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DEER ISLE - Eric A. Sheard, 83, died at the Island Nursing Home, Deer Isle, Monday, 7th April, 2014. A graduate of Belleville High School and Newark College of Engineering, he was owner and president of Lescon, Inc., which specialized in Liquid Elastomers and Polyurethanes. He was previously employed by Johns-Manville Engineering, Mansville, NJ, Thiokol Chemical Co., Trenton, NJ, and Henley & Co., NYC. A veteran of the US Army, he served in Germany for two years. Eric was a member and elder of the Flemington Presbyterian Church, Flemington, NJ, before moving to Maine where he joined the Deer Isle and Sunset Congregational Churches and served as moderator for nine years. He enjoyed singing in the Deer Isle and Sunset choirs and also sang with the Peter's Cove Men's Chorale and the Bagaduce Chorale in Blue Hill. He held the chairmanship of many church and professional committees. He was the past director of the Polyurethane Manufacturer's Association, the New York Rubber Group and the Trenton Section of the American Chemical Society. Eric was an Eagle Scout and a 32nd degree Master Mason, formerly of the Grand Masonic Lodge in Trenton, NJ, and more recently of the Marine Masonic Lodge of Deer Isle. He was a Shriner and a member of the NJ Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, with whom he sang. He enjoyed sailing and skippered for many years with the Princeton Ski and Sail Club of Princeton, NJ. Chesapeake Bay and the Caribbean were favored spots, along with trips to Greece, Turkey, and Spain. A prolific reader of books, newspapers and trade magazines he loved to learn and solve complex problems, often drawing solutions and diagrams on the backs of napkins and envelopes. He loved to whistle or sing as he did chores around the house, yard and pool. Eric is survived by his wife of 56 years, Norma Voorhees Sheard, a daughter, Beth Sheard of Saugus, MA, a son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Lynn (Hotchkin) Sheard of Plainsboro, NJ, a granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Adrienne (Sheard) and Aaron Howe of Honolulu, HI, a grandson, Glenn Sheard of Grand Rapids, MI, and numerous cousins in England. He was predeceased by his parents, Sydney Sheard and Doris (Heath) Sheard Robinson. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Eric Sheard's name can be made to either: The Music Fund, Deer Isle/Sunset Congregational Church, PO Box 292, Deer Isle, ME 04627 or to The Music Fund, Island Nursing Home, 587 N. Deer Isle Rd., Deer Isle, ME 04627. Arrangements made by Bragdon - Kelley Funeral Homes. Read Obituary
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DOVER-FOXCROFT - Alice Nellie Dow Shepardson, 103, went home to be with the Lord on April 14, 2014, at Hibbard Nursing Home, surrounded by her family. She was born at her home in East Dover on Jan. 4, 1911, to Lewis Herbert Sr. and Lillian Mitchell Dow, the fifth of ten children. Alice was raised on a farm in East Dover and attended schools in East Dover and Foxcroft Academy, graduating in 1929. Alice was a 50+ year member of the East Dover Grange and attended regularly until it dissolved. She worked in the office at Foxcroft Academy and also as an operator at the Dover Telephone Company. She married Alphonso Leroy Shepardson on April 26, 1941, and continued to work while he was in the service during World War II. Upon his return after the war, they purchased Tri-County Cleaners, formerly the Piscataquis Steam Laundry. Alice also worked for the Department of Health & Welfare until her retirement in 1976. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, The Wesleyan Society and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was awarded the Boston Post Cane in July 2012, which is an honor given to the oldest citizen of the town of Dover-Foxcroft. Alice loved to travel with her family. She had a love for music and learned to play the piano at an early age. She enjoyed many summers with her family at the camp on Sebec Lake. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting and a multitude of other crafts. Alice was predeceased by her parents; her husband of 50 years; her brothers, Elwin, Elmer, Stanley and Ralph Dow; and sisters, Ada Dow Foley and Ruth Dow. lice is survived by two sisters, Helen Dow Thomas of Naugautuck, CT and Luella Dow Ostrofsky of Easton, CT; one brother, Lewis H. Dow, Jr. and wife, Leona, of Sebec; four children, Margaret "Peggy" Wakeland of Bowerbank, Lucette Merson of Baltimore, MD, Lewis Shepardson and wife, Laura, of Aztec, NM and Rachel Kimball and husband, Bryan, of Sangerville. She leaves eight grandchildren, Teri Mace and husband, Bob, TimWakeland and wife, Allison, Tami Flanders and husband, Paul, Ted Wakeland and wife, Katherine, Dawn Peck and husband, Carl, Mathew and Sara Shepardson, and Toby Kimball; ten great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call 6-8pm Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft. A funeral service will be conducted 3 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church with Pastor Mark Stevens officiating. Donations in Alice's memory may be made to the Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church, PO Box 62, Dover-Foxcroft, 04426. Condolences and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com . Read Obituary
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DEXTER AND BREWER - Pamela A. Thompson, 71, went home with her Lord and Savior April 13, 2014 in Brewer with her daughter at her side after a brief battle with lung cancer. She was born April 9, 1943 in Dexter, a daughter of Earl and Velma (Withee) Woodbury. A longtime resident of Dexter, Pam was employed for 29 years at Dexter Shoe Company while providing and caring for her family. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, nana, always putting other's need before her own. Anyone who knew Pam knows that she was the kindest and sweetest person one could ever meet. Her unwaivering faith in God shined through her beautiful smile, even in life's most difficult times. She was predeceased by her parents, and her husband of 41 years and love of her life, Kenneth Thompson. Pam is survived by her daughter, Beverly and husband Rob Porter of Brewer and their children and joys of her life, Bryce and Lauren; her son, Douglas Thompson of CA and his children, Noah and Claudia; 6 siblings, Betty Paradis, Vicky and husband Glenn Manning, Chris and wife Kathy Ladd, Mike and wife Deborah Woodbury, Earl and wife Roberta Woodbury, and Larry Woodbury; a special uncle Bill Woodbury; a sister-in-law, Elaine Woodbury; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 1 P.M. Friday, April 25th at Crosby & Neal, 61 Main Street, Dexter with the Rev. Tim Curtis officiating. Friends may call from noon until the time of the service. Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Dexter. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to MaineLyme, P. O. Box 639, Dixfield, ME 04224 or the Mandi Foss Scholarship Fund, c/o Nokomis Regional High, 266 Williams Road, Newport, ME 04953. Those who wish may leave written tributes at www.CrosbyNeal.com Read Obituary
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FORT FAIRFIELD - Ardith R. Turner, 76, wife of the late Earlon F. Turner, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family Friday evening April 11, 2014 at her Fort Fairfield home. She was born Nov. 20, 1937, in Fort Fairfield, the daughter of Ralph Sr. and Freda E. (Haley) Hill. Ardith was a graduate of the Fort Fairfield High School Class of 1956 and upon graduation became employed as a telephone operator in Presque Isle for two years. She was married to Earlon F. Turner, May 28, 1960 and worked as manager of Brooks Drug Store, Fort Fairfield for several years, Vince's IGA, Fort Fairfield for a number of years, and owned and operated Earlon's Service with her husband in Fort Fairfield for nearly thirty years. More recently, Ardith worked at Goodhue's Jewelry in Fort Fairfield, and at the time of her passing was employed by the Fort Fairfield Hillside IGA where she had been chosen as employee of the month. She also assisted several area potato growers over the years in their harvesting operations, including Peter and Gary LeVasseur, Frank White Sr. and Richard and Philip Kilcollins. Ardith was a member of the Fort Fairfield Alumni Association and loved to cook for C-A-N-C-E-R functions. She greatly enjoyed her monthly lunches with her classmates, and when someone did a favor for Ardith, they could always expect a fresh batch of whoopie pies waiting on their porch. Ardith's life was her family members including four sons, Stuart G. Turner and his wife, Barbara of Caribou, Steven D. Turner, Earlon R. Turner, and Clayton K. Turner and his fiancée, Lisa Gagnon, all of Fort Fairfield. Her beloved grandchildren, Taylor Turner of Presque Isle, Shane and Kelsey Turner, both of Fort Fairfield, Janelle Zeigler of Woodland, and Jason Wark of Caribou, four very special great-grandchildren, Madison and Jillian Zeigler, both of Woodland, Parker Wark of Caribou, Seth Michael Turner of Presque Isle. She also leaves behind two brothers and sisters-in-law, Ralph Jr. and Mary Hill of Yarmouth, Randy and Martha Hill of Fort Fairfield; one sister, Susan LeVasseur of Fort Fairfield; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Ralph Hill Sr. and Freda E. Haley Pye; and her husband, Earlon F. Turner on October 25, 2007. Friends may call Tuesday evening, April 15, 2014 from 7-9 p.m. at the Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main St., Fort Fairfield. The funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the funeral home with Stan Harris officiating. A time of continued fellowship with refreshments will be held at the VFW Paul Lockhart Post Number 6187, Presque Isle Street, Fort Fairfield, after the service. Spring interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery, Fort Fairfield. Those who wish may contribute in memory of Mrs. Turner to C-A-N-C-E-R, P.O. Box 811, Presque Isle, ME 04769. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.gibersondorseyfuneralhome.com Read Obituary
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CARIBOU AND PRESQUE ISLE - Earla Kenney Watson, 89, wife of the late Wallace Watson, died April 8, 2014 at her Presque isle residence. She was born in Stockholm, Sept. 14, 1924, the daughter of the late Frank and Bernice (Gessner) Kenney. Mrs. Watson was a graduate of Caribou High School and received her nursing training at Cary Memorial Hospital. For over 35 years, she was employed as an LPN in the OB Department at Cary Memorial and Cary Medical Center, where she welcomed several generations of newborns. She was a member of the Gray Memorial United Methodist Church in Caribou, attended the Grant Memorial United Methodist Church in Presque Isle. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women's Group. Mrs. Watson was involved with the local bowling league and was a Cub Scout den mother for a number of years. Earla will be fondly remembered for her homemade bread and many of her family and friends were the recipients of her beautiful and lovingly made mittens, slippers and other knit items. She is survived by her three children, Wallace D. Watson and his wife, Lillian of Bolivar, Missouri, Donald K. Watson of Casper, Wyoming and Norma K. Watson and her husband, Guy Jackson of Presque Isle; three sisters, Phyllis McGregor of New Gloucester, Jean Heitert of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Melinda Tomalino of Glenburnie, Maryland; four grandchildren, Angie Butler, Derek, Ian and Devin Watson; 11 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews including a loving and attentive niece, Joan McElwain of Caribou. Mrs. Watson was predeceased by her husband in 1989, an infant son, Roger, two brothers, Howard and Beryl Kenny and three sisters; Netta Lunn, Helen Spencer, Ethel Aucoin. Friends may visit with the family at the Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir St., Caribou, Saturday April 12, 2014 from 11 a.m. until time of services. A celebration of Earla's life will be held at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Mary Lou Brown officiating. The family extends a special thanks to Aroostook Home Health and the loving care and compassion of Ruth Weeks. Friends who wish to contribute in memory of Mrs. Watson may do so through the Aroostook House of Comfort, PO Box 867, Presque Isle, ME 04769. www.mocklerfuneralhome.com Read Obituary
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BIDDEFORD - Brenda Whitmore, 56, of Biddeford, died Monday, April 7, 2014 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough surrounded by family and friends following a four year battle with ALS. She was born Aug. 4, 1957 in Presque Isle, a daughter of Leland and Jeannette (Ruest) Johnston and was educated there. Brenda graduated from Presque Isle High School and went on to earn her Bachelors degree in Nursing from St. Joseph's College in Windham. On Oct. 25, 1980 she married William "Bill" Whitmore in Presque Isle. Nursing was not only her occupation but more importantly her passion. She dedicated her life to caring for others with compassion and love. She began her journey as a nurse at Webber Hospital (now SMHC) as a staff nurse and retired from the same facility in December 2011, due to the progression of her disease, as a Case Manager for Core Measures. Throughout her career she worked in several different aspects of healthcare including homecare, Maine Medical Center and Maine Heart Surgical Associates, leaving an everlasting impression each step of the way. Brenda enjoyed spending time with her friends, "craft girls", always looking to learn and share new crafts but more importantly sharing lots of laughs. Brenda loved hosting parties, gathering family and friends together over food, drinks and as always lots of laughter. Camping and outdoor activities with her family were among her favorite pastimes. Her children and grandchildren were the most important people in her life and in fact, she was anticipating the birth of her fifth grandchild, Harper in July. She is survived by:William Whitmore, her husband of 33 years; a daughter, Krystal Taschereau and her husband, Matthew of Arundel; a son, Eric and his wife, Jessica of Danville, NH; 4 grandchildren, Garrett and Grace Taschereau and Kylee and Brynn Whitmore, 2 brothers, Darrell Johnston of So. Portland, Brent Johnston of Gorham; 1 sister, Iola Page of Easton; several nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be 10-2 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm St., Biddeford, ME 04005. To share condolences online, please visit www.HopeMemorial.com . In lieu of flowers, donations in Brenda's honor may be made to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Rd., Scarborough, ME 04074, or to the ALS Association Northern New England chapter by visiting www.alsanne.org . Read Obituary
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PORTLAND - Virginia Adair Turner Wintle, died peacefully on April 6, 2014 at the Baron Center in Portland. Known to friends and family as Ginny, she was born on Oct. 12, 1922 in Palmyra, to parents, Manzer Turner, farmer, and Rachel Tibbetts Turner, housewife and school teacher. Ginny attended a one room school house with her mother Rachel as teacher and many of her sisters and neighbors as classmates. She graduated from Corrina Union Academy and Becker Junior College. She was married to Victor E. Wintle in Dexter, Nov. 17, 1945. Ginny began her long secretarial career with Mass Mutual Life Insurance in Bangor in 1950, becoming General Agent Sec in the Bangor Office and office manager, moving to the Portland office in 1968 from where she retired after 40 years of service. Ginny was an active member in social organizations throughout her life, from PTA to the Women's Literary Club and held several officers positions through her years. She liked to read and was a friend to all that she met. She was not a flashy person yet mediocre task became adventures and pleasant with her around. She was sincere and always with a smile and a helping hand. She was not a person easily forgotten and those that knew her will know what that means to them when they read this. She will be missed. In addition to her parents, Ginny was predeceased by her spouse, Victor and sisters, Eleanor Weeks and Clara Ready. She is survived by her son, Jeffrey Wintle and his wife, Nancy of Westbrook, grandchildren, Sarah Wintle of Austin, TX, Eben Wintle of Westbrook , step-granddaughter, Mary Hiltonsmith of Westbrook and step-great-granddaughter, Cydney; her brother, Allen Turner and his wife, Dorothy of Augusta; sister, Marie Birckhead and husband, Courtney of Lakeland, FL and sister, Ruth Dunham of Corinna; numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff at the Baron Center, BC2 unit for their compassionate and professional care and the staff of Hospice of Southern Maine for helping her to the next transition of her life. At Ginny's request there will be no services. A graveside service will be held in late spring or early summer next to her lifelong partner, Victor in the Veterans Cemetery, Augusta. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Baron Center. To share memories and condolences, please go to www.athutchins.com Read Obituary
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