Miscellaneous York County, Maine Obituaries


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Larry Gress 
KENNEBUNK - Larry A. Gress, 59, of Constitution Road, died of cancer Friday at Maine Medical Center in Portland. 
He was born Jan. 1, 1940 in Portsmouth, Ohio, a son of Paul and Freda Holschuh Gress, and was a graduate of West High School in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio State University, where he was active in the ROTC, and earned his M.B.A. from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. During that time he met and married his wife of 34 years, Victoria Roberts. 
Mr. Gress was employed as a salesman for the Xerox Corporation in Columbus and Newark, Ohio and Washington, D.C. before being transferred to Maine. The Gress family has been residents of Kennebunk for 26 years. 
He coached Little League softball, led the Christ Church youth group for eight years, was president of the Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Athletic Boosters and was a member of the Kennebunk Rotary Club. He also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, was chairman of the Board of Trustees for South Congregational Church in Kennebunkport, was president of the York County Board of Realtors and was active in the Maine Association of Realtors. 
Mr. Gress workd as a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker, Harnden Beecher in Lower Village and a regional director for Excel Communications Corp. In 1998, he joined Coldwell Banker’s Diamond Society and survivors say he was regarded as a trustworthy and well-respected member of southern Maine’s real estate community. 
His interests included friends, travel and outdoor activities, but his family came first, and survivors say he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. 
Survivors include his wife of Kennebunk; three daughters, Traca Gress Marshall of South Portland, Lorie Allyn of Portland and Kristen Irene Martin of Kennebunk; and two grandchildren, Logan and Jackson Gress Marshall of South Portland. 
Posted Monday, May 3, 1999

Claire Grimaldi 
BIDDEFORD - Former resident Claire Edmond Grimaldi, 73, died Saturday at a Mercy Hospital in Portland. 
She was born Sept. 7, 1925 in Biddeford, a daughter of Frank X. and M. Louise Fournier Emond, attended Presentation of Mary School in Hudson, N.H. and was a 1942 graduate of St. Andre’s High School in Biddeford. 
Mrs. Grimaldi was a receptionist at WPOR in the 1940s and a clerk at Beneficial Loan in Portland in the early 1950s. She was employed by First National Stores for 20 years, retiring in 1981 as head bookkeeper at the Washington Avenue store. 
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Alexander M. Grimaldi of Portland; a daughter, Margo (Mrs. Mark) Hirtle of Saco; a stepson, John M. of Portland; six sisters, Theresa (Mrs. Ralph) Tully of Portland, Gertrude (Mrs. John P.) Conroy of Biddeford, Cecile (Mrs. Gerard) Fecteau of Bay View, Saco, Bernadette (Mrs. Bernard) Des Roberts of Augusta and Florida, Florence R. Emond of Hills Beach and Frances (Mrs. Conrad) Boilard of Biddeford; two grandchildren and four stepgrandchildren. 
Posted Monday, May 3, 1999

Helena Marsh 
KENNEBUNK - Helena Haskell Marsh, 76, of Huntington Common, died Friday at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford. 
She was born June 20, 1922 in Lewiston, a daughter of Weston B. and Pauline Derby Haskell, and attended Dana Hall Academy in Wellesley, Mass. and the Connecticut College for Women in New Haven, Conn. 
She married Robert P. Marsh, a Boston food brokerage executive, and the family lived in Newton and Dover, Mass. until they became permanent residents of Kennenbunkport in 1982. 
An avid gardener and golfer, she was a longtime member of Brae Burn Country Club in Newton and the Webhannet Golf Course in Kennebunk Beach. 
She was predeceased by her husband and by brothers Weston B. Haskell and Richard Haskell. 
Survivors include two daughters, Paula Marsh Rines of Kittery Point and Cynthia Marsh Fink of Clarksville, Tenn., and three grandsons, William B. Rines and Wesley R. and Haskell H. Fink. 
Posted Monday, May 3, 1999

Leonard Surran 
BIDDEFORD - Leonard C. Surran, 87, formerly of Hull, Mass., died Saturday at Southridge Living Center. 
He was born Jan. 14, 1912 in Millville, N.J., a son of David and Arabella Cassaboon Surran, and was educated in Millville schools. 
Mr. Surran enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July 1929 and served on submarines during World War II and the Kirean Conflict. He served as instructor in Philadelphia, Pa.; Hampson Roads, Va.; the Naval Shipyard in Boston; submarine school in New London, Conn.; Engineman School in Great Lakes, Ill. and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. 
He served on the USS Detroit, Omaha, Henderson, Pope, Paul Jones, Canopus, Lea, McLeish, Herring, Threadfin, Grampus, Sea Lion, Seal and Cutlass. 
Mr. Surran retired from the Navy after 29 years and was employed by Electric Boat/General Dynamics for 12 years, where he was a member of the team that built the first nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus. 
Mr. Surran retired in 1970 and lived in Hull, moving to Biddeford in 1996. 
He was a member of the Elks, Oddfellows and V.F.W. 
He was predeceased by his first wife, Constance Walker Surran, in 1962 and his second wife, Melvina V. Langlois Surran, in 1995. 
Survivors include two sons, John D. of Saco and Michael R. of Kennebunk; seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
Posted Monday, May 3, 1999

Dora Rochon 
SACO - Former resident Dora Rochon, 97, died Saturday at Pine Point Nursing Care Center in Scarborough. 
She was born May 19, 1901 in Windsor Mills, Quebec, Canada, a daughter of Johnnie and Elise Bergeron Pothier, moved to Sanford at a young age and was educated there. 
In 1933 she married Oscar Rochon in Montreal, Quebec. 
Mrs. Rochon was employed at local textile mills for many years, retiring in the early 1970s. She was a member of the Ross Center Senior Citizens Club and had been a volunteer for its lunch program. 
She enjoyed baseball and had followed Red Sox games for many years. Among her interests were playing cards, dining out and entertaining. 
She was predeceased by her husband on June 12, 1980. 
Survivors include two daughters, Madeleine (Mrs. Norman) Morrison and Lorraine Ketchum, both of Saco; a sister, Lucianna Lemay of Windsor, Conn.; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 
Posted Monday, May 3, 1999

Death notices
LARRY A., of Kennebunk, died April 30 in Portland. A celebration of his life will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at South Congregational Church, Temple Street, Kennebunkport. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Town of Kennebunk Bench Project to help fund installation of permanent benches along Kennebunk’s shoreline at: Beach Bench Project, 45 Main St., Kennebunk, 04043. Arrangements by Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk.
Posted Monday, May 3, 1999

CLAIRE EMOND, formerly of Biddeford, died May 1 in Portland. Visiting hours 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at Conroy-Tully Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland, where prayers will be recited at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday followed by a 10 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Pius X Church. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Health Services, Development Office, 901 Washington Ave., Suite 104, Portland, 04103-2797.
Posted Monday, May 3, 1999

HELENA HASKELL, of Kennebunk, died April 30 in Biddeford. Services will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Maine Division Inc., 52 Federal St., Brunswick, 04011. Arrangements by Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk.
Posted Monday, May 3, 1999

LEONARD C., formerly of Hull, Mass., died May 1 in Biddeford. Visiting hours 7-9 p.m. Monday at Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm St., Biddeford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Church, Biddeford. Burial will be at a later date at St. John’s Cemetery, Webster, Mass.
Posted Monday, May 3, 1999

DORA, of Saco, died May 1 in Scarborough. Visiting hours 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm St., Biddeford, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Burial at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. 
Posted Monday, May 3, 1999

John Brown 
WELLS - John P. Brown, 84, of Littlefield Road, died Monday at Maine Stay Nursing Home in Sanford. 
He was born Nov. 17, 1914 in Bangor, a son of Charles Ernest and Mabel Louise Gott Brown, and attended Wells schools. 
A lifelong Wells resident, he married Lida Phillips Brown in 1933. 
Known locally as a hard worker since the age of 7, he was employed as a janitor at the Division 3 School on Eldridge Road, delivered ice, vegetables and wood and was a winter herdsman for Beach Farms and Shady Nook Farm, and raised Hereford cattle on his own farm. He also plowed roads during the winter and operated his own cement contracting business for many years. 
During World War II, he served as an air raid warden. 
He was a member of the Wells Beach Hose Company and the Wells-Ogunquit Historical Society and enjoyed bird hunting. 
Two brothers, Harry and Charles, and a sister, Eleanor Wildes, have passed away. 
Survivors include his wife of Wells; two sons, John P. Jr. and Ronald W., both of Wells; three daughters, Marion B. Noble and Ann B. Godin, both of Wells, and Beth Moffett of Freeport, Fla.; one brother, Carl E. of Wells; three sisters, Lillian Chase and Mary Coggeshall, both of Wells, and Doris Clogston of Ogunquit; 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. 
Posted Tuesday, October 5, 1999

Deanna Cloutier 
SANFORD - Denaan M. Cloutier, 57, of Devotion Avenue, died at home Sunday after a battle with cancer. 
She was born Dec. 29, 1941 in Springvale, a daughter of Peter and Roseanne Arsenault Dwyer, and attended Sanford and Springvale schools. She had lived in the area all of her life. 
Mrs. Cloutier was a communciant of Notre Dame Church in Springvale. 
She enjoyed playing bingo, listening to music, singing and dancing. One of her favorite pastimes was reading scary books and watching scary movies, family members say. She also enjoyed spending time at the family camp in Shapleigh. 
She had a great love for children, survivors say, and was known as the neighborhood babysitter. 
Survivors include two sons, Peter Deyo of Sanford and Richard of Springvale; two daughters, Luanne Karwanski and Sandra Nolan, both of Sanford; a brother, David Dwyer of Chester, N.H.; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 
Posted Tuesday, October 5, 1999

Madeleine Lemay 
SANFORD - Madeleine B. Lemay, 73, of High Street, died Sunday at Maine Medical Center in Portland. 
She was born May 21, 1926 in Troy, Vt., a daughter of Aime and Blanche Bouffard Thereault, and was educated in Vermont and, after moving to Sanford at age 13, at the former Holy Family School. 
Mrs. Lemay was a homemaker and worked at the former Goodall-Sanford textile mills, Kesslen Shoe in Kennebunk, Dover (N.H.) Shoe, Allied Shoe and Novelty of Springvale, Universal Shoe of Sanford, Sanford Shoe, Corey Shoe and Augat, retiring in 1988. 
She enjoyed sewing, knitting, cooking and her flower garden. 
She was a communicant of Holy Family Church. 
Her husband, Gaston Lemay, died in 1992. 
Survivors include her mother of Sanford; a daughter, Paulette Treadwell of Acton; two sons, Donald B. of Shapleigh and Roger of Sanford; a sister, Estelle Fluet of Sanford; a brother, Roland Thereault of Biddeford; and six grandsons. 
Posted Tuesday, October 5, 1999

Gwendolyn Mitchell 
OLD ORCHARD BEACH - Gweldolyn Germain Mitchell, 62, of Saco Avenue, died at home Sunday. 
She was born Dec. 1, 1936 in Biddeford, a daughter of Amos and Marilyn Fletcher Turner, and was a 1955 graduate of Portland High School. 
Mrs. Mitchell owned and operated Funny Farm Antiques in Milton, N.H. She was also a buyer for Revlon Cosmetics at Dover (N.H.) Drug and spent many years working as a nurse at various nursing homes in the Rochester and Dover areas. 
Her favorite season was autumn and her hobby was collecting lighthouse memorabilia. She loved to spend time with children, grandchildren and friends, survivors say. 
A son, Clifford P. Germain III, and a brother, Lloyd Turner, have passed away. 
Survivors include three sons, Michael P. Germain of Old Orchard Beach, Timothy R. Germain of Colebrook, N.H., and Matthew Germain of New Brunswick, Canada; three daughters, Kathleen (Mrs. Jeffrey) Martin of Old Orchard Beach, Mary (Mrs. Rob) Patt of Arundel and Anne Marie Melendez of Old Orchard Beach; two brothers, Robert Turner of North Berwick and David Turner of Liberty, S.C.; a sister, Marilyn Stauffer of Palmetto, Fla.; six grandchidlren and several nieces and nephews. 
Posted Tuesday, October 5, 1999

Gertrude Curran 
SPRINGVALE - Gertrude C. Curran, 60, of Indian Ledge Road, died Wednesday at Southern New Hampshire Regional Medical Center in Nashua, N.H. 
She was born Feb. 11, 1939 in Bar Harbor, a daughter of Walter and Margaret Muschero Curran. 
She was a nurse for the elderly at 75 State Street in Portland for many years, and at age 55 she returned to school and received a bachelor's degree in nursing. 
Survivors include two sons, Michael of Londonderry, N.H. and Matthew of Somersworth, N.H.; a daughter, Rebecca of Dover, N.H.; a sister, Sherry Major of Lewiston; and five grandchildren. 
Posted Tuesday, October 5, 1999

Lucienne Tardiff 
BIDDEFORD - Lucienne Tardiff, 73, of Dental Avenue, died Monday at Mercy Hospital in Portland. 
She was born April 20, 1926 in Biddeford, a daughter of Arthur and Argena Bedard Beaulieu, and was educated in Biddeford schools. 
On April 12, 1947 she married Gerard Tardiff at St. Andre's Church. 
Mrs. Tardiff was employed at Pepperell Mills for four years and for a few years at the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune. 
She was a member of St. Joseph's Church. 
Mrs. Tardiff enjoyed playing beano, fellowship with her family and dining out. 
Survivors include her husband of 52 years of Biddeford; a daughter, Mona Gervais of North Berwick; two sons, Donald of Waterboro and Ivan of Scarborough; a sister, Etiennette (Mrs. Jean Paul) Martel of Biddeford; three brothers, Robert Beaulieu of Biddeford and Armand and Roland Beaulieu, both of Saco; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson. 
Posted Tuesday, October 5, 1999

Death notices
JOHN P., of Wells, died Oct. 4 in Sanford. Memorial service 1 p.m. Wednesday at Wells Congregational Church, the Rev. Barbara Schenk officiating. Burial in Ocean View Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Wells-Ogunquit Historical Society, P.O. Box 801, Wells, 04094 or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2208, Augusta, 04330-2208. 
Posted Tuesday, October 5, 1999

DEANNA M., died Oct. 3 in Sanford. Visiting hours 2-8 p.m. today at Heald Funeral Home, 61 Main St., Springvale. Mass of Christian Burial 9 a.m. Wednesday at Notre Dame Church, Springvale. Memorial donations may be made to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, 04102.
Posted Tuesday, October 5, 1999

MADELEINE B., of Sanford, died Oct. 3 in Portland. Visiting hours 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at LaFrance-Lambert Funeral Home, 29 Winter St., Sanford. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Family Church. Burial will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery.
Posted Tuesday, October 5, 1999

GWENDOLYN GERMAIN, died Oct. 3 in Old Orchard Beach. A private service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Cote Funeral Home, Saco. 
Posted Tuesday, October 5, 1999

LUCIENNE, of Biddeford, died Oct. 4 in Portland. Visiting hours 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm St., Biddeford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Church. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery. 
Posted Tuesday, October 5, 1999

ELSIE (BEST), 78, of Newington, Conn., died Oct. 2 at New Britain (Conn.) General Hospital. She was the beloved wife of 58 years of Norman Griffith of Newington. Born in Saint John, N.B., Canada, on Feb. 5, 1921, she was a daughter of Gordon and Phyllis (Crossman) Best. A Newington resdient since 1962, she was a member of the Church of Christ and Senior Citizens. Survivors include two sons, David N. and his wife Louise of Rochester, N.H., and Gordon of Kennebunk; four grandchildren, Louise "Skeeter" Baker, Kenneth, Kevin and William; two great-grandsons, Ian and Samuel Baker; three sisters-in-law, Grace Bondroak of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Ruth Martin of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and Helen Estey of Saint John; and several nieces and nephews. A son, Kenneth Robert, died previously. Funeral service was 10 a.m. today at Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington. Burial was in Center Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 410, Wallingford, Conn., 06492. 
Posted Tuesday, October 5, 1999

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