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Graduates Class of 1934

Kenneth Robert Anderson Dorothy Jane Andrews Pauline Mae Bassett
Homer Frederick Berry Thomas Howard Berry David Louis Byer
William Frederick Campbell Mary Theresa Canavan Mary Edith Carey
Joan Elizabeth Carter William Arthur Carlow Kenneth Wilbert Cavanagh
Margaret Elizabeth Chisholm John Francis Chisholm Evelyn Pauline Cotton
Julia Jeanette Davidson June Carol Fitzsimmons David Reynolds Foster
Verna Marguerette Gibson Sallie Osgood Gardner Robert John Gillis
Norman Thomas Gleason Charles William Graham
(Colby College)
Erwin Linwood Grant
Frances Irene Grant Greta Roslie Hall Helen Pauline Hall
Lillian Beatrice Harmon Eleanor Geraldine Hayes Doris Phyllis Hickey
Edith Mary Holm Velma Maxine Kyle Pauline Dow Lee
Eula Mae Lowe Gordon Dean Mabey Calla Rae Magoon
Philip Robert Maguire Janice Elizabeth Marshall Ross Angus McInnis
Edward McKay William A. Mitchell Florence Louise Mowatt
Emily Lavina Noddin Thelma Marion O'Neil Mary Elizabeth Pain
Lila Margaret Perkins Harold Joseph Phelan George A. Pierce
Dean Rideout Roberta Robinson William Franklin Robinson
Donald Emmons Ross Adelbert Robinson Seelye Philip Rodman Sharpe
Doris Evelyn Simpson   Lois Eileen Simpson
William Nelson Skidds Edith Mary Smith Eleanor Muriel Stanhope
Vergie Mae Stanhope Gladys Irene Stewart Norris Alvin Tarbell
Margaret Marion Tori
(Teacher, Perry ME)
Sarah Elizabeth Trimble
(Teacher Winster ME)
Leo Jerome Walsh
Dorothy Beatrice Wasson John Nicholas Wellman Louise Phyllis Wellock
Marie Elva Wheelock Philip Theodore Wheelock Ann Mary Donovan

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Dorothy J. Andrews Burns, 91, Calais, died peacefully Monday, July 24, 2006,Andrews surrounded by her family, at a Calais hospital. Dorothy was born Jan. 14, 1915, in Calais, the daughter of the late Thomas and Elizabeth Andrews. She lived most of her life on Hinckley Hill where she spent many hours planning and working in her flower garden. Dorothy was an avid reader and supporter of the Calais Free Library. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, St. Croix Valley International Garden Club and the St. Croix Historical Society. In recent years, her garden has been the location of many wedding ceremonies. Dorothy married Barry H. Burns in 1935. She was predeceased by her husband in 1985; a sister, Geraldine Tuell; a brother, Thomas Jennings; and a good friend, Earl Caughey. She is survived by her son, Barry Burns of Calais; four daughters, Sandra Patridge-Scott and husband, Wendell, of Statesboro, Ga., Geraldine Wentworth and Bonnie Eberhart, both of Calais and Linda Landry and husband, Bruce, of Rochester, N.H.; seven grandchildren; six great-grand-children; a sister, Lillian Marino and her daughter, Jane Marino, of Calais; nieces, Barbara Swenson and husband, Pete, of Bangor, Pat Tocchio and husband, Mike, of Calais and Kay Booth of St. Stephen, New Brunswick; and a nephew, Webber Burns of Milltown, New Brunswick. Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Fr. Frank Morin officiating. Burial will be held at Calais Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dorothy's memory may be made to the charity of one's choice. Friends may pay tribute at [Bangor Daily News. Provided by John Adams & Marilyn Strout] 

Pauline Bassett Apt Obituary [provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]

Homer Berry. Obituary [provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]

William F. Campbell Obituary [provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 042009

Mary "Mame" Canavan Olsson. Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 120909 My dad, and mom and my aunt Virginia Olsson, all graduated from Calais Academy, and are missed, and loved very much by their family. Love is eternal, and they will never be forgotten.  

Kenneth W. Cavanagh Obituary [provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 042009

Margaret Chisholm Hanson Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks.] 022811 

E. Pauline Cotton died Oct. 1, 2006, at a Houlton health care facility. She was born Dec. 26, 1916, in New Glascow, Nova Scotia, the daughter of the Rev. Canon Percy G. and Evelyn D. (Smith) Cotton. Pauline was a graduate of Calais Academy High School and Netherwood School for Girls, Rothesay, New Brunswick. She remained at the school for several years as an instructor and tutor. She later trained at the Montreal General Hospital School of Nursing, where she graduated with the highest honors in the province of Quebec, as a registered nurse. She returned to Houlton where she spent many years in private nursing. She later joined the staff of the Houlton Regional Hospital and remained there 45 years until her retirement in 1987. Pauline was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd - Episcopal in Houlton. She was predeceased by her sister, Ruth Moniz; and brother, David H. Cotton. Pauline is survived by her brother, C. Medley Cotton and wife, Joyce, of Hermon; nieces and nephews, Andrea Nicknair and husband, Marc, of Glenburn, Vicki White and husband, Richard, of Bangor, James Cotton and wife, Donna, of Glenburn, Ellen Cotton of North Yarmouth, David Moniz and wife, Lori, of Aurora, Ohio, Marsha Carney and husband, Scott, of Freehold, N.J., and Pamela Cesaro and husband, Nicholas, of Succasunna, N.J.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Dunn Funeral Home, Houlton. In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to the Church of the Good Shepherd Memorial Fund, in care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730. [provided by John Adams]

Julia Jeanette Davidson Connors of Duxbury, formerly of Marshfield and West Roxbury, died Wednesday, May 30, 2007, in Duxbury. She was 90. Born in Calais, Maine, she came from Irish, Scottish and French Canadian stock, with most of her ancestors having emigrated from Canada to the United States. She was a daughter of the late Fred Le Roy Davidson and Helena Chapais Davidson. Mrs. Connors was educated in Calais schools. She earned her degree as a registered nurse in 1938 from the Calais Hospital School of Nursing. She never lost her appreciation for the idyllic beauty of her surroundings in Down East Maine near the Canadian border. At the age of 22, she moved to Boston and became employed by Charlesgate Hospital on Memorial Drive. The following year, her spirit of adventure took her to the now-famous 1939 World’s Fair in New York City. While later working at Waltham Hospital, she met her future husband and married in 1941. Her husband was drafted during World War II, and Mrs. Connors returned to Calais. At the end of the war, she moved to Boston to be with her husband after his discharge from the Army. There, after a variety of temporary addresses, they took up permanent residence in West Roxbury where they lived for more than 50 years. Skilled at the piano and flute, Mrs. Connors instilled in her children an appreciation for education as well as an affection for the arts and a love of the outdoors. She was especially fond of music, ballet and theater. She enjoyed time at Nantasket Beach, picnics at the lake, fireworks on the Common and visits to the zoo. An avid gardener, she loved tulips, dahlias, evening primroses, azaleas along with most other flowers. She was also an avid reader and letter writer. She kept up with the news and with learning. Mrs. Connors was devoutly religious. She leaves her husband of 65 years, John H. Connors; seven children, Mary Barstow of Falmouth, Joseph Connors of Pawling, N.Y., Eileen McKee of Ipswich, Christopher Connors of Bellingham, Patricia Connors of Brookline, Michael Connors of Cambridge and Caroline Marzelli of Marshfield; one sister, Mary Tapley of Portland, Maine; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces. She was sister of the late Charlene, Jack and Charlie Davidson. Her funeral was held Saturday, June 2, from the MacDonald Funeral Home, Marshfield, followed by a funeral Mass in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Green Harbor. Burial was in Mount Benedict Cemetery, West Roxbury. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Assumption Church, P.O. Box 368, Green Harbor, MA 02041. 

Sr. Ann Mary Donovan, RSM, 97, (Rita Sarah Donovan), died as she lived, quietly and peacefully, at Mercy Hospital, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, after a short illness. She was born in Calais on Jan. 26, 1916, a daughter of John William Donovan and Annie Isabel Gayton. She graduated from Calais Academy and Lewiston High School. Prior to her entrance into the Sisters of Mercy at 39 years old, she worked as a bookkeeper for several years. In 1955, Sr. Ann Mary entered the Sisters of Mercy from St. Joseph’s Parish in Lewiston. While completing her religious formation, she worked in the business office at Mercy Hospital. In 1963, Sr. Ann Mary accepted a position as electrocardiograph technician at the hospital, a position she held until her retirement in 1984. In her retirement years, she became a volunteer in the Pastoral Care Department at Mercy Hospital. Sr. Ann Mary’s gifted qualities of calmness, gentleness and compassion served her well as she stopped in to see the patients. Her kind smile, loving heart and prayerful demeanor made her near and dear to not only the patients, but their families and the employees as well. She formed lasting bonds with the families, and one wrote in to thank her for her “quiescent kindness.” Whenever possible, Sr. Ann Mary attended the wakes and funerals of former patients as part her of her Mercy presence to others. In the 1990s, Sr. Ann Mary fully retired from Mercy Hospital and moved to St. Joseph’s Convent, (Motherhouse) where she assisted with internal duties. In 2004, she moved to the newly established Frances Warde Convent on Capisic St., Portland, where she resided until her recent illness. She recently enjoyed a trip around Casco Bay with her dear friend, 102-year-old Sr. M. Louise Landry. We know she is now rejoicing, as she faithfully lived by her religious motto, "Thy will be done." In addition to her parents, Sr. Ann Mary Donovan was predeceased by her siblings, Gerald Donovan, Doris Donovan, Dorothy Donovan McGovern; and her brother-in-law, Joseph McGovern. She is survived by a brother, John D. Donovan; two nieces, Rita Vincent and her husband, Leo, and Nancy Boilard and her husband, Daniel; several great-nieces and -nephews; and great-great-nieces and -nephews; as well as her sisters in community. [Sun Journal 10/19/13 Marilyn Strout] 

Sallie Gardner Oppedisano, R.N., 92, of Wayland, Mass., formerly of Portland, died April 12, 2009 at her daughter's home in West Palm Beach, Fla. Sallie was born on Feb. 23, 1917, a daughter of Benjamin E. and Sarah E. Osgood Gardner in Calais. She was educated in local schools and was a graduate of Calais Academy. She moved to Portland in 1934 furthering her education at Maine General Hospital School of Nursing, graduating and becoming a registered nurse. Sallie did private duty nursing at Maine General Hospital for 25 years. She worked at the Osteopathic Hospital in the Rehab Unit for 10 years, retiring in 1977. She was a communicant of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church. Sallie was a former member of the Golden Age Auxiliary of Osteopathic Alumni of Maine General Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband, Samuel J. Oppedisano in February of 1998; two brothers, Benjamin E. Gardner, Jr. and John Gardner, a sister, Mary Elizabeth Richards; and a granddaughter, Angelique Abraham. Surviving are four daughters, Dawna Colley and her husband Edward of Ipswich, Mass., Sandra Abraham of Windham, Sally Ann Giuliani and her husband Richard of West Palm Beach, Fla. and Wayland, Mass., Mary Ellen Sandoval and her husband Tito of Chatsworth, Calif., a son, Samuel J. Oppedisano, Jr. and his companion Janice Hemingway of The Villages, Fla,; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. A private graveside service will be held in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland at a later date. Arrangements made by Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland, Online condolences may be expressed to the family at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sallie's memory to: Hospice of Palm Beach County 5300 East Ave.West Palm Beach, FL 33407 Sallie G. Oppedisano. [Published in the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on 4/26/2009. Provided by Sharon Howland] 042609

Robert Gillis. Obituary provided by Thelma Eye Brooks.  

Frances Grant Hall. Obituary provided by Thelma Eye Brooks. 

Greta Hall. Greta Rosalie (Hall) Ridieger born in Carmel, ME, August 9, 1916, 88 years young, passed away peacefully after a short illness at Holy Cross Hospital, Ft. Lauderdale, February 6, 2005. Gone to be with her God, her husband Hermann Harold, her sisters Mona (Fred) and Irene (Rip) and all her beloved pets who predeceased her in death. Survived by her daughter Kathy Heinly (Jim) of Miami, her son H. Hall Riediger (Margaret) of Port St. Lucie, granddaughters Patricia Bishop (Joe), Helen Riediger, Michele Sanders (Steve), Jean Riediger, and 6 great grandchildren Sara, Zachory, Bo, Dakota, Tyler and Logan. Also survived by numerous cousins in Canada and Germany. Greta was a founding member of the Lauderdale-By-the-Sea Garden Club, Lauderdale-By-the-Sea Womens Club and the Community Church of Lauderdale-By-the-Sea. She was also a member of PEO, the DAR Fontenada Chapter, and the Mayflower Society Stephen Hopkins Colony. A loving, caring wife and mother she will be greatly missed by her family and by her many friends who brought her so much joy and with whom she had so much fun. A 1934 graduate of Calais Academy in Calais, ME, she met her husband in Bermuda at the Princess Hotel and they had 62 years together before his death in 1998. A true inspiration to those around her, she cared for her husband through the long years of Alzheimers with patience, fortitude and determination and never lost or questioned her faith in God. A gracious lady, she thanked all those who took care of her for their kindness and gentleness right up to the end. A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held at the Community Church of Lauderdale-By-the-Sea, 4433 Bougainvillea Drive, Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to HospiceCare of Southeast Florida, Inc, 309 SE 18 Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 [] 

Helen Pauline Hall White, 68, died unexpectedly Dec. 18, 1984, at a Calais Hospital. She was born 7/20/1916 in Calais, the daughter of Ralph and Ella Cole Hall. She was predeceased by her sister, Lily Hall Ryan in 1977.  She was educated in Calais Schools, graduating from the Immaculate Conception Convent School and from Calais Academy in 1934. She came to Woodland in 1935 and had lived with her husband in Portland, Salem NH and Derry NH until 1977 until they retired to Woodland. She was a communicant of St. James the Greater Catholic Church of Woodland, a long-time member of the Rotary, the Altar Society and St. James Sodality. She is survived by her husband, Ernest J White, of Woodland; one son Ernest A. "Bill" White of Woodland; two daughters, Mrs. Joan Greenlaw and Mrs. Alvin (Patsy) Hanson, both of Woodland; twelve grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. [Bangor Daily News 12/20/1984] 

Ms. Eleanor G. Hayes, of Waltham, died Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at Lexington Health Care Center. She was 96. Eleanor was born in Calais, Maine on February 11, 1915, a daughter of the late David and Mary (Burgess) Hayes. She moved to Waltham at the age of 18 and worked at the Waltham Watch Factory and for the Raytheon Corporation. During World War II she worked at the Arsenal in Watertown and for over 35 years she owned and operated Eleanor Hayes Beauty Salon on Moody Street. She was the wife of the late Guy Bottari and sister of the late Jack Hayes, William Hayes, Florence Hayes, Cecilia Hayes, Gladys Hayes, Ilene Cook, Mary Murphy and Helena Lawless. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Family and friends will honor and remember Eleanor's life by gathering at the celebration of her Funeral Mass at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2012 in The Blessed Sacrament Chapel of Saint Charles Borromeo Church, 51 Hall Street, Waltham. Burial will follow in Mount. Feake Cemetery, Waltham. To share a memory or offer condolences please visit [Provided by Scott Lawless.] 

Velma M. 'Nana' Kyle Waycotte, 83, formerly of Falmouth, died Sunday at the Baron Center in Portland. She was born in Calais, a daughter of Alexander and Christine Hay Kyle. She graduated from Calais High School as valedictorian and later worked on the Great Quoddy Dam project. In 1937, she married John Waycotte and moved to the southern Maine area. Mrs. Waycotte enjoyed yard sales, shopping with her children and being a mother and grandmother. Surviving are her husband of 61 years, John Waycotte of Portland; two sons, John Waycotte of Standish and Erlon Waycotte of Falmouth; three daughters, Darlene Nevers of Baldwin, Donna Waycotte O'Malley of Buxton and Cheryl Parent of Limington; 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at Tory Hill Congregational Church. The Rev. Charles Storey of East Waterboro Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Forest City Cemetery, South Portland. Arrangements are by Dennett, Craig and Pate Funeral Home, Buxton. [Portland Press Herald 3/29/99. Provided by Sharon Howland.] 

Thelma M. O'Neill Cookson, 84, of Bow Street, Freeport, died June 21, 2001, at a Brunswick hospital.  Born in Calais, a daughter of John and Berla McCoubrey O'Neill, she graduated from Calais Academy in 1934 and moved to Freeport in 1940, where she resided ever since.  Mrs. Cookson worked for several shoe manufacturers in Freeport over the years. She retired from Eastland Shoe Co. in 1989. She was a member of the Casco Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Her hobbies included crocheting, reading, doing crossword puzzles and watching old movies. Her husband, Charles Alden Cookson, died in 1976. Surviving are two sons, John E. Cookson of Pownal and Ronald A. Crookston of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; a sister, Mrs. Kenneth (Berla) Allen of Freeport; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A graveside memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Burr Cemetery. Arrangements are by Lindquist Funeral Home, Yarmouth. [Portland, ME Press Herald, 26 June 2001.  [Obituary provided by Sharon Howland and Marilyn Strout.]

Philip Sharpe, 81, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 1998, at an Augusta hospital. He was born in Houlton, March 9, 1917, the son of Sidney and Edith (Briggs) Sharpe. Mr. Sharpe attended Aroostook County schools and graduated from Calais Academy. It was there that he met his future wife, Evelyn (Magoon), and on Jan. 8, 1938, they were married in Calais by the Rev. Chester B. Oliver. Philip and Evelyn were blessed by having the opportunity to celebrate 60 happy years together this past January. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, and more specifically, in the Occupational Troops in Nagasaki. After World War II, Philip worked with his father and brother in S.R. Sharpe & Sons Wood Turning Mill, and followed, for many years, as a salesman for oil equipment companies throughout the northeast. In the 1950's, he was nominated for Congress by the Republican Party. In the 1960's, he and his son, Frank, owned and operated P.R. Sharpe & Sons builders. Following his retirement, he worked as a courier for Smith Kline Beecham Laboratories for 13 years. Philip and Evelyn have been members of Penney Memorial Baptist Church for many years, where Phil participated in the Living Christmas Tree. He was a member of the Christian Civic League, commander of the National Association of Atomic Veterans, Maine Chapter, and was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Sharpe was predeceased by his brother, Elwin Sharpe. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; his son, Frank Rodman Sharpe and his wife, Jean of Hampden; his daughter, Betty Prescott and her husband, Glenn of Camden; his sister, Dorothy Sharpe of Palm Coast, Fla.; three grandsons, Gregory Sharpe and his wife, Karen of Charlotte, N.C., Douglas Sharpe of Steamboat, Colo., and Jason Sharpe of Hampden; his two granddaughters, Lori Hamilton of Hershey, Pa.; and Amanda Sharpe of Hampden; his great-granddaughter Moriah Sharpe of Charlotte, N.C.; and he was much-loved by several nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren, and step-great-grandchildren. Visiting hours will be held 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Knowlton & Hewins Funeral Home, One Church Street, Augusta. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at Penney Memorial Baptist Church, Augusta, with the Rev. Dr. Robert Beaumont officiating; Burial will be held at a later time in Maine Veterans memorial Cemetery, Civic Center Drive, Augusta. Contributions in Mr. Sharpe's memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Maine Affiliate, Inc., P.O. Box 346, Augusta 04332-0346; or to the American Diabetes Association, Maine Affiliate, P.O. Box 2208, Augusta 04338-2208. [A-CHS 11/98] 

Lois Simpson Moore Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]

Edith Smith Perry Obituary  [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 120809

Eleanor Muriel Stanhope, BRADENTON, Fla. - Eleanor Merchant-Wasson, 81, of Bradenton and formerly of Bath, Maine, died Monday, Dec. 22, 1997. She was born in St. Stevens, New Brunswick, on July 14, 1916, the daughter of Charles and Hazel Noble. She graduated from the Bath Memorial School of Nursing in 1939. She was married to Russell S. Merchant on Dec. 25, 1941. They lived in Bath until 1978, when they moved to Bradenton. He died in 1985. She married Clifford Wasson in December, 1990. Mrs. Merchant-Wasson was a member of the Eastern Star of Bath, the Bath Nursing Alumni Association and the Oneco United Methodist Church in Bradenton. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Jere Parker, and two sisters, Freda McLellan and Doris McLellan. She was predeceased by a brother, Alan Noble. A memorial service will be held at the Oneco United Methodist Church on Monday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. Committal will be in Bath in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one's choice. [Provided by Carole Boynton] 

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