Kathleen L. (Wood) Lewis

Portland, ME – Kathleen Louise (Wood) Lewis, 59, of Portland, died on Monday, September 15, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her family.  She was the wife of the late Gerald R. Lewis Sr.

 

She was born on September 17, 1954 in Portland, ME, a daughter of the late Richard P. & Lorraine C. (Fournier) Wood Sr.  She attended local area schools and graduated from Westbrook High School.  After high school, Kathleen attended college before deciding on a career in food service.

 

Kathleen worked for both Mr. Bagel on Moulton Street and Dunkin Donuts on Congress Street both in Portland.  She loved and enjoyed her customers and the feeling was mutual.

 

She enjoyed art very much, and was a talented painter and sketcher.  She also never missed her “Soaps”.  She was also considered the Mom of the neighborhood; always have more children than just hers.  She would help anyone who crossed her path.

 

She is survived by her longtime companion Leo Dyer and her children Sara Wood and her companion Brian Santamore, Joseph Lewis, Rayne Mallory and her husband Aaron all of Portland. She also leaves her brothers Richard Wood Jr. and his wife Penny and Michael Wood, her sister Linda Wood as well as several nieces Noel and Brody Wood and nephews Skylar and Koby Osgood and Richard Wood III.  She was also the sister of the late Robie and Diane Wood.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 22 Poland Street, Portland.

Laura Beth (Countaway) Kezar

Laura Beth (Countaway) Kezar, beloved wife, mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, and aunt passed away on Thursday, September 18, 2014, peacefully in her sleep at her home in Berwick, Maine, surrounded by her family. 

Laura was born on November 23, 1952 in Winthrop, Massachusetts, the youngest of 3 children to John and Edith (Elo) Countaway.  She graduated from Winthrop High School in 1971.  Laura married the love of her life, Joseph Kezar, on October 10, 1975.  She and her family moved to Berwick in 1982. 

She spent her life caring for others.  Out of high school, she completed the standard course of First Aid through the American National Red Cross.  She began working at Cliff House, a nursing home in Winthrop.  It was there that she met Joe.  Laura became a stay-at-home mom, raising her two children, Stacey and Joseph.  Eventually the kids grew up and had children of their own.  She then returned to work and spent her last 9 working years at Waban Projects Inc. caring for adults with developmental disabilities.  Although Laura was afraid of bees and snowflakes, she faced her own two-year battle with cancer without fear. 

Laura enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, her dogs, and her birds.  She displayed her feisty attitude and sense of humor right up to the end. 

Laura is survived by her husband, Joseph Kezar; her daughter Stacey L. Robinson of Gray, Maine and her husband Thomas J. Robinson; her son Joseph J. Kezar of Barre, Vermont and his wife Sondra Kezar; her mother Edith V. Countaway of Saco; her sister Karen Dumais of Saco and her husband Frank Dumais; grandchildren Micah A. Kezar, Isaac L. Robinson, Lydia B. Robinson and Martha A. Robinson; a niece and two nephews, two grand-nieces and four grand-nephews.  Preceding her in death was her father John A. Countaway, Sr. and her older brother John A. “Jay” Countaway, Jr.

Laura became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1980and was an active member of her congregation.  Ever the caregiver, she had spent a few years as a full-time minister, sharing with others her Bible-based hope of a new world where sickness and death would be no more (Revelation 21:4), and where we would be reunited with those we have lost in death to enjoy endless life here on earth. (John 5:28, 29; Psalm 37:29)  Laura looked forward to being reunited with her family in perfect health.  You can find more information about Laura’s hope at jw.org.

A memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 77 Long Hill Road, Dover NH on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to help Joe with final expenses.  These can be sent to Joe Kezar, c/o Stacey Robinson, 312 West Gray Road, Gray ME 04039.

 

Vivian G. (Witham) Hathaway

Bridgton, ME – Vivian G. (Witham) Hathaway, 72, of Naples died on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Bridgton Hospital.  She was the wife of James C. Hathaway.

 

Vivian was born Tacoma Park, MD on August 4, 1942, a daughter of the late George H. Witham & Gertrude V. (Bouchard) Witham.  She attended schools in Winslow and graduated from Castine High School.  Following high school she attended Thomas College.

 

She spent time working for the Maine Maritime Academy, the Internal Revenue Service, and United Maine Craftsman.  Vivian also owned and operated her own business, Lampshades Etc.

 

She was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a past Worthy Matron.  Vivian also enjoyed quilting and sewing groups as well as stamping and card making groups.  She also volunteered at the Naples Library. Vivian was well known for hosting Christmas and Tea parties at her home.

 

Besides her mother and husband she is survived by her three children Jennifer Huber and her husband Frederick, J. David Hathaway and his wife Laura and Elizabeth Urquhart. She also leaves four grandchildren Lanayria Urquhart, Victoria Pickreign and her husband Joshua, Alexandria Huber and Fred Huber and his wife Cristina as well as three great grandchildren Jackson Psonak, Liam and Ria Pickreign, her sister Marian Witham and her uncle James Witham Jr.

 

There will be an Eastern Star Ceremony on October 5, 2014 at 2pm at the Bridgton Masonic Lodge. Relatives and friends are invited to attend this ceremony. There will also be a celebration of her life at the family home at a later date.

 

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

Songo Garden Club

PO Box 1536

Naples, Maine 04055

Amy L. (Chase) Ouellette

Lewiston, ME – Amy L. (Chase) Ouelette, 58, of Lewiston died, Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at Central Maine Medical Center after a long illness with her family by her side.  She was the longtime companion of Jeffrey W. Fisher.

 

Amy was born in Lewiston, ME on December 17, 1955 a daughter of the late Whalen and Melba Chase.  She grew up in New Gloucester, ME attending local area schools.

 

Besides her partner of 32 years, Jeffrey, she is survived by her three children Jeffrey W. Ouellette and his girlfriend Michelle Tripp of Standish, Christine Ouellette of Auburn and Shawn Ouellette of Randolph.  She also leaves three grandchildren Evan, Brendon, Ayla, her brothers Buddy Chase of New Gloucester and Rusty Chase and his wife Helen of Texas and her sisters Sharon Plummer of Gray, Bonnie Whyte and her husband Glen of Bowen, ME, Dolly Robinson of Texas and Ellia Thurlow of New Gloucester as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family.

 

Services will be private.

 

Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Amy’s guest book and to leave condolences and share memories with her family.

James “Jimmy” D. DiPietro

 

Portland, ME – James “Jimmy” David DiPietro, 47, of Scarborough passed on Friday. September 12, 2014 at Maine Medical Center.  He was the husband of Lisa M. Levantino-DiPietro.

Jimmy was born in Orange County, CA on July 7, 1967, a son of Lawrence (Larry) DiPietro and Patricia (Silva) White of Bradenton, FL.  He grew up in Portland attending local schools, dedicated to having a good old time and graduated from Deering High School.

Jim was a master carpenter, a long line fisherman, and most importantly a Clam Digger of Pine Point, Maine. He dug daily with His sons, and Brother Chuck Maynard. He worked for Bayley’s Seafood Company for many a moon. 

Forever an amazing father, hard worker and loving husband, always full of laughter to light up any room. Even though, at times his wife would tease and tell him to stop being “socially unacceptable.” He spent many a-day and night with his boys out catching the “biggest stripers!” Rain or shine he worked hard. 

Jim always had a ridiculous story to tell, jokes that brought all different people of different types to laughter. No matter what type of day, he would take time to help anyone no matter what, always.

Jimmy is survived by His loving, caring Wife and Mother, not only that but by his three sons, Joel DiPietro of Portland, Jacobe James DiPietro-Bayley and Jake Levantino-DiPietro of Scarborough.  He leaves ten siblings; numerous nephews and nieces as well as many extended family, all whom loved him to the very end.

He would send love to all of those who cared of him.

Jim, a Simple Man. Forever.

Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial visitation on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Wilde Memorial Chapel at Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME from 1-2:30, followed by a time of sharing at 2:30 p.m. Then a celebration of Jimmy at 433 Gorham road Scarborough.

 

Larry J. Ouellette

 

Sabattus, ME – Larry J. Ouellette, 65, of Sabattus, died on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at his home.  He was the husband of the late Fabiola (Bouchard) Ouellette, who died in 1997.

 

Larry was born in Guerette, ME on September 7, 1949, a son of the late Walter Ouellette and Rena (Dionne) Ouellette of Auburn.  He grew up in Gerette, ME, attending local area schools and graduated from Fort Kent High School.  After High School, Larry went on to obtain his Automotive Service Excellence Certificate from what is now CMTC.

 

He met and married Fabiola prior to joining the US Army, where he served his country as part of the 101st Airborne Division during Vietnam.  Upon his returning from his tour of duty, Larry went to work for Giant Advance, which is now the Lee Auto Mall, where he worked as an automotive technician for 28 years before retiring due to illness in 1998.

 

He was also a member of the VFW in Auburn and enjoyed spending his spare time fishing, hunting and antiquing.

 

Besides his Mother, Larry is survived by his two sons Jerry R. Ouellette and his wife Marie of Fort Leonard Wood, MO and Troy L. Ouellette of Sabattus, ME.  He also leaves three granddaughters Alexis, Autumn and Julieanne, a brother Daniel Ouellette and his wife Debbie of Lisbon and a sister Louise Blanchette and her husband Claude of Auburn as well as several nieces and nephews.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service with military honors on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Maine Veterans Cemetery, 163 Mount Vernon Road, Augusta, ME.

 

 

 

Helen (Keene) Hughes

Scarborough, ME – Helen (Keene) Hughes, 72, of Hollis died on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. 

 

She was born in Portland, ME on October 1, 1941 a daughter of the late Neil T. & Margaret (Peters) Keene.  Helen grew up in Portland, attending local area schools and graduated from Portland High School.

 

Helen worked as an insurance agent at Clark Insurance for many years before retiring in 2004.  She also enjoyed gardening and doing crafts; however one of her biggest joys was cooking and feeding family and friends.

 

She is survived by her daughter Ann-Marie Swasey and her husband Everett of Hollis and her son John “Jay” Hughes of Minnesota, as well as her granddaughter’s Kaleigh Swasey of Waterville and Ashleigh Swasey of Hollis.

 

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to all staff at the Gosnell House for your care and support for Helen and her family.  Words cannot express how wonderful you all were.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Helen’s life on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Chap’s Saloon Function Room, 1301 Long Plains Rd, Buxton.

 

Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Helen’s guestbook and to leave condolences for the family.

 

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

Hospice of Southern Maine

180 US Route One

Scarborough, ME 04074

 

 

Germaine L. (Nadeau) St. Pierre

Portland, ME – Germaine L. (Nadeau) St. Pierre, 76, of Auburn and formerly of Leesburg, FL died on Friday, September 5, 2014 at Maine Medical Center.  She was the wife of the late A. Roger St. Pierre who passed away six months ago.

 

She was born in Auburn, ME on July 3, 1938 a daughter of the late Donat & Claire (Leriche) Nadeau.  Germaine grew up in Auburn and graduated from Edward Little High School.

 

Germaine worked for Casco Bank here in Maine, and Sun Trust in Florida doing various banking positions.  After retiring from the bank she spent the last few years as a receptionist for the Releme Center in Eustis, FL before retiring.

 

She was a communicant of St. Paul’s Church in Leesburg, FL.  Before she retired she enjoyed bowling and dancing. Most of all she loved spending quality time with family and friends.

 

Germaine is survived by her daughter Ann St. Pierre and her companion Jeffrey Allard of Ware, MA, her son John St. Pierre and his wife Deanna of Winthrop, ME and her two granddaughters Emily and Alyssa.  She also leaves a sister, Sr. Pauline Nadeau of Canada and several nieces and nephews.  She was also the sister of the late Paul, Donald, Bertrand and Marcel Nadeau.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial mass on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Parish, 1080 Lisbon St., Lewiston.

 

Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Germaine’s guestbook and leave condolences for the family.

 

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

Auburn Residential Care Center

185 Summer Street

Auburn, ME 04210

Stanley K. Foss Sr.

Portland, ME – Stanley K. Foss Sr., 71, of Standish died on Saturday, August 13, 2014 at the Barron Center.  He was the wife of Sherry M. (White) Foss.

He was born in Portland, ME on May 5, 1943, a son of the late Cyrus J. & Christine V. (Worthly) Foss.  Stanley grew up in Portland, attending local area schools and went on to earn his GED.

He spent the past 15 years or so cutting and splitting wood, which he would sell as firewood, this was a job right up his alley and he enjoyed every minute of it.

Stanley loved the outdoors including hunting and brook fishing; he also was fond of playing Cribbage and would go to the Elks Lodge in Portland to play Bingo.

Besides his wife he is survived by his three children, Stanley K. “Josh” Foss Jr. of Dayton, OH, Susan Langlois and her husband Maurice of Gray and Mary Foss of Standish.  He also leaves five grandchildren, Jacob, Jared, Morgan, Carter and Baylian and seven siblings, Kendall Worthly and his wife Millie of Skowhegan, Russell Worthly and his wife Beverly, Janet Alward both of Virginia, Fredona Ausmus of Portland, Elaine Christiensan and her husband Carl of Gray, Robert Foss and his wife Mary Judith of Freeport and Kenton Foss of Standish as well as countless nieces and nephews.  He was also the brother of the late Marleen Black, Jackie York and Carla Pineline and the brother-in-law of the late Junior Black and Donald Alward.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Stanley’s life on Saturday, September 6, 2014 starting at noon at the Foss residence, 155 Dolloff Road, Standish.  Military honors will be presented at 3 p.m.

Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Stanley’s guestbook and to leave condolences for the family.

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

American Lung Association of Maine

 

122 State Street

 

Augusta, ME 04330