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HOULTON - Dorothy Mae Adams, 93, passed away April 15, 2014 while a resident at Madigan Estates in Houlton. She was born July 27, 1920, at Houlton, the daughter of Raymond and Iona (Gilbert) Wood. Dorothy was educated in the Houlton school system, graduating from Houlton High School in 1939. She then attended Presque Isle Normal School, earning a teaching certificate in 1943 and went on to complete a B.A. degree from Aroostook State Teachers College in 1968 before it became the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Dorothy then went to a 30-year career teaching the sixth grade at Bowdoin Street School in Houlton. She was a gifted musician playing trumpet in both the Houlton High School and Town bands and was also versatile on the piano. Dorothy married Claude Adams of Linneus on his return from WWII and they spent most of their 51 year married life residing at 9 Elm Street where their son, David Robert Adams was born in 1953. She had several hobbies. She was an avid knitter, quilter and loved to travel in Maine and Canada to square dances as long as she and Claude were able. They also traveled extensively with Mexico, Hawaii and the United Kingdom being among their destinations. Dorothy was a life-long member of the Houlton Methodist Church and often demonstrated her cooking skills at church suppers. Dorothy is survived by her brother, Clair Wood and his wife, Marian of Veazie; several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Claude, her son, David and her brother, Robert. Graveside services will be announced later this spring Read Obituary
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HAMPDEN - Brenda Carol (Allen) Badger, dearly loved wife of Philip Badger, Jr., passed away April 20, 2014, at Maine Medical Center, Portland, after a valiant struggle with pancreatic cancer. Brenda was a lifelong resident of Hampden and a graduate of Hampden Academy and the University of Maine at Farmington. She was a competent and successful business person and was actively involved in the company management as chief financial officer of two family businesses. Having grown up with three boys, she became an accomplished athlete, lettering in softball and basketball while attending high school. Had they allowed girls to play football back then, there is no doubt she would have lettered in that as well. She once held the title of Maine State Girls Rifle champion at the same time her father held a similar title as Maine State Pistol champion - a feat which became the subject of a news article by noted sports columnist Bud Leavitt. Brenda had a deep appreciation of Maine and its seasons and loved the outdoors, spending time at camp or around their pool at home and enjoyed being active by horseback riding, snowmobiling, and playing golf. Brenda will be greatly missed and in addition to her husband, is survived by her parents, Carroll and Geneva Allen; her children and respective spouses, Kelley and Chris Carson, Philip and Amy Badger; brothers and respective spouses, Roy and Tracey Allen, Edward and Lorraine Allen; sister-in-law, Bonnie Allen; brother-in-law, David and Diana Badger; special grandson, Aubrey Badger and several other grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins; close friends, Tanya Kinney, Cindy Fogg, Valerie Jameson; Molly, the much feared feline, and grand dog Tucker. Brenda was predeceased by her brother, Dennis Allen and stepson, Paul Badger. The family would like to express their profound appreciation to the many nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals who treated and cared for Brenda during her illness. Family and friends are invited to visit from 12-2 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden, where a funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. The family would be pleased if you would join them in a celebration of Brenda's life to be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Geaghan's Restaurant, 570 Main St., Bangor. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Brenda C. Badger Memorial Fund, C/O Key Bank, Attn: Lisa McGinley, 23 Water Street, Bangor, ME 04401. Messages of condolences and memories may be shared through www.hampdengilpatrick.com . Read Obituary
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BREWER - Elbert Gardiner Bates, Jr., 89, passed away April 21, 2014, surrounded by his family. Elbert was born Sept. 16, 1924, in Strong, to Elbert Gardiner and Alice Mildred (Turner) Bates Sr. The oldest of 8 children, Elbert graduated from Wilton High School in 1942 and then enlisted in the Army Air Corp. He served overseas during WWII, and was honorably discharged in 1946. After leaving the military, Elbert attended the University of Maine where he received a Bachelor's degree in Science in Biochemistry in 1950. He worked in medical research for many years seeking cures for cancer and diabetes. He was especially proud of helping to develop carageenan at Marine Colloids of Rockland. Elbert was a life-long member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, serving for many years as a deacon and elder. Elbert's proudest accomplishment was his nearly 65 years of marriage to his treasured wife, Virginia and his beloved five children and their families. Elbert is survived by his wife, Virginia Andrews (Grant) Bates; his children, Barbara Jaeger, Pamela Batchelder and her husband, Kevin, V. Jeanne Watson and her husband, Perry, Brian Bates and his wife, Sabuelah, and Barry Bates and his wife, Anne; sisters, Judy Canniff, Betty McConnachie, Laura Hutchins and her husband, Dewey, Harriet Parrish and her husband, Kenneth, and Rachel Haggan and her husband, Clifton; brothers, Charles Bates and his wife, Rose and Thomas Bates; 14 grandchildren, Andrew, Tamara, Lisa, Courtney, Grant, Briana, Autumn, Cori, Tobias, Patrick, Eric, Justin, Taylor and Lydia; and 3 great grandchildren, Wade, William and Nathaniel. He was predeceased by his parents. The family would like to thank the staff of Maine Veteran's Home in Bangor for their loving care of Dad in the last years of his life. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Elbert will be held at a later date at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Bangor. Those who wish to remember Elbert in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Maine Parkinson Society, 359 Perry Road, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com . Read Obituary
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BYFIELD, MASS. - Mary Brett "Molly" Farrington Bidstrup, 49, passed away peacefully at home, April 21, 2014, surrounded by her family. She was born in Portland, Maine, March 15, 1965 and was graduated from Bangor High School in 1983. She majored in Art History at Wheaton College, graduating in 1987. A versatile athlete, she was a competitive swimmer and tennis player. Molly loved gardening, a passion she pursued both professionally and personally. She worked as a floral designer and an Associate of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, class of 2012. Her closeness to her identical twin sister, Ann Reis, was a blessing and benefit to both of their families. Her love of family and friends, kindness, determination, and positive outlook will always be a gift to us all. She lived an active family life in and around the Governor's Academy community and spent wonderful summers with her family on Squirrel Island, Maine and Cape Cod. She leaves her loving husband, Peter and children, Brett, Ann and Larsen Todd; her parents, Frank and Dare Farrington of Bangor; sisters, Ann Reis (Channing) of Hampton Falls, NH; Joan Guild (Edward) of Cumberland, ME; Katherine Farrington of Byfield, MA; Virginia MacMillan (Sean) of Bangor; and many cousins, uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces. A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Moseley Chapel, The Governor's Academy, 1 Elm St., Byfield, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Molly's memory may be made to: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute "Attn: Dr. Philippe Armand Research Initiatives," 450 Brookline Ave., Dana 1B30, Boston, MA 02115. Read Obituary
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CARIBOU - Camille J. Bossie, 85, our loving husband, father and grandfather, died April 23, 2014 at his Caribou residence surrounded by his family. He was born in New Canada, April 8, 1929, the son of the late Leo and Melonia (Bouchard) Bossie. He married Therese Long, June 24, 1952. Mr. Bossie was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church for many years and was employed by the Caribou School Department for over 21 years as a custodian and school bus driver, a job he truly loved. Camille enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed taking long rides with his wife, listening to their favorite French songs on the radio. Following his retirement, Camille would often comment that he missed driving bus #6 and how he missed handing out candy to the students or treating them to a Burger Boy ice cream the last day of school. Surviving, in addition to his wife of over 62 years, Therese of Caribou, are his children, Gayle Smart, Sharon Olmstead, Rick Bossie and Craig Bossie and his wife, Cheryl, all of Caribou; his grandchildren, Joshua and Aaron Smart, Adam Olmstead, Andy and Ryan Bossie, Kaitlyn Umphrey and her husband, James, Meagan Bossie and Nicole DiVito and her husband, Michael; one brother, Orenie Bossie of New Canada; five sisters, Edwina Daigle of Caribou, Lena Pelletier of Millinocket, Ella Dumond and her husband, Bob of Hancock, Regina St. Jarre of Burlington, CT., and Bertha Bard of Plainville, Ct., many nieces and nephews. Mr. Bossie was predeceased by six brothers, Paul, Leonard, Romain, Ronaldo, Normand and Edgar and a sister, Cecile Voisine. Friends may call at the Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir St., Caribou, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2014 from the Parish of the Precious Blood. Interment will be in the Old Holy Rosary Cemetery. Friends who wish to contribute in memory of Mr. Bossie may do so through Aroostook Cancer Care, PO Box 151, Presque Isle ME 04769. Following the service, all are invited to a time of continued fellowship and refreshments at the Caribou Inn and Convention Center. www.mocklerfuneralhome.com Read Obituary
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CARIBOU - Ronald R. Bouchard, 85, died peacefully April 20, 2014 surrounded by his children. He was born in Caribou, April 19, 1929, the son of the late Willard and Corinne (Devost) Bouchard. Mr. Bouchard was employed as a farmer for Bouchard Potato Company, Red Ball Potato, retired from Blue Star and later worked for Guerrette Farms. He was a lifelong member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mr. Bouchard was predeceased by his brother, Leonide and a son, Michael. He is survived by his daughters; Carol Bouchard of Eddington, Bonnie Clary of Mineral Wells, Texas, Debra Bouchard of Lee's Summit, MO., his sons, Brent Bouchard of Caribou and Scott Bouchard of Northport, FL., seven grandchildren, Jamie, Jason, Sherri, Daniel, Scott, Scotty, and Chance; six great-grandchildren, Daniel, Dillan, Kathleen, Ethan, Gabriella and Leah. The mother of his children, Mavis Bouchard of Van Buren and his beloved and faithful dog, Tootsie, who never left his side. He will also be missed by his companion and special friend, Marilyn Person of New Sweden and her family, as well as his fishing and hunting buddies and the McDonalds morning coffee boys. Ronald was an avid outdoorsman and loved riding around area farms with his friend Marilyn and Tootsie taking many pictures of moose, deer and bear and other nature shots. Friends may call at the Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir St., Caribou, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 from the Parish of the Precious Blood Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. www.mocklerfuneralhome.com Read Obituary
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LITTLETON - Calvin K. Brown, 89, passed away April 19, 2014 peacefully at his home in Littleton. He was born Nov. 28, 1924, at Bucksport, the son of George and Hazel (Sweet) Brown. Calvin married Gladys Burton and they enjoyed 63 years together. He joined in the US Navy and went to Japan during World War II. Calvin worked for the State of Maine DOT for 35 years, 25 years of which he proudly operated the grader. He worked the roads keeping them open and passable from Houlton to Bridgewater. Upon retiring, he worked for the grounds crew at Houlton Community Golf Club and also hauled gravel for Percy Tilley. He was a member of the VFW and the Dux Club as well as a member of the Lake Road Bible Church in Monticello. Calvin is survived by his son, Gary Brown and his wife, Cynthia (Burtt) of Winthrop; daughter-in-law, Kathy (Hersey) Brown of Houlton; grandchildren, Garret Brown, Raquel (Brown) Lavigne, Eric Brown and Jordan Brown; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Issac and Natasha; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Gladys (Burton) Brown, his parents, his son, Jack Brown, his brother, Frances and sister, Shirley. Friends may call 11 a.m. Wednesday until time of the service at 12 noon at Dunn Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Littleton Cemetery at a later date. Gifts may be made in Calvin's memory to the Lake Road Bible Church, c/o Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730. Online condolences and guest book: dunnfuneral.com Read Obituary
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FORT KENT - Gale Lorenzen Flagg passed away at home on April 17, 2014 from respiratory failure due to ALS (a.k.a Lou Gehrig disease). She was the daughter of Frederick Lorenzen and Dorothy Walker Lorenzen and was born in Portland on September 14, 1936. As youngsters, Gale and her sister, Cindy enjoyed sailing with their parents. Gale also enjoyed horseback riding. She even managed to take Saber (her morgan horse) with her when she went to Middlebury College by finding a nearby boarding place for him. In 1958, Gale graduated from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont with a bachelor's degree in sociology. For several years, she taught in elementary schools and kindergarten. While teaching kindergarten in Springfield, Vermont, she met her future husband, Stanley Flagg. They were married in 1970. In 1972, when Maine land prices were far lower than today, they bought a large tract of woodland in Fort Kent, which has been their permanent home ever since then. Gale immediately took advantage of their location by enjoying the opportunities for bird watching and botanizing. Her passion for identifying all the wild plants on the property soon changed her status from amateur botanist to expert botanist when she discovered a rare orchid which had not been recorded in Maine. She became a member of the Josselyn Botanical Society and the Maine Entomological Society. Gale became involved in many activities, mostly relating to Nature. For ten years, she and Stan were very involved in the breeding bird survey, then another ten years in the calling amphibian survey. She played the organ for services at the First Congregational Church in St.Francis, started a food co-op, developed a small business creating note cards and crafts from wildflowers and natural materials, and wrote nature columns for the St. John Valley Times. She participated in a dragonfly survey. She led field trips describing the flora and fauna of vernal pools to grade-school children. Her favorite places were vernal pools, cedar swamps, and her gardens. Gale volunteered for the Can-Am Crown sled dog races for many years as the checkpoint coordinator at Maibec logging camp, and as a member of the Can-Am board of directors, a position that she also talked Stan into accepting. Both continued to be active in the sled dog races in one way or another for more than 20 years. When Gale saw how helpful the ham radio operators were at Maibec, she decided to study for a ham radio license. She earned her license and became very involved with ham radio, soon becoming the president of the St. John Valley Amateur Radio Club, a position she held until the recent debilitating effects of her ALS disease. She is sorely missed by her ham radio friends from all over the world. Gale is survived by her husband, Stanley Flagg of Fort Kent, her sister, Lucinda Wolff of Clinton, AR, her aunt, Sidney Walker of Peterborough, NH, her niece, Kristy Johnson of Citrus Heights, CA, and her nephews, Christopher Kegans of Washington state, and Jonathan Kegans of Denver, CO. Gale had several favorite charities, including the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ASPCA, MPBN, NPR, the Nature Conservancy, and Heifer International. Donations in Gale's memory may be made to one of these charities. Family and friends will be invited to attend a ceremony of remembrance in mid-July at the Flagg's home. Arrangements are a service of Daigle Funeral Home, 14 East Main St., Fort Kent. Read Obituary
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TRENTON - Leo Mathew "George" Gascon, 91, died peacefully with his family by his side Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. He was born Dec. 2, 1922 in Lisbon Falls, NY, the son of the late Edgar and Eleanor (Leflar) Gascon. George graduated from Hammond High School in Hammond, NY in 1940 and joined the U.S. Navy in 1946. During his military career, he was stationed in Guam, Okinawa, Germany, Morocco, Japan, Midway and The Azores. He was also stationed at military bases around the United States and retired from his military career in 1966. After retiring from the U.S. Navy, George returned to Maine and ran the business he purchased in 1956, the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound. You could always count on George with his bright yellow hat, tending the cookers from spring to fall. He always enjoyed seeing the customers from year to year. George was an avid outdoorsman, who loved hunting and fishing with his son-in-law, grandson and friends. George's greatest love was his family. Always there to help and enjoy free time together. George is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Gertrude (Dunbar) Gascon of Trenton; daughter, Josette (Gascon) Pettegrow and husband, Anthony "Cubby" Pettegrow of Lamoine; his pride and joy and only grandson, Warren Pettegrow and wife, Monica (Chipman) Pettegrow of Trenton and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Robert Gascon, who he enjoyed countless fishing days with, brothers; Hank, Buster and Edgar Gascon and sister, Eleanor (Gascon) McGuire. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Mount Height Cemetery, Southwest Harbor, with Rev. Charles Kelley officiating. A reception will follow at Harbor Ridge, Freeman Ridge Road, Southwest Harbor. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Leo's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074 or to a charity of ones choice. Special thanks to his caregivers, Emma Blanchard, Diane Knowles and Lauanne Chipman. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com Read Obituary
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KENDUSKEAG - Ruth Kennedy left this world on April 22, 2014. She was a life-long resident of Kenduskeag. Ruth was the youngest child of Walter and Hattie (Gordon) Smith, born at home on September 11, 1927. She was married for over 65 years to Thomas Kennedy who passed away February 13, 2012. She leaves behind 4 children: Crystal Thibeau of Kenduskeag, Carol Kennedy and husband, Richard Roberts of Gorham, Thomas "Tim" Kennedy and wife, Jennifer of Kenduskeag; and Karen Kennedy of Foxborough, MA. She had 4 grandchildren: Barrett Thibeau, Jeannine (Thibeau) Reece, Sarah Roberts and Matthew Roberts, and 5 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, David "Pat" Smith and his wife, Christine of Charleston, a sister, Hope Thurston of California, 7 sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by 2 brothers, Shirley Smith and Clarence Smith. Ruth graduated from Higgins Classical Institute in 1945. She led a 4-H Club for many years, was active in local grange and was a member of Penobscot Pomona and the Maine State Grange. She and her husband operated the Triple-K-Takeout in Kenduskeag for 20 years. A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Kenduskeag Village Cemetery, where Ruth will be placed beside her husband, with the Rev. Ray Reece officiating. Those who wish to remember Ruth in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the Activity Fund of the Maine Veterans' Home, 44 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401. A service of Brookings-Smith, Bangor. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com . Read Obituary
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Robert "Bob" King of Manchester, beloved husband and father, passed away April 17, 2014 from cancer of the small intestine. He was 56. Born in Presque Isle September 9, 1957, Bob lived most of his life in Maine and considered himself a true Mainer and a "County Boy." He earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine in 1980, and in 1999 a M.S. of Business from Husson College. He used his degrees to build three separate mini-careers in Maine at Central Maine Power Company, Cuddledown of Maine, and the Maine State Housing Authority. By far, it was the last years at the Housing Authority that graced Bob with the greatest opportunities while he worked with some of the most knowledgeable and caring people in the state to effectively design and deliver much needed support programs to financially struggling Maine people. Robert was predeceased by his older brother Richard D. "Butch" King II. He is survived by his wife of more than 25 years Crystal Hamilton and their son Michael King of Manchester, Crystal's son Christopher and his wife Rebecca of Lincoln, California, his parents Richard and Irene King and brother Tom of Presque Isle, brother William and his wife Dawn of Mapleton, and brother- and sister-in-law and nephew Brian, Joan and Jesse Perkins of Veazie. A celebration of his life will be held on April 26 from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Manchester Grange on Route 202 in Manchester. Read Obituary
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NEW HARTFORD, CONN. - Willard "Bill" J. King, passed away April 18, 2014. He was the loving husband of the Virginia King for 53 years. Born July 24, 1927 in Maine; the son of the late Walter and Alice (Davis) King. Bill was drafted to the U.S. Army in 1947. He graduated in 1949 from Foxcroft Academy and then attended Radio and TV school. Bill moved to New Hartford in 1960. He retired from Pratt & Whitney at age 62 and then worked at Stop & Shop for 13 years. He was an avid bowler bowling in the Senior League, played Bingo with the Seniors in New Hartford and a member of the Riverton Grange and he was a member of the Amos Beecher Lodge in New Hartford for approx. 40 years. In addition to his wife, he leaves two sons, Philip King and his wife, Antonietta of MA and John King and his wife, Theresa of New Hartford; a daughter, Jane King of New Hartford; two sisters, JoAnne Metivier and her husband, Dennis and Jean Grinnell and her husband, Harold, both of Maine; two grandchildren, Philip Anthony King and Angelo Girard King; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Philip Davis King. Friends may call 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 26, 2014 at North Congregational Church, New Hartford, Conn., with a funeral service at 12 p.m.. Burial will follow at Village Cemetery with full Military Honors. Montano-Shea Funeral Home, 5 Steele Road, New Hartford, Conn., has care of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: North Congregational Church, 17 Church St N, New Hartford, CT 06057. Visit an online guestbook at montano-shea.com . Read Obituary
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