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Class of 1939

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Graduates Class of 1939

Helen M. Alexander Alice E. Allen Thelma I. Anderson
Charles M. Armstrong Martha C. Baker B. Eleanor Berger
Jennie M. Bridges Alice V. Burgess Marjorie L. Carson
Margaret A. Casey Arthur A. Checchi Alden E. Clark
Irene M. Clarke Bernard H. Connell Geraldine L. Cox
Howard C. Damon Gerald W. Dawe Howard E. Dimitre
Lawrence G. Dougherty Helen H. Dyer Eva H. Farley
Phyllis F. Farley Marjorie E. Frost Margaret Frye
Richard H. Gardner Pauline E. Gordon William Harriman, Jr.
Roland L. Hayward Earl B. Hill Ella M. Hill
Olive M. Hill Clinton H. Hinton William J. Holm
Elsie E. Hyde Marion Y. Kallenberg Marion J. Kyle
Flavilla G. Lambe Ralph S. Lincoln Willis L. Long
John A. Malloch, Jr. Annie A. Marshall Charles A. Markee
Lena A. McCarthy Ira E. McClure Ruth E. McConvey
Ruth I. McFarlane John P. McGarrigle, Jr. Geraldine Ruth O. McKay
Dorothy M. Mitchell Freda R. Noble Berla A. O'Neill
Marjorie F. O'Neil Marjorie M. O'Neill Marjorie H. Perkins
Eleanor A. Phelan Grace E. Phelan Jean C. Phelan
Phyllis B. Polleys George R. Rice Ethel B. Robinson
Margeret J. Russell Merrill J. Sabattus Charles K. Scott
Irene V. Scott Agatha V. Sherrard Madeline E. Smith
Ruth E. Smith Vera E. Smith Oliver W. Spearin
Edna M. Stanhope Ralph H. Stewart John L. Sweeney
Ruth I. Thompson Charlotte E. Townsend George W. Tracy
Barbara O. Waite Ruth K. Wallace Freddie M. Williams
June W. Williamson Marguerite Virginia Wilson Phyllis Hill
Eugene Linton Roy Long Burke Mowatt
Everett Skidds    
President John Sweeney; Vice President Alice Allen; Secretary & Treasurer Jennie Bridges

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Deceased Classmates

B. Eleanor Berger Knowlton (Hooper) died December 21, 2003.

ARTHUR A. CHECCHI Died on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 from complications due to Parkinson's Disease in Silver Spring, MD. Born 1922 in Calais, Maine, and known as "Tillie" to family and friends, he attended the University of Maine where he majored in Chemistry and then went to work for the Food and Drug Administration. Mr. Checchi rose quickly from FDA food inspector to Assistant Deputy Commissioner and was one of the main architects of the Food Additives regulations that formed the nucleus for establishing safety standards for fresh and processed foods in the late 1950s. He left FDA in 1960 to establish his own food and drug regulatory consulting business, first as a division of his brother Vincent's consulting firm, Checchi and Company, and then as an independent entity, Arthur A. Checchi, Inc., renowned nationally and internationally as the most experienced consulting firm specializing in FDA regulatory matters and representing major pharmaceutical, device and food-related corporations. Mr. Checchi sold his company to one of his employees and retired in 1986. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Josephine; his four children, Alfred, Anne, Lisa and Joanne; as well as six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Visitation Friday, January 16, 3 to 7 p.m. at Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Services will be held Saturday, January 17, 9 a.m. at the Church of the Resurrection at Riderwood Village, 3110 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163. [Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 15, 2009. Provided by Susan Esposito.]

Irene M Clarke married Charles Franklin Adams, Class of '35. They had three children, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Charles passed away April 9, 2002. Irene passed away September 23, 2012. Irene Mildred Clarke Adams November 16, 1919 - September 23, 2012. 
The following Tribute was written by her Grand-daughter Christine Beall. My grandmother, Irene Adams, went to Heaven last night. She was born Nov 16, 1919, and lived the kind of life that people today can only read about. She grew up knowing people that told first hand accounts of the civil war, had cousins that fought in WWI, and experienced rearing children alone for years while my grandfather was off fighting in WWII. She on a little farm in Maine without running water or electricity until she was almost 30, and worked hard her whole life while maintaining a attitude of gratefulness and a sense of humor. The love story between her and my grandfather wasn't just a typical sweet tale - it was epic. Hollywood movies like "The Notebook" are nothing compared to a story like theirs. It must have been quite a homecoming for her last night to see his face again, and to see her Saviour, who she had a personal relationship with throughout her life. I thank God for her life and am so glad that she is finally where there is no more sorrow and no more pain. I am so happy to know I will see her again one day. As a tribute to her, I am posting a poem she wrote when she was in highschool. Back then, she lived 20 miles out of town, so she had to board with a family all week and earn her keep as she attended school; because it was unthinkable to use that kind of gas money everyday back and forth. She wrote this poem because she missed being home, and throughout her life, she never stopped wishing for those girlhood days back on the farm in Maine.
It's just a little old gray house / Set high upon the hill. / Still to it everyday my thoughts will / Wander with a will. / Around the front door flowers grow, / Nastershems and baby's breath, / While a lilac sweetens the air / As it blooms just there on the left. / There by the well house sets a guard / That watches the road with eager eyes. / He watches for me, this dog of dogs, / And very often his poor heart sighs. / In the doorway - a woman stands / With her hand up to shade her eyes. / Her baking is done, the dishes washed, / And still to the road her gaze / Will turn as she watches / for the car that will bring me home / To Paradise.   

Mr. Howard E. Dimitre, 88, of Rowley, beloved husband of Leonora (Subrizio) Dimitre died Wednesday evening, Dec. 1, 2010, surrounded by his family following a long illness. Born in Calais, Maine, he was the son of the late Michael and Marian Dimitre. He was raised and educated in Maine and was a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono. An honorably discharged veteran, Howard served his country as a member of the United States Navy. Mr. Dimitre had been employed for over 49 years with the General Electric Company at its River Works Plant in Lynn until the time of his retirement. A lover of the out of doors, Howard enjoyed golf, yard work and tending to his garden. He was a long-time fan of the Boston Red Sox and over the years had many Golden Retriever companions. In addition to his loving wife of 26 years, Howard is survived by his brother, Lawrence R. Dimitre and his wife Dorothy of Waldoboro and several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. He was also the brother of the late Charlotte Connolly, Phyllis Peterson and Lorraine Hopkinson. ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held from the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (Route 62), Danvers, Monday at 10:15 a.m., followed by his funeral Mass in St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, Danvers at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Lynn. Visiting hours Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, inquire at 978-774-6600. Online guestbook at. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Howard's memory to the Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923; or to the Father Gerard Dorgan Scholarship Fund, C/O St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, 24 Conant St., Danvers, MA 01923.Published  - December 4, 2010 – The Salem News [Provided by Sharon Howland.]

Lawrence G. “Larry” Dougherty passed away in Florida, January 31st, at the Oak Hill Hospital. The beloved husband of the late Anne (Hickey) Dougherty he was ninety three years of age. Born in St. Steven’s, New Brunswick , Canada. Larry was one of two boys born to the late Albert J. and Mary Isabelle (Rafferty) Dougherty. Raised in Calais, Maine he was educated at Calais Academy and graduated in 1939. While in High School, Larry as he liked to be called, started up his own band, with his buddies known as "Larry's Aces." Having learned how to play the clarinet and the saxophone, he carried this talent all throughout his lifetime. Following high school Larry enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps where he served as an air craft mechanic, stationed in the Phillipines. During this time Larry also was a part of the service band and music has always remained a significant part of his life. Although Larry was in the Air Force, he never had the opportunity to fly. In 1960 Larry obtained his private pilot’s licensure, which had been a life long goal and had given him great pleasure. He continued to soar into his mid eighties and never lost his love of flying! In February of 1946, Larry was introduced to a lovely youg lady, Anne Hickey, by his Aunt at her nephew’s coming home party. Well, it was love at first sight , their courtship began and they were married that October same year! In 1955 they moved to the West side of Woburn where they nestled right in and began raising their four children. Larry began working in the Trucking industry. He loved engines! Always “the mechanic” Larry could really fix anything from air plane engines to lawn mower engines. Tinkering was Larry’s forte with just about anything. In the early sixties he began a part time business out of his home. Lawn mowers, snow blowers , if it needed to be fixed Larry was the man. After ten years of partime, he needed to become fulltime, as there were not enough hours in the day to complete everything in a reasonable amount of time! So for over fifty years “Larry’s Lawn Mower Service” was in existence, serving Woburn and surrounding communities. Larry loved to travel and had the wonderful opportunity to visit Ireland along with his friend Alli Wall and attended the Boston College Football game. The all time favorite place was Florida. He has spent many, many years wintering there. He thoroughly enjoyed maintaining his home and yard and going to musicals throughout the years. When an opportunity presented itself, he would often have family gatherings there at his home. Over the last eighteen years Larry has enjoyed the companionship of Bernice Martel. They spent lots of time together in both Florida and Maine with both family and wonderful friends. Larry was a Life Time Member of both the Woburn Elks and DAV. In earlier years he had been a member of the Woburn Lions Club. Sadly, Larry was predeceased by his wife Ann, his sons Paul G and Donald P. Dougherty and his brother Ronald J. and his wife Leona Dougherty. He is lovingly survived by his children Lawrence W. Dougherty his wife Joyce of AZ, JoAnn Morgan her significant other Mike Barry of Pepperell. Dear father in-law of Katherine Dougherty of Methuen. Longtime companion of Bernice Martel of ME and Fl. Cherished grandfather of Lisa and Kelly Dougherty of AZ., Michael Morgan his wife Natalie of Pepperell, Meryl Higgins her husband Tom of NH, and Mark and Kristen Dougherty of Methuen and great grandfather of Tyler and Elizabeth Morgan, Owen and Margaret Higgins and Liam Dougherty. Also survived by his close nephew Ronald Dougherty and his family of Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, on Monday, February 15th at 10 a.m. Calling hours will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St, Woburn on Sunday, February 14th from 2-6 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Larry's memory to the Friends of Woburn Veterans, c/o Veterans Office, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801, or Minuteman Senior Services, 26 Crosby Drive, Bedford, MA 01730, us/help-us-help-others. Larry was the owner and operator of Larry's Lawnmower Service of Woburn. 

Eva Hope Farley Rockwell, 90, died June 26, 2012, at D'Youville Pavilion, Lewiston. She was born June 18, 1922, in Dennysville, a daughter of James M. Sr. and Hope Sprague Farley. She was educated locally and was a 1939 graduate of Calais High School. Eva worked as a licensed practical nurse for a local nursing home. She married Delmont K. Rockwell, Oct. 10, 1950, in Portland, and began raising her family. She returned to work as a sales clerk in 1971 at Benoits at the Maine Mall. She was predeceased by her husband, Delmont; parents; three sisters, Phyllis Smith, Leah Moore and Lillian Berry; and brother, James M. Farley Jr. Eva is survived by two sons, Richard and wife, Linda, of Buxton and Dennis and wife, Patricia, of Peaks Island; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Highland Memorial Cemetery, Highland Avenue, South Portland. Arrangements by Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at   [Provided by Sharon Howland.]

Margaret Frye Higgins. CALAIS - Margaret C. Higgins, 87, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at a Bangor hospital. Margaret was born June 10, 1922, daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (Church) Frye. She graduated from Calais Academy, Class of 1939, and Normal School, Machias, Class of 1942. Margaret taught school in a one-room schoolhouse in Brighton, and worked at Portland Shipyard before returning to Calais, where she worked at Ware Knitters for more than 25 years. She was a communicant of Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, Calais. She enjoyed reading, watching TV, especially Atlanta Braves baseball, and having friends and family in for coffee and conversation. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of more than 60 years, Ellery Higgins. Surviving are her four children, Peter Higgins and his wife, Norma, of Calais, Patricia Lowell of Phoenix, Kathleen Copp and her husband, Charles, of Westbrook, and Joanne Middlemiss of Phoenix; four grandchildren, Geoffrey Lowell, Natalie and Jason Copp, and Megan Higgins; eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. A special thanks goes to the staff and residents at Washington Place, Calais, where Margaret lived for the last four years. Per Margaret's wishes, there will be no visiting hours or services. Margaret and Ellery will be laid to rest together at Calais Cemetery. Donations in Margaret's memory may be made to Washington Place Activity Fund, 40 Palmer St., Calais, ME 04619. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Homes, Calais and Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at [Published in Bangor Daily News on February 4, 2010. Provided by Sharon Howland & John Adams.]

Pauline Gordon Nixon Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]

William Harriman.  STILLWATER - William "Bill" Harriman, 88, husband of Ethel (McLain) Harriman, died Jan. 7, 2010, in Bangor. He was born June 27, 1921, in Stillwater, the son of the late William F. and Ruby (Yerxa) Harriman. He attended Old Town schools and graduated from Calais Academy, Class of 1939. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army Air Corps with the 390th Bomb Group H of the 8th Air Force in Europe, as a radio operator gunner. Awards received include, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Presidential Unit Citation. He was employed with REA Express for 27 1/2 years and retired in 1982 from Maine Central Railroad after 5 1/2 years. Bill was an active member of Federated Church of Stillwater and I.O.O.F. Lodge of Old Town. He and Ethel delivered Meals for ME for numerous years and they enjoyed camping with family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Ethel; son, Chester and his wife, Judy and their children, Michelle, Terri and Shannon; son, Robert and wife, Elizabeth and their sons, Aaron and Scott; daughter, Pamela and husband, Roger Sirois and their children, Cherilyn and Shane; daughter, Jodie and husband, Ernest Clark and her children, Brandon and Tyler Kingsbury; daughter, Jackie and husband, Jeff Bierman and her sons, Corey and Michael Nickerson and his sons, Scott and Seth; six great-grandchildren, Colby, Owen, Ryan, Madison, Collin and Kyle; one sister, Patricia and husband, Cliff McReavy, of New York; sisters-in-law, Mildred and Ruth Harriman; many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Raymond, Arthur, Carleton and Wesley; sister, Ruth Chase; and grandchildren, Gail and Ryan. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Stillwater Federated Church, Bennoch Road, Stillwater, with a reception immediately after. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stillwater Federated Church, P.O. Box 386, Stillwater, ME 04489. [Published in Bangor Daily News on January 9, 2010.] 

Earl C. Hill Sr., 87, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2009, with his family by his side at Calais RegionalEarl Hill, Sr. Hospital. Earl was born Jan. 10, 1922, in Lewiston, son of the late Earl and Nellie (Leavitt) Hill. He graduated from Calais High School, Class of 1939, and moved to Waterville where he worked as a meat cutter. Earl entered the U.S. Army and served his country during World War II. After the war, he returned to Waterville before coming back to the Calais area. Earl was the produce manager at the Calais A&P for 30 years. After his retirement, Earl worked for Georgia Pacific and then Eastern Maine Electric Co-op, as a meter reader. Earl enjoyed hunting, fishing, cutting wood, woodworking and riding his four-wheeler. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Pauline Fleming and Winnie Hatt. Surviving are his loving wife of 68 years, Susan (Milliken) Hill; four children, Earl Hill Jr. and his wife, Patsy, of Alexander, Larry Hill and his wife, Emogene, of Alexander, Russell Hill and his wife, Debbie, of Calais, and Ron Hill and his wife, Shirley, of Alexander; 10 grandchildren, Sally Johnson of Red Beach, Robert Hill and his wife, Denise, of Princeton, Sandra Towner and her husband, Steve, of Ellsworth, Kimberly Hill of Bangor, Krista Prue and her husband, Matt, of Bangor, Amanda Holmes and her companion, Josh Smale, of Calais, Scott Hill and his wife, Adelyn, of Bridgewater, Mass., Randy Hill and his wife, Heather, of Cadillac, Mich., Gary Hill and his wife, Jennifer, of Baileyville and Lisa Emerson and her husband, Todd, of Columbia Falls; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth White of Miami; sister-in-law, Sheila Milliken of Braintree, Mass.; special nephew, Mark Milliken of Braintree, Mass.; and a special niece, Harriett Hill. At Earl's request, there will be no services. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Homes, Calais and Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at [BDN 3/14/09 provided by John Adams & Marilyn Strout]

William Holm Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 042209 

Elsie-Eloise Hyde Hopkins. Elsie-Eloise Hopkins ROWLEY — 1921 to 2010. I was born in Wheeling West Virginia in Autumn 1921, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Hyde. I lived in Calais, Maine, until attending and graduating from Boston Bouve College, Boston.. As a physical therapist I volunteered for service in World War II from 1943 to 1945, as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Corps attached to the 16th General Hospital in the European Theatre.. I was decorated with the European Theatre ribbon and three bronze Battle Stars for the Battles of Normandy, the Ardennes, and the Rhineland. At the end of the war I enrolled in Tufts University, Medford, and earned my Bachelor's Degree in Science and Master's Degree in Science for my work with Polio patients.After marriage and the raising of five children, I returned to professional life as a School Psychologist in the Lowell Public Schools until my retirement.. I was a lifelong writer and devoted time to my writing on Stackyard Road, Rowley. I attended the 16th General Army Hospital Reunions throughout my life and benefited from the lifelong camaraderie that grew out of our shared wartime experiences. I was a member of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge. I served as the first woman Commander of the Rowley VFW Post 5707. I leave five children (Wendy, Kenneth, Elaine, Brian and Walter) and. my husband Wendell; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren who I have deeply loved. My lifelong belief is that one should put their whole heart and passion into all they do in life and never be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. On Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at 88-years-old, a new journey was assigned to me. A difficult one, because I am no longer able to see my loved ones from my mortal body, but at the same time I am able to help them from my spiritual life. My wisdom and bravery will be with them in memories.ARRANGEMENTS: My body returned to the Earth in the form.of silken remains on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010. A memorial service and graveside ceremony will be organized and announced by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Thanks to all my friends and the many loving caregivers who have cared for me. This includes the staff at Merrimac Valley Hospice and Penacook Place. I especially thank my son Walter for his unconditional care and extraordinary help during the difficult last years of my life. If you want to support my family you may write to 1 Maplewood Terrace, Haverhill, MA 01830. [Newburyport Daily News 101810]

Charles Markee Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]  120809

Lena Agnes McCarthy Brennan.  Lena was the daughter of Mercedes (Wheelock) McCarthy and Clifford M. McCarthy and lived at 16 Franklin Street in Calais, Maine.  She had a brother Melbourne who died at the age of two of pneumonia and a sister Jennie who lives in Alaska.  She attended Calais schools and worked in her mother's bakery on lower Main Street near the trestle.  She enjoyed visiting her Aunt Nettie and Aunt Addie (two school teachers from New York) at Robbinston in the 1920's and 1930's.  Lena loved art and music and contributed posters, scenery and paintings to class events throughout her four years at Calais Academy.  Accepted into art school at Minneapolis, Minnesota following graduation, she planned a career in commercial art illustration. Her family traveled> to New York City to visit the World's Fair in the summer of 1939.  While there, they also visited her grandfather, Leonard Colin McCarthy at Snug Harbor on Staten Island, NY.  He had sailed the four masters out of Calais in the late 1800s and early 1900's and had lived with Lena's family at Franklin Street prior to moving to New York.  During WWII she worked at the Silvainia Plant in Salem, Massachusetts and later met her future husband who was a returning Navy Veteran, Ralph H. Brennan.  They were married at Calais in October of 1950.  Lena and Ralph had three sons Daniel, Thomas and Peter.  Lena worked on Mrs. Tucker's Registry of Nurses in Salem and upon returning to Calais worked at the Calais Regional Hospital.  She then became proprietor of the rest home at 81 North Street in 1965.  Lena was exceedingly proud of her three sons and lived to see most of her grandchildren.  She died in 1998 at Barnard's Rest home in Calais and is buried at the Calais Cemetery in the family lot bedside her parents and other family members.  She is survived by her three sons:  Daniel C. Brennan and his wife Brenda of Miltown, NB, Canada, Tom Brennan and his wife Alison of Robbinston, Maine, Peter M. Brennan and his wife Nora of Virginia Beach ,Virginia; grandchildren Shayne M. Brennan, Amanda J. Brennan of Milltown, NB, Canada; Rachel A. Brennan, Noel G. Brennan, & Emily K. Brennan of Robbinston, Maine; Mary Brennan, Julie Brennan, Ronald Brennan, Christopher Brennan & Fred Brennan of Virginia.    

John P. McGarrigle Jr., 66, died November 9, 1988, at a Bangor hospital.  He was born July 16, 1922, at St. Stephen, N.B., the son of John P. and Mildred (Purcell) McGarrigle, Sr.  In his youth he was extremely active in both baseball and basketball.  He was an Army-Air Corps veteran of World War II, a member of Sherman Brothers Post No. 3, American Legion of Calais, and a 4th Degree member of St. Croix Council No. 149, Knights of Columbus.  He was on the Board of Directors of the Methodist Homes of Calais, and was employed for over 30 years as a pharmacist at Treworgy's Pharmacy in Calais.  He was a communicant and eucharistic minister of Immaculate Conception Church in Calais.  Survivors include his wife, Elsie L. (Matthews) McGarrigle; one son, Richard J. McGarrigle, both of Calais; two daughters, Mrs. Louis (Susan) Esposito of Eastport and Mrs. Avery (Diane) Hunnewell of Calais; one brother, Rev. R. Michael McGarrigle, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bath; two sisters, Marie T. McGarrigle and Doreen E. Hill, both of Calais; one granddaughter, Kathleen Esposito; several nieces, nephews and one uncle.  A Mass of Christian Burial was concelebrated at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Calais, by the Rev. Philip Tracy and the Rev. R. Michael McGarrigle.  Burial was in Calais Cemetery. [The Quoddy Tides  Nov. 25, 1988. Provided by his daughter Susan Esposito.] 

Geraldine R. McKay Tai. My mom passed away on this past December 18, 2009 with her family at her side. She was 87 years old. She was a resident of Chico, CA at the time of her passing. Laurie Mathers

Freda R. Noble McLellan. Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 120909

Marjorie O'Neil Bailey Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]  120809 

Berla Avis O'Neill Allen, 90, of Ware Road in Freeport passed away on April 23, 2013 while surrounded by her loving family. She was born September 6, 1922 in Calais to John Patrick and Berla Avis (McCoubrey) O'Neill. She was an independent Maine woman who was proud of her Scottish and Irish heritages. Her father died when she was eleven and her mother took over his job as school janitor to support their eight children. Times were tough in the Great Depression so Berla went to work to help provide for her younger siblings. She washed dishes at Gem Restaurant, and clerked at Woolworth's and J.J. Newberry. 1939 was an important year for the sixteen year old. She graduated from Calais Academy, managed the Mary Jane Restaurant and met her future husband Kenneth 'Diddy' Allen. They were married at Diddy's church, the Baptist Church in Milltown on March 5, 1941 and their daughter Jacqueline was born the next June. The U.S. Navy sent Diddy to the South Pacific during World War II and Berla stayed in Calais with Jackie until the war ended. Diddy returned home but jobs were hard to find in Calais so they moved to Freeport where Berla's sister was living. Berla worked waitressing and then their daughter Kim was born in 1957. The Allens became active in the community and began to consider Freeport as their new hometown. Both girls graduated from Freeport High School. They moved to Presque Isle for new job opportunities when Kim was in elementary school and lived there for 2 years while Berla worked at Converse Shoe and Diddy worked at Herman Shoe. They moved to Yarmouth and then home to Freeport. Berla worked at Freeport Shoe, ran the snack bar at the Freeport Trading Post, and was a data entry supervisor at L.L. Bean until she retired in 1984. Berla and Diddy were inseparable. He played town team baseball and had a band. She attended all his games and the dances where she loved to hear him play guitar and sing. She was an avid Red Sox fan and also cheered for the Celtics. Berla knew the players and was anxious to tell you whether they were any good or not. Sunday afternoon dinners with her grandchildren were something she enjoyed. She and Diddy spent several winters in Florida after they retired. She was previously active in Eastern Star and in later years attended church services at Durham Congregational and North Yarmouth Congregational. She was predeceased by her all her siblings and in 2005 by her husband Diddy. Berla is survived by her daughter Jacqueline Brown of Pownal and Jackie's sons Eric Brown and his wife Melanie of South Carolina and Kevin Brown of Pownal; her daughter Kim Merrill and her husband Lincoln of North Yarmouth and their daughters Erinn Tardiff and her husband Heath of North Yarmouth, Tara Merrill and her fiance Dustin Goodell of Yarmouth, and Chelsey Merrill of North Yarmouth. She is also survived by six great grandchildren; Cameron, Morgan, Taylor, and Tyson Brown, Haley Brown and her fiance Eric Christie, and Allyson Tardiff.  A funeral service will be held on Saturday May 4th at 1 p.m. at the First Parish Congregational Church, 422 Hallowell Road in Pownal. A reception will follow in the church hall. Burial will be in the Burr Cemetery in Freeport at a later date. Please visit to view a video collage of Berla's life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Berla's memory to: First Parish Congregational Church, 422 Hallowell Road,  Pownal, Maine 04069. Berla Allen, Lindquist Funeral Home, Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 846-4011.  [Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on April 28, 2013. Sharon Howland & Linc Merrill] 

Marjorie M. O'Neill Sleeper  passed away on Nov. 24, 2008. She was born in Calais, Maine to the late Bert and Ruby (Stairs) O'Neill. She graduated from Calais Academy and from Lawrence General Hospital Nursing Training Program in 1943 to become a Registered Nurse. Marjorie was a member of the Federated Community Church of Hampden. She leaves her husband of 64 years, Neal M. Sleeper and her two sons Richard A. and Robert N. Sleeper of Hampden and many nieces and nephews. Her funeral service will be Sat. Nov. 29, 2008 in the Byron Funeral Home 1858 Allen St. Springfield at 10:00 a.m. followed by burial in Old Cemetery in Hampden. Calling hours will be Fri. from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Byron Funeral Home 736-5413. [Provided by Sharon Howland. Republican, The (Springfield, MA) 11/26/08.]

Plyllis B. Pollyes Hachey. LEWISTON - Phyllis B. Hachey, 85, died Thursday, July 12, 2007, at Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston. Phyllis was born Jan. 13, 1922, in Baring, daughter of the late Horace and Hazel (Howland) Polleys. She graduated from Calais Academy, Class of 1939. Until her retirement, Phyllis was employed as a bank teller with Mechanic Savings Bank. She enjoyed spending time with her family and will be remembered for her caring nature. In addition to her parents, Phyllis was predeceased by her husband, George Hachey; a son, Robert Rushton; a sister, Lydia Brooker; and three brothers, Steve, John and Albert Polleys. Surviving are a son, William Hachey of Lewiston; a daughter-in-law, Donna Rushton of Mississippi; two grandchildren, Robbie and Beth; four great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Baring Cemetery, Baring. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais. Friends may pay tribute at [BDN 071407 provided by John Adams] Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]  

Ethel B. Robinson Mann, BREWER and ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. - Ethel B. Mann, 86, died Sept. 17, 2006, at a Brewer health care facility. She was born Jan. 20, 1920, in Calais, the daughter of Richard and Elizabeth (McDonald) Robinson. Ethel worked in Brewer at Eastern Fine Paper for many years. She enjoyed volunteering for the Kitchen Band when she lived in Florida. Ethel loved playing cards, crocheting, puzzles, riding around in her golf cart, painting and enjoyed visiting with friends. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grand-mother, sister and friend and will be dearly missed. She is survived by daughters, Patsy Vereault and husband, Charlie, of Bucksport, Donna Wallace and husband, Gerald "Wally," of Canastota, N.Y., and Gloria Floyd of Clifton; 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; and special friends, Mack and Donna Jones of Bucksport and Dave and Betty Allen of Deer Isle. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd C. Mann in 1988; daughters, Jackie Allen, Ann Dunton and husband, Rodney; sisters, Gertie Hastings, Kath Coleman and Lil Brockway; a brother, Richard Robinson; a son-in-law, Larry Floyd; and a great-grandson, Justin Dunton. Friends are invited to visit with the family 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at Brookings-Smith, Clark-Piper Chapel, 55 South Main St., Brewer, where funeral services will begin 2 p.m. with the Rev. Richard McLaughlin officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Brewer. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Brookings-Smith Reception Rooms, 55 South Main St., Brewer, after the interment. Gifts in her memory may be sent to Common Sense Housing, care of the Activities Fund, 15 Riverside Drive, Eddington, ME 04428. Condolences to the family may be expressed at  [provided by Sharon Howland & John Adams]

Merrill Sabattus Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]

Charles Kenneth Scott, 84, a resident of Kissimmee, Fla. for more than 50 years, passed away Jan. 26, 2006, at Florida Hospital, Kissimmee, Fla. He was born Oct. 30, 1921, in Calais, a son of Jerry and Alice (Lawler) Scott and was a graduate of Calais Academy. Prior to moving to Florida, he was employed by Stewart's Furniture Store and local movie theaters in the Calais area. He was a member of the Calais Masonic Lodge. Mr. Scott was employed by Martin Marietta in Orlando for many years, retiring in 1986. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran, serving in England, participating in D-Day and the campaigns in France, Belgium and Germany. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by sisters, Evelyn Sgritta, Elizabeth Clark and Mary Mahar. Survivors include nieces, Joyce St. Pierre of Brunswick, Marilyn Rowe of Freeport; nephews, Harley Clark Jr. of Calais and Tom Sgritta of Mooresville, N.C. Special recognition and gratitude for care and compassion during his illness is extended to Kay Clark of Pearl, Miss. and Helen Beatty of Kissimmee, Fla. Spring interment will be in Calais Cemetery. Grissom Funeral Home and Crematory, Kissimmee, Fla. [Provided by John Adams]

Agatha V. Sherrard Morrison, 73, of Black Point Road died Tuesday at a South Portland nursing home after a brief illness. Born in Charlotte, a daughter of Philip E. and Mildred Goodeill Sherrard, she was a graduate of Calais Academy in 1939 and Holy Rosary Business College in St. Stephen NB. In 1949, Mrs. Morrison moved here. She helped organize the Scarborough chapter of the Cumberland Co. Extension Assocciation, and was a member of the Nonesuch Senior Citizens. [Portland Press Herald, 10/19/1995]

Madeline Smith Beattie 1921 - 2009 NORTH ADAMS Madeline E. Beattie, 87, of Ashland Street, a former longtime resident of Catherine Street, died Sunday evening, Feb. 1, 2009, at Albany Medical Center Hospital (N.Y.), following a brief illness. Born on Nov. 3, 1921, in Calais, Maine, daughter of Eben M. and Cora E. Glidden Smith, Madeline was a 1939 graduate of Calais Memorial High School, where she was a two-sport star athlete, playing basketball and softball and was captain of both teams. After high school, she enrolled in the Nursing Program at Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence. Upon graduating from Nursing School in 1942, she enlisted in World War II with the Army Nurse Corps, receiving the commission of second lieutenant, serving overseas in Manila, Philippines, as a charge nurse for a psychiatric ward. She was honorably discharged in 1945. Returning from World War II, she met her future spouse, William F. Beattie of North Adams. They were wed Sept 23, 1947, enjoying 49 years of marriage until his passing in 1996. Madeline was employed as a registered nurse for many years, retiring from Sweet Brook Nursing Home. She also provided private duty nursing care. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of North Adams, the Registered Nurse's Association, and the Sweet Adelines Chorus. Her interest included caring for her grandchildren, floral gardening, baking, watching the back yard birds, and being an avid Red Sox Fan. She leaves her son, William T. Beattie and his wife, Martha, of Clarksburg; a daughter, Rosealice Beattie of North Adams; grandchildren, Aaron, Stefan, Bret, and Jordan Beattie all of Sandy, Utah, Mary-Ellen Beattie, attending Dickinson College, Pa., Tami Hillman and her companion, Jack Hicks of Lyman, Maine, Carrie Brassard and her husband, Michael, and Amy Carddi and her husband, Nathan all of North Adams; great-grandchildren, Shelby and Wyatt Hillman, Allison and Michael, (Jr.) Brassard, and Ava Rose Carddi, and a sister, Doris Christie of Auburn, Maine. FUNERAL NOTICE: Services will be Thursday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m. at AUGE-SAN SOUCIE-SIMMONS FUNERAL HOME, 46 North Church St., North Adams. The Rev Kim E. Kie, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of North Adams, will officiate. Burial will be at Maple Street Cemetery, Adams. Calling hours will be Thursday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home, prior to the service. 

Ruth E. Smith Sargent went home to be with the Lord at 2:57 p.m., on January 20, 2009. Raised in Calais, Maine, she graduated from Calais Academy in 1939. International travel began at a young age, frequently walking across the bridge over the St. John's River to St. Stephens, New Brunswick, Canada. After high school, she moved to Massachusetts in 1939 to work in Waltham, MA, at the watch company. There she assembled parts on a contract for timing devices for the war effort. While in Massachusetts, she met and married Albert H. Sargent. Their first house was in Burlington, MA. She enjoyed travel, during her lifetime visiting all 50 of the United States. She also traveled internationally and in 2001 achieved the goal in her high school yearbook "to visit, Calais, France." Ruth retired from GTE - Sylvania of Exeter, where she was an assembler. She was an avid reader. Her many activities included walking, knitting, and crossword puzzles. She also was a weaver. After retirement, she was a member of Oasis, a travel group in Exeter. She was an active member of various church missions committees over her life, and was a strong supporter of Christian Appalachia Project and the International Heifer Project. She affirmed her commitment to Jesus Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade in Illinois in 1988. She was a member of the Candia Congregational Church. She was the daughter of Delmont W. Smith and Mary A. Smith (Fleming). Her husband and lifetime friend Albert H. Sargent predeceased her, in 1980. Her siblings George, Charles, Vera, and Margaret also predeceased her. She leaves behind her sons Charles Sargent of Morris, Illinois, Robert Sargent of Candia, and Arlene Sturgis of Morris, Illinois. She has nine grandchildren: Timothy Sargent, Paul Sargent, Carisa Kolias (Sargent), Brianna Merrill (Sargent), Greta Sturgis, Shavonne Morin (Sargent), Gregory Sturgis, Serena Sargent, and Moriah Sargent. She has seven great grandchildren: Amana Joy Merrill, Talia Merrill, Ephrim Kolias, Caedan Merrill, Skylar Rae Sturgis, Jimmy Sargent, and Calem Kolias. A Memorial Service was held on January 24, at the Candia Congregational Church. Rev Renee Rouse officiated. Spring burial will be in Auburn, ME. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to either the Alzheimer's Association (by mail), One Bedford Farms Dr., Suite 105, Bedford, NH 03110, or (on line), or His Mansion Ministries, PO Box 40, Hillsboro, NH 03244. To sign an on line guest book, please visit [Obituaries: Jan. 29, 2009 –, Kingston, NH provided by Sharon Howland] 

Vera E. Smith Anderson - Clinton - Vera E. Anderson, 65, died May 3rd at the Maine Medical Center, Portland.  She was born in Calais, May 30, 1921, daughter of Delmont W. and Mary A. (Fleming) Smith.  She was educated in the schools of Calais.  She worked in the cafeteria of the Portsmouth Navy Yard and at Mid-Maine Medical Center, Thayer Unit for several years.  She also worked for several years in the Ski Land Woolen Mill Clinton.  She married Forrest L. Anderson October 9, 1965 in Clinton and had lived in Clinton for the past 22 years.  She was a member of the East Benton Christian Church.  She is survived by her husband Forrest L. Anderson of Clinton, six daughters: Betty M. (Campbell) Bartlett of Bridgewater, NH, Sally A. (Campbell) Gerrish of Kittery, Shirley J. (Campbell) D'Eufimia of Putnum Valley, NY, Mary E. (Campbell) Dixon of Benton, Elsie J. (Campbell) Hillman of Clinton and Marjorie R. (Campbell) McLellan of Newport; a son, George S. Campbell of Benton; two stepchildren: Mrs. Beverly A. Anderson Clark of Clinton and Robert L. Anderson of Woodland; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; one brother, Charles E. Smith of Lisbon; two sisters: Margaret A. Smith of Auburn and Ruth E. Smith Sargent of Freemont, NH.  A brother, George M. Smith, died in 1944.  Funeral services were held at the Redington Funeral Home, Clinton, with the Reverend Donald Kronkite, Pastor of the Quaker Hill Christian Church, Unity.  Readings were by Robert Anderson, a son, and by Mark H. Gerrish, a son-in-law.  Burial was in Greenlawn Rest Cemetery in Clinton. [Calais Advertiser - May 21, 1987  p. 14. Sharon Howland]   09172014

Edna Stanhope Donovan, 91, passed away Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at home with her daughter by her side. Edna was born April 14, 1922, in Calais, daughter of the late Harold and Olive (Wade) Stanhope. She graduated from Calais Academy, class of 1939, and worked at the local pharmacy and Ware Knitters until attending beautician school in Bangor. Edna owned and operated her own beauty salon for several years. On May 3, 1946, she married her love, Philip Donovan. Edna was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Rebekah Lodge, and enjoyed knitting, pets, traveling, and spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, Edna was predeceased by her husband, Philip; a daughter, Linda Ross; and a nephew, Peter Donovan. Surviving are her daughter, Melva Long of Alexander; two grandchildren, Lee Roderick of Meddybemps, and Jessica Melhiser of Alexander; four great-grandchildren, Mallory and Alex Roderick, and Ashley and Ryan Melhiser; son-in-law, John Ross of Guntersville, Ala.; sister-in-law, Marion Lagel of South Windsor, Conn.; nephews, Wayne, David, Gregory, and Louis Donovan; a special cousin, Wayne Harmon; many cousins and friends; and her canine companion, Tuffy. Visiting hours will be held 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, Calais. Burial will follow in Calais Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared at [Published in BDN Maine on Nov. 27, 2013. Sharon Howland]

Ralph Stewart Obituary  [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]  042309

John L. Sweeney, Westwood, MA - On May 17, John L. Sweeney, beloved husband of the late Mary E. (McLaughlin), loving father of Mary E. Szachowicz of Brockton, John L. Sweeney Jr. of Braintree, Judith Reed of Mattapoisett, Janet Meeker of Andover, Michelle Matta of East Bridgewater and Melinda Sweeney of Westwood.  Also survived by 13 grandchildren.  He was a graduate of Calais Academy, Class of 1939. Funeral was from the John F. Holden Westood Funeral Home, 55 High Rock Street (off Rte. 109), Westwood Thursday at 9:15.  Funeral Mass was in St. Denis' Church at 10 o'clock.  Relatives and friends were invited.  Interment Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Heart Assoc. 44 Fourth Ave., Needham 02193 or the Joslin Clinic, Boston 02115. [Provided by Sharon Howland. Calais Advertiser - June 4, 1987  p. 24.]

Ruth I. Thompson Zonfrillo, 75, of Dickens Street died Friday at the Berkshire Place, Providence. She was the wife of the late Benetto T. "Benny" Zonfrillo. Born in Calais, Maine, a daughter of the late Albert J. and Kathleen (Johnson) Thompson, she lived in Providence for 58 years. She leaves a sister, Grace E. Brennan, and a nephew, Michael Brennan, both of Cranston. The funeral will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. from the Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home, 331 Smith St., with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 at St. Casimir Church, Smith Street. Burial will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston. [ Providence Journal (RI) - Sunday, January 19, 1997. Provided by Sharon Howland.]  02/16/17

Charlotte Townsend. CALAIS - Charlotte "Erdine" Townsend Claridge, 86, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008, at Calais Regional Hospital. She was born Oct. 25, 1921, in Calais, the daughter of Albert Townsend and Elizabeth Townsend Griffin; and stepfather, Leo Griffin. Erdine graduated from Calais Academy in 1939 and married Willard B. Claridge Sept. 25, of that same year. She was a loving wife, devoted mother, caring grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, friend and neighbor. Her most enjoyable times were spent with family, friends and neighbors, especially with those in "The Union." Her hobbies included cooking, knitting, crafts, writing poetry and listening to music. She loved her God, family and her country. Erdine will be sadly missed, but her memories will live on forever. Erdine was predeceased by her husband of 64 years in 2003; her parents; stepfather; and a brother, Verne Townsend. She is survived by her son, Wayne Claridge and his wife, Sue, of Calais; a daughter, Gayle Lindsay and her husband, Joseph, of St. Stephen, New Brunswick; a brother, Eugene and his wife, Patricia, of Calais; a sister, Lois Griffin Hardy of Enfield, Conn.; eight grandchildren, Catherine and David Stone, Crista and Scott Lukoski, Craig and Antonieta Claridge-Fenderson; Cherilyn and Dean Palmer, Troy Claridge, Joell Lindsay, William "Billy" Lindsay, and Jon and Tabitha Lindsay; nine great-grandchildren, Tessa Claridge, Dominique and Dustin Fenderson, Hannah and Jackson Stone, Grant and Paige Palmer and Gavin and Travis Lindsay; several nieces, nephews and close friends. A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at Calais Cemetery with a celebration of life and time of fellowship after. At the request of the family, there will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Erdine's memory to the National Kidney Foundation, 470 Forest Ave., Suite 302, Portland, ME 04101 or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais and Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at  [Provided by John Adams & Marilyn Strout]

George Tracy Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]  042009

June Williamson Howland Calais – June W. Howland, 87, died Thursday, November 13, 2008 at a Calais nursing home. June was born in St. Stephen, N.B. on August 19, 1921, daughter of the late Edward and Florence (Larner) Williamson. She graduated from Calais Academy, Class of 1939, and went on to graduate from Holy Rosary Business School in St. Stephen. In 1941, June married Harold Howland. After Harold returned from the war, they moved to Portland, where they lived for several years before returning home to Calais. June was employed at the Calais Free Library for many years, and later volunteered as an Activity Assistant for Barnard’s Nursing Home. She was a former Girl Scout Leader and was a member of the First Congregational Church, where she served as a Deacon and was a member of the Women’s Assoc. June enjoyed reading, playing bridge, and spending time with her family and friends. Besides her parents, June was predeceased by her husband, Harold, in 1978. Surviving are three daughters, Gloria Taylor of Pittsfield, MA, Sharon Howland of Waltham, MA, and Gayle Moholland and her husband Bob of Baileyville; five grandchildren, Lisa Taylor of Cape Coral, FL, Karen Dapper and her husband John of Pittsfield, MA, Robert E. Moholland Sr. and his wife Janet of Charlotte, Rebecca Ireland and her husband Wayne of Edinburg, and Amanda Curran and her husband Jay of St. Stephen, N.B.; and nine great-grandchildren, Jesseca Dapper, Felicia and Robert Moholland Jr., Samantha, Alexis, Emilee and Reed Ireland, and Jayden and Ethan Curran. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport. [Provided by Sharon Howland.]

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