Romeo A. Michaud

Lewiston, ME – Romeo A. Michaud, 85, of Auburn died Wednesday, May 23 2018, at d’Youville Pavilion after a long illness.

He was born in Lewiston on December 6, 1932 the son of the late Rosario and Lucie (Dupere) Michaud. He was educated in local schools.

 

Romeo was an accountant for many years, and enjoyed working with his many clients. He also worked for AAA. Romeo was a member of St. Philips and Sacred Heart Church. He was a very active perisher and loved helping as much as he could. He enjoyed skiing, spending his summers at Old Orchard Beach and going for his daily walks around New Auburn.

 

The last of his immediate family he is survived by many cousins.

 

At his request, there will be no visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, June 1 2018, at 11 AM at Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Place, Auburn, ME.


 

 

 

Judith (Vail) Dufour

Portland, ME – Judith (Vail) Dufour, 74, of Portland, passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at the South Portland Nursing Home. 

 

She was born in Portland on June 23, 1943 a daughter of Frank H. and Marguerite E. (Luthe) Vail Sr.  Judy grew up in Buxton and at the age of 6 months was diagnosed with meningitis, and as a result of this illness became deaf.  She attended Baxter School for the Deaf in Falmouth, ME. 

 

She worked at her family’s stores in Buxton and Hollis and later spent many years at Bugaboo Creek Steak House. 

 

In 2000 Judy married the love of her life Duane Dufour.  She and Duane enjoyed life together, which included two trips to Disney World.  Judy enjoyed and did many things with her good friends from Life Works Deaf Community Programs of Goodwill. 

Judith is survived by her husband Duane, her sons Timothy, Thomas and James.  She also leaves a sister Carolyn Vail and her wife Donna Gagne and three brothers Richard Vail and his wife Sally, Phil Vail and Frank Vail as well as many nieces and nephews. 

 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life on Friday June 1, 2018 from 1 – 2:30 pm at Goodwill, 34 Hutcherson Road, Gorham.  A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 11 am at Dow Cemetery, Dow Road, Standish, ME. 

 

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to Life Works Deaf Community Programs of Goodwill. 

Heidi L. (Smith) Arsenault

Durham, ME – Heidi L. (Smith) Arsenault, 53, of Durham ME, passed away at Mercy Hospital in Portland ME, on May 17.2018 after a life-long battle with diabetes. She was born on September 23, 1964 to Tina and the late Rev. Dr. Terry Smith. 

She is survived by her loving husband, David, of twenty-six years, her brother, Michael Smith, Sisters-in-law Jackie Verrell, Delores Fogg, Alice Betz, dot Aube, Corine Pray and many nieces, nephews and friends. 

She graduated from Andrew Warde High School in Fairfield, CT and worked at Fairfield University and UNUM in Portland. Her hobbies were knitting Afghans and sweater for friends even though she had been completely blind since age twenty-seven. 

Friends and relatives are invited to a Celebration of Live for Heidi on Saturday, May 26 at 2 p.m. at the North Pownal Methodist Church, 851 Lawrence Rd, Pownal ME. Coffee and dessert will follow in the fellowship hall.

Mary Ellen (McCarthy) Rollins

Portland, ME — Mary Ellen Rollins, 75, passed away on May 18, 2018 at her home with her family in Portland.

Mary Ellen was born in Boston on May 28, 1942 to Calire and Thomas McCarthy. She received her education through High School in Catholic Schools; she graduated from Lesley College in Cambridge, MA and then received her Master’s Degree from Antioch College.

Her first work was as a Phlebotomist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She then worked as a teacher and a guidance counselor in Roxbury in the Boston Public School system during the busing crisis. Once in Maine in 1980; she worked with Growing Through Adoption for several years. She also wrote headlines for news stories at the Portland Press Herald.  She joined the Maine Department of Human Services in 1997 as a social worker and later as a supervisor. Her last social work was at Youth Alternatives in South Portland. After her retirement, she volunteered at the Long Creek Development Center.

She and her husband of 44 years, Brian, met in Boston and then later moved to Maine in 1980. They both loved sailing, travel and good food. Mary Ellen had a passion for Africa and visited her cousin on his ranch in Kenya several times. Her other interest included cross word puzzles, reading, knitting and playing fiddle music with the musical group Fiddle-icious.

Mary Ellen is survived by her husband, Brian, her children, Maloti, Dahven, Philippa and Gregory and many grandchildren.

Mary Ellen wanted no formal service but her many friends are planning a celebration of her life later. At her request, she will be buried at the family plot with her immediate family attending.

Mary Ellen requested that any donation be sent to Fiddle-icious at 71 Bradley St. Portland ME, 04102

 

Mary Sue (Harris) Gould

Westbrook, ME – Mary Sue Gould, 86, of Westbrook, died peacefully with her daughters by her side on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer.

 

Mary Sue was born on January 11, 1932 in Philadelphia, PA. She was the daughter of Dorothy Catherine Young and Norman Randolph Harris. She graduated from Bridgeton, NJ in 1949 and from Temple University School of Dental Hygiene in 1951. She worked as a dental hygienist and later became household executive and stay at home mom for her three children.

 

While living in Skowhegan, Mary Sue enjoyed being a long-time member of the Lakewood Golf Club. She volunteered at the local hospital, worked at the food cupboard, sang in the choir and served on various boards at the Federated Church. While living in Windham, she was a member of the N. Windham Union Church, UCC, where she proudly managed the thrift shop for many years.

 

Her hobbies included fitness, golf, knitting, gardening, sewing, and travel; she loved to dance and “boogie” to her favorite disco songs. Mary Sue was an avid Red Sox fan and she never missed an episode of her favorite TV show “Jeopardy”.

 

Mary Sue was predeceased by her parents, Norman and Dorothy Harris, her sister, Norma Jo Clunan, and her son, Robert H. Gould. She is survived by her daughters Linda G. Nickerson (Richard) and Lisa A. Seymour (John Knightly), of Windham, her grandchildren, Benjamin Toppi, Laura Toppi and Kathryn Seymour; step-grandchildren, Jason Seymour (Heather), Amanda Doyle (Scott), and Cameron Seymour (Kelsey), Arianna and Sarah Nickerson; and four step-great-grandchildren; nieces Jamie Lynn Goodwin (Billy) and Jackie Rushing, and nephew Randy Clunan.

 

A Celebration of Life for Mary Sue will take place on Sunday, June 3rd at 12:30 at the N. Windham Union Church, UCC at 723 Roosevelt Trail, Windham, Maine.

 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Good Shephard Food Bank, Lupus Foundation of American or Arthritis Foundation.

Oren W. Mikulaninecz Sr.

Portland, ME – Oren W. Mikulaninecz Sr., 77, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, ME after a long illness, surrounded by his family.

Oren was born on May 25, 1940 at Maine Medical Center in Portland, the son of Gertrude May Ducharme and Samuel Mikulanecz. He attended Portland High School.  After high school, he joined the army in 1957, serving 3 years as a longshoreman in Newfoundland and Virginia. He then went for several moving companies, including Grants, Beals, Scribners, and Mayflower. He was known as a very hard worker.

In July 1961, he met the love of his life, Patricia Townsend.  They married in November of 1961 and soon started a family the following year.  

Oren was an avid sports fan.  He loved the Dallas Cowboys and the Red Sox.  Like so many, he was overjoyed to see his Sox finally win a world series.  He loved to play card games, especially poker. He was a huge music fan and loved his solid golden oldies.  He also enjoyed watching old westerns. He will be remembered for his infectious smile and great sense of humor which he passed on to all three of his children.

He was pre-deceased by his mother and father, and his step-father, Romeo Ducharme.  

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia Mikulaninecz, two daughters, Kathy Johnson and her husband Ernest, and Pamela Burchill and her husband Tim, a son, Oren Jr. and his wife Nancy, all of Portland, ME.   He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Ernest Johnson III, Darcy Tarr, Trista and Kayla Burchill, Erika and Britni Mikulanecz, and two great-grandchildren, Bradley Seigars and Isabella Graham, as well as his beloved cat, Church.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Friday, May 25, 2018 from 10 – 11 a.m. with a funeral service at 11 a.m. at the Grace Baptist Church, 476 Summit St. Portland.  Interment to follow at Blanchard Cemetery, Winn Rd, Falmouth.

Carole A. (Blood) Wilson

 

Freeport, ME – Carole Ann (Blood) Wilson, 74, of Freeport, ME and former longtime resident of Belchertown, MA passed away on Nov. 22, 2017 at Springbrook Center in Westbrook, ME with her family by her side.  She was the wife of the late Ralph B. Wilson, her husband of 46 years, who died in 2008.

 

She was born on October 4, 1943 in Montague, MA, a daughter of the late Dana W. Blood, Sr. and Rita A. (Dupell) Blood. She worked in the Activities Dept. at Quaboag on the Common in North Brookfield, MA, but her favorite job was being a U.S. Navy wife and the mother of three boys. She loved to do crafts and spend time with family and friends.

 She is survived by her sons, Richard L. Wilson and his wife Linda Wilson of Orange, MA, Duane E. Wilson of Freeport, ME and Robert D. Wilson and his wife Alicia Wilson of Freeport, ME.  She also leaves her brothers, Dana W. Blood, Jr and his wife Elizabeth Blood of Florida and Roger H. Blood, Sr. and his wife Sophia Blood of South Hadley, MA; as well as her grandsons Christopher Wilson and David Wilson, both of MA and her granddaughter Ava P. Wilson of Freeport, ME. Carole had a very extended family including grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins that she loved very much. ‘Step-’, was not a word in her vocabulary.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial visitation at Beers and Story Funeral Home in Belchertown, MA on May 11, 2018, from 12 pm to 2 pm, followed by internment in Oak Grove Cemetery in Springfield, MA.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in Carole’s memory.

 

 A very special Thank you to Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services of Portland, ME. 04103, 207-899-4605 for their excellent care and services provided for our Mom. We appreciate everything you provided for us during our time of need. Thank you, The Wilson family.

 

Julian R. Weese

Fryeburg, ME – Julian R. Weese, 65, of Fryeburg, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at his home. 

He was born in Madisonville, TN on June 3, 1952 a son of the late James Weese who died in 2008 and Joyce K. (Tallent) Weese of Madisonville, TN. 

Julian worked as a Union Pipefitter in many different areas including TN, OH, MI and MD. 

Julian is survived by his three daughters Amber L. Weese of Winston Salem, NC, Juanell Redwine of Kingston, TN and Autumn D. Nisbet and her husband John of Madisonville, TN and his two sons Julian L. Weese of Texas and Jonah K. Weese of TN.  He also leaves sixteen grandchildren, four brothers and two sisters. 

Funeral services will be held in Tennessee on a later date.

John Corsa

Portland, ME – On March 30, 2018, we lost a good man.  John Corsa – having fought the good fight, primarily against Lymphoma – died at Saint Joseph’s, Portland, where he’d received kind attention and highly compassionate care.  Carol was with him.

Born to Army General Lawrence Corsa and Sophia Marie Corsa in New York City, 1928, John was one of 6 siblings – two of whom survive him: brother Lawrence Corsa of Colorado, and “still sharp-as-a tack in her 90’s”, sister Charlotte Danielewski, New York.

John was an unusually intelligent, capable and kind man who led a full, interesting life.  Volunteering, he served honorably in the U.S. Coast Guard, South Pacific Region, W.W. II.  He credited New York University for an education that served him well.

John was with N.B.C. Television, Rockefeller Center, New York City, where for years, part of his job involved greeting and helping to comfortably “settle in” near-famous and really famous celebrities (like Elizabeth Taylor) while they waited to appear (live) on The Milton Berle Show.  (Mr. Berle being “Mr. Television” himself in those heady days.)

John went on to become President of A.T.C.O. – an American manufacturing company which produced metal and steel fabrications, the United States Government being a customer.  His position involved frequent travel, and John eventually spent a whole year in Europe working with the Military, probably regarding plane-part specifications.  He developed a love for flying and subsequently got his own pilot’s license.  He also managed to spend some time, quite happily, on his sailboat moored at San Francisco Bay.  He was always a great host, and many, many, found their way aboard (for John was lots of fun as well).

In early middle age, John got interested in Chamber-of-Commerce work and was appointed Executive Director of the Kennebec Valley Chamber based in Augusta, Maine, where he had a good run.  Probably the most significant accomplishment for John, his staff and the entire K.V.C.C. Membership was their conception and production of The Great Kennebec River Whatever Race celebrating the 4th of July and the river itself.

From its start, more and more outrageously out-fitted “crews” in equally outrageous (many laugh-out-loud-funny) rafts paddled down the Kennebec, delighting the ever growing crowds of celebrants on shore.  The whole thing grew like Topsy to a packed, 3-to-4 day annual valley event.

An amused United States Senator – the Honorable George J. Mitchell – hopped on a boat one year, going right down the river with the rafters to Gardiner Landing.  For one or two years, a “Battleship” raft especially stood out, it’s loud cannon shooting “whatevers” for 25 feet or so at fellow rafters!  CVS Television News came up one late afternoon, filming the big, always good natured, but somewhat raucous show on the river (and the food, games and ferris-wheel happenings on shore).

Most important of all, to John, however, was that 4th afternoon when Stanley Hawes, an Augusta-area custodian with 6 children, shook his hand and said, “John, this has become the people’s race.  Now everybody has a really great place to be for the the 4th, and you don’t have to go far or spend much of anything.  This is going to go on for years (It did.) and my kids and I will always remember it.”  (As so would we all).

Along with Carol, John spent his later years in Portland, Maine, where he handled scale-house operations for Merrill’s Marine Terminal and continued to do so when the Sprague organization took over.  In a recent letter from Sprague to Carol, Lauren Bassill, manager of human resources for Sprague, added her own personal note:  “He (John) was a dear man.”

And indeed John was dear– to all of us (family and well beyond) for whom he provided his on-going kindness, generosity, and support, especially for anyone going through a tough time.

John himself wanted to remember here with love:  son Mark A. Corsa; life partner of 35 years Carol J. Wanbaugh; stepsons Jeff and Mark Gosline and stepdaughter Lee Gosline Demers (sadly, deceased); predeceased brother Preston Corsa, and also predeceased, sisters Virginia and Catherine; the families, nieces and nephews (especially Eric) of all his siblings; and stepdaughter Susan Jean Wanbaugh (sadly deceased.)

John also wanted to mention and thank that dear, wonderful couple who made our old-age so much happier and brighter:  Steve and Bunny Rice of Portland, Maine, and our pal, Virgil “I-can-help-you-with-that” Plaisted of Gorham, Maine.

John’s ashes, along with Susan’s (and eventually, Carol’s) will be buried together at sea – back to the ocean loved by all three.

Folks wishing to make a donation in John’s memory do please contact the A.S.P.C.A. (1-800-628-0028) for he was fond of God’s critters!

 

 

Pauline (Lepage) Tanguay

 

Auburn– Pauline (Lepage) Tanguay, 70, of Lewiston, Maine, passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018 at The Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn, Maine.   

 

She was born on September 3, 1947 in Lewiston, Maine a daughter of the late Gerard and Theresa (Gagnon) Lepage.  She attended local schools and lived most of her life in the Lewiston-Auburn area.   

 

In 1998, she married Raymond Tanguay in Livermore Falls, ME.  They moved back to Lewiston where she worked in various healthcare centers including Marshwood Health Center and Central Maine Medical Center.   

 

She was a member of Prince of Peace Parish in Lewiston.  She loved her time at home where she enjoyed working on puzzles, knitting and spending time on the computer. 

 

Pauline is survived by her husband of 20 years, Raymond Tanguay of Lewiston and by her two sons Rodney Clark and Brian Clark as well as several brothers and sisters.