NEWPORT — Carol Sue (Dunton) Leavitt, 71, passed away peacefully February 19, 2015 at her residence surrounded by her family. She was born April 20, 1943 in Palmyra, a daughter of Herbert and Phyllis (Fletcher) Dunton. She attended Palmyra and Hartland schools. She married the love of her life, Carroll G. Leavitt, on November 16, 1963, and they were married for 51 years. Carol was a full time mother and housewife.
In addition to her husband of Newport, she is survived by 3 daughters, Joanne and husband David Henderson of Corinna, Judy and husband Charlie Thody of Palmyra, Jackie and husband David Wilson of Bowerbank; 2 step children, Marilyn Hight of Hartland Bubar, Rocky Leavitt and friend Becky of Palmyra; her twin sister, Betty Lou Butler of Newport; a special niece, Mary Butler and her daughter Sarah of Detroit. She will be fondly remembered by her many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and a dear friend, Maxine Leavitt of Newport.
She was predeceased by 3 brothers, Eugene, Kerry and Kenny Dunton.
She requested that no formal services be held; however, her body will be buried at Riverside Cemetery in Newport. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
OLD ORCHARD BEACH — Scott Victor Hartley, 50, of Smithwheel Road passed away February 22, 2015 at the Maine Medical Center in Portland.
He was born April 22, 1964 in Bangor the son of Janette Layway and the stepson of Norman Prescott.
Scott graduated from Nokomis Regional High School in Newport, ME in 1982.
He attended the University of Maine in Orono and State of Maine Police Academy in Waterville.
He served in the U.S. Army in the military police for four years.
Scott was employed with the U.S. Department of Corrections, then the Saco Police Department, the Old Orchard Beach Police Department and most recently with the York County Jail, and York County Sheriff’s Departments.
Scott was a member of Orchard Masonic Lodge # 215 and he also attended St. Margaret’s Roman Catholic Church (Good Shepherd Parish) in Old Orchard Beach.
He is survived by his parents of Brooks, ME, a son Chase Hartley and a daughter Josette Hartley, both of Old Orchard Beach, sisters Lisa Simonds of Corinna and Melissa Clark and her husband Robert of Plymouth, nephews James and Matthew and nieces Christine and Heidi, special friends Eugene and Tari-Lea O’Neill and their daughter Katie of Old Orchard Beach.
A Masonic Memorial service will be conducted by Orchard Lodge #215, Saturday, March 7th 2015 at 2 PM at the Saco Masonic Lodge, 252 Main Street, 3rd floor, Saco, Maine. Services will conclude with military honors. Spring burial at Maine Veterans Cemetery in Springvale.
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Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Maine Center for Cancer Medicine, 100 Campus Drive, Suite 108, Scarborough, ME 04074-9308.
CORINNA — Edward D. Bulger, 78, died unexpectedly February 12, 2015 at a Bangor hospital. He was born October 13, 1936 in Foxley River, Prince Edward Island, Canada, a son of Frank and Miriam (Goff) Bulger.
Ed had been employed as a shipping foreman at the Eastland Woolen Mill in Corinna. He was a member of the Corinna Fire Department for 52 years having served as First Assistant Chief, and was a communicant of St. Anne’s Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joan Bulger of Corinna; a son, Edward “Pat” Bulger and fiancée Monica Bartley of Newburyport, MA; 2 daughters, Trudy and husband Myles Gallant of Summerside, PEI and Donna Bulger and fiancé Don Muth of Winterport; 2 brothers and their wives, Raymond and Sharon Bulger of Charlottetown, PEI and Frank and Brenda Bulger of Winsloe, PEI; a sister, Bernice and husband Hank Reilly of Toronto, Ontario; 4 grandchildren; 1 great grandson; several nieces and nephews. Ed was predeceased by a brother, Brendon.
Friends called from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM on Tuesday, February 17th at the Crosby & Neal Funeral Chapel, 68 Exeter Road, Corinna. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 AM on Wednesday at the St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Dexter, with Rev. Father Joseph Cahill officiating. A spring graveside committal service will be held at 11 AM, May 15th at the Corinna Center Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Corinna Fire Department, 8 Levi Stewart Drive, Corinna, ME 04928. Those who wish may leave written tributes at
DETROIT — Allen R. McGinnis, 66, died peacefully on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, in Pittsfield.
Allen was born on March 18, 1948, in Detroit, Maine, the son of the late James and Helena McGinnis. He proudly served our country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was a quiet man who loved his family, enjoyed taking rides and working in the woods.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Linda McGinnis, of Detroit; children, Allen McGinnis Jr and wife, Dee, of Clinton, Bruce McGinnis and wife, Crystal, of Palmyra and Melissa Butler of Fairfield; grandchildren, Corey and wife Courtney, Amber, Steven, Tara and husband, Ryan, Benjamin, Helena, Harley, Karlie, Seth and Brooke; great grandchildren, Ava, Ian, Nevaeh, Sara, Logan and Allie; brother, Robert McGinnis and wife, Nancy, of Pittsfield; sisters, Sheila Withee of Detroit and Valda Reardon and husband, Ken, of Bangor; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins; and lifelong friends, Anthony Adams, David Brann and Roger Hodgdon.
He was predeceased by his parents; and his son, Brian McGinnis.
A heartfelt thank you would like to be expressed to the doctors and nurses at the Dialysis Center at Togus for their wonderful care and compassion given to Allen and his family.
The family received friends from 2 to 4 PM, Sunday, February 22nd, 2015, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield. A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Village Cemetery, Peltoma Avenue, Pittsfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Avenue, Suite 2, Norwood, MA, 02062, in Allen’s memory.
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Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.

Just a Common Soldier by Lawrence Vaincourt
He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.
And tho’ sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer, for a soldier died today.
He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won’t note his passing, though a soldier died today.
If we cannot do him honor while he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.
PALMYRA — Randa G. Graves, 62, died February 18th, 2015 after a brief hard fought battle with cancer. She was born in Dexter February 3rd, 1953 the daughter of Clarence O. and Greta F. (Harris) Turner. Randa attended Nokomis Regional High School in Newport. She worked at the Edwards Co. in Pittsfield for many years. She also was CNA working at Sanfield Rehab & Living Center in Hartland for several years. She loved her job at Sanfield because she could help people.
She loved her grandchildren and looked forward to seeing them and always had “goodie” bags for them.
Because Randa was a Born Again Christian she knew she was going to be with her “Lord and Savior”.
She is survived by two sons, Dale Graves Jr. and his wife Suzanne of Palmyra, Robert Graves of Dover, Delaware, two brothers and their wives Dennis and Sheila Turner of Palmyra, Clarence and Judy Turner Jr. of Palmyra, one sister and her husband Dawn and Roger Burke of Palmyra, six grandchildren; Garett, Jacob, Luke, Kerilynn, Meghan, and Addison, several nieces, nephews and cousins. She will also be remembered by her special friend and companion Richard Jordan of Virginia.
A celebration of Randa’s life will be conducted in the spring at a date and time to be announced. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Service Center, 34 High Street, Newport, ME. To sign an online guest book and leave written condolences please visit:
PITTSFIELD — Marlene C. Vance, 76, of Pittsfield, passed away on February 17, 2015 at Sebasticook Valley Hospital after a long illness. She was surrounded by her family who dearly loved her.
Marlene was born January 17, 1939 in Albion to Rinaldo A. Bennett & Izetta C. (Boody) Bennett.
Soon after graduating from Winslow High School in 1957, she met the love of her life, Bill. They married on June 29, 1958.
Marlene was a loving wife & mother. She dedicated her life to her husband & two sons, for she believed caring for them was her purpose in life. Her loving heart, kindness & generosity extended to all her family & friends. Her home was frequently a haven to those in need, or a place to keep the family united.
Besides her family, Marlene was passionate about cooking, gardening, dancing, reading, & playing cards. She continued to always help others by being an active, productive member of the Kiwanis Club for over 10 years. She also held secretarial positions at different times of her life, including Keyes Fibre in Waterville & Edwards Company in Pittsfield.
Marlene is survived by her loving sons, Steven R. Vance & his wife Christine of Palmyra, Dirk W. Vance of Pittsfield, brother, Ora (Red) Bennett & his wife Mary, of Albion, and sister, Nancy Martin of Corinna. Grandchildren: Derrick Vance, Devan Vance, Savannah Brown, Sage Vance, & Skylar Vance. Great grandchildren: Damien, Julianna, Trinity, & Dominick Vance. Nieces & nephews: Brooke Bennett, Bill Jessup, Mike Jessup, John Ames, Jean Abbott, Jacqueline Ames-Pfaller, Brent Martin, & Courtney Martin.
She is predeceased by her husband, William H, Vance, her parents, sisters, Joan Bennett-Ames, & Barbara Jessup, and her father & mother-in-law, Robert & Bertha Vance.
A funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the First Baptist Church located at 245 Main Street in Pittsfield, followed by a celebration of life. A graveside committal will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Diabetes Foundation or the Heart Association.
A special thank you to the doctors, nurses, & CNA’s at SVH for their extraordinary care & kindness to Marlene.
NEWPORT — William Callahan Murray, Sr., 79, passed away February 7, 2015 at Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield following a long illness. He was born June 7, 1935, in Keene, NH a son of Frederick and Julia (Callahan) Murray, Sr.
Bill graduated from Keene High School in 1953. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1954, trained at Camp Lejeune, NC, and was stationed in Hawaii and Japan until July of 1961. Bill was employed at Howard Johnson, Frozen Food Division, in Brockton, MA for 8 years and later lived in Los Angeles. He moved to Strong, ME where he built a house.
He enjoyed living in and exploring various parts of the country and moved back to California where he worked doing maintenance at Huntington Park Hospital for 5 years. His travels took him back to North Glen, CO for 13 years and on to Florida. Bill moved back to Newport where he was employed at Lovley’s Motel until his retirement in 2003.
Bill is survived by his wife (of 11 years) and childhood friend from Keene, NH, Betty (Washburn) Murray of Newport; his sons, William and wife Sylvia Murray, Jr., Louis Murray, grandson Callahan and great grandson, Holden Jack, all of CO; sister, Jane Lessels of Concord, NH; sister in law, Constance Murray of Keene, NH. Other survivors include Betty’s son, David and wife Donna Constine, and their sons, Eric and Nicholas all of FL and Michael of NE; Betty’s brother, Barry and wife Janice Washburn of NH; Betty’s sister, Carole and husband Paul Davis of NH.
He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Frederick Murray, Jr.; and infant siblings Elaine and Dale.
Bill was a member of the Newport Senior Citizens. He will be missed by his many friends, and his beloved pets, Precious and Teddie. The family would like to thank the staff and doctors at Sebasticook Valley Hospital for the wonderful care he received during his admissions.
“Even though my heart is heavy, I will always know that you will be taken care of on the other side. Farewell until we meet again. Love and thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers.”
Graveside services will be held in the summer at St. Joseph Cemetery, Keene, NH. Cremation arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Please omit flowers. Those who wish may leave written tributes at
HARTLAND — Barbara Vanadestine, 75, passed away at Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, VT on February 3rd, 2015 with her daughter and grandchildren by her side after a battle with lung cancer. Born August 12th, 1939, she was the daughter of Jennie and Richard Vandestine of Hartland, ME. Barbara loved her family very much and was known for her honesty, integrity and willingness to help those she loved. Barbara was a retired State of CT employee who enjoyed country music, animals, and traveling to VT. She is survived by her sisters Edith Bell, Donna Peterson, and Linda Bell; by her daughter, Beverly Trudelle; as well as her grandchildren, Danielle Sachs and Arthur Trudelle; and great grandchild Thatcher Sachs. Her services will be on May 16th, 2015 at 1 PM at the Pine Grove Cemetary in Hartland, ME. For further information or to send cards or donations contact Steve Gregory and Son Cremation Service at 472 Meadowland Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403 or call (802) 985-3523.
PITTSFIELD — Richard "Dick" Peppard passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, February 7, 2015. He was born February 12,1936. Son of the late Cecil and Doris (Shields) Peppard.
He graduated from Freedom Academy in 1954. He worked in Shoe Manufacturing for most of his adult life. Since his retirement, he has enjoyed spending time with family and friends, at his camp on Chemo Pond in Clifton, Maine. He also took pleasure in a good game of cribbage and spending time at the Elks.
He is predeceased by his son Rick Peppard; sisters Martha and Doris Mae; and brother Roland.
He is survived by his wife Charlene (Bryant) and children Randall Peppard of Sturbridge, MA; Rhonda Frye and husband Jeremy of Newport, ME; Roger Peppard and companion Shelley Jasmin of Dexter, ME; grandchildren Matthew Caldwell, wife Shandrea and children Alexis and Hayden of Pittsfield,ME; Melissa Roberts, husband Jacob and son Lucian of Biddeford, ME; Shannon Peppard and daughters Hali, Riley, and Sophie of Pittsfield, ME; Dustyn Peppard of Orono, ME; Tyler Peppard of Pittsfield, ME; and large extended family.
At his request, there will be no services.
DEXTER — Thomas M. Murdock, Sr., 67, died February 6, 2015, at his home in Dexter. He was born in Dexter, October 4, 1947, the son of John and Irene (Williams) Murdock.
He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War.
He is survived by 2 sons, Thomas Murdock, Jr. and his wife, Misty of Danielson, CT, and Geoffrey Murdock of Dexter; the mother of his children, Debra Murdock of Corinna; 2 sisters, Marylou Paul and her husband, Robert of Portland, and Sally Ann Murdock of Dexter; 3 grandchildren, Leah, Zachary, and Alex Murdock, all of Danielson, CT; 2 nieces, Shawna Paul, and Morgan Murdock.
No public services are planned at this time. Cremation arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Dexter. For an online guest register, go to
DEXTER — Charles E. Morris, Jr., 65, died February 3, 2015, at his home in Dexter. He was born in Burlington, March 22, 1949, the son of Charles and Madeline Morris, Sr.
He was a loving husband and father, and was always anxious to help others.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Belinda (Bounival) Morris; 7 children, Charles Morris III, Barbara Grover and her husband, Tony, Lena Janes and her husband, Dallas, Melissa Perez and her husband, Julio, Tanya Morris, Crystal Morris, and Richard Morris; 14 grandchildren; and 1 great grandson.
No public services will be held at this time. Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Dexter. For an online guest register, go to
FT PIERCE, FL – John F. Ayer, 82 passed away peacefully on January 19, 2015 in Fort Pierce, Florida. John is survived by his wife Marilyn of Ft Pierce Florida, children William Ayer and wife Sissy of Detroit Maine, Charlene Brown and husband Brian of Absecon NJ, John Ayer and wife Lynn of Plymouth Maine, Colleen Crawford and husband Jeff of Detroit Maine, Ben Ayer and wife Sara of Newport Maine , and Fred Ayer and wife Chris of Newport Maine. He also had many grandchildren and great grandchildren Eric Neal wife Courtney with Ethan, Gavin,Carson and Kellen, Seth Brown wife Mariko, with Wade Mayako and Sachiko, Nicki Reily and husband Jim, Darrell Crawford wife Erica with Cole, Nathan and Kyle Ayer, and Bailey and Emily Ayer John was predeceased by his mother Willietta Morse and father John Ayer also three sisters Patricia Lawerenson, Colleen Compton and Elizabeth Pono.
John graduated from Farmington High school in Farmington Maine where he played basketball and worked on the family farm. It was in Farmington that he met his wife Marilyn, they married in 1954 John and Marilyn were married for 60 years raising 6 children. He often said the things in life he cherished the most and his greatest accomplishment was his family. He lived in many towns throughout Maine but always called Newport home till moving to Fort Pierce Florida where he resided for the last 21 years. John was a true jack of all trades from construction to road crew worker, Policeman and Fireman. He was a wonderful husband and a great Dad. He was a true friend, who many labeled as “honest” and a hard worker two things he was proud of.
John was a lifetime member of Fraternal Order of Elks first the Bangor Maine Lodge and then Ft Pierce Florida Lodge. He was also active in the Tall Pines Community as Chairperson of Bingo for many years and helping on the Pioneer Club with special activities and events. He will be greatly missed for his humor and wit.
The family wished to thank the staff of AbbyJean Russell where John had been a resident for a short time. You all made him feel very special, you not only took care of him you helped to take care of us too. Thank you to Treasure Coast Hospice for making the final days much easier. There will not be any services final internment will be in Newport Maine at a later date. Arrangements by Haisley Funeral Fort Pierce Florida.
ST. ALBANS — Sharon Weeks, 62, home to be with her Lord January 16, 2015 after fighting a long battle. She was born February 20, 1952 in East Corinth, a daughter of Raymond and Lorraine (Lambert) Elliott. Sharon graduated from Central High School, Class of 1970 as valedictorian of her class. She worked for Metropolitan Life in Bangor and transferred to Waterville where she became office manager. When the Waterville office closed she was asked to return to Bangor. After 25 years of service she took early retirement in order to care for her mother. After her mother passed she worked as bookkeeper for the Town of St. Albans. Sharon married Earle Osborne Weeks on May 5th, 1973. They had a wonderful life together for 41 years. They especially enjoyed retirement cruising to Hawaii, Alaska, the Panama Canal and many locales in the Caribbean. They wintered in Florida and traveled across the United States twice. These are cherished memories.
One of her greatest joys was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Wonderful times were shared playing tennis, biking, hiking, camping and ice skating. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends and family. She spent much of her free time walking miles through the woods with her golden retrievers seeking out new adventures.
Sharon was baptized into the Methodist Church at age 9 and was always a faithful servant. She was a strong Christian woman who led her family by example. She will be remembered as a kind, caring person with a big smile for everyone no matter what struggles she faced in life. She was a member of Grace-Linn United Methodist Church in Hartland, the United Methodist Women, a member of the Hartland-St. Albans Lions Club, and was a past member of the Oakland Sunshine Club.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by 2 daughters, Angie Weeks-Knapp of Harmony, Tammy Christianson of Sidney, and a son in law she considered to be her son, Nathan Christianson; 2 brothers Philip Elliott and wife Annabel of Cape Coral, Florida, Richard Elliott and wife Patricia of Decatur, Alabama; 4 grandchildren, Barrett, Abigail, Joshua, and Joseph; and 2 aunts, Eva and Norma; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 20th, at Grace-Linn United Methodist Church, 8 Seekins Street, Hartland with Pastor Jim Boughman officiating. Spring burial will be in the Crocker Cemetery, St. Albans.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Aliza Jean Family Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 124, Harmony, ME 04942. Those who wish may leave written condolences at Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal Funeral Home in Newport, Maine.
CORINNA & DEXTER — Walter Lyman Ireland, 102, an incomparable son, brother, husband and father passed away January 12, 2015 after a brief illness at a Dover-Foxcroft hospital. He was born November 1, 1912 in St. Albans, a son of Lyman and Bertha (Nutter) Ireland.
He graduated from Corinna Union Academy in 1931, where he loved playing basketball. He also enjoyed watching the Boston Celtics games whenever they were on TV up until his passing. Walter will always be remembered for his giving heart and helping others. He loved hunting and fishing with all his many friends, and enjoyed working in his workshop where he spent many hours building a beautiful boat, furniture, tables and countless other items for his family and friends. He worked as a carpenter in Bangor for many years building houses and then became the wheel alignment specialist for Perley Hartley in Corinna for over 27 years.
Walter is survived by 2 daughters, Peggy Kaufman of Dexter and Elaine Levenseller of Milton, Florida; 4 special grand-daughters, LeAnn Kaufman, Christine Moulton, Teresa Emery and Shannon Cousins; 8 great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife Arlene (Bryson) Ireland; and 2 sisters, Madeline Anderson and Florence Brown.
Graveside committal services will be held in the spring at the Corinna Village
Cemetery on the Stetson Road. Arrangements are by Crosby& Neal Chapel, Corinna. Those who wish to remember Walter in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Stewart Library Building Restoration Project, Town Office, 8 Levi Stewart Drive, Corinna, ME 04928.
GORHAM — Edwin H. Mower, 89, formerly of St. Albans, died peacefully, with his family by his side, on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at the Gorham House in Gorham, Maine.
He was born on March 9, 1925, in St. Albans, the son of Philip and Marjorie (Heath) Mower. He spent most of his life in St. Albans, graduated from Hartland Academy in 1943 and proudly served in the European Theatre in the Army Air Corp during World War II. While in the service, he attended college in Ohio and later at Husson College in Bangor, Maine.
He was employed by Wirthmore Feeds in Corinna and later was the store manager of Agway in Fairfield until his retirement. He was very active and loved to play golf and was proud of his three “holes in one.” He enjoyed riding motorcycles, skiing, and piloting small aircraft. His first plane was a Taylorcraft which he kept on Big Indian Lake in St. Albans during the winter. He liked taking his wife and family on trips and to attend “fly-ins” in central Maine. Later on he had a Cessna airplane which he kept at the Pittsfield airport. He enjoyed watching the Red Sox and golf tournaments.
He and his wife wintered in Zephyrhills, Florida, for almost 30 years. They spent the rest of their time at their home on Big Indian Lake in St. Albans where they enjoyed spending time with their family and life-long friends. For the last couple of years, they resided at the Park Residences in Waterville and recently moved to the Gorham House. They had a wonderful life together.
He was a member of the Corinthian Masonic Lodge #95 in Hartland as well as the Anah Shriners in Bangor.
He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Irene (Small) Mower, of Gorham; daughters, Karen Weymouth and husband, Peter, of Scarborough and Edwina Brown of Standish; son, Chris Mower of St. Albans; daughter-in-law Irene Mower of Bath; grandchildren, Ian Weymouth, Eli Weymouth and wife, Nicole, Heath Mower, Matt Brown and wife, Maureen, and Tyler Mower and wife, Katie; great grandchildren, Emily and Eli Weymouth; sister, Winafred Russell of St. Albans; one niece; and three nephews. He will be dearly missed by his wife and family.
He was predeceased by his beloved son, Victor Mower; and a sister, Priscilla Dunn.
A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Crocker Cemetery, Dexter Road, St. Albans, Maine. Military honors will be presented for his service to our country. Additional details to be provided at a later date.
The family wishes to thank the staff of the Gorham House for their compassionate care.
Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to:
If desired, donations may be made in his memory to: Patriot Riders of America, Maine Chapter 3, 10 Sandy Point Drive, St. Albans, ME 04971. He was proud of his son’s involvement in this organization.
DEXTER — Irene R. Coombs, 83, died January 17, 2015 at a Dexter Health Care facility. She was born June 27, 1931 in Penobscot, a daughter of Harry and Vivian (Witham) Rumney. She was a member of several Episcopal congregations. After lovingly raising her family Irene went to beauty school to become a licensed hairdresser. She was a gourmet cook, enjoyed feeding the birds and made custom built birdhouses. Irene and Edward traveled extensively after retirement.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Edward M. Coombs of Dexter; a son, Edward G. Coombs of Middleton, RI; a daughter, Diane and husband James Bartlett of Dexter; 2 brothers, John Rumney of Orrington, and Kenneth Rumney of Standish; 4 grandsons, James and wife Teri Hatch of Bangor, Matthew and wife Stacy Hatch of Pittsfield, Daniel and wife Susan Bartlett of Davenport, Iowa, and Joseph Bartlett of Newport; 6 great grandchildren, Shauna, Moriah, Akeem, Jonathan, Eme-lyn, and Madelyn.
There will be no services at this time. A graveside funeral and committal service will be scheduled in the spring at the Castine Cemetery. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Dexter. Those who wish may leave an online guest register at
HARTLAND — Jean (Jeannie) Nichols, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2015 at a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky with her son Brady, daughter-in-law Angie and grandson Kevin, by her side.
Jeannie was born in Hartland to Clarence (Eugene) and Eleanor Nichols on May 6, 1951 the oldest of three children. Jeannie was lovingly nurtured and raised primarily by her grandparents, Hermon and Evelyn Nichols. She was educated in St. Albans schools graduating from Nokomis Regional High School in June 1969.
As a young girl Jeannie worked at Scott-Webb Hospital, in the kitchen and then as a candy striper. After finishing high school Jeannie set off for Washington D.C., where she worked and earned her experience as an administrative assistant. Returning home to work at Scott-Webb Hospital, and for various Doctors office’s in the Pittsfield area.
In the early 90’s Jeannie moved to Kentucky to be near her son and his family. She began working as a manager for hotels, and then spent the next 10 years as a medical secretary for the hospital in Madisonville, Kentucky.
Jeannie was a great student who absorbed lessons easily. Her independent spirit, was her strength through her many illnesses, and life’s challenges, and her family was very important to her. She made friends easily, and made sure that her lifelong friends were always a part of her life.
She was predeceased by her grandparents and her parents.
She is survived by her son Brady Brooks and wife Angie, and grandson Kevin, sister Pam Nichols and brother James Nichols, and by aunts and uncles, Lorraine and Wayne Neal and Harvey and Kathy Nichols, cousins Sheila Neal and daughter Tasha, and Linda Neal and children Michael and Brittany, and cousins Staci, Traci, Travis and Shannon Nichols. She will be missed by all of her family and friends, including special friends Dina Armstrong and Barbara Nutter.
A graveside service will be held in the summer at Pine Grove Cemetary in Hartland, Maine.
CLINTON — Frank W. Holt, Sr., 85, passed away January 14, 2015 in Pittsfield from a heart attack. He was born in Clinton on September 3, 1929 to Abbie and Elwin Holt, Sr.. Frank was one of nine children, Alice Holt, John Holt, Ralph Holt, Rose Judkins, Ila Achilli, Bernice Tuttle, Elwin Holt, Sr., and Howard Holt. He is survived by his five children, Ila Libby, Ann Holt, Frank Holt, Jr., Leroy Holt, Ezra Holt as well as ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and wife Vesta (Thompson) Holt.
Frank quit school at sixteen and went to work at The Diamond National in Oakland until he was twenty-one, when he enlisted in the army in 1950 and spent time in Okinawa. After returning home, he married Arlene Frances Brown on June 15, 1953. He worked for the Norwock Shoe Company until he and Arlene became self-employed as custom butchers, building a U.S.D.A Meat Plant, until he retired in 1990.
In his spare time, he joined The Joseph R. Sanford V.F.W. Post #3198 in 1969 where he served as Junior Vice-Commander and became a Life Time Member in 1970, Commander in 1971, and served on all the Chairs for District 5 as well as State Surgeon for two years. Frank enjoyed cribbage and was in many tournaments, along with teaching his granddaughters how to play chess. He also loved bowling and was on many bowling leagues.
Later Frank joined the Pittsfield Seniors Club, where he met Vesta Thompson. They married August 27, 2007 at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Waterville, where they attended. They lived together in Pittsfield where he passed.
Services will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 36 Cool Street, Waterville, ME on Saturday January 24, 2015 at 1 PM. For directions please call 207-872-5208. Condolences can be viewed at
“Newport’s Oldest Citizen”
NEWPORT — Pauline S. Paine, 103, passed peacefully in the Lord’s arms January 18, 2015. She was born February 14, 1911, in Woodland, Washington County, one of six children to Randall and Janie (Shirley) Ewing. Polly lived most of her younger years in Millinocket with her uncle and aunt John and “Minnie” McMann. She graduated from Stearns High School in Millinocket and from Presque Isle Normal School (Teacher’s college). Polly taught in a one room school house in Chester. She married Lyndall Paine and together ran IGA stores in Lincoln and Mattawamkeag. They moved to Newport in December 1946 and worked together in real estate until retirement.
She was the oldest member of the Peoples United Methodist Church, where for many years she enjoyed working at the annual antique show and making chicken pies. Larry Gray remembered her as the official “gravy stirrer”. She also enjoyed the children, teaching Sunday School for many years.
“Grammy Polly” was very proud of her 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren whom she loved dearly. She is survived by her daughter, Evelyn (Paine) Hawthorne; granddaughters Lynn Malynowski and Kim Miller; grandsons, Mike and Kelly Hawthorne; great grandchildren, Ben, Jacob and Michaela Hawthorne; daughter in law Clis Paine and her daughters Sandy Buckland and Sharon O’Leary; 1 brother, Thomas Ewing; several nieces and nephews.
Pauline was predeceased by her husband Lyndall Paine, stepson Malcolm Paine, brothers Ken, Norman, and Archie, and sister, Myrtle Ewing.
A memorial service was held at 11 AM on Friday, January 23rd, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport, with the Rev. Ellen Bridge officiating. Interment will be in the Millinocket Cemetery in the spring. Memorial donations may be made to the Newport Food Bank, 26 High Street, Newport, ME 04953. Those who wish may leave an online guest register at
ST. ALBANS — Eugene C. Johndro, 77, died January 8, 2015 at his residence. He was born May 27, 1937 in Charleston, a son of Edmund and Alta (Barnes) Johndro. He graduated and served in the U.S. A.F. as an M.P. in the occupation forces of Germany. Eugene retired after nearly 35 years at the Dexter Shoe Company.
He is survived by his wife Lotte of St. Albans; 3 sons, Ralph and wife Amy of Maysville, GA, Allen of St. Albans, and Thomas Johndro of FL; a brother, Richard and wife Glenda Johndro of Milford; 5 sisters, Dorothy St. Pierre of CT, Isabelle McKeon of TX, Jeanette Martin and Charlene Powell, both of Dexter; 6 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Eugene was predeceased by siblings Robert, Percy and Leona Johndro.
Funeral services were held at 1 PM on Tuesday, January 13th, at Crosby & Neal Chapel, 68 Exeter Road, Corinna, with th Rev. Tim Curtis officiating. Friends called at the funeral home from 10 to noon Tuesday at the chapel. Spring burial will be in the Maloon Cemetery, St. Albans. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
PALMYRA — Winthrop P. Perkins, 72, died peacefully on Sunday, January 11, 2015, in Pittsfield.
He was born on August 12, 1942, in Hartland, Maine, the son of Robert and Henrietta (Goforth) Perkins. He graduated from Hartland Academy and married Donna Knight. They shared 51 years of marriage.
Winkie was known for his hard work ethic. He worked for the local shoe shops and also was a woodsman. He and his wife were foster parents for several years and enjoyed doing any fundraisers that would benefit the children.
The family would like to say a very special thank you to his friends, Kendall Davis and Nate Foss, for their friendship, kindness and willingness to help Winky and the family during his illness.
He is survived by his loving wife, Donna Perkins of Palmyra; children, Cheryl Simpson and husband, Steven, of Hartland, Dennis Perkins and wife, Billie, of Palmyra and Karen Ogdon and husband, Ken, of Dexter; four grandchildren, Raynold, Jackie, Renee and Mikayla; seven great grandchildren, Angel, Krystel, Adam, Jakeup, Tripp, Shawn and Sam; two brothers, George Perkins and wife, Beverly, of Palmyra and Eddie Perkins of St. Albans; sister, Charlene Leighton of Florida; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents.
A private graveside committal will be held in the spring at the Maloon Cemetery, Grant Road, St. Albans.
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APPLE VALLEY, CA & GUILFORD, ME — Chelsey Varney Grindell, the patriarch of the Grindell family went to be with our Lord January 3rd, 2015.
He was born to Earl and Vivian Grindell in 1936 at Lambert Lake, Maine, the oldest of seven children. While in college he was a standout athlete in Basketball, Track, and Cross Country, leading his team to state titles and eventually the national stage. He graduated from Piscataquis Community High School in Guilford, ME and the University of Maine in Orono. He completed the ROTC program entering the US Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. His sense of patriotism defined his adult life where he went on to earn the rank of Full Bird Colonel in the United States Army. Chelsey married his high school sweetheart Ruth Ellen (Bridges) Grindell and while serving his country raised a family. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ruth and four children: Deborah Grafton and husband Brian, Judy Frazier and husband John, Earl Scott Grindell and wife Beatrice, and Cheryl Rains. He has six grandchildren, Jennifer Garcia, Danielle Romain, Chelsey Loop, Lacey Andrews, Logan Rains and Chase Grindell, as well as six great grandchildren, Ryder and Zane Romain, Broxton and Daltynn Loop and Noah and Kinsley Andrews. Chelsey had six siblings, three of which predeceased him, brothers Laurice and David Grindell and sister Donna Horvath. He is survived by three other siblings, brother Royd Grindell, sisters Diana Szymaszek and Darlene Winsor.
During Chelsey’s military career he was stationed in Georgia, Italy, New Jersey, Hawaii, Korea, and California where he and Ruth ended up retiring. During his retirement he worked his golf handicap down into the single digits several times. Chelsey and Ruth traveled and played all over the world including Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Japan, Scotland, Ireland, England, and many of the 50 United States courses including one tee time at midnight during the summer solstice in Alaska.
Chelsey was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a cub scout pack master and attended countless plays, ball games, races, recitals, award ceremonies, and several weddings. He will be honored by his friends and family January 20th, 2015 at 9:30 AM at the Arlington Mortuary, 9645 Magnolia Ave, Riverside. Interment follows at The Riverside National Cemetery at 11:30 AM in a Military Committal Ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in Chelsey’s memory may be sent to: The American Heart Association, 930 S Mount Vernon Avenue Unit 600, Colton, California 92324-3928. 909-424-1670
ENTERPRISE, AL & HARTLAND, ME — First Sergeant (US Army, Retired) Adrian E. Badger of Enterprise, AL passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at his residence while surrounded by his family. He was 73. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 12, 2015 at Hillcrest Baptist Church with Dr. Michael Mynatt and Reverend Jim Duhaime officiating. Burial followed in Meadowlawn Cemetery with Sorrells Funeral Home & Crematory directing. The family received friends at the church Monday beginning at 12 PM and continued until service time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Hillcrest Baptist Church Building Fund, 500 Alberta Street, Enterprise, AL 36330 or to Dayspring Hospice, PO Box 311246, Enterprise, AL 36331. Adrian was born August 1, 1941 in Hartland, Maine to Halver Leslie Badger and the late Maxine Ruth Tapley Badger. He graduated from MCI of Pittsfield, Maine, and the Army Aviation Technical College of Ozark, and additionally attended Troy State University for three years. He was a faithful member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. He was also a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Stephen W. Lints; 2 uncles: Keith Tapley and Reverend Burt Tapley; his parents-in-law, Roy and Nellie Saum; and his sister-in-law, Barbara Badger. Survivors include his loving wife of 29 years, Sherrie Badger of Enterprise; 3 sons: Christopher Badger (Judi) of Enterprise, Master Sergeant (US Air Force, retired) Joseph Badger of Oxford, AL and Staff Sergeant (US Army National Guard) John Badger (Jennifer) of Enterprise; his father, Halver Leslie Badger; 2 daughters: Cathy Lints (Butch) of Daleville, Shanon Badger (Henrik) of Denmark; 3 brothers: Rodrick Badger of Hartland, ME, Keith Badger (Brenda) of Hartland, ME and Kermit Badger (Darlene) of St. Albans, ME; 17 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. A special thank you to Dayspring Hospice for their loving, compassionate care. Sorrells Funeral Home and Crematory 334-347-9598 is in charge of arrangements. To sign a guest register visit Sign the guest book at
NEWPORT — Ada M. Bragg-Fraser, 76, went home to be with the Lord on December 31st, 2014 at a Bangor hospital surrounded by her children. She was born in Caribou on September 18th, 1938, the daughter of John and Leona (Hazelett) Adams. She was educated in Newport schools. Ada worked as a packer at Snowflake Canning in Corinna for many years.
She was married to Theodore R. Bragg Jr. for almost 48 years. He predeceased her on November 5th, 2001.
Ada’s first priority was her family. They always came first and spending time with them was always a great joy especially when she could cook for them. In her earlier years Ada enjoyed reading. For the past several years Ada has been a resident of Sanfield Living Center in Hartland. She enjoyed playing Bingo both at Sanfield and with her family on regular “Girls’ Day Bingo” gatherings.
While a resident of Sanfield in Hartland, Ada married Byron W. Fraser and he predeceased her on September 24, 2010.
Ada is survived by her son and his wife, Theodore R. and Donna Bragg III of Newport, her two daughters and their husbands, Joanne and Scott Wiley of Scarborough, Daisy and Paul Parker of Saco, one brother Amos Adams of Clinton, two sisters, Deloris Petroskey of Newport, Rhonda Harding of Pensacola, FL, sister in law, Connie Millett of Palmyra, 12 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. She will also be remembered by two step-daughters, Lynn Bennett, Lauren Tanner and brother-in-law Dwight Fraser, step-brothers, Gary McCue, Marty McCue, step-sister, MaryEllen McCue and sister-in-law Janice McCue. She was predeceased by her parents, her son, Danny C. Bragg on May 10, 2000 and two brothers and a sister.
Friends called on Monday January 5th, 2015 at the Calvary Baptist Church, 573 North Maine Street, Pittsfield, from 12 to the time of the service at 1 PM. The service was officiated by Rev. Paul Parker.
The family would like to thank the staff of Sanfield Living Center for the wonderful care given to their mother. In lieu of flowers friends may make memorial donation to the Sanfield Living Center, 95 Main Street, Hartland, Maine 04943. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Service Center, 34 High Street, Newport. To sign an online guest book and leave written tributes please visit:
NEWPORT & ETNA – Gary Evans Wolford, 72, passed away unexpectedly January 2, 2015 at his Newport residence. He was born August 2, 1942 in Williamsport, MD, a son of James and Edna (Jordan) Wolford. He graduated from Williamsport High School, where he was a tuba player and drum major; and entered the U.S. Army, where he served as a Green Beret, Master Sergeant and tank driver during the Vietnam War. Gary received 2 Purple Hearts. While living in Belfast, he was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He will be fondly remembered as an all around great guy. Gary retired as assistant manager at Paris Farmers Union in Newport.
He is survived by 1 son, Bill Wolford of Bangor; 2 sisters, Patsy Powell and Claudia “Petie” Smith, both of Maryland; 3 grandchildren, Jayson, Tyler, and Decklyn; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Wilma, and 2 brothers, William and James.
Graveside committal services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, May 23rd, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Etna. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
PITTSFIELD — Ronello Frank Brown, 92, a life-long resident of Pittsfield, died peacefully on Sunday, January 4, 2015, at his home.
Ronello was born in Pittsfield, Maine, on May 2, 1922, a son of Frank and Vera (Conant) Brown. He graduated from Maine Central Institute with the class of 1940 and proudly serve his country in the United States Army during WWII in the European Theatre and received the following recognitions: Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star Medal, the de Croix Guerre Medal from France and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon with Bronze Service Arrowhead.
In 1940, Ronello started his working career at the American Woolen Company doing clerical work. He then took a position at the Post Office in 1946 doing clerk carrier duties. He was promoted to Assistant Postmaster in 1956 and retired in 1972.
He met his wife, Constance, and married for the first time when he was 71. They had 21 wonderful years together. As a youth, he enjoyed playing the violin alongside his mother at the piano. They did a lot of recitals, weddings, dances and church services. Every year Ronello and Constance would spent summers at their camp on Unity Pond. They enjoyed fishing and spending time with their many friends. He enjoyed his vegetable garden every year and attended First Baptist Church in Pittsfield for several years.
He is survived by his loving wife, Constance Brown of Pittsfield; stepson, Barry Bickford and wife, Linda, of Trent, Texas; stepdaughter, Deborah Smith and husband, Kevin, of Pittsfield; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Nicole, Belinda, Patricia; great grandchildren, Linsey, Ashley, Agaba and Isabell; and great great grandchildren, Ayden and Allyson.
A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Village Cemetery, Peltoma Avenue, Pittsfield. Military honors will be presented for his service to our country.
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Kathleen M. Murphy, 86, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, surrounded by family at Eastside Nursing and Rehab.
Kathleen, known as Kay, was born in Easton, Maine on December 5, 1928, to the late Pastor Basil O. Wright and Mrs. Vivian Wright.
She was married to the love of her life, William Murphy, for fifty-nine years. He predeceased her in 2005. Together they had four children: Richard Murphy, who predeceased her in 2006; Allen Murphy, of Milo; Sandra Carron, of Pittsfield, and Suzzanne Murphy of Davenport, Florida.
Kay is survived by eight grandchildren; many great grandchildren, and six great great grandchildren.
She worked as a waitress at the Lancey House for many years. She later went on to work and retire from the Edwards Company with twenty-five years of service.
She enjoyed playing cards like SkipBo, UNO, and Phase 10. She was known for her passion for shopping and gave new meaning to the phrase 'Shop until you Drop!'
She is best remembered for her passion for pretty clothes and matching jewelry. Of course, the nail polish and shoes must also match.
Most of all, she loved to worship The Lord; fellowship with her church family; and sing His praise. It is with peace that her family accepts her passing into eternal life with Him.
A celebration of her life will be held at 10 AM, Monday, January 12th, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield, with the Rev. Thomas Duperry officiating. A reception will follow at the Solid Rock Church at 122 Manson Street in Pittsfield. A committal service will be held in the spring at the Village Cemetery, Peltoma Avenue, Pittsfield, where she will be laid to rest beside her husband.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Solid Rock Church of God, PO Box 122, Pittsfield, Maine, 04967, in Kay’s memory.
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