Aubrey E. Knowlen

Gorham, ME – Aubrey Earl Knowlen, 83, of Gorham died on Sunday April 24, 2016 at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough. He was the husband of Elizabeth “Betty” (Bloomer) Knowlen for 56 years.

He was born on September 2, 1932 in Bangor, ME along with his twin sister Audrey to the late Ervin and Helen (Rowe) Knowlen of East Holden.   Aubrey graduated from Brewer High School in 1950. After high school, in 1951, he joined the US Navy; and upon discharge attended college graduating from Gorham State Teacher’s College.

While attending Gorham State Teachers College, he met Elizabeth Bloomer on an Adventure Club outing while climbing a mountain. They were married on June 7, 1959 and had two sons Scott and Brett.

He taught Industrial Technology for 34 years; first at Bristol High School, then Boothbay Regional High School and finishing his career with 27 years at Mahoney Junior High School in South Portland, ME.

Aubrey was highly active in scouting first as a scout himself and then later as an adult totaling more than 60 years. He loved working with the kids and attended several National Jamborees over the years. He also earned two beads in the Wood Badge Course which is the highest level of scout leader training.

He was also active in the Gorham Lion’s Club for more than 45 years holding all club offices at one time or another. He was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award in 2011 which recognizes the exemplary service and humanitarian ideas of Lion’s Club members consistent with the purpose of the Lions.

He loved to hunt and fish and spend time outdoors. He took his two sons on a fishing trip every summer in Washington County.  Every year until he was physically unable, he looked forward to hunting deer with his son Brett. He also enjoyed camping and traveling. He and his wife Betty drove across country in 2004 in order to attend a reunion in San Diego of his ship the USS Oglethorpe. He was also a lifelong Red Sox fan and was lucky enough to finally see three World Series Championships that he thought were never going to come.

Besides his wife Betty he is survived by his son Scott Knowlen and his wife Elaine of Winslow and his granddaughter Katie.  He also leaves his brother Lt. Colonel Ret. Charles Knowlen and his wife Beverly of Eddington, ME and their daughters Wendy and Tonya as well as nephews Greg and Jeff, sons of his twin sister Audrey and her husband Derwood.  His sister Audrey Bemis and her husband and his son Brett Knowlen pre-deceased Aubrey.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at Pride’s Corner Congregational Church, 235 Pride St, Westbrook, ME on Saturday April 30, 2016 at 1:30 pm followed by food and refreshments downstairs at the same location.

 

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Pride’s Corner Congregational Church or to the Boy Scouts of America.

Willie G. Girardin

Auburn, ME – Willie G. Girardin, 87, of Auburn and formerly of Lewiston, died on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Clover Health Care.  He was the husband of the late Doris C. (Charest) Girardin. 

He was born in Lewiston on May 22, 1928 a son of the late William & Alexina (Goudreau) Girardin.  He grew up on Old Greene Road in Lewiston, attended schools in Lewiston, didn’t graduate HS, but later got his GED in the service.  In 1946 he joined the US Navy, served two years, followed by four years with the US Army and in 1952 he re-entered the service in the United States Air Force serving 15 years before retiring.  His tours in the service include England, Alaska, and Greenland and he spent time as a MP in Switzerland. 

He worked at Supreme Slipper and later VIP before his retirement.  Willie enjoyed bowling, playing cards and skiing; he was even a member of the ski patrol. 

He is survived by his three children, Linda Johnson and her fiancée’ Steve Erikson of Poland, Roger Girardin of Lewiston and Mark Girardin and his wife Pam of Lewiston.  He also leaves ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren as well as a sister Jacqueline Dumont of Lewiston, a brother Paul Girardin and his wife Joyce of Greene and several nieces and nephews.  He was also the father of the late Steve Girardin who died in 1970.  

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Cemetery, 217 Switzerland Road, Lewiston, ME.

Joan (Power) Toomey

Sanford, Maine – Joan Power Toomey of Sanford, Maine died on April 4, 2016 at home, surrounded by family and close friends. She was the wife of Thomas Toomey.

 

Joan was born on September 20, 1951, in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Frances Power Lee and John Power. While Joan enjoyed a career at Raytheon, it was caring for her son and many nieces and nephews that was her true joy in life. She loved being surrounded by family and friends.

 

Having lived in Watertown, Woburn, and Billerica, Massachusetts prior to Sanford, Maine, Joan also enjoyed cooking and gardening, Disney movies, crafts, games and cards. And she always won at cribbage and Yahtzee! 

 

Known to many in her family as Auntie, Joan is survived by her husband, Thomas Toomey of Sanford, Maine, her son Jason Power and his wife Tara Gebhardt of Baltimore, Maryland, her stepdaughters, Heather Toomey of Billerica, Massachusetts, and Colleen Toomey of New Hampshire, her siblings, John Power of Billerica, Massachusetts, Mary Foerster and her husband Carl of Vienna, Virginia, Christine Izzo and her husband Carmine of Waltham, Massachusetts, and Michael Power and his wife Susan of Wells, Maine, her nieces and nephews, Kelly Shea, Michael Izzo, Adrienne Izzo, Jonathan Power, Lauren Power, Allyson Izzo Smith, Spencer Power, Mackenzie Power, and Christine Foerster, and close friends Deb Redding, Bob McBride, Marcia Ferro, and Todd Wells. Pre deceased by Frances Power Lee and John Power. 

 

A memorial gathering to celebrate her life will be private.

Carlton E. Chapman

Biddeford, ME – Carlton E. Chapman, 70, of Biddeford died on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Southern Maine Medical Center.  He was the husband of the late Jeanne (McGrath) Chapman.  

He was born in Portland, ME on September 20, 1945.Son to the late George & Edith (Hoar) Chapman.  He was one of four children and attended local area schools.  After high school he joined the US Army and served active duty for three years, after which he served ten plus years in the National Guard.  

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Biddeford.  Carlton was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the outdoors; He loved taking all the kids fishing with him.  His favorite past time while at home was playing cribbage and watching any kind of movie, however he would always stop looking once he found something with Clint Eastwood or John Wayne.  

He is survived by his children Terri Fitzpatrick and her husband David, Kevin Chapman, Carl Chapman and Marc Chapman, all of Portland.  He also leaves eight grandchildren as well as two sisters Ann Wilkins and Sandra Chadbourne, a brother Stephen Chapman and his wife Lorie and several nieces and nephews. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave., Portland, ME

Pamela J. (Mahurin) DeMerchant

Pownal, ME — Pamela Jean (Mahurin) DeMerchant, born November 21, 1946 in Lancaster, New Hampshire; passed away on April 16, 2016 after a short illness at Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine.  Pam was the beloved daughter of Betty May Lizotte (Willis) Mahurin and Shepard Harrison Mahurin of Groveton, New Hampshire.  Residing in Pownal, Maine, she was the cherished wife of Jerry (Gerald) DeMerchant and loved mother of Rhonda Jean DeMerchant O’Shea, Jerry Wayne DeMerchant, Brian Scott DeMerchant and grandmother and great grandmother and friend to many.  

Pam attended Groveton Grammar and High School.  During her school years, Pam was on the Groveton Basketball team and the Lancaster Swim team. Pamela’s childhood was often recalled with pride…successfully maneuvering the cabin cruiser through the rocks of Maidstone Lake in Vermont to help her father get to and from work in the summers, helping her family out by working when times were tough and enjoying her snakes and menagerie of other assorted animals and pets. 

Unfortunately at the age of 12, Pam was hit by a car; her injuries included a broken right leg and arm, a fractured right wrist, a concussion and other injuries that caused the doctors to believe that Pam would not be able to have children, would likely never walk without assistance and that her right wrist would never recover appropriately to allow her to write, lift or have much use of it.  However, her stubbornness was born.  She pushed through her adversity and went on to help her father build an Air Raid Shelter in their home, shovel snow, babysit, play basketball, swim, enjoy ice skating and water skiing and give birth to three  children.  

Prior to moving to Maine in 1966, Pam worked for the Shoe Factory in Berlin, New Hampshire.  After the move, she attended IBM school and worked for Maine Insurance Company.  Thereafter, she went on to work at Maine Medical Center in Portland as a Phlebotomist, or as Pam recalls, a vampire.  She drew blood and started IV’s and became so adept and skilled that she was specifically requested by patients.  She also trained other phlebotomists.  

Pamela met her husband, Gerald T. DeMerchant in June of 1966 and after 3 years of adventures, married him on July 26, 1969 in her hometown of Groveton, NH.  A year later, Pam and Jerry bought and moved into an old house approximately two weeks before the birth of their first child, Rhonda Jean.  The home needed a lot of work.  Pam and Jerry worked side by side to make the house a home for their newborn and the children that followed:  Jerry Wayne in September, 1972 and Brian Scott in July of 1974.  

These early years had Pam and Jerry caring for their children, remodeling the house and working on the farm they created.  The pigs, cows, chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, turkeys, pony and goat all were part of the family.  When an animal was sick, Pam would often bring them inside the house to care for them around the clock.  One of her fondest memories included the time when five little piglets could not be with their mother.  Pam brought them in the house to cared for them with a pen in her kitchen.  The Fantastic Five became strong and vibrant and lived because of Pam.  BJ the goat also would have died, but Pam fed him hourly and that goat became as important to the family as any dog. 

After Brian started school, Pam went to work for Pownal Elementary School, first as a kitchen helper and then in the Resource Room to work with children who needed extra help.  Pam always gave help to anyone who needed it, and she enjoyed her work at the school.  Touching the lives of so many children and encouraging them to keep learning and to be independent.  Pam also worked for Down East Crafts assembling products at home and became an Artex Painting Instructor.   Pamela’s accomplishments also included being a Girl Scout Leader.  As her children grew older, Pam eventually went to work with Jerry at Eastern Tractor & Equipment in Scarborough.  Here she worked in the office and learned accounting and office management.  In 1998, when Eastern Tractor & Equipment liquidated,  Pam and Jerry started their own business – Eastern Sales & Equipment.  The business was based in Pam and Jerry’s home, with Jerry doing the sales and service and Pam doing the accounting.  

In 1998, Pam’s mother-in-law, Bernadette, lost her husband and became ill herself. Pam and Jerry took her in to their home.  Pam helped to care for Bernadette until 2003 when Bernadette passed away.  In 2006, after Pam’s mother, Betty, lost her husband, Pam and Jerry took Betty into their home.  Betty was cared for here until she passed away in 2013. 

Pam loved her New England sports teams – enjoying the Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots.  She also loved auto-racing and was a Jeff Gordan fan to the end.  Pam loves the memorabilia she has collected over the years and has an entire section of her home dedicated to Jeff Gordan. 

Pamela is survived by her husband, Jerry DeMerchant; her daughter Rhonda (DeMerchant) O’Shea and her family:  husband Chris and their children, Miranda, Matthew and Joel; her son, Jerry DeMerchant and his family:  wife Trina and their children, Kera, Brady, Keny and Kayla and Brenna (daughter of Raelene Vosmus); and her son Brian DeMerchant as well as the lovingly anticipated great grandbaby, Kaiden, son born to Brenna DeMerchant and Justin on Easter of this year.  

Pamela did not want traditional services and instead her family has decided upon a Celebration of her life.  There will be a Pam-Party held on May 15, 2016 from 12:30 to 3:30 at Winslow Memorial Park, Freeport, Maine.

Joan M. (Hurley) Haight

Freeport, ME – Joan M. (Hurley) Haight, 83, of Freeport and formerly of North Yarmouth died on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.  She was the wife of the late Robert L. Haight who died on January 24, 2006. 

She was born in Holyoke, MA on June 16, 1932 a daughter of the late Helen Fitzgerald.  She attended local area schools in Holyoke, graduating from Holyoke High School. 

Joan spent many years working for New England Telephone as a Operator in between raising her children.  She enjoyed knitting, sewing and playing Bingo. 

She is survived by six children Charlie Haight and his wife Linda of North Yarmouth, ME; Barbara Veillette and her husband Michael of West Springfield, MA; David Haight and his wife Judy of Westfield, MA; Katie Williams and her husband Brian of Gray; Tom Haight and his wife Ann of Cumberland Foreside; Tim Haight and his wife Debbie of Naples.  She also leaves fifteen grandchildren Robyn, Chuck, Bryan, Ryan, Michaela, Kelsey, Danielle, Mike, Tony, Bobby, David, Sarah, Hannah, TJ and Sean as well as six great grandchildren.  She was also the mother of the late Jeffrey Haight who died on April 6, 2006 and Brian Haight who died in 1959. 

 

Services will be private.

Janet P. (Mastroluca) Berry

Portland, ME — Janet P. (Mastroluca) Berry, 76, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Mercy Hospital.  She was the wife of the late Edward Berry. 

Janet was born in Portland, ME on August 27, 1939 a daughter of the late Antonia and Alice (Portios) Mastroluca.  She attended local area schools and graduated from Portland High School. 

She work for Porteous on Congress Street for a little while before becoming a full time, dedicated housewife and loving Mother. 

Janet loved to cook; and when she wasn’t cooking she enjoyed eating at Parker’s.  She also enjoyed going shopping. 

She is survived by her daughter Lisa Berry of Portland, her son Steven Berry also of Portland and her grandson Joseph Berry of Gorham.  She also leaves her siblings Theresa Belmore, Maddie Carrd, Donna Loring, Charles Mastroluca and her baby brother Roland Mastroluca.  She will be sadly missed by all including her two best friends Mildred Loubier and Dorothy “Dot” Koutsivitis. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to help with her final expenses:

Lisa and Steven Berry

25 Shepherd Lane

 

Portland, ME 04103

Herbert E. “Bert” Fellows

Shapleigh, ME — Herbert “Bert” Elmer Fellows passed away peaceful at home on April 12 2016 from a long illness. He was born in Boston, MA on November 2, 1949 to late Herbert and Dorothy (Fish) Fellows Sr. of Westford, MA. 

Survived by his wife of 45 years Sandra (Freitas) Fellows of York County, ME. Children Karyn A. Doiron her husband Joshua and daughter Saige, Kristina L. Garrison her husband Eric and daughter Abigail and son Michael A. Fellows and son Logan Fellows. Also survived by brothers William P. Fellows his wife Katherine of Westford, MA, David B. Fellows his wife Joan of Winchendon, MA, sister Sandra Gladu her husband Raymond of Pelham, NH and sister-in-law Deborah Collins of Reading, MA. He also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews. 

Bert was a Navy Veteran serving during the Vietnam War on the U.S.S. Saratoga and Essex. He belonged to the Thomas W. Bazemore Chapter 19 for Disabled American Veterans in Sanford, ME.  

A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the VA Cemetery in Springvale, ME. All welcome to attend.  

Please consider donating to: 

Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Memory of Herbert E. Fellows

Financial Management Branch

Building 31, Room 8A34

31 Center Drive, MSC 2540

 

Bethesda, MD 20892-2540

Robert R. Collins

Portland, ME – Robert R. Collins, 82, died on Friday, April 8, 2016, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. 

He was born in Portland, ME on February 21, 1934 a son of the late Stuart R. & Elizabeth A. (Shelvey) Collins.  He attended Portland schools and joined the US Marines at age 17. 

Robert worked for Stove Foundry; repaired Televisions but most of all loved working as a master electrician. 

He enjoyed camping, snowmobiling and going for long rides in the car; and towards the end he played a lot of bingo.  He especially loved spending time with his family and was a gregarious person who loved telling stories. 

He is survived by his children Catherine Brown, Laurie Lewis, Janet Hand, Gail Rice and her husband Mike and Sandra Grubb.  He also leaves his grandchildren Matthew, Jason, Jessica, Michelle, Justin, Erica, Ashley, Melissa, Gabrielle, Nicholas and Christopher and eleven great grandchildren  as well as his siblings Janice, Carol, Margaret, Muriel, Michael and John.  He was also the brother of the late Donald Collins.  

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery, Broadway, South Portland, ME.

Harriett A. Morrill

Yarmouth- Harriett Morrill (Ingerson), 76, passed away unexpectedly on April 6, 2016 at her home in Yarmouth. She was born in Pownal, a daughter of the late Harry and Alice Morrill.  She attended Pownal Elementary and graduated from Freeport High School. She later married Lawrence Ingerson and they began raising family, having five children.

Harriett had a gift of gab.  She loved to sing & dance. In her early years, she could drive a pulp truck and turn a head or two. She also drove a dump truck. She worked as a seamiest.  Also, in her early years, worked for Freeport Shoe. She loved to knit and made her family hats, socks and mittens but rarely finished them.  She loved many and was loved by many. She will be truly missed.

She was pre-deceased by a brother, Harry, Jr.

She is survived by her children, Deb Foss and husband Bruce, Lawrence Ingerson and wife Eva, Laura Ingerson, Heidi Todd and husband Alex, Mark Ingerson and wife Sharon; sister, Frances Heal; brothers, Charlie Morrill, Darreyl Morrill, Dick Morrill; niece, Brenda Chammings and her son, Steven Mckown. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Kay Moody for all her love and support and Susan Morrill for all her love and time she spent with Harriett, she was very special to her.

A memorial service will be held at 3 pm on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at First Parish Congregational Church, Pownal Center, ME.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Parish Congregational Church, 461 Elmwood Rd. Pownal, ME 04069.