Richard S. “Ricky” Davis

Freeport, ME – Richard S. “Ricky” Davis, 60, of Freeport, died on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at his home.  He was the husband of June A. (Dennison) Davis. 

He was born in Willimantic, CT on July 17, 1957, the son of Gladys (Scammon) Davis of Freeport and the late Roland Davis.  Shortly after his birth his family moved to Chicopee, MA.  Finally in 1968, he and his entire family moved to Freeport, ME, the place that Ricky would call home for the rest of his life. 

In 1976, he started a small business doing auto body repair in his garage and over the course of many years and lots of hard work, he became the “go to” guy for anything car related.  His Father, Roland, joined him after his retirement and helped him run the business until his death in 1998; they were quite a team! 

Ricky married the love of his life, June, in 1996 and they were happily married until the day he passed. 

Besides his wife and mother, Ricky is survived by a sister, several brothers and his in-laws as well as many nieces and nephews and his beloved pets.  He was also the brother of the late Gerald Bailey. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at The First Parish Congregational Church, 461 Elmwood Road, Pownal, ME. 

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

Coastal Humane Society

190 Pleasant Street

Brunswick, ME 04011

Lorraine E. (Pettengill) Dolley

Falmouth, ME – Lorraine E. Dolley, 92 passed in peace on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in the presence of her daughter after an extended illness.  

 

Born on July 21, 1925 to the late Lester and Madene Pettengill, Lorraine was the eldest of 6 children.  As often happens in large families, Lorraine was part big sister, part care taker of her younger siblings.  The bond between these siblings lasted a life time.

 

A talented bunch, they loved to sing together and often family gatherings consisted of lots of music and beautiful singing, more prevalent however, was the laughter.  Lorraine had a wonderful sense of humor and was quick with a witty comment. 

 

After graduating from George Stevens Academy she attended Northeastern Business College in Portland and began working for DHS.  It was then that she met her future husband of 67 years, the late Lawrence Dolley. Together they had 1 daughter, Nadine Serber.  Together they enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping. 

As her daughter grew older, Lorraine took a job subbing for the Falmouth School Lunch program.  She continued employment there for 36 years, retiring as the Head of the school Lunch Program.

 

Lorraine was the epitome of the perfect grandparent. She had 2 grandchildren; Deanna Gouzie and Christopher Serber and 5 great-grandchildren; Daniel, Eliza and Tanner Gouzie and Addison and Lilah Serber.  They were a great joy to Lorraine. 

 

Even though she was busy maintaining a home and full-time job, she always had time for them.  She would drop everything and do whatever the kids would like: cook, sew, build with Lego bricks, play pass, read or even tell stories.

 

In addition to the aforementioned family, Lorraine is survived by her sisters Sheila Farnum and Betty Dill, brother Rod Pettengill, son-in-law Mark Serber and granddaughter-in-law Kimberly McAuley Serber as well as other family, who loved her, miss her and will always cherish her.   She is predeceased by her sister Josephine Gold and her brother William Pettengill.

 

The family wishes to thank Linda and Jim Beal, caretakers and friends, for the love and kindness they showed to Lorraine as her disease progressed.  Additional thanks to the staff at the Landing at Saco Bay.

A service will be planned in the spring. 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Gayle V. Cipriano

Westbrook- Gayle V. Cipriano, 65, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Scarborough with her family by her side. 

Gayle was born in Portland, ME on December 1, 1952 and is the daughter of Vincent and Irma Cox, formally of Portland. She attended Portland High School where she met the love of her life, Donald Cipriano, who she was married to for 47 years.  They settled in Westbrook in 1975 where they raised their family, owned and operated a bakery, worked at Bradlees, and the Curtainshop together.

Gayle enjoyed going out to eat and shopping with her husband Don in their spare time. Gayle also loved working in retail and she will be always be fondly remembered for her friendly, outgoing personality, and making sure to greet everyone with a cheery smile.  Her customers would come in especially seeking out her helpful assistance.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Cipriano of Westbrook; her daughter, Dawn Gagne and her husband Keith Gagne of Westbrook; her grandson Chance Gagne of Westbrook; her mother Irma Cox and her sister Karen Binder and her husband Dave of Emmaus, PA; along with her niece Traci Wilhide and her husband Mick of Emmaus, PA and their children, Chloe, Clay, and Kyler.  She is also survived by her brother Merrill Cox, of Portland, ME.  She is predeceased by her father Vincent Cox.

Gayle’s family wishes to thank the staff at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House for all of the tremendous care that they provided to her and her family.

Per Gayle’s request, there will be a small family graveside service in the spring at Brooklawn Memorial Park, Portland, ME.

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

Gosnell Memorial Hospice House

11 Hunnewell Rd

Scarborough ME 04074

Beverly Calder Dyer

Chebeague Island, ME – Beverly Calder Dyer, 88, passed away peacefully at the Island Commons surrounded by family on Monday, March 19, 2018.  She was the wife of Robert A. Dyer Sr. 

She was born on Chebeague Island, Me, November 6th, 1929, a daughter of the late Walter and Helen (Hamilton) Calder.  Beverly attended and graduated from the Chebeague Island Schools in 1948. 

Beverly married the love of her life on Jan. 20, 1949. They spent sixty nine years together raising their children and having their grandchildren come into their lives.  She was a wonderful cook, knitter, quilter and historian of the family. She also was a member of the Ladies Aid. 

Besides her husband, she is survived by her children, Robert A. Dyer Jr. (Debra) of Florida, Wayne C. Dyer (Arlene) of Chebeague, Susan D. Campbell (David) of Chebeague, Mark H. Dyer (Elizabeth) of Chebeague and Kristen D. Buxbaum (Donald) of Chebeague.  She also leaves her grandchildren Heather, Curtis and Brooke Buxbaum, Amanda Campbell, Chloe and Genevieve Dyer, as well as a brother Richard Calder (Dianne) of Chebeague and a sister Genevieve Carter of Fairfield, ME and many nieces and nephews. 

She was also the sister of the late Chesley, John, Norman, Leona, Mary and Elizabeth. 

The family would like to thank the staff at the Island Commons, Crew of CTC, Chebeague Island Rescue and special thanks to Ginny Ballard for all her time and care. 

A service will be planned in the spring. 

Memorials may be made to the Island Commons, 132 Littlefield Road, Chebeague Island, ME  04017

Barbara C. (LaVallee) Cremonese Tanguay

Portland, ME – Barbara Colette LaVallee Cremonese Tanguay passed away quietly on February 25, 2018, following several months of declining health, just two days short of her 85th birthday at St. Joseph’s Manor in Portland. 

She was born on Feb 27, 1933, in Lawrence MA, and raised in Portland, ME.  Barbara Graduated from Deering High School in 1951, when she began a career as personal secretary to then, Portland City Mayor Matthew Barron for quite a time, until marrying John Cremonese in 1958, who passed away in May of 1986. She was a house wife and mother, then later returned to the workforce at Fairchild Semiconductor, as a Fashion Two-Twenty Beauty and Sales Consultant, and eventually working for many years until retirement, for Portland Jetport Security, where she met her second husband, Gerard “Butch” Tanguay, of Westbrook, ME, who passed away May of 2015. 

She enjoyed traveling to see family and friends, including travels to Hawaii & California to visit her brothers Teddy & former WCSH longtime radio personality, Doug Lavallee, as well as Florida to visit her son & granddaughters. She and her husband Gerard took many trips before his passing in 2015, especially enjoying long weekend trips to the ocean, and attending summer Playhouse Theater throughout Maine, as well as accompanying “Butch” to many of his Jazz band engagements. 

She is survived by her daughter, Virginia Cremonese of Westbrook, ME, her son Joseph Cremonese and his wife Marie of Florida, their two daughters, Kristen Cremonese of California and Lauren Cremonese of Florida, both of whom called her “Gaga”, as she had called her grandmother before them, carrying on a family tradition. 

We would like to thank all the family & friends in Maine who helped us deal with her long distance care. Words cannot express our thanks & gratitude to you all. 

Burial and memorial graveside service will be this spring/summer, and will be privately announced to those close family and friends before that time. 

In lieu of flowers, etc., donations in her memory can be made to St. Joseph’s Manor, 1133 Washington Avenue, Portland, ME 04103.

Dennis L. “Pa” Neukam

Biddeford, ME – Dennis L. “Pa” Neukam, 64, of Biddeford, died on January 11, 2018 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.  He was the life partner of Fern Hilsinger. 

 

He was born in San Diego, CA on October 27, 1953, a son of the late Leslie Neukam and Barbara (Taylor) Sigman and her husband Wayne.  He attended schools in both California and Indiana. 

 

Dennis was a jack of many trades and worked as an Insulator, Paver, Woodworker and a Mechanic.  He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Biddeford.

 

Pa enjoyed his woodworking and loved fishing and traveling.  In his spare time, he could also be found playing billiards and dominoes, and was great on the harmonica.  He also enjoyed visiting the zoo.  

 

Besides Fern, he is survived by his two children Maggie and Dennis Neukam Jr and four step children Cindy Wallace of Danbury, NH, Natalie Hilsinger and her partner Brian Levigne, Kevin Hilsinger and his wife Robin, and Krista Hilsinger all of Biddeford.  He also leaves many grand and great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews as well as sisters Lorraine Stevens and her husband Richard and Lisa Sigmon, brothers-in-law Dan Donnelly and his wife Irene and Robert Donnelly and his wife Pam and many friends. 

 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Biddeford Eagles Club, 57 Birch Street, Biddeford, ME. 

 

In lieu of flowers, anyone who would like to give donations may contact Natalie Hilsinger at 730-8154.

 

Thomas J. Cunningham

 

Mechanic Falls, ME – Thomas Joseph Cunningham, 70, of Mechanic Falls, ME passed away peacefully Friday, March 9, 2018 at his home with his family by his side after a short illness.  He was the husband of Rolande (Hamel) Cunningham. 

 

He was born on June 21, 1947 in Lewiston, ME a son of the late Thomas C. and Geraldine (Murphy) Cunningham. He attended local schools in Lewiston and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1967.

 

Tom served in the US Air Force from 1967 to 1971 and worked for Pioneer Plastics for 36 years before retiring.

 

Thomas loved going to Oxford Plains Speedway and also enjoyed watching Hockey, football and especially watching the Patriots.

 

He loved family gatherings where he spent time with his great nieces and nephews Aliyah-Marie, Chianne, Donovan, Brock, Easton Hamel and Ridge Bissonette whom he thought of as his grandchildren.

 

Besides his wife, the love of his life, Thomas is survived by his son Timothy Cunningham, Daughter Melissa Cunningham and a nephew Corey Hamel whom was thought of as a son. He also leaves several nieces and nephews, sister in laws and brother in laws.

 

He was also the brother of the late Daniel Cunningham and Rosemary Michaud.

 

We would like to sincerely thank Androscoggin Home Health Hospice and the Dempsey Center for the incredible support and care he and the family were given.

 

In the spring there will be a graveside service followed by a celebration of life.

 

Marilyn L. (Farnsworth) Ballard

Yarmouth, ME – Marilyn L. (Farnsworth) Ballard, 80, passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Hawthorne House in Freeport, after enduring many health issues.  She was the wife of the late Carlton Ballard.

She was born in Portland, ME on March 2, 1938, a daughter of the late Ernest E. and Lelia (Withham) Farnsworth.  Marilyn was a graduate of Portland High School, class of 1957 and Westbrook Junior College (now UNE).

Marilyn lived in the home she designed and had built until the very end.  She will be remembered as a hard worker.  She held several office jobs during her lifetime.  Her final two was a Daycare Operator from 1989 – 1996; then went on to work as a nutrition worker for the Yarmouth School Department until finally retiring.

She was active in two bowling leagues, two bridge leagues and was a “Red Hatter”.

She is survived by her two daughters Kimberly Bailey and her husband Robert and Heidi Brzoska and her husband Raymond.  She also leaves three grandchildren Nicholas Shumate, Lindsi Shumate and her fiancé Paul Muehle and Cameron Bailey and his fiancée Caroline Baker as well as two step grandchildren Susan Carignan and her companion Shawn Labrie and Thomas Bailey and his fiancée Becky Barrows, two step great grandchildren Kevin Carignan and Madison Bailey and many lifelong friends who will miss her tremendously.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Hawthorne House for the wonderful care she received during her five month stay.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial visitation on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave., Portland.

 In lieu of flowers, donations in Marilyn’s memory can be made to:

Animal Refuge League

217 Landing Road

Westbrook, ME 04092

Or

HART

302 Range Road

Cumberland, ME 04021

 

 

 

 

Carl H. Shapazian

Yarmouth, ME – Carl Henry Shapazian, 91, of Yarmouth passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough after several long illnesses.  He was the wife of Christine (Rossetti) Shapazian.

He was born in Portland, ME on September 5, 1926 a son of the late George and Mary (Azudian) Shapazian.  He attended Portland Schools and graduated from Gray’s Business College.

Carl joined the US Navy and served his country proudly until his honorable discharge.  He retired a Captain in the Portland Fire Department with 24 years of service and then became the Head of Maintenance in the South Portland School Department until his retirement.  He was also a member of the Italian Heritage Center.

He was a most beloved husband, dear Father, devoted Uncle and friend.  He was a gentle loving man who cared deeply about his family, many nieces and nephews and friends.  He will be remembered fondly for his kindness, consideration, quick wit and sense of humor.  He was also an avid gardener.

Besides his wife of 70 years, he is survived by a daughter Maryanne Giggey and her husband Timothy of Yarmouth, Carl was also the brother of the late Elizabeth Uphoff, Margaret Shapazian and Marilyn Thayer.

The family would like to thank the staff at VNA Home Health and Hospice and the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House for their tender and compassionate care.  He passed with love, dignity and respect.

Services will be held at a later date.

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

Gosnell Memorial Hospice House

11 Hunnewell Road

Scarborough, ME 04074

or

VNA Home Health and Hospice

50 Foden Road

South Portland, ME 04106


David A. Hellin

Portland, ME – David A. Hellin, 75, of Portland died on February 23, 2018 at his home.  He was the husband of Christine A. (Langway) Hellin.

David was born in Portland, ME on February 26, 1942 a son of the late Dwight P. & Dorothy M. (Finlayson) Hellin.  A lifelong resident of Portland, he attended local area schools and was a graduate of Portland High School.

He spent twelve years active duty in the US Army as a combat engineer where he volunteered for three combat tours during the Vietnam War.  After his honorable discharge he worked in construction, mainly as a boilermaker.

David was an active member of the Paul Mallia American Legion Post 161, the VFW Post 6859, Portland and the Columbia Club. He enjoyed spending time with his fellow veterans and friends at the Paul Mallia Post aka “The Bunker”.  He also liked to take Sunday rides to places of interest such as Old Orchard and Fort Williams; he especially liked taking these rides in his son’s Audi.

Besides his wife Christine, he is survived by his son David D. Hellin of Portland and his step children Shelly Curtis of Standish, John McDonald Jr. and his wife Kathy of Oxford, Tammy Flaherty of Westbrook and Scott McDonald of Windham, as well as several step grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He was also the brother of the late Donna Wasson.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 10 -11 a.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave., Portland, ME.  A graveside service will follow at Forest City Cemetery, South Portland, where he will be buried with his parents.