OBITUARIES for Thursday, June 3, 2021


UNITY – Joyce M. Reynolds, 89, of Unity, passed away on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at Northern Light Inland Hospital, in Waterville, following a brief illness. Joyce was born on December 30, 1931, in Canaan.

Gram dedicated her life to helping raise her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was more of a mother to her grandson Douglas and they shared a very special bond as she also did with his children. Gram also loved working at and watching the motocross races in Skowhegan. She babysat for many and was very loved. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, laughing with her great grandkids, going to cemeteries and never missed a Memorial Day to place out flower arrangements she had made.

She enjoyed raising her sheep, talking about the old days, and loved talking horses with her great-granddaughters. She was so very loved and appreciated and would always help the ones in need the ones who had been wronged in life that is her legacy. Her legacy will carry on in her memory always at JMR Quarter Horses.

She was predeceased by her husband, Maurice Reynolds; her son, Dale Reynolds; her brother, Bernard Salsbury; and her cat, Tilly.

She is survived by two daughters, Susan and Nancy; her grandson, Douglas and his wife Liz, of Unity; her great-granddaughters, Katlyn and her fiancé Nick, Kaylee and her fiancé Denny, Trinity, and Abby; her great-grandson, Gage; her great-great-grandson, Henry; also eight other grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Carolyn Killam, of Pittsfield; her brother, Bruce Salsbury;

Following Joyce’s wishes there will be no funeral.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

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


WINSLOW – Mary Christine Fortier, 85, of Winslow, passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at Lakewood Continuing Care, in Waterville. She was born in Winslow on July 24, 1935, the daughter of William and Victoria (Lukaszewicz) Wasiuk.

Mary was proud of her immigrant parents and Polish heritage, and enjoyed the diverse neighborhood off Clinton Avenue, in Winslow, where she grew up with her siblings and began many lifelong friendships and traditions.

She graduated from Winslow High School and Thomas Business College, in Waterville. Mary was employed by Scott Paper Company, in Winslow, where she worked as a secretary in the finishing department. She also served as president of the Office & Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 260. She retired from Scott Paper Company after 37 years of service and proud of the fact that she never missed a day of work. She later worked for several years as a membership specialist at Champions Fitness Center, in Waterville.

She married former husband James Fortier in 1963, and had a son Jon, her only child.

Mary’s beautiful sparkling hazel eyes drew you into her vivacious personality and soul. A sparkle that conveyed a warmth and affection that would put anyone at ease. She loved to be with people and could literally talk up a storm (with some at times finding it necessary to seek shelter). She was also quite the mischievous flirt. On a group trip to Hawaii in the ‘70s, she attended a performance of singer Don Ho and managed to sneak onto the stage and plant a kiss on the crooner, announcing triumphantly “This one’s from Maine!”. Just an example of a gregarious behavior she displayed throughout her life.

Where there’s bright lights and excitement, there’s people…and, of course, there’s Mary! She was an ardent fan of the local casinos and enjoyed playing the slots. Mary had a circle of friends with whom she would share rides to Bangor and Oxford and rarely missed a bus trip to Foxwoods, in Connecticut. Win or lose, it was always a story of how much fun she had with her friends. She also enjoyed visiting friends and family out of state, taking numerous cruises, trips to Las Vegas, as well as a cross country RV trip she took with friends for an entire summer.

Although Mary had no grandchildren, she was very fond of her nieces and nephews and their children. She loved a good bargain and always on the search for gifts to send off to them all…and she expected pictures! When she did get them, the excitement and smile on her face was nothing less than priceless.

Without question, the pride and joy of her life was her son Jon, whom she raised as a single parent. Her proudest day was when she reunited with siblings and family to attend his graduation from Maine Maritime Academy.

She was a devout Catholic and an Associate of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. She visited many people in nursing homes and folks who may have been shut ins. She valued character and had a love for those who were less fortunate.

Mary was predeceased by her parents; brother Stan, sisters Evelyn and Judy.

She is survived by son Jon; sister Pauline; nephews Dan and Jay, nieces Angela and Cari and their children.

A Mass will be held on Saturday, July 10, at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument Street, in Winslow. A celebration of life will follow at the Best Western Plus Waterville Grand Hotel, 375 Main St., in Waterville. Private burial will be held at a later date.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory may be sent to Sisters of Saint Joseph, 80 Garland Rd., Winslow, ME 04901.


UNITY – Lily (Lillian Michaud) Hanning, 73, passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. She was born March 15, 1948, in Waterville, to Gladys (Howard) and Roland Michaud.

Most of her working years were with the accounting department within different divisions of the State of Maine. She was an avid BINGO player and loved to explore, she could tell you how to get anywhere in Maine without ever getting on the interstate.

She is survived by her two daughters, Patty (Zinkovitch) LaChance (Joe) and Sally (Zinkovitch) Shorey (partner Bob Huntington); her three brothers, Leo Michaud (Pauline), Howard Michaud (special person Debbie) and Alfred Michaud; two grandsons, Jimmy-Lee Shorey and Richard Beaulieu; two step-granddaughters, Nikki (LaChance) Theobald and Katelyn LaChance; and nine great-grandchildren; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 19, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Forrest J. Pare VFW Post #1285, on Water Street, in Waterville.

If you would like to honor the memory of our mother, please get vaccinated against COVID and/or donate to any charity in her name


WINSLOW – Jonathon Todd Beaulieu, 30, passed away on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. He was born on September 25, 1990, in Portland.

Jonathon graduated from Skowhegan Area High School and worked as a foreman at Lucas Tree, in Norridgewock. Jonathon was a loyal friend, brother and ally. Those close to him knew he was hard working, dependable, a true confidant and fiercely passionate about his beliefs. Although stubborn with his opinions at times, Jon was equally as compassionate and empathetic toward others. Jonathon was a multi-faceted man whose knowledge spanned across many fields of interest. We would often hear him saying, “did you know this?” or “I have a random fact for you!”

Jonathon is survived by his parents, Yong and Ivan Beaulieu; his older sister, Showna Beaulieu, and twin brother, Nicholas Beaulieu, of Smithfield.

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


OAKLAND – Dennis Wayne Knight, 64, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at his home, in Oakland. He was born March 6, 1957, in Waterville, the son of Kenneth A. and Virginia A. (French) Knight.

He graduated from Messalonskee High School, in Oakland, in 1976. On February 14, 1977, he married the former Debbie Holt, in Oakland. He worked at Tukey Lumber for several years, then, worked at Cascade Woolen Mill, both in Oakland, for some time and the railroad, retiring from there in 2019. Dennis was famous for his taxidermy for over 25 years.

He enjoyed stock car racing, hunting, fishing, and his favorite thing was Friday garage night with his best friend, Mark Laurance, whom he loved like a brother.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Debbie (Holt) Knight, of Oakland; daughter, Stacy L. Knight, of Waterville; son, Denny L. Knight, of Oakland; grandchildren, Hayden L. Sheets and Brandon R. Knight, both of Oakland, Noella M. Peppin, Gunner J. Peppin, and Bostyn D. Knight, all of Winslow, Bentley J. Knight, and Harper A. Knight, both of Oakland; sisters, Ester Paul and husband Gary, Rolene Harris, all of Chesterville, Linda Rackliff and husband Herbert, of Waterville; brothers, Ugene Knight and wife Litras, of Norridgewock, Donald Knight, of Jay, Kenneth Knight and wife Jackie, and Dana Knight and wife Sandra, all of Rome; sister-in-law Kerstin Knight, of Rome; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by brothers, Edward Knight, Vernal Knight, Roland Knight, sister, Joyce Witham, brothers-in-law, Elwood Harris, Leslie Witham and sisters-in-law, Nancy Knight, Maryann Knight.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 12, 2021, at noon ,at his home, 552 Smithfield Road, Oakland.

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


WINDSOR – Vada-Leigh Yvette Peaslee, 1, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 20, 2021. She was born February 23, 2020, the daughter of Ronald J. Peaslee, Jr. and Megan L. (Hendsbee) Peaslee.

Miss Vada-Leigh was a light in her family’s hearts and souls, as she brought joy, hope, and unconditional love to every soul she touched. The precious comfort of new life gleamed inside all of us because of our perfect little angel, Vada-Leigh. She provided all with a blanket of love and will be so greatly missed here on earth.

Miss Vada-Leigh Y. Peaslee is survived by her parents, Ronald J. Peaslee, Jr. and Megan L. (Hendsbee) Peaslee, of Windsor; her paternal grandparents: Ronald J. Peaslee, Sr. (Grandpa) and L. Rhonda Hutchinson-Peaslee (Mémère), of Windsor; maternal grandfather, Wayne T. Hendsbee (Poppy), of Farmingdale; maternal grandfather, Dexter Pinkham (Papa D), of Augusta; godparents and aunt and uncle, Molly and Patrick Kimball; uncle Zachariah Peaslee; Mikayla Brochu (Auntie Mikay) and great-great aunt Laurette Bellavance; paternal great-grandparents Hank and Elizabeth Peaslee, and maternal great-grandparents Howard and Janet Maxim.

There will be no public visiting hours.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 29, at 11 a.m., at Plummer Funeral Home, Windsor Chapel, 983 Ridge Rd., Rt. 32, Windsor. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery, Rt. 32, Windsor.

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The family requests that donations in Vada’s memory be made to Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, ME 04102.


AUGUSTA – Barbara J. Maxim-Hendsbee, 69, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, May 20, 2021. She was born in Augusta on April 9, 1952, a daughter of Howard R. and Janet P. (Burns) Maxim.

Barbara, aka GiGi, Barbie, Barbwire, Mumma, Cupcake, and Babs, was an outstanding student; a 1970 graduate of Cony High School, in Augusta, and a 1975 graduate of the University of Maine at Orono.

She had been employed for over 40 years at the Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel, and had most recently been enjoying the freedom of retirement as it allowed her to spend invaluable time with her cherished granddaughter Vada.

In addition to caring for her only granddaughter, Barbara’s interests included spending time with friends and family, gardening and beautifying her surroundings, watching Hallmark and Lifetime movies, fanatically rooting for her favorite New England pro sports teams, and caring for her precious rescued pets. She often could be found traveling with her best friends and Life Partner to Boothbay, Old Orchard and Belfast, dancing to live music, snacking on tuna sandwiches, enjoying coffee with cream only, singing “Barbara anthems” to her two daughters, and showering them both with every ounce of love and support imaginable.

Barbara is survived by her Life Partner, Dexter Pinkham, of Augusta; two daughters, Molly MH Kimball and her husband Patrick, of Augusta, and Megan L. Peaslee and her husband Ronald, of Windsor; her parents, Howard R. and Janet P. (Burns) Maxim, of Concord, North Carolina; two brothers, R. Michael Maxim and his partner Laura Gabriel, of Augusta, and Scott E. Maxim and wife Teresa, of Harrisburg, North Carolina; her former husband, friend, and father of her children, Wayne Hendsbee, of Farmingdale; Dexter’s children Lindsey and Justin. as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 4, at 2 p.m., at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta. Burial will follow the funeral in Rest Haven Cemetery, Rt. 32, Windsor. A celebration of life for Barbara and dear friend Rose will be held beginning at noon on Saturday, June 5, at Le Club Calumet, in Augusta.

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The family requests that donations in Barbara’s memory be made to: Little Paws Big Hearts Pekingese Rescue through their website at:


WINDSOR – Jeffrey C. Stuart, 68, of Ridge Road, died Friday, May 21, 2021, at Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta, following a brief illness. He was born in Augusta on December 2, 1952, the son of Melville C. Stuart and Mabel M. (Piper) Stuart.

Jeff was a graduate of Erskine Academy, in South China.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed for many years as foreman by the State of Maine Department of Transportation.

Jeff was a member of Dirigo Masonic Lodge #104, of Weeks Mills.

He loved the outdoors and spent many hours hunting , fishing, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, and loved to sit by the campfire and have a few beers. He especially loved partridge hunting every fall.

His favorite place to go was their beautiful mountain view camp in upper enchanted township. He had many special friends there.

For the people who knew Jeff he will be remembered for being a very hard worker and very meticulous in everything he did. He could fix anything using his ingenuity and minimal resources. We would call him Mr. Macgyver.

He took great pride in his John Deere tractor and his Ford trucks. He trucked pulled for 10 years and won many trophies at the Windsor Fair and throughout the state. He was an avid NASCAR fan.

Survivors include his life partner of 41 years, Sharon Cormier, of Windsor; his son, Jeffrey J. Stuart, of Hallowell; his brother, Richard Pooler, of Windsor; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no public visiting hours. A graveside service will be held at a later date at Rest Haven Cemetery, Windsor.

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

Memorial donations may be made to: American Cancer Society, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086.


OAKLAND – Ralph R. Willis Sr., 63, passed away on Friday, May 21, 2021, following a long brave fight with cancer at the place he chose as his final life’s wish in Oakland, watching over his favorite red tree. He was a native of South Boston.

Ralph is survived by his father, Paul Willis Sr., of Ironton Ohio; his fiancée of 26 years, Priscilla; three children, Robin Lloyd and her husband James, his daughter, Kimberly Willis, and his son, Ralph Willis Jr. and his wife Christina; his siblings, Donna Thompson and her husband Dean, of Ohio, Linda Bishop and her husband Timothy, of Massachusetts, Debbie Hasenauer and her husband Vince, of Ohio, Paul Willis and his wife Marilyn, of Florida, and Gary Willis and his wife Laura, of Massachusetts; his grandchildren, Hailey, Savannah, Nicholas, Jimmy, Autumin, Ralphie, MaKayla, and Riley; his four great-grandchildren, Brylan, Elly, Kingston and Jameson.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

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


FAIRFIELD – Racheal L. (Soucy) Gola, 29, unexpectedly passed away on Friday, May 21, 2021. She was born January 17, 1992, in Waterville, the first child of Bruce Soucy and Lisa Breault.

Racheal grew up in Fairfield, and attended Lawrence High School.

Racheal enjoyed time spent with her children, family, and friends, whether it was a trip to the lake, a lunch date, or a casual visit just to catch up. Racheal valued every moment, especially time spent with those she cared about most. She overcame many obstacles in her short time on this earth, her zest for life, wisdom, and humor were incomparable, only overshadowed by her overwhelming strength of will, determination and positivity.

She lived her life to the fullest knowing all too well how short life truly is taking time out of each day to reach out and personally touch those around her in a positive way. Her bright and energetic personality will be immeasurably missed by many. The strength and will power she exhibited during times of loss, and hardship along with the love, loyalty, and absolute dedication she provided to loved ones will be remembered and cherished always.

Racheal was known for her sense of humor and the ability to laugh even at her own expense. She loved Betty White sporting a quote too scandalous to share on her refrigerator.

She is survived by her two children Natalia and Gavin Gola; her sister, Brianna Soucy; two nephews, Cole and Cameron Hardy; cousin Aaron Knox and his husband Anthony Belair.

Racheal was predeceased by her parents, Lisa Breault, and Bruce Soucy; grandparents, Allan and Terry Breault; her daughter, Savanna Soucy; and great aunt, Sherry Cloutier.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life gathering on Sunday June 27, from 1-3 p.m., at the MacCrillis-Rousseau VFW Post #8835, in Winslow. This will be a potluck full of love and laughter in Racheal’s honor.

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

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

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donational to support Racheal’s two young children.


WINSLOW – Bradford “Brad” L. Buker, 81, passed away on Saturday, May 22, 2021, in Winslow. He was born on July 8, 1939, the son of Earl Buker, Jr. and Marie Estelle (Libby) Buker.

Brad graduated from Hartland Academy and went on to graduate from the University of Maine at Farmington in 1961. While at the university, Brad was a member of the initial soccer team. Brad was a teacher/principal of the elementary schools, first in East Vassalboro, and then at Carl B. Lord school, in North Vassalboro, for eight years.

In 1968, Brad moved with his family to Winslow and taught at the Winslow Junior High School for 31 years making his teaching career a total of 39 years. While at Winslow Junior High, Brad coached freshman boys’ and girls’ basketball and he also coached the girls varsity field hockey team at the Winslow High School for two years.

Brad was the president of the Initial Heart of Maine Squares Dancers, in Winslow. Brad ran the summer milk route and made ice cream for Smiley’s Dairy for a number of years.

He is survived by his son, Raymond Buker and his wife Tammy, his daughter, Heather Buker and her fiancé Bob Fortier, his daughter, Johnna Peri McCollor and her husband John; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren; his sisters, Margo Carmine and her husband Tom, and Carol Horch; her daughter, Elizabeth Chapman and her husband Robin.

He was predeceased by his parents; his daughter, Natalie P.B. Brooks; and his granddaughter, Melissa E. Hall.

A time of gathering will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main Street, in Fairfield.

A private burial will be at Howard Cemetery, in Winslow, at a later date.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Conquer Cancerthe ASCO Foundation, P.O. Box 896076, Charlotte, NC 28289-6076, in memory of his daughter, Natalie P.B. Brooks.


WATERVILLE – Margaret Brick Robjent, 100, died following a period of declining health on Saturday, May 22, 2021. She was born April 20, 1921, in Crosswicks, New Jersey, the daughter of Arthur R. and Clara B. Brick.

Margaret was educated in Crosswicks public schools, George School, in Newtown, Pennsylvania. and Rider College. She was a legal secretary from April 1939 until August 1945.

On August 31, 1943, she married James F. Robjent, of Andover, Masachusetts. While he was overseas during World War II, she assisted in the management of the U.S.O at Fort Dix, New Jersey, was active in the Preparative Meeting of Friends, in Crosswicks, New Jersey, and served as a volunteer Travelers Aid at the Trenton, New Jersey, Railroad Station in addition to her legal secretarial position.

From 1945 to 1955 she lived in Andover, Massachusetts, where she was active in South Church and the A.P.C Sorority. In 1955 she moved with her family to Waterville, where she continued her humanitarian work in the community. She served as Cub Scout Den Leader and Merit Badge Counselor for Boy Scouts, volunteered in the Mansfield Clinic, at Thayer Hospital, in the newly-formed Hospice Program, Meals on Wheels, and the Evening Supper Program. For a number of years, she was Pharmacy Assistant, at Thayer Hospital, and a volunteer in the pharmacy at the Osteopathic Hospital. She was a member of the Women’s Club.

A lifelong Quaker, Margaret was a member of the Crosswicks, New Jersey, Preparative Meeting of Friends. In Waterville she was an Associate Member of the First Congregational Church, where she served with her husband for over 30 years as assistant treasurer, was Secretary of the Church Building Committee, Office Assistant, Sunday School Teacher, member of the Women’s Fellowship and faithful worker on numerous Church committees and functions.

Margaret’s hobbies included dancing, gardening and handiwork. She especially enjoyed nature, flowers, birds, butterflies, little creatures and rock hounding, a love of all she passed on to her children.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, James F. Robjent, in 2003; her brothers, A. Robert Brick, Kenneth Brick of Crosswicks, New Jersey, and her sister Elizabeth B. Collier, of Columbus, New Jersey.

Margaret is survived by her children, James B. Robjent and his wife Catherine W. Robjent, of New London, New Hampshire, Frederick B. Robjent, of Orchard Park, New York, and Elizabeth G. Robjent and spouse Linda Ostermann, of Oakland; four grandchildren, J. Lawrence Robjent and his wife Dr. Lindsay C. Robjent, of Richmond, Virginia, Stacey R. Damren and her husband Ian Damren, of Lewiston, and Stephanie P. Crane, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts; and four great-grandchildren, Ella M. Robjent and J. Peter Robjent, of Lake Placid, New York, Claire W. Robjent and James K. Robjent, of Richmond Virginia; as well as many nieces and nephews.

There will be no visiting hours. Interment will be held at a later date in Crosswicks Cemetery, Crosswicks, New Jersey.

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


CHINA – Christine L. Frigon, 68, of China, formerly of Jackman and Moose River, passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, May 22, 2021. Christine was born in West Warwick, Rhode Island, on December 20, 1952, the daughter of Manuel Mello and Suzanne (Bernier) Mello.

She attended boarding school in Montreal, Québec, Canada, as a child and graduated from West Warwick High School, in Rhode Island, in 1970.

In 1975, Christine moved from Rhode Island to Jackman with her husband and then, two children. She was also able to convince her parents to make the big move with them.

Christine was a CNA for many years at the Jackman Regional Health Center. She also spent some time as an EMT, a real estate agent, a town selectman, and chairman for the local school board. In 1999 Christine moved to the Waterville area. While in the Central Maine area, she worked for Sebasticook Valley Hospital, in Pittsfield, Redington-Fairview General Hospital, in Skowhegan, and Riverview Psychiatric Hospital, in Augusta.

Christine enjoyed many hobbies including singing in the church choir, playing guitar, and organizing children’s musicals. She enjoyed doing ceramics and had a ceramics shop in Jackman for a period of time. Chris loved animals, especially dogs. She was so proud of all three of her children and always made sure that they knew that.

Christine is predeceased by both of her parents, stepmother, Gabrielle (Lamoureux) Mello, son Adam Frigon; brother, Rene Mello, and former spouse and father of her children, William Frigon.

She is survived by son, Erik Frigon, daughter, Michelle Frigon and her partner DJ Glazier; as well as her two grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Giberson Funeral Home and Cremation Services. To leave a condolence for the family and to view the online obituary, please visit


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