, and he loved to feed them to all the children when they walked through the door. He also loved sitting in the screenhouse watching the birds that came to the many bird feeders. Last but not least, Paul loved serving the Lord; and if he could leave a last message to you, it would be to follow Jesus and receive him as your Lord and Savior.

He was predeceased by his baby girl Lisa M. Levasseur; parents Edmond and Antoinette Levasseur; brothers and sisters Conrad Levasseur, Lucille and Jerry Gagnon, Jeanne Rodrigue, Anne and Charlie Merrill, James Levasseur, Marie Levasseur, Donald Levasseur, Phil Levasseur, Mike Levasseur, James Thibodeau, and Joseph Thibodeau III.

Paul is survived by his wife Camellia S. Levasseur; their children and their spouses Paul Jr. and Melissa Levasseur, Scott A. and Tiffany Levasseur, Dwayne Levasseur, Derek and Ashley Levasseur, Donald and Dori Sheets; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Ron and Nicole (Sophia and Madelynn) Miller, Paul III and Kristen (Coraline and Penelope) Levasseur, Kyle and Samantha (Gage, Mykalia, Alivia and Elsie) Metcalf, Katrina Pirtel and Joe (Payton) Nadeau, Brianna Bowring, Anthony and Aneasa (Jayla, Lucas and Everett) Levasseur, Casey and Vinisha Levasseur, Benjamin and Sarah (Michelle) Levasseur, Brice Edgerly, Nathan Levasseur, Isaac and Alexis (Abigail) Manley, Jacob and Maranda (Lucas and Noah) Applebee, Colton Levasseur, Bella O’Brien, Joe Buker and Lisa Levasseur and his grandchild to be (Ellie Mae), Hunter Levasseur, Dakota Sheets, Adonya Sheets; brothers and sisters, Albert Roderique, June Day, Claire Paron, Lorraine Levasseur, Janice and Alan Beane, Arthur and Joy Thibodeau, Gisele Thibodeau, Ginger Levasseur; and many more family members.

A Celebration of Life was held at Living Water Church, Oakland, on January 7.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Living Water Community Church.

FREDERICK J. RUDER

WATERVILLE – Frederick Joseph Ruder, 75, died on Thursday, December 29, 2022.

Frederick lived in many places around the world as a child, and in adulthood eventually settled in Maine.

In 1972 Frederick opened The Sign of the Sun, in Waterville, thus establishing long lasting deep roots in the Waterville area. Sign of the Sun was not only an occupation for Frederick, but also a passion that brought together his skills of artistry, community, and entrepreneurship for 49 years. Frederick will also be remembered for his sense of humor, his eclectic collections, and his love of reading.

Frederick is survived by his wife Lisa; children Nathaniel Ruder (Janalyn), Teague Ruder (Liz), Elsbeth Ebenhoe (Marcus), Maggie Ruder (Paul Dickover); his 11 grandchildren; and his brother Steve (Vicki).

In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Alfond Youth and Community Center.

KRISTIN E. FRENCH

WATERVILLE – Kristin Ellen French, 38, of Waterville, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, following a brief illness.

Kristin graduated from Messalonskee High School, in Oakland. She loved cooking and baking cakes. She created beautiful needlework crafts including exquisite lace. Kristin was an avid reader who cherished her Bible. She enjoyed watching movies with her son, phone calls with her granddaughters and doing adult coloring books with her daughter.

Her survivors include her children Hannah Owens and Allen “A.J.” Albert, Jr.; granddaughters Amiya Owens and Layla Arbour; her mother Kelly Lessard, stepfather Raymond “Tuffy” Brickett; grandmother Gail Alexander French; and sisters Carol Brickett Bickford and Rae-Anne Marie. Kristin is also survived by Hal Stratton, Sr. who was a father figure to her for the last 15 years; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Kristin was predeceased by her father, Dennis Hutchings Jr.; grandparents Georgie Gagne, Dennis Hutchings Sr., Frederick French Sr., Amy Bezanson Brickett and Edward Brickett; and brother Peter Brickett.

A celebration of Kristin’s life was held on January 7, 2023, at the Bessey Building, 22 Main Street, Albion.

STEVEN S. GOGAN

SHAWMUT – Steven Stanley Gogan, 65, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2022.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., on Saturday, January 14, at the Fairfield United Methodist Church , Rt. 201, in Fairfield.

Please visit http://www.lawrybrothers.com where memories may be shared, a full obituary viewed, and an online register book signed.

CHARLIE A. MEANS JR.

WATERVILLE – Charlie A. Means Jr., 101, passed away at Mount Saint Joseph, in Waterville, on Saturday December 31, 2022. Charlie was born to Charlie Sr. and Eunice (Reynolds) Means at the family homestead in Unity Plantation in 1921.

Charlie and his sisters, Juanita and Gertrude, spent many happy hours together there. He learned many trades from his father such as blacksmithing, fixing wagons, wood cutting, farming, and gardening.

He attended the Unity Plantation School until his father became ill and was needed to help run the farm. Charlie met the love of his life, Dorothy Rawley while attending church. They were wed on December 15, 1951, and enjoyed many happy years together until her passing in 2017.

They began their life together in Waterville where they welcomed their children Cheryl and Charlie III. They moved to Winslow in 1960. He was employed for over 30 years at W.S. Pillsbury and Sons, in Waterville, doing sales, installation, and service of farm equipment until they closed in 1983. Next Charlie worked as a Correctional Officer in the Somerset County Correctional Facility, in Skowhegan, for 15 years.

Family time was important to Charlie, he loved taking trips to visit his family and exploring new places. Later he built a camp on East Pond, in Smithfield, with the help of his family to enjoy time with his children. There they enjoyed many family gatherings, going for boat rides, driving the boat for water skiing, and playing cards.

After retiring, Charlie and Dot enjoyed traveling with their camper and was proud to have visited all 50 states. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren watching them participate in sporting, school, and church events. Charlie also enjoyed doing puzzles, working on building projects and could figure out a way to fix almost anything.

Charlie was a very active member of Getchell Street Baptist Church for over 70 years. He taught Sunday School classes and served on the Property and Pulpit Committees. Charlie was honored to serve on the Diaconate Board as a Deacon, a role he held until he met the Lord face to face.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Dot; his son, Chuck; his sisters, Juanita Lanpher and Gertrude Ricker; and several other family members.

Charlie is survived by his daughter, Cheryl McInnis and her husband Dana; daughter- in-law. Tina Means; grandchildren, Craig McInnis and his wife Jennifer, Christopher McInnis and his wife Rachel, CariAnn Means; his great-grandchildren, Cameron, Jaelynn, Cora, Cobie and Charlie McInnis; brothers-in-law, Richard Rawley, David Rawley and his wife Marie; several other nieces, nephews, and their families.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m., on Sunday, January 8, at Getchell Street Baptist Church, 3 Getchell Street, Waterville.

Burial will be held 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 http://www.gallantfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charlie’s memory to Getchell Street Baptist Church, 3 Getchell St., Waterville, ME 04901 or a charity of your choice.

RICHARD B. STARKEY JR.

Richard Bert Starkey, Jr., 59, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2023. He was born October 25, 1963, to Richard B. and Virginia B. (Hearn) Starkey in Waterville, Maine.

He grew up in China, attending China Elementary School and Winslow High School. He was active in scouts, and played baseball, basketball and football. He was full of spirit, and played hard at life.

Richard joined the U.S.Air Force and served as a Munitions Systems Specialist for over nine years with assignments in Alaska, North Dakota, Florida, Korea, and Iraq.

After discharge Dick worked as a construction manager throughout Florida, the Caribbean and South America. While working in the Dominican Republic he met Patricia and they had two sons together.

When the job ended he lived in Florida until he got a call from home. His dad’s health began to fail quickly, so he came home to Maine to live with and help care for both parents. He worked as a handyman around the small town he had grown up in, renewing friendships and making more memories.

Following his dad’s passing, and his mom going into long-term care, Richard returned for a brief time to the Dominican Republic and his family there. Upon returning to Maine he worked for a time at VA Togus Hospital. His battle with alcohol and subsequent declining health made his last few years difficult. Never-the-less Dick was the helpful, playful neighbor at his apartment complex in Farmingdale where he was loved and will be remembered fondly.

In July 2022 he was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer, a battle he was not prepared for, but he fought anyway with whatever treatment he could get. He made it by a few hours into the new year.

Richard was predeceased by his parents, sister Lydia, and brother George.

Richard’s spirit lives on in his two sons, Richard and Danny and their mom, Patricia. He is also survived by siblings Edward and partner Mark Colonna, Sandra and husband Paul Keller, Heide and husband Charles Hotham and sister-in-law Dawn Starkey; nieces and nephews, Amy (and Jamie) Starkey, Nick Starkey, Anna, Aaron (and Sara), and Abby Keller, Summer and Grady Hotham as well as many cousins and great- nieces and great-nephews.

Richard was proud to be a veteran and grateful for the care he received at both the VA Togus as well as the VA Hospitals in Boston. In honor of Richard, find a veteran, make a way to show your appreciation for their service, and bring some joy into their life.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 14, 10 a.m., at the China Baptist Church, with Ron Morrell and Ed Hatch officiating. Family and friends are welcome to come to encourage each other and share memories at the reception to follow.

Burial will be at the Maine Veterans Cemetery at a later date.

JILL D. COLOMY

SIDNEY – Jill D. Colomy, 61, passed away peacefully at Bella Point Nursing Home, on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. She was born on August 3, 1961,, to Kenneth E. Colomy Sr. and the late Jacquelyn R. (Finnemore) Colomy.

Jill graduated from Cony High School, in Augusta, in 1979. She then went on to the University of Maine at Augusta, where she received her associates degree in accounting.

In her free time, she enjoyed going to the beach, riding her bike, and spending time with family and friends.

She was predeceased by her mother Jacquelyn Colomy; and her brother, Kenneth Colomy Jr.

Jill is survived by her son, Timothy Colomy; sisters, Karen O’Connor and husband Kevin, of Mt Vernon, Judy Colomy, of Augusta, Debra Colomy and her partner Ed, of Augusta; many nieces, and nephews.

A memorial service was held at Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, in Augusta, on Monday, January 9, at 7 p.m.

A private graveside service will take place at a later date.

Arrangements are in the care of the Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, 1 Church Street, Augusta where condolences and memories may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the funeral home website by visiting http://www.khrfuneralhomes.com.

ALPHONSE LePAGE

WINSLOW – Alphonse “Babe” LePage, 90, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2023. Babe was born to the late Victoria (Veilleux) and Alphonse LePage, Sr.

He attended Waterville schools. Babe was drafted to the U.S. Army and served his country from 1955-1957.

He married Theresa Thibodeau in 1953 and together they raised four children.

Babe started his masonry business, A. LePage & Sons Masonry in 1964 after learning the trade from other seasoned masons. He retired in the early ’90s at which time his sons took over the business. He loved checking on “the boys” to see how they were doing on their jobs. Babe was a very caring and generous man, often helping those less fortunate.

After retirement you could often find him tinkering in his garage or working on his woodpile. He enjoyed his Sunday rides to the coast, shopping at discount stores in town and having coffee with friends at McDonald’s. His favorite place to be was sitting on his swing at camp on Unity Pond or spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Theresa; children David (Beverly), of Burnham, Denis (Michelle), of Winslow, Daryl (Trish Crowell), of Winslow, and Melissa White (Markus), of Winslow; sisters Jeannette Boudreau, of Waterville, Pearl DeLong (Michael), of Florida, and brother, Raymond (Pauline Maxwell), of Waterville; sister-in-law, Georgette Dwan, of Florida; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, January 12, at 10 a.m., at St. John Catholic Church, in Winslow.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at http://www.VeilleuxFuneralHome.com for the LePage family.

Arrangement are under the care and direction of Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Corpus Christi Parish, 17 South Garand St., Winslow, ME 04901.

MARJORIE RODRIGUE

WATERVILLE – Marjorie Rodrigue, 87, passed away on Thursday January 5, 2023, at North­ern Light Con­tinuing Care, Lakewood, in Waterville, where she had been residing for a little over a year. Marjorie was born on March 10, 1935, the daughter of Joseph and Carmen (Vashon) LeBrasseur.

While she was educated in Waterville, she attended Sacred Heart Convent, in Jackman, for a short while in 1947.

She was a graduate of the Waterville High School class of 1953. On November 3, 1956, she married Louis Rodrigue and they were married for 53 years before he died on April 6, 2010.

They were blessed with their children Lee, Celeste, Kathy and Linda. She worked most of her adult life at Depositor’s Trust Co. and later Key Bank, both in Waterville, where she held various positions and titles, retiring in 1997.

Marjorie was recently described as having a tough exterior with a marshmallow heart. This is exemplified by her greatest love, being family and family events. She was her happiest when planning birthdays, holidays, especially Christmas, family gatherings such as the “annual lobster feed, going to “camp” on Webber Pond”, and other family events. In her younger days, Marjorie was a great seamstress and made lots of clothes for her three girls. Later in life, she developed a passion for basketmaking and did a great job at this. She loved to share her baskets with family and friends, usually as a gift and they would come filled with all kinds of goodies. She also spent her time reading, playing games on the computer and crocheting kitchen dish towels.

Marjorie was predeceased by her husband; her parents; her brothers Joseph “Junior”, Charles (and his wife Liette) and Robert.

She is survived by her children, Lee and wife, Corinna Rodrigue, Celeste and husband Joe Theriault, Kathy and husband Steve Francoeur, Linda and husband Joel Caron; grandchildren Danielle and husband Jesse Woods, Eric and wife Kristina Theriault and Stacey Francoeur; great-grandchildren Caden and Atley Woods, Olive and Emmitt Theriault; sister-in-law, Lauraly Lebrasseur, Gabriel Marquis, Claudette Starbird and brother-in-law, Gene Rodrigue and his wife Susan; along with several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Corpus Christi’s Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver St., Waterville, at 10 a.m., on Tuesday January 17, with burial in the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, in Waterville, later in the spring.

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 http://www.gallantfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, we would like to ask family and friends to feel free to donate in Marjorie’s memory to the Homeless Shelter, 19 Colby St., Waterville, ME 04901 or to a soup kitchen of their choice.

REMY J. PETTENGILL

CHINA – Rémy Joel Pettengill, 17, died unexpectedly Saturday, January 7, 202, at Maine Medical Center, in Portland. He was born in Waterville, on December 29, 2005, a son of Lee H. and Danielle C. (Morin) Pettengill.

Rémy was a student at Erskine Academy, in South China, class of 2024.

He had earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2019 and was a member of Troop #479, in China. Some of Rémy’s other proudest accomplishments included working at Pine Tree Camp, becoming both an American Red Cross Lifeguard and a BSA Lifeguard, assisting to coach his brother’s middle school track team, working at Camp Bomazeen, and volunteering with China Masonic Lodge #45. He was a member of the Erskine track team, National Honor Society, and the BSA Order of the Arrow – Madockawanda Lodge.

Rémy is survived by his parents, Lee and Danielle Pettengill, of South China; his two brothers: Aiden H. Pettengill and Bryson L. Pettengill, both of South China; maternal grandparents: Joel P. and Francine L. (Gagnon) Morin, of Madawaska; paternal grandparents: Arthur H. and Helen V. (Keany) Pettengill, of Chiefland, Florida; paternal uncle Luke (Trish) Pettengill, of Sharon, Vermont, as well as many extended family members and friends.

A gathering of family and friends (all are welcome!) will be held on Saturday, January 14, from 9 – 11 a.m., at Erskine Academy, 309 Windsor Rd., South China.

A Celebration of Life will follow at 11 a.m. The family asks that casual attire be worn with “crazy socks”. They also request that you bring a pair of socks for donation in Rémy’s honor to homeless shelters and veterans groups.

Arrangements are under the care of Plummer Funeral Home, Windsor Chapel, 983 Ridge Rd., Rt. 32, Windsor.

Condolences, stories and photos may be shared at www.plummerfh.com.

KERVIN L. PEABODY

WINDSOR – Kervin L. Peabody, 63, of Windsor, passed at his home, in Windsor, following a long illness. Kervin was born on October 18, 1959, in Augusta, the son of LuRoy Peabody and Carolyn Jackson.

He attended Gardiner school system.

Kervin was an over the road tractor-trailer driver for years. He loved working on vehicles such as mechanical work, restoration, including painting them. He loved sneaking off with his wife Nancy, heading up north to go camping, hunting, and sightseeing for the wildlife. Snowmobiling as well.

Kervin had a big heart and was a very generous guy. Helping anybody out, no matter what he was doing himself or who it was; even a total stranger. Kervin had the kind of personality he could get along with anyone. He loved joking, especially teasing his brothers. Most of all he thoroughly loved teasing his wife Nancy just as much!

Kervin was predeceased by his parents, father LuRoy Peabody and mother Carolyn Jackson, sisters Maida Peabody and Buffy Peabody, brothers Larry Peabody, and Ronnie Peabody.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years Nancy J. Peabody; children, sons Kervin Dowdy, Joseph Swift, Steve Peabody and Eric Peabody; daughter Andrea Veilleux; brother Bobby Peabody, sister Ina Cadwallader, brothers Mike Peabody, Shawn Peabody and Scott Peabody; sister Tammy Abbott; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring. Notice of celebration will be posted at a later date.

Condolences may be expressed at http://www.funeralalternatives.net.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, January 5, 2023

JOAN M. LARSEN

WINSLOW – Joan Marie Larsen, 77, died unexpectedly on Sunday, December 4, 2022, at Maine­General Medical Center, in Augusta. She was born May 31, 1945, in Waterville, the daughter of Henry J. Ber­geron and Vera Elve (Butler) Bergeron.

Joan graduated from Williams High School, in Oakland, class of 1964. She went on to take some college computer courses. In the mid-late 1960s, she worked for C. F. Hathaway Shirt Factory and the former Keyes Fibre (now Huhtamaki), in Waterville.

She married her best friend, Arthur N. Larsen, on September 28, 1968, cementing the phrase ‘Arthur and Joan’ in time. They were married for 50 years. Her life was all about her family. On top of always being there for them, she also worked with them, opening a gift store with her husband, Arthur, before their family business, the former Larsen’s Variety, in Fairfield. There, along with her two children, she welcomed every patron with a smile and friendly conversation, ready to cook them a meal from the store’s kitchen.

Joan cherished her children and grandchildren and loved spending time with them gathering to eat, taking day trips to meet up with them, and spending time on her son’s boat.

In addition to her mother, she was predeceased by her husband, Arthur; sister, Carol Bard, and her husband Emile, brother, Clifford Haynes, Jr.; son-in-law, Michael Stanley, Sr.; brothers-in-law, Dana Nelson, Allen Larsen, and Earl Shaw.

She is survived by her son Arthur B. Larsen and his wife Sheri, of Winslow, daughter, Melissa Stanley, of Fairfield; sisters, Linda Nelson, of Albion, and Evangeline Davidson and her husband Robert, of Waterville, sisters-in-law Shirley (Shaw) Huard, of Fairfield, and Joyce Larsen-Lord, of Waterville; seven grandchildren, Joshua Larsen, Samantha Stanley, Jacob Larsen, Michael Stanley, Jr., Shelby Stanley, Katelynn Larsen, and Caleb Larsen; many nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews.

A service of remembrance was held Thursday, December 29, 2022, at Gallant Funeral Home, on 10 Elm Street, Waterville, Maine. A private graveside service will be held in the spring.

A. ROBERT CASTONGUAY

WINSLOW – A. Robert “Bob” Castonguay, 97, formerly of 5 Lee Street, Winslow, died Thursday, December 8, 2022. in Rich­mond, Virginia. Bob was born April 18, 1925, in Waterville, son of the late Alfred and Bernice (Poulin) Castonguay.

A resident of Winslow for more than 82 years, Bob was an active communicant of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, and was employed by the General Services Administration and the Internal Revenue Service.

Bob cherished his time with family and friends, and was a devoted Grampy to his four grandchildren. Always on the go, Bob loved his “projects”, from building back yard playground sets for his grandchildren to helping out with home repairs and maintenance. Bob’s boundless energy and enthusiasm for projects were rooted in his love for the people in his life, in shared experiences and companionship.

Upon retiring in 1984, Bob became more active in wider community service that included assisting the elderly and the disabled. In March 1992, he was honored as a Local Winner of the Jefferson Awards for Outstanding Public Service, as one of the “Unsung Heroes” for his lifetime example of achievements and contributions through community and public service.

Bob served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a heavy machine gun squad leader in the European theater with the 20th Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division. He returned to active duty during the Korean conflict, serving with the 33rd Infantry Regiment. After his discharge, he served with several active Army Reserve Units, and as a Senior Instructor with the 417th Training Group 76th Division. Over his distinguished military career, Bob’s awards and decorations included the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, among others. Always ready to serve, Bob was an active life member of the MacCrillis-Rousseau Post #8835 VFW, in Winslow, and of the Bourque-Lanigan Post #5, American Legion, in Waterville.

In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by his wife Maude (Douglass) Castonguay, whom he married July 4, 1951.

He is survived by his brother, Kenneth Castonguay, of Redondo Beach, California; son David (Kathleen) Castonguay, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. and daughter Linda (Thomas) Nicholson, of Richmond, Virginia; grandchildren Benjamin (Erin) Nicholson, Emily Nicholson, Andrew (Jackie) Castonguay, and Samuel (MaryGrace) Castonguay; great-grandchildren (William, Fiona, James Nicholson); sisters-in-law Sandra Macklin (David), of Hampden, and Sally (Peter) Enman, of Bangor; and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family.

At his request, there will be no public visiting hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 26 Monument St., Winslow, at 10 a.m., on Monday, July 3, 2023, followed by a graveside service at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove Street, Waterville.

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

In lieu of flowers, Bob’s family encourages donations in Bob’s memory in support of the Maine Veterans Home, Augusta, http://www.mainevets.org/donate-to-maine-veterans-homes-2/ to the Veterans Services Foundation http://www.virginiaveteransservicesfoundation.org/donation/ in support of the Sitter and Barfoot Veterans Care Center, Richmond, Va., or to an organization of one’s choice.

BEVERLY A. WHITE

OAKLAND – Beverly Ann White, 92, of Oakland and Edgecomb, passed away on Friday, De­cember 9, 2022. Beverly was born in Hudson, to Mary and Clin­ton Blanchard on June 6, 1930.

Beverly graduated from Williams High School, in Oakland in 1949. It was in Oakland where she met the love of her life Clyde Jack White Sr. They were married in September 1950. They shared a long life together and have two children, Clyde and Linda.

Beverly loved gardening, camping, and traveling around New England with her husband. Most of all she loved her children.

Beverly gave her family many gifts: to her husband her heart and soul; to her children, her love and values; and to those that knew her friendship.

She’s the laughter you hear when you share something silly that happened to you, the one you share your travel adventures, Friday breakfasts, the one that worries about you long after you have left home, the one whose smile brightens a room when you call her to say hello and the hug you feel long after she stops hugging you.

When someone you love becomes a memory the memory becomes a treasure.

Beverly is survived by her son Clyde White Jr, his wife Rachel; her daughter Linda and husband Rick; her sister Mabel and husband Bob Nicholas; her sister-in-law Shirley Kelly and husband Alfred and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Clyde Jack White and several brothers and sisters.

A gravesite memorial at Lewis cemetery will be held at a later date. Memories and condolences may be shared at directcremationofmaine.com.

WAYNE J. LEMIEUX

BENTON – Wayne J. Lemieux, 76, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday, December 11, 2022. Born in Waterville on January 4, 1946, he was the son of Cornelius and Fern (Leathers) Lemieux.

He attended local schools and graduated from Winslow High School, class of 1964. After graduation he was employed by Fred’s Coffee, in Waterville, Scott Paper Company, in Winslow, Ron’s Used Parts, Consolidated Auto, RRAS Auto Parts, in North Vassalboro, and finished his working career at Caverly Farms, in Clinton.

He loved fishing with anyone, but especially with his granddaughter, Julia. He was a deer hunter, hunting every year until 2021, and a member of the Vassalboro Snowmobile Club while enjoying snowmobiling and ice fishing. Other pastimes he enjoyed were woodworking, gardening, and building his beautiful stone walls.

Wayne was predeceased by his parents, his father-in-law, Robert Elwell, and his granddaughters, Isabella Lemieux and Katherine White.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Ruth (Elwell); children, Adam Lemieux and his wife Tania, of Illinois, James Lemieux and his partner, Stacey, of Pittsfield, and Sarah Watson and her husband Tyler, of Vassalboro; grandchildren Julia White, of New Jersey, and Nicholas Lemieux, of Winslow; and step-grandsons, Edward and Charlie Cubberly, of Illinois; brothers, Bernard and his wife Pam, of Vassalboro, and Keith and his wife, Karen, of Winslow; sister, Sheila Lemieux, of Vassalboro; his mother-in-law, Erma Elwell, of Benton; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of life was held at St. Bridget Center, 864 Main St., Vassalboro, on Tuesday, December 20.

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 http://www.lawrybrothers.com.

In lieu of flowers, the Lemieux family respectfully requests contributions in Wayne’s memory be made to the Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Road, Waterville, Maine 04901.

MARTHA A. BLODGETT

FAIRFIELD – Martha Ann (Hamlin) Blodgett, 69, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 15, 2022, at the Sussman House, in Rockport. Martha was born in Waterville and was one of 21 children.

Ronnie Blodgett and Martha were married in 1972 and after having their first son, she primarily focused on staying home and raising her two boys.

Martha was raised in Fairfield where she and Ronnie also lived and raised their two sons, Ronnie Jr. and Toby.

Martha enjoyed going to the coast, crafts and sewing, baking and spending time with her sisters. She looked forward to her breakfast dates with her sisters and her annual weekend Christmas shopping trip to New Hampshire. Because of Martha’s love and desire to help people, she touched the lives of many families in the Central Maine area.
Martha adored her three grandchildren, Madison, Cameron and Olivia and there rarely was a time Martha missed a horse or sporting event of theirs.

Martha is survived by her husband, Ronnie. Her son, Ronnie Jr., his wife Heidi and their daughter, Madison, and her other son, Toby, his wife Shanna, and their two children, Cameron and Olivia.

She was predeceased by her parents, Robert Hamlin, Sr. and Marionette (Desmond) Hamlin, as well as several brothers and sisters.

There will be a celebration of Martha’s life in the Spring.

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

ROBERT D. WOODBURY

WINSLOW – Robert D. Woodbury, 84, died unexpectedly on Sunday, De­c­ember 18, 2022, of natural causes. Bob was born Jan­uary 26, 1938, in Brunswick, to Chester D. and Lauria (Peg) Beaulieu Woodbury.

After attending many schools in Maine, he graduated from Lawrence High School, Fairfield, class of 1956. He was in the Naval Reserve, and served two years on destroyers, Forrest Royal and John Paul Jones. The Royal was one of the fleets that opened the Saint Lawrence Seaway through the Great Lakes all the way to Duluth, Minnesota – Superior, Wisconsin, at the point of Lake Superior. There he met Marion Johnson and began a romance which lasted 65 years. They just celebrated their 62nd anniversary. They have a daughter, Linda Louise.

Bob was the radio voice of sports in Central Maine, while working for WTVL radio for about 20 years. He also worked seven years at channel 5 WABI TV, in Bangor, in many positions. The most fun was as Ringmaster Bob on the Bozo the Clown show. He returned to Waterville radio and sportscasting, and later became a writer and statistician for the Waterville Morning Sentinel.

On his third retirement, he worked nine years in customer service at the L.L. Bean Company. Bob also helped with many sportsmen’s groups like Trouts Unlimited and the Sportsmens Alliance of Maine. He was also named Maine’s Sportcaster of the Year, and to the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame and Thomas College Sports Hall of Fame.

His last few years were spent attending Senior College at Univerisy of Maine in Augusta and his special pride was as a volunteer at Travis Mills Found­ation.

At his request there will be no funeral.

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 http://www.lawrybrothers.com.

Gifts may be made to Travis Mills or a local animal shelter if desired.

ROBERT GRENIER

BELGRADE – Robert “Bob” Grenier, 85, passed away peacefully at his lakeside home on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. He was born August 5, 1937, in Win­slow, son of Romeo and Alice (Quirion) Grenier. He attended Winslow schools and graduated in 1956. He was enlisted in the Army from 1957 to 1959 and then spent two years in the Army Reserves. He met his life partner, Muriel Reny in 1959 and they wed on August 1, 1964.

In 1963 he began his career working for the Central Maine Morning Sentinel as a District Manager and in 1974 he became Assistant Circulation Director. In 1982 he was appointed Circulation Manager and took great pride in growing the newspaper working closely with the general manager, and dear friend, Bob Moorehead. In 1994, after 31 dedicated years of service, he retired from the Sentinel and accepted a position with Castine Energy Services as safety director, where he traveled and made lasting memories with wonderful friends until 2008.

Bob was a very active member of St. John the Baptist Parish, in Winslow, and dedicated many hours to teaching CCD classes as well as Pre Cana courses over the years with his wife. He had a passion for local politics and would often campaign and canvas for various friends. He had a great love of sports, especially football and was a devoted New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan. He loved gathering with his best friends for Friday lunches, discussing and arguing over sports, politics, and current events.

His lakeside home on Great Pond was his favorite place to be and many wonderful memories such as fishing for white perch, sunset boat cruises, lobster bakes, happy hours with his “Perfect Manhattans” and spending quality time with his family were made here. He was extremely proud of his family and loved it most when all were present sitting on the deck with him, watching the sunset. He loved to tell jokes, sing songs and was the life of every party and gathering.

Robert is survived by his wife of 58 years, Muriel (Reny) Grenier, of Belgrade; his two daughters, Kelly Phinney and her husband Jay Phinney, of North Berwick, and Nicole Duchette and her husband Andre Duchette, of Brunswick; five grandchildren, James Martin and his wife Jordan Martin, Robert Martin, Matthew Martin, Madelyn Duchette and Eleanor Duchette; one great- grandchild, James “Jimmy” Martin V; his three siblings, Lilian Vashon (Winslow), Jean Bolduc (Waterville) and David Grenier and wife Patricia (Winslow); and several nieces and nephews.

Bob had the most wonderful friends and he thought of them as family. Closest friends include the “entire” Jabar family, his Super Bowl/sailing friends and his lunch buddy, John Kiernan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church (Corpus Christi Parish) 26 Monument St., Winslow. The reception to follow directly after the Mass at Notre Dame Catholic Church Hall, 116 Silver St. Waterville.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Robert’s Memory to The Maine Children’s Home, 93 Silver St., Waterville, ME 04901 or to MaineGeneral Hospice, PO Box 828, Waterville, ME 04903.

LINDA L. ANDERSON

VASSALBORO – Linda Lee Anderson, 64, of Vassalboro, passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2022. Linda was born on July 20, 1958, and grew up in Hallowell.

She graduated from Hall Dale High School in 1977. Linda was a compassionate, loving, and strong woman that always put others before herself. She spent her entire life taking care of those around her professionally and personally; whether it was taking her daughter to her basketball games after working all day, making homemade cookies, 6 a.m. phone calls, or doing the little things to make those in her life feel special. She was always there.

Linda was predeceased by her mother, Alyce Burns; her father, John G. Burns Jr.; and her brother, Robert G. Burns.

She is survived by her daughter, Sarah Rose Anderson; her fiancé and love of her life for 16 years, Dana Theriault; her sister, Katherine Carll; her sister-in-law, Karen Burns; her brothers, Peter Burns and wife Cheryl, and Richard Burns; and Godfather Gary Burns and wife Carolyn.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held on December 29, 2022, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 41 Western Ave., Augusta.

PAUL R. LYNCH JR.

ROME – Paul “Coach” Richard Lynch Jr., 79, of Rome, passed away on Fri­day Dec­em­ber 23, 2022. Paul was born in Melrose, Massa­chusetts. to parents Grace and Paul Lynch Sr.

Paul lived in Malden, Massachusetts, until 1954 when his family moved to Topsfield, Massachusetts. He graduated from Masconomet High School, in Boxford, Bridgton Academy, in Bridgeton, and Carthage College, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

After college he married his wife Patty in 1967. Patty and Paul recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.

Paul was a physical education teacher and coached football for over 20 years at Lowell High School, in Massachusetts. In 1987 the Lynch Family moved to Rome, Maine, where Paul continued to teach and coach at Skowhegan Area High School for another 20 years.

Paul was a recognized football coach receiving numerous awards for his efforts. Throughout Paul’s coaching and teaching career he made a consistent positive impact on many students, athletes and others he was involved with. Paul had a special way of connecting, motivating and supporting those he was involved with.

After retiring, Paul was devoted to watching his grandchildren participate in many extracurricular activities. Paul rarely would miss a sporting event or a musical concert. Paul could be seen on the sidelines intently watching each event play by play. In addition, Paul always would have a smile on his face when he received a handmade piece of artwork from his granddaughter Muirean.

While living in Maine Paul had a successful carpentry business building homes and camps in the Belgrade Lakes region. Outside their time in Maine, Patty and Paul spent many winters in Anguilla where he continued to make friendships that would continue for many years. He is considered a local by all on the island.

Paul is survived by his wife Patricia (Taft); daughter Cheryl Winkin (son-in-law David), son Paul Lynch III (wife Dr. Heather MacMillan); daughter Sarah Impey (son-in- law Chad); brother Gary Lynch (wife Chirstie, son Tommy); grandchildren Bethany and Hope Winkin, Muirean and Graham Lynch, Catherine, Claire and Sadie Impey.

The family will be hosting a celebration of life in the spring, these details will be shared at a later date.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at http://www.VeilleuxFuneralHome.com for the Lynch family.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Travis Mills Foundation, 1002 Watson Pond Road, Rome, ME 04963, (https://travismillsfoundation.org/) or: the charity of your choice.

A scholarship fund in Memory of Paul will be made at Skowhegan High School. Donations may be made in his honor.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, December 22, 2022

FRANCES L. HODSDON

JEFFERSON – Frances Lorraine Hodsdon, 95, of Jefferson, died on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at the Sussman Hospice House, in Rockport. She was born in Portland on December 30, 1926, the daughter of Sumner and Hazel (Woodbury) Hodsdon.

After growing up in Wilton, the family moved to Massachusetts. She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston, Massachusetts. This was to be her destiny-producing and teaching her passion of the art of printmaking and drawing.

Marriage to Richardson Howe took her to Delaware where she started a family and continued her education. She followed her passion teaching out of the home. Later going to Ohio where she completed her BFA at Kent State University and took courses toward her masters degree. She was on campus in May 1970 when four students were killed during the Kent State peace rally.

Life took a turn after her divorce and passing of her father, and she was once again in Maine in 1975 on the family blueberry farm overlooking Clary Lake. Here she thrived – teaching at the University of Maine and Round Top Center for the Arts, all the while working from a home studio and immersing herself into her environment, producing work from views of the lake, blueberries and later bark on the trees. Never content with plain white she took the lowly resin chair to previously undiscovered places starting with fogging black paint on them. This led to her show in 2004, “Frances Hodsdon, Friends and Family” at Roundtop Center for the Arts.

This was not her first exhibition. In the early 1990s, as she became known in the art world, Frances’ work was featured in both solo and group exhibitions at many well-known galleries throughout Maine. Solo exhibitions include the 1991 ”Verticality” exhibit, at Unity College Art Gallery, “Maui Series” at Le Va-tout Gallery in 1993 (following her trip to Hawaii), “Death & Memory” and “Paper Works” at Maine Coast Artists in 1996 and 1998, and “Etchings” at Uncas Farms in 2002. Her prints were added to collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Farnsworth Museum of Art, Rockland, and the Portland Museum of Art, Portland. Frances was featured several times in the Portland Press Herald and as recently as September 2021 by The Boston Printmakers.

Her legacy will be the many students she taught that will carry on the love of art she instilled in them.

She was predeceased by her brother, James S. and wife, Phyllis Hodsdon; and nephew, Christopher A. Hodsdon.

Frances is survived by sons Jeffrey Howe, of Jefferson, Gregory F. and wife Dianne Howe, Elkton Maryland, Bradley M. Howe, Charleston; and nieces Ann Hodsdon, Hudson, Massachusetts, Cynthia R. Hodsdon, Reading, Pennsylvania; nephew, James P. Hodsdon, of Gloucester, Massachusetts; grandson, Gregory Howe, of Elkton Maryland; two grandnieces and a grandnephew; six great-grandnieces and three great-grandnephews; brother, David M. and his wife, Janette Hodsdon, of Jefferson;

Services at the gravesite in Jefferson will be held in the spring at the convenience of family.

Arrangements are entrusted with Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website, http://www.staplesfuneralhome.com.

RAYMOND A. LeBRETON

FAIRFIELD – Raymond A. LeBreton, 92, passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2022. He was born April 1, 1930, in Fairfield, the son of Joseph and Clairis (Wilson) LeBreton.

He worked at Scott Paper Co., in Winslow, for the majority of his life. He loved the outdoors, sitting in the sun and watching his birds. He was an avid bowler for many years at 1-7-10 Bowling Lanes, in Augusta. When he was unable to bowl anymore, he enjoyed going to watch and chatting with his friends.

Raymond is survived by daughters, Brenda Alley, of Fairfield, and Pauline Pomerleau, and husband Steve; granddaughter, Lisa LeBreton and husband Brian; estranged son, Gary LeBreton; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Hazel LeBreton; daughter, Linda O’Neal; and Eugene LeBreton.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 7, 2023, from noon to 8 p.m., at the MacCrillis-Rousseau VFW Post #8835, 175 Veteran’s Drive, in Winslow.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Raymond’s memory to The Alfond Center for Cancer Care, Maine General Health Office of Philanthropy, PO Box 828, Waterville ME 04901; Email: philanthropy@mainegeneral.org.

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

ERNEST K. DeCOSTA

PALERMO – Ernest Kevin DeCosta, 72, of Palermo, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 6, 2022. Kevin was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Ernest L. DeCosta and Irene DeFlavis.

Kevin attended Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School and upon graduation served in the United States Marine Corps.

Known as “Ernie” professionally, Ernie retired from Ecolab after 28 years as a service technician. In his retirement Ernie was a driver for Ray Haskell Ford, in Oakland.

Kevin was actively involved in the community, serving as treasurer for American Legion Post #163, in Palermo. Kevin was a member of the Scottish Rite Valley, of Augusta 32-degree. He also served as Tyler and longtime secretary of the Dirigo Masonic Lodge #104, of Weeks Mills.

Kevin was predeceased by his parents; and brother, Aaron.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Janet; his daughter, Jenna, of Sarasota, Florida; his son, Ernie Jr. and daughter-in-law Jennifer, of China; eight grandchildren. He was “Yaya” to Patrick, Joseph, Rose, Simon, William and Clare, of Venice, Florida, and “Gump” to Landen and Logan, of China; his brother, Chris Logan, of Massachusetts;

No services are planned at this time. The family will have a Celebration of Life at Ernie’s log cabin dream home in the summer.

GERALD J. LANGUET

FAIRFIELD – Gerald “Jerry” James Languet, 88, passed away on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, following a brief illness. Jerry was born in Waterville on May 27, 1934, the son of Irene (Cote) and Albert Languet Sr.

Jerry went to Waterville schools and served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He married Margaret “Maggie” (Noel) Languet in 1957 and they had eight children.

Jerry was a skilled mason and self-employed owner operator truck driver. His favorite pastimes were watching football, going to his sons’ and grandsons’ football games, and tinkering on cars. Jerry loved listening to Loretta Lynn and Dean Martin and enjoyed singing Dean Martin songs at weddings. He is well-known for running out onto the field of a high school football game and tackling an opposing player to stop a touchdown.

Jerry was predeceased by his parents and his siblings, Albert Languet Jr., Laurier Languet, and Marie Sherrell.

He is survived by his children, Greg Languet and his husband Daniel, Gary Languet and his wife Debra, Melanie Ellis and her husband, Herman, Dolores Douin, Denise Paulette and her husband Paul, Peter Languet and his wife, Tris,; Cindy Languet and her partner, Tobie Labun, Jay Languet and his wife Aimee; 15 grandchildren, Eric Languet and his wife Tabatha, Ben Ellis and his partner, Shannon Dube, Erica Paulette and her partner Joe Hausler, Nicole (Ellis) Fletcher and her husband, David, Casey (Douin) Whitehouse and her husband Lance, James Paulette and his fiancée Hellen Bourque, Alaina Stinson, Sara (Douin) Brown and her husband James, Venessa Languet, Nicholas Stinson, Gabrielle Languet, Keith Languet, Kyle Languet, Isabelle Languet, Noelle Languet; and 15 great-grandchildren: Logan Languet, Dylan Languet, Brooklynn Walker, Ava Walker, Holly Ellis, Annalise Hausler, Erin Fletcher, Meagan Fletcher, Wade Whitehouse, Chase Whitehouse, Orion Paulette, Estelle Bourque, Abigail Brown, Nolan Brown, and Jackson Morales; many nieces and nephews; his sister, Dolores Miller, of Idaho,

A celebration of Jerry’s life is planned for Saturday, January 7, 2023, at 255 Trafton Rd., Waterville, at 3 p.m. A graveside service will be held in the spring.

JAMES W. BOWMAN

BENTON – James Winfield Bowman, 79, of Benton, died at home Thursday, December 8, 2022, following a recent hospitalization. He was born January 5, 1943, and, after a stay at the Maine’s Children’s Home for Little Wanderers, in Waterville, was raised by his mother Ethel Phyllis (McKenney) Pillsbury and step-father Ralph Benton “Barney” Pillsbury, in Benton, in their home on the River Road. He was educated at Benton Grammar School and graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, class of 1961. He excelled in football and baseball, which he first enjoyed playing with his brothers on the Pillsbury’s Little League team sponsored by his family’s tractor business.

Jim’s early years were notable for travel and adventure. After working in the position of Captain Waiter in the Seattle Space Needle during the 1962 World’s Fair, he enlisted in the U.S. Army at nearby Fort Lewis, Washington. Having tested into the Special Forces, he served in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in the rank of Private First Class. He graduated from the airborne course as a parachutist in 1964. He was married briefly to Roseann Mammoser (Pfiffner), of Minnesota, in 1971, and was a proud father to their son.

He traveled extensively throughout the United States, having worked as a brakeman for the Great Northern and Burlington Northern railways which carried him across the Northwest. He enjoyed sailing in Tampa, Florida, and San Diego, California, as well as gold panning and fly fishing near Boise, Idaho.

Stories have been shared of his travels to the Southwest, Denver, Cocoa Beach and Boston. He went on to earn a degree in Addiction Counseling at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Attending his 25th Lawrence High School reunion, he and classmate Rita Crosby West reunited and were married in 1986. This was to be the love of their lives, enduring until his death. They delighted in the horses, farm animals and pets they kept together at their home in Benton, where he chose a career as a licensed insurance agent until his retirement.

Jim enjoyed gardening, country drives, agricultural fairs, and local and family history. He and Rita attended the Fairfield First Baptist Church. Gifted with a sharp wit, he was well known for his clever way with words. He shared his loves of watching movies and the craft of storytelling with his son, who would go on to become an award-winning film director in New York City. He especially cherished spending time on school holidays and summer visits with his two grandsons.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Rita, now of Gardiner; his brother Robert Pillsbury and wife Kelly, of Benton; sister Mary Lou “Lucille” Ryan and husband Robert, of Graham, North Carolina; sister-in-law Rosemary Pillsbury, of Unity; his son Ben Bowman and grandsons Wyatt and Felix Hand-Bowman, of Minneapolis; Jody West ,of Benton, Donna Young of Athens; Deborah Ford of Massachusetts; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, biological father Winfield Cornelius “Bill” Bowman and his brothers Byron and Richard Pillsbury.

Arrangements by Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield. Condolences may be expressed at www.lawrybrothers.com

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers, or the Collegiate Recovery Program at Minneapolis College, would be greatly appreciated.

KEITH M. LaPOINTE

SIDNEY – Keith M. LaPointe, 42, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2022, at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor, after losing the fight to a long illness. Keith was born on October 18, 1980, in Dover-Foxcroft.

He attended schools in Sidney and Oakland. Graduating from the New England School of Communication, in Bangor, with an associate degree in communications in 2001.

Keith enjoyed writing creative fiction from an early age. Several novels can be found published under his pen name Soul Tsukino. He was well respected in the anime’ community, running instructional writing panels at local anime conventions; as well as commenting on geek/nerd culture trends and reviews.

Keith was a WWF and WWE Wrestling aficionado. He was an expert at all things wrestling. He loved to share the names and histories of wrestling from the ‘80s to the current day. His all-time favorite wrestler was Rick Flair. Keith’s nickname was “Tough as Nails LaPointe,” and he fought like a champion until the very end.

Keith had a lifelong love for animals, especially cats, and watching wildlife in the backyard. He enjoyed feeding the birds and watching squirrel antics. Keith had a sense of humor and quick wit. He loved a good joke.

Keith is survived by his parents, Arnette and Michael LaPointe, of Sidney; one sister, Brandi Quirk and her husband, Jim, of Hampden; one nephew, Cole LaPointe and his fiancée, Mandy Meade, of Orono; his grandmother, Rachael LaPointe, of Monson; and an aunt, Elly Farrar and her husband Dale, of Morrill; several uncles and cousins. There will be no formal services for Keith.

MANLY L.HILTZ

CHELSEA – Manly L. Hiltz, 87, of Chelsea, died peacefully on Sunday, December 11, 2022. He was known as Red, Pat, and Old Grampy. He was born on August 26, 1935, to Frank and Goldie (Plummer) Hiltz.

He was a lifelong resident of Chelsea. He attended Chelsea School and graduated from Cony High School, in Augusta.

He was married to Joan (Mason) Hiltz in 1954 until her death in 2011.

He worked for local area companies as a truck driver and retired to Ocala, Florida, for winter until Joan’s passing. He was an avid outdoorsman and instilled a love of hunting and fishing into his descendants. He loved his country, served in the National Guard, enjoyed playing guitar in the Carole Bailey String Band, and was a faithful member of Farmer Church.

He was predeceased by his parents; wife Joan; siblings; and great-granddaughter Grace Labbe.

Old Grampy will be greatly missed by his four children: Manly Hiltz, Jr. (Wendy), William Hiltz (Jayne), Jill Labbe (Jim), and Susan Hiltz Massey; eight grandchildren: Jim Labbe, Jr (Whitney), Jasmine Dupont (Jason), Jessica Labbe, Charity True (Jake), Jeremy Hiltz (Suzanne), Nick Kelley (Megan), Nastasha Massey, Jonathan Hiltz (Amber); 16 great-grandchildren, Nickolas, Matthew, Benjamin, Mason, Jonah, Zechariah, Samson, Thomas, Lilianna, Gabriella, Braelynn, Kevin, Kaylee, Azariah, Silas, and Phoebe; cousins, in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

There will be a celebration of life in the spring.

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, http://www.staplesfuneralhome.com.

BETTY F. SMITH

SIDNEY – Betty Florence (Freeman) Smith, 92, of Sidney, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2022, following a brief illness. She was born during a blizzard in Oakland, on January 11, 1930, the daughter of Martin Lloyd Freeman and Vera Arlene (Tillson).

Betty graduated from Cony High School, in Augusta, in 1949, and married her high school sweetheart, Curtis Arnold Smith, on November 4, 1950.

Betty was a homemaker, mother and grandmother. Family meant everything to her and she always put them first. She enjoyed time spent with Curt and the kids at camp on Lake Moxie and numerous family gatherings and celebrations. S

he had a strong interest in genealogy, taking pictures throughout the years and enjoyed scrapbooking. Her interests included flower gardening, quilting, coloring, and writing poems. In the 1970s she worked as a bookkeeper with her husband at West Sidney Garage, retiring in 2002.

Betty was predeceased by her husband, Curtis Sr.; son Curtis “Skip” Smith, Jr.; granddaughter, Devon Smith; parents Martin Freeman and Vera Leavitt; step-parents, Martha Grace (Grindle) Freeman and George Leavitt, Sr.; sisters Beverly (Richard) Smith and Barbara (Raymond) Colwill; brothers George Leavitt, Jr. and Jackie (Michela) Leavitt; and in-laws Henry and Mary Smith.

She is survived by daughters Linda and Carol Smith, of Sidney, Barbara (Smith) Tobey and former husband, Robin, of South China, and their children Ethan, Nolan and Deidre (Christopher); daughter-in-law Mary Smith, of Sidney, and children Laurie (Kerry), Carrie, Jamie (Kevin), and Jeremy (Jaimie); sons Donald and wife, Doreen, of Sidney, and their children Jonathan (Heather), Christina (Shawn), and Justin (Jess); Ronald and wife, Julie, of Rome and their children Jessica (Seth), Amanda (Ben), Renee (Chet), Desiree, and Cassandra (Patrick); Andrew and wife, Lisa, of Sidney, and their children Alyssa and Emily; and Dixon and wife, Laurie, of Sidney, and their children Shane (Krista), Jaclyn (Ben), Kyle, Dominic, and Miranda (Chris); 34 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held at Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, in Augusta, on Tuesday, December 20, 2022,

Burial at Springer Cemetery will be in the spring.

Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at http://www.khrfuneralhomes.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of New England, 209 West Central St., Suite 207, Natick, MA 01760.

DENIS M. RIOUX

WINSLOW – Denis M. Rioux, 70, of Winslow, died unexpectedly Sunday, December 11, 2022. He was born in Jackman, on July 20, 1952, son of Henri and Hélène (Bernier) Rioux.

He attended St. Anthony School, in Jackman, Mount Assumption High School, in Plattsburg, New York, and graduated from St. Francis College, in Biddeford, in 1974. He played football and ran track.

He worked as a UPS driver for 25 years until his retirement. He was a union steward for many of those years traveling many evenings and weekends performing union tasks.

Denis always enjoyed football, skiing, and the outdoors. He would feed the birds and squirrels that came to the tree at the front of his home. He had an enormous amount of compassion and sensitivity. He gave generously to many charities.

He was predeceased by his parents, aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his brother Marcel Rioux; his sister Marie-Line Rioux, CSJ; a cousin Monique (Henry), and cousin Gerald, as well as an extended family of cousins.

A celebration of Denis’ life was held at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville, on Tuesday, December 20.

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 http://www.gallantfh.com.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, December 15, 2022

CRAIG D. LEIGHTON

CLINTON – Craig D. Leighton, 46, of Clinton, passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at GrayBirch Long Term Care facility, in Augusta, following a long and hard-fought battle with Hunt­ington’s Disease. Craig was born in May 1976, in Augusta. He attended Hall-Dale High School, graduating in 1995 and then completed three years of college at Zion Bible Institute, in Barrington, Rhode Island, where he was studying to be a youth pastor.

He married his wife, Christine (Darling) Leighton, in June 1997, and just celebrated their 25th anniversary this past June.

Craig’s faith was extremely important to him, and he was actively involved in the church he grew up in, Mountaintop Christian Fellowship, in Oakland, where he worked as a youth pastor for several years. Craig also worked as a supervisor at Good-Will Hinckley School , in Hinckley, for over a decade. Craig’s love for working with teens, especially those who were struggling, was known by all who knew him well. One of Craig’s fondest memories was taking a mission trip to Turkey and Bulgaria. He loved the people he met there and hoped to one day go back.

Craig is survived by his wife, Christine (Darling) Leighton, of Clinton; and their two children, Ashley Nichole Leighton, also of Clinton, and Austin Craig Leighton, who is currently stationed in Arizona with the U.S. Army; his parents, Paul and Sandra (Gibbons) Leighton, of Oakland; his brother Derek Nickerson and his wife Michaela (Foster) Nickerson and their two children, Macy and Timmy Nickerson, all of Oakland.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Michael and Troy Leighton.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Centerpoint Community Church, located at 155 West River Road, in Waterville, on Friday, December 23, at 11 am. Following the service, food and beverages will be provided.

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 http://www.gallantfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America for continued research to find a cure at Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 505 Eighth Ave. Suite 902, New York, NY 10018.

TRACIE E. YOUNG

CLINTON – Tracie E. Young, 55, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2022. Tracie was born December 12, 1966, in Bangor, the youngest daughter of the late Harold C. Young and Mary V. (Pollard) Young.

Tracie worked for the Red Cross, Unitel, and Colby College, in Waterville. Ultimately, Tracie’s most rewarding “job” was raising her grandchildren, Jordan and Jaiden Roye, as her own at home, in Clinton.

Tracie had a very gracious and generous spirit.

Tracie is survived by her mother, Mary Young; life partner Ernest (Ernie) Tyler; children Melissa Roye and William Tyler; grandchildren, Jordan and Jaiden Roye, Alexis and Noella Tyler; siblings and spouses, Scott Young and wife Bobbi, Michael Young and wife Patty, Kimberly Caswell and husband Kurt, and Bethany Nelson and husband Howard; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A private celebration of Tracie’s life will be held in the spring.

Memories and condolences may be shared at directcremationofmaine.com.

Please consider doing a good deed for a person or persons, known or unknown, in her memory.

HERBERT A. IRISH

FAIRFIELD – Herbert A. Irish, 78, of Fairfield, passed away Friday, December 2, 2022. Herbert was born on August 24, 1944, in Clinton, to the late Glenburn and Seenna Irish.

He graduated from Clinton High School, the class of 1962. Herbert drove a school bus, worked in the woods and volunteered for the Clinton Fire Department and food bank. He worked for Scott Paper Co., in Winslow, for 30 years.

He loved to hunt and fish, and did so for many years with his buddy Lawrence “Hawk” and his granddaughter, Rachel. Herbert, with his dog, Wild Bill at his side, took home the winning coon hunting State line Title, at Lyman.

He was a gruff man whose bark was bigger than his bite as he truly had a heart of gold. Herbert also liked going to concerts, partying, and roller skating.

He was predeceased by his parents; his grandparents; his brothers Eugene Irish, Louis Irish and Sonny Irish and his wife, Bunny Irish.

Surviving are his partner, Rolena Irish; his son, Robert Irish; his grandchildren Ashley Gerry, Rachel Irish (who he raised since she was 2 years old), Tila-Rae Irish, and Seth Irish; his great-grandsons Tex and Owen; and his sisters-in-law Linda, Mary (Hazel), Regina, Cindy and Melissa; and his niece, Glendia Irish-Arrigoni.

A celebration of life and graveside service will be held in the spring. Memories and condolences may be shared at directcremationofmaine.com.

KYVELE G. ST. PETER

WATERVILLE – Kyvele Gregory St. Peter, 97, passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2022, at home. Kyvele was born on February 15, 1925, in Anemotia Mytilene, Greece, to George and Sophia Hadidiacos.

In 1946 Kyvele’s parents, together with her brother and sister, came to the United States. Because Kyvele was over the age of 19 years old, immigration laws prevented her from joining them and she was left behind. Kyvele was left without any family as her other two brothers were serving in Germany. This was a difficult time for all. Deeply missing her family, it was to be five years before they were reunited. This became possible when Kostas I. Gregory, a good friend of Kyvele’s parents, offered to marry her. Going to Bermuda, Kyvele was met by her father who introduced her to her future husband. Kyvele and Kostas married in 1951 and stayed in Bermuda for three months until her visa came through.

Upon their arrival to the United States, Kyvele and Kostas settled in Waterville, and had a Greek Orthodox wedding at St. George Church, in Bangor, in August 1952. Together they raised two sons, Kostas and George, while maintaining a successful apartment rental business, which Kyvele continued to run until the age of 94. Coming to the United States and marrying Kostas Gregory improved Kyvele’s life, but he passed too soon. Kyvele had to start a new life once again. Upon Kostas’ death in 1960, Kyvele assumed full responsibilities. She had a difficult time with the English language, raising two young sons and running a business on her own. Because of her education in Greece, attending English classes for several years wasn’t too difficult. Kyvele went on to get her driver’s license and worked in the rental business as a single parent for four years.

In 1964, Kyvele married Sheldon E. St. Peter and life became easier with his help. In 1966, Kyvele proudly received her American citizenship. Together Kyvele and Sheldon raised the boys and shared responsibilities in the business. Sheldon filled the role of father and the boys never thought of him as a stepfather, only as their dad. Kyvele was always helping her tenants any way possible to improve their lives. She worked hard to ensure her sons would have a better life and education.

Kyvele and Sheldon enjoyed snowmobiling with the International Snowmobile Club. She enjoyed her camp with her grandchildren, fishing, boating and swimming. Visitors were always welcome, enjoying cookouts and Greek food. Kyvele donated many hand-knit articles to the church and the needy; and was passionate about gardening (she was a real green thumb) and cooking. Her family, especially her grandchildren, were her life. Kyvele enjoyed traveling, wintering in Jacksonville, Florida, trips to Bermuda and Greece and traveling with friends.

She enjoyed ballroom dancing with private lessons, never missing a Saturday night with friends. Kyvele joined St. George Orthodox Church, in Bangor, in 1951, contributing to services in good standing and was also a faithful attendant of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, of Waterville. For many years she assisted the priest in organizing Orthodox services in Waterville. Kyvele was honored for her work in 2005, receiving the ministry award from the Metropolis of Boston.

Kyvele was predeceased by her parents, George and Sophia Hadidiacos, her brother, Veron and his wife Cleo, her brother Pericles and his wife Artimus, her first husband, Kostas I. Gregory, her second husband of 48 years, Sheldon St. Peter, her brother-in-law, Peter Lee, her Uncle Peter Pericles, her sister-in-law, Elaine Hadidiacos, and nephew-in-law Carl Snow.

Kyvele is survived by her two sons, Kostas C. Gregory and his wife Erna-Sue, of Waterville, and George K. Gregory, of Rhode Island; five grandchildren, Nike Gregory and her partner John Elwell, of Massachusetts, Konstantinos Gregory and his partner Cecilia Avina Lopez, of California, Yorgos Gregory and his wife Erika, of Massachusetts, Burke Gregory, of Massachusetts, Madison Gregory and partner Joy Olson, of California; and two great-granddaughters Emilia and Olivia Gregory, both of Massachusetts; two great-grandsons Konstantinos and Emiliano Gregory, both of California; her sister, Chris Lee, of Winslow; brother Christos Hadidiacos, of Maryland; nieces Betty Lee, of Bangor, Michelle Belski and her husband Gary and son Jordan, of Maryland, Sophia Kavoulas and husband Demetrios, of Greece; and nephews Lewis Lee, of Winslow, Michael Hadidiacos and wife Kristina, of North Carolina, Yorgos Hadidiacos and Demetrios Hadidiacos, of Chicago, and Godchild, Dora Kalfas and husband Christos, of Greece; stepdaughter, Rosemary Drouin; stepsons, Willis and John St. Peter; and several step-grandchildren; many more nieces and nephews in Greece.

Service was at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 60 Eustis Parkway, in Waterville, on Tuesday, December 13..

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

Donations can be made in Kyvele’s memory to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, at 90 Sanford St., Bangor, ME 04401, or to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 60 Eustis Parkway, Waterville, ME 04901.

CLARENCE E. BICKFORD JR.

WATERVILLE – Clarence E. Bickford Jr., 87, of Waterville, passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2022, at Nothern Light Inland Hos­pital, in Water­ville.

Services for will be held at a later date. Please visit http://www.gallantfh.com to read the full obituary.

CHRISTIE H. POWELL

SIDNEY – Christie Hutchinson Powell, 64, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at a healthcare facility, in Sidney. She was born June 25, 1958, to Armand and Arlene (Judkins) Hutchinson.

She grew up in Belgrade, and graduated from Messalonskee High School, in Oakland, class of 1976. She attended Northeastern University, in Boston, Massachusett, and received her degree from University of Augusta.

Christie spent most of her adult life working in healthcare. Later she worked at LL Bean until health issues caused her to stop working.

Christie enjoyed time spent at the family camp in Weld, Maine; her favorite place to be with family and friends.

Christie was predeceased by her parents, Armand and Arlene (Judkins) Hutchinson.

She is survived by two grandchildren; an aunt, Barbara York, and many cousins and friends.

A graveside service will be held later in the spring at the family plot in Pine Grove Cemetery in Belgrade.

Arrangements are in the care of Wheeler Funeral Home, 26 Church Street, Oakland, where condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at http://www.lawrybrothers.com.

JOSEPH W. HERARD

WATERVILLE – Joseph W. Herard, 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at Oak Grove Nursing Home, in Waterville, following a long illness. Joseph was born on February 26, 1936, in Waterville, the son of Wilfred and Emily Herard.

“Will’’ as his school friends called him, graduated from Waterville High School in 1955. Upon graduation, he served in the U.S. Air Force for four years until being honorably discharged in 1960.

Upon returning to Maine, he began working at Scott Paper Co., in Winslow. Years later, Joe moved over to the Hinckley SAPPI plant where he retired. He met and married the love of his life, Lucy LeClair, in February , 1963. Together, Lucy and “Junior” raised four children.

Joseph enjoyed watching all of the New England sports teams, working on projects around his house and watching his family enjoy his swimming pool. He loved spending time with his family, taking family road trips and spoiling his eight grandchildren, Cody, Nicholas, Matthew, Scott, Michael, Jack, Olivia and Ashleigh, along with his great-grandchildren Ronan, Celia and Ellyanna.

Joseph was predeceased by his parents Wilfred and Emily; his siblings, David, Raymond, and Teresa; and his first grandson, Christopher Kenneth Herard.

Joseph, aka “Will” “Joe” and “Junior”, is survived by his wife Lucy; his sons, Kenneth and his wife, Monique, of Coventry, Rhode Island, Carl and his wife, Terri, of Bowdoinham, David and his wife, Nancy, of New Hampshire and Paul and his wife, Cathy, of Waterville; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, December 15, at Notre Dame Church, in Waterville, with burial services following the funeral at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Grove St., in Waterville.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville, ME 04901. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at http://www.VeilleuxFuneralHome.com for the Herard family.

KATHLEEN LAI

WATERVILLE – Kathleen “Kathy” “Kat” (Smith) Lai, 73, passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, following a protracted battle with Multiple Sclerosis. She was born on March 5, 1949, in Boston, Massachusetts,

Kathy is survived by her son, Christopher; grandson, Nicholas Dumont and his wife Sara; great-granddaughters Diana and Camille; brother, Ricky Smith and his wife Mary; sisters Peggy Violette and her husband Lucien, and Darlene Chamberlain; nephews Dale, Joshua and Ming; and nieces Tabitha, Heather and Kitty.

Kathy was predeceased by her husband, Sun Lai; mother, Gloria Smith, father, Montague Smith; brother, Robbie Smith; and best friend, Flo Welch.

A graveside service was held at St. Francis Cemetery, on Grove Street, in Waterville, on Wednesday December 14. Family and friends are invited to attend.

A full obituary is online and a guestbook may be signed, and condolences and memories shared at http://www.gallantfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: http://msfocus.org/Home.aspx.

MADOLYN E. HOSEA

OCALA, Florida – Madolyn Enid (Closson) Hosea, 86, of Ocala, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2022, at Hospice of Marion County. She was born in Vassalboro, on September 15, 1936, the daughter of Wyman and Lillian (Dolley) Closson.

She was the fourth of six children, was blessed early on with the gift of discernment, and delighted many with her talent for cooking, baking and painting. She attended culinary arts courses as a young woman and became a skilled cake decorator.

Madolyn met the love of her life, Mark Tingley Hosea, at Advent Christian Church, in Waterville. Not long after, they married August 6, 1955, when she was 19 years old. Together they had four children, Rhonda, Marcia, Mary and Joel, whom they raised in their North Vassalboro home, the White Haven, that doubled as a boarding house for seniors.

Throughout her 20s and 30s, Madolyn was not only a devoted wife and mother but simultaneously worked as the sole manager, chef and caretaker for the White Haven residents.

When Mark moved the family to Florida in 1975 to serve at Forest Assembly of God Church, in Silver Springs, Madolyn remained the ever-stable and constant cornerstone for her family. Madolyn worked long bakery shifts at the Kash n’ Karry and Publix, and she made their little house in the forest a home in her spare time.

Madolyn was a deeply faithful, practical, observant, honest, dependable, consistent, hard-working and selfless woman. She had a keen, sharp sense of humor that could make a stony-faced person burst out in deep belly laughs when you’d least expect it. She loved deep maroon and grayish blue, red birds and mallard ducks, oil painting and Chinese checkers.

Madolyn was a faithful woman of God. She enjoyed teaching Sunday school in most of the churches they attended. Throughout the final years of their life, Madolyn and Mark remained dedicated and active members of their church. They would have celebrated 67 years of marriage in August.

Madolyn is survived by her children, Rhonda Drusendahl, Marcia Stevens, Mary Box and Joel Hosea, all of Ocala; her sisters Esther Pierce of Jaffrey, New Hampshire, and Sheila Patten-O’Leary of Boston, Massachusetts; six grandchildren, Robert Cray, Rachael Phelps, Jarrod Stevens, Shane Stevens, Jenna Box Sarkissian, and Mason Box; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.

A service for Madolyn was held Monday, December 12, 2022, at Good Shepherd Memorial Gardens, 5050 SW 20th St., in Ocala, Florida.

LAWRENCE I. FINLEY

WINDSOR – Lawrence I. Finley, 62, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, December 11, 2022.

Larry was a self employed farmer and co-owner of Windsor Vault Company for 40 years. He was a friend to all who knew him. He loved to ride around and visit friends. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and mostly spending time with his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents Frank and Joanne Finley; son Travis Finley; and grandson Liam Finley.

He is survived by his significant other Holly Lasselle; son Justin Finley and wife Jessica; brothers Dan Finley (Karen) and John Finley (Julie), sister Sally Gower (Bud); grandchildren, Kaden, Lukas, Lilianna and Leah Finley.

A graveside service was held on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at the Finley Family cemetery, on the Choate Road, in Windsor.

GAIL I. WASHBURN

CLINTON – Gail Iris (Steeves) Washburn, 75, of Clinton, passed away at home following a long illness with Parkinson’s and Dementia. She was born in Waterville on June 20, 1947, to Willard and June Steeves.

She graduated from Clinton High School and then went on to receive a degree in history and English from Bob Jones University, in Greenville, South Carolina. After college she became a teacher and taught in Boothbay Harbor.

She left teaching to take on a few part time jobs including delivering mail for the post office as well as working at McDonald’s. She ended her career by retiring from the post office after many years of service as a full time carrier in Oakland.

Gail was a funny, lively and intelligent person with a love of adventure, whether that was learning a new skill or craft or taking road trips with family for picnics in old forgotten graveyards or to “just get lost”.

She loved reading and studying. She mapped out her family’s genealogy meticulously by visiting graveyards and town halls across the region. She loved riding to Lobster Lane Book Store to see if she could find her favorite authors.

She had a great passion for children and shared her excitement for life with them through books as well as her love of horses. She spent many years working with children and horses at Camp Fairhaven, in Brooks, where she was able to minister to them through counseling and horseback riding. She was an active member of Clinton Baptist Church where over the years she taught many Sunday School classes as well as coached the volleyball team for the Christian School.

Gail’s love for children was evident in the way she doted on her nieces and loved them like they were her own children. She shared her excitement for life with them by sharing her love of books, movies, horses, and late night swimming adventures in the summer. She was sometimes strict and firm, but she also had a very tender and sensitive side.

Gail is survived by her husband of 31 years, Scott Washburn; son, Joshua Washburn and wife Andrea and their children, Aiden and EveLynn, of Yorkville, Illinois; her daughter, Lacey Kilby and her son, Michael Kilby J.,r of Edmunds TWP; her three sisters, Dale “Tootsie” Morin and husband Steve, of Falmouth, Jill Sprague, of Lincolnville, and Anne Lowe and husband Craig, of Unity; four nieces, June “JJ”, Erin, Ina, and Morgan and their families; including many great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother, Woody Steeves; father, Willard Steeves; mother, June Kaska; and son-in-law, Michael Kilby Sr.

A celebration of life will be held at the Clinton Baptist Church, on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at 11 a.m., with visiting from 10-11 a.m., including a light lunch and gathering following the service.

To leave a message of kindness or to share a memory, please visit http://www.shoreynichols.com.

Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Clinton Baptist Church, PO Box 1, Clinton, ME 04927.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, December 8, 2022

DENNIS FERRIS

WINDSOR – Dennis Ferris, 77, passed away unexpectedly at his home, in Windsor, on Saturday, November 12, 2022, following a brief battle with cancer. Dennis was born on November 8, 1945 in Sanford, the youngest of five children born to Alice Mae Baker, of Sanford, and John Marshall Ferris, of Ireland.

Dennis spent many hours working around his house and in his garage with “honorary” son and neighbor, Lance Mitchell, and “honorary” grandson, Lucas Mitchell.

After high school, Dennis enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a ship fitter on the USS Severn. Following his tour with the Navy, he continued serving his country in both the Naval and Army Reserves.

Dennis retired from Togus VA Hospital, in Augusta, in 2009 after 30 years of employment.

Dennis was an avid reader and had an extensive book collection, particularly books about sailing or history. In retirement, Dennis enjoyed fishing, hunting and tinkering in his garage. He and Judy enjoyed traveling within the U.S. and they especially enjoyed their Navy reunion trips.

Dennis is survived by his wife of 48 years, Judy (Moore) and their two daughters, Lisa Soucie and her husband, Tom Soucie, aka, “Mr. Wonderful”, of Vassalboro, and Stacy Taatjes and her husband, Scott, aka, “The Favorite” of Brookfield, New Hampshire. His greatest joy was being a “Papa” to Shawn Soucie and wife Loren, of Moscow, Cameron Taatjes, of South Boston, Massachusetts, and Tristan Taatjes, of Brookfield, New Hampshire. Dennis was eagerly looking forward to meeting his first great-grandson, Weston Tyler, due in April 2023.

Dennis was predeceased by his older brothers, John, Robert, Russell Ferris and sister, Lucille Pendexter.

No services are planned at this time. The family will have a celebration of life in the spring.

MARIE A. STEVENS

SOUTH CHINA – Marie Antoinette (Gleason) Stevens, 92, passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2022, at MaineGeneral Rehabilitation and Care (Glendridge), in Augusta. Marie was born October 4, 1930, in North Belgrade to Alice Gleason.

She carried many fond memories through the years of growing up there. After meeting her future husband, Merle Stevens, she moved to South China where they raised their family.

Marie was a hard worker throughout her life and instilled that work ethic in her children. She ended her career at Farrington’s Clothing store, in South China, where she made many friends.

After her retirement, she cared for her grandchildren, Logan and Kyra, until they started school. She was an avid reader her entire life, often reading a book or two per week. But what Marie enjoyed most was her family and friends. Her favorite thing to do was to visit with them at her kitchen table. Cooking and taking care of everyone else gave her such joy.

Marie was predeceased by her husband Merle; two sons, Merle, Jr. (Butch) and William; mother Alice; two brothers, Frank and George, and son-in-law Dewey Baker.

She is survived by daughters Judy Baker and children Lisa Glidden (Avery) and Robbie Baker (Melissa), Kelly Stevens (John) and children Logan Merrithew (Ali) and Kyra Merrithew; son Brian Stevens (Kathryn) and children Jack Stevens and Emma Stevens; many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; her sister Georgette Moore (Joe); and nieces and nephews. Following Marie’s wishes, there will be no services at this time.

SHERRI R. BEAULIEU

WATERVILLE – Sherri R Beaulieu, 58, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. Sherri was born in Lynn, Massa­chusetts, on November 3, 1964, the daughter of Penny Verdigan and Joseph Beaulieu.

Sherri graduated from Nokomis High School, in Newport, in 1983, and later earned an administrative office technology sssociates degree from Kennebec Valley Community College, in Fairfield.

Sherri loved driving, traveling, camping, cooking, swimming, music, singing and dancing to many songs and even writing some of her own. She loved creative art through music and dance. She enjoyed being with friends either joining them or hosting for them. Being with friends was always very important to her. She was very social and loved to get people to laugh.

She would always offer a hand up to others in need. She wouldn’t hesitate to help any of her friends like they were family in any way possible. She immensely enjoyed Disney movies, reading books and playing card games. She had one son, Wayne Beaulieu, who she loved and cared for greatly. She worked for the State of Maine with plans of retirement to see more of the world using a camper. She fought bravely while in the hospital. Sherri was very thankful and joyous to those who visited her during her last months.

Sherri is survived by son, Wayne Beaulieu; mother, Penny Verdigan; brother, Shane Beaulieu; half-brother, Robbie Beaulieu; long-time partner, Tony Snow; step-mother, Brenda Beaulieu; and step-brother, Ronnie Courtney, Richard Courtney and his daughter, Jessica and her children; uncles, Larry Kimball, Terry Frost, Roger Frost, and Kim Frost; aunts: Linda (Earl) Newhouse, Valerie McDougal, Bonnie Stone and Felicia Frost.

Although Sherri did not want a funeral, there will be a private celebration of life at a later date at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Sherri’s memory to a local humane society of choice.

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

DOROTHY F. DUTIL

WATERVILLE – Dorothy Frances (Currier) Dutil, 64, passed away peacefully at home on Wed­nesday, Nov­ember 16, 2022. She was born in Wil­mington, North Carolina, on December 1, 1957, the daughter of Armand J. Dutil and Donna M. Grant.

She attended Winslow High School, graduating with the class of 1976. She attended Kennebec Valley Community College, in Fairfield, and achieved a business administration associates degree in 1997.

A single mother of four boys she worked in various capacities in the food service and catering field throughout the years. Her true joy was cooking for her family and friends. Often her children’s friends became her “adopted” children, many calling her “Mom.”

She loved watching football, the ocean, camping, decorating for holidays and most of all, cooking for everyone. She adored her late Mémère Simonne Dutil and was inspired to recreate her family-famous dishes. Her family meant everything to her.

She was predeceased by her father and mother; widowed by Albert Bellows Jr.; her youngest son Justin Currier; her sister Pamela Dutil; nephews David Dutil Jr. and Asa York.

She is survived by her sons Benjamin and Bettina Dutil, Joshua Bellows and Brandon Bellows; sister Denise Dutil; granddaughters Sydnie Boudreau and Taylor Bellows; two great-grandchildren; a niece Samantha Moody (Dutil), a nephew Jade Dutil.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 monument St., Winslow, Maine 04901.

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

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

JOANNE K. HARRINGTON

WATERVILLE – Joanne (Keller) Harrington, 84, the former Miss Augusta 1958, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2022.
She was born August 21, 1938, the daughter of Norman and Gertrude Keller.

As a child, she didn’t have the conveniences or comforts we take for granted, but she and her siblings could always find humor in any situation. She was the second oldest of four children, and she counted her siblings among her best friends.

Joanne attended school in Weeks Mills and graduated from Erskine Academy, in South China, in 1958. Joni, as she was known by her co-workers, was employed at Central Maine Power Co. after her graduation and continued to work for CMP for over 33 years until her retirement.

Joanne had a huge heart, welcoming hug, and a smile that brightened the lives of all who knew her; she had the best laugh. She enjoyed going to dances, camping, bus tours to various cities and casinos, especially Hollywood Slots in her later years. Joanne demonstrated care and compassion for everyone she met. Her joys were many and her heart overflowed with love for her family.

Joanne is survived by her husband of 63 years, Richard; daughters, Diana (Dwain) McKenney, Holly (Skip) Lemar, Tara Harrington (Peter Howard); grandchildren, Hillary (Rob) Turner, Tory (JJ) Winters, Nathaniel and Nicholas Howard, and Haley Lemar; and five great-grandchildren; her brother, Michael Keller and his wife, Mary, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Joanne was predeceased by her sister Rita and brother Kerwin.

For those wishing to honor Joanne, the family will be hosting a celebration of her life on Sunday, December 11, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Sheepscot Fish and Game Clubhouse, Route 3, Palermo.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to Beacon Hospice, Erskine Academy, the Alfond Cancer Center or a local animal shelter of your choice.

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

JOHN H. FLEURY

OAKLAND – John Henry Fleury “Fluff” passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, November 23, 2022. John was born in Waterville, the son of Law­rence and Alice (Arse­nault) Fleury Sr.

He attended the Waterville schools and upon graduation joined the United States Navy.

John worked for Pinette Roofing and Jacking after the Navy. He loved spending time with family and friends. John was an avid sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and New England Patriots.

John was predeceased by his parents and nephew Pete Fleury.

He is survived by his brothers Paul Fleury and wife Dottie, and Larry Fleury and wife Dianne; nieces and nephews Ross and Beth Hahn, Jody and Glenn Hoelscher, Aaron and Erin Irwin, Larry and Amy Fleury; and many great-nieces and great-nephews Jackson, Eddie, Kara, Missy, and Mahkayla.

There will be a graveside service at Maine Veterans Cemetery, 143 Blue Star Ave, Augusta, Maine 04330, on Thursday, December 15, at 1 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be determined at a later date.

In lieu of donations light a candle in his memory.

DAVID R. ST. PETER

WATERVILLE – David Robert St. Peter, 71, of Waterville, passed away on Monday morning, November 28, 2022. David was born on Jan­uary 18, 1951, in Waterville and was a lifelong area resident.

He graduated from Waterville High School and immediately joined the workforce at Keyes Fibre Company, later known as The Chinet Company and currently known at Huhtamaki. He spent his 38-year career with them working in every department before eventually becoming a lead supervisor in the lamination department. His extensive knowledge and expertise were an integral part of the development and success of that department. He was the one they called on when no one else could figure out a problem on a machine. His genius mechanical IQ was a gift and one that he was too humble to acknowledge. He took great pride in his work as well as in those who worked for him. He took care of his workers, often taking on extra jobs and shifts himself to help them out.

During his younger years David enjoyed fishing, softball, hockey and bowling. He loved the outside and especially enjoyed summers when he was able to rent a camp for his family or just take long drives. He loved pop-ins from his children just to play a mean game of dice or cribbage. His competitive side allowed no special favors for any of them. As he grew older, his choice to spend more time close to home was respected. He loved his westerns, football games and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. His love and pride for his family was evident in his eyes during every gathering he went to.

David is survived by his wife of 19 years, Genevieve (Genny) Adams; his three daughters Bridget Jabar and husband Joe, of Belgrade, Nikole Luce and husband Harry, of Fairfield, and Bobbi-Jo Rodrigue, and husband Bob, of Winslow; his son Scott St. Peter and wife Karen, of Waterville; as well as his stepson Jerry Adams and wife Donna, of Fairfield Center; eight grandchildren, Ryan, Justin and Jordan Jabar, Nicholas Comeau, Samuel Whitney, Gabrielle and Sadie St. Peter and Elliot Rodrigue; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Constance (Duperry) St. Peter; his brothers Richard, Danny and Steven; as well as the mother of his children, Bonnie (Kirkpatrick) St. Peter.

At the request of David, there were no visiting hours. The family will hold a graveside memorial and celebration of life in the spring for family and close friends.

For anyone who truly knew David, you knew his heart was big. When he was able, he would do anything for anyone in need. So, for this reason, if anyone would like to donate in David’s memory, to the Gabbie and Alice Food Pantry, a charitable organization his granddaughter Gabbie co-founded years ago. Any donation can be sent to George J. Mitchell School, Attn: Kim Taylor, 58 Drummond Ave., Waterville, ME 04901. Checks can be made to the George J. Mitchell School and note food pantry donation in the memo.

BRUCE K. BOURGET SR.

VASSALBORO – Bruce K. Bourget, Sr., 71, of Vassalboro, died Thursday, December 1, 2022, at his home following a brief illness. He was born in Au­gusta on May 10, 1951, the son of Romain J. Bourget and Mildred A. (French) Bourget.

Bruce graduated from Cony High School, in Augusta, in 1971, and immediately enlisted into the U.S. Army with best friend Alton Savage on the “buddy-plan“. Bruce then served honorably in the Vietnam War on “King Cobra” gun truck, where he also received the nickname “Frenchie”.

He was employed as supervisor in the paint shop at Bath Iron Works for many years. He was previously employed by the Veterans Administration at Togus as a pharmacy tech. Bruce enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with family and friends. He was very proud of his Biggest Bucks in Maine patch. And being called “Banky“ by his grandchildren when they were little.

Bruce was predeceased by both his parents; his brothers Romeo (Jay) and wife Judith, Romain (Pete) and sister Sylvia.

Surviving is his wife of 50 years, Nancy (Williams) Bourget; a son and daughter-in-law, Bruce K. Bourget II and Stephanie; a daughter and son-in-law, Sylvia and Romeo Roy Jr; his three grandchildren, Alexis Roy and partner Remington Lessard, Rachel Roy and partner Matthew Wozniak, and Mercedes Bourget; brother Oliver and wife Carol Bourget; sister-in-law Judith Bourget, and several nieces and nephews.

Committal prayers with military honors will be offered at 1:00 p.m., on Friday December 9, 2022, in the chapel at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta, ME.

Condolences, stories and photos may be shared at http://www.plummerfh.com.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, December 1, 2022

THELMA J. O’NEAL

OAKLAND – Thelma Joan O’Neal, 89, of Oakland, passed away on Monday, November 14, 2022, at the Northern Light Inland Hospital, in Waterville, following a brief illness. Thelma was born in Oakland on September 27, 1933, the daughter of Harry and Velma (Thomas) Bickford.

She grew up in Oakland and attended the Oakland schools along with 11 sisters and brothers.

Over the years Thelma worked at the Diamond Match Company, in Oakland, Norridgewock Shoe Company, in Norridgewock, and as a housekeeper at the Econo Lodge Motel, in Waterville. But most of all she was a very loving and caring mother. She was a very hard-working person and instilled that into her children. She would always make sure that her children had all they needed and then some, always putting them first in her life before anything or anyone else.

Growing up with so many siblings, there were always many great stories to be told. After all the Sunday dinners she served, there would always be time for her to tell those stories with so much enthusiasm and along with her fiery spirit, she created memories that would last a life time.

Thelma had a passion for growing flowers. She just loved working in her flower gardens and would grow some of the most beautiful flowers every year. She also was an avid bird watcher. She had many feeders in her front yard and would feed the birds all year round. She could tell you all about the different kinds of birds that would frequent her feeders. Her favorites were the beautiful red cardinals and the black-capped chickadees. Oh yes, and the little chipmunks that she thought were so cute, she would put extra seeds on the ground for them.

She also enjoyed going for rides up north in the fall to see the beautiful foliage and down east to see the ocean with the highlight of that trip would be to enjoy one of her favorite foods, the Maine lobster roll.

Thelma was predeceased by her parents, Harry and Velma Bickford; son Merland L. O’Neal Jr.; siblings Harry Bickford, Annie Bickford, Thomas Bickford and his wife Marcella, Blynn Bickford and his wife Juanita, Gary Bickford, Kenneth Bickford, John Bickford and his wife Jane; and daughter-in-law Susan Zimmerman.

She is survived by her children Bonnie Stratton and Gary DesRosiers, Debroah Wentworth and her husband Richard, Joey and his wife Jaime; grandchildren Sydney O’Neal, Tanya Kormann and her husband Eric, Gabe Wentworth and his wife Angie, Jeremiah Stratton and his wife Paula; great-grandchildren, Ben, Abby, and Marley Kormann, Hannah Wentworth, Anthony Whitman, Jack and Poppy Stratton; siblings Lawrence Bickford and his wife Christine, Leatrice Grevois and her husband Roger, Charlene Houle and her husband Paul; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at the Lewis Cemetery, in Oakland on Saturday, December 3, at 11 a.m., with a Celebration of Life Party to follow at the residence of Debroah and Richard Wentworth, 298 Hussey Hill Rd., in Oakland. All are welcome to attend.

Arrangements are in the care of Wheeler Funeral Home, 26 Church Street, Oakland, where condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at http://www.lawrybrothers.com.

WILLIAM D. LESSOR

WATERVILLE – William “Billy” David Lessor, 81, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, following a long battle with cancer. Born April 27, 1941, in Waterville, Billy grew up and attended schools in Clinton, graduating in 1959.

He was employed at Clinton Tannery, Hights Auto Body, in Skowhegan, Cooper Weymouth, in Clinton, and held other jobs in a carpentry, cement work, and truck driving, but his favorite jobs were delivering furniture for Value House Furniture, in Waterville, and over 20 years at New Beginning Church of God, in Waterville, as part of the Worship Team playing his guitar, maintenance and security.

Many people knew him as “Shorty” and “Night Hawk’ on the C.B. Radio.

He was predeceased by his parents, William R. Lessor of Fairfield and Eva L. (Doucette) Bartley of Clinton.

He is survived by daughter, Lisa Pelotte and husband, Jeff, of China; granddaughters Erica Jackson and partner, Brandon and their children Brooklyn and Leah, of Benton; Krista Jackson and partner, Manny and their children Jordanna, Kylee, and Jackson, of Winslow; sisters Patricia Bouchard, of Benton, Brenda Prentiss and husband, Skip, of Winslow; and brother, Don Bartley and wife, Carolyn, of St. Charles, Missouri; and special longtime friend, Ida Donnally, of Waterville.

A celebration of life was held on Saturday November 26, at New Beginnings Church of God, 392 Main St., in Waterville. A private family burial will be next spring at Evergreen 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 http://www.lawrybrothers.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New Beginnings Church of God in honor of William Lessor.

KATHERINE A. REAY

WINDSOR – Katherine A. (Ballard) Reay, 71, passed away at the Captain Lewis Residence, on Thursday, November 17, 2022, following a lengthy illness. Kathy was born January 1, 1951, in Lincoln, the daughter of the late Donald Ballard, Sr. and Barbara (Conant) Ballard.

She is the wife of Walter W. Reay with whom she shared 45 years of marriage.

Kathy was a graduate of Lee Academy, class of 1969. She went on to further her education, graduating from Husson College with a degree in business, in Bangor.

Kathy worked at VA Healthcare Systems at Togus as a secretary for 36 years until her retirement in 2009.

Kathy loved babysitting her grandchildren and spending time with her family. She especially enjoyed going to the family camp at Madagascal Pond, in Burlington. She also enjoyed walking, reading, doing crossword puzzles and going on road trips with Walter to Florida and the Outer Banks, NorthCarolina, with her family.

In addition to her husband Walter, Kathy is survived by her children Brian Reay and his wife Erika, of China, Pamela Reay, of Pembroke, Massachusetts, and Penny Orsted and her husband Brett, of Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin; her brothers David Ballard and his wife Victoria, of Hampden, Michael Ballard and his wife Karen, of Virginia, and Scott Ballard and his wife Lisa, of Fairfield; her sister Sharon Ballard and her husband Kevin Gross, of Wilson, North Carolina; her grandchildren Lauren and Evan Reay, Rahlo Reay, Alex, Chris and Ben Orsted; her great-grandchildren Vivian and Remy Orsted; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Kathy is predeceased by her brother Donald Ballard, Jr.

Funeral services were held on Monday, November 28, 2022, in the Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, 1 Church Street, Augusta. Interment will be in Coombs Cemetery, Augusta.

Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, 1 Church St. Augusta where condolences and memories may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the funeral home website by visiting http://www.khrfuneralhomes.com

In lieu of flowers, donations in Kathy’s memory may be made to Captain Lewis Residence, 270 Maine Ave., Farmingdale, ME 04344.

GENEVIEVE D. WENZ

VASSALBORO – Genevieve “Jenny” Dyer Wenz, 82, of Vassalboro, passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2022. She was born in Gardiner on November 4, 1940, to Oville and Vera (Carney) Dyer.

Jenny was loved dearly by all who knew her. She was always willing to help when someone needed it and cared for her grandchildren every chance she had. Jenny enjoyed genealogy, reading, playing cards, assembling puzzles and grew beautiful flower gardens. She loved spending time with family and her doors were always open.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Randall K. Wenz, of New Britain, Connecticut; two brothers, Herman and Terry Dyer; and nephew Kenny Dyer, all of Vassalboro.

She is survived by her children William Zipp, Kathy Young and Kelly Doty; her grandchildren, Rebecca Loden, Samantha Gibbs, Teresa Cash, Neil Young, Cheyanne Young, Collin Doty and Jade Doty; eight great-grandchildren; her brother, Kenny Dyer; nephews Mark and David Dyer, and a niece Tina Strout; along with several great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial service will take place in the spring 2023. Arrangements are in the care of Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Rd., Windsor, ME 04363.

Condolences, stories, and photos may be shared by visiting http://www.plummerfh.com.

CODY L. McBREAIRTY

OAKLAND – Cody L. McBreairty, 16, passed away unexpectedly Friday, November 18, 2022. Cody was born in Waterville, on October 20, 2006, the son of Nicole Taylor and Ronnie McBreairty Jr.

Cody attended Messalonskee High School, in Oakland.

Cody loved anything with a motor. He was a year-round fisherman and always looked forward to ice fishing with his uncle Shawn. He played football and enjoyed hanging out with his friends and family. He would do anything to make them laugh, even if that meant getting a few bruises along the way, it was all worth it if he could make someone smile. He was blessed with his cousins who were more like siblings, and spending quality time with them meant so much to Cody. He loved his trips up to Fort Kent with his Pepe, and everyone knew his love of the “TaylorMade” name.

Cody was predeceased by his grandparents, Ronnie McBreairty Sr., Pam Atkins, and Michael Taylor.

Cody is survived by his mother Nicole Taylor and her partner Andy Tompkins; father Ronnie McBreairty Jr.; grandmother Tina Taylor, grandfather Lenard Schoen, Pepe Mike Bourgoin and his spouse Rona, grandmother Linda Taylor; great-grandparents Hardy and Gloria Taylor; aunts, Mikayla Bourgoin, and Heather Dixon; uncles, Shawn Taylor and his partner Marie Conlogue, Derick Taylor and his partner Catherine Mansfield, Ryan McBreairty, and Chris Sinclair and his partner Nicole Schooler; his sister Trinity Taylor; cousins that were more like siblings, Brandon, Matt, Damian, Katlyn, and Kaleb; his significant other Tiana Webster; many other aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

There will be a private celebration of life at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Wheeler Funeral Home 26 Church Street, Oakland, ME.

CAROLE M. DUPLESIS

ROME – Carole M. Duplessis, 68, of Mountain Drive, died Sunday, November 20, 2022, at UMASS Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, Massachusetts, following a brief illness. She was born in Augusta on November 27, 1953, the daughter of Gerard Breton and Yolande (Beaudoin) Breton.

Carole was a graduate of Cony High School, in Augusta.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed as an office assistant at Cives Steel for many years.Carole was a member of Cushnoc Senior Citizens and Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks Lodge, of Augusta. Carole loved summers by the lake and boating with her family.

Surviving is her husband, Leo A. Duplessis, of Rome; two sons, Troy Duplessis, of Rome and Chad Duplessis and his wife Kimberly, of Augusta; five grandchildren, Olivia, Lily, Molly, Maddux and Nikalus; her sister, Diane Breton and her brother, Daniel Breton.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday November 30, 2022, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Augusta. Burial will be in Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Civic Center Drive, Augusta, at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, ME. Condolences, stories and photos may be shared at http://www.plummerfh.com.

Memorial donations may be made to The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Philanthropy Department, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, ME 04102.

CHERI M. RONAN

OAKLAND – Cheri M. Ronan, 47, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 20, 2022. Cheri’s health started to decline in April 2020. She was born at Elizabeth Ann Seton Hospital, in Waterville, on May 5, 1975. Cheri grew up in Oakland, attended local schools, and graduated from Messalonskee High School in 1995. She was a huge sports enthusiast. She participated in the Special Olympics for many years and received numerous gold, silver and bronze medals. During her earlier years, she participated in the local T-Ball program and loved shooting hoops.

Cheri loved the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots, especially Tom Brady. She enjoyed going to the movies and doing errands around town with mom. When not with mom, Cheri was watching football and baseball games with dad. Going to Fenway Park, in Boston, and JetBlue Park for sproing training, in Fort Myers, Florida, was always extremely exciting for Cheri. She always looked forward to going to the University of Maine hockey games while her brother attended college there.

For 29 years, Cheri attended Pine Tree Camp, on North Pond, in Rome, as one of her favorite activities every summer. Cheri enjoyed riding her bike around the neighborhood and hanging out at Video Tyme. After high school graduation, she worked part-time at Hannaford Supermarket, Governor’s Restaurant, and Mount St. Joseph’s nursing home in the laundry department for many years, all in Waterville. Work for Cheri was always a big social event. She was truly a social butterfly who loved to tease everyone with whom she came in contact. Cheri’s personality is best described as “a character” to say the least.

Cheri traveled with mom and dad to such places as San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and the Grand Canyon. She enjoyed her annual March excursions to Aruba, St. Thomas and St. John, in the Virgin Islands. When she was not flying to destinations, she enjoyed sitting in the front seat of the truck with dad while he hauled the RV. Camping, fishing and boating were always an important part of her growing years. In recent years, she RV’ed to RainTree RV Resort, in North Fort Myers, Florida, to spend the winter away from Maine. She was never fond of rain and snow.

Cheri enjoyed the “Good Ole Rockin’ Roll” that Nashville, Tennessee, had to offer. Other trips were made to Myrtle Beach, Pennsylvania Amish Country and the Gaspé Peninsula, in eastern Québec, Canada. Other fun trips included Disney World, Harry Potter at Universal Studios, and riding in the police car where the Andy Griffeth show was filmed in Mayberry, North Carolina. Cheri loved animals, particularly her cat ‘Smokey’ who lived with her for 19 years! When not traveling or working, Cheri loved attending special needs programs such as Families Matter and Skills, in Waterville. She enjoyed going out to dinner with her friends from the programs once a week.

Cheri was predeceased by her grandparents Joseph and Viola Morin, from Skowhegan, and Lawrence and Jacqueline Ronan, from Winslow.

Cheri is survived by her parents David and Suzanne Ronan, Oakland; her brother Jonathan Ronan and his wife Alyza Burwood Ronan; niece Izabella, and nephew Christopher, both of Waterville; many uncles, aunts and cousins throughout the United States and Canada.

There will be a Celebration of Cheri’s Life at Governor’s Restaurant, in Waterville, on Thursday, December 1, at 11 a.m., with lunch and beverages provided.

Burial will take place at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Grove St., in Waterville. Since sports was a meaningful part of Cheri’s life, we ask everyone who attends Cheri’s Celebration of Life to wear some type of sports memorabilia, such as a sports jersey of your favorite team or a team ball cap.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pine Tree Camp, 114 Pine Tree Rd., Rome, ME 04936.

DEBORAH A. BIZIER

FAIRFIELD – Deborah A. Bizier, 67, unexpectedly passed away of natural causes on Sunday, November 20, 2022, while visiting a park in Texas.

Deborah was a retired nurse who worked her career at Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor. Since her retirement, she has spent her Maine winters traveling the United States, camping at various parks. Deborah enjoyed the simple beauty of life. She had a special love for horses and owned several during her lifetime.

She is survived by her mother, Marcelle Gilbert, of Fairfield; her brother Daniel Gilbert, of Fairfield; aunt Joan Gilman, of Fairfield; and sister-in-law Charlene Chowantec, of Florida; many nieces and nephews

She was predeceased by her husband, James Bizier, of Fairfield; father, Robert Gilbert, of Fairfield; uncles James Michaud, of Arizona, and Roy Gilman, of Fairfield.

Per Deborah’s request, there are no services planned.

SYLVIA A. WINCHENBACH

CHELSEA – Sylvia Anne Currier Winchenbach, 90, passed away on Friday, November 25, 2022, while at Orono Commons Nursing Home. She was born on April 28, 1932, at home in Mt. Vernon, the daughter of Carl W. and Olive Robinson Currier.

Sylvia graduated from grammar school in Mt. Vernon in 1946, moved to Augusta at 13 years old, renting a room and graduated from Cony High School in 1950. She then attended Gates Business College in Augusta and graduated in 1951.

She worked at Fosters restaurant after hours during high school and college, working 33 hours per week at 40-cents per hour.

On September 1, 1953, she married James O. Winchenbach from Waldoboro at the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

She worked for the state of Maine for four years and got done for the delivery of her first son, James, in 1955. In 1958, she had her second son, Allan.

Sylvia was room mother, vice-president, secretary and president of the Chelsea PTA at various times while her children attended Chelsea Grammar School.

She went back to the state of Maine and worked for 15 more years for different entities such as the Public Utilities Commission, Maine State Police and Bureau of Motor Vehicle, in Augusta. She retired on April 29, 1992.

She belonged to the Chelsea Senior Citizens, past president of the Goodwill Circle, deaconess of the Chelsea Advent Christian Church, and attended the Weeks Mills Christian Church.

She enjoyed camping with her children and grandchildren as well as having numerous parties with her family, brothers and sisters. She enjoyed doing arts and crafts with her family and friends.

Sylvia was predeceased by her husband James Winchenbach in 2012.

She leaves behind her two sons, James and his wife Susan, from Milford, and their children, Jenny Leverknight, from Delaware, and husband Mike, Brandon Winchenbach, from Milford, Jared Winchenbach and his fiancée Katie Day, from Windham; great-grandchildren Emma and Jacob Leverknight, Allan Sr. and his wife Carolyn, from Sidney, children Allan Winchenbach Jr. and his friend Shaun from Portland and Melissa Winchenbach from Waterville.

Sylvia was predeceased by her father Carl; mother Olive, of Mt. Vernon; sisters Winifred Currier, from Mt. Vernon, Etta Hall, from Wayne, Owena Blac, from Augusta, Ruby Plaisted, from Farmington; brothers Leon Currier, from Monmouth, Walter Currier, from Mt. Vernon, and Frank Currier, from Mt. Vernon; many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Sylvia’s funeral service was held at Knowlton & Hewins Funeral Home, 1 Church Street, in Augusta, on Thursday, December 1, 2022.

Burial will be at the Old German Church Meeting House Cemetery, located at 235 Bremen Road, on Route 32, in Waldoboro, where she will be laid to rest beside her late husband James.

Arrangements are in the care of the Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, 1 Church Street, Augusta where condolences and memories may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the funeral home website by visiting http://www.khrfuneralhomes.com.

ANNINE VASHON

WINSLOW – Annine Vashon, 91, of Winslow, passed away peacefully on Sunday , November 27, 2022. Annine was born on August 21, 1931, in St. Zacharie, Québec, Canada, the daughter of Camille Chabot and Leo Gagnon.

Annine grew up in Lac Etchemin, Québec, Canada.

She met the love of her life, Gordon Vashon, in Waterville, in 1959, when she came to watch her brother, Roger, play for the Waterville Exchange Club Bruins. They married in July 1960 and moved to Maine, where she spent the rest of her life.

Prior to moving to Maine, she was a beautician, and upon moving, she continued to cut and style hair for her family and friends. She was a stay at home mom and enjoyed raising her family. In her later years, she worked alongside her husband running the family convenience store, C+L Market, in Sidney.

Her hobbies included ceramics, painting, sewing, quilting, upholstery, and camping at Great Pond, in Belgrade Lakes. She self taught her self to speak, read and write in English. She had a great sense of humor, and loved to play cards, fly kites and spend time with family and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents Camille Chabot and Leo Gagnon; her husband Gordon Vashon, her brothers Jarvais Gagnon and Roger Gagnon; along with her son-in-law Charles (Chic) Kowaleuski.

She is survived by her daughters Sylvia Kowaleuski, of Hope, New Jersey, Brenda Lary and husband Jeff, of Hartland; her son Michael, of Richmond; her sister Roberte (Gagnon) Maheux, of Lac Etchemin Québec; her sister-in-law Sandra Brown and husband Richard, of Sidney; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 a.m., on Saturday, December 3, at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument Street, Winslow. Burial will take place at the St. Francis Cemetery, Grove Street, Waterville, weather permitting. A luncheon will be served after the services, the location has yet to be determined.

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 http://www.gallantfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association at http://www.alz.org or Alzheimer’s Association, Attn: Donor Services, 225 North Michigan Ave, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601. Please write in memory of Annine Vashon

ROBERT M. HOWELL JR.

WATERVILLE – Robert Michael Howell Jr., 50, passed away in Waterville, on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. He was born on Jan­uary 20, 1972, in Odessa, Texas, to Robert Michael Howell Sr. and Billie Darlene (Key) Howell.

He worked in construction safety most of his working life, after graduating Odessa College Safety Program. He also never met a stranger, as he could make conversation while passing you on the sidewalk, from the time he was a small child.

He is survived by his parents, Robert Howell Sr. and wife Vera, of Odessa, Texas. and Billie Darlene (Key) Seal and husband Glenn, of Ore City, Texas; brothers, Jeffery, Jared, and Kenny Howell; sisters, Melanie Ormsby, Amanda Baker, and Jenny Abreu; stepsister, Jennifer Write; stepdaughters, Megan Nicholas, Amanda Loggins; ex-wife, Renee Jackson; nine aunts and uncles; step-grandmother, Barbara Pate; and innumerable other unofficially adopted family.

He was preceded in death by both sets of biological grandparents; two uncles and one aunt; one cousin; two step grandfathers and one step grandmother.

Memorial services were held on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints Chapel, at 5401 JBS Parkway, Odessa, Texas.

Instead of flowers, please consider donating to these organizations that Michael was an active supporter, Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter of Waterville, Maine, and The Humane Society Waterville Area, Military Veterans of America, food bank, pantries, and soup kitchens.