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Roberta Forrester, caring 'Grandma' to troubled kids
SANFORD — Roberta M. Forrester of Jackson Street, a surrogate grandmother to many troubled teen-agers, died Aug. 15, 2000, at her home after a long illness. She was 70.
Mrs. Forrester was caring person who helped others but never asked for anything in return, her family said.
"She would give you the shirt off her back," said a longtime friend, Terrie Pearsall.
Mrs. Forrester was a grandmother not only to her grandchildren, but also to the children and teen-agers in her neighborhood.
"A lot of troubled kids, she turned them around," said her daughter Marge Trowbridge.
Mrs. Forrester spent much of her time with her grandson, Jason, his friends, and troubled teen-agers in the neighborhood. She was known as "Grandma" to them all.
"She always said she enjoyed having the kids there because then she knew where her grandson was and where these troubled boys were," said her daughter.
Mrs. Forrester offered the teen-agers guidance, love and often a hearty Italian meal. "She just let them all come in," said Pearsall. "There were teen-agers coming and going all the time, and she would feed them all."
Her family remembered last Thanksgiving, when she hosted a meal for more than a dozen people, only two of whom were family members.
Besides cooking and spending time with her family and neighborhood children, Mrs. Forrester liked country and western dancing and doting on her pit bull, Mariah.
Mrs. Forrester was born in Providence, R.I., a daughter of Michael and Emily Rocha Marchetti, and attended Thorndike School in East Cambridge, Mass.
She worked at the Sprague Electric Co., now Vishay Sprague, for 17 years. She retired in 1986 because of ill health, but later worked at Courtney Cleaners in 1997-98.
Mrs. Forrester was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, and was a life member of the Amvets Auxiliary.
Her husband, Daniel P. Forester, died in 1994.
Survivors include a son, Frederick R. Trowbridge of Santa Maria, Calif.; two daughters, Marge Trowbridge of Sanford and Diane Slater-Beard of Juneau, Alaska; a brother, Raymond Marchetti of Davenport, Fla.; two sisters, Margaret Capaldi of Cranston, R.I., and Edna Baughman-Sargent of Rockwell, Texas; six grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Visiting hours will be from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today at LaFrance-Lambert Funeral Home, 29 Winter St. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Ignatius Church, with the Rev. Timothy Nadeau as celebrant.
– Lindsay Tice
Travis D. Barnett, 29
Travis D. Barnett, 29, died unexpectedly Aug. 5, 2000.
He was born in Rumford and was a longtime fisherman out of Portland.
Mr. Barnett was the boyfriend of Brenda Burnham.
He enjoyed playing the guitar.
Surviving are a son, Trevor; his mother, April Brown; two sisters, Ronnie-Jean and Michelle Bernard; a brother, John; and grandmother, Lois Barnett.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Newman Cemetery, Carthage. Arrangements are by Direct Cremation of Maine.
Stephen L. Choate, 82
BRUNSWICK — Stephen L. Choate, 82, of Brunswick, a retired Navy lieutenant commander, died Aug. 15, 2000, at Winship Green Nursing Center in Bath.
He was born in Gloucester, Mass., a son of Emory Babson and Edith Marion Tait Choate. He was a graduate of New Hampshire College.
He married Phyllis Kingston in Gloucester on May 25, 1947.
He enlisted in the Navy as a young man, rising to the rank of lieutenant commander, and retired in 1972 after 30 years of service. Among his commendations were the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Medal with one star and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Award.
After retiring from the Navy, he was an investigator for the state of Maine for a short time.
He was a member of United Lodge of Masons, Kora Temple Shrine, the Masonic Sojourners, Retired Officers Association, Choates of America, Casco Bay Council of the Navy League and the Fleet Reserve Association. He was a volunteer at the Retired Affairs Office at Brunswick Naval Air Station.
Surviving are his wife of Brunswick; two sons, David of Portland and Peter of Brunswick; two daughters, Cheryl Greer of Horatio, Ark., and Jeanne Helie of Brunswick; a brother, Charles Shamberger of Lynn, Mass.; two sisters, Marion O'Malley of New Port Richey, Fla., and Ruth Garron of Gloucester; and seven grandchildren.
A funeral service with full military honors will be held at 10 a.m., Friday at Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., followed by burial at noon at the Maine Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Augusta.
Cindy E. Grant, 44
OLD ORCHARD BEACH — Cindy E. Grant, 44, of Smith Avenue died unexpectedly Aug. 15, 2000, at her residence.
She was born in Portland, a daughter of George W. and Florence L. Butterfield Rice, and attended Portland schools, including Portland High School.
She enjoyed going for long rides in the country.
Her husband, Joseph M. Grant Jr., died previously.
Surviving are her father, George W. Rice of Scarborough; two sons, Jason M. of Biddeford and Joseph M. Grant of South Portland; a daughter, Danielle M. Grant of South Portland; two sisters, Donna Hersey of Scarborough and Pamela Dalphonse of Buxton; two brothers, John A. of Portland and Michael Rice of Portland; and four grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Brooklawn Memorial Park.
Roland J. LaVallee, 69
NORTH BERWICK — Roland J. LaVallee, 69, of West 4th Street died Aug. 15, 2000, at his home after a long illness.
He was born in Sanford, a son of Wilfred and Adrienne Pelletier LaVallee, and attended Sanford schools.
From 1946 until 1973, Mr. LaVallee worked in the wholesale and retail food business. In 1973 he started a new career in real estate, operating the Drown Agency with multiple offices in York County. In 1999 he sold his interest in the company to Masiello Group of Keene, N.H.
Mr. LaVallee previously lived in Falmouth and Wells. He moved here in 1998. For the past 15 years, he spent winters in New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
He was a member of the Association of Realtors.
A daughter, Kathleen LaVallee, died in 1979.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Vivian I. Thibaudeau LaVallee of North Berwick; two sons, Michael of Tulsa, Okla., and Thomas of Lakeland, Fla.; three daughters, Susan Greaton of Saco, Diane Malm of Dayton and Lisa Dias of Kingston, N.H.; two sisters, Lorraine Libby of Acton and Gloria Morin of Freeport; a brother, Raymond of Sanford; seven grandchildren and a great-grandson.
There will be no visitation. A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Mary's Church, Eldridge Road, Wells. The Rev. Thomas LaVallee will officiate. Burial will follow in Ocean View Cemetery. Arrangements are by LaFrance-Lambert Funeral Home, 29 Winter St., Sanford.
Florence Elizabeth Lawson, 95
VINALHAVEN — Florence Elizabeth Lawson, 95, of North Haven Road died Aug. 15, 2000, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center.
She was born here, a daughter of Herbert and Eliza Kessel Calderwood, and was valedictorian of her class at Vinalhaven High School.
Mrs. Lawson received her teaching certificate and taught for many years at the Dog Fish School in Crocketts Cove. She also worked at the Burnham & Morrill plant.
A longtime member of the Pleasant River Grange, she served as secretary there for 58 years. She also was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Rebekahs and the Union Church of Vinalhaven, where she served on the Sunshine Committee.
Mrs. Lawson was known as an independent person who enjoyed cats, knitting and hooking rugs.
Her son, Herbert Lawson, died in 1961.
Surviving are several cousins, Edith L. Kessel, Marion Adams and Lillian Rogers, all of New Windsor, N.Y., Bill Rogers of New City, N.Y., Sharon Bruyn and Marilyn Scott, both of Newburgh, N.Y., Carol Wagner of Florida and Carlene Schueler of Wytheville, Va.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday in Cummings Cemetery with the Rev. Michelle Wiley-Arey and Elder Robert Candage co-officiating. Arrangements are by Laite and Pratt Funeral Directors, Camden.
Frederick A. Lemon, 95
LARGO, Fla. — Frederick Alexander Lemon, 95, died at Morton Plant Hospital on July 18, 2000.
He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Mr. Lemon was a member of the Loyal Orange Lodge of the U.S.
He was an enthusiastic musician his entire life and played in several championship flute bands in his youth, said his family. He played several instruments and began taking accordion lessons in his 70s.
His wife, Jean, died previously.
Surviving are a son, John F. of Yarmouth, Maine; a daughter, Dorothy Lemon of Largo; a granddaughter, Emily Lemon of Yarmouth, and a grandson, Frederick A. of Fort Lauderdale.
A memorial service will be held here in the fall.
Kenneth B. Merrifield Sr., 74
WESTBROOK — Kenneth B. Merrifield Sr., 74, of Dana Court died unexpectedly Aug. 15, 2000, at a Portland hospital.
Born in Gorham, a son of Chester W. and Gladys Libby Merrifield, he attended Gorham and Windham schools. He graduated from Westbrook High School and Tilton Junior College in New Hampshire.
Mr. Merrifield worked at the Phinney Lumber Co. and later was a shipbuilder at the Todd Bath yard in South Portland before enlisting in the Navy.
During World War II, he was wounded in Manila, Philippines.
Upon leaving the Navy, he worked at the S.D. Warren Co. for 33 years and at Merrivale Medical Center for 10 years before retiring.
Mr. Merrifield was a Scoutmaster and Cub Scoutmaster and a volunteer firefighter in Fryeburg. He served as quartermaster for the American Legion Sabre Drum and Bugle Corps.
He was a member of the Westbrook High School Marching Band Boosters Club. He also counseled people with substance abuse problems, was active in the Pine Tree Squares dancing group, and was an active supporter of education.
Mr. Merrifield was a communicant of St. Hyacinth's Church. His interests included woodworking, traveling, fishing and the wilderness.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Delia Waldron Merrifield of Westbrook; two sons, John of Westbrook and Kenneth Jr. of Minot; a daughter, Cynthia Pelletier of Phoenix, Ariz.; two brothers, Chester and Lawrence, both of Gorham; a half-brother, Clayton of California; three sisters, Catherine Legere of Raymond, Helen Pierce of Windham and Jean Dollof of Gorham; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Blais Funeral Home, 35 Church St. A funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Hyacinth's Church. Burial will be in St. Hyacinth Cemetery.
Margaret 'Peggy' Raymond, 86
WOLFEBORO, N.H. — Margaret "Peggy" Raymond, 86, of Sugar Hill, died Aug. 16 at Huggins Hospital.
She was born in Sandwich, Mass., a daughter of Chipman and Margaret Bowlby Gilliatt, and had lived in Wolfeboro since 1973, moving here from Slippery Rock (Pa.) University.
A graduate of Bridgewater (Mass.) State College, she was a teacher in the Marion and Harwich, Mass., schools.
Mrs. Raymond was a member of Wolfeboro First Congregational Church and was very active in church work and the Girl Scouts. She also was active in the Girl Scouts as director of the Cedar Hill Girl Scout Camp in Waltham, Mass., Camp Natarswi Girl Scout Camp in Millinocket, Maine, the Four Winds Girl Scout Camp in Plymouth, Mass., and was a Girl Scout executive in Bangor-Brewer, Maine. She was a nature specialist and grew many beautiful plants, particularly African violets.
Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Dr. Robert E. Raymond of Wolfeboro; two daughters, Patricia Ruth Persinger of Bluffton, Ohio, Barbara Lynn Sakawama of New York City; a brother, Clayton Gilliatt of Waseon, Ohio; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Wolfeboro First Congregational Church. Arrangements are by The Baker-Gagne Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Wolfeboro.
Anthony Doyle Simmons, 18
WALDOBORO — Anthony Doyle Simmons, 18, died unexpectedly Aug. 14, 2000, in Waldoboro.
He was born in Damariscotta, a son of Doyle R. Simmons and Joan Ray, and grew up in Hope and Waldoboro. He attended Hope Elementary School, Camden Rockport High School and transferred to Medomak Valley High School.
Mr. Simmons learned welding from his father and became a welding fabricator at Simmons Welding in Hope. He wanted to become a heavy equipment operator, his family said.
He was very artistic and loved to draw and was interested in nature, music, hunting and fishing, and tinkering with things.
Surviving are his father of Hope and his mother of Waldoboro; two sisters, Mrs. Dan (Jody) Shay of Rockland and Mrs. Clarence (Jessica) Flanders of Cushing; a brother, Ryan Morrison of Washington; grandparents, George and Cynthia Simmons of Cushing and Roland and Lorraine Ray of Greene; great-grandmother, Marguerite Simmons of Waldoboro; and great-grandfather, Raymond Ames of Rockland.
Visiting hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St., where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday. Burial will follow in Harbor Cemetery in Friendship. The Rev. Robert Dorr will officiate.
Evelyn Mae Staples, 61
WALDOBORO — Evelyn Mae Staples, 61, of Waldoboro, died Aug. 16, 2000, at her home after a long illness.
She was born in Rockland, a daughter of James and Ella R. Widdecombe, and attended local schools.
She was the companion of William L. Morse of Waldoboro.
A grandson, Timothy P. Shorey, died previously.
Surviving are a son, William Jr. of Rockland; three daughters, Peggy S. Guilford of Rockland, Mrs. Gregory (Maryann) Davis of South China and Mrs. Patrick (Gail M.) Shorey of Winslow; a brother, James C. Widdecombe of South Portland; her twin sister, Mrs. William (Violet) Pinkerton of Rockland; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at Burpee-Strong Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.
Ryan Scott Vaccaro, 24
OLD ORCHARD BEACH — Ryan Scott Vaccaro, 24, died Aug. 14, 2000, at his home.
He was born in Sanford and was a lifelong resident of Maine.
Mr. Vaccaro enjoyed his friends and family, especially the company of his fiancee, Aprill Newman.
His interests also included listening to music, helping others and working on his truck.
Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Dianne and Erwin Seavey of Kennebunk; his grandfather, William Vaccaro of Springvale; an uncle, Rick Vaccaro of New Mexico; and three aunts, Lisa Vaccaro of Portland, Lori Vaccaro of Florida and Terri Stackpole of Sanford.
There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Curtis Lake Christian Church, Westview Drive, Sanford. Pastor Rick Leach will officiate. Arrangements are by Heald Funeral Home, Springvale.
George M. Watson, 85
George M. Watson, 85, of the Eastern Promenade and St. Petersburg, Fla., died unexpectedly Aug. 15, 2000, at a local hospital.
He was born in Van Buren, a son of Frank L. and Estella M. Hughes Watson Beaudoin, and graduated from John Bapst High School in Ban- gor in 1932. He graduated from St. Dunstan University on Prince Edward Island in 1933 and graduated from Husson College in 1935.
During World War II, he was an accounting manager at the South Portland shipyards. Mr. Watson was a regional accounting manager with Suburban Propane. He retired in 1985 after nearly 40 years.
He was a member of the Woodfords Club and a communicant of St. Pius X Church in Portland and Holy Cross Church in St. Petersburg. He was a former communicant of Sacred Heart Church of Portland.
Mr. Watson was an avid sports fan, and particularly enjoyed following the Boston Red Sox and Celtics. He also played fast-pitch softball and Twilight League baseball until he was 40.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Emily Houle Watson of Portland; three daughters, Estelle Sanders of New Gloucester, Catherine Moschetto of Bonita Springs, Fla., and Emily Sprague of Duxbury, Mass.; three sons, Ronald F. of Buchanan, Mich., George M. Jr. of Chevy Chase, Md., and Frank J. of Portland; and 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Conroy-Tully Funeral Home, 172 State St. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Pius X Church. Burial will be in New Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.
Grace E. Wilson, 94
Grace E. Wilson, 94, of Stevens Avenue died Aug. 16, 2000, at a local nursing facility after a brief illness.
She was born in Newburgh, a daughter of Florien and Grace Fisher.
Mrs. Wilson and her husband, John W. Wilson, were the former owners of the J.W. Wilson Candy Co. Her husband died in 1999.
Surviving are a niece, Jane Winship of Orrington; and a cousin, Shirley Dyer of Portland.
There will be no visitation. A graveside service will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Pine Grove Cemetery, Falmouth, with the Rev. Philip Shearman officiating. Arrangements are by Jones, Rich and Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St.
John J. Roy, 82, veteran; active in church, sports
WEST GARDINER — John J. Roy, 82, a Purple Heart recipient who pitched in the Augusta softball leagues into his 60s, died March 4, 2001, at the Maine Veteran's Home in Augusta. "He was trained in the mountain troops, and when he went to war they landed in North Africa," said his son, Colin Roy, of his father's World War II service.
"From there he went to Italy and fought in the mountains outside Rome. The day he was wounded he said his jacket and canteen were full of machine gun holes, and he only got shot once."
Mr. Roy was a mortar crewman with the 85th Division, 337th Infantry Regiment.
"Their rations were macaroni and cheese," his son said, "and when he got home he never ate mac and cheese again."
After Mr. Roy was wounded in the early 1940s outside of Rome, he recovered in Paris.
"He was about to leave and was walking down the street in his uniform. He saw a man and recognized the way he walked and said, 'That can't be anyone but my brother, Edmond.' It was my uncle, Edmond, on his way to the war. I have a photo of them standing side by side on the street in Paris."
Mr. Roy was born in Van Buren, a son of John and Marguerite St. Amand Roy. He was one of three boys and had seven sisters. He attended Augusta schools and after one year at Cony High School had to leave school to work and help his family.
After the war, he worked for more than 30 years as an aide on the psychiatric ward at the veterans hospital at Togus. He retired in 1976 as a nurse's technician.
He was an active member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Hallowell. He served on the vestry, was junior warden for several years and was an usher and sexton.
"He did a lot of work on the church," said his son. "When he was in his 60s he was up on the steeple repairing parts of it."
Mr. Roy was the neighborhood barber when his children were young, cutting neighbors' hair in his kitchen.
He was active in local sports and pitched for Augusta softball leagues into his early 60s, earning nicknames like "Firehorse," "Ageless" and "Johnny 'The Barber' Roy."
When their son played for a fast-pitch softball team in high school, Mr. Roy and his wife traveled to all 13 national softball tournaments across the country.
Mr. Roy was a faithful supporter of high school sports and enjoyed attending harness races at fairs in Skowhegan, Windsor, Union and Lewiston.
He was predeceased by his first two wives, Georgette Labbe Roy and Clara McArthur Roy, a son, Daniel, and a grandson, Stephen Fuller Jr.
He married the former Shirley Fuller in 1996.
Surviving are his wife of West Gardiner; a son, Colin of Farmingdale; two daughters, Nancy Clement and Jennifer Plato; three sisters, Anna Labbe of Augusta, Laura Thibodeau of McDonough, Ga., and Anne Zientara of Hallowell; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Mr. Roy's life will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Matthew's Church, Union Street, Hallowell. Burial will be in the spring in the Maine Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Augusta. Arrangements are by Staples Funeral Home, Gardiner.
– Beth Brogan
Ann M. Ackroyd, 90
WINDHAM — Ann M. Ackroyd, 90, of Swett Road died March 6, 2001, at a Portland hospital.
She was born in Lincoln, N.H., a daughter of Charles and Emma MacLean, attended area schools and graduated from Lincoln High School. She later attended the New England Hospital School of Nursing in Boston.
Mrs. Ackroyd was a registered nurse at Memorial Hospital in Nashua, N.H., for 30 years, retiring in 1973.
She moved to Windham from New Hampshire that same year. She was a member of North Windham Union Church, the Windham Hill Club, Casco-Raymond Senior Citizens and the Seasoned Senior Citizens of Windham.
Mrs. Ackroyd enjoyed attending her children's and grandchildren's sporting events. She also read and was a Red Sox fan.
Her husband, Henry James Ackroyd, died in 1988.
Surviving are two sons, H. James Jr. of Windham and Robert A. Ackroyd of Fort Worth, Texas; a daughter, Janice E. Jillson of Athol, Mass.; seven grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and six stepgreat-grandchildren.
There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be announced later. Arrangements are by Dolby Funeral Chapel.
Brenda Eaton Adams, 55
CUSHING — Brenda Eaton Adams, 55, died March 4, 2001, after an automoble accident on Route 97 here.
She was born in Rockland, a daughter of Dwinal and Lavinia Davis Stanley, and received her general equivalency diploma at Mid-Coast Community College.
Mrs. Adams was a homemaker and a certified nurse's assistant, taking care of homebound elderly.
She had been a resident of St. George and Milwaukee. She was a volunteer at the St. George Fire Department. She enjoyed her grandchildren, gardening, reading American Indian history, traveling and riding in Mustang convertibles.
Her first husband, Ernest E. Eaton Jr., died previously.
Surviving are her mother, Lavinia Routledge of Mar- tinsville in St. George; her husband, Carl D. Adams of Cushing; two sons, Russell Eaton of Menominee Falls, Wis., and Ernest E. Eaton III of Hawaii; two stepsons, Carl Adams Jr. and Michael Adams of Cushing; two daughters, Mrs. Harry (Roxane) Gabelbauer of Wauwa- tosa, Wis., and Mrs. Dennis (Ramona) Weink of Wind Lake, Wis.; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Anthony (Dana) Wyman of Bingham and Jessica Adams of Rockport; two sisters, Mrs. Wayne (Joyce) Hilt of St. George and Mrs. Neil (Maxine) Hoffses of New Port Richie, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
There will be no visitation. Burial will be at noon Saturday in Ridge Cemetery. A gathering of friends and family will follow at 2 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home, 35 Knox St., Thomaston, with the Rev. Wayne Sawyer offering a prayer.
Marcel O. Angers, 70
SPRINGVALE — Marcel O. Angers, 70, a longtime resident of Springvale, died March 6, 2001, at Hale Hospital in Haverhill, Mass.
He was born in St. Norbert, Quebec, a son of Aristide and Marie Jeanne Bernard Angers, moved to Springvale at a young age and attended the former Notre Dame School. In 1948 he graduated from the former St. Ignatius High School.
After graduation, Mr. Angers joined the military and served from 1948 to 1951.
Mr. Angers was a self-employed tractor-trailer driver. He also owned and operated Springvale Auto Parts, the Villa Cafe and Apartments and Triple A Transportation of Lebanon.
According to family members, Mr. Angers was commonly known as "Hey Joe" to his customers and friends. When he was driving, he always made time to attend weekly Mass in whatever part of the country he was traveling through.
He enjoyed dancing, cooking, trucking, traveling, playing his fiddle and flower gardening. He was a member of the Elks and was a communicant of Notre Dame Church, where he served as an usher for many years.
He was the longtime companion of Shirley Libby of Portland.
Surviving are three sons, Michael and Daniel P., both of Springvale, and Mark of North Berwick; two daughters, Linda Torno of Lebanon and Diane R. Angers of Springvale; a brother, Jean Noel of Dover, N.H.; a sister, Doris Jalbert of Sanford; and 11 grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at LaFrance-Lambert Funeral Home, 29 Winter St., Sanford. A funeral Mass will celebrated at 9 a.m. Monday in Notre Dame Church. Spring burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery.
Anne Blaney, 69
BATH — Anne Blaney, 69, died March 2, 2001, at Winship Green Nursing Facility.
She was born in Lansdowne, Pa., a daughter of Corwin and Helen Perisho, attended high school in Ridgewood, N.J., and as a teen-ager traveled with her parents to Europe to assist in Quaker humanitarian efforts.
She later attended Oberlin (Ohio) College and received a degree in art history. As she was about to continue her studies in France, she met Roy Blaney while waitressing for the summer on Cape Cod. They married in 1952 in West Harwich, Mass., and settled in Boothbay Harbor.
In addition to bringing up three children, Mrs. Blaney was a talented seamstress, sewing clothes, wedding dresses and costumes for the local playhouse. She also was a substitute teacher and in 1977, began working full time at the reading lab at Boothbay Region Elementary School.
In 1981 Mrs. Blaney and her family moved aboard the Jenny Ives, a 37-foot ketch that her husband built. After two years, they moved to their home on Cross Road in Southport.
Mrs. Blaney was diagnosed with Wegener's disease in 1989, and she retired from teaching because of her illness.
After their children were grown, Mrs. Blaney and her husband explored many Maine islands and the Canadian Maritimes in their sailboat. She donated time to Friends of the Library in Boothbay and she loved to read, sketch and paint her coastal Maine surroundings, play the piano, garden and spend time with her grandchildren.
Mr. Blaney died in 1999.
Surviving are a daughter, Joan B. Cook of Phippsburg; two sons, Aaron of Southport and Eben Blaney of Portland; and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. March 25, at the Playhouse, Route 27, Boothbay. It will be a Quaker service with a reception following. Arrangements are by Mayo, Curtis and Hill Funeral Home.
Yolanda F. Bridges, 68
SOUTH PORTLAND — Yolanda F. Bridges, 68, of Sprague Street died March 8, 2001, at a local nursing home after a long illness.
She was born in Portland, a daughter of Antonio and Donata DiCarlo Cremonese, grew up in the St. Dominic's Parish at the former St. Elizabeth's home on High Street, and attended the parochial schools of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
She worked at K&M Tailor Shop on Middle Street in Portland doing specialized tailoring for nine years. She later worked briefly at Bernie's Fashions. After marrying Burton L. Bridges Sr. in 1956 she became a homemaker.
She was a former communicant of St. Dominic's Church in Portland and a communicant of Holy Cross Church in South Portland.
Mrs. Bridges devoted her time volunteering at civic and Catholic organizations, especially those involving her children. She enjoyed flowers, skiing, boating, bowling, rollerskating, swimming and interior decorating.
Surviving are her husband of 44 years; a daughter, Linda L. Bridges of South Portland; a son, Burton L. Bridges Jr. of Scarborough; four sisters, Anna Myers of South Portland, Cindy Dell'Aquila of Portland, Concetta Lewis of Windham and Antoinette Presby of Biddeford; and one grandson.
Visiting hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Cross Church South Portland. Burial will follow in New Calvary Cemetery.
Alejandro Esmiller Sr., 87
MANILA, Philippines — Alejandro Esmiller Sr., 87, formerly of South Portland, Maine, died March 2, 2001, at a Manila hospital.
Mr. Esmiller was born here. He owned and managed a bake shop for 25 years before moving to South Portland in 1989.
He was a devoted husband, caring father and grandfather, and was known for his sense of humor, his family said.
His retirement hobbies included reading, walking and gar- dening.
Mr. Esmiller was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in South Port- land.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Feliza of Norfolk. Va.; three sons, Danny Sr., Serafin and Alejandro Jr.; four daughters, Magdalena, Felicitas, Nene and Belen; 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
A service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Alitagtag. Burial will follow at the Immaculate Conception Memorial Park, Bauan.
Peggy C. Farley, 77
Peggy C. Farley, 77, of Danforth Street died March 8, 2001, at a local hospital.
She was born in Miami, a daughter of Frank and Louise McGhan, graduated from St. Patrick's High School in Miami in 1941, and from Barry College there in 1945.
During World War II, Mrs. Farley volunteered with the Red Cross in Florida.
In 1958 she moved to Los Angeles, where she lived until moving to Biddeford in 1973.
From the 1970s through the early 1980s, Mrs. Farley worked for the federal Concentrated Employment and Training Act program in Biddeford. After moving to Portland in 1981, she was employed with the Peoples Regional Opportunity Program until the 1990s. She later was a personnel specialist at the Maine Employment Bureau for five years, retiring in 1997.
Surviving are a son, Sean P. Farley of Portland; a daughter, Maureen Greer Farley of California; and two granddaughters.
There will be no visitation. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Conroy-Tully Funeral Home, 172 State St. Burial will follow in New Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.
Viola Beryl Faulkner, 87
WINTERPORT — Viola Beryl Faulkner, 87, of Boston Road died March 7, 2001, at Brewer Rehabilitation and Living Center.
She was born in Hartford Center, a daughter of Harry and Eva Allen Dudley, and attended South Paris schools.
She lived in the Waterford area for many years and was a member of the Norway and Waterford American Legion Auxiliary. Mrs. Faulkner knitted, crocheted, gardened and enjoyed feeding birds and reading her Bible.
Her husband, Jonah H. Faulkner, a son, Harry, and a daughter, Crystal, all died previously.
Surviving are three sons, John R. of Orange, Mass., Samuel J. of Appleton and Kenneth L. of Hayneville, Ga.; seven daughters, Vivian Bullard of Oxford, Mass., Virginia Grenier of Winterport, Zillah Karstetter of Pittsfield, Esther Faulkner of Fryeburg, Ruth Sawyer and Mary Butterfield, both of Farmington Falls, and Susan Kesterson of Ocean Springs, Miss.; two sisters, Ruby Kahkonen of South Paris and Frantie Giasson of Waterford; 38 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and three great- great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Wood Funeral Home, 12 Warren St., Fryeburg, with the Rev. Keith Cushman officiating. Spring burial will be in #4 Cemetery, Lovell.
Laura A. Filley, 44
GORHAM — Laura A. Filley, 44, of Rust Road died March 7, 2001, in Portland.
She was born in Exeter, N.H., a daughter of Charles and Edna Sanborn Filley, and attended Hampton, N.H., schools.
Miss Filley loved her family and was a wonderful sister and aunt to her nephews, family members said. She enjoyed shopping and buying gifts for family and friends.
Surviving are two brothers, Eugene T. of Rollinsford, N.H., and Ralph C. Filley of Dover, N.H.; and four sisters, Diane Lotz of Bow Lake, N.H., Debbie Trethaway of Florida, Charlene Chute of South Hiram and Viola Mae Verrill of Steep Falls in Standish.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at York Funeral Chapel, Maple Street, Cornish. The Rev. Dan Martin will officiate.
Paul Flaherty, 51
WARREN — Paul Flaherty, 51, died March 6, 2001, at his home.
Born in Milbridge, he was a son of Lawrence A. and Elizabeth H. Babbage Flaherty. At age 6, he moved to Rockland with his family. In 1961 he moved to Warren, where he attended local schools.
On April 6, 1974, he married Virginia K. Linscott here.
Mr. Flaherty first worked with his brother building homes. For a few years, he lived in Florida, where he was employed with a roofing contractor. Returning to Maine, Mr. Flaherty again worked with his brother before beginning employment with McCormick Construction. In 1992 he started his own construction business.
He enjoyed building furniture and remodeling his home. He also was a fisherman and deer hunter.
Surviving are his wife of 27 years; two sons, Paul M. Jr. and Travis J.; three sisters, Virginia Crabtree, Laura Grant and Pearl Stetson; and two brothers Roland D. and John C., all of Warren.
Visiting hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland, where a funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday. The Rev. Vernon Jordan will officiate. Spring burial will be in Sea View Cemetery, Rockland.
Peter W. Hjort, 61
WINDHAM — Peter W. Hjort, 61, of Robin Lane and formerly of Phoenix, Ariz., died March 6, 2001, at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
He was born in Portland, a son of John T. and Agnes Slack Hjort, attended Portland schools and graduated from North Phoenix High School.
Mr. Hjort served in Germany with the Air Force.
He managed a grocery distribution center in Arizona and also managed groceries in Bridgton and Gray, retiring after 45 years.
Surviving are his mother of Phoenix; his wife, Carole Glidden Hjort of Windham; a son, Michael, a daughter, Carol Hjort-King, and his brother, John, all of Phoenix; three grandchildren and two foster grandchildren.
At Mr. Hjort's request, there will be no service. Arrangements are by Independent Death Care of Maine in Cornish.
Lucy Earl Ruby Jacklin, 99
YARMOUTH — Lucy Earl Ruby Jacklin, 99, holder of the Boston Post gold-headed cane as Yarmouth's oldest resident, died March 4, 2001, at Mercy Hospital in Portland.
She was born in Yarmouth, a daughter of Harry E. and Ada Johnson Ruby, and graduated from Yarmouth schools.
She had been a member of First Baptist Church of Yarmouth.
At the mention of a neighbor's birthday, "Mrs. Hospitality" Jacklin was quick to whip up one of her famous cream cakes, her family said. In her early years, she was a champion ballroom dancer.
Her husband, William Hastings Jacklin, died in 1987.
Surviving are two daughters, Marion L. Frye and Evelyn Stoddard, and a son, William H. Jr., all of Yarmouth; two sisters, Ethel Morgan of Yarmouth and Carol Jordan of Westbrook; a brother, Edgar Ruby of Standish; four grandchildren, Pastor Ernest Frye of Ashland, Mass., Craig Stoddard of North Yarmouth, Claire Jacklin Walchinsky of Lehigh Valley, Pa., and Mary Curit of Yarmouth; eight great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. today at First Baptist Church, Main Street, with Pastor Ernest Frye officiating. Spring burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Arrangements are by Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane.
Rejeanne B. Martel, 75
SACO — Rejeanne B. Martel, 75, of Ocean Park Road died March 8, 2001, at St. Andre's Health Care Facility after a long illness.
She was born in Biddeford, a daughter of Emile H. and Laura Gelinas Bouchard, and attended Biddeford schools.
On June 4, 1945, she married William R. Martel at St. Andre's Church.
As a young woman, she helped operate a rooming house with her parents. She also was employed at the Saco Lowell Shops, John Roberts, the Morningstar Corp. and at Shape Inc. She retired in 1984 because of illness.
Mrs. Martel was a member of Most Holy Trinity Church. She enjoyed knitting, card playing, beano, and spending time with her family.
A son, Raymond A. Martel, died in 1997.
Surviving are her husband of Saco; a daughter, Mrs. David (Loretta) Cole of North Waterboro; a son, Richard N. Martel of El Paso, Texas; two sisters, Rita Littlefield of Saco and Mrs. Armand (Priscilla) Couture of Plainfield, Conn.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren
Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm St., Biddeford. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at Most Holy Trinity Church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Ruth Elizabeth Nyberg Noyes
WINDHAM — Ruth Elizabeth Nyberg Noyes, 87, of Roosevelt Trail died March 8, 2001, at Maine Medical Center in Portland after a long illness.
She was born in Salem, Mass., a daughter of Theodore A. and Emily Nyberg.
Her husband, Herbert W. Noyes, died in 1973.
Surviving are a son, Edward C. Noyes of Crystal, Minn.; and a sister, Eva Conroy of Auburn.
Memorial visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Hay and Peabody Funeral Home, Portland.
Virginia Bickford Ozel, 78
SOMMERVILLE, N.J. — Virginia Bickford Ozel, 78, died March 4, 2001, at a local hospital.
She was born in Pittsfield, Maine, a daughter of Joseph A. and Mona Warren Bickford. She grew up in Portland, Maine, and attended Portland schools. In her youth, Mrs. Ozel was a vocalist with several popular Portland music ensembles.
She married Alfred Ozel, and they lived in New York and New Jersey.
Mrs. Ozel designed and sewed her own clothes. She also raised and showed Doberman pinschers, and was proud of Lorrie, her ribbon-winner.
Surviving are a brother, Joseph Bickford of New Jersey; and two sisters, Charlotte Grape of Portland and Eleanor Gay of Island Pond, Vt.
There will be no visitation. Burial will be private. Arrangements are by Hay and Peabody Funeral Home, Portland.
Robert B. Riggs, 81
GORHAM — Robert B. Riggs, 81, of Main Street and formerly of Elkhart, Ind., and Prescott, Ariz., died March 5, 2001, at his daughter's home in Scarborough.
He was born in Tulsa, Okla., a son of Bruce and Ida Bunker Riggs, and attended schools in Chicago.
Mr. Riggs was a gunner's mate in the Navy, sailing the Pacific in a destroyer escort.
He married Jessie Cole on May 3, 1941.
He was an electrician for the San Diego (Calif.) Gas and Electric Co. He started as a lineman and retired in 1979 as foreman of the meter crew.
While living in San Diego, Mr. Riggs built a new home every two years as a hobby and to benefit from the resale value. He played the Hawaiian guitar and was an accomplished piano player, playing for the Wesleyan Church in San Diego and other churches in California.
Surviving are his wife, Jessie Cole Riggs of Gorham; two daughters, Judy MacIntyre of Scarborough and Joyce Foster of Glendora, Calif.; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
A memorial service will be held at noon Wednesday at South Portland Church of the Nazarene. Pastor Arthur Magnuson will officiate. Arrangements are by Independent Death Care of Maine in Cornish.
Pearl I. Stewart, 74
SANFORD — Pearl I. Stewart, 74, of Eastview Drive died March 8, 2001, at H.D. Goodall Hospital after a long illness.
She was born in Suncook, N.H., a daughter of Edwin and Myrtle Annis Annis.
Mrs. Stewart was a dietitian at York Hospital. She also was a former Brownie and Girl Scout leader.
She had lived here since 1985 and was a communicant of St. Ignatius Church.
Surviving are her husband, Gerald M. Stewart of Sanford; three daughters, Gail Hutchins of York, Gerri Coy of Brookfield, N.H., and Shelly Carpenter of Sanford; two brothers, Roy Annis of Suncook, N.H. and Floyd Annis of Brentwood, N.H.; two sisters, Edith Argerow of Portsmouth, N.H. and Doris Brooks of Tacoma, Wash.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at LaFrance-Lambert Funeral Home, 29 Winter St. Burial will be in the spring in St. Ignatius Cemetery.
June Beebe Rockwood Taylor, 73
OSTERVILLE, Mass. — June Beebe Rockwood Taylor, 73, of Osterville and Naples, Fla., died March 5, 2001, at Cape Regency Nursing Home in Centerville.
She was born in Boston, a daughter of Albert W. and Lucia Beebe Rockwood, and attended Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Conn., and Garland Junior College in Boston. While growing up, she lived in Cambridge and Wakefield, and spent many summers on Cape Cod.
She taught music at Shady Hill School in Cambridge.
She lived in Wellesley for 36 years before moving to Osterville in 1987.
Mrs. Taylor was an equestrian, sailor, swimmer, golfer and tennis player. She was a member of the Junior League, the New England Farm and Garden Club and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Wellesley.
Surviving are her husband of 52 years, Robert H. Taylor of Osterville; two sons, Robert Jr. of Scarborough, Maine, and Stanley Taylor of Southborough; a daughter, Lee Payton of Natick; a brother, David Rockwood of Osterville; a sister, Louise Cies of Brookline; and six grand- children.
Burial will be private. A spring memorial service will be held. Arrangements are by Doane, Beal and Ames Funeral Home, Hyannis.
Edwin Waitstill 'Ike' Webber, 76
WESTBROOK — Edwin Waitstill "Ike" Webber, 76, died March 7, 2001, at a Portland hospital.
He was born in Berlin, N.H., a son of Walter W. and Beatrice Tollen Webber, and was a graduate of Bucksport High School. In 1949 he received a bachelor's degree in government from the University of Maine, where he received a master's degree in 1952.
He pursued doctoral studies in political science at Tulane University in New Orleans, completing his work in 1955.
During World War II, Mr. Webber was a Navy pilot.
From 1952 until 1964, he was a professor at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., and the University of Rhode Island.
Mr. Webber left teaching for a career in government service in 1965, when he joined the Economic Development Administration. He was regional director for New England and New York, and later was deputy assistant deputy for planning.
He left the EDA in 1968 to become staff director of then-U.S. Sen. Edmund S. Muskie's Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations.
After Sen. Muskie's withdrawal from the 1972 presidential campaign, Mr. Webber joined the cabinet of Massachusetts Gov. Francis Sargent, where he was assistant secretary for environmental affairs. In 1975 he returned to Washington, D.C., and was staff director of the House Banking Subcommittee on Economic Stabilization.
Mr. Webber retired from government in 1986, after accepting a research and teaching position at the University of Maryland, where he helped design and implement a training program for local government finance officers. He remained at the university until 1991, when he moved to Westbrook.
He golfed and was a member of Gorham Country Club.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Shirley Hughes Webber; a daughter, Deborah Hughes Webber of Minneapolis; and a son, Daniel W. of Frederick, Md.
There will be no services. Arrangements are by Blais Funeral Home.