Calais Academy

Class of 1935

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Graduates Class of 1935

Charles Franklin Adams Rodney Edwin Boynton Lois Ella Brown
Edwin Byer Virginia Amy Campbell James Edmund Casey
Michael Alphonsus Casey Vincent Checchi
(University of ME)
Beatrice Lillian Clark
Evelyn Lorraine Cookson Philip Corrigan
(University of ME)
Romona Elizabeth Cottrell
Winifred Mae Creamer
(Mrs. Philip P. Violette)
Audrey L. Crosby
(Mrs. John Dudley)
Eva Florence Dawe
Charlotte Louise Dimitre
(University of ME)
Ronald Glen Findlay Emogene I. Flood
Ypres K. Foley Ethel G. Gillis Elizabeth Maude Gower
Earle E. Grant George Arthur Greenlaw
(U.S. Marines)
Bernice Elizabeth Haddock
Lillian Ada Hatt Bertha Louise Holm Helen Emma Jacobs
Kenneth Johnson Margaret Edna Johnson Robert Harris Jones
Kenneth A. Kallenberg Pauline Margaret Kelley Estella Rose Kent
Mary Maude Kirk Frances Leeman Walter K. Lewis
George Elden Libby Philip Alexander Libby Juanita Helen Matthews
Florence Gertrude McArthur James Austin McFarlane

Durrell John McFarlane

William Harvey McFarlane Mary Louise McInnis Philip James McLain
Olin Curtis Morgan George Malcolm Mowatt Evelyn Mullevey
Marguerite Elizabeth Murdock
(Mrs. Erwin Grant)
John M. Noble Raymond Lane Noble
Laura Griggs O'Brien John Hayes O'Hara Christina Florence Olsson
(Mrs. O'Brien)
Orville Olsson James Bernard O'Neill Margaret Bettina Rigley
Annie Georgia Ripley Edward Melvin Robinson Marcia Avis Ross
Maurice Russell Smith Grace Elizabeth Thompson Helen Irene Thompson
Robert James Thompson Druscilla Maxine Townsend Verne Albert Townsend
Hope Wynne Trainor David L. Twiss
(Wentworth Institute)
Earl Wade
(Colby College)
Thelma Cecille Williams Sterling M. Carter Dorothy Donovan
Class Flower: Talisman Rose
Class Colors: Blue & Silver
Motto: Build for Character, not for Fame

President: Michael Casey
Vice President: Annie Ripley
Secretary & Treasurer: Orville Olsson

Faculty 1934 - 35
Fred A. Tarbox - Chemistry & Physics
E. Lou Hill - Latin, Mathematics & Orchestra
Mollie F. Hanson - English
Elspeth N. Larner - French
Mary E. Bates - History, Civics, Dramatics
Mary H. Fleming - Bookkeeping, Geography, Commercial Arithmetic
Esther Taylor - Shorthand, Typewriting, Economics
Virginia Olsson - Shorthand, Typewriting, Commercial Arithmetic, English
Harland L. Keay - Submaster, Biology, English, Civics, Sociology, Basketball, Baseball, Track
William O'Neil - In charge of Academy Building

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Charles Franklin Adams and his spouse, the former Irene Clarke, of Cooper, lived in Plainville, CT.  Charles had retired after working for many years with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, now United Technologies, in the Southington CT. plant.  Charles & Irene have three children, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Served in US Navy during World War II in Pacific & North Atlantic. Charles passed away 9 April 2002. 

Sterling M. Carter 5th Grade Photo Obituary  [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 042009 

James Casey Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 042009 

Michael Casey Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 

Beatrice Clark Crooker died October 5, 2009 at Calais. She was born in Cooper daughter of Fred and Ethel (Dodge) Clark. She was a registered nurse, owner with her husband Lawrence of rental cottages in Rockwood, Maine and a real estate operation in Sarasota Florida. Among survivors are her sister Virginia Walker of Robbinston and Tim Jundt and family of Alexander. [A-CHS Newsletter February 2010] 

Charlotte D. Dimitre Connolly, 78, of Edwards Street died Saturday from injuries sustained in an accident.  She was born in Calais, a daughter of Michael and Marion Lello Dimitre, and graduated from Calais Academy in 1935 and from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1939. From 1940 to 1945, Mrs. Connolly worked as a dietician at the Eye and Ear Infirmary in Portland. From 1960 until retirement, she worked for Porteous Mitchell. She was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church. [Portland Press Herald 11/29/1995]

Dorothy Donovan McGovern, 66, of 19 Lowell St., Lewiston, died Wednesday at Maine Medical Center at Portland, following a long illness. Born in Milltown NB 1/14/1917, the daughter of John and Annie Gayton Donovan. She was educated at Immaculate School of Conception and Calais Academy, both at Calais. Mrs. McGovern was a member of St. Joseph's Church, the Queen's Guild Sodality, Legion of Mary and was Eucharistic Minister at St. Joseph's Church. She was a member of  the Lewiston and Sabattus Senior Citizens. Survivors include her husband, Joseph of  Lewiston; one sister, Sr. Ann Mary Donovan, RSN of Mercy Hospital, Portland; one brother John Donovan of Lewiston; and two nieces Rita Vincent of Auburn and Nancy Bolliard of  South Windham. [The Lewiston Daily Sun 6/23/1983] 

Eva Dawe Lord, 90, of Washington Street died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at her residence [Bath]. She was born in Woodland on May 18, 1918, a daughter of Leo Richard and Edith (Fenderson) Dawe. She graduated from Calais Academy and attended business college in New Brunswick, Canada. She graduated from Bath Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She was employed as a registered nurse at Peck Memorial Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Bath Memorial Hospital in Bath, and as an office nurse for Dr. Virginia Hamilton. She was a volunteer at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath for several years and at a local hospital for 12,000 hours, serving as patient representative and director of volunteers. She was a corporator of Bath Memorial Hospital; a member of the auxiliary, serving on the auxiliary board; a 30-year member of the Bath Garden Club; a member of the Sabino Improvement Association; and a communicant of Corliss Street Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Col. Dummer Sewall Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution for 50 years and a member of Daughters of American Colonists. Surviving are her husband of 68 years, Daniel L. Lord Jr. of Bath; one son, Richard Daniel Lord and his wife, Elizabeth, of Brentwood, N.H.; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Powers and her husband, Marc, of Sanford, and Richard Daniel Lord Jr. and his wife, Alicia, of Brunswick; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richard O. Dawe of Auburn, and Gerald W. Dawe of Keller, Texas; several cousins and nieces; and a nephew. A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on May 17 at the United Methodist Church on Oak Grove Avenue in Bath. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Bath. A gathering of family and friends will follow at the Church Fellowship Hall. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011. Arrangements are by Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High St., Bath. Condolences may be expressed at [Brunswick,Maine Times Record 3/31/2009 provided by Marilyn Strout] 

Roland G. Findlay Jr., 83, of Hillside Road, formerly of Timonium, Md., died April 6, 2001, at a local hospital. He was born in Houlton, a son of Roland G. and Josephine Donovan Findlay, and graduated from Calais Academy, where he was valedictorian. He retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel after serving in World War II. He worked for American Can Co., retiring in 1976. in Lubec and here. He retired in 1976 from American Can Co. in Baltimore, Md. He was a Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus in Lubec, and was a member of the Lubec Lions Club, where he was a past King Lion. A daughter, Jan Marie Findlay, died in 1952. Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Opal Mulholland Findlay of Portland; a son, Roland G. III of San Jose, Calif.; a daughter, Jane E. Loranger of Saco; five sisters, Mary Wallace and Jacqueline Carter, both of Lubec, Jean Owen of Coloma, Mich., Bette Morley of Sunburst, Mont., and Patricia Minzy of Lubec; and two granddaughters. Visiting hours will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Jones, Rich and Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Stevens Avenue, Portland. Burial will be in Maine Veterans Cemetery, Augusta. 

Ethel G. Gillis Christopher. passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Waterville. Ethelle was born March 8, 1917, in Calais, to Robert and Mary (Cloney) Gillis. She graduated from Calais Academy in 1935 and Farmington Normal School in 1938, and earned her master's degree from University of Maine at Farmington in 1971. It was at Farmington that she got the nickname "Hezzie," which would stay with her forever. In high school and college she excelled in basketball, earning her a gold basketball charm as a senior at Farmington. In 1939 Hezzie married Randall Stol,t and in 1948 she married Everett A. Christopher. She was an active communicant of the St. Sebastian Catholic Church. Hezzie taught in the Madison school system for 30 years. Hezzie had a great love for her community and was always involved in many civic organizations. She unselfishly donated hundreds and hundreds of hours to the community. She was currently the secretary of the Anson-Madison Sanitary District, a member and past president of the Somerset Retired Teachers Association, and a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and the March of Dimes. Hezzie was a 65-year charter member of the GFWC/Madison Woman's Club, a Maine School Administrative District 59 School Board director for 20 years, just retiring this year, past member of the Madison Kiwanis Club, Madison Area Health Council, Madison-Anson Chamber of Commerce, Madison Planning Board and many more volunteer organizations. She was also a Girl Scout leader and honored for 40 years of service. She received many awards over her years including: the Madison Paper Industries Community Service Award for Contributions to the Betterment of the Madison School District, the Anson-Madison Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award, the Skowhegan-Madison Elks Distinguished Person Award and the Maine Retired Teachers Association State Volunteerism/Leadership Award. In 2006 the Madison Town Report was dedicated to her. Every morning, for many years, you could find Hezzie at the Oasis Restaurant having coffee with her friends. She loved family gatherings, especially Christmas, shopping, going out to lunch and visits to the Maine coast. Hezzie had a strong desire all her life to help those in need, especially children. Many needy schoolchildren were recipients of her kindness and generosity. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the loves of her life. She looked forward to their visits, and they all knew she would do anything for them. They also knew they could do no wrong in the eyes of their Nana Hezzie. She is survived by her seven children, Maryann (Stolt) Witham and her husband, Larry, of North Anson, Robert Stolt and his wife, Bernadette, of Mount Vernon, Judith (Stolt) Mateja and her husband, Phil, of Orono, Tina (Christopher) Anzelc and her husband, Rick, of Skowhegan, Chris Christopher and his wife, Irene, of Madison, Amando Christopher and his wife, Lori, of Madison and Timothy Christopher and his wife, Sue, of Madison; grandchildren Larry Witham Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, Gretchen W. Doktorski and her husband, Joe, David Stolt and his wife, Sherrie, Jeffrey Mateja and his fiancee, Heather, Amy A. Hall and her husband, Ian, Heather A. Adams and her husband, Glenn, RJ Anzelc and his girlfriend, Tyne, Jon Christopher and his wife, Kristy, Stacie C. Jarvais and her husband, CJ, Scott Christopher and his girlfriend, Angela, Kyle Christopher and Robert Christopher; great-grandchildren Maggie, Ellie, Libby and Annie Witham, Austin, Kelly and Trey Doktorski, Jordan, Anna and Bobby Stolt, Hannah and Leah Adams, Marcus and Jaycie Christopher and Connor, Cooper and Carlie Jarvais; stepgrandchildren Lindsay and Lexi Caldwell, Richard McAllister, Eric Nichols and Jillian Tremble; stepgreat-grandchildren Chelsea and Cole Cook and Helen and Ellie Tremble; and several nieces and nephews. She also leaves a special niece, Kathy Soltan and her husband, Charlie; and her dear friends Janet and Bob Diamond and Dolly Sevison. She was predeceased by her parents, her first husband and second husband, one sister and four brothers. The family would sincerely like to express appreciation to the caring staff at MaineGeneral Medical Center. At her request, there will be no visiting hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30, at St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Madison. Interment will follow at the St. Sebastian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Madison Elementary School in care of Irene Christopher, P.O. Box 41, Madison, ME 04950 to be used by the teachers for classroom supplies. Arrangements are under the care of Giberson Funeral Home, Madison. [Published in Morning Sentinel on September 25, 2010]

 Estella “Rose” Kent Hilton passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2011, at Hunterdon Care Center in Raritan Township, surrounded by her loved ones. She was 94. She was born in Derby, Conn., a daughter of Myron and Mary Kent, and raised in Calais, Maine. Rose moved to New Jersey where she raised her family in Orange and then Rosemont, where they lived for many years. She settled near Three Bridges in Readington in 2008. Rose was a caring and gracious mother who always supported her family. All who knew Rose loved her dearly. She was known for her pies she made for Stella Dallas’ restaurant, “The River’s Edge”, which was in Lambertville. Rose was a faithful communicant of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and previously of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Stockton. She was active in numerous posts of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, a Hunterdon County 4-H leader and a Cub Scout den mother while living in Orange. Rose was predeceased by her loving husband Edward J. Hilton Sr. on June 10, 2008; her dear son Edward Jr., who passed in 1999; sister Prudence Moser; twin brother Ralph Kent; and brother George Kent. She leaves behind her devoted daughter Patricia Hilton of Neshanic Station, with whom she lived since the passing of her husband. She is also survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Judith Hilton of Lambertville and Michael and Jamie Hilton of Carlsbad, Calif.; two grandchildren, Joseph Jr. and Mark; and nephews James Hilton and wife Janet of Cedar Grove and William Hilton and wife Jean of Boca Raton, Fla., who were raised by Rose and Ed. Additionally she will be deeply missed by many other nieces and nephews. Services: Visitation in the chapel at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 105 Summer Road, Three Bridges 08887, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26. An 11 a.m. funeral liturgy following at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Committal words and interment private. Services are in the care of Countryside Funeral Home, Three Bridges. The family requests contributions to be made in Rose’s memory to the church. To send condolences or sign an online guest book, visit

Kenneth McLain Johnson passed away March 29, 2010 at Brookside Hospice in Clearwater, FL. He was the beloved husband of the late Kathleen T. (Tyrrell) Johnson, to whom he was married for 55 years. Born September 28, 1917 in Calais, Maine, he was the son of the late Adniron and Isabelle Johnson. Ken served with the US Navy during WWII on the submarine tender USS Aegir in the Pacific. He is a 64-year resident of Billerica, 55-year member of the Thomas Talbot Masonic Lodge, member of the American Legion, and a retired tool and die machinist. He is survived by his son, Kenneth M. Johnson Jr. and wife Catherine of Ohio, his daughter, Kathleen I. Johnson of Florida, his grandson, Major Kenneth M. Johnson III, MD. and wife Shannon of North Carolina, his granddaughter, Shelley S. Johnson of Ohio, his great grandson, Cole McLain Johnson of North Carolina, his brother, Keith Johnson and his wife Ruth-Ann of Maine, and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. He was also the brother of the late 15 siblings and their spouses.

Kenneth A. Kallenberg, 93, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2011 at the Maine Veteran’s Home in Machias. Kenneth was born in Calais on April 27, 1918, son of the late Karl and Elsie (Crabbe) Kallenberg. In his youth, Ken was a well known, local athlete and an enthusiastic advocate of outdoor activities. He is an honoree of the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame. At the onset of World War II, he was forced to give up a promising career in major league baseball with the New York Giants organization. An Army veteran, he served in the Pacific as a S/Sgt. Squad Leader with the 103rd Infantry, 43rd Division in Guadal Canal, New Georgia, New Guinea and the Philippines. During this period, he was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He was a member of the Boyd Smith Post American Legion of Calais and the Brewer Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. After the war, Ken returned home to Calais where he had a long and rewarding career with the U.S. Postal Service in Calais, retiring in 1972. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years, Edythe (Runtagh) Kallenberg; and two sisters, Hilda Bernier and Marion Pignatelli. Surviving are his daughter Joan Talbot of Milbridge; two grandsons, Matthew Talbot and his wife Nicole of Rockland, and Morgan Talbot and his wife Ariel of Salem, MA; great-grandchildren, Mikayla and Jacob Talbot of Rockland; a sister Nellie Russell of Calais; and numerous nieces and nephews. At Ken’s request there will be no visiting hours or public service. A private graveside service for family will be held at the Calais Cemetery. Donations in Ken’s memory may be made to the Maine Veteran’s Home in Machias, 32 Veterans Drive, Machias, ME 04654, or a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport. Mays Funeral Home. [Provided by Sharon Howland.]

Frances Leeman Chick Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 

Walter Keene Lewis, 80, of Depot Road, died Monday Feb. 1, 1999, at a Portland hospital. He was born in Milltown NB Canada a son of Gordon and Inez Brown Lewis. Mr. Lewis graduated from Calais High School in 1936. He lived briefly in Providence RI during which time he was an artist and an accomplished musician. In 1942, Mr. Lewis enlisted in the US Army Air Corps and served his enlistment throughout the Pacific, including New Guinea and the Philippines. where he received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Metal. After the war he returned to Calais where he married Ruth Beckett and began raising a family. Mr. Lewis had various jobs throughout his life including sign painting. He had lived in the Greater Portland area since 1958. He most recently worked as a Councilor at the Boys Training Center  in South Portland, currently known as the Maine Youth Center, for 10 years before retiring. He enjoyed painting, gardening, and tending to the various birds who visited his bird feeders. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Windham. He was predeceased by his wife Ralph Beckett Lewis in 1996. He is survived by twin sons Walter D. Lewis of Montpelier VT and John M. Lewis of Walpole MA; a son C. Michael Lewis of  Portland; one daughter Anne Lewis Dyer of South Portland; two brothers, Harry Lewis of Calais and Larry Carter of Crawford; one sister, Grace Richardson of Hollis; nine grandchildren; nieces and nephews. [Bangor Daily News 2/3/1999]

Durrell John McFarlane. Spitfire pilot with the Canadians in the RAF in England in 1941 ; later with the USAAF flew Mustangs.

Olin C. Morgan, age 91, of San Antonio passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. Born in Calais, Maine, he came to Texas as soon as he could. Olin was a veteran of WWII, worked for the U.S. Postal Service for over 40 years and was an active member of MacArthur Park Church of Christ for over 30 years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Roxie. He is survived by his daughter, Patti Burchard and husband, Eddy; granddaughter, Michelle Murray and husband, Michael; grandson, Wayne Burchard and wife, Callie; great grandchildren, Matt and Megan Murray, Reagan Burchard; sister, Alma Eddy and husband, Roy. Olin loved the Dallas Cowboys and Spurs. Known as "The World's Greatest Grandpaw", the biggest joys of his life were his grandchildren, great grandchildren and his dogs. He was a hard and honest worker who in his later years enjoyed a good cup of coffee with his best friend, Brooks. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 30, 2009 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Porter Loring Mortuary North. Interment will follow in San Fernando Cemetery III, with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cherokee Home for Children, P. O. Box 295, Cherokee, TX 76832. You are invited to sign the Guestbook at http://www.porterloring.come. Published in Express-News on Apr. 30, 2009. 

John M. Noble, born 1917 in Worcester, Massachusetts. He married Eileen Cleland in Calais ME. They had a daughter Brenda Anne Noble (class of '58). He served in 38 Infantry, Co. L during WWII and was killed in action 9/18/44 in France. 

Orville Swede Olsson. My mom passed away on 23 March 2003, my dad Orville Swede Olsson Class 35 passed away on Oct 17, 1988, and his sister Virginia Olsson passed away in Oct of 1999, she was in the class of 1930. My aunt Virginia is buried in Calais, my Mom and Dad are buried at the VA Cemetery in Augusta, the old part, not the new cemetery, in row N. My Moms funeral was attended by a lot of people, and at the funeral home there were over 400 attendee's. I loved her, and will miss her very much. There is more info on page 6 of the guestbook, and I entered my mother there as a visitor in Dec 2003. We still have relatives in Calais, al the Reddings, and the Mingo's, and the Canavan's in St. Stephan, NB. with much love to my mom, and dad, and aunt. I will update our family on this site occasionally, for any old friends who might like to know. If anyone would like to talk to me about them, just e mail me, or call 207-873-0586 their son Ollie Olsson  

Edward M. Robinson - State Administrative Court Judge Edward M. Robinson died Friday. The 59 year old judge had been hospitalized since May. In the Administrative Court, Judge Robinson handled complaints about professional and trade organizations and individuals and liquor licensees who are licensed by the state. He had held the post since its creation in 1973, but held previous posts which were reorganized into the court. Judge Robinson was born in Calais July 12, 1918, the son of Edward J. and Ruby Rideout Robinon. He graduated from Calais Academy. He graduated from the University of Maine in 1943. He was second in his graduating class at Northeastern School of Law in 1948. He served with the US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston from 1948-50. In 1950, he entered private law practice in Madison. He was named a trial justice in Somerset County in 1956. He was council to the Bates Manufacturing Co. in Lewiston and at one time was corporation council for the city of Lewiston. In 1961, former Maine Governor John Reed named Judge Robinson hearing executive for the state Liquor Commission. In 1963, the state Legislature merged the agency with the administrative hearing office and Robinson assumed the new post. In 1973, the hearing office became the Administrative Court and former Governor Kenneth M. Curtis elevated Robinson to the judgeship. Judge Robinson was active in the Republican Party, the Androscoggin County Mental Health Clinic, The Androscoggin Valley Association for Mental Health, Abnaki Council of Boy Scouts, the Maine Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Knights of the Road and the TB Association and was a member of the Maine and American Bar Associations. He served as a Commander in the US Navy during WWII. He leaves his wife, Maria, a son, Peter, and daughter, Ann, of Lewiston, and brother, H. Jack Robinson of Portland. [Bangor Daily News December 17-18, 1977]

Maurice R. Smith, 83, of Milton, Florida, passed away July 17, 2001. He was born in Calais November 10, 1917, to Eben and Cora (Glidden) Smith. He and Shirley Davis of Calais married August 1942. He was a 1935 graduate of Calais Academy. For many years, Maurice, an auto mechanic, and his brother, Lawrence, owned and operated Smith Brothers Garage in Calais. Maurice also had worked as a hunting and fishing guide and a lumberman. Maurice particularly liked watching the Dodgers and Cubs; and he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and traveling. He and Shirley made numerous trips out West, visited Puerto Rico, went on several cruises, and made 9 trips to Alaska. He was particularly proud of the 50 pound Salmon he caught during one of the Alaska journeys. Maurice was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Lawrence. He is survived by his beloved wife, Shirley, and their three children: Mrs. Karen (A. J.) Howell of Ringgold, GA; Carl (Marie) Smith of Atlanta, GA; David (Denise) Smith of Fort Pierce; six grandchildren: James (Rachel) Howell, Renee (Glen) Craig, Andrew Todd Smith, Bradley Smith, Shawn (Cindy) Smith, and Brian Smith; three great-grandchildren, Bronte and Brooke Craig, James Scott Howell, and baby boy Smith on the way; three sisters: Madeline Beattie, Pauline Miller, and Doris Christie; several nieces and nephews; and many good friends. A celebration of life was held at Milton Funeral Home, Milton, Fl. on July 19th. At "Chromey’s" request, his ashes will be scattered by his children in the Mattawamkeag River. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Santa Rosa Medical Center, Milton for their loving care and kindness during his last days. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choosing.

Grace E. Thompson BRENNAN, 92, passed away Thursday, July 1, 2010 at Pawtuxet Village Nursing Home in Warwick. Born in Calais, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Kathleen (Johnson) Thompson. She was the devoted mother of Michael P. Brennan and his wife Marjorie of Warwick, loving grandmother of Scott C. Brennan and his wife Barbara of Cranston and Erica M. Tevyaw and her husband Michael of Warwick; loving great-grandmother of Jacob, James and Andrew; and dear sister of the late Ruth I. Zonfrillo. Funeral from the NARDOLILLO FUNERAL HOME, 1278 Park Ave., Cranston on Tuesday, at 9:00 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary’s Church, 1525 Cranston St., Cranston at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at St. Ann Cemetery in Cranston. VISITING HOURS MONDAY 5-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Odyssey Health Care of RI, 2374 Post Rd. Suite 206, Warwick, RI 02886.

Robert J. Thompson, 57, died 12/14 at a local hospital. He was born in Calais 7/16/1918, the son of Wallace and Mary Sprague Thompson. He was a member of the First Congregational Church and Sherman Brothers Post American Legion. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Lawrence (Clara) Stuart of Calais. Internment in the Calais Cemetery. [Bangor Daily News 12/16/1975]

Vern Townsend, 79, of Denver, formerly of Grove Street in Freeport ME died here Dec. 9, 1997. He was born in Calais ME son of Albert and Elizabeth Markee Townsend, attended Calais schools and graduated from Calais Academy in 1935. During World War II, he served in the Army calvary in China, Burma and India. His division was the last to use horses. Mr. Townsend worked at Lennox Shoe Shop, Taylor Shoe, Freemoc Shoe and Eastland Shoe Co. in Freeport. [Portland Press Herald]

Earl L. Wade D.D.S., 77, died November 29, 1994, at a Calais hospital. He was born Nov. 4, 1917, at Peniac NB, Canada, the son of Irvine and Mabel Lowther Wade. He was a graduate of Calais Academy, class of 1935, and attended Colby College at Waterville. He graduated from Kansas City School of Dentistry in Kansas City MO and received his B.A., B.S. and D.D.S. degrees. He served a two-year internship in oral surgery at Kansas City General Hospital. He maintained a dental practice in Bath for 25 years and returned to Calais and continued his dental practice until his retirement in 1979. He was past president of the Maine Dental Association and was a member of Solar Lodge No. 14 AF & AM of Bath. In 1940 he married his wife Phyllis Hamlin of Milo. He is survived by his wife, two daughters Teri-Lee Wade of Bangor and Donna McGovern of Alexander; one grandson Randy Furrow of Calais. [Bangor Daily News 12/1/1994]

Thelma C. Williams Porpora. Sadly, Mom passed away on February 10, 2002. To my regret, in our web surfing, I don't think we ever searched your site. Mom was always amazed at how she could be carried back to Calais on the Internet. FYI, the yearbook spells Mom's name as her mother said it: Thelma Cecilia Williams. When she got her second driver's license in Maryland in 1973, we discovered that her birth certificate named her Thelma "Celia"! I'm attaching a short bio that compresses Mom's life after she left 9 Chandler Street, Calais. Thelma C. Williams, was born July 1, 1918 in Calais, Maine, daughter of Cecil and Marguerite Williams, sister of Miriam, Charles, Leo, and Paul Williams (all deceased). After completing High School at the Calais Academy in 1935, Thelma attended business school in St. Stephen, N.B., and found work as a legal secretary in Augusta and Portland. In 1942, she went to Washington, DC, and later to Philadelphia, PA, to work for the War Department. In 1944, she met her husband, the late Charles J. Porpora, when he offered her his seat on a crowded train. Mr. Porpora was returning home to New York during a furlough from military service in the Pacific theatre; Thelma was returning to Maine to apply for nursing school at Maine Eye and Ear Hospital in Portland. Thelma Williams completed her nursing diploma in 1947, and was married later that year. The Porpora's made their first home in Washington, DC, where Mrs. Porpora continued to work as a nurse until her children were born. (Mr. Porpora was employed as a diesel mechanic by the Pennsylvania Railroad, later Amtrak, from 1947 until his death in 1971.) In 1955, the Porpora's moved to Landover, Maryland with their daughters, DonnaMarie and Marguerite. Mrs. Porpora returned to nursing in 1967 and retired from the Prince George's Hospital Medical center in 1983. She continued to live independently in her home until late in January this year, when she became ill. On January 24, 2002, was admitted to the hospital where she had served as an outstanding employee and mentor to many current staff. She enjoyed visits from former colleagues and family friends, reminiscing with them until the day before her death. She succumbed to chronic emphysema and heart problems on February 10, 2002. Mrs. Porpora leaves her daughters and her son-in-law, Roger Goodbred. She will be remembered by two grandchildren, Jennifer Goodbred Baker and Charles J. Goodbred, and by her three great-grandchildren, Krista Lynn and Byron James Baker, and Chase Alexander Goodbred. "Miss Thelma" will also be missed by her neighbors and dear friends who admired her indomitable spirit and outspoken nature. [Submitted by her daughter, DonnaMarie Marlow

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