JOHN F. AYER
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.
SHARON WEEKS
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 www.CrosbyNeal.com. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal Funeral Home in Newport, Maine.
WALTER L. IRELAND
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.
EDWIN H. MOWER
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: www.shoreynichols.com.
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.
IRENE (RUMNEY) COOMBS
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 www.CrosbyNeal.com.
JEAN C. NICHOLS
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.
FRANK WINFIELD HOLT, SR.
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 www.dirctcremationofmaine.com.
PAULINE S. PAINE
“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 www.CrosbyNeal.com
EUGENE C. JOHNDRO
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 www.CrosbyNeal.com.
WINTHROP P. PERKINS
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.
To leave a message of kindness for the family, please visit www.shoreynichols.com. Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.
CHELSEY VARNEY GRINDELL
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 https://donate.heart.org
ADRIAN E. BADGER
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 www.sorrellsfuneralhomes.com. Sign the guest book at www.dothaneagle.com.
ADA M. BRAGG-FRASER
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: www.PhilipBrownFuneralHome.com
GARY E. WOLFORD
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 www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com
RONELLO FRANK BROWN
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.
To leave a message of kindness for the family, please visit www.shoreynichols.com.
Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.
KATHLEEN M. MURPHY
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.
To leave a message of kindness for the family, please visit www.shoreynichols.com.
Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.