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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.