Mr. John W. Raymond
SOUTH PARIS John W. Raymond, 91, of Norway, died Saturday, September
5, 1998 afternoon at the Market Square Health Care Center, South Paris
following a long illness.
He was born in Dayton, Maine, April 14, 1907, the son of the late Dr.
W. Bradford and Ethaleen (Harriman) Raymond. He graduated from South Paris
High School with the class of 1925 and from Colliers School of Mortuary
Science in New York City in 1929. He married the former Constance Smith
on May 9, 1929.
Mr. Raymond founded the J. W. Raymond and Son Funeral Home which grew
to include seven locations and was operated in turn by his son W. Bradford
Raymond and his grandson Jeffrey H. Raymond. He founded the business in
1940 and retired in 1967.
A 50-year member and Past Master of Oxford Masonic Lodge #18, he was
a life-member and Past Worthy Patron of Oxford Chapter of the Order of
the Eastern Star, a former member of Norway Methodist Church, a member
of the Norway Lodge of Odd Fellows and had been a member of the Norway
Besides his wife of 69 years who resides in NOrway, he is survived
by a son W. Bradford and wife Carol Ann of Norway, a grandson Jeffrey H.
and wife Lorri of Harrison; two granddaughters, Audrey Sue and Stacey Ann
Raymond, five great grandchildren, Tyler, Coralee, Devon, Danielle, and
Jeffery and several nieces and nephews, including Virginia Goodwin of Sun
City, AZ, who was like a daughter.
Graveside funeral services were held on Wednesday, September 9 at the
Riverside Annex Cemetery, South Paris . Memorial donations may be made
in Mr. Raymond's memory to the Norway Memorial Library,Main St., Norway.
Arrangements under the care of the J. W. Raymond and Son Funeral Home Group,
Mr. Albert Hamlin Rice
NORWAY Albert Hamlin Rice, 83, of Waterford died on Monday, September
7, 1998 at Stephens Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Waterford on October 24, 1914, the son of George H.
and Helen Hamlin Rice. He was a graduate of Bridgton Academy in 1932.
Mr. Rice proudly served our country in the US Army during World War
II. After serving our country, he worked as a dairy farmer and also worked
on the Waterford Town Road Crew. He was a member of the Swinging Bears
Square Dance Club, Maine Farm Bureau, Farmers Draft Horse Club, Life Member
of the Waterford Historical Society, and attended Waterford Congregational
He is survived by two brothers, Charles H. of South Paris and Richard
F. of Waterford; a sister, Rachel Deans of South Portland, eight nieces
and nephews, several grand nieces and nephews, as well as several cousins.
He was predeceased by a sister, Ella E. Rice.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 10, 1998, at the
Waterford Congregational Church with Rev. Kenneth Carstens and Rev. Norman
Rust officiating. Interment will immediately follow at the north. Waterford
Cemetery. Donations in his memory can be made to the Stoneham Rescue PO
Box 42 E. Stoneham, ME 04231.
Arrangements are under the direction of Weston-Chandler Funeral Home
230 Main St. Norway.
Mrs. Dorothy C. Nye
SOUTH PARIS Dorothy C. Nye, 80, of 262 Sumner Hill Road, Sumner died
Sunday, September 6, 1998, at the Maine Veterans' Home.
Born in Portland on August 24, 1918, she was the daughter of the late
George and Gertrude Cook.
A homemaker, she formerly resided in Peabody, MA, Concord, NH, South
Berwick and Kittery, and spent the last 20 years in Sumner with numerous
trips to Florida.
She enjoyed sharing the results of her gardening and preserving activities
with others. She also enjoyed the Maine woods and was an avid reader. She
was a member of the Sumner Mothers Club, the Fish and Game Club and the
Senior Citizens' group.
Her husband since 1940, Walter B. Nye, predeceased her in 1995.
Survivors include a daughter, Donna Ericson of Acton, MA; a son, Walter
R. Nye, of Sumner; a brother, Alan Cook, of Trenton, NJ and four grandchildren.
At the family's request, there will be no public services. Those who
wish may make donations in Mrs. Nye's memory to Tri-Town Rescue, PO Box
275, West Paris, ME 04289, or a charity of their choice.
Arrangements are being handled under the care of Andrews Funeral Home,
High Street, Buckfield.
Mrs. Edith Irene Pulsifer
GORHAM Edith Irene Pulsifer, 93, of Poland died Tuesday, September
1, 1998 at Gorham House.
She was born in Chester, MA. ,June 12,1905 the daughter of Lewis and
Edith Swan. She graduated from Kents Hill School and had been a homemaker.
Mrs. Pulsifer had also worked as a telephone operator at the Poland
central office and the Mansion House switchboard.She was a past master
of Sabbathday Lake Grange and a member of the Poland Community Church where
she was active in the ladies guild.She taught Sunday school at the Ricker
Hill Sunday School. She also was a member of the 2FACT club and the Poland
Her husband Roger S. Pulsifer died February 6,1971.
Survivors include a son, Stanley of Poland; nine grandchildren and
19 great grandchildren.
Mrs. Pulsifer was predeceased by two daughters, Arlene Tullar of Arlington
Heights, IL and Shirley Ward of Natick,MA.
Funeral services were held Saturday at the Poland Community Church
with interment to follow in Lane Cemetery,East Poland.
In lieu of flowers those who wish may make memorial gifts in her memory
to Poland Community Church, 1212 Maine Street, Poland, Me ,04274.Arrangements
were under the direction of Weston-Chandler Funeral Home,Mechanic Falls.
Mrs. Dorothy E. Franklin
NORWAY Dorothy E. Franklin, 86, of Tamarao,Florida died Monday evening,
September 7, 1998, at Stephens Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Weatherly, PA., December 22, 1911, the daughter of
Herbert and Mary Mack Hartz. She had worked as a preschool teacher and
had made her home in Florida since 1969, coming from Elizabeth, New Jersey.
She was married to John F. Franklin who died in 1979.
Survivors include her daughter Susan Jane Ellis of Poland; two granddaughters,
Deborah Housley of Gray and Michelle Consalvo of Portland; one sister,
Cora Schickram of Hyattsville,MD; four brothers Russell Hartz of Southbend,
IN, Paul and Melvin Hartz of Easton,PA and Forest Hartz of Weatherly,PA.
Services will be private, Arrangements are under the direction of Weston-Chandler
Funeral Home,230 Main Street,Norway.
Mr. Ira B. Pitcher
AUBURN Mr. Ira B. Pitcher, 75, a long time resident of Peen Road, Norway,
and most recently a resident of Schooner Estates in Auburn died Tuesday
evening, September 1, 1998, at his home.
He was born in Lewiston November 18, 1922, the son of Alver M. and
Hattie (Poland) Pitcher.
He attended Lewiston Schools, and graduated from Lewiston High School
with the class of 1940. While in High School he participated in football,
skiing as well as many other class activities.
He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Air Corps in August of 1942 and earned
the coveted `Gold Wings' of a Naval Aviator in October of 1943. Following
Carrier Qualification he was assigned to Fighting Squadron #60 aboard the
Escort Carrier U.S.S. Swannee and for the next year took part in bombing,
strafing, and air support for Pacific Landing Operations including MacArthur's
return to the Philippines, and the battle for Leyte Gulf earning the Distinguished
Flying Cross and the Air Medal.
Following his discharge from the Navy he returned to Maine and entered
Bowdoin College, graduating in September of 1948. During his college years
he was captain of the football team, president of the P.S.I.U. Fraternity,
and a member of the Student Council.
He married the former Patricia Frangedakis on December 18, 1948, and
pursued a career in finance and banking, retiring in 1983 as Vice-president
of Norstar Bank in Lewiston.
During a very active lifetime, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, skiing,
and traveling. He was a member of the Second Congregational Church of Norway.
He was also a member of Martindale, and Norway Country Clubs, a member
and Past Master of Nezinscot Lodge #101 AF and AM of Turner.
Mr. Pitcher also enjoyed memberships with the Turner Chapter #41 Royal
Arch Masons, the Dunlap Council #8 Royal and Select masters, the Lewiston
Commandery #6 Knights Templar, and the Kora Temple A.A.O.N.M.S..
He had a tremendous love for his family and friends, and a strong respect
for his church, country and college.
Mr. Pitcher is survived by his two daughters, Nancy B. Pitcher of Poland;
Jennifer M. Pitcher of Newry; one son, S. Thomas Pitcher of Hanover; nine
grandchildren and two great grandchildren; one sister, Phyllis I. McKenna
of Wiscassett and one daughter-in-law, Nancy Satterthwaite of Poland.
He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia, in January of 1993, and their
son, Matthew Pitcher, in February of 1989.
A memorial service was held Friday at the Second Congregational Church
in Norway. Burial was at the Riverside Cemetery in Lewiston with arrangements
made by the Forton Group/Plummer and Merrill Funeral Homes of Lewiston.
Mrs. Barbara Paine
NORWAY Barbara Paine, 69, of Oxford died Monday, September 14, 1998
at Stephens Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Norway on July 7, 1929, the daughter of Lewis D. and
Ida M Kimball Poland She was a graduate of Oxford High School. She married
Erland Paine, who predeceased her. Mrs. Paine worked in various local shoe
shops doing office work before retiring.
She is survived by two daughters, Clara Hutton of North Norway and
Sharon Files of Oxford, and four step children Ronnie, Paul, Linda and
At the request of the family there are no services scheduled at this
time Arrangements are under the direction of Weston-Chandler Funeral Home,
Mrs. Alma P. Tatton
RUMFORD Mrs. Alma P. Tatton, C.R.N.A., age 77, died Wednesday, September
9, 1998 at the Rumford Community Hospital in Rumford. She was a life resident
of the area, living on Franklin Street in Rumford and wintered in Cocoa
She was born in Rumford on October 23, 1920 and was the daughter of
John and Nellie (Gilmore) Pretty. She graduated from Stephens High School
in Rumford, Class of 1939, and from the Rumford Community Hospital School
of Anesthesia, Quincy, Mass., Class of 1962.
She worked at the Rumford Community Hospital from 1945 to 1961 when
she went to be certified as an Anesthetist and returned to Rumford Community
Hospital as a C.R.N.A. in 1962 to 1974. She then worked at the Stephens
Memorial Hospital in Norway from 1974 to 1979 when she returned to Rumford
where she was the evening and night nursing supervisor until retirement
April 1, 1986 and following retirement she worked part time as evening
and night supervisor until 1993.
She was a member of the New England Assembly of Nurse Anesthetist,
and also on the nominating committee; Member of American Association of
Nurse Anesthetist; served on board of directors of the Maine Association
of Nurse Anesthetist; and also for several years served as president of
the Rumford R.N. Club.
Survivors include a daughter, Ms. Susan Targett of Gray; three grandchildren,
Mrs. Russell (Jennifer) Nutt of Industry, Ms. Jill Targett of Philadelphia,
PA, and Victor Targett, II of Bremerton, Washington; one great grandson
Victor Don Merchant of Gray; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 12, 1998 at the Meader
and Son Funeral Home in Rumford with Fr. George Goudreau and Fr. Fichard
McInnis officiating. Musical selections were `In the Garden' and `Just
a Closer Walk.' Interment was in the Farrington-Morton Cemetery in Mexico.
Those who desire, please contribute to the Alma P. Tatton Scholarship Fund,
c/o Rumford Community Hospital, 420 Franklin Street, Rumford, ME 04276
in her memory.
Dr. Coburn DeGoosh
NORWAY Dr. Coburn DeGoosh, DVM, 78, of Norway died Friday morning,
September 11, 1998, at Stephens Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Lyme, NH, October 6, 1919, the son of Howard E. and
Nettle Pushee DeGoosh.
He attended public schools in Lyme and Hanover, graduating from Hanover
High School in 1937.He received his pre-veterinary studies at University
of New Hampshire and was granted the degree of DVM by Cornell University
in 1951.He faithfully served his country in the pacific during World War
II in the Army.
In 1945 he married Jesse Alice Olifent in Claremont, West Australia.
Mrs. DeGoosh died in 1986.
His career spanned 13 years of general practice in Hanover,NH and Norway,
10 years of research which included three years with Parke-Davis in Mittagong,
NSW, Australia ,and seven years with Pfizer, Inc., in Terre Haute, IN,
specializing in veterinary parasitology. Then he spent 12 years of regulatory
veterinary medicine with the Maine Department of Agriculture in large animal
disease control with seasonal work as race track veterinarian,retiring
in 1986 to return to Norway,
He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Oxford Lodge # 18 AF &
AM, past master of Dresden Lodge in 1980 and past District Deputy Grand
Master of the 10th Masonic District,Veterans of Btry,B,Dover,NH, Norway-Paris
Kiwanis Club, Toastmasters International, serving as president of the Vigo
Club in Terre Haute,IN. and Kennebec Valley Club in Augusta and as Governor
of Area 6, Maine.
He was also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association,
State Veterinary Associations of New Hampshire, Maine ,Indiana and NSW
,Australia, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association
of Veterinary Parasitologists and the American Association. for the Advancement
He enjoyed gardening and working with his hands, playing bridge and
cribbage, and was an amateur writer, the co-author of several articles
in professional journals,and two historical books.
Survivors include a son, Stephen DeGoosh of Marquette, MI; a daughter
and son-in-law. Suzanne and Stephen Dunlap of Westborough, MA; four grandchildren,
Margaret and Coburn DeGoosh and Kyle and Jess Dunlap; four brothers, John
of Las Vegas, NV ,Howard of Grantham, NH, Kent of Franklin,VT and David
of Fairlee,VT; five sisters, Anne DeGoosh of Hanover, NH, Jane Cramer of
Fairlee, VT ,Sue Alexander of Colchester, VT, Nettle Ackerman of Piermont
NH and Nancy Doyle of Meridith,NH.
Dr. DeGoosh was predeceased by two brothers, Richard, who died in 1992
and Ellsworth, who died in 1997 and a sister, Mary Wing, who died in 1998.
A memorial service was held Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church,Norway
with masonic services conducted at that time by Oxford Lodge #1 8 AF&AM.
Those who wish may make memorial gifts in his memory to a charity of
your choice. Arrangements by Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, Norway.
John W. Smith
NORWAY John W. Smith Sr., 64, of Oxford died Friday October 23, 1998
at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway.
He was born IN Oxford on December 1, 1933, the son of Harry and Rena
Blair Smith. He was educated in Oxford schools. He had worked for the town
of Oxford as a police officer, sanitation officer, and as its animal enforcement
He had served in the United States Army.
He married Barbara E. Bressette on August 9, 1953 and she died November
He is survived by four sons, David J. , Ricky L., Frank W., and John
W. Jr. all of Poland; one brother, Robert Smith of South Paris; four grandchildren
and he was predeceased by a brother, Harry Smith.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, November 1, at the
Craigie Cemetery in Oxford. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are
under the direction of the Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, Norway.
Etta S. Immonen
NORWAY Etta S. Immonen, 82, of Bethel Road, West Paris, died Thursday
morning, October 22, 1998, at Stephens Memorial Hospital.
She was born in West Paris,October 9,1916, the daughter of Karl and
Greta Heikkinen Linti. She graduated from Stephens High School in Rumford.
She married Emil Immonen and together they ran a poultry business.
Mr. Immonen died in 1982. Mrs Immonen was a member of the Finnish-American
Heritage Society of Maine.
She is survived by a son, Stephen, of West Paris and two grandchildren,
Karl and Derk Norberg.
Mrs. Immonen was predeceased by a daughter Aili Norberg who died in
1985; two sisters, Helen House and Kay Tamminen and three brothers, Hannes,
Kario and Esko Linti.
Family and friends attended graveside services Saturday at the Finnish
Cemetery,West Paris. Those who wish may make memorial gifts in her memory
to the Finnish-American Heritage Society, P.O.Box 294, West Paris, ME.
or Tri-Town Rescue, P. O. Box 275, West Paris, ME. 04289.
Arrangements were under the direction of Weston-Chandler Funeral Home,
Roxie Anne Neal
BRIDGTON Roxie Anne Neal, 50, died unexpectedly Monday morning at a
She was born in Skowhegan on April 11, 1948, the daughter of Floyd
and Thelma Whitney Croteau. She was a graduate of Bridgton High School
in the class of 1967.
She had a great interest in antiques and also enjoyed reading, sewing
and cooking. She had lived in the Bridgton area most of her life.
Roxanne married Clayton Neal on July 15, 1978. He survives. Also surviving
are her mother, Thelma Collins, of Bridgton; one daughter, Shelly Juneau
of Naples; four sons, James of Bridgton, Matthew of Clinton, Mark of Auburn
and Daniel of South Windsor, Connecticut; three sisters, Sandra Weygandt
of Bridgton, Mary Glatz of Harrison and Joyce Tessier of Belmont, New Hampshire.
Four grandchildren also survive.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 29 at 11 a.m.
at the Raymond-Wentworth Funeral Home, 8 Elm Street, Bridgton. Burial will
be at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Bridgton.
Andrew J. O'Neal
SOUTH PARIS Andrew J. O'Neal, 74, of Oxford died Wednesday October
21, 1998 at the Market Square Health Care Center in South Paris.
He was born in Lewiston on February 3, 1924, the son of Edward and
Laura Durgin O'Neal. He was educated in Winthrop schools and was a graduate
of Gray's Business College in Portland.
He was a self employed carpenter and contractor. He was a member of
the American Legion Post #159 of Kennebunkport. Mr. O'Neal and his wife,
Bobbie, has made their home with Arlene Stone in Oxford for the past several
He was a veteran of the United States Army serving in WW II. He married
Robertine Sealey on July 18, 1969.
Mr. O'Neal is survived by his wife of Oxford; one daughter, Sharon
McNeal of Pittsfield; a son, Paul Grant Jr. of Sanford; two sisters, Ramona
McPherson of Dover Foxcroft, and Betsey Patterson of East Hartford, CN;
three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Friday at the Weston-Chandler Funeral Home
230 Main St. Norway. Interment was in Gracelawn in Auburn.
Carl D. Coburn
Canaan, Vermont Carl D. Coburn, 81, of Route 253, Canaan, Vermont died
at the Coos County Nursing Hospital in West Stewartstown, NH, Tuesday,
October 20, after a long illness.
He was born April 13, 1917, in Berlin, NH, the son of Ross and Maude
(Emons) Coburn. He lived with his family in Crystal, NH, until the age
of six when they moved to South Paris. He was a graduate of South Paris
High School, the Class of 1935.
After graduation he worked at a toy shop, B &M Canning Factory,
and Paris Manufacturing, all of South Paris. In April of 1945, he went
into the U.S. Army and served until his discharge in July of 1946. He then
went to work at the Wilner Wood Products of South Paris and worked for
them until he moved to Canaan, VT in 1952 to work at the Beecher Falls
Vermont Division of Ethan Allen, retiring in 1982.
Mr. Coburn worked as the saw filer for Wilner Wood Products and Ethan
Allen, learning the trade from his father, and he passed on the trade of
filing saws to his son. He was a Charter Member and Past President of the
New England Saw Filers Association. He was also a member of the South Paris
Volunteer Fire Department.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he loved to play golf during
his earlier years of life.
He is survived by his son, Clifford Coburn of Canaan, VT; his daughter,
Susan (Coburn) Chappell of Clarksville, NH and two grandchildren. He was
predeceased by his wife, Muriel, in November of 1996.
There will be no calling hours. Graveside services will be held Saturday,
October 31, at 10:30 a.m. at the Canaan Village Cemetery in Canaan, VT,
with the Reverend Robert Bryan, pastor of the St. Paul's Episcopal Church
of Canaan officiating.
Donations to his memory may be made to the Upper Connecticut Valley
Hospital in care of Rosemary Mulliken, First Colebrook Bank, Colebrook,
The Jenkins Funeral Home of Colebrook are in charge of the arrangements.
Harry R. Burgess
NORWAY Harry R. Burgess, 91, died Wednesday, October 14, 1998, at Stephens
Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient a short time.
Born in Auburn on April 6, 1907, he was the son of the late Alton L.
and Olive A. (Buck) Burgess. He received his education in the Peru and
A farmer for most of his life, Mr. Burgess raised steers and milk cattle
from his farm, the One-Acre Farm on the Heikkinen Road in South Woodstock.
He also ran a store in the South Woodstock area for several years. He more
recently lived in West Paris.
The past several years Mr. Burgess made pine wood baskets, which people
would generally use as flower
planters. Harry enjoyed volunteering his talents to help his communities
and volunteered many hours helping to build the grandstands at the West
Paris baseball field.
A member of the New England Oxen and Team Association and the Milk
and Short Horn Association of the Untied States of America, he was a fixture
at many county fairs. Many good friends claim that Mr. Burgess did not
miss a single county fair in the State of Maine for the past 50 years.
He had attended the Oxford County Fair so often that the Lewiston Sun Journal
recently wrote an article about his unprecedented attendance at that fair.
He will be remembered as a well-known local character around the towns
of West Paris and Woodstock.
His many long-time friends survive.
Graveside services were held on Wednesday, October 28, at the South
Woodstock Cemetery, Andrews Road., South Woodstock. Those who wish may
make donations to help furnish a memorial marker for Mr. Burgess. Donations
made be sent to Gavin Hutchinson, 64 Andrews Rd., Bryant Pond, ME 04219.
Arrangements were under the care of the Andrews Funeral Home, South Woodstock.