Miscellaneous Oxford County, Maine Obituaries


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Beatrice A. Ridley
SOUTH PARIS - Beatrice A. Ridley, 70, of South Paris, died Tuesday, April 27, 1999 at her residence.
She was born in Norway on March 16, 1929, the daughter of L. Carl and Ruth S. White Austin. She was educated in Oxford and Norway schools. 
She married Charles V. Ridley on June 7, 1952. 
She had worked at C.B. Cummings for 25 years as a Pin Machine Operator.
She is survived by her husband of South Paris; six sisters, Louise Diamond and Marjorie Bean both of South Paris, Doris Carr of Oxford, Mary Fitts of Poland, Mavis Roy of Pennsylvania, and Barbara Lane of Gloucester, MA; one brother, Robert Austin of Minot and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Sonny Austin in 1978.
Graveside services were held on Friday, April 30 at Norway Pine Grove Cemetery in South Paris. Arrangements were under the direction of Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, Norway. 

Henry S. Tholen
YARMOUTH - Henry S. Tholen, 88, of Colonial Village, Falmouth, died Friday, April 23, at Brentwood Rehabilitation Center, Yarmouth from complications associated with diabetes.
He was born in Quincy, IL, son of Anna and Henry J. Tholen.
He was a graduate of Quincy College Academy and Notre Dame University where he was a drum major of the nation's oldest college marching band for four years. Later, he attended graduate school at Northwestern University in Chicago.
As a business executive, Mr. Tholen served as a financial specialist with seven internationally-known corporations including Squibb Pharmaceuticals, Florsheim Shoe Company, Elgin Watch Company and Hamilton Watch Company, home of the world's first electric watch.
He attended church at St. Mary the Virgin, Falmouth Foreside and was an avid golfer well into his early 80s. 
Henry and Louise Tholen lived in South Paris on Hooper Ledge Road for a number of years, before relocating to Portland. 
Surviving are his wife, Louise, of Falmouth; two daughters, Ann Louise Tholen of Allentown, PA and Jane Estelle Tholen of Freeport; and two granddaughters, Margaret Stauffer of New York City and Catherine Stauffer of Portland, OR.
Services were private at St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church, Falmouth Foreside. 

Edward L. Guay
LEWISTON - Edward L. Guay, 78, died Thursday, April 29, at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. 
He was born May 11, 1920, in Mexico, the son of Paul V. and Josephine (Martin) Guay and attended school in Old Town. 
Mr. Guay worked most recently at Howel Laboratories in Bridgton. Prior to that he worked as an electrician for Dielectric Communications Co. in Raymond. He had also been employed at C. B. Cummings in Norway and had been a foreman for Sioux Moccasin in Harrison and Massachusetts. 
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Bridgton and Norway, the American Legion in Harrison, Lakeside Grange in Harrison, Western Maine Fish & Game, White Mountain Stamp Club, and was a Boy Scout Pack Leader in Harrison. 
Mr. Guay made his home in Harrison for the past 48 years.
He served with the U.S. Army in the European Theater during WW II, as a medic. 
He met his wife, Marie T. Cap, while serving in Paris, France. They married April 6, 1947.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years; two sons, Paul E. Guay of Boston, MA and Phillippe J. Guay of Harrison; one daughter, Rose Marie Mayes of North Bridgton; three grandchildren, Benjamin Guay and Emily Mayes, both of Harrison and Ethan Mayes of North Bridgton; one brother, Robert Guay of St. Augustine, FL and a sister, Rose Diviae of Lynn, MA.
A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Joseph's Church, High Street, Bridgton on Monday, May 3. Interment was in the Lutheran Cemetery in Harrison. Raymond-Wentworth Funeral Home in Bridgton was in charge of arrangements. 

Lempi K. Pulkkinen
Lewiston - Lempi K. Pulkkinen, 89, of Minot died Monday, April 26 at Central Maine Medical Center.
She was born Nov. 11, 1909 in Hancock, MI, the daughter of John and Louisa Ervasti Ojala. She attended Minot schools and Buckfield High School. 
She worked at Leighton Heel Co., Nicholsons Nursing Home and retired in 1988 from BonAir Nursing Home. 
She was a member of the Minot-Hebron Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church and a former member of the Livermore Grange. She enjoyed gardening and traveling, especially her trip to Finland. 
She married Peter U. Pulkkinen, who died in 1968.
Survivors include two daughters, Madeline Hicks of Minot, Ruth and her husband, Galvin Gammon, of Livermore; one son, Walter of Minot, six grandchildren, Ronald Hicks of Freeport, Susan Lawlore of Auburn, Ann DeVinney of NH, Kay Ferrucci of DE., Cary Gosselin of CO., and Neal Gammon of South Portland; 11 great grandchildren, four sisters, Hilda Allen and Laina Huotari both of Turner, Ada Williams of Auburn, and Linda Foss of Minot and a sister-in-law, Lempi Pulkkinen of Livermore. 
Funeral Services were held on Friday, April 30 at the Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, Mechanic Falls. Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery in West Minot. 
Those who wish may make memorial gifts in her memory to the Deacon Livermore House Restoration, c/o Lois Gordon, 360 Sanders Road, Livermore, ME 04253. 

Doris M. MacGown
PITTSFIELD - Doris M. MacGown, 89, died April 27, at the Sebasticook Valley Hospital. She was born July 3, 1909, in West Paris, the youngest daughter of Ora H. and Gertrude (Bacon) Marston.
She attended West Paris Elementary School and was a graduate of South Paris High School, Class of 1927. She was also a member of the High School Alumni Association. 
She worked as a secretary until her marriage to Lester W. MacGown of Gorham, NH on October 27, 1929.
She worked with Mr. MacGown as a secretary/bookkeeper in his business of MacGown Electronics which later became MacGown & Young Radio and Television Service. She also managed their record department.
In 1950 she became one of the earliest lady Ham Radio Operators in the state of Maine with her station call letters of WISRQ. She was a member of the Yankee Radio Club, the State of Maine Lady Ham Radio Club (SMLY'S), and a member of the Bangor's Pine State Radio Club. She was also a charter member of the Oxford County Amateur Radio Club and the South Paris Mothers Club.
Mrs. MacGown was predeceased by her husband, Lester W. MacGown, January 15, 1999. 
She is survived by two sons, Richard MacGown of Pittsfield and Matthew MacGown of Mississippi; two daughters, Julianne MacGown of South Paris and Virginia Clark of Texas; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother-in-law, David Young, of Norway.
A graveside service for Lester and Doris MacGown will be held at 1 p.m. on May 22, at the Wayside Cemetery, Main Street, West Paris.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Sebasticook Valley Hospital, 99 Grove Street, Pittsfield 04967 or the Pine State Radio Club. 
Arrangements are with D.H. Shorey Funeral Chapel in Pittsfield. 

Maureen Flood Lowry
MANASSAS, VA - Maureen Flood Lowry, 59, of Manassas, VA died on February 15, 1999 at the Prince William Hospital.
She was born on June 30, 1939, the daughter of Maurice M. and Clara A. Edwards Flood. 
She worked as a librarian for the Prince William Co. School Board. She married T. C. Lowry, Jr.
She is survived by her husband of Manassas, VA; her mother; one sister, Gilda Heikkinen; one son, David Lowry, two grandchildren, an aunt, Altene Edwards and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 8 at Riverside Annex Cemetery in South Paris with Rev. Melvin Young officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, Norway. 

Russell J. Funk
WEST PARIS - Russell James Funk, 80, of West Paris died Tuesday, April 27, at the Ledgeview Rehabilitation and Living Center.
He was born in Washington, DC on Sept. 20, 1918, the son of Warren C. and Irene Brooks Funk. He graduated high school in the state of Maryland. 
Mr.Funk served his country in the US Army. 
He married Ella Merrill on Feb. 11, 1948. Mr. Funk had worked in a dairy plant in Washington, DC., before moving to Hebron in 1953. He then worked for the U. S. Postal Service as a mail carrier in the Hebron area and retired in 1988. 
He was a member of the American Legion in South Paris and the Hebron Community Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife who resides at Ledgeview in West Paris; a sister, Emily Miller of McLean, VA; two nephews, Chad Miller of Blacksburg,VA, and Michael W. Funk of Annapolis, MD; a niece Phyllis Scott of McLean, VA, and four great nieces and nephews.
Memorial Services were held on Saturday, May 1 at the Hebron Community Baptist Church in Hebron with the Rev. Anita White officiating. 
Donations in his memory can be made to the Hebron Community Church, P. O. Box 302, Hebron, ME 04238. 
Arrangements were under the direction of Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, South Paris. 

Roland S. Stearns
WEST PARIS - Roland S. Stearns, 86, died Sunday, May 2, at the Ledgeview Nursing Home, West Paris. 
A life long resident of the area, he lived on the East Bethel Road, Rumford Center.
He was born in Rumford Point on August 15, 1912, the son of Walter and Carrie (Hall) Stearns, and had attended the Rumford Point Schools.
Mr. Stearns had worked with his father for the State of Maine on bridge construction, then did custodial work at the Rumford Point School and later worked at Oxford Paper Co. in Rumford for many years until retirement in 1972 from the Digester Department.
He had worked and delivered wood for many years in the area. He loved baseball, especially the Red Sox.
He was married in Rumford Center on March 4, 1932, to the late Thelma Bessey, who died in Rumford on March 19, 1991. 
Survivors include two sons, Richard Stearns and his wife, Dorothy June, of Rumford Center and Benton Monk and his wife, Gloria, of Berlin, NH; two daughters, Mrs. Mike (Sandra) Clement of Andover and Mrs. Janice Hill of Bethel; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great granddaughters.
At Mr. Stearns' request there were not visiting hours, but graveside services were held on Wednesday, May 5, at the Rumford Center Cemetery with Reverend Duane Waite officiating. 
Donations may be made to the Ledgeview Nursing Home Activity Fund, 141 Bethel Road, West Paris, ME 04289 or to Calvary Congregational Church, 1063 South Main Street, Andover, ME 04216. 
Arrangements were under the care of Meader & Son Funeral Home, Rumford. 

Richard C. Sweetser
SOUTH PARIS - Richard C. Sweetser, 78, formerly of Bethel died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 28, at the Maine Veterans' Home where he had been a resident for the past year. 
He was born in White River Junction, VT on April 7, 1921, the son of Dave and Christine Philips Sweetser. He was one of 10 children.
He was employed for a number of years as a millworker as well as a carpenter and handyman. He faithfully served our country during World War II in the US Navy. 
He married Phyllis W. Daye on Dec. 25, 1942. They resided in Bethel for most of their lives. Mrs. Sweetser predeceased him in 1987. 
Mr. Sweetser was a member of the VFW and American Legion. 
He is survived by two daughters, and sons-in-law, Beverly Banks and husband Edward A., Jr. of Lewiston and Brenda Bartholomew and husband Robert of Newry; a son, Richard Dave of Florida; a brother, Harvey, of Locke Mills, seven grandchildren, and five greatgrandchildren.
Memorial Services were held Saturday, May 1 at Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, South Paris. Interment was at Gracelawn Memorial Park, Auburn. 

Charles Gleason Billings
NORWAY - Charles Gleason Billings, 87, of Norway died Friday, April 30, at Stephens Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Norway on April 2, 1912, the son of Charles H. and Ada Frost Billings and was a graduate of Norway High School in 1929. 
He faithfully served our country in the U. S. Navy during World War II. 
He married Leah Henry on Nov. 27, 1935 and together they lived in Norway on Danforth Street for over 50 years. 
He worked at the Norway Post Office for 40 years and retired from there in 1977. 
He was a member of the Stone-Smart American
Legion 82 in Norway and had just received his 50 year recognition. He was a member of the Norway Weary Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing golf and was an avid sports fan. He was in the Norway Fire Department prior to WWII.
He is survived by his wife, Leah of Norway; a daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Dennis Hermans, of Norway; a son and daughter-in-law, C. David and Rebecca Billings of Brunswick, five grandchildren, Anne Hermans and Joe Hermans, both of Portland, Liza, Margo and Delia Billings of Brunswick. 
He was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Warren.
Visiting hours were held on Tuesday, May 4 at the Weston-Chandler Funeral Home,, Norway. 
A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, May 6 at 11 a.m. at St. Catherine's of Sienna in Norway with Father Lawrence Conley and Father Donald McAllister as celebrants. 
Interment will follow at Norway Pine Grove Cemetery in South Paris. 
In lieu of flowers donations in his memory can be made to the Lewiston-Auburn Kidney Foundation, 710 Main St., Lewiston, ME 04240 or the Salvation Army. 

Merle Lang
NORWAY - Merle Lang, Sr., 70, of Bethel Road, West Paris, died unexpectedly,early Saturday morning, at Stephens Memorial Hospital. 
Mr. Lang was born in Bryant Pond, June 23, 1928, the son of the late Durwood and Iva (Bryant)Lang, and attended the Woodstock schools, but had been a resident of West Paris for the past 30 years. 
A mill worker, for many years, in his later years he was the cook at the Maine Conversation School, of Bryant Pond, for a number of years, until his retirement. 
Mr. Lang was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the occupation forces of Germany, where he attained the rank of Sergeant. 
He is survived by a daughter, Ruth Campbell, of West Paris; three sons, Merle, Jr., of Bryant Pond, Charles and Edwin, both of West Paris.
Graveside services were held at the Wayside Cemetery, on Tuesday, May 6.
Arrangements were under the care of the Andrews Funeral Home, South Woodstock. 

Calvin L. Smith, Jr.
NORWAY - Calvin L. Smith, Jr., 70, of Otisfield died Friday, April 30, 1999, at Stephens Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
He was born in Norway, April 4, 1929, the son of Calvin L. Smith, Sr., and Mabel Estelle Curtis. 
He was educated in Otisfield and Bridgton Academy. 
He married Wilda Brown. He drove trucks for Scribners Mill, was a foreman at Wilner Wood Products and had operated Smith Rubbish Removal until he retired in 1994. 
He married Marilyn Masterman in 1967. She died in 1991. 
He was an avid stock car fan, building and racing cars at Oxford Plains Speedway. 
In 1994 he married Dorothy Vaughan.
Survivors include his wife of Otisfield; his mother of Otisfield; a sister, Hazel Ward, and her husband Neil, of Otisfield; a brother, Donald, and his wife, Bertha, of Otisfield; four sons, Edward and his wife Carol Ann of North Waterford, David of South Paris, Frank of Minot and Clifford and his wife Tammie of South Paris; three daughters, Charlotte Blier and Becky Smith of Auburn and Carol Hadley and her husband, Brent, of Buckfield; seven stepchildren, James Masterman of Otisfield, Peter Masterman and his wife, Terry, of South Paris, Valerie McGuire and her husband, John, of Turner, William Vaughan of Belfast, Michael Vaughan of Georgia, Linda Buchanan and her husband, Greg, of Lincoln, and Sally Wing and her husband, Rick, of Bridgton; 22 grandchildren; six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father; a stepson, John Masterman in 1973 and a brother, Wesley Smith in 1989.
Graveside services were held on Monday May 3 at the Oakdale Cemetery in Otisfield. 
Those who wish may make contributions to the American Cancer Society, Box 456, 52 Federal St., Brunswick, ME 04011.
Arrangements were under the direction of Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, Norway. 

Officer Robert A. Ross
SOUTH PARIS - Officer Robert A. Ross, who was retired from the Rumford Police Department, 88, died Tuesday, May 4, 1999, at the Maine Veterans' Home in South Paris, where he had lived the past two years. He was a lifelong resident of the Rumford area.
He was born in Rumford on August 8, 1910, the son of Alfred and Sadie (Ayotte) Ross, and had attended Rumford schools.
During WWII he served as an Army Sgt. With the 677th Port Company, 382th Port Battalion, from April 21, 1942 to Sept. 25, 1945, which included overseas duty in Tunisia, Algeria, French Motorco, Rome-Arno, Southern France, Naples, Foggia and the Rhineland.
He had served as a patrolman for the Rumford Police Department for over 25 years until retirement in 1970.
He was a communicant of St Athanasius-St John Church, a member of Napoleon Ouellette Post # 24, American Legion and a former member of the Rumford Maine lodge 862, B,P.O.E.; He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing,
He was married in Rumford, Maine on Nov. 15, 1941 to the late Julia Murphy who died in Rumford, on Dec. 3,1977.
Survivors include a daughter Mrs Richard (Patricia) Bernard of Portland; two sons Robert A. and his wife, Joyce, Ross, Jr., USAF Retired of Groton, N.Y., Alex E. and his wife, Annete, Ross of Rumford, Me.; five grandchildren, David and Ann Bernard of Portland, Alex E. Ross, Jr. of Broomfield, Colorado, Chris and Jason Ross of Rumford. 
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May7 at St Athanasius-St. John Church, Rumford. Interment will be in St John Cemetery, Rumford. 
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at the Meader & Son Funeral Home. 3 Franklin St, Rumford. Donations may be made to the Maine Veterans' Home, 477 High St., South Paris, Me. 04281 in his memory. 
Visitation at 7 p.m. Thursday of the American Legion, VFW, DAV, Posts and Auxiliaries. 

Merle D. Weeman
SEBAGO - Merle D. Weeman, 82, died Saturday May l, 1999 at the Maine Veterans' Home in South Paris. 
He was born in South Bridgton on September 13, 1916, the son of Elmer and Lena Chaplin Weeman. 
He attended schools in Bridgton and Portland and graduated from Portland High School in the class of 1935. 
He served with the United States Navy during WWII on the U.S.S. Block Island. 
Mr. Weeman owned and operated the Shell Station at Pondicherry Square for many years. He also worked as the superintendent of the Bridgton Water Commisssion for 18 years. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and storyteller.
Mr. Weeman is survived by his wife of 58 years the former Barbara Hilton of Sebago whom he married on February 15, 1941. He is also survived by his four children, Linda Whitney, Jean Simoneau, and Robert Weeman who live locally and Anne Crisafulli who lives in Massachusetts; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. 
A graveside service will be held on Sunday, May 9, at 11 a.m. at the South Bridgton cemetery on Adams Pond.
Arrangements are by the Raymond-Wentworth Funeral Home, Bridgton. In lieu of flowers please make contributions in Mr. Weeman's memory to the Maine Veteran's Home 477 High St., South Paris ME 04281.

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