Miscellaneous Oxford County, Maine Obituaries


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Mrs. Gwendolyn B. Cordwell
NORWAY - Gwendolyn B. Cordwell, 85, of Norway died Monday, November 15, 1999 at Stephens Memorial Hospital. 
She was born in Norway on July 9, 1914, a daughter of Ronell C. and Mary Driscoll Bicknell. 
She graduated from Norway High School and she had been a homemaker most of her life. 
She did alterations for L.F. Pike and Sons. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge and the Congregational Church Guild. 
She married George W. Cordwell on September 10, 1937; he passed away on December 2, 1997. 
She is survived by a daughter, Thelma C., and her husband, Don Mills, of Norway; a son, William Cordwell of Norway; four grandchildren, Dan Mills of Norway, Laurie Proctor of Oxford, Michael Cordwell of West Paris and Michelle Patten of Clinton and 10 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sisters, Thelma E. Bicknell and Helena Gammon.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday November 18, at 1 p.m. at Norway Pine Grove Cemetery, South Paris. 
Donations in her memory can be made to Androscoggin Home Health-Hospice Division, 15 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston, ME 04243. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, Norway. 

Mrs. Lillian M. Eaton
LEWISTON - Lillian M. Eaton, 72, widow of James Eaton, Jr. of Rumford Center died Friday, November 11, at Central Maine Medical Center where she had been a patient for one week.
She was born on April 23, 1927, in Rumford, the daughter of Joseph and Althea Niman Hebert. She was educated in Rumford schools and had been employed at Diamond Match in Peru for more than six years as a floor lady. She also worked at Bass Shoe in Rumford and DeCoster's in Turner.
Survivors include three sons and two daughter-in-laws, James III, Brian and Elena, and Randy and Christine, all of Rumford Center; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two half sisters, Mrs. Bernard (Reanne) Frost of Peru and Mrs. Emile (Crystal) LaBerge of Freeport; two half brothers, Harold Hebert of Peru and Freddie Hebert of Livermore.
Mrs. Eaton was predeceased by a daughter, Rachael Henry, and two half brothers, Bruce and Dick Hebert. 

Mrs Ina L. Maki
ROCHESTER, NH - Ina L. Maki, 77, of Strafford, NH died November 3, at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NH. 
Born in Norway, she lived in Strafford for one year, formerly living in Lovell and Norway. 
She was the daughter of the late Lempi and John Maki. 
She enjoyed word search puzzles, reading, and cooking.
She leaves sons, Roger Sanborn of Hamptead, NH, King Sanborn of Strafford, NH, and Kevin Sanborn of Haverhill, MA; a daughter, Elva Peters of Haverhill, MA; sisters Sigrid Knightly of Haverhill, MA and Lillian Fournier of Michigan; a brother Robert Maki of Portland; 12 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was also the mother of the late Steve Sanborn.
Funeral arrangements were at Peabody Funeral Home in Derry, NH. Burial was in West Hampstead Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Finnish-American Heritage Society, Maple Street, West Paris, ME 04289. 

Mr. Joseph Robert Martin Sr.
NORWAY - Joseph Robert Martin Sr., 74, of Norway died Sunday November 14, 1999, at his residence. 
He was born in Oxford on June 19, 1925, the son of Ralph and Dora Demaris Martin. 
He attended school in Oxford. Mr. Martin married Phyllis Everett on June 2, 1956. 
For 27 years until 1968, Mr. Martin worked as caretaker, handyman, and driver for Father J. Francis Brady at St. Catherines of Sienna Church. 
He later was the owner of Martin's Repair Service where he fixed small engine machinery until retiring in 1986. Mr. Martin worked part time in retirement for Paris Manufacturing and Sanborn Machine until his illness would not allow him to continue. 
He loved to go hunting, fishing, bowling, and snowmobiling. He also enjoyed going to the Fryeburg Fair every year.
He is survived by his wife. Phyllis. of Norway; four sons, Joseph R. Jr. of Norway, John F. of Waterford, Timothy D. of Waterford, and Lewis S. of Otisfield; two daughters, Suzanne Martin of Norway and Angela M. Webb of Norway; a sister Gloria Reed of Cape Elizabeth, 10 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews 
At the request of the family, their are no services scheduled at this time. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, Norway. 

Mrs. M. Janet Howarth
SOUTH PARIS - M. Janet Howarth, 69, of Papoose Pond in North Waterford and Scarborough died Tuesday, November 16, 1999 at Market Square Health Care Center.
She was born in Berlin, NH on October 19, 1930 the daughter of Edward W. and Marie Cote O'Neil. She was a graduate of Portland High School. 
She had been a housewife. She was a member of the Sun Shine Club of New Limerick. She served in the U. S. Marine Corp for three years as a Sergeant. She married Wallace L. Howarth on May 26, 1956. 
She is survived by her husband; two sons, Glenn E. Howarth of Westbrook and Michael J. Howarth of Palmer, Alaska; two brothers, George E. O'Neil and John W. O'Neil both of Portland; two sisters, Louise Kilcline of North Kingston, RI., and Patricia Dubar of Portland and six grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at a later date at the Pulpit Rock Cemetery in North Waterford. 
Donations can be made in her memory to the Alzheimers Association of ME. Chapter, 163 Lancaster St., Suite 160B, Portland, ME 04101. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, Norway. 

Mr. Adam Edward Schlanser Jr.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Adam Edward Schlanser Jr., 82, of Fort Washington, MD died October 14, at George Washington Hospital in Washington, D.C. of injuries caused by a fall. 
Mr. Schlanser was the son of Col. Adam E. Schlanser, U.S. Army Medical Corps, a former commander of Walter Reed Army Hospital, and Martha Marie Echtermann. 
He was born July 6, 1917, at Columbus Barracks, OH. He saw service as an enlisted man and as an officer in both the Army and the Air Force, during World War II and later Korea, retiring from the Air Force reserves as a Major. 
Upon leaving the service he earned his accounting degree and worked at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. for 25 years. 
For many years Mr. Schlanser spent two weeks each summer with his brother, Major General Lawrence E. Bud Schlanser, on Paris Hill. 
He is survived by eight nieces and nephews, among them Juliet S. DeMont of Rochester Hills, MI and Lawrence E. Schlanser, Jr. of Northville, MI. 
Burial took place in Arlington National Cemetery on October 19. 

Mrs. Annie M. Cummings
SOUTH PARIS - Annie M. Cummings, 87, of South Paris died Tuesday, November 16, 1999 at Market Square Health Care Center. 
She was born in Kezar Falls on May 13, 1912, the daughter of Frederick R. and Mercy Drew Merrill. 
She graduated from Porter High School in 1931 and from the Hairdressing School of Portland in 1932. 
She had worked as a housemother at Bates College and had worked in Charlotte, NC and Cape Cod, MA. 
She had made her home in South Paris since 1984. She enjoyed crocheting, doll collecting and clowns.
Survivors include two sons, Joseph of Acton and Kent of Hebron; 16 Grandchildren and 10 great-Grandchildren.
Mrs. Cummings was predeceased by a daughter, Catherine, in 1992; a son, Wayne, in 1993 and a brother, Guy Merrill.
Funeral Services were held on Friday, November 19, 1999 at the Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, South Paris. Interment was in the Kezar Falls Burial Ground in Porter. 
Memorial gifts in her memory may be made to the Market Square Health Care Center, Activity Fund, 12 Market Square, South Paris, ME 04281. 

Mr. William Charles Trenoweth Sr.
LEWISTON - William Charles Trenoweth Sr., 64, of Turner, and formerly of Peru, died Thursday , November 18, at the Central Maine Medical Center. 
Mr. Trenoweth was born July 19, 1935, the son of the late John and Ruth (Glover) Trenoweth. 
Mr. Trenoweth served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and retired from the Maine Central Railroad and the Maine State Cable. 
He married his wife Delphia in 1995. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. 
Mr. Trenoweth is survived by his wife, Delphia Trenoweth; three daughters, Julie Hall, and her husband, Bruce, of Chesterville, Debra Farnum and her husband, David, of Milton Plantation, and Sandra Martin and her husband, Tim, of Rumford; one son, William Trenoweth Jr.; three step-children, Skip Douglass and his wife, Janice, of Buckfield, Tony Douglass and his wife, Roberta, of Oxford, and Pamela Pardis and her husband, Dennis, of Lewiston; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; six sisters, Eleanor Andrews, Harriet Sicotte, Carrine Ackley, Thelma Milligan, Clara Gallant, and Jody Trenoweth and three brothers, Norman, Daniel, and James Trenoweth.
Mr. Trenoweth was predeceased by a brother, John Trenoweth, and a half-sister, Louisa Turbide.
Visitation was held on Sunday, November 21, at the Andrews Funeral Home, Buckfield. Funeral services were then held with the Rev. Glen Carver officiating, followed by graveside services at the Buckfield-Damon Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the Faith Bible Chapel, P.O. Box 250, Buckfield, ME 04220. 

Mr. Lawrence Russell Shaw
BRIDGTON - Lawrence Russell Shaw, 79, of Bridgton, died at his home on Saturday, Dec. 1, 1999. 
Born on October 19, 1920, he was the son of the late Earl and Edith (Wentworth) Shaw. He graduated from the Bridgton High School and was a veteran of WWII while serving in the United States Marine Corps. 
Mr. Shaw married Phyllis Libby in 1946. 
He retired in 1984 from the Central Maine Power Company, where he worked as a line engineer. 
Mr. Shaw served as a past commander for the VFW and belonged to the Harrison VFW, the American Legion in Bridgton, the Congregational Church in Bridgton, and the NRA. 
Mr. Shaw is survived by his wife, Phyllis; a son, Curtis Shaw and his wife Barbara of Green; two grandchildren, Heather Desjardins and Sally Shaw; three great-grandchildren, Victoria and Katie Desjardins and Alexander Bachelder; three brothers, Norman Shaw of South Paris, Ronald Shaw of Highland, CA and Donald Shaw of Sunbury, PA; and a sister, Virginia Richardson, of South Paris. He was predeceased by his parents and one sister.
Graveside memorial services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the Forest Hills Cemetery in Bridgton with the Rev. Richard Bennett officiating. 
Friends who wish may donate to the American Cancer Society, 52 Federal St., Brunswick, ME 04011. 
Arrangements were under the direction of the Raymond-Wentworth Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Bridgton. 

Mrs. Florence A. Foss
LEWISTON -Florence A. Foss, 58, of Minot died Tuesday, November 30, 1999, at Central Maine Medical Center.
She was born in Lovell, December 24, 1940, the daughter of Lawrence and Hattie Irish Bean.
She attended the Verrill School in Minot and had worked as a mental health worker for the State of Maine.
She enjoyed country western dancing, her dog Pebbles and spending time with her grandchildren.
She was married to Russell Foss who died June 28,1983.
She is survived by the father of her children George Hemond of Minot; four children, Alfred Hemond of Minot, Donald and his wife, Serae, Hemond of Minot, Rosemarie and Jim Marcoux of New Kingstown,R.I. and Albert and his wife, Jeannine, Hemond of Minot; three step sons, Brian and his wife, Denise, Foss of Minot, Edward Hemond of Florida and Raymond and his wife, Julie ,Hemond of Massachusetts; four sisters, Elsie Thompson of Bridgton, Pauline Norton of Waterford, Mary Millett of Norway and Camilla Mowatt of Oxford;a brother, Lyman Rogers, of Norway; eight grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and one step-great grandchild.
She was predeceased by four brothers, Leon and Perley Bean, Roswell Brown and James Richards; three sisters, Elizabeth Yeaton, Lillian Edwards and Phyllis Millett.
Family and friends attended graveside services Thursday, December 2 at the Riverside Cemetery, West Minot.
Those who wish may make memorial gifts in her memory to the Arthritis Foundation, 930 Brighton Ave., Portland.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, Mechanic Falls. 

Mrs. Elinor Koistinen Heikkinen
WEST PARIS - Elinor Koistinen (Briggs) Heikkinen, 84, of West Paris died Thursday, December 2, 1999, at the Ledgeview Living Center. 
Born in West Paris on February 25, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Hilda and Paul Koistinen. 
On November 3, 1935, she married Charles Fredrick Briggs, who predeceased her in 1955. During their marriage, they lived in Auburn and Haverhill, MA. 
In 1955 she returned to Maine with her daughter Mary Ann Briggs and lived for a while on Paris Hill before settling again in West Paris. 
She worked for a number ofyears at Perham's Maine Mineral Store and then as a housekeeper. 
On June 25, 1968 she married Waino E. Heikkinen, who predeceased her in1985 
She was also predeceased by her three sisters, Memi, Jessie and Elizabeth. 
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann Briggs, and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held at the West Paris Finnish Cemetery on Saturday, December 4.
Those who wish may make donations in Mrs. Heikkinen's memory to the Activities Department, Ledgeview Living Center, P.O. Box 69, West Paris, ME 04289.
Arrangements were under the care of the Andrews Funeral Home, South Woodstock. 

Mr. John C. Provencher
NORWAY - John C. Provencher, 49, of Mt. View Circle, West Bethel, died unexpectedly Monday afternoon, November 29, 1999, at Stephens Memorial Hospital. 
Mr. Provencher was born in Berlin, May 28, 1950, the son of Norman and Cecile (Morin) Provencher, who survive him. 
He attended Gorham schools, graduating from Gorham, NH, High School in 1970. 
Mr. Provencher married the former Barbara Merrill, on August 31, 1974, and several years later they established their home in West Bethel, where they have resided for the past 21 years.
He was the supervisor of maintenance and transportation at Gould Academy, Bethel, with which he had been associated for 23 years. 
Mr. Provencher enjoyed woodworking, gardening, family, friends, and coffee. He especially enjoyed Christmas, and the holidays. 
Besides his father of Groveton, his mother of Gorham, and his wife of 25 years, he is survived by two daughters, Jaclyn and her husband, Marc, Riendeau, of Berlin, and Miranda and her finance, Mark MacKay, of Gorham; a sister, Norma Hester of Kentucky; two brothers, Jim and his wife, Jane, of Berlin, and Norman Jr., of Gorham, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Friends were received at the Greenleaf Funeral Home, Bethel, on Wednesday. Funeral services were held at the West Bethel Union Church, Thursday, December 2, followed by cremation. 
Friends who wish may make memorial donations to Christmas for Families, c/o Nina Wheeler, 157 Barker Rd., Bethel, ME, 04217. 

Mrs. Edna Eleanor Whitehouse Estes
NORWAY - Edna Eleanor Whitehouse Estes, age 88, died Friday, December 17, after a long illness at Norway Rehabilitation and Living Center in Norway.
She was born in Rumford, October 23,1911, the daughter of William L. and Annie L. Whitehouse. She was educated in Rumford schools and graduated from Stevens High School, class of 1929.
She married Carl E. Estes in 1935, and moved to Auburn where he was employed by the H.P. Hood Company, moving to Brunswick in 1940.
As a member of the Pleasant Street Methodist Church, Mrs. Estes served as a Sunday School Teacher, communion steward, choir member, and served on many other committees. When the church moved to its new location on Church Road, it became known as the Brunswick United Methodist Church. She enjoyed the Wednesday Morning Bible Study group and later, the Thursday Afternoon Bible Study group. She was an active member of The Loyalty Club of the church and a Golden Link member of the Brunswick Methodist women. A church member for more than 50 years, she was an honorary member of the church's Administrative Board at the time of her death.
Mrs. Estes was employed by the Brunswick school lunch program at Brunswick High School for 17 years, retiring in 1976. She enjoyed spending weekends and vacations at the family homestead, the Whitehouse Farm, settled by her ancestors in the early 1800's in Lovell, and spent summers there after her husband retired. She enjoyed reading and keeping in touch with family and friends.
She is predeceased by her husband Carl in 1988; a daughter, Lynda Anne Estes in 1956; four brothers, Weston Whitehouse, Walter Whitehouse, Harry Whitehouse, and Roy Whitehouse; and her sister, Iva Potter.
She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Estes Carter of Lovell; a grandson, Andrew Estes Carter of Lovell; a granddaughter, Beth Ellen McNamara of Tolono, IL; a great-granddaughter, Rachel Elizabeth Carter; several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours were on Tuesday, December 21, at the Brackett Funeral Home in Brunswick, followed by a funeral service on Wednesday, December 22, at the United Methodist Church in Brunswick. Interment was in Wayside Cemetery in West Paris. 

Mr. Edward W. Gordon
South Paris - Edward W. Gordon, age 70, of North Norway died Monday, December 20, 1999 at the Market Square Health Care Center. 
He was born in Bethel on January 6, 1929 the son of Harry and Dorothy Clough Gordon. He moved to South Paris with his family at the age of 4, attending schools in South Paris. He lived for many years in the Bethel area with his first wife Kathrine Gordon, residing in the Norway area for the past 22 years with his wife Doris. 
He worked for the Grand Trunk Canadian National Railway starting in 1943 working his way up to Track Foreman, he worked there for 45 yearsuntil his retirement in 1988. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way. He enjoyed hunting, wood-working and was an avid fisherman. 
Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Doris Gordon of Norway; three brothers, Merl and Sidney of Norway and Robert Clough of Hebron; one Sister, Edith Stevens of Canton; two sons, Peter and his wife Susan and Michael; one Daughter, Paula Spearin; two step-daughters, Shirley Westleigh and her fiance Frank Walker of Bethel and Laurie and her husband Kenneth Crockett of Locke Mills; 16 Grandchildren, Tracy, Cheire, Michael Edward, Kyle, Peter Michael, Matthew, Terrence, Harley, and Michelle Gordon, Christopher and Brandy Cordwell, Karen Gilbert, Stephanie Bolen, Danielle Merrill, Wednesday and Nicole Westleigh; 15 Great Grandchildren, Lucas, Brent and Dylan Gordon, Keith and RayAnn Morin, Derek and Chelsea Merrill, Destiny Long, Bailey Young, Taylor and Matthew Bolen, Zachary Gilbert, Shania and Shaquielle Pike and Zachary Blackman. 
He was predeceased by a son, Terry Gordon; two Sisters, Beryl Gordon and Mary Stevens; and one Brother, Winfield Gordon.
Graveside services will be held on Sunday, December 26, 1999 at 11 a.m. at the Riverside Annex Cemetery in South Paris. Arrangements are under the direction of Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, 230 Main St., Norway. 

Mr. Rodger W. Lincoln
HINGHAM, MA- Rodger W. Lincoln, age 83, of Hingham died Friday, December 10, at home after a long illness. He was a captain in the Hingham Fire Department for more than 30 years and a World War II Navy veteran. Mr. Lincoln enjoyed gardening.
A lifelong resident of Hingham, he was a graduate of Hingham High School. He had maintained a residence in Buckfield.
Husband of the late Natalie (Brigham) Lincoln, he is survived by two sons Rodger W. Lincoln, Jr. of Hingham and Richard W. Lincoln of Bath; a daughter Gail F. Lane of Hingham; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; a brother C. Warren Lincoln of Hingham; and a sister Evelyn Crossman of FL.
Visiting hours were on Sunday, December 12, at the Downing Cottage Funeral Chapel on 21 Pond Street. Funeral services and burial were private.
Donations in Mr. Lincoln's memory may be made to the Bare Cove Fire Museum, P.O. Box 262, Hingham, MA 02043. 

Mr. Tobin M. Heath
Portland - Tobin M. Heath, 29, a resident of East Oxford Road, South Paris, for the past six years, died unexpectedly Monday evening at Maine Medical Center, where he was scheduled for heart surgery January 4th. 
Mr. Heath was born in Norway, Feb. 26, 1970, the son of Ronald J., and Dorothy B. (Bean) Heath, who survive him. He attended the Oxford Hills school system, graduating from Oxford Hills High School in 1988, and attended U.S.M., at Gorham for a year. A cook by vocation, he was most recently associated with Bray's Restaurant, of Naples, for the past three years, in that capacity.
An avid musician, he specialized in the bass guitar, most recently appearing with the New Breed Band, throughout Western and Southern Maine. 
Besides his parents, Mr. Heath is survived by his paternal grandmother, Edna Heath, of South Paris; a sister: Holly Heath, of West Paris; two brothers: David of Canton, and Alan, of West Paris; three step-children: Matthew, Taima, and Shawna; a step-granddaughter: Corrissa; as well as his companion Alisa Brown, also of South Paris.
Friends will be received at the Andrews Funeral Home, S. Woodstock, Wed. evening from 6-8 P.M. Graveside funeral services will be conducted at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Rt. 26, S. Paris, Thur. at 1 o'clock. Friends who wish may make memorial donations in Tobins memory to: American Heart Assoc., 20 Winter St., P.O. Box 317, Augusta, ME, 04332-0317. 

Mr. Stanley E. Roy
NORWAY -Stanley Edward Roy, 72, a retired owner/operator of Oxford Foods died Saturday, December 18, 1999, at his home in Anthony, FL. 
Mr. Roy was Catholic. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He proudly received the World War II Victory Medal, the American Theatre Medal, one star, and the Phillipine Liberation Medal. 
He loved harness racing and attending thoroughbred horse sales in Ocala, Florida. 
Survivors include his wife Barbara D. Roy of Anthony, FL; his sons Peter E. Roy and fiancee Becky Foster, Harrison and Thomas Roy of Norway; his stepsons Peter Baker of South Paris and Perry Baker and wife Kate of Oxford; his brothers Robert Roy of Deer Isle, MA, and Donald Roy of Pompano Beach, FL; his sister Marie Roy of Trinidad, CA; and grandchildren Shaunay Ashlie Baker of Hebron, Joe and Arika (Crunchie) Baker of Oxford and Tayla Marie of South Paris. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marion County, PO Box 4860, Ocala, FL 34478-4860. 

Mr. Michael P. Clark
NORWAY - Michael P. Clark, age 49, of Oxford died Saturday, December 18, 1999 at Stephens Memorial Hospital. He was born at Mechanic Falls on January 5, 1950. Mike was educated in Fryeburg schools and the Criminal Justice Academy. He had worked for many years for the Oxford Police Department with the rank of Sergeant.
He was a member of the Oxford Lodge #18 AF & AM in Norway, and was associated with Santa Visits Oxford. He served his country proudly in the United States Army serving in Vietnam. He had lived in the Oxford area with his companion and best friend, Laurie Proctor and her children, Mia and Benjamin. He is survived by his son Michael P. Clark, Jr., three brothers; William Herrick of West Paris, Arthur Herrick of Groveland, MA and Orman Herrick. A sister Mary Richardson. His step-mother Dorothy Clark of Oxford.
He was predeceased by a sister, Ann Thayer and his biological parents Chester and Mary Poule Herrick and his adoptive father Charles Clark.
Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, December 22, 1999 at 1 p.m. at the Oxford Advent Christian Church on Route 26 in Oxford. Interment was in the Norway Pine Grove Cemetery in South Paris. Family and friends attended visiting hours Tuesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, 230 Main St., Norway. Public Masonic Services by Oxford Lodge #18 were at 7 p.m. Donations in Mike's memory may be sent to either the Oxford Police Department, Oxford Fire and Rescue or to the American Heart Association, Box 346, Augusta, ME 04330.

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