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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 Gardiner.
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 and woodworker.
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 failure.
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, Thomaston.

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 home.
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 Lee Dallaire.
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 Medical Center.
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 1971.
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 Club.
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 of Sanford.
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 officer.
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 Jan. 30.
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 of Brunswick.
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., Bath.

Laura Raymond 
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 in 1968.
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 Kelley.
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 Medical Center.
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 education.
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 Cemetery, Lawrence.

Thomas H. Pride 
longtime employee of greenhouses 
WESTBROOK Thomas H. Pride, 88, of the Hamlet died Sunday at a Portland nursing home.
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 Cemetery.

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 of Westbrook.
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.

Isadore Silverman 
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 degrees.
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, consulting engineers.
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 press.
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 Health Council.
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, Yarmouth.


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