Obituaries for Thursday, March 14, 2019


JEFFERSON – Norma Ellen (Weeks) Parlin, 80, of Jefferson, passed away on March 4, 2019, following a long courageous battle with cancer. Norma was born on November 16, 1938, in Whitefield, the daughter of Theodore and Eunice (Grady) Weeks.

She attended Wiscasset High School. She married Edward on October 17, 1959, raised two children and she retired from Digital Equipment, in Augusta. Over the years she enjoyed family functions, camping, traveling with her sister-in-law, playing beano and rarely missed watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sporting events and dance recitals.

Norma was predeceased by her brothers; Theodore Jr. (Joe), Raymond, Darrell (Eli), Richard and Robert (Pete), and sister Sandra Weeks.

Norma is survived by her husband of 59 years, Edward F. Parlin, of Jefferson; son, Richard A. Parlin Sr. and wife Jean, of Jefferson; daughter, Shelly (Parlin) Brann and fiancé Chris Hathorne, of Windsor; stepson, Edward A. Parlin and wife Rose, of South Jefferson; five grandchildren; Richard A. Parlin Jr., of Jefferson; Erica (Parlin) Ontiveros and husband Rafael, of Windsor, Nicole (Brann) Poulin and husband Steve, of North Monmouth, Mark Brann Jr. and wife Courtney, of Oakland, Ryan Parlin, of South Jefferson; six great-grandchildren; Christopher, Jasmine, Sophia, Luke, Wyatt and Tanner, several nieces and nephews. A spring graveside service will be held at Shepard Cemetery, in Jefferson.

Arrangements are in the care of Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Norma’s memory to the Sussman House, 40 Anchors Drive, Rockport, Maine 04856.


WINDSOR – Brenda Joyce O’Neill, 68, of Windsor, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019. She was born on October 3, 1950, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the daughter of Otto Albert Pearson and Helen May (Bradley) Pearson.

She grew up in this small town a happy young girl, where she developed her love of the ocean with most of her time spent with her best friend Trudy O’Neill Hervieux, who later became her sister-in-law.

Many years later she moved to Maine where she spent the rest of her years as a single mother with her five children. Brenda was lucky enough to meet friends that she cherished and considered more important than just a friend.

Brenda loved her family days where they would all get together and have dinner.

She was predeceased by her parents; a granddaughter “her angel” Kayla O’Neill.

Brenda is survived by her five children, Michelle and David Knox, Donald O”Neill, Denise and Broadus Henson, Kristie Kenney and Eric O’Neill; 11 grandchildren, David Knox, Katrina O’Neill, Jesse Knox, Katrina O”Neill, Jesse Knox, Brittany Knox, Crystal Morse, Tamara Morton, Bobby Morton, Cody and Nicole Knox, Emily O”Neill, Kameron O”Neill and Kylie Bechard; eight great-grandchildren, Kallynne O’Neill, Kaiden Knox, Hunter Knox, Owen Mayo, Jyreese Morton, Alianna Morton, Mason Lane and Chloe Lane.

There will be a celebration of life dinner on May 26, 2019, at 2 p.m. at American Legion, Easter Avenue, Augusta, where everyone who would like to honor and remember her is welcome.


WINSLOW – Roland Stanley Carter, 81, of Winslow, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Roland was born in Winslow on January 15, 1938, to Alfred “Fred” and Mabel Carter and was one of 11 children.

He enlisted in the Air Force at age 17 and went on to serve his country for 20 years. While stationed in Germany, he met Anna Berg, of Neidenbach. They were married on September 26, 1958, in Spangdahlem, Germany.

Roland retired as a master sergeant in 1974, and settled down with his family on West Street, in Waterville. He was very proud of his military service, especially the time spent in Vietnam. He was a lifetime member of MacCrillis-Rousseau VFW Post#8835, in Winslow.

Roland became a Union employee of Maine Central Railroad, in Waterville, and worked as an engineer, conductor and flagman for 24 years, until retiring in 2000 at age 62. Roland was an extremely hard worker, a jack of all trades and a man of many talents. He was known for his witty humor and willingness to give the shirt off his back to help family and friends. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. In his later years, Roland was a jigsaw puzzle enthusiast who assembled hundreds.

Roland was predeceased by his parents; son, Jeffrey; his sisters, Jeannine Morisette, and Dolores Carter; and his brothers, Donald, Jean, Bob, Francis, Richard and Fernand.

Roland is survived by his wife of 60 years, Anna Carter; his son, Joseph Carter and wife, Carla; his son, John Carter, Major USAF (retired); his daughter, Jennifer Foust and husband, Joseph; grandchildren: Derek, Jason, Jerrit, Ryan, Sarah and Amanda; his sister, Cecile Trapnell; his brother, Patrick Carter; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, April 22, 2019, at 11 a.m., at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 112 Silver Street, Waterville. Burial will be later that day at 2 p.m., at the Maine Veterans’s Memorial Cemetery, 289 Civic Center Drive, Augusta.

Please visit to share condolences, memories and tributes with his family.


OAKLAND – Laura F. (Reed) Stevens, 94, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at Lakewood Continuing Care, in Waterville, within minutes after visiting with her family. She was born November 16, 1924, in Augusta, the daughter of Harold and Ethelyn (Morrill) Reed.

She worked for over 45 years at the Diamond Match and Cascade Woolen Mill, both in Oakland, until her retirement in 1987. She was a life member of The Decker-Simmons Post#51 American Legion Auxiliary, VFW, GAR and DAV. She belonged to the Oakland Parks Recreation Seniors since its beginning and loved her adopted children.

She was married to Gerald L. Stevens Sr. for 53 years until his death on December 20, 1995, and together they raised 10 children and were so proud of how they all completed their education and the career paths they had chosen.

A few of her passions were watching the Boston Red Sox, new England Patriots and traveling in her younger years to California, New York, and especially the ocean with her friends and family.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband Gerald; sons David and Stevie; infant daughter Faith; grandson Lloyd York Jr.; sisters Lelia Luce and Maxine Gallagher; brothers Robert, Edmond (Buzzy) and Thomas Reed and adopted daughter Sandra O’Neal.

She is survived by her children, Judy Nichols (Bob French), Pamela Chartrand, Barbara (Rick) Haskins, Donna (Steve) Bolduc, Randy (Diana) Stevens, Jeffrey (Lisa) Stevens. Barry and Scott Stevens, adopted son Doug Foster; daughters-in-law, Brenda Stevens, AnnMarie Stevens and Laurie Thomas; 18 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; her adopted granddaughter Trudy Albair; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is planned for May 23, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at the Veterans Cemetery Chapel, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Laura’s name to the Oakland Parks Recreation Seniors, c/o Eric Seekins, P.O. Box 187, Oakland ME 04963.


FAIRFIELD – Jane Charlotte Moreau, 76, of Fairfield, died on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. She was born on November 17, 1942, in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, one of six children of Edna May (Eddy) and Roy C. Wilkins.

She grew up in Farmington, New Hampshire and over the years she worked in various shoe shops in Maine and New Hampshire.

Jane was a member of the VFW MacCrillis-Rousseau Post#8835, in Winslow, and enjoyed camping, knitting, sewing, crocheting, and quilting. She also took pleasure in her flowers and was an avid reader. She will be remembered for her caring and helpful ways, as well as being a great pastry cook.

Jane is survived by her husband of nearly 23 years, Ronald Moreau, of Fairfield; her daughter, Terri Weston, of Barrington, New Hampshire; her son, Dana Ricker and his wife, Kristine, of Farmington, New Hampshire; her daughter, Christine Torno, of Lebanon; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held later this spring in Fairfield. Please visit to share condolences, memories and tributes with Jane’s family.


WINSLOW – Milford Downer, 80, of Winslow, died Monday, March 4, 2019, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. He was born in Freedom on April 29, 1936, the son of Freemont and Genevieve (McDonald) Downer.

Milford graduated from Freedom Academy and worked for several local employers including Scott Paper, in Winslow, and Lee Brothers, in Albion. However, he spent most of his career as a woodworker. He worked many years at Duratherm, in Vassalboro, and eventually retired from Benton Hardwood Lumber, in Benton. In his free time, Milford loved fishing and camping with friends. He had an appreciation for a great campfire and the stories that accompanied it. He took the opportunity to share unique travel experiences with his family including two cross country driving trips to visit the natural and historical attractions of the United States.

He was predeceased by his sister Maxine Fowler.

Milford is survived by his wife of 49 years Gail (Young) Downer; niece Cathy Hotham, her husband Fred and son Caleb; numerous other nieces and nephews; brothers Allan and Letitia Downer, Clayton and Jeanne Downer, and Rodney and Linda Downer; and sisters Bertha and Donald Maxim, Carlene and Ray Bourgoin, Norene and Jeffrey Linscott.

There is no service planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Kidney Foundation at


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