Obituaries, Week of January 4, 2018


OAKLAND – John W. Casey, Jr., 80, died Monday, December 11, 2017. He was born July 2, 1936, the son of John Casey, Sr. and Margaret Nugent Casey.

He was educated in the schools of Kezar Falls and a graduate of Porter High School. He later graduated from the University of Maine. He also did graduate work at Maine and the University of Wyoming.

John had a varied work career; always interested in new and different endeavors.

He served his country in Korea with the U.S. Army. Strong friendships were formed with fellow soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.

Later in life John and his beagle friend, Ginger, spent many happy days at the family camp in Aroostook County. John loved the peace and quiet of the area. He loved nature and all its creatures. A favorite saying was, “the only creature in nature you have to watch out for has two legs.”

John never was a sports fan as such but he was a fair baseball player involved in Jr. Legion high school and town team ball.

John is survived by his wife of 50 years, Shirley Ledue Casey; two sons, Joel and his wife Kara and Daniel; four grandchildren, Kayla Casey, of Belgrade, Brooke Casey, of Winterport, Joshua and Nathan Casey, of Oakland; one great-granchild, Jacoby Joshua Stainevicz; granddaughter Maria Amrani, of Silver Springs, Maryland.; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to Somerset Animal Shelter, PO Box 453, Skowhegan, ME 04976.


WINDSOR –– Nicholas D. Gowell, 40, died unexpectedly Wednesday, December 13, 2017. Nicholas was born September 21, 1977, to Cheryl Pease and Kurt Gowell.

In the past year Nicholas made every attempt at recovering from his addictions, helped mostly by the support of his great friend Peter Wahl. He loved reading, cooking and being around his favorite dogs at his grandparents in Windsor. He also loved watching scary movies, a passion he developed from an early age from Grammie Claire and shared with his sister Miranda.

Nicholas was predeceased by his uncle David Kenney; his grandfather Raymond Kenney and his grandparents Claire and Chestere Gowell, of Sabasttus.

Nicholas is survived by his mother Cheryl Pease, of Windsor; father Kurt Gowell, of West Gardiner; a sister Miranda Pease and a nephew, Aiden Partridge, of Windsor; sister Alicia Gowell, of Lewiston; his grandparents Mavis and Richard Pooler, of Windsor; aunt Linda and husband Reggie Merriam, aunt Sandy Averill, of Sabattus; Mike Kenney, of Wilton, Mario and Pat Gowell, Anthony and Mariann Gowell, George Gowell, all of Sabattus; Kerry Gowell, of Cape Cod, Massachusetts; as well as several cousins.

There will be a memorial service in the spring.

Memorial donations can be made to Tree Top Recovery, 293 Country Club Road, Oakland ME 04963.


ALBION – Carl P. Buitta, 90, of Albion, passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at Togus VA hospital.

Arrangements are under the care of Direct Cremation of Maine, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast.


VASSALBORO – Normand R. Lapointe, Jr., 54, passed away, Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at his home following a long illness. Normand was born in Augusta to Normand Sr. and Theresa (Gregoire) Lapointe.

Normand married his wife, Lisa Lapointe, in April 1988. Together they shared 29 years of marriage and raised two sons, Roger and Andrew. Normand started working at the family business, Lapointe Lumber Co., in Augusta, at a young age. He eventually became a co-owner and managed the Gardiner store until he retired due to his illness.

Normand loved spending his spare time at his camp in Upper Enchanted Township. He was the trail master of Coburn Mountain ATV Club and served several terms on the board of directors for the road association for his camp road. He was an avid hunter (bear and deer hunting being his favorite). When his sons were younger, he also helped coach their baseball teams. Normand also enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson and enjoying his trips to Sturgis, Daytona Beach, and the Gaspe Peninsula, in Canada. He also enjoyed his snowmobile trips to Canada.

He was always more than willing to lend a helping hand to anyone he knew, regardless of the time or place, as helping others was always most important to him. He touched many lives; whether it was family, friends, or people associated with Lapointe Lumber. Normand was also known for his positive attitude and never complaining no matter how sick he was. Most who knew him never really knew how sick he was.

Normand was predeceased by his father, Normand Sr., his mother-in-law, Donna Nutting and brother-in-law, Ernie Warren.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa; sons Roger Lapointe, of Augusta, and Andrew Lapointe and his wife Alexandria, of Vassalboro; his mother, Theresa Lapointe, of Augusta; sisters, Joyce Lapointe and partner Wes Kimball, of Augusta, Peggy Lord and husband, Tim of Augusta, Linda Lapointe, of Augusta, and Elsie St. Onge and husband Robert, of Augusta, brother-in-law Scott Nutting and wife Julie, of Oakland, sisters-in-law Brenda Short and partner Gary Towle, of Rye, New Hampshire, and Lynn Rodrigue and husband Scott, of Beavercreek, Ohio; several nieces and nephews.

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Memorial donations may be made to theCrohn’s and Colitis Foundation, National Processing Centr, Attn.: Honor and Memorial Gifts, PO Box 1245, Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007-9976 or ACPMP Research Foundation, 6415 Granger Road, Independence, Ohio 44131.


OAKLAND – Nelson K. Reynolds, 52, of Oakland, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. He was born in Waterville on October 25, 1965, the son of the late Robert and Louise (Chamberlain) Reynolds Sr.

Nelson attended Waterville High School. From his high school days on, he diligently worked as an all-around handyman. He was an early rising, hardworking man that was appreciated by all his clients.

Nelson loved music, but most of all loved spending time with his grandchildren. He had a great sense of humor, and was loving, caring, and helpful to all who knew him. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Irene Reynolds; and his nephew, Chris Doucette.

He is survived by his daughter, Reva Ashley Reynolds; his companion of 18 years, Faylene Poulin, and her children, Michael Robertson and his wife Ashley, and Michelle Coffman; his sisters Robin Doucette and her husband Huegh, and Louis Hayes and her husband Reggie; his brothers Ray Reynolds and his wife Brenda, John Reynolds, and Robert Reynolds Jr.; his grandchildren Chelsea, Sabrina, Patrick, Makayla, Jenna, Hanna, Savannah, John Joseph, and Jocelynne; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Nelson’s life will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Oakland American Legion. Please bring your favorite potluck dish to share. Graveside services at Lewis Cemetery in Oakland will be held in the spring.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at


FAIRFIELD – Lorraine J. MacArthur, 77, passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. She was born in Gardiner on October 14, 1940, and was raised by her mother and stepfather, Beatrice and Joseph Pelletier.

Lorraine held numerous jobs around the country throughout her life until her retirement from Bath Iron Works.

Lorraine loved arts and crafts, she enjoyed sewing, needle work, and ceramics. At one-point Lorraine had her own ceramic shop where she taught ceramic classes. Lorraine was also a lifetime member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary and the Disabled American Veterans.

She was predeceased by her mother and stepfather.

Lorraine is survived by her husband Robert C. MacArthur; three sons, Michael, Mitchell, and Robert, two daughters, Lillian and Valerie; sister Irene Bellows, brother Joseph Matthews, of Hawaii; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

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Memorial donations can be made to Kennebec Federal Savings Bank in Lorraine MacArthur’s trust.


FAIRFIELD – William L. Cyr, 77, of Fairfield, passed away on Saturday, December. 23, 2017. Bill was born on September 28, 1940, in Waterville, the son of Romeo and Cecile (Richards) Cyr.

Bill was educated in local schools, graduating from Waterville High School in 1959.

In his early years, he was employed by Ford Garage, Maingas, and Smiley’s Dairy. Bill retired from SAPPI Fine Paper in 2001, after many years of service. He was a volunteer firefighter in Fairfield for 25 years, a deputy sheriff for Somerset County, and also served as bail commissioner for the State of Maine.

Bill was very passionate for law enforcement, and loved receiving and collecting hats, T-shirts and anything to do with police work. He was also an avid coin collector. Bill enjoyed watching old war movies and playing on his iPad. He always kept up with technology.

Some of the fondest family memories were the yearly family trips to Popham Beach every third week in July, rain or shine!

Bill was very clever and witty. He loved salt on his food, and when it was recently removed from his diet, he found a way to stash some in a medicine bottle he kept by his bed! Ha ha!

Bill is survived by his wife of 56 years, Theresa (Breton) Cyr; his daughters, Patricia (Cyr) Philippon and husband William, of Topsham; Cindy (Cyr) Mills and husband Joseph, of West Gardiner; Laura (Cyr) Higgins and husband Michael, of Winslow; and Robin Cyr, of Benton, who was like his own daughter; his grandchildren, Melissa (Philippon) Nevers and husband Jeromy, of Topsham; Hannah Mills and Tailah Mills, of West Gardiner; Melinda (Philippon) Young and husband Joshua, of Durham; Derek Philippon and wife Emily, of Salt Lake City, Utah; and Alicia Higgins, of Farmington; his great-grandchildren, Zoey Nevers, and Elliot and Hazel Young.

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SOUTH CHINA – Lona L. Newcomb, 85, of the Kidder Road, died Sunday, December 24, 2017, at MaineGeneral Rehabilitation and Nursing Care at Gray Birch Drive, in Augusta, following an extended illness.

She was born in Winn on July 31, 1932, the daughter of Howard Keith and Margaret (Mccue) Keith.

Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Newcomb was employed by the State of Maine as a payroll clerk for many years. She was previously employed by Erskine Academy, in South China, and Country Manor Nursing Home, in Coopers Mills.

Lona enjoyed doing a number of crafts along with reading.

Her husband, Wandell Newcomb, predeceased her, along with Herman Althenn, Kenneth Ingraham, daughter Dianne Lane and step-daughter-in-law, Gail Newcomb.

Surviving are three sons, David Althenn and wife Terri, Daniel Althenn and wife Becky, Russell Althenn and wife Patty, and step-son David Newcomb; grandchildren, Crystal Davidson, Heather Gehosky, Sarah Marsh, Christopher Weston, Hubert Weston, Alicia Lane, Autum Althenn, Leanne Veilleux, Gregory Althenn, Melissa Althenn and step-grandson Clinton Libby. Lona also had seven great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

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There are no public visiting hours scheduled. A committal service will be held Wednesday, January 3, at 9 a.m., in the chapel at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta, ME.

Memorial donations may be made to Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, 361 Old Belgrade Road, Augusta, ME 04330.

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


FAIRFIELD––Marlene L. Philbrook Foster, 80, wife of the late Robert W. Foster, died on Sunday, December 24, 2017, at her home. She was born to the late Kennith and Annie Elston Philbrook of Etna, on November 9, 1937.

Marlene was predeceased by her brother, Ralph Philbrook; brother-in-law, Keith Damon; son, Ralph Spence; daughters, Mary Spence and Leslynn Maniscalco; and granddaugthter, Nateesha Hernandez.

She is survived by her uncle, Fred and Doris Elston, of Etna; sister, Lucille Damon; sister-in-law, Carol Philbrook; brothers, Kennith and wife Norma, Robert and wife Marie, Don and wife Nancy Philbrook; herchildren, Louanne and husband Duane Smith, Anna and Betty Spencer; daughter-in-law, Palma Spencer; two grandchildren, who lived with her, Storm and Bella; children with her second husband, Lyneete, Luranna, Lawseen, Loleeta, Leeanne, Susanne, Robin, and Robert Foster Jr.; 20 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

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WINSLOW­­––John Howard McQuillan, 87, of Winslow, passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at his home. He was born on October 11, 1930, in Waterville, the son of Verna (Abbey) and Arthur McQuillan.

He was educated in area schools, graduated from Maine Maritime Academy, in Castine, where he played football and went to work for Columbia Gas and then American Export Lines. In 1952 he married Shirley Mercier and together they had two children, lived in Ohio and New Jersey before moving to Maine where he worked for Scott Paper Co., in Winslow, as a supervisor.

John enjoyed woodworking, was very handy and on many occasions readily helped out his neighbors. It’s always good to have a neighbor who knows which end of the hammer to use. A quiet and unassuming man, John was gentle, kind and considerate. Win or lose at playing cards or golf it was never a competition for him. When it came to Patriot’s football, he never missed a kick-off.

John’s priorities in life was his relationship with God, his family and others. He was a man who was cut from the finest cloth and he will be greatly missed.

He was predeceased by his grandchild, Maisie Charles Knowles and his twin sisters, Kathleen Lord and Elaine Marston.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Shirley McQuillan, of Winslow; his son David McQuillan and wife Elaine, their daughter Becky, all of New Hampshire and their son Capt. Ryan McQuillan, USAF; his daughter Michelle McQuillan Knowles, of Vassalboro and her sons Drew and David; his brother Robert McQuillan, of Sidney; as well as nieces and nephews.

Please visit to view some photos of John’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with his family.


WINSLOW––Carmel Aa. Fredette, 72, of Winslow, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2017. She was born in Killaloe, County Claire, Ireland, on July 18, 1945

At 10 months old, she and her mother traveled by boat to Ellis Island to join her World War II Soldier father. Her name was added to the wall at Ellis Island along with her mother’s.

Carmel met her true love, Randall, at the Sydney Fair in 1959. She was the glue that held the family together. Her proudest moments were spent supporting all her grandchildren in their activities and sports, traveling anywhere to watch them. Even when she was at the hospital, she would inform the staff that she had to be out a certain time to attend these events. She was well known for being the Winslow wrestling assistant coach from the sidelines.

A familiar figure in the Winslow community, Carmel was employed by the school district for 44 years as a bus driver. During her time of driving she touched many lives and made a positive impact on their futures.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Sara Rose; and her parents, Alfred and Kathleen Philbrick.

She is survived by her husband, Randall E. Fredette Sr.; and six children, Randall Emile Fredette Jr., Kevin Fredette and wife Carol, Eileen Richards and husband Bruce, Todd Fredette and wife Lori, Tara Fredette and fiancé Mike Fredericks, Donald Demers and wife Marsha; sister, Eva Whitney; a great-aunt, Pearl McMahon; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Please visit to view a video collage of Carmel’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family.

Memorial donations may be made to Arthritis Foundation National Office, 1355 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 600, Atlanta GA 30309


VASSALBORO ––Althea Louise Henderson, 95, of Vassalboro died on Friday, December 29, 2017. Althea was born in Sherman Mills on January 15, 1922.

Althea worked for A.M.H. I. for 27 years as an occupational therapist, and continued to work after retirement as an activities coordinator at nursing homes.

Althea had a way of making everyone she met feel special. She would light up a room with her infectious smile and contagious personality.

She wrote poems and songs that continue to touch the hearts of many, and it seemed at times her talent was endless. Althea made countless quilts, enjoyed painting, and every grandchild could count on mittens for Christmas. She loved to entertain in every sense of the work. Whether she was baking blueberry cake and apple pies, or singing, she made it known her heartbeat was her family. Her love of family was preceded only by her love for God. From teaching Sunday school, community outreach, and her mission trips to Taiwan, her life was a beautiful example of the heart of a servant.

She was predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Lyle Henderson; and grandchildren Peter, Timothy, Matthew, and Rebekah.

Althea is survived by her eight children, Walter and wife Terry Henderson, Bonnie and husband Peter Stetson, Lorna and husband Sherwood Bumps, William and wife Teresa Henderson, Dana and wife Robbie Henderson, Dora and husband Peter Hickey, Wade and wife Michele Henderson, Joyce and husband Dick Roach; 26 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Beryl, Joyce, Helen, and George.

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