Miscellaneous Oxford County, Maine Obituaries


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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 Country Club.
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, South Woodstock. 

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 Church.
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 Senior Citizens.
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 Stephen.
At the request of the family there are no services scheduled at this time Arrangements are under the direction of Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, Norway.

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 Beach, Fla.
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 of Science.
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 officer.
He had served in the United States Army. 
He married Barbara E. Bressette on August 9, 1953 and she died November 20, 1996.
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, South Paris

Roxie Anne Neal
BRIDGTON Roxie Anne Neal, 50, died unexpectedly Monday morning at a Bridgton hospital. 
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 years.
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, NH 03576.
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 Dixfield schools.
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.

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