Lucienne M. Belanger

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Belanger Lucienne 1Lewiston, ME – Lucienne “Lucy” M. Belanger, 82, of Hogan Road, Lewiston died Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Central Maine Medical Center surrounded by her favorite niece, Janet Page, great niece Jill Page and Jill’s fiancé Paul Gay.

She was born on March 22, 1930 in St. Anne, La Pocatier, Quebec, and Canada. Lucy was the 9th child of the late Alphonse & Eva (St. Pierre) Belanger.

She is survived by her sisters Simone Larkin and her husband Laurette and Eva Gilbert, her brothers Rene, Roland and Jean. She also leaves her favorite nephew Michael Grover and his wife Lianne, his brother-in-law Bill Larkin Sr., as well as many nieces and nephews.

Lucy never married and she was fiercely independent in her views and although she had a sharp wit with ready answers, she had a heart of gold. She was very sympathetic and unselfish to those who knew her well.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland, ME. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Lucy’s guestbook.

Robert B. Ferracci

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Ferracci Robert001Auburn, ME – Robert B. Ferracci, 86, of Karen Ave, Monmouth died Saturday morning, December 29, 2012, at the Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn.

He was born in Lewiston, ME October 1, 1926 the son of the late William & Gabrielle (Martin) Ferracci. He married Dora Ott on December 21, 1945.

Prior to retirement Mr. Ferracci had been employed at the Androscoggin County Jail. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his two daughters Margo Ferracci of Canton and Karen Murphy of Monmouth, his son Christopher Ferracci of Norway, a brother William Ferracci of Florida, four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Chapman Gathering Room at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 980 Turner Street, Auburn.

Burial will also be in Gracelawn Memorial Park.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland, ME. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Robert’s guestbook.

Vance R. Gregory

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Gregory Vance001Lewiston, ME – Vance R. Gregory, 44, of Poland died unexpectedly on Monday, December 24, 2012 at Central Maine Medical Center. He was the husband of Bridget M. (Turcotte) Gregory.

He was born in Lewiston, ME on June 13, 1968 a son of Claude Gregory of Poland and the late Edna (Brackett) Gregory. He grew up in Lewiston and graduated from Lewiston High School.

He was a Certified Aiding Drafter for Building Solutions in Oxford for many years.

Vance enjoyed play cards, especially “Scat” and also loved Sudoku, making puzzles and video games.

Besides his wife and his father he is survived by his two daughters, Athena Gregory of and Ashley Gregory both of Poland as well as his granddaughter Breanna. He also leaves a brother Rick Gregory of Poland, a brother-in-law Roger Turcotte and his wife Jane of Auburn and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Greg’s guestbook.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to:

The Vance Gregory Memorial Fund

c/o Bridget Gregory

28 Brook Drive

Poland, ME 04274

Virginia “Gini” (Donovan) Anderson

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Anderson Virginia001Virginia Anderson, of North Yarmouth, Maine passed away Tuesday evening surrounded by family after a long and courageous battle with colon cancer.

Virginia, better known as Gini, was first and foremost a mother, at least until the final six months of her life, when to her absolute delight she became a grandmother. During her young adult years her two sons were the lights of her life. As they grew up she developed a strong career working as a provider service representative for a non-profit insurance company, traveling all over Maine and New England, but she always put family, friends, and play first. Gini particularly enjoyed reading, gardening, traveling, walking on the beautiful trails of Maine, and dining and chatting with her many close friends. She was also a life-long animal lover, who had many wonderful pets and who made an annual Christmas donation to a local animal shelter.

Gini was a devoted mother, a loving mother-in-law, a warm friend, and too briefly, a wonderful grandmother. She radiated an inner kindness and exuberance that endeared her to both lifelong friends and casual acquaintances. She never lost her inner spirit, joy for life, or kindness towards everyone she met. She was a blessing and an inspiration to those who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Gini is survived by her two sons, Devin Anderson and his wife Karyn and Derek Anderson and his wife Natalie Dean, her mother Patricia Donovan, her two brothers John and Michael Donovan, and her grandson Keegan Anderson. She was also the loving daughter of the late John Donovan.

A memorial service will be held in her honor at Wilde Memorial Chapel at Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Avenue in Portland, Maine on Saturday, December 29th at 10am.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Gini’s guestbook

Albert F. Baldi

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126 Portland Head Lighthouse Maine picturesSouth Portland, ME – Albert F. Baldi, 80, of South Portland and formerly of Peak’s Island died on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at his home, after a long illness, with his family by his side. He was the husband of Judith (Kirk) Baldi.

He was born in Chicago, IL on February 26, 1932 a son of the late Albert & Mary (Panozo) Baldi. He graduated from DePaul Academy and then went on to obtain his BA in Engineering from DePaul University. In 1962 he married his wife Judy and together raised three children.

Al worked as an industrial engineer for the Nashua Corp. before retiring in 1992. After his retirement he and his wife moved to Peaks Island and their “someday” had finally arrived. While on the island Albert spent much of his time volunteering at the library and was also very involved with the Lion’s Club.

Besides his wife of 50 years, he is survived by his son James K. Baldi, his daughter Kathleen Mary Kurkjian and his five grandchildren. He was also the father of the late Matthew Baldi, who died in 1994.

Albert’s family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to the staff at VNA Home Health & Hospice in South Portland, especially to his nurse Pam Shay, RN and Dr. Daniel Merson, DO. Your care and support have been unsurpassed.

A private burial will be held at Pond Grove Cemetery, Peaks Island with a celebration of Al’s life to be held in the spring.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Al’s guestbook.

Yolanda M. (Pesce) Smith

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126 Portland Head Lighthouse Maine picturesPortland, ME – Yolanda M. (Pesce) Smith, 82, of Portland and formerly of South Portland, died on Monday, December 24, 2012 at the Barron Center.

 

She was born in Portland, ME on September 20, 1930 a daughter of the late Carmine & Maria (Rega) Pesce. She grew up in Portland and attended local area schools.

 

Although raising children was her primary job, she did work for the State of Maine in the Employment Office and the Superior Court both in Portland.

 

Yolanda was an avid bowler, bowling in tournament as well as several leagues at Big 20 Bowling Center in Scarborough. She also enjoyed line dancing and spent much time at the Italian Heritage Center. She was also an excellent cook; her pot of spaghetti sauce on the stove every Saturday will be missed.

 

She is survived by four children John P. Smith and his wife Deborah of South Portland, Cecilia Nickerson and Pia Bibeau and her husband Perry both of Portland and Yolanda Mills and her husband Larry of Standish. She also leaves her nine grandchildren Zachary, Rachael, Kyle, Timothy, Regina, Christian, Maria, Sabrina and Gregory as well as her two great grandchildren Madison and Danielle, a sister Cecilia Pennisi of Lutz, FL, two brothers, Albert Pesce of Scarborough and Carmine Pesce of Portland, a daughter-in-law Mary Ellen Milliken-Smith of South Portland and numerous nieces and nephews. She was also the mother of the late Gregory Smith who died on September 3, 2001.

 

Yolanda’s family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the doctors and staff of the Barron Center for their care and support over the past two years.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Friday, December 28, 2012 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel at Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave, Portland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 72 Federal Street, Portland.

 

Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland, ME.

 

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave. Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Yolanda’s guestbook.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to:

Barron Center Resident Fund

ATTN: Eileen Norton

1145 Brighton Ave

Portland, ME 04102

 

Justin R. LaBonte

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LaBonte JustinWaterville, ME – Justin R. LaBonte, 30, died unexpectedly on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at his home in Waterville. He was the husband of Jasmin M. (Pelkey) LaBonte.

He was born in Lewiston, ME on January 19, 1982 a son of the late Richard N. LaBonte & Lindy (Whitter) Dube and her husband Michael of Auburn. He grew up in Lewiston, attending local area schools.

Justin held several different jobs, most notably working for VW Dig Construction in Phoenix, AR, where he worked until 2007, when he returned to Maine.

He married Jasmin on June 29, 2012.

Besides his wife he is survived by his three children who adored him, Kelsie Wotton of Lewiston and Xavier and Ethayn Pelkey both of Waterville. He also leaves two sisters Monica Dube and her fiancée James Warren and Laurie LaBonte both of Lewiston; his three brothers Tony and Ronald Parker and Marc Montrieul all of Lewiston, as well as Kelsie’s mother Kerri Wotton of Lewiston, Jasmin’s parents Norman & Sherill Pelkey of Waterville and her grandparents Gerald & Virginia Vellieux of Oakland and his two brother-in-laws Jamie Barker and Ray Pelkey both of Waterville.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Chapman Gathering Room at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 980 Turner Street, Auburn.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave Portland, ME. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Justin’s guestbook.

Regina “Jean” (Clukey) Gilpatrick

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Gilpatrick ReginaAuburn, ME – Regina “Jean” (Clukey) Gilpatrick, 85, of Heiken Drive in Turner passed away at Hospice House in Auburn on Saturday, Dec.22,2012.

She was born in Orono, ME on October 15, 1927, the daughter of the late George & Francis Clukey. She graduated from Jamaica Plains High School in MA and Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Portland, ME in 1948. Jean married Lionel “Gil” GIlpatrick on August 18, 1950. Together they raised 3 children. They made their homes in Portland, Auburn and Turner.

Jean worked in nursing for 44 years, mostly in the Acute Cardiac Care Unit of CMMC. She served as head nurse for 18 years. She shared great memories of family & friends at the family cottage on Bear Pond in Turner. She also enjoyed happy times boating from pedal boats to cabin cruisers.

She was predeceased by her husband Lionel, son James and grandson Scott Robinson. She leaves behind her son Brian & wife Mary of Biddeford, daughter Karen & husband Glen Robinson of Buckfield, grandchildren James Jr., Erica, Andrea, Craig Robinson, Jason, Tom & Maggie, a niece and nephew, and many great grandchildren.

Many thanks to the nurses and aides for the loving care she received at home and at Hospice House in Auburn.

A private family memorial will be held December 28, 2012.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Regina’s guestbook.

Leo Steve Richard

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126 Portland Head Lighthouse Maine picturesLewiston, ME – Leo Steve Richard, 87, of Leeds, ME passed away on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at CMMC in Lewiston.

Leo was born in Madrid, ME on October 8, 1025 a son of the late Steve and Rose (Fournier) Richard.

Leo was an avid hunter, woodsman, and craftsman; he loved the outdoors and operated Richard’s Tree Service for over 30 years.

He served in the United States Marine Corp in the Pacific during WWII.

Leo will be missed by his family and the many friends he has made.

Leo is survived by daughters Ann Richard and Lianne Bedard, Grandchildren Joseph Bedard III and Cassidy Bedard, siblings Lena Howard, Albert Richard, Merle Richards, Etney Campbell, and Rita Larochelle and many nieces and nephews.

Leo was previously deceased by his parents, his Brother Gus Richard and his Sister Marie Taylor.

A graveside memorial service will be held in the spring at Greenwood Cemetery in Dixfield, Maine.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Leo’s guestbook.

Charles L. Hibbard

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Hibbard CharlesBrunswick, ME – Charles L. Hibbard, 50, passed away on Friday, December 14, 2012 with his family by his side at Parkview Hospital due to complications after a long battle with cancer.

Relatives and friends are welcome to attend a memorial service on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the First Parish Congregational Church, 422 Hallowell Rd, Pownal with a reception immediately following.

Charlie was born on November 20, 1962 in Portland to Linda (Hibbard) Soucy and the late Harold E. Hibbard Jr. of Pownal. He graduated from Greely High School in 1983. Charlie married Tina (Shockley) Hibbard in 2008 and they lived together in Brunswick.

Charlie worked for many years as a finish carpenter. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, his love of hunting & fishing were only exceeded by his love for his wife and daughter. He enjoyed spending as much time as possible hunting and fishing with family and friends.

Besides his wife Tina and Mother, Charlie is survived by his daughter Allison Hibbard; his granddaughter; his brothers Harold Hibbard III of North Yarmouth, Jody Hibbard of Pownal, Tony Hibbard of Norwich, CT and Stanley Hibbard of Lisbon; a nephew Harold Hibbard IV and a niece Victoria Hibbard.