OBITUARIES for Thursday, September 22, 2022


FAIRFIELD – Donna Bowman, 79, of Fairfield, passed away suddenly on Friday, Sep­tember 9, 2022, in her home. She was born in Gardiner on February 6, 1943, daughter of Llewellyn and Effie Thompson Bowman.

Donna grew up in Hallowell, lived in Portland and Augusta, both, for short periods of time, then moved to Readfield where she lived for many years making a home for her family. She graduated from Hall Dale High School and then went on to University of Maine in Farmington to receive her master’s degree in Early Childhood Development. Donna worked at several companies working with children with developmental disabilities before moving on to an assisted living program, where she happily retired in 2006.

She was an avid Red Sox fan and would spend most of her time watching the games, hardly ever missing a game. Many times, becoming very emotional over the play of her team, especially this year. She liked knitting, crocheting and making Christmas ornaments, stockings, and other arts and crafts for her family and friends. She also loved the slots, enjoying her trips to Hollywood Slots, Oxford Casino, Foxwoods, Florida, and Las Vegas, as well.

She is survived by her children Kevin Norwood and wife Danielle Norwood, of Readfield, Bill Norwood and wife Joyce Norwood, of Manchester, Gary Norwood and wife Lisa Norwood, of Sabattus, and Kelly Rogers and wife Kelly Barnes, of Fairfield; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren with one more on the way; nephew, Tim Bowman, of Farmingdale; her niece, Cindy Beach and her husband, Howard Beach, of Vassalboro; cousin, Mary Thompson;.

She was predeceased by her father, Llewellyn Bowman, mother, Effie Bowman; brother, Robert Bowman, brother, Andrew Bowman, and sisters-in-law Sylvia Leroy and Jean Bowman.

Donna’s visitation will be on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by her memorial service at 5 p.m., in the Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, 1 Church St. Augusta. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.

Arrangements are in the care of the Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, 1 Church St., Augusta, where condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at

Because she was an avid animal lover and had many pets over the years, donations can be made in memory of Donna Bowman to Ark of Maine,, a nonprofit with a mission to rescue, rehabilitate and place abused, neglected, and abandoned or orphaned animals.


CLINTON – Timothy “Tim” Adams, 59, passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2022. He was born Dec­em­ber 12, 1962, in Waterville, the son of Beverly (Pooler) Adams and Richard White.

Most recently, Tim worked as a delivery driver for Waterville House of Pizza. Previously, he was an automobile mechanic for more than 30 years. He worked for several years at Keith’s Auto Repair, on College Avenue, in Waterville.

Music was a defining part of him. He played bass guitar for the rock ‘n roll band R Factor 13. When he was a boy, he liked to play the harmonica. He was also a NASCAR fan. His most favorite professional driver was Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Tim is survived by the love of his life, Kristi Lovell Adams. They were married on July 24, 1988.

He is also survived by his mother, Beverly Adams, and his siblings: Carol Sturtevant (Nelson), Janelle Doig (Richard), Darlene Hersom (John), Bebe Howe (Cass), and Kathy Adams; three brothers, David, Ricky, and Bruce White; his mother-in-law Diane Lovell; his sister-in-law Vanda Madore (Rodney); and his brother-in-law Parrish Lovell (Kathy); numerous, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Tim was preceded in death by his father Richard White, and his grandparents, Edgar and Georgianne White, grandparents, Raymond and Alice Pooler, and his brother Alan Nason; his father-in-law Vince “Butch” Lovell.

There will be no funeral services. A private burial will be held for close family and friends on Saturday, September 24, at 10 a.m., at the Lewis Cemetery, 51 Cottle Road, Oakland.

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

An expanded obituary can be read on the Lawry Brothers website:

A Celebration of Life potluck gathering will be held on Saturday, October 1, from 1-4 p.m., at the Forrest J. Pare VFW Post #1285, hall, 51 Water Street, Waterville, Maine.


PORTLAND—Betty Quimby Twombly, 96, passed away Saturday, September 10, 2022, at Maine Medical Center, in Portland, on the 18th anniversary of her husbands passing, Guy E. Twombly. She was born August 25, 1926, in Brooks, the daughter of Jerome R. Quimby and S. Nina Webb Quimby.

After her 1944 graduation from Morse Memorial High School in Brooks, Betty went on to attend the University of Maine in Orono, graduating in 1948 with a degree in home economics.

Betty was a member of the Riverside Congregational UCC for 55 years. During her 58 year residency in Vassalboro, she was generous of her time, volunteering countless hours to various civic and church functions.
Sewing brought Betty great joy and she was an accomplished seamstress. She often constructed clothing for herself and her family, with a special love of quilting and crafting. Betty was an avid reader, especially as she aged and could no longer sew. Some of Betty’s favorite pasttimes included entertaining guests in her home and making all feel welcome (and well fed). She was always knowledgeable of current events, whether it was political news or the latest fashion trends.

She is survived by her children, Guy “Allan” Twombly, of Augusta, and Susan W. Reeder, of Portland; a grandson, Benjamin Reeder and his wife Samantha Beck Reeder, of Falmouth; a sister, Jane Stemm, of Florida, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at 1 p.m., at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, Maine.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association at

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WINSLOW – Beverly Cook, 91, passed away peacefully at Oak Grove Nursing Home, in Waterville, on Sunday, September 11, 2022. She was born May 1, 1931, the daughter of Dorothy (Prentiss) and Augustus Harrison.

She attended Clinton schools, graduating valedictorian of her graduating class.

After graduating, Beverly met the love of her life, Roland, and they shared 73 years together. She worked for Grand Central Railroad, retiring after 39 years as chief clerk. Beverly loved to dance, she and Roland traveled the world dancing together. Line dancing, ballroom dancing, she loved it all. Beverly loved playing organ and bridge. Later in life, Beverly and Roland became snowbirds, wintering in Florida and returning each spring to their home and family in Winslow.

She was predeceased by her parents; her daughter, Cindy Cook, and her son, Ricky Cook.

She is survived by her husband, Roland Cook; grandchildren Brad Cook, Ryan Cook, and Terry.

There will be a graveside service Thursday September 22, at 1 p.m., at Greenlawn Rest.

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


SMITHFIELD – Deron “Duke” Johnson, 51, of Smithfield, passed away, at home, on Sunday, September 11, 2022. He was the son of Carol and John “Jack” Johnson Sr.

He was a devoted husband and father to his wife of 12 years, Christy Johnson, and son, Damon Johnson, both of whom he loved more than anything in the world. Duke could liven up any room with his smile and charisma. He was a loyal and devoted friend. He loved ice cream. His radio was always tuned to the Lithium channel and he liked to sing Chris Cornell songs. Duke loved to travel and was adventurous. But his passion was fly fishing, and if he could pick any river to fly fish it would be in Montana.

Duke graduated from Skowhegan Area High School in 1989, and Eastern Maine Community College in 1999. He also served in the U.S. Air Force in the 337th Airlift Squadron, and was a licensed white water rafting guide. He worked in the Electrical and Instrumentation Shop at SAPPI, in Hinckley, for 17 years alongside his father, brothers, and co-workers who became a second family.

Duke loved life and lived it to its fullest, even while battling cancer in his final year. His peaceful will be felt throughout the community because of how many lives he touched in his 51 years.

Duke’s immediate family meant the world to him and they were by his side throughout his brightest days and hardest hours. They include his brothers: John and Marie Johnson Jr., and Brian and Stephanie Johnson; nieces and nephew: Brooke and Matthew Libby; Caitlyn Johnson; Tanner Johnson; cousins Kathleen and David Talley; and in-laws Joseph and Annette Lepkowski.

A casual celebration of life will take place on Sunday, October 2, 2022, at The Water’s Edge Estate, 624 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, Maine between 4–7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Yellowstone Forever.


SIDNEY – Emily Ann Doak Hartung, 68, passed away on Monday, September 12, 2022, following a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. Emily Ann Doak Hartung was born in Bath, to Mar­thon, Jr. and Elizabeth “Betty” Howard Doak, of Days Ferry, on October 2, 1953. She was the third of five children.

Emily graduated from Morse High School in 1971 where she was active in outdoor track and field, swimming, and figure skating. Emily loved spending time at Popham Beach and getting together with her girlfriends. She always said that life was about choices, it was important to bloom where you are planted, and lead with positivity.

She went on to study education at the University of Maine at Farmington. Emily was crowned Miss Maine International in 1973 and traveled to New Orleans to compete in the Miss USA-International pageant. Emily was an active member of the Phi Nu Omega Sorority and UMF ski team. At UMF, she swept Dallas Hartung off his feet and after graduating, the two were married on August 23,1975. Emily went on to teach fifth grade before diving into a career in business. She pursued her passion for teaching through being a Girl Scout Troop Leader.

Emily was best known as one of the founding members and co-owner of the first female-owned and operated business in downtown Farmington, The Calico Patch. “The Patch” was known and loved by many as a fine gift shop that Emily ran for 37 years. She was also a founding member of Devaney, Doak, and Garrett Booksellers. Emily had a passion for supporting other female entrepreneurs by promoting their handiwork in the shop and was active in the Farmington Downtown Association. She was also a dedicated member of the Farmington Historical Society, brought joy to the Pierce House residents through her companionship and artwork, celebrated friendships at Old South Congregational Church, and served as secretary, director, and later president of the Ward Pond Association.

When her daughters called her to travel, Emily gladly went along for the ride. As a family, they visited Canada, Germany, Italy, England, and most recently traversed the state of North Carolina from beach to mountains. Emily delighted in scouring the shelves at the Farmington Public Library and sharing her passion for reading with her family. In her free time, Emily enjoyed quilting with the Blue Moon Quiltmakers and painting with watercolor and acrylic. En plein air painting was Emily’s favorite way to create art, surrounded by nature. She founded Emily’s Salon where artists would gather together weekly to paint on her sunlit, plant-filled porch.

Emily and Dallas spent every summer and eventually retired at their camp on Ward Pond, in Sidney. In retirement, Emily enjoyed playing pickleball, baking with her grandkids, skiing with girlfriends, being part of Wine Club, and playing nightly Rummikub games with Dallas and neighbors.

She enjoyed daily swims across the pond and teaching her grandchildren how to swim and jump off the dock. She taught them how to not take life too seriously, use their imagination while playing dress up, and took them on adventure walks to find fairy gardens. When she wasn’t “poolside”, Emily was getting her hands dirty in the garden. Her gardens were her pride and joy. Emily loved to entertain friends and family surrounded by fruitful blooms that attracted countless birds, butterflies, and bees. This was her “slice of heaven” and she delighted in gifting plants to others so they too could find the joy in gardening.

She is survived by her husband, Dallas Lee Hartung, of Farmington; her two daughters, Jennifer and husband Davyd Collinson and their children Guinevere Elizabeth (8) and Noah William (6) of Litchfield, and Lisa Hartung and husband Brent Watkins and their child Maeve Ann (1), of Cary, North Carolina; her siblings Andrea (Jack) Conner, of Freeport, and Greg (Susan) Doak, Randy (Valerie) Doak, and Warren Doak, all of Woolwich; her father-in-law Alton “Honk” Hartung, of Manchester; and sister-in-law Terry Bourisk, of Winthrop.

She is predeceased by her parents.

There will be a celebration for Emily on her 69th birthday at their camp on Ward Pond, on Sunday, October 2, 2022, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made for children’s programs at the Farmington Public Library, Pilgrim Lodge, and the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens to promote reading, faith, and gardening for future generations.


VASSALBORO – Kenneth Joseph LaPierre, 68, passed away at his home, in Vassalboro, early Tuesday morning, September 13, 2022. Ken was born May 28, 1954, to Constance (Marois) LaPierre and Aime J. LaPierre.

Ken was the oldest son of eight children. He attended Cony High School and served in the Maine Army National Guard.

Ken worked for Central Maine Power for the past 30 years. He retired in 2019. Apart from working for CMP he also worked for Chris and Mike Karagiannes as maintenance manager for local properties.

Ken enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. When he wasn’t working, Ken loved to spend time tinkering around his house, doing yard work, cleaning the pool, and adding to his collection of tools in his garage. You could always depend on Ken to have at least six of the same items, “just in case someone needed to borrow something”.

In his younger years, Ken enjoyed riding his Harley and going on bike trips with his wife, Joy. Ken never missed one of Josh’s baseball practices or games, even when he had a list of things to do a mile long. Ken idolized his beautiful granddaughter, Addisyn Harper. She was the light of his life and he looked forward to all of her sleepovers at Grammy and Grampy’s house. Ken never missed a minute of overtime and thought of his CMP co-workers as his “second family”. Everyone knew Ken as the most loving husband, father, sibling, and son a family could ask for.

Ken loved to host summer barbecues, entertain friends and family, and became the patriarch of the family after the death of his father, Aime and his mother, Connie. Uncle Ken will always be remembered by his many nieces and nephews as the uncle who would tease the living heck out of them. As much as he teased, they always knew that if they were in any trouble or needed anything, they could always rely on their Uncle Ken. Ken’s antics were legendary and those who knew him have their own stories to tell. Though he appeared to have a tough exterior, Ken had a heart of gold. His biggest joy in life was to always lend a helping hand to anyone that needed it.

Ken is survived by his wife, Joy; son, Joshua and his wife Erin; granddaughter, Addisyn Harper; his siblings Gloria LaPierre, Jane LaPierre (Ernie), Danny LaPierre (Paula), Lisa LaPierre-Cote, Gary LaPierre (Tammy) and Amy Steiniger (John); and many cousins; nieces, nephews; and great-nieces and nephews.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents; older sister, Sandra (Lapierre) Damren, and his infant son, Brandon Joshua LaPierre.

No funeral service is being held.

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JEFFERSON – Dale Austin Gardner, 69, of Jefferson, died peacefully on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at the Togus VA Medical Center. He was born in Gardiner on October 27, 1952, the youngest son of Bernard and Irene Gardner.

Dale served in the U.S. Army, in Vietnam, and the Navy, in Okinawa. He retired from his work at the Maine State Prison in 2004 after 28 years. He loved hunting, fishing, camping trips in the Allagash with the guys and particularly bird watching on the Kennebec River, but nothing compared to the love he had for his family.

He was predeceased by his mother Irene, his father Bernard, and brother Judson.

Dale is survived by his daughters Heather (Yogi) Pratt and Tonya (Roy) Gardner; grandchildren Dakota (Josh) Cutler, Logan, Kabien and Ava; great-grandchildren Gunnar Smith, Grayson and Louissa- Jean Cutler; sister Jackie; brother David, wife Patricia; and many nieces and nephews.

A military committal service will be held on Tuesday, September 27, at 1 p.m., in the chapel at the Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mount Vernon Road, Augusta.

A Celebration of life will be held Saturday, October 1, at 11 a.m., at 132 Boynton Schoolhouse Road, in Jefferson

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,


FAIRFIELD CENTER – Roger Luke Shorty, 69, passed away in his home on Friday, September 16, 2022. Roger was born in Waterville, on Saturday, October 4, 1952, the son of Luke P. and Gladys A. (Lessard) Shorty.

He attended school at Immaculate Heart of Mary and Lawrence High School, both in Fairfield. He received a certification in Industrial Electronics Technology from Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute and an Associate in Applied Science in Electronics Instrumentation from Kennebec Valley Vocational Technical Institute. Roger was drafted into the U.S. Army and served out his two-year term before returning home to Maine.

Roger’s career as an electrician, programmer, and systems specialist found him in the employment of Keyes Fibre Co. (now Huhtamaki), Industrial Electric Inc., SAPPI, and Wrabacon, in Oakland.

Outside of work, Roger was a very active member of his church which was part of the Parish of Corpus Christi. He volunteered regularly at the Fairfield Interfaith Food Pantry and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #11303, where he held the office of Chancellor and past Grand Knight.

Throughout the vast majority of his life, he was an active member of Victor Grange where he took up the mantle of Overseer, Assistant Steward, Treasurer, and Master. In Pomona Grange, he served as assistant steward. He and his wife were honored as the State Grange young couple, and both served as a deputy at State Grange where they served on multiple committees. Through this work, Roger championed the cause of community and bringing people together in service to each other.

In his retirement, Roger worked on refining the small joys of life. Always a lifelong learner he would enjoy audio books, observing the subtle and beautiful inner workings of nature, and philosophizing on the deeper points of life and existence. Domestically, he loved cooking for Wanda, cleaning the house, dancing like no one was looking, and playing bridge twice a week.

He was predeceased by his parents, Luke and Gladys, and his brother, David.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda; his children Luke Shorty and Lisa Smith, Zachary Shorty and Rebecca Bannister, Matthew Shorty and Taylor Sinclair; grandson and child of Zachary and Rebecca, Alfred Shorty; siblings Marie and Reggie Rancourt, Linda Boone, Sandra and Tony Tibbetts; Jane and John Miller; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Notre Dame Church, in Waterville, on Monday September 26, at 10 a.m., followed by the interment of his remains at Tozier Cemetery, and a reception and celebration of life will be hosted by Victor Grange #49 and Knights of Columbus Council #11303, at the Victor Grange Hall at 11:30 a.m.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Roger’s name to Victor Grange #49 to establish a community fund to help those in the community that are in need. Donations can be sent to 96 Bearce Road, Winthrop, ME 04364 Attention: Roger Shorty Community Fund.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, September 19, 2022


PALERMO – Nancy A. Saban, 84, of Palermo, passed away on Friday, August 19, 2022, in Palermo. She was born in Vassalboro, on August 15, 1938, to parents Herbert and Ferne Keller.

On May 14, 1955, she married the love of her life, Bernard Saban. Nancy stayed at home and raised her daughters and, later in life, worked in the kitchen at Erskine Academy, in South China, which she loved.

Nancy will be remembered for her warm kindness and loving spirit as well as her blue-ribbon pies and yummy doughnuts.

Nancy is survived by daughters Esther Riley, of Palermo, and Ann Marie Saban and her partner, Jeffrey Trask, of Pittston; granddaughters Brianna Riley and Beth Riley; grandson, Dylan Cook and his wife Brittany; and three great-grandchildren, Jaden, Liam and Adaline; sister, Linda Thompson and husband Shelton; brothers Dennis Keller and wife Miriam, Paul Keller and wife Sandy; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and her angels here on earth, Becky and Larry Casey, Jeff and Lauretta Grady and Eileen Grady.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bernard; brother, Donald, sisters Hazel McCaslin and Hilda Randall; and nephews Dave and Chad McCaslin and Fred Saban.

A celebration of her life took place at the Palermo Christian Church, on Sunday, September 11.

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WATERVILLE – Glenn A. Leavitt, 66, of Waterville, passed away  on Monday, August 22, 2022. Glenn was born on May 9, 1956 in Mil­linock­et to Richard and Shirley Leavitt.

He graduated from Waterville Senior High School in 1975.  He married Cynthia Williams Leavitt, his high school sweetheart, on June 22, 1974.

After graduating high school, he began working for Milton Vending, in Waterville, and then, for most of his career, he worked as a wine sales representative for Pine State Trading Co. These careers provided him the opportunity to do one of his favorite things, meet and talk with different people. He never forgot a name and always made everyone he met feel like they had been friends forever.

Glenn’s love for sports was passed on to his children at a very early age. Bruins, Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots (and even the Cowboys for a couple of years until he realized the error of his ways) were his favorite teams. He realized the important role sports played in children’s lives. So much so, that not only did he encourage his children to play every sport possible (although he may have regretted hockey and the 5 a.m. practices), but he also spent years volunteering his time to coach Waterville youth baseball, hockey and football.

Glenn’s love for community continued as he became a member of the Waterville Elks Lodge #905. He was an active and dedicated member becoming the Exalted Ruler from 2002-2003 and took every opportunity to help those in need. The parties, dances and comedy shows he organized to help raise funds for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program will be fondly remembered by all who attended.

Glenn’s favorite place to be was at the family camp in Benedicta, (Beno). He was never happier than when he was sitting by the campfire with family for hours, playing cribbage and frisbee with his grandchildren or telling stories from his childhood about the old homestead in Millinocket and “Little Italy”. Glenn was a loving and dedicated husband, father and grandfather who always made sure his family came first. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. He never missed an opportunity to brag about them. He loved going to his grandson’s baseball games, giving them all money to get ice cream on the way home and bringing them all to the Elks when they had events for children. His love, devotion, humor and larger than life personality will be greatly missed by all who knew him

Glenn is survived by his wife of 48 years, Cynthia, of Waterville; son, Chris and his wife, Lisa, of West Gardiner, son, Brandon and his wife, Alisa, of China, daughter, Bethany, of Waterville; sister, Deborah Colangelo, and her husband, Stephen Gilman, of Waterville; aunt, Dorothy “Dot” Howard, and her husband Frank, of Millinocket; uncle, Bruce Leavitt, and his wife, Paula, of Carmel; grandchildren Jaidyn, Zoey, Makayla and Reece; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Leavitt, mother, Shirley Colangelo Leavitt; brothers, Keith Leavitt, David Leavitt, and Brian Leavitt.

A memorial service was held on September 11, at the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, 61 Pleasant St., Waterville.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Leavitt family.

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

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Maine Children’s Cancer Program at or Maine Medical Center, Philanthropy Department, 22 Bramhall St. Portland, ME 04102.


WINSLOW – Diane M. Moore, 72, of Winslow, passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2022 following a courageous battle with stage IV ovarian cancer. She was born on July 7, 1950, in Biddeford, and was the daughter of Francis and Marion Poirier Breton.

Diane was a 1969 graduate of Waterville High School. She obtained her CNA certificate and worked at AMHI, in Augusta, and various nursing homes. Diane most recently worked at the Maine Smoke Shop, in Waterville, for 14 years.

Diane enjoyed spending time outdoors. She loved hunting, four-wheeling, going up north to camp, going on adventurous car rides, and spending time with family and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband of 22 years, George A. Moore Sr.; and many aunts and uncles.

Diane is survived by her daughter, Leana Gagne, of North Carolina; her twin brother, Daniel Breton and his wife Joyce, of Winslow; a nephew, a niece; a great-nephew; two aunts, Peggy Leo, Marie Hutchinson; many cousins; and a sister-in-law, Pat McDevitt.

A burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Dan and Scott’s Cremation.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Harold Alfond Cancer Care, P.O. Box 828, Waterville, ME 04903.


WATERVILLE – Gary Glenn Rasmussen, Ph.D., 80, Clinical Psychologist, passed away on Thursday,

August 25, 2022, at the Glenridge Hospice Comfort Care unit, in Augusta, from multiple medical issues. Gary was the son of Glenn and Ellen Rasmussen, of Fresno, California.

Gary is survived by his wife of 40 years, Pamela Pariser Rasmussen and his two sons, Ian Pariser Rasmussen, of Portland, Oregon, and Kai Pariser Rasmussen, of Boston, Masachusetts. Gary’s family was part of an extended Danish community in Fresno, Caliornia. He has many extended family members in Fresno, California.

Gary served in the U.S. Air Force for four years after he finished high school. He was stationed in New Mexico and Nevada, where he worked as a weatherman. He graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara, with a bachelors’ degree in sociology. After he graduated from college, he spent a year working in Denmark and living with his Danish relatives. Gary received his masters’ degree in counseling from U.C., Santa Barbara. In Bakersfield, California, he ran an outpatient program for individuals with substance abuses. In Boise, Idaho, he ran a halfway house for individuals coming out of prison to help them transition back to the community under the umbrella organization of the Salvation Army.

Gary graduated from Peabody College, at Vanderbilt University, with his doctorate in clinical psychology, in Nashville, Tennessee. Gary met and married his wife, Pamela, in Nashville, Tenessee. in 1982. Gary moved with his wife to Maine to complete his psychology internship at the Togus V.A., in Augusta. He has worked for the past 40 years as a clinical psychologist in Waterville. Gary worked for several years as the psychologist in the psychiatric unit at Seton Hospital, in Waterville. Gary continued his private practice providing counseling services and was also a forensic psychologist.

Gary will have a Celebration of Life at the Winslow Congregational Church on Saturday October 8, at 2 p.m. The address of the church is 12 Lithgow St., Winslow. This service will be a hybrid service, in person and live streamed. If you are attending the in-person service, please wear a mask. Masks will be provided to those who attend and do not have their own masks. For any more specific information about the Celebration of Life Service, please contact Veilleux Funeral Home using the following email address: Jo.Vigue@Dignity

In lieu of flowers, donations to your choice of the following organizations are preferred: Alfond Youth and Community Center-Waterville; Winslow Community Cupboard at Winslow Congregational Church; Salvation Army (Augusta/Waterville branch); Comfort Care (hospice) Glenridge, Augusta.


WATERVILLE – Margaret Anne (Ohrt) Packard, 94, died at her home, in Waterville, on Friday, August 26, 2022. She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on October 8, 1927, to parents John Benno Ohrt and Margaret Louise Cowles.

Peggy, as she was nicknamed, was the youngest of her siblings, John, Dorothy and Henry. During her childhood Margaret moved multiple times while the family followed her father’s job in the oil business. Besides Tulsa, her youth found her living in San Antonio, Houston, Berlin, Germany, Mexico City, New Orleans, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Los Angeles.

After her parents’ remarriages, she traveled between Houston, Texas, and Livermore Falls. As a result, Margaret experienced a great variety of adventures and educational settings that fueled numerous later stories. She was a terrific storyteller.

In the 1940s while living in Brunswick, she met her future husband, Christopher Moore Packard. In 1950, they married in Québec City, Canada, and returned to Brunswick where Chris completed his studies at Bowdoin College.

Margaret worked at the Walker Art Museum where she set up a crib for their infant daughter, Margaret Bellamy, in the lobby. A son, Christopher Moore, followed and by that time the family had moved to the Packard farmhouse in the Pennellville neighborhood of Brunswick. Margaret was a homemaker while her children were young and then worked at Senter’s department store, in Brunswick, until her retirement. Other jobs included years of editing her husband’s weekly nature columns for the local paper and supporting Audubon events.

Tuesday evening path clearing groups at the new Mast Landing Sanctuary, in Freeport, were fueled in part by her potato salad and pies. Not many cooks could rival her pies. Margaret was an avid reader and supporter of libraries. She enjoyed poetry, history, biography, and always a good mystery. She never missed Masterpiece Theater and loved opera.

A lasting legacy Margaret made was to ensure the land in Pennellville would remain conserved in memory of her husband, Christopher. Having grown up there, he had spent a lifetime observing and writing about the flora and fauna he experienced.

Margaret was predeceased by her parents, siblings and husband.

She is survived by her daughter, Margaret (Peggy) Menchen, of Waterville; and son, Christopher (Kit) Packard, of Georgetown, and their spouses, Gary and Jane; grandchildren Christopher Menchen, of Benton, Margaret (Sadie) Menchen, of Los Angeles, California, and their spouses, Lacy and Megan, and Kylie Packard, of Tampa, Florida, and her fiancé Gregory Austin; and great-grandchildren Sara, Benjamin and Matthew Menchen, all of Benton.

Upon her wishes, there will be no memorial service and her family will gather at a later date.

Those who wish to honor Margaret may do so by supporting a local conservation group, animal shelter, or library, or by enjoying an opera.


WATERVILLE – Ann Marie Laliberte, 89, of Waterville, passed away peacefully on Monday, AugUST 29, 2022, at Concord Park Senior Living in Concord, Massachusetts, where she lived for the past five years. She was born in Waterville on April 12, 1933, the daughter of the late Lionel J. Poliquin and Helen Bouchard Poliquin.

At the age of 12, Ann lost her hearing and as a result, had to decline acceptance to The Juilliard School of Music when she was 17. She was able to overcome this adversity when her hearing was surgically restored in her 30s, and she joyfully went on to pursue her music education once again. A talented pianist, Ann graduated from Mount Merici Academy, in Waterville, in 1951, and after raising her three children, started a second career as a piano teacher for many children in the Waterville area.

Ann was predeceased by her husband, Bernie “Boom-Boom” Laliberte in 2004; and her brother, Lee Poliquin, who passed away in March of 2022.

Ann was a proud parent, grandmother and great-grandmother and is survived by her children, Linda Laliberte-Cote and her husband Claude Cote, of Lincoln, Rhode Island, and Jefferson, Dana Laliberte, of Maine, and Karen Laliberte and her husband Dr. John Niles, of Acton and Boston, Massachusetts; eight grandchildren, Bryan Murphy, Nate Laliberte, Andrew Murphy and his wife, Meghan, Christopher Cote and his wife, Druanne, Danielle Cote and her husband, Manga Shuman, Kyle Laliberte Randall, Patrick Murphy, Katherine Laliberte Randall; and five great-grandchildren, Abby Murphy, Mansa Shuman, Parker Murphy, Colette Shuman and Aiden Laliberte; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends will gather for a graveside service at St. Francis Cemetery, 78 Grove St., Waterville, on Saturday, September 17, at 10 a.m.

For Ann’s online guestbook, please visit

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ann’s memory to the New England Music Camp, 8 Goldenrod Lane, Sidney, ME 04330.


JEFFERSON – Rhonda Ann Brann-Bubier, 34, passed away on Tuesday, August 30, 2022. Rhonda was born on March 7, 1988, in Nashua, New Hamp­shire. but has lived in Maine for the majority of her life.

As a young child, she participated in baseball, chorus, played the violin and was known to always be babysitting as she loved kids. She graduated from Maranacook High School in 2006. From there, she was very eager to work in the medical field and started to work as a CNA and then quickly became a CRMA. From there, her interest in mental health sparked. She ended up going to college and graduated with two bachelor’s degrees; one of Rhonda’s proudest accomplishments. Rhonda had another most prized accomplishment, becoming a mother to her daughter, Lahla. Watching Rhonda as a mom was one of the most beautiful things to witness. She loved her daughter so very much and a part of Rhonda will live in Lahla forever.

Rhonda was an intense person to a stranger, but anyone who came to know her, knew that it was because of her deep passion for life. She did everything with 100 percent effort. Being a mom, cooking, baking, canning, painting, crocheting, listening to music, dancing, hosting holidays, making someone laugh, helping someone in need, going to church, and stopping by just to make someone’s day. With that said, Rhonda experienced a lot of tough things that comes with life; but she never let it get her down. Without Rhonda, a lot of people wouldn’t be where they are today. She was inspiring, resilient, kind, compassionate, professional, and overall a one of a kind woman. If love could have saved her, Rhonda would have lived forever. Love you, latah.

She was predeceased by her grandmother, Shirley Anne Shank; her great-grandmother, Barbara Grigas; her cousin, Joey Grigas; her aunt, Joy Schofield; and her Pepe, from her biological father’s side.

She is survived by her daughter Lahla; her husband, Aaron; her stepchildren Mackenzie and Zachary; her parents Joseph and Debra Legendre; her siblings Hollie, Jess, Joseph and Justin; her biological father, Armand; as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 17, at 11 a.m. at Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Rd., Windsor, ME 04363. A period of visitation will be held beginning at 10 a.m. until the time of service. There will also be a potluck celebration of life held after the service at a location to be determined.

Condolences, stories and photos may be shared by visiting

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to benefit Lahla.


WINSLOW – Jane (Van Note) Kennedy passed away on Sunday, September 4, 2022. Jane was born on October 31, 1931, along with her identical twin, Margaret, to parents Grace (Wamsley) and Bartlett Monroe Van Note.

Jane grew up in Waterville, Wellesley, Massachusetts and Newton, Massachusetts. The family also enjoyed a cottage at Drakes Island, in Wells, and the beach was her happy place throughout her life. She attended Wheelock College, and began a long career in teaching. She touched the lives of many students who were lucky to have her as their teacher; many she remained in contact with throughout her life. She taught for many years in Dover, New Hampshire, and in Connecticut and Maine, and gave her time as a Sunday School teacher as well.

If you asked Jane what she was happiest about, she would quickly answer her children and grandchildren.

As one of her caregivers shared: You couldn’t help but become a better, more caring person just by knowing her. She had a peaceful, authentic presence that radiated pure love. She noticed the small stuff and yet understood the bigger picture.

She leaves behind her son, Robert and his wife Katie, Kimberly and her husband John, Daniel and his wife Debbie, Kristen and her husband Scott, and Matthew and his wife, Micheline; her grandchildren are the late Sarah Renee, Nicholas (Kristin), Rachel, Jamie, Danielle (Kayembe), Joshua (Jamie), Samuel (Haley), Gabriel, Benjamin and Malise; a great-grandson, Mason; many nieces and nephews; and her brother, William Van Note.

She was predeceased by her twin, Margaret “Peggy” and her brother, Bartlett “Pete”.

She was previously married to Herman Allyn, Ernest Foss, and John Kennedy.


UNITY – Elva M. LaPointe, 93, passed away on Monday, September 5, 2022, as the result of a car accident in Albion. Elva was born the daughter of William and Alice Dee on October 11, 1928.

She became a U.S. citizen by naturalization and attended schools in Fort Fairfield. Elva married Edmond J. LaPointe Jr. on September 11, 1950, and they had two children, Randy, and Sharon.

Elva and E.J. moved to Fairfield in the early 1960s where she began working in retail. She was employed by Centers Department Store, the Mammoth Mart, both in Waterville, and later by LaVerdiere’s Warehouse, in Winslow. She retired in the late 1980s.

Elva first and foremost loved her family and delighted in any and every activity. She had a quick wit and a sharp tongue. She never held back and had a friend in everyone she met. She would give her last dime and go without so someone could have their needs met. She was always a champion for the underdog. She enjoyed reading and cross word puzzles and keeping up with the news of the world. She enjoyed car rides and lunch out and leaf peeping in the fall.

One of her favorite things to do was watch her grandsons play football.

She was predeceased by her father, William, and her mother, Alice; her sister, Greta; and beloved son, Randy.

She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Carter and her husband Henry; her grandchildren Tanya Lennon, Shawn and Kim LaPointe, Randy LaPointe Jr.; great-grandchildren Jacob Lennon and wife, Abigail, Bradley Lennon, Chase LaPointe, McKinzie LaPointe, Cayden, and Olivia LaPointe; her bonus grandchildren Todd Carter and Binika Beauleau, Brian and Kristen Kimball, Amber and Jeff Lafrance, Jacob and Jordyn Alward; great-grandchildren Allie and Davanee Kimball, Mason, Colten, and Piper Carter, Rory Rose and Lucas Lafrance, Jadynce, Jaxon, Jamason and Acadia Alward; two grandsons, Abraham Aldus, of Virginia, and Matthew Aldus, of Colorado; sister, Maxine Morrisette; brother, Sterling Davenport; many nieces and nephews; in-laws.

A private burial will be held at a later date.

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

In lieu of flowers, please do something kind for someone else.


VASSALBORO – Richard L. Giroux Sr., 93, of Vassalboro, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Richard was born October 4, 1928, in Waterville, and grew up in China.

Richard served in the Korean war from 1950 to 1952 in the 40th Infantry Division, 3rd Battalion and was honorably discharged with the rank Sergeant First Class.

Richard was a man of many passions. After the war, Richard obtained his pilot’s license, bought a plane, and enjoyed many excursions at flight. Richard also became an experienced beekeeper, reaching roughly one hundred hives at one time, and rented them for pollination and sold honey to his fellow Mainers.

He was an avid and true outdoorsman, skilled in hunting, trapping, fishing, and gardening, up until the very end of his life. He was called for many wildlife issue; he was known as local legend. Amidst all these passions. Richard worked at Chinet (Keyes Fibre/Huhtamaki) for 40 years before retiring in 1990.

Another gift that all would agree that he was someone who love to talk and share stories. He was a man of great wisdom. He lived his life to his fullest and was always there to help anyone in need. He was a devoted Catholic and was strong in his faith.

Richard was a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He married his wife, Carmen (Morneau), in 1963, and had four children. Richard will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him, and his legacy will live on in all of the people whose lives he touched.

He was predeceased by his parents Louis and Louise Giroux, his brother Robert Giroux, sister Lucille Bailey, his wife Carmen L. Giroux, and granddaughter Larissa Patnaude.

Richard is survived by his sister Loraine Adams, of Winslow; his daughters Barbara Patnaude and husband David, of China, Jacqueline Giroux, of Vassalboro; son Richard Giroux Jr. and wife Cindy, of Albion; son Peter Giroux, of Vassalboro; his grandchildren, Nathan Patnaude, Michael Patnaude, Caleb Patnaude, Jacob Boivin, Jaron Boivin, Jestil Boivin, Jadelynn Giroux, Daven Giroux, and Jessica Bolduc; eight great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, September 17, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville.

A celebration of his life will be held immediately following the Mass at Notre Dame. His military burial will be held at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, October 4, at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mount Vernon Road, Augusta, Maine, 04330.

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



OAKLAND – Jason A. Michaud, 55, died September 3, 2022 at a local hospital in Portland. Arrangements under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, Skowhegan.


CLINTON – Charlene D Labrie, 72, passed away Friday, September 9, 2022, at a hospital, in Waterville. Arrangements by Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, Skowhegan.


CLINTON – Curtis C. Carr, 50, passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at a hospital, in Bangor. Arrangements by Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, Skowhegan.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, September 8, 2022


AUGUSTA – Rev. John R. Skehan, 66, Pastor of St. Michael Parish, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at the home of friends in Gray. Born in Bangor on February 15, 1956, the son of the late John and Patricia (Theriault) Skehan.

Fr. John grew up in Bath and Hampden. He graduated from Hampden Academy, in 1974, and received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, in 1978.

Prior to entering seminary, Fr. John followed in his dad’s footsteps and became an educator. He was the educational coordinator for “Up with People” and a junior high science teacher, in Oakland. In addition to his teaching duties, he was also involved in coaching various sports.

Fr. John completed his clerical studies at the Theological College at Catholic University, in Washington, D.C., and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Edward C. O’Leary on May 24, 1986, at St. Matthew’s Church, in Hampden. His first assignment was serving as parochial vicar at Notre Dame Parish, in Waterville, including campus ministry at Colby College and Unity College.

In the late 1980s, Fr. John was appointed chaplain of Maine Medical Center, in Portland, where he would serve until being named pastor of St. Mary of the Visitation Parish, in Houlton.

Following his time in Houlton, Fr. John was appointed as the director of the Office of Parish Planning for the Diocese of Portland. In the mid-2000s, he was named pastor of St. Michael Parish, in South Berwick, and Our Lady of Peace Parish, in Berwick. In addition to his duties in South Berwick and Berwick, Fr. John was appointed pastor of St. Christopher Parish, in York, and St. Raphael Parish, in Kittery. He also volunteered as the chaplain for the Berwick Fire Dept.

After leaving York County, Fr. John was named pastor of the Parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Stella Maris Parish, and St. Joseph Parish, in Hancock County. In 2018, Fr. John was named pastor of St. Michael Parish, in Augusta, which also serves the communities of Winthrop, Gardiner, Hallowell, and Whitefield. Fr. John served the Catholic Communities of Maine with the core values expected of any priest: he was kind, thoughtful, compassionate, and above all, he had an innate desire to be in service of God and others.

Fr. John was the epitome of a caring and kind priest who went above and beyond to help in any way he could. He will be deeply missed by his family, the entire Diocese of Portland and the parishioners of the communities he served.

Fr. John lived life to the fullest. He traveled all over the world with “Up with People” and continued those travels throughout his life. His most recent trip was bringing together a group of parishioners on a pilgrimage to The Holy Land. He loved Theriault Family reunions, music, cooking, sports, and making home repairs and renovations. He loved musical theater and had season tickets for many years to the MSMT, in Brunswick, as well as the Ogunquit Playhouse. His sense of humor and optimism were contagious to all who knew him. He would be your friend for life.

Fr. John was predeceased by his parents John and Patricia; and his brother, William E. Skehan.

He is survived by his sister, Mary E. Skehan, of Topsham; brother, Robert A. Skehan and his wife, Michelle, of Vassalboro; and nephew, Conor Skehan; aunts Phyllis Theriault, of Portland, Dorothy Theriault, of Scarborough, and Joan Theriault, of Bangor; as well as many extended family members and friends.

A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, September 5, at St. Augustine Church, with The Most Rev. Robert P. Deeley, J.C.D., as Principal Celebrant. Msgr. Paul Stefanko will be the homilist.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home of Portland. To view Fr. John’s memorial page or to share an online condolence, please visit

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael School, 56 Sewall St., Augusta, ME 04330.


OAKLAND – James Darryl Moore Sr., 83, passed awy Friday, on July 22, 2022, in Portland. James was born in 1938 in Roxbury, Connecticut, to Glenice (Berry) Moore and James O. Moore.

James was hardworking and dedicated to his family. He would drop anything to help someone out. Even after he retired after years of hard labor, he worked at KVCAP, driving those in need. James inspired those around him to work hard and to live life to the fullest.

He had a great sense of humor and a joyous laugh that lit up the room. He loved children and had fun joking and playing with them.

His favorite times were spent at his family camp, the Moore family campground. He loved four-wheeling, sitting by the fire, fishing, hunting spotting deer and just being surrounded by his family.

James is survived by his children, Eugene (Erica) Young, James (Gloria) Moore Jr., Ruby Mullen, Dianne Pilla, Jeffrey (Ada) Moore; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sibling Steven Moore; nephews and nieces; and beloved dog Sadie.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Pooler cemetery in Skowhegan, with reception to follow.


WATERVILLE – Vance A Cayford Jr., 51, passed awy on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. He was born in Waterville on November 18, 1970, to Vance A Cayford Sr. and Nancy (Dubois) Cayford.

Vance served in the Persian Gulf Theater in 1991 where he proudly served his country. He was a self-employed roofer and the owner of G & G Roofing.

Vance was predeceased by his grandparents, Ivan and Evelyn Cayford, Wallace and Shirley Dubois and Lynn and Pauline Pressey; his uncle, Tim Dubois, and aunts, Susan Moffett and Linda Nivison.

Vance is survived by his mother Nancy Cayford and stepfather Daniel Pooler Jr.; his father Vance Cayford Sr. and stepmother Karen Pressey Cayford; and sister Lori Cayford and partner Bob Robinson; his children Gaige and Gavin Hessert, Brittney and Jared Cayford; grandson Ezrah Hessert; as well as his fiancée Benita Springer, of Bar Harbor; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Graveside services will be at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Augusta, Friday, September 30, 2022, at 2 p.m. under the direction of Lawry Brothers.

A celebration of Life for Vance was held September 4, at the home of Vance and Karen Cayford.


WHITEFIELD – Dolores (Dolly) Lothrope, of Whitefield, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 13, 2022, from natural causes.

Dolly was a member of the Whitefield Lions Club. She also had a passion for softball, fishing and hunting with her husband. Dolly was a founding member of the Chelsea Food bank where she loved to serve her community. She was a beloved member of Community Christian Fellowship and a blessing as a faithful Prayer Warrior for her pastor and her fellow congregants. She looked forward to each Sunday morning and her hug from her special friend, Hunter.

She was predeceased by her husband, Bernal L Lothrope; and her parents, Linwood and Thelma Jones.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Graceway Christian Fellowship, 5 Glenridge Dr., in Augusta, on Sunday, September 11, at 1 p.m.

Those who wish to express sympathy may consider a donation to the Whitefield Lions Club or the CARA softball fields, in Augusta.


FAIRFIELD – Arline Berry Julia, 88, of Fairfield, died on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, following a short illness. Arline was born on July 24, 1934, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the daughter of O.K. and Ruby Berry.

She graduated from Darien High School in 1952 and Colby College, in Waterville, in 1956. While moving frequently during her early life because of her father’s position with the Kellogg Company, she lived the last 64 years in Fairfield as an active member of that community. She and her husband John owned and operated the family dairy farm for many years as well as the Julia Family Farm Market.

While first and foremost a devoted wife, mother, nana, auntie, and friend, Arline was a true modern renaissance woman. At various points in her life, she was an English teacher, artist, farmer (although she stopped short of milking cows), track coach, gardener, church deaconess, horse rider, snowmobiler, basketball rules aficionado (her explanation of the “moving screen violation” is family legend), board member, world traveler and tractor driver.

She was a long-time active member of the Fairfield First Baptist Church, serving as a trustee, member of the Church Cabinet, deaconess, Sunday School teacher, and youth group leader. She also served several terms as a board member of the Kennebec Baptist Association, and as a board member of the American Baptist Churches of Maine.

Arline served on the board of directors for the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers and the Lawrence Public Library, and was active in the Waterville Women’s Club, Contemporary Club, Waterville Art Society, Red Hat Society, Maine General Auxiliary, Fairfield Interfaith Food Pantry and served as a Docent at the Colby College Museum of Art.

She was predeceased by her husband John A. Julia; her father OK Berry; mother Ruby Berry; and sisters Pauline Rowell and Marilynn Sewall.

She is survived by five children, Jake Julia and wife Beth, Jennifer Sweatt, Gregory Julia, Peter Julia and wife Tina, and Katy Boothby; nine grandchildren, Sean Leary, Nick Julia, Ben Julia, Jessica Wilson, Devin Julia, Kylee Julia, Julia Boothby, Rowan Boothby, and John Gregory Julia; and four great-grandchildren, Haylei Wilson, Hank Wilson, Abel Leary, and Scarlett Leary.

A memorial service in her honor was held at the Fairfield First Baptist Church on Sunday, September 4. A reception followed at the First Baptist Church fellowship hall.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Arline’s name to the Lawrence Public Library and the Fairfield Interfaith Food Pantry.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, September 1, 2022


WINSLOW – Robert F. Fortin, 91, passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, at home, in Winslow. Robert was born in Winslow, November 20, 1930, where he lived his entire life. His parents were Alphonse (Peter) and Julia Fortin.

He grew up in a large family of eight boys and two girls; he was the last surviving sibling. Robert was part-owner of Fortin’s Meat Market and Sunnyside Dairy Farm, in Winslow. He was in business with his father and brothers – Gerard, George and Donald – for many years.

In grade school, he met his future wife – Joan (Little) Fortin. They attended Winslow High School together and graduated in 1951. Robert was captain of the football team during his senior year in high school. Robert and Joan were married in January 1952 and recently celebrated 70 years of marriage. Together they raised four children. Sadly, Joan passed away on Easter Sunday this year.

Family was of utmost importance to dad. He adored his children and their spouses: Cynthia and Michael Soule, Corning, New York; Karen Sidelinger and Michael Thibodeau, Fairfield; Robert and Donna Fortin, China; and Janet and Brian Ellis, Winslow.

Robert was was blessed with 10 grandchildren: Matthew (Mandie) Hall, Upton, Massachusetts; Mark (Stacey) Hall, Belmont; Nathan Sidelinger, Fairfield; David (Tedi) Soule, Raleigh, North Carolina; Sara Siglin, Corning, New York; Rob (Christy) Fortin, Troy, New York; Nicole Fortin, New York City, New York; Brian (Lauran) Ellis, China; Jason (Sasha Rolland) Ellis, Waterville; and Troy (Katie) Ellis, Clinton.

He was called “Gicky” by all his grandchildren (a name given to him by his first grandchild Matthew). He always called them his “pals”. He also had 13 great-grandchildren: Bella, Lauren, Drew, Macie, Sadie, Ava, Ella, Robbie, Aubrie, Cole, Rowan, Avery Rose, Leo and soon to be born Madelyn Joan. He loved seeing them as often as possible and always enjoyed hearing about their lives.

In his younger years, he loved to fish and spend time with family their camp on Webber Pond, in Vassalboro. So much family fun swimming, fishing, eating and laughing. His sweet personality and fun sense of humor will be deeply missed by all who loved him so much.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at 10 a.m., on Thursday, September 1, at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument St., Winslow.

Interment to follow at St. Francis Cemetery, 78 Grove St., Waterville. Afterward a reception will be held at Notre Dame Church, 116 Silver St., Waterville.

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

Please share your memories in the online guestbook at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert’s name to St. Jude Memorial Giving, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (800-213-6584) or Beacon Hospice, Amedisys Foundation, 5 Community Dr., Augusta, ME 04330 (207-621-1212).


JEFFERSON – Jean Marie (Casper) Parlin, 59, of Jefferson, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 25, 2022 at her home. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 12, 1963, the daughter of Mary Casper.

Jean eventually moved to Maine and attended Erskine Academy, in South China, where she met her high school sweetheart Richard Parlin, and they married on August 7, 1982, and had two children.

Jean worked for the Maine Revenue Services and retired in March 2020. She enjoyed her family gatherings, playing bingo, watching her children and grandchildren play sports and dance, going camping, going to the beach, and playing cards with family and friends.

She was predeceased by her mother, Mary (Casper) Sandborn and stepfather, Stephen Sandborn.

Jean is survived by her husband of 40 years, Richard A. Parlin Sr., of Jefferson; two children, Richard A. Parlin Jr., of Jefferson, Erica (Parlin) Ontiveros and husband Rafael, of Windsor; her grandson Christopher and granddaughter Jasmine, both of Windsor.

She will always be remembered as Jeannie.

Visiting hours will be held at Staples Funeral Home, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, on Thursday, September 8, from 5 – 7 p.m.

A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at the American Legion, 396 Eastern Avenue, Augusta, on Friday, September 9, at 2 p.m.

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,


JEFFERSON – Jean-Guy Paquet, 82, passed away Monday, May 16, 2022, at his home. He was born in St. Prosper, Canada, on April 1, 1940, a son of Armand and Gabrielle (Giroux) Paquet. He was the oldest of 11 siblings.

Jean-Guy moved to Jackman in 1966 working for Scott Paper Co., Bison’s Garage, and as a mechanic for the MDOT. He enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard and graduated from Forest Hills High School, in Jackman, in 1975. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2002 with the rank of CW3. He retired from the MDOT as a toll collector in 2018. He enjoyed traveling, camping, and the Fryeburg Fair.

He is survived by his children, Yvette Costello, of Jackman, Celine Myrick, her husband Scott, Gene Paquet and his wife, Tami, of Unity; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 3, 2022, at 3 p.m., at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mt. Vernon Rd., Augusta, where military honors will take place. Condolences, stories and photos may be shared at



OBITUARIES for Thursday, August 25, 2022


OAKLAND – Bertha Knowles, 76, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2022. She was born on born May 26, 1946.

She is survived by her four children, Ronnie Knowles, Sheila Knowles, Joseph Knowles and Rose Knights; sister, Shirley Clark; many grandchildren; nieces and nephews. At Bertha’s request, there will be no funeral services.


WHITEFIELD – Jordan N. Knox, 28, passed away unexpectedly at her home, in Whitefield, on Friday, August 12. She was born on February 24, 1994, in Rockport, to Daniel A. Achorn and Susan L. Peaslee.

Jordan grew up in Jefferson and attended local schools. She graduated from Richmond High School in 2013. She married Ben Knox in October 2017, and they lived in Augusta until they moved to her present home in Whitefield in 2019. While in Augusta she got to know her a/k/a brother, Steven Peaslee, who became a dear friend to her.

Jordan was a homemaker and mother raising her two children, daughter Mariah, 10 years old, and son Spencer, 2 years old. She was a hands-on worker. She could be feisty and passionate but also very lovable. Jordan worked several odd jobs with her uncle, Roland. She loved life to the fullest.

Jordan enjoyed four-wheeling, camping, fishing and the outdoors. She played softball and soccer in grammar school. She was very creative and did wood burned signs, drawings and artwork. Jordan loved being around family and friends. She really enjoyed golf carting with her aunt, Shirley, sisters and cousins in her younger years and spoke of it often.

The best way to describe Jordan is: No one knew the battle she fought inside her every day, but no matter how dark it got, she kept her smile and shined her light for anyone who needed it, even though she knew she was the one who needed it the most.

Jordan was predeceased by her maternal grandparents Douglas and Shirley Peaslee, her paternal grandmother, Edith Achorn; cousin, Larry Achorn, Jr.; uncle, Elbridge Peaslee and uncle, Dennis Peaslee.

She is survived by her parents, Susie Peaslee and Daniel Achorn, of Jefferson; daughter, Mariah Achorn, of Whitefield; son, Spencer Knox of Whitefield; twin sisters Miranda Benner, of North Carolina, and Morgan Achorn, of Jefferson; half-brother, Todd Jones, of Georgia; grandfather, Paul Achorn, of Jefferson; aunts and uncles Junior Peaslee, Delma Lee, Shirley St. Pierre, Roland Peaslee, Kathy Peaslee, all of Jefferson, Larry Achorn, of Waldoboro, Gary Achorn, of Washington; nephews Brantley Benner, Grayson Benner both of North Carolina; and niece, Madelyn Benner, of North Carolina; as well as many cousins.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 25, at 2 p.m. at the Fairview Cemetery, in Jefferson.

Hall’s of Waldoboro has care of the arrangements. To extend online condolences visit her Book of Memories at


SOUTH CHINA—Raymond C. Pauley, 65, a/k/a “Jinks”, passed away Saturday, August 13, 2022, at the Maine Veterans Home, in Augusta, where he was a long-time resident. He was born on July 12, 1957, the only son of Donald and Christa (Brown) Pauley.

Jinks grew up in South China and was a 1975 graduate of Winslow High School. After high school, he proudly served in the United States Army. Upon his honorable discharge, he was employed as a drywaller, working for several construction companies, but primarily Zimba Company, of Fairfield, until starting and operating his own business, M.R. Drywall, until his retirement in 2014.

Jinks was undoubtedly, one of a kind. He played several instruments and was a state champion powerlifter. He impacted the lives of countless children and young adults most notably by starting and managing a basketball team called “The Piranha’s”. He also is remembered for his contagious smile and hearty laugh, accompanied by a sincere appreciation of jokes with varying degrees of politeness.

His home was a safe haven for many young people along with single mothers with children. So many have recently shared their stories with his parents that there are too many to recount here. One that sums them up beautifully is from a young lady who; along with her mother, sisters and brother, while having no place to go, grew up in his household.

Jinks was predeceased by his wife, Joanne M. (Bellavance) Pauley.

He is survived by his children, Sean Pauley, of Weeks Mills, Christa Pauley, of Vassalboro, and Nastia LaBonte, of Waterville; his parents, Donald and Christa Pauley, of South China; his sister, Dawn Hodsdon and her husband Ed, of Monmouth; six grandchildren; and a nephew.; Also, his second wife Sarah Pauley, now living in Illinois, and her son and daughter.

A graveside service for friends and family will be held on Friday, September 2, at noon, at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mt. Vernon Rd., Augusta, ME 04330.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Rd., Windsor, ME 04363.

Condolences, stories, and photos may be shared by visiting

Anyone wishing to commemorate Jinks’s life with a gift, please donate to the Activities Department of the Maine Veterans Home, Attn: Mona Boucher, 35 Hero’s Way, Augusta, Maine 04330 Please write “Activities Dept” in the memo.


ALBION – Paulette A. Corson, 77, from Albion, passed away on Monday, August 15, 2022. She was born in Belleville, Illinois, on October 15, 1944, daughter of Paul E. and Zita S. (Imming) Hartmann.

Paulette was predeceased by both of her parents; son, Michael; and brother, Dana.

She is survived by her spouse, Michael Corson Sr.; sons, Robert and wife Becky; daughter, Robette and husband Todd, Michael Jr. and wife Amy; daughter, Wendy and spouse Gabe; brother, Bud and spouse Dorothy; sister-in-law, Tammy and spouse Gene; and brother-in-law, Mark and spouse Tera. 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews; cousins.

A service was held on Wednesday August 24, at 11 a.m., at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield, ME 04937. Flowers can be sent to the funeral home.

Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home where condolences, memories and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at


WATERVILLE – Viola Marie Beaulieu, 90, passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2022. Viola was born on Nov. 10, 1931, to Mary (McDonald) and Neil McAskill in Fairfield.

Her parents came to Maine from Prince Edward Island, Canada. She attended the Immaculate Heart of Mary School, in Fairfield, as a young girl which developed her great faith and love for our Lord. She graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, in 1948.

She married Richard D. Harmon Sr. in 1954 and went on to have four children together. After their divorce in 1971, with four children still at home, she went to work for The Chinet Company (Huhtamaki) as a packer and then quality assurance inspector. She remained there for 22 years taking early retirement in 1991. In 1976, she married Dorius “Joe” Beaulieu, remaining together until his passing in 2000.

As a young woman Viola developed a talent and passion for roller skating and singing. She sang with the choir at the Parish of Corpus Christi for many years, even well into her late 80s. She was dedicated to her Catholic roots her entire life. She was an active member of the Marian Movement of Priests and hosted many prayer groups in her home. She gave many hours of service to the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.

Despite the hardship of being a single working mom, she kept her enthusiasm and joy of life. She dedicated herself to the wellbeing of her children by giving love, faith, security, and fun. With the four in tow, she would head for local swimming in the summer having many hours of fun at Bangs Beach, and then ice skating and sliding in the winter. With her son getting a job at the local drive-in, everyone piled into her car with blankets, pillows, and snacks having many fun nights at the movies.

Viola and Joe put in an above-ground pool early on and every summer the family would gather to eat, sun, swim, relax, and enjoy one another. Many grandchildren learned to swim in this pool. She kept it going all through the years and swam most every day herself right up until her late 80s.

She was dedicated to the love and support of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. Whenever someone was in trouble or experiencing hardship, she was there for them, opening up her home, giving time, money, prayers, and a listening heart. She invested herself in all and always had compassion for any suffering the hardships this life can sometimes present.

Viola was predeceased by her parents Mary and Neil McAskill, brother, Neil McAskill Sr., sister, Anne Bickford, husband Dorius J. Beaulieu, and three stepchildren, Stephen, Jeffery, and Allen Beaulieu.

She is survived by her children Richard D. Harmon Jr. and wife, Cathy Taylor, Roseanne M. Bolduc and husband, Peter J., Terri L. Burrows, and Sharon L. Trask and husband, Lylse; stepdaughter Lana Parkis; stepson John Beaulieu; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, August 24, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver St., Waterville. Burial followed at St. Francis Cemetery, Grove Street, Waterville.

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

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


WATERVILLE – Jacqueline “Jackie” Raymond, 73, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 15, 2022. She was born in Fort Kent, the second of six children of Regina and Renie Raymond.

If you ever crossed her path you would never forget her and more than likely you would have made a friend for life. She charmed people with her outgoing personality, wit, smile, gift of gab and she loved to ‘flirt’. She made everyone laugh often and told it just as ‘she’ saw it, which on occasion would make you want to run and hide. She was a social butterfly who enjoyed weddings and family gatherings, which gave her an excuse to dress up, put on her favorite jewelry, and she always added a little glitz and sparkle to her ensemble.

Her favorite pastimes were playing games, especially cards which she was extremely good at, so don’t expect to win because she was pretty sharp and lucky to boot; bingo, music, singing, making puzzles as well as collecting porcelain dolls.

The Fourth of July was one of her favorite holidays as she was assured a ride on the party boat at the lake and the icing on the cake was an evening cruise to watch the fireworks. She was a hard worker, great at organizing, determined and willful which helped her through her many life’s struggles.

Jackie’s surviving family includes Jeannine (Bob), Lulu, Marie and sister-in-law Susan; nieces Renee (Ricky), Jennifer (Brian), Jessica (Ed), Katie (Everett) and nephew, Bobby (Sacha); grandnieces and nephews Chantal (Dylan and their son Luke); Rylie, Jaidyn, Lauren (Mike), Scarlett, Lily, Lexi, Wyatt, Madilyn and Evelyn.

She was predeceased by her parents Regina and Renie; sister Rita, brother Gil, brother-in-law Bruce; grandparents; and many aunts and uncles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, August 31, at 10 a.m., at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver Street, in Waterville. The burial will be at St. Francis Cemetery immediately following the Mass. All are welcome and are invited to return to the church hall following the burial for a Celebration of Life.

A simple act of kindness, a smile or an unexpected visit from a friend or relative was all Jackie needed to make her day. She would also challenge you to do good recklessly.

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

If you so choose, a memorial contribution in Jackie’s name may be made to Skills, Inc., P.O. Box 65, St. Albans, ME 04971.


WINSLOW – Deborah “Deb” Devoe, 70, of Winslow, died early Wed­nesday morning August 17, 2022, at home. She was born November 24, 1951, the daughter of George Sr. and Rita Lewis, of Oakland.

She was a graduate of Messalonskee High School, in Oakland, in 1971, and married her husband Lewis Devoe June 8. 1974. She was a dedicated housewife and mother who always put her family first. She was always creative, full of life, fun loving along with enjoying giving advice, and dedicated her time to helping friends, and family. If Deb had an opinion or belief you could never get her to change her mind. Her passion was her flower gardens, cooking and going to her camp in Alder Stream plantation.

She loved her husband, Lew of 48 years, and their sons, Brad and his wife Helen, Ryan and his wife Christine and Mark; grandchildren, Austin, Wyatt and Klara. Deb is also survived by her brother, Allen and his wife Gail along with her brother, Jeff and his wife Barbara.

Deb was predeceased by her parents George and Rita Lewis, and her brother Georg, Jr.

A celebration of life is to be determined and announced.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Maine General Medical Center Hospice in Deb’s name.


WATERVILLE – Lucia Winifred Whittelsey, 70, of Waterville, died peacefully at her home after an 11-year contest with cancer. She was born on December 1, 1951, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Lucia graduated from Westtown School in 1969 and attended Colby College, in Waterville. She worked for 26 years at Colby, ultimately as the Director of Financial Aid.

Lucia was deeply loved, so sorely missed by her many friends, extended family, and her collaborators in social justice. She was committed to making a difference in the world through action both physical and verbal. To those in her life and community she was respected for her backbone, tenacity, and great big heart, always ready with a piece of advice if not an out and out directive.

Lucia loved life first, then her grandchildren, beauty, her garden, and lobster. She was a fiercely devoted mother and grandmother.

Lucia was predeceased by her father, Theodore Whittelsey Jr. (most recently of Nashua, New Hampshire), her mother Alice Edgar Whittelsey, of Fremont, New Hampshire, her son Theodore Smyth, of Waterville, and her sister Alice Tappen Whittelsey (Krieger.)

She is survived by her sister Holly Whittelsey Whiteside, of Fremont, New Hampshire; three granddaughters, Cloe Grace Smyth, Ellie Rose Smyth, Sophie Elena Rae Smyth; grand-stepson, Evan Lavway; and their mother Kristina Mendez, all of Palermo.

A celebration of life was held on Sunday August 21.

Gifts in Lucia’s memory may be made to her financial aid fund at Colby College: drop-down “Financial Aid” and type Whittelsey Family Grant Fund in the comments box. The fund was set up by Lucia to help level the financial playing field for incoming students. Also in memory of Lucia, please continually look for opportunities to do acts of kindness.

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WINSLOW – George H. Prentiss, Jr., 99, passed away, in Waterville, on July 29, 2022. He was born in Morristown, New Jersey, on March 23, 1923, the son of the late George H. and Edna R. (Koelsch) Prentiss Sr.

Following his schooling, George served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. His employment included working at Wyndotte-Worsted Woolen Mill, in Waterville, for 10 years and retired from the Winslow school system as a custodian. He also worked part time delivering kitchens for Waterville Custom Kitchens.

George was a lifetime member of the MacCrillis-Rousseau VFW Post #8835, in Winslow, and was a member of the Clinton American Legion Post #66, in Clinton.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Sally; his second wife, Leona (Crummett) Prentiss; and his sisters, Edna Cutler, and Beatrice Abrahams.

George is survived by his sons, George T. Prentiss, and Gary R. Prentiss; his stepchildren, Lorraine Sullivan, Lawrence Hall, and Kenneth Saucier; and two grandchildren.

A graveside service with military honors was held on Tuesday, August 16, at 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


ROME – Dora Leah Borawa, 92, of Rome, died peacefully on Friday, July 29, 2022. Dora was born on May 17, 1930, in Ipswich, Massachusetts, the only daughter of Donald Edward Comeau and Alice Evelyn Lee.

She was predeceased by her brothers Donald, Douglass, and Philip.

Dora moved a lot as a child and young adult, eventually moving to upstate New York as an adult. Dora married her first husband, John VanDerwerken (who survives her) on January 1, 1954, and together they had three children. After their divorce, Dora married her second husband, Chester Borawa, on October 10, 1968. They shared 43 years together until his death in 2011.

Dora never graduated from high school but was an extremely hard working woman all of her life. She retired from a long career at General Electric Company, in Schenectady, New York. After retirement, Dora and Chester moved to Sun City Center, Florida, and lived there for over 20 years – spending their summers in Maine. Dora enjoyed retirement and spent a lot of time traveling around the country and world, volunteering at South Bay Hospital and Southeastern Guide Dogs.

After Chester’s death, Dora moved to Maine to be closer to family. She spent several winters in California with her son to escape the cold Maine winter. One time she enjoyed a three week cross country trip with Roger and Jacque in their RV and another time enjoying a train ride across the country with Mark. In Maine, she loved her log cabin which was conveniently across the road from her daughter and son-in-law’s farm. Dora could be seen walking or riding her golf cart around the farm, hulling berries, peeling garlic, feeding the donkeys, and other farm jobs. She was a regular fixture at the Belgrade Lakes Farmers Market and many art/craft shows. Dora also enjoyed lighthouses, dogs, bird watching, visiting with friends, and going out to eat. Dora worshipped with her daughter at the Union Church in Belgrade Lakes, strongly reminding her that she was a Catholic!

Dora is survived by her daughter, Alice VanDerwerken (David Sprague), of Rome; her sons, Roger (Jacque) VanDerwerken, of Escondido, California, and Mark VanDerwerken, of Central Bridge, New York; daughter-in-law, Anna Vanderwerken, of Central Bridge, New York; three granddaughters, Christina (James) Fuller, of Oceanside, California, Rebecca (Ryan) O’Hare, of Albany, New York, Beth (Blad) Hernandez of Valley Center, California; three grandsons, Jordan (Manuela) VanDerwerken of New Orleans, Louisiana, Robert VanDerwerken and John (Mattea) VanDerwerken, all of Central Bridge, New York; six great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Jackie Comeau, of St. George, Utah; many nieces, nephews;

Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Service, on Saturday, August 27, 2022, at 3 p.m., at the Union Church, Main St., Belgrade Lakes, Maine.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 488 Farmington Falls Rd., Farmington, Maine, 04938.


WATERVILLE – Joseph Edgar Aurele Boudreau, 89, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 29, 2022, in Waterville. He was born August 11, 1924, in Maria, Québec, to Edgar and Julia (Guite) Boudreau.

He worked at Maine Central Railroad until his retirement. An avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing, he was presented with the very first Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award from the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. He raised and trained Labrador retrievers, earning many trophies, medals and ribbons. He was a hunter and gatherer who loved his dogs and his gardens. If you played ice hockey in the 1970s, he most likely sharpened your skates. He was a long time member of B.P.O.E. Lodge #905, (The Elks Club), in Waterville. He loved telling the stories of his countless adventures and experiences … a life well lived.

He is survived by his children, Paul (Lucille Poulin), of Waterville, Mark (Patricia Michaud), of Waterville, Gerard (Joline St. Pierre), of Waterville, Jeanne Otis (Thomas) Waterville, David (Teresa Michaud), of Fairfield, Daniel (Cherie Murphy), of Deerfield, New Hampshire, Donald (Tina Boulette), of Sidney, Julie Capponi (David), of Fairfield, Susan Inman (Kevin), of Topsfield, Massachusetts; brother Gerard; sisters Doris, Rita, Huguette and Louise, all from Canada; many nieces and nephews; 26 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by two wives, Theresa (Roy) Boudreau and Pauline (Couture) Boudreau; sons, James and Ronald; sisters Laurette and Claire; and brother Renald.

A graveside service was held on Thursday, August 11, at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove Street, Waterville.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Road, Waterville, 04901 or The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, 101 Silver Street, Waterville, Maine, 04901.


BENTON – Robert York, 69, passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2022. Bob was born August 14, 1952, in Waterville, the son of William “Bill” and Nancy York.

Bob was a boy and a man full of life and love for all. He loved fiercely, his family and friends.

Bob spent his childhood years in Caratunk alongside Pleasant Pond stream and wonderful summers at Pleasant Pond.

His first jobs were washing dishes at Martin Pond Diner, in The Forks, and then working alongside his dad and brother in Bill’s sawmill.

He graduated KVMHS, the class of 1971. Bob then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, “to see the world”. He actively served from 1971-1975 and served in the Army National Guard from 1975 until retirement. From 1977 to 1979 Bob attended Washington County Vocational Technical Institute, in Calais.

His early years were spent as a lumberman cutting for Herb Haines, then in construction as a heavy equipment operator. But his greatest passion was the several years spent in his 18-wheeler providing cross country shipping throughout the United States. His great memories and stories told were that of his sons, Kenny and Walter, doing cross country trips with him.

Bob is survived by his parents, Bill and Nancy York, of Skowhegan; his children, Kenneth York, of Calais, and Walter York, of Bangor; mother to his children Joy Mercier York, of Calais; brother Walter and wife Maggie, of Skowhegan; and sister Betty and husband Jon Giguere, of Liberty.

He was predeceased by paternal grandparents, Walter and Leona York, maternal grandparents, Edwin Towne and Lillian Adams, several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services are set for Thurssday, August 18, 2022, 11 a.m., at the Federated Church, in Skowhegan. Immediately following there will be a celebration of life gathering in fellowship hall. And burial of military honors will then follow in the Webster Cemetery, at Caratunk.


WATERVILLE – Lucille Evangeline (Bolduc) Roberge, 91, passed away onSunday, July 31, 2022. Born March 17, 1931, Lucille was the fourth daughter of Joseph V. Bolduc and Lucille Emily (Letourneau) Bolduc.

Lucille attended Notre Dame Catholic School, in Waterville, for eight years, four years at Waterville High School and was on the cheerleading squad. She graduated while receiving The Becker College Key for having the highest point average in the secretarial science course.

She took a job at Colby College working for the vice president and attended college courses in English and accounting. After two years at Colby College, Lucille took a job in Washington D.C. After returning home she worked for the president of WTVL radio station, in Waterville, for 26 years. Following the closing of WTVL, Lucille was hired by Mid-Maine Medical Center, in Waterville, as an administrative assistant to the chief of staff and the chairman of the various hospital departments. In 1987 she passed the exam to be the first certified medical staff coordinator in the state of Maine and retired in 1993 at the age of 62.

Lucille married James T. Roberge in 1956 and had four children.

She is survived by Melissa Hartman, of Williamsburg, John Roberge, of Mt. Vernon, James F. Roberge, of Waterville, and Andrea Daigle, of Rome; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, August 17 at Notre Dame Church, Silver Street, in Waterville.

Lucille will be buried at Maine Veterans Cemetery at a later date.

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


SIDNEY – Russell Cummings passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 1, 2022, at his home in Sidney.

Rusty graduated from Williams High School, in Oakland. He married his high school sweetheart, Janice M. Stevens, on February 24, 1967. Together they raised three children, Angela, Brook, and Chad.

Throughout his lifetime Rusty embarked on multiple occupations. Out of high school he worked for Hazard Shoe Shop, in Augusta. Then went on to work for Mobil, in Waterville, as an attendant. Rusty was also a boxing promoter and manager. Rusty wheeled-and-dealed as a livestock dealer for many years. His family never knew what he would unload from the truck to add to the farm.

Rusty loved his volunteer work as a basketball and baseball coach to many youngsters in the community. They had many years of undefeated seasons. Rusty and Janice took over ownership of Cummings Boarding Home for adults with special needs during the ‘70s.

He was an avid hunter, trapper and became a Registered Master Maine Guide. He guided many hunters in successful hunts through his company, Big Country Guide Services. Over the years many of those hunters became like family. Rusty loved his hunting hounds, Queenie being one of his favorites and later his spoiled beagle, Foxie, whom he took with him everywhere. At his orders, she will be buried with him.

He then went on to start Cummings Bait Shop, and Cummings Greenhouse and Vegetables with his wife Janice. During this time, he also bought a hot dog stand “Boss Hogg’s Dogs”, in Oakland. Which was coincidentally one of his favorite foods along with lobster.

In his retirement years, Rusty enjoyed going to the fairs and shows during the summer with his grandchildren and prize show goats.

Rusty lived his life his way!

He was predeceased by his parents Russell and Marilyn (Keene) Cummings, grandson Zachary Cummings, and a brother Ronnie Cummings.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janice; daughter, Angela and husband Nathan Philbrick; sons, Brook and wife Laurie Cummings, and Chad Cummings and partner Heather Doucette, all of Sidney; his grandchildren Nicholas and wife Jessica Cummings, Blake and wife Lydia Philbrick, Brady and wife Hope Philbrick, Noah, Hannah, and Logan Cummings, Dylan Gagne, and Avery Redlevske, all of Sidney, and Samantha Veilleux, of Mercer; great-grandchildren Nathan, Drew, and Maisey Philbrick, and Madelyn Cummings, all of Sidney, and Clayton, Gabrielle and Everett Vielleux, of Mercer; his brother, Richard Cummings, of Rome; many nieces, nephews, cousins.

A graveside memorial will be held at Reynolds Hill Cemetery, in Sidney, Sunday, August 21, 2022, at 2 p.m.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Ronald McDonald House of Maine in memory of Rusty.


ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana – Emily Louise Good, 95, passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at the home of her son, Stephen H. Good, in Alexandria, Louisiana. Emily was born July 24, 1927, in Newport, to Harold and Ernena ( Cornforth) Huse.

She graduated from Newport High school in 1946. After graduating from the University of Maine in 1950, Emily started her career as a dietitian at the Sister’s Hospital, in Waterville.

Emily married Charles Richard Good on Oct. 7, 1950. Jim was born in 1951; Steve in 1953. She worked part-time until her husband passed away in 1962. At that time, she went to work as a dietitian at Thayer Hospital, in Waterville.

Emily met her dear friend, George Leavitt, in the late ‘60s. The were close companions and spend a great deal of time with family at George’s camp.

Emily would rarely go right home after work. She was famous for visiting her loved ones in her hospital uniform bringing vegetables from the local farm stand and toy and goodies to the little ones.

Emily loved animals. She always had at least one cat and a dog, but usually more. She had a bird feeder in her backyard and loved watching the birds and other wildlife.

She loved her work, but eventually retired at 68. Even after retirement, she maintained the friendships she had developed over her working years,

Emily was such a cheerful, up-beat person; people wanted to be around her. She was genuinely interested and inquisitive about others. It didn’t matter if you were family or a stranger.

Emily was predeceased by her husband, Charles Richard Good in 1962.

Emily is survived by her two sons, James Good and wife Darcey, of Winslow, and Stephen Good and his wife Debbie, of Boyce, Louisiana; three granddaughters, Charlie Good, of Alexandria, Louisiana, Serena Good, of Winslow, and Stevie Fowlkes, of Boyce, Louisiana; four great- grandchildren, Benjamin and Dianne Good of Alexandria, Louisiana, and Henderson and Corbin Fowlkes, of Boyce, Louisiana.; a sister, Marilyn McDowell, of Roca, Nebraska; and two nieces, Patty Rabbass, of Hickman, Nebraaska and Peggy Bugaring of Broomfield, Colorado.

Visitation will be held Saturday August 20, from 10 a.m. to noon, with a burial to follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, in Waterville.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Emily’s name to the Kennebec Humane Shelter.


WINDSOR – Adam Thomas Zibura, 33, passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2022. Adam was born on March, 25, 1989, in Portland, to Hope Marx Zibura and Paul Zibura.

He received his associates degree from Kennebec Valley Community College, in Fairfield, in 2010, and graduated from Thomas College, in Waterville, in 2013, with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He worked at the Kennebec County Correctional Facility as a corrections officer for several years before taking a position as a Public Safety Communications Specialist (dispatcher) for the Maine State Police.

As a dispatcher, Adam truly found his calling in life. He had a natural talent for helping people and he saved countless lives through his work. His selflessness continued in his efforts as a volunteer firefighter with the Windsor Fire Department. Adam loved listening to his police scanner to stay up to date on any emergencies in the area that required assistance. He was always the first person on the scene to a car crash, fire, or other emergency and he never hesitated to be there – in any weather, and any time of night. His passion for helping others and improving his community will be remembered forever.

Adam was also known for his wonderful sense of humor and ability to make people laugh in any setting or situation. He had a passion for Boston sports, pickup trucks, first responder vehicles with lights and sirens, and animals. He loved caring for his horse, Beamer, and was adamant about having rescue pets to ensure those animals had a wonderful home. Adam will be remembered for his eternal optimism, jokes and lighthearted pranks, and unique ability to spread his joy and happiness everywhere he went.

Adam is survived by his wife, Angelia “Lia”; his twin sister, Ashley; his brother-in-law, Brad; his parents, Hope and Paul, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at 11 a.m., at Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Road, Windsor, Maine 04363.

Condolences, stories, and photos may be shared by visiting

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the following charities in Adam’s honor: the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, The Pixel Fund, and the Kennebec Valley Humane Society.


WATERVILLE – Carlton R. Carey, 87, of Waterville, passed away unexpectedly at a local hospital on Thursday, August 4, 2022. He was born in Albion on June 21, 1935, to Louis J. Carey and Eva Mae (Libby) Carey.

Following his high school graduation he married the love of his life Carolyn Duplessis, of Fairfield. They shared 64 years of marriage and raised four children together.

In 1953 Carl’s father Louis purchased Kennebec Building Supply, in Waterville. Carl and his father worked closely together until 1988 when Louis passed away. Carl continued working there with his son until 2012 when he retired.

Carl was a life time member of the Waterville Elks Lodge #905. He served on a number of committees and looked forward to working at the Bingo games when he could.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. He would look forward to the moose drawing every year even though he’d been picked three times in the past 20 years. He couldn’t wait for spring fishing and enjoyed the trips to Moosehead Lake. But most of all he looked forward to family gatherings at home where he loved to barbeque and spend time with his grandchildren.

He was kind, generous, and friendly to everyone he met. Carl had a great sense of humor and will be missed by all.

Carl was predeceased by his wife, Carolyn, his brothers, Alan Carey, Dan Carey and David Carey, and his sister Mary Carey.

He is survived by his son Carl (Casey) Carey and his wife Alice Schlosser, of Vassalboro; three daughters, Eva Goulette, of Waterville, Gale Mahoney, of Willimantic, Connecticut, and Lynne Boyd, of Saco; five grandchildren and their families, Geoff Boyd, Jamie Beaulieu, Chelsea Boyd, Casey Mahoney and Sarah Mahoney; his sister Margaret Soucy and her husband Lester; his brother Paul Carey and his wife Patty; his companion Laurali Bonney; as well as several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 22, at Notre Dame Church, 116 Silver St., Waterville. Burial will follow at Saint Francis Cemetery, 78 Grove Street, Waterville, Maine. A reception will be held at Notre Dame Church after the burial.

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

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

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


OAKLAND – Roger B. Gagnon, of Oakland, passed away at his home on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. Roger was born on December 30, 1939, in Etchemin, Québec, Canada, the son of Leo Gagnon and Camille Chabot.

In 1958, Roger came to the United States to play semi-pro hockey for the Waterville Exchange Club Bruins. After the Bruins he played for the Lewiston semi-pro hockey team. He played until the age of 61.

He also worked for various contractors before going to school at Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute, in Bangor, in 1965-1966 to become a machinist. He graduated from Eastern Maine Vocational-Technical Center (EMVTI), with highest honors and was his class Valedictorian. He later went to work for Keyes Fibre Company (now Huhtamaki), in Waterville, where he was employed for 35 years, retiring in 2012.

Roger was predeceased by his parents, Leo Gagnon and Camille Chabot; and his brother, Gervais Gagnon, all of Etchemin.

He is survived by his wife, Mae Landry; his two sons, Sean Gagnon and Stephen Gagnon; three grandchildren, Devin, Dylan, and Hunter Gagnon; his two sisters, Roberte, of Lac Etchemin, and Annine Vachon, of Winslow; many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2022, at Lewis Cemetery, in Oakland.

Arrangements are in the care of Mid Maine Cremation Services (207)453-6006.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Roger’s memory may be made to New England Division, American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, August 11, 2022


CLINTON – Albert B. Parent, 87, passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2022, in Clinton. He was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, on January 3, 1935, to Adelbert and Bellva (Brunelle) Parent.

He joined the army on January 21, 1955. He served in New Ulm, Germany, for 21 months. He was a radio instructor teaching Morse Code to eight different stations and received a good conduct medal. He was discharged in January 1958.

In 1958 he moved to Santa Monica, California, where he met Olive (Farwell) Kincaid and her four children. They had a child named Gene A. Parent on August 3, 1963, and were married in July 1960. He worked in retail for over 40 years. Last being at TJ Maxx, in Augusta, retiring in December 2011.

He was predeceased by both parents, wife Olive and sons, Larry Kincaid, and Gene Parent. Also, his brothers, Leo Aldebert and Robert and sisters, Theresa and Yolande.

He is survived by daughters, Alberta, and Roberta and son Daniel and their families; his brothers, Normand Raymond and their families; many nieces and nephews; as well as grandchildren. He had great-grandchildren.

The celebration of life will be held at Holy Cannoli, on August 14, 2022, at 11 a.m., on Main Street, in Waterville.

Memorial services are at Mt. Vernon Veteran’s Cemetery, in Augusta, on Monday, August 15, at 2 p.m.

Arrangements are by Dan and Scott Cremation & Funeral Services.

In place of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude’s hospital at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


WATERVILLE – Patricia M. Knight, 84, of Waterville, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at MaineGeneral Medical Center. Patricia was born, in Winslow, on April 30, 1938, the youngest daughter of the late Joseph Bolduc and Martha (Violette) Bolduc.

Patricia attended Winslow schools and earned an accounting degree at the University of Maine Augusta.

Patricia retired from Inland Hospital, inWaterville, in 2000 after 33 years in the accounting department. Patricia then worked for H&R Block for 14 years where she retired in 2014. Patricia worked during her retirement part time for Belgrade Auto.

Patricia was a member of Corpus Christi Parish where she served as a lector, CCD teacher and was on the Pre-Cana committee as part of the speaker couples.

Patricia was a past member of HFMA serving on the board, also serving on the Board of Delta. Patricia was a life member of the MacCrillis-Rousseau VFW Post #8835, in Winslow.

Patricia’s favorite place was Great Moose Lake where she enjoyed spending time with her family, boating, swimming, fishing, and tending her flower garden.

She was predeceased by her son Gregg, grandson Tobey Hockridge, two sisters, Doris Reid and Gloria, six brothers, Armond, Hector, Lucien, Richard, Ray and Norris.

Patricia is survived by her husband of 67 years, James W. Knight; her daughters, Cindy Hockridge and husband Stu, of South China, Tricia Maheu and husband David, of Belgrade; her daughter-in-law Patricia Knight, of Arizona; her sister Lillian Lovett, of York; three grandchildren, Kim Knight, of Arizona, her three children, Alex, Aiden and Maddie, Danny Knight, all of Arizona, Erik Maheu and his wife Robyn, from Winslow; two sons, Maddox and Julien, Tobey’s daughters, Payton and Paige from Colorado Springs Colorado; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass was held on Wednesday, August 10, at 9 a.m., at Notre Dame Catholic Church, in Waterville.

The family requests no flowers.


OAKLAND – Claude Louis Castonguay, 73, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, following a year-long battle with cancer. Claude was born Dec­em­ber 29, 1948. He is the son of Alcide and Marguerite (Noel) Castonguay.

Claude attended schools in Frenchville, and was drafted into the military shortly after. Claude was a lifelong service member of the Army Reserve, having completed tours in Vietnam and Iraq until his retirement in 2008. Claude also worked for the Maine Department of Transportation for over 25 years.

Claude is survived by his wife Linda (Michaud) of 51 years; his daughter Cheryl, of Waterville; daughter Sharon and her fiancé Anthony, of Oakland; and son Eric and his girlfriend Nicole, of Feeding Hills, Massachusetts; his grandchildren, Colby, Jordan, Dylan, Brianna, Jeremih, and Julian.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m., on Monday August 8, 2022, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville, and then transported to Maine Veterans Cemetery, in Augusta.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fisher House ( who provide temporary housing for family members of sick veterans.


WINSLOW – Richard J. Glover, 82, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 28, 2022, at Androscoggin Hospice, in Auburn. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on January 16, 1940, the son of Frederick and Eleanor Glover.

Dick grew up in Connecticut where he attended and graduated from Devry Tech Institute. He also attended the University of Connecticut, where he excelled in track and field.

During his summer visits to Maine to help at his grandparents’ farm, Dick met the love of his life, Nancy. They were married at Notre Dame de Lourdes church, in Skowhegan, on May 28, 1960, and thereafter moved to Norwalk, Connecticut, where Dick worked for Nash Engineering. He began his longtime position with Sherwin Williams in 1962, once returning to Maine, until retirement in 1996.

The couple settled in Auburn, where they raised their family.

The drums were Dick’s passion. He had played with a jazz band in Connecticut, and then played with several Country Bands here, in Maine. Dick also taught drum lessons at a Lewiston studio.

Dick was a member of the Kiwanis Club, in Madison, where he was president for two years. He was also a member of the Skowhegan-Madison Elks, and his genuinely caring heart led him to volunteer for many organizations. Dick and Nancy loved their homes, on Lake Wesserunsett.

Following retirement, Dick enjoyed his home workshop, where he cleverly designed and built several pieces of furniture. Among his many joys, was sitting down with a good book – often chosen from his extensive collection.

Together, they enjoyed wintering in Florida for nine years, where they golfed and traveled. He knew how to make everyone around him laugh. He also had a more serious side, and he was always willing to impart wisdom, whenever asked.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; their three children: Richard Glover, Jr. and wife Celeste, of Old Orchard Beach, Kelly Seegmiller and husband Robert, of Marana, Arizona, and Madison, Debbie Vickers and husband David, of Azle, Texas; five granddaughters, Michelle Love and fiancé Nick Allen, Nicole O’Brien and husband Michael, Savanah Behan and husband Brian, Alyssa Larson and husband Blake, and Brianna Santos & husband Julian; five great-grandchildren, Liam Love, Fin Love, Bryson Carter, Charlie Wilder, and Norah Jo Santos; his brother, Robert Glover and wife Jodi; sister-in-law Kathy LaGasse and husband Edward; three nephews; and several cousins.

Dick was predeceased by his parents, and a cousin, Shirley Hodgdon.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Smart & Edwards Funeral Home in Skowhegan.

There was a memorial service held at the funeral home on Thursday, August 11, at 1 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at 2 p.m., at The Heritage House, in Skowhegan.

Condolences may be offered at

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in memory of Dick Glover to the Dementia Society of America at


OAKLAND – Crystal Lynn Gallant, 51, unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2022, at her home, in Oakland. She was born on September 27, 1970, in Waterville, to David “Dick” R. Thebarge, Sr. and Marlene M. (Marcoux) Howard.

Crystal married Donald H. Gallant in 1990 and had two daughters, Angelena Gallant (age 31) and Courtney Gallant (age 27). Crystal loved seeing her daughter’s accomplishments and listening about their adventures. It always brought a smile to her face.

Later in life, after Crystal and Donald separated, Crystal found love with Ronnie McBreairty and his two sons, Lowell, and Ryan McBreairty.

Crystal loved listening to some country music and gathering with family members. Crystal sought out the good in everyone and made many friends along the way.

Crystal’s occupation was a food service worker at Dana Dining Hall, at Colby College, in Waterville. She worked closely with many beloved coworkers since October 1, 2008.

She is survived by her daughters, Angelena, and Courtney; siblings, Lisa Thebarge, and Joshua Thebarge; nieces, Amber Oakes, and Hannah Moody; alongside many other family members and friends.

Crystal was predeceased by her parents, Marlene, and David; stepfather, Lewis “Picky” Howard; brother, David R. Thebarge Jr.; grandparents, Andrienne (Roderick) Marcoux and Donald Marcoux; and her fiancé of 15 years, Ronnie McBreairty.

A graveside burial ceremony for Crystal will be held at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery; 78 Grove St., Waterville, on Thursday, August 18, at 11:30 a.m.

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

Flowers or donations to the family can be sent c/o Wheeler Funeral Home.


FAIRFIELD – Jeffrey Oliver Bickford, 74, passed away at home on Thursday July 28, 2022. He bravely endured pulmonary fibrosis for three years. Jeffrey was born in Water­ville, on April 10, 1948, the son of Fred­erick Hartson Bickford and Maxine Louis (Mushero) Bickford, both of Fairfield.

He was raised in Fairfield, attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Elementary School and Lawrence High School as a member of the class of 1966.

He was an original founder of PHB with his brother Jim Bickford, and Larry Warren, and was later joined by his brother Jon. In his capacity as a builder and carpenter Jeffrey built hundreds of homes in the greater Fairfield area. He later trained as a millwright and worked his way up to superintendent. In that capacity he worked for Cianbro Corp., Pizzagalli Construction, Abbington Constructors and Rust Construction, to name a few. During those years, he traveled across the Northeast and Michigan to service and rebuild essential equipment in the paper mill and other industries. He was well respected and in high demand in his field.

In his youth Jeffrey enjoyed basketball and was a varsity player for Lawrence High School. His athleticism and enthusiasm for the outdoors and engines provided endless hours of enjoyment, including competing in small tractor pulling, stock car racing at Unity Motor Speedway, motorcycle enduro racing (a sport where aged 29 was considered “over-the-hill”). He was considered a “ringer” in golf tournaments dressed in his denim overalls and work boots. His sense of humor and story telling were widely known and admired as two of his best qualities.

Jeff built many houses in his long life, but the home he enjoyed the most was the “down-back” home surrounded by trees, ponds, and wildlife. As a boy he even camped out there and dreamed of a life on this special spot. He particularly enjoyed sitting on the porch watching the ducks and geese in the pond, turtles meandering, the deer raising their young and the garden bearing the gifts from his land. The pond he had built brought hours of enjoyment; even as his health was declining he watched his great-grandchildren Benjamin, MacKinzy, Ry-Ry, Serenity and Sage swim and play. The whole family gathered and picnicked together on the land that meant so much to him.

He was predeceased by his parents, Fred and Maxine, his sister-in-law Gail Bickford, his brother-in-law David Weigel, and his brother-in-law Dana J. Slye. The most impactful and tragic was his infant son who lays resting in St. Francis Cemetery, in Waterville.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Deborah Slye-Bickford; his children Holly Marie Demo, Crystal Lee Ann Pressey and her husband Bo, Paula Anne Criss and her partner Nathaniel Cobb; and a daughter from whom he is estranged; his grandchildren, Nicholas “Nick” J. Casey and his wife Deni, Ryan P. Casey and his wife Becky, Kristen Smiley and her husband Brian, Lindsay Batchelder and her husband Evan, Codey Casey, Dylan Huff, Devin Huff, his youngest Katelynn Pressey, and her sister Kelly; his great-grandchildren, Benjamin Smiley, MacKinzy Booker, Ryan Casey, Marlon and Lorelei Batchelder, and Cadence and Graysen Murray; his siblings, Dr. Joseph “Jerry” Bickford, Phyllis Dubois and her husband Stanley, James Bickford and his wife Giselle, Jonathan Bickford, and Theresa Weigel; his sisters in-law, Deanne Slye, Darby Slye and Nancy Hudnall; and brother in-law Dean J. Slye; many nieces and nephews; a cousin Allen Foster and niece Laura Slye and her partner David Erickson; his first wife and mother of his children Marilyn Bickford.

Per his wishes, there will be no formal services. An out-door celebration of life will be held on the grounds of his “down-back” home on Saturday, August 20, 2022, starting at 1 p.m. More details will be posted by Crystal Pressey via social media. His burial will take place at the newly-constructed family plot on the property.

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

For those who wish to honor his memory, please make donations to the Humane Society Waterville Area (, 100 Webb Rd., Waterville, ME 04901, for all the special pets he held dear in his lifetime.


WHITEFIELD – Andrew Bunker Berry, 82, of Whitefield, passed peacefully on Friday, July 29, 2022. Andrew was born in Malden, Massachusetts, on September 4, 1939, the son of Katherine Pew and Richard Berry.

He grew up in Cape Elizabeth, graduated from Hebron Academy and went on to earn his bachelor’s in economics at Cornell University.

Andrew was most known throughout Maine and the local community as the long-time owner of Maine Helicopters, Inc., where he worked on many agricultural, tower and construction projects throughout the state. He served on the Board of Pesti­cides, and loca­lly, the Whitefield Appeals Board. He was also a member of The Whitefield Historical Society.

“Andy” had friends in every corner of Maine. Doors were always open to him for a cup of coffee, a meal, or libation. His quick wit, smile and charm won him many lifelong friends.

It was no secret that Andrew’s greatest passion was pleasure boating on the Maine coast. This passion for being on the water coupled with his love for traditional Maine working boats landed him right in the middle of the lobster community. He not only enjoyed using a lobster boat design for his own boat, but he and his boat of the moment were well known at the Maine Lobster Boat Races. He served on the Lobster Boat Race committee and often was the acting “committee boat”. When his duties as committee boat captain were done, he could be found right in the middle of a raft of race boats and other fans celebrating the weekend’s events.

Once retired, he and his girlfriend Jenn enjoyed a flotilla of other passionate boaters, where they would cross the Bay of Fundy and ultimately rendezvous in St. John, New Brunswick/ Nova Scotia. In later years, Andrew did not sail as far as he used to, but the couple enjoyed quieter times at Long Cove, in Vinalhaven, with other boaters and friends on the island.

Though boating was his main passion, he had many hobbies and favorite places. He enjoyed time spent at the family camp on Eustis Ridge, wintered at Tybee Island and Belize. As for hobbies, he made his own maple syrup, took wood-turning classes, sketched, cooked and liked to throw a good party.

Most memorable were his gatherings with family and a few lucky friends. He loved a good potluck and always enjoyed a glass of homemade liqueur made by his youngest brother Tom. At a certain hour, you could be sure that the furniture would be pushed aside and there would be dancing to his favorite band, “The Chambers Brothers”.

Andrew was predeceased by his parents, and grandson, Connor McLean.

He is survived by his children Jon Berry and wife Jessica Moreau-Berry; Elizabeth Berry MacKenney and husband Scott MacKenney; granddaughter Madeline McLean; siblings Ted Berry and Thomas Berry; and girlfriend Jennifer Paul.

There will be a gathering and celebration of his life this fall in Whitefield, date to be announced soon.


BENTON – Bonnie Laprise, 66, of Benton, passed away peacefully, at The Androscoggin Hospice House, on Friday, July 29, 2022.

She was an outdoor person who loved to hunt, fish, snowmobile and garden. One of her great joys was cooking for her loved ones. She loved socializing with friends and family around the campfire. She touched many lives and will be missed by many. She had a close and lifelong connection with her mother and brother.

She is survived by her husband, of 33 years, Bob Laprise, and his daughter Dawn Smith and her spouse Brian Dolloff, and their three children, Philip, his daughter Merida, Chris, Dave and daughter Charlotte; her daughter Dodi Olsen and her children, Mason and Kyle Touch­ette, Jay Anderson his children, Nick and spouse Mary Anderson and Kaylee and Devin L. and child Kylie; three sisters, Sandy and her spouse Rodney Knox, Linda and her spouse Bill Bowe, and Laurie Aldrich; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Albie and Theresa Laprise; several great-grandchildren including one on the way; and a niece.

She was predeceased by her parents, Peggy and Mose Aldrich, brother Ricky Aldrich and a granddaughter Brittany Brown.

There will be no services.

If you desire, in lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Androscoggin Hospice House or Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation.


WINSLOW – Darrick John Delile, 43, passed away Friday, July 29, 2022, at the Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta. He was born January 6, 1979, in Wat­er­­ville, the son of Robert J. and Cynthia J. (Tardiff) Delile.

He attended Winslow High School. He was employed at U-Haul and was an attendant with K-Mart. He was an avid basketball fan.

Darrick is survived by his son, Dominic Clifford, of Smithfield; parents, Robert and Cynthia Delile, of Winslow; uncles, John Delile, of Winslow, and Roger Bouchard, of Bend, Oregon; aunts, Karen Delile, of Winslow, Nancy Boulette and Brenda Hawkins,, both of Waterville, and Jackie Grenier, of Winslow; his son’s mother, Jessica Clifford, of Smithfield; godmother, Janet Pellitier.

He was predeceased by his older brother, Shane Delile.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, August 23, 2022, at 10 a.m., at St. John Church, Monument Street, Winslow.

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

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations to the Skowhegan High School Tennis and/or Basketball Program, 61 Academy Circle, Skowhegan, ME 04976.


WATERVILLE – Eugene “Gene” E. Couture, 91, passed away, in Waterville, on August 1, 2022. He was born October 4, 1930, the son of William and Elizabeth (Dostie)Taylor. Gene graduated from Waterville Senior High School, class of 1949, then graduated class of 1957 from Thomas Business College, in Waterville, with a degree in business administration and higher accounting, receiving the Thomas College Higher Accounting Award. He went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force from 1950-1954.

Gene worked for his father at the family business, W.A. Taylor, in Waterville, (established in 1928), from the age of 12. After coming home from service, he returned to his father’s business. In 1970, he became general manager until semi-retirement in 1994. During this time, he met the love of his life Judith Traynor Couture. They were married on May 14, 1966, and spent 56 years together. Gene had been employed 49 years at W.A. Taylor, finally selling the building in May 2003, retiring at the age of 72.

In addition to his work, Gene was also a member of the Bourque-Lanigan American Legion, Post #5, in Waterville, for many years, as well as a member of the Parish of the Holy Spirit as a collector, did the Sunday morning soup kitchen for St. Francis de Sales parish, was the director of Keso Federal Credit Union for 15 years. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, Senior League Bowling, and family outings and trips.

He was predeceased by his parents William and Elizabeth, sister Agnes Pomerleau and husband Frank, Cecile Dugas and husband Larry, brothers Kenneth and wife Marie, Reginald and wife Orita, and Bernard.

He is survived by his wife Judy and daughter Michelle; his brothers Jimmy and wife Enola, and Harvey and wife Renette; and sisters Jenny, Norma, Rita, and Betty.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver St., Waterville, Maine 04901.

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


UNITY – Martha A. Perkins, 90, died peacefully on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, in Waterville. She was born on February 18, 1932, in Unity, one of 10 children born to the late Melvin and Hazel (Dodge) Hubbard.

She retired from Ethan Allen Furniture, in Burnham.

Martha loved and lived for her family. She helped to raise one of her granddaughters, was kind and generous, and was a very loving mother and grandmother. She liked diamond painting, making ceramics, and watching Westerns on TV. She really enjoyed going to the casinos to play the slot machines.

She is survived by her children, Starr Davidson, of California, Pamela Robinson and her husband, Horace, of Albion, Melvin “George” Perkins, of Thorndike, and Timothy Perkins and companion Angela Kennedy, of Knox; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; two sisters: Ruth Smith and Jayne Hutton, both of Thorndike; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Dennis Perkins Sr., son Dennis Perkins Jr.; and seven siblings, John, Melvin, Lawrence, Ernest, Hazel “Snooky”, Raymond, and Gertrude.

A celebration of life will be held from 1-5 p.m., Sunday, August 14, 2022, at the Snow Duster’s Club House, Fischer Road, Unity, Maine.

To leave a message of kindness or to share a memory, please visit

Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Research, 510 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105, or


WATERVILLE – Nelson J. McIntire, 95, a longtime resident of Readfield, Monmouth and Lakeville, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at Inland Hospital, in Waterville. He was born on November 22, 1926, the son of Merrill McIntire and Pearl (Gregory) McIntire, in Acushnet, Massachusetts.

Nelson attended schools in Massachusetts and Maine. He married Lila Horn on February 24, 1947, and were married for 52 years, before her passing in February 1999. He had worked at Albany Felt and Tex Tech Industries. Nelson enjoyed hunting, fishing and dabbling in real estate. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by one son Michael McIntire, of Canaan; three daughters, Deborah Stufflebeam, of Monmouth, Sherrie McIntire, of Pittston, and Charline Horsford, of Wareham, Massachusetts; his companion Shirley Tibbets, of Benton; 17 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Lila McIntire, a son, Merle McIntire; a daughter, Elizabeth Smith, two grandsons; Jason and Chad Bumpus, a brother, Merle McIntire and a sister, June Greene.

Messages of condolence may be sent to:

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at a later date. Interment will be at Central Cemetery, Center Street, Middleborough, Massachusetts.

Arrangements by Bragdon-Finley Funeral Home, 707 Main Street, Monmouth, Maine.

China icon, Jack Sylvester, passes away at age 83

Jack Sylvester

Jack Sylvester, 83, was loved by many and affectionately known as “the Mayor of China.” Every person he met was a friend to be made. He passed away Saturday, July 30, at his China Village home, surrounded by family and certain as ever in his annual conviction that “the Red Sox won’t amount to anything this year.”

John “Jack” Adelbert Sylvester was born on October 13, 1938, in Farmington, Maine, to Hugh Shorey Sylvester and Louise Stratton Sylvester, of Eustis. In 1944, the family moved from Eustis to Albion, where Jack graduated from Besse High School in 1957.

Jack and his wife, Ann, owned and operated China General Store, in China Village, for many years. The store, best known simply as Jack’s, was a gathering place and fixture of the community. Jack loved his career and had countless happy memories of his neighbors stopping by the store for a cup of coffee or a game of cribbage. One of his favorite days of the year was Halloween, when Jack would dress up and hand out chocolate milk and potato chips to all the kids who came to the store.

Jack served his community as a longtime volunteer firefighter, including as chief of the China Village Volunteer Fire Department. He was a longtime member and past master of Central Lodge #45 in China.

Jack made those around him feel like family. He was also a devoted family man. He loved his wife, children and grandchildren beyond measure and never missed a chance to spend time together. He taught them how to hunt, fish, garden, golf, work hard, have fun, be silly, treat everyone with respect, yodel and, most of all, to love and care for each other. He was looking forward to becoming a “wicked great-grandfather” this fall.

Jack is predeceased by his parents. He leaves behind his beloved wife of over 57 years, Ann; son, Christopher, and his wife, Jody; daughter, Lori, and her husband, Bob; granddaughter, Amy, and her husband, Alexander; grandson, Nathan, and his wife, Madelyn; and loyal guard dog, Roscoe. He is also survived by his three siblings, Alene Smiley, Betty Shuckrow and Robert Sylvester, as well as many other loved ones and, of course, too many friends to count.

The family so grateful for all the kind words, visits, notes and reminiscences the community has shared with Jack over the past several years. In 2020, after a stint in rehabilitation without visitors due to the pandemic, he was welcomed home with a parade down Main Street, in China Village. He was so touched, and we will never forget that.

All are welcome to join the family for a graveside service to be held Monday, August 15, at 10 a.m., at the China Village Cemetery Extension on the Neck Road. Please come as you are.

In memory of Jack, be kind to each other, sing a song, tell a joke, share a laugh and a hug. His favorite thing was to see others smiling.

In lieu of flowers, please let the family know your favorite memory of Jack or send them a funny joke, maybe one that Jack told you. Please email reminiscences to

For anyone who would like to make a donation in Jack’s memory, please consider donating to China Village Volunteer Fire Department, China Baptist Church or Northern Light Home Care & Hospice.

All are welcome to join the family for a graveside service to be held Monday, August 15, at 10 a.m., at the China Village Cemetery Extension, on the Neck Road. Additional parking will be available at the China Conference Center ballfield. That evening, a gathering will take place at the old store on Main St., in China, from 5 – 7 p.m., with a video presentation. More information is available on the Friends of China Facebook page.

See also: Jack’s: Where everybody knows your name

Jack Sylvester turns 80 years old

OBITUARIES for Thursday, August 4, 2022


Allen Robert Brackett, born on July 14, 1924, passed away on Monday, July 11, 2022. Allen, the eldest son of Herman and Frances (Allen) Brackett was born in Medford, Massachusetts. Allen was married to Margurite Jones Brackett, daughter of Merle and Doris Jones, lifelong residents of Weeks Mills.

Allen lived a life defined by his curiosity and intellect. He spent much of his youth in Casco. He was a ‘Mainer’ through and through, always humble, polite, hard working, and respectful of others and the environment he enjoyed so much.

He is a World War II veteran, being drafted after graduation from Casco High School. Upon entry, he was tested and spent his first years in service at the University of North Dakota to study engineering. He was always a bit regretful for not immediately going to the front as so many others did. In November 1944, Allen was eventually sent to join the newly-formed 66th Infantry Division headed to England, then Northern France. Five months after Allen’s arrival in Europe, in May 1945, the Germans surrendered and most Allied Forces draftees were sent home. Allen remained stationed in Austria and France, assisting in the peaceful reconstruction of Europe, returning home with an honorable discharge later that year.

Allen took advantage of the GI Bill to attend the University of Maine at Orono, graduating in 1950 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He maintained a love for UMaine’s School of Engineering throughout his life, always following new developments in the news. He donated to the Engineering School after nearly every request.

Allen met his sweetheart, Marguerite Jones, at UMO and they married in 1951. They recently celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary. Allen moved his new family to Kittery to work at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in the Engineering Design Division until his retirement in 1979.

Allen was a Past Master of Naval Lodge #184 AF&AM. He was also a Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Shriners. His friends and fellow masons invariably commented on his remarkable abilities in ceremony and degree work. He was often called upon to lead or take a part in a ritual around the state of Maine.

The loves of his life, his lovely partner and wife Marguerite, daughter Allane and son Russ, were constant sources of joy. He never missed a chance to listen, help in an endeavor, or educate in complex sciences of engineering or astronomy. If one wanted to understand black holes or the theory of relativity, Allen was the man to talk with.

Allen was predeceased by his youngest brother Weldon.

He is survived by his wife Marguerite; daughter Allane Ball and husband Steve; son Russell Brackett and wife Linda and their extended family; grandsons Benjamin Ball and wife Alison, and Jonathan Ball; great-grandchildren Briana, Elijah, Jacob and Alyssa; great-great-grandchild Graham “Chip” McKinney; brother Malcolm Brackett; sister-in-law Lida; several nieces and a nephew.


VASSALBORO – Evelyn Ashton, 90, passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2022, in her family home of 58 years, in Vassalboro. She was born on May 17, 1932, to Elizabeth (Scott) and Thomas Graham, in East York, Toronto, Canada.

Evelyn had three older sisters: Margaret, Lillian and Patricia; an older brother, Tommy and a younger sister, Ruth.

She attended schools in East York, Toronto, Canada and graduated from Jarvis Collegiate High School and Emmaus Bible School, with honors. While at Emmaus, she met James Ashton, from New Jersey, and they married on June 25, 1955. They set up house in an apartment in Beverly, Massachusetts, and then moved to South Hamilton, Massachusetts, while Jim finished college in 1958. Evelyn worked for CBS Hytron until their first child, Elizabeth, was born. They came to Livermore in 1958 and during their years there, Evelyn did some substitute teaching. After a move to Vassalboro, and following the birth of their sixth child in 1964, she continued substitute teaching.

Evelyn had a full-time job in the Waterville school system, first as a reading tutor, then as a secretary to the special education director at the high school. Evelyn also worked part-time at the dental office of John Koons. Evelyn finished out her career in the school system as a library aide at George Mitchell School. She then volunteered at the Vassalboro Food Station Pantry. Throughout these years, Evelyn met so many good people, some of whom became lifelong friends.

Her best, and most fulfilling work, was raising her children and helping them in so many ways, as they grew up to adulthood. Evelyn and Jim took their children camping for many years. Evelyn did much of the preparation for these trips, whether long or short: The Maritime Provinces, Ontario, Québec, and The Great Smokey Mountains, and, of course, many Maine trips.

After the children were out of the nest, Ev and Jim made trips to Colorado, Arizona, and California; to the cities of San Francisco, Seattle and New Orleans. They went to the United Kingdom twice. Ev managed a third trip there with her sister Ruth. Evelyn and Jim, with Ruth and Curt, made trips to Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, the Gaspé of Québec and Northern Ontario.

Evelyn also enjoyed knitting, rug braiding, wreath making and tending to her many beautiful flower gardens. She was also an avid reader. She was a very practical person, which helped immensely during the early years of raising a family.

Evelyn enjoyed visits to the coast, especially trips to many of the beautiful and historic sites of Maine.

Evelyn was predeceased by her daughter, Elizabeth Ashton.

Evelyn is survived by her husband, James, recently celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary; her son, Jonathan and his son Zach; her daughter, Karen Ashton and husband Michael Sullivan, and her children William, Meghan, Nicholas and Lyndsey; her daughter, Katherine and husband Douglas Houghton, and their daughter, Karly; her daughter, Judith and husband Louis Harle and their children Christopher, Jennifer and Colin; and her daughter, Paula Ashton and husband John Lewandowski and their children Ruth and Walter; as well as great-grandchildren, Will and Oscar.

A memorial service will held on Saturday, August 20, at 2 p.m., at the family home, in North Vassalboro.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Vassalboro Food Station Pantry, 20 Ferland Lane, Vassalboro, ME 04989 or Vassalboro Public Library, P.O. Box 62, East Vassalboro, ME 04935.


WHITEFIELD – Janice Marie Woodworth, 83, passed away Tuesday July 19, 2022, at Augusta Center for Health and Rehabilitation, following more than two years battling heart and kidney disease. Janice was born on May 20, 1939, in Palermo,

Janice was able to share wonderful memories and funny stories with family and close friends the weeks prior to her passing.

Janice loved spending time with her family and friends, shopping, going out to eat, or just watching a Red Sox game on TV. She took a Caribbean cruise with the girls, (Donna, Robin, Kim, Debbie, Zina, Katherine, and Robby) before she became ill; she had the best time hanging with the girls on the ship and on the beach.

Janice was an amazing mother and never stopped being a mom even after her children grew up and moved out to start their own lives; she was always looking out for them. She also loved her husband Philip Woodworth even though she had been known to play some pretty epic practical jokes on him over the years. She loved being a grandmother, and was lucky to have several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She graduated high school by attending night classes while raising her family. Janice and her husband owned and operated a small country store in Washington for many years. After that she worked different jobs before retiring from Maine Veterans Home, in Augusta.

Janice was predeceased by her parents Wallace and Florence Curtis; and her brothers Lloyd, and Floyd (twins that died a birth), Cleveland Curtis, Duane Curtis, and John Curtis (her twin brother).

Janice is survived by her husband, Philip Woodworth; her daughter, Donna Woodworth and her husband David Bottom, and David’s children, Thomas Bottom and Mary Bottom and her husband Adam Mills, and their son Timothy Mills; her son, Michael Woodworth, and his son Dustin Woodworth and his wife Audrey Woodworth and their son, Corey Woodworth; her son, David Woodworth and his partner Robin Shaw, and David’s daughter, Brittany Leonard and her husband, Thomas Leonard, and their three sons TJ Leonard, and Blaine and Blaze Leonard (twins); her son, Brian Woodworth and his son, Jarrett Woodworth, and daughter Kristen Woodworth, her partner Demetrius Miller, and her sons Jaheim Miller and Xavion Woodworth; her brother, Warren Curtis; and many nieces and nephews who she loved dearly.

Janice, a.k.a. “the life of the party”, had a full life filled with much joy and laughter knowing that she was loved.

There will be no funeral at her request, instead, a celebration of life with a date to be determined.

Arrangements are in the care of Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Rd., Augusta, ME 04363. Condolences, stories, and photos may be shared at


FAIRFIELD – Orman W. Wheeler, 96, of Fairfield, passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Oak Grove Center, in Waterville. Orman “Jim” Wheeler was born April 7, 1926, the son of Frank C. Wheeler and Alma (Damren) Wheeler.

He attended schools in Fairfield.

Orman “Jim” entered into active military service on June 24, 1944. He served in World War II a PUT.C.E., in Co. 1285th Engineer Construction Battalion. He received in action, EAME campaign medal, Good Conduct Medal, and World War II Victory Medal.

Orman “Jim” was a master mechanic by trade. He also enjoyed driving truck and had worked at many companies over the years. His biggest accomplishment was building/owning Shady Acres Trailer Park. He and his wife, Hilda, owned and operated the park for many years together. Anyone who knew “Jim”, knew he was a “jack of all trades”!

Orman “Jim” had many interests and hobbies. One of the things he loved most was traveling with his family. He and his family took many camping trips over the years. One of the most memorable would be the trip to California in a truck-camper!

Orman “Jim” was also known for his passion for John Deere tractors. He was very knowledgeable about all tractors. He enjoyed rebuilding, painting, selling, and trading them. Everyone in town knew if they had a question in regards to a tractor, to ask “Jim”!

Orman “Jim” was predeceased by his parents, Frank C. Wheeler, and Alma D. Wheeler; his two brothers and sister; and his wife of 66 years, Hildred E. (Jones) Wheeler.

Orman “Jim” is survived by his only daughter, Tonia M. Wentworth, of Fairfield; son-in-law John E. Wentworth II, of Fairfield; his two granddaughters, Kaylee M. and Saydee M. Wentworth,, both of Fairfield; many relatives too many to list.

A graveside service with military honors was held on Saturday, July 30, at Maplewood Cemetery, in 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


WATERVILLE – Perry E. Mosher, 89, passed away peacefully at Avita Memory Care, in Brunswick, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. He was born in Waterville on June 10, 1933, the son of Benjamin and Doris (Main) Mosher.

He graduated from Waterville High School and served in the U.S. Navy. He was a salesman for Ladd Paper Company until their closing, than went on to sell cars for Joseph Motor Company, both in Waterville, for a few years but decided to go back to selling on the road which he always enjoyed, and worked for Sysco until his retirement.

He was a member of the Waterville Methodist Church. Perry and Marilyn loved spending summers at their camp on Salmon Lake, in Oakland, with their children and many of their relatives along the same shoreline. He loved to fix cars in his free time and in later years was very passionate about antique clock repair / restoration. He also liked going to some of the local auctions.

He was predeceased by his parents Benjamin and Doris Mosher; his wife of 49 years, Marilyn (Ladd) Mosher; and his sister, Judith (Mosher) Varney.

He is survived by his sons Leslie Mosher and Scott Mosher; his daughter, Lisa Healy and her husband John, and his daughter, Lori Smith and her husband John; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A family graveside service will be held 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


WHITEFIELD – Richard L. Cummings, 77, passed away peacefully at his home in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 21, 2022. He was born on May 25, 1945, in Ellsworth.

After spending his childhood years with his grandmother, Florence Guptill, in Ellsworth, he moved to Chelsea and graduated from Cony High School, in Augusta, in 1963. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in 1963 from which he was honorably discharged in 1969. He was a CLP logger and marine blood worm digger during his working years.

Richard enjoyed deer hunting, trout fishing, stock car racing, men’s softball, and horse racing. He was happiest when working on his son Todd’s stock car or being part of a good deer drive with family and friends. Many deer found their way into elderly friend’s cellars to help them through the winter.

He was predeceased by his grandmother; his parents Alexander and Dora Cummings; his brothers Bob and Alex; and grandson, Ryan Mullens.

He is survived by his partner of 24 years, Laurie Mullens; his sons Rick and partner Laurie Brann, of Whitefield, and Todd and his wife Greta, of Whitefield; his partner’s sons Wayne Mullens and partner Shannon Baron, of Whitefield, and Derek Mullens and wife Kelley, of Windsor; his grandchildren Logan and wife Kaitie, Jacob and partner Carmen, Caleb, and Sydney; and great-granddaughters Mackenzie and Harper; his partner’s grandchildren Jordon and her husband Ben, Thomas and Brylee, and great-grandson Crew; siblings Donald, Dennis and his wife Jerri, Margaret Allen and her husband Bernie, Cathy Trask and her husband Dan and sister-in-law, Donna Cummings; many nieces, nephews, cousins.

A graveside service for family and friends will be held at the Coopers Mills Cemetery (a.k.a. Howe Cemetery), in Whitefield, at a later date.


FAIRFIELD – Curtis “Curt” Paul Hymel, 75, of Fairfield, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, July 23, 2022. He was born in Vacherie, Louisiana, on May 25, 1947, to parents Donald J. and Marjorie R. Hymel (Simon).

Curt honorably served in the United States Navy as a Seabee, and was stationed in Vietnam, Cuba, and Rhode Island. Curt was a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Curt enjoyed the outdoors, playing sports, fishing and hunting with friends, gardening, and watching the local wildlife with Dakota. He prided himself on his Cajun cooking, making homemade hot sauce, and teaching his children (and grandchildren) how to make a proper roux.

He was predeceased by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Tupper Hymel; and his children Janine Lairmore and husband Michael, Julia Burlette and husband Jeff, and Curtis Grenier; eight grandchildren, Caitlyn, Connor, Ryan, Charlotte, Maxwell, Josephine, Samuel, and Benjamin; his four younger sisters, Nadine Delatte (Larry), Pamela Zeringue, Marie Dufresne (Jun) and Jeanne Landry (Lloyd); and more nieces, nephews, cousins.

Graveside services with military honors was held at Tozier Cemetery, in Fairfield, on Saturday, July 30.

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

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation or Maine General Health Hospice.


WHITEFIELD – Jennifer Lynn Wilson Morrow, 38, wife to Ryan and mother to Blake and Keegan, passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2022. She was born in Augusta on October 15, 1983.

Jenn was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer after the birth of her second child. Despite the challenges she faced with this diagnosis, she was always positive and optimistic. She fought bravely to just have one more day with her family. #stage4needsmore was not only found on every social media post of her journey, but also her mission to spread awareness in hopes to help others in the future. In October 2019, Jenn had the privilege of being the Grand Marshal for the Walk for Hope, where she proudly wore the banner that supports all the work the Alfond Center provides to cancer patients.

Jenn grew up in Chelsea attending Chelsea School and graduating from Cony High School, in Augusta, in 2002. This is where she met lifelong friends “the Goldies”; Dostie, Angela, Sarah and Katie. They were with Jenn in her final days providing care and reflecting on precious times together. Many fond memories which always had lots of laughter, including a trip to Acadia and frequent breakfast dates, where Jenn would always say “Just take the damn picture”. Jenn had a very special bond with dear friend, Beth Sproul-LeBrun after many years working together. Beth was there to help Jenn have a peaceful journey and fulfilled the promise of all Jenn’s final wishes. The family will forever be grateful for the kindness and care Beth helped provide during these difficult days.

Jenn graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She loved her role as “Ms. Jenn” working with the children from SKCDC – most recently Lake Region Center, City of Augusta Childcare Kindercamp and her involvement with Whitefield Elementary School. Jenn was a gifted teacher who truly was built for the teaching profession, as she helped shape hundreds of children educationally and was a role model to many. Jenn had a special place in her heart for many co-workers, who also became dear friends.

Family was everything to Jenn and even though Rose was her mother, they were also best friends, spending as much time together as they could and loving deeply as each day passed. Weekends spent with her mom and sister, Amanda, were also a favorite – especially the trips to Dunkin’ or Starbucks along with Target and TJMaxx adventures together. Rose and Amanda were by Jenn’s side nonstop as she slowly faded from us, reminding her how amazing she was. Although Amanda was her older sister, Jenn provided constant guidance and reassurance to Amanda and was her number one supporter during the journey of motherhood and life. A bond between sisters that was so strong and will be missed immensely. Jenn loved watching her father, Cliff, be the best Papa to her boys and cherished the bond that they share.

Jenn tragically lost her brother, Joshua Wilson, in a car accident in 2007. She reminded her boys that Uncle Josh was watching over them and she would soon be with Uncle Josh to watch over all of us.

Jenn leaves behind her husband, Ryan, who she loved with all her heart. In August 2010 she wed Ryan at Saddleback Mountain, in Rangeley, and soon grew their beautifully family together with their sons and black labs, Owen and Max. She is forever grateful to Ryan for making her a wife and mother. Ryan taught her how a person should be loved as he never left her side during her battle with cancer. Ryan spent the final days holding her, loving on her and ensuring her final moments were filled with laughter and love.

Jenn’s legacy lives on within her two sons, Blake (11) and Keegan (3). Family time sharing laughs over dinner, daily walks with the boys, disc golfing or time spent “upta camp” with “her boys” were such cherished moments for her. Jenn was the most patient and supportive Mumma to her sons and told them constantly “Love you to the Moon and Back a million times, Buddy”. Blake helped care for his mother at home her final week, bringing her favorite dill pickles, Dostie’s cookies and reminding his Mom how much she was loved.

Surviving Jennifer also are her parents, Cliff and Rose Wilson, of Chelsea; sister, Amanda Wilson-Gray and brother-in-law, Justin Gray, of Gray; a nephew, Kai Gray; her paternal grandmother, Jane Wilson, of Augusta; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Rd., Windsor, ME 04363. Condolences, stories or photos may be shared by visiting

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations sent to Camden National Bank, 66 Eastern Ave., Augusta, ME 04330 in support of her two sons, Blake and Keegan Morrow.


WINSLOW – Richard D. Roy, 97, of Winslow, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 25, 2022, at Maine Veterans Home, in Augusta. Richard was born to Alire and Leonie Roy, in Waterville, on November 15, 1924. He graduated from Waterville High School and attended one year at University of Maine College, in Brunswick, for mechanical engineering.

Richard married Jeannette Irene Brousseau on November 20, 1948. He worked for 40 years as a machinist at the Hollingsworth & Whitney Company, later known as Scott Paper Company, in Winslow.

Richard served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. He was in Company C, 248th Engineer Combat Battalion. He served in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He received the good conduct army victory medals, 4 Battle Stars European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign, Meritorious Service and American Theater Ribbons.

Richard loved carpentry work. He was very skilled and could make anything. He also enjoyed taking care of the yard, music, singing and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was always happy, smiling and loved to have a good laugh, which was contagious. He was a loving husband and father.

Richard was predeceased by his parents Leonie and Alire Roy; a sister, Vernette Grenier, a brother, Alire Jr.; and granddaughter, Kayla Jessie Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Jeannette, of 73 years, of the Maine Veterans Home, in Augusta; daughters Nancy J. Roy, of Cummings, Georgia; and her daughter Tammy Kennedy; Doreen A. Roy, of Winslow, Lisa M. Silva and husband Joseph T. Silva, of Fayette; two sons, David R. Roy and wife Cathie Roy, of Meridianville, Alabama, and Brian M. Roy, of Portland; grandchildren Travis Bickford and wife Lily Baker, Heather Bickford, Kaitlin Bickford, Melissa A. Hayden and husband Ryan Hayden, Kyle F. Brown, Christopher D. Brown; and great-grandchildren Gavyn and Emma Hayden, Winter Merkens and Brooks Schroeder.

At his request, there will be no visiting hours. A private graveside service will be held.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Resident Activities Fund at the Maine Veterans Home, in Augusta.


WATERVILLE – Janice Pearl Bradbury, 89, of Waterville, passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2022. She was born November 24, 1932, in Rumford, the daughter of Lester Eugene Bradbury and Pauline Bradbury (Coolidge). Janice moved to Waterville at the age of five, where she lived the remainder of her life on Elmwood Avenue, with her aunt Pearl Loud and uncle Johnny, who raised her as their own. She attended Waterville schools and graduated from Thomas College, in Waterville, with a degree in business.

Her love and passion for animals lead her to a lifetime of service, rescuing animals. She loved life to the fullest. She loved to dance, go on adventures, and everything about the outdoors. The eldest of six girls, Janice took every opportunity to be with family and friends. Her nieces and nephews, who lovingly referred to her as “Aunty Jan”, meant the world to her.

Janice was an active and beloved member of her Jehovah’s Witness congregation from the age of 18, attending the Waterville Kingdom Hall. Using her degree, Janice worked bookkeeping jobs throughout her life and retired from the office of Woodlands Senior Living, in Waterville, at the age of 85.

She was predeceased by her parents Lester Eugene Bradbury and Pauline Bradbury (Coolidge); her aunt, Mina Pearl Loud; and her sister, Shirley Petrie.

Janice is survived by her sisters Christine Currier, of Florida, Dianne Sisneros, of Colorado, Roxanne Sisneros, of Iowa, Karen Heath, of Waterville; and a multitude of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 6, at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield.

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

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


GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – Charles Abbott, 74, died on Monday, June 25, 2022, in Grand Junction, Colorado. He was born in Waterville on February 11, 1948, to Carroll and Kathryn Abbott.

He graduated from Waterville High School, class of 1966.

With degrees from Colby College, in Waterville, and Columbia University, in New York, Charlie acquired fluency in music, Russian and Chinese. His professional life soon centered around photography and he became staff photographer for the Aspen Music Festival, out of which came his book, Reflections in Music.

In Aspen, Colorado, he cofounded Digital Arts Aspen, from where he pursued other projects, including many trips to the Dostoevsky Museum, in Russia.

For several years he conducted interviews on local public radio with visiting scientists, philosophers and metaphysicians in Aspen, Colorado. He is remembered by many for his generosity and ready laugh.

A graveside service is being planned for Waterville.


WATERVILLE – Jay Smith, of Hartland and Waterville, passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2022. Jay was born the youngest of six on June 15, 1965, to Margaret Foley Smith and Virgil Smith in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

Jay attended Perth Amboy High School, where he began and continued many lifelong friendships. Upon moving away from his hometown, he invested in a career of painting and maintenance in Florida, where he also met his wife, Nancy.

After getting married and having a daughter, Madelyn, the young family settled in Maine. He started his own painting business, Evenflow Painting, and picked up a habit of buying fixer-uppers to live in and renovate with his wife and daughter.

In recent years, he’s worked as maintenance staff and a supervisor with employers such as Sugarloaf Mountain and the Carrabec school system. He enjoyed his time at home, playing pool, and finding the best food trucks.

Throughout his life, Jay made die-hard friendships and had a positive impact on the lives of many people, including the students he passed in the halls at work. To say the least, he left a hole in the lives of many and will be loved and missed by those who knew him.

He was predeceased by his parents; and siblings Carol Fell, Bruce Smith, and Joanne Tomczyk.

He is survived by his daughter, Madelyn Smith; and his wife, Nancy Rivers Smith; as well as two of his sisters, Patti Pukas, Terri Puleo; his brother-in-law, George Puleo; and many nieces and nephews.

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WINSLOW – Shirley A. McQuillan, 91, of Winslow, passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. She was born on July 25, 1930, in Waterville, the daughter of Joseph and Bertha (Gauthier) Mercier.

In 1952 Shirley married John McQuillan and together they had two children. They lived in Ohio and New Jersey before moving to Maine where Shirley held different retail positions. She was also known as the keeper of the “Keys to the Castle” for St. John Church, in Winslow. From flowers to robes, Shirley gave her all in keeping a beautiful church and her hard work will always be remembered and missed.

Shirley was predeceased by her parents; her husband, John; and her grandchild, Charles Maze Knowles.

She is survived by her son, David McQuillan and his wife Elaine, of Plaistow, New Hampshire; her daughter, Michelle Knowles, of Vassalboro; her grandchildren Ryan John and his wife Jenn, of Florida, Becky Sigillo, of New Hampshire, and her children Ryan and Delaney and their father Donald Sigillo; Drew Michael Tardiff and his wife Victoria, of Westbrook, and David Roy Tardiff, of Winslow.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 18, at 10 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 26 Monument St., Winslow. Burial will be held following at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove St., Waterville.

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


CHINA – Sharon Marie Fletcher, 62, of Waterville, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at Northern Light Inland Hospital, following a lengthy illness. She was the daughter of Paul Fletcher Sr. and Erdine (Bronn) Fletcher, of China.

She was a graduate of Erskine Academy, in South China, class of 1978. After graduation she moved to Bridgton and was employed by the Bridgton Shoe Shop, and moved back to China later to be closer to her family.

She was predeceased by her parents Paul and Erdine, her grandparents, Robert and Sarah Fletcher, Raymond and Grace Bronn, and Marguerite and Gilbert Sylvain.

She is survived by her sister, Mary Lockhart and husband Roger, Paul Fletcher Jr. and wife Linda, Royce Fletcher and wife Salome, and Timothy Fletcher, all of China; extended family, Hope Smith and Mary Holt, of New Hampshire, John Bickford, of Fairfield, and Debbie Wallace, of Deltona, Florida; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Burial will be at the Chadwick Hill Cemetery, in South China, at a later date.

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

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


AUGUSTA – Ryan Lawrence Cunningham, 43, passed away on Friday, July 15, 2022. He was born October 9, 1978, the son of Rodney and Leda Cunningham.

Ryan was an expert at tormenting his sisters as a pesky younger brother. This talent progressed with age.

Later in life, his sisters added to his family introducing two new brothers Ben Pride and Jake Skakal. Ben and Lori made Ryan an uncle with the addition of Caleb and Emily Pride. He will be missed by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Ryan graduated from Erskine Academy, in South China, in 1997. He also attended University of Maine. He was employed as Data Systems Help Desk Manager for the Department of Education, State of Maine. He considered his co-workers his work family. He was known for his sense of humor and pranks.

Ryan’s passions shared with family and friends include hiking, bush craft, kayaking, survival skills, camping, his dirt bike, conspiracy theories, storytelling, disc golf, fishing, drawing and art. He especially enjoyed his annual memorial day fishing trips and game days with buddies. He was a Phish head and enjoyed attending concerts.

Ryan’s priority was his family, where he was always present for family events. He had a special close relationship with his sister Brandi and spent many of the earlier years sharing an apartment with Brandi and Jake.

A celebration of life was held on Saturday, July 23, at the Somerville Volunteer Fire Department, 941 Rockland Rd., Somerville, ME 04348.

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

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta. Condolences, stories, or photos may be shared by visiting

In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Kennebec Humane Society for the care of cats.


VASSALBORO – Lee N. Haskell, 59, of Vassalboro, passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2022, following a long, heroic battle with cancer. Lee was born on May 17, 1963, in Augusta, to James and Rita Haskell.

He graduated from Erskine Academy, inSouth China, in 1981, where he developed his great love for sports. He played many sports but truly excelled at basketball and golf. Lee honed his skills at two iconic sites in Augusta: Williams basketball court until the lights went out and Western View Golf Club and Pub (Lee’s favorite place on Earth). He enjoyed coaching youth basketball and cheering on every professional sports team Boston has.

Lee was a flooring specialist and business owner for 40 years, known for generosity and incredible work ethic.

Lee was predeceased by his parents, Tero and Rita Haskell.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Amanda; his children, Adam and Jessica Haskell, Nathan and Ryann Haskell, Liz and Tony Disotto, and Samantha and James Bridges; his two brothers, Ray Haskell and Donnie Haskell; and a sister Patti Desisles; as well as numerous grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

There will be a celebration of life on Saturday, July 30, from 2 – 5 p.m., at Western View Golf Club and Pub, 130 Bolton Hill Road, Augusta. The family requests everyone wear their favorite golf attire.

There will be no services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Erskine Academy sports boosters.


PALERMO – Norma Helena Marston Swift, 78, of Palermo passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 19, 2022. She was born on October 10, 1943, to Helen Doris Kopishke and Raymond Fredrick Marston.

She grew up in Litchfield, Farmingdale and graduated from Gardiner High School in 1961. That same year she married Gordon Swift. They moved to Palermo in 1963 to build a home and raise a family.

She spent her working years at Healthtex, in Gardiner, The Department of Transportation and The Department of Labor and finally retiring in 2006. She also spent many years making and selling Artex and Vellux stuffed animals at craft fairs. A talent and passion she shared with her mother.

She had a great love for dancing, bowling, and spending winters in Ocala, Florida. She was also a member of the Palermo Christian Church where she made many friends.

She had a strong independent spirit that was unmatched with a laugh that was unique, contagious and will be deeply missed by all that knew her. You could hear the happiness and joy in it. Earlier this year, she took the time to write some words to paper that leaves us with this final thought, “There have been ups and downs, but it’s been a good life.”

She was predeceased by her mother and father, husband, Bertie Shorey, three brothers, Donald Marston, Calvin Marston, and Raymond (Pete) Marston and brother-in-law Richard (Dickie) Kemp.

She is survived by four children, Cheryl Allen and husband Russ, Gordon Swift and wife Neysa, Angela Swift, and Jeremy Swift and wife Tracy, all of Palermo; three bothers, Ronald Marston and wife Debbie, of Litchfield, David Marston, of Albion, Barry Marston and wife Karolyn, of Augusta; three sisters, Charlotte Kemp, of Monmouth, Shirley Taylor and husband Fred, of Farmingdale, and Laurel Peaslee and husband David, of Farmingdale; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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

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

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


NEWARK, Ohio – Whitney (Whit) Burgess Newcomb, Jr., 96, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2022, from natural causes, following a fulfilling life. Whit was born in Jonesport, the eldest son of three boys born to Captain Whitney B. Newcomb(e) Sr., of Nova Scotia, Canada, and Kathleen Lovilla Beal, of Jonesport.

With his parents’ permission, he joined the Navy, becoming a signalman on the USS Baxter transport, which was in the Pacific Theater. After World War II, he married Thelma Naomi Alley, his “girl next door,” and they remained married for 71 years. The couple had two sons.

His education included degrees from Husson College, in Bangor, Gorham State Teachers College, and the University of New Hampshire, where he received a masters degree in education.

In the late 1950s the family moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. Whitney taught industrial arts at Dixie Hollins High School. His career in Florida culminated after serving as executive director of the Pinellas County Teachers Association.

In 1969, the family returned to Maine, settling in South China. Whit became the assistant director of the Maine State Vocational Educational System, from which he retired in 1983. Whit and Thelma enjoyed retirement with traveling, bowling, golfing, sailing, fishing, and being with their family. During Whit’s golfing experiences, he managed to have seven “holes-in-one.” He was also quite the wordsmith, and enjoyed writing insightful and humorous rhyming poetry.

After living half-time in South China, , and Inverness, Florida, they relocated to Florida permanently in 2003. Whit lived his final years sharing time with both sons and their families after Thelma’s passing in 2017. Most recently, Whit came to Newark, Ohio, and lived with his youngest son, who became his caregiver. Hospice of Central Ohio made his final days both comfortable and compassionate, and were extremely helpful to the family.

Whit is predeceased by his wife, his parents, and two brothers, Wandell R. Newcomb, of Telford, Tennessee, and Delano E. Newcomb, of Sanford.

He is survived by his sons, Burgess R. Newcomb and his wife Deborah, of Inverness, Florida, and Greeneville, Tennessee, and Gary V. Newcomb and his wife Patricia (Trish), of Newark, Ohio; grandchildren, Jason B. Newcomb and his fiancée Barbie Dykes Smerecki, of Inverness, Florida, Rebecca Newcomb Homan and her husband Daniel C. Homan, of Granville, Ohio, and Anthony R. Newcomb and his wife Shannon, of Lakewood, Wisconsin; great-grandchildren, Dominique A. Caudill and her husband Trevor, of Inverness, Florida, and Nathaniel G. Homan and Madelyn N. Homan, of Granville, Ohio; Great-great-grandchild, Benjamin W. Caudill, of Inverness, Florida.

He is also survived and predeceased by many nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins in both the United States and Canada.

The family will be missing his humor, intellect, guidance, and affection. Private services will be combined with a memorial service and celebration of life for both Whitney and Thelma in Inverness later this year. Interment will be at the Florida Veterans Cemetery at Bushnell.

Donations may be made in his name to the Hospice of Central Ohio Foundation, 2269 Cherry Valley Rd SE, Newark, OH 43055.


WATERVILLE – Susan “Sue” (Richards) Abbe, 86, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at Woodlands Retirement Community, in Waterville, following a brief illness. She was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Sue attended The Lincoln School and Endicott College where she excelled in all sports.

Sue found joy in a life well lived and her friends spanned all generations and ages. She was quick with a joke, had a mischievous grin and twinkle in her eye – you knew when she was planning something!

Sue was a champion golfer and sailor, a longtime member of Waterville Country Club and Pasadena Yacht and CC (Florida). She was an active volunteer throughout her life – scouts, swim team, youth hockey, hospital boards, Maine Home for Little Wanderers, Gulfport (Florida) Chamber of Commerce and the Gulfport Senior Center.

A lifelong sports fan, Sue instilled in her family a competitive yet compassionate spirit. “Do your best”, “Enjoy your successes but don’t get a big head”, and “Don’t sweat the small stuff” were words to live by.

Sue’s passion for living life to its fullest will be carried on by her children Anne, Richmond, Dudley and Ruth along with eight grandchildren and her favorite great-granddaughter.

She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years John R. Abbe.

A private family service will be held at future date.

Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan ME 04987.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to AYCC, 126 North St., Waterville ME 04901, with a notation of the MMD Swim Team in memory of Sue Abbe.


SOUTH CHINA – Betty Jane (Albert) Jacobs, 88, passed away on Monday, June 6, 2022, at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain, Connecticut. Betty was born on October 10, 1933, in Win­terville, on the Albert family farm, the daughter of the late Alonzo Albert and Delia (Pelletier) Albert.

Betty grew up living between Winterville and Eagle Lake until she moved in her early 20s to Hartford, Connecticut, and met her husband, Wayne Jacobs. She was a devoted housewife and mother and always admired for her independent spirit. She worked at both Underwood and Royal typewriter companies, in Hartford, and became an entrepreneur for Avon products. At the time of her retirement, she worked for Marshall’s Department Stores. Betty was a longtime Plainville, Connecticut, resident before retiring with her husband to their home on China Lake.

Betty will be greatly missed by all that had the pleasure to know her as she held a caring heart for everyone she knew.

She leaves behind her children, Sheree Durand and her husband, Robert, of West Hartford, Connecticut, Michael Jacobs and his wife, Susan, of Bristol, Connecticut, Gary Jacobs of Clinton, Connecticut, and Timothy Jacobs of Windsor, Connecticut; her grandchildren, Christopher Jacobs, of Farmington, Connecticut, Alissa (Jacobs) Anderson, of Bristol, Connecticut, Ashley (Durand) Fountain, of Wendell, North Carolina, and Zachary and Lauren Jacobs, of Bristol, Connecticut; her great-grandson Cody Jacobs (son of Christopher Jacobs and Corina Scagliola) of Farmington, Connecticut; her sister-in-laws Edna (Guerrette) Albert, Elizabeth (Soucy) Albert, and Shirley Lee Jacobs; along with all her nephews and nieces.

Betty was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Wayne A. Jacobs; her father Alonzo Albert, her mother Delia (Pelletier) Albert; her sisters Geraldine L. Albert, and Sally A. Albert, and her brothers Camille J. Albert, and Frances E. Albert.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Saturday, July 9, at Saint Gregory Church, Bristol, Connecticut. The cremation burial will be at 10 a.m., Friday, August 5, 2022, in the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta.

As a native Mainer, Betty appreciated all the State’s natural resources. Especially, the Loons on China Lake where she spent much time watching them.

Memorial donations may be made to the Maine Loon Preservation Project through the Maine Audubon at the following link:


CLINTON – Susanne Marie Cyr, 55, passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2022, in Clinton. Sue was born June 23, 1966, in Waterville, the daughter of the late Ronald Roland Cyr and Karen Jane Rafferty.

Sue was a homemaker whose disguised selflessness was exposed when she gave more than what she had to those she cared for. She enjoyed spending time with her dog, “Rosie,” driving around town, running errands, and visiting the people she loved. Lunch dates were a common practice of her time spent with the people she held dearly.

Sue was known to be a spitfire, bold and audacious, always standing up for what she believed in. She had a great love for animals and children, growing up tending to horses and riding when she could. Sue selflessly cared for her neighborhood cats and kittens, connecting with animal control when needed, while building a close rapport.

Sue is survived by her children Dillon Cyr, Donald Cyr, and Ernest Cyr, of Maine; siblings Kathy Cyr and David Cyr, also of Maine.

Sue’s Memorial Mass will be celebrated in Notre Dame du Perpetual Secours Catholic Church, Corpus Christi Parish, 116 Silver St., Waterville on Thursday, July 28, at 10 a.m. Interment will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Waterville.

Arrangements are in the care of the 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