Ida M. Ramsdell

Portland, ME – Ida Mae Ramsdell, 56, of Portland died peacefully on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Barron Center in Portland.  She was the wife of the late William Cosgrove Jr. 

She was born in Eastport, ME on December 24, 1960 a daughter of the late Hazen L. & Lorraine M. (Cook) Ramsdell.  Ida grew up in Windsor Locks, CT and graduated from Springfield College with a Bachelor’s in Human Services. 

Ida dedicated her life to social work; hold several jobs for non-profit organizations in CT helping the disabled, the deaf, woman after being released from prison and doing intake for addiction, among others.  She also volunteered her time for Vista Volunteers, which is a program that helps the deaf to read.  

She was also an avid New England Patriots fan, always routing for “her Patriots”. 

She is survived by four children, Amanda Weibring and her husband Joseph of Tacoma, WA, Stephen Ramsdell and his wife Mindy of Queens Creek, AZ, William Norris Cosgrove III of Ft. Walton Beach, FL and Corrine Cosgrove of Calais, ME.  She also leaves eleven grandchildren Chad, Jakob, Stevie, Bree, Megan, Raven, Nevaeh, William IV “Beeb”, Rhianna, Brendon and Jocelyn as well as a sister Shirley Ramsdell of West Hartford, CT and a niece Laurel Newman of Boston, MA.  She was also the sister of the late David Ramsdell, who died in November 2006. 

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

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

Alzheimer’s Association of Maine

383 US Route One, Suite 2C 

Scarborough, ME 04074

Karen A. Chagnon

Falmouth, ME – Karen Alice Chagnon, 63, of Falmouth, Maine, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on March 30, 2017, at home and in the presence of her husband and family after an 8 ½ year battle with appendiceal cancer. She lived her life in faith, grace, and integrity as she walked humbly with her God. 

Born on September 8, 1953, in Beverly, Massachusetts, Karen is the daughter of Mary E. Maxwell and Roger E. Chagnon. Karen and her husband, David W. Sandberg, were married on May 16, 1992, in Keene, New Hampshire, and would have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary next month. 

Her profession as a registered dietician included working at Boston City and Newton-Wellesley hospitals, teaching at Keene State College, and consulting at Southern Maine Agency on Aging and in her private practice. Karen was a true servant of God and selfless with her time. Her volunteer activities included serving as a deaconess, working in her church food pantry and office, aiding Africans seeking political asylum, cataloging for the library at New England Bible College, and volunteering with the Luis Palau Crusade and the Root Cellar. 

Karen is survived by her husband, David Sandberg, of Falmouth; her mother, Mary Chagnon of Concord, New Hampshire; her sister, Ellen Chagnon (Edward Boiteau) of Mountain Home, Arkansas; and her brother, Thomas Chagnon (Cynthia) of Bow, New Hampshire. Karen was a loving Auntie to her nieces Katie Boiteau and Sylvie Stacy and her nephews Jeffrey Chagnon, Steven Chagnon, and Brian Chagnon. 

There will be a memorial service for Karen on Sunday, April 2, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 360 Canco Road, in Portland.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the food pantry at First Baptist Church in Portland or to Compassion International (www.compassion.com).

Edward A. “Groovy Ed” Bailey Jr.

Westbrook, ME – Edward A. “Groovy Ed” Bailey Jr., 62, of Westbrook, ME passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 2, 1954, the beloved son of Fay (St. Pierre) Bailey of Yarmouth and the late Edward A. Bailey Sr.

Ed or “Groove” as he was sometimes called, grew up in South Portland, where he attended local area schools, enjoyed playing little league, riding his bike and looking for snakes. 

As a teenager, Ed enjoyed music and learned how to play the guitar, even buying his younger brother Steve his very first guitar. During the 70’s, Ed could be found practicing magic; he would entertain family and friends with his magic skills. Ed was a skilled boxer, enjoyed playing college football cards, and was an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan. He especially enjoyed playing cribbage and fishing, taking his granddaughter MyKayla on her very first fishing trip at the age of five. He was also on a dart team for several years. 

Ed, known by some as “Hoss” worked for many years as a machinist for the shoe shop industry.  He was most recently employed by Maine Medical Center Environmental Services. Back in his “shoe shop days” Ed often enjoyed “kicking back a few” after work with his friends.

Ed was a kind soul and will always be remembered as being a hard worker, laid back, easy going and a lover of peace.

Ed is survived by a daughter Michelle M. Bailey and her fiancé Brian Perkins, a son Shawn E. Bailey and his grandchildren Mykayla C. Bailey, Caleb M. Bailey, Colin E. Bailey, Layne D. Bailey and Addelaide A. Cloutier.  He also leaves his siblings Steve Bailey Sr. and his fiancé Jessica Hines, Colin Bailey and his wife Toni, Michael Bailey and his wife Patty and RaeJean Bailey, also his Aunt Lynn St. Pierre of Illinois as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and his “Brother from another Mother” Mike Plummer.  He was also the father of the late Christina L. Bailey and the grandfather of the late Khloe P. Bailey and Brian Perkins Jr. He was also predeceased by his best friend Andrew Levesque. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 4 p.m. at Profenno’s Bar & Grill (upstairs) 934 Main Street, Westbrook, ME. 

Karen J. (Kay) Brown

Lewiston, ME – Karen J. (Kay) Brown of Lewiston passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at CMMC with her family by her side from complications from a long illness. Karen was only 59.

Karen was born in Waltham, Massachusetts the middle of 5 children to Alfred W. and Constance J, Kay. She loved to cook, crochet, the ocean and her family, especially her 4 legged children. She always went out of her way to help those in need and to think of others and animals before herself. She had a really big heart.

Karen was a 1975 graduate of Montpelier High School and held a bachelor’s degree in science from Vermont College, Montpelier, Vermont. She worked as a Lab Technician for over 30 years at various places in MA and ME.

Karen will be greatly missed by her sister Vickie of Minot, mother Connie, husband David and her 3 dogs. Life will not be the same and much sadder without her in it.

She was predeceased by her father Alfred W. who she missed so much and has joined now after almost 30 years.

Karen is survived by her husband David, 4 legged kids Ellie May, Casey and Josie; his Sisters Vickie Olfene and her husband Todd of Minot and Leslie Rose and husband Robert of West End, NC; his Brother Peter Kay of New Port New, VA and 5 nieces, 1 nephew, 3 grandnieces and 2 grandnephews.

The Family would like to thank the wonderful nursing staff on Y3 for helping Karen and the family during this very sad time.

In her memory, Karen would like people to donate to their local ASPCA.

Matthew J. “Ozzy” Harrington

Portland, ME – Matthew J. “Ozzy” Harrington, 40, died unexpectedly in Chelsea, ME on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 while visiting his Father. 

He was born in Portland, ME on June 28, 1976 a son of John S. Harrington and his wife Kendra of Chelsea, ME and the late Celetta E. (Coombs) Harrington.  He grew up in South Portland, attending local area schools and graduated from South Portland High School. 

Ozzy worked as a tow truck driver for a few different companies in the area but mostly for Maietta Towing in Scarborough.  Matt struggled w/ recovery and is now finally at peace and with his beloved Mother. 

Besides his father John, he is survived by his son Zachary Harrington and his daughter Madison Harrington and their Mother Katie Martin all of Saco, ME.  He also leaves his sister Melissa Chason and her husband Mike of Portland, nephews Gaige Hamilton, Noah Chason and Evin Chason and nieces Celetta Richards and Sydney Chason as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Matt’s life on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave., Portland. 

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

Matt Harrington Children’s Fund

c/o Melissa Chason

9 Cornell Street 

Portland, ME 04103

Hugo M. Sonagere

Auburn, ME – Hugo Mark Sonagere, age 88, passed away on March 6, 2017 at The Odd Fellows’ and Rebekahs’ Home of Maine.  

He was born January 12, 1929 to the late Alessandro and Pia (Satore) as one of seven children.  In 1951 he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  As a member of the United States Army Corps of Engineers Hugo served during the Korean War. 

In 1953 he returned home and joined the Local Tile Union 77 out of Newark NJ.  In 1954 he married Egidia, and they began their family journey of 65 years together. 

He was devoted to his family and treasured his time and special moments with his children and grandchildren.  He was an avid gardener who loved birds and animals. 

Hugo is survived by his wife Egidia (Romano) of 63 years, his son Kenneth Sonagere and wife Kathy, his daughter Lisa Eckerson and husband Willard, and grandchildren; Matthew, Alison, Kate, Melissa. 

A private family service will be held at a later time. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Hugo’s memory to the New Jersey Audubon Society, njaudubon.org,  

 

Newton E. Towle III

Yarmouth, ME – Newton Earle Towle III, aged 73 of Yarmouth, ME died on 2/27/2017 at home after a brief illness. He was born on 1/13/1944 in Portland, ME.  His father was Newton Earle Towle II, a pilot missing in action over Japan in WWII. His mother was Florence Drinkwater and he was raised by both his mother and his stepfather Nicholas Davis.

He spent his childhood in Cumberland with his sisters Lucy, Susan, Jane, Marilyn and brother Nick until 7th grade when he moved to Yarmouth.  He attended North Yarmouth Academy, but when Yarmouth built its High School he and his wife Mary were members of the first graduating class of 1962. His best friends in high school were Mark Storms and David Curren.  He married Mary E. Croudis on August 29th, 1964 in Yarmouth.  He graduated from Southern Maine Vocational Technical School, was employed briefly as an auto mechanic, enlisted in the Army and finally became a telecommunication systems repair technician.  

After retirement he did home repairs and volunteered at his church.  He served his country as a Sargent in the Army stationed in Germany and Texas from 1966 through 1970. He enjoyed square dancing, hiking, camping, running, paraplanes, singing in Choir for Higher, Promise Keepers men’s events, and repairing and designing stained glass.  He was an active member of First Baptist Church Yarmouth and went on many mission trips with the Technical Assistance Program installing donated telephone systems in mission hospitals, radio stations, and hostels in Haiti, Côte de Ivoire, Kenya, Costa Rica, Hungary and India. 

His favorite place in the world was the boys’ orphanage in India, The Children’s Fellowship of India, which he visited five times.  A hard worker, he really enjoyed helping others with anything needed, especially by providing AV services to the church, Morning Light Ministry and African weddings.  In later years he volunteered with his wife at Maine Greyhound Placement Services and enjoyed monthly bean suppers with the other local members of his High School graduating class.  

He is survived by his wife Mary Towle of Yarmouth, daughter Genanne and her husband Tim Brandon of Yarmouth, son Mike and his wife Alissa Towle of Cumberland, granddaughter Miranda and her husband Bill Gildart of Yarmouth, grandson Daniel and his wife Hailey Jordan of Hopedale, Massachusetts, grandson Justin Maldonado of Colorado, granddaughter Sami and her husband Kris Hutchins of Standish, granddaughter Elizabeth Towle of Cumberland, and four great-granddaughters, his sister Lucy and her husband Warren Spence of New Jersey, sister Susan and her husband Glen Cummings of Florida, sister Jane and her husband Craig Westlake of New Hampshire, sister Marilyn and her husband Howard Doucette of Portland and brother Rev. Nicholas and his wife Rev. Mary Angela Davis of Ellsworth.  He loved to laugh and cared about the details of people’s lives.  

His funeral service will be on Saturday March 11, 2017 at 1:00pm at First Baptist Church Yarmouth with reception to follow, officiated by Rev. Ric Ochsner.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Children’s Fellowship of India, 151 Plum Creek Road, North East, MD 21901 (website www.cfindia.org).  The family would like to express their gratitude to CHANS Hospice of Brunswick, ME.

Becki Jane (Hall) Hodgkin

On March 1, 2017 a beloved wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend went on a journey to be with her mother…a journey that left her long time pain and suffering behind and ended in a reunion with those who had left her previously and those that she dearly missed. 

Becki Jane Hall was born on November 30, 1955 to Richard M. Hall and Beverly Murch Hall.  She graduated from Deering High School in 1974 and worked in banking and in the post-closing department of a local title company until her retirement several years ago.  She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Robert Hodgkin, Jr., her father Richard Hall and his wife Joanne (Mama Jo); her son Michael and his wife Tracy and her grandsons, Jayden and Alex; her sister Brenda Hall and significant other, Bob Moran; her brother Greg Hall and his wife Nancy Reynolds, and Greg’s children, Jaide, Carter, Kaytrien and Nadia. She is also survived by her stepson Nicholas, and her step siblings Susan, Steve and Peter.  Becki is also survived by her Aunt Mary Sawyer, her Uncle Bert Murch and Aunt Betty Murch as well as her Uncle Tony Peverada and several cousins.  Her beloved mother Beverly predeceased her in 2006. 

Becki had the unique gift of making all around her feel special and loved – her humor and laughter were infectious – to hear her laugh made everyone feel that all was well with the world.  Becki’s love of nature and animals was unmatched – she waited every day to see what creatures would arrive in her yard, and spoiled her own pets with an abundance of love and treats.  She dearly loved her beautiful home and land in South Casco – a home that belonged to her mother and grandmother – she often said that she could feel their presence in the house.  Becki’s simple life was enhanced by the love of her son Mike and his wife Tracy – she was known as Grammy Nutmeg to her special grandchildren, Alex and Jayden.  She loved spending time with them, baking cookies and seeing them head out in the boat for a day of fishing with their dad. She loved watching NASCAR and her special shows on TV…she also was a Candy Crush “queen” on the computer and enjoyed posting her thoughts on Facebook. 

Although Becki was in constant pain, her courage and kind spirit showed through – she never complained and continued to the end of her life to make her family, friends and caregivers feel uplifted just by being in the room with her.  Even when she was unable to communicate verbally, she continued to comfort others by her very presence. Everyone who knew Becki had a special relationship…she made us all feel like you were her best friend and favorite relative. The impact that she had on all who knew her was immeasurable – the void that she will leave in all of our lives will be enormous.  But… our memories of her will be such fun to recall – she was funny, mischievous, clever and strong…..so many stories will be told by her family and friends over the upcoming years…there will be no shortage of material.  

Becki and her family want to thank Dr. Jason LaChance, the staff of Gibson Wing at Maine Medical Center and the amazing and loving staff of Gosnell House who helped make her final days special and comfortable.  We also give thanks and send love to her “forever” friend Patty Newcomb Fasulo who was there for her always. 

At Becki’s request there will be no funeral services.  There will be a celebration of her life at a date to be announced later. 

In lieu of flowers Becki requests donations be sent to

Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland

449 Stroudwater Street 

Westbrook, ME  04092

Charles V. “Vinny” Moon

Lisbon Falls, ME – Charles “Vinny” Moon, 56, of Lisbon Falls passed away on February 25, 2017 after a long illness. 

He was known around town and by his friends as Vinny, to his family he was lovingly referred to as “Sonny”.  He was a genuinely kind soul to all, especially his loved ones.  

He grew up around the Brunswick area where he worked as a cook for Bowdoin College for many years. His love of cooking carried on all through his life. Nothing made him happier than preparing a meal for his family. One would find him on any day surfing the TV for cooking shows, most of the time subjecting all around him to watching his favorite show “The Chew”. 

He was known for his warped sense of humor and one liners. 

Never having children of his own he spoiled his nieces and nephews with love and encouragement. They were his pride and joy and always ingrained in them the importance of being a good and kind person. As the oldest of five siblings he was the glue that held everyone together. He had the ability to create his own unique relationship making each of them special. 

In later year’s he settled in Lisbon Falls where his parents lived. There he met his love of over 10 years Mary Freve. Besides Mary he is survived by his Mother; Wilma Moon, Sisters; Rita Gordon and her husband Mike, Jerrianne Moon and her husband Philip Whitney, and Jeannette Moon Walker all of Wiscasset. He also leaves his nieces Ellie, Michelle, Chrystine, Noelle, Jennifer; nephews, Chris, Cameron, Sam, Jeffrey and a great nephew Alestare as well as many cousins in Maryland. He was predeceased by his father, Donald J Moon and a younger brother/sidekick, Donald S Moon.  

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service in the Chapman Room at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 980 Turner Street, Auburn on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., where he will be laid to rest next to his brother.