Eileen V. (Knisley) Davis

Portland, ME – Eileen V. (Knisley) Davis, 95, passed away at her home in Portland on Tuesday, December 30, 2014.  

Eileen was born in Brookville, PA in 1919, the daughter of the late Clyde and Ima Knisely.  She graduated from Brookville High School. 

Before moving to Maine in 1984, Eileen lived in Florida where she was employed by the US Postal Service.  She served as a supervisor and as Postmaster at the Post Offices in Hobe Sound and Estero, FL. 

Eileen enjoyed doing art work, both painting and wood carving.  Always interested in wildlife, she made sure the squirrels, chipmunks and chickadees were well fed in the winter; she also knew the names of most of the trees in the forest.

Eileen is survived by her brother, Dean Knisley and her son Robert Mognet and his wife Judith of West Palm Beach, FL; she also leaves four grandchildren, Christopher Spaulding of Windham, Virgina Sapulding of Raymond, Daryl Maclaren of Los Feliz, CA and Isaac and Sunita Mognet of Los Angeles, CA, as well as six great grandchildren, Ethan Courtney, Emma, Casey, Payson and Jimmy. 

 

She will be missed by all.

H. Wayne Rogers

Scarborough, ME — H. Wayne Rogers, 89, of Portland, died on December 21, 2014, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, Scarborough, Maine, after living what he called a “blessed & charmed life”. He deeply cherished his family and friends.

Wayne was born Homer Wayne Rogers on July 28, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan, the oldest son of Homer E. and Edna (Zech) Rogers.  After graduation from Redford High School he joined the Army Air Corps and earned his pilot’s wings – an experience he would recount fondly throughout his life.  Upon honorable discharge from the service he married his sweetheart, Martha Elizabeth Vargha, and went on to earn a degree in engineering from Michigan State College.  

In 1949 Wayne started a career with Chrysler Corporation that would span over 30 years.  His work in fleet sales led to many transfers to offices across the country – San Francisco, Seattle, Portland (Oregon), Detroit and New York . Over the years he & Marty, with their growing family, moved many times – making lifelong friends wherever they lived.  Early retirement from Chrysler in 1980 was followed by several years with GELCO (now GE Capital Financial Services) before he and Marty retired for good – moving to Hendersonville, NC.  In later years, they moved again to Sun City West, AZ and used their leisure time to enjoy many cross-country & overseas trips – seeing old friends, new sights and keeping in touch with family.  They moved to Portland, Maine in 2006 to be closer to family and spent many happy years together until Martha’s death in 2013.  

Wayne was predeceased by his parents and his wife of 66 years.  He is survived by his two brothers & their wives,  Robert & Nancy Rogers of Marietta, Georgia, and Richard & Ruth Rogers of Naperville, Illinois; his brother-in-law & his wife, Louis & Maite Vargha of La Rode, France; his three daughters & sons-in-law, Susan & Joseph Cook of Westbrook, Carol & Al Gauper of Spokane, Washington, and Janet & David Chodos of Brighton, Michigan; his grandchildren, Meghan & Brian Jones of Beaverton, Oregon, Michael Chodos & fiancée, Emily Kuehn, of Boston, Massachusetts, Lindsey & Dan Cronin of Spokane, Washington, William Chodos & Caitlin Gibbons of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Alex Gauper & fiancée, Nicole Johnson, of Seattle, Washington, and Ben Chodos of Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and their respective families.  

Wayne’s family would like to thank all of the caregivers & friends who provided support and encouragement over the past several months – particularly friends from the Woods at Canco, Pastor David Alvord, Nancy Houlihan, Dr. Peter Emery, Dr. Paul McGrath, Dr. Hedlund, Jaime Fairfield, Dr. Agren, Dr. Wrona, VNA Home Health & Lifestages and the staff & volunteers at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 132 Auburn Street, Portland.  Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Cremation and Funeral Services, Portland, Maine.  His ashes will be interred alongside his wife at White Chapel Memorial Park in Troy, Michigan at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Rd, Scarborough, Maine 04074 or the First Lutheran Church, 132 Auburn Street, Portland, ME 04103. 

Paul D. Yankowsky

Portland, ME — Paul David Yankowsky, 67, died unexpectedly at his home on December 16, 2014.  He was born October 7, 1947 in Portland, Maine, the son of Oscar and Bernice Yankowsky.  

Paul graduated from Portland High School in 1965.  He then attended the University of Maine, graduating in 1970 with a degree in Sociology.  Paul married Sharon Ann Swain in 1970, and they settled in their home in South Portland, where they raised their three children. 

He was a semi-retired taxi driver in Portland.  He loved bowling, movies, the Boston Red Sox, and attending Portland Sea Dogs baseball games.  His passion was poetry.   He loved reciting his own poems, as well as those written by other poets.  Paul was especially fond of writing and reciting poems about nature and people.  He wrote over 250 poems in the last 10 years, and could recite them from memory at any given occasion.  Some of his poems have been included in several publications.    

Paul is survived by his wife, Sharon Yankowsky; his son Brian Yankowsky; his daughter LoriAnn Holmes and husband Keith; daughter Michelle Yankowsky; granddaughter Rebecca Anne Holmes; his brother Oscar “Mickey” Yankowsky;  his sisters Roberta Bailey and Beverly Tyler and husband Warren, along with many nieces and nephews.  

Memorial services will be private. 

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

Autism Society of Maine

72 Main Street

 

Winthrop, ME 04364

Pauline M. (Richard) Hahn

South Portland, ME – Pauline Marie Hahn, 60, of South Portland died at home Friday, December 19, 2014 following a long illness.  

She was born in Rumford, the second of seven children of Alyre Joseph and Claire Marie (Michaud) Richard.  She attended Rumford schools and earned a B.A. in Medical Technology in 1976 from the University of Maine. Upon graduation, she was hired by Mercy Hospital in Portland where she worked until shortly before her death attaining the position of senior technologist. 

She was predeceased by her mother and an older sister, Venise Van Tassel.  She is survived by her husband of 38 years, David Russell Hahn of South Portland; her father in Portland; three brothers, Maurice Richard of South Portland, Raymond Richard of Portland and Emile Richard and wife Rita Cantor of Gorham ,and two sisters: Elaine Boyd and husband Jeff of Rochester, NH, and Christine Reed and husband Eric of Exeter, NH. 

There will be no funeral service per the wishes of the deceased.  

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:

The Cancer Community Center of South Portland

778 Main St.

 

South Portland, ME 04106.

Percy A. Tripp

Scarborough, ME – Percy Allen Tripp, 77, of Westbrook and formerly of Rumford, died on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.  He was the husband of Ann (Buccina) Tripp. 

He was born in Rumford, ME on May 22, 1937 a son of the late Percy G. & Dolly (Tims) Tripp and has resided in Westbrook since 1985. 

Percy was a veteran of the US Air Force, having served in the States and the Far East.  He retired from AT&T in 1999 after 39 years of service. 

Besides his wife he is survived his three daughters, Debra Fournier and her husband Dan of Buxton, Wanda Cote and her husband Dick of Rumford and Cindy Courchesne and her husband Claude of Leeds, a step daughter, Trudy Lyon and her husband Hank of South Windham and a sister Sally Turbide of Mexico.  He is also survived by six grandchildren Amanda Smith and her husband Josh, Richard Cote and his wife Kim, Katelyn and Zachary Courchesne, Bradley Lyon and his wife Megan and Jason Lyon and his partner Angela, three great grandchildren Sophia, Lauren and Dominic as well as numerous loving nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his siblings Annie Elizabeth Tripp, Garfield Tripp, Daisy Tripp, Keziah “Peggy” McIntyre, Lewis Tims and George Tripp. 

To honor his wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service.  A private service will be held when his ashes are interred in the Maine Veterans Cemetery in Augusta, ME. 

Happy Trails and May God Bless all of you. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Percy’s memory can be made to:

Dana Farber Cancer Institute

450 Brookline Avenue

Boston, MA 02215

Or

Maine Veterans Home

ATTN: Resident Activities

290 US Route One

 

Scarborough, ME 04074

Patricia I. (Russell) Draper

Lewiston, ME – Patricia Irene (Russell) Draper, 80, of Lewiston and formerly of Greene and West Haven, CT died on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at The Marshwood Center.  She was the wife of the late Floyd W. Draper, who died on December 27, 1997. 

She was born in Lewiston, ME on August 25, 1934, a daughter of the late Durward & Lucienne (Lampron) Russell.  Patricia grew up in Sabattus, attending local area schools and graduating from Sabattus High School.  After graduation, she married Floyd and moved to West Haven, CT, where she lived for over thirty years before moving back to Greene, ME.  

She spent ten years working in the housekeeping department at Bates College, before retiring in 1993 to help care for her young grandchildren.  Caring for all of her children and grandchildren was her favorite job.  

Patricia was known for her wonderful smile, her noble heart, her kindness, and generosity.  Patricia was an active member of the Greene Baptist Church and enjoyed playing the piano and the organ. She was also a wonderful singer.  She took pride in her home was and was a very talented seamstress, always busy making clothes for her young children. She loved canning, cooking (especially for the holidays), and playing poker for pennies.  However, Patty’s favorite pastime was spending quality time with loved ones. She could always be found talking with friends and family over a cup of coffee.  She was the best wife, mom, and friend anyone could ever ask for. 

She is survived by her son Timothy Draper of Lewiston and four daughters:   Deborah Sadenwater and her husband Patrick of West Haven, CT, Peggy Johnson and her husband David, Kimberly Long and her husband David and Rachel Leighton, all of Greene.  She also leaves ten grandchildren:  Melanie, Missy, Crystal, Jeremy, Amanda, Zachery, Megan, Lizzy, Caleb and Colby as well as a sister Yvonne Winslow of Sabattus, and several nieces and nephews.  She was also the sister of the late Freddy and Robert Russell and mother of the late Floyd Draper and Yvonne North. 

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the nurses and aides of The Marshwood Center as well as Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice.  

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at The Greene Baptist Church, 103 Main Street, Greene. 

Burial in New Valley Cemetery in Greene will be at a later date. 

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

ALS Association

Northern New England Chapter

10 Ferry Street, Suite 309

Concord, NH 03301

 

www. webnne.alsa.org

Robert Chester Hatch

Scarborough- Robert Chester Hatch, 80, of Kennebunk, passed away at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House on Saturday, December 6th, 2014 after a long illness.  Robert was born August 4th, 1934, a son of the late Wilmont C. and Bernice Hatch.

A carpenter by trade, Robert was a jack of all trades who enjoyed deer hunting and brook fishing. 

Surviving Robert is his loving wife of 61 years; Virginia May (Dennett) Hatch, his seven daughters; Linda Cluff of Kennebunkport; Barbara Bunnell and her husband Willie of North Carolina; Ramona Descoteaux and her husband Paul of Florida and Maine; Donna Shaw of Kennebunk; Tammy Bickford and her husband Wade of Kennebunkport; Vicki Davis of Springvale; and Lisa Lord and her husband John of Kennebunk and he also leaves many grandchildren, Great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

Robert is predeceased by a granddaughter Jessica Bailey, a grandson Jason Laprel, two sisters; Lillian Yates and Donna Vachon, and two brothers Arthur Hatch and Freeman Hatch. 

There will be a memorial service in the spring. 

 

William F. “Bill” Espeaignette

North Yarmouth, ME – William F. “Bill” Espeaignette, 72, of North Yarmouth, passed away Saturday, December 6, 2014 surrounded by loved ones after a long battle with cancer.  He was the husband of Carol L. (Batchelder) Espeaignette.

Bill was the oldest of six children, born on September 24, 1942 in Brunswick, ME a son of the late Frederick W. & Edith M. (Foss) Espeaignette.  He served his country in the US Army and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. 

He worked in the building trade’s field and served as a project manager ending his career at M.R. Brewer in 2009. 

Bill loved attending family get togethers, hunting, fishing, building bird houses and gardening, as well as trips to camp in Bethel with both sons and close family friends; he most treasured spending time with his granddaughters.  Bill was also a member of the Casco Bay Lodge #36 and Am Vets Robert W, Boyd, Post II. 

Besides his wife of 50 years, Bill is survived by his sons Michael of North Yarmouth, Mark and his wife Michelle of New Gloucester, brothers George and his wife Astrid (Lou) of New Gloucester, Augustus and his wife Bette Jean of Naples and Joseph of Windham.  He also leaves sisters Helen Steeves and her husband Ralph of Presque Isle and Brenda Espeaignette and her partner Ken Burnham of Bridgton as well as his mother in law Verna Batchelder, brother in law Charles “Butch” Batchelder both of Freeport, seven granddaughters Riley, Haley, Amber, Sierra, Heather, Kristen and Alexis, special friend Karen Luce of Windham and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. 

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the visiting nurses and aides of the Hospice of Southern Maine. 

Burial in Walnut Hill Cemetery, North Yarmouth, ME will be held at a later date. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth.  In case of inclement weather, please contact North Yarmouth Congregational Church at 829.3644. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory can be made to:

Hospice of Southern Maine

180 US Route One

Scarborough, ME 04074

 

 

 

 

 

Lucia Tovar Moreno

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Saco, ME Lucia Tovar Moreno of Saco, Maine passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at home surrounded by her loved ones.  Lucia was born on July 7, 1931 in New York, New York. She was the daughter of Elena Gómez Salcedo and Camilo Tovar Villota.  Lucia’s parents were descendants of very old aristocratic Spanish families of Bogotá, Colombia, South America.  At the age of four, her parents returned to Bogotá to rejoin their extended families.  It was there where she received her formal education.

Lucia received her baccalaureate from the Gimancio Femenino in 1947, and studied Bacteriology at the Universidad Javeriana (Xavier University), both in Bogotá. 

There she met her beloved husband of 64 years, hydraulics civil engineer Héctor Moreno-Gómez. The young couple, with their two oldest children, Luis Fernando and Cristina, moved to New York City after Héctor was offered an engineering position there. Their youngest son, Charles, was born in the City. The family moved to Cheshire, Ct. in 1968.

After raising her children, Lucia returned to her passion for academics and medicine. She graduated from Quinnipiac University of Connecticut as a registered nurse.  In Connecticut she worked in neo-natal care at UCONN Medical Center, Waterbury Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Rafael’s Hospital, and Yale New Haven Hospital.  For 20 years, Lucia served as a public health nurse for the schools for City of New Haven.  Lucia was known for her compassion with children and for AIDS patients.  She lent her multilingual abilities to their health care.

Lucia and Héctor retired to Saco where they enjoyed the beauty of Maine’s nature, their friends of the Spanish Table, their many summer lobster bakes at Cristina’s, little trips, and midnight shopping with her daughter and friends.  Lucia also taught at the University of New England, with Cristina, in a pilot program of Spanish for medical students.  She was an active member of the Southern Maine Medical Woman’s Auxiliary.  Lucia and her husband were active members of the Democratic Committee of Saco and participated in many gubernatorial, senatorial, congressional, and presidential campaigns.

Lucia was known for her wonderful exuberance, her noble heart, her kindness and generosity. When Lucia entered a room she touched everyone with her whirlwind energy, her lovely green eyes and smile, her elegance, and the gift for telling great stories with laughter and sunshine.  Lucia was known for her love of medicine, World History, women’s and children’s causes, and politics.  She was an aficionada for music, piano, theater, ballet, dance, song, and anything Russian.  Lucia’s love of travel added much to what she taught and shared.  Most of all, she loved sharing with everyone stories and anecdotes about her loving family and how proud she was of their accomplishments.  She was a wonderful wife, mom, and friend.  She was our Mimi.

She is survived by her husband, Héctor, their children and spouses: Luis Fernando Moreno and daughter-law Debbie of Vestal, New York, Cristina Moreno Trahan and son-in-law Paul of Camp Ellis, Saco, Maine, and Charles Moreno and daughter-in-law Laurie of Strafford, New Hampshire.  She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Jason Trahan of Richmond, Maine, Jessica Moreno Trahan, Los Angeles, Andrew Moreno of San Francisco, Stephen Paul Trahan of Los Angeles, Benjamin Moreno of Philadelphia, Adriane Moreno of New York, Lydia Moreno of Fairfax, Va., and Ethan Moreno of Strafford.  She was predeceased by Matthew Moreno.

A spiritual celebration of our beloved Lucia will be held on Saturday, Dec. 20th at 1:00pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Saco at 60 School St.

The family will receive guests following the memorial service at the church.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers a donation in Lucia’s name be made to:

ALS Association Northern New England Chapter

10 Ferry Street Suite 309

Concord, NH 03301

or

VNA Home Health and Hospice of Maine.

50 Foden Road

South Portland, ME 04106

George H. Gagliarde Jr.

Portland, ME – George H. Gagliarde Jr., 89 of South Portland died on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Mercy Hospital surrounded by family.  He was the husband of Donna L. (Stone) Gagliarde.

He was born on May 22, 1925 in Portland, ME a son of the late George H. & Doris (Macdonald) Gagliarde Sr.  George grew up in Portland, attending local area schools and graduating from Portland High School in 1943.  After high school he went on to attend Portland Junior College and then Syracuse University. 

He served his country from 1943 -1946 as a member of the US Navy Seabees in the South Pacific Theater during WWII.  As part of the 91st battalion, C.M.U. 529, he helped build hospitals, bases and airstrips for our incoming troops, often while under fire.

George was employed as a bookkeeper throughout his life, most memorably at the Ramada Inn on Congress Street in Portland, where he was also the comptroller and assistant general manager until retiring in 1997.  He had many fond memories from his time there.

He was active in the Lyric Theater and part of the Halleluiah Chorus, performing Handel’s Messiah with the PSO for many years.  He belonged to various bowling leagues and, as an avid reader, belonged to many book clubs.  George also started compiling a newspaper scrapbook history of WWII in 1939, which he worked on until shortly before his death.

Besides his wife of 43 years George is survived by his beloved sister Patricia Pelletier of Concord, NH, his children George H. “Skip” Gagliarde III and his wife Linda of Limington, ME, Ann Miles and her husband Bob  of Portland, and Jennifer and Heather Gagliarde both of South Portland.  He also leaves his grandchildren Krisite Miles of Boston, MA, Amy Woolls and her husband Nate of Cape Elizabeth, Kara Jacques and her husband Tyson of Sanford and Stephen Gagliarde of Portland, as well as his great grandchildren Abigail and Price Woolls and Miles Jacques, two nephews, a niece and several cousins.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the VNA Hospice workers.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service with Military Honors on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Brooklawn Memorial Park, 2002 Congress Street, Portland.

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

Memorial donations can be made to:

VNA Home Health and Hospice

50 Foden Road

South Portland, ME 04106