John Blodgett Stebbins

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126 Portland Head Lighthouse Maine picturesScarborough, ME — With great sadness, we note the peaceful passing of John Blodgett Stebbins, age 85, on Thursday, July 25, 2013, after a well-fought 15-month fight against lung cancer. Originally from Niagara Falls, NY, he was a graduate of St. Paul’s School, NH (’46) and Harvard College (’50), and became a beloved educator in NY, VT, MA, and CT. He married the late Mary Emelie Tobias of Charleston, SC while in the Navy there. He is survived by his second wife, Janet Jones Stebbins of Scarborough, ME; his children, John B. Stebbins, Jr.(Willy) of Brockton, MA, George Stebbins of Craftsbury, VT, and Elizabeth Stebbins Torkelsen of Wilton, CT; four grandchildren – Alex, Ben, Emily, and Kristina; and two great-grandchildren – Bella and Chase.

John was passionate about his career as a teacher. Although he briefly tried school administration, he always preferred the classroom. Over the years, he taught subjects as diverse as astronomy, Latin, English and history.   Despite his classical education and his ubiquitous bow ties, John never took himself too seriously.

As John would put it, he “festered as a youth” in Niagara Falls, NY where he was proud of his parents, Dr. Edward C. Stebbins and Hope Blodgett Stebbins, and his younger brother Ned, Edward C. Stebbins, Jr. Even so, at a tender age, he tried to run away, but only got as far as the corner because he was not yet allowed to cross the street by himself.   Later, he fished coins out of the top of the American falls — securely anchored by old clothesline. He had a permanent impact on brother Ned – having dropped a ball-peen hammer on his head from the tree-house. John drew pictures of horses, planes and trains at Maple Ave. School, then moved on to act in theater and play drums in the marching band at Deveaux School. When he missed an exam there, he was sent to St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH, (’46) where he learned discipline, crew, and Latin. After four merry years at Harvard College (’50), where he was a cartoonist for the Lampoon and a member of Hasty Pudding’s “Hairy Leg Chorus,” he emerged an English major, which prepared him perfectly for his next four years in the Navy in the exotic port of Charleston, SC.

His time in the Navy was memorable for his having been bitten by an IBM machine (his “war wound” — he wanted a purple heart but the corpsman gave him a bandaid and laughed); acting in many productions at the Dock Street and Footlight Theaters; drawing and painting their PlayBills; and meeting and marrying Mary Emelie Tobias (Toby). He then returned to teach at his old school, Deveaux, in Niagara Falls and nurture his first son Willy (John B. Stebbins, Jr.). There he nearly completed a PhD program at the University of Buffalo. Next, he seized the opportunity to help found a school in Northern Vermont (Sterling School, now Sterling College, in Craftsbury Common, VT) with several Berkshire School faculty. At Sterling, he served in virtually every position from school carpenter to night watchman to Headmaster.

He designed and built his own house near the campus, and soon added son George to his family. He constructed and played three banjoes, helped to launch the local fiddlers’ contest, served as the town’s republican representative, was a deacon in his church, and continued to act in local theater. In a few years, cherished daughter Elizabeth was born. He earned a Masters in School Administration at Johnson State College, and had brief stints at Manlius Pebble Hill School (NY) and Lamoille Union High School (VT). Next, he traveled across the street from Sterling to become principal of Craftsbury Academy, the local high school. Following the death of his wife, he and Elizabeth moved to Ashburnham, MA where he taught English and Latin at Cushing Academy. There he met and married his second wife, Janet Elizabeth Jones.

At Cushing, he taught, and coached shot put and discus. He also continued his woodworking passion and built inlaid workbenches, headboards, and coffee tables. He also renovated their Maine summer cottage on MacMahan Island, adding a bedroom and woodshop, building a king-size bed in the attic so that it looked out to sea, fitting built-in drawers under the eaves, and designing the famous Stebbins wine rack that fit bottles between the studs. After his retirement from Cushing, he lived in Westminster and Walpole, MA before moving to Pomfret School, in Pomfret, CT. There, he served as the school’s top English, history, and Latin tutor, while continuing his success in watercolor painting, woodwork, and local theater. During this time, he moved to an 1840 farmhouse in the neighboring town of Woodstock, where he converted half the old barn into the woodshop of his dreams (a gorgeous inlaid sideboard was proof). After many happy years there, he really retired, this time to Piper Shores Lifecare Community on the ocean in Scarborough, ME, where he lived for his last four years. Weeks before his death he celebrated his 85th birthday with children, grand-children, great grand-children, nieces and nephews, during which, as usual, all were riveted by his storytelling. He loved giraffes, model planes and railroads. He always said his demise would come (embarrassingly) by being trampled by butterflies. At time of his death, he had almost finished memorizing Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. He is survived by Janet, Amber- the dog, and many wonderful family, friends, and memories. A memorial concert in his honor is being scheduled for September in Scarborough. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Beacon Hospice, 54 Atlantic Pl., Portland, ME 04106.

Virginia (Zanchi) Ainsworth

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Ainsworth Virginia 531Saco, ME – Virginia (Zanchi) Ainsworth, 96, of Old Orchard Beach and formerly of Lowell, MA died on Friday July 26, 2013 among her loving family and caring community at Seal Rock Health Care Facility after a long but graceful journey with dementia.

Virginia was born in Westford, MA on June 11, 1917, the daughter of the late Dominic and Angela (Montagne) Zanchi. She was educated in the Westford schools. For many years she worked in the Woolen Mills of Lowell before retiring in 1978 from Honeywell of Lowell. Virginia moved to Maine in 1985 and wintered in Florida until ill health forced her to return home in 2004.

She was a member of the United Baptist Church of Saco, ME and a former member and deaconess of Calvary Baptist Church of Lowell, MA. She was also a member of the Ocean Park Association’s Toilers-By-The-Sea.

Virginia was predeceased by her husband James Ainsworth, who died in 1993. She was the last remaining sibling of Rose, Angelina, Dena, Mary, Isabella, Lydia, Speranza, Grace, Ruth, David, Nicholas, Paul and Daniel. She is survived by two daughters Angela Hutchinson and her husband Paul of Saco, ME and Betty Germann of Old Orchard Beach, ME. She also leaves two granddaughters, Kimberly Lombardi and her husband Lenny of Haverhill, MA and Tammy Paladis and her husband Marc of North Waterboro, ME.

The family gratefully acknowledges the kind, considerate, compassionate care provided to “Mom” by the entire staff at Seal Rock Health Care and Beacon Hospice.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the United Baptist Church, 318 Main Street, Saco.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave. Portland. Please visit to sign Virginia’s guestbook and express your condolences to the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to:

The United Baptist Church

318 Maine Street

Saco, ME 04072


Open Hands Open Hearts

67 Ocean Park Road

Saco, ME 04072


Gayle Morgan Epstein

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Epstein GayleGayle Morgan Epstein of Westbrook Maine passed away in Scarborough at Gosnell Memorial Hospice on July 19, 2013 after a two year fight with a brain tumor. She was 56 years old.


She was born in New Haven Connecticut to Zella Woodworth Morgan and Richard W. Morgan and attended school in North Branford. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State College in 1978 with a BA in Art. After college Gayle moved to San Diego to live near her sister Joyce.


Gayle had many interests and was an accomplished cyclist, traveling solo across Ireland in her early twenties. After moving to Colorado she enjoyed road biking in the Rocky Mountains. She was also a member of the Horseless Carriage Club of America as well as an avid hiker. Gayle was an excellent singer and played guitar. She also produced many fine pieces of art over the years.


Gayle worked for many years in the insurance field before moving to Maine to buy her mother’s home in Ocean Park. She took a job in a busy medical office where she worked in an administrative capacity. Her last position was with Maine Medical Center as an O.R. scheduler.


Survivors include her sons Brett Epstein of Aurora, CO., Adam Epstein of Scarborough, ME., her grandson Mason Epstein of Aurora, CO., her sisters Joyce Morgan of San Diego, CA., Joan Jeffery of Texas, brother Richard Morgan of Scarborough, ME, Life Partner Tom Contolini of Westbrook, ME., and devoted dog Millie. Gayle also had many dear friends who were like family to her.


A memorial celebration of Gayle’s life will be announced at a later time.


Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland. Please visit to sign Gayle’s guestbook and express your condolences to the family.

Bertha E. “Betty” (Raynes) Philbrook

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126 Portland Head Lighthouse Maine picturesKITTERY – Bertha E. “Betty” (Raynes) Philbrook, 89, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. She spent her final hours surrounded by her loving family at Durgin Pines in Kittery, Maine. She resided in Kittery Point for 84 years before becoming a resident of Durgin Pines in 2008.

Betty was born December 28, 1923 in Kittery Point, the daughter of Sherman F. Raynes and Emma C. Raynes. She was a lifelong homemaker having raised a large family of six children. Betty was well known for her wonderful art of cooking and baking. If not in the kitchen, she could be found at the sewing machine creating beautiful items of her own design with no patterns necessary. A set of knitting needles and a skein of yarn were always on hand for yet another baby sweater or a pair of mittens. Betty loved to work outside in her flower gardens and took great pride in her rock gardens and frog waterfall. She also enjoyed gatherings filled with family and food which included homemade hand-churned ice cream in the winter and, in the summer, making baked beans in her very own bean hole she built in the back yard. Betty loved camping when her children were younger, first starting out in a tent and later in a pop-up camper at various campgrounds in Maine and New Hampshire. In her senior years, Betty took pleasure in spending time and helping out at the Kittery Senior Center and taking day trips with her friends at the center. She was very happy to be able to spend many winters in Florida with her daughter, Donna. Betty’s favorite holiday was Halloween when she would transform herself into a wicked witch and her kitchen into a spooky place for trick-or-treaters to come in for a cup of cider, a cookie or cupcake and a goodie bag. Word of this traveled far and wide and kids and parents alike came in by the dozens. Once Betty started residing at Durgin Pines, her nurturing ways found her trying to help clear tables in the dining room or running to the aid of other residents in distress. Bertha (as she is known at Durgin Pines) will be remembered by staff for her love of music and dancing. She will be missed by all who loved her.

Betty was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Lyford Philbrook in 2004, and her brothers, Sherman (Jason) Raynes, Wesley Raynes and Clayton Raynes.

Betty is survived by three sons, Wesley Philbrook and wife Abby of York; Stephen Philbrook and wife Barbara of Shapleigh; and Thomas Philbrook and wife Michele of Kittery Point; three daughters, Donna McGee and husband Dale of Steuben; Susan Ferguson and husband Robert of Belmont, NH; and Lisa Briest and husband Tommy Briest of Erwin, TN; and 19 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her brother, Lester Raynes and wife Millie of Kittery Point, and her sister, Shirley Raynes of Biddeford.    

There will be no calling hours.

A graveside service will be held at the First Baptist Church cemetery (entrance near Mitchell School), Kittery Point, on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 2:00 p.m.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Wesley and Abby Philbrook, 119 Scituate Road, York, following the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be made to the Durgin Pines Resident Activity Fund and mailed to Durgin Pines, 9 Lewis Road, Kittery, ME 03904, or to the Kittery Community Center, 200 Rogers Road, Kittery, ME 03904.

Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, Portland, Maine, is assisting the family with cremation services. For more information and to view an online memorial go to

Michael R. Thomas

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Thomas Michael 1Nashua, NH – Michael R. Thomas, 59, of Nashua and formerly of Mass died on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Nashua Veterans Hospital.

Michael was born in Schenectady, NY on June 13, 1954 a son of the late Saliem & Mary (York) Thomas. He grew up in the Brighton/Watertown area, graduating from Brighton High School before joining the US Navy. He then went on to work for the military as a civilian aircraft mechanic.

Michael enjoyed sports and especially enjoyed playing hockey. He was also an avid Patriots fan.

He is survived by two daughters Kelly Thomas of Billerica, MA and Heather Lamothe and her husband John of Salem, NH and a son Michael Thomas Jr. of Billerica, MA. He also leaves three brothers Darrel Thomas of Maine, Saliem Thomas of California and Martin Thomas of Billerica, MA, three sisters Mona Beeler of Maine, Becky Bennett of Maine and Lorrillie “Lori” Thomas of Tampa, FL as well as seven grandchildren, five nephews, four nieces and several great nieces and nephews and one great great niece and nephew. He was also the brother of the late Sheila ThomasTavanese.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Friday, July 19, 2013 from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave., Portland.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland, ME.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland. Please visit to sign Michael’s guestbook and express your condolences to the family.

William J. McCormick Sr.

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McCormick WIlliamPortland, ME – William J. McCormick Sr., 77, of Standish and formerly of Gorham died on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at Mercy Hospital. He was the husband of the late Lucinda (Newcomb) McCormick.

He was born on September 5, 1935 in Portland, a son of the late John W. & Lillian McCormick. He was raised in Portland and attended Portland Schools. Bill spent thirty two years working at the University of Maine, Gorham Campus, retiring in 2002 as the Custodial Supervisor.

He is survived by his son William J. McCormick Jr. and his wife Cynthia of Standish and his two daughters Deborah Ann McCormick of Westbrook and Tammy McCormick of Parsonsfield. He also leaves four grandchildren William III, Christopher and his wife Crystal, Olivia and Adam and five great grandchildren as well as two sisters Patricia and Beatrice and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at a later date. A private burial will take place at Brooklawn Memorial Park, Portland, ME.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland. Please visit to sign William’s guestbook and express your condolences to the family.

Camille L. St. Michel-Beal

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St Michel-Beal Camille websitePortland, ME – Camille Louise St. Michel-Beal, 66, of Windham died on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at Maine Medical Center. She was the wife of Richard M. Beal.

She was born in Portland, ME on September 14, 1946, a daughter of the late Edmund & Eva (Ferrante) St. Michel. She was raised in Portland, attending local area schools and went on to earn a business certificate from Southern Maine Community College. In 1973 she moved from Portland to Windham.

She was employed by The Watch Shop at Pineland Center from 1979 until 1994 at which time she went to work for Wal-Mart, where she stayed until 2004. She also worked as an accounting clerk for the Department of Human Services from 1995 until her retirement in 2004.

Camille’s philosophy was if you can’t say something nice about somebody, then don’t say anything at all because they are not here to defend themselves.

She was a member of the American Legion and the Limington Lions Club. She enjoyed spending her spare time reading, crocheting, doing cross-stich, playing games on the computer and keeping in touch with friends and family through Facebook. She also had an interest in plants and was a huge animal lover, leaving behind her three dogs and two cats.

Besides her husband of 24 years, she is survived by two brothers Edmund St. Michel and his wife Janice of Gray and Donald St. Michel and his wife Shirley of Galveston, IN and a sister Janet St. Michel of Austin, TX as well as thirteen nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at the Ferrante residence at 815 Main Street, South Portland.

Burial in the Maine Veterans Cemetery, Augusta will be private.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland. Please visit to sign Camille’s guestbook and express your condolences to the family.

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

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

Candace Louise (Smith) Howard

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Howard CandaceSouth Paris, ME — Candace Louise (Smith) Howard, 62, of Albany Township died Sunday, June 30, 2013 after a short battle with cancer at the Market Square Center. She was the wife of the late Peter Howard Sr. who died in June 20, 1997.


She was born on March 26, 1951 in Norway Maine a daughter of the late Gardner & Helen (Trimback) Smith. She attended local area schools spending three years at Gould Academy before graduating from Telstar Regional High School.


Candace loved to watch NASCAR, rooting on her favorite driver Jimmie Johnson. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles, watching TV, “Spirit” her dog, hunting and fishing as well as being on the computer and cooking. However her favorite times where the ones she shared with family and friends.


She is survived by her daughter Lorie White and her husband Rodney and her son Peter Howard and his fiancé Jessi Smith. She also leaves three granddaughter’s Kristilee and Karen White, Shawna Howard-Berube and two step granddaughters Harlowe and Ashlin all from Albany Township as well as her close cousin Penny Allen and good friends Mabel and Frank Buiniskas..


At Candace’s request, there will be no services; she wanted a big get together. So relatives and friends are invited to attend that get together on July 27, 2013 from 1-4 at the home of her daughter Lorie White at 38 Andrews Road, Albany Twp.


Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland. Please visit to sign Candace’s guestbook and express your condolences to the family.


In lieu of flowers please bring a favorite childhood book to the gathering or donate a book to an organization, as Candace always wanted to encourage children to read. She believed in reading as a very important start in the life of learning.

Julie F. (Davis) Lombard

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Lombard Julie 108Auburn- Julie Frances Lombard, 52, of Lewiston, passed away at the Androscoggin Hospice House on June 28th, 2013. She is the daughter of the late John Willard and Idyolyn (Mason) Davis and the Mother of Amber and John Lombard.


Julie grow up in Kezar Falls Maine and attended locate schools until graduating high school. Many people know her for the work she did as a cashier at Poirier’s Market on Walnut Street in Lewiston where she happily spend the last six years of her life working.


Julie loved to be outside, it did not matter what she was doing or who she was with, but she especially liked to been with friends and family at barbeques. She also liked to play games on her computer and go on Facebook to catch up with what was going on in her friends and family’s life.


Julie is survived by her two children, a daughter, Amber Lombard and her boyfriend Mike Leeman, and a son, John Lombard and his girlfriend Jamie Chapman, both of Lewiston; five grandchildren, Derek, Matthew, Damian, Mya and Cadence; A brother, Richard Davis and his wife Diane of Massachusetts, and several nieces and nephews.


Services will be announced at a later date.


Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. Please sign Julie’s guestbook and express your condolences to the family.


Leonard Victor Young

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Young Leonard croppedLewiston, ME – Leonard Victor Young, 66, of Auburn, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at the Auburn Hospice House. He was the husband of Sandra L. (Gagnon) Young.

He was born on December 22, 1946 in Gouldsboro, ME a son of the late Maynard & Adelia (Moore) Young. At age four he was diagnosed with Polio. After graduating from Gouldsboro Grammar School, he attended Pineland Center in New Gloucester. He became very self-sufficient and did not let his disease hold him back; in fact until his recent illness, he would walk many miles around Lewiston-Auburn.

In July of 1972 he married Sandra L. Gagnon. He enjoyed watching wrestling and doing puzzles as well as old country music and Westerns. He had a great sense of humor and a beautiful smile, which made him many friends over the years.

Besides his wife of 41 years he is survived by six brothers, Earl Young and his wife Cheryl of Goouldsboro, Lawrence Young and his wife Pat of Hancock, Carl Young and his wife Jeannine of Bangor, Morris Young and his wife Joyce of Ellsworth, Warren Young and his wife Melissa of Gouldsboro and Jeff Young of Trenton and two sisters Loretta Ray of Winter Harbor and Wanda Theobald and her husband Charles of Winslow. He also leaves a brother-in-law Joseph Grover of South Gouldsboro as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and friends. He was also the brother of the late Marie Grover, Larry and Gilbert Young.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the special nurses at Marshwood Nursing Home as well as the great team at the Androscoggin Healthcare and Hospice.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 980 Turner Street, Auburn.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. Please visit to sign Leonard’s guestbook and express your condolences to the family.