Miscellaneous Oxford County, Maine Obituaries


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Mary Alma Marston
SOUTH PARIS - Mary Alma Marston, 89, of South Paris died Wednesday May 5, 1999 at her residence. 
She was born on Paris Hill on February 1, 1910 the daughter of Roscoe and Edith Strout Marston. 
She attended school on Paris Hill. She had worked at B.E. Cole Shoe Shop and the local tannery before going to work for C.B. Cummings & Sons. She worked for C.B. Cummings & Sons for 30 years and retired in 1972. 
She was a member of the South Paris Baptist Church. Miss Marston loved to knit, sew, and crotchet.
She is survived by her sister June Marston of South Paris; a brother, Lloyd Marston of South Paris, and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two brothers, Harold and Herbert.
There will be a private family graveside service held in Hillside Cemetery on the Paris Hill Road. 
Donations in her memory can be made to the Awana Program C/O South Paris Baptist Church, 1 Park St., South Paris, ME 04281. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Weston-Chandler Funeral Home 45 Main St. South Paris. 

Donald A. Ryerson
WEST PARIS - Donald A. Ryerson, 87, of West Paris died Sunday May 9, 1999 at the Ledgeview Nursing Home following a long illness. 
He was born in Sumner on May 21, 1911, the son of Emery and Esther Amero Ryerson. He was educated in Sumner Schools. 
Mr. Ryerson was employed by Ellingwood Brothers of West Paris, P.H. Chadbourne of Bethel, and L.M. Manns of West Paris where he retired. He was a long time resident of West Paris. 
Mr. Ryerson married Ora Mae Gibbs on December 29, 1934. 
He was an avid outdoorsman and a Maine Guide for as many as 60 years. He was a life member of the NRA. He enjoyed having big gardens and peddling his produce. He collected guns and other antiques.
He is survived by his wife Ora of West Paris; four children, Robert Heath and his wife Jeanette of Peru, Herbert Ryerson and his wife Eleanor of West Paris, Frances Noyes and her husband W. Mason of West Paris, and Genneth Berryment and her husband Thomas of Bryant Pond; two sisters, Myrtle Bonney of West Paris and Bernice Swan of Bryant Pond; 12 grandchildren James and Peter Heath, Robin Bellmore (Dennis), Hedi Burgess (Rick), Janet Shock (Jeff), James Ryerson, Larry Noyes, Barry Noyes (Karen), Roger Berryment (Carol), Kristi Berryment, Tony Berryment (Lisa), and Mitchell Berryment; 15 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Roy and Emery Ryerson; three sisters, Rita Proctor, Beatrice Heath and Erma Chapman; one grandson, Troy Berryment; one granddaughter, Debra Dube and one great grand daughter Ashleigh Noyes.
Visiting Hours were held Tuesday evening at the Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, in South Paris. Funeral services were Wednesday with Pastor Lloyd Waterhouse officiating. Interment followed at the Pleasant Pond Cemetery in Sumner. 

Mary C. Hill
LEWISTON - Mary C. Hill, 86, of Lewiston, formerly of Mechanic Falls, died Thursday, May 6, 1999, at d'Youville Pavilion.
She was born in Baldwinsville, NY on March 16, 1913, the daughter of John and Lucy Vader Mawhinney. She was educated in Baldwinsville schools. 
She had worked as an office clerk at Pond's Tissue and was a homemaker. 
She was a member of the Dwinal Chapter Order of Eastern Star #28, the Mechanic Falls and Minot Methodist Churches, a 50 year member of Colfax Rebekah Lodge #27.
She enjoyed sewing, plants and she was a great cook.
She married Toivo "Jack" Hill in 1940, he died Sept. 25, 1981.
She is survived by two sons, Jim and his wife Ann of Auburn, Robert J. and his wife Linda C. of Straham, NH; one daughter, Mary Ellen Sheehy and her husband Mike of Lewiston; one sister, Virginia Parry of Baldwinsville, NY; six grandchildren, Lorie and her husband Mark Clukey, Kim and her husband Gary Mosher, Patricia and her husband Richard DeStefano, Craig Hill, Justin Sheehy, and Amy Hill; three great grandchildren, Brandi Clukey and B.J. and Dylan Hill. She was predeceased by a brother, John Mawhinney and a sister, Frances Patch.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, May 10, 1999 at Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, Mechanic Falls.
Interment will be at Gracelawn Memorial Park, Auburn. Those who wish can make contributions to Androscoggin Home Health Services, Hospice Care, 15 Strawberry Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240. 

Lester Lee Paradis, Jr.
GAINESVILLE, FL -Lester Lee Paradis Jr., 50, of Orange Park, FL died following a brief illness on Monday, April 26, at the Veterans' Memorial Hospital in Gainesville, FL.
He was born in Rumford on July 23, 1958, the son of Lester and Ruth McInnis Paradis.
He grew up in the Norway-South Paris area and attended local schools there. He joined the U.S. Army in 1967, serving three years, one of which was in Germany as an electronics expert. He was a talented electronics technician and began his electronics career by training and working for his step-father at Chapman's T.V. in Norway. 
He married his childhood sweetheart, the former Gretchen King on February 17, 1973. They moved to Florida in 1979, where he continued his electronic technician work until his illness.
Mr. Paradis had a love for his family, enjoying weekend gatherings and cook-outs. He enjoyed spending time with his children, nieces, nephews, and especially his grandson whom he adored. He was a wonderful husband and father and had a most generous heart and soul. He will be forever loved and missed.
He was predeceased by his father, Lester Lee Paradis Sr.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Gretchen Paradis of Orange Park, FL; his daughter and her husband, Kimberly and James Small, of Jacksonville, FL; his son, John Joseph Paradis, of Orange Park, FL; and one grandson, Logan James Small. He is also survived by his mother and stepfather, Ruth and Philip Chapman of Green Cove Springs, FL; two brothers and their wives, Brian and Sharon Paradis of Harrison and David and Susan Paradis of Norway; two sisters, Cindy Self of Green Cove Springs, FL and Alecia Barksdale and her husband Ken of Green Cove Springs, FL; a step-brother Philip Chapman Jr; and a step-sister Janice Lane; his mother-in-law, brother and sister-in-laws; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends.
At Mr. Paradis' request, no services will be held. Contributions may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society. 

Muriel L. Gilbert
PORTLAND - Muriel L. Gilbert, 88, died Friday, May 7, 1999 at the Baron Center, Portland, where she had been a resident following a long illness.
Born in Lewiston on October 14, 1910, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Marie (Belanger) Lauze. 
She was educated in the local Lewiston school. In 1935, she married Joseph Arthur Gilbert. He predeceased her in 1997.
Mrs. Gilbert was employed at the former Holmes & Stickney Shoe Manufacturing Company for 30 years. She resided in the Portland area for 32 years before moving to Bethel, where she lived from 1967 to 1998. 
She was a communicant of Our Lady of the Snow's in Bethel.
Surviving are a daughter, Jeanne Collet of Windham; a son, James Gilbert of Westbrook; seven grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; three brothers, William, Raymond, and Harvey Lauze and five sisters, Eva Pormaleau, Irene Charest, Jean Wade, Core Dubois and Lianne Lauze predeceased her.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, May 11 at St. Edmund's Church, Route 302, Westbrook. Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. Arrangements were under the care of the Greenleaf Funeral Home, Bethel. 

John H. Tribou
HOULTON - John H. Tribou, 62, of Dixfield and Houlton, died May 4, at Houlton, after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. 
He was born in Boston, MA on January 23, 1937, the son of Earl and Marion (Harlow) Tribou.
Mr. Tribou graduated from Cambridge Academy in Cambridge, MA with the class of 1955 and attended the University of Maine at Orono and graduated from Farmington State Teacher's College in Farmington with the class of 1961. 
A schoolteacher, he taught kindergarten through the eighth grade and was principal at Livermore Falls and went on to teach history at Dirigo High School in Dixfield until his retirement in 1977. 
For many years, he ran the Dixfield Light and Water Company, which had been in the family since it began. 
He was a life member of King Hiram Lodge #57 AF and AM, the Maine Retired Teacher's Association, and the National Education Association. He formerly served on the Dixfield Finance Committee and had been active in Dixfield town affairs over the years. 
He was an avid collector of antique cars and guns, was a great skier and loved Sugarloaf USA. He was a member of the Maine Antique Power Association and MOALS.
Mr. Tribou is survived by one daughter, Sarah Doucette of Yarmouth and one son, John and his wife, Julie, of Houlton; three grandsons, Zachary Doucette of Yarmouth and Ryan and Caleb Tribou of Houlton; one sister, Ann Kuhns of Greenfield, IN.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 7 at the Meader & Sons Funeral Home in Rumford, with Reverend Randall Burns officiating. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in Dixfield. 
Those who desire may contribute to the King Hiram Lodge, c/o Ralph Clarke, Blayne Street, Dixfield, ME 04224 or to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maine Chapter, 175 Lancaster Street, P.O. Box 8730, Portland, ME 04104 in his memory. 

Marion H. Morrill
LEWISTON - Marion H. Morrill, 80, of Wales, formerly of West Minot, died Thursday, May 6, at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
She was born in Pittsfield on May 17, 1918, the daughter of Vernon and Iva Gould Hollis. She was educated in Pittsfield schools. She had been employed at Western Maine Sanatorium and Withingtons as well as being a homemaker.
Mrs. Morrill enjoyed going to gift shops and loved cooking.
Survivors include her husband, Rupert M. Morrill, Sr. of West Minot, whom she married July 19, 1941; one daughter, Mary Jane Poussard and her husband Roland of Wales; one son, Rupert M. Morrill, Jr. and his wife Darlene of West Minot; two grandchildren, Heidi Giroux and her husband Robert and Julie Morrill and one great grandchild.
Private services will be held at Gracelawn Memorial Park in Auburn. Arrangements under the direction of Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, 26 W. Dwinal St., Mechanic Falls. 

Floris Warren
WATERVILLE - Floris Warren, 87, a Main Street resident in Waterville, died Friday, April 30, 1999 in I land Hospital in Waterville.
She was born on June 12, 1911, in Norway, the daughter of the late Frank and Alozia (Morrisette) Witham, attended Norway schools and two years of business college.
She was married for many years to her beloved husband, Ralph Warren.
Mrs. Warren enjoyed gardening, knitting and making quilts. She especially enjoyed time spent with her family.
She was a secretary for Young's Furniture Co. in Portland.
She was predeceased by her husband, and a brother, Leland Witham.
Survivors include her sons, Willard Lapham of South Paris and Barrie Lapham of Waterville; a brother, Oscar Witham of Georgia; three grandchildren, Buddy Joe Lapham and Penny Merrill of South Paris and Kimberly Smith of Waterville; four great-grandchil-dren, Michael Lapham of Otisfteld, Tova Merrill and Kara Merrill of South Paris and Zachary Smith of Waterville.
There was a service at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 7, at Gracelawn Memorial Park in Auburn. 
Donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 52 Federal St,, Brunswick ME 04011.
Arrangements were by Pine State Cremation Service in Greenville. 

Minnie Guptill White
NORWAY - Minnie Guptill White, 86, of Norway died Sunday, May 23, 1999 at Stephens Memorial Hospital.
She was born on February 19, 1913 and she graduated from Fryeburg Academy.
She married Alton L. White in 1934, he died December 19, 1987. 
In 1954 she and her husband established White's Marina in Norway. Previous to owning the marina she owned and operated her own turkey farm. She was a member of the local Rebekah Lodge.
She is survived by a nephew, Larry L. White and his wife Frances, grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins.
Graveside services were held on Wednesday, May 26, 1999 at 11 a.m. at the Hillside Cemetery in East Stoneham. 
Those who wish may make contributions to a charity of choice in her memory. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, Norway.

Agathe M. Dubois
WESTFIELD, MA - Agathe M. Dubois, 78, formerly of Norway, died Sunday May 23, 1999 at the Renaissance Nursing Home. 
She was born in Malvina, Quebec on March 9, 1931, the daughter of Alfred and Adeline Daigneault Gendron. 
She married Fernand Dubois and he predeceased her in 1998. 
Mrs. Dubois was a homemaker for most of her life. She and her husband lived in Springfield, MA for 20 years and later moved to Norway, where they resided together for 24 years. 
She was a member of the St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Norway.
She is survived by five sons, Marcel and Robert both of Springfield, MA, Jacques and Philip both of Agawam, MA, and Norman of Oxford, ME; three daughters, Fabiola Dubois of Quebec, Lucie Diabo of West Springfield, MA, and Andree Holland of Wesfield, MA; three sisters, Marthe, Mariette, and Beata all of Quebec, four brothers Jean, George, Bachman, and Raymond all of Quebec, 13 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband Fernand; three sisters, Adele, Theresa, and Jeannette, and one brother, Yvon.
A funeral mass was held Wednesday, May 26 at the St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Norway with Father Mooreshead as celebrant. Interment followed at the Riverside Annex Cemetery in South Paris.
Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, Paris was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy A. MacDonald
SOUTH PARIS - Dorothy A. MacDonald, 68, of Mechanic Falls died Sunday at the Maine Veterans Home.
She was born in Frye, Maine, June 4, 1930, the daughter of William and Flora Bushley Burgess. 
She graduated from Mexico High School and for a time worked at Oxford Paper Co. in Rumford. She had worked at Weatherbee's Nursing Home in Mechanic Falls and was one of the first people hired at Clover Manor back in the 1970s. She also worked at the Murphy Home and did babysitting for people in their home.
For many years she was a correspondent for the Lewiston Daily Sun/Evening Journal covering the Mechanic Falls area. 
Mrs. MacDonald was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Floyd-Harlow Post 9787 VFW Auxiliary. She was a chaperone for the Comets Drum and Bugle Corps,she enjoyed crocheting and making baby blankets. Her flower garden and hummingbirds gave her great enjoyment as did her close friends, Hazel Thurlow with whom she played cards and other friends, Gloria Chabot, Linda Lenehan and Nina Stimson.Walking was her favorite pastime. She could be seen walking all over town to visit friends.
She married Edmund A. MacDonald who died April 16, 1997.
Survivors include her daughter Mary MacDonald of Rumford; two sons, Michael, and his wife, Cindy, of Greene and Peter III of Mechanic Falls; her mother of South Paris; four sisters and their husbands, Sally and Bud Russell of New Gloucester, Marilyn and Richard MacDonald of St. John, New Brunswick, Margaret Louise and Ralph Brooks of Seaside, Oregon and Mary Janitais of Lisbon Falls; three brothers and their wives, Richard and Nellie Burgess of Rumford, Ashley and Connie Burgess of Lewiston and Herbert of Canton; three grandchildren, Christina, Brandon and Bryan. She was predeceased by a daughter, Marjorie.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, May 27 at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Ransom Church, Mechanic Falls. Interment will take place Friday at 11a.m. at St. Johns Cemetery, Rumford.
Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, Mechanic Falls is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers those who wish may make gifts in her memory to the Resident Fund, c/o Maine Veterans' Home, High St, South Paris, ME or the Mechanic Falls Fire Department or Rescue Associations, P.O. Box 191, Mechanic Falls, ME.

James L. Brown
BETHEL - James L. Brown, 84, of Bethel, died Thursday, May 20, 1999 at his residence.
Born in Fryeburg on January 26, 1915, he was the son of the late E. Leroy and Abbie (Richardson) Brown. Educated in the local Fryeburg schools, James graduated from Fryeburg Academy with the class of 1933. 
He married the former Beatrice Brooks on August 1, 1940.
Mr. Brown enlisted in the Coast Guard during World War II, where he was employed as a Sound Operator. He protected the Eastern Sea board during the war.
Upon returning from the Coast Guard, James became the owner and operator of Brown's Variety in Bethel for 47 years, before retiring in 1983. Many children have made many visits to Brown's Variety to spend their allowance, Mr. Brown would always wait patiently as the children perused his wares and counted out penny candy to purchase.
Mr. Brown was an active member of the Bethel Senior Citizens and the Mt. Abram Fish & Game Club. He could often be seen working in his garden and taking care of his perennials. He also enjoyed fishing, especially ice fishing.
Besides his wife of 56 years, Mr. Brown is survived by two sons, Leroy of Norfolk, VA and Owen of Bethel; two daughters, Linda Foster of Pittsfield, MA and Nancy Vargiu of Sardinia, Italy; two sisters, Rachel McKay of Bethel and Arlene Brown of Salem, NH; 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. A brother, Alfred, predeceased him.
Graveside services were held on Saturday, May 22, at 2 p.m. at the Riverside Cemetery, Bethel. 
Those who wish may make donations in Mr. Brown's memory to the Mt. Abram Fish & Game c/o Ernest Angevine, 543 NW Bethel Rd., Bethel, ME 04217. 
Arrangements were under the care of the Greenleaf Funeral Home, Bethel.

Michael S. Cuff
RUMFORD - Michael S. Cuff, 20, died Saturday, May 22, as a result of a drowning accident. He was a resident of Farmer's Hill Road of East Andover.
Born in Vincenza, Italy on October 21, 1978, he was the son of Robert and Vickie (Chenery) Cuff Sr. 
He was a graduate of Telstar Regional High School and a member of the Calvary Congregational Church in East Andover.
Survivors include his parents, Robert and Vickie Cuff, Sr., of East Andover; one brother, Robert Cuff Jr.; one sister, Miss Angela Cuff, both of East Andover; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Jeannette Chenery of East Andover; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Lois Nevel of Oakdale, CT; paternal grandfather, Jack Cuff of New York; paternal step-grandfather, Stephen Nevel of Oakdale, CT; paternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Mae Maddix of South Paris.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 26, at the Calvary Congregational Church in East Andover, with Reverend Duane Waite officiating. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Andover.

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