Louise G. O’Sullivan

Terpsichorean

Peaks Island – Louise G. O’Sullivan died at home on August 25 in the same place she started 98 years ago. Louise was the daughter of Justin and Doris (Hanson) O’Sullivan of Brackett Street, Portland. Early on, Louise developed a life long love of animals. Her father was a breeder of German Shepherds and Greyhounds. Louise showed these animals throughout New England. She also became an accomplished horsewoman, having trained at Rines Stables in Gorham, and riding in Central Park in later years.

 Right out of high school this small town girl teamed up with her teenage dance teacher and choreographer, Ken Spaulding of Portland. They created an act consisting of ballroom and ballet combinations with flashy “adagio” high lifts and spins. The Western Promenade cemetery was their “practice studio.” Louise had a later start than most dancers, but she started as a pro. Louise and Ken’s first big break came when they were cast in the U.S. version of the Folies Bergere. They performed in hotels, theaters and nightclubs throughout the United States and Central America, touring with the likes of Rosemary Clooney and Mel Torme. 

When Louise’s identical twin, Alice, joined the act they became known as the Spaulding Trio and the world opened up to them. Ken designed, and Louise fabricated, matching costumes for herself and her sister. They performed all over Europe and North Africa with the Philip Morris Broadway Revue and the Camel Caravan. The trio appeared on the Ed Sullivan, Jack Carter and Paul Winchell television shows. They toured with the Cristiani Brothers Circus, a family of bareback riders. A number of tours with the USO took them to the South Pacific Islands, Korea, the Marshall Islands and Japan. Although they traveled to many beautiful places they also saw pain and destruction. They worked under all kinds of conditions, often with the sounds of bombs overhead.  Louise often said:  “Your sense of values changes because of what you see. Why some men would want war is beyond me.”

After decades on the road, Louise was recruited by an executive from Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), the renowned performing rights organization based in New York City. She happily found herself in the midst of artists, composers, singers and musicians. Louise became invaluable for her meticulous attention to detail and dedication to her work. As contract administrator of Performing Rights, Louise was responsible for processing   complicated legal documents for BMI’s writer and publisher affiliates. According to Frances W. Preston, President of BMI, Louise was one of the most highly regarded employees. She retired at the age of 89, after a 48-year tenure.

Growing up, Louise summered at the family cottage on Peaks Island.  In her adult years she looked forward to her annual vacation there as well, and returned permanently in 2007.  She spent her remaining years in the place of her youth, content to settle into the natural rhythms of the island. Louise loved feeding the birds, tending her gardens, playing with her cat and gratefully embracing the simple pleasures of life, among them watching “Dancing With the Stars.” Modest and unassuming, she accepted this new role in life and made little mention of her storied past.

Louise was predeceased by her sister, Alice, and Ken Spaulding, her lifelong friend. She is survived by Alice’s stepson David Stolte and wife, Trudy, and her devoted caregivers and loving neighbors.

 

Many heartfelt thanks to Kitty Gilbert, FNP, Peaks Island Health Center, for her care and support.

David J. Golder

HIRAM, ME — On August 15, 2015, Dave lost his short fight with cancer. He was lovingly held in his wife’s arms as he left this world.  He went bravely and with dignity, kissing his wife on her forehead before turning his head towards the heavens as if he were being beckoned. 

Dave was loved by those whose lives he touched. He was always there to lend a helping hand, right up to the end. He was so much fun to be around and will be sorely missed by all his buddies. Dave went to school in Merrimack, NH and the friends he made there lasted a lifetime. He continued to make new friends wherever he went. 

A carpenter by trade, Dave learned everything he knew by watching quietly and asking questions.  He eventually ran his own crews and left his mark on homes all over the northeast. While Dave spent time learning all aspects of the construction trade, including framing and roofing, he chose to concentrate on vinyl-siding and was especially proud of his metal trim work. 

Dave was a person who embodied the idea of work hard, play hard. His stress reliever was speed, the faster the better. Whether riding his beloved Harley down the open road or taking his snowmobile out in the woods in the middle of the night, Dave was happiest when pushing his vehicle’s speedometer towards its limits. He would dare friends to follow him, and some brave souls took him up on the challenge, afterward vowing to never do that again.  Fast cars, dirt-bikes, wave-runners, boats, and trucks Dave liked them all. However, Dave loved the Harley he built, and for that reason Dave’s loving wife has chosen to have his ashes welded into the gas tank of his bike. The bike itself will be disabled so that it may serve as a monument to remember Dave’s life, at the home he shared with his wife. 

Dave was preceded in death by his mother, Harriet Diana Golder née Foley, and his fondly remembered grandparents, Lawrence and Helen Golder. 

Dave leaves behind his wife, Karen, who stayed by his side through difficult times, never doubting how much he cared for her.  He also leaves behind his father, David G. Golder and David’s wife Penny; his brother, Jim Tees and Jim’s wife Kim; his sister, Diane Mann Golder and her children, Hannah and Helen; and his step siblings, Roland Desautels Jr. and Tammy Desautels.  Dave also leaves behind a sister-in-law, Joy Maxner, two step-daughters, Holly Champion and Joya Champion Fielders, and Holly and Joya’s seven children, Dakoata, Destiny, Jade, Sedona, Andrew, Teagan and Brandon. 

 

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 PM on September 5, 2015, at Dave and Karen’s home at 357 King Street, Hiram, ME.  Please come and share some good memories. Sandwiches and soft drinks will be served, and you are invited to bring any other food or drinks you wish.

Dr. John M. Fein

Portland, ME — Dr. John M. Fein, 92, died at home on August 18 in Portland, Maine. He was born on December 23, 1922 to Louis and Lola Fein in East Chicago, Indiana. He married his high school sweetheart, Lucyle Blumenthal, in 1946, a marriage that lasted 53 years until her death in 1999. 

He received his B.A, magna cum laude, from Harvard in 1944, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1950, moving into a long and distinguished career as a faculty member (Spanish and Latin American Studies) and administrator at Duke University. He served three terms as Chair of the Department of Romance Languages, and also a term as Vice Provost and Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke, and published two important books and many articles on Latin American literature. 

He was awarded a Fulbright Lectureship to Chile, and also held visiting appointments at several institutions including Indiana University, Stanford, and Dartmouth. Throughout his teaching career and well into retirement he maintained a passionate love of literature. His other interests included travel, contemporary Latin American art, and gardening. He had a special love for the family summer house on Thompson Lake in Maine, the site of many happy family reunions. He will be especially missed and remembered for his wit, sense of humor, intelligence, as well as the encouragement he generously shared with his children and grandchildren, and the pride he took in their achievements. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Lucyle, and his brother, George. He is survived by son, David, and wife, Rita, of Greensboro, NC, his daughter, Judith, of Durham, NC, daughter, Jody, and husband, Robb of West Gray, ME, and daughter, Laurie, and husband, Dave, of Portland, ME, as well as grandchildren: Aaron, Dana, Margot, Sarah, Nathan, Jack, and Luisa, and six great-grandchildren.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to: Amnesty International, 5 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10001 or Duke Gardens Endowment, Duke University, Durham, NC 27706

E. May (Varney) Bernard

Lewiston — Evelyn ‘May’ Bernard of Buckfield, Maine, passed away on August 20, 2015, at the age of 69 following a brief battle with cancer.   She leaves behind her husband, Gerald (Jerry) Bernard, her daughter Donna (Bernard) Kelley, her son, David Bernard, and her grandchildren, Isaiah and Isaac Kelley and Gabriella and Cassandra Bernard.
 
May was born on July 2, 1946, in Freeport, Maine.  She grew up in Yarmouth, Maine.  She graduated from Yarmouth High School in 1964.  May married Jerry Bernard on November 7, 1964.  May worked as a homemaker, raising their two children, until they were in high school before working outside the home at Downeast Crafts (later known as Cape Shore).  Hobbies included knitting, baking, camping.  May is remembered for her love of her husband, children, and grandchildren.  She enjoyed visiting extended family in Prince Edward Island with her husband.
 
May requested to be cremated without ceremony at this time.  The family extends special thanks to the staff at Central Maine Medical Center and the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing for their constant, attentive support during this time.  In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) or to the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing.

Denise M. (DesRoches) Coombs

Lewiston, ME – Denise M. (DesRoches) Coombs, 48, of New Gloucester passed away unexpectedly at Central Maine Medical Center on Monday, August 17, 2015.  She was the wife of Gilbert S. Coombs. 

Denise was born on July 25, 1967 in Manchester, CT a daughter of the late David K. Desroches, who died in 2013 and Patricia (Uriano) DesRoches of Portland.  She attended Deering High School and spent a lot of her adult life taking care of others as a CNA.  Denise’s quick wit and charm made for a lifetime of memories and laughs. 

Denise was an active UBAKA member and took a lot of pride in bringing awareness to child abuse.  She greatly enjoyed being a mother and grandmother. 

Besides her husband and mother, Denise is survived by her four children Andrew Coombs and his wife Sasha, Tom Coombs and his wife Kaylene, Jamie Coombs and Katie Coombs; she also leaves her grandchildren Lyric Coombs-Kennedy, Quinn Murphy Coombs and Greyson Jak Coombs as well as her brother Mike DesRoches and sister Linda West.  She will be missed by all who knew her. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Visitation on Monday, August 24, 2015 from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Wild Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave. Portland, ME. 

 

 

Janice “Jan” A. Kuliga

Scarborough, Maine – Janice (Jan) Anne Kuliga, 83, of Kennebunk died peacefully on August 15, 2015, while surrounded by her loving family, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. Jan was married to her husband George J. Kuliga for 44 years, until his death in April 1994.

The daughter of Harrison A. Hill Jr. and Olive G. Coffey, Jan was born in Newburyport, MA on March 7, 1932. The family relocated to New Bedford, MA where she graduated from New Bedford High School.

In 1960, she and her family moved to Rockland, ME. Over the years, Jan was employed by Prock Marine of Rockland and later the KnoWalLin Home Health Agency of Rockland. She retired in 1985 and shortly thereafter she and George moved to Barefoot Bay, FL where she resided until March of 2015. She then relocated to The Atria Kennebunk in Kennebunk, where she lived until the time of her death.

While living in Florida, she enjoyed extensive travel, social events, games, and playing cards with her friends. In recent years she looked forward to returning to Maine to spend summers at Sea-Vu West in Wells. While at the Atria Kennebunk she enjoyed exercise classes, numerous social activities, day trips, and most recently participating as a cast member in the play South Pacific, put on by the Atria residents.

Jan was a member of St Bernard’s Catholic Church in Rockland, St. Luke’s of Barefoot Bay, and during the summer a communicant of St. Mary’s of Wells.

Surviving are her three sons Kevin J. Kuliga and his wife Edna of Dalton, MA, Kenneth G. Kuliga and his wife Cheryl of Sanford, ME, Gregory J. Kuliga and his wife Nancy of Windham, ME; six grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren: several cousins, nieces, and nephews.  She was also a sister of the late Jean McGrath.

At the request of the family, there will be no visitation.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday August 25 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 236 Eldridge Road, Wells, Maine, with the Rev. Thomas Murphy officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, ME 04074      

Theodore P. “Ted” Curran

Lewiston, ME – On August 14, 2015 heaven received its toughest angel in Theodore P. “Ted” Curran, 63, of Sabattus, who passed surrounded by his family after a short battle with cancer. He was the husband of Helene T. (Potvin) Curran. 

Ted was born April 29, 1952 in Lewiston, a son of the late Leo E. & Francoise (Veilleux) Curran.  He met the love of his live, Helene, at St. Dominic’s High School; they married on September 2, 1972 at St. Louis Church in Auburn. 

Ted served in the United States Air Force, returned home and graduated CMVTI as a machinist.  He worked nearly 40 years at Elmet Technologies.  He was also a member of the Teamsters, a shop steward and won the world competition in Rome, Italy on the “Maintenance Attack Team.”  He also served the town of Sabattus as a selectman and a member the recycling committee. 

Ted was a longtime parishioner of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Sabattus.  He looked forward to the weekly after Mass breakfast with his dear friends, Roger & Claire Gervais.  He also enjoyed his lifelong friendship with Daniel Leblanc of Berlin, MA and working with Ronald Lessard.  He loved a good debate but more so his wife of almost 43 years, Helene.  His greatest joys were walking at Reid State park or anywhere for that matter, hand in hand with her.

Spending time with his grandkids was an important part of his life as was proclaiming to dislike everyone; with Ted you always knew how he felt and he showed with his actions the depth of his love, he was a proud man who lived to be the support & anchor of his family. 

Besides his beloved wife Helene, he is survived by his son Steven Curran and his wife Stacey of Lewiston and his daughter Angela Duncan and her husband Dimon of Ostrander, OH.  He also leaves his grandsons Marc and Ethan Curran and Logan Duncan, his granddaughter Metea Duncan, as well as his sister Agnes Perkins and her husband Robert of Carlisle, PA, his brothers Jean-Paul Curran and his wife Claudette, Daniel Curran both of Sabattus, Ronald Curran and his wife Pauline of Sebago, Michel Curran and his wife Lorraine of Sabattus, his brother-in-law Paul Potvin and his wife Gloria Giroux of Old Orchard Beach, Leo Potvin and his wife Sandra of Lewiston, Arthur Potvin and his wife Regina “Tina” of Auburn, his sister-in-law Louise Whalen and her husband Gerald “Scott” of Auburn, Noella Potvin of Lewiston and several nieces and nephews.  He was also the uncle of the late Michael Potvin.  

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Friday, August 21, 2015 at 4 p.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 131 High Street, Sabattus, ME.

Judith (Tulloch) Dolley

Portland, ME — Judith Tulloch Dolley age 77 of Portland died Saturday the 8th of August 2015 at Maine Medical Center.

Judie was born March 11, 1938 in Bangor, ME to William W. and Helen P. Tulloch. She graduated from Cony High School in Augusta, was married and mothered three children. As her children got older, Judie worked for many years at the Cape Elizabeth School Department. Later she was a legal secretary for Bernstein Shur Sawyer and Nelson, Moon Moss McGill and Lowry Legal Services until she was diagnosed with lung cancer which she fought and beat – remaining cancer free.

Judie loved animals and birds from an early age when her mother gave her a baby lamb which she named Suzie Q. She was a member of the National Wildlife Federation and Maine Audubon Society and enjoyed identifying the many types of wild birds that flew through and fed at her home in Cape Elizabeth. Judie enjoyed playing cards with the same group of close girlfriends for 40 years. She loved all things “Maine” watching Ospreys, Puffins and Eagles, visiting lighthouses, walking the beach and collecting sea glass and eating lobster. She loved listening to music; Jazz, Big Band and Swing. Judie loved to decorate her home for every holiday, especially for Christmas. 

Judie is survived by her son Scott W. Dolley and his wife Jennifer Taliento Dolley of Doylestown PA; daughter Elaine R. Dolley of Boston MA; daughter Joyce Dolley of Portland ME and their father Kenneth R. Dolley of Hertford NC; her sister Jean Burnham of Augusta ME; her five grandchildren who brought great joy to her life, Michaela, Julianna, Mackenzie, Shelby and Madelyn; her nieces, nephews and other extended family as well as her countless dear friends.


In keeping with Judie’s wishes there will be no funeral or service. She would like her friends and family to remember and celebrate her by living life to the fullest as she did.  Her family would like to thank the many kind-hearted professionals who helped Judie through her journey as she aged.
 

“The song has ended…but the melody lingers on.” Irving Berlin

John McNeill

Portland, ME – John McNeill, 62, of Scarborough, died on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at Maine Medical Center.  He was the husband of the late Jean (Johnston) McNeill, who he was married to for thirty years.

John was born on July 7, 1953 in Wantagh, NY the eldest son of the late John Anthony McNeill and Therese (Dart) McNeill of Portland.  He grew up in Wantagh, attending local area schools and graduated from MacArthur High School and then went on to obtain his Bachelor’s degree from S.U.N.Y. at Fredonia, NY.  He moved to Albany, NY in 1981. 

He was employed by the State of New York, Department of Transportation for thirty years and held a number of high level positions, including Assistant to First Deputy Commissioner.  He retired to Maine in 2013 to be close to his family. 

John enjoyed family gatherings, gardening, the horses at Saratoga and his beloved cat “Chili”.  He was interested in history and enjoyed traveling with his wife all over the world.  He was a kind and generous man who loved his family.  They are heartbroken over his passing. 

Besides his Mother, John is survived by his brother’s James and his wife Laura of Portland, ME, Joe and his wife Nancy of Portland, ME and Robert of San Francisco, CA.  He was also a devoted uncle to Carla, Wes, Devin, Connor and Liam.  He leaves longtime friends from his life in New York who he was in regular contact with.  He will be dearly missed by them. 

A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date. 

Those who wish may make memorial contributions in John & Jean’s memory to:

The Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society

3 Oakland Ave.

 

Menands, NY 12214

Beverly (Dunn) Beliveau

Norway, ME – Beverly (Dunn) Beliveau, 90, of South Paris, died on Friday, August 7, 2015 at Stephen’s Memorial Hospital.  She passed away peacefully, after a brief illness, with family by her side. She was the wife of the late Paul A. Beliveau, who died on November 23, 1992. 

She was born in Fitchburg, MA on December 29, 1924 a daughter of the late William G. & Linnie M. (Peters) Dunn.  She attended schools in Fitchburg and graduated from Fitchburg High School. 

Beverly was employed by New England Telephone & Telegraph as an operator during WWII.  She married Paul, a widower with five children, in 1955. Together, they had a sixth child, Thomas. They owned and operated, with her husband, a general store in Brownfield Maine for ten years before she retired to be a full time mom. 

She is survived by her children Paula (Beliveau) Hanson and her husband Neil of Brooks, ME; Patricia D. Beliveau and her husband Michael S. Horn of Islesboro, ME, Michael Beliveau and his wife Beverly, Peter A. Beliveau and his wife Joni, David L. Beliveau all of Portland, ME, and Thomas W. Beliveau and his wife Susan of Hollis, ME.  She also leaves five grandchildren Greg, James, Courtney, Devin Beliveau and Jeff Hanson. 

 

There will be a private service.