Miscellaneous Cumberland County, Maine Obituaries


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Thursday, June 1, 2000

John Powell, 84, security expert, Hebron trustee 
CAPE ELIZABETH John W. Powell, a former FBI agent and security consultant who was dedicated to Hebron Academy, died at a Portland hospital on May 29, 2000, after a long illness. He was 84.
He was born in Branford, Conn., a son of William and Hannah P. Butler Powell. He graduated from Hebron Academy and Dartmouth College.
In 1943, after teaching and coaching athletics at Woodstock Academy in Connecticut and at Wilbraham Academy, Wilbraham, Mass., he entered the FBI. He served the bureau for more than 17 years as a special agent, field supervisor, inspector and instructor of new agents and law enforcement officers throughout the country. Said his wife, Marjorie Powell, "He enjoyed all of it." 
In 1960, concerned with young people and their safety, he left the FBI to enter campus security. As director of security and associate dean of students at Yale University, he worked to bring professionalism to what had been considered a low-level position. In 1968, he was presented with an Award of Merit by the International Security Conference for establishing a "benchmark" campus security program that was a "model throughout the country," his family said. 
Mr. Powell resigned from Yale in 1968 and formed John W. Powell Consultants Inc., a high-level security consulting firm that conducted security audits for schools, hospitals, corporations and financial institutions. His family said he helped almost 100 colleges, including MIT, the University of Massachusetts and Brown University. 
He was also a consultant to President Richard Nixon's Commission on Campus Unrest after the Kent State University shootings in 1970.
Mr. Powell authored over 25 articles on security and law enforcement, and he contributed chapters to several books, including "Crime and Justice in America," "College and University Business Administration," Designers' Handbook of Building Security and the International Encyclopedia of Higher Education. His own book, "Campus Security and Law Enforcement," was published in 1981.
But, said his wife, "his first love has been Hebron Academy through the years." She said her husband was a warm, friendly man who loved the people at the school and "the wonderful way they handle their students."
Mr. Powell, who served on the school's Board of Trustees since 1990, received Hebron's Distinguished Service Award for service to Hebron Academy in 1995. In 1996, Hebron honored him again with the C.K. Brooks Award "for devotion to Hebron's athletic programs."
In 1997, at the Hebron hockey banquet, he was awarded the Memorial Plaque for his support of Hebron hockey. 
Mr. Powell enjoyed hockey, football, music, musical theater and traveling.
Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Marjorie; and a cousin, Frederick Jackson of Westbrook, Mass.
There will be no visiting hours. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Cape Elizabeth. Lindsay Tice 

Idella Hallowell Estey, 85 
In Wednesday's obituary for Idella Hallowell Estey of Scarborough, the date of the memorial service was listed incorrectly. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. July 7, 2000, at Cape Elizabeth United Church, 280 Ocean House Road.
This was a newsclerk's error. 

Maebelle Suchanek, 84 
MARTINEZ, Ga. Maebelle A. Suchanek, 84, died May 22, 2000.
She was born in Portland, Maine, and served in the Navy during World War II.
Mrs. Suchanek was a retired bookkeeper and homemaker. She was a member of the Marvin United Methodist Church.
Surviving is her husband, Charles Suchanek of Martinez.
Services were held previously. 

Margaret M. Sawyer, service 
WATERFORD A memorial service for Margaret Merry Sawyer, who died May 24, 2000, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waterford Congregational Church. Burial will be in Elm Vale Cemetery, South Waterford. Arrangements are by Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, Norway. 

Mickel L. Fredrickson, 41 
FALMOUTH Mickel L. Fredrickson, 41, of Middle Road died May 30, 2000, at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
He was born in Chicago, a son of Robert E. and Doris M. Watford Fredrickson, attended high school in Flossmorr, Ill., and attended the University of Chicago.
Mr. Fredrickson was an ultrasound technician and worked at Alexandria (Va.) Hospital. His interests included photography and animals.
He was a volunteer for Meals-on-Wheels and various AIDS organizations.
He was the companion of Randall Alberte of Falmouth.
Surviving are his sister, Lynn Morrisroe of Park Forest, Ill.; and two aunts, Agnes Fredrickson and Carole Hicks, both of Homewood, Ill.
There will be no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Williston West Church, 32 Thomas St., Portland. Arrangements are by Jones, Rich and Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland. 

Louis A. Beautte, 90 
WESTBROOK Louis A. Beautte, 90, of 300 Spring St., formerly of the Spiller Road in Gorham, died May 31, 2000, at a Westbrook Nursing Facility. 
He was born here, a son of Joseph and Victoria St. Pierre Boutte and was raised from the age of 2 by George and Elizabeth Boyle of Portland. He attended Portland schools.
Mr. Beautte was a truck driver for Blue Rock Industries for 26 years and retired in the 1970s.
His hobbies were fishing for mackerel, hunting and maintaining his lawn and garden.
His wife, M. Ethel Knox, died in September 1978.
Surviving are three daughters, Jacqueline V. Donovan of Scarborough, Joyce L. Kimball of Bridgton and Judy H. Dubay of Bridgton; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at North Street Cemetery in Gorham. The Rev. Philip Shearman will officiate. Arrangements are by the Dolby and Dorr Funeral Chapel, 76 State St., Gorham. 

Francis Murphy, 61 
Francis G. Murphy, 61, of Tate Street died May 30, 2000, at a Portland hospital.
He was born in Portland, a son of Joseph V. and Mary Loretta McCarthy Murphy, and attended St. Dominic's School. He graduated from Cheverus High School in 1957.
Mr. Murphy worked as a laborer with Local 326 of the Laborers International Union of North America.
He was a communicant of St. Dominic's Church.
His hobbies included fishing and camping.
Surviving are three daughters, Kimberly Murphy of Veazie, Anne Presby of Portland and Maureen "Molly" Bambrick of Bangor; a son, James of Portland; three sisters, Mrs. Edward F. (Mary) Curran of Portland, Mrs. Jay (Margaret) Andrews of Vinalhaven and Mrs. Edward P. (Patricia) Sullivan of North Windham; a brother, George "Al" of Oregon; and eight grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. today at Conroy-Tully South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, where prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. Friday, followed by a 10 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. 

Eva M. Flaherty, 91 
Eva M. Flaherty, 91 of Washington Avenue died May 31, 2000, at a local nursing home.
She was born in Portland, a daughter of Peter and Susan M. Pellerin Bonnevie, and attended local schools.
Mrs. Flaherty was employed by the former Queens Hospital. In 1974, she retired as a ward aide at Mercy Hospital.
She was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church and a member of its women's sodality.
Her husband, Edward M. Flaherty, died in 1962. A daughter, Florence M. Norton, and a great-grandson, Charles M. Flaherty, both died in 1999.
Surviving are a son, Edward M. Jr. of Portland; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday at Conroy-Tully Funeral Home, 172 State St., where prayers will be recited at 12:15 p.m. A funeral Mass will follow at 1 p.m. Friday in St. Joseph's Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. 

Thelma Jones, correction 
In Wednesday's obituary for Thelma Jones, the name of a surviving sister, Norma Allen of Gorham, was omitted. This information was not provided to the newspaper. 

Olive Weigester LaFond, 84 
SACO Olive Weigester LaFond, 84, of Nottingham Drive, formerly of Weymouth Street, died May 30, 2000, at Evergreen Manor.
She was born in Troy, Pa., a daughter of Wilson and Emelia Lamkin Weigester, and graduated as valedictorian from Troy High School.
She moved to New York City and majored in fine arts and received a B.A. degree from Parsons School of Design. She spent her junior year in Europe, studying at the Louvre in Paris.
Mrs. LaFond was a faculty member at Penn Hall in Chambersburg, Pa., and also at Briarcliff Manor of Edgewood Park School in Westchester County, N.Y.
She met Dr. Robert LaFond in New York City while he was attending Columbia University. They were married in June 1942 and celebrated their 50th anniversity in 1992. They lived in White Plains, N.Y., where they brought up their children, before moving to Maine. 
Mrs. LaFond kept a lovely garden, her family said. Her interests were drawing and painting throughout her life.
She was a communicant of Most Holy Trinity Church, Saco. She served as past president of the Webber Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. She also was a life member of the Maine Medical Center Ladies Auxiliary and York County Medical Society Ladies Auxiliary. She was a past board member and chairman of the Visiting Nurses Association.
Her husband died in February 1996.
Surviving are two sons, John Philips LaFond of North Windham and Thomas Hormides LaFond of Saco and a daughter, Margaret Kyle of Yarmouth. 
There are no visiting hours. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Most Holy Trinity Church, Saco. Arrangements are by Cote Funeral Home. 

Marguerite M. Drolet, 89 
BIDDEFORD Marguerite M. Drolet, 89, died May 30, 2000, at the Renaissance.
She was born here, a daughter of Calixte and Emma Martin Poirier, and attended school in New Bedford, Mass.
Mrs. Drolet was employed at Pepperell Manufacturing and J.C. Penney. She retired as a seamstress from Polackewich Clothing.
She was an artist who created oil paintings and was a member of the Old Orchard Beach Art Association. She also was a communicant of St. Andre's Church, and a member of the daughters of Isabella.
Her husband, Aime J. Drolet, died in 1980.
Survivors include two daughters: Lorraine Rafuse of New Ross, Nova Scotia, and Louise Sheehan of Oceanside, Calif.; a son, Norman Drolet of Saco; a brother; Albert Poirier of Raymond; two sisters, Rose Weiss of Biddeford and Delia Fillion of Ocean Park at Old Orchard Beach; and four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Cote Funeral Home, 87 James St., Saco. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday from St. Andre's Church. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. 

Florence V. Axelsen, 85 
CORNISH Florence V. Axelsen, 85, of Route 5, died May 31, 2000, at her home.
She was born here, a daughter of Preston and Maude M. Withem Warren, and attended Cornish and Windham schools. 
After a childhood knee operation, Mrs. Axelsen confounded her physicians, who predicted she would never walk again, her family said. 
She was a homemaker. Besides bringing up her own children, she also raised a niece and several nephews with the help of her brothers.
Mrs. Axelsen was a member of the Kezar Falls Assembly of God Church.
Her interests included cooking, collecting dolls and listening to Bill Gaither's gospel music. 
Her husband of 50 years, Elfred H. Axelsen, died in 1993, and a daughter, Sandra M. Farwell, died in 1984.
Surviving are a daughter, Barbara A. Liberty of Cornish; a son, Ted Dyer of Cornish; and 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Neal and York Funeral Home, 12 High St., Kezar Falls. A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kezar Falls Assembly of God Church, Route 25, Kezar Falls. Pastor Herbert Wilcox will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Cornish. 

Clyde E. Burnham Jr., 79 
Clyde "Tatone" E. Burnham Jr., 79, of Dalton Street died at his home on May 30, 2000.
He was born in Portland, a son of Clyde E. and Goldie Beeman Burnham Sr.
He worked for the Central Maine Railroad from 1946 to 1981, retiring after 35 years of service.
His hobbies were horse racing and playing the lottery.
Mr. Burnham was a life member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees.
His wife, Mildred, and a son, Clyde E. III, died previously.
Surviving are three daughters, Rose Burnham, Claudia Stoddard and Nancy Creamer, all of Portland; six sons, Lee, Freddy, Gary and Dennis, all of Portland, John of Biddeford and Michael of Westbrook; 25 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
There will be no visiting hours. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Evergreen Cemetery, Portland. Arrangements are by Jones, Rich and Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland. 

Theresa L. Vallee, service 
SANFORD A graveside service for Theresa L. Vallee, who died Jan. 24, 2000, will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in St. Ignatius Cemetery, with the Rev. Armand Neault officiating. Arrangements are by Heald Funeral Home, Springvale. 

Laurette M. Gouin, 91 
SANFORD Laurette M. Gouin, 91, of North Avenue died May 30, 2000, at the Newton Center after a brief illness.
She was born in St. Norbert, Quebec, a daughter of Adelard and Octavie Jolibois Gouin, attended local schools and came to this area as a teen-ager.
She was a spinner at the former Goodall-Sanford textile mills and at the former Limerick Mills.
Mrs. Gouin was a communicant of Holy Family Church and a member of the Ladies of Saint Ann.
Her husband, Lucien Gouin, died in 1986.
She is survived by two sons, Roger Gouin of Biddeford and Paul Gouin, with whom she lived in Sanford; a daughter, Mrs. Raymond (Doris) Cote of Sanford; a brother, Sylvio Gouin, and two sisters, Cecile Therrien and Lucienne King, all of Sanford; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at LaFrance-Lambert Funeral Home, 29 Winter St. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday in Holy Family Church, with the Rev. Richard P. Rice officiating. Burial will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery. 

Irene M. Burrows, 88 
OLD ORCHARD BEACH Irene M. Burrows, 88, of Chestnut Street died May 30, 2000, at Evergreen Nursing Care Facility in Saco.
She was born in St. Mary's, New Brunswick, a daughter of Joshua and Sarah Cormier Girouard.
Mrs. Burrows moved to Massachusetts as a young girl. She was employed in various factories in Leominster and Fitchburg until World War II, when she moved to Lynn, Mass.
She was a homemaker there until the 1960s, when she became a housekeeper at Wellesley College until her retirement.
Mrs. Burrows returned to St. Mary's, then moved here last year.
She enjoyed writing letters and communicating with family and friends. She was a communicant of St. Margaret's Church here.
Her first husband, Leander Barrier, and her second husband, Carl Burrows, both died previously.
Surviving are two daughters, Joan M. Madden of Old Orchard Beach and Betty Brinton of Lynn; a sister, Alma La Vallee of Springfield, Mass.; five grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
There will be no visiting hours. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Margaret's Church. The Rev. Normand E. Carpentier will be celebrant. Burial will be in the family lot in St. Mary's Cemetery, New Brunswick. Arrangements are by Old Orchard Beach Funeral Home, 36 Portland Ave. 

Marilyn L. Smart, 77 
TOPSHAM Marilyn L. Smart, 77, of Elm Street died May 30, 2000, at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
Born in Bethel, a daughter of Peter Joseph and Cleo Sweat Tenneson, she graduated from Brunswick High School and from nursing school in Portland, becoming a registered nurse.
In 1950, Mrs. Smart opened a boarding home on Elm Street. It became Smart's Nursing Home, which she operated until 1974.
For several years, she spent winters with her husband, Wilfred Thomas Smart, in Zephyrhills, Fla.
She was an avid doll maker and collector, and was a member of Topsham Grange.
Surviving besides her husband of Topsham are four daughters, Eleanor Esler of Crystal River, Fla., Janet Gunter and Joanne Creagan, both of Topsham, and Gail Haskins of Pleasanton, Calif.; a son, Gary S. Smart of Topsham; two brothers, Peter Joseph Tenneson Jr. of Livermore and Alfred Tenneson of Topsham; a sister, Joan Johnson of Bailey Island at Harpswell; and 12 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Gracelawn Memorial Park, Auburn. Arrangements are by Brackett Funeral Home, Brunswick. 

Janet L. Johnson, 55 
YARMOUTH Janet L. Johnson, 55, died of lung cancer May 30, 2000, at Maine Medical Center in Portland. She was the wife of Wayne M. Johnson. 
She was born in Waldoboro, a daughter of Wendall L. and Lalia H. Blanchard, attended Waldoboro High School and was Sea Goddess of the 1963 Rockland Lobster Festival.
Mrs. Johnson graduated from Emerson College in Boston, with a major in speech, where she was involved in speech competitions and theater, was elected by the student body as Junior Prom Queen and was a member of Zeta Phi Eta Sorority. 
After graduation she moved to Washington, D.C., while her husband attended law school, and she worked for IBM Federal Systems Division. She also was a part-time model. She later was secretary to the principal at Yarmouth High School. 
Mrs. Johnson was a member of the First Parish Church in Yarmouth. She was active in her children's curricular and extracurricular activities, participated in Skate America ice shows at the Cumberland County Civic Center and in 1987, accompanied her sons to Sweden and Helsinki, Finland, as they trained at Nordic hockey schools.
She was fascinated by the myths and history of Scandinavia and Iceland. She was an avid reader of Stephen King novels and attended musicals at the Wang Theater in Boston.
In 1999, the students at Yarmouth High School dedicated the yearbook in her honor.
Surviving are her mother of Camden; her husband of Yarmouth; two sons, Sven of Portland and Eric of Yarmouth; a daughter Mrs. K.J. (Liza) Scribner of Durham; her brother, Wendall Blanchard of Cushing; a grandson and stepgrandson.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Monday at First Parish Congregational Church, Main Street. A private family graveside service will be in the family lot in Achorn Cemetery, Rockland. Arrangements are by Lindquist Funeral Home. 

Joseph Jewett, 82 
TOPSHAM Joseph Jewett, 82, of Monument Place died May 29, 2000, at Hawthorne House in Freeport.
He was born in Lynn, Mass., a son of Percy and Catherine Fuller Jewett. 
Mr. Jewett lived in Madison, Wis., before moving here in 1977. He was an antiques dealer and restorer.
Surviving are two sons, Ronald and George, both of Merrimac, Mass.; a daughter, Nancy Dyson of Scranton, Pa.; two sisters, Barbara Cleary of Haverhill, Mass., and Constance Gibbs of Destin, Fla; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today in Bay View Cemetery, Bowdoinham, with the Rev. Ronald McLaughlin officiating. Arrangements are by Brackett Funeral Home, Brunswick. 

Joe Russell Denson, 69 
CUMBERLAND Joe R. Denson, 69, died May 31, 2000 after a long illness.
He was born in LaCenter, Ky., a son of William and Maxine Denson. In 1948, he graduated from St. Albans (W. Va.) High School and in 1963, graduated from the University of Charleston, where he received a degree in business and accounting.
During the Korean War, Mr. Denson served as a corporal.
He started his career in business after the war and was later transferred to Maine with the J.M. Huber Corp., where he was controller until his retirement in 1989.
Mr. Denson was deacon and treasurer at Cumberland Congregational Church and was member and treasurer of Greely High School soccer boosters. He coached junior high soccer, baseball and softball teams, coached Portland Boys Club teams, and was a volunteer summer soccer coach. He was involved with the J.D. basketball recreational league, was president of Cumberland Little League and volunteered with the Maine Irish Children's program.
His interests were sports and sharing jokes with family and friends.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Jean of Cumberland; two daughters, Jacqueline Casey of Cumberland and Julia Seger of Kennebunk; a son, Jeffrey of Richmond; and three grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Cumberland Congregational Church. Burial will follow in Moss Side Cemetery. 

Houston C. Holbrooks, 76 
BATH Houston C. "Sparky" Holbrooks, 76, of Ancona Avenue died May 30, 2000, at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick.
He was born in Lindale, Ga., a son of Henon and Lois Gaston Holbrooks. His parents died when he was a child and he was brought up with his uncles by his grandmother. He attended local schools and graduated from Lindale High School.
Mr. Holbrooks entered the Navy after high school and served for 20 years. While stationed in Annapolis, Md., he enjoyed coaching softball for several years.
In 1962, he moved to Bath and in 1964, began working in the electrical shop at Bath Iron Works, retiring in 1986.
He was member of the Elks, was an avid bowler and enjoyed fishing, golfing and gardening.
Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Joan Bradford Holbrooks of Bath; two daughters, Pamela J. Emery and Debra J. Robertson, both of Westport; a grandson, Keith Emery; and two granddaughters, Danielle Emery and Kelsey Robertson.
Visitation will be 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Mr. Holbrooks' home. Arrangements are by David E. Desmond Funeral Home, 638 High St.

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