Virginia A. Thompson
SOUTH PARIS - Virginia A. Thompson, 66 of Naples died Thursday evening
at Market Square Health Care Center.
She was born in Bayside, Queens, Long Island, NY on August 27,1932,
the daughter of Jacob and Blanche Mathis Denig.
She graduated from Bayside High School and secretarial school and had
worked as a secretary for Dale Carnegie and several construction and building
companies. She was also a substitute teacher in Dix Hills, New York. She
was an avid bowler.
On April 5,1958 she married Andrew Thompson.
Survivors include her husband of Naples; one son, Bill, of Harrison,
one daughter, Susan Lobsiger of Omaha, Nebraska and two grandchildren,
Brianna and Alex both of Harrison.
Visiting hours were Sunday evening at the Weston-Chandler Funeral Home,
South Paris where a funeral service was held Monday at 2 p.m. Interment
was in Harrison Village Cemetery.
Joseph Norton Day
HARRISON - Joseph N. Day, 78, died Friday, June 28, 1999, at his home
He was born in East Stoneham on July 13, 1920, the son of William and
Gloria Grover Day.
He was educated in Harrison schools and also attended Bridgton Academy.
He owned and operated Day Wood Products on Maple Ridge in Harrison
for many years.
He married the former Elsie C. Currier on August 30, 1950; she died
August 17, 1978.
He served with the United States Army Air Corp during WWII in New Guinea.
He was a life member of the Ronald G. St. John V.F.W in Harrison.
Survivors include a stepson Raymond C. Currier of Unionville CN; a
brother, Russell Day, of Norway; two sisters, Marion Green of Greene and
Margart Hussey of Harrison. He was predeceased by two sisters, Doris and
Kaye, and five brothers, Richard, Norman, Kenneth, William, Jr. and Francis.
Graveside Services were held at the Norway Center Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the care of the Raymond-Wentworth Funeral Home,
Robert A. Owens, Sr.
SOUTH PARIS - Robert A. Owens, Sr., 56, of Oxford died Saturday,May
29 at Market Square Health Care Center.
He was born in Monmouth, August 23, 1942, the son of Austin and Margaret
He attended school in Oxford and graduated from Oxford High School
in 1960. He worked at Robinson Manufacturing from high school until 1995.
He was a licensed real estate broker from 1995-1996. He and his wife own
Bethel Express in Bethel.
Most recently he drove school bus for Hebron Academy,which he enjoyed
He was past master of Oxford Lodge #18,past patron Oxford Chapter OES,a
member of York Rite bodies and Kora Temple.He was also a member of North
American Family Campers Association,Pine Tree Chapter #33. He enjoyed camping,especially
at Pine Tree in Buckfield, fishing and hunting. In 1961 he married Charlene
Survivors include his wife of Oxford; three sons Robert A., Jr., of
Bethel, Thomas and his wife, Colleen, of Oxford and Reginal and his wife,
Linda, of Chesapeake,VA; three sisters and their husbands, Rita and Francis
Herrick of Hobes Sound, FL, Alice and Sid Linscott and Pat and Bill Frye
both of Oxford;one brother and his wife, Everette and Marge, of Oxford;
Visiting hours were Tuesday at Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, South
Paris where a funeral service was held Wednesday followed by interment
in Riverside Cemetery, Oxford.
Those who wish may make memorial gifts to Oxford Lodge #18, Parking
Lot Fund, P.O.Box 608,Norway, ME.
Sarah F. Whitney
HARRISON - Sarah F. Whitney, 71, died Friday, May 28, 1999, at Northern
Cumberland Memorial Hospital, following a brief illness.
She was born in Passaic, New Jersey, on October 30, 1927, the daughter
of Norman and Louise Sullender Shapiro.
She graduated from nurses training as a member of the cadet Nurse Corps
during WWII. Later she got a Master's of Science in Nursing, majoring in
maternal and child health, nurse midwifery and clinical teaching. She held
many supervisory positions and taught nursing in health care agencies but
primarily in several university settings.
She was a member of the MENSA club, Who's Who in American Nursing,
and Sigma Theta Tau National honor society of Nursing. Mrs. Whitney was
very active in Harrison community affairs, served on the Planning Board,
Democratic Town Committee, Scholarship Committee, Historical Society, Western
Maine Counseling Board, Rotary Club worked on blood drives and on the Ladies
Circle of the Calvary Church. She wrote for the Bridgton News for five
years, was on the Caswell Public Library Board and was currently working
on the Library Building Drive. She was a volunteer at the Harrison Elementary
Along with her late husband Freeman Whitney, whom she married in 1974,
she was a prime mover in the building of the Harrison Fire Station, and
the development of the Hill Pond Park.
In her early years she was a nun for 16 years in the order of the Sisters
of Charity in Nazareth Kentucky.
She is survived by a sister, Juanita Thorne, of Ocala Florida; two
brothers, Norman Shapiro of Belleview, Florida and Walter Shapiro of Farmville
VA; five step-children, Anne Whitney, of Homer, Alaska, Elizabeth Gallager
of Bryant Pond, Jonathan Whitney of Portland, Andrew Whitney of Jakarta,
Indonesia, and Jane Riseman of Harrison; 15 step-grandchildren and four
step- great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband Freeman Whitney and a sister, Barbara
Payne of Raleigh, NC.
She loved life, loved people and always tried to make things better.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under
the direction of the Raymond-Wentworth Funeral Home, Bridgton.
Elizabeth K. Otterson
NORWAY - Elizabeth K. Otterson, age 75, of Paris Hill, died Saturday,
May 29, 1999, at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway.
She was born in Portland on January 24, 1924 the daughter of A. Lincoln
and Lael T. King and attended Portland schools, graduating from Deering
High School in 1941.
She attended Westbrook College and graduated in 1943. During World
War II she participated in many of the home front activities of the Portland
area, her father being the Commanding Officer of the Navy base there during
After college, she moved to Boston and worked as a claims adjuster
for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.
On August 3, 1946 she married USMC Captain Donald B. Otterson.
From then until Lt. Col. Otterson's retirement in 1963, they lived
at many Marine Corps bases in the U.S., including Oceanside, California;
Bremerton, Washington; Quontico Marine Base in Virginia; Norfolk, Virginia
and a year at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas at Military War College.
She was very active in the Red Cross Gray Lady program and with various
officers' wives organizations throughout those years.
In 1963 the family moved to Paris Hill where her family had ties to
the community dating back several generations. Lt. Col. Otterson died in
1970. She became a major part of the community over the next 36 years,
serving for many years as the assistant postmaster at the Paris Hill Post
She was supportive of many local institutions such as the Paris Hill
Historical Society, the South Paris Library, the Hamlin Memorial Library
on Paris Hill, and the Western Maine Art Group. She was also an avid reader
and correspondent with many friends of her Marine Corps days around the
She is survived by three children, Elizabeth O. Wiley of Falmouth,
Mark H. Otterson of Paris and Brian Otterson of Okinawa, Japan and Norway;
five grandchildren, Karl J. Otterson of Paris, Joanna Otterson of Paris,
Martha E. Wiley of Scarborough and Jennifer and Katharine Otterson of Okinawa;
a sister, Judith Atwood of West Redding, CN; a brother, Lincoln King of
Carthage, TX and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother,
Thomas T. King of Oxford.
Services were held at the First Baptist Church of Paris Hill on June
2 with the Reverend Donald Mayberry officiating. Interment was at the Durrell
Hill Cemetery in Paris.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Stephens Memorial Hospital
Mammography Center, to provide mammography for women in need.
Robert L. Caron
NORWAY - Robert L. Caron Jr., 38, of Oxford, died Thursday, May 27,
1999 at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway.
He was born in Providence, Rhode Island on October 11, 1960, the son
of Robert Sr. and Joyce Mamande Caron.
He was educated at Oxford Hills High School and graduated with the
class of 1980.
He had worked for over 18 years at Robinson Manufacturing in Oxford
and later worked at Reid's Service Station in Oxford of two and a half
He was a member of the Oxford Fire Department of which he took great
pride in serving as its deputy chief.
Rob developed a special bond with all the people that he came in contact
with in the department. He was also a member of the Oxford Congregational
He was a very likable individual to be associated with, the kind of
individual whom everyone admired. He had lived in the Oxford area for most
of his life.
He married Linda Patenaude on August 25, 1984.
He is survived by his wife of Oxford; a very special daughter, Alexis
Caron of Oxford; two sisters, Terry and husband David Crooker of Oxford
and Judy Cummings of Oxford; a father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wesley
and Anita Patenaude, of Oxford; brother-in-law, Mike, and his wife, Linda
Patenaude, of Naugutuck, Connecticut, as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother and father Robert I. Caron Sr. and
Joyce Mamande Caron.
Services for Rob were held on Sunday at the Oxford Congregational Church
with the Reverends Mike Ring and Melvin Young officiating. Interment was
at the Riverside Cemetery in Oxford.
Those who wish may make contributions to Rob's and Linda's daughter,
Alexis, to establish a trust fund care of Linda Caron, 121 Skeetfield Road,
Oxford, Maine, 04270.
Ralph E. DeCoster
MINOT - Ralph E. DeCoster, 72, of Woodman Hill Road, Minot, died Thursday
morning, May 27 at his home.
He was born in Auburn, August 20, 1926, the son of Arthur and Isabelle
He attended school in Auburn and served two years in the U.S.Navy.
He and his brother were owners of Rideout Trucking on Pine Street in
Auburn. He later worked as a courier for Casco Bank, retiring in 1991.
In 1950 he married Betty Jane Hiscock of South Livermore and they just
celebrated their 49th anniversary on April 22.
Mr. DeCoster was one of the original members of the Minot Moonshiners
Snowmobile Club and was a former president of the Minot Community Club.He
attended the Nazarene Church in Mechanic Falls.
Survivors include his wife of Minot; two sons and their wives, David
and Catherine of Gray and Dennis and Betsy of Minot; three grandchildren
Jeremy, Ross and Wendy DeCoster.
Mr.DeCoster was predeceased by a brother, 5, and a sister, Shirley.
Funeral services wee held Saturday, May 29 at the Weston-Chandler Funeral
Home, Mechanic Falls. Interment followed in Mt.Auburn Cemetery, Auburn.
Those wishing may make memorial gifts in his memory to Minot Rescue,
P.O. Box 54, Minot, ME or Androscoggin Home Health Service, Hospice Care,
15 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston,ME.
Norinne Bryant Bradley
SOUTH PARIS - Norinne Bryant Bradley, 87, formerly of Daytona Beach,
FL died Friday May 28, 1999, at the Market Square Health and Rehabilitation
She was born in Newry on June 17, 1911 the daughter of James W. Bryant
and Sara Jane Brooks.
She graduated from Paris High School in 1932 and later Glen Cove School
of Nursing in Glen Cove, NY.
She was the widow of Constantine Balocca who died in 1964 and Thomas
Bradley who died in 1974.
She was an LPN working at Holy Hill Hospital in Holy Hill, FL for many
years. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Episcopal Church of
South Daytona, FL. She lived in Daytona Beach, Fl for over 30 years.
She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Loretta Spita of Kennebunk,
Jack Meserve of Pembroke, MA, Lee Wyman of Concord, NH, Michael Bryant
of Patchogue, NY, and Carlene Henderson of Oldsmar, FL.
There will be a graveside memorial service on Saturday, June 5, at
3 p.m. in the Bryant Pond Cemetery on Route 26 with Rev. Norman Rust officiating.
Arrangemnts are under the direction of Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, Norway.
Eunice B. Berry
BRAINTREE, MA - Eunice B. Berry, 74, of Poland Spring Road, died May
25, in Braintree, MA at the home of her daughter after a short illness.
She was born in West Paris, the daughter of Earl E. Bane and Myrtle
Brock Bane. Mrs. Berry was a graduate of South Paris High School.
She was a member of the Webbs Mills Baptist Church, and she enjoyed
playing the piano and was a substitute piano player at church.
Mrs. Berry was an avid collector of cookbooks and enjoyed reading and
corresponding with friends and relatives.
Her husband, Floyd Berry, died in 1997.
Surviving are her daughter, Sherry Martin Bennett, and her grandson,
Chad Joseph Bennett, both of Braintree, MA.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on June 2, at Hall Funeral Home
Contributions may be made to the Casco Rescue Unit at P.O. Box 117,
Casco, ME 04015 or to Hospice of the South Shore, 100 Bay State Drive,
Braintree, MA 02184.
Mr. Walter Irvin Thurlow
SOUTH PARIS - Walter Irvin Thurlow, 76, of South Paris, died Tuesday,
June 29, 1999 at the Market Square Health Care Center.
He was born in Surry, ME, on February 19, 1923, the son of George L.
and Inez Merrill Thurlow. He lived in Mexico, ME, many years, later living
in South Paris on Hooper Ledge Road.
A veteran of World War II, for 31 months he served in the Army Co.
D 83rd Chemical Bn. He served in five European theaters of war. He married
Dora Eris Abbott in Mexico on May 21, 1946 and they enjoyed 53 years of
He worked at Turner Motor Sales Ford Garage in Mexico for 36 years,
as parts manager. He later worked at Ripley and Fletcher in South Paris
retiring in 1979 due to failing health.
Most recently he had his own lawn care business serving many in the
He was a former member of Mexico Fire and Police Departments and Western
Maine Fireman's Association. He was charter president of Mexico Lions Club,
Past Chancellor Walton Lodge #142 K of P, Mexico, ME. He was involved for
a time with the Boy Scouts of Mexico.
He was a member and past Commander of Foster Carroll Post #72 American
Legion, South Paris. Life member of Floyd Harlow Jr. Post #9787 V.F.W.
of South Paris anda member of Oxford County Nature #613-40/8.
He enjoyed working on cars and tractors, plowing snow and mowing lawns.
He also enjoyed the outdoors and all of nature, watching birds and animals
that came near the house. He was proud of his little home and especially
his white dog, Miss-T.
He is survived by his wife of South Paris; a nephew, Larry Abbott of
Hampton, NH; a great niece, Jessica Abbott, of Rochester, NH, and a brother-in-law,
Arthur Abbott of South Paris.
At the families request there will be no services.
Arrangements under the direction of Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, South
Mr. John S. Hines
LEWISTON - John S. Hines, 58 of Jordan Road, Mechanic Falls died Saturday,July
3,1999 at Central Maine Medical Center.
He was born in South Weymouth, Massachusetts, April 2,1941, the son
of Stanwood and Margaret Heald Hines.
He graduated from Abington,MA High School, the University of Massachusetts.
He received his masters from University of Maine,Orono and his doctorate
from Bowling Green. He was an English professor at the University of Maine
Augusta and Central Maine Technical College. John had been a member of
Poland Rescue, was a big brother and enjoyed riding his Harley.
On July 5,1969 he married Diane Petersen.
Survivors include his wife of Mechanic Falls; two daughters, Erin of
Athens,Ohio and Damian of Auburn and a sister, Sally Hines of San Mateo,CA.
The family invites friends to visit at their home at 187 Jordan Road,Mechanic
Falls on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4pm with a time of remembrance at 3p.m.
In lieu of flowers those who wish may make memorial gifts in his memory
to the Lewiston-Auburn Humane Society or Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue,
P.O. Box 808, Hudson, MA 01479.Arrangements are by Weston-Chandler Funeral
Home, 26 West Dwinal Street, Mechanic Falls.
Ruby H. Ring
BRYANT POND - Ruby H. (Hodsdon) Ring, 83, died Wednesday, June 30,
1999 at her residence.
Born in Portland on December 19, 1915, she was the daughter of the
late Victor and Ella (Taylor) Hodsdon.
She graduated from Gould Academy with the class of 1934, and later
attended nursing school at the Rumford Hospital.
On January 30, 1937, she married Merle Ring, and resided in Bryant
Pond for more than 50 years.
Mrs. Ring was employed at the Stowell's Silk Spool Company as a sorter,
retiring from there after more than 30 years of employment. After retirement,
she enjoyed gardening and bird watching.
A member of the Bryant Pond Universalist Unitarian Church, she also
was a member of the Jefferson Chapter #89 Order of the Eastern Star, where
she was a Past Worthy Matron and a 50 year and Life Member. In addition
she was a member of the Woodstock Historical Society and a very well known
local artist, who will be remembered for her wildlife paintings.
Besides her husband of 62 years, she is survived by a daughter, Sylvia
Knights, and her husband, Clyde, of Bryant Pond; a son, Merle Jr., and
his wife, Terri, of Otisfield; a brother, Jesse Hodsdon, of Rumford; a
sister, Ruth Haskell, of Bryant Pond; two grandsons, Andrew and Robert
Evans; four great grandsons, Chad, Austin, Colin, and Christopher; two
brothers, Philo and Dean Hodsdon and a grandson, John Evans, predeceased
Funeral services were held on Friday, July 2, at the Andrews Funeral
Home, South Woodstock.
Private interment will be in the Lakeside Cemetery at the family's
convenience. Jefferson Chapter 89, OES will conduct memorial services.
Those who wish may make donations in the memory of Mrs. Ring to Tri-Town
Rescue, PO Box 250, West Paris, ME 04289.
Mr. James C. Bryant
JACKSONVILLE, FL - James C. Bryant died June 24, in Jacksonville, FL.
He was born in Buckfield on May 14, 1923.
Mr. Bryant graduated from Buckfield High School in 1940.
After WW II was declared in 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force
on January 1, 1942. For four years he was stationed in Los Angeles and
Chico, CA. Then he spent one year in Italy. He was discharged on January
On June 9, 1946, Mollie Davis and James C. Bryant were married in South
Paris. Mr. Bryant became an employee for Ripley and Fletcher, a Ford-Mercury
dealership on January 1, 1951, and remained with the company for 35 years.
He retired to St. Petersburg, FL on January 1, 1986.
Mr. Bryant is survived by his wife, Mollie; a son, James David; a daughter-in-law,
Bonnie; four brothers, John, Richard, Joseph, and Billy; one granddaughter,
Cathy; and three great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held.
Mrs. Frances A. Bennett
WEST PARIS - Frances A. (Wilson) Bennett, 95, of West Bethel, died
Friday, July 2, 1999 at the Ledgeview Nursing Home, West Paris, where she
had been a resident for a short time.
She was born in Shelburne, NH on February 13, 1904, the daughter of
the late Arthur and Catherine (Stearns) Wilson.
She attended schools in the Shelburne, NH area.
On June 9, 1923, she married Albert I. Bennett in Bethel; he predeceased
her in 1970.
A homemaker, Mrs. Bennett resided in West Bethel for over 60 years,
coming from Gilead.
In earlier years, she was active in the Sunday school and the Chapel
Aid Society of the West Bethel Union Church.
She was a member of Pleasant Valley grange of West Bethel for over
55 years and was a member of the Bethel Senior Citizens.
She was a former member of the St. Barnabas Church in Berlin, NH.
Survivors include a daughter, Colleen Boyd, of West Bethel; a son and
his wife, Donald and Joyce Bennett, of West Bethel, five grandchildren
and 13 great grandchildren. Two sisters, Margaret Hayes and Evelyn Arimbury,
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 7 at the West Bethel
Union Church. Interment was in the Pine Grove Cemetery, West Bethel.
Those who wish may make donations in the memory of Mrs. Bennett to
the West Bethel Union Church, c/o Barbara Mahler, 14 Eden Lane, Bethel,
Arrangements were under the care of the Greenleaf Funeral Home, Bethel.