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PITTSFIELD — Thomas Wright and his immediate family, Daphne, Eric, Andrea, David, Anita, Darren and grandchildren Emma, Rowan, Brandon, Taylor and Terrance wish to respectfully honor Mary Haseltine Wright, his Mother and their Grandmother’s passing on October 18th, 2016. She was a long time resident of Pittsfield, Maine and in later years was a resident of St. Petersburg, Florida. In loving memory of her life here on earth, donations can be made to the Order of the Eastern Star, Bethlehem Chapter in Pittsfield, Maine.

ETNA — Jack McKay III, 36, died February 18, 2017 as the result of a snowmobile accident. He was born March 12, 1980 in Bangor, a son of Jack and Cindy (Davis) McKay. He graduated from Nokomis Regional High, class of 1998 and was employed by Atlantic Plant Maintenance as a superintendent of millwrights for the northern region. He was a member of Local Union 1121-Millwrights since 2001.
Buzz will be remembered as an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing, camping, 4 wheeling and snowmobiling. He was blessed with many friends and loved ones and will be missed by all.
He is survived by his Mom and Dad, Jack, Jr. and Cindy McKay of Etna; his wife, Kristen McKay of Etna; grandparents, Bill and Jeanne Davis of Corinth, and Nancy McKay of Frankfort; aunts and uncles, Sue and Brian Varney of Etna, Sue and Bob Seger, and Samantha McKay, all of Frankfort, Richard McKay and Jean Brasslett of Winterport, Tim and Traci McKay of Florida, Terry and Lisa Ripley of Swansville; as well as too many cousins and 2nd cousins to list. He will also be fondly remembered by Raymond Graves and Ryan Curry, both of Etna.
He was predeceased by his grandfather Jack, Sr. and by an uncle Andy McKay.
There will not be any services at this time. However, a celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written condolences at

WATERVILLE — Charlie C. Inman, 96, of Waterville, Maine passed away peacefully at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine on February 8, 2017.
Charlie was born in Palmyra, Maine on February 1, 1921, to Hiram W. Inman and Una M. (Ames) Inman. He Attended Maine Central Institute.
Shortly after school Charlie enlisted in the United States Army 30th Division During WW2. After the war, he worked at Skiland Woolen Mill in Clinton, Maine, and SAS shoe in Pittsfield, Maine.
Charlie was predeceased by his siblings, Liston H. Inman, Leland A. Inman, And Virginia E. Inman.
He is survived by one sibling Ernest E. Inman; his children David Inman, Keith Inman, Kenneth Inman, and Carol Koczynski; his grandchildren, Michelle Inman, Keith Inman, Emily LeBeau, Shannon Swift, Marsha Hunter, Becky Beard, Scott Inman, David Inman, Donnie Inman, Julie Blair; and his many great grandchildren, Great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
All funeral services will be private, if anyone wishes to attend please contact the family.
The family would like to thank Eastern Maine Medical Center ER staff for their support, Lakewood Nursing Home in Waterville for the great care Charlie received, and Lawry Brothers Funeral Homes for their guidance and support during these hard times.
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Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral & Cremation Care, 107 Main Street, Fairfield.

CORINNA — Peggy Ann (Woodard) Ward, 54, passed on to be with her Lord and Savior February 17, 2017. She was born April 20, 1962 in Northbridge, MA, a daughter of Roger and Margaret (Woodbury) Woodard.
Peggy was a member of the Dexter Pentecostal Church. Peggy always had a smile on her face and God in her heart. She was well known throughout the area for her work at Sebasticook Valley Nursing Home and her many dedicated years at Sebasticook Valley Hospital. She touched the hearts of many while working as a dietary aid and in housekeeping services.
She is survived by her husband Stephen Ward, Sr. of Corinna; children Lisa Rassaw, Stephen Ward, Jr., Margaret Bennett, Tammy Buttke, and Shayne Ward; grandchildren Jamaal and Takara Russaw, Ryan, Stephen III, Damien, Isaiah, and Khloe Ward, Emma and Cody Buttke.
A memorial service was held at 2 PM on Saturday, February 25th, at the Dexter Pentecostal Church with Pastor Lyman Curtis officiating. Friends called from 12 noon until the time of services. A luncheon will follow the services.
Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal Chapel, 68 Exeter Road, Corinna. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
DEXTER — John L. Gould went home to be with the Lord on January 31st 2017. Peacefully passed away after a courageous 31 day battle with cancer, at his daughter Bridget Gould’s house.
Johnny was a trucker, loved the open road. He had been driving since he was sixteen years old. His best friend was his Boston Terrier, Jake Brake.
Anyone who knew Johnny knew he'd light up a room with his very presence. You'll always be in our hearts, we part now but to only meet again! Love you, Dad.
John is survived by son, Christopher Gould; daughter, Bridget Gould; son from first marriage, Shawn Gould; grandchildren, Victoria Pare, Katie Burgess, Zach Gould, Chelsie Gould, Jett Gould, and Cam Gould. He had four siblings, Randall Gould and wife Ottie Gould, Robert Gould and wife Linda Gould, Cindy Girolamo and husband Edward Girolamo, and Sandra Marsteller. His mother, Bernice Leone.
Memorial service held on Saturday, March 4th at 11 a.m. at Saint Albans Union Church, followed by a reception at M Room at 416 Oxbow Road in Palmya. In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to 24 Pullen Road, Dexter, ME 04930.

PITTSFIELD — Dearly loved, Margaret Jean Lynch passed away peacefully at home on February 6, 2017. Jean was born in Houlton, Maine, on October 5, 1939, to Walter S. and Phyllis I. (London) Burtt. She graduated with the Houlton High School Class of 1957 with high honors and completed her studies at Eastern Maine General Hospital in 1961 as a Registered Nurse.
In July of 1957, a chance encounter with John H. Lynch, a young Army veteran from Rhode Island, resulted in a boat ride on Deering Lake in Orient, Maine, and the beginning of a 60-year life journey with her beloved Jac. As newlyweds with children they worked together to finish their educations, eventually settling in Pittsfield, Maine, where Jean found her calling as a wife, mother and grandmother and spent a 35-year nursing career at Sebasticook Valley Hospital. Her greatest pride and joy was her family. Her favorite place was always Deering Lake.
Jean touched the lives of many with compassion and kindness and lived her life to the fullest through simple pleasures; gathering her family at home or at camp, knitting a sweater or mittens to give as a gift, watching the hummingbirds, or sending a note of celebration, encouragement, or thanks.
She fought her 6-year battle with courage, grace and dignity. She was grateful for the wonderful care provided by Dr. John C. Baker, Dr. James L. Clarke, the medical staff at Cancer Care of Maine, and especially the empathetic support of Dr. Sarah J. Sinclair. Hospice of Eastern Maine provided relief and comfort to Jean and her family. We will be forever grateful.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Richard; step-father, Ralph O. Peabody; and special Uncle and Aunt Philip D. and Beulah M. Tingley.
She will be forever remembered and missed by her husband Jac of Pittsfield; sons, Jimmy (Risa) Lynch of Stetson and Michael (Mareshah) Lynch of Pittsfield; daughter, Suzanne (Don) Guild of Manchester; six grandchildren, Sarah, Brandon, Nicole, Jacob, Emily and Cameron; six great-grandchildren; the extended Lynchs, Londons and Burtts; her cherished cousins; and her Deering Lake family.
Friends may visit with the family from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, February 24th, at Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield. A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 25th, at the funeral home with a reception to follow at the Trustee Memorial Student Center at the Maine Central Institute campus. A committal service will be held at Orient Cemetery in the spring.
Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.
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Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.

HARTLAND — Edith M. Wietzke, 94, died peacefully on Thursday, February 9, 2017, in Dover-Foxcroft.
Edith was born on August 26, 1922, in Linden, New Jersey, one of eight children to the late John and Agnes (Maurice) Evans. She attended the local Linden schools and graduated from Linden High School.
Edith was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed taking care of her family and being involved in her children’s school activities. She served as a past PTA president as well volunteered in the Cub Scouts. She was a telephone operator during WWII, worked as a matron at the county jail and was an Avon representative for several years. Edith was a member of the Eastern Star and was very active in her home church, Grace Linn Memorial United Methodist Church of Hartland.
She is survived by her son, Dale Wietzke of Jamestown, CA; 6 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sister, Jeanette Dubois of Freehold, NJ; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Charles; daughter, Rosalie Collins; two sons, Chuckie Wietzke and Doug Wietzke; and six siblings, Ruth, Ethel, Tommy, Harry, Almer and Jackie.
A spring service is being planned for 11 a.m., Saturday, May 13, 2017, with Pastor Jim Boughman officiating.
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Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.

DEXTER/OTTER CREEK/SEAL HARBOR – Robert Speigel, Jr., aka JERSEY, 50 years old, was born November 17, 1966, and passed on January 21, 2017. He was born and raised in Cape May, NJ, and moved to Maine in 1999. Jersey loved all that Maine had to offer, cutting wood, taught to him by his girlfriend of nearly 15 years, Cathi Austin, as well as, his love of fishing, sailboating and helping friends with mechanical and home repairs.
Jersey knew many trades; he was “Jack-of-All.” He was caretaker for several homes and was called upon for many car repairs; stepdaughter Stacy Austin relied on his help with many of her own car repairs. His full-time work was commercial construction building hospitals, schools, Jackson Lab rooms, remodeling many Hannaford stores, etc.
He will be very much missed by his Maine family and friends, including his three stepchildren and five grandchildren, and family in New Jersey, mom, dad, sister, brother, and many aunts, uncles and cousins, who he kept in touch with frequently.
Thank you, Uncle Phil, for taking him with you and guiding him along the way.
Thank you Dexter friends and “family” for helping him with his transition from New Jersey - Duffy and Angie Dyer, Missy, Andy, Dawnie, Craig, Amy (for housing), Cindy, Michael, and any one else who became his best friend in Maine.
Celebration will be held on February 12, 2017, at the Dog and Pony Tavern in Bar Harbor beginning at 3 PM. We hope to see you all there.

DIXMONT – Frank E. Welch, 56, died unexpectedly January 30, 2017. He was born April 8, 1960 in Bangor, a son of Earl and Janet (McKinley) Welch.
He graduated from Nokomis Regional High, Class of 1978 and received his certificate in professional welding from Eastern Maine Vocational Technical College. Frank worked for several area construction companies. He married Jennifer Poulin on October 24, 1987. He also enjoyed hunting and 4 wheeling on their property in Dixmont.
In addition to his wife and mother of Dixmont, he is survived by his son Kyle and wife Samantha, and their sons, Mason and Brody, all of Dixmont; and a sister, Deborah Welch of Bangor.
Frank was predeceased by his brother Jeff.
A memorial service was held at 11 AM Saturday, February 4th, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport, with Pastor Dan Burton officiating. Friends called at the funeral home from 10 AM until the time of services. Spring burial will be in Dixmont Corner Cemetery.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Rheumatology Research Foundation, 2200 Lake Boulevard, NE, Atlanta, GA 30319. Those who wish may leave written tributes at

ST. ALBANS – Douglas Richard Johnston, 76, formerly of Wakefield, MA, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 26, 2017.
Douglas was born August 18, 1940, in Arlington, MA, a son of Charles and Ruth Johnston. He married the love of his life, Patricia Ruth on November 5, 1960. He worked as a pressman with his father and brother at Malden News before moving to Maine in 1979. After moving here he worked at Maine Fence Company and Rolling Thunder Express in Newport for several years.
Douglas had a great love for dogs, camping, stock car racing, gardening with his wife, and tinkering in the garage. He had a contagious laugh that caused everyone around him to smile, and a genuine and true love for his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughter, Donna Bubar and husband Vernon; daughter, Danita Smith and husband, Daniel; son, Richard Johnston and wife Giselle; daughter, Patty Burpee and husband, John; son, David Johnston; daughter, June Williams and husband Christopher; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and his lifelong friend George Poore.
He was predeceased by special friends, Sue and Gordon Follansbee and Howard and Mary Poore.
We will miss you Douglas.
Visitation was held Monday at Crosby & Neal, Newport. Graveside committal services will be held at 11 AM Friday, August 18th, at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Hartland. Those who wish may leave written condolences at

NEWPORT – Edwin Bruce Deering, 54, died unexpectedly January 27, 2017. He was born December 31, 1962 in Hartland, a son of Gordon and Roberta (Bennett) Deering. He graduated from Nokomis Regional High, Class of 1981. He was employed as a cashier at Irving’s Truck Stop in Newport at the time of his death.
He is survived by his wife, Victoria (Richards) Deering; his mother, Roberta Kelley and her good friend David Brown; 2 sons, Edwin and James Robinson; a daughter, Rachel Fuller; 2 brothers, Tony and wife Wanda Bennett, and Darrell and wife Traci Deering; several nephews and nieces.
He was predeceased by his father.
No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
YORK – Robert E. Ames, 85, of Plaisted Road, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. He was born December 6, 1931 in Pittsfield, ME a son of the late Errol and Hesther (Matthews) Ames. He served in the United States Air Force. He worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for many years. He was a very private family man who enjoyed working around the house, reading and tinkering with small engines. He was an engineer who appreciated how things worked. He also enjoyed New England sports teams, especially the Patriots and was a member of the Boardman-Ellis V.F.W. He leaves his wife Norma I. (Mercier) Ames; a son Bryant R. Ames of York, ME; 2 daughters; Jean S. Salisbury and her husband Homer of Pittsfield, ME and Cheryl M. Jordan and her husband James of Tulsa, OK; 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home, York, Maine is assisting with arrangements. Visit

PITTSFIELD — Janice P. Cookson, 74, died peacefully on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, in Waterville.
Janice was born on May 9, 1942, in Pittsfield, the daughter of the late Wallace and Mae (Steeves) Rines. She attended the local schools and was employed in the woolen mills for many years.
Janice absolutely loved watching sports. She was an avid Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots fan. She enjoyed games, playing cards, putting together puzzles and going to the Newport Occupational Exchange. She loved to go to church and read her Bible. She was a member of TOPS and attended both the Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene and the River Run Church of the Nazarene in Detroit. She was a very loving mother, grandmother and sister.
The family wants to express gratefulness to all those who took loving care of Janice.
She is survived by her children, Richard Cookson and Lesia Douglas and husband, Greg, all of Waterville; grandchildren, Jessica Whitney and Steven Hodgden; sisters, Marjorie Maloon and husband, Ted, of Detroit, Tamra Brooks and husband Keith of New Hampshire and LaLonnie Rines of Pittsfield.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield.
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PALMYRA — Joseph Guy Varricchio, 78, went to see the Lord on January 22, 2017, following a battle with cancer. Joe was born on December 26, 1938 in Boston, Mass. The son of Cosmo and Jennie (Mignoue) Varricchio. Joseph was a proud veteran of the United States Army serving for 4 years and then served in the Army National Guard until he retired. Joe was known by his friends as “Chef Joe”. Joe contributed to many charities for many years. He was a carpenter, a cook, and loved to collect things. Joe loved his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Family meant everything to him. Joe will be remembered for his kindness to help those he met. He did some wonderful things to help his kids when they needed it. Joe truly had a heart of gold.
Joe was predeceased by his parents, (Grampa & Nonnie); two sisters, Rosie Meucci, Antoinette Trinanies; and his Uncle Phillip.
Joe is survived by his partner, Carol Richardson; his sister, Anna Anderson and husband, Perry of California; his sister Josephine Henderson of Mass; sister, Mary Kocincki of Mass; his children, Joseph Varricchio and his wife, Tammy; Debra and husband, William Hamlet; Kimberly and husband, Brian Bates; Phillip Varricchio; 9 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, who he adored. Joe will be dearly missed by his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and his many friends that he made along his journey in life.
The family would like to thank his health care team; RN Barbara and CNA Cindy for the great care they provided at Community Health and Counseling Services.
A memorial service of Joe’s life will be held at his grave site at the Maine Veteran Memorial Cemetery in Augusta, for his final resting place. The time and date will be announced in late spring.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Service Center Newport. Anyone may go to Brown’s website,, to sign the guest book, or send flowers.

BURNHAM — Eugene “Gene” Dunton, 76, passed away peacefully surrounded by his entire family on January 21, 2017. He was born in Burnham on April 19, 1940 the son of Willis and Printhia (Thurston) Dunton.
Gene served our country in the United States Army. After returning home, he married Rena (Cook) on April 20, 1963 and together they raised their four children in Burnham. Gene worked at area shoe factories as a hand sewer and retired from New Balance in 2006.
Gene enjoyed athletic events. He coached peewee basketball and little league baseball. More recently, he was an avid fan of and looked forward to MCI football games. He was a lifelong sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. In his spare time, Gene could be found puttering around in his garage, woodworking, and gardening. Above all else, Gene was a true family man. He loved spending time making memories with his large family. Gene always had a smile and an old story to share with everyone.
Gene is survived by his wife of 53 years Rena; children, Cynthia Bickford and husband Brian, Anita Wright and husband David, Travis Dunton and wife Kimberly, and Chuck Dunton and wife Angela; grandchildren, Andrew Barnett, Brandon Wright, Mackenzie Dunton, Taylor Wright, Cameron and Kelsey Bickford, Scott and Amanda Salley; great granddaughter, River Williams; siblings, Bill Dunton, Frank Dunton, Frances Powell, Bettie Goding, and Blackie Reynolds; a special niece, Jeannette Cook; many nieces and nephews and a large extended family.
He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Darrell Dunton, Don Dunton, and Roland Reynolds; and sisters, Ruth Grosso, Merideth Leonard, Gloria Small, and Julie Nelson.
Family and friends were invited to visit from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, January 28th at Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield where a memorial service was held at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, January 29th with Chaplain Tom Gilbert officiating. Military honors were presented for his service to our country.
Gene’s family extends their deepest appreciation to the doctors, nurses and staff at Lafayette Family Cancer Center and Eastern Maine Medical Center’s 6th Floor. They also recognize the care, comfort and compassion shown to Gene and his family at Sebasticook Valley Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, donations received will be given in a one-time gift to the MCI Football Boosters. Please send memorial donations to Travis Dunton, 100 Mount Road, Pittsfield, Maine, 04967.
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HARTLAND — Aubrey F. Robinson, 68, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 after a long illness.
Aubrey was born in Waterville the son of the late Roy and Leona (Marshall) of Vassalboro. He married his true love Susan (Whitten) in January 1971 and built a home next to his in-laws. His many years of hard work began on a dairy farm. He was employed by the Hartland Tannery for more than 15 years. Because of his love of the outdoors, he volunteered at Lake George Regional Park in Canaan. He also worked for the Town of Hartland for many years at the transfer station until his stroke in 2006. He served in the Army National Guard of Skowhegan-Newport for more than 24 years, where he received Charlie Company’s father of the year award in 1988. Aubrey served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War as a radio relay and carrier attendant stationed in Germany. He was a member of the Hartland American Legion.
Aubrey enjoyed a good game of cribbage and other card games. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, swimming, watching old westerns and wrestling, bird watching from his living room, and reading the paper. He enjoyed camping up and down the coast of Maine with his wife and kids. He enjoyed time at Lincolnville Beach, which was his favorite place to go with his wife. Aubrey helped many elderly friends in Hartland with yard work or winterizing their homes. He enjoyed socializing and talking with all.
He will be deeply missed by his loving wife Susan (Whitten) of 46 years; his daughter Patty and her husband Jason Angel of Boston, Massachusetts; his son Leroy and wife Stacia (Kistler) of Milton, New Hampshire; his daughter Mary and husband John Horton of Hartland with his young granddaughter Breeara “Bree” who will miss going bowling and laughing with her “Poppy.” He is also survived by his sister Mary, brothers Freddy, Oscar, Donnie, and Ervin, his sister-in-law Barbara Morse, brother-in-law and wife David and Cheryl Whitten, close family friends Jana and Roger Brown and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He is predeceased by his parents, his in-laws Leroy and Mary (Nichols) Whitten and many other family and friends.
A special thank you to the Veterans Administration home-visiting nurse Mary Beth; Nancy, Christine, and Sharalyn from Hospice of Bangor, and to all the wonderful staff at the Sanfield Rehab & Living Center for their kindness and care given to Aubrey and his family these past years. Additionally, thanks to Glenn and Rachel Nichols for their great care.
A memorial to celebrate his life will be held February 4th, 2017. Visiting hours will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and service of remembering and sharing from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. at Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield, Maine. A spring committal with military honors will take place in June.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation in Aubrey’s name to the Tri-Town Food Cupboard, 9 Hubbard Avenue, Hartland, Maine. For more information please call Pat at 207-938-2244.
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NEWPORT — Sandra Ann (Webber) Brockway, 73, passed away in the early morning of January 18th, 2017.
She was born September 19th, 1943 in Dexter, a daughter of Merville and Carlene (Frautten) Webber. Sandra married Milton M. Brockway on June 24th, 1961 in Dexter, and together they raised four children.
Sandra was well known by her friends and family for the many dishes she created. Her most well-known and much requested was her fudge recipe. She was happiest when she was cooking and surrounded by her large family. Her refrigerator was always filled with leftovers, and everybody loved to dig in. Her house was full of kids and every one of those kids made themselves right at home. Her lap always had a baby sitting there. Sandra was a member of the People’s United Methodist Church.
She is survived by four children, Michael Brockway and wife Linda, Michelle and husband PJ Shrantz, Laura Brockway, and Doug Brockway and his wife Raquel; her siblings, Merville Webber, Jr., Darlene Hill, Barbara Collins, Bryant Webber, and Elwood Clapp; and her very special in-laws, Doris & Robert Young, Phyllis Clukey, and Barbara Cloutier. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Jordan, Kristen, Angela, Michael, Anthony, Jenna, Brittany, Jillian, Macy, Camille, Edison, and Nirvana; her great-grandchildren, Max, Bentley, Gavin, Paisley, Enzo, and Zoey.
She was predeceased by the love of her life, Milton, on April 13, 2011. Together they shared nearly 50 years of marriage. She was looking forward to being reunited with him once again. She was also predeceased by her parents and her sister Joyce Davis.
A celebration of life was held at 11 AM Friday, January 27th at People’s United Methodist Church, Newport, with the Rev. Ellen Bridge officiating. Spring burial will be in Morse’s Corner Cemetery, Corinna. In lieu of flowers, Sandra has requested that donations be made in her memory to People’s United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 182, Newport, ME 04953.
Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
HARTLAND — Nellie May Day, 76, died January 11, 2017 at a Pittsfield hospital following a long illness. She was born in Hartland, June 14, 1940 the daughter of Porter and Marjory (Wallace) Weymouth. She attended Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield.
She was a woman before her time. She enjoyed working on cars. She enjoyed yard sales, flea markets, and auctions. She enjoyed doing assorted crafts and crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed animals especially dogs.
Nellie was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.
She is survived by her son Harold of Hartland, her daughter-in-law who she thought of as a daughter, Nancy Haskell of Plymouth, grandson Scott and his better half Jessie of Skowhegan, granddaughter Amber and her husband David of and great grandson Tyler, of Skowhegan, granddaughter Jennifer and her better half Fred, and great granddaughter Shelby of Hartland. She was immensely proud of her family. Her strength, compassion love and common sense will be greatly missed by all. We will love and miss you, Ma!
At her request there will be no services at this time. Arrangements entrusted to the care of the Brown Funeral Home and cremation Service Center Newport. To sign and online guestbook and leave written condolences please visit:
PITTSFIELD — Marion (Sevey) Connors, 80, died January 17, 2017, in Orono, Maine, after a long illness.
Marion was born January 19, 1936, to Beatrice Tewksbury Sevey and Leroy Sevey. She grew up in Ripley, graduated from Dexter High School and worked in various banks as a teller, which is where she met her husband of 50 years, Gerald Connors, who passed away in 2008. They were married in 1957 and lived in Pittsfield where they raised their two sons and a daughter.
Marion enjoyed gardening, fishing, and camping with family and friends. She was an avid seamstress. She also loved taking pictures of the beauty of Maine while exploring the various
places they went and things that they enjoyed together. She enjoyed baking and canning her garden’s harvest. Before Gerald passed, they took a RV trip with special sister and brother in law, Rachel and Gene Beall, from Maine to Texas to visit family in Texas.
She is survived by her children, Ken Connors and wife Mary, Alan Connors and his wife Lisa and Darlene Steeves and her husband Ron (Bo); six grandchildren, Candace Connors, Russell Connors and wife Cortney, Adam Connors, Christopher Connors, Robert Steeves and wife Natalie, and Michael Steeves; six great grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Hutchins and Florence Brawn and husband Frank; a brother Clyde Sevey and wife Flora; and several nieces and nephews.
A service of Remembrance was held at 1 PM, Friday, January 20, 2017, at Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to the Alzheimers Association at, in Marion’s memory.

KITTERY — Olive Irene Emery Gray, 92, of Government Street, died peacefully at Durgin Pines in Kittery, Maine on Sunday, January 15, 2017 surrounded by family and loved ones.
Olive was born the eldest of six children to the late William and Hazel (Buzzell) Stevens of Newport, Maine on May 8, 1924. She graduated from Newport High in 1942.
While in high school Olive worked for The Hart Seed Company where she met her future husband, Kenneth Ross Emery, in the onion patch. They married in 1942 and in the same year moved to Kittery, Maine where they raised their four wonderful children, Olga Spooner, Donna Grabofsky, Carroll Emery, and Joyce Rasque.
Olive worked for the Kittery Highway Department as a secretary, and later for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail clerk in Kittery Point, ME and Portsmouth, NH where she retired in 1988.
She was a long standing, dedicated member of NARFE, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the Ladies Auxiliary VFW, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Society of Mayflower Descendants, the American Postal Workers’ Union and St. Marks Methodist Church in Kittery, Maine.
Olive is predeceased by her husband Kenneth Ross Emery, 2 siblings Norman L. Stevens and Margaret Stevens Bean as well as son-in-law Freeland ‘Burky’ Spooner. She leaves 3 siblings Doris Cutten, William Stevens, and Marilyn Smith, 4 children, Olga Spooner widow of Freeland ‘Burky’ of Somersworth, NH; Donna Grabofsky and John of Corinth, Maine; Carroll Emery and Joanie of Kittery, Maine; Joyce Rasque and Stuart of Eliot, Maine; eleven grandchildren, Kelly Stowell Melvin, Kenneth Stowell, Kristen Spooner Fuller, Jennifer Grabofsky Potvin, Robert Grabofsky, Meghan Emery Atwater, Brenna Emery Hillock, Carol Emery, Heather Rasque Ross, Karen Rasque Hughes and Aaron Pyle; 19 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren.
A time of visitation was held from 6 to 8 PM on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at the J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home, 125 Old Post Road, Kittery, ME. A funeral service was held at 11 AM at the funeral home on Friday, January 20, 2017, with The Rev. Dr. Bruce Boria, officiating. The family request in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made payable to: Bethany Church – ONE Campaign, 500 Breakfast Hill Road, Greenland, NH 03840. Visit to sign the online guestbook, send a condolence card or to share a memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home.

CAMBRIDGE — Clyde G. Chadbourne, 91, passed away January 12, 2017, at his home in Cambridge. He was born August 20, 1925, in Harmony, a son of the late George and Mae (Gilman) Chadbourne. Clyde was a graduate of Harmony High School, served in the U.S. Navy, retired from Grumman's Aerospace in Bethpage, NY after 25 years, and enjoyed hunting, gardening, wood-working and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Rosemarie, of Cambridge; two daughters, Linda Burger of Holbrook, NY and Karen Kovach of Cambridge; six grandchildren, Eileen Burger of White Plains, NY, Kristine Kasheta of Shady Side, MD, Erik Burger and wife, Britt, of Smithtown, NY, Lauren Kovach of Boston, MA, Kathleen Burger of Kingston, NY, and Susan Kovach of Manchester, NH; two great-grandchildren, Maeve and Kellan Burger; a brother-in-law, Richard Watson, and sister-in-law, Hazel Chadbourne, both of Harmony; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his five brothers and five sisters.
A memorial service will be held in the spring at the Chadbourne Cemetery in Harmony. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Clyde's memory to the Patriarch's Club, PO Box 45, Harmony, ME 04942 or the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME, 04074, Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home, Guilford. Condolences may be expressed at

PITTSFIELD — Neal Joseph Bryson, 68, passed away Sunday, January 8th, 2017 in Pittsfield.
Neal was born on March 25, 1948, the son of Lewis and Luella Bryson of Corinna, ME. Neal was a Vietnam Veteran. He also worked at various jobs throughout his life. He worked making furniture, farming, construction, fire fighter and cleaning. He loved spending time with his family, going on camping trips, fishing and traveling the Maine coast. When he retired he got to spend more time with his grand-kids, Breanna True, Caraden Bryson and Deamion Cyrus. He loved and enjoyed the special times with Caraden, taking him to sporting events, fishing and going for joy rides. Neal was married to Laurie Bryson (Curtis). They loved and enjoyed their two children, Daniel True and Brandie Bryson. He was a special brother to siblings, Edward Bryson, Lewis Bryson, Larry Bryson, Michael Bryson, Dolly Bryson and Robin Hunt.
There will have a get together on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 at the First Congregational Church in Pittsfield from 5 to 7 PM. Graveside service will be held at a later date.

MADISON — Meldon Wayne Libby, 71, died January 5, 2017 at a Skowhegan hospital. He was born April 26, 1945 in Unity, a son of Albert and Margaret (Fay) Libby. He was a longtime mechanic at Hight Ford in Skowhegan and will be remembered as an avid hunter and fisherman.
Meldon is survived by his daughter, Tammi, husband George Edwards, and their son Baron, all of Lincoln; his fiancée, Juanita Graves of St. Albans; his siblings, Kathleen Brown of Canaan, Galen and wife Marie Libby of Madison, Elton and wife Judy Libby of Skowhegan, Phyllis Balog of Waterville, Wilda and husband Jim Dow of Turner. He was predeceased by siblings Albert Libby, Jr., Marjorie Lawton, and Royce Libby and wife Winnie.
A memorial service was held at 1 PM Saturday, January 14th, at the Pleasant Street Christian Church in Corinna. Spring burial will be in the Mt. Rest Cemetery, Athens. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial donations to be sent to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1848, Longmont, Colorado 80502. Those who wish may leave written condolences at

DETROIT — Beatrice J. Soucy, died peacefully on Thursday, January 5, 2017, with her loving family by her side, in Skowhegan.
She was born on September 27, 1935, in Detroit, Maine, the daughter of Cecil and Erma (Bryant) McLaggan Sr. She graduated from Maine Central Institute with the class of 1954. She married Francis Soucy on October 7, 1967 and they shared 47 years together. Bea worked at the Edwards Company in Pittsfield and retired from there after 36 years of employment.
Bea liked cooking and baking brownies and no bake cookies. She enjoyed church services, music and the Bible was precious to her. Her daily phone calls to her sister, Lorraine and her weekly chat with her brother, Jr, were very special to her. She belonged to the Senior Citizens Group of Pittsfield and the Pittsfield Driftbusters Snowmobile Club.
She is survived by her siblings, Delbert McLaggan and wife, Joyce, of Detroit, Royce McLaggan of Plymouth and Lorraine Bouffard of Pittsfield; sisters-in-law, Michele McLaggan of Detroit, Doris McLaggan of Georgia, Aggie Corson of Skowhegan and Betty Soucy of Skowhegan; brother-in-law, Romeo Soucy of Skowhegan, special niece, Tiffany Field and husband, Russ; and many devoted nieces, nephews and extended family.
She was predeceased by her parents; her loving husband, Francis C. Soucy in 2015; sister, Colleen Hobbs; brother, Cecil McLaggan Jr.; brothers-in-law, Arthur Soucy, Linwood Soucy and Normand Bouffard; sisters-in-law, Cecile Conley and Rita Ames; and nephew, Normand “Bub” Bouffard.
The family received friends from 2 to 3 PM, Tuesday, January 10, with a memorial service that immediately followed at 3 PM, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield, with the Rev. Mark Tanner officiating. A committal service will be held in the spring at the Detroit Village Cemetery, Route 220, in Detroit.
Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the Good Cheer Club, c/o Cyndra Knowles, 251 North Road, Detroit, Maine, 04929.
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DOVER-FOXCROFT — David E. Webb, 76, died January 7, 2017, at his home. He was born April 27, 1940, in Fort Fairfield, the son of Charles P. and Marguerite T. (Paul) Webb. He was a mason and a member of Mosaic Lodge #52 and second section Anah Temple Shrine. David owned and operated Heart of Maine Exterminating for 34 years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Jacqueline; three daughters, Tamara Cox and her husband, Chris, Lorrie Edgerly and her husband, Steve, and Michelle Robicheau and her husband, Ryan; nine grandchildren, Amanda Barlan, Hartley Gilbert, MaryCatherine Cox, Jennifer Gould, Brian Duplisea, and Caleb, Alex, Ben, and Johnny Smith; six great-grandchilren; and several nieces and nephews. David will be missed by his special dog, Taffy. He was predeceased by his parents, four brothers, and one sister.
A memorial service with Masonic services was conducted 2 PM Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft, with Rev. Ray Beless officiating. Following the services, a gathering was held at the Penquis Higher Education Center, 50 Mayo St., Dover-Foxcroft. Messages of condolence may be expressed at
PLYMOUTH – Robert Albert Hartsgrove, 92, died peacefully January 4, 2017 at a Hartland nursing facility with his wife by his side still holding his hand. He was born February 19, 1924 in Perham, a son of Fred and Nettie (Green) Hartsgrove. He attended schools in Perham and Caribou. Bob entered the U. S. Army in 1949 and was stationed in Texas and Germany. He was employed at Eastland Woolen Mill in Corinna for 32 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. Bob was still putting in his own firewood at age 90. He attended the Jubilee Family Worship Center in Newport. Bob married the former Ina Cook of Palmyra and had three sons, Richard, Malcolm and James, all of Newport; two daughters, Rebecca Bean and Lorraine Albair, both of Corinna; 12 grandchildren; great grandchildren and cousins.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 PM Monday, January 9th at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport. Spring graveside funeral and committal services will be held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Palmyra, with the Rev. Scott Black officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Maine General Hospice, P.O. Box 828, Waterville, ME 04903. Those who wish may leave written condolences at

PALMYRA – Elizabeth Randall, 84, passed away peacefully January 1, 2017 at a Pittsfield hospital. She was born August 2, 1932 in Caribou a daughter of Clayton and Blanche (Humphrey) Langley. Doris attended Palmyra and Newport schools, where she met and later married her beloved Jack. They were married on November 6, 1950 and had a long, happy life together for 64 years, until his passing in 2014.
Doris worked as a school lunch cook at the Palmyra Consolidated School for 22 years. She also worked at Guilford Woolen Mill until her retirement.
Doris and Jack had two daughters Linda Marie and Anna Mae. She was a great mother and was thought of as a “mother figure” by many others who were close to her. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She never missed a family- or friends- get together where everyone always gathered around their special Aunt Doris. She also enjoyed country music and loved to sing along when her brother Bob played his guitar at those family gatherings. She enjoyed life to the fullest and never took anything for granted. She always had a happy, positive outlook on life.
Doris was a strong willed person and had great faith. We know she is resting peacefully with her husband and daughter. She will be greatly missed and will remain in our hearts forever.
She is survived by her daughter Linda Burleigh; her grandson Garrett Allen Burleigh; a sister in law, Sudie Faye Davis; three sisters, Joyce Cocheran, Violet and husband James McLellan, Maxine and husband Larry Plissey; several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Jack Randall, a daughter Anna Mae Randall, and a brother Robert Langley.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Sebasticook Valley Health for their great care.
Spring graveside committal services will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Newport, with Pastor Al H. Worden officiating. Cremation arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written tributes at

CORINNA – Betty A. Palmer, 77, died January 2, 2017 at a Bangor hospital surrounded by her family. She was born July 12, 1939 in Littleton, a daughter of Benjamin and Beulah (Rogerson) Flewelling.
Betty married Robert Palmer on June 12, 1957. She worked on the harvester at Buck’s Potato Farm, Snowflake Canning Company, both in Corinna, and retired as night foreman at the Dexter Shoe Company in 1999. Betty was a founding member (#20) of the Dexter Regional Federal Credit Union and served on the board for a time. After “retiring” she baby sat for Elizabeth Kinney and her special “boys” Payson and Willis Reinhardt, and cleaned homes. She loved flower and vegetable gardening, canning vegetables, making pickles, relishes and jellies, reading and drinking Diet Coke. Betty was always happiest sitting on her porch at Center Pond, in her words, “the most beautiful place in the world”, where she enjoyed her friends and camp neighbors.
She is survived by two daughters, Terri and husband Michael Crosby of Newport, Vicki and husband Mark Easler of Corinna; four sisters, Edna “Teta” and husband Cliff Pottle, Gloria and husband Dick Perkins of Holden, Janet and husband Donald Zimmerman of GA, Frances and husband Vaughn Thibodeau of Winterport; two brothers, David Flewelling of Frankfort, Richard Flewelling and companion Irene Davis of Troy; two granddaughters, Jenna and husband Tyson Grindle, of Medford, NJ, and Kayla Easler and boyfriend Brandon Hopkins of Dixmont; great grandson Wyatt Grindle; 2 sisters-in-law, Gladys Flewelling of Winterport and Ann Flewelling of MS; many nieces and nephews; “adopted” daughter Sue Paige of Corinna; and her dog Willow. She was extremely proud of her daughters, granddaughters and great grandson.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Benjamin “Dude” and Philip Flewelling.
Friends called from 11 AM to 1 PM Saturday, January 7th, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport. Private graveside committal services will be held in the spring at Morse’s Corner Cemetery, Corinna. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Those who wish may leave written condolences at

ST. ALBANS – Chris “Bub” Walker, 44, died unexpectedly on Friday, December 23, 2016, at his home in St. Albans.
He was born on August 3, 1972, in Salem, Massachusetts, the son of Larry and JoAnn Kimball. He attended the local schools in Hartland and spent most of his life working at the Hartland Tannery, A Cut Above Carpentry in Hartland and Tobin Movers of Peabody, Massachusetts.
Chris recently married the love of his life and soul mate, Maya. They enjoyed spending all the time that they could together. He was a loving, happy, positive guy who would always say, “Babe, it’s all gonna work out”. He enjoyed carpentry, gardening, grilling, feeding the birds and taking care of his rooster and guinea hens. He was a hard worker and loved to take care of his mother. He will be missed beyond words by his family, friends and co-workers at the Hartland Tannery and A Cut Above Carpentry.
He is survived by his wife, Maya Walker; their daughter, Julie-Anne Cooper; his faithful dogs, Teeny Weeny and Stella; his mother, JoAnn Kimball, all of St. Albans; sisters, Brenda Kimball and boyfriend, Mark Russell, of Pittsfield, Laurie Holmbom and husband, Joshua, of Hartland and their daughter, Jocelyn and Marcia Fuller and husband, Lee, of Hartland and their children, Courtney, Morgan, Hannah, Hunter, Mason and Marlee; sisters-in-law, Bobbi White of Bingham and her daughters, KyLa and Chloe and Betty Foss and boyfriend, Arthur Fletcher of West Athens and her son, Nathaniel; and many special friends whom he considered family.
The family received friends from 2 to 4 PM, Saturday, December 31, 2016, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield.
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PITTSFIELD – Ernest R. Gorten, Jr., 83, peacefully passed away at Sebasticook Valley Hospital on December 30, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. His family expresses gratitude for the compassionate care that he received at SVH. He was born in Newport, Maine, on May 23, 1933, the son of Ernest R. Gorten, Sr. and Agnes (Brawn) Gorten.
Ernest was a star basketball player who earned the nickname “Goose” prior to his graduation from Newport High School in 1951. He proudly served in the United States Army for two years; he was stationed in South Korea for 16 months.
Ernest married Maxine Young on July 24, 1955. They had three children, four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and five step-great grandchildren. Ernest and Maxine were married for 61 years and they lived in the same house in Augusta for over 55 years. Ernest worked for Nabisco as a sales representative for over 30 years.
In his retirement Ern enjoyed hunting, open water and ice fishing with his son and son-in-law at his camp on Long Pond in Belgrade as well as in the Greenville area. Ernie loved sports and he was a loyal fan of the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. He never missed his grandsons’ football, hockey and baseball games. He also supported his granddaughters’ musical endeavors by attending their school concerts. Ernest is perhaps best known for his unique sense of humor. He had a quip or a comment for any situation.
He was predeceased by his mother Agnes Brawn Gorten; his father Ernest Robert Gorten, Sr., and his brother Donald Wallace Gorten.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine Gorten, of Pittsfield; his 3 children, Linda Snow and her husband Peter of Pittsfield; Brenda Palmer and her husband Rick of Farmingdale; and Gregory Gorten of Clinton; 4 grandchildren: Sarah Snow and her fiancé Eric Jordan Bailey of Laurel, MD; Hannah Snow and her husband Anson Lee of Exeter, NH; Cory Palmer of Portland and Ian Palmer of Bangor; 2 step-grandchildren, Kyle Snow and his wife Kathy of Ellsworth and Kathryn Snow of Lincolnville and his sister-in-law Barbara Gorten of Newport along with several nieces, nephews, and extended family. He enjoyed weekly visits and excursions with his niece, Sue Emery and her husband Butch. Ernest bravely lived with Parkinson’s disease and for over 10 years he exhibited courage, grace and dignity through his many challenges. He will be greatly missed as a loving son, husband, uncle, father and grandfather.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the First Congregational Church, PO Box, 423, Pittsfield, Maine, in Ernie’s memory.
The family received friends from 5 to 7 PM, Friday, January 6, 2016, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield. A memorial service was held at 2 PM, Saturday, January 7, at the funeral home with Rev. Glenn Nichols officiating. A committal with military honors will be held at 2 PM, May 23, 2017, at the Riverside Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Newport.
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PITTSFIELD – Jeannette W. Fitts, 88, born September 8th, 1928, began the second act of God’s plan for her life's journey on December 21st, 2016, passing on peacefully in the company of loved ones.
She was the fourth child of Abel and Georgie Webb and sister to Arlene, Marie, Martelle, Margaret and Bobby. As a typical Central Maine family, they enjoyed a simple and blessed life surrounded by a community of loving family and friends.
Jeannette attended Pittsfield schools, graduating from Maine Central Institute in the class of 1946, where she participated in many athletics and school activities. This past summer she proudly attended her 70th consecutive MCI Alumni Reunion. She furthered her education at Eastern Maine General School of Nursing, learning the caring craft of a Registered Nurse which she would ply for over a half century in a variety of positions.
Jeannette married her one true love, Gerald R. Fitts, on October 6th, 1950. Together they raised their family and operated a successful local business. As an expert coordinator of gatherings, she enjoyed countless favorite times with family, classmates and friends whether at their cherished camp on Sibley Pond or in the St. Pete, Tampa area during her Florida years. Family and friends were Jeannette’s whole world.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Gerald, and her siblings.
Surviving Jeannette and carrying on her traditions of caring, love and friendships are her two sons, Gary and wife Amy, Kevin and Jeri; her 8 grandchildren, Laura, Hilary, Hunter, Travis, Gavin, Corey, Stephanie and CJ; 15 great-grandchildren; several very special nieces and nephews, along with many extended family members.
Jeannette was always at her best as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, cook and hostess.
A gathering to celebrate her life will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, January 21, 2017, at Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield, Maine, officiated by Reverend Scott Jones. Following, all those who wish may attend an informal time of remembrance at the Sebasticook Valley Elks Lodge #2713 on Middle Street in Pittsfield.
Our family wishes, with great appreciation and respect, to thank the individuals who lovingly cared for Jeannette during the last few years, especially the wonderful staff at Ross Manor. There are too many to mention, and we trust that all of you know how very much it has meant to us.
It was Jeannette’s wish that in lieu of flowers any donations be given to the Maine Central Institute Founders Campaign or a special charity of one’s choice.
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WINTERPORT & UNITY – Cassandra Lawler, 41, died December 31, 2016 at a Bangor hospital. She was born July 24, 1975 in Norwich, CT. She was employed as a CNA, and later, a CRMA at Sanfield Living Center in Hartland. Cassandra was active in the Special Olympics program.
She is survived by her mother, Dorinda and husband Dana Chase of Burnham; maturnal grandfather Dwayne Malcolm of Etna; her fiancé Jeff VanHoy; a brother, Daniel and wife Amanda Riendeau of Corinna; 2 sisters, Skyla and husband Bruce Hewins of Hartland, Hope and husband Eric Whitman of Groton, CT; several special nieces and nephews. Cassandra loved all of her family.
Visitation was held from 2 to 4 PM Thursday, January 5th, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport. Spring services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
HARTLAND – Carlton W. Tash, 82, died, Monday, January 2, 2017, in Bangor.
Carlton was born on January 30, 1934, in Chester, Maine, the son of Charles A. and June A. (Lobley) Tash. He graduated from Oakland High School and proudly served our country in the United States Army in Panama.
Carl was employed for many years as the friendly milkman, delivering to the local communities. He later was employed by Spring Brook Oil Company and delivered oil until he retired. He loved knowing his customers personally and had a knack for remembering their names, addresses and phone numbers. He was very outgoing and felt comfortable starting up a conversation with anyone that he would meet. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He will be forever missed and loved.
He is survived by his children, Jennifer Tash of Georgia and Skip Tash and wife, Molly, of Pittsfield; granddaughter, Savannah; brother, Donald Tash and wife, Lois, of Dedham; and long-time companion, Priscilla Butler and her daughter, Rhonda Southard, both of Hartland; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Charles Tash Jr; and sister, Vivian Pomerleau.
A graveside memorial service will be held in the spring at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Civic Center Drive, Augusta, with military honors being presented for his service to our country.
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DOVER-FOXCROFT — Steven John Ritter, 59, passed away unexpectedly on December 29th, 2016 at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, ME. Steven was born September 20, 1957 in Jersey City, NJ. He was the son of Steven John Ritter, Jr. and predeceased by his mother Mary Kathleen Perera. Steven worked many years in furniture sales in Florida and became a career aficionado developing many valuable skills and trades. Steven eventually moved to Maine where he would spend the rest of his days with his beloved wife of 27 years (19 married); Theresa Laythe-Ritter.
Steven is survived by his wife, Theresa and his four children- his daughter Ivonne Laythe, daughter Danielle Dykeman, a son Steve Gagliardi, and his youngest son Blake Ritter.
Steven is loved and survived by four granddaughters and two grandsons. Steven is also survived by his brother Bruce Ritter and his father of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and predeceased by his mother.
Steven will be loved and remembered by 2 nieces and 1 nephew, close friends and extended family. Steven will always be remembered for his quick wit and his everlasting sense of humor - for his undying love for qu’ing on the grill, playing darts and cheering as loud as he could on Football Sundays (Go Pats!)
A benefit dinner will be scheduled for a later date and time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made during the benefit dinner. Donations will immensely help during this trying time for medical bills, funeral arrangements and more. Check local bulletins in Dover-Foxcroft for a date and time.

PALMYRA — Susan Saucier Surette, 48, died peacefully on December 25, 2016 at home in Palmyra, attended by her soulmate, Clint Southard, members of her family, and close friends. The strong impressions made by her lively nature, easy laugh, intense enjoyment of life and abiding love for her son Nathan will live on in the hearts of those who knew her.
Susan was born in Waterville on February 28, 1968 to Edmund E. and Joanne I. (Joler) Saucier, who predeceased her, as the youngest of their ten surviving children. She felt especially close to her parents and enjoyed collecting and cooking her mother’s recipes. She was raised in Waterville and graduated from Waterville High School in 1986. In high school, Susan was active in sports, playing soccer with the kind of skill and fun shown by her six brothers in backyard ice hockey. She had her three older sisters to thank for setting the standard. She, along with her sisters, was also a skilled skater.
After attending classes at Thomas College, Susan worked in the health care field, including a period of time in sales. Her interest in people and ease with conversation made her a natural, successful, saleswoman. Susan was passionate about the outdoors which started from an early age with her father who was a Maine Guide. Her enthusiasm was intensified after being reconnected with her high school sweetheart and soulmate, Clint Southard. She fell in love with camp where she and Clint would spend time shooting, hunting, and relaxing by the fire. It was at camp that Susan harvested her first deer. After applying for many years in the Maine State Moose Lottery she won a tag for the 2016 September hunt. Clint – a Master Maine Guide – was able to arrange the hunt with help from her son, two of her brothers, two of her nephews, and Clint’s son and his wife who all shared her interest in hunting. A clip of the documented hunt “Susan’s Amazing Story and Moose Hunt, 2016” can be found on YouTube. The bull moose kill and her reaction “I did it!” accompanied by her broad, dimpled smile, clearly meant her achievement marked a supreme moment in her life.
Susan is survived by her son Nathan Surette; her companion Clint Southard; her six brothers: Michael Saucier and wife Paula Craighead; Jon Saucier and companion Nancy Poulin; Daniel and Brenda Saucier; James and Jean Saucier; Peter and Lori Saucier; Paul Saucier and companion Cindy Jennings; her three sisters: Cathy and Dirk Kershner; Sandra Bard and companion Andrew Heckler; Patricia and John Bearce; and their families including fifteen nieces and nephews and six grand-nieces and nephews; Clint’s son Nolan and wife Christine Southard; Clint’s daughter Arielle Tuttle and husband Caleb; Clint’s daughter Tasha Howard, and Clint’s brother Todd Southard and wife Darlene.
The family wishes to publically express its deep appreciation to MaineGeneral Hospice Care including the nurses and caregivers who cared so gently for Susan before and during her passing.
Visiting hours were Friday from 4 to 7 PM on December 30, 2016 at Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm Street, Waterville. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, December, 31st at 9 AM at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 112 Silver Street, Waterville, ME. Please visit to share condolences, memories and tributes with Susan’s family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a trust fund being set up for her son Nathan under the care of Cathy Kershner, 19 Mathews Avenue, Waterville, ME, 04901 or to Endless Season Riders, a snowmobile/ATV club which Susan and Clint are active members, at PO Box 56, Plymouth, ME 04969 in memory of Susan Saucier Surette.

PLYMOUTH — Delmar John Levesque, 83, died December 24, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born April 9, 1933 in Limestone, a son of Loomis and Doris (Martin) Levesque. He served in the U.S. Army and was employed as a machine shop superintendent.
In the early 70’s, he bought land in Plymouth and planted an apple orchard. After moving to Maine Delmar opened the Mildel Apple Farm and sold apples at the Orono and Belfast farmer’s markets starting in 1998. He was a communicant of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Pittsfield, and will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was also a member of the Pomological Society.
In addition to his wife Mildred, of nearly 64 years, he is survived by a son Michael, a daughter Darlene Hopkins and fiancé George “Jody” Grant, all of Plymouth; a brother, Maurice and wife Eleanor Levesque of Milford, CT; a sister Dorothy Mitchell of Ansonia, CT; 4 grandchildren, Amy Swanson, Brandon and Cody Hopkins, and Peyton Grant; 2 great grandchildren, Cassidy and Britney Swanson.
A graveside funeral and committal service will be held in the spring at Sawyer Cemetery, Plymouth. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 51 U.S. Route 1, Suite M, Scarborough, ME 04074. Those who wish may leave written condolences at

CALIFORNIA — Marvis Lanpher Wolfard, of Orange County, California, passed away December 25, 2016. She was born in Palmyra, Maine on May 1, 1940. She was the third child of Selden P. Lanpher and Felta Richardson Lanpher. Growing up in the 40’s on a farm was not easy, with no electricity, telephones, or refrigeration. She was educated in one room schools through eighth grade. She graduated from Newport High School, class of 1958. She went on to live in Connecticut and then moved to the West Coast. She was a 40 year employee of the Bank of the West. Her hobbies included genealogy, sports and quilting. She was an avid quilter, belonging to the Orange County Quilt Guild. She spent many years making children’s quilts for various charities.
She was predeceased by husband Gerald T. Wolfard and daughter Phoebe L. Wolfard. She is survived by her son Clyde Wolfard of California and daughter Nicole Doumerc and husband Paul of California; sister: Natalie Rines of Palmyra; brother: Errol Lanpher and wife Beatrice of Palmyra; four grandchildren: Athena Delgado, Gerald S. Wolfard, Sara Weaver, Erika Weaver and Nolan Doumerc; cousins: Glynnis Fields and Merle Lanpher; niece: Terrie Hersey and her husband Frank and children Karen, Lori, and Jodi; niece: Beth-Ann Rowell and family; nephew: Kenneth Rines and wife Brenda and their family; nephew: Wayne Rines and wife Patty and family; and many great nieces and nephews. She was particularly proud of her great grandson Mason peterson and was known as GG to her four great grandchildren. No funeral services will be held. There will be an interment in the spring at East Cemetery, Skowhegan, Maine.