Patricia M. “Pat” Cooper

Scarborough, ME – Patricia M. “Pat” (Burbank) Cooper, 72 of Westbrook, died on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. 

She was born in Portland, ME on March 16, 1943 a daughter of the late Fred Burbank and the late Edna (Learned) Moore.  She grew up in Portland, attending local area schools. 

Pat worked for the University of Southern Maine as the Supervisor of Environmental Services, retiring in 2008.  Prior to that, she worked for Maine Medical Center for many years.

She enjoyed crossword puzzles. Her favorite TV shows were Ellen, Dancing with the Stars and Hallmark movies.  Pat had a passion for cooking for family, especially during the holidays. 

She is survived by five children Ronald “Ronnie” Cooper and his wife Corrina of Windham, Carol J. Cooper and her husband Richard Loffredo of East Waterboro, Carl Cooper and his wife Margie Wildes of Westbrook, Michael Cooper and his wife Crystal Call of Westbrook and Diana Hess-Riquinha and her husband Steve of Tewksbury, MA.  She also leaves numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as her sister Elizabeth Brown, Claire Learned and her brother Ronald Learned and several nieces and nephews.  She is also the mother of the late Elizabeth “Kelley” Steffen who passed away in October 1991.  

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Standish Baptist Church, 181 Ossipee Trail, Standish.  A reception will follow.  All the grandchildren are encouraged to bring their Halloween costumes to wear at the reception in honor of their grandmother’s love of holidays.  

Helen R. (Kelley) Cunningham

Portland, ME — Helen Rita (Kelley) Cunningham, 83, of Westbrook, died on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 after a brief illness. She was the wife of Edward J. Cunningham. They were married at St. Kevin’s Church in Dorchester, Ma. on November 4, 1961. 

Helen was born in Central Falls, RI on May 11, 1932 a daughter of the late William and Viola Kelley.  She is a graduate of Windham Secretarial School in Boston, Ma. 

Helen worked as a Medical secretary/transcriptionist at Westbrook Hospital and Maine Medical Center as well as working for the private practices of several lawyers and doctors in the greater Portland area until her retirement. 

She was a member of the parish of Our Lady of Hope and taught religious education at St. Edmunds of Westbrook for years. She was a member of a Prides Corner bowling league for a time. 

Helen was a lifelong reader and always had a book going.  She enjoyed the crossword and jumble puzzles in the paper virtually every day of her adult life.  Helen became an avid sports fan later in life and loved to follow the Red Sox and Patriots.  But what she liked most was to spend time with her friends, husband, children, and grandchildren. Helen would listen to their latest trials and triumphs and almost always had a new joke or funny story to share.  Helen was known by friends and family for her ever present positive outlook and sincere kindheartedness. 

Besides her husband of 54 years she is survived by her Son Edward Cunningham of Portland, his wife Jennifer Tingle, and their children Helen and William; her son Patrick Cunningham of Hallowell, his wife Wendy Harper, and their children Charlotte and Josephine; her daughter Mary Bass of Woodstock, Ga., her husband Chris Bass, and their children Colton and Carlene.  She also leaves her brother William Kelley of Riverside, CA and her nephew William Kelley Jr. and his wife Evelyn of Marana, Az. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 670 Ocean Ave., Portland.  A reception will follow at the church hall. 

 

Burial in the Maine Veterans Cemetery, Springvale, ME will be private.

Marian “Minty” Wallace

Portland, ME — Marian ‘Minty’ Sibley Jewett Wallace, age 96, died on October 22, 2015 from complications of pneumonia. Minty’s husband of 65 years Stanley B. Wallace predeceased her in 2002. 

Minty has been resident of St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation & Residence for the past five years. She enjoyed her time there and thanks to a wonderful staff her days were busy and full. She remained clear and healthy right up until a week before she died. The family is forever grateful to the staff at St. Joe’s, especially to Laura, Brad and rest of the activities group. 

Marian was predeceased by sisters Dorothea, Harriet, and Carolyn; and two brothers, Harlan and Norman Jewett. One sister, Eleanor Brandli survives. She is also survived by one sister- in-law with whom she was close, Verna Andrews.  Minty’s three children, Carolyn (Bunty), Bob (wife Susan) and Richard (partner Carolyn) survive her as well. Minty has seven grandchildren; Donald & David Crotty, Johanna Maaghul, Melissa Chaput, Nathan Wallace, Alanna Rich and Linus Wallace. Minty loved and cherished the visits from her grandchildren and their children whose pictures and poems covered the wall around her. 

Marian grew up in Mechanic Falls and graduated from High School there in 1937. She and Stan were married that year after meeting and falling in love at Old Orchard Beach where they both had summer jobs. They lived in Syracuse NY, Fort Worth Texas, Bath, Mechanic Falls, Cape Elizabeth, Portland, South Portland, Bridgton and Gorham before retiring to Florida, again at various locations, Melbourne, Okeechobee, and finally Gainesville. Minty returned to Maine to live at Bay View Heights after Stan passed away.

Marian loved her family and throughout their marriage there were many family gatherings, picnics, and reunions. Both Stan & Minty were one of seven children, so there were plenty of relatives all around. Minty was a wonderful cook. She braided and hooked rugs, refurbished furniture, served on the Hospital Auxiliary in Bridgton and was a member of the Congregational Church there. Mostly she was Stan’s first mate, assisting him in his many business adventures, before and after his retirement. They were members of the Woodfords Congregational Church where there will be a memorial service on Saturday October 31st at 11:00 a.m. in the Maloon Chapel, 200 Woodford Street, Portland, followed by interment in Mechanic Falls Maple Grove Cemetery. 

 

Donations to the St Joseph’s fundraiser for a new wheelchair accessible van can be made at www.crowdRise.com/sjrr or mailed to St Joseph’s Rehabilitation and Residence, 1133 Washington Ave, Portland ME 04103. 

John Forrest

Portland, ME — John Forrest, 70, of Wells died on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at Maine medical Center.  He was the husband of Carol A. (Marsh) Forrest.

John was born in England on January 24, 1945 a son of the late Frederick G. & Eleanor (Marsden) Forrest.  He moved to the United States with his family at the age of five.  After graduating High School, John joined the US Navy and served his new country for the next six years, spending much of it on the USS Lake Champlain.  He would go on to earn his Bachelor’s in Computer Science. 

He worked for several different places as a Master Craftsman and did just about everything from building homes, to remodeling.  He also spent some time as a Professor in Computer Science, but would always fall back on his carpentry roots. 

John enjoyed fishing immensely; one of his favorite spots was Jekyll Island off the coast of Georgia.  He and his wife also loved the open road, spending the past several years traveling across the Country. 

Besides his wife, he is survived by his five children, John C. Forrest of Trenton, ME, Renee Coon and her husband Scott of Wells, ME, Stephen Forrest of Tampa, FL, Tiffany Forrest of Kennebunk, ME and Crystal Dwyer of Lamoine, ME.  He also leaves numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as two brothers William Forrest and his wife Joyce of West Palm Beach, FL and Br. James Loxham of Long Island, NY, a sister Kathleen Pepe of Newburyport, MA and several nieces and nephews. 

Service will be private.

Mary E. (Bunting) Thompson

Mary Elizabeth (Bunting) Thompson left this world on Thursday, October 15 after a long illness. She was born in Portland, Maine on April 2, 1927, the second child of William Bernard Bunting and Doris Chandler Soule Bunting. She attended local schools, graduating from Deering High School in 1945. She married Russell Gould Thompson of Portland on her birthday in 1949. Together they had three children: William Edward, Dana Russell and Karen Elizabeth. During their early marriage they were sent by the Army out West to Washington State, where their two younger children were born. The couple returned to Portland for good in 1955, driving across the country with their three babies, during the winter. 

Mary had a lot of friends and was almost always the life of the party. She loved to laugh and kept herself active most of her life. She enjoyed CB Radio during the 60s and 70s, boating with friends, and joining her brother’s family for lobster feeds at Thomas Pond in Raymond. She made several trips to Alaska to see her grandchildren and daughter. Highlights of her Alaska trips included a 1-hour floatplane trip up a tidewater glacier and cruising the Inside Passage on the Alaska State Ferry with her friend Rose. 

Mary loved to travel and enjoyed trips to Alaska, Louisiana and Alabama, Missouri, New York City, Washington DC and many other places. A major thrill for her was a trip to visit her nephew John Bunting, who took her to see a Chiefs game, then took her onto the playing field and introduced her to Joe Montana. She returned to Maine decked out in Kansas City Chiefs clothing and regalia. She never forgot that trip. 

She volunteered her services as a driver for Regional Transportation and also drove an escort vehicle during the construction of the Piscataqua River Bridge. She escorted many of the huge beams that make up the span. Mary worked at home doing billing for Thompson & Anderson, the business her husband founded with his partner Andy Anderson in Westbrook, Maine. Her favorite job, however, was as a cashier at the Puritan Tea Room on Congress Street in Portland,

where she enjoyed bantering with the lunchtime regulars each day. She could be found each morning typing up the menu and running off copies on the mimeograph machine. 

She knit countless pairs of mittens and donated them to needy children. She participated in fundraising walks, and was a devoted supporter of the Westbrook Animal Refuge League. Mary was a longtime member of TOPS in Westbrook and KOPS in Falmouth, and for a long time enjoyed taking ceramics classes. Mary was a gifted cook, celebrated for her delicious apple pies. She made so many pies that her friends called her “Apple Peeler”. She enjoyed life and stayed engaged and active until she suffered a fall on her 80th birthday. She then entered a series of assisted living and long-term care facilities. Her favorite place was 75 State Street, where she thrived until her health care needs exceeded the facility’s ability to meet them. Mary’s final stay was at Portland’s Barron Center, whose caring and skilled staff are to be commended for their outstanding care. We are grateful. 

She is predeceased by her parents, her eldest child, William (Bill) Edward Thompson and her husband, Russell G. Thompson. She is survived by her son, Dana Russell Thompson (Vickie) and their children Kristina Marie and Matthew Dana Thompson, and her great granddaughter, Emma Lynn Miller, Kristina’s child. Mary is also survived by her daughter, Karen Elizabeth Thompson Lybrand, and her grandchildren, twins Kyle Edith and Ethan George, and Katherine Hill Lybrand. Surviving as well are her brother James Moulton Bunting and her nephews James, John and Paul Bunting and their wives and children, and her sister-in-law Geneva Olsen. 

 

Respecting her explicit wishes, Mary was cremated and will be interred between her husband and beloved son, Bill. No services are planned. If desired, donations in her memory may be made to the Westbrook, Maine Animal Refuge League, especially for the cat division, Mary’s special soft spot.

Philip F. Henderson

Scarborough, ME – Philip F. Henderson, 75, of Gorham, was a military veteran who enjoyed a career in truck driving died on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at the Maine Veterans’ Home.  He was the husband of Lorraine E. (Harmon) Henderson. 

Philip was born on November 30, 1939 in Portland, ME a son of the late Clarence and Susanna (Coffee) Henderson.  He was a longtime resident of Portland and a devoted husband of 49 years and a loving Father of seven children.   He served four years in the US Navy on the USS Saratoga and enjoyed traveling around the world. 

Mr. Henderson was a “jack-of-all-trades” and was dedicated to remodeling both the interior and exterior of his old historic home on the west end in Portland.  He enjoyed landscaping and gardening as well as raising his Dashunds.  He spent hours viewing historical documentaries, and sharing commentary on them with others.  However his greatest passion was spending time with his family. 

He is survived three daughters Belinda Emery of Windham, Cindy Chase of Windham and Laura Pellerin of Gorham. He is also survived by three sons David Hamilton of Connecticut, Mark Henderson of Portland and William Henderson of Waterboro.  He also leaves a brother Richard Henderson of Cumberland and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

A Celebration of Life will be held for the family at the home of James and Laura Pellerin in Gorham at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 24, 2015.  Burial is planned for Blanchard Cemetery in Falmouth, ME at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 25, 2015

 

Flower donations may be sent to 78 Harding Bridge Road Gorham, ME 04038.

Michael S. Masakowski

Portland, ME – Michael Stanley Masakowski, 93, died on October 11, 2015 after a brief illness.   He was born in Nanticoke, PA in 1922 to John and Stasia Masakowski. 

The second of ten siblings born to Polish immigrants, he spoke fluent Polish.  After graduating from high school, where he played football and basketball, he worked at Pratt-Whitney Aircraft.  He then served in the 12th Armored Division (the “Hellcats”) of the U.S. Army during World War II under General Patton.  He remained an avid World War II historian throughout his life, and was proud of the Hellcats’ contributions in Europe, including liberation of the Dachau satellite concentration camps. 

After returning from Europe, Mike moved to Washington D.C. where he attended American University and worked at Riggs National Bank.  There he met the love of his life, Joanna “Jo” Callegari, his wife of 66 years.  Together they raised three daughters in Garrett Park, MD.  Mike rose to become the Assistant Manager of the Northwest Federal Credit Union in Langley, VA.   Mike and Jo moved to Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in 2006, where they were parishioners at St. Bartholomew’s.  Jo passed away in 2014. 

Mike will be remembered as a raconteur who enjoyed debating politics over two fingers of single malt scotch (Na zdrowie!).  He looked for and found something to enjoy in each day, even as his physical challenges increased with age.  He retained a lifelong interest in football and enjoyed watching the Patriots and many other teams.  Mike was also an avid woodworker, and a warm and devoted father and grandfather. 

In addition to his parents and his wife, Mike was predeceased by his siblings Francis, Joseph, John, Edward, and Albin, and his sons-in-law Thaddeus Kowalski and David Luken.  He is survived by his siblings Ladisla, Sabina, Joan, and Daniel, his daughters Stephanie Luken (Michael Jackson), Lisa Kowalski, and Victoria Masakowski (Roger Inhorn) and 5 grandchildren: Margaret Kowalski, and Emma, Joseph, Anthony, and Vincent Inhorn. 

Memorial services will be in the spring.  

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Mike’s name to the VNA Home Health Hospice (VNA Development Office, PO Box 679, Portland, ME, 04101-9804; or online at vnahomehealth.org/donate). 

We would like to thank the staff at VNA/Lifestages, especially Karen, Jimmy, Billy and Skip; Dr. Anna Niegowska and the staff of Mercy Oncology – Hematology; Dr. Steve Andreasen and the staff at Cape Elizabeth Dental Associates; and Drs. Craig Johnson and Joseph Wight for their many kindnesses to Mike over the years, and Mercy Hospital and the palliative care team for their extraordinary and compassionate end-of-life care

 

 

Gloria (Bergeron) Quinn

Falmouth, ME — Gloria Dionne Quinn (Bergeron), beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, aged 86 years of Falmouth, ME, formerly Belmont, NH and Lowell, MA, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on October 18, 2015.  She was the wife of Myles J. Quinn, to whom she was happily married for 20 years. 

Gloria was born in Lowell, MA on December 19, 1928.  She was the daughter of the late Aime and Madeline (Breault) Bergeron.  She attended Saint Jeanne d’Arc grammar school and graduated from Keith Hall high school.  Gloria had five sisters: Beatrice Campbell (dec.) and her husband Ildage (dec.) of Naples, FL, Loraine Patrick and her husband Donald (dec.) of Boston, MA, Constance Cox (dec.) of Lowell, MA, Thelma Lahme and her husband Paul of York, ME, and Dolores Fairburn and her husband Richard of No. Berwick, ME.  Gloria was married to the late Richard J. Dionne for 37 years, with whom she raised four children: Bruce J. Dionne and his wife Dominique C. Dionne of Concord, NH, Gregory R. Dionne of Dracut, MA, Patricia M. Betty and her husband Daniel P. Betty of Falmouth, ME, and Lisa D. Banacos and her husband Francis J. Banacos of North Andover, MA.  Gloria had six grandchildren who she described as the joy of her life: April M. and Koren L. Betty, Justin G. and Brianna M. Dionne, and Natalie M. and Katherine R. Banacos.  Davien Dionne, son of Justin G. Dionne, is Gloria’s great-grandson.  

Gloria was a faithful communicant of many parishes including Saint Jeanne d’Arc of Lowell, MA, Saint Joseph’s of Belmont, NH, St. Elizabeth Seton of Naples, FL, and Holy Martyrs of Falmouth, ME.  Some of Gloria’s happiest times were spent at her summer home on Lake Winnisquam where she enjoyed spending time with family, sharing her love of cooking, admiring nature’s beauty, and playing games with friends. 

Gloria was most known by those who loved her for her uncompromising faith and her ability to love.  Her selfless nature and unending desire to help those around her were truly her legacy.  Her wisdom, her generosity, and her warmth drew people towards her.  Her quiet presence lit up the room.  All are better for having known this angel among us.  

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at St. Michael’s Parish, 196 Main Street, North Andover, MA at 10:00 a.m.  

Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell, MA. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association as many of Gloria’s close friends suffered from this debilitating disease. 

 

 

Denise A. (Paradis) Maurais

Portland, ME — Denise Ann (Paradis) Maurais, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, died on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at the Barron Center after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis.  She was the wife of Thomas Maurais.

 Denise was a talented seamstress and with crochet, she enjoyed making clothes shrugs for herself and others.  She was an avid fan of the Red Sox and seldom missed a game; she also practiced Tai-Chi, and participated in weekly classes. 

She enjoyed attending Schooner Fare concerts and listening to Leonard Cohen and Roger Whittaker. She was a wonderful gardener and was constantly finding new homes for the cuttings of the plants she tended. 

Denise’s real passion was taking care of children.  She was one of the first to help establish guidelines for home day care facilities. Even after her diagnosis she still volunteered at the local elementary schools’ libraries for many years. 

“Dee was one of the bravest people I’ve ever known.  She fought her multiple sclerosis for 26 years and never once complained or felt sorry for herself.  She was always pleasant to people and made friends easily.” – Thom Maurais, her husband and companion of 45 years. 

Besides her husband she is survived by her son Conrad, daughter Erica Spear, grandchildren Kaitlyn and Matthew, mother Connie Herrick, sister Claudette Charest, brothers Raymond Paradis, Mark Paradis and David Herrick. 

The family would like to thank all the caregivers that helped make Denise’s life comfortable and pleasant, and for giving her as great a quality of life as possible; special thanks to the caring staff at the Barron Center in Portland, for the exceptionally personal and loving care.  Thank you all. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of her life on November 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Millbrook Estates function room, 300 East Bridge St, Westbrook, Maine.  All who knew and loved her are welcome to join.  

The family would like those who can to bring a written memory or photograph of Denise to share with all and be collected for a book.

In lieu of flowers the family would like to ask for donations to be made to:

 

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Maine (Greater New England)   WWW.nationalmssociety.org/chapters/MAM/donate

Bertrand L. Levesque

Lisbon, ME – Bertrand L. Levesque, 67, of Lisbon, died unexpectedly on Saturday, October 10, 2015 in his home. 

He was born on April 16, 1948 in Lewiston, ME a son of the late Roger P. & Gertrude (Montreuil) Levesque.  Bertrand attended St. Louis School and Walton Elementary School and went on to finish high school in the military, then went on to attend military trade school. 

Bertrand proudly served his country in the US Army, serving two tours in Vietnam; first in Artillery and second as a Vietnamese Advisor. 

After his honorable discharge, he opened his own BL electric business and also worked at Maine Electronics.  He then went on to work for Bath Iron Works until his retirement. 

He enjoyed hunting with his brother Moe, especially deer and duck hunting.  He also could be found fishing, which he did with all his brothers. 

He is survived by his two children Anna Proctor and Vincent Levesque and his grandchildren.  He also leaves his brothers Joe Levesque and his wife Helen and Donat Levesque and his wife Diane as well as several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  He was also the brother of the late Jackie Ouellette, Moe, Emile and Michael Levesque.  

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Maine Veterans Cemetery, 163 Mount Vernon Road, Augusta.