Marion A. (Carver) Toppi

Scarborough, ME – Marion A. (Carver) Toppi, 81, of Portland died on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.  She was the wife of the late Frank J. Toppi, who died June 27, 2000. 

She was born in Portland, ME on February 26, 1934 a daughter of the late Charles & Doris (Verrill) Carver.  She attended local area schools including Portland High School. 

She worked as a waitress for several locations, including the former Village Café of Portland. 

Marion’s family was the center of her world and she will be remembered for the enormous amount of love she had inside her for everyone she met. 

She is survived by two children Valerie J. Vance of Portland and Geno Toppi of Skowhegan and her six grandchildren Jaime King and her husband Lee of Portland, Will Flagg of Westbrook, Emily Vance of Gorham, Madison Vance of Scarborough, Matt Vance and Neil Vance both of Portland.  She also leaves her sister Beverly Genovese of Portland as well as many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.  She was also the Mother of the late Rita Toppi who died in 2001 and Joseph “Joey” Toppi who died in 2003. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial visitation on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 from 3 -6 p.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave. Portland.  A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 10:00 also at the chapel. 

Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

 

 

 

Barbara J. (Foshay) Dillon

Scarborough, ME — Barbara Jean Dillon of Scarborough passed away peacefully on Friday, May 22, 2015.  

She was born February 20, 1935 in Portland, Maine the daughter of the late Robert and Lillian (Hoglund) Foshay.  Barbara enjoyed dancing, painting, gardening, crafting and yard sale-ing. Most of all she loved spending time with her children, grand children and great grandchildren.  

She is survived by her sister Ethel Collins and her husband William Collins of Scarborough.  Her children Jay Jackson and his wife Kelly Jackson of Clearlake Texas; Rebecca Christesson and her husband Keithan Christesson of Easton Pennsylvania; Joseph Dillon and his wife Pamela Dillon of Scarborough; Carrie Dillon and her finance Matt Greene of South Portland and her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She is predeceased by her son Timothy Jackson and her brother Ernest Foshay of Antigonish Nova Scotia.   

A celebration of her life for family and friends will be held at 43 Beech Ridge Road, Scarborough at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 30th.

Daniel F. Sullivan Sr.

Scarborough, ME – Daniel F. Sullivan Sr., 80, of Portland, died on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House with his family by his side. 

He was born on October 23, 1934 in Portland, ME, a son of the late Francis L. & Margaret (Ciccone) Sullivan.  He grew up in Portland, attending local area schools.  He also served his country as a member of the US Army. 

Daniel spent muchof his life involved with boxing, first as a boxer, then a trainer and finally a referee.  After retiring from boxing he finished his working career as an automobile salesman. 

He was a member of the Sahara Club in Portland as well as a former member of both the Portland Boxing Club and the Maine Racquet & Fitness Club. 

Besides boxing and racquetball, Daniel also enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and was a great poker player. He served as the state chairman of the US Racquetball Association and the Maine Chapter President.  He also was a longtime member at Riverside Golf Course and volunteered at the Mercy Hospital Recovery Center. 

He is survived by his children Vicki Sullivan and her partner Paul Samms and Louri Sullivan both of Portland, Joel Sullivan Sr. and his wife Kelly of Holly Springs, NC and Sara Cusson and her husband Andrew of Scarborough.  He also leaves his grandchildren, Jessica and Christopher Collins, Heather and Dillon Henry, Brandon Sullivan, Michael, Cassaundra, Michaela and Joel Sullivan Jr., Drew and Nathan Cusson, Nichole Demsky and Daniella Sullivan, as well as his two brothers Antonio DeSalle and Richard Sullivan.  He was also the father of the late Daniel Sullivan Jr. and the brother of the late Rudolph DeSalle. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Visitation on Monday, June 1, 2015 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave., Portland.  A Memorial Service will follow in the chapel at 1 p.m. 

Burial in The MaineVeterans Cemetery in Springvale will be private. 

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

Gosnell Memorial Hospice House

11 Hunnewell Road

Scarborough, ME 04074

Or

Mercy Hospital Recovery Center

144 State Street

 

Portland, ME 04101

Linwood Everette Johnson

                                                               

 “Fair winds and following seas, Linny, you will never be forgotten”

 

A great man, Linwood Johnson, known to friends and family affectionately as “Linny”, was received by God at 6:37 AM on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice in Scarborough, Maine.  Linny was born in Portland, Maine on July 18, 1932, to the late James Alloyd Johnson and Beatrice Elinor Garrison.  Linny attended Portland Public Schools, and was a proud veteran of the Unites States Navy, serving during the Korean conflict.  He worked in the environmental field for over 35 years, with both Clean Harbors and Seacoast in the greater Portland area.  Linny enjoyed playing pool, horseshoes and cribbage.  He also loved music, cooking and most of all spending time with his grandchildren, who he loved with all of his heart.  He was known by family and friends for his strength and courage, and he was always good for a smile, a quick joke, and some great food.

Linny is survived by his wife of 40 years, Candice C. (McLaughlin) Johnson; his sons, Michael E. Johnson, of Portland, and Linwood E. Johnson, Jr, of Delaware; his daughters, Sunny A.E. Johnson Russo and her husband Anthony of Lisbon, Linette E. Gamache and her husband Paul of Vassalboro, Laureen N. Johnson of Lynn, Massachusetts; his sisters Judith Tolbert of Denver, Colorado, Janet Johnson of Standish, and B. Joan Wright of Detroit; a special niece Heidi Jo Johnson L’Heureux, a lifelong friend, Ken Chapman and other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Linwood was predeceased by his son Jeffery L. Johnson, a sister Mary Johnson Terrell, and brothers James A. (“Sonny”), Frank (“Jet”), Lloyd, and James C. (“Jimmy”) Johnson.

The Johnson family is grateful for the care Linny received by the staff of the Gosnell Memorial Hospice in his final days, and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Linny’s  name to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, Maine 04075.

There will be a graveside service at the New VA Cemetery on Mount Vernon Road in Augusta on June 9th, 2015 at 10:00 am.  After the graveside services, there will be a gathering at Hyatt Old Port, in the Glass Lounge, on 433 Fore Street, Portland, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

 

Richard W. Ham

Auburn, ME – Richard W. Ham, 91, of Auburn, died on Friday May 8, 2015 at Clover Manor. 

He was born on February 19, 1924 in Harrisburg, PA; and was adopted by the late William F. & Suzanne (Mulford) Ham.  He attended St. Alban’s School in Washington, DC and summered in Turner, ME.  He went on to attend Farmington State Teacher’s College. 

He served his country proudly as a member of the US Army during WWII.  Upon returning from Germany, Dick married Marion Norman and they settled in Turner, ME. 

He spent his working days doing several different jobs including a farmer, a die cutter, a teacher and Maine Guide. 

Dick’s greatest joys in life were spending summers at his camp on Big Indian Pond and the time spent with his many canine companions. 

He is survived by his former wife’s Marion N. Ham of Yarmouth, ME and Joyce Ham of South Paris, ME, his three daughters Vicki Delaski of Silver Cliff, WI, Kim Ham and Terri Ham, both of Turner, ME and his son Robert Ham of Auburn, ME.  He also leaves four grandchildren Johanna Richmond of Greene, ME, Peter Richmond of Phillips, ME, Kristina Delaski of Chicago, IL and Anthony Delaski of Covington, KY, two great grandchildren, Erin Watts of Hanahan, SC and Abigail Webster-Delaski of Covington, KY and 2 great great grandchildren Eli Montieth and Lucas Anderson, both of Hanahan, SC.  He was also the Father of the late Roberta Richmond and the brother of the late Patten Ham. 

Services will be private.

 

Mark A. Benjamin

Falmouth, ME — Mark Alan Benjamin of Falmouth passed away on May 12, 2015 after a tenacious battle against the cruel Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Mark never gave up hope, and became a lasting inspiration for many people. 

Mark was an accomplished drummer who had an affinity for Led Zeppelin and drummer John Henry Bonham. He worked in the food service industry up and down the east coast from Maine to Florida. And anyone who had chocolate was his friend. 

People saw in Mark a life force, a zest for living, a hope for the future, and a wonderful sense of humor, all which never faltered even with the advancing ALS. Most telling of all, Mark never complained, but rather conveyed concerns for people with far less problems than he. Mark’s content of character will be missed but not forgotten. 

The family wishes to extend gratitude to Falmouth by the Sea. Mark was grateful for the excellent care and repeatedly expressed his appreciation for the professionalism of the staff. 

Mark is survived by his mother Elma Benjamin of Falmouth, sisters Dorothy Oliver of Chelmsford MA and Mary Louis Benjamin of Henderson NV, and brother Kevin Benjamin of South Portland. He also leaves three nieces, Nicole and Brynn Oliver of Chelmsford MA, and Jennifer Benjamin of South Portland as well as two nephews, Winston Oliver of Chelmsford MA, and Andrew Benjamin of South Portland. 

Please donate to:

ALS Association

Gift Processing Center

P. O. Box 6051

 

Albert Lea, MN. 56007

Isabel J. (Boucher) Johnson

Scarborough, ME – Isabel J. (Boucher) Johnson, 94, of Biddeford and formerly of Long Island, ME died on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.  She was the wife of the late Earl A. Johnson, who passed away on December 1, 2001. 

Isabel was born on May 10, 1921 in Biddeford, ME a daughter of the late Ephrem J. & Albertine (Lemire) Boucher.  She attended Biddeford schools, graduating from Biddeford High School.  She returned to Biddeford about 18 months ago after spending her entire married life on Long Island, ironically living at Biddeford Estates, which was formerly Webber Hospital, the hospital she was born in. 

She was a homemaker and loving mother to her three children; once the children were on their own, she went to work at the Bonanza Steak House in Portland, where she was proud of being named Employee of the Month. 

Isabel was a member of the Long Island Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign War and a member of the Long Island Civic Association.  She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and she loved to bake; the children on Long Island always knew there would be a special treat waiting for them at Isabel’s house. 

She is survived by her three children, Earl Johnson and his wife Kathy of Irwin, PA, Kathy Graffam of Dracut, MA and Judith French of Long Island, ME and her grandchildren Stephanie Pyle and her husband David of Hollis, NH, Timothy Johnson and his wife Patricia of Hempfield, PA, David Johnson and his wife Melynda of Rahway, NJ, Richard Graffam of Derry, NH, James Graffam of Dracut, MA, Jarod Johnson of Long Island, ME and Bonny Graffam of Center Barnstead, NH and fourteen great grandchildren.  She also leaves her siblings Edmund Boucher and his wife Marilyn of Smithfield, ME and Muriel Martel of Biddeford, ME as well as sister-in-laws Carolyn Peterson and Sylvia Horr.  She was also the grandmother of the late Kendall Graffam and was also predeceased by four other siblings. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

Memorial donations can be made to:

Changing Tides

772 Island Ave.

Long Island, ME 04050

or

Gosnell Memorial Hospice House

11 Hunnewell Road

 

Scarborough, ME 04074

Janette Bragdon

Scarborough, ME — Jan Bragdon, 72, died peacefully on Thursday, May 7, 2015 after 18 months fighting a courageous battle with cancer at the Gosnell Memorial House.

She was born September 19, 1942 a beloved daughter of Sumner and Mildred Bragdon. Jan is survived by her partner of 26 years Joseph “Terry” Hansen,  her daughter Debbie Grant, her sister Sandy her grandson Rick Gerrish and her granddaughter Wendy Howe. She also leaves four great granddaughters Tatianna, Alyssa, Skyler and Hadley as well as a special sister in law Judy turner and her niece Jessica.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to her oldest granddaughter for being there and helping with care of her Grammie as well as the entire staff of Hospice of Southern Maine and The folks at the Maine Cancer Center for Medicine for all there wonderful efforts. Another special thank you to the special nurse that was with us everyday, they are truly the angels of mercy; and thank you to everyone for all your kindness during this difficult time.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 747  Portland Road, Saco from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Please bring any pictures of Jan that you might have to share.

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

Hospice of Southern Maine

180 US Route One

Scarborough, ME 04074

Douglas W. White

Lewiston, ME – Douglas W. White, 86, of Lisbon passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Marshwood Center in Lewiston, ME.  

Douglas was born and raised in the Brunswick / Durham area of Maine.  He joined the US Navy in 1949 and served his country for a total of more than thirty years, active and inactive duty including service in Korea and Vietnam Wars.

He was preceded in death by six brothers, Harvey, Lorence, Wendell, Donald, John and Richard as well as four sisters Nolia, Norine, Neota and Polly. 

He was also preceded in death by Joan Deemer, the love of his life and companion of more than twenty one years.  Douglas is survived by his three sons Stanley, Michael and Alan and his wife Terresa (from a former marriage with Nancy Dickson (Boyd) who passed in 2009).  Stanley’s son Eric and Michael’s Daughter Orion Libby.  He is also survived by an an extended family consisting of Joan’s Children and Grandchildren Sandra Reilly, Susan Deemer and Keith Deemer; Sandra’s son Chris Taylor and Daughter Marissa Corliss, Susan’s son Joshua Robertson and daughter Carly Downs, Keith’s son Keith and Daughter April.  Also dear to Douglas is Joan’s grandson Richard Baldwin.

Douglas will be interred with military honors next to Joan on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Burr Cemetery in Freeport, ME.

 

Norman J. Suplinskas

Auburn, ME – Norman Joseph Suplinskas, 68, of Gray, passed away on May 1, 2015 at the Auburn Hospice House. 

Norman was born a son of the late Paul Peter and Delina (Valleries) Suplinskas in Connecticut on April 4, 1947. 

After graduating high school, Norman worked for varies employers such as Wal-Mart, Bushmaster, Cameron’s Automotive, and Cox’s Automotive.  When Norman was not working, he enjoyed going camping, going fishing and going to the races. 

Norman is survived by his son; Nathan Suplinskas and his wife Alisha, his grandchildren, Layla, Shelby, Adyson, Austin, Bethany, Sidney and Alex, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was also the brother of the late Raymond Joseph Suplinskas, George Joseph Suplinskas and Lawrence Joseph Suplinskas;

Service will be private.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to help with Norman’s final expenses to:

Nathan Suplinskas

70B Depot Road 

Gray, Me 04039