Tuesday, October 12, 1999
Charles Albert Staples
Korean War veteran; enjoyed animals
WALDOBORO — Charles Albert Staples, 70, died Saturday at the Veterans
Administration hospital at Togus.
He was born in South Gardiner, a son of Henry and Olivia Holt Staples.
Mr. Staples was wounded in the Korean War.
He enjoyed animals and painting.
He was a companion of Pat Brown of Augusta.
Surviving are two sisters, Barbara Jordan of South Gardiner and Diane
Bodge of Pittston; and two brothers, Donald of Gardiner and Norman of South
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Mt. Hope
Cemetery in South Gardiner with the Rev. Thomas Rawley officiating. Arrangements
are by Hall Funeral Home, Waldoboro.
Elizabeth Smith Lemieux
businesswoman, supervisor for Corning
KENNEBUNK — Elizabeth Smith Lemieux, 79, of River Locks Road died Sunday
at Kennebunk Nursing and Rehabilitation after a brief illness.
She was born in Mars Hill, a daughter of William Leslie and Myrtle
D. Broad Rees, and attended Mars Hill and Dexter schools.
During World War II, she served in the Coast Guard.
In the 1950s, she owned and operated Southern Maine Motors, the Ford
Garage in Kennebunk, with her first husband, then sold the business in
the late '50s. In 1967 she went to work for Corning Glassworks, retiring
in 1980 as a supervisor.
Mrs. Lemieux played golf and was a member of the Biddeford Saco Country
Club, Dexter Country Club and Myrtle Beach Country Club.
She attended the Universalist Unitarian Church in Kennebunk.
Her husband, Albert Smith, died in 1956, and her second husband, Albert
Lemieux, died in 1998.
Surviving are two sons, Albert Smith of Brownfield and Kevin Scott
Smith of Kennebunk; a stepson, Richard Lemieux of Alfred; a stepdaughter,
Joanne Rocray of Biddeford; a brother, Harold Rees of Dover-Foxcroft; two
sisters, Bernice Daly of Palmetto, Fla., and Hazel Downing of Ripley; eight
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Bibber Memorial Chapel,
67 Summer St. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the
Universalist Unitarian Church, Main Street, with the Rev. Judith Smith-Valley
officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery.
Edward S. Rogers
electrical and plumbing contractor
NORTH BERWICK — Edward S. Rogers, 81, of East Road died Sunday at Maine
Medical Center, Portland.
Born in Falmouth, Mass., a son of Ben and Ula Nickerson Rogers, he
graduated from Norfolk (Va.) High School and the Manette School of Music,
Lewiston, an affiliate of Bates College.
He was a veteran of the Army and served in World War II.
Mr. Rogers was an electrical and plumbing contractor, and was employed
by the Brunswick Naval Air Station as heating supervisor.
He played the banjo and performed alone and with a band. He initiated
a concert to assist the Alzheimer's fund and often played for patients
at many nursing homes.
His first wife, Juliette Lizotte Rogers, died in March.
Surviving are his wife, Helen Merritt Rogers of North Berwick; two
sons, J. Scott of Warren and Peter of Augusta; two daughters, Phyllis Taylor
of Orleans, Mass., and Beverly Custer of Baltimore; two stepdaughters,
Gloria Legere of Poulsbo, Wash., and Lee Aldrich of Dover, N.H.; 13 grandchildren
and several great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson Funeral Home,
26 Market St., where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday
with the Rev. Fred Clark officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery.
Flossie Phyllis Dailey
registered nurse, businesswoman
JEFFERSON — Flossie Phyllis Dailey, 89, died Saturday at her home.
She was a daughter of Frank Hoyt and Ada Belle Corwin Mitchell, and
attended Miami Valley School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio, where she earned
her registered nurse's degree in 1930.
She then moved to New York City and worked at Bellevue Hospital, and
later worked at Mineola Hospital on Long Island, N.Y.
On April 13, 1935, she married James B. Dailey Jr. He died in 1983.
In the 1940s she lived on Long Island, and in 1945 she and her husband
established a business called Eronel Services, which machined and finished
parts for high-tension lines and transformers. In 1950, she and the business
moved to New Milford, Conn.
Mrs. Dailey later returned to nursing for Visiting Nurses Association
in New Milford, where she oversaw immunization efforts in local schools
and managed well-baby clinics.
In 1977, she retired here, where she was a communicant of St. Denis
Roman Catholic Church in Whitefield and a member of the church's senior
activity group, the Young and the Restless.
Her hobbies included playing canasta and cribbage, crocheting, and
later using a computer to e-mail and play solitaire.
Surviving are two sons, James B. III of Jefferson and William M. Dailey
of New Milford; a daughter, Mrs. Patrick (Phyllis A.) Hannigan of Jamestown,
R.I.; two brothers, Sherman Mitchell of Willow City, Texas, and Norman
Mitchell of Camp Hill, Pa.; and four grand- children.
Visiting hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Gray and Pratt
Funeral Home, Windsor. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday at St. Denis Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. John Audibert
officiating. Burial will be in Center Cemetery, New Milford. Arrangements
are by Lillis Funeral Home, New Milford.
Mario E. Vera
supervisor at textile mills
SANFORD — Mario E. Vera, 71, died Sunday at his home.
He was born in Mendoza, Argentina, a son of Arturo and Celia Carrizo
Vera. He arrive in the United States at a young age and spent time in New
Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine.
He worked as a shift supervisor at local textile mills and often had
to move because of work.
Mr. Vera was a member of the National Rifle Association.
His hobbies included fishing, camping, gardening and was a craftsman
He was formerly married to Ana M. Vera.
Surviving are two daughters, Diana V. Beleno and Patricia C. Campbell,
both of Sanford; a granddaughter, Rachel A. Beleno; several stepchildren;
and several relatives in Argentina.
There will be no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held at
a later date. Arrangements are by Heald Funeral Home, Springvale.
Perley W. Harriman
game warden, Marine veteran of WWII
RICHMOND — Perley "Pud" Harriman, 80, also of Naples, Fla., died Sunday
at MaineGeneral Medical Center, Augusta.
He was born in Franklin, a son of George and Vilora Googins Harriman,
and attended Franklin schools.
Mr. Harriman served in the Marine Corps during World War II in the
Pacific-Asiatic theater. He was part of the Marine Raider Battalion and
was in five battles, wounded twice and a recipient of two Purple Hearts.
He was a game warden for many years and later retired from Bath Iron
Works after 20 years were he worked in the supply office.
Mr. Harriman was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Brunswick.
He was a fisherman and a hunter.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Priscilla Bunker Harriman of Richmond;
two daughters, Linda MacPhee of Gardiner and Patricia Harriman of Augusta;
and four grandchildren, Lisa and Carl Dodge of Houlton, Shawn Porter of
Winthrop and Heather Porter of Naples, Fla.
Visiting hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Kincer Funeral Home,
14 South Pleasant St. A funeral service will be held at a later date at
Father Leclair Memorial Chapel, Maine Veteran's Cemetery, Augusta, with
the Rev. Jim Pierson officiating. The American Legion and Marine contingent
will be performing military honors.
Robert H. Fowler Jr.
returned to Maine from New York City
DAMARISCOTTA — Robert H. Fowler Jr., 71, died here Friday of heart
He was born in New York City, a son of Dr. Robert H. and Caroline Auchincloss
Fowler. He attended Allen-Stevenson and Choate schools and Paul Smith's
College in New York state.
He served briefly in the Army and then worked in sales in New York
City. In the early 1960s he moved to Maine and lived in Yarmouth, Gray,
Lewiston and Augusta.
Over the last two years he had been treated for Parkinson's disease.
Surviving are three brothers, David Anderson Fowler of Blue Bell, Pa.,
Alexander Robert Fowler of Cumberland Foreside and Howland Auchincloss
Fowler of Bethesda, Md.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. A graveside service
will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Riverside Cemetery, Yarmouth. Arrangements
are by Lindquist Funeral Home, Yarmouth.
Sara Ida Thorndike
homemaker; enjoyed country music
ROCKLAND — Sara Ida Thorndike, 89, died Saturday at Knox Center after
a brief illness.
She was the widow of Ralph Thorndike, whom she married in 1938.
She was born in Thomaston, a daughter of Nathaniel James and Estella
Mae Wilson Stone, and attended Thomaston schools.
She was a waitress at the Thomaston Cafe, owned by Edward Anderson,
and the coffee shop in the west end of Thomaston, owned by Clarence Upham.
She was a homemaker and had lived in Rockland for the past 20 years.
She was also a member of St. John Baptist Episcopal Church, Thomaston.
Mrs. Thorndike enjoyed visiting friends and country music, particularly
singers Eddie Arnold and Billy Ray Cyrus.
She also sang in a nursing home entertainment group, Fred Thompson
and the Boys.
Surviving are one sister, Margaret Clukey of Thomaston; one niece,
Diane Corbett of Thomaston; and three nephews, Dana Clukey and Richard
Stone, both of Thomaston, and Robert Stone of Scarborough.
There will be no visiting hours. A graveside committal service will
be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Village Cemetery, Thomaston, with the Rev.
Peter Edwards-Jenks officiating. Arrangements are by Davis Funeral Home,
Arthur L. Wilson
electrician at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
SACO — Arthur L. Wilson, 91 of Locke Street died Monday at his home.
He was born in Biddeford, a son of Frank and Maude Young Wilson, and
attended Saco schools and Thornton Academy.
He worked at the Pepperell mills.
During World War II, Mr. Wilson served in England in the Navy.
After the war he was an electrician at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
and retired after 35 years.
He was a lifelong resident of Saco.
Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Adelaide Simmons Wilson of Saco.
Visiting hours will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Dennett,
Craig and Pate Funeral Home, 365 Main St., where a funeral service will
be held at 11 a.m. Thursday.
Burial will follow with Dr. Burton Howe officiating.
George D. Agayoff Jr.
department store supervisor
SACO — George D. Agayoff Jr., 56, of Buxton Road died Monday at his
He was born in Meriden, Conn., a son of George D. and Claire Vaillancourt
Agayoff Sr., and graduated from Windsor (Conn.) High School.
He was a road supervisor at Rich's Department Store for several years
and more recently was self-employed.
He was interested in Civil War history and spent time reading and researching.
Other hobbies included whittling, fishing and playing his guitar.
Surviving are his wife of 28 years, Grace Agayoff of Saco; two sons,
Cory and George A. III, both of Saco; and one great-granddaughter, Mariah
A memorial wake will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Cote Funeral
Home, Beach and James streets, followed by a funeral service at 11:30 a.m.
with the Rev. Frank Accardy officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
Lucia A. Wright
piano teacher; enjoyed gardening
WATERBORO — Lucia A. Wright, 76, of Courtney Lane died Sunday at Southern
Maine Medical Center after a brief illness.
She was born in Alfred, the daughter of Maynard and Mary O'Brien Wright,
and was a 1939 graduate of the former Alfred High School. She was also
a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
Ms. Wright was a piano teacher all her life and taught in Portland,
Alfred, Springvale and Waterboro. At the time of her death was still teaching
at her home.
She was a member of the Rossini Club in Portland and the New Century
Club in Alfred. She was a lifelong member of Alfred Parish Church.
Ms. Wright enjoyed flower gardening and plants.
She is survived by several cousins.
Visiting hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Heald Funeral Home,
61 Main St., Springvale, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m.
Thursday with the Rev. Katherine Fisk of the Alfred Parish Church officiating.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Alfred.
Olga Lemke Peterson
educator, volunteer, radio personality
Olga Lemke Peterson, 85, host of the popular 1950s Portland TV show
"Youth Cavalcade," died Sunday at Cedars Nursing Care Center.
The daughter of German immigrants, she was born a twin and so fragile
that she was not expected to live. Mrs. Peterson grew up and graduated
from high school in Lisbon Falls. She received a bachelor's degree from
Farmington State Teachers College, a master's in education from the University
of Maine and a doctorate from Boston University in a time when most women
stopped at high school.
"She was a very committed to other people . . . she had a lot of compassion
for the underdog," recalled her nephew, William Lemke. She taught briefly
in Vermont and spent the rest of her career in public schools in York County
and in Portland. An elementary school principal and a junior high school
student counselor, she also become an educational television teacher at
the University of Maine.
"She just related so well with children, with parents and teachers,"
said her nephew's wife, Karen Lemke.
Mrs. Peterson was also a York County Farm bureau agent and a Dairy
Council of Maine state agent. She became program director and host of the
popular Youth Cavalcade, a teen-age talent program broadcast Mondays at
7 p.m. on WCSH in the 1950s. "She was a real pioneer in educational television,"
said her nephew.
She chose to spend her retirement in the 1970s studying at the Bangor
Theological Seminary. She also volunteered more than 300 hours at Maine
Mrs. Peterson was a member of the First Parish Church of Saco, UCC,
and was involved in their youth programs.
Her great-niece, Larissa Lemke, remembers her great-aunt as an outgoing
woman who loved to laugh, brought her Cabbage Patch dolls when she was
sick, and always maintained that it was OK for a kid to act like a kid.
"As far back as I can remember, she did nothing but good things for
me," said Larissa Lemke.
Mrs. Peterson's husband, the Rev. Dr. Hammond I. Peterson, died in
Surviving are one stepson, Philip Peterson of Charlton, N.Y.; one nephew,
William Lemke of Westbrook; and one niece, Martha Parshley of Portland.
Visiting hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hay and Peabody Funeral
Home, 749 Congress St., where a funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday
with the Rev. Bruce Peterson officiating. Burial will follow in Brooklawn
Memorial Park. — Lindsay Tice
Robert William Berry
accountant, Portland library trustee
YARMOUTH — Robert William Berry, 69, of Granite Street died Monday
at his home of myelodysplasia and heart disease.
He was born in Portland, a son of Fred M. and Alice Lucas Berry, and
attended Augusta schools and graduated from Cony High School in 1948.
He graduated from the University of Maine in 1952 and then worked for
Ernst & Ernst in 1953. In 1957, he became a certified public accountant
and became a partner of Jordan and Jordan.
He co-founded Berry, Dunn and McNeil in 1974 and retired in 1992. He
had been a consultant since that time.
He was a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Maine Society
of CPAs. He was a former member of the Gorham Country Club and the Purpoodock
Mr. Berry served as a board member of the Portland YMCA and as a board
member and treasurer of the Portland Public Library.
His interests included hunting and hiking, and playing football, handball,
swimming, running and basketball.
In 1954 he married the former June Chenevert in Augusta.
Surviving are his wife; three daughters, Ellen J. Berry of Camden,
Jane M. Berry-Dean of Cape Elizabeth and Susan E. Berry-Sandelin of South
Portland; a son, David R. of Cape Elizabeth; his mother of Harpswell; a
sister, Jane Berry Nisbet Colby of Brunswick; and seven grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Conroy-Tully
South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway. A funeral service will be held at
11 a.m. Wednesday at the chapel. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.
Roderic 'Rod' L. Smith
introduced soccer to many Maine schools
PITTSFIELD — Roderic "Rod" L. Smith, 87, died Oct. 3 at his home.
He was born in Colrain, Mass., a son of D. Leon and Sarah Davis Smith.
He graduated from Turners Falls High School, Deerfield Academy and Springfield
College, all in Massachusetts. He played baseball and soccer and was captain
of both teams at Springfield College. In 1958 he received a master's degree
in education from the University of Maine.
He taught at Montpelier Seminary/Vermont Junior College from 1938 to
1940 and at Ricker Classical Institute, Houlton from 1940 to 1945. From
1945 until his retirement in 1972, he was teacher and athletic director
at Maine Central Institute here. He also coached several sports there,
including baseball and soccer.
He had been involved in semi-professional baseball teams in Montpelier
and Newport, Vt. Upon moving to Pittsfield he continued as manager and
player for the Pittsfield ACs from 1944 to 1952.
For 13 years he was summer director of the Kiwanis swimming program.
During the late 1950s he and Mike Loebs, a former Colby College athletic
director, introduced the game of soccer to independent schools in Maine.
Mr. Smith was a charter member of the First Congregational Church of
Pittsfield. She was also a member of the Maine State and Retired Maine
State Teachers associations, the National Education Association and the
Monument Lodge, Houlton.
He was involved in organizing the Central Maine Coaches and Officials
Board, as well as the Athletic Directors Board of the Maine Association
of Independent Schools.
He received a certificate of award from the Kennebec Valley Athletic
Conference for work to improve interscholastic athletics in Maine. In 1994
he was elected into the Maine Central Institute Hall of Fame.
His interests included his family, the New York Yankees and golfing.
He was a fisherman and went on many fishing excursions with his late son-in-law,
Jeffrey Norris, and other former M.C.I. Surviving are his wife of 60 years,
Persis Carr Smith of Pittsfield; three daughters, Mrs. Peter (Sally) Bryant
of South Hampton, N.H., Mrs. Richard (Judith) Chapman of South Glastonbury,
Conn., and Susan Norris of Pittsfield; and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at the First Congregational
Church, Park Street. Arrangements are by Shorey Funeral Chapel.
David N. Churchill
former Yarmouth resident, son of Portlander
MILFORD, Del. — David N. Churchill, 55, died Aug. 4 at his home here
after a brief illness.
He was born in Denver, a son of Ames and Norma Carter Churchill, and
attended schools in Lafayette, N.Y.
He graduated from Yarmouth (Maine) High School in 1963, and served
in the Air Force.
Prior to his illness, Mr. Churchill worked on the survey crew with
Charles D. Murphy Jr. of Milford.
He was a member of Calvary Wesleyan Church of Harrington.
Surviving are his wife, Marjorie Churchill of Milford; one son, David
N. Jr. of Irving, Texas; two daughters, Shannon Holleger and Heather Carlino,
both of Milford; his father of Portland, Maine; one brother, Stewart of
Ann Arbor, Mich.; one sister, Cindy Orso of Portland, Maine; and four grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Riverside Cemetery,
Yarmouth, with the Rev. Donald Drake officiating.
Arrangements are by Jones, Rich and Hutchins Funeral Home, Yarmouth.
John J. Mitchell
worked for Maine Marine Resources
CAPE ELIZABETH — John J. Mitchell, 56, of Delano Park died Thursday
at a Portland hospital.
Born in Waterbury, Conn., a son of John J. and Mary Bereza Mitchell,
he attended Thomaston, Conn., schools and graduated from Thomaston High
School. He received a bachelor's degree from Lyndon (Vt.) State College.
Mr. Mitchell taught school in Waterbury, Conn., and later was a social
worker for the state of Connecticut Human Services Department.
In 1972 he moved to Maine with his family and worked in insurance and
real estate. Most recently he worked for the State of Maine Resources Department,
where he worked on the Catch the Taste seafood marketing program.
Among his many interests were model railroading, raising exotic orchids,
fresh- and saltwater fishing and photography. He also cooked, favoring
French cuisine, southern barbecue and downeast lobster bakes.
Mr. Mitchell was a communicant of St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church.
Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Monique D. Leroux Mitchell of Cape
Elizabeth; two sons, F. Christopher of Arlington, Va., and John J. III
of South Portland; two brothers, Andrew J. of Huntington, Conn., and Robert
A. of Weston, Conn.; and one grandson.
There will be no visiting hours. A funeral Mass will be celebrated
at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Maximillian Kolbe Church, Scarborough. Arrangements
are by Hobbs Funeral Home, South Portland.
Myrtle S. Moulton
taught in schools of York
YORK — Myrtle S. Moulton, 94, of Norwood Farms Road and formerly of
York Street died Saturday at York Hospital.
She was born in Pittston, a daughter of Walter and Bessie Green Stilphen,
and graduated from Sanford High School and Gorham State Teachers College.
Mrs. Moulton taught elementary school in the York school system.
She was a member of the York Street Baptist Church.
Her husband, Arnold Moulton, died Jan. 17, 1983.
Surviving are two cousins, Beulah M. MacIntire of York and Norris Stilphen
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the First Parish
Cemetery. Arrangements are by Lucas and Eaton Funeral Home.
Tuesday, November 9, 1999
Aaron James Sims
corrections officer, enjoyed deer hunting
ST. GEORGE — Aaron James Sims, 24, died Saturday morning at his Barter
Hill Road home at Tenants Harbor after a brief illness.
He was born in Rockland, a son of Carl Albert and Syldra Mareol Diehl
Dyer, and acquired his GED in 1995 from Georges Valley High School in Thomaston.
He had worked for Friendship Trap Co. and as an attendant at a group
home in Warren. He had just started work at the Knox County Jail as a corrections
His hobbies were working on his computer and deer hunting.
Mr. Sims lived at the home of his great-aunt, Athena Boulware.
Surviving is his mother, Mrs. Stephen (Syldra) LaPorte of Thomaston;
a son, David Thayer of Searsmont; three brothers, Stephen Dyer of Florida,
David Dyer of Rockland, Thomas McGrath of Thomaston, and his maternal grandfather,
Charles Diehl of San Diego.
There will be no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held at
11 a.m. Thursday at Davis Funeral Home, 35 Knox St., Thomaston, with the
Rev. Wayne Sawyer, pastor of the Thomaston Baptist Church, officiating.
Burial will be at Ridge Cemetery at Martinsville.
Katharine M. Conroy
payroll supervisor at Bath Iron Works
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Katharine M. Conroy, 82, formerly of Bath,
Maine, died Saturday after a brief illness.
She was born in Cumberland, Maine, a daughter of Solomon and Frances
Lewis Blanchard, and graduated from Deering High School in Portland, Maine.
She married Donald F. Conroy on Aug. 16, 1942, and moved to Bath where
she lived until moving to Saratoga Springs two years ago. Her husband died
Mrs. Conroy worked for Bath Iron Works for many years as a supervisor
in the payroll department, retiring in 1977.
Surviving are a sister, Viola Haney of Natick, Mass.; a niece, Donna
LeGary of Croydon, Pa.; and a nephew, Frank Blanchard of Balliston, N.Y.
Visiting hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at David E. Desmond Funeral
Home, 638 High St., Bath. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday
at the funeral home, and burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Lewis Robert Johnson
decorated Navy pilot; served in Vietnam
BRUNSWICK — Lewis Robert Johnson, 63, also of Pensacola, Fla., a retired
Navy commander and airline pilot, died Monday at Mid Coast Hospital.
He was born in Seattle, a son of Tink L. and Lillian E. Sinfield Johnson,
graduated from Palatine (Ill.) High School, and attended the University
of Washington in Seattle and Macomb (Ill.) State Teachers College.
Mr. Johnson entered the Naval Cadet program in Pensacola and received
his commission in 1959. He served in the Vietnam War and was awarded five
air medals and a citation for exceptional meritorious service.
On July 21, 1962, he married the former Patricia A. Hill.
In 1968 he worked for the former Northeast Airlines as a pilot, and
in 1972 he went to work for Delta Airlines, retiring as a captain in 1995.
Surviving are his wife, Patricia Johnson, and his mother, both of Brunswick;
a son, Lewis LaBarre Johnson II of Bath; and a daughter, Sherrye L. Trafton
A full military funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at Brunswick
Naval Air Station Chapel. Arrangements are by Mayo, Curtis and Hill Funeral
Home, 819 High St., Bath.
Ruth S. Hunt
lab and X-ray technician, Navy wife
BRUNSWICK — Ruth S. Hunt, 76, of Bay Bridge Road, died Monday at Parkview
Hospital in Brunswick.
She was born in Augusta, a daughter of Alfred and Vesta Stockford Drapeau,
and attended local schools and graduated from Cony High School in 1941.
She then attended Colby College to study chemistry.
She worked as a lab and X-ray technician at Franklin Memorial Hospital
in Farmington for several years.
On Feb. 22, 1945, she married Philip E. Hunt. While her husband was
in the Navy, she lived in several cities along the East Coast before being
stationed at Brunswick Naval Air Station in 1952.
Mrs. Hunt was a member of the Open Bible Baptist Church.
She enjoyed taking care of her home.
A son, Eugene R. Hunt, died in 1963.
Surviving are her husband of Brunswick; four sons, Glen A. Hunt of
New Gloucester, David E. Hunt of Dresden, Fulton E. Hunt of Topsham and
Bruce E. Hunt of the Midwest and three grandchildren.
There will be no visiting hours. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m.
Thursday at Open Bible Baptist Church, Old Brunswick Road, Bath, with the
Rev. Manley E. Lane officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery,
Bath. Arrangements are by David E. Desmond Funeral Home, 638 High St.,
40 years with Pepperell Manufacturing Co.
BIDDEFORD — Laura Raymond, 87, formerly of 350 Elm St., died early
Monday at Southridge Living Center.
She was born in Biddeford, a daughter of Joseph and Edesse Richard
Raymond, and attended St. Joseph's School.
She worked for 40 years with Pepperell Manufacturing Co., retiring
Miss Raymond was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church.
She enjoyed crocheting and watching television.
Surviving is a sister, Merilda Ouellette of Biddeford.
Visiting hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Hope Memorial
Chapel, 480 Elm St. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St.
Anne's Chapel. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
George R. Kelley
pioneer in propane gas industry
WEST YARMOUTH, Mass. — George R. Kelley, 87, a resident of Cape Cod
since 1971 and formerly of Portland, Maine, died Saturday.
He was born in Hermon, Maine, a son of Edward T. and Florence Harnish
A pioneer in the propane gas industry, Mr. Kelley held management positions
with Utilities Distributors, Inc., Suburban Propane and Suburban Gas in
Hyannis, from which he retired in 1982.
Mr. Kelley enjoyed spending time at his recreational properties at
Rangeley, Spencer Lake and Sebago Lake in Maine. He was an experienced
hunter and fisherman who willingly shared his techniques and favorite spots
with others, said his family. Mr. Kelley also golfed. He enjoyed photography,
gardening, cribbage and in his youth, baseball.
Mr. Kelley had the ability to fix just about anything, and will be
remembered for his integrity and the kind and generous nature that led
him to quietly reach out to support many others, said his family.
He was a member of the Hyannis Rotary Club and attended the United
Methodist Church of South Yarmouth, where he was a member of the Methodist
Men's Club. While in Portland, he was a member of the Woodfords Club and
president of the Forest City Rod and Gun Club.
His first wife, Madeline Farnum Kelley, died in 1964.
Surviving are his wife, Marguerite Baker Kelley of West Yarmouth; a
son, Jim of Hollis, N.H.; a granddaughter, Heather Kelley of North Quincy,
Mass.; and a grandson, Scott Kelley of Portland; a sister, Velma Collins
of Brewer; three stepchildren, John Sears III, Priscilla Sears White and
Stephen Sears, all of South Yarmouth, Mass.
Visiting hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Doane, Beal, &
Ames in Hyannis, where a funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Burial
will be at 12:30 p.m. at Brooklawn Memorial Park, Portland.
Sally A. Young Jordan
teacher for more than 37 years
METHUEN, Mass. — Sally A. Young Jordan, 62, died Saturday at Maine
She was born in Lawrence, and was a graduate of Lawrence High School
in 1954 and Lowell Teachers College in 1958, receiving a degree in elementary
Mrs. Jordan was a teacher for more than 37 years. She began in the
Andover public school system and also had a position at Oliver School in
Lawrence. Mrs. Jordan was the director and teacher at Methuen Community
Kindergarten for eight years. For the last 20 years, she taught in the
Methuen public schools, teaching at Marsh Corner, Pleasant Valley and the
Comprehensive Grammar School, and retiring in 1998.
She was a member of Methuen Education Association, Massachusetts Teachers
Association and the National Education Association.
After her retirement, she played golf with her husband during summers
at Pawtuckaway Lake, where she also took leisurely boat rides and went
swimming with her family and friends.
Surviving are her husband of 38 years, James F. Jordan Jr.; four sons,
James F. III of Littleton, Mass., Christopher M. of Methuen, Michael P.
of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and Marc A. Jordan of Methuen; one daughter,
Jennifer M. Jordan of Portland, Maine; one sister, Joan Palmer of Hampton,
N.H.; one brother, Nicholas Young of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; and six grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be 3:30 to 8 p.m. today at Pollard Funeral Home,
233 Lawrence St. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday
at St. Monica's Church, with burial following in the Immaculate Conception
Thomas H. Pride
longtime employee of greenhouses
WESTBROOK — Thomas H. Pride, 88, of the Hamlet died Sunday at a Portland
He was born in Portland, a son of Frederick and Estelle Campbell Pride,
attended Portland schools and graduated from Deering High School. He later
attended the University of Maine.
He moved to Westbrook in 1964 and worked at the South Portland shipyards
during World War II. He later worked for Millers Greenhouse for 40 years,
and then for Barrows Greenhouse before retiring.
Mr. Pride was a member of North Deering Congregational Church.
Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Elizabeth Stultz Pride of Westbrook;
three sons, Thomas H. Jr. of Niceville, Fla., Frederick of Beverly, Mass.,
and David of Scarborough; a daughter, Carol Colello of South Portland;
two stepsons, Robert and Edward Beal, both of Florida; two stepdaughters,
Carolyn Googins of Naples and Brenda Whytock of Somersworth, N.H.; two
brothers, Luther of Falmouth and John of Worcester, Mass.; a sister, Ruth
Gates of North Windham, Conn.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be 7 to 8 p.m. today and 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday
at Blais Funeral Home, 35 Church St. A funeral service will follow at 11
a.m. with the Rev. Harold Shepard officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn
Gertrude A. Melcher
telephone operator, foster mother, nanny
Gertrude A. Melcher, 92, formerly of Westbrook, died Saturday at a
Portland nursing home.
She was born here, a daughter of Charles and Sylvia Legere Fairweather,
attended local schools and graduated from Portland High School.
For many years she was a telephone operator in Portland.
Mrs. Melcher was a caregiver for 11 foster children. She aided church
groups and human services to house children, made clothing, knit mittens
and fed the hungry during holidays.
For 15 years, she was a nanny for the children of Dr. Paul Proudian
Mrs. Melcher was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Westbrook, where
she was a former Girl Scout leader and past president of the Women's Council.
She was also involved in Westbrook Senior Citizens.
She spent time on Raymond and Thomas ponds.
Her husband, Laithe M. Melcher, died in 1964.
Surviving are a daughter, Jayne Melcher of Casco; two foster children,
Sylvia Sandora of Westbrook and Joseph Basilesco of Medford, Mass.; a brother-in-law,
Robert Melcher of Westbrook; and a sister, Sister Ann Lauritano of Portland.
There will be no visiting hours. A memorial Mass will be celebrated
at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Church, Westbrook. A private burial
will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Westbrook. Arrangements are by Hay Funeral
Home, 795 Main St., Westbrook.
civil engineer, university professor
DENVER, Colo. — Isadore Silverman, 92, died Saturday in Denver.
He was born in Portland, Maine, a son of Nathan and Elizabeth Sulkowitch
Silverman, attended Portland public schools and graduated from Massachusetts
Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., receiving bachelor's and master's
Mr. Silverman was a member of the instructions staff at MIT from 1929
to 1933. He joined the Bureau of Reclamation as an hydraulic and structural
engineer in 1933, after working for Fay, Spofford and Thorndike of Boston,
In 1942 he worked on the Panama Canal, helping design the third locks.
Mr. Silverman served in the Army from 1943 to 1946 in the United States
and in the South Pacific with the Overseas Construction Command, and was
a member of the Retired Honorary Reserve.
In 1946 he rejoined the Bureau of Reclamation, retiring in 1963 to
become a member of the engineering faculty at the University of Colorado
from 1963 to 1970.
Mr. Silverman was an author of numerous articles appearing in the technical
He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society
of Sigma Xi and the New York Academy of Sciences.
He was a registered professional engineer in Colorado and Maine.
Surviving are a brother, David of Portland; a sister, Mildrid Bullen
of Portland; two nephews, Joseph Silverman of St. Louis and Stephen Silverman
of Milwaukee; and a niece, Elizabeth Silverman of Boothwyn, Pa.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at Levey Chapel, 471 Deering
Ave., Portland. Burial will be in Mount Sainai Cemetery.
Ruth M. Mahoney
served on Raymond school board
RAYMOND — Ruth M. Mahoney, 71, of Stonebrook Woods died Saturday at
Maine Medical Center in Portland after a long illness.
She was born in Boston, a daughter of John and Helen Connors, and attended
Blessed Sacrament and St. Mary's High School.
She worked at Harvard University printing office.
Mrs. Mahoney was a longtime resident of Raymond, served on the school
board and was president of the East Raymond Garden Club for many years.
She was the former wife of James Mahoney of Charleston, S.C.
Surviving are a son, Carl Mahoney of Atlanta; a daughter, Leah Mahoney
of North Yarmouth; six sisters, Helene Jameson of Plymouth, Mass., Joan
Calley of Grayson, Ga., Margaret Sullivan of Winchester, Mass., Alice Gaudette
of York, Judith Staples of Arlington, Mass., and Mary Ann Donahue of Stow,
Mass; and two grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be held at her home at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Arrangements are by Hall Funeral Home, Casco.0
Dorothy P. Herbert
tireless volunteer for charities
FALMOUTH — Dorothy P. Herbert, 89, an active volunteer in many of southern
Maine's biggest charities, died Saturday at a Portland nursing facility.
A persuasive person who used her skills to get others involved, Mrs.
Herbert was often asked to launch a special committee or head a new project.
"I remember getting calls from people asking if she'd head this committee
or that committee. And she'd always say yes," said her daughter, Susan
Holmes. "She enjoyed helping. That's probably why she could never say no."
And Mrs. Herbert never said no to animals. A member of the board of
Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals in Windham, she enjoyed
feeding peanuts to squirrels and could not watch horse racing or movies
with animals in them. According to her family, she often said, "I like
animals better that I do some people!"
She was described as an adventurous woman who always had a joke.
Mrs. Herbert was born in Portland, a daughter of Norwegian immigrants
Anton and Annie Sophie Anderson Peterson. Very proud of her heritage, she
always carried a Norwegian key chain and could often be heard singing the
Norwegian national anthem.
She graduated from Deering High School, where she was a member of the
Delta Epsilon Sorority, and from Castine Normal School.
After graduation, she took a job teaching kindergarten through eighth
grade at Bell Hill School in Otisfield, a one-room schoolhouse with a pot-bellied
stove for heat and no running water or electricity. She also taught in
the early grades in the Portland school system.
She married Stuart H. Herbert on June 27, 1936. They lived most of
their lives at 12 Andrews Ave.
Her husband died in 1988.
Mrs. Herbert served as president of the Phi Beta Club and was a charter
member, president and trustee of the Friends of the Falmouth Memorial Library,
a member of the Portland Red Cross board and March of Dimes chairwoman
for Falmouth. She was active in the League of Women Voters of Falmouth,
the Portland YWCA, Dollars for Scholars and was president of the Cumberland-Falmouth
She was the first director of the Junior Red Cross in Portland and
was chairwoman of the Gray Ladies of the American Red Cross in Portland
for 10 years, co-chairman of the Finance Committee for the Falmouth Chapter,
American Field Service, a member of St. Mary's Guild of the Church of St.
Mary the Virgin in Falmouth and the Falmouth PTA.
She also was past president of the Aider Club and a member of the Deering
Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, the Falmouth Chapter of the Citizens
Scholarship Foundation of America and the First Lutheran Church in Portland.
Mrs. Herbert enjoyed cooking, reading murder mysteries, eating out
and doting on her grandson.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Douglas M. (Susan J.) Holmes of Freeport;
a grandson Dean H. Blanchard of Poland; and two nephews, Jon D. Peterson
of Groton, Conn., and George E. Peterson Jr. of New London, Conn.
A service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Lutheran Church,
132 Auburn St., Portland. Burial will follow in Forest City Cemetery, 232
Lincoln St., South Portland. Arrangements are by Lindquist Funeral Home,