OBITUARIES for Thursday, October 5, 2023


PALERMO – Jack Steve Giguere, 77, of Palermo, passed away on Wed­nesday, September 13, 2023. Jack was born in Oberlin, Ohio on Oct­ober 21, 1945, to Bernard and Evelyn (Greszler) Giguere.

In his earlier years, Jack was enlisted in the United States Army. He served as a paratrooper in the 173rd Airborne Brigade, of which he was most proud.

Jack was an incredibly capable man. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t build, modify, or repair if he put his mind to it. He spent the last 30 years (or so) of his life as a produce farmer where he perfected his art of growing all things edible at his Good Earth Farm.

Jack was a man with a story to tell, one who would talk for hours about any topic that would come about. He entertained many with the stories of his life. Anyone who knew Jack knew he was a man with opinions, a man that had strong beliefs and believed “if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything”.

Jack was a beloved father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved spending time with his family, being outdoors, fishing, going up to camp, farming and working on vehicles and other mechanical things. Jack would never show up somewhere empty handed, whether he was bringing a quart of raspberries, a basket of produce or even a can of Cheez-Whiz for the great-grandchildren, Jack was always giving to those that he loved.

Jack is survived by his sons Brett Giguere and wife Susan, Bradd Giguere and wife Rebecca, and Stephen Giguere and wife Tanya; stepchildren James Mayo and wife Hannah, Desiree Mayo, Jessica Mayo and significant other Jared and their son Calihan, and Joseph Mayo; grandchildren; Bradd Giguere and his wife Angela and their two children; great-granddaughter Madison Giguere and great-grandchildren Bennett Giguere, Jake Giguere and his significant other Tori Fraser, Elyssa Giguere, Emily Giguere, Garrett Giguere, and Luke Giguere; siblings Joan Cowing, Jim Giguere and wife Karen, Jon Giguere and wife Betty, Melanie Giguere, and Carolyn Arline; several nieces and nephews.

Jack will be missed by everybody that knew him, but will be remembered in our hearts through his sense of humor, strength, and the knowledge he shared.

A celebration of Jack’s life is being planned and will be announced when details are available.


WATERVILLE – Florence E. Eames, 77, Waterville, died peacefully on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at Marshwood Center, in Lewiston. She was born in Portland on January 19, 1946, the daughter of Ora R. Eastman and Ella I. Eastman.

Florence graduated from Waterville High School in 1964, and attended the Northern Conservatory of Music where she was a Music Education Major. She worked at the Mammoth Mart, in Bangor, as a service desk clerk and cashier while attending college and eventually became a bookkeeping secretary at the W.T. Grant Company, where she met her future husband, Chester Eames Jr., known as “Chet”.

Florence and Chet married in Brewer in 1972 and loved and cared for one another for 48 years until Chet passed in 2020. Florence worked as a Head Start teacher in South Paris and as a secretary/receptionist for the Penquis Community Action Child Development Office, in Bangor, when they were first married.

Florence and Chet moved to Greenville, South Carolina, in 1978, where she first worked in the Emergency Room for the Greenville Hospital System in admissions and billing. Eventually, Florence and Chet owned and operated a laundromat called “Soap and Suds” while Chet studied theology, at Bob Jones University, to become an ordained minister. Their Christian faith remained strong and central throughout their lives. To be nearer to family, they moved back to Maine and settled in Waterville in 1984. Florence went to work for K-Mart, in Waterville, where she worked in the office and could often be found at the service desk until she retired.

Florence will be remembered by her family for her beautiful voice and musical talents, her love of family, and her Christian faith.

Florence was predeceased by her husband, Chester Eames, Jr.; her parents, Ora and Ella Eastman, her in-laws, Chester and Clara Eames; her sisters, Rose Micue, and husband Theron Micue, Jr.; and Wilma Eastman.

She is survived by her sisters, Phyllis Corey and her husband George, of Sidney; and Roberta Brown and her husband Fremont, of Terryville, Connecticut; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

At Florence’s request, there will be no service.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at

In Florence’s memory, donations may be made payable to “Amedisys Foundation” and sent to Beacon Hospice, 245 Center St., Suite 10A, Auburn, ME 04210.


WINDSOR – Herbert Smith Crommett, 75, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, September 21, 2023. He was born July 21, 1948, a son of Theda (Tompkins) and Leslie Crommett Sr.

He married the love of his life, Candace Hall, in 1967, until she passed March 26, 1998, from cancer. Herb went on to spend 23 years with his life partner, Pam Powell, aka “The Cook”.

Herb worked at Central Maine Railroad for 20 years, then Local Union #320 as a millwright, retiring in 2005. In retirement, he spent 21 years working alongside his son Shane, at 15 Mile Stream Lodge & Outfitters, in West Forks.

He loved his family and being outside was his favorite place to be, especially playing softball, hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, and snowmobiling. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR and tinkering in his garage everyday.

Herb was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Candace Crommett; and his siblings, Leslie Crommett Jr., Myrtie Nowlin, Joanne Shorey, and Mary Davis.

He is survived by his sons, Chad Crommett, and Shane Crommett and his wife Rachel; his partner, Pam Powell; stepsons, Troy Cunningham and his wife Tammy, and Wade Cunningham and his wife Jody; seven grandchildren, Patrick, Kelley, Sarah, Meagan, Katie, Kara, and Brittany; ten great-grandchildren, Braiden, Tarynn, Wyatt, Walker, Lilah, Mason, Zakk, Autumn, Chloe, and Levi; and siblings, Clayton Crommett, Vincent Crommett, Darrell Crommett, Grace Davis, Barbara Mayberry, Vicki McPhee, Dianne DeMerchant, Beverly Smith, and Marietta Field; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at the Hall Family Farm Cemetery, 330 Quimby Road, Albion, ME 04910.

A celebration of life followed at the Albion Town Hall, Besse Building, 22 Main St., in Albion.

Condolences, stories, or photos may be shared by visiting

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Herb’s name may be made to a charity of your choice.


CLINTON – MaryAnne Parker, 82, passed away on Friday, September 22, 2023, following a long battle with cancer. She was born in Waterville, on April 12, 1941, to Robert and Virginia (Crommett) Nash.

MaryAnne worked in Radiology in the Farmington and Skowhegan areas. After her retirement her passion was quilt making and genealogy.

Maryanne was predeceased by her husband Jeffrey Parker, of Farmington.

She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Steeves; sons, Robert Steeves, Chris Shibley, and James Shibley; as well as four great-grandchildren.

The family invites you to visit MaryAnne’s memorial page at to send condolences, share photos, and special memories.


WATERVILLE – Gerard “Gerry” J. Talbot, 94, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 26, 2023.

He was born to the late Cyrille and Rose M. (Morency) Talbot, June 9, 1929, in Winslow.

Gerard graduated from St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, in Waterville. After completing eighth grade, he went to work at a local supermarket to help support his family. That first job as a teenager would prove to be the beginning of a long career in local grocery and retail stores. He worked for many years in the produce department of the First National Store, first at the Main Street location, and later at the Elm Plaza, in Waterville.

When the store went on strike in 1968, and with a young family to support, Gerry was thankful to be offered a job at Stern’s Department Store, in Waterville, where he would become a fixture in the boys’ and men’s departments for many years. When Stern’s closed, he went to work for Furniture Farm, in Fairfield, and in his final years for Shaw’s, in Waterville. Along with his full-time day jobs, Gerry always worked one or more part-time jobs in the evening. He worked hard his entire life to make sure his family was well provided.

Gerry served stateside in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was very proud of his time in the service and was rarely seen without his Korean War cap.

Gerry had an easy-going personality and a quick wit, which served him well while working in the community. He was always a gentleman, polite, kind, and respectful to everyone he met. Besides his family, practicing his faith was extremely important to him. He was a member of Corpus Christi Parish and attended Mass faithfully and prayed the rosary daily.

With all the jobs he worked, Gerry’s “spare” time passions included preparing meals and baking, especially during the holidays, when he would make several tourtière pies as gifts for family and friends. He also enjoyed listening to music, playing his harmonica and guitar, as well as refinishing furniture and chair caning.

He noticed Lucille, the love of his life, in the late 1940s when she would walk by the grocery store where he was working. After a two-year courtship, they were married at 7 a.m., on July 4, 1951. Their last anniversary before her passing earlier this year marked 71 years of marriage. He was proud of the fact that in all the years they were married, he never removed his wedding band after she slipped it on his finger on their wedding day.

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

Gerry will also be deeply missed by Theresa Hunnewell, her daughter Amanda Kimball and her sons Ryan and Travis, whose visits brought him great joy. He will also be missed by longtime family friend Carl Parker.

He was predeceased by his brothers Joseph Robert, Donald J (Brother Roger Paul, F.I.C.P.), and Roger P., and by his sister Orita M., and her husband Reginald Couture, his sisters-in-law, Jean (Dostie), Jeannine Viens, Bonnie Viens, and his brothers-in-law, J. Lawrence Paquet, Wilfrid Viens, and Joseph Viens.

Friends and family are invited to attend visiting hours that will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., on Thursday, October 5, at Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 6, at 10 a.m., at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver St., Waterville, followed by a committal at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove St., Waterville.

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


CLINTON – Tenley R. Campbell, 70, passed away on Thursday, September 28, 2023. She was born in Waterville on March 28, 1953, the daughter of Claris A. Johnson and Maurice E. Penney.

A loving mother and partner, Tenley always put others first. She was a caretaker and lived with a true sense of service to friends and family. For the past 24 years Tenley worked as a newspaper carrier for the Waterville Morning Sentinel. She absolutely loved her job and always felt at peace out on the roads at night. The last several years Tenley also ran Sunday Bingo, held at the American Legion, in Madison. When Tenley wasn’t working, she enjoyed being home with her partner of over 20 years, Bill. She also very much enjoyed spending time with her daughters and granddaughter.

Tenley was incredibly passionate about her horse, Buddy. Working with Buddy in his pasture and taking care of him was something that was very important to her. Tenley’s compassion for others and willingness to look after her friends and family will surely be missed.

Tenley was predeceased by her mother and her brother Brent Tweedie.

She is survived by her longtime companion Bill Parent, of Clinton; daughters Kari Ferrenbach, of Clinton, and Heather Ferrenbach; granddaughter Ashley Sanderson, of Brunswick; sister Anne Wing, of Rockland; two brothers, Theron Tweedie, of Spruce Head, and Eric Tweedie, of Thomaston.

Friends and family are invited to a memorial service being held for Tenley on Wednesday, October 11, 2023. Viewing hours will be from 1 – 2 p.m., with the service beginning at 2 p.m., at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main Street, Fairfield.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made, in Tenley’s name, to Double B Equine Rescue, 997 W Mills Rd, Industry, ME 04938, (207) 778- 6479.


BENTON – Bernadette Rodrigue, 73, of Benton, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 29, 2023, at Oak Grove Nursing Home, in Waterville. She was born in Fort Kent, on March 16, 1950, the daughter of (deceased) Fred Plourde and Anna Beaulieu) Plourde.

Bernadette married John Rodrigue in 1967. She was the mother of Michael Rodrigue (son), and grandmother of Marshall (grandson) and MacKenzie (granddaughter).

Bernadette was employed at C.F. Hathaway Shirt Factory, in Waterville, Hawaiian Paradise Restaurant, Dorr’s Bakery, and was then the owner of Mémère’s Baked Goods.

Bernadette loved to bake, her gardening, sitting on the swing with a cup of coffee listening to the birds, making puzzles, and playing cards with family.

Bernadette was predeceased by her brothers, Louis, Edmund, Wilfrid, and Normand Plourde, as well as her sisters, Theresa Voisine and Jacqueline Lajoie.

Bernadette is survived by her siblings, Leopaul Plourde and his wife Dora, of New Britain, Mary Oakes, of Newington, and brother Elmer Plourde, of Winslow; nieces and nephews; daughter-in-law Casey.

There will be no funeral services at the funeral home or church. A private burial will be held at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville. An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at

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


ROME – Wendall “Wayne” Wheeler, 52, of Rome, died unexpectedly while helping his brother with a job on Saturday, September 30, 2023. He was born in Lewiston, on June 4, 1971, the son of Wendall and Carol (Yates) Wheeler.

Wendall grew up in Pittston and graduated from Gardiner Area High School, class of 1990. After graduation he went on to work at various jobs, AG of Maine, Bancroft Construction, Bower Construction and many more. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed classic cars, spending time with his family, friends, and was always willing to help anyone in need. Wendall was a member of the American Legion and the Steel Workers Union.

Wendall is survived by his parents Wendall and Carol Wheeler; a brother Willam F. Wheeler; two nieces Eliza and Vivian Wheeler; significant other Anne Marie Stewart; and her sons William and Anthony, all of Dresden, several aunts, and uncles.

Wendall’s visiting hours will be held on Saturday, October 7, from 3 – 5 p.m., at Staples Funeral Home, 53 Brunswick, Avenue, Gardiner.

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,



Mark M. Reynolds, 70, of China, passed away on Friday, September 22, 2023. He was born February 4, 1953.


WATERVILLE – Linda L. Mattson, 66, of Waterville, passed away on Monday, September 18, 2023. She was born on May 17, 1957, in Waterville.

There will be a graveside service held in her honor on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at 10 a.m., at the Lakeview Cemetery, in Wilton.

Arrangements are under the care of Dan and Scott’s Cremation and Funeral Service 488 Farmington Falls Road Farmington. Maine, where memories may be shared at


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