Friday, May 7, 1999
BOOTHBAY HARBOR — A memorial service for Frances Haskell, who died
Jan. 12, will be held at 2 p.m. May 15 at the Steuben Parish House. The
Rev. Donald Grover will officiate. Burial will follow in Steuben Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Simmons, Harrington and Hall Funeral Home.
Richard S. Esponnette
SPRING HILL, Fla. — A graveside service for Richard S. Esponnette,
formerly of Rockland and Gardiner, Maine, who died Feb. 17 in Hudson will
be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Oak Grove Cemetery, Gardiner. The Rev. Sylvanus
Jackson will officiate. Arrangements are by Amesbury-White Funeral Home,
Ralph W. Hall
tree surgeon, WW II veteran
CAMDEN — Ralph Warren Hall, 78, died Wednesday at his home.
He was born here, a son of Charles W. and Eva T. Allen Hall, and attended
He entered the Army in 1942 and served during World War II.
He was a tree surgeon for many years.
Mr. Hall enjoyed harness-horse racing, hunting and fishing, and took
pride in his yearly garden. He also loved to spend time with his great-nephew,
His companion of more than 40 years, Mary Ranquist, died in 1993.
Surviving are his brother, Maurice A. of Camden; one nephew, Charles
Berry of Camden; one niece, Debbie Newton of Anchorage, Alaska; and one
great-nephew, Wyatt Berry of Camden.
Visiting hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Laite and Pratt
Funeral Home, where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday
with the Rev. Dell Hyssong Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Maine
Veteran's Cemetery, Augusta.
Robert E. Pease
APPLETON — A graveside service for Robert E. Pease, who died Jan. 8,
will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pine Grove Cemetery. The Rev. Robert Jackson
will officiate. Arrangements are by Hall Funeral Home, Waldoboro.
Alice Cynthia Grant
homemaker; headed North Haven Grange
NORTH HAVEN — Alice Cynthia Grant, 93, died Wednesday at Camden Health
She was born in Yarmouth, a daughter of Daniel L. and Hattie Kendall
Woodman, attended Yarmouth schools and was a graduate of North Yarmouth
Academy. She later attended a Boston cooking school.
On May 29, 1937, she married Laurence I. Grant on North Haven and had
lived here since.
Mrs. Grant was active in various community organizations including
the North Haven Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school and sang
in the choir. She was also a member of the Pythian Sisters, the Order of
the Eastern Star and member and past master of the North Haven Grange.
She was a homemaker and was known for her chicken pies, as well as
her patchwork quilts and pillows.
Her husband died in 1998.
Surviving are three sons, Austin W. and Miles A., both of North Haven
and Reginald J. of Windham; six grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
A graveside funeral service will held at 11:30 a.m. Monday in Sea View
Cemetery with the Rev. David Macy officiating. Arrangements are by Burpee-Strong
Funeral Home, Rockland.
Lisa Valerie Bouchard
bartender at Lewiston club
LEWISTON — Lisa Valerie Bouchard, 37, of Oxford Street died Wednesday
at Central Maine Medical Center after a three-week illness.
She was born here, a daughter of Donald and Lorraine Sebra Howe, and
attended Lewiston High School.
She worked as a bartender at the Pastime Club.
Mrs. Bouchard was a communicant of St. Mary's Church.
She was also a member of the Pastime Club and the 20 M Club. She enjoyed
her birds, her cat, Sam, shopping and knitting. She also liked her computer
and playing shuffleboard.
On June 2, 1984 she married Roger F. Bouchard Sr.
Surviving are her husband of Lewiston; two daughters, Linda Howe of
Lewiston and Jennifer Bouchard of Falmouth; a son, Billy Bouchard of Lewiston;
her father and stepmother, Shirley Howe of Sabattus; one sister, Nicole
of Indiana; three brothers, David of Freeport, Larry of Portland and John
Howe of Milo; her grandmother, Beatrice Dulac of Lewiston; and two grandsons.
Visiting hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at The Fortin Group
Funeral Home, Lewiston. A funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday
at St. Mary's Church. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery.
Wallace W. Reed
cabinetmaker; ran gas stations
GREENE — Wallace W. Reed, 83, of Quaker Ridge Road died Wednesday at
Springbrook Nursing Home, Westbrook, after a very short illness.
He was born in Turner, a son of Wallace and Mildred Hobbs Reed, and
attended Leavitt Institute there.
On Aug. 20, 1938, he married the former Dell C. Mower of Greene and
they moved to Quaker Ridge Road.
During World War II he worked at the shipyards in South Portland building
After the war he went to work for W.H. Gammon Co., Lewiston as a cabinetmaker
and later operated two gas stations in the Lewiston area. He retired to
care for his wife.
Mr. Reed enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing golf but most of all,
working. He also coached the Little League team in Greene.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years of Winthrop; two sons, Gary of Falmouth
and Gregory of Lincoln; a sister, Mrs. Leroy (Wilma) Jordan of Turner;
and and six grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Bragdon-Finley
Funeral Home, Monmouth. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m.
Saturday in Valley Cemetery.
Estelle H. Keelty
longtime rescue-squad volunteer
SOUTH BERWICK — Estelle H. Keelty, 93, of Butler Street died Thursday
at the Newton Center.
She was born in Lowell, Mass., a daughter of William and Helen Moore
Kerr. She lived in Durham, N.H., before moving here in 1935. She was a
member of the South Berwick Garden Club, the South Berwick Women's Club,
the Rebecahs and the Rollinsford Lionesses. She was also a former member
of the Fleet Reserve, Portsmouth, N.H., and was a longtime volunteer for
the South Berwick Emergency Rescue Squad.
Mrs. Keelty was a communicant of St. Michael's Church.
Her husband, John J. Keelty Jr., died in 1990. Two sons also died previously,
George F. Keelty in 1991 and John W. Keelty in 1992.
Surviving are two daughters, Doris Cheney of Concord, N.H., and Lois
Carignan of South Berwick; two sons, Thomas Keelty of Somersworth, N.H.,
and Richard Keelty of South Berwick; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
There will be no visiting hours. A funeral service will be held at
11 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael's Church with the Rev. Philip Tracy officiating.
Burial will follow in the family lot in St. Mary New Cemetery, Dover, N.H.
Arrangements are by McIntire-McCooey Funeral Home.
Florence E. Nunan
postmaster at Cape Porpoise
KENNEBUNKPORT — Florence E. Nunan, 94, of Kennebunk Nursing and Rehabilitation
Center, a former longtime resident of Cape Porpoise, died Thursday at her
home after a long illness.
She was born in East Boston, a daughter of Elisha Freeman and Linda
Onthank Nunan, was a graduate of Kennbunk high School and took post-graduate
Miss Nunan worked for the Postal Service and was postmaster Cape Porpoise,
retiring in 1964 after 42 years.
She was a member of the National Association of Postmasters of the
United States, a member of the Church on the Cape for more than 60 years,
serving as chairman of the board of trustees and the finance committee
for several years. She was a member of the Kennebunkport Historical Society,
the Olympian Club, AARP, and a member and former chaplain of the 50 Plus
Surviving are a niece, Lorraine MacKenna Bennett of Wells; and two
grandnieces, Carol Herriman Tremblay of Dexter and Kathie Herriman Abbott
Visiting hours will be 6-8 p.m. today at Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk.
A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church on the Cape with
the Rev. Sherwood Treadwell officiating. Burial will be in Arundel Cemetery,
Florence M. Thompson
SANFORD — A burial service for Florence M. Thompson, 92, who died Feb.
20, will be at 11 a.m. today at Oakdale Cemetery. A memorial service will
be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the North Parish Congregational Church, followed
by a luncheon in the church vestry. Arrangements are by Heald Funeral Home,
Joseph Lawrence Savitsky Jr.
raced funny cars on New England circuit
NEWFIELD — Joseph Lawrence Savitsky Jr., 52, of Libby Road died unexpectedly
at his home Sunday.
He was born and brought up in Derby, Conn., a son of Joseph L. and
Katherine Antinozzi Savitsky, and graduated from Derby High School. He
attended the University of New Haven (Conn.), where he earned a bachelor's
degree and took additional courses after commencement.
Mr. Savitsky had a love for cars, which led him to become a self-employed
auto mechanic for much of his adult life. He also raced funny cars on the
New England circuit in the early 1970s.
He was the companion of Cheryl White of West Newfield for 23 years.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements
are by Heald Funeral Home, Springvale.
Donald B. 'Duke' Ray
retired Crosby-Laughlin supervisor
Donald B. "Duke" Ray, 86, died Wednesday at the Barron Center from
complications of Alzheimer's disease.
Born here, a son of Barbara Walsh of Spiddal, Ireland, and James Ray
of Portland., he grew up on Munjoy Hill and attended local schools and
Portland High School.
He was a retired night-shift plant superintendent for the former Crosby-Laughlin,
a steel forging plant.
Mr. Ray lived at his home on Colonial Road for 50 years.
He was proud of his Irish heritage, his family said.
He was a life member of the Elks club. He was also a member of the
Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.
In his younger years he enjoyed hunting and fishing, and his love for
the outdoors continued in his later years with daily walks to the Boulevard
and Capisic Pond.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Margaret Lewis Ray of Portland;
three sons, Donald S. of Portland, Dr. Jeffrey S. of Fryeburg and David
L. Ray of Gorham; one daughter, Betty Lee Pease of Andover, Mass.; and
A remembrance of his life will be held at from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday
at Jones, Rich and Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial will be private in Brooklawn
Flora A. Collomy Small
A committal service for Flora A. Collomy Small, who died Jan. 21, will
be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Hiram Village Cemetery, Hiram. Arrangements
are by Dennett, Craig and Pate Funeral Home, Buxton.
LeVicia 'Vi' Radel
SEBAGO — A graveside service for LeVicia "Vi" Radel, who died Jan.
30, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Raymond Hill Cemetery, Raymond,
with the Rev. Greg Young officiating.
Arrangements are by York Funeral Chapel, Cornish.
Raymond H. Savage
worked for town of Old Orchard Beach
OLD ORCHARD BEACH — Raymond H. Savage, 79, of Heath Street died Wednesday
at the Renaissance Nursing Care Facility in Biddeford.
He was born at Steuben, a son of Wayne and Katie Savage Savage and
attended Steuben schools.
He moved here 60 years ago.
Mr. Savage was employed by the local public works department for 25
years until his retirement in 1974.
On March 9, 1963, he married the former Marie C. LeBlanc.
Surviving are his wife and one daughter, Tammy Velez, both of Old Orchard
Beach; two stepsons, Tony and Richard Clark, both of Newport; three stepdaughters,
Margie Ross and Patricia Monk, both of Old Orchard Beach, and Connie Cash
of Kennebunk; and two granddaughters.
There are no visiting hours nor any funeral. Burial will be at the
convenience of the family in the family lot in Scarborough Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Old Orchard Beach Funeral Home.
secretary; active in community
Rose Stern, 84, of 36 St. George St. died unexpectedly Thursday at
a local hospital.
She was born in Russia, a daughter of Samuel and Sarah Estes. After
coming to Lawrence, Mass., she attended schools there, graduating from
Lawrence High School, where she won the Perkins Prize for literary achievement.
In 1939, she married Max Stern and moved to Biddeford, then moved to
Portland in 1946.
Mrs. Stern was a secretary for most of her life, working for Union
Mutual Life, H.P. Hood & Son and the Maine Youth Center, South Portland.
She retired because of failing health in 1975.
She was an active member of many organizations — including president
of the Jewish Home for the Aged, now known as Cedars Nursing Care Center
— a member of Shaarey Tphiloh Synagogue and its Sisterhood Organization,
and the Amit Women's Organization.
She was a very friendly, warm and generous person, her family said.
She was an animal lover and contributed to many local organizations for
protection of animals.
Mr. Stern died previously.
Surviving are two sons, Abraham and Bruce Stern, both of Windham; a
daughter, Dorothy Grayson of Scarborough; a sister, Mildred Slosberg of
Hollywood, Fla.; a brother, Abraham Treshinsky of Gardiner, Mass.; seven
grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. today at Shaarey Tphiloph Synagogue,
76 Noyes St., with Rabbi Moshie Wilansky officiating. A period of mourning
will be private. Arrangements are by the Jewish Funeral Home.
businessman, native of Portland
CARMEL VALLEY, Calif. — Bruce Springer, 75, a 39-year resident of Carmel
Valley, died Wednesday at his home of cancer.
He was born in Portland, Maine, and attended schools there.
Mr. Springer was an outstanding athlete in track, his family said,
and became New England sprint champion while studying at Bowdoin College
He later attended Kings Point Maritime Academy in New York and served
in the Merchant Marine during World War II.
During the mid-1940s, he worked in San Francisco as a tugboat captain
for the Red Stack Co. and held a pilot's license to operate large vessels
in San Francisco Bay.
Mr. Springer and his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth, owned and operated
Zeke's Carpet House in Monterey during the 1960s.
They later owned the Village Shopping Center here.
He traveled extensively and had an interest in the affairs and future
of Carmel Valley Village.
Two sons, James and Michael, both died previously.
Surviving are his wife of Carmel Valley; two daughters, Suzanne Springer
of Santa Cruz and Ann Conneau of Carmel Valley; a sister, Mary Rutt of
South Carolina; two granddaughters, Elicia Momtchiloff and Laura Conneau;
and a great-granddaughter, Brooke Nichols.
There will be no services. Cremation arrangements are by The Paul Mortuary.
Curt C. Doescher
WW II veteran, Borden Ice Cream executive
HOLLIS — Curt C. Doescher, 79, of Shy Beaver Road died Tuesday at Maine
Medical Center, Portland.
He was born in Hamburg, Germany, a son of John and Barbara Schramm
Doescher. He and his family immigrated to the United States when he was
3, settling in Clifton, N.J.. He graduated from the local high school.
During World War II, he was a fighter pilot, flying P-47s Thunderbolts
while stationed in England. He was shot down over Hamburg, and spent 18
months as a prisoner of war.
After the war, he worked for 40 years for Borden Ice Cream, retiring
as a vice president. He later worked for two years for Armel Ice Cream
Co., retiring in 1987.
He and his wife moved to Hollis in 1989.
Mr. Doescher enjoyed sailing, snowmobiling, motorcycles, being a Bonny
Eagle sports fan and also spending time with his grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Helen Bobby Doescher; and a daughter,
Susan Brooks, both of Hollis; a brother, Walter of Thiells, N.Y., and three
grandchildren, Emily, Ben and Annie Brooks, all of Hollis.
Visiting hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Dennett, Craig
and Pate Funeral Home, Buxton, where a funeral will be held at 10 a.m.
Saturday. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Stephen H. Dow Sr.
Vietnam veteran, S.D. Warren employee
WESTBROOK — Stephen H. Dow Sr., 54, of Dodge Street died unexpectedly
Wednesday at his home.
He was born in Portland, a son of Clayton and Louise Alden Dow, attended
Gorham schools and was a 1962 graduate of Gorham High School.
After graduation, Mr. Dow owned and operated a sanitation business
for several years and then worked at S.D. Warren until joining the Army,
where he served with the 101st Airborne during the Vietnam War.
After his return to Maine, he was again employed with S.D. Warren,
working there for the last 33 years.
Mr. Dow was a former member of the Westbrook American Legion and was
a member of the Vacation Land Cruisers Street Rod Club. He enjoyed camping,
boating, fishing, his street rods and spending time with his family.
He had lived in Westbrook since 1973, moving from Windham.
Surviving are his wife, Brenda J. Cobb Dow of Westbrook; a son, Stephen
H. Jr. of Westbrook; two daughters, Stephanie L. Willis of Clearwater,
Fla., and Andrea Jordan of Gorham; two halfbrothers, Jay Dodge of South
Portland and Joseph; a sister, Ronna Johnson of Westbrook; and six grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Dolby Funeral Chapel, 434
River Road, Windham, where a service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday. Burial
will follow in Arlington Cemetery.
A graveside service for Urban Roberts, who died Jan. 10, will be held
at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Gray Village Cemetery with the Rev. Douglas Hedstrom
officiating. Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Home, Gray.
William 'Pat' Rafferty
career Marine Corps gunnery sergeant
BRIDGTON — William "Pat" Rafferty, 82, died Wednesday at the Maine
Veterans' Home, South Paris, after a brief illness.
He was born in Albany, N.Y., and attended schools there.
Mr. Rafferty served in the Marine Corps from 1941 until retiring as
a master gunnery sergeant in 1973. He served during World War II, the Korean
and Vietnam wars.
He was very active in the Bridgton Lions Club, was past president and
was Lion of the Year twice. For more than 10 years, he organized the Bridgton
Fourth of July parade. He was a member of the Lopeman-Potts American Legion.
In 1975, he married the former Mary Corliss. She died in 1991.
He had been cared for at his home by Cindy DiCenso and Al Glover of
A daughter, Shirley A. Rafferty, died previously.
Surviving are four stepdaughters, Rae Beaudet of Albany, Judith McKenney
and Barbara Lane, both of Ellsworth, and Mary Lee Kennedy of Sherborn,
Mass.; two sisters, Dorothy Rafferty of Albany and Eleanor Rebel of Washington,
N.J.; and eight stepgrandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Raymond-Wentworth
Friday, October 8, 1999
Donald V. Taverner
executive in broadcasting, Maine humorist
AUGUSTA — Donald V. Taverner, 80, of Cushman Street, died Wednesday
at the Augusta Rehabilitation Center after a long illness.
He was born in Ashland, a son of Harold G. and Isabel Young Taverner,
and moved to Augusta in his youth. He was an Eagle Scout and Sea Scout.
He graduated from Cony High School and from the University of Maine
Mr. Taverner was a combat infantry officer with Company K, 110th Infantry
Regiment in Europe during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star
Medal for heroism and the Purple Heart for wounds received in action.
Following the war, he served five years with the National Foundation
for Infantile Paralysis in New England and New York City.
He was on the staff of the University of Maine at Orono for eleven
years, where he was alumni director and later director of development.
It was under his leadership that the Maine Broadcasting Network was established,
his family said.
In 1962, Mr. Taverner went to Pittsburgh, where he was president of
television stations WQED and WQEX for eight years. In 1969, he was named
"Man of the Year in Communications" in Pittsburgh. He went on to Washington,
D.C., to become president of the National Cable Television Association,
and later served as president of WETA-TV-FM in the nation's capital.
In 1970, he was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by Allegheny
College in Pennsylvania.
Returning to Maine in 1975, he became interim executive director of
the Maine School Management Association and was active in University of
Maine Alumni affairs. He was a former president of the Western Pennsylvania
Alumni Association and the Washington, D.C., Alumni Association and was
a member of the Graduate M Club. The University conferred upon him the
Distinguished Alumni Service Award, "The Pine Tree Emblem," in 1963.
Mr. Taverner was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and was
very active in church activities in his earlier years. He was chairman
of the board of trustees of the Green Street United Methodist Church in
Augusta and held many other positions of leadership in the Church.
He was chairman of WCBB-TV's Community Advisory Board, the Salvation
Army Board, the Health Education Channel of the Maine Medical Center and
the Damariscotta Lake Association Board.
He was a past president of the Augusta Kiwanis Club, a past president
of the Past President's Club of the Augusta Kiwanis Club and a past lieutenant
governor of Kiwanis International. He was a member of the Augusta Masonic
Lodge and a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite and a member
of Kora Temple Shrine.
He also was a member of the University Clubs of Pittsburgh and Washington,
as well as the Capital Hill Club, the Maine State Society of Washington
and the Abnaki Club of Augusta.
Widely known as a Maine humorist, Mr. Taverner had given Maine humor
presentations on television and radio in 26 states.
A daughter Margaret Taverner, died previously.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Olive Rowell Taverner of Augusta;
two sons, Dr. Theodore G. of Washington, D.C., and Frederic W. of Silver
Spring, Md.; a brother, the Rev. Dr. Gilbert Y. of Concord, Mass.; a niece,
Dr. Nancy Adelman of Kensington, Md.; and two step- grandchildren.
Friends may visit from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Plummer Funeral Home,
16 Pleasant St., where a prayer circle of Green Streeters will be held
at 6:45 p.m. A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Green Street
United Methodist Church. The Rev. Michael Davis and the Rev. Janis Davis
Edward L. Hathaway Jr.
retired from Portland Pipeline Corporation
SOUTH PORTLAND — Edward L. Hathaway Jr., 74, died unexpectedly Tuesday
at his home.
He was a son of Edward L. and Josephine Hathaway of Amarillo, Texas.
Mr. Hathaway served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater from 1942
He graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1950 with a bachelor
of science degree in electrical engineering.
Mr. Hathaway worked for the Portland Pipeline Corporation for 35 years,
retiring as chief engineer in 1987.
He enjoyed gardening, world travel, and spending time with his children
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Ruth C. Hathaway of South Portland;
three daughters, Pamela Przybylski of Chesterfield, Mo., Elizabeth Libby
of Livermore Falls and Nancy van Dissel of Eliot; two sons, Edward L. III
of Dublin, Calif., and Charles of Gray; and 10 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Congregational
Church, 301 Cottage Road. A reception will follow at the church.
Ernest W. Stein III
enjoyed American history, computers
WINSLOW — Ernest W. Stein III, 24, died unexpectedly Sunday at Beaufort
Naval Hospital in South Carolina.
Born in Waterville, a son of Ernest and Ann L. Ryan Stein Jr., he was
a 1993 graduate of Waterville High School and attended the University of
Maine at Farmington and Augusta.
For nine years, he was employed by Maine General Medical Center.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps on Sept. 27 to pursue a military career.
Mr. Stein was an avid reader.
His interests included American history and computers.
Surviving are his mother, Ann L. Ryan of Kennebunk; his father and
stepmother, Clare Stein of New Sweden; and two sisters, Lynne Stein of
Franklin, Mass., and Lisa Stein of Clinton.
Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Donald
H. Shorey Funeral Chapel, 35 Hartland Ave., Pittsfield, where a funeral
will be at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Ethel L. Underwood
CAPE ELIZABETH — A burial service for Ethel L. Underwood, who died
Sept. 24, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Riverside Cemetery. Arrangements
are by Hobbs Funeral Home, South Portland.
George Graham Thomson Jr.
retired investment banker; Army veteran
WALDOBORO — George Graham Thomson Jr., 80, of Waldoboro and New Boston,
N.H., died Wednesday at Boston Medical Center, Boston, Mass.
He was born in New York City, a son of George Graham and Elizabeth
Deaver Thomson. He attended St. Mark's School in Southborough, Mass., and
graduated from Harvard University in 1941.
After graduating from college, Mr. Thomson volunteered to fight for
the British Army in World War II, joining the King's Royal Rifle Corps.
Later in the war, he was transferred to the American Army, serving with
the Jedburghs, who parachuted in to France, fighting behind German lines
until Germany surrendered.
Once Germany surrendered he served again as a Jedburgh until the fall
of Japan. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Bronze Medal.
In January 1949, he married Sylvia Grove-Palmer in Caracas, Venezuela.
Following the war, Mr. Thomson worked for Shell International Co. and
later was an investment banker in New York until his retirement in 1995.
Surviving are his wife of Waldoboro and New Boston, N.H.; two daughters,
Sandra J. Thomson of New York City and Virginia Thomson-Hamren of San Francisco,
Calif.; a son, George G. III of New Boston, N.H.; a sister, Cara Baldwin
of Hilton Head, S.C.; and eight grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Old German Church.
Arrangements are by Hall Funeral Home.
Ivory Herman Fenderson
owned Saco business for 40 years
SEMINOLE, Fla. — Ivory Herman Fenderson, 87, of 80th Avenue and Saco,
Maine, died suddenly Thursday at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford.
He was born in Saco, a son of Ivory H. and Minnie Hughes Fenderson,
and was a 1933 graduate of Thornton Academy.
Mr. Fenderson was proprietor of I.H. Fenderson Inc. in Saco for 40
He was a trustee of Laurel Hill Cemetery and vice president and member
of the Three-Quarter-Century softball team in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Jean (Mewer) Fenderson of Seminole
and Saco; two stepsons, Andrew Fitanides of Neva City, Calif., and Thomas
Fitanides of Saco; a daughter, Ann Pullen of Saco; a sister, Geraldine
Fenderson of Saco; and six grandchildren.
There will be no visiting hours. A graveside service will be 10 a.m.
Saturday in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Saco. The Rev. Dr. Burton S. Howe will
officiate. Arrangements are by Cote Funeral Home, Saco.
John F. Staples
retired from New England Telephone Co.
MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. — John F. Staples, 68, of Fairview Drive and
formerly of Biddeford, Maine, died Monday at his home of cancer. He was
the husband of Donna Marie Poirier Staples.
He was born in Biddeford, a son of Louis and Doris Booth Staples, attended
St. Mary's School and was a 1949 graduate of Biddeford High School.
During the Korean War, Mr. Staples served with the Coast Guard for
four years, attaining the rank of Boatswains Mate Second Class.
In 1954, he married Dorothy Marie Pelletier. The couple divorced in
1964. In 1965, he married Donna Marie Poirier of Biddeford.
Mr. Staples worked for the New England Telephone Co., where he achieved
six technical ratings and retired as a testman in Portland after 30 years.
He also sold jewelry as a hobby.
After his retirement in 1983, he moved here with his wife. He worked
for Spessard Holland Golf Course until 1997.
He enjoyed the marches of John Philip Sousa and others, golf, bicycle
riding and a 1997 cross-country camping trip he took with his wife.
A daughter, Alison, died in 1977.
Surviving are his wife of Melbourne Beach; two sons, John F. Jr. of
Biddeford and Stephen M. of Lebanon, Maine; a daughter, Elizabeth Libby
of Waterboro, Maine; a brother, Ralph M. of Biddeford; seven grandchildren
and a great-grandchild.
A memorial Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Church
Larry J. Bowdish II
worked for New England Diving Adventures
BIDDEFORD — Larry J. Bowdish II, 30, of Harrison Avenue died Wednesday
off the coast of Monhegan Island in a diving accident.
He was born in Lincoln Park, Mich., a son of Larry J. and Mary K. Bowdish.
He was a graduate of Littlefield (Conn.) High School in 1987 and a graduate
of the University of New England with a degree in marine biology.
Mr. Bowdish was the director of training for New England Diving Adventures
in Danvers, Mass. He collaborated with several fellow instructors to develop
the first in a series of underwater educational films, his family said.
He was a member of the Professional Association of Dive Instructors,
a member of Technical Diving International/Scuba Diving International and
the Divers Alert Network.
Surviving are his wife, Jennifer Judd Bowdish of Biddeford; his parents;
a brother, Patrick; his maternal grandmother, Irene Hooks of Michigan;
and his paternal grandmother, Anita Butler of Texas.
Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Hope Memorial Chapel,
480 Elm St. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at the University
of New England. There will be a private burial at sea.
Martha R. 'Martie' Henry Aspen
teacher; parents live in Sebago
MELROSE, Mass. — Martha R. "Martie" Henry Aspen, 51, formerly of South
Boston, died Thursday at home after a battle with cancer.
She was born in Akron, Ohio, a daughter of Joel B. and Dorothy R. Bauman
Henry, and attended grade school in Ohio. She graduated from Lincoln Sudbury
High School, attended Casanoviaf+t School in New York and graduated from
Emerson College, Boston.
She lived in South Boston for five years and in Melrose for the past
Mrs. Aspen taught school at many of Malden's elementary schools, most
recently teaching at Emerson School. Prior to teaching in Malden she taught
in New York.
Her hobbies included arts and crafts.
Surviving are her husband, James R. Aspen of Melrose; one son, James
G. Aspen of Melrose; one daughter, Molly M. Aspen of Melrose; her parents
of Sebago, Maine; one sister, Mrs. Charles (Patricia) Fuller of Merrimack,
N.H.; and one brother, Douglas Henry of Woburn.
Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Gately Funeral
Home, 79 West Foster St., where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m.
Monday. Burial will be in Wyoming Cemetery.
postal worker for 39 years
ELLSWORTH — Peter Barris, 75, died Tuesday at Maine Coast Memorial
He was born in Tulsa, Okla., a son of Thomas T. and Ruby Kleomenis
Barris. In his infancy, his family moved to Wichita, Kan., and he graduated
from Wichita High School East in 1942.
During World War II and the Korean War, he served in the Army Air Force.
He earned five battle stars and the Silver Theater Award.
After the war, he graduated from Portland Junior College in 1949. He
returned to Wichita and attended Kansas University and New Mexico state.
In 1953, he married Louise Jane Wiers.
Mr. Barris was employed with the Wichita Post Office for eight years
before being transferred to Portland in 1960, where he became a data systems
management officer. He retired from the Post Office in 1987 after 39 years
He created "Say it with Chocolate" with his wife. He enjoyed traveling
to businesses in the New England area to distribute chocolate products.
He also worked part-time at the Global Air Security Co.
He most recently lived with his daughter, Shara, and her family here.
Surviving are his brother, Theodore Barris; two sisters, Tonia Jett
and Dena Barris; two daughters, Mrs. Marc (Valerie) Barris and Shara Dyndiuk;
and three grand- children.
A service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Church of the Holy Spirit,
1047 Congress St., Portland. Family and friends are welcome at 1 p.m. Pastor
John Welsh will officiate.
P. Roland L'Esperance
retired from Navy; 10-year postal worker
YORK — P. Roland L'Esperance, 69, of New Town Road died Wednesday at
York Hospital after a long illness.
He was born in Springvale, a son of Emile and Louise Plamondon L'Esperance,
and graduated from Sanford High School in 1948.
He served in the Navy for 20 years.
After retiring, he worked as a rural route carrier for the U.S. Post
Office in York for more than 10 years.
Mr. L'Esperance was a communicant of St. Christopher-by-the-Sea Church.
He was also a member of the York Senior Citizens Center and the American
Association of Retired Persons.
His wife, Patricia Huntsman L'Esperance, died in 1988, and a stepson,
Stephen D. Conley, died in 1985.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Walter (Patricia L.) Hartford of
York and Mrs. Todf+t (Paula J.) DeVoll of Shapleigh; one stepson, Gregg
Conley of Kennebunk; one stepdaughter, Laurie Durst of Parsonsfield; and
two sisters, Theresa Sylvain of Springvale and Pauline Roberge of Portland.
Visiting hours will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today f+t at Lucas
and Eaton Funeral Home, 91 Long Sands Road, where a funeral service will
be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Riverside
Paul K. Petzoldt
mountaineer, wilderness education advocate
TOPSHAM — Paul K. Petzoldt, a mountaineer who founded National Outdoor
Leadership School and helped found Outward Bound, died Wednesday at the
age of 91.
Born in Creston, Iowa, a son of Charles and Emma Kiesow Petzoldt, he
graduated from Louisiana State. But long before his college graduation
— even long before his high school graduation — Mr. Petzoldt became known
for his daring mountain climbing.
His wife, Virginia Petzoldt, tells of her husband's youth in Wyoming,
a childhood spent climbing down the rocky hillsides that border the Snake
River to hunt and fish with friends. But at 16, long before mountain climbing
and hiking became common, Mr. Petzoldt set his sights on the Grand Teton.
"He thought it would be fun to climb it," his wife said.
In 1924, despite failing an attempt at a short cut, getting caught
on the side of the mountain, and nearly freezing to death during a snow
storm, Mr. Petzoldt, along with his friend, became only the third person
to climb the Grand Teton.
It was his success, the fun of the climb in spite of the life-threatening
problems, that spurred him on.
He completed a double traverse of the Matterhorn in Switzerland and
became a member of the 1938 team of First American Expedition of KE (in
the Himalayas). Mr. Petzoldt was a World War II army veteran and a member
and trainer of the 10th Mountain Division. According to his wife, he worked
for the Department of Agriculture during the war, assisting the Russian
army with food and clothing.
Hoping to help others, especially young people, discover the magic
of mountain climbing, he helped found Outward Bound in the early 1960s
and founded the National Outdoor Leadership School in 1965. He also developed
the Wilderness Education Association, a program designed to certify conservation
professionals and college students in wilderness leadership skills. He
recently organized a new school, the Paul Petzoldt Leadership Institute.
He reportedly earned respect from every major environmental group in
the United States and is credited for pushing the Wilderness Act of 1964
With a sense of humor and a love of people and the outdoors, Mr. Petzoldt
travelled throughout the U.S. to lecture on nature, mountaineering and
Mr. Petzoldt was a member of the Explorers Club. In 1994, at age 86,
he hiked with wife, Virginia, to the base camp of Mt. Everest. His biography,
"On Belay" by Raye Ringholz, tells of many of his mountaineering exploits.
In 1998, Teton Valley residents honored Mr. Petzoldt with an event
featuring accounts of his 1938 Expedition on K2 and book signing. Other
books detailing his life include "The Wilderness Handbook," "The New Wilderness
Handbook of Teton Tales" and "Petzoldt's Teton Trails."
He moved to Raymond, Maine, from Victor, Idaho, and Jackson Hole, Wyo.,
in 1987. He moved to Topsham in 1988. He was a member of St. Ann's Episcopal
Mr. Petzoldt spent his later years with his wife on Sebago Lake. What
he loved, said his wife, was "standing outside and looking across the six
or eight miles of Sebago Lake and seeing Mount Washington in the distance."
Surviving besides his wife of Topsham are two stepsons, Kenneth F.
Pyle of Asbury, N.J., and J. Dallas Pyle of South Portland.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 16 at St. Ann's Episcopal
Church in Windham. Arrangements are by Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal
Richard B. 'Pie' Lewis
owned masonry contracting business
EAST BOOTHBAY — Richard E. "Pie" Lewis, 91, died Thursday at the Gregory
Wing in St. Andrew's Hospital.
He was born here, a son of Bennie C. and Sarah Spear Lewis, and attended
During World War II, he was a foreman of Navy destroyer construction
at Bath Iron Works.
On July 28, 1928, he married Althea Harrington. Together they raised
their family in East Boothbay.
In his youth, Mr. Lewis worked with his father as a mason contractor.
He later become the proprietor of a masonry contracting business in the
Boothbay region and in Pinellas County, Fla.
Mr. Lewis was a 50-year member of the Bayview Masonic Lodge, the Order
of the Eastern Star and the Knights of Pythias.
Mr. Lewis and his wife wintered in Florida for more than 40 years.
Mrs. Lewis died in 1993.
Surviving are his daughter, Suzanne L. Keene of Wolfboro, N.H., and
Green Valley, Ariz.; two sons, Alan D. of Waterville and East Boothbay
and Richard D. of Cape Elizabeth and Naples, Fla.; nine grandchildren and
Visiting hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. todayf+t at Simmons, Harrington
and Hall Funeral Home, Boothbay. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at
East Boothbay United Church, with the Rev. Allen Wells-Goodwin officiating.
Burial will follow in Oceanview Cemetery, Boothbay.
Stanwood Russell Sterling
grew up on Peaks Island
SARASOTA, Fla. — Stanwood Russell Sterling, 85, also of Ellsworth,
Maine, died Sept. 8.
He was born on Peaks Island, Maine, a son of Russell Graham Sterling
and Emma Pollard Sterling. He attended schools in Portland, Maine, and
graduated from Wentworth Institute, Boston, in 1936.
Mr. Sterling was an executive and regional manager at D. and L. Slade
Co., Boston, until his retirement in 1974. In the following years he was
a published poet and author.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Calista Steele Sterling; two daughters,
Mrs. Frank B. (Pamela) Walker of Ellsworth and Mrs. Bruce (Penelope) Crandall
of Midlothian, Va.; and five grandchildren.
A private memorial service was held previously. Arrangements are by
Toal Brothers Funeral Home, Sarasota.
waitress, dance company manager
SACO — Theresa Lombard, 68, of Portland Road died Wednesday at Southern
Maine Medical Center in Biddeford.
She was born in Biddeford, attended Saco schools and graduated from
Thornton Academy in 1950.
Mrs. Lombard was a waitress at the Wonder Bar, at Hotel Thatcher and
at the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club for many years. She also was a waitress
at Vallee's and Cascade Inn.
She was the manager of "Best of Broadway" Dance Company.
Mrs. Lombard was a member of the United Baptist Church in Saco.
Her interests were spending time with her granddaughters and riding
in parades in her husband's World War II jeep.
Surviving are her husband, John E. Lombard, and a daughter, Debra Lombard,
both of Saco; two sisters, Ann Byers of Annapolis, Md., and Barbara Lindsey
of South Portland; and 4 grandchildren.
There will be no visiting hours. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m.
Monday at the United Baptist Church, Main Street, Saco. Arrangements are
by Dennett, Craig and Pate Funeral Home.
Albert A. Bresette
self-employed roofer most of his life
Albert A. Bresette, 67, of Joy Place, died Wednesday after a long illness.
He was born in Coldbrook, N.H., a son of Hinman and Doris Haynes Bresette.
He attended local schools and graduated from Coldbrook High School.
Mr. Bresette served in the Army for several years.
On Oct. 13, 1956, he married his wife of 42 years, Gloria Clark Bresette.
He was self-employed most of his life as a roofer.
He was a serious spectator at Beach Ridge Motor Speedway and Scarborough
Downs harness racing. He hunted and fished.
A son, Robert, died previously.
Surviving are his wife of Portland; six daughters, Emily Barney of
Massachusetts, Cynthia Bresette of Hollis, Gloria Kirlin, Rebecca Bresette
and Kimberly LaClair, all of Portland, and Doris Bresette of South Portland;
three sons, Albert, John and Raymond, all of Portland; a brother, Henry
Bresette; a sister, Beverly Doak; 24 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
There will be no visiting hours. A graveside service will be held at
11 a.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Cemetery, Groveville Road, Buxton. Arrangements
are by Hay & Peabody Funeral Home, 749 Congress St.