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Margaret Bertha Barstow
(Nov 17): Rockland -- Margaret Bertha Barstow, 82, died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000, at Camden Health Care in Camden after a long illness.
She was the widow of James Stuart Barstow II, who died in 1968.
She was born in Staten Island, N.Y., on May 12, 1918 the daughter of Herman and Margaret McCauley Kestler.
She was a 1937 graduate of Curtis High School in Staten Island, and during and after high school she worked for Warren Edwin Real Estate Corporation.
She worked for New York Life where she met her husband. During the 1960s she was active in the Greater Girl Scout Council of New York, amongst other causes, as well as in groups for youth in the state.
After WW II she became a longtime summer resident of Monhegan Island.
She was a former resident of Rockland.
She was predeceased by a brother, Warren T. Kestler.
Survivors include:one son, James and wife Judith Barstow of Tenants Harbor; two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth and husband Steven Sherrick of Port Clyde and Mrs. Barbara and husband Milton Mann of Port Clyde; one sister, Mrs. Joan Sykes of Callicoon, N.Y.; nine grandchildren, David, Barbara, Andrew, Paul, Karen, Melody, Jennifer, Keith and Jessie.
There will be no visiting hours.
A memorial service will be held in the spring on Monhegan Island and will be announced by Davis Funeral Home, 35 Knox St., Thomaston.
Friends may make donations to the Monhegan Historical and Cultural Museum, Monhegan Island, 04852,or to the Monhegan Island Memorial Library, Monhegan Island, 04852.

Otis W. Albee
(Dec 5): Rockland -- Otis W. Albee, 92, a former First National Stores manager, died Monday, Dec. 4, 2000, at Shore Village Nursing Center where he had been a resident a brief time.
Born here, Dec. 2, 1908, he ws the son of Henry B. and Annie Hart Albee.
He was a 1927 Fort Lauderdale High School graduate and later attended private business college.
On July 14, 1934, he married Ruth W. Robertson in Belfast.
For more than 34 years, Mr. Albee worked with First National Stores and managed three of that company's Rockland stores.
Active in Boy Scouts for many years, he earned scouting's highest award, Eagle Scout.
He was a life member of the Aurora Lodge of Masons, Rockland and the Order of the Eastern Star.
Mr. Albee is survived by his wife of 66 years, of Rockland.
No services will be held at this time.
Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Belfast.
Memorial donations may be made to the Pine Tree Council, Boy Scouts of America, 125 Auburn St., Portland, 04103.
Arrangements are with the Burpee-Strong Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.

Trudy Herbert
(Feb 1): Rockport -- Trudy Herbert, 78, died Jan. 30, 2001, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport after a long illness.
She was born June 12, 1922 in Sinzig, Germany, daughter of John and Gertrude Jonas. She immigrated to New York City as a young child with her family.
For many years she served as the managing partner in the pharmacy she and her husband owned in Westchester, N.Y. Prior to that she was employed as a beautician in the family salon. Upon retirement, she and her husband moved to West Rockport, where she was a communicant of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Rockland.
She is survived by her husband, Hans Herbert; a son, Alfred Ockenfels of Rockland; a granddaughter, Kristen Ockenfels of Falmouth; a sister, Henrietta Beitzell of Golden, Colo.; a sister-in-law, Kaethe Braun of Blue Springs, Mo.; and special friends Peta and Leticia van Vuuren of Rockland.
At the request of the family, a private service will be held at St. Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the American Heart Association, Maine Affiliate, Inc. P.O. Box 346, Augusta, 04330.
Arrangements are under the direction of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.

Nellie Luella Clark Tripp
(March 30): Frankfort -- Nellie Luella Clark Tripp, loving wife, mother and nana, died March 27, 2001 at her residence.
She was born April 16, 1926 in Stockton Springs, the daughter of Mae Gordon and Alfred Clark. She attended school in Monroe.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, James A. Tripp Sr. They were married August 24, 1942.
She is also survived by seven sons, Alfred and Brenda Tripp of Dedham, James and Cindie Tripp of Monroe, Lawrence and Linda Tripp of Frankfort, Roger and Joyce Tripp of Frankfort, Clarence and Debbie Tripp of Monroe, Peter and Lorraine Tripp of Frankfort and Tony and Annette Tripp of Frankfort; one daughter, Ethelanne and David Lavin of Frankfort; daughters-in-law, Sue Tripp of Frankfort and Lorraine Gibbs of Belfast.
She was blessed with 30-plus grandchildren, 40-plus great-grandchildren and one spoiled rotten cat, Rosie.
Nellie was pre-deceased by three sons, John in 1984, Gerald in 1990 and Carlton in 1993 and one sister, Olive Rancourt.
She was a member of the Brooks Pentecostal Church and in later years attended the Swanville Community Church. She was very active in various community works until her health prevented her from sewing, cooking and doing for others.
Because of her great love for children, in lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to be made to the Home For Little Wanderers in Waterville. Friends may call at the Rackliffe Funeral Home on Friday, March 30, 2001 from 1-4 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning on March 31, 2001 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Jeff Martin of the Swanville Community Church officiating.

Charles N. Light
(April 6): Charles N. Light, 83, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2001 in Portland.
Charles was born May 21, 1917 in Waldoboro, the son of Chester and Lulu Creamer Light.
He grew up in Waldoboro and attended Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, graduating in the Class of 1935.
He worked as a farmer in the poultry business, for 20 years at GTE Sylvania, mainly in the machine shop, and enjoyed lobstering, retiring in the early 1990s.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, vegetable gardening and building birdhouses.
He was a 60-year member of the Progressive Grange and a member of the Odd Fellows.
He is predeceased by his brother, Elden Light He is survived by his wife, Virginia Vannah Light of Waldoboro; daughters, Loretta Dean and her husband Ralph of Thomaston, Margaret Burnham and her husband Dana of Waldoboro; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren;nieces, nephews and cousins and sisters Minnie Spector of Needham, Mass. and Esther Jackson of Brunswick.
Visiting hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, April 8, 2001, at the Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St., Waldoboro.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, April 9, 2001 at the Assembly of God Church, Old Route1, Damariscotta. The Pastor Tom Wagers will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Rural Cemetery, Waldoboro.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Charles memory may be made to the Lincoln County Assembly of God Church, P.O. Box 220, Damariscotta, 04543 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Barbara L. Luszczki
(June 5): Belfast -- Barbara L. Luszczki, 38, died unexpectedly, Friday, June 1, 2001 in Rockland.
Born in Lowell, Mass., July 20, 1962, she was the daughter of Edward W., Sr. and Barbara Jean Townsend Nickles.
She was a graduate of the Camden Community School.
For several years, she worked with various local construction companies.
A resident here for the past 10 years, she enjoyed decorating her home for all holidays.
Ms. Luszczki was pre-deceased by her parents and a nephew, Douglas Robbins.
She is survived by two sons Jeremy and Justin Luszczki, both of Portland; one brother, Edward W. Nickles of Tenants Harbor; nieces and nephews Michael Nickles and Renee Littlehale, both of Waldoboro; Harley Nickles-Bloomingthal of South Portland, Lindy Starhe of East Eddington; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 6, 2001 at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.
Interment will be at a later date in Seaview Cemetery, Rockland.

Charlene A. Blodgett-MacDonald
(June 5): Rockland -- Charlene A. Blodgett-MacDonald, 47, died Saturday, June 2, 2001 at Maine Medical Center in Portland, after a brief illness.
Born in Woodstock, Vt., Sept. 7, 1953, she was the daughter of Clifford and Marilyn Earl Blodgett. She attended Bridgewater public schools and graduated from Community College of Vermont in Waterbury. She later attended Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz.
She married David MacDonald on March 5, 1986, in California, and spent her
married life here.
In earlier years, she worked in various jobs in the hotel, restaurant and hospitality business in both Vermont and Alaska. She enjoyed traveling by car cross country and also served as bookkeeper for the Town of Woodstock,
Vt.
Since moving here, Charlene worked as Manager of Cappy's Chowder House in
Camden from 1985 to 1986. In 1986, she began employment with Auto Europe in
Camden as a reservationist and rose through that company to controller, a
position she held from 1991 to 1992.
From 1992 until the time of her death,
she had served as Controller of both Great Eastern Mussel Farms, Inc., Tenants Harbor, and Orange Limited Liability Company.
Having adopted her first daughter Katie as an infant in 1990, she worked tirelessly toward the adoption of her second daughter Denessa, in 1995
traveling to China to accomplish that task.
Besides her husband and children of Rockland, Charlene is survived by her
mother, Marilyn Earl Blodgett of Bridgewater, Vt.; one brother Thomas
Blodgett and his wife Sally of New Hampshire; one sister Linda Atwood and
her husband Alan of Woodstock, Vt.; and one nephew, Steven Atwood of Woodstock, Vt.
Visiting hours will be held from 6 to 8 Saturday evening, June 9, 2001,
at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St., Rockland with the Reverend Dr. D. Elizabeth Mauro officiating.
Gifts on behalf of Charlene's children will be accepted by the Pastor's Discretionary Fund, c/o Rockland Congregational Church, P.O. Box 554, Rockland, 04841.

Charles 'Ray' Chase
(June 5): Charles “Ray” Chase, 51, passed away June 3, 2001 at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport.
Ray was born April 30, 1950 in Gary, Ind., the son of Charles C. and Carolyn Hillegass Chase.
He grew up in Shrewsbury, Mass., and attended local schools, graduating from Shrewsbury High School. He received a mechanical engineering degree from Worcester Poly Technical Institute in Worcester, Mass. and worked for the Brewster Water Company in Brewster, Mass.
In 1976, he moved to Maine and began working for Consumer’s Maine Water Company and later at Maine Sport in Rockport, in various positions.
Recently he was working for Summit Geo-engineering in Augusta as a concrete testing specialist.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Waldoboro serving as a Deacon and he was actively involved in the construction of the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church in Waldoboro.
He loved to fish, tie flies, ride his bike, sing praise music with his family and play the harmonica. He also loved walking on the Rockland Breakwater and day trips to Popham Beach with his family. He just recently finished building a small boat. He was a junior youth group Olympian Coach at the Church and will be remembered for loving the Lord.
Phil. 3:14 -- “I press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Jeannine Beaudoin Chase of Thomaston; daughters Katherine “Kate” Rebecca Chase and Sarah Carolyn Chase of Thomaston; his parents, Charles and Carolyn Chase of Brewster, Mass.; a sister, Cynthia Adams of Granby, Conn. and a brother, Curtis Chase of Brewster, Mass.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 6, 2001 at the First Baptist Church of Waldoboro, Main Street, Waldoboro. Pastor Michael Peterson will officiate. Burial will follow in the Village Cemetery in Thomaston.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in Ray's name to the Waldoboro First Baptist Church, Family Life Center Bldg. Fund, P.O. Box 324, Waldoboro, 04572.

Elwood Junior Eaton
(June 4): Rockport -- Elwood Junior Eaton, 74, died Saturday, June 2, 2001 at Penobscot Bay Medical Center.
Born in Rockport on July 29, 2001, he was the son of Alphonso Eaton, Sr. and Elizabeth F. Eaton.
When Elwood was five, his mother died. Mr. Eaton then remarried and Elwood was raise by his stepmother, Edith Eaton.
During WW II, he served in the U.S. Army.
He had been employed at the Camden Shipyard as a boat builder, worked at Marriner’s Paving Company, and for 34 years worked for the Public Works Department for the Town of Rockport, retiring in 1986. The town named the street to the Public Works Garage after him. His great passion in life was lobstering.
In spite of his failing health, he was able to continue lobstering these last few years because of the assistance of his nephew, Harvey Curtis, Jr. in operating the boat.
Surviving are six brothers, Alphonso Eaton, Jr. and his wife, Jessie of Thomaston; Charles Eaton and his wife, Cathy of Lincolnville; Albert Eaton and his wife, Hazel of Camden; Robert Eaton and his wife, Sue of Santa Clara, Calif.; Richard Eaton and his wife, Cheryl of Waldoboro; David Eaton and his wife, Catherine of Rockport; five sisters, Arabelle Nelson; Kathleen Robbins both of Rockland; Marion "Vickey" Joy of Owls Head; Flora Lowberg and her husband, Robert; Caroline McKenney and her husband, Luke, all of Hope; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial gathering for family and friends will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 10, 2001 at Marine Park in Rockport.

James Harry Hills
(June 4): Rockland -- James Harry Hills, 58, passed away May 29, 2001, at his home in Rockland.
He was born in Northport, Jan. 27, 1943, the son of Harry and Verla (Harriman) Hills. He graduated from Crosby High School and served in the U.S. Army.
He had worked for many years as a machinist for Pratt & Whitney, Fisher Engineering, and Bay Engineering. He was a family man devoted to his wife, children, and family.
He was predeceased by his father and his first wife, Louise. He is survived by his mother, Verla; his wife, Shelia Hills of Rockland; children, Mrs. Wyman (Diane) Bunker of Swanville, James Hills Jr. of Belfast, Gregory A. Hills and his wife, Abbie of Montville, Darrin L. Hills and his wife, Debbie of Waldo; two stepdaughters, Cheri Haskell of Cushing and Tina M. Barrett of Rockland; two sisters, Mrs. Clyde (Verlesta) Wellman Sr. of Belmont, Mrs. Martha Ames of Belfast; seven brothers, E. Mel Hills of Winterport, Leslie Hills of Belfast, Harry Hills Jr. of Belmont, William Hills of Brunswick, Maurice Hills of Belmont, Daniel T. Hills of Belmont and Adam C. Hills of Searsmont; 11 stepbrothers and stepsisters, Walter Aldus Jr., of Bucksport, Charlie Aldus, of Waldo, Raymond Aldus, of Morril, Albert Aldus, of Belfast, John Aldus of Belfast, David Aldus of New Hampshire, Myrtle "Peggy" Riley of Buda, Texas, Marie Furbush of Belmont, Diane Blake of Belfast, Barbara Carter of Levenworth, Kan. and Kathy Weaver, of Belfast; seven grandchildren, William Bunker, Joe and Tyler Hills, Nathan and Anastasia Hills, and Kerri and Harley Haskell.
A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2001, at the Rackliffe Funeral Home, 54 Church St., Belfast, with the Rev. Horace Varnum officiating.
Friends who wish may donate to the Salvation Army. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Maurice Harlan Chadwick
(June 2): Thomaston -- Maurice Harlan Chadwick, 92, died Friday, June 1, 2001, at Shore Village Nursing Home, Rockland, after a brief illness.
He was the husband of Bernice Munro Chadwick.
He was born in Port Clyde, Sept. 7, 1908, the son of Hiram and Jennie Maloney Chadwick.
He moved to Friendship Long Island, and attended schools there. He later moved to Friendship. He was the caretaker of Harry "Moxie" Thompson's estate on Friendship Long Island, for many years and was the skipper on the Thompsons' various yachts.
He was a lobster and clam buyer for Burnham and Morrill Company in Friendship.
During World War II, he moved to Thomaston and built barges for the government at the Thomaston waterfront.
He was one of the first fisherman to harvest and wholesale mussels on the coast of Maine.
He was a former deacon, was on the pulpit committee, and a 50-year member of the Thomaston Baptist Church.
He was a former past master of the Knights of Phythias of Friendship, a past master of Achorn Grange, Cushing. He enjoyed traveling about the country, hunting, fishing, camping and gardening.
He was predeceased by a brother, Quinton Chadwick and his first wife, Goldie Chadwick, who died 1989.
Survivors include his wife of Thomaston, two sons, Gerald and wife Sharon Chadwick of Warren and Richard and wife Jean Chadwick of Nobleboro; one daughter, Mrs. Elsie and husband Herbert Martin of Cushing; one half-brother, Conley and wife Sarah Simmons of Friendship; seven grandchildren, Randy, Pam, Susan, Lynn, Jon, Aubyn, and Shelby; seven great grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visiting hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, June 3, 2001. at Davis Funeral Home 35 Knox St., Thomaston.
A funeral service will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Thomaston Baptist Church, with Rev. Wayne Sawyer officiating. Interment will be at the Village Cemetery,Thomaston.
Friends may make donations to Thomaston Baptist Church, 202 Main St., Thomaston, 04861.

M. Helen Potvin
(June 1): M. Helen Potvin, 90, passed away on May 30, 2001, in Belfast.
She was born in Chesterville, Ontario, Canada, on June 16, 1910, the daughter of Robert J. and Essie (Russell) Steen.
She graduated from nursing school in White Plains, N.Y. and was a registered nurse for 20 years before moving to Searsmont.
She was a long time member of the Searsmont United Methodist Church. She was predeceased by her parents, a sister, Kathleen Ouderkirk of Chesterville, Ontario; daughters Karen Stacey of Jackson, Roberta Lehouillier of Lincoln, N.H. and Joan Volkorez of St. Petersburg, Fla.; one brother, Gil Steen of Chesterville, Ontario and two grandchildren, Eric and Jason Lehouillier.
Friends are invited to visit on Friday, June, 2, 2001, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rackliffe Funeral Home, 54 Church St., Belfast.
Funeral services will be held at the Searsmont Methodist Church on June 2, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Michelle Grube officiating.
Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Charlotte (Robarts) Upham
(May 18): Camden -- Charlotte (Robarts) Upham, 96, formerly of Camden, died Tuesday, May 15, 2001 in Vero Beach, Fla.
Born in Rockport on Oct. 15, 1904, she was the daughter of Charles W. and Jenny L. (Fowler) Robarts.
She was a 1922 graduate of Rockport High School and married Horace A. Upham in Rockland on Nov. 15, 1928. Mr. Upham died in 1961.
For 55 years, Mrs. Upham worked in the burling room at the Knox Woolen Mill retiring in 1980, at the age of 76.
She had been a member of the Chestnut Street Baptist Church for many years where she had been active in Chadavae. Mrs. Upham was a member of the Camden Senior Citizens, R.S.V.P., the Camden Dandelions, a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and was a volunteer in the Camden Health Care Center's library. Several years ago, she moved to Florida to be near her daughter.
Surviving is her daughter, Joanne MacDonald and her husband, Donald of Sebastian, Fla; a brother, Myron Robarts, a sister, Katherine Cross, both of Camden; four grandchildren, Cynthia Martinez and Lynn Nicholes both of Florida; Stephane Waite of Ala.; and Robert MacDonald of New York, N.Y.; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, brother, Chester Robarts, sister, Effie Anderson; and two grandsons, Scott and Donald A. MacDonald.
A memorial service will be announced.
Memorial donations may be made to the Chestnut Street Baptist Church, P.O. Box 833, Camden, 04843 or to the Robert Gagnon Cancer Fund, c/o Northeast Health Foundation, 22 White Street, Rockland, 04841.

The Rev. Quentin Wolcott Huntley
(May 31): Rockland -- The Rev. Quentin Wolcott Huntley, 80, of Peterborough, N.H., died Jan. 18, 2001 at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, N.H.
He was born July 8, 1920 in Whitman, Mass., the son of Harold Boynton and Minnie Green Huntley. He was a 1937 graduate of Goffstown N.H. Schools. He was a WW II Navy veteran.
He was a 1949 graduate of University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in Agricultural Science.
He was a resident of Rockland, and attended the First Baptist Church. He studied for the ministry at Glen Cove Bible College in Rockland.
The Rev. Huntley was ordained in 1972 in Kinston, N.C., serving churches in Kinston, Trenton and Vandermere, N.C. and the Federated Church in Weare, N.H.
He attended the Monadnock Congregational Church, Peterborough, N.H.
He formerly lived in Walpole, Antrim and Weare, and most recently Peterborough, N.H.
He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and was an avid reader. He also had taught school in Kinston, N.C. and served as librarian at the Middle School Antrim, N.H.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Frances (Lord) Huntley of Peterborough, N.H.; two sons, Dana L. Huntley of Peterborough, N.H. and Paul Huntley of Cooper City, Fla.; a daughter, Sara Huntley of Rockland; 11 grandchildren, two great grandchildren; a brother, Nathan W. Huntley of Black Hawk, S.D.; a sister, Greta Smith of Taylor, S.C. and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside committal service will be held June 9, 2001, at 10 a.m. at the Village Cemetery, Thomaston, with Rev. Del Hyssong, Jr. of the West Rockport Baptist Church officiating.

William Willey Gilchrest
(May 31): Friendship -- William Willey Gilchrest, 77, passed away Monday, May 28, 2001 at Cove's Edge in Damariscotta.
Bill was born March 13, 1924 in Thomaston, the son of William and Hazel Young Gilchrest.
He attended Thomaston schools and graduated from the Thomaston High School in the Class of 1942. For a short time he worked for Bath Iron Works before enlisting in the United States Army in 1943.
In 1946, he married Phyllis Stevens and they made their home in Friendship. After returning from the Army, he worked at the Waldoboro garage. He later worked for the Maine State Prison retiring at the age of 48, after 25 years of service.
After retirement he worked on his own as a master electrician.
He loved boating, camping, riding motorcycles and going out to eat.
He loved the music of the big band era.
He was a past master of the Meduncook Lodge No. 211 in Friendship and a member of the Friendship V.F.W.
He loved being with his family and was always there for them when they needed him. They said his advice was always reliable and always welcome.
He loved his pet dogs and cats and he will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather.
He is predeceased by his wife Phyllis Gilchrest, who died in 2000.
He is survived by sons William Gilchrest and his wife Mary Jo of Cape Elizabeth and Justin Gilchrest and Barbara of Waldoboro; a sister, Barbara Sherbo of West Des Moines, Iowa; grandsons Ryan and Aaron Gilchrest of Cape Elizabeth and Adam and Gabriel Gilchrest of Waldoboro; one niece, one nephew and several cousins.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 1, 2001 at the Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St., Waldoboro. The Rev. Daniel Ames will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friendship Ambulance Service, c/o Phyllis Conary, Treasurer, Friendship, 04547.

Conrad H. 'Pete' Peters
(May 29): Tenants Harbor -- Conrad H. "Pete" Peters, husband of Joan Williamson Perry Peters, died at his home here, Monday, May 28, 2001, after a long illness.
Born in Boothbay Harbor, Feb. 18, 1926, he was the son of John and Edith Lewis Peters. After the death of his mother when he was six months old, he was raised by his grandparents, Gordon and Jessie Lewis.
At the age of six, he moved to Wiscasset where he attended local schools and was a 1944 graduate of Wiscasset High School. He later graduated from Bryant-Stratton Commercial School in Boston.
A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, Mr. Peters served as a Waist Gunner on a B-24 Bomber.
For more than 19 years he owned and operated the J & P Market in Wiscasset, residing with his family at the store. For several years, he worked as a Field Accountant/Time Keeper, first with Stone-Webster Construction and from 1969 to 1973 with Guy F. Atkinson Construction in Pa.
In 1973, he returned to Maine and having already earned a Maine State Realtors License, joined his long time friend Roy Farmer in the real estate business. He retired in 1989.
He was a member of the Wiscasset Fire Society, the Bradford-Sortwell-Wright American Legion Post #54, Lincoln Lodge of Masons, Mid Coast Shrine Club and Kora Temple Shrine.
An avid reader, he was a World War II history buff and enjoyed watching birds and wildlife at his home.
Besides his wife of Tenant Harbor, he is survived by the mother of his children Janet Hughes Peters-Rowe of Brunswick; two sons and their wives James and Judy Peters of Hookset, N.H. and Clyson and Dyann Titus Peters of Thomaston; two daughters, Edith Peters Kelby and her husband Barrie of Brunswick and Nancy Peters of Waterboro; two step-sons, Scott Perry of Denver, Colo. and Mark Perry and his wife Lorraine of Standish; one stepdaughter, Lori Perry Crouse and her husband Kenneth of Standish; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Mr. Peter's life will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May
31, 2001 at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. The Reverend Mark Reinhardt will officiate. Interment will be in Coughlin Memorial Cemetery, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. George Volunteer Firefighters Association, P.O. Box 249, Tenants Harbor, 04860
or the Wiscasset Fire Society, c/o Charles DiPerri, Jr., P.O. Box 365, Wiscasset, 04578.

G. Willis Hodson, Jr.
(May 29): Camden -- G. Willis Hodson, Jr., died Saturday, May 26, 2001 at the Camden Health Care Center where he had resided for several months.
He was born in Bernley, England on April 14, 1905, the son of G. Willis Hodson, Sr. and Rhoda (Critchley) Hodson.
His family moved from England to Philadelphia, then moved to Camden in 1913. He married Doris Baker in 1964.
He had previously owned and operated Shell Elms Garage and the Bay View Street Garage.
From 1955 to 1982, Hodson served the Town of Camden on a number of town committes and in several positions. From 1955 to 1966 and from 1979 to 1982 he served on the Board of Selectman, 11 of those years as chairman. He was assessor’s agent for seven years from 1964 to 1971.
He was the town manager from 1971 to 1974 and has been on the cemetery board from 1962 to 1982. Other positions he held in town included building inspector, election warden, acting town manager, charter commision and codification committees.
He was instrumental in the construction of the town wastewater plant, the formation of SAD 28, and the building of the town garage and the Mount Battie auto road.
He had been a member of Megunticook Fish & Game Association, the Rockland Golf Club, Amity Lodge, Keystone Chapter, and the Commandery. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf.
Surviving is his wife, Doris Hodson; one son, Willis D. Hodson and his wife, Jean, all of Camden; one brother, Harry D. Hodson of Winthrop; one sister, Vivian H. Kennedy of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; four grandchildren, Debra Rolland of Litchfield, N.H.; Kimberly Whitney of Cornish; Douglas Hodson of Boca Raton, Fla.; and Richard Hodson of South Hampton, N.Y.; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by two brothers and a sister.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2001 at the Robert E. Laite Funeral Home, 9 Mountain Street, Camden with the Rev. Dell R. Hyssong, Jr. officiating. Private interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League, P.O. Box 707, Rockport, 04856.

George August Koenig
(May 27): Camden -- George August Koenig, 89, died Saturday, May 26, 2001 at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport.
Born in New York City on July 4, 1911, he was the son of Joseph and Bertha (Buhler) Koenig. He married Ruth E. Young in Greenwich, Conn., on Dec. 21, 1934.
For many years, Mr. Koenig was employed as a bank auditor at the Bank of New York residing in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
Mr. and Mrs. Koenig had vacationed in midcoast Maine many summers before moving to Camden in 1975. Mr. Koenig was a member of the John Street United Methodist Church where he served as an usher, and at the time of his death was serving on the Board of Trustees. He enjoyed playing cribbage and loved sightseeing in Maine.
Surviving are three sons, Bruce A. Koenig and his wife, Judith of Plantsville, Conn.; G. Geoffrey Koenig and his wife, Suzanne of Lebanon, N.H. and Philip J. Koenig and his wife, Rita of Stamford, Conn.; six grandchildren, Lisa, Lori, Cheryl, Rebecca, Daniel and Jennifer; one great-grandchild, Ethan, and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Ruth E. Koenig who died on Jan. 4, 1997 and by two sisters and one brother.
An hour of visiting will be held at noon, Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at the Robert E. Laite Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St., Camden. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Linda Campbell Marshall officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Camden.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to the John Street United Methodist Church, 98 John St., Camden, 04843.

Claude 'Duke' Benner
(May 23): Camden -- Claude "Duke" Benner, 74, died Saturday, May 19, 2001 at the Camden Health Care Center after a courageous battle with failing health.
Born on Dec. 7, 1926 in Spokane, Wash., he was the son of Howard N. Benner, Jr. and Beatrice (Bailey) Benner, and had family roots tracing back to Dennysville, Maine.
The family moved to Dennysville from Massachusetts with the Hingham colony and other brave men who fought with General Lincoln in the Revolutionary War. The family then migrated through Wisconsin to California, then to Bonner's Ferry, Idaho and finally on to Spokane, Washington.
Duke attended North Central High School and sang in the All City Boys Choir in Spokane. During WWII, Duke entered the U.S. Army Air Corps and trained as a field medic and surgical technician. Following his enlistment, he attended Multnomah College in Portland, Ore.
On July 13, 1947, he married Thelma Louise Walker in Spokane.
In 1952, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency retiring in 1980 after 35 years. During his career, he and his family shared many adventures in Japan, Okinawa, Taiwan, Saipan, Marianas Islands, Vietnam, Cyprus, Lebanon, South America, Thailand, Laos, Germany, and Australia.
In 1986, Mr. and Mrs. Benner moved to Camden. He worked as the Deputy Code Enforcement Officer for the Town of Camden and at the time of his illness, he was employed at Camden National Bank's operation's branch. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. and Manassas, Va. Duke enjoyed the arts and loved to paint, sing, and perform in amateur theater. He particularly enjoyed playing golf, bowling, and participated in the Heart Watch program at the YMCA in Camden. His greatest joy in life was spending time with this beloved wife of 54 years, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Surviving is his wife, Thelma L. Benner of Camden; four sons, Claude Benner, Jr. and his wife, Kay of Maryland; David Benner and his wife, Nancy; Philip Benner and his wife, Santina all of Virginia; Ron Karlston and JW Williams of Washington; one daughter, Marta and Stephen Robbins of Bangor; two stepsisters, Marilyn Lewis, Donna Douglas; an aunt, Dorothy Gilmore, all of Washington; 21 grandchildren, Ronia, Tom, Amy, Richard, Griff, Christopher, Alyssa, Micah, Heather, Zachary, Joshua, Stephen, Esther, Philip, Enoch, John, Thomas, Martha, Joseph, Amanda, and Christina; five great grandchildren, Samantha, Kristal, Kody, Khloe, Karis, and Jason; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Howard N. Benner, Jr., Beatrice B. Benner, and stepmother, Irene Benner. Because Duke was such a loving and caring person, he leaves behind many special friends.
A memorial service will be announced by the Robert E. Laite Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St., Camden.
Memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 57 Elm St., Camden, 04843.

Charles Edwin Stackpole
(May 22): South Thomaston -- Charles Edwin Stackpole, 85, died Monday, May 21, 2001, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport.
He was the husband of Helen Mills Stackpole.
At his request, there will be no services.

Frederick A. Schmidt
(May 22): Frederick A. Schmidt, 96, passed away May 20, 2001, in Belfast.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sept. 24, 1904, the son of Adolph and Maybelle (Portmore) Schmidt.
He attended school and college in Brooklyn, and worked in electronics in the New York area.
He was married June 16, 1936, to his wife Doris, in Belfast, and has lived and worked there all his life.
He enjoyed fishing with his father.
During World War II, he worked with the U.S. Navy as a civilian on their radar program.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Doris (Robinson) Schmidt; and three nephews and one niece.
Funeral service will be graveside at the Grove Cemetery in Belfast on Friday, May 25, 2991, at 1 p.m. with Tom Holy officiating.


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