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VAN BUREN AND PORTSMOUTH, NH - Juliette Beaulieu, 97, passed away on the 15th of April surrounded by her family in Portsmouth N H. She was born in Drummond, NB, Canada, to Joseph V Ouellette and Memory (St. Amand) Ouellette, Dec. 24, 1916. Juliette was married to Patrick Beaulieu, July 3, 1939 in Van Buren, and later became a US citizen. Van Buren is where they raised eight children and spent the rest of their married life. She had many talents: an avid card player, an accomplished bowler, the local seamstress, an excellent cook who did not use recipes. Walking with her husband was a daily routine. All and all, she was a social individual who loved to have people around her. She is survived by her five daughters, Patricia DiCicco and husband, John of Exeter, NH; Jane Savard of Wells; Nancy Richard and husband, Jim of Fitchburg, MA; Del (Hilda) Pontremoli of Wells; Jan (Byrd) Nolet of Rochester, NH; two sons, Ronald Beaulieu and wife, Monique of Scarborough; Roger Beaulieu and wife, Jane Gagne of Yarmouth; 11 grandchildren, Michelle Beaulieu, Danielle Beaulieu, Samuel Beaulieu, Gabrielle Beaulieu, Michael DiCicco, Debbie DiCicco Moody, Julie Richard Hyvarinen, Joey Richard, Tamra Pontremoli, Greg Savard, Kevin Savard; and eight great-grandchildren. Juliette was predeceased by her husband, Patrick and her son, Richard. The family would like to express our gratitude for the care and devotion given to our mother during her stay at Clipper Harbor (Genesis) nursing home. Also, we extend a sincere thank you to the staff at Sol Amor Hospice who went above and beyond to provide our mother and our family the needed support during these difficult times. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014 at St. Bruno-St. Remi Catholic Church. Relatives and friends are invited to greet the family 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday morning at Lajoie Funeral Home-Van Buren, 118 High St., Van Buren. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. Bruno-St. Remi Church Building Fund, 174 Main Street, Van Buren, ME 04785 or Sol Amor Hospice, 65 Lafayette St., North Hampton, NH 03885. To share condolences online, please visit www.LajoieFuneralHome.com Read Obituary
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HALL QUARRY, MT. DESERT - Harry E. Brawley Jr., 79, died at home April 5th, 2014 after a two year battle with cancer. He was born in Hagerstown, MD April 22, 1934, the son of Harry E. Brawley Sr. and Mary Paige (Plumley) Brawley. Harry graduated from McDonogh School and Harvard University. He worked for a number of years as an electrical engineer. His entrepreneurial efforts included a company that manufactured smoke monitors, and (with his wife and business partner of 32 years) Sigea Systems, a software company. After moving to Maine they advised local small businesses on a wide spectrum of issues. Harry was introduced to Uechi-Ryu Karate when the Okinawan style was first brought to this country. He continued to practice daily on his own for over 50 years. He always encouraged fitness and health in family, friends and others. He believed his fitness proved invaluable in his final months. He worked out daily until 2 months before his death. His interest in cooking began as a boy scout. He would collect whatever the other scouts brought to the cookout, and concoct something delicious. For the rest of his life he eagerly shared delicious dinners, tips, discoveries and recipes with anyone who was interested, or even others who soon became interested. Not only did he leave people with happy stomachs after each meal, but also with inspiration. Two of his sons were inspired to enter the professional cooking field. A lifetime love of classical music started with a crystal set radio he built as a small boy, and led to homes always full of good music. He loved sailing with his wife, and sailing in Maine inspired their move to Mount Desert in 1994. He will especially miss his Thursday lunches, tackling challenges of any kind, Wagner Operas, interesting books on all subjects and, of course, cooking. Harry is survived by his beloved wife, Ellen (Thorndike); his sons, Harry Brawley III and his wife, Christen of VT, Richard W. Brawley and his wife, Margaret of MA and Daniel U. Brawley and his wife, Stacey of PA, stepchildren, Margaret Rice Jay and her husband, David of MA, Jonathan E. Rice and his wife, Lindsley of MA; his brother, Richard B. Brawley and his wife, JoAnn of NC; twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; "local daughter" MJ Penn; special friend, Benjamin Sawyer; and the mother of his children, Barbara Barry. A celebration of his life will be held at a future date. Donations in his memory may be made to Hancock County Home Care and Hospice, PO Box 156, Blue Hill, ME 04614. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com Read Obituary
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VAN BUREN - Claire (Boudreau) Charette, 87, died peacefully at Cary Medical Center, April 15, 2014, with her loving family by her side. She was born in Saint Leonard, New Brunswick, July 16, 1926, to the late Valerie and Marie Anne (Roy) Boudreau. She was educated in the St. Leonard schools. She married Roland G. Charette, April 23, 1946; together they started their family and raised five children in Van Buren. Claire continued her education and proudly graduated from the Van Buren Adult Education Program in 1973 as valedictorian and class speaker. She strongly believed in the mission and purpose of adult education and successfully got many to return to school while working as a recruiter. With this job she had the opportunity to attend many statewide seminars. She had fond memories of her time at the University of Portland Gorham where she participated in many courses and trainings. She went on to work for M.S.A.D. # 24 in Van Buren as an Educational Technician, then an Art teacher. She worked at Champlain, Kindle and Gateway Elementary Schools. She loved all children and was an exceptional, talented, and caring educator, who touched the lives of many. Claire inspired many with her great appreciation of God's magnificent work in nature's boundless beauty. She enjoyed the simple things in life; including the beauty of Long Lake, the fall foliage, the sun setting on a summer evening, the full moon's reflection on the water, a beautiful field of daisies or a field blanketed in fresh snow. She was a talented artist and could effortlessly capture the beauty she witnessed on canvas, creating many beautiful paintings for her family and friends. She had an unwavering love for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a kind, loving and compassionate soul. She was a communicant of St. Peter Chanel Parish, was a fervent believer and had a strong and deep faith in our Lord. Claire was an active member in her community. She was involved in the St. Bruno's Mercy Meal Committee, Friends of the Library, Ladies Legion Auxiliary Post 49, Right to Read Program, RSVP Senior's Volunteer Program, Read Across America, a former Girl Scout Leader and Charter Member of the Columbiette's. The family would like to thank the staff at Borderview and Cary Medical Center for the amazing and compassionate care that Claire received in her final days. Claire is survived by her five children; Albeo Charette and his wife, Patricia of Long Lake Van Buren Cove; Michael Charette and his wife, Barbara of Phoenix, AZ; Barb Stevens and her husband, Scott of Lisbon Falls; Karla Michaud and her husband, Lyn of Long Lake, Van Buren Cove; and Scott Charette of Lewiston. Eight grandchildren; Steve Charette and his wife, Laura of Hampden; Brian Charette of Felt, ID; Nicolle Philbrook and her husband, Alden of Winterport; Keith Charette and his wife, Kristi of Glendale, AZ; Noah LaPlante of Oak Creek, CO; Marc LaPlante of Oak Creek, CO; Kaetlin Parent of San Francisco, CA; and Taylor Parent of Boston, MA. Ten great-grandchildren; Steven and Alexander Charette, Georgie and Beo Charette, Carly, JoHannah and Lily Philbrook, Elijah and Katelynn Charette, and Kaylynn LaPlante; one sister, Dorilda Kennon of California and several nieces and nephews. Claire was predeceased by her husband, Roland Charette of 54 years, her granddaughter, Sierra-Laveh Parent, four sisters and one brother. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at St. Bruno-St. Remi Catholic Church, Van Buren. Family and friends are invited to greet the family 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 21 and 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Lajoie Funeral Home-Van Buren, 118 High St., Van Buren. Burial will be in the spring in the parish cemetery. Those who wish may donate to the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Rt. One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074 or to The Friends of the Library, 153 Main St., Van Buren, ME 04785. To share condolences online, please visit www.LajoieFuneralHome.com Read Obituary
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Douglas L. Coleman, 82, died April 16, 2014, at his home surrounded by family and friends following a long struggle with cancer. Doug was born Oct. 6, 1931, in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, the son of Leonard J. and Kathleen A. (Martin) Coleman. After attending elementary and secondary school in Stratford, he received a BS in chemistry in 1954 from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. At McMaster, he met the love of his life and future wife, Beverly J. Benallick. He attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin and received a MS and PhD in 1956 and 1958, respectively. Doug joined the Jackson Laboratory in 1958 as an Associate Staff Scientist with the intention of staying just long enough to learn some genetics and immunology, but soon became devoted to Mount Desert Island and remained at the Jackson Laboratory for his entire career. In both his vocation and avocation, Doug endeavored to leave things better than he found them. Doug's scientific career explored the biochemical pathways through which genes control phenotypic traits. These studies were characterized by the use of simple techniques to answer complex biological problems. Doug identified genes that control enzyme synthesis and degradation and demonstrated that gene dosage can control enzyme quantity and structure. Doug is best known for his studies in obesity and diabetes, which utilized genetic mouse strains developed at the Jackson Laboratory. Through careful cross-circulation studies, he established that a blood-born factor (now known as the hormone leptin) was a critical player the identical phenotypes observed in obese and diabetic mouse mutants. He further hypothesized that the leptin originated in fat cells. These surprising findings - that genes (not behavior) can control obesity and adipose tissue secretes hormones and is an endocrine organ (not a mere storage depot) - were heretical at the time, but are now well-established facts. In recognition of his pioneering research, Doug was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1998 and received a number of prestigious scientific awards. In 1991, Doug entered retirement with the same enthusiasm that he had for his scientific work. With his wife, Bev, who shared his love of the outdoors and concern for the environment, he become active in conservation issues such as open space preservation, forest management and water quality protection. Doug and Bev placed a conservation easement on their 96-acre property in Lamoine, planted trees, constructed nature trails and welcomed the public to share their land. Doug volunteered for many years on both the Board of the Frenchman Bay Conservancy (as member, treasurer and president) and the Lamoine planning board (as a member and chairman). In recognition of their conservation efforts, Doug and Bev received a number of stewardship awards from the State of Maine and the Town of Lamoine. Doug Coleman is survived by a son, David of Kingston, Ontario, a son, Thomas, his wife, Sarah Fashena and their son, Benjamin, all of Mount Kisco, New York. Doug's wife, Bev and a third son, John, predeceased him. Donations in his memory may be made to the Beverly Coleman Memorial Scholarship at the Northeast Harbor Library or the Beverly Coleman Bursary Fund, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com Read Obituary
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LINCOLN - Elwood Herbert Downs (Pop) passed away on April 14, 2014, in a Bangor Hospital. He was the son of Vinal and Clara Martin Downs and was born in Lincoln on Oct. 4, 1933. In 1951, he bought a dump truck and thus began the start of his business. In 1963, he built his garage. The business has grown into what it is today with Pop at the helm for 63 years. Elwood H. Downs Inc. will continue on just as he would have expected but with a huge void. Pop loved his gravel pit. He spent many happy hours there working hard and doing what he loved, screening gravel and then last summer he began a new adventure, which he was especially excited about. He acquired a rock crusher and began crushing rocks. He was looking forward to doing that again this summer. For fifteen years, he and his wife, Diana, spent winters in Florida where they enjoyed warm weather and wonderful friends. In addition to working outdoors, Pop also enjoyed playing outdoors, many great tales have been shared of trips to the Baskahegan hunting camp or flying to Rainbow lake to go fishing with his best friend, Ronald Thornton. He loved gardening. He grew wonderful vegetables and beautiful flowers. People enjoyed picking his raspberries and strawberries. He loved sharing all he had grown. Pop loved his family and is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Diana Davis Downs and their three children, Daniel Elwood Downs, his wife, Cindy and Danny's children, Traci, her husband, Danny, and her children, Laurie and Drew; his daughter, Danielle and her fiancee, Joe, his son, Dakota and his fiancee, Nicole, his daughter, Jane Downs Clifford and her husband, Greg and Jane's children, Kristopher, Suzanne, Kelly, Ashlee and her boyfriend, PJ, his daughter, Ann Downs Burniece, her husband, Bruce and Ann's children, Garrett, Johnathan, Caroline and Michael; four great-grandchildren, Drew, Laurie, Landyn and Georgia; one sister-in-law, Barbetta Davis Hardy and her husband, Spencer; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Chico. In addition to his parents, Pop was predeceased by a son, David, and five sisters, Lorraine, Maxine, Marjorie, Diane and Dorothy. Calling hours will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Michael Robinson officiating. Interment will be in Lincoln Cemetery later on. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Cancer Care of Maine. Those who wish may sign an online register and leave written condolences at www.clayfuneralhome.com . Read Obituary
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BUCKSPORT - Alice May (Lozier) Gross, 83, died peacefully on April 15, 2014. She was surrounded by her loving children and their families. She was born Dec. 30, 1930 to Stafford Lozier and Gertrude (Hustus) Lozier. Alice drove the mail route from Bucksport to Penobscot for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years. Often she was accompanied by her granddaughter on weekends, stopping at various places and laughing with friends along the way. She enjoyed camping at Matagamon Campground and tending several gatehouses in Baxter State Park with her beloved husband, Toar Gross. Alice looked forward to spring, as she cherished gardening and fostering her tulip garden. She took pleasure in her bountiful flowers, but more so, enjoyed her several grandchildren and great-grandchildren picking the flowers and bringing them to her. She enjoyed ceramics, crafts and making flower arrangements as well. Often her ceramic elves could be seen throughout her flower gardens. Throughout the years, Alice took her grandchildren on many adventures. She took them to see Andre the seal. She took them on picnics and spoiled them with kindness, love and words of enrichment. She taught them the importance of laughter. Family and friends were very important to her. Alice is survived by one brother, Jack and wife, Marlene Lozier of Bucksport. She is survived by one sister-in-law, Phyllis Gross of Orland. She is survived by children, Rodney and Claudeane Gross of Orland, Roland and Pat Gross of Searsport, Glenn and Judy Findlay, Scott and Kathy Findlay, both of Bucksport and William and Juli Gross of Charleston, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Chifford "Toar" Gross, son, Terry Gross, daughters, Jane Bouchard, Norma Drew and Joyce Shorey. Along with her family, Alice had many special friends. She delivered meals to seniors as part of the Meals on Wheels Organization along with her special friend Jane Hopkins. Often times, the two would find themselves at hunch or at the farmers market, laughing and reminiscing about childhood days. We will all recall her dearest and most beloved friends, Robert and Marilyn Tapley of Penobscot. Often times people would mistake the two ladies for sisters. The fondest memories between these friends will be safeguarded in their hearts and preserved in the minds of their children. A graveside service will be held at a later date. Donations in Alice's name may be made to the Franklin Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1727, Bucksport, ME 04416. Arrangements are under the care of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home and Cremation Services. mitchelltweedie-young.com Read Obituary
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MILO - Bertha P. Larson, 80, wife of the late Robert E. Larson, died April 16, 2014, at her home. She was born Sept. 20, 1933, in Milo, the daughter of Lloyd Edward and Ella Bertha (Mountain) Perkins. She married Robert Larson, June 29, 1956. Bertha had been employed as a cook for the school department for many years. A devoted homemaker, some of the best days of her life were when she and Bob were camping with family and friends, enjoying family gatherings and picnics. The joy of her life was time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by five daughters, Cathy DuBois and husband, George, Lori Crawford, Robin Larson, Terri Noke and husband, Paul, and Amy Swazey and husband, Lyle; a son, Jeffery Williams and family; a brother, Frank Perkins; a sister, Hazel Williams and husband, Carl; seven grandchildren, Michelle, Rebekah, Robert, Kendall, Luke, P.J., and Forrest; six great-grandchildren, Sadie, Alex, Nathan, Olivia, Bennett and Clara; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Albert Perkins. A graveside memorial service will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Evergreen Cemetery, Milo, with Rev. Michele St. Cyr officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Park Street United Methodist Church, PO Box 116, Milo, ME 04463. Arrangements are in the care of Lary Funeral Home. Condolences and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com . Read Obituary
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CARIBOU - Arlene M. Learnard, 79, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family April 16, 2014 at Caribou, to spend eternity with her loving Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was born in Lille, April 4, 1935, the daughter of the late Noel and Blanche (Corbin) Parent. A dedicated wife and mother, who always put others first, she had an overwhelmingly generous spirit towards everyone. Arlen loved reading, cooking and giving to others, but her biggest joy was her family. She was a longtime member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband of over 47 years, Richard "Dick" Learnard, one son and daughter-in-law, Richard "Dickie" and Twyla Learnard; one daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Michael Beaulier and her precious grandson, Bryant Beaulier, all of Caribou; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Dolores Parent of Waterville, Richard and Priscilla Parent of Saco and Roger and Rolande Parent of South Bend, Ind.; five sisters and three brothers-in-law, Noella and Bert Sirois and Normande and Philippe Rossignol, all of Van Buren, Dorothy Parent of Hartford, Conn., Sister Emelda Parent, D.W. of South Beach, N.Y., and Lorraine and James Verboys of Shenorock, N.Y.; a special goddaughter, Elena Desjardin; godson, Scott Bouchard, as well as many loving nieces and nephews. Mrs. Learnard was predeceased by her parents, and a sister, Priscilla Davis. Friends may call at the Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir St., Caribou, 6-8 p.m. Monday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from the Parish of the Precious Blood, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Fr. Emile Dube officiating. Interment will be in the Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery. Following the service, all are invited to a time of continued fellowship and refreshments at the parish center. Friends who wish to contribute in memory of Mrs. Learnard may do so through the Smile Train, PO Box 96231, Washington D.C. 20090, www.smiletrain.org or the charity of one's choice. www.mocklerfuneralhome.com Read Obituary
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LEVANT - Edwin G. Lord, 59, passed away unexpectedly, Thursday April 17, 2014 at a Bangor hospital. He was born Oct. 8, 1954, in Great Falls, Montana, the son of Hoyt Lord and Nina (Lovely) Lord Clough. Ed served in the United States Army for 20 years before retiring as a Major. He also taught JROTC for eight years at Hermon and Nokomis High Schools. Ed was a prankster, an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. He was a "grillmaster" and "bacon aficionado." He was the type of man who would drop anything to help you out and made sure his family and extended family were taken care of. He leaves behind his high school sweetheart and wife of 39 years Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Brown) Lord. When he met her, two families joined as one. Ed also leaves behind three children, Edwin G. Lord III and his wife, Wanda of Pittsfield, Heather M. Kelly and her husband, Kenn of Bangor, Bryan N. Lord and his wife, Erica of New Gloucester, a very special grandson, Aaron, five siblings, Elsie Gilley, Cindy Manson, Tom Lord, Randy Lord, Tim Clough, his grandmother, Vesta Goodwin, stepfather, Malcolm Clough, several nieces and nephews, special friends, Roger and Paula Banaitis, John and Cindy Conner, George and Jean Raymond, John and Lorraine Thibodeau, and his special puppies "Spot" and "Dot". In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Larry Lord. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Levant Harvest Chapel, 3531 Union St., Levant, with Pastor Jerry Wright officiating. The family invites relatives and friends for a time of remembrance and refreshment in the church fellowship hall following the service. Interment with military honors will take place 12 noon Friday, April 25, 2014 at Maine Veterans Cemetery, 163 Mount Vernon Rd., Augusta. Those who wish to remember Ed in a special way may make gifts in memory to the Greater New England Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 845945, Boston, MA 02248 or the Veterans Affairs Maine Health System (Dept. of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services, Building 205, 1 VA Center Augusta, ME 04430.) A service of Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com Read Obituary
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