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NANTUCKET - March 31, 1934 - August 15, 2015 Donna Rae Forsgren, of Nantucket MA, formerly of Old Town, died peacefully at home Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 from complications related to brain cancer. She was 81. Donna was brought up in Saint Cloud, Minn., where her father taught at the University of Minnesota. After graduating with a BA in education, she began teaching elementary school in St. Cloud. One summer, while both were judging a children's talent show, she met, fell in love and married future professor Rod Forsgren in 1957. They moved to Old Town, Maine in 1965 to raise their four children. Donna had a passion for education and helping others throughout her life. She worked with the founders of Literacy Volunteers in Maine in 1969 and continued with the program for many years. She also was a teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL), started in part by the first waves of Vietnamese refugees after the end of the war. After retirement from the University of Maine, they spent time traveling by camper, joining friends they'd made over the years of academic involvement and hosting international exchange students. Donna loved collecting friends and their stories. Her husband's teaching schedule allowed for summers of family travel. Donna was that mom-with-it-all in the Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser passenger seat, making sandwiches, mediating back-seat disagreements and packing/unpacking at every stop. As the children grew, travels were closer to the small town of Frenchboro located off the Maine coast where the family spent many a spring, summer and fall. In later years, Donna and Rod joined Minnesotan snow birds in Pharr, Texas where they loved to participate in the Rio Grande Valley dance circuit. They moved to Nantucket in 2003 to be near their daughter Alison, where Donna became a selfless caregiver to her husband during his struggle with Parkinson's disease. Donna had great empathy and a tremendous gift for making others feel special. She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Roderick Alfred Forsgren, who died Jan. 6, 2014. She is survived by her children, Diedre L. Forsgren of Richmond, VA., Alison K. Forsgren of Nantucket, MA, Kurt E. Forsgren and his wife Patricia Mallett of Wellesley, MA, and Tor Eric Forsgren and his partner Lynn Thammavongsa of Lakeville, MN; her grandsons Jerico Mele of Miyagi, Japan, Axel, Lars and Beck Forsgren of Wellesley, Andrew Thammavongsa of Chicago, IL, and Ayden Forsgren of Lakeville, MN.; and her sisters, Dixie Brown of Kentfield, CA., and Dawn Lieder of Concord, N.H. A memorial service was held Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 at Unitarian Meeting House, 11 Orange Street, Nantucket, MA. To view or sign the guestbook, please visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com/obit/donna-forsgren In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Community Foundation for Nantucket, Nantucket Fund, P.O. Box 204, Nantucket, MA 02554 ( www.cfnan.org ).
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CORINTH - Scott R. Nichols, 45, passed away August 29, 2015 after battling cancer for 11 months. He was born in Presque Isle the son of Suellen (Pelkey) Hill and Peter Nichols on November 3, 1969. He moved to Nobleboro, Maine in 1999 and later resided in Waldoboro, Maine. He lived in Corinth, Maine at the time of his death. Scott was a loving son, brother, father, grandfather and friend to many. He had many passions in his life including his family and friends, horses, race cars and camping with companion Karen and their four children and friends. Scott had a knack for making friends wherever he went. He was a builder by trade and was a master at fixing what was broken. He is survived by his companion, Karen Tunks, who lovingly took excellent care of him until the end. Also, his Mother and Step father, Suellen and David Hill, his father Peter Nichols and companion Claudette, his loving children Paige (Derrick) and Cole and grandson, Parker. Scott is also survived by brother Troy Nichols and sister Beth Wintle (Scott) and their two children Lexi and Lily. He will also be remembered by Karen's daughters, Jessica and Katie along with many wonderful friends. A casual Celebration of Scott's life will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 1:00 at 47 Abbott Hill Road in Dexter. The family is asking that you come join them in celebrating Scott's life. He will be missed by all those who loved him.
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ST. ALBANS - Lewis Ervin McLeod, 89, died September 1, 2015 at a Hartland nursing home. He was born December 24, 1925 in Dexter, a son of John and Gertrude (Giles) McLeod. Lewis worked hard all of his life operating McLeod's Construction, a business that sustained 3 families for many years, and is still operating today under his son Steven's ownership. During the winter months Lewis and his sons contracted for snow removal, spending many tiring hours plowing roads. Lewis was also an excellent self taught mechanic and could fix nearly anything, often designing and making new parts for his projects. These skills were passed on to his boys who continue using his acquired knowledge today. He was the St. Albans Road Commisioner for 20 years and belonged to the Hartland-St. Albans Lions Club in his early years. Lewis and his wife Rowena (Harris) lived in their home for 68 years before they both moved into a local nursing home. During their marriage they had 3 children: Ervin and wife Linda, Steven and wife Margaret, and Judy Cummings; 4 grandchildren, Michael Cummings and wife Veronika, Torrey McLeod, Ann Bond and Bobbie Roberts; 5 great grandchildren. Lew's dad also had other children. Lewis was predeceased by his son in law Carl Cummings, and his great granddaughter Trinity Cummings. Funeral services and burial at Maloon Cemetery will be private. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com
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ORONO - Christine "Tina" (Thibodeau) Dyer, born June 3, 1923, died peacefully August 30, 2015. A 1941 graduate of St. Mary's Catholic School, she lived her entire life in Orono. Tina was predeceased by her father, George; mother, Christine (Theriault); husband Francis, daughters Sandra and Linda; and 15 siblings. She is survived by her sons, Danny and wife Rose; Tom and his wife Betsy; grandchildren Cindy, Scott, Lisa, Samantha, Justine, Heather and their spouses and partners; great grandchildren Melissa, James, Kayla, Damian, Cody, Colby, Sophie, Lila, Nelson, Jamar, Tyler, and Destiny; special nephew "Tibby" and his wife Gertrude; several other wonderful nieces and nephews, and her cats Ella and Winky. Tina dedicated her life to her family, and had a hand in raising many children near and far. She loved to knit and crochet (with a Hail Mary for every stitch), making an afghan for each family member and handmade mittens for hundreds. She had a quick wit and a dry sense of humor, which remained with her to the very end. Relatives and friends are invited to call 6-8 p.m. Thursday, September 3, 2015 at the Orono Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 72 Main St. A Rite of Committal will be held 11 a.m. Friday September 4, 2015 at Riverside Cemetery, Orono. Gifts in her memory may be sent to the Animal Orphanage, 71 Airport Rd., Old Town, ME. 04468. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com .
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DANFORTH - Carl C. McLaughlin, 77, died at his home with his family at his side. He was born February 27, 1938 the son of Howard and Alma (Kinney) McLaughlin. Carl was a member of the Baskegan Lodge of Danforth, a past member of the Anah Temple and was an active member in the Anah Shriners Horse Patrol. Carl retired from the State Police Barracks after 29 years of service as their mechanic. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, 4 wheeling and snow sledding, After retirement he kept busy with the local snowmobile club and enjoyed living at the lake. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Linna (Pratt) McLaughlin of Danforth, 4 sons: Timothy of Danforth, Mitch and his wife, Tonya of Old Town, Randy and his wife, Lynette of Houlton and Tony and his wife, Kelly of Carmel.; 7 grandchildren: Courtney, Jesse, Cody, Samantha, Cole, Megan and Joshua; 2 great grandchildren: Payton and Adrian; 2 sisters: Bunny & Willy Furge of Corinth, and Jane & Wendal Shain of Brookton as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Carl is predeceased by his parents. Friends may call 11-12. Saturday, September 5, 2015 at the Danforth Methodist Church with services following at 12:00. Interment will follow the service at the Eaton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donation may be made to the Shriner Hospital or the Cancer Care of Maine, PO Box 579 Houlton, ME 04730. For online condolences and guestbook please visit www.bowersfuneral.com
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DENVER, CO AND HOULTON - Audrey Lois (Gray) Preisendorf, 87, passed peacefully August 27, 2015, with her family at her side. She was born October 16, 1927, in Pembroke, New Brunswick, Canada, the third of seven children, to Merrill Hudson Gray and Gertrude Elizabeth (Sewell) Gray. Her family moved to Houlton in the 1930's where Audrey attended school, was voted "Houlton High School Queen," and graduated in 1946. In 1951, she married Vernon Preisendorf, of Ft. Morgan, CO. They were blessed with a lovely daughter, Rebecca. Audrey and Vern enjoyed more than sixty three wonderful years together. Audrey retired from the Denver General Hospital where her last position was in HR Administration. She was an active member of the Eastern Star, Masonic Order, Harmony Lodge. She loved traveling and taking long walks. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and doted on her many nieces and nephews. She was kind, generous, and cared deeply for all of humanity. Audrey loved life. She loved to laugh and to get everyone else laughing. She loved to tell the story of how her father lost Aunt Grace on the long road trip from Houlton to visit Audrey in Denver. Her father didn't realize that Aunt Grace had gone to the restroom while he was refueling in the middle of the night; he unknowingly drove off and left her hundreds of miles from nowhere. On the outskirts of Denver, he reached back to rouse her, but she wasn't there. He stopped, searched under the blankets in the back seat and found only her purse. Frantically, he hunted down a pay-phone, called Audrey and said, "I've lost Gracie." Audrey could not stop laughing. (Aunt Grace had phoned Audrey earlier to say, "I'm still in Kansas! Some nice gentleman is putting me up in a hotel.") Audrey was predeceased by her mother and father, and her wonderful stepmother and aunt, Grace (Sewell) Gray; her siblings Shirley Holmes of Houlton, Joyce Cumming of Phoenix, and Carl Gray of Phoenix. She is survived by her loving husband, Vernon Preisendorf, and sweet daughter, Rebecca Preisendorf, both of Denver; sisters Phyllis (Norman) Hubert of Houlton, JoAnne Murphy of Rockland, and Mary Elizabeth Dobbins of Mattawamkeag; brother-in-law Larry (a/k/a John) Preisendorf of Denver, sister-in-law Mary Lou Woods Gray of Phoenix, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Donations may be made in Audrey's memory to the Alzheimer's Association, at www.alz.org or Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011
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BANGOR AND HOLDEN - Michael P. McDowell passed away on August 31, 2015 at a Bangor hospital. He was born February 20, 1938 in Calais, Maine, the son of Peter Franklin McDowell and Priscilla (Wheaton) McDowell. Michael spent his boyhood in Princeton, Maine where he learned about sawmills, river driving, boating, carpentry and logging. In 1957, he graduated from Princeton High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force then returned to marry his high school sweetheart, Nadine McPike in 1960. They first lived in Limestone then located to their long term home of Holden, Maine. Michael was an expert carpenter and took great pride and detail in his work. He built his own home in Holden where he resided for over 40 years enjoying the wildlife of his backyard. A man of great curiosity, he enjoyed studying the history of his beloved Princeton and learning about the bigger world beyond. He was particularly interested in his Scottish genealogy and migration from New Brunswick. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Patricia Anne (McDowell) Hamilton, Claude McDowell, Cora McDowell and his sons Michael Scott, and Peter Eric McDowell. He is survived by his wife Nadine and his brother Joseph McDowell. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor with Chaplain Andrew Files of St. Joseph Hospital, Bangor, officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to share in memories and conversation at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., immediately following the service Wednesday. Interment will be at Harts Corner Cemetery, Holden later that afternoon. Those who wish to remember Mike in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Maine Parkinson's Society, 359 Perry Road, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com .
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HERMON AND FORT KENT - Eric Joseph Boucher, 51, died unexpectedly Saturday, August 29, 2015 as the result of a motorcycle accident. He is survived by his sons Devin and Cole Boucher and his lifetime partner Chandra Rogers of Hermon, his mother Sadie Boucher of Fort Kent, brother Jeffrey Boucher and friend Donna Buckly of Florida, brother Terry Boucher and wife Linda Boucher of Connecticut, sister Linda Cyr and husband Carl Cyr of Fort Kent, sister Gloria Cyr and husband Marcel Cyr of Fort Kent, sister Diana Cyr and husband Robert Cyr of Connecticut, sister Jenny Theriault and husband Lee Theriault of Fort Kent, sister Grace Bergin and husband Daniel Bergin of Connecticut, brother Dalen Boucher and wife Denise Boucher of Fort Kent, and sister Claire Ouellette and husband Michael Ouellette of Connecticut. He is predeceased by his father Emery Boucher and brother-in-law James Levesque. Eric grew up in Fort Kent. He drove truck and worked with forestry equipment for many years before becoming a heavy equipment mechanic, first at Caterpillar and most recently at Chadwick Baross. He was appreciated for his outstanding work, good humor, and genuine interest in helping and mentoring others. He was known to bring joy to the workplace by providing lots of laughs through his amusing antics. Eric's major hobbies consisted of anything with a fast motor. He loved snowmobiling and motorcycling, but his true passion was cruising up and down the Penobscot River or in Pushaw Lake in his boat. Eric was the most wonderful companion, father and friend. His unique personality left him instantly loved and remembered by all. He's described by his friends as someone that would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. He will be dearly missed. Relatives and friends are invited to call 5-7pm, Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St. Bangor, where a funeral service will be held 11 am, Friday, September 4, 2015 with Rev. David Walz of North Anson Congregational Church officiating. Interment will be private for the family. Condolences may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com .
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DEER ISLE - Paul L. Greenlaw, 68, passed away unexpectedly in his home in Deer Isle on Friday, August 28, 2015. He was born in Castine on February 25, 1947, the son of Reginald and Genice (Noyes) Greenlaw. Paul worked in many occupations. He lived with Jack & Audrey Hamblen and worked at Redman's Chevrolet in Stamford, Connecticut in 1966. He moved back to Deer Isle in 1967 and worked for Deer Island Granite in the cutting shed. One of the jobs he worked on was the Kennedy Memorial. He drove a truck for Clyde Conary and the Stonington Co-Op hauling lobsters to Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey. He also went seining with Alston Robbins on the F/V Duchess. In 1970, he joined his father running R.L. Greenlaw and Son in Stonington. After his father's retirement, he became owner and operator of the business. In recent years, one of his greatest joys was lobstering out of the Stonington Lobster Co-Op with his captain and great friend Archie Pickering. He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Judith, a daughter, Patricia Boutilier and her husband Michael of Sunset. A son, Dr. Paul Greenlaw, and his wife Heather, of New Bern, NC. Four special grandchildren, Douglas and Sarah Boutilier, and Hadley and Hayden Greenlaw, his dear sister in law and bookkeeper for 36 years, Evelyn Siebert. Step sister and brother, Vicki Pope and Jeff Welcome. Cousins Pam Steele, Skip Greenlaw and Susan Pluhar. His best friend, Jack Custer and good friends Don Colson, Richard Eaton, Richard Park, Ted Boyce, Gerry Donovan, Gerry Sytsema and Dave Gilbert. He was predeceased by his parents, his stepfather, Victor Welcome, and his brother Bruce. He will be greatly missed by his cat Belle and all of the many other cats that he rescued over the years. A celebration of Paul's life will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, September 1, at the Deer Isle Congregational Church with a reception to follow at the church hall. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the Memorial Ambulance Corp, PO Box 387, Deer Isle, ME 04627 to help with the purchase of the new ambulance. Arrangements by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home.
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WINTER HAVEN, FL AND HAMPDEN, ME - Harold A. Newman was born May 20 1941 in Milo Maine to Harold E. and Louise M. Newman. He attended Milo schools and graduated from Foxcroft Academy in 1959. In addition being a standout athlete in baseball, basketball, and football he also attained the rank of Eagle Scout. After graduating from the New England Institute of Anatomy, Embalming and Funeral Directing in Boston Ma, he was married to the former Joyce E. Bradeen and worked for Clark Mitchell Funeral Home in Bangor Maine. After ten years at Clark Mitchell, he went to work for American Concrete Inc in Veazie, Maine, holding many positions including Vice President, and President/General Manager. After retirement, he moved with his wife, the former Connie Beals of Ellsworth Maine to Winter Haven, Fl. Along with work and raising a family, Harold also was involved in many charitable clubs and causes including the Bangor Kiwanis Club, achieving the 1973 Member of the Year, and Club President in 1977, along with being a Mason, and a Second Section member of the Anah Temple Shrine. In 1986, he was Co-Chairman of the committee that installed lighting for the Hampden Academy football field. Harold was an lifelong avid golfer and enjoyed many rounds of golf on various courses throughout Maine and Florida. But our Pop will be most remembered for being our father. He has provided us many life lessons, and humorous memories. Harold is survived by his wife Connie of Winter Haven Fl, his daughter Julie and son in law Michael of Christiansburg Va, son David and daughter in law Jan of Niceville Fl, granddaughters Allison and Valerie, grandson Derik, granddaughter Holly, great-granddaughter Lily, step-daughter Shelly, and step-sons Sean and Kevin. Harold was pre-deceased by his father Harold, mother Louise, sister Evelyn, and brother Robert. Good bye our Pop, we know a perfect round of golf and cooling off at the 19th hole awaits.
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MILFORD - Ernest A. Dubay, 87, died peacefully August 29, 2015 at his residence surrounded by family. He was born June 19, 1928 a son of Lionel Joseph and Etta (Fogarty) Dubay. Ernest graduated from Old Town High School Class of 1947. He served with the Merchant Marines, enlisting at age 16, with the permission of his mother. He worked for over 40 years at Striars Textile, retiring as mill superintendent, in 1990. Ernie enjoyed the outdoors spending time rabbit hunting, hunting, fishing, four wheeling, snowmobiling, and riding his motor cycle. He was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed watching football. He also enjoyed puttering in his garage. He was a member of the American Legion, Pine Tree Snowmobile Club, Rocky Mountain Trail Riders ATV club. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather and always put his family first. He was a kind, thoughtful, generous and loving man who was always willing to lend a helping hand. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Coral (Babb) Dubay; three daughters Cheryl Pieske and her husband William of Waldo, Rhonda Wentworth and her husband John of Unity, and Maureen Tozier of Waldo; daughter-in-law Gwen Dubay of Zionsville, IN; 11 grandchildren Ty Dubay, Tara Dubay, Amy Campbell, Jason Pieske, Charlene Pieske, Jeffrey Pieske, Amanda Wentworth, John L. Wentworth, Sarah Wentworth,Trevor Tozier, Nathan Tozier; 13 great grandchildren; 2 sisters Gloria Rugan and her husband Terry of Milford; Geneva Walters of Charleston, special nephew Calvin Carey, and special friend Mike Johnson; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son Lionel Dubay in 1985 and 9 siblings Arthur Dubay, Margaret Carey, Emma Carey, Charles Dubay, Walter Dubay, William Dubay, Albert Dubay, Robert Dubay and Louis Dubay. A memorial gathering and celebration of his life will be conducted 4-7 Thursday at the Birmingham Funeral Home 438 Main St Old Town where an informal public of sharing of stories will be held at 6:30pm. Burial will be at a later date at Lawndale Cemetery, Old Town. Memorial contributions may be made to Beacon hospice 289 State St Bangor, ME 04401 or to Maine Youth Fish and Game Association PO Box Box 337 Stillwater, Maine 04489
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GUILFORD - Patricia A. Fortier, 74, passed away Friday, August 28, 2015 at Hibbard Nursing Home in Dover Foxcroft after a battle with cancer. She was born August 18, 1941 in Dover Foxcroft, a daughter of Gordon and Beatrice Ramsay. Patsy was a graduate of PCHS in Guilford, and continued on to become a clerk at Ross Drug store in Guilford for 23 years, and then Davis Brothers Furniture in Guilford. She was a lifelong Democrat who served her party for many years with much love, devotion, and passion. She cared for many people with open arms, a kind heart, and loved unconditionally. She is survived by her beloved husband of 55 years, Jay C Fortier; devoted mother of Robert J Fortier and wife Lisa of Hermon, Kelly-Jo Zajechowski and husband Robert of Virginia Beach, Kelly and Robbie's sister Karen Belyea; brother Stephen Ramsay of Guilford; and sister Suzanne Strother of Minnesota; three grandchildren, Erin-Jo Luellen and husband Josh, Ian Fortier and fiancé Alexis Gehan, and JayR Zajechowski; two great grandchildren Dylan and Ethan Luellen; niece Morgan Newman and husband Ted; nephew Kyle Ramsay and partner Jessica Sprauge; as well as two life long friends Carole Deering and Carolyn Whaley; and her dog Suzy. She is predeceased by her parents and several beloved pets. The family would like to send a special thank you to all the staff at Hibbard Nursing home for their care and compassion. Friends may call from 6 to 8 P. M. Monday at Crosby & Neal, 21 Oak Street, Guilford. Graveside services will be held 2 P.M. Tuesday, September 1st at the Lawn Cemetery, Guilford. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the ASPCA, 1-800-628-0028; or the Bangor Humane Society, 693B Mt. Hope Avenue, Bangor, ME 04401. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com
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MILLINOCKET - Hazel Mary (Michaud) Bossie, 91, passed away Saturday, August 29, 2015. She was born July 5, 1924 in St. Francis, ME to Regis (Richard) and Georgianna (Ouellette) Michaud in St. Francis, ME. Hazel grew up in a large family on a farm in St. Francis. They did not have much materially, but they always had each other. Through this early influence on her formative years, she developed a strong sense of how important it was to work hard for what you need and to always be there for others that were in need. What she valued the most was her family. She loved them all so much and when one stepped into her home they always felt wanted, loved and accepted. The aroma of fresh homemade bread would embrace you along with a big smile and hug from her. Not only did she enjoy cooking special meals for you but loved to garden, fish and appreciate nature. She is the last of this great family to leave us. We will all miss the gifts we learned to appreciate from them all - their great sense of humor, their hard working ethics, their great musical talent, and their love for all. Hazel is survived by her children, Julia (Michaud) Kunz and husband Jon, Wayne Nightingale and Leo Bosse; grandchildren, Christine (Kunz) Kittani, Jonathan Kunz, Jennifer Kunz, Ashley Nightingale and Misty Nightingale; and many special great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents; siblings, Adolf Michaud, Ella (Michaud) Baker, Addie (Michaud) Larson, Florine (Michaud) Bernier, Wolford Michaud, Delsey Michaud, Charles Michaud, Violet Michaud, Albertine (Michaud) Cyr, Alexina (Michaud) Jones, Edwin Michaud, Jerry Michaud, and Elise Michaud Thibedeau. Friends are invited to visit with family from 6-8pm, Wednesday, September 2 at Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St, Millinocket. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11am, Thursday, September 3rd at Christ the Divine Mercy Parish, St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 19 Colby St, Millinocket, with Rev Bruce Siket, pastor, presider. Interment will be at Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in memory of Hazel may be sent to the Katahdin Area Support Group, PO BOX 374, Millinocket, ME 04462. Messages of condolences may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com .
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WATERVILLE - Frederick William Clark, Jr., 89, passed away at Oak Grove Center on August 24, 2015. He was born on July 26, 1926, in Calais, Maine to Frederick and Hannah Clark and attended schools in Calais until he left high school to join the U.S. Army Air Forces. During his time in the service in World War II, Fred served in Germany, Mississippi and Texas. He was a member of the Calais High School class of 1945. Following his time in the military, Fred also served as a United States Border Patrol Agent in Arizona. Fred worked for the Dead River Company for 40 years and worked his way up from driving a delivery truck to retiring as one of the company's senior executives. Fred managed operations for Dead River in Machias, Rumford and Waterville and held the position of District Manager at the time of his retirement. During his career, Fred mentored many other future executives. Fred never forgot where he came from and always took care of people and treated them like family. Fred married his childhood sweetheart and next door neighbor, Shirley Tyler. Fred and Shirley celebrated 67 years of marriage earlier this year and raised two children together as they moved around Maine following Fred's career, making new friends and creating new memories along the way. Fred was an avid hunter and fisherman and a Registered Maine Guide. He was a life member of the Waterville Lodge of Elks (BPOE) and the American Legion. Fred attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Waterville for many years and served as a home teacher for the church. Fred was a tough guy with a heart of gold who would always be ready to give you his last dollar if you needed it and had a reputation for giving the best "bear hugs" ever. Survivors include his wife Shirley Clark; sister Charlotte Fleming; daughter Lynn Wood; son John Clark (Kathryn); grandsons Matthew and Adam Wood; great-grandson Adrian Wood; and many special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, including the staff at Oak Grove Center, Maine General Hospice and Inland Hospital who took such great care of Fred when he needed it most. He was pre-deceased by his sister Thelma Hunnewell and brothers James Clark and John Clark. True to their lifelong commitment to one another, Fred and Shirley previously committed to a joint memorial service at a later date when they join each other in eternal peace. The family has requested that any memorial donations be provided to: The Alzheimer's Association Maine Chapter 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C Scarborough, ME 04074 www.alz.org
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BANGOR AND HUDSON - Dean P. Kelley, husband of Thelma J. (West) Kelley, died August 27, 2015. He was born in Bangor, June 13, 1941, son of Arthur W. and Dorothy (Farnum) Kelley. Dean was a wonderful husband, father and Grampy. He graduated from Bangor High School and SMVTI, South Portland. Dean operated Kelley's Exxon, Bangor for 25 years. He then worked for Darling's for 20 years retiring in 2006. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Bangor. Dean enjoyed spending time at camp, fishing and hunting. He loved watching the grandchildren in all their activities. Surviving are his wife, Thelma of 54 years; three children, Richard D. Kelley and his wife, Patricia, Gail K. Smith and her husband, Steven, Daniel A. Kelley and his wife, Valerie; five wonderful grandchildren, Brian, Kristen, Melissa, Megan and Colby; a sister-in-law, Beverly Kelley, a special cousin, Jim Kelley and his wife Midge, many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, David A. Kelley. The family would like to thank the staff at Westgate Manor for their compassion and care. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Friday, September 4, 2015 at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St. Bangor. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., following the service. Gifts in his memory may be sent to the First United Methodist Church, 703 Essex St. Bangor, ME. 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com .
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BANGOR AND MASARDIS - Shawn D. Baxter, 47, died Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor. He was born December 16, 1967 in Presque Isle, the son of Lois (Curtis) Darkis and David Baxter. He graduated from Bangor High School, Class of 1986, and was a platoon leader for the ROTC and a member of the Civil Air Patrol. Shawn was a history buff, very well-voiced in politics, and was a hockey enthusiast. He had an affinity for technology, and was a computer networking specialist. His talents in this area allowed him the opportunity to attend conferences and shows both nationally and internationally. Recently, he enjoyed assisting his father with his internet business. Though his life-long struggle with Type I Juvenile Diabetes caused many setbacks in his life, Shawn always found a way to persevere and push toward his goals. He is survived by his two sons, Kyle Baxter of Milford, NH and Nicholas Bailey of Bangor, his mother and step-father Lois and Donald Darkis of Masardis, his father David Baxter of Bangor, his sister Jessie Darkis of Orono, his maternal grandmother Cleo (Picard) Bernier of Ashland, his very special companion Mary-Anne Saxl of Surry, and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Shawn is predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Llewellyn Curtis, his paternal grandparents Ralph and Alice Baxter, his step-grandparents, Henry and Martha Darkis, and a special uncle, Nick Curtis. A Remembrance Service will be held at 1 PM on Sunday, August 30, 2015, at Lajoie Funeral Home, 114 Exchange St./PO Box 39, Ashland. Relatives and friends are invited to greet the family Sunday 11:00 until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Ashland Municipal Cemetery. Donations in Shawn's name may be made to: American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. To share condolences online, please visit www.LajoieFuneralHome.com
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VAN BUREN - Helene Dube, 80, died peacefully Friday morning, August 28, 2015 at a Van Buren healthcare facility. She was born April 1, 1935 in St. Leonard, NB, Canada, a daughter of the late Eddie and Adele (Dionne) Gauvin, being raised in Notre Dame de Lourdes. Helene was a devoted wife and mother, doting on her husband and children. She enjoyed sewing, tending to the family's flower gardens and prided herself on her cooking. She always made herself available to help her family and friends with babysitting. She is survived by: her husband of 60 years, Reginald Dube of Van Buren; six children, Priscilla Milligan and her husband Kent of W. Hartford, CT, Marlene Ouellette and her husband John of Van Buren, Michael Dube and his long-time companion Marie Deschaine, Philip Dube and his wife Missy of Newburgh, Louise Bouchard and her husband James of Cyr Plantation, Lisa Whitehair and her husband John of Rochester, NY; two brothers, Roger and Rudolphe Gauvin of Notre Dame de Lourdes, NB, Canada; six sisters, Simone Gauvin of Edmundston, NB, Mona Desjardins of Notre Dame de Lourdes, NB, Marie Francoeur of St. Jacques, NB, Ginette Jandreau and Colette Ouellette, both of Caribou, and Roberte Gauvin of Edmundston, NB; 11 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Helene is predeceased by her siblings, Parise Gauvin, Velma Martin, Germaine Gauvin, Gaetane Gauvin, Juliette Levesque, & Regina Gauvin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM on Monday, August 31, 2015, at St. Bruno-St. Remi Catholic Church, Van Buren. Relatives and friends may greet the family 9-10:30 AM Monday morning at Lajoie Funeral Home, 118 High St., Van Buren. Burial will be in Grand River Cemetery, Van Buren. In lieu of flowers, donations in Helene's name may be made to: Knights of Columbus-Parish Needs Fund, 284 Main St., Van Buren, ME 04785. To share condolences online, please visit www.LajoieFuneralHome.com
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OTIS - Bonnie Lou Ann (Russell) Jipson, 70, died peacefully August 27, 2015 at her home surrounded by family. She was born February 11, 1945 in Old Town and grew up on French Island, a daughter of Wilfred and Celia (Roy) Russell. Bonnie was an extremely dedicated and devoted wife, mother, friend, and volunteer. She always put the needs of others first. She will be remembered as a hard worker and enjoyed her volunteer work with AARP doing tax returns. She believed in, and wants to be remembered for, helping others when she could make their lives easier. She was an inspiring example of someone who truly received great joy by "Paying it Forward." Throughout her life she enjoyed cooking, camping, gardening, antiquing, volunteering, going for long rides and spending time with family. To honor and celebrate Bonnie's Life, she and her family would like everyone to remember: love is patient, love is kind, and more importantly true love never ends. She is survived by her forever love, Archie D. Jipson of Otis who have shared 53 years of marriage; children daughter Tammy Jipson of Otis, sons Archie D. Jipson Jr of Sanford, FL, Peter Jipson and his wife Vicki of Surry, Eric Jipson of Bangor; grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters Dawn Trembley and her husband Rand of Old Town, Susan Batchelder of Greenbush, Anne King and her husband Bob of Hermon, Debbie Hamm and her husband Jim of Alton, brothers Steve Russell of Alton and Charlie Russel and his wife Jane of Alaska; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father Wilfred "Bill" Russell, mother Celia "Sis" (Roy) Russell Sloan, sister Audrey (Russell) Simon, brother-in-law Robert "Bert" Simon. Friends may call 3-6PM Sunday at the Birmingham Funeral Home 438 Main St Old Town. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10AM Monday at Parish of the Resurrection, Holy Family Church, Old Town, where a luncheon will follow at the Parish Hall. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County 14 McKenzie Avenue Ellsworth, ME 04605 or visit www.hospiceofhancock.org
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WOODLAND - Roberta F. Sherman, 84, passed away August 27, 2015 at her Woodland residence with her family by her side following a long and hard fought battle with lung cancer. She was born in Bath June 19, 1931 the daughter of the late Cecil Amos and Harriet Maud (Wallace) Doughty Sr. She attended the Chebeague Island School and in 1962 she married Earl Sherman. Mrs. Sherman loved to crochet and was an avid reader. She and her late husband along with her children ran a vegetable stand in Coventry R.I. for many years. She is survived by her children; Cecil Gilliam and wife Wanita of S.C., Leonard Gilliam and wife Kim and Willis Gilliam and wife Regina all of Caribou, Michael Gilliam and wife Cheryl of Woodland, Paula Sherman of Washburn, Harriet Brown and husband Freddie Jr., of Woodland and Sandra Skidgel and husband Wayne of Wade. One brother, Cecil Doughty Jr. of Chebeague Island and Portland. Twenty Six grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren, a son in law Preston Brown Sr. and a special favorite relative George Jones as well as many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Sherman was predeceased by a son Robert Gilliam Jr, a daughter Cindy Brown, Two stepsons, Earl Sherman Jr and Leonard Sherman, Two brothers, Lawrence and Alfred Doughty and a sister Devona Wheeler. Friends may call at the Mockler Funeral Home 24 Reservoir Street Caribou 6-8 pm Sunday. Funeral services will be held 1:00pm Monday August 31, 2015 from the Chapel of the Mockler Funeral Home with Rev. George McLaughlin, officiating. Interment will be in the woodland Cemetery. www.mocklerfuneralhome.com
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PITTSFIELD - Pauline B. Nichols, 90, died peacefully on Friday, August 28, in Pittsfield. She was born on December 7, 1924, in Deer Isle, the daughter of the late Theodore and Marion (Saunders) Eaton. She graduated from Sedgwick High School with the class of 1942. She worked from 1968-1990 at the Edwards Company in Pittsfield. Polly was known to be a practical jokester. She was very social and enjoyed her handle "Moped Lady" on the C.B. for many years. She was always baking and inviting others in to share in her cooking. She was a past Sunday School Teacher and Girl Scout and Brownie Leader. She was also a past member of the Sebasticook Club in Pittsfield. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Edward Nichols of Pittsfield; daughters, Brenda Seekins and husband, Steve, of Hartland, Joleen Booth and husband, Robert, of Lisbon Falls and Janet Quint of Pittsfield; son-in-law, Thomas Quint of Pittsfield; grandchildren, Stephanie Floyd and husband, Jon, Spencer Seekins and wife, Cathy, Shelby Maloon, Ryan Craig and wife, Kate, Addie Woodbury and husband, Robert, Arlo Quint and wife, Christa, Tyson Quint and wife, Megan, and Amber Quint, who was very special to her grandmother, and her companion, Wayne Trafton; 11 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; sister, Oleitta MacKinnon of West Rockport and Zephyrhills, Florida; brother, Milton Eaton and wife, Elinor, of Rockland; several nieces and nephews; and her special grand dog, Buster. She was predeceased by her parents; and sister, Joyce Jameson. A Celebration of Life and Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, August 30, at the home of Janet Quint, 371 Somerset Avenue, Pittsfield. All are welcome. A private committal service will be held by the family at the Maloon Cemetery in St. Albans. In lieu of flowers, it was Polly's wish for memorial donations to be made to the American Legion, PO Box 151, Pittsfield, Maine, 04967, to be given in her honor. To leave a message of kindness for the family, please visit www.shoreynichols.com . Care has been provided by the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield.
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