Obituaries

Timothy Craig Norris

picNORRISLitchfield- Timothy Craig Norris, 49 of Litchfield died on July, 4th, 2020 from an accident.

Timothy was born in Lewiston on May 7th, 1971.  His journey of life was motivated; he was an amazing person. 

At a young age he was a cub scout.  He worked as a sweeper in Auburn, a paperboy for the Sun Journal and then graduated from Edward Little High School in 1989.  For the community, he was a volunteer coach for Little League as well as helping out at the Bingo Hall in Lewiston.

His employment continued with Eiches Bakery, Berube’s Car Wash; he also worked in sales for Amway.  Timothy worked at the Pepsi Cola Plant in Auburn for 17 years.

Timothy loved being a dad.  He loved fishing, being a woodsman and a writer.  He will be missed by all his surrounding family so much.

Timothy is survived by his 23 year old son Trever Scott Norris that he had with Becky Jeselskis, his parents Luther and Loretta Norris, sister Cindy Pinnell, two brothers Dennis and Eric Norris, as well as many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins that loved him.

A celebration of Timothy’s life will be held at the home of his sister Cindy Pinnell, 113 Richmond Rd., in Litchfield at 1pm on Saturday, July 25th, 2020.  Memories, condolences, and photos are welcomed as well as family pot-luck dinner.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St., Richmond, ME 04357.

Condolences may be expressed at www.kincerfuneralhome.com

Merry Rowe Hermans

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Merry Hermans died June 22, 2020, ten days after her 92nd birthday.

In November, 1927, as the Winooski River in Waterbury, Vermont rose 20 feet over its banks, Dascomb Rowe carried to safety through the rushing and turbulent waters and up three flights of stairs his pregnant wife Ruth and their two young children, Ernestine and Alan.  Two months later, on a brutally cold winter’s day, Ruth was thrown from a runaway horse drawn sleigh.  Miraculously, she gave birth on June 12, 1928 to Mary Ellen Rowe, who soon realized that her essential soul -joy, grace, sunshine, optimism-was better reflected  as Merry.  

And at age 13, so she became.  

Merry, Ernie, Alan and their younger brother Steve were raised in a tradition that highly valued education. Her father, Dascomb Rowe, was principal of Waterbury High School. Her mother, Ruth McLachlin Rowe, was a professor of English at Vermont Junior College. Of course, it was not always so easy being the principal’s daughter and she would recall  jitterbugging down the school hallway  only to see the commanding presence of her father: “You all go to class. Miss Rowe, you go to my office.”   Merry graduated as Valedictorian and noted in her yearbook a favorite quote: “Knowledge is Power”.   Love of sport was also a foundational belief.  “Stretch”, as Merry was known, played varsity basketball for 4 years, winning the gold ball during her state championship season her junior year.  Love of music, as well, was a driving force, and she sang throughout the town as a young woman with her trio: The Sunshine Lassies, and wondered aloud about a possible future as a nightclub singer.

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Beverly Jeane Lane Halsey

pic HalseyBeverly Jeane Lane Halsey, 82, of Bowdoinham passed on June 19, 2020 at her home with her family in Bowdoinham after a two-year battle with cancer.  Beverly was the daughter of Loren Edger Lane and Ruth Lane of Kansas.

Beverly was active in her childhood in local 4-H clubs and Girl Scouts of America.  As she grew, Beverly became adept at horseback riding, skiing, and camping.  Many of her fondest memories involved working with her father throughout the Rocky Mountains and at the many ranger stations n Estes Park.  Beverly is a Veteran of the US Navy, was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a past president of the Eagles Club.  Beverly enjoyed learning about Native American heritage, collecting Native American memorabilia, especially pieces centered around wolves.  Beverly especially looked forward to native American Pow Wow’s that where she could sit and enjoy the music and the dancing.  Beverly was always compassionate, empathetic, and looking to care for others.  This carried through in her professional career where she worked for years in nursing and as a mental health care provider.  Beverly was always the first to do for others, and this loving trait guided her principles throughout her career.

Beverly leaves behind her husband of 62 years Sterling, four of her five children; Roburta, Raymond, Mary, George, and Sean, along with 16 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.  Beverly also leaves behind her niece Leigh Terrell and nephew Lane Terrell.  Beverly is predeceased by her parents, Loren and Ruth Lane, her fourth child Paul Anthony, a cousin Carolyn Lane, her sister-in-law Roberta Ruth Halsey, and her sister Sydney Anne Terrell.

Services will be held at Kincer Funeral Home on Monday, June 29th; The visitation will start at 2pm followed by a service at 3pm.  A Celebration of Beverly’s life will continue at her home in Bowdoinham following the services.

Please, in lieu of flowers, make a donation to Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick in Beverly’s memory.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St., Richmond, ME  04357.

Condolences may be expressed at www.kincerfuneralhome.com

Teresa A. Gray

TeresaRichmond-Teresa “Terry” Ann Gray, 68, passed peacefully at her home on June 4, 2020.

She was born January 16, 1952, to Kenneth and Barbara Gray. She grew up at first in Bar Harbor and then moved to Stonington, Maine when her father became the superintendent of schools there. She graduated from Deer Isle / Stonington High School in 1970 where she was (though mischievous) a solid student and athlete.

After high school, she soon married and became a mother (to her first son, Brent) and lived in Deer Isle for the next several years. During that time, she gave birth to a second son (Brian). She and her sons moved to Prospect Harbor, where she eventually remarried and started a successful career as an insurance / real estate agent.

In her early 40’s she decided to change career paths and pursue a Nursing degree from the University of Maine. She “toughed it out” and as a result of her hard work, she was quite successful, earning her way to the Dean’s List despite the challenges of being a non-traditional student, mother, and maintaining a full-time job.

She later moved to Richmond and married her husband of 25 years, Rusty. She took a position as an R.N. in a nursing home and later worked her way up to be the Director of Nursing, as her mother did many years before. She had a passion for taking care of her patients and expected the same of her staff. She was tough and had high standards, but her sole motivation was the welfare and dignity of those she cared for.

After her tenure as a D.O.N., she opted to retire. This gave her the time to focus on her many interests, which included:

  • • Gardening. She was happiest with her hands in the dirt, and her yard is proof of her passion. At its peak, her yard was a “hidden sanctuary” right in the middle of Richmond, known to only a few.
  • • Arts and Crafts. Her free spirit, “funky” style, talent, and creativity were evident in everything she did (e.g.: needle felting, painting, knitting, sewing).
  • • Environment / nature. Protecting the environment and helping living things were very important to her.
  • • Scrabble and crosswords. Only Terry would know that “za” is a real word and could use it to beat you…
  • • Facebook. Though she initially scorned FB, it became a means by which she connected and communicated with friends (new and old) and shared her interests and opinions.
  • • The Beatles. An avid fan, she always had The Beatles station on XM radio throughout the day. The memorabilia in her home were constant reminders of the love she had for this band. She was fortunate to cross off a bucket list item when she attended a Paul McCartney concert in New York with her son, Brian.

Terry was predeceased by her father, Ken, her brother, David, and her mother, Barbara. She is survived by her husband, Cyrus “Rusty” Kendrick, as well as her sons, Brent Snowden (wife Michelle and grandchildren, Emily and Josh) and Brian Snowden (wife Jessy and granddaughter Kali). Additionally, siblings Gary Gray(wife Sandy and nephews / nieces Josh,

Logan, Noah, Brodie, Samantha, and Chelsea), Lori Boyce (partner Stuart Varisco, nephew Justin and niece Kyla), Shari Johnson (husband Tom), and Suzi Lancaster (husband Hugh, nephew Kyle and niece Ciarra), Additionally, many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, friends, Jabba(her bird), animals, and plants.

Per Terry’s request, the family will not hold a formal ceremony or service. Please remember her as the free-spirited, funky, gypsy soul that she was.

Gil Mark Robert

pic RobertBowdoin- Gil Mark Robert, 56, of Bowdoin, passed away on June 4th, 2020 in Brunswick.

Gil was born, in Brunswick on March 30th, 1964, to Roger P. Sr. and Hope (Timmons) Robert.  He loved soccer and was very competitive in school.  He graduated from Mt. Ararat. 

Gil liked going to Popham Beach for walks and absolutely loved the Florida Gators and the Dallas Cowboys.  He was an extremely hard worker and worked right up to the last month of his illness.  He worked as an autobody technician all his life; first at Robert’s Auto Center in Bowdoinham and his last (current) job at Sanford’s Autobody in West Bath.  Gil was an incredibly good brother, friend, and husband and would do anything for anyone.  He will be greatly missed.

Gil was predeceased by his parents and his baby brother Daniel Robert.

He is survived by his wife Cheryl Robert, his brothers Roger R. Robert, Jr (Ron) and wife Kim , David Robert and wife Rochelle Robert, Shawn Robert, and Paul Robert and his partner Heather Small,  his sister Cathleen Robert-Rice, his step-brother Alan Pomerleau and  wife Michelle, Andy Martin and  wife Shannon, Jay Martin and wife Danielle of Leesville, CA, and Leisha Martin of Buffalo, NY.

Services will be a Bayview Cemetery, in Bowdoinham, on Saturday at 12noon followed immediately by a celebration of Gil’s life at 555 bay Rd., in Bowdoinham.

Doris Davis

davis picApril 20, 2020 Doris Davis of Pownal, Maine passed away peacefully at the age of 85. Doris was healthy and lived independently with minimal assistance right up until her death.

Doris's life consisted of being a homemaker and a mother of 6 children.

While raising 6 children every meal was made from scratch as she loved to cook and spend time with family.

In our family she was known as Grammy D to all of her grandchildren.

Despite having such a large family, she always had a sense of humor and made time for everyone whether it was in person or on the phone especially her lifelong friend Crystal Gustafason.

She was a loving person with a sense of humor who you could call on for advice and a lifetime of wisdom. In addition, she was a big advocate for the outdoors, the sun, the woods, and the ocean, always making the best of things that she could.

The family would like to extend a great thanks to all of the wonderful friends and neighbors that became a part of Doris's life to make her comfortable during her final years.

Doris is survived by 4 children Deborah Jones, Shirley Anderson, Carolyn Davis Mayo and Gordon McManus. 

Grandchildren Robert and Heather Jones, Danielle LeClair, Trish Merrill, Cory and Julie Groves and 5 Great Grandchildren She is predeceased by her husband Nathan Davis, sons Timothy and John McManus and grandson Scott LeClair.

The family will be holding a small private service in the late Summer

 at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta. Doris will be laid to rest finally reunited with her husband Nathan Davis.  There will be a celebration of life/family picnic, at her favorite place to visit, “Winslow Park" in Freeport, Maine.

In Lieu of flowers a donation made be made in her name to the Freeport Community Services Inc.  53 Depot Street Freeport, Maine 04032

Gretchen Greenleaf

GretchenWestport Island-Gretchen Greenleaf, 47, passed with her loving mother and brother holding her at Maine General Medical Center, Augusta on Sabbath, June 6, 2020.

Gretchen was born on Wednesday, November 29, 1972 at Parkview Hospital, Brunswick to Frankie T. Greenleaf Jr., and Karen Cunningham Greenleaf.  The family was complete as she joined her older brother Tyler.

Gretchen faced many physical challenges but always maintained her sweet, patient, loving spirit.  She enjoyed music and her pets, but most of all loved family and friends.  Gretchen also enjoyed many family outings to Walt Disney World and the Great Smoky Mountains as well as lots of day trips to unknown destinations.

She was lovingly cared for at home for 45 years by family and a few special caregivers.  The past few years she was a resident at Klearview Manor in Fairfield where she received excellent care. 

Gretchen’s beloved dad passed to his rest just months ago on August 29, 2019.  She is survived by her mother Karen Greenleaf, brother Tyler Greenleaf, Nephew Noah Greenleaf, sister in-law Anne E. Clifford, several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.  As well as her Brunswick Seventh Day Adventist Church Family.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, June 21st at 3pm at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Birch Point Rd., Wiscasset.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357

Sherry M. (Robinson) Rice

picture RICEWoolwich – Sherry M. (Robinson) Rice passed away into the arms of her Lord on May 22, 2020.  She was born on May 26, 1938 to Roger and Marguerite Robinson.  She attended Bath Schools, graduating from Morse High School in 1956.  She and Sgt. Wilford E Rice (US Army) married on December 28 of that year and remained so until his death in 2011.  She devoted herself as a homemaker for their three sons in many places such as Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Germany and in their last residence of Woolwich.  She was a very selfless person, always putting others first. Her warm smile always welcomed you.  She had a great passion for all the dogs they had throughout the years.  She was an accomplished pianist and accordion player. Sherry played piano for the North Woolwich Church for many years.  Her favorite times were spent with her family and friends. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Her presence will surely be missed by so many people, but her spirit will always be with us and we find comfort knowing she is with the Lord.

She is predeceased by her mother and father and her husband.

She leaves behind her children Roger Rice and his wife Vicky of Virginia Beach, Va, Wilford (Andy) Rice and his wife Diana of Bowdoin, Me, and Clifford Rice and his wife Jenniferlynn of Richmond, Me; grandchildren Maegan Rice, Laura Stitham, Hayley Barclay and her husband Kyle, Ryan Rice, Ethan Rice and his wife Cheyenne, Adriana Fehlau and her husband Joshua, Joshua Anderson and his fiance Lindsay, Elijah Rice and his fiancé Cara Amador, Rowan Rice, Sarah-Helen Rice, Gideon Rice; great-grandchildren Blake McMahan, Nora Barclay, Henry Barclay, Charlotte Stitham, Oliver Stitham, Melissa Rice, Persephone Anderson, Clare Anderson, Haley Anderson, sisters Shirley Pizziferri and her husband Frank of Fla, and Taffy Wagner and her husband Eric of Bath, Me and many nephews and nieces

The family asks that donations be made to Chop Point Camp, 420 Chopps Point Road, Woolwich, Me 04579.

Services will be held at a later date

Barry A. Barter

Richmond-Barry A. Barter, 77, of Main St., passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at his home, with  his brother and sister in-law by his side.

He was born in Bath on April 11, 1943 the son of Alton Barter Sr., and Velma (Longley).

He was predeceased by his parents, step father Edwin Lebel and half brother Dennis Lebel.  Barry is survived by his brother Alton Barter and wife Barbara, two nephews Dale and Hal, and their families, two step sisters, two sisters in-law and a brother in-law.

He had lived with Barbara and Alton for over 20 years.  Barry grew up in an extended loving family.  Anyone that knew Barry could not help but love him.

A graveside services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357.

Akemi Frizzle

picFRIZZLEBowdoinham – Akemi Frizzle, 83, of Bowdoinham passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at her home.

Akemi was born in Kagoshima, Japan on Jan. 06, 1937 to Kizuo and Sano (Sakamoto) Yanagihara.

In 1959 Akemi met her future husband, Gordon Frizzle, while he was stationed in Japan while he in the U.S. Military.  Akemi and Gordon married on Nov. 24, 1961 and the moved to the U.S. in 1962, settling in Bowdoinham, Maine, where they would live and raise their family.

Akemi was an avid gardener and would enjoy spending time tending her flowers.  Akemi’s greatest love was for her family and she especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

 

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Howard Marvin Kenney

Kenney Howard pic 2Kenney Howard pic 1Howard Marvin Kenney of Woolwich, ME passed away peacefully on May 9, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family at the age of 87 years.

He is survived by his beloved children Jean S McGuigan, Joan E Kenney, Howard C Kenney of Woolwich, ME and Phyllis H Kenney of Farmingdale, ME. His grandchildren & great grandchildren Joshua, Leah, Sophie & Joseph Norton of Farmingdale, ME, Kurt Kenney of Richmond, ME, Danielle, Benjamin, Anabelle & Connor Barry of Farmingdale, ME, Sarah, Jason & Liam McGuigan – Aarons of Woolwich, ME, Nicole & Nicholas Noble of Richmond, ME and James Kenney.

Howard was born on June 5, 1932 in Litchfield, ME to Clifton C & Hazel B (Seddon) Kenney. He was the one of ten children. He was pre-deceased by his beloved wife of 62 years Gloria A (Cray) Kenney, siblings: Ronald C Kenney, Warren A Kenney & his wives Joanne M and Alice M, Russell A Kenney & his wife Barbara M, Elwin O Kenney and his sister Roxene L Knight and brother in law John T Daly. Surviving siblings are Fred M Kenney & his wife Penny G, Jean Daly, Gerald A Kenney & his wife Vickie J, and Marjorie R Perry & her husband Gary R (Mike). He also enjoyed all of his nephews, nieces and their families.

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Priscilla J Allen

PriscillaDresden-Priscilla Jean Allen, 84, died on April 1, 2020 at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick.

She was born on January 14, 1936 in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of George and Sarah Allen.

Priscilla worked as a teacher and speech therapist for the Augusta School Department for many years.

Priscilla enjoyed collecting teddy bears, wildlife painting, and wildlife sculptures.

She was predeceased by her parents and a brother George C. Allen Jr.   Priscilla is survived by her nephew George C. Allen III and wife Pauline, great nephew George C. Allen the IV and wife Cathy, and great great nephew George C. Allen V.

Funeral service will be announced at a later date.

 

Joan B. Ladner

LadnerWestbrook - Joan B. Ladner, 82, of Jefferson passed away on March 31, 2020 at Avita of Stroudwater in Westbrook, from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

Joan was born on December 8th, 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts to Ralph M. and Barbara (Shorey) Barter. She attended schools in Newton, MA and was active as a drum majorette before graduating from Newton High School in 1955. 

Joan married Craig Ladner of Newton, MA in 1956 and they celebrated 50 happy years together.  Joan was the proud mother of three active boys who grew up in Maynard, MA through high school.  She was a Den Mother for Cub Scouts and Webelos. She and Craig were active with the Band Boosters at Maynard High and participated in the band exchange programs. 

Joan enjoyed camping with her family over the years and made many lifelong summer friends at the former Wilderness Campground in Norway, ME.  A decision to relocate the family from Maynard to year-round residence in Norway in 1977 was a big adventure for all.  Years later they moved to Kennebunk, ME for Craig’s work, and she and Craig took up camping again at Sherwood Forest in New Harbor, ME.  They loved spending time around the Midcoast and eventually settled in Jefferson, ME for their retirement years.

Joan began work at Boston Edison. Later, she worked as a draftsperson for Ark-les Switch Corp in Watertown, MA, Data Terminal Systems in Maynard, MA and at Chu Associates in Harvard, MA.   Once in Maine she continued to work as a draftsperson, for Cornwall Wood Products in South Paris, ME and then Shively Labs in Bridgton, ME before retiring.

Joan was an avid knitter, quilter and all around crafty type.  The whole family, especially her five granddaughters, fondly remembers her hand-knitted hats, mittens, sweaters, and homemade bed quilts.  In Jefferson, she was active in the local Grange, the Bunker Hill Community Center, the Bunker Hill “Preserve the View” group, a ‘stitch-and-bitch’ crafting group, as well as volunteering for the Strawberry Festival and other events with the Bunker Hill Church Ladies Aid Society.

Joan was predeceased by her parents, her loving husband Craig, and her brother Robert.  “Ya mutha” is survived by sons Wayne Ladner, of Richmond, ME, Keith Ladner and his wife, Debra, of Norway, ME, and Dale Ladner and his wife, Kathleen, of Casco, ME; five granddaughters, Becki, Sarah, Michelle, Brittany and Kelcey; great-grandsons Alan, Davin, Edward, Westley and great grand-daughters Jordan and Hannah, nieces, nephews and cousins scattered across the US; and daughter-in-law Yvonne Brunelle, of Charlottesville, VA.

The family is grateful to the in-home support staff at One2One Home Care in Newcastle, and especially to all the folks who cared for her (especially Cindy!) at Avita of Stroudwater in Westbrook in her final years.

No funeral services are planned at this time. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org) or the Bunker Hill Church/ Ladies Aid Society, c/o Mark Johnston, 244 Kerns Hill Rd, Manchester, ME 04351.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357.