Donna L. (Littlefield) Penney

Portland, ME – Donna Lee (Littlefield) Penney, 72, of Portland passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House after a long illness. 

She was born on July 22, 1944 in Portland, ME a daughter of the late David K. & Virginia B. (Cash) Littlefield.  She attended local area schools and graduated from Portland High School as a member of the class of 1962.  

Donna worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for Devonshire Manor, now known as Portland Center for Assisted Living for most of her career, retiring due to illness.  She also provided private nursing care in the evenings for a number of years. 

She was big fan of Beano, going multiple times a week and evening bringing her children with her on occasion.  Later in life, when illness kept her in her home, she enjoyed her online games including Pogo and could always be found on Facebook.  Donna also was an avid reader, her favorite author being James Patterson and she also enjoyed romance novels. In addition, Donna loved her cooking shows. 

She is survived by three sons, Michael A. Penney and his wife Kathy, Donald E. Penney and Edward D. Penney Jr. all of South Portland, ME.  She also leaves nine grandchildren Breanna, Anthony, Sarah, Chrissy, Alyssa, Nicholas, Robbie, Corey and Christopher, four great grandchildren as well as three sisters Beverly McCombs of Saco, Cheryl Hodgdon and her husband Jim of Buxton and Terri Lynn Driscoll and her husband Bob of Westbrook and several nieces and nephews.  She also was the sister of the late Sandra Blowers who passed away on December 7, 2016. 

Donna was very caring Mother, always made you feel welcomed and was always willing to help, regardless of the circumstances.  She was loved by all who met her and will be tremendously missed. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Highland Memorial Gardens, Highland Ave, South Portland, ME. 

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

Gosnell Memorial Hospice House

11 Hunnewell Road 

Scarborough, ME 04074

Phebe (Gulick) Snow

North Yarmouth, ME – Phebe Snow, 87, of North Yarmouth, Maine, passed away on May 5th, 2017 at Maine Medical Center in Portland Maine. 

Phebe was born in Summit NJ on September 25th, 1929 to Bertrand Littell Gulick and Helen Rhodes Gulick. She attended Miss Fines School, Princeton Day School, and Saint Mary’s Hall. She also attended and graduated from Endicott Jr. College. On January 31, 1959, she married Carlton F. Snow and moved to Kingston NY to begin her life with him. It was the beginning of a journey she cherished for 58 years and would take them from NY to Virginia and Connecticut before landing them in North Yarmouth, ME. 

Phebe was a strong believer in family and treasured and protected her relationships with those she loved. She enjoyed being a part of the extended Snow family and looked forward to time spent at “The Camp” each summer. She enjoyed travelling to Europe and California to visit her children and grandchildren.

She was well known for having high expectations. She taught us to be aware of the needs of others and to be kind, considerate and respectful. She modeled grace in times of adversity and found the silver lining in most situations. When no lining existed she taught us the wisdom of letting go of what we could not control.

She instilled in us a strong work ethic and impeccable manners; that said, she knew when she was outnumbered and laughed right along with us when the dinner table decorum took a downward turn. She gave us room to try our wings, providing a safe place to heal from the inevitable crash landings, all without ever saying “ I told you so…”  

Phebe was active as a Girl Scout leader and volunteered for many years with the Rockland County, NY 4-H Horse Clubs. She worked as a Cooperative Extension Program Coordinator for several years prior to moving to Connecticut. She volunteered for 15 years with the Children’s Museum in Portland, ME and also enjoyed participating in the Newcomers Group, various book clubs, and bridge groups. She was a master knitter. 

Phebe is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Peter. She is survived by her husband, Carlton, of North Yarmouth; a daughter, Lydia, of Readfield ME and her husband Greg and grandchildren Casey, Michael and fiancée Diana Derocher, and Sandra and fiancé Russ Bayreuther; a son, Edward, of San Diego, CA and his wife Kathy and grandchildren Charlotte and Laura.

At her request there will be no services. Those wishing to honor her memory may make a donation to your local Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth program in her name.

John H. Niskanen III

Westbrook, ME – John Henry Niskanen III, 65 of Westbrook, Me. passed away on May 14, 2017 at Seaside Healthcare in Portland, Me.

Born on May 17, 1951 in Lewiston, Me. to John Henry Niskanen Jr. and Leona Emery. He grew up in Portland and attended Portland Public Schools and attained his GED.

He served in the Air Force at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada as an Operations Specialist with the rank of Sargent. He held several jobs with the last being at Portland Jetport as a custodian for several years.

He really enjoyed fishing, watching television (especially the Boston Red Sox) and listening to music and playing guitar.

He is survived by his children Christopher Niskanen of Las Vegas, Nevada, Melissa Niskanen and her partner Paul Berry and four children Shannyn, Zachary, Emily and Colby of South Portland, and Jonathan Niskanen of Buxton. Survived by his siblings are Dorene Hadley of South Portland, Barbara Wallace of Portland, Larry Niskanen of Portland, Edward Adams of Westbrook, Sandra Larson of Hollis Center and several nieces and nephews.

 Previously deceased by his father John H. Niskanen Jr., and brothers August and Robert Niskanen.

Graveside service will be held on May 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Maine Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery 281 Civic Center Drive (Driveway is across the street from the 99 Restaurant). Augusta, ME 04330

 

In memory of John, donations can be made to

Beacon Hospice

54 Atlantic Place Foden Rd.

South Portland, ME 04106

Marilyn J. (Carlson) Erickson

Bridgton, ME – Marilyn J. Erickson, 88, wife of the late Norman D. Erickson died in Bridgton, Maine on May 6, 2017. Born on August 25, 1928, she was the only child of Albert and Blanche Carlson of Worcester, MA.

Marilyn is survived by her children Karen Erickson and her husband Eric Gulbrandsen of Lovell, ME, David Erickson of Soddy Daisy, TN, and Donna Maskwa and her husband Michael of Dover, NH. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law Gloria Cown of Rockland, ME and her only niece Tina Morand and her husband Dennis of Camden.

Marilyn was incredibly creative and artistic and an original DIY expert in sewing, painting, quilts and gardens. She loved “back of the box” recipes.  Her Swedish pizza recipe was ketchup on toast. If a new recipe failed to please, her response was often, “Well that was great.  Let’s have it in another 10 years.” After years of tying everyone’s ski boots and skates, she took up skiing herself and then golf. She was the heart of her family and a great listener. She left them all with great memories of her strength, practicality and love. 

She also loved her community of Mt. Vernon, Maine and Flying Pond. She was a member of the North Vienna United Methodist Church and The Mill Stream Grange in Vienna. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Mill Stream Grange, c/o Jill Sampson, Sec., 163 Tower Road, Vienna, Maine 04360.

A private family service at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, MA will be held at a later date.


 

 

 

Catherine L. (Williams) New

PORTLAND – Catherine Lynne (Williams) New was reunited with her father on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 at Maine Medical Center. 

She was born on March 16th, 1953 to Clifford and Patricia Williams. She was raised in Auburn and South Portland. She graduated from South Portland High School in 1971, and then graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Radiology in 1973. Catherine worked at Maine Medical Center as a Radiology Technician (specializing in mammography), for 44 years. 

Catherine was an avid knitter and crafter. She enjoyed creating beautiful blankets, bags, and other hand made gifts for her friends and family. She was an enthusiastic bird watcher and spent time watching them in her backyard. She looked forward to annual camping trips with “her girls,” Vickie, Jeannine, Denise, and Cathy. Catherine was happiest when she was surrounded by the people she loved. 

Catherine was a dedicated and loving wife, mother and grandmother.  

Catherine was predeceased by her father Clifford Williams. She is survived by her husband Randy New, their son Tristen New, daughter-in-law Allison, and grandson Samuel; Mother Patricia Williams; Sister Teresa Champagne and husband Richard Champagne, and their children; Brother Thomas Williams and wife Tanya, and their children. She leaves behind many other nieces and nephews. 

Catherine’s Celebration of Life will be held at The Italian Heritage Center at 40 Westland Ave, Portland, on May 20th at noon until 3:00 PM. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers the family requests a small donation to the American Heart Association in Catherine’s name.

 

Carole A. (Nappi) Cusack

Yarmouth – Carole A. (Nappi) Cusack, 74, of Yarmouth, died on May 4, 2017 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. She was predeceased by her husband, Ardley Cusack. 

Carole was born in Portland, the daughter of the late Martin and Eleanor Nappi. She was a lifelong resident of Yarmouth and a graduate of North Yarmouth Academy. 

Carole worked as a waitress for many local restaurants and was best known for her time at Elena’s, the donut shop her parents owned. 

Carole loved summertime! She enjoyed being outside, whether it was working in her gardens, sitting by the pool, or going to her favorite spot on Cousins Island Beach. She also loved her dogs and they were always by her side. 

She is survived by her son, Stephen J. Cusack and his wife Jennifer of Gray, two stepsons, Ralph Cusack of South Portland and Ardley Cusack, Jr. of Columbus, Montana, a stepdaughter, Susan Cusack of Florida, and three grandchildren, Christopher, Eleanor, and Jayden Cusack. 

We would like to thank Lisa Fitzgibbons and family for the many years of help, support, love, and friendship given to Carole.  

A graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Yarmouth on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:00 am. 

Charlotte E. (Michum) Knapp

Yarmouth, ME – Mrs. Charlotte Elizabeth Knapp (née Mitchum) died peacefully at her home surrounded by the love of her family on May 3 in Yarmouth, Maine.  She was 85. 

Charlotte is survived by the love of her life, her husband Blair Alan Knapp, and her children Elizabeth Anne Olesen (Kevin Casey Olesen) of Portland Maine, Blair Alan Knapp Jr. (Gregory Gordon Greer) of Arlington Virginia, and Lawrence Henry Knapp (Mary Frances Hadley) of Charleston South Carolina; and brother Charles Henry Mitchum (Alberta) of Charleston South Carolina.  She endlessly doted over her four grandchildren Jonathon Christian Olesen, Casey Mitchum Olesen, Abigail Marie (Doug) Lenhardt (née Knapp), and Katherine Elizabeth Knapp. 

Charlotte was born on February 16, 1932 in Charleston South Carolina to Charles Henry Mitchum and Lurline Vera Mitchum (née Spruill). She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  She would continue this devotion to the caring for others through her entire life, such was her desire to comfort others. 

After accepting a commission in the US Navy, while serving at Jacksonville Naval Air Station, she met a dashing young Navy pilot, Blair, who swept her off her feet and they began a life together spanning 60 inseparable years.  Together, they raised their three children in Boston Massachusetts, Muskegon Michigan, and Cape Elizabeth Maine. 

In Maine, she and Blair discovered sailing, an activity that would become their passion.  During their forty years sailing the New England coast, all who visited enjoyed this passion with them, followed by dinner along the Falmouth waterfront, at Handy Boat, or at the Portland Yacht Club, where they were members for some twenty-five years. 

In their retirement years, during the winter months, they would head to their second home on Folly Beach in South Carolina where she had lovely gardens that she enjoyed tending to and nurturing each Spring. 

Charlotte was an avid bridge player, active in two clubs to the last month of her life.  She loved tennis, both as a fan and a player.  She was fiercely loyal to the Carolina Gamecocks Women’s Basketball team. 

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of her life on Friday, May 12, at 1PM at the First Parish Congregational Church, Main Street, Yarmouth Maine. A light reception will follow. 

Those planning to attend are asked to wear a splash of lavender, Charlotte’s favorite color. Those having a fond memory are encouraged to share it during the service at the church. 

The family would like to thank Visiting Angels, Life Stages, and VNA Hospice for their care and dedication to Charlotte’s quality of life in her declining months. 

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to express their condolences are encouraged to contribute to the Cancer Community Center, South Portland Maine (www.cancercommunitycenter.org) or the Community Crisis Ministries of the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, South Portland Maine (www.fccucc.org/serve/community-crisis-ministries).

Karen Hart Anthony

Falmouth, ME – Karen Hart Anthony died peacefully at the Legacy Memory Care Unit of Ocean View, Falmouth, Maine, on April 27, 2017 at the age of 76. 

Karen was born October 1, 1940, the daughter of Lauren and Ruth Hart. She grew up in Lanham, Maryland and attended Bladensburg High School. She attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, for two years and then transferred to the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut from which she graduated in 1962. She was hired by AT&T Long Lines division in White Plains, New York, where she worked as a computer programmer. In those days computer programs were on punch cards, and the computers were in large rooms with tile floors. She stayed with that company for several years. She married Gerald Reese, her college sweetheart, and shortly after had her two sons, Michael and Brian.

The family moved to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where they lived for several years. Together with several friends she started a cooperative day care center there. The family moved to South Portland in 1972, where she worked as a computer programmer (and later as a systems analyst) for two successive banks. She also was a Parent Effectiveness Training facilitator for several years. She and Jerry were divorced in 1975.

Shortly afterwards she married Cushman Anthony. His two children, Thomas and Ellyn, came to live with them in South Portland. It was a very busy household, with her two boys in fifth and seventh grade and Cush’s son and daughter in first and third grade. She often joked that she took the computer job as a way to get out of the house.

After working for banks, she held a variety of positions including assistant at a local architectural firm, researcher for a marketing company, manager of the relocation of two small corporations which merged, and director for another company during the computer transition known as Y2K in the year 2000. She stopped working after her children were grown, and she and Cushman moved to a home in Falmouth. When that home did not seem quite right, the couple moved again, this time to North Yarmouth. All the while they spent much of the summer months at Cush’s family home in Wellfleet, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a place that Karen came to love greatly.

Karen was diagnosed as having Alzheimer’s disease in early 2011, and the couple moved to live in a cottage at Ocean View retirement community in Falmouth very shortly thereafter. In August 2014 when the progression of her disease required it, Karen moved into the Legacy Memory Care Unit at Ocean View. Cushman was able to spend some time with her each day there. She never once complained about her situation.

Karen was deeply involved with the Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church in Portland, and served as its treasurer for several years. Most of her friends were connected to that church.

Besides her husband Cushman, Karen leaves behind her son Michael of Honolulu, her son Brian and his daughter Jennifer of Charlottesville, Virginia. Also her stepson Thomas Anthony of Moscow, Russia, and his three children Sasha, Stephen, and Robert. Also her stepdaughter Ellyn Leamon and husband Thomas of Richmond, Vermont, and their two sons Alexander and Jacob. She is also survived by her brother Steve Hart and his wife Carlotta of Mountain View, Arkansas, as well as her sister Jill Hart of Virginia.

 

A memorial service will be held at the Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church in Portland on Saturday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m. Her cremains will be interred at the family burial plot in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter, 583 U. S. Route 1, Scarborough ME 04074 or to the Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Avenue, Portland ME 04103.