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HARTLAND – Susan J. (Whitten) Robinson, 67, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 1. She was born and raised in Hartland; the daughter of the late Leroy and Mary (Nichols) Whitten. Susan married her true love Aubrey in January 1971 and built a home with him next to her parents where they raised their three children. She enjoyed card games, swimming, fishing, watching game shows, and bird watching from her living room. She loved camping along the coast of Maine with her family in the summers. She enjoyed time at Lincolnville Beach, which was her favorite place to go with Aubrey. Susan received many owl themed gifts over the years, which she collected. She enjoyed going out to eat with her family and doing word search puzzles.
She will be deeply missed by her three loving children their spouses and two granddaughters: her daughter Patty and her husband Jason Angel of Boston, Massachusetts; her son Leroy and his wife Stacia “Stacey” (McAnaney) of Milton, New Hampshire; her daughter Mary and her husband John Horton of Hartland with her two young granddaughters; Breeara “Bree” and Faith who will miss spending time playing basketball and laughing with their “Grammy.” She is also survived by her sister Barbara Morse, brother David and his wife Cheryl Whitten, her sister-in-law Mary, brothers-in-law Freddy, Oscar, Donnie, and Ervin, close family friends Jana and Roger Brown, Ruth (Withee) and her family, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. She is predeceased by her loving husband Aubrey, her parents, her sister Rowena Staples, her in-laws Roy Robinson and Leona (Marshall) and many other family members and friends
Susan’s children would like to send a special thank you to the Estes family of Hartland for all of their help with snow plowing and lawn mowing over the years for their parents. Thanks to all the nurses and staff members at the Dialysis Clinic (DCI) of Skowhegan for their encouragement of Susan during her seven years of treatments and the caring KVCAP drivers who made sure that she got to treatment no matter the weather. The family is grateful to the staff and volunteers of Maine General Hospice for their care and compassion. The family appreciates the nurses and staff members at the Woodlawn Rehab in Skowhegan for their kindness and care given to Susan and her family this past month. Additionally, thanks to Glenn and Rachel Nichols for their great care.
A memorial service to celebrate her life and committal will be held in the spring at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery on 163 Mount Vernon Road in Augusta.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation in Susan’s name to the Tri-Town Food Cupboard at 9 Hubbard Avenue, Hartland, Maine 04943. For more information please call 207-938-2244.
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PITTSFIELD – Janice Elaine Dunphy McGowan, 77, died peacefully on Thursday, January 3, 2019, after a courageous battle with lung cancer in Pittsfield.
She was born on April 11, 1941, in Burnham, Maine, the daughter of the late Hillis and Josephine (Reed) Dunphy. She married Robert McGowan on June 20, 1959. Janice worked for Ethan Allen Furniture in the early 60’s and from 1967-1972, she was employed at Galusha’s Inc., in Clinton. She retired from the Federal Trust Company in Waterville in 1993 after being employed by them since 1972.
Janice enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, jigsaw puzzles and diamond painting. Over the course of her life, she had made hundreds of quilts and afghans. Traveling across the state of Maine and Canada to see lighthouses was one of her favorite things to do. She visited many covered bridges in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. She was a member of the Burnham Extension for many years and served as the treasurer for more than 20 years.
She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Robert McGowan of Pittsfield; two daughters: Susan Huffer and husband Alan of Detroit and Rhonda Kennedy and companion Martin Harris of Oakland; grandchildren: Ashley Kennedy and fiancé Adam Aranda of Palmdale, CA, Kristi de Bree and husband Chris of North Waterboro, Megan Huffer and fiancé Sam Roberts of Sangerville and Shane Huffer of Portland; great grandchildren: Audrey and Amelie Aranda, Marlowe and Ira Roberts and baby boy de Bree due to be born in April; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; and four brothers, Richard Dunphy, Linwood “Red” Dunphy, John Dunphy, and Reed Dunphy.
The family received friends from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, January 10, 2019, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield. A funeral service was held at 1 p.m., Friday, January 11, at the funeral home. A spring committal service will be held at the Greenlawn Rest Cemetery in Clinton.
Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, Maine, 04086, in Janice’s memory.
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Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.

PITTSFIELD – Roger S. Ross, 83, died peacefully on January 8 in Pittsfield.
He was born on August 22, 1935, in Milo, Maine, the son of the late Stuart and Erma (Hussey) Ross. He graduated from Maine Central Institute with the class of 1954 and proudly served our country in the United States Army. He was a life insurance salesman for Met Life for many years.
Family was everything to Roger. He was married to the love of his life, Moni Wheeler Ross, for 62 years, and together they raised five children. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but playing golf was his passion.
Roger was a Mason and a Shriner, belonging to the Meridian Lodge A.F & A.M. He was a member of the Sebasticook Valley Elks Lodge #2713 in Pittsfield. He belonged to the J.W. Parks Golf Course, the Waterville Country Club and served as Past President of the Maine State Golf Association.
He is survived by his loving wife, Moni Ross of Pittsfield; his children: David Ross and wife, Susan of Pittsfield, Randy Ross and wife Micheline of Pittsfield, Robert Ross of Dexter, Tina Ross of Wesley and Maynard Ross and wife Tonya of Corinna; 9 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sister, Nancy Cameron and husband Donald of Newcastle; brother-in-law, Jack Wollensak of Amherst, MA; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; and his siblings: Violet Gould and her husband Frank, Barbara Wollensak, David Ross and Ervin Ross.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the VNA, hospice, and SVH hospital for their great care.

HARTLAND – On December 30th, 2018 at 3:45 PM, the world lost Roland C. Dubey “Butch” - a good man, husband, father and brother. He worked hard his entire life and now he can finally rest. He was a kind soul that cared about everyone and everything. We all know that he’s now with his parents and the rest of the family that passed before him. He is missed by all that was blessed to meet him and even more by the people that knew and loved him. Rest in peace my brother, I will love and miss you until we reunite again.
PALMYRA — Cindy Breton, 71, passed away December 27, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born April 8, 1947 in Waterville. She graduated from Lawrence High School, Class of 1966 and graduated from Kennebec Valley Technical College, Class of 1996 after raising her 4 children.
As her family was her heart, she worked from home for 16 years as a licensed day care provider. In doing so, she was able to be a homemaker and full time mother to her children. Another important part of Cindy’s life was her love of education. At the time she was running her day care, she enrolled in college at KVTC, where she proudly earned a double major in Automated Office Technology. She also had the pleasure of graduating with her older daughter, which was a great honor to her.
She is survived by her sons Danny Hann II, Tony York and wife Deb; daughters Jennifer (Hann) Welch and husband Alfred “Bub” Welch III, Katrina Giles and boyfriend Jim LaPointe; grandchildren, Joshua, Tyler, Kayla, Alison, Alex, Jewel, Anna, Samantha, Dillan, Travis and Tara; her longtime companion Joseph “Joe” Carbone and her best friend Danny Hann Sr.: all of whom she loved with all her heart. She also had great grandchildren which all put a sparkle in her heart and filled her with joy.
Cindy especially enjoyed spending time with her family and watching the grandkids grow. She loved to cook for family and bake goodies for the grandchildren. She often spent time sewing and creating oil paintings for family and friends. Two of her personal passions were her love of the Smile. She always had a smile on her face and tried to help others feel happy. Every year she promoted “World Smile Day” in any way to put a smile on a person’s face. Her second passion was her group of friends in the Red Hat Society, of which she was a proud member.
Spring interment will be in the Palmyra Village Cemetery. Cremation arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
DEXTER — On December 22, 2018, the Lord invited Robert Richard Joseph Allard to his eternal home. Bob was born on March 7, 1939 in a French speaking mill town in Rhode Island. He graduated high school in 1956 at the age of 17, then joined the U.S. Air Force seeking travel and adventure. Bob continuously volunteered for foreign duty and spent 14 of his 20 year military career serving on foreign soil, including a tour in Vietnam (67/68). In 1970 while stationed in Germany he met and married Marion J. Pattee from Pittsfield, ME. They were blessed with two fine daughters, Jeannine Marie, wife of Tim Bland of Ellsworth, ME, and Katherine Anne, married to Mark Trapela of Bradenton, FL.
Jeannine and Tim further enhanced the family by adding two lovely girls, Lindsay and Abigail, who reside with their parents. In 1976, Bob retired from the military and moved his family to Winterport, ME, residing there for the next 25 years until both girls had graduated UMO.
Bob spent the first 5 years of his civilian life working in a Bangor bank while attending Husson University, graduating with a cum laude in accounting and accepting a position as Financial Manager with the James W. Sewall Co. of Old Town for the next 30 years.
Bob retired in 2011 following the death of his wife from early onset Alzheimer’s. Her last five years were spent at the Westgate Manor Alzeheimer’s Unit where she received excellent care. During his wife’s residency at Westgate Bob attended many support group meetings where he met Wilma Johannesen whose husband was also residing at Westgate. Following the deaths of their spouses, Bob and Wilma decided to share their senior years in a partnership of love, joy and happiness. Two years ago they found their ideal home in Dexter of which both are extremely proud.
Bob is a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Dexter, and his ashes are to be buried on a warm summer day in the Kenduskeag Cemetery without fanfare, as per his wishes. Bob leaves his younger brother, Richard and his wife Lucille, and a sister, Colette Beal, all of FL. Arrangements trusted to Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, Bangor and Brewer. Messages and memories may be shared at
The purpose of life is very simple. Life is a test to determine where our eternity is to be spent.

Ripley — Kay E. Pierce Sawyer Dunton passed away in her sleep in Dade City, Florida on December 26, 2018. She was born October 10, 1936 to Earl and Doris O’Reilly Pierce in Pittsfield, ME.
Kay graduated from MCI in 1955. She married Ralph Sawyer and moved to Ripley. She worked 6 years for Northeast Shoe in Pittsfield, 34 years for Dexter Shoe in Dexter. Kay belonged to the Ripley Church in Ripley and also taught Sunday school. She belonged to the Ripley Grange serveral years ago. Kay had no children but she loved all the Sawyer nieces and nephews. They loved visiting with Aunt Kay and Uncle Ralph. She always kept in contact with them.
Later in life Kay married her high school sweetheart Merlon Dunton. They both loved to go camping and travel with the Big Montana. They went on several cruises with the Dunton families. Kay summered in a campground in Orland, ME and wintered in Dade City.
Kay loved all dogs, her pet dog was Ringo (deceased). She has several close friends down in Orland and also in the RV Estates in Dade City. She liked walking, playing the slots, eating out and talking to anyone that walked by her home.
She is survived by sister, Doris Ann Pierce Boutelle of Augusta; special sisters-in-law, Glenda Sawyer of Harmony and Corris Ann Richards of Mattawamkeag; brothers-in-law, Arnold Sawyer of Harmony and Clarence White of Detroit; close friend, Peggy Thompson of Connecticut, who always kept in contact. Also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Kay was predeceased by her parents; sister, Marilyn White; brother, Leroy Pierce; first husband, Ralph Sawyer (1982); second husband, Merlon Dunton (2014); brothers-in-law Stephen Boutelle, Maurice (Velma) Sawyer, Harold (Alta) Sawyer, Richard (Mary K) Sawyer and Stanton Sawyer; nephews, Steven Sawyer and Mark Plourde.
Kay, my sister, my friend, I’m missing your phone calls each night. I love you lots sis.
Cremation in Florida. The burial will be held in Maine, to be announced at a later date.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions made to the Ripley Methodist Church, C/O David Mosley, 35 Pine Street, Dexter, ME 04930.